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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.

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R10 547 p/p sharing Includes: all meals, teas, coffees, snacks, dawn & dusk safaris in open game viewing vehicles, optional bushveld walks and sundowner drinks on game Rates applicable to standard suites only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply. Reservations – Thornybush Collection: Tel: +27 (0)11 253 6500 • Fax: +27 (0)11 803 7350 • sales@thornybush.co.za

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t’s my birthday this month. Yes, I am self-centred enough to consider this newsworthy (I am a writer, after all), but what I really want to wax lyrical about is how lucky I am to have been born in South Africa. For one, I was able to grow up reading about the marvellous creatures that I would one day meet on safari. This month’s Read section presents some lovely recently published South African children’s books, the characters of which you are almost guaranteed to meet during a visit to one of our May destinations Aquila Game Reserve near Worcester. I was able to spend at least a third of my childhood outdoors, where I still spend most of my time regardless of what the activity involves (check out our feature on Karkloof Spa to see how you can enjoy a safari spa experience!). Another thing with which I was lucky enough to grow up was an abundance of fresh, healthy and tasty

local produce. I’m not sure an import ever saw the inside of our fridge, yet I feasted almost as heartily back then as I did at Cape Town’s famous Aubergine restaurant last month. One thing with which I did not grow up is a taste of the country’s famous wines, but I have since made up for it during visits to esteemed estates such as Warwick Wine Estate and Van Loveren Family Vineyards (featured in this edition). I’m afraid I never outgrew the assumption that birthdays are synonymous only with gifts. This year, though, we are giving things away on my special day. Check out the May giveaways if you don’t want to miss out on this sudden and unexpected magnanimity. Ok I’m off to drink a Calitzdorp cocktail!

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A l l e sv e r l o r e n W in e G iv eaway Visitors to Allesverloren wine estate during this year’s Riebeek Valley Olive Festival can look forward to a host of live entertainment and gastronomic delights. On 4 and 5 May, visitors to the estate can taste wines from different wineries paired with homemade meals and treats from a variety of food stalls, delis and the country market at the estate’s function and conference venue. Various local artists will perform, including Waldo Lotz who has been appointed as Allesverloren’s festival host. Limited offers on selected Allesverloren wines including the 2011 Shiraz, one of the estate’s latest releases, will be available at the tasting centre. There will also be a playground where kids can enjoy a jumping castle and jungle gym. The Pleasant Pheasant Restaurant will be offering an à la carte menu for patrons who wish to catch up on the weekend’s rugby on the restaurant’s big screen. After the rugby, songwriter and singer Dewald Forest will perform live. Entry and parking on the estate is free. A shuttle service will ferry visitors the 4 km between Allesverloren, Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel.

Giveaway Alert! The Ultimate Guide to Africa is giving away six bottles of the famous Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage Estate Wine. Simply share your favourite Allesverloren wine with us on Facebook and you could be a winner. info@allesverloren.co.za

Johannesburg restaurants become StreetSmart to help homeless children StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social integration and upliftment of street children, has launched in Johannesburg and is rallying restaurants to become involved in helping to rebuild the lives of children at risk in the city. Funds are raised by adding a voluntary R5 donation to each table’s bill at participating restaurants. Since its inception in Cape Town in 2005 under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, StreetSmart has raised over R6 million. The beneficiary selected for StreetSmart Johannesburg is Twilight Children, an organization which works with children and young adults in an effort to integrate them into mainstream society by teaching them skills and building their confidence, thereby enabling them to become valuable citizens. At the time of the launch, six Johannesburg restaurants had already joined the StreetSmart initiative: Five Hundred at The Saxon, Qunu at The Saxon, Balata at The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort, dw eleven -13, The Griffen Gastropub and Red Rabbit. www.streetsmart.org.za 12


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MasterChef South Africa judge Pete GoffeWood will be appearing alongside Nederburg winemaker Wilhelm Pienaar at this year’s TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival on 24 and 25 May. The duo will bring their fun and entertaining knowledge of food and wine to the festival. Guests, accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis in the Taste Theatre on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall, will be encouraged to interact with the presenters, ask questions, express their opinions and share their own experiences of wine and food pairing. An exciting collection of Nederburg wines, including the acclaimed Ingenuity blends and the new generation 56HUNDRED wines, will be available for tasting at the show. Loyalists will have a chance to savour some nostalgia with Nederburg Baronne, one of South Africa’s top-selling reds, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year. Tickets (R90 a head) can be purchased at www.gugulethuwinefestival.co.za.

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The Kurland Hotel, a Relais & Châteaux property located in the Crags near Plettenberg Bay, has been listed in tripadvisor’s® Travelers’ Choice® 2013 Top 25 Small Hotels in South Africa Awards. “We are seeing positive results from the extensive training during 2012 and the recently launched menus at both restaurants as well as the enhanced wedding and conference packages,” comments Managing Director Peter Behr. www.kurland.co.za

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et in a verdant bowl surrounded by towering cliffs, with the shimmering waters of the Albert Falls Dam in view, the Spa and its luxurious boutique hotel provide levels of intimate exclusivity and personalised service unparalleled in this part of Africa. Karkloof Safari Spa is a world-class facility, blending the best in global spa offerings with a uniquely African sensibility. The waters of the Umgeni and Karkloof rivers converge on the 3500-hectare property, which abounds with herds of game, including the majestic white rhino. Close to the Pietermaritzburg airport, just over an hour’s drive from Durban and five hours from Johannesburg, the Spa comprises a splendidly appointed boutique lodge in addition to its multi-faceted spa treatment centre. Boasting 16 individually decorated, sumptuous villas, all of which feature spacious bathrooms with double baths, modern conveniences, satellite TV, complimentary internet access, under-floor heating, air-conditioning, complimentary mini bars and espresso machines, the lodge is designed to complement its splendid surroundings. Africa’s heritage, elegance and sophistication are embodied in every design detail.

