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Set on 11, 000 hectares, Gondwana is the only Fynbos reserve in the world with free roaming big 5 species. 5 Star fully inclusive accommodation ~ Luxury private bush villasExhilarating game drives and Junior Ranger Experience. Ideally located only 4 hours from Cape Town or 45 minutes from George Airport. Packages available from R800 per person per night! Contact Details: Tel: +27 (0)21 424 5430 Email: reservations@gondwanagr.co.za website: www.gondwanagamereserve.com GARDEN ROUTE - SOUTH AFRICA


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where Credit is Due “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

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n African summer. Don’t those three words just evoke a host of associations? Unless you harbour a real aversion towards mosquitos or the sun, you would be hard-pressed to dismiss any of the no doubt glorious imagery that accompanies the phrase as romanticized or (God forbid) trite. Summer on our continent really is THAT spectacular. Feel like supping gin and tonics on a plain surrounded by zebra and other curious wildlife? Perhaps you’d prefer to float around an infinity pool overlooking a pristine landscape of mountains and beaches, or spot a

whale from the comfort of your hotel bed? These can all be arranged. If you’re one for the more subtle pleasures of life, we bring you the greatest wine we’ve tasted this month, a famous South African fusion dish you can whip up wherever you are in the world, a wonderful massage recommendation and a magical garden in which the only goal is to be silent and open to the beauty that naturally unfolds in each moment. Go ahead – join the great migration. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it for years to come.

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On 30 October, Gauteng socialites will be able to indulge in the very best of the Stellenbosch Winelands as Sanlam Private Investments (SPI) hosts the fourth Stellenbosch at Summer Place event – an unsurpassed pairing of wines, food, art, music and fashion from the country’s premier wine destination. Only the very top winemakers and chefs from South Africa’s premier wine region will travel to Jozi for the event. The carefully selected wines on offer were chosen through a strenuous selection process and abide by the wine route’s high quality standards. In keeping with the event’s pairing theme, each wine will be teamed with a signature dish in a unique ambience, and each pairing will be delivered along with a unique ‘attraction’ to complete the experience - from live music to an intimate fashion show or even a private one-on-one session with a leading art expert. Tickets are limited and flying fast so get yours for R500 at www.webtickets.co.za now.

Top Eco-friendly Destinations in Botswana Botswana’s Chitabe Camp and Chitabe Lediba recently received the highest grade of ecotoursim certification from the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO). Chitabe Camp, comprising eight spacious Meru-style tents built on elevated wooden decks, and Chitabe Lediba, featuring only five tents, are situated in a private concession on an island in the southeast of the Okavango Delta. Botswana’s eco-grading system is drawn from international best practice and highlights the government’s commitment to sustainable ecotourism. The rigorous scheme is carefully monitored by a Quality Assurance Committee who only award certification to camps that check against a stringent list of criteria. Chitabe Camp and Chitabe Lediba received the highest rating of ecotourism for their light footprint and commitment to conservation and sustainable community empowerment. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa recently secured the title of Best Hotel/Resort Spa in South Africa at the Professional Beauty Awards. The Saxon Spa and Studio is a retreat for peace and harmony that embodies a holistic way of life, blending modern technology with ancient techniques to create a rejuvenating experience to balance energies, soothe the soul, relax the senses and restore a complete sense of wellbeing. The custom-designed range of treatments includes signature therapies and therapy journeys using a holistic approach and promoting all-over wellness of the body, mind and soul. Spa time can also be spent on traditional treatments such as facials, massage, skincare and body therapies as well as other spa essentials. www.saxon.co.za

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‘New Horizons’ is the theme for the nineteenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, Africa’s biggest kite festival, which is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9FM, and which will take place in Muizenberg on 2 and 3 November 2013. The annual Cape Town International Kite Festival attracts talented kite-makers and kite fliers from around the world, including Europe, Kenya, India and the USA. Festival-goers will see giant cartoon characters and other amazing kite creations take to the skies, as well as exciting stunt kiting and Rokakkau kite battles. Local kite-makers are invited to enter the Heritage Kite Award and children can participate in the Edu-Kite Competition. With a variety of kite-making workshops, non-stop kite-flying, craft and food stalls as well as kiddies’ rides and a full program of entertainment on the Coke Gig Rig, the festival offers fantastic outdoor family fun. Entry is just R20 for adults and R10 for children under the age of twelve. All profits go directly to Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organization. www.capementalhealth.co.za

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he Thornybush Collection was born with the original purchase of five star Thornybush Game Lodge in the late nineties. The Group now boasts a collection of nine four and five star game lodges, eight of which are located in the game-rich Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, with the last, five star Simbambili Lodge, located in the north eastern Sabi Sands. Thornybush Nature Reserve is located a mere twenty minute drive from Hoedspruit Airport, which is served twice daily from Johannesburg and three times a week via direct jet service from Cape Town. The reserve also boasts its own tarred runway served daily from Johannesburg by Federal Air Charters.

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Thornybush Private Nature Reserve spans nearly 50 000 acres and plays host to an abundance of game, including the popular Big Five. Accommodation offerings consist of five eight-bed and one sixteen-bed luxury lodges, an eight-tent bush camp and two five star twenty-suite lodges - Thornybush Game Lodge and Thornybush Waterside Lodge. The lodges, some fifteen minutes’ drive apart within the reserve, provide an ideal opportunity to accommodate conferences, weddings, special event launches and the like. Both Thornybush Game Lodge and Thornybush Waterside Lodge have extensive conferencing facilities and up to 140 delegates/guests can be accommodated. Contact The Thornybush Collection on + 27 11 253 6500 or view its offerings at www.thornybushcollection.co.za.

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The fact that Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned mindfulness teacher and firm believer in experiencing the fullness of each moment, chose Temenos as a leisure destination during his visit to South Africa plays testament to the centre’s many offerings, both large and small. KabatZinn was no doubt drawn to the deep silence and peace of the meditation well, the great knowledge contained in the rows of books along the library walls, the colourful spledour of Temore, Temple of the Heart, the gentle worship of The Little Way chapel and the seemingly endless mountain ranges that surround the village. He was also, however, probably delighted by the smaller touches such as the special quotes to be discovered throughout the gardens, the quiet pantheistic respect evident in the various religious symbols resting in every nook and cranny, and the fact that the candles in the garden and the incense at the shrines are always lit as soon as the sun begins to set. Despite all these outer charms, Billy describes the ultimate purpose of Temenos as providing a space in which people are empowered to find their own sacred places within themselves. “Although I thoroughly enjoy potting about the garden, the miracle of it really lies in the fact that it seems to do its own work – I facilitate the growing process, but I can never make it grow,” he shares. Visitors to Temenos are often referred to the centre by professionals treating them for the debilitating effects of trauma, grief, anxiety or exhaustion. Others are drawn to the variety of workshops and retreats on offer, and others just want to spend a bit of time far from the madding crowd. Even those who just want to treat themselves to a leisurely and indulgent weekend can visit the centre. As Billy says, “We should never take ourselves too seriously –

illy Kennedy is the owner of Temenos Retreat Centre in the quiet and picturesque Western Cape town of McGregor. He is also the gardener. And what a garden he has grown. A graduate of music, theology and psychology, Billy has surrendered his life and work to the pull of all that is beautiful and sacred. After studying to be a priest for eight years, Billy realized shortly before his final ordination that spirituality is too broad a magic to be confined to the dogma of any one religion, and that it is also not something that is separate from the aesthetic and sensual pleasures of the world. Billy likens himself to Ishan, lover of all things beautiful, and his propensity towards wholehearted appreciation of the joys of the physical and spiritual realm is evident throughout his incredible retreat centre. “I wanted to create a place where all aspects of spirituality could be explored,” explains Billy. “The original Temenos in Athens was a temple to Gaia, the great Earth Mother – a place where anyone could seek solace and refuge.” Billy’s Temenos is also a place of refuge that is open to people of all creeds and crests, and there is no pressure on guests to do or believe anything. From famous authors (including the likes of Byron Katie, Diana Cooper and Leslie Templeton-Thurston) and leading mental health practitioners to lawyers, accountants and even street workers, Temenos has played host to a great variety of people seeking calm or just a bit of beauty and pleasure in their lives. Between the stunning natural setting, the glorious silence, the gentle optional activities, the cosy cottages, the celebration of the written word and the divine cuisine, to name a few, there really is something for every beauty- or soul-seeker at Temenos.

