JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 15 May 2019 …Are you dreaming about that ideal getaway while enjoying a beautiful sunset with a silhouette of wildlife in the distance…? At Mall of the South, your dream can become a reality with Dream Hotels & Resorts and Finfoot Lake Reserve. Experience a luxurious family getaway by spending R300.00 or more at any Mall of the South store and stand a chance to win a seven-night stay in a luxury self-catering Safari Tent at Finfoot Lake Reserve for four adults and two children, valued at R34, 160. 00. Terms and conditions apply. All you have to do is simply complete an entry form (available in-stores and on the website), attach your till slip to the entry and pop it into the entry boxes, which are conveniently located throughout the mall. Besides providing plenty opportunity to relax, Finfoot Lake Reserve offers a variety of activities that suit all levels of fitness and enthusiasm. The onsite activities includes: game viewing/wildlife, bush walks, bird watching, fishing, barge cruises, segway safaris, canoeing and clay shooting. Entries close on the 31st of May 2019, so enter today to explore the Greater Pilanesberg. Keep up-to-date with Mall of the South’s news and events. Simply visit www.mallofthesouth.co.za and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #MalloftheSouth CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Whilst on a morning Whale and Dolphin Watching cruise with Port Elizabeth based AB Marine on Tuesday 14 April 2019, Marine Biologist Eirik Grønningsæter, photographed two Bottlenose Dolphins in great distress. The Boat Based Whale and Dolphin Operator had been cruising along the Port Elizabeth beachfront and had just viewed a large pod of Bottlenose off of Summerstand's Pollok Beach. The literally hundreds of dolphins ranging up and down that stretch of coast kept guests enthralled as the youngsters came closer and adults jumped for the joy of living. A little bit further out to sea towards Cape Recife a smaller pod of dolphins were ranging in circles around one particular spot. It would only be later that evening that Eirik would discover why this small pod was acting in a strange manner and not moving on to join the larger pod near Bird Rock...... Back at the Guest House biologist Eirik Grønningsæter downloaded the hundreds of photographs from the day and zoomed in to a few to see a very disturbing sight. At least two of the Bottlenose Dolphins in the pod that had been acting strangely and swimming in circles had been entangled in fishing lines and were badly injured. The assumption is that these two dolphins had become entangled in the fishing line and that the line in turn had become entangled in the reef below where the dolphins had been swimming when spotted. The panicked dolphins must then have cut into their dorsal fins in successful attempts to free themselves from the reef. In the images one can see how fishing line has cut into a large part of one dolphin's dorsal and how almost 60% of one others dorsal fin has been cut away - surely a massive fatal injury. Erik, is a Biologist and part of the film crew documenting the state of the Sardine Run with Expert-Tours and the Ocean Geographic Society, was visibly shocked to see the state of injuries to these Bottlenose Dolphins. An AB Marine spokeperson said; "If we in Port . . .
2019 is well underway, and Cheap Nigeria Flights is gaining traction. A flight aggregator tailored toward Nigerian travellers, the start-up is making a name for itself in the African travel community. The site’s easy to use service and extensive flight options are attracting attention not only in Nigeria but across the African continent and beyond. Cheap Nigeria Flights strives to provide the best and most affordable flight options to African travellers while keeping the process as simple and streamlined as possible. While the site is tailored specifically to Nigerians, it offers flight paths all around the globe. It compares flights from most major international airlines, as well as local Nigerian airlines including Arik Air, Azman Air, Air Peace, and Dana Air, amongst others. The simple user interface allows users to search for flights using several simple search parameters. The results page compares flight options from all partner airlines and allows users to further customise their search with a series of filters. The platform offers flights to and from most notable Nigerian Airports, as well as between the vast majority of major destinations worldwide. This has made the site an incredibly strong option for Nigerians seeking affordable aeroplane travel both within their county and internationally. Cheap Nigeria Flights is currently offering affordable flights with most of the top airlines and flight providers in the world. Some of the notable international flight carriers include: Africa World Airlines Virgin Atlantic British Airways KLM South African Airways Air France Lufthansa Ethiopian Airlines Kenya Airways Emirates Airlines Etihad Airways Delta Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Fly Blue Crane Some of the notable Nigerian airlines include: Arik Air Azman Air Dana Air Air Peace Cheap Nigeria Flights offers flight paths to and from all corners of the globe. With a clear focus . . .
