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					OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER                                                        THE DIPLOMAT’S GUIDE TO TRAVEL IN AFRICA                       www.greenrhino.co.za                       PAGE 24

INDIGO BAY ISLAND RESORT AND SPA                    SOUTHERN SUN MAPUTO
Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is on              Previously known as the Holiday Inn Maputo, the gorgeous Southern Sun Maputo is magnificently situated on the beachfront, the Avenida
Bazaruto Island in Mozambique, the                  da Marginal, which overlooks the glistening Indian Ocean. The Southern Sun Maputo presents a haven for local and international business
largest island in the Mozambican                    and leisure. The rich Portuguese heritage of this attractive Mozambiquen city is echoed in the hotel’s continental décor. Accommodation
archipelago. It offers visitors the                 at the Southern Sun Maputo includes 2 luxury suites, 6 executive suites and 158 well-appointed guest rooms. The rooms at the Southern
quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday,         Sun Maputo also offer free internet access. Dining at the Southern Sun Maputo offers guests the opportunity to taste many local and
as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty
of the surrounding area. Bazaruto is one of
                                                    international dishes – all of which are exquisitely prepared. The hotel’s restaurant offers guests a wholesome buffet breakfast, as well as à la
                                                    carte and buffet dinners. Light meals and sundowners are available on the outdoor terrace which overlooks the glorious sparkling ocean.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       www.greenrhino.co.za                                                     THE DIPLOMAT’S GUIDE TO TRAVEL IN AFRICA
Africa's premier scuba diving destinations.
Surrounded by palm trees and a turquoise                                                                                                                                                                OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER                                                                             Volume 82
sea, the accommodation consists of 30
Beach Chalets and 14 Luxury Villas. All the
chalets, villas and guest areas are made of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        INCLUDING TRAVEL  Our services include                        MISSION
natural materials like reeds, wood and                                                                                                                                                                      NEWS, TRAVEL
thatch that blend harmoniously with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         INFORMATION AND  * Accommodation - hotels, game           STATEMENT
surroundings. Each chalet and villa offers
complete luxury, with air-conditioning,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           SNIPPETS FROM        lodges, guest houses, bed
mosquito screens, sumptuous en-suite                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Rhino is an iconic image of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and breakfasts, tented camps
bathroom, mini-bar, 24-hour power,                                                                                                                                                                     AROUND THE COUNTRY       and self catering resorts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Africa and conjures up visions of
satellite TV and telephone access.
Spectacular restaurants specialising in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                excitement and wonderment.
seafood, and characterful bars with                                                                                                                                                                    Welcome to SOUTHERN AFRICA! * Tours and transfers in most
original walls dating back to the early
Portuguese traders, provide the focus of                                                                                                                                                               We trust your stay here will be a                                               It’s very existence relies on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                major areas, i e K r u g e r
Indigo Bay's living areas.. The luxurious                                                                                                                                                              pleasant and interesting one, and we                                            successful conservation, care and
new Sanctuary Spa offers a range of                                                                                                                                                                    know that whilst you are living and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                National Park, Cape
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       dedicated management.
pampering treatments to revitalise the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       working here, you will certainly want to Town, P r e t o r i a a n d
weariest of souls.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       see as much of our beautiful country as  Johannesburg City, Cradle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This in essence has been the
PEMBA BEACH HOTEL AND SPA                                                                                                                                                                              possible.                                of Humankind, Sun City etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       inspiration behind our ‘Green
Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is a modern
oasis in a largely undeveloped land. The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rhino’ brand.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       You will also find that many of your * Package tours, including Victoria
Indian Ocean glitters beyond manicured
lawns, dominating the vista from first floor                                                                                                                                                           family and friends will be coming out      Falls, S u n C i t y, C a p e
                                                                                                                                                                                                       here to visit you, and whilst you will be                                       Our commitment to you is to provide
rooms, whilst in the new Courtyard wing                                                                                                                                                                                                           To w n , D u r b a n ,
you are cosseted in a haven of rich                                                                                                                                                                    all too eager to travel around with them,                                       the most memorable experiences
furnishings and marble clad bathrooms – a                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mozambique and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and point out some of the wonderful                                             and inspirational journeys as you
truly sumptuous rendition of African east                                                                                                                                                                                                         Islands, Botswana,
coast living. At night, enjoy the tropical                                                                                                                                                             discoveries you will have made on your                                          get to know this spectacular and
heat as you drift from the Niassa Bar to the                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mauritius, Seychelles,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       travels, this will not always be possible.                                      vast continent, while at the same
Quirimbas Restaurant, where leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Life as a Diplomat is a very busy one,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  M a d a g a s c a r, Z a m b i a ,
chefs blended international and local                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  time acknowledging our own role in
cuisine, with local seafood in abundance.                                                                                                                                                              and your holidays are very precious, so    Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania
By day, laze around the infinity pool which               www.greenrhino.co.za                                                             AFRICAN TRAVEL                                              we'd like to introduce you to the Green    and Zanzibar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       supporting the people and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       wildlife of Africa.
seems to tumble into the ocean, or take a
short walk to the buzzing Clube Naval and                                                                                                                                                              Rhino African Travel Team who will be
adjacent yacht marina. Here, you will be                                                                                                                                                               your friends and travel advisors * Family accommodation
tempted with all the sporting action your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We aim to promote ethical
                                                                                                                                                                                                       throughout your stay in this country.      and getaways specifically
heart desires – fishing, diving, snorkeling,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           destinations and responsible
windsurfing, sailing, kayaking or water-                                                                                                                                                                                                              geared for children and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cynthia is based in Cape Town and                                               tourism, so that you can be assured
                                                        info@greenrhino.co.za
skiing. The superb Sanctuary Spa offers                                                                                                                                                                                                            small groups (away
an array of treatments from Swedish
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Janet in Mpumalanga, near to the                                                that the money you spend will make
massages to milk baths and will help you                                                                                                                                                                                                           weekends are popular in
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kruger National Park. We regularly                                              a difference.
succumb to pure bliss.


PONTA MAMOLI
                                                        www.greenrhino.co.za                                                                                                                           travel to Pretoria and Maputo to visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                       you all, so watch out for our free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   many of the Embassies)

                                                                                                                                                                                                       cocktail functions and travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              * Coaches and air charter,
“Ponta Mamoli’s beach is idyllic, there is a
lot to do if you are so inclined, from diving to                                                                                                                                                       promotions, to which you will be            including local flights
horse riding, to swimming with dolphins
                                                                                                                                                                                                       invited once we have your contact           and   C a r       H i r e
and various other excursions, but doing as
little as possible is sometimes simply one                                                                                                                                                             details on our data base.                                                       www.greenrhino.co.za
of the best pleasures in life. This little resort                                                                                                                                                                                             * Conferences and team building.
that is tucked away in a corner of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       We have many years of experience in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FOR BESTinDEALS, SPECIALSza&
Southern Mozambique coastline offers you
just that. With comfortable sea facing
accommodation, a stone throw from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       putting together tour and travel * Golfing and other sporting
                                                                                                                                                                                                       programmes and itineraries and in              weekend venues in all areas                 fo@greenrhino.co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DISCOUNTED TRAVEL CONTACT
beach. Ponta Mamoli situated just 25km
north of Kosi Bay and 100km south of                                                                                                                                                                   making suggestions for your weekends
Maputo. Only recently Kingsley Holgate                                                                                                                                                                 away, short stay safaris, fly-in packages * Weddings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          www.greenrhino.co.za
said this of Ponta Mamoli that it has                                                                                                                                                                  and many other options. Our services
isithunzi –he was speaking of the special
atmosphere of the place that it has a nice                                                                                                                                                             are free to you, and in fact we are very
vibe – isithunzi is the Zulu word for dignity.
Come and Escape, Explore and
Experience the Magic of Mamoli “
                                                                                                                                                                                                       often able to offer you substantial
                                                                                                                                                                                                       discounts through our many contacts in
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the African Travel Industry.
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  ACCOLADES FROM FRIENDS                                          I wanted to thank you for your magnificent job of planning
                                                                  travel for Rebecca and I. When the Maputo protests broke                    KILIMANJARO                                             Zimbabwe                                     THE STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE                             Mozambique                                DUGONG BEACH LODGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Discover paradise on the East African
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Stanley and Livingstone, a small
       AND CLIENTS                                                out and so many changes were made so fast (and when
                                                                  Rebecca got to leave resulting in more changes) you were                     CHALLENGE                                  BUMI HILLS                                               luxury hotel aimed at discerning                 BARRA RESORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     seaboard…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Situated along the Southern Mozambique
                                                                                                                                                                                          Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is situated on top of            individuals, is situated on the private          Barra Resorts offers a selection of
I just wanted to let you know that my fiance and I had a
fabulous time on both trips we went on associated with Green
                                                                  amazing. I don't know how you did it all so quickly.
                                                                                                                                             Full Moon Climb                              a hill approximately 55-km south west of                 6000-acre ‘Victoria Falls Private Game           accommodation options on Mozambique’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Coast within 30 000 hectares of pristine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     marine and wildlife territory in the Vilanculos
                                                                                                                                                                                          Kariba town.         With the Zambezi                                                                     Manta coast. Miles of open beaches,
                                                                                                                                           14 Feb - 21 Feb 2011
Rhino - the trip you helped us book to Cape Town and Victoria                                                                                                                                                                                      Reserve’, just 10 minutes from the Victoria                                                       Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary, Dugong Beach
                                                                  I thought I would give you a little feedback.                                                                           escarpment as its backdrop, the well-                                                                     superb scuba diving and a selection of
Falls as well as our recent trip to Hazyview through a prize                                                                                                                                                                                       Falls. Each of the 16 exquisite suites                                                            Lodge combines two biospheres which
                                                                  Fosters Arms in Swaziland: Lovely hotel. Wonderful food.                                                                known Bumi Hills Safari Lodge overlooks                                                                   activities make this a destination for
we'd won at a GR charity event in Maputo.                                                                                                                                                                                                          consists of a spacious bedroom, en-suite                                                          make for a unique wilderness and beach
                                                                                                                                   One of the most scenic routes up the mountain,         the foreshore below and the vastness of                  Victorian-style bathroom, gracious lounge        families and adventure seekers in an eco-        experience. Kick off your shoes, get the sea
                                                                  Pebble Beach was very nice. Not close to the beach or                                                                   Lake Kariba. Each of the 20 bedrooms has                                                                  paradise.
We were so happy with where we were located in Cape Town                                                                           the Machame Route is probably the most                                                                          and individual secluded patio overlooking                                                         sand between your toes, relax and enjoy the
                                                                  coast but only a 5 minute drive. The whales watching was                                                                a view of the lake and game can be seen                                                                   Barra Lodge is set in one of the most
and the weather cooperated the whole time. We put so much                                                                                                                                                                                          tropical gardens and nearby waterholes.                                                           endless, unprecedented beauty of Dugong
                                                                  excellent. I have seen whales in Canada but this was much        beautiful route by which to ascend Mt.                 grazing on the shoreline below the Lodge.                                                                 picturesque areas in Mozambique, with
on our agenda and surely would have fit more if the World Cup                                                                                                                                                                                      The restaurant and bar places great                                                               Beach Lodge. Experience a delightful picnic
                                                                  closer. The staff were very gracious.                            Kilimanjaro. Nights are spent in high-quality 3-       The public areas include a lounge, a                                                                      spectacular views of pristine beaches and
had not been in. Our stay in Vic Falls was nice as well - the                                                                                                                                                                                      emphasis on providing fine cuisine, all                                                           on a deserted island, enjoy leisurely walks on
                                                                                                                                   man alpine tents' sleeping a maximum of two            snooker room, a terrace bar overlooking the              made possible by a chef par excellence,          the crystal clear waters of the Indian           a perfect white-sand beach with translucent
staff were very friendly and eager to accommodate.                You truly made my visit very enjoyable. Kruger was                                                                      lake and a dining room. Magnificent vistas               and guests are encouraged to sample fine         Ocean.
                                                                  amazing and between the Reed Dance, Cape Town, and               persons per tent (so there is space for your           of the lake can also be seen from the Spa.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     waters, marvel at the spectacular vistas at
Thank you again for working with us so diligently with our last                                                                                                                                                                                    wines from the hotel’s handsomely                                                                 Worlds View or sip cocktails in the
                                                                  the game I have some stunning photos. By the way after           luggage too).                                          The Lodge offers a variety of activities                                                                  Flamingo Bay Water lodge is situated on
minute trip, especially at such a busy time in Cape Town. We                                                                                                                                                                                       stocked wine cellar. A wealth of activities                                                       interflowing pool with an island-style bar and
                                                                  the Reed Dance I did some research. Internet chat and                                                                   including walking safaris, game viewing in                                                                stilts on the crystal clear waters of the
really feel that we saw some of the best of South Africa (and                                                                                                                                                                                      is on offer; from game-drives and lion                                                            martini seats offering spectacular views of
                                                                  some sites make it sound like it is all about the king                                                                  open vehicles and by boat, bird watching                                                                  warm Indian Ocean. This eco-paradise is
hope to come back for more).                                                                                                                                                                                                                       walking safaris, to the numerous                                                                  the ocean.      A must during your stay is to
                                                                  choosing another wife. Turns out the tradition dates back to                                                            trips and fishing.     The sunset cruise                                                                  home to flocks of flamingo’s, tropical fish
Taryn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              adrenaline activities on offer at the Victoria                                                    take the boat and visit the Islands for the day.
                                                                  at least 1895. There are photos on a Swazi archives with                                                                provides guests with wonder photographic                                                                  and the very rare dugong.
USAID/Mozambique/PO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Falls and Zambezi River. Of course, a                                                             Snorkelling gear and provisions are taken
                                                                  explanations.. Girls wore a red tassel around their neck                                                                opportunities especially of the famous                                                                    Pomene lodge is situated on a narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the                                                         with to explore the Islands. Islands guests
                                                                  when they began puberty. When they became                                                                               Kariba sunsets.                                                                                           peninsula with the Indian Ocean lapping at
Hi Ladies,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         most compelling sites in the world, is a                                                          can visit Bangwe, Margaruque, Benguerra,
                                                                  marriageable it was removed. In village groups the newly                                                                                                                                                                          its front doorstep and crystal clear waters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   must-see! The Stanley and Livingstone is                                                          Bazaruto, King Point and Pansy Island.
                                                                  available visited the Queen Mother as they do today. The                                                                                                                                                                          of a spectacular mangrove estuary lapping
We just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful two                                                                                                                                MEIKLES HOTEL - Harare                                   more than just a hotel – it offers a once-in-
                                                                  outfits in the photos were as today. What changed in the                                                                                                                                                                          on the other.
days at Buffalo Ridge in Madikwe thanks to a prize at one of                                                                                                                              Meikles Hotel is universally regarded as                 a-lifetime experience that will be imprinted                                                          may not be the cheapest
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                                                                  1950s was that all maidens in the country came to the                                                                                                                                                                              Bamboozi Beach Lodge is hidden in the               but we are the BEST!
your evening events.                                                                                                                                                                      Z i m b a b w e ’s p r e m i e r h o s p i t a l i t y   on your mind forever.
                                                                  Queen Mother at the same time.                                                                                                                                                                                                    heart of a coconut grove alongside a                    info@greenrhino.co.za
                                                                                                                                                                                          establishment, with a colourful history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    beautiful stretch of a virgin beach, this eco-   HOTEL CARDOSO – MAPUTO
We thought Buffalo Ridge was fantastic. The situation             Thanks again                                                                                                            dating back to its opening in November
overlooking the plain was incredibly beautiful both day and       Kathy Thompson
                                                                                                                                   Kilimanjaro – the highest freestanding                 1915 and a reputation second to none for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    friendly beach lodge is built largely from       This Famous Maputo Hotel Offers An Ideal
                                                                                                                                   mountain in the world – lies 3 degrees below the                                                                                                                 natural materials.                               Venue For Both Business And Leisure
night. The rooms were luxurious, comfortable and very             USA                                                                                                                     standards of service, cuisine, amenities                 VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL                                                                              Travellers. The Hotel Has Grand Open
tastefully presented. The food was excellent – the dinners                                                                         equator, is contained entirely within Tanzania &       and facilities. Overlooking the attractive               Often called ‘the grand old lady of the
were top class. And the staff were absolutely wonderful –         Hi Ladies                                                                                                               Africa Unity Square in Harare’s central                                                                                                                    Public Areas And Gardens As Well As 130
                                                                                                                                   is one of Africa’s youngest volcanoes. It peers                                                                 Victoria Falls area’ The Victoria Falls          BENGUERRA LODGE                                  Bedrooms Including 5 Luxury Suites And 10
we’ve never felt so welcome and looked after anywhere else.                                                                                                                               business district, the hotel has 287 rooms                                                                A unique and incomparable African island
 The game drives were brilliant – it was cold this week but we    I just wanted to say a big thank you for managing to book us     down to Kenya on its northern border, and              and 30 suites, as well as a large selection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hotel has been a renowned hospitality                                                             Superior Executive Rooms.
                                                                                                                                   covers an area of over 5 100 square kilometres,                                                                 venue since it opened in June 1904. Its          paradise washed by the warm, turquoise           All Rooms Are Newly Refurbished And
went out for long drives and saw a huge amount of game. Our       some fab places in a busy period. We loved the lodges in Vic                                                            of conference and banqueting rooms to                    quiet grandeur and Edwardian elegance            waters of the Moçambique channel.                Contain State Of The Art Flat Screen Tv’s ,
guide was great – very knowledgeable and helpful. He went         falls, Entabeni and Kruger (where we were greeted in the         thrusting over five kilometres into the sky            cater for a range of local and international             have been hallmarks of its appeal, as            Benguerra is a small, intimate lodge
the extra mile to look for interesting animals and we all came    morning by 40 elephants!) and I think the girls especially                                                              users’ requirements. The award-winning                                                                                                                     Wireless Internet , Spacious Showers And
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have the finest service standards and its        offering personalized service and                The Most Comfortable Beds In The City.
back exhausted but very satisfied.                                loved the wild side camp at Entabeni and Gomo Gomo in                                                                   La Fontaine Grill Room – celebrating its
                                                                                                                                   A high level of physical preparation is essential,                                                              varied amenities and facilities. Situated        barefoot luxury: 11 elegant Chalets, 2           A Major Feature Of The Hotel Is The Large
                                                                  Kruger. Thanks again...                                                                                                 50th anniversary in 208 – and The Pavilion
                                                                                                                                   as you will be walking up to 8 hours a day,                                                                     close to the Falls, with spectacular views       luxurious Suites (with private jacuzzi/pool      Outdoor Swimming Pool, Surrounded By
We would not hesitate to recommend Buffalo Ridge to others                                                                                                                                restaurant offer top-quality dining facilities,                                                           and indoor and outdoor showers) and 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the spray rising from the Falls and of                                                         Beautifully Landscaped Gardens, And A
who wanted an intimate, well run, superbly located lodge with     I'll recommend you to others,                                    occasionally on narrow or little-used tracks.          while other facilities include cocktail bars,            the Zambezi River gorges just below –            exclusive Villa (2 double rooms, private
a real focus on seeing game, no pretention, just good service     Paul                                                                                                                    lounge, business centre, beauty centre                                                                                                                     Terrace Which Offers Stunning Views
                                                                                                                                   Altitudes may exceed 4 000 m, with some days                                                                    including the century-old road and rail          pool, and personal chef to prepare all           Across Downtown Maputo.
and great atmosphere. We’d love to go back! We’ll be doing        British High Commission Pretoria                                                                                        and sauna, as well as retail shops. Special
                                                                                                                                   above 5 000 m.                                                                                                  bridge spanning the gorges to link               meals and arrange all activities). All
a note for all our colleagues at the British High Commission to                                                                                                                           Club Floors offer additional comforts, as                                                                 rooms merge naturally into the
                                                                  So we are back to work today, which isn't as nice as lazing on                                                                                                                   Zimbabwe and Zambia – the hotel is at                                                             Brand New Is The Fiamma Restuarant
recommend it.                                                                                                                                                                             well as private dining and relaxation                                                                     surrounding indigenous forest and are
                                                                  a white sandy beach looking out to the turquoise blue sea.                                                                                                                       present undergoing an upgrade of                                                                  Which Extends Out Across The Hillside
                                                                                                                                   Kilimanjaro Machame Route8 days / 7nights              facilities, as well as masseur service.                  various furnishings and amenities,               meters from the beach. Dive, Snorkel,
Thanks again,                                                     Just a short note to thank you once again for arranging a                                                               Meikles Hotel has been a member of The                                                                                                                     Offering Unbeatable Views Across The Bay,
                                                                                                                                   Challenging TrekA minimum of six, preferably                                                                    keeping it in line with the highest              Fish, Relax…you choose. Benguerra                And Offering A Delectable A La Carte Menu.
                                                                  fantastic holiday. We had such a great time. The weather                                                                Leading Hotels of the World since
                                                                                                                                   seven days hiking is recommended for this                                                                       international standards expected by the          works closely with the local community to        Complimenting This Is An Informal But
John and Sophie                                                   was good in Cape Town and Hermanus where we got to see                                                                  1994.
                                                                                                                                   route that starts on the very scenic southwest                                                                  world’s most discerning travellers. It           conserve and protect this unspoiled and          Sumptous Buffet Including Live Cooking And
                                                                  many whales. Just a shame I forgot to charge my camera!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   offers 150 rooms, 10 suites and a Royal          corner of the world.                             Variety To Suit All Tastes.
Hi Green Rhino                                                    Mauritius lived up to everything I hoped for. The hotel was      side of Kilimanjaro, and follows the contours           THE HIDE                                                Suite, the classic Livingstone Room
                                                                  lovely and our room was amazing. They made my birthday           along the southern face, finally ascending from         Situated on the Eastern Boundary of the
                                                                  very special, which I owe to you for telling them. We had                                                                                                                        dining area and various other facilities
I just wanted to write and say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!                                                                                                                                       famous Hwange National Park in a 5
We had a fabulous time -- the hotel in Cape Town was perfect      great weather too with only one afternoon of rain but that       the southeast up past Barafu camp to Uhuru              square km area, The Hide is one of the few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and amenities that range from a
                                                                  didn't put a dampener on things. Unfortunately, we didn't get    Peak. You will see Kilimanjaro from many                                                                        hairdressing salon and gift shops to a
for us. The location and convenience was great, and the staff                                                                                                                              private camps in the National Park itself.
                                                                  to see any of the island but that was through choice as we                                                                                                                       unique chapel and a sculpture gallery.
was so helpful. The guide/driver on Tuesday was punctual and                                                                       angles, and the scenery is spectacular! It is a         The Tents are large East African style                  Conferences for small to medium groups
informative and we saw everything we wanted to see.               just relaxed, reading and enjoyed the facilities of the hotel.   camping option; all meals are provided on the           under thatch, all overlooking the main
                                                                  Snorkelling was the most energetic thing we did!                                                                                                                                 are also on offer, as are local tours and
                                                                                                                                                                                           waterhole. Each tent has its own en suite
Both Safari lodges (Gomo Gomo and Mohlabetsi) were also                                                                            mountain as well as all the necessary camping           bathroom, consisting of shower, hand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   visits
amazing - I have to tell you, mom and auntie were both *very*     We are off to Istanbul on our next posting but hope to get one   equipment. The guides employed are excellent            basin and flush toilet along with a small                                                                              www.greenrhino.co.za                       AFRICAN TRAVEL
impressed with the vegetarian food we were provided (as was       last holiday in before we go in February so hopefully will be    (some have climbed Kili over 400 times)!. Each          teak dressing table and more importantly,
I). The hospitality of both places and the drives were just
marvelous. The animal viewing at both was great, but the
                                                                  in touch again for some travel in January.                       trip is lead by a senior guide, with other guides in    piping hot water at night and in the
                                                                                                                                                                                           mornings. The hub of the camp is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “For the Very Best
atmospheres really made them both so special.                     Nicky,                                                           a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3           majestic A-Frane which houses the dining

