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Joburg’s Sunday brunch scene is set to receive an adventurously flavourful new addition, thanks to Chef Freddie Dias and his team at Séjour. The three-course brunch consists of a range of small plates, and the option of bottomless bubbly too!
Gin aficionados travel across the city to partake in the ‘Gin Journey Experience’ at Jozi Gin. An unrivalled sensory journey in gentle, exotic botanicals, magic tonics and freshest garnish presented by the Gin Masters of Inverroche.
From city, sea and safari, we have you covered. Showcasing some of the best escapes and experiences on offer from all over the country. Outstanding South African staycation deals to choose from.
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
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.
LIFESTYLE & ART
Cheers to Joburg’s Finest Gin Bar!
Since its inception in April 2019, JoziGin – local eatery has won a permanent place in the hearts (and throats) of Jozi’s discerning gin and foodie scene. Located centrally, just off busy Rivonia Road, in the upmarket shopping centre of The Wedge and with a stunning terrace overlooking the green lawns of Johannesburg Country Club, this venue is destined to remain the trusted local of the new normal for years to come. As society opens up and we learn to embrace the new abnormal, JoziGin serves up some of our nation’s favourite street eats and together with the virus, all pretensions have been aired out the window … and its back to the streets. Head Chef Wayne has managed to distil the very essence of nostalgic Jozi fare and classic international street food into their new comfort cuisine menu. The perfectly aged juicy steaks and the massive Tomahawks are legendary …
JoziGin has taken the popular Kota out of the township and rubbed it the Sandton way, creating the Deluxe Jozi City Kota with tender herb-rubbed sirloin strips, twice-fried fries and herb cream, served in a half white loaf with red and green chillies. We know that finger-licking is frowned upon … but this is plate-lickingly delicious! The outrageously delectable and messy “Boujie Boeries” is a MUST TRY! This meaty venison foot-long resting on chillies in a long seed roll topped with home-made chakalaka and sweet fried onions, is the business – just bite and sigh. The salads and the pastas are spot on too! The choices of happiness and comfort are abundant and the extensive selection of local and international craft gin
– served in massive goblets with exciting tonics and fresh exotic garnishes will have you swooning! Gin aficionados travel across the city to partake in the ‘Gin Journey Experience’ – an unrivalled sensory journey in gentle, exotic botanicals, magic tonics and freshest garnishes presented by the Gin Masters of Inverroche. These sessions are so popular that bookings in advance is essential. Weekends come alive at JoziGin with resident house music events curated by some of the city’s hottest DJ’s. JoziGin has become one of the most loved entertainment and experience brands in Mzansi and with cold beers on tap and an extensive wine list. www.jozigin.co.za
South Africa’s leading co-workspace solutions provider, Workshop17 has recently opened its new The Bank facility in the trendy suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg. This is the sixth addition to the company’s existing footprint of central business district and suburban state-of-the-art facilities. The prolonged impact of Covid-19, in particular the need for social distancing, has caused entrepreneurs and corporates to look for new ways of working, as well as alternative workspaces that are flexible, aspirational and affordable. “Companies are looking for solutions that fit the ‘new normal’, where working from home is combined with coming to an office to meet, work together, build culture and be inspired,” says Paul Keursten, Workshop17 co-founder and CEO.
A Poet is Born
The poetry scene is alive and thriving in South Africa. Meet Mandisa Vundla – a Soweto- KZN Poet, Educator, Curator and Founder of The Poetry Zone ZA: a poetry company, invested in developing collaborative, multidisciplinary solutions to elevate the standard and value of South African poetry; poets and their works in order to transform the ancient oral art into a sustainable business practice, that enables poets to thrive in a competitive local and global creative economy. Emerging from the South African slam poetry culture as a young ambitious spoken-word artist, she quickly became the only poet to hold the title of ‘two times undefeated Word N Sound slam champ’. In 2015, she co-edited the groundbreaking anthology ‘Home is Where the Mic Is’ and went on to curate the Poetry Africa International Festival in 2017. Over the past ten years Vundla has headlined a multitude of festivals including: Poetry Africa International (DBN), Harare International Poetry Festival (Zim), Lagos International Poetry Festival (Nig), Arts Alive – Speak The Mind, International Poetry Fest (JHB), Word N Sound International Festival (JHB), South African Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Kochi Biennale (India), Serendipity Arts Festival (India), Mama’s Open Mic (Belgium), Unislam (UK).
The launch of Workshop17 The Bank provides an opportunity for the company to respond to the growing customer demand for workspaces in suburban areas which have grown in popularity as they are both central, and closer to the homes of many. Workshop 17 has launched a future-fit office inside ‘The Bank’ one of the largest, and most significant property developments in Rosebank. The Bank has been described as ‘South Africa’s Living Gallery’ with an ambience of the midcentury modern designed building. The Bank features more than 800 art pieces ranging from oils, watercolours and acrylic paintings on canvas to charcoal drawings, photographs and collages to create a Mecca of original local art. Many of the artworks were specially commissioned for the building and the collection on display include pieces by Nico Krijno, Gerda Scheepers and Anna Sango. The design marvel and iconic building proudly showcases one of the largest collections of original South African artworks in one location; while enhancing the captivating ambience of the mid-century modern architecturally designed building. Workshop 17 members have easy access to voco™, the boutique hotel situated in The Bank, to book an overnight stay and can dine at the Proud Mary restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner or take a walk to other nearby restaurants and cafés to try different local cuisine. www.workshop17.co.za
Vundla is currently working on her debut Tribute Spoken Word Album ‘A Love Song for Miriam’ that pays homage to the luminary in honour, humanitarian and iconic relic of African song: Mama Miriam Makeba. In March 2021, Vundla founded the Brave Spoken Youth poetry mentorship program in a partnership with the Soweto Theatre to hone the voices of young emerging poets and to cultivate a youth spoken word culture to counter the underrepresentation of young maligned voices in South Africa’s spoken word scene. www.facebook.com/PoefficientsWrite www.joburglife.co.za
FOOD & WINE
Sandton’s Favourite Dining Oasis – A JOBURG PARKS LEGACY
Truffles on the Park has established itself as a key entertainment destination in the Sandton lifestyle and foodie scene. Located on the corner of Daisy Street and Rivonia Road, the name ‘TRUFFLES’ is a cheeky play on its location in the popular Mushroom Farm Park – Sandton hubs premier recreational space, a mere stroll away from the stock exchange and banking district. The restaurant occupies a modern purpose-built structure with an airy architectural aesthetic featuring exposed steel and floor-to ceiling glass construction elements and state-of-the art organic green interiors from award winning design studio Blacksmith Interior Inspiration – experts in category-defining hospitality design. The eclectic TRUFFLES menu is ever evolving under the caring tutelage of Master Chef Thulani Mathebula and the meticulous wardship of foodie owner Carmen Graham. An offering unlike any other in the city, the food and beverages are artisanal creations and the flavours, well developed and exquisitely balanced. Inspired from a variety of cuisines – Mediterranean, Asian and South American influences in tastes and ingredients. Chef Thulani has a magic knack of bringing the elements on a plate to harmonious fruition. Some of the most popular dishes include the Black Truffle and Wild Mushroom Risotto, Thai Spiced Salmon Cakes, Miso-Glazed Grilled Short Ribs, Peruvian Chicken Skewers and Tender Braised Pork Collar with Chorizo-stuffed Mushrooms. There is also an extensive fresh Sushi and Sashimi selection and being a vegetarian himself, Chef Thulani has made sure that there is an array of options for vegans and vegetarians including a Warm Moroccan Chickpea Salad, an AjiVerde Marinated Tofu Bowl, The Grilled Halloumi Burger and Roasted Mushroom Gnocchi. The cocktail offering puts a refreshingly creative spin on well-known classics, using curated botanical ingredients to add flavour and flair. For those looking for variety, the Palate Experience – a series of mini cocktails including The Rose Potion, The Digestive, The Cleanser, The Amberetto or Passion of Coco is a unique indulgence. Truffles has recently added a sunny open beach section and bar. Every table has a unique view with the guest experience being something sensational! But don’t take our word for it, experience it for yourself … www.trufflesbistro.co.za
Keeping it in the Family with New Releases at La Motte
Did you know that Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc are the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon? La Motte has introduced its 2021 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc and 2018 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon, keeping it in the family together with its Classic Collection – the 2018 La Motte Millennium (30% Cabernet Franc). After a subtle update to their packaging, this versatile selection, trusted for its consistency and elegance promises to make a stylish statement on any dinner table this winter.
