If you're a conscious consumer heading down to the Cape for a holiday, there are two wine estates taking great green strides in the vineyards that you might want to add to your tasting itinerary, along with eco-friendly places to stay and eat and things to do that will get you up close and personal with nature -- in the Overberg and Tulbagh areas: Lomond, Gansbaai: Repairing the Land and Righting Rivers Lomond viticulturalist Wayne Gabb made a personal pact to keep the viticulture at Lomond as "clean and green" as possible and to maintain the farm's abundant biodiversity by setting aside 750 ha for conservation (only 350 ha are allocated for vineyards). It's an attitude to farming that has earned Lomond membership to the BWI and the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy as well as awards for outstanding wine. What are the brass tacks of Lomond's approach? It is things like giving life to the soil by inoculating it with micro-organisms to increase organic matter, which creates an environment that promotes the self-induced resistance of plants to disease. And, a predator release programme that uses naturally prevalent predators like hadedas and guinea fowl to keep insects under control, and perches for peregrine falcons and steppe buzzards, which prey on smaller grape-eating birds. On a larger scale, Lomond worked with Cape Nature and the Department of Water Affairs to restore the natural flow of the Uilenskraal River. Not only did this rehabilitate the riparian environment, increasing sustainable breeding of invertebrates, but water that previously ran into the sea was redirected into a 6 million cubic metre dam on the farm. The dam serves the irrigation needs of the farm as well as the local communities of De Kelders and Gansbaai via the local council's water purification works. Gabb, who studied science at the University of Cape Town, also runs a business that provides organic interventions for all types of farming and home gardening, including nutrients, . . .
Get ready to pack a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable shoes! Summer is just around the corner and we know that travel buffs want to start planning their summer vacations well in advance. So, here is First Car Rental's list of Top 10 Summer weekends you should plan for! 1. Conquer the Wonderwall Get your muscles working and your adrenaline pumping at the Wonderwall Indoor Climbing Gym in Gauteng. The Wonderwall is a great place for beginners to enjoy a safe rock climbing experience and is the perfect destination for seasoned climbers to enjoy consistent practice. With a 500m2 climbing space and routes ranging from 13 until 27, this venue guarantees a comprehensive climbing experience. First Car Rental has 13 car rental branches in Gauteng to make travel to Wonderwall easy. 2. Take on the Wild Coast The unspoiled wilderness, the gorgeous beaches and the rugged natural beauty make the Wild Coast a popular spot for vacationers. Serious adventure seekers are spoilt for choice here. The Wild Coast offers exciting activities like canoeing and boating along the many lagoons, rivers and estuaries, bird watching, hiking, surfing and mountain biking to name a few. Laid back holiday makers can simply enjoy the incredible views of the dramatic coastline and the wind-swept sand dune. 3. Camp out Pitch your tent and enjoy the gorgeous South African summer at the Glen Reenen camping site. Nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and just 22km east of Clarens in the Free State, the campsite is the perfect place to enjoy the natural splendour of the Golden Gate National Park. The brilliant shades of gold that are cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs of the park certainly make it a place worth camping at. The Glen Reenen Camping site allows you the chance to be enthralled by the gorgeous views and admire local birdlife and game. Check out our list of top 10 camping sites in South Africa to find the best campsite close to you. 4. Channel your . . .
