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Set on 11, 000 hectares, Gondwana is the only Fynbos reserve in the world with free roaming big 5 species. 5 Star fully inclusive accommodation ~ Luxury private bush villasExhilarating game drives and Junior Ranger Experience. Ideally located only 4 hours from Cape Town or 45 minutes from George Airport. Packages available from R800 per person per night! Contact Details: Tel: +27 (0)21 424 5430 Email: reservations@gondwanagr.co.za website: www.gondwanagamereserve.com GARDEN ROUTE - SOUTH AFRICA


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Winelands Destination The Grande Roche Hotel

Nestled at the foot of the magnif- country village of Paarl. icent Paarl Rock Mountain lies the spectacular five-star Grande Roche Here you will experience the privacy Hotel. and tranquillity of comfortable and stylish suites, personal service and A proud member of the Small Luxury meticulous attention to detail, while Hotels of the World, Grande Roche award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant Hotel is a destination where history offers the finest culinary experience. interacts with modern day comforts - where the gentle rhythms of a Grande Roche Hotel’s location in the working fruit and wine farm are just Paarl Valley with views of the beautia short stroll away from the bustling ful Drakenstein mountains, offers

couples a truly historic and unique setting in which to host an elegant wedding reception. Along with its private chapel and manicured gardens, the hotel’s professional Functions and Events team ensure that your wedding day is carefree and filled with happy memories for life. Grande Roche Hotel - Where every reservation is the promise of a treat.


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where Credit is Due Forever is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson

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’m currently trying to practise the often frustrating but truly rewarding art of mindfulness in my everyday life. Each morning sees me undertaking a series of meditations that assist me in waking up to my everyday life and relishing the present moment. Why am I telling you this? Because I think it’s a great skill for everyone to attempt to master. But also because I know a few shortcuts. There are a variety of places and experiences in Southern Africa that allow me to enjoy the richness of the present moment with little to no effort on my part. A pristine beach in Mozambique is one such place. Obviously. The soft white sand, the lapping of the tide against the shore, the smell of coconuts and grilled prawns… it would indeed be difficult not to enjoy each moment spent in such a paradise. It is my dream to travel to the picturesque island on the opulent MSC Opera Cruise Ship, which we present on our cover this month. You will no doubt also have an extra point on your bucket list after reading the feature on all that the cruise (and its sister cruise) has to offer. Once you’ve made up your mind to book yourself and your family the ultimate Christmas and New Year treat, feel free to invite me along. You have my contact details.

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Other moments in which I find myself unable to focus on anything but the present include (of course) those in which I am indulging in the consumption of quality local food and wine. This month we welcome an acclaimed local chef onboard (I’m clearly still thinking of the ship) to present a month-by-month series of some of his favourite traditional South African recipes. We managed to win him over by taking him to the annual Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend. We knew we would. Being with animals also helps me to be fully present, and a real treat for me this month was visiting Eagle Encounters birds of prey rescue and rehabilitation centre at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch. My to-do list swiftly flew out the window (excuse the pun) as I cradled a majestic eagle in my arms. So seize the day and use this moment to enjoy all that is presented in this edition of our beautiful guide. I’m off to meditate on the sound of that lapping tide…

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E l e p hant B or n at Sanbo na W il d l if e R e s e r v e A healthy elephant calf was born at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve just outside Cape Town last month. At this point the sex of the calf is unknown, as the rangers are keeping their distance to ensure that mother and calf have sufficient time to bond. The herd is very protective of the youngster and has truly welcomed it into the group, which roams free on the 54 000 hectares of pristine wilderness. www.sanbona.com

SA Tourism RANKS Higher This year, South Africa has improved its ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index to 64 out of 140 countries. The number of overseas tourists visiting the country rose by 12.2% at the end of last year and has continued to rise, revealed a recent study by Statistics South Africa. Mauritius is currently the highest ranked African country. At the time of the study, the distribution of visiting nationalities in South Africa was 62.1% European, 15.6% Asian, 12.4% North American, 4% Central and South American, 4.6% Australasian and 1.3% Middle Eastern. www.southafrica.net

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Constance Hotels and Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives and Seychelles have announced the makeover of their complimentary Constance Kids’ Clubs. Trained co-ordinators will lead island explorations, culinary activities and scavenger hunts for guests between the ages of four and eleven. Club facilities include an open play space, an arts and crafts space, a technology game space and an outdoor space. www.constancehotels.com

