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contents<br />

Why don’t you...<br />

04 Get cooking with Pro-Life, listen to Elvis Blue<br />

or attend the CANSA Relay for Life<br />

05 Sip some wine while reading a novel or two<br />


06 Win a hamper, get cooking & pamper yourself<br />

Social<br />

08 A yoga session in the garden<br />

09 A Hawaiian-style party at The Rest<br />

people<br />

10 A <strong>Lowveld</strong> mum and daughter on the meaning of family<br />

14 Taming the black dog of mental illness<br />

BEAUTY<br />

16 Just add water<br />


18 To the top!<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

20 Chill, chat, chuckle & chomp<br />

Art<br />

22 Curb appeal<br />

community<br />

24 The plight of the pepper bark<br />

TRAVEL<br />

26 Magical Makalali<br />

Win<br />

06 A super BrannaRum hamper<br />

32 A fab skin workout<br />


Laetitia Janse van Vuuren and Jeané Petzer.<br />

Make-up by - Isabel Franken.<br />

Photographed by - Tanya Erasmus.<br />

MARCH <strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 03

07<br />

We can't wait for Elvis Blue's<br />

performance in the Sudwala<br />

Caves. Laerskool Nelspruit's choir<br />

will open the evening. Tickets can be<br />

bought via Quicket or at Citybug in<br />

Mbombela at R200 per person. The<br />

show is 5:30pm for 6pm. Details: Izelle<br />

on 082-410-7779 or Zani on<br />

079-516-6174.<br />

A hot date!<br />

Pencil these events into your <strong>March</strong> diary right now!<br />

If you have a date for our diary, email the info at least a month in advance to jess@lowvelder.co.za<br />

13<br />

Join us for the local gospel<br />

skouspel at Manna, White<br />

River. Tickets cost R100 for adults and<br />

R20 for children, and are available<br />

at Face & Body Synergy, White River.<br />

Refreshments will be on sale. 6:30pm<br />

for 7pm. All proceeds are in aid of<br />

Children in Distress. Details:<br />

082-441-6694 or 013-750-1406.<br />

13-14<br />

Welcome to the<br />

Carnival of Hope -<br />

CANSA Relay For Life Mbombela<br />

is back! Register your teams at R500<br />

(per team of 10). The event begins at<br />

6pm at Mbombela Stadium's B field.<br />

The theme is carnival. Details: Lana at<br />

lana.nel1307@gmail.com or Pauline<br />

at pmoller@cansa.org.za.<br />

14<br />

Are you ready for the<br />

Lydenburg Heritage Race at<br />

Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve?<br />

This year's event, starting at 7:30am,<br />

promises to be even bigger as<br />

organisers introduce a duathlon into<br />

the mix. Riders can enter the usual<br />

MTB routes: 40km (7:30am), 17km<br />

and 10km. Runners can take on<br />

the 10km trail. And for the kiddies<br />

there is either a 5km MTB race or<br />

run. A market, entertainment and<br />

children's activities will be available.<br />

To enter, visit www.entrytime.com.<br />

Details: Charlene on 078-384-0330 or<br />

mtblydenburg@gmail.com.<br />

14<br />

These beds were made<br />

for racing... Don’t miss the<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Bed Race: Lions Charity<br />

