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

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Positioned in the most romantic valley on earth, only 1 hour from Cape Town, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of a village in Provence yet with an elegant Cape sensibility. Set in gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines – with fynbos draping the nearby mountains – the original, charming country maison includes 14 standard and luxury rooms as well as the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant while the 12 Villa suites are havens of privacy & understated opulence. Swimming pools, a candle-lit cellar, a treatment room and sun-down verandas are all a traveller needs as you live la vie extraordinaire. Cape Winelands – South Africa

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where Credit is Due “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire.” – Edith Sitwell Although renowned for her blazing sun and great outdoors, Africa takes on an altogether unique kind of magic during the winter months. For one, experiences are more private and intimate over the off-season period, with bespoke offerings, great value-for-money packages and true solitude to be found at many of Southern Africa’s top destinations. Winter is also a great time to immerse oneself in Africa’s myriad culinary delights. This month’s feature on South Africa’s top food destinations presents just the tip of the iceberg that is the area’s rich dining culture. There is of course also an internationally acclaimed wine offering to complete each dish, and each experience, perfectly. While there are ample opportunities to celebrate Africa’s chilly delights, there are also unique spaces, such as KwaZulu-Natal’s pristine coastline, that are blessed with year-round sunshine, providing the perfect escape for those looking

to enjoy an eternal summer. This month’s cover destination, the five-star boutique Hotel Izulu in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ballito, provides the best in luxury accommodation for those wishing to marry the advantages of warmer weather and off-season privacy. Whatever you choose to do in Africa this winter, rest assured that you will no doubt leave with a heart warmed by the sizzling pulse of her eternally enlivened people and places. Enjoy the mag!

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Father’s Day in the Midlands Granny Mouse Country House & Spa in the Natal Midlands Meander is offering great getaway opportunities to celebrate dad this Father’s Day. From 13 – 15 June, guests can enjoy a two night stay including bed and breakfast, a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage for dad, a whisky tasting for two, an R800 dinner voucher, and a Karkloof Canopy Tour or river walk complete with picnic and beer bucket for only R1200 per person per night sharing in one of the Garden Rooms. If dad can’t sneak away for Father’s Day weekend, 
Granny Mouse is offering one night getaway packages for two including bed and breakfast, a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage for dad, a whisky tasting for two, and an R800 dinner voucher for only R1 350 per person sharing in one of the Garden Rooms for the entire month of June. www.grannymouse.co.za

Exciting new cultural offerings at Camp Jabulani Camp Jabulani, a private luxury safari lodge located within Hoedspruit’s Kapama Game Reserve, boasts a new art gallery, a luxury retail outlet and an intimate private wine cellar (collectively named The Gallery). The Gallery features various forms of local art, including works by renowned artists such as Jean Abrie, Johan Koch, Gert van der Merwe, Stephen Sutherland and Ardmore. Products from Out of Alex Embroidery Project and the African Children’s Community Education and Feeding Scheme (ACFS) are also showcased. Private wine tastings and intimate dinners are also offered in The Gallery. All profits generated by The Gallery will go towards the care and upkeep of Camp Jabulani’s elephant herd. www.campjabulani.com

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The newly refurbished Private Granite Suites at Londolozi Game Reserve offer an extraordinary experience for those celebrating a special occasion with their nearest and dearest. Bold and inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rocks that flank the camp, whilst conveying the raw essence of Africa. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting in each expansive suite. The emphasis is on space, light and privacy while blurring the barrier between insite and out. A seamless integration with nature is achieved through large doors and windows that open directly onto the Sand River. Each suite boasts its own river bath for al-fresco bathing in the heart of Londolozi’s wilderness. Londolozi luxury safari lodge is for discerning travellers who appreciate the finer details of an African safari. www.londolozi.com

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Imagine walking among dinosaurs – moving, roaring, life-size dinosaurs. The extraordinary Days of the Dinosaur exhibition will be held at the Sandton International Convention Centre from 20 June to 20 July, and at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 2 to 21 August. The internationally renowned exhibition merges education and entertainment in scientifically accurate dinosaur exhibits made possible by some of the world’s most advanced animatronics. Having travelled as far as Buenos Aires, Israel, Paris and Barcelona, the famous exhibition now brings its more than 45 life-size dinosaurs and two skeletons to African soils. Other attractions at the exhibition include a 3D cinema, an excavation zone and a large interactive area for kids. Tickets available through Computicket. www.daysofthedinosaur.co.za