Enjoy the splendour of a perfect two-day private family retreat in the Franschhoek winelands and take advantage of the luxurious Grande Provence winter accommodation offer. This tailor-made family experience at La Provençale, the secluded hide-away at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate, offers wonderful value and a host of activities that parents and children can do together. Situated in the vineyards, La Provençale is an idyllic weekend or holiday destination for small groups or a family of four. 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. The La Provençale family experience includes breakfast and dinner with exciting activities for young and old, including a French-style picnic lunch beside the vines, weather permitting, and a ride on the hop-on, hop-off, Franschhoek Wine Tram to discover this French inspired valley. Adults can explore the variety of elegant wines paired with canapés during A Taste of Grande Provence, while the children enjoy a grape juice version. For a special treat, guests are spoilt with delicious Shiraz truffles crafted on the estate. There is a wide selection of family-friendly activities on offer in the Franschhoek Valley. Adventurers can explore hiking trails, fly fishing or paragliding, while select antique shops, The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Huguenot Memorial Museum will take you back in time. Tours can be arranged on request. The Family Package is priced for two adults and two children under 12 sharing, at a special winter rate of R15 492.00 for two nights from 01 May 2019 until the end of September. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The recently hosted World Travel Market was themed around responsible tourism and the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association (DLTA) used the opportunity to gauge to what extent their members were engaging in responsible tourism practices. According to DLTA general manager Annelize Stroebel, it was encouraging to see that tourism role players in the region were actively embracing responsible tourism. “Obviously we would like to encourage all our members to focus on responsible tourism as this guarantees the sustainability of our future in tourism. We commend our tourism partners, who have adopted these practices and encourage others to follow their example,” mentions Stroebel. Responsible tourism activities range from social to ecological strategies. Preferential employment to unqualified youngsters, in-service training, skills development and community involvement include some of the core practices of establishments such as Wellington Country House, Imbuko Wines, Bontebok Ridge Reserve and The Hurst Campus. Both Bosman Family Vineyards and Diemersfontein have implemented joint shareholding and co-ownership agreements with their workers. Ecological responsibility forms the cornerstone for several other Wellington-based members, including Linton Park with its intensive conservation efforts with renosterveld rehabilitation, waste water management and alien vegetation removal projects. Upland Organic Wine and Brandy Estate have been committed to organic farming principles for over seventeen years, while Jacaranda Wine and Guest Farm also employ organic practices in their vineyards. Bartholomeus Klip has received several commendations for its conservation efforts. In Paarl, several tourism members are involved with animal conservation programmes, including Painted Wolf Wines and Ashia. Job creation and programmes to eleviate unemployment are strong focus areas for Nederburg Wines through their Qhubeka project. Other Paarl business going the green route include . . .
TASTING PLEASURES IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT HERMANUS FYNARTS WINE PLUS 2019 THE sixth Wine Plus programme – now a firm favourite of the dynamic Hermanus FynArts festival – takes a few new turns this year. Although each of the seven presentations is a well-worth stand-alone, the complete series is designed to bolster the overall theme of 2019: a closer look at the tasting pleasures of fine wine. This year Wine Plus has a new home and date slot. The presentations shift toward the end of the festival, from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, 15, as a kind of ‘wine long weekend’. The venue is new: The Wine Glass in the centre of town is finely-tuned to those pleasures we anticipate, and, with time slots of 11a.m. and 5p.m., geared to provide sustenance from their popular menu. Responding to requests from previous Wine Plus fans, and bearing in mind the arts festival rationale of FynArts, presentations will be finer tuned to provide patrons with instructive direction during the tasting-talks. Exploring the theme - the tasting pleasures of the fine art of wine – will involve a little educational next to the super samples that will be poured. The idea is to provide those not too familiar with the how and what with an introduction and guide of tasting and joy of wine today. To provide a glimpse on just how exciting contemporary South African wine is, the programme will offer ‘snapshots’ of three of today’s newsworthy regions and three varietal wines that define our unique winelands. Wine Plus is curated for its sixth iteration by Melvyn Minnaar, who was honoured last year by Veritas for his contribution to SA wine. Presenters comprise some of the movers and shakers in contemporary local wine. To start the series, who better than our own international Master of Wine, Cathy van Zyl? She returns from judging a few global competitions to share her passion in the first introductory tasting labelled “Discovering the Pleasure” on Thursday, 13th. Her choice of eight wines . . .
According to the African Business Excellence Awards 2019, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is the Best Luxury Modern Hotel & Spa in KwaZulu-Natal, and General Manager Sean Granger was thrilled! This was more than just testament to maintaining consistently high standards and putting guests first, he said. "We are delighted. This makes all the hard work during our recent renovations worth it. Winning this award is a great testament to our entire team, as without their efforts, winning an award like this would never be achievable." The African Business Excellence Awards provides an important opportunity to pinpoint excellence across a wide variety of industries and sectors that extend from energy, agriculture, mining and tourism to banking, technology and real estate development. Granger said it was a huge compliment to be regarded as a benchmark in the hospitality sector in the province. This, and the many other awards that have put Granny Mouse on the map, are not just seen as accolades but as a reason for staff to continue to go that extra mile and for guests to expect the very best that KZN has to offer. Other awards received by Granny mouse include The Eaves restaurant being chosen in the Eat Out Top 500 restaurants in South Africa for the third time, being voted the winner of Service Excellence- KwaZulu-Natal- South Africa in The Luxury Travel Guide Awards (Africa & Middle East Awards 2017) and being voted one of the best value accommodation destinations in Howick based on consistent and excellent rates offered to the guests that book through AccommoDirect.com. The resort also received a Certificate of Excellence for 2017 through AccommoDirect.com; Best Luxury Accommodation & Spa Resort in KZN as well as the Hospitality Manager of the Year 2017 for KZN in the Sub-Saharan Enterprise Awards 2017 hosted by MEA Markets and an Excellence in Service Award for 2017 by Corporate Magazine as part of their Travel & Tour Awards 2017, Best . . .
