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 ACCOLADES FROM FRIENDS                               Hi Ladies,
                                                      Just to let you know everything went like
      AND CLIENTS                                     clockwork and we had a brilliant time. Vic Falls
                                                      hotel wonderful as was Chobe Lodge. Many
Cynthia,                                              thanks for all your organization and we'll
Let me echo the sentiments that Jeff expressed        definitely be back in touch on our next visit to
in his email. For years, we have dreamed about        Africa! Ellie and John
going to Africa. With your help we were able to
realize all of our best hopes for our first African                                                        The Demise of the Single Supplement
trip. It was truly an amazing experience, filled      Everyone really enjoyed our stay at Entabeni.
with wonderful memories. Thank you so much            Thanks so much for recommending it. All
for your invaluable assistance. We will               arrangements were very smooth and the place
                                                                                                           NO MORE SINGLE
recommend "Cynthia at Green Rhino" to all our         was wonderful. We hated to leave. Pick up from       SUPPLEMENTS AT
friends.                                              Jo-burg went well. Driver was very good. Trip        RISSINGTON INN, Hazyview,
                                                      was nice. Same for pick up from Entabeni
Warm regards,                                         (driver was on time at 05:30) and we got to          Mpumalanga
Neil Hobbs                                            Pretoria easily. We all have very good things to
                                                      say about our Green Rhino experience. Thank          At Rissington, we realise that not all single
                                                      you so much for all arrangements for this trip       travellers are on their own because they are vile,
Jeff wrote……………..                                     and for Vic Falls trip! Everything was first rate.   ugly or have bad breath. Many are single by
                                                                                                           accident and many more because they choose
Our trip to southern Africa has come to an end,       Best regards,                                        to travel alone.
and my parents, Jacqueline and I have                 Monica O'Keefe                                       Rissington has therefore taken up their cause
temporarily gone our separate ways, and I                                                                  and abolished the single supplement. As of now,
wanted to write on behalf of all of us to tell you    Dear Green Rhino ladies                              lone voyagers will no longer be punished and
what a wonderful vacation we had and how              We returned from our trip to South Africa about a    have their lots saddened further (assuming they
much we appreciate all the hard work you put in       week ago. I do want to let you know that we          were sad in the first place) by the customary 50%
to make our trip so special and so seamless. All      really enjoyed the whole trip, but Cape Town         surcharge.
the logistics you put in place came off without a     and the tours you organized for us were really a     It's a great step - and Rissington's fine
hitch, the weather was good, and the trip was         highlight of our trip. Cape Town was really worth    hospitality makes it a wonderful place for people
everything we could have hoped for and more.          a visit and we enjoyed every minute. The people      travelling alone. The deal is available on all new
                                                      that picked us up at the airport were very           bookings and applies to single rooms for lone
In particular, we were very, very happy with our      punctual and the City Lodge was just the right       travellers and those for singles travelling with
time at Djuma Bush Lodge and feel that the            hotel for us. We enjoyed the short walk to the       other guests. Let's hope many other lodges will
extra we spent there per night was well worth it.     Waterfront every day. The Restaurants we went        follow our lead! Onward single travellers ...
Plus, we now understand the advantages of             to were always good. The Cape of Good Hope -         Rissington Inn is close to the Kruger National
being in a private game reserve versus a              very impresive, Simons Town with its African         Park, so whilst staying there, you can go in to the
national park--the ability of the land cruisers to    penguins and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden           National Park as a Day Visitor. If, however, you
go off road, providing closer encounters with         with the hop-on-hop-off bus was a nice way to fill   are visiting during over long weekends and
wildlife. I think we would all strongly encourage     out an afternoon. Table mountain is spectacular.     school holidays it is necessary to obtain a Day
you to tell clients to opt for Sabi Sands over                                                             Visitors Permit
Kruger.                                               Thank you so much for all your help.
                                                      Kathe                                                Some Facts on the Kruger
We also loved our one night at Rissington Inn in                                                           National Park
Hazyview. The food was out of this world. None        Janet
of expected such a wonderful experience from a        Just to let you know that my family and I
                                                      returned from our trip to Cape Town and              The best time to visit the Kruger National Park is,
hotel "out in the middle of nowhere."                                                                      during the winter season. The reason for this is
                                                      Swakopmund which you had booked for us. All
                                                      of the travel arrangements worked extremely          that the grass and leaves are minimal, leaving
Thanks again, and rest assured we will be                                                                  you with a better chance to spot the exotic wildlife
                                                      well and we have a very enjoyable vacations.
recommending Green Rhino to friends and                                                                    on offer. Also, many births occur in the winter
                                                      Many thanks, once again, for your assistance.
contacts who want to plan a trip similar to ours.                                                          months, meaning that a safari during that period
                                                      Kyle O'Sullivan                                      offers a unique viewing spectacle.
Sincerely,                                            Irish Ambassador
Jeff Hobbs                                            Nigeria                                              The Kruger National Park is one of the most
                                                                                                           famous safari destinations in South Africa, and
        may not be the cheapest
     We info@greenrhino.co.za                                                                              indeed Africa. It is home to an enormous variety
                                                                                                           of plants, birds and mammals (including the ""big
        but we are the BEST!                                                                               five") There are 147 mammalian species found in
                                                                                                           the park ranging from the majestic Leopards and
                  info@greenrhino.co.za                                                                    Lions to the mischievous Spotted Hyenas.