The Spa offers authentic Thai treatments, kneipp pools, a reflection room, a Moroccan rasul chamber, a floatation pool, steam and sauna rooms and an open-air jacuzzi. Green’s & Tea’s Café, a hair studio and a Pedi lounge complete the experience. The restaurant at Karkloof presents simple South African food with a focus on organic local produce and healthy choices. The talented chefs offer a well-balanced meal structure, reinventing old classics and experimenting with new favourites. Other activities on the property include walking, hiking, mountain biking, game viewing, and bird watching. The combination of breathtaking natural surroundings, personalized wellness services and unfailing standards of African hospitality, not to mention the lodge’s superb cuisine and outstanding wine cellar, provides an experience to be savoured by the most discerning clientele. For further information or bookings call +27 33 569 1321, e-mail reservations@karkloofsafarispa.com or visit www.karkloofsafarispa.com.

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Warwick Wine Estate Picnics, parties and a penthouse in Paarl A day at Warwick Wine Estate in Paarl can include anything from exclusive wine tasting in a courtyard inspired by the historic Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris to a rough terrain Land Rover cruise or a stint on a jumping castle with a balloon. Text: Lara Potgieter | Images: Š Warwick

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fans, birthday girls and bachelor boys revel in the relaxed and festive ambience of one of South Africa’s greatest wine farms. With a strong legacy in South African wine and a heritage drawn from Norma Ratcliffe, one of the first female winemakers in the country, Warwick has won international acclaim with its simple philosophy that good wine is about good people and good grapes. The Warwick Wine Club offers its members 20% discount on all wines, including the famous First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Bush Vines Pinotage and Three Cape Ladies Cape Blend. We were introduced to some of the glorious wines through a private tasting and cellar tour experience, as well as on a safari-style tour of the estate’s ‘Big 5’ wine varietals (each of which is lovingly compared to its wildlife counterpart). From laid-back lunches to corporate events and kiddies’ parties, Warwick Wine Estate caters for just about any occasion. For further information, to place an order or to make a booking, call +27 21 884 4410, e-mail visit@warwick.co.za or visit www.warwickwine.com.

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he diverse estate offers the ultimate relaxation/ entertainment/celebration experience – a host of award-winning wines, fine fresh local food and tailored finishes for any event. We were lucky enough to enjoy a famous Warwick picnic on the rolling lawns that surround the estate’s pristine lake, sampling delicacies from local foodie hotspots whilst lazing around on large blankets and oversized cushions. From cheese and charcuterie to icecream sundaes, the picnic basket seemed to overflow in veritable Mary Poppins style. None of it would be complete without the Bordeaux blend and wooded Chardonnay with which we washed it all down, of course. We were in the mood to loll around on the grass, but if we had fancied a posh private picnic experience we could have chosen a secluded picnic pod complete with table, seating and fully-serviced bar. We could even have escaped to the mountainous vineyards and indulged in an exclusive outdoor feast in the estate’s luxury open-air ‘penthouse’, which offers panoramic views of Cape Town and the winelands. We simply preferred to be in the midst of it all, watching a diverse clientele of curious tourists, local wine

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that was delivered at each meal. A huge platter of delicious and diverse tapas accompanied by a jug of chilled homemade rooibos iced tea awaited us on arrival. We awoke to a decadent continental breakfast spread and the sounds of the hundreds of birds with which we shared the majestic trees. Hearty country dinners were enjoyed with great local wines on our balcony at sunset, and the only time we felt it necessary to leave our little wooden palace was when the heat of the day drew us to the sparkling pool and delightful garden in which we would enjoy al fresco lunches and serious sunbathing sessions. Apparently the town of Tulbagh is a treat in itself, what with its striking architecture and quaint village lifestyle. I can’t really comment much on it though, as the furthest we ventured from our tree house was to the spa at Vindoux, which transported us to a sensual paradise with fynbos herbal massages, relaxing facials and colourful nail finishes. I would go back to Vindoux in a heartbeat. Tulbagh is only an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town and everything from the freshly-baked morning muffins and caramel tea to the fairy lights that frame windows overlooking mountainous landscapes was just perfect. We didn’t even experience the romantic couples’ picnic, the signature braai experience or the Wine by Bike tour offered by the family-run working fruit farm. We were, of course, too busy enjoying boozy berry Frangelico desserts in the jet spa bath of this tree house like no other. For more information or to make a booking, call +27 23 00635, e-mail vindouxfarm@gmail.com or visit www.vindoux.com.

he most exciting development of my childhood was the building of a tree house in the backyard. As each piece of wood was lovingly nailed into place, I would plan a different chapter of my new life as an independent homeowner. I would entertain obligatory guests on the lowest level, take special visitors up to the middle and muse upon 7-year-old existence from my exclusive perch at the top. After about a decade of memories and rain, my little property finally started to give in, and today the dogs chew on the remaining pieces of wood. With the dilapidation of my stronghold came a new repertoire of domestic fantasies that included a penthouse in New York City with an elevator and a rooftop garden. I was almost reluctant to visit Vindoux Guest Farm in Tulbagh last month. I had done my tree house time and wasn’t really in the mood for spiders, leakages and rotting wood. Luckily, I made the trip anyway (admittedly in the name of country food and a spa day). One night in one of the farm’s exquisite little tree houses and the urban penthouse apartment fantasy immediately became riddled with annoying neighbours and the relentless hum of traffic. Now I want to live in a tree house all over again – as long as it is as magical and luxurious as the one in which I found myself at Vindoux. Skillfully built and beautifully finished, the little wooden hideout in the trees meets all the needs of the luxury traveller. Perfect temperature control, a jet spa bath, fine linen and panoramic vistas make for a better accommodation experience than many a fivestar hotel room. Not to mention the fresh, gourmet country fare 24


