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THE STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE                       VICTORIA FALLS HOTELOften called 'the                                                                 INDIGO BAY ISLAND RESORT AND SPA
HOTEL – VICTORIA FALLS                            grand old lady of the Victoria Falls area' The                                                         Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is on
The Stanley and Livingstone, a small luxury       Victoria Falls Hotel has been a renowned         BENGUERRA LODGE                                       Bazaruto Island in Mozambique, the
hotel aimed at discerning individuals, is         hospitality venue since it opened in June        A unique and incomparable African island              largest island in the Mozambican
situated on the private 6000-acre 'Victoria       1904. Its quiet grandeur and Edwardian           paradise washed by the warm, turquoise                archipelago. It offers visitors the
Falls Private Game Reserve', just 10              elegance have been hallmarks of its              waters of the Moçambique channel.                     quintessential Indian Ocean island
minutes from the Victoria Falls. Each of the      appeal, as have the finest service
16 exquisite suites consists of a spacious        standards and its varied amenities and
                                                                                                   Benguerra is a small, intimate lodge offering
                                                                                                   personalized service and barefoot luxury: 11
                                                                                                                                                         holiday, as well as a gateway to the
                                                                                                                                                         unspoilt beauty of the surrounding area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE DIPLOMAT’S GUIDE TO TRAVEL IN AFRICA
bedroom, en-suite Victorian-style bathroom,       facilities. Situated close to the Falls, with    elegant Chalets, 2 luxurious Suites (with             Bazaruto is one of Africa's premier scuba
gracious lounge and individual secluded           spectacular views of the spray rising from       private jacuzzi/pool and indoor and outdoor           diving destinations. Surrounded by palm       MARCH/APRIL 2009                                                                                                        Volume 75
patio overlooking tropical gardens and            the Falls and of the Zambezi River gorges        showers) and 1 exclusive Villa (2 double              trees and a turquoise sea, the
nearby waterholes. The restaurant and bar         just below – including the century-old road      rooms, private pool, and personal chef to             accommodation consists of 30 Beach
places great emphasis on providing fine           and rail bridge spanning the gorges to link      prepare all meals and arrange all activities). All                                                  Welcome to SOUTHERN AFRICA! We trust your stay here will be a pleasant and              Our services include
                                                                                                                                                         Chalets and 14 Luxury Villas. All the                                                                                                  * Accommodation - hotels, game lodges, guest
cuisine, all made possible by a chef par          Zimbabwe and Zambia – the hotel is at            rooms merge naturally into the surrounding
                                                                                                                                                         chalets, villas and guest areas are made      interesting one, and we know that whilst you are living and working here, you will
excellence, and guests are encouraged to          present undergoing an upgrade of various         indigenous forest and are meters from the                                                                                                                                                     houses, bed and breakfasts, tented camps and
sample fine wines from the hotel's                furnishings and amenities, keeping it in line    beach. Dive, Snorkel, Fish, Relax…you
                                                                                                                                                         of natural materials like reeds, wood and     certainly want to see as much of our beautiful country as possible.                       self catering resorts
                                                                                                   choose. Benguerra works closely with the              thatch that blend harmoniously with the
handsomely stocked wine cellar. A wealth          with the highest international standards                                                               surroundings. Each chalet and villa offers
of activities is on offer; from game-drives and   expected by the world's most discerning          local community to conserve and protect this
                                                  travellers. It offers 150 rooms, 10 suites and   unspoiled and corner of the world.                    complete luxury, with air-conditioning,       You will also find that many of your family and friends will be coming out here to      * Tours and transfers in most major areas, ie
lion walking safaris, to the numerous                                                                                                                    mosquito screens, sumptuous en-suite
adrenaline activities on offer at the Victoria    a Royal Suite, the classic Livingstone                                                                                                               visit you, and whilst you will be all too eager to travel around with them, and point     Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Pretoria and
                                                                                                    DUGONG BEACH LODGE                                   bathroom, mini-bar, 24-hour power,
Falls and Zambezi River. Of course, a guided      Room dining area and various other                Situated along the Southern Mozambique               satellite TV and telephone access.            out some of the wonderful discoveries you will have made on your travels, this will       Johannesburg City, Cradle of Humankind, Sun
tour of Victoria Falls, one of the most           facilities and amenities that range from a        Coast within 30 000 hectares of pristine             Spectacular restaurants specialising in                                                                                                 City etc.
compelling sites in the world, is a must-see!     hairdressing salon and gift shops to a            marine and wildlife territory in the                 seafood, and characterful bars with
                                                                                                                                                                                                       not always be possible. Life as a Diplomat is a very busy one, and your holidays
The Stanley and Livingstone is more than          unique chapel and a sculpture gallery.            Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary,               original walls dating back to the early       are very precious, so we'd like to introduce you to the Green Rhino African Travel      * Package tours, including Victoria Falls, Sun City,
just a hotel – it offers a once-in-a-lifetime     Conferences for small to medium groups            Dugong Beach Lodge combines two                      Portuguese traders, provide the focus of
experience that will be imprinted on your         are also on offer, as are local tours and         biospheres which make for a unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Team who will be your friends and travel advisors throughout your stay in this            Cape Town, Durban, Mozambique and the
                                                                                                                                                         Indigo Bay's living areas. Those simply
mind forever.                                     visits                                            wilderness and beach experience.With its             wanting to relax can laze around the          country.                                                                                  Islands, Botswana, Mauritius, Seychelles,
                                                                                                    power-white beaches and crystal clear                beautiful swimming pools, drink cocktails                                                                                               Madagascar, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya,
                                                                                                    water the area is host to a magnificent array        at the “wet bar”, or while away time at the                                                                                             Tanzania and Zanzibar
Discover One of the Seven Wonders of the World. A masterpiece of thatch and wood,
                                                                                                    of beautiful creatures such as the
                                                                                                                                                         beach snack bar. The luxurious new            Cynthia is based in Cape Town and Janet in Mpumalanga, near to the Kruger
                                                                                                    leatherback turtle, sailfish, manta ray,
intricately designed around theindigenous trees, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge creates a large        dolphin, the near-extinct dugong and flocks
                                                                                                                                                         Sanctuary Spa offers a range of               National Park. We regularly travel to Pretoria and Maputo to visit you all, so          * Family accommodation and getaways specifically
open plan tree house from which to watch game and take in the breathtaking African bush.                                                                 pampering treatments to revitalise the
                                                                                                    of flamingos and pelicans. Up to 20 guests
                                                                                                                                                         weariest of souls.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       watch out for our free cocktail functions and travel promotions, to which you will be      geared for children and small groups (away
Seventy two African influenced, en-suite bedrooms with private viewing decks have been              are accommodated in luxury, framed,
written about extensively in international publications. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge sets the                                                                                                          invited once we have your contact details on our data base.                                weekends are popular in many of the Embassies)
                                                                                                    tented chalets with en suite bathroom
trends in Victoria Falls with its award winning Boma, Place of Eating and Makuwa Kuwa rest          featuring a huge bath, outside shower and           PEMBA BEACH HOTEL AND SPA
                                                                                                    private patio.                                      Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is a modern                                                                                                  * Coaches and air charter, including local flights
                                                                                                                                                        oasis in a largely undeveloped land. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                       We have many years of experience in putting together tour and travel programmes           and Car Hire
                                                                                                                                                        Indian Ocean glitters beyond manicured         and itineraries and in making suggestions for your weekends away, short stay
                                                                                                                                                        lawns, dominating the vista from first floor   safaris, fly-in packages and many other options. Our services are free to you, and      * Conferences and team building.
                                                                                                                                                        rooms, whilst in the new Courtyard wing
                                                                                                                                                        you are cosseted in a haven of rich            in fact we are very often able to offer you substantial discounts through our many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               * Golfing and other sporting weekend venues in
                                                                                                                                                        furnishings and marble clad bathrooms – a      contacts in the African Travel Industry.                                                  all areas
                                                                                                                                                        truly sumptuous rendition of African east
                                                                                                                                                        coast living. At night, enjoy the tropical     WE ARE ABLE TO ARRANGE SA RESIDENT RATES FOR YOU IN MOST
                                                                                                                                                        heat as you drift from the Niassa Bar to the   AREAS                                                                                   * Weddings
                                                                                                                                                        Quirimbas Restaurant, where leading
                                                                                                                                                        chefs blended international and local
                                                                                                                                                        cuisine, with local seafood in abundance.
                                                                                                                                                        By day, laze around the infinity pool which
                                                                                                                                                        seems to tumble into the ocean, or take a
                                                                                                                                                        short walk to the buzzing Clube Naval and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            THANKS! TO GREEN
                                                                                                                                                        adjacent yacht marina. Here, you will be
                                                                                                                                                        tempted with all the sporting action your
                                                                                                                                                        heart desires – fishing, diving, snorkeling,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           RHINO FROM TSHWANE
                                                                                                                                                        windsurfing, sailing, kayaking or water-
                                                                                                                                                        skiing. The superb Sanctuary Spa offers
                                                                                                                                                        an array of treatments from Swedish
                                                                                                                                                                                                            PLACE OF SAFETY!!
                                                                                                                                                        massages to milk baths and will help you
                                                                                                                                                        succumb to pure bliss.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          TWINS LEILA AND CONNOR, FIND
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ADOPTIVE PARENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Through the Drumbeat Magazine!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                         In the December/January edition of DRUMBEAT we highlighted the plight of these twins who were brought in weighing just 700g and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          800g. After spending three months in Neonatal Intensive Care, they were ready to come home, but the dilemma of who would adopt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      them had to be faced. Leila was HIV negative, but Connor was positive!

                                                                                                                                                                                                         The story touched the heart of one of our readers, and the twins will soon have their very own home with their new adopted parents.
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Some feedback from our clients....
                                                                                                                                                                  MAGALIESBERG, NORTHWEST                       BUSH HOUSE                                       THAKADU RIVER CAMP                               PHOPHONYANE FALLS LODGE AND
                                                                                                                                                                          PROVINCE                              Your Home in the Big Five Country in the         Thakadu River Camp is an ecotourism              NATURE RESERVE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. We            partnership between North-West Parks,            Amidst this place of legendary romance and
                                                                                                                                                              LESEDI AFRICAN LODGE AND                          are not your normal Game Lodge- we pride         the Molatedi Community and the operator,         breathtaking natural scenery, the
                                                                                                                                                              CULTURAL VILLAGE                                  ourselves in offering a home away from           The Madikwe Collection. The community            Phophonyane Falls Lodge and Nature
          and some re-assuring news from the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe side                                                                                      Lesedi African Lodge & Cultural Village,
                                                                                                                                                              Cradle of Living African Culture, in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                home atmosphere. A relaxing, informal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                hideaway that encourages guests to kick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 has a 45-year lease to operate a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 commercial lodge with traversing rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reserve is a unique and special place. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  team of friendly Swazi staff welcome you to
                                                                              ………………Boma Dinner is a must for anyone visiting the Victoria Falls,             Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, awaits         off their shoes, unwind and leave the stress     across the Madikwe Game Reserve. The             this tranquil nature lover's paradise set in a
We are back in Boston (I wish we were still in SA). Just wanted to write      such a good insight into the culture and a very memorable event.                those willing to participate in an adventure      of the big city behind. What makes the           concept is unique in South Africa in that the    500 hectare nature reserve with dramatic
and let you know that everything went very smoothly. The trip to Victoria                                                                                     that reveals the mystical cultures and            Bush House different? Perhaps it's in the        community owns the development, with             mountain scenery, spectacular waterfalls
                                                                                                                                                              traditions of the people of Africa, steeped in    people who make you feel so warmly               substantial benefits accruing back to the        and rich indigenous forest. Choose between
Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel were really wonderful. We felt so badly    We did manage to get a very quick trip organised to the Zambian side of the     tribal folklore and ancestral traditions.         welcome, at the bar after your game drive,                                                        comfortable cottages, riverside safari tents or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 community itself. Thakadu River Camp is
for the people in Zimbabwe. Tourism is down 70% and they really need          Victoria Falls and were very happy to have done so as the view is so            Lesedi is the Sotho word that means "light".      at the brunch table, or in the boma for          set within the riverine canopy along the         rustic and traditional Swazi beehives, each
the business. The people in VF were really sweet. We wanted to help and                                                                                       and that is exactly what we want all our          dinner under the stars. We pride ourselves       banks of the Marico River and consists of        blending into the lush sub-tropical forest.
                                                                              different from that side.                                                       guests to see! Lesedi is a multi-cultural         on really caring for our guests and being                                                         Enjoy healthy home-cooked meals and fine
left them with good size tips. I highly recommend the Zimbabwe side. It                                                                                                                                                                                          12 tented suites, each with their own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wines in our beautiful restaurant with a
                                                                                                                                                              village set amongst the pristine bushveld         attentive to their needs. Our shady garden       viewing deck overlooking the river. The
was a little tough with all the vendors trying to get you to buy something.   Chobe River cruise was unbelievable, so many elephants and hippos it was        and rocky hills - a mere 45 minutes' drive        with rolling green lawn encourages lazing                                                         roaring log fire. Small library, internet and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tents are spacious and are superbly
(Some people might be bothered by their insistence but they were just         mind blowing. The afternoon road trip was very hot and not done at the          away from Sandton, Randburg and Pretoria.         by the pool whilst watching the game at the      decorated and appointed. 4 of the tents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  conference room. Refreshing natural rock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pools, a stunning hilltop pool with views,
desperate to sell-they were very nice ). We bought what we could but          correct time of the day so we did not see many animals once we left the river   The villages within Lesedi represent five         nearby waterhole. The Health and Beauty          are set to one side and make up Little           walks, hikes, excellent birdwatching and
realized too late that we could have easily bought much more and just left                                                                                    traditional homesteads - the Zulus with their     salon offers a wide range of pampering           Thakadu which is perfect for families or
                                                                              bank, but it was an experience and we got to see the real bush.                                                                                                                                                                     small game. A secluded hideaway for
                                                                                                                                                              fighting sticks and cozy beehive huts, the        treatments for the quiet time between            small groups of up to 8 people.
it behind in the hotel. Most people were happy selling you something for a                                                                                    Xhosa with their perfectly thatched               brunch and game drives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  travellers seeking a magical retreat. R420 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This lodge has a phenomenal atmosphere           R690 pps with breakfast. Conferences.
couple of dollars - we just couldn't see carrying more stuff, so we had to    Walk with the Lions a must do in our opinion, what a privilege to be allowed    rondavels and distinctive white blankets, the     Come as a Guest and leave as a friend!           due to the foundations upon which it is built    Children welcome. 3 Self-catering Cottages.
limit our purchases. The Falls were spectacular as was the hotel. The         into the world of lions and get up close and personal. Very worthwhile, so      rhythmic drums and whistles of the Pedi                                                            and the gratitude of the community which it      6 Safari Tents. 2 Swazi Beehives
included Falls tour was enjoyable. The sunset cruise was worthwhile as                                                                                        tribe, the conical straw huts and thick,          ETALI SAFARI LODGE                               is helping to build.
