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The Leopard’s Leap South African Table presents guests with the opportunity to taste authentic South African dishes and to learn more about the food heritage while sharing a meal. Join Chef Christiaan when he shares some mouthwatering cheese and wine combinations!

. Stand a chance to WIN a safari experience with Wilderness Safaris & Toka Leya, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia, overlooking islands in the might Zambezi River when you sign up to our newsletter www.lifebrands.co.za

Capturing an experience in a bottle takes patience, balance, and creativity. These three words perfectly sum up the nature of Paserene. Enjoy a unique wine tasting experience of hand crafted, artisanal wines created for lovers of all things fine.

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Creative. Authentic. Unique. Wines with a Sense of Place: Paserene wines are handcrafted by winemaker and co-owner, Martin Smith, and are renowned for their elegance and finesse.

An invitation to Discover Paserene: The Paserene tasting lounge is a one-of-a-kind venue in Franschhoek, where service excellence defines the tasting experience.

Visit www.paserene.com to browse our wine selection or make a booking.

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FOOD & WINE

Story Telling by Rob Caskie AT GRANDE PROVENCE

Join Grande Provence and Rob Caskie on Saturday 7 August at 18h00 for a Chefs table wine pairing dinner and “THE BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA” (22nd January 1879. British defeat or Zulu victory?) or on Sunday the 8 August at 12h30 for a two-course lunch and “THE BATTLE OF RORKE’S DRIFT” (22nd/23rd January 1879). An account of this epic defence against impossible odds. The Battle of Rorke’s Drift is immortalised by the 1963 movie Zulu which launched Michael Caine’s career. famous Anglo-Zulu War battlefields at the foot of world Storytelling may seem like an old-fashioned tool today, and renowned raconteur, David Rattray. Researching and sharing it is. That’s exactly what makes it so powerful. Life happens human dramas has taken me to the Antarctic on numerous in the narratives we tell one another. A story can go where occasions, the Arctic, annually to the UK and very regularly quantitative analysis is denied admission: our hearts. Data to the Battlefields.” can persuade people, but does not inspire them to act. To do that, you need to wrap your vision in a story that fires the Saturday 7 August – Chefs table wine pairing dinner and imagination and stirs the soul. When you wish to motivate, “THE BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA” R850 per person and persuade, or be remembered, start with a story of human Sunday 8 August – Two-course Lunch and THE BATTLE OF struggle and eventual triumph. It will capture people’s RORKE’S DRIFT R380 per person. hearts – by first engaging their brains. Reservations essential: reservations@grandeprovence.co.za or 021 876 8600 “My storytelling career began in earnest in 2001, on the

Trusted Farm Cuisine at Boschendal

When you feed your family from the Boschendal farm or online shop, you can rest assured that the best quality ingredients are being used.

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Not only are the ingredients top notch but the meals are made by the Boschendal Chefs! Self-confessed ethical omnivore, livestock Manager affectionately known as Farmer Jason, is hands-on and won’t deny his love for the incredible animals he works including a sizable drove of Duroc pigs that roam the forests, a boisterous brood of layer hens and the herd of five hundred Black Angus that is his pride and joy. In 2020, together with his team, they made history when Boschendal became the first farm in the Cape Winelands to be awarded world-renowned Environmental and Animal Welfare certification from A Greener World (AGW). More recently, the farm was included as one of only 50 farms worldwide to be considered for a brand new regenerative farming certification which commends their approach of collaboration with the animals. Jason is all about creating happy herds and like all the food-producing parts of the farm, ethics and sustainability are paramount. The Boschendal farm and online shop stock a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options too, ensuring that all visitors will find quality ingredients and meals to enjoy including indulgent vegan and vegetarian rusks and cookies Whether you enjoy your foodie delights in the beautiful surrounds or get them delivered to your door, you are ensured complete peace of mind that all the fresh produce, meat products and bakery treats are made using only the very best ingredients from ethical local suppliers. Boschendal takes their community and health seriously, making, creating and selling products that embrace this ethos; The Boschendal philosophy is simple, “Know your farmer, follow your food”. Order online at www.boschendal.com/eat-drink/farm-shop-butchery/