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                                                      There is a bank and ATM inside each park and a                  Our first flight was a commercial flight
                                                     few ATM's at some of the camp shops, though           with Botswana Airlines to Maun, a small tourist
                                                     these don't always have cash. Every main rest         town at the edge of the Okavango Delta. The
                                                     camp has a fuel station. There are Internet           delta is 15,000 square kilometers of water and
                                                     café's at most of the main camps as well as cell      soil formed by the run off from the Angola
                                                     phone reception.                                      Highlands. The water does not drain to the sea
                                                     So, you can rest assured that you will still be       like most large rivers but flows out onto the
                                                     "connected". There is also a medical doctor in        Kalahari Desert. The country of Botswana has
                                                     the park in case of emergencies, as well as           set aside much of this area for game reserves.
                                                     hospitals nearby.                                     Not only does this bring in tourists but it also
                                                                                                           protects the natural wildlife and plants of this
                                                     The Kruger National Park is a beautiful getaway,      fantastic landscape. Our next flight was a in a
                                                     and welcomes visitors from all over the world.        small Cessna to the Khwai River Lodge located
                                                     However, it is important to follow the rules that     just outside the Moremi Game Reserve and
                                                     are. printed on the entrance permit. The South        along the Khwai River arriving at noon. No
                                                     African Police Service (SAPS) have recently           paved runway or roads because the
                                                     cracked down on those who don't follow the            government does not allow this area to be
                                                     rules.                                                developed in any way.
The park's gates are open year round, usually
from 5:30am to 6:00pm.(see times below)              Aside from visiting the National Park itself, there
                                                     are many Private Game Lodges adjoining the
  January, February, November & December:            Kruger National Park and for more information
               05h30 - 18h30                         on these wonderful Safari Destinations, all you
             March and October:                      need to do is to write to us at
               05h30 - 18h00                         info@greenrhino.co.za or visit us on
        April, August and September:                 www.greenrhino.co.za
               06h00 - 18h00
             May, June and July:                     AN ARTICLE BY ARLEN AND CAROL BOOTH
               06h00 - 17h30                         FOR THEIR LOCAL NEWSPAPER, THE
                                                     HENRY NEWS REPUBLICAN, HENRY
                                                     ILLINOIS - Arlen and Carol were referred to
                                                     Green Rhino by Jeff Schroeder from the
                                                     American Consulate in Gaberone.                       The lodge driver/tracker and his trusty 4x4 was
                                                                                                           there to transport us to the camp and our
                                                                                                           housing which was a 24 x 40 foot tent sitting up
                                                                                                           on a four foot high platform (to keep the
                                                                                                           elephants, lions and hippos from moving in with
                                                                                                           you). Now this was no tent as we think of it.
                                                                                                           There was a king size canopy bed with mosquito
                                                                                                           net, full bath with shower, closets, lounge area
                                                                                                           and a covered deck overlooking the Khwai
Pictures taken by Liew James near Lower                                                                    River, but also included AC. We could sit on our
Sabie during March this year.                                                                              deck in the morning and listen and watch the
                                                                                                           hippos snorting out their signals. We were
Birdwatchers will have 517 different species to                 AFRICA TRAVEL 2009                         warned not to go to our tent alone at night, the
view, depending on the time of the year.                     Part 4 - By Arlen & Carol Booth               lodge staff always provided an escort.
In particular, the park is home to many raptors or                                                         Hippopotamus kill more people in Africa than
"birds of prey," as they are otherwise known,                   Gaborone, Botswana, Africa Tuesday         any other wildlife.
including the Bateleur and the Martial eagle, the    1 December 2009 5:45 am – We headed out to
Tawny eagle, the African fish-eagle and the          the airport to go on our first real African safari.
African hawk-eagle. Besides the animals that         After three weeks of waiting in Pretoria for Lars’    After lunch and a few minutes rest, we headed
live in the Kruger National Park, there are also     paperwork and Nissan repairs (which failed and        out at 4:30 for our first four hour wildlife safari
1,982 plant species.                                 was never repaired correctly until 14 December        into the brush with Watch, our guide and tracker.
The Kruger National Park has all the facilities      in South Africa, a third world mechanic) and a full   Not sure if this was a tribal name translated into
that one would expect from a world class holiday     November of babysitting plus household duties         English but we think it could have been. The
destination. The accommodation in the game           in Gaborone (which we enjoyed immensely) Jeff         delta area was scenic with tall trees and bush
reserve is spread across different camp sites.       told Carol and I we needed to take a real vacation    with areas of open space with grass swamps
                                                     in Africa. We may never have the opportunity          loaded with birds, geese, and impalas.
                                                     again. Jeff contacted a travel agent for us to        Crocodiles slept on the shore waiting. Because
                                                     make the arrangements with and we were finally        it was spring there, rained everyday, there was a
                                                     off on the trip to the Okavango Delta, Chobe          constant lovely scent of blossoms in the air as
                                                     National Park (Botswana) and Victoria Falls,          we drove the 100 kilometers of dirt roads
                                                     Zimbabwe.                                             through the bush.
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Many times the scent of elephant dung                  Our guides helped us with the border paper work
interrupted the pleasant orders but it was worth it    but we had to pay the $60 USD for a two day
to see fifty elephants with their new calves           Zimbabwe VISA. Because of inflation on their
drinking and washing alongside the hippos. The         currency, Zimbabwe has adopted the US dollar
sunset stopped the wildlife picture taking and we      as their currency of business. The call US
headed back to the lodge with the headlights on        dollars “usas” or “obomas”. Once through the
to have a dinner fit for a king with three other       gauntlet of immigrations and customs officials
guests and staff. Later into the evening the           we boarded the van for the one hour trip to
guests and staff sat around the boma (open fire        Victoria Falls Hotel. Poverty was evident at the
pit) and told stories of what wildlife we had          border with many walkers coming in.
observed. Our driver took note of what was
shared and the next day we observed lions              The blacktop highway with a wide right of way to
feeding on a freshly killed young giraffe. On our                                                             Saturday, slept in, the went and picked from a
                                                       Victoria Falls passed through a dense jungle           sixty foot buffet of breakfast items at the hotels
last of three safaris we went past the kill site and   wildlife area but to our disappointment and the
there was nothing, the entire carcass had been                                                                Jungle Junction for a great brunch. Later we left
                                                       driver’s pleasure (safety of no animals on the         on the official guided tour of the falls by our travel
hauled away by the hyenas during the night. We         road), we did not spot any wildlife. We arrived at
viewed buffalo, wildebeest, lions, hippos, giraffe                                                            agents. After returning to the hotel we walked to
                                                       the beautiful and exquisite Victoria Falls Hotel at    the local downtown area of carvers craft shops
birds and geese.                                       noon for a two night stay. Victoria Falls Hotel        to purchase gifts for the family. It was somewhat
                                                       was built as a place for the Queen and her             scary as many people came out of their shops to
          Our third day took us on another one         entourage in 1904 during the Empire’s
hour Cessna flight across the high desert                                                                     try to get us to come in. It has been a slow
                                                       occupation of this area. Built only one kilometer      business season for everyone. While in one
landscape at 7500 feet to Kasane at the                from Victoria Falls, the mist and roar could be
northeast corner of Botswana. Kasane is                                                                       shop I traded a Henry State Bank pen for a
                                                       seen and heard from the grounds. It had over           10,000,000,000 Zimbabwe bill. It is good talking
another small tourist town with an up scale            300 rooms but because of the world economy,
terminal and asphalt runway. Again the driver                                                                 paper to explain government printing money to
                                                       only 60 guests were staying there. We checked          pay bills, causing inflation. We also enjoyed a
from the Chobe Game Lodge was there to greet           in and since our room was not ready, we lunched
us and load our luggage for the thirty minute trip                                                            Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River and
                                                       on the veranda, enjoyed the view and later the         meeting other travelers from around the
to the Chobe National Park. On the way to the          heat and sunshine while touring the grounds.
lodge through the wildlife area on dirt roads, we                                                             world.
                                                       Our hotel bellhop came and found us to take us         Local young men greeted us at the dock with
had to stop to allow a herd of elephants to cross.     to our room.
With the young calves in tow, drivers did not                                                                 local music mixed with national tunes.
challenge the mothers on road right of way. We
check in and prepare for another safari or cruise                 It was still early afternoon so we
on the Chobe River later in the afternoon. It did      decided to walk to Victoria Falls. After locking all
not happen because the weather turned blistery         our valuables and money in the safe, we headed
with high winds plus rain so we shopped and            out with a little cash for the entrance fees. The
enjoyed an early dinner at the lodge. Again the        exit from the grounds was marked and guarded
accommodations were first class and                    by security people with guns. (The guns were for
comfortable.                                           the baboons that caused problems on the
                                                       grounds.) Also at the gate, were escort guides
                                                       to walk with us down the path to keep the
Friday morning we were up early for a light            hawkers away who aggressively wanted to sell
breakfast, repacked and headed out on another          their carvings and trinkets. We were glad he
safari. Chobe National Park is more                    went along with us. Everyone speaks English
commercialized because of the easy access              well and we agreed to meet the escort at 3:00 pm       December 6, Sunday morning brought final
airport with commercial flights. This was evident      to walk us back. When we arrived at the parking        packing and another great breakfast at the
on the safari when someone spotted a large             lot area, there were also guards to walk us the        Jungle Junction. Our border shuttle service
male lion and ten safari vehicles showed up with       rest of the way to the entrance. After paying the      picked us up early and we were back across the
a total of 100 people all trying to get the best       $20 USD, we walked the path to the falls area.         border into Botswana and at the Kasane Airport
vantage point. Try to imagine a traffic jam on a                                                              by one for our 2:30 flight back to Gaborone.
single lane dirt road in the middle of the jungle      Victoria Falls was spectacular because the             Check in with no checked luggage made the
brush. The lion was about one kilometer away           Zambezi River was full from current rains. The         Africa trip much easier.
and no one was able to get a good picture. We          rock face is over one kilometer long and drops
did see impalas, zebra and giraffe so it was not a     100 meters in some areas. It was a holy place                     A great vacation that brought us an
total loss. We returned to the lodge early to          for the natives until the British came along and       exciting view of different parts of Africa. Back in
meet our transport to the border of Zimbabwe.          said they discovered it for the queen. Go figure.      our temporary Botswana home by 4 pm to the
                                                       The one kilometer walkway along the falls takes        wonderful greetings of Matilda and some smiles
From Chobe Lodge, through Kasane to the                                                                       from Lars.
                                                       you to many viewing points. The mist from the
Botswana/Zimbabwe border was a twenty
                                                       falls is driven up 500 meters into the air then
minute trip. At the border there were guides,
                                                       rains down making the area a rain forest year
luggage handlers, a new Toyota van with driver
                                                       round. It was an amazing wonder.
and five other tourists making the trip into
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                                                     Our dinner being prepared in the amazing             5) Saturday morning centre of town craft
    CYNTHIA VISITS                                   kitchen                                                 market is a popular event, visit the morning
   AT SCHULPHOEK                                                                                             Farmer’s Market, including wine tasting.
                                                                                                          6) Tours:
   SEAFRONT GUEST                                                                                         a) Stanford, the quaint neighbouring town,
 HOUSE & RESTAURANT                                                                                          including a visit and tour (or lunch) at the
                                                                                                             Birkenhead Brewery or a cheese & wine
                                                                                                             picnic at Kleinrivier Cheese Farm.
                                                                                                          b) Danger Point lighthouse sightseeing trip.
                                                                                                          c) L’Agulhas (most southern point) tour –
                                                                                                             interesting day-trip, visiting Bredasdorp &
                                                                                                          d) Eco Quad Bike tours at Hemel&Aarde Valley,
                                                     This five star guesthouse is a combination of           Stanford or Grabouw area.
                                                     modern and old with a French connection but
                                                     not forgetting that we are right on the ocean with   7) A superb and highly recommended tour with
                                                     the names of the suites ranging from “Oyster” to        one of the operators with Dyer Island
I enjoyed a delightful night at Schulphoek                                                                   Cruises, Ivanhoe Sea Safaris or Whale
recently – this lovely guesthouse is situated in a   “Scallop”. All 7 suites are large, all air-
                                                     conditioned and some with fireplaces –                  Cruises, launching their boat from Kleinbaai,
protected sanctuary of Schulphoek Bay, just                                                                  Gansbaai & Hermanus respectively. An
5kms from the Hermanus Town centre. With             beautifully appointed bathrooms are huge -
                                                     mine had a SPA bath which was heavenly!                 educational, whales (from July), birding, eco
spectacular uninterrupted sea views from the                                                                 tour that includes some great white shark
lounge and dining room, this is definitely the       Fresh fruit, tea/coffee, sherry are included as
                                                     well as a super collection of DVDs should the           viewing – Spring/Winter trip.
place to watch whales frolicking in the waves                                                                July to November – Whale watching boat
while you relax in the sumptuous lounge              weather turn bad…..
enjoying a cappuccino coffee or delicious lunch
or dinner and what about a bottle of wine chosen                                                          8) Great White Shark Cage Diving (to be
from their private wine cellar which boasts over                                                             arranged)
7 000 bottles to choose from!                                                                             9) Spectacular Sunset Flights over the coast,
                                                                                                             Cape Town and inland destinations or whale
                                                                                                             flights (from August). Overnight game
                                                                                                             reserve flights. (Recommended)
                                                                                                          Excellent walks:
                                                                                                          a) A coastal walk from Sandbaai to Onrus
                                                                                                             Beach & Vermont from Schulphoek Seafront
                                                     Die Varandah                                            Guesthouse.
                                                                                                          b) Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Longer and short
                                                     The hosts, Petro and Mannus are very
                                                                                                             routes offered.
                                                     interactive with their guests and are happy to
                                                                                                          c) The cliff pathway +- 2.5hr walk on the sea
                                                     recommend and book all the activities available
                                                                                                             edge from the beautiful Blue Flag (prestige)
                                                     in the area, and there are many. I have listed
                                                                                                             Grotto Beach into town and to the New
                                                     them below.
                                                     Interesting ‘things to do’ in Hermanus:
                                                                                                          d) The Harold Porter Botanical Garden at
Cynthia choosing a bottle of wine from the           1) Tours arranged with a guide on request to
                                                                                                             Betty’s Bay.
amazing wine cellar                                       experience everything of interest.
                                                                                                          e) Visit the penguin colony at the same town.
                                                     2) Art galleries (and there are plenty)
                                                                                                          2) Adventure outings:
The professional, superbly appointed open plan       3) Hermanus wine route all within 8km from
                                                                                                          a) Tandem Paragliding -
LACANCHE kitchen is staffed with a talented               guesthouse, visiting wine farms like the new
                                                                                                          b) Kayaking in the sea (weather permitting) or
local chef, who will happily create a menu                HPF cellar, Hamilton Russel, etc., with
                                                                                                             on the lagoon. The only licensed kayaking
around your tastes and preferences. Venison               lovely restaurants & champagne deck at
                                                                                                             with whales (whale season).
and in season shellfish are their favorites and we        LaVierge, Heaven Lunch restaurant on the
                                                                                                          c) Canopy treetop tours
were lucky enough to have both venison and                Newton Johnson wine farm, wine pairing at
                                                                                                          d) Paintball
crayfish on our night there – absolutely                  Creation wine farm in the Hemel & Aarde
                                                                                                          e) Horseriding: beginners in the vineyards or
beautifully presented and delicious. Fresh                Valley.
                                                                                                             stunning beach ride with the wild horses at
herbs and vegetables are grown and collected         4) Visit the                                            Kleinmond for the advanced riders (by
daily from their potager, even the olives are        a) Hemel & Aarde Craft Village up-market                arrangement only)
handpicked from their own trees.                          center, stopping at a beautiful wine shop,      f) Fishing and crayfising on our own boat
                                                          with an extensive selection of regional            (seasonal)
If you book 24 hours in advance, your FIRST               wines, including some wine tasting, the         g) Sunset cruises, also on lagoon or river,
NIGHT includes a complimentary 4-course                   must-see Hornbill House gallery and                snacks & drinks.
dinner at the social table !!!                            ceramic art.                                    h) Shark Cage Diving.
                                                     b) Shopping in town.
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i) Absailing                                        WHAT’S ON AT DE HOOP? (Read Cynthia’s                 Wine tasting weekend
j) Scuba diving                                     article on De Hoop in last month’s Drumbeat
k) Trout or fly fishing                             Magazine. If you missed it, contact us for a          28 – 30 May 2010
3) Activities:                                      copy)                                                 Join us for a wine tasting experience under the
a) Abalone hatchery (Perlemoen) Tour                                                                      stars as wine makers from the Agulhas area
b) Bird watching                                                                                          showcase their vineyards. Sunset on Friday
                                                    Something for everyone at the De Hoop
4) Wellness – various massage treatments on                                                               and Saturday evenings will see wine tasting
   request.                                                                                               taking place at The Fig Tree Restaurant, which
                                                    The jewel of the western Cape coast has
5) Golfing organized at the beautiful Arabella                                                            will also serve a special 5-course gourmet food
                                                    lined up a bouquet of special offers and
   Estate or New Hermanus Links combination                                                               and wine pairing meal. First Sighting, Jean
                                                    exciting activities for the year ahead.
   golf course or the popular Kleinmond 9 hole                                                            Daneel, Creation and Quoin Rock will be
   course                                                                                                 offering their wines to sample. Limited wine will
                                                    The De Hoop Collection, situated in the stunning      be on sale.
CONTACT GREEN RHINO FOR MORE INFO                   De Hoop Nature Reserve, has lined up an array
OR TO CHECK AVAILABILITY                            of exciting activities, events and special offers     JUNE
                                                    for every month of the year ahead. Just three
                                                    hours from Cape Town, the 36 000ha reserve
                                                                                                          Welcome to the Whales
                                                    boasts abundant bird-life, rich fauna and flora       Weekend 25 – 27 June 2010
                                                    and some of the best whale-viewing in the world.      Around 40% of the world’s Southern Right
                                                    Our calendar is full – so if you are looking for an   Whale population starts arriving in the bay along
Franschhoek tourism is set to get a major boost
                                                    excuse to escape to unspoilt beauty and               the De Hoop shoreline in June, and you can join
when its latest project, the Franschhoek Valley
                                                    tranquility, look no further!                         our welcoming party. This weekend kicks of the
Wine Tram, is up and running.
                                                                                                          annual breeding season and a leading whale
The tram will transport tourists along the wine                                                           authority will be sharing some of his expertise
route from Franschhoek to Paarl, stopping at                                                              and stories through complimentary talks for all
various restaurants and vineyards along the                                                               De Hoop Collection guests.
way. A communication system will be fitted to
each tram to let tourists enjoy an audio tour                                                             JULY
while taking in the scenery.                                                                              Christmas in July 16 – 18 July 2010
                                                                                                          Join us for a festive week-end to lift your spirits
There will be about 10 to 12 stops on the route                                                           with Christmas cheer. This weekend we’ll be
with a tram passing each stop every hour,                                                                 hosting a Friday evening braai, serving local
allowing tourists to hop on and off at their                                                              wines, followed by a Saturday morning brunch at
leisure. Two 1930s trams will be imported from                                                            the Fig Tree Restaurant. Thereafter, you can try
Australia and it is hoped that the first one will                                                         your hand at chocolate making and fynbos
start running later this year.                                                                            flower arranging. In the evening, unwind by
GREEN RHINO WILL INFORM YOU AS SOON                                                                       taking an interpretive walk, before settling in to
AS THIS IS UP AND RUNNING – FOR                                                                           enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner with local
FURTHER INTERESTING SNIPPETS OF                                                                           wine pairing.
TO RHINO HAPPENINGS                                                                                       AUGUST
                                                                                                          Women’s Month
     FUNCTIONS CALENDAR                                                                                   Entire month of August 2010
            2010                                     Bonitas De Hoop Track & Trail                        In honouring the women of our country, we will
                                                            Family Festival                               be offering every woman who makes a
                                                           14 – 16 May 2010                               reservation in August a complimentary extra
                                                                                                          night’s stay. And if you’re there on Women’s Day
                                                    Oil up your mountain bike and get out those
                                                                                                          on 9 August, you can join in the celebrations at
                                                    running shoes out of retirement – the Bonitas De
                                                                                                          our special Fig Tree Restaurant Women’s Day
                                                    Hoop Track & Trail Family Festival weekend
                                                                                                          brunch where women will receive special gifts.
                                                    takes place 15 and 16 May. Runners can
                                                    choose between the 10 km, 21 km and 28 km
                                                    events on Saturday, while the mountain bike
                                                                                                          Music Under the Stars
                                                    event takes place on Sunday and offers 10 km,         20 – 22 August 2010
                                                    25 km and 50 km options.                              Following on the successful Orchestra Under
                                                                                                          the Stars weekend hosted by The De Hoop
                                                    In addition to the usual De Hoop Collection           Collection in 2009, we’ll this year be hosting
                                                    accommodation on offer, we will also be setting       Music Under the Stars. Performance by top
                                                    up a camping village. Booking is essential. For       musicians at a star-lit concert will form the
                                                    race enquiries visit www.wildlands.co.za.             highlight of this weekend, but there’ll be loads of
                                                                                                          other activities to enjoy including sumptuous
                                                    www.greenrhino.co.za                                  meals, guided walks and a picnic.
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SEPTEMBER                                                       !Khwa ttu –
Spring Fever Weekend                                         Place Of The San
17 – 19 September 2010                               !Khwa ttu is just over an hour’s drive from Cape
The rich abundance of natural beauty makes           Town, along the West Coast flower route offering
Spring a very special time of year at De Hoop.       an incredible insight into one of South Africa’s
Join us for a weekend of expert-guided walks to      richest, most spiritual and environmentally
explore and learn about the unique fynbos            conscious cultures.
kingdom so characteristic of our reserve. An
indigenous flower arranging workshop will take       What was originally a wheat and sheep farm
place on the Saturday afternoon.                     back in 1999 has been transformed from a group
                                                     of tired and dilapidated farm buildings to an
OCTOBER                                              inspirational San culture and heritage centre.
Rock pool appreciation month                         The vision of !Khwa ttu, was to take advantage of
                                                     the land’s spectacular natural surroundings
Entire month of October                              whilst creating a unique and interactive
The shoreline along the De Hoop Marine               experience for the visitor that would open their
Reserve offers some of the most spectacular          eyes to the world of the San people. It was not
rock-pools. For the entire month of October,         however, to be an interpreted, modern day take
we’ll be offering rock pool appreciation walks       on the past, it was to be a tangible journey into         a tourism business that would be run by the San
and walks. Guests can also sign up for guided        history facilitated by the people themselves. As          to generate income that would feed back into the
snorkelling trips for a unique insight into the      a result, the ambitious project involved                  funding pool as a financial return. The San, as
world of creatures living in these finely-balanced   consultation with San communities from across             beneficiaries and resident owners, are an
ecosystems. They’ll be welcomes back on shore        the entire region of Southern Africa for their input      intrinsic part of every policy or development
with sundowners and canapés.                         and knowledge. Consultations continued                    decision in this arrangement. It is an ongoing
                                                     through all aspects of its inception to ensure            process of inclusion, interaction and mediation.
Photography Weekend                                  authenticity, working ‘hand-in-hand’ with the             A successful formula that has helped make
21 - 24 October 2010                                 support of professionals in the fields of tourism,        !Khwa ttu what it is today.
Photographers Derek and Norma Pearman will           anthropology, archaeology and education.
be running a Nikon Photographic Course this
                                                     Though the area itself was not commonly
weekend, which promises to help you unleash
                                                     associated with the presence of the San, the
your own creative style and get the most out of
                                                     region’s history reveals that this was once part of
your camera. The natural beauty of De Hoop
                                                     a vast territory inhabited for centuries by hunter-
makes it the perfect backdrop for this wonderful
                                                     gatherers who were brutally persecuted by the
photographic opportunity. The cost for three
                                                     Boer commandos in the late 18th Century. In
nights accommodation, breakfast, lunch and
                                                     honour of these lost communities and distant
dinner starts at R2550 per person. For more
                                                     ancestors the project was named ‘!Khwa ttu’, the
information call Derek on 083 274 3781 or email
                                                     term used for ‘water-hole’ in the language of the
photo-man@lantic.net . Bookings can be               now extinct Xam San.
made with on 021-4054587 or
sonja@dehoopcollection.co.za                         !Khwa ttu’s location with its vast openness, rocky        !Khwa ttu was officially opened to the general
                                                     outcrops, indigenous fynbos vegetation and a              public in March 2006, and as a tourism attraction
NOVEMBER                                             number of game species offers wonderful                   it offers a variety of activities that will leave an
Birding Month                                        possibilities to enjoy nature and uplift the spirit. It   indelible mark on the soul. The 850ha nature
                                                     is a tourism experience like no other. !Khwa ttu is       reserve is home to hundreds of plant species
Entire month of November                             the only San-owned and culture and education              and indigenous fynbos, as well as a wide array of
November is birding month and there can be few       centre in the Western Cape of South Africa, and           local wildlife. On the tractor driven reserve tour
better places to celebrate than De Hoop, which       it is majority owned by the San people                    you will hear traditional animal stories that form
is home to rich variety of different bird species.   themselves, in partnership with the Swiss                 an important part of San history, as well as get an
The 19 km vlei and surrounding fynbos is a           UBUNTU Foundation in a very special 50/50                 introduction to the complexities of their
birding enthusiast’s paradise, home to several       joint venture. The Swiss donors visited the area          trademark ‘click’ language.
pairs of fish eagles, breeding pelicans,             in the early days, and were fascinated to learn of
flamingos, waterfowl, as many as 13 species of       the ongoing struggles of the modern day San in            There are easy nature walks that share the
migrant waders, purple heron and many many           southern Africa as an indigenous minority group,          wealth of knowledge on ancient hunting,
others too numerous to mention. We’ll be             renowned for their tracking and rock art painting         gathering and tracking, explaining a symbiotic
hosting regular birding talks by experts and         skills that were now on the brink of being lost           way of life that would today be deemed to have a
guests will receive a free birding walk and          forever. It inspired the formation of a dynamic           minimal carbon footprint. The guides also
breakfast with every booking made during this        partnership that would empower the San to take            describe some of the more mystical aspects of
month.                                               ownership of preserving their culture and                 the social structure, such as the healing power
                                                     heritage. The concept was to provide an                   of the trance dance and the traditional
                                                     interface for skills development in parallel with a       egalitarian society.
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                                                      NEWS FROM PACKWOOD                                           GOING GREEN…………with
                                                      COUNTRY ESTATE -                                                 Seasons in Africa
                                                      Cape Garden Route
                                                      Celebrating the first harvesting of their wine........      Going “green” has fast become a common topic in
                                                      Packwood’s Bounty -By Lisa Greyling                         most conversations. Eco friendly has moved on
                                                                                                                  from the “have you heard” to actually being
                                                      Despite having quaffed my fair share of chilled             implemented. When it boils down to just “how
                                                      Sauvignon Blanc over the years (a must-have                 green” however, many a marketing ploys have
                                                      summer indulgence), I am no authority on the subject        taken the short cut. On the other hand, one
                                                      of wine and I do not have a discerning enough nose or       establishment which has done just the opposite is
                                                      palate to offer expert wine reviews. But I do know a        the new energy-wise wing at Hollow on the Square
The raw and poignant photographic exhibition          good wine from a bad one, and Packwood’s 2009               in Cape Town.
consists of eye-opening quotes, real life stories     maiden vintage Sauvignon Blanc held an
and explanatory texts around issues close to the      unquestionably ‘more-ish’ appeal for me.                    The green credentials at the hotel’s new 30 room
                                                       As I savoured each chilled sip, I took in the pastoral     extension set a precedent for South Africa’s hotel
hearts of the San of Southern Africa today. From
                                                      scene before me from the elevated position of the           industry, with every possible green detail to save
historical challenges such as dispossession of
                                                      owner’s farmhouse; a rolling, verdant sweep of              energy having been thought out meticulously
lands and natural resources and the experience                                                                    during renovations of the 50 year old building.
of war on a peaceful people, the centre is a great    grazing land, the pale mauve outline of the
                                                      Tsitsikamma peaks imprinted on a distant sky and the        Inverter air conditioners and intelligent systems
example of the importance of culturally                                                                           ensuring energy is used only when rooms are
                                                      slender sliver of Plettenberg’s iconic Bay. The farm is
appropriate education, how it can work through                                                                    occupied are just two of the impressive energy
                                                      also edged on one side by a stately indigenous forest
tourism and how a unified approach between a          – a notable draw card for the area.                         saving tools incorporated.
group of committed people is building a future        Packwood has a bountiful 1 000 acres of pasture land
that will help to get the San ‘back on track’ and     for their 900 head of Jersey cattle, producing the          “Used commonly as an emotive marketing tool, the
acknowledged for their extraordinary legacy.          richest and creamiest of milk the perfect ingredient for    words “green” and “eco friendly” have many
                                                      Packwood’s extra mature cheddar, bursting with              adaptations to their actual meaning” comments
                                                      intense flavour, this mature cheese is rated one of the     Mark Bleloch, co-owner and project manager of
                                                      best in the region.                                         Hollow on the Square’s green wing. “We were
                                                      But Plettenberg Bay has now been officially gazetted        determined to enforce the “real deal” at the Hollow
                                                      with “wine of origin” status and is currently attracting    on the Square green wing, and although we faced
                                                      great interest as a wine producing area, with 16 or         many challenges building in the city we managed
                                                      more new vineyards having been planted over the             to reach our target of a 50% energy saving.”
                                                      past few years.
                                                        In 2006, Packwood owners Vicky and Peter Gent             “When guests leave their room, our six star
                                                      chose to diversify their farming activities and planted     environmentally rated air conditioning system
                                                      4 hectares of vines to Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir          senses their departure and automatically switches
                                                      and Chardonnay. They worked closely with specialist         to economy mode. Twelve solar panels transfer
                                                      viticulturists from Cape Town who assisted them in all      heat eleven stories down to geysers, and lights
                                                      aspects of planting the vines, from choosing the best       switch off due to the installation of intelligent
                                                      position to selecting the right varietals. 2009 saw their   programmed key guards” continues Mark. Other
                                                      first harvest of Sauvignon Blanc, but due to the late       energy saving tools used include low energy
                                                      delivery of protective netting, out of an estimated 6       lighting, and double glazing that boosts insulation
                                                      tonnes of grapes, only 3.2 tonnes were harvested.           and reduces noise. Cork tile flooring and hand
                                                      The rest was lost to a host of wildlife - baboons, vervet   crafted bamboo furniture compliment the overall
                                                      monkeys and cape white eyes – which are prevalent           green philosophy.
                                                      in and around this beautiful farm..
                                                                                                                  The Australian Green Building Council model was
                                                      Acclaimed Stellenbosch winemaker Teddy Hall
                                                      produced the first 3 000 bottles of their maiden
                                                                                                                  used as a guideline for the extension until the
  CAPE TOWN BY BICYCLE                                                                                            South African Green Building Council star rating,
                                                      harvest. Far exceeding even his expectations, Teddy
                                                      reviewed the Packwood Sauvignon Blanc 2009: “a              which is currently being revised to encompass
 Cape Town has welcomed a new way for                 clear bright straw colour, with a nose of gooseberry,       hotels, is available. The model works by means of
 tourists to get around – by bicycle. Three           asparagus and tropical fruits and a long and lasting        points rated for various green executions.
 orange cycle cabs, similar to those found in         finish - proving this to be a wine of pedigree”.            Says Mark, “Our extension uses half the amount of
 Bangkok, have taken to the streets.                  Packwood have set their sights on a small boutique          electricity than other hotel rooms. We hope that this
                                                      cellar for the estate, and will commence their own          remarkable achievement will help us earn the
 The cabs can be found at the top of Adderley         wine making process under Teddy Hall’s skilful              highest green rating possible for a city hotel
 Street at the entrance to Government                 guidance.                                                   renovation. The ratings will ensure our guests that
 Avenue and are part of a Dutch/South                 Farm bounty aside, Packwood also offers travellers          they really are backing “green” at its best when
 African social engagement and commuter               “a taste of country living at its best” - a perfect base    staying with us.”
 project to prepare the city for the arrival of the   from which to explore the Garden Routes plentiful
 Dutch national soccer team for the World             activities. Emphasis is placed on comfort and rural         The 30 stylish rooms expected to open in June
 Cup. The cabs run as a hop-on and hop-off            tranquility, coupled with natural, farm-fresh fare. 4       2009 form part of a building next door to the
                                                      star accommodation comprises, Packwood’s main               original Hollow on the Square. A demonstration
 service, can be hailed on the streets and will
                                                      thatched country house with 3 ensuite rooms, and 3
 cost around R10 to R20 depending on the                                                                          room with its precise energy-efficient and
                                                      self catering cottages, breakfast lunch and dinners
 destination.                                         served..                                                    environmentally sound additions is available to
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                 Fugitives’ Drift is offering a 3 night stay at either The Lodge or
                                    The Guest House between the:
                             9th and the 31st August 2010.
                            Lodge rate is: R2600 per person per night
                        Guest House rate is: R1800 per person per night
                       Cottage (Annex) rate is: R1400 per person per night
                 All rates include English breakfast, buffet lunch, 5 course dinner,
                                  tea & coffee, all tours and taxes.
                                 Applies to new bookings only.
                          The itinerary for this three day special is:-

