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2 Step into a fun-filled month

5 Books + wine = happiness


6 Freshen up the month of April


8 eModels Unity Fashion Show

9 Shared Address album launch


10 Dynamic powerhouse Auctavia Letlojane


12 April scents


14 Crispy chicken fingers and plum chutney


16 How to care for your garden this autumn


19 Fun activities for the Easter holidays

22 Unique pit stops to look out for

23 Your travelling checklist

24 Travelling on a budget


30 Reasons to visit Emdoneni Lodge


32 Look radiant this April

April 2020

A hot date!

Step into a fun-filled month.


Bloem Night Market is here with

a Great Vibe, Great Food, Great

Music and a Great Atmosphere.

Just bring your own Great Friends!

From 17:00 to 22:00, at Urth Lifestyle

Farm. Entrance: Adults: R25; Kids/

Pensioners: R10.


Work out and engage in the

ultimate team building with

friends and family at the Standard

Bank City Relay, which starts at 7am

at the UFS entrance, Gate 5. Entries

close on 1 April. You can bring your

gas braai and gazebo and enjoy a funfilled

day. For more information, visit




Attend an All Beauty Business Basics workshop and learn how to run a profitable beauty business at

Nov-U in Langenhoven Park for R2750. For more information and ticket sales,

visit www.nov-u.co.za or call 078 612 4023.

Listen to live music at the

Mangaung Art Festival that

features A-list national artists and local

artists. Tickets retail for R80 (early bird)

R100 (general) and R120 at the gate.

Tickets are available at webtickets.

co.za and at PicknPay stores.


Ride through the trail at the

Bloem Trailfest for a 12-km,

35-km or 40-km ride at Santa Fe Estate

at R350 per person. Contact Keith

Wilson at 082-495-9673 or Lukas van

Niekerk at 083-306-9467.


The Rock ‘n Roll Circus division

of Speed Wagon is a dedicated

evening to ‘70s – ‘90s music. Covering

music from Guns N’ Roses, Bob

Marley, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple,

ACDC, Queen, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi,

Bryan Adams and many more. The

line-up for this show will keep you

entertained throughout the night.

Tickets are available at Aasvoëlklub at

R130. For more information, send an

email to vultureclubevents@gmail.com

or phone 084-559-8991.

24-2 May

Go out for

an enjoyable

day with your family and friends at

the Bloem Show and experience

different art, music performances,

stalls and games. Tickets are available

at Computicket for R90, R60 for senior

citizens (over 60 years), students,

children (12-18 years) and R40 for

children (6-11 years), and children

under 6 years have free admission.


Enjoy the Cheetahs vs Zebre

Guinness PRO 14 rugby game

at the Free State Stadium from 4pm.

Tickets are available at Computicket.

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Your wedding day is your special day, never to be forgotten. It is time to think outside

the box and have fun on your wedding day with pops of colour, exciting settings

and striking outfits. Bloemfontein is filled with hidden gems that can bring your

wedding day to life. No need to travel far and wide to get what you deserve,

Bloemfontein is here for you. Following our amazing Bridal issue, here is your

personal bridal directory to get you started.

ACE Models Bloemfontein

082 567 4462


BLOM Weddings

078 451 0305


Kasi Fleva

072 387 8515

JO by Johane’ Borchard

082 390 0367


084 772 2503



Reizis Square

051 433 3061


082 059 6535


Grand Room Design

051 430 2910


The Grand Botanist

082 804 1560


Estie Swart ARTISTRY

082 292 3191


Flaming Fire Photography

066 2929 228

Pierce van Heerden Photography


Ronel le Roux

084 778 2222



Zita Olinger

081 597 8551


Visit getitmagazine.co.za/bloemfontein

for the March Bridal edition

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Book club

Books + wine = happiness

Livia has a secret. It’s

about her daughter,

Marnie, who’s one of

the few people she

loves who won’t be at

her 40th birthday party.

She’s waiting until after

the party to share the

secret with her husband,

Adam. Adam has a

secret, too. He’s arranged

for their daughter to

come home as a surprise

guest. But he’s heard

some devastating news.

