The South African Pesach Retreat where family, friends, new experiences, and Jewish learning all come together!

The luxurious 4 Star Velmoré Hotel Estate

Enjoy deluxe amenities at the Pesach Retreat, with the best in Jewish learning and living, packed with exciting activities. Relax with family, meet new friends, encounter internationally renowned teachers and explore great adventures in the heart of South Africa.

    Program Features

  • Unique & inspiring experience in a warm & friendly atmosphere
  • Private, Semi Private or Rabbi-led Seder options
  • Fully stocked Shul with Seforim, Shiurim and Chazanim
  • Guest speakers, lectures and workshops
  • Chassidus, Daf Yomi, Dirshu (halacha), JLI courses
  • Kids Programs
  • Children will be busy while you relax and enjoy your Pesach holiday!
  • CKids’ Club with captivating, age-appropriate, fun and meaningful Yom Tov activities
  • Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Jewish Movies, Jumping Castles, Babysitting Options

    Gourmet Cuisine
  • Exquisite Pesach Cuisine
  • 3 Delectable Meals Daily + Afternoon Tea
  • Box lunches for Chol Hamoed excursions
  • Mehadrin Standards • Non-Gebroks • Shmura Matzah • Cholov Yisroel

    Hotel Features
  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Various room options offering maximum comfort and hospitality during your stay
  • Spa, Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre on premises
  • Stylish Dining Rooms and Shul Facilities
  • Wifi throughout entire resort
  • Day trip options to many nearby attractions
  • Only 45 minutes from Johannesburg

Guests will feel the warm embrace of the spacious rooms. With warm mahogany browns, wooden floors, suede and leather finishes. The rooms are spacious and offer all the amenities expected of a 4-star luxury hotel. All rooms have their own en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower.

In-Room Amenities Include:

  • Bathroom amenities
  • Work desk and chair
  • Wireless internet connectivity
  • Telephone Computer plug points at the desk
  • Hairdryer
  • TV with selected DSTV channels
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Air-conditioning and heating
  • Laundry service
  • Room service

    Standard Rooms
    The luxurious standard rooms are a cut above and clearly stand out as a luxurious and opulent offering; the rooms have been designed and finished in a modern and contemporary touch offering a warm classical feel with spacious accommodation and elegant finishes, all with the ability to sleep guests in single, double or twin configuration.Luxury Suites
    The luxury suites at Velmoré offers space with elegant and classic finishes on a larger scale. The rooms are more spacious and available in single, double or twin configuration.  This room is ideal for a family with a few children.Deluxe Suites
    The 10 Deluxe Suites set a new standard for space and elegant opulence with a private lounge; the rooms have been designed and finished in a modern and contemporary feel to meet the demands of discerning clientele.  These rooms are the largest option for a family’s maximum comfort.Presidential Suite
    The Presidential Suite is a one of a kind that has been designed to meet the needs of discerning guest from around the world offering unparalleled elegance and sophistication and has been booked by CEO’s, foreign dignitaries and celebrities alike. Each individual room in the presidential suite has its own air conditioning, big screen television, spacious en-suite bathrooms and luxurious finishes. The Ample Suite incorporates a bar facility (stocked on request), preparation kitchen, and stylish entertainment areas

    Chol Hamoed Activities & Outings

    Apart from lazing around at the pool, or in your hotel room, there’s plenty to choose from. The best of both worlds; combining the pleasures of ultimate physical comfort with a rich spiritual experience. An incredible feast of Glatt Kosher culinary delicacies, exhilarating Seders, intellectually stimulating shiurim, as well as the hotels amazing offerings. You can choose from round of golf nearby, a pamper at the spa on premises or choose to venture out and see some of South Africa’s amazing sights. So whether you come to relax, to spiritually uplift yourself, or to see the beauty of our country, be sure to make the most of your time at The Pesach Retreat.

    Nearby attractions 

    Rand Show Fun-Fair-1.jpgThe Rand Show is held annually at Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, and boasts being the largest consumer exhibition in Africa. Every year the show gets bigger, better and a whole lot more impressive. Indulge varieties of entertainment, treat yourself  a little retail therapy or enjoy fun fair rides, with loads of exhibitions, from cars to boats to technology and so much more. It’s a treat for the whole family taking place from 30 March to 8 April 2018

    golf els.jpg The Els Club at Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate is the 2nd signature Ernie Els designed golf course in SA and is situated 18 km from the Hotel. This 18-hole golf course is surrounded by spectacular views and is designed for an enjoyable and challenging round of golf. Facilities on the property include a Pro Shop and a Performance centre, Spa, Tennis Court, pool and a pavilion.