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All that is French & Fabulous at La Motte While Covid is preventing our normal French festivities this year, La Motte will be adding a French touch to its current offering with French-inspired wine tastings, menus and shopping for those who need their annual French fix. French love their baking and even have a name for each different bake. Wine-making tradition – Learn more about La Motte’s French winemaking heritage in a tasting focusing on favourites such as the Sharing this French passion, the La Motte Farm Shop has a beautiful Bordeaux-style Millennium, the celebrated Rhône-type Pierneef Syrah selection of pretty confectionery – almost like they’re straight from a Viognier and Champagne-inspired Méthode Cap Classique! Book for Parisian pâtisserie! Canelés, Paris-Brest, Macarons, Nougat …  a tasting at the estate and get your favourite La Motte wine between For the love of bread – Did you know that bread categories are Tuesday to Saturday, 09h00-17h00 and Sundays 11h00-17h00.  protected by French law?! The ingredients used are regulated and Culinary celebration – France’s culinary traditions are world-renowned French bakers have to rely on techniques of kneading, proofing and and deemed the basis of any chef’s education. Celebrating French baking to create an assortment of breads. The Baguette’s crispy cookery, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will present a delectable crust and chewy interior has made it popular bread globally while its French menu showcasing some of the finest French techniques and classic “wand” shape after which it has been named, has become some of winter warming favourites such as cassoulet! Sit down to an unofficial symbol of the French lifestyle. Get yours from the La enjoy Chef Eric Bulpitt›s fabulous French menu between 9 and 18 July Motte Farm Shop! or keep an eye on social media for French recipes and inspirations to try in your own kitchen.

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Paserene – a Unique Winery in Franschhoek

Paserene offers something special for every visitor with a contemporary tasting lounge, superior service and elegant luxury wine selection. A winery at the very heart of the Franschhoek Wine Appellation, its’ name is derived from the Latin “Passeriformes”, the name given to “traveling and free” birds like martins, swifts and swallows. Co-owned by Martin Smith, a third-generation winemaker, born in the town of Ashton, and Ndabe Mareda, the pair joined forces over a shared ideal to produce world-class wines with creativity and passion. The tasting lounge (often referred to as ‘The Nest’), designed by SCS Architects, “complements the current landscape whilst being in harmony with the natural surroundings.” Set next to a small dam over which swallows sweep, this is the perfect spot for sipping on the delicious Paserene wines. The wine tasting experience invites guests to sink into comfortable chairs next to the fireplace or step outside and sit on the deck overlooking the tranquil water. There are two wine tasting experiences on offer: the Elements Range Tasting and the Paserene Range Tasting. The Elements Range showcases what Martin Smith can do

with excellent grapes from Elgin, Franschhoek and Tulbagh, and with his careful elevation in the cellar. The tasting includes the Rosie (Rosé), Emerald (Sauvignon Blanc), Dark (Syrah), and Midnight (Cabernet Sauvignon). Paserene’s resident Sommeliers will take you through each wine, allowing you to give your own feedback and tasting notes along the way. It costs R95 per person and is the perfect introduction to this range of wines. The Paserene range tasting looks into the luxury range, made up of the renowned Marathon (now 100% Cabernet Sauvignon), Union (Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Syrah), Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay) and the small-batch produced Shiner White (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon Gris). This tasting costs R200 per person and is also offered as a blind tasting where guests are asked what they smell and

taste, without being guided. It is a truly different experience. As the Michelin Guide would say, “well worth the drive!”. A small plates selection of nibbles such as cured, organic olives, spiced and roasted nuts, homemade pâté, a variety of cheeses, charcuterie, and Franschhoek smoked trout, or the Paserene platter are available to be enjoyed alongside the tastings. The tasting lounge plays host to several small events, luncheons and concerts throughout the year and can also be booked for intimate weddings and birthdays. The Paserene team invite you to experience something new and unique in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. For more information, or to book a tasting visit www.paserene.co.za