Should he tell Livia now,

or let her enjoy her party

first. A heartbreaking

decision in The

Dilemma by BA Paris.

Harper Collins , R305

Eve Dallas and her talented team – along with

gorgeous husband Rorke – are tasked with solving

a particularly tricky mystery in JD Robb’s Golden

in Death. Why would someone want to kill Kent

Abner, a model doctor, husband, father and

neighbour? He’s found dead in his town house, and

then so is a second victim. Eve is racing against time

to track a serial killer using a weapon that could

wipe out half Manhattan. Nail-biting stuff. Little

Brown, R285 • Kate’s phenomenal ability to identify

criminals in crowds of thousands is apparently

destroyed after a brain injury in a car accident. In

The Other You, Kate meets Rob after the accident

and he nurses her back to health. With him she

feels safe and loved – until the day she looks at Rob

and knows, with absolute certainty, that he’s been

replaced by an imposter. Is she right, or is it all in

her damaged mind? JS Monroe’s story is a riveting

psychological thriller. Head of Zeus, R295

Grande Provence, the landmark Franschhoek heritage wine estate, has just launched its

first Merlot. Wonderfully intense, Grande Provence Merlot 2018 has an earthy array of vibrant

dark cherries and raspberries with hints of dark chocolate, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel.

Soft, subtle and smooth, it’s wonderful with a herb-crusted lamb or rich meat dish. R170, and

you can buy online at shop.grandeprovence.co.za


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Freshen up the month of April

Floral sweetness

The Collection Grands Crus has

enriched itself with a floral sweetness

and fruity delicacy fragrance. The

richness of Costa Rica in a glass

bottle. Behind this lush nature lies a

treasure, the country’s unique and

iconic flower: Guaria Morada. Linking

the past to the present, it is a symbol

of luck and a source of good fortune.

Available at selected Foschini &

Truworths stores from March 2020

for R1595.00.


Effortless style, superior all-day

comfort and ultimate wardrobe

versatility come together in the new

Crocs Brooklyn Collection. Available

in a variety of heel heights and

sophisticated yet simple silhouettes,

each wedge features the revolutionary

LiteRide foam technology – the

newest innovation in Crocs footwear.

The Women’s Crocs Brooklyn Wedge

will be available in select retail stores

and online at a recommended retail

price of R999.95.

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Tried and trusted

Our mums used Jane Seymour Wonderset. And their mums

probably did, too. Tried, trusted … what’s not to love? This

iconic brand has just been given a fresh facelift and added

a few new products to the range. We’re trying (and loving)

the new Liquid Hairsprays for when we’re wanting a more

structured, sleek look with a defined hold (and they smooth

back stray hairs effortlessly and give definition to curls, too).

R69.99, or R46.99 for the smaller one which is perfectly sized

for your handbag or gym bag. There’s also a Curl Control

Mousse (which gives your curls va va voom with no frizz) for

R82.99, and a new Ultra Hold Hairspray (extra strong hold that

lasts all day) which costs R49.99 and R38.99. Details: Facebook

@JaneSeymourSouthAfrica and Instagram @janeseymour_za.

Live the Tiki life

Inspired by the tropical exotica of 1950s’

island-style cocktail bars, this Copeland Tiki

Gin has classic London Dry ingredients (think

juniper, lemon peel, coriander) making sure

it’s very much a gin, but also has an exotic mix

of cloves, cassia and ginger - often associated

with spiced rums. The addition of tonka bean,

rummy molasses and real pineapple adds a

deliciousness that takes you to beach bar ….

Think Tiki cocktails like the Mai Tai and the

Singapore Sling. And what, exactly, is Tiki?

Created in the 1950s by cocktail legend Don

the Beachcomber, when post-war Americans

were looking for escapism. They found it in

Don’s kitschy beach decor, island motifs and

over-the-top drinks served in mystical mugs

with the faces of Polynesian gods adorned

with exotic fruit and flowers. Hefty pours

of rum and potent secret syrups made the

Tiki experience a heady world to get lost in.