                                                                              many people have asked us if were scared and we can say no it was a real        colored blankets of the Basotho and the                                                                                                                             ZAMBIA
well                                                                          joy.                                                                            symmetrical architecture and beaded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Out of the heart of Madikwe Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reserve, nurtured by Mother Africa's rich                                                         MWAMBASHI RIVER LODGE – LOWER
                                                                                                                                                              costumes of the Ndebele.                                                                                                                            ZAMBEZI PARK
We loved Cape Town and the whole surrounding area. It was just                                                                                                                                                  red soil, Etali Safari Lodge, eco-friendly
                                                                              In hindsight we should have had another day at Victoria Falls as there is so                                                                                                                                                        Lazing on the banks of the Zambezi River, a
                                                                                                                                                              MAROPENG                                          architecture in harmony with its natural         BIG GAME PARKS
beautiful. Quite a contrast from JoBurg. Finally Le Franschhoek was           much to see and do but three days were better than not going at all, it was                                                                                                        The Kingdom of Swaziland's Big Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  short 30-minute charter hop from Lusaka or
                                                                                                                                                              Maropeng, meaning 'returning to the place         environment, rises to meet you with lavish                                                        Livingstone, Mwambashi River Lodge
beautiful.                                                                    marvellous.                                                                     of our origins' in Setswana, is the official      hospitality. Meals are light and healthy with    Parks is a private organisation which            weaves together abundant river life with the
Thanks for all your help and we will not hesitate to pass your name along                                                                                     visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind        lots of fresh seasonal and organically           governs three protected areas, Hlane             rich variety of wildlife that flourishes in the
to any other visitors heading to Southern Africa.                             CONTACT US FOR SOME WONDERFUL FLY IN PACKAGES TO                                World Heritage Site.                              grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. Relax in      Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife           Lower Zambezi National Park.
                                                                              VICTORIA FALLS, CHOBE AND THE OKAVANGO DELTA                                    Maropeng offers contemporary conference           the caring hands of qualified beauty             Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve.               Mwambashi's 7 luxury tented rooms and
                                                                                                                                                              facilities for up to 500 delegates at the                                                          These enjoy a common management, have            remarkable open-air Zambezi Suite all gaze
      LOOKING FOR A CONFERENCE VENUE?                                                                                          Tumulus building. The three event rooms           therapists and enjoy rejuvenating spa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a good choice of accommodation ranging           out over the vast reaches of the river. Here,
                                                                                                                                                              can be used for conferences, corporate            treatments overlooking the endless
 Contact us on or consult our                                                                                                           events, weddings and other special                savannah. Get closer to the heartbeat of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from camping and backpacking to luxury           from the breathless quiet of your private
                                                                              I got back to Joburg last night and just wanted to say that Lorna and I had a                                                                                                      catered and self catered accommodation, a        viewing deck, watch the stately progress of
           website                                       marvellous time in Botswana. Camp Okavango was great with the walking           occasions. In addition, the Tumulus building      Africa and experience the exciting               wide diversity of habitats and a number of       hippo, buffalo and elephant through the
                                                                                                                                                              has expansive open areas that can be used         unpredictability of an early morning-game        exciting activities. Chubeka trails offers       camp, and adjust to the slow rhythms of the
                                                                              safaris and the boat trips and Savute for the drier experience and we did       for product launches, events, corporate                                                            the keen outdoor enthusiast the opportunity      river. For adventurers, the adrenalin rush of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                drive with an expert ranger. Africa's Big Five
Just wanted to say thanks for getting our trip to Vic Falls sorted at such    see lion leopard elephant etc. though realise that we were in low season as     functions, exhibitions, displays and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to see Swaziland at its best on horseback,       tiger fishing, heart-hammering moments
                                                                                                                                                              showcases. A marquee can be set up on the         (including the endangered black rhino), the
short notice. We arrived home yesterday and had an absolutely fantastic       far as some things went. Even managed to meet the Desert and Delta                                                                African wild dog (the world's most               mountain bike and on foot.                       canoeing between hippo and elephant, and a
                                                                                                                                                              grounds at Maropeng for events larger than                                                                                                          rare, unfiltered Big 5 experience; for the
time. The falls themselves were stunning (and the helicopter flight was       boss's son, John Gibson, now joining his father in the business and going       500 guests. The 4-star boutique hotel at          endangered canine), cheetah, giraffe and         Enjoy a rich and friendly Swazi blend of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wildlife, culture and adventure at Big Game      quieter souls, the quiet riverside pool deck,
definitely worthwhile, gives a completely different perspective). The Vic     around the camps with his British girlfriend.                                   Maropeng has 13 twin rooms, 10 king rooms         many other glorious species can be seen                                                           the well-stocked library and the shady cool of
                                                                                                                                                              and one wheel-chair accessible room.                                                               Parks, or stay at Reilly's Rock and enjoy
Falls Safari Lodge was beautiful too, food, surroundings and most                                                                                                                                               on the famous Madikwe Plains at any given
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 original colonial hospitality.                   the central Setengi boma. Whatever your
                                                                                                                                                              Public facilities include a stylish yet cosy
importantly, staff were great (very helpful with anything we needed for our   Thought both camps very well run and the transfers all worked well, and the     lounge with a fireplace, a chic restaurant and    time. Etali, meaning 'a new beginning'                                                            preference, Mwambashi River Lodge is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                respects the privacy of guests while                                                              milestone experience in any journey, in any
little boy Thomas).                                                           guides first class. We both thoroughly enjoyed ouselves. It was a good mix      bar leading out onto a patio and swimming                                                          FORESTERS ARMS
                                                                                                                                                              pool overlooking the Magaliesberg and             offering impeccable personal attention.          Foresters Arms, only 27km from Mbabane
                                                                              of just us in camp and time with other visitors.                                Witwatersberg mountains
A very memorable holiday! Thanks again,                                       I go back at the end of this week and will recommend you to any one who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make your own new beginning at Etali - It’s      on a scenic tarred road, is surrounded by                    ZIMBABWE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the right place.                                 mountains and forests in the heart of the
Joanne                                                                        needs travelling help in Southern Africa.                                             MADIKWE GAME RESERVE                                                                         Kingdom of Swaziland. Colourful gardens          MEIKLES HOTEL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                JACI'S SAFARI LODGE & JACI'S                     and beautiful views provide a serene             Meikles Hotel is universally regarded as
CONTACT GREEN RHINO FOR SOME EXTRA “SPECIALS” ON                                                                                                              BUFFALO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE                                                                         setting, reflected in the lounges, bar and       Zimbabwe's premier hospitality
                                                                              Thank you again                                                                 Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a five star lodge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                TREE LODGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 restaurant warmed by roaring log fires.          establishment, with a colourful history dating
ROVOS RAIL, THE MOST LUXURIOUS TRAIN IN THE WORLD.                            Best wishes                                                                     situated at a prime site in the west of the       Jaci's Safari and Jaci's Tree Lodges in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  back to its opening in November 1915 and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Madikwe Game Reserve where you can               Delicious meals are prepared and served
DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES ARE FEATURED ON                                    Sarah Hann, UK                                                                  Madikwe Game Reserve. The inception of this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with care and pride. Country walks, horse        reputation second to none for standards of
                                                                                                                                                              exclusive lodge has an exceptionally inspiring    encounter the “Top 10” animals on game                                                            service, cuisine, amenities and facilities.                                                                                                                                                                                            drive while visiting Jaci and Jan at their       riding, trout fishing, golf, tennis and squash
                                                                                                                                                              story to it in terms of local community                                                                                                             Overlooking the attractive Africa Unity
                                                                               RELATIVES AND FRIENDS COMING OUT TO VISIT YOU? CLICK                           upliftment, business smart, outstanding           truly African Lodges enhanced by superb          nearby. Pool and Sauna. Children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Square in Harare's central business district,
                                                                               ONTO “CHOICE DESTINATIONS” AND “SUGGESTED                                      management and of course, breathtaking            personal service and a very intimate safari      welcome. Malaria free.
All your arrangements in Victoria Falls were superb. For me, this was the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the hotel has 287 rooms and 30 suites, as
                                                                               ITINERARIES                                               location and lavish accommodation. Offering       experience. S p a c i o u s o p e n p l a n                                                       well as a large selection of conference and
highlight of our trip. The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was excellent. The                                                                                     a very private experience, Buffalo Ridge          buildings include magnificent bar and                                                             banqueting rooms to cater for a range of local
transfer personnel were professional and competent. The evening cruise                                                                                        Safari Lodge has eight uniquely decorated         lounge areas. Unique interiors proudly                                                            and international users' requirements. The
on the Zambesi River was memorable. The helicopter flight over the falls                                                                                      suites, each with their own deck which            showcase the vibrant colours and crafts of                                                        award-winning La Fontaine Grill Room –
was done with skill and precision. I was never able to reconcile our many
positive experiences in Victoria Falls with daily reports of misere in
                                                                                FOR BEST DEALS, SPECIALS &
                                                                                                                               provides guests with expansive views to the
                                                                                                                                                              north. This 8-room (16-bed) luxury facility,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Southern Africa. Children of all ages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                welcome. Malaria free with 340 species
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  celebrating its 50th anniversary in 208 – and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Pavilion restaurant offer top-quality

cholera-ridden Mugabeland. It was as if Victoria Falls functions outside
Zimbabwe. Perhaps it does.
                                                                                DISCOUNTED TRAVEL CONTACT                                                     which has been in operation for just over a
                                                                                                                                                              year, was skillfully designed by Nick Plewman
                                                                                                                                                              - an acclaimed small lodge designer - to blend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of birds to be experienced and enjoyed.                                                           dining facilities, while other facilities include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cocktail bars, lounge, business centre,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  beauty centre and sauna, as well as retail
Jim Williams, U S A                                                                                                             with the beauty of the natural surrounds.
                                                                                                                                                              Decorated in natural hews of colour and
                                                                                                                                                              texture, the thatched suites have sliding doors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shops. Special Club Floors offer additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  comforts, as well as private dining and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  relaxation facilities, as well as masseur
    CONTACT                                                                         from each room and shower which allow the
                                                                                                                                                              guest to fully experience the concept of
                                                                                                                                                              complete integration with the bushveld.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  service. Meikles Hotel has been a member of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Leading Hotels of the World since
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GOMO GOMO GAME LODGE                                 MONWANA LODGE- THORNYBUSH                       SAFARILANDS GAME RESERVE                         COURT CLASSIQUE SUITE HOTEL,                        Back in Germany and back to work again.                                             NEWS FROM CAPE TOWN
Gomo Gomo is a private and intimate camp             GAME RESERVE                                    Safarilands Game Reserve is nestled at the       PRETORIA                                                                                                                                (Extract from Jambo Guest House's recent newsletter – Jambo
situated in the prestigious Associated Private       Monwana Lodge is a four star superior,          foothills of the malaria free Waterberg          The Four star COURT CLASSIQUE (Best                                                                                                     Guest House is in Greenpoint near to the new 2010 World Cup
Nature Reserve. We are located in in the             exclusive game lodge, consisting of six air                                                      All Suite Hotel in SA 2005) is situated in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wanted to point out the real excellent choice you have made for us for the
                                                                                                     Mountains just 40km from Lephalale
eastern part of the Reserve, bordering on the        conditioned luxury suites. The lodge is run     (Limpopo Province, South Africa).                upmarket diplomatic suburb of Arcadia,              stay from january 12th to 17th 2009 in the Royal Meander Manor                      Stadium)
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on the one          in a friendly, homely atmosphere                Safarilands offers an exciting range of          Pretoria. We offer free wireless internet,          Guesthouse at Shaka's Rock.
side and the Klaserie Private nature Reserve         encouraging guests to relax and enjoy           camps and lodges namely Bobidi Safari            free transfers in Pretoria (7am – 4pm               We enjoyed every minute there.                                                      Construction of the Green Point Stadium is continuing ahead of schedule.
on the other, giving you the best of both            themselves. Monwana Lodge is situated           Lodge, Palala River Lodge, Camp Mabula           weekdays) & 58 boutique style suites. Pet -                                                                                             Fitting of the roof sections began in September and this will continue for
worlds. Our traversing area is +- 5000ha             in the Thornybush Game Reserve, which                                                            , child and disabled friendly. Our adjacent
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The spacious room, the well and nice furnished location, the warm welcome
                                                                                                     (self-catering) and the unique Bushmen-
with an excellent possibility of coming face to      shares common boundaries with the               San Village Tented Camp. Let Safarilands         three star property, THE SENTINEL                   by the staff, the lovely surrounding, the lush and clean garden with the nice       approximately a year. This part is a joint venture between an American and
face with the Big 5 and numerous other               Greater Kruger National Park and is             Game Reserve spoil you with their lodges,        EXECUTIVE APARTMENT HOTEL, caters                   pool, the well doing massages we had and the lovely food prepared by the            a German company. Dates for the Cape Town matches are 8, 11, 14, 18,
mammals and bird species. A maximum of               approximately 12 000 hectares in size.          tempt you with the ideal conference or           for long stay and self-drive clientele.             excellent chef.                                                                     21, 24 June and 3 & 7 July, the last date being a semi-final.
16 guests are accommodated in fully                  This is big 5 country in the heart of South     functions, or excite you with their
furnished, brick and thatch luxury en-suite          Africa's pristine bushveld. Monwana                                                              CRICKLEWOOD MANOR                                   For all questions there was always and answer and a solution.
                                                                                                     adventures and activities. Let Safarilands
chalets with with electricity and air-               Lodge is located on the seasonal                take you to “…here I am were I ought to          With the grandeur of a bygone era,                  We really enjoyed that time and felt relaxed.
conditioning.                                        Monwana River. The waterhole is                 be….”                                            Cricklewood Manor is resplendent in luxury.         Without any doubt, you can send people there.                                       During September president Sepp Blatter along with some other FIFA
                                                     strategically positioned so that animals are                                                     Centrally located in the prestigious                A luxurious guesthouse with an excellent service and an all over friendly           heavyweights visited South Africa to assess the preparations for the World
KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – TIMBAVATI                     always within view. The Monwana river is        SHIBULA LODGE, Welgevonden                       neighbourhood of Waterkloof in Pretoria,
Kambaku Safari Lodge is situated in the                                                                                                                                                                   staff ( from the guy at the security gate, over the guys keeping up the garden,     Cup. He was mobbed during a visit to the Green Point construction site and
                                                     the ecological backbone of the Thornybush       Situated in the breathtaking Waterberg           South Africa, Cricklewood Manor is ideal for
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is           Game Reserve, flowing briefly after heavy       area, the Welgevonden Game Reserve is            discerning business, leisure and diplomatic         room mates, service personal up to the managing director. )                         said "We have no concerns whatsoever. We are going to organise and
open to the world renowned Kruger National           rains. Thornybush Game Reserve is well          only 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg.        guests, with 30 luxury double suites                                                                                                    deliver this World Cup and it will be a great success, the best World Cup
Park. The camp is well situated in this              known for its abundance of game. There is       Rated on numerous occasions as one of            available. Six Conference Rooms, two                                                                                                    ever"
unspoilt natural wilderness area, home to an
                                                                                                                                                                                                          And an excellent value for money ratio.
                                                     a great diversity of animal and birdlife with   the top 10 romantic bush destinations in         sundecks and verdant gardens are perfect
astonishing array of animals including the Big       over 56 mammal and 300 bird species.            SA, Shibula guarantees its guests an             for conferences, events and weddings of up          Kind regards and thanks again for having us booked into that lovely place.
