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

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Tintswalo Atlantic is situated off Chapman’s Peak Drive outside Hout Bay. It is the only lodge, in Cape Town, nestled on the Atlantic Ocean’s water’s edge. Every suite along the shoreline is decorated to emulate an island of the world with en-suite bathrooms in each. All ten Island Suites, as well as the Presidential Suite, open to the most incredible view of the Sentinel, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. These views are superb from sunrise to sunset. The Executive Chef will happily allow interaction in the open-plan kitchen and encourages guests to enjoy her culinary creations beyond just breakfast. The pebbled beach directly in front of the lodge is secluded and sheltered from Cape winds and forms one of the boundaries of the Table Mountain National Park. As Tintswalo Atlantic is tucked away within the Table Mountain National Park, globally known for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora, it lends itself to be the ultimate Atlantic Ocean retreat.

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


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Cape Town International Jazz Festival The 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28 to 29 March this year. Festival-goers will be spoilt for choice and face the challenge of how to divide their time over the weekend of fabulous music and entertainment. Rashid Lombard, CEO of espAfrika and founder of what is considered ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’, stated: “This year’s line-up is set to spark and ignite an even grander and more energetic experience than ever before, perfectly setting the tone for the next 15 years of JazzFest.” This year’s stellar line-up includes esteemed local and international musicians the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim, Jimmy Dludlu, Mi Casa and dozens more. www.capetownjazzfest.com

Bot River Barrels & Beards Festival Now in its 3rd year, the ever-popular Bot River Barrels & Beards Festival, one of the quirkiest wine events on the circuit, invites enthusiasts to share in the fruit of the Overberg winemakers’ labour and to have fun with the locals at the same time. Themed ‘The Good Old Way’, the event takes place on Anysbos Farm in the Bot River Valley on Saturday 5 April. Offerings include barrel tastings of the latest cool-climate, quality wines from this unspoilt winelands pocket as well as a raging beard parade complete with ‘formal’ judging of the boldest beard in Bot River. Guests can also indulge in a terroirto-table three-course dinner of unique tastes and produce from the area whilst enjoying foot-stomping entertainment by a lively marimba band and a traditional ‘boereorkes’. www.botriverwines.com 10


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With its panoramic views and immaculate sprawling lawns, Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek is the perfect food and wine destination for the whole family. Known for bespoke wine tastings in a magnificent setting, the Terra del Capo Tasting Room boasts a beautifully landscaped garden under the shade of olive trees in front of the venue. Created with privacy and comfort in mind, the garden is divided into individual dining areas, each accommodating parties of up to eight guests. This makes it the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends while soaking up the picturesque views of the Franschhoek valley and surrounds. www.rupertwines.com

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Continuing the journey to raise funds for rhino awareness and protection, the Shamwari Group is proud to announce that it has raised R5 million for the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Campaign, an initiative to help save our endangered African rhinos. Three of the Shamwari Group properties Shamwari Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Jock Safari Lodge - have, over the last two years, taken part in the Forever Wild campaign by offering guests a discounted rate if they donate a minimum of R150 per person per night when making their booking. Shamwari Group then donates R100 for every bed night sold on this offer. The initiative started in March 2012 and will continue throughout 2014. www.shamwarigroup.com

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021 876 3547 info@dutcheast.co.za www.dutcheast.co.za 42 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, South Africa

Dutch East cuisine is a unique combination of uncomplicated bistro fare, full of traditional South African flavours with healthy portions perfectly presented. The combination of delicate Asian flavours with robust local ingredients creates a subtle yet balanced experience. We specialise in the preparation of meat and seafood. From home smoked bacon, bresaola biltong, dry aged steaks to fresh line fish and daily specials. Open Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week!