But Tiki’s not just about rum. Many of the

cocktails included gin … so, hello Copeland

Tiki Gin. Besides cocktails, it’s perfectly happy

mixed with tonic and a

signature pineapple

garnish – a dried or fresh

pineapple wheel, but

other exotic pairings

are encouraged …

fresh juice blends or

ginger ale garnished

with the vibrant, the

colourful and the

exotic … edible

flowers, mint sprigs,

whole star anise

and cinnamon

quills. Sound

appealing? Add to

the experience with

a bottle of Copeland

Rum. Your drinks

trolley, and your

friends, will thank

you. R395 a bottle.

Details: copelandrum.


Ruhan Adriaanse, Adele Erasmus en Muriel Adriaanse

Bonolo Buti en Oarabile Madiheng

Jeanre du Preez en Maruchel de Bruin

Bianca Adriaanse en Kayla Erasmus

Inganathi Magwentshu


eModels was the

representation of unity on

the night of its Unity Fashion

Show. With a variety of

fresh faces and exiting new

ventures, eModels is making


Lucy Sehloho and Coreen Jooste

Byron Wegger and Danelle van Rooyen

Maureen Taylor

New Album


Shared Address recently released a new album with great

new songs that they performed for a private group of people

at an interesting venue, Volvo Bloemfontein. It was a night to

celebrate with close family and friends.

Tina Taylor and Jacqualene Bester


Joudie Pieterse

Clidean Swiegelaar and Jani van der Merwe

Gina-Lynn Smit and Henrico Meyer

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A dynamic powerhouse and multifaceted trailblazer, Lerato Auctavia Letlojane, better known

as Auctavia, is not an amateur on the gospel music scene, but a stalwart. The passion for her

music and projects is felt as she shares translucent stories about her life, music and passions.


Auctavia is an urban/soul gospel singer and songwriter. The

energetic artist is known for her encouraging music, vibrant

outfits and hairstyles when performing. “My image portrays

a bold woman who is strong and who is confident in her

own skin,” she says.

Before Auctavia started her journey in the music industry full

time in 2004, she moved from Kroonstad to Bloemfontein.

Although she was a staff member of a bank, music has

always been embedded in her DNA. “I’ve been singing for as

long as I can remember and started performing at the age

of five,” she says. The enthusiastic entrepreneur has been in

the industry formally since 2019 and has made a name for

herself. She performed at the Woman to Woman concert

in Bloemfontein and was the opening act for the award

winning musician, Thandiswa Mazwai. “Performing for a

crowd of over 3000 people as the only gospel singer, was

one of the highlights of my career,” she gushes. She has also

performed at the Macufe Festival and at the Best of Bloem

awards in 2019. The star has also released a song titled

“More than a dreamer”, which is available on all major digital

platforms. She was also cast in a Dream Girls theatrical

project at Pacofs, which was run by the University of the

Free State.

Auctavia shares that her purpose is to heal people and give

them hope through her music. “My music is encouraging

and is a message of hope,” she says. She goes on to describe

the challenges she has faced as a woman in the music

industry. She tells how people have the perception that as a

gospel artist, you need to be composed and look a certain

way. She continues to change the narrative and status

quo through her image and her sense of style. One of the

challenges she is currently facing, is having her music played

on local radio stations.

Auctavia is not only a musician; she is also the founder

of Love Live Laugh, a programme where she hosts

several events focused on women’s stories and women

empowerment. “I decided to create a platform where

women are comfortable enough to share their stories and

be transparent. I believe that my past experiences can help

you in your present reality.” She realises she was called to

empower other women and share her story to help them

overcome any battles they might be facing. In February

2020, she hosted a Cardio Fest for all ladies to keep fit whilst

having fun.

The key lesson this inspiring young lady has learned from

her journey thus far, is to remain authentic and develop

relationships with the people she meets. She draws her

inspiration from praying, listening to inspirational podcasts

and from people around her. The driven artist wants to

continue growing as an artist and will also be recording her

live DVD on the 30th of May. She is also working on a weekly

devotional book, which will be launched this year. The

book will feature inspirational quotes, personal experiences

and Bible scriptures. It will also have a gratitude section

and a section to jot down notes. Her advice to aspiring

musicians is: “Be yourself because there can only be you;

make mistakes because that is how we learn; enjoy the

rollercoaster ride because it will be worth it at the end.”