And, of course, all the transfers you arranged went completely
                                                                  British High Commission,
                                                                  Lagos
                                                                                                                                   climbers - if you are a bit slower than the rest or
                                                                                                                                   get ill and have to descend, a guide will always
                                                                                                                                                                                           room and sun lounge downstairs and a
                                                                                                                                                                                           large comfortable lounge and viewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Website                                info@greenrhino.co.za
smoothly and the drivers were so friendly and nice.                                                                                be with you. Food served on the mountain is             area upstairs. Meals are served in
                                                                                                                                                                                           unsurpassed elegance and style around a                         in the whole of                             www.greenrhino.co.za
Thank you Thank you Thank you! I don't think I can say that          “For the Very Best Website                                    generally plain and wholesome.                          magnificent 22 seater teak dining room
enough - without your help, we would've been so lost!!!                                                                                                                                    table. Activities offered include morning
Sonal Pathak                                                           in the whole of Africa, visit                                                                                       or evening guided walks, morning and                               Africa, visit
                                                                                                                                                                                           afternoon game drives and night drives
                                                                              www.greenrhino.co.za”                                                                                        with spotlight. Bush Breakfasts, overnight
                                                                                                                                                                                           sleep-over in “The Doves-Nest” tree                      www.greenrhino.co.za”
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WHISTLETREE LODGE,
QUEENSWOOD, PRETORIA
                                                 BUSH HOUSE
                                                 Your Home in the Big Five Country in the
                                                                                                   Luxury Train                                          Swaziland                                  ITINERARY                                            These treasures represent the cultures,            There have been instances wherein many
Originally built before 1900, the Lodge is set
on the slopes of a wooded hill in a spacious
                                                 malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. We
                                                 are not your normal Game Lodge- we pride
                                                                                                      Travel                                    FORESTERS ARMS                                      Day 1 Fly from Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         persons and events that played a role in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         history of the Kruger National Park and are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            individuals were turned back at our gates due
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to the fact that daily quotas were reached,
landscape of trees, lawns and gardens            ourselves in offering a home away from                                                         Foresters Arms, only 27km from Mbabane
                                                                                                                                                                                                    airport.Met and transferred to Moshi to your         conserved along with the park's natural            something which is not desirable as it caused
close to Rovos Rail, Embassies and the                                                          ROVOS RAIL                                      on a scenic tarred road, is surrounded by
                                                 home atmosphere. A relaxing, informal
                                                                                                Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos                                                              hotel to overnight.                                  assets.                                            a lot of disappointment; said the KNP’s head of
University.         Whistletree Lodge is         hideaway that encourages guests to kick                                                        mountains and forests in the heart of the
delightfully different and combines an                                                          Rail Tours has earned an international          Kingdom of Swaziland. Colourful gardens             Day 2 Climb briefing. Transfer to park gate.                                                            public relations, William Mabasa.”
                                                 off their shoes, unwind and leave the stress
atmosphere of old world charm with a             of the big city behind. What makes the
                                                                                                reputation for it’s truly world class travel    and beautiful views provide a serene                Hike to Machame camp on the forest edge.             GREEN RHINO AFRICAN TRAVEL operates
unique modern style. Spacious or cosy en                                                        experiences. Step aboard the wood               setting, reflected in the lounges, bar and                                                                                                                  The procedure is that once the daily quota has
                                                 Bush House different? Perhaps it’s in the
                                                                                                paneled coaches – classics remodeled                                                                Approx 5 hours, (3 000 metres).                      tailor made Kruger National Park Tours for
suite bedrooms are distinctively different to    people who make you feel so warmly                                                             restaurant warmed by roaring log fires.                                                                                                                     been reached, only people with bookings are
                                                                                                and refurbished to mint condition – and         Delicious meals are prepared and served             Day 3 From Machame to Shira Plateau.                 yourselves, your visitors and your friends.
reflect the history of the Lodge. Swimming       welcome, at the bar after your game drive,
pool, tennis court and sauna available.                                                         enjoy fine cuisine in five star luxury as       with care and pride. Country walks, horse           Approx 5–6 hours,(3 840 metres).                     These tours are combined with the Panorama         allowed in. There is a possibility to allow more
                                                 at the brunch table, or in the boma for
                                                 dinner under the stars. We pride ourselves
                                                                                                some of the most varied scenery                 riding, trout fishing, golf, tennis and squash      Day 4 From Shira Plateau to Barranco                 Route and are conducted in our air                 people if there are people who are moving out
     Magaliesburg
                                                                                                imaginable unfolds beyond the windows.          nearby.        Pool and Sauna. Children                                                                                                                     of the park however individuals cannot rely on
                                                 on really caring for our guests and being
                                                                                                Recapture the romance and atmosphere                                                                camp.Approx 7–8 hours, (3 950 metres).               conditioned microbus with qualified and
                                                 attentive to their needs. Our shady garden                                                     welcome. Malaria free.                                                                                                                                      that process as they might queue for long
                                                                                                of a bygone era, when privileged travelers                                                          Acclimatisation day.                                 professional Kruger Park Field Guides and
      North West Province                        with rolling green lawn encourages lazing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tourist Guides for the Mpumalanga region.          hours or end up not having succeeded in
                                                 by the pool whilst watching the game at the
                                                                                                experienced the magic and mystery of                                                                Day 5 From Barranco via Karanga Valley to
MAROPENG                                                                                        Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.        PHOPHONYANE FALLS LODGE AND                                                                              Our safaris are flexible and we collect from       entering the park. Mabasa went on to
                                                 nearby waterhole.
                                                                                                The trains – which may be hauled by             NATURE RESERVE                                      Barafu camp. Approx 8–9 hours, (4 700
Maropeng, meaning ‘returning to the place        Come as a Guest and leave as a friend!                                                                                                                                                                  Embassies or Private Residences and drop           encourage day visitors to please consider
of our origins’ in Setswana, is the official                                                    steam, diesel or electric locomotives at        Amidst this place of legendary romance and          metres).
                                                                                                various stages of the journey – carry a         breathtaking natural scenery, the                   Day 6 From Barafu via Stella Point to Uhuru (5       you safely home again. Some of the tours           making the necessary prior arrangements
visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind
                                                 JACI’S SAFARI LODGE &                          maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly         Phophonyane Falls Lodge and Nature                                                                       include                                            before hand in order to avoid disappointed.
World Heritage Site.
                                                 JACI’S TREE LODGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                    895 metres).Approx 6 hours. Descend to
Maropeng offers contemporary conference                                                         appointed suites. In a series of train          Reserve is a unique and special place. A
                                                 Jaci’s Safari and Jaci’s Tree Lodges in the    journeys lasting from 24 hours to a             team of friendly Swazi staff welcome you to         Mweka camp on the edge of the rainforest.                                                               Day visitors who pre-book their visit are
facilities for up to 500 delegates at the
                                                 Madikwe Game Reserve where you can             fortnight, the Pride of Africa links some of    this tranquil nature lover's paradise set in a      Approx 7 hours, (3 100 metres).                      two or three nights inside the Kruger Park         expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of
Tumulus building. The three event rooms
can be used for conferences, corporate           encounter the “Top 10” animals on game         Africa’s greatest destinations. Join us for     500 hectare nature reserve with dramatic            Day 7 From Mweka descend to park gate and            returning via the Panorama                         R24 per adult and R12 per child; which is
events, weddings and other special               drive while visiting Jaci and Jan at their     trips to Cape Town/Durban/Victoria Falls        mountain scenery, spectacular waterfalls            transfer to the hotel for a celebratory dinner.      two nights Kruger National Park, one night         meant to secure their space because they
                                                 truly African Lodges enhanced by superb
occasions. In addition, the Tumulus building
                                                 personal service and a very intimate safari
                                                                                                and George. For longer journeys please          and rich indigenous forest. Choose between
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Day 8 Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your       Panorama Route                                     would have been counted in the number that
                                                                                                consider our Golf Safaris/Namibia and Dar       comfortable cottages, riverside safari tents
has expansive open areas that can be used
                                                 experience. Spacious open plan buildings       es Salaam.                                      or rustic and traditional Swazi beehives,           return/onward flight.                                two nights Kruger National Park, one night         made the daily quota. Day visitors with
for product launches, events, corporate
functions, exhibitions, displays and             include magnificent bar and lounge areas.                                                      each blending into the lush sub-tropical                                                                 Private Game Lodge                                 advanced bookings are also expected to
                                                 Unique interiors proudly showcase the          THE BLUE TRAIN                                  forest. Enjoy healthy home-cooked meals                                                                  one night Kruger National Park, one night
showcases. A marquee can be set up on the
                                                 vibrant colours and crafts of Southern         The Blue Train has an aura of mystique                                                              PRICE: FROM Land only R13 980 per person                                                                arrive at the booked gate by no later than
grounds at Maropeng for events larger than
                                                 Africa. Children of all ages welcome.          about it. Kings and presidents have
                                                                                                                                                and fine wines in our beautiful restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                    sharing                                              Private Lodge for those who are short on           13:00 on the date of the booking, because
                                                                                                                                                with a roaring log fire. Small library, internet
500 guests. The 4-star boutique hotel at
                                                 Malaria free with 340 species of birds to be   travelled on this magnificent moving five-      and conference room. Refreshing natural             Flights from R5979 per person                        time                                               after 13:00 the booking lapses.
Maropeng has 13 twin rooms, 10 king
                                                 experienced and enjoyed.                       star hotel. Its very name has become            rock pools, a stunning hilltop pool with views,     Prices are subject to change. Terms and
rooms and one wheel-chair accessible
                                                                                                synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and      walks, hikes, excellent birdwatching and                                                                 Picture courtesy of Gomo Gomo Private              To enhance efficiency at the gates, various
room. Public facilities include a stylish yet
                                                 MOTSWIRI PRIVATE SAFARI LODGE                  personal service. The routes of The Blue                                                            conditions apply
cosy lounge with a fireplace, a chic                                                                                                            small game. A secluded hideaway for                                                                      Game Reserve
                                                 Motswiri Private Safari Lodge lies hidden      Train - both scheduled and chartered - take     travellers seeking a magical retreat. R420 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            field and honorary rangers will be deployed in
restaurant and bar leading out onto a patio
                                                 in the bush, an exclusive lodge offering a     guests through some of the most                 R690 pps with breakfast. Conferences.                                                                                                                       order to assist gate staff with managing the
and swimming pool overlooking the
Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg
                                                 maximum of 10 people a bush experience
                                                 which is impossible to replicate in larger
                                                                                                breathtaking countryside to be found
                                                                                                anywhere in the world.           As the ever-
                                                                                                                                                Children welcome. 3 Self-catering Cottages.         TOUR THE KRUGER                                                                                         queues and other different services available
                                                                                                                                                6 Safari Tents. 2 Swazi Beehives
mountains
                                                 concerns. Our lodge offers some of the         changing scenery flashes past the                                                                   N AT I O N A L PA R K W I T H \                                                                         at the gates.
                                                 best views in Madikwe as well as the           windows, guests can savour exquisite
        Madikwe Game Reserve                     feeling of tranquillity given by the mature    meals freshly prepared on board by top                                                              GREEN RHINO                                                                                             Each gate has its limited number of day visitors
                                                 trees (mostly leadwoods) under which the       chefs. Our meals are complemented by                                                                                                                                                                        that can be allowed per day e.g. in gates such
BUFFALO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE                       main building and 5 luxury bush villas         the best wines South Africa has to offer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK                                                                                as Malelane it is 550 and in small ones like
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a five star        nestle. An intimate homely setting offering    The suites on The Blue Train live up to its
lodge situated at a prime site in the west of    complete privacy.                              reputation for magnificence and                                                                     Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled                                                           Pafuri it is 385. The KNP has 10 entrance
the Madikwe Game Reserve. The inception                                                         splendour. The finest bed linen, marble                                                             diversity of life forms fuses with historical and                                                       gates i.e. Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa,
of this exclusive lodge has an exceptionally     THAKADU RIVER CAMP                             tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and                                                        archaeological sights – this is real Africa.                                                            Giriyondo, Orpen, Paul Kruger, Phabeni,
inspiring story to it in terms of local          Thakadu River Camp is an ecotourism            sheer opulence all ensure that guests will                                                                                                                                                                  Numbi, Malelane and Crocodile Bridge.
community upliftment, business smart,            partnership between North-West Parks,          never forget the time they spend on The
outstanding management and of course,            the Molatedi Community and the                 Blue Train. When you choose to travel on                                                            The world-renowned Kruger National Park
breathtaking location and lavish                 operator, The Madikwe Collection. The          The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a                                                           offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the     FOR ALL THOSE INTENDING TO                         TIPS FOR VISITING KRUGER NATIONAL
accommodation. Offering a very private
experience, Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge
                                                 community has a 45-year lease to operate       world of grace, elegance and romance.                                                               best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the   VISIT THE KRUGER NATIONAL                          PARK
                                                 a commercial lodge with traversing rights                                                                                                          wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this
has eight uniquely decorated suites, each        across the Madikwe Game Reserve. The                                                                                                                                                                    PARK DURING THE DECEMBER
                                                                                                                                                                                                    national park of nearly 2 million hectares,                                                             Rainy Season:
with their own deck which provides guests
with expansive views to the north. This 8-
                                                 concept is unique in South Africa in that
                                                 the community owns the development,                                                                                                                SANParks - Kruger National Park is unrivalled        HOLIDAYS, TAKE NOTE OF THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The subtropical climate has hot rainy
room (16-bed) luxury facility, which has         with substantial benefits accruing back to                                                                                                         in the diversity of its life forms and a world       GATE QUOTAS AND ALSO BOOK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            summers starting in October and ending
been in operation for just over a year, was
skillfully designed by Nick Plewman - an
                                                 the community itself. Thakadu River
                                                 Camp is set within the riverine canopy
                                                                                                                                                                                                    leader in advanced environmental                     YOUR ACCOMMODATION EARLY.                          around March. The summer rains transform
acclaimed small lodge designer - to blend        along the banks of the Marico River and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    management techniques and policies.                  GREEN RHINO WILL ASSIST YOU.                       the arid park into a lush flowering paradise, but
with the beauty of the natural surrounds.        consists of 12 tented suites, each with                                                                                                            Truly the flagship of the South African national                                                        the increased foliage does make animals
 Decorated in natural hews of colour and         their own viewing deck overlooking the                                                                                                             parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number        Kruger National Park (KNP) is expecting a
texture, the thatched suites have sliding        river. The tents are spacious and are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            harder to see.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians,       high volume of visitors to enter the park during
doors from each room and shower which            superbly decorated and appointed. 4 of
allow the guest to fully experience the          the tents are set to one side and make up
                                                                                                                                                                                                    114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.             this coming Festive Season                         Dry Season:
concept of complete integration with the         Little Thakadu which is perfect for families                                                                                                       Man's interaction with the Lowveld                                                                      The winter months from April to September are
bushveld.                                        or small groups of up to 8 people.                                                                                                                 environment over many centuries - from               Day visitors are urged to either arrive at the
                                                 This lodge has a phenomenal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            extremely pleasant with warm dry days and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    bushman rock paintings to majestic                   gate very early in the morning as the service is   cold nights. Traditionally, the best game
                                                 atmosphere due to the foundations upon
                                                 which it is built and the gratitude of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    archaeological sites like Masorini and               on first come first served basis or to pre-book    viewing is in the winter as the vegetation
                                                 community which it is helping to build.                                                                                                            Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger            their entrance via central reservations            becomes sparse and water is restricted to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    National Park.                                       (012 428 9111).                                    rivers and water holes.
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 Plan your trip – do not try and cover too great a
 distance. The Kruger National Park is a
                                                     Irene Dairy Farm
                                                     Nellmapius Drive, Irene
                                                                                                         Something of interest for                                  Mpumalanga                                SERENITY FOREST ECO RESERVE
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Serenity is in close proximity to Swaziland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ENTABENI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The Place of the Mountain” is situated in                   Gauteng
 massive tract of land and frequently visitors try   Tel: 012-667-1000                                          the children                                                  Panorama                        (Matsamo/Jeppes Reef border gate) only          the World Heritage “Waterberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               131 ON HERBERT BAKER
                                                                                                                                                                                                              40minutes away and Maputo in                    Biosphere” of the Waterberg region. Less
 to cover too much ground. Slow travel and           Open 7 days per week from 8am to 6 pm              or adults who think they are                           LIKWETI LODGE & SANCTUARY
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mozambique only 90minutes away and the          than a three-hour drive north of                 The hotel comprising a Presidential Suite
 regular stopping produces much more action          Irene Dairy Farm is over a hundred years old and                                                                                                         Krugar National Park is only 19km away.         Johannesburg, this 12000ha malaria-free          and seven luxury bedrooms is grandly
 than covering a lot of ground.
                                                                                                                still children                                 Likweti (meaning “morning star” in siSwati)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              For the Golf ethuasiasts stay at Serenity       reserve boasts five eco-systems. The             situated on Herbert Baker Street with
                                                     still has the original sheds, stables and                                                                 is only minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga
                                                                                                                                                                                                              and play at Leopard Creek.                      upper escarpment offers majestic craggy          breathtaking views of the city whilst offering
                                                     farmhouse. It has a beautiful country                                                                     International Airport (KMIA), an easy four
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Our uniquely appointed 9 luxury suites at      rock formations and wide open grass              an elite clientele the luxury of exclusive
                                                                                                                                                               hour drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg
 Early mornings and evening time are usually         atmosphere and you are welcome to watch the                           WHY MONKEYS                         and three hours from Maputo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              LAKE VIEW and FOREST VIEW are                   plains. This is separated from the lower         accommodation in the privacy they require.
 the most productive game viewing periods.           cows being milked, walk around the farm, and                                                                                                             linked via elevated walkways above the          plateau by 600 metre high cliffs. Entabeni         Other facilities include a pool, fax and
                                                     buy fresh produce daily. They sell organic
                                                                                                                            LOOK LIKE                          Whether you are staying in one of the
                                                                                                                                                               luxurious 5 Star Likweti Lodge suites or
                                                                                                                                                                                                              forest floor, romantically tucked into this     offers more than game sightings of the Big       wireless internet and a secure on-site
                                                                                                                                                                                                              indigenous forest with spacious private         5. Experience scenic helicopter flights,         parking garage. In close proximity to
 Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird        veggies, milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, butter,                           PEOPLE                            rooms – on a fully inclusive basis – or
                                                                                                                                                               experiencing the self catering option in one
                                                                                                                                                                                                              decks overlooking the crystal clear             stargazing in the observatory, sunset            shopping malls, gyms, golf courses, theatre
 and wildlife reference books, a hat and             confectionaries, coffee and preserves.                                                                    of two different 3-Star self catering camps,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              mountain stream… the ideal place for a          cruises, a Wellness Centre, Buffalo              and other entertainment, and 10 minutes
 sunscreen lotion. Also remember to take along                                                                                                                                                                “Honeymoon”.                                    breeding project, Kwa Nyati Eco Camp             from the Pretoria CBD.
                                                     Johannesburg Planetarium                                                                                  you will find dining at the Pezulu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Serenity promotes the AFRICAN culture         and a variety of game viewing activities         At your service
 medicines such as anti-histamine and lotion for                                                                                                               Restaurant an exceptional culinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • 24 hour surveillance, plus full time guards •
                                                     The Johannesburg Planetarium offers the                                                                   experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              through the awakening of all your senses        including bush walks and game drives.
 insect stings and bites.                                                                                                                                                                                     with: Sublime cuisine, the smell of giant                                                        transfer services • 24 hour room service
                                                     following shows:                                   Many years ago, a terrible famine struck the land      The reserve is home to three of the Big 5,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • PRIVATE BUTLER • concierge • gifting
                                                                                                                                                               namely White Rhino, Cape Buffalo and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              forest trees, the soothing sound of the         MONATE PRIVATE GAME LODGE
                                                     Monday at 7pm: Looking at Current Night Sky        and for a very long time no rain fell. As a result,                                                   cascading water that flows through the                                                           service • in room spa
 Do not leave any food unattended, as thieving                                                                                                                 Leopard together with some of the more                                                         Discover the gem of the bushveld…
                                                     The 8pm Friday show & 3pm Saturday show            no crops could be grown. The people who lived                                                         lodge that calms the spirit, the endless        Monate Game Lodge is an elegant &
 monkeys and baboons are a constant threat.                                                                                                                    elusive antelope like Sable, Eland and                                                                                                          COURT CLASSIQUE SUITE HOTEL,
                                                     change every once in a while.                      during those terrible times had little food to eat.    Kudu. General game – in the form of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              different shades of green that surround         peaceful break away retreat where guests
                                                                                                                                                                                                              you which gives rise to mystical forest tales   can enjoy the serenity of the bush whilst        PRETORIA
                                                     The Johannesburg Planetarium is located on                                                                Nyala, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala,
    DECEMBER HOLIDAYS ARE                                                                                                                                                                                     and the SWAZI BEEHIVE style of                  being treated like royalty. The perfect          The Four star COURT CLASSIQUE (Best All
                                                     Yale Road in Millpark, Johannesburg. Tickets                                                              Warthog, Vervet Monkeys, Jackal and                                                                                                             Suite Hotel in SA 2005) is situated in the
                                                                                                       At last, the village elders decreed that all the        more – abound and roam freely in this very
                                                                                                                                                                                                              architecture to complete the texture of your    corporate or weekend escape.
                                                     are R10 for kids, R25 for adults, and R50 for
            JUST                                                                                                                                                                                              experience.                                     Monate offers an unsurpassed dining              upmarket diplomatic suburb of Arcadia,
                                                                                                       remaining food would be stored in one safe place        special wildlife sanctuary. Over 300 bird                                                                                                       Pretoria. We offer free wireless internet, free
                                                     family groups.                                    where it could be guarded from thieves and              species also call Likweti home, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Immerse yourself in this natural beauty      experience designed to tantalize your
     AROUND THE CORNER.                                                                                                                                                                                       and experience the ultimate well being!         taste buds, served in different settings,        transfers in Pretoria (7am – 4pm weekdays)
                                                     For more information, call (011) 717-1392.        animals. The men chosen to guard the food               the seldom seen African Finfoot. Morning                                                                                                        & 58 boutique style suites. Pet -, child and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is a paradise for the discerning nature      such as our unique natural cave, the open
                                                                                                                                                               and evening game drives are offered.                                                                                                            disabled friendly. Our adjacent three star
                                                     Swim School in Garsfontein                        were all proven warriors and were trusted not to                                                       lover, and a sanctuary for your soul, truly     bush or around the lodge campfire. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               property, THE SENTINEL EXECUTIVE
                                                                                                       steal it.                                                                                              “……It’s where your imaginations takes           professional and enthusiastic Game
                                                                                                                                                               MISTY MOUNTAIN, SABIE
  KID FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN                       You don't have to wait for summer to start swim
                                                                                                                                                               Misty Mountain – a nature lover’s haven –
                                                                                                                                                                                                              you…….!”                                        Rangers conduct adventurous game                 APARTMENT HOTEL, caters for long stay
                                                     lessons. This S.A. accredited swim center has                                                                                                                                                                                                             and self-drive clientele.
      AND AROUND PRETORIA                            qualified and professional instructors, for small Time passed and the drought did not break. The          is a 280 hectare South African Natural                                                         drives - share in their fascinating

