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Calling all Pensioners – you do not want to miss this.

Spend a month camping at Areena Riverside Resort, May, June or July 2019 for the reduced price of R1750 per month. Why stay one month when you can stay all 3 at this incredibly affordable rate. Meet fellow pensioners, enjoy our beautiful scenery, great birdwatching, and a pensioners discount every Thursday at our Areena Quays…

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Destress with Areena Spa

Stress is a part of everyone’s lives, but instead of living a stressful life, make decisions to manage your stress. A regular massage can ease tension, reduce stress and improve general wellbeing. We have a choice of an aromatherapy massage, a hot stone massage, a deep tissue and a Swedish massage, there is a massage…

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Mother’s Day Buffet Sunday 12 May 2019

 Mums were spoilt this year with a delicious lunch buffet at Areena Quays Restaurant, it included a small gift for the moms, and PLUS 1 Lucky Lady – Lucille won a Pure Bliss Back Massage from Areena Spa. Here is a sneak peek at what you missed out on… so don’t delay, bookings for Father’s…

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Quad Bike Safari Tours

Areena Adventure Village Ever wondered how easy it is to ride a quad bike? And game view at the same time? Well book yourself on a guided game viewing quad bike experience with us and you find out how easy and exhilarating it is. We offer a 20 min, 60 min and even a 2…

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Giant Kingfisher at Areena Riverside Resort

There are 7 species of Kingfishers that may be observed in and around Areena Riverside Resort.  We will start our Birders Corner articles on Kingfishers with the largest, and loudest, of these very industrious birds by being able to identify male from female.  The frontal plumage of the Giant Kingfisher is reversed between the male…

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Fri
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Mar
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Areena Spa Easter Weekend Specials 2019

Easter Treat at Areena Spa for couples looking for a little relaxation, is the Pure Bliss Back Couples treatment for 45 mins at R300pp. Bookings essential, as space is limited for this Easter Treat. Book with Christelle 064 684 7784

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29
Mar
Areena Wins 3rd Place in the Eastern Cape, The Great Outdoors Guide, and Readers Resort of the Year 2018.

We are pleased to announce that Areena Riverside Resort has once again come in the top 3 Resorts of the year, as voted by you, and we want to say Thanks! What a pleasure it is to have be voted into the top 3! It is always inspiring to us when we received awards that…

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Fri
29
Mar
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Areena Adventure Village featuring Kwelera River Cruises

A great way to relax is to enjoy a leisure cruise down the Kwelera River. Our river cruise is a slow chilled 60 min session of great scenery, good photo opportunities and fun on board the Karena. If you have never been on the river, this is a highly recommended way to view a river…

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Fri
29
Mar
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Waffles at Areena Quay’s Restaurant

New delicious dessert offering on the Areena Quays Restaurant Menu, are Waffles. With the choice from The Mixed Berry Waffle for only R49 and the Banana Cherry Delight Waffle at R40 how can you say ‘No’.  This is the best way to round off a meal, or as The Meal, let’s face it, a waffle…

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Mar
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University of Delaware Nurses on Eastern Cape Tour visit Areena

We were very fortunate to host a group of Nursing Students from the University of Delaware in January 2019. They come to the Eastern Cape to assist with the improvement of maternal health services and feminine education. Below is an article that featured in the Daily Dispatch on the 31 Jan 2019.   US, Fort…

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Areena by Sunset, can be enjoyed by you too

What a beautiful silhouette the caravan park makes.  Imagine sitting on the river’s edge, the water lapping the edge, fishing rod in the water waiting to entice the ‘big one’, the peace and tranquility provided by mother nature, not to mention the Fish Eagle calling overhead, as it circles the river. Well you don’t have…

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Mar
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A new travel app for you to Explore Eastern Cape

Be a tourist in your own Province or City, and discover what is right on your doorstep, the Explore Eastern Cape is your one stop app. So download it, and let your adventures begin… The Eastern Cape Province stretches from Tsitsikamma in the west to Port Edward in the east, and to the Lesotho border…

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Valentines Winner at Areena Quays Restaurant 2019

Congratulations to Suzanne on winning the JC Le Roux Watch that was on offer during the Valentines Dinner Special on the 14 Feb 2019, at the Areena Quays Restaurant. A lovely little bonus treat sponsored by JC Le Roux for a lucky winner at the dinner. Areena Quays Restaurant 071 7205867 for bookings

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Calling all Pensioners to Areena Quays Restaurant on Thursdays 2019

Thursdays at Areena Quays Restaurant is Pensioners Special day – come and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner is on special every Thursday. Bookings essential 071 7205867. The evenings are very festive, often with live music provided by one of the Areena residents. Looking forwards to welcoming you to our next pensioner day.