at Sonpark Shopping Centre,<br />

Mbombela. Wheeled beds are<br />

provided by the Lions Club at<br />

R3 000 each. Each one must be<br />

manned by a patient and four<br />

pushers. Participants need to<br />

register at the Lions registration<br />

table, located in the parking bay at<br />

the Moroccan Barber premises at<br />

Sonpark from 7am. Judging of the<br />

best-dressed beds starts at 8am.<br />

Details: Lasea on 076-159-8111.<br />

20-22<br />

The ever-popular<br />

Wakkerstroom<br />

Music Festival celebrates<br />

classical music with a jam-packed<br />

weekend programme guaranteed<br />

to satisfy the most discerning<br />

classical music lover’s demands.<br />

Make sure you don't miss this.<br />

Details: 076-129-8180 or www.<br />

wmfestival.co.za.<br />

06<br />

Ladies, keep your heels, head and<br />

standards high. Make sure you don't miss<br />

out on the SACBW Corporate Quest.<br />

It's a fun corporate race day with team<br />

challenges at every secret stop. Each team<br />

comprises four people (R1 000 per team).<br />

Complete mystery puzzles and tasks to<br />

advance to your next stop. The quest starts<br />

at 9am in i'langa Mall's parking lot<br />

(Mbomberla). It ends at 5pm at i'langa<br />

Mall. Details: Bettie on 083-321-2725.<br />

21<br />

It's time to get cooking! Join us<br />

for the third annual Pro-Life Pet<br />

Rescue potjiekos competition at Marlin<br />

Pub & Grill, Mbombela. Compete from<br />

7am (R500 entry per team of four) or<br />

rock up and eat from 12pm (only R40 per<br />

portion - donate pet food as your entry).<br />

To enter the potjie competition, email<br />

prolifepetrescue1@gmail.com. There are<br />

pawesome prizes up for grabs. This family<br />

fun day is bound to get tails wagging!<br />

Details: Karin on 060-642-6837.<br />

04 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

Book club<br />

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

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

back with Really? We discover the Ford Mustang 2.3<br />

EcoBoost is not so much a wild horse as a mild pony,<br />

how the Alpina B5 is grown-up thrills in a light-speed<br />

La-Z-Boy, and what, exactly, is the point of a driverless<br />

car? Michael Joseph, R320. • When James Mercer’s<br />

family is financially ruined by the institutions they<br />

trusted, he sets out to recoup what they’re owed.<br />

It’s not theft... it’s payback. Andy McNab’s Whatever<br />

It Takes is the gripping tale of how James’ solo<br />

crusade falls foul of the people who own most<br />

of the world’s wealth. It’s packed with relentless<br />

action that (scarily) shows the world as it really<br />

is. Bantam Press, R297. • Adam Hamdy’s Black 13<br />

could well be the most frightening book you’ll<br />

read all year. Why? Because it‘s about the way<br />

hate, generated by radical extremists, is the<br />

world’s rising - and most terrifying - destroyer.<br />

It’s the story of ex-MI6 agent, Scott Pearce, who’s<br />

lured into the deadly fight to protect Britain<br />

from this new menace, and is a glued-to-thepages<br />

read. Pan Macmillan, R299.<br />

Great books deserve a great wine. And Groote Post 2019<br />

Seasalter is just that. The 2019 vintage of the estate’s flagship<br />

Sauvignon Blanc has been released to high acclaim, and has<br />

snagged a placing in the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10<br />

competition. It’s all citrus, stone fruit and green apple, with hints<br />

of fynbos and kelp, sea breeze and a touch of oak. Excellent<br />

with food, particularly seafood. Around R145 a bottle. Details:<br />

groote-post-wines.myshopify.com<br />

RM-VI190611NM<br />

RM-VI190611NM<br />

Robin Cook’s<br />

medical thrillers are<br />

unputdownable...<br />

and Genesis doesn’t<br />

disappoint. Chief<br />

Medical Examiner Laurie<br />

Montgomery has the<br />

body of a pregnant social<br />

worker show up on the<br />

autopsy table. No one<br />

knows who the father is,<br />

or if he’s involved in her<br />

death. Laurie turns to<br />

DNA tracking to catch<br />

the killer. Macmillan, R299.

Wish list<br />

Win a hamper, get cooking & pamper yourself<br />

Take a journey<br />

The Pilgrimage 2017, a Rickety Bridge<br />

limited edition icon wine produced from an<br />

extraordinary heritage vineyard block, has been<br />

honoured with a coveted five-star rating and<br />

Joint Best Semillon Award in the <strong>2020</strong> Platter’s<br />

South African Wine Guide. The Pilgrimage 2017 is<br />

boldly packaged in a magnificent heavyweight<br />

bottle with a blue wax seal and showcased in a<br />

satin-lined box. Retail price is R450 per bottle.<br />

The Pilgrimage 2017 is available from the cellar<br />

door, at specialist wine merchants or shop online at<br />

www.shop.ricketybridge.com/wines - for quick and<br />

easy delivery.<br />

BrannaRum, the craft spirit revival festival<br />

Join the rum and brandy revolution! New-generation craft<br />

producers are breathing life into what was once a sailor’s drink<br />

with the <strong>Lowveld</strong>’s first rum and brandy festival, which includes a<br />

wine garden, gin bar, and bubbly bar; delicious food vendors and<br />

live music. Kids are also welcome. Tickets cost R150, which includes<br />

10 tasting tokens. The event takes place on <strong>March</strong> 28 at Mbombela<br />

Stadium. Gates open at 11:00. Details: 083-414-3238.<br />

WIN!<br />

We are giving away a BrannaRum<br />

hamper! Send your entries to<br />

competitions@getitlowveld.co.za<br />

to reach us by noon<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 27.<br />

Footloose...<br />

We’re loving the new foot care range from<br />

Matsimela Spa, which includes Foot Mask<br />

Spray with glycolic acid, the holy grail<br />

for exfoliation (simply spray on<br />

before bed, leave on overnight,<br />

rinse in the morning… and<br />

voila… smooth, soft feet), and<br />

the Matsimela Spa Heel Balm<br />

with intensive moisturisation (rich<br />

in shea butter, used two or three<br />

times a week and left on overnight,<br />

it keeps your feet in tip-top condition).<br />

R80 and R150 from matsimela.co.za.<br />

06 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

The art of celebrating food<br />

It’s a bit of a leap from ballet dancer to acclaimed chef, but Lorna<br />

Maseko has happily pirouetted into this new role in her cookbook,<br />

Celebrate With Lorna Maseko. Part memoir, part travel journal,<br />

plus luscious recipes, it’s a book you can enjoy reading, as well as<br />

use (lovely photos too). We found scrummy dishes like chicken<br />

Wellington; herb-crusted lamb; king prawns in a wine and chilli<br />

sauce; all of which come with delectable sides. Something light? Try<br />

a beef teriyaki, avocado, goat’s cheese and charred peach salad, while<br />

vegetarians can tuck into cauliflower steaks with chimichurri and<br />

ricotta, or even tasty roasted parsnips. Simple sweet treats include<br />

mini pavlovas; yogurt-coated strawberries; G&T and mint-grapefruit<br />

popsicles; watermelon champagne granita with lime, whipped cream<br />

and pomegranate. From easy and inexpensive to blow-the-budget<br />

dishes, you’ll find celebrating with this cookbook loads of interesting<br />

fun. Human & Rousseau, R360.<br />


Kjellaug Haugvaldstad<br />

Maya Bhatt<br />

Getting flexible<br />

Every second Saturday of every month, yoga enthusiasts are<br />

invited to join a free yoga session in the <strong>Lowveld</strong> National<br />

