Looking to further cement their presence in Kwazulu Natal and following their recent acquisition of Hotel 64 on Gordon in Durban, BON Hotels has announced the inclusion of two additional properties in the region, namely Protea Hotel Empangeni, to be named BON Hotel Empangeni, and Protea Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay, to be named BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay. Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels says, “These hotels are exceptional products – they are the best in their class in their respective locations and it’s going to be our job to make sure that we build on that good base.” To ensure that the hotels do not miss a heart beat, the group’s objective is to ensure that the transition to BON Hotels’ systems and procedures is implemented with minimum fuss with the aim of securing new business and ultimately improving upon the performance of the hotels. BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay offers 75 spacious, modern rooms, each with spectacular views of the ocean-front and yacht harbour. Facilities include a conference centre with 3 meeting rooms, a restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge, and swimming pool. General Manager, André de Klerk says that Richards Bay is underestimated as a tourist destination but has much to offer in terms of its pristine beaches, fishing, water sports and entertainment, along with its strong corporate offering. BON Hotel Empangeni, located in the heart of Empangeni’s business district halfway between Durban and Swaziland, is well situated for the business and leisure traveller. Combining simplicity with understated style, accommodation comprises of 55 tastefully decorated rooms, an in-house restaurant, bar and 3 meeting rooms seating up to 230 guests. De Klerk says that this hotel is popular with the Government sector and for conferences, weddings and enjoys some domestic tourism too. Owner of both properties and prominent member of the Richards Bay community Freddy Schoonhoven says, “BON Hotels is a young, dynamic and energetic brand . . .
Fine-tuned collection marks 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction A meticulously curated collection of 48 individually crafted wines of great diversity, rarity and innovative winemaking, goes under the hammer at the 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 29 September 2018. Innovation, craftsmanship and consistency of quality stand out as the hallmark of this South African wine industry showcase that features small volumes of unique collectors’ wines all made exclusively for the auction by members of the Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG). This year’s auction represents a more fine-tuned selection featuring abundant variety in smaller volumes compared with 2017. The 2018 auction line-up comprises 31 red wines, 14 white wines, two Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) wines and one port-style wine, making up the tally of 2 012 cases (6 x 750ml case equivalent). Last year a total of 2 962 cases went under the hammer. ‘It is encouraging to see that our Guild members are really focused on quality and innovation. There is a strong showing of traditionally styled wines, such as Cabernet blends, Shiraz and Pinot Noir, and it is great to see some members pushing the boundaries with unusual varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo. The Nedbank CWG Auction is the ultimate showcase for our members who are serious about producing and selecting only the best quality, even if this results in a smaller auction,’ says Boela Gerber, CWG Chairman. His sentiments are shared by auction selection convener Neil Ellis: ‘This year’s auction once again embraces innovation, classic styling and consistency of quality. Of particular interest will be the stand out reds of the 2015 vintage.’ Ellis, a longstanding stalwart of the Guild who no longer submits wine for the auction after becoming a non-producing member two years ago, was the first winemaker to be invited by the original founders to join the Guild in 1983. His son, Warren, . . .
Barilla – Italy’s No. 1 pasta brings the taste of Italy to your kitchen Barilla, Italy’s No. 1 pasta, has been the cornerstone of Italian cuisine for over 140 years. Made of the best quality 100% durum wheat semolina and inspired by authenticity and family tradition, Barilla pasta is the preferred choice of the world’s top chefs. “In Italy every person of my generation grew up with Barilla pasta in the classic blue box. Its presence in every store is hard to miss but above all, it’s the good quality and value that has made Barilla Italy’s favourite choice of pasta,” says master of pasta, Chef Giorgio Nava. Proprietor of 95 Keerom which has been a bastion of authentic Italian dining in Cape Town for the past 15 years, Chef Giorgio won the Barilla World Pasta Championship in 2013 and is an ambassador of Academia Barilla in Parma. Barilla pasta comes in a myriad of shapes giving home cooks and master chefs alike ample variety to demonstrate their creative flair. When it comes to the cooking process, however, the pasta masters stand united: Pasta must always be cooked al dente. Directly translated al dente means ‘to the tooth’ or firm to the bite. “Pasta should never be soft or over-cooked. A firmer pasta texture has a better mouth-feel and taste to enrich your favourite sauces, but there are also real health benefits to cooking your pasta al dente,” explains Chef Giorgio. Pasta made from durum wheat semolina and is cooked al dente has a lower glycaemic index (GI) than other starches. The protein structure of durum wheat pasta lends elasticity and strength, and when cooked al dente, is digested more slowly than most other carbohydrates. Lower GI foods help to regulate your blood sugars. Soft pasta has a higher GI as the longer cooking time accelerates the gelatinisation of the starch. “The firmer the pasta, the longer the digestion time which means a lower spike in blood sugars,” adds Chef Giorgio. In Italy the golden rule for cooking pasta . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng: Par-Avion, a leader in executive in-flight catering and associated services to the aviation industry, now offers the same services to bus and coach charter for tour and travel operators, private tours, corporate and celebrity concert transfers. Specialising in the creation and delivery of bespoke meals to some of Southern Africa’s most discerning aircraft and corporate operators, and with commercial kitchens based at OR TAMBO, Cape Town International and Lanseria International airports, Par-Avion are delighted to offer the same quality and attention to detail on the road. From intimate honeymoon transfer for two serving champagne and caviar to inbound travel groups. They can accommodate orders from 5 to 500+ guests from their various centres. Delivery and service to outer-lying regions are accommodated regularly allowing you to offer a quality service away from base. 24 Hour operators are available for last minute amendments and logistics. They are able to design a service and product to specifically meet the needs of your guests. Years of building authentic client-service relationships has allowed Par-Avion the opportunity not only to cater to international corporates and global operators but also extend their expertise to include coach catering. About Par-Avion: Founded in 2000, Par-Avion Exclusive Catering is now in its second decade of providing executive in-flight catering and associated services to the aviation industry. Their footprints at Cape Town, OR TAMBO and Lanseria International Airports support their unsurpassed dedication to offering the very latest in niche products and services to discerning and well-travelled clientele. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Galgorm Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland recently hosted the annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards Gala Event for 2018. This year, Forage at Wildekrans the restaurant at the Endless Vineyards Lodge on the Wildekrans Wine Estate in Botrivier, took home the continent winner in the Category of Best Head Chef! The World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ aims to highlight special features of restaurants, thereby increasing competition globally and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the luxury restaurant industry. Hailing from King Williams Town, Chef Gregory Henderson (37) has many restaurant openings under his belt, the most recent being Forage at Wildekrans and Khuraka (Forage in Hindu) at their sister hotel Endless Horizons in Durban North. Forage restaurant is situated on Wildekrans Wine Estate in the Western Cape, and provides the perfect escape when you need time off from your busy schedule, offering gourmet cuisine at its best. Chef Greg prides himself in delivering unique, tantalizing dishes, using ingredients from their own pastures, to deliver an indigenous dining experience, worthy of international recognition. The restaurant ethos has a solid emphasis on Cape Heritage and indigenous ingredients which allows for the chefs from the restaurants to forage daily. The estate is home to a variety of fynbos species including the endangered Renosterbos, wild plants and other interesting finds, combined with traditional cooking methods which then make for a unique and interesting dining experience. Having clinched the second international award at Forage Restaurant in 2 months, Chef Greg says that focus and a strong sense of persistence is what he lives by, and is what he attributes to his success thus far. This is one chef to keep an eye on, as he still has a few tricks up his sleeve, and many other awards that he is working toward winning. For more information or bookings call +27(0)28 050 0397 CLICK HERE to . . .
Gonjah Chalet, campsite and 4x4 route is set amongst lush indigenous forest just 9km north of Patensie in the delightful Gamtoos River Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof. With idyllic rural surroundings, Gonjah Chalet and Campsite offer the perfect setting for anyone looking to get ‘back to nature’. Gonjah is tranquilly set next to a gently flowing mountain stream, surrounded by towering Yellowwood trees – a real escape to the country. When you drive into the kloof you will go through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Gonjah offers stunning views of the valley and the scenery really is breathtaking Here you stand a good chance of spotting a variety of native wildlife including Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala), and the elusive Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles to name but a few. You may even spot a Gonjah after which the accommodation has been named – Gonjah is the indigenous word for grasshopper. Surrounded by colourful woodland, mountain streams, undulating hills and valleys and native wildlife, the rustic accommodation at Gonjah chalet and campsite will provide you with a real break from the trials and tribulations of everyday life and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending a few days away from it all. With no television to distract, you can experience the simple life and enjoy the stars, the braai fire, and fauna & flora galore! With over 53 indigenous trees identified as well as 61 bird species spotted, it’s well worth remembering the binoculars! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmVfTn9X0Dc First. Second. And now the Third. This next edition of Bloggers’ Bus programme of Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) flagged off on 15th July, from New Delhi to Kumaon. A dynamic group of 7 travel enthusiasts come to travel together, to transcribe the everlasting beauty of the Kumaon Region, through their eyes. Laced with hidden tourists gems, jaw-dropping views, ecstatic culture, gob-smacking food along with an element of tranquillity and appropriate weather, Kumaon region proffers the true essence of the heavenly State of Uttarakhand, by targeting all the senses of a person. The well designed itinerary will cover beautiful tourist places like Naukuchiyatal, Shitlakhet, Baijnath, Birthi, Lohagat, Tankpur, Nanakmatta with hidden gems around these majestic destinations The bus-tle will continue with a enthusiastic group of bloggers: Ajay Sood, Anamika Mishra, Himadri Garg, Prasad N. P., Upendra Swami, Sandy and Vyjay, who will embark on this exploration with an aim to explore this enchanting part of Uttarakhand: first for them and then, for the rest of the world through their photographs, words and narrations in their blogs over the platform of digital media. “Inspired by the success stories of Bloggers Bus programme of Incredible India and other state tourism brands like Kerala and Rajasthan, we initiated this programme and I am happy with the progress and the evolvement of the same. With every passing edition, many bloggers are taking interest to associate themselves with us to experience and document their beautiful journey of Uttarakhand” praised Shri Satpal Maharaj, Hon’ble Tourism Minister of Uttarakhand, portraying his appreciation towards the success of the Bloggers Bus campaign. In words of Shri Dilip Jawalkar, IAS, Secretary Tourism, Uttrakhand, “With the last two editions of the Bloggers Bus programme, we have already reached out to over 10 million people on the digital media platform and . . .
The Gamtoos Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B's self-catering and camping establishments, as well as restaurants, fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from. This is where you escape to, to renew your body and mind. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from mountain biking, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, photo safaris and day trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. If you are looking for things to do whilst enjoying the glorious natural surroundings, Gonjah is home to two 4x4 routes that make for a great activity, one that the Gamtoos Baviaans region is famous for. The shorter 4x4 route at Gonjah is 12km long and takes around three hours to complete and the longer route is 20km, taking approximately five hours from start to finish. Both of Gonjah’s 4x4 routes take you through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Climbing to 570m at its highest point and offering stunning views of the valley and the Cockcomb mountain, the scenery really is breathtaking. Those enjoying the 4x4 routes also have a very good chance of spotting a wide variety of native wildlife including, Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala) and birds such as the famous Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles, so it’s well worth remembering the binoculars! Guarri Safari Offers A Guided Experience For The Gamtoos Valley, Baviaanskloof And The Karoo. On weekdays, enjoy a visit to an irrigation farm in the fertile Gamtoos Valley and to a stock farm in the Karoo north of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. Day 1: Permits and a packed lunch, juice, coffee / tea, drinking water and fruit included. No alcohol, but clients are welcome to bring . . .
The Getaway Show, the country’s premiere travel, outdoor and adventure event, returns to the Ticketpro Dome in Gauteng from 14 to 16 September 2018 and promises to be a fun-filled weekend you won’t want to miss. The Getaway Show, in association with Mahindra, will be hosted over the weekend before National Braai Day. It is the perfect place to plan for your annual December holiday to the beach, for that dream safari adventure or for that long-awaited international bucketlist trip. More than 22,000 visitors are expected to attend the popular event. Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the very best in camping gear, adventure and outdoor wear, 4X4 products, caravans, motor homes, cars, trailers, travel destinations, accommodations and accessories. The family friendly event will feature many exciting amenities. Inside the Ticketpro Dome there will be an adventure area with a climbing wall, photography workshops and a craft and food market. There will also be a tremendous outdoor space with a children’s area, food trucks, a beer tent, sporting activities and live music. Here’s a look at some of the highlights you can expect: - Take advantage of discounted offers and specials on various gear and products - Browse through the latest camping and outdoor gear - Step inside the latest caravans and top vehicles ideal for road travel - Plan your next South African holiday and indulge in the best local cuisine - Meet and explore travel ideas from exotic and far-flung travel destinations - Try the interactive Spin and Win, where you can win prizes including travel experiences - Attempt the climbing wall in the popular adventure area - Drop the kids and explore! The kids area is also suitable for toddlers and is staffed with child minders. Explore the show knowing your children will be kept safe and busy with the various activities on offer! - Relax and enjoy! Overlooking the kids area outdoors, visitors can relax and visit the beer tent to unwind to live . . .
Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase offers wine treasure trove Cape Town: Thursday, 16 August 2018 / Johannesburg: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 Embark on a journey of discovery into rare, exceptionally crafted wines at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase to be held in Cape Town on Thursday, 16 August and Johannesburg on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. This public tasting gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of South Africa’s top winemakers, while tasting unique collectors’ wines crafted exclusively in small volumes for the 2018 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, to be held on Saturday, 29 September. Spanning over 33 years of winemaking prowess, these auction wines are sought after for their creative edge and enduring quality. The Showcases allow wine lovers to experience these greatly diverse wines as well as other acclaimed flagship offerings by Guild members in an interactive, walk-around tasting hosted by the winemakers themselves. Showcase-goers will also have the opportunity to contribute towards the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust by bidding on rare, signed bottles from previous Guild auctions during the Silent Auction. Founded in 1999, the Development Trust seeks to sustain the health of the wine industry by educating, training and empowering young talent through initiatives such as the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme, a highly acclaimed mentorship scheme for upcoming winemakers and viticulturists. Cape Town Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase Thursday, 16 August 2018 Cape Town International Convention Centre – Grand Ballroom (First Floor) 18:00 – 21:00 R350 per person, includes a tasting glass Tickets can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za Johannesburg Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase Wednesday, 22 August 2018 The Atrium, Nedbank Sandton, 135 Rivonia Road 18:00 – 21:00 R350 per person, includes a tasting . . .