Get It Lowveld January 2020


Our rejuvenation issue!




Love comes

full circle






Live your

best life

our health

& wellness

tips for 2020





What’s new

It’s time to usher in a new decade of design. We’ve put together

a few delightfully fresh trends for a roaring 2020!

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1. Unlined faux silk, R199,99. 2. Aurora mirror, R349,95. 3. Embossed cube, R329,99. 4. Sunset cycle print 50x50,

R119,99. 5. Fantasy flight scatter 43x43, R69,99. 6. Lara linen foil, R59,99. 7. Plastic weave utility, R99,99.

8. Bunny orn, R129,99. 9. Frames (three pack), R99,99. 10. Brooklyn canvas 45x135, R199,99.

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Why don’t you...

04 Attend a wellness workshop, go tubing down the Sabie,

or indulge in ladies’ night

05 Start off the new year with a few riveting reads


06 Eat doughnuts, rejuvenate and drink gin


08 Wine-derland with TOPS at SPAR

09 Bubbles galore at the Bubbly & Lifestyle Experience


10 Aniska Eksteen on giving back and the power of healing

12 Maryke Hastie is living the best life ever


14 It’s back to basics with Rav James


16 Serve it up with this month’s DIY


18 Love makes the world go round


20 Sleep in a teepee, train or tree


24 - 26 Our tips for a healthy start to 2020


32 A super-rejuvenating spa retreat package


Aniska Eksteen.

Photographed by - Belinda Erasmus


January 2020 Get It Lowveld 03

A hot date!

Pencil these events into your January diary right now!

A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. Add

colour, detail and beauty to every page you write, and make every day

your own. Get It Lowveld wishes all our readers a happy, prosperous

and simply spectacular New Year. Here’s to 2020!


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If you have a date for our diary, email the info at least a month in advance to


It’s 2020 and we’re ready to

saddle up. Experience the

breathtaking Horse Whispers Picnic

Ride through the scenic splendour of

a conservancy area near Hazyview.

Ride along the river and through the

hills to an idyllic picnic site and enjoy

a light meal under the shady canopy

of the matumi trees. This familyfriendly

excursion is hosted by Tours

& Tickets South Africa from 9am to

12pm. Tickets cost R490pp.

Details: 082-574-2345.


The Pub in Mbombela is

hosting an open mic night

at 7pm. To book a spot, contact

Margaret on 079-153-5295.


Cheers! It’s ladies’ night every

Tuesday at Urban House in

Mbombela. Pay R25 for a double gin

and tonic from 5pm to 7pm, and R30

on selected cocktails all night. Details:



Are you ready to put pedal

to the metal with the

Barberton MTB Challenge? There

are different races from which to

choose: 20km (R90), 30km (R120),

50km (R190), 77km (R240) and 110km

(R280). Pre-entries close on January

21 at 11pm. Late registration is on

on Friday from 3pm to 9pm and

Saturday from 5:30am to 7am. All

races will start and finish at Barberton

High School. All registration,

briefings, prize-giving, stalls, beer

garden and formalities will be held

at the high school. Details: info@


Let 2020 be the year you

create abundantly! LiveShanti

Wellness hosts a fabulous yoga,

meditation and coaching practices

workshop to set you on the path to

creating a vision board that reflects

what you truly want to attract this

year. It is held at White River Country

Estate from 9am to 3pm. The

workshop costs R600 and includes

material and lunch. Details:

083-387-3866 or


Well-known muso Jonathan

Peyper performs at The Pub

in Mbombela at 7pm. Tickets cost

R80. Details: 013-755-4861.

What better way to cool down this summer than by attending the

popular Sabie Tube Race? Round Table White River 64 hosts this

annual event, and 2020’s theme is Hawaiian. Held at Castle Rock

Caravan Park in Sabie, this weekend of tubing and revelry features

entertainment from the likes of Chunda Munki, Van Pletzen,

Backstage and Timo ODV. Tickets can be bought via Quicket.

Details: 078-923-2272.

Book club

Riveting reads to start off your year!

The CEO of a major publishing

company dies suddenly at his desk

- but was he murdered or did he

commit suicide? Senior editor

Joelle Jesson - fired by the CEO just

hours before his death - sets out to

discover exactly what happened in

Steven Boykey Sidley’s Leaving

Word. Which of three people

could have been involved - a

detective and aspirant author,

the CEO’s inscrutable brother

or a sad and deluded loner?

Joelle’s editorial instincts come

to the fore in her search for

meaning, reason, plot and

motive in this literary murder

mystery laced with sly, dry

wit. MFBooks, R240.

On Monday a Manhattan

elevator plunges from

the topmost floor to the

bottom of a skyscraper,

killing all four people

inside. On Tuesday it

happens again. And on

Wednesday. These are

obviously not random

killings, and New York is

plunged into chaos. And

what do these deadly

acts of sabotage have to

do with to the fingerless

body found on the High

Line? Linwood Barclay’s

Elevator Pitch is a nailbiter

of note. And be

warned! After you’ve

turned the last page,

unless your office is on

the top floor, you might

be tempted to slog up all

those stairs rather than

press the button for the

lift! HarperCollins UK, R260.