                                                     children to adults. Teaching is done in an indoor food was in very short supply and the small daily
                                                                                                                                                               Heritage Site situated on the spectacular      “For the Very Best Website                      knowledge about our cheetah rewilding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and brown hyena research projects.               CRICKLEWOOD MANOR
                                                                                                                                                               Long Tom Pass (31 kilometres from                                                                                                               With the grandeur of a bygone era,
Kid’s Castle                                         heated pool. In addition to swimming lessons, ration left everyone hungry. Eventually, their              Lydenburg and 24 kilometres from Sabie),                                                       Monate’s exceptional & vibrant team will
Kids’ games, rides, pony rides, tea garden & beer    they also have aqua aerobics classes. The hunger and the temptation of the food proved too                Mpumalanga, South Africa. Perched at an           in the whole of Africa, visit                ensure that your visit is an overwhelming        Cricklewood Manor is resplendent in luxury.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Centrally located in the prestigious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and memorable success. Monate
garden. Kids: R20,                                   center is located at 698 Jacqueline Drive in much for one group of warriors. They started to              altitude of 1700 metres above sea level in                                                                                                      neighbourhood of Waterkloof in Pretoria,
Adults: R5; 100 per hour. Go out Lynnwood            Garsfontein, Pretoria. Contact Jeanne-Ame eat. The next guards to come on duty found the
                                                                                                                                                               a malaria free area, Misty Mountain is               www.greenrhino.co.za”                     Welcomes You! Malaria Free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               South Africa, Cricklewood Manor is ideal for
                                                                                                                                                               uniquely set in mountainous countryside                                                                                                         discerning business, leisure and diplomatic
Road near Willows Hospital. Turn left onto Simon     Laubscher at (012) 998-5131 or 082-344-0993 thieves still eating and the angry warriors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Limpopo
                                                                                                                                                               with majestic views across the escarpment                                                      SHIBULA LODGE AND BUSH SPA                       guests, with 30 luxury double suites
Vermooten Road..Go 100 meters, see big sign          for more information.                             dragged the shamed men before the village               and into the Lowveld. Conveniently                                                             Welgevonden Private Game Reserve,                available. Six Conference Rooms, two
and turn right onto Farm Road. Telephone: 012-                                                         council to be tried.                                    situated on the Panorama Route, Misty           (formaly) Northern Province                    Limpopo Province                                 sundecks and verdant gardens are perfect
807-0688.                                            Willows Riding Center                                                                                     Mountain is an ideal base from which to                                                        Nestled in the unspoilt wilderness of the        for conferences, events and weddings of up
                                                                                                                                                               explore the Mpumalanga escarpment                                                              Malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game            to 70 guests. Cricklewood Manor is a mere
                                                     Horseback riding lessons are available at the The village chief said to them, “You all look fit and                                                      ANT’S NEST & ANT’S HILL
 Children’s Farm                                     Willows Riding Center off Lynnwood Road (east strong. This is because you have been eating
                                                                                                                                                               (God’s Window, The Pinnacle, Bourke’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ant’s Nest & Ant’s Hill are private bush
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reserve, Shibula Lodge offers the                five minutes’ drive from Pretoria's CBD, near
                                                                                                                                                               Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon) and                                                         discerning visitor a taste of wild Africa with   all major highways and close to most
 Looking for somewhere different to take the kids?   of Hans Strijdom) in Pretoria. Group lessons are the food you were entrusted to guard. However,           world renowned Kruger National Park.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              homes in the magnificent malaria-free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              exceptional Big Five game viewing over
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Waterberg. Specializing in a home-from-                                                          embassies and government buildings, the
 The Children’s Farm offers the largest variety of   available every afternoon from 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 we will not kill you for this shameful act. But we                                                                                                       36 000 hectares. Luxury thatched suites          best shopping malls, restaurants, golf clubs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              home experience, they can be booked
 domestic animals on one farm. They are open to      p.m. for children 3 ½ and up. The cost is R40.00 will give you a lesson that you will not forget. You    RISSINGTON INN, HAZYVIEW                        exclusively or not. Enjoy fabulous horse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are uniquely positioned for ultimate             gyms, hospitals, entertainment venues and
 the public the first Sunday of each month, from                                                                                                                                                                                                              privacy and views. One can only sit back         game parks in Pretoria.
                                                     for the hour. If paid by the month, a once a week will be turned into animals that look almost           Rissington Inn is an affordable, award-         riding safaris, guided bush walks or game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and unwind while drifting away on the
 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is also a party venue     lesson costs R150 or a twice a week lesson human. People will drive you away from their
                                                                                                                                                              winning country lodge. Stylish but relaxed      drives on their privately owned reserve and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sounds of nature that surrounds you…             PREMIER HOTEL PRETORIA
 place or they will bring the farm animals to your                                                                                                            and informal. A la carte restaurant, open 7     enjoy al fresco wining and dining with a                                                         Situated minutes from the Pretoria CBD, in
                                                     costs R185. Private lessons are also available homes because you will always be ready to                                                                                                                 Relax in our highly recommended Spa,
                                                                                                                                                              days a week. Superb food. Fully licensed        view. Flexibility is what they pride                                                             close proximity to Embassies and
 party venue. The Children’s Farm is located at 25   (for children or adults) for R55.00.                                                                     bar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with a range of treatments that will leave
                                                                                                       steal. You will lurk in the cold trees in winter                                                       themselves in, tailor making guests stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you numb at the thought of going back to         Consulates, Loftus Versveld Stadium, and
 Philirene Ave., Swartkop, Centurion. Call (012)     Call 083-407-7111 for more information.                                                                   16 individual rooms. Colourful gardens. All    with them. Suitable for families with kids of
                                                                                                       while we have warm fires. You will never live                                                                                                          reality! Whether guests desire a place to        diagonally opposite the Union Buildings.
 666-8604 for more information.                                                                                                                               rooms have their own bathrooms, ceiling         all ages, riders, honeymooners or just good                                                      The Hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of
                                                                                                       with us again!”                                        fans, private entrances, verandahs and          friends travelling together.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              unwind and experience peace of mind,
Bird Show at Monte Casino                            Clamber Club                                                                                             breathtaking views. Cheerful, attentive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              body and soul, or feel exhilarated               the Jacaranda City and is the ideal venue for
                                                     Mother and Child Mini-gym                                                                                                                                                                                outdoors, Shibula’s friendly staff is there to   business and leisure travellers. The hotel
Kids are sure to enjoy this one! Show times are                                                        Then the powerful village nganga turned the            hospitality. Swimming pool and walks            WATERBERG COTTAGES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               boasts 118 rooms, 6 conference rooms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              provide guests with excellent service,
1pm and 3pm, Tuesdays through Fridays and            Birthday Party Venue (1-8 year olds)              thieves into the first monkeys. When they saw          down the valley. Spectacular birds and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              guaranteeing a genuine African Safari            accommodating from 20 to 300 delegates as
                                                                                                                                                              game sightings.                                 Nestled in the heart of the Waterberg
11am, 1pm, and 3pm on weekends and holidays.         The Clamber Club provides an exciting physical what they looked like, they ran away to hide in                                                           plateau, Waterberg Cottages offers it’s         experience in the untamed bush. Sunsets,         well as a fully equipped Business Centre,
                                                                                                                                                               One kilometre on a gravel road off the R40,
Entrance fee is R25/adult and R15/child. In          play program for children from 4 months to 4 the bush.                                                   just South of Hazyview. On the Panorama         guests a haven of tranquillity, relaxation      bush sundowners, night drives and star-lit       the Ambassador Restaurant and the
                                                     years. The program was designed by an                                                                                                                                                                    boma dinners are part of this African            Embassy Bar.
addition to the bird show, the Monte Casino has a                                                                                                             Route and 10 minutes from the Kruger            and fun, in the beautiful Bushveld. Only 2.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Premier Hotel Pretoria has 89 standard
                                                                                                                                                                                                              hours away from Pretoria and malaria free       experience.
children’s arcade and a food court with              occupational therapist and aims to stimulate the That is why today, when we watch a troop of             National Park. Golf, riding and a host of                                                                                                        deluxe rooms, 24 executive rooms and 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                              they invite you to leave behind the stress
McDonald’s and Spur restaurants. Monte Casino        development of physical and perceptual skills. Vervet Monkeys, they seem almost human;                   activities nearby. Rissington Inn –                                                                                                              suites all tastefully decorated in neutral
is located in Four Ways, Johannesburg. For more      Clamber Club encourages early socialization especially in the way the mothers look after their           Exceeding expectations.                         and strain of the city and experience the        Need a Travel Package to                        colours. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              unspoilt wilderness of the Waterberg
information, call (011) 511-1864.                    and provides general sensory motor stimulation babies and scold the naughty youngsters.                                                                  Biosphere.       Waterberg Cottages is a        VICTORIA FALLS, NAMIBIA,                         queen or twin bed options, writing desks,
                                                                                                                                                               Need a Travel Package to
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CHEETAH PLAINS PRIVATE GAME                     MOHLABETSI SAFARI LODGE                           N AT U R A L E X P O S U R E
RESERVE                                         In the heart of the African wilderness,           PHOTOGRAPHIC & WILDLIFE
                                                                                                                                                                                                           131 ON HERBERT                                                                                      Loosen up your legs on a walk in the Zuurberg –
                                                where nature reigns supreme, lies a               WORKSHOPS                                                                                                                                                                                                    from 1 hour to a full day.
Cheetah Plains is situated in the Sabi Sand
Game Reserve, world renowned for its big        tranquil retreat called Mohlabetsi. Your          Natural Exposure offers Photographic and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                BAKER –
five game viewing. The lodge offers             hosts Tony & Alma invite you to come              Wildlife Workshops toeveryone who enjoys                                                           131 on Herbert Baker is fast becoming the most
intimacy and exclusivity accompanied by         especially close to nature on our safari          spending time in the bush. The                                                                     sought after venue in Pretoria, following their
superb service and luxury accommodation.        activities.         With only six African         Photographic Workshop caters for the                                                               opening on 2 August 2010. Michael and Sheri
The lodge exudes a distinct warmth and          Rondawels and two Family Lodges, you              expert photographer as well as complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Valente have created an exclusive home from
comfort, allowing one to feel right at home.    will enjoy the intimacy and privacy of a          beginners and offers one-on-one tuition to                                                                                                                                                                   IN AND AROUND ADDO
Cheetah Plains strives to embrace a             small camp. The rooms, with al fresco             people who want to learn about                                                                     home with their boutique hotel. The unsurpassed
                                                                                                  photography as well as wildlife.The Wildlife       SHINDZELA – “honey badger”
contemporary ethnic design, with 8              showers, are decorated using indigenous
                                                                                                                                                     Shindzela is an affordable tented safari
                                                                                                                                                                                                     views of Pretoria are spectacular. There are 7
elegantly decorated chalets nestled into the    themes, inspired by local tradition &             Workshop is aimed at people who don't
                                                                                                                                                                                                     luxury rooms and 1 Presidential Suite. Ristorante                                                         Schotia Safaris
                                                                                                  want a guidingqualification, but would like        camp, set within the greater Kruger National
indigenous gardens of the camp. The             culture. Gourmet meals are served in
                                                                                                                                                     Park, South Africa. Here, we offer you an       Grissini is headed up by Head Chef Xanthya Kriel                                                          Their Tooth and Claw Safari starts at 3 or 4 pm,
traditionally thatched accommodation            unusual surroundings, reflecting the spirit       to learn about the bush and enhancetheir
                                                                                                                                                     authentic wildlife safari, in an unfenced       who delivers a fine dining experience with an                                                             depending on the season. You will enjoy a game
blends seamlessly into the African bush.        of your safari adventure.                         own personal knowledge. The workshop
                                                                                                  covers many interestingfacts about                 wilderness environment. We have no power                                                                     THE EASTERN CAPE                             drive, drinks, and then a delicious open air
Each of the calming en-suite rooms feature        Our Rangers and Trackers, whose                                                                                                                    Italian twist. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are
modern amenities including air                  enthusiasm and knowledge will make your           astronomy, birds, mammals, plants,
                                                                                                  tracking and animalbehaviour.            The
                                                                                                                                                     in camp: instead we use solar power, gas
                                                                                                                                                     and candles. The camp accommodates just         served daily. High Tea is served twice a day, from      A FASCINATING ALTERNATIVE                         dinner at the boma. After dinner, there will be a
conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets      safari unforgettable, guiding you into the
                                                                                                                                                     12 guests, and offers bush walks, and both      10.00am to 12.00pm and 3.00pm to 5.00pm. All                                                              night drive, and the tour ends at 9 or 10pm.
and telephones. The chalets all flow onto       pristine world of the Greater Kruger Park.        courses are offered in areas adjoining the
                                                                                                  Kruger National Park,ensuring a wide               day and night game drives in open 4 wheel       bookings are strictly by reservation only. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Why not try the Eastern Cape for a                  Bookings are essential – a very popular activity
the indigenous gardens and their wild           Travel in open Landrovers or set out on foot
surroundings. Resident chef Henry de            to explore the wonder of this unspoilt            variety of wildlife and habitats. Courses are      drive vehicles. The camp has an informal,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     facilities inlcude a cutting edge boardroom with      short break or for your next holiday.
                                                ecosystem.           We are situated in the       alsoarranged at other locations at the             relaxed atmosphere.                                                                                    There is plenty to see and do and
Villiers has designed an eclectic menu of                                                                                                                                                            space for up to 20 delegates. Corporates and
traditional South African flavours for          Balule Nature Reserve which is integrated         guest's request.           These workshops         The Timbavati Private Game Reserve is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            some wonderful accommodation                       Elephant Back Safaris
Cheetah Plains. The buffet style dining         into the Greater Kruger Park. Our unfenced        offer guests the opportunity to experience,        home to a myriad of mammal species,             diplomatic parties will find it an ideal meeting                                                          You will ride on the back of an elephant with an
                                                                                                  learn and explore the natural environment          including Africa’s “Big Five” animals (lion,    venue.         Welcome to our world, where first        establishments offering special
embraces the relaxed atmosphere of the          eastern boundary allows the free flow of
                                                                                                  with top guides and photographers, who             leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               experienced guide to hang on to. Feed the
lodge, and makes the most of delicious          animals within a 65 000 km2 Transfrontier
                                                                                                  want to share more than just their                 species of game include cheetah, African
                                                                                                                                                                                                     impressions count...but it is the lasting ones that      GREEN RHINO DISCOUNTED RATES                     elephants, and watch them swim in the
local fare, giving guests a true taste of       Park incorporating South Africa,                                                                                                                     memories are made of!.
South African cuisine.                          Mozambique and Zimbabwe."
                                                                                                  knowledge of the big five.                         wild dog, hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild                                                                                                             waterhole. A meal at the waterhole is included.
                                                                                                                                                     dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention just                                                                                                              Rides are at 8am 11am and 3.30pm.
                                                                                                  RHINO WALKING SAFARIS                              a few. There are over 350 bird species
                                                                                                                                                                                                     DON’T MISS OUR YEAR END CHRISTMAS
DJUMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE –                    MONWANA LODGE- THORNYBUSH                         Rhino Walking Safaris specialises in luxury        recorded in the area.                           CHARITY FUNCTION ON 25 NOVEMBER
Sabi Sand                                       GAME RESERVE                                      walking safaris in 12,000 hectares of              Accommodation is in twin bed canvas safari      WHICH IS TO BE HELD AT THIS BEAUTIFUL                                                                     Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre
Vuyatela is an exclusive lodge is situated in   Monwana Lodge is a four star superior,            pristine bushveld in the only wilderness                                                                                                                                                                     1 hour tours throughout the day.
the ‘Big 5’ Sabi Sand Game Reserve              exclusive game lodge, consisting of six air       concession in the Kruger National Park.
                                                                                                                                                     tents, set on wooden platforms. Private reed    VENUE                                                 Deep within the shadows of the dense valley
                                                                                                                                                     and wood en suite bathrooms have a                                                                                                                        An experienced snake and bird handler will give
bordering the world famous Kruger               conditioned luxury suites. The lodge is run       The concession shares a 15km unfenced              shower, hand basin and flush toilet.                                                                  bushveld of the Sundays River region of the
National Park. With only 8 luxurious air-       in a friendly, homely atmosphere                  boundary with the famous Mala Mala and             We have deliberately decided to keep the                                                              Eastern Cape lies the Addo Elephant National        you an informative tour
conditioned suites, complete with their own     encouraging guests to relax and enjoy             Sabi Sands reserve.                                                                                                                                                                                          You can handle the birds and snakes under
                                                                                                                                                     camp undeveloped, so as to better blend in                                                            Park. Here, the evenings are punctuated by the
deck and private plunge pools, this lodge       themselves. Monwana Lodge is situated in          Plains Camp has four African explorer-style
                                                                                                  tents, overlooking the spectacular
                                                                                                                                                     to the environment, and offer guests an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the   professional supervision
offers exclusive privacy.       Spend time      the Thornybush Game Reserve, which                                                                   undisturbed wilderness experience.
relaxing in the tranquil wellness centre        shares common boundaries with the                 Timbitene plain. This 8-bed camp is built in                                                                                                             francolin's call heralds each new dawn. Safe        All the birds have been rescued and
named the Rubbing Post, with an array of        Greater Kruger National Park and is               authentic pioneer tradition and reflects the
                                                                                                                                                     ULUSABA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE                                                                          from relentless persecution in the past, the grey   rehabilitated after accidents or abandonment.
                                                                                                  ambience of a 19th century naturalist’s
pampering treatments, or alternatively          approximately 12 000 hectares in size. This
                                                                                                  retreat.                                           Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is Sir                                                                   leviathans of the bush now roam in peace.           Enjoy a meal next door at Lenmores.
burn off some energy in the well-equipped       is big 5 country in the heart of South Africa's                                                      Richard Branson's safari lodge located in
gym.       Excellent game viewing, high         pristine bushveld. Monwana Lodge is
                                                                                                  Rhino Post Safari Lodge is set under
                                                                                                                                                     the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.                                                                                                                       Addo Croc and Lion Ranch
                                                                                                  magnificent Tamboti trees and is built with
service standards, delicious cuisine and a      located on the seasonal Monwana River.            natural materials – stone, wood, thatch and        Guests can share their time between the                                                               The original Elephant section of the park was       A 1 hour tour of a range of wild species including
warm atmosphere ensure a memorable              The waterhole is strategically positioned so      canvas. Each suite is beautifully decorated        two lodges - Rock and Safari Lodge. Safari                                                            proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven                lions, crocodiles, tigers, wild boar and others.
safari. Galago Camp offers a personal           that animals are always within view. The                                                             Lodge is built along the banks of the dry
                                                Monwana river is the ecological backbone
                                                                                                  and the bedroom and lounge area offer                                                                                                                    elephants remained in the area - today this         Meals available at the restaurant.
safari experience for family or friends at a                                                      wonderful views of the riverbed.                   Mabrak riverbed. Guests will love the sense
four-star rated private camp. This self-        of the Thornybush Game Reserve, flowing                                                                                                                                                                    finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450
catering lodge has five en-suite colonial       briefly after heavy rains. Thornybush Game
                                                                                                  Sleep Outs are on elevated wooden                  of adventure as they cross the swing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety     Amakhala Game Reserve
                                                                                                  platforms. This is the only place in the           bridges between exquisite tree house
style bedrooms, suitable for groups of up to    Reserve is well known for its abundance of        Kruger National Park offering this unusual         rooms.                                                                                                of antelope species, as well as the unique          On the N2 towards Grahamstown.
10 guests.                                      game. There is a great diversity of animal        accommodation.                                     Rock Lodge is perchedon the summit of a
                                                and birdlife with over 56 mammal and 300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively
                                                                                                  SAUSAGE TREE BUSH CAMPS.
                                                                                                                                                     koppie and provides panoramic views over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in Addo. And their Addo has only just begun.        The tour starts at midday and lasts 6 hours.
GOMO GOMO GAME LODGE                            bird species.                                                                                        miles of bush. Rock Lodge includes the
Gomo Gomo is a private and intimate camp                                                          Our visitors become part of the family                                                                                                                   with plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo            Wonderful game viewing, lunch, great views of
                                                                                                                                                     luxurious Cliff Lodge which has two
situated in the prestigious Associated          M O T S WA R I       P R I VAT E G A M E          Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage                                                                                                                                                                    the Bushmans river, and a river cruise are
                                                RESERVE - TIMBAVATI                               Tree Bush Camps promises rich game
                                                                                                                                                     magnificent suites.                                                                                   National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-
Private Nature Reserve. We are located in
                                                                                                  viewing and spectacular views, as our              Children of any age are welcome at the                                                                park. In addition, plans include the proposed       included.
in the eastern part of the Reserve,             Arrive at Motswari game reserve as a
                                                                                                                                                     Rock Lodge but must be 12 or above to stay
bordering on the Timbavati Private Nature       visitor and leave as a friend.” Set in the        boundary with Kruger National Park is open                                                                                                               proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre)
Reserve on the one side and the Klaserie        Timbavati, part of the Greater Kruger             and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains             at the Safari Lodge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           marine reserve that includes islands that are       The Lookout
                                                National Park, you are assured of rich            form a majestic back drop.                         With unique sights, sounds and smells of
Private nature Reserve on the other, giving                                                       These family-owned and operated safari             Africa on your doorstep in the kind of style                                                          home to the world's largest breeding                A beautiful picnic spot overlooking the Sundays
                                                game viewing as our boundary with Kruger
you the best of both worlds. Our traversing
                                                is open. In operation for 30 years as an          camps pride themselves on their warm               and luxury you'd expect from a five star                                                              populations of Cape gannets and second              River Valley, where you can enjoy some
area is +- 5000ha with an excellent                                                               atmosphere with a choice of either African         boutique hotel, Ulusaba is perfect place for                                                                                                              peaceful moments, or enjoy a sundowner. Set
possibility of coming face to face with the     original traditional game lodge. Here
                                                                                                  safari tented or historic farm house               all age groups and for any occasion to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           largest breeding population of African penguins.
Big 5 and numerous other mammals and            nature is unaffected by man’s need to
                                                                                                  accommodation. Enjoy lantern lit dinners in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in unspoilt indigenous thicket vegetation. Bring
                                                shape his environment. Family-owned, we                                                              experience a safari.
bird species. A maximum of 16 guests are                                                          our boma or open deck under the star                                                                                                                     The world’s best elephant viewing. The              your own refreshments. A Special Treat –
                                                pride ourselves on our conservation
accommodated in fully furnished, brick and
                                                values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning
                                                                                                  studded African sky.                               UMLANI BUSH CAMP, nr Kruger                                                                           elephants come down to the waterholes to drink      pamper yourself to a spa at Woodall or Casa
thatch luxury en-suite chalets with with                                                          Sunrise and sunset safari’s in open 4 x 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mia.
                                                wines, luxurious accommodation and                                                                   National Park                                                                                         around midday, and stay there for a couple of
electricity and air-conditioning.                                                                 vehicles and on foot are the highlights of the
                                                hospitality. Our 15 thatched, en suite                                                               * Quality Big 5 game viewing
                                                bungalows are decorated in understated,
                                                                                                  day, with our professional field guides visitors
                                                                                                                                                     * Part of the Greater Kruger National Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           hours. When they return to the bush, they are
                                                natural materials, have air conditioning,
                                                                                                  can go in search of some of Africa’s famous
                                                                                                                                                     * Award-winning cuisine                                                                               difficult to see. The Park also offers guided       For the energetic – Quad bike rides and
                                                                                                  variety of mammal and bird life.
                                                mosquito nets and spectacular bush and            At Sausage Tree Bush Camps we strive               * Game drives in open Landrovers                                                                      tours as well as night drives.                      paintball.
                                                river views. Professional rangers and             towards being exclusive and affordable at the      * Bush walks
                                                skilled, local trackers guide your                same time. Both our camps can only                 * Comfortable rustic accommodation                                                                    Horse back rides are offered at the main            Golf – a 9 hole course is at Kirkwood.
                                                excursions into the bush. With almost 150         accommodate eight visitors respectively,           * Rock pool
                                                square kilometres untamed wilderness,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           entrance, as well as up in the Zuurberg
                                                                                                  thus ensuring a very personal experience at        * All local drinks included
                                                Motswari is an unforgettable experience.          an affordable price.                               * Rated "excellent" by 94% of guests.                                                                 mountains. There is a restaurant at the main        Squash and Tennis – Facilities at the Addo Polo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           camp.                                               Club.
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M A L A R I A F R E E S A FA R I                      Idealy situated near Port Elizabeth in