Botanical Garden. The most recent session was led by Maya Bhatt,<br />

who presently works at the Consulate General of India, Swami<br />

Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Johannesburg as a cultural and<br />

yoga teacher.<br />

The session also included breathing exercises<br />

Amanda Mthimkhulu and Ntobeka Mnisi<br />

Natascha Cope<br />

Louise Southey<br />

08 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

Hula<br />

hula!<br />

Andries and Seriska Mulder with<br />

Monica and Morne Fourie<br />

The Rest Nature Estate<br />

in Mbombela recently<br />

launched its third phase,<br />

and celebrated in style<br />

with a Hawaiian-themed<br />

event. Organised by Two<br />

Red Pens, the merriment<br />

featured tiki decorations,<br />

floral motifs, a welcoming<br />

punch, dinner, dessert and<br />

a hula competition. The<br />

affair was well-planned<br />

and attended.<br />

Klippie du Toit and Christian Herbst<br />

Harshil Mitha and Ricardo Fernandes<br />

Refiloe Bhembe and Patience Mnisi

Laetitia Janse van Vuuren and Jeané Petzer<br />

Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY. Photographer: TANYA ERASMUS<br />

It’s a fact that most<br />

mothers would give an<br />

arm and a leg to save their<br />

child, and the same thing<br />

can be said for a kidney.<br />

This is the story behind<br />

mother and daughter<br />

Laetitia Janse van Vuuren<br />

and Jeané Petzer, who<br />

speak to us about the<br />

importance of patience,<br />

giving and the strength of<br />

family ties.<br />

jeané, a diabetic for most<br />

of her life, is no stranger<br />

to hospitals. In November<br />

2018, just before her sister<br />

Dominique’s wedding (at which<br />

she was a bridesmaid), she fell ill<br />

and ended up in hospital. Checks<br />

confirmed that her kidneys were<br />

not functioning as they should have.<br />

Terrified she would miss her sister’s<br />

wedding, this news came as a huge<br />

blow to Jeané. However, the count<br />

stabilised, and she was allowed to<br />

go home. She made it through the<br />

wedding, but only just.<br />

Exhausted and weak, Jeané’s<br />

transplant was scheduled for two<br />

weeks later. This was a tough time<br />

for the family. She felt at her lowest<br />

10 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

point ever. Constantly tired, she felt<br />

drained and sick; and worried over<br />

what the future would hold. Laetitia<br />

remembers the time all too well.<br />

“You know when you get so used<br />

to seeing someone that you don’t<br />

notice significant changes in them?<br />

That’s how it was; we saw her all<br />

the time, so we didn’t notice just<br />

how yellow and worn her face had<br />

become.”<br />

‘I gave her<br />

life, and now<br />

I could give<br />

her a second<br />

chance at<br />

that life’<br />

When the question was asked as<br />

to who would donate the kidney,<br />

Laetitia didn’t hesitate. “I mean, I’m a<br />

mother, obviously I would do it. I had<br />

healthy kidneys, I’m not a drinker or<br />

a smoker, and I was also the perfect<br />

donor. The fact that my kidneys were<br />

in such good condition and also a<br />

99,9% match felt to me as though<br />

it was my calling. I gave her life, and<br />

now I could give her a second chance<br />

at that life.”<br />

Wiaan and Jeané Petzer<br />

Daughter and mom in hospital<br />

Jeané smiles, “We had to go through<br />

strict psychiatric counselling, which is<br />

routine in cases such as this. We also<br />

had to endure a barrage of physical<br />

tests. Luckily, we are both strong<br />

and healthy, and we were given the<br />

green light almost immediately.” As<br />

a diabetic, Jeané had to have an<br />

angiogram, which in itself can cause<br />

problems, especially in a renal patient.<br />

It took away at least half of her<br />

remaining kidney function, making<br />

the operation even more crucial.<br />

“The fear of the unknown is what got<br />

to us the most,” they both agree. “Not<br />

knowing what would happen, I just<br />

wanted everything to be over. The<br />

uncertainty was horrible, and so was<br />

the fact that I was so weak. I couldn’t<br />

walk up the stairs without having to<br />

stop and rest; I had no strength at all.<br />

But in the end all went well.<br />

“I am so blessed to have the husband<br />

I have. Wiaan was thrown in the deep<br />

end a bit. As soon as things became<br />

serious between us, I had to tell him<br />

I am a diabetic, and then that I had<br />

kidney failure! He took it all in his<br />

stride and has had to learn so much<br />

in such a short time.”<br />

While Wiaan was the support that<br />

Jeané needed, her father Jacques was<br />

the rock. “One day his daughter was<br />

getting married, and then soon after<br />

both his wife and other daughter had<br />

to go in for serious surgery!” Laetitia<br />

laughs when she recounts just how<br />

anxious he was. “At one stage the<br />

doctor came out and told him the<br />

kidney had been rejected, and then<br />

walked away. It was only a temporary<br />

setback; one of the valves was closed<br />

and just needed to be flushed with<br />

water. But no one thought to go<br />

back and tell him, so for seven hours<br />

the poor man sat there and worried<br />

himself sick.”<br />

Physically, the hardest part for Laetitia<br />

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was the medication she had to take<br />