Baby Zephany Nurse hit the headlines when

she was kidnapped from beside her mother’s

hospital bed more than 20 years ago. She hit

the headlines again when by pure chance,

her birth parents discovered she’d been living

just a short distance away. Now, in Zephany,

written by Joanne Jowell, Miché Solomon

tells the often harrowing story of the past four

years and her struggles to come to terms with

living with two sets of parents - those who

brought her up, who love her and whom she

loves, and her birth parents who are strangers.

Adding to the trauma is the fact that the

woman she believed was her mother, “who

was there for me every day” was jailed for the

kidnapping. Fortunately, the man she calls

Daddy, Michael Solomon, has never wavered

in his love and support, which has hugely

helped Miché courageously continue to forge

ahead in her efforts to make a success of her

life. Tafelberg, R260.

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Wish list

Eat doughnuts, rejuvenate, drink gin

It’s time to indulge

We love all things pretty and

delicious, and what could be

more magical than whimsical

doughnuts? Ella&Karl is a must-try.

Having recently joined i’langa Mall

in Mbombela, you’ll definitely want

to try the to-die-for doughnuts,

gourmet coffee and ice cream cups.

This mom-and-daughter team also

caters for weddings, parties and

events. Ella&Karl is on everyone’s

lips, so give it a try, you won’t be


We’re going for maximum effect!

Maxi skirts still lead the way, and it’s never been as

maxi of a trend as it is this summer. Extremely

comfortable, modest and yet fashionable, there

are many ways to wear them; you can create a

daily look or classy one with flats or heels. This

100% cotton lined sandy skirt (R790) is

available at BOH | Button in Mbombela.


Wine to write home about

Introducing a sumptuous sip of

sunshine and award-winning wines

for summer sipping. Discover the

taste of sunshine this summer with

FAT bastard Chenin Blanc, the

latest member of the popular

FAT bastard POD. A larger POD

means you’ve got more “LARGE-

LIVING’”to do this summer,

wallowing in the many charms

of the well-loved, rich and

round, food-friendly range of

award-winning FAT bastard

wines. This gorgeous Chenin

Blanc was blended from a

selection of the best wine from

the year’s ripe harvest.

FAT bastard Chenin Blanc

2018 is widely available nationally

and retails between R85 and R95.

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New decade, new you

Sorbet has added to its fabulous Hydro

range, which fights dehydration and

provides intense moisture with shea butter

and plant actives. Hydro Skin Aqua Day

Gel (R220) is specially formulated with

liquid-crystal technology, providing deep

penetration of active ingredients into the

skin. Additional liquid-crystal effects provide

deep hydration. The Hydro Skin Recovery

Sleep Mask (R220) is formulated with mild

ingredients that penetrate deeply into your

skin as you sleep. Available at Sorbet at The Grove

Shopping Centre in Mbombela, 013-757-1014.

Prohibition Blue Gin... coming to a cocktail near you

It’s not just the blue we fancy in the newly released Prohibition

Blue Gin, it’s also the way that with certain mixers, it changes to pink.

Magic gin! So if you’re in the mood for a pink drink, a dash of tonic

water or lemon changes the pH balance, and the blue changes to

a sparkling pink. This Silver Creek Craft Distillery gin gets its

striking blue colour from the flower of the blue pea (so it’s

100% natural), and is infused with juniper as well as coriander,

lemon, angelica, cinnamon and a dash of rose water. Try

it in your fave cocktail... or spruce it up with apples and

thyme (delish!). You can buy for R369 online at Takealot.

com and in major bottle stores. Oh... a little extra info...

in traditional medicine, the blue pea flower - Clitoria

tetnatea - is said to have aphrodisiacal and antioxidant

powers, among other life-enhancing properties.


Designed to reflect

personality rather

than trends


David and Bianca Adams

Elisha Weweje and Monicque Weweje


The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show recently welcomed

Lowvelders to an amazing world of Merlot, bubbly,

Chenin Blanc and the like. The event, held at the

Emnotweni in Mbombela, also included delicious

gin tastings.

Guillaume Nel with Annelie and Robert Pretorius

Bianca and Wynand Visagie

Adéle van Zyl and Chiane Teitge

Rolene Smith, Camila van West

and Carmen Morgan

Angel Nkosi, Abigail Masha and René Potgieter

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Tendai Tungwarara and Katleho Thomobolo

A blast of


Described as “polo without the

horses”, the Bubbly & Lifestyle

Experience was recently held in the

Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

Glitz and glam abounded as local

trendsetters strutted their stuff.

