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The privately owned Farm Inn Country Hotel and Conference Centre in Pretoria’s eastern outskirts offers a great escape for the family who wants to get away from it all, without leaving it at all. Established in 1982, The Farm Inn nestles on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, and offers great hospitality and a "home away from home" experience in the heart of the city. Enjoy the magic of a wildlife sanctuary with 23 indigenous species, including lion, leopard and cheetah, or savour gourmet meals served in one of the hotel’s three highly regarded restaurants. Expect to get extra-special attention with every visit, whether you’re breaking away for the weekend, celebrating an unforgettable wedding, or getting down to business in the fully furnished conference centre. Visit www.farminn.co.za for more information or call +27 12 809 0266.

PIERNEEF À LA MOTTE'S WINTER MENU Celebrating her first year as Executive Chef at Pierneef à La Motte, Chef Michelle Theron explains the restaurant’s modern interpretation of traditional Winelands flavours and styles of cooking: “Winter is perfect for the slow-cooked comfort of traditional Cape Winelands Cuisine, but patrons that enjoy staying up to date with culinary trends will also appreciate current influences such as the use of heritage grains and techniques of fermentation. Heritage grains often take the place of the expected starches while whey and buttermilk are used instead of rich, concentrated jus and creamy sauces, adding an interesting alternative without compromising heartiness.” Reservations are recommended and can be made at: T +27 (0)21 876 8800 or E pierneef@la-motte.co.za

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Wilderness Safaris has introduced a new Star Bed option for guests staying at Little Makalolo Camp in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Situated on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan, the Star Bed is just a 20 minute drive away from camp, and offers a truly secluded, up-close-and-personal wilderness experience with the opportunity of sleeping under the stars. The Star Bed is set up complete with a comfortable bed roll and mosquito netting, a sitting area, and basic ablution facilities. A highly qualified guide will be on standby to ensure guests’ safety at all times and in case they need any assistance during the night. Madison Pan attracts a wide variety of wildlife, is known for its incredible sunsets, and with a novel pizza oven on site, it is a favourite spot for sundowners. Guests enjoying the sleep-out experience will be treated to a range of night sounds as they drift off to sleep, as well as an array of sightings as they wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the waterhole.

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Boasting an exquisite 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. 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. For a signature experience make your reservation from 087 940 3880 or visit www. signaturerestaurant.co.za

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hey say Africa is still home to hidden treasures, Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge is one of them. According to early Portuguese accounts, the Tsonga people lived in the central and southern areas of Mozambique during the early 16th century. During most of the 19th century, they settled in the Mpumalanga Province near the present-day Kruger National Park and made a living hunting and fishing. At the end of the 19th century, however, in order to establish the Kruger National Park, conservationists closed down most of the area that was home to the Tsonga people and hunting and fishing became illegal. Fortunately not all was lost, as today one of the largest groups of Tsonga people still live in the Kruger National Park, offering an interactive cultural experience, at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, steeped in modern day opulence and luxury. The result is a breathtaking blend of ethnic luxury, encompassing both warmth

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and style, never seen before. Located on an ancient elephant route on the Mluwati River, this unique camp is built in traditional tribal design and accommodates 12 people. Managed by the ‘hosi’ or Tsonga Chief, guests are immediately introduced to the Tsonga ways upon their arrival. Traditionally, a typical Tsonga homestead unit or ‘muti’ was circular and cylindrical in structure with earth coloured walls and a tapering thatched reed roof. So too is the design of Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge as six luxury, air conditioned suites, boasting king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private game viewing decks welcome guests to a unique safari experience. All fabrics, décor and objet d’art are sourced from the local Tsonga community and stand tribal proud. Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge offers a once-ina-lifetime, interactive cultural African experience combined with outstanding safari or game viewing.


