Tourism Guide Africa Travel Guide Oct - Dec 2018 Edition

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TOURISM GUIDE

AFRICA

Travel

GUIDE

October - December 2018 EDITION

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Top Attractions

around

Namibia’s

Sossusvlei

Kariba

Zimbabwe’s

own Riviera

Gondwana Game

Reserve

the perfect Cape tow n

Safari Break

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26

GUIDE TO SOUTH AFRICA’S

BEST FOOD

MARKETS

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28

GUIDE TO

THE BEST

11 VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN

restaurants IN SOUTH AFRICA

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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO

TRAVEL

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In this ISSUE

EXPLORE ZAMBIA.

EXPERIENCE 8 GREAT DESTINATIONS.

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Livingstone

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Lusaka Tower

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Chipata

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Ndola

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Lusaka Cairo Road

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Chingola

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Lusaka Safari Lodge

Protea Hotel by Marriott ®

Lusaka

For bookings or enquiries,

call +260 (0) 211 254 605 (Zambia)

+27 (0) 21 430 5300 (South Africa)

or visit proteahotels.com

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06 News and upcoming events

08 Top Attractions around Namibia‘s Sossusvlei

12 Kariba – Zimbabwe’s Own Riviera

14 Gondwana Game Reserve – The Perfect Cape Town

Safari Break

17 FAST FACTS ON NAMIBIA

18 FAST FACTS ON ZIMBABWE

19 FAST FACTS ON LESOTHO

20 10 AMAZING PLACES TO SHOP FOR AUTHENTIC AFRICAN

PRODUCTS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

22 Maliba Lodge – Destination in the Sky

26 Guide to South Africa’s Best Food Markets

28 GUIDE TO THE BEST 11 VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN restaurants

IN SOUTH AFRICA

30 BEGINNERS GUIDE TO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Laiton Kandawire, Cindy Bester

Josh Musokeri

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Welcome Note

Dear Reader

Welcome to the latest edition of Tourism Guide Africa Travel Guide, the ultimate

travel guide for those travelling around Southern Africa. As always the

travel guide inspires and guides you on where to go, what to do and where to

eat

In this issue we start by taking you Sossusvlei guiding you to spectacular

attractions of Namibia’s unspoilt natural beauty (page 8 – 10)

Lake Kariba is a special place of incredible beauty that is a nature lover‘s

dream check out page 12 – 13 on why Kariba, Zimbabwe’s own Riviera is a

must visit. There is no better place to take a perfect safari break than Gondwana

Game Reserve inspired to visit this Cape Town game reserve (page 14

– 16)

One of the best ways to create everlasting memories during your trip in Southern

Africa is to take back a piece of Africa home by shopping for authentic

African craft, souvenir and art. Check out 10 amazing places to shop for

authentic African products to take back home (page 17 – 18)

The Kingdom of Lesotho sits at more than 1000m above sea level and gives

this small country its other name, the Kingdom in the Sky. Maliba Lodge the

first and only 5-star lodge in Lesotho, Southern Africa is the best place to

experience Lesotho (page 19 – 21)

With the arrival of summer in South Africa why not find one of many food

markets you can visit (page 27 – 28)

Lastly we have the Beginners Guide to Travel Photography for some great

tips on getting the best photo’s while travelling (page 30 – 31)

From all of us at Tourism Guide Africa, safe travels around Southern Africa.

You may drop us an email if you want to share your experience while travelling

in Southern Africa.

Happy Travels!

Tourism Guide Africa Team

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news

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vents

C O M I N G

FFF New VISA rules for travellers

to South Africa

Some of the new VISA rules announced

by Malusi Gigaba the South African

Home Affairs Minister include the simplification

for foreign minors travelling

to South Africa. Regarding minors the

Minister said Immigration officials will

only insist on documentation by exception

– in high-risk situations and South

African minors will still be required to

prove parental consent when leaving our

borders.

The minister said his department was

reviewing the visa regime for African

countries outside the Southern African

Development Community (SADC). Currently

15 of the 16 SADC countries do

not require visas to visit SA‚ with the

exception of the Democratic Republic

of Congo. Of SA’s top 10 African tourist

markets‚ only Nigeria has a visa requirement

for ordinary passport holders.

Gigaba said negotiations were being

finalised to conclude visa waiver agreements

for ordinary passport holders

from Algeria‚ Egypt‚ Morocco‚ Sao Tome

& Principe‚ Tunisia‚ the Sahrawi-Arab

Democratic Republic and Ghana in

Africa; from Saudi Arabia‚ United Arab

Emirates‚ Qatar‚ State of Palestine‚ Iran‚

Lebanon‚ Bahrain‚ Oman and Kuwait in

the Middle East; Belarus and Georgia in

Eastern Europe; and Cuba in the Caribbean.

Malusi Gigaba also mentioned that Visa

requirements for India and China – both

in the top 10 tourism markets – will

be simplified as from October 2019 by

making provision for taking biometrics

on arrival in SA; allowing visa applications

via courier; and issuing five-year‚

multiple-entry visas.

“We will consider easing similarly travel

restrictions for certain categories of

visitors for other countries‚ including Nigeria‚

Kenya and Uganda‚” Gigaba said.

FFF Rugby Sevens Series promoting

Intra African Travel

Rugby sevens is promoting intra-African

travel, according to Van den Berg: “African

neighbours are definitely travelling to

Cape Town for the World Series tournament

in December, which is combined

with their summer/Christmas break.

There is certainly potential with other

African events too.”

The schedule for the 2018/19 World Rugby

Seven is set for the weekend of December

8 and 9, 2018 in Cape Town South Africa.

FFF Reggie the Nomad, a biker

and artist with a big heart for

Africa.

Reggie the Nomad is a biker and artist

with a dream to make a change in Africa

though his motorbike and paintings.

Reggie the Nomad is currently travelling

from Johannesburg to Amsterdam.

His trip will take him through various

countries in Africa and he will hold an art

exhibition at the end of his trip. The proceeds

will be donated to various charities

in South Africa and Africa. His dream is

to see black youth of Africa volunteering

outside their own countries and connecting

as well as building relations with

different communities in other countries.

Follow Reggie on reggiethenomad on Instagram.

FFF Cape Holiday Show

Be prepared for a total family experience

when the Cape Holiday Show

returns to the magnificent Sandringham

Farm outside Stellenbosch

from October 26 – 28 this year.

FFF Seychelles Tourism Board

launces taxi campaign in Paris

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB)

recently launched a branded taxi advertising

campaign in Paris France. Running

through the autumn-winter promotional

season, the campaign is part of STB’s

communication plan for that period.

