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LIMPOPO

2012 / 2013

t o u r i s m what to see

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Alldays Mokopane Modimolle Polokwane Lephalale Polokwane Polokwane Bela Bela Musina Modimolle Polokwane Bela Bela Hoedspruit Polokwane Phalaborwa Tzaneen Polokwane Haenertsburg Thohoyandou Bela Bela

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Abend Ruhe Gotha Arend Dieperink Museum Birdsong Boma in the Bush Bosveld Guesthouse Cattle Country Camp Debegeni Waters Elephant Springs Hotel Forever Resort Tshipise Funky Stay Gemco Genius Loci – Tshukudu Ranch Godding & Godding Golden Pillow Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa Hotel@Tzaneen Ivory Lodge Kaya Khutso Khoroni Hotel Kigele Spa P & L Cycling Club Lahom Leeuwenhof Country Lodge Legend Lodges Let’s Go Bowling Meropa Casino Miami Lodge Mogalakwena Information Center Mopani District Municipality Mystic Monkeys Natures Way Oasis Lodge OSCAP Polokwane Lodge Polokwane Municipality Polokwane Royal Sanloo Manor SEDA Shangri-La Country Hotel SLJI Sure Turn Key Travel The Aloes The Classic Car show The Connoisseur Food & Wine Event The Farmyard Tiveka Game Lodge Tzaneen Country Lodge Zanami Lodge Zandspruit Zoete Rust

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Jacques@thefarmyard.co.za info@thefarmyard.co.za tiveka@telkomsa.net reservations@tznlodge.co.za zanamilodge@webmail.co.za info@zandspruit.co.za info@zoeterust.co.za

reception@miamilodges.com komad@mogalakwena.gov.za tim@mopani.gov.za blouduiker@mweb.co.za naturesway@telkomsa.net info@oasishotel.co.za allison@oscap.co.za polokwanelodge@hotmail.com tourisminfo@polokwane.gov.za reservations@polokwaneroyal.co.za info@sanloo.co.za mmasha@seda.org.za info@shangri-la.co.za bheki@slji.org.za info.turnkeytravel@galileosa.co.za ehoffman@mweb.co.za

abend-ruhe@absamail.co.za komad@mogalakwena.gov.za info@birdsongcottage.co.za ea.jonker@telkomsa.net info@bosveld-guesthouse.co.za ccc@xnets.co.za info@debegeniwater.co.za info@elephantsprings.co.za tshipise@foreversa.co.za info@funkystay.co.za gemcoart@worldonline.co.za bookings@gl.co.za sue@goddingandgodding.com info@goldenpillow.co.za reservations@hansmerensky.com info@hoteltzaneen.co.za ivorylodge28@gmail.com info@kayakhutso.co.za info@khoroni.co.za bookings@gl.co.za admin@kremetart.co.za beglobal@webmail.co.za info@leeuwenhof.com reservations@legendlodges.co.za thefarmyard@letsgobowling.co.za

Email

www.thefarmyard.co.za www.tivekagamelodge.com www.tznlodge.co.za www.zanamilodge.co.za www.zandspruit.co.za www.zoeterustguesthouse.co.za

www.polokwane.gov.za www.polokwaneroyal.com www.sanloo.co.za www.seda.org.za www.shangri-la.co.za www.limpopojewellery.co.za www.turnkeytravel.co.za www.thealoes.co.za

www.mopani.gov.za www.mysticmonkeys.co.za www.polokwaneonline.com/naturesway/ www.oasishotel.co.za www.oscap.co.za

www.miamilodges.com/gpage.html

www.suninternational.co.za/ContactUs/Pages/MeropaCasino.aspx

www.kayakhutso.co.za www.khoroni.co.za www.gl.co.za www.kremetartcycling.co.za www.lahomclothing.com www.leeuwenhof.com www.legendlodges.co.za www.letsgobowling.co.za

www.gl.co.za www.goddingandgodding.com www.goldenpillow.co.za www.hansmerensky.com www.hoteltzaneen.co.za

www.elephantsprings.co.za www.forevertshipise.co.za www.funkystay.co.za

www.birdsongcottage.co.za www.bomainthebush.co.za www.bosveld-guesthouse.co.za www.cattlecountrycamp.co.za

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GENERAL AREA INFO Meropa Casino Inside Front Cover Quick Find Directory 1 Welcome Note from the Editor 4 General Area Info 6 Provincial Map 7 Events Calender 80

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Polokwane Royal Polokwane – Looking Ahead… Refer to Page 11 Polokwane International Airport – Jet Set Luxury Capricorn FM – The Hottest Frequency Ivory Lodge Polokwane Lodge Debegeni Waters Capricorn District Map Polokwane Municipality… Refer to Page 8 The Farmyard Trading Post … Refer to Page 13 Classic Car Show / Connoisseur Food and Wine Let’s go Bowling The Farmyard Deli – Foodies Feast … Refer to Page 12 SEDA Limpopo Jewellery Incubator The Aloes Lifestyle Estate – Secure Living What to see Bakone Malapa – Living History Wild Thingz – Creepys & Crawlies Die Drift OSCAP What to do Ster Kinekor – Your Happy Place South African Breweries Tour Paintball Planet – Colourful Fun Munnik Meerkat Cycle Event Camelot Spa PAGE 2

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Polokwane Golf Course – Going Green Nature’s Way Adventures The Ranch Lion walk – A Royal Stroll

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Where to Shop Gemco Arts and Crafts … Refer to Page 22 20 Campworld – Gear Up 21 Mall of the North - Retail Therapy 21 Yellow Lemon Tree House - Spice and everything nice 21 Polokwane Christmas Market – Sharing is Caring 22 Lahom Clothing Concepts – If looks could kill ... Refer to Page 23 22 Gemco Arts & Crafts – Curious Culture … Refer to Page 20 22 Lahom Clothing Concepts 23 Where to eat Harvest – Feasting Time 24 St Marco Pub & Grill – Bushvelds Best 24 Stoneage Roadhouse – Burgers that Rock 24 Ambiance Restaurant – Superbly Stylish 25 Orange Apple – Light fragrant and relaxing 25 Coco Affairs – Classic Elegance 25 Where to Sleep Zanami Lodge Miami Lodge Cattle Country Camp Zanami Lodge… Refer to Page 26 Boma in the Bush Golden Pillow Fusion Boutique Hotel SEDA

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Zandspruit – Coming Home … Refer to Page 37 Avocado Oil – Sizzling Avo Falconwood Juices – A splash of freshness Peppadew – Beware the bite Marula Festival – Fruitful Festival The Outpost – Part of Nature

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Mopani Map 34 Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa 35 Ebenezer Dam 36 Tzaneen Country Lodge Spa – Reaching Nirvana … Refer to Page 51 36 Wet your lines 36 Zandspruit Bush & Aero Estate … Refer to Page 32 37 Mopani District Municipality 38, 39 What to See Birding Bonanza Agatha Alligators – Snappy Chaps Magoebaskloof Spring Festival – Spring Fresh Kapama – Pioneer still the pinnacle Vervet Monkey Foundation – Going Ape Khamai Reptile Centre – Reptile Rights What to Do Letaba Expo – Farming the future Sanloo Manor Matric Fairwell and Wedding expo… Refer to Page 51 ATKV Eiland Spa – A million thrills Foskor Half Marathon – Running to the challenge Sefapane – Square root of a good time Blyde River Canyon – Adrenalin Rush Moholoholo – Say “I do” Swadini – Having it all Otters Den Balloon Safaris – Eagle’s eye view from above Hans Merensky Golf Club – Wild about golf … Refer to Page 35 Sure Turn Key Tours Where to Shop Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre – A new way to shop Kaross – A Kaleidoscope of Colour Godding & Godding Silk Farm – Limitless Luxury … Refer to Page 47 Hlanganani Arts and Crafts – Crafty Locals Godding & Godding Silk Farm … Refer to Page 46 Fairview Art Gallery – Artists’ Corner

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DIRECTORY Where to Sleep Hotel@ Tzaneen … Refer to Page 48 50 Kaya Khutso 50 Tzaneen Country Lodge… Refer to Page 36 51 Sanloo Manor… Refer to Page 42 51 Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa … Refer to Page 35 51

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Capturing the Spoor Albasini Dam – Water Sports Makhado Tourism Info centre – Info Galore Battle for Mapungubwe Vhembe – Legendary retreat Pafuri Gate – An Open Gate Vhembe District Map The Butterfly effect Tshikondeni Mine – Mine of hope A Fair Trade – FTT

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What to see Remembering the legends 56, 57 Aldays Area The Big barks 58 The Lost City 58 The Craft art village 58 Forever Resort Tshipise 59 Abend Ruhe Gotha 59 Rakwena crocodile farm – Later alligator 59 The River Lodge 60 Prime Hunting destination 60 Mogalakwena Research centre 60 Birding Paradise 61

What to do The PPC Kremetart Cycle Race Khoroni Hotel Casino Convention Resort The Zoutpansberg Skirmishes Route - Trails of Yesterday The PPC Kremetart Cycle Race – Cycle Heaven Forever Resort Tshipise – Family Fun … Refer to Page 59 The Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve – Great Escape Discover the Blouberg Botse Safaris Golf – Tee Off Where to Shop Artisans of Life House of Interiors – Interior Genius

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Where to Sleep Forever Resort Tshipise Abend Ruhe Gotha Khoroni Hotel Casino Convention Resort

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WATERBERG 66-79 Entabeni Nature Reserve – Legendary Stay 66 Mokopane Game Breeding centre – New Born 66 Discover Waterberg 66 Weesgerus – Summer Holiday 67 Bokkajol Festival – Afrikaners is plesierig 67 Welgevonden – Biodiversity personified 67 Waterberg District Map 68 Church of St John the Baptist – A holy Place 69 Eugene Marais – Wonderwerker 69 Arend Dieperink Museum … Refer to Page 70 69 What to see Arend Dieperink Museum – Blast to the past … Refer to Page 69 70 Makapans Valley & caves – Heritage rock 70 Waterberg Living Museum – Living History 70 www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

Lalele Crocodile farm – Crocodile rock Hassah – All that glitters Geluksfontein Goat cheese farm – Say cheese

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What to do Legend Golf & Safari - Designed by golfing legends ... Refer to Page 73 72 Thabapashwa mountain sanctuary – Mountain retreat 72 Elephant Adventures – Gentle Giants 72 Legend Lodges, Hotels & Resorts 73 Naboom Windpomp fees – Pumping entertainment 74 Xtreme Skydive – A view from above 74 Magnificent wildlife at Eventiera 74 Genius Loci Game Ranch 75 Where to shop Quails Deli – For foodies Kamatsogo creative living – Colour your world Lephalale Mall – Open for business

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Where to eat Touch Coffee Shop – A touch of heaven The Shrink – Coffee Therapy Die Koffiekan – Secret Garden The Shack – Ye old pub

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Where to sleep Genius Loci Game Ranch – Tshukudu Lodge Leeuwenhoff Country Lodge & Spa Bosveld Guesthouse Oasis Hotel, Lodges, Resorts Zoete Rust

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Limpopo Tourism & Leisure Monthly Newsletter Inside Back Cover

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Where to Eat Crawdaddys – Bursting with flavor … Refer to Page 50 48 Coach House Nougat Factory – For the sweet tooth 48 Yum Yum Deli – Let the light in 48 Hat & Creek – The Stylish new kid 49 Ollies Restaurant – Tapa Licious, Tapa-Tastic 49 Buffalo Pub & Grill – The Locals’ choice 49 Safari Club – Steak & Bush 49

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WELCOME Well, here we are again, with our 8th annual Limpopo Tourism & Leisure Magazine, the 2012/2013 edition. After receiving excellent response and feedback from re-branding and giving our publication a fresh and new image, we knew that we were on the right track and can go forward in building on this platform. Since we brought in the new image and all, we have also started to expand to internet marketing and have made our publication available for download via the internet. This way we still service our ever loyal niche market that enjoys the beauty and luxury of our hard copy magazines, but also appeal to the younger, tech savvy audience that get “everything” from the web these days. We have really enjoyed going through the province and discovering new and unique places and things and also rediscovering the old faithfuls and including as much as we can into our edition. We want every reader to pick up this publication and experience Limpopo Province as a package deal, offering something for each and everyone. Whether you are one for the history and interesting old stories and the places to see, the adrenaline junkie that suffers from FOMO and thrives on all things to do, the shopoholic that needs to know where all the hip places to shop are, the food and wine fanatic that loves to try out all the new little places to eat and finally rounding of a perfect day with a good nights rest at the perfect place for each individual to sleep. Limpopo Province is so diverse and spectacular but does not receive the needed exposure that it’s entitled to and we at Emerging Publications want to do

all that is possible to change this fact. To show to the community of Limpopo, the whole South Africa and hopefully soon to an international audience that we do not stand back to the likes and size of our bigger sister provinces. And each and every business or individual in the Tourism industry has a role to play in promoting and boosting this province. I want to thank each and every one of the advertisers participating in this edition and supporting and assisting us in our goal to promote Limpopo Province. We have so much to offer and we will continue and showing people what we are made of. I want to thank the team supporting me and helping me bring this publication to the shelves, excellent writers and superb graphics team. And once again, none of this would be even remotely possible without the strength and courage from my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Enjoy this publication and use it, give it to visitors, refer people from it and make it your go to guide for travelling the Limpopo Province. From Capricorn, Mopani, Vhembe to Waterberg and Sekhukune. Enjoy our province with what it has to offer, summer and winter, day and night. Kind regards and editors love.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of this publication, the publisher & the editor can not accept any responsibility for incorrect information supplied. The view expressed in the articles are the views of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or medium without the prior approval of the publisher.

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GENERAL AREA INFO Weather

LIMPOPO PROVINCE Limpopo province is the northernmost province, of the southernmost country in South Africa, bordering the countries of Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Botswana & proudly home to 5 unique districts, with totally different landscapes. This staggering province gives you a bit of everything. Crop & cattle farming, game hunting, luxurious lodges, adventure activities & many more. Truly, this is any tourist’s dream destination. Covering the landscape of 125,755 square kilometers & 10.3 % of South Africa’s land area, it is highly unlikely to get enough of this beautiful piece of earth. 70% of the world renowned Kruger National Park is situated in Limpopo province. This vast wilderness area stretches from the Limpopo River in the North, through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates, to the Crocodile River in the South. It is no

DISTANCE CHART Limpopo distance …from chart OR Tambo International Airport (Jhb) Alldays 477 Bela-bela 168 Dendron 397 Haenertsburg 362 Hoedspruit 421 Lephalale 362 Louis trichardt Modimolle Mokopane Mookgopang Musina Phalaborwa Polokwane Thabazimbi Thohoyandou Tzaneen Vaalwater Vivo

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wonder that this province is known as “the preferred eco-tourism destination”.

AIRPORTS SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS OR Tambo International (jhb) (011) 921 6262 Cape Town International (021) 937 1200 King Shaka International (032) 436 6758

LIMPOPO AIRPORTS Polokwane (015) 288 1622 / 1623 Phalaborwa (015) 781 5823

Hoedspruit (015) 793 3681

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Finding itself in the northernmost area of South Africa and bisected by the tropic of Capricorn, visitors to Limpopo can expect sunshine, long summer afternoons and dry days for most of their stay. Polokwane, lies more or less in the centre of the Limpopo province and its weather is reflective of most of it. Only the region east of the city, Haenertsburg/Tzaneen offers a notable different climate. Most of the subtropical conditions of the Lowveld provide weather more suited to dense forests. The average midday temperatures for Polokwane range from 19.2°C in June to 26.6°C in January. The region is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 3.1°C on average during the night & goes up to 16 during summer nights. The lowveld is less forgiving in the swelter of summer afternoons, with towns such as Phalaborwa known to reach 45ºC. Generally, however, visitors to the Kruger National Park area can expect temperatures around 30ºC in summer. Don’t be surprised to find late afternoons growing heavy with clouds and you can expect short thunderstorms. Winter is typical of the interior highveld plateau. A sunny season of chilly, early mornings, warm middays, dry afternoons and cool to cold nights. In general the weather of Limpopo will greet you with a hospitable display of sunshine and clear skies.


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Long before the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicked off, plans were already in the pipeline to ensure that the new Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane’s legacy would stretch far beyond its role during the tournament. As one of the tournament’s host cities, Polokwane performed admirably, offering both local and foreign visitors a memorable taste of Limpopo’s Bushveld hospitality. Criticism came as the new stadium looked to become a white elephant, but in recent months the province’s soccer fraternity has stepped up to the challenge, bringing local teams out onto the paddock to battle it out. Good crowds have followed and other sporting codes such as rugby have followed suit. Polokwane’s reputation as a top-tier sporting destination has prevailed with news that it has been selected to play host to another great sporting event: the African Nations Championship (CHAN), along with fellow World Cup host cities, Cape Town and Bloemfontein. With the good news, there have also been worrying reports from the city which has openly admitted that it may have a tough time affording to host the matches scheduled for the region. CHAN kicks-off in 2014 and residents and visitors alike will hope that Polokwane finds a way to keep the show on the road, silence the critics and put on a thrilling spectacle!

LOOKING AHEAD Polokwane

THE HOTTEST FREQUENCY Capricorn FM Tune into the heartbeat of Limpopo by directing your radio dial to 96.0 Capricorn FM. The station has since its inception in 2007 become not only a funky and vibey addition to the local radio airwaves, but also the leading on-air media player in the province. Capricorn FM, with its massively growing listenership across all demographic groups, has established itself as an integral part of the community. It broadcasts 24 hours a day in predominantly English with an interesting sprinkling of Sepedi, Tshivenda and Tsonga. The station broadcasts to Mokopane, Hoedspruit, Louis Trichardt, Sibasa, Tzaneen and also to parts of Pretoria and Johannesburg. The large footprint requires some fiddling with the dial, but it is well worth staying tuned for cutting-edge local music as well as long-time favourites and evening talk. For more information visit www.capricornfm.co.za

capricorn Polokwane International Conference Facilities

JET-SET LUXURY

Flying into Polokwane for business is nothing new anymore – businesspeople from throughout the country regularly forgo the commute along the N1 in favour of jetting their way into the Bushveld. Now those jet-setters don’t even have to drive into the city for meetings and conferences: the Polokwane International Airport now offers state-

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of-the-art conference facilities where deals can be struck in comfort. The airport offers a conference hall that can cater for up to 500 delegates, while the hangar conference facility is ideal for larger events, accommodating up to 1000 guests. The airport also caters for smaller groups in the executive lounge and boardroom - including the VIP lounge.

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Expert staff is on hand to ensure that any event or meeting is perfectly executed to the very last detail. Not only business meetings are accommodated: cocktail parties, wedding receptions and audience events are also staged at the airconditioned, modern and stylish facilities. For more information, visit www.gaal.co.za.


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The Connoisseur Collection and Classic Car Show Earlier this year The Farmyard Trading Post and the Kirk Group hosted the annual Connoisseurs Collection Wine and Classic Car show. Held at The Farmyard Trading Post in Polokwane over a period of three days, the event kicked-off with a gala dinner at the Protea Hotel Ranch Resort where winemakers shared their expertise with local wine connoisseurs. For the first time since the inception of the food and wine show, the Limpopo Classic Car Club joined forces with the show to offer guests the opportunity to view a collection of more than 100 classic cars. Amongst makes and models on exhibition were Jaguar’s, Citroen’s, MGA, MGB, an MG Midget, and a 1929 Chevrolet LDV ‘Woody’, which drew much attention. Back at The Farmyard Trading Post, guests were greeted by displays by wine exhibitors of many wellknown brands including Webersburg, Uva Mira and Raka Wines. According to Mr Adrian Lucas, the event organiser, there were 42 different cellars represented with approximately 270 wines exhibited during the show, a phenomenal achievement considering the first show was held just three years ago. Spotswood wines also enjoyed a fair bit of attention, and with good reason. Having only entered the market five years ago, this family-run business has already managed to earn the respect of fellow wine farmers with their fabulous range of wines. Their wine collection consists of four lines of Shiraz wines as well as a rare Durif wine - the Spotswood farm being the first in South Africa where this rare grape has been planted. The Ranch Cooking corner proved to be a huge success with chefs such as Delmarie Zamparini, Richardo de Lorenze, Simon Sutherland and The Farmyard Trading Post’s very own Jacques Vonderstein educating guests how to prepare delicious meals in minutes. For this section of the event next year, plans are afoot to host a big chef’s competition which is sure to add extra zest to this already popular showcase. With the enthusiasm shown and positive feedback received, future shows can only get bigger and better. Join us for the next extravaganza from the 3rd to 5th May 2013. Contact for details: Limpopo Classic Car Show - John Hudson 083 252 7900 Connoisseur Collection - Jacques Vonderstein 079 496 6606 or jacques@thefarmyard.co.za PAGE 12

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The lanes have arrived in Polokwane! Now groups of friends, family and even colleagues can lace-up for a friendly, but competitive game of ten-pin bowling. Located at the Farmyard Trading Post, Let’s Go Bowling is the newest fun activity added to the growing number of leisure options in the bustling capital. The bowling alley is but another feather in the cap of The Farmyard which keeps finding new ways of keeping both locals and tourists entertained, wined and dined. Let’s Go Bowling offers six lanes of ten-pin bowling and is complimented by pool tables, big screen TVs and a state-of-the art scoring system to facilitate league tournaments. The lanes are a great excuse to round up your friends for a night of fun and laughter. For more information, visit www.letsgobowling.co.za or contact 015 296 1353 / 082 561 5237 / thefarmyard@letsgobowling.co.za

Situated on the eastern fringe of the bustling capital city of Limpopo, The Farmyard Trading Post is undoubtedly the gem of Polokwane. Conveniently placed in close proximity to The Mall of The North, The Farmyard offers a child friendly, safe environment in a delightful natural setting for a wholesome family experience where comfort, quality and relaxation are key. Chef Jacques Vonderstein serves up memorable meals which are accompanied by excellent, exclusive wines. Dishes are inspired by modern worldwide cuisine, but influenced by the modest traditions of European cooking, where portions are generous, food is delicious and nobody ever leaves without a sense of utter satisfaction. Dine alfresco on the patio or lawn, or enjoy a cosy dining experience in the restaurant where the open fireplace will keep you warm on chilly days. Over a relaxing weekend, treat yourself and your family to the Saturday Brunch Buffet (08:00-11:00) or Sunday Lunch Buffet (half price for children under the age of 12, free for children under the age of six). For those on-the-go, create your own gourmet sandwich ‘to go’ from the deli, or choose from the wide array of mouth-watering freshly baked products. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. The speciality food store is packed with a wide range of products, most of which are found nowhere else in Limpopo. The deli is crammed full with a vast range of speciality ingredients, imported foods, delectable preserves, organic vegetables and a worldclass selection of wines. Proud agents and stockists of Le Creuset, Wüsthof Knives, Cuisipro and Seaco Coffee Machines and coffee beans, you are sure to find what you are looking for, whether you are an aspiring cook or just looking for the perfect gift. Learn more about the art of food preparation with the bread and pasta making evenings, or join in on one of the food and wine pairing evenings. Conveniently situated on the fringe of Polokwane, yet within a quiet, peaceful environment, The Farmyard Trading Post is the ideal function venue, whether it is for a small, medium or large event or simply to celebrate a child’s birthday. The party venue for children is situated within a secure, closed-off area which can accommodate any party, be it big or small. They also cater for theme parties and offer entertainment which will keep the children occupied and happy for hours. Sit back, relax and allow The Farmyard to prepare the perfect function for you. Various packages are available to suit your specific needs – and your pocket! Tailored to meet your needs – be it for a family lunch or a business conference – you will find plenty of reasons to return to The Farmyard Trading Post. Visit them on the R81, just a short drive from Polokwane. For more information contact (015) 296-0217, info@thefarmyard.co.za or visit www.thefarmyard.co.za

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SEDA LIMPOPO J E W E L L E R Y I N C U B AT O R Who is SLJI

The SEDA Limpopo Jewellery Incubator (SLJI) is a jewellery design and manufacture, small business incubator, established to contribute towards creating economic opportunities through developing and supporting emerging jewellery businesses from historically disadvantaged communities in the locality. Following 3 years of existence, the SLJI seeks to reposition itself as a centre of excellence that is a recognisable and strong brand in Limpopo, throughout South Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and eventually international.

What is SLJI

The aim: To contribute to the production and utilization of knowledge and evidence which support the integration of jewellery manufacturing and design by SMMEs into sustainable business ventures. The focus: 1. Generating sustainable small jewellery manufacture and design, black owned businesses. 2. Transferring of jewellery skills and practical mentoring and coaching of learners to ensure the availability of properly skilled people for the jewellery industry

For Who is SLJI

Seda Limpopo Jewelry Incubator (SLJI) will serve three different market segments. 1. Is the out of school youth, which has no technical knowledge in jewelry design and manufacturing. This segment is growing at an annual rate of 10 percent with 1000 potential customers identified. 2. Is the semi- skilled jewelry workers in the jewelry retail shops, with more than 100 customers identified. 3. Is the informal jewelry traders with an estimated 2% growth and 200 customers are identified.

Strategy and Implementation Summary The strategy:

To consolidate its good customer and client service by: Making quality and timely deliveries and hiring the best Gold Smith’ and dedicated entrepreneurial individuals into the programme. The company’s goal in 2013 is to become a commercially viable and sustainable organization, without heavily depending on donations. Our goal in the next 5 years is to be a fully established centre of excellence in the provision of jewellery technical training skills development, jewellery design and manufacture, enterprise development organization and mentoring.

SLJI into Retail

SLJI has opened a jewellery retail shop on the 21st of September 2012 at Polokwane International Airport. The planning of opening the retail shop has encouraged many of our SMME’s to produce more beautiful and quality products. The retail environment provides an important opportunity for SMME’s to have contact with current and potential customers. It is a great opportunity for SMME’s to generate income, where individual SMME turnover is expected to improve as compared to the previous years. SLJI is inviting you this season to come and indulge in the affordable jewellery pieces to make this season the best time of your life. Visit us at the airport at: 23° 50’ 43” S, 29° 27’ 31” E

120 Rivier Street, Ladine, Polokwane, 0699 | T. +27 15 293 0214 | F. +27 86 323 7347 | www.limpopojewellery.co.za Directors: Lunga Saki (Chairperson), JabulaneAND Hlaletoa (Director), Lizelle Haskins (Director),www.leisurelimpopo.co.za Tervern Japhta (Director), Lully Maja (Director), Futhi Zikhalala (Director), LegalBest (Pty) Ltd (Secretary), Joseph Makuvaza (CEO) LIMPOPO TOURISM LEISURE 2012 / 2013 PAGE 14


THE ALOES LIFESTYLE ESTATE

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SECURE LIVING The Aloes Lifestyle Estate is a unique, innovative, secure living concept located on 90 hectares of pristine Bushveld savannah. Situated in the eastern suburbs of Polokwane, the effective management of architectural and landscaping designs will ensure the conservation of much of the natural environment to provide a natural, tranquil setting which is also safe and secure. Located within this unique Estate, smaller, gated communities will be carefully placed to include: • Macadamia @ The Aloes –this is an assisted living estate offering freehold independent living for the more discerning and active seniors, as well as sectional title apartments. The first phase of the Care Centre is already complete and open for viewing. • Panorama @ The Aloes – meeting the requirements of younger families and offering a wide range of predesigned homes, or with the opportunity to design your dream home, on 600 to 800m² stands. • The Ridge @ The Aloes – for the more discerning client and offering stands of up to 2000m² in size. Collectively, these three developments will be known as The Aloes Lifestyle Estate, and will be the first multifaceted security estate of its kind in Polokwane. Residents are ensured of privacy and an uncluttered lifestyle, while still being conveniently situated within a short distance of major shopping centres and other amenities. Among other significant features to set the Estate apart are biometric security, fibre optic connectivity using the latest available technology (a first for Limpopo) and strict building guidelines which will be managed by an architect and the aesthetics review committee. Only accredited builders will be allowed to develop the Estate and future developments to look forward to include a neighbourhood shopping complex and associated amenities. A good private school already neighbours on the development. The goal of the Estate is to provide investors and owners alike with flexibility and diversity of choice, whilst ensuring overall aesthetic harmony and high living standards within the Estate. This means that, no matter what stage of life you are in, The Aloes Lifestyle Estate can accommodate your needs. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own your dream home. Visit www.thealoes.co.za or call Mac @ The Aloes Sales - Hettie – 082 446 2738 or macadamia@thealoes.co.za The Aloes Sales - Eveleen – 082 446 7377 or sales@thealoes.co.za to start building your future today! www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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Bakone Malapa

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LIVING HISTORY History and culture comes alive at the Bakone Malapa Museum just outside Polokwane where the colourful BaSotho people invite tourists to take a peek into their fascinating culture. Learn about traditional customs, history and crafts at this living museum that beautifully and faithfully replicated a traditional Basotho village. The village is permanently inhabited by a traditional community and fascinating demonstrations are hosted daily. Here ‘foreigners’ are taught how to make a fire, brew beer and grind their own maize. The Basotho are an artistic people and showcase their woodcarving, pottery, basketry and beadwork at the museum. Pop into the craft shop to take home a tangible memory of Bakone Malapa. This living testament to the Basotho people is situated nine kilometres from Polokwane on the R37. For more information call 015 295 2423.

Treat the kids to a one-of-a-kind experience at Meropa Casino & Entertainment World’s wonderful world of Wild ThingZ. The enclosure is a sanctuary to a stunning array of butterflies, magnificent birds of prey, slithering snakes and a fascinating Insectarium. The jungle-like sanctuary teems with over 200 beautiful indigenous birds, including parrots, falcons and cranes. Wild ThingZ also allows for an intimate experience with some of the world’s deadliest snakes. Pythons, mambas and anacondas are just some of the inhabitants to observe and learn from. Wild Thingz offers special school packages that take kids on an educational tour of the sanctuary and a tasty snack to top off a magical day. For more information contact Tel: +27 15 292 0906 Or visit Wild Thingz @ Meropa Casino & Entertainment World, Plot 59, Sterkloop, Roodepoort road, Polokwane

What to see... Die DRIFT Escape the rat race with a truly rustic and authentic Bushveld getaway at The Drift. Located just 15 minutes from Polokwane, Die Drift is a tranquil and beautiful retreat set against a backdrop of mountains. The farm provides a variety of accommodation options to cater for families of all shapes, sizes and preferences. Beautifully appointed self-catering units are comfortably equipped to ensure that your stay is restful, relaxing and unforgettable. A sprawling lawn stretches invitingly PAGE 16

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Ster Kinekor 3D Theatre

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The Mall of the North treats movie-goers with a “happy place” with the biggest, best and most modern cinema complex in Limpopo, Ster Kinekor Theatres. The complex features six state of the art cinemas, totalling a whopping 996 seats. Three of the cinemas offer 3D technology and every reason to supersize your popcorn and Slush Puppy. Contact Details: Intersection of the N1 bypass and Modjadjiskloof Road Website: www.mallofthenorth.co.za

What to do... PAINTBALL PLANET

Colourful Fun SA BREWERY TOURS There is nothing like an icy cold beer on a swelteringly hot Bushveld day. The South African Breweries has quenched the thirst of locals and visitors alike for many decades. SABMiller was first established in 1895 and is the brewer of Castle Lager - South Africa’s iconic and widely recognised national beer. The company has a number of breweries sprinkled across the country and opens its doors to beer connoisseurs for fascinating tours that traverse the rich history of beer making in South Africa. The Polokwane brewery is SABMiller’s smallest, but certainly allows for a much more intimate tour of the facilities. Its humble size also requires a team that pays attention to detail and adds a dash of family to the mix. So if you want to get a glimpse of how SABMiller continues to produce iconic products, pop into the Polokwane brewery for a lesson in the fine art of brewing as well a long, cool taste of the final product. Bookings are essential. For more information call (015) 298 7600. The brewery is located on the corner of Marmer and Veldspaat Street in Magna Via. PAGE 18

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Settle the score the fun way by declaring war on family and friends at Adventure & Paintball Planet in Polokwane. This planet offers adventure seekers and budding generals, hours of unadulterated fun. The facility is not only popular with amateurs, but professionals are also allowed to bring along their own equipment to hone their paintball skills. Visitors are equipped with a gun, mask, overall, air refills and 30 paintballs at a nominal fee. Extra paintballs are available to extend the fun. The adventure continues with a super tube and swimming pool to keep the kids entertained. Adventure & Paintball Planet also offers braai facilities and a Jacuzzi to relax in and unwind after a day of bullet-whizzing fun. As their motto goes: Live on your planet! Play on ours! Adventure & Paintball Planet is situated on the R81 at Plot 22, 1st Avenue, Dalmada. For more information contact Marlene on 083 379 1587.