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Racine Restaurant | Uitkyk Street | Franschhoek Tel: +27 21 876 2393 | email: racine1665@gmail.com


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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ince its inception, the boutique property has been celebrated for its outstanding reputation and offering. It is also conveniently situated near King Shaka International Airport, placing it only a short drive from Durban as well as close to world-class surrounding game reserves. Nestled on the Zulu Kingdom’s subtropical sugar belt, the boutique retreat radiates understated opulence, revealing a side of Africa little seen by the international traveller. Set in a sub-tropical forest against a rugged coastline, the luxurious resort offers guests year-round sunshine, which can be soaked up at the pool or on one of the glorious nearby beaches. The property boasts 19 luxurious suites within a contemporary blend of Tuscan architecture, African features and Balinese influences. The different styles of architecture form a convivial mix, and are most often described as “an African heart with an Eastern spirit”. Five luxurious freestanding villas are spread out across the manicured grounds, with each offering two Executive Suites, two

Deluxe Suites, a private courtyard and an 8-seater Jacuzzi. Luxurious living manifests itself in the Royal Suite – the preferred choice of VIP’s and Hollywood celebrities. Sprawled across the entire top floor of Villa Ingelosi, the suite encompasses a bar, a dining area, a personal deck and a Jacuzzi overlooking the Indian Ocean. The suite is perfect for honeymooners, with the hotel also offering an on-site chapel and multi-functional banqueting hall. Crowning the unique property is Gigi’s Brasserie, which offers a menu of world-class cuisine presented with typical South African infusions. The diverse menu recreates classical dishes in a more modern and health-orientated fashion. Dining is accompanied by a wide choice of rare and sought-after South African vintages from the wine cellar. Guests can also opt to dine in the intimacy of their suite, at a table set in the romantic wine cellar or in the heart of the kitchen at the unique Chef’s Table. Hotel Izulu has also received many prestigious awards for its Impilo Beauty Spa – one of only a handful of Clarins Gold Status Spas in South Africa. The spa has been graded

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in the KZN climate. Topiary is a prominent element of the garden, which has become a place of relaxation and reflection for guests. Designed to be wheelchair-friendly, the paths encourage exploration of the whole garden, where extensive signage explains exactly what is being cultivated in each area. Each month, Hotel Izulu hosts the renowned Wine Market in conjunction with various leading wine estates, and guests are able to enjoy decadent food and wine pairings created by the Executive Chef whilst being entertained by local bands. All of the wines from each month’s market are available for purchase at the hotel. Hotel Izulu is the perfect base for the discerning traveller looking to enjoy the warmth, wildlife, spectacular scenery and culture of the Zulu Kingdom, whist being pampered and spoilt in world-class luxury. Ideal for weddings, honeymoons or as a unique luxury retreat, Hotel Izulu can indeed be hailed as the jewel of KwaZulu-Natal. For further information and reservations call + 27 32 94 63 444 or e-mail info@hotelizulu.com.

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as such due to its outstanding levels of professional advice and treatments. Founded on international criteria, the treatments provided by Impilo Beauty Spa therapists are of the same standard as those offered by a Clarins Gold Status Spa in Paris or Switzerland. Created to nurture body, mind and soul, the unique and restorative facials and advanced skin therapies are designed for individual needs by a team of dedicated professionals. The spa is a place of enlightenment, where holistic rejuvenation combines with the warmth of the tropical sun and the joy of the Indian Ocean. Aside from its elegance, grace and personalised service, Hotel Izulu is committed to operating in a more ecofriendly environment. The hotel boasts an organic herb and vegetable garden, which provides a daily supply of fresh organic vegetables for use in Gigi’s restaurant. The principle source of food for the garden is the output of the “wormery” - one of several “green” initiatives adopted by the hotel. An organic orangery, with a range of citrus trees each planted in individual terracotta pots, also thrives