FFF Africa Tourism Board

African Tourism Board announces their

first soft launch meeting during World

Travel Market (WTM) in London. The first

ever public meeting of the African Tourism

Board is set for Monday, November

5, 14.00h during the World Travel Market

in London at Excel, North Gallery Room 4

An unforgettable Oceanic Adventure

that will blow your mind.

Boat based whale watching from June to

December

Hermanus is a 90 - minute drive from

Cape Town, South Africa.

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Look for the big orange building

in the Hermanus New Harbour.

+27 28 312 4957 +27 82 931 8064

bookings@whalewatchers.biz

www.hermanuswhalewatchers.co.za

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Top Attractions around

Namibia’s Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is about 66 km past the

Sesriem gate. The last 6 km can only

be traversed with 4WD vehicles as the

metalled road ends and sand begins (the

place where the metalled road ends is

known as “2x4 parking” as any non-4WD

vehicle must stop there). Sossusvlei is a

clay pan, of roughly elliptical shape, covered

in a crust of salt-rich sand. While

the pan has been shaped over time by

the Tsauchab river, the actual flooding

of the pan is a relatively rare event, and

sometimes several years pass between

one flood and the next one. The river is

dry most of the year, and even when it is

not, it carries relatively little water to the

vlei.The vlei is surrounded by high orange-reddish

dunes, partially covered by

yon. From Sesriem, a 60 km tarmac

road leads to Sossusvlei proper. The

must visit Canyon is made up of stunning

rock formations that have been

shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions

of years.

Elim Dune

Elim Dune which is one of the most visited

is located 5km past the sesriem gate.

The dune is covered with a few tufts of

grass and fairly easy to climb. It was

named after the farm that was once located

here before it was integrated with

the nature park during its establishment.

The dune is especially beautiful during

sun rise and sun set when the light gently

cascades over the dune.

Big Daddy

Just like the name suggests Big Daddy

is the highest dune in the Sossusvlei

area. This magnificent dune is situated

S

ossusvlei is located in the

largest conservation area in

Africa. This is not only one of

Namibia’s top destinations

but it’s also among the hidden gems of

the world that every traveller must get

to visit. Sossusvlei literally translates

to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place

where the dunes come together preventing

the Tsauchab River to flow any

further, some 60km east of the Atlantic

Ocean.

Below is a guide to top attractions in

Sossusvlei and what to look forward to.

a vegetation comprising grass, bushes,

and some trees.

Sesriem Canyon

Access to the Sossusvlei area of the

Namib-Naukluft National Park is from

the Sesriem gate, which is located in the

surroundings of the eponymous can-

between Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and

at 325 meters it dwarfs the other dunes.

Remember to take a lot of water and

climb to the top of Big Daddy where you

can look down onto Deadvlei.

Deadvlei

Deadvlei is another clay pan, about

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2 km from Sossusvlei. A notable feature

of Deadvlei is that it used to be an oasis

with several acacia trees; afterwards,

the river that watered the oasis changed

its course. The pan is thus punctuated

by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid

contrast to the shiny white of the salty

floor of the pan and the intense orange

of the dunes. This creates a particularly

fascinating and surrealistic landscape

that appears in innumerable pictures and

has been used as a setting for films and

videos.

Dune 45

Dune 45 lies 45 km past Sesriem on the

road to Sossusvlei. It is 80 meters high

and it is composed of 5-million-year-old

sands. Dune 45 is one of the biggest attractions

because of its location to the

road through the desert. It’s also one

of the most photographed dunes in the

world.

Hiddenvlei

Hiddenvlei is a 2km walk from the end

of the 2×4 track and the route is marked

with wooden polls. This vlei is the least

visited of all the vleis letting those who

make the journey enjoy some solitude in

the beautiful desert surroundings.

Solitaire

A tiny settlement at the intersection of

the C14 and C19, Solitare started as just

a single cottage in 1948. Christoffel van

Coller and his wife Elsie built the cottage

and aptly named it Solitaire due to its remote

location. Over the years a few more

facilities were added and today you will

find a filling station, a small shop, accommodation

and Big Moose’s Bakery.

Solitaire is only 83km north of Sesriem

Gate and, if only for a taste of Big Moose’s

Apple Strudel, is well worth a visit! Take a

seat outside of the bakery, in the shade of

the trees and feast on this exquisite treat,

while ground squirrels and weavers fight

over the crumbs that escape your fork.

Need to Know

Be careful as you drive so that you don’t

get stuck in the loose sand.

It can get very hot in summer so bring

along lots of water to keep yourself hydrated

and also have some sunscreen.

The dunes are very photogenic you will

need a good camera.

Don’t also miss an opportunity to ride in a

hot air balloon over the majestic Sossusvlei

dunes.

Accommodation

There are various accommodation providers

around Sossusvlei who cater for a

wide range of visitors. Whether you are a

discerning traveller looking for a luxurious

desert retreat with all of the conveniences

that your heart desires, or a family looking

for self-catering accommodation to

suit your budget, or you are feeling more

adventurous and looking for a campsite

on which to pitch your tent, there is an establishment

to suit your needs.

For accommodation options visit

http://www.sossusvlei.org/accommodation/

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Kariba –

Zimbabwe’s Own Riviera

By Laiton Kandawire

and other outdoorsy townsfolk who

leave the hustle and bustle of their cities

and metropolises to flock to Kariba.

And just like the French Riviera, which

is a major yachting and cruising area,

Lake Kariba has plenty of marinas

along its coastline with all manner and

sizes of vessels to support not only the

fishing, but the leisure industry as well.

The houseboating sector, after a long

lull, is now rising in leaps and bounds.

Kariba and Binga, the major resorts

along this coastline, are favourite spots

of the rich and famous of Zimbabwe

who either own their leisure yachts

there or hire those for rent. Binga’s

sandy beaches are getting a new wave

of interest, particularly on the domestic

Lake Kariba is the closest Zimbabwe will

come to owning a coastline. No wonder,

then, that it is endearingly referred to as

Zimbabwe’s own Riviera, after the French

Riviera. It is adulation that has been earned

and there are similarities between the two.

The French Riviera (known as Cote d’ Azur

in French), initially rose to fame as a health

resort for the British upper class at the end

of the 18th century. Lake Kariba rose to

fame in its infancy as the playground and

vacation spot of the rich Rhodesian farmers

soon after filling up between 1958 and

1963. It is these farmers, having noted the

beauty of what was created after the damming

of the Zambezi River at Kariba, that

conceived the idea of the Kariba Invitation

Tiger Fish Tournament (KITFT hereafter).

Today, the KITFT is internationally acclaimed

and draws entries from across the

globe. It is Kariba’s signature sport fishing

event loved by hordes of adrenalin junkies

will find some impressive gems of safari lodges,

headlined by the award-winning iconic Bumi Hills

Safari Lodge. These resorts are only a speedboat

ride away from Kariba town or a short flight from

Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city.