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Dust off your berets, pull on your boots, dress up in your finest red, white and blue and head out to SA’s leading wine and culinary destination for the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July. Join in the fun and festivities at the Food and Wine marquee (open from 12:00 until 17:00), which over the years has become the focal point of the festival. Entrance tickets to the marquee cost R150 per person and can be booked through www.webtickets.co.za. Booking is essential as tickets are limited. www.franschhoekbastille.co.za

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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

For current special offers, including a complimentary night, complimentary dinner or spa packages visit our website at www.fch.co.za Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3386

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he MSC Opera departs on 30 December 2013 from Durban, spending New Year at Mozambique’s pristine Portuguese Island. The ship will then cruise onto the bustling capital city of Maputo before heading for the island port of Fort Dauphin in exotic Madagascar. MSC Sinfonia offers five departure dates: 7, 14 and 21 December 2013 as well as 1 and 22 February 2014 with a new itinerary visiting Portuguese Island in Mozambique and Anakao and Fort Dauphin in Madagascar. Portuguese Island has long been South Africa’s favourite cruise destination. The uninhabited nature reserve with pristine beaches, dense vegetation, pleasant lagoons and small patches of mangrove make for a real island experience. The newly-built eco-friendly restaurant structure, the island bar, kiddies jungle gym and beach club

with deck chairs and umbrellas offer cruise passengers an ideal lazy day on the beach in comfort and style. Transfers to the neighbouring island of Inhaca allow for a real cultural experience in the local African village, where one can experience prawns and peri-peri chicken as only Mozambique can prepare them. Anakoa, the second stop on the MSC Sinfonia itinerary, is a small fishing village where the locals still carve oceangoing dhows from huge logs, much as their ancestors have done for centuries before. Anakao is also a popular seaside getaway on the shores of the Mozambican Channel with miles of unspoilt beaches. The port of Fort Dauphin is the final destination for both ships. It is situated deep in the South East of Madagascar. Set in a huge bay, Fort Dauphin offers sandy white beaches

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Kapama Karula

Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is Kapama Game Reserves most secluded and prestigious lodge, Kapama Karula. Main areas include lounge and bar, all finished in modern whitewashed wood and vast sections of glass, complemented by a neutral colour palette, offering a contemporary African feel. The open-plan lounge and bar are spacious yet cosy, with skylights drawing in natural daylight and moonshine. Alternatively, enjoy the African sunshine on the outside wooden deck, with views over the Klaserie River. 5 Suites: these have indoor and outdoor showers, full ensuite bathrooms, minibars, Nespresso coffee machines, safes, international adaptors, telephones, overhead fans, air conditioners and gas-heated fireplaces. For connectivity and entertainment, there is Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. 5 Superior Suites: these are slightly bigger than the standard suites, at 130m² each and includes the same features as per the standard suites, but in addition there is an outside deck area, with a full-size heated swimming pool and sun loungers. Two of the superior suites, each measuring 170 m², are purpose-built for families. The second bedroom leads off the living room and can be accessed through an interleading door or its own entrance. This bedroom features a full ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV, selection of movies and Wii game console. Each family suite also has a private outside deck and a large heated swimming pool. For an experience that’s closer to nature and authentically African, Kapama Karula offers guests the opportunity to sleep in one of two traditional Meru tents. There’s no compromise to comfort and the tents have all the amenities of a luxury game lodge. En suite with his and hers basins, a bath and private outdoor shower, the tents both have air conditioning, telephones and Wi-Fi, fully stocked minibars, Nespresso coffee machines and lock-up safes.

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overlooked by forest-clad mountains. A variety of activities and attractions are on offer, including markets, beaches, botanical gardens with lemurs and other fauna and flora seen nowhere else outside of Madagascar. All three island destinations are traditionally difficult to access, and the MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia allow easy entry whilst affording passengers comfort and style as part of the journey. With their onboard entertainment, delectable cuisine and Italian hospitality, the ships themselves serve as great holiday destinations. MSC offers a perfect Christmas or New Year holiday for couples or families, with children under 18 cruising free with their parents. Early bookings will save passengers up to 40%, with starting prices from just R5979 per person. MSC Opera boasts 856 cabins, of which 172 are balcony cabins and 28 are balcony suites. The ship has four restaurants, eleven bars, two pools and two whirlpools.