afterwards. "For two days I was a<br />

complete zombie, and I said to the<br />

doctor, no more painkillers. And I was<br />

completely fine without them. From<br />

start to finish, God has held us in His<br />

hand, we have learnt to simply put<br />

our faith in Him.<br />

‘Everything<br />

happened as it<br />

was meant to’<br />

“Things don’t happen only when<br />

you want them to, and life doesn’t<br />

always work out the way you want<br />

it to, and you have to make peace<br />

with that. Everything happened<br />

as it was meant to. My recovery<br />

was rapid, although I did feel the<br />

absence of the missing kidney in<br />

the beginning, the empty space. But<br />

the other organs moved around,<br />

compensating for it, and after a<br />

while it was all back to normal. I really<br />

Jacques Janse van Vuuren, the rock of the family, and his three girls<br />

experienced absolutely no adverse<br />

effects. For a while I didn’t go to<br />

gym because of the scarring, and I’ll<br />

never be able to lift a kettlebell over<br />

my head again, but then, you know<br />

what? Been there, done that!”<br />

Jeané had a somewhat more difficult<br />

time, both because of her diabetes<br />

and because she was the one who<br />

received the organ. “In the beginning<br />

I had to take 32 pills,” she says. “I still<br />

take them, but now it’s down to<br />

eight. I have to take the anti-rejection<br />

pills for the rest of my life; my body<br />

can, at any time, reject the kidney.<br />

The best way to explain it is to say my<br />

code and my mother’s code are not<br />

the same and the body will always<br />

want to go back to the code it knows.<br />

But so far, so good; everything went<br />

just as planned.”<br />

Laetitia is quick to say the best thing<br />

Family is everything<br />

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Laetitia and Jacques<br />

for her was waking up and seeing her daughter’s face and<br />

the colour that had returned to her cheeks; that was when<br />

she realised how sick Jeané had been. They point out that<br />

their experience is not necessarily the same as anyone<br />

else’s. Each case is different, with varying contributing<br />

factors. However, it is important for them to get the<br />

message out there that it isn’t a death sentence, and life<br />

can carry on just the same as before.<br />

There are certain precautions that Jeané especially needs<br />

to take, such as getting enough sleep, minimal stress,<br />

eating healthily (which is something she does anyway<br />

due to her diabetes), drinking filtered water and having<br />

minimal contact with people who are ill. And because the<br />

new kidney is in front and not nestled protectively under<br />

the ribs, she also needs to avoid contact sport. But, being<br />

a teacher by trade, she misses the boisterousness of the<br />

kids all around her and cannot wait to get back to it.<br />

The diabetes is more of a problem for Jeané than the<br />

kidney. Because of it, there are many factors that can<br />

influence her well-being on a daily basis. But she’s been<br />

living with it for nearly 20 years, and says it’s manageable.<br />

“It can be a real pain. I can’t tell you how many events<br />

we’ve had to cancel because my insulin pump stopped<br />

working or my sugar wasn’t right, and it always seems to<br />

happen on a weekend. Then it’s back to hospital, back<br />

onto a drip. So, I might very well consider a pancreas<br />

transplant in the future, but for now I just want one year<br />

that I don’t have to stay in a hospital!”<br />

She laughs, but the underlying note of steely<br />

determination says it all. This young woman is sick of<br />

sterile hospital rooms, drips and tests. She just wants to be<br />

in her own home, spending time with her new husband<br />

and enjoying her good health. And glowing with vigour<br />

and vitality as she is, it certainly looks as if this time, her<br />

wish will come true.<br />

Celebrating<br />

YOUR<br />

YOUR<br />

BEAUTY<br />


Taming the<br />

black dog<br />

Many people are hounded by<br />

the dark reality of depression.<br />

Specialist psychiatrist Tshilidzi<br />

Manyage of Mbombela talks<br />

about this debilitating illness<br />

and her passion for treating<br />

those who suffer from it.<br />

Tshilidzi Manyage<br />

Text: LIEZEL LÜNEBURG. Photographer: TANYA ERASMUS<br />

Tshilidzi grew up in Lwamondo, Venda<br />

as the eldest of five siblings. “My<br />

parents raised us to value education<br />

and to be independent individuals with<br />

strong moral values. My father sadly<br />

passed away seven years ago, but his<br />

teachings and wisdom inspire me to<br />

this day.”<br />

As it goes in Africa, she was not only<br />

raised by loving parents, but also, true<br />

to tradition, by the whole village. They<br />

taught her to have humility and respect<br />

for her elders.<br />

After finishing matric, she first obtained<br />

a BSc degree at the University of Venda<br />

and then a degree in medicine at the<br />

University of KwaZulu-Natal. She later<br />

specialised in psychiatry at Sefako<br />

Makgatho Health Sciences University,<br />

better known as Medunsa.<br />

Tshilidzi developed a passion for people<br />

suffering from mental health issues while<br />

doing her internship and community<br />

service at Themba Hospital. She also<br />

saw the debilitating impact of mental<br />

illness on family dynamics in the village<br />

she grew up in, and realised that she<br />

could provide much-needed care by<br />

specialising in psychiatry.<br />

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Depression is a stark reality and<br />

Tshilidzi deals with it on a daily basis.<br />

One of the contributing factors is<br />

denial. “It is wise to remember that<br />

a human being consists of a mind,<br />

a soul, and a physical body. People<br />

are more inclined to seek help for<br />

illnesses of the body while the soul<br />

always gets left behind and mental<br />

illness is unattended.”<br />

The only way to remedy this is for<br />

people to realise that depression<br />

is an illness. Sylvia Plath accurately<br />

describes this concept in The Bell<br />

Jar: “I wanted to tell her that if only<br />

something were wrong with my<br />

body it would be fine, I would rather<br />

have anything wrong with my body<br />

than something wrong with my head,<br />

but the idea seemed so involved and<br />

wearisome that I didn’t say anything.”<br />

South Africa has seen a rise in the<br />

frequency of depression and anxiety<br />

over the past few years and according<br />

to the South African College of<br />

Applied Psychology, as many as one<br />

in six people suffers from it.<br />

The illness affects people of all<br />

racial groups and socioeconomic<br />

backgrounds. “The current dire<br />

state of the South African economy<br />

is impacting heavily on mental<br />

well-being. Most people are facing<br />

unemployment, and managing<br />

a household has become extremely<br />

difficult.<br />

“Unfortunately, economic suffering<br />

leads to other problems,<br />

for instance domestic violence, crime,<br />

divorce, child abuse, and chronic<br />

disease. These factors slowly affect<br />

our mental well-being, which over<br />

time leads to depression and anxiety.”<br />

Notwithstanding the huge<br />

prevalence and the fact that<br />

education has come a long way in<br />

debunking the myths, many South<br />

Africans still suffer in silence. Stigma is<br />

seen as the main culprit.<br />

“We do not want people to know<br />

about our struggles and weaknesses,”<br />

Tshilidzi explains. Education should<br />

focus on replacing the stigma and<br />

preconceived ideas by having<br />

understanding and empathy.<br />

All people should work towards<br />

accepting and confronting mental<br />

health issues and help the helpless<br />

without passing judgment.<br />

The fact that people are slowly<br />

becoming more and more aware of<br />

the devastating impact of depression<br />

and anxiety is, however, hopeful.<br />

On the question of how Tshilidzi<br />

preserves her own mental well-being,<br />

she answers, “I try to spend as much<br />

time as possible with my husband<br />

and two boys. I also love reading and<br />

have recently taken up gardening.”<br />

She finds it important to be on her<br />

own, and simply appreciates life as<br />

it is.<br />

Details<br />

Tshilidzi’s consulting rooms can be<br />

contacted on 013-741-1711<br />


Just add<br />

WATER<br />

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for dry winter skin... an all-year favourite. R395 from<br />

Mopani. • Hydrate Vitamin Moisturizer from<br />

GR8 is lightweight and non-greasy and collagen<br />

boosting to boot. R365 from Dis-Chem. • Optiphi<br />

Intense HA Serum gives you a boost of moisture,<br />

re-plumping, re-densifying and intensively<br />

hydrating the skin. R1 440 from beauty salons and<br />

clinics. • We love a budget product that delivers.<br />

Clere has a range of moisture-loaded creams for<br />

your face and body. The Softening Rosehip Oil<br />

Body Cream is fabulous. You’ll find the range at<br />

Dis-Chem, Checkers and Pick n Pay, from between<br />

R21,99 and R34,99.<br />

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Clarins Bright Plus Serum is a brightening new serum that rebalances<br />

the dimensions of a perfect complexion - contrast, colour and luminosity,<br />

leaving you with even, glowing skin. Available from Mopani (RSP). • We all<br />

know the benefits of shea butter... SOiL Ugandan Shea Butter is one of the<br />

nicest on the market. R82 from Mopani.<br />

Moisturise,<br />

moisturise,<br />

moisturise is our<br />

mantra this month!<br />

Nesti Dante Philosophia Lift Soap, R55,90. As one of<br />

the few commercial manufacturers to still use the<br />

hand-crafted method of saponification, Nesti Dante’s<br />

skilled soap makers have complete control over all<br />

the stages of the saponification process, making the<br />

difference in the quality of the soap obvious. Available<br />

from Mopani, R56. • Enjoy a blast of fresh moisture<br />

with the Makeup Mist from WOW. R75 from selected<br />

pharmacies (thelocalchoice.co.za/find-a-pharmacy).<br />

RM-027707NH<br />

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2<br />

top!<br />

the<br />

Text and photographer: MIA LOUW<br />

In May 2018 the C4 climbing facility was built at Mbombela Stadium, offering<br />

local climbers a bouldering cave to train in. We chat to George Stainton from Sport<br />

Unplugged during a training camp for the Alphas Climbing Team, consisting of junior<br />

Proteas and up-and-coming SA athletes.<br />

hen it comes to outdoor<br />

climbing, the <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

surrounds have top-class<br />

options: Emgwenya (Waterval<br />

Boven), Crocodile River at the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> National Botanical Garden,<br />

Bundu Lodge and Kaapsehoop.<br />

Indoor climbing options are few<br />

and far between, which makes C4 a<br />

welcome addition to Mbombela.<br />

George and local climber Barry Brits<br />

came up with the idea to build<br />

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the stadium’s facility, C4 Climbing<br />

Conditioning Core Coaching. It is<br />

more of a bouldering cave than a fully<br />

fledged climbing gym, but George<br />

has plans to expand the facility in the<br />

near future.<br />

“There are three disciplines<br />

in climbing,” George explains.<br />

“Bouldering, where you don't have<br />

any ropes, speed climbing and<br />

lead, where you need stamina and<br />

endurance. It is like hurdles, sprinting<br />

and long distance running.” His plan<br />

is to add speed and lead climbing<br />

walls at the stadium. He illustrates<br />

his vision with a video on his<br />

phone; a world champion climbing<br />

a 15-metre high wall under six<br />

seconds.<br />

George is in charge of commercial<br />

rights for Sport Unplugged, he<br />

is the rights and sponsorship<br />

consultant of the Mpumalanga<br />

Rugby Union and was the CEO of

Ellis Park Stadium for eight years. His<br />

wife, Jackie, is the Alphas Climbing<br />

Team coach. “There are different<br />

age groups, but she trains about 40<br />

children in Johannesburg,” George<br />

explains. Due to school holidays, only<br />

six male climbers aged between 14<br />

and 17 came on the training camp to<br />

the <strong>Lowveld</strong> early in December 2019.<br />

Five of the six youngsters have<br />

national colours in climbing. Some<br />

have been climbing for five years,<br />

but most have only been at it<br />

competitively for roughly two. “They<br />

are absolutely climbing mad. They<br />

have excelled because they are<br />

dedicated. They are also light framed<br />

and they have that ideal power-toweight<br />

ratio,” George adds. “Jackie<br />

has four- to five-year-olds climbing<br />

for fun. If you can get them to enjoy<br />

it from that age until they are 10,<br />

then they will mushroom.” There are<br />

roughly 25 kids from the <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

who regularly use the facility.<br />

The C4 climbing gym has<br />

MoonBoards, which are panelled<br />

climbing walls set with a selection<br />

of numbered holds, consisting of<br />

crimps, pinches, slopers and pockets.<br />

“The angle and orientation is the<br />

same throughout the world and<br />

you have different colours,” George<br />

explains, while opening a MoonBoard<br />

app on his phone. There are different<br />

colour coordinated routes and<br />

various gradings or difficulty levels.<br />

The benefits<br />

are manifold;<br />

not only<br />

for physical<br />

strength and<br />

control, but<br />

mentally too<br />

Nathan Berlin at Mbombela Stadium's C4 climbing facility<br />

One of the athletes shows us how it’s<br />

done, climbing to the top of the wall<br />

and hanging only from their hands,<br />

feet swinging away from the board.<br />

“We call that to cut-loose,” another<br />

climber explains. “You have to start as<br />

well as finish with two hands on the<br />

hold,” George adds.<br />

The benefits of climbing are<br />

manifold; not only for physical<br />

strength and body control, but<br />

mentally too. “After six months<br />

of climbing, every one of these<br />

children's school results have<br />

improved. It is about thinking<br />

through the process and outside<br />

the box. You need concentration<br />

to follow the colours. When you are<br />

outdoors, you have to memorise<br />

the routes. It is also a mental<br />

strength, because you are more<br />

exposed.”<br />

George believes one of the<br />

main benefits is that it offers kids<br />

something else to excel at, besides<br />

the mainstream sports at schools.<br />

“Not all children want to play rugby.<br />

Some might be shy, they don't like<br />

the physical contact or they just<br />

don't have that type of hand-eye<br />

coordination.”<br />

Climbing helps for confidence<br />

building too, something he has<br />

noticed in the young team. It is also<br />

a great sport for the entire family to<br />

enjoy; you don’t have to be at the<br />

same level to climb together, unlike<br />

cycling or running.<br />

George’s interest in the sport was<br />

sparked when his daughter started<br />

climbing at school and Jackie<br />

started coaching her. “She was one<br />

of the first climbers to go to the<br />

Youth Olympics in 2014. That was<br />

when climbing was first showcased<br />

at the Olympics.” He says sports like<br />

climbing, roller-skating, surfing and<br />

parkour are brought on board due<br />

to younger audiences and change<br />

in viewership.<br />

They want some of the Alphas<br />

climbers to compete at the <strong>2020</strong><br />

Africa Continental Cup at CityROCK<br />

in Cape Town this month. “Only<br />

20 people over the age of 16 can<br />

compete, and the winner of that<br />

goes to the Olympics,” George<br />

explains, excited for what the<br />

future holds. If you are excited<br />

too, there is a R250 joining fee at<br />

C4 (which includes registration<br />

at the South African National<br />

Climbing Federation) and monthly<br />

membership costs only R100.<br />

Details<br />

George Stainton on 082-775-0887<br />

Jordan Nightingale <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 19

, HILL<br />

C CHAT<br />

chuckle & chomp<br />

Berenice Legg or Berry, as she is affectionately known, jokingly calls herself a<br />

fervent feeder. She loves to spoil you with home-made confectionery, carefully<br />

made with the highest quality ingredients. To see one of her guests enjoy<br />

something that was carefully prepared in her kitchen, gives her great joy.<br />

Berry and Peter Legg<br />

Text: ALITA STEENKAMP. Photographer: TANYA ERASMUS<br />

Berry, who now lives in Kaapsche<br />

Hoop, established her own company,<br />

Miz Gooz Berry, in 1997, in Gauteng.<br />

Since then she has built an excellent<br />

reputation with her chocolate cakes,<br />

confections and delicacies. It all<br />

started while she was furthering her<br />

studies in remedial education and<br />

wanted to earn some extra money.<br />

One day while she was walking past<br />

a coffee shop in a shopping centre in<br />

Boksburg, she noticed that the cakes<br />

on display looked dreadful. Berry<br />

then decided to take a chance and<br />

ask the manager if she could service<br />

the coffee shop with large blueberry<br />

muffins. The manager accepted<br />

her offer as he had been having<br />

problems with his supplier. Things<br />

suddenly changed for Berry.<br />

“I regard myself as somewhat cheeky<br />

and fearless. A couple of months<br />

prior to my approaching the coffee<br />

shop, I sourced a pan that baked<br />

large muffins and imported it from<br />

America. Those were the days before<br />

coffee shops offered large muffins in<br />

South Africa. My first batch of large<br />

blueberry muffins was made with<br />

tinned blueberries and they were<br />

an immediate success, so the coffee<br />

shop requested more. They also<br />

asked me to bake a Kahlúa pecan<br />

mousse cake. As I didn’t have a recipe<br />

for that, I contacted Kahlúa SA and<br />

asked them for a chocolate mousse<br />

recipe, which I adapted, using the<br />

20 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

Visit our<br />

website for<br />

this delicious<br />

recipe!<br />

Lemon chiffon cake<br />

best quality chocolate I could source<br />

at that time. Within two months I<br />

had to form a CC to keep up with all<br />

the orders that started coming in. I<br />

started purchasing fresh blueberries<br />

from Lydenburg especially for the<br />

muffins, which were trucked to<br />

Johannesburg,” Berry says.<br />

After working extremely hard for<br />

17 years to establish her unique food<br />

brand, Berry and her husband, Peter,<br />

decided to move to a quieter spot.<br />

They had lived in Dwaalboom when<br />

their children were small and always<br />

dreamt of going back to a “dorpie”.<br />

Peter did some work for Sappi and<br />

“discovered” Kaapsche Hoop, the<br />

small village high on the edge of the<br />

escarpment. They bought a property<br />

in Coetzee Street and worked on it<br />

before moving down a year later.<br />

The end result was not only a house<br />

where they would live in, but a<br />

charming B&B with three beautiful<br />

suites, The Nest, The Bird House and<br />

The Snug. The tea garden on the<br />

same premises followed. “I realised<br />

there was a demand for a tea garden<br />

in Kaapsche Hoop,” muses Berry.<br />

“Although I am a private person, I<br />

love people, and I love to feed them.<br />

People find comfort in food. They<br />

especially find solace in chocolate,<br />

particularly women,” she laughs.<br />

Although the tea garden and gift<br />

shop are not open every weekend,<br />

they are normally open the last<br />

weekend of every month and on<br />

public holidays. High teas, breakfasts,<br />

picnics, gift boxes, classes, as well as<br />

functions can be booked at other<br />

times. Berry sends out a broadcast<br />

on WhatsApp to a mailing list, as<br />

well as on her Facebook page,<br />

Miz Gooz Berry Kaapsche Hoop,<br />

to inform customers of dates and<br />

times. Although she specialises in<br />

decadent chocolate confections, she<br />

also creates extremely healthy raw<br />

confections.<br />

Diabetic as well as gluten-free,<br />

lactose-free and egg-free products<br />

are made to order. The menu is small,<br />

with wonderful home-made dishes<br />

made according to the season and,<br />

where possible, with locally sourced<br />

products. When you order tea, it is<br />

served in a beautiful bone china<br />

teapot and teacup. Miz Gooz Berry<br />

in Gauteng is still going strong, and<br />

Xanthe Weissnar at the Gauteng<br />

branch has since developed a special<br />

range of baby foods, called Miz Gooz<br />

Berry Junior Foods.<br />

“My food brand and the tea garden<br />

in Kaapsche Hoop offer quality foods,<br />

as well as service excellence,” says<br />

Berry. “The tea garden is tucked away,<br />

so I find that people enjoy relaxing<br />

in the garden and sometimes sit<br />

here for a few hours. You come here<br />

for a different experience. I love<br />

to spoil my clients, not only their<br />

diets. Healthy options are available.<br />

‘Chill, chat, chuckle and chomp’ is<br />

our motto! If a client has a specific<br />

dietary requirement, they can contact<br />

me two days before our open<br />

weekend and I will ensure that there<br />

is something that they can enjoy. I<br />

am so blessed to be able to do what<br />

I love and still love what I do after<br />

22 years. And, we have the freedom<br />

of living in the beautiful Kaapsche<br />

Hoop! What more could we ask for?”<br />

Details<br />

Email leggbpk@netactive.co.za or visit<br />

www.mizgoozberry.co.za<br />

It’s teatime<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 21

22 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

Curb<br />

appeal<br />

Create a mini oasis on your doorstep<br />

with a planter box.<br />

Text: Lindi Botha<br />

Decorating the entrance to your home can be tricky if you have<br />

limited space or only a wall adjacent to the front door with which<br />

to work. This handy planter box offers an opportunity to<br />

green your entrance without the clutter of pot plants on the floor.<br />

For a fuss-free option, you can use artificial plants that won’t<br />

necessitate holes in the bottom of the box or the plastic lining.<br />

You will need<br />

• Laminated pine shelving of 2cm thickness, measuring 40cm x 60cm<br />

for the back piece. Another two planks measuring 40cm x 10cm<br />

each for the box and two planks of 10cm x 12cm for the sides.<br />

The base plank measures 36cm x 12cm.<br />

• PVC plastic sheet to line the box.<br />

• Wood glue.<br />

• Sanding block.<br />

• Wood nails.<br />

• Screws.<br />

• Gel stain in antique oak.<br />

• Pebbles.<br />

• Pot plants of your choice.<br />

Method<br />

1. Build the box by gluing the base to the four sides. Fasten with<br />

small wood nails.<br />

2. Glue the back board to the box and screw it into the box to secure.<br />

3. Drill holes at the bottom of the box for water drainage.<br />

4. Sand the planter to ensure it is smooth.<br />

5. Apply the gel stain to a damp cloth and rub onto the wood.<br />

6. Attach the whole box to the wall.<br />

7. Line with the box with the PVC plastic. Add the pebbles, some soil<br />

and your plant.<br />

For a bit of variety, you can use tomato box<br />

or palette wood for your planter. Dress it<br />

up or down, add a house number or leave<br />

it plain, you can even stack a few of these<br />

wooden planters in an old wheelbarrow<br />

for effect. Succulents, spekboom (all the<br />

rage at the moment) or herbs will all work<br />

as fillers. The sky is the limit!<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 23

