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Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve is situated under 2.5 hours from Cape Town, in the vastness of the majestic Tankwa Karoo. With thick wooded Acacia river beds and magnificent golden mountains on the horizon, Inverdoorn provides the ultimate tranquil Big 5 safari experience.




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Combining the ideal social distancing, open air ease and the support of small local traders, the Galileo Drive-In is back. The Galileo Drive In brings you all your favourite movie memories under the stars, in a safe and convenient way! VREDENHOF SPORTS FIELD (RONDEBOSCH) Love Actually - 18.2.2021 Hitch - 19.2.2021


Grease - 20.2.2021 A Star Is Born - 21.2.2021 THE CAPE ACADEMY (CONSTANTIA) Bohemian Rhapsody - 25.2.2021 The Proposal - 26.2.2021 Madagascar - 27.2.2021 Top Gun - 28.2.2021



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STREAM START 27 FEB An online jazz experience that brings Africa’s Grandest Gathering to your living room. Relive the history of the festival with these reflective showcases, exclusively performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Enjoy the glitz and glamour of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival with these 60-minute online showcases featuring your favourite CTIJF artists, including South Africa’s legendary Grammy nominated guitarist/ vocalist JONATHAN BUTLER and many more. These not-to-be-missed shows will be hosted by highly celebrated SA recording artist, TV and radio personality, Unathi.

THE OZCF MARKET Set to transform Cape Town’s Salt River into a visual wonderland.

This 5th edition will bring the number of murals in Salt River to well above 100.




Organised by Baz-Art, 20 local and international artists will be creating large scale public artworks across the streets of Salt River.


Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression.

The festival is a showcase of how public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions.

Fresh. Local. Seasonal. In support of small, fine farmers and growers as well as a large array of artisanal food producers, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day operating on Saturday and Sunday 9:00 - 14:00 While it is a genuine pleasure to welcome everyone, it is vitally important that this remains a safe place for shoppers, traders and staff. As a result, there are a few rules

they’re asking everyone to follow. In essence: come to the Market, enjoy your shopping and eating, support our amazing traders, but be responsible while you’re at it.


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Our award winning orchestra supports its musicians and its upliftment programs for young, talented players through their Cyber Symphony series. THE HUBERTE RUPERT MEMORIAL CONCERT plays SCHUBERT- SYMPHONY NO. 5 IN B FLAT & ELGAR CONCERTO FOR VIOLONCELLO IN E MINOR, OP. 85. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Peter Martens (cello). Streaming on ArtMusic.tv till April 29, 2021. ARVELLOUS MOZART plays OVERTURE, COSI FAN TUTTE, CONCERTO IN E FLAT FOR TWO PIANOS, K. 365 & SYMPHONY NO. 39 IN E FLAT, K543. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloists: François du Toit and Albie van Schalkwyk (pianos). Recorded at Artscape Theatre Centre on November 22, 2020. Streaming on ArtMusic.tv February 5 to May 5, 2021.

Set in the heart of Camps Bay, Ocean Blue is the locals’ and travellers’ favourite since 1998! Our recent renovations have made your visit more comfortable and with an even better view of the ocean. Superb quality meals, value for money and our friendly team is what keeps people coming back for more. Our selection of fresh seafood, steaks and pizzas, as well as our compliment of excellent South African wines will keep the whole family smiling. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 9:30 - 11pm. Please call toenquire about specials or find us on Facebook. See you soon, the Ocean Blue family. 10% discount off meals to customers with a ‘City Sightseeing Cape Town’ Bus ticket

AFTER 3 SPECIAL 29 JANUARY The Two Oceans Aquarium is offering an afternoon discount to visitors every day. Buy your Aquarium ticket at the on-site ticket office after 15:00 for use on the same day, and you’ll qualify for After 3 Special rates! The After 3 Special is only valid for tickets bought at our on-site ticket office after 3pm and used on the same day, before closing at 6pm. This promotion runs until 31 March 2021.