Five. Kambaku Safari Lodge provides the                                                              unforgettable experience. Guests have a          to 70 guests. Cricklewood Manor is a mere           Dieter Heckel                                                                       What better place to stay than at Jambo Guest House which is situated in
ultimate escape from busy schedules, with            MOTSWARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE -                 choice of nine luxurious furnished chalets,      five minutes' drive from Pretoria's CBD,                                                                                                prime position for the games, diagonally across from the new stadium ! We
only seven well appointed thatched chalets           TIMBAVATI                                       all fitted with en suite bathrooms, private      near all major highways and close to most           BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR TRAVEL CLUB AND ENJOY READING
overlooking our own private water hole.              Arrive at Motswari game reserve as a visitor                                                                                                                                                                                             must commend all who are involved in the building of the new stadium.
                                                                                                     patios, inside and outside showers, some         embassies and government buildings, the             ALL ABOUT OUR WEEKLY NEWS AND SPECIALS. ITS FREE! SO
Attracting guests from around the world,             and leave as a friend.” Set in the Timbavati,   with Jacuzzi and some with splash pool.          best shopping malls, restaurants, golf                                                                                                  Green Point is one big construction site. Roads are dug up and moved and
Kambaku Safari Lodge offers superior                 part of the Greater Kruger National Park,                                                                                                            WRITE TO US ON AND WE WILL ADD YOU                            new traffic lights established in unfamiliar places. Bedlam would you say ?
                                                                                                     We pride ourselves in offering our guest         clubs, gyms, hospitals, entertainment
standards in all our facilities. Our qualified       you are assured of rich game viewing as our     an extensive choice of diverse activities        venues and game parks in Pretoria.                  TO OUR DATA BASE.                                                                   Chaos ? No, not at all. We have felt no disturbance whatsoever here at
staff will cater to the individual needs of all of   boundary with Kruger is open. In operation      and facilities – game drives, bush walks,
our guests. With scrumptious bush cuisine in         for 30 years as an original traditional game                                                     THE SAFARI CLUB SA, KEMPTON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jambo and we are looking forward to "The Best World Cup ever "
                                                                                                     spa treatments, wine cellar, curio shop.                                                             And some rather nice feedback from Rosedale B&B in the Eastern Cape,
a relaxed , rustic setting our guests can truly      lodge. Here nature is unaffected by man's       Guests can indulge in Shibula's gourmet          PARK, OR TAMBO AIRPORT
                                                     need to shape his environment. Family-                                                                                                               near Addo
unwind and immerse themselves in the                                                                 cuisine and the friendly staff is there to       Superior accommodation at OR Tambo                                                                                                      After 10 years of thinking about it Cape Town station is at last to get
restorative powers of nature.                        owned, we pride ourselves on our                                                                 International Airport. The concept behind
                                                                                                     provide the guests with excellent service.                                                                                                                                               upgraded. It is planned to spend R480 million and to be completed in time
                                                     conservation values, exquisite cuisine,                                                          Safari Club SA is to offer personal service to      Concerning Rosedale, you should really go and visit it yourself. It is
 MHONDORO GAME LODGE -                               award-winning wines, luxurious                                                                   all our clients. Every room is carefully                                                                                                for the 2010 Soccer World Cup as trains will be an important form of
                                                                                                      UMLANI BUSH CAMP, nr Kruger                                                                         amazing with what kind of friendliness and hospitality the guest farm is run
 WATERBERG                                           accommodation and hospitality. Our 15                                                            decorated to a specific area eg. Kalahari                                                                                               transport for the fans. The site owners have promised to be very creative
                                                     thatched, en suite bungalows are decorated
                                                                                                      National Park
                                                                                                                                                      room, Etosha room, Okavango room etc.               by Keith and his lovely wife Nondumiso with whom we've spent hours
 Mhondoro Game Lodge, in the heart of the                                                             * Quality Big 5 game viewing                                                                                                                                                            and include family restaurants, retail shops and tourism activities. Cape
 Waterberg's stunning malaria free                   in understated, natural materials, have air                                                      Public areas consist of lounges, bar,               chatting, laughing and watching a hilarious Leon Schuster movie. They
                                                                                                      * Part of the Greater Kruger National Park      business centre and separate breakfast                                                                                                  Town Tourism is planning to open a new office there.
 Welgevonden Game Reserve, is the                    conditioning, mosquito nets and
                                                                                                      * Award-winning cuisine                                                                             made us feel part of the family. The accommodation is kind of basic, no
 ultimate game viewing and relaxation                spectacular bush and river views.                                                                room. A new swimming pool has been
                                                                                                      * Game drives in open Landrovers                                                                    superfluous things like TV's (which I liked), tastefully furnished and
 experience only 2.5 hours drive from                Professional rangers and skilled, local                                                          installed for those hot summer afternoons.                                                                                              In May this year Cape Town was announced as Africa's leading destination
                                                     trackers guide your excursions into the
                                                                                                      * Bush walks                                    The bar theme has been dedicated to the             decorated, you could enjoy being close to an unspoilt nature, wake up with
 Johannesburg. The 5 star luxury                                                                      * Comfortable rustic accommodation                                                                                                                                                      by the prestigious World Travel Awards. Travel professionals and their
 accommodation, superb cuisine and                   bush. With almost 150 square kilometres                                                          famous Nguni cattle and covered with                birds' songs and head for a divine organic breakfast with Keith's home
                                                                                                      * Rock pool                                     beautiful memorabilia. The advantage of                                                                                                 clients regard the awards as the best endorsement that any travel product
 intimate surroundings combine to ensure             untamed wilderness, Motswari is an
                                                                                                      * All local drinks included                                                                         made bread. I'm sure it is not for everybody, as people who are spoilt and
 you have the definitive bush experience.            unforgettable experience.                                                                        staying at Safari Club SA, apart from luxury                                                                                            could recieve. Globally it is considered as the Oscars of the travel industry.
                                                                                                      * Rated "excellent" by 94% of guests.           accommodation and superior service, is you          expect a certain level of luxury they will not find it there.
 Our qualified rangers will show you all the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was also voted the number 3 City in the World and the top city in Africa in
                                                                                                                                                      only 4 minutes from the gateway to Southern
 reserve has to offer including the big 5 and a      POPALLIN SAFARI RANCH                                          GAUTENG                                                                                                                                                                   the Travel & Leisure Magazine 2008 Worlds Best Awards Readers Survey.
                                                                                                                                                      Africa, OR Tambo Airport. Safari Club SA            But if you want to arrive as a guest and leave as a friend - this is the place to
 wealth of bird and plant species. Be it a           On the banks of the Nwanedzi and
                                                                                                                                                      consist of 17 en-suite rooms, all with TV, air-
 game drive, a bush walk or just relaxing on         Limpopo Rivers lies 10 000ha of unspoilt                                                         conditioning and tea and coffee facilities. We      head for. Apart from that, it's definitely the most child friendly place we've
 the deck watching the sun go down,                  bushveld which is Popallin Safari Ranch.        ABAFAZI GUEST HOUSE, MENLYN                                                                                                                                                              Cape Town has been named as the UK Daily Telegraph and the Sunday
                                                                                                     PARK PRETORIA                                    offer complimentary airport transfers.              experienced on our tour.
 Mhondoro will give you a warm family                An open-air lapa with dining area, bar                                                                                                                                                                                                   Telegraph readers' favourite city in the world in it's 2008 Travel Awards,
                                                                                                     Abafazi Guest House is situated 2.5km East
 atmosphere and professional attention to            facilities, comfortable lounge, area, plunge
                                                                                                     of Menlyn Park Mall/Shopping Centre,
                                                                                                                                                      WHISTLETREE LODGE, QUEENSWOOD,                                                                                                          beating Sydney, San Francisco and Vancouver. Cape Town was also voted
 detail that will leave a lasting impression.        pool and well-equipped gym are available.                                                        PRETORIA                                            Mit freundlichen Grüßen
                                                                                                     walking distance to Virgin Active Gym,                                                                                                                                                   the top city in africa and the middle east by the Conde Nast Traveler
                                                     While dining on the large deck or sipping       restaurants and Spa's. We offer the business     Originally built before 1900, the Lodge is set      Kind regards
MONATE PRIVATE GAME LODGE                            cocktails in the gazebo, guests can enjoy                                                        on the slopes of a wooded hill in a spacious                                                                                            Readers Choice Awards.
                                                                                                     and holiday traveler comfortable, stylish and                                                        Brigitte Jaeger
Discover the gem of the bushveld… Monate             viewing the wildlife on the banks of the        modern accommodation with a very spacious        landscape of trees, lawns and gardens close
Game Lodge is an elegant & peaceful break            river. Popallin Safari Ranch is ideal for       En-Suite Room which has a beautiful              to Rovos Rail, Embassies and the University.                                                                                            As if that is not enough, the Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille, won the 2008
away retreat where guests can enjoy the              outdoor adventures and offers guided                                                             Whistletree Lodge is delightfully different and
                                                                                                     spacious bathroom with bath and shower,
                                                                                                                                                      combines an atmosphere of old world charm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              World Mayor prize following an 18 month nomination and consultation
serenity of the bush whilst being treated like       hikes and horseback-riding on various           airconditioning, queen size bed, LCD satellite
royalty. The perfect corporate or weekend            trails, bird-watching, 4 x 4 quad bike tracks                                                    with a unique modern style. Spacious or                                                                                                 process and beating the Mayors of Zurich (Switzerland) and Chacao
                                                                                                     TV, bar fridge, coffee and tea facilities,
escape.                                              in challenging terrain, and an opportunity      snacks, soft drinks and personal amenities.      cosy en suite bedrooms are distinctively                                                                                                (Venezuela)
Monate offers an unsurpassed dining                  to visit a traditional Venda Village. Take      The Second Ensuite has 2 single beds and a       different to reflect the history of the Lodge.
experience designed to tantalize your taste          time to feel at one with nature while           double sleeper couch, full bathroom with bath    Swimming pool, tennis court and sauna
                                                                                                                                                      available.                                          Some feedback on our stay at Gomo Gomo - it went very well, we were well            Still on the subject of awards two Cape Town based scientists have taken
buds, served in different settings, such as our      enjoying a round of golf on the DDV             and shower, airconditioning, LCD satellite TV,
unique natural cave, the open bush or around         Designed, nine hole, Par 3, 4 and 5 Golf        bar fridge, coffee and tea facilities, snacks,                                                       looked after, and it's a fantastic place. My daughters called it "our best          top honours in an international conservation award sponsored by National
                                                                                                                                                      ZEBRA COUNTRY LODGE, nr Pretoria
the lodge campfire. Our professional and             Course. The course, with a total length of      soft drinks and personal amenities. We have      Comfortable country living in a tranquil setting,   holiday ever", so high praise indeed! Thanks for identifying this lodge for         Geographic Deutschland and Deutsch Lufthansa. Dr Samantha Petersen
enthusiastic Game Rangers conduct                    4000 meters, is completely fenced,              2 Meeting/training/function rooms fully                                                                                                                                                  took first place in the 2008 Environment Programme on Migratory Species
                                                                                                     equipped including air conditioners. The
                                                                                                                                                      has never been more accessible. This 400 ha         us. You might want to note that when we went on the 3rd Jan Gomo Gomo
adventurous game drives - share in their             affording the golfer a relaxed and                                                               nature reserve and country retreat, with a                                                                                              Conservation for her work on the impact of commercial fishing on seabirds,
fascinating knowledge about our cheetah              enjoyable golfing experience in a natural,      tables can be arranged board room, class                                                             had just changed to new accomodation closer to the entrance gate - so
                                                                                                                                                      variety of general game, is situated only thirty                                                                                        turtles and sharks. Dr Ross Wanless took third prize for his research into
rewilding and brown hyena research projects.         unspoilt environment.                           room, u-shaped or whatever the requirement.      minutes drive north-east of Pretoria. Its range     you'll need a new map on how to get there.
Monate's exceptional & vibrant team will                                                             Catering provided. Abafazi guest house           of different lodges and activities makes it the                                                                                         the impact of the introduced house mouse on the seabirds of Gough Island.
ensure that your visit is an overwhelming and                                                        believes in offering our guests the privacy      perfect weekend getaway and a popular
                                                                                                     which they enjoy at home with friendly and                                                           Contact Green Rhino for more information on the “NEW” Gomo
memorable success. Monate Welcomes You!                                                                                                               conference and wedding venue.
Malaria Free.                                                                                        helpful staff.                                                                                       Gomo – still the best value for money Safari Lodge in all of Kruger!
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A little further afield, out in our Winelands, two distilleries claimed top         The second misconception is that these buses are only a means to an               THREE TREE HILL LODGE – Spioenkop                                MPUMALANGA                         MISTY MOUNTAINMisty Mountain is                CAMP SHAWU
honours for their brandies. At the 2008 International Wine & Spirit                                                                                                   (Battlefields)                                                                                      situated on the Long Tom Pass,
                                                                                    end – a way of getting from A to B. My suggestion is that they should be          Where the history of the Anglo-Boer war             ARATHUSA SAFARI LODGE                           Mpumalanga, between Sabie and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Camp Shawu, based deep in the heart of
Competition held in London Van Rhyn's 20 Year Old Collectors Reserve                regarded as an end in themselves: a marvellous day outing on a bus-top.           unfolds in a secluded environment, this             Arathusa Safari Lodge is a charming and                                                        the Kruger National Park bears the name of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lydenburg on the famous Panorama               one of the magnificent elephant tuskers of
won the Worldwide Best Brandy Trophy and a Gold Medal. The 10 Year Old                                                                                                Lodge overlooks the battlefield of                  intimate camp located in the northern           Route and close to the Kruger National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sector of the coveted Sabi Sand Reserve,                                                       yesteryear. Situated in the 15,000 hectare
also won a gold medal while the 12 and 15 Year Olds won silver. Oude                The way I did my Topless Bus tour – and you might want to do the same –           Spioenkop, adjoining the Spioenkop Nature                                                           Park. Misty Mountain is 320 kms from           South Eastern tip of the Mpanamana
Meester Reserve 12 Year Old was also top in it's class and a gold medallist.                                                                                          Reserve, which contains a variety of game           adjacent to the Kruger National Park. As a      JHB International Airport and 70 kms from
                                                                                    is first to stay on the bus for the whole round trip (start rather early in the   and 270 recorded bird species. The lodge is         family-run concern, guests are guaranteed       Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         private concession area, this uniquely
I think a trip to the winelands is in order so we can try them out !                morning), then do the trip a second time but get off and on as you spot           constructed from wood and iron with                 a personable experience representative of                                                      designed camp comprises only five suites,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Misty Mountain is an owner-managed             each with private decks overlooking the
                                                                                    something you would like to visit. Obvious stops are at Greenmarket               magnificent views. Sister to Fugitives Drift        true South African hospitality. Its excellent   country hotel with a relaxed, informal and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          value for money is but one of the unique                                                       Mpanamana dam framed by the majestic
Despite the major dip in the global airline industry, several airlines have         Square, the Castle, the Cable Car, Kirstenbosch, World of Birds, Camps            Lodge offering Battlefield tours and fine                                                           family-friendly atmosphere. 27 country         Lebombo mountains.            Authentically
targeted South Africa as a key destination in the build-up to next year's                                                                                             hospitality.                                        selling points of this popular lodge.           chalets, consisting of studio units and
                                                                                    Bay beach, and whatever else you fancy. Taking into account that the                                                                  Each of the 10 luxurious suites is elegantly    family units, all with en-suite bathrooms,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         constructed dung walls from outside,
Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. Qatar Airways added two                  bus ticket price knocks a bit off the entry fee to some of these attractions,     WHITE ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE                         adorned, with private en-suite facilities, an                                                  combined with canvas on the inside and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          open log fires, tea/coffee making facilities   completed by shaggy style thatching, each
extra flights a week in August and a further flight this month while British        it is a tremendous way to explore your own city – and you will never have           Situated within the socio-economically            outdoor shower and a shaded verandah            and private verandahs with stunning
                                                                                                                                                                      viable “Big 5” Pongola Game Reserve, White          overlooking a massive waterhole.                                                               very large room is luxuriously equipped
Airways last week confirmed that it will add five flights to its existing double-   to worry about transport or parking.                                                                                                                                                  views. Facilities include restaurant, pub,     with romantic ball and claw bath, sitting
daily schedule between Johannesburg and London from March next year.                                                                                                  Elephant invites you to re-awaken your              Sumptuous home cooked meals are the             comfortable lounge and TV room, indoor
                                                                                                                                                                      senses, celebrate the harmonies of nature           order of the day. Dinners are served under                                                     room facing an open fireplace, ceiling fans,
This will take the weekly offering to 19 flights a week. And from the end of                                                                                                                                                                                              games room, children's playground.             mosquito nets and outside shower. A large
                                                                                    One of the best features is that it starts and ends at the V&A Waterfront,        and wonder at the magical simplicities that         the blanket of stars in the traditional boma.   Activities on site include birdwatching,
October, Lufthansa has reinstated its daily flight to Cape Town. Delta                                                                                                surround you. White Elephant Safari Lodge,          Guests are able to experience Africa's                                                         veranda with reclining chairs is the perfect
                                                                                    which must simply be one of the best tourist hang-outs in the world.                                                                                                                  walking (marked trails), mountain biking,      spot from which to view the game
Airlines now offer a flight from New York to Cape Town with just one                                                                                                  the epitome of classic décor, elegant dining,       finest wildlife (including the Big Five)        guided quad biking and trout fishing.
