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GET IT<br />

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4 Why don’t you take the family to the Simply Fresh Organic Market<br />

taking place at Mall of the <strong>South</strong>, get tickets for the Rand Show<br />

or join the Café la Plume Social Club<br />

5 Enjoy some fabulous reads in this month’s book selection<br />

6 Celebrate the start of a new season with these fantastic local buys<br />

SOCIAL<br />

8 Celebrating a milestone of 21 years in business<br />

10 See who attended the opening of Wedding Connexion in<br />

Bassonia Shopping Centre<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 Meet Sasha Cos: Owner of The Laser Beautique, mother<br />

and entrepreneur<br />

BEAUTY<br />

14 Our top beauty picks for the month of <strong>March</strong><br />

FOOD & WINE<br />

20 Treat your guests to these delicious bakes with secret<br />

ingredient, Spekboom<br />

26 Rosé wines you simply have to try<br />


22 Having guests round for Easter? Table décor to wow them<br />

24 Great advice and tasks to keep your garden in tip-top shape<br />

TRAVEL<br />

16 Fun things to do in your neighbourhood<br />

32 Some of the best sightings SA reserves can offer<br />

SPOIL<br />

34 Are you feeling lucky? Here is what is up for grabs in <strong>March</strong>.<br />

COVER<br />

Candice Araujo Photography<br />

078 075 7569<br />

candiceleearaujo@gmail.com<br />

Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong><br />

@GetItJoburg<strong>South</strong><br />

Get It<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

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A hot date<br />

A fun-filled calendar of events this <strong>March</strong><br />

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Don’t miss the Children’s Book<br />

14 Fayre taking place at St Benedicts<br />

Prep in Bedfordview. The book fair is<br />

being hosted by The Schools Reading<br />

Road Show. Tickets are R50 for a family<br />

of four, R30 per adult and R10 per<br />

child and. Details: www.stbenedicts.<br />

co.za/benniescommunity/Events/<br />

TicketEvents?EventID=76<br />

Who says weddings need to be stressful? If your wedding is meant to be the best<br />

day of your life, we believe the build-up should be part of the fun. The Wedding<br />

Expo in partnership with Old Mutual will be taking place at the Sandton Convention<br />

Centre. The expo is all about bringing the magic of weddings to life and<br />

to take the pain out of planning. Come and tick stationery, flowers, table decor,<br />

photographers, caterers, financial and legal advice off your to-do list. Find your<br />

perfect honeymoon at the expo and get discounts on the day. Tickets are R145<br />

per adult and children under 10 attend for free. Details: www.wedding-expo.co.za,<br />

quicket.co.za<br />

Have you been to one of Café La Plume’s Social Club gatherings yet? From<br />

04 bingo and books, to colourful craft workshops and inspiring guest speakers not<br />

forgetting the delicious eats and wonderful company! Wednesday mornings are the<br />

highlight of our week at Cafe’ la Plume at 17 on Joan. Details: Tracy on 083 442 2586.<br />

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Blue Pea Country Market every<br />

28 Saturday at Rietvlei Zoo Farm,<br />

from 8am till 1pm. You’ll find fresh<br />

vegetables, healthy food options,<br />

home-made delicacies, arts and crafts<br />

as well as some unique products.<br />

Enjoy delicious ready-to-eat food and<br />

a wonderful family atmosphere. Stalls<br />

are available to sell your produce at<br />

R150 per Saturday. The venue is pet<br />

friendly, so feel free to bring your furry<br />

friends along too. Details: Charlene on<br />

072 019 9601.<br />

Don’t miss the Simply Fresh<br />

29 Organic Market taking place<br />

at Mall of the <strong>South</strong> on Sunday<br />

23 February. With interesting<br />

stalls including artisan bread,<br />

gourmet coffee, pastries, mocktails,<br />

Mediterranean deli- cacies and unique<br />

gifts, this market is most definitely the<br />

best hangout on the last Sunday of<br />

every month. Chef Gerhard will also be<br />

demonstrating his Food Ink Nibbles.<br />


08<br />

– 13 April The Rand Show is back<br />

in town. Get your tickets before<br />

they are scooped up! Takes place at<br />

the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec,<br />

corner Nasrec and Rand Show roads,<br />

Johannesburg. Tickets can be purchased<br />

online at www.randshow.co.za before<br />

<strong>March</strong> 31 at R135. After the 31st tickets<br />

will cost R150 each. A brand-new<br />

journey awaits you at this year’s Rand<br />

Show. Details: www.randshow.co.za<br />

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Book club<br />

Great books. Award-winning wine. Happy days!<br />

Robin Cook’s medical<br />

thrillers are always<br />

unputdownable ... and<br />

Genesis doesn’t<br />

disappoint. Chief Medical<br />

Examiner Laurie<br />

Montgomery has her<br />

work cut out for her<br />

when the body of a<br />

10-week - pregnant social<br />

worker shows up on the<br />

autopsy table. No one<br />

knows who the father is,<br />

or if he’s involved in her<br />

death. And Laurie turns<br />

to DNA tracking to try to<br />

catch the killer.<br />

Macmillan, R299<br />

Great books deserve a great wine.<br />

And Groote Post 2019 Seasalter<br />

is just that. The 2019 vintage of the<br />

estate’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc<br />

has been released to high acclaim,<br />

and has already snagged a placing in<br />

the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10<br />

competition. It’s all citrus, stone fruit<br />

and green apple, with hints of fynbos<br />

and kelp, sea breeze and a touch of<br />

oak. Excellent with food, particularly<br />

seafood. You’ll find it at good wine<br />

stores for around R145 a<br />

bottle. Details: groote-<br />

post-wines.myshopify.<br />

com<br />

We haven’t had a Clarkson book for a while.<br />

Oh joy. Jeremy’s back, with Really? We<br />

discover the Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is<br />

not so much wild horse as mild pony, how<br />

the Alpina B5 is grown-up thrills in a lightspeed<br />

La-Z-Boy, and what, exactly, is the<br />

point of a driverless car? Michael Joseph, R320<br />

• When James Mercer’s family is financially<br />

ruined by the institutions they trusted, they<br />

shattered, and he sets out to recoup what<br />

they’re owed. It’s not theft ... it’s payback. Andy<br />

McNab’s Whatever It Takes is the gripping<br />

tale of how James’s solo crusade falls foul of<br />

the very people he seeks to rob – the people<br />

who own most of the world’s wealth. Packed<br />

with relentless action that (scarily) shows the<br />

world as it really is. Bantam Press, R297 • Adam<br />

Hamdy’s Black 13 could well be the most<br />

frightening book you’ll read all year. Why?<br />

Because it‘s about the way hate, generated by<br />

radical extremists, is the world’s rising – and<br />

most terrifying – destroyer. It’s the story of ex-<br />

MI6 agent Scott Pearce, who’s lured into the<br />

deadly fight to protect Britain from this new<br />

menace, and is a glued-to-the-pages read.<br />

Pan Macmillan, R299<br />

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Wish list<br />

Our favourite things for the month of <strong>March</strong><br />

Keeping your home earth friendly<br />

We’ve been using Woolworths’ Earth Friendly cleaning products for more than 10<br />

years, and are chuffed as can be with the new essentials they’ve added to the range.<br />

With our ever-increasing concerns about the impacts the products we buy have on<br />

our health – of that of the planet – we do all we can to reduce harmful products and<br />

plastic. This new range – everything from laundry pods to no-flush toilet drops, from<br />

handwash to surface wipes - are free of potentially harmful substances, are endorsed<br />

by Beauty Without Cruelty, and come in fully recyclable packaging. The range has<br />

Beeswax Food Wraps and PVC-free Silicone Food Covers, travel mugs and utensil sets<br />

made from wheat straw, and stainless steel silicone straws. Embrace this new way of<br />

earth-friendly, plastic-free living … easily. Details: woolworths.co.za<br />

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Pop of colour<br />

With <strong>2020</strong> well underway, it is<br />

important to get started on<br />

the right foot, and what better<br />

way to do this than to ensure<br />

that your work area inspires<br />

you to be as productive as<br />

possible? The Bertie range of<br />

desk lamps (R599) is available<br />

with a Light Blue, Cream, Red,<br />

Teal or Yellow finish. You can<br />

adjust the head and arms of<br />

the Bertie desk lamp using<br />

an Allen key that comes<br />

with the light. Details:<br />

Alberton Lifestyle<br />

Centre, corners of St.<br />

Austell Street and<br />

Ring Road West, New<br />

Redruth, 011 436 0279,<br />

www.lightingwarehouse.<br />

co.za<br />

Vegan treats for pets<br />

With the veganism trend growing massively<br />

worldwide, as well as people embracing<br />

flexitarian diets, it makes sense that those<br />

who take this way seriously would look at<br />

incorporating vegan snacks into their pets’<br />

diets, too. Hello Hunter Crunchy Biscuits …<br />

two tasty vegan snack options which pack<br />

a nutritious punch. Your pets can enjoy the<br />

apple or orange flavours … both rich in<br />

dietary oat fibre, omega 3 & 6 and vitamins.<br />

They are also gluten-free, making them<br />

suitable for pets with gluten intolerances (yes,<br />

this is a thing!). The treats support a healthy<br />

skin and coat, joint health and a healthy<br />

digestive system and can be used as a reward<br />

or as additional nutrition. You’ll find them<br />

for around R134 at Takealot and selected<br />

supermarkets and pet stores. Details: huntersa.<br />

co.za<br />

Hot Smoked Trout and Nectarine Salad with Fresh Herbs<br />

(Serves 4) – Anke Roux<br />

Ingredients:<br />

• 1-2 fillets hot or cold smoked trout fillets • 1 cucumber, seeded and shaved into<br />

ribbons • 1 avocado, diced • 2 cups (500ml) baby herb salad leaves • 4 nectarines,<br />

sliced; handful of coriander leaves • 2 spring onions, finely sliced<br />

Dressing:<br />

• 1 Tbsp (15ml) fish sauce • 1 Tbsp (15ml) honey • 2 Tbsp (30ml) rice vinegar •<br />

2 Tbsp (30ml) canola or seed oil • 1 tsp (5ml) sesame oil • 1 Tbsp (15ml) finely<br />

chopped ginger • 1 red chilli, diced<br />

Method:<br />

If using uncooked trout, panfry for 3 minutes a side, rest and then flake. Toss<br />

salad ingredients on a platter and scatter over fish.<br />

Whisk dressing ingredients together and drizzle over salad. Serve.<br />

Healthy cooking<br />

Whether you’re looking for a<br />

cooking or baking partner, Nuts<br />

About Cooking offers you a stressfree,<br />

locally produced oil which is<br />

safe and beneficial for the whole<br />

family. High in healthy saturated<br />

fats, known to boost fat-burning<br />

and provide your body and brain<br />

with quick energy. Nuts About<br />

Cooking Coconut Oil has been<br />

deodorized (disflavoured)<br />

making it completely suitable<br />

and useful for everyday use.<br />

From R36.99 for 500ml.<br />

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Krystal Coconas, Nicky Vakaloudis and Tacia Vakaloudis<br />

SOJO celebrates<br />

21 years<br />

Celebrating a milestone of 21 years in business,<br />

SOJO’s CEO Nicky Vakaloudis, thanked her team,<br />

members and guests at an auspicious cocktail<br />

evening held at the stunning Tswana Bar at Thaba<br />

Eco Hotel.<br />

Esmé Mhlongo and Reuben Louw<br />

Ruth and Trevor Sturgess<br />

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Andrew Barker and Nicky Vakaloudis<br />

Hester and Wayne Smith<br />

Seelan Govender and Linda Dent<br />

Carl Woodland and Cassandra Ison<br />

Reuben Louw and<br />

Nicky Vakaloudis<br />

Jane Soester, Peter Soester and Tandi Potgieter<br />

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Vanessa Guilford and Dean Castelo Branco<br />

