This time of the year seems to go past in a blur, and if it is possible time seems to tick at double speed before everything comes to a complete standstill on Christmas eve. But there is still lots to do, and the best way to approach this ostensible chaos, is with a very calm and clear head! The only way to achieve this is with an outing outside of the office, we know you’re time is limited, so we’ve put together our shortest and finest City Slicker outings.
Get your boots on with these fun Corporate City Slicker Packages at the Diamond X Cowboy Ranch just outside Pretoria.
City Slicker Breakfast Ride
Have you heard of a Cattle Drive? Saddle up with your team and go on a cattle drive, truly an experience of a lifetime! Our City Slicker Breakfast Rides are great bonding opportunities through which your team will learn about the close relationship between horse and rider. This is most certainly a bucket list opportunity for any city slicker, learn how to work together, really listen, and get to know your team mates in a way that only cowboys ever experience. Of course, every cowboy deserves a hearty meal, so in true western style, we prepare a scrumptious breakfast in the bush, where you can kick off your boots and let your hair down (or at least take your hat off).
City Slicker Sunset Fandango
For some animals, sunsets are always better than a sunrise, and we know just how to create the picture-perfect authentic Western Style Sunset Fandango! Rowdy up some of your team mates and we’ll get you kitted out in appropriate cowboy garb. While everyone is having enormous fun riding into the sunset, your team will experience some bonus benefits of interacting with our horses. During horse and human contact, the hidden dynamics of a team is exposed, and powerful interpersonal communications skills are developed, which is priceless to any organisation. This is all beautifully wrapped in a glorious sunset, sundowners, and some kick-ass downtime.
If you are looking for something different but equally traditional for your "I-do" day, then a Western and Country wedding is just what you are looking for.
Whether you fancy wearing a tiara or want to get married in a cowboy hat, your list of options just became a whole lot more interesting and here is why...
Formal or Informal
Western themed weddings provide the bride and groom the opportunity to opt for a formal or informal wedding. This means ditching the tux and heels and putting on something more comfortable like jeans and boots. For those who want something formal, Diamond X Cowboy Ranch offers a suburb once in a lifetime experience with not only excellent scenes for lasting photographs but a unique backdrop with a true western flair.
Formal or informal, we provide our guests with an authentic and traditional wedding venue. Adding little personal touches to an already unique venue can be your way of personalizing your special day. One of the biggest advantages of a western wedding is that any color suits the theme and can be used in all aspects of your décor.
Western food does not limit you to baked beans and bread and can actually be a lot of fun! There are a wide variety of options to choose from, be it a plated meal, a buffet-style dinner, chicken on your menu or a beefy meal - the option is yours.
Providing more than just a Wedding Venue
Diamond X Cowboy Ranch offers a lot more than simply a venue. If you are choosing a western themed cowboy wedding then why not spend the day in Cowboy Boots? You and your wedding party can partake in events such as a fun outride on horseback, cattle drives, canyon rides or biking.
Your wedding can be more then just a regular wedding – it can be the start of your beautiful adventure together...
If ever you are looking for a truly unique experience then Diamond X Cowboy Ranch Cattle Drive would be it! There is something different about this activity, be it the authenticity of the farm that pulls you into an adventurous era or the friendly folk that run it.
Cattle Drive an Experience that will Last a Lifetime
Some call it phenomenal and others unforgettable. Recently a group of 12 people participated in the famous cattle drive. Having done a previous cattle drive at a different location they were all in agreement that...
“This was something truly special and beyond anything out there.”
Guiding 21 head of cattle from one location to another proved to be quite the workout but those attending loved every minute. Another group said they couldn’t get over their experience after returning home.
“The cattle drive filled such a huge gap in my soul, something I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl. It’s all I think about every day.”
Saddle up Cowboys!
The experienced riders from Diamond X Cowboy Ranch turn an already unique experience into an exceptional one..
“I believe that it starts with your crew. I want to complement Watson, Patrick, Roelan and Laura for the manner in which they engaged with our clients. It made an enormous difference to the experience.”
An Atmosphere of Authenticity
Not only is the Cattle Drive a unique adventure but everything about the experience is authentic. From the moment you set foot on the Diamond X Cowboy Ranch, it feels like you are drawn back into a time long lost. After the Cattle Drive, participants are treated to a City Slicker Breakfast, which is a traditional cowboy meal cooked on a real campfire in the bush. Guests simply can’t get enough and once back on the ranch and in the Saloon, great conversation and wonderful company become an excellent way to end an eventful day!
Put the Diamond X Cowboy Ranch Cattle Drive on your bucket list! For bookings and information contact us today. Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime-experience that you won't forget soon!
Have you Booked your Year-end Function?
Cowboys are heroic — not just because they do a dangerous job, but because they stand for something. Principles like honour, loyalty and courage lie at the heart of the Cowboy Way.
Diamond X Cowboy Ranch is perfect for Weddings, Team Building, Year-end Functions, Cattle Drives, Events, anything you can think of!