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An earthy, traditional Tsonga styled a sunken fire pit, and circular timber lodge, Hoyo Hoyo boasts six exquisite decks which offer views of the waterhole air conditioned ‘bee-hive’ suites, cylin- and surrounding plains. The lounge and drical in structure, with king size beds, dining rooms echo the circular shapes en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers of the suites and each boasts a blazand private game ing fireplace. The viewing decks. adjoining refreshLions are scattered throughout the Park, Located on an ing rim flow pool is most commonly found in the grasslands, ancient elephant a favorite spot to where their favourite prey of Zebra and route on the Mluunwind during the Wildebeest are found. The “Mluwati wati River in a hot summer days. Pride” is frequent visitors to the Ngweny10 000 hectare Cuisine at Hoyo eni Dam and the immediate area around concession in the Hoyo Safari Lodge the lodge Kruger National is of world class Park, the lodge is standard served steeped in modern with a delicate balday opulence and luxury. ance of traditional The opportunity to witness the life- African and western cuisine to accomstyle and rich culture of the Shangaan modate all taste’s. Our local Tsonga heritage and traditions, ensure an un- team offer superb hospitality and rare forgettable safari experience. insight into the local culture. The cozy main area is centered around Experienced guides accompany

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wned by the Mapulana community, the venture has created over 200 jobs in an area which once had an unemployment rate of 80%. Shangana is a cluster of traditional villages midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, where residents invite guests to share in the way of life of the Shangaan people. The villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland, and are open every day. An African market village forms the centre of Shangana, where local craftspeople make and trade their craft. From here, trained guides lead guests down to villages on daytime tours, midday tours with lunch, and a magnificent evening festival at the chief's kraal. Marula Market The Marula Market has been described by many visitors as the most beautiful in Africa. A wide circle of huts looks down towards the Kruger Park, with trees all around. It is the central village at Shangana. The market is a gathering place for the region's craftspeople, offering a variety of traditional handcrafted art. Many of the artists work at home in nearby villages and leave their work at the market to be sold, making Marula an important source of income for the people of the area.

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Over lunchtime, a full traditional meal is served in the village with the family. The wives of the chief wash the hands of the guests, and pots of food are brought from the fire and served. Guests are given portions of each item they choose on a carved wooden plate, and eat with an elegantly crafted wooden spoon.

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In the centre of the market are clay and stone pieces, including carvings, statues and pots, and an oven used for firing clay work. The surrounding huts house the work of different crafters. Daytime tours During the day, small groups are led from the Marula Market through the bush and past fields, where a trained guide shows how the Shangaan people collect food from their environment, and explains a little about traditional farming. The route leads up to a village, the home of a Shangaan headman, his wives and children. In the village, the guide explains different facets of the Shangaan way of life, including their history and customs, initiation ceremonies, the practice of polygamy, the outfits and weapons of masocho (warriors), the construction of homes, ornate beadwork clothing, and food preparation. Guests are encouraged to touch, feel and participate, while the guide explains the etiquette necessary to ensure the privacy of the family. Guests then visit the kraal of the sangoma, a registered member of the Traditional Healers Association, who explains different medicines - and may throw his bones on request.

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Evening festival As the sun sets over the mountains, guests are led through the bush towards the kraal of Chief Soshangana. As they approach, beating drums and warriors usher them through a passage of stone towers and flaming torches to the fire-lit circle of royal huts under the trees. During the evening festival choirs, actors and dancers tell the story of the Shangaan people. During the show, traditional beer and great wooden trays with local delicacies are passed around. Halfway through the show, the wives of the chief invite guests to divide into small groups to share a traditional feast in their houses with them. After this, guests return for the second half, which tells the more modern story of the Shangaans, and at the end guests are led out through a tunnel of singing choristers.

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Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park exhibits an amazing number of diverse ecosystems with a corresponding diversity in plant, bird, and animal life. On the edge of an escarpment, is the luxurious and secluded Puku Ridge Camp, named after the puku antelope that graze in the fertile floodplain in front of the camp. Offering guests an authentic tented safari experience in South Luangwa, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is one of Zambia’s best areas for game viewing and bird spotting. Guests can spend an afternoon relaxing in the camp’s large living area in between thrilling game drives or walking safaris. You might even hear the Puku antelope whistling to one other when danger threatens. An intimate camp with only seven oversized tents boasting en-suite facilities with an inside and outside shower, Puku Ridge is the perfect perch upon which to discover the wildlife of the South Luangwa. The seven generously sized safari tents have large picture windows opening onto private decks overlooking the broad game 24

rich floodplain. The en-suite tents have a full indoor bathroom with tubs offering wilderness views, as well as a forest-shaded outdoor shower for secluded starlit bathing. Indulgent eco-friendly products are used to minimise Puku’s carbon footprint and pamper the guest. Constructed to blend into their surroundings, each of Puku Ridge's luxury tents have wrap-around views of the floodplains, making this camp one of the best for viewing game right from your room. Each of the seven safari tents has picture windows and its own viewing deck overlooking the plains where game amble across for a drink of water. Generous and comfortable, each tent has an ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower, as well as an outdoor shower shaded by forest, all stocked with environmentally friendly products for your pure indulgence. Watch the sun rise from your double bed, elephants bathing from the comfort of your bath tub, perhaps even wild dogs making


or order dinner on your own private deck for a romantic night under the stars. The region is a bird watcher’s paradise, with about 400 of Zambia’s 732 species of birds, including 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species in South Luangwa National Park. The only notable exception to the Big Five is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction. The park is renowned for its large elephant herds and huge pods of hippo. Endemic species such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest are frequently sighted, as are leopards.. 25

