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“A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother.” – John Henrik Clarke September is Heritage Month in South Africa. A celebration of aspects of local culture such as creative expression, historical inheritance, language, food and popular memory, the significant month calls upon South Africans to promote a national identity that is self-conscious of both its current cultural climate and its liberation heritage. While a respect for the latter necessitates a fostering of social cohesion, nation building, economic development and inclusive citizenship, a celebration of the country’s cultural heritage can be undertaken by visiting sites of rich expressive significance throughout the diverse country. We’re celebrating Heritage Month by introducing you to offerings from across the South African cultural spectrum, from feasting on a plethora of unique

local eats to learning about ancient and largely isolated indigenous cultures. Whether you’d like to immerse yourself in the buzz of a Gauteng metropolis, the rural charm of the fisherman’s West Coast, the warm hospitality of a Transkei village or the natural and historical awe of the Kgalagadi, you’re bound to found an appealing destination or experience somewhere in the pages of our latest edition. Enjoy!

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A Sandton Escape Nestled in the lush suburb of Morningside Manor in Sandton, Johannesburg, the five star Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa offers privacy and exclusivity, yet is only minutes by car to the major business and shopping centres of the city. The hotel’s 43 opulent suites and Presidential Suite complement its timeless Palladian architecture. Delectable cuisine is on offer at the Terrace Restaurant, which is also open to non-resident guests. The Balinese Spa is also open to day visitors, and offers a variety of pampering treatments and packages. The private Bali-inspired Spa gardens provide a truly restorative space for those needing to escape for a while. The Private Villa Residence and Victoria Tea Lounge were recently launched as part of the hotel’s 2014 expansion plan. www.fairlawns-hotel.co.za

Shamwari Group Ready for Summer The Shamwari Group, which includes Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve just outside Cape Town, Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, and Nkomazi Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, has seen the completion of various exciting developments in the lead-up to the summer season. The luxurious Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona has undergone a transformation and is once again ready to be enjoyed after suffering flood damage earlier in the year. The kids’ playroom at Gondwana Family Lodge has undergone a soft refurbishment to enhance the “Kids on Safari Programme” offering. The opening of the Skukuza Airport has made visiting Jock Safari Lodge more convenient. Eagles Crag Lodge and Bayethe Luxury Tented Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve have both undergone soft refurbishments in order to offer something completely new. And last but certainly not least, the boma at Nkomazi Game Reserve has been revamped, offering this season’s guests a fresh new al fresco dining experience. www.shamwarigroup.com

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A trip aboard the Rovos Rail Luxury Train is an experience like no other. With discreet service, luxury modern conveniences, excellent cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era, encompassing the timeless grace of African exploration. There truly is no better way to enjoy the rolling vistas and dramatic sunsets of the African wilds than onboard the beautifully restored wooden train. Trips depart regularly from the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria to Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls. Longer journeys that take place on an annual basis include two nine-day long golf itineraries (with plenty on offer to entertain the non-golfers too), a nine-day safari to Namibia and a two-week adventure to Dar es Salaam. www.rovos.com

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Every suburb has one: a lovely little café frequented by residents and visitors alike. If you’re based in Parkwood, that place may well be Park Café, run by sisters Vicky Ross and Lexi Reckling. The menu is a smorgasbord of indulgent delights: think stacks of steaming crumpets or gourmet French toast; Norwegian salmon fishcakes with spicy salsa; and halloumi, rocket and avocado sarmies. For something more sinful, try the cheesecake with chocolate ganache, the Rocky Road treats, or the lemon and almond cake, all accompanied by coffee served straight from the magnificent Belle Epoque coffee machine. www.parkcafe.co.za

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Your Holiday needn’t cost the earth. B y c h o o s i n g a F a i r Tr a d e To u r i s m C e r t i f i e d b u s i n e s s , you’re guaranteed a holiday Experience that positively impacts Employees, community and the environment. So next time you are planning your holiday, look out for our striking label as a sign that the business has being certified by Fair Trade Tourism and is adhering to our strict standard.

