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CONTENTS

SCENIC ROUTE [PHOTOGRA P H Y ]

[ FO R T H E K I DS ]

[HEARTS&HEROES]

THE GARAGE

HIDDEN ENTRANCE

[ CA R R E V I E W]

43 The Greatest Movie Star Cars

[ BL I N K A N D YOU ’ L L M I S S I T ]

61 Secret Gems In SA

CROSSROADS [FEATURE S ]

8 In Honour of Ice Cream 12 Markets of the World

DETOUR [ T RA V E L ]

46 Botswana Land of Plenty

[ H E A L T H & S A F E T Y]

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Safety Tips for Ocean Swimming Top Summer Health Hazards

BEHIND THE WHEEL

[THE I NS ID E S T O RY ]

18 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

PITSTOP

[ Q& A ]

BUMPY ROAD AHEAD

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[ S P O R T & A DV E N T U R E ]

52 Exploring a World Below Ground

Interview with Pro Surfer, Model and World Traveller, Tanika Hoffman

PARK OFF [EVENTS]

72 Event Guide

WIN!

THE ARCADE [GAME R E V IE W S ]

25 2017’s Best Games for the Family

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IN HONOUR OF

Ice Cream Calling all ‘coneheads’ and ice cream fanatics, here’s the inside scoop on some of the very best ice cream makers in SA.

UNFRAMED ICE CREAM CAPE TOWN

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This relatively new artisan ice cream store launched last year by French-born owner, Yann Rey, who moved to the Mother City to open his ice cream ‘gallery’. Here, the artistry of ice cream takes top priority. Production happens right behind the freestanding counter in what can best be described as a laboratory rather than a kitchen! Unframed’s product and recipe developer, Stephane Auge, is not just any ice cream master, she’s won the Meilleur Ouvrier De France for ice cream (the equivalent of Michelin star, but awarded to craftsmen). “Our ice cream includes all-natural tastes that are sometimes subtle and sometimes complex, always with an obsession towards the perfect texture.”

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Lick your way through flavours that include peanut butter, Nuttikrust (based on the biscuit), sea salt chocolate and a caramel-flavoured burnt white chocolate (both chocolate options made with Valrhona chocolate). And, for vegans (who always have the worst choices!), think beetroot chocolate ginger, sweet lemon, lusty coconut, and rouge rooibos cappuccino. The new vegan chocolate is also out of this world. Try some magnificently smooth sorbets too, from a refreshing lime, lemon and basil, to grapefruit with timut pepper from Nepal (a mild, citrusy flavoured pepper). It’s no wonder that Unframed Ice Cream has already made its mark in the Mother City.

FIND THEM HERE! 45 Kloof Street, Gardens; at the Waterfront (inside the V&A Food Market); and in Camps Bay (a sidecar parked in front of The Bay Hotel at Sunset Sessions)

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Unframed Ice Cream


THE CREAMERY CAPE TOWN Looking for a superior ice cream experience? This trio of dessert cafés prides themselves on offering honest-to-goodness, made-from-scratch, locally sourced yumminess. They switched on their churns for the first time back in 2011, serving markets and events around Cape Town; and then opened their dessert cafés, one by one, to serve their ever-growing fan base.

You can also feed your sweet tooth cravings with their incredible in-house toppings that include cookie dough chunks, shortbread crumble, peanut butter pieces, and toasted marshmallow – which are all handmade (and also available in take-home containers).

FIND THEM HERE! Dean Street, Newlands; Mouille Point; and Palmyra Junction, Claremont

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Their range of flavours changes from month to month, with some really unheard of and exciting choices. A few of their dive-in delicious flavours include popcorn, coffee toffee, melktert, apple crumble, black sesame, jam and scones, watermelon and limited-edition pumpkin pie! They are constantly developing new tastes, which means you could come in one week and get one flavour, and come back the next to find an entirely different choice in the scoop counter.

PAUL’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM JOHANNESBURG This proudly South African brand has become somewhat of an institution, growing organically in its hometown of Jozi. Paul Ballen started making ice cream out of his mom’s kitchen eight years ago after receiving an ice cream machine for his 21st birthday. The business has just celebrated their third birthday this year by launching their “third birthday” flavour-of-themonth: a Chomp ice cream with marshmallow and caramel – just what you would expect to be eating at a toddler’s birthday party! And, part of their signature is to introduce a fun, themed flavour-of-the-month. Once you’ve tasted Paul’s Homemade you’ll know, “this is what ice cream is supposed to taste like!” – it’s truly delicious gourmet ice cream made from all-natural ingredients. Paul scoops up a range of flavours from his trendy parlours and is constantly reinventing his offerings. Try the dulce de leche, roasted banana or unbelievably good, cookie sandwiches. Also, keep an eye out for the official launch of the “PHIC stick” – a chocolate-coated ice cream lollipop! And, if you’re looking for a whole new element to the ice cream eating experience, skip the cone and try out their ice cream in a box (a 125ml cardboard box).

FIND THEM HERE! 22 4th Avenue Parkhurst; Hyde Park Shopping Centre; The Zone Mall, 177 Oxford Rd, Rosebank; and Sandton Gautrain (Cnr Rivonia and 5th Street)

www.paulshomemade.com

PRETORIA

Thirty years and counting... Royal Danish was one of the first ice cream hot spots on the scene. Today a firm landmark in Pretoria, serving top-quality homemade ice cream made to a traditional Danish recipe on the premises by the owner. Your head will spin with a choice of about 30 to 40 flavours! But their signature flavour (and most popular to date) is Copenhagen – it contains the crunch of caramelised sugar. Ask a Royal Danish fanatic and they’ll tell you that the Royal Danish vanilla is the best, while the chocoholics revel in a choice of three types that make up a pretty orgasmic three-scoop chocolate cone. Other standard must-try flavours include Royal mocha almond fudge and Royal butter pecan. For the more adventurous palate some more unique flavours include Royal ginger, Royal liquorice, Royal rose infusion (tastes like Turkish delight), Royal salted caramel popcorn and Royal hazelnut whirl (contains Nutella). All Royal Danish scoops are served in home-made wafer cones and, if you’re looking for real indulgence, there’s a delicious caramel or chocolate sauce with which to top it all off.

FIND THEM HERE! Corner of Gordon Road and Bernard Street, Colbyn, Pretoria

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When it comes to ‘natural’ this is really as good as it gets! You can literally taste each clean, glorious note of flavour in every spoonful. And when you find out from Peta Frysh that her vanilla is made with vanilla pods only, lemon frozen yoghurt is made with lemon juice (and some zest for a hint of complexity), Vietnamese coffee from freshly brewed Rwandan coffee (with a touch of chicory) – then you realise how seriously she takes her craft! The quality of this ice cream is first-rate, and there’s always something different and new. Ever heard of “popcorn cream with torched marshmallows”? “Pistachio praline with apricot”? “Rose pomegranate Turkish delight”? “Orange cardamom”? Or how about “spicy Bloody Mary sorbet”? Well, we hadn’t either! Producing superb ice cream comes naturally for Pete, who offers only small tubs, but which are packed with flavour. So, if exploring amazing, fresh and totally unique flavour combinations is your thing – you have got to get your hands on a tub (or six!).