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their way across the plains in pursuit of prey from your private viewing deck. Sanctuary Puku Ridge prides itself on its personalised service and this includes your culinary preferences and needs. From delicious dining with spectacular views to sundowners drinks in the middle of the bush - Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp has so much to offer. Afternoons are spent relaxing in the camp's large living area in between game activities. Listen out for the Puku antelope whistling to one other when there is danger in the air. When evening arrives, make your way to the central dining area for a delectable gourmet meal in the bush,

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PUDDLE HOPPING IN ZAMBIA It’s a time of plenty in Zambia, when big rains turn the land to an emerald sheen, birds appear in dazzling breeding plumage, animals give birth, and two of earth’s biggest mammal migrations are triggered by the rising waters. All this, and tourists are virtually non-existent.

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them gathering in the Kapabi swamp below, while up above the sky darkened with the swirling mass of bats returning from the night’s feed. The bats drew airborne predators. Kites, vultures, African hawk-eagles, falcons and other raptors took the opportunity to pluck snacks from the air. Many bats, we were told, would also fall from their roost in the forest and be eaten by opportunistic leopards, crocs and monitor lizards. Kasanka, despite its size, is considered to be one of the best bird watching parks on the continent, and with the rains came species we’d never seen. A boat ride up the Luwomwba River revealed African pygmy geese, fawn-breasted waxbills, marsh tchagras, coppery-tailed coucals, blue-mantled crested flycatchers, and Böhm’s bee-eaters… The list went on and on.

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Where to Stay •Kasanka has two permanent lodges. Of these, Wasa is best suited for visits to the Fibwe hide. For more information and booking details. Visit www.kasanka.com. •In South Luangwa, stay at Puku Ridge Camp, run by Sanctuary Retreats. www.sanctuaryretreats.com •In Kafue, Mukambi Plains Camp operates seasonally, and shuts at the end of this month, reopening only in July. Mukambi Lodge, however, is open a the year. www.mukambi.com •Liuwa should have its first luxury lodge by late 2015, along with a direct helicopter service, managed by Norman Carr Safaris. www.normancarrsafaris.com

There were more birds and lots more predators at South Luangwa National Park, not too far from Kasanka. We were particularly interested in exploring the park on foot, so joined knowledgeable armed guides for daily walking safaris along the riverbanks, through groves of cathedral ebony trees, and around watery dambos plugged with Nile cabbage. It was a chance to get lost in the unfolding drama of animals responding to rising water levels, which altered the twisting-turning course of the life-bringing Luangwa River. The earth seemed insatiable, gobbling up the rains, transforming the park into a glistening patchwork of tributaries and lagoons, interspersed between the lush Mopani forests. There was animal activity everywhere, the rain bringing a palpable ease, signalling a time of abundance. On calm, steady, unrushed walks, we stopped to watch elephants – mixed herds of ancient matriarchs and curious youngsters – crossing the river in single file, pausing to play and fiddle and drink along the way. Crocodiles basked on river banks and, poking from the water’s surface, twitching ears and pairs of eyes and wet nostrils were often the only sign that submerged hippos were wallowing contentedly below. As the day’s heat simmered after late-afternoon downpours, we’d listen to the shrill whistles of gold-coloured puku and 28


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the water to graze, and tree-climbing lions sprawled in the branches of gnarled, bendy fig trees. With its mix of savannah, woodland, and extensive wetlands, the park packs in huge bird numbers, including crowned cranes, woolly-necked and saddle-billed storks, and Goliath herons. Our seasonal bush camp was situated deep in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a marvellous wetland where we not only walked with guides, but also headed out on river cruises, fish eagles swooping overhead as we marvelled at the skills of pied kingfishers zipping in and out of the water, surfacing with fish in their beaks. And when we went out on drives, we were taken around in Africa’s first electrical game-drive vehicle, the "eLandy". Not only was it eco-friendly, but also marvellously quiet.