                                                                                    Bracketing your bus rides between breakfast at the V&A while watching             dedicated service and refined simplicity            during game drives and walks – guided by                                                       congregating at the water hole
refuelling stop in Dakar.                                                           seals play in the green water, and sundowners on the quay with ships              captures the history and romance of the             professional, entertaining and                  RISSINGTON INN, HAZYVIEW
                                                                                    coming into harbour under a slanting sun – holiday bliss.                         bygone “colonial era”. The luxurious, safari-       experienced rangers. One of the many            Tucked away just outside Hazyview lies         CAMP SHONGA
                                                                                                                                                                      style tents provide a secluded retreat from         drawcards of the Arathusa safari is their       Rissington Inn, a thatched homestead with      Camp Shonga is situated in the 15,000
  TOPLESS IN CAPE TOWN by Niki Moore                                                Another reason why you might want to do the trip twice, is that getting the       which to view the unspoilt savannah                 first-class leopard viewing!                    long views over the Sabie River Valley.        hectare South Eastern tip of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mpanamana private concession area of the
                                                                                                                                                                      bushveld, the majestic Lebombo Mountains                                                            Relax by the pool, walk on the property for
  A list of the Top Ten things to do in Cape Town comes up with some                hang of the earphones and the little commentary box takes a little bit of         and the shimming waters of Lake Jozini. A                                                           sightings of spectacular birds, enjoy a        Kruger National Park.         This uniquely
  unmissables such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, an extremity-                   doing (I fiddled for ages getting the little socks over the earplugs). There      private, exclusive experience offering every                                                        cooling drink on the spacious verandah.        designed camp comprises only five luxury
  tingling dip in the sea, the Castle, whales in False Bay and the like. But        is a selection of language channels and even a kiddies' channel, which            comfort for your sojourn in the African                                                             Twin- and double-bedded suites and             tents, each with private decks. It is the ideal
                                                                                                                                                                      wilderness.                                                                                         rooms all have their own individual styles,    getaway for those seeking that little bit more
  I would venture to add another must-do to this list, and I am surprised           tailors the commentary for the littlies and includes fun facts and games to       See, hear, sense and savour the birth of an                                                                                                        than a regular safari.               Selected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          en-suite bathrooms and are protected from
  no one has picked up on it before: go topless through the city.                   keep them interested.                                                             African day at White Elephant and celebrate                                                         the hot sun by big shade trees. The            environmental awareness programmes
                                                                                                                                                                      the re-awakening of your soul. The eight                                                            magnificent Garden Suites have private         and guest participation in conservation
  By topless, of course, I mean the Cape Town Topless Bus. These are                But – I'm afraid there is one drawback. The voice in your ear is so prompt        luxurious tents, each with indulgent                                                                gardens and walled-off outdoor showers.        issues is the ethos of Camp Shonga and the
                                                                                                                                                                      bathroom, outdoor canvas shower, mosquito                                                           Rissington's à la Carte restaurant is          enthusiastic guides are more than willing to
  London-type double-decker red buses without a roof, which trundle                 and friendly that you find yourself asking it questions. A few times I            net, ceiling fan, personal mini bar and private                                                                                                    share their vast knowledge with the guests.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          renowned for the finest South African
  through the streets of Cape Town allowing passengers to hop on or                 enquired from the empty air the name of the ship that was parked in the           verandah, provide a secluded retreat in the                                                         cuisine, carefully prepared and                Game drives form a regular part of the daily
  hop off according to whim. There are two services: the Red Route,                 harbour, or who lived in Groote Schuur after CJ Rhodes had moved down             Pongola Game Reserve wilderness.                                                                    complemented by an extensive wine cellar.      activities. The camp accommodates ten
  which zig-zags through the city to all the usual attractions, and the Blue        to Muizenberg. And when lively tunes were being played between                                                                                                                                                                       guests at any one time in the luxuriously
                                                                                                                                                                             KRUGER NATIONAL PARK                                                                         SHISHANGENI PRIVATE LODGE                      equipped tents, all with en suite bathrooms,
  Route, which ventures further afield to Kirstenbosch, Hout Bay and all            commentaries, I found myself tunelessly singing along before stopping                                                                                                                                                                outdoor showers and private game viewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Modern elegance, combined with warm
  points between.                                                                   with a sheepish glance around. If my fellow passengers had not also               TRANSFRONTIERS WALKING SAFARIS –                                                                    hospitality, luxuriously appointed             decks. A splash pool is an added comfort to
                                                                                    been plugged in and therefore oblivious, I think I might have                     GREATER KRUGER                                                                                      furnishings and five star game viewing is a    enjoy in the heat of the summer.
  I recently spent two marvellous days on these buses, and discovered               embarrassed myself.                                                               A safari is a journey of the body and the soul,                                                     perfect combination for that unforgettable
                                                                                                                                                                      a venture into the unknown and an                   DJUMA GAME RESERVE – Sabi Sand                  African Safari which you will find at          LIMPOPO (FORMERLY) NORTHERN
  two misconceptions about this transport service. I would like to dispel                                                                                                                                                 Offering three camps in this prestigious                                                       PROVINCE
                                                                                                                                                                      opportunity to face some of the mysteries of                                                        Shishangeni private Lodge. Situated in
  them both.                                                                        If you would like to know more about the Topless Bus, you can contact             nature. With over 20 years of experience, we        game viewing Big 5 reserve. The more            15,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in
                                                                                    Shaun at or 021 511-6000. He is as chatty and                  still believe in the magic of the bush and strive   upmarket Vuyatela, where guests have            the south-eastern corner of the Kruger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          their own private house complete with                                                          ENTABENI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
  Firstly, a lot of people think these buses are for tourists. This is quite        charming as the bus itself.                                                       to offer that “once in a lifetime experience” to                                                    National Park, the lodge enjoys the            “The Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ? of the Mountain” is situated
                                                                                                                                                                      all our guests.                                     outdoor shower, and private pool. There         Crocodile River as its Southern border,
  correct – they are magnificent for tourists. They offer a safe and                                                                                                                                                      is also Bush Lodge and the comfortable                                                         in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere”
                                                                                                                                                                      Join us for an adventure of a lifetime with                                                         offering superb viewing of water bird,         of the Waterberg region. Less than a three-
  hassle-free commuter service to all Cape Town's major tourist                                                                                                       Transfrontiers in the exclusive Greater             self-catering Galago Camp ideal for small       hippopotamus and large herds of buffalo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          groups of 10 maximum. Game Drives are                                                          hour drive north of Johannesburg, this
  attractions, and the ticket price includes discounts on museum entry                                                                                                Kruger National Park! Unique and affordable,                                                        and elephant. The private concession           12000ha malaria-free reserve boasts five
  fees, cups of coffee and desserts at restaurants en route, a map of                                                                                                 we offer 3 or 4 night walking safaris from          offered in open Landrovers with                 stretches up along the border of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          experienced rangers and trackers and                                                           eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers
  Cape Town and a wonderful multi-language tour-guide commentary.                                                                                                     unfenced tented camps in the Klaserie and                                                           Mozambique. Family rooms are available         majestic craggy rock formations and wide
                                                                                                                                                                      Timbavati game reserves - inclusive of              bush walks are also available                   on request and children are welcome.
  (You get the headphones when you buy your ticket and you plug them                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     open grass plains. This is separated from the
                                                                                                                                                                      transfers between JNB and the Kruger, all                                                           There are specially designed activities        lower plateau by 600 metre high cliffs.
  in to the little red box next to your seat that gives you a recorded                                                                                                meals and all walks and drives. Max 12 per          JATINGA COUNTRY LODGE AND                       available for children, and in addition 44
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RESTAURANT                                                                                     Entabeni offers more than game sightings of
  commentary about the attractions that you are passing. The                                                                                                          camp, max 8 per walking trail, min age 16                                                           conference delegates can also be               the Big 5. Experience scenic helicopter
                                                                                                                                                                      (min age 12 if in groups of min 4 people). Self-    Indulge in laid back Colonial charm and         accommodated.
  commentary is linked to a GPS system, so you will be told about things                                                                                                                                                  tranquillity, sumptuous cuisine and                                                            flights, stargazing in the observatory, sunset
                                                                                                                                                                      drives are more than welcome to join and the                                                                                                       cruises, a Wellness Centre, Buffalo breeding
  as they come into view.) So yes, this is a wonderful service for tourists:           WANT TO BOOK TICKETS TO ROBBEN ISLAND?                                         camps can also be booked on a self-catering         personalised service. At Jatinga you will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          experience the unhurried world of genteel                                                      project, Kwa Nyati Eco Camp and a variety of
  it is slick, informative, convenient, entertaining and good value for                                                                                               basis.
                                                                                                BOOK ON LINE NOW AT                                                                                                       hospitality and abundant comfort. The                                                          game viewing activities including bush walks
  money.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lodge, situated just outside White River                                                       and game drives.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Town which borders the Kruger National
  But! It is also a wonderful outing for local people. Each tour takes about                                                                                                                                              Park, offers 20 individually appointed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOOKING FOR A
  two hours, the bus drives through the most interesting and scenic parts
  of the city, the recorded commentary is lively and unusually informative
                                                                                     FOR BEST DEALS, SPECIALS &                                                                                                           rooms furnished in different styles. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          talented culinary team has put together a                                                        CONFERENCE VENUE?
  (it doesn't only contain the obvious stuff but the more obscure little             DISCOUNTED TRAVEL CONTACT                                                                                                            varied a la carte dinner menue that ensures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jatinga's proud tradition of fine dining                                                             Contact us on
  titbits as well). Each ticket is valid for unlimited travel for a whole day
  (24 hours) and if you buy the package of two tours – the red and the                                                                                                                      continues. There is no need not to enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jatinga's fine fare when taking a day trip ot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Kruger Park or the Panorama Route.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           or consult our website
  blue – then they are valid for two days.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Simply take one of our gourmet picnic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hampers along with you.
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                EASERN CAPE
                                                     IBHAYI GUEST LODGE, WALMER,                       SINGA LODGE, SUMMERSTRAND                         FUGITIVES DRIFT LODGE & GUEST                                                                                                   We will be doing a series of articles on the different areas in Swaziland over
BUKELA GAME LODGE, AMAKHALA                                                                            BEACH, PORT ELIZABETH
                                                     PORT ELIZABETH                                                                                      HOUSE– Battlefields                                                                                                             the next couple of months. Our first article will be on the Hhohho Region,
GAME RESERVE                                                                                           Singa Lodge, named for the dragon-lion of
                                                     Ibhayi Guest Lodge nestles in the green,                                                            This spectacular property, a Natural
Resting in the rolling Eastern Cape hills 70km
                                                     leafy, village atmosphere of central              Indonesian mythology, offers an opulent           Heritage Site, overlooks Isandlwana and                                                                                         thereafter will follow the Lubombo Region, the Manzini Region and finally
outside Port Elizabeth, Bukela Lodge offers a                                                          sensory and aesthetic experience. At Singa                                                                                                                                        the Shiselweni Region.
                                                     Walmer, in Port Elizabeth. Centrally                                                                the Oskarsberg at Rorke's Drift. Walks and
gentle, tranquil escape from the world. The                                                            Lodge, each of our eleven suites is unique,
abundant wildlife includes lion, cheetah, black      situated for all of Port Elizabeth's business                                                       horse rides through the reserve to view
                                                                                                       offering guests a fresh experience with           abundant game and birdlife are offered.
and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra and        and leisure activities, Ibhayi is a welcome                                                                                                                                                                                         HHOHHO REGION
                                                                                                       every visit. With rich mosaics on walls and
buffalo, ranging over a breathtaking oxbow           haven of comfort for business and                                                                   Rooms at the Lodge and Guest House are
                                                     overnight travelers. Leaving the bright
                                                                                                       floors, intimate lounge areas decked in
                                                                                                                                                         en-suite with private verandas, and have                                                                                        The Hhohho Region covers north-west Swaziland. The main tourist areas
river plain in the heart of a 7000 hectare,                                                            richly-coloured raw silks, and sumptuous
malaria-free conservancy. Nestled between            bustle of Walmer's coffee shops, gift                                                               sweeping views of the reserve and                                                                                               are around the mountain village of Piggs Peak and the Ezulwini Valley. In
                                                                                                       bath and shower rooms, each suite is a work
indigenous trees and fynbos, each of the four        shops, galleries and bookshops behind             of art. No less functional for its beauty, each   surrounding battlefields.            Each                                                                                       terms of natural attractions, Hhohho offers mountains, rivers, valleys,
thatched-roof suites has a secluded private          you, enter a tranquil space where the             suite also has wireless connectivity, flat-       establishment has its own large swimming                                                                                        waterfalls, forests and bushveld. The region has numerous nature
deck, underfloor heating, a fireplace and an         simple comforts of luxurious linen, and           screen television and i-pod docking station.      pool. The battlefield tours, led by guides
indulgent spa bath. The main lodge includes          well-appointed rooms with mini kitchen                                                              trained by David Rattray, have achieved                                                                                         reserves, including Malolotja, Mantenga and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
                                                                                                       This tranquil, leafy oasis includes a
a reception, dining and sitting area                 facilities allow you to unwind at the end of      secluded library, and a private gym and spa,      an international reputation for which                                                                                           Activities on offer range from hiking and horse riding to gambling and dining.
arranged around a welcoming central                  a busy day with a quiet drink and a simple        to indulge your body as well as your senses.      Fugitives' is renowned. The formula of                                                                                          There is a good variety of accommodation available. The region is known
fireplace. We also offer a media and library         meal. Our accommodation includes ten              In the evenings, enjoy the intimate quiet of      entertaining people with moving, detailed                                                                                       for its excellent arts and crafts. The capital of the Hhohho Region is
area. Outside, a large wooden pool deck              suites, some offering private courtyards,         our cocktail bar, and a gourmet meal in our       presentations on site, offering wonderful
overlooks a small dam frequented by                  as well as two family suites. Enjoy the           private dining room. A remarkable modern          food and award winning lodges, has proved                                                                                       Mbabane, which is also Swaziland's capital
buffalo. Bukela offers a variety of dining           evening under our poolside thatched lapa          fusion of Eastern and African architecture        itself.
options, including bush breakfasts, river            or head out to the rich restaurant life of the    and décor, Singa offers spaces that not only                                                                                                                                      EZULWINI VALLEY
lunches on the gentle Bushman's River,               beachfront and Port Elizabeth's historic          provide deep comfort, but also inspire and        ISANDLWANA LODGE - BATTLEFIELDS
“Canyon High Tea” overlooking a dramatic                                                                                                                  Isandlwana Lodge, is carved into the side of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Ezulwini Valley, meaning 'Valley of Heaven', lies between Mbabane
                                                     Central region, just ten minutes away.            enrich your journey.