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Areena Birders Corner March 2019 – Burchells Coucal – AKA the Rainbird

Burchell’s Coucal is a bird that is either loved or hated by Birders. On the negative side it is a voracious predator with its dietary habits focusing heavily on nest robbing and eating the young birds alive and/or devouring the eggs. If these tasty morsels are not available, it will focus on eating small mammals,…

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Areena Adventure Village featuring Archery

Fancy yourself a modern day Robin Hood? Archery is an age old skill, an Olympic sport, a hunting technique and a lot of fun, when you have some amazing 3D animals to target.  At Areena Adventure Village we have an array of 3D animals, or a conventional target to shoot at. It is a skill…

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Areena Spa – Human Rights Day Special 21 March 2019

We are celebrating Human Rights Day with an Aromatherapy Massage Special at only R300 for a 60 min treatment.  What a great way to relax, and start the weekend with a little spoil for yourself. Enjoy the soothing aroma and relaxing massage treatment.  Book with Christelle 064 684 7784

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Valentines 2019 at Areena Riverside Resort

Areena is feeling the Love and gearing up for a bumper Valentines Celebration. We have made the planning very easy with specials all round to please your loved one, and yourself! Start by booking into our accommodation for the night at only R600 per couple, (accommodation only), then you can enjoy a 3 course meal…

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Jan
2018 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

AREENA RIVERSIDE RESORT EARNS 2018 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE East London South Africa, 6 January 2018, Areena Riverside Resort today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include…

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Jan
Areena Quays Restaurant

featuring the Burger dreams are made of: Handmade burger patties, fresh bread rolls, delectable chips and sauces to make your day that is what Areena Quays Restaurant Burgers are all about. Our patties are made in our kitchen with love and care to ensure you get the best beef or chicken burger pattie.  Our sauces…

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Areena December 2018 Holiday festivities

Areena Colour Run We had a great time this holiday with sunshine, activities, smiles and good clean Areena Family fun!  From colour runs, to tie dying, to river swims, sandcastle building and even an anything that floats, kept everyone happy and active. We kicked off our Holiday programme with our annual Areena Colour Run, a…

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Nesting Birds of Areena

Birders Corner – December 2018 Areena has been blessed with an abundance of nesting birds during this Yuletide season. There are a number of breeding sunbirds, flycatchers and other species currently available for the avid birder to observe and record. The untidy nests of Spotted, Dusky and Collared Sunbirds are to be found in various…

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Dec
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Areena wins Haute Grandeur Awards

Areena wins Haute Grandeur Awards Areena is very pleased and proud to announce that we recently won 4 International Haute Grandeur Awards, namely Best Eco Friendly, Best Serviced Apartments, Best Family Resort and Best Hideaway Resort. We are very proud of our achievement, it is the culmination of hard work, teamwork and passion, and it…

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Zebras, what colour are their stripes?

Are they White with Black or Black with White Ever wondered about the Zebra and his stripes? Have you ever wondered if the Zebra is black with white stripes or White with black stripes? Well we would like to share a bit of information on this stripy little guy. Zebra’s black and white strips are…

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Green Wood Hoopoe visits Areena Riverside Resort

Areena Birders Corner  focus on the Green Wood Hoopoe Previously known as the ‘Red-billed Wood-hoopoe’ the Green Wood-Hoopoe is one of the birds that underwent a name change when it was decided by the worlds ‘avian authorities’  to eliminate any confusion between similar species found in different parts of the world. These birds with iridescent blue/green feathers,…

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Nov
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Areena riverside camping