The La Motte Sauvignon Blanc (R89 from the tasting room) is renowned for its elegance and for the 2021 vintage, cool climate grapes and 8% Semillon contribute to its complexity. A refreshing glass on its own, and delightful partner to food. Try it with seafood, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, spicy Asian flavours and goat’s cheese.
La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon (R149 from the tasting room) made from grapes of various origins and clones and matured in French oak barrels for 16 months, is known for its elegance and exceptional maturation potential. Thanks to its prominent minerality, firm tannins and flavourful intensity, it is a natural partner to lamb and beef, root vegetables and hardier herbs like rosemary and thyme. The 2018 La Motte Millennium (R99 from the tasting room) consists of Merlot (52%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Petit Verdot (10%) and Malbec (8%). A South African interpretation of the famous Bordeaux-style red blend, it responds well to red meat and roasts. Its accommodating structure allows for mild curries and hard cheese – exceptional with creamy sauces and the earthiness of mushrooms.
Available from the La Motte Tasting Room or visit la-motte.com for online purchases and sublime recipes. Online purchases of six bottles or more qualify for free nationwide delivery.
ON OUR RADAR
Pardus is the Latin for panther or leopard and of course a fitting name for a new addition to the Leopard’s Leap collection of wines. Other than acknowledging a lifelong commitment to the protection of our natural treasures (especially through our support of the Cape Leopard Trust and the plight of the vulnerable Cape Mountain Leopard), the 2018 Pardus by Hein Koegelenberg, is an elegant red blend, celebrating the Leopard’s Leap CEO’s passion for wine and an everyday quality lifestyle. The 2018 Pardus is an elegant wine, made from 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cinsaut. The nose is layered and multi-dimensional with lively red and purple fruit as well as subtle spice following through on the palate. Beautifully balanced for a wellstructured and elegant wine. Price: R170 from the Leopard’s Leap Tasting Room or online. Online purchases of six bottles or more qualify for free nationwide delivery.
SÉJOUR LAUNCHES SUNDAY BRUNCH
Joburg’s Sunday brunch scene is set to receive an adventurously flavourful new addition, thanks to Chef Freddie Dias and his team at Séjour. Featuring a menu inspired by Freddie’s Portuguese upbringing, his time spent living in France, and a fervent natural curiosity for food. The three-course brunch is priced at R450 per person, consisting of a range of small plates, and the option of bottomless bubbly – either Graham Beck Brut or Graham Beck Rosé – for an extra R300. Reservations at www.sejour.co.za or via DinePlan.
JOBURG’S FAVOURITE GIN BAR IS COMING TO FOURWAYS! Jozi Gin Cedar Square is set to open 01 September 2021.
The classic yet eclectic nostalgic interior design with unrivalled west-facing views to catch the highveld sunsets will be the hottest place to be! Expect great food and flowing gin.
Come cruise locally aboard the beautiful Norwegian Jade! Start your cruise in the vibrant city of Cape Town, see the gentle giants at Addo Elephant Park during your stop in Port Elizabeth, catch some sun in warm KwaZulu Natal and marvel at the highest sand dune in Namibia. Be spoilt with activities and entertainment, or just relax and take it easy. Enquire now at www.pentravel.co.za/packages/ cruise-south-africa-and-namibia-with-ncl
The good times have come to Fourways! www.jozigin.co.za
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The CHANEL Fall 2021 Eyewear collection tells three stories that combine modernity and refinement, technicality and savoir-faire, casual elegance and a couture spirit. Explore the collection. Discover CHANEL sunglasses. Available at CHANEL Beauty & Fragrance Boutique Sandton City.
CHRISTINE, A TALE OF LOVE, LIES AND LIBERATION
Eva Mazza, author of best-selling novel, Sex, Lies & Stellenbosch, has launched her third book, CHRISTINE. Moving away from the scandalous lives of the Stellenbosch rich to Johannesburg, protagonist Christine escapes her abusive marriage and pedestrian lifestyle when she moves to Amsterdam for a six-month work stint in a top hotel. Amsterdam, a city known for its redlight district, coffee shops and liberal views take Christine out of her comfort zone and challenge her conservative values. Prepare to escape from the austere times of this past year and a half. This fast-paced, colourful page turner will leave you hankering for more. Get your hands on a copy now. Available from all the best book stores!
Experience Exceptional Farm Living
You are invited to enjoy all this magnificent farm has to offer; award-winning wine and DINING AT BOSCHENDAL THE DELI A perfect spot for casual dining with family and friends with hearty farm meals, ranging from all-day breakfasts to popular wood-fired pizzas for dinner. The menu consists of a selection of the best of what the seasons has on offer. Kids Eat Free till end of August – one child per adult dining, valid Monday to Thursday.
ACCOMMODATION Choose from a vast selection of luxury wine farm accommodation, ranging from the historical Herbert Baker-designed Cottage 1685, to beautifully restored farm cottages in the Orchards. With an emphasis on stylish simplicity, Boschendal cottages are ideal for authentic farm living with a contemporary feel. Kids under 12 STAY FREE at Retreat Cottages till 31 December 2021. R850 p/p p/n – Min two people. Ideal for families or groups of friends. The cottages are about 3,5 km from the main Werf area, guests are advised to have their own transport. FREE RANGE KIDS GO WILD Kids aged 5-14 years have the chance to enjoy an authentic outdoor farm experience under the leadership and professional guidance of the Tree House team whilst you unwind and take a well-deserved break. The Tree House playground and pump track is also open to young farm explorers. The Tree House experience is valid Monday to Sunday and complimentary for in-house guests, kids can either be booked in for two hour morning/afternoon slots or for a full day programme.
EXPLORE THE FARM ON HORSEBACK! Experience exquisite views of the Franschhoek Valley as you explore the wine farm and all its wonders on horseback. The one hour guided horse rides are available throughout the day where you’ll get a glimpse of Boschendal’s beauty.
THE WERF RESTAURANT Situated in the beautifully revamped original cellar of the Manor House, the focus at The Werf Restaurant is on presenting contemporary soil-to-fork dining using the best available local, seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. The sharing plate menu features produce from the farm including the farms own Black Angus beef, forest-reared Duroc pork and vegetables and herbs from The Werf Food Garden, which can be viewed from the conservatory.
MTB TRAILS Expect some mean climbs and sweet single track rides Visit the Trail Centre to get your permits and they’ll help you navigate all the routes and rentals available. Bike rental bookings are recommended for the weekends and public holidays, or bring your own! GUIDED FARM TOURS Your favourite guides are ready to take you on an outdoor adventure of a lifetime! HIKES AND WALKING TOURS World-class trails to explore, wine tasting to enjoy, beautiful dams to swim in and plenty of opportunities to sit back, relax and breathe in the splendour of nature. Enjoy rare personal insight into the history of the farm, regenerative farming practices and sustainable gardening while experiencing the beauty of the farm and its gardens. Guests can also try their hand at harvesting seasonal herbs from the herb garden and visiting the chicken farm for some fresh farm eggs.
at Boschendal in the Cape Winelands
food experiences, a rich heritage & spectacular natural landscapes all in one place!
WINE TASTING Presented under the oak trees, Boschendal’s finest wines are on offer for tasting together with delicious platters, featuring the best of the farm produce. No better place to spend the weekend than surrounded by lush greenery and magnificent mountain views. The Cellar Door is located near Rhone Homestead and looks out over the Heritage Rose Garden. Moms and dads can enjoy tastings of the award winning wines while the kids play at The Tree House.
WINTER PICNICS Winter is often called secret season in the Winelands, with perfect days of crisp winelands air and warm winter sunshine. Savour the winter sunshine on the Werf lawns, with the breathtaking views of the Simonsberg mountains, snacking on a hearty spread of delicious eats and treats, it’s a fun family outing sure to beat the winter blues! Only the best available seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients, as well as locally made artisanal goods, are used, ensuring guests receive a basket filled with delicious, healthy and wholesome food.
WEEKEND MARKETS In hibernation for the Winter months but from sunny September expect live music, fresh farm produce, food stalls and other artisanal stands filled with local products and a lekker vibe with the weekly Friday Night or Saturday morning Market.
Available Tuesday to Sunday Prices from R600 Basket for 2 | R300 Basket for 1 | R125 Kids basket (3-10 yrs). IN ROOM DINING Inhouse guests can order a braai box or even buy your own meat and prepared salads at the farm shop to enjoy at your cottage.
DRIVE-IN CINEMA The Summer months also welcome back the drive-in cinema on Saturday evenings – Sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite movies while you snack on delicious farm treats with your loved ones. Open every Saturday (weather permitting) and bookings are essential.
WINE MAKER’S DINNERS SERIES On the first Thursday of each month, enjoy a paired threecourse dinner at The Werf Restaurant hosted by Executive Chef Allistaire Lawrence and one of Boschendal’s three winemakers. Cellar master and red winemaker Jacques Viljoen, white winemaker Michael Langenhoven and Cap Classique winemaker, Danielle Coetsee, who received the prestigious ‘’Woman Winemaker of the Year” award at the 2020 SA Women’s Wine & Spirit Awards, will co-host each of the events. There will be an opportunity for an intimate Q&A session before each dinner. The wines will be complemented by produce and meat straight from the pastures and gardens. Dates 1 July 2021; 5 August 2021; 2 September 2021.
ONLINE SHOP Get the best of Boschendal delivered to your door. Live the farm life long after you’ve unpacked your bags! Now delivering to Joburg too! Buy delicious prepared meals made by the chefs and homeware which showcases local designers wares – everything from camping, to pets, to outdoor living and interior finery – spoil yourself or a loved one. Sign up to the mailing list and receive 10% off your first order. shop.boschendal.com Guests get to savour the best of farm living at Boschendal. www.boschendal.com
Life-Changing Safari Experiences at Thanda Safari Thanda Safari, a Big Five game reserve situated on 14 000 hectares in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal where the Great Rift Valley meets the Lebombo Mountains, offers an authentic South African wildlife experience with excellent game viewing all year round. It is the perfect place for holidaymakers and families to experience and discover the Big Five. Where your senses will awaken during up-close encounters with these magnificent animals and all the bush inhabitants. The guides and trackers are experts of the African bush and share their tracking skills, knowledge and culture. This 5-star safari property is situated on what was one of the first proclaimed game reserves in Africa in 1895 by the then British Colonial Government of Natal, and what was once the ancient hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. The property, proudly has one of the smallest hospitality footprints especially when considering its size of 14,000 ha, variety of wildlife (with all of Africa’s Big Five) and more than 400 different bird species.