Sentry Maphosa





& more

For bookings

072 380 0466

013 757 1014

Puseletso Lekhumbi, Wisdom Mdluli

and Beauty Lubambo


Portia Brown and Cindy Mhlungu



Micropigmentation is not only the application of permanent make-up such

as eyebrows, eyeliner and lip colour. Aniska Eksteen helps her clients to

minimise and camouflage unsightly post-burn scars, operation scars and

natural skin imperfections, all with the inspired use of pigments.

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Aniska, the owner of

Aniska Skin & Art in

Mbombela, started

her career after her

mom had been

severely burnt in

the kitchen in

1994 and she met

David Lubbe.

He created a



that she still keeps in her aesthetic

clinic, and is one of her bestsellers.

In 1998, after she had attended her

international permanent make-up

(PMU) training and received her

diploma, Aniska registered that

this would become a passion. The

procedures became very popular and

it didn’t take long before she realised

it was the right time to open her

clinic. She attended conferences and

completed numerous master classes,

and is a founder board member of

PCASA, a PMU regulating body. Apart

from working on clients, she also

does a lot of training for the Nouveau

Contour Company in fundamental

PMU master classes, paramedical

micropigmentation and microblading.

In 2012 John Mhlanga (not his real

name) walked into her clinic, a patient

of doctor André van Schalkwyk. John

had been severely burnt with acid

and consequently had lost one eye,

his lips and nose were deformed, part

of his ear had been eaten away and

the hairline on his skull was severely

damaged. He had to undergo a lot of

facial reconstruction procedures, skin

transplants and grafting, which caused

a difference in the colour of various

parts of his face. The scars were not

only physical; emotionally he was

broken and he had no self-confidence

as people would openly stare at him.

“When I met John I realised this is

not going to be a simple once-off

procedure, but a process, and a

very costly one at that. I did the first

procedure and with his second visit,

I told him that this one is on me. And

so we started this journey together.

“In the beginning, John was really

angry at the world and along with the

work that I did on his face and skin, it

took a lot of positive energy to help

him recover. I always complimented

him on his improvement, and it was

wonderful to watch the way that he

started to believe in his own healing,”

Aniska says.

The work on John’s face was done

over time and in different layers till

the desired colour was achieved.

The last treatment was done in 2018.

According to her, his lips were the

most challenging, as he still had to

have several reconstructive surgeries

on his lips and nose. Aniska finally

managed to give him a brand-new lip

line, with much better definition.

As a result of the acid burns, John’s

skin was very thin and that made

the treatment quite difficult. She

solved the problem with an Environ

microneedle derma roller and sent

him home with it. The next obstacle

was his beard that still came out in

patches, causing the skin to tear. This

was addressed with a hair removal

laser and only then could she start to

micropigmentate that area.

One of the uses of paramedical

micropigmentation is to help create

the illusion of a lifelike nipple areola

for women who have had breast

reconstruction after a mastectomy.

For Aniska the contentment and

satisfaction of her clients is a huge

reward. She laughs and says in a way

you have to be an excellent listener,

as a lot of clients confide in her while

she is busy with a procedure. “But

what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,”

she smiles.

The process of giving John his

dignity back meant a lot to Aniska.

It took so much work, patience and

endurance that the end result made

her incredibly happy. “Sometimes it

was frustrating, just when I finished

perfecting one of his scars, he went

for another surgical procedure. I

once joked with him and told him he

should not bring me any new scars

and he just said, ‘I know that whatever

new scar they cause; you will fix it.’

“The day that I will always remember

is when John walked into the clinic

and I could immediately see that his

whole body language had changed.

That day he thanked me, and said

he could go back to church as he is

now able to take off his hat when he

enters it. The improvement of the

skin on his scalp made it possible,

as people no longer stared at him in

an embarrassing way. That made me

extremely humble and I realised that

seeing the smile that I had helped

put back on his face, as well as the

way that he had grown over time,

is worth so much more than all the

money in the world.”


Aniska Skin & Art on 013-753-3257 or

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The best


Sometimes life takes you on various detours before you finally find the track on

which you should be. Kaapmuiden’s Maryke Hastie, who calls herself a field guide

born in a city, is delighted to say that she is now doing exactly what she wants.

Maryke fell in love with the Kruger National Park when

she was still at school. Her father was an honorary game

ranger and the family spent most of their holidays

in the park, where they had the most wonderful

experiences in the company of the game rangers.

Back in the 80s, girls were advised to either become

a nurse, teacher or secretary, and Maryke decided on

teaching. She hated every second of it, and when she

was in her 30s, she decided that she would love to be

trained as a veterinary nurse. That opened a whole new

world to her, and she still is extremely grateful for her



It became quite an adventure as I also obtained my

microlight pilot’s licence. When I heard about a position

on a game farm close to Nelspruit, I applied for the job,

brought my microlight here and started doing flights

with their guests. There were two elephants on the

farm that were used to interact with the visitors, and

I soon found that I enjoyed the elephant interaction

much more than the flying. I fell in love with these

wonderful animals and grabbed the opportunity to be

trained as an elephant stable master, becoming the first

qualified female elephant stable master in South Africa.

