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the sunset from a timeless cruiseliner on the Zambezi River to disappearing into the wilderness reserves, mountains and countryside of South Africa, we explore the best in nature-centric escapes. For those who prefer to experience the healing properties of Africa from a chic city destination, we investigate the best in local spa wisdom. Our celebrity chef shares a simple yet delicious festive recipe and we look for the perfect wine in Stellenbosch. We hope that you enjoy a peaceful festive season, mindfully enjoying even the smallest of pleasures with the ones you love. Merry Christmas!

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Tintswalo Lodges’ emphasis on service excellence was recently reaffirmed when Tintswalo Safari Lodge received a Lilizela Service Excellence Award. The prestigious award was presented by South African Minister of Tourism Marthinus Van Schalkwyk. Michelle Du Plessis, Managing Director of Tintswalo Lodges, expressed what the award meant for the group: “In Shangaan, Tintswalo means ‘the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace bestowed upon someone offering you a meaningful and worthy gift’, which is exactly what Tintswalo strives to offer all its guests. From mouth-watering cuisine to breath-taking views and unparalleled service offerings, the lodge treats guests to a truly sublime experience. Winning this prestigious award reiterated that our properties offer one-of-a-kind luxury experiences of the highest standards. We are extremely proud of this achievement.” Tucked away within the concession of the pristine Manyeleti Game Reserve’s 64,800 acres, Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers guests the opportunity to experience the best of the surrounding wilderness in style. www.tintswalo.com

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Lanzerac Wine Estate scooped the titles of Best Value Red and Best Value White for its Alma Mater Red and White at the recent 2014 Best Value Wine Awards. The wines were part of a line-up of approximately 1 000 wines on the tasting table retailing at less than R80 a bottle. Of these, 472 were found to offer the best quality-to-price ratio and worthy of inclusion in the 2014 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide.

The recently-released wines to come out of the Lanzerac portfolio are part of a trio consisting of the Alma Mater Rosé, the Alma Mater White and the Alma Mater Red. The uncomplicated wines are full of fruit, with a juicy mouth feel and soft tannins. The wines are available directly from the Tasting Room as well as from select retail outlets nationwide, and retail for approximately R49 per bottle. www. lanzeracwines.co.za

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The world-renowned Shamwari Group, which has pioneered safaris and conservation for over 20 years in South Africa and Rwanda, has been voted the Best Hotel/Resort in Africa by Selling Long Haul’s Travel Agent’s Choice Awards 2013. The group boasts three diverse properties in South Africa (Shamwari Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Jock Safari Lodge) and two unique properties in Rwanda (Nyungwe Forest Lodge and Gorilla’s Nest Lodge). Comments Shamwari Group General Manager Joe Cloete, “We’re incredibly proud to know that the leading tour operators and travel agents have voted for us and believe in our lodges and reserves. These were the biggest awards to date and more votes were cast than in previous years.” www.shamwarigroup.com

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here are few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as this stretch of untamed water. The Chobe River divides Botswana’s Chobe National Park from Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and its serene banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. The Chobe National Park sprawls across some 11,000km² of lush African bush. It is home to the largest elephant population in the world, currently estimated at around 120,000. Elephants by the dozen often come down to the river to drink and play. Prides of lion and leopard and huge herds of buffalo and antelope also wander the riverbanks, while hippos and crocodiles regularly appear from the river. An adventure unlike any other awaits on this great expanse of water. Part of the renowned Mantis Collection, an international group of 40 exceptional destinations around the world, the Zambezi Queen operates in contemporary luxury, pampering its guests with elegant, personalised comfort in

the heart of the African wilderness. From the moment you arrive by boat to a warm chorus of song led by the local staff, your wish is the Zambezi Queen’s command. Drinks are served upstairs on the top deck while you familiarise yourself with the beautiful luxury vessel. The Zambezi Queen was completely overhauled and rebuilt on the riverbank in Kasane and floated into her maiden voyage in November 2009. Now she is a sophisticated lady. On her top deck is a superbly stocked bar, an intimate but open dining area and a comfortable lounge. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors offer superb wildlife viewing and lead onto the pool deck. The middle deck is entirely dedicated to suites, which continue onto the lower deck. There are ten suites and four master suites in all. All boast a sophisticated safari look and are en suite with king-sized or twin beds, private balconies and air-conditioning for those hot summer afternoons. Full length sliding shutters offer privacy and protection from the

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sun, while sliding screen doors let in the passing breeze. Also located on the lower deck is a curio shop with quality branded clothing and items made by the local community. The Queen, however, is not just a pretty face. She is smart, and she is green, in line with the Mantis Group’s commitment to sustainable, responsible tourism. To help preserve the environment, the boat uses a jet propulsion system rather than conventional propellers, which reduces damage to the river bed and enables the boat to operate in very shallow water. At night, the Zambezi Queen switches over to a battery power system for lighting, refrigerators and other requirements, so that guests can enjoy the sounds of the bush rather than the hum of machines. Solar panels help provide hot water, while taps and showers incorporate the most advanced water saving designs available. A two- or three-night stay on the Zambezi Queen includes collection from either Botswana immigration at