Eastern Cape canyon, and open-air boma               Whatever your mood, Ibhayi is your home                                                             the Nyoni Rock just below where the Zulu                                                                                        and Manzini and is one of Swaziland's most popular tourist areas. The
dinners with traditional dancing and singing.        away from home, and we welcome you.               THE DUNES COUNTRY HOUSE ST                        commander stood during the Battle of                                                                                            valley offers a good range of accommodation, some of the Kingdom's best
                                                                                                       FRANCIS BAY                                       Isandlwana on the 22nd of January 1879. It                                                                                      restaurants, a variety of arts and crafts stores and markets, a good tourist
HILLSNEK SAFARI LODGE, AMAKHALA                                                                       The Dunes Country House offers 4-star
GAME RESERVE                                                                                                                                             has12 comfortably furnished en-suite                                                                                            infrastructure and various sites of historic and cultural significance, all set in
                                                     KICHAKA LODGE – NEAR PORT                        accommodation in a 600-hectare conservancy,
Hills Nek Safaris is an exclusive-use, luxury                                                                                                            bedrooms, with a private balcony
                                                     ELIZABETH                                        perfectly positioned in St Francis Bay, the                                                                                                                                        beautiful surrounding scenery. It is home to Lobamba, the cultural and
tented camp positioned on the banks of the                                                                                                               overlooking the panorama of the battlefield
                                                     Set among the hills of the Assegaai Bush         seaside village of the Eastern Cape. The                                                                                                                                           legislative capital, as well as two of Swaziland's most popular nature
Bushman River. Situated in a tucked away                                                                                                                 and plain. In addition, the Lodge has a self-
                                                     valley and overlooking a tranquil                Dunes is only minutes away from the supurb
corner of the Amakhala Big 5 Game Reserve,                                                                                                               catering guest house with 3 twin bedrooms                                                                                       reserves, the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mantenga Nature Reserve.
the lodge is 70km’s from Port Elizabeth in the       waterhole, Kichaka Lodge is an exclusive         beaches, golf courses and restaurants for          and a lounge. There is hardly any place left
malaria-free Eastern Cape. An abandon variety        10 roomed boutique hotel situated on a Big       which the St. Francis Bay is renowned.
                                                                                                                                                         in South Africa where one can watch the
of wildlife includes white and black rhino,          5 game reserve in malaria-free Eastern           Situated between Port Elizabeth and Knysna,                                                                                                                                        MBABANE
                                                                                                                                                         village come to life in the morning and close
elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, buffalo, zebra     Cape. At Kichaka, service excellence is a        The Dunes is the ideal base from which to
                                                                                                      explore the Garden Route. This hospitable
                                                                                                                                                         down at the end of the day as one can at                                                                                        Mbabane is Swaziland's largest settlement and the kingdom's
and a myriad of plains game. The stone, canvas       given, not a goal and we pride ourselves
                                                                                                      family-owned retreat offers a tranquil and         Isandlwana Lodge. The Zulus are very                                                                                            administrative capital; it lies on the Mbabane River in the Dlangeni Hills of
and thatched main lodge is at the heart of the       on attention to detail and tailor-making
                                                                                                                                                         hospitable people and they capture the
camp, with three private safari tents elevated on    each guests' stay to suit their individual       private stay and is surrounded by beautiful
                                                                                                                                                         imagination of guests from around the world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Mdimba Mountains. The city has a functional appeal to visitors in that it
wooden decks that enhance the spectacular            wishes, interests and mood. Activities           indiginous gardens and is reminicent of an old
views of surrounding plains and bush. The                                                                                                                because of their friendliness and fascinating                                                                                   is equipped with shops, banks, internet cafes, car hire and so forth, but most
                                                     range from Big Five game viewing on open         Cape farmhouse revived with Colonial flair. The
luxurious tented accommodation and the unique                                                         individually styled bedrooms are designed for      culture. Tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's                                                                                        attractions are found outside of the city, in the mountains, excellent nearby
                                                     vehicles with experienced ranges, guided
setting create a feeling of being at one with the                                                     absolute comfort and privacy. Each bedroom         Drift and other Anglo Zulu/Anglo Boer war                                                                                       nature reserves, craft workshops, and in the tourist mecca of the Ezulwini
African landscape, its sights, sounds and smells.
                                                     bush walks on the reserve or the option of
                                                                                                      has its own separate entrance with a private       sites are conducted by resident historian
Home to the first dinosaur fossil discovery in       self-guided walks and trails on the
                                                                                                                                                         Rob Gerrard, FRGS, or one of his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Valley. Don't miss nearby Pine Valley for scenic drives and hiking around
                                                     extended property; golf at nearby                verandah overlooking the gardens and offers
South Africa, the Cape Iguanodon’ Hillsnek                                                            all modern comforts. The en-suite bathrooms        associates. Other activities include walking    SWAZILAND – this is a 5 part series on the Independent                          Sibebe Rock, the world's largest exposed granite dome. Mbabane, despite
Safaris is committed to the conservation of          Bushman Sands, horse-riding, fishing or
                                                                                                      are spacious and romantic with ball-and-claw       trails, horse riding, birding tours,                                                                                            having relatively good facilities, is an African city, and its various markets
paleontology and the preservation of this            relaxation on your private viewing-deck
                                                                                                      Victorian baths and marble counter tops.           photographic safaris, and the ever popular      principality of Swaziland – definitely worth a visit.                           give it a distinctly African feel. Due to Swaziland's small size, Mbabane can
historically significant site. Our attention to      enjoying the sounds and scents of the
                                                                                                      Activities include guide dune walks, bird          Zulu Village Safari where guests can
luxury, detail and comfort, combined with the        African bush
                                                                                                      watching, frogging safaris and African Bush        experience the life and customs of the Zulu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         act as a base to many sites and attractions. There is a variety of
unsurpassed exclusivity of a dedicated host,
ranger and chef, allows guests the ultimate                                                           Spa.                                               people in an authentic setting.                 Don't miss the next few editions of DRUMBEAT for more!!                         accommodation on offer to suit all budgets, from backpackers to luxury
                                                     ROSEDALE ORGANIC FARM BED                                                                                                                                                                                                           lodges. Keep in mind that despite it being the capital, Mbabane does not
privilege of being able to customize and
                                                     AND BREAKFAST –ADDO                                          KWA-ZULU NATAL
personalize their safari.
                                                     Just 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth,
                                                                                                                                                         THE ROYAL MEANDER MANOR                                                                                                         have an airport (this is found near Manzini, 34 km away).
                                                                                                                                                         BOUTIQUE GUEST LODGE – SHAKA'S
                                                     Rosedale Organic Farm Bed and
                                                                                                      EMDONENI LODGE                                     ROCK                                            SWAZILAND
                                                     Breakfast is centrally situated in the heart
                                                                                                      Emdoneni Lodge is situated on a small game         This upmarket 4 star guest lodge is set in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PIGGS PEAK
GAME RESERVE                                         of the Greater Addo area, and offers easy                                                                                                           DID you know that Swaziland is Africa's last absolute monarchy and one of       Piggs Peak is a small town in Northern Swaziland, set amidst rolling hills,
Lying along a curve of hill above an Eastern                                                          farm, with sand forest vegetation. Nature          Shaka's Rock, with spectacular views of the
                                                     access to the Addo Elephant National
                                                                                                      lovers can enjoy the abundant bird life on the     Indian Ocean. Meander Manor's                   only three monarchies on the continent? Landlocked by South Africa,             mountains, forests, streams and waterfalls. Various hikes and walks are
Cape river plain, Hlosi Game Lodge is a              Park, as well as many other wildlife
tranquil, grassland retreat offering rich wildlife                                                    premises or walk with wildlife, which include      accommodation consists of nine Luxury           Swaziland is ruled by King Mswati III, who is under increasing pressure         available in the area. The town began as a gold mining town and is today a
                                                     adventures, fun activities, restaurants and      zebra, wildebeest, impala, nyala, red- and
and 5-star accommodation in a location that          pubs. Our cottages are thatched, and set
                                                                                                                                                         Suites and magnificent sea views. You can       both locally and internationally to introduce democratic reforms. The Royal     small forestry centre. Attractions include nearby Maguga Dam and the
welcomes and provides for children. Wildlife                                                          grey druiker. Comfortable accommodation            spend our afternoons relaxing next to the
                                                     in an indigenous garden, surrounded by           in is offered in chalets, rondavels and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Palace is located in Swaziland's legislative capital Lobamba, also              Phophonyane Falls and Nature Reserve. The area is known for its fine
includes lion, cheetah, black and white rhino,                                                                                                           heated swimming pool whilst the children
elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo, ranging
                                                     organically grown citrus orchards. All           honeymoon suite. Join the hosts for evening        play on the climbing castle and lawns. The      considered the kingdom's spiritual and cultural centre. The Royal Kraal is      crafts and there are various arts and crafts outlets in the Piggs Peak
                                                     rooms are en suite, and are large enough         drinks around the fire, at the Boma or on the                                                      located a few kilometres outside of town at Ludzidzini. These sites are not
over a breathtaking oxbow river plain in the                                                                                                             main beach and tidal pool is easily                                                                                             environs. Piggs Peak is best known for the Piggs Peak Hotel & Casino,
                                                     to fit in extra beds for families. The units     sundowner deck. Emdoneni provides a
heart of a 7000 hectare, malaria-free
                                                     have been designed to be energy efficient,       central, comfortable and affordable base
                                                                                                                                                         accessible from the Lodge. The Manor Spa        open to visitors and may not be photographed.                                   which incorporates shops, restaurants, accommodation, conference
conservancy. Hlosi's 4 double/ twin suites                                                                                                               facility is sublime and a number of
and two family suites all offer a private
                                                     while maintaining high levels of comfort.        from which to explore the culture, great                                                                                                                                           facilities and a casino. The small town has basic amenities such as a
                                                                                                                                                         treatments are available using a variety of
viewing deck, fireplace and sumptuous                We want our guests to experience                 lakes, game parks or other adventures of
                                                                                                                                                         products and methods. Dining at the             However, Lobamba is still worth a visit, as it is also home to National         service station, small supermarket and shopping centre, two banks (forex is
bathroom with spa bath and a choice of inside        maximum fun with minimum impact. We              Zululand, the options are endless... Also,                                                         Museum and Archives, the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, the Houses of
                                                                                                                                                         Manor's A la Carte Restaurant is a treat and                                                                                    difficult), a restaurant and inn.
or open-air showers. Air conditioning and            grow and prepare as much organic food            join Emdoneni's experienced guides for an
                                                     for our visitors as possible, and our            up-close-and personal tour and learn more
                                                                                                                                                         a culinary delight. Perfectly situated for,     Parliament and the National Stadium and Lozitha Royal Palace. Various
underfloor heating add to your comfort. Our                                                                                                              relaxing romantic weekend breakaways or
children's programme, including bush walks,          traditional South African menu for dinner is     about South Africa's endangered wild cat                                                           traditional festivals and ceremonies are held in Lobamba. A further reason       BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR TRAVEL CLUB AND ENJOY READING
                                                                                                      species. Come and be mesmerized by the             Corporate and Business functions, due to
animal orphanage, supervised swimming and            available on request.
                                                                                                                                                         the close proximity to Durban and La Lucia      to visit Lobamba is that it is located in the 'Valley of Heaven', Ezulwini, a    ALL ABOUT OUR WEEKLY NEWS AND SPECIALS. ITS FREE! SO
wildlife-related activities, ensures that                                                             beauty of the caracal; enchanted by the
                                                                                                      playful serval; astonished by the speed and        business centres. Functions and weddings        tourist mecca with an array of accommodation establishments,                     WRITE TO US ON AND WE WILL ADD YOU
children are entertained and enriched,
leaving adults free to enjoy the restful                                                              agility of the cheetah; and delighted by the       for up to 140 guests can be accommodated        restaurants, entertainment, amenities such as shops and banks as well as         TO OUR DATA BASE.
                                                                                                      African Wild cat. This project offers              at the lodge and the conference facility can    a wide variety of arts and crafts. Lobamba is also the nearest town to
intimacy of our main lodge, with its library
nook, elegant lounge and bar and spacious
verandah overlooking the swimming pool.
                                                                                                      educational tours daily with feeding during
                                                                                                      the afternoon tour.
                                                                                                                                                         suitably host between 10 and 70 delegates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the Kingdom's post popular reserves,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Mantenga Nature Reserve, home to the Mantenga Falls                 
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Ngewnya Mountain Mine: Lion's Cavern
                                                                                                                                                                           LIST OF ESTABLISHMENTS, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES RECOMMENDED BY THE GREEN
In the south of Malolotja Nature Reserve is the 43 000 year old mine in
Ngwenya Mountain, where Stone Age man mined iron ore from the rock. It                                                    Benguerra                                                              RHINO DIPLOMATIC TRAVEL CLUB
is the oldest known mine site in the world. Lion Cavern, one of three mine
sties, can be visited with reserve guides and there is a visitor's centre and                                               News                                                                                                                          (Alphabetical by area)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            terrace, watch the birdlife and especially the   THE OCEANA – CAMPS BAY LUXURY
restaurant.                                                                                                                                                          GREENWAYS HOTEL, UPPER                               KLEIN GENOT WINE & COUNTRY
                                                                                                                                                                     CLAREMONT, CAPE TOWN                                 ESTATE – FRANSCHHOEK                             sea and mountains as they change all the          SUITES AND SPA
Ngwenya Glass Factory
Ngwenya Glass is one of Swaziland's best known exports. Products range
                                                                                                                                  2009                               Greenways is a historical Manor House offering 5
                                                                                                                                                                     star quality and service set amongst 6 acres of
                                                                                                                                                                     enchanting gardens. Situated a mere 12 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Klein Genot Wine & Country Estate is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nestled in a peaceful corner of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           time. “Lemon Grass Seaside Restaurant” is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           open to resident guests as well as the public.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Upstairs, a cosy TV-room offers satellite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Situated in the heart of Camps Bay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             suburbia, nestled below the 12 Apostles,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Oceana Camps Bay Luxury Suites is an
                                                                                                                                                                     away from the hub of the Mother City in Upper        Franschhoek valley, where Feng Shui
from wine glasses to animal figures. Only recycled glass is used at the          The first month of 2009 has been very exciting on Benguerra Island. We                                                                                                                    programs (SA TV in bedrooms). The roof-deck       ideal destination with an unsurpassed view
                                                                                                                                                                     Claremont, this elegant hotel with an ambience of    philosophy meets farm style hospitality in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           affords all 'round views that are truly           of the Atlantic Coastline. Located a mere
factory. A viewing balcony allows visitors to observe the masters at work        experienced unusually heavy rains over December and early January,                  a bygone era, caters to all guests travelling from   breathtaking surroundings to calm and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           breathtaking. .