Follow Auctavia’s page on Facebook: Auctavia Music and

Love Live Laugh.

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Rugged and textured notes

make this Guess 1981 fragrance

a favourite choice for men.

R649 from Truworths

Pepe Jeans Celebrate

for Him exhibits sensual

freshness by combining

the aromatic potency of

juniper and cardamom

with subtle notes of gin.

R799 from Truworths

And for her ... a

lovely Guess 1981

too. R649 from


The alluring Maxima

fragrance is infused with

notes of immortelle

flower, nectarine and

jasmine sambac. R450

from www.my.avon.co.za

Bold, fresh and woody, the original Creed

Aventus became a worldwide favourite ...

the new Aventus Cologne is bound to be as

popular. From R4599 at Edgars



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All bitter orange and juicy pear, with

gardenias and cactus flowers, Coach

Dreams is our new fave fruity, floral

fragrance. From R805 at Clicks.

The sophisticated Women’s

Secret Rose Seduction has

notes of orange blossom,

apple and tangerine ...

gorgeous. R499 from



pink pepper,

orange flower,

hibiscus and

lily of the

valley ... all

our favourite

scents in

one bottle.


& Fitch First

Instinct Sheer

is a joy. R875

from Dis-Chem

A gorgeous floral

fragrance for April ...

we’re loving Berdoues

Collection Grands Crus

Péng Lái Eau De Parfum,

R1595 from Foschini

Sensual, intense (and

the most gorg bottle)

... we’re wearing Pepe

Jeans Celebrate for

Her which has lively

notes of popcorn,

black pepper and

apple. R799 from


Compiled by: KYM ARGO. Photographer: MEGAN BRETT.


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Get that warm and fuzzy feeling with


this autumn.

Recipe by Zola Nene

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Crispy Chicken

You will need

1½ cups mayonnaise

¼ cup grated Parmesan

1 Tbs chicken spice

1 tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper

4 chicken breasts, sliced

2 cups panko breadcrumbs

2 Tbs oregano

1 tsp cayenne

Mix together mayo, Parmesan, chicken

spice, paprika, salt and pepper. Add the

sliced chicken breasts, then stir to coat

chicken in mayo spice mixture. Combine

panko, oregano, seasoning and cayenne.

Dip the chicken strips into the crumbs,

pressing to coat well. Deep fry in canola

oil until golden and crispy or bake in a

preheated oven at 200 °C until golden.

Serves 4

Plum chutney

You will need

6 plums, pitted and diced

1 onion, finely chopped

½ t chilli flakes

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup cider vinegar

½ t Allspice

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Sundays: 08:00 – 17:00




As winter is fast approaching, it is time to take note of how to care for

your garden and what to plant this autumn that will survive the cold

Bloemfontein frost.

Garden NOTES for April

We’re planting Nemesia ‘Nesia Denim’,

which is fragrant with large, dark blue

blooms. It pairs well with other perfumed

autumn and spring annuals like pansies,

alyssum and stocks. With its open, semiupright

growth, (30 cm high and wide),

it can be used as a soft border for other

plants with broad, upright or dense

foliage. Use it in containers, hanging

baskets and as a bedding plant. Plant

in full sun, in moist, well- drained soil.

Regular watering and feeding encourage

continuous blooms. Extend its flowering

into summer with ample water during

hot periods. For more information: www.


Our indoor plant of the month is

Cyclamen, which is a traditional indoor

winter flower. None are as flashy as the

new ‘Indiaka’ range with its two-tone

colour contrasting blooms, extra flowerpower

and compact growth. Plants bloom

best if given bright indirect light in a

warm room. Don’t over-water but keep

the soil slightly moist. If the pot is in a

saucer, empty the saucer 30 minutes after

watering. Fertilise once a month with a

liquid fertiliser for flowers. Remove dead

flowers by pulling out the stem from the

base of the plant. This will encourage

it to produce more flowers. For more

information: www.plantimex.co.za

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Garden TASKS for April

Plant primulas to brighten

shady areas, pansies and violas

in sunny beds, containers and

hanging baskets. Poppies look

beautiful among the roses.