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Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, or the Impilila airstrip across the Namibian border. Special arrangements can be made for other land transfer requirements. The rate includes all meals, drinks with meals and during game drives, water-based game viewing on smaller boats, tiger fishing in season, bird watching from smaller boats and cultural tours of local villages. A dedicated team of experienced guides, chefs and hands-on staff will ensure a memorable experience for all guests. The Mantis Group is the proud recipient of several global awards including Condé Nast Travellers’ Choice Award, the American Society of Travel Agents Environmental Award, the Global Nature Fund Award for Best Conservation Practice, the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award, and the Travel & Leisure Magazine US Top 100 World’s Best Hotels Award. For reservations, call +27 21 715 2412 or email info@zambeziqueen.com. For more information, visit www.zambeziqueen.com. 18


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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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our room types are available at the Franschhoek Country House and Villas. Many features are standard to all, including complimentary WiFi internet access and air conditioning. The De Luxe Rooms are renovated portions of the historic manor house, and come complete with en suite bathrooms, lounges and private balconies, as well as all of the amenities one would expect from a fivestar establishment. The Luxury Rooms are more spacious and boast under floor heating, a fireplace, private patio and lavish lounge area. The Garden Cottages are child friendly, with two floors in each. Private patios and balconies ensure that there is enough space for the whole family, and all can truly relax in the peaceful garden surroundings. Finally, the Villa Suites are the newest and most luxurious offerings in the hotel. Each villa covers 100 m², and has a spacious lounge, dining room, fireplace and two private balconies. To top off the retreat experience, the in-house spa offers a range of massage and beauty treatments. Full body massages, reflexology, body wraps and facials are just the beginning – the hotel has also developed a number of signature treatments for both women and men. The spa is

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intimate and welcoming, and the professional pampering staff will guarantee the best possible experience. The hotel also boasts the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant, one of the top fine dining restaurants in the country. Head chef Louis Jansen serves up truly inspired creations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch on the fountain terrace is a delightful way to pass the afternoon, while dinner in the refined and elegant manor house dining room makes it clear why the restaurant has won numerous awards over the years. The underground cellar is ideal for private dinners with an extra-special feel, surrounded by some of the best South African and international wines, many made in the Franschhoek Valley. If exploring more of the region’s culinary pleasures is on your list of things to do, the hotel staff will book wine tastings and make reservations at restaurants around Franschhoek on your behalf, and the free shuttle service will take you there. Should you wish to combine business with pleasure; the Franschhoek Country House and Villas will cater for your every business need. The conference facilities include all the best technology needed to make a meeting successful and impressive. Data projectors, high speed internet access and televisions are just some of the features available in the opulent boardroom. The hotel staff will also gladly make any special arrangements needed for your function. Any visit to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley is guaranteed to be made even more memorable by staying at the Franschhoek Country House and Villas. For reservations, or to make an enquiry, contact +27 21 876 3386, email info@fch.co.za or visit www.fch.co.za.


Fair Trade Tourism EXPANDS INTO THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) is a non-profit organisation that promotes responsible tourism in southern Africa and beyond. They do this by growing awareness about responsible tourism to travellers; assisting tourism businesses to operate more sustainably and by facilitating a Fair Trade Tourism certification programme across southern Africa. The programme was developed 10 years ago in South Africa and became the first tourism certification programme in Africa to be recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Tourism businesses that adhere to the FTT standard use the FTT label as a way of signifying their commitment to fair and responsible tourism. This includes fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.

FTT is for travellers who want to make a difference. Being a responsible traveller means having an amazing experience while at the same time giving back to the people and the environment you visited. It is a commitment to honouring the people and places that made your holiday happen.

Expansion into the southern African region was launched in Antananariva, Madagascar, in June 2013. Twelve accommodation establishments in Madagascar are now busy with submission of their online applications, following which onsite audits will be scheduled by FLO-Cert, FTT’s contracted certification body. It is anticipated that the first FTT-certified businesses in Madagascar will be featured at Indaba 2014! Thereafter the programme will be extended to other countries within the southern and East African region.

By selecting an FTT-certified business, you make a valuable contribution to the people directly affected by your travel choices. This includes employees at certified businesses and also local communities and the environment. You will leave feeling not only relaxed and recharged but fulfilled and rewarded too. For a full list of FTT-certified tourism businesses – or to learn more about how to become certified – go to www.fairtradetourism.org.za. Feel the difference – make a difference!


We welcome you with open arms and hearts and the warmest, widest of smiles!

Come and experience our hospitality wherever you go and get in touch with our wide variety of fascinating cultures and local traditions. Experience the region’s natural wonders and the rhythm and soul of Africa. Witness our regal wildlife and go on an unforgettable journey through our ancient and recent past.

