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I like the phrase above, not only because of its religious baring but it’s meaning particularly my personal understanding of it. To me it states that everything that man has ever achieved began with an idea, regardless of how big or small that was the basis of all inventions that have made it easy for mankind to survive and evolve over time. With that said, allow me to introduce you to our contribution to the Tourism Industry in Africa. Ultimate Guide to Africa has stood the test of time being one of the first online magazines in Africa with 33 issues and now 34. The magazine has evolved over the years regarding its editorial, design and reader profile through TCB Media, which is the company that developed the idea. The next possible phase for the magazine was for it to be in the hands of a company that is dedicated to the idea of digital Publishing. From the April Issue, Tauro Creations and Media a Boutique Digital Publishing Company committed to growing the opportunity of delivering Digital Publications will publish Ultimate Guide to Africa going forward. Now that the formalities are out of the way, lets unpack the April Issue and

take a journey though “Gods Private Garden” and explore Safari Holidays in Africa. For those who love to visit Africa for its abundance of Wildlife experiences and Safaris, this issue will be exactly what you needed for planning your next holiday. From our cover feature about the luxurious accommodation and safaris at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge to our “Destination Downtime” feature which profiles 3 of Southern African Properties that are a must visit in Africa. If you are currently planning a holiday to African you might also be interested in our feature “Family Holidays in Africa” which explores some of the countries that have family friendly game reserves that one can visit With April been our first issue, we hope to bring you more breath taking destinations and introduce you to more exclusive services. Enjoy...

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For The High-Roller Four bottles of Rémy Martin’s deluxe Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 Cognac have been released in South Africa. At R300,000 a bottle, it’s the most expensive cognac on the market. South Africa is the only country on the African continent to be awarded several of the 738 bottles that were produced from a single cask. One bottle has already been sold to a private collector, who wishes to remain anonymous. The remaining three bottles are available via Makro and Norman Goodfellows. -cognac.com

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

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Having established itself as one of the leading port producers in South Africa and abroad, De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp (along the renowned Route 62) is also home to a range of superb value-formoney wines. These include the new release De Krans Chardonnay 2013, Tinta Barocca Rosé 2014 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Displaying a brand-new label, all three wines are Origin of Calitzdorp, allowing the winemaker to exercise a hands-on approach from grape to glass. www.dekrans.co.za.

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Situated just a stone’s throw from the Cradle of Humankind, Valley Lodge & Spa – one of Gauteng’s most popular country spas and Sunday lunch destinations – is offering a rejuvenating Summer experience. From just R1,000 per person sharing per night, the package includes accommodation, breakfast and a picnic lunch for two complete with refreshing Summer cocktails set out on the banks of the Magalies River. A 30% discount on any Valley Lodge Spa treatment over the value of R450 is also included. The special is valid until 15 December 2014. www.valleylodge.co.za

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Situated on the border of Botswana within the North West province, Madikwe Game Reserve offers visitors a true safari experience with 75,000 ha to explore without the need to worry about popping any malaria tablets. While there are a number of lodges in the reserve, two in particular stand out: one for its superb location and sheer luxury, and the other for catering perfectly to the needs of both big and little visitors.

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erched on top of a rocky koppie in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge offers unparalleled views over the surrounding savannah, which is simply bursting with local wildlife. Over 66 mammal species, including giraffe and cheetah, call this reserve home, as do hundreds of bird species and everyone’s favourite stars of the safari show, the Big Five. Thanks to a strategically located waterhole just in front of the lodge’s main deck, a parade of animals can always be seen ambling to the water’s edge. The bright red colour of the soil and the aquamarine blue waters of the lodge’s pool throw up the animals in sharp contrast and make almost movie-like the movement of elephant, antelope and giraffe across the frame of the view. It is bush TV, complete with fine dining and a refreshing drink or two. The game viewing opportunities continue as you stroll along the elevated pathways that crisscross this rocky outcrop, connecting the communal areas to the fully

equipped gym, the ultimate indulgence of a bush spa and, of course, the pure luxury of one of the lodge’s ten spectacular rooms. Hurricane lamps light your way at night, while little rock dassies scamper about and lizards sun themselves on the adjacent rocks during the day. While the essential luxury accoutrements are the same for all of the rooms – think cosy fireplaces, tea and coffee stations (complete with delicious homemade rusks), liberating outside showers, invigorating plunge pools, and the kind of bed you sink into with abject joy at the end of the day – they do differ in location. The rooms perched on the top of the koppie offer expansive views of the surrounding plain, perfectly framed by floor-to-ceiling glass doors, complete with a feeling of elevation and space. The rooms at the base of the koppie, however, are nestled snugly in the midst of the surrounding bush with a definite feeling of privacy and seclusion. There is also the added benefit of spotting the odd animal or two – especially graceful ellies – at close range as they meander past on their way to the waterhole.

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It’s all about you. With every staff member committed to putting your needs first, with us, the journey becomes the destination.

SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Maputo.


While nothing in the bush is ever guaranteed, the park seems to have more than its fair share of lion sightings (often around a freshly made kill), as well as ellie and giraffe encounters. Plus, there is always the possibility of spotting an elusive wild dog. Punctuate these encounters with delicious sundowners and snacks as the sun sets over another beautiful day in Africa, and you have the perfect safari experience.