Daffodils, freesia, ranunculus

and indigenous spring bulbs

are best planted after Easter.

Scatter sow Namaqualand

daisies wherever you want a

splash of colour.

Water once a week.

Fertilise the lawn, perennials,

roses and shrubs for the last

time before winter and water

well afterwards.

Plant up your winter veggie

garden: sow broad beans,

beetroot, broccoli, cabbage,

carrots, cauliflower, lettuce,

peas, spinach and Swiss chard.



here we come

Planning your Easter road trip? Here are some

tips and tricks to make your family road trip a

memorable one with great pit stops along the

way which should not be missed. Experience

what our country has to offer, you might just

find a hidden gem along the way.

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FUN activities for the


Easter is always an exciting occasion and spending time with family makes the holidays even

more meaningful, so we’ve compiled a list of things you can focus on to create memories.


Get crafty

Make all that free time count by getting creative with fun crafts like marbled

Easter eggs, which are made with eggs, olive oil, vinegar and food colouring. The

process is really easy; you just dip your eggs into food colouring and water to dye

them, and then dip them again in an oil-and-coloured-water solution to marble

them. It’s so simple, and the effect is gorgeous. The kids will love getting messy

and experimenting with this. Don’t be left out of the sun, you can also get crafty

by creating your own Easter egg flower bouquet. Dye eggs in varying shades of

pink or whichever colour you choose and place them in a large vase to create an

ombré effect. Add flowers for a seriously chic centrepiece.

Bake something sweet

Easter is a great time to indulge in

baked goodies and sometimes half

the fun isn’t in the eating, but rather in

the actual baking. Get your little ones

in on the fun by letting them help as

you bake some sweet Easter-themed

treats. You can make Rice Krispies

Easter egg balls by combining the Rice

Krispies with marshmallows and rolling

them into miniature balls. You can also

make Easter pancakes and have fun

decorating them.


Host a unique Easter egg hunt

The one activity most kids look

forward to on Easter Sunday is the

egg hunt. Why not change things a

bit by planning an egg hunt with a

difference? One idea is to have it the

night before, using flashlights and

glow-in-the-dark plastic eggs filled

with small trinkets. You could even turn

it into a real scavenger hunt by making

the kids follow clues from one egg to

the next before the ultimate find: a

fully-loaded Easter basket!

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Have an Easter fashion parade

Make the kids create their own Easter

costumes from paper, plastic and crafts

such as bunny ears or a dress from

plastic and Easter crafts. Have them

parade their outfits and play music to

make it even more fun.


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Make that PIT STOP

Don’t rush your road trip, take your time and make it an unforgettable experience. Here are after

unique pit stops to look out for on your way.


Country break-away

De Oude Kraal Country Estate is a Bloemfontein

Accommodation Guest House, based on a 2000Ha

working sheep farm owned by a 6th Generation

family where dedication and excellence is a way of living. A

Bloemfontein Accommodation with a difference..De Oude

Kraal – Lombard Family! Accommodation break-away from

the city. Come and enjoy the natural surroundings at De

Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa 35km from Bloemfontein.

Stroll through the park-like garden to one of the eleven

private Garden rooms and suites, stay over at one of the

twelve Merino self-catering standard rooms with views over

the vast Free State landscape. All rooms are four star graded

by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. info@

deoudekraal.com or call 051 5640 733 or 051 5640 636.