    Forest Hill City is a retail shopping centre that has cinemas, restaurants and a large selection of retail outlets. The mall is 16 km away from the hotel.

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    Kyalami Equestrian Park Located 28km away from the hotel, Kyalami Equestrian Park is one of SA’s principal equestrian venues and is home to the Gauteng Horse Society. The park plays host to a number of competitions every year on its 8 competition arenas. The Park also has a clubhouse where horse riders and spectators can come and enjoy refreshments.

    teatro-at-montecasino.jpgMonte Casino Monte Casino in Fourways is only 26 km away from Velmoré Hotel & Spa. Monte Casino is a complex that includes a casino, movie theatres, skate park, live performance theatres, outdoor bird garden, fun arcades, restaurants, shops and more.

    Bird & Wildlife Park Experience the wonder of the Montecasino Bird Gardens. At the wildlife and bird park you can wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. In the walk-through Aviary, you’ll find over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth.The Bird Gardens houses a collection of over 142 African Cycads species – the biggest collection in the world – and over 1 000 reptiles, small animals and birds. Guests are encouraged to take a tour through the main aviary, the largest exhibit of its kind in Africa, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the unique array of wonderful creatures in their specially built housing structures, designed to represent their natural environments as far as possible. The Bird Gardens also hosts daily showings of the Flight of Fantasy Bird Show – a free educational bird show guaranteed to thrill spectators and take them on a close and intimate journey into the world of birds.


     The Lion & Safari Park is situated 26 km away from Velmoré Hotel & Spa. It is home to more than 80 lions including the rare African white lion. Other residents of the park include side-striped and black-backed jackals, cheetahs, striped and spotted hyenas, brown hyenas, wild dog, giraffe, blesbok, gemsbok, water-buck, black wildebeest, zebra, springbok and impala. The park also has a feeding area where visitors can feed some of the giraffes and also play with lion cubs. Visitors are also allowed to take pictures with the cubs and participate in ‘Cheetah Walks’, night drives, self-game drives and guided safaris. The park is open every day including holidays.

    Pilansberg Game Reserve: Among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves, situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, this vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. If you’re seeking a real safari experience, this is the closest one you’ll find, less than 2 hours drive from the hotel.

    Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park: This Park is located close to the Cradle of Humankind and Lanseria Airport and is 24 km away from the hotel. Visitors are allowed to hold selected snakes and baby crocodiles. The park also does guided tours and is open every day including public holidays.

    Rhino and Lion Reserve is situated 44km away from Velmoré Hotel & Spa. It is home to more than 30 species of wildlife including 3 of the big 5 – white rhino, buffalo and lion. Other wildlife found on the reserve include: hippo, crocodile, cheetah and more than 20 species of antelope. The reserve is also home to the rare cape vulture.

    Sterkfontein Caves An hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world famous for their fossil finds and a well-known visitor destination. After an extensive face-lift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is home to a top restaurant, conferencing facilities, easy access to the caves themselves, modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where world-acclaimed fossils have been discovered.

    Zwartkops Raceway is located 7 km from the hotel. It has been noted as the most advanced raceway and the biggest advanced driver-training centre in Africa. It has a vehicle evaluation facility as well as environmentally friendly 4×4 driver-training grounds. It is the only internationally licensed kart circuit in SA rated as one of the finest on earth. The raceway is used for motorcycle and car for product evaluations as well as advanced driver education. The raceway plays host to various events with 4 championships every year including the world karting tournaments and the international 4×4 motoring championships. The most popular race is the WesBank Super Series, SA’s premier track racing series. The championship includes a SuperBike challenge for production motorcycles, one for Volkswagens (the Engen Volkswagen Cup), one for Polo Playas and one for V8 Supercars. The Pro Tour that features racing Ferraris, Porsches and Shelbys, is also hosted by Zwartkops Raceway and is gaining in popularity.


    Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit opened its doors in the early 1960s and is a world famous motor racing venue with a rich national and international heritage. The track has hosted the World Superbike Series more than 3 times and has also hosted the A1 Grand Prix in 2009, an event that was broadcast all over the world. Today, the now 4.2 km track has features 11 corners and is used mostly for spacing A1 and superbike racing. The track is also used by BMW and AUDI for defensive driving classes for their customers.

    Sharpeville Memorial which features a dramatic wall at the entrance containing the names of the people who are buried in the nearby Sharpeville Cemetery and, if you are truly hungry for knowledge, you’ve got to experience the Vredefort Dome Route and learn about the geology, history, bird life, flora and fauna of this World Heritage Site.

    The Soweto Golf and Shebeen Tour is a must for any golfer! Enjoy 18 holes at the Soweto Golf course and visit several Shebeens and historical sites within this vibrant area.Apartheid Museum: The Apartheid Museum is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own. T Gold Reef City is an amusement park in Johannesburg. Located on an old gold mine, which closed in 1971, the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand.

    Lesedi Cultural Village: Lesedi Cultural Village is a tourist village which celebrates the cultural traditions of several different peoples of Southern Africa. It reproduces traditional dwellings and offers demonstrations of dances and other cultural activities. Tel: 012 205 1394.

    Parys Water Rafting: Enjoy 2-3 hours on the Vaal River and you get between 9 and 11 rapids. There are guides that give a full safety briefing before you start your adventure. There will be guides on the water with everybody, at the moment the river is perfect for 1st timers and non-swimmers. It’s about 6km of rafting and there are 2 man inflatables available. This is a fun family activity and an experience that will make lasting memories.

    Constitutional Hill: Constitution Hill is a city precinct, anchored by the South African Constitutional Court – the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Constitution Hill is also the site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex, where thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished before the dawn of democracy.

    The Elephant Sanctuary at Hartebeespoort Dam: A caring team who will introduce you to a unique Experience of touching, feeding, walking and riding magnificent African elephants. It is a great Family outing, suitable for all ages.

    Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary: This is for the whole family. Walk through indigenous forests on elevated wooden walkways, and experience a variety of exotic monkeys. Bush babies Monkey Sanctuary rescues monkeys that have been raised as pets, or have been bred or imported for the pet trade. The monkeys are released into a wild forest with waterfalls and mountain springs.


  • Air Condition
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Catering service
  • Convention floor
  • Customer Service
  • Desk
  • Free toiletries
  • Ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Valet parking
  • WiFi


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Scholars & Entertainers

Celebrate Pesach the way it's meant to be with the most delectable and elegant Pesach dining. Let our gourmet chefs delight your palate!

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Come experience the range of tastes and flavours from our kitchens offering something for everyone's tastes. Our menus, packed with good old favourites, cool new creations, ashkenaz & sefardic (strictly no kitniyot) favourites and the traditional Pesach foods will have you filling up for more and more. Suited to almost any taste, the dining options available will provide you with a memorable experience.  

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Professional Chefs and Kitchen staff led by Executive Chef Francois van Wyk and Jenny Diner Catering

Special Dessert & Pastry Chefs 

3 Delectable Meals Daily and Snacks

Afternoon Tea Room

Box lunch options for Chol-Hamoed Day Trips 

Please let us know at the time of your booking if you have any special dietary requests. We will do our best to accommodate any and all of your needs.


Under the strict rabbinical supervision of the Johannesburg Beth Din guaranteeing the highest level of standards in Kashrus:

All produce thoroughly checked

Glatt Kosher: Beit Yosef and Chabad Shechita

Only Chalav Yisrael

Strictly non-gebrkost and no kitniyot

Shmura Matzah & Quality Mevushal Wines


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Select the type of Seder that is right for you. You may also choose Community Seder for one night and a Private Seder for the other night.

Discover the deeper meaning of Pesach and how to achieve personal freedom. Please let us know if you need to sit close to a Rabbi’s table.

Lead your own family Seder at a table in the elegant setting of our main dining room or join up with another family.

Enjoy an exclusive Seder in a room just for your own family (additional cost for private Seder rooms).

Meal times will take place at the hotels various elegant dining areas.


Enjoy quiet, secluded and romantic areas where you and your family can enjoy time together and breathe in some fresh air.