FIND THEM HERE! Oaklands Fruit; Jackson’s Real Food Market, Bryanston; Impala Fruit, Craighall Park; Braeside Butcher, Greenside; Farm Table, Linden; The Leopard Kitchen, 44 Stanley; and The Roastery, Muldersdrift. Also on the menu at select restaurants in Joburg.

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EISH KREAM THE HOME OF COLD-PRESS SPAGHETTI ICE CREAM The newest kid on the block, having launched this year, is offering ice cream lovers a totally unique concept! Eish Kream is the first mobile ice cream bar serving spaghetti soft-serve in South Africa. This hot-off-the-mark trendy treat is the perfect combination of soft ice cream, with the quality of gelato and presented as a fun pastel-coloured spaghetti ice cream, served in a cone or in delightful on-the-go boxes. The recent launch of their new unicorn cup holders is also proving to be a hit amongst their fans. A firm favourite is their famous coconut-flavoured black charcoal ice cream, while the cotton candy flavour (called “unicorn tears”) is ranked right up there too. And, it’s only the beginning as they are currently testing uniquely South African flavours like rooibos, spicy pine, Cape koeksister, milk tart and malva pudding, to name a few. So, should you find yourself having a sudden Eish Kream craving, look out for one of their 16 pop-up stores at various markets and events around the country.

FIND THEM HERE! Pop-up stores in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban at various markets and events.

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Markets

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of the World

Markets manage to offer a unique insight into the heart of a nation’s culture. From Morocco to London, Thailand to Egypt and the USA, we’ve chosen our favourite markets across the globe. Camden Market, London

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CAMDEN MARKET It’s standard practice to unfollow convention at Camden Market with their 1000+ unique stalls, bars and cafés. It’s one of London’s largest, most eclectic and popular shopping enclaves. Head to the Lock section for crafts, or wander the Stables for punk-rock fashion. Savvy shoppers can pick up everything from bargain treasures to antiques and retro items, and from vintage records to bikes and beanbags. Management of the market is driven by the belief that you can only keep discovering if you keep looking, so they’re always adding interesting stores and traders. Creative energy flows here like a well-stocked bar. Keep your ears and eyes open for live music, street performances and other great entertainment.

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DJEMAA EL-FNA MARRAKECH, MOROCCO As you arrive at Marrakech’s sprawling central market, you’ll feel all your senses tune right up to their highest frequency. Everywhere you look, you’ll discover drama in progress. Snake charmers, henna tattoo artists and storytellers, acrobats, musical performers and slapstick comedy acts; water-sellers in fringed hats clang brass cups together hoping to drive people to drink, while vendors offer every imaginable thing, from shoes to lanterns to spices. At night, a food market unfolds with a maze of sellers grilling meats and other local delicacies, such as sheep heads. This is a show you don’t want to miss and it’s a bargain too!

KHAN EL-KHALILI CAIRO, EGYPT Feel like a stroll through history? This market dates back to the 14th century! The skinny lanes of Khan el-Khalili are basically a medieval-style mall with more than 900 shops arranged around small courtyards, stocking everything from traditional handicrafts, jewellery, perfume and ornate glassware to soap powder, spices and semiprecious stones. If you dare to purchase anything, be prepared to bargain – here, the act has been lifted to an art form!

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BANGKOK, THAILAND This is one of the most intense shopping experiences you’ll ever have, with 15 000 vendors selling just about everything – if it’s buyable, you’ll find it! Once you’re deep in the bowels of Chatuchak, it will seem like there’s no order and no escape, but the market is arranged into relatively coherent sections. Use the clock tower as a landmark! Also, it’s a good idea to arrive hungry as a plethora of food stalls serve a delectable world of treats, from spicy noodle dishes to deep-fried insect snacks.

TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET HONG KONG, CHINA When the sun goes down, the lights go on and the traders come out. It’s a bustling and lively open-air rush of people, smells, sounds and colour from sunset to midnight! Here you’ll find an array of bargain deals from jade stone trinkets to ward off evil, tea sets and cheap gadgets to fortune tellers, karaoke and a maze of food stalls. Few experiences in the world compete with a visit to an Asian night market, and Hong Kong’s Temple Street is no exception.


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PIKE PLACE MARKET SEATTLE, USA This covered market is the epicentre of fresh produce and speciality foods. Bring your appetite and explore many owner-operated bakeries, fisheries, butcher shops and various produce stands. The famous seafood counter, where vendors toss enormous whole fish to one another, is always a drawcard, but don’t forget to admire the abundance of beautiful fresh flowers, booksellers, antique dealers, craft stores and artisan cheesemakers. Originally established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, Pike Place Market has been doing a great job of it ever since!

THE TOP MUST-SEE MARKET IN YOUR TOWN! CAPE TOWN BAY HARBOUR MARKET A vibrant hub of creativity, culture and cuisine, this indoor weekend market is a real celebration of all things local. Think traditional food with great vegetarian and vegan options. Plenty to drink, from delicious raw juices to refreshing craft beer. A dynamic mix of traders where you’ll find everything from artwork, vintage clothing and beautiful jewellery, to vinyl EPs and extraordinary memorabilia. Enjoy the buzz of brilliant live music right on the seafront, and for those cold winter days, a massive fireplace to keep things cosy.

DURBAN VICTORIA STREET MARKET Set in a huge building that resembles something of a Maharajah’s palace, ‘The Vic’ (as the Market is fondly known) is a thriving bargaining bazaar that adds to the pulse of the city. The smell of spices and incense permeates the air in a relaxed blend of Durban’s Afro-Oriental atmosphere. Pick up some great bargains – from fresh produce and spices to fine cut jewellery, brass ornaments, souvenirs, crafts, clothing and fabrics.

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This typically Jozi-centric space has been transformed from a 1900s warehouse to a thriving hub of young and aspiring entrepreneurs and upcoming local designers, who showcase their wares every weekend. This is inner-city lifestyle at its best – relaxed, creative and passionate! Also, it’s a foodie paradise where you can enjoy a variety of local and international cuisines. Plus, there are plants, herbs, fresh produce, flowers, clothing and vintage items.


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That old adage ‘the world is your oyster’ has never rung more true. Flights link once remote destinations, luxury trains add opulence and romance to cross-country routes, and indulgent cruises have become as popular and easy to plan as that annual road trip, especially for those who travel on an unlimited budget.


