There’s nothing quite as stressful as living in the city – think never ending queues of traffic, sky scrapers and flashing neon signs, malls and cell phone masts and the cacophony of hooting taxi’s, chattering inhabitants and blaring music. Alternatively, there’s nothing quite as soothing as a break in the mountains – and at Gooderson Monks Cowl to be more specific. Think sweeping grasslands, magnificent towering cliffs and peaks topped by starlit skies at night, beautiful trees, the haunting calls of birds of prey on the wing or the soothing sounds of waterfalls. Monks Cowl, which takes its name from the distinctive mountain between Champagne Castle and Cathedral Peak which resembles a cleric’s attire, is the gateway to some of the most magnificent and unspoilt mountain wilderness areas in South Africa and part of the 260 000 hectare Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. Although that should be reason enough to trade the city for the countryside, we’ve got five good reasons why some time out at Gooderson Monks Cowl is the perfect antidote to our urban existence. 1. Nature helps us cope with stress Oodles of research that suggests that we’re compromising our mental health by not taking time out in the peaceful company of nature. This is particularly true for children who are constantly bombarded by television, movies, computer games and mobile phones. In a beautiful mountainous environment, what you see is what you get – perfect peace. Green spaces not only soothe the soul but also allow us to breathe in that revitalizing crisp mountain air. In the countryside, you don’t need an excuse for simply laying back and doing nothing – and, when you return to your day to day routine, we can guarantee that you’ll feel rested and restored. Accommodation options are varied and exceptionally comfortable, from our 35 superior hotel rooms, either mountain or dam facing with 2 double beds, 1 executive suite with a king size bed with double shower, and 8 . . .
Winter Heartland Escape at Grande Provence in Franschhoek Banish the winter blues and make Grande Provence in picturesque Franschhoek your ultimate winelands destination. Their nurturing Heartland accommodation packages are tailor-made for a blissful winter escape at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate. The Heartland packages at both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale offer wonderful winter value with welcoming and attentive staff at this 17th century wine estate. The Owner’s Cottage exudes period grandeur and contemporary luxury. The beautifully appointed private cottage comprises four rooms, a deluxe suite, lounge and conservatory leading out to the soothing pool area set in a country garden. At La Provençale exclusive use guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by hibernating vines and sweeping views this is the quintessential private getaway for families or close friends. Prices for the Winter Heartland bed and breakfast offer start from R3 933.00 per room as of 1 May until the end of September 2019. The Heartland rate for the exclusive use of La Provençale is R7 820.00 per night. If you are looking for a more comprehensive offering, Grande Provence has a wide variety of bespoke packages to choose from for a grand winter wineland retreat. Romance package Couples looking for a secluded getaway can indulge in a two-night stay in the romantic Angels Suite at The Owner’s Cottage. Setting the tone, a tempting bottle of chilled Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique awaits you upon arrival, followed by a romantic private dinner by candlelight. Relax and unwind together while enjoying a couple’s massage treatment in the comfort of your own suite. A seductive oyster and bubbly pairing followed by a rustic French-style country picnic amongst the vines tops off the experience. The Romance package is available at a special winter . . .
We can confidently say that this has never been recorded before in the annals of mankind....... https://youtu.be/ChcEb6mlEUo The above images are available from Barcroft Media who have secured the Worldwide Licensing rights. Any requests for images can be sent to the Barcroft licensing team at: firstname.lastname@example.org Other video by Rainer Schimpf available under license from Barcroft Studios can be seen in the Barcroft Studio Library - search for 'Rainer Schimpf'. Exclusive interviews with Rainer can be booked through the contact form on the AB Marine Web Site. Inside Man For over 20 years Port Elizabeth, South Africa based Rainer Schimpf has lived his passion as a marine conservationist, award winning photographer and tour operator in the marine and adventure sector. His dedication to protecting the environment has made him known around the globe with his particular passion for documenting Orcas killing dolphins, whilst documenting Orcas hunting behavior and pod structure. Schimpf was the first to film and document a handicapped Orca (named SIRA) in Algoa Bay, South Africa. Most of these sightings occurred during the biggest marine migration in the Southern Hemisphere and Indian Ocean - the Sardine Run. Rainer is an acknowledged authority, specialising in tracking and finding Sardines and the predators (Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and sea Birds) that follow and feast on the Sardine Run, having documented this marine spectacle all along the Southern Cape Coast to Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay (which hosts the longest and greatest portion of the Sardine Run up South Africa's East Coast) to the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. Sardine Run divers, Whale and Dolphin Watchers and International Film Crews all rely on Rainer's marine knowledge to 'get the shot'. Over 20 years expertise is distilled into the 'hunt' for cetaceans along the coast. Schimpf is particularly proud of hosting his biggest production for Galatee/Pathe with Oceans and . . .