LODGES OFFERING SPECIAL
                                                      the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and offering
                                                      the Big 5, means the entire family can enjoy the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Isandlwana Lodge, is carved into the side
                                                      best of what Africa has to offer.                                                                                       OF NEWS                                 C AT H E D R A L P E A K H O T E L –                                                                Kruger National Park Lodges
                                                                                                 H I L L S N E K S A FA R I L O D G E ,                                  THROUGHOUT THE                               Drakensberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the Nyoni Rock just below where the
RATES INCLUDE                                         Sleeping a maximum of 12 adults, Hlosi may AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE                                                  COUNTRY AND TO SEE                            Cathedral Peak Hotel offers un-rivalled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zulu commander stood during the Battle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of Isandlwana on the 22nd of January             MPUMALANGA
                                                      also be booked exclusively as a private venue             HillsNek Safaris is an exclusive-use, luxury           WHERE YOUR FELLOW                              access to the Drakensberg Mountains               1879. There is hardly any place left in          CAMP SHISHANGENI
Hlosi Game Lodge is a 5-star Eastern Cape lodge       for small team-building and wedding                                                                                                                             within a World Heritage Site. The resort          South Africa where one can watch the             Modern elegance, combined with warm
                                                                                                                tented camp positioned on the banks of the               TRAVELLERS HAVE                              hotel offers an exceptional leisure               village come to life in the morning and          hospitality, luxuriously appointed furnishings
in the Amakhala reserve. Lying along a curve of       functions. Hlosi also offers a wonderful small            Bushmans River. Situated in a tucked away               BEEN VISITING, GO TO                          experience where the mountain scenery is          close down at the end of the day as one          and five star game viewing is a perfect
hill above the Bushman's River plain in the           conference venue for Eastern Cape                         corner of the Amakhala Big 5 Game Reserve,                www.greenrhino.co.za                        complimented by sumptuous buffet meals,           can at Isandlwana Lodge. The Zulus are           combination for that unforgettable African
Eastern Cape, our luxury game lodge is a quiet,       businesses.                                               the lodge is 70km's from Port Elizabeth in the               and click onto                           warm hospitality. The extensive range of          very hospitable people and they capture          Safari which you will find at Shishangeni
grassland retreat offering a rich and intimate                                                                                                                                                                        facilities and activities includes the Vitality   the imagination of guests from around the        private Lodge. Situated in 15,000 hectares
                                                      Bukela game lodge is a 5 star luxury safari               malaria-free Eastern Cape. An abundant variety           RHINO HAPPENINGS.                            Centre, heated outdoor pools, a round of                                                           of pristine wilderness in the south-eastern
luxury african safari experience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       world because of their friendliness and
                                                      lodge situated on a private game reserve in               of wildlife includes white and black rhino,                                                           golf, mini-adventure golf, tennis, squash,        fascinating culture. Tours of Isandlwana         corner of the Kruger National Park, the lodge
                                                                                                                elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, buffalo, zebra       HLOSI GAME LODGE, AMAKHALA                     trout-fishing, archery, mountain bike trails,     and Rorke’s Drift and other Anglo                enjoys the Crocodile River as its Southern
As part of the 7000-hectare Amakhala game the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Our                                 and a myriad of plains game. The stone, canvas         GAME RESERVE                                   guided quad bike rides, and free daily            Zulu/Anglo Boer war sites are conducted          border, offering superb viewing of water bird,
reserve, Hlosi provides a rich, informative luxury private reserve resting in the rolling hills 80km            and thatched main lodge is at the heart of the
                                                                                                                                                                       Lying along a curve of hill above an           guided walks (including to Bushman                by resident historian Rob Gerrard, FRGS,         hippopotamus and large herds of buffalo
safari experience for adults and children alike, as outside the city of Port Elizabeth, offers a gentle,                                                               Eastern Cape river plain, Hlosi Game           paintings). Exhilarating helicopter flights       or one of his associates. Other activities       and elephant.        The private concession
                                                                                                                camp, with three private safari tents elevated on      Lodge is a tranquil, grassland retreat         are available.                                    include walking trails, horse riding, birding    stretches up along the border of
we share our enthusiasm for conservation, for tranquil escape from the world and provides                       wooden decks that enhance the spectacular              offering rich wildlife and 5-star              The Hotel is a mere 250km from Durban             tours, photographic safaris, and the ever        Mozambique. Family rooms are available
food, for life. Our family safari offering includes a luxury safari accommodation to our                        views of surrounding plains and bush.The               accommodation in a location that               and 400km from Johannesburg.                      popular Zulu Village Safari where guests         on request and children are welcome.
varied and supervised activity programme.             distinguished guests.                                                                                            welcomes and provides for children.            Accommodation is provided in family               can experience the life and customs of the       There are specially designed activities
                                                                                                                luxurious tented accommodation and the unique          Wildlife includes lion, cheetah, black and     rooms, deluxe rooms, seven honeymoon              Zulu people in an authentic setting.             available for children, and in addition 44
                                                      On offer to you when you book on safari with              setting create a feeling of being at one with the      white rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra and      suites and the luxurious Presidential suite.                                                       conference delegates can also be
                                                      Bukela:                                                   African landscape, its sights, sounds and              buffalo, ranging over a breathtaking           Families are adequately catered for with a        SIBINDI Zulu Lodge                               accommodated.
                                                                                                                                                                       oxbow river plain in the heart of a 7000       custom children’s dining room, playground         Located in a private game reserve in the
                                                      Big 5 game viewing.                                       smells. Home to the first dinosaur fossil                                                                                                               heart of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, Isibindi
                                                                                                                                                                       hectare, malaria-free conservancy.             with trampoline, and babysitters.                                                                  CAMP SHAWU
                                                      Malaria-free reserve.                                     discovery in South Africa, the Cape Iguanodon*,        Hlosi’s 4 double/ twin suites and two          Cathedral Peak Hotel offers a fully               Zulu Lodge rises majestically from the           Camp Shawu, based deep in the heart of the
                                                      Five star luxury safari lodge accommodation.              HillsNek Safaris is committed to the                   family suites all offer a private viewing      equipped modern conference centre for up          rugged bushveld and is the ideal place           Kruger National Park bears the name of one
                                                      Private game drives with experienced guides.              conservation of palaeontology and the                  deck, fireplace and sumptuous bathroom         to 200 delegates and the charming stone-          from which to enjoy an exhilarating cultural     of the magnificent elephant tuskers of
                                                                                                                                                                       with spa bath and a choice of inside or        and-thatch chapel is ideal for memorable          experience and Battlefield Tour.                 yesteryear. Situated in the 15,000 hectare
                                                      Private game reserve.                                     preservation of this historically significant site.                                                                                                     Just over 4hrs from Durban or
                                                                                                                                                                       open-air showers. Air conditioning and         country weddings.                                                                                  South Eastern tip of the Mpanamana private
                                                      Fine dining.                                              Our attention to luxury, detail and comfort,           underfloor heating add to your comfort.                                                          Johannesburg, this exclusive 12-bed              concession area, this uniquely designed
                                                      Professional staff at your service.                       combined with the unsurpassed exclusivity of a         Our children’s programme, including            FUGITIVES DRIFT LODGE & GUEST                     lodge is an architectural celebration of the     camp comprises only five suites, each with
                                                      What to expect from your African Safari ?                 dedicated host, ranger and chef, allows guests         bush walks, animal orphanage,                  HOUSE– Battlefields                               Zulu nation and is on the doorstep of the        private decks overlooking the Mpanamana
                                                                                                                                                                       supervised swimming and wildlife-              This spectacular property, a Natural              Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and     dam framed by the majestic Lebombo
                                                      The abundant Amakhala wildlife includes lion,             the ultimate privilege of being able to customize                                                                                                       Isandlwana.
                                                                                                                                                                       related activities, ensures that children      Heritage Site, overlooks Isandlwana and                                                            mountains.        Authentically constructed
                                                      cheetah, black and white rhino, elephant,                 and personalize their safari.                          are entertained and enriched, leaving          the Oskarsberg at Rorke’s Drift. Walks            Enjoy morning or evening game drives or          dung walls from outside, combined with
                                                      giraffe, zebra and buffalo. Free roaming over a                                                                  adults free to enjoy the restful intimacy of   and horse rides through the reserve to            walks in the Isibindi Eco-Reserve.               canvas on the inside and completed by
                                                      breathtaking oxbow river plain in the heart of the                                                               our main lodge, with its library nook,         view abundant game and birdlife are               Experience Zulu culture with local children      shaggy style thatching, each very large
                                                                                                                                                                       elegant lounge and bar and spacious            offered. Rooms at the Lodge and Guest             singing and dancing in a nearby village,         room is luxuriously equipped with romantic
                                                      7000 hectare, malaria-free conservancy.                                                                                                                                                                           followed by a traditional Zulu Boma dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                       verandah overlooking the swimming              House are en-suite with private verandas,                                                          ball and claw bath, sitting room facing an
                                                      Our intimate four-suite lodge offers a                                                                           pool.                                          and have sweeping views of the reserve            Enjoy panoramic tours to gorges,                 open fireplace, ceiling fans, mosquito nets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and surrounding battlefields. Each                Bushman Art and waterfalls, or visit a Zulu      and outside shower. A large veranda with
                                                      luxury safari experience which, combined with                                                                                                                                                                     homestead that hasn’t changed in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      establishment has its own large swimming                                                           reclining chairs is the perfect spot from
                                                      our luxurious, secluded accommodation, and                                                                       THE DUNES COUNTRY HOUSE ST                     pool. The battlefield tours, led by guides        centuries.                                       which to view the game congregating at the
                                                      variety of dining options, creates a remarkable,                                                                 FRANCIS BAY
                                                      private retreat in which to regenerate body and                                                                  The Dunes Country House offers 4-star
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      trained by David Rattray, have achieved
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                                                                                                                                                                       accommodation in a 600-hectare nature          Fugitives' is renowned. The formula of                                                             CAMP SHONGA
                                                      mind.Come and experience your african safari                                                                     reserve, perfectly positioned in St.                                                              KOSI FOREST LODGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      entertaining people with moving, detailed                                                          Camp Shonga is situated in the 15,000
                                                      the way it was meant to be                                                                                                                                                                                         Tucked into the tranquil sand forest
                                                                                                            THE DUNES COUNTRY HOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                       Francis Bay, the seaside village of the        presentations on site, offering wonderful                                                          hectare South Eastern tip of the
                                                                                                                                                                       Eastern Cape. The Dunes is only minutes                                                           alongside the Kosi lake is an unspoilt
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mpanamana private concession area of the
                                                                                                            ST FRANCIS BAY                                             away from the superb beaches, golf
                                                                                                                                                                       courses and restaurants for which St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      proved itself.                                     wilderness lodge that is part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         iSimangaliso World Heritage Park. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kruger National Park.         This uniquely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         designed camp comprises only five luxury
                                                                                                            The Dunes Country House offers 4-star                      Francis Bay is renowned. Situated                                                                 16-bed lodge offers comfortable                 tents, each with private decks. It is the ideal
                                                                                                            accommodation in a 600-hectare nature reserve,             between Port Elizabeth and Knysna, The                                                            accommodation, fine cuisine and caters          getaway for those seeking that little bit more
                                                                                                                                                                       Dunes is the ideal base from which to                                                             for a host of estuarine, beach and
                                                                                                            perfectly positioned in St. Francis Bay, the                                                                                                                 wilderness activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         than a regular safari.               Selected
                                                                                                                                                                       explore the Garden Route. This                                                                                                                    environmental awareness programmes and
                                                                                                            seaside village of the Eastern Cape. The Dunes             hospitable family-owned retreat offers a                                                          Each bush suite is hidden within the            guest participation in conservation issues is
                                                                                                            is only minutes away from the superb beaches,              tranquil and private stay and is                                                                  forest. Romantic en-suite bathrooms             the ethos of Camp Shonga and the
                                                                                                            golf courses and restaurants for which St.                 surrounded by beautiful indigenous                                                                set in white, sandy beach under Umdoni          enthusiastic guides are more than willing to
                                                                                                                                                                       gardens and is reminiscent of an old                                                              trees are open-air, giving guests a truly
                                                                                                            Francis Bay is renowned. Situated between Port                                                                                                               unique experience. Guests can relax at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         share their vast knowledge with the guests.
                                                                                                                                                                       Cape farmhouse revived with Colonial                                                                                                              Game drives form a regular part of the daily
                                                                                                            Elizabeth and Knysna, The Dunes is the ideal               flair. The individually styled bedrooms are                                                       the pool with its sweeping views of Lake        activities. The camp accommodates ten
                                                                                                            base from which to explore the Garden Route.               designed for absolute comfort and                                                                 Shengeza.                                       guests at any one time in the luxuriously
                                                     “For the very                                          This hospitable family-owned retreat offers a
                                                                                                            tranquil and private stay and is surrounded by
                                                                                                                                                                       privacy. Each bedroom has its own
                                                                                                                                                                       separate entrance with a private
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Explore this unique ecosystem by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         canoe or take a day trip by boat through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         equipped tents, all with en suite bathrooms,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         outdoor showers and private game viewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the lakes, stopping for a swim and a
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                                                                                                                                                                       verandah overlooking the gardens and                                                                                                              decks. A splash pool is an added comfort to
                                                                                                            beautiful indigenous gardens and is reminiscent            offers all modern comforts. The en-suite                                                          picnic lunch at a nearby beach. Or              enjoy in the heat of the summer.
                                                                                                            of an old Cape farmhouse revived with Colonial             bathrooms are spacious and romantic                                                               enjoy a visit to Tembe Elephant Park.
                                                      in the whole                                          flair. The individually styled bedrooms are
                                                                                                            designed for absolute comfort and privacy. Each
                                                                                                                                                                       with ball-and-claw Victorian baths and
                                                                                                                                                                       marble counter tops. Activities include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         From November to February marvel as
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                                                                                                                                                                       guided dune walks, birdwatching, the
                                                                                                                                                                       popular Frogging Safaris and an African
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THE ST JAMES MANOR HOUSE                          PACKWOOD COUNTRY ESTATE                         THE OCEANA – CAMPS BAY LUXURY
                                                                                                  SUITES AND SPA
                                                                                                                                                 WINCHESTER MANSIONS HOTEL                         The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   romantic with ball-and-claw Victorian baths and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE GARY PLAYER                                  Cape Minstrel Carnival
The St James Manor House is a five star           Packwood encompasses the perfect                                                               Built in the mid 1920•f s, in style of Sir                                                                INVITATIONAL                                    More than 13 000 brightly dressed
stately seaside retreat overlooking the           balance of beauty, tranquillity and             Situated in the heart of Camps Bay             Herbert Baker, the Winchester Mansions            marble counter tops. Activities include guided
trendy and vibrant fishing village of Kalk        exclusivity, whilst offering guests a totally   suburbia, nestled below the 12 Apostles,                                                                                                               WHEN? THURSDAY 18                                 minstrels, many wearing hats and
                                                                                                                                                 Hotel embodies the style and gracious             dune walks, birdwatching, the popular Frogging
Bay with majestic views across False Bay          unique experience. Nestled in the Garden        The Oceana Camps Bay Luxury Suites is
                                                                                                                                                 hospitality of a bygone era. Recalling a          Safaris and an African Bush Spa.                       NOVEMBER 2010 TO                                 waving parasols, are certainly a sight
