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Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Andrew Shapland • Anne Schauffer • Claire Gunn • Dawn Jorgensen • Debbie Cooper • iSimangaliso Wetland Park • James Siddall • Johann Cloete • Justin Cooke • Lynette Botha • Sure Travel • Tessa Buhrmann • www.artphototravel.it/www.sipacontest.com

In this month’s Flamingo ON THE COVER Photograph by: Corlette Wessels Febuary 2017

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Corlette Wessels was there with her camera when this lion drama unfolded

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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.

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Air Namibia Information From the Managing Director and Destination Map.

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iSimangaliso a real miracle Kwazulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, comprising the north-eastern corner of South Africa’s coastline, is one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories and a wonder of nature that is deserving of its moniker - ‘iSimangaliso’ means miracle in the isiZulu language).

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An “underwater” photograph triumphs at the Siena International Photo Awards The Siena International Photo Awards winners were recently announced in Siena’s Teatro dei Rozzi. The creator and artistic director of the event, Luca Venturi, considered it remarkable that this number of photographers from across the globe had descended on Siena, united by their passion for photography.

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28 Cooking Wild Safaris Forget Tuscany or France, learn to cook in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. 38 Motoring James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels. 56

10 Seriously cool things to do in central Durban this summer So you’re heading to Durbs for the holidays and all you’re thinking about are those golden beaches, the deliciously warm Indian Ocean and balmy evenings that are just perfect for sublime cocktails and moonlit walks…

62 Disconnect to reconnect With Wilderness Safaris Namibia.

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68 A hearty slice of paradise It is often said that the journey teaches you about the destination. In the case of a visit to Creation Wines, it is literally true. Along the rustic Hemel-en-Aarde Road that meanders its way over the slopes and through the valleys of Babylonstoren Mountain, beauty is the overriding impression. 92 Oudebosch camp in Kogelberg If you’re looking for a place to step off the planet, here it is. Architecture Co-op recently won an Afrisam-SAIA award for the magnificent eco design of these glorious little Cape Nature getaways in Kogelberg in the Cape. 96 Step off the planet If you’re looking for an authentic escape that’ll revive your soul, head out of Cape Town International Airport, and set your trip for Akasha. This could be the start of something… fresh. 100 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation.

Disclaimer All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Flamingo are not necessarily those of Air Namibia.

102 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 110 Air Namibia Information Travel information, Frequent Flyer Information, Cargo Service, Flight Schedule and Fleet Information. 118 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard.

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GENERAL

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Surface area: 824,268 km . Capital: Windhoek. Independence: 21 March 1990. Current president: Hage Geingob. Multiparty Parliament, Democratic Constitution Division of power between executive, Legislature and judiciary. Secular state—freedom of religion (90% Christian). Freedom of the press/media.

Mobile communication system is available throughout the country. It is also possible to rent cell & satellite phones at the Windhoek International Airport, or buy local Sim cards. Postal service: affiliated to the Universal Postal Union. Schools: over 1700 and various vocational and tertiary education institutions.

TAX AND CUSTOMS All goods and services are priced to include value-added tax of 15%. Visitors may reclaim VAT. Enquiries: Ministry of Finance, Tel (+264 61) 23 0773 in Windhoek.

ENVIRONMENT Nature reserves: 15 % of surface area. Highest mountain: Brandberg. Other prominent mountains: Spitzkoppe, Moltkeblick, Gamsberg. Perennial rivers: Orange, Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando/ Linyanti/Chobe. Ephemeral rivers: Numerous, including Fish, Kuiseb, Swakop and Ugab.

FLORA 14 vegetation zones; 120 species of trees; 200 endemic plant species; 100 plus species of lichen. Living fossil plant: Welwitschia mirabilis.

ECONOMY Main sectors: Mining, fishing, tourism & agriculture. Biggest employer: Agriculture (46%). Fastest-growing sector: Tourism. Mining: Diamonds, uranium, copper, lead, zinc, magnesium, cadmium, arsenic, pyrites, silver, gold, lithium minerals, dimension stones (granite, marble, blue sodalite) and many semi-precious stones.

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Roads: 5,450 km tarred, 37,000 km gravel. Harbours: Walvis Bay, Lüderitz. Main airports: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport, 46 airstrips. Rail network: 2,382 km narrow gauge. Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 Hz with outlets of round three-pin type. Fixed phone coverage throughout the country with direct-dialing facilities to more than 220 countries.

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One medical doctor per 3,650 people. Several state of the art private and state hospitals in Windhoek with intensive-care units, as well as in main towns, with medical practitioners (world standard) and 24-hour medical emergency services.

Currency: The Namibia Dollar (N$) is fixed to and equals the SA Rand. The South African Rand is also legal tender. Foreign currency, International Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.

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2.3 million; Density: 2.2 per km; 240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% of total). Official language: English. 14 regions, 13 ethnic cultures, 16 languages and dialects. Adult literacy rate: 85%. Population growth rate: 2.6%.

FAUNA Big game: Elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, 20 antelope species; 240 mammal species (14 endemic); 250 reptile species; 50 frog species; 676 bird species. Endemic birds including Herero Chat, Rockrunner, Damara Tern, Monteiro’s Hornbill.

FOREIGN REPRESENTATION More than 50 countries have Namibian consular or embassy representation in Windhoek.

DRINKING WATER

Public transport is available to most tourist destinations in Namibia. In Namibia one drives on the left. There are bus services from Windhoek to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Vic Falls, Swakopmund, Harare, Lusaka and many other smaller busses which connect most of Namibian regions. Namibia’s main railway line runs from the South African border, connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund in the west and Tsumeb and Oshikango in the north. There is an extensive network of international and regional flights from Windhoek. Domestic charters to all destinations.

HEALTH No inoculations are necessary. Should one enter from a country in which yellow fever prevails, one should have proof of vaccination against such disease. Malaria-prophylaxis is recommended if traveling to far northern Namibia during summer.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is available almost everywhere in the country as well.

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Brewery Stops Brewing We weren’t willing to compromise, because we would never expect you to. Windhoek temporarily halts production lines waiting for quality ingredients.

Windhoek Brewery 1930s

WINDHOEK In the 1930s it became difficult to get the barley and hops we normally used to brew our beer. We could have changed our recipe or used second-rate ingredients to keep the numbers up. But we didn’t, because the quality of our beer is everything to us. And that’s not worth compromising.

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ermann Ohlthaver and Carl List made a pact when they consolidated four breweries to found South West Breweries almost 100 years ago. If they were going to brew beer, they were going to brew the very best beer they could. No compromise. They were passionate about their dream, and knew the beer they wanted to produce would only ever be as good as the ingredients used to brew it. So they crossed the ocean in search of the finest barley and hops available, and brought them back to what was then South-West Africa. The two friends truly loved beer. That’s why they made the decision to stop the production lines, when

because of the war it became difficult to get quality ingredients. We could have changed our recipe. We could have found different ingredients that were more readily available, or second-rate barley and hops that would have made an OK beer. But we weren’t willing to compromise, because we would never expect you to. We waited and waited and waited… until eventually we took delivery of quality barley and hops once more. Our brewery started up and we celebrated the first new batch with pride. For us it’s 100% Pure Beer. Brewed with only malted barley, hops and water. No compromise. Not back then. Not ever.

Not for Sale to Persons Under the Age of 18. Drink Responsibly.

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The routes WindhoekNamibia flight from Windhoek to Ondangwa Dolomite Camp (from within the Gaborone-Durban has to been added to our schedule. We look forward to end of October 2016! We look forward to flying you to the the airline won during the year. They are: Sky Trax 2nd Best Regional Gaborone-Durban has been added to our schedule. We look forward to flying youOctober to theduring additional destinations within SADC. end of 2016! We look forward to flying you to the the airline won the year. They are: Sky Trax 2nd Best Regional Gaborone-Durban has been added to our schedule. We look forward to flying you to the the additional destinations within SADC.region NWR stable) which is located in a previously restricted scenic area in the western of Carrier, ACSA Feather Awarddestinations 2016. additional destinations within SADC. Watch this space, flying you to additional within SADC. Carrier, ACSA Feather Award 2016. additional destinations SADC. 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Standard Bank recognised

for banking excellence Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets, was recognised for excellence across the continent, scooping a total of 16 awards, including Best Investment Bank in Africa for the ninth consecutive year. Awards won across Africa included Best Investment Bank in Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia; and Best Foreign Investment Bank in Nigeria—of all which serve to reiterate Standard Bank’s commitment to Africa’s markets. Additional Awards included: • Best Debt House in Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC • Best Local Bank in South Africa • Best Broker in Rwanda and Uganda, SBG Securities.

Standard Bank’s Head Investment Banking Letitea du Plessis

Standard Bank has been named Best Investment Bank in Namibia in the 2016 EMEA Finance African Banking awards.

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“We are delighted to receive an award that acknowledges our sustained investment in understanding Africa’s complex banking, transaction and regulatory landscapes from a client’s perspective,” says Letitea du Plessis, Standard Bank’s Head of Investment Banking.

“These awards recognise that it is our ability to navigate complex financial and regulatory environments that assists clients to achieve their long-term growth ambitions,” says du Plessis. Standard Bank has delivered a number of transformative deals, reflecting the Bank’s commitment to driving growth in the continent that it calls home. In addition, Standard Bank’s sector expertise, on-the-ground presence and established transactional capability has enabled Standard Bank to identify and leverage ongoing African opportunity.

“Who do we partner with to continue to grow in this market?” “With the Best Investment Bank in Namibia.” EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2016 Best Investment Bank in Namibia

In a market as diverse and competitive as Namibia, you need a guide who understands the lay of the land. For well over a century Standard Bank has been gaining insights on what makes this country tick and we proudly partner with our clients to create a brighter future for all Namibians. 2016 has seen the EMEA Finance African Banking Award for Best Investment Bank being awarded to Standard Bank for the ninth year running. It also saw the successful co-financing of Debmarine Namibia’s new exploration and sampling vessel,

AFRICAN BANKING AWARDS 2016

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iSimangaliso

a real miracle

Kwazulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, comprising the north-eastern corner of South Africa’s coastline, is one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories and a wonder of nature that is deserving of its moniker. ‘iSimangaliso’ means ‘miracle’ in the isiZulu language). By: Debbie Cooper Photographs: iSimangaliso Wetland Park

W

ith most of the 332 000ha

beauty, iSimangaliso also contains four

the north-east, 700-year-old fish traps

iSimangaliso

wetlands of international importance

form a spectacular visual display

under the Ramsar Convention.

against crystal waters.

comprising

Wetland

terrestrial

Park

wetlands, and

From the foundations of 16 separate

Lake St Lucia is possibly the

mountains, the diversity of flora and

parcels of land as well as 220km of

most famous landmark in the park,

fauna is astonishing. A wide range

coastline and marine protected area,

with over 800 hippos and at least

of big and small game is spread

the boundaries stretch from the border

1 200 adult crocodiles. The best

throughout the southern and central

with

Maphelane,

way to explore this is on an estuary

regions of the park. Eight inter-

south of St Lucia. Inland, the park

boat cruise run from jetties at St

linking ecosystems, a vast mosaic of

encompasses Africa’s largest estuarine

Lucia, offering guaranteed close-up

wetlands, warm clear oceans bursting

system, Lake St Lucia, Southern Africa’s

encounters with the lake’s animals

with a myriad underwater species on

largest freshwater lake, Lake Sibaya,

and water birds. Guided kayaking

our coral reefs, ‘Big 7’ terrestrial and

and the big game territory of the

is also permitted through a licensed

marine fauna including sharks, whales,

uMkhuze section.

operator in the southern section of

grasslands,

forests,

savannah

Mozambique

to

the Lake St Lucia estuary.

coelacanths and nesting leatherback

The park has all of the ‘Big 5’

and loggerhead turtles, 526 species of

(elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and

Sodwana Bay is the country’s most

birds and more, make iSimangaliso one

rhino, both black and white), plus

popular scuba dive destination and

of the rarest and most treasured places

cheetah, wild dogs, whales, turtles

one of the top ten in the world, with

on earth. And with a variety of leisure

and a cornucopia of marine life. It

over 1 200 fish species on 100 types

activities on offer, there is something

contains three major lake systems,

of warm water coral. Scuba diving

for everyone to do.

most of South Africa’s remaining

is available to the public through a

The park has enjoyed over 16 years

swamp forests, Africa’s longest trans-

number of local operators, as well as

of continual growth and evolution into

frontier marine protected area, one

guests of Thonga Beach Lodge and

one of the country’s premier tourist

of the world’s finest coral reefs at

Rocktail Camp further north in the

attractions. Inscribed by UNESCO for

Sodwana, 526 bird species and 25 000

coastal forest section. And it isn’t even

exceptional

year-old coastal dunes – amongst the

necessary to be a diver to enjoy the

highest in the world. At Kosi Bay in

astounding natural aquarium here:

processes

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biodiversity, and

ecological

superlative

scenic


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armed with only a snorkel and mask,

One of the lesser known residents of

In order to best experience all that

there are many sheltered bays along

the park to be found at night is the

this park has to offer, iSimangaliso

the coast such as Mabibi, Dog Point,

little Setaro’s dwarf chameleon which

is expanding the list of registered

Black Rock, Lala Nek, Kosi Bay mouth,

is found nowhere else on earth.

tourism activities available to ensure

At uMkhuze, one of the oldest sections

Cape Vidal or Perriers Rocks.

maximum

visitor

choice.