You can now experience the best of Africa AND contribute to the country and her people! This has been made possible through the introduction of the world’s first Fair Trade Tourism certification programme. Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certifies tourism businesses such as hotels, activities and attractions – from backpackers to fivestar lodges, township tours to whale watching cruises, adrenalin-filled activities, to botanical gardens. The certification uses a set of standards linked to global Fair Trade criteria, combined with locally relevant issues.

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ituated on 70,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Samara Private Game Reserve is one of the largest in South Africa. Being so vast, it offers guests both a truly unique perspective on space and a gentle reminder of our human insignificance when compared to places like the Karoo. The

reserve encompasses the southern flank of the Sneeuberg mountain range and is located around 55 kilometres from Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa. Experiencing Samara is all about connecting with the natural environment of this semi-arrid landscape. For 15 years the team at Samara has been working to restore the biodiversity of the Great Karoo and to support its human and animal populations through judicious land management, sound environmental policies and enlightened employment ethics with a view to sustainability for generations to come. Encompassing four of South Africa’s seven biomes, Samara’s abundant wilderness preserves a complex and diverse ecosystem, providing habitat for over 60 mammal species. Among the more common species such as the kudu and duiker, the secretive aardvark and the onceendangered white rhino as well as desert adapted black rhino roam the area. Giraffes can be seen peeking over the thorny acacia canopy, whilst cheetahs hide in the grass, waiting for an opportunity to stretch their legs and test the speed of the hartebeest. Whether ensconced in the comfort of an open game vehicle or trekking through the fragrant Karoo bush, guests will feel the deep pulse of the Karoo that makes Samara truly magical. The Mountain Retreat lodge at Samara is an exclusive venue that can accommodate up to ten guests in three delightfully classic double en-suite bedrooms in the main homestead and a further two en-suite bedrooms in the beautifully-restored Victorian barn. A comfortable living room with fireplace and dining room spill out onto a wide wrap-around veranda that provides the perfect space for relaxing while contemplating the view. A jacuzzi on the veranda affords an ideal cooling-off spot. Delicious homecooked meals are served in various venues – the diningroom, on the veranda or under the stars in the boma. One can choose from a host of activities, including exploring the ancient valley landscape where rare rock art paintings of cheetah are preserved. Experienced rangers are available not only for game drives but for accompanying guests on a variety of unique experiences, including a walking safari, an aardvark safari and various biome walks. There is also a special Children on Safari package for the young ones. While the other lodges on the reserve include the colonial-style Karoo Lodge and the luxurious Manor House, the Mountain Retreat offers the perfect family escape and guarantees that you will leave behind the hustle and bustle and return to a slower pace in the midst of true wilderness. For further information and reservations call +27 23 626 6113, e-mail reservations@samara.co.za or visit www.samara.co.za..

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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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et in the heart of South Africa’s majestic Magaliesburg region is the five-star De Hoek country retreat. De Hoek offers 32 rooms including two penthouse suites with separate lounge and private dining areas. Two of the rooms have wheelchair access and all have satellite TV, Nespresso machines, mini bars, i-pod docking stations and CD players. Wifi is available to all guests. Activities in the area include archery, clay pigeon shooting, spa treatments, mountain walks and off-road biking. De Hoek’s exquisite cuisine is a cornerstone of its reputation. Co-owner Michael Holenstein has created a Christmas menu to knock Nigella’s socks off. An array of starters to suit every palate leads to a magnificent main course which includes rack of lamb, beef fillet, pork belly, smoky sticky chicken and Scottish salmon served with a staggering selection of vegetables to satisfy any vegetarian. Desserts are traditional with a twist, like panettone bread

and butter pudding or nectarine knickerbocker, amongst many other mouth-watering offerings. Apart from the beautiful Conservatory restaurant used for fine dining, the newly-constructed Bistro restaurant is a prefect Christmas lunch venue. This year De Hoek is offering two luxury overnight Christmas packages. The first includes a one-night stay-over with Christmas luncheon, accommodation in a superior suite or quarter room and breakfast, and the second includes the Christmas luncheon, the same gorgeous accommodation and a lingering two-night stayover with breakfast on both mornings. Christmas 2013 is the season to be jolly at De Hoek county retreat. For further information and reservations call +27 14 577 9600, e-mail reservations@dehoek.com or visit www.dehoek.com.

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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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he world-renowned Shamwari Group has pioneered safaris and conservation for over 20 years, boasting three diverse properties in South Africa (Shamwari Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Jock Safari Lodge) and two unique properties in Rwanda (Nyungwe Forest Lodge and Gorilla’s Nest Lodge). Shamwari Game Reserve, the pride of the Eastern Cape,

is one of the largest malaria-free Big 5 private game reserves in the region. Situated near Port Elizabeth, it offers five distinctive lodges, one villa, an Explorer Camp walking safari with tented accommodation and photographic safaris. The Animal Rehabilitation Centre, the Born Free Foundation and the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre all contribute to the reserve’s conservation efforts.

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experienced by the legendary Percy Fitzpatrick. Nyungwe Forest Lodge in Rwanda boasts 22 luxury rooms and offers guests a top-class primate and rain forest experience. Gorilla’s Nest Lodge overlooks the famous Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi, where guests can observe endangered mountain gorillas. For further information and reservations visit www.shamwari.com.