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spirituality is something that is part of our daily lives, and the act of treating ourselves to a massage or a decadent meal is spiritual in itself.” He goes on to explain that finding the Beloved or divine source within ourselves is a process that involves looking at ourselves with “soft eyes” – honouring our bodies, minds and journeys with gentleness and acceptance. It is thus not surprising that none of the activities or rituals of the centre are compulsory, and that guests can make of their stay exactly as they please. “I’ve always believed that the true definition of a retreat is doing nothing and not feeling guilty about it,” laughs Billy. Whether you choose to engage in daily yoga sessions and nature walks, to spend your days meditating in silence or to sit at the fireside reading a great book with an even better glass of wine, you are guaranteed to enjoy your stay at Temenos. “I love it when people come to the centre not knowing what it is that they are looking for,” says Billy with sparkling blue eyes and an engaging smile. “Like the garden’s mysterious labyrinth, life often throws us out to the side even when we have our minds firmly set on a goal at the centre, and sometimes ridding ourselves of all that stuff we hold on to in a safe place and time is the best way to discover the true essence of all that is within and without.” For further information and bookings call + 27 23 625 1871, e-mail information@temenosretreat.org or visit www.temenos.org.za. 20


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Winelands Destination The Grande Roche Hotel

Nestled at the foot of the magnif- country village of Paarl. icent Paarl Rock Mountain lies the spectacular five-star Grande Roche Here you will experience the privacy Hotel. and tranquillity of comfortable and stylish suites, personal service and A proud member of the Small Luxury meticulous attention to detail, while Hotels of the World, Grande Roche award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant Hotel is a destination where history offers the finest culinary experience. interacts with modern day comforts - where the gentle rhythms of a Grande Roche Hotel’s location in the working fruit and wine farm are just Paarl Valley with views of the beautia short stroll away from the bustling ful Drakenstein mountains, offers

couples a truly historic and unique setting in which to host an elegant wedding reception. Along with its private chapel and manicured gardens, the hotel’s professional Functions and Events team ensure that your wedding day is carefree and filled with happy memories for life. Grande Roche Hotel - Where every reservation is the promise of a treat.


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Named in honour of the exotic Asian Angsana tree, with its fragrant showers of golden blooms, Angsana Spa at Cape Town’s acclaimed Vineyard Hotel aims to lead guests through a bespoke journey of natural sensuality and serenity.

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sing only fresh botanical ingredients and skilled, loving hands, the internationally-trained therapists deliver unique and memorable spa treatments of the highest order. The scents of jasmine, frangipani, lemon, avocado, rooibos, orange and honey beckon guests into the chic, Zen-inspired venue, with its beautiful Asian dĂŠcor and glorious stillness. While some may choose to retreat into oblivion with aromatherapy massage and rose petal baths, others may reinvigorate their bodies and minds with stimulating rain showers and brisk walks along the river path that runs through the six acres of attractive landscaped parkland on which the spa is situated. Guests could come to the spa with specific issues such as acne or cellulite, in preparation for a special occasion such as a wedding or honeymoon, to celebrate a blooming romance with a dual treatment or simply to

pick themselves up with a pearly pedi and refreshing spa tea. Our favourite treatments include the signature Angsana massage, with its pressure point stimulation and specially formulated Euphoria Oil, the decadent orange and honey bath and the oatmeal and almond facial. The spa boasts eleven luxury treatment rooms, including deluxe and couples rooms with baths, showers, steam rooms and even a rain mist facility. Each guest is treated to half an hour of complimentary in-room relaxation time. Angsana is open from 10:00 to 20:00 daily, and is situated a mere fifteen-minute drive from the city centre. With spas in 21 countries across the globe, Angsana is leading the way in natural, holistic, Thai-inspired health and beauty. For further information and bookings, call +27 21 674 5005, e-mail spa-vineyardcapetown@angsana.com or visit www.angsanaspa.com. 24


Kapama Karula

Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is Kapama Game Reserves most secluded and prestigious lodge, Kapama Karula. Main areas include lounge and bar, all finished in modern whitewashed wood and vast sections of glass, complemented by a neutral colour palette, offering a contemporary African feel. The open-plan lounge and bar are spacious yet cosy, with skylights drawing in natural daylight and moonshine. Alternatively, enjoy the African sunshine on the outside wooden deck, with views over the Klaserie River. 5 Suites: these have indoor and outdoor showers, full ensuite bathrooms, minibars, Nespresso coffee machines, safes, international adaptors, telephones, overhead fans, air conditioners and gas-heated fireplaces. For connectivity and entertainment, there is Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. 5 Superior Suites: these are slightly bigger than the standard suites, at 130m² each and includes the same features as per the standard suites, but in addition there is an outside deck area, with a full-size heated swimming pool and sun loungers. Two of the superior suites, each measuring 170 m², are purpose-built for families. The second bedroom leads off the living room and can be accessed through an interleading door or its own entrance. This bedroom features a full ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV, selection of movies and Wii game console. Each family suite also has a private outside deck and a large heated swimming pool. For an experience that’s closer to nature and authentically African, Kapama Karula offers guests the opportunity to sleep in one of two traditional Meru tents. There’s no compromise to comfort and the tents have all the amenities of a luxury game lodge. En suite with his and hers basins, a bath and private outdoor shower, the tents both have air conditioning, telephones and Wi-Fi, fully stocked minibars, Nespresso coffee machines and lock-up safes.

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Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery, is situated in the picturesque Elim wine ward of the Western Cape, a mere thirty minute drive away from the true tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas.

