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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, 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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WHO TO CONTACT Jozi Food Market Tel: +27 (0)76 469 8995 Email: enquiries@jozifoodmarket.co.za HOW TO GET HERE The Jozi Food Market is held on the grounds of the Pirates Sports Club in Greenside. It’s easily accessed from the main M1 Highway. BEST TIME TO VISIT The market is open every Saturday from 8.30am to 1pm. GET AROUND You can either organise a transfer or taxi from your hotel to Greenside/Parkhurst, or drive to the market yourself. WHAT WILL IT COST Entrance to the market is free, and there’s a good selection of products from across the price range to choose from, depending on what you’re after.


Tau is a South African luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country. 27 major species of game roam this South African nature reserve, making Tau Game Lodge the ideal place for a safari holiday, offering Big 5 game safaris and bird-watching safaris. Privately owned Tau Game Lodge, situated in the North West Province, can accommodate up to 60 people and offers an ideal South African conference venue as well as an idyllic wedding venue overlooking a natural waterhole. Enjoy an authentic South African safari vacation in the midst of natural wildlife, complete with great game viewing and luxury private facilities, at our South Africa luxury safari lodge Our luxury South African safari lodge was designed to reflect the natural surroundings and makes use of the natural resources wherever possible. Privately-owned Tau Game Lodge was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation which thrives in the fertile topsoil. The main body of the Lodge is two-leveled and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlook the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the verandah next to the plunge pool and dinner is served in one of the cosy boma's under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge.


A family holiday to Mauritius? Yes, at 5* Heritage Villas! LOTS OF FUN FOR YOUR KIDS Children are privileged guests at Heritage Resorts and as such, they receive special attention. The “Timomo & Friends” children's clubs have been designed to provide an unforgettable holiday experience for your kids. Welcome to the lively, unique and colourful world of Heritage kids clubs on the Domaine de Bel Ombre, which were created around the Timomo character. This endemic bird lives in the nearby Black River Gorges National Park and conveys the identity of a rainbow nation renowned for its legendary sense of hospitality. For kids as from 2 years old

HERITAGE THE VILLAS ENJOY YOUR NEXT FAMILY HOLIDAY IN A 5* VILLA ON THE TROPICAL ISLAND OF MAURITIUS

Are you dreaming of an unforgettable family holiday? You need to try Heritage The Villas in the exclusive setting of the Domaine de Bel Ombre on the South Coast of Mauritius: 25° degrees minimum, spectacular views, fantastic children’s facilities, two 5* luxury hotels with a 1 km white sandy beach, four refreshing swimming pools, two kid’s clubs for children (for ages 2 to 11), exciting activities for teenagers, a huge choice of outdoor and water sports and 11 excellent restaurants and bars, unlimited green fees on an award-winning 18-hole golf course and a Nikki Beach-style C Beach Club. The ‘sea, sand & sun experience’ par excellence of the island and so much more… Free: access to both hotels, C Beach Club, kids' clubs, teens' club, golf…

book now and benefit from our Grand promotion below !

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HERITAGE THE VILLAS You want the privacy of your own villa, the service of a five star hotel, a beautiful view over 2500 hectares of unspoilt nature… Look no more; discover Heritage the Villas on the unique Domaine de Bel Ombre. Enjoy the view ... and experience the essence of legendary Mauritian hospitality! Your villa for an intimate holiday Immerse yourself in this intimate world of luxury in the refined setting of your villa coupled with 5 * service: daily cleaning, golf cart to move around, concierge, private chef, babysitting, butler service, airport transfers by helicopter and many more services. Here the words simplicity, courtesy and discretion are synonymous with hospitality. You want to travel as a group of friends, family or as a couple, then the choice is yours with 2, 3 or 4 air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite Bath or shower rooms. The infinity pool, large veranda, state of the art communications, barbecue area, gazebo and landscaped tropical gardens are all there to give you the comfort of a luxurious home away from home. The villas are fully furnished and equipped and offer free internet access and satellite TV channels. Tailor-make your ideal holiday at the Domaine de Bel Ombre The Domaine de Bel Ombre is a destination within a destination, a unique concept in Mauritius. All your holiday wishes will be granted in just one place, so just tailor make your ideal holiday. As residents of Heritage The Villas you have unlimited access to two luxury hotels and all its services: Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort and Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort. Relax at the two luxurious Seven Colours spas, dine in our 12 restaurants, have a cocktail in one of our bars, exercise at the fitness centers, send your kids at the kids and teens clubs for some peace. The offer does not stop there; great nautical activities are available at the C Beach Club and for the adventurous type numerous nature activities at the Frédérica Nature Reserve, home to endemic flora and fauna. Kite surf enthusiasts can enjoy one of the best kite surf spot of the island and if wanting to perfect your skills then a kite surfing school is also available. If a Golf fanatic or even a beginner then you will be in heaven with privileged access to the Heritage Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course stretching over 100 hectares with unlimited free green fees. The Château de Bel Ombre, a colonial style mansion house built in the late 19th century is the heart of the Domaine; the idyllic setting for breakfast and also the villas’ reception center where you will be greeted upon arrival . . .