        Please phone or e-mail Green Rhino for bookings or more information
                  info@greenrhino.co.za or www.greenrhino.co.za
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                                                      EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
                                                      POLICE                                                            10111
                                                      AMBULANCE                                                         999
                                                      AA BREAKDOWN SERVICE                                              0800 01 01 01
                                                      MOBILE PHONES                                                     112
   Victoria Falls Safari Lodge                        TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES                                               1023
                                                      EUROP ASSISTANCE                                                  011 254 1000
     nominated for Travel                             MEDICAL RESCUE INTERNATIONAL                                      0800 111 990
      Industry’s “Oscars”
Great excitement swept through the Victoria
Falls Safari Lodge with the news of their recent
nomination for two categories in the 17th Annual
World Travel Awards. The lodge has been
nominated for both Zimbabwe’s Leading Hotel
and Zimbabwe’s Leading Safari Lodge. The
news has come on the back of the lodge being
voted as Zimbabwe’s number one
accommodation by independent travellers on

Responding to the double nomination news
Heath Dhana, Africa Albida Tourism’s Regional
Director based at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge,
said, “We’re obviously thrilled to receive this
recognition so soon after being voted number
one on Tripadvisor”. He bore the grin of a proud
father as he continued, “It’s great that all our
hard work is being acknowledged, and even
more so that the recognition is coming from the
guests. We set a high bar for ourselves when we
were first nominated for the World Travel Awards
in 2005. It’s fantastic to know that we’re still
maintaining that level of excellence.”

Ross Kennedy, the Chief Executive of Africa
Albida Tourism, was equally delighted with the
news that their flagship property had been
nominated for the fourth year running. “To win a
World Travel Award will be a huge
accomplishment! We’re encouraging all our
Tripadvisor fans and anyone else who believes
we deserve to win one or both of these awards to                                                      Snorkelling and scuba diving
log onto                                             MAURITIUS
                                                     When to go?                                      Shopping in Grand Bay Grand Bazaar
                                                     The most equable climate is to be found on the   Catamaran cruises
With the support of so many travellers and tour                                                       Quad Biking, zip Lining
operators it’s no wonder Victoria Falls Safari       west coast
                                                     Of Mauritius.                                    Sample Island Cuisine
Lodge is feeling confident that this will be their                                                    Golf
year to win at least one of the nominated            The weather is warm and sunny year round
categories. The World Travel Awards, hailed by
the Wall Street Journal as the "Travel industry's    MUST SEE. MUST DO. MUST VISIT
equivalent to the Oscars", are the most              All the wonderful beaches
comprehensive and most prestigious awards in         L’Adventure Du Sucre Sugar Factory
the global travel industry. The Victoria Falls       Sightseeing by tour or hire car
Safari Lodge team will be waiting in anticipation    Black River Gorges
for the results to be announced at the Africa and    Domaine du Chasseur
Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony on 7th July at            Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.             giant waterlilies and Talipot Palm
                                                     Explore on Horseback
                                                     Big Game Fishing
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                                                 EVERYONE IS A WINNER WITH                       TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY
                                                 GREEN RHINO                                      TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE
                                                 Gareth and Christina Griffiths from
                                                                                                 Online tickets are available from
                                                 the British High Commission in                  www.tablemountain.net and are valid for
                                                 Pretoria recently won two nights B&B            seven days after purchase. During the
                                                 for two at Falaza Game Park and Spa             seven-day period, full refunds are
                                                                                                 available, or visitors can extend the
                                                 Lorna Feldtman also from the British
                                                 High Commission won a wonderful                 ticket for a further three weeks and
                                                 weekend for two at Isibindi Lodge KZN           forego a refund. From October 1 to
                                                 Battlefields.                                   September 30, 2010, visitors will pay
                                                                                                 R160 per adult return and R80 per child
                                                 Last month’s winner was Marilyn
                                                 Langstaff from the Canadian High                return, plus a R10 administrative fee
                                                 Commission in Pretoria.        Marilyn          each. The admin fee is non-refundable.
                                                 referred some clients to us who booked
                                                 their entire holiday through Green              The Robben Island Tour is a very
                                                 Rhino. Marily won a two night stay for          popular Cape Town tourist attraction
SEYCHELLES                                       two at Schulphoek Sea Front Guest               and we highly recommend that tickets
When to go?                                      House and Restaurant.
Between November and April the weather                                                           are booked and purchased long in
Is hot and sea conditions are calm.              Each month all the people who make              advance to avoid disappointment.
Between May and October the south-west           bookings with GREEN RHINO                       This can be done online on
Trade winds bring cooler, dry weather            during that month, or who refer                 www.webtickets.co.za
                                                 friends, families and colleagues to us,
Three languages are spoken. Creole,              go into our lucky draw                          TOPLESS IN CAPE TOWN
English and French. Also Italian and German                                                      A list of the Top Ten things to do in Cape Town
                                                 YOU TOO COULD BE A LUCKY                        comes up with some must do’s such as Table
MUST SEE. MUST DO. MUST VISIT                    DRAW WINNER. Subscribe to our                   Mountain, Kirstenbosch, an extremity-tingling
                                                 E-News by sending your details to               dip in the sea, the Castle, whales in False Bay
Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, Mahe                                                                   and the like. But we would venture to add
Marine National Park                             GOOD LUCK!                                      another must-do to this list -go topless through
Sample many excellent restaurants                                                                the city.By topless, of course, we mean the Cape
Boat excursions to Praslin/La Digue              IGNORANCE and misinformation about              Town Topless Bus. These are London-type
Walking Trails                                   malaria as well as delays in seeking            double-decker red buses without a roof, which
Catamaran Cruises                                                                                trundle through the streets of Cape Town
Scuba Diving
                                                 appropriate treatment inspired                  allowing passengers to hop on or hop off
Deep Sea Fishing                                 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading                according to whim.
Snorkelling                                      pharmaceutical and healthcare company,          There are two services: the Red Route, which
                                                 to fund an independent Malaria Helpline –       zig-zags through the city to all the usual
GREEN RHINO offers year round fly in             0861 MOZZIE (0861 66 99 43) for                 attractions, and the Blue Route, which ventures
packages to Mauritius and the Seychelles         travellers.                                     further afield to Kirstenbosch, Hout Bay and all
which include return flights, transfers, half    The launch of 0861 MOZZIE is aimed at           points between.If you would like to know more
board or self catering accommodation and         providing information about malaria             about the Topless Bus, you can contact Shaun at
some wonderful locations                         based on current local and international        info@openbus.co.za or 021 511-6000.
                                                 malaria recommendations. “It's not only
                                                 tourists and visitors to the African             DID YOU KNOW THAT GREEN RHINO
                                                 continent who need information about             AFRICAN TRAVEL RAISED A TOTAL
                                                 malaria, it's the vast majority of travelling    OF R196 860 FOR CHARITY DURING
                                                 South Africans as well”, said , corporate        2009.
                                                 affairs manager at GSK. Says , medical           Tshwane Place of Safety, Pretoria –
                                                                                                  total R132 220.00
                                                 director at SAA Netcare Travel Clinics:
                                                 “The hotline will provide a platform to          Imagine in Mozambique – total R64 648.00
                                                 travellers from where they can                   THANKS to all those of you who gave so
                                                 get the correct information and                  generously either by purchasing tickets at
                                                 take the necessary precautions                   our travel club functions or by bidding on
                                                  or alternatively seek the correct               the wonderful prizes which the South
                                                                                                  African Travel Industry so kindly donates
                                                 medical advice when
                                                                                                  throughout the year.
                                                 showing symptoms”, said Folmer.
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        Pictures of our last two functions held at Whistletree Lodge, Pretoria and the Cardoso Hotel Maputo.