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You’ll leave not only relaxed and recharged, but feeling fulfilled and rewarded too. LEBO’S SOWETO BACKPACKERS This emerging business in Soweto offers accommodation and an authentic immersion into life in this historically significant township. Local guides conduct bicycle tours through the surrounding area, giving guests an opportunity to experience local activities and people in their day-today lives.

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LEBO’S BICYCLE TOURS Soweto Bicycle Tours is a unique concept of township tourism. The bicycle tour provides an opportunity to experience Soweto, its people and communities in an eco-friendly and personal manner, giving an insight into their life, culture and history.

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MORATIWA TOURS Moratiwa Tours offers a vehicle and bicycle combination tour (in collaboration with Lebo’s Bicycle Tour) in Soweto, giving travelers the opportunity to see a lot as well as have a more personal engagement with local people in the various parts of this amazing, historical township. www.moratiwa.co.za


THABA YA BATSWANA Thaba Ya Batswana - Eco Hotel & Spa is a piece of Highveld Heaven, surrounded by the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve in Johannesburg. A decade of passion has resulted in a hotel, staff and brand renowned for individual customer service. This along with their beautiful facilities and breathtaking natural surroundings ensures that Thaba Ya Batswana is the venue of choice for both the corporate and leisure markets.

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THE PEECH HOTEL The Peech, a boutique hotel, in Melrose demonstrates a great commitment towards operating in an environmentally responsible manner. The business has solar-water geysers for the entire property in place, drinking water is filtered on site and they use refillable glass bottles (reducing the use of plastic bottles). Rain and grey water from baths and showers is processed and recycled for use in the Peech’s lush and leafy landscaping, which also has its own herb garden. The Peech has a long-standing and serious commitment to investment in the Little Eden Children’s Home. The hotel also donates relevant items (linen, crockery, etc.) to the charity and allows the staff of Little Eden to stay at the hotel as an incentive for top performance.

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THE SOWETO HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE The Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre is the first township based hotel to be FTT-certified. This 4-star hotel is centrally located in Kliptown at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, one of South Africa’s National Heritage Sites and the birthplace of the Freedom Charter, giving it an eclectic fusion of history and culture with a contemporary urban vibe. The Soweto Hotel believes in giving back to the community in which they operate. Their staff originates from the locale and have benefited from training programmes and skills development. Their chef makes it a point to source all their fresh produce, meat and fish from local suppliers, including the vibrant Kliptown Market.

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Nestled in the lush suburb of Morningside Manor in Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is recognised as one of the most beautiful, romantic and exclusive hotels in South Africa. Text: Tilly Smith Images: Š Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

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by TripAdvisor global travellers); World Luxury Hotel Awards Best Luxury Hotel Spa in 2013; and Andrew Harper’s Recommendation for 2013. The hotel’s wine list was named Platinum Diners Club Wine List of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and Diamond Diners Club Wine List of the Year in 2014. The hotel’s 43 opulent suites and Presidential Suite complement its timeless Palladian architecture. The suites are on average 84 m² each, while the Presidential is 240 m², boasting a private entrance, bodyguard bedroom, study and separate lounge and dining room, as well as an upstairs guest and master bedroom. Each suite, no matter what the theme, is opulent and spacious - the trademark of Fairlawns. From bespoke furniture to thoughtful architectural details, the entire property is a labour of love, and it shows. The eclectic mix of old and new, stylish and practical, creates an ambience reminiscent of stately old English homes, French chateaux, or Tuscan villas. The external Palladian architecture, which is consistent throughout the buildings on the