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lthough hopelessly late, we received a warm and enthusiastic greeting from the farm’s lively and attractive Marketing Manager Bonita Malherbe. The large architectural masterpiece that is the tasting room was teeming with people of all ages, and the festive atmosphere set the tone for our adventures over the next two days. A tour of the garden at Van Loveren, with its majestic trees planted to commemorate everything from wars and peace declarations to leaders and thinkers over the years, served to introduce us to the rich history of the farm and surrounding areas. After our tour we headed towards Christina’s @ Van Loveren, a popular, relaxed Bistro (originally the farm’s Manor House) famous for its pizzas, burgers and salads. The day called for a light, refreshing lunch, and we enjoyed delicious fresh watermelon juice and delightful summer salads whilst listening to the live music and watching the antics of a nearby bridal party (made all the more entertaining as their bottles of delicious Van Loveren Strawberry Cream were replaced for the third or fourth time). That being said, we weren’t doing too badly with our light, crisp Van Loveren Neil’s Pick Colombar either. The fare at Christina’s is locally sourced and wonderfully fresh. We decided to sample their famous thin-based

pizzas the following day and chuckled at the ‘Man Salad’ offering on the menu (steak strips, potato wedges and onion rings on lettuce). Van Loveren is famous for its legendary Four Cousins range – South Africa’s number one selling wine and no doubt the only brand that is enjoyed everywhere from Sandton to Soweto. What many people don’t realise is that Four Cousins is merely one in a host of award-winning wines on offer at Van Loveren. The Christina Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc, for example, has won Gold at the esteemed Michelangelo Awards as well as Double Gold at the Veritas Awards. The Van Loveren Neil’s Pick Colombar is also a Michelangelo Gold Award winner, while the Christina Van Loveren Shiraz has been rated in the top 100 wines of South Africa. The Christina Van Loveren Methode Cap Classique, the Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc and the Van Loveren Red Muscadel have are all four-star recommendations in Platter’s Wine Guide. We were lucky enough to enjoy a tutored cheese, chocolate and wine pairing during our visit to the estate. Decadent cheese and wine pairings such as the Van Loveren Cramon Cab/Merlot with La Mont matured cheddar and the Christina Van Loveren Noble Late Harvest with Dalewood Huguenot cheese sent our senses soaring. We must admit that the chocolate and wine spread was our 28


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favourite, though – particularly the Van Loveren Blanc de Noir Blush with rose petal geranium chocolate and the Van Loveren Cape Ruby with Cape Malay spice chocolate pairs. After a thoroughly enjoyable and desperately indulgent day at the estate, we set off for a romantic dinner at Robertson’s Passio Restaurant, where we enjoyed everything from Mediterranean salads and stick prawns to caramelized onion, brie and black forest ham pizzas. Surrounded by sophisticated old-world deco and a veritable library of literary classics, we stayed long after our frozen tiramisu was finished. The restaurant is familyrun in the most hands-on way, and we spent the evening engaging with the husband and wife team as well as their two lovely daughters. Finally, feeling positively relaxed and satiated, we retired to the modest but homely Lemon Tree Guest House, where we enjoyed sweet wine and DVD’s before rolling into our colourful beds. Waking up for a 7am hike the next morning was no mean feat. Somehow we managed, though, and I’m so glad we did. The 7.5km ‘Fish Eagle’ hiking trail on Van Loveren crosses the Breede River, ascends spectacular Rooikrans peaks and offers panoramic views of the valley from every lookout point. The unique flora comprises everything from virgin Klein Karoo vegetation to Renosterveld fynbos and the resident birdlife is a real treat. What an amazing weekend of indulgence and exploration. Thank you, Van Loveren. For further information or bookings call +27 (0)23 615 1505, e-mail info@vanloveren.co.za or visit www.vanloveren.co.za.

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In the Shangaan language Tintswalo means “the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that you bestow upon someone who has given you a meaningful and worthy gift.� Tintswalo Safari Lodge is 14,400 acres of exclusive concession area lies within t h e 64,800 acres Manyeleti reserve. Situated on the pristine unfenced western boundary of the Greater Kruger National Park, nestled between both the Sabi Sands and Timbavati, abounding in big five game and spectacular bird life. The area is unique for its minimal vehicle density and so offering a true, incredibly exclusive and rewarding safari experience. Six suites and one presidential suite are authentically decorated to reflect explorers of the nineteenth century. All the exclusive Explorer Suites as well as the Presidential suite provide you with supreme comfort, privacy and effortless birding. Our Field Guide Association accredited game rangers ensure a superb gaming experience. RESERVATIONS: +27 11 300 8888 | res1@tintswalo.com | res2@tintswalo.com | www.tintswalo.com


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‘At Banksia we provide all our guests with an oasis of serenity, a lifestyle experience. Banksia is more than a place to sleep - it’s a place to dream, to feel and to be part of something special.’ Shelley Kingston, Owner

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oday’s fast paced travel has spawned a new breed of hotel that offers a stylish, intimate and highly individual accommodation experience - the boutique hotel. Banksia Boutique Hotel is a leader in this class. Luxury is revealed at every turn in the eight-roomed grand Victorian mansion that showcases the very best in corporate and leisure accommodation in the leafy Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. The individually designed and decorated rooms are sundrenched sanctuaries, with most of them boasting private balconies or terraces overlooking the pool or garden or offering beautiful mountain views. The hotel has two luxurious conference rooms which provide a stylish and intimate corporate experience. The venues are fully equipped with all the amenities a discerning business person might need, including a choice of preselected lunches and teas that can be enjoyed in the dining area situated alongside the indoor swimming pool. Spacious interiors offer an ideal location for product launches and small corporate functions as well as for private dining and intimate cocktail evenings. The hotel is now proud to announce the addition of a full day spa consisting of three beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a rasul chamber and a steam room. Banksia was awarded second place/highly commended in the AA Accommodation Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It then went on to win first place for Best Boutique Hotel in South Africa in 2012. It was also named a Decorex Designer Hotel in the same year.

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one-of-a kind interior spaces with great furnishings, finishes, details and layouts. And all of this offered in a centrally located and unique neighbourhood. After seven years of creating successful interiors, I have finally amalgamated a world of design knowledge and inspiration into one breathtaking space, having custom designed and manufactured each item - from furniture pieces

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to fine linen. of Banksia Boutique and serves to provide guests with the opportunity to purchase or commission designer furniture and homeware items showcased in the hotel. The entire lifestyle concept is offered to guests through a full interior design service specialising in the domestic, commercial and

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“And what a situation it was to match! From the sophisticated yet understated deco of the cosy restaurant to its unique and specialized menu, Aubergine will delight even the fussiest of foodies.”

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t was supposed to be a date. My partner, sunburnt and hung-over, stuck out like a sore thumb in the beautiful and sophisticated space. There isn’t anything stuffy about Aubergine – it’s laid back enough to serve as an after-work drinks as well as a formal dinner party venue. I had clearly just chosen the most awkward dining partner in Cape Town. With his incoherent dish pronouncements and request for ‘the cheapest wine on the list’, he certainly wasn’t ideal company. Enter our waitron. And I use the term loosely. This maître d’ swooped in to save the situation at just the right time, providing all the romance and charm that was lacking at our table. His pairing suggestions proved perfect, his service was impeccable and his general manner matched the situation far more aptly than that of my dining partner. And what a situation it was to match! From the sophisticated yet understated deco of the cosy restaurant to its unique and specialized menu, Aubergine will delight even the fussiest of foodies. Like a true culinary tourist, I chose the signature aubergine soufflé starter, relishing each bite of marinated chèvre, braised tomatoes and mizuna coulis as my partner was (thankfully) kept busy with the line fish carpaccio with sesame guacamole, which he devoured with embarrassing but understandable fervour. The main course saw us enjoying a chalmar beef fillet with oyster mushrooms and vegetable rice paper cones with bean sprout sauté. By the time we had reached dessert, I no longer cared about the non-existent chemistry between the long-suffering participants on the ‘date’ – I had mouthfuls of souffléed berry and vanilla pancake to complete my world, and he had a chocolate fondant to shut him up for a while. The fact that I tried three of the speciality teas on the menu despite the dwindling conversation is testament to the quality of the fig, blood orange and China snow teas served at Aubergine. I guess I knew that it was the end of my satisfaction for the night, so I positively revelled in it. I can almost guarantee that you will too. For further information or bookings visit www.aubergine.co.za.

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Clico Boutique Hotel, fine dining, events and conferencing in Rosebank will be offering winter dining as well as overnight packages to thrill guests at this chic 5-star boutique hotel. Ask for special weekend packages on offer this winter – ideal for locals to rekindle romance too!

Winter menus will again delight with seasonal options, including winter brunch options, Mother’s Day lunch on May 12, Father’s Day on 16 June and Christmas in July on 25 July will not disappoint!

Clico is rated a Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Johannesburg for 2012 in Eat Out readers’ poll of 2011; the hotel was established in 2006 and has since been awarded 5-star boutique hotel status by the SA Tourism Grading Council. Clico’s conference and events facilities have enjoyed enormous support since opening its chic doors in 2010.

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quila’s charm lies in its ability to marry conservation and luxury in an intimate environment that is less than two hours from Cape Town. The dry yellow grass of the Karoo is home to Aquila’s large variety of wildlife. The surroundings are not only scenic but alive with possibility and adventure, with guests offered the opportunity to enjoy quad bike, horseback or traditional game drives, stopping only metres from the reserve’s beautiful inhabitants. Aquila doesn’t have many tall trees, so we perched at the edge of our seats and watched a giraffe feast on nearby shrubs during our Saturday afternoon game drive. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, meandering through the yellow grass at sunset and setting up a sundowners experience like no other. Whilst sipping our Amarula and snacking on local dried fruit, nuts and biltong, we witnessed a male elephant attempting to woo a female rhino, continuously trying to extend his trunk in her direction while she coyly backed away. Another highlight was our trip to the (extensive) lion enclosure, which houses two male and four female lions, who we saw snuggling up to each other like a group of large, lazy housecats on a sofa (theirs was of course made of grass and soft sand). South Africa’s rhino population has suffered at the hands of a persistent spate of poaching attacks. Aquila’s rhino fund and Animal Rescue Centre were designed to protect our rhino population and other endangered species. After our Sunday morning game drive, we stood meters from a leopard and watched him take pride of place in his safe house at the centre. The leopard had been rescued from the Free State after a farmer had caught him hunting sheep. Aquila’s rescued animal population and the wildlife in the reserve at large are afforded a great deal of respect. For instance, on our Saturday evening game drive a large water buffalo stood blocking the entrance to the lodge area as

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our vehicle attempted to enter the gate. He bellowed and snorted at us as we marvelled at his strength, waiting at least half an hour for him to move on so that we could drive back to the lodge. Returning to our chalet to prepare for supper on Saturday evening, my partner and I could not stop marvelling at the photographs of lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and different species of buck that we had seen congregated around the watering hole earlier that evening. We quietly enjoyed a glass of wine at our aptly named luxury chalet – Sirius. The supernova accommodation looks over the reserve and two swimming pools. The chalet boasts a unique rock bathroom with a large, sunken bath that we later filled with bubbles. The outdoor rain shower was also a delight at night or early in the morning, as we could see the stars while hot water cascaded elephant-style down our backs. Luxury and authenticity are around every corner at Aquila. The view from our balcony was as breathtaking as our evening safari had been. Garden paths are lit with lanterns in a garden of wild flowers that reflect the stars in the sky and the walk to and from the restaurant and pool bar are full of romance and beauty. The reserve’s friendly staff members serve a hearty buffet dinner and breakfast that cater to all tastes. Special touches like cheese platters go well with the commendable wine list. The variety of food served at Aquila is as endless as the water that falls over the edge of its infinity pool. The Aquila experience marries spectacular wildlife viewing with the scenic vistas of the Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains of the Klein Karoo. The reserve is one that will sparkle in our memory like bubbles in a glass of wine, bubbles in a bath, the glint in a lioness’s eye or the stars in the early morning African sky.