Saving the<br />

pepper bark<br />

Berries from the pepper bark tree are<br />

sought after for their medicinal value<br />

With the plight of rhinos having<br />

garnered an international<br />

outcry, it is hard to imagine any<br />

other species receiving more<br />

protection by armed guards. But<br />

the humble pepper bark tree,<br />

now almost extinct in its natural<br />

habitat, is fighting for survival.<br />

With the help of a group of<br />

tree experts, this African gem<br />

can be protected from possible<br />

extinction.<br />

Sappi distributes pepper bark trees to communities<br />

bordering the Kruger National Park<br />

Text: LINDI BOTHA<br />

The pepper bark is the only known tree under<br />

armed guard in a protected area in South Africa.<br />

Also known as the Warburgia salutaris, it was once<br />

widespread in southern Africa, but today it is rated<br />

as endangered by both the International Union<br />

for Conversvation of Nature and the South African<br />

National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) and is one of<br />

the special protected trees with the Department of<br />

Forestry.<br />

This tree’s greatest gift has unfortunately led to<br />

its demise, as its medicinal properties are highly<br />

sought after. The pepper bark, known for its<br />

pungent inner bark, is an evergreen tree that grows<br />

to between five and 10 metres in height. The<br />

numerous ailments that can potentially be treated<br />

with this species include fever, malaria, influenza<br />

and coughs and it is a natural antibiotic for chest<br />

infections. The tree is also used for the treatment of<br />

abdominal pain, constipation, cancer, rheumatism,<br />

24 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

urinary tract infections and stomach<br />

ulcers. It is applied topically to cuts,<br />

on the temples for headaches, and<br />

has been used as an aphrodisiac.<br />

More recently, it has been used in<br />

the treatment of HIV. Many of the<br />

medicinal claims of the tree have<br />

been scientifically confirmed, and<br />

is therefore sought after by western<br />

homeopathy for a number of<br />

ailments.<br />

Unsustainable poaching of<br />

components like bark, stems, roots<br />

and leaves have resulted in wild<br />

populations being placed under<br />

extreme threat. In South Africa, the<br />

species is predominantly found in<br />

protected areas and as ornamental<br />

trees in domestic gardens, with a<br />

small number of trees secretly found<br />

in their natural habitat.<br />

A Warburgia Working Group,<br />

consisting of scientists and naturalists<br />

from Sappi, the Agricultural Research<br />

Council in Mbombela, Sanbi<br />

Mbombela, SANParks and Twin<br />

Streams Nursery, who believe in<br />

the value of this tree, has created a<br />

project to invigorate wild plantations<br />

and educate communities about<br />

sustainable harvesting of its<br />

components, while still enabling it<br />

to flourish.<br />

The Warburgia project propagates<br />

seedlings for distribution and<br />

provides educational workshops at<br />

no charge in communities where the<br />

tree has been eradicated. It is also<br />

hoped that the wild populations will<br />

regenerate themselves naturally once<br />

not under direct threat and stress.<br />

The tree propagates well from fresh<br />

seed, but it is challenging for it to<br />

grow from cuttings, and in the wild<br />

under stress it holds back on seed<br />

production. Seed production is also<br />

low, and both the fruit and the seed<br />

are hosts to the larvae of a fruit fly<br />

species that causes immense damage<br />

and loss.<br />

Through the working group, these<br />

challenges have been resolved to a<br />

greater degree. Gene banks and seed<br />

orchards have been created and to<br />

date over 30 000 seedlings have<br />

been grown. Through the project,<br />

it has become acceptable to use<br />

leaves and twigs harvested from<br />

trees as young as four years old, thus<br />

not having to wait some 15 years to<br />

harvest the bark.<br />

Sappi’s expertise with growing trees<br />

has come in handy in the project<br />

and trials with cuttings rooted and<br />

transplanted into five-litre bags have<br />

proven successful. These are then<br />

distributed to communities with<br />

information on how to care for<br />

the plants.<br />

Sappi recently provided 1 025<br />

pepper bark trees to their staff and<br />

surrounding schools to be planted<br />

in their communities. They aim to<br />

produce around 10 000 plants per<br />

annum for distribution into the<br />

environment and are also planning<br />

the establishment of a two-hectare<br />

seed orchard for conservation of the<br />

species, where seed may in future<br />

be harvested.<br />

The success of the project has also<br />

seen its expansion into KwaZulu-<br />

Natal, Kingdom of eSwatini and<br />

Zimbabwe.<br />

Further value from the project is<br />

that an easy working template has<br />

been developed for endangered<br />

trees that are a challenge to<br />

grow. To this end work will soon<br />

commence on a project to conserve<br />

the Prunis africana or red stinkwood.<br />

Nicky Jones led the research at Sappi’s Shaw Research Centre<br />

to establish pepper bark tree cuttings<br />

Cuttings rooted and transplanted into five-litre bags are<br />

distributed to communities to plant<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 25

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 />

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

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

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

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

Compiled by DANIELLA GRAHAM<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 recently surrounded us<br />

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

26 000-hectare Aha Makalali Private<br />

Game Reserve near Hoedspruit.<br />

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

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 5 and,<br />

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

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<br />

(they tell us they “eat their carrots”)<br />

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

When the message “We want to<br />

see a spotted leopard,” reached our<br />

field guide during a game of broken<br />

telephone, he laughed heartily and<br />

joked, “Oh, you want to see a spotted<br />

leopard? Today we were going to look<br />

for a plain one!”<br />

We learnt tourism group, Tourvest<br />

is 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 />

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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 />

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

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

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

another of the Big 5!<br />

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

of the best game viewing South<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 decor, 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 a<br />

spacious bathroom... and an outdoor<br />

shower. You can get two rooms with<br />

an interleading door - handy for<br />

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 room’s design and decor 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 R4 520 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<br />

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

River Lodge suites from R6 225 a person sharing with a maximum of two adults<br />

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

of 12, charged at 50% of the adult-sharing rate. These rates include all meals, two<br />

game drives daily and a 1% tourism levy, but exclude conservation levy.<br />

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

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