Why Summer?

This is the best time to come to Kariba, not just for

the health benefits the sun will give you, but it is

also the time to enjoy Low Season rates on leisure

facilities. There is often a “special price” galore everywhere

you look. The kids are in school, so what’s

stopping you from taking that weekend break?

For Kariba, this is like the calm before the storm

of the festive season when the resort is filled to

the brim by holidaymakers. So, if you have already

lost out on that cherished festive season booking

(yes, some places are already full and turning away

intending clients), this is the time to quench your

thirst for Kariba’s delights.

About the author: Laiton is a writer and

Kariba Destination Planner with over 20

years’ experience promoting travel in the

wild areas of the Zambezi River and Kariba.

He has written numerous articles for several

publications and has made many a holiday

memorable. His Kariba Holidays blogs are

widely followed on social media platforms.

market.

A combination of a land and water holiday

is the best way to take in Kariba’s

stupendous offerings. This is aided by

a climate that endows Kariba with a lot

of sunshine throughout the year. Once

again, the comparison with the French

Riviera comes into focus. The Riviera

enjoys between 280 and 300 days of

sunshine in a year, drawing hordes

of foreign tourists to its coastline. In

summer, Kariba draws Zimbabweans

starved of a coastline, like fish to water.

If fishing is not your thing, take the time

to explore the beauty and biodiversity

offered by the Matusadona National

Park on the lake’s shoreline. There you

If you have any queries on visiting Kariba or the

Zambezi River you can contact him on +263

772817733 or +263 712702771 or by e-mail on:

ulakariba@gmail.com

pictures by Laiton Kandawire and KITFT

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T

he award winning Gondwana

Game Reserve provides the

perfect safari break for Cape Town

visitors and residents. Less than

a four-hour drive away along

South Africa’s popular Garden Route, the

11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) private game

reserve offers a distinctive and luxurious

malaria-free safari experience. Indigenous

Fynbos vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys,

adding vivid colour and interest to a Big

Five wilderness experience with awe inspiring

views of the Langeberg Mountains wherever

you look. World-class tourist facilities and

attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include

championship golf courses at Pinnacle Point,

Pezula, Oubaai and Fancourt, great swimming

and surfing beaches and the attractive coastal

towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

The reserve is easily accessible through

George Domestic Airport, a 45-minute drive

from the reserve (transfers provided) with

daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape

Town International airports. This exclusive

reserve offers guests a variety of luxury

accommodation with inspiring interiors, attentive

service, superb cuisine, expert game

rangers, exhilarating game drives and an array

of other activities including mountain biking,

the Junior Ranger program, conservation

activities, guided fynbos walks, fishing, and

spa treatments.

Kwena Lodge

Unwind and trace the steps of the past . . .

Kwena Lodge offers guests 14 stand-alone

Gondwana Game

Reserve

The Perfect Cape Town

Safari Break

bedrooms designed with a modern and

luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San

“hut”. Each open plan suite is nestled into its

spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views

of the spectacular mountains and Fynbos

scenery, sky lights for star gazing, fireplaces

and deep baths to keep you warm upon return

from an evening game drive. The spacious

lodge facilities include a large infinity pool,

chic open- plan lounge and bar, with dining

offered in beautiful indoor and outdoor

settings including an elegant dining room set

around 2 open fireplaces, a covered veranda

overlooking two waterholes, or in the outdoor

boma. Guests are treated to surprise bush

breakfasts, fun family picnics, evening barbecues

and scenic sundowner spots.

Luxury Bush Villas

The Ideal Family Getaway . . . Accommodation

at Gondwana also includes the 16 Bush Villas

and Fynbos Villas, which offer total privacy

and spaciousness to groups particularly families

with children. The deluxe three and four

bedroom villas feature an open plan lounge

with kitchen and dining room all opening onto

a wraparound deck with magnificent valley

and mountain views. Numerous packages to

suit your family’s needs and budget are on

offer including fully inclusive of all your meals

and game drives or a bed and breakfast and

daily game drive package. The villas can be

utilized on a luxury self-catering basis with a

la carte meals and game drives available for

those who want a longer stay and the flexibility

to enjoy the surrounding Garden Route,

its activities, and attractions.

Tented Eco Camp

3 or 5 Night Hands on Conservation Experience

Gondwana’s Eco Camp offers guests a

tangible and authentic wildlife conservation

experience, making it a holiday with a difference!

The itinerary sees guests participating

in wildlife and veld management, learning

important bush skills and interpretation, all

while enjoying a Big 5 safari experience. This

new offering has filled a gap in the safari market

letting guests get a behind-the-scenes

understanding of the conservation work that

happens on a game reserve while still enjoying

a relaxing and enriching holiday in nature.

Beyond the wildlife interactions, the tented

camp itself is anything but average – the

tents are modern, eco-friendly and very

comfortable. Each of the five tents, set on

elevated decks overlooking a grass-covered

riverbed, provides single or double accommodation,

with its own en-suite bathroom

facility and covered deck. A wooden

walkway over the riverbed links the accommodation

to a main tent, which houses the

lounge, dining spaces and kitchen area as

well as a nearby relaxation area with a pool

and hammocks. The entire camp runs on

solar power and sources its water from a

nearby perennial spring.

Ulubisi House

Gondwana has added a new ultra-luxe

lodge to its portfolio which represents the

most exclusive accommodation offering

on the reserve. Breathtakingly stylish

and sophisticated, yet refreshingly simple,

Ulubisi House provides the ideal venue

to reconnect with friends and family and

to share an exciting safari adventure in

the Western Cape’s leading private game

reserve. With 180-degree views of grass

plains dotted with game, fynbos-covered

rolling hills and the Outeniqua mountain

range, Ulubisi House is tucked away in the

reserve’s 1000-hectare protected walking

area for endangered species. Sleeping either

6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children, the property

comes with a full complement of staff,

including its own butler, chef and field guide.

The timetable runs to guest’s guilt-free

whim and they will instantly feel as though

this is their second home. Ideal for friends

or families seeking peaceful, quality time together,

the privacy is only interrupted by the

numerous wild visitors that drop in regularly

for a drink from the swimming pool.

Flora & Fauna Activities

Take a Walk on the Wild Side . . .

Our expert field guides reveal Africa’s wildlife

to Gondwana’s guests in a Cape Fynbos

environment; a truly unique safari experience!

Exhilarating encounters on game drive

with endangered species like the Cheetah,

Cape Mountain Zebra, and Rhinoceros will

provide lasting memories. Over 15 species

of antelope can be found on the reserve

including kudu, eland, bontebok, waterbuck,

sable, grey reebok and many more. The free

roaming Big 5 species also keep things interesting

with many visits to the lodge from

the elephants and lions! Gondwana is home

to seventeen carnivore species ranging from

the small grey mongoose and small-spotted

genet to medium-sized species such as the

caracal and bat-eared fox, to the very large

and powerful lion.