Camping peacefully on the riverside The weather is amazing at this time of year, perfect for that family camping trip, you have been thinking about all winter and autumn. Dust off that tent, gather all your gear, the family and even the dog, if it’s well behaved! And book yourself a riverside campsite with us…

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Nov
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Abby the Giraffe stars in his own Interactions

Abby the Giraffe is the star Everybody’s favourite giraffe Abby is now the star of his own interaction sessions. For those of you who do not know who or what Abby is, let me enlighten you. Abby is our mature male giraffe, (Abby standing for Abnormally Big Baby) who was bottle fed by Areena Staff…

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1
Nov
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How the Acacia Tree can outsmart a hungry giraffe

Outsmarting a hungry giraffe Acacias are thorny trees with foliage that is bright green or bluish-green and has small blooms that may be creamy white, pale yellow or bright yellow. You will have seen many in the Areena Game Reserve and in the Eastern Cape as a whole. These trees only live for 20 – 30…

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Nov
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E-Scooters

Electric Scooter Tours Have some fun on our electric scooter tours through Areena Riverside Resort. A fairly new activity to our amazing adventure activity menu, at only R180pp for the 20 min tour.  Children from 12yrs and up can take part in this adventure and ride their own scooter in the guided tour. Groups of…

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Areena Birders Corner – The African Green Pigeon

Areena Birders Corner November 2018  The African Green Pigeon This month’s article of Birders Corner focuses on one of the amazing ‘paint jobs’ of our indigenous birds, the African Green Pigeon.  Because of its colour and habits, it’s one of the more difficult birds to observe let alone to capture on film as they occur…

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Areena Quays Restaurant is ready for summer 2018

Areena Quays Restaurant is ready for summer, lazy days, delicious dinners, good food, and good friends. Summer Sundowners can be enjoyed on the restaurant deck overlooking the Kwelera River while you contemplate what is going to tempt your taste buds. Talking of good food, we highly recommend our Flame Grilled Pork Ribs, coated in our…

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Summer Ready with Areena Spa

Getting Summer Ready this November 2018 Get ready for summer with Areena Spa. Being your best self is important to us, so together we can help you get there. We recommend you start with a hydrating and rejuvenating face ritual, a 60 min facial which is a great way to get rid of the winter…

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Congratulations to Candice and Specky

Our very own Candice Stanton, who you all know from the Areena office, took part in the recent Horse Jumping Competition held in Komga as part of the Komga Agricultural show 2018 and did us proud. Specky her 12 year old thoroughbred chestnut mare did a great job in tackling and clearing all her jumps…

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Veggie Tunnel at Areena Riverside Resort

Our Areena residents and keen tunnel supervisor Nathan have been hard at work tending to the numerous seedlings in our Areena Tunnel. From salad leaves to veggies and herbs, all are growing beautifully side by side and almost ready to harvest. A great project which was taken to heart of many residents is producing its…

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Areena is home to a few Nyala

Areena is home to a few Nyala, and you may have seen them grazing grasses, leaves, twigs, fruits and flowers in our game reserve. The male Nyala has a dark grey head and body with white stripes along its torso. The lower legs are tan in colour, the Nyala has a fringe of hair along…

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Areena Spa October 2018 Special

October 2018 Special: a Soy Candle Massage special at only R400 for this 60 min massage treatment. Areena Spa is welcoming spring this October with a Soy Candle Massage special at only R400 for this 60 min massage treatment. The Soy Candles contain botanical oils of Coconut, Shea Butter and Grapeseed oil as well as…

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Please-recycle
Recycling is important so we don’t have pictures like this

Please remember to recycle your plastic and waste into bins and not in our rivers! Plastic does not biodegrade, it clogs our water ways and affects our wildlife in a negative way. It is all our responsibilities to make sure waste is kept out of our rivers. Teach your children to throw away rubbish in…

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Emu’s have blue Eggs!

Did you know the Emu lays a blue egg? Well it does, a beautiful blue egg that hatches about 8 weeks after it was laid. And we are lucky enough to have a few Emu chicks successfully hatch this season and are being nurtured by their fathers. Although not native to South Africa, the Emu…

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Areena Quays Restaurant does a wicked milkshake, if you did not know that already.