                                                                                                                                                                     abroad or our local shores. Enjoy the warmth of      soothe the senses. Cradled by the                                                                  10 minute walk form the spectacular Camps
blowing and moulding. Adjoining the factory is a gift shop, show room and        measuring three times our annual rainfall over a two week period. On the            the African sun sipping champagne by the pool,       Franschhoek and Stoney Brook rivers and                                                            Bay Boulevard and Beaches, where some
café. There is also a craft shop selling a variety of traditional Swazi crafts   positive side all this rain has ensured that the Island is currently a lush                                                                                                               OCEAN VIEW HOUSE, Camps Bay                       of the best restaurants in Cape Town are
                                                                                                                                                                     cool down in the cigar library reading your          situated under the watchful gaze of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Set in the sought after location of Camps
on the premises. The factory complex is open 7 days a week from 08:30 –          green tropical paradise.                                                            favourite book or pass the summer afternoon          majestic Franschhoek mountains, Klein
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bay/Bakoven is the elegant Ocean View
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             found. Fully self catered accommodation is
                                                                                                                                                                     playing croquette in the beautiful garden. The       Genot offers a luxurious, relaxing and                                                             offered in our one, and two bedroomed
16:00.                                                                                                                                                               Manor House offers all modern amenities that                                                          House. In an area famous for trendy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tranquil stay. Klein Genot’s own Wellness                                                          apartments. We also offer conference and
                                                                                 However the rains also resulted in an additional lake forming... as our             bear testament to the commitment of service and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spa are part and parcel of the sensory           restaurants and white palm fringed beaches;       banqueting facilities and are 10 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                     dedication that is the trademark of Greenways.                                                        Ocean View is a well-kept secret. In the heart
Enkhaba Adventures                                                               runway is now completely covered under a meter of water. It is the first            Sophistication and privacy, romance and charm        experience guests can expect. Each of the                                                          away form the main tourist attractions of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          six stylish rooms are individually decorated     of all the hustle and bustle, venture into a
Enkhaba Adventure Centre is located near the village of Nkhaba and               time in years that this has happened, so guests can, over the next couple           combined with service excellence ensure that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           private setting of lush tropical gardens, koi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cape Town, such as Hout Bay, Llandudno
                                                                                                                                                                     your business or leisure stay meets all your         with original art work and hand quilted                                                            and Sandy Bay, Clifton and Sea Point and
offers a range of activities in the area, most notably paragliding off           of months enjoy this changed landscape.                                             expectations. Be charmed by the elegance and         French bedcovers. State of the art               ponds and a mountain stream, which flows          the Cape Town CBD and Waterfront
Enkhaba Mountain which has excellent thermals. Tandem flights are also                                                                                               hospitality of Greenways                             bathrooms with walk-in showers, twin             into the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
on offer. Other activities include scuba diving courses, mountain biking,                                                                                                                                                 basins and slick contemporary finishes.          Built to the highest German standards; there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With just over 20 hectares of red varietal       are 14 individually decorated bedrooms and
hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, quad biking, horse riding, boating,                                                                                                THE HOTEL GRAEME - GREEN POINT,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          vineyards, Klein Genot is a wine lover’s         suites. Each has a private balcony or garden
canoeing, caving, rafting and cultural excursions. Accommodation is                                                                                                  CAPE TOWN                                                                                             terrace with uninterrupted sea views.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          paradise. Afternoons are for snoozing in a
                                                                                                                                                                     The Hotel Graeme is a 42 roomed 3 star
available at the camp/caravan site and in Swazi style bee-hive huts. The                                                                                             boutique Hotel, ideally situated, close to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hammock under the trees, long lazy walks,        Enjoy breakfast in the Out of Africa
road leading to Enkhaba is only suitably for high vehicles, but safe parking                                                                                                                                              or for watching the waterfowl and graceful       Restaurant or on the Pool deck. The Sunset
                                                                                                                                                                     Waterfront, business district and a short            swans gliding on the estate lakes. Breakfast     Deck is the perfect spot to lie in the
is available nearby and shuttles are provided.                                                                                                                       drive from Clifton and Camps Bay beaches.            at leisure and then be spoilt by Angie’s         hammocks and watch the sunset
                                                                                                                                                                     A Golf course, health and fitness centre,            home-baked cakes for tea, and tasty
                                                                                                                                                                     deli, hair salon, post office and numerous           sundowner snacks.                                 PEBBLE BEACH GUEST HOUSE                         THE PLACE ON THE BAY
Maguga Dam                                                                                                                                                           restaurants are available close by, within                                                             Hermanus, Overberg,                              The Place on the Bay is a serviced
Maguga Dam is located just 14 km south of Piggs Peak. The dam lies on                                                                                                easy walking distance. Facilities at the                                                               Pebble Beach Guest House is fast                 apartment Hotel in the heart of Cape Town's
the Komati River. The loop road around the dam offers a viewpoint, a                                                                                                 hotel include a swimming pool, jacuzzi,               LE FRANSCHHOEK HOTEL AND SPA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            becoming not only the ideal destination for      trendiest suburb, Camps Bay. We offer the
                                                                                                                                                                     private parking and wireless internet                Located in the world famous Cape
roadside stall offering refreshments and a craft market. The dam has a                                                                                                                                                    Winelands, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa           international travelers exploring Hermanus       discerning traveler accommodation ranging
                                                                                                                                                                     connection. Hotel Graeme is the ideal                                                                  and the Overberg Area, but also one of the       from studios's to one and two bedroomed
newly established lodge on the southern bank, with accommodation, fine                                                                                               base for both the leisure and business               has become one of the most romantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          getaways in its class. Capturing the              most convenient and comfortable                  suites, to our exclusive Penthouse. The
views and conference facilities. Also in the vicinity of the dam are the                                                                                             traveller. Nothing is too much trouble and                                                             establishments for the local visitor, all year   Penthouse boast an elgant lounge and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          essence of five star luxury, the impeccably
Ekuvinjelweni Botanical Gardens (has a tea room) and the Swazi Ark of                                                                                                we go the extra mile to ensure our guests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          appointed Le Franschhoek offers                   round. Nestled in between the Fernkloof          dining room, ultra modern kitchen, two
Arts and Crafts Centre (with restaurant).                                                                                                                            have a pleasant and comfortable stay                                                                   Nature Reserve and the Hermanus Golf             bedrooms with en-suit bathrooms which all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          unparalleled views of the Franschhoek
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mountains and is the perfect setting for a        Course the purpose built guesthouse has 6        have been exquisitely furnished. Discretion,
                                                                                                                                                                     HUIJS HAERLEM – Sea Point, Cape                      taste of the legendary Cape Wine Routes.          designer luxury rooms all with wrap around       finesse and total relaxation are the key to
The Nsangwini San Paintings                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 balconies and vaulted ceilings. First class      The Place on the Bay experience. All our
                                                                                                                                                                     Town                                                 Located on the site of one of Franschhoek's
Situated just to the east of Maguga Dam, in the hills overlooking the Komati     2009 RATES:                                                                         High above Sea Point and the Atlantic                original country retreats, Le Franschhoek         service and personal touches make sure           apartments overlook the palm fringed,
River are the Nsangwini San rock paintings. The paintings, created by the        As the markets continue to strain under the World Economic                          Ocean with the city and beaches only                 retains its elusive charm with a                  our guests leave wishing they had booked         upmarket Camps Bay beachfront and the
San thousands of years ago, depict ritual dance, fighting and hunting                                                                                                minutes away, Huijs Haerlem offers peace             contemporary Cape Dutch feel. Features            another night. Pebble Beach is an                famous Twelve Apostle Mountains in Cape
                                                                                 situation and pressure mounts on Tour operators to provide more                     and tranquility. Comfortable bedrooms,               include a destination Camelot Spa and             enchanting base from which to explore the        Town, South Africa. Adjacent to The Place
scenes. A trained guide takes visitors down a mountain trail (20 minutes).       value added packages to guests, Benguerra Lodge has taken the                                                                            world class conference facilities – coupled       wonders of Hermanus.                             on the Bay lies The Fairways – a relaxed
                                                                                                                                                                     antique Dutch furniture and South African
There is a reception and orientation office at the start of the trail.           decision to meet our valued operators halfway and review our                        vernacular, offering a home from home.               with one of the most beautiful settings in the                                                     small boutique hotel, embodying the
                                                                                                                                                                     Heated salt-water pool. Dutch and German             Winelands. Included in Le Franschhoek                                                              character and elegance of an original
                                                                                 published rates for 2009/10.                                                                                                             Hotel and Spa's many accolades are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SCHULPHOEK SEAFRONT
                                                                                                                                                                     spoken.                                                                                                GUESTHOUSE AND RESTAURANT                        Victorian Style home. Bedrooms are
WHAT TO DO IN THE AREA                                                           Villa Chibuene:                                                                                                                            2007 AA Travel Guide – Gold Achiever                                                             comfortable and elegantly decorated with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HERMANUS OVERBERG Western Cape
   ·    Golf                                                                     Our Villa rate for 2009, effective from the 1st of April, will also be structured                                                         Conde Naste's top 130 New Hotels of the                                                           en-suite bathrooms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          world - 2006 Hot List                             SOUTH AFRICA
   ·    Hiking and walking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 Star Guesthouse (TGCSA) *
   ·    Mountain biking
                                                                                 slightly different. Since completion, Villa Chibuene, has proven hugely             JAMBO GUEST HOUSE – Green Point,                      Diner's Club Award – 2006 Wine List
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SEAFRONT on a quiet bay * 1 hour from
   ·    Horse riding                                                             popular, especially with families. The design of the new villa is much more                                                                                                                Cape Town International Airport * 5 hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             WHALESONG HOTEL & HYDRO –
                                                                                 spacious, with a comfortable lounge and dining room and expansive                   Cape Town                                            MILKWOOD MANOR – PLETTENBERG                                                                       Garden Route
   ·    Game viewing                                                                                                                                                 Jambo is an oasis of peace and tranquility                                                             from Knysna * 5 minutes from Hermanus            Nestled on a hill above Plettenberg Bay the
                                                                                 wooden decks linking the two well appointed en-suite bedrooms. The                                                                       BAY Plettenberg Bay is one of the most            Town Centre. Join us for a four-course
   ·    Bird watching                                                                                                                                                situated at the foot of Signal Hill in bustling      glamorous holiday destinations in South                                                            Hotel offers breathtaking views of the
   ·    Picnics                                                                  private chef catering to guests’ unique requirements also adds a very                                                                                                                      menu du jour, served at our social table, in
                                                                                                                                                                     Green Point. Five uniquely decorated                 Africa. Set in the heart of the Garden                                                             coastline and mountains. The spacious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            our seafront dining room. All of this is
   ·    Swimming                                                                 special touch to this luxurious experience, making it an ideal option for a         luxurious double rooms all with en-suite             Route, it is blessed with a wealth of natural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            complemented with a collection of over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             bedrooms will satisfy the most discerning
   ·    Gambling                                                                 relaxing family holiday. (We recently updated our website                           bathrooms and fitted with every                      assets that make it a perfect holiday spot.                                                        taste and offer panoramic views from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Georgian-styled building is designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7000 bottles of regional South African red
   ·    Night life & dining                                                                                                                                          conceivable extra make for a memorable                                                                                                                  private decks. Everything, from décor to
                                                                        with new pictures of the Villa, please have a look.)            stay. Imagine relaxing in a hot Jacuzzi spa          for spaciousness, reflecting the vast             and white wines. (Recipient of the Diners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             facilities, has been chosen with comfort and
   ·    Spa treatments                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Club International Platinum Cellar
                                                                                                                                                                     set in a lush, leafy garden. Enjoy drinks,           unlimited landscape surrounding it, without                                                        pleasure in mind.
   ·    Arts & crafts shopping                                                                                                                                       conversation and good music in Barry's               sacrificing its ambience of intimacy. This is     Award 2002 and Platinum Wine List                Facilities include gastronomic dining in the
   ·    Visit historical and cultural sites                                                                                                                          exclusive bar followed by an elegant dinner          epitomized by the airy double-storeyed            Award 2005) Unwind with body therapy             @ Whales Restaurant, a Hydro Health, a
   ·    Resort facilities such as tennis, bowls, squash                                                                                                              in one of the nearby Waterfront or Green             foyer, the large yet cosy restaurant, the         (arranged by appointment) or soak up the         beauty centre, the Bird & Butterfly World
   ·    Visit nature reserves                                                                                                                                        Point trendy restaurants. WINNER of the              private patios and balconies, and large           sun at the heated salt pool.                     and Maggie's Tea Garden. Ideally situated,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          breakfast and sundowner terrace, that             We offer EXCELLENT INCENTIVE
   ·    Scenic mountain drives                                                                                                                                       AA Travel Guides Accommodation Awards                                                                                                                   the Hotel is just minutes from the pristine
                                                                                                                                                                     in 2000/1/2 and Hall of Fame 2003/4/5/6.             afford spectacular views over the Indian          RATES FOR LONGER STAYS, plus a                   beaches, golf courses and wide range of
   ·    Visit rivers, waterfalls and rock pools                                                                                                                                                                           Ocean, Keurbooms River Mouth,                     complimentary 4-course dinner on
   ·    Fishing                                                                                                                                                      SA Tourism Grading Council 5 Star Guest                                                                                                                 activities on the Garden Route, including
   ·    Abseiling                                                                                       House                                                Keurbooms Lagoon and Tsitsikamma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mountains. Guests enjoy to relax on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the first night.                                 marine encounters with Dolphins & Whales.
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                                                                                                                                                                                               Villa Chibuene:                                                                        Special Offers for 2009:
      LIST OF ESTABLISHMENTS, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES RECOMMENDED BY THE GREEN                                                                                                                   Our Villa rate for 2009, effective from the 1st of April,                              Please keep in mind that Benguerra Lodge is also offering the following
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      special rates during 2009.
