The proof is in the pudding, or in this case – the Diamond! Nestled in the Cathkin Peak area of the Central Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, Tsogo Sun’s stylish Drakensberg Sun Resort has consistently proven that through sustainable efforts a luxury resort can operate seamlessly, and contributes to the upliftment and sustainability of local communities and businesses, whilst adhering to environmentally friendly practices.
On the 3rd November, the Drakensberg Sun Resort achieved the highest accolade in South Africa, a Diamond Classification status. This award recognises the Resort’s unswerving focus on sustainable environmental excellence for a period of five consecutive years, officially making the Drakensberg Sun Resort South Africa’s most sustainable tourism product!
“Since 2008, the Resort has maintained its Heritage Platinum Certification status and demonstrated its organisational commitment to responsible business, and this award recognises the efforts that have been made to minimise impacts and raise awareness of environmental stewardship in the tourism sector” says Neal Dickinson, director of operations at Heritage. “ The Drakensberg Sun Resort is recognised as a leader in this field by its peers and has received numerous awards for its efforts to become more sustainable and we have are confident that in awarding this prestigious status to the management and staff at the resort, they will be encouraged to continue to set the pace in responsible tourism practice ” he adds.
Continuously implementing efforts towards reducing and managing its impact on the environment, and striving to actively contribute to a more sustainable society, Tsogo Sun requested the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme to measure and track environmentally responsible business and sustainable practices at all their properties.
Heritage is an independent, internationally recognised environmental certification programme. Developed using seven international environmental management systems and ISO 14000, the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme is one of the top three environmental management programmes in the tourism industry worldwide. It is recognised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and is an integral part of the annual Fedhasa Imvelo Awards, which recognises and rewards sustainable and responsible tourism in Southern Africa.
Annually Heritage audits each Tsogo Sun property to ensure compliance with environmental standards and procedures. The certification programme now recognises four levels of environmental excellence:
• Silver classification is the entry level and properties that achieve this status recognised that they have an impact on the environment and are actively working to reduce their footprint.
• Gold classification properties have established a formalised environmental management system and are actively managing their business through the application of policies and procedures designed to minimise their environmental impacts.
• Platinum classification is reserved for those properties that have achieved world-class standards or environmental stewardship and sustainable business practice. The Drakensberg Sun Resort first received Platinum status in 2009.
• The Diamond classification is the premier level of recognition – recognising 5 years of continuous Platinum status. The Drakensberg Sun Resort is the only South African hotel that has achieved this level.
“The Drakensberg Sun Resort team has a clear understanding of their potential environmental impacts and has implemented extensive initiatives to identify and minimise resource use, reduce waste and raise awareness of environmental issues with our guests. Through their activities they are upholding their responsibilities to our local communities, our guests, our shareholders, employees and business partners by concentrating their efforts on resource conservation, natural habitat preservation, pollution prevention and community upliftment. At Tsogo Sun we remain committed to integrating leading environmental practices and sustainability principles into our core business strategy, working tirelessly to ensure we protect our environment.” says Deon Viljoen Director of Operations, Southern Sun Resorts at Tsogo Sun. “This recognition is particularly relevant as the Drakensberg Sun Resort is situated next to a World Heritage Site”, says Deon.
The Drakensburg Sun Resort can ‘write the book’ on how to transform a tourism property into a sustainable environmentally friendly product. In a nutshell the Resort operates like a small municipality. It draws and treats its own water; has implemented a waste recycling and removal programme; controls and monitors its own electricity consumption; and manages its own sewer plant. There have been notable results: reductions in energy, water and gas consumption as well as waste.
Their conservation activities warms hearts and minds alike and includes a Vulture Restaurant that encourages endemic birds back into the Drakensberg mountains. The Resort also reintroduced Dassies back into their immediate environment after an epidemic obliterated the Dassie population in 1992. The increased Dassie population is also aiding the return of the Black Eagle to the area.
Darron Moore, General Manager, Drakensberg Sun Resort says “Integrating our environmental approach with our business practices has become second nature for the team. Every decision incorporates careful consideration of how it will impact on our immediate surroundings and the environment as a whole. All staff, suppliers and all contractors are guided by our environmental policies.
The Drakensberg Sun Resort’s efforts also extend beyond its own operations. “We encourage and empower our local community to underpin and support our efforts through empowering them to make a living through our sustainable environmental activities. One example is Thobisi who used to be our gardener, managing our vegetable patch and herb garden. He now “owns” the vegetable and herb business and we buy our products from him. We have also built a little shop where the local community and surrounding businesses can buy fresh produce from him. Other recent additions include a traversing agreement for small game between Drakensberg Sun Resort and its neighbours as well as upgraded environmentally friendly hiking trails,” says Darron.
The Drakensberg is unquestionably one of South Africa’s most magnificent natural creations and the magic of the Drakensberg is a treasure to behold – one that the Drakensburg Sun Resort is working hard to preserve for generations to come.
8 course menu and brand new MCC to end 2013 on a gourmet high, Clos Malverne salutes New Year with a stylish Hats Off Party
Don a funky fedora or flip on your favourite Stetson and make your way to Clos Malverne Estate on the 31st of December, when this family-owned wine farm, situated in the heart of the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, will host a stylish Hats Off New Year’s Celebration for you to salute the new year in good, gourmet company.
The popular Restaurant @ Clos Malverne will pull out all the stops with an extravagant eight course food and wine feast, whilst guests, all dolled up with their favourite hats, will bob and jive the night away to the classic sounds of the live band, Double Jeopardy. When the clock strikes twelve, Clos Malverne will uncork a memorable toast, when you will get a chance to raise a flute of the estate’s newly released, maiden Brut Rosé Méthode Cap Classique, Ellie – this captivating blush is an exuberant celebration in a glass and will certainly add extra sparkle to this sensory indulgence.
This extravagant Food & Wine Experience comprises eight sumptuous dishes prepared by resident chef Nadia Louw Smith and matched with eight exceptional Clos Malverne cellar gems. Her lavish menu kicks off with a Crayfish Caesar Salad paired with a flute of the Clos Malverne Sauvignon Blanc Brut followed by a ritzy Red Pepper Gazpacho and a glass of the estates multi-crowned Sauvignon Blanc.
Nadia’s Spicy Seared Norwegian Salmon completes a tantalising third course and will accompany the Clos Malverne Chardonnay to your table.
Palates will then be pampered with Slow Roasted Lamb Bitterballen with a mustard and baby vegetable pickle and the estate’s popular Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend after which Grilled Shitake Mushrooms, stuffed with garlicky herbs and feta will share the spotlight with the Clos Malverne Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend.
Next on her whopping bill of fare is a succulent Grilled Fillet Steak which she marries with Clos Malverne’s limited release flagship Cape Blend, Auret 2008.
Her dessert duo includes a more-ish Gorgonzola & Preserved Fig Phyllo Parcel served with the estate’s Merlot, followed by a decadent White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake and a Clos Malverne Honey Dew goodnight kiss.
Tickets for the Hats Off New Year’s Celebration at Clos Malverne cost R595 per person, which include all the wines on the evening, and this not-to-be-missed event starts at 20h00 and will carry on until the wee hours of 2014. Pre-bookings are essential as seating is limited.
For more information or the reserve your table, contact Clos Malverne at Tel: (+27)21 865 2022 or send an email to email@example.com.
A staggering 37 000 bricks, 8 000 building blocks, and 2 100 bags of cement was were the perfect ingredients for the R86-million refurbishment of the Cabana Beach Resort in the prestigious destination of uMhlanga Rocks.
The recipe — to create the country’s most extensive and highest value timeshare refurbishment — also included 7 892m² of tiles and 560m³ of sand.
The Mediterranean styled resort, known for its relaxing ambience is set on three acres of sub-tropical parkland sweeping to the waters of the Indian Ocean. With the upgrade completed in a record 84 days, guests will be struck by the modern styled rooms with new fittings and tiles in the exquisitely renovated 471 new bathroom units. New ceilings, featuring 477 smoke detectors, were fitted to each room which boasts new furniture and lighting. Leaving nothing to chance for the perfect finish, 961 new doors have been installed throughout the resort , and with an emphasis on energy saving, 6 544 light-emitting diode (LED) lamps were fitted throughout the resort.
The concept of the tastefully appointed cabanas and suites of Cabana Beach Resort was created by Falconer Designs and boasts soft shades of green with a hint of red. The resort features brand new bathrooms and shower facilities including revamped lounge spaces and a refurbished swimming pool.
Listed hotel group Tsogo Sun said this was one of their most exciting refurbishment projects, requiring 165 architectural drawings and 253 specification sheets, that provide detailed information about the overall construction project.
“We are elated that we can bring these new enhancements to this very special property,” said Deon Viljoen, Director of Operations, Tsogo Sun Resorts. “We want to reward our loyal guests with new experiences and capture new guests with a new fresh look of this seaside getaway.
“Cabana Beach Resort is one of the most well- known holiday and family brands in South Africa.” he explained. “However, as with any brand reaching adulthood, there’s a need to constantly innovate and invest in order to keep fresh and relevant.”
With a portfolio of over 90 hotels in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Seychelles, Tanzania and Mozambique, the group said the refurbished Cabana Beach Resort would offer a tailor-made experience to its guests, who have access to an array of exciting restaurants, bars, and an outstanding range of leisure-activities.
“We are committed to building on our reputation as one of South Africa’s leading family resorts, and our investment will ensure that our visitors receive the highest levels of comfort, leisure and sport amenities as well as superior service levels,” said Viljoen.
Although Cabana Beach Resort has always been recognised as one of the country’s premier timeshare destinations, it has blossomed into one of the most sought after family resorts in the country, offering a variety of holiday options.
With renewed focus on the “ultimate guest experience”, Cabana Beach Resort, welcomes you to our oasis of leisure.
For more information go to www.tsogosun.com or follow Tsogo Sun on @tsogosun.
What started out as a ‘man cave’ has evolved into a business opportunity for two passionate motorbike enthusiasts and now they have been recognized for dreaming big by beer brand Hansa Pilsener.
Ruan Vermeulen and Robert Nicholls, both creative directors at advertising agencies by day, spent a two-week adventure in the Karoo on their bikes. They soon realised that neither of their motorbikes were built for the terrain. “Special custom made bikes were required – so we decided to build them. Here the dream was realised and a business opportunity grew,” said Ruan.
They travel to weird and wonderful places to source bikes, and order specialty parts from overseas. “The market is not massive as most customers who can afford it, will simply purchase a Harley Davidson, but I think people are catching on to the beauty of custom, hand-made and tailored bikes, says Robert.
Both agree that they have stumbled a fair bit during the process and realise they have a lot to learn about the actual mechanics of bikes. “We were all about the aesthetics and soon realised that a knowledgeable person was required full time to work out the mechanical kinks.”
Fury Custom Bikes will star along with Hansa’s original big dreamer, Vuyo, in their own TV advert, sponsored by Hansa.
What stood out for Hansa General Manager Khensani Nobanda about the pair was their dream to live a free life – building and riding their bikes across South Africa’s beautiful open spaces. “Giving them the opportunity to broaden their audience and assist them in achieving their big dream with a TV advert is what we are all about. Being able to celebrate these entrepreneurs through the Hansa Cheers to the Dreamers campaign goes a long way in bridging the gap between their small ideas and their ultimate big dream,” she said.
“Shooting the footage for the advert was huge fun and really gave us the insight into what we are actually achieving and how far we’ve come,” Ruan said. They both agreed that meeting Vuyo was “classic – he is such a legend and a really cool dude – that was a real highlight for us”.
“At the moment this is just a side-line business as we both still work, but the big dream is go into the business of creating custom made bikes for our customers full-time,” said Ruan.
Watch this space – the pair hopes to diversify their business within the next five years by selling merchandise and perhaps adding a small coffee shop.
For more information visit http://hansapilsener.co.za or tweet @hansapilsener.
Take time out with Kaapzicht at the Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Feeling exhausted and jaded this time of year? Then make your way to Kaapzicht wine estate, when the gracious Steytler family serves up the perfect pick-me-up antidote – the last but definitely not least Bottelary Hills ‘Pop Up’ Winemakers Lunch for 2013 – on Sunday, 24 November.
Fuelled with seasonal gourmet indulgences prepared by veteran chef and master saucier, Etienne Bonthuys, combined with a stellar selection of wines unique to this prime winegrowing area, this Winelands lunch offers a soul-quenching excuse to catch your breath amidst the end-of-year frenzy.