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he five star Clico Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Events Centre in Rosebank has much to offer this winter. A special Father’s Day menu at R350 per person includes dad delights such as Eland Carpaccio, braised pork belly, lamb shank, chocolate brandy pudding and Glühwein. A winter dining and accommodation special valid from 1 May to 31 August includes a night in a luxury double room, a five course dinner on the eve of arrival and a delectable breakfast the next morning for only R2500 per couple. The hotel will also be celebrating Christmas in July on the 25th, offering a wonderfully festive menu including traditional favourites the likes of cinnamon soup, gammon tortellini, cider braised pork belly, turkey, quail, ratatouille, port jelly, chocolate cake, Christmas pudding and eggnog. A veritable feast for only R425 per person. Women’s Day in August (as well as any other special occasions) can be celebrated in style with a chic high tea at the hotel. At R235 per person (for a minimum party of four), the exquisite high tea offering includes a glass of quality local bubbly, a delightful selection of tea and coffee and a range of delicious finger foods. Savoury snacks include the likes of mini-blinis, smoked salmon and caviar, spring rolls, baby croissants, cheese sticks, sausage rolls and mini burgers. High tea sweets include Belgian chocolate brownies, banana loaf, chocolate tart, mini Chelsea buns, vanilla and carrot cake and mini lemon tarts. Clico was chosen as one of Eat Out’s Top Ten Restaurants in 2012, and as one of the seven Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Johannesburg in 2013. This year it has been voted into the top 25 in both the Top Small Hotel and Top Luxury Hotel categories on TripAdvisor South Africa. For further information call +27 11 252 3300, e-mail info@clicohotel.com or visit www.clicohotel.com.

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The long awaited Satellite Wave air debuts with its advanced timekeeping system. Citizen has taken its Eco-Drive, light powered technology to the next level with this revolutionary watch that receives time signals from navigation satellites. The Satellite Wave Air captures the day, date and time signals sent by satellites from space — orbiting 20,000 kilometers above the earth—bringing ultra-precise timekeeping to wherever people are on the face of the Earth. www.citizenwatches.co.za • 011257-6000 • info@cjr.co.za •

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of only a handful to offer tailored skin solutions for teens. Lavish treatment suites give way to a tranquil steam room and art deco inspired ‘rainforest’ shower, and even those initially just wanting to pop in for a quick top to toe pamper will no doubt be tempted to spend the entire day at the spa. While each Healing Earth treatment is unique in its benefits and pleasures, we would highly recommend enjoying a full African ritual escape in order to best take advantage of the myriad benefits and delights on offer. For further information and reservations call +27 41 502 6000, e-mail guestrelations@no5boutiquearthotel.com or visit www.no5boutiquearthotel.com.

ituated a mere ten minutes from the airport and within 100m of the Indian Ocean, the five star No 5 Boutique Art Hotel in Port Elizabeth offers timeless sophistication and uncompromising luxury to discerning travellers wanting to experience the best of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. While the hotel’s ten exquisite suites and tranquil surrounds reflect its five star status in every detail, it is its spa that really sets it apart. The haven of relaxation makes use of treatments and products from Healing Earth – a premium South African organic spa range that harnesses the restorative powers of Africa’s rich natural resources. A Healing Earth spa treatment incorporates the vast benefits of the natural world, from the magic of minerals to the power of flowers, herbs, fruit, seeds and natural oils. Each treatment is tailored to guests’ individual needs, with ingredients and methods specially formulated for everything from anti-ageing, balancing and detoxing to restoring, hydrating and firming, to name but a few. Guests at the No 5 Healing Earth Spa can enjoy face and body treatments that make use of the likes of jasmine, baobab, neroli, rose, Pinotage, Mongongo nut, Kalahari melon, African potato, coffee, cinnamon and orange, amongst other wondrous indigenous ingredients. Free from synthetic fragrances, colourants, petro chemicals, DEA and preservatives, the formulations used in each ritual contain only organic active ingredients and are suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. Those wishing to restore their skin’s natural glow can choose from a range of bespoke facials designed to offer everything from deep cleansing to an anti-oxidant boost. A range of gently exfoliating body polishes and nourishing body wraps act in much the same way as the face rituals, gently yet effectively targeting problem areas or simply providing guests with an overall sense of health and wellbeing. Stiff and stressed guests will love the spa’s range of massages, which include everything from gentle scalp treatments to full body Swedish or hot stone indulgences. The Healing Earth spa at No 5 Boutique Art Hotel offers specially tailored men’s and couple’s treatments, and is one