The flagship Safari Lodge is home to nine suites, each with panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve, spacious lounge, majestic master bedroom, double-sided fireplace and an indulgent bathroom, with a beautiful bath, and an indoor and outdoor shower. The Lodge’s shared areas are sumptuously African, including an inviting lounge, expansive deck and library overlooking a waterhole, private business area, cigar bar, impressive wine cellar and the Thanda Safari Spa. Dining is an affair at Thanda, with menus, creatively conceived by the chefs. From slow-cooked potjiekos to tender game cuts flavoured with homegrown herbs, the chefs produce perfection for the palate and cater for all dietary requirements. Every meal offers unique dishes and tastes, combined with carefully chosen wines and impeccable service. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and high teas personify the Thanda Safari style. The ultimate safari hideaway for guests needing total privacy or for families, friends and meetings is the five suites Villa iZulu – voted World’s Leading Luxury Private Villa at the World Travel Awards. This magnificent Afrochic homestead, created for Thanda Safari’s owners, Christin and Dan Olofsson includes a heated swimming pool, a traditional boma and bonfire area, wine cellar, library, private business area, games room and a vast viewing deck overlooking a waterhole. Villa iZulu has its own helicopter pad and separate accommodation for child-minders and VIP security officers. The Thanda Tented Camp with 15 colonial safari-style tents, each with its own viewing deck and en-suite bathrooms is open for special events and exclusive use only, reserved for Thanda Safari Starlight Productions (TSSP). With a great emphasis put on conservation and community upliftment and a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and conservation of the environment, Thanda Safari’s ethos is based on people, wildlife and the environment coming together and partnering in socio-economic upliftment, job creation, education and skills development in the region.
the opportunity to give back in the fields of nature conservation and children’s education. Mark your diaries for the next events which include The RUN WILD Weekend (Friday 16 to Sunday 18 July 2021) – walkers, joggers, runners and their friends and families get to experience the vast open spaces, the magnificent terrain and the wildlife of Thanda Safari … on foot! With the safety of guests being of the utmost importance this exciting and exhilarating experience will be under the supervision and watchful eye of Thanda’s Anti-Poaching unit. On Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June 2021,Thanda Safari is pleased to welcome James Rawdon back for a third Bird Ringing Weekend. Rawdon, who originally studied biology and worked for many years in the South African and Botswana bush has always been involved in nature and conservation and had a keen interest in birds. He has been ringing birds (and sharing his passion for birds) at various sites in and around KwaZulu-Natal ever since. Weekends start from R2 995 per person sharing and include: accommodation, game drives, meals, selected local beverages and more. Thanda Safari is also a favourite of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, a recent visit, saw the Princess involved in various conservation operations such as rhino monitoring and tracking, deployment with the Anti-Poaching Unit, educational wildlife photography sessions, and a White Rhino dart and dehorning exercise. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, a multiple winner of The World’s Travel Awards: Leading Luxury Lodge/Private Villa awards; the 2020 World Travel Awards: World’s Leading Luxury Private Villa; World’s and South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge, and the 2020 Condé Nast Traveller: ranked as one of the 20 Top Resorts in South Africa. Thanda Safari ensures life-changing safari experiences with guided walks and a range of Zulu cultural and community experiences in the neighbouring villages too.
Thanda Safari is actively involved in conservation and wildlife research, it works to uplift the local communities through ‘Star for Life’ and other projects. 2021 heralds Thanda fulfilling its long-term vision of launching The Royal Thanda Club (incorporating the Thanda Royal Residences project). This will offer unapparelled lifestyle opportunities and experiences and will give members
Thanda Safari is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe on the N2 approximately 220km north of Durban and is easily accessible from the N2 by gravel road (no 4x4 required). Richards Bay is the closest commercial airport, with King Shaka International Airport, Durban being the closest international airport. Road transfers are available from and to Durban and Richards Bay Airports. www.thandasafari.co.za
9TH AVE WATERSIDE
Be seen at KZN’s trendiest spot sipping signature cocktails while soaking in the sunsets and waterfront views from this ultrahip restaurant located in the heart of Durban. The menu showcases fresh seasonal cuisine with modern interpretations of Bistro classics with a constantly evolving wine list too.
Think … baked camembert, mussel pots and oven roasted lamb from the seasonal a la carte menu. The team of passionate and professional staff make sure you have the very best dining experience. www.9thavewaterside.co.za
WINELANDS ESCAPE WITH GRANDE PROVENCE HERITAGE ESTATE
Stay in luxury in luxurious and private en-suite accommodation at The Owners Cottage, with its 5-star grading for a maximum of 14 guests, within a charming complex of historically significant Cape Dutch buildings. The manicured gardens boast a private swimming pool and a secluded patio deck overlooking the vineyards. Take advantage at these fantastic rates: Midweek Break (Mon-Thurs) Stay three nights for R3 000pps. Weekend Break (Fri & Sat or Sat & Sun) Stay two nights at R2 700pps. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SPICE IT UP WITH A SIGNATURE CURRY AT THE OYSTER BOX
Served buffet-style in the Ocean Terrace Restaurant – the incredible selection of Curries include meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry is a masterpiece in itself, attracting fans from far and wide. With gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean, the delicious Tandoori Chicken and impressive selection of curries includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry is a masterpiece in itself. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
INDULGE AT THE OYSTER BOX LUXURY SPA
Ease away your stresses and reinvigorate both body and mind with bespoke body and facial treatments. Signature journeys include steam treatments in the traditional hammam, full body massages using crystal-infused oils, and the all-natural Tata Harper treatments – a pioneer in natural luxury skincare, offering a premium, sustainable line of products and accompanying treatments. Combining the healing properties of more than 300 raw ingredients, blazing a bold path in botanical beauty and farm-to-face all-natural formulations. The Red Carnation Hotels Collection, Southern Africa, is the first on the continent to offer the renowned Tata Harper range of skincare products and treatments.
HIGH TEA AT THE OYSTER BOX
ROMANTIC WINTER WARMER SUITE SPECIAL
Taken from Royal Albert china in the colonial setting of The Palm, with its lush green palms, natural sunlight and elegant chandeliers. Live piano music completes the perfect backdrop to a table bursting with patisserie, confectionary and breads made daily by the talented pastry team. INTERESTING HIGH TEA FACTS – The Oyster Box bakes in excess of 4000 Macarons per month! High Tea is served daily at two sittings – 12h00-14h00 and 15h00-17h00. Booking is essential, especially on weekends. oysterboxhotel.com
WITH MOET & CHANDON AT THE MOUNT NELSON IN CAPE TOWN
Take your winter up a notch and celebrate in style when you book a suite at The Nellie. This offer includes a complimentary 750ml bottle of Moet & Chandon, as well as your choice of either Chef Rudi’s renowned ThreeCheese Fondue or a two-course meal for two guests from the Winter Warmer menu. And that is not all – included is a Celebration of Cognac and Chocolate for two, with Hennessy VSOP and Chilli Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Orange and Dark Chocolate Peach and Hazelnut Truffle. Available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations: email@example.com
TRY YOUR HAND AT LADY LUCK
AT SIBAYA CASINO AND ENTERTAINMENT KINGDOM
Boasting spectacular Ocean views, this is a family affair with something for everyone from luxuriating spa treatments at the on-site Mangwanani Spa, state-of-the-art gaming casino, theatre shows, movies and special events.
Your royal welcome awaits. Discover the ultimate in luxury hotels in Umhlanga when you book your next KwaZulu-Natal getaway at the Royal Sibaya. Designed to reflect the regal heritage of KwaZulu-Natal and offering exclusive accommodation for MVG cardholders, the Royal Sibaya offers high end accommodation for business and leisure travellers – it is an ideal base from which to explore Durban. Beach lovers can soak up the hot African sun at the pool or nearby beaches and adrenalin seekers can choose from an array of activities including deep-sea fishing, scuba, wreck or shark diving, snorkelling and kiteboarding and more. Sibaya is conveniently located between Umdloti and Umhlanga, a stone’s throw from the Durban CBD and 15 minutes from King Shaka International Airport. www.suninternational.com/sibaya
Franschhoek Cellar a Hidden Treasure Franschhoek Cellar is a destination that has something for everyone. Not only can guests stay over at one of two luxury cottages, Rose and Protea, it is the perfect central base from which to explore the Franschhoek Valley and Cape Winelands. Located close to the working cellar and overlooking the breathtaking mountain vistas, this is an ideal spot to explore the fine restaurants, attractions, and shops within the picturesque Franschhoek Village. For those wanting to relax and unwind, there is no need to venture too far as an array of experiences are on offer from your doorstep. Specially curated wine tastings to alfresco dining and a supervised kids playground mean fun for the whole family!
Inspired by over 350 years of winemaking tradition and heritage, Franschhoek Cellar is home to a vibrant and intriguing range of wines that evoke a sense of history and include whites, reds as well as an award-winning Cap Classique. Franschhoek Cellar kitchen is open daily, serving light meals, delicious lunches and cakes, using the freshest locally sourced ingredients – the very best in leisurely Winelands cuisine. Both winemaker and chef have joined forces to create dazzling food and wine experiences, showcasing the finest wines alongside Franschhoek’s famous artisanal cheeses and chocolates. Franschhoek Cellar also has a special selection of unique event venues with an option to suit every occasion, be it
weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, year-end corporate groups or private gatherings. Located next to the wine tasting emporium, The Venue can accommodate 350 guests cocktail style and 220 seated, making it one of the largest in the Valley. A warm ambience is created by soft lighting and the earthy decor make it an equally good fit for more intimate weddings while the neutral colour palette provides the perfect canvas for any decor. Mountain View is a smaller, intimate venue that overlooks the striking Franschhoek Mountains. With an elegant lounge and dining area, bar and kitchen, it houses a magnificent barrel cellar reserved for special soirees. The Lapa is situated in a tranquil, rustic corner of the
property surrounded by green pastures. It offers a completely private space for between 20 and 30 people, a fully equipped kitchen and thatched boma-/braai area with covered outdoor entertainment area. The Platform Bar & Bistro boasts exquisite mountain and vineyard vistas. Fashioned around an old railway platform and re-modelled to mimic a train carriage, it is a welcoming space with air conditioning in summer and fireplaces in winter, perfect for celebrations of any kind accommodating up to 80 guests. Franschhoek Cellar is another beautiful asset to the Franschhoek wine route, combining the charms of leisurely country life with the elegance of a world-class venue to suit every need.
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Free at Sea
30% OFF ALL CRUISES! UP TO N $2,900 I! VALUE
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OPEN BAR SPECIALITY DINING EXCURSIONS WIFI KIDS
GREEK ISLES: SANTORINI, PATMOS & MORE FROM ATHENS
BALTIC: GERMANY, RUSSIA, SWEDEN & FINLAND FROM COPENHAGEN
APR - MAY 2022
JUN - OCT 2022
SOUTH AFRICA & NAMIBIA FROM CAPE TOWN 12 NIGHTS
Based on 17 April 2022 sailing
Based on 30 September 2022 sailing
Based on 2 January 2022 sailing
FREE PRE-CRUISE NIGHT IN ATHENS
R1500 PP INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT CREDIT
R1000 PP LOCAL FLIGHT CREDIT
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T&Cs: Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability, rate of exchange changes, withdrawal and can change at any time. Offers are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date and capacity our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. High season supplements and block out dates may apply. Free at Sea: Not all offers are available on all ships. 20% gratuities on the retail value of the dining and beverage package are not included. Age restrictions apply to drinks packages. Applicable to 1st and 2nd guests sharing a stateroom only, internet package one login per stateroom and port shore excursion credit (1st guest only). Use of $50 shore excursion credit subject to limitations and will be applied before any other shore excursion discount. ^ 3rd and 4th guests pay taxes only available on select sailings only and only applicable where 1st and 2nd guests on booking pay full fare. Mandatory onboard service charges/gratuities are additional and automatically charged at $15.50 per person per day, and can be pre paid. Offers are non-transferable, non-refundable, have no monetary value and cannot be substituted or customized. Free night hotel stay in Athens is at Pentravel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Offers do not include flights, cover charges and any other items not expressly mentioned. Offer valid until 30 Jun’21. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.
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