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where Credit is Due “What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell There are so many incredible destinations and experiences in Southern Africa that it is often difficult to choose which to feature in each month’s edition. At Ultimate Guide to Africa we are lucky enough to be particularly discerning in the offerings which we present, and as such decided only to feature attractions and activities with features that set them entirely apart from the norm this month. Our cover property, the luxurious Xanadu Guest Villa, has been recognised as the best guest house in the famous Cape Garden Route, as well as the only five-star guest house situated right on the Wilderness Beach. Our featured destination, the Cacadu District, boasts the second best surf spot in the world. This month’s country escape doubles up as an award-

winning winery, while our featured winery sports the very unique Atlantic Ocean seaside vineyards. To top it all off we present an incredibly special safari experience that involves tracking two handreared and released leopards with their original caretaker and author of the famous book that chronicles their journey. Go ahead – set this month apart from the rest.

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KwaZulu-Natal’s Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Situated in Balgowan in KwaZuluNatal, Cleopatra is a romantic gourmet getaway tucked deep into the Drakensberg Mountains and surrounded by the Giants Castle Nature Reserve. The farmhouse is idyllically located on the edge of a trout filled dam, alongside the Little Mooi River. A place of luxurious simplicity and rustic charm, Cleopatra fits perfectly with its surrounding environment. Guests can enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast from R1795 per person sharing per night until September. www.cleomountain.com

Gold Crown for Lokuthula Lodges, Victoria Falls Resorts Condominium International (RCI), a world leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries worldwide, has once again ranked Lokuthula Lodges with Gold Crown status. Gold Crown grading is bestowed upon timeshare properties that are recognised as consistently delivering outstanding customer service and hospitality to vacation exchange guests. RCI Gold Crown, the highest accolade possible, places Lokuthula Lodges amongst the top 5% of RCI resorts worldwide. Part of the Africa Albida Tourism portfolio, Lokuthula Lodges consists of wonderfully located self-catering units in the Victoria Falls area. Set in a natural bush environment at the edge of the Zambezi National Park and just four kilometres from the thundering waterfall, the rustic thatched timeshare lodges offer stylish comfort, flexibility and privacy. www.lokuthula-lodges.com

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Start Mother’s Day with a leisurely drive out to the beautiful Nederburg Winery in Paarl, where The Red Table restaurant is waiting to spoil moms with a tasty feast. Offered at R230 a head, the menu on 11 May includes slow-roasted tomato soup with herb croutons, roast leg of lamb with rich onion gravy and mint jelly, chicken and mushroom pot pies, roasted potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower gratin, seasonal vegetables, salad, and pumpkin and cinnamon fritters. To top it all is sticky toffee pudding served with crème Anglais, and a special surprise just for mom. A wide selection of Nederburg wines is offered by the glass, and the entire range is available by the bottle. Call +27 21 877 5155 or e-mail theredtable@ nederburg.co.za for bookings (essential) and queries. www.nederburg.com 11

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The luxurious five-star Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse effortlessly blends old world elegance with eclectic decadence in the quaint seaside village of Paternoster on the Cape West Coast. Situated 160km north of Cape Town, Paternoster has its own distinctive beauty, with its unspoilt shimmering white beaches, rocky outcrops, turquoise waters of the Atlantic and indigenous fynbos. Abalone House & Spa is offering a unique West Coast experience this winter. The package is inclusive of two nights of comfortable accommodation, scrumptious breakfast each morning, a delectable two course dinner at Reuben’s Restaurant each evening, a one-hour spa treatment at the Healing Earth Spa each day and a butler bath turndown service. The package costs R1395 per person sharing per night, with a minimum stay of two nights. The special is valid from 1 May to 31 August.