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rue to its superior five-star status, the unique establishment is characterized by the unison of personalized attention, plush interiors and a striking infusion of art. It is a space where over-the-top drama enters into a comfortable play with signature minimalism in an exceptional presentation. Guests entering Fusion step into a world where art, cuisine, texture and comfort prevail in a visual and sensory feast. The look throughout the hotel is based on a marriage of the old and the new. Bold statements come to the fore in present-day design, detailed paintings and extravagant sculptures. Guests will find endless contrasts, such as gold teaming up with green or wood pairing with crystal. Guests can enjoy a number of sensory delights at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Saskia – named after Rembrandt’s wife and muse. Seated amidst modern versions of traditional paintings by the master, restaurant patrons are treated to the Executive Chef’s fusions of traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. There is also the option of a terrace lunch or a private dining experience in one of the separate dedicated areas. The restaurant lends itself to intimate birthday parties or anniversary dinners in the wine cellar, which plays host to a distinct vintage selection. The pleasures of the coffee bar are guaranteed to leave caffeine addicts as well as those less inclined to the addictive black gold satisfied. Hotel guests can luxuriate in 30 lavishly decorated junior suites and three themed master suites. The marble bathrooms are fully equipped with under-floor heating

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impossible, and guests may very well prefer a celebration in the multi-purpose wine cellar to a more traditional set-up. Wedding couples can enjoy the honeymoon suite, which has its own terrace, dining area and outside leisure room leading onto a private garden. Fusion Boutique Hotel is a winning concept based on a combination of luxury and only the best service offered by a well-trained staff committed to making every guest’s stay a most memorable experience. Destined to become one of the world’s hippest hang outs, Fusion is fit for any king or queen – whether of the blue jeans and sneakers or the ball gown and stilettos persuasion. For further information and reservations call +27 15 291 4042 or e-mail reservations@fusionhotel.co.za.

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and heated towel rails. Special extras such as in-room massage, bath and pillow menus, 24hour cappuccino and latte service and a personalized mini bar complete the experience. Four conference rooms complete with smaller breakaway areas cater for up to 200 guests. The facility, decorated in dramatic black and gold and adorned with the works of well-known local artists, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The venue is ideal for company launches, workshops, dinners and other corporate events. Specially designed conferencing gifts and menus add bespoke finishing touches to any function. At Fusion Boutique Hotel every wedding party is ensured royal treatment. Nothing is considered

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ituated 440km from OR Tambo Airport and 65km from Hoedspruit, the three hectare private family holiday lodge entered into the public sphere in 2005 when it was upgraded, entering the Big 5 lodge market. Since then it has grown into the ideal Big 5 destination, catering for families of varying sizes as well as for couples seeking a more private and intimate getaway. “We are privileged to have entered into a partnership with the Three Cities Group. To be associated with one of the top hotel groups in South Africa has led to great excitement at our lodge. We trust and know that we will only benefit from being able to draw from the renowned expertise and resources of the Group within the safari industry,” says Venter. Three Cities Group Managing Director John Creighton says that the Group is looking forward to enhancing and fulfilling the Indlovu River Lodge’s vision. “South Africa is one of the most popular safari destinations in the world and the Indlovu River Lodge is the ideal destination for local and international guests seeking a unique safari experience in the African bushveld. The game activities provide a very good chance of spotting the Big 5, Africa’s most sought after animals, and the safe lodge surroundings, children’s programme and outdoor activities make the lodge an attractive destination for families,” says Creighton.

The lodge is currently managed by Stuart Barr and Sandra Kessler Barr, who both bring a wealth of international experience and are also well versed in Italian and German. The lodge’s history began in 1992, fulfiling the Venter’s dream of living in the bush. The family discovered a piece of land next to the Kuvjename River, immediately fell in love with it and decided to move from the city to the bush. Within a few years four chalets were built, in which the family lived together. Over the years Dawn Venter, with her passionate green fingers, has nurtured a blooming garden with numerous indigenous trees from the bushveld. The land was formerly used for cattle farming but in 1998 the seven landowners decided to drop their fences and create a Big 5 conservancy. Wild animals were gradually re-introduced, with elephants and lions strolling through the Venter’s gardens. The lodge surrounds subsequently had to be fenced to keep pesky tuskers from destroying the gardens. The Venter family always wanted to share their little piece of paradise with other people. After their sons moved on, the idea of a private game lodge was born and soon after that its gates opened to travelling guests. Describing the chalet offerings and unique layout, Venter says: “Three generously laid out chalets, each with swimming pools and bomas, as well as three private double suites are available to our guests. Each 20


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info@leopardmountain.co.za +27 (0)35 595 8218 www.leopardmountain.co.za building is built of stone with thatch roofing and named after one of the famous tuskers: Kambaku, Shingwedzi, Shawu and Ndlulamithi.” “Because we like to deliver a personal and guest-oriented service we aim to accommodate no more than ten guests at the lodge at a time. Each group of guests is booked into its own private chalet or superior suite to ensure maximum privacy and exclusivity,” he continues. The lodge currently offers early morning and late afternoon game drives on the 9000 hectare Karongwe Game Reserve. Guests may encounter the Big 5 on the reserve, with leopards, giraffe, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena and numerous nocturnal species such as genets, civets, porcupine, bush babies and aardvark spotted occasionally. The lodge also offers guided bush walks with a qualified trail guide as an alternative to the drives. Bird lovers at the lodge are in for a treat, as the reserve boasts more than 350 species of bird. The lodge features several bird baths scattered throughout its beautifully tended gardens, as well as a custom built look-out point. The Three Cities Group manages and markets over 32 quality tourism and leisure properties and has a strong network of specialists working out of Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, United Kingdom and Germany. Its distinctively unique portfolio of properties includes Exceptional Hotels and Exceptional Safari Lodges as well as three campuses of The International Hotel School (IHS). Its

expansive portfolio of properties offers a diverse range of Africa’s finest hotels, resorts and game lodges situated in the major tourist and business centres of Africa. For further information and reservations call +27 861 000 333.

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Shumbalala Game Lodge is an exclusive and tranquil haven in the midst of the vast bushveld of the Thornybush Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Here lucky guests can look forward to hearing the call of the wild, as well as getting up close and personal with members of the country’s majestic Big Five.

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t is with a sense of adventure that you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the bough of a Jackalberry tree, a hyena giving you a languid yellow gaze in the gathering dusk, a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through a thicket in search of sweet reeds, or a surprise sunrise encounter with a pride of lions on the prowl. This is the world of Shumbalala Game Lodge, where tales of sightings are recounted over a glass of the finest wine in the cellar or over dinner on the deck, with its panoramic

view of the waterhole out on the edge of the savannah. Unspoiled and untainted by the world beyond, stoneclad Shumbalala (which means “where the lion sleeps”) is a five-star journey for the soul, set beneath shady African trees lining the Monwana River. Along the banks of this river you will spot a myriad of animals from your position in a cane wing-back chair poised on a teak deck. Lodging is comprised of four luxury suites, all of which have elegantly inspired décor with all the facilities,

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including overhead fans, air conditioning, open fireplaces, and glass fronts with private viewing decks looking onto the magical African bush. Bathrooms, including open-air showers, have their own picture windows to watch the wild world go by as you wash off the heat of the day. The Presidential Suite, which comprises two bedrooms, also includes a private dining room, lounge, pool and fireside facilities. Lazy afternoons are spent around the pool and followed by evening game drives, topped off with a sumptuous feast. Dinner is taken either fireside on the lodge deck positioned above the riverbed, or in the candle-lit dining room during winter. Shumbalala Game Lodge is an inimitable sanctuary where the African wild is disturbed only by the quiet appreciation of guests being waited upon in lavish surroundings. Close encounters of a different kind are the experiences that will linger in your memory long after your visit to Shumbalala Game Lodge. This is truly an African safari not to be missed. For reservations and current special offers, visit www.shumbalala.co.za or email sales@thornybush.co.za. 26


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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 current special offers, including a complimentary night, complimentary dinner or spa packages visit our website at www.fch.co.za Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3386

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the vineyards in cold, moist air. The cellar is modern but, taking its cue from the Castle of Good Hope, a triangular lookout named the “Bastion” ploughs forward like the prow of a ship into the vineyards below. The theme is repeated on the smaller wooden deck linking the tasting area to the renosterveld garden. The relaxed indoor and outdoor areas of the cellar are

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he Durbanville Hills cellar, which is only a 20-minute drive from the city centre, is synonymous with Cape Town. Here you can enjoy breathtaking views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island. The wines produced reflect the unique terroir of endless valleys, slopes and the cool climate brought about by the South Easter, which blows over the Atlantic and drenches

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comfortable and contemporary, offering a variety of settings in which to enjoy artisan cheeses, breads and meats, biltong or chocolate and wine pairings as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner in the newly refurbished restaurant. In Cape Town’s city centre, an Underground tour of Cape Town in the subterranean throughways that date back to the mid 1600s offers a thrilling adventure. Cape Town was once known as “Little Amsterdam” in a time when canals and rivers acted as routes of travel and supplied the Company Gardens and ships with fresh water. The tunnels are located under the busy streets of the city centre and a guided tour starts at the Castle of Good Hope. The Biscuit Mill in Woodstock has become somewhat of an institution in the Mother City, with its collection of art, craft, fashion and design shops. On Saturdays the bustling, vibey Neighbourgoods market brims with organic and fresh foods to enjoy there or to take home. Still in Woodstock, the edgy What if the World art gallery is a must see. The venue provides a platform for emerging young artists to exhibit their work during regular art events and workshops. The Book Lounge in Roeland Street is a magical literary world where rare books, poetry readings and story-telling meet. Have a coffee in their lounge area, speak to the knowledgeable staff and find joy in paging through one of their vast selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Just up the road, the Labia Theatre on Orange Street

is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa, showing independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema and other alternative art circuit films. It’s also the only cinema where you can relax and enjoy a drink from the bar whilst watching a movie! Once you’ve explored your cultural side, head to Long Street for some trendy shopping and partying. It’s one of the best places for a night out, offering everything from elegant dining to clubbing. And finally, celebrate Cape Town’s breathtaking natural beauty by enjoying a bike ride along the Sea Point promenade, hiking up Lion’s Head on a full moon night or soaking up the sun at Camps Bay beach. With so much to choose from, there’s never an excuse to spend even a single dull moment in the beautiful Mother City.

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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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freshly grated lime zest. Perfect for the summer, it is best enjoyed with a grilled squid salad with celery leaf pesto, orzo risotto with buttery shrimp or spaghetti with lemon, chilli and creamy spinach. The Terra del Capo Pinot Grigio is available directly from the farm or from select wine outlets. For further information visit www.rupertwines.com or contact +27 21 874 9041.

he Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and Terra del Capo Pinot Grigio 2013 are perfect wines to savour whilst making the most of the warmer weather. The Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 forms part of the Cape of Good Hope range, terroir-specific wines created in recognition of South Africa’s 350-year-old vinous heritage. The first vintage was launched in 2010, as a result of the Old Vines Initiative. This initiative was introduced by Johann Rupert who took on the wine mantle of the Rupert family following the untimely death of his brother, renowned winemaker Anthonij, in 2001. Winemaker Mark van Buuren describes this wine as displaying appealing tropical fig and pear aromas with granadilla and lemon zest adding brightness and vivacity, with exquisite ripe tropical flavours in the mouth. The fig, gooseberry, granadilla and lemon zest come though beautifully, resulting in a vibrant and lively wine with well integrated acidity. The palate is textured and round with good mouth feel, allowing the wine to finish on a light, dry, flinty note. The Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is available from the farm and at selected wine outlets throughout South Africa. It is the perfect wine to enjoy on its own or partnered with dishes such as scallop ceviche with avocado and tomato dressing, sushi, sticky pork ribs with lime, chilli and ginger, baked chevre with salad greens or sautéed prawns served with grilled lemon and a toasted sesame seed dressing. Last year the wine was selected as one of the Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in South Africa at the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Challenge. An Italian style varietal, the Terra del Capo Pinot Grigio 2013 is the ultimate food-friendly wine. It was developed by the late Anthonij Rupert, who not only believed that South African soils were well suited to growing Italian grape varietals, but who also had a love for Italy and the natural synergy between good food and wine. “The perfect summer tipple”, as Mark describes the wine, is available in a screw cap bottle. It displays aromas of tangy light peach and golden apple with a hint of stone fruit and floral aromas. The palate is equally light, with a brush of honeysuckle richness and the vibrancy of 34


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lunch between 12:00 and 16:00. Ommiberg Round the Rock tickets are available at R100 per head and can be purchased from Webticket and participating farms. Children under 18 enter free of charge. To book for the Nederburg historical tour and lunch, call +27 21 877 5173 or send an e-mail to nedwines@distell.co.za. For The Red Table-specific queries, call +27 21 877 5155. or send an e-mail to theredtable@nederburg.co.za. For Ommiberg Round the Rock-specific information, contact the organisers on +27 82 787 4118 or send an e-mail to info@paarlwine.co.za.

ake your way to Nederburg during this year’s Ommiberg Round the Rock Festival for a host of delicious wine and food discoveries. On Saturday 8 March, Nederburg will offer a fascinating experience focusing on the history of the farm and of the beautiful Paarl Valley. Proceedings will kick off at 09:00 with a refreshing glass of Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut, followed by a vineyard and cellar tour, a visit to Nederburg’s museum, and a sumptuous lunch at The Red Table restaurant in the manor house. Guests will also get to taste the Nederburg Heritage Heroes range of five wines, each named in honour of a personality who has played a role in shaping the history of Nederburg. The experience, at R300 a head, is available to the first 30 who book and pre-pay. Other activities will also be on offer. Visitors will be able to stomp grapes that have just been harvested in the vineyards, taste some young wines from the 2014 vintage straight from the tank or barrel, and compare them with their slightly older equivalents already in the bottle. There will also be delicious Zwiebelkuchen (onion tart) to snack on as long as supplies last. Live music will keep visitors entertained in front of the manor house, where a variety of tasty foods like prego rolls and pizzas will be on sale in the lush gardens. The Red Table will also be serving dishes from its à la carte menu. There will be food, drinks and entertainment for children. The tasting of young wines with Zwiebelkuchen will also be offered on Sunday 9 March, with The Red Table serving

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with strawberry flavours. With Ryan’s emphasis on creating an authentic Haute Cabrière dining experience for vegetarians, he not only showcases his versatility but his commitment to embracing a global reality. Haute Cabrière’s Tasting Room and Restaurant are both situated on Franschhoek Pass (Lambrecht Street) in Franschhoek. The six-course vegetarian tasting menu is available for dinner at R595. Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant is open for lunch from 12:00 until 15:00 Tuesday to Sunday, and for dinner from 19:00 to 21:00 Tuesday to Saturday. For reservations and enquiries call +27 21 876 8500 or e-mail reservations@cabriere.co.za.

In the kitchen, we talk about root to flower eating,” says Haute Cabrière Chef Ryan Shell with an excited twinkle in his eye. “Vegetables are such a fantastic way to showcase what’s in season,” he adds. “I’m eating more and more vegetarian these days,” he enthuses. With the new vegetable garden at Haute Cabrière estate, Ryan is spoiled for seasonal choice. “We create our dishes around the fantastic produce from the ground: whether it’s asparagus, baby fennel, turnips, salads, beetroot or pea shoots,” he says. Take, for example, the smoked ricotta ravioli which, like all dishes at Haute Cabrière, can be enjoyed as a starter or main course, and is served with various textures of beetroot: roasted cubes, pickled pieces, crispy leaves and a purée of the earthy bright vegetable on the plate highlight the smoky creaminess of the ricotta perfectly. Vegetarian options at the restaurant are also expertly paired with the estate’s Pierre Jourdan and Haute Cabrière range of wines and Cap Classiques. Ryan emphasises that vegetarian dishes are not merely meaty dishes with the protein removed. “The vegetarian dishes have fantastic integrity - they are wholesome and utterly delicious.” Camembert mousse with sweet baby tomatoes is tangy and fresh, while smoked aubergine with pinot noir and pecorino gnocchi is richly delicious. Dishes are artfully plated - the ingredients treated with obvious technical proficiency and the refinement of a homemade aesthetic. The kitchen revels in these homemade products, from breads to preserves. A dessert special of passion fruit mousse, meringue, lavender jelly, passion fruit curd and raspberry sorbet is a taste explosion of fresh, fruity decadence, while the assiette of strawberry celebrates this favourite summer fruit with a Swiss roll, champagne tartlet, caramel panna cotta and deep-fried ice cream all infused

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o know South Africa is to accept the bitter with the sweet - as one would in the flavour of a good marmalade. My love of food means that I will always try to interpret my experience and knowledge of my home country as creatively as the culinary arts will allow - sometimes more figuratively than literally. Johannesburg - the city of gold (eGoli in Zulu) - which beats its unique rhythm fuelled by veins of sweet yellow gold, was bitterly built on the shoulders of African migrant workers. Unfortunately many of these men were settled in the deceptively named Orange Farm, an informal settlement that should not be forgotten. It is this bitter/sweet mix of South African culture that infuses the creation of this month’s recipe.