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Regarded as the Cape’s premier wildlife destination, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve outside Cape Town offers an exceptional Big 5 wilderness experience, three luxury lodges, an Explorer Camp, a boat safari and a ‘Kids on Safari’ program. Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park offers its own unique set of experiences, including the Jock Explorer Camp, which presents a bygone-style safari as was

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cartons of oranges, lemons and grapefruits annually. The citrus harvest provides culinary delights in the form of delicious jams, jellies and chutneys found in local restaurants and stores. The land of the Addo area is rich in colour, scent and sound. Although a sense of serenity can be found here, the quiet tranquillity certainly does not detract from the area’s vibrancy. Adrenalin junkies and adventure enthusiasts have a range of activities to choose from – walks with cheetahs at the Daniell Cheetah Project, horseback riding while viewing game in the Addo Elephant National Park, quad biking through the orange orchards or cruising down the Sundays River. The Zuurberg mountain range takes horseback riders through beautiful fynbos and forest, with overnight options to give visitors time to connect with nature in its truest sense. The Greater Addo Route is a nature lover’s dream, with sweeping views across farmlands and valley bushveld that promise an unforgettable African experience. For further information and reservations visit www.addopark.com

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ddo Elephant National Park is home to the densest elephant population in Africa. Its family-friendly countryside environment offers visitors a variety of day activities to entertain the adventurous or those simply seeking a bit of rest and relaxation. Addo Elephant National Park is one of the main attractions of the Addo area and offers visitors accommodation for overnight visits as well as activities for daytrips, including guided and self-drive game drives. The Park is home to the unique flightless dung beetle found almost exclusively in the area. The ‘Big 7’ can be found here, including the elusive Addo lions, southern right whales and great white sharks along the coastline. The Park is also a haven for bird watchers – over 165 species have been recorded in the Addo surrounds. Encompassing a variety of biomes, from arid Karoo vegetation to lush forests, the Park is the third largest in South Africa. Gardening enthusiasts and rose lovers marvel at the roses in the area. Mixed with the scent of roses is that of orange orchards. Kirkwood – the largest town on the greater Addo route – is known as the citrus capital of the Eastern Cape and exports approximately 18 million

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A number of spas allied to top game lodges across South Africa offer the uniquely African Healing Earth wellness experience. These include the acclaimed spas of the Singita group, Wilderness Safaris, the Shamwari group, Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve and Kapama Game Lodge. A new Healing Earth Spa has also recently been opened at Paternoster’s Abalone House boutique hotel.

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Villa Simonne is a highly individual boutique retreat, and an exquisite alternative to conventional hotels, function and conference venues. Nestled in expansive, lush gardens in Houghton, one of the most exclusive and historic enclaves of Johannesburg, the Villa is ideally placed for both the leisure and business traveller. It’s central location is on the Gautrain bus route, and allows for easy access to the M1 motorway, the shopping and business hubs in Sandton, Killarney, Rosebank, Newtown and OR Tambo international airport. Houghton and Killarney golf courses are virtually on the doorstep, as well as Virgin Active gym, the homes of Nelson Mandela and William Kentridge, the Zoo, various Museums and natural parks.

The Villa’s lush one acre garden, outdoor cinema, 1920’s themed piano lounge, tropical pool, and sauna guarantee an unforgettable experience. The extensive property boasts an outdoor bar, an amphitheatre, a library, as well as a Western themed snooker room, affording guests endless options for recreation without having to leave the comfort of the Villa. Villa Simonne’s 14 individually themed suites find their inspiration in the history and character of cities around the world. From Paris chic to the majesty of Marrakesh, each suite combines dramatic décor with uncompromising luxury. Your reservation includes: • Complimentary full breakfast • Secure parking • Concierge service • Free wireless internet Airport transfers, tours, laundry service, holistic health care services, beauty treatments, and meals throughout the day are offered on request. Villa Simonne offers a variety of outstanding venues for all occasions, catering for conferences, weddings, high teas, corporate parties/year-end events, team building events, and exclusive private parties.

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Signature treatments offered at Healing Earth Spas include massages that make use of techniques inspired by the world’s diverse wellness cultures but that are steeped primarily in African traditions. Bespoke facials that purify, balance and stimulate are also on offer, as well as a range of body balance treatments for de-stressing, uplifting, detoxing and balancing. Signature body rituals and polishes that make use of ingredients ranging from Kalahari melon to African ginger, mongongo nut and African potato are also on offer, as well as organic African hand and foot ceremonies. The core values of Healing Earth spa products and treatments include responsibility to the soil and the people of Africa, honesty regarding product ingredients and sources and commitment to providing a high-quality African spa experience. Healing Earth products are also distributed in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria and Croatia. For further information and reservations call +27 82 402 0923, e-mail info@healingearth.co.za or visit www.healingearth.co.za.

nspired by the ancient energy, healing powers and natural richness of mother Africa, Healing Earth Spas make use of a new generation of scientifically researched and internationally recognized natural organic skin and body care products that contain unique blends of indigenous pure botanical and essential oils from Africa’s varied and abundant plant kingdom.