A jewel in the


Formerly the Gariep Hotel,

de Stijl Gariep Hotel is now

the Upper Karoo’s most

stylish hotel, offering 43

chic, contemporary and

extremely comfortable

rooms. The hotel overlooks

the Gariep Dam, giving

breathtaking big sky views. Surrounded

by the stark beauty of the Karoo, the

Gariep Dam stretches for as far as the

eye can see; jewelled sunsets blaze

across the African sky and the sound

of silence lulls guests to sleep under

the Southern Cross. On the N1, halfway

between Cape Town and Gauteng

and only 180km from Bloemfontein

access is easy from the Northern Cape,

Free State and Eastern Cape. de Stijl is

ideally placed to make your journey

less stressful and more rewarding. It

is after all about the journey and not

just the destination. Go to www.destijl.

co.za to experience what de Stijl Gariep

Hotel has to offer or contact the Hotel

by sending an email to reservations@

destijl.co.za or info@destijl.co.za.

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with kids during the Easter holidays

Travelling with kids requires parents to plan ahead and forces them to make changes to triedand-tested

routines. This is a fantastic time to bond with your kids and to see what they enjoy.

Although planning a family Easter trip with kids may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to with this

easy checklist.

Read travel blogs and purchase a guidebook or two about

destinations you’re considering. This will help determine

which places will work best for your family. Ask friends and

family members with similar tastes for travel suggestions,

keeping in mind your budget and your children’s ages and


If flying, determine if flights to your desired destinations are

within your budget. Check flight prices with cheapflights.com,

which checks multiple travel search engines for you at once and

compares prices. Or you can directly search for your preferred

airline and book with them, which in some cases works out


Look at your calendar to make sure your desired travel dates don’t

conflict with any work, school or extracurricular activities of any

family members. Also always check Weather.com to make sure you

understand the weather conditions during your stay.

Get older children involved by having them read travel blogs,

websites and guidebooks together or assign one day or an

attraction to each child to research, and determine all family

members’ must-do vacation sites and activities. For older children

who will need to take time off from school, check with their

teacher about the dates and how to deal with missed homework

and tests.

Develop a rough daily itinerary, making sure to include time to eat,

rest and play! Be sure not to over-schedule. Try to alternate relaxed

and busy days. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for extras such as free

daily breakfast or a room upgrade.

Research accommodation options and then look up your

favourites online. Go directly to the hotels’ websites to peruse

photos, packages and prices. Then check out reviews on travel

blogs and at Trivago.com or TripAdvisor.com.

Schedule any necessary pet or house-sitting services.

If driving, plan your road trip. Design a multi-stop trip and

determine how many km/hour between each stop. Don’t try to

cover too much ground in too short a period of time for sanity’s

sake. Build in stops for play time, especially when road tripping

with kids.

Print out all reservations and tickets and store them in a vacation

binder or folder and don’t forget to pack the First Aid kit and

necessary medication required.


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After the recent Budget Speech and the news that South Africa is

in a recession, consumers are tightening their belts. But while the

news about the economy is a bit grim, that needn’t necessarily

end our travel plans.


“It’s just a matter of planning it right,

and this includes choosing how and

when you travel, as well as matching

your destination to your budget,” says

Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing at


He explains: “Work-life balance is

essential and it’s been proved that

those who take regular holidays are

healthier and have more fulfilling

relationships and careers. So, it’s good

to see travel not only as a chance to

experience the world around you,

but also a gift to yourself and an

investment towards a more balanced


To prevent the tough economic

climate from ruining your travel plans,

Pozyn suggests the following:

Travel off-peak


Time your travels to

avoid holidays – school,

public or national – as

well as major sports

events or festivals, all of

which boost demand for, and

thus the cost of booking.

Go for freebies!

Choosing accommodation that includes breakfast means there’s

one less daily meal to budget for, so you can spend more on

fun activities like visiting museums, a comedy show, concert, or

bungee jumping if you’re an adrenalin junkie. Hotel buffets are

also a boon to families with hungry, growing youngsters.


1Plan your travel in

advance and book


The earlier you book, the less

you pay. Many elements of

travel – accommodation, flights and

car hire – work on the basis of supply

and demand. So the earlier you book,

the lower the demand will be and the

lower the price. Pozyn’s tip: subscribe

to a database like kulula fanmail for

early alerts on special deals.