               BHC PRIZE WINNERS -

                                                                                 BHC PRIZE WINNERS

                  CAP WINNERS AT
                 WHISTLE TREE LODGE

                                                                                   HAPPY PRIZE WINNER AT
                                                                                    WHISTLE TREE LODGE
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             BROCHURE TABLE AT MAPUTO                                HAPPY PRIZE WINNERS AT MAPUTO

                                                            Need a Travel Package to
                                                           VICTORIA FALLS, NAMIBIA,
                                                            BOTSWANA, ZANZIBAR,

                 CAP WINNERS AT BHC

                                                                    HAPPY PRIZE WINNERS AT MAPUTO
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                                                              FAMILY HOMES (ORPHANS) CENTRE

                                                              The children were so happy to receive the beautiful gift of school bags, which Green
                                                              Rhino had kindly arrange through the International Club of Maputo, donated by the
                                                              Italian Embassy. There have been a number of events during the past months, which
                                                              have given the children much joy. We recently opened a new play area for them, which
                                                              include slides, swings and seesaw. Also a football pitch, basketball and netball
                                                              facilities, providing much fun and new experiences for all the children.
                                                              The next stage for the family homes development has just begun with the construction
                                                              of a bakery and arts and craft facility. The bakery will firstly provide food for the centre
                                                              as well as providing an income generating facility. Both facilities will be used to
                                                              provide skills training for some of the older children and hopefully also provide
                                                              employment for them in the future.

  A brick house was recently handed over to a family whose home had
  been burnt down. The Municipal President’s wife was able to join us for
  the official “hand-over” of the keys to the family. The mother, who is
  suffering from HIV, is taking care of 5 children. The handover was a very
  joyful occasion and the mother expressed how happy she was to
  receive such a precious gift and to know that her children would have a
  safe haven for their future.

                                                                               SKILLS TRAINING FACILITY
                                                                               Following a request from the Education Director, Imagine has recently
                                                                               just completed the renovation of a skills training facility at Saul Filipe
                                                                               Tembe Primary School in Chali. This will provide the first resource in
                                                                               Catembe to allow skills training to become part of the school
                                                                               curriculum. The transformation of the old building has been a joy to