After that I obtained a qualification at the Field Guides

Association of Southern Africa, and did a few other

courses like tracking,” Maryke says.

There were more challenges to face when Maryke

became extremely ill with cancer. She had to rest for a

while, but after an operation and successful treatment,

she sent out her CV to a few places. One of them was

Rhino Post, and to her absolute joy, she was appointed

as a field guide. Rhino Post is a luxury safari camp on

a 12 000-hectare private concession inside the Kruger

National Park, and Maryke’s job is to take the guests

out on a safari vehicle, introducing them to South

Africa’s wonderful wildlife. She also acts as a guide on

the sleep-outs that the lodge offers, accommodating

guests sleeping on raised platforms under the stars.

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“The greatest challenge is to keep

them in the trees whenever lions

or other predators are walking

somewhere close by,” she smiles.

Maryke used to work full-time at

Rhino Post, but nowadays she

does it on a freelance basis. She

lives on a game farm in Mara close

to Kaapmuiden where she has 15

horses, which takes up a lot of her

time as she offers horse riding on

the farm. She also does rehabilitation

of wild animals such as mongooses,

duikers and warthogs.

She believes it is important to give

people a true bush experience during

a game drive. “It is quite a challenge

to change the way people think. I

don’t like the Big 5 mentality that you

often get. Some people don’t even

know why these animals are called

the Big 5. I try my best to change a

tourist into a nature lover who not

only wants to see lions, elephants,

rhinos, buffaloes and leopards. We

have a lot of fun on the safari vehicles

and sometimes we have a quiz, or I

will jokingly tell them if they don’t see

something special, excluding one of

the Big 5, they won’t get any coffee at

the next stop. I often get emails from

gratified guests who thank me for a

life-changing adventure.”

Maryke definitely has a special gift

while interacting with wild animals,

and of course, her horses. She tells

a beautiful story of an elephant

becoming unruly during the time

that she was fighting cancer. She

then asked someone to take her

to the ellie. She explained to the

elephant, which came charging at

her, that she was ill and that was

the reason why she hadn’t visited

for quite a while. The animal started

sniffing at her wound, and then

became quite tranquil as if she fully

understood the whole situation.

Recently one of the duikers, that she

had rehabilitated, came back to her

house, proudly showing Maryke her

small baby. To experience the trust

of an animal is a wonderful privilege,

she says.

“Being in the Kruger with guests,

and having the opportunity to see

something really special, makes me

extremely happy. Hearing the guests

say, ‘Wow! Wow!’ at the sighting of

a honey badger or pangolin, or a

dancing baby rhino, gives me so

much joy,” says Maryke.

“When you reach the age of 53, and

you can live your dream, you have

everything, whether it is watching the

guests at the safari lodge enjoying

the stars high above them in the dark

sky, or seeing the lions underneath

the trees in which we are sleeping. I

can’t ask for anything more.”


Maryke at



to basics

Medical doctor Rav James of White River talks

to Get It about functional medicine and her

love of discovering ways to awaken people’s

intuition and connection to their bodies.

Rav endeavours to change perceptions about medicine

From the moment you set foot in Rav’s spacious consulting room, it is evident

that she approaches life in an alternative, holistic way. She is passionate about

functional medicine and tackles health issues by viewing every person as a

unique being. According to Rav, each patient walks an individual path which

leads to the specific disease and this path should be explored. A patient’s unique

genetic make-up as well as personal history and many other factors should

also be taken into account. She tells us more about her endeavour to change

perceptions about medicine.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a medical doctor?

I grew up in Johannesburg, where I attended the British International College.

After finishing college, I attended Stellenbosch University and achieved an

MBChB degree. I did my internship at Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital

followed by community service at Sabie Provincial Hospital, where I developed

a love and passion for working in the field of HIV medicine. During the time I

completed a diploma in HIV management.

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You also worked at ACTS Clinic?

Yes. ACTS was an NGO clinic

dedicated to treating around

6 000 HIV patients in the Masoyi

area just outside White River. I really

enjoyed the time spent as part of the

project, as I could focus on bringing

life and change into the lives of

many patients. It also gave me an

opportunity to witness the effects of

simple changes in diet and lifestyle

on health. Ryan, my husband, shares

my passion for community work and

serves as head of development for

the Good Work Foundation, which

is an organisation that brings digital

learning to rural Africa. At present I

practise functional medicine.

What is functional medicine?

In functional medicine, the body is viewed as an

integrated whole that is biochemically unique.

Practitioners seek to uncover the root causes of

imbalance in the body, and then support it with

the necessary changes to achieve balance again.

You don’t simply give a drug for a symptom, but

you form a deeper understanding of why the

symptoms are present in the first place. The body

could then receive what it needs to heal.