Whether they are city, island or bush-based breaks; the wealthy want their activities to be personalised and conducted by dedicated guides that follow their specific interests.

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or those to whom money is no object, the style of travel differs largely from our own with trips often planned as celebratory breaks to mark the closure of a new deal, or fashioned specifically to allow much needed R&R. Busy professionals are electing to spend well-deserved holidays with their children and parents, often welcoming friends into the mix. Something particularly popular in Africa is going off the grid and on safari for a rewarding and tangible experience that puts people back in touch with the basics, with nature and with each other.

Yoga retreat, Thailand

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Whether they are city, island or bush-based breaks; the wealthy want their activities to be personalised and conducted by dedicated guides that follow their specific interests. Experiential travel is everything, with cooking lessons secured with top chefs, cellar tours with winemakers, and walks through cobbled streets hosted by accomplished historians. Replenishing yoga retreats in exotic destinations such as Thailand, Bali and India, with healthy food, a well-equipped gym and personal trainer, are all standard requirements for the well-heeled wanting a break.

Relaxing on a yacht in Camps Bay, Cape Town

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Of course, it isn’t just about where they travel but also how. Helicopter transfers replace tedious drives providing easy access into remote areas and city centres, with the ability to land at hotels and even private properties. If a car is required, it’s most likely to be chauffeur driven. Private planes and charters bring convenience to local commutes, with First and Business Class easing the strain of scheduled long-haul flights. At Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, the Emirates Business, SAA Baobab and Virgin Atlantic lounges bring exceptional amenities, waiter service, premium food and beverages, and shower and spa facilities to the frequent flyer. In flight, renowned chefs are designing culinary-focused menus for the upper class that start with tasty amuse-bouche and see you all the way to the dessert and liqueur trolley, making it all about the journey.

For some of the rich and famous status dictates, and there will be animated conversations with friends over bottles of French Champagne and imported single malt whisky in rooftop bars and exclusive clubs. Money talks, as does the need to occasionally demonstrate success with nights on the town at private tables in VIP lounges serving as an important part of the need to be noticed. Inevitably there are always accounts of recent vacations, and these can fuel a touch of competitiveness as comparisons are drawn between stays at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives and time living like royalty in the South Pacific’s Bora Bora. Wherever it is, privacy, security and exclusivity are key, as is the ethos of exceptional service, as well-heeled travellers like to get what they want and don’t mind paying for it.

Charter with a private plane

DID YOU KNOW? According to Corporate Jet Investor, dedicated to the business jet market, a high number of ultra rich South Africans own a private jet. In Fact, South Africa is 11th in the world in terms of jet registries, ahead of countries like Australia, France and Switzerland!

Angelina Joli and Brad Pitt, Jared Leto and Leonardo DiCaprio, are among the celebrities who enjoy a love affair with Africa, and return regularly to spend time on safari or discreetly tucked away at the likes of Ellerman House or the faithful Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. One of the craziest stories out of a remote lodge in northern KwaZulu-Natal was how a rather famous Hollywood star insisted on having her baths in Perrier water while outside, the wildlife looked thirstily at depleted dams.

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives

DREAM HOLIDAY PLANNING

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The ease of access to online platforms does not have the rich and famous booking their own air tickets and accommodation, even though paging through a travel magazine may influence their decision of where to go. Time is too precious for that and most enjoy loyal relationships with high-end tour operators and private concierge services who are tasked with refining arrangements for annual or bi-annual breaks. The agents keep a score of where they have been and each year present them with the option of trying the newest, latest, most luxurious spot on the market

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Crafting these bespoke dream holidays in Africa are Wilderness Safaris, &Beyond and Eye See Africa – Boutique Adventure Tours; while for experiences beyond our borders, the likes of Abercrombie & Kent, Whole Journeys and Micato Travel are leading the way. Simultaneously other services encompassing everything from golf tee-off times, spa treatments and access to exclusive night clubs are being arranged by Luxury Seventy Seven and Back in Town private concierge services. Mhondoro Safari Lodge


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Two companies stand out as game changers in this field – Momentum Adventure, that offers opportunities to travel with some of the world’s most experienced guides, yachtsman and professional off-road racing teams to create adventure itineraries that take you hiking, sailing and rallying in remote parts of the world; and White Desert Luxury Adventures, whose excursions to the southern-most part of the world have you flying into Antarctica by private jet from Cape Town, and once there, accommodated in stateof-the-art sleeping pods that have hosted NASA’s Buzz Aldrin and UK’s Prince Harry, with activities like trekking, rappelling into glacial crevasses, and visits to the Emperor penguins. Adventure in Antarctica

WHERE DO THE WEALTHY STAY AND PLAY? Icon Villas (www.iconvillas.travel) and Luxury Retreats (www.luxuryretreats.com) can source the right space to match your needs, be it aquatic homes or Hollywood-style mansions, private bush villas or remote island stays. The Quirimbas archipelago off northern Mozambique is home to the incredible Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, which is found on a thin strip of white land that juts out of the marine blue waters, as well Ibo Island Lodge. Another excellent luxury island option is the Constance Tsarabanjina off Nosy Be that provides a barefoot-chic, intimate and ecofriendly retreat in Madagascar’s unspoiled waters.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

Singita, Serengeti

Leading the way in safari villas is Mhondoro Safari Lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve with its three-bedroom luxury villa with private pool and contemporary decor. Upping the offerings, Singita remains a first-choice option for high-end travellers with villas in the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands in South Africa, as well as in the 350 000-acre Grumeti Reserves in the heart of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania, a place popular for witnessing the annual wildebeest migration. 

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Should the mega-rich opt to sail the seas off Turkey and Greece, ScicSailing (www.scicsailing.eu) provides the ultimate in ocean therapy with a fleet of super-chic gulets with 4-8 ensuite cabins and activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing offered. Their indulgently luxurious yacht even has a jacuzzi on the front deck.

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Blue Train, South Africa

Sail the seas of Greece

For luxury train travel in South Africa, Rovos Rail and the Blue Train always impress, while the Trans-Siberian Express remains one of the greatest train experiences of all time.


MARIO KART 8 DELUXE

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10/10

Possibly one of the coolest games on the planet right now, Mario Kart has never failed to deliver in the entertainment category and the latest edition goes further than all the Mario Karts before it. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the perfect combination of old and new, there’s great synergy between what was great about all the previous versions and all that is new about the 2017 edition. The graphics are incredible, the soundtrack is fantastic, the choice of characters is wonderful – we simply don’t have enough superlatives to aptly describe how much fun this game is.

