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The wildebeest migration comes through the Masai Mara between July and October. This is when thousands of animals arrive en-masse and there's a better chance of seeing river crossings, but bear in mind that the Mara has excellent game all year round so you can also visit between December and late March or in June and still be happy as Larry. For other wildlife areas in northern Kenya, such as Samburu, Meru or Laikipia, the rains don't spoil your safari, but may make it more of an adventure to find wildlife. The

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CITY SIGHTSEEING JOHANNESBURG Tthe company that operates the iconic red double decker, open top bus tours through the streets of Joburg, has recently partnered with dynamic entrepreneur Bheki Dube, dubbed Maboneng’s “Minister of Tourism”, to add an exciting new extension to their existing Red City Tour that offers sightseers a personal tour of Maboneng’s hot spots. Maboneng means “Place of Light” and is a privately developed urban neighbourhood with a thriving community.

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Situated close to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 20 minutes from both Nelspruit and White River, the Belgrace Boutique Hotel stands proud and ready to welcome couples to recharge and reconnect. With interiors of gold damask wall coverings, hand painted finishes and crystal chandeliers, the feeling of European grandness abides. The mood is undoubtedly set on arrival with abundantly scattered rose petals around the Jacuzzi, champagne on ice, and candles everywhere. Who could wish for a better setting for special quality time together? The hotel is ideal for anniversaries, engagements, intimate weddings, birthday celebrations, and special time out from the world. Every room is private, intimate and cosy with breathtaking views. www. belgrace.co.za

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Avondale, one of the leading proponents of biodynamic winemaking in South Africa, are releasing their new 2007 samsara syrah at a particularly propitious time. The name “Samsara” comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “to flow on” through the endless cycle of life, and as the soil recovers from the rigours of the harvest, and prepares – through the winter months – for the rebirth of Spring, it is a fitting time to recognise and celebrate its reincarnation with a new vintage of one of South Africa’s finest and most individual wines. The 2007 Samsara Syrah is an elegant wine which focuses on refined flavours that develop over time. Sixteen different blocks of organic grapes were used, each handled in a way specific to the soil, aspect and age of vines, and the wine was then aged in small French oak barrels for between 12 and 16 months. Samsara 2007 is available from the farm at R335 per bottle. www.avondalewine.co.za

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On July 1st 2013, the Elewana Collection was delighted to announce the introduction of its first bush camp in Kenya – Sand River Masai Mara.Located on the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, close to the Tanzanian border.

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that awaits discovery. Sand River Masai Mara comprises of 16-tented accommodations - including 1 family tent - each divided into two separate but adjoining campsites, with each area possessing its own designated dining and public areas, thereby creating an increased sense of exclusivity and privacy. Sand River Masai Mara will continue to demonstrate all the qualities that have made the Elewana Collection the premier choice in East Africa. With carefully crafted interior designs, exceptional standards of service, and a sublime and carefully chosen location providing optimal access to the wildlife, Sand River Masai Mara will surely become the standard to surpass.

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et in the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve beneath a grove of towering and shady trees, Sand River Masai Mara overlooks its namesake, the Sand River. This picturesque location has been sensitively developed with a design aesthetic that reflects the glamorous heyday of the 1920s when ‘safari’ was a dreamy Out of Africa experience but with a modern 'low impact' philosophy. An ideal destination, at any time of the year, for those wishing to enjoy exceptional gameviewing. The National Reserve is best known for its large concentrations of big cats, such as leopard, cheetah and, of course, lion. Even the dramatic arrival of the Annual Migration merely adds to an already abundant resident wildlife

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HIGHLIGHTS • SECLUDED RIVERSIDE SETTING IN THE MASAI MARA • EXCELLENT YEAR-ROUND BIG 5 GAME VIEWING • WELL-SITED FOR THE GREAT MIGRATION & PREDATOR ACTION • GAME DRIVES & HOT-AIR BALLOON SAFARIS • LUXURIOUS, ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION • ROMANTIC HONEYMOON SUITES

The Camp, running alongside the banks of the Sand River, has 16-tented rooms inclusive of a 2-bedroom family suite. These tented rooms are divided into two distinct accommodation areas. The first of these accommodation areas hosts’ 10-tented bedrooms that are serviced by a large tented dining room, and reception area. The second accommodation area, a short walking distance from the first, comprises of 6-tented bedrooms also serviced by a tented dining room. It may therefore be possible for small or large groups to be accommodated ‘privately’ within their own distinct camping area, whilst enjoying their own private dining tent. This option is dependant on group numbers and the availability of rooms. The Camp can provide twin and double-bedded configurations in each of the tented accommodations. There is also a 2-bedroom family suite that offers a double-bed-

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with our highly experienced and well-trained guides. To complement this experience we can offer private bush luncheons, bush dinners and sundowner cocktails. In addition we can invite guests to see the Mara from a different perspective by taking to the air in a hot air balloon (flying from Keekorok) . Within the Camp there is a billiard room, a library and a refreshing swimming pool (7 x 5 metres) with large, wooden sun deck. The Camp also lies on the route of the Annual Migration. The Migration passes by generally in the months of September, October and November, but this timeline can vary according to the seasonal annual rains. However the abundance of resident game makes the Masai Mara an ideal destination for those wishing to enjoy exceptional game viewing at any time of year.

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ded room, a twin-bedded room - each with en suite bathrooms - and a central, shared lounge. Each of the tented accommodations has a wooden decked floor throughout and a solid wall partition between the bedroom and bathroom areas. The tented accommodations are designed to be a ‘mosquito-free’ environment with all entrances and ‘windows’ benefitting from a dual system of mosquito screens and canvas. Each tented room has a wooden private deck area with outdoor furniture, each with a view across the Sand River. All the members of the ‘Big Five’ can be found in the Masai Mara National Reserve all year-round, but the Reserve is best known for its large concentrations of big cats, such as leopard, cheetah and, of course, lion. The Masai Mara provides exceptional gameviewing opportunities. We offer daily game-drives

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There are multiple romantic experiences, including can be extremely exciting and enjoyable for families. private dining options, that can be created for anyone For families wishing to stay with younger children, celebrating their honeymoon. In order to arrange the the Camp can offer a ‘Two Bedroom Family Suite’ – best possible experience one double room with an for honeymooners we additional twin-bedded "THE CAMP, RUNNING ALONGSIDE ask that you contact our room, both with en suite THE BANKS OF THE SAND RIVER, Reservations Team for bathrooms, and sharing a HAS 16-TENTED ROOMS INCLUSIVE more details. central lounge area. OF A 2-BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE" The Camp welcomes For reservations conchildren of any age. Regrettably baby-sitting services tact +254 20 600 6482 are not available. A family adult must accompany the or email reservations@elewana.com for more inforchildren on all activities. A wildlife safari experience mation visit: www.elewana.com

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THE MAASAI PEOPLE OF KENYA WHO ARE THE MAASAI? WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? WHAT IS THEIR MODERN CONSERVATION ROLE?

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he Northern and Southern Maa speakers of East Africa have been the pre-eminent cattle keepers in terms of wealth, land control, and influence in both Kenya and Tanzania for a very long time. At the height of their ascendancy in the mid 18th century the range lands that they “owned” included the Great Rift Valley and fertile volcanic lands on either side over an area of more than 350,000 km sq. ( 60% of the land mass of modern Kenya). Prior to ‘Emutai’, the decade of disaster between 1893 and 1903 that probably killed 60% of the pre-disaster population of Maasai (because in the first few years it killed over 95% of the cattle that they depended upon for their daily milk), the population of Maasai that controlled this vast area was likely


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Cattle keepers in Africa had fully specialized pastoral cultures along the Upper Nile in Egypt and Sudan for more than 6000 years at a time when the savannahs in what is now the Sahara had just begun their trend towards extreme desiccation. The greatest survival tool and adaptation of all cattle keeping people is the high mobility of the human population and the cattle on which they depend. While they might lay claim to and defend rangelands with great ferocity against non allied pastoralists, successful pastoral people must also be masters at keeping the peace that their livestock needs to grow and prosper.