Munnik Meerkat

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The Camelot Spa experience is a one-of-a-kind pampering journey available at only a handful of venues across South Africa. Its Polokwane branch is no exception, inspired by contemporary design that entices the senses and radiates wellness. This elegant facility forms part of the Natural Living Emporium collection of luxury lifestyle services. Camelot Spa treatments are tailor-made to relax, unwind, rejuvenate and indulge tired and stressed bodies and minds. The facility includes the relax room – a truly beautiful space that leads out to an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi set in a contemplation garden. The treatment rooms are an out-ofthis-world experience in tranquillity, opulent aromas and soothing music to enhance the spa experience. For a new and healthier you, book a Camelot Spa experience and meet the new you. For more information, visit www.camelotspagroup.com or call 015 291 5388.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, take up the testing challenge of the annual Munnik Meerkat Mountain-bike challenge. The race starts and finishes in the historical little town of Munnik and takes competitors on a scenic journey through the hills and valleys of the Munnik Conservancy. Your route consists of varied terrain, from rocky granite outcrops to steep drops into the magnificent Greater Letaba Valley. Whether you participate in the 70 kilometre marathon, 35 kilometre half-marathon or 10 kilometre fun ride, it will all be for a good cause. The objectives of the race are to raise funds for the restoration and development of Munnik Village, to re-create a wonderful historic railway village. This will help to create employment and empower local communities and create more awareness of the wildlife areas surrounding Munnik. The 2013 challenge is set to be held on 16 March. 082 456-3097, 083 450-2003, info@munnikmeerkat.co.za

Polokwane Golf Course

Going Green The Peter Matkovich designed 18-hole par-72 Polokwane Golf Course spans a magnificent 6,253 meters of fairway and greens to entice golfers of all skill levels. The club boasts a number of very notable former members, including Retief Goosen and veteran Ray Earle – players who have some considerable pedigree. The club is a perfect spot for a sociable Sunday afternoon spent with family and friends around the pool or braai. The facilities are world-class with a halfway house, changing rooms, braai area and function hall to make for an ultimate game of golf in the Bushveld. Polokwane Golf Course, Voortrekker Street, Polokwane Tel: +27 15 295 4118

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A Royal Stroll A walk with a pride of lions might seem risky considering their diet, but The Ranch Resort has in recent years made the impossible possible. The resort is home to one of South Africa’s major tourist attractions - the Walk with Lions experience, an unforgettable one and a half hour stroll in the king of beasts’ back yard. The Ranch is a sanctuary to over 30 lions, some of whom have starred in movies like the Ghost in the Darkness and The Gods Must Be Crazy. The walk is guided and supervised by an experienced trainer, ensuring a safe and life-changing stroll with one of nature’s most magnificent creatures. The Ranch Resort, 25 kilometre south of Polokwane on the N1 or R101 Tel: +27 15 290 5000, Website: www.theranch.co.za PAGE 20

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Campworld

Gear Up! Campworld is also a major supplier of new caravans with an impressive range of Sprite, Jurgens and Gypsey caravans. They also take care of any repairs or modifications ahead of that adventure in the bush. With unrivalled service and expertise, outdoor enthusiasts can do what they like doing best – relaxing in nature!

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Get outdoor ready at Limpopo Caravans & Campworld in Polokwane – the leaders in caravans and camping equipment in the province. Ideally based in the heart of the Bushveld, Campworld has everything you need to make camping easy, safe and comfortable. Whatever you’re after tents, torches, lamps, fridges, sleeping bags or chairs, you’ll find it all under one roof.

Tel: +27 15 297 6882/3 Website: www.campworld.co.za

Where to shop... Mall of the North

RETAIL THERAPY Indulge in some serious retail therapy at the Mall of the North, a mammoth beehive of 180 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Give your wallet free rein to shop until you drop at this designer mall that is as beautiful outside as it is stunning inside. Mall of the North has brought a number of firsts to the province with a range of exclusive signature stores. Stock up on the latest fashion at Jay Jays, Guess, Mr Price, Truworths and Uzzi. Replenish your shopping energy with a quick bite at PrimiPiatti, Cappuccinos or Mugg & Bean. Browse for books, gifts, electronics, jewellery and more at a variety of mainstream and more exclusive stores. Treat the kids to a viewing of the latest releases in 3D at the awesome Ster Kinekor Theatres. The mall also hosts a number of events to spice up any weekend. The Mall of the North is a destination that will delight even the most die-hard shopper and also offers foodies and funlovers a great selection of venues and activities. Impossible to miss, the mall is situated on the corner of the R81 and N1 interchange North of Polokwane.

Yellow Lemon Tree

Spice and Everything Nice

Bringing exquisite solid wooden furniture from the northern desert areas of India to Limpopo is what makes Yellow Lemon Tree a cut above the rest. It’s not surprising that lodges, guest houses, hotels, homeowners and interior decorators flock to Yellow Lemon Tree’s store and warehouse to touch, feel and acquire truly exceptional wood furniture. From dining room tables, desks, bookcases, doors and buffets – Yellow Lemon Tree has it all and more. The shop also stocks a stunning array of décor items, including vases, lamps, cushions and luxurious throws. The item range is suited to any budget and taste, spreading beauty and luxury to a wide market. Visit them today for home shopping that is a real treat! Tel: +27 15 291 2523 Website: www.yellowlemontree.co.za

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Sharing is CARING Stumped about what you’re going to get family, friends or colleagues for Christmas? The Polokwane Christmas Market has the answer. The roots of this annual affair took hold in the Festive ideal of raising funds for the local AGS church. The market runs for a week, ensuring that shoppers have enough time to thoroughly browse and select from the goodies on sale. Clothes, clothing accessories, books, flowers, toys, paintings and arts and crafts are but a small taste of what is on offer. Bring Christmas cheer to those less fortunate by shopping at the Christmas Market which is an annual entry on the calendar in late November.

Step out in sophisticated style with contemporary clothing from Lahom Clothing Concepts, situated at Standard Bank Square, Savannah Mall and Mall of the North. Gents are spoilt for choice, with a wide selection of exclusive men’s wear and accessories from some of the world’s finest clothing labels. From casual wear to the finest Italian suits, Lahom gives gentlemen a fashion edge in the boardroom, on the golf course or at dinner parties. Lahom also stocks

a wide range of imported genuine leather shoes and exquisite silk ties to complete the distinguished look of success. To find your “look that could kill” visit Lahom Clothing Concepts at any one of their stores. Contact Details: Lahom Clothing Concepts 015 295 5099 015 296 4089 015 265 1042 Thabo Mohale Cell: 082 883 4396

Call Daleen Lourens on 082 650 8811 for more information.

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Gemco Arts, Crafts and Curio Centre, is the proverbial treasure chest of the city. The centre offers a stunning collection of semi-precious stones, ivory, gold and other jewellery. Gemco has established itself as an importer, exporter, wholesaler and manufacturer of exquisitely handcrafted items and is a proud stockist of “Treasurine” – a hand enamelled petite jewellery box range that is made of 24ct plated pewter and studded with Austrian crystals. These precious collectables are highly sought-after – a term which pretty much sums up Gemco’s amazing selection of crafts and curios. Tel: +27 15 292 0758 E-Mail: gemcoart@worldonline.co.za Refer to Page 20


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Located at Meropa Casino & Entertainment World, the Harvest Charcoal Grill provides plentiful feasting options for the hungry. This contemporary a-la-carte steakhouse serves all your favourite meats with delicious sides – prepared to perfection. The restaurant seats 180 diners in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Menu favourites include the lamb shanks braised in a spicy tomato sauce or lamb neck. These dishes can be paired with your choice of salad, chips, mieliepap, rice or morogo spinach. It is truly authentic Bushveld fare. Sundays at the Harvest Charcoal Grill are especially banquetlike, with a buffet feast that draws entire families to the venue from all corners of the district.

Harvest Charcoal Grill

For more information call 015 290 5428.

Where to eat...

BUSHVELD’S BEST

The Stone Age Roadhouse

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The St. Marco Estate in Laboria, Polokwane has been a popular wedding and function venue for years.

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But it is the new Pub & Grill that has the locals talking. And it is not only the locals: folks from all over Capricorn are making the drive to St. Marco to see what the fuss is about and to enjoy great food, cold drinks and top entertainment. The menu offers a hearty selection for carnivores, including thick and juicy T-bones and sizzlingly delicious pork chops. Prices are eminently fair and the entire family will enjoy the rustic atmosphere. The pub regularly hosts live shows and themed evenings to keep its guests entertained. St Marco Pub & Grill is located at 31 Asbes Street and bookings can be made on 015 293 0567.

St. Marco Pub & Grill

The home of the biggest burgers in town! The Stone Age Roadhouse offers both unassuming meals for on-the-go eaters (roadhouse-style) as well as sit-down service in the restaurant. Expect all the traditional roadside favourites on the menu, including toasted sandwiches, chicken, foot-long rolls, pizzas and pastas as well as a wide selection of their truly massive burgers. The roadhouse also has its own fully licensed bar, It is here where locals meet and mingle over traditional pub fare (the peri-peri chicken wings are fantastic) and a game of rugby on the numerous screens. For more information call 015 265 1215.

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SUPERBLY STYLISH The classic elegance of Ambiance Restaurant in Polokwane, offers visitors contemporary dining with a stylish twist. The venue is stunning, encouraging relaxation and comfort, while the restaurant itself is a throwback to oldworld charm with dark furnishings that enhance the warm atmosphere.

Prepared with love and the freshest ingredients, the food – naturally - is quite divine. A simple and elegant menu offers a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Try their delectable range of open sandwiches, quiches, pancakes or French toast.

The coffee is always fresh and fragrant and your experience will perfectly mirror the tranquil surroundings. Ambiance caters for conferences and meetings, teaming up their great food with great people for events. Situated at 34 Rabie Street, you can visit Ambiance online at www.ambiancerestaurant.co.za.

LIGHT, FRAGRANT AND RELAXING Retsini Nursery in Polokwane has been in the residential beauty business for more than 25 years. The lush property abounds with colour, offering flowers, herbs, trees, plants, bulbs and seedlings as well as a wide selection of other items to give your garden a beauty boost. Nature’s floral fragrances in places make way for the heady aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting from the Orange Apple Coffee Shop. This is the ideal spot for light lunch, brunch or just idling away the hours with a good book or magazine and a cup of hot Java. Owner Daleen Curtin is also famous for baking the most wickedly yummy cakes and muffins. So, if you are in the market for a sweet-smelling shrub or a slice of superb cake, visit Orange Apple Coffee Shop. It is situated on Chunespoort road and is open from Monday to Saturday. For bookings, call Daleen on 082 836 9444.

COCO AFFAIRS COFFEE SHOP

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From the same dynamic lady that brought the stunning Fusion Boutique Hotel to Polokwane, Maria Du Plessis’ Coco Affair Coffee Shop in Standard Bank Square is another stylish success story. The venue takes its name from renowned fashion designer, Coco Chanel and resonates with iconic elegance of timeless classicism. Stylish and upmarket, but without a stiff upper lip, Coco Affairs caters to the elegant, the hip and the fashionable in-crowd. Excellent coffee, heavenly cake and internationally-flavoured style all combine for a truly stylish experience. It isn’t all about coffee, however: try the sinfully delicious rum and raisin or banana milkshakes for a treat so delicious it should be illegal. Open weekdays and on Saturdays, Coco Affair also offers a kids menu. Give them a ring on 015 291 2123 for more information. www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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Striking the right Notes Whether you are stopping over, exploring the tourist attractions in and around Polokwane or conducting business, Zanami Lodge is a one-stop accommodation solution. Modern, tranquil and beautiful, Zanami is within walking distance from the city centre and is easily accessible off main roads leading to Pretoria, Zimbabwe and the Kruger National Park. In 2010 Zanami’s excellence was rewarded with an Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award (ETEYA). Zanami offers two conference rooms, accommodating up to 40 delegates and is well equipped to cater for functions and intimate parties. The rooms are tastefully decorated for a comfortable short or longer stay and the exclusive Tapiwa Private Suite is absolutely heavenly. Leisure activities on offer include an invigorating dip in the pool and a game of tennis on a full sized court. Make Zanami Lodge your home away from home. Zanami Lodge, 44 Plein Street, Polokwane Tel: +27 15 291 4825 Cell: +27 71 140 0598 / +27 82 854 6704 Website: www.zanamilodge.co.za

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businessman, with state of the art facilities to conduct business and a world class restaurant to impress clients. The hotel also offers beautifully appointed conference rooms that takes the hassle out of and further enhances a business trip. Refreshingly bold, Fusion Boutique Hotel is simply out of this world. E-Mail: reservations@fusionhotel.co.za Website: www.fusionboutiquehotel.co.za


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COMING HOME At Zandspruit Bush and Aero Estate you get to go home to your very own piece of heaven and live life like it’s a holiday. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Klein Drakensberg Mountain and select a stand that offers your choice of the most breathtaking view. There are 199 stands to choose from, 38 of which allow of the construction of hangar for your plane. Whether you choose the aero stands or bush stands, great living is guaranteed. The estate allows for three timeless design templates - Modern Pavilion, Farm House and Thatch. Zandpspruit offers prospective home owners the option to make the Bushveld their own backyard. Outdoor activities like hiking or mountain biking are an integral part of the lifestyle with some 650 hectares of pristine wilderness. There is also an equestrian centre for horseback adventures, the Zandspruit village for shopping and entertainment and a bush camp near the Sandspruit river bed. Traveling to and from the estate is a breeze with regular flights and tarred roads in good condition. If the bush is where your heart belongs, you owe it to yourself to claim a slice of paradise at Zandspruit Estate. Visit www.zandspruit.co.za for more information or call +2715 793 1192 Refer to page 37

SIZZLING AVO Take cooking to the next level with a healthy, delectable alternative to everyday food preparation. Westfalia Avo Oil is a versatile cooking companion that is cholesterol free, packed with anti-oxidants and rich in good fats. Try the Original Premium Avo Oil for everyday use or spice it up with the lemon, garlic, chilli, basil and Mediterranean infused avo oils. Westaflia Olive Oil has a high smoking point, making it ideal for roasting, frying, baking and braais. It also unlocks new and mouthwatering flavours in stir fries, salad dressings and marinades. Westfalia Avo Oils’ diversity even extends to your skin; add a few drops to your bath and experience its nourishing and moisturising effects. T 015 309 9986/7 E wmzac@mweb.co.za W www.westfalia.co.za

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From the earth to you! Falconwood Juices in Tzaneen is a leading wholesaler of a deliciously healthy range of 100% fruit juices, spring water and yummy ice lollies. Their product range includes the pure, cool and refreshing Aqua Pure TM Spring Water that is bottled in Limpopo and available in 330ml, 500ml, 1lt, 1,5lt and 5lt containers.

Made from fresh processed fruit, Falconwood’s range of 100% pure fruit juices are available in a variety of tasty flavours: Orange juice with cells Guava Pineapple Peach & Apricot Litchi Apple Mango / Orange Strawberry Granadilla Tropical Punch Marula Red Grape Berry Blace Falconwood Juices distribute their high quality products to Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng and provide personalised and corporate labelling, ensuring professional branding and design solutions. T 015 307 4110 C 083 271 9709 E fwrjuices@tzaneen.co.za PAGE 32

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It is love at first bite. Peppadew Piquanté Peppers pack an unmistakable and distinct taste. Based in the verdant town of Tzaneen, Peppadew International’s secret recipe strikes the perfect balance between the spicy and sweet flavours that these flirty peppers are renowned for. Peppadew Piquanté Peppers are versatile, contain no preservatives and have a 24-month shelf life. It’s not surprising that these treats are one of South Africa’s premier export products. Try their delicious range of whole or diced Piquanté Peppers, sauces, jellies, marmalades and jams that are widely available in all supermarkets.

Held over three days, Phalaborwa’s annual Marula Festival has, since its inception in 2008, grown to an extremely popular calendar event. Festivities in 2013 promise to be even bigger and better with activities divided across the Impala Park Stadium, Hans Merensky Golf Club and Hlolwa Lodge. Festival goers can look forward to the annual Marula Golf Challenge, the Marula Festival Half-Marathon, as well as a youth rugby and street soccer competition. In keeping with all things Marula, a range of products, including marula butter, soap, candles, jam, chutney and ointments will be on sale. Another festival treat is the Open Air Music Concert with a line-up that will include big names. The festival is set to take place from Tuesday, 19 February to Tuesday, 26 February (to be confirmed).

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Part of

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Hoedspruit is a treasure trove of things to do and see, but there are equally many wonderful sights and sounds just outside of the bustling little town. The Outpost Tourist Centre on the R40 towards Mica is one such attraction and provides a wonderful opportunity to shop, have a meal or simply enjoy the Bushveld ambiance. With great views of the Olifants River and surrounding bush, you’ll feel part of nature while you make your way around The Outpost’s many delights. The Three Bridges Restaurant and Pub is a popular spot for hearty fair and laid-back relaxation. The Indian chicken curry is a local favourite, while the large variety of pizzas and pasta dishes will suit just about every appetite. The Sleepers Restaurant is another prime attraction and is housed in the old station building. Visitors can enjoy ostrich kebabs and a cold drink while enjoying the venue’s Old World feel. The Outpost offers a vast variety of gifts and curios for those passing through, while art lovers will find much to like in the local gallery. Foodies are well taken care of with Parma ham, home-made sweets and other tasty confection for sale. Crafts and furniture are also available. Classic Bush Living offers railway sleepers and planks, including sleeper-wood furniture to own and delight in. For more info contact Three Bridges Restaurant and Pub on 079 912 9416. www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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EBENEZER DAM The allure of the beautiful Ebenezer Dam has seen the development of a number of holiday homes on its picturesque banks. Panoramic views are a fitting background to this idyllic spot in the Magoebaskloof that draws tourists from far and wide to its serene folds. Visitors can sunbathe, take a dip in the cool, clear water or indulge in more adventurous water sports. Fishing is excellent, with trout, large- and smallmouth bass, tilapia and large carp frequently landed. Access to the dam is relatively easy, but most activities on the dam need to be arranged beforehand.

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NIRVANA Return to nature to soothe tired bones and revitalize weary minds for a pampered, refreshed and more healthy you. Tzaneen Country Lodge offers an out-of-this-world experience at the Wellness Earth Spa where natural ingredients uncover a brand new person within. Earth Spa offers world class facilities ranging from a sauna, steam room, sunbed and outdoor pool to a dedicated Haenertsburg and its surrounds are a popular destination for fishing-enthusiasts, offering a variety of well-stocked still and river waters. Prime still waters spots are the Dap Naude Dam, Stanford Lake, Ebenezer Dam and Rondefontein Dam. River waters include Goedvertrouen, Kromdraai and Bergplaas. These dams and rivers are well-stocked with bass, tilapia, carp, barbel and trout to whet the appetite for fly fishing.

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To get the full experience, book a guided trout fishing tour on exclusive waters with the Magoebaskloof Tourist Association. It’s also worth popping in to Feathers and Fish Tackle Shop in Haenertsburg. Owner Cliff Bosman will not only equip you, but direct you to some of the prime fishing spots in the area. Magoebaskloof Tourist Association can be contacted on 015 276 4927 and Cliff Bosman on 015 276 4880.

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fitness studio. A variety of imaginative treatments spoil you from top to toe with facials, wraps, luxurious massages, pedicures and more. Give yourself a real treat with Earth Spa’s signature packages that promise an all-round heavenly experience.

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You’ve dreamt of it, now own it!

True African bush living at the only bush and aero estate in the world

The exceptional weather all year around gives you ample opportunity to explore your environment with wildlife walks, horse rides or game drives. View this tranquil setting from the comfort of your living room or pool deck.

HOEDSPRUIT - LIMPOPO - SOUTH AFRICA

Sunset views are magnificent treats! This is an investment sure to keep your health and living experience a notch above any other.

Contact: +27 15 793 1192 Email: info@zandspruit.co.za

KEY FEATURES  Estate size: 1000 ha game farm

Web: www.zandspruit.co.za

 200 full title stands. Sizes range from 4 000 m² to 15 000 m²  House designs are in 3 different styles being  Farmhouse  Pavilion  Thatch  650 ha of untouched wildlife reserved exclusively for owners game viewing pleasure  Safe environment and close to retailers, doctors and recreational facilities  1 km hard surfaced private runway, for aviation enthusiasts  Park and hanger your plane next to your bush home

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Offering an abundance of bird species, wildlife and a close encounter with one of South Africa’s most beautiful natural hotspots, the Kruger to Canyon birding route is the ultimate birding adventure. The route’s diverse habitats of Montane Grassland, Afro-montane Forest, Savanna and Afromontane Fynbos teem with at least 510 species, 8 of which are

endemic to the region. The route includes amazing bushveld birding in Phalaborwa where species such as the magnificent white-crowned lapwing, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-billed stork can be found. The town is but a stone’s throw from one of the premium birding destinations in the country, the Kruger National Park. A number of tour operators offer birding-enthusiasts

with the best the Kruger to Canyon has on offer. Birdlife Limpopo T 035 753 5644 W www.birdingroutes.co.za/limpopo/ Africa Unlimited T 015 781 7466 E info@africaunltd.co.za Eden Routes T 015 263 6473 E edenroutes@telkomsa.net

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People have a natural wariness around crocodiles – must be something to do with that toothy grin. Despite this, few people pass up the chance to get up close and personal with these giant reptiles. Agatha Crocodile Ranch is just the place to learn more about these misunderstood creatures. The ranch is situated on an avocado farm and offers daily tours that allow visitors the opportunity to feed the adult crocs or interact with baby crocodiles. The experience is wonderfully educational, providing a wealth of interesting croc facts. The ranch also has a well-stocked curio shop and a local art gallery to tempt your wallet. T 015 307 4398 C 082 562 5004 E agathacroc@vodamail.co.za W www.agatha-crocodile.co.za

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There is no doubt that the best place to experience spring in full bloom is the Haenertsburg / Magoebaskloof area. Marvel at how nature transforms itself with the refreshing smells of Japanese flowering cherry blossoms, crab apples and azaleas. The festival generally takes place during the last week in September (dates to be confirmed) and locals will once again throw open their doors for the annual Magoebaskloof Spring Festival - a great opportunity to see what the fuss is about. Choose from an amazing array of orchids on sale, delicious deli items, arts and crafts or enjoy the endless array of adventure activities that are perfect for spring! For more information about the festival contact Linda Miller on 015 276 1531

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The world-famous Kapama Private Game Reserve is where you will be wowed by the Bushveld. A true pioneer, Kapama was one of South Africa’s first privately owned game reserves. A luxurious piece of paradise, this truly world-class destination lies nestled between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Kapama covers 13000 hectares of rugged and unspoiled Bushveld, just waiting to be explored, enjoyed and remembered. The River Lodge, Buffalo Camp, Karula and Southern Camps invite guests to relax in complete luxury in the setting of their choosing. Alive with bounty of species, including the Big Five and an almost impossibly diverse birding list, the reserve is nature-lover’s paradise. The Wellness Centre on the property combines holistic treatments with the healing power of nature to bring body, soul and mind in perfect synchrony with the rhythm of Africa. No backdrop can be as restorative and restful as that found at Kapama. Experience the magic of Kapama by visiting www.kapama.co.za or calling 012 368 0600 to book the getaway of a lifetime.

For more information visit www.vervet.za.org or call Dave du Toit on 083 454 5381 or e-mail dave@vervet.za.org

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The Vervet Monkey Foundation started its journey as far back as 1989 and has since grown to become South Africa’s largest primate rehabilitation centre. It runs a world-renowned volunteer programme that answers to the plight of vervet monkeys. When the centre first started working in the rehabilitation field, the word from authorities was that vervet monkeys were regarded as vermin and had to be exterminated. Further investigation revealed inaccurate and negative information about vervets and identified the need for research and conservation of the monkeys. Today the centre cares for some 300 vervets at a sanctuary situated just 21 kilometres from Tzaneen on the Gravelotte road. The centre is well worth the visit and will give young and old fascinating insight into the ways of Africa’s blue monkeys.

Going APE

Reptiles are almost universally misunderstood and under-appreciated, with the average Joe or Jane being quick to shy away from close encounters of the scaly kind. The Khamai Reptile Centre, located 15 kilometres from Hoedspruit does great work teaching people of all ages about the amazing world of reptiles, shattering misconceptions and investing heavily in conservation and critical research into these oftenthreatened animals. The centre is open daily, offering an educational experience and opportunity to observe reptiles in a safe environment. It is a must-see for visitors to the area. At Khamai everyone from seniors to little ones are encouraged to think differently about the cold-blooded creatures that play such an important role in nature. To learn more visit www.khamai.co.za or contact the centre on+2715 795 5203.

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FARMING the future

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The Letaba Expo, held at the Tzaneen Show Grounds, is an annual attraction that places the spotlight on the role of farming in the region – an industry which is one of the key economic contributors in the area. The Expo offers visitors and locals the opportunity to come together and enjoy a weekend of fun and entertainment. The line-up includes a farmer’s day, scores of competitions, a fun fair, demonstrations and more. Getting in won’t cost you much and visiting the event is a great way to support the local farming community, while bringing family and friends together for hours of fun and entertainment. Visit www.agriletaba.co.za for more information or call 015 307 2725.

Find the perfect ingredients to make your big day unforgettable at the annual Sanloo Manor Matric Farewell & Wedding Expo. Brides-to-be will find all their hearts’ desires at the Expo, with an incredible range of exhibitors encompassing just about every style and theme imaginable. For the young ladies finishing their final year at school, the Expo has a great selection of formal evening and footwear to make that special night unforgettable. The Expo is the perfect way to spend a Saturday: complete with a tea garden and stall after stall brimful of great ideas and all manner of beautiful things. Think photographers, caterers, venues, flowers, dresses and all the other special ingredients to make your wedding a spectacular affair. The Expo is hosted at Sanloo Guest House – a wedding venue without compare. Lush, elegant gardens add to the appeal and the staff’s meticulous attention to detail will ensure a day that starts and ends perfectly. Visit Sanloo Guest House at 3 Fees Street in Tzaneen and see why it is the area’s wedding venue of choice! For more information, visit www.sanloo.co.za or call 015 307 1101. Refer to page 51

What to do...

With warm and sunny weather all year round, ATKV Eiland Spa is the ultimate holiday destination for the entire family. Situated on the southern banks of the Letaba River, Eiland Spa is the jewel of the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve. The resort promises a million thrills with comfortable self-catering accommodation, a wealth of activities, restaurant and the luxurious Hydro-Spa to crown an already memorable experience. The resort is a conference and team-building destination of note, while providing an action-packed holiday programme to ensure an entertaining time for young and old. T 015 386 8000 E eilandspa@atkv.org.za W www.eilandspa.co.za PAGE 42

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CHALLENGE

Lace up for the Foskor Half Marathon, a challenging run covering an easy 10 kilometre fun-run or a more serious 21.1 kilometre route for the more experienced runner. A popular entry on the road racing calendar, the race last year attracted some 1 000 athletes - some traveling as far as Kenya to compete. The race is held in Namakgale, Phalaborwa and is popularly known as the F21. The event also includes a staff run and development races. The proceeds of the race go to charity.

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Spanning two decades of lifestyle and holiday excellence, Sefapane Lodge and Safaris now offers an even more enthralling experience. A new addition to its famed roster is The Square, which offers entertainment, cuisine and laid-back relaxation in a single stylish package. The Square is located at the main lodge and is comprised of the Tusk Bar, the Calabash Grill, Misava Spa

and an outdoor pizza boma. Here guests can while away the days around the sparkling pool or converge around a crackling fire during the winter months. The Square’s unique combination of activities and amenities are tailor-made to keep you entertained and delighted. Sefapane is famous for its safaris that involve morning, day and evening safaris with qualified guides. The

lodge is just a stone’s throw from the Phalaborwa gateway into the Kruger Park, so daily excursions are a must. Additionally, Sefapane is the only lodge to offer mountain bike safaris into the park! The lodge also caters for excursions to the Blyde River Canyon, birding activities and a whole lot more. Visit www.sefapane.co.za for more info or call 015 780 6700.

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Unlock the adventure inside you with a supremely thrilling Blyde River Canyon experience that promises awe and adrenalin aplenty. For everything that spells pulse-racing awesomeness, Blyde River Adventures is your premier destination. The options are limitless: take a leisurely boat cruise down the Blyde River with stunning views from every angle or go for all-out exhilaration with a roaring trip down the rapids on a raft or tube. Challenge family and friends to paintball war, hit the trails on a quad or experience the splendor below in a hot-air balloon or micro-light. Blyde Canyon Adventures also offers kloofing and abseiling to get the blood pumping. mopani

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Say ‘I do’ at magical

Moholoholo

For a wedding with a difference, why not tie the knot in the heart of the bushveld at magical Moholoholo Ya Mati. Situated on the lush green banks of the Blyde River, and surrounded by the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, Moholoholo Ya Mati is the perfect setting for that extra special wedding. Exchange your vows at the venue’s unique stone and thatch chapel, hidden under lush trees with beautifully kept lawns. Moholoholo Ya Mati can cater for up to 160 guests and accommodation consists of five luxurious self catering chalets with magnificent views of the nearby mountains.

Very few things are better than kicking back and relaxing at a holiday destination that has it all. Forever Resorts Swadini is just such a destination, with a variety of activities and adventures for young and old ensuring the kind of trip that memories are made of. Take a dip in one of the many heated or cool swimming pools, take on the family in a game of putt-putt, get your forehand working on the tennis court or spike your way to a win on the volleyball field. Explore the area by lacing up for a hike on the many trails or take a soothing and relaxing boat trip if you’re not actively inclined. Swadini’s perfect location also unlocks nearby adventure and eco-tourism activities like horse riding, hunting, 4 x 4 drives, hot-air ballooning and much, much more. For more information, visit www.foreverswadini.co.za or call 015 795 5141.

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Float like an eagle in the African sky as you watch the sun rise while passing over the many private game reserves and lodges in the Hoedspruit region of Limpopo. Otters Den Balloon Safaris offers you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of spotting game from a hot air balloon in the unspoiled wilderness of the bushveld and the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon. Meet before sunrise and enjoy a cup of coffee while you watch your eight-storey balloon being inflated and prepared for flight. Your pilot will seek favourable winds, allowing you to change altitude as you drift gently over landscape teeming with elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and much more. Sparkling wine and fruit juice are served after your truly unforgettable flight. 087 806 2079 or 082 572 2223 www.ottersden.co.za/balloon.htm

WILD ABOUT GOLF Take the gentleman’s game to a whole new level with a golfing adventure at the Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa. Navigate authentic bushveld “hazards” as you share the challenging 18-hole, Par 72 Championship golf course – designed by the legendary Bob Grimsdell - with giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. Characterised by velvet greens, tranquil pools and vast stretches of indigenous Bushveld, it is not surprising that the course has been voted as the country’s best walking course. After an invigorating game, enjoy a refreshing drink on the clubhouse patio that overlooks the 9th and 18th holes. 015 781 3931 www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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A new way to SHOP Shopping has been turned on its head in Tzaneen, with the development of the Tzaneeen Lifestyle Centre. The new 10 500 square metre shopping destination officially opened its doors in November 2011, with a range of popular restaurant franchises and grocery stores. Stock up on essentials at Checkers, Fruit & Veg City or the very popular Food Lovers Market. If you’re feeling like a bite to eat, head on down to Ocean Basket for delicious and well-priced seafood, Debonairs for amazing pizza, Giramundo for perfect flame-grilled chicken or KFC for the traditional taste everyone loves. Pop in at Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre, situated on the corner of Voortrekker and the R71, for a shopping experience that’s more than a little different.

A kaleidoscope of

COLOUR Kaross hand-embroidered products are made to admire, to touch, to love. This upliftment project based on a citrus farm near Letsitele is the embodiment of the colourful culture and heritage of the Shangaan people. Kaross was established in 1989 by visual artist Irma van Rooyen, who together with a group of Shangaan embroiderers has catapulted the business to extraordinary heights. Choose from signature Kaross wall art, tablecloths, bed linen, runners, placemats and cushion covers that are each made by hand and signed by the embroiderer and designer respectively. Kaross items are available across South Africa and are also exported worldwide. The Kaross studio is open on weekdays. The adjacent Kaross café serves delectable teas and lunches in a lovely shaded courtyard, perfect to round off a visit to Kaross on all levels.

Godding and Godding Silk Farm

LIMITLESS LUXURY

Cell: +27 (0) 87 751 4031 GPS coordinates: S23.79903 E30.43636

Discover silken luxury in Hoedspruit where a small silk farm is making waves internationally with its fine products. Previously known as Silk Collections, Godding and Godding was founded in 2002 as a family-run enterprise where luxurious silk linen and other silk products are produced. The product range is all-natural and includes a skin care range, silk and cotton bedding and sleepwear and accessories. Godding and Godding uses natural ingredients like baobab, marula, fynbos and aloe to rehydrate and restore tired skin, while the range of bedding and sleepwear inspires dreams of regal opulence. Located at The Silk Farm, 24 Degrees South Estate on the R531, Godding & Godding is open to visitors and provides insight into the processes that birth their rightly famous silk products. Their entire range of products is available online at www.goddingandgodding.com . Call 082 808 9203 or email sue@goddingandgodding.com for details and happenings on the farm. Refer to Page 47

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Take a large slice of the Kruger National Park home, while contributing to the upliftment and empowerment of the local community. Hlanganani Arts & Crafts is a celebration of the creativity and talent of local artists, providing a space for tourists to really appreciate the vibrancy of the area and its people. Hlanganani was started by Foskor Development in 1998 and is a constant hub of activity and development. The shop is conveniently situated at the entrance of the Phalaborwa Gate and a charming coffee shop ensures a quick bite and refreshing drink before you hit the road again.

artists’ CORNER Fairview Hotel and Village is the place for art. The sophisticated Fairview Art Gallery exhibits a wide range of paintings and artwork from local and other established South African artists. The hotel takes its role seriously in promoting local art and regularly hosts live shows and exhibitions to this end. The works of Harry Erasmus, Lientjie Lombard, Isabel le Roux and Martin Luther are on view and for sale in the gallery. T 015 307 2679 | W www.fairview-tzaneen.co.za www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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Crawdaddys has established itself nationally as speciality seafood and meat restaurant loved by families and discerning diners alike. The franchise was established in 1995 and its Tzaneen partner is one of five restaurants operating in South Africa. The menu is mouthwatering and portions will satisfy any appetite. Choose from delicious meat and seafood combos, crisp salads, curries and stir-fries, burgers, chicken and quails well as decadent desserts. The ambiance is warm and comfortable, inviting long, jovial get-togethers with family and friends. Crawdaddy’s in Tzaneen is a great spot for a delicious meal, an ice-cold drink or an early cup of tea or coffee.

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Heaven is certainly a place on earth and It can be found at The Coach House Nougat Factory. Based in Agatha, visitors with a sweet tooth are spoilt for choice with a scrumptious range of nougats, caramel sweets and biscuits dipped in chocolate. The factory is most renowned for its homemade nougat that is made from only the finest local ingredients. Honey, almond and macadamia nougat products are expertly prepared in the factory. Tantalizing tours of the factory ensure that visitors can experience first-hand how their favourite treats are prepared. The Coach House products are a South African favourite and available in all good stores.

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Tantalize your taste-buds to something out of the ordinary and very simply mouthwatering. Chef Jonathan Taylor invites culinary adventurers to Yum Yum Deli, a Tzaneen establishment that is unlike any deli you’ve ever visited. Like the menu, the decor is scrumptious, with painted canvases in bright, sunny colours that echo the truly delicious creations conjured in the deli kitchen. Dukkah-rolled goat’s

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One of the newer restaurants in Hoedspruit, the Hat & Creek specializes in meat and seafood dishes as well as contemporary African-style meals. With its open patios and large trees, Hat & Creek offers visitors highly-rated cuisine as well as a stylish venue for socializing and relaxing. Recommendations include the delectable game platter and Mozambique prawns as well as the selection of salads and steaks. An evening meal on the patio is a sublime experience and Hat & Creek is a sure-fire winner for the best late-afternoon-drinks venue in town. Wi-Fi is available.

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The unassuming and comfortable Buffalo Pub & Grill in Phalaborwa is the first choice for locals when it comes to lunch. The enticing selection of grills and pub meals are just the thing for unpretentious family meals. Try their succulent steak selection and dig into a delicious fillet stuffed with mushrooms or mussels. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. Escape the heat of the Lowveld with an icy cold beer in the spacious Buffalo Pub & Grill – Phalaborwa’s favourite! Call 015 781 0829 for more information.

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Do you love authentic Spanish Tapas? If you’re a committed Tapa-holic or a newcomer to this fantastic Mediterranean fare, Ollie’s Restaurant and Deli in Hoedspruit is just the place to visit. A small gem hidden away off the main road on No 2 Safari Junction, Ollie’s is not only worth the visiting, but is sure to keep you occupied for long past sundown. The restaurant offers a variety of great-tasting and gorgeous-looking dishes – just the thing to feast the eyes and satisfy the appetite. Choose from a range of pasta dishes and Panini’s if you’re keen on something traditional, but the adventurous eater will do well in trying Chef Ollie Mentis’ signature dishes. The blue cheese soufflé starter, lamb rack and chocolate fondant are all pretty much as good as food gets. Call 083 381 1402 to book your table or for more information.

STEAK AND BUSH

Hoedspruit locals all agree - Safari Club serves the best steak in town. Meat lovers will delight in the menu and may even be tempted to try the selection of delicious seafood dishes. The restaurant has an authentic Bushveld feel, offering outdoor seating with a blazing bonfire every night. Safari Club offers a warm Bushveld welcome to both local and foreign visitors. Make a beeline for the most hip and happening spot in town - where you’ll not only find great food, but also make new friends. Their wine list is extensive and the selection pairs well with the meals on offer. If you’re not afraid of adventure, you should ask about a sampling from Safari Club’s wicked cocktail menu for something daringly different. Call 082 789 2608 for more information or to book a table.

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The Hans Merensky Hotel is not only home to worldclass golf and luxury accommodation, but recently added a new jewel to its opulent adventure collection. Relax and unwind at the Indulge Senses Spa where professionally trained therapists bring body and mind alive with luxury spa treatments. Pamper yourself with a variety of facial- and massage treatments, body exfoliation and wraps, including a rejuvenating hydro bath therapy. Guests will soon enjoy added health and wellness when the gym, hair salon and Zen Cafe are complete. This exquisite spa uses all natural products, inspiring weary guests to “be pure, be natural and be beautiful.” 015 781 3932 / 3 / 7 or spa-reception@hansmerensky.com

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Capturing the spoor An illustrious addition to any coffee table, renowned zoologist and horticulturist Edward Eastwood’s colourful offering to the collective works on San Rock Art – Capturing the Spoor - is a refreshing departure from the ordinary. Eastwood pours a tangible passion into each word – borrowed and owned – to take the reader on a bewitching exploration of the area’s rock art, created by four distinct cultural groups. With the help of his wife Catheljine, Eastwood takes the reader on a journey that weaves through the finger paintings and engravings of the Bantu-speakers, the finger-paintings of the Khoekhoen (formerly “Hottentots”), the rock engraving and paintings of the San and also looks at the most recent military inscriptions of South Africans of European descent. vhembe

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The Albasini Dam, located on the Luvuvhu River is an ideal spot for fishing, swimming and various other water sports. The dam takes its name from the famous Portuguese hunter and trader, João Albasini, who revolutionized trading from Mozambique in the 1800’s by opening a number of trading posts in the Lowveld. The dam was opened in 1952 and continues to be the main source of water to surrounding communities. PAGE 52

Tourists looking at exploring the Vhembe area need only knock on the door of the Makhado Tourism Info Centre. Here they will get the low-down on accommodation options, the best tourist attractions and any other bits and pieces a traveller needs to truly uncover the area’s secrets. The centre is also the site of the popular statue of King Tshilwavhusiku Makhado Ramabulana that annually draws thousands of tourists who wish to see the “Lion of the North”. The centre is situated on the corner of Krogh and Erasmus Streets in Louis Trichardt and tourists can also contact the centre on 015 516 0040 or 015 516 3415.

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BATTLE FOR

MAPUNGUBWE The battle is on to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains ancient examples of the beginnings of the Iron Age with remains of complex societies dating back 1 000 years. UNESCO has deployed a special task team to assess the possible impact the mine might have on the park, while the Mapungubwe Action Group is appealing the granting of the mining licence in the highest courts.

LEGENDARY

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The Vhembe district with its many historical and cultural sites is considered to be the Land of Legends in Limpopo. Steeped in myth and legend, the region abounds with magical stories that are still sacred to and protected by the vhaVenda people. These legends find a mystical home in the ‘holy’ Thathe Vondo Forest, in the remains of a fallen empire at D’zata and many other sites in the area.

CoAL has come out in defence for the new mine, saying that it will benefit all the concerned parties if responsible management is applied. The company added that it would create around 28 000 jobs and that millions will be committed to environmental management each year.

Recent upgrades to the Pafuri Gate have made passage into the western region of the northern area of the Kruger National Park even easier. These upgrades form part of efforts to make access to the entire Great Limpopo Transfortier Park easier. The gate leads into one of the most ecologically diverse regions – the northern Sandveld between the Limpopo and Luvhuvhu Rivers - that is known as the ‘northern biome’. This area is rich with plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in South Africa. There is just no reason not to pass through the Pafuri Gate into the wonderland that lies beyond.

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The future of the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape hangs in the balance after the Australian-owned company Coal of Africa (CoAl) was granted mining rights just 7 kilometres from the park’s boundary. However the proposed coal mine will not open if environmental, archaeological and wildlife groups have anything to do with it.


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The butterfly effect

The Soutpansberg Mountains can proudly boast a plethora of trees and bird species, but a walk along one of its many trails might also produce a sighting of one of South Africa’s most fascinating butterflies. Swanepoel’s Widow Butterfly or Dira swanepoeli is a large butterfly that is endemic to the mountain. Some of the known hot spots of this butterfly are Hanglip forest, the Mutshindudi gorge and Luonde.

MINE OF

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The Concept of Fair Trade Tourism is borne out of a dire need in the South African tourism market to stimulate and sustain growth, while upholding responsible practices to the benefit of all stakeholders.

actually gain real benefit.

In 2002 the Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT) certification programme was launched and identifies organisations that actively participate in Fair Trade practices. These practices ensure that people whose land, natural resources, knowledge, culture and labour are used for tourism activities

In the Vhembe Area, Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge in Elim and the Leshiba Wilderness and Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodges outside Louis Trichardt are all FFTSA certified businesses.

Thanks to the FFTT certification programme, South Africa is now the largest exporter of Fair Trade goods like fruit, tea and wine in the world.

For more information on Fair Trade in South Africa, visit www.fairtrade.org.za

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“Welcome. You are now entering the most challenging mine in the world”. So reads a notice board outside the Tshikondeni Mine, situated 110 kilometres from Musina. The mine’s complex geology might be challenging, but it has also brought opportunity and hope to the area. The Exxaroowned mine takes its name from the bordering village, which it has transformed into a hub of activity. The village has a well-equipped recreation club, primary school, church and clinic. The mine is also involved in a variety of SMME initiatives, including a citrus farm, tyre-repair service and garden service. The mine produces around 400 000 tonnes of premium hard coking coal per annum and has an estimated six-million tonnes in reserves. 015 966 5000

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REMEMBERING THE LEGENDS The ‘Land of Legends’ can only truly be discovered through its numerous stories and tales, its rich culture, extraordinary natural beauty and the remnants of a fascinating past. Together they reveal a brilliant tapestry that is unrivalled in its mystery and splendour:

What to see...

THE ENCHANTED FOREST

‘Holy Forest’ to the locals, the Thathe Vondo Forest is sacred to the Venda people as their ancestral fathers are said to still roam beneath the shadowy canopies of towering common wild quince, knobwood and yellowwood trees. The forest transforms as the mist rolls in shrouding its moss-covered boulders and trees decorated with ‘old man’s beard’ in a cloud of enchantment. The forest also offers a great view of Lake Funduzi, but tourists are only allowed to venture into its magical depths provided that they promise to stick to the paths. PAGE 56

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THE LOST EMPIRE

mystic lake The most fascinating and magical stories of the vhaVenda people centre around Lake Funduzi in Thulamela that is according to legend protected by the fertile Python God and inhabited by a white crocodile. The lake covers around 30 square kilometres and is the only land-locked lake in South Africa. The lake can be found on the R523 between Thohoyandou and Louis Trichardt and may be visited by tourists and sightseers.

The D’zata Ruins remain a fierce topic of debate among historians, but is generally believed to be the site of the vhaVenda royal village dating back to 1400AD. One of the D’zata’s (‘a good place’) sites was constructed out of blue rocks that are believed to have been carried on the heads of slaves from Central and North Africa. The site also houses the Museum of the Drum that gives insight into the Venda people’s rich culture. It houses a replica of the massive holy drum that is said to have magical powers that incapacitate enemies. D’zata is located about 50km north-east of Louis Trichardt on the R523 between Thohoyandou and entrance is free.

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MELODIOUS FALLS Located just 15 kilometres from the capital city of Thohoyandou, the enchanting Phiphidi Waterfalls are steeped in Venda culture. The Venda people believe that it’s the home of the zidutwane or ‘water spirits’, who according to lore can only be half-seen in this world and half-seen in the spiritual realm. The forest above the falls, guards another sacred site of the Venda people – a cemetery where the ancestors of the Tshivase family are buried.

ROCK ON The Soutpansberg region and the Limpopo river valley are home to an overflowing canvas of historical graffiti that offers an illustrated story of past lives and histories that played out in this part of the world. The area boasts over 800 rock art sites, but not all are open to the public and those who are follow strict regulations to preserve what cannot be recovered. In the Vhembe district, the Cave of Fingerdots at Bako-la-Makanja houses an impressive collection of Northern Sotho rock paintings and Eastern Vhembe is a prime spot where tourists can see rock engravings of the Venda people. Some San “scarffiti” can also be found by the Sand River in the Soutpansberg. However, one of the most popular public sites is the 25 meter Koaxa’s Shelter at the Machete Natural Heritage Site that depicts over 190 rock paintings. The site is easy to find and can be accessed either via the N1 from Musina or from the Pont Drif road on the R521 from Alldays.

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Estimated to be at least 3 000 years old, the biggest Baobab in Limpopo boast a circumference of 43 meters and resides in one of the area’s premier tourist hotspots, the Sagole Spa. Over the years, authorities have gone to great lengths to make the tree more accessible to tourists and regular signboards along the road makes it easy to find. That’s if you don’t spot it first!

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Limpopo is home to many large trees that generously dot its untamed landscapes. Alldays in particular boasts some noteworthy giants that most certainly are not your everyday weeping willows! Even Pretoria’s famous Wonderboom doesn’t compare to the massive wild fig tree in the town itself, while a nyala tree in the area is said to cover a surface area of one hundred square meters. It might not be the biggest in the province, but a baobab at Bakleikraal stands tall with a circumference of 21 meters!

THE LOST CITY

South Africa’s very own lost city of gold, Mapungubwe has a mesmerising energy and calming aura that continues to fascinate historians and tourists alike. The site was discovered in 1933 and is said to be the remains of an Iron Age metropolis that flourished almost 1 000 years ago. Mapungubwe is not only a national heritage site, but was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. The site has been extensively excavated since its discovery, revealing the incredible wealth of the people of Mabungubwe, including their knack for creating amazing gold-work. The most spectacular discoveries so far have been the little golden rhinoceros, the golden sceptre and golden bowl that were discovered in the same grave. 012 428 9111

The village is a premier destination for diverse creative talents from around the world to revitalize their inspiration.   The village includes The Artist’s Retreat, Writer’s Cottage, Studio & Training Centre. The Artist’s Retreat is a thatched lodge with four en-suite, themed rooms furnished with exquisite African art. Amidst great fever trees & lush gardens, it provides serenity & stimulation to refresh your creative energy. It features generous studio space, a reading area, swimming pool, dining & open lounge areas.

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The Studio facility has ample natural light as well as amenities to accommodate a wide variety of artistic activities. The Training Centre is where the creative skills of local people are developed, nurtured, & promoted to facilitate employment. A number of workshops including embroidery, beading, basket weaving, screen-printing & art are hosted regularly with the local schools of the nearby Raditshaba village. The Craft Art Village attracts artists, photographers, writers, cultural researchers & craftspeople from around the world. Products created at the Craft Art Village are exhibited at Mogalakwena Gallery in the heart of Cape Town.

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LATER ALLIGATOR! Get up close and personal with one of nature’s toothiest customers at the Rakwena Crocodile Farm, outside Alldays. The farm is home to over 10 000 crocodiles and allows tourists close encounters with these snappy critters. Learn many fascinating facts about the crocodile, including its habitat and diet. Calm the nerves with a delicious croc-crazy menu at the tea garden where you can also buy fresh crocodile meat. The Croc Shop also offers an impressive array of crocodilian products, including stylish handbags, belts, hats and wallets. 015 575 1425 www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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A holistic African safari camp located in the Limpopo River Valley on the banks of the Mogalakwena River, providing pristine tranquility & access to the great splendours of the bushveld. The River Lodge offers four deluxe main lodge rooms & four luxury private chalets with en-suite bathrooms, viewing decks facing the river, open dining & lounge areas, a swimming pool & a bar that is positioned around a central open fireplace.   Activities on the wildlife reserve include sunset drives, wildlife walks, fishing and birding. The Research Centre provides fascinating visual & scientific data on the surroundings as well as participation in ongoing research projects. Within walking distance is the Craft Art Village & Artist’s Retreat which is open for accommodation, creative activities, tours & quality shopping. Day excursions can be arranged to visit Mapungubwe World Heritage Site and Vhembe National Park; elephant tracking with Bundox Wildside; Ratho Crocodile Farm or a sunset pontoon trip on the Mogalakwena River. There is a well-equipped conference & function venue for executive conferences & private functions.

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Prime hunting destination

Limpopo has become well-known as a premier hunting destination for both local and international hunters. The Alldays area in the north-western part of the province is considered to be one of the prime hunting areas, with many private game and hunting lodges offering superb hunting facilities and accommodation. The area is also popular for its magnificent record sized kudu bull trophies. Hunting lodges in the region provide opportunities to hunt everything from the Big 5, as well as plains game like eland, impala, red hartebeest, warthog and many more. There are a number of taxidermists operating in the area to ensure your trophy stays in one piece. The rest of the family won’t feel left out either. The magnificent lodges in the area also offer fabulous health spas, exciting game drives and various fun activities to keep everybody occupied.

Mogalakwena Research Centre for African Ecology and Anthropology An independent research facility that promotes research in the Limpopo province by providing & managing a research network. The Research Centre’s mission is to document, research and further understanding and knowledge in the fields of ecology, anthropology and social entrepreneurship in South.   We encourage various fields of research and focus on: Ecology, the ecology of a changing landscape - rangelands to reserves;

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for both students and volunteers, which provide a rare opportunity to gain extensive field work experience & contribute to research projects relevant to the greater scientific community.   Visitors to the Mogalakwena  Research Centre have the opportunity to meet with the researchers and learn more about their particular fields of study. They may also be able to participate in some of the field work activities.


BEST BIRDING

ON THE BIRDTRACK Tick off that elusive special with the help of local guides who know the ins and outs of birding in Thohoyandou. In its commitment to uplift the local community, The Khoroni Hotel Casino and Convention Resort recently opened the doors of a birding office, which offers local guides the opportunity to share their expertise with birders. The Khoroni Birding Office forms part of Birdlife South Africa and provides tours that cover an estimated 200 kilometres of prime birding territory. In addition the hotel offers birding packages for an irresistible retreat that combines birding with world-class accommodation. 015 962 4600

Birdlife Soutpansberg 015 516 4881 or Birdlife Venda | 015 962 8000

BIRDING PARADISE The area around Louis Trichardt offers a range of birding opportunities that will tick off a number of sightings from your list. Take a 26 kilometre drive along the Vivo road (R22) to the Spies Dam for crimson-breasted shrike, little grebes and black ducks. The Wyllie’s Poort Tunnels on the N1 north of Louis Trichardt is an obligatory stop for Drakensberg prinia and Verreaux’s eagles can be seen soaring on the thermals. The Entabeni Forest is another must for birding enthusiasts with fantastic specials like the green twin spot, collared sunbird, brown scrub-robin and yellow-streaked greenbul. 015 516 4881 www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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The Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route offers birdwatching enthusiasts with the opportunity to sight over 540 bird species in some of Limpopo’s premier destinations. The route includes 10 identified birding areas, each with its own exceptional character and bird species. An obligatory stop must be made to the north of the Soutpansberg mountain range where the only known patch of Brachystegia woodland in South Africa can be found. This very rare floral community, near Gundani village is home to the southern hyliota, white-breasted cuckoo shrike, with rare sightings of the spotted creeper and tree pipit.


CYCLE HEAVEN TRAILS OF YESTERDAY

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The urban and rural landscape of present day Limpopo still bears the marks of a fascinating and colourful past that can be relived in one of the most interesting historical tours the province has to offer.

The Zoutpansberg Skirmishes Route is an enthralling journey that retraces the final months of the Anglo Boer War (1900 – 1902) at the foot of the Soutpansberg Mountain. Under the spell of tour guide, Charles Leach tourists relive a time of the infamous Bushveld Carbineers who left a bloody trail in their wake, the legend of Breaker Morant and the graves that stand as an eternal reminder of the price of war.

The PPC Kremetart Cycle Race is a calendar must for professional and amateur cyclists alike. The annual race has added a generous dollop of spice to the sport, pushing cyclists to the ultimate limit across a challenging 172-kilometre race at the foot of the Soutpansberg Mountain. The race starts in Louis Trichardt and meanders

up the mountain and across flatter terrain before tired legs battle it out on the steep Otto’s Height towards the finish line in town. To enter and for more information visit www.kremetartcycling.co.za

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Leach offers one and two day tours, all of which commence at the Lalapanzi Hotel Skirmishes Museum, situated 30 kilometres south of Louis Trichardt on the N1 highway. The museum is another absorbing extension of the route that displays the Prisoner of War wood, paintings by S. Wessels and horse bits and bridles of Cecil John Rhodes. Robert Leach | 015 516 1466 or 083 228 3874.

family FUN Forever Resorts Tshipise has been known as “the jewel of the bushveld” for generations. The resort is ideally situated between Louis Trichardt and Musina en-route to and from Zimbabwe and is a comfortable drive from the Kruger National Park. The resort is perfect for a family getaway that provides a number of activities to keep the kids occupied while mum and dad unwind in PAGE 62

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the hot-spring and traditional spa. Activities include game drives, horse riding, hiking trails, swimming pools, trampolines, putt-putt and many other recreational options to choose from. A restaurant, bar, general shop and conference facilities will ensure that you have everything to ensure a holiday of a lifetime. 015 539 0634 Refer to Page 59


THE GREAT

ESCAPE There is game aplenty and nature lovers need not to wait too long for sightings of giraffe, zebra, kudu, tsessebe and other animals about their business. The reserve is situated just off the N1 at the foothills of the Soutpansberg Mountain. 015 516 4534

TEE OFF

Situated just north of Polokwane, outside Vivo, Botse Safaris offers a unique experience that combines man’s passion for golf with the untamed splendour of the Bushveld. The Botse Safaris Game Farm occupies a flat 4,100 hectares of unspoilt savannah Bushveld that runs wild with more than 25 species of game and roughly 59 tree species, including Tamboti and Acacia. Best

of all, nature lovers can practice their swing and improve their handicap on the beautifully developed parthree course. It offers 9-holes of the gentleman’s game out in the invigorating Bushveld air with the prospect of something cold to drink at the restaurant afterwards.

discover BLOUBERG Experienced mountaineers and climbers will attest to the allure of the Blouberg mountain, while tourists are discovering more and more reasons to conquer it. The mountain is situated just past the western end of the Soutpansberg mountain range, north-west of the unassuming town of Vivo. The mountain is one of South Africa’s premier rock climbing destinations, particularly famous for its big-wall natural climbing that offers adrenalin-pumping heights of up to 350 meters. At the foot of the Blouberg lies the Blouberg Nature Reserve with plains of dry savannah sprinkled with baobabs and mashutu trees. Home to a plethora of wildlife, the reserve is also a haven to a vulture project that promotes the endangered Cape griffon and other vulture species through community involvement. The reserve is home to the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape vultures and tourists have the unique opportunity to see these magnificent birds feasting at the vulture restaurant.

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The Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve is an unforgettable getaway experience that is easy on the pocket and stimulating to the mind. The reserve is about 2 500 hectares in size and spoils visitors with a choice of activities that include birdwatching, hiking trails, game viewing or just a refreshing dip in the pool.


ARTISANS OF LIFE The fertile mythology imagination and vivid culture of the Vhembe area are immortalized in timeless pieces crafted by hands that breathe life into inanimate objects. This unique stamp has left a mark in the art world, gracing renowned galleries and dominating exhibition halls. The Vhembe art community is undoubtedly a prominent tourist attraction that exhibits the legacy of legends.

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THE MASTER WOODSMAN In 2006 the Land of Legends lost one of its most prolific and talented artists in a car accident. John Baloyi’s memory however lives on through his magnificent woodcarvings that have travelled from his home in Mashamba, near Elim to all corners of the world. John’s Godzilla guards the entrance to the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg and a number of his works are still on display at the Rural Art Gallery in the Mukhondeni area of Limpopo.

DREAM inspired Renowned woodcarver and sculptor, Noria Mabasa’s love affair with art came to her in a dream and has since then spanned more than 36 years. Ma Noria keeps permanent residence in Venda, but her work exploring traditional themes and the status of women is internationally renowned. Her works are housed in collections in Belgium, the Netherlands, the Johannesburg Art Gallery and University of Fort Hare to name but a few.

The BIG bird Meshack Raphalalani needs no introduction as one of Venda’s foremost artists, whose mammoth talent comes alive in the enormous sculptures he creates. One of his most famous pieces is the Khulu Mubvumbu (Big Bird) that depicts a mythical bird which punishes those who kill forbidden animals.

Where to shop... THE POTTER Sarah Munyai is the mastermind behind Mukhondeni Pottery, a co-operative that produces beautiful ceramic pieces you’ll go “potty” about. Sarah and her skilled community of potters were the pioneers in establishing black graphite and red ochre pots as the signature pottery range of Limpopo. PAGE 64

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TEACHER Considered to be the man behind Limpopo’s flourishing woodcarving fraternity, Jackson Hlungwane is not only a visionary artist, but an inspiring teacher. Many of Limpopo’s prominent woodcarvers have at some time called Jackson their mentor and teacher. Lucky Makamu is but one of the artists that Jackson has tutored in the art of woodcarving. His creations explore the multiplicity of the Shangaan culture. Lucky creates his art in the Mbokhota Village in Mashamba.

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NOTE One of the province’s most promising young artists, Khathutshelo Mufamadi doesn’t only give shape to chunks of wood, but also strikes the perfect note with traditional music. A former student of the late John Baloyi, Khathutshelo’s impressive portfolio of gifts includes an aptitude for poetry. 073 760 7199

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Phineas Masuvhulele comes from a proud stock of drum makers, continuing the line with pieces that are both aesthetically and aurally pleasing. In fact, his Millennium Drum was on display at the Ubuntu Village during the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. 072 536 0868

INTERIOR GENUIS The extraordinary Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane is but one of the masterpieces at the hand of House of Interiors, based in Louis Trichardt. With years of interior design experience, they wield a magic wand of style and sophistication over any home or business deco-project. House of Interiors specialises in a range of decor elements, including designer furniture, curtains, headboards and re-upholstery – all available in their impressively stocked shop. Renthea Geyser | 015 516 1961

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CHAMELEON The versatility of Venda artists, Avhashoni Mainganye has established him as one of South Africa’s most talented and fascinating artists. Avhasoni navigates his inspiration through various media – and the resulting works have gained great acclaim locally and internationally. His wide range encompasses watercolour, oil and acrylic painting; exquisite wood, metal and stone sculptures and lino and screen printing. 084 725 9613

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ENTABENI NATURE RESERVE

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LEGENDARY STAY As one of the province’s most highly acclaimed destinations, Entabeni Nature Reserve needs little introduction. “The Place of the Mountain” is aptly named with unbelievable vistas featuring vast pinnacles and formations. Its 5 star quality stems not only from its legendary luxury. With 22 000 hectares of reserve encompassing five ecosystems, the opportunities for once-in-alifetime wildlife experiences are almost limitless. The reserve doesn’t want for diversity: its natural inventory is a pretty serious list with 55 mammal, 300 flower, 50 grass, 140 tree and 380 bird species at last count. This doesn’t include a feast of insects, reptiles, amphibians and fish. If you thought that getting around in a reserve was limited to hopping on a game-viewer, you clearly have not been to Entabeni. Here you can experience the Waterberg with helicopter flights, horseback safaris, sunset lake cruises and romantic stargazing in the observatory. You can, of course, go on a traditional game drive, too. Entabeni’s team of rangers is among the best in the business and will ensure that your visit is as informative as it is amazing. The reserve’s six lodges are in a class of their own, each with an authentic feel and signature with luxurious comfort the central theme. At Entabeni there are no fences, just endless beauty and guaranteed close encounters with the wild. Contact Central Reservations on 011 729 6700 or e-mail reservations@legendlodges.co.za to book a legendary Entabeni stay. Visit www.legendlodges.co.za/entabeni for more information. PAGE 66

There are people in the Waterberg who work tirelessly to ensure that future generations can enjoy our national heritage. For lovers of nature’s rarer things, the National Zoological Gardens’ Mokopane Game Breeding Center is one for the bucket list. Visitors are treated to a double helping of animal awesome as they get to hang out with endangered species from three continents, while learning about the business of breeding and conserving rare wildlife. The center is easily accessible on the

outskirts of Mokopane and its residents enjoy a spread of around 1 300 hectares. Animals are accommodated in individual enclosures, breeding camps and a game reserve. The center breeds these species for South African parks and reserves, while opening its gates to visitors for game drives and morning feeding tours. These tours are an ideal family outing and will not break the bank. If you’re into everything that’s rare and awesome, you’ll find a lot to like here. For more information call 015 491 4314.

WATERBERG GENERAL

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WATERBERG The Waterberg is often called the “hidden gem of Limpopo”. This is no empty promise: for those who want to experience the bush in all its glory, this part of the province has much to offer. The Waterberg area takes its name from the ancient mountain range where many significant archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age were made. It is also the first northern region to be named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Agriculture, mining and tourism are the lifeblood of the area which is seeing great financial expansion in

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certain parts. The new Medupi Power Station is currently under construction in Lephalale and this has brought skyrocketing growth to the town’s economy. It is, however, the array of truly world-class tourism destinations and attractions that ensures a continuous flow of visitors to the area. There is something for everyone in Waterberg with a vast range of destinations that offer anything from championship-class golfing to wildlife, tranquility, culture and – naturally – a hundred reasons to put up your feet and soak in the Bushveld sun.


WEESGERUS

SUMMER HOLIDAY

Weesgerus Holiday Resort is a throwback to carefree holidays in a true Bushveld setting. The sun, the sparkling pools, the laughter of children and the chatter of old friends and family around a crackling braai fire are just some of the more traditional attractions Weesgerus has in store for visitors. The resort lies just outside of Modimolle, a short 130km drive from Pretoria. Visitors can easily take a quick drive into town to stock up on groceries or other essentials. The heart of Weesgerus lies in a good cause. The resort was established in the 1980s with the view of not only providing an affordable holiday destination to police officials, but also to provide an income to the Police Widows and Orphans Fund. The resort has not only given our men and women in blue a place to unwind and relax; it has also looked after

special South African families for decades. Weesgerus offers a variety of accommodation options from comfortably appointed chalets to caravan stands that cater for families of any size. There is plenty to do with tennis courts, a puttputt course, a catch-and-release fishing dam and braai areas. Kids can frolic to their hearts content on the supertube, while a variety of cold, lukewarm and heated pools are ideal for a quick dip or a leisurely swim. The restaurant and lapa are popular spots to converge around for sundowners or a quick bite. The best part of Weesgerus, however, is the hours spent unwinding far away from the bustle of the city and its frantic pace of life. For more information, visit www.weesgerus. co.za or phone 014 718 7100.

WATERBERG BOKKA JOL FESTIVAL

WELGEVONDEN

AFRIKANERS IS Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm opens its gates annually for a day of fun and frivolity with the BokkaJol Festival. Combining the best of the local music and tasty produce, the festival is a great family outing in celebration of the beautiful Waterberg. Festivities start early and conclude late with a jam packed programme of farm tours, fat free goats’ cheese and wine tasting, a fishing competition, dancing, a variety of stalls and amazing entertainment. Geluksfontein produces delicious goat milk products – still made in the traditional way – courtesy of the community of happy goats that calls the farm home. A wide range of award-winning cheeses and yoghurts are produced and the farm offers tours so you can see exactly how it’s done. The Goatino Pub & Grill is a popular with the breakfast and lunch crowd who enjoy the local fare in a relaxed setting. The farm is situated 30 kilometres outside Modimolle, just a short 2 and a half hour drive from Pretoria. For more information visit www.geluksfontein. co.za or contact Christo on 083 704 4229.

BIODIVERSITY PERSONIFIED The Waterberg’s phenomenal biodiversity is a magnet for nature lovers, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the area each year. One of the most popular destinations is Welgevonden Game Reserve. At Welgevonden visitors have access to 37 500 hectares of wilderness just waiting to be experienced and explored. The scenery is breathtaking, characterized by undulating wooded mountains, rocky ravines and majestic gorges. Welgevonden is committed to conservation, ensuring that man and beast co-exist in managed harmony. Wildlife is plentiful with over 50 mammal species, including the Big Five, and the reserve hosts programmes aimed at understanding and preserving our natural heritage. Here a large population of white rhino – the largest on a private reserve www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

anywhere in Africa – roams free and unthreatened. The reserve also looks after a small, but significant group of blue cranes, carries out continuous leopard research and actively manages both its elephant and lion population. Welgevonden shares its piece of heaven with hundreds of visitors each year, while ensuring that it remains pristine and protected. Stargazing, guided San-painting tours and game viewing opportunities are but a handful of the activities on offer to guests at Welgevonden. The reserve is dotted with a variety of lodges that cater to the travel weary, the adventurer and the nature lover. It truly is a “well-found” destination for all. For more information, visit www.welgevonden.org or phone 014 755 4392.

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A holy place

If you have a special interest for historic buildings, add a visit to the Church of St John the Baptist to your itinerary when in the Waterberg. The church was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the same architect that designed the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Built entirely from local materials, the church was officially opened in 1914. Today, this beautiful thatched chapel still stands with free-standing church bell and all and is regularly used for intimate weddings. How to get there - roughly 11 kilometres from Vaalwater, on the Melkrivier road, the Vier-en-Twintig Riviere turn-off has a makeshift sign that reads ‘St Johns Church, all welcome, 8.6 km’.

Eugene Marais

Die Wonderwerker The name Eugène Marais, famous Afrikaans naturalist, author and poet is synonymous with the Waterberg. His scientific work, his poetry, and by all accounts his heart, were all intricately linked to the region. It was the writings of this complex, fascinating and tortured man that first brought the Waterberg to public attention. To this day, Marais’ writings on the Waterberg are amongst the most beautiful and moving in South African literature.

Marais was also a pioneer in the field of ethology, spending many years studying the behaviour of a troop of baboons and the social behaviour of termites on the farm Rietfontein in the Waterberg. These observations were published in his books The Soul of the Ape, My Friends the Baboons and the Soul of the White Ant. One of the Waterberg’s little-known secrets, except to a few real experts, is the existence of an outcrop of cycads (Encephalartos eugènemaraisii) at Entabeni that was named after Marais and can be visited to this day.

“O the small wind is frigid and spare and bright in the dim light and bare as wide as God’s merciful boon the veld lies in starlight and gloom and on the high lands spread through burnt bands the grass-seed, astir, is like beckoning hands.”

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AREND DIEPERINK MUSEUM

MAKAPAN’S VALLEY & CAVES

Blast to the

HERITAGE ROCKS

PAST The Arend Dieperink Museum offers local history with a delightful twist, inviting visitors to thoroughly immerse themselves in the Voortrekker and Sotho cultures. The museum is housed in a graceful building that was originally built as a school in 1917 and is located in Mokopane. Visitors will see a number of interesting artefacts that portray the colourful history of the town dating back to the Makapan Cave hominids through the Anglo-Boer War and also recent times. The museum sports an impressive collection of tractors, farming and industrial equipment. The exhibitions truthfully reconstruct

history with, among other, a replica of a bosveldhuis – the type of which farmers who settled the area used to dwell in. Demonstrations and traditional refreshments like mampoer and fresh bread are available on request. The museum is intrinsically linked with the Makapans Valley and beautifully rounds up the wonders of its many caves with the history of the area. The museum is open from Monday through to Friday from 07h30 to 16h00 and can be found at 97 Thabo Mbeki Drive. For more information contact 015 491 9735

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WATERBERG LIVING MUSEUM

Living History The Waterberg Living Museum had been a popular destination on the travelers’ map since 1997, attracting some 55 000 visitors before closing its doors in 2008 due to land claims lodged on the property. Plans are, however, afoot to resurrect the museum and revise its role as a multi-purpose education and training center. The project is the handiwork of the PAGE 70

Clive Walker Foundation that was established in 2002 with the purpose of managing the museum. Plans are currently underway to relocate the museum to new premises – offering even more incentive to make the trek to the beautiful Waterberg. The new facilities promise to be larger and better-equipped, but will continue to provide a sanctuary for animals that have been injured, are ill or orphaned. Its core educational and research goals in the spirit of conservation will remain in place. Visitors of all ages will be able to choose between self-guided or guided tours of the premises. There will be plenty to see and plenty to do - from the Clive Walker Gallery of Fine Art to the fascinating Waterberg Herbarium. The curious at heart can delve into the library and curio shop, while Explorer Club members and visitors can replenish their energy at the planned Livingstone Lounge with a light meal and a hot or cold drink. It’s not yet clear when the new museum will open its doors, but interested visitors can visit www.livingmuseum.co.za or call 082 969 8331 for updates on the project’s progress.

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The Makapans Valley is famous for its 11 fascinating caves that are historically and culturally of great significance. The valley has played a pivotal role in paleontological and archeological research, earning itself the title of a National Heritage Site in 1936. Situated 15 kilometres from Mokopane, the valley covers 2 220 hectares of engrossing history and great scenic beauty. It was at Makapansgat where one of South Africa’s most dramatic historic events took place in 1854. Chief Makapan, a large number of Langa and Kekana tribespeople as well as their cattle took refuge in the cave following a revenge attack by a Voortrekker commando. The siege lasted for almost a month and hundreds of tribe’s people died of hunger and thirst. The battle also saw the death of Voortrekker leader Piet Potgieter. The valley is also a priceless technological record from the Early and Middle Stone Age to the Iron Age. It has become a proverbial treasure trove of finds that have done much to expand the understanding of the evolution of man dating back some 3.3-million years. The various sites have also yielded fascinating fossils that include sabre-toothed cats, giant buffalo and indigenous crops. Visits to the Makapans Valley are possible, but must be arranged with Mogalakwena Bushveld Community Tourism Association ahead of time. Makapans Valley has been an invaluable source of knowledge for scientists and its preservation and protection is of great importance. To experience its many fascinating facets firsthand call 014 763 2193 or e-mail bushveld@nptb.co.za and book an amazing tour back in time.


LALELE CROCODILE FARM

CROCODILE ROCK! Did you know that crocodiles can stay underwater for up to an hour without surfacing for breath? If you’re keen on knowing more about these ancient reptiles, Lalele Crocodile Farm near Mookgopong lets you get up close and personal with a cast of snappy characters. The oasis-style farm is home to some 10 000 crocs and provides an immersive experience about all things toothy, scaly and crocodile-y.

Live feeding shows illustrate how crocodiles have managed to stay atop the African food-chain for millions of years. The shows are jaw-to-the floor experiences that are hosted on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 14h30. Visitors to the family-owned farm are never short of excitement and can quench their thirst at the Crocktail Bar or tuck into the justly famous Croc Meat Meal if they’re after some adventurous dining.

The curio shop is a must-browse, and keeping with the crocodilian theme, sells a variety of items made from crocodile leather. General stock includes belts, hats, key-rings, trophies, armbands and jewellery. Lalele Crocodile Farm is an exciting and informative outing for the family, sure to mesmerize both young and old. For more information visit www.lalele.co.za, call 014 743 0215 or e-mail info@lalele.co.za

HASSAH

All that GLITTERS... World competition, hosted by South Africa in 2008. These pieces adorned the beauties of Nigeria, New Zealand, Namibia and the Netherlands. Hassah’s jewelry has also travelled as far as Cuba for the 27th Havana International Trade Fair in 2008. A colourful bead ring also earned Hassah a sustainable design award at the New York Gift Fair in 2011. Hassah employs 15 permanent crafters and artisans, while between 25 and 30 freelance artists work with the company throughout the year.

They design and create all manner of beautiful things – rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, shoes, badges and canvases, to name but a few. The company uses unique design, vibrant colour, fabrics and sometimes even recycled items to create pieces with an authentic local stamp of quality and timelessness. For more information about Hassah’s products and activities, contact Erika on 014 763 5556 or 082 850 8060. Alternatively e-mail her at erika@hassah.co.za. Hassah is also online at www.hassah.co.za waterberg

Hassah is a study in African opulence, beauty, innovation, skill, passion, inspired design and, above all, heart. Founded in 2002, Hassah has effectively empowered local artists and crafters to create numerous collections to celebrate the exquisite colour of Africa. Hassah’s astonishing range of interior décor pieces, accessories and beadwork is justly famous. The company, based in Lephalale, was tasked to design and manufacture four signature pieces of jewelry for the Miss

GELUKSFONTEIN GOAT CHEESE FARM

Say CHEESE! The benefits of goats’ milk and related products are known the world over. More people enjoy milk from goats than from any other domesticated animal. Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm, outside Modimolle provides cheese lovers with the perfect opportunity to touch, feel, smell, see and taste the workings of a goat dairy farm. Their delicious range of products – milk, yoghurt, feta and a range of other cheese –are widely available at Spar supermarket chains in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the North West, the Free State, the Northern Cape and Centurion in Gauteng. Visitors can also purchase produce directly from the source, while experiencing first-hand where all the goodness comes from.

The production of Gelukfontein’s products is a fascinating affair as owner Christo Venter demonstrates cheesemaking and serves his delicious creations afterwards. The Goatino Pub & Grill on the 40 acre farm is also a great place to enjoy their fine products with a glass of fine wine or even a cup of refreshing tea. The farm is open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 17h00, but the best times to pop in are from 09h00 to 10h00 or in the afternoon from 15h00 to 17h00.

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Legend Golf & Safari

THABAPHASWA MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY

Designed by golfing legends

MOUNTAIN RETREAT

To the locals in these parts, Thabaphaswa means “the black and white mountain”. To guests, Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary is a tranquil and relaxing mountain getaway in the heart of the Bushveld. The sanctuary is far removed from the urban jungle, sheltered snugly by hills that roll in the towering shadow of the Thabaphaswa Mountain. The sanctuary is situated on Groenkom Farm, located just outside Mokopane and comprises overnight camps and a romantic cottage for honeymooners or couples. A camping site and the Dome Rock and Kanniedood camps are ideal for an intimate experience. Rest fully in comfortably appointed overnight facilities complete with hot water showers and all amenities. There is also plenty to do for those who need to keep on the move with hiking, 4x4 routes, rock climbing, quad biking, birding and various farming activities to observe. Guests are advised that cell phone reception is dismal – a great excuse to switch it off and indulge in the peace and quiet!

The Legends Golf and Safari Resort consists of an exceptional golf course with a luxury estate where wildlife and the spectacular Waterberg landscapes are all part of an intended lifestyle. Situated within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the malaria-free Waterberg district of the Limpopo, where the Big Five still roam free, this unique resort sets new standards in exclusivity and tranquillity. The design of the course is also a world-first. Each of the eighteen holes was designed by some of the world’s top golfers including Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomery, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman. The uniqueness of the golf course is reflected in the spectacular Extreme 19th hole, which is the longest and most dramatic Par 3 in the world. Set high up on the impressive Hangklip Mountain and only accessible by helicopter, this Par 3 is played from a vertical height of 430 metres to the Africa-shaped green far below. The Extreme 19th is an unforgettable golfing experience.

Contact Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary on 015 491 4882 or 082 389 6631 to book. You can also send e-mail tothabaphaswa@telkomsa.net. For more information visit www.thabaphaswa.co.za

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Gentle GIANTS

An integral part of the Bushveld experience, and a proud member of the Big Five, is the majestic African elephant. Lore tells us that an elephant never forgets, while science tells us that their great memory is an important survival mechanism. Whatever feeds your imagination – legend or fact – an Adventure with Elephants at Zebula Country Club in Bela Bela will stay with you forever. This ‘giant’ outfit does things differently, promising “an honest, mind-blowing experience, good company and great elephants”. The allure lies in going beyond just touching and feeding the elephants. Instead guests are provided with numerous ways to get intimately acquainted with their enormous hosts. PAGE 72

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Embark on an elephant-back safari, swim with elephants or enjoy a starlight stroll through the bush – there is no better way to understand the nature and soul of these gentle giants. Adventures with Elephants -previously known as Elephants for Africa Forever - are an organization that is committed to conservation. Through interaction with elephants visitors are educated about protecting our natural heritage for future generations. If you are fascinated by elephants, would like to know more about them and are looking for a truly life-changing experience, this is the destination tailor-made for you! To book call 014 734 7730 or e-mail adventures@zebula.co.za Accommodation is also available at Zebula Golf Estate on 014 734 7700. For more information visit www.adventureswithelephants.co.za

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The crème de la crème of Afrikaans music will again take to the stage at the annual Windpomp Festival in Mookgopong from 21 to 23 March 2013. The festival was established in 2008 with the view to supporting local charity organizations. The festival has since become a popular calendar event, attracting some of South Africa’s foremost Afrikaans artists like Bok van Blerk, Riana Nel, Nicholas Louw, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Snotkop and Die Campbells. The festival is hosted on the beautiful Euphoria Estate and provides great entertainment and fun activities. There are a number of stalls set up during the festival with a variety of interesting wares, fireworks, extreme riding, theme park rides, a beer garden and much more. Tickets range in price from R70 to R90 per person or R200 for the entire weekend, while children shorter than a metre enter for free. The Windpomp Festival is a great excuse to leave the city behind and enjoy the warm Bushveld hospitality in a festive atmosphere. For more information visit http://naboomwindpompfees.co.za or call 014 743 0136 and experience the “pumping” vibe of the Windpomp Festival.

A view from ABOVE Adrenaline junkies looking for a new challenge can do just that by jumping out of a plane at Xtreme Skydive near Modimolle in the Waterberg. Limpopo’s only skydiving club caters for all levels - from beginners to veteran parachutists. Let an experienced instructor guide you through your first jump or choose to jump in tandem with a master skydiver to get into the swing of things. At Xtreme Skydive they offer static jumps for rookies, freefall and skydiving formations for more advanced skydivers, all under the eagle eye of expert instructors. 083 759 3483

From childhood days Erich Venter dreamt of owning a Bengal tiger. Now that dream has become a reality with Eventieria, a wildlife haven in the heart of the Waterberg. The modern state of the art wildlife park is the perfect place for the family to enjoy a relaxing day of eating and taking in the sight of the many exotic and South African animal species that are on offer. Eventieria is home to Siberian and Bengal tigers, emus, leopards, crocodiles, white and brown lions, wild dogs and a host of other mammals and birds. If you’re into slippery creatures, take a look at their superb reptile park. Enjoy a meal at the a la Carte restaurant on the premises with its distinct wildlife ambiance. Eventieria can also host conferences and events for up to 400 people. The wildlife park is situated 30km from Vaalwater on the road to Melkrivier. Call 015 755 3793 / 083 391 7866.

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Genius Loci

Home of Tshukudu Lodge

Game Ranch

Situated 80km from Pretoria and 100km from Johannesburg, Genius Loci Game Ranch is the perfect getaway for a day trip, weekend break-away, conferences, weddings and spa treatments at the Tshukudu 4 Star Lodge. a selection of their sweet treats for desserts. Every meal is artfully arranged to attract the eyes and satisfy even the most discerning diner. A fine selection of wines is also available for perfect pairings with the meal of your choice. The venue is simply gorgeous with a magnificent deck overlooking a dam that attracts numerous species of birds. Special occasions are also catered for as the resident chefs can prepare special menus to suit any celebration – from traditional braais to potjiekos, fine dining and so much more. For more information call 012 723 0315 or 012 723 7900 or make reservations at bookings@gl.co.za. Reservations Telephone: +27 12 723 7900 Fax line: +27 12 723 0325 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GeniusLociLodge Address: Ptn of Ptn 3, Buffelsdrift 179JR, Bela-Bela, Limpopo

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The Ranch consists of: THE TSHUKUDU LODGE A four star Lodge set in pristine bushveld with immaculate gardens, flowing streams & venues to meet all occasions. 4-star luxury accommodation, accommodating 24 guests sharing. Six of the twelve rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and balconies, allowing guests to enjoy the majestic views of African sunsets. The other six rooms feature courtyards with open air showers as an alternative to the shower and bath inside the room, enticing the more adventurous to become one with nature. KIGELI NATURE AND WELLNESS SPA /// WILD INDULGENCE In the shade of the majestic monkey-thorn, the largest apiesdoring tree in the Southern Hemisphere, tired minds and bodies are magically revived. Healing hands pamper and massage with deliciously rich and healthy lotions and potions. Eyes overlook rugged bush, ears hear the call of birds and noses breathe in the clean Waterberg air. This is Limpopo’s hidden paradise – Kigeli Nature & Wellness Spa. Escape the hustle and bustle with a comfortable 45 minute drive from Pretoria to the bush of Rust de Winter and the tranquillity of the Eland’s river. The spa offers a number of treatments for individuals, couples and groups that promise to rejuvenate and relax. Guests can be soothed with head, neck, full body, foot, hand and facial massages or choose a package of treatments complete with breakfast, lunch or both. Take some of Kigeli’s unbridled luxury home by stocking up on authentic Kigeli Spa products at the Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park reception. MYSTIC MONKEYS & FEATHERS WILDLIFE PARK /// MONKEY BUSINESS Pack the kids and the rest of the family for a Mystic Monkey and Feathers Wildlife Park experience. What started as founder Christa Saayman’s love for animals with the purchase of two goldenhanded tamarin monkeys, has grown into a recognized zoo and sanctuary. You would be hard pressed to find a more diverse family of creatures sure to delight both young and old for hours. Situated in Rust de Winter, the sanctuary is a short 40 kilometre drive from Bela Bela or 45 minutes from Pretoria. As the name suggests, primates abound with some 44 species including whitehanded gibbons, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and bearded sakis. White lions, Bengal tigers and cheetah are but some of the fascinating locals – not to mention the 50-odd lemur species. There are also a number of exotic birds that add even more colour to this Waterberg paradise. At Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park it is not just about seeing, but also about playing. The park offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to spend time with cubs and chimps. Visiting with the local residents requires a booking upfront and can be done by contacting Christa on 082 566 4929 or via e-mail at blouduiker@ mweb.co.za. More information about new arrivals, the animals and activities is available online at www.mysticmonkeys.co.za. GENIUS LOCI RESTAURANT /// FINE DINING The Genius Loci Game Ranch in Rust de Winter brings the best of the bush full circle with Tshukudu Lodge, Mystic Monkeys and Kigeli Nature and Wellness Spa. To crown it all, the Genius Loci Restaurant ensures that every visit is paired with the promise of culinary bliss. It offers a-la-carte menu of breakfasts, lights meals and main courses prepared by expert chefs. The restaurant also prepares fantastic Sunday buffets from 12h30 to 15h00. Enjoy succulent lamb with crisp veggies and mash or indulge in

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QUAILS DELI

KAMATSOGO CREATIVE LIVING

For FOODIES

Noted French author, François La Rochefoucauld left us with the wisdom that “to eat is a necessity; to eat intelligently is an art”. Quails Deli in Bela Bela stocks all the ingredients you need to ensure a meal rife with genius. The deli is an invitation for foodies and cooks to get creative in the kitchen with items that wouldn’t usually be seen in your local general supermarket. Quails Deli often get in special treats like fresh oysters, kudu venison, rock cod, quails, sea bass and Scottish salmon. Spice it up with an impressive range of ‘fancy’ spices, including Iranian saffron, goji berry and bouquet garni or stock up on old favourites like sage, cumin, nutmeg or tarragon. A wide selection of cheeses, preserves and jams, olive oils and vinegars make whipping up a fabulous feast child’s play. Allow your taste buds to travel around the world with a rich selection of coffees and an assortment of biscotti or take a culinary trip to Italy with pastas of all shapes and sizes. Quails Deli offers endless possibilities and a world of new flavours. Their range of antipasto and olives make for “other world” entertaining with tasty twist. Chillipoached pears, dolmades, peppadews, peperonchini, quails eggs, sesame bread sticks, stuffed green olives, taramasalata dip and jalapeno chillies are but a sliver of what Quails Deli has on offer.

COLOUR YOUR WORLD Kamatsogo Creative Living products go beyond style, functionality and beauty. This non-profit organization’s eclectic range is a story of hope, lovingly made with ka’motsogo- or “our hands”. The NGO’s roots lie in humble beginnings in a garage in Vaalwater with six local women and a dream to make a difference. Today the business employs more than fifteen women, offering a gallery and workshop where the team, all of whom are affected by HIV/Aids or are disabled, produce their wares. These remarkable women apply sewing and embroidery techniques to design and create beautiful, timeless handmade collectables. The range includes aprons, bags, clothing, cushions, jewelry and other knickknacks, table wear and accessories. Only top-quality fabric is used and members amaze with astounding handiwork where no stitch is out of place. Kamatsogo invites you to own beautiful linen items that are an inspiring triumph over hardship with every perfect stitch. Kamatsogo items are available in selected stores and can also be ordered directly by visiting www.kamatsogo.co.za or contacting Tamsin Hill on 014 755 4020 or 083 390 2775.

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Where to shop... LEPHALALE MALL

Open for business The much anticipated Lephalale Mall’s first phase of development is now open to customers in this most unlikely boomtown located a stone’s throw from the border of Botswana. The mall’s first phase includes 14800sqm of retail shopping, which includes anchor tenants Checkers and Game, with each covering with 4 100sqm of floor space. Construction started in January 2012 and it is expected that the regional mall could grow to 42 000sqm with the completion of future phases. The recent spurt of economic growth in Lephalale due to the growing coal mining and power generating activities in the area, led to PAGE 76

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the development and construction of the new shopping paradise. The Lephalale Mall promises to become a premier shopping destination, further bolstering the local economy and contributing to employment in the area. Among the present tenants are Edgars Active, Jet, Mr Price Sport and Home, Spitz, Rage Shoes, King Pie, Torga Optical, MTN and Studio 88. The mall is ideally situated in the new town of Onverwacht on the corner of Nelson Mandela Road, Apiesdoorn Avenue and Onverwacht Road. For more information contact the Moolman Group’s Sonke Moolman on 082 738 3733.


A TOUCH OF HEAVEN

TOUCH COFFEE SHOP

THE SHRINK

There is nothing like rewarding yourself with a steaming cup of hot coffee and a slice of delicious cake after hours of shopping. Pore over the dog-eared pages of your favourite paperback or catch up on gossip from a tabloid magazine. Touch Coffee Shop in Thabazimbi is the ideal spot to relax, unwind and enjoy great food and company. This establishment is entirely family friendly, but still suited to a power lunch or just a solitary cup of tea. Touch Coffee Shop has enough space to take the stress out of banqueting and meetings with top-class facilities. It is also a popular venue for children’s parties, as the venue arranges

everything from entertainment to food. The menu lists old favourites like schnitzels, pork and lamb chops, calamari and steaks – expertly prepared and mouthwateringly tasty. The Sunday buffet (and notably the dessert) comes highly recommended. The nursery that abuts the shop is a delightful addition to tickle your green fingers. This lovely establishment is open from 09h00 until 15h00 and can be found on the corner of Van der Bijl and 13th Avenue. Stop by and prepare to be impressed! For more information contact Sanet on 083 336 7432.

Where to eat... DIE KOFFIEKAN

COFFEE THERAPY

SECRET GARDEN The alluring and fragrant smell of roses, a lush garden and birdsong are what you will find at Die Koffiekan Coffee Shop in Modimolle. The venue is spacious and set on beautiful grounds that give the illusion of being in the heart of a secret garden. Moms can relax with a cup of delicious coffee, while the kids can play to their hearts content on the playground which is in close sight of the coffee shop. Die Koffiekan offers delicious meals for breakfast and lunch, as well as an assortment of other refreshments. A hearty lunch can be followed by a leisurely stroll through the rose gardens that teem with birds and other interesting animals. Swans, bunnies, parrots and fish are but some of animal friends that will delight the kids. Die Koffiekan can also arrange for pony rides! Apart from being the go-to venue for coffee and relaxation, Die Koffiekan is also a popular venue for all kinds of functions - from business meetings to birthday parties. Die Koffiekan offers a professional banqueting team and catering to ensure that each function is executed perfectly. The conference room can accommodate up to 100 guests, while smaller facilities cater for smaller groups of 35 to 15 guests respectively. They are situated in the Nylstene Business Park at 8 Nelson Mandela Drive in Modimolle. Make Die Koffiekan your next port of call for a delicious cup of Java and a bite to eat. Call 083 644 8877 or visit www.diekoffiekan.co.za for more information. www.leisurelimpopo.co.za

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Lephalale locals will tell you that there is no better therapy than The Shrink, a bustling coffee-house located at Machauka Lodge in Lephalale. In fact, renowned scenario-planner Clem Sunter credits The Shrink for reminding him of what life is all about – family and friends – during a visit to the establishment in 2011. The Shrink is rumoured to have the yummiest selection of cakes in town, not to mention frothy and fragrant cappuccinos. It is not surprising that it is always a hive of activity with young and old converging under the umbrellas out on the patio for breakfast or lunch. The fare is delightful with a selection of light meals, including sandwiches and burgers. The coffee house is ideal for children, who have their own space to do what children do – laugh and play. The Shrink can also comfortably cater for groups and parties. The Shrink is easy to find on 1 Kotie Street in Lephalale and is open Monday to Sunday during the day. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also book by calling 014 763 5360.


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THE SHACK

YE OLDE PUB

In the southern part of the Waterberg, some 17 kilometres from Bela Bela, an English Family Pub extends warm Bushveld hospitality to travelers. The Shack is also a popular local watering hole, rustic in decoration and sporting colourful memorabilia ‘donated’ by patrons. Caps, scarves, flags, mugs, mats and all manner of pub paraphernalia hang from the rafters and fill the bar. The atmosphere is welcoming and strangers are soon friends after getting acquainted with pub-goers over a round of beers or a delicious meal. The food is decidedly an English affair with bangers and mash, steak and chips, toasted sandwiches and savoury pancakes. However, match days are a bit different when sporting fans pour in to support their teams. These days have become known as braai days when boerewors, chops and steaks are prepared outside and served with salads and buttered rolls. The Shack is a comfort during the winter months when meals and drinks are enjoyed in front of a log fire that chases away the chill. The pub is open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. There is also accommodation available with two comfortable cottages that allow for dogs provided the owners are well behaved! For more information, visit www.the-shack.co.za or call 014 736 5777 or 072 667 5486. PAGE 78

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EVENTSCALENDAR Most dates are To Be Confirmed

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Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike Classis Magoebaskloof - Magoebaskloof Hotel 1 Day, Rudi 082 802 0880 Woman Femininity Cellebration Tzaneen - Karibu Leisure Lodge 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Power Moments Lifestyle Seminar Modimolle - OR Thambo Hall 1 Day, 014 718 2000 Shangri - La Wine Tasting Evening Modimolle - Shangri - La Country Hotel 1 Day, marketing@southofafrica.co.za Beauty Brunches Polokwane - Fusion Boutique Hotel 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za The City Impact Youth Arts Festival Polokwane - Library Gardens 16 Days, Dikeledi 084 825 1231

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Haenertsburg Founders Celebration Haenertsburg Village 1 Day, Linda Wilkinson 079 525 7849 Kaizer Chiefs vs Ajax CT Polokwane - Peter Mokaba Stadium 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Black Leopards vs Amazulu Polokwane - Peter Mokaba Stadium 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Mapungubwe Jazz Festival Polokwane - Polokwane Cricket Club 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Black Leopards vs Free State Stars Polokwane - Peter Mokaba Stadium 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Annual Reconciliation Day Celebration Bela Bela - Letlhabile Park 1 Day, Gift 074 270 4436 Mapungubwe Arts and Cultural Festival Polokwane - Polokwane Cricket Club 3 Days, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Oppiplaas Musiekfees Badplaas - Forever Resort 19 Days, oppiplaas@foreversa.co.za Supersport UTD vs Ajax CT Polokwane - Peter Mokaba Stadium 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Giyani 3-Day Party Giyani - Oaisis Lodge 3 Days, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Black Leopards vs Orlando Pirates Polokwane - Peter Mokaba Stadium 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za Mopani Gospel Music Festival Giyani - Giyani Stadium 1 Day, Computicket - Limpopo www.computicket.co.za

Druiwefees Cycle challenge Settler Boeresaal, Settlers 1 Day, Gawie Marais 082 376 2098

FEBRUARY 3

Berry Festival Haenertsburg Village 3 Days, Shahrzad - Tours 082 903 7593 28 Limpopo Marula Festival Phalaborwa - Impala Park, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Hlolwa Park 8 Days, Andre Kellerman 015 781 0589 28 The Polokwane Show & Music Festival Polokwane Showgrounds 3 Days, Corrie 082 374 0816

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Zion Christian Church Easter Festival Polokwane - Zion City, Moria 1 Day CYCLE CENTRE CHALLENGE - Road Info Village, Makhado, Ltt 70/40/10 km J V JAARSVELDT 083 288 5426 / 079 123 7336 Garmin Rooiberg Eco Ride Bela Bela - Rooiberg 1 Day, Kirsty Searly 083 326 6721 Cycle Centre Challenge - MTB X.O. Info Village, Makhado, Ltt LAPS M Smit 083 599 5798 / 082 740 8740 Thabazimbi Expo Thabazimbi - Thaba Park 2 Days

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Lions 4x4 Charity Event Phalaborwa - Hlolwa Lodge 1 Day, 083 646 3686 3 Connoisseur Collection Food, wine and Classic cars Polokwane - The Farmyard Trading Post 3 Days Adrian / John 083 630 9600 /083 252 7900 12 Mabalingwe Lion Man Mountain Bike Race Bela Bela- Mabalingwe Game Reserve 1 Day, 014 736 9000

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The Sign Africa & Africa Print Roadshow Polokwane - Meropa Casino, 1 Day 8 PPC Kremetart Cycling Tour - One Day 4 Stage Info Village, Makhado, Ltt 175/70/10 km R Alexander 082 932 3590 / 083 288 5426 9 Kremetart MTB Cycling - MTB X.O. Info Village, Makhado, Ltt LAPS J v Dijkhorst 082 740 8740 / 083 599 5798 15 MTN National Marathon & Half Marathon #5 Rooiberg Rooiberg 1 Day, www.advendurance.com

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Ellisras Bushveld Festival Lephalale 4 Days, Marie Seegers 082 061 1382 Hoedspruit Game Festival Hoedspruit - Blyde Wildlife Estate 3 Days Makoppa (Inter club event) - Duathlon Schoemansdal EEC 40/30/10 km R Alexander 082 932 3590 / 083 288 5426 Save The Rhino 2 Day Trail Run Mookgopong - Legend Golf and Safari Resort 2 Days, Sonja Terblanche-Otto 082 579 7595 Limpopo Wine Show Polokwane - Meropa Casino 2 Days, 011 482 5936 Monster Rock Festival Louis Trichardt 3 Days

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Kumba Marakele Marathon & Half Marathon Thabazimbi - Marakele National Park 21.1 km , 42.2 km, Elise Coetzer 082 936 4425 Munnik Meerkat MTB Marathon Munnik, Limpopo 70/35/10 km J v Dijkhorst 082 740 8740 / 083 599 5798 Ebenezer Mile Open Swim Magoebaskloof - Ebenezer Dam 1 Day, Heinz Haas 083 626 0297 Naboom Windpomp Fees Naboomspruit (Mookgopong) - Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro 3 Days, Gwen 076 533 4513 Pick & Pay Bosveld Mile Bela Bela, 1 Day Kiwi Festival Haenertsburg Village 2 Days, Jane 083 442 7429

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Fedhealth Tour de Tuli Cycle Tour Mapungubwe National Park 6 Days, Heather 011 807 1800 / 011 257 5075 Die Horing Kunstefees Phalaborwa 5 Days OppiKoppi Festival Northam - Oppikoppi Farm 3 Days, 012 326 0560 Waterberg Game Festival Vaalwater - Aljaco Auctions 3 Days Kierieklapper Arts Festival Mokopane - Piet Potgieter High School 4 Days, 015 491 5747 Akkedis - MTB Marathon Schoemansdal EEC 70/40/10 km J v Dijkhorst 082 740 8740 / 082 467 7645 Legend Gorge 1-Day MTB Legend Golf & Safari Resort 1 Day, www.advendurance.com MTN Tour of Legends Stage Event Legend Golf & Safari Resort 3 Days, www.advendurance.com Kinetic Full Moon Adventure Warmbad 2 Days,Heidi Muller heidi@kineticgear.co.za

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Mazda Haenertsburg Marathon Magoebaskloof - Stanford Lake College 1 Day The kykNET Buite Ekspo Bela Bela - Mbizi 3 Days, Marius Opperman 082 570 5758 Rocking for Rhinos Hoedspruit - Franklyn Park 2 Days Magoebaskloof Spring Festival Magoebaskloof - Magoebaskloof Hotel 9 Days, Linda Miller 015 276 1531 Fighter Town Challenge - Road Airforce Base, Makhado, Ltt 70/35/10 km Gavin Fryer 073 168 7333 / 082 848 1973 Sustainable Living Festival Hoedspruit - GKNP College, Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate 3 Days, 082 499 7378 Two Countries Musina Marathon Musina - Eric Louw High School 1 Day, Stanley 082 493 3897

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Nyl Myl Modimolle - Moorddrift Farm 1 Day, Willem 072 218 4231 12 Sasol Marakele Birding Breakaway Marakele National Park 3 Days, Ampie Venter 083 258 5924 Eddie Cassani 084 370 5255



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