The ever popular boutique hotel of the Atlantic seaboard, the Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, is following the example of many women of a certain age, and indulging in a mini makeover. Unlike most women, however, this lady is spending R1 million on her transformation. Over the next three months, the deluxe suites will be delightfully enhanced in a neutral palette with touches of soft green and pale silver. Pale matt porcelain tiles and new showers featuring clean lines and upmarket fittings will impart a fresh, new and modern look. Market-leading Geberit sanitary technology will be included in the suites, saving water and improving water consumption. Most of the work is directed at soft furnishing improvements – new beds, pillows and cushions - but there will be some changes that will be slightly noisier. The management has ensured that those long, lazy lie-ins won’t be affected as noise levels will be limited to only a few days and between 10h00 and 17h00. “That is the time when most of our guests are out and about anyway,” says Eben Lassen, General Manager. “The whales and dolphins in the majestic Atlantic Ocean and the easy walk along the seaside promenade to the V&A Waterfront tempt them out of their suites.” Author: Gayle Pretorius from HIPPO Communications. Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – South African Airways (SAA) is adding to its already extensive African flight schedule to offer customers more travel options on the continent. The most recent change is an increase in the flights from Johannesburg–Lagos route, where the airline will offer eight (8) frequencies per week, effective 2 September Johannesburg – Lagos and effective 3 September Lagos – Johannesburg. “All flights will be operated with a long-haul Airbus aircraft offering lie-flat seats in Business Class, which we anticipate will be welcomed by our Business Class travellers, as we have seen a tremendous growth in demand for premium travel in Africa,” says Kendy Phohleli, SAA General Manager Commercial (Acting). The new schedule will provide greater/additional connectivity to the SAA network and accommodate the current passenger and cargo demand that SAA is experiencing on the route. Additionally, it will offer seamless travel for passengers en-route to Perth (Australia), Hong Kong and mainland China. • The new flight on Tuesdays, SA080, will depart Johannesburg at 23h00 to arrive in Lagos at 04h15 the following day. Arrival is 04h25 in summer and 04h15 winter (Northern Season). • SA081 returns on Wednesdays from Lagos departing at 08h00, to arrive back in Johannesburg at 14h55. Arrival is 14h45 in summer and 14h55 winter (Northern Season). “The increase on the Lagos route follows on previous increases to the airline’s Africa route network, in keeping with SAA’s Gaining Altitude strategy, where the focus is on strengthening our presence in Africa,” says Phohleli. Africa routes on which frequencies were recently increased include: Johannesburg – Harare (from 18 to 19 per week); Johannesburg – Lusaka (from 20 to 21); Johannesburg - Abidjan (from two to three per week); Johannesburg – Blantyre (from two to three per week); Johannesburg - Dar es Salaam (from 13 to 14 per week); Johannesburg - Kinshasa (from four to six per week); Johannesburg - Nairobi (from . . .
Plans also unveiled for 147-room hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania JOHANNESBURG, August 15, 2014….. In another major step forward in its ongoing African expansion initiative, the City Lodge Hotel Group through its wholly owned Kenyan subsidiary, Fairview Hotel Limited, has reached an agreement to develop a 170-room City Lodge Hotel within the upmarket Two Rivers mixed use development that is currently under construction in Nairobi, Kenya. The group, which already owns the Fairview Hotel and the Country Lodge (to be rebranded to Town Lodge) in Nairobi, has acquired the land for the new hotel on a 99-year long term lease basis and will design, develop, fund and operate the 170-key City Lodge branded hotel. The total cost is expected to be US$23 million. Construction of the hotel is expected to begin in January 2015 with completion scheduled for October 2016. The Two Rivers Mall is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in October 2015. The Two Rivers Mall, when complete, will be the largest mall in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Situated in Nairobi’s diplomatic blue zone, the Two Rivers development is the brainchild of Centum, which is East Africa’s largest investment company and is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. Spread across 40 hectares of prime land adjacent to the upmarket residential suburbs of Runda and Rosslyn Estate, it is being designed to become East Africa’s premier destination to meet, do business, live and shop within a master planned urban lifestyle environment. The Two Rivers development will, once fully developed, comprise 850,000 square metres of office, residential, retail, hotel and entertainment facilities. The building of the City Lodge Hotel will create employment during the construction phase and a number of permanent positions for staff members when the hotel opens to the public. “We are very excited about this new hotel as it signifies the confidence that we have in expanding our presence . . .