FORZA HORIZON 3: HOT WHEELS Another racing game in our list of best games, but again, this is no ordinary racing game. The Forza franchise is famous for bringing us the coolest cars, the best tracks and the most realistic driving simulation out there, but the Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels edition is an expansion pack to the original game that’s quite literally packed with fun. All the sweetest Hot Wheel rides you can imagine are brought to life in this game, turning miniature fun into life-sized excitement. You get to race through the greatest environments imaginable to turn childhood adventures into gaming reality. This is another game that promises endless hours of entertainment and fun for the whole family.

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9.1/10 SPLATOON 2

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The sequel to Splatoon, Splatoon 2 is a non-violent teambased shooting game based around colourful environments and funky characters in a territorial battle to paint the town. Although there is a single player mode, the real genius behind Splatoon 2 is the multiplayer online games and all the different events you can partake in, in order to own your hill and win the day. The basic idea behind Splatoon is that you have a paint gun (or various forms thereof) and you need to shoot various targets, enemies or areas to win the game. We had the most fun playing in ‘turf war’ game mode, where the aim was to get behind enemy lines and paint as much of the arena in your team’s colours. The team with the most colour on the floor and walls wins. Simple, original and just pure fun.

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2017’s BEST GAMES FOR THE FAMILY

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SNAKE PASS Snake Pass is a rudimentary platform game which has about 15 levels to pass and gives you control of an adorable snake called Noodle. The aim of the game is to get from one end of the level to the other while completing certain tasks and passing certain obstacles. The game is frustrating in the beginning as you have to learn how to move like a snake, which involves most of the buttons and sticks on your

GAME GURU RATES IT

7.4/10

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Every one of us has a dancing queen or king inside us, however, most of us just lack the confidence to get out there and dance in front of others. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love to shake our booty whenever a cool tune comes on. Just Dance 2017 turns dancing into a game and gives all of us a chance to bust a move just because we can. The game certainly isn’t a flawless execution of dance, but it’s the perfect game if you’re looking for a bit of fun. We often felt like we were crushing every move, yet the scores didn’t match; and then when we felt like we were utterly hopeless, the game would give us full marks. Just Dance 2017 would have scored much higher had it given us a few tutorials, but overall, this is a game that gets the blood pumping, so what’s not to love?

control, but once you are accustomed to the dynamics, it’s somewhat hypnotising. You can find yourself lost in the game, playing for long periods of time, just to slither around on the floor or through water like a snake. Snake Pass is filled with fun and although it can sometimes be a bit frustrating to get past certain impasses, the game itself is enjoyable and challenging enough for all ages.

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8/10

PLANET COASTER Planet Coaster is just like Sim City, but for theme parks. You build, manage and create the best possible theme park that will entertain and bedazzle your guests. These simulation games are dime a dozen, but Planet Coaster seems to offer the variety that very few other games do. There are gift shops, rollercoasters, carousels, ice cream stands and walkways which you can reposition, recolour, redesign and edit in so many ways that Planet Coaster just fails to get boring. The aim of the game is simple, as with all economic simulators; keep your customers happy, they will keep coming back and you will keep making money. The more money you have, the more rides you can build. It’s an endless circle.

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BESTWAY WATER SLIDE The Bestway Mad Man water slide is the perfect summer essential for South African weather. December gets really hot so what better way to handle the heat than to cool off with a water slide in the garden? It attaches to a garden hose, and has six stakes to ensure it stays in place. Suited for three-year-olds and up. Best to check if your city has any water restrictions before purchasing. The water slide weighs 1.2kgs and comes with a 6-month warranty. Available in red. www.takealot.com

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PRICE: R245

PRICE: R599 NOW: R239

CREATIVE LIVING HAMMOCK If you’ve got a large garden with lots of trees, it’s time to look at getting a hammock. The Creative Living hammock comes in a rainbow-coloured canvas and nylon fabric that promises an easy set-up process. It is 180cm x 80cm, crease-proof, and comes with two binding strings to tie on a pole or solid branch. The length with the string is 250cm. The hammock is capable of holding up to 90kg. With a Kindle or book, you’ll have the whole family fighting for it. www.takealot.com

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Summer is here and we’ve rounded up some amazing gadgets to keep things fresh this season. The best part is you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home and garden.

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PHILIPS AIRFRYER Philips has a new version of its wildly popular Airfyer that has made eating healthier that much easier. The new model is smaller in size but retains its 800g basket capacity. It features TurboStar technology that cooks quickly and evenly. It can handle steak, fish or chicken; bake cupcakes; air fry oven fries; and veggies – the list is endless. If you can put it in the microwave, oven or stove, it can go into the Airfryer. A big advantage is that no pre-heat is required. The basket is dishwasher safe. www.hirschs.co.za

PRICE: R349

ZOKU SLUSH MAKER Imagine being able to make healthy slushies, smoothies, milkshakes or frozen alcoholic drinks in as little as seven minutes, directly from your countertop! The Zoku Slush and Milkshake maker makes this dream a reality. It stores easily in a freezer so it’s always ready for use. It is simple to operate – remove the inner core from the freezer and place it into the outer sleeve, pour your mix into it, and mix and scrape the cup with the included spoon to see your slush freeze right in front of you. Fun for the whole family. Available in purple, red, lime and blue, in a 220ml capacity. www.yuppiechef.co.za

PRICE: R149

TILE DECALS PRICE: R299

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Summer is all about the outdoors, this means not being bogged down by charging your smartphone or tablet inside the house, while everyone is hanging out by the pool. This cute unicorn powerbank from Superbalist comes with a charging cable to give you 4400mAh battery life on the go. This would give you about two charges on your smartphone, depending just how glued you are to your social feeds. The cable to charge your smartphone is not included. The powerbank is small at 13cm in height, and pops easily into your handbag. Choose between these summery shades: white, turquoise or purple. www.superbalist.com

Renovating a house can get costly if you want a seasonal change or a bit of sprucing up. Instead of painting or changing wallpapers, tile decals seem like the ideal fuss-free option. It’s quick and can be applied to any tiled wall, whether it’s a bathroom, kitchen or kid’s bedroom. They are self-adhesive stickers which require the protective layer to be removed first before applying to a flat and smooth surface. A set of 12 striped triangles are available as individual pieces, so you can get creative with the layout. Fits 15cm x 15cm tiles. www.superbalist.com

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Method: Preheat oven to 180oC and line baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and eggs; and sift in the flour, bicarb and cream of tartar. Mix until a smooth dough has formed. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Cut out biscuits using Christmas-themed cutters and place on baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Place on wire cooling trays. Decorate with icing and your choice of sweets.

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FINGERLINGS PRICE: R449.90

These baby monkeys cling to your fingers and go where you go. They react to sound, motion and touch, make fun little monkey noises, and move in ways that will make you squeal with delight.

BARBIE DOLPHIN MAGIC MERMAID Go from girl to mermaid and back again with Barbie® doll’s two-in-one outfit! Her mermaid look has two-in-one fun with colour-change features – apply warm water to her bodice and tail fins to transform them from sparkling purple to ocean blue!