and the Indian Ocean. St James,                   of Eden, Packwood boasts a magnificent          an ideal destination with an unsurpassed
historically known as ‘millionaire’s mile’ is     position elevated above the estate, 1000        view of the Atlantic Coastline. Located a      more genteel age, when courtesy and                                                                    SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER’                                to behold. The event was originally
making its comeback as one of the                 acres of green pastures, breathtaking           mere 10 minute walk form the spectacular       personal attention was paramount,                                                                        WHERE? GEORGE
trendiest places to stay in Cape Town.The         views across the rolling fields and down to     Camps Bay Boulevard and Beaches,               Winchester Mansions Hotel has earned a                                                                                                                    known as the Kaapse Klopse and
area still boasts the traditional colourful       the distant ocean. Surrounded by                where some of the best restaurants in          reputation for delighting its guests with true                                                                                                            originated in the 1800’s when Malay
Victorian bathing boxes and grand old             Knysna's Indigenous forest and National         Cape Town are found. Fully self catered        hospitality. The most recent additions to
houses. A favourite pastime is the early          Park, Packwood is a nature lover’s              accommodation is offered in our one, and       this beautiful hotel are 23 new rooms in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           slaves celebrated the one and only
morning swim in the wind protected, warm          paradise. Packwood is home to 950               two bedroomed apartments. We also offer
                                                                                                                                                 roof, known as Top of the Mansions, the                                                                                                                   day in the year that they had off work.
waters of St James. The St James Manor            Jersey cattle, a boutique vineyard and          conference and banqueting facilities and
House, built a hundred years ago, has an          Country House accommodation. Indulge            are 10 minutes away form the main tourist
                                                                                                                                                 Arcadia Suite with two bedrooms and its                                                                                                                   2 Jan CT CBD
aura of grandeur and old world charm. A           yourself in Packwood's bountiful supply of      attractions of Cape Town, such as Hout         private balcony. The Ginkgo Spat at the
                                                                                                  Bay, Llandudno and Sandy Bay, Clifton          Mansions and the new pool are both integral
magnificent staircase leads up to the large       food for the soul using produce from
                                                                                                  and Sea Point and the Cape Town CBD            parts of our desire to pamper our guests and                                                                                                                GREAT OUTENIQUA MOUNTAIN
suites, individually decorated to reflect the     the estate: extra rich and creamy Jersey
opulent times of a bygone era.                    milk the perfect ingredient for our mature      and Waterfront                                 ensure their well-being.          A Business                                                                                                                        BIKE TOUR
Breakfasts are a speciality offering a wide       cheddar cheese, homemade crusty
                                                                                                  THE PLACE ON THE BAY
                                                                                                                                                 Centre allowing guests to stay in touch with
                                                                                                                                                 their business or their loved ones through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             WHEN? 15-16 DECEMBER 2010
choice of interesting fare and are inclusive,     bread, crisp garden salads and chilled
as are all beverages. Dinners and                 Packwood Sauvignon Blanc. 20km’s from
                                                                                                  The Place on the Bay is a serviced             latest IT rounds off the range of services on                                                                                                                WHERE: GEORGE, GARDEN
                                                                                                  apartment Hotel in the heart of Cape
lunchesare available by arrangement.              Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, experience
                                                                                                  Town’s trendiest suburb, Camps Bay. We
                                                                                                                                                 offer at this modern yet traditional hotel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In honour of the 25th anniversary of The Player                   ROUTE
                                                  serenity at Packwood: A Taste of Country
                                                                                                  offer the discerning traveler                                                                                                                      Foundation a select gathering of golf
                                                                                                                                                     Eastern Cape
HUIJS HAERLEM – Sea Point, Cape Town              Living at its Best.
                                                                                                  accommodation ranging from studios’s to
High above Sea Point and the Atlantic                                                             one and two bedroomed suites, to our                                                                                                               professionals, celebrities and executives will
Ocean with the city and beaches only              PEBBLE BEACH GUEST HOUSE                        exclusive Penthouse. The Penthouse                                                                                                                 gather at Fancourt, one of the country’s leading
minutes away, Huijs Haerlem offers peace          Hermanus, Overberg,                             boast an elgant lounge and dining room,                                                                                                            business and leisure resorts, to launch the local
and tranquility. Comfortable bedrooms,            4 Star Guest House (TGCSA)Pebble                                                               HILLSNEK SAFARI LODGE, AMAKHALA
                                                                                                  ultra modern kitchen, two bedrooms with        GAME RESERVE                                                                                        Gary Player Invitational (GPI), presented by
antique Dutch furniture and South African         Beach Guest House is fast becoming not          en-suit bathrooms which all have been
vernacular, offering a home from home.            only the ideal destination for international                                                   HillsNek Safaris is an exclusive-use, luxury                                                        Coca-Cola. The GPI is South Africa’s premier
                                                                                                  exquisitely furnished. Discretion, finesse     tented camp positioned on the banks of the
Heated salt-water pool. Dutch and                 travellers exploring Hermanus and the           and total relaxation are the key to The                                                                                                            pro-celebrity charity golf event, attracting 32 top
German spoken.                                    Overberg Area, but also one of the most                                                        Bushmans River. Situated in a tucked away
                                                                                                  Place on the Bay experience. All our           corner of the Amakhala Big 5 Game                                                                   participants who will combine their skills to test
                                                  convenient and comfortable                      apartments overlook the palm fringed,
JAMBO GUEST HOUSE – Green Point,                  establishments for the local visitor, all                                                      Reserve, the lodge is 70km's from Port                                                              the demanding Links golf course, designed by
                                                                                                  upmarket Camps Bay beachfront and the          Elizabeth in the malaria-free Eastern Cape.
Cape Town                                         year round. Nestled in between the              famous Twelve Apostle Mountains in Cape                                                                                                            the Black Knight himself.The principal objective      The event always starts in the traditional way,
                                                                                                                                                 An abundant variety of wildlife includes
Jambo is an oasis of peace and tranquility        Fernkloof Nature Reserve and on the             Town, South Africa. Adjacent to The Place      white and black rhino, elephant, giraffe,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is to raise funds for The Player Foundation and       with a whip. At the crack of the whip they brave
situated at the foot of Signal Hill in bustling   25th green of the Hermanus Golf Course,         on the Bay lies The Fairways – a relaxed                                                                                                           local charities in South Africa. As far as courses    the Montagu Pass and the 55km that lies
                                                  this purpose built guest house has 7                                                           cheetah, lion, buffalo, zebra and a myriad of
Green Point. Five uniquely decorated                                                              small boutique hotel, embodying the
luxurious double rooms all with en-suite          designer luxury rooms all with wrap                                                            plains game. The stone, canvas and                                                                  go, the competitors could not ask for a more          ahead of them. As the day continues and the
                                                                                                  character and elegance of an original          thatched main lodge is at the heart of the
bathrooms and fitted with every                   around balconies and vaulted ceilings.          Victorian Style home. Bedrooms are                                                                                                                 challenging and rewarding layout than The             cyclists enter the Little Karoo the temperature
                                                                                                                                                 camp, with three private safari tents
conceivable extra            make for a           Fabulous 5 star breakfasts and first class      comfortable and elegantly decorated with       elevated on wooden decks that enhance the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Links at Fancourt. Having hosted the 2003             rises, the conditions become harsh and
memorable stay. Imagine relaxing in a hot         service with personal touches make sure         en-suite bathrooms.                                                                                                                                Presidents Cup, the Women’s World Cup and             difficult. After 52km and only 3km remaining the
                                                  our guests leave wishing they had booked                                                       spectacular views of surrounding plains and
Jacuzzi spa set in a lush, leafy garden.
Enjoy drinks, conversation and good               another night. Pebble Beach is an               WHALEWATCHERS                                  bush.The luxurious tented accommodation                                                             South African Open held in March and                  sight of the Daskop turn off is a welcome one
                                                  enchanting base from which to explore           Luxury Self-Catering Accommodation in          and the unique setting create a feeling of                                                          December 2005 respectively, as well as                and the Louvain sign post is even more
music in Barry's exclusive bar followed by
                                                                                                                                                 being at one with the African landscape, its
an elegant dinner in one of the nearby            the wonders of Hermanus.                        Cape Town
                                                                                                                                                 sights, sounds and smells. Home to the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     numerous Sunshine Tour events, The Links has          welcome. Distance: 113km
Waterfront or Green Point trendy                                                                  Enjoy luxury self-catering accommodation
                                                                                                  with us, in Cape Town's most fascinating       dinosaur fossil discovery in South Africa, the                                                      established itself a leading tournament venue in
restaurants. WINNER of the AA Travel              SCHULPHOEK SEAFRONT
Guides Accommodation Awards in                    GUESTHOUSE AND RESTAURANT                       destination - picturesque False Bay, on the    Cape Iguanodon*, HillsNek Safaris is                                                                South Africa. All the guests will be
                                                                                                  Cape Point Route.                              committed to the conservation of                                                                    accommodated at Fancourt.
2000/1/2 and Hall of Fame 2003/4/5/6/7 &          HERMANUS OVERBERG Western
                                                                                                  Choose from over 30 beachfront, or             palaeontology and the preservation of this               Cynthia enjoyed a frogging safari
8. SA Tourism Grading Council 5 Star              Cape SOUTH AFRICA
                                                                                                  seaside properties, with a wide variety of     historically significant site. Our attention to
Guest House                                       The guesthouse is situated at
                                                  Schulphoek, a beautiful quiet bay with          options to suit the needs of individuals,      luxury, detail and comfort, combined with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            at Hillsnek earlier this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Franschhoek Cap Classique
                                                                                                                                                 unsurpassed exclusivity of a dedicated host,
KNYSNA HOLLOW
Situated just outside the picturesque town
                                                  spectacular sea views, 5km from
                                                  Hermanus centre. The standard, luxury
                                                                                                  families and large groups.
                                                                                                  Come and enjoy our pristine white              ranger and chef, allows guests the ultimate
                                                                                                                                                                                                        FORTHCOMING                                   & Champagne Festival – 3 – 5
of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden             and superior suites are luxurious and           beaches, world-class restaurants, Table        privilege of being able to customize and
                                                                                                                                                 personalize their safari.                                                                                   December.
Route, Knysna Hollow Country Estate
offers great comfort in accommodation in a
                                                  spacious with sea or garden views. The
                                                  dining room with uninterrupted sea view is
                                                                                                  Mountain National Park, Chapman's Peak
                                                                                                  Drive, Cape Point Nature Reserve, our
                                                                                                                                                                                                       EVENTS AROUND
tranquil setting.        Accommodation at                                                         African Penguins, the Constantia
Knysna Hollow consists of 15 Garden
                                                  staffed with a chef, offers an evening four-
                                                  course menu du jour, delectable seafood         Vineyards and much, much more. It's the
                                                                                                                                                     Don't have a Green                                 THE COUNTRY                                  Some of France’s best Champagne will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tasted alongside the finest Cap Classsiques to
Chalets and 64 Garden Rooms, all situated         and venison dishes, freshly picked herbs        place to be!                                   Rhino Cap? Come along
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     emerge from the wine cellars of South Africa.
amongst lush, indigenous gardens with 3
swimming pools on a 2 hectare estate. All
                                                  and vegetables and over 12 000 bottles of
                                                  regional wine. Enjoy body therapy (by
                                                                                                  Our guests are discerning travellers who
                                                                                                  avoid hotels, value their privacy and
                                                                                                                                                 to one of our Travel Club                            Refer to our website                           The winemaking method is virtually the same,
rooms are decorated in a fresh, natural           appointment) and the pool, or go golfing        expect the best, for less.                      functions and you may                                                                              so it comes down to simply the terroir and skill of
style and offer clean & crisp comfort with all
modern amenities. These include
                                                  (choice of 3 courses), walking, birding,
                                                  fishing, whale watching, great white shark
                                                                                                  Enjoy the world's fairest Cape with us, like
                                                                                                  so many others have done since 2000.
                                                                                                                                                   well win yourself one.                           www.greenrhino.co.za                             the winemakers. The centrepiece of the festival
television, tea & coffee tray, ceiling fan,       sighting, wine tasting. TGCSA 5 STAR            At Whale Watcher's, we aim to exceed                                                                                                               will be a grand marquee on the sprawling lawns        The Kurland Polo Season in Plettenberg Bay
heater and hair-drier in all rooms.
Dining is a pleasure at Knysna Hollow with
                                                  GUESTHOUSE.                Diners Club
                                                  International Platinum Cellar Award and
                                                                                                  your expectations with immaculate
                                                                                                  accommodation and excellent service.
                                                                                                                                                    “For the Very Best Website                               for RHINO                               surrounding Franschhoke’s famous Huguenot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Momument, where bubbly stalls will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           spans from December to April and attracts an
2 excellent restaurants located in the                                                            Unlike booking agents, all the                                                                                                                                                                           ever increasing number of international patrons,
Manor House, offering fresh food, friendly
                                                  Wine list Award. Interactive hosts – Petro
                                                  and Mannes van Zyl.           We welcome        accommodation we offer is either owned                                                                   HAPPENINGS                                interspersed with stalls from the local               top professionals and polo enthusiasts, from
service and classic Cape wines in a relaxed
                                                  guests with a COMPLIMENTARY 4-                  by us, or contractually managed and                 in the whole of Africa, visit                                                                  restaurants offering delicious delicacies to          around the world. The highlight of the season is
and warm environment.
Clive, Liesel & the Knysna Hollow team            COURSE DINNER on date of arrival.               serviced 24/7 on behalf of the property
                                                                                                  owner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           throughout the                            match.                                                the Kurland International Polo Test match
look forward to welcoming you to Knysna
                                                  www.greenrhino.co.za                                                                                    www.greenrhino.co.za”                                country                                                                                     between South Africa and England, which takes
Hollow Country Estate.
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The players and horses now have international                                                            The pristine beaches of The Maputaland
status, and the Kurland International is heading
                                                     FOR FURTHER INTERESTING
                                                                                                         This is not "Big Game" country, although it does
towards being rated one of the top test matches in   SNIPPETS OF NEWS THROUGHOUT                         have its our own "Big Five": Leatherback Turtle,
the polo world. This is "The Event of The Year" in   THE COUNTRY AND TO SEE WHERE                        Loggerhead Turtle, Palmnut Vulture, Buitons
Plettenberg Bay, and attracts the 'Who's Who' of     YOUR FELLOW TRAVELLERS HAVE                         Skink and Zululand Cycad. Two interesting              Western Cape incl                               D E V O N VA L L E Y H O T E L -             ERINVALE ESTATE HOTEL & SPA –                     FA I RV I E W – T H E C R A G G S –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SOMERSET WEST                                     PLETTENBERG BAY In 1980 the Rattray
the Celebrity world.                                 BEEN VISITING,         GO TO                        antelope occur - Common Reedbuck in
                                                                                                                                                                The Garden Route                                STELLENBOSCH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Embraced by history, surrounded by the            family bought “Fairview”, a 68 acre headland
                                                                                                         marshes and grasslands and Red Duiker in                                                               The award-winning Devon Valley Hotel is
 Mapungubwe Jazz Festival (Limpopo                   www.greenrhino.co.za and click                                                                                                                             hidden away in a shady, green and            majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains             at The Crags, between Plettenberg Bay and
                                                                                                         forest patches - and Hippo are found in             CORNERWAY HOUSE Guest House &                                                                   and neighbouring the magnificent Erinvale
 Province) 6-13 December                             onto RHINO HAPPENINGS.                              freshwater lakes. The Indian Ocean teems with       Self Catering : PLETTENBERG BAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                peaceful corner of the Stellenbosch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Golf Course, the Erinvale Estate Hotel &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Nature’s Valley, on the south Cape coastline.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fairview, which consists of the main house
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Winelands showcasing breathtaking
                                                                                                         spectacular wildlife, including Humpback            Cornerway House which is set in a pretty           views of the olive groves, vineyards and     Spa provides Distinctive & Captivating            and cottage which both have 3 bedrooms, is
                                                                                                                                                             garden with a swimming pool and secure                                                          Hospitality. The Hotel’s 57 rooms are
 The capital city of Limpopo Province will pulse    WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO                             Whales in winter months, Bottlenose Dolphins,       parking is situated in a residential area 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Majestic Helderberg Mountains, while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             exquisitely furnished, offering air-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               available on a bed and breakfast basis. Self
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               catering on request. Fairview was named for
 with the sounds of artists to have taken to the                                                                                                                                                                offering the finest in authentic Handmade
                                                    SEND US YOUR FAVOURITE PICS                          Whalesharks, and turtles (Leatherback and           minutes walk from the golden sands of              Hospitality. The Devon Valley Hotel’s 50     conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Each         its extraordinary outlook over the