Guests can also enjoy informative guided

Fynbos walks and discover endemic plant,

animal and birdlife that is unique to this

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area, such as the Mossel bay Pincushion

protea, Greysbok, Black Harrier and Orange

Breasted Sunbird. Fynbos is a critically

endangered biome and many of the plants

and birds encountered on your walks will

be endemic to this area and seen nowhere

else in the world.

Guests at Gondwana are offered an

assortment of inclusive activities, from

game drives to walking safaris, fishing and

mountain biking in a fenced 1000-hectare

protected area. Family itineraries include a

junior ranger programme, which sees kids

enjoying a few hours out with their own

personal rangers and experiencing what it

is like to learn and live on a wildlife reserve.

The “little rangers” receive Gondwana

backpacks complete with custom activity

book and ranger’s completion certificate.

The Tented Bush Spa

Gondwana’s bush spa offers a full treatment

menu utilizing the luxurious and all

natural Africology product. The 2 treatment

rooms are completely private and

well positioned to take in the breath taking

surrounds. Signature treatments include

the anti-aging Sundowner facial, African

Bliss Body wrap, and Love Bird’s Nest

couples package. The spa is a wonderful

compliment to the overall restorative guest

experience on the reserve – come and

revitalize yourself with nature’s touch, tone

and tempo . . .

Corporate Getaways and

Weddings

Lehele Lodge, with its cool organic style

and warm African flavours, is ideal for

high-end boutique corporate getaways

and private functions including product

launches and weddings. The lodge comprises

an interconnected lounge, bar, library

and dining area with conference facilities,

sound system and Wi-fi. The outdoor areas

include an infinity pool, boma deck area,

which has been nicknamed “the party pit”,

and ample outdoor seating for meals and

sundowners.

The Gondwana Conservation

Foundation

The Gondwana Conservation Foundation

(GCF) has been established as a non-profit

organization to contribute to the conservation

of South Africa’s threatened and

endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant

to the Southern Cape through active management,

training and skills development

of the local people. The Southern Cape of

South Africa is home to one of the most

critically endangered vegetation types on

earth (Fynbos) and has a high unemployment

rate within the region. The foundation

currently has three active projects:

n n Rainbow Rhino Initiative which sponsors

anti-poaching training courses and

is establishing a breeding

CAPITAL:

Windhoek

NATIONAL DAY:

21 March 1990

AIRPORT:

Hosea Kutako International

Airport

MAIN LANGUAGES:

English, Afrikaans, German and

Oshiwambo

NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES:

South Africa, Botswana, Zambia,

Zimbabwe, Angola

TIME ZONE:

GMT +1

SIZE:

825 000km2

POPULATION:

2.4-million

ECONOMY:

Mining, tourism, agriculture

and fishery are the main sectors

CURRENCY:

Namibian dollar

CLIMATE:

The driest in Africa. An average

summer temperature of 30°C,

which drops to 20°C in winter

PLACES TO SEE:

Fish River Canyon; Sossusvlei;

Namib Desert; Skeleton Coast;

Swakopmund; Lüderitz, Etosha

National Park; Windhoek

TOURISM INVESTMENT OP-

PORTUNITIES:

Waterfront development in Katima

Mulilo; Kavango-Zambezi

Transfrontier Conservation

Area

info@namibiatourism.com.na

www.namibiatourism.com.na

FAST FACTS ON NAMIBIA

B

eautiful Namibia is unlike any other country on Earth. Discover the oldest living

desert in the world with its high sand dunes; one of Africa’s greatest game

parks; the Skeleton Coast littered with shipwrecks; sand-covered ghost towns;

huge gravel plains twinkling with gemstones; limitless horizons; quirky little

towns; and an excellent visitor-friendly infrastructure.

nn

population of rhino

nn

Conservation Kids program which

invites local schools for fun and educational

outings on the reserve exposing

n n them to career opportunities in conservation

n n Cheetah re-wilding program which

helps semi captive cheetah learn to

hunt again with the ultimate goal to

n n establish a sustainable breeding

program of free roaming cheetah in the

Western Cape.

www.gondwanagr.co.za

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FAST FACTS ON ZIMBABWE

Z

imbabwe is home to the Victoria Falls, the stone enclosures of Great Zimbabwe,

and herds of game roaming vast stretches of wilderness.

CAPITAL:

Harare

NATIONAL DAY:

18 April 1980

AIRPORT:

Harare International Airport, Victoria

Falls Airport

MAIN LANGUAGES:

Shona, Ndebele and English

NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES:

South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and

Mozambique

TIME ZONE:

GMT +2

SIZE:

390 757km2

POPULATION:

15.2-million

ECONOMY:

Mining, agriculture and tourism are the

biggest contributors to the economy

CURRENCY:

US dollar ($)/South African Rand (ZAR)

CLIMATE:

Moderate to high in lower-lying areas,

wet from November to May. An average

summer temperature of 21 °C, down to

14 °C in winter

PLACES TO SEE:

Harare; Victoria Falls; Lake Kariba;

Hwange National Park; Great Zimbabwe

National Monument; Khami Ruins

National Monument; Matobo Hills near

Bulawayo

TOURISM INVESTMENT OPPORTUNI-

TIES:

Resort development, wildlife-based

activities, transfrontier conservation

areas, accommodation and tourism

infrastructure

info@ztazim.co.zw or marketing

ztazim.co.zw

www.zimbabwetourism.net

CAPITAL:

Maseru

NATIONAL DAY:

4 October 1966

AIRPORT:

Moshoeshoe I International Airport

in Maseru

MAIN LANGUAGES:

English, Sesotho

NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES:

Surrounded by South Africa

TIME ZONE:

GMT +2

SIZE:

30 355km2

POPULATION:

2.1-million

ECONOMY:

Multi-sectoral, light industry in

textiles and food processing; also

sells water to South Africa from the

Lesotho Highlands Water Project

CURRENCY:

Maloti

CLIMATE:

The rainy season stretches from

October to April, with summer

maximum temperatures of 32°C and

higher. In winter, minimums drop

below freezing and snow is common

PLACES TO SEE:

Afriski, Maseru, Thaba Bosiu, Sehlabathebe

National Park, Katse Dam,

Thabana Ntlenyana Mountain

TOURISM INVESTMENT OPPORTU-

NITIES:

Resorts, accommodation in the

Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier

Conservation Area

Contact information

ltdc@ltdc.org.ls

www.ltdc.org.ls

FAST FACTS ON LESOTHO

T

his rugged country, with its majestic beauty and serene simplicity, is described

as the “Mountain Kingdom” or the “Kingdom in the Sky”. It is a tiny landlocked

country tucked away in the middle of South Africa.