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Guests have an additional option of booking out Little Madikwe Hills Private Camp, a private two-bedroomed villa plus two optional additional suites which can accommodate eight to nine guests. This functions as its own private camp, for the ultimate of exclusive experiences, within an already exclusive location. When not enjoying the supreme comfort of their air-conditioned rooms, chilling in the library or checking out the impressive selection of the wine cellar, guests get to experience the bush at its best, thanks to the lodge’s extremely professional and knowledgeable game rangers, who are assisted in their animal-spotting endeavours by eagle-eyed trackers who will amaze you with their skills of perception.

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ou enter Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve in North West Province via an old-fashioned wooden swing bridge. It hangs over the brush and swings tentatively with every step – an exhilarating start to your African bush adventure. The bridge leads to the main lodge, where oldfashioned style ends abruptly. The lodge is beautiful. It is divided into separate areas and the furniture and upholstery are bold and proudly African, with bright, colourful printed fabrics covering the sofas and armchairs in the lounge area and blocks of colour used for the dining room chairs in the restaurant area. The main lodge is made up of an upstairs bar, curio shop, and open-plan kitchen and dining area, which extends out onto the wrap-around deck and cosy lounge area. A large fireplace takes centre stage and the comfortable pillows that surround it ensure that it’s a popular chill out spot between meals. Jaci’s Safari Lodge prides itself on putting guests first and the staff try to accommodate your every whim. From providing special noodles for the kids’ dinners on request, to supplying babysitters free every evening, it’s the special care and attention to details that make the lodge and its staff stand out. We love the accommodation at Jaci’s. Only eight suites (or should we say luxury tents?) are available, so the experience is an intimate one. But don’t expect the average camping tent. These large canvas villas are more of the Out of Africa variety and sit on concrete slabs with under-floor heating. The bathtub is also made from concrete and can fit the whole family, while the outside showers allow you to engage with nature at will. The front flaps of the tent remain open throughout the day so that you’re looking out onto nature at all times until night time falls and, after returning from the evening game drive, you find your room has been

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zipped up – you don’t want to sleep with the monkeys – and the deliciously romantic mosquito nets have been dropped (Madikwe is a malaria-free area). Of course, you would not be visiting Jaci’s if you were not a fan of wildlife. Jaci’s boasts one of the biggest wild dog populations in SA. The Big Five is also present. We saw four of the Five on our first day, including being greeted by a large herd of elephant before we’d even reached camp. Kids can join in the fun too, on a Jungle Drive just for them – we learnt first-hand about various animals’ prints, what they eat and so forth (yes, we trailed along, but it’s great fun to view animals with a bunch of enthusiastic youngsters). Some mid-afternoon snacks, with cold beers for the adults, ensured the drive home was comfortable and relaxed – apart from the four female lions who crossed our path and appeared to be stalking their evening meal … Or us. Besides the two daily game drives, there are also two swimming pools for the warmer months as well as a spa and a kids’ play area, but we recommend just chilling, because you couldn’t choose a more beautiful destination. Dining out is somewhat different here. Brunch is served after the morning game drive (rusks and coffee are mandatory accompaniments) and then dinner after the evening game drive. Three-course meals are the name of the game. You will certainly not go hungry, and on special evenings the camp offers buffets and entertainment in the bomas. What’s not to like? Eat alongside an open fire under the stars and then fall asleep to the sounds of hyenas laughing in the distance. It is a genuinely African experience. //+27 (0)83 700 2071, madikwe.com

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brands and high-end service providers to work together at senior director level for mutual business and client development. Xolisa adds that the response from the local top-end market for LUXURY BRANDS’ unique business model has been overwhelming, stating, “… we are in the process of meeting many new luxury brands and high-end service providers who have formally applied to join our new network”. Examples of these include Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Crystal Cruises, Daytona Group, ExecuJet Aviation Group, LIVEOUTLOUD, McLaren, Mini, Oceania Cruises, Pam Golding Properties, Rolls-Royce, the SA Gold Coin Exchange, Seabourn Cruises, Sunseeker Yachts and The Reserve.

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eremy Nel, CEO of LUXURY BRANDS, and joint-MD Xolisa Gaca are proving how the luxury market in South Africa and the rest of the continent is experiencing a radical shift in the right direction. The businessmen have acquired the rights for Africa to manage The Luxury Network International, which is the world’s leading luxury B2B affinity marketing, partnerships and events group. It has 17 international offices and over 250 luxury brand members, growing by over 20 new companies per month around the world. Jeremy explains that they will bring together a selection of South Africa’s finest luxury

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"Defining luxury is as much an art as it is a science"

and, with the steady growth of Africa’s population, expansion of the middle class and rising optimism about the continent’s future, we have found that local and international investors are clamouring to gain a foothold into this recent African economic boom. They are requesting our aerospace solutions, which offer tailored itineraries, personal safety, comfort, privacy and, ultimately, increased productivity. The Luxury Network South Africa in turn allows us to communicate directly with this growing market sector via their targeted networking activities, which ultimately increases our brand reach.” The emerging middle class in Africa is driving new business formation, which results in increased savings and investment. Disposable income levels and consumer spending is also steadily on

Justin Divaris, CEO of the Daytona Group, says: “It’s not a simple feat to identify, develop, nurture and grow strong and successful marketing alliances and partnerships, but we believe that The Luxury Network South Africa will be an indispensable resource in organising and identifying high-end affinity marketing activities and events amongst a selection of leading international luxury brands. McKinsey Quarterly states that the rate of return on foreign investment is higher in Africa than in any other developing region. With neighbouring African powerhouses such as Nigeria and Angola showing escalating growth off the back of mining and resources, investors are looking to Africa for returns. Ettore Poggi, MD of ExecuJet Africa, says: ”Johannesburg is clearly the gateway to Africa

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coordinated to create an engaging and lasting sensory experience. Luxury is essentially an emotional connection to a product or brand and retailers are ensuring that not only the super-rich, but also the upscale buyers are pampered and made to feel special. “Luxury branding has always been about an intimate knowledge of your audience and how to create the right reputation. Defining luxury is as much an art as it is a science, but inspiring unforgettable experiences and building relationships in this market is paramount,” concludes Jeremy.