Healing Earth products contain no artificial colourants, chemicals, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetics or other harmful ingredients. Only pure organic botanicals and indigenous plant extracts are used in the holistic collection. The products have not been tested on animals and are not part of unfair trade but rather supported by local organic farmers. Only the highest quality pure organic essential and indigenous oils are used. Healing Earth Spas make use of the Earth Soul and Pinotage ranges. Earth Soul products are influenced by Africa’s wealth of healing plants, herbs and seeds. The sensuous collection includes body polishes, oils, butters, creams and wraps. Five key ingredients make up the range: kalahari melon (hydrating), African ginger (firming), African potato, marula and neroli (repairing), mongongo nut (detoxifying) and coffee, cinnamon and orange (smoothing). The Pinotage range makes use of grapes as the main ingredient and focuses on the face, with a variety of cleansing, toning, exfoliating and mask products complemented with face serums, day and night creams, hand, foot and eye care products and body oils. Pinotage acts as a defense against environmental factors and successfully combines the strong anti-oxidant qualities of Vitamin C and E and an abundance of natural African botanicals. Furthermore, Pinotage contains the most potent source of Porathocyanids, OPC – the best form of antioxidants available, which are at least 50 times stronger than Vitamin E and enhance the protective function of the skin as well as aiding in cell renewal.

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It’s no secret that travel writers are blessed with ample journeys and adventures throughout the course of their careers. I have been on countless safaris and stayed in some of Southern Africa’s best game lodges, but crying (tears of joy) on a game drive vehicle and wanting to spend all night in the company of apex predators are things I had never experienced before accompanying the Leopard ID Project on an expedition to Botswana last month.

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request that isn’t “impossible or illegal”. Fully aware of the elusive nature of leopards, I had kept the expectations surrounding my trip with The Leopard ID Project in check, hoping to see at least one leopard during our four days in the beautiful Okavango Delta. When I found out that we were not staying in a fenced reserve but in an unfenced expanse of wilderness, my hopes dissipated to the sighting of a few tracks at best. As soon as we arrived at the beautiful and truly ecofriendly Machaba Camp on the Khwai River, we headed out to survey the area with no less than three private wildlife and tracking experts. We saw our first leopard within the first hour. Not only was her beauty and grace awe-inspiring, she sported a healthy little cub at whom she allowed us to marvel. This was the first of over 20 similarly marvellous sightings of no fewer than 10 individual leopards, each of whom was photographed for the database. Perhaps I should clarify the term ‘sighting’. We did not see the ends of tails disappear into bushes. We watched mothers grooming cubs and males dragging impala up

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n 2008, the IUCN classified leopards as Near Threatened, adding that they may soon qualify for the Vulnerable status due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Leopard populations across sub-Saharan Africa are decreasing, and they are becoming increasingly rare outside protected areas. The largest centrally-located database of its kind in the world, the Leopard ID Project makes use of ID photographs, dates and locations to chart the size and spread of leopard populations throughout Southern Africa. The database is open to environmental bodies to use in their conservation efforts and accepts submissions from anyone who would like to assist in the protection of the beautiful and threatened species. The Leopard ID project is housed and fully funded by Completely Unique Safaris, a high-end safari company that draws on specialist knowledge, local contacts and decades of personal experience to offer one-of-a-kind safari experiences to the no-budget traveller. While anyone can hire a private guide and charter, Completely Unique Safaris takes the concept of a personal travel concierge to the ultimate level, promising to fulfil any

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trees. We were even honoured with a special visit from a particularly curious cat, who slowly approached the vehicle and gave us all a good sniff before continuing on her way. The experience was nothing less than mind-blowing. The fact that I was in the company of true leopard lovers was undeniable. Despite being tracking geniuses and treasure troves of facts about the species, our rangers and experts displayed a clear affinity towards the majestic creatures, encouraging us to do things like close our eyes to listen to the soft footsteps of a leopard walking near the vehicle. Returning to Machaba Camp after each day’s adventures was also a highlight. We were always warmly welcomed, and our every need taken care of by the friendly and attentive staff. Delicious dinners under the stars, traditional entertainment and spacious luxury tents overlooking the river are just some of Machaba’s sterling offerings. The combination of hands-on conservation research and the ultimate safari experience is a nature lover’s dream come true. The experience offers complete flexibility, exclusive access and insider knowledge, as well as the six-star service for which Completely Unique Safaris is renowned. For further information and reservations e-mail safaris@LeopardIDproject.com or visit www.LeopardIDproject.com.


