Get It Pretoria March 2020

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JAENETTE JACOBS

A woman on a mission

with a heart for others

FALL IN LOVE...

WITH THESE FASHION TRENDS, THE HOTTEST EATERIES

AND A CHARMING BUSHVELD ESCAPE

SHOPPING, PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

MARCH 2020


Come

WOW

the crowds

at Rand Show 2020!

The JacarandaFM Clash of Kitchens

is a reality cooking competition

taking place live at Rand Show 2020.

If you and a partner have a passion for

food and cooking, this one’s for you.

With a share of R150 000 in cash and

prizes up for grabs, it’s time to brave

the heat and get into the kitchen.

at randshow.co.za/foodie-zone

Entrants must be 16 years

and older to compete.


BUY YOUR #MYRANDSHOW TICKETS

ON RANDSHOW.CO.ZA TODAY

T’s and C’s apply

Entries are now open for Joburg’s Talent

– the Rand Show’s own epic talent

search, which is giving gifted South

African performers their unique place

in the spotlight. Stand a chance to win

your share of R 125 000, whether you’re

a singer, dancer, poet or anything in

between. Joburg’s Talent is ready to

discover the star in you.

at randshow.co.za/entertainment-zone

Entrants must be between the ages of 8-30 years.


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ALL THINGS FOOD

Appetising starters; fresh, crunchy

salads, lunch ideas and the sweetest

family dessert treats you can imagine.

When it comes to delicious cooking,

we’ve got you covered. What to make

for dinner should never be an issue

again. Follow us online for daily recipes,

our favourite wines of the week and

the hottest eateries in the city.

SOCIAL GALLERIES

If it’s a Pretoria event worth

mentioning, we’re there. Whether it’s

a local film premiere, theatre awards,

the launch of an album or a new

high-end fashion boutique, you’ll

catch us on the red carpet. Keep an

eye on our social galleries to see if

we’ve snapped you.

LIFESTYLE

We bring you must-know beauty

secrets, hot fashion trends, gardening

tips and travels to exciting local and

international destinations.

PEOPLE

We feature the latest on fascinating

Pretoria personalities and celebs

– their career highlights, personal

struggles and everything in-between.

It’s their own stories as told from a

behind-the-scenes perspective.

WHAT’S ON

We keep you up to date on

everything happening in and around

Pretoria. From outdoor concerts

and that much-anticipated musical

theatre production to women’s

networking events, we’ll make sure

you have all the info. If you would

like us to mention an event in Get

It’s online calender, email the info to

mariettevn@rekord.co.za

WIN

With everything from beauty hampers

worth thousands to adventurous

family weekend outings, our monthly

competitions give you the chance to

win great prizes, so don’t miss out.

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CONTENTS

WHY DON’T YOU ...

6 Take the kids to the Super Hero Family Festival, get tickets to see Barry

Hilton live in action or get ready for the Rand Show

BOOK CLUB

7 Read more about the hottest new releases

WISH LIST

8 A peek at some of our favourite wish list goodies

SOCIALS

10 A morning at the Pretoria Boeremark is an absolute must

PEOPLE

12 Despite hardship Jaenette Jacobs is making all her dreams

come true, one step at a time

14 His new movie is hitting cinemas in March and Shaun Smit is

definitely an actor to keep your eye on

BEAUTY

16 Add the necessary moisture to your skin with these fab buys

FASHION

18 Autumn fashion looks to die for

HEALTH

20 Learn to cope with stress by striking a yoga pose

FOOD

22 A few of our favourite local eateries

TRAVEL

32 Escape to the bushveld and enjoy the tranquil magic of

Makalali

WIN

34 One lucky reader can win a 365-Skin Workout pack

March 2020

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Out & About

Grab your calendar and book your tickets

13

Love superheroes? Then the

Super Hero Family Festival

taking place at the Heartfelt Arena

is not to be missed. The festival runs

between 13 and 15 March and is

the perfect place to dress up in

your favourite superhero costume.

Costumes are not compulsory. The

festival will have amusement rides,

robot costumes, food stalls, markets,

children’s crafts, kids clothing and

more. There will be three adventure

sessions per day, (10am-2pm, 2pm-

6pm and 6pm-10pm), but please

note that tickets will only be valid for

one four-hour session. Some of the

activities offered include kids face

painting, a jumping castle, a pool

table challenge, a table tennis

challenge, dance performances and

a giant water slide. Booking is essential

as there are only limited tickets

available. Tickets sell for R75 (Adults)

and R65 (Kids). The first 500 ticket

bookings will get a free amusement

ride. Details: superheroticketing.com

15

Bring the family and the pups

and take part in the Smuts

House Dog Walk hosted by the

Pretoria Dog Rescue taking place at

the Smuts House Museum. Enjoy the

fresh air and get in some exercise

(2km and 5km) while supporting a

good cause. The Pretoria Dog Rescue

is raising funds for vet bills and kennel

fees. Look out for the stalls, especially

the charity’s stall selling pre-loved

items. And for the pups, there is a

doggy lucky-dip where your dog can

search for his or her own treasures.

There is also a pet-friendly restaurant

onsite so don’t rush off afterwards,

grab a bite. The walk starts at 7am

and entrance is R40 per person, R10

per dog and R10 for parking. You

don’t want to miss out. Details: @

PretoriaDogandHuskyRescue (Facebook)

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We’re all in need of some

laughter in our lives from time

to time. And who better to get you

giggling than Barry Hilton himself?

Book your tickets to see the “cousin“

live in action at the Menlyn Barnyard

as part of the Barnyard LIVE Tour

2020. And for those who do not

know, Barry was recently awarded

the Lifetime Achiever Award by local

comedians at the annual Comic’s

Choice Awards. His dedication

to clean, accessible humour is

guaranteed to lighten up even the

cloudiest of days! So if you’re having a

bad week (or month), you know what

to do. Tickets sell for R150 per person.

Details: www.barnyardtheatre.co.za

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Slowly but surely Pretoria is

becoming known as the party

capital and if you’re in the mood

to let your hair down, the first-ever

Love Music Festival is taking place

at the Pioneer Museum which is the

place to be. The festival boasts big

names like Shimza, Ryan Murgatroyd,

Jullian Gomes and Trancemicsoul

and support acts include 2Lani The

Warrio, Weston & Engine, Guy Herman

and more. Tickets sell between R120

and R200 for general access and

between R200 and R320 for VIP access.

Only a limited amount of tickets will

be available at the door so book

beforehand. Food will be for sale at the

event. Details: www.lovemusic.co.za

There is no denying, the Rand Show is one of the country’s most iconic

events on the annual entertainment and exhibition calendar. Eeeeek...

we can’t wait. This year’s show will be held at the Johannesburg Expo

Centre between 8 and 13 April 2020 and will consist of six zones offering

interactive activities, shopping and food. Bring the family and discover

a new passion and make memories that will last a lifetime. Tickets sell

for R150 at the door or R135 online (until 31 March) and R150 (after

31 March). Details: www.randshow.co.za #MyRandShow

If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at east a month in advance to adrib@rekord.co.za


Book club

Great books. Award-winning wine. Happy days!

Robin Cook’s medical

thrillers are always

unputdownable... and

Genesis doesn’t

disappoint. Chief Medical

Examiner Laurie

Montgomery has her

work cut out for her

when the body of a

10-week pregnant social

worker shows up on the

autopsy table. No-one

knows who the father is,

or if he’s involved in her

death. Laurie turns to

using DNA tracking to

try to catch the killer.

Macmillan, R299

Great books deserve a great wine.

And Groote Post 2019 Seasalter

is just that. The 2019 vintage of the

estate’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc

has been released to high acclaim,

and has already snagged a place in

the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top

10 competition. It’s all citrus, stone

fruit and green apple, with hints of

fynbos and kelp, sea breeze and a

touch of oak. Excellent with food,

particularly seafood. You’ll find it at

good wine stores for

around R145 a bottle.

Details: groote-postwines.myshopify.com

We haven’t had a Clarkson book for a while.

Oh joy. Jeremy’s back, with Really? We

discover the Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is not

so much wild horse as mild pony, how the

Alpina B5 is grown-up thrills in a light-speed

La-Z-Boy, and what, exactly, is the point of a

driverless car? Michael Joseph, R320 • When

James Mercer’s family is financially ruined

by the institutions they trusted, they were

shattered, and he sets out to recoup what

they’re owed. It’s not theft... it’s payback. Andy

McNab’s Whatever It Takes is the gripping

tale of how James’s solo crusade falls foul of

the very people he seeks to rob – the people

who own most of the world’s wealth. Packed

with relentless action that (scarily) shows the

world as it really is. Bantam Press, R297 • Adam

Hamdy’s Black 13 could well be the most

frightening book you’ll read all year. Why?

Because it‘s about the way hate, generated by

radical extremists, is the world’s rising – and

most terrifying – destroyer. It’s the story of ex-

MI6 agent, Scott Pearce, who’s lured into the

deadly fight to protect Britain from this new

menace, and is a glued-to-the-pages read.

Pan Macmillan, R299

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Wish list

Beautiful, yummy and absolutely must-haves

SOAK UP THE LAST BIT OF SUN

Oh how we miss those relaxing summer beach days... Sigh.

Just before the autumn chill sets in, we are soaking up

the last bit of sunshine and it

doesn’t get better than this

yellow Selmark swimsuit

from Barclay & Clegg.

Swimwear prices from

R1 800. Details: www.

barclayclegg.co.za

INDULGENCE GALORE!

This is the coolest bubble bath we’ve ever seen.

Yes, this reusable lemon bubble brush from Lush

creates bubbles with every paint stroke. Simply

take your brush and hold

it under running water to

get the bubbles going. The

lemon bubble brush will

create swishes of zesty lemony

bubbles and bright yellow

bath waters while the lime

and sweet wild orange oils

will refresh, body, mind and

soul. Plus, did we mention

that it’s plastic-free? R89.

Details: za.lush.com

Quirky yet functional. How cute is

this Happy Hour Gin & Tonic Lip Balm

in lemon flavour? It’s the

perfect gift idea for the gin lover,

R29. Available in two other slogans.

Details: www.niftygifts.co.za

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Brownie Bomb is a raw date brownie ball oozing

with all kinds of exciting centre and covered in

rich dark chocolate, R20 each. Details: nanuki.co.za


TEA’LISCIOUS

Ever heard of craft tea? Über Flavour’s honey and lemon

craft rooibos ice tea has the smoothness of honey, the zing of

lemon and the tang of rooibos tea. Yum! Just like true Japanese

tea masters, it is brewed using only natural ingredients –

honest-to-goodness honey, lemon and cinnamon with no

chemical in sight, R138 for a case of six bottles, 330ml.

Details: uberflavour.com

Take your love of tea to a whole new level with this

functional and beautiful Ibili Tea Box from Yuppiechef,

R359. It consists of six or nine departments and made is

from pine wood, R359. Details: www.yuppiechef.com

YOUR OWN HONEY BEE

New wheels never looked this good. We’re, of course, talking about the Kia Picanto Street in

honey bee yellow. It comes with electric heated door mirrors, front and rear electric windows,

a driver safety window, a 7” infotainment radio, Apple car play and Android auto, steel 14 inch

with full size wheel covers and more. It’s pretty cute, hey?

Prices range between

R179 995 and R202 995.

R4 000 cash back on the

whole Kia Picanto range for

the month of March. Details:

www.kiacenturion.co.za

Looking for the

ultimate girls’ day out?

Goddess Café in

Waterkloof is trendy, quirky

and the ultimate hightea

venue. And it’s most

definitely Insta-worthy!

Indulge in an espresso

macchiato topped with

frothed pink milk, a lucky

fortune latte (coffee latte

topped with crunchy rice

crispies and cheerios)...

Oh and do give their

American pancake stack

(Ferrero Rocher chocolate

sauce, thick cream,

muscovado sugar, berries,

pomegranate, syrup and

toasted coconut) a try.

Details: goddesscafe.co.za

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Sybrand Harris amd Suzanne Loots

Marize Vogel and AJ Hugo


Boeremark fun

If you’ve never been to the Boeremark on a Saturday morning,

it’s time to check it out. Not even a drizzle can keep shoppers

away. The market sells everything from agricultural to hand-made

products and the market has been growing from strength to

strength since its inception in October 1992. There has even been

international interest. “We started off with about 15 or 20 stalls.

We now have about 250 to 260 vendors at any given time,” Johan

Van Wyk, manager of the Boeremark says. The market is attended

by about 5 000 people every Saturday between 5am and 10am.

You can grab a coffee, shop and go on with your regular Saturday

morning activities by 7am. See you at the next market!

Details: www.pretoriaboeremark.co.za

Christian du Plooy and Michelise Swart

Robin and Suzanne Sabran

Heinrich, Aldrich and Chris Prinsloo

Marcus Coetser

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MOVING...

Read more about Jaenette at

www.getitmagazine.co.za/pretoria

Text: MARIËTTE VAN NIEKERK / Cover and profile photographer: MARILIZE COETZEE PHOTOGRAPHY

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UPWARDS AND ONWARDS

She’s always dreamt of working and being part of the entertainment industry and

for the past year, Jaenette Jacobs is living it. We find out more about her goals, road

to success and future plans.

Her smile stretches from ear to

ear and it’s hard not to miss the

twinkle in her eyes when she

speaks. Heads definitely turn

when Jaenette Jacobs walks into a

room, making it very easy to see why

32-year-old Jaenette is a successful

model and television personality.

But don’t think it’s all glitz and

glamour. Life has knocked her down

more than once and Jaenette is no

stranger to heartbreak.

In 2004, when she was in grade 11,

Jaenette’s dad passed away after

being killed in a freak shooting

incident that took place at the

family’s home. “We were having a

Sunday braai and our neighbour

at the time was for some reason

fiddling with his gun. It accidentally

went off when he turned in my

father’s direction and my dad was

tragically ripped from our family,”

Jaenette says.

Her dad was her role model who

loved and cared for everyone around

him. “The biggest lesson I’ve learnt

from him was to always stay humble,

know the value of manners and to

unselfishly care about others,” the

beauty says.

She always knew she wanted a

career in the entertainment industry.

“I think my love for the industry

comes from the many music

videos I featured in over the years,

a love for the camera, old romantic

relationships and of course, the

many businesspeople I was fortunate

enough to meet throughout the

years also contributed,” Jaenette says.

She was discovered when she was

19-years-old while working as a

waiter at Wimpy in the Moot. “I used

to serve this one lady who was a

photographer. One day she gave

me her card and told me to go to

her studio for a photo session. After

a two-hour session the images

appeared in the PIX magazine, sold

in CNA at that time. After that I was

regularly invited for workshops in

Swaziland and that’s how my career

as a model started,” she says. She

was favoured by some of the best

photographers in the business and

even appeared in FHM.

For three years in a row she was listed

on FHM’s Top 100 most beautiful

women in the world and graced the

pages of the magazine alongside

other well-known celebrities like

Minki van der Westhuizen and

Jennifer Lopez. Her career took off

and she’s since then appeared in 18

music videos.

In 2019 after her relationship with

local singer Juan Boucher came to

an end, Jaenette decided to enter

Apprentesses 2019 (Sterstatus), a

competition aimed at giving one

lucky lady a foot in the door of the

entertainment industry, and her

whole world changed.

“I went through a very difficult and

sad time after my engagement

was broken off but I dusted myself

off and became the best version

of myself I possibly could be.

Through the experience I realised

that so many women do not have

voices to speak out and do not

believe in themselves. I entered the

competition for those women. To

show them that no matter what you

go through in life, just look up to

God. Even when you fall, it is never

too late to start over. It is never too

late to chase your dreams and make

a difference. You are blessed so you

can bless others,” Jaenette says.

The competition ran for six months

whereby the contestants had to

go through numerous tests like

acting, ramp walking, photoshoot

challenges and many more. The

contestants were constantly watched

and evaluated until a winner was

finally announced. As winner,

Jaenette got sponsors for nails,

hair, events, clothing, and much

more. She will be the presenter for

Apprentesses (Sterstatus) 2020 series to

be aired on VIA channel 147.

“The challenges had me stressed

quite a lot. Not everyone does well

in all the challenges and if you

didn’t perform you were voted out,”

Jaenette says.

For others wanting to make it big in

the industry the model and television

personality has some sound advice.

“Never change your values and

norms or lose yourself as a person.

Be yourself, believe in yourself, keep

dreaming, work hard and grab every

opportunity that comes your way

with both hands. And of course, most

important of all – stay humble.”

But it’s also a lot of fun. Like being

able to attend some of the biggest

and glitziest events, meet your

favourite celebs and learn from

the best. Jaenette even had the

opportunity to visit the stage

production Aspoestertjie and

mingle with the cast and crew

behind the scenes.

Apart from her work with

Apprentesses (Sterstaus) and

modelling, Jaenette who boasts

a BCom Accounting degree is also

an entrepreneur working on her

own marketing company. She’s

also involved in the health and

security services.

Her dream is to one day open her

own modelling school but for now

Jaenette is focused on her new

business venture, her book and a

brand new blog.

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TAKE BACK YOUR POWER

There’s a brand new movie out this month and the aim is to de-activate the stigma

surrounding the word and title of the film, Moffie. We caught up with one of the

local actors, Shaun Smit to find out more.

Born and bred in Pretoria,

cinematographer, actor, model,

colourist and film editor,

Shaun Smit was made for the

entertainment industry.

If you are a fan of The Rocky Horror

Picture Show, you might even

recognise him as Rocky, from the

2014 to 2015 production that

was showcased at Pieter Toerien’s

Montecasino Theatre.

He started his professional acting

career in Henry Mylne’s theatre

production of Vaselientjie at the

Aardklop and Woordfees festivals

and has been making his mark in the

entertainment industry ever since. He

has been working behind the camera

the last few years, but his first love

will always be acting.

Growing up, the 28-year-old’s family

moved all over the capital city and

he attended Laerskool Hermanstad,

Laerskool Wonderboom, Laerskool

Danie Malan, Hoërskool Pretoria-

Noord, Hoërskool Waterkloof and

Hoërskool Wonderboom.

After finishing matric he enrolled at

the University of Technology to study

Musical Theatre, but soon found his

way to Cape Town and the rest, as

they say, is history.

The Pretorian will be seen during

the month of March in a brand

new Afrikaans movie, Moffie. Yes,

the name is a bit risqué but the film

promises brilliance and touches on

some serious topics that need some

discussion. But don’t let the name

fool you. It’s not just a film about

being gay. It’s a film with tremendous

power that aims to de-activate the

stigma surrounding the word ‘moffie’.

It’s intentionally chosen and is used

big and boldly on the movie poster

to help the word lose its power.

The movie tells the story of Nicholas

Van der Swart who has long known

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he is different. There is something

shameful and unacceptable in

him that must stay hidden, denied

even. But South Africa’s minority

government is embroiled in conflict

at the Angolian border and all young

white men over 16 must serve two

years of compulsory military service

to defend the Apartheid regime and

its culture of toxic racist machismo.

The ‘black danger’ is the real and

present threat; what is wrong with

Nicholas and others like him can be

rooted out, treated and cured like

a cancer. But just when fear pushes

Nicholas to accept unspeakable

horrors in the hopes of staying

invisible, a tender relationship

with another recruit becomes as

dangerous for them both as any

enemy fire.

Shaun first found out about

the movie through his agent and

just knew he had to audition. After

a year of auditions for various roles,

call-backs and chemistry reads,

he finally got cast in the role of

Dewald Van der Merwe. “I actually

fell in love with the character, with

his good and worse character traits.

Empathy with your character is in

my view one of the easiest ways to

portray a believable character,”

Shaun says.

To prepare for his role, the talented

actor spent weeks figuring out who

Dewald was: his history, his dreams,

what made him sad, on which side

he slept better, how he felt about

other people. “I tried to picture him

as realistically as possible in my

mind. I also did research and spoke

to people who were in the army to

get as much information about the

period in South Africa’s history as

possible,” Shaun adds.

Filming took about six weeks, says

Shaun but it felt more like a lifetime

when comparing the weight of the

story and the lifelong friendships

that were made.

He describes the movie as “beautiful,

heartbreaking, touching, honest

and important.”

The film has been shown

internationally in England, North-

America, Greece, and Morocco and

Shaun says it has reached audiences

he’s never even dreamt about.

His favourite movie premiere was

at the Venice International Film

Festival. “A group of us attended

and to see the movie’s name in

all the festival programmes was

amazing. Festivalgoers saw the word

‘moffie’ and had so many questions

and I could speak with such pride

about the film. If it wasn’t for all the

photos and videos on my phone I

sometimes think it didn’t happen,”

he says.

“The border war and what happened

during that specific time period

is something that often gets

overlooked – those that were

there don’t want to speak about

it. The movie is for everyone in

our country. It will help you better

understand the time, your parents,

and grandparents; no matter which

side of the gun they stood. For me

personally, it’s a work of art, frame to

frame,” Shaun says.

He further explains the many themes

the film touches: social systems and

the effect its having on lives, the

army, love, oppression, life, death,

shock, sadness, what it takes to be

a man, family’s influence in your life,

friends and more.

Whether the people of South Africa

will be ready for a movie like Moffie,

Shaun is adamant. “Without a doubt.

It’s time,” he says.

Being an openly gay man himself,


Shaun had to endure a lot of

criticism over the years. “Over the

years it’s been a very difficult and

sad experience. Never mind the

negative comments from others,

but even more so I had to accept

myself for who and what Shaun is,”

he explains.

Any advice for others being

criticised or judged for their sexual

orientation? “If I can look you in

the eye I would say to immediately

stop caring what others say about

you. There is nothing wrong with

you, and you are not going to hell.

But remember, don’t let yourself

be labeled. Be who you want to be,

not just in what you wear or how

you style your hair, but also in who

you choose to love. The people

that criticize you will get fewer and

you will only get stronger. Also

remember that certain things you

love now might just be because

of your surroundings, school, TVprogrammes

you watch, etc. Always

be open to get to know yourself

better,” he says.

One look at him and it’s easy to

see why he’s also a successful model.

He was part of campaigns for

Men’s Health, Calvin Klein and Uber.

So how does he stay in such good

shape? “Balance, balance, balance.

You don’t have to eat a carrot a day

and exercise for three hours – it

will make your soul unhappy, and

that, in turn, will affect your physical

health. Don’t eat McDonalds every

day but after a Saturday night party

and you’re in the mood for

a McFeast, go for it. You don’t have

to spend every day in the gym to

stay active.”

When Shaun is not busy working, he

loves to listen to music, make music,

discover new music, gym with

music, drink wine and enjoy music,

find old music and share music with

friends. Yes, he loves music.

He might be only 28 years old but

Shaun knows how to work hard.

Anything he cannot do? “Well, I

can’t cook. But slowly but surely I

am learning the ways of the stove.

I just sometimes get too creative

and then the food is very pretty

but doesn’t taste too great. I usually

get Kauai or get food wherever I’m

shooting on the day,” he laughs.

SEE THE

MOVIE MOFFIE IN

CINEMAS FROM

13 MARCH

Text: MARIËTTE VAN NIEKERK / Photography: SUPPLIED

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Dermatological French

Laboratoire SVR’s Hydraline

Riche is an intense moisturising

cream, promising 24-hour

hydration, comfort and radiance.

R210. Laboratoire SVR

Physiopure Micellar Water is

perfect for women looking for

make-up removal in a single step.

It works on face, eyes and lips

and has a non-sticky finish. R277.

Available from Clicks.

NUXE Crème Fraiche de Beauté

Cream is a moisturising cream

with plant milks and algae extract

and promises a whopping 48-hour

hydration. It also soothes and

protects the skin from pollution,

leaving the skin looking fresh,

soft and full all day long. R495

from Woolworths, Truworths and

Foschini.