The liner boasts the MSC Aurea Spa and Solarium, a disco, video games room, internet cafÊ, casino, team building facilities and a medical centre. The ship offers a wonderful array of duty-free shopping and caters for kids, with the Buffalo Bill children’s play area, mini, junior and teen clubs. Additional facilities include the Cotton Club bar and a stage on deck for outdoor entertainment. MSC Sinfonia has 777 cabins, of which 132 are balcony suites. The ship also boasts four restaurants, ten bars, two swimming pools and the luxurious MSC Aurea Spa. Guests can enjoy world-class performances in the San Carlo Theatre and take advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness centre, golf simulator, casino, mini, junior and teen clubs, disco, internet cafe and luxury shopping. Additional facilities include a business and conference centre and a medical centre. For information or bookings visit www.msccruises.co.za.

MSC Cruises is a market-leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil and operates across the globe. MSC Cruises sails throughout the year in the Mediterranean and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Southern Africa, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the French Antilles, South America, the Red Sea and the United Arab Emirates. Its modern fleet comprises twelve ships: Fantasia-class MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia; Musica-class MSC Magnifica, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Musica; and Lirica-class MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive

the Seven Golden Pearls award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both on shore and on board. MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. As such, a long-term partnership with UNICEF was undertaken in 2009 to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education. To date, MSC Cruises has raised over two million Euros for the initiative.

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asa 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 en-suite. Tea and coffee facilities and a small fridge are available in each room. 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 porticoed 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. Its charming, exotic nature provides a warm friendly atmosphere and quality touches at every turn. 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. The conferencing facility offers the use of advanced multimedia technology and is arguably the most sophisticated facility available in the Hazyview conference circuit. Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort is a dream location for bespoke weddings. The hotel, with its village architecture

and expansive tropical garden, provides an enticing venue for a day or evening wedding. The venue is able to host up to 170 guests and all wedding décor is outsourced (should the wedding couple not provide their own décor). The onsite Spa de Solé offers a wide range of treatments guaranteed to make the bride and her entourage feel completely pampered on the special day. All facets of a wedding at Casa Do Sol can be arranged by the hotel staff - from establishing venue suitability to menu planning, wine selection, decorating and entertainment coordinating. Casa do Sol is renowned for the excellence of its food and wines. Cozinha Velha Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The delightful Hazyview restaurant offers an a la carte lunch menu and set dinner menu. The breakfast buffet menu provides a delicious start to each day. All vegetables used in dishes served at the restaurant are grown onsite, offering fresh, organic produce on a daily basis. Cozinha Velha Restaurant can accommodate up to 108 guests, making it the ideal location for wedding receptions or large groups of conferencing guests. The outside patio area offers fresh air and tranquility during breakfast, lunch or dinner and may also be used for events during the warmer summer months. The Chiquitas Cocktail Bar next to the restaurant spills out onto the terrace, where guests can enjoy a pre-dinner drink under the stars. A mobile bar service can also be arranged for events. There are two designated braai (barbeque) areas, a Quincho (Spanish equivalent of a lapa) and a traditional South African “boma”. Casa Do Sol is situated within the 500 hectare Ilanga Nature and Game Reserve – home to over 100 different species of indigenous bush and breeding herds of nonaggressive game. The resort offers onsite hiking and mountain biking trails, tennis courts and swimming pools as well as a number of water activities including fishing, rowing and boating on the resort’s private dam. Ideal for leisure and business guests, Casa Do Sol promises a lavish stay amidst the beauty of Mpumalanga. For further information and bookings e-mail casadosol@ ahagroup.co.za or visit casadosol.ahagroup.co.za. 22


A 3 hour drive from Johannesburg. Located in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. Come enjoy a 5 star eperience with the Big 5. Offering exclusivity, style and luxury against a backdrop of wild Africa. From: From: R2200 per person per night • All meals • 1 x exciting game drive daily • Kids 12 and above welcome For direct bookings contact - Reservations: Tel: +27 11 958 5110/11/12 Cell: +27 82 453 7567 Email: reservations@sediba.com

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hy not start the day with a stroll across to our wine tasting room on the banks of the farm dam to sample some of our wines paired with delectable treats? A visit to Spier’s restaurant, Eight, could then satisfy you with a hearty brunch or lunch made from the freshest of ingredients. Eight’s chef, Lolli, uses vegetables grown on the farm and the meat of animals raised on the pastures. For a more informal dining experience, why not stretch out on the verdant lawns and enjoy a picnic basket packed with delicious treats? The renewed Spier experience incorporates both the past and present to offer enjoyable and relaxing activities for both young and old. Absorb the peace and tranquility of the indigenous Protea garden as you wander along the banks of the Eerste River or, for something a little different, why not try a tour through our vineyards on a Segway? Guaranteed fun, Segway tours allow you to glide effortlessly across the farm and take in the sights and sounds of your surroundings while learning about Spier’s sustainable initiatives.