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Enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by a glass of Chamonix wine, whilst overlooking the private picturesque surroundings of Racine restaurant situated right on the foot of the Franschhoek Mountains. Aptly named after the French word for root, Reuben Riffel returns to Chamonix where he started his culinary career to create simple sophisticated bistro style cuisine of international standards. The Miso Braised Beef Cheek is fast becoming a signature dish of the establishment, and for those who prefer less complicated meals you can rest assured to know that each and every one of the seventeen dishes on the menu permeates with natural flavours and melt in your mouth texture. In addition to exquisite gastronomy you can take advantage of the fantastic deli section in which you can purchase a wide range of quality condiments and preserves.


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he central location of the luxurious guest villa (with George, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay only minutes away) makes it the perfect base for a full Garden Route exploration. Transfers to and from George airport (a mere 15 minutes away) are also on offer for further convenience. The only five-star graded guesthouse on Wilderness Beach, Xanadu has been granted Superior Property status by AA Travel Guides, and is recognised by Trip Advisor as one of the most highly ranked properties in Wilderness. Xanadu Guest Villa boasts six spacious double en-suite suites, with all but two facing the sea. The crowning glory of the property, the Presidential Suite offers an incredibly spacious 90 square metres of bedroom and 50 square metres of bathroom space. The bedroom boasts a king size bed and the lounge comfortable couches. The bathroom offers a spa bath, a large shower, a heated towel rail and twin glass hand basins. A large private balcony overlooks the sea, while all windows stretch from ceiling to floor, offering unrivalled views of the beach. A private staircase leads from the suite to the pool area, Jacuzzi and beach access. The Oyster Suite also offers a spacious bedroom with king size bed, a lounge area with sea-facing couches and

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carte restaurants within walking distance or that deliver to the villa door. Although Xanadu is a veritable oasis of calm, with guests hearing only the sound of breaking waves on the pristine golden beaches, it offers a Wi-Fi hotspot for those who need to stay connected. For those who would like to disappear into complete relaxation, professional massage treatments can be enjoyed in suite by the property’s highly qualified therapeutic healer. Should guests wish to venture beyond the luxurious villa and its pristine beach, nearby attractions and activities include the indigenous Knysna Forest, whale, dolphin and shark watching, the famous Cango Caves, Addo Elephant Park, ostrich and oyster farms, wine estates, yachting, mountainous hiking trails, bird watching, canoeing, river rafting, abseiling, paragliding, bungee jumping and game viewing. Xanadu owners Albert and Tersia Hoffmann are the attentive and hands-on managers of the villa, and are personally at the service of guests, making them feel at home 24/7. For further information and reservations call +27 44 877 0022, e-mail stay@xanaduvilla.co.za or visit www.xanaduvilla.co.za.

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loungers, and an en-suite bathroom with a corner bath, shower and heated towel rail. Like the Presidential Suite, the Oyster offers breathtaking 180º sea views through the ceiling to floor windows. The Neptune Suite is a Penthouse Suite that also offers a bedroom with king size bed, a lounge area with a couch and comfortable chairs and an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower. The Neptune is very private, and opens onto a deck area with spectacular views. The Dolphin and Seahorse Suites present a similar offering of spacious bedrooms with king size beds, comfortably equipped lounge areas and en suite bathrooms with bath and shower. The Dolphin boasts an open sea-facing balcony, while the Seahorse extends to a mountain-facing balcony. Lastly, the Starfish Suite offers a bedroom with two extralength single beds, an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower and an open balcony facing the mountain. All finishes throughout the villa are in marble and plush carpets, and all suites are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD, VCR, Hi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a fully stocked mini bar. The villa boasts two dining rooms, both of which offer great sea views. There are also numerous top class à la

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outh Africa’s Cacadu District is home to luscious evergreen forests, incredible landscapes and gorgeous vistas coupled with superb accommodation, restaurants and activities for families, couples and adventure travellers. The District is home to Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis Bay, the former boasting the world’s best right hand surf break, which attracts international surfers and tourists the world over. In a recent study of the world’s best surf spots by internationally-renowned news source CNN with the help of Surfing Magazine editors and surfing experts, Jeffrey’s Bay was ranked second in the world against 49 other incredible surf spots. Beaten only by the incredible Pipeline of Oahu, Hawaii, Jeffrey’s Bay is officially regarded as not only boasting the world’s best right hand break, but also offering “long, fast barrels off an intense point break”. CNN’s report has ranked it ahead of other prestigious surf spots the likes of Australia, Fiji, the USA (both California and Miami), Costa Rica and the Maldives. Residents and visitors alike flock to the incredible offerings in Jeffrey’s Bay and surrounding areas,

which not only include renowned surf breaks but unspoiled beaches, gorgeous nature reserves, top-notch accommodation and restaurants too. The area also boasts a vineyard and wine farm, a challenging 18-hole, par 72 golf course known as the St Francis Links, and the tallest masonry tower on the South African coast – the Seal Point Lighthouse. Cape St Francis is a well-known fishing village. The area’s lighthouse was built in 1878 to warn ships of the dangerous reefs stretching more than a kilometer out to sea. The Seal Point Lighthouse will impress visitors with its height of 27.75m. The Cacadu District also plays host to smaller villages – Paradise Beach and Oyster Bay, as well as Humansdorp, situated at the centre of the local farming community. Visitors to the area will not want for activities and experiences – various nature reserves offer walkthroughs, where sightings of small buck amongst the indigenous fynbos are not uncommon. Adventure enthusiasts will enjoy thrill-seeking water sport activities such as kayaking, kite surfing, diving and even deep sea fishing. For further information visit www.travelcacadu.co.za.

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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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he reputation of Dunstone Country House (formerly known as the Bovlei Valley Retreat guesthouse) on the outskirts of Wellington has always been one of warm luxury with high-class service and attention to detail. Owners Lee and Abbi fell in love on a UK farm named Dunstone. When they obtained this Wellington property in 2002, the stony vineyards rendered the name Dunstone all the more suitable. Today the Dunstone Estate incorporates the very popular Dunstone Country House as well as the award-winning Dunstone Winery. The four-star Dunstone Country House boasts five charmingly decorated en-suite bedrooms – three in converted stables and two in a converted farm cottage. The property also plays host to a two-bedroom selfcatering cottage. Guests at Dunstone can enjoy sumptuous home-cooked food in the cellar amongst the wine tanks, paring the perfect wine with their dish of choice, or in the gardens surrounded by the magical mountains. The romance of a working wine farm and the warm welcome offered by Abbi and her well-trained team render the visit a luxurious yet homely experience. Dunstone Wines’s recent awards in various authoritative wine competitions give a clear indication that one can expect great drinking enjoyment from this small familyowned vineyard situated on the slopes of the Hawequa and Limiet Mountains. The Dunstone Shiraz 2008 was honoured with the Mutual & Federal Agri Wellington Wine Routes first ever five-star Platter rating. In addition, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc won silver at Michelangelo and the 2012 Shiraz was awarded a silver medal at Veritas (as well as a four-star Platter rating). Wine lovers are welcome to visit the cellar from Wednesday through Sunday or to make a private appointment to taste the terroir-driven single vineyard wines, which are made with the same love and passion that is evident on arrival at the Country House. For further information and reservations call +27 21 864 1504, e-mail stay@dunstone.co.za or visit www.dunstone.co.za.

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the book My Life with Leopards - Graham Cooke’s Story in September 2012 and since then the story has met with great interest from people around the world. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Boycat and Poepface in the South Luangwa Valley and to commemorate the milestone Fransje van Riel and Graham Cooke will return to the area to follow in the footsteps of the two leopards. Collaborating with Kafunta and Norman Carr Safaris, the very first My Life with Leopards Safari will take place in October 2014, with others following in 2015. The trip is an exclusive tailor-made eight-night safari that can accommodate a maximum of six guests. Safari guests will spend the main part of the trip in the southern side of the park, in close vicinity of the island before exploring the South Luangwa Valley further upstream, enjoying a combination of exciting walking safaris and game drives in comfortable open 4x4 vehicles. The carefully chosen camps guarantee a highly personal service, and the safari promises to be an unforgettable wildlife experience. Tours are subject to availability. Regrettably, no children are allowed. For further information and reservations contact Fransje van Riel at fransje@vodamail.co.za.