Constantia Glen kick-starts winter with exciting new comfort food Winter will be a hearty one at Constantia Glen with a selection of delicious homemade soups and more substantial dishes to tuck into at their tasting room. Available as single servings or as a trio of smaller portions, visitors can indulge in Constantia Glen’s famous traditional Austrian beef goulash served with Spätzle, French onion soup with croûte au fromage, and delicious potato and leek soup. Both soups are served with crispy, freshly baked bread. Each of these winter warmers can be partnered perfectly with Constantia Glen’s elegant wines. Add an additional mouth-watering platter of artisanal cheese and charcuterie to your experience and enjoy the wonderful winter vineyard views. The soups are available at R95 and the Austrian beef goulash at R130 per person, or R100 for the trio. Constantia Glen’s winter menu also surprises with slow cooked pulled lamb served with potato gratin, wild mushrooms and green beans available at R250 per person. Another new addition is the grilled chicken paillard served with watercress, rosa tomatoes and parmesan, available at only R110 per single serving. The tasting room is open at 11h00 to 18h00 from Sunday to Thursday and 11h00 to 20h00 from Friday to Saturday. Tasting room bookings via http://www.constantiaglen.com are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail email@example.com, visit www.constantiaglen.com, www.facebook.com/ConstantiaGlen or follow @ConstantiaGlen on Twitter and Instagram. The GPS co-ordinates are S 34º 0’39.6” E 18º 24’30.6”. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Heirloom treasures rule TOKARA’s new autumn menu Waiting for a cherished ingredient to be back in season, is the heart of executive chef Carolize Coetzee’s cooking and the crux of her new autumn menu at TOKARA Restaurant. Chef Carolize, who has been leading the kitchen brigade at TOKARA Restaurant since late last year, describes her culinary personality as feminine and playful, using classic techniques as a springboard for her creativity, while exploring the ever-shifting world of food memory. Motivated by the nostalgia of her mother’s lovingly prepared food and heirloom recipes passed down from one generation to another, she approaches food with the expectation of reliving a fond memory. “The memories and generosity of other chefs - whether professional or a passionate lay cook such as my grandmother - have been my lodestar as a chef and I enjoy diving into my library of food memories as inspiration for new TOKARA dishes,” says chef Carolize, who will be creating new food memories to add to her repertoire on an exciting culinary adventure to New York and Spain during the quieter winter months this year. Through the lens of food memory, she takes TOKARA diners on a memorable journey. Her new menu teems with seasonal heirloom ingredients such as winter melon, persimmons, parsnips, butternut, celeriac and gooseberries, interwoven with a dash of authentic Cape flavours. There is plenty of choice among the starters from kudu tataki, and slow cooked parsnip, bacon and brioche, to a hearty soup of the day. Vegans and vegetarians will feel right at home with a pea mousse and salt baked beetroot, or semi dehydrated tomato, consommé and tempura tofu. Carnivores will love the braised lamb shoulder, springbok loin with bobotie spiced carrot, or the beef ribeye with heerenboontjie and roasted garlic tapioca for mains. The line fish of the day is served with fire roasted celeriac, fennel celery and pancetta. Vegans and vegetarians can satisfy their hunger . . .
Art & food converge at Grande Provence in Franschhoek Art enthusiasts can book their seats for a sensory food and art encounter when The Gallery at Grande Provence showcases paintings by Jenny Groenewald, followed by dinner on Friday, 17 May 2019. No stranger to Grande Provence, this prominent artist returns with a still life series entitled ‘Sand Stories’. These works hark back to her childhood when she would create stories through drawing shapes in the sand. Adding its creative culinary touch to this exhibition, guests will be treated to a three course dinner at The Restaurant at Grande Provence. The evening begins at 19h00 with canapés and bubbly in the Gallery. The cost of the evening is R495.00 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel: 021-876 8600. If you are planning to spend the weekend at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (17-19 May), take advantage of the Grande Provence Heartland winter rates and stay over at either The Owner’s Cottage or La Provençale for a luxurious retreat in the winelands. To book your stay, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, call Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail email@example.com. Diary listing information: Date: Friday, 17 May 2019 Time: 18h30 Venue: Grande Provence Heritage Estate, Franschhoek Cost: R495.00 per person Booking: Call: (021) 876 8600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .