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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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where Credit is Due “A great part of the pleasure of travel lies in the fulfillment of early wishes to escape.” – Sigmund Freud April can be a difficult month for many. The year has already dealt a few months’ worth of blows, yet most of us still have a few more to go before being able to take a decent break. In this month’s issue we focus on attaining true escapism in a short period of time – perhaps even over the Easter long weekend, for those of us celebrating it with some welldeserved time off. Our beautiful cover estate offers a secluded hideaway complete with therapeutic pampering and hearty country-style cuisine just a few hours from the airport. While the Three Cities Hospitality Group’s Imvubu Lodge is a gateway to the unspoilt beaches of the Indian Ocean, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel presents a holistic escape within city precincts.

To top it all off, Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Wildlife Reserve offers bespoke Easter and winter escapes in the true heart of the wilderness. For those remaining close to home, we present inspiration in the form of creative food and wine ideas, as well as a selection of novels that will allow you to escape to mythical forests and historical milestones from the comfort of your own home. Whatever form your escape takes, we hope that it’s a magical one. Enjoy the mag!

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New Look for Sanbona Wildlife Reserve’s Dwyka Tented Lodge Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Cape Town has scheduled the grand opening of its new look Dwyka Tented Lodge for 1 September 2014. The months leading up to the opening will give the team the opportunity to create something even more special for guests to experience whilst retaining the feel and ambience for which Dwyka has become locally and internationally renowned. Comments Shamwari Group General Manager Joe Cloete, “As a result of the recent flood we feel this is the perfect opportunity to create a new look Dwyka Tented Lodge and take the accommodation, private spa decks, leisure areas and Relaxation Retreat to a new level of utter luxury.” Industry and guests can keep up to date via social media and the Shamwari Group reservations team. www.sanbona.com

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival The annual Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival returns to Cape Town on 3 May 2014. Wine estates of the Elgin Valley will be open for wine tastings as well as offering mouth-watering luncheons and top-class entertainment. The festival offers wine enthusiasts and leisure seekers the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Elgin Valley, while also discovering a wide variety of fine wines from the unique wine route just an hour outside of Cape Town. The festival has been divided into three sections - morning, lunch and afternoon - starting at 09h30 and coming to an end at 17h00. Each estate offers not just the chance to explore the wines produced, but also a presentation of the rich culture and heritage that is part and parcel of the Elgin Wine Route. Day passes can be purchased at any participating wine farm on the day of the festival for just R50 per pass, but lunch sessions need to be pre-booked in advance. www.elginwine.co.za 10


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The Simonsig Wine Club offers the key to the full range of award-winning Simonsig wines and a host of benefits designed to satisfy your love of good wine and food. Members not only have access to special limited release wines, but also qualify for special rates on online purchases, when buying wines at the cellar door and when visiting Cuvée restaurant at Simonsig Wine Estate. Members also receive regular newsletter updates on the latest offers, invitations to members-only events and complimentary tastings at the Estate. No membership or joining fees are required. www.simonsig.co.za 11

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The industry is abuzz with excitement as tourism and hospitality stalwarts Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges add the well-known Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape to their portfolio. The historic Drostdy Hotel, which opened in 1878, was originally built by French architect Louis Thibault to serve as the magistrate’s office for the town. Today, however, it is known by many passing travellers en route to the Eastern or Western Cape. Newmark envisions that the hotel’s development will garner exposure for Graaff-Reinet as a tourism destination, as well as grow the local economy. Renovations have already commenced to restore the gem of a property to its former glory as a five star boutique hotel, with the grand opening scheduled for December 2014. www.newmarkhotels.com

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Pure Relaxation, Pure Indulgence The Thornybush Reserve, Greater Kruger


Contact our Central Reservations Office for our special offers. Our rates include the following: all meals, teas, coffees, snacks, dawn & dusk safaris in open game viewing vehicles, optional bushveld walks and sundowner drinks on game drive. Standard Terms & Conditions apply. Reservations: Tel: +27 (0)11 253 6500 • Fax: +27 (0)11 803 7350 • sales@thornybush.co.za

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Situated in the heart of the Highlands Meander, just two hours from OR Tambo International Airport, Gooderson Leisure’s four-star Kloppenheim Country Estate is an ideal and accessible country retreat for business and leisure.