Who would think paradise would be within such easy reach!

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011 234-6500

Buffalo Ridge Safari lodge reservations@buffaloridgesafari.com www.buffaloridgesafari.com Impodimo Lodge reservations@impodimo.com

018 350 9400

Jaci’s Lodges jacisreservations@madikwe.com

083 700 2071

018 350 9200

www.impodimo.com

Madikwe Hills reservations@madikwehills.com

www.madikwe.com

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Madikwe Safari Lodge 011 880 9992 alfred@morehotels.co.za www.madikwesafarilodge.co.za Makanyane Lodge enquiries@makanyane.com

014 778 9600

011 444 9345

www.makanyane.com

Mosetlha Bush Camp info@thebushcamp.com www.thebushcamp.com

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge 086 124 3441

res@motswiri.com

www.motswiri.com

Rhulani Safari Lodge lodge@madikwegamereserve.com www.rhulani.com

011 314 4350

011 676-3123

076 694 0505

Tau Game Lodge taugame@mweb.co.za www.taugamelodge.co.za Thakadu River Camp cro@aha.travel www.thakadu.ahagroup.co.za

The Bush House reservations@bushhouse.co.za

011 781 5384

Tuningi Safari lodge reservations@tuningi.co.za

www.bushhouse.co.za

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 Tambuti Lodge : Info@tambutilodge.co.za www.tambutilodge.com

 Golden Leopard Resorts : 0145551000 reservations@goldenleopardresorts.co.za www.goldenleopardresorts.co.za 

 Bakubung bush Lodge : bakubung@legacyhotels.com www.bakubung.co.za

014 552 6000

 Ivory Tree : 011 781 1661 francois@anthology.co.za www.ivorytreegamelodge.com

082 854 5603 

 Sun City Resort : 0145571000 scenq@suninternational.com www.suninternational.com

 Pilanesberg Private Lodge : lodge.iq@gmail.com www.pilanesbergprivatelodge.com  Sheperds Tree : gm@shepherdstree.co.za www.shepherdstree.co.za

014 551 3910

082 229 1158

 Buffalo Thorn lodge : info@buffalothornlodge.co.za www.buffalothornlodge.co.za

011 516 4367

 Black Rhino Lodge : res@extraordinary.co.za www.blackrhinogamelodge.com

014 552 5100

 Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge : kwamaritane@legacyhotels.com www.kwamaritane.co.za

 Tshukudu Bush Lodge : 

014 552 6255

tshukudu@legacyhotels.com

www.tshukudu.co.za


Rhulani Safari Lodge nestled in the lush Madikwe Game reserve is situated approximately 4 hours from Johannesburg near the border of Botswana This luxury 5* Safari lodge boasts spectacular game viewing which is BIG 5 orientated The lode is situated on the highest point of the reserve with no fencing, blending superbly into its natural surroundings, allowing one to feel as if you are truly in the heart of the African Bush. Rhulani Safari lodge welcomes you with an intimate feel, as the friendly and attentive staff cater to your every need. General Manager Grant operates his lodge with great pride and enthusiastically offers guests a grand tour of the property. The smell of fresh bush air engulfs your senses as you rediscover nature in great style and all stresses that may have been apparent in your day are swiftly blown away on your stay. Sumptuous cuisine prepared with the finest produce, plated excellence and striking visual simplicity come together in perfect harmony creating a sensory tour de force, with breakfast, high tea and dinner included in your rate so one is never left feeling hungry during their stay. Stepping out onto your personal viewing deck which surrounds the plunge pool of the chalet makes one feel alone in Africa with its beautiful flora and the grandeur and remote solitude of the bush with the opportunity of being captivated by the wildlife which freely roam the lodge. The more daring can take a shower outdoors under the African sky as the suites boast an indoor and outdoor shower for the guest indulgent pleasure. When you picture an image of Rhulani Safari Lodge think, sophisticated luxury, quality, nature and captivating tranquillity.