About Toka Leya

– VICTORIA FALLS, LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

Wilderness Safaris has made an imprint across seven countries with 40 luxury camps, located in some of the continent’s most remote, pristine and game-rich wilderness areas offering unforgettable high-end adventures that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities. You have a chance to explore Africa with Wilderness Safaris – Toka Leya in Zambia. Simply sign up to our newsletter www.lifebrands.co.za to be in the draw! The prize includes a total of two nights’ accommodation at Toka Leya for two adults on a sharing basis and all meals, park fees, scheduled daily camp activities and drinks (excluding premium brand imports). Toka Leya, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia has twelve spacious, en-suite safari-style tents (including three family tents) with expansive decks serving up the dramatic views and glimpses of wildlife. Limiting their footprint on this pristine area, wooden walkways snake between the units and the main area where the dining, bar and lounge area are complemented by an infinity pool, a sundeck for sumptuous meals and fire pit for night-time gatherings.

Toka Leya is surrounded by hippo, crocodile and elephant, as well as an incredible diversity of birdlife. It is also centrally located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park which hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. The occasional predator is also seen. Several sought-after bird species can be found, including African finfoot, half-collared kingfisher, African skimmer (seasonal), Schalow’s turaco and rock pratincole (seasonal). Thanks to the tree-planting project and pioneering energy-saving systems and recycling initiatives, this formerly degraded site has been rehabilitated to become a lush riverine woodland once more. Guests can also share in the tree planting and donating to renew other sites in Zambia. Toka Leya offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.

WIN WITH WILDERNESS SAFARIS & TOKA LEYA VICTORIA FALLS, LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

Wilderness Safaris offers exceptional safari experiences in Africa’s untouched wilderness. Overlooking islands in the mighty Zambezi River, Toka Leya offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure; Morning explorations of the river, the surrounding Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or nearby Victoria Falls can be followed by a tranquil afternoon at the spa or practicing inspired yoga on the panoramic deck of the gym. Find out more when you sign up to our newsletter www.lifebrands.co.za and follow Joburg Life T’s & C’s apply

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Cheese and wine as a combination has been popular since the time of Napoléon but today winemakers and culinary experts tell us that cheese and wine might not always be ideal partners. Join Chef Christiaan at the Leopard’s Leap SA Table when he shares some mouth-watering cheese and wine combinations!

A BASTILLE INSPIRED WEEK WITH FRANSCHHOEK

The festival may be cancelled but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate! Come and enjoy the many Franschhoek specials this Bastille. From delectable French cheese tastings to fun fashion shows, there’s bound to be something for everyone!

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AT GRANDE PROVENCE ‘But I’ve Never Been a Calm Blue Sea’ An extraordinary solo exhibition by Karin Lijnes. Opening Saturday 17 July 2021 The Gallery at Grande Provence Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate Main Road, Franschhoek

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CAKE & COFFEE SPECIAL

GRANDE PROVENCE WINTER POP-UP RESTAURANT

AT THE BOSCHENDAL DELI

Sweeten the deal with our daily cake and coffee special. Linger longer at The Deli and enjoy a decadent slice of cake with your choice of hot beverage or order yours to go at the Farm Shop for only R55.

All your favourites AND Kids eat free on Fridays and Sundays (1x free meal from the kids menu per adult ordering a main course from the restaurant menu).

Open Mon-Sun 12h00-17h30 (even during load shedding!) Friday and Saturday Dinner.

WEEKEND WINTER PICNICS AT BOSCHENDAL

With crisp air and clear skies, lounging on lush green lawns is the perfect way to spend a sunny day in the winelands this winter. A hearty spread of delicious eats and treats with breathtaking scenery all around makes for a fun family outing. R550 per double basket | R135 kids basket

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QUIRKY POPCORN PAIRING AT OLD ROAD WINE CO.

A treat for the senses awaits with this quirky popcorn pairing. A delicious pairing with funky flavours of artisanal popcorn paired with Old Road Wine CO’s. highly acclaimed range of wines. Join us this July for a pairing and a meal at The Fat Man restaurant and see why all roads lead here. OPEN Mon 10h00-18h00, Tues – Sun 10h00-22h00 Main Road, Franschhoek INFO www.oldroadwinecompany.com

WINEMAKER’S DINNER

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Co-hosted by Executive Chef Allistaire Lawrence and award-winning Cap Classique winemaker, Danielle Coetzee, enjoy a soil-to-fork culinary journey accompanied by Boschendal’s finest MCC. Seats are limited, so be sure to book well in advance to secure a spot and perhaps a luxury farm cottage for the evening. R570 per person.