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he South Luangwa Valley in Zambia is one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. Famed for its excellent opportunities for observing lion, leopard, elephant and other big game, the remote and unspoiled part of Zambia was the scene of a very special project undertaken 20 years ago. In April 1994, two much loved young adult leopards were released in the South Luangwa Valley by a young game ranger named Graham Cooke. Graham had been living with the leopards in the South African lowveld for a full year before he decided to return Boycat and his sister Poepface to the wild in the Valley. Graham pitched a small and very secluded tented camp on a remote island on the Luangwa River for the last stages of the cubs’ rehabilitation and it was here that Boycat and Poepface tentatively ventured into the wilderness of their new home. Joining the cubs on daily walks to familiarise them with the new environment, Graham braved some of the area’s most dangerous animals. After about a month Boycat and Poep were ready to leave the safety that the small camp provided and crossed the river into the National Park to start their life in the wild. For Graham, it was time to let go… Author Fransje van Riel chronicled Graham’s story in

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Embracing the 10th year of his journey of discovery as the driving force behind Strandveld Vineyards’ cool climate wines, winemaker Conrad Vlok and his team have enjoyed a bountiful harvest at Africa’s southernmost winery and home of First Sighting.

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grapes from Strandveld’s own vineyards in 2005, Conrad has a close affinity to the soil, the vines and the cellar. The white cultivars in which he currently specialises are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, especially a blend of the two as portrayed in his highly acclaimed Strandveld Adamastor. Amongst the reds, his focus is on Shiraz, Grenache and Pinot Noir. The 2014 Strandveld harvest started on 14 February – a week later than the previous year – and wrapped up at the end of March. “My time at Strandveld Vineyards marks the longest period I have been at any wine farm, which of course brings with it the great satisfaction of experience and a deep understanding of the vineyards, as well as our very own particular micro-climate and diverse soil types,” adds Conrad. His proudest achievements include a Veritas Double Gold medal as well as a Gold medal (Best in Class) for his 2010 Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc. Both the Sauvignon Blanc and the 2009 Strandveld Adamastor received five-star ratings in Platter’s South African Wine Guide. “Every time your wines achieve such great recognition it is like a stamp of approval for a job well done,” says Conrad, whose Strandveld Navigator, a red blend produced from Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvédre and Viognier is a firm favourite with wine lovers as well as visitors to the farm who are intrigued by the history that inspired the name. This Rhône blend pays homage to Prince Henry the Navigator – the patron of early Portuguese exploration, who had a passion for rounding Africa’s southernmost tip. When Conrad is not working in the vineyards or the cellar, you can find him spending time with his family at their home on the farm, in the veld or line fishing from his sea kayak in the Atlantic off Cape Agulhas. He is passionate about cooking and visitors to Strandveld Vineyards might just catch the delicious aroma of a succulent fish dish or Springbok potjie being prepared in his home. Conrad’s winemaking philosophy is that winemaking starts first and foremost in the vineyards and that it takes good grapes to make great wine. “Attention to detail is key. Don’t mess up in the cellar; stay focused until the wine is in the bottle and on the table.” Dedicated first and foremost to biodiversity and the conservation of the lush surroundings, Strandveld Vineyards offers a picturesque setting with an abundance of birdlife and plants, the perfect escape for wine and nature lovers to experience a serene getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. The farm is open for wine tastings in the historic tasting room and offers the experience to extend your stay in one of the welcoming guest cottages. For further information and reservations call +27 28 482 1906, e-mail info@strandveld.co.za or visit www.strandveld.co.za.