Contact Details Office: +27 14 553 3981 Mobile: +27 82 907 9628 Skype: rhulanilodge reservations@rhulani.com www.rhulani.com


Eland fillet served with carrots, snow peas and herbed mash potato with a side of blue cheese sauce Eland Fillet: Ingredients · Salt · Garlic and herb spice · Red wine Preparation · Cut and clean fillet · Add salt and garlic herb spice · Add 2 glasses of red wine · Leave in marinade overnight · Fry in frying pan until cooked to desired preference. (suggestion is not to have it cooked more than medium)

Blue cheese sauce: Ingredients · Cream – 1 cup = 250ml · 40g Maizena · 30g blue cheese · 3ml Aromat Preparation · Add cream and Aromat in a saucepan · Stir slowly until Aromat is dissolved · Add blue cheese · Thicken sauce with Maizena Vegetables: Preparation · Blanche the carrots and snow peas for 3 minutes · Add butter to a frying pan and fry for 1 minute · Add Vegetable spice Starch Preparation · Cook pealed potatoes for +- 12 minutes · Mash the potatoes · Add parmesan cheese · 1 teaspoon of salt Recipe Courtesy of Rhulani safari lodge’s Chef Harry

Mathibedi


Cities have grown, much land has been given over to farming, hunting has wiped out entire herds, and the times when a herd of springbok could take days to pass through a Karoo town are long past. Yet, thanks to the foresight of conservationists past and present, South Africa remains blessed with abundant wildlife. The Big Five The big cats Lesser known wildlife Over 200 mammal species Marine mammals and fish The crocodile ... and other reptiles Birdlife The Big Five Best known are the mammals, and the best known of these are the famous Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Not that giraffe, hippo or whale are small ... South Africa's bushveld and savannah regions are still home to large numbers of the mammals universally associated with Africa. The Kruger National Park alone has well over 10 000 elephants and 20 000 buffaloes – in 1920 there were an estimated 120 elephants left in the whole of South Africa. The white rhino has also been brought back from the brink of extinction and now flourishes both in the Kruger National Park and the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal. Attention now is on protecting the black rhino. Both these parks are home to all of the Big Five, as are other major reserves in South Africa – such as Pilanesberg in North West province – and numerous smaller reserves and private game lodges.


Food & Recipe’s


What to do with left-over mashed potatoes...

Directions

Mix mashed potatoes, egg, flour, salt, pepper, garlic, and any optional ingredients, into mashed potatoes. Preheat skillet and add a couple of tablespoons of oil. Make sure the mixture is not too thin. Pour 1/4 cup batter into hot pan; brown on both sides. Enjoy with sour cream or applesauce.

2 cups mashed potatoes, (approximately) 1 to 2 egg 1â „4 cup flour 1 salt 1 black pepper 1 garlic 1 onion, (optional) 1 chives, (optional) 1 cheese, (optional) 1 oil for frying 1 sour cream, or applesauce, for garnish (optional)


Peanut Butter Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes Directions To Make The Oreo Cookie Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the finely-crumbled Oreo cookies and melted butter until blended. Press the mixture into your mini cheesecake pan (or other baking pan) in your desired thickness, press until flat, then bake for 5 minutes and remove. (**I placed 1/2 tablespoon of the crust into each mini cheesecake, and then patted it down with my spoon.**) To Make The Peanut Butter Cheesecake: In an electric mixer, add the cream cheese and peanut butter and beat on medium-speed until smooth. Add the sugar and continue mixing until combined. Blend in the eggs one at a time, then the cream and vanilla, using a spatula to scrape down the bowl between additions, and beat until just combined. Use a spoon or cookie scoop to transfer the batter to your pan with the pre-baked crusts. Fill each mini cheesecake container to the brim, evening out the tops with a spoon. Then bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheesecakes are just set and no longer move when you jiggle the pan. Turn the oven off and crack open the door and let the cheesecakes cool off for 15 minutes. Remove and let sit until they reach room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Top with ganache and the crumbled Reese's. To Make The Chocolate Ganache: In a heatproof bowl, add the chocolate chips and cream. Heat over a bowl of simmering water, stirring until combined and the chocolate is melted. Or heat in the microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring between intervals, until the chocolate is melted. Add in a tablespoon of powdered sugar, or more to reach your desired consistency. Then spoon the ganache over the mini cheesecakes