PRICE: R999.90

LEGO DIMENSIONS STARTER PACK

(PS3, PS4, XBOX ONE, XBOX 360)

PRICE: R1 499.90

HATCHIMALS SURPRISE

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Hatchimals are magical creatures hidden inside speckled eggs. Help them hatch with your love and care! There are some cute furry characters to choose from. Who will you hatch?

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Help save the LEGO Multiverse from the evil Lord Vortech. Starter Pack comes with the LEGO Dimensions video game, LEGO Toy Pad, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO mini figures and a LEGO Batmobile vehicle. The Toy Pad lights up, flashes and changes colours to give you hints as to where to go, what to look for and how to solve puzzles. All toys available at Toys R Us stores and Toysrus.co.za

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When you Google ‘the greatest cars to star in movies’ the list of candidates is jaw-dropping, albeit ridiculous. Every list seems to include the same group of classic Bond cars, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Mutt Cutts van from Dumb & Dumber, and the Batmobile. As epic as these lists are, none of us is likely to have ever seen, let alone driven, any of them! So we thought we’d take a look at the coolest cars to star in movies, all within the last 15 years and in production at their current manufacturer!

STARRING MINI COOPER

The obvious choice for number one is the Mini Coopers used in the 2003 remake of The Italian Job. The Mini Cooper is a classic car that has evolved over the years from a compact hatchback into a popular sports hatch that has been tweaked and modified in so many ways, it is sometimes unrecognisable. The best and most successful Mini collaboration is with John Cooper Works, who is to thank for the best-performing standard production Minis available today! A Mini from JCW could set you back a small fortune, but the thrill is worth the pennies.

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THE ITALIAN JOB

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THE GREATEST MOVIE STAR CARS

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FAST & FURIOUS 8 STARRING MERCEDES AMG GT In Fast & Furious 8, Jason Statham drives a Mercedes AMG GT in his pursuit of Dom through the streets of New York City. Although the AMG GT is not your typical everyday car, we have seen enough of them around town to justify its inclusion here. At the recent Festival of Motoring at Kyalami, the GT was on display for all to see and had the public and press completely in awe of the raw power and speed it delivered on track, yet it had such class and sophistication inside.

JAMES BOND

STARRING THE ASTON MARTIN DB5 The Aston Martin DB5 also makes the list as throughout history it made an appearance in no fewer than six Bond films. It appeared in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall, and the DB5 is by far one of the most iconic cars to come out of the British manufacturer. The DB5 is as much a sports car as it is a business saloon, and should you ever have the privilege of owning one, you’ll understand why it has such allure and status in the upper circles of society.

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STARRING THE 2016 CHEVROLET CAMARO

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This one’s our favourite! The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro which most of us know as Bumblebee from Transformers. Since the very first instalment of the Michael Bay mega-franchise, Bumblebee has evolved into whichever Camaro is available on the market that year. The 2016 version is sleek, sexy and performs like a bat out of hell. Owning one of these beauties will certainly make a statement and is by far the coolest movie car you can actually own. If you have any suggestions for cooler than cool cars from the movies, head to our Facebook page and let us know!


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Botswana

Land of Plenty

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Sparsely populated by a proud people, Botswana strives to live up to its national slogan ‘Our Country, Our Pride’. This is a destination that calls to the adventurous nature-loving spirit, be it for a fly-in safari that takes you deep into the Okavango Delta, a sunset cruise on the Chobe River or into the remote desert plains of the Kalahari, for big skies and elusive game.

The Okavango Delta, Botswana

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It’s the quiet that will strike you most, and the close proximity to any game that comes down to the water to drink. There are also game drives from some camps and bush walks to be enjoyed, but this is peace personified.

THE OKAVANGO DELTA A PLACE OF CONCENTRATED MAGIC The Okavango Delta should be on every safari enthusiast’s wish list and when you get there, you’ll know exactly why. A unique oasis regarded as one of Africa’s best safari destinations, this important inland wetland is a place of concentrated magic. A highlight here is having your guide manoeuvre you through reed-lined waterways in the traditional Mokoro or dugout canoe. It’s the quiet that will strike you most, and the close proximity to any game that comes down to the water to drink. There are also game drives from some camps and bush walks to be enjoyed, but this is peace personified. In the area, the Moremi Game Reserve attracts the self-drive visitors to explore its waterways and islands, the most popular being Chief’s Island and the forested Mopane Tongue peninsula, with numerous lodges and camps to choose from. This is the first reserve in Africa to be established by local residents. The reserve was proclaimed in 1963 and remains the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta.

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Boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in Africa, this is paradise for game viewing and bird watching, with both black and white rhino recently reintroduced, reinstating its status as a ‘Big Five’ reserve. Pools, pans, grasslands, plains and mopane forests offer wonderful trails for exploration, both guided or independent.

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CHOBE GAME RESERVE WHERE ELEPHANTS ROAM Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to the largest elephant population in the world and 200 000 elephants are said to roam along the river that marks the place where four countries meet; Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and a tiny strip of Namibia. It’s a special place. Also known for its large herds of Cape buffalo, lions, antelopes, hippos and migrating zebras. The sunrise and sunset Chobe Boat Cruise on the river in the flat-bottomed boats offer a special experience that will have you game viewing and bird watching from the water. The skipper navigates between the long grass to point out crocodiles baking in the sun, pods of hippo curiously coming up for a closer look, and shy game peering out tentatively

from behind the trees in the reserve as they approach for an evening drink. The cormorants dry their wings in the last of the sun’s rays and water monitors can be seen skulking between the rocks. If you’re lucky, you may even hear the distinctive cry of the fish eagle to crown the moment. A gin and tonic by evening, or mug of Amarula-infused coffee in the early morning, complete the experience. In the dry season, elephants come down to the water’s edge by the hundreds, often seen holding each other’s tails with their trunks as they cross the river onto the lush islands to graze. This is a distinctly Chobe sight to behold.

KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK WHERE THE WILD ONES ARE

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Days are spent relaxing in camp chairs, reading, playing cards and watching the active lives of the resident ground squirrel. Always keeping an eye out for game, which may come by. You may even be lucky enough to have a lion come to drink water from the makeshift shower at night. Don’t be fooled though, they’re not there to make friends, and a useful tip is to keep the car doors unlocked at all times just in case he draws near and you need a safe shelter.

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Nights turn black and headlamps light the way as you gather around a campfire to prepare dinner and sip on the mandatory gin and tonic, with ice if your vehicle’s well equipped with fridge and freezer. You cannot get closer to nature than this. Booking is essential and will need to be made in advance as the camps are very popular. A park ranger may drive through to check on you, but mostly you’re on your own, so take all the provisions you need, and your vehicle.