Who can say: “No!” to their inner child when a milkshake is concerned? Milkshakes – well a Banana Milkshake specifically are apparently a ‘sure thing’ cure for a hangover, sweetened with a dab of honey, it soothes your stomach, raises your blood sugar levels and necessary electrolytes, magnesium and potassium. Another funky fact about milkshakes…

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Let’s Hike Club Visit Areena Riverside Resort

The Lets Hike Club chose Areena as their hiking destination of choice on the 30 September 2018 and we were very happy to welcome them for the first time to Areena. With a great amount of interest shown from their members, we saw 120 hikers joining the group on the Sunday morning.  A 10 km…

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Areena Riverside Resort will be at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference Edinburgh.

Meet me at WYSTC Edinburgh The 27th World Youth and Student Travel Conference is being held 18-21 September 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Every year this B2B event brings youth and student travel focused businesses together for trading, networking, and socializing More than 150 hand-picked international buyers of youth and student travel products are heading to WYSTC…

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Areena Birders Corner – August 2018

Greater Honeyguide Our bird this month is the Greater Honeyguide. This bird is shrouded in myth and folklore and is reputed to guide humans and certain animals to wild beehives.  The locality of beehives is known to these birds that wait for a potential ‘hive robber’ to pass by. The bird then starts calling ‘whit-purr,…

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17th August 2018 Open-Air Cinema, Night Market & Night Trail Run

https://www.facebook.com/events/1683110265144228/ MOVIE ENTRY IS R50PP presale until THRUSDAY 16TH AUGUST on NUTICKETS -R80PP AT THE GATE (cash) ENTRANTS in the Out The Green Box Nite Series Trail Run will have FREE entry. CRAFT MARKET will be open from 17h00 until the end of the movie. – tickets are one entry per stall holder – book…

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July Birders Corner – Red-capped Robin-Chat

Red-capped Robin-Chat at Areena Riverside Resort The past few articles of the Areena Birders Corner have focused on a few of the large species of birds to be found in the Resort.  This month we will turn our attention and focus on one of the smaller species, the Red-capped Robin-Chat.  Just a note to avoid…

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Fathers Day Buffet Lunch Sunday 17 June 2018

Book Fathers Day Buffet Lunch Sunday 17 June 2018 Bring DAD and the family for a delicious spoil on Father’s Day, to Areena Quays Restaurant for a buffet lunch, served from 12h30 – you don’t want to miss this. Book with Bevan on 0717205867 share the day together in celebration of DAD. R180 per Adult…

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Areena Birders Corner June 2018 -The African Scops Owl

Focus on the African Scops Owl Last month we took a look at the largest of the owls that may be observed  in the Areena Riverside Resort, this month we go to the other extreme and discuss the smallest – the African Scops Owl.  To draw a comparison and put things in perspective, this owl…

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Areena Riverside Resort is shortlisted for the Haute Grandeur Global Awards 2018

We pleased to announce that we are shortlisted for the 2018 Haute Grandeur Global Awards. Dubai’s palatial Palazzo Versace sets the scene for a night of splendour and acclamation as Haute Grandeur Global AwardsTM will crown the world’s finest in hospitality at a grand Awards Ceremony on 1 November 2018. No other red-carpet event exemplifies…

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Areena Adventure Birthday Parties

Areena Kids Adventure Birthday Parties Adventure parties are becoming ever popular and here at Areena we are able to provide just that.  Areena is adventure, and we can offer just that to the youngsters wanting to bring their friends to celebrate their very exciting birthday party. From scavenger hunts, pool pole fights, canoeing, fun games,…

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Areena Spa re opens 15 May 2018

Areena Spa  Specials May 2018 It is with great excitement that the Areena Spa, which has been closed for the last 2 months, will be Re – opening its doors 15 May 2018.  Areena Spa welcomes new full time therapist Christelle to the team. There are great opening specials available for the month of May…

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Areena Quays Restaurant Mothers Day Buffet 2018

MOTHERS DAY BUFFET 13 MAY 2018 Spoil your mommy dearest, mother in law and the mother of your children to a delicious Sunday Buffet Lunch on the 13 May at Areena Quays Restaurant. For only R180 per Adult and R90 for children 5 – 11 years, you can bring the whole family with. Pensioners do…

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