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the rise. And with a predominantly youthful demographic, the youth are looking for products that convey the right image, and follow the latest international trends including technology and clothing brands. Luxury goods retailers have identified this trend and are rapidly investing in the current infrastructure shortfall to accommodate the growing thirst for luxury brands in these emerging markets, where bling is still king. Consultant Bain & Co says 60% of Africa’s dollar millionaires live in South Africa, which is the region’s largest economy. “The real opportunity is … the emergence of the new middle class," says Claudia D’Arpizio, a partner at Bain. Luxury marketing is thus a highly sought-after niche industry where every brand interaction needs to be strategically

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who have a track record of guiding children. These are often included at our private villas and safari houses, along with your own private chef. For more Africa-savvy travellers, especially those on a more limited budget, we arrange self-drive family safari holidays in South Africa’s Cape and Namibia. We’ve had great success with our own children on safaris, which include some stops at self-catering rest camps, where we can cook your own dinner over our own campfire – it can be magical.

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amily safari holidays in Africa can be an amazing way for children to learn about nature, and many trips will also include encounters with completely different cultures. We know that many ‘standard’ safaris will end up being boring for children, who are expected to sit quietly whilst entertainment isn’t guaranteed. Finding good, child-friendly lodges may seem the obvious choice – but only a few live up to their marketing promises. We discuss private guides with you

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hat was regarded unusual ten years ago, is now becoming more and more popular: at a suitable camp, family safari holidays in Botswana can provide you and your children with an outstanding wildlife experience. Consider booking a private guide to get the most out of your family safari holidays in Botswana! It is true that a rather exclusive make up, a staid atmosphere and safety issues like game risks, high walkways and unguarded pools still make a lot of camps in Botswana not suitable for family safari holidays. That said, some smaller lodges and (mobile) safari camps are more flexible, e.g. concerning meal times and children's dietary requests, and so cater well to families with children. Furthermore there are a couple of accommodation options that offer slightly separated family suites or that are booked on an exclusive-use basis. Whichever option you choose, parents will often need to book a private vehicle and guide if they want to safari together with their children. This may sound like a rather inconvenient requirement - how-

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ozambique impresses with pristine beaches and excellent marine wildlife. Therefore it's a worthwhile destination for family beach holidays with older children who can enjoy water-based activities and experience the Mozambican culture. However, parents with small children should bear in mind that the country is malarial. There isn't a vast choice of child-friendly accommodation for family holidays in Mozambique. This is due to the general lack of infrastructure in the interior of the country and a rather adult atmosphere at many of Mozambique's beach lodges, clearly aiming at honeymooners and couples. That said, for fairly active families, ideally with slightly older children, who enjoy watersports and are interested in marine life, family beach holidays to Mozambique can be great. To get a taste of adventure, there's even the option to spend your family holidays in Mozambique on an exclusively booked dhow, a traditional sailing boat!

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amibia offers fantastic self-driving family safari holidays. However, as stunning as the country's scenery is, it's unlikely to keep your youngest entertained for hours. Therefore, family holidays here are best for families with older children, who are fine with longer drives they'll love the freedom and the sheer variety of a family holiday to Namibia. As accommodation for your family safari holidays in Namibia, we usually recommend smaller guest farms and lodges because these tend to be more flexible, for instance with regard to meal times. Many of them have a big garden and adjoining rooms specifically designed to accommodate families on Namibia safari holidays. You're unlikely to find special activities for your children, but a friendly and informal atmosphere will usually allow them to run around and be noisy. Alternatively, for ultimate privacy, consider Namibia's exclusive-use villas and houses! In addition, compared to other African countries, family safari holidays in Namibia can be considered as relatively safe: many lodges are set in areas with little dangerous game and all Namibia

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holds a very low malarial risk. However, Namibia isn't only a destination for family safari holidays. We won't deny that its coastline doesn't make for 'classical' family beach holidays with azure, bath-warm water and palmtrees. Instead, you'll find a deserted stretch of barren land, scattered with ghostly shipwrecks and lapped by the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where seals live in huge colonies. It's a really special area - and more than worth exploring!

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ith fun activities and the fascinating culture of the Maasai, Kenya offers great family safari holidays for older and fairly active children - who will often find the Maasai people particularly interesting to meet. At the beginning or end of your family safari head for the Kenya coast for some of the loveliest family beach holidays in Africa! Many of the lodges and camps that we feature in Kenya are well-suited for family beach and safari holidays, although almost all of them have age restrictions. In practice, these rules can often be bended so that you can go on family holidays with children younger than the theoretical age requirement. However, you should be aware that during family safari holidays in Kenya children need to be constantly supervised, because some camps are close to a river, most aren't fenced and game risks are usually high. Due to the layout of some lodges, for instance their high walkways, steep steps or missing handrails, parental supervision is additionally necessary.