What was your path to functional medicine?

Since I started my training as a medical doctor,

I felt that my conventional training was missing

the “healing” piece of the puzzle. I have always

believed in the intelligence of the human

body as well as its ability to heal within the

right environment, and have an interest in

alternative and more integrated forms of healing.

Conventional medicine definitely plays a part, and

is in many instances life-saving. But can the model

answer and manage all diseases? I don’t believe

so. I believe in bringing together the wisdom of

both conventional and functional medicine to

achieve health. When I left ACTS Clinic, I had an

opportunity to study further for an advanced

fellowship in metabolic, nutritional and functional

medicine through the University of Florida in the

United States, which I completed in May.

Text: Liezel Lüneburg. Photographer: TANYA ERASMUS

Why are people still sceptical about

alternative medicine?

Over time people have lost the natural connection

with their bodies as life has become very busy

and demanding. We cook less and have fewer

meals where we sit down together. People do not

have time to look after their bodies and spiritual

needs, and literally do not have time to be sick.

Symptoms are a nuisance that need to be fixed

quickly. I liken it to the fast food industry: yes,

fast food is food in its physical form, but “poison”

in the long and short-term effect it has on the

body. Pharmaceutical drugs are powerful and are

more appealing in our fast-paced world, but their

effects come at a cost that we are often unaware

of. Alternative modes of healing dictate a lot

more time and dedication from the patient. The

process awakens the person to the fact that he or

she is as much part of the healing as the medical

professional. Consequently the patient becomes

part of the healing process and understands the

value of knowing his or her own body on a deeper



Contact Rav at or on

066-487-8441. Her website also provides more





As we saunter on into

January, the festivities

continue, albeit in a more

laid-back fashion. So

ditch the formalities

and serve up snacks and

nibbles on this easy-tomake


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dreams and


You will need

Text: Lindi Botha. Photographer: Matthys Ferreira

• Knotty pine bundle. Take two planks and cut to 79cm in length and another

two to 77cm in length.

• 2x cupboard handles of your choice.

• A wood offcut measuring 22cm in length by 5cm wide for the back piece to

keep the planks together.

• 8 screws.

• Wood glue.

• Sanding block.

• O’Grady’s chalk paint in a colour of your choice.

How to

1. Cut the planks to length.

2. Sand with the sanding block until smooth and paint.

3. Once dry, clip the planks into each other using wood glue to secure the


4. Screw in back piece.

5. Screw in the handles.

Get It has collaborated with BUCO to bring you a craft project every month. If

DIY has you nervous, take all your instructions down to BUCO and have the folks

cut and prepare your wood accordingly. Remember to like and follow the BUCO

Nelspruit Facebook page for more inspiration and information on upcoming

craft events.


Visit our store for




If there is one thing that can be said for Lowvelders,

it’s that we are eager to help and get involved in

charitable projects. As such the Mpumalanga branch

of the Round Table has a solid support base and has

been able to help destitute communities far and

wide. We speak to chairman Werner Swanepoel

about the joys of giving.

The Sabie Tube Race is the biggest

Round Table fundraising event globally

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Blessed beyond measure, Werner has

always believed in giving back and

making an impactful change in society.

“I grew up in a home where our door

was always open to those in need and

giving to the less fortunate was part

of my upbringing. It goes beyond just

giving money to charities, and for me it’s

about making a difference long term,” he


Three years ago Werner joined the

Mpumalanga branch of the Round Table,

which is an international organisation

with representation on every continent,

and has since taken up the reigns as area

chairman for the province. He notes that

membership is open to professional,

working men aged between 18 and 40.

The Round Table is non-political and


“The organisation gives you the chance

to be a part of something bigger and

also offers the opportunity to meet

like-minded individuals and build a

global network. Whether you have time

or money to give, the Round Table is a

credible organisation where you can really

make a difference.”

Werner relates how the organisation

managed to raise R180 000 for the

Endangered Wildlife Trust for their

initiative to conserve wild dogs. “This

was a project that really meant a lot to

me and the donation we made was the

biggest they had ever received. As a result

my children and grandchildren will be

able to see wild dogs one day because

there have been funds made available to

protect their existence.”

Another remarkable feat is the drought

Round Table Mpumalanga council treasurer Gert van der Westhuizen, vice chairman

Stephan de Witt,secretary Hannes de Kock and chairman Werner Swanepoel

aid that the Round Table is collecting

on an ongoing basis for destitute

farmers in the Northern Cape. “These

farmers have nothing left. They

were on the brink of losing their

whole livelihoods when we were

able to donate millions of rand of

lucerne and water for their livestock.

When you see grown men cry from

gratitude, you realise how amazing

it is to be able to make this kind of

impact on people’s lives.”