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Through South Africa’s Food Routes Avid foodie travellers can now turn their winter hibernation into a culinary exploration as Food Routes – an amazing array of ‘wine, dine and recline’ adventures across South Africa – offers a smorgasbord of exclusive winter attractions to shake off the chilly blues. Text & Images: © Leanne Sutherland

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If you are flocking to Cape Town this season, you may want to opt for Ellerman House’s Journey Promotion. From its commanding position on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the prestigious Bantry Bay, lovers of the finer things in life can revel in unsurpassed sensory indulgences over and above Ellerman House’s signature spa and culinary experiences. These include a bespoke cheese and wine tasting with the resident sommelier in the new cutting-edge wine gallery as well as an awe-inspiring Art Drive to all top art galleries in and around the 2014 World Design Capital. You could also sign up for a private cooking class with Chef Louise Gillett in the farm kitchen at Bartholomeus Klip – a gracious Victorian homestead nestled on one of the biggest wheat and sheep farms in the Western Cape, which includes a 10 000 hectare private nature reserve in the Riebeek Valley. This breakaway allows one to unleash the inner chef and soak up country bliss at its best. The thrill of an evening game drive and the excitement of the daily operations of a working farm add to this unique winter escape, not to mention the free copy of Louise’s awardwinning cookbook, Life on a Cape Farm. Should your winter sojourn include Stellenbosch – the wine and gourmet capital of the country – Majeka House is the perfect place for indulgence and pampering. This private boutique hotel – with its luxurious accommodation, professionally run spa, renowned Makaron restaurant (a member of the prestigious club of Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurant winners) and prime location close to all hot spots – is one of the most stylish stops in the Cape Winelands. Its exclusive winter offerings include a two-night Wine & Dine package, which includes a Cape Malay cooking course and a deluxe Soul to Sole detox spa package. For more information on the Food Routes winter attractions and a detailed list of participating destinations, or to plan and book your trip, call +27 82 542 7566, e-mail reservations@foodroutes.co.za or visit www.foodroutes.co.za.

he bespoke winter pleasures on offer at some of Food Routes’ most prominent destinations range from soup and sherry stops during game drives and winter indulgences up the West Coast to an art drive in the Mother City and a private cooking class in the beautiful Cape countryside. From über-cool city spaces to unspoiled country retreats, Food Routes establishments are all cocooned in comfort and luxury, but are as diverse as their menus. Listings are by invitation only and each of the chosen accommodation partners has been carefully vetted for its excellent reputation when it comes to culinary prowess. If it’s a safari that gets your engine revving, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a sophisticated Big Five safari experience set on 22 000 hectares of private wilderness in the heart of the Eastern Cape, is a must stopover this winter. The pristine destination, which flanks both the north and south banks of the Great Fish River and comprises four small Relais & Châteaux accredited lodges, offers hearty soup and sherry stops during game drives in winter. Think wholesome homemade soup served with traditional treats such as vetkoek and roosterkoek with sips of sherry…right there in the veld. Or get cosy at the fire during a famed Kwandwe bush dinner, where Chef Quintinn Van Rensburg sizzles up a traditional South African braai with a twist. If the untamed beauty of the West Coast is your thing, then you will be in warm company at Abalone House & Spa, a five star boutique guesthouse in Paternoster. Their Winter Indulgence package includes two nights’ bed and breakfast, an hour’s spa pamper at the Healing Earth Spa each day and a delectable two course dinner at Reuben’s Restaurant in the evenings. Celebrity chef Reuben Riffel has conjured up a mouthwatering winter menu fuelled with exquisite seasonal tastes and flavours such as Tandoori baked linefish, Malay curried fishcakes, braised pork belly and sticky Malva pudding. 30


