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Return with us to Nature’s Perfect Playground..

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


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where Credit is Due “Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” – Randy Pausch

Happy 2014! We bet you’ve made a list of sound resolutions. Ours are perhaps a bit less honourable. This year we have decided to relinquish the regular well-meaning intentions and rather commit to having fun in as many different ways as possible. From enjoying excellent game viewing at a renowned safari lodge and lazing around at a seaside spa to taking to the river for a rafting adventure, reading the latest local fiction and learning to cook up a storm in the kitchen, we tried out

all means of R&R in preparation for this edition. We hope that you are inspired to give up trying to be perfect and to create wonderful and fun-filled memories instead this year. We are certainly having a good time so far. Here’s to a great year!

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StreetSmart SA raises millions for street children

StreetSmart SA, the organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives by collecting R5 donations through participating restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng, has raised more than R7,06 million since its inception in 2005. In Cape Town, StreetSmart funds support the panel beating skills training program at Learn to Live, social worker salaries at Ons Plek and Home from Home: Oceanview & Vrygrond, as well as salaries for aftercare and family reconstruction at the Cape Town Multi-Service Centre. The Johannesburg beneficiary, Twilight Children, receives funding for a family reconstruction worker salary. The number of participating restaurants now stands at 81, with new restaurants embracing StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of children at risk. Visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za for a list of participating restaurants.

Riesling Festival in Stellenbosch Make sure that the first festival you attend in 2014 is the annual Riesling Rocks event at Hartenberg Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday 25 January. Guests at the festive event will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest flagship Rieslings from South Africa’s top wine producers paired with gourmet deli fare. Celebrated Hartenberg winemaker Carl Shultz, regarded as one of the country’s finest Riesling masters, has invited the crème de la crème of cellars to showcase their premium Weisser/Rhine Rieslings at the food and wine celebration. Regarded as one of the most versatile of all wines, Riesling is the perfect partner to just about any type of food. Riesling Rocks is set up in a garden party theme and perfectly suited to the long summer days in January. Tickets cost R120 per person and are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za. www.hartenbergestate.com. 10


TrashCanKidz is a commercial enterprise with a social conscience and purpose. The organisation aims to create awareness around the plight of impoverished children and to generate funds to support them in a unique and playful way. TrashCanKidz invites kids to adopt an adorable TrashCanKidz doll of their own. These dolls represent the homeless children of our world. There are five TrashCanKidz dolls, namely: Calypso, Slam, Solo, Rose and Samson. For every doll adopted, TrashCanKidz donates 20% to an organisation or initiative supporting children in need. There is also an iPad game so that kids can get involved in the adventures of their TrashCanKidz. TrashCanKidz dolls can be bought at www.trashcankidz.co.za.

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Haven Valley Retreats at Somerset Gift Retreat Farm are inspirational and transformative wellness experiences in a pristine and powerful natural setting. Situated in the Western Cape’s Overberg region, 16 kilometres outside the historical town of Swellendam and a mere 2-hour drive from Cape Town, Somerset Gift Farm lies in a beautiful valley bordering the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountain. The farm offers participants the opportunity to rest, renew and immerse themselves in nature whilst partaking in a variety of wellness activities including yoga, canoeing, swimming, hiking and feasting on healthy vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Retreat accommodation is available in a number of selfcatering cottages on the farm. The next Yoga Wellness Retreat will take place from 7 – 9 February. E-mail yogapilates@ vodamail.co.za to reserve your place.

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ucked away within 64,800 acres in the pristine Manyeleti Reserve, Tintswalo Safari Lodge is a lavish and private sanctuary from which to experience the sights and sounds of Africa’s Big Five, as well as the area’s spectacular bird life. The lodge is situated on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, and thanks to the area’s minimal vehicle density, guests are ensured of a peaceful, exclusive, and uniquely rewarding safari experience. Each of the lodge’s six exclusive suites has been inspired by the romantic bygone days of 19th century explorers. Each is unique and guests are guaranteed to find a suite perfectly suited to their tastes. The Baker Suite, for example, is named after Samuel and Florence Baker who travelled through the African wild together. It is one of the lodge’s most romantic, with a beautifully hand carved four-poster bed at its heart. The Livingstone Suite, which was inspired by David Livingstone, one of the most widely known explorers of Africa’s colonial period, is perfect for families with its twin or double luxury accommodation. The presidential suite, named after the famous engineer and artist, Thomas Baines, is the lodge’s most prominent and luxurious suite. It was designed for four guests, and its two complete suites (one double and one twin) are adjoined by a lavish private lounge and dining room area, as well as a kitchen. The blistering heat of the African sun is no match for

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the blissful chill provided by each suite’s individual air conditioning, complemented by overhead fans and mosquito nets to keep away any unwanted nocturnal visitors. Comfort levels are taken to even greater heights with luxurious en suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, as well as supremely comfortable, extra-length double or twin beds. Guests can also look forward to being treated like royalty, with a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker, as well as a personal chef and butler at their service during their stay. The main lodge building overlooks a waterhole that is frequented by large herds of elephant and other wildlife. Here, guests can unwind from the vantage point of the private plunge pool, or recline on the deck and observe the large variety of animals that visit the seasonal river bed. Guests at Tintswalo Safari Lodge are guaranteed an authentic “on the ground” experience of the African bush, whether travelling on foot during a guided walk through the reserve, or enjoying an open vehicle game drive in search of the Big Five, accompanied by Tintswalo’s

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professional and knowledgeable rangers. During both of these experiences, guests will be enlightened with information concerning the local wildlife and ecosystem, and will be captivated by the stories that the rangers reveal about local Shangaan traditions. For guests who enjoy a gentle adrenalin rush, hot air ballooning is an unforgettable experience which provides an awe-inspiring view of the natural fauna and flora of the Kruger National Park. One of the most satisfying aspects of staying at the Tintswalo Safari Lodge is that each day’s activities can be arranged according to guests’ particular needs. As such, visitors get to decide when they would like to depart for morning game viewing, and whether they would like to indulge in a scrumptious breakfast in the bush, or delight in al fresco dining or high tea at the lodge. “Tintswalo” in the Shangaan language means the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that is bestowed upon someone who has given a meaningful and worthy gift. Once guests have indulged in a luxurious and stress relieving stay at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, they will leave with a new appreciation and understanding of this particular definition and this unique and beautiful place. For more information, visit www.tintswalo.com.

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Arriving at Villa Simonne in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Houghton is like discovering a timeless treasure trove. A golden statue of the Goddess Pomona welcomes you to the perfect fantasy getaway. Archways, barber chairs,

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he unique boutique retreat offers exemplary accommodation and function services for the discerning traveller and business executive, making it an exquisite alternative to conventional hotels and function venues. The estate’s stunning one-acre gardens, its amphitheatre, boma and 1920s-themed piano lounge create the setting for an unforgettable experience. An outdoor cinema and bar, tennis court, library, saloon/games room, tropical pool and sauna afford endless recreation options within the comfort of the Villa. Villa Simonne is an oasis for travellers who yearn to escape the common clinical hotel yet still desire the comfort, convenience and service offered by high-end business and leisure properties. Houghton is one of the oldest and most exclusive suburbs of Johannesburg and home to world-famous icons like Nelson Mandela and William Kentridge. Minutes away from the shopping, entertainment and business hubs of Sandton, Killarney, Rosebank and Braamfontein, the Villa is ideally situated for both the leisure and business traveller. Conveniently positioned on the Gautrain bus route, Villa Simonne’s central location allows easy access to the M1 motorway and OR Tambo international airport (approximately 25 minutes away). Two golf courses are within walking distance, as well as a Virgin Active gym, the Johannesburg Zoo, museums, parks and a range of other tourist attractions. The hotel’s 15 individually themed suites are inspired by the historic and literary character of the most enchanting cities of the world. From bohemian Paris to the flying carpets of Marrakesh, the dramatic décor of each suite is combined with uncompromising luxury, offering a unique and memorable stay. Reservations include a complimentary full English breakfast, secure parking, concierge service and free wireless internet throughout all common areas and suites. Airport transfers, tours, laundry facilities, holistic health care services, beauty treatments and delicious meals are available on request. Beyond providing warm and efficient service, the staff members at Villa Simonne treat guests to a judicious blend of presence and privacy, of personality and polite efficiency. Each suite is designed for comfort and is uniquely styled with custom-made furniture and art deco pieces to stimulate the imagination and enhance your experience. In line with its commitment to both choice and diversity, the Villa provides a tempting range of suites to choose from, including a range of standard and deluxe suites as well as two-room luxury apartments. Each suite features fine Italian linens, a flat screen television, DSTV, a telephone, a kitchenette with microwave, a bar fridge and tea & coffee facilities, an

en-suite bathroom and a private/semi-private outdoor terrace for relaxing or dining. Luxurious amenities in each bathroom include plush bathrobes, a hairdryer and Terra Firma’s custom-made bathroom amenities. Villa Simonne also offers a selection of outstanding venues for all occasions: conferences, weddings, high teas, corporate and team-building events as well as exclusive private parties. Residents are offered a discount on venue hire for functions and conferencing. The function venues and areas find their inspiration in the character and history of ancient cities and bygone eras . Each venue tells a story, offering a playful sophistication to any function. The venues listed below have been carefully selected to provide diversity in terms of atmosphere and function size, offering a refreshing alternative to conventional banquet halls and rooms. A function hosted at the Villa is always endowed with ambience, character and beauty. All functions are overseen by experienced event coordinators, ensuring attention to detail and impeccable service for an outstanding and unforgettable experience. For further information and reservations call +27 11 728 2011 or e-mail info@villasimonne.co.za. 18


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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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he trendy Atlantic Seaboard escape has reopened its doors with a fresh new face, sporting a light and airy seaside feel for the summer. The hotel is just a stone’s throw from Bantry Bay’s Queen’s Beach, a minute away from a romantic sunset stroll on the Sea Point promenade, five minutes away from the gorgeous bodies and super yachts of the famous Clifton beaches, around the corner from a host of great restaurants and a short drive away from the designer boutiques and endless entertainment on offer at the V&A Waterfront. Alternatively, guests can

simply enjoy the spectacular sea views from the hotel’s restaurant or pool. What really sets the Protea Hotel Sea Point apart from other four-star hotels is the mini self-catering kitchen in each room and suite. For those preferring to sit back and be served in luxury, Executive Chef Norman Heath has given the restaurant’s menu a complete overhaul, offering guests a choice of global cuisine with a distinctly South African flavour. For further information and reservations visit www.proteahotels.com/hotels/Pages/protea-hotel-sea-point.

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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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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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et high on the banks of the Umgeni River in Durban North, the Three Cities Riverside Hotel & Spa provides unparalleled views across a magnificent green belt that stretches from the river’s mouth across the Indian Ocean and towards Durban’s golden mile beachfront and the Bluff beyond. The four-star Durban hotel presents an authentic resort lifestyle, with 169 bedrooms and suites that offer quality comforts including satellite TV, telephones, lounging areas,

self-serve kitchenettes and three spectacular choices of view (over the city, the river, the gardens or the sea). An internet cafe is situated in the lobby and a conference centre (which is also perfect for weddings) boasting eight venues is ideally situated directly opposite the front entrance to the hotel. Guests can dine in style at the hotel’s Cafe Bali, with its European-South African ambiance and crisp finishes, plasma TV screens, scattered couches, top service and 24


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industry. Today the Group manages and markets over 32 quality tourism and leisure properties. Its distinctively unique portfolio of properties includes Exceptional Hotels and Exceptional Safari Lodges as well as three campuses of The International Hotel School (IHS). The Three Cities Group was also instrumental in the conceptualization and management of uShaka Marine World in Durban. For further information and reservations visit www.threecities.co.za/hotel/riverside.

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exquisitely presented meals. Alternatively, they can unwind with snacks and exotic cocktails at the tropical-style Mojo’s bar on the leisure terrace next to the pool. With its wealth of colourful influences, Durban is a Mecca of East meets West experiences. Known as Africa’s playground in the sun, the city offers a broad spectrum of adventure and water-based activities for fun-loving visitors. The Three Cities Group was formed in 1988 as a hospitality group offering specialised services in the tourism

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its extensive gaming options catering for big and small stakes, including more than 1 700 slot machines ranging from 5c to R100 entries, 70 gaming tables including American Roulette, Poker, Blackjack and Baccarat, plus the only Dice table in South Africa, the exclusive Montecasino Poker Lounge and 14 cashier stations. Beyond the thrill of the casino is a plethora of dazzling entertainment options, including the 15-screen Nu Metro cinema, which also boasts the Il Grande Theatre – the largest cinema screen in the southern hemisphere, the enchanting Skoobs Theatre of Books, the Magic Company Family Entertainment Centre, 70 retail and entertainment stores, over 20 restaurants and fast-food outlets inside Montecasino and another six al fresco-style restaurants on the Montecasino Piazza. Five-star conferencing and event facilities include La Toscana, Montecasino Conference Centre, the 700m² Montecasino Ballroom, The Pivot Conference Centre and conference rooms in the Palazzo hotel and Southern Sun Montecasino hotels.

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glittering casino, retail shopping, three distinctly different hotels, three theatres including the award-winning Teatro, an outdoor entertainment area, restaurants, bars, conference venues and a luxury office park are all perfectly packaged to offer local and international travellers and pleasure-seekers the very best in stylish entertainment options that deliver a unique and memorable experience. Visitors to Montecasino are treated to the Tuscan theming and lively buzz that is so much a part of the experience across all four corners of the property – an atmosphere that keeps them returning again and again. Add to this the broad range of unique and versatile five-star corporate hospitality, conferencing and events venues and facilities, myriad entertainment for all ages and gaming options for those seeking to chance their luck, ample parking and convenient location just off the main commuter routes, it is clear to see why Montecasino attracts in excess of nine million visitors annually. At the heart of the property lies the pulsating casino with

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Three distinctly different Tsogo Sun hotels provide accommodation to suit every budget and market – the deluxe upmarket 246-room Palazzo hotel, the premier Venetian-style 200-room Southern Sun Montecasino and Venetian-inspired restaurant, and the trendy 179-room SunSquare Montecasino hotel, targeted at the modern business tourist. The Pivot at Montecasino, a unique development located within the precinct, offers over 16 000m² of premier, modern office space, restaurants, the tranquil Lanna Lifestyle Spa, the Southern Sun Montecasino hotel, retail shopping and conferencing and events facilities. For those seeking a bird’s eye view of Johannesburg, Montecasino offers the Hyundai Balloon, which also happens to offer a spectacular vantage point from which to enjoy Johannesburg’s best-kept-secret, the Montecasino Bird Gardens, which house over 60 species of birds and the largest and most diverse private collection of South African Cycads in the world. For something with a distinct vibe, the open-air Montecasino Piazza, with its magical musical fountain and old-world bell tower, plays host to a wide variety of outdoor events and activations, including sporting entertainment and screenings, festivals, banquet dinners and local and international music concerts. The likes of the Ten Tenors and Julio Iglesias have been staged on the Piazza, and each year Boktown – recognized as the Best Place to Watch the Big Game – draws rugby supporters from far and wide.

The Outdoor Event Area, where Celine Dion made her South African debut, is also a diverse large-scale area utilised for magical events such as the SA Tattoo, Taste of Joburg, the SA Tennis Open and Madame Zingara – Theatre of Dreams. Theatre-lovers can enjoy one of the many live shows on offer in the Pieter Toerien Theatre, the Studio Theatre or in the pride of Montecasino, the Teatro at Montecasino – a state-of-the-art lyric theatre. The 1 800-seat award-winning Teatro at Montecasino opened with the spectacular, recordbreaking Disney’s The Lion King, and has since become home to world-class theatre productions and large-scale musicals such as Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera and Dirty Dancing. Nightlife and entertainment of every variety can be experienced at Montecasino’s nightclubs, bars and entertainment hotspots, including some of the trendiest places to be seen in Johannesburg. Montecasino’s loyalty programme offers members diverse entertainment-related benefits including entertainment and dining discounts, movie tickets, special retail offers and much more – and sign up is free. Montecasino is ideally located for local, national and international visitors; situated only a few hundred metres from the off-ramps of major highways from Pretoria, the East Rand, the West Rand, O.R. Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport. For further information and reservations visit www.montecasino.co.za.

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verandas overlooking the Breede River, as well as in tents or in dormitories. Be sure to try out the line-up of OBiKWA wines when you’re ready to take a break from all the action. There’s a different OBiKWA variety for each day of the week so be sure to stock up on these quality, pocket-friendly wines. The Bundi Half Day Outing is offered daily and costs R550 per person, which includes gear, a light breakfast and lunch. For more information on the Bundi river adventures visit www.bundi.co.za, call + 27 21 975 9727 or e-mail info@bundi.co.za. For more information on the wide range of down-to-earth easy-drinking OBiKWA wines visit www.obikwa.com, join the OBiKWA tribe on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @ObikwaWines. 30


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the rose garden. The wine’s litchi, pineapple and Turkish delight characteristics are very alluring and its sweetness is more suggested than overt, enlivened by good acidity. It closes on a lovely, lingering finish,” he explains. Macici enjoys the wine as an aperitif or with fruity curries and fragrant Thai and Indian dishes made with butter or coconut milk, Cantonese and Schezhuan seafood and poultry dishes. “It also makes a great partner to fruit flans,” he adds. The Beautiful Lady joins The Anchorman, a wooded Chenin blanc; The Young Airhawk, a wooded Sauvignon blanc; The Brewmaster, a Bordeaux-style red; and The Motorcycle Marvel, a Rhône-style red, to complete the Heritage Heroes collection. The whites are available from Nederburg in Paarl for R95 a bottle and the reds for R110. The wines are also available from the Vinoteque, fine dining establishments and selected fine wine shops. For further information and orders visit www.nederburg.com.

he single-vineyard Gewürztraminer returns the varietal to the Nederburg portfolio after an interval of 15 years. The new wine is sourced from the same Stellenbosch farm used by Günter Brözel to produce the Gewürztraminer entry that earned him the title of Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 1985. “The gracefully aromatic wine with a subtle sweetness is the ideal accompaniment to aromatic and spicy dishes,” says cellar master Razvan Macici. It also extends the food pairing repertoire of the Heritage Heroes line-up that includes two wooded whites and two red blends. The Beautiful Lady takes its name from a description of Ilse Graue, the wife of Johann Graue, a German immigrant who bought Nederburg in 1937. He is credited with introducing far-reaching wine-growing and winemaking changes at Nederburg. Ilse brought her own changes to Nederburg, remodelling the 1800 manor house to accommodate her Bechstein piano and to include a second storey for the bedrooms. “She brought a gracious sense of hospitality to Nederburg, planting a fine rose garden that still occupies pride of place in our garden,” says Macici. It was former winemaker Günter Brözel who called her “the beautiful lady”. She made him feel welcome when he joined Nederburg as winemaker in 1953. Ilse moved from Nederburg to Hermanus when she was widowed in 1959 and lived there until her own death 25 years later. Macici believes the elegant, fragrant and lively wine with a haunting, almost elusive sweetness is an apt tribute to Ilse. “The rose petal aromatics remind us of

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revamped. Promising a true Simonsig experience, some of the seasonal newcomers on the menu include new taste sensations such as decadent carrot risotto with a drizzle of white chocolate sauce, seared home-farmed trout and beef fillet with oxtail truffles. “In addition to relying on local produce as far as we can in all our dishes, we aim to reduce our carbon footprint even further by making use of our own Simonsig homefarmed trout,” adds Lucas. On the Cuvée terrace and wooden deck, guests can enjoy al fresco indulgences whilst soaking up the breathtaking views of the Simonsberg mountains and sipping on wines crafted from the surrounding vineyards. Cuvée is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 12h00 and 15h00 and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 19h00 until 22h00. Private evening functions and parties can be reserved in Simonsig’s stylish Van Niekerk Room. For further information and reservations call +27 21 888 4932, e-mail cuvee@simonsig.co.za or visit www.cuveeatsimonsig.co.za.

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ake a culinary road trip down memory lane and taste the essence of the Cape’s historic flavours at Cuvée restaurant amidst the Simonsig vineyards. Adding some spice to locally sourced ingredients, Chef Lucas Carstens has designed a brand new lunch menu combining traditional South African favourites with a quirky flavour twist. The new line-up includes yesteryear favourites from Cape fishcakes with homemade masala mayo and ox tongue dressed with traditional sweet mustard sauce to juicy aged rib eye steak with peach mampoer butter and crispy onions. In true South African style, Cuvée guests can savour lamb ribs braaied over real coals, guaranteed to be a winner with foreign guests looking for traditional home turf food. Chef Lucas shares: “I love experimenting with beautiful, seasonal ingredients, focusing on local, traditional dishes.” “My team and I want to showcase the best of Cape food and introduce guests to our rich food heritage,” he continues. In addition to the new light summer menu, the restaurant’s a la carte Gastronomic Menu has also been

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appy New Year everyone! With the festivities now over, we all need to give our bodies a break from the lovely but no doubt overindulgent month gone by. I like to spend about a week on a detox and wellness kick to restore balance and energy levels at the beginning of a new year. My traditional detox consists mainly of eating a combination of negative calorie foods, particularly vegetables that are either lightly steamed or raw, and generously seasoned with strong and delicious flavours so my taste buds trick my body into thinking the festive season continues. Negative calorie foods are ingredients that have a lower calorie content per serving than the calories the body expends to digest the food. With this in mind I developed this month’s fusion recipe, which is based on one of my favourite African dishes - Morogo. Also known as African wild spinach, Morogo refers to a group of at least three different dark green leafy vegetables including but not limited to spinach, pumpkin leaves, wild plants and even beetroot tops. Considered a traditional South African dish, Morogo forms an important part of the staple diet of many rural communities.

Ingredients • 1 cup snow peas • 4 cups mixed green leaves (get creative and mix up any or all of the following: spinach, pumpkin leaves, beetroot tops, Chinese cabbage, etc.) • 300ml or ½ pint chicken or vegetable stock • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard Preparation 1. Mix stock and whole grain mustard and heat over medium heat 2. Reduce the liquid by half 3. Roughly tear the green leaves after washing thoroughly 4. Add snow peas and gently steam on medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes 5. Place steamed vegetables in a shallow soup bowl 6. Add dill to stock and pour over vegetables

This dish is not only packed with flavour, but also has a protein content of up to 36% as well as being rich in iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. The mustard brings in the calcium and dill is a known anti-oxidant. Just what you need to kick start your new year in a healthy and delicious way!

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Pick of the Best Why not learn more about South Africa, its people and its animals through some of the country’s most classic books, both old and new? Here’s our selection of the best this month… Text & Image: © Penguin Books SA

A Prisoner in the Garden – Opening Nelson Mandela’s Prison Archive

Jock of the Bushveld Sir Percy Fitzpatrick Before the turn of the twentieth century, when the lure of gold was bringing men from all corners of the earth to the Transvaal, a young man from Cape Town found himself a bull-terrier puppy who would become one of the most famous hunting dogs in South African history.

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory A veritable South African tome, the collection constitutes a record of Mandela’s more than 27 years in prison. It includes rare photographs, Mandela’s handwritten notes to family, friends and the authorities, his personal diaries and notes, official records, medical records and legal documents, making it an extraordinary representation of prison life for a man who never gave up the fight for freedom.

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Fransje van Riel Human emotion and animal instinct meet poignantly when two six-week-old leopard cubs become the charge of 22-year-old game ranger Graham Cooke at Londolozi Game Reserve in Limpopo.

Gareth Crocker Escaping an England crippled by the Great War, twin brothers Edward and Derek Hughes head to South Africa where, soon after their arrival, they discover a rare Desert Elephant – an animal believed by many to be a myth.

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Marguerite Poland A beautiful illustrated memoir of a life enchanted by the birds of South Africa.

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

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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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Located in Strand Street, in the heart of the city of Cape Town

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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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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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spectacular views from its eighteen spacious rooms. 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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.


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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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Villa Simonne

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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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National Airways Corporation

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

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The Three Cities Group 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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Chef Rueben Riffel’s passion for creating fine yet uncomplicated cuisine is celebrated at his top yet laid-back restaurant in Franschhoek.

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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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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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Indigo Helicopters offers helicopter pilot training (CAA/0348) by PPL and CPL instructors, hour building towards a commercial license and conversions and type ratings at a CAA approved training facility.

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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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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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No 19 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, 7690 Tel: 021 876 3772 Fax: 021 876 4464 reservations@reubens.co.za www.reubens.co.za

Bookings essential two weeks in advance * Eat Out Johnnie Walker Restaurant of the Year 2005 * Eat Out Johnnie Walker Chef of the Year 2005 * Unilever Foodsolutions By Invitation Only Chef of the Year 2007


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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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River Lodge

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

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

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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

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

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

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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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Corporate Boutique Hotel 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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: 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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The Vineyard on Ballito

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mopane Bush Lodge

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

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

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Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa

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

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

Pondoro Game Lodge

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

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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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

Porcupine Ridge Guest House

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

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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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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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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Protea Hotel Mafikeng

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

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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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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Mattanu Private Game Reserve

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

New Holme Karoo Guest Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asara Wine Estate & Hotel

Steenberg Hotel

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

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

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Tintswalo Atlantic

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

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

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

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

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

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

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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 read

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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

1026

Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

Tourist Info

+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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