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irst and foremost dedicated to biodiversity and the conservation of its tranquil surroundings, Strandveld Vineyards offers a picturesque setting with an abundance of birdlife and plants, the perfect escape and serene getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle for wine and nature lovers. Custodian of the unique Strandveld habitat Strandveld Vineyards is a proud member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative and strives to conserve and rehabilitate the delicate fynbos areas surrounding the vineyards. The removal of Port Jackson along the waterways (20ha) and the successful eradication of pine trees in a rehabilitated potato field (59ha), with almost no new regrowth, is an integral part of the farm’s commitment to protect the natural habitat of the farm. Buffer strips between vineyard blocks are now flourishing with flowering fynbos and abundant bird and insect life. In order to preserve the exceptional biodiversity of the Strandveld, the farm, together with other Elim winegrowers, is part of the Nuwejaars Wetland special management area aimed at the sustainable management of these precious wetlands with their diverse indigenous flora and fauna. The Overberg area is the smallest plant kingdom in the world with the greatest number of different species. Of the nine thousand species, some can be found nowhere else. Unique among the Overberg habitats is the Strandveld Agulhas Plain, significant by international conservation standards due to its rich biodiversity. The region is a precious habitat of the greater Cape Floral Kingdom which consists mostly of fynbos and renosterveld. Of the 800 Erica species in the world, more than 80% grow in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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Cool climate wines A true expression of the unique Strandveld terroir, the farm’s cool climate wines are rooted in the rich history of the area. Inspired by the Portuguese mariners who first rounded the Cape in 1487, thereby opening a sea route to the spices of the East, Strandveld has paid homage to these brave sailors and named some of their wines in their honour. “First Sighting” commemorates Bartholomeu Diaz’s first glimpse of Cape Agulhas in April 1488. Strandveld “Adamastor” (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon) is based on the legend of the mythical character, which is supposed to have lived on top of Table Mountain, and appeared as a threatening storm cloud - a symbol of nature which the Portuguese navigators had to overcome on their voyages of discovery. It was only in July 2001 that a rundown sheep and wheat farm was purchased and the first vines planted - Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz – and a modern winery was built. Today there are 80 hectares under vine after subsequent plantings of Pinot Noir, Semillon, Mourvedre and Grenache. Strandveld Vineyards has two labels – the premium Strandveld range and the First Sighting wines which are all “wines for drinking and enjoying”, says winemaker Conrad Vlok. Nurtured under Vlok’s watchful eye, the Strandveld vines are shaped by a variety of stony, mineral-rich soils and unabating seawinds which give the wines their distinct character and flavour. Over the years, these wines have been richly rewarded with numerous international accolades, including a gold medal at the Concours Mondial Sauvignon Blanc Awards for the Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2012, and five stars in the Platter’s South African Wine Guide for the Strandveld Adamastor 2009. Open for wine tastings in the historic tasting room and offering accommodation in welcoming guest houses, Strandveld can be contacted on +27 28 482 1906, at info@strandveld.co.za or at www.strandveld.co.za.


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Waterkloof, the awe-inspiring cellar ‘in the sky’ outside Somerset West celebrated for its award-winning architecture, elegant wines and breathtaking views, elevates its wine tasting experience with a newly improved Ploughman’s Platter brimming with local tastes and tidbits.

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fine dining restaurant, in a glass house on the slope of the Schapenberg, overlooking the farm and False Bay, which has such an influence over its amphitheatre of vineyards and also adds a fitting backdrop to an elevated wine and dine experience. A grand 360 degree fireplace dominates the space and while it adds an interesting visual focus it also keep things nice and cosy on chilly days. What makes the Waterkloof experience so unique is that at all times guests can feel part of the farming and winemaking process, no matter whether outside on the balcony or inside enjoying wine in the lounge. The tasting area with its 360 degree, picturesque views of the farm allows visitors to witness the spledour of the natural processes, celebrating the culmination of winemaking and tasting. Waterkloof’s elegant wines can be tasted at the estate seven days a week. A standard tasting costs R30 per person for a flight of six wines from Waterkloof’s False Bay and Peacock Ridge collections, or R40 for a premium tasting of the estate’s exclusive Circle of Life and Circumstance wines. The sensory Ploughman’s Platter is on offer at the tasting lounge from 10h00 until 15h00. Waterkloof Olives can be bought directly from the estate at R40 per jar. For more information call Waterkloof estate on (+27) 21 858 1292, e-mail sonja@waterkloofwines.co.za or visit www.waterkloofwines.co.za. Waterkloof Estate is located outside Somerset West on the M9 Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road.

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vailable at R130 per person, this hearty offering of homegrown goodness includes the estate’s own olives – the very first batch has just been released – as well as its twelve month naturally matured Healey’s Cheddar, which excelled as the country’s finest Round Cheddar at the prestigious 2013 South African Dairy Championships. “Our olives are grown organically right here on the estate and are cured in a simple mixture of salt and water and then flavoured with Farm Manager Christiaan Loots’ secret family recipe. We fill our bottles with the glorious mix of olives right here in our kitchen, and each one is labelled by hand with love and care,” shares Waterkloof Chef Grégory Czarnecki. Chef Grégory follows a ‘little is big’ mantra and supports smaller, local yet top-notch quality producers to guarantee that the freshness and taste of its Ploughman’s Platter is paramount. Other delicacies on this tantalising tray of delights include cured meat, fresh bread, pickled onions, gherkins and fig preserve. “Waterkloof’s golden thread of sustainability runs right through every aspect, from our bio-dynamic vineyards to our tasting lounge and restaurant. People love the romance of harvesting ingredients from nature and knowing where the food that they eat comes from,” adds Grégory, who in addition to his platters also wows diners with his contemporary South African-influenced French cuisine at the estate’s magnificently appointed restaurant. Waterkloof’s tasting room is situated inside its 120-seater

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s the first Europeans to explore Africa, the Portuguese have infused the continent with their culture and cuisine. Being of Portuguese descent, I can appreciate the nuances with which the “porras” have added a little spicy flavor to South African cooking. A passionate and at times humorous bunch, South African Portuguese are sometimes thought of as the true clowns of the South African stage. Put simply: you know you are a Portuguese South African when your mother or grandmother has Maria in her name, your father

or grandfather is called Manuel, Jose or Antonio, you have a rooster napkin holder, and when you visit your parents they make you eat three servings of dinner at each sitting (if you don’t they will think that you don’t like their cooking). Aside from the ever popular peri-peri chicken on the coals, the next most popular and widely eaten Portuguesederived food in South Africa has to be peri-peri prawns. This month I share with you this simple but delicious recipe in all its spicy splendor.

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METHOD: Slit prawns down their backs and de-vein. Leave heads on, or remove them if you prefer. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and coat the prawns well. Allow prawns to marry the flavors in the fridge for a minimum of three hours (overnight is even better). While the prawns rest, boil the potatoes (skin on) for about 20 minutes (they need to be slightly undercooked and firm). Allow to cool to room temperature. Remove the skins and place on a baking tray. Drench in olive oil and season with rosemary and sea salt.

Prawns • 18 - 24 fresh black tiger prawns (use frozen if fresh not available) • 2 tbsp salted butter Marinade • 1 cup olive oil • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 50g (1 1/12 ounces) red chillies, very finely chopped (remove seeds if you prefer less heat) • juice of 1 lemon • pared rind of 1 small lemon (use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin in thin strips) • 1 tsp red paprika • salt and milled black pepper • ½ cup dry white wine

Preheat oven to 220˚C (430f). Roast potatoes for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown. Place prawns in one layer on a baking tray and cover in marinade and wine. Drizzle melted butter over prawns. Approximately twelve minutes before the potatoes are ready, place the prawns into the oven and allow to bake until pink and succulent. Pile together potatoes and prawns and garnish generously with fresh parsley. Serve the pan juices separately as a drizzling sauce.

Rosemary Roast Potatoes • 750 g (1,5lb) baby potatoes • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, roughly chopped • course sea salt to taste • olive oil

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• Call: +27 (0) 41 407 1000 • E-mail: reservations@mantiscollection.com • Website: www.views.co.za / www.mantiscollection.com.

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Designed with chic and contemporary interiors, all 21 rooms and suites are styled for comfort, luxury and exclusivity. The hotel boasts a sophisticated fine dining restaurant, spa facilities with a full range of therapeutic treatments, a fully equipped gym, a roof-top cocktail deck offering possible sightings of whales breaching or dolphins surfing the waves, a heated rim flow pool, business facilities and wi-fi connectivity throughout. Nothing is left to chance and all needs are anticipated and catered for with impeccable service.