For a moisture-loaded

cream for your face,

try Filorga Hydra–

Filler Pro-youth

Boosting Moisturiser,

which helps the skin

to self-regulate its

moisture levels and

also prevents moisture

from being lost. R905

Filorga’s Anti-ageing

Micellar Solution is an

anti-ageing cleansing

formulation that allows

you to clean your skin

and remove make-up

in one single step, with

no need to rinse. R450.

Both from Edgars.

Compiled by: KYM ARGO.

365 Skin Workout‘s Skin Hydrating Serum deeply moisturises and re-plumps skin

to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Great for refreshing the delicate eye area, too. R775.

The Ultimate Day hydrates and promotes a healthy skin barrier, visibly improving the

appearance and texture of the skin. R530. Both from Sorbet stores. • Elizabeth Arden

Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex is a lightweight, oil-free gel cream

that provides continuous hydration for a full 24 hours. It also evens skin tone and texture

and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. R315 from Edgars, Foschini

and Woolworths • Exuviance Deep Hydration Treatment is a water-gel formula that

simply melts into your skin, refilling deep moisture reserves and neutralising daily

environmental damage while you sleep. R920. Details: genop.co.za/stockists

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Just add

WATER

Moisturise, moisturise,

moisturise is our

mantra this month

For moisture-loaded products for hair, we love Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (R485) and Weighless Hydrating

Mask (R555), just two of the incredible products in this range. It’s one of those ranges where you just can’t go wrong.

Details: moroccanoil.com/za • Great, too, is the Biosense range... this Hydrate Shampoo (R170) and Hydrate Conditioner

(R180) are regular products in our shower. Details: biosense.co.za • For powerful anti-ageing without irritation, try the Bio-

Hydrating Cream from NeoStrata’s Restore range. High strength, it’s designed to reduce the visible signs of ageing,

exfoliates and restores a healthy looking texture and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. R531 Details: genop.co.za/

stockists • Gatineau Aquamemory Concentrate is an intensive light-weight serum designed to dramatically boost moisture

levels, providing immediate and long-lasting relief for tight, dry skin. R930, from Woolworths, Truworths & Dis-Chem. • GOSH

Copenhagen’s Micellar Cleansing Water (R195), which purifies the skin while reducing shine and visible pores, is one of

the exceptional products in this range. Also look out for the 24 Hour Moisture Cream (R395) and 24 Hour Moisture Gel

(R395). You’ll find them at Edgars.

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BE ON

TREND

THIS

FALL

With the new season

rolling in we definitely

won’t mind a wardrobe

overhaul. To help us

shop the latest autumn

and winter fashion

trends we enrolled the

help of the style team

at The Box Fashion.

COLOUR IS

EVERYTHING

Brown is the new black

and it’s not as boring as

it sounds. Head-to-toe

outfits in cream, beige or

camel were first spotted

in spring 2019, but for the

colder seasons, you can look

forward to warmer tones

of tans and golden browns

paired with mustard yellows

and opulent jewel tones.

While fashion is turning

more towards nature for

inspiration, it’s not ignoring

the impact that technology

has on our lives. Digital

colours like lilac pinks, deep

mints and darker reds are all

part of this trend and pairs

well with lighter colours.

As the temperatures drop

you can also expect to see a

lot of darker browns such as

Tree Bark and Truffle as well

as slate and charcoal for the

more classic looks.

LOOK OUT

FOR PRINTS

Never underestimate

the power of a

good print. If you’re

struggling to put

an outfit together,

start with a print and

combine items in

colours found in

the print for a

polished and coordinated

outfit. This

season we are seeing

quaint hand-drawn

florals and leaves that

mimic the changing

of the seasons.

Florals are usually

associated with spring,

but if you keep to

more muted tones it is

guaranteed to go with

all your transitional

wardrobe items.

And for winter…

don’t get rid of any

check prints you

might have. Traditional

tweeds and tartans are

definitely here to stay.

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The slouchier shape in a powdery pink

colour will definitely make a statement.

SHOP THESE STAPLES

Who says suits are strictly for the

boardroom? Follow suit with one of

the biggest trends this season - the

power suit. Matching coloured suits

are available in various fabrics, colours

and silhouettes. Wear it during the

week with strappy block heels or with

sneakers and a tee over the weekend.

A matching suit always gives a

polished look, but you can also wear

the blazer and trousers separately

to open more options. Wear your

blazer with skirts and dresses or your

trousers with blouses and knits.

If you have a bolder style, a suit in a marvellous

marigold colour makes for a sartorial showstopper.

LOVING LAYERS

The days of having a summer and

winter wardrobe are over! Why would

you want to pack some cute summer

pieces away if you can wear it all year

long? The secret to this is layering 3-4

pieces. Pick carefully because you should

be able to wear each piece on its own or

together with one other item to ensure

that your outfit stays interesting. For

example, a collared shirt, knit, jacket and

scarf. As the day gets warmer, you can

either remove your scarf and jacket or

even your knit and jacket – and you

will still look polished.

If you are fuller figured, colder seasons

can be daunting. Instead of layering

up with thick jackets or knits that add

unnecessary volume, rather opt for

a thin thermal vest or tank top that

keeps your body heat in and then add

a normal shirt, blouse or dress over.

Just make sure the tank top or vest is

not visible, as that is not the look you’re

necessarily going for.

What is The Box Fashion?

The Box Fashion is South Africa’s first accessory membership service for women who want to look good and feel

great, but don’t necessarily have the time (or energy!) to go from shop to shop to update their wardrobe. Each season

members receive a box filled with the latest high-end accessories together with expert style advice on how to wear

the accessories according to their style personality and body shape. The Box Fashion recently launched their

Autumn 2020 Box. For more information on how to become a member, visit theboxfashion.co.za.

Models: SHASKIA JOHN DEBORAH CHAMBERS / Photographer: CREATIVE EMPORIUM / Creative Director: WINESSA POTGIETER / Stylist: FRELETTE VAN NIEKERK /

Hair & Make-up: LIEZL LE FAY AND ANNICE ROUX GERBER / Assistant: LIZE DE KLERK / Venue: THE WHIPPET MELVILLE

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YOGA FOR A

STRESS-FREE YOU

The year kicked off with a bang but it’s important to find time to slow down and not let

stress get the best of you. Local yoga coach, Linda van der Walt from Li Yoga shares why

yoga is the perfect way to ease stress and live a more confident life.

Linda van

der Walt

“Yoga is a systemic science, method,

and form of teaching to understand

your body and your mind. And not

only that, but also what is beyond the

body and mind. In practicing yoga

you’ll learn how to live in nature with

harmony. It’s a way of reconnecting

with your body and mind,” Linda van

der Walt, local yoga coach and owner

of Li Yoga in Lynnwood explains.

After a long week at the office,

handling daily stress tends to become

a way of life. But what if there’s a way

to deal with stress and get some

exercise in? We definitely want in.

“Stress is not a condition created by

nature... it’s the human mind. It’s our

daily busy lifestyles, our conditioning

and our expectations that are the

major cause of stress but in yoga,

we are reconditioning what has

been conditioned through physical

exercise (Asana) , pranayam (breathing

exercise) and meditation (relaxing the

mind). In time and through practice

we release the tension and stress from

our body and mind and slowly come

back to your natural being,” Linda says.

As a form of exercise, yoga is a natural

way to increase serotonin production.

The production of serotonin, in

turn, plays a role in the treatment of

depression. It is also believed to play

a major role in happiness and can be

very effective in developing coping

skills and reaching a more positive

outlook on life.

“With the incorporation of meditation

and breathing, yoga can help improve

a person’s mental well-being. Regular

yoga practice creates mental clarity

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and calmness and even increases

body awareness,” Linda adds.

Linda continues to explain that

through yoga one realises that you

can’t control all things at the same

time. But, you can control your own

self and respond to life and situations

mindfully. The breathing and

meditation will help.

Interested? Here are a few things you

need to know about yoga.

WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL

BENEFITS OF YOGA?

- Reduces stress

- Helps anxiety and depression

- Improves energy and sleeplessness

- Improves respiration and vitality

- Improves flexibility, strength, and

posture

- Reduces body pain

- Maintaining metabolism

- Weight reduction

WHAT ARE THE MENTAL BENEFITS

OF YOGA?

- Manage stress

- Coping skills

- Improve mental well-being

- Mental clarity and calmness

- Increases body awareness

- Relieves chronic stress patterns

- Relaxes the mind

- Centres attention

- Sharpens concentration

HOW MANY CLASSES PER WEEK

IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE

OPTIMAL RESULTS?

Three classes per week are advisable

and classes normally run between

30 and 45 minutes per day. “Here the

quality and quantity support each

other which means the more time

you put in the more efficient the

results will be. But don’t stress about

your body in the beginning. Allow the

body and the mind to adapt to yoga

at your own pace,” Linda advises.

CAN ANYONE PRACTICE YOGA?

It doesn’t matter how old you are -

7 or 70. Without any restrictions,

anyone can start practicing yoga

without any special skills. All you

need is an open mind, can-do

attitude, acceptance and adjustment.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT CLASSES

FOR DIFFERENT LEVELS?

For beginners the slow Hatha and

warm-up series are great. Thereafter

you can start with the more intense

Ashtanga series and then move

into the Vinyasa Flow for the more

advanced practitioners. “It is also a

personal preference, I absolutely love

Hatha yoga and some people prefer

to stick to one type so the body

can gradually adapt to the Asanas

exercises,” Linda says.

WHAT EQUIPMENT AND

CLOTHING ARE NEEDED TO

DO YOGA?

“We call it props and as a beginner

you only need a yoga mat. Yoga belts,

cushions and bricks can also be used.

Bring comfy clothes and a smile to

class, we supply the rest,” Linda says.

HOW MUCH DOES A CLASS COST?

Class costs varies. Linda offers digital

yoga classes to busy moms or

working woman who have limited

time to exercise at R199 per month

and it can be done in the comfort

of their own homes. Weekly group

classes are R320 per month and drop

in classes are R110 per class.

WHAT DO CORPORATE

SESSIONS ENTAIL?

It’s very beneficial for corporates to

look after their staff’s well being. By

offering an onsite yoga class, you

are making an investment in your

organization. You are demonstrating

a concern for your employees which

translates to increased morale.

You are providing a teambuilding

opportunity; employees relate to

one another outside the confines

of their roles in your organization,

strengthening workplace

relationships and contributing to

increased productivity. I offer

30 min weekly sessions and it can be

facilitated either indoors or outdoors

at the company.

WHAT IS A YOGA PARTY?

With more and more people

becoming more mindful and

approaching health in a more holistic

manner, a yoga party is a great way to

spend a birthday, bachelorette or any

special occasions with friends.

Cool, hey?

“At Li Yoga we offer green smoothies,

a healthy breakfast table, floral crowns

and a 60 minute yoga session at your

party venue/home. We can provide

theme coloured mats and assist as

much or as little as required,” Linda

says. For more information or to book

a class, get in contact with Linda at

linvdwalt@gmail.com.

YOGA WITH HEART

Linda has started a community

outreach project where she offers

yoga classes to people who may not

have ever tried yoga. She’s in the

process of registering her NPO and

is currently working with a group of

25 refugees in PTA CBD. “The impact

that this weekly class and interaction

has made on their lives are beautiful

to see. My goal is to expand my

community yoga to orphanages,

elderly homes and female inmates.

I truly believe by assisting the body

we are opening the mind and growth,

so transformation and happiness

can take place,” Linda explains. To

get involved please contact Linda at

linvdwalt@gmail.com.

The reverse prayer/penguin pose is

an upper body posture that helps

strengthen your arms, shoulders and

targets your arms and abdomen.

Singing bowls make a vibrating

sound and are often used to promote

relaxation at the end of sessions.

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Images: CRESCENT STUDIO


FOOD

AFICIONADOS

UNITE!

When last did you and your love (or a group of friends) sit down for a

delicious meal at a fancy restaurant? Well, there’s no time like the present.

Here are a few of our favourite local foodie hotspots. Enjoy!

THE SOCIAL GRILL

Situated just outside of town in Pretoriuspark,

The Social Grill is a must visit. Grab a drink or sit down

for a meal with the family at this tranquil hotspot.

Surrounded by nature, you are sure to relax and unwind

while the classic food creations (with a modern twist)

will most definitely tickle your taste buds. Oh, and then

there’s the braai areas…

The extensive menu includes yummy options like the

Voortrekker salad (mixed greens, dukkah, butternut,

biltong, avo slices and feta), Spatchcock (700g chicken

flattie marinated in creamy peri-peri sauce, flame grilled),

baby beets (pickled baby beetroot topped with feta,

mint and balsamic glaze with wholegrain mustard) and

tiramisu. On Sundays, they have #SouvlaSundays – a

Greek-styled feast so make sure to swing by.

Trading hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11am till 10pm, Friday

to Saturday 11am till 11pm, Sunday 11am till 6pm.

Details: www.socialgrill.co.za

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FERMIER

Created with the aim to become completely selfsustainable

by creating an entire “ecosystem” - from the

fish and vegetables to the livestock used, Fermier creates

a dining experience where not only the tender cuts are

used, but rather the whole animal (head to tail cooking).

Even the building seems to have ‘organically’ grown from

the earth as soil from the area has been used to build

rammed earth walls, poles as the skeleton and recycled

wood for the classing and doors. The overall feel – farm

life. To enhance the look and feel the crockery, tables

and chairs have all been designed and handmade by

the artisans from the Karoo Yard where the restaurant is

situated. Their nine-course menu will set you back R650

per person and a wine pairing is R350.

Trading hours: Tuesday to Saturday set seating time is 7pm.

Book now: 076-072-5261 or send an email to

bookings@fermierrestaurant.com.

Details: www.fermierrestaurant.com


CENTRAL.

Ask any true foodie about Central. and they won’t

be able to stop gushing. Located in the heart of

the Village, Hazelwood, the restaurant has been 25

years in the making. If you love Mediterranean food,

then Central. is the place to be. As the origins of the

name suggest, Central. is all about family, food and

love, all that is central to owner Dino Retosos’ heart.

Their menu is pretty impressive and they have

quite the meat selection. Vegetarian?

No problem, try the Shiitake Mushroom Moussaka,

Spring Rosotto or the Big Green Central. Bowl.

Even the drinks menu will have you impressed: nonalcoholic

options, beers (local, international and

craft), cocktails, gin, wine, whisky and more.

Trading hours: Monday to Saturday 8am till 4pm

Book now: 012-340-0123 or send

an email to eat@centralrestaurant.co.za

Details: www.centralrestaurant.co.za

SWARTSKAAP BISTRO

Ever felt like you just want to escape the hustle and

bustle of city life? What if we told you that you could

do just that without actually leaving the city’s borders?

Yup! Swartskaap Bistro, situated at Sherewood Lodge in

Shere is just the place to grab a coffee and something

to eat when daily life gets too hectic. The team has a

simple and fresh homemade food philosophy while

the relaxing and casual atmosphere that Sherewood

has to offer makes for the perfect backdrop to any

event – dinner with your love, coffee with the girls,

or birthday celebrations. Choose between the many

breakfast options, snacks and sandwiches, freshly made

salads, Swartskaap’s homemade pie and sweet treats.

Or just fall in for a glass (or two) of wine.

Trading hours: Tuesday to Friday 07:30am till 5pm,

Saturday to Sunday 8am till 12pm. Open for dinner

Thursday and Fridays, booking is essential.

Call: 012-809-2398. Details: www.sherewoodlodge.co.za

WHISK WINE BAR

This laid-back venue offers quality and delicious food

and drinks in a relaxed environment. Oh, and this isn’t

your typical wine bar either. They have a large outdoor

play area, so you can bring the kids along. How cool is that? It’s

a firm favourite among Irene residents and the bar boasts one

of the widest varieties of spirits in the Pretoria area, so you know

you want to swing by for a taste. The menu includes a few family

secret recipes and the venue is perfect for all kinds of events

and functions, including kids parties. Choose between gourmet

sandwiches and wraps, pies, grills, salads, burgers, pizzas, pasta or

their hearty meals. And their desserts. Oh, the desserts!

Von Pickartz waffles, deep fried Oreo cookies with Nutella sauce

and ice-cream (Milk & Cookies), deepfried cheesecake springrolls

with cream or ice cream (Cheesarillos) and more. Yum!

Trading hours: Monday to Thursday 7am till 11pm,

Friday 7am till midnight, Saturday 8am till midnight

and Sunday 8am till 5pm.

Details: 012-667-2883 or visit www.whiskwinebar.com

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ADVERTORIAL

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Inside the Chapel

The Banquet Hall

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LUXURY AND ROMANCE IN

THE HEART OF CENTURION

If you’re looking for the perfect venue to tie the knot at, you’ll absolutely

fall in love with Candlewoods Boutique Venue in Centurion.

It has everything from the beautiful landscaped gardens, tranquil environment and picturesque

buildings which screams romance.

“Candlewoods Boutique Venue is the most beautiful venue, in a quiet suburban area. Driving

past on numerous occasions created dreams inside me, and as an old friend of mine always

says, ‘If you can dream it, you can do it!’ The owners have known me for quite some time, and

they offered me a lease agreement from March 2019 where I operate as business owner, Willie

van Zyl explains.

From the first step onto the property it’s easy to see why so many couples decide to get married at

Candlewoods Boutique Venue. The property boasts the most beautiful architectural features that

gives the venue a contemporary classic feel. The chapel features the most beautiful stained-glass

windows and the venue has the most impressive imported chandeliers. “The venue already had

so much character, we only changed the menu and service according to our business standards,”

Willie adds.

The Candlewoods Chapel officially opened on 1 December 2009 and the venue followed suit

in 2012.

So what sets Candlewoods Boutique Venue apart from all the other wedding venues in and

around Pretoria, you might ask?

“Definitely our beautiful classic venue, personal attention, attention to detail and our mouthwatering

menus. Every function is special to us and we want to put our signature on each,” Willie

explains their philosophy.

Candlewoods Boutique Venue is the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, corporate

functions, birthday functions, year-end functions, launches, team building and more. If you have a

celebration, Candlewoods is the place to be.

For a formal function the venue can accommodate up to 180 guests and the minimum guest

count for a function is 60. Conferences can be booked for between 15 and 100 guests.

Chapel wedding packages include chapel hire, the podium, a red carpet, rose petals as confetti,

décor, flowers and more while the banquet hall package includes everything from welcoming

drinks to flowers, the wedding cake and a cash bar. Trust us, their in-house catering and décor

specialists will ensure an unforgettable experience.

Candlewoods also offers off-site catering and events. The in-house coordinating team will assist in

all aspects of planning and logistics to ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

And don’t forget about the guesthouse on the estate. It has 17 rooms and a bridal cottage for you

and your guests to stay at after partying the night away. Candlewoods Guest House is a Victorian

style building with a pich roof and wooden windows. It dates back to 1859 and is built on a farm

originally owned by Rasmus Erasmus. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and a great view over

Centurion it’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is situated close to

Centurion Mall, SuperSport Park, the Pretoria City Centre, Midrand and Johannesburg.

Oh, and while you are there make sure to check out the Spa de la Veille. Treatments include back,

neck and shoulder massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, a romantic package for two, tanning

treatments and a Roman Bath.

Bookings are essential and do keep an eye out on the Candlewoods Boutique Venue Facebookpage

for dinner and theatre events hosted from time to time. It’s a real treat.


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Magic of Makalali

Some of the best sightings SA reserves can offer. Charismatic field guides

and charming bush textures. An authentic African experience awaits...

Compiled by: Daniella Graham

From seeking big and small game to telling bushveld tales, the field guides

take you on an extraordinary African adventure.

There’s something wonderfully romantic about Makalali River Lodge and

the bathtubs that overlook the reserve are one of the highlights.

A Land Cruiser’s engine roars into

action. Hippos groan. Buffaloes grunt.

These are (some of ) the sounds of

Africa. They surrounded us recently as

we sat at a waterhole in the

26 000-hectare Aha Makalali Private

Game Reserve near Hoedspruit.

What was that? A lion growling? No,

it was someone’s stomach grumbling

… time for sundowners. It wasn’t

long before we were standing with a

cool G&T in one hand and a stick of

dry wors in the other. Aware of the

wildness around us.

On our first afternoon game drive we’d

already spotted two of the Big Five

and, during our short stay, we’d go on

to see a further two of these big game

animals, as well as a pack of wild dogs

hunting impalas.

We couldn’t possibly take credit for

spotting the game first – the field

guides and trackers are excellent. They

have a great sense of humour – they

tell us they ‘eat their carrots’. When the

message, ‘We want to see a spotted

leopard,’ reached our field guide during

a game of broken telephone, he

laughed heartily and joked, ‘Oh, you

want to see a spotted leopard? Today

we were going to look for a plain one!’

We learn the tourism group, Tourvest

is educating even more field guides

through a fully-sponsored course at

the Tourvest Field Guide Academy,

based at the reserve.

The field guides make sundowners

far from ordinary. On our last evening,

lanterns were set up in a circle at a

spot in the reserve. A gin bar to one

side. Comfy cushions scattered in the

middle. It was ‘Bush TV’ at its finest.

Impalas and wildebeest grazed a little

distance away, while daring blackbacked

jackals crept close to the

snack table, hoping to score a piece

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The game-viewing experience continues at the

lodges, even while you take a cool splash in the pool.

Pictured here is the Main Lodge pool.

of biltong. They didn’t! As darkness

fell, we heard an unfamiliar sound…

another of the Big Five!

Yes, we’re bragging... but with some

of the best game viewing South

African reserves can offer – trust

us – it’s tough to leave the game

drives. But the bush adventures

continue at Makalali. You can

choose to stay at the Main Lodge

or River Lodge – both are set in the

reserve without a boundary fence

which fuels your authentic African

experience. The décor, design and

textures at these lodges scream

bushveld, and swimming in any of

the pools becomes a game-viewing

experience. We watched warthogs

wallowing in the mud near the Main

Lodge pool.

At night, an African tale and piece

of sweet fudge was placed by our

turned-down bed. One night, we

found a little decorated box with

a cute handmade pottery animal

inside - ours was a zebra and there

are six others in the collection. This

lovely keepsake was crafted by artists

from Gala Star – a company that

enables underprivileged people to

improve their lives by making art

that’s sold in the tourism market.

The luxurious rooms at the main

lodge are hotel-like and cosy with

a spacious bathroom… and an

outdoor shower. You can get two

rooms with an inter-leading door –

handy for families.

Planning a romantic getaway?

Book the River Lodge. Perfect

for a honeymoon! And fret not

when they don’t give you a key for

your room – you don’t need one!

The rooms’ design and décor are

charmingly bona fide bushveld –

think a mosquito net-draped bed,

cosy fireplace and comfy seat on

the veranda. And you’ll probably feel

very, very clean because who could

resist a splash in the oh-so-appealing

outdoor shower, indoor shower and

bathtub overlooking the reserve. The

bathrooms are so impressive they

Make a booking

have a bay window seating area, for

goodness sake!

A bush holiday isn’t really complete

without dinner in a boma… try the

sweet home-made bread and the

venison meat dishes which have

a uniquely African touch – think

kudu potjie or crocodile sosaties.

It’s definitely a ditch-the-diet kind

of holiday… in-between brekkie,

lunch and dinner there are pre-game

drive snacks – like decadent chocchip

cookies in the mornings and

afternoon high tea – as well as bush

coffees and sundowners in

the reserve.

In short... when the toughest part

of your day is dodging wayward

hanging branches as your field guide

seeks a terrific sighting, you know

you’re in a magical place.

Main Lodge superior rooms from R4 520 a person sharing, for a maximum of two

people a room and one child under the age of three in a cot. There are interleading

rooms for a maximum of two people a room and children over the age of

two will need their own bed, and are charged at 50 per cent of the adult-sharing

rate. River Lodge suites from R6 225 a person sharing with a maximum of two

adults a suite. There’s one family suite for two adults and three children under the

age of 12, charged at 50 per cent of the adult-sharing rate. These rates include

all meals, two game drives daily and a one per cent tourism levy, but exclude

conservation levy. Details: 010-442-5888, aha.co.za and cro@aha.co.za

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