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February 2021 www.theweekend.co.za


FROM THE EDITOR Looking for something to do this weekend? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re a weekend warrior with a lust for adventure or a stressed exec looking for a relaxing lunch in the sun, you’ll find inspiration on our pages. What’s Happening on the Weekend® features venues and activities in Gauteng, Kwa – Zulu Natal & the Western Cape as well as further afield, providing you with everything you need to plan your next outing. Take a look at our special offers for a spur of the moment indulgence, or browse through our regular categories and add a few new favourites to your list of frequent haunts. While every care & effort has been taken in compiling accurate information the publishers , its assigns , employees & heirs can not be held responsible for any omissions or errors . Any reproduction or illustrations compiled in this issue for further use must receive permission in writing from the publisher’s

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SA Guide Dogs Fluffy Puppy Club You can win R 100 000! Be one of 1000 people who stand a chance to win R100,000!! This exclusive club gives you the opportunity to win monthly prizes of up to R20,000 plus one exciting annual bumper prize of R100,000! Enter by making an annual payment of R4140 or monthly payments of R365. Your entry fee will not only get you into the draw, but help us raise much needed funds to continue with the work that we do https://guidedog.org.za/ T‟s & C‟s https://guidedog.org.za/product/fluffy-puppy-club/

Monthly prize values : 1st Prize – R 20 000 2nd Prize – R 5 000 3rd Prize – R 1 000 In addition there will be a SPECIAL DRAW to be held immediately after the December draw with a Bumper Prize of R 100 000 and the winner will earn the honour of naming one of our new “puppies-in-training”.

Membership of the Club will be granted on receipt of a signed application and payment of the R 4 140 (VAT Incl.) annual membership fee. Applications for 2021 close on 26 March 2021. Direct deposits, EFTs and/or credit card payments of R 4 140 must be received on or before this date. Members wishing to pay by monthly debit order (@ R 345 per month), may only join up to 19 February 2021, provided a signed debit order has been received by the Association on or before that date. Debit order applications after this date will not be accepted. When the fee is to be paid by monthly instalments, membership will be granted on the express understanding that 12 instalments will be made, i.e. R345 per month. To sign up for debit orders please email Sanette on SanetteH@guidedog.org.za


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Knysna has a rich history spanning sailing ships, gold discovery and timber extraction to arguably become South Africa‟s favorite holiday destination. The Khoisan people originally inhabited the area until Dutch Settlers arrived in the 17th century. Knysna‟s documented history began in 1804 with the arrival of George Rex, rumored to be the illegitimate son of King George III who subsequently opened shops, established a port and a timber business that exported hardwoods around the world. The Thesen family moved from Norway to Knysna in 1870 and founded numerous business entities in the town, and in 1904 Charles William Thesen bought Paarden Island (now named Thesen Islands) and began processing timber on the Islands in 1922. Wood waste from the timber mill was subsequently used to start a power station which generated electricity from turbines and this eventually supplied the towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay with electricity until the mid 1970‟s. The various structures were relocated around the island, often without documented plans, and were part of the Eskom power grid for many years. The current power station site, which now hosts the Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa and Island Café, was built in 1939/1940. ​

Contact Us Address: TH 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Islands, Knysna, South Africa Reservations: book@turbinehotel.co.za Central Reservations: +27 (0) 44 050 3500 Website: www.turbinehotel.co.za


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Birthday Special Itâ€&#x;s our gift to you. This special is available to South Africans, 4 years and older.


The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been providing visitors with a world-class experience since October 4, 1929. The company operates in a National Park and World Heritage Site. The mountain‟s magnetism has a way of drawing people in, compelling them to reach the summit. But getting to the top was not always the effortless trip it is today.

Before the Cableway was established, the only way up Cape Town‟s iconic mountain was by foot – a climb undertaken only by adventurous souls, such as the famous Capetonian, Lady Anne Barnard. By the late 1870s, several of Cape Town‟s more prominent (and possibly less fit) citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway to the top. Plans to build a rack railway were proposed, but implementation was halted by the outbreak of the First Anglo-Boer War in 1880. By 1912, engineer HM Peter was commissioned by the Cape Town City Council to investigate options for a public transport system, and a funicular railway from Oranjezicht through Platteklip Gorge was suggested. In a referendum on the matter, the vast majority of Cape Town‟s residents voted in favour of the funicular – despite the staggering cost of £100 000 (an immense amount of money in those days). Plans for this were halted once again by the outbreak of the First World War, before a Norwegian engineer named Trygve Stromsoe suggested a cableway in 1926.

Tel: +27 (0) 424 8181 info@tablemountain.net


Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa… a unique resort destination, an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the heart of the Garden Route, less than 7 minutes from George Airport and set on 242 hectares of natural, rugged and beautiful surroundings you will discover Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa… one of South Africa‟s most sensational resorts complete with a 100-bedroom luxury hotel, an Ernie Els signature golf course and the awardwinning Freesia Spa. The stunning natural landscape complete with indigenous bird life, free-roaming game and natural Fynbos terrain, is matched by the exceptional levels of service in one of the most opulent hotels South Africa has to offer. Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa is located less than seven minutes‟ drive from George Airport in an area renowned for its pristine beaches, indigenous forests and nature reserves. The stunning natural landscape is matched by the exceptional levels of service in one of the most beautiful luxury hotels South Africa has to offer. The hotel occupies an ideal position between the Indian Ocean and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains in Herolds Bay, George, on the Garden Route.

Contact Us Address: 406 Herolds Bay Road 6528 George, South Africa Reservations reservations@oubaaihotels.com Central Reservations - +27 44 851 1234 Website - www.oubaaihotels.com


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Restaurants

Our menu is based on classic, locally sourced ingredients, served in creative flavour combinations and served with an inventive, modern edge. The simple menu changes every day according to availability of ingredients. Farm produce, from honey and yoghurt to guinea fowl and pastureraised beef and lamb; organic vegetables, such as kohlrabi and Jerusalem artichokes. You‟ll also find some new dishes never before seen on a local menu like Brandy & Coke ice-cream, liquid popcorn and more.

www.degrendel.co.za

We like to surprise our guests, that‟s why you‟ll find that our menu lists only the ingredients with no indication of how your meal will be prepared or which ingredients dominate (of course, if you ask, we‟ll gladly tell you more).

At the Foodbarn Restaurant Noordhoek, we serve the food that our Chef Franck Dangereux is famous for… delicious and decadent „casual fine-dining‟ in a relaxed and characterful old barn.