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Chef Christo Pretorius Makes His Mark at The Twelve Apostles Hotel Diners are spoilt for choice with the finest cuisine on offer at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Executive Chef Christo Pretorius together with his Kitchen Brigade, and Head Sommelier and Bouchard Finlayson Ambassador, Gregory Mutambe (also one of South Africa’s most respected wine connoisseurs and wine selection panellist and judge), work in tandem to produce imaginative food and drink experiences, Chef Christo, has made his mark with inventive contemporary South African menus, which over the years, has secured Azure numerous fine dining awards and prestigious list mentions. As a boy growing up in the town of Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal, his passion for food was ignited around a braai with friends and family and seeing how food brings people together. After school, Chef Christo headed to the UK. Initially hired as a waiter, he jumped at the chance to stand in for an ill chef deciding then and there that a culinary career was his calling. On his return to South Africa in 2007, Pretorius completed his Chef and Pastry Diplomas at the 1000 Hills Chefs School in Durban, with distinction and gained further work experience at Silver Hill Lodge in the Drakensberg before expanding his international experience on luxury yachts in Florida.

events. Over the past five years Christo has made his mark, with inventive new menus focusing on an intriguing mix of international and local cuisine. His culinary talent has secured Azure a spot on the prestigious American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards every year from 2013 to 2018 and won him the coveted title of Red Carnation Hotels Chef of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2018. With all these accolades, Christo still cites his ultimate favourite food to be a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich! Christo is an avid traveller, collecting memories of food, smells and views from around the world but he is proudest of his South African heritage, the people, the country – Local is lekker! The contemporary South African menu reflects his “goal as a chef is to create lasting memories. Engaging all the senses to create truly special memories that diners will cherish forever”. Azure Restaurant is frequently recognized as one of South Africa’s best! And ask what dish he would choose as his last meal? A braai of course! reservations1@12apostles.co.za

His experience includes the likes of Relais & Châteaux’s five-star properties, and many competition awards – placing second in the prestigious Sunday Times ‘Young Chef of the Year’ in 2012; a regional finalist in the Unilever Food Solutions ‘Senior Chef of the Year’ in both 2011 and 2012 among others. In 2012 he was appointed as Executive Sous Chef at The Twelve Apostles’ Azure Restaurant, where he spent the next few months fine-tuning his skills under Executive Chef, Henrico Grobbelaar’s mentorship, a time he considers as a career highlight, being taught to never giving up, and always be positive and most importantly never to lose your love and passion for food. In 2013, Pretorius was appointed as Executive Chef of The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Today he is in charge of all the Hotel’s restaurants, as well as banqueting and

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Hot Winter Offers at The Nellie

Look forward to a rosy winter with the newly released Winter Warmer menu, brimming with classic dishes and heart-warming creations. The menu includes favourite dishes such as Chef Rudi’s famous Three Cheese Fondue made with Gruyère, Emmentaler and mature cheddar, served with intriguing dippers such as baguette, pickles, chorizo, apple, grissini, radish and carrot. There is a two course Winter Warmer option with Chicken Curry and samosas, flaky rotis, fragrant basmati rice, and home-made pickles and achars or fresh Saldanha Mussels cooked in beer with a hint of spice and spekboom, served with toasted sourdough and shoestring fries. The dessert choices are comforting warm caramelised Apple Pudding with rum and raisin ice cream or an enticing option of Lemon Pudding served with Lemon Curd and Ricotta Ice-cream. The Celebration of Cognac and Chocolate experience can be enjoyed fireside in Planet Bar, or in the lounge, relaxing in supersized armchairs and couches. A sublime marriage of the complex aromas of Hennessy VSOP Cognac with the taste and textures of homemade chocolate truffles with tantalising flavours such as Chilli