These

The Eastern and Western Shores of

of the park characterised by rich red soil

include guided birding, kayaking,

Lake St Lucia are where the soaring

and bound by the Lebombo Mountain

horse riding, whale watching, turtle

vegetated dunes give way to coastal

range, rebuilds and development of

tours, deep sea charter fishing, game

grasslands,

plains

new tourism facilities that include

and night drives, wilderness trails,

game and some of the finest leopard

access for the physically disabled, along

scuba diving and many more. With

sightings in the country. It is here too

with the reintroduction of lions, have

some of the best fishing waters in

that birders are greatly rewarded with

greatly enhanced the visitor experience.

the country, iSimangaliso’s licensed

sightings that include vast flocks of

A highlight of this section is the multi-

operators offer deep sea fishing

flamingo and pelican along with raptors

level wooden walkway that leads one

charters out of St Lucia and Sodwana

and coastal birds. And on night drives,

up to the highest boughs of the majestic

Bay. Those with their own deep

a whole different world is unveiled.

fig forest.

sea vessels may also go out to sea.

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teeming

with


Rock and surf fishing is permitted throughout much of the park. Watching a loggerhead turtle laying her eggs on iSimangaliso’s golden shores is a deeply moving experience. iSimangaliso known for

is

internationally

turtle tours (November

to March) and boat-based whale watching ( June to November), both of which offer a spectacular and spiritual experience. Turtle tours are offered to the general public by three licensed vehicle operators, either at St Lucia or Sodwana Bay, and four community

guides

offer

walking

tours at Kosi Bay.

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iSimangaliso is an easy self-drive

(Eastern Shores) are possible for even

mountain bike ride, a registered half

destination and perfectly tailored for

the young and elderly. The wooden

marathon, and an underwater and

any budget. An extensive network of

boardwalk at Lake St Lucia estuary

land-based photography competition.

all-weather roads in the big game

takes visitors close to hippos along the

In 2017, the first iSimangaliso Trail

sections is suitable for all types of

lake’s edge. As for birding − it would

Challenge takes place with plans

vehicles. A few self-guided walks

be impossible for a visitor to spend

afoot for a surf ski event as well.

along the Igwalagwala Trail on the

even a day in the park without ticking

All of these allow people to interact

banks of the Lake St Lucia estuary,

off an impressive list of avifauna.

with the park’s attractions in unique, adventurous ways.

nature trails in the Game Park area

Several small protected picnic spots

of the Eastern Shores or the various

offer respite from hours behind the

delightful trails in the rare sand

wheel and a chance to sit in peaceful

things for many people. For some it’s

forest of the False Bay section are

nature and soak up the sounds and

an adrenaline rush. For others, a soul

free of charge and allow one to

smells of the bush. Favourite quieter

escape. For everyone, it is a miracle

immerse oneself in nature. These

spots are uBhejane Picnic Site on

of nature. Whether one spends a day

trails are also fantastic for some

the Western Shores, Mission Rocks

or a month in this embracing and

scenic off-road cycling, and for a

beach, Catalina Bay and kuMziki

healing cradle of nature, iSimangaliso

change of pace, Bhangazi Horse

Picnic Site on the Eastern Shores,

offers more variety than almost any

Safaris offers rides along the St Lucia

Cape Vidal, Charters Creek and False

destination globally.

beaches or in the game park section

Bay. Sodwana Bay, Jabula Beach

of the Eastern Shores where plains

at St Lucia beachfront and Kosi Bay

game is common.

also have day visitor sites that are

Short beach walks from Mission

hugely popular in holiday season.

Rocks to Bat Cave or Perriers Rocks

Annual events include a four-day

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iSimangaliso

represents

many

Visit: www.iSimangaliso.com for information, accommodation and tourism activities and contact details. iSimangaliso office: 035 590 1633


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An “underwater” photograph triumphs at the Siena International Photo Awards The Siena International Photo Awards winners were recently announced in Siena’s Teatro dei Rozzi. The creator and artistic director of the event, Luca Venturi, considered it remarkable that this number of photographers from across the globe had descended on Siena, united by their passion for photography. This international event elicited a superb response, and the winners and their entries are nothing short of breathtaking. The categories ranged from the Pangea Awards of Excellence to the ‘big players’, to the specific categories, namely wildlife, sport, storyboard, open colour, open monochrome, travel, nature, people and portrait, wine, and under 20. The SIPAContest award ceremony opened a month of events of the Art Photo Travel Festival, where the city hosted personal and collective exhibitions, as well as numerous collateral events, such as workshops, photo tours and other events. www.artphototravel.it www.sipacontest.com

Danny Yen Sin Wong (Malaysia) Category Winner: Open Colour Phan Rang Fishing Net Making Phan Rang (Vietnam) - 2015 In a small village in southern Vietnam near Phan Rang, a woman wearing a typical cone hat is creating a fishing net in their traditional manner.

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Audun Rikardsen (Norway) Category Winner: Wildlife

Sharing Resources Tromsø (Norway) - 2015 During winter in northern Norway, large biomasses of herring have overwintered in fjords during 3-4 dark winter months in recent years. This has attracted hundreds of whales and fishing vessels. The killer whales have learned the sound of the boats.

Changming Liu (China) Honorable Mention: People & Portrait

Crazy For Mud Xiushan, Zhoushan City (China) - 2007 Mud park, located in Xiushan island of Zhoushan City, is the first mud theme park in China. My work represents two visitors completely covered with mud, with a group of “muddy people” in the background.

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Audun Rikardsen (Norway) Category Winner: Sport Arctic Urban Skiing Tromsø (Norway) - 2014 A friend skiing at night, descends a 10 meter high clifftop in Tromso, Norway. Matjaz Krivic (Slovenia) 2nd Classified: Travel

Boys Trainers Diafarabé (Mali) - 2014 When we met, the boy was carrying his shoes in his hands as he couldn’t use them anymore. With my sewing needle and dental floss, we patched them up so he could follow his herd.

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Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz (Spain) 3 rd Classified: Sport

Jump 2.0 Basauri (Spain) - 2014 During the para-Olympic meeting, celebrated in Basauri for the Spanish championship, one of the best long jumpers for the blind category, Xavi Porras, realized a masterful jump.

Leyla Emektar ( Turkey) Category Winner: Travel

Strawberry Greenhouses Nazilli, Aydin (Turkey) - 2016 To take this shot, I had to climb a relief which allowed me to include interesting, colored greenhouses located near Nazilli. I waited for the moment when a Turkish peasant who was working with the strawberries entered the frame.

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Mike Hollman (New Zealand) Category Winner: Architecture

Warp Speed Tokyo (Japan) - 2014 I took this shot while traveling to Tokyo on the Yurikamome Line which takes its name from the common black-headed gull which populates the bay of said Japanese capital.

Antonius Andre Tjiu (Indonesia) 3 rd Classified Travel

Floating Market South Borneo (Malaysia) - 2015 A floating market is a market where goods are displayed and sold from boats. Floating markets are developed in places where water transportation plays an important role in everyday life.

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Ali Al Hajri (United Arab Emirates) 2nd Classified: Architecture

Women Reflection Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) - 2016 Two women walking are reflected on the water, and amplify the beauty of the Sheikh Zayed’s Grand Mosque.

Andrew Suryono (Indonesia) Honorable Mention: Nature

Orangutan In The Rain Bali (Indonesia) - 2014 I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali when it started to rain. I saw this Orangutan take a taro leaf and put it on top of its head to protect himself from the rain.

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Antonius Andre Tjiu (Indonesia) 2nd Classified: Wildlife

Scream Of Death South Borneo (Malaysia) - 2014 The snake in this photograph is curled in defense, knowing that its best chance for survival lies in attacking the much larger Crested Serpent Eagle.

Greg Lecoeur (France) Siena Photographer Of The Year 2016

Sardine Run South Africa - 2015 During the sardines’ migration along the coast of South Africa, all marine predators are looking for sardines!

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Nicki Frates (USA) Honorable Mention: Nature

Firefalls Yosemite National Park (USA) - 2016 For two weeks a year, the sun aligns perfectly with Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park where the waterfall glows like lava a few minutes before sunset.

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Cooking Wild Safaris Forget Tuscany or France, learn to cook in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands By: Dawn Jorgensen http://theincidentaltourist.com/

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W

e wake to the early morning

Joining a Cooking Wild Safari, I’m one

From there, we move directly to the

sun, drink strongly brewed

in a group of six that will be spending

Rickety Bridge Winery for a private

and

hearty

three days meeting the experts, being

cellar tour and tasting. This historic

breakfast of fluffy omelettes that spill

guided by chefs, tasting and blending

estate has a long-standing tradition

perfectly cooked cherry tomatoes

wine and taking lessons in food making

of winemaking, with the new winery

and

the

from those passionate professionals in

completed in 1997 and the old cellar

plate. There’s excitement about as

the know. On arrival, no time is wasted

converted into a barrel fermentation

we chat with mutual anticipation,

and after checking in to Basse Provence

centre. We walk between the towering

aware that we’re about to share a

Guest

Huyssteen

tanks and bottling section, where

unique culinary-infused treat in the

welcomes us, giving an overview of

Winemaker Wynand Grobler’s carefully

Cape Winelands.

what to expect over the coming days.

crafted Paulina’s Reserve, Foundation

coffee

wild

indulge

in

mushrooms

a

onto

House,

Jan

van

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Stone and Rickety Bridge range is labelled, as well as my favourites, the Rickety Bridge Brut RosÊ MCC. Lunch is served in their Paulina’s restaurant, named in honour of the original owner of the property in 1797 Paulina de Villiers, and takes the form of beautifully presented halfand full-sized bistro style portions, allowing the opportunity to sample and share dishes. With the mood set, the afternoon takes us into Franschhoek village for a craft beer tasting at the recently opened

Tuk

Tuk

Microbrewery,

while those with a sweet tooth are appeased with a lesson in the worship of the cocoa bean and the art of

Booking Details

scheduled weekly departures and

chocolatiering, as well as a tasting at

To book or for more information, take

a minimum of two pax is required.

Huguenot Fine Chocolate.

a look at http://cookingwildsafaris.