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less than 100,000. It is incredible that even with well-organized standing armies of bachelor warriors the Maasai could have owned and controlled such a huge area of diverse terrain with only one fifth of a person per square kilometer. In the north they were close neighbours of pastoral Dasenech, Turkana, Gabbra, Rendille, Boran, and Pokot who were all confined to less productive rangelands on the periphery of the northern Maasai (Samburu and Chamus). The southern Maasai occupied a long broad tongue of semi arid land bounded by sixteen agricultural peoples: the Meru, Embu, Kikuyu, Kama, Taita, Usambaa, Parakuyo, Larush, Iraqw, Tatoga, Kuria, Gusii, Luo, Kipsignis, Nandi, Maraquet and Elgeyo. The Maasai are the southernmost Nilotic speakers of Africa and their homeland includes the range lands of the Boma Plateau bounded in the south by the waters of the Sobat River which flows from the Ethiopian Highlands into the White Nile and the Sudd just south of Malakal. Modern genetics and traditional linguistics show information and genetic exchanges with their Afroasiatic (Cushitic) neighbours to the north and east over the past 3000 years. And yet authoritative treatments of Maasai history do not penetrate beyond the last 20 to 23 remembered fourteen-year age sets. The oldest remembered north Maasai age set of warriors was probably initiated about 1690, but these Lkasurutia men (“ of the brass coils”) inherited the way they thought, acted, spoke, and prayed from people who walked the mountains of Sinai and the shores of the River Nkishon which flows into Galilee. The Maasai are named as being amongst the Hebrew priests in Chronicles and the Samburu are called the Korr, or Kore, and are listed in following verses of the same Bible Chapter as singers and gatekeepers. At times of great challenge modern Maasai pray ‘Nkai ai Oi Pasinai’ = my god given at Sinai.

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The desertification of the vast Saharan ranges along the length of the Nile has pushed the ancient cattle keepers south into both Ethiopia and the southern Sudan as well as into northern Uganda and Kenya. We know from scenes on the dynastic carvings of ancient Egyptian monuments that cattle keepers of southern Sudan were amongst those people whose involuntary labour was used to move and work these monumental stones. The Maasai do not recall just

when they left their Nilotic homeland in the Sudan. This suggests that their exodus was not a single event but a very long process of north to south movement that took place over more than 2000 years. They do remember when they left the hot floor of the Kenyan Rift Valley and followed the Kerio River southwest until it guided them onto the well watered range lands just east of Mt. Elgon. Once they arrived into the Kenyan Highlands where they

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pushed aside other pastoralists, they also cultivated long lasting exchange relationships with neighouring agricultural people. This rescued them to a great extent from the periodic famines that are such a very great challenge to cattle keepers without reliable agricultural neighbours. Although three Modern Maasai sub groups, the Chamus, Larush and the Parakuo became sedentary agriculturalists around Baringo, on Mondule Mountain and on the southern


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crops from agricultural peoples around them. In exchange, all of these agricultural neighbours were insulated and protected by the

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dependent trading city-states from Lamu in the north through to Zanaibar. Thus during the height of the Swahili and Omani city states, a vast area of Kenya and Northern Tanzania, the populations adjacent to Maasailand in central Kenya through to northern Tanzania were protected from the scourge of slavery by the Maasai who had fled from the ravages of slavery in the Sudan and forged their very culture in that prolonged escape. Depending on the narrative you favour, the Maasai presence on the savannahs of East Africa, has either protected the open wildlife filled range lands that is and has been their domain as pastoral guardians of the natural estate, or as pastoral nomads from hell they have destroyed or are in the process of destroying the last great mammalian assemblages of the East African Pleistocene. Like all modern people in East Africa the Maasai population more than doubles every 20 years. They lost a lot of their rangelands and since that time their once open range lands have been reduced by many tuaries are increasingly some prise themselves and the rest of us national parks and modern conser- of the best managed and pro- by tapping their very deep, life-tovation areas. With a near constant ductive conservation estates in lerant, cultural roots and coming up with “new” solutions to what may cattle population per-capita, Maa- Africa. Make no mistake, modern appear to be impossible conservasai cattle wealth is reduced by the tion problems. increase in peoMaasai people. While it is ple like to say true that many THE MAASAI ARE NAMED AS BEING AMONGST THE that all of life is of their range HEBREW PRIESTS IN CHRONICLES AND THE SAMBURU both bad and lands, particugood but if you ARE CALLED THE KORR, OR KORE... larly in the norcan listen to the th, bear little “mouth of Maaresemblance in wildlife abundance and richness young Maa speaking men and sai “– you cannot die. Let’s not imagine that the Maasai compared to just the last few de- women are as much a part of cades, it is also true that in many this new information age as are now at a cultural and conservaareas Maasai owned wildlife sanc- anyone else, and they will sur- tion dead-end.

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Tents have a bedroom, a full bathroom and sometimes even a lounge. Better than tents, they are actually canvas chalets. Most are permanent, but some are assembled only for the high season. Many of them offer full hotel service, while others are more on the rustic side with bucket showers and no electricity. Here you pay for exclusivity, privacy, and nearly for your (temporary) own piece of Africa. There is a range of categories and prices, but some of the most luxurious accommodations in Southern Africa are tented camps.

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prefer the classic tents grouped around the main area of the camp with easy access to the swimming pool and open lawns, as well as fantastic views over the plains. The tented suite has a comfortable builtin daybed where guests can relax and take in the spectacular scenery, as well as a large bathroom with double vanities, generous shower and separate “loo with a view”. Those looking for more privacy and quiet can choose classic or luxury suites further away, shaded by riverine forest trees and reached by romantic winding paths. There are always Maasai rangers to escort you after dark and enchanting encounters with monkeys and warthogs during the day. The classic tents were renovated in 2014. All the tents are spacious and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms, stone showers, flush toilets and ample hot water. Meals are fresh and varied at Kichwa Tembo, with the chef’s secret ingredient his organic vegetable garden at the back of the camp, where fresh salads and herbs are harvested daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main area,

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a bush walk or balloon excursion, offer the very best game viewing. Informative and experienced guides make sure that you get the very best safari experience and excellent value for money, together with all the legendary Masai Mara hospitality and warmth. Guests can escape to the massage room to indulge in a relaxing treatment or browse the Safari Shop, which offers the finest Kenyan handicrafts. The rim-flow swimming pool, literally on the edge of the Mara, still boasts one of the world’s most extraordinary views.