Oreo Cookie Crust Ingredients: 1 cup finely-crumbled Oreo cookies 2 Tbsp. melted butter Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ingredients: 500g (2 bricks) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs, room temperature 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Chocolate Ganache Ingredients: 1 cup dark chocolate chips 3 Tbsp. heavy cream 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar (or more)

Topping: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, crumbled


10-minute microwave cake

• 250ml (140g) cake flour • 250ml (220g) castor sugar • 20ml baking powder • 40ml cocoa powder • 250ml warm water • 5ml vanilla essence • 2 large eggs, beaten • 62ml sunflower oil Chocolate topping • 90g dark chocolate, broken into pieces • 15-25ml evaporated milk, or cream

Directions 1 Grease a 20cm microwave or silicone ring cake pan. 2 Mix the flour, castor sugar, baking powder and 2ml salt together. Mix the cocoa powder with the warm water until smooth, then add the vanilla essence. add the eggs and oil and mix well. 3 Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. use a whisk to mix the batter until smooth. Pour into the prepared cake pan. 4 invert a small microwave-safe saucer and place it into the microwave. Put the cake pan on top of this. Microwave on high for five to seven minutes, depending on how many watts your microwave is. the cake should still be slightly moist on top. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. 5 remove from the pan and cool completely, then drizzle with the chocolate topping. 6 Chocolate topping Melt the chocolate and evaporated milk together in the microwave for a few minutes until the chocolate begins to melt. Stir well until smooth. Pour over the cake.


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Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you their arms. In ancient times, the shores of the Maldives welcomed lost travellers. Still welcoming, these shores remain, providing a tranquil haven for visitors.

In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms This is my homeland, this is the Maldives From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls, This is my homeland, this is the Maldives


Pure, hassle-free luxury in lush, natural surroundings, that’s the essence of Baros Maldives. It’s a small tropical island ringed by a reef vibrant with marine life and encircled by a golden beach, with 45 thatched villas nestled among swaying palms and 30 water villas poised over a translucent lagoon. Created from timber and sandstone, each villa has a king size bed and décor of elegance, with en-suite bathroom in a garden courtyard or with a panoramic lagoon view. Eleven have their own beachside plunge pool, all have enviable seclusion enabling guests to indulge in sheer relaxation. Perfectly private, the villas at Baros Maldives are natural for the romantic couple, the incognito celebrity, the harassed executive and guests yearning to break free from stress. Guests feel free at Baros Maldives, indulging in relaxed chic, intimate moments, and enjoying the lush unspoiled environment. With three gourmet restaurants, a palm grove bar and an intimate cocktail lounge, Baros Maldives also has discreet, knowledgeable staff who respect guests as individuals and are always on hand. They can arrange excursions, organise a romantic sandbank dinner, a lagoon cruise by local dhoni, an ecofriendly diving or snorkelling safari. The Spa features the finest botanical therapies as well as yoga to rejuvenate the spirit as well as the body. Baros Maldives is an award-winning resort exclusive to resident guests, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Male’ International Airport. No small children, no motorised vehicles, no annoying noises disrupt the serene tranquillity of this lavish tropical paradise.