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watch as waterbuck, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra and giraffe appeared in multitudes across the plains. Back at Puku Ridge Camp, our smart ecofriendly tented lodge at the edge of the escarpment, we lazed on the deck and stared into the rain-soaked night. The shadows of wild dogs scampered across the horizon and elephants trumpeted happy choruses somewhere in the blackness. And we’d fall asleep listening to deep-bellied hippo grunts that sounded like the laughter of drunken clowns. Luangwe isn’t the kind of place you ever tire of, but we wanted to see another of Zambia’s lesser-known reserves, Kafue. Said to be the second-biggest national park on earth, it is vast and untamed; a raw, rugged, isolated expanse that feels like proper wilderness, centred on the Kafue River. We watched enormous Nile crocodiles basking in the sun, pods of hippos trundling out of

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A ride in a tiny Cessna took us farther west, to the virtually unvisited Liuwa Plains National Park, which occupies part of an ancient kingdom, Barotseland, near the Angolan border in the upper Zambezi floodplains. Once the hunting grounds of the Lozi kings, the area has been protected since the late 1800s. Like some uncharted Eden, it remains extremely isolated, difficult to get around, and low on infrastructure. And during the rainy season, the park’s extensive wetlands fill to flooding, turning roads to mud while attracting enormous inbound migrations of

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Located a convenient 40-minute drive from the centre of Cape Town is the historic country village of Paarl. Known as the gateway to the Cape Winelands, Paarl is the perfect base from which to explore the best of the Cape countryside. And nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock Mountain is the five-star Grande Roche Hotel.

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Overlooking vineyards and mountains, it is the ideal base from which to explore the Cape, relax at the pools, and amongst others, enjoy some golf on the nearby courses.

his small luxury hotel provides a space for rest and relaxation, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Paarl Valley and Drakenstein Mountains as they savour a meal on the terrace or lounge in the opulent interiors before exploring the surrounding winelands. A proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Grande Roche Hotel features 28 elegant and comfortable suites situated amongst the vineyards of a working fruit and wine farm – combining historical Cape country living with modern-day comforts.

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Upon arrival, guests are warmly greeted with a welcome drink and escorted through the beautiful gardens to their rooms. Friendly service is paramount, and each visitor is made to feel instantly at home. The suites reflect the history of the hotel, with each named after a selection of grape and plum varietals found on the estate. Modern conveniences include complementary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, under floor heating and heated towel rails. Heritage and history are the underlying charms of the hotel. Carefully restored buildings trace the passage of time, from the slave bell and the site of the old outdoor oven to the unique setting of the tiny chapel – one of the oldest buildings in South Africa and perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies. A journey of culinary delight awaits diners in the award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant, where the hotel’s Executive Chef Roland Gorgosilich works his magic. Award-winning and Michelin-trained, Gorgosilich infuses classic cuisine with innovative and imaginative twists. His gastronomic delights are enhanced by inspired wine pairings, and a sommelier is on hand to assist with recommendations from the 425 varieties of wines available from the hotel’s private cellar. Other dining options include the relaxed and casual atmosphere of the terrace and the poolside Bistro Allegro, both of which invite informal eating, but can be transformed into elegant al fresco experiences. Value for money, inspired menus and fresh ingredients are hallmarks of the Bistro taste experience.

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Grande Roche Hotel is situated just a short stroll from the town of Paarl. From this central base, visitors can enjoy a wide number of activities, exploring the valley on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, or from a hot air balloon. There are also wonderful golfing estates in the area. With facilities that accommodate up to 120 delegates, Grande Roche Hotel offers the ideal conference and meeting venue away from the commotion of the city. The hotel’s capable team takes care of all event arrangements. Grande Roche’s location and ambience offers couples a truly historic and unique

setting in which to host an elegant wedding reception. Along with its private chapel and manicured gardens, the hotel boasts a professional functions and events team that will ensure that wedding days are carefree events. All told, the hotel offers a peaceful escape from the hustle of daily life, while delivering on a promise of service excellence in every respect. For further information and bookings call +27 21 863 5100 or visit www.granderoche.com.