Rates include accommodation, all

com and contact Jan Van Huyssteen

meals and cooking lessons, local

cooking

at jan@ricketybridge.com or Cindy

wines and activity-related transport,

Nussey of Stir Crazy Cooking School,

Muller at cindy@cookingwildsafaris.

but

gratuities,

who partners with Cooking Wild

com. The package rate varies from

personal items and transfers ex-

Safaris to mentor and teach, drawing

about R3, 750pp for one night to

Cape Town. Non-cooking partners

on his years of expertise. As we enter

R10500pp for three nights. There are

are welcome to join you.

the kitchen, we are met by neatly

exclude

spirits,

Later, the highlight of the day, lessons

with

Chef

Brett

laid out prep tables, a pantry section

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heavy with ingredients, and recipe-rich

would otherwise simply be considered

brings a triumph of flavour. Another

clipboards reminiscent of Masterchef.

wild greens, we are talked through the

first awaited as we gather, inspired by

carefully selected items and offered

the lessons learnt, to blend our own

ideas on how to use them.

wines back at the estate. It’s more

Paired into teams and sporting Cooking Wild Safari aprons, we are set to work mixing, chopping, flavouring

“It’s always different,” says Nick,

intimidating than one might think

and nurturing the dishes assigned to

who starts each day in search of

and I have renewed respect for the

us. All the while Brett moves between

handpicked ingredients from which

art as I add a touch of Semillon to my

us offering guidance and advice.

to create his dishes alongside famed

Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc

His enthusiasm and love for food,

chef, Chris Erasmus. We pick a lot of

mix, before corking it and applying my

fresh ingredients and the way that

wood sorrel, dandelions, chickweed,

hand-drawn label. Something I never

coming together to make and share a

goosefoot, wild cress, lupine and

imagined I’d do.

meal connects friends and communities

wild peas. Although it is the mystical

That night we couldn’t wait to

is palpable, and we all strive to please

mushrooms that captivate in their size

get back into the kitchen with Chef

him. Once ready, the dishes are

and colour and the use of nettle to

Brett for more lessons. This time we

garnished and set on the warm pass

make pesto, that sticks in my mind.

even master the art of crème brulee.

while we top up our wine glasses with

Later that day we eat at Foliage,

Although my personal takeaway is

a well-matched Rickety Bridge before

seeing how a morning’s harvest is put

that risotto will always challenge me,

helping ourselves and eating together;

to use in the kitchen. A serene and

even though under the watchful eye

by now we are friends in food and life.

quiet atmosphere is driven by soulful

of Chef Brett I get it just right, I’m yet

The second day brings the privilege

chefs in touch with nature and the

to achieve the same result at home.

of a morning spent foraging on the land

ingredients they use. My chosen dish

Practise, practise, practise – one day

with Nick, the sous-chef from Foliage,

is roasted cauliflower head served

it will be so. As our time at Rickety

and his team. Bringing essence to what

with herbs we picked ourselves, it

Bridge draws to an end, I can’t help

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in this case through the eyes of the

immersive

professionals who celebrate it and

on

the

serve it to patrons daily.

the

Southern

The Cooking Wild Safaris are always slightly

different,

determined

by

group size, season and interest. Other inclusions could be the Aphrodisiac

experience delicious

touching

cuisines

African

of

continent

from aromatic Cape Malay sweet curries

to

local

slow-cooked

country-style delicacies. In

addition

to

the

countless

Shack on the languid and picturesque

memories, I take home a bound

banks of Theewaterskloof Dam, world-

cookbook containing recipes and a

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If you don't own wings you'll never fly Honda, in case you didn't know, recently launched a small jet – the HondaJet. More than that, it's the fastest in its class (a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots), soars the highest (43 000 feet), is the most fuel-efficient, and is billed as “the world's most advanced light jet.” The international aviation market certainly seems to rate it very highly indeed. It also has a range of 1 223 nautical miles, and is on sale in North America, South America and Europe, and now for the first it's being marketed in the Middle East – a potentially

huge market. Just don't expect your own local Honda dealer to have one in stock.

Mokka Java Opel's popular compact SUV, the Mokka, has just received a mild makeover - “mild,” no doubt, on the basis that if it ain't broken don't fix it. Part of the update is a name change to “MOKKA X.” Why? “The uppercase style is illustrative of an even bolder approach to modern motoring, while the X in the nomenclature is the new global identifier for future Opel SUV and crossover vehicles,” says Opel. Other changes include new headlight clusters combining daytime running lights and LED technology, while interior trim is revised, too, and the Cosmo model now packs a high-end infotainment system. Mechanically things stay unaltered, and the fourmodel lineup still includes Enjoy and Cosmo trim choices in either manual or automatic. Power to all MOKKA X models comes from Opel’s excellent 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged Ecotec petrol engine, which produces 103kW and 200Nm between 1 850 and 4 900rpm. Zero-to-100 km/h is reached in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 196 km/h

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for the six-speed manual models. The two models with the six-speed auto 'box hit zero-to-100 km/h in 10.7 seconds topping out at 191km/h.

Marvellous Megane When it comes to misconceptions, well, French vehicles are shrouded in them. Some still believe that they embody questionable reliability, poor parts availability, and limited longevity. But if that was ever the case, it has long since changed, and Renault for one purveys a range of hugely

desirable machines including the new Megane which vies for the title of the most individualistic hatchback you can buy. There's a quartet of models in the range, and a week spent with the flagship Megane GT rammed home its appeal. This vehicle employs a Renault Sport Teamdeveloped “Energy TCe 205 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine,” to give it its full name. With 151kW and 280Nm from 2 400rpm running through a sevenspeed dual-clutch EDC gearbox, it's a swift performer. High equipment levels include fourwheel steering on this halo model, and an on-board multimedia interface in the guise of Renault's R-LINK2. This comes complete with a big 8.7-inch touchscreen display. There's also a full suite of active and passive safety aids, and all the creature comforts you could wish for plus a claimed fuel consumption of six litres per 100km. Above all, it looks almost postspage-age, with taut lines and full LED headlights, as well as permanently-lit rear LED lights – all of which add to its daringly different appeal.

Impreza impresses Over in Japan the latest Subaru Impreza has been named that country's 2016-2017 Car of the Year. Perhaps not altogether surprising as in October last year alone it outsold its monthly sales target more than fourfold, with 11 050 orders. A lot of this demand, says Subaru, comes from customers switching from other brands. Closer to home, we look forward to announcing the winner of the 2017 South African Car of the Year title in the early part of this year. It's going to be a close one with an array of 10 excellent finalists that include the Audi A4, the Honda Civic, the Opel Astra, the Toyota Fortuner, and two VW's in the guise of the Passat and the Tiguan.

G-Force! When it comes to off-road machines, few if any vehicles are quite as iconic as the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Now for the first time 20 000 have been built in one year, setting a new production record that is indicative of global demand, and dare we say good taste. The twenty thousandth G-Class to roll off the production line was a white Mercedes-AMG G63 equipped with desirable options.

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“The individualisation and continuous technical optimisation of the G-Class contribute to the great success of the original off-road icon which still makes no compromises when it comes to off-road," says Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, head of the off-road product group at Mercedes-Benz. “The production of 20 000 G-Classes in one year confirms the high demand for the ‘G’ and likewise the quality of our vehicles, something that is highly appreciated by our customers. I am very pleased and also proud that some of our employees have been on board since production started around 37 years ago.” The legendary G-Class has been in production on behalf of Mercedes-

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Benz at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria since 1979, and its popularity just grows. Over quarter of a million vehicles have been delivered to customers since the first model was introduced.

Blitzen benz And it's a new record. The MercedesAMG GT R has set the fastest lap time on Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife for any road-going sportscar ever tested by respected motoring magazine “sport auto.” The 430kW blitzen Benz turned in a time of 7:10.9 minutes around what's widely held to be the world's toughest racetrack.

Open-Air extravaganza There's open-top motoring. And then, well, there's open-top motoring as

embodied by the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet – the first cabriolet from the Mercedes-Maybach brand. This goddess of the wind is set to go on sale later this year – but just 300 will be made, and the price tag is expected to be around 300 000 Euros. Driving force comes from a six-litre, turbocharged V12 making 463kW and 1000Nm. That will waft lucky occupants from zero-to-100km/h in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h. As you might expect, its exclusivity and luxury is in another realm, with special elements including everything from 20-inch Maybach forged wheels to hand-finished detailing to Swarovksi headlamps to deep-pile floormats. Individualisation options abound for this big open-top four-seater, while also standard is a luggage set comprising two large travel bags and two lifestyle bags made of the original vehicle leather. And that's just for starters. Interestingly, the current MercedesMaybach range includes a specialprotection version – the S600 Guard, billed as “the world's first passenger car to meet the highest ballistic protection level for civilian vehicles, VR10.” A Pullman version will be available in the second half of this year.


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ou may or may not recall that when the all-new BMW 7 Series was launched to media in Cape Town in the early part of last year, we gave it close to full marks on these pages. Quite something considering it competes in a rarefied segment with rivals numbering luminaries such as the Jaguar XJ, the Audi A8, the Lexus LS, the Maserati Quattroporte and – most obviously of all – the MercedesBenz S-Class. Among other things, we judged it as “incomparable,” and were led to say: “Cars are hugely emotive things.

To write about them dispassionately and clinically is difficult, and perhaps a little pointless as in that case the writer might as well just bang out the technical details and specifications, and leave it at that.” But we did focus on the fact that it raised the technology bar to new highs, being essentially semi-autonomous, noting that some of that tech included, “full LED headlights as standard, with the option of BMW Laserlight, which premiered on the i8.” We added that, “The head-up display now provides a 75-percent larger projection on to the windscreen, while safety measures include steering and lane control assistant, lane keeping assistant, and front and rear crossing traffic warning.” Also noteworthy was BMW's gesture control that

allows intuitive and easy interaction with the infotainment system using predefined hand movements. So too was the magic-carpet ride thanks to standard two-axle automatic self-levelling air suspension and dynamic damper control, with power running to the rear wheels through an eight-speed gearbox. Yet for all that this sixth-generation of BMW's super saloon could be driven with gusto when the need or urge arose. “It weighs as much as 130kg less than the car it replaces, and while it will waft in serene, sybaritic comfort, as we discovered during a section of the launch when journalists were chauffeur-driven, it's an astoundingly agile machine when pushed hard,” we said. Almost a year later we stand by every word we wrote. Especially when it comes to the car's high-tech and sheer drivability.

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But what's important to note is that on the launch only two versions were available: the three-litre, six-cylinder turbodiesel 730d (195kW, 620Nm), and the three-litre, six-cylinder turbopetrol 740i (240kW, 450Nm). Both brilliant, of course. Since then the range has expanded, and having recently spent a week with the 750i version (also available in long-wheelbase Li guise) plus having attended the launch of the 740e plugin hybrid, we're more beguiled and bewitched by the big Beamer than ever. If there is a word beyond “brilliant” and “sublime” feel free to insert it here. The 750i uses a 4.4-litre, turbopetrol V8 making 330kW, and a massive 650Nm of torque from as low as 1 800rpm. Enough to surge it from standstill to 100km/h in under five seconds, and on to an electronically governed top speed of 250km/h. “Our” test 750i was finished in an arresting colour called “Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect Metallic” and loaded with options that gave it Sultan-like levels of luxury – including a Bowers & Wilkin surround sound system, while the optional BMW Laserlight cut it into the night like, well, lasers. Above all this big machine proved effortlessly easy to use on a daily basis

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and supremely luxurious – and when driven with enthusiasm, far sportier than you could possibly imagine such a big car to be. The 740e plug-in hybrid embodies all these qualities – plus a fiendishly clever drivetrain. Its combustion engine takes the guise of a two-litre, four-cylinder, twinturbo unit making 190kW and 400Nm – leading its makers to bill it as the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted to a series-produced BMW. The electric motor, meanwhile, makes a maximum of 83kW and 250Nm. And with an effective total of some 240kW and 500Nm running through an eightspeed Steptronic transmission, this big Beamer will surge from zero to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, topping out at 250km/h.

Fuel consumption is billed as low as 2.2 litres per 100km. But it doesn't end there. In the early part of this year the range will be augmented by a halo model in the guise of the M760Li xDrive. A car with galvanising vital statistics, including all-wheel drive, and 448kW and 800Nm from a bi-turbo 6.6-litre V12 – which gives an acceleration figure of zeroto-100km/h in a physics-defying 3.7 seconds. Indeed, that's the sort time you might have expected from an Italian supercar only a few years ago. And naturally, all the luxury and tech – and then some – that you'd expect of the most expensive BMW 7 Series available will be present and correct.


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Star turn The sublime new Mercedes C350 e plug-in hybrid proves that it's possible to have your cake and eat it...