exceptional winemaker with a decade of award-winning vintages under his belt. Making the most of the ever present sea winds cooling the vines and the unique Elim soils that shape every vintage, Conrad and his team produce the popular First Sighting as well as the top tier Strandveld wines. The name “First Sighting” honours Bartholomeu Diaz’s first glimpse of Cape Agulhas in April 1488, a further thumbprint of how these wines are shaped by the history of this unique wine growing region. With Strandveld Vineyards firmly entrenched as one of South Africa’s producers of exceptional Sauvignon Blanc (as attested by highly regarded UK Master of Wine Jancis Robinson), Conrad hopes that 2014 will also be a good year for Strandveld Pinot Noir. “We are well known for our Sauvignon Blanc, but I have a feeling that this could be the year that our Pinot Noir will also shine. I chose open barrel fermentation, with only two gentle punch downs per day, instead of the regular pump over action as a means to extract less hard tannins from the pips and skins,” notes Conrad. “Things are looking very promising in the cellar, even though it was a tricky year for the harvest, with heavy rains in November and January,” says Conrad, whose ten-year experience has more than equipped him to be on top form with each new vintage. As the first winemaker to press

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Whether you fly, or drive the scenic 3½ hours from Johannesburg to the Tlokweng border post, The Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort and the nearby 4-star Peermont Mondior hotel are your first choice for business and entertainment in Botswana. Just a few minutes from the city centre of Gaborone and the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, The Grand Palm Resort, offers superior accommodation in the 5-star Peermont Walmont hotel and 3-star Metcourt Inn, lively entertainment, extensive dining choices and worldclass conference facilities at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), all set in beautiful gardens where indigenous birds and tame wildlife roam free. One of the finest facilities of its kind in southern Africa, the award-winning GICC is a multifaceted convention centre which hosts from 8 to 1800 delegates in a variety of elegant venues while the resort offers high speed wi-fi coverage and a free airport shuttle service. The all-suite Peermont Mondior hotel, situated in the heart of Gaborone, is a favourite with discerning business travellers for its exceptional standards and renowned Botswana hospitality. Peermont Central Reservations: Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only) or Tel: +267 363 7777 (Direct) | Book online at www.grandpalm.bw


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beautifully adorned manor dining room that flows out onto a spacious garden terrace surrounded by tranquil water features and majestic pepper trees, Monneaux provides the perfect setting for both summer and winter visits. Ranked amongst South Africa’s top restaurants, it offers an inspired contemporary take on timeold classics as well as a selection of innovative and unique modern-day dishes. The extensive à la carte and tasting menus have been designed to accommodate all tastes, and the carefully compiled wine list provides a great selection of top local offerings to complement each dish. Although both menus have been carefully compiled with only the best flavour profiles in mind, Executive Chef Louis Jansen is open to requests to mix things up a bit from time to time (on a quiet day, for example, bespoke tasting menus can be created using a selection of à la carte offerings). With obvious culinary prowess and unique flair, Chef Jansen creates impeccably presented meals that boast the taste sensations of the Mediterranean, the East and Europe – all with a distinct African accent. Although the most popular starters are the Franschhoek salmon trout with pea soup, the goat’s cheese mousse salad and the salmon sashimi, everything from quail saltimbocca and penne caponata to pan fried duck livers is on offer. Sought-after main dishes include the roast pork belly ravioli, the dukkah spiced lamb rack and the line fish of the day. Chicken and prawn green curry as well as chalmar sirloin and fillet are other crowd pleasers.

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Chef Jansen has been lending his gourmet genius to the restaurant for four years. His expertise is partly a reflection of his extensive experience, which includes positions at Grootbos Nature Reserve in the Overberg, the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Greenways in Claremont and Hunter’s Country House in Plettenberg Bay, to name a few. Trained at Grande Roche Hotel under the auspices of the American Motel and Hotel Association and mentored by celebrity chef Rueben Riffel, Jansen sure knows what’s potting in the kitchen. He believes in sourcing only the freshest local produce, in making as much as possible from scratch and in telling patrons exactly what is in their meals. “People these days are more conscious of the food they eat, and I enjoy sharing the journey as well as the taste sensations of each dish with them,” he shares. He celebrates the stiff culinary competition that abounds in Franschhoek, believing that it is vital in helping him to keep abreast of the constant developments of the dining industry without ever compromising on quality and care. For a true sensory treat in the heart of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, reserve your table at the Franschhoek Country House and Villas’ Monneaux Restaurant by calling +27 21 876 3386, e-mailing info@fch.co.za or visiting www.fch.co.za.

