TAU makes luxury safaris affordable

Spring 2018 at Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve makes for a revitalizing 5-star safari, complete with invigorating Tau Spa Oasis treatments to complement the superb Big (and small) Five, game viewing and delicious food.

Image by: Tilly Dix

Watching the wildlife meet at a large waterhole from the safety of your private room deck or the lodge’s hospitality and pool decks adds further excitement to an unforgettable safari.

The lodge is enclosed within the Madikwe Game Reserve, resulting in humans being subtly fenced in while game, including several crocodiles, roam free. Smaller game, such as the protected African wild dog, is flourishing in the Madikwe Game Reserve, while inquisitive squirrels and cheeky vervet monkeys forage for snacks around the lodge. Not to mention the constant nest-building of the bright yellow weaver birds around the lodge’s decks.

“Ah, we did not want to leave – my camera worked overtime – we made precious memories.”

October rates start from R 4 354.00 per person sharing per night and all packages include the following:

  • 3 meals per day, including tea and coffee
  • 2 game drives per day, including refreshments on game drives
  • Use TAUSPRING18 when making a reservation.

Park entrance fees (R 180.00 per person per night) are excluded from the package rates. So are are tourism levies (R 100.00 per person per night), airstrip fees (R 60.00 per person on landing), beverages ordered at the bar, telephone and internet usage, laundry, spa facilities, curios and other extras. A compulsory rhino conservation fee of R 150.00 per adult per night and R 75.00 per child per night (2 – 12 years) is applicable to assist the reserve in its anti-poaching efforts.

Image by: Tilly Dix

Early morning safaris are spectacular, offering magical light for photography, with a pitstop for Amarula coffee and delicious buttermilk rusks overlooking the verdant bush, whilst game rangers keep a vigilant eye on game and predators. They have respect for the bush by allowing the creatures of the wild their space. Afternoon game drives include dazzling African sunsets with decadent sundowners before returning to the lodge for a convivial dinner with guests and rangers conversing about their safari sightings of the day.

Dinner is hosted in the boma, restaurant or dining deck – depending on the weather – always presenting a surprise element for guests.

The tranquillity of the African bush, notwithstanding the protestations of a coot protecting its young from an over-zealous young crocodile, or the greeting ritual of elephant nearby, make for an unforgettable stay at TAU – place of the lion.

The TAU Cubz Club, TAU Spa Oasis and Tau Conference Centre make this an ideal malaria-free destination for romantic, family, leisure or corporate safaris.

www.taugamelodge.co.za

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“Sisters-and-sweet” will celebrate diversity and heritage

September is “sister”-time at Stellenbosch Hills. To celebrate Heritage Month this year, the popular winery has tweaked its famous Local-is-Lekker Biltong & Wine Pairing at its cellar – for a limited time only – to also feature a most traditional confection: the koe(k)sister.

The quintessential South African dessert treat will be the kicker on the Stellenbosch Hills‘ experience that pairs its wines with biltong and droëwors. Extending the celebration of cultural diversity, tasters will be offered the choice of two versions: a plaited, sweet and crunchy koeksister or the Cape Malay-style equivalent koe’sister. The latter generally comprises a spiced dough-ball that’s deep-fried, dipped in boiling hot syrup and rolled in desiccated coconut.

Launched in 2005, Stellenbosch Hills’ Local is Lekker Biltong & Wine Pairing pioneered a genre that has subsequently been taken up by wineries far and wide.

Heritage Month is an extension of South Africa’s official Heritage Day, celebrated annually on September 24, officially launched in 1995. Like biltong, koe(k)sisters are regarded as an unmistakable part of the South African culinary lexicon.

Stellenbosch Hills’ Heritage Month offer will feature the full meaty experience of six wines, with the koe(k)sister paired with Stellenbosch Hills Muscat de Hambourg.

With a colour reminiscent of sunset, the wine is explosively fragrant with aromas and flavours of candy floss, boiled sweets, rose petals and violets. It shows best when served with koe(k)sisters, on crushed ice, over vanilla ice cream and strawberries or at room temperature in winter.

Other members of the pairing board are:

Springbok Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve White: A perfect balance between lean, dry game and the wine’s sumptuous citrus and buttered toast flavours.

Moist Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Polkadraai Pinotage/Merlot: Succulent complexity matched with sweeter notes of the premier red blend.

Ostrich Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Merlot: Milder game meat perfectly complemented by the plummy, ripe fruit flavours of a well-rounded companion.

Smoked Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Shiraz: A unique oak-smoked and cured biltong, gently spiced, connects seamlessly with smoky flavours of a wine that exhibits a hint of dark chocolate.

Kudu Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Cabernet Sauvignon: Subtle, yet rich game flavours – the perfect match for silky tannin and notes of ripe black fruit.

Traditional Beef Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve Red: Exotic zest of roasted coriander offsets the wine’s clean spice and ripe tannin.

This exclusive and proudly South African pairing is available only for the month of September at R75 per person. Bookings can be made on 021 881 3828/9 or info@stellenbosch-hills.co.za.

www.stellenbosch-hills.co.za

Something new for Parktown North

After three years of serving up some of the best wild boar Mac ‘n Cheese in Parktown North, The National has closed its doors. But, not for long.

Chef James Diack is giving his Parktown North speakeasy a face lift, transforming it into a wine and food bar, which will be called Douglas + Hale. “I’m always keeping myself busy, and I am really excited about this new concept for the Johannesburg restaurant scene,” he says.

“I have always had a passion for wine and cocktails – having originally studied viticulture in Stellenbosch.”

The name pays homage to both Diack’s grandfathers – Douglas Diack and Mathew Hale. They’re also James and his brother Nick’s second names.

Douglas + Hale will serve an incredible range of fine wines – by the bottle, but mostly by the glass, all in Riedel Glassware,” says James.

“We’ll also have some absurdly good cocktails made by our in-house mixologist.”

For the food, James is keeping it simple and he’ll keep some of The National’s favourite dishes. “It’s a small, simple eating menu that will keep you interested through the evening,” he explains.

The rustic and relaxed atmosphere is set to become a local must for after work cocktails, pre-meal drinks, or a final night cap before you head home (in an Uber – no drinking and driving allowed!).

Douglas + Hale will open to the public on 25 September 2018. For bookings, contact them on 011 327 3030. Find them at 19 4th Avenue, Parktown North.

Cape Town Hospitality Enthusiasts: We are looking for you!

Travelling Mystery Guest is searching for individuals interested in becoming mystery guests based in Cape Town.

The company assists hotels, restaurants, guesthouses, lodges, shopping centres and other tourism destinations with Customer Journey Evaluations. With Customer Journey Evaluations, Travelling Mystery Guest sends a mystery guest to evaluate the establishment’s brand promise and the overall customer journey. The mystery guest is responsible for taking notes and compiling a comprehensive report on the experience.

As Travelling Mystery Guest is continuously expanding, we’re looking for Capetonians that would like to become mystery guests. Ideally, we are looking for well presented individuals with a passion for and some experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Successful candidates will undergo training on the company’s mission and vision, assessment standards, requirements and quality assessment reporting.

If you think you have what it takes to become a mystery guest, send your CV to enquire@travellingmystery.co.za or alternatively to admin@travellingmystery.co.za.

Sanlam Top Destination Awards honours Hospitality Establishments

Discount Traveler celebrates National Tourism month this September by honouring South Africa’s leading hospitality establishments with the fourth annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards. The awards have been specifically designed to honour South Africa’s key players within the South African Tourism sector and serve as a platform for nominees to compete for the title of Top Destination in ten categories and five star gradings respectively, as voted for by the public. Winners will be announced at a Gala Award Ceremony held at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on Thursday, 20 September.

Votes are now closed and the finalist establishments across the categories and star grading are being contacted. Jonathan Pepler, Managing Director of Discount Traveler and Founder of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards explains:

“The support for this year’s awards has been incredible, with more nominees than ever before.”

This year the Sanlam Top Destination Awards has added the Water Sustainability Award. The award has been created in conjunction with Water 4 Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism to reward the country’s most water conscious establishment.

The prestigious ceremony will be hosted by radio and TV heavyweight, Tracey Lange – presenter of kykNET’s Bravo! and KFM’s mid-morning show. Tracey will be joined by voice over artist, MC and fellow KFM presenter, Mamohau Seseane.

Title sponsor of the awards is financial giant Sanlam, while finalists can expect treats from David Green, Disaronno, Carabao, Ayama Wines, Romatex Hospitality Textiles, Healing Earth, Sir Juice, Zang Chocolate, Foxbox and Jekyll & Hide SA to name a few. Additional sponsors include Santam, Phangela Group, Cape Town Tourism, Water4CapeTown, 3-D Virtual Africa, Travel Africa TV and Magic 828 AM.

For those who didn’t manage to get a ticket to this year’s award ceremony, the evening will be streamed live via facebook.com/sanlamtopdestinationawards. Alongside the winners’ announcements, viewers can expect live performances by Ricky Botsis, Danielle Bitton and an authentically African dance presentation by Blush Productions.

KAAPSE WYNTOERISMEKONFERENSIE FOKUS OP INNOVASIE

The Business of Wine & Food Tourism-konferensie, nou in sy derde jaar, word op 17 Oktober op die Spier-wynlandgoed buite Stellenbosch aangebied en die indrukwekkende paneel plaaslike en internasionale sprekers sal die tema van innovasie aanspreek.

Die Amerika-gebaseerde wynspesialis, Cathy Huyghe, is vanjaar die hoofspreker. Huyghe is’n wynskrywer vir Forbes en het ook al vir die Harvard Business Review geskryf. Ander sprekers op vanjaar se konferense sluit in Suid-Afrikaanse innovasieleier, Peter Greenwall, die talentvolle Wandile Mabaso, ’n jong, Frans-geïnspireerde sjef wat reeds wêreldwyd gereis het en tans die Johannesburgse kostoneel aan die gons het, asook sjef Kobus van der Merwe wat ’n unieke eet-ervaring met bestanddele uit die Weskus omgewing geskep het, asook Khuthala Gala-Holten, adjunk-besturende direkteur van Joe Public en Tim Harris, hoof-uitvoerende beampte van Wesgro.

Kostes beloop R4 400 (BTW uitgesluit) per persoon. Studente betaal net R1 750 (BTW uitgesluit). ’n Spesiale afslag is beskikbaar vir SAACI-, SATSA-, SITE- en Kaapstad Toerisme-lede.

Vir meer inligting oor die konferensie of om aanlyn te registreer, besoek www.wineandfood.co.za.

Enter now for the Sanlam Top Destination Awards

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 will be held at the prestigious Bay Hotel on Thursday, 20 September. Ideally located in Cape Town’s tourism hub, the five-star hotel boasts unsurpassed views across the world-renowned Camps Bay beach, making it the perfect location for a gala evening of this caliber.

Sanlam Top Destination Awards was created in celebration of local hospitality personnel that have pioneered ahead of the game in the travel and tourism industry. The black-tie awards, taking place in the newly renovated Rotunda, welcomes guests to an evening of decadent dining, tasteful entertainment, fine wines and an authentically #AfricanExplorer theme.

Title sponsor for the awards remains financial giant, Sanlam. Other sponsors in support of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 include Romatex Hospitality Textiles, 3D Virtual Africa, Travel Africa TV, David Green Time Pieces.

How to enter:

Establishments can enter by registering on www.discountraveler.co.za. Public voting is open for guests, patrons and supporters to cast their votes on both the Discount Traveler and Top Destination Awards websites. Voters can win incredible prizes, including one of four uniquely crafted David Green time pieces, valued at R 4 000.

Voting closes on 1st of August 2018.