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top speed of 250km/h. A scorching zero-to-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds. Ultra-low emissions. Superlative comfort and prestige. And a claimed combined fuel consumption of an unbelievable 2.1 litres per 100km (yes, you read right). That's the new Mercedes C350 e – the plug-in hybrid version of the C-Class, which is one of our favourites in the competitive compact luxury segment, and winner of the World Car of the Year title. It's also proof that – despite what your parents might have told you as a kid – you can have your cake and eat it, after all. In a first for Mercedes, this plug-in hybrid is built on the African continent, at the Mercedes-Benz East London plant, with both local and export markets in mind. On the move, meanwhile, the Merc can be driven in purely electric mode, offering a range of 31km for totally emissions-free driving. Its four-cylinder, two-litre turbopetrol motor is rated at 155kW and 350Nm of

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torque. The electric motor has an output of 60kW and 340Nm – and one of the great advantages of electric drive is that all that output and torque is available from the moment you touch the throttle. With both internal combustion and powerful electric motor combined, the C350 e has a total output of 205kW and a massive 600Nm, with the two motors being capable of working together seamlessly. And besides its galvanising vital statistics, just some of the perks of this Merc include the fact that it starts silently and runs in electric mode. Under full acceleration, the electric motor kicks in to further boost that turbopetrol engine, while during braking and coasting, energy is recovered and stored in the battery. Charging times are rapid. Thanks to an intelligent on-board charging system, the battery can be recharged in around one hour 45 minutes at a wall-box. Alternatively, charging via a standard domestic socket is possible,

in around two hours. And even though space is taken up in the boot by the battery, the C350 e still has a generous boot capacity of 335 litres. Yet for all its highly-advanced technology, this Merc is as simple to drive as any other car you care to name, and perhaps even more so. You simply slot the seven-speed automatic transmission into Drive and... go. But if you want you can intervene manually and regulate the hybrid interplay, with the help of five operating modes and three transmission modes. This is done via an operating mode switch and a transmission mode switch located in the centre console. A display in the middle of the instrument cluster shows the current setting. On the move, this Benz is as sybaritic as any of its stablemates, especially with its standard Airmatic air suspension which gives floating-on-a-cloud ride quality, while handling remains sharp. And naturally all the luxuries and safety aids you'd expect at this level are part of the deal – and then some. For instance, as standard you get Attention Assist, which warns the driver of fatigue and a lack of concentration. It's a clever system this, and almost impossible to fool. You also get Collision Prevention Assist Plus that, among other things, can autonomously brake the car at speeds of up to 200km/h if a crash is imminent and the driver doesn't react to warnings. The cutting-edge multimedia system is internet compatible if teamed with a smartphone, while especially clever is


the Pre-Entry Climate Control system that can be controlled via the internet. And we hardly need add that perceived quality – inside and out – is precisely what you'd expect from Mercedes: stellar. The company is justly proud that this car is built in South Africa – at the same plant that in May 2015 celebrated a record milestone of one-million vehicles produced. “With a total investment of around R100-million in our Mercedes-Benz East London plant, the Hybrid project comprised of more than 500 new purchase parts, of which 200 were local, including significant changes to the bumpers and wiring harnesses,” says Florian Seidler, Co-CEO MercedesBenz South Africa and Executive Director Mercedes-Benz Cars. “This investment further demonstrates the company’s commitment to the advancement of technology and skills development in the country.” As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the C350 e comes standard with a brilliant six-year/100 000km PremiumDrive maintenance plan, while there's also a tempting list of optional extras to choose from.

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Auris amazing When it comes to classy hatchbacks, the Toyota Auris takes some rivalling...

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uality. Dependability. Reliability. These are all core Toyota values – and they're precisely what the Auris embodies. But wait! There's more! As those infomercials go. In addition to these vital QDR attributes, the Auris has raked in acclaim for being stylish and sophisticated, refined and robust. It is,

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in short, one of the most effortlessly classy hatchbacks on our roads, which is pretty much what you'd expect from a car based on the Corolla – with the Corolla itself having grown from a fairly utilitarian conveyance to a decidedly sophisticated one over the decades. The Auris's heartbeat comes courtesy of a normally aspirated

1.6-litre petrol engine packing VVTi (Variable Valve Timing intelligent), with 97kW and 160Nm on tap. It's a rev-happy motor that feels unburstable and near-indestructible. The Xi model that we've just spent an enjoyable week with, for instance, packs a slick six-speed gearbox and turns in a brisk zero-to-100km/h time


of 10 seconds, topping out at 200km/h. Fuel consumption is pegged at just 6.2 litres per 100km, and on the move this machine sports a decidedly energetic, engaging, extroverted personality. Just as – if not more so – appealing a proposition is the supremely comfortable, high-quality interior. The multi-function steering wheel, for one, is a tactile delight, and gives the driver full command of the

audio and multi-information display systems and integrated Bluetooth functionality. The multi-information display, in turn, includes on-board computer readouts, relaying vehicle vitals to the driver. Great little touches abound. Among them a leather gear knob and chrome detailing around the instrument cluster, while the dashboard fascia features a high-tech “carbon tread-plate” motif, which separates the contrast-stitched “leather” upper from the spacious lower glove compartment. Bottle and cupholders abound, of course, and in-car entertainment is taken care of by

means of a large centrally-mounted screen with cool blue illumination. This provides users with the option of choosing between radio, CD, USB and Bluetooth media sources. All of which further delighted us during our sevenday tenure with the Xi model. The blue illumination theme is carried throughout the interior, while safety-wise the Auris comes complete with driver, passenger and side airbags, as well as the likes of ABS, BAS and ABD. Also standard is an Isofix seat anchor system, which is pretty much what you'd expect from a car of this calibre. On the move, the Auris is enviably silent and unobtrusive, and the perfect tool for everything from daily commuting to long-distance trips. It's also almost unbelievably easy and undemanding to drive, while wind noise and NVH

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is well taken care of, lending this hatch excellent, enviable sophistication. Yet as calming and balming as the Auris is in all conceivable applications, it also strikes an excellent balance between comfort and sportiness. Indeed it certainly isn't averse to being driven with gusto through twisties – should the urge take you. All of which is, at least partly, thanks to the McPherson strut configuration up front, and a well-tuned torsion beam design in the rear. Styling-wise, this machine is exceptionally well-proportioned and... well... classy... with a sloping bonnet line that terminates in a prominent chrome “brow”. This in turn elegantly integrates the sharp headlamp design, incorporating projector technology, with a large Toyota ellipse in the centre, while at the rear, the lamps feature a striking bi-tone design with clear indicator elements and distinctive dual-edged light guides. As a result, the Auris looks especially cool at night, while the whole package is rather nicely accentuated by 16-inch “turbine-inspired” alloy wheels. And yes, as with its Corolla stablemate, the Auris will happily seat five adults. What's more, the traditional hatchback

profile means this machine enjoys excellent packaging mated to the efficient use of space. Just one thoughtful, clever touch of the sort you'd expect from Toyota is a capacious luggage compartment with shopping hooks conveniently placed on either side to secure items. A low loading sill, meanwhile, makes packing the boot a cinch. Toyota itself literally took the words out of our mouths by saying, “In a world where opulence, indulgence and extravagance seem to have become the new norm – the Auris Xi is a solid, yet utterly capable vehicle rooted in the foundation of Toyota Quality, Dependability and Reliability. Offering a well-balanced package, with all of the ‘key’ features one requires, Auris proves that simple can be charming – and what’s more – fun, stylish transport needn’t break the bank.” Exactly. And a standard five-year/ 90 000km service plan, and a threeyear/100 000km warranty only adds to the allure of the package. So, too, does the fact that including the Xi model, the Auris range spans some half-a-dozen variants stretching from well-equipped and competent to downright sybaritic. Another great machine, Toyota!

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10 seriously cool things to do in central Durban this summer So you’re heading to Durbs for the holidays and all you’re thinking about are those golden beaches, the deliciously warm Indian Ocean and balmy evenings that are just perfect for sublime cocktails and moonlit walks… but as the infomercials say, there’s more! Durban offers a heap of seriously cool things to do during the summer months – which some would (correctly) point out, is virtually for 12 months of the year. Here’s my TOP 10 cool things to do in the city, says Tessa Buhrmann, journalist and photographer www.experienceluxury.travel

Sleep on a yacht For a completely different accommodation experience be sure to check out Yacht Numzaan (available through AirBnB). This eight-sleeper yacht offers the romance of sleeping ‘on’ the water, of waking up to spectacular sunrises – albeit really early (4:30 am) during the summer months, and having the flexibility of coming and going as you please. A bonus is the temporary membership to the iconic Royal Natal Yacht Club (established in 1858 and the oldest in Africa) allowing you club privileges – restaurant, bar, swimming pool and ablution facilities should things become a little ‘challenging’ on board.

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Enjoy cocktails and jazz at The Chairman Located on the somewhat infamous Mahatma Gandhi St. (previously known as Point Rd), this hip and trendy jazz lounge could have you thinking you had dropped into Bourbon Street in New Orleans. A project of a forward thinking architectural firm, The Chairman has literally risen out of a ramshackle old building, repurposed rather than rebuilt and decorated in an eclectic style that is both quirky and creative. The mellow sounds of jazz, extensive cocktail menu and light meals are perfect for a leisurely evening with friends – but for the real action, plan to stay well into the night as the live music only starts at 11pm!

Walk, run or cycle on the promenade at sunrise Get that sleepy head up early and enjoy the sights and sounds of the promenade at sunrise. Fishermen pull in their nets as the sun turns the ocean into liquid gold, surfers run with intent into the waves and flocks of pigeons look for scraps on the beach. As the sun rises the promenade comes to life… lovers walk hand-in-hand, kids run exuberantly ahead of their parents, some cycle leisurely and others with more intent. End the morning with a cappuccino, fresh juice and breakfast on the beach at Circus Circus.

Get your adventure on at Moses Mabhida Stadium The Moses Mabhida Stadium has become an iconic landmark on the Durban skyline, not just as the imposing structure that was built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, but as a place where the adventurous can climb the 500 steps up the arch or take a huge leap into the ‘void’ of the stadium…. Those less inclined to extreme acts of bravery (read ‘me’), can take the skycar to the viewing platform for expansive 360 degree views.

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Stroll through the Durban Botanic Gardens and check out the world’s rarest plant Established in 1849, the Durban Botanic Gardens is currently the oldest surviving botanic garden in Africa. Stroll the broad walkways, chill under a palm tree, be enchanted by the fern garden and wowed by the cycad collection. Don’t miss Wood’s cycad (Encephalartos woodii), reputed to be the rarest plant in the world and extinct in the wild. With only male plants left, the only means of propagating is by creating suckers.

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Make the most of ‘Gin-o-clock’ time at Distillery031 Also located in Station Drive, Distillery031 is a craft distillery that uses natural ingredients (think local sugar cane and African botanicals), and creates its own mixers – tonic, lemonade and ginger ale. The mint grows in pots on the window ledge and the air carries the fragrance of the latest distillation. Take a tour, enjoy the gourmet street food or just sit back and enjoy a G&T – make the most of the ‘Gin-o-Clock’ special of half-priced drinks for December – Wed to Sat 6–7pm and Sun 2-3pm… check their Facebook page for more details. So head to Durban soonest… if you’re from out of town and need to fly, be sure to check out Cheapflights for your NamibiaDurban experience, and if you’re located in suburban Durban, leave your comfort zone and head into the city.

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In today’s day and age individuals are increasingly looking for destinations where they can get back to the ‘real world’. Where they can disconnect from their frenetic lives and reconnect with nature, their loved ones with themselves. In Afrikaans, the Namibian lingua franca, our word for hospitality is ‘gasvryheid’. Translated literally it means ‘guest freedom’. Welcome to Namibia. A land of vast open landscapes – an abundance of space in which to inhale deeply and reflect on our place in the world. Johann Cloete (senior guide, Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp)

By: Johann Cloete (senior guide, Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp)

S

ince 1987, when Africa’s leading

of what the company stands for and

With a range of once-in-a-lifetime

authentic and sustainable ecotourism

encourages – in other words, a world

experiences to choose from, including

company, Wilderness Safaris, was first

where natural ecosystems are valued

climbing

established in Namibia, the company has

and appreciated, with some resistance

dunes at Sossusvlei, tracking black

focused on creating a circuit of remote

applied to the inexorable advance of

rhino on foot at Desert Rhino Camp,

and unique safari camps that use high-

man and technology. It is Wilderness

appreciating one of the oldest rock

end ecotourism to create sustainable

Safaris’ strong belief that it simply has

art sites in the world at Damaraland

conservation-based economies.

to contribute to keeping some areas of

Camp, exploring endless ancient valleys

the planet wild and remote.

and dry riverbeds in search of desert

Today, Wilderness Safaris, along

the

world’s

tallest

sand

in

With many of its environmentally-

elephant, and interacting with the

communities,

sensitive camps completely ‘off the

fascinating Himba people, guests will

government, NGOs and the private

grid’ and unequivocally disconnected,

be spoilt for choice. They can also rest

sector, contributes to the sustainable

Wilderness Safaris’ guests have the

assured that by choosing to travel with

conservation of nearly 20 000km² (two

unique opportunity to genuinely “get

Wilderness Safaris, they are not only

million hectares) of wild Namibia in

away from it all” and truly enjoy their

choosing to uplift their own soul, but

and around key conservation areas that

holiday and the natural space around

are also making a sustainable difference

include the Namib Desert, Skeleton

them. Its seven intimate camps in

to Namibia’s people and its wildlife.

Coast, Damaraland and Kunene.