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but guests can also opt to take picnic breakfasts with them for longer morning game drives and experience the thrill of eating right in the middle of the savannah with only the lions for company. Offering a quintessential game viewing experience, with wide vistas of the Masai Mara or the Sabaringo River. Located where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. Two game drives a day, and the option of

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range in the East. The special attraction of the reserve is the diversity of desert landscapes. Virtually all facets of the Namib are represented here. Mountains plunging down into endless grassy plains, which are interspersed by red vegetated dunes, create a living tapestry of colours and shapes that make it a visual utopia for artists and photographers. Game species found in the reserve include gemsbok, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared fox, spotted hyena, Cape fox and African wildcats. Kudu, klipspringer, baboon and leopard inhabit the more rocky areas, while the dunes harbour a rich and diverse micro-fauna. Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded. Once the hunting ground of the Spotted Hyena, Wolwedans takes its name from the African for 'where the wolves dance'. The very word conjures up an aura of mystery and romance, which, when visiting Wolwedans, nature and the rhythm of the desert will evoke within you. Across this diverse canvas of contrasting landscapes traverse an exciting variety of large and small desert creatures - as wild and ancient as their habitat. Our portfolio of camps provides ample opportunity to meet our guests' different expectations and preferred levels of comfort - be it the rustic Dune Camp, the more elaborate Dunes Lodge or the Wolwedans Private Camp. No matter where you opt to stay, warmth and personalised service - embraced by a commitment to care for guest and nature alike - are our hallmarks. It is here, in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting nature's savagely exciting passion play, that you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquillity to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly. Visit once, and you will long to return - that is a promise. The Dunes Lodge aims at providing a unique experience close to nature, yet without compromising comfort and style. The entire lodge is constructed on wooden platforms and overlooks panoramic vistas in all directions, capturing the desert in an intimate and memorable way. The building style is a combination of wooden poles and large canvas blinds/windows that open up to the desert beyond. The lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Each of the eight spacious Chalets with en-suite bathrooms leads onto a private verandah and stretches of untouched sand. Careful selection of furniture, light coloured linen as well as the selection of accessories give the Dunes Lodge a distinct natural charm.

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aking its inspiration from the water lily, Xaranna is a delightful camp with just nine ensuite safari tents that combine canvas and bleached timber. The overall

silhouettes. Connect with friends and family in the spacious games area or treasure quiet moments in one of our secluded reading spots. Puddles of shade invite you to indulge in dreamy moments on a carefully placed mokoro bench. Share atmosphere of the One of the most common antelope in the Okastories over the flavours camp is cool, light and of delicious meals in the vango, the red lechwe is especially adapted for airy, in keeping with open sided dining room the gentle beauty of its or give in to the romance the swampy conditions. Its splayed, elongated environment. The safari of African nights spent tents are organic in around a roaring fire design and are delicately under starry skies in our decorated in shade of khaki and soft lily pink. Each open-air boma. tent boasts a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge Game viewing in the Okavango Delta is remote and pool, indoor bathtub and al fresco shower. secluded, with very few vehicles sharing the private Layered guest areas look out onto classic Delta concession. Sensitive off-road driving practices

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semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog are occasionally encountered, while families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons that are fed by seasonal rains. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope are occasionally spotted in the open woodlands. One of the most common antelope in the Okavango, the red lechwe is especially adapted for the swampy conditions. Its splayed, elongated hooves give it a sure footing in muddy conditions. In the midst of the Delta, surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and reed beds, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp provides an exceptional Botswana safari experience. With sweeping views opening up onto a seasonal lagoon, this serene and isolated Camp combines the best of what the Okavango has to offer.

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allow our guests to get up close to the area’s exceptional wildlife. Afternoon drives continue after night, allowing for an opportunity to see the many animals that are more active at night, including leopard and serval. Lion frequently hunt at night and there is always a chance of coming upon them feeding on a kill. &Beyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favourite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular species or spending more time enjoying each sighting, getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits. Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp are home to a large number of species making for an exhilarating Botswana safari. The area is home to an assortment of species adapted to the

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eminiscent of a traditional African safari camp from a bygone era, Buffalo Camp offers the ultimate luxurious tented accommodation experience. Built from natural stone and wood, the luxury game lodge has an olde worlde atmosphere while being completely contemporary. All comforts are catered for in the plush tented suites and throughout this carefully appointed luxury safari lodge, with décor accent colours of burnt red and gold. The 10 spacious suites that comprise Buffalo Camp are set on stilted wooden decks built on an elevated riverbank. Wooden walkways connect the suites to each other and the main lodge area. Buffalo Camp is set among tall shady trees, with a seasonal river below. In the dry season, antelope use the river course as a natural pathway to search for grazing. Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents that evoke the feeling of old Africa. Each en-suite tent can accommodate two people, in either a double or twin beds dressed in white cotton linen and African design throws. There’s air conditioning for summer and heated underblankets to keep the cold at bay on winter nights. Everything and more than you’d expect in a luxury safari

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lodge is here – including a well-stocked minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and lock-up safe. Wooden floors, leather and dark wood finishes give the tents a nostalgic air. At night, oil lanterns illuminate the walkways to create subtle light and ambience. Just 20 guests can be accommodated at Buffalo Camp, and the focus is on personal attention, superb service and complete comfort. The communal areas of Buffalo Camp are also built on the riverbank, and are surrounded by wild gardens of aloe and euphorbia. An intimate lounge nestles under a vaulted thatched roof with ceiling fans, which create a welcome breeze in summer. It’s the perfect place to sink into a comfortable sofa and bird watch, while enjoying refreshments from the Buffalo Bar. The olde worlde-Africa atmosphere is carried through to meals, which are à la carte. Breakfast and lunch are served under a canopy of thatch, while dinner is usually enjoyed in the rustic outdoor boma, around a roaring open fire (depending on the weather, dinner may also be served indoors). This is true African-style dining in a luxury safari lodge setting, with the roar of lions and the calls of jackals and hyenas as natural background music. To cool off at Buffalo Camp, slip into the sleek, elevated rim-flow pool with views directly into the forest canopy. Then sun-dry on the loungers before taking a lazy nap in the shade under a wide canvas umbrella. Alternatively, if you’d like to work up a sweat, the state-of-the-art mini gym is fully equipped. There is both cardio and weight-lifting equipment, depending on if you want to tone or build muscle. What is guaranteed is that a visit to the Wellness Centre will energise and uplift you for the day.

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plan is highlighted by a massive four poster bed, an open air shower and bath and spacious game viewing deck complete with the oversized outdoor hot tub. For evening meals, the elegant mess tent provides fine, a la carte dining in an open air environment with stunning views of the Serengeti landscape. There is also a contemporary lounge with bar, fireplace, library and a unique wine cellar. A campfire just outside offers the perfect place to contemplate the mysteries of nature as the blazing colors of the African sunset are muted to twilight and eventually enveloped in night. Luxurious amenities aside, Serengeti Bushtops offer an ideal location to witness the Serengeti's premier event during the heart of the dry season... the Great Migration. The setting is located near the famous Mara River, a great crocodile-laden barrier in the migratory animals' path, and you couldn't ask for a better location to base your game drives. Every year, on their northward and southward journey to find food and water, the Great Migration pours right through the nearby woodlands with all the thundering drama you might expect from over 2 million large animals! Serengeti Bush Tops Camp is definitely remote, being the only tented camp within a huge mileage radius, and offers a feeling of authentic seclusion. Serengeti Bush Top's unique location, intimate size, and attention to detail make it one of our top picks for witnessing the farthest northern reaches of the Serengeti, and the Great Migration, during the dry season. Only one problem... the camp itself is a haven of such delight and decadence that you may not want to leave. Just don't say we didn't warn you!