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Often the most exciting part of a meal, dessert at Monneaux certainly does not disappoint. Unique creations such as pineapple and coconut tart tatin and mango soup complement old local favourites such as vanilla panna cotta and crème brûlée. Special mention also needs to be made of the vibrantly coloured and deliciously refreshing homemade sorbet in strawberry, kiwi and passion fruit flavours. A special menu for younger guests includes favourites such as chicken with fries, pasta carbonara, calamari and beef or chicken burgers. The lush surrounding gardens of Franschhoek Country House and Villas provide a fairytale escape for children while the older folks slowly make their way through the lengthy menus and wine list. Friendly and attentive waitrons are always on hand to assist with everything from difficult menu decisions and dietary requirements to the perfect wine and food pairing. Notable pairings include goat’s cheese mousse with Pierre Jourdan Cuvée Brut, spiced tempura tofu with Mont Andre Chardonnay, parmesan-ricotta gnocchi with Pierre Jourdan Tranquille Rosé and dark chocolate parfait with Nederburg Noble Late Harvest. Other celebrated names on the wine list include the likes of Haute Cabriere, La Motte, Graham Beck and Grande Provence.

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

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

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

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

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

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De Zeekoe Guest Farm

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

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spectacular views from its eighteen spacious rooms. In true “Quarters” style, the hotel offers an understated elegance and eclectic ambience. Business and conference facilities accommodating up to 45 people are available and include wi-fi access and a private boardroom. The hotel is situated close to popular shops and boutiques, restaurants, and a wellness centre. Golfing, whale-watching and hiking are all on offer in the area.

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Hermanus’s superbly positioned Quarters Hotel overlooks the village’s historic harbour, boasting

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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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• Call: +27 (0) 11 300 8888 • E-mail: res1@tintswalo.com / res2@tintswalo.com • Website: www.tintswalo.com

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

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

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Casa Do SolHotel & Resort

A delightful Mpumalanga accommodation offering situated in an eden of tranquil pools, deeply shaded glades and lush flower gardens just next to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview. Casa Do Sol comprises four different types of accommodation - casas, villas, twin and double suites and a Casa Grande complete with private jacuzzi. All rooms cater for double occupancies and have bathrooms ensuite. While the casas lead out to the lush flower gardens, the villas offer private gardens or terraces. The twin and double suites each boast an entrance hall, spacious sitting room, luxury bathrooms with separate shower and toilet and private patios with breathtaking views of the valley. The Casa Grande includes a large sitting room that opens onto a portico patio with a jacuzzi, sauna and private pool in an enclosed garden. On the upper level is a double bedroom with his and hers bathrooms. Casa do Sol is the perfect venue for a variety of events. The attentive and professional banqueting team that oversees the conference facility will guarantee that each event undertaken at the luxury hotel is a superb experience.

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

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

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Gondwana Game Reserve

Set on 11,000 hectares, Gondwana is the only authentic free-roaming Big Five game reserve in the Western Cape. Gondwana’s spectacular landscape, along with its picturesque mountain backdrop, teams with game including eland, kudu, red hartebeest and gemsbok as well as cheetah, hippo and bontebok, amongst others. Numerous activities are on offer, including game drives in open Land Rovers, Africology spa treatments and a Junior Ranger Experience for children, as well as horseback safaris, mountain biking and fishing in the reserve’s 1000 hectares of protected area. Five-star, fully-inclusive accommodation is provided for couples in deluxe stand-alone lodge bedrooms and for families or groups in private bush villas, all with awe-inspiring views.

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A four-hour drive from Cape Town along the Garden Route or 45 minutes from George Airport.