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10 AMAZING PLACES TO SHOP

FOR AUTHENTIC AFRICAN PROD-

UCTS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

T

he best part of travelling in

Africa as well as creating lasting

memories is shopping for African

curios, souvenirs and crafts

to take back home. Below is a

guide to where you can shop for them.

1

Gift House Curios

Gift House Curious has strong

roots in the tourist retail industry

in Cape Town, South Africa. The

shop is centrally located in close to the city

centre where it offers tourists a great shopping

experience in an attractive, relaxed

atmosphere with very helpful staff. This is

the perfect place to go shopping for African

curios and locally made products. The shop

is family owned also has a shipping and

delivery service anywhere in the world.

http://www.gifthousecurios.com/

2

Kikis

A stylish gallery in Umwinsidale,

Harare Zimbabwe. Look forward

to a unique shopping experience

with personalised service to complement

the wide range of furniture, ceramics,

fabrics, leatherware, jewellery, African

artefacts and gifts on offer in this beautiful

setting. New stock arrives at the gallery all

the time, from a variety of up and coming

artists as well as regular kiki’s favourites.

http://kikisgallery.com/

3

Mewiliko Gift Shop

Mewiliko is located at the Namibia

Craft Centre in Windhoek

Namibia, and stocks a unique

range and collection of affordable and

useful gifts. On the shelves of Mewiliko are

handmade products made almost entirely

of natural materials and ingredients found

in Namibia. Rare souvenirs made of bone,

horns, ostrich shell and a range of cosmetics

such as soaps, bath oils, body lotions

and lip balm made with locally sourced

natural oils.

Popular gifts available from Mewiliko are

sets of Africa-themed salad spoons, bottleopeners

made with warthog and springbok

horns, and candleholders in the form of

women carrying baskets on their heads.

This shop is the ideal venue for small,

memorable, uniquely Namibian handmade

gifts.

4

Ngwenya Glass

Ngwenya Glass in Swaziland

now Eswatini is a shop that

boasts of a vast range of tableware

and African animals, from classical

to quirky wineglasses, large center pieces

and one off pieces made in our onsite glass

blowing factory. Our animal range covers

the big five: Elephants, Leopards, Buffalo,

Rhinos and Lions. Plus a whole range of

aquatic and airborne animals. The reason

why Ngwenya Glass is so special is that

only re-cycled glass is used – mainly old

cool drink bottles, and that each and every

piece is totally handmade and mouth

blown.

https://ngwenyaglass.co.sz/

5

Ethnic Creations

If you are in Lusaka Zambia

make sure you pay a visit to

Ethnic Creations. It’s an exquisite

gift shop that stocks a fine and wide

selection of hand crafted art, craft and

curios selected from across the African

continent for every taste. They also produce

uniquely hand painted textiles with

inspiration from the Zambian wildlife and

surroundings.

http://www.ethniccreations.net

6

Out of Africa

Out of Africa is situated at the

Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

at the V & A Waterfront in Cape

Town. Out of Africa stocks a wide range

of traditional and contemporary African

goods, carefully crafted from stone, wood,

bark, beads and clay. A number of the products

available are produced and purchased

from community programmes, and they

are dedicated to social upliftment and job

creation, sustaining over 30 000 people

from marginalised, rural communities.

If you’re looking for a unique gift, or simply

an addition to your household, you’ll be

sure to find it at Out of Africa.

7

Awesome Africa

Awesome Africa in Durban

South Africa is your one stop

shop for high quality African

merchandise situated at Pearls Mall. The

shop has some lovely, quality products

and gifts in stock. The friendliness of the

shop owners and their knowledge of the

goods at hand provides us the shopper the

ease of mind when shopping gifts of the

highest quality from the African Continent.

This shop is a must to visit at the Pearls in

Umhlanga Rocks in Durban.

8

Hardy’s Memories of

Africa

Hardy’s Memories of Africa has

a large selection of African arts

and crafts. The shop is owner managed

by Hardy who has been running the shop

for 30 years. The staff is very knowledgeable

about their wide selection of a fine

selection of authentic curios and crafts.

This shop that is about 3 hours from Cape

Town is in the Overberg area of Cape Town

is a must visit. The shop is open 7 days of

the week.

9

Botswana Craft

Botswana Craft is the largest

handcraft centre in Gaborone.

The most famous of all the craft

products of Botswana is the basket. As an

integral part of the Botswana agricultural

culture, baskets have been made and used

traditionally for thousands of years. The

main producers of baskets are the women

of the Bayei and Hambukushu tribes in

northwestern Botswana. Although baskets

are still very much a common sight in

rural Botswana, more and more are being

produced today for the commercial market.

Today, the baskets of Botswana are equal

to the finest of art forms found in the

world. You can buy the Botswana baskets

and much more at Botswana Craft.

https://botswanacraft.com/

10

The Pan African Market

The Pan African Market is

Africa’s leading indoor African

market located in Cape Town’s

city centre on the bustling Long Street. It

has a very wide selection of African curios,

traditional craft works and many more. You

are able with the artists behind the work in

this building which is made up of 3 floors

of authentic African art pieces and curios.

Pan African Market comprises of artists,

artisans, designers and creatives from all

over the continent and they are open to

negotiate on prices.

www.panafricanmarket.co.zabc

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Maliba Lodge –

Destination in the Sky

L

ocated in the Royal Mountain

Kingdom of Lesotho within

the Ts’ehlanyane National

Park,

Maliba Mountain Lodge is a 5-star

mountain retreat set in a pristine subalpine

wilderness valley deep in the

heart of Lesotho’s breath-taking mountains.

Maliba Mountain Lodge is the first

5-star lodge in Lesotho and it has set

the benchmark for future Lesotho Tourism

ventures. Over 5600 hectares of extremely

rugged wilderness mountain terrain

is protected within this park, which

includes one of the very few remaining

indigenous woodlands in Lesotho. Unlike

most of Lesotho, the park has plenty

of remnant vegetation dominated by

mature Che Che trees all of which has

historical significance to the Basotho

people.

Maliba Mountain Lodge was five years in

the making. Two Australians, Nick King

and Chris McEvoy, who have business

interests in South Africa, along with local

Lesotho Engineer Stephen Phasaki

dreamt of building an up market lodge

in Lesotho. They identified the perfect

site which had previously had been used

as a strategic access point to the multimillion-dollar

tunnel that supplies water

from Katse dam in the Lesotho highlands

to South Africa. This site is in the middle

of a pristine valley within Ts’ehlanyane

National Park surrounded by spectacular

mountains and a number of rivers.

Chris, Nick and Stephen approached the

Lesotho highlands water commission

with a business proposal to build the

first 5-star lodge in Lesotho on this site.

After much consultation with the various

departments within the Lesotho government,

contracts were signed in late 2005.

The lodge was named Maliba Mountain

Lodge which related to the fact that the

lodge is located near the junction of 3

major rivers. A local architect was commissioned

to develop the design and

structural drawings. Construction started

in March 2006. Wherever possible,

workers were recruited from the local

villages and at its peak over 80 workers

were employed on site. Many of those

staff now assists in the running and

maintenance at Maliba. Maliba management

has had great support from

the Lesotho ministry of tourism to see

their dream become reality and officially

it opened in 2008.

A jewel in the Lesotho highlands, The 5

star Mountain Lodge chalets each offer

private viewing decks stretching into the

heart of the scenic woodland mountains,

a pristine mountain retreat for anyone

looking to escape the fast paced stresses

of city living. Stunning water features

greet guests as they enter the main

lodge, a testament to the natural element

of the area. Adorned with natural

décor, this stunning lodge invites guests

to relax and converse in comfortable

luxury surroundings. The main lodge at

Maliba incorporates a family restaurant,

relaxation and bar area, and an exclusive

private lounge, spa and a restaurant

for 5 Star Mountain Lodge guests, all of

which offer guests a comfortable and

relaxing environment in which to reflect

the beauty of the tranquil landscape.

The large open viewing deck at the main

lodge peers out over the stunning highland

valley offering views so unique to

Maliba that it is unrivalled anywhere else.

Maliba lodge also offers a picturesque

conference getaway to suit all budgets

and is the perfect venue for small and

large groups.

Activities at Maliba Lodge offer guests a

unique opportunity to explore the beauty

of the tranquil natural surroundings

which include hiking trails, horse riding

and cultural tours.

Maliba is a 4½ drive from Johannesburg

and an hour and 2 hours’ drive from Maseru

International Airport, making it an

easily accessible retreat for both business

and leisure travel.

https://maliba-lodge.com/

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Full Day Winelands Tour – Cape Town

Tour Summary

This half day tour takes us out to the famous South African

winelands for a cellar visit with wine tasting and a visit to

historic Stellenbosch.

The Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation, this delightful

drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands,

through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and

Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via

the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch;

boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in

South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues,

in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved

historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates

on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our

first wine tasting of the day in this region. Continue to your

second wine tasting of the day at an estate either on the

Paarl or Franschhoek wine routes. Paarl is so-named after

the huge granite rock outcrop which overlooks the town

and shimmers like a black pearl in the daylight sun. Franschhoek

is famed to be the culinary capital of the country.

PRICE PER PERSON 55 USD

Email to info@tourismguideafrica.com to book now

Cape Point and Peninsula - Full Day Tour

Tour Summary

The highlights of this full day excursion are visits to the

Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Kirstenbosch Botanical

Gardens.

The Tour

This awe-inspiring tour will take you to the towering

headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches,

breath-taking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages

will be enjoyed along the way. After being picked

up from your accommodation, you will travel along the

Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay,

stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing

to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with

magnificent mountain views and beach. From here, you

will go through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most

breath-taking coastal drives to Cape Point and the Good

Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos

vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra,

historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. After lunch at a

nearby restaurant (not included), you will go on to historic

Simon’s Town, with charming Victorian architecture,

a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful

Boulders Beach. Before you are transferred back to your

accommodation, you will visit the well-known Kirstenbosch

Botanical Gardens.

Includes

Transportation by minibus, all entrances and services of

a local guide.

PRICE PER PERSON 60 USD

Email to info@tourismguideafrica.com to book now

Full Day Hluhluwe Game Reserve Tour,

Durban South Africa

Tour Summary

This tour offers you a full day’s game viewing in

South Africa’s oldest game reserve, Hluhluwe.

The Tour

With an early morning departure from your hotel,

you drive northwards along the coast towards

Northern Kwa Zulu Natal, passing the rolling

hills of sugar cane fields and forest plantations,

interspersed with patches of subsistence peasant

agriculture. Enjoy a full day of game viewing

in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve – the oldest

in Africa and world renowned for its work in

saving the rhino from extinction and where all

the Big Five occur. Enjoy your lunch at Hilltop

Camp and marvel at the wonderful panoramic

views which can be seen from the largest hill in

the reserve. Your tour ends upon arrival at your

hotel. Your guide will stop for lunch at Hilltop

Camp giving you time to refuel and relax. The

restaurant is situated at the top of the hill and

gives visitors the chance to enjoy the scenery

of the camp and surrounding areas. After lunch

you will continue with your safari before leaving

the park and heading back to Durban.

PRICE PER PERSON 180 USD

Email to info@tourismguideafrica.com to book

now

City and Table Mountain -

Morning Tour, Cape Town

Tour Summary

Appreciate the stunning views of

Cape Town as you take a tour of

South Africa’s most vibrant city.

The Tour

The tour commences with a tour

of Table Mountain (weather permitting;

cable car fee not included).

Enjoy panoramic views over

the Mother City and the Atlantic

Seaboard with Robben Island in

the distance lying sleepily in Table

Bay harbour. In the city itself, stop

at the Company Gardens. Enjoy a

walk through the garden and a visit

to the South African Museum. This

is followed by a visit to the Castle

of Good Hope. Built between 1666

and 1679 by the Dutch East India

Explore Johannesburg by Foot Tour

Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment

station, the Castle of

Good Hope is the oldest surviving

colonial building in South Africa.

The drive through the city centre

would also take you past the

Houses of Parliament, the Grand

Parade and City Hall from where

Nelson Mandela first addressed

South Africans after his release in

February 1990. Return to your hotel

upon completion of the tour at

approximately 14h30.

Includes

Transportation by minibus, services

of a local guide and all entrances

except Table Mountain cable

car ticket and Lunch.

PRICE PER PERSON 55 USD

Email to info@tourismguideafrica.

com to book now

Tour Summary

The best of Jozi can be tricky to find on your own. Enlist the help of a local

guide on this Johannesburg tour that side steps the usual spots and embraces

things like art, architecture, culture, history and a traditional healers

market.

The Tour

This Johannesburg walking tour is the best way to truly experience this

city as a local, by discovering the beating heart of the South African metropolis.