Namibia are situated in some of the

From inception, a commitment was

The idea of disconnecting in order

country’s most remote, wilderness

made by Wilderness Safaris Namibia to

to reconnect has therefore always

areas – ranging from Sossusvlei to

seek out the best areas and to partner

been a key part of Wilderness Safaris’

Damaraland and Kaokoveld – offering

with rural communities, NGOs and

promise to its guests – offering them

the perfect base from which to explore

governments – a model that has since

space, intact

captivating landscapes, along with the

been replicated by other businesses

opportunity to connect with nature,

fascinating

wildlife

and which has positioned Namibia

ones loved ones and most importantly

which, surprisingly, thrive in this

as a pioneer in community-based

oneself. It is also an important part

harsh environment.

ecotourism and conservation.

with

its

Namibian

conservancies,

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local

partners

ecosystems

and

the

desert-adapted


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Joint venture partnerships, such

Despite

challenges

of

continued

designed

to

facilitate

sustainable

through

leadership

as that between Damaraland Camp

conflict, lion mortalities are declining

conservation

and the Torra Conservancy, have

and Wilderness Safaris continues to

development and education of rural

resulted in an increase in employment

support the inspirational work of Dr

children in Africa. Four schools in

and wildlife, and are proof of the

Philip Stander and The Desert Lion

Namibia are currently part of the Eco-

successes achieved when ecotourism

Conservation Project.

Club Programme which is specially

and local communities join forces.

The company is fiercely committed

designed for rural children living in

Another key conservation partnership

to investing in new technologies to

remote communities adjacent to the

with Save the Rhino Trust (SRT)

reduce dependence on fossil fuels with

wildlife areas where Wilderness Safaris

Namibia has enabled the growth of

a long-term vision to achieve carbon

operates. The Wilderness Wildlife Trust

north-west

rhino

neutrality in its camp operations. To

is involved in financing projects such

population. In addition, every Desert

date, the business is achieving an

as research, habitat management and

Rhino Camp guest actively supports

annual saving of 2 500 tonnes of C0 ,

reproductive science.

rhino

their

making use of a variety of hybrid solar

contribution towards SRT for each

and other power systems to mitigate

operates in eight African countries

bed sold.

fossil fuel usage.

and

Namibia’s

conservation

black

through

In some parts of rural Namibia,

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Wilderness Safaris supports two

Wilderness remains

Safaris driven

to

currently share

its

sustainability vision to conserve and

the issue of human-wildlife conflict

non-profit

Children

restore Africa’s wilderness and wildlife

persists

Safaris

in the Wilderness (CITW) and the

by creating life-changing journeys and

supports a participative approach.

Wilderness Wildlife Trust. CITW is

inspiring positive action.

and

Wilderness

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

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organisations:


Viewpoint in the Torra Conservancy

Kudos and Camps “Wilderness

23 kulalas; nature drives and

Safaris

Namibia,

the

walks; Sossusvlei excursion (via

Group” was recently awarded gold

private gate); Sesriem visit; sleep-

status in the Lodge, Tented Lodges

out deck; quad biking; horse

and

Tented

riding, hot air balloon

the

2016

of

Namibia’s

Camps

category

Hospitality

at

Association

annual

Tourism

• Damaraland Camp, Damaraland: 10 tents; nature drives and walks;

Awards – the first time a collection

authentic community visits;

of camps has been granted this

geological excursions

prestigious recognition. Its seven environmentally-sensitive

camps,

• Doro Nawas, Damaraland: 16 tents; nature drives and walks;

listed below, are all deeply committed

rock art at Twyfelfontein; Petrified

to the company’s 4Cs sustainability

Forest; Burnt Mountain and Organ

ethos

of

Commerce, Community,

Culture and Conservation, offering

Pipes, sleep-out deck • Desert Rhino Camp, Kaokoveld –

guests life-changing journeys that

Palmwag: 8 tents; rhino tracking

not only rejuvenate the soul but give

with Save the Rhino Trust;

back to community empowerment and conservation at the same time. • Little Kulala, Sossusvlei: 11 rooms; nature drives and walks; Sossusvlei excursion (via private gate); Sesriem visit; sleep-out

nature drives • Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Kaokoveld – Skeleton Coast: 7 tents; nature walks; nature drives; Skeleton Coast scenic drive/flight • Serra Cafema, Kaokoveld –

deck; quad biking; massage

Kunene River: 8 tents; nature

treatments; hot air balloon

walks and drives; quad biking;

• Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei:

boating; Himba community

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A hearty slice of paradise It is often said that the journey teaches you about the destination. In the case of a visit to Creation Wines, it is literally true. Along the rustic Hemel-en-Aarde Road that meanders its way over the slopes and through the valleys of Babylonstoren Mountain, beauty is the overriding impression. By: Andrew Shapland, The Roving Ambassador

A

t times the landscape is shrouded

famous for its award-winning wines

viticulturist and winemaker, comes

in indigenous vegetation; at others

but also for its glorious setting and

from a lineage of winemakers who have

vistas of undulating vineyard greet you.

exceptional tourist attractions. Indeed,

worked their vineyards on the steep

On a road less travelled you pass old

as Creation’s wines find their way to

banks of Lake Bienne in Switzerland

established farmsteads contrasting with

ever-expanding markets around the

since 1935. The South African-born

striking contemporary structures and

world, so wine lovers from around the

Carolyn also has an impressive wine

in the distance, if you’re looking in

globe flock to Creation.

pedigree, dating back to 1947 when

the right direction, a tiny rural church

But let’s start at the beginning. It was

her grandparents, Maurice and Eleanor

- all in remarkable harmony with this

in 2002 that Jean-Claude ( JC) Martin

Finlayson, bought the farm Hartenberg

enchanting ‘byway to heaven’!

and his wife Carolyn (née Finlayson)

in the Stellenbosch Wine Region. While

Hemel-en-Aarde, of course, means

bought a small tract of virgin land in

proud of their wine roots, the Martins

‘Heaven and Earth’ and it is at the top

South Africa’s cool-climate Walker Bay

of Creation are also dedicated to

end of the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge that

Wine Region and set out to establish

constant innovation. This trendsetting

you find Creation, an estate not only

their vineyards. JC, a Swiss-trained

spirit has shaped their vision and led

The tasting room and cellar at Creation wines surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Hemel-en-Aarde - a beautiful valley that runs from Hermanus to Caledon.

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to many an accolade. And this includes the Great Wine Capitals of the World Award for the Most Innovative Wine Estate in South Africa, which they have won three times. Today, Creation’s vineyards climb the

steep

hills

of

Babylonstoren

Mountain where they bask in generous sunlight, flourish in clay-rich soils, and dance in the breezes blowing in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. In fact, there is a fable told about these magical breezes which goes like this: ‘Many a moon and many a tide ago in


Carolyn and JC Martin (co-owners of Creation) taking a late afternoon stroll through the Creation vineyards in the cool climate Hemel-en-Aarde wine region of South Africa, situated a few kilometres outside the beautiful coastal town of Hermanus. Both Carolyn and JC hail from wine families and are taking on this tradition with passion and gusto. Always innovative, driven by quality and an unsurpassed commitment has lauded many awards for the Creation Wine Estate.

a beautiful little enclave near the sea, the breezes off the ocean made a pact. Every afternoon at an appointed time, they would chase the clouds high, high up to the peak of a nearby mountain and set them dancing and swirling, churning and whirling in a spectacle too wondrous to describe’. According to JC it is thanks to this amazing ‘thermal vortex’ – a fanlike cooling effect off the Babylonstoren Mountain − that Creation’s vineyards thrive on the slopes below, slowly ripening their fruit to flavourful, wellbalanced perfection. Creation clearly lives up to its evocative name. Constant innovation has positioned it among the Cape’s

JC applying his craft.

Creation has gained the reputation as a must-visit for wine and food lovers! And it’s easy to see why as this winery offers more than three types of wine and food pairings on a daily basis, seven days a week. No wonder this estate has won the Klink Award for the best wine and food pairing on a wine estate no less than three times. In addition, Creation has also been awarded the coveted award, “Most Innovative” wine estate in South Africa by the Great Wine Capitals of the World, an unmatched three times in the last four years.

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trendsetting wineries while a steady flow of prestigious awards has elevated it high up among the star performers. And this includes its proud reputation as a tourist destination. The estate has played a leading role in the field of wine and food pairing for which it has won the KLINK Wine Tourism Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing on a Wine Farm three times. At the moment, Creation’s menu offers no less than eight thrilling pairing options while the team is also experimenting with wine and herb and wine and flower pairing! Among the other attractions are the amazing flora and fauna, the exquisite fynbos garden, the fine art and informative vineyard and cellar tours, to mention but a few. So, whenever you find yourself in the land of Heaven and Earth, don’t hesitate to aim for Creation where a welcoming Tasting Room with spectacular views The Creation tasting room is situated at the foot of the majestic Babylon’storen peak. Towering higher than Table Mountain, this peak contributes to creating a unique climate for this cool winegrowing region.

combines with the warm hospitality of a team dedicated to sharing a hearty slice of their paradise with you!

The Creation Wine & Taps pairing is a must-tick on any wine and/or food lover’s bucket list. Creation wines are exceptionally food-friendly and the well-trained staff share their knowledge as they take you on a gastronomic discovery. Creation also offers a paradoxical chocolate and wine pairing as well as an innovative brunch pairing.

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underfloor heating, Victorian roll-top

desert,” said Drostdy Hotel

baths (in the suites and some standard

General Manager Kurt Peter as he

rooms) and Charlotte Rhys amenities

ushered us into the hotel’s blissfully cool

are tastefully incorporated so as not to

interior. Air conditioning is a blessed

detract from the old-world charm.

relief in the little Karoo town of GraaffReinet when a “cool” summer’s day,

Food, glorious food…

according to the locals, is an oven-baked

Every meal at the De Camdeboo

35°C. The five-star, luxury boutique

Restaurant is a taste of the Karoo itself.

Drostdy Hotel whisks you back in time

Local venison, ostrich and the famous

to a more gracious era, but with all the

Karoo lamb feature prominently and

perks of modern convenience, like that

are infused with the flavours of fynbos,

wonderful air conditioning.

wild rosemary and thyme that grow on the surrounding Camdeboo plains.

Origins

Arrive hungry.

If those walls could talk… The Cape Dutch style main building dates back

Special charm

to 1806, built to house the drostdy

Our tour guide David McNaughton

(local magistrate). Serving as a hotel

swore that 10 years ago if you ordered

since 1878, the Drostdy changed hands

a vegetarian meal in sleepy little

numerous times and underwent its

Graaff-Reinet, you’d be served chicken.

grand transformation in 2014 under the

The Drostdy has certainly raised that

careful management of Newmark Hotels.

bar. But what really makes the hotel

One of the hotel’s three accommodation

so very charming is not its world-

areas also incorporates Stretch’s Court, a

class facilities or haute cuisine, it’s the

lane of Bo-Kaap style cottages that once

fiercely proud and quirky character of

belonged to freed slaves.

the town it’s situated in.

Location, location, location

The wow factor

Situated on the historic town’s main

Three swimming pools (a godsend

thoroughfare,

the

during the Karoo summers), a world-

Drostdy is perfectly located for on-

class Africology Spa and a cigar lounge

foot

Graaff-Reinet’s

and library that wouldn’t look out of

staggering 220 heritage sites. But

place on the Downton Abbey set all

behind the hotel’s whitewashed walls

take the wow factor to the next level.

exploring

Church of

Street,

the outside world melts away. Tinkling water fountains, the chirp of Christmas

This one’s for…

beetles and the Karoo koppies in the

Those

distance contribute to the tranquillity.

things in life.

Creature comforts

Return ratio

The 48 individually styled rooms, in four

The next time I feel the need to escape

room categories, are a beautiful marriage

from daily life or yearn to step back in

of old and new. Nespresso coffee

time to a simpler (but more pampered)

machines, 100% cotton linen, flat screen

existence, I’ll definitely be checking

TVs, His & Her’s sinks, heated towel rails,

into my favourite oasis in the desert.