                                                                               Imagine would like to take the chance to give a big thank you to Green
                                                                               Rhino for their continued support. This help is invaluable in providing
                                                                               for our Family Homes children and we are very grateful for your
                                                                               support .
                                                                                With love & God Bless from us all xxx
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ROVOS RAIL                                           CORNERWAY HOUSE Guest House &                      DEVON VALLEY HOTEL -                             ERINVALE ESTATE HOTEL & SPA –
Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail          Self Catering : PLETTENBERG BAY                    STELLENBOSCH                                     SOMERSET WEST
Tours has earned an international reputation         Cornerway House which is set in a pretty           The award-winning Devon Valley Hotel is          Embraced by history, surrounded by the
for it’s truly world class travel experiences.       garden with a swimming pool and secure             hidden away in a shady, green and peaceful       majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains and
Step aboard the wood paneled coaches –               parking is situated in a residential area 7        corner of the Stellenbosch Winelands             neighbouring the magnificent Erinvale Golf
classics remodeled and refurbished to mint           minutes walk from the golden sands of              showcasing breathtaking views of the olive       Course, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa
condition – and enjoy fine cuisine in five star      Robberg beach. This 4 star (tgcsa) Cape            groves, vineyards and Majestic Helderberg        provides Distinctive & Captivating
luxury as some of the most varied scenery            Dutch English house has 5 charmingly               Mountains, while offering the finest in          Hospitality. The Hotel’s 57 rooms are
imaginable unfolds beyond the windows.               decorated bedrooms. All bedrooms have              authentic Handmade Hospitality. The              exquisitely furnished, offering air-
Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a            en-suite bath rooms with TV, safes and all         Devon Valley Hotel’s 50 stylishly furnished      conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Each is
bygone era, when privileged travelers                the normal facilities.There has just been a        suites reflect the contemporary colonial feel    fully equipped with a personal safe,
experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in       further three rooms added which can be             of the hotel while enjoying unobstructed         coffee/tea-making facilities, refrigerator,
a relaxed and elegant fashion. The trains –          taken as B&B or as self catering. The main         views of the mountains, vineyards and olive      satellite television and direct dial telephones.
which may be hauled by steam, diesel or              suite has a sitting room with a dining area        groves. The spacious Luxury rooms and            The hotel’s Honeymoon Suite boasts a
electric locomotives at various stages of the        off which is fully equipped kitchen. Just out      Executive suites in the Manor House are the      classic four poster bed and a private garden
journey – carry a maximum of 72 passengers           side of which is a sitting out area with a B-b-    hotel’s premier offering, ideal for a romantic   terrace. The Magnolia Restaurant serves
in 36 superbly appointed suites. In a series of      q. All rooms have their own entrance and           escape or a rejuvenating retreat. The brand      contemporary local cuisine with a twist. A
train journeys lasting from 24 hours to a            the three new rooms have under floor               new Vineyard Rooms will come on line in          variety of mouth-watering combinations
fortnight, the Pride of Africa links some of         heating in the bathrooms. From Cornerway           November 2008. The new building will             across many cultural groups creates a
Africa’s greatest destinations. Join us for trips                                                       house eight luxury rooms, including fire         melting pot of flavours to cater for every
                                                     House there are many activities – Hiking,
to Cape Town/Durban/Victoria Falls and                                                                  places and 12 Classic rooms with
                                                     dolphin and whale watching, golf, riding,                                                           craving. The Erinvale Estate Spa offers a
George. For longer journeys please consider
                                                     forest cycling, swimming, surfing and many         unobstructed views of the valley from their      wide range of signature Ginkgo Leaf
our Golf Safaris/Namibia and Dar es Salaam.
                                                     more. There are shops and restaurants just         private patios and balconies. The hotel was      Wellness skin and body care treatments
                                                     10 minutes walk away with many more                also named the “Best Boutique Hotel 2008         based on traditional touch therapy. Gingko’s
                                                     just 5 minutes in the car.                         in South Africa” by the AA American Express      versatile treatments are ideal whether you
                                                                                                        Accommodation Awards and the Flavours            need to relax, relieve tensions, eliminate
CAPE GRACE – Cape Town Waterfront                    C O T TA G E P I E G U E S T H O U S E             Restaurant received the National Best            toxins or simply treat yourself.
Nestled on a private quay in Cape Town’s             –PLETTENBERG BAY                                   Platinum Award at the 2008 Diner Club
bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront between a      Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac just a few           Winelist of the Year awards.                     EVERGREEN COTTAGE, CONSTANTIA,
working harbour and the serenity of an               steps away from Robberg beach, Cottage                                                              CAPE TOWN
                                                     Pie welcomes guests to the pride of South          DE ZEEKOE GUEST FARM/RESERVE-                    Situated in Constantia, an upmarket rural
international yacht marina, Cape Grace is a                                                             OUDTSHOORN
welcome and gracious sanctuary of tradition,         Africa’s Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay.                                                             suburb of Cape Town, this delightful garden
                                                     Renowned for the splendour of its ever-            This 2000 hectare bio diversified farm is        suite is the ideal place to either spend time
sophistication and contemporary comfort. The
                                                     changing sky- and seascapes, and for the           privately owned and nestled between the          relaxing in the beautiful private garden with
spaciousness of the refashioned Cape
                                                     unspoilt beauty of its lagoons and beaches,        majestic Swarberg and Outeniqua                  mountain views or use as a base for
influence rooms; the diversity of amenities and
                                                     Plettenberg Bay is a destination of                mountains on the banks of the Olifants river     exploring Cape Town and the surrounding
the unsurpassed standards in service - both
proficient and personal - have all ensured           distinction for all visitors to the Garden         bed. Located on one of the world’s “17 hot       areas, also perfect for the business man
Cape Grace is a favourite for many returning         Route. This understated, 8-suite haven             spots” with 3 overlapping flower zones, only     who needs to be close to the CBD with a
guests. From the globally inspired offerings of      boasts 5 star accommodation, and is                7 km from Oudtshoorn on the R328 (road to        place to “chill out” in the evenings. 15
the hotel’s restaurant Signal, to the whisky,        ideally situated, just five minutes from the       Mosselbay) opposite Safari Ostrich Farm.         Minutes from the Waterfront, 20 minutes
wine and cocktail treats that await below deck       bustling bars and coffee shops of Plett’s          The colonial style main lodge has lush           from the airport. Many superb restaurants,
at the popular Bascule Whisky, Wine and              Main Street. For those who prefer to relax in      gardens and open verandas leading to 16          some within walking distance, as is The
Cocktail Bar, to the African delights that           privacy, Cottage Pie also offers a secluded        stylish fully equipped air conditioned           Constantia Shopping Village with lovely
surprise at The Spa at Cape Grace and finally,       private garden, with a bougainvillea-              rooms. Short drive away, 4 rustic waterfront     coffee shops, boutiques, banking and food
to the customised yacht charters on Spirit of        shaded terrace and sparkling pool. From            cabins perfect for a romantic getaway.           shops. Beaches north and south 10 – 15
the Cape, the hotel is dedicated to surpassing       the quiet reverie of a sunrise stroll along        Inventive and delicious; traditional cooking     minutes away!
expectations and making your stay the most           Robberg Beach, to the cosmopolitan                 with a karoo twist. Compliment your evening
memorable ever.                                      atmosphere of sundowners at the open-air           meal with wines from our very own cellar.        E V E R G R E E N M A N O R & S PA ,
                                                     sushi bar in town, Cottage Pie offers a            Facilities: Eco Farm tours, horse riding, sun    Stellenbosch
CAPE TOWN HOLLOW                                     wealth of experiences to enrich your               downer cruises self guided walks, birding,       Nestled under ancient Oak Trees,
Nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain,            journey.                                           canoeing, fishing, biking, salt water pool as    surrounded by spectacular vistas of
overlooking the Company Gardens, Cape                                                                   well as the meerkat magic project that is        mountains and rolling vineyards, stands one
Town Hollow is set in the warm heart of Cape         DE HOOP COLLECTION                                 done on the reserve by Grant McIlrath.           of the most beautiful luxury Guest Houses in
Town’s historical city centre. Cape Town             Situated just three hours drive from Cape          Bookings essential.                              the area. Evergreen Manor and Spa, is
Hollow offers stylish, serene accommodation          Town, the 36, 000 hectares of De Hoop                                                               located in the historical core of Stellenbosch,
in en-suite, air-conditioned rooms with the          conservation area forms part of a World                                                             heart of the Cape Winelands. Built in 1904, in
finest in modern amenities, as well as               Heritage Site characterized by rich                                                                 the grand Country House style, Evergreen
charming open-air balconies. Our Wellness            biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that                                                        offers gracious living and old world charm
Centre is superbly equipped with an                  lead down to an unspoiled coastline. A 19km                                                         combined with every modern convenience.
energizing sauna, gymnasium and two                  vlei, which is a Ramsar site, stretches across
                                                                                                                                                         Guests can take a leisurely 4 minute walk to
treatment rooms where massages and beauty            the reserve and is home to rich birdlife,
treatments are offered.
                                                                                                                                                         the centre of Town with it’s many fine
                                                     including pelicans that breed on itswaters
The congenial Amici Restaurant offers                                                                                                                    restaurants, art galleries, museums and
                                                     each year. The three nautical miles of De
authentic Italian dining with a lively continental                                                                                                       historical buildings. Surrounded by many
                                                     Hoop Marine Reserve beyond the shoreline
vibe. The Patio prides itself on a Cape street-      offer some of the best whale viewing in the                                                         wine estates, this is the ideal base for
café dining experience. By day and night, the        world, with some 40% of the global Southern                                                         exploring the entire region. Putting places
Amici Bar serves up unsurpassed views of             Right Whale population coming to the bay                                                            like Cape Town, Paarl, Franschoek, Gordons
Table Mountain. For the business traveller, we       each year to breed. From affordable self-                                                           Bay and the Whale Route all within 15 to 50
offer a professional conference venue with           catering rondawels to more luxurious self-                                                          minutes drive from Evergreen. Golf
wireless connectivity facilities and an on-site      catering cottages and five-star fully catered                                                       enthusiasts will find 10 top-class golf
business centre. The ideal locality of Cape          lodges. All of this in one of the most beautiful                                                    courses in the area, 3 of them in
Town Hollow entices guests to explore the            places the South African coastline has to                                                           Stellenbosch. Evergreen also offers an
myriad sights in the city and surrounds.             offer.                                                                                              extensive range of spa treatments.
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FA I RV I E W – T H E C R A G G S –                 HOLLOW ON THE SQUARE                                KNYSNA HOLLOW                                     PACKWOOD COUNTRY ESTATE
PLETTENBERG BAY In 1980 the Rattray                 Hollow on the Square Cape Town City Hotel           Situated just outside the picturesque town        Packwood encompasses the perfect
family bought “Fairview”, a 68 acre headland        is situated in the heart of the beautiful city of   of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route,      balance of beauty, tranquillity and
at The Crags, between Plettenberg Bay and           Cape Town, within walking distance from             Knysna Hollow Country Estate offers great         exclusivity, whilst offering guests a totally
Nature’s Valley, on the south Cape coastline.       the Cape Town International Conference              comfort in accommodation in a tranquil            unique experience. Nestled in the Garden of
Fairview, which consists of the main house          Centre (CTICC) and the well-known V&A               setting. Accommodation at Knysna Hollow           Eden, Packwood boasts a magnificent
and cottage which both have 3 bedrooms, is          Waterfront. The hotel consists of 116               consists of 15 Garden Chalets and 64              position elevated above the estate, 1000
available on a bed and breakfast basis. Self        rooms, offering stylish and modern                  Garden Rooms, all situated amongst lush,          acres of green pastures, breathtaking views
catering on request. Fairview was named for         accommodation in warm and welcoming                 indigenous gardens with 3 swimming pools          across the rolling fields and down to the
its extraordinary outlook over the Keurbooms        shades of red and the finest amenities to           on a 2 hectare estate. All rooms are              distant ocean. Surrounded by Knysna's
indigenous forest into several mountain             ensure a comfortable stay.                          decorated in a fresh, natural style and offer     Indigenous forest and National Park,
ranges. It is a 10 minute drive from whale          Our Amici Restaurant offers fine dining with        clean & crisp comfort with all modern             Packwood is a nature lover’s paradise.
watching at Keurbooms beach, 10 minutes             a street café flare whilst the cocktail and         amenities. These include television, tea &        Packwood is home to 950 Jersey cattle, a
from Plettenberg Bay with its gorgeous              cigar lounge invites guests to toast to the         coffee tray, ceiling fan, heater and hair-drier   boutique vineyard and Country House
Robberg Peninsular and spectacular golf             city sunset at the end of every day. For the        in all rooms. Dining is a pleasure at Knysna      accommodation. Indulge yourself in
courses, and 15 minutes from Nature’s Valley        energetic, there is a fully equipped,               Hollow with 2 excellent restaurants located       Packwood's bountiful supply of food for the
with its beautiful beach and forest walks.          professional gym and wellness centre                in the Manor House, offering fresh food,          soul using produce from the estate: extra rich
Kurland and Bitou Polo fields are also close        across the road from the hotel. The ideal           friendly service and classic Cape wines in a      and creamy Jersey milk the perfect
by. It is an ideal springboard for all the          locality of Hollow on the Square entices            relaxed and warm environment.                     ingredient for our mature cheddar
attractions of this famous coastline, but far       guests to explore the myriad sights in the          Clive, Liesel & the Knysna Hollow team look       cheese, homemade crusty bread, crisp
enough away from the bustle. It is spacious,        city and surrounds.                                 forward to welcoming you to Knysna Hollow         garden salads and chilled Packwood
beautifully furnished, affordable and has a                                                             Country Estate.                                   Sauvignon Blanc. 20km’s from Plettenberg
lovely swimming pool in the fynbos.                                                                                                                       Bay and Knysna, experience serenity at
                                                                                                        KNYSNA RIVER CLUB ****KNYSNA
                                                                                                        Self Catering and B&B Accommodation.              Packwood: A Taste of Country Living at its
FARM 215 PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE                                                                                                                           Best.
AND NATURE RETREAT                                                                                      On the water’s edge
Farm 215, 200 km from Cape Town, is                                                                     Situated on the water’s edge of the Knysna        PEBBLE BEACH GUEST HOUSE
located in the undisturbed Overberg of the                                                              Lagoon, our resort is a private enclave of        Hermanus, Overberg,
Western Cape, the Southernmost region of                                                                charming Four Star Self-catering log chalets      4 Star Guest House (TGCSA)Pebble Beach
Africa. Surrounded by a pristine private                                                                in the heart of the Garden Route. Lagoon          Guest House is fast becoming not only the
                                                    THE HOTEL GRAEME - GREEN POINT,                     chalets offer spectacular views and the resort    ideal destination for international travellers
nature reserve of 800 hectares, farm 215 is a
                                                    CAPE TOWN                                           is surrounded by shady trees, well-tended         exploring Hermanus and the Overberg Area,
shelter from the daily routines of life, offering
                                                    The Hotel Graeme is a 42 roomed 3 star              gardens and offers security, privacy and          but also one of the most convenient and
luxury, tranquility, privacy, space and the
                                                    boutique Hotel, ideally situated, close to the      comfort to our guests. Whether you choose a       comfortable establishments for the local
exceptional beauty of the Cape Flora in an
                                                    Waterfront, business district and a short           Garden Chalet or Lagoon Chalet, you will find     visitor, all year round. Nestled in between the
astonishing landscape.                                                                                  all our chalets airy, spacious and comfortably
Farm 215 is the base station of the African         drive from Clifton and Camps Bay beaches.                                                             Fernkloof Nature Reserve and on the 25th
                                                    A Golf course, health and fitness centre,           appointed.         Choose from one bedroom,
Horse Company, organizing outrides and                                                                                                                    green of the Hermanus Golf Course, this
                                                    deli, hair salon, post office and numerous          two bedroom and inter leading chalets. Each
multi-day trails through the Agulhas National                                                                                                             purpose built guest house has 7 designer
                                                    restaurants are available close by, within          of which can accommodate two extra guests
Park, Walker Bay Reserve and numerous                                                                                                                     luxury rooms all with wrap around balconies
                                                    easy walking distance. Facilities at the            on a double sleeper couch in the lounge.
other reserves.                                                                                                                                           and vaulted ceilings. Fabulous 5 star
                                                    hotel include a swimming pool,                      FACILITIES
Sustainable hospitality is farm 215’s                                                                                                                     breakfasts and first class service with
                                                    jacuzzi, private parking and wireless               Swimming pool and kiddies’ pool
trademark. Farm 215 is the Winner of the                                                                Jacuzzi & Sauna.                                  personal touches make sure our guests
Cape Fox Award for best management of               internet connection. Hotel Graeme is the                                                              leave wishing they had booked another night.
                                                    ideal base for both the leisure and business        Games room and internet facilities
land in the Western Cape and is certified by                                                            Private jetty, slipway and mooring                Pebble Beach is an enchanting base from
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa.                 traveller. Nothing is too much trouble and                                                            which to explore the wonders of Hermanus.
                                                    we go the extra mile to ensure our guests           Canoes
Accommodation is offered in three large                                                                 Our onsite Restaurant is open for breakfast &
freestanding suites in the middle of nature         have a pleasant and comfortable stay
and three rooms in the homestead. All units                                                             24 Hour Security
                                                    HUIJS HAERLEM – Sea Point, Cape
have panoramic views.                                                                                   Coach parking
FRANSKRAAL B&B – GANSBAAI                           High above Sea Point and the Atlantic               MILKWOOD MANOR – PLETTENBERG
Franskraal B&B offers you ideal honeymoon           Ocean with the city and beaches only                BAY
and disabled friendly accommodation on the          minutes away, Huijs Haerlem offers peace            Plettenberg Bay is one of the most                SCHULPHOEK SEAFRONT
water’s edge on the coastline of Franskraal         and tranquility. Comfortable bedrooms,              glamorous holiday destinations in South           GUESTHOUSE AND RESTAURANT
in Gansbaai, renowned for white shark               antique Dutch furniture and South African           Africa. Set in the heart of the Garden Route,     HERMANUS OVERBERG Western Cape
sightings. Suites are lavishly decorated in         vernacular, offering a home from home.              it is blessed with a wealth of natural assets     SOUTH AFRICA
the finest fittings and furnishings with unique     Heated salt-water pool. Dutch and                   that make it a perfect holiday spot. The          The guesthouse is situated at Schulphoek, a