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he estate offers a range of accommodation options, including 14 twin lakeside suites, 20 gorgeous twin estate rooms and ten elegant two-bedroomed self-contained lodges. Each beautifully appointed room boasts a magnificent view of the rolling hills that play host to the estate. Kloppenheim also offers three stylish and equipped conference rooms, a large theatre, dining room, private dining room, breakfast terrace, colonial-style lounge, library, restaurant/pub and the Kloppenheim Country Spa. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy onsite activities the likes of archery, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, bird watching and swimming. The estate is surrounded by 300 hectares of land, which plays host to about 600 head of game including zebra, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, mountain reedbok and blesbok as well as to South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane. Kloppenheim brings an element of distinction and difference to the conferencing market, gearing its offering towards total personalisation and attention to detail in order to accommodate the varying requirements of event organisers. The estate has a dedicated management team that is always on standby to ensure the smooth running of an event, as well as to add the personal touches that differentiate one event 16


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served in the enclosed terrace to four-course dinners served in the 60-seater dining room, The Three Twigs, or in the more intimate private function room. Light meals are available in the Teddy and Tankard pub. Conference catering includes arrival drinks, a lunch buffet and morning and afternoon tea and pastries. The events team can also arrange customized menus to suit any event or theme. Kloppenheim brings old-world charm, attention to detail and pampering to discerning guests wanting a secluded and stately highlands retreat. For further information and reservations call + 27 13 256 9148 or visit www.goodersonleisure.co.za.

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from another. Kloppenheim also organises interesting and diverse motivational and team-building activities such as Lazersports, paintball and abseiling. Surrounded by breathtaking views, the Kloppenheim Country Spa is the epitome of escapism. The soft touch of healing hands is combined with calming instrumentals and aromatic fragrances to offer the ultimate relaxation and transformation experience. Treatments include aromatherapy massage, hot stone massage, medical skin treatments, paraffin waxes, tinting and special pamper packages. Kloppenheim is renowned for its country-style cuisine, which includes everything from sumptuous breakfasts

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he five-star Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve (bordering Botswana) is offering great specials over the next few months, affording discerning guests the opportunity to escape to the wilderness for less. A special Easter rate, valid for the duration of this month, comprises accommodation for a couple or a family of two adults and two children under 12 for three nights. The package includes three meals and two game drives daily, kiddies’ activities, a back and neck or foot massage for each adult in the Tau Spa Oasis and a kiddies’ Easter egg hunt on Easter Weekend. The lodge will then run a winter special from 1 May to 30 June, during which time guests can stay at a discounted rate that includes all meals and game drives. A complimentary spa treatment will be available to each guest booking a third night, while moms and dads can enjoy special treats on Mother’s and Father’s Days.

Whilst Tau remains a popular romantic destination, it is also an ideal destination for family fun. The lodge offers five-star accommodation in its 20 standard chalets, six deluxe chalets, one family unit and one family suite, all of which overlook the waterhole, allowing guests to relax on their private decks and enjoy the marvels of the animal kingdom in supreme comfort. Tau has redecorated and upgraded its five-star facilities over the years to ensure that local as well as international visitors return time and again. The lodge launched its ecofriendly Tau Spa Oasis five years ago, and the Tau Cubz Club has proven to be a delight for children as well as parents wishing for some private time while the youngsters are entertained. For further information and reservations call +27 11 314 4350, e-mail taugame@mweb.co.za or visit www.taugamelodge.co.za. 18


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ontecasino General Manager Glenn Joseph, who has officially held the position since April 2013, is enthusiastic about the impact that Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination has on the neighbouring communities as well as further afield. “Montecasino is all about excellent entertainment for all age groups – and we do it exceptionally well. But it’s also about a lot more – and we’re committed to having a positive impact on our neighbouring communities for many years to come.” Environmentally, Montecasino takes its responsibility extremely seriously. Montecasino has an Environmental Policy Statement that acknowledges the impact the precinct has on the environment. The Policy is communicated across

all sectors of the property and is circulated to its tenants and sub-contractors. The statement commits Montecasino to minimising its impact on the environment by preventing pollution, reducing waste and ensuring that practical measures are implemented to protect and preserve natural habitats. It takes into consideration the effect its operations may have on the local community and commits the precinct to taking action to eliminate or reduce as far as practicable any potentially adverse environmental impacts. It strives to promote environmental awareness among its suppliers, contractors and partners by implementing operational procedures and it seeks to work in partnership with the community by