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quinox Spa at the opulent Cape Royale Hotel in Cape Town’s hip suburb of Green Point offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Immaculately adorned and decadently comfortable, the spa provides a haven of beauty, relaxation and wellbeing. Equinox embraces the healing practices of a variety of traditions, from Swedish massage to African wood body rituals. Treatments address a broad spectrum of concerns, including detoxification, clarification, anti-ageing and contouring, and are available in express, maintenance or intensive offerings. The spa makes use of a range of unique and cutting-edge products, including the scientifically-formulated Nimue range, the avant-garde TheraVine range and the unique

African TheraNaka body care range. Our favourite Equinox treatments include the mud facial, the tri-scented shea nugget massage and the deluxe manicure. Included in the extensive treatment menu are children’s and teens’ therapies with names like Pitta Patta back massage, Twinkle Toes and Face-the-World facials. The spa boasts a beautiful relaxation room and access to a rooftop pool. Spa lunches can be enjoyed at the hotel’s famous bistro. Equinox caters for group functions such as hen’s parties, birthday celebrations and team-building events. For further information and reservations call + 27 21 430 0511, e-mail info@equinoxspa.co.za or visit www.caperoyale.co.za/equinox-spa/.

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Based in the Cape fishing village of Hout Bay, Drumbeat Charters has been operating daily scenic cruises to Cape Town’s famous Seal Island since 1989.

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colony, as the sea can get very rough and the pups get swept off. The island is most densely populated from January through March, due to the moulting of the seals. During this period they do not go off in search of food but rely on fats that they have stored in their blubber. Cape Fur Seals generally eat fish, shrimps, shellfish and squids. Although they can hear quite well above water, their underwater hearing is much better. Their eyes are adapted to see both on land and in the water. Male Cape Fur Seals can weigh up to 350kg, and females up to 113kg. They maintain a constant body temperature of 38.5C. Call +27 21 791 4441or visit www.drumbeatcharters.co.za for further information on the daily cruises.

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eal or Duiker Island plays host to thousands of Cape Fur Seals, and the trip to the island boasts some of the most spectacular scenery on offer in the Cape Peninsula (including breathtaking views of Chapmans Peak Drive and Sentinel Mountain). The boat, Drumbeat II, has been built specifically with the Cape coast sea and weather conditions in mind. Twenty one meters in length and with two inboard 400 Cummins diesel engines, she is licensed to carry 120 passengers and boasts two toilets, a licensed bar and inside and outside seating. She is also wheelchair friendly. Charters include a 40 minute Seal Island expedition, a one hour Seal Island and Chapmans Peak cruise and a one hour Seal Island and Shipwreck tour. The 40 minute Seal Island cruise takes guests from Hout Bay harbour to Seal Island, where they can view a colony of thousands of Cape Fur Seals up close in their natural habitat. The one hour Seal Island and Chapmans Peak cruise takes guests from the harbour to the island, after which the boat crosses the bay and cruises back along the cliffs and caves of Chapmans Peak. After taking guests to the island, the one hour Seal Island and Shipwreck cruise continues along below the Kabonkelberg mountain range to Moari Bay, which is renowned for its shipwrecks. There, guests are able to view the remains of the wreck of the Bos 400, which ran aground in a Cape winter storm in 1994. Personalised one hour cruises can be tailored for groups of 15 or more guests. Tickets for all cruises can be purchased from the Drumbeat Charters office at the Hout Bay harbour.

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Delheim Delheim Wine Estate, a Stellenbosch stalwart nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain range, excelled at the 2013 Nedbank Green Wine Awards as overall winner of the Best Farming Practices category, which favours a holistic, conservation-minded approach to farming and identifies excellence in community and tourism development.

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shined as the only wine farm amongst the top five nominees in the biodiversity category for the 2013 EcoLogic Awards in association with SABC3. Eager to share its slice of winelands paradise with fellow eco-enthusiasts, Delheim now offers delicious Green Picnics under towering oaks at the river’s edge. Guests can enjoy hand-woven baskets brimming with homemade goodness ranging from pickled pumpkin, cream cheese salmon rolls and ostrich steak salad to pork rillettes and farm fresh bread. The Delheim Green Picnic costs R149 per person and includes a bottle of Delheim Heerenwijn or Delheim Pinotage Rosé per couple. Vegetarian options are available on request and a special kiddies menu can be arranged at R70 per child. The picnics are on offer seven days a week and prebookings are essential. For further information and bookings call +27 21 888 4607 or e-mail restaurant@delheim.com.

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n addition, the prominent estate also scooped two of the four sub-categories in the Best Farming Practices division: Best Contribution to Community Development and Best Contribution to Conservation. The judges were in agreement that Delheim stood out for its community spirit and scale of conservation action taken. The estate is a founding member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, a functioning non-profit and public-benefit organisation that serves 28 members of the Simonsberg community. Also making a favourable impression on the judges was the pioneering estate’s management of a cleaner production strategy in the cellar to improve the quality of waste water. Delheim’s biological pest control is another notable factor. Passionately committed to the principles and practices of environmentally sustainable wine production, Delheim was one of the first wine farms to become a Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) member, and has since achieved BWI Championship status. The estate recently

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hile the trendy Three Cities Square Boutique Hotel and Spa in Durban and the chic Three Cities Urban Park Hotel and Spa in Umhlanga offer the ultimate in luxury accommodation for business and leisure travellers in a contemporary urban setting, the onsite Cosmopolitan Restaurants add a quality culinary flare to the stylish ambience. The concept of the Cosmopolitan Restaurant is a fusion of contemporary fine dining sophistication that serves all types of cuisine from an a la carte menu or buffet. The restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for late night snacks and beverages. The extensive menus offer an array of dishes set to entice guests with imaginative combinations of tastes. The Three Cities Square Boutique Hotel and Spa is situated in a prime position amidst a diverse mix of retail and commercial properties on Umhlanga Ridge. It’s a

stone’s throw away from the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and a 15-minute drive from the new King Shaka airport. Designed with synergy, functionality and elegance in mind, the retro hotel offers the perfect atmosphere for relaxing in a contemporary setting on a subtropical coastline. The Three Cities Urban Park Hotel and Spa offers luxurious and comfortable self-catering apartments for short stays as well as long leases at affordable prices, allowing guests to experience the best of the north coast for as long as they need. The hotel is part of a development which consists of 160 residential apartments, retail shops, an Aqua Spa, Torridor Vida Café and the Cosmopolitan Restaurant. Formed in 1988, the Three Cities hospitality group manages and markets 32 quality tourism and leisure properties throughout Africa. For further information and reservations visit www.threecities.co.za. 56


A South African brand supporting our heritage & the community in which we operate. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WILDLANDS CONSERVATION TRUST Wildlands Vision - A Sustainable Future for All - was inspired by one of the greatest Statesman of our times, Nelson Mandela, whose' Vision - Freedom for All - was regarded by many as unobtainable, yet inspired the transformation of South Africa. To achieve this Vision, Wildlands is progressively developing and implementing WILDLANDS INITIATIVES across the country, with a strategic focus on the restoration and care of the ecosystems that underwrite the welfare and livelihood of communities; Pro-poor development approaches aimed at "enabling sustainable access to the economy" for unemployed community members, with a view to nurturing a catalytic generation of green jobs; And the establishment of critical delivery partnerships between community leadership, business, civil society and government. Cobra is donating a percentage of the profits from the sales of this collection to Wildlands.

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he South African festive season is strongly influenced by the British chapter of its colourful history. Overindulgence in the decadent delights of Christmas is inevitable. I learned years ago to embrace the decadence and simply enjoy the gastronomic gluttony in all its glory! With this in mind, a boozy combination of well-loved brandy and chocolate truffles accompanied by a proudly South African liquor aptly named Cape Velvet seemed the perfect heart-stopping recipe for an African-flavoured Christmas feature.

1. Soak raisins in brandy for two hours. 2. Melt chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. 3. When the chocolate is smooth, slowly stir in the cream (still over the heat). 4. Stir in the brandy raisins and any leftover brandy. 5. Remove mixture from heat and gently fold in the sifted icing sugar. 6. Place a piece of Clingfilm on the surface of the mixture. 7. Refrigerate for two hours until chocolate mix is the consistency of play dough. 8. Place the cocoa powder, almonds and vermicelli onto separate plates. Spoon out large marble-sized dollops of chocolate paste and roll quickly between your palms to form rough balls. 9. Coat ten balls in cocoa, the next ten in almonds and the last ten in vermicelli. 10. Return your truffles to the refrigerator for a further two hours until hardened.

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Cape Velvet • 1 can sweetened condensed milk • 1/16 cup instant coffee powder • 1/16 cup vanilla essence • 1 can evaporated milk • 1 and 5/8 cup brandy Mix all ingredients together and bottle. Keep refrigerated and serve as is or over crushed ice. Simple but decadent in every way, this dessert is sure to be the highlight of your festive season or the perfect gift for the grown-ups to exchange. Enjoy the delights of the season and leave your guilt at home, because in January we will feature a super healthy (yet delicious) recipe that will help shed the extra pounds accumulated in December.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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20km from Hoedspruit Airport

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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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• Call: 087 740 9292 • E-mail: cro@aha.travel • Website: www.casadosol.ahagroup.co.za

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• Call: +27 11 314 4350 • E-mail: taugame@mweb.co.za • Website: www.taugamelodge.co.za

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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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A four-hour drive from Cape Town along the Garden Route or 45 minutes from George Airport.


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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Zambezi Queen

There are few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and the exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Teeming with life, this National Park sprawls across some 11 000 m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at roughly 120 000. It is on this great expanse of untamed water that an adventure unlike any other awaits. Why join the crowds on land-based game drives when you can experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a luxury 45 meter boat? The Zambezi Queen is all about pampering, indulgence and superior comfort. Whether you are dining on the third level restaurant watching the animals gather at the water at dusk, game viewing from one of the private boats or attempting to land your first tiger fish, the professional Zambezi Queen team will be on hand to meet your every need.