 stage, turning the Mapungubwe Jazz Festival                                                             Loggerheads).                                       Robberg beach. This 4 star (tgcsa) Cape                                                         is fully equipped with a personal safe,
 into an event worth traveling to breadth of        OF PLACES WE HAVE SENT YOU TO,                       Birding is good and a number of rare coastal        Dutch English house has 5 charmingly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                stylishly furnished suites reflect the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                contemporary colonial feel of the hotel      coffee/tea-making facilities, refrigerator,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Keurbooms indigenous forest into several
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               mountain ranges. It is a 10 minute drive from
 South Africa for. The festival takes place under   INTERESTING EXPERIENCES YOU                          species occur - Green Twinspot, Green Coucal,
                                                                                                                                                             decorated bedrooms. All bedrooms have              while enjoying unobstructed views of the     satellite television and direct dial              whale watching at Keurbooms beach, 10
                                                                                                                                                             en-suite bath rooms with TV, safes and all                                                      telephones. The hotel’s Honeymoon Suite
 the larger program of the Mapungubwe Arts          M AY H AV E H A D W H I L S T                        Grey Waxbill, Purplecrested and Livingstone's       the normal facilities.There has just been a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                mountains, vineyards and olive groves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The spacious Luxury rooms and                boasts a classic four poster bed and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               minutes from Plettenberg Bay with its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               gorgeous Robberg Peninsular and
 Festival.                                          TRAVELLING IN AFRICA OR                              Louries, Natal Robin and jewel-like Emerald         further three rooms added which can be
                                                                                                                                                             taken as B&B or as self catering. The main
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Executive suites in the Manor House are      private garden terrace. The Magnolia              spectacular golf courses, and 15 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Restaurant serves contemporary local
                                                    SOMEWHERE YOU THINK OTHER                            Cuckoo in forests, and Pinkthroated Longclaw
                                                                                                                                                             suite has a sitting room with a dining area off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the hotel’s premier offering, ideal for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cuisine with a twist. A variety of mouth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from Nature’s Valley with its beautiful beach
Cape Town Events and Festivals in December                                                               and Rufousbellied Heron in marshy areas. The                                                           romantic escape or a rejuvenating retreat.                                                     and forest walks. Kurland and Bitou Polo
- Cape Town                                         MEMBERS OF OUR TRAVEL CLUB                           lodge has a bird hide, which can afford birders
                                                                                                                                                             which is fully equipped kitchen. Just out side
                                                                                                                                                             of which is a sitting out area with a B-b-q. All
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The brand new Vineyard Rooms will            watering combinations across many                 fields are also close by. It is an ideal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cultural groups creates a melting pot of          springboard for all the attractions of this
                                                    WOULD BE INTERESED IN VISITING                       exceptional views of Buffspotted Flufftail, Olive   rooms have their own entrance and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                come on line in November 2008. The new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                building will house eight luxury rooms,      flavours to cater for every craving. The          famous coastline, but far enough away from
OBZ Festival - held in the Observatory on the first – WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING                         Sunbirds and many others.                           three new rooms have under floor heating in        including fire places and 12 Classic rooms   Erinvale Estate Spa offers a wide range of        the bustle. It is spacious, beautifully
                                                                                                                                                             the bathrooms. From Cornerway House                                                             signature Ginkgo Leaf Wellness skin and           furnished, affordable and has a lovely
weekend of December, this popular live music FROM YOU!!!                                                 ConservationThe annual spectacle of hundreds        there are many activities – Hiking, dolphin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                with unobstructed views of the valley from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             body care treatments based on traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                their private patios and balconies. The                                                        swimming pool in the fynbos.
festival marks the start of summer in the city.                                                          of Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles               and whale watching, golf, riding, forest                                                        touch therapy. Gingko’s versatile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                hotel was also named the “Best Boutique
There are also craft markets and children's areas                                                        returning to the beaches on which they hatched      cycling, swimming, surfing and many more.
                                                     THE TURTLES ARE COMING!!!                                                                                                                                  Hotel 2008 in South Africa” by the AA        treatments are ideal whether you need to
with storytelling, singing and other entertainment                                                       to lay their eggs has remained unchanged for        There are shops and restaurants just               American Express Accommodation               relax, relieve tensions, eliminate toxins or
                                                     November to February                                thousands of years.
                                                                                                                                                             10 minutes walk away with many more just 5
                                                                                                                                                             minutes in the car.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Awards and the Flavours Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                received the National Best Platinum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             simply treat yourself.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset                           The pristine beaches of The Maputaland                                                                                                                     Award at the 2008 Diner Club Winelist of     EVERGREEN COTTAGE,
Concerts - a series of concerts held                 Marine Reserve, play host to an annual              Natural Summer Spectacle - Sea Turtles at           DE HOOP COLLECTION                                 the Year awards.                             CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN                             FARM 215 PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
                                                     spectacle, where literally hundreds of marine       Maputaland Marine Reserve                           Situated just three hours drive from Cape                                                       Situated in Constantia, an upmarket rural         AND NATURE RETREAT
on Sunday throughout the summer,                     turtles heave themselves onto the beaches to                                                            Town, the 36, 000 hectares of De Hoop              DE ZEEKOE GUEST FARM/RESERVE-                suburb of Cape Town, this delightful              Farm 215, 200 km from Cape Town, is
                                                                                                                                                             conservation area forms part of a World            OUDTSHOORN                                   garden suite is the ideal place to either         located in the undisturbed Overberg of the
until April. Bring your picnic hamper,               lay their eggs and thereby complete their
                                                     breeding cycle. The KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife
                                                                                                          EVERYONE IS A WINNER WITH                          Heritage Site characterized by rich                This 2000 hectare bio diversified farm is    spend time relaxing in the beautiful private      Western Cape, the Southernmost region of
relax and enjoy the music                                                                                                                                    biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that       privately owned and nestled between the      garden with mountain views or use as a            Africa. Surrounded by a pristine private
                                                     conservation authority's project on Loggerhead             GREEN RHINO                                  lead down to an unspoiled coastline. A 19km        majestic Swarberg and Outeniqua              base for exploring Cape Town and the              nature reserve of 800 hectares, farm 215 is
                                                                                                                                                             vlei, which is a Ramsar site, stretches            mountains on the banks of the Olifants       surrounding areas, also perfect for the           a shelter from the daily routines of life,
                                                     and Leatherback turtles is one of the longest                                                                                                                                                           business man who needs to be close to the
                                                                                                                                                             across the reserve and is home to rich             river bed. Located on one of the world’s                                                       offering luxury, tranquility, privacy, space
                                                     continuous research projects in the world.           Fredrik Johannson from the Austrian                birdlife, including pelicans that breed on         “17 hot spots” with 3 overlapping flower     CBD with a place to “chill out” in the            and the exceptional beauty of the Cape
                                                     At Thonga Beach Lodge guests are able to             Embassy in Pretoria won the July E-                itswaters each year. The three nautical            zones, only 7 km from Oudtshoorn on the      evenings. 15 Minutes from the Waterfront,         Flora in an astonishing landscape.
                                                     accompany the guide on the "night drives" and                                                           miles of De Hoop Marine Reserve beyond             R328 (road to Mosselbay) opposite Safari     20 minutes from the airport. Many superb          Farm 215 is the base station of the African
                                                                                                          News prize.        Two nights for two at Ant’s     the shoreline offer some of the best whale         Ostrich Farm. Facilities: Eco Farm tours,    restaurants, some within walking distance,        Horse Company, organizing outrides and
                                                     enjoy one of nature's prime spectacles. In           Nest and Ant’s Hill Safari Lodges in the                                                                                                           as is The Constantia Shopping Village with
                                                                                                                                                             viewing in the world, with some 40% of the         horse riding, sun downer cruises self                                                          multi-day trails through the Agulhas
                                                     addition we offer all guests nightly walks on the    Waterberg. Fredrik booked a number of              global Southern Right Whale population             guided walks, birding, canoeing, fishing,    lovely coffee shops, boutiques, banking           National Park, Walker Bay Reserve and
                                                     beach in front of the lodge after dinner. Of         holidays with us when his parents visited him      coming to the bay each year to breed. From         biking, salt water pool                      and food shops. Beaches north and south           numerous other reserves.
                                                     course it is luck of the draw if they come across                                                       affordable self-catering rondawels to more                                                      10 – 15 minutes away!                             Sustainable hospitality is farm 215’s
                                                                                                          earlier this year.                                 luxurious self-catering cottages and five-                                                                                                        trademark. Farm 215 is the Winner of the
                                                     the turtles.                                                                                                                                               MEERKAT TOURS AT DE ZEEKOE
   Green Rhino’s two annual                                                                               CONGRATULATIONS to Heike                           star fully catered lodges. All of this in one of   Our meerkat tours are done on the reserve    E V E R G R E E N M A N O R & S PA ,              Cape Fox Award for best management of
                                                     All the information gained on these excusions                                                           the most beautiful places the South African                                                     Stellenbosch                                      land in the Western Cape and is certified by
                                                                                                          Steenvoorden from the German Embassy                                                                  with Devey as your guide.
  Christmas Charity Functions                        are submitted to the Turtle Monitoring                                                                  coastline has to offer.                            The day before the booked tour, Devey has    Nestled under ancient Oak Trees,                  Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa.
                                                     programme.                                           who won our August E-news Prize at                                                                    to go out and search for the meerkats. If
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             surrounded by spectacular vistas of               Accommodation is offered in three large
       diarise these now!                                                                                 Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg. Heike            We info@greenrhino.co.za
                                                                                                                                                                 may not be the cheapest                        indeed he does find them, we will inform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mountains and rolling vineyards, stands one       freestanding suites in the middle of nature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of the most beautiful luxury Guest Houses in      and three rooms in the homestead. All units
                                                                                                          booked a Namibian trip with us.
    Our annual auctions will be held as              Maputaland and Wildlife                                                                                     but we are the BEST!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                you of meeting point and time… Tours last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                for 3-4 hours. These meerkats are wild,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the area. Evergreen Manor and Spa, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             located in the historical core of Stellenbosch,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               have panoramic views.
                 follows                             Maputaland, situated on KwaZulu-Natal's                                                                                                                    they are not handled by humans, no           heart of the Cape Winelands. Built in 1904, in
                                                                                                          Pia Gallegos-Muller from the Swish                        info@greenrhino.co.za                       feeding by humans involved and no                                                              THE HOTEL GRAEME - GREEN POINT,
           25 NOVEMBER –                             north-eastern seaboard, is a diverse region of       Embassy won the September E-News
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the grand Country House style, Evergreen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               CAPE TOWN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                tracking devices used.                       offers gracious living and old world charm
      315 SIR HERBERT BAKER,                         forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches,             Prize of two nights for 2 at Winchester                                                                                                            combined with every modern convenience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Hotel Graeme is a 42 roomed 3 star
      WATERKLOOF, PRETORIA.                          grasslands and waterberry savannah and warm                                                                                                                                                             Guests can take a leisurely 4 minute walk to      boutique Hotel, ideally situated, close to the
                                                                                                          Mansions Hotel in Cape Town – Pia booked a                                                                                                                                                           Waterfront, business district and a short drive
   Christmas Charity in aid of Tshwane               seas. Thonga Beach Lodge is located here,                                                                                                                                                               the centre of Town with it’s many fine
             Place of Safety                         within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of
                                                     South Africa's World Heritage Sites which
                                                                                                          lovely break for herself and friends at the
                                                                                                          Ponta Mamoli Resort in Mozambique                                                                       “For the Very Best Website                 restaurants, art galleries, museums and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             historical buildings. Surrounded by many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wine estates, this is the ideal base for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. A Golf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               course, health and fitness centre, deli, hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               salon, post office and numerous restaurants
    30 NOVEMBER – MAPUTO :
                                                     spans a range of ecological zones. Situated                                                                                                                                                             exploring the entire region. Putting places       are available close by, within easy walking
            CAFÉ ACACIA                                                                                   Each month all the people who make
  Christmas Charity in aid of IMAGINE,
              Mozambique
                                                     offshore from is the Maputaland Marine
                                                     Reserve which offers an additional sanctuary         bookings with GREEN RHINO during                                                                          in the whole of Africa, visit            like Cape Town, Paarl, Franschoek, Gordons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bay and the Whale Route all within 15 to 50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             minutes drive from Evergreen. Golf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               distance. Facilities at the hotel include a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               swimming pool, jacuzzi, private parking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wireless internet connection. Hotel Graeme
                                                     with extraordinary diving and snorkelling            that month, or who refer friends,                                                                                                                  enthusiasts will find 10 top-class golf courses   is the ideal base for both the leisure and
    There will be prizes on auction at
   these functions to the value of over
                                                     encounters with huge shoals of fish, dolphins
                                                     and whales.
                                                                                                          families and colleagues to us, go into
                                                                                                          our lucky draw                                                                                               www.greenrhino.co.za”                 in the area, 3 of them in Stellenbosch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Evergreen also offers an extensive range of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             spa treatments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               business traveller. Nothing is too much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               trouble and we go the extra mile to ensure our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               guests have a pleasant and comfortable stay
                R100 000!
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                                                                                                                                                                              YOU TOO COULD BE A                07 SEPTEMBER – US EMBASSY,
We returned back for dinner and had a superb starter, main course and dessert followed by coffee.                                                                             LUCKY DRAW WINNER.                Pretoria,
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The next morning we were off to Elements golf course were we had a 0830 tee time. Christine was up early and after breakfast guided us to the back gate                                                         27 OCTOBER – CANADIAN HIGH
of Zebula country estate and gave us her personal entry card so that we could return that way after our Elements trip. Because we were going to be out
for several hours she offered to prepare a picnic lunch for us all as we would miss lunch in the lodge. You could have fed a family of 20 with the amount of                       GOOD LUCK!                   COMMISSION, Pretoria
food that was prepared. Fantastic.
                                                                                                                                                                      FORTHCOMING FUNCTIONS                     30 NOVEMBER – SOUTHERN SUN ,
The golf was all sorted and paid for prior to arrival so it was a very smooth start to the day and we had a fantastic time on what is a fairly tricky course – for                                              Maputo. Christmas Charity
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us beginners – (it is rated number 10 in the Golf Digest Top 100 courses in South Africa). At the halfway house we tucked in to our buffet and continued
eating it for the final 9 holes!                                                                                                                                              2010
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When we returned to Zebula, Lindiwe had laid on high tea for us (still full from the buffet we managed to do the high tea some justice after they had gone            28 OCTOBER – CANADIAN                     BAKER, Pretoria. Christmas Charity
to the trouble).                                                                                                                                                      HIGH COMMISSION,
                                                                                                                                                                      Pretoria. Halloween.
We had half an hour to turn ourselves around before heading off on the horse back safari across at Mabula.....poor horses with that much food packed in                                                               THE GREEN RHINO CAP TRAVELS TO
our bellies!
                                                                                                                                                                      25 NOVEMBER –                                            NAMIBIA………
Once again everything was organised at the horse safari area and we had a great time on what were fairly well trained ponies (We had never ridden                     315 Sir Herbert Baker, Pretoria.            THE TALLUTO FAMILY FROM THE US EMBASSY
before so it was another great experience to be up so close to giraffe, buffalo, zebra and impala).                                                                   Christmas Charity                                        TOOK A TRIP TO
Once again we had another superb evening meal which was a Braii this time. Very nice.                                                                                 30 NOVEMBER – MAPUTO :                       NAMIBIA RECENTLY AND SENT US SOME OF
                                                                                                                                                                      CAFÉ ACACIA                                           THESE LOVELY PICS
The next morning we had a leisurely breakfast before heading across to Mabula again this time for a conventional safari trip in a Landrover driven by a
very knowledgeable ranger. The ranger worked hard to find us some lions but having followed several tracks in the area where he had seen them that                    Christmas Charity
morning we didn’t manage to find the big cats.