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behaving in a confederate and socially responsible manner, and ensuring that effective and expedient incident control, investigation and reporting is in place. In line with this statement, Joseph says Montecasino recently entered into a partnership with Eskom requesting that they notify them when usage is extremely high, allowing them to switch on their generators for about three to four hours. “We’re aware that we are a large consumer of power in this area; we’re operational 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. But at the same time, we want to be a good corporate citizen. This collaboration ensures that we don’t expose our community to load-shedding unnecessarily.”

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The Montecasino Bird Gardens project is strongly conservation-focused and Montecasino invests heavily into the breeding, educational and rehabilitation programs, which also provide a delight for every visitor, young and old. The outreach that Joseph is most excited about is Montecasino’s effective and community-developing Corporate Social Investment (CSI) program. “Some years ago Diepsloot was identified as an area where we wanted to be involved in social development as it is on our doorstep and many of our staff either come from there or have their roots there. Since then Montecasino has established sound projects that are focused on sustainability and life-changing opportunities.” He says his dream for Diepsloot is that it eventually becomes a suburb. “We’re in discussions with several companies that are operating social upliftment programs in Diepsloot to understand what is being done and to work with the community in providing assistance where it is most needed,” he adds. Much of Montecasino’s activity has been with children in the Diepsloot schools, through various programs. The newest one, about which Joseph is particularly excited, is the introduction of chess into the schools. “Chess is excellent for brain development, it encourages strategic thinking, and it can be played just about anywhere. It’s a wonderful sport for youngsters to get involved in. We’re in the early stages of introducing it into the schools and have started by training the teachers in chess and how to teach chess.” Montecasino has also put a lot of effort and funding into Tsogo Sun’s SunCares Rugby Program. “At the beginning of August last year, we held our second rugby festival under the auspices of the Tsogo Sun SunCares Sports Academy rugby program together with partners that included Golden Lions Rugby Union, Gauteng Department of Education and the Department of Sports and Recreation. The festival was held at Bophelong Sports Complex in Diepsloot and attracted 612 young boys from seven Diepsloot primary schools. Before the SunCares program, no rugby had been played in any of the Diepsloot schools – now the children are developing a passion for it and are keen to put in the hard work and practice necessary to advance in the game,” says Joseph. Montecasino’s efforts to contribute to the fiscus, improve the environment, and reach disadvantaged communities are all part of the character of the business. “All of these noteworthy contributions in so many vital areas of development in our community are undertaken through a sense of moral obligation, while we continue to offer a world of entertainment that incorporates a huge variety of options catering for business and leisure markets,” concludes Joseph. For further information visit www.montecasino.co.za.

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ormerly under the Protea Hotel Group (for the past 10 years), Imvubu Lodge was formally welcomed into the Three Cities Group’s family of renowned lifestyle hotels and resorts in December last year. Situated 160km North of Durban and 20km from the Richards Bay airport, Imvubu Lodge is tucked away in the lush greenbelt zone on the corner of Krewelkring and Hibbard Drive, Meerensee. Imvubu Lodge boasts the best in outdoor adventure and luxury leisure, conveniently situated adjacent to the scenic Lake Menywa and with private access to the unspoilt beaches of the Indian Ocean. Pleased with the opportunity of investing and extending the interests of the Three Cities Group within the Richards Bay area (reputed for containing one of South Africa’s largest harbours), Three Cities Managing Director John Creighton said the Group was excited to be part of one of the country’s rapidly growing and developing tourism locations. “Once a small fishing village, Richards Bay is today considered the industrial and tourism hub of the city of uMhlathuze. Occupying 37% of the 796km² of the municipal area, Richards Bay has been earmarked by the government as one of the country’s growth and development points. Richards Bay is already home to some of the country’s most lucrative and productive industries and we are excited to be taking a bite out

of this opportunity.” “Imvubu Lodge naturally ticks the Three Cities Hotels’ vision of exceptional guest experiences, providing business and pleasure guests with unique luxury accommodation and state-of-the-art business and conferencing facilities. The lodge is also centrally situated close to a hub of outdoor activities, and is a sporting enthusiast’s heaven. It is also perfectly situated to provide guests the unique experience of industrial tourism, one of the main attractions to Richards Bay and a first of its kind in the tourism industry. Visitors can go on fascinating tours around the factories and plants of the area, learning how they operate.” Newly appointed Imvubu Lodge General Manager Ina-marie Garcia said the team was thrilled about the new chapter and was looking forward to working with the Three Cities Group in achieving the lodge’s goal of being a local and international destination of choice in Richards Bay. “We believe the Three Cities Group will assist Imvubu Lodge in the effective management of industry protocol, in order to provide our guests with an experience that leaves a long-lasting and positive impression.” “Imvubu Lodge felt strongly that there was a need for a direct and ‘hands-on’ approach in the daily business of serving our guests. We were attracted to the ‘boutique style’ management and marketing process offered by the Three Cities Group. The Group abides by a hand-in-hand 26


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Survivor on the Beach; adventure golf and volley ball) 5. Wi-Fi 6. Airconditioning 7. Satellite TV 8. Parking Business travellers can enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings in technologically advanced conference facilities managed by a dedicated banqueting co-ordinator, with the International Conference Centre comfortably seating up to 180 guests. Three Cities Imvubu Lodge conference facilities offer: 1. Full day conferences 2. Half day conferences 3. Seminars 4. Breakfast presentations 5. Gala dinners 6. Award evenings 7. Cocktail parties 8. Weddings In close proximity to the Three Cities Imvubu Lodge, guests are also afforded a variety of outdoor activities from fishing, kayaking and yachting to jet skiing, sailing and kite surfing. Water-sport enthusiasts can also enjoy the waters at the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, Naval Island and Pelican Island. Due to the regularity of the wind from the north-east, kite surfing is also extremely popular, while swimming and surfing are also favourite pastimes, and can be enjoyed safely at the Alkastrand. For further information and reservations visit www.threecities.co.za.

approach that suits the vision of Imvubu Lodge. We felt that through the collective skills of both parties concerned, our goals were more achievable.” Garcia was confident that the experience that Three Cities has gathered over the past 25 years and the existing passion at the lodge would strengthen its position in the industry. She said that ultimately the lodge would rely on Three Cities Group’s counsel to engage a new approach and to guide it towards a service offering that is the envy of other hotels. “Our primary vision is to continuously and consistently provide our guests with a positive and memorable experience. That is our daily vision. Our vision for the future depends on how we achieve our daily vision. If we can master this, our long term vision will be fashioned for us. We are all eager to implement the intellectual property that Three Cities has collected over the years and to see Imvubu Lodge become all she can be,” said Garcia. Three Cities Imvubu Lodge features 47 air-conditioned chalets, from standard to scenic lake view units. Guests have the choice between a self-catering option or enjoying the luxury of being catered for at the onsite fine dining In the Reeds restaurant. Additional facilities at the lodge include: 1. Bar lounge 2. Sundowner deck offering pub-like meals, with a 180 degree sea view 3. Swimming pool 4. Sport/team-building facilities (including paint ball;

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estled in the lush suburb of Morningside Manor, Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is recognized as one of the most beautiful, romantic and exclusive hotels in South Africa. The 43 opulent suites and Presidential Suite complement the timeless Palladian architecture that has accommodated many international celebrities over the years. An award-winning Balinese spa, a sought-after conference centre, a fully equipped gym and a superb Ă la carte Terrace Restaurant complete the full range of guest services. Golfers are never disappointed, as Fairlawns has a partnership with the nearby Johannesburg Country Club, which offers two world-class golf courses.

Fairlawns has been nominated as best in three categories for 2014 by guests in the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards. This includes Best Spa in Africa. Other recent awards include World Luxury Hotel Awards Best Luxury Hotel Spa 2013, Diamond Diners Club Wine List of the Year 2014, and recognition as a Virtuoso Resorts and Hotels member. The hotel has just launched its new Private Villa Residence as well as the new Victoria Tea Lounge as part of its 2014 expansion plan. For further information and reservations call +27 11 808 7300, e-mail reservations@fairlawns.co.za or visit www.fairlawns-hotel.co.za.

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“Every year we celebrate with our graduates as they complete their training and establish this milestone in their careers,” says SA Chefs Academy owner Paul Hartmann, a renowned international chef in his own right. “For us at the Academy, this year is however especially significant. We are proud of the contribution we have been able to make to the industry over the past decade.” The new branding that will be rolled out across the organisation takes its lead from the re-invented logo.The new logo incorporates creativity and professionalism among its design themes along with the green hue signifying growth and prosperity. “When we launched the school in 2004, our vision was to create a world-class training facility, built on our own personal experiences, to equip students to be the best in their chosen fields. Looking back now, I think we can safely say we are achieving our goal.” Past students of the SA Chefs Academy have achieved a variety of positions and recognition. Among them are: • Food Editor, House and Leisure magazine: Raphaella Frame-Tolmie • Head Chef, Test Kitchen restaurant: Ivor Jones • Executive Chef, Cavalli Estate: Henrico Grobbelaar • Owner, The Creamery: Kate Schrire • Owner, Woodstock Bakery: Paul Cremer • Owner, Gusto Cafeteria: Melisa Clayton • Owner, The Lucky Baker (Pretoria): Pauli Coetzee In addition, the Academy’s first development student, Elias Kafi, is employed at the five-star Table Bay Hotel. In 2014 the Academy will take on four new development students. In terms of student achievements this year alone, these include: • Lauran Case and Josh Wiid, winners in the One&Only Reaching for Young Stars competition; • Kirsten Helleman winning the Unilever Junior Chef competition and representing SA on the National Culinary Team; and • Sven Adams taking third place in the Unilever Chef of the Year (senior category). Hartmann says these highlights, as well as the day-to-day performance of former students, contributes to the overall image of the SA Chefs Academy. “This year has seen a marked increase in block release students, which shows the faith that the industry puts in us. We are excited about the prospect of training chefs that have a huge passion for and commitment to the industry. This is very important to us and we hope to continue to work closely with hotels and restuarants at this level.” The reputation of the SA Chefs Academy has also attracted significant partnerships with leading companies, including Bosch, Patleys, Rialto, Ecolab, Tydstroom, Nulaid, Kerry (formerly Orley Products) and Olive Pride. The SA Chefs Academy incorporates a catering division and offers courses including: 1. Full time Diploma in Culinary Arts and Pastry through City and Guilds International 2. Block Release Courses (Aimed at industry chefs that wish to gain a formal qualification) 3. Certificate in Culinary Arts 4. Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts 5. Diploma in Pastry The SA Chefs Academy is based in Black River Park, Fir Street, Observatory, Cape Town where it trains professional chefs for the industry, including hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, food product developers and food stylists. For more information contact the South African Chefs Academy on (27) (21) 447 3168 or visit www.sachefsacademy.com. Follow the organisation on Twitter (@SAChefs) or find it on Facebook.


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Rhino Tagging Experience I often receive briefs from South African-based companies to quote on creating a travel incentive package, but the requests are less often for a local destination. It is common belief that a travel incentive must be exotic and glamorous in order to have the desired motivating effect on the company staff. However, offering a life-changing experience that supports South Africa’s local tourism can be far more exhilarating and memorable than the beaches and shopping malls of our overseas counterparts. Text & Images: Š Jo Ann Saner

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have offered the road trip experience of the sights and sounds of rural South Africa. The seven-hour road trip to Thanda Private Game Lodge became an interesting journey for the group, who were amazed by the simple pleasures we take for granted – a blue sky and the open expanses of the Mpumalanga region, the beauty of the Jozini Dam and its surrounds in KwaZulu Natal. The Thanda Tented Camp offers an unrivalled ‘wowness’ on arrival. The view through the horn-like structures over the rimflow pool to the expansive natural bush valley below is breathtaking! This is a perfect place to retreat away from the bustle of the technological world we live in. Following a Sangoma welcome ritual, the first game drive included sightings of elephants stripping bark from one of the larger trees, followed by a sighting of three white (or wide mouthed) rhino, and lastly dinner under the stars accompanied by great South African wine to complete the long day before it was time to retreat to the comfort and luxury of the tents. The wakeup call was scheduled for 4 am, another very different time of day for the Europeans. Gentle tapping on the tent door aroused us from our slumber. Excited about what the day would bring, we sipped our coffee and chatted like a group of vervet monkeys.

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ollowing a visit to Maropeng in February 2013 for the launch of Cooper Passenger Tyres in South Africa, the EMEA Sales Director for Cooper Tires UK (yes it’s with an ‘i’ not a ‘y’) was so impressed with the work being done by Kingsley Holgate on rhino poaching that he recommended that his marketing team run a consumer competition in three of their markets in Europe, namely Spain, Germany and France. The prize was to be a South African Safari for one lucky winner and his/her partner from each market. Jenny Soons (of the South African Cooper Tire Company) and I were asked to plan the prize winners’ safari trip and, having handled Cooper’s passenger tire launch, we knew that adding the unique Rhino Tagging Experience would be a complete surprise and a totally unexpected ‘extra wow’ experience. The seven-night tour kicked off with two nights at Maropeng as a ‘welcome to the Cradle of Humankind’, where the winners experienced the Maropeng Hotel and Museum. The visit to Lesedi Village and its tribal flavours was one of the many highlights of the first leg of the tour, which culminated in an afternoon visit to the Sterkfontein caves. A charter flight would have been nice, but would not

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We set off at day break in the crisp early morning air (beneficial conditions for rhino tagging) to traverse the reserve to the Ulwazi Volunteer Centre. Within minutes the sound of the Robinson Helicopter could be heard, and it soon landed with the vet, reserve manager, head ranger, Kingsley Holgate and Harry the pilot, whose aerial manoeuvres turned out to be an inspirational event all on their own. As the chopper took off again, the S.A.P dog unit, Thanda’s game management team (armed with water sprays

and various tools of the trade for Rhino Tagging) and the two guest Land Rovers formed a convoy and followed it to a point where we waited for further instructions and were joined by the anti-poaching unit. It didn’t take long for the aerial team to locate their mark, and the convoy set off at a speed not usually associated with game drives. The rhino had been darted and it was imperative that we got to the site as quickly as possible. We abaondoned the vehicle and hiked up the hillside, huffing and puffing until we arrived at the scene. 34


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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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The game management team was already hard at work, with the huge animal lying on its side, being sprayed with a fine mist to keep her cool while the measuring, blood sampling, drilling, cutting, glueing and taping began. ‘Cooper-ette’, as I named her, had already had her ears notched and was being fitted with a transmitter in her horn. This process involved drilling a hole in the side of her horn, removing the tip to drill vertically downwards to meet the sideways hole, inserting the transmitter unit and then plugging the drilled holes with dental glue. The horn tip, I was assured, would not be flat for long, as the rhino would in time sharpen the tip herself. The removed tip and the shavings from the drilling procedure were secured under the watchful eyes of the S.A.P. for transport to a safe location for further research use. In a short while it was time to wake her up. We retreated back to the vehicles and moved out. At the sight of the helicopter taking off, we knew that the rhino was awake and on the move, and as we rounded the corner in the road we watched Cooper-ette trotting off. We returned to camp elated at our experience and thankful that at least one rhino had a better chance against the poachers. The enthralling day continued with Kingsley Holgate joining us for dinner, his epic tales of adventure making for great entertainment and leaving us all all in awe of his great achievements. The next day we drove out of the game reserve to a

school filled with children who really have very little means to support their attempts at gaining a decent education. Time was spent giving writing paper, pens, pencils and other stationery to them and seeing the effects of these simple gifts on the happy faces. After another day of participating in another rhino capture and tagging, excellent game viewing and relaxation, it was time to say our goodbyes, the good Sangoma offering us a farewell ritual for a safe trip home. The drive back to Jozi revealed the group’s true experience in conversation. Ideas were being thrown around about driving funding in their own countries for rhino tagging in South Africa and for the preservation of the rhino against poaching, as well as planning for their next trip to our beautiful country. Hopefully some of their ideas will materialise to assist in the conservation of the species. Incentive travel should be an expression of the company and can be as creative and socially beneficial as it is motivating for the benefit of the firm. The travel destinations can and should be so much more than first impressions - they should leave a lasting imprint and a vision of improvement and empowerment for your employees or customers and should have a positive effect on the environment. It should leave them with that ‘today I did something great!’ feeling. For further information call +27 11 022 9264, e-mail info@li.co.za or visit www.leadingincentives.co.za. 36


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Dining at Waterkloof Estate Waterkloof Restaurant, the sky-scraping Winelands eatery on the outskirts of Somerset West, ticks all the right boxes when it comes to fine dining with a view. Its latest string of impressive accolades serves up a tantalising testimony.

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attention to detail, awe-inspiring location, sterling service and strong focus on natural local produce showcased in seasonal dishes that bear the chef’s hallmarks of simplicity and finesse. Grégory’s latest summer menus focus on provenance and unleash a fusion of fresh innovative dishes. Popular starters include his crispy farm egg with cauliflower velouté and his cured fizantakraal trout whilst farm fare such as Springbok, beef and quail, enhanced by intensely flavoured sauces, shine amongst the mains. Meat afficionados will enjoy his signature Karan beef fillet with braised beef croquette and his springbok loin enriched with parmesan custard and pumpkin gnocchi. Other taste sensations include his Carmay quail, whilst seafood lovers will enjoy his Mulloway cob with squid ink and smoked potato. His delicious dessert line-up adds to an elevated dining experience. A two-course menu costs R260 per person whilst a threecourse indulgence costs R340 per head. Diners can also experience Waterkloof Restaurant’s most popular dishes from a Degustation menu of six mouthful-portions paired with estate wines. This exceptional tasting menu costs R600 per person with wine or R500 per person without the wine matching options included. “Our Degustation Menu offers a reflective journey of what we perceive as the Full Monty of the latest Waterkloof classics, presented in a single dining experience,” explains Grégory. For further information and reservations call +27 21 858 1491 or e-mail chef@waterkloofwines.co.za.

he gorgeously appointed ‘restaurant in the sky’ – situated in a 10metre high glass promontory with an eagle’s view over the estate’s vineyards and False Bay – was recognised as one of the country’s 2014 American Express Platinum-awarded restaurants. This fine dining programme identifies and honours the crème de la crème of South African eateries – those that are at the top of their game across a wide range of food styles, and that deliver an exquisite culinary experience. Waterkloof Restaurant is celebrated for a contemporary menu that focuses on locally sourced ingredients foraged from artisanal growers and fresh, organic produce from farm to plate. Here food is art, calling for unhurried appreciation complemented by seamless service. Chef Grégory Czarnecki draws inspiration from the restaurant’s spectacular setting on the slopes of the Schapenberg and demonstrates the techniques he learned at Michelin restaurants in France in his interpretations of ‘eco-conscious cuisine’. This ranges from farm eggs, wild mushrooms, herbs, flowers and micro-greens to freerange lamb, beef and sustainable fish which he tastefully transforms with whimsical and creative flair. His classic French cooking techniques presented in elegant interpretations of South African-influenced fare earned the restaurant an enviable nomination in the prestigious 2013 Eat Out Top 10 Awards. More recently Waterkloof was crowned culinary king in the Best Gourmet Restaurant at the Cellar Door Category of the 2013 Klink Wine Tourism Awards. The restaurant was lauded for its cutting-edge cuisine,

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“My mom used to travel to Asia a lot, and I would devour the colourful cookbooks she would bring back,” he shares. “When my wife and I achieved our dream of opening our own restaurant in 2009, I knew that I wanted to combine an array of influences and styles, so the name just seemed to fit,” he explains. “Our focus is, however, predominantly on South African dishes – some as traditional as mielie pap, samp and oxtail,” he adds. The bistro-style restaurant offers hearty breakfasts and brunches and locally renowned lunch and dinner dishes. Popular starters include peri-peri fried duck livers, smoked Springbok carpaccio and Cajun spiced fried squid. Delicious winter soups give way to tasty and generously portioned mains the likes of tiger prawns masala, Indian spiced beef curry and vegetable lasagne. Dutch East is, however, most famous for its matured steaks, and patrons are spoiled for choice with rump, sirloin, fillet, ribeye, t-bone and specialty meat cut options, all spruced with an array of flavourful sauces, from Chimichurri butter to red wine jus. The restaurant’s handcrafted burgers and wood fired pizzas come a close second to the famous steak offering. Dessert at Dutch East is a real treat, as standard favourites such as chocolate fondant and crème brulee are complemented by original creations like Pasch’s famous deep fried milk tart and Pink Lady apple pie. An onsite Coffee Roastery offering specialty roasted 100% Arabica coffee beans completes the Dutch East experience. Pasch’s perspective on cuisine is evident in each creation served. As he says, “if you have respect for your ingredients and prepare them in the best way possible, you can create magic.”