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Thornybush Nature Reserve is located a mere twenty minute drive from Hoedspruit Airport, which is served twice daily from Johannesburg and three times a week via direct jet service from Cape Town. The reserve also boasts its own tarred runway served daily from Johannesburg by Federal Air Charters. Thornybush Private Nature Reserve spans nearly 50 000 acres and plays host to an abundance of game, including the popular Big Five. Accommodation offerings consist of five eight-bed and one sixteen-bed luxury lodges, an eight-tent bush camp and two five star twenty-suite lodges - Thornybush Game Lodge and Thornybush Waterside Lodge. The lodges, some fifteen minutes’ drive apart within the reserve, provide an ideal opportunity to accommodate conferences, weddings, special event launches and the like. Both Thornybush Game Lodge and Thornybush Waterside Lodge have extensive conferencing facilities and up to 140 delegates/guests can be accommodated.

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the late nineties. The Group now boasts a collection of nine four and five star game lodges, eight of which

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Zambezi Queen

There are few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and the exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Teeming with life, this National Park sprawls across some 11 000 m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at roughly 120 000. It is on this great expanse of untamed water that an adventure unlike any other awaits. Why join the crowds on land-based game drives when you can experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a luxury 45 meter boat? The Zambezi Queen is all about pampering, indulgence and superior comfort. Whether you are dining on the third level restaurant watching the animals gather at the water at dusk, game viewing from one of the private boats or attempting to land your first tiger fish, the professional Zambezi Queen team will be on hand to meet your every need.

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• Call: +27 15 291 4042 • E-mail: reservations@fusionhotel.co.za • Website: www.fusionboutiquehotel.co.za

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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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star experience where art, cuisine and comfort merge in a unique sensory feast.

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Kloppenheim Country Estate

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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The central location of the luxurious guest villa (with George, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay only minutes away) makes it the perfect base for a full Garden Route exploration. Transfers to and from George airport (a mere 15 minutes away) are also on offer for further convenience. The villa boasts six spacious double en-suite suites, with all but two facing the sea. There are two on-site dining rooms, both of which offer great sea views. Numerous top class à la carte restaurants within walking distance or that deliver to the villa door. Should guests wish to venture beyond the luxurious villa and its pristine beach, nearby attractions and activities include the indigenous Knysna Forest, whale, dolphin and shark watching, the famous Cango Caves, Addo Elephant Park, ostrich and oyster farms, wine estates, yachting, mountainous hiking trails, bird watching, canoeing, river rafting, abseiling, paragliding, bungee jumping and game viewing.

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CLICO Boutique Hotel

Clico Boutique Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg offers five-star accommodation, fine dining and conference facilities in a chic, private garden setting. The small hotel is also utilised as a private villa for corporate clients. Launched in June 2006, the chic five-star boutique hotel and fine dining venue is a welcome haven for business as well as leisure travellers to Johannesburg wishing to be centrally located yet in a tranquil garden setting, with the option of delectable cuisine. Owner Jeanette Schwegman’s passion for local art is reflected at Clico, which is elegantly decorated in the finest silk drapes, soft feather beds, inviting sofas, a convivial fireplace and hues that soothe the senses with private balconies overlooking the garden and pool. Although Clico provides the ideal venue for a getaway, it is also centrally located for easy access to Johannesburg’s major business and shopping centres. All 9 beautifully appointed rooms are en-suite and designed to executive standards, complete with mini-bars, airconditioning, under-carpet heating and heated bathrooms, telephones in the rooms, wireless internet and ADSL lines, fax, scanning and photocopying facilities – as well as 24-hour security.

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Shumbalala Game Lodge - An African Dream In the vast wilderness of South Africa’s hot northern plains, adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park, deep within an ancient tapestry of natural wonder, you will chance upon SHUMBALALA GAME LODGE. From your early morning game drive or bush walk in the Big 5 Thornybush Game Reserve to lazy afternoons at the pool and a sunset safari, tales of the day are told in the wine cellar as you prepare for a sumptuous dinner fire-side al fresco or candle-lit indoors. Choose from four luxury suites or the Presidential Suite, all of which have private viewing decks and picture window bathrooms. Wake up knowing that each day will allow for the adventure and peace of Africa to enter your soul – in a place where the lion sleeps. Reservations: Tel: +27 (0)11 253 6500 • Fax: +27 (0)11 803 7350 • sales@thornybush.co.za