Lunch was followed by a trip over to Zebula golf course with the driving range and the animal enclosures (snakes, exotic birds, tiger cubs, cheetah and
                                                                                                                                                                      FUNCTIONS CALENDAR 2011
lion cubs).
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After another fantastic evening meal we retired for the night knowing that we had crammed in a lot in the 3 days we had been here.                                    LODGE, Pretoria
In summary, nothing was too much trouble for Christine and her two girls. Lindiwe had recently qualified as a chef and her food was fantastic. Christine
                                                                                                                                                                      02 MARCH – CRICKLEWOOD
was a great host with just the right amount of engaging with her visitors.
                                                                                                                                                                      MANOR, Pretoria
The quad biking was great value for money ZAR 600 for the 4 of us on two quads. The horse safari was brilliant value too – ZAR 600 for the four of us on
our own mounts and on the trail for 90 mins. The land rover safari was good but maybe a little pricey at ZAR 1750.                                                    03 MARCH - CARDOSO HOTEL,
                                                                                                                                                                      Maputo
All in all highly recommended and we appreciate your assistance in setting it all up for us.

Many thanks                                                                                                                                                           14 APRIL – BRITISH HIGH
Mick                                                                                                                                                                  COMMISSION, Pretoria
M P BOYLEMajorStaff Officer CoordinationBritish Peace Support Team(South Africa)
                                                                                                                                                                      31 MAY – SOUTHERN SUN
                                                                                                                                                                      HOTEL , Maputo