A visit to Eagle Encounters provides a fantastic activity for both parents and children. There aren’t many people in the world who can say that they have cuddled a barn owl or held a Wahlberg’s eagle! Heading back in time, visitors to Spier learn about the early wine industry and the history of the slave trade through the audio tour of the Spier farmstead, Gables. Beautifully presented, the tour incorporates an audio performance of a story written by acclaimed playwright Brett Bailey. Explore the farm and its surroundings while a mixture of fact and fiction is woven together to lift the curtain on the past and draw you into the world of Sannie de Goede, a fictional ghost from yester-year, as she tells you about her life as a slave on the farm 200 years ago. For those wanting to extend their visit and spend more time immersed in the beauty of Spier, why not book a night or two at the luxurious Spier Hotel? We are proud to be able to share our magical world with you and wait with anticipation for your arrival.

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aborie Wine Farm, situated in the heart of the picturesque Paarl Winelands, is ensuring that guests stay warm throughout the chilly season with an array of incredible winter offerings. Purchase six bottles of Laborie Shiraz directly from the Cellar Door and receive a slab of tailor-made Laborie Cape Spice Malay chocolate, or purchase six bottles of Laborie Chardonnay and receive a slab of decadent White Lemon Verbena chocolate to enhance the flavours of the wine. Treat yourself to mouth-watering comfort food from the winter-inspired menu of the farm’s acclaimed restaurant, Harvest at Laborie. The carefully thought out menu features an array of sumptuous dishes, ranging from grilled black mushrooms with a garlic and herb crust to slowroasted pork shoulder with roasted apples and onions. Those with a sweet tooth should be sure not to miss out on the sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla crème fraîche for dessert. Patrons can choose between a two-course menu for R130 per person and a three-course option for R155 per person. This menu is available for lunch (Monday to Friday) and

dinner (Wednesday and Thursday). Last but by no means least - be sure to make the most of Laborie’s luxurious and comfortable accommodation, which is perfect for the cold winter months. The recently refurbished suites consist of eight four-star guest rooms as well as a special room in the historic Manor House, all of which offer that extra bit of warmth and charm at this time. Guests booking for two consecutive nights for two during winter will only pay R2785, a price that includes the following: • Complimentary bottle of Lazy Days wine • Sumptuous breakfast daily for the duration of the stay • Two-course dinner (to the value of R200 per person) at Harvest • Two-course lunch (to the value of R180 per person) at Harvest • A wine tasting and farm tour All these splendid winter offerings are valid until the end of September 2013. Terms and conditions apply. For further information and bookings visit www. laboriewines.co.za. 30


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he tenth annual Robertson Wacky Wine Festival, which took place from 6 – 9 June this year, was nothing short of a roaring success. With over 40 participating wineries and a host of activities on offer, the picturesque little winelands town really came alive for the weekend. The festival caters for all kinds of visitors, from wine snobs to enthusiasts or those simply wanting to have a good time. Visitors purchase a single passport (R100) at the outset of their experience and are granted access to free tastings at each wine farm in Robertson, Bonnievale, Ashton, Montagu, McGregor and surrounds. That’s a lot of wine to be tasted! Hired designated drivers and buddy buses make travel between the farms safe and easy, so visitors can simply relax and enjoy all that is on offer. The Ultimate Guide to Africa team made the most of the opportunities presented over the weekend, engaging in ‘serious’ wine activities such as master tastings, educationals and presentations by the Cape Wine Academy, as well as lighter activities including a boat trip, comedy show, acoustic rock show and even a few stints on the numerous jumping castles. There was plenty to eat, and we indulged in everything from canapés to buffets and three-course meals that encompassed a range of culinary treats including traditional ‘boerekos’ (Afrikaans food), an abundance of sweet treats and even some delicious fresh sushi! The brave among us enjoyed a trail run and mountain bike route while the rest of us sat back and enjoyed watching the rugby on a big screen or perusing the variety of arts and crafts stalls on offer. After enjoying three days of wine, food and fun, we exchanged our old blankets and winter clothing for bottles of local wine, enjoying the fact that giving to charity could be so much fun! Why are we telling you about our time in Robertson after the 2013 festival has already taken place? Because the everpopular weekend sees the accommodation offerings and bespoke activities booked up months in advance, and we thought we’d give you a heads up. We stayed in a completely charming spacious selfcatering cottage overlooking the vineyards and breathtaking natural beauty of Weltevrede Wine Farm, and we would highly recommend that you book your accommodation there for the weekend. The festival was a riot but returning to the peace and quiet of our quaint retreat was indeed another highlight of each day. For further information or bookings visit www. wackywineweekend.com or www.weltevrede.com.