Estée Ferreira and Dean Passmore<br />

A bridal<br />

affair<br />

Chantelle Gelandaris and Syd Noonan<br />

The Wedding Connexion recently opened their<br />

store upstairs in the Bassonia Shopping Centre. It<br />

was a glamourous event which showcased their<br />

beautiful evening wear, wedding and bridesmaid<br />

dresses. Something for everyone and in every price<br />

range were on display. Champagne flowed and<br />

delicious snacks were served by the friendly owner<br />

and staff. It was an exciting opening filled with<br />

friendly faces, friends and visitors from the area.<br />

Kim Sears and Robbie Saraira<br />

Daphne Passmore and Mercia Noonan<br />

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Tiana Oliviera and Mihla De Oliviera<br />

Jessica Ferreira and Lisa Alves<br />

Francois Ferreira and Shaun Saraira<br />

Jose Ferreira and Maria Ferreira<br />

Isabella Noonan and Candice Saraira<br />

Vanessa Guilford and Megan Govender<br />

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She’s beautiful, dynamic and has a passion for the beauty and fashion industry. We chat<br />

to entrepreneur, Sasha Cos about the path that led her to where she is today.<br />

Her beautiful smile can light up any<br />

room, and her passion for the industry<br />

is certainly contagious. “I’ve always been<br />

drawn to the beauty and fashion world<br />

so it was really a matter of time before I<br />

snapped up a business opportunity in<br />

the industry. After extensive research I<br />

identified a growing demand for Permanent<br />

Hair Removal and particularly a gap<br />

in the market in Johannesburg <strong>South</strong>.<br />

My business plan to open The Laser<br />

Beautique in Bassonia was approved and<br />

as they say the rest is history.<br />

The franchise offers the latest advanced<br />

skin and aesthetic treatments administered<br />

by highly trained professionals<br />

and we pride ourselves on excellent<br />

service, personal attention and customer<br />

satisfaction.”<br />

After she matriculated Sasha studied<br />

Financial Management at Varsity College.<br />

“Since my early teens I’ve been a<br />

‘personal stylist’ to my friends and family<br />

from wardrobe assistance to full makeovers.”<br />

After studying she chose to pursue<br />

a career in fashion instead and became<br />

a men’s and ladies fashion buyer for<br />

Superdry <strong>South</strong> Africa.<br />

“I am still employed full time as their<br />

brand agent heading up visual merchandising<br />

and customer experience nationally while juggling motherhood and owning<br />

a business.<br />

Love your skin<br />

“The technology we offer breaks the mould of previous laser hair removal systems. In<br />

particular the IN-Motion technology safely and gently heats the targeted area under<br />

your skin. The sweeping motion ensures optimal results with minimal discomfort.<br />

I see razors becoming vintage ‘collectors items’ in the near future and therefore my<br />

mission is to create awareness about the advantages of permanent hair removal, ultimately<br />

saying goodbye to painful waxing sessions, ingrown hairs and razor cuts by<br />

providing quick, safe and effective permanent hair removal using laser or electrolysis<br />

for all skin types.<br />

Family time<br />

When this businesswoman isn’t running around, she loves to spend time with the<br />

family. “I come from a tight knit Lebanese family and it’s important for us to spend<br />

quality time together - we have weekly dinners with my parents, six siblings, their<br />

partners and children. We also have family lunch once a month with our extended<br />

family - if it sounds like chaos, it is, but it’s good chaos and I wouldn’t change a thing.<br />

“My daughter, who is my whole world, is in Grade 6 with a busy extra-curricular<br />

programme and my fiance, Dr M Ogonowski, is a medical doctor specialising in<br />

Otolaryngology. Between our hectic schedules we have a tight routine during the<br />

week and therefore make a concerted effort to ensure we always spend quality time<br />

together on weekends.<br />

“We are self-proclaimed foodies! With our love for food and my adventurous nature<br />

we are slowly but surely eating our way through <strong>South</strong> Africa’s top 100 restaurants.<br />

Hidden talents<br />

“I’m not too bad in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking - I often whip<br />

up a tray of fudge or chocolate brownies for a midnight snack. I enjoy painting (of<br />

course that was before Netflix came along). I am quietly spiritual with a strong devotion<br />

to my faith. Prayer time is important to me, I consider it my daily fuel and at the<br />

end of each day I thank God for all my blessings.<br />

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1st Prize: A weekend getaway<br />

for two to Finfoot Lake Reserve<br />

2nd Prize: Pampering<br />

session for two at<br />

Life Day Spa<br />

Aspen Hills<br />

Stand a chance to WIN your<br />

share of R15 000 for you and<br />

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To enter, spend R300 or more at any Mall of the <strong>South</strong> store. T’s & C’s apply.<br />

The competition is valid from 14 February – 15 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> No late entries will be accepted.<br />

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Placecol Optimum Hydro Mask is<br />

a deeply hydrating mask, which is<br />

soothing and calming and perfect<br />

for dry, stressed skin. R310 • Placecol<br />

Vitamin E Silk is a light, vitamin E<br />

enriched, luxuriously rich serum that<br />

nourishes and is full of anti-oxidants,<br />

which protect against free radicals. R390<br />

• An intense, long-lasting hydration<br />

serum, Placecol Moisture Hold<br />

Therapy not only restores moisture<br />

to dry, sensitive and dehydrated skin,<br />

but also soothes and calms. R330 •<br />

But without good collagen, we can’t<br />

hold onto moisturisers. Hello Placecol<br />

Collagen Reconstruct Therapy, a<br />

powerful, restoring serum that improves<br />

collagen synthesis, fast. R330. All from<br />

Placecol salons and Edgars.<br />

Another exceptional, well<br />

priced range is Cetaphil.<br />

We’re using the Cetaphil<br />

Rich Night Cream and<br />

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating<br />

Lotion, which contain<br />

Hyaluronic Acid, known for its<br />

ability to retain up to1000x its<br />

weight in water. Instant hydration<br />

and locked-in moisture. Yes<br />

please! R359 each. The<br />

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing<br />

Bar is specially formulated<br />

for dry, sensitive skin and<br />

can be used on your<br />

face and body. It’s mild,<br />

and moisturises as it<br />

cleans. R124.95. All from<br />

Clicks, Dis-Chem and<br />

pharmacies.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO.<br />

Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil is made from100 per cent<br />