full bathrooms and extra large baths.               German spoken.                                      Georgian-styled building is designed for          beautiful quiet bay with spectacular sea
Breakfasts are a delicious affair. Here you                                                             spaciousness, reflecting the vast unlimited       views, 5km from Hermanus centre. The
will be spoilt by Amanda who takes personal         JAMBO GUEST HOUSE – Green Point,                    landscape surrounding it, without                 standard, luxury and superior suites are
charge of this daily feast. Breakfasts are          Cape Town                                           sacrificing its ambience of intimacy. This is     luxurious and spacious with sea or garden
usually served on al fresco where the ocean         Jambo is an oasis of peace and tranquility          epitomized by the airy double-storeyed            views. The dining room with uninterrupted
views are simply spectacular. On an                 situated at the foot of Signal Hill in bustling     foyer, the large yet cosy restaurant, the         sea view is staffed with a chef, offers an
inclement day, you will enjoy this sumptuous        Green Point. Five uniquely decorated                private patios and balconies, and large           evening four-course menu du jour,
feast in the cosy open plan dining and              luxurious double rooms all with en-suite            breakfast and sundowner terrace, that             delectable seafood and venison dishes,
lounge area where you are well protected            bathrooms and fitted with every                     afford spectacular views over the Indian          freshly picked herbs and vegetables and
from the elements. The B&B has a                    conceivable extra            make for a             Ocean, Keurbooms River Mouth,                     over 12 000 bottles of regional wine. Enjoy
spacious, fully accredited wheelchair               memorable stay. Imagine relaxing in a hot           Keurbooms Lagoon and Tsitsikamma                  body therapy (by appointment) and the pool,
friendly facility with a luxurious, fully           Jacuzzi spa set in a lush, leafy garden.            Mountains. Guests enjoy to relax on the           or go golfing (choice of 3 courses), walking,
equipped bathroom. Outdoor activities               Enjoy drinks, conversation and good music           terrace, watch the birdlife and especially        birding, fishing, whale watching, great white
include golf, bird watching, fishing and whale      in Barry's exclusive bar followed by an             the sea and mountains as they change all          shark sighting, wine tasting. TGCSA 5
watching amongst many others.                       elegant dinner in one of the nearby                 the time. “Lemon Grass Seaside                    STAR GUESTHOUSE. Diners Club
                                                    Waterfront or Green Point trendy                    Restaurant” is open to resident guests as         International Platinum Cellar Award and
                                                    restaurants. WINNER of the AA Travel                well as the public. Upstairs, a cosy TV-          Wine list Award. Interactive hosts – Petro
                                                    Guides Accommodation Awards in                      room offers satellite programs (SA TV in          and Mannes van Zyl. We welcome guests
                                                    2000/1/2 and Hall of Fame 2003/4/5/6/7 &            bedrooms). The roof-deck affords all 'round       with a COMPLIMENTARY 4-COURSE
                                                    8. SA Tourism Grading Council 5 Star
            20 years!                               Guest House
                                                                                                        views that are truly breathtaking. .              DINNER on date of arrival.
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SUITES AND SPA                                   GAME RESERVE                                      GAME RESERVE                                   KWAZULU-NATAL
Situated in the heart of Camps Bay suburbia,     Resting in the rolling Eastern Cape hills         Lying along a curve of hill above an Eastern
nestled below the 12 Apostles, The Oceana                                                          Cape river plain, Hlosi Game Lodge is a        AFRICAN AMBIENCE GUEST HOUSE –
                                                 70km outside Port Elizabeth, Bukela Lodge
Camps Bay Luxury Suites is an ideal                                                                tranquil, grassland retreat offering rich      ST LUCIA
                                                 offers a gentle, tranquil escape from the
destination with an unsurpassed view of the                                                        wildlife and 5-star accommodation in a         African Ambience is set in the beautiful,
                                                 world. The abundant wildlife includes lion,
Atlantic Coastline.      Located a mere 10                                                         location that welcomes and provides for        coastal town of St Lucia, in the Isimangolisa
                                                 cheetah, black and white rhino, elephant,
minute walk form the spectacular Camps Bay                                                         children. Wildlife includes lion, cheetah,     Wetlands Park World Heritage site on the
                                                 giraffe, zebra and buffalo, ranging over a
Boulevard and Beaches, where some of the                                                           black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe,      Elephant coast of Kwazulu, Natal. African
                                                 breathtaking oxbow river plain in the heart
best restaurants in Cape Town are found.                                                           zebra and buffalo, ranging over a              Ambience is designed to provide luxury
                                                 of a 7000 hectare, malaria-free
Fully self catered accommodation is offered                                                        breathtaking oxbow river plain in the heart    accommodation in a relaxed ambience. The
                                                 conservancy. Nestled between indigenous
in our one, and two bedroomed apartments.                                                          of a 7000 hectare, malaria-free                owner run, double storey, thatched home is
                                                 trees and fynbos, each of the four thatched-
We also offer conference and banqueting                                                            conservancy. Hlosi’s 4 double/ twin suites     surrounded by tranquil koi ponds and water
                                                 roof suites has a secluded private deck,
facilities and are 10 minutes away form the                                                        and two family suites all offer a private      features. There are 3 luxury rooms on the
                                                 underfloor heating, a fireplace and an
main tourist attractions of Cape Town, such                                                        viewing deck, fireplace and sumptuous          ground floor with private entrance, patio,
                                                 indulgent spa bath. The main lodge
as Hout Bay, Llandudno and Sandy Bay,                                                              bathroom with spa bath and a choice of         garden view and king/twin. There is a family
                                                 includes a reception, dining and sitting area
Clifton and Sea Point and the Cape Town                                                            inside or open-air showers. Air conditioning   room on the first floor with a king, 2 singles
                                                 arranged around a welcoming central
CBD and Waterfront                                                                                 and underfloor heating add to your comfort.    and a full bathroom and 2 double rooms with
                                                 fireplace. We also offer a media and library
                                                                                                   Our children’s programme, including bush       double beds. All rooms are spacious, en-
THE PLACE ON THE BAY                             area. Outside, a large wooden pool deck
                                                                                                   walks, animal orphanage, supervised            suite, air conditioned, and have hospitality
                                                 overlooks a small dam frequented by
The Place on the Bay is a serviced apartment                                                       swimming and wildlife-related activities,      trays as well as safes. The is a bar and
                                                 buffalo. Bukela offers a variety of dining
Hotel in the heart of Cape Town’s trendiest                                                        ensures that children are entertained and      entertainment area - Fish braais and BBQ’s
                                                 options, including bush breakfasts, river
suburb, Camps Bay. We offer the discerning                                                         enriched, leaving adults free to enjoy the     done by arrangement. In-house tour guide to
                                                 lunches on the gentle Bushman’s River,
traveler accommodation ranging from                                                                restful intimacy of our main lodge, with its   help plan your activities. Children welcome.
                                                 “Canyon High Tea” overlooking a dramatic
studios’s to one and two bedroomed suites, to                                                      library nook, elegant lounge and bar and       Activities closeby include hipp/croc/birdlife
                                                 Eastern Cape canyon, and open-air boma
our exclusive Penthouse. The Penthouse                                                             spacious verandah overlooking the              cruise, game drives, cultural tours, Cape
                                                 dinners with traditional dancing and
boast an elgant lounge and dining room, ultra                                                      swimming pool.                                 Vidal for swimming & snorkeling, horse
modern kitchen, two bedrooms with en-suit                                                                                                         riding, seasonal whale watching, croc &
bathrooms which all have been exquisitely                                                          ROSEDALE ORGANIC FARM BED AND                  reptile park, fishing and golf.       'TGCSA
furnished. Discretion, finesse and total                                                           BREAKFAST –ADDO                                Luxury 4 star"
relaxation are the key to The Place on the Bay                                                     Just 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth,
experience. All our apartments overlook the                                                        Rosedale Organic Farm Bed and Breakfast        BATTLEFIELDS COUNTRY LODGE –
palm fringed, upmarket Camps Bay                                                                   is centrally situated in the heart of the      DUNDEE
beachfront and the famous Twelve Apostle                                                           Greater Addo area, and offers easy access      Battlefields Country Lodge is situated in
Mountains in Cape Town, South Africa.                                                              to the Addo Elephant National Park, as well    Dundee and lies in the heartbeat of the
Adjacent to The Place on the Bay lies The                                                          as many other wildlife adventures, fun         battlefields in KwaZulu Natal. Explore Boer,
Fairways – a relaxed small boutique hotel,                                                         activities, restaurants and pubs. Our          British and Zulu battle sites at Isandlwana,
embodying the character and elegance of an                                                         cottages are thatched, and set in an           Rorke’s Drift, Blood River, Ncome & Talana
original Victorian Style home. Bedrooms are                                                        indigenous garden, surrounded by               museums. The lodge is nestled in green
comfortable and elegantly decorated with en-                                                       organically grown citrus orchards. All rooms   valleys overlooking rolling hills, dams and the
suite bathrooms.                                                                                   are en suite, and are large enough to fit in   famous Talana hill which is the site of the first
                                                                                                   extra beds for families. The units have been   battle between the Boers and the British
                                                                                                                                                  soldiers! Silo-styled units to luxury suites set
 EASTERN CAPE                                                                                      designed to be energy efficient, while
                                                                                                   maintaining high levels of comfort. We want    in beautiful lush gardens with swimming pool,
                                                                                                   our guests to experience maximum fun with      overlooking dams, mountains, game, horses
                                                                                                   minimum impact. We grow and prepare as         and stunning bird life. Share and enjoy a
                                                                                                   much organic food for our visitors as          quiet, relaxed sun-downer in our fully
                                                                                                   possible, and our traditional South African    licensed “Lapa Ukhamba” watering hole, a
                                                                                                   menu for dinner is available on request.       round bar built under thatch. A cosy fire in
                                                 HILLSNEK SAFARI LODGE, AMAKHALA
                                                                                                                                                  winter creates a wonderful, warm
                                                 GAME RESERVE
                                                                                                   THE DUNES COUNTRY HOUSE ST                     experience. An excellent 3-course Country-
                                                 HillsNek Safaris is an exclusive-use, luxury
                                                                                                   FRANCIS BAY                                    style buffet is served in the 70-seater
                                                 tented camp positioned on the banks of the
                                                                                                   The Dunes Country House offers 4-star          Warrior’s Arms dining room. Experience a
                                                 Bushmans River. Situated in a tucked away
                                                 corner of the Amakhala Big 5 Game                 accommodation in a 600-hectare nature          South African Braaivleis or Potjie. Guided
                                                 Reserve, the lodge is 70km's from Port            reserve, perfectly positioned in St. Francis   tours can be booked with highly
                                                 Elizabeth in the malaria-free Eastern Cape.       Bay, the seaside village of the Eastern        recommended tour guides to all Boer, British
                                                 An abundant variety of wildlife includes          Cape. The Dunes is only minutes away           and Zulu battle sites in KwaZulu Natal.
                                                 white and black rhino, elephant, giraffe,         from the superb beaches, golf courses and
                                                                                                                                                  FAIRMONT ZIMBALI RESORT
                                                 cheetah, lion, buffalo, zebra and a myriad of     restaurants for which St. Francis Bay is
                                                                                                                                                  Elegance by a shimmering sea. An unspoiled
                                                 plains game. The stone, canvas and                renowned. Situated between Port
                                                                                                                                                  shoreline, rolling hills and lush flora have
                                                 thatched main lodge is at the heart of the        Elizabeth and Knysna, The Dunes is the
                                                                                                                                                  come to define the Zimbali Coastal Resort
                                                 camp, with three private safari tents             ideal base from which to explore the
                                                                                                                                                  region. Set along South Africa’s sublime east
                                                 elevated on wooden decks that enhance the         Garden Route. This hospitable family-
                                                                                                                                                  coast, nestled between a forest reserve and a
                                                 spectacular views of surrounding plains and       owned retreat offers a tranquil and private
                                                                                                                                                  shimmering sea, the resort’s exquisite natural
                                                 bush.The luxurious tented accommodation           stay and is surrounded by beautiful
                                                                                                                                                  beauty is dotted with pockets of urban flair
                                                 and the unique setting create a feeling of        indigenous gardens and is reminiscent of
                                                                                                                                                  and enhanced by the rich Zulu heritage of the
                                                 being at one with the African landscape, its      an old Cape farmhouse revived with
                                                                                                                                                  KwaZulu-Natal province. Part cultural
                                                 sights, sounds and smells. Home to the first      Colonial flair. The individually styled
                                                                                                                                                  wonderland, the region boasts thousand-
                                                 dinosaur fossil discovery in South Africa, the    bedrooms are designed for absolute
                                                                                                                                                  year-old battlefields and renowned eco-
                                                 Cape Iguanodon*, HillsNek Safaris is              comfort and privacy. Each bedroom has its
                                                                                                                                                  parks; part natural playground, it offers
                                                 committed to the conservation of                  own separate entrance with a private
                                                                                                                                                  unique game-viewing and safari
                                                 palaeontology and the preservation of this        verandah overlooking the gardens and
                                                                                                                                                  opportunities. And it’s yours to enjoy—in
                                                 historically significant site. Our attention to   offers all modern comforts. The en-suite
                                                                                                                                                  comfort and with world-renowned service—at
                                                 luxury, detail and comfort, combined with         bathrooms are spacious and romantic with
                                                                                                                                                  Fairmont Zimbali Resort, an exclusive and
                                                 the unsurpassed exclusivity of a dedicated        ball-and-claw Victorian baths and marble
                                                                                                                                                  elegant gateway to nature.
                                                 host, ranger and chef, allows guests the          counter tops. Activities include guided
                                                 ultimate privilege of being able to customize     dune walks, birdwatching, the popular
                                                 and personalize their safari.                     Frogging Safaris and an African Bush Spa.
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Northern Zululand
                                                 ISANDLWANA LODGE -                               KRUGER NATIONAL PARK                              MPUMALANGA
Privately owned Falaza Game Park and Spa          Isandlwana Lodge, is carved into the side       SHISHANGENI PRIVATE LODGE                        DJUMA GAME RESERVE – Sabi Sand
is the perfect establishment to use as your      of the Nyoni Rock just below where the           Modern elegance, combined with warm              Offering three camps in this prestigious game
luxury base camp when exploring the              Zulu commander stood during the Battle of        hospitality, luxuriously appointed               viewing Big 5 reserve. The more upmarket
Elephant Coast and Northern Zululand. It         Isandlwana on the 22nd of January 1879.          furnishings and five star game viewing is a      Vuyatela, where guests have their own
offers a lush indigenous setting just three      There is hardly any place left in South          perfect combination for that unforgettable       private house complete with outdoor shower,
hours from Durban and an easy six hours          Africa where one can watch the village           African Safari which you will find at            and private pool. There is also Bush Lodge
drive from Johannesburg. There are daily         come to life in the morning and close down       Shishangeni private Lodge. Situated in           and the comfortable self-catering Galago
flights from O.R. Tambo airport to Richards      at the end of the day as one can at              15,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in        Camp ideal for small groups of 10 maximum.
Bay, where our courtesy vehicle can pick you     Isandlwana Lodge. The Zulus are very             the south-eastern corner of the Kruger           Game Drives are offered in open Landrovers
up and transfer you on the one hour drive to     hospitable people and they capture the           National Park, the lodge enjoys the              with experienced rangers and trackers and
Falaza. Set in Indigenous sand forest, the       imagination of guests from around the            Crocodile River as its Southern border,          bush walks are also available
East African style tents embrace you into        world because of their friendliness and          offering superb viewing of water bird,           HIPPO HOLLOW
their well appointed spacious dressing           fascinating culture. Tours of Isandlwana         hippopotamus and large herds of buffalo          Nestled amongst lush indigenous gardens on
rooms, private decks and en-suite facilities.    and Rorke’s Drift and other Anglo                and elephant. The private concession             the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, only
Activities at your disposal: Game viewing, on    Zulu/Anglo Boer war sites are conducted          stretches up along the border of                 10 minutes from the world famous Kruger
Horseback, Guided game walk, Game                by resident historian Rob Gerrard, FRGS,         Mozambique. Family rooms are available           National Park.
viewing in safari vehicle                        or one of his associates. Other activities       on request and children are welcome.             Retreat in comfort to one of the 37 thatched
Health Spa treatments. The major attraction      include walking trails, horse riding, birding    There are specially designed activities          semi-self catering chalets, 26 hotel rooms or
in the area is the world renowned Hluhluwe       tours, photographic safaris, and the ever        available for children, and in addition 44       28 deluxe rooms, which either overlook the
Game Reserve. Excursions at your disposal:       popular Zulu Village Safari where guests         conference delegates can also be                 picturesque gardens with its two swimming
Game drive Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Inter-         can experience the life and customs of the       accommodated.                                    pools or the mighty Sabie River. Dine in the a la
