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EASTER<br />

TRAVEL TIPS<br />

4<br />

Crispy<br />

APRIL BEAUTY<br />

SCENTS<br />

autumn<br />

recipe<br />

Sounds of<br />

AUCTAVIA<br />

YOUR TRAVEL<br />

CHECKLIST<br />

SHOPPING, PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD<br />

APRIL <strong>2020</strong>


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CONTENTS<br />

WHY DON’T YOU...<br />

2 Step into a fun-filled month<br />

5 Books + wine = happiness<br />

WISH LIST<br />

6 Freshen up the month of <strong>April</strong><br />

SOCIAL<br />

8 eModels Unity Fashion Show<br />

9 Shared Address album launch<br />

PEOPLE<br />

10 Dynamic powerhouse Auctavia Letlojane<br />

BEAUTY<br />

12 <strong>April</strong> scents<br />

FOOD<br />

14 Crispy chicken fingers and plum chutney<br />

GARDEN<br />

16 How to care for your garden this autumn<br />

ROAD TRIP, HERE WE COME<br />

19 Fun activities for the Easter holidays<br />

22 Unique pit stops to look out for<br />

23 Your travelling checklist<br />

24 Travelling on a budget<br />

TRAVEL<br />

30 Reasons to visit Emdoneni Lodge<br />

WIN<br />

32 Look radiant this <strong>April</strong><br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2020</strong>


A hot date!<br />

Step into a fun-filled month.<br />

3<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong> Night Market is here with<br />

a Great Vibe, Great Food, Great<br />

Music and a Great Atmosphere.<br />

Just bring your own Great Friends!<br />

From 17:00 to 22:00, at Urth Lifestyle<br />

Farm. Entrance: Adults: R25; Kids/<br />

Pensioners: R10.<br />

4<br />

Work out and engage in the<br />

ultimate team building with<br />

friends and family at the Standard<br />

Bank City Relay, which starts at 7am<br />

at the UFS entrance, Gate 5. Entries<br />

close on 1 <strong>April</strong>. You can bring your<br />

gas braai and gazebo and enjoy a funfilled<br />

day. For more information, visit<br />

www.cityrelay.co.za.<br />

4<br />

2-3<br />

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

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

visit www.nov-u.co.za or call 078 612 4023.<br />

Listen to live music at the<br />

Mangaung Art Festival that<br />

features A-list national artists and local<br />

artists. Tickets retail for R80 (early bird)<br />

R100 (general) and R120 at the gate.<br />

Tickets are available at webtickets.<br />

co.za and at PicknPay stores.<br />

4-5<br />

Ride through the trail at the<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong> Trailfest for a 12-km,<br />

35-km or 40-km ride at Santa Fe Estate<br />

at R350 per person. Contact Keith<br />

Wilson at 082-495-9673 or Lukas van<br />

Niekerk at 083-306-9467.<br />

22<br />

The Rock ‘n Roll Circus division<br />

of Speed Wagon is a dedicated<br />

evening to ‘70s – ‘90s music. Covering<br />

music from Guns N’ Roses, Bob<br />

Marley, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple,<br />

ACDC, Queen, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi,<br />

Bryan Adams and many more. The<br />

line-up for this show will keep you<br />

entertained throughout the night.<br />

Tickets are available at Aasvoëlklub at<br />

R130. For more information, send an<br />

email to vultureclubevents@gmail.com<br />

or phone 084-559-8991.<br />

24-2 May<br />

Go out for<br />

an enjoyable<br />

day with your family and friends at<br />

the <strong>Bloem</strong> Show and experience<br />

different art, music performances,<br />

stalls and games. Tickets are available<br />

at Computicket for R90, R60 for senior<br />

citizens (over 60 years), students,<br />

children (12-18 years) and R40 for<br />

children (6-11 years), and children<br />

under 6 years have free admission.<br />

25<br />

Enjoy the Cheetahs vs Zebre<br />

Guinness PRO 14 rugby game<br />

at the Free State Stadium from 4pm.<br />

Tickets are available at Computicket.<br />

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YOUR PERSONAL<br />

WEDDING BLACK BOOK<br />

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

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

and striking outfits. <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein is filled with hidden gems that can bring your<br />

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

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein is here for you. Following our amazing Bridal issue, here is your<br />

personal bridal directory to get you started.<br />

ACE Models <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein<br />

082 567 4462<br />

www.acemodels.co.za<br />

BLOM Weddings<br />

078 451 0305<br />

www.blomonline.co.za<br />

Kasi Fleva<br />

072 387 8515<br />

JO by Johane’ Borchard<br />

082 390 0367<br />

Lighticle<br />

084 772 2503<br />

hello@lighticle.co.za<br />

www.lighticle.co.za<br />

Reizis Square<br />

051 433 3061<br />

BAPTISTE<br />

082 059 6535<br />

www.baptiste.net.za<br />

Grand Room Design<br />

051 430 2910<br />

www.grandroomdesign.co.za<br />

The Grand Botanist<br />

082 804 1560<br />

www.thegrandbotanist.com<br />

Estie Swart ARTISTRY<br />

082 292 3191<br />

www.estieswartartistry.co.za<br />

Flaming Fire Photography<br />

066 2929 228<br />

Pierce van Heerden Photography<br />

Piercevanheerden02@gmail.com<br />

Ronel le Roux<br />

084 778 2222<br />

hello@ronelleroux.com<br />

www.ronelleroux.com<br />

Zita Olinger<br />

081 597 8551<br />

www.zitafilmz.co.za<br />

Visit getitmagazine.co.za/bloemfontein<br />

for the March Bridal edition<br />

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Book club<br />

Books + wine = happiness<br />

Livia has a secret. It’s<br />

about her daughter,<br />

Marnie, who’s one of<br />

the few people she<br />

loves who won’t be at<br />

her 40th birthday party.<br />

She’s waiting until after<br />

the party to share the<br />

secret with her husband,<br />

Adam. Adam has a<br />

secret, too. He’s arranged<br />

for their daughter to<br />

come home as a surprise<br />

guest. But he’s heard<br />

some devastating news.<br />

Should he tell Livia now,<br />

or let her enjoy her party<br />

first. A heartbreaking<br />

decision in The<br />

Dilemma by BA Paris.<br />

Harper Collins , R305<br />

Eve Dallas and her talented team – along with<br />

gorgeous husband Rorke – are tasked with solving<br />

a particularly tricky mystery in JD Robb’s Golden<br />

in Death. Why would someone want to kill Kent<br />

Abner, a model doctor, husband, father and<br />

neighbour? He’s found dead in his town house, and<br />

then so is a second victim. Eve is racing against time<br />

to track a serial killer using a weapon that could<br />

wipe out half Manhattan. Nail-biting stuff. Little<br />

Brown, R285 • Kate’s phenomenal ability to identify<br />

criminals in crowds of thousands is apparently<br />

destroyed after a brain injury in a car accident. In<br />

The Other You, Kate meets Rob after the accident<br />

and he nurses her back to health. With him she<br />

feels safe and loved – until the day she looks at Rob<br />

and knows, with absolute certainty, that he’s been<br />

replaced by an imposter. Is she right, or is it all in<br />

her damaged mind? JS Monroe’s story is a riveting<br />

psychological thriller. Head of Zeus, R295<br />

Grande Provence, the landmark Franschhoek heritage wine estate, has just launched its<br />

first Merlot. Wonderfully intense, Grande Provence Merlot 2018 has an earthy array of vibrant<br />

dark cherries and raspberries with hints of dark chocolate, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel.<br />

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

you can buy online at shop.grandeprovence.co.za<br />

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Freshen up the month of <strong>April</strong><br />

Floral sweetness<br />

The Collection Grands Crus has<br />

enriched itself with a floral sweetness<br />

and fruity delicacy fragrance. The<br />

richness of Costa Rica in a glass<br />

bottle. Behind this lush nature lies a<br />

treasure, the country’s unique and<br />

iconic flower: Guaria Morada. Linking<br />

the past to the present, it is a symbol<br />

of luck and a source of good fortune.<br />

Available at selected Foschini &<br />

Truworths stores from March <strong>2020</strong><br />

for R1595.00.<br />

ULTIMATE COMFORT<br />

Effortless style, superior all-day<br />

comfort and ultimate wardrobe<br />

versatility come together in the new<br />

Crocs Brooklyn Collection. Available<br />

in a variety of heel heights and<br />

sophisticated yet simple silhouettes,<br />

each wedge features the revolutionary<br />

LiteRide foam technology – the<br />

newest innovation in Crocs footwear.<br />

The Women’s Crocs Brooklyn Wedge<br />

will be available in select retail stores<br />

and online at a recommended retail<br />

price of R999.95.<br />

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Tried and trusted<br />

Our mums used Jane Seymour Wonderset. And their mums<br />

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

iconic brand has just been given a fresh facelift and added<br />

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

the new Liquid Hairsprays for when we’re wanting a more<br />

structured, sleek look with a defined hold (and they smooth<br />

back stray hairs effortlessly and give definition to curls, too).<br />

R69.99, or R46.99 for the smaller one which is perfectly sized<br />

for your handbag or gym bag. There’s also a Curl Control<br />

Mousse (which gives your curls va va voom with no frizz) for<br />

R82.99, and a new Ultra Hold Hairspray (extra strong hold that<br />

lasts all day) which costs R49.99 and R38.99. Details: Facebook<br />

@JaneSeymourSouthAfrica and Instagram @janeseymour_za.<br />

Live the Tiki life<br />

Inspired by the tropical exotica of 1950s’<br />

island-style cocktail bars, this Copeland Tiki<br />

Gin has classic London Dry ingredients (think<br />

juniper, lemon peel, coriander) making sure<br />

it’s very much a gin, but also has an exotic mix<br />

of cloves, cassia and ginger - often associated<br />

with spiced rums. The addition of tonka bean,<br />

rummy molasses and real pineapple adds a<br />

deliciousness that takes you to beach bar ….<br />

Think Tiki cocktails like the Mai Tai and the<br />

Singapore Sling. And what, exactly, is Tiki?<br />

Created in the 1950s by cocktail legend Don<br />

the Beachcomber, when post-war Americans<br />

were looking for escapism. They found it in<br />

Don’s kitschy beach decor, island motifs and<br />

over-the-top drinks served in mystical mugs<br />

with the faces of Polynesian gods adorned<br />

with exotic fruit and flowers. Hefty pours<br />

of rum and potent secret syrups made the<br />

Tiki experience a heady world to get lost in.<br />

But Tiki’s not just about rum. Many of the<br />

cocktails included gin … so, hello Copeland<br />

Tiki Gin. Besides cocktails, it’s perfectly happy<br />

mixed with tonic and a<br />

signature pineapple<br />

garnish – a dried or fresh<br />

pineapple wheel, but<br />

other exotic pairings<br />

are encouraged …<br />

fresh juice blends or<br />

ginger ale garnished<br />

with the vibrant, the<br />

colourful and the<br />

exotic … edible<br />

flowers, mint sprigs,<br />

whole star anise<br />

and cinnamon<br />

quills. Sound<br />

appealing? Add to<br />

the experience with<br />

a bottle of Copeland<br />

Rum. Your drinks<br />

trolley, and your<br />

friends, will thank<br />

you. R395 a bottle.<br />

Details: copelandrum.<br />

com.


Ruhan Adriaanse, Adele Erasmus en Muriel Adriaanse<br />

Bonolo Buti en Oarabile Madiheng<br />

Jeanre du Preez en Maruchel de Bruin<br />

Bianca Adriaanse en Kayla Erasmus<br />

Inganathi Magwentshu<br />

Unity<br />

eModels was the<br />

representation of unity on<br />

the night of its Unity Fashion<br />

Show. With a variety of<br />

fresh faces and exiting new<br />

ventures, eModels is making<br />

waves.


Lucy Sehloho and Coreen Jooste<br />

Byron Wegger and Danelle van Rooyen<br />

Maureen Taylor<br />

New Album<br />

Alert<br />

Shared Address recently released a new album with great<br />

new songs that they performed for a private group of people<br />

at an interesting venue, Volvo <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein. It was a night to<br />

celebrate with close family and friends.<br />

Tina Taylor and Jacqualene Bester<br />

Photos : EYE POETRY PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Joudie Pieterse<br />

Clidean Swiegelaar and Jani van der Merwe<br />

Gina-Lynn Smit and Henrico Meyer<br />

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A UTHENTICA<br />

uctavia<br />

A dynamic powerhouse and multifaceted trailblazer, Lerato Auctavia Letlojane, better known<br />

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

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

Text: WANDILE JAMA Photos : FLAMING FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY Makeup : RONEL LE ROUX<br />

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

energetic artist is known for her encouraging music, vibrant<br />

outfits and hairstyles when performing. “My image portrays<br />

a bold woman who is strong and who is confident in her<br />

own skin,” she says.<br />

Before Auctavia started her journey in the music industry full<br />

time in 2004, she moved from Kroonstad to <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein.<br />

Although she was a staff member of a bank, music has<br />

always been embedded in her DNA. “I’ve been singing for as<br />

long as I can remember and started performing at the age<br />

of five,” she says. The enthusiastic entrepreneur has been in<br />

the industry formally since 2019 and has made a name for<br />

herself. She performed at the Woman to Woman concert<br />

in <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein and was the opening act for the award<br />

winning musician, Thandiswa Mazwai. “Performing for a<br />

crowd of over 3000 people as the only gospel singer, was<br />

one of the highlights of my career,” she gushes. She has also<br />

performed at the Macufe Festival and at the Best of <strong>Bloem</strong><br />

awards in 2019. The star has also released a song titled<br />

“More than a dreamer”, which is available on all major digital<br />

platforms. She was also cast in a Dream Girls theatrical<br />

project at Pacofs, which was run by the University of the<br />

Free State.<br />

Auctavia shares that her purpose is to heal people and give<br />

them hope through her music. “My music is encouraging<br />

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

the challenges she has faced as a woman in the music<br />

industry. She tells how people have the perception that as a<br />

gospel artist, you need to be composed and look a certain<br />

way. She continues to change the narrative and status<br />

quo through her image and her sense of style. One of the<br />

challenges she is currently facing, is having her music played<br />

on local radio stations.<br />

Auctavia is not only a musician; she is also the founder<br />

of Love Live Laugh, a programme where she hosts<br />

several events focused on women’s stories and women<br />

empowerment. “I decided to create a platform where<br />

women are comfortable enough to share their stories and<br />

be transparent. I believe that my past experiences can help<br />

you in your present reality.” She realises she was called to<br />

empower other women and share her story to help them<br />

overcome any battles they might be facing. In February<br />

<strong>2020</strong>, she hosted a Cardio Fest for all ladies to keep fit whilst<br />

having fun.<br />

The key lesson this inspiring young lady has learned from<br />

her journey thus far, is to remain authentic and develop<br />

relationships with the people she meets. She draws her<br />

inspiration from praying, listening to inspirational podcasts<br />

and from people around her. The driven artist wants to<br />

continue growing as an artist and will also be recording her<br />

live DVD on the 30th of May. She is also working on a weekly<br />

devotional book, which will be launched this year. The<br />

book will feature inspirational quotes, personal experiences<br />

and Bible scriptures. It will also have a gratitude section<br />

and a section to jot down notes. Her advice to aspiring<br />

musicians is: “Be yourself because there can only be you;<br />

make mistakes because that is how we learn; enjoy the<br />

rollercoaster ride because it will be worth it at the end.”<br />

Follow Auctavia’s page on Facebook: Auctavia Music and<br />

Love Live Laugh.<br />

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LLY<br />

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Rugged and textured notes<br />

make this Guess 1981 fragrance<br />

a favourite choice for men.<br />

R649 from Truworths<br />

Pepe Jeans Celebrate<br />

for Him exhibits sensual<br />

freshness by combining<br />

the aromatic potency of<br />

juniper and cardamom<br />

with subtle notes of gin.<br />

R799 from Truworths<br />

And for her ... a<br />

lovely Guess 1981<br />

too. R649 from<br />

Foschini<br />

The alluring Maxima<br />

fragrance is infused with<br />

notes of immortelle<br />

flower, nectarine and<br />

jasmine sambac. R450<br />

from www.my.avon.co.za<br />

Bold, fresh and woody, the original Creed<br />

Aventus became a worldwide favourite ...<br />

the new Aventus Cologne is bound to be as<br />

popular. From R4599 at Edgars<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

scents<br />

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All bitter orange and juicy pear, with<br />

gardenias and cactus flowers, Coach<br />

Dreams is our new fave fruity, floral<br />

fragrance. From R805 at Clicks.<br />

The sophisticated Women’s<br />

Secret Rose Seduction has<br />

notes of orange blossom,<br />

apple and tangerine ...<br />

gorgeous. R499 from<br />

foschiniforbeauty.co.za<br />

Bergamot,<br />

pink pepper,<br />

orange flower,<br />

hibiscus and<br />

lily of the<br />

valley ... all<br />

our favourite<br />

scents in<br />

one bottle.<br />

Abercrombie<br />

& Fitch First<br />

Instinct Sheer<br />

is a joy. R875<br />

from Dis-Chem<br />

A gorgeous floral<br />

fragrance for <strong>April</strong> ...<br />

we’re loving Berdoues<br />

Collection Grands Crus<br />

Péng Lái Eau De Parfum,<br />

R1595 from Foschini<br />

Sensual, intense (and<br />

the most gorg bottle)<br />

... we’re wearing Pepe<br />

Jeans Celebrate for<br />

Her which has lively<br />

notes of popcorn,<br />

black pepper and<br />

apple. R799 from<br />

Truworths<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO. Photographer: MEGAN BRETT.<br />

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Crispy<br />

Mmmm…<br />

Chicken<br />

Get that warm and fuzzy feeling with<br />

CRISPY CHICKEN FINGERS AND PLUM CHUTNEY<br />

this autumn.<br />

Recipe by Zola Nene<br />

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Crispy Chicken<br />

You will need<br />

1½ cups mayonnaise<br />

¼ cup grated Parmesan<br />

1 Tbs chicken spice<br />

1 tsp smoked paprika<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

4 chicken breasts, sliced<br />

2 cups panko breadcrumbs<br />

2 Tbs oregano<br />

1 tsp cayenne<br />

Mix together mayo, Parmesan, chicken<br />

spice, paprika, salt and pepper. Add the<br />

sliced chicken breasts, then stir to coat<br />

chicken in mayo spice mixture. Combine<br />

panko, oregano, seasoning and cayenne.<br />

Dip the chicken strips into the crumbs,<br />

pressing to coat well. Deep fry in canola<br />

oil until golden and crispy or bake in a<br />

preheated oven at 200 °C until golden.<br />

Serves 4<br />

Plum chutney<br />

You will need<br />

6 plums, pitted and diced<br />

1 onion, finely chopped<br />

½ t chilli flakes<br />

1 cup brown sugar<br />

½ cup cider vinegar<br />

½ t Allspice<br />

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African Bank 051 522 1713<br />

American Swiss 051 522 1816<br />

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gardening<br />

Autumn<br />

As winter is fast approaching, it is time to take note of how to care for<br />

your garden and what to plant this autumn that will survive the cold<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein frost.<br />

Garden NOTES for <strong>April</strong><br />

We’re planting Nemesia ‘Nesia Denim’,<br />

which is fragrant with large, dark blue<br />

blooms. It pairs well with other perfumed<br />

autumn and spring annuals like pansies,<br />

alyssum and stocks. With its open, semiupright<br />

growth, (30 cm high and wide),<br />

it can be used as a soft border for other<br />

plants with broad, upright or dense<br />

foliage. Use it in containers, hanging<br />

baskets and as a bedding plant. Plant<br />

in full sun, in moist, well- drained soil.<br />

Regular watering and feeding encourage<br />

continuous blooms. Extend its flowering<br />

into summer with ample water during<br />

hot periods. For more information: www.<br />

ballstraathof.co.za<br />

Our indoor plant of the month is<br />

Cyclamen, which is a traditional indoor<br />

winter flower. None are as flashy as the<br />

new ‘Indiaka’ range with its two-tone<br />

colour contrasting blooms, extra flowerpower<br />

and compact growth. Plants bloom<br />

best if given bright indirect light in a<br />

warm room. Don’t over-water but keep<br />

the soil slightly moist. If the pot is in a<br />

saucer, empty the saucer 30 minutes after<br />

watering. Fertilise once a month with a<br />

liquid fertiliser for flowers. Remove dead<br />

flowers by pulling out the stem from the<br />

base of the plant. This will encourage<br />

it to produce more flowers. For more<br />

information: www.plantimex.co.za<br />

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Garden TASKS for <strong>April</strong><br />

Plant primulas to brighten<br />

shady areas, pansies and violas<br />

in sunny beds, containers and<br />

hanging baskets. Poppies look<br />

beautiful among the roses.<br />

Daffodils, freesia, ranunculus<br />

and indigenous spring bulbs<br />

are best planted after Easter.<br />

Scatter sow Namaqualand<br />

daisies wherever you want a<br />

splash of colour.<br />

Water once a week.<br />

Fertilise the lawn, perennials,<br />

roses and shrubs for the last<br />

time before winter and water<br />

well afterwards.<br />

Plant up your winter veggie<br />

garden: sow broad beans,<br />

beetroot, broccoli, cabbage,<br />

carrots, cauliflower, lettuce,<br />

peas, spinach and Swiss chard.<br />

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ROAD TRIP,<br />

here we come<br />

Planning your Easter road trip? Here are some<br />

tips and tricks to make your family road trip a<br />

memorable one with great pit stops along the<br />

way which should not be missed. Experience<br />

what our country has to offer, you might just<br />

find a hidden gem along the way.<br />

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FUN activities for the<br />

4EASTER HOLIDAYS<br />

Easter is always an exciting occasion and spending time with family makes the holidays even<br />

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

1<br />

Get crafty<br />

Make all that free time count by getting creative with fun crafts like marbled<br />

Easter eggs, which are made with eggs, olive oil, vinegar and food colouring. The<br />

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

them, and then dip them again in an oil-and-coloured-water solution to marble<br />

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

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

by creating your own Easter egg flower bouquet. Dye eggs in varying shades of<br />

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

ombré effect. Add flowers for a seriously chic centrepiece.<br />

Bake something sweet<br />

Easter is a great time to indulge in<br />

baked goodies and sometimes half<br />

the fun isn’t in the eating, but rather in<br />

the actual baking. Get your little ones<br />

in on the fun by letting them help as<br />

you bake some sweet Easter-themed<br />

treats. You can make Rice Krispies<br />

Easter egg balls by combining the Rice<br />

Krispies with marshmallows and rolling<br />

them into miniature balls. You can also<br />

make Easter pancakes and have fun<br />

decorating them.<br />

3<br />

Host a unique Easter egg hunt<br />

The one activity most kids look<br />

forward to on Easter Sunday is the<br />

egg hunt. Why not change things a<br />

bit by planning an egg hunt with a<br />

difference? One idea is to have it the<br />

night before, using flashlights and<br />

glow-in-the-dark plastic eggs filled<br />

with small trinkets. You could even turn<br />

it into a real scavenger hunt by making<br />

the kids follow clues from one egg to<br />

the next before the ultimate find: a<br />

fully-loaded Easter basket!<br />

2 4<br />

Have an Easter fashion parade<br />

Make the kids create their own Easter<br />

costumes from paper, plastic and crafts<br />

such as bunny ears or a dress from<br />

plastic and Easter crafts. Have them<br />

parade their outfits and play music to<br />

make it even more fun.<br />

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Make that PIT STOP<br />

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

unique pit stops to look out for on your way.<br />

2<br />

Country break-away<br />

De Oude Kraal Country Estate is a <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein<br />

Accommodation Guest House, based on a 2000Ha<br />

working sheep farm owned by a 6th Generation<br />

family where dedication and excellence is a way of living. A<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein Accommodation with a difference..De Oude<br />

Kraal – Lombard Family! Accommodation break-away from<br />

the city. Come and enjoy the natural surroundings at De<br />

Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa 35km from <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein.<br />

Stroll through the park-like garden to one of the eleven<br />

private Garden rooms and suites, stay over at one of the<br />

twelve Merino self-catering standard rooms with views over<br />

the vast Free State landscape. All rooms are four star graded<br />

by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. info@<br />

deoudekraal.com or call 051 5640 733 or 051 5640 636.<br />

A jewel in the<br />

Karoo<br />

Formerly the Gariep Hotel,<br />

de Stijl Gariep Hotel is now<br />

the Upper Karoo’s most<br />

stylish hotel, offering 43<br />

chic, contemporary and<br />

extremely comfortable<br />

rooms. The hotel overlooks<br />

the Gariep Dam, giving<br />

breathtaking big sky views. Surrounded<br />

by the stark beauty of the Karoo, the<br />

Gariep Dam stretches for as far as the<br />

eye can see; jewelled sunsets blaze<br />

across the African sky and the sound<br />

of silence lulls guests to sleep under<br />

the Southern Cross. On the N1, halfway<br />

between Cape Town and Gauteng<br />

and only 180km from <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein<br />

access is easy from the Northern Cape,<br />

Free State and Eastern Cape. de Stijl is<br />

ideally placed to make your journey<br />

less stressful and more rewarding. It<br />

is after all about the journey and not<br />

just the destination. Go to www.destijl.<br />

co.za to experience what de Stijl Gariep<br />

Hotel has to offer or contact the Hotel<br />

by sending an email to reservations@<br />

destijl.co.za or info@destijl.co.za.<br />

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A CHECKLIST for TRAVELLING<br />

with kids during the Easter holidays<br />

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

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

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

easy checklist.<br />

Read travel blogs and purchase a guidebook or two about<br />

destinations you’re considering. This will help determine<br />

which places will work best for your family. Ask friends and<br />

family members with similar tastes for travel suggestions,<br />

keeping in mind your budget and your children’s ages and<br />

interests.<br />

If flying, determine if flights to your desired destinations are<br />

within your budget. Check flight prices with cheapflights.com,<br />

which checks multiple travel search engines for you at once and<br />

compares prices. Or you can directly search for your preferred<br />

airline and book with them, which in some cases works out<br />

cheaper.<br />

Look at your calendar to make sure your desired travel dates don’t<br />

conflict with any work, school or extracurricular activities of any<br />

family members. Also always check Weather.com to make sure you<br />

understand the weather conditions during your stay.<br />

Get older children involved by having them read travel blogs,<br />

websites and guidebooks together or assign one day or an<br />

attraction to each child to research, and determine all family<br />

members’ must-do vacation sites and activities. For older children<br />

who will need to take time off from school, check with their<br />

teacher about the dates and how to deal with missed homework<br />

and tests.<br />

Develop a rough daily itinerary, making sure to include time to eat,<br />

rest and play! Be sure not to over-schedule. Try to alternate relaxed<br />

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

daily breakfast or a room upgrade.<br />

Research accommodation options and then look up your<br />

favourites online. Go directly to the hotels’ websites to peruse<br />

photos, packages and prices. Then check out reviews on travel<br />

blogs and at Trivago.com or TripAdvisor.com.<br />

Schedule any necessary pet or house-sitting services.<br />

If driving, plan your road trip. Design a multi-stop trip and<br />

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

cover too much ground in too short a period of time for sanity’s<br />

sake. Build in stops for play time, especially when road tripping<br />

with kids.<br />

Print out all reservations and tickets and store them in a vacation<br />

binder or folder and don’t forget to pack the First Aid kit and<br />

necessary medication required.<br />

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10 EASY TIPS<br />

for TRAVELLING on a TIGHT BUDGET<br />

After the recent Budget Speech and the news that South Africa is<br />

in a recession, consumers are tightening their belts. But while the<br />

news about the economy is a bit grim, that needn’t necessarily<br />

end our travel plans.<br />

2<br />

“It’s just a matter of planning it right,<br />

and this includes choosing how and<br />

when you travel, as well as matching<br />

your destination to your budget,” says<br />

Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing at<br />

kulula.com.<br />

He explains: “Work-life balance is<br />

essential and it’s been proved that<br />

those who take regular holidays are<br />

healthier and have more fulfilling<br />

relationships and careers. So, it’s good<br />

to see travel not only as a chance to<br />

experience the world around you,<br />

but also a gift to yourself and an<br />

investment towards a more balanced<br />

lifestyle.”<br />

To prevent the tough economic<br />

climate from ruining your travel plans,<br />

Pozyn suggests the following:<br />

Travel off-peak<br />

3<br />

Time your travels to<br />

avoid holidays – school,<br />

public or national – as<br />

well as major sports<br />

events or festivals, all of<br />

which boost demand for, and<br />

thus the cost of booking.<br />

Go for freebies!<br />

Choosing accommodation that includes breakfast means there’s<br />

one less daily meal to budget for, so you can spend more on<br />

fun activities like visiting museums, a comedy show, concert, or<br />

bungee jumping if you’re an adrenalin junkie. Hotel buffets are<br />

also a boon to families with hungry, growing youngsters.<br />

Text: PROVIDED BY KULULA.COM<br />

1Plan your travel in<br />

advance and book<br />

early.<br />

The earlier you book, the less<br />

you pay. Many elements of<br />

travel – accommodation, flights and<br />

car hire – work on the basis of supply<br />

and demand. So the earlier you book,<br />

the lower the demand will be and the<br />

lower the price. Pozyn’s tip: subscribe<br />

to a database like kulula fanmail for<br />

early alerts on special deals.<br />

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4 5<br />

Eat and shop<br />

locally<br />

Take a break<br />

from big-name<br />

restaurants and<br />

look around for<br />

affordable markets frequented<br />

by the locals, especially if<br />

you’re staying in self-catering<br />

accommodation or a B&B. Not<br />

only will you save money, but<br />

you’re likely to discover more<br />

exciting and authentic flavours<br />

to enrich your travel experience.<br />

Carrying a goodie-bag of<br />

snacks and water will also help<br />

avoid splurging on fast-food for<br />

hangry kids.<br />

6Consider travel stokvels<br />

Financial saving schemes in South Africa are informally known as<br />

stokvels, where group members pay a specific amount for an agreed<br />

time to gain monetary or non-monetary returns. Travel stokvels are<br />

a buzzword at the moment. You simply deposit money each month<br />

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

reputable group, where you can monitor and retain control of your savings.<br />

Talk to the<br />

Locals<br />

When<br />

making your<br />

way around<br />

the beautiful<br />

place you’re visiting,<br />

take a leap of faith and<br />

get some valuable local<br />

knowledge about the<br />

best hangout spots, and<br />

where to get the best<br />

value for your money on<br />

food, clothes and local<br />

tour guides. Side note:<br />

For safety’s sake, always<br />

verify the information<br />

you find online or at your<br />

accommodation.<br />

7<br />

Plan group trips<br />

Travelling with loved ones<br />

or friends can be pretty<br />

cost-effective. Typically,<br />

when you book as a<br />

group, you get a discount<br />

on flights and accommodation and<br />

sometimes on group holiday activities.<br />

8Go where you know<br />

people<br />

Travelling to destinations<br />

where there are people<br />

you already know can<br />

enrich your holiday experience. They<br />

might offer to be your tour guide<br />

to cool spots with the best, most<br />

affordable food and have insights into<br />

local culture. Show your appreciation<br />

for their generosity with a small gift.<br />

9Save, save, save!<br />

There’s no better way to<br />

prepare for travelling than<br />

setting a budget aside<br />

and saving. If you plan on<br />

taking international trips,<br />

you also need to consider<br />

the local currency and other expenses<br />

like visas.<br />

10<br />

Choosing a travel package can<br />

generally help you save and<br />

it makes planning a lot easier.<br />

When flying with kulula.com, for<br />

example, you have a couple of<br />

options to package your dream<br />

holiday deal. Some combine<br />

flights with car-hire and/or hotel<br />

accommodation.<br />

Consider<br />

a travel<br />

package<br />

If you’re struggling to find<br />

accommodation or don’t<br />

entirely trust the online reviews,<br />

selecting holiday packages from<br />

credible service providers can<br />

help remove the guesswork.<br />

You can also specify parameters<br />

like whether you’re travelling<br />

solo, with a family, or looking for<br />

a perfect honeymoon spot.<br />

Visit www.kulula.com<br />

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ADVERTORIAL<br />

GET ROAD AND HEALTH WISE<br />

for the Easter season<br />

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

During <strong>April</strong>, the number of vehicles and motorists through the central region of South Africa increase drastically. In<br />