Baros Maldives: Tel. +960 664 26 72, info@baros.com; www.baros.com


The islands of Maldives appear in-between the trading route of the Indian Ocean. Thus settlers, and visitors from neighbouring regions and around the world have come in contact with the islands for as long as history has been recorded. Such is the to-and-fro flow of people and their cultures, that a marked effect has been left in the Maldivian people, the language, beliefs, arts, and attitudes. The looks of the Maldivian people may differ from one atoll to the other, attributing to the genes passed on by South and Southeast Asians, Africans, and Arabians. The language, Dhivehi, differs in dialect in some regions in the south of Maldives, possibly due to the secluded nature and subsistent ways of island life. Maldivian beliefs have been very much based around religion and superstition, often used together in matters of significance but given separate positions in society. In matters of faith, Islam dominates, but influence of the supernatural still continues to play a major role in most island communities, possibly giving credit to the folklores and Buddhist traditions of the islands’ first settlers before conversion to Islam in 1153 AD. The mixing of cultures is very much seen in Maldivian arts. The music played with the local bodu-beru (bigdrum) resemble that of African drumming. The dhoni (a unique Maldivian sailboat) is an art form itself built with skilled craftsmanship, with significant similarities to the Arabian dows. The fine artistry of Maldivians, seen in the intricate details on wooden beams in antique mosques, represents what we have gained from Southeast Asian architecture. Then there is the undefined: the distinct geometric designs used in mats woven from local materials, the embroidered neckline of women’s traditional dresses and their ornaments too, expose another story brought in from an unknown culture that has seeped in to Maldivian society. Maldivians are quite open to adaptation and are generally welcoming to outside inspiration. The culture has always continued to evolve with the times. Locals still eat fish and fishermen still spend days out at sea, but tourism now takes a standing prominence. Most Maldivians still want to believe in upholding unity and oneness in faith, but recent waves of reform in the country have created a whole new culture of new ideas and attitudes. The effects of the modern world are now embraced, while still striving to uphold the people’s identity, traditions and beliefs.


Diving Maldives The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty meters away at times. Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. Water sports In a place that is more sea than land, there is no end to the fun things you do in the water. Maldivians swim for recreation, they play water polo with their friends at weekend picnics, they surf addictively. Excursions The best way to experience the life of an ordinary Maldivian is to travel to an inhabited island. Some of these islands are slightly more modern: with brightly painted house walls and harbour areas. The Maldives Honeymoon If a honeymoon is meant to be a celebration of love in an intimate, secluded, and most importantly, beautiful setting, then the Maldives is the world’s best backdrop for all these things. Spa and wellness Just lying on a deserted beach of a Maldivian island, taking in nothing but the continuous rhythm of the waves, the sea salt in the air and feeling the soft white sand on your bare feet is enough to sooth your senses. Relax and unwind The Maldives is considered by many to be the premier tropical beach destination in the world and the best place to relax and unwind from the hectic and chaotic lifestyle of the modern world. Seaplane Photo Flights Seaplane photo flight offers you the sightseeing sensation that gives you the opportunity of a life time. Enjoy your unparalleled Maldives holiday experience from the sky


The term "Mirihi" refers to the small exquisite yellow flowers found around this beautiful island. According to local folklore, the flowers can be used to "take away the poison". With only 36 villas, Mirihi is meanwhile one of the smallest islands available in the Maldives. Mirihi Island Resort is located on a secluded tropical island in the South Ari Atoll, approximately 85 kilometres south of the capital Male'. A picturesque and breath-taking 30 minute seaplane ride from Male will bring the guests here. This emerald gem is just 350 meters long and 50 meters wide with a sparkling palm-fringed beach of fine white sand. The guests can walk barefoot if they choose, this is as close to nature as they can get. Blessed with white talc beaches, turquoise blue waters and one of the most amazing house-reefs, it is truly a vision of paradise on earth. 6 tastefully appointed Beach Villas (53sqm) are spread over the island and offer an oversized open-air bathroom with a luxurious fresh water shower as well as direct access to the beach. The 30 tastefully appointed Water Villas (53sqm) are built on stilts over the blue lagoon offering steps from the balcony for direct access to the Ocean, as well as a fresh water shower at the staircase. All Villas are equally designed, featuring designer furnishing, polished wooden floors, king size or twin beds, air conditioning, ceiling fan, sitting area with CD stereo system, iPod connector and fully stocked minibar, Nespresso machine, IDD telephone, personal safe and free WiFi. From sumptuous buffets in ‘Dhonveli’ Restaurant and fine dining in the overwater restaurant ‘Muraka’ with an award-winning wine list; to intimate private dining on the beach or on our very own private yacht ‘Thari’ – Mirihi offers a wide variety of superb cuisine to satisfy every appetite and occasion. Although the main reason for coming to Mirihi is undoubtedly to kick off the shoes and do absolutely nothing but relax and revel in natures delights, there are a host of other activities on offer for you to try, should the need arise to lift your head from the peaceful slumber of our many hammocks ... Diving is a priority for many guests and Mirihi can cater to all levels of divers, from first timers wishing to learn the basics to the experienced diver wanting to fine-tune their techniques. With over 40 dive sites and a multilingual team, every guest is assured a most personal service. If the guests feel like being more active, they may take one of the ocean kayaks and paddle around the island. On windy days, Mirihi offers a complete range of windsurf gear available, suiting everyone from beginner to expert. The use of the water sports equipment is available complimentary to all guests. If the guests look for relaxation and pampering, Duniye Spa is the place to go. Trained therapists know how to relieve the stress from the body and relax the muscles.

www.mirihi.com info@mirihi.com Mirihi Island Resort South Ari Atoll, Republic of Maldives Tel: +960 668 0500 Fax: +960 668 0501


The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side... • The Kruger National Park offers its visitors up close and personal nature experiences with a variety of activities. Whether it is driving, biking, hiking or walking that you want to do, Kruger has something for you. • Experienced, professional and armed guides act as trail leaders and interpret the natural surroundings at regular intervals, to make the most of your guided activity. So, if you want more than self drive game viewing, Go Activities! Go Wild! • Lonely Bull Back Packing Trail • The Lonely Bull Trail is a primitive Back Packing Trail which starts from Shimuwini Camp and is conducted in the large wilderness area between the Letaba low water bridge and the Mingerhout dam along the Letaba River. The trail stretches over 4 days and three nights, with departures every Wednesday and Sunday between 1 February and 31 October. • Wilderness Trails • Overnight Wilderness Trails allow adventurous visitors a close, personal encounter with nature by traversing large areas of unspoiled wilderness on foot. Guests spend three nights in one of the 7 Wilderness Camps in the Park, under the guidance of armed and experienced trail rangers. • Park & Ride • Hop in and ride - it's as simple as that! Guests at Kruger now have the opportunity to make use of the "Park and Ride Scheme" where you can get to see the Big 5 - currently only available in the Marula Region - Numbi, Phabeni and Kruger gates. • Mopani Sunset Drive • Why not enjoy a sunset drive along the banks of the Pioneer Dam in Mopani... • Adventure Trails (4X4 Trails)

• Olifants River Back Packing Trail • Malopeni Eco-Trail •

Malopeni Overnight Eco Trail

• Lebombo Overland Eco Trail •

Lebombo Eco Trail

• Great Limpopo Park Transfrontier Trails • Guided Walks • Game Drives • Bush Braais • Mountain Bike Trails • Golf • Weddings • Mphongolo Back Packing Trail


Carnival City is gearing up to host an exciting array of live international performers at the Carnival City Big Top Arena from May 2014. For years and years, many ask, “When will Steve & Juanita perform together?� This wish is now a reality in 2014, for the first time and one time only. .

Business Premium jazz Festival is a concept created to inspire, connect, and bring together world leaders of today and of tomorrow through jazz music. The idea for this project came from a belief that Jazz music stood tall among all genres of music as one form of music that can relax our minds, and also flows with what a mind is thinking. Artists for the Day Zonke , The Soil And LIRA


B&B Markets enhances all the excitement of the traditional craft and flea market experience with all the convenience of formalised retail shopping. With kids’ activities, food stalls, credit card facilities, gift vouchers, trolleys, customer service kiosks and a refund service, every B&B Market promises an inimitable lifestyle experience for the entire family! Our Rooftop, Hillfox and Hatfield Markets are carefully tailored to deliver a diverse and ever-changing range of unique and authentic quality products, first-class live entertainment and great value for money. The world-renowned African Craft Market offers a vast selection of high quality handcrafted wares in an exhilarating environment that invites you to barter for the best price in the true style of the African market experience. .


The local cuisine in Mauritius originates from three continents – in line with the birthplaces of its inhabitants. By visiting the island, guests have the opportunity to sample a variety of foods, including Indian, Chinese, Creole and European. Mauritian cooking is in a class of its own: a combination of flavours that have evolved through its different cultural heritages and cooking traditions. Mauritians are creative with food, mixing various styles in a single menu. They are just as happy to experiment with recipes from Chinese, Indian or Muslim cuisines as they are to create tempting Creole or European dishes.

Mauritian cuisine is proud of its heritage, but has also gained a fine reputation in the contemporary culinary world. Leading chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse and the Troisgros brothers have visited the island and introduced menus to boost the top-quality cuisine already available. Local chefs meanwhile are known for their creativity and ‘savoir-faire’, using traditional and local ingredients to create modern fare for some of the island’s most famous hotels. ‘Table D’Hôte’

One of the best ways to experience the pleasure and flavours of truly local fare is to visit a typical ‘table d’hôte’ or a local, specialised restaurants. Do not hesitate to try the local favourite snacks, including ‘dholl purri’ wheat pancakes stuffed with dholl and served with curry and tomato sauce, faratas, gateaux piments (chilli bites) and samosas.