For more info & reservations call 021 438 9839, fax 021 438 4204 or email blufish@mweb.co.za

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the world’s most beautiful road

Tel: +27 21 791 8220 / info@chapmanspeakdrive.co.za www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za Chapman’s Peak Drive, fondly known as “Chappies” by the locals is one of Cape Town’s most famous attractions. The drive connects Hout Bay to Noordhoek in 9 kilometres of breath-taking scenery and arguably one of the most beautiful coastal drives on Planet Earth. A mere 25km south of Cape Town’s City Centre, it’s been said that the route is a “Must-do” and “One of the most worthwhile tourist attractions” on any Cape Town itinerary. Chapman’s Peak Drive is a mini paradise! It has the Atlantic Ocean on one side, mountains on the other side and this picture perfect postcard setting makes any visitor want to stop to savour the panoramic views. It’s all about the view! At one end, is the fishing harbor of Hout Bay – presided over by the Sentinel, an iconic landmark in this spectacular setting. The drive winds up to Chapman’s Peak View Point – with dazzling sea views and then drops down to the horse-filled paddocks of Noordhoek. There are numerous points for motorists to pull over and enjoy the views, or capture the magnificence with a photograph (and feel like a professional photographer.) Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the major routes for visiting the Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park. The route over Chappies is a way to explore nature at its’ best - whether you are heading to Cape Point, visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach or hitting the beach for some rest and relaxation with sunshine and sand.


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The many ways of exploring Chapman’s Peak Drive This magnificent wonder of nature continues to delight locals and tourists. Popular for picnics and scenic drives, you can also experience its beauty on foot or by bicycle taking in the awe-inspiring views and winding along its spectacular curves. Some are lucky enough to travel on a Harley Davidson, a vintage sidecar, a trike or a classic Cobra. And when you get to the other side, there’s more to explore. The landscape and the lifestyle has inspired artisans of all disciplines to explore their craft and follow their passion in the surrounding towns and villages. Enjoy the riches of their honed skills from chefs and producers to artists and entrepreneurs. Be Inspired by the wildlife on Chapman’s Peak Drive Keep your eyes peeled! Chappies offers many different wildlife experiences in their natural habitat – on land, in the water and in the air. From whales, dolphins and seals in the ocean, to insects, butterflies and beetles that pollinate the vegetation, to reptiles such as the endangered Western Leopard Toad (especially on the Noordhoek side), lizards, tortoises and sometimes snakes. Small mammals can be spotted - baboons; rodents, ranging from the porcupine to mice and dassies (hyrax). In the air marine birds – gulls, terns, waders, cormorants and gannets – can be seen along the coast and at any time of year. Keep a look out for fynbos endemics such as the Cape Sugarbird and orange-breasted sunbird and the commonly spotted red winged starlings. Raptors such as the jackal buzzards are often spotted.

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Active Adventures from Chapman’s Peak Drive Being active in the great outdoors never felt better. Chapman’s Peak Drive is a natural utopia for walking, hiking, rambling or ambling, whatever your ability or experience level. There’s no better way to communicate with nature and checkout the scenery, than to lace up your comfy shoes, strap on a backpack and hit the trail. Enjoy the restorative benefits of a great walk, the tranquillity of paddling in a sea-kayak below the towering cliffs, the adrenalin rush of surfing some big waves or the thrill of cycling on mountain passes. All you have to do is. “Pick Your Pace!”

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Chapman’s Peak Drive a national treasure Chappies was named after a lowly Captain’s mate, John Chapman, who was sent ashore to look for supplies in 1907, when the ship called ‘Consent’, was stranded in the waters of Hout Bay. The ship’s pilot recorded the bay as ‘Chapman’s Chaunce’ (chance) and the name remained as such. The Drive itself took 7 years to construct and cost ₤20 000. On 6 May 1922 the road was opened by the Governor of the Union of South Africa, His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Connaught. The drive was a remarkable feat of engineering. In recent times – rock-fall protections measures such as catch fences, half-tunnels and a canopy structure have earned engineers more accolades, and road users are kept safe from potential rock falls. Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Road Chapman’s Peak re-opened as a Toll Road in December 2003. The drive is monitored by an integrated traffic & Incident management system, including weather monitoring, CCTV cameras and variable message signs. Any adverse or high-risk weather situations may result in immediate road closure. It remains an official tourist attraction for international and national visitors to Cape Town.