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eing free of malaria and large predators, the beautiful tropical islands of the Seychelles should be top of your list for family beach holidays, especially with small children. You'll find generally very friendly people here and simple, good-value lodges as well as the better-known luxurious retreats. Many of these places welcome children of all ages! Most travellers may imagine exclusive five-star resorts and costly private island retreats when thinking of holidays to the Seychelles. Indeed, these do offer high-quality accommodation and great flexibility on family beach holidays in the Seychelles - to those who don't mind a high price tag. Often, you'll also find remarkable services specifically for children at these places, from excellent child clubs to age-appropriate spa treatments. However, they aren't the only option. If on a tighter budget, consider some of the really lovely, inexpensive and child-friendly lodges for your family beach holidays in the Seychelles. These might not boast a fancy kids club but owners with children of their own, which usually result in a relaxed atmos-

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he Cape's excellent, malaria-free parks are a great destination for family safari holidays in South Africa. Choose between private villas and good-value places - many have facilities for selfcatering that appeal especially to families on a tight budget. Moreover, the Cape is well suited for selfdrives, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Many lodges in South Africa describe themselves as child-friendly and do accept children. Our onthe-ground experience in family safari holidays with small children enables us to pick those, which actively welcome children rather than just accept them. These stand out for activities specifically designed for children; flexibility e.g. concerning meal times and children's dietary requests; child-friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere so that children can run around and let off a bit of steam. Most of the properties we've chosen don't have any age restrictions, yet you might need to book a private vehicle at an extra cost if you want to safari with very young children.

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phere and can add a delightful personal touch to your family beach holidays in the Seychelles, often run them. Expect inexpensive accommodation options to be mainly designed for self-catering and relatively simple in standards, yet great-value, with comfortable, spacious rooms. Many will happily arrange activities for you but key remains your freedom to explore the islands on your own.

Delivering the same degree of flexibility but on the other end of the price scale are a couple of private villas and houses in South Africa where families can keep to themselves and children may feel at home. These usually come with a private guide, chef and safari vehicle.


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ambia's private safari houses are definitely among our favourites for family safari holidays with older children who like a bit of adventure. Then they provide great flexibility, much private space and a relaxed atmosphere to a group of ideally eight travellers. Plus, Zambia offers very good wildlife and arguably the best guiding in Africa! Still feeling very 'wild' and a bit adventurous, Zambia isn't the first country we'd recommend for family safari holidays, especially with young children. However, if you have slightly older children, say 7+, and are looking for a family holiday off the beaten track, then a Zambia family safari can be the perfect choice. Zambia guides have to pass through a stringent system of exams before they're allowed to take charge of guests, which is why the country is known for guiding of an outstanding quality. This can make a massive difference to your Zambia family safari experience, in particular for the kids. Ask us about a guide experienced with children, who can tailor the safari around them! Note that there's a minimum age of 12 years for walks in Zambia's national parks.

For accommodation, consider the country's exclusive-use houses (see either among the properties below or on our extra page on Zambia's private houses), which come with their own kitchen and chef, plus private 4WD vehicle and guide. They excel in offering flexibility and privacy to travellers on family safari holidays in Zambia. Alternatively, and for more affordable Zambia family safari holidays, plenty of owner-run camps work well for families with slightly older children. The camps' guides are often good at child-friendly guiding, too.

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ith excellent wildlife, lovely, white sandy island beaches and good transport links between them, Tanzania has huge potential for family safari and beach holidays. In reality, only a handful of safari camps and beach holiday lodges are suitable for family holidays in Tanzania; we've highlighted the best below. Family safari holidays in Tanzania Tanzania safaris seldom include kids clubs, but the amazing wildlife and environment, combined with safari activities designed for children, can make up for that. Start by considering the ages of your children, due to the malaria risk, we don't usually recommend a Tanzania safari for family holidays with toddlers. For slightly older children, around 6-12 years old, many safari camps and lodges are ruled out because of their open nature and high densities of big game. That said, parents might consider Hatari Lodge, near Arusha.

For children over about 8 years old the choices are wider, the larger 'hotel-style' lodges in Northern Tanzania have less wildlife wondering through them than small bush lodges, and so are safer for children. Linking these into a privately guided family safari holiday will work very well, especially if we arrange a guide who is experienced with children. That said - you might feel quite 'enclosed' in the closed vehicles; it's important that these trips are designed very carefully to be successful. For a more 'open-air' family safari in Tanzania, we would recommend the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania. Camps here are smaller, with lighter footprints; they're more open and activities are more varied. Older children will love the open-topped vehicles, boat trips and just sitting around campfires at night. Do ask us about a private vehicle; it'll also make a massive difference! Beach holidays for families in Tanzania Because Tanzania's coast is seldom very far from its game reserves, you can easily combine family beach holidays with safaris in Tanzania without long internal flights!