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4 5

Eat and shop


Take a break

from big-name

restaurants and

look around for

affordable markets frequented

by the locals, especially if

you’re staying in self-catering

accommodation or a B&B. Not

only will you save money, but

you’re likely to discover more

exciting and authentic flavours

to enrich your travel experience.

Carrying a goodie-bag of

snacks and water will also help

avoid splurging on fast-food for

hangry kids.

6Consider travel stokvels

Financial saving schemes in South Africa are informally known as

stokvels, where group members pay a specific amount for an agreed

time to gain monetary or non-monetary returns. Travel stokvels are

a buzzword at the moment. You simply deposit money each month

so you can travel later in the year. Expert tip: Make sure you join a

reputable group, where you can monitor and retain control of your savings.

Talk to the



making your

way around

the beautiful

place you’re visiting,

take a leap of faith and

get some valuable local

knowledge about the

best hangout spots, and

where to get the best

value for your money on

food, clothes and local

tour guides. Side note:

For safety’s sake, always

verify the information

you find online or at your



Plan group trips

Travelling with loved ones

or friends can be pretty

cost-effective. Typically,

when you book as a

group, you get a discount

on flights and accommodation and

sometimes on group holiday activities.

8Go where you know


Travelling to destinations

where there are people

you already know can

enrich your holiday experience. They

might offer to be your tour guide

to cool spots with the best, most

affordable food and have insights into

local culture. Show your appreciation

for their generosity with a small gift.

9Save, save, save!

There’s no better way to

prepare for travelling than

setting a budget aside

and saving. If you plan on

taking international trips,

you also need to consider

the local currency and other expenses

like visas.


Choosing a travel package can

generally help you save and

it makes planning a lot easier.

When flying with kulula.com, for

example, you have a couple of

options to package your dream

holiday deal. Some combine

flights with car-hire and/or hotel



a travel


If you’re struggling to find

accommodation or don’t

entirely trust the online reviews,

selecting holiday packages from

credible service providers can

help remove the guesswork.

You can also specify parameters

like whether you’re travelling

solo, with a family, or looking for

a perfect honeymoon spot.

Visit www.kulula.com


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for the Easter season

The Easter season is around the corner and many holiday-goers are preparing for another well-deserved break.

During April, the number of vehicles and motorists through the central region of South Africa increase drastically. In

preparation for this influx of vehicles and visitors to the central region, emergency services are gearing and equipping

themselves to ensure they are fully prepared for any medical emergency. During this period, the Advanced Life

Support (ALS) paramedics of the Life Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on duty 24/7, patrolling surrounding

routes whilst staying in contact with other emergency services from both the private and public sector.

Some guidelines to ensure you travel

safely to your destination:

1. Before going on holiday, determine

which hospitals and emergency

services are on your route and save

the paramedic and emergency

numbers on your phone.

2. Stop and rest at regular intervals,

never drive when you are tired.

3. Do not drink and drive.

4. Buckle up!

5. Adhere to the speed limits.

6. Keep a safe following distance

between vehicles.

7. Overtake when it is safe to do so –

patience saves lives.

8. Do not text and drive.

9. Make sure your phone is fully

charged in case of emergency.

Here are a few tips by which you can

abide on the road and assisting a

call centre operator with information

regarding an incident or an accident:

First on the scene – what do I do?

1. Park in a safe position off the road.

2. Turn on your hazard lights and


3. Check that the area is SAFE before

leaving your vehicle.

4. Check to see if the accident victim is


5. Call Life EMS for emergency

paramedic response – 0860 123 367.

What to tell the emergency call-centre


1. Your telephone number (to remain

in contact with you should you be

cut off).

2. Your location (city or town, street

name and nearest cross road).

3. The details of what happened, how

many injured as well as any other

pertinent details.

How can I best assist the injured?

1. Stay calm and reassure the victims

that help is on the way.

2. Remember your safety comes first.

3. Do NOT move the victim unless

there is an immediate threat to life.

4. Remove any obstruction that may

hinder breathing, but only if you are

equipped to do so. If the patient

is battling to breath, inform the


Easter is family time and this

means delicious meals and a bit of

indulgence. Some healthy tips to keep

in mind whilst you recharge your


1. Be sun smart – always use sunscreen

when you are going in the sun.

2. Be liver smart – don’t drink too

much and over indulge in fatty


3. Be heart smart – engage in healthy

exercise such as walking along the

beach .

4. Be brain smart – read a book or play

board games.

5. Be kidney smart – drink enough

water and eat healthy foods.

6. Be soul smart – Rest, relax and


Visit www.lifehealthcare.co.za for

information and details of hospitals and

emergency centres on your route.



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Reasons to visit

Emdoneni Lodge 5Everyone loves a little bush getaway now and then. Couple that with an up-close-andpersonal

wild cat experience, a long walk along a pristine beach to visit a bat cave and a

sunset cruise with hippos and crocs . . . and you’ve got a holiday worth remembering.


Ideal location

With the big five Hluhluwe/

iMfolozi Game Reserve

and South Africa’s first

UNESCO World Heritage Site, the

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, just a

stone’s throw away, Emdoneni Lodge

couldn’t be more perfectly positioned

for a wilderness and adventure-filled

holiday. After just a short two-anda-half-hour

drive from the King

Shaka International Airport, visitors

can completely immerse themselves

in a haven of natural beauty unlike

anywhere else in the world.



Smiles, song and

creature comforts

The rooms are quaint and cozy,

the food wholesome and comforting

and the staff full of smiles at Emdoneni

Lodge. The privately-owned, three-star

lodge’s accommodation options include

standard or deluxe chalets, Africanstyle

rondavels or the private Windfall

Cottage. Dinners are either in the

restaurant or alongside a bonfire in the

beautiful outdoor boma area where you

can sip a good glass of red wine as you

tuck into a yummy dinner and enjoy

being serenaded by the multi-talented

kitchen and bar staff. Breakfasts are a

treat with all the trimmings, including

yummy homemade croissants and


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Close up with the cats

There are few times in one’s life

when you can stand right next to two

cheetahs as they laze and roll about,

gently gnawing on each other’s ears. One of

the main drawcards for visitors to the lodge

is, of course, the on-site Emdoneni Cat project

(now called Zululand Cat Conservation),

which has been in operation for more than 25

years. Guests visiting the project are given a

guided tour of the facility and invited to get

up-close-and-personal with the Cheetahs,

African Wild Cats, Caracals and Servals on

the property. There is no petting allowed and,

since its inception, more than 40 cats have

been successfully released back into the wild.


Delicious homegrown


Nothing beats delicious sweet

homegrown treats. And Emdoneni (and

Hluhluwe) are home to two amazing

natural spoils – honey and pineapples.

Bee-autiful Honey (all-natural, handextracted

honey made by the busy

bees living in the surrounding bush

at Emdoneni) and Mama Annanas

pineapple products (including a todie-for

spicy pineapple relish, dried

pineapples and pineapple juice) are



Wilderness adventures

The small coastal town of St Lucia,

less than an hour’s drive from

Emdoneni, is a treasure trove of

natural beauty and protected wilderness. It is

not uncommon here to see hippos strolling

down the street or spot rare and endangered

birdlife in the surrounding coastal forest. The

town borders the iSimangaliso Wetland Park,

home to four of the big five and 220km of

protected coastline. A walk along Mission

Rocks beach is a must. Clamber over the

rugged rocks as you head north along the

pristine beach towards the sea caves that are

home to thousands of fruit-eating bats. Enjoy

lunch at a Cape Vidal picnic spot under the

trees before enjoying a swim or snorkel in the

warm Indian Ocean. And then, what better way

to end the day than with a sunset cruise along

Lake St Lucia, sipping a G&T’s as you watch

a family of hippo frolicking half-submerged in

the water before they slowly emerge to graze

at dusk? Sheer African paradise.


Details: Emdoneni Lodge: 035 562 7000/7001, info@emdonenilodge.com,

www.emdonenilodge.com ; Heritage Tours & Safaris (for tours and safaris

in Hluhluwe, St Lucia and iSimangaliso): 035 590 1555, https://www.

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