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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 House of J.C. Le Roux, South Africa’s leading home of sparkling wine, has added another prestige cuvée to its elegant Méthode Cap Classique collection - the highly anticipated 2008 Scintilla. This signature Cap Classique is only produced in exceptional vintages and follows in the footsteps of its award-winning predecessor - Scintilla 2003, which won the Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge in 2012. Luxuriously smooth and well balanced, Scintilla 2008 is made in the classic French tradition, in true champagne style. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle in the dark, temperature-controlled cellar, giving rise to the minute, scintillating bubbles that enliven the palate. This all takes place under the watchful eye of Cellar Master Elunda Basson. Using age-old French traditions combined with the latest technology, The House of J.C. Le Roux creates Cap Classiques that can compete with the best champagnes of France. Scintilla 2008 is a classic blend of Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%), and spent a minimum of five years on the lees to develop its complexity and regal character. Created in a stylish dark bottle for the connoisseur, the graceful flagship evokes an air of elegance, beauty and sophistication, representing one of life’s finer pleasures. “Our outstanding J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2008 is made from only the very best grapes of the vintage. It has a brilliant light straw colour, fresh citrus notes on the nose, integrated baked bread flavours and an elegant youthful finish that will benefit from additional bottle maturation,” says Elunda. J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2008 is available at boutique wine shops and restaurants, selling for R175 at the cellar door in Stellenbosch. Visit www.jcleroux.co.za for further information. 32


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


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tellenbosch’s Simonsig Wine Estate has claimed the highest-ranking position amongst South Africa’s best, with four wines listed on the 2014 Top 100 SA Wines list, as well as a Vineyard Consistency Award as one of the top five cellars in this competition over the past four years. One of two wine producers to have four wines in the Top 100 tally this year, Simonsig now has a total of 12 Top 100 wines since the competition was launched in 2011, showing remarkable consistency in delivering wines of exceptional quality. Making its debut in the awards stakes, the Simonsig Roussanne 2012 was the only Roussanne to make the cut, whilst the Simonsig Cuvée Royale 2010 and the Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2012 clinched two of only six Méthod Cap Classique spots on the 2014 hotlist. The fourth Simonsig wine to be selected this year is the wooded Chenin Avec Chêne 2012. “Simonsig Estate has always strived to achieve consistent and trusted quality and the Vineyard Consistency Award is

a welcome accolade to encourage my team of hardworking winemakers to aim even higher and never become complacent,” says Simonsig Cellarmaster Johan Malan, who believes that this competition gives producers a better idea of what the world market is looking for, as well as providing guidance to consumers in a super saturated wine market. The Top 100 Wines competition had a record number of entries this year, with 491 wines competing for a place amongst South Africa’s finest. The high calibre of judges who bring local and international expertise to the competition include UK journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin, Jamie Goode, UK wine columnist for The Sunday Express, Greg Sherwood of UK wine merchants Handford Wines, Cape Master of Wine Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright and winemakers Duncan Savage and Richard Kershaw. For further information or wine orders call +27 21 888 4915 or visit www.simonsig.co.za. Simonsig Wine Estate is located outside Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rhee road between the R44 and R304. 34


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lthough the epitome of sophistication and refinement, the five star La Residence Hotel in Franschhoek believes in maintaining its alignment to simple traditional South African country values and techniques in its culinary offering. It has to this end joined forces with Chef Lennard Marais who, although internationally tutored and widely acclaimed, remains true to his local farm roots when creating timeless magic in the kitchen. Lennard grew up in a farming community in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. With no grocery stores nearby, everything was made fresh at home. Lennard quickly developed a passion for cooking, as he would spend large portions of his days helping his mother with her fresh food preparations. Lennard knew from an early age that food would always play a significant role in his life, and it seemed only natural for him to pursue cooking as a career. He joined John Jackson at his acclaimed Jackson’s restaurant early in his career, where he underwent his in-service training receiving mentorship from one of the best chefs in the country. He then moved on to Klippe Rivier Homestead, one of the first five star guesthouses in the country, where he took on the role of resident chef. After this, he moved on to form part of the opening team at the V&A Waterfront’s Table Bay Hotel, where he was exposed to new cooking styles as well as to some of the best chefs in the world. Lennard’s warm personality and love of intimate interactions drew him back to boutique hotels, where he could spend more time interacting with guests. After spending some years at the very exclusive Ellerman House Hotel in Bantry Bay, he took time off from hospitality to travel the world and learn as much as possible about new international cuisines. In between trips, he used the knowledge and experience that he had acquired to present cooking classes, as well as to offer private catering solutions specializing in wedding cakes. In 2010 Lennard joined The Royal Portfolio, where his rustic, country inspired cooking came into its own as the French-inspired offering that has come to define La Residence’s cuisine. He is most thrilled that the baking, pickling and preserving techniques that he so enjoyed as a child are put to good use at the hotel, where he incorporates fresh produce from the farm into all aspects of his menus.