Emerald Resort& Casino, a division of London Clubs International and Caesars Entertainment, situated in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng in South Africa is an ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a fun, relaxing time with family and friends. The company offers exciting fun filled casino and gaming experiences teemed with entertainment and special deals to allure its customers. To make the gaming experience enjoyable and convenient, Emerald Casino has constructed spacious zones for both smokers and non-smokers together with sophisticated, stylish interiors. For their privileged Gold and Diamond Club card members they offer a separate Private Lounge which regularly hosts luxurious cocktail parties and special events. The casino offers innovative slots ranging from 1c to R50 machines and the latest video machine games. Their casino allows betting limits which are among the highest in South Africa and it is the only casino in Gauteng that offers manual shoes at its tables. The 27 tables of the casino offers a whole range of gaming options like Roulette, Blackjack, Progressive Poker, Baccarat and various others games. The casino remains open 24 hours from Friday to Saturday while from Monday to Thursday the operating hours are from 10h00-04h00.It holds several events namely Cold Hard Cash – which gives you a chance to win up to R1 million; Roulette Mania where rolling progressive jackpots starts at R10, 000 – this event is held every Tuesday and Sunday evening at 20h00. Sunday Poker Tournaments run every first and last Sunday afternoon of each month at 14h00, where a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 40 players can play. Emerald Resort & Casino offers mouth-watering culinary delights and premium quality wine at its various restaurants. Sports Bar is a unique venue for sports lovers where sports enthusiasts over 18 years of age can watch and enjoy sports broadcasts in high definition audio and visual together with the finest American style . . .
Voyagers throughout the world who want to fulfill their African safari dreams can now plan personalized journeys by banking on Selftours, a registered company that is bonded with SATSA (South Africa Tourism Services Association). The national members of SATSA look after your financial security totally and meet complete holiday requirements. Selftours is one of the most eminent South African Tour Operators which provides customized and affordable South African holiday tours that can be tough to forget throughout life. Selftours gladly announces its recent 6 days self-drive tour packages of the Southern Cape Coast of South Africa. The package contains economical B&B accommodation, car rental assistance, road maps, 2 nominated drivers, motoring tips, brochures and lists of things to view in travelling area that can help tourists to be completely worry-free and make a trip to remember. The offer is valid till August 2014. The 6 days and 5 nights self-drive tour package gives the tourists an opportunity to spend 3 nights in Cape Town and 2 nights in stunningly beautiful Knysna with special add-ons of Kruger Park Safari, Gorilla trekking etc.By availing the Economical Cape Town & Knysna Garden Route package, tourists can experience the grand Victoria Falls, Madagascar and Zanzibar just at R4702 till October, 2014. Those who are looking forward to have complete assistance in self-drive tours, guided coach tours, adventure package tours and hotel packages in and around South Africa, Selftours is the ultimate solution for them. The well-experienced and reliable team assists the travellers in arranging their holiday and creates a holiday schedule based on the tourists’ requirements and budget. For tourists looking for beaches or countryside- Selftours proposes the best alternatives. From South African Garden Route tour to Cape Point-Winelands tour, Kruger National Park safari along with other self-drive tour packages, Selftours offers the voyagers to explore the . . .
DURBAN, South Africa, July 2014 When local businessman, Shane Williamson, purchased a festive gift at King Shaka International Airport, and subsequently entered the Win a Dream Holiday on a whim, he never once imagined that he would be the winner of a magical trip to the Maldives. On hearing that he had won, a surprised Shane confessed: ‘I really didn’t think I would win. It is all very exciting and I can’t wait for the trip to the Maldives. The island appealed to me as I’ve heard it is beautiful and perfect for my son who loves watersports.’ The Win a Dream Holiday @ King Shaka International Airport competition was open to all travellers to the airport, provided they spent R100 or more in one day at any store. The trip includes a 7-day all inclusive trip to the Maldives for two people and is valued at R65,000. The winners will enjoy a stay at Olhuveli Beach & Spa 4 Star resort, which is set in the azure heart of the Indian Ocean that is the Maldives and known as one of the best luxury water villa accommodations available on this magnificent island. The competition was run by Airports Company South Africa and the officially appointed advertising agency Kwenda Marketing. For more information contact the Kwenda Marketing team on 011 921 6408. Visit Facebook www.facebook.com/ClickBuyFly or follow @ClickBuyFly on Twitter for upcoming competitions, promotions and events. King Shaka International Airport The King Shaka International Airport is the primary airport serving Durban and is currently handling almost 5 million passengers annually. About www.saairports.co.za Discover a magical journey and indulge in the splendour that is Africa whilst you browse through the new website (www.saairports.co.za), the gateway to South Africa's premier airport shopping experience. Whether as a first-time traveller or seasoned globetrotter, be it for business or pleasure, visit the website before your next travel through South Africa's flagship airports in . . .
The Blue Views Collection is delighted to announce the opening of a newly acquired property, South Beach Camps Bay, situated less than 50m from the vibrant and chic beachfront, consisting of nine 1 bedroom apartments, all sea facing. Previously known as The Bloomberg, South Beach will undergo total renovation and will reopen in September 2014. Established by Tony Stern in 1997, the Blue Views Collection consists of 19 individual self-catering villas and apartments, achieving a 5-star rating by the South Africa Tourism board and has also consistently been ranked # 1 on TripAdvisor. Over the past 17 years, Blue Views has been internationally recognized as one of the pioneers and leaders in the luxury self-catering sector in Cape Town. Unique to Blue Views is that all of the properties are owned and managed by the company and Tony believes that this has largely been the reason for the success of the collection. Tony has years of experience in design and hospitality management and besides Blue Views is well known for his initiative in developing the unique and iconic water-based hotel, the Zambezi Queen, situated in Namibia. South Beach Camps Bay is designed for the discerning guest seeking an alternative to a 5-star hotel, but offering the comfort, convenience and privacy of a 55m2, self-catering luxury contemporary designed apartment. The pool level apartments have exclusive use outdoor areas with direct access to the pool whilst the other two levels include private balconies. The apartments will be serviced daily and come equipped to the highest standards and include a Nespresso machine, 47 inch TV, sound bar, wireless headsets and the finest linen and towels, fully air-conditioned and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. Additional services such as a communal ice machine and self-service laundry facilities will also be on offer. Available to all guests will be the use of the 9m swimming pool and sundeck, access to a private gym and allocated parking . . .
The Cape winter is not only the season of crackling fires and good red wine, but also the prime time to view the magnificent pink, red and white blooms of South Africa’s first, and only, International Camellia Garden of Excellence, at Vergelegen in Somerset West. The 314-year-old estate is holding a Camellia Celebration Weekend on 2 and 3 August when you can join horticulturist Richard Arm on a guided tour of discovery. Relax afterwards with tea or coffee and a selection of cakes at the 'Stables at Vergelegen' bistro-style restaurant. The cost is R100/person (including tour, refreshments and entrance fee). Vergelegen’s renowned collection of over 1000 camellia bushes comprises about 550 different camellia cultivars, from as far afield as France, Japan, America and South Africa. It was named one of only 17 such Gardens of Excellence in the world, and one of only two in the southern hemisphere, by the International Camellia Society in 2010. “There are many wonderful varieties and some of the most beautiful and rare include Francie L and Anticipation from New Zealand, Grace Albritton, Tiffany and Lasca Beauty from the USA, Laurian Brown from South Africa and Tama Electra from Japan,” said Arm. Cost: R100.00 pp (including refreshments and entrance fee) Times: 09h00-10h30 and 14h30-16h00 Venue: Departing from the Stables at Vergelegen Dates: 26-27 July 2014 Booking essential: 021 8472156 | firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Judy Bryant from Judy Bryant Communications. More Info link: http://vergelegen.co.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Judy Bryant Communications. Vergelegen camellia gardener Michelle Soetzenberg Photo: Vergelegen CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .