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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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Fourth of July, Christmas in July, Valentine’s Day in July (it’s a thing) – people seem to find many reasons to celebrate in July. Weddings are particularly popular in South Africa at this time, with cosy winter celebrations taking place at secluded game lodges and boutique hotels across the country. We explore the advantages of tying the knot at Palala Boutique Game Lodge in Limpopo, and at Granny Mouse Country Hotel in the magical Midlands. You certainly don’t need to be on a romantic adventure in order to take advantage of the exclusivity of the ‘quiet’ season. Famous for its gentle giants and old-world charm, Gorah Elephant Camp in the Addo Elephant National Park

provides an exclusive and highly personalized experience at this time of year. For those who enjoy a warm meal at the fireside, the culinary retreats covered this month are sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. If you really don’t want to venture out in the cold, pour yourself a glass of our featured wine, curl up with this month’s literary pick and check in again in Spring. Enjoy the mag!

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Bastille Returns to Franschhoek Join the Franschhoek Bastille Festival in celebrating its 21st birthday on 12 and 13 July. A highlight of this year’s festival will be a performance by a troupe of Seychellois dancers and musicians, who will take part in the street parade and perform in the Food and Wine Marquee on both days. The performers will also judge the Best Seychelles Dance performed by keen festivalgoers, with the best performance receiving two return tickets to and six nights’ accommodation in the Seychelles. The Food and Wine Marquee is where you will find fabulous wine and food created by some of the Valley’s celebrated winemakers and chefs. This year the marquee has moved to the Huguenot Monument grounds, with its gorgeous backdrops and parking within walking distance. As always the town will be a hive of activities, including the popular Franschhoek Boules Tournament, the Solms-Delta Parade and the Barrel-Rolling Competition. Other favourite attractions are the Farmers’ Markets in the Town Hall and church grounds. Tickets are available via www.webtickets.co.za.

A Walk on the Wild Side at Croc City Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is fast becoming one of the most exciting attractions in South Africa, where visitors take part in thrilling activities such as holding a baby crocodile, touching exotic snakes and getting up close and personal with a tarantula. Located five minutes from Fourways in Johannesburg, Croc City also features the brand new and exciting Croc City FlyOver – the first Nile Crocodile zip line. Designed for the brave at heart, the zip line is a brand new adventure in which visitors fly five metres above the ground, directly over the crocodiles! The park and restaurant are open seven days a week from 09h00 to 16h30, including public holidays. www.croccity.co.za

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Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals has developed a delicious proudly South African tea that harnesses the restorative powers of the miraculous Buchu plant. Buchu is said to have a calming effect on the organs, specifically the intestinal tract. The blend of ingredients in the organic detox tea acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and diuretic, assisting in the alleviation of the symptoms of poor digestion, bloating and constipation. Scientific research has found that Buchu also boasts anti-oxidants, which help the body in the detoxification process. The tea can also soothe sore throats, eliminate motion sickness and reduce symptoms of a cold in some drinkers. The naturally occurring Quercetin and Vitamin E found in Buchu have been scientifically proven to have anti-ageing qualities. The tea can also help to reduce water weight and improve the metabolism, as well as act as a natural painkiller for mild discomforts. Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals’ Organic Detox Buchu Tea is available at Food Lovers Market stores, selected delis, health shops and pharmacies across South Africa. www.detox-tea.com

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The restaurant at Grade Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek prides itself in creating memorable food and wine experiences for its guests. The latest offering is no exception, with an exclusive gourmand dinner presented in the wine cellar. The experience is hosted by renowned Winemaker Karl Lambour and talented Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst. A delicious eight-course dinner menu created by Darren is accompanied by a selection of fine South African and international wines personally selected by Karl. Reservations are essential. www.grandeprovence.co.za


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Situated in Limpopo, where the Palala and Limpopo rivers meet, Palala is a five star boutique lodge that offers private, intimate and luxurious accommodation in the midst of spectacular African beauty.

