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Shumbalala Game Lodge An African Dream In the vast wilderness of South Africa’s hot northern plains, adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park, deep within an ancient tapestry of natural wonder, you will chance upon SHUMBALALA GAME LODGE. From your early morning game drive or bush walk in the Big 5 Thornybush Game Reserve to lazy afternoons at the pool and a sunset safari, tales of the day are told in the wine cellar as you prepare for a sumptuous dinner fire-side al fresco or candle-lit indoors. Choose from four luxury suites or the Presidential Suite, all of which have private viewing decks and picture window bathrooms. Wake up knowing that each day will allow for the adventure and peace of Africa to enter your soul – in a place where the lion sleeps.

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Positioned in the most romantic valley on earth, only 1 hour from Cape Town, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of a village in Provence yet with an elegant Cape sensibility. Set in gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines – with fynbos draping the nearby mountains – the original, charming country maison includes 14 standard and luxury rooms as well as the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant while the 12 Villa suites are havens of privacy & understated opulence. Swimming pools, a candle-lit cellar, a treatment room and sun-down verandas are all a traveller needs as you live la vie extraordinaire.

Cape Winelands – South Africa For more information visit our website at www.fch.co.za Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3386

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f you are reading this, it is likely that the world has not yet come to an end (either that or you managed to escape to a hammock in Zanzibar and drink cocktails with the otherwise bloodthirsty zombies). Last month, we decided to drink as much wine as possible before the predicted apocalypse. The result is a bumper wine section in this month’s edition, which showcases the best of the Cape’s viticultural pursuits. Before embarking on the big drinking spree, we lined our stomachs at Hout Bay’s famous Mariner’s Wharf. We then headed off to the pristine Grootbos Private Nature Reserve to enjoy our collection of wines whilst watching the sun set over the West Coast’s Walker Bay. After a long, hard

month of excess and indulgence, we booked ourselves in at the Taj Cape Town’s Jiva Grande Spa to detoxify our bodies and minds in the most pleasurable of ways. We hope that you had a great festive season and that you are ready to start the New Year with a safari or three. We show you what was in our Christmas stockings in our new ‘Shop’ section and investigate some of the Southern African books that have been on our wish list for years. Here’s to a year of inspiration and exploration.

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E mbrace a true A frican experience Luxurious suites, elegant tented camps and an oppulent presidential suite await you. Game viewing & guided walking safaris conducted by an experienced ranger. Masterful cuisine, personal exclusive experience & superb attention to detail. Exquisite synthesis of nature’s wild pulse with the sophisticated sublimity of comfort, elegance & style.

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Waterkloof Estate, a biodynamic marvel on the outskirts of Somerset West renowned for its sustainable wine farming ethics, reaffirmed its status as the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2013 by clinching South Africa’s Best Architecture and Landscape title for the second consecutive year. In addition to retaining the sought-after title, Waterkloof also excelled with second place in both the Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices and Wine Tourism Restaurants categories of this annual competition run by the GWC. In 2009, the magnificently appointed ‘cellar in the sky’ – where even the steep incline provides functional advantages in the winemaking process – triumphed as the first South African architectural feat for Castle Rock Design. The principle of Waterkloof’s design was based around its commitment to honesty, transparency and authenticity. Cocooned in a contemporary glass and concrete sphere, the deep, open barrel cellar introduces guests making their way to the slick wine tasting lounge that spills onto the ‘glass box’ fine dining restaurant which is gorgeously appointed in a 10 meter high glass promontory. Visit www.waterkloofwines.co.za for more.

J a b r a f r e e way The Jabra FREEWAY in-car speakerphone makes hands-free calls sound better than ever – and makes controlling them effortless. It is the first in-car speakerphone to have a 3-speaker stereo system and Virtual Surround sound with HD voice, which makes the audio crisper, clearer and more vibrant than ever before. And with its dual-mic technology, you can say goodbye to unwanted background noise. The Jabra FREEWAY is extraordinarily easy to operate, with the Jabra FREEWAY, voices are in control. To start with, voice guidance will talk you through setup and pairing. After that, it will announce the name of the incoming callers, ask if you want to accept their calls and will tell you battery level and connection status. You then simply use your own voice to make, answer, end, redial or reject calls while keeping both hands safely on the wheel. For more information please contact Wintec Solutions info@wintecsolutions.co.za & or visit the website www.wintecsolutions.co.za.

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Next month, enjoy the most romantic spa session with your partner whilst being pampered in the outdoor Mountain Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay. Indulge in a Touch Point Foot Ritual and a 60 minute massage of your choice before sharing a romantic picnic complete with sparkling wine. Use of the Hydro, Plunge and Floatation Pools is complimentary when booking any treatment at the Spa. The package costs R2 590 per couple and is valid for the month of February, excluding Saturdays and Sundays. www.12apostles.com/spa

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Camp Jabulani, situated in Hoedspruit, is renowned for its pioneering educational and conservation experiences and has recently been awarded the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Passion Trophy at the Association’s annual congress in Italy. Every year, Relais & Châteaux joins forces with 11 prestigious brands from the world of spirits, fine dining and beauty to award trophies that reward the diversity of the properties in their respective areas. Other trophies include the Welcome Trophy, which recognizes a true sense of hospitality and the Innovation Trophy, which rewards creativity. For more information on Camp Jabulani, visit www.campjabulani.com.

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Hakuna Mata. It means no worries (for the rest of your days). It’s possible that when Timon and Pumbaa took a break from gallivanting through the rain forest with Simba, they kicked up their hooves in Zanzibar. Lazing on a hammock, swaying gently in rhythm with the palm trees overhead, they must

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ocated in the stunning turquoise-blue of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, the Zanzibar archipelago consists of the Island of Unguja (commonly known as Zanzibar) and the Pemba Islands, as well as a handful of scattered islets. Omani Arabs, Persians, Sumerians, Egyptians and the Dutch and English have all been heavily involved in trade around these unspoiled, idyllic East African Islands, thus creating the rich and diverse cultural history of Zanzibar. Before gaining independence on 10 December 1963, Zanzibar was controlled for a time by the Portuguese, Omani Sultans and the British. The Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 is known as the shortest in history, as it came to a conclusion less than an hour after beginning. It seems that military engagement was not in the Hakuna Mata spirit and therefore not worth pursuing. During my time in Zanzibar, I stayed at the Azanzi Beach Hotel, located on the North Eastern coast of the island in Matemwe. As you approach the resort, Azanzi’s thatched roofs and wooden walkways seem to sprout up almost organically from its surroundings, blending perfectly with the palm trees that camouflage the hideaway haven.

Lunch is served on a beautifully set table on the beach and you can enjoy local favourites like traditional Swahili Stew (Chuku Chuku), whole baby Tasi Fish tossed in Swahili coconut sauce (Samaki Wa Kupaka) or simpler universal picks like a cheeseburger with chips. Dinner is served on the second floor deck, which is sheltered by a thatched roof but without walls to obstruct the breathtaking views of the moon-bathed Indian Ocean. Azanzi Beach Hotel is a spot so idyllic that a man from the US traveled all the way there with his entire family to propose to his long-term girlfriend on the coral reef that extends the length of three rugby pitches from the shore. The highly trained, diligent staff of the Azanzi Beach Hotel provide guides and expert advice on all local excursion opportunities. After all, there is enough to do in Zanzibar to occupy a month of purposeful travel, let alone a week. Take a peaceful walk through the tranquil Jozani forest or relax on a Nungwi sundowner trip. Enjoy a traditional mbarika leaf massage after a full-day fishing excursion or jet-ski around the various islands. No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a visit to Stone Town, the musical mecca of Freddie Mercury’s childhood. 16


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The maze of narrow, cobblestone streets of Stone Town is reminiscent of an Arabic Florence, will all roads leading to the Indian Ocean. The architecture is the perfect blend of the Indian, English, African and Arabic influences in this region, boasting a history as rich as its spices. Marvel at the artistry of intricately designed, hand-carved wooden doors adorned with brass spikes to create formidable, breathtaking facades. Although explorer, missionary and philanthropist Dr. David Livingstone was born in Scotland, a part of him will remain forever in Africa, as the crucifix that hangs in the Anglican Cathedral of Zanzibar was carved from the tree under which his heart was buried. After vacationing in over 30 countries, I can safely say that Zanzibar boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Admire the modest yet resilient construction of fishing dhows up close, noting the use of string and stick fastens over iron nails. Scuba dive around the Mnemba Atoll as dolphins play around you during a truly interactive aquatic safari. The ocean is kind enough to reveal its treasures to you once a day, as the tide draws out 350 meters during low tide and you can pick up the temporarily beached starfish or learn to identify short-spine sea urchins on any given day. For the adventurous traveler, I strongly recommend a spice tour. Leave the hand sanitizer in the car for this two-hour trek with a machete around a spice farm, digging up and sampling spices at the literal root of their origin. Learn about the source of many popular seasonings like turmeric, curry, vanilla, clove and lime as your knowledgeable guide reveals the culinary and medicinal purpose of each. At Azanzi Beach Hotel, you kick back like Sultan Majid bin Said for affordable prices and if you take a walk down to a local restaurant, you will truly be considered poa kichizi kama ndizi (cool like a banana). In the words of Timon and Pumbaa: “It’s our problem-free philosophy. Hakuna matata.”

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t Simonsig Estate the pursuit for excellence knows no boundaries. Celebrating a winemaking legacy of more than four decades, the pioneering landmark in the premier Stellenbosch wine region is one of South Africa’s most prominent wine dynasties, noted worldwide for its devotion to quality and innovation. Named after the spectacular views of the Simonsberg, this legendary wine estate is endowed with an idyllic location where a cool maritime climate and quintessential terroir effortlessly intertwine to create world- class wines. Simonsig’s impressive wine range represents the full spectrum of wine styles available in South Africa and manifests their exceptional viticultural expertise of matching different varietals to their unique terroir. Simonsig, spearheaded by its late founder Frans Malan, has been a major pioneer in the South African wine industry. Today its pioneering spirit lives on, visible through an extensive range of distinctive red, white and Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines, crafted under the guidance of renowned cellarmaster Johan Malan. Some of Simonsig’s groundbreaking innovations include

South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique, Kaapse Vonkel, released over 40 years ago in 1971. The estate was also among the first to produce a Rhine Riesling, a wooded white wine and a Chardonnay in the country. Frans Malan was also one of the three founders of the renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route in 1971. Simonsig released its first red wine in 1970 and they continue to raise the benchmark particularly for South African Pinotage today, consistently reaping top awards for the esteemed Red Hill Pinotage. The estate’s flagship red wines include the Frans Malan and Simonsig Tiara. The Frans Malan is Simonsig’s famous Cape Blend and a worthy tribute to the estate’s late founder and family patriarch, while the Simonsig Tiara is a Bordeaux-style blend that has clinched numerous awards and top international ratings. Simonsig’s signature restaurant, Cuvée, is wine’s perfect partner. This unique restaurant embraces food and wine lovers in a stylish setting with its eclectic décor, Cape inspired menu and above all its genuine winelands hospitality. www.simonsig.co.za.

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Moscato 2012 The Perfect Perlé Wine for Summer

Make the most of the superb South African weather this summer with a chilled glass of De Krans Moscato 2012.

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oscato tends to be a popular white wine among new wine lovers and enjoys a significant following of seasoned wine enthusiasts who enjoy a lighter-styled wine with brunch, dessert or on its own as an accomplished aperitif. Winemaker Boets Nel describes the De Krans Moscato 2012 as a full-flavoured natural sweet perlé wine made to be enjoyed throughout the year. The light-bodied wine displays tones of honey and exotic spice with a fresh, mouth-watering aftertaste. Intended to be consumed young while fresh and vibrant, this wine is best enjoyed chilled and is the perfect partner to apple desserts, fresh berries, summer salads, meringue pies and hazelnut-based desserts. Although dessert is Moscato’s forte, it also works beautifully with cheese courses, charcuterie or antipasto dishes. Its versatility, with a definitive balance of sweetness and acidity, and the lower alcohol also make Moscato an ideal aperitif candidate, though it has certainly earned its stripes as the wine world’s most fashionable brunch-time guest as well. Be sure not to miss out on this summer’s thirst quencher, which retails for approximately R44 per bottle and is available at many retail outlets throughout South Africa or can be ordered directly from De Krans Wine Cellar. www.dekrans.co.za

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Laborie Wine Farm in Paarl

Situated in the heart of Paarl and surrounded by the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, with the Paarl Mountain as its backdrop, Laborie Wine Farm is regarded as one of the precious jewels of the Cape Winelands District.

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farm, also caters for weddings, corporate functions and special occasions. Boasting modern contemporary décor, the Private Dining Room hosts smaller, intimate groups. Patrons can relax and socialise whilst enjoying a glass or two of the superb Laborie wines in The Wine Lounge. Complementing the country lifestyle experience that Laborie has to offer is the Laborie Lazy Days Market, which is open to the public every Saturday from 9am until 2pm and offers visitors an exciting and varied selection of lifestyle goods including freshly baked breads, coffee, cheese, olives, honey, charcuterie as well as other exciting fresh local produce. Although the primary focus is on food, there is something for everyone, from mouthwatering food stalls to arts and craft stalls. An exciting new addition to the farm’s many offerings is the Cecil Skotnes Art Exhibition, featuring 30 works by the highly acclaimed South African artist. Skotnes’s masterpieces are on permanent display in the Tasting Centre, Manor House and restaurant. www.laboriewines.co.za

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aborie is one of the oldest operational wine farms in South Africa and produces some of the best Méthode Cap Classique as well as an array of award-winning wines, the Alambic brandy (which has been named “Best Brandy in the World” for two consecutive years) and a unique fortified Pinotage dessert wine. The farm also boasts a beautiful Manor House, a historic wine cellar, a luxurious guesthouse and the recently launched Harvest at Laborie restaurant. Harvest at Laborie boasts a contemporary South African menu that focuses on produce from the Paarl Winelands region. The produce is free range and organic and most herbs and vegetables are harvested from the restaurant garden. This attention to detail ensures a gastronomic experience epitomising the two components regarded by Consulting Chef Matthew Gordon as being paramount in every dish he presents, namely depth of flavour and superb presentation. This family-friendly restaurant, which seats a total of 80 guests inside and a further 100 on the beautiful terrace which overlooks the immaculate vineyards of the wine

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Au t h e n t i c S e a s i d e D i n i n g i n H o u t B ay Mariner’s Wharf, the matriarch of African harbourfront developments, opened in 1984 and is the brainchild of owner and designer Stanley Dorman. The restaurant has continued throughout the years to delight guests with its authentic nautical charm.

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memorabilia for sale. There is no other shop in the Cape, or indeed in South Africa, quite like it. Items are sourced continually from all over the world, and collectors and interior decorators seldom have to look elsewhere to find a unique maritime artifact or memento. Mariner’s Wharf also sports a Fresh Fish Market, which offers an array of sea fare as well as other ingredients such as herbs and sauces. There is also a Sushi Bar, takeaway Seafood Bistro and a bakery that provides the freshest breads and rolls to the Seafood Bistro and Wharfside Grill. Hout Bay’s Mariner`s Wharf is undoubtedly a concept which continues to grow and will no doubt enthuse generations to come. Bon Voyage! 29

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uests can dine on an outside deck overlooking the sea or in one of the cosy private dining cabins at the Wharfside Grill. The cabins range in size and each boasts its own theme. Every item of décor is original and is displayed behind solid brass portholes that originate from ships of days gone by. The restaurant is a treasure trove of artifacts and museum pieces. A walk through the ‘ship’ will reveal the sheer enormity of flotsam and jetsam as well as a wealth of history and information about Hout Bay, its fishing industry and the old shipping lines which frequented the Cape. Situated below the steps at the entrance to the Wharfside Grill is a venerable treasure trove called Ye Olde Artifact Cove and Shipwreck Shoppe, which houses an immense array of nautical artifacts, antiques and

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The House of J.C. Le Roux scored a sparkling victory at the 2012 Veritas Awards with the prestige cuvee, Scintilla 2003, this year’s Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge winner, clinching a Gold medal.

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nly produced in exceptional vintages, this elegant flagship from South Africa’s leading sparkling wine cellar was one of 1 744 entries in the country’s biggest wine competition and most highly valued indicator of quality market-ready wines. Luxuriously smooth and well-balanced with an elegant, dry palate and an explosion of scintillating bubbles, J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2003 is a sophisticated choice for discerning palates. A classic blend of Chardonnay (75%) and Pinot noir (25%), the wine spent an unbelievable seven years on the lees, resulting in rich layers of complexity and flavours with a superior, smooth character. “Veritas Gold is the cherry on top after our victory at the Cap Classique Challenge for our graceful flagship,” says cellarmaster Elunda Basson. This year marks the 22nd birthday of the highly contested Veritas Awards. The medals received from this competition hold a high standing amongst national wine and brandy buyers, owing to their trustworthy results that serve as a reliable indication of quality. J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2003 is available at boutique wine shops and restaurants throughout South Africa, selling for R150 at the cellar door. www.jcleroux.co.za

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e Wetshof is a third generation wine estate in South Africa’s Robertson Valley, where wine has been made for over 150 years. Here Danie de Wet, proprietor and cellar-master, is assisted by sons and co-owners Johann (viticulture and marketing) and Peter (winemaker). De Wetshof Estate is a pioneer of noble white wines in South Africa and was also instrumental in introducing certain superior red cultivars to the Robertson Wine Valley. Danie, Johann and Peter still base the values of De Wetshof on those laid down by previous generations of De Wet wine farmers. The region’s vineyards are allowed to express the unique characteristics of soil and climate in producing the best grapes for each specific wine. Quality is monitored and enhanced by the optimum use of science and technology. This commitment to site-specific vineyard management and wine-making has been an integral part of the De Wetshof ethos from the outset and remains a vital and non-negotiable aspect of all the Estate’s wines. As their next custodians, the current generation will ensure that these values remain at the soul of De Wetshof for the years to come, with the main aim of providing the international wine consumer with a true expression of South Africa’s finest.

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Experience Le Good Life and introduce your loved one to the romantic rosé trio of the House of J.C. Le Roux. There is a seductress for every palate, from the award-winning Pinot Noir Rosé and the off-dry La Vallée Rosé Cap Classiques to the flirtatious and ever so sweet La Fleurette. Text: Clarissa du Plessis | Images: © : J.C. Le Roux

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ith gorgeous blushing hues and lively bubbles, these stunners from South Africa’s leading home of sparkling wine are sure to enliven your special occasion. The graceful J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé 2008, voted Best Rosé at the 2012 Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge, displays a perfect balance between freshness and maturation. With its pleasing, creamy character and lively, crisp finish, it delights the mind as much as the eye and is a delectable treat when paired with rosewater Turkish delight. J.C. Le Roux La Vallée Rosé boasts a subtle hint of sweetness that makes the enchanting Cap Classique equally enjoyable to bubbly lovers with a dry or a slightly sweeter palate. Refreshing, subtle and elegant, it tingles your taste buds with a hint of sweetness. Fun-loving yet chic, J.C. Le Roux La Fleurette is a vibrant, passion pink sparkling wine that entices all the senses, revealing a delightful mélange of sweet, fruity flavours with hints of strawberry, plum and tropical fruit. The exuberant bubbly perfectly balances freshness and sweetness with its playful palate of sweet strawberry and sensual plum flavours, combined with the richness of Muscat. J.C. Le Roux La Vallée Rosé, Pinot Noir Rosé and La Fleurette are available nationwide, selling at the cellar door for R80, R100 and R50 respectively. www.jcleroux.co.za

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od’s Window is the name of the tallest mountain on the reserve, from which one can enjoy the most incredible views of Walker Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Protecting 1768 hectares of unique Cape Floral Kingdom with over 750 species of indigenous plants, Grootbos offers an introduction to nature’s more subtle nuances. Whether your interest lies in birding, wild flowers, adventure sports or relaxing on spectacular unspoilt beaches, Grootbos has something to delight you. On arrival, guests receive a comprehensive Activities Scheduler, which allows for the accommodation of as many varied activities as possible. These include forest & fynbos walks, 4x4 reserve safaris, beach walks, horseback riding, social responsibility tours, ancient cave explorations, tree planting, helicopter trips, spa treatments and scenic boat cruises. Besides activities, guests experience a fusion of culinary delights in the restaurant as well as an unforgettable combination of hospitality, friendship and professionalism while marveling at the ever-changing views of Walker Bay from the comfort of luxuriously appointed accommodation

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options. The gourmet cuisine created by Head Chef Duane Lewis and his dynamic young team is crafted from the finest and freshest local ingredients, some of which are grown on Grootbos. Excellent local wines accompany each culinary offering. Special menus to suit specific dietary requirements are available. The Grootbos Foundation was established in 2003 with a mission to conserve the biodiversity of Grootbos and its surrounds and to develop sustainable nature-based livelihoods for members of the local community through ecotourism, research, management and education. The Foundation’s main projects are the Green Futures Horticulutral and Life Skills College, the Growing the Future Food Production and Life Skills Training Project, the Sports Development Project and the Future Trees Forest Restoration Project. There is even a Spaza shop in the Grootbos garden, where local trader Zimasa sells everything from fresh produce to herbs, Grootbos honey, free-range eggs and handmade crafts and toys. A visit to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve provides the opportunity for guests to be inspired, indulged and proactive in the community all at once. A single day in the pristine area leaves no doubt as to why it is such an international favourite. www.grootbos.com


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leur du Cap’s elegant unfiltered wines excelled at the 2012 Veritas Awards, the Oscars of South Africa’s wine competitions, with a Double Gold medal for the ultra-elegant 2011 Chardonnay and a Gold medal for the 2010 Merlot. Showing great consistency, the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2011 is the second consecutive vintage of this wine to achieve Double Gold status at the Veritas Awards. The superbly polished wine, crafted by the winemaking team at Die Bergkelder, shows delicious citrus, apricot and toasted almond aromas with just a touch of vanilla in the background. The palate is full-bodied and beautifully rounded from regular lees stirring during eight months of barrel maturation and reveals an abundance of fruit on the palate. The Veritas Gold medallist, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot 2010, is a beautiful ruby red wine that teems with strawberry and red berry fruit with hints of white chocolate. The firm yet silky tannins evolve into a velvety texture that lingers on the finish. www.fleurducap.co.za

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artenberg Estate’s stellar ambassadress, The Eleanor Chardonnay 2009, staked her claim with a Gold Medal at the prestigious 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in the United Kingdom. Named after matriarch Eleanor Finlayson, whose family owned Hartenberg Estate for 29 years until 1977, this Chardonnay is rich, complex and full-bodied. Displaying generous layers of citrus and refreshing fruity richness with a classic minerality, this wine is the personification of Eleanor’s strong and resolute character. Founded in 1969, the International Wine & Spirit Competition is one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world and aims to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. The Eleanor Chardonnay 2009 competed for the IWSC judges’ attention with wines from nearly 90 countries. Safely tucked away in Hartenberg’s underground maturation cellar, The Eleanor Chardonnay 2009 will be released once winemaker Carl Schultz is satisfied that the wine has reached it full potential. In the mean time, wine lovers can indulge in the 2008 vintage of this elegant wine, available at the cellar door for R190 a bottle or at selected boutique wine stores and fine dining restaurants. Hartenberg Estate is situated on the Bottelary Road off the R304 to Stellenbosch. Open six days a week for tastings, picnic lunches and wetland walks, but cellar tours are by appointment only. www.hartenbergestate.com

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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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Scents of Africa Forget the potent mosquito repellent and heavy-duty sunblock – this month we decided to indulge in some of Africa’s more sensual skin, body and aromatic delights. Here’s our round up of the best… soothing effect on the skin. It is anti-ageing, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, promotes healthy skin, and relieves skin irritations such as acne and eczema. At Africology, it is believed that the best moments in life are the ones in which we feel connected to self in harmony with nature and all around us. It is for this reason that they have created the Moment of Gratitude package, which offers a sensory experience that aims to balance mind and body and in a special moment of indulgence. The package contains the Africology Chakra Candle, Body & Bath Soak, Blended Tea with Strainer, Shimmer Butter and Body Scrub. The Body & Bath Soak is packed with marula oil and is the perfect emollient, leaving the skin refreshed and hydrated. Experience a little ‘mind magic’ whilst enjoying the sanctity of bathing in the soft light and aroma of the Chakra Candle and sipping on the smooth, specially blended Exotic Tea. Finishing off with the Body Scrub and Shimmer Butter will leave you looking, smelling and feeling like the African goddess you always knew you could be. A great way to unwind after a long day, Africology’s Moment is sure to be your best. www.africology.co.za

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The skilled individuals who lovingly formulate the Africology range share a passion for the healing essence of plant life and the restorative power of essential oils. Combining this insight with a deep respect for traditional healing, they create products that are intended to have a positive effect on peoples’ inner and outer energies. Africology skin care products are developed to revitalize the skin and prevent damage caused by free radicals, stress and the harsh South African climate. Their most important botanical ingredients include marula, African potato, aloe vera and rooibos. Marula oil, made from the marula fruit seed kernel, can be used as a type of skin care oil. It contains antioxidants and oleaic acid. African Potato balances the immune system and keeps it regulated. Aloe Vera is a valuable plant high in nutritional value and rich in healing compounds and minerals, amino acids, lipids, enzymes and mono saccharides. Traditional healers apply aloe juice to wounds, and it is also used internally as a general tonic. Rooibos tea extract is known in South Africa for its

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B Africa is a unique range of exclusive body care products and professional spa treatments that have been prepared by blending native African plant extracts, the natural goodness of the sea and eco-friendly production technologies. The B Africa product line has been created in honour of Bea Tollman, founder and president of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, who says: “The unique natural locations of each of the Red Carnation properties are encapsulated in our B Africa products and treatments, which harness the essential, life-giving properties of Mother Nature’s rich bounty to calm, detoxify, nourish and energise body, mind and spirit”. B Africa is the signature product range in the ultraluxurious Spas at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town, The Oyster Box in Durban and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg Mountains. B Africa believes in the power of nature’s active ingredients, which include baobab tree oil, ximenia kernel oil, shea butter, marula oil, mafura butter, avocado butter, African sausage tree, mongongo nut, honey, cape aloe (aloe ferox), cape chamomile,

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cedarwood, rooibos (red bush), honeybush and west coast Atlantic sea salts. B Africa only uses renewable indigenous species in their products. They practice organic and sustainable harvesting methods. B Africa offers a beautiful and sensual gift pack that includes their Body Balm, Massage Candle, Bath Milk and Body Scrub. The Body Balms are formulated with shea and mafura butter. The Calm Body Balm is infused with lavender and jasmine or Cape chamomile and cedarwood, the Energize Body Balm with neroli, sweet orange and lime, and the Detox Body Balm with eucalyptus, black pepper and marjoram. The Energizing Sugar Scrub blends marjoram and honey with sugar crystals infused with a synergistic blend of oils. The Detox Sugar Scrub is made of honeybush and kigelia salt with botanicals of lime and lavender to effectively help slough off dead skin. The Africa Bath Milk is a luxuriously creamy, deeply calming potion of milk infused with botanicals for dry skin types and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. www.redcarnationhotels.com/facilities/spa-andwellbeing/b-africa

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which aids in the removal of depression, anxiety and hormonal imbalances. Fresh and lightly scented, the Hand & Body Lotion has a smooth, non-greasy feel and is quickly absorbed into the skin. The addition of essential oils and vitamin oils has resulted in a formula that is rich and nourishing, leaving the skin supple and silky. The rose geranium oil tones the skin and helps to fade scars and stretch marks and has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe and calm the skin. The brown sugar body polish is a natural exfoliant and is the best treatment to achieve beautiful, soft skin after just one use. Sugar crystals are natural humectants that prevent moisture loss and gently buff away dry skin cells. The blend of extract oils and butters nourishes the skin and deeply moisturizes dry areas, while the rose geranium essential oils tone the skin and aid circulation. www.provenanceoils.co.za

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‘Provenance’ originates from the French word ‘Provenir’, which means ‘Place of Origin’. The rose geranium oil in all Provenance products has been steam distilled from plants grown on Provenance Farm in the Western Cape’s Koo Valley, where the geranium was discovered by botanists in the 16th century. The products are made with natural and harmless ingredients, are free from parabens and harsh chemicals and are especially formulated for sensitive skins. The famous Provenance All Purpose Massage Balm is a smooth balm containing a nourishing blend of butters and oils to massage away cellulite, joint pain, tension or tired muscles while hydrating and revitalizing the skin. The product has multiple uses. It can be used as deodorant due to the high content of anti-bacterial rose geranium oil. It is effective in healing cold sores, chapped lips, sun spots, cracked heels and dry elbows. It helps to improve circulation and skin tone while the aroma of rose geranium has a mentally uplifting effect

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Soy Lites offers a 100% natural pure soybean oil candle revolution, providing eco-chic ambience, aromatherapy benefits and innovative body care that engages mind, body and soul. The moisturizing Harmony Body Candle is made up of a floral blend of rose, geranium and jasmine that inspires feelings of serenity and joy. The candle is versatile, nongreasy and packed with healing aromatherapy oils. The wax melts at a comfortable temperature and can be used to aid the treatment of dry skin such as cracked heels and cuticles, dry hands and feet, minor abrasions, burns and other skin ailments. The Cupid’s Touch Massage Body Candle with ylang ylang and rosewood melts to a nourishing and sensual massage oil with therapeutic skin benefits such as the treatment of common skin ailments and fatigued muscles. A set of three Vanilla Spice Aromatherapy Votive Candles housed in frosted glass containers is the perfect present for a loved one. The African Travel Lites are beautifully packaged travel candles scented with African indigenous oils and are perfect for enhancing any room or space you encounter on your travels through the continent. The Burning Sunsets candle combines neroli, orange,

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lemongrass and cedarwood in a soothing, grounding blend that evokes thoughts of a peaceful crimson dusk. The Starry Skies candle presents chamomile, rose geranium, Melissa and lavender to help you relax at the end of an adventurous day and sleep like a baby to an orchestra of insects under a blanket of stars. The Wild Paradise candle is infused with rosemary, sage and spearmint to awaken your senses and keep you stimulated and invigorated in the African wilderness. The Peaceful Summer Aromatherapy Travel Lite, with its citronella, lemongrass and lavender is our favourite uplifting morning scent. The Soylites Ladybird Body Balm is Africa’s first soybased body balm product. The balm was inspired by one of nature’s little helpers, the ladybird. The uniquely formulated balm protects, nourishes and heals the skin. Blended with only pure botanical oils, the smooth, nongreasy texture of the balm is easily absorbed by the skin. The refreshing, soothing and nourishing balm can be applied to face, hands or feet, cracked heels, cuticles, or any area that needs moisturizing. It also makes a great allbody massage balm. Soylites gives thanks to our planet for a little help from nature… www.soylites.co.za

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renew, while essential fatty acids nourish and maintain supple and healthy skin. The Baobab Body Wash improves the skin’s elasticity and radiance, while the Body Lotion includes Shea butter to nourish and protect for extreme softness. The Baobab Bath Salts include minerals and trace elements essential for the body’s health and wellbeing and the Bath Oil is formulated to balance and restore the senses. The Uplifting Coconut range uses oil from palm-lined Mozambique beaches, with essential oils of grapefruit and lemongrass added to uplift and revive. The organic coconut oil is sourced from a local African community project in Mozambique, bringing them much needed economic benefits and enriching the lives of the community. The Uplifting Coconut Body Wash moisturizes and protects while the Shea butter lotion nourishes and elasticizes the skin. The Bath Salts are sourced from an ancient saltpan in the Kalahari and provide minerals and trace elements for the body’s wellbeing while the luxurious Bath Oil serves to calm and protect the skin. The Sensual Hibiscus range is the latest addition to SOiL’s premium body care offerings. It contains community trade Hibiscus oil grown on the shores of Lake Victoria, Uganda, by a group of certified organic small-scale farmers. Hibiscus oil is rich in anti-oxidants and contains natural alpha hydroxy acids to rejuvenate and hydrate. SOil has added an exotic blend of organic essential oils to fragrance the products and add the sensual properties. These include floral ylang-ylang, earthy patchouli and sweet orange. All of this is wrapped up in flirty, feminine, pink packaging that proves that organic need not equal boring. www.soil.co.za

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SOil is renowned as the first South African producer and supplier of certified organic aromatherapy products. SOil is unique in that it farms, processes and markets its own products, thereby controlling their overall quality. SOil is also actively involved in the establishment and support of various projects that seek to uplift impoverished communities. Soil offers a variety of aromatherapy and body care products. Their aromatherapy range includes various essential oils, carrier oils, blended oils, remedy rollers, hydrosols, soy wax melts and burners. Their body care ranges (Balancing Baobab, Uplifting Coconut and Sensual Hibiscus) include body washes and lotions and bath oils and salts. The aromatherapy range offers a wide range of essential oils, including benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon leaf, citronella, clary sage, clove bud, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, German chamomile, ginger, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemon tea tree, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, marjoram, Melissa, myrrh, niaouli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, Roman chamomile, rose geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet basil, sweet orange, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, wintergreen and ylang ylang. The oil used in the Balancing Baobab body range is from the giant baobabs of Limpopo, with essential oils of rose geranium and sandalwood added to balance and restore. The oil is sourced from a local African community initiative that works with local farmers to create a valuable and sustainable resource and provide upliftment to the local community. Baobab oil contains vitamins that actively rejuvenate and 48


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Lamberts Bay Hotel is only a 2 and a half hour drive from Cape Town and offers traditional West Coast hospitality, excellent cuisine and an endless number of interesting excursions in and around the area to ensure an unforgettable stay.

■ Bird Island ■ Seafood ■ Dolphins ■ Whales ■ Sandy Beaches ■ West Coast Wine Route ■ Golf ■ Dunes ■ Quadbiking ■ Boat Trips

From R300.00 pp sharing bed & breakfast p/n

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No Time Like the Present (Nadine Gordimer) Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, has been described by the Independent as ‘one of the world’s greatest writers’ with a ‘rootedness in a political time, place and faith [that] has never dimmed her complex gifts as an artist’. Simply reading No Time Like the Present will make you feel as though you have visited South Africa. In the tremendous work, Gordimer brings the reader into the lives of Steven Reed and Jabulile Gumede, a ‘mixed’ couple, both of whom have been combatants in the struggle for freedom against apartheid. Once clandestine lovers under racist law forbidding sexual relations between black and white, they are now in the new South Africa. The place and time where freedom – the ‘better life for all’ that was fought for and promised – is being created but also challenged by political and racial tensions worldwide, while the hangover of moral ambiguities and the vast and growing gap between affluence and the mass poverty continue to haunt the present. No freedom from personal involvement in these or in the personal intimacy of love. The subject is contemporary, but Gordimer’s treatment is timeless. In No Time Like the Present, she shows herself once again as a master novelist, at the height of her prodigious powers.

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The food we eat is as colourful as the cultures of the people eating it. But why we eat the way we do runs deeper than the whims of our traditions or palates. The Hungry Season takes Leonie Joubert and Eric Miller into the lives of people in eight southern African places to trace, in accessible narrative and compelling photographs, the complex undercurrents driving food security in urban spaces: childhood stunting and malnutrition; the shift from traditional ‘African’ to ‘Western’ diets; illnesses associated with modern diet; nutritional literacy, behavior and choices; large-scale food production and urban food gardens; poverty, joblessness and the layout of the city; supermarkets and the full food value chain; and food wastage. 51

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Mukiwa (Peter Godwin) First published in 1996, Mukiwa is an award-winning memoir of a white boy growing up in Rhodesia as it went through a violent transition to majority rule. In Rhodesia in the 1960s, Peter Godwin inhabited a magical and frightening world of leopard hunting, lepers, witch doctors, snakes and forest fires. As an adolescent, a conscript caught in the middle of a vicious civil war, and then as an adult who returned to Zimbabwe as a journalist to cover the bloody transition to majority rule, he discovered a land stalked by death and danger. Nadine Gordimer describes the work as ‘a totally unsentimental, honest testimony – written without fear of who, white or black, might be shocked – of the conflict, confusion and compromises [of the situation]’. She continues to hail it as ‘part of the truth about the era of colonialism and its consequences that must be pieced together, now, in the history of this, the century for which we are all, in one way or another, responsible’. Doris Lessing goes so far as to describe Mukiwa as ‘the best to come out of the war for independence in Zimbabwe’. Picador has re-published the work this year in celebration of its 40th birthday.

I Write What I Like (Steve Biko) I Write What I Like features the writing of activist, Black Consciousness leader and one of Africa’s most courageous heroes, Steve Biko. Before his untimely death at the age of 30, Biko was instrumental in uniting black Africans in the struggle against the apartheid government in South Africa. I Write What I Like is a collection of Biko’s columns published in the journal of the South African Students’ Organisation under the pseudonym ‘Frank Talk’. It contains other pieces written by Biko, a preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a moving personal reflection by Father Aelred Stubbs, a friend and confidant to Biko. Archbishop Desmond Tutu hails this new edition, published in 2012 in celebration of Picador’s 40th birthday, as a resource to ‘enable us to savour the inspired words of Steve Biko’. He goes further to muse that ‘perhaps it could just spark a black renaissance’. As David Cohen asserts, ‘South Africa today could have used a leader like Steve Biko. His writings show him to be a man of great intelligence, and the accompanying essay by Father Stubbs shows Biko to be a leader of great charisma. Read this book and you’ll see what the world lost when Biko was slain.’ www.panmacmillan.co.za 52


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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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TauGame Lodge

The privately-owned Tau Game Lodge is situated in the Madikwe Game reserve in the beautiful Great Marico area on the far northern border of South Africa. 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 birdwatching 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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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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De Zeekoe Guest Farm

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

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nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock. The only South African member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Grande Roche is a place where history is entwined with modernity; where the gentle rhythms of a working fruit and wine farm are only a short walk 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. Awardwinning Bosman’s restaurant offers the finest culinary experience. Grande

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• Call: +27 21 863 5100 • E-mail: reserve@granderoche.co.za • Website: www.grandroche.com

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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. The studio, one or two bedroom luxury apartments are fully equipped to suit all needs. Whether dining in or out, guests can chill or entertain in their temporary ‘home’ or experience an energizing treatment at the hotel’s Camelot Spa. “Ubuntu” is the underlying philosophy of the hotel and reflects the main namesake of the property. Private boardroom facilities are available in several apartments, offering the businessperson an easily accessible meeting place close to all amenities. Two conference rooms can accommodate from 40 to 100 people with full technical back up and underground parking. Shandiz on the pool deck level offers Middle Eastern Cuisine while guests can enjoy Italian food like Mama once made at Doppio Zero on the ground floor.

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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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Tintswalo

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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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A fusion of contemporary luxury and classic charm, the Mount Grace Country House & Spa is an elegant countryside hideaway. The picturesque hotel started life as a private residence and farmhouse and has hosted a number of dignitaries and A-list visitors over the years. Located on a hillside with un-spoilt views of the valley and boasting some ten acres of manicured gardens as well as pristine bushveld, the sprawling property is a balm for the city-weary soul.

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An intimate, all-suite boutique hotel on the eastern shoreline of the mystical Zanzibar Island. The central guest entertainment and guest areas of Azanzi flow into vast uninterrupted stretches of silk-like sand. The hotel suites feature an array of guest comforts designed to pamper you during the quieter moments of your fun-filled days. Your hosts will be delighted to arrange any number

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National Airways Corporation

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

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

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

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Peermont

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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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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 bar combines all the

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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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area on the far northern border of South Africa. 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’

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The privately-owned Tau Game Lodge is situated in the Madikwe Game reserve in the beautiful Great Marico

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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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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 Helicopters is situated

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

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

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

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

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Quarry Lake Inn

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

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

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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 Web: 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: Kariega Game Reserve, Kenton-on-Sea Tel: +2741 581 2606 E-mail: reservations@kariega.net 
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Location: 8 Frank Road, St Francis Bay Tel: +2742 294 1888
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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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De Stijl Gariep Hotel

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

Accolades Bed and Breakfast Location: 72 Dale Road, President Park, Midrand Tel: +27 11 022 3668 E-mail: accommodation@accolades.org.za Web: www.accolades.org.za

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

Beachcomber Bay Location: 75 Marine Drive, Ramsgate, South Coast Tel: +27 39 317 4473
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Ammazulu African Palace Location: 20 Windsor Road, Kloof, Durban Tel: +27 31 764 8000 E-mail: info@ammazulupalace.com Web: www.ammazulupalace.com

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Upton Hall Boutique Guesthouse

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

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

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Hartford House

Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

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

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

Isandlwana Lodge The Vineyard on Ballito

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mopane Bush Lodge

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

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

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Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa

Location: Melkrivier Road, Between Melkrivier and Vaalwater Tel: +27 14 755 4170 E-mail: enquiries@nkonkabushlodge.co.za Web: www.nkonkabushlodge.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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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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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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Porcupine Ridge Guest House

Location: Skukuza, Kruger National Park Tel: +27 11 880 9992 Email: tinga@morehotels.co.za Web: www.tingalodge.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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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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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:80 Nelson Mandela Drive, Mafikeng Tel: +27 18 381 0400 E-mail: res2@phmafikeng.co.za Web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-mafikeng

Accommodation guide

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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Western Cape

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

Bellavista Country Place Location: Stanford Tel: +27 82 901 76 50 E-mail: Bellavista@hermanus.co.za Web: www.bella.co.za

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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Location: Matemwe, Zanzibar Tel: +27 11 781 1661 E-mail: res@anthology.co.za Web: www.azanzibeachhotel.com

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Location: Kizimkaze, Zanzibar Tel: +255 245 555 000 E-mail: info-zanzibar@theresidence.com Web: www.theresidence.com

Zanzibar Serena Inn

Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar Location: Natural cove on the North East Coast of Zanzibar Tel: +255 24 223 6779 Tel: +255 778 683 960
 Web: www.serenahotels.com E-mail: sales@essquehotels.com Web: www.essquehotels.com

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Location: Kiwengwa, Tanzania Tel: +255 785 444 477 E-mail: melia.zanzibar@melia.com Web: www.melia-hotels.com

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Location: Paje, Zanzibar Tel: +255 773 999 387 E-mail: info@annaofzanzibar.com Web: www.annaofzanzibar.com

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Desroches Island, Seychelles Location: Desroches Island, Seychelles Tel: +27 21 418 3581 E-mail: bookings@desroches-island.com Web: www.desroches-island.com

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa Location: Anse Louis, Seychelles Tel: +248 4 390 000 E-mail: reservations@southernsun.sc Web: www.maia.com

Dhevatara Beach Hotel

Raffles Praslin Seychelles

Location: Praslin, Seychelles Tel: +248 423 7333 E-mail: dbh.reservations@dhevatara.com Web: www.dhevatara-seychelles.com

Location: Praslin, Seychelles Tel: +248 429 6000 E-mail: praslin@raffles.com Web: www.raffles.com

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Location: Mahe, Seychelles Tel: +248 439 3000 Web: www.fourseasons.com

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Location: Mahe, Seychelles Tel: +248 438 3500 E-mail: seychelles@banyantree.com Web: www.banyantree.com

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01Healthsunburn is a potential health hazard

S

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 Consuates

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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

1026

Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

Tourist Info

+27 83 123 6789

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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.

 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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