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The People's Republic of Paradise Quilålea, an intimate and extremely beautiful desert island a short hop from Pemba, Mozambique, with accommodation recently refurbished, has become a republic‌ of paradise

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guess I’ve been extraordinarily spoilt over the years. This island wasn’t my first and certainly won’t be my last! Islands off places such as Brazil, Australia, Maldives, Seychelles, Malta, Malaysia, Greece, Mauritius, Thailand, Spain, Mexico and Borneo have made the list, and so it’s fair to say that I’m a pretty good judge of island experiences. ‘First impressions count.’ It’s drummed into us from school, through personal relationships and certainly in business. And when it comes to hotels, islands and restaurants, they’re often the deal-breaker. What is it they say, you don’t get a chance to make a second impression? Although with an island it’s kind of a little different, as short of swimming or paying a lot to turn around,

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or me it’s all about planes, large or small – travel brings out the adventurous romantic in me. Boarding a plane or alighting at my destination, I feel happy, alive, excited and free. So by the time I stepped off the little bird that flew me from Pemba to an island a short boat trip from Quilálea Island, I would have been as happy spending a couple of days carrying coconuts around (and believe me, there’s a lot of them) as relaxing on a beautiful island. A chance to spend a few days on a desert island isn’t to be sniffed at, certainly when compared to a few days at the office, and I

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Feature destination Stepping off the boat you are greeted by the manager, your personal butler and the dive instructor (and general island bird and plant person if he can’t get you under the water), smiles abound, and then everyone quickly disappears and you start your island holiday. The most important person in your life for the next few days is your butler, not because anything is difficult or because you are left wanting, but merely because, for him, you are the most important person in his life for the next few days. And therein lies the difference between Quilálea and most other islands: it is personal. It is very personal! Never invasive, never pushy, always there but never there – qualities with which a person is born, recognised by Quilálea as important, and selected and fine-tuned by the island’s management team. The butler subtly forms a partnership with you, quickly tunes in to your needs and desires and smoothly makes each component of your visit a pleasure. Coming a very close second as the most important person in your life for the next few days is the chef. Don’t get me started on island food elsewhere: often slop, often boring or too elaborate and often a lot of other things that makes a burger back home appealing. The chef at Quilálea, however, is right on the money – young, enthusiastic and with the right

amount of humility, he prepares fresh, exciting food. Exciting in that it does a lot for the eye and even more for the palate. It’s home cooking, professionally done, with the right balance of flavours, the right size of culinary challenge and, importantly, the right portion size, allowing you to get to his mouthwatering desserts without feeling as if you need a round-the-island swim to work off the calories. Of course, if you feel you do need a round-the-island swim – a fraction far, although you can walk it in 45 minutes or so – there’s the island whistler for you. No, not a rare species of the feathered variety, but rather the young Afrikaans dive instructor, whistling away as he adds yet another personal dimension to the island vibe. Whether in the water, below it, on various boats or on land, his switch is always in the ‘on’ position – again,  he’s not in your face, but there for you when you feel the need to shake it up a gear or two. And having dived all around the world and seen some amazing things under water, I can easily say that he’s by far the most excitable person under water ever, making every dive memorable. Throw in a spa with an amazing view, lunches and dinners set for you in some beautiful, romantic locations and large bedrooms with tasteful island decor and you have close to the perfect romantic island escape.

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Get the best view of the Garden Route. Incredible and breathtaking views make any trip to George memorable. So whether you go for a round of golf, business or a holiday with the family, choose SA Express to get you there. SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Maputo, Lusaka and Harare.


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ust a 90-minute drive from Cape Town, this exclusive and luxurious West Coast 4-star family retreat offers an extensive host of amenities and activities for parents and children. Located on a private peninsula, Shelley Point Hotel, Spa and Country Club is a superb breakaway destination that lets you enjoy several facilities while the kids are kept occupied. The hotel boasts 88 elegantly decorated suites with state-of-the-art amenities, spacious lounge and a designer bathroom. The rooms cater for two adults and two children who stay free if they are under 12. With the kids in mind, the hotel offers a supervised play centre with age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities. Shelley Point also boasts the Crazy Crew Kids Club, where children are entertained and looked after within the secure private Peninsula Village. As part of the club, facilities include indoor and outdoor playing, arts and crafts, a doll's house, trampoline, sandpit, toys and activities and, most importantly, a child-minding service that's available on request. An exciting new project that will soon be added is a separate area especially for the older kids aged 10 and up, which will include TV and arcade games. The children’s facility will continue to be upgraded during 2013. While the kids are burning energy, you can opt for some exercise too – the hotel offers a gymnasium, tennis courts, a bowling green and a challenging nine-hole links golf course. For lazing around, there are also two swimming pools with bars.

For a pamper session or some romance, visit the Wellness Centre & Hydro Spa or take a leisurely stroll to the beach. Treat the family to a great meal at one of the hotel’s in-house restaurants or play a few boardgames if the weather turns. St Helena, Cape Town, +27 (0)22 742 1394, www.shelleypointhotel.co.za

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aving recently been labelled one of the world’s 10 Best Golf Resorts on CNNGO, the online travel hub of CNN, for its world-class hospitality and golf offering, Fancourt ranks high on the vacation do-to list. It’s one of our country's most beloved leisure and lifestyle destinations on the Garden Route that offers a family-friendly holiday with a range of facilities and activities for parents and children. There's so much to do and see at Fancourt, including the newly transformed sports and leisure centre, which comprises a high-tech gymnasium and sparkling indoor and outdoor swimming pools with a poolside café, its very own cinema, a Chillout Zone and exciting kids club area.

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There are also outdoor activities such as tennis, leisure trails, three Gary Player-designed golf courses and a new scenic mountain bike trail. To unwind, enjoy the luxury Fancourt Spa or enjoy a family meal and a few drinks at one of the three restaurants on the property – at La Cantina, for example, children can create their own pizza. For daily outings, the Garden Route offers a range of excursion opportunities. Fancourt boasts convenient access to glorious beaches, and is on the doorstep of several picturesque coastal towns including Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay all within easy driving distance. There are also numerous national parks and nature reserves that offer exciting safari experiences in the area, ranging from elephant to monkey sanctuaries. Montagu Street, Blanco, George, +27 (0)44 804 0000, www.fancourt.co.za


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hat was once a small family retreat is now a highly successful game reserve. Having opened in 1992, Shamwari Game Reserve offers an exclusive bushveld holiday experience. Choose between seven prestigious five-star game lodges within the reserve and enjoy the wild and luxury that’s on offer. Situated 65km from Port Elizabeth in the Grahamstown area, the reserve offers tailormade activities including your own personal game ranger who is assigned to groups of six. Between game drives choose to relax, swim, enjoy a spa treatment, go on a game walk, indulge in great cuisine, or visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries – the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre or the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. At Shamwari, families are taken into consideration, and in terms of activities, they are catered for according to their size, children’s ages and the weather.

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There are also child-minding facilities for little ones younger than four years who are too young to join games drives. Children receive ageappropriate gift packs and can engage in several activities including arts and crafts, puzzles, conservation DVD watching, as well as active outdoor activities. R342, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, +27 (0)41 509 3000, www.shamwari.com


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

The gracious Gorah Manor House, a National Monument, was built in 1856 and has been immaculately restored and period furnished, recalling the opulence and romance of the noble safari. Lazy colonial verandas spill out onto the African plains overlooking the now famous and extraordinarily busy Gorah waterhole. Life at the house is as easygoing and carefree as it was over a century ago - animals come and go and time stands still. The staff offers warm and unobtrusive service and meticulous attention to detail – hallmarks of Hunter properties – of the highest standard. Sheltered under thatched canopies with private decks, the eleven magnificent en suite tents are spacious and luxurious, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s. Each is enhanced with the fine comforts and excellence associated with Hunter Hotels and Relais & Chateaux. Dinner is a real occasion at Gorah. As one enters the Gorah House with its historic magnificence, the magic is all encompassing. Estate wines are carefully chosen to enhance the dining experience. Al fresco dining is as much of a treat, with the colonial veranda of the house overlooking the watering hole and rolling plains. Together with the secluded boma area, these are idyllic settings for unforgettable dining experiences.

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180,000 hectares. Although the park was originally proclaimed to protect a single species, priorities have now changed to conserve the rich biological diversity found in the area and it is now home to the Big 7 (with Great White Sharks and Humpback Whales having been added to the legendary five with the addition of the Marine Reserve). Gorah Elephant Camp opened its doors to the public in December 2000, making history as the very first private concession in a National Park in South Africa, and the rest, as they say, is history. Gorah has actively dedicated itself to the conservation of the Addo Elephant National Park through strategic business partnerships and initiatives that aim to protect the area from the Garden Route to the National Park. The camp is the current recipient of the South African National Parks Business Partner of the Year Award. It is also accredited by the Wilderness Foundation’s Green Leaf Initiative. The lodge is solar and gas powered, although a generator is run for hairdryers at any time. The esteemed property is also a recipient of the Relais & Chateaux Welcome Award for the highest guest satisfaction scores of any R&C property worldwide.

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Gorah offers all the services one would expect from a five star property and much more. The team prides itself in ensuring that all guests experience the perfect getaway. To ensure that visitors never want for any comforts during their stay, the tented suites are superbly equipped with all the modern necessities required for a five star experience. Hairdryers, personal in-room safes, bathrobes, slippers, Charlotte Rhys body products, umbrellas and complimentary sherry are present in each room. Guests staying at Gorah are able to enjoy game drives and access all the facilities on offer at the lodge. One can soak up the sun, shop, read, enjoy a glass of wine or share adventures with travelling companions in the comfort and splendour of the house, with its open verandah, large lounge with fireplace, spacious swimming pool with loungers and complimentary Wi-Fi access in the reception area. Home to more biomes than any other park, the Addo Elephant National Park is deeply steeped in history. The great herds of the area had been decimated by hunters as early as the 1700s, culminating in the massacre by government decree of what was thought to be the remaining 119 elephants. Fortunately public opinion subsequently changed, leading to the proclamation of the park in 1931 in an attempt to protect the last remaining 11 elephants. The original size of the park was just over 2 000 hectares, and it now boasts an incredible

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A Express is committed to supporting our vision of connecting major cities, like Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban with smaller communities. In partnership with the North West Province, we have agreed to launch several new routes that will connect the province’s two airports – Pilanesberg and Mafikeng – with major cities in South Africa and the southern Africa region. The partnership is aimed at stimulating the province’s economy, especially its smaller enterprises, and is expected to create hundreds of jobs and contribute to skills development. From April 2015, SA Express will introduce flights three times a week between OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg and Mafikeng airports. In addition, we will be launching two flights between Pilanesberg and Cape Town. Ntshanga said: “This is a significant milestone for us as an airline. It marks our coming of age, as we turn 21 in two month’s time. For the first time in our 21-year historywe will be flying in this province, which makes us a truly regional South African airline that connects all of our major cities with the small, outlying ones in our country. It is

also in line with our strategy of making air travel accessible to as many South Africans as possible. This is an integral part of our growth strategy. In the medium term, we are looking at launching more routes as part of the implementation of our growth ambition.” To promote local economic development, the partnership envisages the creation and appointment of two employment-creating entities: Firstly, a local company to manage the new air services at the two airports; and secondly, the appointment of a local marketing company to promote the opportunities arising from the two new routes. SA Express continually looks for opportunities to increasing our route network every year as we get to understand the travel needs of our customers better. We are also committed to making air travel as widely accessible to as many South Africans as possible by offering value for money fares. Ntshanga, who expects the new routes to bolster the airline’s revenue, said: “This is a game changer for this province. It catapults the province to the premier league of economic players.”