Home to the Rainbow Nation, you will experience the best of the

new South Africa with the country’s rich cultural history and a great way to

discover it all is by foot. Starting from Ghandi Square, the impressive statue

of a youthful Gandhi and artwork celebrating Johannesburg’s multicultural

roots before moving to the base of the Carlton Centre. Travel to the 50Th

floor to soak up the views before strolling down the streets lined with both

historic and modern buildings. Hop into a local taxi to take you to the Mai

Mai Traditional Healers Market. Once an old horse stable the market now

houses over 176 stalls carrying traditional medicines, African attire, beadwork,

artefacts, walking sticks, and local crafts. It is a truly genuine place to

support local artisans, heal physical or spiritual woes and find something

special to take back home. Continue to Main Street and experience the atmosphere

of daily life in Johannesburg. The tour ends at Ghandi Square

where your guide will assist you with any local recommendations before

being transferred to your hotel.

Includes

Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transportation as indicated.

PRICE PER PERSON 40 USD

Email to info@tourismguideafrica.com to book now


Guide to South Africa’s

Best Food Markets

The Golden Hours Family Market is a

rustic market located under huge mango

trees in Durban North, KwaZulu-Natal

The stalls offer fresh fruit and vegetables,

bird and dog food, clothing, books, gifts,

toys, plants, tools, collectibles, food, and

more. Other features include live music, a

hairdresser, shoulder masseuse, safe offroad

parking, and clean ablutions. Kids’

activities include a huge playground, two

trampolines, swings, and slides, as well

as tractor, quad, and the occasional pony

rides. Pets are welcome. The market is

a fundraiser for Golden Hours Special

Needs School.

The market is open every 1st Friday of

the month from 17:30 - 21:30

Contact this market

Email: lyn.wilson.ad@gmail.com

Phone: 083 262 3693

mountains. Visit the large African market,

or the decor and craft market. There are

also restaurants, shops and various outdoor

activities like the Snake Park nearby!

Opening Times

Every Monday | 08:00 - 17:00

Every Tuesday | 08:00 - 17:00

Every Wednesday | 08:00 - 17:00

Every Thursday | 08:00 - 17:00

Every Friday | 08:00 - 17:00

Every Saturday | 08:00 - 17:00

Every Sunday | 08:00 - 17:00

Contact this market

Email: annalie@chameleonvillage.co.za

Phone: 012 253 1454

The Constantia Gift Fair

S

outh Africa has a growing

trend of food markets that

have become a must visit for

all foodies that enjoy fresh organic

foods and treats. Below

is a guide to the best of food markets

around South Africa.

Porterville’s Farmers Market,

Eastern Cape

Porterville’s Farmers Market in Port

Elizabeth opens once a week. Fresh organic

foods and treats are sold right on

the farm. This is a great place to bring

along the whole family, enjoy a nice

meal and the kids will have fun playing.

The market is open every Saturday from

09: 00 – 14:00

Contact this market

Email: portervillemarket@gmail.com

Phone: 0840495757

Clarens Country Market,

Free State

Clarens Country Market gives local

entrepreneurs the opportunity and platform

to exhibit and sell their own wares

and contribute to tourism in Clarens.

The market specializes in home-grown

produce and handmade arts and crafts.

Contact this market

Debra at 083 765 8901

Bryanston Organic Market,

Sandton Johannesburg

The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

is Johannesburg’s first and finest outdoor

market – a magical place removed

from the rush of everyday life, offering

inspired crafts and wholesome food.

A haven of calm in the busy city where

you can enjoy shopping in a scenic and

peaceful environment and a place of

relaxed enjoyment for the whole family

with plenty of children’s crafting activities.

Regular shopping options include

organic and natural fresh produce, a free

range butcher, a wide variety of delicatessen

products and delectable bakery

goods.

The market is open every Saturday and

every Thursday from 09:00 – 15:00 and

Contact this market

Email: enquiries@bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za

Phone: 011 706 3671

Golden Hours Family Markert,

Umgeni Park Durban

Golden Hours Family Market offers you

a huge adventure playground, safe offroad

parking and pets are also welcome.

Image Credit : Bryanston Organic Market

BFM Farmers Market at Casterbridge,

Mpumalanga

BFM Farmers Market at Casterbridge is

a community based market, aimed at

supporting small growers and producers

to showcase what wonderful produce,

products and talent we have right on our

doorstep. The aim is to support the local

community rather than the large chains,

while getting to know one another. Making

shopping a pleasant, fun and relaxed

experience, rather than a manic nightmare!

This is the perfect place to fill up your

fridges and pantries with lovely fresh

homemade, home-brewed goodies.

The market happens every 1st Saturday

of the month 08:00 - 12:00

Contact this market

Email: info@bfm2015.co.za

Phone: +27 13 750 0469

Chamelon Village Market Hartbeespoort

This venue is less than an hour’s drive

the big cities and is near the beautiful

Hartbeespoort Dam and Magalies

The Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event

full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked

innovative products. There are gorgeous

home and garden décor items, stunning

fashion for young & old, and endless

must-have gifts. The deli section is an extravaganza

of delicious and exotic foodgifts.

Wine from the Constantia Wine

Route and Craft Beers will be on sale.

There is an entrance fee of R30 for adults

and tickets can be bought from thegiftfair.co.za

Parking is on the available on

the grounds and we will be offering kid’s

activities. Enjoy live tunes on Friday night,

Saturday and Sunday. Credit card facilities

are available at the event. The Food

and Wine trading area will remain open

until 9pm on Friday.

Dates to attend

Wednesday, 7 Noveber 2018 | 09:00 - 17:00

Thursday, 8 November 2018 | 09:00 - 17:00

Friday, 9 November 2018 | 09:00 - 20:00

Saturday, 10 November 2018 | 09:00 - 17:00

Sunday, 11 November 2018 | 09:00 - 17:00

Contact this market

Email: info@thegiftfair.co.za

Phone: 083 679 4495

For more food markets visit

https://www.freshlocalmarkets.com/

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GUIDE TO THE BEST 11 VEGAN

AND VEGETARIAN restaurants

in South Africa

10

Chilliplum

Chilliplum is an upmarket

vegan restaurant, bakery and

deli in Hilcrest, Kwazulu Natal. Chilliplum

focuses on the experience of organic,

plant-based foods to achieve a healthy

and flavourful cuisine. They believe that

plant-based cuisine deserves the attention

as the future of food.

They also offer gluten free, wheat free,

boasts a wide variety of tasty vegan

dishes that are a delight for any vegan

looking for a taste of the extraordinary!

www.addisincape.co.za

1

The Hungry Herbivore

The Hungry Herbivore is an

artisanal 100% vegan restaurant

and snack manufacturer

based in Cape Town, South Africa. The

restaurant is all about bridging the gap

between health and comfort food. The

place is an amazing vegan restaurant

that offers good comfort healthy food

in a cosy environment. Be sure to visit it

when you are in Cape Town.

https://www.thehungryherbivore.com

2

Plant Café

Plant Café in Cape Town offers

delicious vegan food, helping

you make more compassionate

choices without sacrificing

taste. Plant Café is all about promoting

plant-based food choices and to provide

a space in Cape Town where vegans and

people with food allergies can find amazing

food without sacrificing taste. If you

are looking for a vegan restaurant with

an awesome vibe and a wide choice to

select from the menu then Plant café will

not disappoint you.

http://www.plantcafe.co.za/

3

The Conscious Café,

The Conscious Café is a vegan

and vegetarian café in Durban

South Africa. It’s a great place

for vegan and vegetarian food lovers to

meet up as it has a great atmosphere,

beautiful setting in an old castle building.

If you looking for a peaceful environment

to enjoy some delicious vegan meals

then you will definitely love the food and

relaxing environment.

4

Fruits and Roots

Fruits and Roots Restaurant

is one of Johannesburg’s

best vegetarian restaurants. It’s a lovely

restaurant that offers a great variety of

vegetarian and vegan meals. Their daily

lunch buffets is a must try. When you are

in Johannesburg find your way to this interesting

restaurant that offers excellent

food and a variety of other health food.

5

Addis in Cape

Addis in Cape is situated

in a quaint old building on

Church Street that overlooks

Cape Town’s famous Long Street, is a

stunning 3 storey Ethiopian restaurant

offering a truly authentic traditional

experience.Yetsom megeb, or “food of

the fast”, is an integral part of Ethiopia’s

ancient Coptic religion. During this strict

fast that is observed twice a week (and

before some religious holidays) all food

prepared may not contain any animal

products. As a result Ethiopian cuisine

6

Greenside

Nestled in the heart of Greenside

you will find a new treasure

to treat your taste buds.

The Greenside Café is Johannesburg’s

first 100% pure vegan restaurant, owned

and run by Dimitri Gutjahr. Their focus

is on whole food and they do provide

some raw options. They have won best

of Jo’burg 6 years in a row and they love

what we do. Our health is our wealth, and

good nutrition is one of the ways which

makes the Greenside Café the place to

be!

www.thegreensidecafe.co.za

7

Pure Café

Pure Café is a vegan and vegetarian

café located in Greyton

South Africa serving, as far as possible,

local fresh organic produce. They also

provide nutritional guidance, recipes and

healthy meals for patrons with specific

health issues. They are the hub of Greyton’s

Incredible Edible programme which

supports local farmers to convert to organic,

building short supply chains from

farm to table and promoting a healthy,

nutritious way of eating that is kind to

ourselves, animals and our planet.

8

Namaskar Restaurant

Namaskar Restaurant in Pretoria,

South Africa has one of the

largest varieties of vegetarian

meals in South Africa. It is an upmarket

venue catering for government departments,

embassies, businesses, as well

as the general public, with private dining

facilities for up to 200 people. They are

fully licensed and have a red wine cellar

with 100 different wines to choose from.

Other than the vegetarian dishes, their

meals are also halaal.

There are full buffet facilities and they

can cater for large functions: weddings,

engagements, birthdays and corporate

functions. They strive to be the best at

all times.

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Aurelie’s Health & Lifestyle

Cafe

Aurelie’s Health and Lifestyle

Café is located in Midrand, South Africa.

It offers light vegetarian meals, coffee

shop, veggie juices, smoothies and

superfood supplements. There are many

vegan options including dishes with tofu,

non-dairy cheese, falafel, and veggie

sausages and burger patties.

www.aureliescafe.co.za

soy free and nut free options as well.

www.chilliplum.org

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Bocca Dolce Vegan Restaurant

Bocca Dolce Vegan Restaurant

is situated on a vegan farm called Quarry

Lake Estate in the beautiful Bitou River

Valley just outside Plettenberg Bay South

Africa. The vegan buffet table is a smorgasbord

of healthy, delicious, interesting

and nourishing food. The desserts on

offer will satisfy the sweetest tooth! Their

home roast coffee with its full bodied,

aromatic, chocolatey afternote will round

off a delicious meal. The atmosphere

is so relaxed, surrounded by fountains,

interesting wood and metal work and

organic veggie gardens all for the visitor

to enjoy. Slightly off the beaten track but

well worth a visit, especially if you want

to get away to a place with a difference!

www.boccadolce.com

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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

WORDS AND PICTURES BY CINDY BESTER

T

ravel Photography to

me is one of the most

rewarding categories of

photography. Traveling

is exciting as you get to see and

experience all the beautiful places

in the country and the world, and

what is more exciting is capturing

all those beautiful scenes with your

camera. I never leave home without

my camera.

Traveling around your country or going

overseas is always an awesome

experience, discovering new places

and towns you have never been to.

When I travel I don’t always just take

photographs, I also enjoy visiting

places of interest and museums. It’s

always good to learn about a town

or country you have visited.

You don’t need top of the range

equipment when taking travel

photos, most cameras take good

images, even mobile phones are

used today. It’s more about how

you take the photo, where you stand,

and your location to finding the best

view point, your lighting also plays

a very important roll. I’ve been taking

landscape photos for the past

6 years and I have discovered that

your best time to take a landscape

or travel photograph is early morning

or late afternoon when the light

is at its best. Midday photos are

normally slightly bland. The best

time to capture a sunrise is about

30 minutes before the sun rises and

for sunset it’s normally about 15

minutes after the sun has set, that’s

when you get the best light.

I specialise in Landscape Photography

so finding beautiful scenes

in and around a town or city is my

main aim. I always have someone

with me to do the driving so that

I can concentrate on the scenery

around me. You have to find the

best view point and sometimes it’s

difficult to reach because the terrain

can be quite rugged. I’ve had to do

a lot of climbing to get to a suitable

spot to capture an image, it’s really

not easy but always rewarding, once

you’ve captured the image.

If you want the best photos, you

have to be dedicated and willing, for

example if you want to capture a

sunrise photograph over the ocean,

you will have to set your alarm for

3am, pack your gear and head down

to the beach. I have done this many

times and it’s not so easy to get up

in the morning at that hour, especially

in the winter. But once you

there and admire the vibrant colours

of sunrise and the beauty there of,

it’s absolutely amazing. After I’ve

captured a few shots and downloaded

them onto my computer and

scanned my photos, I normally feel

quite satisfied and feel it was worth

the effort.

Everyone has their own style when

taking photos and that’s perfectly

fine, but there are a few pointers

to keep in mind when taking

landscape images. Always have a

tripod handy, it keeps your camera

stable when you are capturing at a

slower shutter speed. I always use

my tripod when capturing sunrise

as it’s still quite dark before sunrise.

It allows enough light in and makes

your image more vibrant. Always

keep your “rule of thirds” in mind as

it is rather important when capturing

landscapes, either more sky when

the sky is more vibrant than the

foreground and vice versa.

Happy snapping...

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