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tea for two

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Romantic, intimate and indulgent, safe and glamorous at the same time - High Tea of the colonial hospitality around Cape Town is the perfect outing for the month of love, a great way to celebrate during the last month of summer. Afternoon Tea has always made iconic moments at the Mount Nelson. Imagine the scene: debonair, fedora’d Henry Dike plays the grand piano as a silver tiered stand, glittering with sweet gems, is brought to your table. The spread showcases local and global classics, including traditional melktert with Cape Malay cinnamon and cardamom, baked cheesecake with white chocolate and tangy berry tartelettes. And that’s just the start. Baskets of warm, freshly baked scones and traditional koesisters sprinkled with coconut beckon you to indulge, while savoury options include the hotel’s famous mushroom empanadas, cauliflower and onion pakoras, Farmer Angus beef frikkadels, and delicate finger sandwiches with enticing fillings such as smoked Franschhoek trout. Going green? Treat your taste buds to Chef Rudi’s imaginative plant-based menus. As for the brew itself, they offer an unparalleled selection of premium leaf and flowering teas from all over the world, as well as healthy local infusions. Make sure to try the signature Mount Nelson Tea, an exquisite blend with pink rose petals, or opt for the earthy, yet delicate orange and spice rooibos from the Cederberg. Linger in the conservatory or outside on the terrace until the shadows start to lengthen. Summer high tea at Sun international Table Bay hotel is a feast for the senses, presented with the grace and nostalgia. Afternoon tea in The Lounge consists of savoury to sweet and a decadent array of confectionary items. Watch the bustle of the harbour from the comfort of the hotel lounge and savour the freshest flavours. Friday to Sunday from 14:30. On the other side of the harbour, the One&Only Cape Town serves a daily afternoon tea at the Isola Bar with magnificent panoramic view of Table Mountain. The daily offer include a spectacular afternoon tea of elegant sandwiches, buttermilk scones and a veritable confectionary


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of gold leaf éclairs, pastel macarons and individual cakes. A Valentine’s edition of the One&Only Afternoon Tea is designed to be served between 12 - 14 February which will include 6 sweet and 5 savoury treats to each guest. The 12 Apostles Hotel ‘Tea by the Sea’ is an iconic experience, being cherished by returning travellers, both international and domestic. Renowned for its scrumptious, freshly baked selection of warm scones, cupcakes, macaroons and mouth-watering finger sandwiches, along with our finest selection of fragrant teas and coffees. Guests can indulge in the ‘Tea by the Sea’ experience which is topped up on request for you to enjoy. Generous hospitality, with incredible sea and mountain views, makes this an institution with the locals and the perfect location for a special occasion. This chic affair is the ideal way to celebrate any special occasion. Booking is essential and group bookings are welcome (terms and conditions apply). Served: 10:00, 12:30 and 15:00. Back in the heart of the city, Afternoon Tea is held daily at Bombay Brasserie at The Taj between 14:00 and 18:00, featuring an array of sweet and savoury treats, transporting guests to an era of refinement and prestige. The Royal Portfolio Silo Hotel, which dominates the V&A Waterfront Silo District welcomes day visitors to enjoy its grand space and mindfulness décor. The Royal Tea is a selection of petit gateaux and exquisite teatime treats including several savoury delights. Served daily from 2:30PM to 4:30PM on the 6th floor with a last seating at 3:30pm. All the experiences and options mentioned in the article require booking. Some would also oblige full payment is required in order to confirm the booking.

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7 reasons to visit aquila

Quadbike Safari

Tranquila Spa

Horseback Safari

Karoo Sundowner Safari

Junior Ranger Programme

Star Safari

Viewing the big 5 while visiting South Africa is a firm must.


When visiting Aquila Game Reserve & Spa guests are welcome to a comfortable safari experience, designed with Karoo bliss in mind and enriching outdoor experiences at heart.

The onsite African Spa uses natural products that harness the medical powers of indigenous plants, flowers and herbs. Products are free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, colourants and preservatives.



A firm favourite and involves roughing it up within the 10,000 hectare wildlife conservancy of Aquila.

The horseback is a fantastic option to experience the natural wonders of Africa in the Karoo veld and take a ride on the wild side.


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KAROO SUNDOWNER SAFARI Have an Instagrammable moment in the heart of the Karoo desert. Enjoy traditional South African style tapas and a Cruxland Gin sunset, surrounded by the Outiniqua and Langeberg mountains. STAR SAFARI A unique stargazing experience. Each evening (weather conditions permitting) after dinner, clients are invited to join a skilled ranger at the Boma (African fire pit) for marshmallow

HOUT BAY’S BEAUTY FROM A FRESH PERSPECTIVE The Lookout Deck Hout Bay arguably boasts one of the best views in the Western Cape. Situated on the water’s edge in the Hout Bay harbour, the restaurant boasts breath taking mountain and ocean views.

roasting and to view the stellar sights of the Karoo skies. ECO SYNERGY An exciting Eco Synergy Systems tour that focuses on sustainable tourism. Guests can learn more about how they recycle using Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and organic gardening. A complimentary tour is available daily at 14:00 departing from reception. JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAMME Children can experience the magic of reserve life and a glimpse into survivalism and conservation when you sign them up for Aquila’s Junior Ranger Programme. Remember to add it to your guests booking when chatting to the reservations agents. And a bonus feature is the KIDS ADVENTURE ZONE for young children and babies: Try your hand at putt-putt and giant chess with your children, plus there’s a jungle gym. A luxury tent filled with games and toys,

For more info & reservations Tel: +27 21 790 0900, events@lookouthoutbay.co.za Visit www.lookouthoutbay.co.za for more info.

especially for your youngest children, or to keep your family out of the sun during peak hours.