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

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

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

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

Some guidelines to ensure you travel<br />

safely to your destination:<br />

1. Before going on holiday, determine<br />

which hospitals and emergency<br />

services are on your route and save<br />

the paramedic and emergency<br />

numbers on your phone.<br />

2. Stop and rest at regular intervals,<br />

never drive when you are tired.<br />

3. Do not drink and drive.<br />

4. Buckle up!<br />

5. Adhere to the speed limits.<br />

6. Keep a safe following distance<br />

between vehicles.<br />

7. Overtake when it is safe to do so –<br />

patience saves lives.<br />

8. Do not text and drive.<br />

9. Make sure your phone is fully<br />

charged in case of emergency.<br />

Here are a few tips by which you can<br />

abide on the road and assisting a<br />

call centre operator with information<br />

regarding an incident or an accident:<br />

First on the scene – what do I do?<br />

1. Park in a safe position off the road.<br />

2. Turn on your hazard lights and<br />

headlights.<br />

3. Check that the area is SAFE before<br />

leaving your vehicle.<br />

4. Check to see if the accident victim is<br />

responding.<br />

5. Call Life EMS for emergency<br />

paramedic response – 0860 123 367.<br />

What to tell the emergency call-centre<br />

operator:<br />

1. Your telephone number (to remain<br />

in contact with you should you be<br />

cut off).<br />

2. Your location (city or town, street<br />

name and nearest cross road).<br />

3. The details of what happened, how<br />

many injured as well as any other<br />

pertinent details.<br />

How can I best assist the injured?<br />

1. Stay calm and reassure the victims<br />

that help is on the way.<br />

2. Remember your safety comes first.<br />

3. Do NOT move the victim unless<br />

there is an immediate threat to life.<br />

4. Remove any obstruction that may<br />

hinder breathing, but only if you are<br />

equipped to do so. If the patient<br />

is battling to breath, inform the<br />

operator.<br />

Easter is family time and this<br />

means delicious meals and a bit of<br />

indulgence. Some healthy tips to keep<br />

in mind whilst you recharge your<br />

batteries:<br />

1. Be sun smart – always use sunscreen<br />

when you are going in the sun.<br />

2. Be liver smart – don’t drink too<br />

much and over indulge in fatty<br />

foods.<br />

3. Be heart smart – engage in healthy<br />

exercise such as walking along the<br />

beach .<br />

4. Be brain smart – read a book or play<br />

board games.<br />

5. Be kidney smart – drink enough<br />

water and eat healthy foods.<br />

6. Be soul smart – Rest, relax and<br />

recharge.<br />

Visit www.lifehealthcare.co.za for<br />

information and details of hospitals and<br />

emergency centres on your route.


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Smiles, song and<br />

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The rooms are quaint and cozy,<br />

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and the staff full of smiles at Emdoneni<br />

Lodge. The privately-owned, three-star<br />

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standard or deluxe chalets, Africanstyle<br />

rondavels or the private Windfall<br />

Cottage. Dinners are either in the<br />

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beautiful outdoor boma area where you<br />

can sip a good glass of red wine as you<br />

tuck into a yummy dinner and enjoy<br />

being serenaded by the multi-talented<br />

kitchen and bar staff. Breakfasts are a<br />

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pastries.<br />

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Close up with the cats<br />

There are few times in one’s life<br />

when you can stand right next to two<br />

cheetahs as they laze and roll about,<br />

gently gnawing on each other’s ears. One of<br />

the main drawcards for visitors to the lodge<br />

is, of course, the on-site Emdoneni Cat project<br />

(now called Zululand Cat Conservation),<br />

which has been in operation for more than 25<br />

years. Guests visiting the project are given a<br />

guided tour of the facility and invited to get<br />

up-close-and-personal with the Cheetahs,<br />

African Wild Cats, Caracals and Servals on<br />

the property. There is no petting allowed and,<br />

since its inception, more than 40 cats have<br />

been successfully released back into the wild.<br />

4<br />

Delicious homegrown<br />

spoils<br />

Nothing beats delicious sweet<br />

homegrown treats. And Emdoneni (and<br />

Hluhluwe) are home to two amazing<br />

natural spoils – honey and pineapples.<br />

Bee-autiful Honey (all-natural, handextracted<br />

honey made by the busy<br />

bees living in the surrounding bush<br />

at Emdoneni) and Mama Annanas<br />

pineapple products (including a todie-for<br />

spicy pineapple relish, dried<br />

pineapples and pineapple juice) are<br />

must-trys!<br />

5<br />

Wilderness adventures<br />

The small coastal town of St Lucia,<br />

less than an hour’s drive from<br />

Emdoneni, is a treasure trove of<br />

natural beauty and protected wilderness. It is<br />

not uncommon here to see hippos strolling<br />

down the street or spot rare and endangered<br />

birdlife in the surrounding coastal forest. The<br />

town borders the iSimangaliso Wetland Park,<br />

home to four of the big five and 220km of<br />

protected coastline. A walk along Mission<br />

Rocks beach is a must. Clamber over the<br />

rugged rocks as you head north along the<br />

pristine beach towards the sea caves that are<br />

home to thousands of fruit-eating bats. Enjoy<br />

lunch at a Cape Vidal picnic spot under the<br />

trees before enjoying a swim or snorkel in the<br />

warm Indian Ocean. And then, what better way<br />

to end the day than with a sunset cruise along<br />

Lake St Lucia, sipping a G&T’s as you watch<br />

a family of hippo frolicking half-submerged in<br />

the water before they slowly emerge to graze<br />

at dusk? Sheer African paradise.<br />

getitmagazine.co.za/bloemfontein<br />

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

www.emdonenilodge.com ; Heritage Tours & Safaris (for tours and safaris<br />

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

heritagetoursandsafaris.com/; Bee-autiful Honey: FB - bee-autifulhoney and<br />

Mamma Annanas: FB – MamaAnnanas<br />

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