Provincially, the Table collects over

R1 million for charity annually and

Lowvelders will be pleased to

know that the ever-popular Sabie

Tube Race is one of the largest


Established in 1965 the event started

as a fun experience for Round Table

members, but realising the popularity,

they grew it to a bigger development

open to the public. Last year just

under 3 000 people floated down the

Sabie River in aid of charity, making

it one of the largest Round Table

events globally. The tube race also

has the added benefit of supporting

businesses in the Sabie area as

people from all over South Africa

flock to the town for the weekend.

To give greater exposure to the

plights of different countries, each

province has a chance to host the

AGM annually and this year it’s

Mpumalanga’s turn. Werner plans

to use the opportunity to attract as

much support as possible for local

projects. “This is a great opportunity

to get the attention of leaders from

around the world. All the Tables in

South Africa submit proposals for

projects that need support and we

have the opportunity to showcase

this to the AGM attendees and get

international involvement.

“Another aspect that makes this event

unique is that many of the delegates

attending are home-hosted by

someone locally so they get a real

South African experience and insight

into our culture. Since the AGM will

take place in the Lowveld, we also

have the opportunity to place the

spotlight on the area and we will not

miss the opportunity to gain as much

support as we can in our goal of

uplifting our country.”

Werner is passionate about this

work and is enthusiastic about

encouraging new members to join

the Round Table. “There are so many

wonderful things happening within

this organisation and you have the

opportunity to meet people from all

over the world, from all walks of life.

There are even prospects for honing

your business skills through running

meetings, giving presentations

and operating within a corporate


While the organisation is only

open to men, Werner adds that

the ladies circle is associated with

the Round TAble and offers them

the opportunity to get involved

if they want to give back to their

community. “Our wives are heavily

involved but aren’t memebers, they

are the ‘legs’ of the table. As yet there

is no ladies circle in Mpumalanga and

we would welcome those interested

to get in touch so that we can get

one going. Furthermore any charity

that is in need of support can contact

us. We are here only to serve the

community - nothing else.”


January 2020 Get It Lowveld 19



Tired of the same old, same old guest house, hotel or backpackers? Are you

looking for a quirky weekend getaway? How about sleeping in a teepee, an

old train coach in the mountains or high up in the branches of a wild fig tree?

Get It discovers three alternative stays right here in the Lowveld.

Text and photographer: MIA LOUW

The Fig Tree House

When reminiscing about tree houses, fond

childhood memories usually come to mind.

Hours spent playing house or dolls up high in

the branches of a giant in a friend’s backyard.

The Fig Tree House is a playground for grownups;

a proper escape from modern life’s daily

grind, gadgets and busy surrounds. This

doesn’t mean kids aren’t welcome, of course.

This getaway is a 40km drive outside

Mbombela towards Malalane in the Crocodile

Gorge Nature Conservancy, on the family

farm Daarbo Boerdery. Although this is a

working farm (macadamias, limes and lemons

grow here), The Fig Tree House is perfectly

situated at the top of a valley, among rocky

outcrops enveloped by indigenous plants.

The two-storey structure rests on rocks

and stretches among the branches of a

gargantuan wild fig, with comfy beds in

nestlike sleeping platforms built at various


The top level, completely open and in the

branches, is the lounge and sleeping area

(which can sleep six guests). There are comfy

couches in the centre with binoculars, bird

guides and tree books lying on the coffee

table. The sleeping platforms come with

mosquito nets, but without bedding (you

need to bring your own or pay extra to

arrange some). The lower level is the kitchen

and indoor braai area. Although slightly more

closed off, it has two open windows peering

out over the treetops and the valley. The

kitchen is stocked with a fridge, crockery,

cutlery, cooking and braaiing utensils, as well

as filtered drinking water.

Relax in The Fig Tree House’s natural boulder boma

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Although there are a fridge and lights,

these are the only appliances connected

to electricity and gadgets like phones

or tablets will have to be charged

beforehand (or even better, switched off

completely... There is limited reception

anyway). The bathroom is accessed

through the kitchen area, via a wooden

walkway which leads to a warm shower

and toilet cordoned off with wooden

slats among exposed rock.

A short stroll from the tree house, is

a second braai area hidden in a rocky

outcrop; a natural boma surrounded

by boulders. There are comfortable

wooden chairs and loads of firewood to

burn into the starry night. A ladder leads

up to the top of a boulder, which makes

a perfect viewpoint for sundowners.

There are walking trails on the farm

leading to Crocodile Gorge and there is

a dam nearby where camping facilities

are being developed. Be on the lookout

for bushbuck, kudu, impala, warthogs,

serval, caracal, vervet monkeys and


Rates: R1 200 a night for the entire tree

house (sleeps six people).



Sleep in beds resembling nests, while admiring

the birds around you

Tipis Africa Guest Lodge

Take a step back into the American Old West.

At Tipis Africa Guest Lodge, guests sleep in the

teepee tent design of the Native American

Cheyenne tribe. Six seven-metre-high teepees

dot the rustic ranch property on The Rest, 8km

outside Mbombela (1,5km from Bateleur Estate).