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• Call: +27 21 715 2412 • E-mail: info@zambeziqueen.com • Website: www.zambeziqueen.com

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Whether you fly, or drive the scenic 3½ hours from Johannesburg to the Tlokweng border post, The Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort and the nearby 4-star Peermont Mondior hotel are your first choice for business and entertainment in Botswana. Just a few minutes from the city centre of Gaborone and the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, The Grand Palm Resort, offers superior accommodation in the 5-star Peermont Walmont hotel and 3-star Metcourt Inn, lively entertainment, extensive dining choices and worldclass conference facilities at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), all set in beautiful gardens where indigenous birds and tame wildlife roam free. One of the finest facilities of its kind in southern Africa, the award-winning GICC is a multifaceted convention centre which hosts from 8 to 1800 delegates in a variety of elegant venues while the resort offers high speed wi-fi coverage and a free airport shuttle service. The all-suite Peermont Mondior hotel, situated in the heart of Gaborone, is a favourite with discerning business travellers for its exceptional standards and renowned Botswana hospitality. Peermont Central Reservations: Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only) or Tel: +267 363 7777 (Direct) | Book online at www.grandpalm.bw


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National Airways Corporation

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

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• Call: +2782 891-4639 (24 hours) • +2711 267-5427 (Office hours) • E-mail: charter@nac.co.za • Website: www.nac.co.za

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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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• Call: +27 11 557 0557 • E-mail: info@peermont.com • Website: www.peermont.com

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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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• Call: +27 86 124 3247 • E-mail: rosalynb@bidair.co.za • Website: www.bidvestlounge.co.za

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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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• Call: +27 21 876 3772 • E-mail: reubens@mweb.co.za • Website: www.reubens.co.za

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Chef Rueben Riffel’s passion for creating fine yet uncomplicated cuisine is celebrated at his top yet

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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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• Call: +27 12 334 8459 • E-mail: info@bluetrain.co.za • Website: www.bluetrain.co.za

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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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• Call: 082 927 4031 • E-mail: Gerhard@indigohelicopters.co.za • Website: www.indigohelicopters.co.za

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Helicopters is situated in Onverwacht and offer lodge-style accommodation.

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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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• Call: +27 21 876 3547 • Website: www.dutcheast.co.za

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Kapama Private Game Reserve

Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden. Sweeping across 13 000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest, Kapama represents a piece of Africa as it used to be. With the mighty Drakensberg mountains in the distance and iconic Kruger National Park to the east, Kapama has distilled the finest wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests. As part of the greater Kruger area, vast herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope are resident on Kapama, along with plentiful predators. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world. The iconic and most dangerous wild animals of Africa – the Big Five – are at home on Kapama, but so too are over 40 other mammal species and 350 different types of birds. Game drives and bush walks offer fascinating encounters with wildlife, but Kapama also offers guests unique African wildlife experiences. It’s not only the wildlife encounters that are superb at Kapama – so, too, are its four diverse luxurious safari lodges. Vibrant River Lodge, breathtaking Kapama Karula, olde worlde-Africa Buffalo Camp and fantastical, nature-inspired Southern Camp welcome guests from around the globe to experience wild Africa in sumptuous style. Romantic sleep-outs on the reserve and decadent African spa treatments at the Wellness Centre are other enticing offerings that encourage complete relaxation and enjoyment of the evocative surrounding environment. Yet, even without doing anything at all, Kapama’s air of natural calm will work its magic and renew your body and mind. Kapama’s complimentary transfers are effortless for fly-in safari guests arriving on scheduled flights from Johannesburg or Cape Town. The region is serviced by Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport, a mere 10-minute drive from the entrance to the reserve, and transferring to the lodge in open vehicles means game viewing right from arrival – so your safari starts even before check-in. All you need to do is sit back, relax and be enchanted by Africa.

Kapama Central Reservations | Tel +27 12 368 0600 | E-mail:res@kapama.co.za Postal Address: PO Box 912031 | Silverton | 0127 | RSA | www.kapama.co.za


You’ve dreamt of it, now own it!

True African bush living at the only Bush & Aero Estate in the world Life at Zandspruit is one of peace and tranquility - a home cocooned in wild life and bush, offering a tranquil getaway from a demanding world. The exceptional weather all year around gives you ample opportunity to explore your environment with wildlife walks, horse rides or game drives. View this tranquil setting from the comfort of your living room or pool deck.

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

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

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KEY FEATURES  Estate size: 1000 ha game farm  200 full title stands. Sizes range from 4 000 m² to 15 000 m²  House designs are in 3 different styles being  Farmhouse  Pavilion  Thatch  650 ha of untouched wildlife reserved exclusively for owners game viewing pleasure  Safe environment and close to retailers, doctors and recreational facilities  1 km hard surfaced private runway, for aviation enthusiasts  Park and hangar your plane next to your bush home

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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

Mpekweni Beach Resort

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

Prana Lodge

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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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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Limpopo

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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Zebula Golf Estate & Spa

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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Mpumalanga

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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Tintswalo Safari Lodge

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

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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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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: 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

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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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CAPE TOWN CENTRE

JOHANNESBURG CENTRE

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 Consulates

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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

082 162

Time

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Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

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+27 83 123 6789

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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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