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Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Orange, and Dark Chocolate, Peach and Hazelnut. For the ultimate treat, the Romantic Winter Warmer Suite Special with Moet & Chandon, takes your winter up a notch. The package includes a night in one The Nellies plush suites, a complimentary 750ml bottle of Moet & Chandon, as well as your choice of either the renowned Three-Cheese Fondue or a two-course meal for two guests from the Winter Warmer menu and to top it off, a Celebration of Cognac and Chocolate experience for two! The Winter Warmer menu is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Mount Nelson is also offering a SADC region accommodation special offer of R3 100 per room per night for two people sharing, including breakfast, valid until 24th December 2021. For information email restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com www.franschhoeklife.co.za


ON OUR RADAR

KLEIN JAN GAMECHANGING DINING EXPERIENCE

South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, has opened Restaurant Klein JAN at Tswalu Kalahari. Creating Klein JAN has been the muchloved chef’s great homecoming project, an opportunity to tell some of the stories of the Northern Cape region on every plate – stories of an off-the-radar place of extremes and vast landscapes. A place where life is determined by the absence or presence of rain, and where resources are preserved for leaner times in a year of plenty. Guests staying at Tswalu Kalahari’s Motse camp or Tarkuni homestead are invited to enjoy one extraordinary, sensory dining experience at Klein JAN as part of their stay. Restaurant Klein JAN is open to day visitors for a lunch service on select dates each month.

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A PIECE OF AFRICA IN YOUR HOME

African Jacquard, the home of innovative and inspiring French/African textiles has been designing, weaving (using the traditional French Jacquard technique), and producing a diverse range of top-quality homeware textiles, in the heart of Cape Town, since 2014. Their collections are inspired by the cultures, colours and landscapes throughout Africa.

From luxurious bed throws and bedspreads to long lasting table linen and towels, African Jacquard’s collections are guaranteed to evoke appreciation and authenticity for design. To view their full collection visit africanjacquard.com

UP IN THE AIR

The latest addition to Cape Country Routes activity is private small aircraft charter Alyd Air. Established in 1993 and jointly owned by Vincent Stanford and the Cape Town Flying Club NPC (CTFC), offerings include: customised aircraft charters & transfers; game lodge fly in/out with customised tours, scenic flights, photographic and aerial surveys and more!

“AGGHHH PLEASE DADDY …”

Get ready for the Galileo Open Air Cinema Drive In movie magic all winter. With screenings every week, it is an evening of fun for family and friends, with a range of movies to suit all ages and interests, as well as a safe environment in current Covid times. www.thegalileo.co.za for more info and ticket sales

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WHILE WHALES & MUSIC AT DE HOOP COLLECTION

2019 CULINARIA GRAND VIN LEOPARD’S LEAP Grand Vin is a Bordeaux-style blend with complex layers. Aromas of red fruit, subtle black whiffs of cassis with integrated Tobacco and a hint of cedar, perfectly rounded with a fruity mulberry in the after-taste. The ripe tannins ensure a firm, elegant structure. A sincere wine that will complement well-prepared red meat dishes. Culinaria Grand Vin is a Wine of Origin Western Cape. Grapes for the production of this classic Bordeaux-style blend originate mainly from the Stellenbosch and Darling areas. Retails at R129 per bottle.

23-25 July – a three-day celebration of wine tastings, high tea, gourmet dinners, special performances by jazz duo ‘Hanna and Bram’ and the world class ensemble Whale Time Serenade with celebrated musicians Malané Hofmeyr-Burger on flute, Peta-Ann Holdcroft on cello, Irina Tsoniff and Ivo Ivanov on violin and Vladimir Ivanov on viola and guest speaker Mike Bruton will be talking about Finding Old Fourlegs: The Remarkable Story of the Coelacanth (a fascinating and unique South African story). res@dehoopcollection.co.za

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Legendary Characters & Old Vines at Old Road Wine Co.

LIFESTYLE & TRAVEL

The Old Road Wine Company recalls the legendary characters and vineyards that helped shape the stories and history of the Franschhoek Valley. At the Old Road Wine Company you can taste the highly acclaimed range of wines, grown and produced in the unique Franschhoek Valley. From the glorious Grande Mere Semillon, produced from one of Cape Winelands oldest vineyards to the exquisite Single Vineyard Stone Trail Chenin Blanc, which celebrates one of South Africa’s most important varietals – you will find a story and a wine to inspire and ensnare the senses. Join The Old Road Wine Company for sundowners on the spacious Anemos Deck with breath-taking views of the Franschhoek mountains, or at the 12 Mile Wine Bar where guests can look forward to the innovative popcorn pairings or more traditional wine pairings, with delicious artisanal dishes on offer. Or simply sip leisurely as you soak in the magnificent mountain and Valley views. The Fat Man Restaurant is open for casual dining, specialising in sour-dough pizzas made in the famous ‘’Nonna’– an artistically decorated outdoor wood-fired oven, covered in five cent coins. The menu changes regularly and features dishes with bold, layered flavours and colours, that celebrate local ingredients with an international flair. In The Farmyard, sit back and relax on the outside lawn under the shade of the old oak trees and indulge in daily blackboard specials, or visit The Smous Shop and enjoy browsing a great selection of luxurious hand-made gifts and gadgets from artisan-inspired shop. For a true sensory immersion, exceptional wines and great food, make your journey to Old Road Wine Co. and discover why all roads lead here … www.oldroadwinecompany.com

Norwegian Prima Debuts as Brand’s Most In-Demand Vessel Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, is breaking the boundaries of conventional cruising and vacation experiences, with the reveal of Norwegian Prima – the Brand’s most in-demand ship ever, with record bookings on the first day and week of sales.

With voyages beginning August 2022, Norwegian Prima, the first of six ships within NCL’s all new Prima Class, will offer guests exciting itineraries, the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any new cruise ship in the contemporary and premium cruise categories, and Brand-first experiences with Ocean Boulevard, Indulge Food Hall, The Concourse, Infinity Beach and Oceanwalk. “With this world-class ship guests will experience more wide-open spaces, elevated service, thoughtful design and a variety of experiences that go beyond expectation” claims CEO Harry Sommer. Norwegian Prima will not only offer the largest variety of suite categories available at sea but will also boast a redefined The Haven by Norwegian, NCL’s ultra-premium keycard only access ship-within-a-ship concept. The Haven will feature an expansive sundeck, a stunning infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake and an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room. Norwegian Prima is already proving to be a gamechanger for NCL! NCL has released itineraries for 2021 to 2023, with voyages to over 20 new destinations across all seven continents, including the company’s first roundtrip from Cape Town on board Norwegian Jade in 2022 and a first voyage to Antarctica from Buenos Aires. There is great pent-up demand for cruises with South Africans snapping up cruises from January 2022 onwards. For more information about Norwegian Cruise Line ships and their itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional or visit www.ncl.com

Grootbos is Carbon Negative!

Over the past two decades, Grootbos has gone beyond simply conserving the pristine Cape Floral Kingdom, they are constantly researching, innovating and pioneering novel solutions to fundamental sustainability challenges, with a sustainability mindset embedded throughout the entire operation and an integral part of the Grootbos DNA.  Following a recent on-site assessment and external audit,  Grootbos has officially been certified as carbon-negative since 2018. A carbon-negative status is a testament to the dedication to the overarching conservation and sustainability vision. This is an incredible milestone in the sustainability journey and while a carbon-negative status is a natural by-product of what the team inherently do, Grootbos is nonetheless excited to share this achievement and continue to pioneer ways to protect, conserve and uplift the environment and surrounding communities. At Grootbos, guests are encouraged to embrace the cooler winter days with heartwarming

experiences, delicious wine and cuisine and luxurious accommodation that will leave you completely relaxed and rejuvenated.  Whether you are in need of a mid-year break or want to take the family on an unforgettable winter adventure, Grootbos is the  perfect destination  for spending quality time together while creating treasured memories.  There are so many reasons to visit Grootbos this winter and to top it off South African residents get up to  55% off  their luxury stay during our  Secret Season Special. This incredible offer is valid until 31 August 2021. Visit www.grootbos.com for more details.