John Mos builds the structures himself, not only

for his lodge but for people who want their

very own teepees as well. He is in the furniture

trade and since he can remember, has been

interested in Native American traditions as well

as pioneer culture and history.

The diameter of the teepees is about six

metres and they are positioned on circular

stone platforms. Each structure can sleep three

guests, with either three singles, or a double

and a single wooden bed inside. Each tent

has electricity, wooden chairs, a bar fridge and

its own bathroom with a shower and toilet

separate from the structure, but close nearby.

John Mos, the creator of Tipis Africa’s tents

January 2020 Get It Lowveld 21

John says the teepees are wonderful for both

cold and warm weather. “Hot air moves up

and they have what we call smoke flaps, which

is where the hot air moves out,” he points up

to the opening at the top of the tent, which

can be closed when it rains. The tents also

have two layers of canvas and a gap with air

between which creates insulation and prevents

condensation. They are also sturdy enough

for the Lowveld’s stormy weather. Guests have

access to a coffee machine in the communal

kitchen and the rate includes a continental

breakfast, bedding, towels and use of amenities

like the massive pool and cosy firepit.

“There is a spiritual meaning with the poles,”

John explains as he looks up at one of his tents.

“In Native American tradition, they believe the

poles represented the different spiritual paths

that connected people with their creator.

Somewhere along the line all these paths

cross; we all have to go through the same door.

Afterwards we might still go our separate ways,

but like-minded people usually come together”.

Rates: R450pp bed and breakfast (R400 without




Hancu Louw settling in at Barrett’s

after a day of hiking

The Native American teepees boast views

into the sunset

Barrett’s Coaches

Hidden in the Berlin Plantation outside the misty

hamlet of Kaapsehoop are two red railway coaches

dating from the 1950s. They have been converted

into comfortable accommodation as part of the

Kaapsehoop Hiking Trail. The entire trail takes four

days and roughly 60km of rambling, but don’t fret...

You can walk a shorter option to stay over in the

quirky Barrett’s Coaches.

The Battery Creek Two-Night Trail either starts at

Barrett’s Coaches, or at the Kaapsehoop Hut in

town (you can park your car at both options and

start from either end). If you start in Kaapsehoop,

you will walk 9,5km on your first day and 14km

back from Barrett’s to town on day two. Only one

of the coaches is being used at the moment and

offers 24 comfortable beds to sleep on (four per

sleeping compartment). The carriages have a

wooden interior with blue, padded pleather lining

on the seats or beds (which provided a surprisingly

comfortable night’s rest). Some of the interior has

been changed from the original train decor (like

the folding tables), but remains functional and

comfortable as hiking accommodation.

Barrett’s is the only overnight stop with electricity

on the Kaapsehoop Hiking Trail. You can have a

warm shower (without having to make a fire in a

22 Get It Lowveld January 2020

donkey boiler), you can charge appliances

at the plug points in the outdoor kitchen

and the coach compartments have

lights. The braai is stocked with plenty

of firewood, but you need to bring your

own cooking and eating utensils (as well

as bedding). There is a stretch of grass

between the trains and the braai area,

ideal for kicking back and lazing around

into the afternoon.

The view from the coaches warrants

that little extra carrying load to enjoy a

sundowner (or two) after the day’s trek

through large quartzite rock formations,

natural forest and plantations. From the

elevated position of Barrett’s, you can see

distant mountains and the plantations

stretching into the pink and purple

hues of the sunset. Be on the lookout

for baboons and wild horses sharing the

route - as well as the endangered blue

swallow, which the four-day trail and The

Blue Swallow Reserve are named after.

Rates: R150pp per day



The priceless view from the coaches - ideal for sundowners



Chase away

the toxins!

Christmas and New Year

excesses tend to leave us

sluggish, overweight and a

little unhealthy. Get back into

shape by giving your body

a nutrient boost without

having to use any expensive

supplements or speciality


Simply whizz the following

goodies together in a

blender and enjoy!

• 125ml orange juice

or water

• 1 green apple

• ½ chopped pineapple

• ½ frozen banana

• Small knob of ginger

• 250ml fresh baby spinach

• 20ml fresh lime juice.

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Water, water, water!

We cannot stress it enough;

the benefits of drinking

water are endless. Apart

from the obvious health

paybacks, when it comes

to overall feel-good vibes,

water is a no-brainer, and it

is vital for our well-being. It

plumps up the skin, releases

toxins and hydrates the

body by carrying nutrients to

the cells and oxygen to the

brain. By allowing the body

to absorb and integrate the

different minerals, amino

acids, glucose, vitamins and

similar substances necessary

for optimal wellness, it keeps

us in tip top shape. Water

also helps to regulate body

temperature, so drink up! Try

to consume between two

and three litres every day for

optimal effect.