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National Airways Corporation

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

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

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Peermont

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

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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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that are updated daily to take advantage of the finest ingredients on the market. In the heart of the South African winelands, the restaurant boasts an excellent wine menu. Reuben’s restaurant and

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The Blue Train

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

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

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to celebrate special occasions. Their Alert HeliTrack service provides air support to assist in tracing the perpetrators of rhino poaching and farm attacks. Indigo

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Dutch East Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

Mpekweni Beach Resort

Quarry Lake Inn

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

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

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River Lodge

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

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

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

Moya Manzi Beach House

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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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

Xanadu Guest Villa

Steenberg Hotel

Location: Wilderness Beach, Garden Route Tel: +27 44 877 0022 E-mail: stay@xanaduvilla.co.za Web: www.xanaduvilla.co.za

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

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Tintswalo Atlantic

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

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

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

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Altes Landhaus Country House

The Robertson Small Hotel

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

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

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

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ince most of the activities in South Africa happen outdoors, sunburn is a potential health hazard. Cover up and use sun screen lotion whenever you are outside. Malaria risk areas include Northern KZN and Zululand, the Northern Province and Mpumalanga. The risk of contraction in South Africa is minimal when the proper precautions are taken. These include taking malaria tablets, using insect repellent and mosquito coils, and wearing long sleeved clothing. Tap water in most areas is safe to drink, but be sure to double check with your hosts first. One of the biggest health risks in South Africa is HIV and Aids. If you plan to be sexually active during your stay in South Africa, be sure to take necessary precautions. Check out www.redribbon.co.za for more information. Visit www.brillianttan.co.za for a safer way to obtain that holiday tan.

02Safety • Do not to walk alone at night. • Do not flaunt your possessions when you are out in public. • Only allow clearly uniformed guards and personnel to handle your possessions. • Be aware of what is happening around you. • If anything should happen do not hesitate to phone the police.

03Travel Options Air

There are several domestic airlines in South Africa, including South African Airways, South African Express, Interlink, Airlink and British Airways. Low-cost carriers include: 1time, Kulula and Mango.

Bus

Greyhound (+27 83 915 9000), InterCape (+27 21 380 4400) and Translux (+27 861 589 282) are the three main bus services in South Africa. All flights and bus tickets can be booked via Computicket at www.computicket.com or by calling +27 83 915 8000.

Trains

For budget trips across the country, Shosholoza Meyl is the best service available. Book online at www.shosholozameyl.co.za and enquiries can be directed to +27 86 000 8888. If you decide to splurge, though, there are three outstanding options. The famous Blue Train (+27 12 334 8459), Rovos Rail (+27 12 315 8242) and Premier Classe (+27 86 000 8888) are luxurious liners with all the bells and whistles.

Cars

Most of the main car rental companies have outlets at the international airports and in major centres. In South Africa, we drive on the left side of the road. The general speed limits are 120 km/h on the freeways, 100 km/h on major roads outside built-up areas and 60 km/h in built-up areas. Foreign members of the Automobile Association (AA) can register as a temporary member in South Africa at any local AA branch. For more information, phone +27 83 843 2222.

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CAPE TOWN CENTRE

JOHANNESBURG CENTRE

Avis Car Rental

+27 21 934 0330

+27 861 021 111

Budget Rent-a-Car

+27 21 380 3140

+27 11 230 1200

Europcar

+27 21 935 8600

+27 11 394 8831

Hertz Car Hire

+27 21 935 3000

+27 11 390 9700

Tempest Car Hire

+27 21 935 8650

+27 11 578 0160

in South Africa

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

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05Useful Numbers Police

10111

Ambulance/Fire

10177

Travel Clinic

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

Travel Vaccine Helpline

+27 860 160 160

National Info & Safety Line

+27 83 123 2345

Airport Information (ACSA

+27 86 727 7888

Weatherlin

082 162

Time

1026

Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

Tourist Info

+27 83 123 6789

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

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