Worcester is a much unsung destination, yet it has more and more going for it. We invite you to explore its widening range of delights. Your first glimpse of the Western Cape’s very own Worcester (not to be confused with its colonial namesake in the UK) is of a generous, wide-lipped valley closely ringed by mountains with a satisfied little town nestled at its heart. The largest in the Cape interior, Worcester is more than a mini metropole. It is the gateway to an ever-widening range of attractions located a mere 90-minute drive from Cape Town on the N1 towards Johannesburg. Situated in the Breede River catchment area, yet verging on the Karoo, Worcester is rich in history and natural splendour thanks to the many mountain passes and impressive peaks that form the natural borders of the area. If it’s only spectacular scenery and nature you’re after, Worcester would satisfy on this front alone. Scenic destinations such as the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, which was founded in 1921, beckon. Consisting of 124 hectares of arid and semi-arid terrain at the foot of the Hex River Mountains, this unique garden plays home to a variety of indigenous succulents. In springtime these “vygies” put on a vibrant, colourful explosion of blooms. Combine a bent for nature with a brew, or two, by visiting the Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve, where the Mountain Brewing Company has set its microbrewery on the slopes of the Stettyn Mountains. Enjoy locally made Craft Beer while taking in the panoramas that unfold in every direction. The private reserve is a sanctuary for several endangered species and is popular with birdwatchers and 4 x 4 enthusiasts. Exploring the valley is made all the more exciting with Hexpas Ecotrek. The company offers a two-and-a-half day Botterboom Hiking Trail which traces the history of the area by following parts of the first railroad that was built to the north in the 1870s. There’s also a 13,5km mountain bike trail that heads towards the . . .
Easter picnic fun for the family at Grande Provence - Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, 12h00 – 16h00 Hop on over and celebrate Easter Sunday in the Franschhoek winelands at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Enjoy a family picnic complete with an Easter egg hunt for the little ones, live music, and a wide variety of delicious treats. Besides the traditional Easter egg hunt, children will be entertained with decorating a giant Easter egg, face painting, a jumping castle and a variety of lawn games. Adults can look forward to a laid back afternoon with fine Grande Provence wines and an Easter food basket filled to the brim. The Grande Provence Easter Picnic starts at 12h00 and ends at 16h00. Entry is free, but bookings for the Easter Picnic Baskets at R800 per double, R400 per single and R300 for children under 10, need to be made ahead of time at Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email email@example.com. Diary listing information: Date: Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019 Time: 12h00 – 16h00 Cost: Easter picnic basket at R800 for two, R400 per single & R300 for children under 10. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Steenberg revitalises Cape Town Cycle Tour participants Take a moment’s respite from your intensive Cape Town Cycle Tour programme and revitalise mind and body with Steenberg’s rejuvenating Cycle Tour Package in the tranquil Constantia wine valley, just 30 minutes from the city centre. Tailor-made for cyclists and their supporters, the Cycle Tour Package is an excellent opportunity for global visitors and locals to discover Steenberg. The package comprises a choice of intensive and soothing one hour massages enhanced by the serenity of the Steenberg Spa, a tapas taste adventure at the popular Bistro Sixteen82 and a classic wine tasting at the Steenberg Vineyards tasting lounge. Cyclists can choose between the deep tissue massage that targets stiff and tired muscles, or the magnesium therapy massage to re-energise the body while treating symptoms of insomnia, pain and fatigue. For supporters, the Steenberg Spa suggests either the deeply relaxing hot stone massage, or the intonga massage, which uses yellow wood intonga sticks to massage shea butter and essential oils into the skin. For the tapas experience available between 17h00 and 20h00, two people can share Chef Kerry Kilpin’s selection of five different dishes. The tasting room is open from 10h00 – 17h30 for wine tastings. The full Cape Town Cycle Tour Package at Steenberg is available from 1 – 15 March 2019 at R2 210 for two people. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Easter Fun for the Whole Family in Paradise This Easter the entire family can embark on an adventure in paradise. From Easter egg hunts, ocean thrills to exploring the ruins of an old hotel, both young and old can experience adventure on a paradise island. With a variety of activities to suit the entire family, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort has tailored an Easter getaway to keep the whole family entertained, but also allowing for some bonding time. Five Easter explorations and adventures that can be enjoyed by the entire family: Snorkelling Renowned as one of the world’s top snorkelling destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago boasts year round warm waters, dazzling soft coral ridges and thousands of tropical fish species. Children are also able to enjoy this experience with tailored snorkelling lessons in Neptune’s Coral Reef. Alternatively, the whole family can head out to Paradise Island for snorkelling and picnic. The trip provides an opportunity to spot Dolphins and the boat excursion is great entertainment for kids. Dune boarding The spectacular dunes of Bazaruto Island are the highest in the archipelago. Thrill seekers clamber up the towering works of art to go sand boarding down at exhilarating speed. As this activity requires very little skill, it is suitable for every age, and the coastal panoramas from the crests are jaw-dropping. Island Tours 4x4 island tours uncover more pristine bays, rich flora and fauna, laid-back local life. Guests can tour nearby villages for an interactive taste of local life and visit a 19th century lighthouse. The tour is rounded off by an idyllic island adventure with drinks on the high central dunes at sunset. Spa treatments The resort’s spa haven is a serene sanctuary perched high above the resort. The experts at Anantara Spa have created a range of refreshing treatments to pamper young guests. From pedicures to chocolate massages, treatments are tailored to give the young guests a relaxing and fun . . .
The Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire is proud to announce that it has appointed Solomon Kganyago as its new Commercial Manager. Kganyago brings with him overall 17 years of work experience, dedicating 11 of those years to his time at the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) where his last position was Deputy Regional Manager. “We are delighted to welcome Solomon to the team and look forward to his contribution to help drive Bakwena towards our ambitions and mandate of designing, building, financing, upgrading and maintaining 385km of the N1 and N4 routes in accordance with world-class standards,” says Graeme Blewitt, CEO of Bakwena. Kganyago adds that Bakwena often sets the standards for the industry, both in delivering upon its mandate and in championing various causes that drive socioeconomic benefits for the communities in which it operates. His plans to advance the concessionaire’s long-term strategic goals to deliver a relevant commercial strategy which includes but not limited to transformation, stakeholder management and corporate social investment. Kganyago believes these pillars will further entrench Bakwena as a responsible road authority that delivers safe and sustainable toll road infrastructure. Bakwena further plays an important role in improving the quality of life of the surrounding communities along the N1N4 corridor by providing economic and socioeconomic opportunities in the construction and maintenance of its route network. In 2019 Bakwena will be investing approximately R270 million on large capital projects which include rehabilitation and upgrading of road infrastructure on the N1N4 routes. The resurfacing of the N4 westbound carriageway between the R512 up to Buffelspoort interchange was completed in December 2018, at a cost of R101 million. Also completed in the same time frame was the special maintenance of the N1N4. Bakwena has various ongoing projects, some extending until . . .
Booking your travel itinerary with Travoline between February 15th and March 14th will provide customer a savings of up to 25% on Hotels, Flights and Car Rentals. Travoline one of the leading hotel booking sites has begun its Spring Break Sale 2019 for its customer travelling to the United States, United Kingdom and the Europe. Travoline offers around 25% savings on the hotel bookings, flights and the car rental for its customer. The discounts are available with most of the leading hotels listed, whilst the rest of the hotel already displays the pre-negotiated rates which anyways provides savings to the travelers. Travoline always provides hotel bookings at discounted rates, while during the season sales the discounts tend to be higher when compared to that of the regular rates for specific regions, based on their local holidays and seasons. The sophisticated technology that Travoline has incorporated on its website allows customer to choose a hotel with deals that pre-exist along with the hotel search results. For instance, if the customer wants to travel to New York, just enter the destination name, and any hotel that’s available with deals would show up along with other search results, making it easy for the customer to choose their itinerary easily. “Travoline has been striving to give better prices for the customers be it – Hotel Bookings, Flight Reservations or Car Hire. Based on the pricing and deals available the results are displayed in the portal for the customers to pick and book it easily” said Nishanthi, Managing Director of Travoline. “Our technology integration makes is easy to incorporate the deals, see the availability, provide instant confirmation upon booking, making it a hassle-free online experience for the customers.” She added. Soon there will be offers that would be rolled out to other regions too, that include the Asian, Middle-Eastern regions. At present, the deals are available for the car rentals in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, . . .