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planning ahead While current business and leisure travel are mainly on hold, professionals of the tourism industry voting with their feet, putting faith and confidence in the recovery we all eagerly wait for. It is a practical learning curve in which sellers and buyers of tourism all across the globe are looking to better themselves with offers and interesting packages that will bring travellers back to a safer, smooth and maximized African adventure in the sub-Sahara. OurAfrica.Travel 2021 looking to reconnect Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands with the globe through an affordable platform, originally launched in 2020 to fill the void left by the cancellation of so many trade shows. The OurAfrica.Travel virtual trade show will take place over 10 days, from the 1 – 12 March 2021. Meeting dates will be aligned to specific geographical regions over the event period, which will accommodate the local time zones of buyers across the globe – as per 2020. We are using the same platform, which offers pre-scheduled one-on-one face-to-face virtual meetings and full control of your own meeting diary/calendar. Two weeks. Two different time-zones. Africa & Indian Ocean Islands to the Globe. VIRTUAL MEETING DATES: 1 – 5 March 2021 – Europe, Africa, Asia & Oceania (5 days): 04:00 – 19:00 CAT 8 – 12 March 2021 – Americas (5 days): 10:00 – 23:00 CAT Registration for both buyers and exhibitors on https://ourafrica.travel/ WORLD TRAVEL MARKET’s (WTM) Africa Travel Week (ATW) focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology. Shows include: ILTM Africa, WTM Africa, EQUAL Africa, ibtm AFRICA, Travel Forward, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and African Tourism Investment Summit. Africa Travel Week has unveiled a bold plan for its 2021 suite of shows, which includes several value-add opportunities, in addition to WTM Africa, which will run as a 100% virtual exhibition from 07-09 April 2021 with a live element from 01-03 September during Tourism Month. In addition to the virtual show in April, which consists of 1-to-1 meetings, content sessions and speed networking, ATW has lined up a collection of additional events throughout the year, which include: - -

Educational content webinars from May to August. Africa Travel Week: Connect in the City Live from 1-3 September, including on-site experiences in the official Host City of Cape Town.


A series of virtual masterclasses from September to November.

Details and registration is available through https://atwconnect.com/


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stay, eat and play at vensterklip on the west coast way

Sometimes space and deadlines conspire to keep us from saying everything we’d like to say about a place, especially if this place is a paradise. Such is the case with the intriguing Vensterklip Guest Farm. Found on the West Coast Way’s wild route of South Africa, just 220km north of Cape Town and 5km from the renowned surf spot, Elands Bay. Not only does Vensterklip lie in a historic World Heritage site of outstanding natural beauty, but there are so many extraordinary things for you to look forward to: It’s All About Old-Farm Authentic Charm Old-farm glamour and grandeur come together to create the magnetic atmosphere at Vensterklip. This working farm is a luxury escape at the front door of the world-famous Cederberg region. As one of West Coast Way’s premier authentic experiences, Vensterklip, is simply gorgeous. This well-maintained property has an outdoor swimming pool, a well-equipped wedding and celebration centre, and a beautiful indoor and outdoor restaurant and historic bar. Their Red Shed Farmstall is also a prime spot to shop South-African handicrafts and locally sourced souvenirs and road trip favourites like ‘appelkoos’ (apricot) sweets. Did we mention that this landmark is home to beautifully restored Voortrekker wagons and the place where bikers have all hung their helmets for a night or two before hitting the open-road again? Between the Manor House, restored historic cottages, luxury backpack units and camping options, you’ll find an accommodation range with a quirky old-world charm. You really can’t go wrong with your room choice, so it just depends on your group size, budget and style. Food and Drink That Tells A Story You know the saying: You have to taste a culture to understand it? Eating at Vensterklip is a major part of making holiday memories. The restaurant’s indoor and outdoor setting is inspirational in its design and farm-feel. Vensterklip restaurant is a prime


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place to try local and Mediterranean-inspired dishes and seasonal specialities of the area. Activities You’ll never be bored at Vensterklip. There is such an incredibly diverse array of things to do: Art Of The San We know getting up early may not be the first thing you want to do on vacation, but taking in the day’s first light over the ocean from the Elands Bay Cave filled with San (Bushmen) Rock Art is a spiritually enriching experience. Flowers Of The Sea Exploring the tidal pools will give you unique insta-worthy pics with fascinating Cape Fur seals, sea birds and flowering sea anemones for a colourful and noisy display. Surfing At Elands Bay Point Experience the surf culture by visiting Mossel Pot. Here you can hire a surfboard to lay claim that you’ve tried the left-hand reef and left-hand point break at this world-class surfing location. Autumn and Winter are the optimum times of year to try it out. So basically any time is a good time! Vensterklip is a beautiful piece of wilderness. Time stands still here. Chill out in the outback of the West Coast Way on the wild route. To make a booking call +27 (0)22 972 1340, email info@vensterklip.co.za or visit www.vensterklip.co.za Find Ventersklip Guest House on the West Coast Way Wild Route.

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4 new cape town hotels

An overwhelming vote of confidence in the future and recovery of the tourism industry of Cape Town and South Africa at large, is shown by different groups of investors, opening new hotels or repurposing and modernising iconic existing assets. Each of the recently opened hotels offer a unique edge that will cater to travellers with specific needs which makes them ever more alluring. The ViB Hotel, a Best Western brand, for the first time in South Africa, opened on Green Point Main Road, across from Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Park. With a South African fusion restaurant on the ground floor, Jaffer Modern Art Gallery on the 7th floor and a plunge pool on the roof, this hotel is designed for young business travellers.


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Each compact room as a comfortable working station with its own secure WiFi connection, edgy interior design and an overall efficient, comfortable feeling for young business personal. Another first in the business of tourism in Cape Town is the fact the ViB offers a special, lower price around the year to South Africans and Sub-Saharan visitors. Hyatt Regency Cape Town is strategically located on the seam line between the city center and the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood with its colourful streets and rich history. A neighbourhood known to be the corner stone of the South African unique Muslim community. Rooms are modern, elegant, restaurants are certified Halal and views are changing with each facet. Signal Hill and Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the city skyscrapers or the harbour, all together visible from the pool deck on the roof. A perfect location for a sundowner to conclude your day in Cape Town. Hyatt Regency Cape Town is in immediate reach to all the city center attractions and conveniently located to launch a tour to other parts of the city or to the Cape Winelands.

Old Bank Hotel, a restored heritage building built in 1902 by renowned architects Black and Fagg, was the original Nedbank building in the Cape. Oozing charm and sophistication, old meets new in this celebration of classic Victorian architecture and modern design. The building is located adjacent the entrance to the Company’s Gardens, Parliament Avenue and the Iziko Museum Slave Lodge. The entrance to the hotel is via a towering domed glass arch on the ground floor where a doorman will meet you and guide you up to the 8th floor. The elevator doors open into a light and open space that holds the reception, a private dining area and restaurant, a state-of-the-art wine cellar and a show-stopping bar - the perfect space to sit back and enjoy the city views with a classic Old Fashioned or one of their signature cocktails. Also on the vibrant offer scale, but this time at the far end of Sea Point, you’ll find Latitude Aparthotel by Totalstay. With proximity to the promenade and many trendy eateries it is ideally located for enjoying a relaxed, hassle-free holiday or business stay. The Aparthotel features serviced apartments with spacious bedrooms and living spaces, en-suite and private bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens with state-of-the-art amenities, dining and workspaces and balconies with barbeque facilities. The building has a 24-hour on-site front desk concierge, meeting rooms, a rooftop swimming pool and secure parking. Start your days with breakfast and panoramic vistas at the rooftop Latitude Cafe, bask in the midday sun by the pool and toast the sunset.

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wellbeing destinations It’s the peak of summer in the Cape Winelands. It’s open, bright, sunny and in full bloom. It is the best of times to escape the city and recharge before we slowly get into the busy winter months. Although known for their glorious wine estates and lush combinations of vineyard accommodation, there are a few dedicated for the art of pure soul treatment. Cascade Country Manor

Cascade Country Manor is a century old manor house in Paarl, surrounded by olive groves and a waterfall. Set in the picturesque heart of the Paarl Winelands to the backdrop of majestic Drakenstein Mountains. The boutique hotel’s namesake is the cascading waterfall just 300 meters from the Manor house whose soothing sounds permeate throughout the grounds all year round. This charming, proudly fair-trade tourism hotel and spa, is located on pristine grounds in the former homestead of

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royalty and comprises only fifteen rooms, ensuring an intimate and peaceful stay in the Olive Valley of the Winelands. The hotel is out of cellular network cover. A rare find these days. Allowing one to totally disconnect in order to naturally recharge. Pay attention to their curated retreat offers: a series of weekends that are designed with extra enrichment and activities by theme.

Cascade Country Manor

On the other side of Paarl Valley, there is no fan of the Cape Winelands that hasn’t visited or at least heard of Babylonstoren, its magnificent gardens and the unique approach of farming and natural co- existing. Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. Think of it as a living spa, set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad lei water channels to set the tone.



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Housed in a pavilion constructed of bamboo, it comprises a hammam, chill room, hot spa and gym. The spa is open for both estate accommodation guests and day visitors. Pre-booking is required. Santé Wellness Retreat and Spa, also in the same area, is home to some of the world’s most prestigious holistic health and wellness technology and treatments. The wellness sanctuary offers a deluxe and personalised


experience to all clients and is the perfect destination for those looking to re-energise during unprecedented times. Santé Wellness Retreat and Spa recently won two prestigious awards, one for the second year in a row for Africa’s Best Wellness Retreat, and South Africa’s Best Wellness Retreat. The spa was also awarded Best Boutique and Best Country Spa by the Haute Grandeur Spa Awards back in 2019 – ultimately demonstrating how the wellness retreat continues to play a vital role in the alternative healing sector.

Santé Wellness Retreat and Spa

It is a luxury wellness retreat destination that offers a rare fusion of high-tech medicinal and therapeutic methods, combined with the power of touch-based therapies and traditional healing practices to help recover balance and promote the body’s natural healing processes. By actively focusing on optimizing health, guests can reconnect with their inner bliss and rejuvenate their bodies, minds and spirits while attaining lifelong well-being. On the foot hills of the Constantia wine region, licking the

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edge of the Tokai forest, Stillness Manor & Spa is located. Built by the Noakes family in 1952 as a family home, the Manor features a classic Cape Dutch gable. Transformed into a boutique hotel in 1995, the spa wellness centre was added in 1996. Known as the Zwaanswyk area, this part of the Constantia Valley has become a haven for lovers of nature and stillness. The buildings are surrounded by beautiful, English style gardens and the view is open to False Bay.

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The Spa itself is a two storey elegant complex with an indoor and outdoor pool. They offer an extensive selection of touch therapeutic treatments, beauty and body movement session and are very accommodating to tailor any combination that suits you for a rejuvenating visit. Stillness Manor & Spa was renovated in late 2019 and Stillness Manor & Spa

early 2020. They set themselves on a mission to bring wellness and tranquility to guests and are excited to share this new chapter of their story. The Hydro at Stellenbosch has long been regarded as one of South Africa’s premier Health Spas. This is partly due to an extraordinary physical location. They are situated in one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes comprising magnificent mountainous surroundings and exquisite views.

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Though being close to Stellenbosch, you won’t hear any traffic. Quietude is guaranteed. Nutritional wellbeing is a main priority. The vegetarian menu is delicious and healthy, bountiful and full of colour. You can lose weight or gain it, depending on your purpose. Dissolve the effects of life’s stresses with a wide array of beautifying, detoxifying and energy restoring treatments. Peruse the extensive cultivated gardens at your leisure or take longer guided walks around the estate.

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Relax in plush, comfortable accommodation and recline beside the splendid greenery of the freshwater swimming pool. The purpose is that in a few days you’ll feel replenished… when your vitality returns, you may enjoy working out in a well-equipped gym or take one of the regular movement classes. All establishments in this article offer pre designed programmes that stretch over a few days to help with different purposes and targets in your quest to better you

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and your inner self.

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family connect Netcare launches Family Connect Line to keep COVID-19 patients and their loved ones connected Dedicated personnel deployed to enhance communication between patients and families In mid-January 2021 Netcare launched a dedicated support line to keep next-of-kin informed on the status of their loved ones who have been hospitalised with COVID-19 and, where possible, to facilitate direct communication between patients and their families. This is in line with the healthcare group’s focus on placing each patient in hospital and their loved ones at the centre of the care provided to them. “The significant surge in people with COVID-19 infections requiring hospitalisation has forced us to focus our attention primarily on optimising our clinical resources to provide the best and safest care possible for all patients,” says Dr Richard Friedland, chief executive officer of Netcare. Unfortunately, as a result of the strain on our resources, communication with patients’ loved ones has at times been affected. “We understand that the hospitalisation of a loved one can be very stressful and anxiety provoking for the next-of-kin, especially during this time when, in order to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading in our hospitals, visitation has been suspended other than in exceptional cases. “As a result and in an effort to improve communication, we have set up the Netcare Family Connect Line. This makes it possible for families to engage with dedicated personnel, mainly social workers who we deployed for this purpose, for information on the status of their loved ones admitted with COVID-19 to any of our Netcare hospitals countrywide, whilst enabling us to maintain patient confidentiality,” Dr Friedland explained. “We understand how crucial it is for families to know how their loved ones in our care are doing, and this new service is dedicated to fulfilling this need,” Dr Friedland says. The number for the Netcare Family Connect Line is 0800 111 266. It will be operational weekdays from 08:00 to 18:00 and weekends from 08:00 to 17:00. The Netcare Family Connect Line service enables patients’ next-of-kin to connect with one of our team of trained call centre professionals, who will facilitate the feedback process. A dedicated Netcare representative at the hospital where the patient is cared for will obtain information on the patient’s status, and will personally phone the family member to provide feedback. Messages to and from the family and patient will also be relayed where direct communication between the family and patient is not possible. Feedback will be provided within hours of the first enquiry and thereafter on a daily basis. Netcare has, since the start of the month, already recruited and deployed 30 social workers to support patients and their families in non-clinical patient liaison roles, which enables healthcare workers to focus solely on their clinical and nursing duties. Netcare hospitals are in the process of expanding the number of social workers to ensure that their services will continue over weekends too. “Already, we are seeing the profound value that the social workers’ efforts have brought for families through facilitating better communication in these unprecedented times, and we believe that this telephonic support service will enhance connection between patients and their loved ones even further.” How the Netcare Family Connect Line works To ensure that loved ones stay connected to patients admitted to Netcare hospitals with COVID-19, Netcare has established a national Family Connect Line, with dedicated Netcare personnel deployed as liaison between patients and their next-of-kin.

Here’s how to use the line: • Phone 0800 111 266 during the Netcare Family Connect Line’s operating hours: Mondays to Fridays, 08:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays and Sundays, 08:00 to 17:00. • Provide the call centre professional with the patient’s case number, which will enable them to immediately identify the patient and the hospital where he or she is being cared for, as well as with your name and surname. This case number is sent via sms to patients admitted to hospital as from Monday, 18 January 2021 as well as to those listed as their next-of-kin.


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• Should you not have the patient’s case number, we will require the following information: - Patient’s name and surname - Patient’s ID number - Hospital where the patient is being cared for - Date of the patient’s admission - Your name and surname • The call centre professional will relay your enquiry to a dedicated Netcare representative – either a social worker or patient liaison officer – at the hospital where the patient is cared for, who will confirm with the patient that we may disclose information on their status to you. • The dedicated Netcare representative will contact you telephonically within hours, with information on your loved one’s status. In cases where the representative cannot facilitate direct contact between the patient and family, they will also relay any messages to and from the patient and family, and will continue to update you on the patient’s status on a daily basis during their hospital stay.

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One-on-One Art Walkabouts Now Available at Jaffer Modern The opening of the new Jaffer Modern art gallery in Green Point, Cape Town comes at a time when human connection and congregation are sought after but limited due to social distancing. The gallery has responded to the times by mounting an inaugural exhibition entitled GATHERING: A Community of Portraits and offering visitors the option of private, one-on-one guided walkabouts that are free of charge.

GATHERING: A Community of Portraits was curated with the intention of exploring our deep desire to commune and to showcase the diversity, cultures and commonalities of the African continent. Expect to be captivated by a plethora of intriguing portraits selected by guest curator, Margie Murgatroyd. The multiplicity and diversity of artistic voices creates a variety of avenues and perspectives to be explored and discovered. Private gallery tours will offer insight into these perspectives while allowing for personal interpretation of the works and interaction with the guest curator. It is a wonderful opportunity to delve into the alchemy of curating an exhibition and simultaneously see the concept realised.


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The private walkabouts offer the opportunity to uncover the narrative of the exhibition through its various themes. From the importance of cattle to humans, to gender, identity, belonging and ‘home’, GATHERING pays homage to different aspects of cultures across Africa. The exhibited works range from photography to painting to mixed media and sculptural pieces. The exhibition features outpourings of creativity from South African Masters, such as Peter Clarke and Cecil Skotnes, and contemporary greats, such as Colbert Mashile and Diane Victor. GATHERING also showcases works from other well-known artists, including Clare Menck, Koloki Nyamai, Ed Suter, Polly Alakija, Eris Silke, Sibusiso Duma and many more, including new emerging names.

GATHERING runs until 14 February 2021. The gallery is open to the public and no appointments are necessary for unguided viewings. Private walkabouts are strictly by appointment only. To make a booking for a one-on-one tour, please contact sara@jaffermodern.com. The gallery’s regular opening hours are from Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 17:00, and on Saturdays and Sundays, between 09:00 and 13:00. All necessary COVID-19 safety protocols are adhered to at all times. The gallery is situated on the 7th floor of the Vïb Cape Town hotel, located at 181 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town. Visit: www.vibcapetown.com.

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CAPE TOWN FREE WALKING TOURS www.citysightseeing.co.za

HISTORIC CITY TOUR (OLD TOWN) The Historic City Walk departs daily at 09:00 and 14:00 from our Long Street ticket office (stop 5). As you explore the city in the 90-minute tour, your guide will highlight buildings and places of relevance and history along the route. Look out for the tour guide in their red uniforms with their red umbrellas to join the City Sightseeing Free Walking Tours. VIBRANT BO-KAAP TOUR The Bo-Kaap Walk departs daily at 12:00 from our Long Street ticket office (stop 5). The Bo-Kaap is situated at the top end of the CBD at the foot of Signal Hill. See the colourful houses, smell the spices and hear a call to prayers of the local mosque. V&A WATERFRONT TOUR This Walk departs daily at 10:30 and 15:00 from our V&A ticket office located just outside the Two Oceans Aquarium.


Grande Provence wears her 300-year history with dignity. A haven of tranquillity with gentle vistas of the Franschhoek Valley, this is winelands hospitality at its finest. Exceptional wines, perfection on a plate at The Restaurant, French inspired picnics, luxury country accommodation, and an eclectic collection of contemporary South African art complete the experience. Welcoming, attentive staff make the secluded Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards a rejuvenating private retreat. Special Heartland rates apply during winter months.

Tel: +27 (0)21 876 8600 • Email: reservations@grandeprovence.co.za • www.grandeprovence.co.za Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate



Address: Main Rd, Franschhoek, 7690


“Dieu Donné” translates literally into “A gift from God”. The farm is situated high on the cool south-west facing slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, which tempers the sun, ensuring that our grapes ripen slowly. Thanks to our cool summer conditions & unique soils, this lends to the unique flavours and characters of the terroir in the grapes. Merlot being the flagship wine on the farm, we invite you to visit our tasting facility or enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace while soaking in the beautiful views.

Tel: +27 21 876 2493 • Email: info@dieudonnevineyards.com • www.dieudonnevineyards.com Dieu Donné Vineyards


Address: Dieu Donné Vineyards Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek, 7690

Lizé Engelbrecht lize.engelbrecht@vnl.co.za



Situated in the heart of Franschhoek, Mont Rochelle is a stunning 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Mont Rochelle covers 39 hectares and you’re welcome to go exploring. A favourite activity for many guests is picnicking on the estate. The kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!). In addition to this, there are two restaurants, a cosy bar, a spa, a gym and a heated outdoor pool.

Hotel: +27 11 325 4405, Restaurant/Spa: +27 21 876 2770 • Email – Hotel: enquiries@virginlimitededition.co.za, Restaurant/Spa: info@montrochelle.virgin.com Mont Rochelle



Address: 1499 Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

4-STAR ACCOMMODATION | SPA | GAME DRIVE | HORSEBACK & QUAD BIKE SAFARI At the award-winning Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa, guests will get the opportunity to experience a Big 5 safari, together with outstanding service; it just does not get any better than this. With game drives, quad bike and horseback safaris situated just 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, it’s the closest you will get to real Africa, in the lap of luxury. The world-class spa at Aquila adds to the already exceptional facilities and services on offer. It is a masterpiece of luxury, defined by its serenity and creative use of natural elements.






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Hello Cape Town February 2021  

Breathtaking Cape Town deliver many good reasons to justify the long journey.

Hello Cape Town February 2021  

Breathtaking Cape Town deliver many good reasons to justify the long journey.