SUGAR Sweet crystals Golden, brown, red or white Crunchy Once a rare, precious, expensive and even reportedly magical substance, associated with pleasure and luxury… Mauritius offers you sugary treasures and pleasures.

TEA Sensuous aromas unveil the flavours of Mauritius in a single cup of tea… As night gives way to the first rays of dawn Tea leaves light up, still peppered with droplets of dew Rustling of leaves breaks the silence Hundreds of women with huge wicker baskets on their backs gently pick handfuls of buds From the tea plantation and the tea factory to tea tasting, the island offers an open invitation for people to discover the secrets and the history of its famous Mauritian tea.

RUM “Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum”: pirates, conquerors and explorers all loved to quaff rum Rum production: a tradition as old as the history of Mauritius An exhilarating spirit with heady aromas An invitation to enjoy lazy days beneath the tropical sun A liquor to taste and experience.


Local company Tourist Villages Co. Ltd recently launched its first tourist village in the town of Mahébourg. Situated in the gardens of the town’s naval museum, the retail space accommodates about 20 permanent exhibitors, all from Mahébourg region. All the items offered for sale are local handicraft creations. In view of offering stand space to the maximum of operators, 11 individual craftsmen and two associations were selected. Preference was given to craftsmen from the south of the island who showed interest and responded to the invitation of Tourist Villages Co. Ltd. This was a great opportunity for the 60 artisans represented by the Arts and Crafts Manufacturers Association of Mauritius (ACMAM) to promote their handicraft. A second stand was also provided to Le movement Pour l’Autosuffisance Alimentaire – an association consisting of 12 member craftsmen from Vieux Grand Port who make handicraft from the pandanus (Vacoas) region. Investment and future plans The Mahébourg tourist village required an investment of 6 million MRU prior to launch. It will be the first in a series. Tourist Villages Co Ltd is now planning to launch a much more ambitious second village in Belle Mare – something that will require an overall investment of around 200 million MRU.

The new tourist village of Belle Mare will accommodate 35 shops, a food court, a recreation centre and, of course, exhibition space for artists. Subsequently, another tourist village is expected to be launched in Flic en Flac.


www.letouessrokresort.com The pinnacle of tropical elegance World-renowned luxury five star resort in Mauritius, Le Touessrok is one of the world’s great romantic resorts. It is the essence of cool, modern elegance basking in the cultural warmth of tropical Mauritius. Le Touessrok resort Mauritius is one of the “Leading hotels of the World”. This majestic resort lies on a beautiful stretch of sandy coast, with magnificent views of the tranquil Trou d’Eau Douce Bay. Out in the lagoon are two beautiful islands; Ilot Mangénie and Ile aux Cerfs , home to the resort’s Le Touessrok 18-hole championship golf course, one of the best in Mauritius. Le Touessrok hotel: luxury and elegance for your holiday Le Touessrok hotel Mauritius is five star luxury at its best, the perfect holiday setting for couples and families, with a fabulous range of facilities, including an extensive choice of water sports and land-based activities, 5 restaurants, a renowned Givenchy Spa and personal butler service. This five star resort also features three luxury waterfront villas, which have redefined the benchmark for luxury villas in Mauritius. Open since May 2005, Le Touessrok Villas offer ultra-exclusive and spacious accommodation, using the latest technology to meet the high expectations of the most discerning guests to Mauritius.

Contact : Mr Nihad Kader Tel : +230 402 7700 - Fax : +230 402 7500 Email : reservation@letouessrok.mu


On the southwestern side of the island, the soft white sands of Le Morne Beach and its turquoise lagoon create a magical setting where lavishly appointed accommodations and pampering converge amid the many charms of Mauritius. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is a five star luxury resort with 172 guest rooms and suites with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean waters. Bask in the sun by a luxurious pool or on the beach; go wind and kite surfing; or escape to a sanctuary of rejuvenation at the signature Iridium Spa featuring 12 private treatment rooms. indulge in the sublime pleasures of the spa. The Resort introduces a collection of carefully selected restaurants and bars including Simply India, the signature restaurant by Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar, where accomplished master chefs present exciting new fine dining experiences to the guests. Le Morne Peninsula 路 Mauritius 路 Phone: (230) 403 9000 Central Reservations: +800 325 78734 stregismauritius@stregis.com

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