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Along the famous Garden Route, set on the Wilderness dunes overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Views Boutique Hotel offers panoramic beach and ocean views.

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Vibrant indigenous flora and vivid exotic plant life create a serene ambience at The Last Word Constantia, which is a mere 25-minute drive from Cape Town. Situated in the Cape’s oldest and most beautiful wine valley, The Last Word Constantia is close to seven of South Africa’s top wine estates and many internationally celebrated restaurants. The five-star intimate hotel is in an exclusive area just one minute’s drive from the chic Constantia Mall’s fashionable shops and restaurants. An easy approach to freeways gives guests superb access to all the Cape’s scenic delights, from Simonstown and the False Bay beaches to the City Centre, Waterfront and beyond.

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• Call: +27 21 794 6561 • E-mail: info@thelastword.co.za • Website: www.thelastword.co.za

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• Call: +27 (0)21 431 7500 • E-mail: reservations@leisurehotels.co.za • Website: www.strandtowerhotel.co.za

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The Strand Tower hotel offers guests 242 rooms in Standard, Superior, Executive and Deluxe styles. The hotel offers a range of features and facilities to ensure that guests have everything they need at their fingertips. The divine pool deck overlooks Strand and Loop Streets, and is an oasis-like location for a late afternoon dip after a long day of sightseeing. There is also a restaurant, a gym, sauna and steam room overlooking Table Mountain and the city centre on the 17th and 18th floors respectively, a newly renovated bar and lounge, an Executive Lounge, conferencing facilities for up to 200 people, 24-hour reception, porterage, a concierge and a coffee shop. The Strand Tower Hotel has everything you need for your stay in Cape Town, whether you are visiting for business or pleasure!

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The Strand Tower Hotel is located in Strand Street, in the heart of the city of Cape Town.

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De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Conveniently situated on the longest wine route in South Africa, namely Cape Route 62, De Zeekoe’s unique charm attracts guests of a different kind. People from all walks of life visit this stylish African farm in search of a unique experience. De Zeekoe is an owner managed farm of 2000 hectares only 8 km from Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo and situated on the longest wine route - R 62. De Zeakoe is a working farm with ostriches, springbuck,Bonsmara cows and Lusern (alfalfa). It boasts stunning views of the mountains and riverbed (Olifant’s River), and offers a chance to see over 162 species of birds. De Zeakoe is located in part of the 17 hotspots of the world, with overlapping flower zones. It offers 16 stylish rooms and 4 rustic log cabins situated on the water’s edge.

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In true “Quarters” style, the hotel offers an understated elegance and eclectic ambience. Business and conference facilities accommodating up to 45 people are available and include wi-fi access and a private boardroom. The hotel is situated close to popular shops and boutiques, restaurants, and a wellness centre. Golfing, whale-watching and hiking are all on offer in the area. • Call: +27 28 313 7700 • E-mail: • Website: reservations@quartershermanus.co.za.

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spectacular views from its eighteen spacious rooms.

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Hermanus’s superbly positioned Quarters Hotel overlooks the village’s historic harbour, boasting

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Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa Situated in the historic heart of the bustling business district of Cape Town, the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel offers a home away from home with its 90 self-catering apartments.

If you are looking for a hotel that embraces history and a philosophy of “Ubuntu” then the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa offers all of this and more. With 90 self catering apartments situated in the historic heart of the city of Cape Town, the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel is a real home away from home. Choose from fully equipped studio, one or two bedroom luxury apartments giving the choice of dining in - a cosy option for busy travelers - or dine out for a tasty experience. Doppio Zero on the ground floor offers fresh and authentic Italian fare while Motherland Coffee with their fair-trade principles is perfect for that quick snack before heading out to enjoy the sights of the City. Close to all amenities, museums, gardens and exciting innovative shops the friendly, knowledgeable staff bring the warmth that reflects the main namesake of the property.

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nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock Mountain. A proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Grande Roche Hotel is a place where history is combined with modern day comforts such as complimentary Wi-Fi Internet, air-conditioning and heated flooring and towel rails; where the gentle rhythms of a working fruit and wine farm are only a short stroll away from a bustling country town. At the Grande Roche Hotel, you will experience the privacy and tranquillity of comfortable and stylish suites nestled among the vineyards. With 28 unique, individually named suites, the experience is as personal as each guest and recounts a history of days gone by. Award-winning Bosman’s restaurant offers the finest culinary experience with 425 varieties of wines available from its private cellar. At the Grande Roche Hotel every reservation is the promise of a treat.

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Grande Roche Hotel is a spectacular five-star boutique hotel situated on a historic wine farm

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The meaning of Tintswalo is the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that you bestow upon someone who has given you a meaningful and worthy gift. Tintswalo Lodges offer the ultimate Cape, City and Safari experience by combining pure opulence with welcoming five-star accommodation, dining, conference and event facilities. At any of the four lodges, guests are provided with first-class service complimented by awe-inspiring views and opulent luxury. The properties include Tintswalo Atlantic at the base of Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Safari Lodge and Manor House situated within the Manyeleti Reserve near the Kruger National Park and Tintswalo At Waterfall, a boutique hotel in Kyalami, Johannesburg. Each lodge boasts unique attributes which enhance visitors’ experience, from the sensibly selected decor to the delectably crafted meals by on-site executive chefs.

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• Call: +27 (0) 11 300 8888 • E-mail: res1@tintswalo.com / res2@tintswalo.com • Website: www.tintswalo.com

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Shumbalala rests on one of the country’s great tracts of game land. Set in a dry, singeing savanna quartered by easterly-flowing rivers, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder. The reserve is blessed with an abundance of species, including 147 mammals (including the Big 5) and 507 bird species. Qualified rangers conduct relaxed but informative morning and evening game drives and bush walks. Leisurely game viewing can also be enjoyed from the game viewing decks that overlook a water hole frequented by game. Accommodation is available in superior and presidential suites. The lodge offers a splendid high tea and a five-course gourmet dinner.

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Shumbalala Game Lodge is an internationally renowned five-star private bush lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve next to the Kruger National Park.

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Casa Do SolHotel & Resort

A delightful Mpumalanga accommodation offering situated in an eden of tranquil pools, deeply shaded glades and lush flower gardens just next to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview. Casa Do Sol comprises four different types of accommodation - casas, villas, twin and double suites and a Casa Grande complete with private jacuzzi. All rooms cater for double occupancies and have bathrooms ensuite. While the casas lead out to the lush flower gardens, the villas offer private gardens or terraces. The twin and double suites each boast an entrance hall, spacious sitting room, luxury bathrooms with separate shower and toilet and private patios with breathtaking views of the valley. The Casa Grande includes a large sitting room that opens onto a portico patio with a jacuzzi, sauna and private pool in an enclosed garden. On the upper level is a double bedroom with his and hers bathrooms. Casa do Sol is the perfect venue for a variety of events. The attentive and professional banqueting team that oversees the conference facility will guarantee that each event undertaken at the luxury hotel is a superb experience.

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Boasting 27 major species of game, Madikwe is the fourth largest game reserve in the country. The perfect South African luxury safari holiday destination, Tau Game Lodge offers both Big Five and bird-watching safaris. Overlooking a vast natural waterhole, it offers an idyllic wedding as well as conference venue. Adults can indulge in a range of decadent treatments at the Tau Spa while children enjoy the myriad of kiddies’ activities available.