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

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

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the same age statement that they have enjoyed for some time. We’ll give them some competition… They’ll enjoy it; it’ll keep them on their toes!” And if early reviews of Glenfiddich’s latest expression are anything to go by, they certainly will be. Unlike most whiskies, which are matured in a combination of American oak and European oak casks, the Excellence 26 Year Old was matured exclusively in American oak bourbon casks, making it the first single malt from the Speyside distiller to use bourbon casks throughout the entire maturation process.

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hen it gets to 18 years old, that’s the start of connoisseurs’ territory and that’s where you need to give the whisky a little more respect. Sit up straight, put on a tie, choose your company well and talk a little posher!” explains Ian Millar, Global Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich. With the recently released Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old available in South Africa this month, we have a feeling a lot more suits and ties will be donned around the country. Glenfiddich’s decision to add a 26 year old whisky to their line-up finds its inspiration not only in this family owned company’s pride in sharing its exceptional whiskies with whisky lovers around the world, but also thanks to a little competitive rivalry. “We did have a 30 year old in the market, but nobody else did, so it seemed like a bit of a waste,” explains Ian. “We had the opportunity because we had the whisky, and because we had the whisky it seemed only appropriate to start looking at why we’ve got a 30 and why we don’t operate at a 25. So we refocused and now we have a 25 year old in duty free and a 26 year old in domestic markets. This means that we can now take on our competitors at

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“American White oak is grown in flatter lands than Spanish oak, and is exposed to more extreme temperatures. It has less tannins – so less of that peppery bite – and it's very sweet because it has lignin, and when you char the casks that lignin breaks down and creates vanillin, which gives you that toffee, vanilla, caramel sweetness,” explains Ian. “American oak is good because it better showcases the naked flavour of an individual distillery. European oak, because it is previously used for sherry, can tend to overwhelm the flavour of the whisky, as 65 % of the flavour comes from the oak that the whisky is matured in.” The result is a whisky with a light, but beautifully intense flavour. It boasts a delicate floral nose with hints of spice and vanilla sweetness on the palate. “The 25 Year Old has been matured in a combination of European and American oak, but with the 26 Year Old we wanted to create something completely

different. After 26 years exclusively in American oak it has a lovely grapefruit citrus, grassy flavour on the palate, without the peppery bite of European oak. It’s light, it’s delicate and it’s delightful,” says Ian. It also looks the part, as it is packaged in an opulent purple presentation box and finished off with an oak stopper reminiscent of the bourbon casks in which it was matured. While the 26 Year Old is certainly at the pinnacle of whisky sophistication, Ian maintains that whisky lovers are guaranteed of a special experience whatever bottle of Glenfiddich they choose to sample. “Anything that has the Glenfiddich name on it will come with an expected reliability,” he says. “So if you open any bottle of Glenfiddich, it doesn’t matter what expression it is, you know that you’re going to get something good.” Likewise, any bottle of Glenfiddich comes with a distinct sense of status which comes from the renewed emergence of a strong whisky culture around the world, as well as an appreciation of single malts. “If you stand at the corner bar with a big, chunky glass of whisky, you’re making a statement. If you stand at the corner bar with a fluted glass with shrubbery and umbrellas hanging out of it, you’re also making a statement!” says Ian. “Status comes from what you choose as you walk towards the bar. I would be happy to order my whisky on the way to the bar – ‘I’ll have a Glenfiddich, 15 please’ – and I don’t care who hears me because I am proud to ask for that. Whereas if I want a vodka, I may wait until I am at the bar and then whisper it to the bartender and ask him to make it look like a whisky!” So the next time you’re out on the town and wanting to impress those around you, don your best outfit, stand up a little straighter, and say in your poshest accent: “I’ll have a Gelnfiddich 26, please”.

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THE WEST COAST WAY For those looking for something to do on your next holiday, why not hop in the car and go road-tripping up the West Coast?

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rom the Blaauwberg Private Nature Reserve and the seaside village of Melkbosstrand, up past the West Coast National Park and winding its way past Shelley Point, St Helena Bay and Velddrif, the Cape West Coast has so much to offer that you may never want to go home again. Why not start your road trip with a stop at the Farmyard Farmstall on the R27, situated at the turn-off to Melkbosstrand? Here you can enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast (road-tripping fuel) while the


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kids play in the playground, and then fill up your picnic basket with locally made eats and treats that will see you well fed for the rest of your day. From here you can head towards the Koeberg Private Nature Reserve with its 153 bird species and variety of mammals. Or try the Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve with its white sand dunes, which are fantastic for 4X4 enthusiasts and sand boarders. Moving on, be sure to stop in the small town of Mamre to visit the Mission Station, one of the oldest and most picturesque churches in South Africa. Surprisingly, given its religious past, wine has long been a part of Mamre’s history and you can find the region’s popular wines at the Darling Wine Cellar on Mamreweg. And while on the topic of wine, make sure that your road trip includes a stop at Groote Post Winery, which has recently won a Klink Wild Card Award for their interesting and alternative farm drive experience. This family friendly wine farm also hosts an amazing country market on the last Sunday of every month. Here you can expect to find everything from oysters and wild mushrooms to locally brewed beer from the Darling Brewery. Your West Coast road trip should also include a visit to the towns of Darling (home of well-known political satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys and his theatre, Evita se Perron); Yzerfontein; Langebaan (an internationally acclaimed Ramsar site); Saldanha, which is a hot spot for water sport lovers; Jacobsbaai (known as the “Namaqualand by the sea”); Paternoster and the Cape Columbine Reserve; Shelley Point with its golf course and wellness centre; St Helena Bay with its unspoilt coastline and magnificent views; and historic Hopefield with its birdlife and hiking trails.

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Along the route you will discover “must visit” attractions such as the West Coast National Park, which stretches from Yzerfontein to Langebaan and is a pristine nature reserve which offers an array of activities such as bird watching, game sighting, biking and whale watching. The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre offers fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern day life of the San of Southern Africa, while the West Coast Fossil Park allows a glimpse back in time to the animals and vegetation that were found in the region millions of years ago, with a visit to an actual dig sight. Most of these attractions fall within the

newly proclaimed West Coast Biodiversity Corridor, while others are just a leisurely drive away. The good news for those who are keen to explore the Corridor is that these attractions are included on two new circular sightseeing routes, the Groene Kloof Route and Blue Benguela Route, which have been launched by an exciting new tourism initiative called West Coast Way. Carmen Lerm, founder of West Coast Way, says that whether your focus is sightseeing, photo opportunities, history, culture, fauna and flora, or adventure and activities, the West Coast and the West Coast Biodiversity Corridor has much to offer. “It is about the rich experience, the

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vibrant people, the food and colours you lar routes, we have also developed a list will find here, not to mention the beauti- of 101 things to do and see on the West ful unspoilt environment and the myriad Coast.” The Cape West Coast, and the Biodiverof attractions and activities that can be sity Corridor, offers a unique, affordable enjoyed on the Cape West Coast.” Lerm explains that West Coast Way and accessible destination, which provides memorable, has been concepfun experiences tualised to become Carmen Lerm, founder of West Coast for the entire famthe gateway to the Way, says that whether your focus is ily. “With the Cape West Coast, and sightseeing, photo opportunities, history, West Coast on our will be actively marketing and show- culture, fauna and flora, or adventure and doorstep, Capetoactivities, the West Coast and the West nians and visitors casing the West Coast Biodiversity Corridor has much to to the city don’t Coast Biodiversity offer have to travel far Corridor, with a to access all of the view to increasing amazing attracvisitor numbers and tions and activities thereby improving on offer here,” says economic growth for the stakeholders and people of the area. “The objectives Lerm, who explains that by far the most of West Coast Way are to significantly richly and uniquely abundant natural area increase the number of quality visitors in South Africa is the West Coast Biodithrough the marketing of the Biodiversity versity Corridor. Corridor. In addition to these two circu-

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It is home to thousands of species of plants, including varieties of fynbos, which is found nowhere else in the world. The region is also home to a rich diversity of marine life and wildlife, and has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area. “Around the world, 35 areas qualify as biodiversity hotspots. They represent just 2.3 % of the Earth’s land surface, but they support more than half of the world’s plants species and nearly 43 % of bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian species. For an area to qualify as a biodiversity hotspot, a region must have at least 1,500 endemic plants – that is plants that are found nowhere else on the planet – and it must have 30 % or less of its original natural vegetation, in other words it must be threatened.” The old adage goes that it is not just about the destination, but also about the journey. With the number of wonderful towns, attractions and activities that are available all within short distances of each other on the Cape West Coast, the entire journey is the destination. For more information on West Coast Way, visit www.westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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The popular Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar is about more than just warm water, white sands, palm trees, and fragrant spices. It is home to some of the world’s most spectacular resorts, where striking natural surrounds combine with world-class facilities and authentic Zanzibari service to create idyllic five-star getaways.

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Also situated on the property is Diamonds Star of the East, a magnificent private sanctuary of 11 exclusive villas, each with its own plunge pool, terrace, Makuti patio, and large tropical garden. It is entirely fitting that the villas are named after eleven of the most precious gems in the world. Personal butler service, a private beach, and a host of other exclusive services make Diamonds Star of the East the ultimate in comfort, privacy and luxury for the most discerning of travellers. The range of restaurants and bars available at the resort is as diverse as the accommodation on offer. The Pavilion Restaurant provides a lavish buffet of light and tasty Mediterranean cuisine as well as some favourite local dishes. Special themed nights are organised on a weekly basis, and are the culinary highlight of many a guest’s stay. Located on the magnificent pier, Sea Breeze á la Carte Restaurant serves fresh seafood in an unrivalled natural setting overlooking the ocean. Also located on the pier is The Café Moresco and Sunset Lounge Bar, which serves oriental coffee and tea, shisha, snacks and pastries as well as a wide selection of local and international cocktails and other drinks. Down at the beach is The Coral Cove Pizzeria, as well as The Beach Grill, which serves seafood directly under the starry sky. Located near The Coral Cove is The Beach Bar, which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day. For those wanting to escape the festivities and enjoy refreshments in a more peaceful environment, The Lobby Lounge is also open during the day and early evening. Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est’s all-inclusive system means that most of the food and drink offerings, as well as the use of many of the resort’s onsite facilities, are included in the nightly rate. For the rare moments during which guests are not eating, drinking or relaxing on the beach or at the pool, a host of water sports activities is available, from catamaran, laser boat, speedboat, and canoe expeditions to sailing and

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to the villa door. Although Xanadu is a veritable oasis of calm, with guests hearing only the sound of breaking waves on the pristine golden beaches, it offers a Wi-Fi hotspot for those who need to stay connected. For those who would like to disappear into complete relaxation, professional massage treatments can be enjoyed in suite by the property’s highly qualified therapeutic healer. Should guests wish to venture beyond the luxurious villa and its pristine beach, nearby attractions and activities include the indigenous Knysna Forest, whale, dolphin and shark watching, the famous Cango Caves, Addo Elephant Park, ostrich and oyster farms, wine estates, yachting, mountainous hiking trails, bird watching, canoeing, river rafting, abseiling, paragliding, bungee jumping and game viewing. Xanadu owners Albert and Tersia Hoffmann are the attentive and hands-on managers of the villa, and are personally at the service of guests, making them feel at home 24/7. For further information and reservations call +27 44 877 0022, e-mail stay@xanaduvilla.co.za or visit www.xanaduvilla.co.za.

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and an en-suite bathroom with a corner bath, shower and heated towel rail. Like the Presidential Suite, the Oyster offers breathtaking 180º sea views through the ceiling to floor windows. The Neptune Suite is a Penthouse Suite that also offers a bedroom with king size bed, a lounge area with a couch and comfortable chairs and an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower. The Neptune is very private, and opens onto a deck area with spectacular views. The Dolphin and Seahorse Suites present a similar offering of spacious bedrooms with king size beds, comfortably equipped lounge areas and en suite bathrooms with bath and shower. The Dolphin boasts an open sea-facing balcony, while the Seahorse extends to a mountain-facing balcony. Lastly, the Starfish Suite offers a bedroom with two extralength single beds, an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower and an open balcony facing the mountain. All finishes throughout the villa are in marble and plush carpets, and all suites are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD, VCR, Hi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a fully stocked mini bar. The villa boasts two dining rooms, both of which offer great sea views. There are also numerous top class à la carte restaurants within walking distance or that deliver


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


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the lodge merges seamlessly with the shifting light, shapes and moods of the environment, providing a soothing sanctuary for world-weary travellers craving a connection with nature. Dramatic sculptural shapes, abstract art, and carefully curated collections of crystals, seed pods, bones and other found objects articulate a deep connection with the wild. There is a sense that everything has been derived from the earth. Rustic and worn, woven and carved, furnishings include iconic pieces fashioned from fossilised tree stumps, slabs of solid stone, artisanal wrought iron and leather, with each element designed to reveal its intrinsic beauty. Aweinspiring original contemporary paintings, sculptures and soft, sensual textures – a sheep-skin rug to step onto when you get out of bed, or the feel of natural flax bed linen on your skin – add subtle layers of luxury. Open to the elements or separated from the outdoors by glass walls, the lodge provides a continuous connection with the prolific wildlife and birdlife for which the reserve is so well known. Cleverly designed communal spaces, such as the new sociable Copper Bar serving freshly pressed fruit juices, espressos and cocktails, provide new opportunities for guests to connect with their surroundings and with each other. 62

The 12 spacious and private suites - two of which are designed exclusively for families - blend soulful, sensual Africa with high design to instil a sense of tranquillity and ease guests into the rhythm of safari life. It’s as if the very soul of Singita Boulders Lodge has been fine-tuned and stripped back down to the basics, freeing up guests to experience and explore nature like never before. For further information and reservations call +27 21 683 3424
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oin one of the estate’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic Wine Tasting Ambassadors on Friday mornings for the Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing - a tasting of the six wines in the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection, each paired with an ideal food partner. All the wines in the Culinaria Collection are based on traditional French blends and are made with the specific focus of being exceptional partners to food. The Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing showcases these wines with food that illustrates the skill of proper pairing, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy well-matched combinations while getting to know the fundamentals behind making informed dinner table choices. A collaboration between Leopard’s Leap’s Chef Pieter de Jager and Cellarmaster Eugene van Zyl, the pairing is most informative, and the interactive and entertaining experience provides guests with the knowledge required for future food and wine choices. The Food and Wine Pairings take place on Fridays at 12:00, and cost R120 per person. For further information and reservations call + 27 21 876 8002, email reservations@leopardsleap. co.za or visit www.leopardsleap.co.za.

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Paternoster Pampering There’s something quite magical about Paternoster. With its colourful fishing boats, rows of blue-roofed houses and unadulterated stretching coastline, it offers a charming escape from the daily frustrations of the city. What better place to disappear for a day or two of pampering and rejuvenation? Text: Lara Potgieter Images: Š Healing Earth

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

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


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hen Robin Renwick was appointed British ambassador to South Africa in 1987, he formed a deep friendship with Helen Suzman. Now, drawing on Suzman’s personal papers, Renwick sets out to capture the qualities of the woman who, in the face of the hostility of the apartheid regime, carved out a unique role for herself as an intrepid fighter for human rights, simple justice and the rights of prisoners and the disenfranchised majority. Suzman’s steely determination in pursuit of these principles earned her the admiration of millions of South Africans, black and white. As she memorably said: “Like everybody else, I long to be loved. But I am not prepared to make any concessions whatsoever.’” In Bright Star in a Dark Chamber, Renwick recalls Suzman’s biting wit and fierce intelligence, and the close friendship she formed with Nelson Mandela while he was still behind prison bars.

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The Strand Tower Hotel

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


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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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.

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

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

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Bidvest Premier Lounges

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

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

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For more than 60 years, The Blue Train has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s unsurpassed travelling experiences.

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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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Kwantu Game Reserve

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

Eastern Cape

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

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

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

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

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

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River Lodge

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

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

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Moya Manzi Beach House

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

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

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

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Prana Lodge

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

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

Free State

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

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

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

Wild Horses Mountain Lodge

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

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


Lekoa Game Lodge

Corporate Boutique Hotel

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

De Stijl Gariep Hotel

Hobbit Boutique Hotel

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

San Rock Guest House

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

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

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Emoya Hotel & Spa

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

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Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square

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

Gauteng

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

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

Shumba Valley Lodge

Villa Sterne Boutique Hotel

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

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

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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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The Oyster Box Hotel

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

Kwa-Zulu Natal

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

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

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

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

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

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The Estuary Country Hotel

Amakhosi Safari Lodge

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

Hotel Izulu

Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

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

The Vineyard on Ballito

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

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

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Isandlwana Lodge

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

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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

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

Limpopo

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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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

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

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

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Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House

North West

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thakadu River Camp

Protea Hotel Mafikeng

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

Impodimo Game Lodge

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

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

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

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

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

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Tuningi Safari Lodge

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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

ACCOMMODATION GUIDE

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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

ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY

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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

ACCOMMODATION

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

ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY

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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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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

ACCOMMODATION GUIDE

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| www.pretoria.diplo.de | www.dutchembassy.co.za | www.za.emb-japan.go.jp

SERVICES GUIDE

| www.chinese-embassy.org.za | www.australia.co.za | www.nzembassy.com

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.

ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY

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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