Next to the wedding day itself, one of the biggest events that the future bride and groom look forward to is their bachelor and bachelorette party. It is one of those moments that permit the bride and groom to celebrate their final days of being unwed with their closest friends. It is an informal celebration before officially tying the knot. Diamond X Cowboy Ranch has developed an impressive reputation for hosting such parties with great success and your party is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
For the Cowgirls – get your boots on!
If you are born with an adventurous spirit or just searching for a unique bachelorette party, then you are at the right place. Diamond X Cowboy (or Cowgirl) Ranch has brought together a exciting and adventurous bachelorette experience that includes entertaining western themed games. Apart from the Ranch crawling, the bride to be and bridesmaids can also partake in activities such as a roping clinic, cowboy picnic rides or horseshoe tossing, just to mention a few.
For the Cowboys - Saddle up gentlemen!
The groom’s party is just as spoiled for choice when it comes to adventurous activities at Diamond X Cowboy Ranch. The boys can participate in horseshoe tossing, target shooting (not real guns), roping tricks, cattle tagging, barrel racing. For those looking for something a little more challenging, book a Cattle Drive for a truly unique Wild West experience – just like in the movies.
Extend your adventure
Enjoy a full day, or even a weekend, filled with fun activities while staying in our Bunkhouse, Ranch House or one of our Chalets. No need to rush home. Please note that accommodation, meals, games and activities are only available on request, and should be booked in advance. Contact us for further information. Slap on your jeans, comfortable boots and let your adventure begin!
For an unforgettable and adventurous bachelor or bachelorette party, contact us today! You are guaranteed a truly unique experience with memories that will last a lifetime!
THE HOG WILD COUNTRY FESTIVAL - LET THE FUN BEGIN!
Diamond X Cowboy Ranch is gearing up for an awesome Hog Wild Country Festival which is set to be packed with fun activities for young, old, the adventurous and those looking for a unique festival experience. If you have not visited us yet, here is what you can expect.
Action packed program
The Hog Wild Country Festival is a two-day festival that starts on Friday 27 April and runs till Saturday the 28th. It all takes place on the Ranch so expect a complete authentic western cowboy atmosphere! Activities for the 27th include interactive cowboy games such as horseshoe tossing, corn-hole toss, roping and horse demonstrations. For the tough and brave there will be a mechanical bull and for the little ones jumping castles and pony rides. Visitors will also be able to have their photos taken in our western style photo booth and enjoy contagious line dancing with our Rodeo Girls.
On Saturday visitors can also expect live entertainment that is hosted in cooperation with the SA Country Music Artist Foundation. Starting at 10 am you can enjoy the best of Ranch food, craft beer, our western saloon and a beer garden. There will also be a spectacular horse show as well as various line dancing groups that will be performing including our very own Rodeo Girls. Prepare yourself for a special performance by South Africa’s legendary brothers, The Campbells!!
Enter in our best-dressed competition
Get your best cowboy outfit ready and participate in our best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl competition. The category for this competition includes Baby Buckaroos, Junior Cowpokes, Seasoned Cowhands and Veteran Wranglers.
Get your tickets online
Tickets for both days can be purchased at Plankton.mobi click on the button below to book your ticket. Please note that price varies for both days. Come and enjoy an experience you will not find anywhere else. If you ever wondered what true cowboy life is like then you are at the right place!
GET YOUR BOOTS ON AND BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE TODAY!
Getting married in the country is likely one of the most humbling experiences a person can have. There is something truly special about two people committing to each other while delivering vows on a once-in-a-lifetime day while being surrounded by natures most real and purest elements.
When planning a country wedding it is all about location and no location is better suited than that found at Diamond X Cowboy Ranch.
Unique Wedding Experience
The Diamond X Cowboy Ranch offers you a truly unique wedding experience that can be found nowhere else. Situated outside of Pretoria, this western style range completely breaks away from a city feel and has the ability to transport you into a world long lost. As a venue for your wedding, you can expect a western lifestyle atmosphere with a classic chapel where you can say your I do’s along with a stylish entertainment area where you can celebrate the remainder of your special occasion with family and friends – all this while being surround by some of the most picturesque natural scenery and sunsets.
Western Style Accommodation
For those traveling from afar, Diamond X Cowboy Ranch has accommodation available that is as perfectly westernized as the remainder of the property and incorporates the truest form of cowboy living, being surrounded by horses and internationally professional trained honest-to-goodness cowboys.
While away the country days like the cowboys of old
Diamond X Cowboy Ranch offers a unique Cattle Drive for those who are looking to experience adventure a different way. This is an ideal way to for the bride and groom to make a memorable event even more spectacular. Whether you are planning a trip with family or a just an outing with groomsmen and bridesmaids, this is an adventure you won't soon forget. Apart from the Cattle Drive, guests will also be afforded the opportunity to enjoy outrides for skilled or novice riders, enjoy our swimming pool or be adventurous on our mountain bike track and canyon drives.
If you are one of those lucky ones that are getting married soon but have yet not chosen a venue, then you should pay us a visit first or contact us today!