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who

appreciate

the

finer


GO HERE WITH SURE To book your stay at this hotel, contact your Sure Travel consultant, or visit www.suretravel.co.za or call 0861 47 48 49

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Oudebosch camp in Kogelberg If you’re looking for a place to step off the planet, here it is. Architecture Co-op recently won an Afrisam-SAIA award for the magnificent eco-design of these glorious little Cape Nature getaways in Kogelberg in the Cape Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs: supplied by Justin Cooke

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A

bout 100km from Cape Town, you’ll find Oudebos Mountain

Camp. It’s

tucked

away

in

the

mountains above Betty’s Bay on the Cape coast, within a protected wilderness area in the Kogelberg Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Balancing tourist needs and nature preservation is no easy task, but South African architects Justin Cooke and Jessica Cohen – briefed by Cape Nature Conservation − replaced

the

original

six

forest

huts with sensitive, beautiful little designs that are entirely responsive to the landscape: five self-catering cabins,

a

recreation

small

interpretation/

building,

ecological

pool and outdoor spaces for a selfcatering tourist facility. Cooke says, “It was conceived of as a place for people to connect to the landscape and recharge their hearts away from the city. It was paramount to create

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a memorable sense of place ‘in the

The CapeNature scheme follows

like, with planted roofs set on

mountains far away’, embedded in

‘best environmental practice’, working

banded stone bases. We employed

the floral mass.”

within the existing impacted footprint.

hovering decks, terraced ground

With

green

and large slide-away openings to

cluster

allow space to grasp and touch

This exquisite biodiversity hotspot is

carefully

considered

of extremely high conservation value,

infrastructure,

set at the heart of the fynbos as it is. It’s

around a fynbos clearing, drawing

the

an extraordinary, ancient landscape,

visitors into the exquisite landscape.

palette of natural, local, renewable,

with

convoluted

mountain

peaks,

Cooke

the

believes

cabins

the

structures

low

mountainscape embodied

lightly.

energy,

The

non-toxic

streams and rivers with wetlands,

reflect the natural qualities of the

materials and components develops

creating a perfect diversity of habitats

landscape: “Each cabin is modestly

the low impact sustainable qualities

for the 1 650 fynbos species.

scaled, lightweight, stilted, basket-

of this project. Open structures breath crisp mountain air and bask in natural light.” The architects saw the central gathering space as “connecting key elements of earth, wind, fire and water, which articulate the natural heart to the camp.” In terms of functionality, “Crystal mountain stream water was carefully used, (ecological pool, lowflow

showers,

composting

toilets

and grey water mulch basins), and integrated low-energy systems supply and power the solar water heating, space heating, cooking and lighting.” The work at Oudebosch Mountain Camp is the first of a two-phase accommodation and upgrade project in what is considered one of the most complex and biodiverse areas on the planet. It’s quite simply, exquisite. www.capenature.co.za www.architecturecoop.co.za

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Step off the planet If you’re looking for an authentic escape that’ll revive your soul, head out of Cape Town International Airport, and set your trip for Akasha. This could be the start of something… fresh Words and photographs by: Lynette Botha; additional photographs Claire Gunn

L

horses arrive – then the only word to

cottage (all of which are rented

Cape

sum it up would be magical. While

together) are exquisitely decorated

Town is Akasha Mountain Retreat.

there’s no guarantee that the seven

with the most incredible Moroccan

Perched

overlooking

horses and one Shetland pony will

items sourced from owners’ Chris

the Duiwenhoksdam, and with the

visit the house during your stay, they’re

and Elana van der Walt’s travels

impressive Langeberg Mountain range

known to wander by and linger a while.

ocated in Heidelberg, a scenic three-hour atop

drive a

hill

from

in full view, it’s a paradisiacal spot for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Picturesque is the only way to describe the setting; until the wild

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heavy

carved

wooden

doors,

surrounding

incredible throws glimmering with

landscape that is impressive, the

sequins, intricate pottery and trinkets

three-bedroom

from afar – yet the space still feels

It’s

not

only

the

self-catering

Cape-

Maroc style house and one-bedroom

minimalist and uncluttered.


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younger ones to expend some energy and the large dining table is perfect for shared meals and puzzle building. Chris offers all guests a tour of the area in his 4x4, pointing out hiking paths, walks, spots where you’re likely to have the best bird and animal sightings and sharing his vast knowledge of the surrounding nature. He animatedly regales guests with folklore, the history of the area and, if you’re lucky, he’ll show you some of the amazing images of the wildlife of Akasha that he’s managed to capture on camera. Other outdoor activities include guided hikes, horse encounters (if they don’t stop by the house), mountain biking, farm-dam fishing for children, stargazing, and meditation. Massages can also be arranged on the premises for those who’d like to take their relaxation to the next level. The living area has large windows throughout, beautifully framing the towering

mountains

and

allowing

natural light to stream in; sliding doors open wide, welcoming in the fresh mountain air and each area flows effortlessly into the other. The openplan kitchen is spacious and fully kitted out for your stay. While the house is not off the grid, it is off the radar – as in, no WiFi – making it an idyllic escape to truly relax and switch off. This is where you come to recover, to meditate, to write a book or to just enjoy time with family and friends with no interruptions. A perfectly placed hammock begs guests to hop in and indulge in a good book with a G&T, or settle down for an afternoon siesta, as does the double daybed in the open courtyard to the back of the house. A trampoline will help

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While there are shops in the nearby town, it’s best to arrive at Akasha with all that you’ll need during your stay, because once you settle in, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to venture too far. Chris and Elana are also extremely accommodating, and happy to pick up an item or two for you in town during their errands or will arrange for somebody to whip up a meal for you if you so wish. The best way to dine, however, is al fresco, especially in the evenings when the sky is lit up with stars and the silence is deafening. With no TV or other modern-day distractions, the idea at Akasha is to just ‘chill’, in every sense of the word. It wasn’t until I visited the place myself that I really understood why it is called a retreat. Blissful. www.akasharetreat.co.za

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SciTech

source: www.tuvie.com

Yamaha MT-10 Motorcycle is claimed to be the most powerful MT yet Yamaha has introduced the MT-10 Motorcycle. It offers you power, torque, and agility, it is by far the most powerful MT ever created. Yamaha explains that this model has been tuned for more low and mid-range torque, giving you serious power with corner-carving precision. Featuring a 998cc cross plane engine that is tuned for extra low to mid range torque, combined with a lightweight ultra-short wheelbase aluminum Deltabox chassis, MT-10 provides you ultimate power with class leading agility and total control. The ergonomic body design allows for a natural riding position. The engine features new intake, exhaust, and fueling systems that support its strong low to mid range performance. It also has uneven 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° firing sequence to deliver linear torque with instant response and precise control.

Designer: Yamaha

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Cat S60 Smartphone is equipped with integrated thermal camera from FLIR The Cat S60 is the latest product by Cat Phones. It is the world’s first waterproof smartphone with integrated thermal camera from FLIR (global in thermal imaging technology). The Cat S60 offers its user a smartphone with a multitude of uses, such as detecting heat loss around doors and windows (perhaps the Winchester brothers can use this phone), missing insulation,


Fontus self-filling water bottle: you will never run out of water Light and air can be transformed into drinking water; Fontus Airo brings this process to you in a compact water bottle. This unit saves you the trouble, whether you are hiking, camping, or climbing in a harsh area such as the desert. Airo would guarantee that stay hydrated for a safe adventure.

This special bottle makes water out of light and air; you can kiss goodbye your worrying to find the next gas station to fill up your bottle. You can stay on the road, enjoy your adventure, the bottle will never run dry. Each bottle is equipped with a device designed to capture moisture contained in the air, then condense it and store it as safe drinking water. The solar cells can harvest up to 0,8l water in less than an hour under the right climatic conditions.

Designer: Fontus

Automatic Wine Preserver

spotting moisture, identifying overheated electrical appliances and circuitry, and also being able to see in complete darkness. Invisible to the naked eye, the thermal camera can visualise heat and highlights any temperature contrasts for you. It picks up heat and measures surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, you can see through obstructions such as smoke, which makes this phone a nice tool for utility workers, emergency responders, or outdoor sports enthusiasts. The Cat S60 smartphone is waterproof up to 5-meter depths for about an hour; you can use it as an underwater camera, thereby pushing the boundaries of mobile

technology. It has been designed and developed to stand out from the crowd. Thermal technology in a phone would be highly functional for a wide variety of cases. The Cat S60 is also extremely robust and tough, an excellent rugged smartphone, it exceeds military specs. This smartphone is built to withstand dropping it onto concrete from up to 1.8 metres; it is dustproof as well as waterproof. The super-bright display can be viewed even under bright sunlight, while the touchscreen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves.

From: Cat Phones

How to keep an open bottle of wine fresh? Well, some people use a rubber cork, while others use a vacuum pump. Elliot Cohen has designed an automatic wine preserver to pump the air out of an opened bottle of wine; it works by preventing oxidation that can degrade the flavour and bouquet of the wine. All you need to do is insert this device into an opened bottle of wine, secure the preserver, and then the vacuum will remove the excess air automatically. In this way, your wine will stay fresh between glasses. It is important for Elliot to feature this device in an aesthetic way and with that in mind, he designed the wine preserver with a merlot-tinted base that subtly highlights the vacuum stopper.

Designer: Elliot Cohen for Brookstone

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Highhumour What do farmers give their wives on Valentine’s Day? Hogs and kisses!

What do single people call Valentine’s Day? Happy Independence Day

What do you call two birds in love? Tweethearts

Roses are red, violets are blue. If he’s busy on

Girl: “I can’t be your valentine for medical reasons.” Boy: “Really?” Girl: “Yeah, you make me sick!”

What did the Valentines Day card say to the stamp? Stick with me and you’ll go places What is the difference between a calendar and me? A calendar has a date on Valentine’s Day What’s the best part about Valentines Day? The day after when all the chocolate goes on sale. Do Namibian skunks celebrate Valentine’s Day? Sure, they’re very scent-imental! What is another way of saying Happy Valentines Day! S.A.D, Singles Awareness Day! Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank? It was a case of guppy love.

What do you call a very small valentine? A valentiny! What did the French chef give his wife for Valentine’s Day? A hug and a quiche!

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Valentines Day, the side chick is you!

Why did the pig give his girlfriend a box of candy? It was Valenswine’s Day!


Mail your submission to humor@media-namibia.com and you might become our latest high altitude joker.

What did the elephant say to his girlfriend? “I love you a ton!”

A guy walks into a post office one day to see a middle-aged, balding man standing at the counter methodically placing “Love” stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them. He then takes out a perfume bottle and starts spraying scent all over them. His curiosity getting the better of him, he goes up to the balding man and asks him what he is doing. The man says “I’m sending out 1, 000 Valentine cards signed, ‘Guess who?’” “But why?” asks the man. “I’m a divorce lawyer,” the man replies.

What did the bat say to his girlfriend? “You’re fun to hang around with.”

Things not to say on your Valentine’s date I really don’t like this restaurant that much, but I wanted to use this 2-for-1 coupon before it expired. People say I remind them of Hannibal Lecter. I used to come here all the time with my exes. I never said you NEED a nose job. I just said it wouldn’t hurt to consider it. Could you excuse me? My cat gets lonely if he doesn’t hear my voice on the answering machine every hour.

I really feel that I’ve grown in the past few years. Normally I wouldn’t have given someone like you a second look.

And I won that trophy in the Namibian national belching contest.

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Mitigating risk in a Money Market Fund Financial advisers should take care in selecting an appropriate fund

M

oney market and enhanced cash funds are good vehicles for parking cash because they aim to maximise income yield without placing the capital invested at undue risk. However, that’s not to say that these investment vehicles are completely risk-free, says Farzana Bayat, Head of Cash and Income Management at Prescient Investment Management. “In terms of mitigating the four main sources of risk in a money market fund, if the fund is a unit trust, the liquidity and spread risk is controlled by the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act (Cisca). These regulations impose stringent limitations that restrict the maximum fund duration to 90 days, the maximum average term to 120 days and maximum investment term to 13 months. A more flexible enhanced cash fund would have wider limitations.” Ms Bayat adds that these funds are also generally valued relative to the market curve and can incur unrealised mark to market gains and losses as the interest rate curve shifts. In this case, duration, liquidity and spread risk would have to be carefully managed by the asset manager. Where duration risk is concerned, the duration of a fund is an indicator of the sensitivity of the fund to interest rate moves. The longer the duration of a cash fund, the larger the potential unrealised capital impact for any change in interest rates. On liquidity risk, Ms Bayat points out that investors in money market funds have a preference for the asset class due to the high liquidity that it offers. “Treasury bills, SARB debentures and short-dated bank paper offer high

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Farzana Bayat : Executive Director Head of Cash and Income Management Farzana has been with Prescient for over 10 years and is responsible for all Money market and Income portfolios. She also oversees the credit research process at Prescient. Farzana completed her Business Science degree majoring in Actuarial Science (with Honours in Quantitative Finance) at the University of Cape Town. She then joined Old Mutual Investment Group (SA) (OMIGSA) Performance Research Team where she was responsible for analysing performance figures for various funds. She joined Prescient Investment Management in July 2003 to specialise in money market instruments and their derivatives. She completed her CFA and is currently managing the money market funds at Prescient.

liquidity, while longer-dated assets, lowrated or unrated corporate, securitisations and bank fixed deposits have much lower liquidity, but offer higher yields. “The key is to balance the search for yield with liquidity. Money market funds can hold an allocation to higher yielding illiquid credits, but they need to invest a sufficient amount in liquid assets to facilitate cash flows without incurring losses”. The desire by cash funds that fall outside of the money market category to lift yields sees them bring in longer-dated floating rate deposits. While the duration of these assets is essentially that of a three-month asset, they also have significant embedded risk, known as spread risk. In managing cash funds, Prescient tempers its investment in long-dated floating rate notes, which can mean lower income yields, but also much less risk. A desire to optimise yield has also seen some money market funds increase their allocation to credit. “A money market fund should never lose capital, and by chasing marginal increases in yield by investing lower down the credit spectrum, one increases the risk of capital loss in the fund. “The regulations do not impose credit limits based on credit ratings on the investments in money market funds, which can invest in assets with ratings below investment grade, or in unrated credits. These credit risks decisions are left to the fund manager, making this the biggest risk in money market funds. The key is to balance yield with credit quality,” says Ms Bayat.