he first thing that is evident on entering the lively Dutch East Restaurant on Franschhoek’s bustling Huguenot Street is the extreme kindness of the staff. I use the word kindness specifically, as friendliness, in a hospitality context, is just an occupational prerequisite. The people at Dutch East really seem to care. “Are you comfortable?” “Are you happy?” “Have you enjoyed your weekend?” and “Who is today’s designated driver?” are all questions with which we were met during the course of our meal. Owner and Chef Pasch du Plooy is no exception. Gentle yet upbeat, he lends his quiet authority and expertise to the restaurant, which has become a favourite amongst local and international patrons. Pasch’s formal education in viticulture and oenology is immediately evident in the restaurant’s carefully planned and extensive wine list, which includes favourites from leading local estates the likes of Anthonij Rupert, Pierre Jourdan, Graham Beck, Boschendal and Waterford, as well as a few lesserknown yet equally satisfying gems. It is however Pasch’s years spent at the Institute of Culinary Arts that really saw his passion come to light. “I soon learnt that I was most drawn to simple, honest food that really focuses on flavour,” he shares. “I love refreshing old favourites with new influences – infusing recognizable dishes with quirky twists,” he explains. “Steak and chips, for example, is a very familiar dish worldwide, but nobody does it quite like we do it,” he adds. As for the name of the restaurant, Pasch explains that his family is originally from Holland, and that he has always loved the spicy, aromatic and flavourful cuisine of the East. 40


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In the Words of Nelson Mandela Edited by Jennifer Crwys-Williams Collected in this little tome are the icon’s comments on subjects as diverse as humanity, racism, friendship, oppression and freedom – words that provide an insight into the man and all he stood for. By turns moving, generous, humorous and sad, the book eloquently conveys Mandela’s warmth and dignity.

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Gareth Patterson The elephants of the Knysna forest have long been the subject of mystery and conjecture. In 1994 the local forestry department maintained that there was only one surviving Knysna elephant, and they were thus declared functionally extinct. In 2001 Gareth Patterson began an independent study of the Knysna elephant, covering thousands of kilometres on foot, following ancient elephant paths through the dense forest and surrounds. His fieldwork established that the forest is in fact still home to a small herd of elephants.

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Dreamforest Dalene Matthee Karoliena Kapp is a child of the forest, born into a community of woodcutters. She is given the advantage of a good education, but it serves only to heighten her growing realization that, because of the harsh injustices of poverty, there is little hope for the woodcutters. The day after her marriage to a village dweller, she realizes that she has made the wrong choice, and embarks on a journey back to the forest alone.

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

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

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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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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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Kloppenheim Country Estate is the ideal country retreat for business and leisure in the heart of the Highlands Meander, near Machadodorp and Dullstroom and just 2 hours from OR Tambo International Airport. Kloppenheim offers the discerning visitor a range of accommodation options, from 14 twin lakeside suites, 20 gorgeous twin estate rooms and 10 elegant 2 bedroomed self-contained lodges, each beautifully appointed room has a magnificent view of the rolling hills. There are 3 stylish conference rooms, a large theatre for events, dining room, private dining room, breakfast terrace, colonial style lounge, library, pub and restaurant, and a wellness centre. The energetic can enjoy 6 trout dams, hiking trails, archery and swimming. Kloppenheim will spoil you with culinary delights from sumptuous breakfasts served in the enclosed terrace to four-course dinners served in The Three Twigs, 60 seater dining room – or private function room for something more intimate. Light meals are available in the Teddy and Tankard pub.

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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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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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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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“ Where else in the world “

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

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

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

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

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Quarry Lake Inn

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

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

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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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Kloppenheim Country Estate

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

Location: Dullstroom Tel: +27 13 256 9148 E-mail: info@goodersons.co.za Web: www.goodersonleisure.co.za/kloppenheim/

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

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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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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

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Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

Tourist Info

+27 83 123 6789

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