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Gondwana Game Reserve

Set on 11,000 hectares, Gondwana is the only authentic free-roaming Big Five game reserve in the Western Cape. Gondwana’s spectacular landscape, along with its picturesque mountain backdrop, teams with game including eland, kudu, red hartebeest and gemsbok as well as cheetah, hippo and bontebok, amongst others. Numerous activities are on offer, including game drives in open Land Rovers, Africology spa treatments and a Junior Ranger Experience for children, as well as horseback safaris, mountain biking and fishing in the reserve’s 1000 hectares of protected area. Five-star, fully-inclusive accommodation is provided for couples in deluxe stand-alone lodge bedrooms and for families or groups in private bush villas, all with awe-inspiring views.

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The Thornybush Collection was born with the original purchase of five star Thornybush Game Lodge in the late nineties. The Group now boasts a collection of nine four and five star game lodges, eight of which are located in the game-rich Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, with the last, five star Simbambili Lodge,

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Thornybush Nature Reserve is located a mere twenty minute drive from Hoedspruit Airport, which is served twice daily from Johannesburg and three times a week via direct jet service from Cape Town. The reserve also boasts its own tarred runway served daily from Johannesburg by Federal Air Charters. Thornybush Private Nature Reserve spans nearly 50 000 acres and plays host to an abundance of game, including the popular Big Five. Accommodation offerings consist of five eight-bed and one sixteen-bed luxury lodges, an eight-tent bush camp and two five star twenty-suite lodges - Thornybush Game Lodge and Thornybush Waterside Lodge. The lodges, some fifteen minutes’ drive apart within the reserve, provide an ideal opportunity to accommodate conferences, weddings, special event launches and the like. Both Thornybush Game Lodge and Thornybush Waterside Lodge have extensive conferencing facilities and up to 140 delegates/guests can be accommodated.

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National Airways Corporation

Contact our experienced Charter Sales team to package your next African adventure.

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Our extensive fleet of charter aircraft (average aircraft age 5 years) caters for any requirement – from lodge transfers to overborder flights into Africa. Our turboprop charter aircraft fleet consists of the Pilatus PC12; Cessna Grand Caravan; King Air 90, 200, 350; Embraer 120 and Beechcraft 1900C and D. Our jet fleet includes the Premier 1; Embraer Phenom 300, LearJet 45XR, 60; Hawker 800XP, 1000, 4000 and a Challenger 300.

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As the oldest general aviation company in South Africa, NAC not only comply to strict safety and operational regulations from the SA Civil Aviation Authority, but NAC has also passed various international audits, with approvals from not only the mining and resource sector, but also corporate institutions worldwide. Over and above our top standing with these regulatory bodies, NAC is also the only ISO9001:2008 general aviation company in South Africa.

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Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts is a hospitality and gaming company that operates in South Africa and Botswana. Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts is a hospitality and gaming company that operates in South Africa and Botswana. Peermont has an excellent track record in the design, development, management, ownership and operation of multi-faceted integrated resorts, including hotels, casinos, convention centres, retail centres, health spas, restaurants, bars and other sport and entertainment facilities.

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The Three Cities Group was formed in 1988 as a hospitality group offering specialized services

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The Three Cities Group offers specialized services in the tourism industry, managing and marketing over 30 quality tourism and leisure properties with a strong network of sales and marketing specialists working out of Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and London. The group’s distinctively unique portfolio of properties includes city hotels, resorts, exceptional safaris and three campuses of The International Hotel School.

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Bidvest Premier Lounges

Premier Lounge is the business lounge service of choice for high-end business and leisure travelers across South Africa. Avoid the crowds, make a phone call in peace, surf the net, use business facilities or just relax with a drink and a snack. There are smoking and non-smoking rooms to suit your style. You can find a Premier Lounge in every local and international departure terminal of all major South African airports. The lounges are open daily from one hour prior to the first flight leaving to 30 minutes after the last flight has left from O R Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka, George, East London and Port Elizabeth airports.

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laid-back restaurant in Franschhoek. The menu offers staunch South African favorites as well as specials that are updated daily to take advantage of the finest ingredients on the market. In the heart of the South African winelands, the restaurant boasts an excellent wine menu. Reuben’s restaurant and

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bar combines all the ingredients for the perfect get together.

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The Blue Train

For more than 60 years, The Blue Train has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s unsurpassed travelling experiences. In 2010 alone, The Blue Train won the coveted accolade of “Africa’s Leading Luxury Train” at The World Travel Awards, and was voted “Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Favourite Specialist Train.” The routes of The Blue Train – both scheduled and chartered – take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world. Routes include Cape Town/Pretoria; Pretoria/ Durban and Pretoria/Pilanesberg.

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towards a commercial license and conversions and type ratings at a CAA approved training facility. It also offers aerial game viewing and management opportunities as well as flights to celebrate special occasions. Their Alert HeliTrack service provides air support to assist in tracing the perpetrators of rhino poaching and farm attacks. Indigo

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Indigo Helicopters offers helicopter pilot training (CAA/0348) by PPL and CPL instructors, hour building

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Dutch East Restaurant

The Dutch East restaurant in Franschhoek believes in the values of simplicity and preserving the integrity of the main ingredient of a dish. At Dutch East, fresh is best and the freshest available ingredients are sourced each day. Head Chef Pasch du Plooy is a leading figure in the culinary world of the Cape Winelands, pioneering the way with his exciting mix of local Dutch and Eastern cuisine.

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In the Shangaan language Tintswalo means “the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that you bestow upon someone who has given you a meaningful and worthy gift.� Tintswalo Safari Lodge is 14,400 acres of exclusive concession area lies within t h e 64,800 acres Manyeleti reserve. Situated on the pristine unfenced western boundary of the Greater Kruger National Park, nestled between both the Sabi Sands and Timbavati, abounding in big five game and spectacular bird life. The area is unique for its minimal vehicle density and so offering a true, incredibly exclusive and rewarding safari experience. Six suites and one presidential suite are authentically decorated to reflect explorers of the nineteenth century. All the exclusive Explorer Suites as well as the Presidential suite provide you with supreme comfort, privacy and effortless birding. Our Field Guide Association accredited game rangers ensure a superb gaming experience. RESERVATIONS: +27 11 300 8888 | res1@tintswalo.com | res2@tintswalo.com | www.tintswalo.com


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Kwantu Game Reserve Location: 1 Sidbury Farm, Sidbury, Makana District, Port Elizabeth Tel: +2742 203 1400 E-mail: reservations@kwantu.co.za Web: www.kwantu.co.za

Kuzuko Lodge Location: Olivenfontein Farm, Kommadagga, Addo Elephant National Park Tel: 0800 468 357 or +2711 806 6888 E-mail: hotels@legacyhotels.co.za Web: www.legacyhotels.co.za

Tenahead Mountain Lodge & Spa Location: Naudes Nek Pass, Rhodes Tel: +2745 971 8901 E-mail: reservations@riverhotels.co.za Web: www.riverhotels.co.za/tenahead

Blue Lagoon Hotel & Conference Centre Location: Blue Bend Place, Beacon Bay, East London Tel: +2743 748 4821 E-mail: reservations@bluelagoonhotel.co.za Web: www.bluelagoonhotel.co.za

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Quarry Lake Inn

Location: R72 Coastal Rd, Between Port Alfred and East London Tel: +2740 676 1026 E-mail: info@mpekweni.co.za Web: www.mpekweni.com

Location: Quartzite Drive, off Pearce St, The Quarry, EL Tel: +2743 707 5400 E-mail: info@quarrylakeinn.co.za Web: www.quarrylakeinn.co.za

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Location: Kariega Game Reserve, Kenton-on-Sea Tel: +2741 581 2606 E-mail: reservations@kariega.net Web: www.kariega.co.za

Tsala Treetop Lodge Location: Hunters Estate, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay Tel: +2744 501 1111 E-mail: res@hunterhotels.com Web: www.hunterhotels.com

Moya Manzi Beach House Location: 17 Toevlugs Place, Paradise Beach, Jeffery’s Bay Tel: +2742 292 0780 E-mail: info@moyamanzi.com www.moyamanzi.com

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Kichaka Private Game Lodge

Location: Chintsa East. Wild Coast Tel: +2743 704 5119 E-mail: info@pranalodge.co.za Web: www.pranalodge.co.za

Location: Assegaai Bush, Grahamstown Tel: +2746 622 6024 E-mail: reservations@kichaka.co.za Web: www.kichaka.co.za

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Location: 8 Frank Road, St Francis Bay Tel: +2742 294 1888 Email: thesands@pehotels.co.za Web: www.thesands.co.za

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Lavender Hill Country Estate Location: Bethlehem Tel: +27 58 303 1673 E-mail: info@lavenderhillestate.co.za Web: www.lavenderhillestate.co.za

Lazy Lizard Guest House Location: 109 Henry Street, Park West, Bloemfontein Tel: +27 51 444 5075 E-mail: info@lizard.co.za Web: www.lizard.co.za

Oranje Guest Farm Location: Fouriesberg Tel: +27 58 223 0412 Email: oranjegh@mweb.co.za Web: www.oranjegasteplaas.co.za

De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa Location: 35km South of Bloemfontein Tel: +27 51 5640 733 E-mail: info@deoudekraal.co.za Web: www.deoudekraal.co.za

Wild Horses Mountain Lodge

A Summer Place Boutique Guest House

Location: Amanzi Amakhulu Estate, Sterkfontein Dam Harrismith Tel: +27 58 622 7000 E-mail: hawkinsgroup@telkomsa.net Web: www.wildhorses.co.za

Location: 18 Stegmann St, Universitas, Bloemfontein Tel: +27 51 522 2412 E-mail: info@thesummerplace.co.za Web: www.thesummerplace.co.za

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Hobbit Boutique Hotel

Location: 2 Aasvoel St, Gariep Dam Tel: +27 51 754 0060 Email: info@destijl.co.za Web: www.destijl.co.za

Location: 19 President Steyn Avenue, Brandwag Bloemfontein Tel: +27 51 447 0663 E-mail: info@hobbit.co.za Web: www.hobbit.co.za

Emoya Hotel & Spa San Rock Guest House

Location: Frans Kleynhans Drive, Groenvlei Tel: +27 51 436 8471 E-mail: info@emoya.co.za Web: www.emoya.co.za

Location: Clarens Tel: +27 83 292 3371 E-mail: janetjam@netactive.co.za Web: www.sanrock-guesthouse.com

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Location: C/O Third Ave & Brill St, Westdene Bloemfontein Tel: + 27 51 406 0900 E-mail: info@cbhc.co.za Web: www.cbhc.co.za

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Lekoa Game Lodge Location: Wolfenfontein Farm, Villiers, Helibron Tel: +27 58 821 0601 E-mail: riette@lekoalodge.com Web: www.lekoalodge.com

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Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square Location: Cnr Union Ave & Main Rd, Kliptown, Soweto Tel: +27 21 794 9050 E-mail: reservations@sowetohotel.co.za Web: www.sowetohotel.co.za

National Airways Corporation Head Office: Lanseria, Johannesburg Tel: +2782 891-4639 (24 hours) Tel: +2711 267-5427 (Office hours) E-mail: charter@nac.co.za Web: www.nac.co.za

Shumba Valley Lodge Location: Malibongwe Drive Extension, Lanseria West Rand Tel: +27 11 790 8000 E-mail: shumbavalley@shumbavalley.co.za Web: www.shumbavalley.co.za

The Westcliff Hotel Location: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg Tel: +27 11 481 6000 E-mail: reservations@westcliff.co.za Web: www.westcliff.co.za

Villa Sterne Boutique Hotel Location: 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge Tel: +27 12 346 2255 E-mail: vsterne@global.co.za Web: www.villasterne.com

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Location: 643 Corner of Church & Wessels Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria Tel: +27 12 429 9999 E-mail: pretoria@sheraton.co.za Web: www.sheratonpretoria.com

Goodnight Lodge

The Michelangelo Hotel

Location: 13 Arterial Road, West Oriel, Bedfordview Tel: +27 11 615 8363 E-mail: res@goodnight.co.za Web: www.goodnight.co.za

Location: 153 West St, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Tel: +27 11 806 6888 E-mail: michelangelo@legacyhotels.com Web: www.michelangelo.co.za

De Hoek Country Hotel

Tintswalo at Waterfall

Location: Plot 7, Zeekoehoek, Magaliesburg Tel: +27 14 577 9600 E-mail: reservations@dehoek.com Web: www.dehoek.com

Location: Kyalami, Johannesburg Tel: +27 (0) 11 234 2456 E-mail: res1@tintswalo.com / res2@tintswalo.com Web: www.tintswalo.com

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Location: 13 Garrick Rd, Darrenwood, Johannesburg Tel: +27 11 888 1437 E-mail: info@idwala.com Web: www.idwala.com

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The Oyster Box Hotel Location: 2 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban Tel: : +27 21 794 9050 E-mail: info@oysterbox.co.za Web: www.oysterbox.co.za

Hilton Durban Hotel Location: 12–14 Walnut Rd, Durban Central Tel: +27 31 336 8100 E-mail: Web: www.hilton.com/durban

Karkloof Safari Spa Location: 24km from Pietermaritzburg Tel: +27 33 569 1321 E-mail: reservations@karkloofsafarispa.com Web: www.karkloofsafarispa.com

Ammazulu African Palace Location: 20 Windsor Road, Kloof, Durban Tel: +27 31 764 8000 E-mail: info@ammazulupalace.com Web: www.ammazulupalace.com

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Upton Hall Boutique Guesthouse

Location: Lot 14, Pengaan Farm, Oribi Gorge, South Coast Tel: +27 39 687 4000 E-mail: info@thegorge.co.za Web: www.thegorge.co.za

Location: 16 Eastbourne Road, Morningside, Durban Tel: +27 31 303 7987 E-mail: info@uptonhall.co.za Web: www.uptonhall.co.za

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Hartford House

Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

Location: Hlatikulu Rd, Mooi River, Natal Midlands Tel: +27 21 794 9050 E-mail: info@hartford.co.za Web: www.hartford.co.za

Location: Thanda Private Game Reserve, Between Hluhluwe & Mkuze Tel: +27 86 184 2632, E-mail: reservations@thanda.co.za Web: www.thanda.com

Isandlwana Lodge The Vineyard on Ballito

Location: Isandlwana, Zululand Tel: +27 34 271 8301 E-mail: www.isandlwana.co.za Web: www.isandlwana.co.za

Location: 1 Ashley Road, Ballito, Dolphin Coast Tel: +27 32 946 1204 E-mail: info@vineyardonballito.co.za Web: www.vineyardonballito.co.za

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Location: AmaZulu Private Game Reserve, Pongola Northern Zululand Tel: +27 34 414 1157 E-mail: info@amakhosi.com Web: www.amakhosi.com

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The Estuary Country Hotel Location: Old Main Road, Port Edward, South Coast Tel: +27 39 311 2675 E-mail: reservations@estuaryhotel.co.za Web: www.estuaryhotel.co.za

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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge Location: R522 from Louis Trichardt to Vivo, Louis Trichardt Tel: +27 15 516 0220 E-mail: info@madiathava.com Web: www.mountainfarmlodge.com

Angasii Game Lodge Location: Koedoeskop Road, Northam Tel: +27 14 784 0497 E-mail: info@angasii.co.za Web: www.angasii.co.za

Makalali Private Game Lodge Location: Harmony Block, Gravelott Road, Hoedspruit Tel: +27 15 793 9300 E-mail: reservations@aha.travel Web: www.makalali.co.za

Bivack Game Lodge Location: Alldays Tel: +27 12 343 0115 E-mail: reservations@bivack.com Web: www.bivack.com

Mopane Bush Lodge

Di-Ella Game Lodge Location: Matjiesfontein, Kopermyn Road, Polokwane Tel: +27 82 808 9205 E-mail: info@diellagamelodge.co.za Web: www.diellagamelodge.co.za

Location: R572 Musina Pontdrif Road, Mapungubwe Tel: +27 83 633 0765 E-mail: info@mopanebushlodge.co.za Web: www.mopanebushlodge.co.za

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Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa

Location: Kapama Private Game Reserve, 10 minutes’ drive from Eastgate Airport Tel: +27 12 368 0600 E-mail: res@kapama.co.za Web: www.kapama.co.za

Location:Marken / Witwater Dirt Road, Naboomspruit Tel: +27 11 675 0000 E-mail: info@witwater.com Web: www.witwater.com

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Zwahili Private Game Lodge

Location:Olienhout Street, Nylstroom Tel: +27 14 717 3737 E-mail: admin@nylstene.co.za Web: www.waterbergconventioncentre.co.za

Location: Modimolle / Nylstroom Tel: +27 12 653 4340 E-mail: zwahili@iafrica.com Web: www.zwahili.co.za

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Location: Bela Bela Tel: +27 14 734 7700 E-mail: reception@zebula.co.za Web: www.zebula.co.za

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Location: Balule Game Reserve, Hoedspruit District, Greater Kruger National Park Tel: +27 31 764 5049 E-mail: pondoro@mweb.co.za Web: www.pondoro.co.za

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Shumbalala Game Lodge Location: 50km (30miles) from Hoedspruit Tel: +27 (0)11 253 6500 E-mail: res@thornybush.co.za Web: www.shumbalala.co.za

Blyde River Canyon Lodge Location:Blyde River Botanical Reserve, Panorama Route Tel: +27 15 795 5305 E-mail: canyon@worldonline.co.za Web: www.blyderivercanyon.co.za

Jock Safari Lodge Location: Halfway between Skukuza & Malelane Kruger Park Tel: +27 41 509 3000 E-mail: reservations@jocksafarilodge.com Web: www.jocksafarilodge.com

Francolin Lodge Location: 4 Du Preez St, Nelspruit Tel: +27 13 744 1251 E-mail: info@francolinlodge.co.za Web: www.francolinlodge.co.za

Komati Gorge Lodge

Highgrove House Country Hotel Location: 1 Highgrove Avenue, Kiepersol Tel: +27 13 764 1844 E-mail: house@highgrove.co.za Web: www.highgrove.co.za

Location: Farm Waterval JT424, Machadodorp, Tel: +27 17 843 3920 E-mail: komatigorge@telkomsa.net Web: www.komatigorge.co.za

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Umbhaba Lodge

Location: Pilgrim’s Rest Tel: +27 13 768 1241 E-mail: shebares@foreversa.co.za Web: www.mountsheba.co.za

Location: Hazyview Tel: +27 13 737 7636 E-mail: reservations@umbhaba.co.za Web: www.umbhaba.co.za

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Walkersons Hotel and Spa

Location: Thornybush Private Game Reserve (near Hoedspruit) Tel: +27 11 253 6500 Email: sales@thornybush.co.za Web: www.thornybushcollection.co.za

Location: Walkersons Private Estate, Dullstroom Tel: +27 13 253 7000 E-mail: reservations@walkersons.co.za Web: www.walkersons.co.za

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The Thornybush Collection

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Location: Manyeleti Reserve, Mpumalanga Province Tel: +27 (0) 11 300 8888 E-mail: res1@tintswalo.com / res2@tintswalo.com Web: www.tintswalo.com

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Location: 5 Vanaxe Estate, Hazyview Road, Sabie Tel: +27 (0)82 818-0277 E-mail: stay@porcupineridge.co.za Web: www.porcupineridge.co.za

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Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House Location: 38 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort Dam Tel: +27 12 253 2532 E-mail: info@stirling-manor.com Web: www.stirling-manor.com

Kedar Country Hotel Location: R565, Boekenhoutfontein, Phokeng Tel: +27 11 679 2994 E-mail: reservation@kedarcountryhotel.com Web: www.kedarcountryhotel.com

Leopard Lodge Location: R560 Scheerpoort, Kosmos, Hartbeespoort Dam Tel: +27 12 207 1130 E-mail: info@leopardlodge.co.za Web: www.leopardlodge.co.za

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge Location: Pilanesberg National Park Tel: +27 21 794 9050 E-mail: kwamaritane@legacyhotels.com Web: www.kwamaritane.co.za

Scott’s Manor Guest House

Boschdal Guesthouse Location: 42 Witstinkhout Avenue, Rustenburg Tel: +27 14 533 3783 E-mail: guest1@boschdal.co.za Web: www.boschdal.co.za

Location: 21 Bree Street, Lichtenburg Tel: +27 18 632 0255 E-mail: scottsmanor@intekom.co.za Web: www.scottsmanor.co.za

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Location:80 Nelson Mandela Drive, Mafikeng Tel: +27 18 381 0400 E-mail: res2@phmafikeng.co.za Web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-mafikeng

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge

Location: 2Buffalo Ridge, Madikwe Game Reserve Tel: +27 11 805 9995 E-mail: reservations@buffaloridgesafari.com Web: www.buffaloridgesafari.com

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve Tel: +27 18 350 9400 E-mail: reservations@impodimo.com Web: www.impomdimo.com

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve Tel: +27 11 781 5384 E-mail: reservations@tuningi.co.za Web: www.tuningi.com

Location: Pilanesberg National Park Tel: +27 11 781 1661 E-mail: res@shepherdstree.co.za Web: www.shepherdstree.co.za

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Location: Madikwe Game Reserve Tel: +27 11 805 9995 E-mail: reservations1@aha.travel Web: www.thakadurivercamp.com

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The Estate Private Hotel Location: 7 Lodge Street, Belgravia, Kimberley Tel: +27 53 83 22 668 Email: kimjo@absamail.co.za Web: www.theestate.co.za

@Belurana River Manor Location: 2 Brug St, Upington Tel: +27 54 332 4323 E-mail: belurana@mweb.co.za Web: beluranaupington.com

The Kimberley Club Location: 35 Currey Street, CBD, Kimberley Tel: +27 53 832 4224 E-mail: Linda@kimberleyclub.co.za Web: www.kimberleyclub.co.za