                                                                                                                                                                      23 JUNE – PREMIER HOTEL,
                                                                                                                                                                      Pretoria

                                                                                                                                                                      20 JULY - SOUP AND SHERRY, Court
                                                                                                                                                                      Classique Boutique Hotel, Pretoria

                                                                                                                                                                      18 AUGUST – U.S. EMBASSY
                                                                                                                                                                      MARINE HOUSE, Maputo

                                                                                                                                                                      07 SEPTEMBER – US EMBASSY,
                                                                                                                                                                      Pretoria,
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                                                  Associaçáo IMAGINE
                                 “For that which is first imagined, later becomes”

Update for Green Rhino, October 2010
Green Rhino and IMAGINE in 2010
Green Rhinos support to IMAGINE which commenced in 2007 has continued to be a wonderful support for the Family Homes programme in 2010. The
funds raised by Green Rhino and it’s clients are allocated to the food costs at the Family Homes centre which is home to 46 orphaned and vulnerable
children (OVCs). The homes have developed their own food supplies through a machamba (crop garden) and the keeping of goats, chickens and rabbits,
however these items need to be supplemented each month with other foods, drinks and household supplies.
In 2010 Green Rhino donations have amounted to 19,630 Rand, a valuable contribution which is roughly equivalent to one months complete expenditure
for food and domestic items.
Family Homes
A large celebration day was held recently at the Family Homes of Hope, in memory of IMAGINE president, Joe Williams. It was an opportunity for the
children to demonstrate their dancing, singing and acting skills in performances that they arranged for the IMAGINE staff, trustees and visitors (pictures
attached).
The children are going shopping in Maputo city next week for their new clothes for Summer / Christmas, which is always a hectic but fun expedition! The
children are thankfully, growing so fast that clothes and shoes are always in short supply and any donations are more than welcome! December will bring
with it the big shop for new school uniforms and supplies for the children starting/ returning to school after the holidays. We are in the process of sourcing
                                                                                                                                                                 BOTSE BOTSE – FIVE STAR GOLF, GAME AND SPA RESERVE
support to assist with this, if anyone can help!
Family Assistance
                                                                                                                                                                 Situated in a private game reserve only 2 hours from Johannesburg, this 5-star romantic haven of luxury and exclusivity, offers an award winning
Two newly built houses were handed over to families in KaTembe this month. One family, consisting of a grandmother caring for 3 grandsons, were
                                                                                                                                                                 experience all-round, including culinary delights, wildlife and an 18 hole golf course and spa. Guests have access to all the 5-star facilities at this venue
brought to the attention of IMAGINE after they lost their reed home to a fire . Their situation obviously required an immediate response and IMAGINE was
                                                                                                                                                                 and can enjoy Big 5 guided vehicle or horse back safaris, air balloon safaris, game walks, cycle safaris and picnics. Botsebotse Bush Retreat will
able to fund and construct a local reed home for them.
                                                                                                                                                                 enchant you, steal your heart and leave you yearning for more.
The second house was a brick house for a family previously living in extremely dire conditions.
Both families also received gifts for their home and school items for the children.
                                                                                                                                                                 And some wonderful feedback from Major Boyle, BPST, Pretoria, who visited this Lodge recently
Imagines Food distribution programme continues, this month with the addition of agricultural seeds which families can sew during this rainy period.
Following a request from some of the individuals at the old peoples village for some meat in their diet, which they are unable to afford, we hope to secure
funds to commence from next month onwards with this addition to 17 elderly individuals.
                                                                                                                                                                 I am just writing to confirm what a fantastic time we had up at the BotseBotse lodge in Zebula.
Community Development
The community ambulance began its work again this month after undergoing mechanical repairs.
                                                                                                                                                                 On arrival we were greeted by Mabel (maid/helping hand) and Lindiwe (chef) with nice cool scented face towels to wipe away the perspiration from a
The ambulance provides the community of KaTembe with an essential service, by transporting people to hospital in their hour of need.
                                                                                                                                                                 journey in our air conditioned car (very nice touch actually) and then introduced to Christine who owns the lodge.

                                                                                                                                                                 Mabel and Lindiwe carried our bags to the room whilst we had a refreshing drink and received confirmation vouchers for all of the activities we had
                                                                                                                                                                 booked prior to arrival. Christine has 4 rooms (double bed with an attic loft bedroom for the children) and as we were the only guest staying that week
                                                                                                                                                                 asked if we wanted to put the boys in their own room. The boys we excited about staying in the loft so we opted for just the one room. It was very tastefully
                                                                                                                                                                 arranged with flowers and chocolates etc.

                                                                                                                                                                 Two hours after arriving we were off on our quad bike safari. It was a short drive out of Zebula up the road to Mabula. Everything was organised and we
                                                                                                                                                                 had a short trip in a safari wagon to the quad bike area. The boys were too young (13 & 8) to have their own quads so I went on one with Spencer (8) and
                                                                                                                                                                 Nicola went on the other with Lewis (13). The guide led us out and around the area and we encountered probably far more game than we expected. The
                                                                                                                                                                 boys were thrilled as although they were on the quad with us they both drove and we just sat on as passengers. (It was a massive achievement for
                                                                                                                                                                 Spencer who now thinks he has to have his own quad bike!).
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