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alala Boutique Game Lodge is perfect for romantic getaways, intimate weddings, corporate strategy meetings and for anyone seeking the adventures of the wild. A mere 3,5 hour drive from Johannesburg and 2,5 hours from Polokwane, the lodge is a haven of sophistication surrounded by striking untouched natural landscape. Unmistakably five-star, Palala offers 37 luxury suites, each equipped with all the modern conveniences one could need, whilst remaining true to its contemporary eclectic African feel. The executive suites are spacious and grand, and offer spectacular views of the Limpopo River. The en-suite bathrooms, with their double showers, oversized spa baths and large windows, coax guests to relax and soak while gazing into the savannah beyond. Lofty glass-enclosed dining and lounge areas in the main lodge building provide panoramic views of the waterway by day, and of glittering stars by night. The wide veranda with its neighbouring bar is the central point of the social life at

Palala Boutique Game Lodge. Relaxing in the infinity pool is a welcomed treat after a hot day in the bush, and sharing the day’s adventures with fellow travellers around one of two fire pits is popular at night. The distinctive dining experience further distinguishes Palala from other lodges, as it boasts the services of highly skilled chefs who lead guests on unforgettable culinary journeys. Guests can enjoy dining in the Matoppie restaurant, complete with high wing back chairs and a magnificent abstract Matoppie tree that stretches its branches up the wall and onto the ceiling overhead. For an authentic African dinner, guests can dine in Oom Dup se Witgatwortel Lapa, where the meal can be enjoyed in a traditional encircled area with a ceiling of endless sky and iridescent stars. Morning and afternoon game drives are led by Palala Boutique Game Lodge’s expert guides and animal trackers, and guests can experience the thrill of seeking out Africa’s

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photographs and unforgettable memories for both wedding guests and bridal couples alike. The Tree of Life Ballroom offers guests elegance and class with brilliant views of the African bush. As the sun sets, one can enjoy spectacular views of the stars reflecting on the calm 2km stretch of waterway in front of the venue. The retractable doors move aside, fusing the ballroom and nature into one. Guests can listen to the gentle call of the hippo and the hooting of owls as the celebrations ensue. There are many reasons to consider visiting Palala Boutique Game Lodge. Whether it be for a discreet getaway to commune with the beauty of Africa in the comfort of luxurious accommodation, to celebrate an event in style, or to gather for a corporate breakaway, the quaint African abode is the perfect escape. Book your intimate bush experience by calling +27 15 295 9212 or sending an e-mail to reservations@palala.co.za.

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most renowned creatures, big and small, on foot, bicycle or game vehicle. There is nothing more tantalising than the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the African bush. One cannot help but feel overwhelmed when seeing a herd of grunting buffalo grazing close by, or when spotting a leopard lazing in a tree along the riverbed. Palala is also home to over 120 different species of birds, making it a birder’s paradise. Palala is fast becoming a renowned destination wedding venue, with bridal couples travelling from across South Africa and abroad to tie the knot at the exclusive boutique lodge. The majestic and picturesque chapel will captivate, charm and fascinate all who enter. The solid ornate wooden doors, dark wooden exposed trusses, detailed dÊcor and large glass windows make it the first choice for a five star bushveld wedding. The most unique attraction of the venue is the grandiose baobab tree framed by a large window at the entrance, which makes for stunning

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he exclusive safari lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past, allowing guests to experience the breathtaking natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication in an unforgettably unique five star adventure. Gorah is the only private concession and camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. The park is malaria-free, boasts the Big Five and is a member of Relais & Chateaux. During the colonial era, the vast expanses of land, wild animals and fascinating encounters with rural tribes led to legendary tales of Africa that have shaped history and drawn more and more visitors to this magical and mystical place. Visitors to the area will discover the captivating rhythm that calls for adventure and fills the soul with an intense passion for the ever-changing landscape, the majestic animals and the cultural diversity. The 1900s were years in which the elite indulged in the extravagance of crystal, polished silver, white linen and G&T’s in the afternoon. At Gorah, guests are transported back to this era through the day-to-day luxuries offered at the camp. The gracious Gorah Manor House, a National Monument, was built in 1856 and has been immaculately restored and period furnished, recalling the opulence and romance of the noble safari. Lazy colonial verandas spill out onto the African plains overlooking the now famous