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A Hippo Love Story Karen Paolillo When the threads that hold human society together unravel, the animal kingdom suffers. Karen Paolillo discovered this first-hand in Zimbabwe when she developed a close connection with thirteen hippos in their natural habitat, the Turgwe River. Her mission to save these exceptional animals after they came under threat of drought, land invasions and poachers developed into a beautiful African love story. It is also the stirring tale of how one woman faced personal and financial adversities while ensuring the survival of a family of hippos, with Bob, a three-ton bull, as their leader. With the establishment of the Turgwe Hippo Trust, Karen has triumphed as guardian of the hippos, and the animals have prospered ever since. A Hippo Love Story shares this heroic journey of a nature lover who became an ally of one of Africa’s most fearsome animal species. For further information about Karen’s remarkable story or to order a copy of the book visit www.savethehippos.info.

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

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Kloppenheim Country Estate

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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Kloppenheim Country Estate is situated near Machadodorp in Mpumalanga, South Africa and is approximately 250km from Johannesburg. It is off the N4 en route to Nelspruit and the Kruger National Park.


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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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Set in a sub-tropical forest against a rugged coastline, the luxurious resort offers guests year-round sunshine, which can be soaked up at the pool or on one of the glorious nearby beaches. The property boasts 19 luxurious suites within a contemporary blend of Tuscan architecture, African features and Balinese influences. The different styles of architecture form a convivial mix, and are most often described as “an African heart with an Eastern spirit”. Five luxurious freestanding villas are spread out across the manicured grounds, with each offering two Executive Suites, two Deluxe Suites, a private courtyard and an 8-seater Jacuzzi. Crowning the unique property is Gigi’s Brasserie, which offers a menu of world-class cuisine presented with typical South African infusions. Guests can also opt to dine in the intimacy of their suite, at a table set in the romantic wine cellar or in the heart of the kitchen at the unique Chef ’s Table.

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Blue Diamond Boutique Hotel

Blue Diamond is an exclusive boutique hotel in Pretoria that offers a hidden world of luxury and pampering beyond the hustle of the city. The hotel features glamorous, gem inspired décor that speaks of immaculate attention to detail. Guest comfort is taken very seriously and every trouble will be taken to ensure an unforgettable stay. The hotel offers twenty suites in three different levels of accommodation: Standard, Luxury and Executive. A wheelchair friendly room is also available. All suites are equipped with electronic laptop safes, mini bars, HD TV with Smart Village Portal that has full HD PVR, tea and coffee stations with filter coffee and a selection of teas and spacious en-suite bathrooms with under floor heating, heated towel rails and separate WC. Guests can enjoy fine dining at the splendid Gemstone restaurant or relax and be pampered at the Sanctuary Spa. Conference facilities are available and the hotel offers various conference packages. For travellers who like to keep fit there is a fully equipped private gym that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All passages and walkways to public areas in the hotel are spacious enough for wheelchairs and include ramps.

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access 40 minutes from Cape Town City Bowl. 30 minutes from the Cape Town International Airport. 10 minutes from Cape Point.

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Conveniently located with the Simonstown road on the one side and “Jagger’s Walk” on the other, the apartments look down upon a tumble of spectacular boulders sheltering charming rock pools home to tiny creatures and inviting splash pools designed by nature, on your doorstep. The white sandy beaches of Fish Hoek are a short walk along the rocky path from the apartments. Stretch your legs and enjoy beautiful seaside walks all the way to historic Simonstown or Kalk Bay. Explore the mountain pathways, kayak in the bay or simply relax on your balcony and share in some of the most spectacular seasonal whale viewing ever. Our luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed apartments all have magnificent sea views, are fully equipped and serviced daily. To make life easier for you we offer scrumptious “breakfast baskets” which are delivered to your door. We offer free wi-fi as well as a concierge service and secure off street parking.