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airlawns is one of Johannesburg’s best-kept secrets, where guests are treated like royalty, and their privacy is of utmost importance. It is a five-star home away from home, where exclusivity is key and the city seems far away. It is, however, located only minutes by car to the major business and shopping centres of Sandton. The initial vision of owners John and Anna Thacker was to create a unique five-star hotel where guests could feel embraced by the elegant grounds, service and ambience without losing the flexibility that they consider the raison d'être of Fairlawns. Thinking like guests rather than like hoteliers is their motto. Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Northern Italy and Easton Manor in Surrey, England were the inspiration behind the Palladian architecture and overall design style of the hotel. A timeless classic sporting modern facilities, Fairlawns has been awarded numerous accolades, including being named as Best Luxury Wellness Spa in South Africa in 2014; one of the Top Three Luxury Hotels in Sandton and the Top 23 Hotels in South Africa in 2014 (as rated

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sprawling property, brings together the rich variations of décor styles within the suites themselves, which vary from the Florentine Suite to the African Suite, with a host of unexpected surprises in between. The fact that Fairlawns was built on the original home of the owners also contributes towards the inviting ambience of the property, which was an Oppenheimer residence prior to being purchased by the Thackers. No tall highrise or noisy traffic; only graciousness and a “welcome home” feeling - a haven after the day’s business has been concluded or the tour completed, and the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner whilst listening to the flocks of birds returning to their ‘headquarters’ on the property. Fairlawns accommodates both local and international corporate and leisure guests, all of whom seem to come to regard it as their private sanctuary when in Johannesburg. The delectable cuisine on offer at the Terrace Restaurant and the pampering treats presented at the Balinese Spa are also available to day visitors. The private Bali-inspired Spa gardens provide a restorative escape for those wanting to disappear for a while. Golfers are never disappointed, as the hotel is in partnership with the nearby Johannesburg Country Club, which offers two world-class courses. Fairlawns launched its Private Villa Residence and new Victoria Tea Lounge as part of its 2014 expansion plan. For more information and reservations call +27 11 804 2540/1/2, e-mail reservations@fairlawns.co.za or visit www.fairlawns.co.za. 18


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eventeen years after opening, Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve has been thoughtfully reconfigured and redecorated to reveal its essential character and define its unique sense of place on the boulder-strewn banks of the Sand River. The original inspiration for the lodge came from the geometry of these ancient, weathered boulders and the natural curve of the river bed. This time around, architect Sally Tsiliyiannis of GAPP Architects & Urban Designers and designers Cécile & Boyd have taken further cues from nature, incorporating the colours, textures and elements of the surrounding landscape. “The focus is on bringing together reflections of light, texture, colour, shadows, relationships between inside and outside and the spirit of the place to create form and space," explains Tsiliyiannis. Boyd Ferguson of Cécile & Boyd agrees that it was crucial to retain the essence of the place in the redesign. Guest areas have been opened up, lowered, and brought closer to the river, allowing for full engagement with the magnificent setting beneath the ebony and weeping boer bean trees. Characterised by handcrafted design with the integrity of authentic African provenance,


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the lodge merges seamlessly with the shifting light, shapes and moods of the environment, providing a soothing sanctuary for world-weary travellers craving a connection with nature. Dramatic sculptural shapes, abstract art, and carefully curated collections of crystals, seed pods, bones and other found objects articulate a deep connection with the wild. There is a sense that everything has been derived from the earth. Rustic and worn, woven and carved, furnishings include iconic pieces fashioned from fossilised tree stumps, slabs of solid stone, artisanal wrought iron and leather, with each element designed to reveal its intrinsic beauty. Awe-inspiring original contemporary paintings, sculptures and soft, sensual textures – a sheep-skin rug to step onto when you get out of bed, or the feel of natural flax bed linen on your skin – add subtle layers of luxury. Open to the elements or separated from the outdoors by glass walls, the lodge provides a continuous connection with the prolific wildlife and birdlife for which the reserve is so well known. Cleverly designed communal spaces, such as the new sociable Copper Bar serving freshly pressed fruit juices, espressos and cocktails, provide new opportunities for guests to connect with their surroundings and with each other. 22

The 12 spacious and private suites - two of which are designed exclusively for families - blend soulful, sensual Africa with high design to instil a sense of tranquillity and ease guests into the rhythm of safari life. It’s as if the very soul of Singita Boulders Lodge has been fine-tuned and stripped back down to the basics, freeing up guests to experience and explore nature like never before. For further information and reservations call +27 21 683 3424
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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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Paternoster Pampering There’s something quite magical about Paternoster. With its colourful fishing boats, rows of blue-roofed houses and unadulterated stretching coastline, it offers a charming escape from the daily frustrations of the city. What better place to disappear for a day or two of pampering and rejuvenation? Text: Lara Potgieter Images: Š Healing Earth

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Facial treatments include everything from a smoothing Rose Quartz and a restoring Baobab & Jasmine facial to a stimulating Jade Crystal, renewing Vine or anti-ageing Pinotage experience. Indulgent massages performed by loving, skilled hands aim to de-stress, detoxify and uplift tired and taxed bodies. Making use of unique natural elements the likes of Selenite stone, Abalone shell and Shea butter, the touch therapies work to balance meridians, release blockages, stimulate reflexology points and simply ease tension from deep within.

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Comprehensive packages are recommended for those seeking holistic nurturing for both body and soul. The transformative procedures combine crystal baths, body polishes and wraps, facials and massages to kick-start the body’s natural period of healing and regeneration. The sensual and spiritual New Moon Journey package comes particularly highly recommended this Spring. Body brushing, a cleansing bath ritual, detoxifying exfoliation and a mongongo nut body balm massage combine to wash away the heaviness of winter and energise body and mind at this time of hope and renewal. A great facial treatment to pair with this is the Signature Facial, which makes use of neroli, rose, ylang-ylang and Pinotage to restore and revitalise tired winter-weary skin. After their treatments, guests can continue to enjoy the spa experience in their luxurious suites with the Healing Earth Bath Butler Service – a bespoke bathing ritual prepared with salts, bath milk or oils with heavenly aromatherapy properties. Suffice it to say, the Healing Earth Spa at Paternoster’s Abalone House is a idyllic natural healing haven if ever there was one. For further information and reservations call +27 22 752 2044, e-mail info@abalonehouse.co.za or visit www.abalonehouse.co.za.


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To Learn About San Culture: !Khwa ttu !Khwa ttu is a San Education and Culture Centre 70 km north-west of Cape Town that offers a unique introduction to the world of the descendants of the first indigenous people of Southern Africa. At !Khwa ttu the San themselves take guests on a journey into their history, traditional knowledge, skills, languages, customs and current affairs. www.khwattu.org !Xaus Lodge !Xaus Lodge offers luxury accommodation in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The ‥Khomani San and Mier communities reached an historic land settlement agreement with the government of South Africa and SANParks in May 2002, which restored a large tract of land to the communities that had once roamed or farmed this area. The lodge offers a tour of its recreated cultural village, where guests can view Bushman crafters at work. www.xauslodge.co.za For more information on Fair Trade Tourism and accredited properties visit www.fairtrade.travel

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To Learn About Venda Culture: Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge Madi a Thavha offers self-catering, bed & breakfast and full boarding accommodation in the beautiful Soutpansberg region of Northern Limpopo. The lodge is an excellent base from which to explore Venda and Tsonga culture, myths and legends as well as to discover the unspoiled nature of the Soutpansberg and Limpopo Valley. Village tours, workshops and cultural performances all present opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the local culture. www.madiathavha.com Mashovhela Bush Lodge Mashovhela offers eco-friendly Venda-style accommodation in Morning Sun Nature Reserve in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountains. The lodge offers guests the opportunity to explore local culture through a Venda Village Tour, a Venda Land Cultural Tour and a Venda Arts & Crafts Tour. www.morningsun.co.za