                            RHINO DIPLOMATIC TRAVEL CLUB                                                                                                                                       will also be structured slightly different. Since
                                                                                (Alphabetical by area)                                                                                         completion, Villa Chibuene, has proven hugely popular,                                 Long stay specials: (Valid from the 1st of February 2009 till 15
                                                    WESTERN CAPE INCLUDING THE                                                                                                                 especially with families. The design of the new villa is                               December 2009, excluding 15 July till 15 September 2009)
                                                          GARDEN ROUTE                          DE ZEEKOE GUEST HOUSE,                         EVERGREEN COTTAGE, CONSTANTIA,
Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail                                                     OUDTSHOORN                                     CAPE TOWN                                       much more spacious, with a comfortable lounge and                                      Stay for 5 nights, pay for 4 nights
Tours has earned an international reputation                                                    De Zeekoe is an expansive privately            Situated in Constantia, an upmarket rural       dining room and expansive wooden decks linking the                                     Stay for 10 nights, pay for 8 nights
for it's truly world class travel experiences.    COTTAGE PIE GUEST HOUSE
                                                                                                owned ostrich farm that offers two types       suburb of Cape Town, this delightful garden
Step aboard the wood paneled coaches –            –PLETTENBERG BAY
                                                                                                of accommodation. 7 richly decorated
                                                                                                                                                                                               two well appointed en-suite bedrooms. The private chef
classics remodeled and refurbished to mint         Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac just a few                                                    suite is the ideal place to either spend time                                                                                          Honeymoon Special: (Valid from the 1st of Feb 09 till 31 Mar 09 & 01
                                                  steps away from Robberg beach,
                                                                                                en-suite bedrooms at the main lodge,
                                                                                                                                               relaxing in the beautiful private garden with
                                                                                                                                                                                               catering to guests’ unique requirements also adds a very                               May till 31 Jul and 01 Sep till 15 Dec 2009)
condition – and enjoy fine cuisine in five star                                                 each with their own private entrances in a
luxury as some of the most varied scenery         Cottage Pie welcomes guests to the
                                                                                                tranquil setting, tastefully styled with       mountain views or use as a base for             special touch to this luxurious experience, making it an                               Benguerra Island with its beautiful, white tropical beaches is the ideal
imaginable unfolds beyond the windows.            pride of South Africa's Garden Route,                                                        exploring Cape Town and the surrounding
                                                  Plettenberg Bay. Renowned for the
                                                                                                textures of wood, earthy fabrics, colorful                                                     ideal option for a relaxing family holiday. (We recently                               destination for the perfect romantic honeymoon. To ensure that client’
Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a                                                       rugs, and a collection of nostalgic            areas, also perfect for the business man
bygone era, when privileged travelers             splendour of its ever-changing sky- and                                                                                                      u p d a t e d o u r w e b s i t e w w w. b e n g u e r r a . c o . z a w i t h n e w   special trip is not invaded by worries of the credit crunch, we are offering
                                                                                                decorations. Each room has air                 who needs to be close to the CBD with a
experienced the magic and mystery of Africa       seascapes, and for the unspoilt beauty of
                                                                                                conditioning, fans and under floor             place to “chill out” in the evenings. 15        pictures of the Villa, please have a look.)                                            honeymoon couples the following exclusive offer:
in a relaxed and elegant fashion. The trains –    its lagoons and beaches, Plettenberg
                                                                                                heating. For the nature-lover, we offer 4      Minutes from the Waterfront, 20 minutes
which may be hauled by steam, diesel or           Bay is a destination of distinction for all
                                                  visitors to the Garden Route. This
                                                                                                secluded Log Cabins at the waters edge,        from the airport. Many superb restaurants,                                                                                             If they stay for a minimum of 6 nights, the groom will pay the normal per
electric locomotives at various stages of the                                                   each Log Cabin has a big fireplace,
journey – carry a maximum of 72 passengers        understated, 8-suite haven boasts 5 star                                                     some within walking distance, as is The                                                                                                person sharing rate and will only have to pay 50% of the per person
                                                                                                kitchenette, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom a
in 36 superbly appointed suites. Pride of         accommodation, and is ideally situated,
                                                                                                wooden deck overlooking the water
                                                                                                                                               Constantia Shopping Village with lovely                                                                                                sharing rate for his bride.
place in the Rovos stable goes to the historic    just five minutes from the bustling bars                                                     coffee shops, boutiques, banking and food
                                                                                                surrounded by stunning views of the
and newly rebuilt Capital Park station and        and coffee shops of Plett's Main Street.                                                     shops. Beaches north and south 10 – 15
                                                  For those who prefer to relax in privacy,
                                                                                                Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains.                                                                                                                                                    Pelican Air:
locomotive yard, which is the heart and new                                                                                                    minutes away!
headquarters of this private railway              Cottage Pie also offers a secluded                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pelican Air now also operates from the Kruger Mpumalanga International
company. In a series of train journeys lasting    private garden, with a bougainvillea-         EMILY MOON RIVER LODGE –
                                                                                                                                               FA I R V I E W – T H E C R A G G S –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Airport to Vilanculos on a Saturday! Guests are now able to travel this route
from 24 hours to a fortnight, the Pride of        shaded terrace and sparkling pool. From       PLETTENBERG                                                                                                                                                                           on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, which makes it even easier to combine
                                                                                                Set high on a hill overlooking the far         PLETTENBERG BAYIn 1980 the Rattray
Africa links some of Africa's greatest            the quiet reverie of a sunrise stroll along
                                                  Robberg Beach, to the cosmopolitan            distant mountains and winding waters of        family bought “Fairview”, a 68 acre                                                                                                    y o u r        B u s h      a n d     B e a c h       p a c k a g e s !
destinations. Join us for trips to Cape                                                                                                        headland at The Crags, between
Town/Durban/Victoria Falls and George. For        atmosphere of sundowners at the open-         the Bitou River where birds and river life
                                                                                                abound! 8 extraordinarely beautiful stand      Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley, on the
longer journeys please consider our Golf          air sushi bar in town, Cottage Pie offers a
Safaris/Namibia and                               wealth of experiences to enrich your          alone lodges in Africa Contemporary            south Cape coastline. Fairview, which                                                                                                                                       Picture courtesy of Anna
                                                                                                                                               consists of the main house and cottage
 Dar es Salaam.                                   journey.                                      design each with their own seating area,
                                                                                                                                               which both have 3 bedrooms, is available
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Garnett and their butler Nito
                                                                                                deck, privacy and stunning view. Emily's
CORNERWAY HOUSE : PLETTENBERG                                                                                                                  on a bed and breakfast basis. Self catering
                                                                                                Restaurant offers an eclectic menu and
BAY                                                                                                                                            on request. Fairview was named for its
                                                                                                an elegant ambience amongst the
Cornerway house which is set in a pretty                                                                                                       extraordinary outlook over the Keurbooms
                                                                                                treasures collected throughout African
garden with a swimming pool and secure
parking is situated in a residentual area 7
                                                  D E V O N VA L L E Y H O T E L -
                                                                                                and India. For bigger families an option is
                                                                                                the self-catering River House which
                                                                                                                                               indigenous forest into several mountain
                                                                                                                                               ranges. It is a 10 minute drive from whale
                                                                                                                                               watching at Keurbooms beach, 10 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                               For a small Family group, consisting of a maximum of 6 people, we are
                                                                                                                                                                                               able to offer a combination of the Private Villa and Casita 10, conveniently                                                The ultimate
minutes walk form the golden sands of                                                           sleeps 10. We're close to superb                                                               situated about 25m away, at an excellent Group rate
                                                  STELLENBOSCH                                                                                 from Plettenberg Bay with its gorgeous
robberg beach. This 4 star (tgcsa) cape                                                         beaches, shops and golf course. We
dutch english house has 5 charminly
decorated bedrooms(4 of which have their
own entrance). all bedrooms have ensuite
                                                  The award-winning Devon Valley Hotel is
                                                  hidden away in a shady, green and
                                                  peaceful corner of the Stellenbosch
                                                                                                pride ourselves on luxury, great service
                                                                                                and food and a destination like no other
                                                                                                on the Garden Route
                                                                                                                                               Robberg Peninsular and spectacular golf
                                                                                                                                               courses, and 15 minutes from Nature's
                                                                                                                                               Valley with its beautiful beach and forest
                                                                                                                                                                                               C h a n g e s t o C h i l d A c c o m m o d a t i o n :
                                                                                                                                                                                               Following valued feedback from families who stayed at Benguerra Lodge                                                          in barefoot
bath rooms with tv, safes and all the normal
                                                  Winelands showcasing breathtaking                                                            walks. Kurland and Bitou Polo fields are        over the last couple of months, a decision was made to discontinue the

                                                  views of the olive groves, vineyards and                                                     also close by. It is an ideal springboard for   Child Bungalows, which were situated behind the Casitas. Families
facilities. From cornerway house there are                                                      ERINVALE ESTATE HOTEL & SPA –
                                                  Majestic Helderberg Mountains, while                                                         all the attractions of this famous coastline,
many activities – hiking, dolphin and whale
                                                  offering the finest in authentic Handmade     SOMERSET WEST                                  but far enough away from the bustle. It is      declared that they much preferred the private Villa for their holiday, as the
watching, golf, riding, forest cycling,                                                         Embraced by history, surrounded by the                                                         facilities and the proximity of the rooms linked by the wooden deck, were
                                                  Hospitality. The Devon Valley Hotel's 50                                                     spacious, beautifully furnished, affordable
swimming, surfing and many more                                                                 majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains and
                                                  stylishly furnished suites reflect the
                                                                                                neighbouring the magnificent Erinvale Golf
                                                                                                                                               and has a lovely swimming pool in the           much more convenient for their family’s needs, thus ensuring the perfect
                                                  contemporary colonial feel of the hotel                                                                                                      holiday experience. From the 1st of February, all new family bookings will
                                                                                                Course, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa
                                                  while enjoying unobstructed views of the
                                                                                                provides Distinctive & Captivating                                                             be accommodated in the Private Villa on the current Villa rates.
                                                  mountains, vineyards and olive groves.
                                                  The spacious Luxury rooms and
                                                  Executive suites in the Manor House are
                                                                                                Hospitality. The Hotel's 57 rooms are
                                                                                                exquisitely furnished, offering air-
                                                                                                                                               we may not                                      Helicopter Transfers:
                                                                                                conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Each
                                                                                                                                                                                               We are pleased to announce that we will be
                                                  the hotel's premier offering, ideal for a
                                                  romantic escape or a rejuvenating
                                                  retreat. The brand new Vineyard Rooms
                                                                                                is fully equipped with a personal safe,
                                                                                                coffee/tea-making facilities, refrigerator,
                                                                                                                                                 be the                                        doing scenic Helicopter transfers from
                                                                                                satellite television and direct dial                                                           Vilanculos Airport to Benguerra Lodge
                                                  will come on line in November 2008. The
                                                  new building will house eight luxury
                                                                                                telephones. The hotel's Honeymoon Suite
                                                                                                boasts a classic four poster bed and a          cheapest                                       starting the first week in February.
                                                  rooms, including fire places and 12           private garden terrace. The Magnolia
                                                  Classic rooms with unobstructed views of
                                                  the valley from their private patios and
                                                                                                Restaurant serves contemporary local
                                                                                                cuisine with a twist. A variety of mouth-      but we are                                      This is an excellent option for guests to travel
                                                                                                                                                                                               to the Island in style while enjoying the
                                                  balconies. The hotel was also named the       watering combinations across many
                                                                                                                                                                                               magnificent views of the Bazaruto
                                                  “Best Boutique Hotel 2008 in South
                                                  Africa” by the AA American Express
                                                                                                cultural groups creates a melting pot of
                                                                                                flavours to cater for every craving. The        the best                                       Archipelago from the air. The introductory
                                                  Accommodation Awards and the                  Erinvale Estate Spa offers a wide range of                                                     cost of the Helicopter transfers valid till the
                                                  Flavours Restaurant received the              signature Ginkgo Leaf Wellness skin and
                                                                                                                                                                                               end of March, will be USD 200,- per person
                                                  National Best Platinum Award at the 2008      body care treatments based on traditional            CONTACT :                                 return (excluding the USD10,- pp domestic
                                                  Diner Club Winelist of the Year awards.       touch therapy. Gingko's versatile
                                                                                                treatments are ideal whether you need to                          airport tax)                                     Please note, as our runway
                                                                                                relax, relieve tensions, eliminate toxins or                                                                                                    is currently completely
                                                                                                simply treat yourself.                                           From the 1st of April these transfers will cost waterlogged, we are not
                                                                                                                                                                                               USD 250,- per person return. (excluding the able to offer any fixed-wing
                                                                                                                                                                                               USD10,- pp domestic airport tax.)                air transfer.
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   Top Five Tourist Attractions in
Thinking of visiting Mpumalanga? These are the top five places
not to be missed in the area.

Wakkerstroom - Some 20 of South Africa's 35-odd endemic bird
species cab be seen at Wakkerstroom, a little town in Mpumalanga.

Berlin Falls - The mighty Berlin Falls are the most spectacular in
Mpumalanga, which has plenty of waterfalls to boast of. The water
cascades 80 metres over a cliff and into a deep green pool below.             Discover the gem of the bushveld… Monate Game Lodge is an elegant &
                                                                              peaceful break away retreat where guests can enjoy the serenity of the bush
Cosmos Country - Mention spring flowers and you'll probably think             whilst being treated like royalty. The perfect corporate or weekend escape.
West Coast and Namaqualand. But there's also Cosmos Country in                Monate offers an unsurpassed dining experience designed to tantalize your
southwestern Mpumalanga, where in late summer the veld is carpeted            taste buds, served in different settings, such as our unique natural cave, the
with white and pink cosmos flowers. And as a bit of trivia, wild cosmos       open bush or around the lodge campfire.
flowers always have eight petals.                                             Our professional and enthusiastic Game Rangers conduct adventurous
                                                                              game drives - share in their fascinating knowledge about our cheetah
Songimvelo Game Reserve - Little known and one of the most scenic             rewilding and brown hyena research projects.
reserves in the lowveld, Songimvelo Game Reserve on the border of
Mpumalanga and Swaziland offers nine-day horseback adventures.                Monate's exceptional & vibrant team will ensure that your visit is an
                                                                              overwhelming and memorable success.
World's Oldest Rocks - It's always difficult to visualise just how old the
Earth is; we can't count to one million, let alone get our heads around       Monate Welcomes You!
how long ago 3 400 million years is. But if you go to Barberton, you'll be
able to see some of the world's oldest rocks that formed 3 400-million
years ago.

 Mozambique Beaches and Islands
Bazaruto Archipelago
The Bazaruto Archipelago is renowned worldwide for its beautiful

                                                                                Winter Special
beaches, azure waters and secluded islands. The archipelago is home
to the following islands:
Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue Island.
Attractions: Sandy beaches, coral reefs, surfing and fishing.
Quirimbas Archipelago
The Quirimbas Islands lie in the Indian Ocean off north eastern
Mozambique, close to Pemba, the archipelago consist of about 27
Attractions:diving, snorkelling, fishing, ruins on the Ibo island.                                              Cape Town
Pemba                                                                                     STAY 3 NIGHTS AND THE 4TH IS COMPLIMENTARY
The city lies on the south shore of Pemba Bay, the third largest bay in the
world. There are many pure, white beaches along the coast, including
                                                                                 RATES: R750 per night, large luxury garden cottage, sleeps
the famous Wimbe Beach.
 Maputo City                                                                      two, lovely private patio with mountain and garden views.
Mozambique's capital, Maputo is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and is          Self-contained with private secure parking. Visit all the local
a city destination not to be missed in Mozambique.                                   wineries in Constantia and sample some of the best
Attractions:                                                                                        restaurants in the Cape.