Method 1. Wash and dry the oranges and lemon. Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemon and add it to a large pot. Reserve the pips and orange halves but discard the remains of the lemon. Add 2.5 liters (5 pints) of cold water and the star anise to the juice. 2. Cut the orange halves in half again and scrape the pith and pips into a large square of muslin. Tie the muslin to form a bag. Add the bag to the pan and tie the string ends to the handle of the pan. 3. Cut the orange peels into fine strips and add to the pan. Bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours until the peel is very soft and the liquid has been reduced by half. 4. Remove the muslin bag but squeeze as much juice back into the pan as possible. Add the sugar to the pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. 5. Boil the mixture rapidly for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and spoon a little marmalade onto a chilled saucer. Leave for a few seconds and then push with your finger. If the surface wrinkles, the marmalade is ready. If not, boil for a further 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat the wrinkle test until the correct consistency is achieved. 6. Remove the star anise and let the marmalade rest for 15 minutes before stirring in the whisky and mixed spice. 7. Place the marmalade in prepared jars (heat jars and lids in boiling water for about 5 minutes), place the jars upside down to make sure that they are correctly sealed, and allow the marmalade to cool.

Ingredients • 1kg (2.2lb) Seville oranges • 1 lemon • 2kg (4.4lb) preserving sugar • ¾ cup whisky • 1/2 tsp mixed spice • 1 star anise

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Back to the Bush James Hendry The tale of a second year at Sasekile Private Game Reserve for Angus MacNaughton, his brother Hugh and the mélange of outlandish characters who staff and visit the lodge. Presented in the form of Angus’s weekly journal entries, the novel recounts the hilarious goings-on in the bush, detailing everything from marauding baboons and rogue elephants to drunken chefs and bizarre romances. Readers are guaranteed to be entertained by the hilarious antics as well as the striking beauty of the African landscape as described in the lively book.

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Mervyn King with Teodorina Lessidrenska A highly informative exploration of the current state of the Earth – from climate change to the ongoing water and energy crises, and from issues of waste to tourism, transportation, urban planning and sustainability reporting. The book charts how governments, companies and individuals – as homeowners, consumers, citizens, voters, investors and shareholders – all need to contribute to ensure that the Earth’s assets of land, air and water are passed on to future generations in a sustainable state.

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Categories of Persons Megan Jones and Jacob Dlamini As ongoing controversies demonstrate, race and identity continue to galvanise and polarize public opinion in South Africa. Categories of Persons challenges the rhetoric of contemporary race and social discourse and offers alternative ways of looking at how we present ourselves and relate to one another in South Africa today. From taxi rides and cross-dressing to inter-race marriages and living with disability, the personal and evocative contributions by leading thinkers are guaranteed to challenge assumptions and transcend racial and social stereotyping.

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Claire Keeton and Marianne Schwankhart Wild Weekends offers a collection of 34 weekend destinations to which readers can escape on various adventures. There are destinations from all over South Africa, as well as from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Rock climbing, cycling, hiking, caving, horse riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, sailing, skydiving, microlighting, sandboarding and skiing are just some of the activities covered.

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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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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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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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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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Accommodation is available in 30 lavishly adorned junior and three themed master suites. Special extras include the likes of in-room massage, a bath and pillow menu, 24hour cappuccino and latte service and mini bars stocked to guests’ preference. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Saskia, offers traditional favourites with a modern gourmet twist. Terrace lunches and private dining in separate dedicated areas are also available. A coffee bar completes the unique offering. Four conference rooms, each with smaller break-away areas, cater for up to 200 guests. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is ideal for company launches, workshops, dinners and other corporate events. Specially designed conferencing gifts and menus complete the bespoke experience.

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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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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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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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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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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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hotel experience in Mauritius THE ESSENCE OF SHEER LUXURY If you’re looking for a totally indulgent tropical hideaway, where stunning architectural design meets relaxed luxury, Constance Le Prince Maurice is the place to head. Elegant and striking, this place will seduce you from the moment you arrive.

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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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Fusion Boutique Hotel

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: 4 Schoeman St, Polokwane Tel: +27 15 291 4042 E-mail: reservations@fusionhotel.co.za Web: www.fusionboutiquehotel.co.za

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

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

Waterberg Convention Centre

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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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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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

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

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05Useful Numbers Police

10111

Ambulance/Fire

10177

Travel Clinic

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

Travel Vaccine Helpline

+27 860 160 160

National Info & Safety Line

+27 83 123 2345

Airport Information (ACSA

+27 86 727 7888

Weatherlin

082 162

Time

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Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

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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