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT The rainy season falls from November to March and promises dramatic thundershowers that cool down the hot days. May to October is the most popular time of year to visit with the grass lower for good game viewing and the water levels highest in the Delta. February is referred to by some as the “mad month”, with temperatures soaring into the 40s and little relief on offer, except of course for a cool shower or dip in the pool at your lodge.

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If you don’t have a 4x4, find a friend or family member who does and head to the Mabuasehube Game Reserve in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Here in the south of the country, you’re guaranteed big skies, open pans and solitude. The recommendation here is to drive the rugged and rather wild road that traverses the park, and settle yourself at one of the camping sites that offers an A-frame shelter for shade, a shower with borehole water fresh from the ground, and a long-drop loo.


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DID YOU KNOW? Botswana is the world’s largest producer of diamonds and the trade has transformed the country into a middle-income nation. The country’s other valuable commodity is their commitment to conservation and wildlife with clear laws of protection, a strong anti-hunting stance and dedication to tourism which serves as an important source of income.

Chobe Game Reserve, Botswana

4 X 4 SELF-DRIVE SAFARI ADVENTURES There can be few more dramatic experiences than driving through pristine wilderness. It’s not for the faint-hearted, and, experience in driving in difficult conditions is a necessity! For this adventure, you will need a fully equipped 4x4 stocked with water, food, fuel and supplies to see you through any situation. You can hire a 4x4 vehicle that comes with everything you need for your journey. Petrol stations can be found in the main towns but not in the bush. You will have to calculate your petrol requirements well in advance and stock up, as the use of air-con and engaging lower gears will eat into your reserves. It’s important to note that off-road driving is prohibited in national parks in order to keep wilderness areas in pristine condition and to protect the wildlife from harm.

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For more information self-drive safari specialists, Drive Botswana, will meet all your personal requirements: www.drivebotswana.com

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exploring a World below Ground They say life begins at the end of your comfort zone and there is certainly something quite adventurous about being deep down in the pitch-black belly of the earth, exploring the wonder of a cave...

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f you’re looking for something a little different, Wild Cave Adventures in the Cradle of Humankind offers the exploration adventure of a lifetime. Novice, as well as advanced cavers can experience an underground world few dare to try. It’s no secret that caving is highly dangerous for the inexperienced and exploring some systems requires the combined skills of rock climber and miner, which is why each excursion is run by an experienced guide who knows the cave tunnels well. For first-time cavers, the fear of the unknown is the drawcard and Wild Cave Adventures recommended that all novice cavers try out Bat Cave first. It’s important that the guides have a good idea of whether or not you will cope with the more advanced trips. But don’t be fooled, Bat Cave is everything a wild cave can offer!

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The highly trained Wild Cave Adventure guides, who are all super knowledgeable and passionate about this little piece of heritage area, will lead you every step of the way, starting out with a fivestorey (17-metre) entry by rope, in through the roof of the cavern.

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Water in a rim-stone pool inside the cave

Five-storey cave abseiling

Fully kitted out in overalls, and equipped with helmets, torches and harnesses, you will do a little climbing, a little clamouring, a little crawling, a little mud face-painting and about one and a half hours later, emerge in an exhilarating exit on a steel rope ladder, back to the world above ground. Now for the dirty underground details – yes, it’s scary and very, very dark – the kind where you can’t see your hand in front of you and you hang onto your trusted headlamp for dear life. Dare you decide to turn it off for a thrill, you’re in for an all-consuming darkness that’s difficult to prepare for. It’s also pretty wet down there. In fact, the drops that work their way over the rock face are said to take about six months to work their way from the surface. And, if you stop for a minute and listen, you’ll hear the trickle of water into pools you cannot see. A hundred years ago, Bat Cave was full of calcified lime-rich deposits that took thousands of years to form and only one stick of dynamite to remove. Miners raped the cave for the lime. But the water will continue to drip down from the surface, as it always has, and the formations will grow back again over time. It’s a truly magical experience to know that under our feet is a place so complex, so quiet, so tranquil, so still. And one that also boasts some incredible structures, a raw natural beauty, lifetimes of history and lots of bats! You don’t see them during the day but stand in the main tunnel at 6pm and it’s like bat rush hour! Let’s not forget the adrenalin surges brought on by those tight squeezes and the moment you begin to exit the cave, where you suddenly shift from darkness to light. Cavers call this ‘the twilight zone’ and many of them are hooked on that very moment when the sky pours in through the roof. You may not be a dedicated caver, but if you’re happy to leave your designer gear at home and get down and dirty, then this great adventure, fit for the whole family, will almost always end with huge smiles, dusty faces and fun, happy memories.


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It’s a truly magical experience to know that under our feet is a place so complex, so quiet, so tranquil, so still. And one that also boasts some incredible structures, a raw natural beauty, lifetimes of history and lots of bats!

If you’re claustrophobic, this one’s definitely not for you. But Wild Cave Adventures also offers a range of ‘abovethe-ground’ adventures including: Rockface abseiling and climbing, extreme hike excursions and kloofing.

CONTACT For more information and to book, visit Wildcaves.co.za

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MEN AT WORK

THE WORLD’S LARGEST

COASTAL CLEAN-UP

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International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest annual volunteer effort to reduce waste from our coastlines, waterways and seas. Now running in South Africa for the past 21 years, it serves as an ideal platform to raise awareness on the issue of marine debris and encourages people across all walks of life to actively clean their environment.

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housands of South Africans took the time, made the effort and flocked to their local beaches to pick up and remove litter. Plastics SA coordinates the ‘Clean-ups’ that take place in the three Cape provinces, on the beaches as well as at various rivers inland. KZN Marine Waste Network members take responsibility for co-ordinating Clean-ups at major beaches in KwaZulu-Natal. To date, nearly 12 million people have been part of the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean, and South Africa is a major part of this success story!

The Clean-up differs from other clean-ups as it is, in major part, an audited clean-up where all material collected is recorded to give an overall picture of the international state of our coastlines and seas. The data reveals details of items collected, but the top ten of these don’t change much yearon-year. Microplastic pieces are by far the most collected item, with bottle tops in second position. Unfortunately, when it comes to the need for a clean and safe environment, proper waste management and non-littering, the

number of caring people is still outweighed by an uncaring society. “We need to muster all the energy we can to ensure a cleaner environment, as the material that survives a period of being exposed to environmental energy will always be plastics. Nature does not recognise plastics and glass, whereas paper (and, to some degree, metal) degrades over time when it is exposed,” explains Sustainability Manager of Plastics SA, John Kieser. Approximately 75% of ocean litter is derived from land-based waste. Without effective


To date, nearly 12 million people have been part of the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean, and South Africa is a major part of this success story!

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It’s wonderful to see that, compared to previous years, there’s definitely a marked increase in the number of clean-ups being organised inland at rivers, streams and other water sources as the public is realising that trash travels. All litter eventually finds its way to our country’s oceans and onto the beaches. At its core, ocean trash is a people problem

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waste collection, an avalanche of debris will enter the ocean. To prevent this, Plastics SA encourages South Africans of all ages, races and backgrounds to participate in their Clean-up & Recycle activities.

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MEN AT WORK

Thanks to volunteers around the world, International Coastal Clean-up has become a beacon of hope, leading and inspiring action in support of our oceans. Hout Bay

WEIRD FINDS

Robben Island

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– perpetuated by the often unwitting practices that industry and people have adopted over time. It affects human health and safety, endangers marine wildlife and costs states and nations countless millions in wasted resources and lost revenue.

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Thanks to volunteers around the world, International Coastal Cleanup has become a beacon of hope, leading and inspiring action in support of our oceans. Over the years, this movement has created a family that spans across country borders. A network that works together for something so much bigger than us. With the celebration of the 21st year of SA being involved in the International Coastal Clean-up Day, the hope is that South Africans will finally begin to realise the impact our actions have on the environment. The amazing collaborative effort marks one year to the big World Clean-up Day on 15 September 2018.

2017 International Coastal Cleanup

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DELICIOUS FARM-FRESH FOOD PORT ELIZABETH

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GRASS ROOF FARM STALL

This firm Port Elizabeth favourite flags you down with its unique pitched roof covered in grass and wildflowers. Once you spot it, it’s kind of hard to miss. And, that’s not all that’s attractive about it. This wonderful eatery, complete with a modern edge, promotes a healthy, organic lifestyle committed to providing innovative meals. The varied menu offers delicious country meals, from breakfast comforts to lunchtime favourites. Plus the handcrafted pastries and cakes are heavenly, with offerings that include the most divine artisanal bread, baked fresh on site every day. The kids can play outside on the lawn and enjoy a pizza fired in their custom-built pizza oven, while parents catch up over coffees in the courtyard. The rustic farm stall stocks wholesome farm produce – everything from cheeses to fresh fruits and vegetables and free-range eggs. Look out for the craft olive oils, honey and some sweet delights. There are also pot plants, décor items and quirky home bits and bobs scattered throughout. Although the Grass Roof experience is multi-dimensional, it still manages to capture the laid-back beach atmosphere that Port Elizabeth is famous for.

Grass Roof Farm Stall

If you want the ultimate oyster experience then head to Boven Lange Valley Farm in the Wilderness. The open-air restaurant invites you in to sit back and relax while your oysters are freshly shucked and brought to your table. Lemon, Tabasco, fresh black pepper and you’re on your way to enjoying fresh smacks of the ocean! While there, check out the oyster tank system that can hold and keep up to 4 000 oysters alive.

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OYSTERS R US THE ULTIMATE OYSTER EXPERIENCE WILDERNESS

A wonderful part of this rustic experience is that owners, Natasha De Freitas and Natalie Oliver, are not only your hosts and waitresses, they will also soon become your friends. Their enthusiasm, love of oysters and warm hospitality will certainly see you coming back for more. Not to mention the delicious oysters! Whether you’re eating fresh oysters on the farm or collecting a takeaway, Oysters R Us is certainly an experience like no other. www.oystersrus.co.za

Oysters R Us

COEDMORE CASTLE A SECRET HIDEAWAY DURBAN

Believe it or not, Durban has its own castle tucked away in the heart of the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, just south of the city. Surrounded by giant Yellowwood trees, this gracious old stone homestead was built in 1885 as a family home and has remained in the family for four generations. Step back in time to a bygone era with many of the original household contents still in place, including furniture from the 19th century, old family portraits and antique silverware. Open to the public for guided tours; you can also hire it for small functions, weddings or a fun photo shoot!

Coedmore Castle

The gorgeous reserve where the castle resides, also offers a range of mountain bike and hiking trails, excellent birding and regular guided walks. This is one of those Durban secret spots you want to visit! www.coedmorecastle.com

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GHOST TOUR SPOOKY ENCOUNTERS PILGRIM’S REST This totally unique excursion provides a fascinating insight into life (and death) in the historic gold mining village of Pilgrim’s Rest during its heyday in the Gold Rush. Both an interesting and somewhat eerie experience, the tour happens in the grand double-story Alanglade House, that is believed to be haunted. Built back in 1915, it was once a family home but is now a museum. The tour starts as the sun sets and you begin to hear the tragic tales of the family that once lived there. During the tour, uncanny and inexplicable occurrences are common. After knocking back a tot of sherry for some Dutch courage, the tour continues to the town cemetery. Armed with a hurricane lamp, you’ll walk among the headstones, where you may or may not meet the ghosts of the many penniless gold diggers who once lived there. This is one for those who love a good history story – both cynics and believers – and certainly leaves you with lots to ponder. www.pilgrims-rest.co.za/adventure

Alanglade House, Pilgrims Rest


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HEALTH & SAFETY SAFETY TIPS FOR OCEAN SWIMMING Heading to the beach for the holidays? Here are some important swimming safety tips to keep in mind!

KNOW THE BASICS 1. Never go into the ocean if you can’t swim! Strong swimming skills are essential in the ocean’s unpredictable environment. 2. Always swim in a designated swimming area supervised by lifeguards and stay close to the shore so you can be seen and rescued quickly if need be. 3. Daytime is the safest time to swim in the sea. Visibility is low in the early morning hours and at dusk, and predatory animals tend to move closer to the shore at night.

KNOW THE RISKS

• Rip currents are narrow channels of fastmoving water. Instead of fighting them, swim parallel to the shore with the current, and angle yourself slowly back to land.

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• Large waves are more powerful than you might think. Dive under one before it breaks. And remember, never turn your back to the ocean when you’re in the water. Rogue waves or undertow can happen at a moment’s notice.

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• Shore breaks happen when a wave breaks on land, which can knock swimmers down. To avoid serious injury, stay away from beaches with rocky outcroppings or a steep slope into the water. • Inshore holes are long trenches that run parallel to the beach. They can surprise waders who are expecting shallow water. Make sure your children can swim, and stay with them in any water.

(NATIONAL SEA RESCUE INSTITUTE) • Over the 2016/17 festive season, there were 25 fatal drownings – 20 adults and 5 children (under 18). • Fifteen of the fatalities were in rip currents! NSRI rescued a total of 315 people during 172 rescue operations. Twenty-two of these people had been caught in rip currents. • The busiest days for NSRI volunteer crews were 28 December with 11 rescues, and 1 January with 20 rescues.

• Always check your local surf forecast before heading to the beach to know what to expect.

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The ocean is a complex body of water with some natural dangers. Before swimming away from the shore, understand these hazards:

FESTIVE SEASON STATS FROM THE NSRI


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HEALTH & SAFETY

TOP SUMMER HEALTH HAZARDS Emergency rooms around the world rate these to be the most common incidents as top offenders when it comes to summertime.

DEHYDRATION

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You’ve been outdoors for hours and suddenly you feel dizzy and lightheaded – you’re dehydrated! Heatstroke is the most severe form of dehydration and may cause fainting, hallucinations or seizures – all so easy to avoid! Drink plenty fluids, take regular breaks in the shade, and schedule vigorous outdoor activity for early morning or late afternoon, when the heat isn’t so strong. For someone suffering serious dehydration or heatstroke, get them indoors, lie them down and cool them off with ice packs and wet cloths. Someone seriously affected by heat may need intravenous fluids.

FOOD POISONING Picnics are great fun but food poisoning hits its peak in the summer months. Anything that has mayonnaise, dairy or eggs in it, and any meat products can develop some pretty nasty bacteria after only a couple of hours unrefrigerated. To prevent food poisoning, wash your hands as well as all surfaces where you’ll be preparing food. Wrap raw meat securely and keep it stored away from other food items. Make sure all meat is cooked properly (meat browns very fast on the outside, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat on the inside). Keep everything refrigerated for as long as possible. Store perishable picnic items in an insulated cooler packed with ice, and follow the “last in, first out” rule.

SUNBURN With all the skin cancer warnings, you’d think we’d know better! In addition to wearing sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA rays, long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats, and staying out of blistering midday rays, there are things you can do to treat sunburn. Drink water or juice to replace lost fluids. Soak the burn in cool water or put a cool, wet cloth on it. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Treat itching with an over-the-counter antihistamine cream or a spray which helps any inflammatory reaction. Apply an antibiotic ointment or an aloe cream that softens and soothes the skin. But remember when it comes to the sun, prevention is always better than cure!

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SUMMERTIME STINGS

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For most people, a bee or wasp sting is just painful, but for a few, it can be life-threatening. To stay free of bees (and other stinging insects, including mosquitoes) when outdoors, avoid heavy perfumes and scents (especially florals), wear light-coloured clothing, and guard food and sugary drinks. Most people who get stung will just have pain, tenderness, itchiness and swelling at the sting site. To treat a mild reaction, take a painkiller and an antihistamine for swelling. Icing the area can help too. But if you experience hives, itchiness and swelling over large areas of your body, tightness in the chest or trouble breathing, swelling of the tongue or face, or dizziness, then go to the ER immediately!


WITH PRO SURFER, MODEL AND WORLD TRAVELLER, TANIKA HOFFMAN… Home is…

What has the ocean taught you?

...Cape Town! No matter how much I travel, it will always be home. ...going to Canada during their winter this year. Driving from the airport to Whistler was like something out of a fairy tale, the snow was incredibly beautiful, it took my breath away.

Mainly respect, and also how unpredictable life can be – you never know what to expect as it’s forever changing – no surf session is ever the same! So because of this, to also just take everything as it comes – I try not to overthink things and to just make the best of every situation thrown at me.

I never travel without…

Things that make me happy are…

...my teddy – he doubles up as an amazing aeroplane pillow! Also, my surfboards, bikinis and wetsuits.

Little things like family, palm trees, sunsets, sunrises, sunshine, seeing the joy in people’s eyes when experiencing the ocean or surfing for the first time, good waves, puppies. I’m a simple girl and love the simple things in life.

My most unique travel experience was…

Not many people know this about me but… I am petrified of fishing hooks. I think it all started when I was young and surfed the Durban piers. Fishermen throw their lines off the pier and I was always paranoid about getting caught in the lines.

If I were not a pro surfer I’d be… I would still find a way to incorporate travelling the world into my life, I love experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and seeing beautiful places.

My favourite surf spots are… ...Kommetjie, Cape Town, surfing Long Beach every day. It may not be the best wave in the world but it’s definitely one of my favourites. Internationally, I find it so hard to choose – but to name a few: Zeros (or Point Zero) in California, Noosa and North Narrabeen in Australia, and Reunion Island.

When I’m not surfing I’m… Planning my next adventure!

My favourite local travel destination is… ...the West Coast, it has an amazing raw, untouched feel to it. There’s nothing better than taking a spur of the moment, midweek trip to Elands Bay and arriving to perfect uncrowded waves.

My pet peeve is… Rude and negative people. Sometimes people forget to just breathe and enjoy life.

One day I plan to… Can I just stay in this moment for now? I’m loving it here!

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PRIDE FESTIVAL

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23 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH

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EVENTS CALENDAR CAPE TOWN

When it comes to gay pride, Cape Town has its own style of epic celebrations and you just know it’s going to be magical. This time around, the calendar highlight includes a fantastic collection of parties, parades and protests scattered across the 10-day period. It promises a bumper year of community events. The parade will be on 3 March and will be back at the Green Point Urban Park. All of Cape Town comes together to make gay pride an event to remember; the bars and clubs have lots of event nights to keep you entertained and of course, you have the legendary pool party at The Glenn Hotel, one of Cape Town’s best gay hotels.

ABANTU BOOK FESTIVAL SOWETO One of the hottest events of the year for African writers and readers. The festival is held in the vibrant, historically significant township of Soweto and is designed to acknowledge the incredibly diverse literary heritage of our continent. Although the Abantu Book Festival has its focus on novels (both fact and fiction), there is also a generous portion of it dedicated to poetry performances, musical acts, workshops that deal with various aspects of writing and publishing, panel discussions, and film screenings. This makes it an exciting hub of cultural and literary activity for local South Africans. A massive feature of the Abantu Book Festival is the participation of a number of renowned poets, authors, playwrights, scholars, actors, readers, biographers and more. Come and witness the dynamic township of Soweto transform into a literary village!

7 – 10 DECEMBER

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7 – 11 FEB & 14 FEB – 11 MARCH

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THE ILLUSIONISTS CT & JHB After record-breaking runs in New York, London and in Asia, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time ever! This mindblowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. They have shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. It’s a not-to-be-missed show packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic.

DRAK CHALLENGE DRAKENSBERG

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Athletes and their spectators can barely wait for the 24th N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon. Taking place on the Mzimkhulu River in the scenic southern Drakensberg, the setting assures visitors of breathtaking backdrops. It’s also a convenient and accessible spot for competitors and fans from all over the world.

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About 1 000 paddlers participate over the two days in what is one of the three largest races in South Africa covering a massive 72 kilometres! The technically challenging course is matched by the pristine, clear waters of the Drakensberg. For visitors, this part of KwaZulu-Natal is really beautiful, and those attending the race are encouraged to stay longer and explore the surrounds. There are some quality outdoor experiences, including brilliant mountain hiking and bike trails, and some gorgeous scenic picnic spots. www.drak.co.za

20 – 21 JANUARY

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