Daisy Country Lodge Location: 25 Blesjesfontein, Springbok Tel: +27 27 712 3335/7 E-mail: info@daisylodge.co.za Web: www.daisylodge.co.za

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

Dundi Lodge Location: 4 Airport Boulevard, Rooipad, Kakamus Tel: +27 54 451 9200 E-mail: info@dundilodge.co.za Web: www.dundilodge.co.za

Location: Route N1, Colesberg Tel: +27 51 753 1364 E-mail: info@kuilfontein.co.za Web: www.colesbergtourism.co.za

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Location:15 Piet Retief St, Sutherland Tel: +27 23 571 1115 E-mail: bookings@skitterland.co.za Web: www.skitterland.co.za

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Location: 3 Boschendal Avenue, Barkley West Tel: +27 83 235 1993 E-mail: info@mattanu.com Web: www.mattanu.com

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Mattanu Private Game Reserve

Location: 1Kalahari Desert, Near Kuruman Tel: +27 52 781 9331 E-mail: info@tswalu.com Web: www.tswalu.com

Protea Hotel Kimberley

Vergelegen Guest House

Location:The Kimberley Big Hole, Circular Rd, Kimberley Tel: +27 53 802 8200 E-mail: info@phkimberley.com Web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-kimberley

Location: On N14, 3km before Kakamas, Near Augrabies Falls Tel: +27 54 431 0976 E-mail: vergelegen@electronet.co.za Web: www.augrabiesfalls.co.za

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Location: 20km North of Hanover & 50km South of Colesberg Tel: +27 (0)53 643-0193 E-mail: info@karoogariep.co.za Web: www.karoogariep.co.za

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Ellerman House Hotel Location: 180 Kloof Rd, Bantry Bay Tel: +2721 430 3200 E-mail: info@ellerman.co.za Web: www.ellerman.co.za

Franschhoek Country House & Villas Location: Huguenot Road, Franschhoek Tel: +27 21 876 3386 E-mail: info@fch.co.za Web: www.fch.co.za

Grande Roche Hotel Location: Paarl Tel: +27 21 863 5100 E-mail: reserve@granderoche.co.za Web: www.granderoche.com

Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa Location: Burg St, Cape Town Tel: +27 21 481 4000 E-mail: resmanager@mandelarhodesplace.co.za Web: www.mandelarhodesplace.co.za

Asara Wine Estate & Hotel

Steenberg Hotel

Location: Polkadraai Rd, Stellenbosch Tel: +27 21 888 8000 E-mail: info@asara.co.za Web: www.asara.co.za

Location: 10802 Steenberg Estate, Tokai Rd, Constantia Tel: +2721 713 2222 E-mail:info@steenberghotel.com Web: www.steenberghotel.com

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Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town Tel: +27 (0) 11 300 8888 E-mail: res1@tintswalo.com / res2@tintswalo.com Web: www.tintswalo.com

Ivory Heights Boutique Guest House Location: 17 Louis Botha Avenue, Somerset West Greater Cape Town Tel: +27 21 852 8333 E-mail: info@ivoryheights.co.za Web: www.ivoryheights.co.za

Gondwana Private Game Reserve Location: Heuningkip Farm, R327, Mossel Bay Tel: +27 21 424 5430 E-mail: reservations@gondwanagr.co.za Web: www.gondwanagamereserve.com

Altes Landhaus Country House

The Robertson Small Hotel

Location: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karro Tel: +2744 272-6112 E-mail: altes.landhaus@pixie.co.za Web: www.alteslandhaus.co.za

Location: 58 Van Reenen St, Robertson Tel: +27 23 626 7200 E-mail: info@therobertsonsmallhotel.com Web: www.therobertsonsmallhotel.com

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Location: 7 Bob Bouwer Crescent, Bayview, Mossel Bay Tel: +27 44 695 1846 E-mail: info@africanoceans.co.za Web: www.africanoceans.co.za

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01Healthsunburn is a potential health hazard

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ince most of the activities in South Africa happen outdoors, sunburn is a potential health hazard. Cover up and use sun screen lotion whenever you are outside. Malaria risk areas include Northern KZN and Zululand, the Northern Province and Mpumalanga. The risk of contraction in South Africa is minimal when the proper precautions are taken. These include taking malaria tablets, using insect repellent and mosquito coils, and wearing long sleeved clothing. Tap water in most areas is safe to drink, but be sure to double check with your hosts first. One of the biggest health risks in South Africa is HIV and Aids. If you plan to be sexually active during your stay in South Africa, be sure to take necessary precautions. Check out www.redribbon.co.za for more information. Visit www.brillianttan.co.za for a safer way to obtain that holiday tan.

02Safety • Do not to walk alone at night. • Do not flaunt your possessions when you are out in public. • Only allow clearly uniformed guards and personnel to handle your possessions. • Be aware of what is happening around you. • If anything should happen do not hesitate to phone the police.

03Travel Options Air

There are several domestic airlines in South Africa, including South African Airways, South African Express, Interlink, Airlink and British Airways. Low-cost carriers include: 1time, Kulula and Mango.

Bus

Greyhound (+27 83 915 9000), InterCape (+27 21 380 4400) and Translux (+27 861 589 282) are the three main bus services in South Africa. All flights and bus tickets can be booked via Computicket at www.computicket.com or by calling +27 83 915 8000.

Trains

For budget trips across the country, Shosholoza Meyl is the best service available. Book online at www.shosholozameyl.co.za and enquiries can be directed to +27 86 000 8888. If you decide to splurge, though, there are three outstanding options. The famous Blue Train (+27 12 334 8459), Rovos Rail (+27 12 315 8242) and Premier Classe (+27 86 000 8888) are luxurious liners with all the bells and whistles.

Cars

Most of the main car rental companies have outlets at the international airports and in major centres. In South Africa, we drive on the left side of the road. The general speed limits are 120 km/h on the freeways, 100 km/h on major roads outside built-up areas and 60 km/h in built-up areas. Foreign members of the Automobile Association (AA) can register as a temporary member in South Africa at any local AA branch. For more information, phone +27 83 843 2222.

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Avis Car Rental

+27 21 934 0330

+27 861 021 111

Budget Rent-a-Car

+27 21 380 3140

+27 11 230 1200

Europcar

+27 21 935 8600

+27 11 394 8831

Hertz Car Hire

+27 21 935 3000

+27 11 390 9700

Tempest Car Hire

+27 21 935 8650

+27 11 578 0160

Foreign Embassies and Consuates

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A Note for Smokers South Africa became one of the first countries in the world to ban smoking in public places in 2000 when it introduced its Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act. The Act prohibits smoking in restaurants, pubs, shopping centres and offices where there are no separate, enclosed smoking rooms.

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05Useful Numbers Police

10111

Ambulance/Fire

10177

Travel Clinic

+27 21 419 3172 (Cape Town) +27 11 647 3654 (Johannesburg)

Travel Vaccine Helpline

+27 860 160 160

National Info & Safety Line

+27 83 123 2345

Airport Information (ACSA

+27 86 727 7888

Weatherlin

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Time

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Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

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Smoking in partially enclosed public places such as covered patios, verandas, balconies, walkways and parking areas is also prohibited. Children under the age of 18 are prohibited from entering designated smoking areas and purchasing cigarettes. There are stiff penalties associated with anti-smoking legislation in South Africa, including hefty fines for both the smoker and venue operator. Be aware that smoking is banned on all domestic flights in South Africa. Keep a look out for ‘no smoking’ signs and only smoke in designated smoking areas.

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