Line Dance like a Pro
Odds are that if you have attended a wedding or any event that included dancing you would have either partaken or witnessed line dancing and the fun associated with it. It is a great way to get people on the dance floor. A line dance is any kind of dance where a large group of people stands in a line or lines of rows, mostly facing the same direction, and performs a repeated sequence of steps at exactly the same time. The list of dances is extensive but you can start by learning the most popular ones. Once you join in you can quickly pick up the variations and before you know it, you will be dancing like a pro.
Where to start?
The three most popular line dancing routines are the Boot Scootin’ Boogie, which is the most popular of all routines - It’s as traditional to American country dancing as “Kaptein span die seile” is at a “Langarm” dance. The second is the Electric Slide which became famous in the 80’s when Marcia Griffiths released a song called Electric Slide even though the dance itself was choreographed in 1976. The third one is the Cha-Cha slide where the lyrics of the song describes the steps you have to perform. Once you’ve learned the basic steps of these songs, you will find it much easier to pick up new variations and combinations on the dance floor. Other dances include songs like Cotton-Eyed Joe, the Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey and the Cupid Shuffle.
Learn the Boot Scootin’ Boogie here
Add your touch
Line dancing is one of the easiest things to learn. The repetitive nature makes it fun and easy to follow. While the routines are pretty simple, there is a lot of room for you to add your own little twist or quirk. You will often see people add a little something of their own to the steps, be it a clap, an extra hitch or a twirl. You are welcome to do this, if people like it, they will often do the same.
Come and test your line dancing skills at Diamond X Range – a true American country-western experience you won’t forget!
Team building outings are one of the most powerful methods a company can use to boost productiveness in a business environment. Taking employees out of the office is a good way to break down barriers between co-workers and managers in a social environment – barriers that usually cause distractions or influence the effectiveness of workers.
What’s the purpose of Team Building Programs?
The main goal for team-building programs is to improve company morale, encourage performance and motivate, all while developing a work environment where employees and management build on a communication platform without fear of discrimination or retaliation. Team building events provide upbeat and powerful team experiences which allow companies to compete effectively in a competitive market as a team.
Picking your activities
Where you go and what you do is determined by the type of people you have on your workforce. The difficult part of planning such an event is finding activities that all your workers can participate in. There is nothing worse than being the odd one out during team-building events and has exactly the opposite effect of what you are trying to accomplish.
A unique cattle drive team building experience
Diamond X Ranch offers a truly unique team-building experience in the form of a western style Cattle Drive. Arriving early in the morning means you get some good coffee with home-made rusks. Thereafter it’s time to saddle up at prepare for an adventure. The Cattle Drive itself is approximately 2 and a half hours long and also provides you with the Diamond X Ranch’s well-know City Slicker breakfast. The entire experience lasts for about 4 and half hours, leaving you and your team with enough time to relax, unwind and share their thoughts on an exceptional experience.
More than meets the eye
Apart from an adventurous Cattle drive Diamond X Rance also offer other fun activities like outrides for skilled or novice rides, horse riding lessons and even a clinics that includes training in basic horsemanship, groundwork and a cowboy course.
If you have not yet had a team-building experience or planning your next one, try us first! Contact us and let us know what you need – we will make your cowboy adventure a memorable one.
Country Weddings in South Africa
There is nothing more special for a couple than that one big day where family and friends come together to celebrate the beginning of a journey that will last a lifetime. We are talking about a wedding of course! More often than not, a traditional wedding in South Africa will take place either on a wine estate or a farm. It provides the perfect setting and makes those everlasting photos look spectacular. But what if you are looking for something different? Something that can be traditional and unique at the same time? This might be your answer.
Country Wedding Themes
To some, it might seem a little out of sorts and cowboy weddings are not something you see too often in South Africa. Most often when attending a cowboy wedding, it is just a theme with matching décor, but the surroundings always gives it away. Simply put, these weddings mimic the cowboy look but it lacks the feeling of authenticity. It is not often seen as something traditional or elegant and sometimes frowned upon, but in truth, it can be every bit as spectacular as a wedding at any other estate or farm, if not better.
Traditional with a hint of wild wild west
A true cowboy wedding, with a combination of rustic romance, western charm, elegance, and tradition, is hard to come by but at Diamond X Cowboy Ranch we have created the perfect setting that will make you feel like you are in a scene from a movie. It is not just the country chapel, accommodation or décor that makes it unique, but the lifestyle itself, especially with our internationally trained cowboys.
Get your boots on
Do yourself a favour and spend a few days on our American-style cattle ranch. Treat your groomsmen, and yes bridesmaids too, by enjoying an afternoon horseback ride along some spectacular scenic landscapes and sunsets. Enjoy the full western experience while preparing those final touches and getting ready for your big day.
Getting hitched? Give us a call to find out how we can give you a stylish elegant country wedding with a true western touch.
Diamond X Cowboy Ranch
Diamond X Cowboy Ranch Conference, Teambuilding and Wedding Venue only 30km outside Pretoria. Experience a true Cowboy Ranch.