We tend to forget that

mental health is just as

important as physical

well-being. Fundamental to

a balanced, healthy life, your

mental health encompasses

emotional, psychological

and social well-being. It

impacts every aspect of

our daily lives, affecting

how we think, feel and

behave, contributing to

how we cope with stress,

the decisions we make as

well as how we relate to

other people and situations

that we encounter, both

in and out of our control.

If you feel that your

mental condition is not

as healthy as it should be,

it is important to talk to a

professional. Psychologist

Elmarie Ungerer offers a

variety of treatments to help

deal with modern-day anxiety

and trauma. Contact her on

013-745-7220 or visit www.


CF SunCare is proudly

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sunscreen is enriched with

the antioxidant properties

of vitamins A, C, and E. The

main UV-blocking ingredient

in the sun cream product

is rutile (titanium dioxide)

and zincite (zinc oxide),

both naturally occurring

mineral components.

Thanks to the advent

of nanotechnology the

minerals leave a transparent

coating on your skin,

ensuring broad spectrum

UVA and UVB sun protection.

CF Suncare is formulated to

be hypoallergenic and is fine

for daily use, and in addition

has been thoroughly tested

on human volunteers;

CF does not endorse or

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• 1 large avo, sliced • 1 cup quinoa or cous cous

• 1 orange, sliced into wedges • 1 cup steamed

broccoli • ½ cup raddiccio • ½ cup watercress

or baby spinach • ½ cup mixed sprouts

• A handful of pumpkin seeds.


Place the ingredients separately into a large bowl,

and scatter the pumpkin seeds over the quinoa.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil,

and season well with sea salt and

cracked black pepper.

Basic recipe for fruit smoothies


• 250ml fruit juice (orange, mango, pineapple, apple, milk or even water) • 125ml yogurt, ice cream, milk (almond, soy

or dairy) • 2 cups frozen fruit • 1 banana, sliced and frozen.


Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend on high until your desired consistency is reached. Add more juice or fruit

if needed. Tip: Once blended, pour the mixture into popsicle containers for ice lollies on those sultry summer days.

Delicious flavour combos

• Dragon fruit, cherries and strawberries • Apple, lime, mint and basil • Pineapple, orange and banana • Blueberries,

strawberries, plums and cherries.

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Me time makes for

a healthy lifestyle

These days, life sometimes

feels like one rush after

another. We are so used

to constantly being on

the go that we inevitably

forget about that essential

“stopping to smell the roses”.

Our busy lifestyles might

mean that we have become

adept at juggling, but this

frantic pace also leaves us

exhausted. It is imperative

that we stop, breath and

spoil ourselves, on a regular

basis. Beauty and anti-ageing

treatments make you feel

like a million bucks, so get

that manicure, pedicure, or

massage, have the laser hair

removal, lymph drainage

session or spa treatment, we

promise you it will make the

world of difference. Nelspruit

Laser Clinic offers a wide

range of beauty, anti-ageing

and non-surgical aesthetic

treatments. You can contact

them on 013-755-1814 to find

out more.

Hear no evil

We often overlook certain

aspects of our anatomy

when it comes to our

health, one of them being

our hearing. Imperative to

being able to effectively

communicate on a verbal

level, loss of or damage

to our hearing can hinder

development in children,

impede normal speech,

thereby impacting on our

daily lives and interactions

with others, and ultimately

cause communication

breakdown and possibly,

over time, social segregation.

If you notice any changes

in your child’s behaviour,

it is important to have

their hearing checked, as

numerous factors can have

an effect on it. Contact

StepMed Rehabiliation Centre

on 013-741-4911, they offer

a wide variety of treatments

and their support centre

will be able to assist with

any queries


Beauty sleep is not an

old wives’ tale; the truth is

that the amount of time

you devote to this blissful

pastime has a direct impact

on your health. Your skin

regenerates while you

sleep, your body is able to

rest and repair itself, quality

sleep means healthy brain

function, and a lack of

sleep has been linked to an

increase in cholesterol and

high blood pressure, both

risk factors for heart disease

and strokes. Sleep has

been proven to boost the

immune system, manage

weight loss and help with

memory retention. So what

are you waiting for? Hit

the sack!

Eat right

Good nutrition is key to

a healthy, well-balanced

lifestyle, and combined with

exercise, your diet and the

food you consume can mean

the difference between life

and death. Eating the right

foods and making sure you

get the correct balance of

vitamins and minerals will

reduce your risk of chronic

diseases and promote an

overall, healthy feel-good

existence. Make sure you

include a variety of fruits

and vegetables, starches

and wholegrains, healthy

fats and proteins, with lots

of water, and very little

sugar. Modern-day stresses

can deplete vitamins and

minerals in the body, as do

certain food types. Should

you be lacking in any of

the essential vitamins, it is

important to speak to your

local pharmacist about

supplementation. Contact

Mopani on 013-755-5500 or

go to

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