At the Foodbarn Deli during the day, you are invited into our „home-fromhome‟ by the tantalising aroma‟s of the fresh bread and the best coffee in the Noordhoek Valley, the uber friendly and caring service, chef Sheila‟s delicious creations. At night the Deli is transformed into a delightful Tapas Bar serving inspired dishes with amazing textures and flavours. Pop in with friends to enjoy tasty bites with your favourite wine or beer.

www.thefoodbarn.co.za


Chef Julia Hattingh‟s 18-seat table d‟hôte restaurant in Observatory serves a 5-course chef‟s choice dinner and is, in her own words, her “daydream come true”. At the dinners (that are frequently booked weeks in advance), Hattingh displays her skills, gained with time spent in local and renowned French kitchens, through intensely flavourful dishes. The menus rotate often and are crafted to pair with a selected winery‟s offering – a new winery is chosen every few weeks. The simplicity of presentation sometimes belies the numerous steps in preparation, with several slowcooked dishes having begun their lives the day before.

www.reverie.capetown

Leinster Hall is now home to The Stack – private members club and public brasserie. The illustrious 160-year old lady has been given a second youth, a coiffe and polish that sees her Georgian structure and Victorian fretwork shining. She knows a club of note when she sees one, The Cape Town Club having had its time there, and gracefully survived a serious blaze just after The Stack moved in. She is back, she has a story to tell and a lot longer life to live yet. The Stack was born on a fragrant afternoon in the monsoon season. Rain and gin flowed, as did the imaginations of Nigel and Sarah Pace.

www.thestack.co.za


Restaurant to the boutique-style Stellenbosch Hotel, the Stellenbosch Kitchen hosts a truly authentic Stellenbosch dining experience in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The restaurant is housed in a

Cape Dutch style building, built between 1692 and 1701 and was recently declared a National Monument. Located on the corner of historic Dorp Street and popular-hip Andringa Street, guests can relax on our terrace or dine inhouse and enjoy an atmosphere of oldworld charm whilst sharing in the ambience of social chatter. Our chefs prepare traditional South African heritage food with a modern twist. Indulge in delectable dishes such as the Rack of Karoo Lamb (Certified Karoo Meat of Origin), Karan Beef fillet, West Coast mussels or feast on the favourites and enjoy the flavour of a beer-battered Hake & Chips, the Monster Burger with Chalmar beef patty or the Truffle Risotto. We follow a “pasture-to-plate” approach that focuses on sustainable use of the region‟s finest seasonal ingredients. A tasteful recipe when paired with local wines. Corner of Dorp and Andringa Streets, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa

Tel : +27 (0)21 883-2893 stellenboschkitchen.co.za


Sorris Sorris Lodge With natural wonders such as the Brandberg Massif and the Ugab River as a backdrop, Sorris Sorris offers a truly opulent base for exploring Damaraland‟s rugged desert scenery. Here guests can delve into wonderful activities – like nature drives to find desertadapted elephants in the rugged landscape. Boasting only nine units each filled with all of the creature comforts you would expect and more; the emphasis is on an intimate experience. Pale woods, crisp linens and modern architectural design contrast with the rugged mountain terrain and offer a stylish base for your adventures. There is a swimming pool and deck where you can lounge away an afternoon or between your activities. And open-fronted lounge which enjoys the breeze and uninterrupted views of the Brandberg, Namibia‟s highest mountain. Contact +264 61 227 519


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Located on the rim of the Fish River Canyon, one of Namibia‟s top tourist destinations, Fish River Lodge offers forty guests breath-taking views directly over the canyon from sunrise to sunset. The landscape around the western side of the canyon is vast, empty and ancient. Perfect for both solitude and adventure. Explore the canyon and surrounds by foot, safari vehicle or mountain bike and experience the drama of this 500 million year old geological wonder. Fish River Lodge – on the edge of eternity. The unique landscape has provided the inspiration for the contemporary design of the Lodge. Dry stone walls, tall windows and wrap around decks allow views of the canyon to take priority. A rim pool providing cool comfort in the hot summer months also overlooks the canyon, whilst crackling fireplaces in the main lodge offer warmth and cosiness in winter. A platform outside each chalet allows for outdoor yoga and clerestory windows frame a myriad stars at night. The 45,000 hectare Canyon Nature Park is a sanctuary for Karoo succulent flora where the Aloe dichotoma, locally known as Kokerboom, stands sentinel and wildlife, including the rare Hartman‟s zebra, oryx antelope and ostriches, appear and disappear in the rocky side canyons. Contact Email: res2@journeysnamibia.com Telephone: +264 63 683 005


www. fishriverlodge-namibia.com


There are few things so powerful as to wake up to the splendor of the desert stretching to the limits of your vision. Tendrils of sunlight lazily creeping about in preparation for their day, their primordial existence in sync with the age of the stones around you. We pride ourselves on providing luxurious comfort and rest to all our clients by only using the best quality linen, 100% cotton towels and fragrant bathroom amenities. Inspired by the huts of the ancient peoples of the Namib, designed, built and engineered by the owners and founders, Desert Hills Lodge is certainly a visual delight. The proprietary designs of the high grass domes leave one in awe as the eye journeys across its curved organic surfaces, without the edges and corners of the buildings of the daily hustle and bustle of cities. Not only do we wish that you enjoy your sleep and cuisine when visiting Desert Hills Lodge, but we want you to go back home invigorated by grand adventure and exclusive experiences. You can book a three hour nature drive, including refreshments, to look at the unique fauna and flora adapted to desert life in the area, sun-downers to greet yet another spectacularly full day or even just hiking along the mountain trails cut into the mountains by zebras over centuries. Contact deserthills@hammersteinafrica.com Bookings Agent: +264 61 237 294 Bookings Agent Mob: +264 81 127 4584 Lodge Direct: +264 (0)63 293 322


www.deserthillslodge.com


Welcome to

The Eastern Cape


Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Nestled in the heart of South Africaâ€&#x;s unspoilt Eastern Cape province lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a worldclass Big Five safari destination. The 22,000 hectares of pristine private wilderness stretches either side of the Great Fish River which meanders for 30 kilometres through scenic landscape and comprises just twenty-six rooms split across five very individual and distinct safari lodges and villas, according it one of the highest land to guest ratios in South Africa. Renowned for quality guiding, understated luxury and the thousands of animals and wildlife that call the Reserve home, Kwandwe offers a range of safari activities and accommodation options to make every African Dream come true. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a renowned conservation and community success story. Comprising just 26 rooms split across five intimate and award-winning safari lodges and villas, Kwandwe provides understated luxury and one of the highest land to guest ratios in South Africaâ€&#x;s spectacular Eastern Cape region. Dedicated to providing a superior and authentic safari experience, led by an award-winning team of highly qualified and experienced rangers, activities on the reserve are diverse and offer both young and old the opportunity to create lifelong memories.

Contact Us Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Eastern Cape, 6140, South Africa T: +27 46 603 3400 E: reservations@kwandwe.co.za


www.kwandwe.com


Lalibela is a conservation project that currently consists of 10,500 hectares (approximately 26,000 acres) and is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard) as well as other predators like cheetah, hyena, jackal & lynx. Unique to our area of South Africa, we are blessed with vast areas Savannah Grassland, the biome that has by far the highest carrying capacity – this means that we are able to sustain truly vast herds of plains game like zebra, impala, wildebeest, red hartebeest, blesbuck and eland. This, in turn, allows us to sustain a remarkable density of free-roaming lions. Our primary focus at Lalibela is the conservation of our indigenous flora and fauna taking into account the community in our area. This is achieved by a huge team of diverse and special people – all who share the vision of long-term sustainability in a fast-changing world The 3 main aspects of any African safari are the game-viewing, the accommodation and the food – at Lalibela we take special care to ensure that heartfelt service combines with these three “ingredients” to make your Big 5 African safari experience a memorable one. We invite you to visit us so that we can share with you what Lalibela is about!