active elephant educational, Cheetah             Zulu people in an authentic setting.                                                              carte restaurant and enjoy a selection of South
Project, Reptile project, Boat Safaris                                                                                                             African Wines whilst watching the grazing of
                                                 LEOPARD MOUNTAIN GAME LODGE,                                                                      the hippopotamus on our lawn against the
                                20               Zululand
                                                 Leopard Mountain is the ideal getaway
                                                                                                                                                   backdrop of a glorious sunset. A variety of
                                                                                                                                                   activities await you, from open vehicle safaris
                                                 where everybody, young & old, will enjoy a                                                        in the Kruger National Park to Helicopter
        www.greeenrhino.co.za                    fascinating experience in the wild. The                                                           adventures swooping over mysterious gorges
                                                 award winning 4 star lodge is located high                                                        and cascading waterfalls. Immerse yourself in
                                                 up in the wild secluded hills of the 23 000ha                                                     a Feast of Culture with a night of Shangaan
                                                 Zululand Black Rhino Reserve.                                                                     dance and song at the Shangaan River Club,
                                                 Overlooking a vast stretch of unspoiled                                                           or relax by taking a beautifully prepared picnic
                                                 bushland and riverine forests, from the          CAMP SHAWU                                       to the river. However you choose to spend
                                                 Umsunduze River to the distant Lebombo           Camp Shawu, based deep in the heart of           your time, Hippo Hollow will leave you feeling
                                                 Mountains, the lodge has one of the most         the Kruger National Park bears the name of       relaxed and refreshed.
                                                 spectacular views in Zululand. Entrust us        one of the magnificent elephant tuskers of
                                                                                                                                                   JATINGA COUNTRY LODGE AND
                                                 with those special occasions - the picture       yesteryear. Situated in the 15,000 hectare
                                                 perfect backdrop of the African bushveld         South Eastern tip of the Mpanamana               Indulge in laid back Colonial charm and
                                                 lends itself to the perfect setting for a        private concession area, this uniquely           tranquillity, sumptuous cuisine and
                                                 romantic wedding or honeymoon getaway            designed camp comprises only five suites,        personalised service. At Jatinga you will
                                                 or just a well deserved break. Other             each with private decks overlooking the          experience the unhurried world of genteel
                                                 attractions of the lodge include an              Mpanamana dam framed by the majestic             hospitality and abundant comfort. The lodge,
HOUSE– Battlefields
                                                 abundance of game, a wide diversity of           Lebombo mountains. Authentically                 situated just outside White River Town which
This spectacular property, a Natural Heritage
                                                 flora and prolific birdlife. Guests can also     constructed dung walls from outside,             borders the Kruger National Park, offers 20
Site, overlooks Isandlwana and the
                                                 enjoy a variety of nearby activities including   combined with canvas on the inside and           individually appointed rooms furnished in
Oskarsberg at Rorke’s Drift. Walks and
                                                 scuba diving, big five game viewing, rhino       completed by shaggy style thatching, each        different styles. Our talented culinary team has
horse rides through the reserve to view
                                                 tracking, cultural village visits and tiger      very large room is luxuriously equipped          put together a varied a la carte dinner menue
abundant game and birdlife are offered.
                                                 fishing to name but a few.                       with romantic ball and claw bath, sitting        that ensures Jatinga’s proud tradition of fine
Rooms at the Lodge and Guest House are
                                                                                                  room facing an open fireplace, ceiling fans,     dining continues. There is no need not to
en-suite with private verandas, and have         NAMBITI PLAINS PRIVATE GAME                      mosquito nets and outside shower. A              enjoy Jatinga’s fine fare when taking a day trip
sweeping views of the reserve and                LODGE                                            large veranda with reclining chairs is the       ot the Kruger Park or the Panorama Route.
surrounding battlefields.              Each      Great location - close to the Drakensburg        perfect spot from which to view the game         Simply take one of our gourmet picnic
establishment has its own large swimming         and Battlefields areas / only 3.5 hours drive    congregating at the water hole                   hampers along with you.
pool. The battlefield tours, led by guides       from JHB / 2.5 hours drive from DRB /
trained by David Rattray, have achieved an       perfect opportunity to incorporate a 5* safari   CAMP SHONGA                                      LIKWETI LODGE & SANCTUARY
international reputation for which Fugitives'    experience with your city or coastal travel      Camp Shonga is situated in the 15,000            Likweti (meaning “morning star” in siSwati) is
is renowned. The formula of entertaining         plans. Excellent value for money -               hectare South Eastern tip of the                 only minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga
people with moving, detailed presentations       attractive rates and on going special offers.    Mpanamana private concession area of             International Airport (KMIA), an easy four hour
on site, offering wonderful food and award       Malaria-free area. Very exclusive - only 5       the Kruger National Park. This uniquely          drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg and three
winning lodges, has proved itself.                                                                designed camp comprises only five luxury         hours from Maputo. Whether you are staying in
                                                 luxury suites accommodating maximum 10
                                                                                                  tents, each with private decks. It is the        one of the luxurious 5 Star Likweti Lodge suites
                                                 guests / no children under 12 unless you
HLUHLUWE RIVER LODGE                                                                              ideal getaway for those seeking that little      or rooms – on a fully inclusive basis – or
                                                 book the lodge exclusively. Varied safari                                                         experiencing the self catering option in one of
Hluhluwe River Lodge and Adventures              experience - big 5 as well as cheetah,           bit more than a regular safari. Selected
comprises of 12 comfortably appointed                                                             environmental awareness programmes               two different 3-Star self catering camps, you will
                                                 hippo, incredible biodiversity, spectacular                                                       find dining at the Pezulu Restaurant an
chalets tucked away in an indigenous forest      landscapes. World class cuisine. Superb          and guest participation in conservation
setting. The main lodge comprising of                                                                                                              exceptional culinary experience.
                                                 hospitality                                      issues is the ethos of Camp Shonga and
                                                                                                                                                   The reserve is home to three of the Big 5, namely
restaurant, lounge and an expansive terrace                                                       the enthusiastic guides are more than            White Rhino, Cape Buffalo and Leopard
commands a spectacular view of the                                                                willing to share their vast knowledge with       together with some of the more elusive antelope
Hluhluwe river floodplain. Popular activities                                                     the guests. Game drives form a regular           like Sable, Eland and Kudu. General game – in
include game drives to Hluhluwe Imfolozi                                                          part of the daily activities. The camp           the form of Nyala, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra,
Park and birdwatching boat trips on the river.                                                    accommodates ten guests at any one time          Impala, Warthog, Vervet Monkeys, Jackal and
For adventure seekers there is quadbiking,                                                        in the luxuriously equipped tents, all with en   more – abound and roam freely in this very
horseriding and mountainbike trails on offer.                                                     suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and             special wildlife sanctuary. Over 300 bird species
Between activities there is a self guided walk                                                    private game viewing decks. A splash pool        also call Likweti home, including the seldom
or a secluded pool to relax and soak up the                                                       is an added comfort to enjoy in the heat of      seen African Finfoot. Morning and evening
sun. TGCSA 4 – Star Lodge.                                                                        the summer.                                      game drives are offered.
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OLD JOE’S KAIA – Schoemanskloof                                                                  MONWANA LODGE- THORNYBUSH                         SHINDZELA – “honey badger”
Valley                                                                                           GAME RESERVE                                      Shindzela is an affordable tented safari
Old Joe’s Kaia is a unique small family                                                          Monwana Lodge is a four star superior,            camp, set within the greater Kruger National
owned and managed guest house in the              ENTABENI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE                  exclusive game lodge, consisting of six air       Park, South Africa.
picturesque Schoemanskloof Valley. It is a        “The Place of the Mountain” is situated in     conditioned luxury suites. The lodge is run       Here, we offer you an authentic wildlife
tranquil haven with the emphasis on great         the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere”       in a friendly, homely atmosphere                  safari, in an unfenced wilderness
cuisine, interesting wines and true personal      of the Waterberg region. Less than a three-    encouraging guests to relax and enjoy             environment. We have no power in camp:
service. Our meals are creative yet               hour drive north of Johannesburg, this         themselves. Monwana Lodge is situated in          instead we use solar power, gas and
wholesome with a country flair. Meals can be      12000ha malaria-free reserve boasts five       the Thornybush Game Reserve, which                candles. The camp accommodates just 12
enjoyed inside the cosy lounge – dining area      eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers       shares common boundaries with the                 guests, and offers bush walks, and both day
or outside on the balcony at tree-top level.      majestic craggy rock formations and wide       Greater Kruger National Park and is               and night game drives in open 4 wheel drive
Accommodation is offered in Log Cabins,           open grass plains. This is separated from      approximately 12 000 hectares in size. This       vehicles. The camp has an informal, relaxed
Rondavels and Kaia Rooms. Each of these           the lower plateau by 600 metre high cliffs.    is big 5 country in the heart of South Africa's   atmosphere.
units has a different theme and is uniquely       Entabeni offers more than game sightings       pristine bushveld. Monwana Lodge is               The Timbavati Private Game Reserve is
decorated accordingly. All units have a           of the Big 5. Experience scenic helicopter     located on the seasonal Monwana River.            home to a myriad of mammal species,
balcony / verandah and a private bathroom         flights, stargazing in the observatory,        The waterhole is strategically positioned so      including Africa’s “Big Five” animals (lion,
(bath and shower)                                 sunset cruises, a Wellness Centre, Buffalo     that animals are always within view. The          leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Other
We have a swimming pool set in the garden,        breeding project, Kwa Nyati Eco Camp and       Monwana river is the ecological backbone          species of game include cheetah, African
prolific birding and exhilarating walks.          a variety of game viewing activities           of the Thornybush Game Reserve, flowing           wild dog, hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild
Enjoy beautiful nature / birding hikes            including bush walks and game drives.          briefly after heavy rains. Thornybush Game        dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention just
throughout the valley. Hire our mountain                                                         Reserve is well known for its abundance of        a few. There are over 350 bird species
bikes and explore the riverine forest along       GOMO GOMO GAME LODGE                           game. There is a great diversity of animal        recorded in the area
the Crocodile River, or explore numerous          Gomo Gomo is a private and intimate camp       and birdlife with over 56 mammal and 300          Accommodation is in twin bed canvas safari
other attractions in the area.                    situated in the prestigious Associated         bird species.                                     tents, set on wooden platforms. Private reed
                                                  Private Nature Reserve. We are located in                                                        and wood en suite bathrooms have a shower,
RISSINGTON INN, HAZYVIEW                                                                                                                           hand basin and flush toilet.
                                                  in the eastern part of the Reserve,
Tucked away just outside Hazyview lies                                                                                                             We have deliberately decided to keep the
                                                  bordering on the Timbavati Private Nature
Rissington Inn, a thatched homestead with                                                                                                          camp undeveloped, so as to better blend in
                                                  Reserve on the one side and the Klaserie       MOTSWARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
long views over the Sabie River Valley. Relax                                                                                                      to the environment, and offer guests an
                                                  Private nature Reserve on the other, giving    - TIMBAVATI
by the pool, walk on the property for sightings                                                                                                    undisturbed wilderness experience.
                                                  you the best of both worlds. Our traversing    Arrive at Motswari game reserve as a
of spectacular birds, enjoy a cooling drink on
                                                  area is +- 5000ha with an excellent            visitor and leave as a friend.” Set in the
the spacious verandah. Twin- and double-                                                                                                           TSHUKUDU GAME LODGE -
                                                  possibility of coming face to face with the    Timbavati, part of the Greater Kruger
bedded suites and rooms all have their own                                                                                                         HOEDSPRUIT
                                                  Big 5 and numerous other mammals and           National Park, you are assured of rich
individual styles, en-suite bathrooms and are                                                                                                      Tshukudu Game Lodge in Limpopo near the
                                                  bird species. A maximum of 16 guests are       game viewing as our boundary with Kruger
protected from the hot sun by big shade                                                                                                            Kruger National Park combines home
                                                  accommodated in fully furnished, brick and     is open. In operation for 30 years as an
trees. The magnificent Garden Suites have                                                                                                          comfort with an exciting Big 5 safari
                                                  thatch luxury en-suite chalets with with       original traditional game lodge. Here
private gardens and walled-off outdoor                                                                                                             experience in Southern Africa; close
                                                  electricity and air-conditioning.              nature is unaffected by man’s need to
showers. Rissington’s à la Carte restaurant                                                                                                        encounters with our wildlife and our focus on
is renowned for the finest South African                                                         shape his environment. Family-owned, we           the rehabilitation of orphaned animals along
                                                  MONATE PRIVATE GAME LODGE                      pride ourselves on our conservation
cuisine, carefully prepared and                                                                                                                    with excellent viewing opportunities of the
                                                  Discover the gem of the bushveld…              values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning
complemented by an extensive wine cellar.                                                                                                          wild animals in their natural habitat.
                                                  Monate Game Lodge is an elegant &              wines, luxurious accommodation and                The game lodge, the animals and the people
SERENITY FOREST ECO RESERVE                       peaceful break away retreat where guests       hospitality. Our 15 thatched, en suite            have become part of the lives of our
Serenity is in close proximity to Swaziland       can enjoy the serenity of the bush whilst      bungalows are decorated in understated,           returning guests. With each visit, they
(Matsamo/Jeppes Reef border gate) only            being treated like royalty. The perfect        natural materials, have air conditioning,         experience more and enjoy more than ever
40minutes away and Maputo in                      corporate or weekend escape.                   mosquito nets and spectacular bush and            before, the ambience of this privately run
Mozambique only 90minutes away and the            Monate offers an unsurpassed dining            river views. Professional rangers and             lodge.
Krugar National Park is only 19km away. For       experience designed to tantalize your taste    skilled, local trackers guide your                Since 1980 the Sussens family has
the Golf ethuasiasts stay at Serenity and         buds, served in different settings, such as    excursions into the bush. With almost 150         successfully turned a run-down cattle farm
play at Leopard Creek.                            our unique natural cave, the open bush or      square kilometres untamed wilderness,             located in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province of
                                                  around the lodge campfire.              Our    Motswari is an unforgettable experience.          South Africa into a thriving 5 000 hectare big
Our uniquely appointed 9 luxury suites at         professional and enthusiastic Game
                                                                                                                                                   5 safari & wildlife paradise in Southern
LAKE VIEW and FOREST VIEW are linked              Rangers conduct adventurous game drives        SHIBULA LODGE AND BUSH SPA                        Africa.
via elevated walkways above the forest            - share in their fascinating knowledge about   Welgevonden Private Game Reserve,                 The first animal to ever be re-introduced to
floor, romantically tucked into this              our cheetah rewilding and brown hyena          Limpopo Province                                  the ex cattle farm was a rhino hence the
indigenous forest with spacious private           research projects.                             Nestled in the unspoilt wilderness of the         Sotho equivalent word Tshukudu.
decks overlooking the crystal clear               Monate’s exceptional & vibrant team will       Malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game
mountain stream… the ideal place for a            ensure that your visit is an overwhelming      Reserve, Shibula Lodge offers the                 UMLANI BUSH CAMP, nr Kruger National
“Honeymoon”.                                      and memorable success.              Monate     discerning visitor a taste of wild Africa with    Park
                                                  Welcomes You! Malaria Free.                    exceptional Big Five game viewing over 36         * Quality Big 5 game viewing
Serenity promotes the AFRICAN culture                                                            000 hectares. Luxury thatched suites are          * Part of the Greater Kruger National Park
through the awakening of all your senses
with: Sublime cuisine, the smell of giant
forest trees, the soothing sound of the
                                                   Need a Travel Package to                      uniquely positioned for ultimate privacy
                                                                                                 and views. One can only sit back and
                                                                                                 unwind while drifting away on the sounds
                                                                                                                                                   * Award-winning cuisine
                                                                                                                                                   * Game drives in open Landrovers
                                                                                                                                                   * Bush walks
cascading water that flows through the
lodge that calms the spirit, the endless
different shades of green that surround you
                                                  VICTORIA FALLS, NAMIBIA,                       of nature that surrounds you… Relax in
                                                                                                 our highly recommended Spa, with a
                                                                                                 range of treatments that will leave you
                                                                                                                                                   * Comfortable rustic accommodation
                                                                                                                                                   * Rock pool
                                                                                                                                                   * All local drinks included
which gives rise to mystical forest tales and
the SWAZI BEEHIVE style of architecture to
complete the texture of your experience.
                                                   BOTSWANA, ZANZIBAR,                           numb at the thought of going back to
                                                                                                 reality! Whether guests desire a place to
                                                                                                                                                   * Rated "excellent" by 94% of guests.
                                                                                                 unwind and experience peace of mind,