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The High Road, the petite boutique winery located in the vibrant Bosman’s Crossing precinct of Stellenbosch, has just released the 2011 vintages of its elegant Bordeauxstyle blends. Text: Gudrun Clark Images: © The High Road

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rafted from selected low-yielding Stellenbosch vineyards in the heart of red wine country, the 2011 vintages of the flagship Director’s Reserve and the Classique are both wines of great elegance and distinction. These wines have an impressive lineage spanning more than a decade, with two Veritas Double Gold medals and a Classic Wine Trophy already in The High Road hall of fame. The High Road Director’s Reserve 2011 is a Cabernet Sauvignon driven blend of four classic Bordeaux varieties matured in 100% new French oak. Beautifully integrated and complex on the nose and palate, this wine is intensely rich in fruit and wood nuances supported by a backbone of full, ripe tannins. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (13%) and Petit Verdot (3%), it is a definitive expression of the 2011 vintage, with its elegance and richly-layered fullness. “An amalgamation of four Bordeaux varieties, the 2011 Director’s Reserve is a fine example of a wine’s ability to allow the different components to work together to create a structured and well-integrated wine with intense depth and complexity,” says winemaker Mark CarmichaelGreen, who believes it will reveal even more vibrant cassis and berry fruit if left to develop further over time. Differing slightly in style with less exposure to new wood, The High Road Classique 2011 is an accessible fruit-forward wine with signature soft, elegant tannins. The wine is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (33%) and Cabernet Franc (9%), and teems with black cherries, berries and mulberries on the nose and palate. “Never overpowering, the wood brings a balance to the wine and is well-integrated with the fruit whilst the tannins are subtle, soft and full,” explains Carmichael-Green, who feels that, although eminently drinkable now, the wine will age well with careful cellaring. Founded in 2003 by owners Les Sweidan and Mike Church (both insurance industry kingpins with a passion for wine), The High Road is committed to producing exceptional South African wines with the elegance, intrinsic depth and uniqueness of the classic Bordeaux red at core but expressing a sense of place that is unique to Stellenbosch. For further information call +27 76 044 5020, email club@thehighroad.co.za or visit www.thehighroad.co.za.


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rande Provence Heritage Wine Estate has launched a new rosé under its signature label just in time for summer. Paying homage to its French roots in Franschhoek, the new Grande Provence Rosé 2014, with its beautiful pale pink summer blush, is made in the classic crisp, dry Provençal style. The wine, made from 100% Franschhoek grapes, has a delicate fruity character with nuances of apple and fresh berries. "After a visit to Provence, Alex van Heeren, owner of Grande Provence, fell in love with their dry style rosé wines. One thing led to another and we decided to create one of our own," says Cellarmaster Karl Lambour, who attributes the fruit forward character of the wine to the ideal Franschhoek climate. “We used our very best Merlot and Cabernet grapes and bottled the wine early to present a fresh, uncomplicated style,” explains Lambour. Grande Provence Rosé 2014 can be enjoyed on its own as an invigorating summer sip, or with tuna sushi or sashimi for a delicious taste combination. The wine sells at R80 at the Grande Provence Tasting Room. For added convenience, it can be acquired online at www.grandeprovence.co.za. Purchases of 12 bottles or more qualify for free delivery anywhere is South Africa.

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Stellenzicht Plum Pudding Hill Celebrated Stellenbosch wine farm Stellenzicht has launched the 2007 vintage of its Plum Pudding Hill Syrah, a new single vineyard addition to its highly regarded portfolio.

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ur wines are the products of our unique terroirs, farmed with care and made with subtlety. This is the very DNA of the Plum Pudding Hill Syrah,” says Stellenzicht Winemaker Guy Webber. Stellenzicht is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. It lies in a prime wine-growing area just a few kilometres from False Bay, at altitudes that ensure slow ripening and exposure to soils that impart complexity to the wines. The sophistication of this Syrah stems from a vintage that Webber describes as close to ideal. “Ample autumnal rainfall translated into wonderfully even ripeness of fruit, while the coolness of the ripening period resulted in this wine’s

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balanced structure and finesse.” The wine boasts an inkish blue/garnet depth of colour, a refined mouth feel and flavours of ripe, dark fruit with hints of pepper and violets. Supple tannins and a lingering aftertaste finish on the palate. Bottled as Stellenzicht Syrah since 1994, the Plum Pudding Hill Syrah has its origins as one of only two Shiraz vineyards on the farm in those days. Its name hails from local folklore, in which a trailer-load of plums once overturned nearby, making a most memorable mess. While several new Shiraz vineyards have been planted at Stellenzicht over the years, none have shown the characteristics of Plum Pudding Hill. The 2007 vintage of the wine is the first officially registered as a single vineyard. Plum Pudding Hill Syrah 2007 is available from the wine shop at Stellenzicht, the Vinoteque at Bergkelder and selected wine boutiques and leading restaurants nationwide. Stellenzicht is part of the Cape Legends stable, an extensive collection of award-winning wineries and estates situated in and around the Cape Winelands. For more information contact info@stellenzicht.co.za or visit www.stellenzicht.co.za.


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creativity that has gathered Chef Jacques his loyal following of design- and food-obsessed fans. His is not a static style. Nor is it the result of the whims of a man unable to make up his mind. His creative expression is a fluid fluctuation of mood and time. At Hemelhuijs there is an unspoken, constant invitation to return again and again, and to be inspired anew with each visit. The menu is sophisticated and authentic. While beautifully presented on an array of handmade and precious crockery, there is no pretention, only elegant simplicity and a sincere regard and respect for food. Chef Jacques’ Gold Collection Tableware is another striking feature of the establishment. Based on the Bone Collection (which was inspired by the matt tones of slaked lime and bleached bone), the Gold Collection uses a pure gold compound and undergoes five firings in a kiln. It is the most opulent of all Chef Jacques’ tableware collections. Inspired by his fascination with the mythical stories of heroes, kings, fairytales, and the godly beliefs of the Egyptians and ancient Sumerians, the vessels embody a lively imagination. The alchemy of Hemelhuijs takes place when a childhood favourite of soft mieliepap is simply served 58

with orange blossom honey and salted butter – in a gold bowl. When the heat of the porridge melts the butter and honey and the reflection of the bowl causes it to look like tiny rivers of gold flowing around the porridge. It has all the elements of magic you once believed in as a child. This dish has become a talking point for all the right reasons. Only a chef confident in his craft would present an ingredient of such apparent ordinariness with such simplicity. But Chef Jacques knows when to let ingredients speak for themselves. For him cooking is not about outsmarting his guests. It is about bringing them joy. This is just one of many such examples of magic created through culinary confidence, simplicity, and a touch of creative genius. The name Hemelhuijs has become synonymous with indulgence. Every visit is a feast of some sort - whether it be the discovery of new flavour combinations, the visual delight of the surroundings, or simply the luxury of drinking something warm from a beautifully handcrafted cup. In a world that is far too rushed and far too drab, a visit to Hemelhuijs will remind you that beauty and magic are in fact all around us. For more information visit www.hemelhuijs.co.za.


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

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en Trovato has fooled us all for years. The man behind the dark glasses, under the black Fedora and inside the trench coat isn’t who we thought he was. Or is he? One thing we do know – his name isn’t really Ben Trovato. For well over a decade, Mark Verbaan has been writing as Trovato. The curious story of why he chose to use a nom de guerre is told for the first time inside this book. While Mark Verbaan might not be a familiar name, Ben Tovato certainly is. Regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost satirists, he is the author of ten books, including one on golf, a sport he has never played. His trilogy of audacious letters to the rich and powerful remains unique in the annals of South African literature. And as a columnist, he has disgraced the pages of several major newspapers and magazines. Incognito lays bare the meat, bones and gristle of Ben Trovato’s life. Which is also Mark Verbnaan’s life. See how this works? It is a bittersweet memoir: sweet when the beer is free and the surf is up; bitter when the women in his life turn on him and he has to get a job. Mark fights for his country from an office in Pretoria… He drags journalism even further into the gutter… He drums poorly for Durban’s punk bands… He lives among the squatters of London’s East End… He appears in a Kajagoogoo music video… He gets arrested on drug charges… He is almost assassinated in Namibia… He is nearly killed by e.tv… And much more!

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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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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.

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

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Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square

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

Gauteng

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

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

Shumba Valley Lodge

Villa Sterne Boutique Hotel

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

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

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Idwala Guest House

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

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

The Michelangelo Hotel

Goodnight Lodge

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

De Hoek Country Hotel

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

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

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

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Location: Morningside Manor, Sandton, Johannesburg Tel: +27 11 804 2540/1/2 E-mail: reservations@fairlawns.co.za Web: www.fairlawns.co.za

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The Oyster Box Hotel

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

Kwa-Zulu Natal

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

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

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

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

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

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The Estuary Country Hotel

Amakhosi Safari Lodge

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

Hotel Izulu

Thanda Game Lodge & Tented Safari Camp

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

The Vineyard on Ballito

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

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

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Isandlwana Lodge

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

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

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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

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

Limpopo

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

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

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

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

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

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Kapama Karula

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mount Sheba Country Lodge

Kloppenheim Country Estate

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

Porcupine Ridge Guest House

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

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

Walkersons Hotel and Spa

Location: Thornybush Private Game Reserve (near Hoedspruit) Tel: +27 11 253 6500 Email: sales@thornybush.co.za Web: www.thornybushcollection.co.za

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

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The Thornybush Collection

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

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

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Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House

North West

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thakadu River Camp

Protea Hotel Mafikeng

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

Impodimo Game Lodge

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

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

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

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

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

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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

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

Northern Cape

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

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

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

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

Dundi Lodge

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

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Skitterland Guest House

Mattanu Private Game Reserve

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

New Holme Karoo Guest Farm

Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

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

Vergelegen Guest House

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

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

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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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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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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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