pure plant extracts ... it’s a soothing, comforting treatment for dry<br />

and dehydrated skin. R615 from your local Clarins stockist. • From<br />

Sorbet, Salon Skin 3-in-1 Cleansing Micellar Water ... an easy,<br />

effective way to remove your make-up and leave your skin fresh,<br />

clean and moisturised. R62 from Sorbet Spas. • If you’re looking for<br />

moisture and hydration, one of our shower and bath essentials<br />

is Epimax Bathe (we’re massive fans of this entire range, to be<br />

honest). Great value at R52 from your local pharmacy.<br />

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Just add<br />

WATER<br />

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise<br />

is our mantra this month<br />

Beauty without breaking the bank. Beaucience<br />

Botanicals Body Butter moisturises and has a<br />

lovely scent. A great everyday essential. R99.99<br />

from Wellness Warehouse and online from<br />

beaucience.co.za or takealot.com • 365 Skin<br />

Workout is an exceptional new range. This month<br />

we’re trying (and loving) Skin Repair Moisturiser,<br />

R510, and the Skin Hydrating Serum, which<br />

delivers a massive boost of moisture to the skin,<br />

R775. Both from Sorbet stores. • Powder fresh and<br />

super-hydrated ... try Shower to Shower Body<br />

Wash – lovely creamy texture. R39.99 from Clicks<br />

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Fun things to do<br />

Are you home for Easter? We’ve compiled 8 best things to do in<br />

Johannesburg <strong>South</strong> this upcoming Easter holiday.<br />

1<br />

If your children are complaining<br />

that they have nothing to do, then<br />

take them to Rietvlei Zoo Farm to<br />

enjoy a day in the great outdoors. The<br />

beautiful farm offers a wide range of<br />

recreational, educational and family<br />

outdoor activities. The picnic areas<br />

are set in the most tranquil settings<br />

surrounded by natural wetlands,<br />

large willow trees and beautiful lawns,<br />

and are the perfect place to have a<br />

picnic with family and friends, or to<br />

host a children’s birthday party or<br />

school outing! With an exciting range<br />

of activities such as an interactive<br />

farmyard, bird aviary, pony and tractor<br />

rides, putt putt, steam train rides,<br />

mini zipline, jungle gyms and edutalks,<br />

Rietvlei offers something for<br />

everyone. When planning a day at<br />

Rietvlei Zoo Farm remember to bring<br />

your picnic baskets, camping chairs,<br />

tables, umbrellas/gazebos and picnic<br />

blankets and come enjoy a day of fun<br />

and relaxation! Benches are limited<br />

and available on a first-come-first-serve<br />

basis. The farm also offers fitness and<br />

recreational activities, including cycling<br />

trails, walking or running trails, soccer<br />

lessons, women’s bootcamp, crossfit,<br />

dancing, kickboxing and a golf driving<br />

range. Details: www.rietvleifarm.co.za<br />

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Are you keen to do something<br />

different? Spend a day berry picking<br />

at the Field Berry Farm. Situated<br />

in Tedderfield, the farm is such a lovely<br />

excursion with little ones (and the<br />

adults will enjoy it too). Berry picking<br />

takes place between January and April<br />

weekends from 9am – 3pm. You can also<br />

buy delicious homemade jams, syrups,<br />

vinegar and frozen berries. Details: Lungi<br />

– 079 719 0793 or info@thefieldberryfarm.<br />

com<br />

3We all want a fun and<br />

unforgettable break. Time spent<br />

making memories with our<br />

families. This time of year sees <strong>South</strong><br />

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5<br />

7<br />

6<br />

Africans enjoying loads of public<br />

holidays– making this the perfect<br />

time to get out there and explore<br />

all that Johannesburg has to offer.<br />

Why don’t you join one of the City<br />

Sightseeing’s tours? It shows you<br />

the city like you’ve never seen it<br />

before, giving you the opportunity<br />

to explore the many attractions that<br />

Joburg has to offer. The buses are also<br />

equipped with an informative audio<br />

commentary in 15 different languages<br />

(and a special channel for children). It<br />

is recommended that you buy your<br />

tickets for the City Sightseeing bus<br />

online at www.citysightseeing.co.za.<br />

4<br />

Gold Reef City Theme Park is still a<br />

favourite in Jozi. A visit to the park<br />

gives you an incredible variety of<br />

fun things to do regardless of age. With<br />

18 thrill rides, 13 dedicated rides for<br />

children, Jump City Trampoline Park, the<br />

only authentic underground mine tour<br />

in Johannesburg and other spectacular<br />

attractions. If you don’t want the fun<br />

to end, you can even stay over for the<br />

night. Adrenalin junkies can now take<br />

part in their latest promotion where you<br />

could win a trip for four people to Abu<br />

Dhabi. All you have to do is purchase a<br />

Ride of Your Life passport and complete<br />

the activities as stated in the password<br />

from Saturday, 18 January to Saturday,<br />

28 <strong>March</strong>. Each activity will be stamped<br />

and once completed you can drop<br />

your passport in the kiosk stationed<br />

at the Food Court. Easy! Details: www.<br />

goldreefcity.co.za<br />

5<br />

Enjoy a fun eco drive at the<br />

picturesque Thaba Eco Hotel and<br />

Spa nestled in the Klipriviersberg<br />

Nature Reserve. The eco drive offers<br />

guests a unique bushveld experience in<br />

Johannesburg <strong>South</strong>. The wildlife such<br />

as zebra, blesbok, impala wildebeest<br />

and springbok roam around the reserve<br />

complete with hills, grasslands and<br />

indigenous trees. This tranquil habitat<br />

also provides the ideal environment to<br />

observe an incredible array of local bird<br />

varieties that have made the grounds<br />

at Thaba their home. If you are an avid<br />

bird watcher then you will not be<br />

disappointed. Whether you choose to<br />

walk or opt for a game drive, you will<br />

have the opportunity to view some<br />

of the Highveld’s most treasured bird<br />

species. Details: www.thabahotel.co.za<br />

6<br />

Enjoy a walk in the natural<br />

beauty and surroundings of the<br />

Kliprivier Nature Reserve (KNR).<br />

The reserve is steeped in history and<br />

an abundance of fauna and flora and<br />

is home to 650 species of indigenous<br />

plants and trees. You’ll be able to look<br />

for zebra, red hartebeest, porcupines,<br />

black wildebeest, otters, blesbok,<br />

springbok, duiker and 170 bird species.<br />

Shaded seating areas offer peace and<br />

tranquillity where you can rest after a<br />

walk in the reserve. Details: 011 943 3578.<br />

7<br />

Boost your healthy eating habits<br />

at the Simply market at Mall of the<br />

<strong>South</strong> on Sunday, 29 <strong>March</strong>. Indulge<br />

in a range of organic vegetables, free<br />

range eggs, chicken and more by the<br />

Cyrus Farm, Bibbidi Bobbidy glutenfree<br />

cakes by, Do-It-Yourself curry kits<br />

by Reen’s Kitchen, gourmet coffee and<br />

pastries by Just Darling, Mediterranean<br />

antipasti foods, jewellery, Food Ink handcrafted<br />

preserves, health and beauty<br />

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products, cheese platters, mocktails,<br />

unique plants and gifts and more. So be<br />

sure to head over to Mall of the <strong>South</strong><br />

on Sundays for a simplistic experience at<br />

Simply. Details: www.mallofthesouth.co.za<br />

8<br />

Just Darling Coffee Shop & Artisan<br />

Roasters are just that, darling. If<br />

you enjoy a good cuppa, then this<br />

is the café you should pop into. Apart<br />

from their fantastic brew, their food is<br />

also exceptional and you can enjoy<br />

breakfasts, salads, wraps, toasties, artisan<br />

sandwiches, burgers, quiches, savoury<br />

cheesecakes and sweet bakes. All the<br />

cakes are freshly baked on the premises,<br />

you won’t be able to resist! For banters, a<br />

burger option is available. They produce<br />

beautifully fresh, honest and artisanal<br />

food, in which you can always taste the<br />

love. Details: Shop G149, Mall of the <strong>South</strong>,<br />

Cnr Klipriver Drive & Swartkoppies Road,<br />

Aspen Lakes, 011 682 2948. Open: Monday<br />

– Saturday 7:30am – 7pm and Sunday<br />

7:30am – 5pm.<br />

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Treats to try<br />

Hosting the family for Easter? Why not treat your guests to these delicious Spekboom recipes.<br />

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Apple Crumble Cakes<br />

Egg-free, dairy-free and totally vegan!<br />

This simple cinnamon sugar apple cake<br />

is light and fluffy, loaded with fresh<br />

apples, topped with a crunchy cinnamon<br />

sugar layer and of course, made<br />

with MAYO<br />

What you’ll Need:<br />

• 1/3 cup B-Well Canola Oil • 3 tbsp B-Well<br />

Tangy Mayonnaise • ¾ cup Almond/<br />

Plant Milk • 1 ½ cups Brown sugar • 2 ½<br />

cup flour/Gluten-free Flour • 1 tsp baking<br />

soda • 1 tsp vanilla essence • 1 ½ cup<br />

apples, chopped into small pieces<br />

• 2 tsp cinnamon powder • 1 tbsp coconut<br />

butter • 4 tbsp coconut nectar<br />

• Coconut flakes, optional<br />

How to Make:<br />

Preheat oven to 190˚C. In a large bowl,<br />

mix the brown sugar, oil, B-Well Tangy<br />

Mayonnaise, Vanilla Essence and Milk<br />

until blended and smooth. In another<br />

bowl, mix flour, 1 tsp of cinnamon and<br />

the baking soda together. Stir together<br />

the wet and dry mixture and then fold in<br />

the chopped apples. Pour batter into a<br />

large greased cake pan or into separate<br />

cupcake tray. Combine the rest of the<br />

cinnamon with the coconut butter,<br />

coconut nectar and coconut flakes and<br />

sprinkle it evenly over the batter, this will<br />

create a crunchy crumble. Bake for 45<br />

minutes and serve warm with cream or<br />

ice-cream, Enjoy!<br />

Spekboom Brownies with<br />

Spiced Boabab n’ice-cream<br />

What You’ll Need:<br />


• B-WELL Baking spray • ½ cup B-Well<br />

Canola oil • 1 cup Coconut Nectar<br />

Sugar • 3 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed<br />

(+½ cup coconut cream (= creamy<br />

flax egg) • 1 tbsp Vanilla • 5-6 small<br />

fresh Spekboom leaves (sour ones),<br />

pureed or finely chopped • 1 cup Allpurpose<br />

Gluten-free flour • 2/3 cup<br />

Cacao/cocoa powder • 1 tsp Baking<br />

powder/Bicarb of Soda • Pinch of<br />

salt • ½ cup Dark Chocolate chips<br />

or 1 slab 85% Dark chocolate,<br />

finely chopped • Walnuts, chopped<br />

(optional)<br />


• 3-5 Frozen bananas, chopped<br />

• 40ml coconut cream • 1 tsp<br />

cardamom • Dash of cinnamon<br />

• 2 tsp Baobab<br />

How to Make:<br />


Spray some B-WELL baking spray into<br />

a square 20x20 pan. Preheat<br />

your oven to 180˚C. In a small bowl,<br />

combine the flax seed powder and<br />

coconut cream. Allow this to sit for a<br />

few minutes. In a large mixing bowl,<br />

combine all of the dry ingredients:<br />

flour, sugar, cacao, baking soda and<br />

salt. Whisk until the cacao is broken<br />

up and incorporated completely.<br />

Pour in the wet ingredients: B-Well<br />

Canola oil, flax egg mixture, pureed<br />

spekboom and vanilla extract. Stir<br />

until everything is mixed well, adding<br />

any nuts/fruits/bits you’d like to add.<br />

The dough will be thick and doughy.<br />

Use greased, or wet hands, to press<br />

into the greased pan. Bake 20-25<br />

minutes, until the edges and top are<br />

crisp. (Granted, I know many people<br />

have different degrees of mushy:crisp<br />

ratio.) Without topping: Cool, and then<br />

cut into squares. With topping: add<br />

the dark choco late chips/chopped<br />

pieces into a bowl with the spices<br />

and a heaped teaspoon of icing sugar.<br />

Heat the coconut cream and add the<br />

heated cream into the bowl, slowly<br />

stirring till all the pieces are melted<br />

and you have smooth chocolate<br />

spread. Pour over brownies- spreading<br />

evenly. Allow to cool, and then cut<br />

into squares. Serve with Boabab n’icecream.<br />

Keep leftovers covered and at<br />

room temp. Can be frozen for up to<br />

2 months.<br />


Add all ingredients to a blender,<br />

scraping sides to make sure everything<br />

is well mixed. Pour mixture into<br />

a bowl or freezer bag and put into<br />

the freezer for another 20 mins to set.<br />

Serve with Spekboom brownies and<br />

devour this incredible treat!<br />

WE LOVE:<br />

Enjoying these with fresh berries.<br />

Adding chia seed to the n’ice-cream.<br />

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EASTER<br />

made simple<br />

Celebrate in style with these chic Easter decorating ideas<br />

by Elsa de Wit from Grandiflora.<br />

Elsa de Wit is passionate about<br />

décor. She believes that you can<br />

use a combination of affordable<br />

and expensive decorative items<br />

when you set your table for<br />

Easter. Whether you are hosting<br />

a large group or an intimate dinner,<br />

add beautiful floral arrangements,<br />

bunnies, serving ware,<br />

accessories and even an Easterinspired<br />

cake to the table.<br />

Pick a theme<br />

Give your Easter soiree a boost with season-appropriate colours and treatments. Combine gold and teal with detailed<br />

plates. Pair with a beige and green striped tablecloth that matches the colour scheme. To finish, gather some greenery and<br />

pink roses in a vase.<br />

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Personalise<br />

Add some egg-stra touch to your table by adding personalised<br />

tags. They look great on the table. You can even add a<br />

sweet treat.<br />

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise<br />

You can create a wonderful Easter table setting with classic<br />

bunny figurines, bunny planters, napkins and matching<br />

coloured eggs in the centre of your table. It will turn your table<br />

into a true Easter wonderland.<br />

Delicious cake<br />

Looking for ideas for Easter table decorations? Order an Easter<br />

cake at the local bakery. Remember to choose a design and<br />

colour that will compliment your table theme.<br />

Details: Grandiflora, Multiflora Building, corners of Fig Place and<br />

Vickers Road, City Deep, 011 610 1108, www.grandiflora.co.za<br />

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Elegantly green<br />

Rediscover the beauty and benefits of indoor plants. Plants are natural living<br />

décor, bringing a room to life, changing the mood, and adding colour and texture.<br />

They are also good for us, by cleaning the air, and helping us to relax. Here’s how<br />

to use indoor plants to create a beautiful, tranquil space.<br />


ZZ plant (Zamioculcas) grows just about anywhere,<br />

including in areas of low light, although<br />

it does better in brighter light. It is also valued<br />

for its air purifying qualities. Plants can survive<br />

an amazing amount of neglect, because they<br />

need very little water, especially if grown in low<br />

light. Let the soil dry out between watering. A<br />

spritz of water on the leaves helps with humidity<br />

and removes dust. Give them a liquid feed<br />

once in spring and again in summer.<br />

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The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) not only<br />

removes certain household toxins<br />

but also filters unpleasant odours and<br />

produces clean oxygen. This compact,<br />

well-shaped plant fits into any décor<br />

style. Needing only low light to grow,<br />

it’s ideal for bathrooms, bedrooms and<br />

kitchens. Water once a week, and don’t<br />

over water. It is sensitive to cold.<br />


You don’t need green fingers to keep<br />

anthuriums alive. They last indoors for<br />

many years, needing bright indirect<br />

light in a warm room. Let the soil dry<br />

out slightly between watering and don’t<br />

let the plant stand in water. There are<br />

large as well as dwarf varieties in a great<br />

colour range from dark red/black, to<br />

salmon, pink, yellow, shades of red and<br />

white as well as bicolours.<br />


Indoor trees are the hottest trend in interior scaping. Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)<br />

is a popular indoor tree, growing up to 2m, with arching stems and glossy green<br />

leaves. Good for a light corner, on either side of a window, well-lit passage or patio.<br />

Plants need moderate watering, and liquid fertiliser once a month in summer. Spritz<br />

the leaves to keep them dust free. Light green leaves indicate a lack of nutrition. Leaf<br />

drop may be caused by under or over-watering or a change in temperature.<br />


Sansevieria ‘Golden futura’ always looks elegant, doesn’t wilt, and doesn’t take up<br />

much space, which is why it has become such a popular indoor plant with interior<br />

designers. It is happy in a well-lit room or home office and only needs watering when<br />

the potting mix feels dry.<br />

Tips for indoor plants<br />

• Don’t over- water. More plants die from over watering than underwatering<br />

• Keep plants away from direct sunlight. Most do well with bright, indirect light.<br />

• Keep plants out of draughts and away from heaters in winter.<br />

• Don’t let pots stand in water as the roots will rot. Rather place the pot on a bed of<br />

pebbles so that the water is away from the base of the pot.<br />

• Spritz or wipe the leaves every now and them to improve humidity and remove<br />

dust from the leaves.<br />

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Stop and sip the rosé<br />

We’re having a little love affair with rosé wines at the moment, and have<br />

fallen head over heels with these ... each perfect for a summer romance<br />

Who doesn’t love an Italian? We’re besotted with VOGA Rosa ... a dry-but-fruity rosé with touches of red currant and strawberry,<br />

pomegranate and melon (lovely with soft cheeses, seafood and salads), Love, too, the chic, reusable bottle. Simply remove<br />

the label and use the cylinder glass bottle for juices or water. R169 from Tops and Makro. Details: bottegasa.co.za • One of our<br />

favourite pink bubblies is The Krone Vintage Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé - a lustrous pink-copper bubbly, it’s refreshing<br />

and fruit-forward, and is delicious with prawns grilled on the coals, with a strawberry cream cake, with rose-water macarons<br />

(there’s a Valentine’s meal for you!). Around R150 at your local bottle store. Details: kronemcc.com • It’s new, it’s already scooped<br />

a double gold award, it’s chic and captivating. We’re drinking the just launched Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé, made in the famed<br />

Robertson Valley of Roses. All gold-pink, rose petals, melon, strawberries and raspberry coulis, it’s perfect with seafood, fish<br />

and light pasta dishes. Around R85 from good bottlestores. Details: zandvliet.co.za • This ‘little darling’ charms with notes of<br />

watermelon, papaya and strawberry. Gabriëlskloof’s Rosebud Rosé is a dry, light and deliciously moreish Provençal-style<br />

rosé, with equal amounts of Syrah and Viognier. It’s described as the ‘little darling’ of Gabriëlskloof’s Estate Range, and is lovely<br />

to drink by itself, but also pairs well with light dishes. Buy it online for around R80 a bottle. Details: www.gabrielskloof.co.za,<br />

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Impress your loved one with a glass of rosé and an<br />

easy-peasy summer meal<br />

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, we’ve got you covered.<br />

Serve up this easy-peasy summer meal, along with a generous glass of<br />

Roodeberg Classic Rosé 2019, and all your Valentine wishes could come true.<br />

The salmon-pink wine’s fresh, crisp and is all strawberry and rose petals, candy<br />

floss and Turkish Delight, and is perfect with these ginger and lemon marinated<br />

chicken kebabs and watermelon and feta salad, two love(ly) recipes by<br />

winelands foodie Elmarie Berry. You’ll find this rosé at your local bottlestores<br />

countrywide, for around R89 to R95.<br />

Elmarie Berry’s Ginger & lemon<br />

marinated chicken kebabs with<br />

watermelon & feta salad and<br />

yoghurt sauce<br />

Chicken kebabs<br />

You’ll need ...<br />

6 chicken breasts<br />

And for the marinade ...<br />

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice<br />

2 teaspoons finely grated fresh<br />

ginger<br />

3 cloves of peeled and minced garlic<br />

½ teaspoon chili flakes<br />

60ml olive oil<br />

To make ... Place the chicken pieces in<br />

a large bowl and add the marinade<br />

ingredients. Mix everything well.<br />

Cover, and refrigerate for two to 24<br />

hours. Heat a griddle non-stick pan<br />

over medium-high heat. Arrange the<br />

chicken onto the skewers. Oil the<br />

kebabs with olive oil. Cook for about<br />

seven minutes on each side, until the<br />

chicken is well done. Season to taste.<br />

Serve with the yoghurt sauce and<br />

the watermelon salad.<br />

Yoghurt sauce<br />

You’ll need ...<br />

60ml olive oil<br />

1 cup double thick Greek yoghurt<br />

Handful of freshly chopped mint<br />

½ teaspoon chili flakes<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

To make ...<br />

Mix the double thick Greek yoghurt<br />

and olive oil with a whisk until well<br />

combined. Add the chopped mint<br />

and chili flakes and season with salt<br />

and pepper.<br />

Watermelon salad<br />

You’ll need ...<br />

Watermelon<br />

Feta<br />

Pitted olives<br />

Avocado, peeled and sliced<br />

A handful of fresh basil and mint<br />

Olive oil and black pepper<br />

To make ... Slice the watermelon and<br />

arrange on a plate. Crumble the feta,<br />

and sprinkle on top. Top off with<br />

pitted olives, sliced avo, basil and<br />

mint. Add plenty of back pepper and<br />

drizzle with olive oil.<br />

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Holiday reads<br />

Here are some great newly released books to keep you entertained on your holiday.<br />



A letter among her deceased ex-husband’s<br />

belongings rips open Theresa’s<br />

world. For years she has turned her back<br />

on Theo, a man who spent the last two<br />

decades of his life institutionalised, and<br />

on their shared past in a country where<br />

teenage boys were conscripted to fight<br />

on ‘the Border’ in a war that those back<br />

home knew little about. Realising that<br />

the letter was written by a Cuban soldier<br />

and addressed to his child – who, if still<br />

alive, would be at least forty years old<br />

– Theresa heads for Cuba: to search for<br />

the soldier’s child, to deliver the letter, to<br />

atone in some way for Theo’s deeds and<br />

for her own ignorance. Penguin Random<br />

House, R280<br />


MORAN<br />

It’s Hong Kong in 1941 and one sultry<br />

evening Rowena, a doctor at the local<br />

hospital, is off duty and in search of a<br />

bit of fun as an antidote to the war. She<br />

catches the eye of two men. Tears of the<br />

Dragon is Jean Moran’s story of how the<br />

men fight for Rowena’s heart. Passionate,<br />

charismatic Connor O’Connor is<br />

a rebellious Irish soldier and musician.<br />

Kim Pheloung is a handsome, wealthy<br />

silk merchant who is also wild and<br />

dangerous. Rowena is drawn to them<br />

both – then the invasion comes and<br />

her world spirals out of control. Who will<br />

succeed in claiming her heart? Head of<br />

Zeus, R343.<br />


– DEON MEYER<br />

The brand new thriller from bestseller<br />

Deon Meyer.<br />

A cold case for Captain Benny Griessel<br />

and Vaughn Cupido of the Hawks elite<br />

police unit - not what they were looking<br />

for. And a difficult case, too. The body<br />

of Johnson Johnson, ex-cop, has been<br />

found beside a railway line. He appears<br />

to have jumped from <strong>South</strong> Africa’s -<br />

perhaps the world’s - most luxurious<br />

train, and two suspicious characters<br />

seen with him have disappeared into<br />

thin air. The regular police have already<br />

failed to make progress and others are<br />

intent on muddying the waters. Takelot.<br />

com, from R219.<br />

FUTURE PROOF YOUR CHILD FOR THE <strong>2020</strong>’S AND BEYOND<br />


Disruptive changes are characteristic of the 21st century which makes parenting – never a job for<br />

the faint-hearted – even more difficult, When it comes to thinking about the future our children<br />

will have to deal with, the scripts for success or failure are constantly being rewritten. Nikki Bush<br />

& Graeme Codrington have written a guide to show parents what their children need to be and<br />

what they might be able to do in Future Proof Your Child for the <strong>2020</strong>s and Beyond. The book<br />

provides a framework and practical advice for what parents can do today to build solid foundations<br />

for their children to maximise their chances of success in the minefield of ever-changing<br />

and disappearing jobs. It will help parents create realistic, relevant parenting goals that will set<br />

their children up to thrive, no matter what awaits them in the future. Penguin, R240.<br />

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Magic of Makalali<br />

Some of the best sightings SA reserves can offer. Charismatic field guides.<br />

And charming bush textures. An authentic African experience awaits<br />

Compiled by: Daniella Graham<br />

From seeking big and small game to telling bushveld tales, the field guides<br />

take you on an extraordinary African adventure.<br />

There’s something wonderfully romantic about Makalali River Lodge, and<br />

the bathtubs that overlook the reserve are one of the highlights.<br />

A Land Cruiser’s engine roars into<br />

action. Hippos groan. Buffaloes grunt.<br />

These are (some of ) the sounds of<br />

Africa. They surrounded us recently<br />

as we sat at a waterhole in the<br />

26000-hectare Aha Makalali Private<br />

Game Reserve near Hoedspruit.<br />

What was that? A lion growling? No,<br />

it was someone’s stomach grumbling<br />

… time for sundowners. It wasn’t long<br />

before we were standing with a cool<br />

G&T in one hand, a stick of dry wors<br />

in the other. Aware of the wildness<br />

around us.<br />

On our first afternoon game drive we’d<br />

already spotted two of the Big Five<br />

and, during our short stay, we’d go on<br />

to see a further two of these big-game<br />

animals, as well as a pack of wild dogs<br />

hunting impalas.<br />

We couldn’t possibly take credit for<br />

spotting the game first – the field<br />

guides and trackers are excellent (they<br />

tell us they ‘eat their carrots’) and<br />

they’ve a great sense of humour. When<br />

the message ‘We want to see a spotted<br />

leopard’ reached our field guide during<br />

a game of broken telephone, he<br />

laughed heartily and joked, ‘Oh, you<br />

want to see a spotted leopard? Today<br />

we were going to look for a plain one!’<br />

We learnt tourism group Tourvest is<br />

educating even more field guides<br />

through a fully-sponsored course at<br />

the Tourvest Field Guide Academy,<br />

based at the reserve.<br />

The field guides make sundowners<br />

far from ordinary. On our last evening,<br />

lanterns were set up in a circle at a<br />

spot in the reserve. A gin bar to one<br />

side. Comfy cushions scattered in the<br />

middle. It was ‘Bush TV’ at its finest.<br />

Impalas and wildebeest grazed a little<br />

distance away, while daring blackbacked<br />

jackals crept close to the<br />

snack table, hoping to score a piece<br />

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The game-viewing experience continues at the<br />

lodges, even while you take a cool splash in the pool.<br />

Pictured here is the Main Lodge pool.<br />

of biltong. They didn’t! As darkness<br />

fell, we heard an unfamiliar sound …<br />

another of the Big Five!<br />

Yes, we’re bragging ... but with some<br />

of the best game viewing <strong>South</strong><br />

African reserves can offer – trust<br />

us – it’s tough to leave the game<br />

drives. But the bush adventures<br />

continue at Makalali. You can<br />

choose to stay at the Main Lodge<br />

or River Lodge – both are set in the<br />

reserve without a boundary fence,<br />

which fuels your authentic African<br />

experience. The décor, design and<br />

textures at these lodges scream<br />

bushveld, and swimming in any of<br />

the pools becomes a game-viewing<br />

experience. We watched warthogs<br />

wallowing in the mud near the Main<br />

Lodge pool.<br />

At night, an African tale and piece<br />

of sweet fudge were placed by our<br />

turned-down bed. One night, we<br />

found a little decorated box with<br />

a cute handmade pottery animal<br />

inside - ours was a zebra and there<br />

are six others in the collection. This<br />

lovely keepsake was crafted by<br />

artists from Gala Star – a company<br />

that enables underprivileged people<br />

to improve their lives by making art<br />

that’s sold in the tourism market.<br />

The luxurious rooms at the main<br />

lodge are hotel-like and cosy, with<br />

a spacious bathroom … and an<br />

outdoor shower. You can get two<br />

rooms with an interleading door –<br />

handy for families.<br />

Planning a romantic getaway?<br />

Book for the River Lodge. Perfect<br />

for a honeymoon! And fret not<br />

when they don’t give you a key for<br />

your room – you don’t need one!<br />

The rooms’ design and décor are<br />

charmingly bona fide bushveld –<br />

think a mosquito-net-draped bed,<br />

cosy fireplace and comfy seat on<br />

the veranda. And you’ll probably feel<br />

very, very clean because who could<br />

resist a splash in the oh-so-appealing<br />

outdoor shower, indoor shower and<br />

bathtub overlooking the reserve. The<br />

bathrooms are so impressive they<br />

Make a booking<br />

have a bay window seating area, for<br />

goodness sake!<br />

A bush holiday isn’t really complete<br />

without dinner in a boma … try the<br />

sweet home-made bread and the<br />

venison meat dishes which have<br />

a uniquely African touch – think<br />

kudu potjie or crocodile sosaties.<br />

It’s definitely a ditch-the-diet kind<br />

of holiday … in between brekkie,<br />

lunch and dinner there are pregame<br />

drive snacks – like decadent<br />

choc-chip cookies in the mornings<br />

and afternoon high tea – as well as<br />

bush coffees and sundowners in the<br />

reserve.<br />

In short ... when the toughest part<br />

of your day is dodging wayward<br />

hanging branches as your field<br />

guide seeks a terrific sighting, you<br />

know you’re in a magical place.<br />

Main Lodge superior rooms from R4520 a person sharing, for a maximum of two<br />

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

rooms for a maximum of two people a room and children over the age of<br />

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

rate. River Lodge suites from R6225 a person sharing with a maximum of two<br />

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

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

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

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

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