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ar off the beaten path, lost deep in the untrammeled wilderness of the secluded North Serengeti, lies a totally unique property that epitomizes the words "Luxury" and "African Safari." A place of such natural beauty, elegant opulence and authentic safari ambience that the highest levels of guest expectations are bound to be exceeded. WELCOME to the one and only Serengeti Bush Tops Camp! This brand new ultra-luxury tented camp is located near the granite-studded hills of Wogakuri Kopjes in the farthest northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, a secluded oasis of oldworld luxury that blends in seamlessly with its pristine environment. A small and intimate bush camp by design, the property consists of only 14 guest tents and a main lounge/dining tent/bar. The setting could have been plucked from the prose of Out of Africa; rusty-gold grasslands that wave for miles and interrupted only by intermittent thickets of flat topped acacia trees and piles of blackened kopjes, all just a few miles away from the secluded banks of the mighty Mara River and directly on the path of a main migration route. The light, sounds, smells and breath-taking visas of the Serengeti wilderness spill into open-air living and dining spaces; an experience draped in billowing canvas and attended to with 5-star white-glove service. Every luxurious detail has been considered here... from complimentary massage service, to the outdoor hot-tub on each guest's balcony, to the placement of all guest tents on the hill overlooking the western sky for uninhibited sunset views. The guest tents are incredibly spacious; the open floor

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going on and had taken place in his life so that I could personify his garden.” He studied the memorial gardens of Princess Diana, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and many more icons of the past. None seemed appropriate for the father of our democracy. Paying tribute would need to be bigger than a courtyard statue, and bigger than a fountain, and bigger than an avenue of poplars down which you could stroll to leave a bunch of flowers. Straw realised from the outset that the garden needed to be as magnificent as the man himself, yet at the same time, it needed to respect the land and the community of Qunu. Straw worked closely with the Mandela family in Qunu for six years to create the memorial garden and final resting place. He recalls sharing lunches and teas with Madiba as they explored how he wanted the remembrance garden to benefit the community around his homestead in Qunu and draw the people of South Africa to his childhood home. “So the remembrance garden became a walk through his life. It’s a journey. Those who come to pay their respects can learn about and remember who Madiba was and what he achieved for South Africa,” Straw describes. “This garden is not about his death, it is about his entire life. “It allows visitors to consider

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n Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela recalls the hills above his childhood village of Qunu. He describes how they were dotted with large, smooth rocks that he and his friends transformed into their own roller-coaster: “We sat on flat stones and slid down the face of the large rocks. We did this until our backsides were so sore we could hardly sit down.” It was here that Mandela wanted to be laid to rest when the time came. The Mandela family heeded his wish and called on South Africa’s greatest and most talented landscape architects to tender their designs for the memorial garden. The mandate was to encapsulate that entire Madiba means as an icon, a leader and a legend to our country and the world. Landscape architect Gre Straw, owner of Earth Outdoor Living, flew to Qunu and walked the land surrounding the Mandela farmstead as he drew inspiration. Straw recalls the experience: “The Mandela family initially approached me to build a memorial garden on the farm. It was unbeknown to me that the garden was going to serve as Madiba’s final resting place. When I eventually discovered the magnitude of what I was doing, I think I did the most amount of research I’ve ever done in my entire life – out of respect, out of needing to know exactly what was

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the milestones from his bir- ses his arrest. As the pathway mily farm. A stream leads to a pond where th, through the struggle and his reaches the crest of the hill, his release from Robben Island is the water rests surrounding the bee, presidency of the new South Africa, to his retirement and portrayed as visitors stand and allowing visitors to pause and reflect. final years, before arriving at a look over the vast landscape,” The water gently flows out through the bee, and stepping over the water deeply personal symbol of his he adds. The design uses the relief means accepting the passage of time. legacy. As visitors walk away, ”Straw created a 1.2 km the water seems to fopathway leading llow them, or perhaps towards Madiba’s “It’s been an incredible and humbling expeeven guide them. Thefinal resting place rience, and one that is not yet complete. There re is much to discover that reflects mowere so many challenges, from the planning and embrace, and true ments in his life, to Tata’s style, the reand building to politics and media. I think the while the plants and rocks tell stobiggest challenge was probably keeping the gar- membrance garden is not filled with pomp ries. “As there was den a secret for so long. " and grandeur. It is alturmoil in his life, most natural, despite so the pathway being designed so carefully. The plants winds and bends. When the and the natural lay of the land pathway turns up a steep hill, to create a pathway that stret- are endemic to the area, and there is visitors will walk through a ches over a kilometre. At the no sense of symmetry or formality. “It’s been an incredible and humdifficult time in Madiba’s life, centre, Straw’s design includes bling experience, and one that is not such as his imprisonment or the emblem of the Mandela the final struggle against apar- clan, an enormous bee, built yet complete. There were so many theid. A dark tunnel symboli- of stone collected from the fa- challenges, from the planning and

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building to politics and media. I think the biggest challenge was probably keeping the garden a secret for so long. Journalists tried to bribe my staff and people broke into my on-site office looking for images or clues. It was a huge responsibility to the family.� The garden has yet to be competed and will likely open to the public over the next couple of years. In the meantime, as we remember Madiba’s passing and celebrate his life and the legend he leaves behind, the remembrance garden will encourage us to remember that Nelson Mandela was once a simple rural boy, a family man, a father, grandfather and husband. He was a revolutionary. A man who fought courageously for equal rights. A man who became the first president of democratic South Africa when the world believed it would fall to civil war. The true beginnings of our democratic nation will always be remembered.


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RHINO TRACKING IN NAMIBIA Text & Images © Keri Harvey

TRACKING HIGHLY ENDANGERED BLACK RHINO IN NAMIBIA IS BOTH A UNIQUE AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING EXPERIENCE. BEING MERE METRES FROM A PREHISTORIC ANIMAL THAT HAS SURVIVED MILLIONS OF YEARS ON EARTH AND NOW FACES EXTINCTION IS PRETTY SOBERING TOO.

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nerves don’t fail you! Slowly we start walking. Lazarus and Mesag lead up front and Nicholas is at the rear of us three rhino watchers. We clamber across more boulder rocks up a low hill and down the other side, and there he is. Standing on the hillside opposite us, we see a black rhino in the shade of a Mopani tree. He’s perfectly relaxed and doesn’t seem to know we are there. We continue walking in single file, treading softly and silently so as not to alert the rhino that we are approaching. Beads of sweat drip down our faces in the heat of the day, even though we have only walked about a kilometre in total. We stop about 40 metres from the male black rhino, though it feels much closer somehow. It’s a completely different and very personal experience seeing a rhino from ground level than from the safety of a vehicle.

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he early morning sun illuminates the table-top mountains of Damaraland, but the boulderstrewn valley floor, where we are driving, is still dark. It will take a while before the sun reaches us, but the two rhino trackers, Nicholas Naobeb and Lazarus Mbahee, are already scanning the ground for signs of disturbance. This area – favoured by rhino – is vast and rugged and rocky, so tracking in the normal way is not possible. In the Land Cruiser we hobble over red basalt boulders while the trackers keep their eyes glued to the ground. Then Lazarus mumbles from the rear of the vehicle and driver Mesag Saal stops the Land Cruiser to listen to him. “He thinks he knows the direction the rhino have gone,” says Mesag, pointing in a completely different direction from the one we were headed in. It’s now 09h30 and we have been driving over the valley floor for three hours. The sun is high and hot, and the air is still as we make slow progress over the boulders. Both of the trackers believe they are on the trail of a black rhino – though we can see no signs of any tracks. They’ve done this many times before, though, so we are confident they are on track, though it does appear they are looking for a toothpick in a chopstick factory. Another two hours pass before the trackers tell Mesag to drive just a few metres further and stop. They have spotted a black rhino, though nobody else can see it. From here on, we will go on foot, being careful to keep downwind from the rhino so that he doesn’t smell us coming. “Rhinos, as big as they are, can disappear into thin air if they hear or smell you coming,” says Mesag. “They may not see well, but their other senses are finely tuned.” Then he adds: “Always remember that if a rhino charges you, simply stand still and throw a rock in the opposite direction, and the rhino will follow the sound to where the rock landed.” It’s good advice, I’m sure, if your

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Everyone watches silently, their eyes fixed on the magnificent animal. His forefathers have walked the earth for 50 million years, yet if the poaching of rhinos continues unabated, they will be extinct within the next ten years. Our generation would be responsible for wiping rhinos off the face of the earth, which is no claim to fame. We watch mesmerised for another 20 minutes. Every few minutes the rhino lifts his head to smell the air, but since we’re downwind he can’t detect us. We stand on the periphery of his comfort zone and ponder the majestic crea-

tion that he is: so ancient, so powerful – yet teetering on the edge of extinction. It’s inconceivable that one of the Big Five may no longer exist in just a few years’ time. Walking back to the vehicle, nobody talks. We are all savouring the experience, which is both rare and awe inspiring. Only on the slow drive back to the lodge does chatter begin again, and it’s all about rhinos. It took nine hours to cover just 74 km to find one black rhino and spend 20 minutes in his world. The experience, though, is unforgettable. A bucket list wildlife encounter – checked.

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Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth, Despatch and Uitenhage), the destination proudly named after South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela, invites visitors to “Discover Freedom” on its shores. This slogan not only reflects the fact that many of the stories about the apartheid struggle originated here, it also represents the many attractions and activities the area offers.

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the city’s heritage and history. This is a mustsee stop for the whole family to walk, enjoy, and commence the journey of discovering freedom in Nelson Mandela Bay. Nelson Mandela Bay has a variety of attractions, activities and authentic experiences which have the ability to evoke the spirit of freedom in any person’s soul. It is for this reason that travel provides the opportunity for transformation and a promise of self-discovery experienced in the City of Freedom.

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he rich cultural history of the area depicts the triumph of the human spirit, freedom, and the triumph of democracy over oppression. This is uniquely expressed by Route 67. This route consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work dedicated to securing a free South Africa, including 67 steps which lead up to the second largest flag in Africa. The route is a proud celebration of

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and discover the freedom of relaxation at a five-star luxury spa, or stand on the shoreline as the golden sand and blue ocean waves envelop you in the magic of Algoa Bay. Allow yourself to discover your wild side and marvel at seeing the Big Seven (lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros, Southern Right whale and Great white shark) at the Addo Elephant National Park. Nelson Mandela Bay is a destination where you seldom have to choose between two attractions, thanks to the proximity of its various tourism sites. One can experience the surf and the ocean, and 30 minutes later be surrounded by spectacular wildlife, or be savouring the tastes and smells of exquisite local cuisine. If you are the ultimate adventure junkie, you can discover freedom with the wind in your face as you sandboard down some of South Africa’s highest and most spectacular sand dunes. Discover the freedom in the depths of the ocean as you dive popular world class dive sites. Take a

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leap of faith at the Bloukrans Bungy, the world’s highest commercial bungy bridge, or visit Adrenalin Addo to race down the longest double zipline in Africa. This is sure to remind anyone of the freedom of choice and the exhilaration that accompanies discovering Nelson Mandela Bay. For the sport lover, a round of golf on one of the most challenging links courses should be in order at the Humewood Golf Club, followed by a variety of swimming, cycling, running and other endorphin-releasing activities in the city. For spectators, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium plays home to soccer team Chippa United and rugby team EP Kings, or you can visit Axxess St George’s for a world class cricket match with the Chevrolet Warriors. You begin to experience even more freedom when you see the laughter and joy in your children’s faces as they explore the beaches, interact with animals, or watch the magical musical fountains at the Boardwalk Entertainment World.


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Discover your children’s talent as they experi- are freely as part of the family.There is a wonderence arts and crafts at the Nelson Mandela Met- ful variety of enriching experiences to be had in ropolitan Art Museum, watch them interact with Nelson Mandela Bay through interactions with penguins at Bayworld, or enjoy a splash at Mc friendly, warm locals, amazing sightings of wildArthur’s swimming pools. life, or endless miles of beautiful coastline. Opportunities of value-for-money family fun Experience all of the thrill and beauty of Nelin the sun are endson Mandela Bay by less.. Definitely never utilising the Nelson underestimate the THIS ROUTE CONSISTS OF 67 PUBLIC ART Mandela Bay Smartfriendly locals who card. This is a tool deWORKS SYMBOLISING NELSON MANDELA’S will beonly too happy signed to allow visitors to share with you the 67 YEARS OF WORK DEDICATED TO SECUR- freedom of choice, as hidden gems of their well as the opportunity ING A FREE SOUTH AFRICA, INCLUDING 67 to experience a variety home city. The local shisa ny- STEPS WHICH LEAD UP TO THE SECOND of attractions with free ama owner who will entry and discounted LARGEST FLAG IN AFRICA happily share his braai rates. It gives you the secrets with you, or the freedom to discover fisherman who will rethe destination in your veal the best fishing sights as he delights in tell- own time and at your own speed, when and how ing you where he experienced his prize catch. you wish. Discover the City of Freedom, Nelson You will learn to value the craft vendor’s smile Mandela Bay. more than the curio itself, or the embrace of the For more information, follow Nelson Mandela guesthouse owner that reminds you that Nelson Bay Tourism on Twitter @NMandelaBay or visit Mandela Bay is a friendly destination where you blog.nmbt.co.za.

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A PLETHORA OF WILDLIFE WELCOME to Kenya, a plethora of wildlife, culture and infinite magical surprises. From the beautiful coastal cliffs of Watamu, to the beach of Lake Victoria, the Great Rift Valley, and the wonders of the wildebeest migration in Masai Mara, this unique acclaimed family tourist destination, awaits.

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The Amboseli national reserve situated in the Rift Valley is in a widespread area of 395sq.km, all the Kenya tour packages include luxury safari. From the outstanding view of Mount Kilimanjaro, to the remarkable wildlife display of wildcats, wildebeest, lions, zebras, caracals, varieties of gazelles, warthogs, hyenas, waterbuck, black rhino and others, are inclusive of nearly 500 small to large bird species. Lake Nakuru national wildlife park can be explored as a day trip from Nairobi through the dry season. One of the most important, attractions is the lake, an alkaline soda alongside fresh water spread. An ornithologist’s paradise, it shows stunning views of thousands of migratory flamingos, fascinated to the lake’s plentiful algae, and other bird species. Aberdare national wildlife park is ensconced within the innermost highlands, west of Mount Kenya, and it is in an area of about 770sq.km. The park reclines towards a segment of the Aberdare Mountain range. That is affluent in equatorial botanical plants, numerous streams, exuberant alpines, cascading waterfalls, rivers and wildlife. A UNESCO Heritage site since the year 1997, the Mount Kenya national wildlife park measures nearly about 700sq.km and comprises of

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true Kenya tours safari starts and ends in astonishing wonder, and assimilation of various life changing experiences. Bundled within immeasurable extensive conservations and natural surroundings are serene, tranquil and peaceful reserves and parks, teeming with a range of birds and wildlife species, which includes the Big 5. All our Kenya tour packages serve people with the most advanced safari infrastructure within East Africa. Numerous tourists visit this paradise throughout the year, to eyewitness and experience the reputable world-class safari. Winner of the year 2008 World Travel Fair for the finest Leisure Destination, Kenya has gained endless international acknowledgment for her leading silhouette in the world of tourism. Within the array of tour options offered, a Kenya safari from India, demonstrates an enormous alternative for a collection of more than 40 wildlife destinations, visits to historical, natural landmarks and coastal retreats. Some of the major national parks are the Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare, Tsavo, Meru, Nairobi and Mt. Kenya. Game reserves are comprehensive of Samburu, Masai Mara safari, Laikipia and many smaller conservancies.

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bare rock as well as forests. The park is residence to the Big 5 and other unique species like, white and black colobus monkeys, the Sykes, bushbucks, buffalo, olive baboons, bongo skinks, hyenas, moles, shrews, high-altitude elands, zebras and 130 species of bird. Tsavo national wildlife park is separated into two parts the eastern and western sectors along with close proximity to the coastal town of Mombasa; it’s possible to merge a family Kenya safari from India with a beach holiday. Because, it will cover an expanse of more than 21,000sq.km, making it the biggest park in Kenya, which is suitable for, visits throughout the year. The Tsavo Park holds the largest elephant flock in Kenya with huge number of zebra’s, gerenuk, rhinos, lions, leopards, dikdik, waterbucks, cheetahs and 500 species of bird. Samburu National Reserve has Buffalo springs and Shaba national reserve serves you with unique sceneries of rugged, rounded hills alongside undulating savanna. They are located in an area of 104sq.km, 131sq.km and 145sq.km, respectfully. A blend of swamps, wood and riverine forests, grassland, they are habitat to outsized varieties of big and small mammals, which includes the Big 5, and an assortment of bird species. Shadowed by Mount Kenya is the Laikipia game sanctuary with 800,000 hectare plains fed by the Ewaso Narok and Ewaso Nyiro rivers. It has an immense population of the Big 5, several crocodiles, hippos, small mammals, alongside hooved plain animals. This part of Kenya Safari includes activities like camel treks, canoeing, mountain climbing, abseiling, rafting, rock climbing and game viewing. The Masai Mara safari is one of the most popular

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and exceedingly booked tour destinations in Kenya. The immeasurable terrain that stretches inside a landmass of 1,520sq.km has countryside variations of savanna, hill ranges, mountain, and acacia trees. Deep inside the park, is the Mara River, which is an all year water supply stipulation for the teeming mixture of wildlife. The yearly wildebeest, gazelle and zebra movement is a journey that starts deep within Tanzania’s Serengeti. All the animals reach out to the Mara plains in the lat-

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ter half of June, accompanied along with the host of predators and scavengers. The authentic spectacle of the journey is an unmatched presentation phenomenon. Apart from this itinerant migratory journey, game viewing is exceptional during the year, warthogs, hippos, for the Big 5, ostriches, buffaloes, zebras, gazelles, crocodiles, hartebeests, antelopes, tortoises and many others. Here activities range from guided walks, balloon safaris and game drives. The Kenyan coastal band that stretches 480kms is rated amongst the best family beach holiday desti-


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nations, and the finest in deep-sea marine fishing, all across the world. The fascinating coral reefs broaden from the North to the south, provide underwater exploration in the deep blue creeks and lagoons coupled up with the humid clear waters of the Indian Ocean, this beach is suitable for travelling all year round. With luxurious hotels available within the town’s beach front, Malindi and Watamu have a prominent diversity of beautiful aquatic life. Apart from the exquisite luxurious resorts alongside entertainment spots, the towns stay virtually unaffected. Gede ruins, which is situated a few kilometres away from Malindi, denotes the very old Islamic village life and culture. Discover Kenya, an enlivening paradise of natural wildlife, white sandy beaches, rivers, lakes and friendly citizens. Travel through the enormous tea and coffee estates; discovering the outstanding Rift Valley escarpment. Mount a variety of ranges and mountains, relax in the wonderful state of the art lodges as well as hotels, and be thrilled with the tickling African gourmet cuisine dishes. For more information about Kenya Tourism, visit www.magicalkenya.com

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Tsavo national wildlife park is separated into two parts the eastern and western sectors along with close proximity to the coastal town of Mombasa; it’s possible to merge a family Kenya safari from India with a beach holiday

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sional guides and trackers, providing the perfect opportunity to get up close to African game, lead two daily game drives. The tented camp consists of just 12 secluded, luxury tents, each with a breathtaking view over the riverbed. The East African styled tents are the epitome of simple luxury, comfort and style mirroring the early tented camps of Africa. Each luxurious tent features its own en-suite bathroom, Victorian bathtub, outdoor shower and a spacious deck overlooking the riverbed and African bush Tailoring game viewing experiences, guides and trackers will offer informative, exciting and unique game viewing experiences while respecting the animals at all times. For more information contact TandaTula on Tel + 27 (0) 15 793 3191 E-Mail: reservations@ tandatula.com or visit www.tandatula.com

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anda Tula Safari Camps is positioned amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Nhlaralumi Riverbed, in the heart of Big Five country. Visitors are welcomed into this picturesque camp, which exudes “elegance with African roots”. The down-to-earth atmosphere of this family home immediately captivates guests, as well as the charm and warmth of the people that live and work here. The camp is completely unfenced merging luxury with the natural environment. Spanning more than 55 000 hectares and open to the Kruger National Park, the Timbavati is known for its diversity of animals including the Big Five. During your stay you are likely to spot a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, large herds of buffalo, rhino, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu and the rare wild dogs. With profes-

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While the bright lights of the big city may be enticing for some, even the most fast paced of city dwellers occasionally need a little time out of the rat race to reconnect with nature and soak up a little relaxation, country style. Here are two of our top picks for getting away from it all.

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here is nothing quite like the feeling of achieving something you never thought you would. Like cantering around an arena on a beautiful horse – not walking, mind you, or even trotting, but full on cantering! For an inexperienced rider such as myself, it was a dream come true, and all thanks to a superbly well trained horse and an excellent instructor. The owners and staff of Oaklands live and breathe horses – polo ponies (and a resident pet donkey), to be precise. For almost two decades, Oaklands has been one of South Africa’s premier polo venues, and as a result it offers a very unique type of holiday for those looking to hone their polo skills. Thanks to world-class facilities – including a floodlit polo arena, a polo pit, a wooden horse, and fully equipped classroom – brave guests can opt to learn the sport from scratch, while experienced players have somewhere to go to practise their favourite sport, especially as a number of the staff are always keen to make up numbers for a chukka or two. Those not as adept on a horse – but still equine lovers – can opt instead for a more sedate

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their own talents to running Oaklands, from hospitality and marketing to cooking up a storm in a kitchen. It is their special brand of relaxed warmth that makes guests feel like they really can put their feet up without any need to stand on occasion – which is a rarity at most hotels. And while you are putting your feet up, you may as well feast, because once you've tasted Kathy's cooking, how could you not? Kathy Romer-Lee is a well known chef with a host of top restaurants and lodges on her CV, and she continues to produce world class cuisine at the family hotel. With a passion for the concept “veld to plate”, Kathy uses only locally sourced ingredients (as well as growing others herself) to conjure up tummy warming breakfasts, tasty lunches and really hearty, home-style cooked dinners – such as her famous Dargle Valley pork ribeye roast – cooked and plated to five-star perfection. Once you’ve rolled yourself out of the dining room, and had a friendly drink or two at the bar with other guests and the family, a warm fire and a cosy bed await you as you drift off to sleep dreaming of decadent chocolate bomb desserts, horses and Great Danes. For more information, visit www.oaklands. co.za.

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outride, which is made all the more enjoyable by the dramatic mountain scenery which adds to Oaklands’ magical quality. This is also why mountain biking, hiking, fishing, bird watching and paddling on the dam are equally enticing outdoor pursuits here – when not cheering on the polo players from the sidelines, glass of wine in hand. And when the mist and the rain rolls in – as it is wont to do in this hilly part of the country, at the top of the Van Reenen’s Pass that connects the Free State to KwaZulu-Natal – you can retire to one of the lounges to warm your toes by the fire and your hands on a steaming cup of hot chocolate. You’ll have company too, in the form of a pack of resident Great Danes, but be sure not to steal one of their sofas, as they have laid claim to a fair few! There’s also Dennis, an arthritic little mongrel with a distinctive jerky gait who will very quickly become one of your favourite residents, as he is for a fair number of Oaklands guests, many of whom return year after year. It’s little wonder too, as besides its beautiful setting and horsey attractions, Oaklands really does feel like a home away from home. This is in large part because it is very much a family run establishment, with four siblings – Caroline, Annie, Kathy and Simon – each contributing

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anctuary” is a word often bandied about in tourist brochures and on hotel websites, but in the case of De Hoek Country Hotel, it certainly lives up to the term. Situated just an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, it feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. As you drive slowly down its tree bedecked driveway or wander through its beautifully landscaped gardens, it’s easy to get lulled into living life – at least for the weekend – at a more sedate pace, more akin to nature’s natural flow. And nature certainly takes centre stage here. The original sandstone Main House is nestled in a lush garden, shaded by mature trees and scented by the fragrance of rose bushes. The more recently added New Quarter Suites offer expansive views of the rolling hills of the Magaliesberg in the distance, while the Superior Suites come complete with the soothing sounds of water from the nearby river which flows through the estate.

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Activities here also make the most of the hotel’s beautiful surroundings, with archery and croquet on offer in the garden, guided mountain and river walks on the property, as well as cycling trails for mountain bike enthusiasts in the surrounding area. Perhaps the best way to truly experience De Hoek’s picturesque setting is from the air, and what better way to do it than from the basket of a hot air balloon, as it wafts quietly and gently through the air, offering its passengers a bird’s eye view of the patchwork of green below. All of this fresh air is guaranteed to work up an appetite, which is sure to be satiated by De Hoek’s Swiss-trained Master Chef, Michael Holenstein. Guests have a choice of two restaurants onsite. The glass enclosed Bridge Bistro offers pretty views to enjoy while dining on a light menu, while The Conservatory promises some of the best fine dining in the Magaliesberg area, if not in the country. This beautiful, glass fronted dining room catches the early morning light and opens out onto


in the garden and made up of such delights as traditional scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, éclairs and muffins, and even a cake drenched in melted chocolate still warm from the oven. And adding a homely touch are the hotel’s resident dogs, who will pad around looking for the odd dropped crumb and wagging their tails warmly at guests. After a day of soaking up the great outdoors and indulging in the kind of food one wants to photograph and blog about, you can retire to your suite to have a good long soak in your bathtub, and then slip between the percale linen sheets of an expansive king size bed. De Hoek is truly a country sanctuary in every sense of the word. For more information, visit dehoek.com.

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the pond and garden, making for a warm and cosy atmosphere as guests enjoy a hearty breakfast of both delicious continental and cooked options. It truly comes alive in the evenings, though, when soft candlelight sparkles off the glittering silver service and superbly trained wait staff top up your wine, before serving plate after delicious plate of the evening’s five course dinner. With only the best local and international ingredients to work with, Chef Holenstein and his team (which includes a number of chefs who are enrolled in the hotel’s in-house chef’s academy) whip up culinary masterpieces, with sauces and stocks made from scratch, and pastries and bread baked fresh every day. Another highlight of De Hoek’s dining experience is the daily afternoon tea, served

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Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators –migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, eland and of course 300 herds of elephants all of which crowd the shrinking lagoons.

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ithin this imaginary existence many of us will have climbed and played high up in the bows and branches and, for the lucky few, built a ‘palace’ in the sky. It is this nostalgic sparkle that is all too visible in the eyes of the ‘grown-ups’ who gaze upon Tarangire Treetops for the first time. Tarangire Treetops sits serenely on the border of the Tarangire National Park - Tanzania. As you arrive at the Lodge, you are immediately greeted by a blaze of colour and a host of smiles all of which belong to the local Maasai tribesmen who have become part of the enchanting story that is Tarangire Treetops. Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara.

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It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons. Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River. The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose. During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. In the dry season the fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, always, there is water.

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Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. You will also discover the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endem-

ic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania. Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting. Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail. Within this imaginary existence many of us will have climbed and played high up in the bows and branches and, for the lucky few, built a ‘palace’ in the sky. It is this nostalgic sparkle that is all too visible in the eyes of the ‘grown-ups’ who gaze upon Tarangire Treetops for the first time. Tarangire Treetops sits serenely on the border of the Tarangire National Park - Tanzania.

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fording views across the Tarangire plains from an expansive but private balcony. Dining at Treetops sustains the momentum of undeniably memorable moments. Whether enjoying a lantern-lit dinner in a traditional Boma echoing to the sounds of Maasai chants, or eating poolside by candlelight whilst a wealth of wildlife comes to drink at the Lodge water hole, Treetops creates memories by the minute and in so many differing ways. However it is the pure delight and sheer pleasure of Tarangire Treetops that will remain with you for years to come, and will keep you returning, if only in spirit, to this delightfully dreamlike lodge. For more information and reservations contact, +255 27 250 0630 / 9 or reservations@elewana.com

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As you arrive at the Lodge, you are immediately greeted by a blaze of colour and a host of smiles all of which belong to the local Maasai tribesmen who have become part of the enchanting story that is Tarangire Treetops. Centered about a Main Lodge - which itself encases a thousand year-old baobab tree - Tarangire Treetops comprises of 20 rooms all of which are elevated above the ground affording views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees. Each Treetops Room boasts one of the largest bedrooms to be found in any camp or lodge in East Africa – with a floor space of 65 square metres – and all with an exotic double shower en suite bathroom. With furnishings that create warmth and demonstrate a commitment to local craftsmanship, the ‘up-in-the-air’ experience is completed by the open-fronted room design af-

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komazi is an ecological Aladdin’s cave of natural science, from its ancient mountains to its broad river valleys and impressive grasslands, which are home to countless animals, as well as rare flora such as the Barberton Daisy. This area is often referred to as the holy grail of geology, and offers a treasured haven to all. Guests at Nkomazi – which stretches over 15,000 hectares – can exist in peace and harmony with nature, witness the free-roaming wildlife, and admire the area’s breathtaking landscapes. The reserve represents a kaleidoscope of Africa’s habitats, as it is able to support both Highveld game species (on its high-lying grassland areas) and Lowveld game species (on the low-lying Bushveld areas), which adds to the game viewing experience here. Nkomazi boasts ten luxury tents at Komati Tented Lodge. These tents have been specially positioned to blend into the landscape and are linked by walkways and paths through the bush. All of the tents are furnished with luxury campaign-style furniture, which creates a traditional **Out of Africa** feel, with all the added comforts and luxuries one would expect from five-star accommodation. Situated on the banks of the Komati River, and surrounded by towering mountains, broad river valleys and impressive grasslands, Nkomazi offers a host of safari based activities to allow for a complete tailor-made experience. Guests can enjoy twice daily game drives accompanied by seasoned game rangers who can provide insightful and valuable information about the area’s wildlife, fauna and flora. A highlight of these drives is watching the sun

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rise over the North Eastern boundaries of the reserve in the early mornings, or taking in spectacular sunset views from lookout points among the rocky granite sentinels of the highlands. The reserve also boasts 15 km of river frontage and rock pools, while rolling grasslands support large herds of free-roaming wildlife, making Nkomazi a game viewing haven. Other activities include guided walks, bird watching, fly fishing, guided mountain biking, star gazing under the magnificent African sky, and various treatments at the Relaxation Retreat. Guests can also just choose to relax, read a book, sunbathe or swim and, of course, indulge in wholesome cuisine. Nkomazi forms part of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, which includes the Makonjwa Mountains. This area is home to some of the world’s oldest fossils at approximately 3,500 million years old, and preserves vast tracts of grassland, the biome that is recognised today as the most threatened in the world. This in turn plays host to many rare and endangered species of plants and animals, making this a truly special wildlife experience. Nkomazi’s sister properties include Shamwari Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Jock Safari Lodge in South Africa, as well as Nyungwe Forest Lodge and Gorilla’s Nest Lodge in Rwanda. Each is doing their utmost to conserve a vanishing way of life. Visit www.nkomazi.com for more information.

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asaab is situated on a rocky ridge above the banks of the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River in northcentral Kenya. Here in the heart of Samburu land, Sasaab is the only lodge in the vicinity and the safari experience is all the more spectacular for the location’s wildness, in an area renowned for its variant species. The architecture of Sasaab follows strong Moroccan design principles, in which African heat is of primary consideration. Each of the nine Moroccan-styled rooms is over 100m² with an enormous open-air bathroom and private plunge pool. From the veranda, guests can take in the remarkable views across the Laikipia Plateau toward the jagged peak of Mount Kenya. Its position on the river naturally facilitates watching the herds of elephant that come to bathe.


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The camp is close to the Buffalo Springs National Reserves, in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. It’s a place of rich natural diversity with an astounding number of animals from huge majestic elephant to lion, leopard and cheetah and the ‘Samburu Special Five’: the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich. Choose to explore this area on a game drive or by camel, which allows for a unique perspective. For a special experience guests can spend a night or two fly camping under mosquito net tents in the wilderness. This amazing trip starts with a 4–5 hour walk along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this untamed and romantic part of Kenya. Have dinner with views across the wilds of the northern frontier and sleep under the stars.

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You can also enjoy guided walks, birdwatching and stargazing or relax at Spasaab – our haven of peace and serenity, purpose built into the rocks with impressive views and tranquil sounds of birds and the river below. Our treatments use Liz Earle skin care products and an assortment of natural ingredients including Kenyan coffee. Because of its exceptional setting, overlooking this awe-inspiring landscape, Sasaab is very popular for intimate weddings, hosting up to 24 guests. Sasaab also has a main swimming pool, built on the hillside overlooking the river itself. Dinner is usually served under the stars. All guests enjoy full board during their stay, which includes all meals and most drinks, excluding champagne and specially imported wines and spirits. There is wifi throughout. Baby-sitters


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are available and special meals are by prior arrangement. Each luxurious suite is spacious and designed to act as a private sanctuary with a private plunge pool, chill out space (either a verandah or minigarden), and large open-air bathrooms. Every room is intensely private. The lodge is situated on quite a steep bank, so it is recommended that anyone with walking difficulties request a room near to the mess, which is easily accessible. The family unit is ideal for two couples travelling together as well as families. This luxurious suite is spacious featuring one ensuite double room and one en-suite twin room with a communal lounge and private plunge pool. Every room is intensely private with large open air bathrooms. For more information visit www.thesafaricollection.com


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xperience one of Franschhoek’s bolder red wine gems when you savour Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. This full-bodied red took root from outstanding Franschhoek vines grown in well-drained, decomposed sandstone soils that are so ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon. Extra care was taken with canopy management to ensure even ripeness and berries of deep colour and concentrated fruit flavours. The 2011 vintage was oak-matured for 15 months, resulting in smooth, velvety tannins and an elegant, rewarding finish with a touch of mint. “Our Cabernet Sauvignon boasts upfront red berry aromas on the nose with ripe berry fruit, plum and delicate white pepper notes following through onto the palate. It is perfect to enjoy now, but will also benefit from additional cellaring for three to five years,” says Winemaker Karl Lambour, who recommends this versatile food wine with poultry and red meat dishes. The Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 sells for R140 at the Grande Provence Tasting Room, and can be found at selected wine shops and fine dining restaurants. For added convenience, this wine can be purchased online from www.grandeprovence. co.za. Purchases of 12 bottles or more qualify for free delivery anywhere in South Africa.

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sushi menu. Opt for the prime rib served with barley risotto or the spicy crab curry. Prawns can be served the Mozambican way, while a lamb rack is served en croute. There is lighter fare at lunchtime including a fish burger livened up with fresh coriander and sweet chilli or mussels in a creamy basil sauce served with pommes frite and the obligatory mayo on the side. Floor to ceiling windows frame a panoramic view and sets the scene for magnificent sunsets and of course Signature cocktails. Great restaurants are a blend of sophisticated cooking, imaginative ideas and respect for ingredients. Signature is more than this. It's an experience that reminds you why some restaurants deserve to be revered.Great restaurants are a blend of sophisticated cooking, imaginative ideas and respect for ingredients. Signature is more than this. It's an experience that reminds you why some restaurants deserve to be revered. For more information visit www.signaturerestaurant. co.za

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ood taste isn't just a phrase used to refer to class and style, it literally has meaning at Signature, where the menu is full to capacity with delectable, mouthwatering "Signature" dishes. Signature Restaurant is one of the most exciting fashionable restaurants in Sandton, offering a unique mix of exclusivity, flexibility, comfort, sophistication and design. Situated in Morningside Shopping Centre, Sandton, Signature delivers an unparalleled mix of attention to detail, flawless service, sumptuous cuisine and some of the best bluesy/jazz sounds Sandton has to offer. Boasting an exquisite lunch and dinner menu, with a local and international wine menu for even the most discerning palate. Time intended to be spent with family, friends or colleagues celebrating life; birthdays, business deals or enjoying a romantic night out. There’s a global menu with French, Asian, African and Mediterranean influences as well as a large separate

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his is an insider’s blow-by-blow account of the release of Nelson Mandela and the dismantling of apartheid by the ambassador who was in the midst of these events. Appointed to South Africa as Margaret Thatcher’s envoy, Lord Renwick became a personal friend of Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Mangosuthu Buthelezi, acting as a trusted intermediary between them. He paints a vivid portrait of Mandela, describing his meetings with him immediately after his release, inviting him to his first meal in a restaurant in Johannesburg for 27 years, and rehearsing him for his meeting with Margaret Thatcher – and telling Thatcher that she must not interrupt him! **Mission to South Africa** is Renwick’s account based on hitherto unpublished Foreign Office and 10 Downing Street records at the time.

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

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De Zeekoe 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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• Call: +27 44 272 6721 • E-mail: info@dezeekoe.co.za • Website: www.dezeekoe.co.za

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8 km from Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo and situated on the longest wine route - R 62

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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.

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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.

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.

CONTACT

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

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Shindzela is a tented safari camp set within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park.


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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.

CONTACT

• 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.

CONTACT • Call: +27 86 124 3247

• E-mail: rosalynb@bidair.co.za • Website: www.bidvestlounge.co.za

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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.

CONTACT • Call: +27 12 334 8459

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

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

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Indigo Helicopters

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. It also offers aerial game viewing and management opportunities as well as flights to celebrate special occasions. Their Alert HeliTrack service provides air support to assist in tracing the perpetrators of rhino poaching and farm attacks. Indigo Helicopters is situated in Onverwacht and offer lodge-style accommodation.

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

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Kwantu Game Reserve

ACCOMMODATION

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

Kichaka Private Game 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

ACCOMMODATION

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

ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES

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

ACCOMMODATION

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

ACCOMMODATION

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

Fusion Boutique Hotel

Kapama Southern Camp

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

ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY

SERVICES GUIDE

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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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

ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY

SERVICES GUIDE

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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Tuningi Safari Lodge

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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

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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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The Estate Private Hotel

ACCOMMODATION

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

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.

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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USA +27 12 431 4000 CANADA +27 12 422 3000 UK +27 12 421 7500 GERMANY +27 12 427 8900 NETHERLANDS +27 12 425 4500 JAPAN +27 12 452 1500 CHINA +27 12 342 4194 AUSTRALIA +27 12 423 6000 NEW ZEALAND +27 12 435 9000

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