and extraordinarily busy Gorah waterhole. Life at the house is as easygoing and carefree as it was over a century ago - animals come and go and time stands still. The staff offers warm and unobtrusive service and meticulous attention to detail – hallmarks of Hunter properties – of the highest standard. Sheltered under thatched canopies with private decks, the eleven magnificent en suite tents are spacious and luxurious, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s. Each is enhanced with the fine comforts and excellence associated with Hunter Hotels and Relais & Chateaux. Dinner is a real occasion at Gorah. As one enters the Gorah House with its historic magnificence, the magic is all encompassing. Estate wines are carefully chosen to enhance the dining experience. Al fresco dining is as much of a treat, with the colonial veranda of the house overlooking the watering hole and rolling plains. Together with the secluded boma area, these are idyllic settings for unforgettable dining experiences. Gorah offers all the services one would expect from a five star property and much more. The team prides itself in ensuring that all guests experience the perfect getaway. To ensure that visitors never want for any comforts during their stay, the tented suites are superbly equipped with all the modern necessities required for a five star experience. Hairdryers, personal in-room safes, bathrobes, slippers, Charlotte Rhys body products, umbrellas and complimentary sherry are present in each room. 18


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Whales having been added to the legendary five with the addition of the Marine Reserve). Gorah Elephant Camp opened its doors to the public in December 2000, making history as the very first private concession in a National Park in South Africa, and the rest, as they say, is history. Gorah has actively dedicated itself to the conservation of the Addo Elephant National Park through strategic business partnerships and initiatives that aim to protect the area from the Garden Route to the National Park. The camp is the current recipient of the South African National Parks Business Partner of the Year Award. It is also accredited by the Wilderness Foundation’s Green Leaf Initiative. The lodge is solar and gas powered, although a generator is run for hairdryers at any time. The esteemed property is also a recipient of the Relais & Chateaux Welcome Award for the highest guest satisfaction scores of any R&C property worldwide. For further information and reservations call +27 44 501 1111, e-mail res@hunterhotels.com or visit gorah.hunterhotels.com.

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Guests staying at Gorah are able to enjoy game drives and access all the facilities on offer at the lodge. One can soak up the sun, shop, read, enjoy a glass of wine or share adventures with travelling companions in the comfort and splendour of the house, with its open verandah, large lounge with fireplace, spacious swimming pool with loungers and complimentary Wi-Fi access in the reception area. Home to more biomes than any other park, the Addo Elephant National Park is deeply steeped in history. The great herds of the area had been decimated by hunters as early as the 1700s, culminating in the massacre by government decree of what was thought to be the remaining 119 elephants. Fortunately public opinion subsequently changed, leading to the proclamation of the park in 1931 in an attempt to protect the last remaining 11 elephants. The original size of the park was just over 2 000 hectares, and it now boasts an incredible 180,000 hectares. Although the park was originally proclaimed to protect a single species, priorities have now changed to conserve the rich biological diversity found in the area and it is now home to the Big 7 (with Great White Sharks and Humpback

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Winter Weddings in the Midlands

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hen it comes to planning a wedding, there are many things to worry about. The time of year should not be one of them. Winter in the Midlands is beautiful, especially at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. 
As a bride, your checklist is probably filled with things that need your attention, so why not ask for help from those who are good at giving it? Granny Mouse’s trained in-house wedding planning team will assist in making your big day a dream come true. According to Ane du Preez, Granny Mouse Banqueting Manager, “For winter weddings, we suggest the wedding ceremony be held in our beautiful and cozy country-style chapel, which seats up to 120 people and overlooks the stunning Caversham Valley.” For the reception, Granny Mouse offers two main function rooms that provide an intimate setting for toasts, speeches, feasting, and all the fun formalities that proceed the ceremony. Brides can choose from the Eaves Restaurant (for smaller groups) or the Caversham