Wonderful Winter Walkabout in Wellington

The picturesque Boland town of Wellington with its beautiful historic buildings, gracious hospitality and an array of tourism attractions is an inviting destination for a crisp winter’s day. Cape Dutch style barn dating back to 1795 at the base of the Pop in at the visitors’ information centre next to the majestic Bainskloof Pass. It offers the perfect setting for a cosy lunch Dutch Reformed church at the top of Main Road for featuring Dutch and Indonesian inspired dishes prepared by recommendations. A good starting point to familiarise yourself John Tecklenburg. with the town, would be the Wellington Heritage Trails’ free For the finest high quality leather products at a reasonable downloadable audio tour. An experienced virtual tour guide prices include a visit to Redemption Fine Hand Crafted provides entertaining commentary on the historic attractions Leather on the Altebly family estate. Every piece is crafted and cultural diversity that makes the town and its people come with love, care and for durability. to life. It’s as easy as downloading the free VoiceMap App on Wrap up your visit with a gin tasting on the porch of the your smartphone – available in Afrikaans, English and German. historic 1812 Cape Dutch manor house on Versailles Farm, The aptly named Perfect Place is indeed worthy of a visit for which has been the home of the Jorgensen’s Distillery since a sweet indulgence or country-style lunch. 1994. The distillery adopted an 1860’s copper pot still, later The Wellington wine route is one of the country’s youngest and nicknamed Ugly Betty, which was used by pioneer and master boasts one major producer-cellar, family-owned wine estates distiller Rodger Jorgensen to formulate recipes harnessing and a sprinkling of boutique wineries and spirits producers, indigenous flavours. The Roos family took ownership in 2018 covering an extraordinary diverse terrain, stretching from and master distiller Quinn Roos adds his own distinctive and the Berg River to the Swartland and into the foothills of the unique style to the current Jorgensen’s Distillery line-up with Hawequa Mountains. his Wild Rose craft range. Tastings by appointment only. The quirky restaurant, Oude Wellington is located inside a Visit www.wellington.co.za for more info.

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The New Nissan Navara is the Complete Package Renown ed for its Rugged Redefined looks, robust capabilities, reliability, and versatility, making it one of the most respected and anticipated models across the Nissan line-up.

Locally-produced Nissan Navara, with prices starting at R311 000 for the Navara 2.5 Petrol XE SC, and R474 000 for the Navara 2.5D SE MT DC. Innovative technological changes, modernised styling, and high-power specs made to impress. The new Navara single cab 2.5l DDTi Diesel mid-output (XE and SE Grades), with its 2.5 litre dual overhead camshafts with direct injection, turbocharged with intercooler diesel engine producing 120kw of power and 403Nm torque, has the most powerful engine in its class.

Tough 4X4 power for difficult terrain. The experience showcases significantly enhanced balance, superb handling, and heightened performance, both on and off road with a combination of a new chassis with revised mountings for less vibration; increased rear height; better shock absorber damping; and a new dual-rate 5-link coil suspension, designed to ensure a comfortable ride across all of South Africa’s spectacular terrains. Choose 2WD for maximum efficiency, or shift to 4WD (4H) at speeds up to 100km/h with the Navara’s shift-on-the-fly 4x4

gearbox. Nissan’s 4H constantly monitors conditions and adjusts the balance of power between the front and rear axles to maintain traction, while the Active Brake Limited Slip Differential system (ABLS) manages power delivery and wheel braking between the front and rear axles and between the left and right of the vehicle, depending on traction and speed. Navara’s Trailer Sway Control (TSC) system, with yaw-ratemonitoring can detect the trailer’s self-oscillation, while the Vehicle Dynamic Control system (VDC) enables it to handle the brake pressure of the trailer to reduce self-oscillation.

A vehicle to delight and empower customers with features that include additional safety technology through Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM), an 8” touch screen with NissanConnect enabling Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Made with customers in mind and made for your journey, with its bold masculine design; the new Nissan Navara offers value-for-money, low running costs, competitive parts pricing, fuel efficiency, strong aftersales service, while being rugged and tough enough to do the job right, minimising downtime and maximising uptime.

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