¢¡ Mercado Municipal Market
¢¡ National Art Museum                                                                             VALID: 1 MAY TO 30 AUGUST 09
¢¡ The Jardim Tunduru
¢¡ Museum of the Revolution
                                                                               CALL CYNTHIA:
¢¡ Praça dos Trabalhadores
¢¡ Maputo Railway Station
¢¡ Maputo's gun art
                                                                               021 794 7365 OR
                                                                               082 496 5933 or
¢¡ The Iron House
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                                                                   ANNA'S STORY – PART 2                                                                                                             DAY 2: CAIRO
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Full day tour of Cairo: tour the Egyptian Museum with the Tut-Ankh-
                                                                   Hello, remember me? I am Anna and I met                                                                                           Amun treasures. Continue to the Citadel and enjoy the spectacular view
                                                                   you all in the Green Rhino magazine of July                                                                                       of Cairo. Visit the Alabaster Mosque which adds a wonderful picture-
                                                                                                                         SEPTEMBER E-NEWS PRIZE WINNER.                                              postcard element to Cairo's skyline. Time for shopping in the famous
                                                                                                                         Karl Plamondon, Canadian High Commission, Pretoria.                         Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways. This vast bazaar
                                                                                                                         Karl won two nights for two at Mhondoro Private Game                        tempts the senses with spices, perfume and glittering gold, silver and
                                                                   Since that article I have grown and am now                                                                                        brass.
                                                                                                                         Lodge, valued at R11 800
                                                                   talking – a lot! I need help – maybe YOU can                                                                                      Overnight: Cairo (B)
                                                                   help me                                               OCTOBER - E-NEWS PRIZE WINNER was Daleya Uddin from the
                                                                                                                         US Embassy in Pretoria, who won a weekend away at The Bush House,           DAY 3: CAIRO - MEMPHIS - SAKKARA - CAIRO
                                                                                                                         Madikwe, valued at R8 400                                                   Full day tour: visit Memphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of
                                                                   I had the operation to lengthen my tendons                                                                                        Egypt. It is the home to a colossal Statue of Ramesses II and the
                                                                   but the operation failed and I am still crawling      NOVEMBER - E-NEWS PRIZE was won by Melodie Ries from the US                 Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to the “Cemetery City” of Sakkara and view
                                                                   and have also been diagnosed with Cerebral            Embassy. Melodie won two nights at the Rissington Inn in Hazyview           the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest of all Pyramids. Afternoon visit
                                                                   Palsy. I have now found a wonderful Doctor            valued at R2700.                                                            to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only present-day survivor of the
                                                                   who will do the operation again – this time           DECEMBER AND JANUARY -E-NEWS PRIZE was a fabulous two                       Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Nearby, the mystical Sphinx
                                                                   fixing all the tendons from my hips to my             night stay for two at the 5 Star Luxury Bukela Private Game Lodge in        surveys the plains of Giza. The 20m high man-animal Sphinx, created as
                                                                   ankles. This is going be a big operation and I        the Eastern Cape. It was valued at R12 000.                                 a “living image of the sun-god”, was built by Chephren to guard the
                                                                   will be in plaster on both legs with a bar in the     R12 000 and was won by the Carnegie family from the British High            entrance to the Pyramids. Overnight: Cairo (B)
                                                                   middle – I am going to look like an A – just like     Commission in Pretoria                                                      DAY 4: CAIRO
                                                                   my name Anna. We need money to do this                FEBRUARY -E-NEWS prize was won by Rob Doughten from USAID in                Departure transfer to Cairo Airport. (B)
                                                                   operation as the State Hospital can only do it        Maputo. Rob won two nights for two at Kambaku Safari Lodge in the           Classical Egypt
                                                                   later in the year and I have a lot of pain in my      Timbavati Reserve. Valued at R10 600.                                       Package includes:
                                                                   legs and back.                                                                                                                    All transfers as indicated in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 nights' accommodation Cairo sharing twin rooms
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting the Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis
                                                                   After the operation I am going to need lots of
                                    special care and for this we need money. I
                                                                                                                           Each month there is a new prize to be won. All
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Sakkara
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting the Egyptian Museum, Citadel and
                                                                   will need physio 3 times a week, visits to the
                                     specialist and also walking aids to help me
                                                                                                                            you need to do to enter, is to place a booking
                                                                                                                                         with Green Rhino.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4-night Nile Cruise on full board basis sharing twin cabin
                                                                   learn to walk again. The doctor said I would                                                                                      All sightseeing and entrance fees whilst on cruise
                                                                   be able to walk by the time I am 4.                                                                                                Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

                                                                   Please help my family to get me on my feet.         MYSTICAL                                                                      Itinerary:
                                                                   If you can make any donation, big or small, it                                                                                    DAY 1: CAIRO
                                                                   will help and I will be very grateful. I will let
                                                                   you know how I am doing and will send
                                                                                                                       MAGICAL                                                                       Arrive Cairo, transfer to hotel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Overnight: Cairo
                                                                                                                                                                                                     DAY 2: CAIRO – EGYPTIAN MUSEUM – CITADEL
                                                                   pictures too!
                                                                                                                       EGYPT………..                                                                    Full day tour of Cairo: tour the Egyptian Museum with the Tut-Ankh-Amun
If you can help please pay the money to:                                                                                                                                                             treasures. Continue to the Citadel and enjoy the spectacular view of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cairo. Visit the Alabaster Mosque which adds a wonderful picture-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     postcard element to Cairo's skyline. Time for shopping in the famous
Tshwane Place of Safety Association                                                                                    Classical Cairo                                                               Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways.
Standard Bank Menlyn                                                                                                                                                                                 Overnight: Cairo (B)
                                                                                                                       Package includes:
Account No: 012781282                                                                                                  All transfers as indicated in Cairo 3 nights' accommodation Cairo             DAY 3: CAIRO – MEMPHIS – SAKKARA – PYRAMIDS - SPHINX
Branch Code: 012345                                                                                                    sharing twin rooms                                                            Full day tour: visit Memphis, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of
Reference: Anna's Fund                                                                                                  1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting the Egyptian Museum, Citadel        Egypt. It is the home to a colossal Statue of Ramesses II and the
                                                                                                                       and Bazaar                                                                    Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to the “Cemetery City” of Sakkara and view
                                                                                                                        1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting the Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis       the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest of all the Pyramids. Tour the
                                                                                                                       and Sakkara                                                                   Great Pyramids of Giza and see the mystical Sphinx.
                                                                                                                       Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)                               Overnight: Cairo (B)
                                                                                                                                                                                                     DAY 4: CAIRO – LUXOR – NILE CRUISER – KARNAK & LUXOR
                                                                                                                       Itinerary:                                                                    TEMPLES
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Transfer to Cairo Airport for flight to Luxor (cost of flight not included).
                                                                                                                       DAY 1: CAIRO                                                                  Transfer to your Nile Cruiser. Visit the Karnak Temple, a complex
                                                                                                                       Arrive Cairo, transfer to hotel. Explore Cairo, a city of wonders. The next   dedicated to Amun Ra. Its impressive features are probably the most
 Miss Green Rhino 2009                                                                                                 two days are dedicated to the marvels of ancient Egypt in the Cairo
                                                                                                                                                                                                     overwhelming of all the Egyptian monuments. Visit the Luxor Temple
                                                                                                                                                                                                     discovered beneath the shifting desert sands.
                                                                                                                       Overnight: Cairo                                                              Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)
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DAY 5: LUXOR – WEST BANK – VALLEY OF THE KINGS – ESNA                                   Day 4 - Friday: CAIRO – ASWAN – NILE CRUISER – FELUCCA RIDE
Travel by coach to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the Valley of
                                                                                        Transfer to Cairo Airport for flight to Aswan (cost of flight not included).
Kings, a vast City of the Dead for generations of Pharaohs, where magnificent
                                                                                        Transfer to your Nile Cruiser. In the afternoon, a Felucca ride to view the
tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated and filled with treasures
for the afterlife. Very few of the rock-cut tombs escaped grave robbers during          lush Botanic Gardens on Kitchener's Island, Elephantine Island and Aga
ancient times. The most famous of the sixty-two tombs is the tomb of Tut-Ankh-          Khan's Mausoleum on the west bank (view only, no visit).
Amun unearthed by Howard Carter. At Deir al-Bahri, the Temple of Hatshepsut was         Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)
built for the only woman who ruled Egypt. See the Colossi of Memnon; it is all that
                                                                                        Day 5 - Saturday: ASWAN – HIGH DAM – PHILAE TEMPLE – KOM
remains of the Temple of Amenophis, destroyed by the annual flooding of the Nile.
Cruise to Esna, cross the lock and continue onto Edfu.                                  OMBO - EDFU
Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)                                                           Visit the High Dam, a huge rock-fi ll dam, which captures the world's
                                                                                        longest river. Travel by motorboat to Agilika Island and visit the                                                                                                                                   Lots of fun was had by
DAY 6: EDFU – KOM OMBO - ASWAN                                                          reassembled Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple                                                                                                                                     all at our recent
Take a horse-drawn carriage through Edfu to the famous and best preserved               has a majestic aura, particularly at sunset when it turns to gold. Cruise to
ancient Greek-built temple. Horus Temple dedicated to the falcon God was built on       Kom Ombo; visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, dedicated to the                                                                                                                                    Travel Club function
a rise to escape the annual flooding of the Nile. Cruise to Kom Ombo; visit the                                                                                                                                                                                                              hels in Maputo during
                                                                                        crocodile god and the falcon headed
Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, dedicated to the crocodile god and the falcon-
headed god.                                                                             Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)                                                                                                                                                                        February. Prize winners
Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   all contributed a
                                                                                        Day 6 - Sunday: EDFU - ESNA – LUXOR – VALLEY OF KINGS –
                                                                                        HATSHEPSUT TEMPLE                                                                                                                                                                                     bumper R5650 to our
DAY 7: HIGH DAM – PHILAE TEMPLE – FELUCCA RIDE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Charity, IMAGINE,
                                                                                        Take a horse-drawn carriage through Edfu to the famous and best-
Visit the High Dam, a huge rock-fill dam, which captures the world's longest river.
Travel by motorboat to Agilika Island and visit the reassembled Philae Temple           preserved ancient Greek-built temple. Horus Temple dedicated to the                                                                                                                                 during the course of the
dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple has a majestic aura, particularly at          falcon God was built on a rise to escape the annual flooding of the Nile.                                                                                                                                   evening
sunset when it turns to gold. In the afternoon, enjoy a Felucca ride to view the lush   Return to your Nile Cruiser and enjoy the changing scenery as you
Botanic Gardens on Kitcheners Island, Elephantine Island, and Aga Khan's                cruise to Esna and later to Luxor, considered to be one of the world's
Mausoleum on the west bank (view only, no visit).                                       greatest open-air museums. Travel by coach
Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)                                                           to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the Valley of Kings, a
                                                                                        vast City of the Dead for generations of Pharaohs, where magnificent
DAY 8: ASWAN                                                                            tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated and filled with
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to Aswan Airport for flight to Cairo (cost of       treasures for the afterlife. Very few of the rock-cut tombs escaped grave
this flight not included). (B)
                                                                                        robbers during ancient times. The most famous of the sixty-two tombs is
Egyptian Highlights plus Sharm-el-Sheikh –
                                                                                        the tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun unearthed by Howard Carter. At Deir al-
Package includes:                                                                       Bahri, the Temple of Hatshepsut was built for the only woman who ruled
All transfers as indicated in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Sharm El Sheikh                   Egypt. See the Colossi of Memnon; it is all that remains of the Temple of
2 nights' accommodation Cairo sharing twin room
                                                                                        Amenophis, destroyed by the annual flooding of the Nile.
1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian
Museum.                                                                                 Overnight: Nile Cruiser (BLD)
3-night Nile Cruise on full board basis sharing twin cabin                              Day 7 - Monday: LUXOR- KARNAK & LUXOR TEMPLES
1 nights' accommodation Luxor sharing twin room                                         Disembark after breakfast. Visit the Karnak Temple, a complex dedicated to                                Lucky prize winners at our Travel Club function held at Assortim Duty Free in February.
4 nights' accommodation in Sharm El Sheikh sharing twin room                            Amun Ra. Its impressive features are probably the most overwhelming of all the
All sightseeing and entrance fees whilst on cruise                                      Egyptian monuments. Visit the Luxor Temple discovered beneath the shifting
Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)                                         desert sands. It was originally joined to the Karnak Temple by an avenue of                                                                                                                             Kurt Davis/
Itinerary:                                                                              Overnight: Luxor (B)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First Secretary/Vice-Consul
Day 1 - Tuesday: JOHANNESBURG – CAIRO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jamaican High Commission,
Flight from Johannesburg to Cairo.                                                      Day 8 & 11 (Tue - Fri): SHARM EL SHEIKH
Day 2 - Wednesday: CAIRO                                                                Nestled on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm-el-Sheikh's beach                                                                                                                                Pretoria
Arrive Cairo, transfer to hotel. Overnight: Cairo                                       resorts on the Red Sea offer the very best beach holidays. White, sandy
                                                                                        beaches, crystal clear water and amazing snorkelling along some of the world's
Itinerary:                                                                              best coral reefs. Ideal for honey-mooners as well as families. Safe, clean and
Day 1 - Tuesday: JOHANNESBURG – CAIRO                                                   affordable, Sharm-el-Sheikh is small enough to be charming, but big enough not
Flight from Johannesburg to Cairo.                                                      to be boring. Day-tours to the interior and by boat to off-shore reefs ideal for                                                                                                               Won the big prize of the
Day 2 - Wednesday: CAIRO                                                                snorkelling, shopping and nightlife - Sharm-el-Sheikh has it all! (Optional tour                                                                                                              evening, valued at R11 800.
Arrive Cairo, transfer to hotel. Overnight: Cairo                                       available to Mt. Sinai and St. Katherine's Monastery).
                                                                                        Overnight: Sharm-el-Sheikh. (B)                                                                                                                                                                     Two nights for two at
SPHINX                                                                                  Day 11 – Saturday: SHARM EL SHEIKH – CAIRO                                                                                                                                                             Djuma Private
Morning tour of the Egyptian Museum, view the largest depository of                     Day at leisure in Sharm El Shiekh. Transfer to airport for flight to Cairo. Check in                                                                                                                  Game Reserve.
Egyptian Antiquities from the Pharaonic and Greco Roman periods as                      for your flight to Johannesburg.
well as the treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun.                         Day 12 – Sunday: CAIRO – JOHANNESBURG
Afternoon visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only present-day                     Flight Cairo – Johannesburg.                                                                                               New comers from The German Embassy also won a
survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built from over                                                                                                                                                 wonderful prize and Steve Uzell from the British
2300 000 blocks of stone, each weighing about 2.5 tons. Nearby, the                                                                                                                                                 High Commission receives his prize from Dave /
mystical Sphinx keeps watch over the Giza plateau. The 20-metre high                                                                                                                                                              Assortim Duty Free.
man-animal Sphinx, created as a “living image of the sun-god”, was built
by Chephren to guard the entrance to the Pyramids.
Overnight: Cairo (B)                                                                                                        We raised a total amount of R4640 for Tshwane Place of Safety at this function from ticket sales

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