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The Hangala Capital Fund was established and licensed as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) by the National Financial Regulator, NAMFISA, and is managed by Hangala Capital Private Equity (Pty) Ltd. By soliciting capital from accredited investors, we invest in the following asset classes: • Venture capital • Private equity • Mezzanine financing (subordinated debt) • Special situations. We invest in all industries, with a particular interest in agribusiness, manufacturing and infrastructure. We pride ourselves on a deep-rooted understanding of the Namibian environment, while Prescient offers their proven creative approach to investment – together, Hangala Capital Private Equity (Pty) Ltd offers clients the services of a formidable team of professionals, with the sole aim of providing you with solid returns and preservation of your capital.

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Voltex - A Proudly Bidvest Namibia Company Voltex is a leading stockist and reseller of a comprehensive range of electrical and lighting products, including national and international suppliers and their brands. A direct subsidiary of Bidvest Namibia, a listed company on the Namibian Stock Exchange, Voltex forms part Bidvest Commercial Holdings. Voltex is a divided specialised supply and distribution unit. The fourteen supplier divisions (Atlas Group, Versalec Cables, Cabstrut, Cabmed, Soild State Power, EMS Invirotel Energy Management, Voltex LSis, Voltex Lighting, Voltex MV/LV Solutions, Voltex Smart Solutions, Phambili, Waco and Waco-R) ensure a well-rounded product range. Voltex distributes the product directly into the retail industry. The Voltex

Power Optimisation and Power Factor Correction Distribution Boards, Enclosures and Kiosks

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distribution network consists of a national footprint of 53 strategically located outlets in Southern Africa. Training investment was also increased to ensure better product knowledge and improved customer support. Voltex, is geared to handle specialised projects within the electrical industry. It caters for infrastructural, commercial, industrial, residential developments and energy efficiency replacement/retrofit markets. Product research and development forms a significant part of Voltex’s responsibility. This offers customers a vast array of products such as general industrial electrical products and components, lighting and sensor technology, switchgear & motor control, transmission and distribution

products, wiring accessories, cable support systems, power tools, hand tools and testers.

All these products conform to SABS specifications where set standards are in place. Voltex products and services are marketed and distributed to every sector of the market account holders as well as countless retail and cash customers. sales@voltex.com.na www.bidvestnamibia.com.na www.voltex.co.za

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The ultimate protection when you buy a home The Homeloan Protector is available on the Homeloan Package and must be attached to a death benefit and the benefit amount must be the same as the Death Benefit to which it is attached, subject to the maximum benefit amount limits. Momentum will pay the claimed amount as a lump sum if the insured life becomes disabled, functionally impaired or contracts a critical illness. Claim events: Occupational disability: Disability caused by a physical injury or illness that renders the insured life totally and permanently unable to perform the normal duties of his own occupation (up to the policy anniversary and before the insured life’s 65th birthday). Functional impairment: A medical impairment as diagnosed by an appropriate specialist that occurs after the start date of the benefit. The events claimed for are not in any way linked to the insured life’s ability to perform occupational duties (up to the policy anniversary and before the insured life’s 70th birthday). Critical illness: The insured life meets the requirements of one of the defined critical illness claim events. Retrenchment: Termination of employment by the insured life’s employer due to “operational requirements”. Operational requirements in this context means requirements based on the economic, technological, structural or similar needs of an employer. For more information and to arrange an appointment contact: Con Swart Tel: +264 67 300 116 Cell: +264 81 127 5875 Email: cswart@fnbnamibia.com.na MMI Group Limited – Trading as Momentum

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3, 2, 1‌ HAPPY New Year !

HAPPINESS STORE The New Year gives us the perfect opportunity to spread some Happiness around! Visit the FNB Happiness Store and start a lucky recipient or organization’s year off with the gift of Happiness. With some Happiness already wagging tails and warming bellies at the SPCA and Cat Society, there is still loads to go around and spread the Happy feeling for a number of organizations and individuals you can choose from! w w w. fn bh a ppines s s to re.co m. na

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WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD

ENGLISH Thank you for choosing Air Namibia. We will do everything to ensure you have a pleasant flight. if you need assistance, please ask any of our cabin attendants.

GERMAN

Obrigado por ter escolhido Air Namibia. Faremos de tudopara garantir que tenhas um vôo agradável. Se vocêprecisar de assistência, por favor, pergunte a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine.

Danke, dass Sie sich dafür entschieden haben mit Air Namibia zu fliegen. Wir werden alles tun um Ihnen den Flug so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Wenn Sie Fragen haben oder Hilfe benötigen, wenden Sie sich bitte an einen unserer Flugbegleiter oder Flugbegleiterinnen.

Our highly trained cabin Os nossos assistentes de cabin, altamente profissionais, attendants are at your service on estão ao seu dispor em todos os nossos vôos para a sua all our flight, for your safety and segurança e conforto. comfort.

Unser versiertes Flugpersonal steht Ihnen während des Fluges jederzeit zur Verfügung. Für Ihre Sicherheit und Bequemlichkeit sind Sie bei unserer Crew in besten Händen.

We carry first-aid kits on all our flights, should a passenger need assistance for minor conditions.

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PORTUGUESE

Existe kits de primeiros socorros a bordo todos os nossos Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist vôos, se os passageiros precisarem de assistência com auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich condições médicas relativamente menores. immer an Bord.

As a safety precaution, it is important to read the safety card stored in the seat pocket in front of you

Como medida de segurança, é importante ler o cartão segurança armazenado no bolso do assento à sua frente

Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit bitten wir Sie, sich die in der Zeitschriftentasche vor Ihnen benfindliche Sicherheits-Instruktionen aufmerksam durchzulesen.

Life vests are stored under your seat. Only use them as demonstrate, and only when instructed by the cabin attendants.

Coletes salva-vidas são armazenados por de baixo do seu Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf assento. Use-os conforme a demonstração e somente Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. quando instruído pelos assistentes de cabin.

Smoking is prohibited on all Air Namibia flights.

É proibido fumar em todos os vôos da Air Namibia.

Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein absolutes Rauchverbot.

Seats must be in the upright position during take-off and landing. For your own safety, you are required to fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated and we recommend that you keep your belt fastened throughout the flights.

Assentos devem estar na posição vertical durante a decolagem e aterragem. Para sua própria segurança, você é obrigado a apertar o cinto sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança é iluminado e nós recomendamos que mantenhas apertado o cinto durante todo o vôo.

Während Start und Landung müssen sich die Sitzlehnen in aufrechter Position benfinden. Bitte schnallen Sie sich an, sobald das Anschnallzeichen aufleuchtet. Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit empfehlen wir während des gesamten Fluges angeschnallt zu bleiben.

We offer complimentray meals, and beverages on all our flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals are available upon request when making reservations.

Nós oferecemos refeições e bebidas de cortesia em todos os nossos vôos.Dietas-especiais ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante uma solicitação ao fazer reservas.

Auf unseren Flügen werden Mahlzeiten und Getränke serviert. Diätische oder vegetarische Mahlzeiten können bei der Flugbuchung angefragt werden


ENGLISH We carry an extensive range of duty free products at competitive prices on selected flights. please refer to our catalogue for details.

PORTUGUESE Nós carregamos uma extensa variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos em vôos selecionados. Por favor, consulte o nosso catálogo para mais detalhes.

GERMAN An Bord ist ein umfangreiches Sortiment an Duty-Free-Produkten zu attraktiven Preisen erhältlich. Informationen hierzu entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Duty-FreeKatalog.

Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e visual estão programmes are available on disponíveis nos vôos operados através dos nossos Flights operated using our A330 aeronaves A330 e A319. and A319 aircraft.

Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen verfügbar.

Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar can be adjusted to provide a refrescante. refreshing stream of air.

Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über individuelle Frischluftdüsen.

Health regulations in some countries require that the aircraft cabin must be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.

Um den Gesundheitsvorschriften einiger Länder zu entsprechen, muss die Flugzeugkabine mit einem für den Menschen unbedenklichen Spray behandelt werden. Wir empfehlen dennoch, die Atemwege durch Vorhalten eines Taschentuchs zu schützen.

Regulamentos de saúde em determinados países exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O pulverizador é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.

Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê recomendamos que você we recommend you request a solicite um berço especialmente nos vôos de longo curso. bassinet especially on the longhaul flights.

Sollten Sie mit einem Baby reisen, empfehlen wir Ihnen besonders auf Langsteckenfügen ein Babybett zu beantragen.

Please do not place any luggage Por favor não coloque bagagem por de baixo do assento under seats at the emergency de saída de emergência. Bagagem de mão deve ser exit seat. armazenado na estiva sobrecarga

“Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Verstauen von Handgepäck unter Ihrem Sitz an den Notausgängen nicht gestattet ist.“

Carry-on luggage should be stored in the overhead stowage.

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

We suggest that passengers do Sugerimos que os passageiros effectuam exercícios de stretching exercises, and move alongamento e movementam-se durante vôo para melhorar a circulação sanguínea. during the flight to improve blood circulation.

Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt.

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Cargo

With over 700 scheduled flights per month, our network and reliable service makes us the best solution for your freight needs. No matter how big or small your parcel is, from the size of an envelope to the size of an elephant, we will get it there for you in GOOD TIME. We provide security for valuable and dangerous goods. We also handle highly perishable goods, and even live animals.

For bookings contact us on telephone number +26461299 6610/11 or via email on cargo.@airnamibia.aero. For more details, please visit our website on www.airnamibia.com.na, select the cargo icon and navigate easily to get all information you need.

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Our New Routes

Windhoek New Destinations Gaborone Durban

Gaborone

Starting on 30 October 2016 For Bookings call.centre@airnamibia.aero Town Office:+264 61 299 6111 Book Online: www.airnamibia.com

Durban

Schedule 30 October 2016 to 25 March 2017 (All times local) To Days

Flight No

From

SW 742

Durban

Windhoek ( via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

15:00

SW 742

Durban

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

12:55

SW 741

Gaborone

Durban

Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun

09:35

10:50

SW 742

Gaborone

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:40

15:00

SW 741

Windhoek

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

07:30

08:50

SW 741

Windhoek

Durban (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

07:30

10:50

Departure Arrival

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Our Fleet

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

2

Length(m)

59

Height (m)

17,4

Maximum Passengers

244

Wing Span (m)

60.3

Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000ll

Cruising Speed

860 km/h 233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

33.84

Height (m)

11.76

Maximum Passengers

112

Wing Span (m)

34.09

Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860ll

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

26.33

Height (m)

6.76

Maximum Passengers

37

Wing Span (m)

20.04

Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198ll

Cruising Speed

820 km/h 70 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class

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Cruising Speed

820 km/h 19 000 kg


Baggage Guidelines

At Air Namibia we are committed to ensuring that our passengers are re-united with their luggage at end of their journey. Given the complexity of the environment in which we operate, passengers’ luggage often gets out of our control and care, (for brief moments when they are subjected to control and handling by various agencies.) It is for this reason we request passengers to check their luggage on point of arrival (immediately after collecting their bag) to ensure that bag was not tampered with; and to report any suspected losses immediately. We request passengers not to check-in valuable items, especially those that are susceptible to theft, such as cash, jewellery, electronic devices like mobile phones, watches, sunglasses, to mention a few. In line with International Industry Conventions on passenger baggage liability, Air Namibia cannot be held liable if these valuable items are pilfered from checked-in baggage. We encourage our passengers to lock or wrap their bags where possible.

Our rules pertaining to baggage include the following We offer our passengers a generous free hand baggage allowance, with maximum weight of 10kg each, and maximum size 55 x 38 x 20 cm; plus an overcoat, an umbrella, a walking stick, a ladies hand bag, a reasonable amount of reading material, and a laptop. We also allow a fully collapsible wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches as hand baggage.

Excess baggage fees on extra pieces of baggage carried, per bag up to 10 bags per passenger are Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per extra bag US$ 110.00 per extra bag US$ 200.00 per extra bag

Free allowance for checked in baggage

Airbus A330-200 Airbus A319-100 Embraer ERJ 135 operated flights operated flights Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Economy:1 piece weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Economy: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Applicable excess baggage fees on excess weight over the free baggage allowance per bag. Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa

1 piece not exceeding 23 kg’s

Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per bag US$ 110.00 per bag US$ 200.00 per bag

• No item of checked in baggage may exceed 32 kilograms.