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eritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the rich heritage of the many cultures that make up the Rainbow Nation. Fair Trade Tourism, which operates the world’s first and only Fair Trade Tourism certification programme in Southern Africa and beyond, has accredited businesses that also promote and celebrate the different cultures of South Africa. The following lodges offer great ways of learning about the cultures of the unique areas in which they are situated. To Learn About Xhosa Culture: Bulungula Lodge Bulungula Lodge is the realisation of a dream to create an eco-friendly backpackers lodge in partnership with a community in a beautiful and remote part of South Africa. Situated on the spectacular Wild Coast, the lodge is 40% owned by the community of Nqileni Village, and forms an integral part of their daily lives. Guests wanting to learn about Xhosa culture can take a walk around the village at any time of the day or night, and are sure to be invited into the mud huts for a drink and a chat. www.bulungula.com Mdumbi Backpackers and Lodge Also situated on the beautiful Wild Coast (a 45 minute drive from Coffee Bay), Mdumbi is a community-driven incentive that is 30% owned by local employees. The area is known as the cultural homeland of the Xhosa speaking or Pondo people, and guests are able to meet villagers still living sustainably off the land. www.mdumbi.co.za

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Avondale Organic Estate A combination of modern science and the wisdom of ages creates altogether unique wines on Avondale Organic Wine Farm near Paarl in South Africa’s Western Cape.

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he success of the estate’s holistic method can be attributed to the open-minded and creative approach of proprietor Johnathan Grieve, whose thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. On the 300-year-old family-owned farm in the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, no life form is considered “bad”, and nothing is eradicated. On the contrary, Grieve strives to create conditions that are conducive to more life. “Biodiversity, or the variety of life in an ecosystem, is a tangible measure of the health and balance of a particular habitat,” he explains. “It’s important because each species, from the lowliest microbe to a human being, plays a distinct role in keeping the planet running smoothly.”


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Grieve pioneered the organic-biodynamic-scientific approach he calls BioLOGIC®. It works as a dynamic system in which soil, water, plants, animals, people, and energy are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent. Guided by the Avondale ethos of “Terra est vita” (“Soil is life”), Grieve bases his system on the simple but profound principle that healthy soil produces healthy plants. “We look at broad-spectrum natural nutrition; in essence, we want to feed not only the plants but all the soil life. We do this through using things like concentrated sea solids, which have a perfectly balanced nutrition with up to 90 elements, and our major source of nitrogen is through incorporating legumes in our cover cropping. If we create the perfect environment for soil life and feeding this life, it will in turn supply all the nutrition that our vines need, in perfect balance and plant-available form.” In order to enhance the farm’s unique energy and sustain an awareness of its special place in the cosmos, Grieve also uses a full spectrum of biodynamic methods and preparations. These include following an astronomic planting calendar, which takes into account the influence of various cosmic forces on our natural environment; and using a “field broadcaster” energy device that works with natural cosmic energies to stimulate healthy growth in the 32

vines and improve the quality of the environment and therefore the grapes. The natural processes continue in the cellar, an ultramodern gravity-flow installation that ensures the highestquality slow wines with the least negative impact on the wine and the environment. Only natural wild yeasts are used, and there is minimum added sulphur. “It’s taken us a number of years to refine our winemaking process and to create the extraordinary wines we aimed for when we started farming here in 1996,” says Grieve. “It’s an extraordinary process, complex and slow, but ultimately rewarding. BioLOGIC® allows us to do no harm to our natural environment while producing hand-crafted wines that are truly exceptional.” Avondale produces seven wines: Camissa, a rosé; Cyclus, a refreshing white blend; Anima, a lively Chenin Blanc; La Luna, a classic red blend; Samsara, a Syrah; Navitas, the flagship red blend; and Armilla, a sparkling wine made in the Méthode Cap Classique tradition. Avondale offers eco tours of the farm, during which visitors can share the insight and inspiration of Grieve’s BioLOGIC approach to winemaking. For more information visit www.avondalewine.co.za or www.biologicwine.co.za.


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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Edible Entertainment at The Pot Luck Club It’s been just over a year since The Pot Luck Club opened the doors to its sixth floor Biscuit Mill venue in Cape Town’s trendy Woodstock precinct, and things couldn’t be going any better for the quirky restaurant. Text: Tiffany Lovemore Images: © The Pot Luck Club

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ead Chef Wesley Randles and General Manager Simon Widdison are continually elevating The Pot Luck Club experience to greater sensory heights, with regular music offerings, interactive dining options and an ever-changing series of taste sensations on the agenda. The restaurant offers unique and appetising brunch, lunch and dinner options. Unusual taste sensations include the likes of BBQ broccoli mops with blue cheese, Parmesan and porcini quiche and Thai banana pancakes with coconut and cashew ice cream. Crowd pleasers like fish tacos and smoked beef fillet are staples for those who prefer to stick to trusted favourites. The Pot Luck Club’s help-yourself Bloody Mary Bar is bursting with novel ingredients and edible innovations. The restaurant has created three of its own flavoured vodkas using bacon, black pepper and green herbs, and diners can mix these up with The Pot Luck Club’s own tomato juices laced with either smoked jalapeño or bacon. The usual Bloody Mary accoutrements can be enjoyed along with stuffed olives, gherkins, Worcestershire sauce, caviar, various chilli sauces and delicious bacon stirrers. In a bid to encourage visitors to linger longer, the restaurant has kept things easy – there’s a R350 fixed price for brunch and a R150 charge for bottomless Bloody Marys or Bubbly. What’s more, world-renowned jazz musician Buddy Wells, together with a series of guest artists, keeps the Bloody Mary Sunday brunch crowd entertained. The Pot Luck Club’s range of in-house cocktails is as diverse as their other offerings, with spectacular sips from spicy Thai-style and beetroot & chocolate martinis to moreish Apple Strudel cocktails catering for every palate and occasion. With all this on offer, it makes sense to get out the diary and book your lunch, dinner and brunch dates now. You may want to book a few, as one visit to The Pot Luck Club is invariably not enough. For more information and reservations call +27 21 447 0804, email reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za or visit www.thepotluckclub.co.za.

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Bridge House is a globally relevant and sustainable learning community, realising each individual’s potential to lead, innovate and serve with confidence in a changing world. Situated in a magnificent, safe country setting close to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, this well-established, independent day and boarding school is attended by over 750 boys and girls from Playschool to Grade 12.

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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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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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Constantia The Last Word

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

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

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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 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.

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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;

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

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

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Casa Do Sol Hotel & 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 en-suite. 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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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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access A four-hour drive from Cape Town along the Garden Route or 45 minutes from George Airport.


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

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The Thornybush Collection was born with the original purchase of five star Thornybush Game Lodge in the late nineties. The Group now boasts a collection of nine four and five star game lodges, eight of which are located in the game-rich Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, with the last, five star Simbambili Lodge, located in the north eastern Sabi Sands.

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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-ofthe-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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Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane, the buzzing capital of South Africa’s Limpopo Province, offers a fivestar experience where art, cuisine and comfort merge in a unique sensory feast.

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Kloppenheim Country Estate

Kloppenheim Country Estate is the ideal country retreat for business and leisure in the heart of the Highlands Meander, near Machadodorp and Dullstroom and just 2 hours from OR Tambo International Airport. Kloppenheim offers the discerning visitor a range of accommodation options, from 14 twin lakeside suites, 20 gorgeous twin estate rooms and 10 elegant 2 bedroomed self-contained lodges, each beautifully appointed room has a magnificent view of the rolling hills. There are 3 stylish conference rooms, a large theatre for events, dining room, private dining room, breakfast terrace, colonial style lounge, library, pub and restaurant, and a wellness centre. The energetic can enjoy 6 trout dams, hiking trails, archery and swimming. Kloppenheim will spoil you with culinary delights from sumptuous breakfasts served in the enclosed terrace to fourcourse 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.


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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The five-star Xanadu Guest Villa is situated on an unspoiled beachfront in Wilderness, the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s famous Garden Route.

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CLICO Boutique Hotel

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

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

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Nestled on the Zulu Kingdom’s subtropical sugar belt, the boutique retreat radiates understated opulence, revealing a side of Africa little seen by the international traveller.

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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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• Call: +27 12 940 5222 • E-mail: info@bluediamond.co.za • Website: www.bluediamond.co.za

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


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• Call: +27 21 782 9357 • E-mail: booking@theviewsunnycove.co.za • Website: www.theviewsunnycove.co.za

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

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

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Surrounded by the sea and mountains of Table Mountain National Park, ‘the View’ offers 7 luxury selfcatering units right at the ocean’s edge all with magnificent panoramic views of False Bay.

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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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• Call: +27 87 943 6442 • E-mail: shindzela@mweb.co.za • Website: www.shindzela.co.za

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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.

• Call: +27 15 295 9212 • E-mail: reservations@palala.co.za • Website: www.palalaboutiquegamelodge.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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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the lush suburb of Morningside Manor in Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is recognised as one of the most beautiful, romantic and exclusive hotels in South Africa. The hotel’s 43 opulent suites and Presidential Suite complement its timeless Palladian architecture. The suites are on average 84 m² each, while the Presidential is 240 m², boasting a private entrance, bodyguard bedroom, study and separate lounge and dining room, as well as an upstairs guest and master bedroom. Fairlawns accommodates both local and international corporate and leisure guests, all of whom seem to come to regard it as their private sanctuary when in Johannesburg. The delectable cuisine on offer at the Terrace Restaurant and the pampering treats presented at the Balinese Spa are also available to day visitors. The private Bali-inspired Spa gardens provide a restorative escape for those wanting to disappear for a while. Golfers are never disappointed, as the hotel is in partnership with the nearby Johannesburg Country Club, which offers two world-class courses. The hotel has most recently launched its Private Villa Residence and new Victoria Tea Lounge.

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• Call: +27 11 804 2540/1/2 • E-mail: reservations@fairlawns.co.za • Website: www.fairlawns.co.za

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One of four diverse reserve lodges, Kapama’s Southern Camp offers luxury accommodation, warm hospitality and attentive service in a serene setting fit for even the most discerning nature lover. The five-star lodge boasts a variety of accommodation options catering for all needs. While Standard Suites offer en-suite bathrooms, private patios and standard modern conveniences, Luxury Suites include private lap pools, inside and outside showers, espresso machines and fireplaces. Taking it a step further, Family Suites comprise Luxury Suites with an extra bedroom and bathroom for children. A common thread running through the various options is of course the spectacular surrounding scenery, which can also be enjoyed from the lodge lounge, bar and pool area. Exceptional dining can be enjoyed in the elegant open-sided dining room or the traditional outdoor boma (enclosed outdoor eating area).

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• Call: +27 81 244 5264 • E-mail: res@kapama.co.za • Website: www.kapama.co.za

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Sweeping across 13, 000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park in Limpopo, Kapama Private Game Reserve has distilled the finest safari offerings into an unforgettable African bush experience.

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Kapama Karula

Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park, in the north east of South Africa. It spans 13 000 hectares of magnificent African bushveld, and is teeming with wildlife. The most secluded and prestigious of four luxury lodges on the reserve, Kapama Karula is set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River. Meaning ‘place of peace’ in the local language, Kapama Karula exudes calmness and depicts the pinnacle of luxury five-star safari accommodation. Five spacious suites are each equipped with a full range of luxury comforts and amenities. 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. While the lodge’s open-plan lounge and bar are spacious yet cosy, the African sunshine can really be enjoyed on the outside wooden deck, with views over the meandering river. A new addition to the lodge, the multipurpose library is equipped with audiovisual equipment.

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• Call: +27 15 793 0535 • E-mail: res@kapama.co.za • Website: www.kapama.co.za

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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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• Call: +2782 891-4639 (24 hours) • +2711 267-5427 (Office hours) • E-mail: charter@nac.co.za • Website: www.nac.co.za

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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

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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• Call: +27 11 557 0557 • E-mail: info@peermont.com • Website: www.peermont.com

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The Three Cities Group was formed in 1988 as a hospitality group offering specialized services in the tourism industry.

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• Call: +27 31 310 3333 • E-mail: developments@threecities.co.za • Website: www.threecities.co.za

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

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Bidvest Premier Lounges

Premier Lounge is the business lounge service of choice for high-end business and leisure travelers across South Africa.

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

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

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The 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.

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• Call: +27 21 876 3772 • E-mail: reubens@mweb.co.za • Website: www.reubens.co.za

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Reuben’s restaurant and bar combines all the ingredients for the perfect get together.


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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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• E-mail: info@bluetrain.co.za • Website: www.bluetrain.co.za

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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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It also offers aerial game viewing and management opportunities as well as flights to celebrate special occasions. Their

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• Call: 082 927 4031 • E-mail: Gerhard@indigohelicopters.co.za • Website: www.indigohelicopters.co.za

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

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


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Dutch East Restaurant

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

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1 August - 15 September Kimberley - Upington - Return: Price: R3300.00 Three times a week - Monday, Wednesday & Friday

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Maximum baggage of 6 kg allowed per passenger on Phakalane aircrafts Email: flights@phakalaneairways.co.za; info@phakalaneairways.co.za Webmail: www.phakalaneairways.co.za P.O.Box 161, Kimberley 8300 Tel: +27 53 492 0001 Fax: +27 53 851 1054 License Number: CAA/S838D


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Kwantu Game Reserve

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

Eastern Cape

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

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

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

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

Quarry Lake Inn 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

Moya Manzi Beach House

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

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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Prana Lodge

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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

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

Free State

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


Lekoa Game Lodge

Corporate Boutique Hotel

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

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

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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Emoya Hotel & Spa

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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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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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Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square

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

Gauteng

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

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

Shumba Valley Lodge

Villa Sterne Boutique Hotel

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

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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Idwala Guest House

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

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

The Michelangelo Hotel

Goodnight Lodge

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: 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: Plot 7, Zeekoehoek, Magaliesburg Tel: +27 14 577 9600 E-mail: reservations@dehoek.com Web: www.dehoek.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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Location: Morningside Manor, Sandton, Johannesburg Tel: +27 11 804 2540/1/2 E-mail: reservations@fairlawns.co.za Web: www.fairlawns.co.za

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The Oyster Box Hotel

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

Kwa-Zulu Natal

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 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

Upton Hall Boutique Guesthouse 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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The Estuary Country Hotel

Amakhosi Safari Lodge

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

Hotel Izulu

Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

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

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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Isandlwana Lodge

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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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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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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

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

Limpopo

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

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

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Kapama Karula Game Lodge

Fusion Boutique Hotel

Pondoro Game Lodge

Zebula Golf Estate & Spa

Location: 4 Schoeman St, Polokwane Tel: +27 15 291 4042 E-mail: reservations@fusionhotel.co.za Web: www.fusionboutiquehotel.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: Groblersbrug, Limpopo Tel: +27 15 295 9212 E-mail: reservations@palala.co.za Web: www.palalaboutiquegamelodge.co.za

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

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Shumbalala Game Lodge

Mpumalanga

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 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

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

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Mount Sheba Country Lodge

Kloppenheim Country Estate

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

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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The Thornybush Collection

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

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

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Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House

North West

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

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

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Thakadu River Camp

Protea Hotel Mafikeng

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

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

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

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

Northern Cape

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

Dundi Lodge

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

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Skitterland Guest House

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: 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

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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Protea Hotel Kimberley

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

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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

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

Western Cape

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

Steenberg Hotel 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

African Oceans Manor on the Beach

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

The View

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

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

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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Altes Landhaus Country House

The Robertson Small Hotel

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

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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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01 Health sunburn 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.

02 Safety • 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.

03 Travel 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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05 Useful Numbers Police

10111

Ambulance/Fire

10177

Travel Clinic

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

Travel Vaccine Helpline

+27 860 160 160

National Info & Safety Line

+27 83 123 2345

Airport Information (ACSA

+27 86 727 7888

Weatherlin

082 162

Time

1026

Enquiries Local numbers

1023 or 10118

Enquiries International no.

10903

Tourist Info

+27 83 123 6789

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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. 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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