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Surrounded by the sea and mountains of Table Mountain National Park, ‘the View’ offers 7 luxury self-


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

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

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

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Bidvest Premier Lounges

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

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

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The Blue Train

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

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

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

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

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Dutch East Restaurant

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

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Surrounded by the sea and mountains of Table Mountain National Park, ‘the View’ offers 7 luxury self-catering units right at the ocean’s edge all with magnificent panoramic views of False Bay. Conveniently located with the Simonstown road on the one side and “Jagger’s Walk” on the other, the apartments look down upon a tumble of spectacular boulders sheltering charming rock pools home to tiny creatures and inviting splash pools designed by nature, on your doorstep. The white sandy beaches of Fish Hoek are a short walk along the rocky path from the apartments. Stretch your legs and enjoy beautiful seaside walks all the way to historic Simonstown or Kalk Bay. Explore the mountain pathways, kayak in the bay or simply relax on your balcony and share in some of the most spectacular seasonal whale viewing ever. Our luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed apartments all have magnificent sea views, are fully equipped and serviced daily. To make life easier for you we offer scrumptious “breakfast baskets” which are delivered to your door. We offer free wi-fi as well as a concierge service and secure off street parking.

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

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

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

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

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Quarry Lake Inn

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

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

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River Lodge

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

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

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

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Prana Lodge

Kichaka Private Game Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wild Horses Mountain Lodge

A Summer Place Boutique Guest House

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

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

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

De Stijl Gariep Hotel

Hobbit Boutique Hotel

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

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

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San Rock Guest House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Villa Sterne Boutique Hotel Location: 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge Tel: +27 12 346 2255 E-mail: vsterne@global.co.za Web: www.villasterne.com

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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel

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

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

Goodnight Lodge

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

De Hoek Country Hotel

Tintswalo at Waterfall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Upton Hall Boutique Guesthouse

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

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

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

Hotel Izulu

Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

Location: Rey’s Place, Ballito Tel: +27 32 94 63 444 E-mail: info@hotelizulu.com Web: www.hotelizulu.com

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

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The Vineyard on Ballito

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mopane Bush Lodge

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

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

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Fusion Boutique Hotel

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

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

Pondoro Game Lodge

Zebula Golf Estate & Spa

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

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

Waterberg Convention Centre

Zwahili Private Game Lodge

Location:Olienhout Street, Nylstroom Tel: +27 14 717 3737 E-mail: admin@nylstene.co.za Web: www.waterbergconventioncentre.co.za

Location: Modimolle / Nylstroom Tel: +27 12 653 4340 E-mail: zwahili@iafrica.com Web: www.zwahili.co.za

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

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

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

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

Komati Gorge Lodge

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

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

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Kloppenheim Country Estate

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

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

Porcupine Ridge Guest House

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

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

Walkersons Hotel and Spa

Location: Thornybush Private Game Reserve (near Hoedspruit) Tel: +27 11 253 6500 Email: sales@thornybush.co.za Web: www.thornybushcollection.co.za

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott’s Manor Guest House

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

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

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Protea Hotel Mafikeng

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

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

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge

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

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

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

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

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

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Mattanu Private Game Reserve

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

New Holme Karoo Guest Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

The View

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

Location: Sunny Cove, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town Tel: +27 21 782 9357 E-mail: booking@theviewsunnycove.co.za Web: www.theviewsunnycove.co.za

Altes Landhaus Country House

The Robertson Small Hotel

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

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

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01Healthsunburn is a potential health hazard

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

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

03Travel Options Air

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

Bus

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

Trains

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

Cars

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

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Avis Car Rental

+27 21 934 0330

+27 861 021 111

Budget Rent-a-Car

+27 21 380 3140

+27 11 230 1200

Europcar

+27 21 935 8600

+27 11 394 8831

Hertz Car Hire

+27 21 935 3000

+27 11 390 9700

Tempest Car Hire

+27 21 935 8650

+27 11 578 0160

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

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05Useful Numbers Police

10111

Ambulance/Fire

10177

Travel Clinic

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

Travel Vaccine Helpline

+27 860 160 160

National Info & Safety Line

+27 83 123 2345

Airport Information (ACSA

+27 86 727 7888

Weatherlin

082 162

Time

1026

Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

Tourist Info

+27 83 123 6789

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