Room, which can seat up to 120 people. For the friends and family of many couples, the wedding food is what makes the day. The Chef at Granny Mouse offers a wide selection of menus tailored to suit every kind of wedding. Why not steer towards selecting an option that includes roast meat, casseroles, warm pastas, curries or the like during the winter months? You could also opt for a dessert that is warm and sweet, such as malva pudding and custard or an oven tart that is sure to warm guests. The most popular wedding package at Granny Mouse is the Emerald package – a fully inclusive weekend wedding offering. The package is specially designed for bridal parties that want exclusivity of the property and includes, most notably, a tailored food selection for Friday night dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday lunch, reception canapés and a four-course plated meal, cheeseboard and country wedding cake for the wedding night. For more information about hosting your dream winter wedding at Granny Mouse call +27 33 234 4071.

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human beings and the precious earth. Passionate about environmental and social responsibility, the brand not only offers pure organic solutions, but also packages these in 100% recyclable and biodegradable materials. All Healing Earth ingredients are bought from local farmers at Fairtrade prices, and the company employs previously disadvantaged workers wherever possible. The earth- and people-friendly brand is also animal-friendly, and neither the products nor their ingredients are tested on animals. All Healing Earth products have been developed by leading cosmetic scientists to ensure that they are not only harmless, but also effective. The vitamin and antioxidant enriched formulas have been proven as successful hydration boosters, skin protectors and anti-agers, and they boast the essential fatty acids that enhance the skin’s natural radiance. In advanced skincare, natural ingredients may lose their effectiveness in certain micronizing processes. Healing Earth therefore does not use any freeze-dry or excessive heating processes in its production and manufacturing, employing rather natural

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rom the depths of her roots to the tops of her trees, Africa offers a wealth of pristine natural ingredients. Healing Earth harnesses the restorative powers of the continent’s rich natural resources, lovingly creating pure organic products that are free from synthetic fragrances, colourants, petro chemicals, DEA, preservatives and parabens. Containing only the purest natural active ingredients, the indigenous, botanical skincare products are created from Africa’s powerful minerals, oceans, flowers, herbs, fruit, seeds and natural oils. Healing Earth is not just about beauty on the outside, but about the source of inner wellbeing and the delicate balance between mind and body. The brand celebrates the power of aromatherapy and human touch, and all products and treatments are developed not only for their beautyboosting properties but also for their soothing effect on stress and other emotional dis-ease. Healing Earth advocates a nurturing, conscious approach to beauty that is based on love for oneself, one’s fellow

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preservation methods. The brand’s ISO certification attests to its high manufacturing standards and procedures. Healing Earth’s Earth Soul range is a sensuous collection of body polishes, oils, butters, creams and wraps that work together to complement each other in order to provide holistic healing results. Key ingredients that make up this range are Kalahari Melon, African Ginger, African Potato, Marula, Neroli, Coffee, Cinnamon, Orange, Baobab and Mongongo Nut. The Healing Earth Pinotage range draws on the power of the proudly South African Pinotage grape cultivar, which provides the highest quality of cold-pressed oil extracts high in anti-oxidants, minerals, omegas and polyphenols. The Pinotage products combine the strong anti-oxidant qualities

of Vitamin C and Vitamin E from the grape seed, skin and the leaves of the vine to provide the skin with a natural defence against harmful environmental factors such as the sun’s UV rays, cigarette smoke, alcohol consumption, drug intake, dietary fat and stress. As well as offering leading spa products and treatments, Healing Earth has also created a range of luxury hotel amenities including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, hand & body lotion, bath crystals, foam bath and room spray. All Healing Earth guest soaps are proudly handmade by members of previously disadvantaged communities near Cape Town. Healing Earth is passionate about developing personal relationships with like-minded customers and partners who are also committed to loving, inspiring and sharing the wonders of Africa. Existing partners include the Singita Group, Wilderness Safaris, the Royal Portfolio Group, The Mantis Collection, the Plan Hotel Group in Tanzania and Kenya, Leading Hotels of the World (such as Hideaway of Nungwi and Dream of Zanzibar), Mirihi Island Resorts and Duniye Spa Group in the Maldives, to name a few. A cornerstone of the Healing Earth philosophy is success through ongoing education and support. As well as offering hands-on assistance in the setting up of a spa or retreat, Healing Earth’s internationally experienced trainers offer an inspiring spa training program focused on personal development, respect for other cultures and love for mother earth. Each course is a blend of product and spa therapy theory, spa therapy practical demonstrations and hands-on practical workshops. In addition to the beauty therapy training and product insight, Healing Earth trainers believe in searching deeper down to the inner core of each individual in order to create genuine, lasting transformations. The brand’s extensive training program is now also available online, offering therapists, managers and spa owners 24 hour access to all spa related protocols at the click of a button. For further information on the Healing Earth concept and offering call +27 21 555 1896, e-mail info@healingearth. co.za or visit www.healingearth.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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tock up your winter wine arsenal with Fleur du Cap’s Bergkelder Selection Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – perfect for a cozy fireside drink and a great companion to hearty winter comfort food. Crafted from the pick of the crop in the Western Cape’s finest vineyards, Fleur du Cap offers quality wines that are true to their varietal character and boast a close affinity to nature. “The newly released 2012 vintages of both our Bergkelder Selection Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are packed with elegant berry fruit flavours supported by gentle tannins that leave you with a wonderful ultrasmooth finish,” says Wim Truter, who works closely with cellar master Andrea Freeborough and viticulturist Bennie Liebenberg to craft wines in the manner in which nature intended. “Because the quality and character of every wine starts in the vineyards, we are in the enviable position of being able to source the best grapes from a diverse range of vineyard sites and micro climates throughout the Western Cape, with each imparting special qualities to our wines,” adds Wim. Adventurous food lovers who enjoy everything from spicy Mediterranean to full-flavoured duck or guinea fowl dishes will delight in the Bergkelder Selection Merlot 2012. The ruby red, full-bodied wine teems with vibrant cherry, plum and prune aromas that follow through onto a velvety soft, mouth filling palate. On the other hand, the well-balanced Bergkelder Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, which is best enjoyed with hearty stews and strongly flavoured cheeses, offers a subtle bouquet of ripe berries and cherries underlined by elegant oak spices, with clean, soft fruit and delicate oak nuances playing on the tongue. Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are available at leading wine outlets countrywide, or at the Fleur du Cap cellar door at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch. For further information visit www.fleurducap.co.za.

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recipes and a passionate dedication for African cuisine,” explains Stefane Kruger, Co-founder of Food Routes. The charming De Kaap Farm Kitchen in McGregor sets the culinary stage in the picturesque Breede River Valley, with numerous casual, farm-style cooking courses on offer over weekends. These include demonstrations by guest lecturers over a glass of wine, followed by languid lunches under the vine-covered patio overlooking the vineyards. Their monthly themes for June until August lift the lid on Fusion Cooking, Artisan Bread Making, Middle Eastern/ Lebanese Feasts and Artisan Cheese Making, and the cost ranges from R580 to R1200 per head. Exclusive Food Routes accommodation packages are available at Mo & Rose at Soekershof (nestled at the foot of the Langeberg just outside Robertson), at the five star Robertson Small Hotel, as well as at the newly launched Penhill Manor at Toontjiesrivier (an original Cape Dutch farm dating back to the 1840’s). Alternatively, you could get your gourmet groove on in KwaZulu-Natal at Thula Thula Elephant Safari Lodge, famed for its food and the peace and tranquillity that surround it. There the charismatic owner and French-trained Chef