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The magnificent Italian-styled masterpiece, Villa Sterne Boutique Hotel is set on the highest ridge with breathtaking views overlooking the majestic Union Buildings and the exuberant Jacaranda City, Pretoria – South Africa’s capital city. Guests are afforded the elegance, privacy and comfort of a luxury modern-day existence in our gracious old-world setting. On-site facilities at your disposal: • State of the art conferencing facilities with a vast range of superior technical equipment and a seating capacity for up to 60 delegates • All functions and special occasions catered for – seated dining for up to sixty guests or cocktails for up to 150 • 3 Luxurious Standard rooms, 10 Executive suites, an opulent Presidential suite (all double) – all with private balcony, telephone, satellite TV, air-conditioner, mini bar and digital safe • Health and Beauty Spa, swimming pool, sauna, fully-equipped gymnasium, billiard room, jukebox, mini-theatre (big screen), cocktail bar, pizza oven • 38 kilometres from O R Tambo International Airport • Two golf courses, fitness club and all first-world amenities available in the immediate proximity • 24-hour security

The ultimate conference, wedding and banqueting venue offering uncompromising ser vice and hospitalit y. View our four minute online video at: www.villasterne.com 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, South Africa Tel: +27 (0) 12 346 2255 | Fax: +27 (0) 12 460 3161 e-mail: vsterne@global.co.za


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Next Stop – Zanzibar Road! Niki Daly

The quirky and much-loved gang from Zanzibar Road is back for another fun-filled adventure with Mama Jumbo, Little Chico and a host of colourful and entertaining characters that will delight children and adults alike. Niki Daly’s high regard for children is always beautifully expressed through the books he creates for them. He has won numerous awards at home and abroad for his lyrical writing and gently humorous illustrations.

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Designed with chic and contemporary interiors, all 21 rooms and suites are styled for comfort, luxury and exclusivity. The hotel boasts a sophisticated fine dining restaurant, spa facilities with a full range of therapeutic treatments, a fully equipped gym, a roof-top cocktail deck offering possible sightings of whales breaching or dolphins surfing the waves, a heated rim flow pool, business facilities and wi-fi connectivity throughout. Nothing is left to chance and all needs are anticipated and catered for with impeccable service.

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

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The Strand Tower hotel offers guests 242 rooms in Standard, Superior, Executive and Deluxe styles. The hotel offers a range of features and facilities to ensure that guests have everything they need at their fingertips. The divine pool deck overlooks Strand and Loop Streets, and is an oasis-like location for a late afternoon dip after a long day of sightseeing. There is also a restaurant, a gym, sauna and steam room overlooking Table Mountain and the city centre on the 17th and 18th floors respectively, a newly renovated bar and lounge, an Executive Lounge, conferencing facilities for up to 200 people, 24-hour reception, porterage, a concierge and a coffee shop. The Strand Tower Hotel has everything you need for your stay in Cape Town, whether you are visiting for business or pleasure!

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The privately-owned Tau Game Lodge is situated in the Madikwe Game reserve in the beautiful Great Marico area on the far northern border of South Africa. Boasting 27 major species of game, Madikwe is the fourth largest game reserve in the country. The perfect South African luxury safari holiday destination, Tau Game Lodge offers both Big Five and birdwatching safaris. Overlooking a vast natural waterhole, it offers an idyllic wedding as well as conference venue. Adults can indulge in a range of decadent treatments at the Tau Spa while children enjoy the myriad of kiddies’ activities available.

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In true “Quarters” style, the hotel offers an understated elegance and eclectic ambience. Business and conference facilities accommodating up to 45 people are available and include wi-fi access and a private boardroom. The hotel is situated close to popular shops and boutiques, restaurants, and a wellness centre. Golfing, whale-watching and hiking are all on offer in the area. • Call: +27 28 313 7700 • E-mail: • Website: reservations@quartershermanus.co.za.

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

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The only South African member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Grande Roche is a place where history is entwined with modernity; where the gentle rhythms of a working fruit and wine farm are only a short walk away from a bustling country town. At the Grande Roche Hotel, you will experience the privacy and tranquillity of comfortable and stylish suites nestled among the vineyards. With 28 unique, individually named suites, the experience is as personal as each guest and recounts a history of days gone by. Award-winning Bosman’s restaurant offers the finest culinary experience. Grande Roche is a hotel where every reservation is the promise of a treat.

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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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Shumbalala rests on one of the country’s great tracts of game land. Set in a dry, singeing savanna quartered by easterly-flowing rivers, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder. The reserve is blessed with an abundance of species, including 147 mammals (including the Big 5) and 507 bird species. Qualified rangers conduct relaxed but informative morning and evening game drives and bush walks. Leisurely game viewing can also be enjoyed from the game viewing decks that overlook a water hole frequented by game. Accommodation is available in superior and presidential suites. The lodge offers a splendid high tea and a five-course gourmet dinner.

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Shumbalala Game Lodge is an internationally renowned five-star private bush lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve next to the Kruger National Park.

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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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Karkloof offers guests an opportunity to absorb the sights and sounds of Africa in a private enclave boasting one of the continent’s most exhilarating ecological experiences. Set in a verdant bowl surrounded by towering cliffs, with the shimmering waters of the Albert Falls Dam in view, the Spa and its luxurious boutique hotel provide levels of intimate exclusivity and personalised service unparalleled in this part of Africa. Karkloof Safari Spa is a world-class facility, blending the best in global spa offerings with a uniquely African sensibility. Boasting 16 individually decorated, sumptuous villas, all of which feature spacious bathrooms with double baths and every modern convenience, the lodge is designed to complement its splendid surroundings. The Spa offers authentic Thai treatments, kneipp pools, a reflection room, a Moroccan rasul 24km from Pietermaritzburg airport chamber, a floatation pool, steam and sauna rooms and an open-air jacuzzi. Green’s & Tea’s Café, a hair studio and a Pedi lounge complete the experience.

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Situated on 12 000 hectares of pristine Little Karoo Wilderness, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers the ultimate luxury safari experience. With a variety of four- and five-star lodges to choose from, there is a perfect place for every kind of discerning traveller. The reserve is home to free-roaming and self-sustaining springbok, kudu, eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, Plains zebra, hippopotamus, elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, hyena, caracal, jackal and African wildcat. Sanbona is home to free, self-sustaining white lions (the original two were rescued from trophy hunting programs). The area’s fynbos vegetation is one of the most threatened in the Cape Floristic region. Continental collisions, the submergence of the earth’s crust and the cataclysmic influence of the oceans have all contributed to Sanbona’s magnificent landscapes. The rock art at Sanbona is the only remaining legacy of the /Xam, a clan of San Bushmen who inhabited the area over 3 million years ago. Sanbona offers a holistic guest experience that includes walking and driving safaris, a gourmet restaurant and an African-style spa.

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Royal Chundu is a haven of quiet solitude and untouched beautyand the first Relais & Châteaux property in Zambia. Comprising of two luxurious lodges on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Royal Chundu is situated just upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls on a 15 km stretch of private waterway which is protected by two sets of rapids. As well as luxurious accommodation, world class service and sumptuous pan-African cuisine, visitors can also look forward to visiting the famous falls, enjoying a spot of game viewing in the nearby Chobe National Park in Botswana, as well as bird watching safaris, river rafting, and visits to neighbouring villages. For more information or to make a booking, call +27 87 700 8310 or +27 13 751 1038, email reservations@royalchundu.com or visit www.royalchundu.com.

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National Airways Corporation

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

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

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

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Peermont 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 was formed in 1988 as a hospitality group offering specialized services

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The Three Cities Group offers specialized services in the tourism industry, managing and marketing over 30 quality tourism and leisure properties with a strong network of sales and marketing specialists working out of Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and London. The group’s distinctively unique portfolio of properties includes city hotels, resorts, exceptional safaris and three campuses of The International Hotel School.

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Bidvest Premier Lounges

Premier Lounge is the business lounge service of choice for high-end business and leisure travelers across South Africa. Avoid the crowds, make a phone call in peace, surf the net, use business facilities or just relax with a drink and a snack. There are smoking and non-smoking rooms to suit your style. You can find a Premier Lounge in every local and international departure terminal of all major South African airports. The lounges are open daily from one hour prior to the first flight leaving to 30 minutes after the last flight has left from O R Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka, George, East London and Port Elizabeth airports.

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laid-back restaurant in Franschhoek. The menu offers staunch South African favorites as well as specials that are updated daily to take advantage of the finest ingredients on the market. In the heart of the South African winelands, the restaurant boasts an excellent wine menu. Reuben’s restaurant and

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

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The Blue Train

For more than 60 years, The Blue Train has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s unsurpassed travelling experiences. In 2010 alone, The Blue Train won the coveted accolade of “Africa’s Leading Luxury Train” at The World Travel Awards, and was voted “Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Favourite Specialist Train.” The routes of The Blue Train – both scheduled and chartered – take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world. Routes include Cape Town/Pretoria; Pretoria/ Durban and Pretoria/Pilanesberg.

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area on the far northern border of South Africa.

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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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Dutch East Restaurant

The Dutch East restaurant in Franschhoek believes in the values of simplicity and preserving the integrity of the main ingredient of a dish. At Dutch East, fresh is best and the freshest available ingredients are sourced each day. Head Chef Pasch du Plooy is a leading figure in the culinary world of the Cape Winelands, pioneering the way with his exciting mix of local Dutch and Eastern cuisine.

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towards a commercial license and conversions and type ratings at a CAA approved training facility. It also offers aerial game viewing and management opportunities as well as flights to celebrate special occasions. Their Alert HeliTrack service provides air support to assist in tracing the perpetrators of rhino poaching and farm attacks. Indigo

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

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Indigo Helicopters offers helicopter pilot training (CAA/0348) by PPL and CPL instructors, hour building

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You’ve dreamt of it, now own it!

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

HOEDSPRUIT - LIMPOPO - SOUTH AFRICA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mpekweni Beach Resort

Quarry Lake Inn

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

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

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Location: Kariega Game Reserve, Kenton-on-Sea Tel: +2741 581 2606 E-mail: reservations@kariega.net Web: www.kariega.co.za

Tsala Treetop Lodge Location: Hunters Estate, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay Tel: +2744 501 1111 E-mail: res@hunterhotels.com Web: www.hunterhotels.com

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

Prana Lodge

Kichaka Private Game Lodge

Location: Chintsa East. Wild Coast Tel: +2743 704 5119 E-mail: info@pranalodge.co.za Web: www.pranalodge.co.za

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

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

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Lavender Hill Country Estate Location: Bethlehem Tel: +27 58 303 1673 E-mail: info@lavenderhillestate.co.za Web: www.lavenderhillestate.co.za

Lazy Lizard Guest House Location: 109 Henry Street, Park West, Bloemfontein Tel: +27 51 444 5075 E-mail: info@lizard.co.za Web: www.lizard.co.za

Oranje Guest Farm Location: Fouriesberg Tel: +27 58 223 0412 Email: oranjegh@mweb.co.za Web: www.oranjegasteplaas.co.za

De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa Location: 35km South of Bloemfontein Tel: +27 51 5640 733 E-mail: info@deoudekraal.co.za Web: www.deoudekraal.co.za

Wild Horses Mountain Lodge

A Summer Place Boutique Guest House

Location: Amanzi Amakhulu Estate, Sterkfontein Dam Harrismith Tel: +27 58 622 7000 E-mail: hawkinsgroup@telkomsa.net Web: www.wildhorses.co.za

Location: 18 Stegmann St, Universitas, Bloemfontein Tel: +27 51 522 2412 E-mail: info@thesummerplace.co.za Web: www.thesummerplace.co.za

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De Stijl Gariep Hotel

Hobbit Boutique Hotel

Location: 2 Aasvoel St, Gariep Dam Tel: +27 51 754 0060 Email: info@destijl.co.za Web: www.destijl.co.za

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

Emoya Hotel & Spa San Rock Guest House

Location: Frans Kleynhans Drive, Groenvlei Tel: +27 51 436 8471 E-mail: info@emoya.co.za Web: www.emoya.co.za

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

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Location: C/O Third Ave & Brill St, Westdene Bloemfontein Tel: + 27 51 406 0900 E-mail: info@cbhc.co.za Web: www.cbhc.co.za

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Lekoa Game Lodge Location: Wolfenfontein Farm, Villiers, Helibron Tel: +27 58 821 0601 E-mail: riette@lekoalodge.com Web: www.lekoalodge.com

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Gauteng

Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square Location: Cnr Union Ave & Main Rd, Kliptown, Soweto Tel: +27 21 794 9050 E-mail: reservations@sowetohotel.co.za Web: www.sowetohotel.co.za

National Airways Corporation Head Office: Lanseria, Johannesburg Tel: +2782 891-4639 (24 hours) Tel: +2711 267-5427 (Office hours) E-mail: charter@nac.co.za Web: www.nac.co.za

Shumba Valley Lodge Location: Malibongwe Drive Extension, Lanseria West Rand Tel: +27 11 790 8000 E-mail: shumbavalley@shumbavalley.co.za Web: www.shumbavalley.co.za

The Westcliff Hotel Location: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg Tel: +27 11 481 6000 E-mail: reservations@westcliff.co.za Web: www.westcliff.co.za

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

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

Goodnight Lodge

The Michelangelo Hotel

Location: 13 Arterial Road, West Oriel, Bedfordview Tel: +27 11 615 8363 E-mail: res@goodnight.co.za Web: www.goodnight.co.za

Location: 153 West St, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Tel: +27 11 806 6888 E-mail: michelangelo@legacyhotels.com Web: www.michelangelo.co.za

De Hoek Country Hotel

Tintswalo at Waterfall

Location: Plot 7, Zeekoehoek, Magaliesburg Tel: +27 14 577 9600 E-mail: reservations@dehoek.com Web: www.dehoek.com

Location: Kyalami, Johannesburg Tel: +27 (0) 11 234 2456 E-mail: res1@tintswalo.com / res2@tintswalo.com Web: www.tintswalo.com

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

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The Oyster Box Hotel Location: 2 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban Tel: : +27 21 794 9050 E-mail: info@oysterbox.co.za Web: www.oysterbox.co.za

Hilton Durban Hotel Location: 12–14 Walnut Rd, Durban Central Tel: +27 31 336 8100 E-mail: Web: www.hilton.com/durban

Karkloof Safari Spa Location: 24km from Pietermaritzburg Tel: +27 33 569 1321 E-mail: reservations@karkloofsafarispa.com Web: www.karkloofsafarispa.com

Ammazulu African Palace Location: 20 Windsor Road, Kloof, Durban Tel: +27 31 764 8000 E-mail: info@ammazulupalace.com Web: www.ammazulupalace.com

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Upton Hall Boutique Guesthouse

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

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

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Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

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

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

Isandlwana Lodge The Vineyard on Ballito

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mopane Bush Lodge

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

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

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Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa

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

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

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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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Zebula Golf Estate & Spa

Location: Balule Game Reserve, Hoedspruit District, Greater Kruger National Park Tel: +27 31 764 5049 E-mail: pondoro@mweb.co.za Web: www.pondoro.co.za

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Shumbalala Game Lodge Location: 50km (30miles) from Hoedspruit Tel: +27 (0)11 253 6500 E-mail: res@thornybush.co.za Web: www.shumbalala.co.za

Blyde River Canyon Lodge Location:Blyde River Botanical Reserve, Panorama Route Tel: +27 15 795 5305 E-mail: canyon@worldonline.co.za Web: www.blyderivercanyon.co.za

Jock Safari Lodge Location: Halfway between Skukuza & Malelane Kruger Park Tel: +27 41 509 3000 E-mail: reservations@jocksafarilodge.com Web: www.jocksafarilodge.com

Francolin Lodge Location: 4 Du Preez St, Nelspruit Tel: +27 13 744 1251 E-mail: info@francolinlodge.co.za Web: www.francolinlodge.co.za

Komati Gorge Lodge

Highgrove House Country Hotel Location: 1 Highgrove Avenue, Kiepersol Tel: +27 13 764 1844 E-mail: house@highgrove.co.za Web: www.highgrove.co.za

Location: Farm Waterval JT424, Machadodorp, Tel: +27 17 843 3920 E-mail: komatigorge@telkomsa.net Web: www.komatigorge.co.za

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Umbhaba Lodge

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

Location: Hazyview Tel: +27 13 737 7636 E-mail: reservations@umbhaba.co.za Web: www.umbhaba.co.za

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Walkersons Hotel and Spa

Location: Skukuza, Kruger National Park Tel: +27 11 880 9992 Email: tinga@morehotels.co.za Web: www.tingalodge.co.za

Location: Walkersons Private Estate, Dullstroom Tel: +27 13 253 7000 E-mail: reservations@walkersons.co.za Web: www.walkersons.co.za

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Location: Manyeleti Reserve, Mpumalanga Province Tel: +27 (0) 11 300 8888 E-mail: res1@tintswalo.com / res2@tintswalo.com Web: www.tintswalo.com

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Location: 5 Vanaxe Estate, Hazyview Road, Sabie Tel: +27 (0)82 818-0277 E-mail: stay@porcupineridge.co.za Web: www.porcupineridge.co.za

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Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House Location: 38 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort Dam Tel: +27 12 253 2532 E-mail: info@stirling-manor.com Web: www.stirling-manor.com

Kedar Country Hotel Location: R565, Boekenhoutfontein, Phokeng Tel: +27 11 679 2994 E-mail: reservation@kedarcountryhotel.com Web: www.kedarcountryhotel.com

Leopard Lodge Location: R560 Scheerpoort, Kosmos, Hartbeespoort Dam Tel: +27 12 207 1130 E-mail: info@leopardlodge.co.za Web: www.leopardlodge.co.za

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge Location: Pilanesberg National Park Tel: +27 21 794 9050 E-mail: kwamaritane@legacyhotels.com Web: www.kwamaritane.co.za

Scott’s Manor Guest House

Boschdal Guesthouse Location: 42 Witstinkhout Avenue, Rustenburg Tel: +27 14 533 3783 E-mail: guest1@boschdal.co.za Web: www.boschdal.co.za

Location: 21 Bree Street, Lichtenburg Tel: +27 18 632 0255 E-mail: scottsmanor@intekom.co.za Web: www.scottsmanor.co.za

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Location:80 Nelson Mandela Drive, Mafikeng Tel: +27 18 381 0400 E-mail: res2@phmafikeng.co.za Web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-mafikeng

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge

Location: 2Buffalo Ridge, Madikwe Game Reserve Tel: +27 11 805 9995 E-mail: reservations@buffaloridgesafari.com Web: www.buffaloridgesafari.com

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve Tel: +27 18 350 9400 E-mail: reservations@impodimo.com Web: www.impomdimo.com

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve Tel: +27 11 781 5384 E-mail: reservations@tuningi.co.za Web: www.tuningi.com

Location: Pilanesberg National Park Tel: +27 11 781 1661 E-mail: res@shepherdstree.co.za Web: www.shepherdstree.co.za

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

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The Estate Private Hotel Location: 7 Lodge Street, Belgravia, Kimberley Tel: +27 53 83 22 668 Email: kimjo@absamail.co.za Web: www.theestate.co.za

@Belurana River Manor Location: 2 Brug St, Upington Tel: +27 54 332 4323 E-mail: belurana@mweb.co.za Web: beluranaupington.com

The Kimberley Club Location: 35 Currey Street, CBD, Kimberley Tel: +27 53 832 4224 E-mail: Linda@kimberleyclub.co.za Web: www.kimberleyclub.co.za

Daisy Country Lodge Location: 25 Blesjesfontein, Springbok Tel: +27 27 712 3335/7 E-mail: info@daisylodge.co.za Web: www.daisylodge.co.za

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

Dundi Lodge Location: 4 Airport Boulevard, Rooipad, Kakamus Tel: +27 54 451 9200 E-mail: info@dundilodge.co.za Web: www.dundilodge.co.za

Location: Route N1, Colesberg Tel: +27 51 753 1364 E-mail: info@kuilfontein.co.za Web: www.colesbergtourism.co.za

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

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

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Mattanu Private Game Reserve

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

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Vergelegen Guest House

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

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

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Location: 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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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

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Location: Near Montagu Tel: +27 (0)41 509 3000 E-mail: reservations@sanbona.com Web: www.sanbona.com

Altes Landhaus Country House

The Robertson Small Hotel

Location: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karro Tel: +2744 272-6112 E-mail: altes.landhaus@pixie.co.za Web: www.alteslandhaus.co.za

Location: 58 Van Reenen St, Robertson Tel: +27 23 626 7200 E-mail: info@therobertsonsmallhotel.com Web: www.therobertsonsmallhotel.com

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

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The Elephant Camp

The River Club

Location: 10km from Victoria Falls town Tel: +26 31 344 571 E-mail: res6@wildhorizons.co.zw Web: www.theelephantcamp.com

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Location: 3km from Victoria Falls town centre Tel: +26 31 343 211 E-mail: saflodge@saflodge.co.zw Web: www.victoria-falls-safari-lodge.com

Location: Livingstone Tel: +26 21 332 7457 E-mail: riverclub@iconnect.zm Web: www.theriverclubafrica.com

Stanley Safari Lodge Location: Livingstone Tel: +27 72 170 8879 E-mail: reservations@stanleysafaris.com Web: www.stanleysafaris.com

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Location: 60 kilometres from Livingstone International Airport, Zambia Tel: +27 13 751 1038 E-mail: reservations@royalchundu.com Web: www.royalchundu.com

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Location: Location: Riverside Drive, Livingstone Tel: +26 21 332 4601 E-mail: lodge@dlslandspa.com Web: www.thedavidlivingstone.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

Foreign Embassies and Consuates

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

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05Useful Numbers Police

10111

Ambulance/Fire

10177

Travel Clinic

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

Travel Vaccine Helpline

+27 860 160 160

National Info & Safety Line

+27 83 123 2345

Airport Information (ACSA

+27 86 727 7888

Weatherlin

082 162

Time

1026

Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

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+27 83 123 6789

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Smoking in partially enclosed public places such as covered patios, verandas, balconies, walkways and parking areas is also prohibited. Children under the age of 18 are prohibited from entering designated smoking areas and purchasing cigarettes. There are stiff penalties associated with anti-smoking legislation in South Africa, including hefty fines for both the smoker and venue operator. Be aware that smoking is banned on all domestic flights in South Africa. Keep a look out for ‘no smoking’ signs and only smoke in designated smoking areas.

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