• For further information on sports, highly fragile items, and security guidelines, we recommend that you visit our website on www.airnamibia.com.na

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Schedule 04 December 2016 to 25 March 2017 ( ALL times local) NOTE: SW285/6 not to operate on Tuesdays from the 06 December 2016 to 21 March 2017. NOTE: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight no SW 286

From Frankfurt

To

Days

Departure Arrival

Windhoek

Daily

20:10

07:30+1

SW 286/703

Frankfurt

Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

10:25+1

SW 286/723

Frankfurt

Johannesburg (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

08:50+1

SW 285

Windhoek

Frankfurt

Daily

21:30

06:55+1

Flight No SW 704

From Cape Town

To

Days

Departure Arrival

Windhoek

Daily

11:30

13:40

SW 708

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

18:50

21:00

SW 708

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

18:50

06:55+1

SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay

Daily

14:35

16:45

SW 742

Durban

Windhoek (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

15:00

SW 742

Durban

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:35

12:55

SW 741

Gaborone

Durban

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

09:35

10:50

SW 742

Gaborone

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:40

15:00

SW 418

Harare

Windhoek

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun

18:50

21:05

SW 722

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

06:40

08:45

Regional

SW 726

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

12:10

14:15

SW 728

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

17:55

20:00

SW 728

Johannesburg

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

17:55

06:55+1

SW 730

Johannesburg

Walvis Bay

Daily

07:20

09:40

SW 304

Luanda

Windhoek

Daily

11:55

15:25

SW 378

Lusaka

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 19:10

21:30

SW 406

Victoria Falls

Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

13:45

15:25

SW 303

Windhoek

Luanda

Daily

09:30

11:10

SW 377

Windhoek

Lusaka

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 16:10

18:25

SW 417

Windhoek

Harare

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun

16:00

18:05

SW 405

Windhoek

Victoria Falls

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:25

13:00

SW 703

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

08:25

10:25

SW 707

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

16:00

18:00

SW 741

Windhoek

Gaborone

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

07:30

08:50

SW 741

Windhoek

Durban (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

07:30

10:50

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

07:05

08:50

SW 727

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

12:10

13:55

SW 729

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

17:30

19:15

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Domestic Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure Arrival

SW 101

Eros

Ondangwa

Daily

07:00

08:00

SW 105

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Thu

14:30

15:30

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

17:45

18:45

SW 107

Eros

Ondangwa

Sun

17:25

18:25

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Wed, Fri

14:30

15:35

SW 125

Eros

Rundu

Sun

14:15

15:20

SW 133 Flight No SW 133 SW 101 SW 143 SW 105 SW 143 SW 107 SW 146 SW 107 SW 134 SW 125 SW 134 SW 125 SW 126 SW 133 SW 126 SW 133 SW 144 SW 143 SW 145 SW 143 SW 145 SW 146 SW 102 SW 134 SW 106 SW 134 SW 108 SW 126 SW 108 SW 126 SW 164 SW 144 SW 713 SW 145 SW 737 SW 145 SW 143 SW 102 SW 143 SW 106 SW 145 SW 108 SW 145 SW 108 SW 163 SW 164

Eros From Eros Eros Luderitz Eros Luderitz Eros Luderitz Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Rundu Eros Rundu Eros Oranjemund Luderitz Oranjemund Luderitz Oranjemund Luderitz Ondangwa Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Rundu Ondangwa Rundu Walvis Bay Oranjemund Walvis Bay Oranjemund Walvis Bay Oranjemund Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Walvis Bay

Katima Mulilo To Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Eros Rundu Eros Rundu Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Katima Mulilo Windhoek Oranjemund Luderitz Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Windhoek (via Luderitz) Windhoek Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Windhoek Windhoek Cape Town Luderitz Johannesburg Windhoek (via Luderitz) Luderitz Eros Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Eros Oranjemund Eros Luderitz(via Oranjemund) Eros Walvis Bay Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri Days Sun Daily Thu, Sat Mon, Tue, Thu Thu, Sat Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Tue Sun Mon, Wed, Fri Wed, Fri Sun Sun Wed, Fri Mon, Wed, Fri Sun Sun Thu, Sat Thu, Sat Tue Thu, Sat Tue Tue Daily Mon, Wed, Fri Mon, Tue, Thu Sun Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Wed, Fri Sun Sun Daily Thu, Sat Daily Tue Daily Tue Thu, Sat Daily Thu, Sat Mon, Tue, Thu Tue Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Tue Sun Daily Daily

10:05 Departure 10:00 07:00 12:55 14:30 12:55 17:45 14:15 17:25 12:15 14:30 12:05 14:15 16:05 10:05 15:50 10:00 14:00 12:55 13:10 12:55 13:10 14:15 08:30 12:15 16:00 12:05 19:15 16:05 18:55 15:50 10:10 14:00 11:00 13:10 17:30 13:10 11:25 08:30 11:25 16:00 11:25 19:15 11:25 18:55 09:25 10:10

11:35 Arrival 11:30 08:00 13:30 15:30 15:15 18:45 15:15 18:25 13:55 15:35 13:45 15:20 17:10 11:35 16:55 11:30 15:15 13:30 13:45 15:15 15:15 15:15 09:30 13:55 17:00 13:45 20:15 17:10 19:55 16:55 10:50 15:15 13:10 13:45 19:45 15:15 12:25 09:30 13:30 17:00 12:40 20:15 13:45 19:55 10:15 10:50

Domestic

SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town

Daily

11:00

13:10

SW 737

Walvis Bay

Johannesburg

Daily

17:30

19:45

SW 143

Windhoek

Luderitz

Thu, Sat

11:25

12:25

SW 143

Windhoek

Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Thu, Sat

11:25

13:30

SW 145

Windhoek

Oranjemund

Tue

11:25

12:40

SW 145

Windhoek

Luderitz(via Oranjemund)

Tue

11:25

13:45

SW 163

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Daily

09:25

10:15

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1. PASSENGER SERVICES CHARGES IN N$

8,000

105.08

15.76

120.84

Description

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

9,000

114.30

17.15

131.45

10,000

177.95

26.69

204.65

International Passengers

470

-

470

23.69

3.55

27.25

Regional Passengers (Passengers departing on an aircraft whose final destination is an airport within Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa or Swaziland)

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

272

-

272

Domestic Passengers

123

18

141

All passenger service charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

2. LANDING CHARGES FOR AIRCRAFT IN N$ 2.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

500

46.16

0.00

46.16

1,000

84.14

0.00

84.14

1,500

124.63

0.00

124.63

2,000

166.17

0.00

166.17

2,500

184.64

0.00

184.64

3,000

243.03

0.00

243.03

4,000

328.23

0.00

328.23

5,000

387.19

0.00

387.19

6,000

484.72

0.00

484.72

7,000

553.94

0.00

553.94

8,000

625.48

0.00

625.48

9,000

703.95

0.00

703.95

10,000

784.73

0.00

784.73

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

67.93

0.00

67.93

All landing charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

2.2 DOMESTIC (LANDING CHARGES)

500

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018 46.16

6.92

53.08

1,000

84.14

12.62

96.76

1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

124.63 166.17 184.64 243.03 328.23 387.19 484.72 553.94 625.48 703.95 784.73

18.69 24.93 27.70 36.45 49.23 58.08 72.71 83.09 93.82 105.59 117.71

143.32 191.09 212.34 279.48 377.47 445.27 557.43 637.03 719.30 809.54 902.44

67.93

10.19

78.12

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

3. AIRCRAFT PARKING CHARGES IN N$ 3.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

4. HOURLY CHARGES FOR OPERATIONS AFTER THE PUBLISHED HOURS OF OPERATIONS IN N$ 4.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL FLIGHTS

Description

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

10,424.61

-

10,424.61

3,790.77

-

3,790.77

712.01

-

712.01

All after hours charges for foreign bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

4.2 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Description

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport

10,424.61

1,563.69

11,988.30

Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome

3,790.77

568.62

4,359.39

LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome

712.01

106.80

818.82

5. NAC AVIATION OPERATION CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 Permanent Access Permit

232.10

Seasonal Access Permit

126.60

Temporal Access Permit

84.40

Lost Permit Replacement (1st time)

232.10

Permanent Vehicle Permit

379.80

Temporal Vehicle Permit

84.40

Reflector Jacket

52.75

Beacon Light

158.25

Lost Permit Replacement (2nd time)

316.50

Wheel Clamping

211.00

6. SECURITY CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 International

91

Regional

71

Domestic

51

7. OTHER CHARGES IN N$ Impounding of vehicles parked in restricted areas

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

All types of vehicles (per day or part thereof)

427.21

64.08

491.29

Tow away charges for vehicles parked in restricted areas

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

500

6.69

-

6.69

Sedans

712.01

106.80

818.82

1,000

13.20

-

13.20

1,500

19.06

-

19.06

Mini buses, light delivery & sports utility vehicles

1,139.22

170.88

1,310.11

2,000

25.11

-

25.11

Trucks and busses

2,136.04

320.41

2,456.45

2,500

32.44

-

32.44

3,000

48.57

-

48.57

4,000

68.25

-

68.25

5,000

77.48

-

77.48

8. GENERAL RULES 8.1 Aircraft engaged in Search and Rescue operations are exempted from all airport/aerodrome charges upon presentation of proof that such aircraft was designated by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) to engage in Search and Rescue operations for that particular flight.

6,000

86.68

-

86.68

7,000

95.86

-

95.86

8.2 Aircraft certificated in the private category in their Airworthiness Certification are exempted from passenger charges. All other aircraft are not exempted from passenger charges, irrespective of the use of the aircraft save where another exemption under these rules apply.

8,000

105.08

-

105.08

8.3 Transit passengers, defined as those passengers

9,000

114.30

-

114.30

8.3.1 Same plane through transit;

10,000

177.95

-

177.95

8.3.2 Transit Through flight or change of gauge, ticketed as one flight;

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

23.69

-

23.69

are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours. 8.4 Transfer passengers, defined as those passengers

All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

3.2 DOMESTIC (AIRCRAFT PARKING CHARGES)

8.4.1 Online Transfer - a change from the service of one carrier to another service of the same carrier 8.4.2 Interline Transfer - the service of another carrier (interline carrier) and ticketed over two or more flight coupons and shown in the itinerary i.e. ticketed points

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

500

6.69

1.00

7.70

8.5 Namibian and foreign State aircraft in the service of the military, customs or police are exempted from landing and parking charges, but not from passenger charges, upon presentation of proof that:

are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours.

1,000

13.20

1.98

15.18

8.5.1 Such aircraft is in the service of the military, customs or police:

1,500

19.06

2.86

21.92

8.5.2 The purpose of the particular flight is related to military, customs or police operations; and

2,000

25.11

3.77

28.88

8.5.3 In case of a foreign aircraft, that such aircraft is a State aircraft.

2,500

32.44

4.87

37.30

8.6 Mercy flights are exempted from after hours charges but not from passenger, landing or parking charges.

3,000

48.57

7.29

55.86

4,000

68.25

10.24

78.48

8.7 The NAC may, at an airport/aerodrome under its management, refuse the provision of any relevant activity (as defined in s 1 of the Act) to any user with an outstanding account in respect of airport/aerodrome charges.

5,000

77.48

11.62

89.10

6,000

86.68

13.00

99.68

7,000

95.86

14.38

110.24

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8.8 All other rules and charges is contained in the Government Notice No 20 published in the Government Gazette of 5 February 1999 (No 2045), remain applicable, save where amended by publication in terms of s 5(1) of the Act. 8.9 Interest at the rate of 2.5% above prime rate (as determined by the financial institutions) will be charged annually on all outstanding balances exceeding 30 days from the invoicing date.

Contact Us: 5th Floor, Sanlam Centre, 154 Independence Avenue, Windhoek | Tel: +264 (0) 61 295 5000 | Fax: +264 (0) 61 295 5022 | EMail: pr@airports.com.na Website: www.airports.com.na


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Access to Foreign Exchange Services wherever you are

Oshifo

When visiting our beautiful country, we want to be sure that you have access to Foreign Exchange Services, no matter where you go. Bank Windhoek caters for all your foreign exchange and banking needs offering you American Express agencies, a large distribution network of 55 branches and agencies as well as 347 ATM’s and Cash Express Machines across Namibia.

Bank Windhoek Branches / Agencies and ATMs Bureau de Change / Foreign Exchange Services and American Express / Bank Windhoek Joint Venture

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www.bankwindhoek.com.na

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