Contact Us Amakhala Game Reserve, Greater Addo6140 Amakhala Game ReserveSouth Africa T: +27 82 324 3484 E: res@hillsnek.com


www.lalibela.net


Away with the Fairies is blessed with an abundance of the good things in life :Nature, Views, Free Yoga, Wildlife, Forests, Free Fairy Shots, Waterfalls, Craft Beer on tap, Fun, Beauty, Health Smoothies, Peace and Love, that is what Away with the Fairies is all about. It‟s a refuge where one can truly escape the madness of the concrete jungle. It‟s a place to wander, whether in thought or person, through the mythical forests and mountain trails surrounding the Fairy home. Away with the Fairies invites you to come and experience the astonishing array of natural landscapes. And to come and let your mind wander – (or even better, to stop it wandering and become present) with the Fairies and their friends. Deciding you want to visit Hogsback is the easiest part, choosing Away with the Fairies is even easier, finding your perfect room to suit your budget and other needs is the cherry on the cake to make your stay here something that you will never forget. This is where we would like to make it easy for you, by providing a detailed overview of your options at Away with the Fairies. For this reason if you really want to make the best of your trip to Hogsback, look no further, and get lost in our magical realm of Fairies, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings style murals and stunning natural scenery.

Contact Us E: hogsback1@gmail.com T: 045 962 1031


www.awaywiththefairies.co.za


Experience the adventure and romantic mystique of the authentic African safari of centuries past. Gorah Elephant Camp is a luxurious tented camp, with a gracious manor house overlooking a waterhole teaming with game in the heart of the Addo National Park. The thrill of quietly watching a herd of elephants stroll by, while sipping tea on the veranda of a stately colonial manor house is the unforgettable stuff of dreams. This exclusive safari lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past. Experience the breathtaking natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication to deliver an unforgettably unique 5-star adventure. Gorah is the only private concession and Camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. The park is malaria-free and has the Big 5. 11 stylish tented suites entice you to stay sheltered under thatched canopies with private decks, the magnificent en suite tents are spacious and luxurious, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s. Each is enhanced with the fine comforts and excellence associated with Hunter Hotels.

Contact Us Accommodation Reservations T : +27 (0) 44 501 1111 res@hunterhotels.com


www.hunterhotels.com


Kwa-Zulu Natal Two areas in KwaZulu-Natal have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. These areas are extremely scenic as well as important to the surrounding ecosystems.


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Thanda Safari is a world of wilderness and wildlife, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means „Love‟ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14 000-hectare reserve, its three unique properties, and its community partnerships. Experience the ultimate safari and game lodge experience with Thanda Safari, which has repeatedly been named the World‟s Leading Luxury Lodge. A luxury private game reserve and member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Thanda Safari has three distinct accommodation options: Thanda Safari Lodge offers 9 exquisite bush suites; Villa iZulu is a completely private and exclusive bush retreat, ideal for celebrities, small groups and families. Thanda Tented Camp has 15 luxury safari tents for an evocative experience of the wild. As a multiple winner of the World‟s Leading Luxury Lodge, we know exactly how to look after our guests at our exclusive game reserve. Thanda Safari‟s warm, attentive team attends to your comfort and needs at our three superb properties, frequently showcased in the media. Thanda Safari Lodge has nine bush suites, personifying luxurious exclusivity and African abundance. Villa iZulu offers complete privacy, elegance and indulgence. Thanda Tented Camp, with its 15 luxury safari tents, offers an evocative into Africa experience.

Contact us Address: D242 Off The N2 3915 Hluhluwe, South Africa General Enquiries: 032 586 0149​ Email -reservations@thanda.co.za


www.thandasafari.co.za


Set in the heart of the Big 5 Manyoni Private Game Reserve, considered to be one of the most densely stocked and ecologically balanced in Zululand – Northern KwaZuluNatal. The magnificent 23 000 hectare Big 5 Manyoni Private Game Reserve, is situated just 33 km north of Hluhluwe, in Zululand, which is an easy three-hour drive from Durban‟s King Shaka Airport and a six hour drive from Johannesburg. Bayete Zulu Lodges offer a range of affordable family friendly, catered and selfcatering accommodation. Sensational game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides, coupled with warm hospitality and breathtaking views, makes Bayete Zulu the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights and sounds of the spectacular African bush. Be Touched by… GENTLE GIANTS Meet the majestic Rambo & Rachel – habituated elephants who were rescued after their herd was culled. Experience the thrill and privilege of getting up close to these elephants and be educated about the plight of the mighty African Elephant. An unforgettable experience for all ages. Elephant interactions begin at 11 am daily. Bookings are essential. Contact us +27 (0) 35 595 8089 reservations@bayetezulu.co.za


www.ibayetezulu.co.za


MANTIS MTHEMBU LODGE Visiting the KZN Big Five reserve at a time when the relentless poaching of rhinos attracts global attention, brings guests full circle to where the struggle to save the rhino started, although marked as near extinction. Through his multiple efforts, on the ground in this area, and through the strong international conservation and wilderness organisations he initiated, the genetic base of the white rhino grew and diversified, and its numbers grew back to the 20,000 mark. To many, Dr Player became the figurehead of eco-tourism and of rhinoconservation, even as he spread his ethos to protect many other endangered species across the globe. Steeped in tradition and a history of rich culture, the big 5 reserve has much to offer guests on a trip of your lifetime. The reserve was originally the hunting ground of King Shaka Zulu, who was infamous for his military style tactics in thwarting enemy forces and keeping his own clans obedient. Yet his legacy saw sustainable hunting and a special relationship between humans and nature. This is seen through the efforts of the descendants of the two Chieftaincies after which the lodges are named: Biyela and Mthembu. This Lodge, even more intimate with only 22 beds, has a different character, although equally luxurious. Situated somewhat eye level off the river, it has a panoramic view of the White iMfolozi River. The lodge boasts 7 individual Private Villas, and 2 two Bedroomed Family Villas. One with a private plunge pool. The main Lodge guests can enjoy an outside bar, pool, restaurant and viewing decks. Contact Us Tel: +27 35 161 0300 mthembu.manager@umfolozibig5.com


wwwmantisumfolozi.com/mthembu


Forest Lodge & Forest Villas Forest Lodge & Forest Villas is a brand new upmarket Lodge which opened its doors on 01 May 2014 in the town of St Lucia, iSimangaliso world heritage site. The architectural qualities are seen throughout the building, for Forest Lodge in St. Lucia is a modern and contemporary building style. The owners have vast experience in tourism and their demands. The Lodge design evolves around the luxury and comfort of its clients. This is the first newly build Lodge in St Lucia for the past 10 years. Its design and rooms cater for the clients with specific demands. Forest Lodge & Forest Villas in St Lucia offers accommodation for the individual traveler as well as families and groups. Forest Lodge has a perfect position from where all activities in and around St Lucia can be explored. The owners of Forest Lodge & Forest Villas have a safari company which have concessions to do open-safari tours in Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Park as well as the iSimangaliso World Heritage Park. Welcome to the most unforgettable holiday destination with its treasure of marine and wildlife. Contact Us