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f the sound of a cooking course combined with a relaxing breakaway stirs your senses, then Food Routes - an online expressway to an array of ‘wine, dine and recline’ adventures across South Africa – is your ticket to unleashing your inner Master Chef with a cavalcade of Culinary Holidays to indulge in this winter. On a Food Routes Culinary Holiday, food lovers can enjoy hands-on cooking lessons based in glorious Mzansi settings, learning how to make regional specialties from the traditional staples unique to each area. The luscious lineup of novel nomadic cooking classes – on offer until the end of August – includes offerings that vary from gastronomic encounters in the Karoo and a Winelands whip up to a culinary safari at one of the most renowned gourmet destinations in KwaZulu-Natal and a salivating stay at a working sheep farm in the Cape. “Our cooking holidays are ideal taste adventures to beef up a bachelorette party, give a fresh new twist to corporate breakaways, or add some spice to your holiday with a loved one. They’re homegrown stay-and-play adventures with gourmet flair, and your ‘teacher’ might be a professional chef or a local who passes along generations of family

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Francoise Malby-Anthony will teach course participants some of the latest techniques and tips learned from her annual visits to the LeNôtre Culinary Institute in Paris. Her course menu includes creative interpretations of traditional dishes such as Seafood Bouillabaisse Creole and Oxtail Bourguignon as well as sublime desserts, including the lodge’s legendary handmade Nougat Glacé. The course costs R250 per person and special accommodation ranges from R2100 per person per night. Avid foodie travellers can also sign up for a midweek private cooking class with Chef Louise Gillett in the farm kitchen at Bartholomeus Klip – a gracious Victorian homestead nestled on a 10,000-hectare private nature reserve in the Riebeek Valley. The thrill of an evening game drive and the excitement of the daily operations of a working farm add to this bah-bah-licious breakaway. The epicurean encounter is on offer from Mondays to Fridays until the end of August and costs R1200 per couple (which includes a copy of Louise’s award-winning cookbook, Life on a Cape Farm). The greater Karoo is also serving up a tasty trio of cooking options this season. Why not hit the road less travelled for a feast at the Vetmuis Farm Kitchen in Richmond in the Northern Cape, where one-day cooking demos on the versatility of game meat, Karoo game dishes and how to make the best preserves will hone your culinary skills

with genuine country hospitality. The demos cost R430 per person, and include lunch. After a fun day in the farm kitchen guests can recline at the Vetmuis Karoohuis for R320 per head, or book the entire house for R1700 per night. Another famed culinary destination, African Relish is a Recreational Cooking School in the beautiful town of Prince Albert, and its culinary hall is the only purpose-built facility of its kind – a fitting retreat to awaken your inner Kokkedoor. Whilst soaking up the warm hospitality, guests can get up close and personal with the culinary pulse of the Karoo, with unique themed courses on offer for the passing traveller. These range from Karoo Classics and the Art of Charcuterie to Decadent Desserts, Masterful Bread Making and Karoo-Style Tapas. Accommodation is provided in the venue’s own renovated cottages at R1000 for two people sharing. The costs of the various cooking courses are available on request. Last but certainly not least - if you are a foodie who is serious about what you eat and where it comes from, you love the great outdoors and you’re keen on an African adventure second to none, Andries Stockenström Guesthouse in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet and owner Gordon’s bespoke Veld to Fork cooking school is sure to whet your senses. Call +27 82 542 7566 or e-mail reservations@ foodroutes.co.za for further information and reservations. 30


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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Wild Honey Life at a Zimbabwean Wildlife Sanctuary Following on from the highly acclaimed All the Way Home, here is a brand new volume of unforgettable adventures from Richard and Bookey Peek’s wildlife sanctuary among Zimbabwe’s ancient Matobo Hills. Packed with anecdote and adventure, Wild Honey leads us back to the Stone Hills sanctuary, where comedy, tragedy and the extraordinary antics of the most misunderstood animal in the world make every day unforgettable. In these troubled times Stone Hills has become more than a sanctuary. As thousands of farms all over Zimbabwe are invaded, often violently, under the government’s disastrous land policy, Stone Hills is now an island rocked by the turbulence that surrounds it. How much longer can they hold on? After an idyllic childhood in the Bvumba Mountains and ten years travelling the world, Bookey Peek became a lawyer, a profession she was only too happy to leave for a life in the bush. Like her husband, Richard, she is a professional safari guide, and was the winner of the prestigious Africa Geographic Travel Writer of the Year Award in 2003. Richard Peek was born in Zimbabwe and raised on a farm in Mashonaland. After obtaining a degree in zoology, he spent fourteen years in the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management as a game ranger and then as an ecologist. He later became curator of mammals at the National Museum of Natural History. The winner of two Agfa photographic awards, Richard has produced work published in magazines, calendars, travel brochures and books. His documentary, Honey Badger: Raising Hell, has been distributed internationally by National Geographic. For further information and orders visit www.penguinbooks.co.za.

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Melau Tours and Safaris is a leading tour company located in Arusha, at the heart of the northern tourist circuit of Tanzania. We have modern tourist facilities and a solid management team incredibly focused on offering quality safari trips at competitive prices as well as a variety of services to our esteemed clients. Our team of travel professionals all have a passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and Africa and strive to make each of our travelers trips a once in a life time experience. Providing services such as Mountain trekking, Beach Holiday, Safaris, voluntourism and incentive travel. Melau Tours offers safari trips of all kinds for all types of travelers throughout Tanzania. Whether you are a first timer or seasoned traveler, Tanzania is an ideal safari destination with all types of trips. Our unique concepts include creative itineraries, imaginative venues, adventure & nature activities, sports & games, team building, natural attractions, opportunities to experience shopping at local markets, hiking and mountaineering and many more.

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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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• Call: +27 (0)21 431 7500 • E-mail: reservations@leisurehotels.co.za • Website: www.strandtowerhotel.co.za

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

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

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De Zeekoe Guest Farm

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

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

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Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa Situated in the historic heart of the bustling business district of Cape Town, the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel offers a home away from home with its 90 self-catering apartments.

If you are looking for a hotel that embraces history and a philosophy of “Ubuntu” then the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa offers all of this and more. With 90 self catering apartments situated in the historic heart of the city of Cape Town, the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel is a real home away from home. Choose from fully equipped studio, one or two bedroom luxury apartments giving the choice of dining in - a cosy option for busy travelers - or dine out for a tasty experience. Doppio Zero on the ground floor offers fresh and authentic Italian fare while Motherland Coffee with their fair-trade principles is perfect for that quick snack before heading out to enjoy the sights of the City. Close to all amenities, museums, gardens and exciting innovative shops the friendly, knowledgeable staff bring the warmth that reflects the main namesake of the property.

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Grande Roche Hotel is a spectacular five-star boutique hotel situated on a historic wine farm nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock Mountain. A proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Grande Roche Hotel is a place where history is combined with modern day comforts such as complimentary Wi-Fi Internet, air-conditioning and heated

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from a bustling country town. At the Grande Roche Hotel, you will experience the privacy and tranquillity of comfortable and stylish suites nestled among the vineyards. With 28 unique, individually named suites, the experience is as personal as each guest and recounts a history of days gone by. Award-winning Bosman’s restaurant offers the finest culinary experience with 425 varieties of wines available from its private cellar. At the Grande Roche Hotel every reservation is the promise of a treat.

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The meaning of Tintswalo is the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that you bestow upon someone who has given you a meaningful and worthy gift. Tintswalo Lodges offer the ultimate Cape, City and Safari experience by combining pure opulence with welcoming five-star accommodation, dining, conference and event facilities. At any of the four lodges, guests are provided with first-class service complimented by awe-inspiring views and opulent luxury. The properties include Tintswalo Atlantic at the base of Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Safari Lodge and Manor House situated within the Manyeleti Reserve near the Kruger National Park and Tintswalo At Waterfall, a boutique hotel in Kyalami, Johannesburg. Each lodge boasts unique attributes which enhance visitors’ experience, from the sensibly selected decor to the delectably crafted meals by on-site executive chefs.

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

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

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Casa Do SolHotel & Resort

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

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

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

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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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are located in the game-rich Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, with the last, five star Simbambili Lodge,

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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.

access 15 minute drive from King Shaka Airport

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Nestled on the Zulu Kingdom’s subtropical sugar belt, the boutique retreat radiates understated opulence,


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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 Blue Diamond 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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Blue Diamond Boutique hotel is 40km to OR Tambo International Airport and is easily accessible from the highway.

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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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catering units right at the ocean’s edge all with magnificent panoramic views of False Bay.

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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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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela is a tented safari camp set within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Positioned on a dry riverbed overlooking a waterhole, Shindzela offers guests an old-fashioned Kruger wildlife safari in an unfenced wilderness environment. The camp is undisturbed by modern distractions such as television and cell phones, and guests are able to immerse themselves fully in the African Wilderness. The eco-friendly establishment makes use of solar lights and gas energy. The Shindzela team prides itself in offering a relaxed and convivial atmosphere - a trademark of genuine South African hospitality.

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Palala Boutique Game Lodge is perfect for private getaways, intimate weddings, corporate strategy meetings and for anyone seeking the adventures of the wild. A mere 3,5 hour drive from Johannesburg and 2,5 hours from Polokwane, the lodge is a haven of sophistication surrounded by striking untouched natural landscape. Unmistakably five-star, Palala offers 37 luxury suites, each equipped with all the modern conveniences one could need, whilst remaining true to its contemporary eclectic African feel. The executive suites are spacious and grand, and offer spectacular views of the Limpopo River. The en-suite bathrooms, with their double showers, oversized spa baths and large windows, coax guests to relax and soak while gazing into the savannah beyond.

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

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

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

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The Three Cities Group 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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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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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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‘Timeless Natural Wonders’

The malaria-free Nkomazi Game Reserve, part of Shamwari Group, in the magnificent Mpumalanga Province, is just 3.5 hours from Johannesburg, a destination of outstanding scenic beauty. Nkomazi is an ecological Aladdin’s cave of natural science, from towering ancient mountains to broad river valleys and impressive grasslands containing countless animals and rare flora such as the Barberton Daisy – an area referred to as the holy grail of geology, offering a treasured haven. Stretching over 15,000 hectares, guests can witness free-roaming wildlife and admire the landscapes of scenic beauty, which is home to high and lowveld game species creating an ecological balance. On the banks of the Komati River, Komati Tented Lodge boasts 10 luxury ‘Out of Africa’ style tents linked by walkways through the bush.

Guests can enjoy game drives, 15 km of river frontage, rock pools, large herds of wildlife, guided walks, bird watching, fly-fishing, mountain biking, star gazing, Relaxation Retreat treatments and wholesome African cuisine. Nkomazi forms part of the Barberton greenstone belt, which contains some of the oldest fossils, more than 3,500 million years old, and vast preserved tracts of grasslands – helping to conserve a vanishing way of life.

Shamwari Group Central Reservations: Tel: +27 (0)41 509 3000 reservations@shamwarigroup.com


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

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

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

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

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Quarry Lake Inn

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

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

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River Lodge

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

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

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

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Prana Lodge

Kichaka Private Game Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wild Horses Mountain Lodge

A Summer Place Boutique Guest House

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

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

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

De Stijl Gariep Hotel

Hobbit Boutique Hotel

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

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

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San Rock Guest House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel

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

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

Goodnight Lodge

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

De Hoek Country Hotel

Tintswalo at Waterfall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Upton Hall Boutique Guesthouse

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

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

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

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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

Palala Boutique Game Lodge

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

Location: Groblersbrug, Limpopo Tel: +27 15 295 9212 E-mail: reservations@palala.co.za Web: www.palalaboutiquegamelodge.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

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

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: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park Tel: +27 87 943 6442 E-mail: shindzela@mweb.co.za Web: www.shindzela.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

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Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

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+27 83 123 6789

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