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Ingredients: • 1.5kg (3lb) oxtail, excess fat removed • 1 cup plain flour • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs • olive oil • 1 tsp paprika • salt and pepper • 2L good quality beef stock • 1 cup dry red wine • 2 medium onions • 6 large garlic cloves • 3 large carrots (about 350g/12oz), peeled and sliced • 300g/12oz green beans, sliced • ½ cup fresh white kidney (cannellini) beans, de-shelled • 3 medium potatoes (about 500g/1lb), peeled and quartered

Ingredients: “Morogo”, or spinach, is made of virtually any combination of greens. I have used everything from spinach to pumpkin leaves, wild plants and even beetroot tops. I also like to add a corn on the cob (still in its leaves) to the pot, as the cooking method works well for both the greens and the corn. Method: The secret is in the process! 1. Wash the green leaves thoroughly then slice them finely. 2. Place the corn (if using) into a large pot and pile the leaves on top. 3. Drizzle generously with vegetable oil. 4. Add 1tsp of salt for every 500g/1lb of fresh leaves. Do not add water! 5. Heat gently and it will cook in its own moisture and the steam created from the water left after washing. 6. Simmer on very low heat for an hour, turning gently. Add a little bit of water only if required, as it is basically a steaming process.

Method: 1. Mix flour, paprika and herbs and season with salt and black pepper. Seal dry mix and meat in a bag and shake vigorously to dust the oxtail thoroughly. 2. In a large pot brown the oxtail in olive oil (on high heat) and set aside. 3. Roughly chop onion and garlic and sauté over medium heat until soft and golden. 4. Add the onion and garlic to the oxtail and add 1L of beef stock. 5. Mix wine with remaining beef stock. 6. Bring the oxtail and stock mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook until the liquid has reduced by ¾ and is the consistency of thick cream. 7. Add the paprika and barbecue spice together with enough beef stock/wine mix to cover the oxtail once again. 8. Cover with a lid and cook over a low heat until the oxtail is tender (about 2 hours). Keep checking that there is still enough liquid to cover the meat, adding more when necessary. 9. Add the carrots, beans and potatoes and cook until the vegetables are soft (about 30 minutes).

I look forward to continuing to explore the diverse culinary culture of South Africa with you in future editions! Please visit my blog, http://marcosfoodblog. wordpress.com, and let me know what you would like me to showcase in future editions by commenting on the relevant recipes.

“You know, darling, there is one respect in which I dwarf all my contemporaries or at least about which I can confidently claim to be second to none - a healthy appetite.” - Excerpt from a letter by Nelson Mandela (1970)

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

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

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

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

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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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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 flooring and towel rails; where the gentle rhythms of a working fruit and wine farm are only a short stroll away from a bustling country town. At the Grande Roche Hotel, you will experience the privacy and tranquillity of comfortable and stylish suites nestled among the vineyards. With 28 unique, individually named suites, the experience is as personal as each guest and recounts a history of days gone by. Award-winning Bosman’s restaurant offers the finest culinary experience 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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A delightful Mpumalanga accommodation offering situated in an eden of tranquil pools, deeply shaded glades and lush flower gardens just next to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview. Casa Do Sol comprises four different types of accommodation - casas, villas, twin and double suites and a Casa Grande complete with private jacuzzi. All rooms cater for double occupancies and have bathrooms ensuite. While the casas lead out to the lush flower gardens, the villas offer private gardens or terraces. The twin and double suites each boast an entrance hall, spacious sitting room, luxury bathrooms with separate shower and toilet and private patios with breathtaking views of the valley. The Casa Grande includes a large sitting room that opens onto a portico patio with a jacuzzi, sauna and private pool in an enclosed garden. On the upper level is a double bedroom with his and hers bathrooms. Casa do Sol is the perfect venue for a variety of events. The attentive and professional banqueting team that oversees the conference facility will guarantee that each event undertaken at the luxury hotel is a superb experience.

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

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

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The South African cruise itinerary runs from November through to May annually with cruises departing out of Cape Town and Durban. The 2013/14 season will see the return of the popular MSC Sinfonia for her fourth consecutive season, as well as the return of the MSC Opera. Both ships will offer destinations including Portuguese Island, Maputo, Barra Lodge, Walvis Bay, Mossel Bay and Luderitz. For the more adventurous: Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, and St Helena. Cruising is one of South Africa’s preferred holiday options with accommodation, meals and entertainment all included in the fare, and children under 18 travelling for free (Conditions Apply).

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

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

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

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

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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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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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a firm favourite amongst nearby business and residential communities. Open for lunch and dinner, the seasonal a la carte, Mediterranean inspired menu changes to make best use of fresh and local ingredients, whilst the tapas menu complements over 40 choices of wine available by the glass. Dine al fresco style on the outside patio on hot summer days or enjoy the cosy and warm atmosphere of the indoor fireplace during the winter months. For group bookings and conferences, Petit Caveau offers the ideal space on the top floor of the restaurant. Customise a set menu for large groups or simply book the area for a private dining experience. The built-in data screen and projector facility and wi-fi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Hobbit Boutique Hotel

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

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

Emoya Hotel & Spa San Rock Guest House

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

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

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

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

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

Goodnight Lodge

The Michelangelo Hotel

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

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

De Hoek Country Hotel

Tintswalo at Waterfall

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

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

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

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Kwa-Zulu Natal

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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Hartford House

Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

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

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

Isandlwana Lodge The Vineyard on Ballito

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

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

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

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

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Limpopo

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

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

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

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

Mopane Bush Lodge

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

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

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Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa

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

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Zwahili Private Game Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Komati Gorge Lodge

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

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

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Umbhaba Lodge

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

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

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Walkersons Hotel and Spa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott’s Manor Guest House

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

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

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

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge

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

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

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kuilfontein Stable Cottages

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

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

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

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

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Skitterland Guest House

Mattanu Private Game Reserve

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

Protea Hotel Kimberley

Vergelegen Guest House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asara Wine Estate & Hotel

Steenberg Hotel

Location: Polkadraai Rd, Stellenbosch Tel: +27 21 888 8000 E-mail: info@asara.co.za Web: www.asara.co.za

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

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

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

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

Altes Landhaus Country House

The Robertson Small Hotel

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

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

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

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The Elephant Camp

The River Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BARRA BEACH CLUB Constance Le Prince Maurice Location: Choisy Road, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius Tel: +230 402 3636 E-mail: resa@constancehotels.com Web: www.princemaurice.constancehotels.com

Constance Tsarabanjina Location: Tsarabanjina Island, Helville, Madagascar Tel: +261 034 021 5229 E-mail: resa@constancehotels.com Web: www.tsarabanjina.constancehotels.com

Location: Short drive from Inhambane Town, Mozambique Tel: +258 2935 6076 E-mail: reservations.barra@hotelcasadocapitao.com Web: www.hotelcasadocapitao.com/bbc/index.php

Protea Hotel Walvis Bay Location: Sam Nujoma Avenue & 10th Road, Walvis Bay, Namibia Tel: +264 642 137 01 E-mail: res.walvisbay@proteahotels.com.na Web: www.proteahotels.com

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Location: Ilha da Inhaca, Maputo, Mozambique Tel: +258 21 760 003 E-mail: reservas.africa@pestana.com Web: www.pestana.com

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Location: 1 Wessels Rd, Rivonia, Johannesburg Tel: Customer contact centre 0860 11 44 11 Web: www.msccruises.co.za

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01Healthsunburn is a potential health hazard

S

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

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

03Travel Options Air

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

Bus

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

Trains

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

Cars

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

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CAPE TOWN CENTRE

JOHANNESBURG CENTRE

Avis Car Rental

+27 21 934 0330

+27 861 021 111

Budget Rent-a-Car

+27 21 380 3140

+27 11 230 1200

Europcar

+27 21 935 8600

+27 11 394 8831

Hertz Car Hire

+27 21 935 3000

+27 11 390 9700

Tempest Car Hire

+27 21 935 8650

+27 11 578 0160

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

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southern africa

Ca l l : + 2 7 1 2 4 2 5 5 8 0 0

| + 2 7 2 1 5 5 2 2 8 2 9 | E m a i l : s a l e s @ t c b g r o u p. c o. z a 88

Ultimate Guide to Africa July 2013  
Ultimate Guide to Africa July 2013  
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