Immerse yourself in this natural beauty and
experience the ultimate well being!
                                                         MAUTITIUS?                              body and soul, or feel exhilarated
                                                                                                 outdoors, Shibula’s friendly staff is there to
                                                                                                 provide guests with excellent service,
It is a paradise for the discerning nature
lover, and a sanctuary for your soul, truly         info@greenrhino.co.za                        guaranteeing a genuine African Safari
                                                                                                 experience in the untamed bush. Sunsets,
“……It’s where your imaginations takes                                                            bush sundowners, night drives and star-lit
                                                     www.greenrhino.co.za                        boma dinners are part of this African
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                                                                                                    MADIKWE HILLS PRIVATE GAME
          GAUTENG                                MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
                                                                                                    LODGE                                                        SWAZILAND
                                                                                                    Situated in the heart of the malaria-free
COURT CLASSIQUE SUITE HOTEL,                     BUFFALO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE                                                                            FORESTERS ARMS
                                                                                                    Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Hills is
PRETORIA                                         Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a five star                                                             Foresters Arms, only 27km from Mbabane on
                                                                                                    ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-
The Four star COURT CLASSIQUE (Best              lodge situated at a prime site in the west of                                                         a scenic tarred road, is surrounded by
                                                                                                    old Tamboti trees, and offers visitors the
All Suite Hotel in SA 2005) is situated in the   the Madikwe Game Reserve. The inception                                                               mountains and forests in the heart of the
                                                                                                    utmost in luxury and hospitality.
upmarket diplomatic suburb of Arcadia,           of this exclusive lodge has an exceptionally                                                          Kingdom of Swaziland. Colourful gardens
                                                                                                    Madikwe Hills consists of a Main Lodge
Pretoria. We offer free wireless internet,       inspiring story to it in terms of local                                                               and beautiful views provide a serene setting,
                                                                                                    with 10 suites and a private camp, Little
free transfers in Pretoria (7am – 4pm            community upliftment, business smart,                                                                 reflected in the lounges, bar and restaurant
                                                                                                    Madikwe, accommodating 24 guests in
weekdays) & 58 boutique style suites. Pet -      outstanding management and of course,                                                                 warmed by roaring log fires. Delicious meals
                                                                                                    total. At the Main Lodge, ten ultra-luxurious
, child and disabled friendly. Our adjacent      breathtaking location and lavish                                                                      are prepared and served with care and pride.
                                                                                                    glass-fronted suites complete with their
three star property, THE SENTINEL                accommodation. Offering a very private                                                                Country walks, horse riding, trout fishing,
                                                                                                    own deck and private plunge pools offer
EXECUTIVE APARTMENT HOTEL, caters                experience, Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge has                                                            golf, tennis and squash nearby. Pool and
                                                                                                    absolute privacy and majestic views.
for long stay and self-drive clientele.          eight uniquely decorated suites, each with                                                            Sauna. Children welcome. Malaria free.
                                                                                                    The ultimate in luxury and privacy, Little
                                                 their own deck which provides guests with          Madikwe boasts a 2-bedroomed suite with            PHOPHONYANE FALLS LODGE AND
CRICKLEWOOD MANOR                                expansive views to the north. This 8-room          its own private land rover and game ranger,
With the grandeur of a bygone era,                                                                                                                     NATURE RESERVE
                                                 (16-bed) luxury facility, which has been in        as well as personal butler to take care of
Cricklewood Manor is resplendent in luxury.      operation for just over a year, was skillfully                                                        Amidst this place of legendary romance and
                                                                                                    your every need. Children of all ages are
Centrally located in the prestigious             designed by Nick Plewman - an acclaimed                                                               breathtaking natural scenery, the
                                                                                                    welcome at Little Madikwe. Madikwe Hills’
neighbourhood of Waterkloof in Pretoria,         small lodge designer - to blend with the                                                              Phophonyane Falls Lodge and Nature
                                                                                                    personalised gourmet experience includes
South Africa, Cricklewood Manor is ideal for     beauty of the natural surrounds. Decorated                                                            Reserve is a unique and special place. A
                                                                                                    dining under African stars in the unique
discerning business, leisure and diplomatic      in natural hews of colour and texture, the                                                            team of friendly Swazi staff welcome you to
                                                                                                    boma as well as on a beautiful deck
guests, with 30 luxury double suites             thatched suites have sliding doors from                                                               this tranquil nature lover's paradise set in a
                                                                                                    overlooking the reserve. Madikwe Hills
available. Six Conference Rooms, two             each room and shower which allow the                                                                  500 hectare nature reserve with dramatic
                                                                                                    offers the highest standard of service and
sundecks and verdant gardens are perfect         guest to fully experience the concept of                                                              mountain scenery, spectacular waterfalls
                                                                                                    fine cuisine accompanied by superb local
for conferences, events and weddings of up       complete integration with the bushveld.                                                               and rich indigenous forest. Choose between
                                                                                                    and international wines from the extensive
to 70 guests. Cricklewood Manor is a mere                                                                                                              comfortable cottages, riverside safari tents
                                                                                                    wine cellar.
five minutes’ drive from Pretoria's CBD,         BUSH HOUSE                                                                                            or rustic and traditional Swazi beehives,
near all major highways and close to most        Your Home in the Big Five Country in the           MOSETLHA BUSH CAMP                                 each blending into the lush sub-tropical
embassies and government buildings, the          malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. We              Experience the magic of Madikwe with us at         forest. Enjoy healthy home-cooked meals
best shopping malls, restaurants, golf           are not your normal Game Lodge- we pride           Mosetlha, our little lodge at the heart of the     and fine wines in our beautiful restaurant with
clubs, gyms, hospitals, entertainment            ourselves in offering a home away from             reserve, where you really get the dust of          a roaring log fire. Small library, internet and
venues and game parks in Pretoria.               home atmosphere. A relaxing, informal              Africa on your feet….Only 3½ hours drive           conference room. Refreshing natural rock
AIQUE SUITE                                      hideaway that encourages guests to kick off        from Pretoria is the fabulous Madikwe Game         pools, a stunning hilltop pool with views,
                                                 their shoes, unwind and leave the stress of        Reserve, South Africa’s fourth largest park, a     walks, hikes, excellent birdwatching and
WHISTLETREE LODGE,                               the big city behind. What makes the Bush           malaria free area boasting the Big Five, wild      small game. A secluded hideaway for
QUEENSWOOD, PRETORIA                             House different? Perhaps it’s in the people        dog, cheetah and so much more. Nestled at          travellers seeking a magical retreat. R420 to
Originally built before 1900, the Lodge is set   who make you feel so warmly welcome, at            its very heart you’ll discover the Bush Camp.      R690 pps with breakfast. Conferences.
on the slopes of a wooded hill in a spacious     the bar after your game drive, at the brunch       Family owned and run, unfenced, rustic and         Children welcome. 3 Self-catering Cottages.
landscape of trees, lawns and gardens            table, or in the boma for dinner under the         intimate, Mosetlha is the only authentic bush      6 Safari Tents. 2 Swazi Beehives
close to Rovos Rail, Embassies and the                                                              camp and genuine eco-lodge within
                                                 stars. We pride ourselves on really caring
University.         Whistletree Lodge is                                                            Madikwe. Discover the secrets of the African
                                                 for our guests and being attentive to their
delightfully different and combines an                                                              bushveld with us at Mosetlha – we promise
                                                 needs. Our shady garden with rolling
atmosphere of old world charm with a                                                                you a true wilderness experience and real
                                                 green lawn encourages lazing by the pool
unique modern style. Spacious or cosy en                                                            safari adventure. Our honestly affordable
                                                 whilst watching the game at the nearby             rates are fully inclusive of your comfy
suite bedrooms are distinctively different to    waterhole.
reflect the history of the Lodge. Swimming                                                          accommodation, all meals (and
                                                 Come as a Guest and leave as a friend!             snacks/tea/coffee/fruit) and twice daily game      ROYAL VILLAS
pool, tennis court and sauna available.                                                                                                                The Royal Villas hotel is a truly luxurious
                                                                                                    drives with our expert field guides.Come get
                                                 JACI’S SAFARI LODGE & JACI’S TREE                  the dust of Africa on your feet …                  home away from home. Our 5 star
                                                 LODGE                                                                                                 accommodation options are flexible and
                                                 Jaci’s Safari and Jaci’s Tree Lodges in the        THAKADU RIVER CAMP                                 allow you the choice of being a guest in one
                                                 Madikwe Game Reserve where you can                 Thakadu River Camp is an ecotourism                of our villas or having the entire villa to
MAROPENG                                         encounter the “Top 10” animals on game             partnership between North-West Parks, the          yourself, your family or friends.
Maropeng, meaning ‘returning to the place        drive while visiting Jaci and Jan at their truly   Molatedi Community and the operator, The
of our origins’ in Setswana, is the official     African Lodges enhanced by superb                  Madikwe Collection. The community has a            Each villa hosts a King suite, Queen Suite,
visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind       personal service and a very intimate safari        45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge        Standard queen and standard twin room.
World Heritage Site.                             experience. Spacious open plan buildings           with traversing rights across the Madikwe          Our villas are fully equipped with well
Maropeng offers contemporary conference          include magnificent bar and lounge areas.          Game Reserve. The concept is unique in             appointed lounge areas, dining rooms and
facilities for up to 500 delegates at the        Unique interiors proudly showcase the              South Africa in that the community owns the        delightful gardens with stunning views of the
Tumulus building. The three event rooms          vibrant colours and crafts of Southern             development, with substantial benefits             Royal Mdzimba Mountains. The Hotel
can be used for conferences, corporate           Africa. Children of all ages welcome.              accruing back to the community itself.             features the exclusive Sultan Suite. Which
events, weddings and other special               Malaria free with 340 species of birds to be       Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine      has a private dining room, two lounges , a
occasions. In addition, the Tumulus building     experienced and enjoyed.                           canopy along the banks of the Marico River         spacious bedroom , study , steam room,
has expansive open areas that can be used                                                           and consists of 12 tented suites, each with        Jacuzzi, walk in dressing room and
for product launches, events, corporate                                                             their own viewing deck overlooking the river.      landscaped garden.
functions, exhibitions, displays and                                                                The tents are spacious and are superbly
showcases. A marquee can be set up on the                                                           decorated and appointed. 4 of the tents are        The Royal Villas offers the finest in pan
grounds at Maropeng for events larger than                                                          set to one side and make up Little Thakadu         African cuisine we have the Sivuno wine
500 guests. The 4-star boutique hotel at                                                            which is perfect for families or small groups of   cellars which boasts a wide selection of 1000
Maropeng has 13 twin rooms, 10 king                                                                 up to 8 people.                                    wines. The Ensangweni whiskey and cigar
rooms and one wheel-chair accessible                                                                This lodge has a phenomenal atmosphere             lounge with a private balcony. Our wonderful
room. Public facilities include a stylish yet                                                       due to the foundations upon which it is built      features are a swimming pool, hot Jacuzzi
cosy lounge with a fireplace, a chic                                                                and the gratitude of the community which it is     and open aired bar. Our conference facilities
restaurant and bar leading out onto a patio                                                         helping to build.                                  provide for a great variety of functions, from
and swimming pool overlooking the
                                                                                                                                                       board meetings to conferences and
Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg
                                                                                                                                                       entertainment events for up to 250 people.
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           BOTSWANA                                      THE STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE
                                                         HOTEL – VICTORIA FALLS
                                                                                                                 MOZAMBIQUE                              PEMBA BEACH HOTEL AND SPA
                                                                                                                                                         Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is a modern
KWANDO SAFARIS, OKAVANGO DELTA.                          The Stanley and Livingstone, a small             BENGUERRA LODGE                                oasis in a largely undeveloped land. The
 6 camps in 5 very different areas :                     luxury hotel aimed at discerning                 A unique and incomparable African island       Indian Ocean glitters beyond manicured
Nxai Pan ~ Botswana's unique fossil pan &                individuals, is situated on the private 6000-    paradise washed by the warm, turquoise         lawns, dominating the vista from first floor
Baines Baobab experience                                 acre ‘Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve’,      waters of the Moçambique channel.              rooms, whilst in the new Courtyard wing you
Tau Pan ~ Kalahari, thirstland wilderness                just 10 minutes from the Victoria Falls.         Benguerra is a small, intimate lodge           are cosseted in a haven of rich furnishings
experience - Kwando's unique desert                      Each of the 16 exquisite suites consists of a    offering personalized service and barefoot     and marble clad bathrooms – a truly
interpretation                                           spacious bedroom, en-suite Victorian-style       luxury: 11 elegant Chalets, 2 luxurious        sumptuous rendition of African east coast
Lagoon ~ wild dog Mecca, considered the                  bathroom, gracious lounge and individual         Suites (with private jacuzzi/pool and indoor   living. At night, enjoy the tropical heat as
best place in Africa to see wild dogs,                   secluded patio overlooking tropical              and outdoor showers) and 1 exclusive Villa     you drift from the Niassa Bar to the
overlooking the Kwando River                             gardens and nearby waterholes. The               (2 double rooms, private pool, and personal    Quirimbas Restaurant, where leading chefs
Lebala ~ big game experience, set in the                 restaurant and bar places great emphasis         chef to prepare all meals and arrange all      blended international and local cuisine, with
wide open plains of the vast Kwando River                on providing fine cuisine, all made possible     activities). All rooms merge naturally into    local seafood in abundance. By day, laze
private concession                                       by a chef par excellence, and guests are         the surrounding indigenous forest and are      around the infinity pool which seems to
Kwara or Little Kwara ~ the Okavango Delta               encouraged to sample fine wines from the         meters from the beach. Dive, Snorkel,          tumble into the ocean, or take a short walk to
water world experience, desert transformed               hotel’s handsomely stocked wine cellar.          Fish, Relax…you choose. Benguerra              the buzzing Clube Naval and adjacent yacht
by water, water activities AND stunning                                                                   works closely with the local community to      marina. Here, you will be tempted with all
game drives                                              A wealth of activities is on offer; from game-   conserve and protect this unspoiled and        the sporting action your heart desires –
                                                         drives and lion walking safaris, to the          corner of the world.                           fishing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing,
NITANI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE – TULI                       numerous adrenaline activities on offer at                                                      sailing, kayaking or water-skiing. The
                                                         the Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. Of                                                        superb Sanctuary Spa offers an array of
BLOCK                                                                                                     HOTEL CARDOSO – MAPUTO
                                                         course, a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one                                                    treatments from Swedish massages to milk
Set in the upper reaches of the Northern Tuli                                                             This Famous Maputo Hotel Offers An Ideal
                                                         of the most compelling sites in the world, is                                                   baths and will help you succumb to pure
Game Reserve, amidst natural, indigenous                                                                  Venue For Both Business And Leisure
                                                         a must-see! The Stanley and Livingstone                                                         bliss.
bush on the banks of the Majali River, lies the                                                           Travellers. The Hotel Has Grand Open
exclusive and intimate five star Nitani lodge.           is more than just a hotel – it offers a once-    Public Areas And Gardens As Well As 130
Each of its five luxury air conditioned suites           in-a-lifetime experience that will be            Bedrooms Including 5 Luxury Suites And
has its own rock plunge – pool and an                    imprinted on your mind forever.                  10 Superior Executive Rooms.
unrestricted view of the wild, unfenced bush             VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL                             All Rooms Are Newly Refurbished And
beyond. In the clear unpolluted African night,           Often called ‘the grand old lady of the          Contain State Of The Art Flat Screen Tv’s ,
explore the vast skies with a powerful,                  Victoria Falls area’ The Victoria Falls Hotel    Wireless Internet , Spacious Showers And
computerized telescope.                                  has been a renowned hospitality venue            The Most Comfortable Beds In The City.
                                                         since it opened in June 1904. Its quiet          A Major Feature Of The Hotel Is The Large
Twitchers will find an abundant and                      grandeur and Edwardian elegance have             Outdoor Swimming Pool, Surrounded By
                                                                                                                                                         POLANA HOTEL - MAPUTO
impressive menu of birdlife. At Nitani we                been hallmarks of its appeal, as have the        Beautifully Landscaped Gardens, And A
                                                                                                                                                         Situated in the heart of Maputo on one of the
focus on the more intellectual side of the               finest service standards and its varied          Terrace Which Offers Stunning Views
                                                                                                                                                         city’s most desirable avenues, the justly
safari by focusing on the rich archeology,               amenities and facilities. Situated close to      Across Downtown Maputo.
                                                                                                                                                         famous Polana Serena Hotel is a cool and
ornithology and cultural heritage of the area.           the Falls, with spectacular views of the                                                        gracious haven that recalls the elegance
Guests can enjoy a distressing, soothing                 spray rising from the Falls and of the           Brand New Is The Fiamma Restuarant
                                                                                                                                                         and splendour of colonial times.
massage in our Wellness Centre.                          Zambezi River gorges just below – including      Which Extends Out Across The Hillside
                                                                                                                                                         Overlooking the Bay of Maputo and close to
Gastronomy is an important part of the Nitani            the century-old road and rail bridge             Offering Unbeatable Views Across The
                                                                                                                                                         Maputo’s nerve center, the international
experience and the Executive Chef is known               spanning the gorges to link Zimbabwe and         Bay, And Offering A Delectable A La Carte
                                                                                                                                                         Embassies, the Presidency of the Republic,
for whipping up culinary delights according              Zambia – the hotel is at present undergoing      Menu. Complimenting This Is An Informal
                                                                                                                                                         government Ministries, popular restaurants
to your specific tastes.                                 an upgrade of various furnishings and            But Sumptous Buffet Including Live
                                                                                                                                                         and ten minutes away from the Mavalane
                                                         amenities, keeping it in line with the highest   Cooking And Variety To Suit All Tastes.
                                                                                                                                                         International airport, the Polana Serena
           ZIMBAWE                                       international standards expected by the
                                                         world’s most discerning travellers. It offers    INDIGO BAY ISLAND RESORT AND SPA
                                                                                                                                                         Hotel is a majestic building with a history
                                                                                                                                                         stretching as far back as 1922. In keeping
                                                         150 rooms, 10 suites and a Royal Suite, the      Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is on
                                                                                                                                                         with Serena’s philosophy of integrating local
MEIKLES HOTEL - Harare                                   classic Livingstone Room dining area and         Bazaruto Island in Mozambique, the
                                                                                                                                                         art and culture into design of each hotel, the
Meikles Hotel is universally regarded as                 various other facilities and amenities that      largest island in the Mozambican
                                                                                                                                                         refurbished Polana Serena Hotel will engulf
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   range from a hairdressing salon and gift         archipelago. It offers visitors the
                                                                                                                                                         its guests with history stretching back many
establishment, with a colourful history                  shops to a unique chapel and a sculpture         quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday,
                                                                                                                                                         years blended with the colonial past and
dating back to its opening in November                   gallery. Conferences for small to medium         as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty
                                                                                                                                                         equipped with state-of-the-art facilities
1915 and a reputation second to none for                 groups are also on offer, as are local tours     of the surrounding area.
                                                                                                                                                         accompanied by outstanding service.
standards of service, cuisine, amenities                 and visits
and facilities. Overlooking the attractive                                                                Bazaruto is one of Africa's premier scuba
Africa Unity Square in Harare’s central                                                                   diving destinations. Surrounded by palm        PONTA MAMOLI
business district, the hotel has 287 rooms
and 30 suites, as well as a large selection
of conference and banqueting rooms to
                                                           Need a Travel Package to                       trees and a turquoise sea, the
                                                                                                          accommodation consists of 30 Beach
                                                                                                          Chalets and 14 Luxury Villas. All the
                                                                                                                                                         “Ponta Mamoli’s beach is idyllic, there is a
                                                                                                                                                         lot to do if you are so inclined, from diving to
                                                                                                                                                         horse riding, to swimming with dolphins and
cater for a range of local and international
users’ requirements.                                      VICTORIA FALLS, NAMIBIA,                        chalets, villas and guest areas are made of
                                                                                                          natural materials like reeds, wood and
                                                                                                          thatch that blend harmoniously with the
                                                                                                                                                         various other excursions, but doing as little
                                                                                                                                                         as possible is sometimes simply one of the
                                                                                                                                                         best pleasures in life. This little resort that is
The award-winning La Fontaine Grill Room                                                                  surroundings.                                  tucked away in a corner of the Southern
– celebrating its 50th anniversary in 208 –
and The Pavilion restaurant offer top-
quality dining facilities, while other facilities
                                                           BOTSWANA, ZANZIBAR,                            Each chalet and villa offers complete
                                                                                                          luxury, with air-conditioning, mosquito
                                                                                                          screens, sumptuous en-suite bathroom,
                                                                                                                                                         Mozambique coastline offers you just that.
                                                                                                                                                         With comfortable sea facing
                                                                                                                                                         accommodation, a stone throw from the
include cocktail bars, lounge, business
centre, beauty centre and sauna, as well
as retail shops. Special Club Floors offer
                                                                 MAUTITIUS?                               mini-bar, 24-hour power, satellite TV and
                                                                                                          telephone access. Spectacular restaurants
                                                                                                          specialising in seafood, and characterful
                                                                                                                                                         beach. Ponta Mamoli situated just 25km
                                                                                                                                                         north of Kosi Bay and 100km south of
                                                                                                                                                         Maputo. Only recently Kingsley Holgate
additional comforts, as well as private                                                                   bars with original walls dating back to the    said this of Ponta Mamoli that it has isithunzi
dining and relaxation facilities, as well as
masseur service. Meikles Hotel has been a
member of The Leading Hotels of the
                                                            info@greenrhino.co.za                         early Portuguese traders, provide the focus
                                                                                                          of Indigo Bay's living areas.. The luxurious
                                                                                                          new Sanctuary Spa offers a range of
                                                                                                                                                         –he was speaking of the special
                                                                                                                                                         atmosphere of the place that it has a nice
                                                                                                                                                         vibe – isithunzi is the Zulu word for dignity.
World since
1994.                                                        www.greenrhino.co.za                         pampering treatments to revitalise the
                                                                                                          weariest of souls.
                                                                                                                                                         Come and Escape, Explore and Experience
                                                                                                                                                         the Magic of Mamoli “
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SOUTHERN SUN MAPUTO                                                                        Andrew and Magui from Maputo travelled to
Previously known as the                                                                    Botswana with Green Rhino last month and sent us
Holiday Inn Maputo, the                                                                    this write up and delightful picture!
gorgeous Southern Sun
Maputo is magnificently         Hi Ladies,
situated on the beachfront,
the Avenida da Marginal,
which overlooks the
glistening Indian Ocean. The
Southern Sun Maputo
presents a haven for local
and international business
and leisure.        The rich
Portuguese heritage of this
attractive Mozambiquen city
is echoed in the hotel’s
continental décor.              Here is a photo with the Green Rhino Hat. We were
                                hiking along one of the trails above the the Blyde River   "Just wanted to thank you once again for putting
Accommodation at the            Dam. It looked inviting to swim and we were tempted;       together such a wonderful trip to Botswana for us!
Southern Sun Maputo             fortunately, we came across the Croc sign before we        We absolutely loved all we experienced! I
includes 2 luxury suites, 6     took the plunge. There are several short                   particularly recommend Delta Camp - it is an
executive suites and 158        hiking/walking trails in the area and one short trail      amazing place, exclusive but friendly, 'luxurious' but
well-appointed guest rooms      leads to a nice waterfall and swimming hole without        unfussy, and totally worth the money.
                                Crocodiles! On the property of the Blyde RIver
                                Canyon Resort, where we stayed they have a friendly         As promised when you gave us the Green Rhino
.The rooms at the Southern      antelope as you can see, as well as zebra,                 cap at the Cardoso event a couple of months ago, I
Sun Maputo also offer free      wildebeest and there are trails along the river and on     attach a photo of my husband Andrew wearing it.
internet access. Dining at      the roads on the property that are nice for running.       And guess what's ON TOP of the cap? One of the
the Southern Sun Maputo          Cheers, Valerie Durant                                    famous Botswana meerkats!"
offers guests the opportunity
to taste many local and
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              www.greenrhino.co.za                                AFRICAN TRAVEL
and sundowners are
available on the outdoor
terrace which overlooks the
glorious sparkling ocean.

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