Telephone: +27 35 590 1024 Email: info@forestkzn.co.za Physical Address: 15 Pelikaan Street, St Lucia, 3936


www.forestkzn.co.za/.


www.urbanparkhotel.co.za


Pakamisa Private Lodge In August 1996 Isabella Stepski fell in love with the unspoilt Pakamisa Mountain in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. By September the land was bought and then the hard work began! In the first year they established the infrastructure with 52kms of dirt roads, and secured the 2,500 hectare park with 24kms of fencing. Pakamisa Private Game Reserve, which was once a cattle farm, is now pristine Savannah and Bushveld. In December 1997 the superior stables were completed and Isabella‟s precious Arabian stud horses, imported from Spain, were in residence. Perched on the edge of a magnificent mountain range, the „Spanish Ranch meets African Bush‟ styled lodge took four years to construct. Local stone and materials were hauled up the perilous dirt road, and finally in January 2001 the elegant lodge, reflecting Isabella‟s warm personality, welcomed its first guests. Isabella has stocked the reserve with indigenous animals, steering clear of predators and dangerous beasts such as buffalo, to allow guests, horses and animals to live in safety and harmony. Pakamisa is a private, exclusive reserve open to residential guests only. Majestically perched on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, the lodge has breathtaking views of the evergreen valleys and plains of the Pongola River to the east and the rolling hills of natural bush of the Reserve in the west. Limited to a maximum of 16 guests, the lodge offers a unique Spanish architecture, blended with the finest African ambience. Tel: +27 (0) 83 229 1811 Fax: +27 (0) 866 229 403 Cellphone: +27 (0) 83 229 2116 Reservations: res@pakamisa.co.za


www.pakamisa.co.za


The Karkloof Nature Reserve was created in 1983 when Timothy Hancock entered into a long-term lease with the Natal Parks Board (now Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife), where the 410ha Rockwood Farm was leased to the NPB for R1.00 per year, the intention being to offer some sort of protection to a highly threatened area. The greater Karkloof area has been identified as having significant value due to its biodiversity and has been earmarked for conservation by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Currently, the reserve consists of about 60% mist-belt forest / 40% mist-belt grassland and ranges from 1000m to 1767 m above sea level. This results in a significant number of endemic and near-endemic species of fauna and flora, including the Karkloof Blue butterfly (Orachrysops ariadne), and a sub-species of crested guinea fowl. The lodges offer luxury self catering accommodation to those who appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility of an indigenous African forest. Bushbuck, Blue Duiker and Samango monkeys are frequent camp visitors. Birdwatching on the forest fringes can offer some excellent rewards. Some of the more elusive species found are the Cape Parrot, Narina Trogon, Crested Guinea Fowl and the Crowned Eagle. For the adventurous, there are a number of activities including mountain biking, fishing, swimming (in natural pools) or the famous Karkloof Canopy Tour which offers a thrilling way to learn more about our forests while hanging 40m above the ground. 101 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban 4001 South Africa Call us: + 27 31 502 4043 reservations@rockwood.co.za


www.rockwood.co.za


Close to the southern shores of the Pongolapoort (Jozini) Dam, in the Bird Sanctuary part of the Biosphere, and overlooks the western escarpment of the majestic Lebombo Mountains and the endless savannah woodland of northern Zululand. The Pongolapoort Dam, with its variety of wildlife, is referred to as a miniKariba. Some of the animals which may be seen include elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, giraffe and many species of antelope. The dam is home to hippos, crocodiles and of course, the fighting TIGER FISH! The dam covers approximately 16 000 hectares with a river stretch of approximately 5km. Fishing takes place from boats and we support the “catch and release” method. The tigerfish population here is ever growing with decent specimens only starting to appear in the early nineties. A record specimen was caught in 1998 weighing 8.3kg and some in the 5 – 7kg ranges are still being caught. Average size is still under a kilo and specimens up to 4kg are quite possible in a 3-day fishing trip. One never tires trying to tackle the tiger, be it the hard bony jaws, big teeth, sheer cunningness or remote areas. Their fantastic skill to bite through a lure/bait is what makes them such an exciting fish to catch. An average of 4:1 is expected when fishing for tigers. They attack from the side, then turn the bait around and swallow it headfirst. Call us: Nkonkoni Fishing Camp Jozini Dam, Mkuze, 3965 +27 8255 222 02 nyathiholdings@mwebbiz.co.za


www.konifishingcamp.co.za


Restaurants

9th Avenue Bistro is owned & run by Graham & Gina Neilson who travelled and worked in top establishments in the USA, the UK, Bermuda, South America and South Africa. It was while travelling they came to the conclusion that there was no place like home and decided that their home town of Durban would be the place for them to make their mark.

www.9thavenuebistro.co.za

Cafe 1999 offers a dining experience to excite the senses: a vibrant ambiance, gracious service and a delectable menu in the heart of Durbanâ€&#x;s trendy Berea. Chef Marcelle Roberts' award-winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is designed around sharing. www.cafe1999.co.za


For nearly a decade, Lupa has intoxicated and excited patrons and we invite anyone to join us. Whether you reserve a table for an important business meeting, a romantic dinner, to celebrate a special event with friends and family or to eat alone, youâ€&#x;ll always be warmly welcomed by our friendly waiters, managers or restaurant owners themselves. lupadbn@ibound.co.za

The concept of Indian Summer started long before the inception. Anand grew up in the busy city of Mumbai, India. Where he learnt how to cook just like the best chef in the world, none other than his mother of course. South Africa was always a place that he dreamed of coming to, where it is less crowded, with more greenery and obviously Durbanâ€&#x;s sea view info@indiansummersa.co. za


We are operating for more than 20 years, and have established an undisputed reputation for excellence in all we do. Originally situated in Riverside, the popularity of our brand lead to us expanding into a larger premises, for the past 11 years. Our current location is along the same road as Hyper By-The-Sea and incidentally the former home of Langoustine a famous 5star brand that no longer trades. Today Jaipur Palace has grown to include the following facilities: Main Restaurant with Buffet and Aâ€&#x; La Carte options, stand-alone Take-Away section with seating, Cocktail Bar as well as Corporate and Private function venues. Main restaurant seats up to 200 people in the main hall and a further 250 in the extended hall. Widest selection of authentic Indian dishes – including a number of delectable curries, meat, seafood, stirfry, vegetarian, starters including savouries and salads, and a range of tempting deserts.

CONTACT 031 563 0287 admin@jaipurpalace.net


www. jaipur.org.za


Welcome to St Lucia


GAME, BEACH, LAKE & RIVER WILDERNESS SAFARIS From pristine beach getaways to luxury bush adventures, Isibindi Africa has wilderness lodges in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) to fufill your safari dreams‌ Explore the remote and engage the present with this collection of unique lodges in Africa. Situated in areas of pristine wilderness, we celebrate the natural biodiversity and spectacular scenery of Africa. Our lodges are considered spaces; always rooted to our environment. Your journey is our journey, whether you are discovering the wonder of turtle tracking or gently walking alongside giraffe. The Isibindi experience is constant and authentic, this family owned business only includes lodges we own; we don't represent other properties. The family and their dedicated team have designed every detail of your game, lake, beach and river safari from the camp's birth to your welcome arrival. An Isibindi journey is experiential with meaningful engagement with the essence of a place and its people. The founders of Isibindi Africa Lodges, Brett and Paige Gehren, both come from a strong conservation background. This has and always will be our authenticity. Twenty five years ago we began with pioneering community conservation establishing one of South Africa's first lodges in a protected wilderness sanctuary with the local community as joint shareholders. Today we own a number of lodges scattered around Africa in world-renowned protected wilderness areas and we partner with many neighbouring communities. Our purpose is to create a human fence between our wilderness areas and neighbouring communities so that the flow of benefits to these communities motivates them to protect these resources. Neighbouring communities need to share in these flow of benefits. Without this they have not only lost their ancestral lands but also access to its resources. When travelling with Isibindi you will be supporting a host of community projects that rely on the lodges you will be visiting, to flourish and improve people's lives. MAKE A DIFFERENCE JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE

+27 (0) 35 474 1473 + 27 (0) 60 972 4810 (after hours) res@isibindi.co.za www.isibindi.co.za


The main design and construction of AmaZulu Lodge, has a warm African ambiance without sparing luxury. Entirely under thatch, even the specific fragrance of grass reminds you that you are in Africa. Offering 18 luxury en suite rooms, of which 2 are family rooms + 2 self-catering rooms (total of 20 rooms) with all facilities and amenities , a stylish reception, 5 star swimming pool, lapa breakfast area, boma and lounge deck overlooking the village and our lush inner garden. “Amazulu Lodge is not just offering you accommodation. This is Zululand at it‟s best ! All this makes Amazulu Lodge and exclusive destination in the St Lucia Wetlands area, with the ability to accommodate up to 40 guests comfortably and with a home away from home outlook.” Come and enjoy AmaZulu Lodge in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

The region is also known as the Elephant Coast, in the North-East of the province Kwazulu-Natal. With 280 km of unspoiled coastline on the Indian ocean, the park stretches from Dawson Rock to Maphelane in the South to the border of Mozambique in the North.

CONTACT info@amazululodge.com +27 (0)35 590 1026 +27 (0) 82 569 6203


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Lidiko lodge is a lodge with personality. The charming thatched roof colonial building, which today houses the reception area, guest lounge and art gallery, was one of the first residences to be built in St.Lucia in the “County of Zululand” in the late 1930‟s. The two family/triple rooms are also part of the original building. Doors salvaged from the wreck of the S.S.Timavo were built into the original building of the lodge in the early 1940‟s. The Timavo was a 7500-ton passenger liner owned by the Italian Loyd Triestino Company. During World War 2, on the morning of 10 June 1940, Italy declared war on the Allies. TheTimavo was in Durban Harbor and slipped out to sea in an attempt to reach Mozambique, which was a neutral country. South Africa declared war on Italy on 11 June 1940. Early that morning the Timavo was spotted beyond Leven Point, north of Cape Vidal. The patrol aircraft signaled the Timavo to stop. The ship‟s Captain decided to run his ship ashore, rather than have it captured by the British. The crew abandoned their ship and walked north making for Mozambique.

CONTACT +27 35 5901581 0865711581 0829407183/4 After hours lidiko@wetlands.co.za


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If you‟re looking for a beach and bush escape, the small town of St Lucia in northern KwaZulu-Natal is the perfect base. Set in a lush tropical garden in the Village of St Lucia, Lodge Afrique combines luxury with paradise offering 8 luxurious airconditioned suites, each with a full AfroVictorian bathroom as well as an outdoor African shower which leads off your private patio. Lodge Afriqué is a 4 Star Guest House with eight free standing luxury thatched suites. Lodge Afrique has 8 luxury thatched suites. Each suite has a full Afro-Victorian bathroom, and private outdoor African shower which leads off the private patio. The suites are fully air-conditioned and also have a ceiling fan. All the suites are connected to the central Lodge by a raised wooden deck pathway over a beautiful subtropical garden. Full English & Continental breakfast is served daily on the open air breakfast deck.

Lodge Afrique is the ideal base from which to explore South Africa‟s first World Heritage Site, the surrounding Isimangiliso Wetland Park - South Africa‟s top nature destination for eco-tourists. St Lucia Estuary is the only town in the world that is completely surrounded by this World Heritage Site – the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. On the West & South, it is bordered by the Estuary itself, home to about 800 hippos & 1200 crocodiles.

CONTACT +27 71 592 0366 lodgeafrique@telkomsa.net

71 Hornbill Street St.Lucia Estuary, KwaZulu Natal


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Welcome to Sodwana Bay


The Coral Divers PADI 5 Star Resort & Dive Centre has been family run and owned for over 25 years. We also hold a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre and Career Development Centre rating. As the largest PADI facility in Southern Africa, it all happens here‌ whether you are looking for a professional and friendly Dive Charter service, all PADI recreational Dive Courses run on dates to suit you, or to embark on a life-changing career with our Dive Internship – join the Coral Family today. You will be amazed at the sheer number of marine species when diving with us. Our reef is home to 1200 species of fish, which compared to 1800 on the Great Barrier Reef is incredible, since it is less than 1/10th the area! As well as many tropical and subtropical fish, you will find invertebrates, turtles, rays and sharks on any of the numerous dive sites. Speak to our Dive Masters about what interests you the most, so they can advise the best sites to visit. What is more, is our seasonal sightings of Whalesharks and Manta Rays (Dec-Apr), Humpback Whales (Jun-Oct), Ragged-Tooth Sharks (Dec-Feb), and nesting Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles (Dec-Feb), are all incredible experiences that see divers returning here year after year.

CONTACT Reservations: (+27) 33 345 6531 (Mon -Fri 8am to 4.30pm) Resort: (+27) 79 384 3679 Email: bookings@coraldivers.co.za Email: info@coraldivers.co.za


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The warm Indian Ocean currents from Mozambique wash into the shores of Maputaland. A timeless realm of outstanding bio-diversity and beauty. On the relatively untouched Eastern sea-board of Southern Africa lies wide lakes, golden beaches and towering dunes. Here Africaâ€&#x;s infamous big 5 become the big 6, where the humpback whale joins the majestic lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo. Nestled behind the world's highest vegetated sand dunes, you will find Sodwana Bay Lodge. Just 6km from the beach, Sodwana Bay Lodge has been carefully designed to match the rustic, simplistic natural beauty of nature's surroundings. Tastefully decorated wooden thatched chalets that offer boastful scenic views. Offering twin or double occupancy. Our chalets are situated right in the heart of the Lodge's diving and fishing centres and are adjacent to our fully licensed Leatherbacks Restaurant, swimming pool and bar. Are you seeking a tranquil set themed conference? Sodwana Bay Lodge offers conference facilities, which can accommodate up to 42 delegates. Fancy a bush themed event setting, let us assist you with your event requirements, making it another memorable experience. CONTACT

+27 35 571 9101 +27 35 571 9113 reservations@sodwanabaylodge.com Sodwana Bay Main Road Sodwana 3974 KwaZulu Natal


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Amoray Diving is the perfect choice for the discerning diver. Situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in beautiful Sodwana Bay, we are dedicated to giving you the best possible diving experience in this pristine UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our professional and experienced Divemasters are always on hand to make sure that diving with us is a fantastic experience – Whether you are an underwater photographer, wanting find those hidden gems, or someone who likes to visit reefs that others do not know of, then we are the dive charter for you. Personalised and friendly, yet efficient service is our trademark and we hope to have you diving with us soon! PADI DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING Price: R920 Age 10 and up. Take this course and see what the hype‟s about! Your PADI Instructor will introduce you to some basic theory and skills before taking you for your first sea dive. Includes: 1 theory & pool session, and 1 supervised open water dive with a PADI Instructor, & full equipment hire. PADI OPEN WATER DIVER Price: R4000 Age 10 and up. Until you do it yourself, you can‟t really understand what it‟s like. This is a full entry certification that allows you to dive internationally. Your holidays will never be the same! Completion of this course allows you to dive to 18m (12m for juniors) with another certified diver. Includes: 5 theory & 5 pool sessions, an exam, and 4 open water dives with a PADI instructor. PADI Open Water Manual & RDP, logbook, PADI Certification, Full equipment rental.

CONTACT +27 (0) 83 928 5892 info@amoraydiving.com


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Gauteng & Surrounding Situated in the Highveld, Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa. Though Gauteng accounts for only 1.5% of the country's land area, it is home to more than a quarter of its population


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Blueberries Fresh blueberries are a popular summer treat. They have a sweet flavor, and they are succulent and nutritious. Blueberries can be eaten freshly picked or incorporated into a variety of recipes. They can also be purchased frozen. They have been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer, and can also help maintain bone strength, mental health, and healthful blood pressure. Fast facts on blueberries Blueberries contain a plant compound called anthocyanin. This gives blueberries both their blue color and many of their health benefits. Blueberries can help heart health, bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, diabetes management, cancer prevention, and mental health. One cup of blueberries provides 24 percent of a person recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Use blueberries to top waffles, pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal, blend them in a smoothie or syrup, or fold them into muffins and sweet breads. People who use blood-thinners, such as warfarin, should speak to their doctor before increasing their intake of blueberries, as the high vitamin K content can affect blood clotting.


Nutrition One cup of fresh blueberries contains: 84 calories 0 g of cholesterol 1.1 g of protein 0.49 g of fat 21.45 g of carbohydrate 3.6 g of dietary fiber 14.74 g of total sugars That same one-cup serving provides: 24 percent of daily vitamin C 5 percent of daily vitamin B6 36 percent of daily vitamin K Blueberries also provide: 9 milligrams (mg) calcium 0.41 mg of iron 114 mg of potassium 9 mg of magnesium 18 mg of phosphorus 1 mg of sodium 0.24 mg of zinc 9 mg of folate


An exclusive hotel situated on a 10 hectare expanse of untamed Bushveld, offering luxury accommodation, a restaurant, conference and wedding venues. Built on the banks of the Roodeplaat dam, we offer an unique combination of indigenous vegetation, landscaping and waterfront luxury. The Blades is conveniently situated in Gauteng, just 20 minutes from Pretoria, 40 minutes from OR Tambo International and 50 minutes from Johannesburg, making it an accessible destination to both local and international guests. The Blades Hotel offers a peaceful atmosphere perfectly suited for Gauteng locals looking for weekend accommodation to take a break from the city life, or for guests seeking accommodation close to Pretoria and Johannesburg. The Blades Hotel offers a wide variety of room types. All 46 of these rooms (96 beds) are North to North West facing, with breathtaking views of the Roodeplaat Dam and its surrounding vegetation. The atmosphere of our rooms is one of secluded and tranquil bushveld luxury. All rooms exude warmth and elegance. The interiors are stylish and understated, with rich earth tones and hints of regatta colours. Central fireplaces in our Executive rooms add to the ambiance of the bushveld, for those seeking romantic accommodation. We utilize natural resources to heat water and generate electricity for all of our exclusive rooms.

Contact 75 Kameeldrift Road Pretoria, South-Africa, 0035 Tel: + 27(0) 12 161 0802 Alternative Tel: + 27(0) 12 161 0803 E-mail: info@theblades.co.za


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The Duke and Duchess is an intimate, cozy Boutique Hotel in the heart of Pretoria, situated in an exclusive suburb, Waterkloof Park. It is surrounded by Embassies, is in close proximity to Brooklyn Mall as well as Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, the Union buildings, Pretoria Country Club, University of Pretoria, UNISA, within 4 kilometres from Menlyn Maine Central Square development, as well as award winning restaurants.

The Hotel offers eight individually styled and luxurious suites of which three are self catering. All suites have a lush and classical French/English look, furnished with antiques and art from the ownersâ€&#x; private collection. Features of the self catering suites also include a kitchenette, a single bedroom with a double queen sized bed (extra length), own spacious bathroom and private entrance. Other features included are landscaped gardens where one can relax in private entertainment areas, a private lounge that offers spectacular views around the eastern parts of Pretoria, a formal lounge furnished with antiques, plush fabrics and a grand fire place. Contact

70 Drakensberg Avenue, Waterkloof Park 0181 Pretoria, South Africa 083 408 2347 info@dukeduchessboutiquehotel.co.za


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This piece of landscape inspired his iconic masterpieces, arguably the most prolific landscape art by a South African artist. They were spirited and dramatic, one-of-akind and unforgettably gripping. Jacobus Hendrik (Henk) Pierneef, or just „Pierneef‟ as the world would come to know him, called the place of „Elangeni‟ – where sunshine is at the gate. And it is at this exact gate, under the same trees, in that same light, on Pierneef‟s very foundations that our story begins… Your hosts, Annette and Chris de Beer welcome you to Pierneef‟s Kraal guest house, situated on two hectares of fertile, historically significant land, located towards the east of South Africa‟s capital city, Pretoria. The Great Master regrettably no longer tends to the indigenous gardens he so painstakingly created, but every effort was made by us to bring to life the qualities, so ingrained in his seminal work: originality, simplicity and, of course, beauty.

Contact Pierneef Estate 30 Knoppiesdoorn Avenue Lynnwood Manor Pretoria, 0081 +27 (0)83 276 3960 info@pierneefskraal.co.za


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Discover serenity, luxury and privacy in the heart of the Waterberg and prepare to regenerate body and soul. Nestled in the heart of the bushveld and overlooking a gorge, Leopards Rock Bush Boutique Suite are located in an exclusive country estate just 15 minutes from BelaBela. Only 3 open plan, spacious Suite are set on a rocky incline with sweeping views over a majestic gorge. Enjoy this spectacular view from the comfort of your tastefully decorated apartment while the birdlife and peaceful surroundings soothe your stresses away while indulging from the beauty and tranquility to restore your energy. Prepare to be blown away as you step into the stylish, ingeniouslydesigned self-catering suite. Our dĂŠcor provides an earthy and relaxed atmosphere inspired by nature. Awaken each morning to the chorus of abundant wildlife. This is where you restore your sanity and recharge your battery. Each uniquely distinct Apartment offers its own stunning view. Invite yourself into the arms of nature when opening the big folding doors. Contact 4 Giraffe View Modimolle Limpopo, 0510 +27(0) 14 013 0296 +27(0) 14 001 7048 lrbushb@gmail.com salomiejk@gmail.com


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Bushveld Terrace – Hotel on Kruger offers guests and their families a cool and contemporary 4-star escape at the Kruger National Park. This family owned boutique hotel features 30 rooms built around a sleek outdoor swimming pool and surrounded by African bush. Decorated in natural colours, the elegant rooms at Bushveld Terrace come complete with flat-screen satellite TV, bar fridge, air conditioning and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Each room offers an en-suite bathroom and some include patios with outside seating. The hotel’s restaurant is a prominent feature of the hotel offering inside and outside seating. Our daily breakfast buffet includes freshly baked treats, fruit and juices and a delectable hot selection. Packed breakfasts can be arranged by prior request. At night the restaurant comes alive with smells of wood fires, ambient light and background music. The restaurant offers an extensive a la carte menu taking care of your breakfast, lunch & dinner needs. Special dietary requests can be accommodate by prior request. Contact LOCATION GPS: S23 56' 44.35`` E31 09' 44.34`` EMAIL info@bushveldterrace.co.za TEL +27 (0)15 781 3447 | +27 (0) 82 079 6324


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Established in 2009 as a mere walking trails camp, consisting out of small bow tents, Shindzela has grown into the wonderful tented product that is before you. Situated within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, Shindzela offers guests an authentic African wildlife experience. The eco-friendly (solar-powered) and unfenced, a place where one can feel part of the bush. We are passionate about conservation and our staff strive to make guests feel right at home. Our aim is to provide an enjoyable and fulfilling experience in an exceptional wilderness area. We know how important our planet is, therefore we are proud to say that we are very much an Eco-Friendly camp, making use of solar power and gas energy! This means, that you won’t find a power outlet in your tent, rather a charging station in the main area, where you can recharge your batteries for that perfect picture! � Contact Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa +27 82 307 9493 res@shindzela.co.za


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The 300 seater Chiefs Boma African Dining Experience Restaurant, located in the tranquil indigenous gardens of the Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre caters for all tastes. Cuisine is truly African from the North African Moroccan Dishes to Koeksisters and Melktert from the Cape. With over 120 dishes, everyone will find their favourite. The Boma also boasts a "Shisa Nyama" grill where our Chefs will prepare your preferred cut of meat, carefully selected by our onpremises butcher, to your specification – a great combination of Buffet and Tailor-made Cooking to suit all tastes. A variety of game meats including Springbok, Impala, Ostrich and the Boma Signature "Big 5 Kebab" is also offered. Enjoy Sundowners or Craft Beer on the deck overlooking the Boma Dam featuring Soweto Gold On Tap. Meander through the Boma Herb Garden before sitting down to enjoy your meal to the sounds of the Resident African Marimba Band – and when all is done, enjoy a glass of red wine or roast a marshmallow over Boma Fire. ...a truly African Dining Experience Contact indaba@indabahotel.co.za +27 (0) 11 840 6600 +27 (0) 11 840 6610


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The inspiration behind Craft was driven by two nostalgic individuals, Jo Pinheiro & Chris Mandos, in a quest to develop a unique restaurant with words such as hand made, old school, authentic, attention to detail, artisanal and personal as a major part of the Craft vocabulary. "People want to be taken back to an era when one only bought ingredients and not mass produced meals, an era when craftsmen took immense pride in their vocations and things were made with love rather than measurement, with care rather than science, an era when quality and individuality was a common given". The focus is on individuality and hospitality and doing things old school in a modern way. The look has a hint of Steampunk complimented by natural elements: antique mirrors, natural woods, natural leathers, bentwood chairs, deep buttoned leather couches, face brick, parquet flooring, copper, stainless steel and retro tiles.

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Mootee Bar opened their doors in Melville, Johannesburg, less than a year ago and already this critically acclaimed hot-spot is taking the very essence of Africa to the heart of the cocktail culture globally. Now Mootee Bar is recognised as one of this year‟s top 10 best new cocktail bars in the world by the Spirited Awards. The 12th annual Spirited Awards was held in New Orleans and is regarded as the equivalent to the Oscars for the bar industry. The awards honor the world‟s top bars, bartenders, writers and cocktail experts – and as the cocktail culture continues to experience tremendous growth worldwide, recognition and accolades have become vital for the industry. It‟s these very stakeholders that set the trends for years to come.

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With over 1000 unique nominees, a diverse international judging panel, comprising of 150 of the most respected minds in the industry, worked through each nominee in great detail to ensure all the criteria has been met across the 25 award categories.


Senorita Sufuentez and Gordo were living in London. An odd place to be introduced to the intricacies of Mexican food, but the place nonetheless. Forever fans of tequila, their hearts were open to the barrage of burrito bars and Mexican eateries and oh how they indulged. As they were driving down through Africa on their way back home, Senorita and Gordo reminisced over fire-roasted cheesy quesadillas and killer guac about tequila-fuelled nights with friends. The Mayan moon shone a bit brighter, the planets aligned and (cue angel song) new paths were planned. Luckily for them, the most excellent Veektor Sufuentez and Thompadre were vibeing on the same vibes down here back in the motherland. Mad Mexicans through and through, they too had a yearning for a Mexican revolution. The four decided to band-of-brother it up.

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Perron Illovo opened its doors in May 2014 to happy customers who fast became family; to day of the dead fiestas, and dancing on tables; to tasty tapas shared between friends and to afternoons of sipping magical margaritas in the sun.

Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant is an Ethiopian Restaurant that offers authentic, premium quality dishes, with special attention to vegetarians, vegans, health conscious, and adventurous customers. Our menu options cater to vegetarians, vegans and meat lovers alike at reasonable prices. Our dishes are freshly prepared from quality spices imported from Ethiopia and locally sourced naturally grown ingredients, raised and grown without pesticides or antibiotics. We aim to introduce Ethiopian food to the broader public like other mainstream food that anyone can come in and eat at any time. Ask anybody, “What does Africa mean to you?” and you‟re likely to provoke a strong response – good or bad. The truth is, Africa is not a continent that plays small or goes halfway, it is bold, unapologetic and wonderfully diverse. The world in a continent, Africa is many things to many people, but ultimately it is home when we acknowledge its significance as the birthplace of civilisation.

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Mediterranean mezze, Venetian inspiration, and the always popular Sunday Lunch; dining at Punchinellos is not to be missed. Prime meat cuts, fresh seafood, seasonal vegetarian dishes and a selection of fine desserts at our diner-favourite Fourways restaurant. A changing menu of dishes harmonises fresh and local with fine imported specialties to create dining that is Mediterranean at its heart and celebrates the best of South African produce. Punchinello’s offers guests an award-winning Mediterranean mezze, Venetian inspiration dining. Regularly regarded as the best restaurant in Fourways and one of the finest Mediterranean restaurants in Johannesburg this is fine-dining that never becomes fussy-dining. Portions are generous, presentation is beautiful and the taste is mouthwatering. Guests are welcomed into a large living room style restaurant and experience warm and welcoming service from the Punchinellos family. The open show kitchen with its mix of modern and classic, copper and a mosaiced pizza oven, adds to the atmosphere and whets the appetite. Contact HOTEL TELEPHONE: +27 11 367 4367 EMAIL: Punchinellos@tsogosun.com


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Game Reserve The Perfect Safari Destination


Inspired by the unique natural surroundings, and designed with comfort and relaxation in mind, the accommodation options at Jaci‟s Safari Lodge offer guests the ideal base from which to experience their own African safari.

With thatched roofs, low stone walls, suspended viewing decks and canvas rollup panels, the six spacious tented suites let the outside in. This family-friendly bush retreat is named after the resident buffalo bull that frequents the waterhole in front of it. The suite, which accommodates up to six guests, includes a private swimming pool and viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. Accommodating up to eight guests, this suite is ideal for larger families or groups. The custom-built deck features a central firepit and spacious seating area leading on to a partially covered „star pod‟, ideal for stargazing, and a private swimming pool. Bushveld romance personified, these two new suites are furnished with bursts of colour and custom-made finishes, with rooftop extensions that afford guests the unique opportunity of sleeping under the African stars. The main lodge building has recently received an extreme makeover resulting in a bold, refreshed, upgraded and spectacular new gathering place. It features a spacious and elegant lounge, a glorious copper fireplace and bar, kitchen and dining areas, all proudly reflecting our trademark striking colourful decor and authentic proudly South African atmosphere.

Contact Us PHONE: +27 (0) 83 700 2071EMAIL: reservations@jacislodges.co.za


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Impodimo Game Lodge is set on a rocky ridge overlooking the vistas within the magnificent malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve of the North West Province of South Africa. Madikwe Game Reserve covers an area of 75000 hectares of unique topography and breathtaking beauty bordering Botswana. It is home to the Big 5, the beautiful Painted Wolf (African Wild Dogs), Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena a variety of large mammals and bird life.

Rise in the morning to an African dawn and enjoy an early morning game drive with your dedicated professional ranger and tracker. Relax as your ranger guides you through the bush on a custom made open Land Rover searching out the secrets of nature. In the afternoon, when the heat of the African sun has diminished and the shadows are longer, head out on a sundowner safari to watch the sun set on this bushveld paradise and go in search of the more nocturnal creatures that now rule the bush. Set out on a bush walk with your armed ranger and learn the art of tracking African game, enjoy the trees, birds and stunning scenery.

Contact Us Email: reservations@impodimo.com TEL : +27(0) 183509400 MOBILE: +27(0) 835615355


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Mosetlha is family owned and run, a rustic and intimate, unfenced bush camp nestling at the very heart of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve. We are this Reserve‟s only authentic bush camp and genuine eco lodge – the unpolished gem in Madikwe‟s crown! It is our mission to provide you with an exclusive and unique wilderness experience. But also to allow you to travel responsibly … and tread gently through our beautiful land. In order to ensure each of you our best possible attention, we accommodate a maximum of 16 people in ten twin cabins. The camp is unfenced and our guests are accommodated in true safari style in raised wooden cabins set amongst the natural vegetation around a central camp fire and lapa area. Cabins have partly open sides and are arranged in adjoining or detached double rooms with twin beds and simple amenities. Duvets, pillows, blankets and towels are provided by us. (And hot water bottle for those cold winter nights!)

Contact Us Email: info@thebushcamp.com TEL : +27 (0) 11 444 9345


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Molori Safari Lodge Madikwe Molori Safari is situated deep within the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa‟s North West Province, bordering Botswana. The secluded lodge offers absolute privacy, while taking in breathtaking views of the Dwarsberg Mountains and the expansive Madikwe valley. At 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Game Reserve is South Africa‟s fifth largest Big Five game reserve, but offers so much more than the Big Five. Madikwe is home to the Super Seven, which includes all Big Five species as well as cheetah and wild dog. There are an estimated 400 wild dogs still surviving in South Africa and a large concentration of these are thriving in the Madikwe habitat. All suites have floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, which fold away completely, connecting each suite‟s interior to a private deck and infinity pool. All feature indoor and outdoor showers, as well as free-standing baths, custom furniture, indoor/outdoor dining options, fireplaces, mini-bars, Bose iPod docking stations and air‐conditioning. Both presidential suites follow the indoor/outdoor style of the other suites on a grander scale. Additionally each has a kitchen and dining area, additional guest bathrooms, rim-flow bathtub, a walk-in dressing room, and a library/study Molori Safari Lodge T: +27 14 778 8000 F: +27 86 764 7021 M: +27 82 328 4161 E: lodge@molorisafari.com SA Office - Reservations and Marketing Eluisa Di Benedetto - Reservations T: +27 (82) 613 5723 E: reservations@molorisafari.com


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Jamala Madikwe Jamala Madikwe is a luxury boutique safari lodge in South Africa‟s Madikwe Game Reserve. Organic glamor and opulent accents combine to ensure a distinctive and elegant flair. Tradition and eccentricity are tastefully united in an atmosphere that knows no equal. Your African safari will provide a detailed insight into the diverse landscape of Madikwe Game Reserve and its unparalleled game viewing. Indulge in award winning cuisine under African skies or treat yourself to a tranquil spa day in the Jamala Madikwe Royal Spa. Jamala Madikwe reflects a classic sense of style that is sufficiently robust to match the savage beauty that lies beyond. Jamala Madikwe is easily accessible by air and road and is located in Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of Southern Africa. MAIN LODGE FACILITIES Lounge and library with fireplace Gourmet dining experiences: Boma and Star deck Complimentary WiFi access “Sofa Safari” overlooking our private waterhole Curio Shop Jamala Madikwe watchtower overlooking the Savannah plains and waterhole Open air bar Large Lap pool Madikwe Game Reserve via Molatedi Gate North West Province Madikwe Rodney Steyn (Reservations) +27 82 927 3129 Nico Verster +27 82 929 3190 Email info@jamalamadikwe.com


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