The Bottelary Hills Winemakers Lunches are extremely popular due to their intimate, unpretentious nature and joining Kaapzicht’s gorgeous couple, Danie (Junior) and Carin Steytler, at the jovial table will be fellow Bottelary Hills estates – Goede Hoop, Groenland, Hartenberg, Mooiplaas and Villiera – for like-minded guests to immerse themselves in their passions and pleasures.
Chef Etienne, who has a myriad of award-winning local and international restaurants and a wealth of experience under his culinary belt, will conjure up a four-course feast, to match the spirit of summer and the chosen wines. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to purchase an exclusive Bottelary Hills wine selection box on the day – the perfect Christmas gift!
Nestled north-west of Stellenbosch, the Bottelary Hills Wine Route – a sub-route of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes – reveals an untapped world of quality wine to both discerning wine drinkers and those who appreciate Cape heritage. Steeped in history, this ‘hidden’ wine route is home to some of the oldest wine farms in the country and most of them have been family-owned for many generations. This rich sense of history, commitment and family radiates in both the wines and the welcoming atmosphere of this area.
The Bottelary Hills Winemakers Lunch at Kaapzicht costs R275 per person which includes a wine tasting, the four course meal, and a glass of wine per course. The lunch starts at 12h00 and to book your seats contact Tel: (021) 886 8275 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-bookings are essential as seating is limited.
Kaapzicht is situated on the M23 Bottelary Road off the R304 to Stellenbosch. For more information on this Bottelary Hills stalwart visit http://kaapzicht.co.za.
After a lengthy year of studying hard and working even harder to build your future there comes a time when a change of atmosphere and scenery is needed. This is your time to unwind and have some fun. Student Rush Mozambique can offer you that and a great deal more.
7 beautiful days of beach, sun, blue skies and a whole lot of partying. This is your time to relax, meet new people and to enjoy the tranquillity of the Mozambiqan paradise. From the 1st of December to the 7th December you will be on the perfect white beaches of Guinjata Bay, Mozambique overlooking the warm Indian Ocean. Guinjata Bay is approximately 1 050 km from Pretoria or Johannesburg and 1 000km from Durban. You will be crossing the border either through Komatipoort or through Swaziland.
For those of you who love adventure or for those who want to attempt something new, you can go surfing, paddle skiing, body boarding. Mozambique offers some of the best diving spots, like the world famous Manta Reef, remember to take your diving card with if you already have one. The great thing about Guinjata Bay is that you can do your open water diving course there or go on a discovery scuba, you do not have to be a pro. No previous training is needed for the discovery scuba. There are also amazing coral reefs were you can go snorkelling and even ocean safaris.
We will be hosting all our activities and events at Jangamo Beach Cafe, on Jangamo Beach, Guinjata Bay. Jangamo Beach Cafe is on the main beach about 100m from the ocean. The Student Rush accommodation is walking distance form Jangamo Beach and Jangamo Beach Cafe as well as walking distance from the local supermarket. There are also a few local arts and crafts shops to visit. The surrounding resorts boast endless sun-drenched beach fronts and are surrounded by a backdrop of mountainous, valleys and an indigenous coastal forest with palm trees as far as the eye can see.
We invite you to come and experience and take pleasure in this paradise for yourself.
For more info contact Info@mozistudentrush.com
SUN INTERNATIONAL’S ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL SELECTED AS ZAMBIA’S LEADING HOTEL FOR THE SEVENTH YEAR RUNNING IN GLOBAL AWARD
For the seventh year running, Sun International’s Royal Livingstone Hotel has been awarded the World Travel Award for Leading Hotel in Zambia. Leading global travel industry professionals nominate and then vote for their favourite travel destinations, airlines and other travel products. The award is regarded as the highest achievement in global leisure.
The 5-star colonial-styled luxury resort, built in the early 2000s, is situated in arguably one of the finest locations in Africa, on the banks of the Zambezi right on the cusp of the Victoria Falls. It attracts a wide range of visitors from around the world and is regarded as one of the ‘must-sees’ of Africa.
“We are obviously delighted to be voted as Zambia’s leading hotel again,” says General Manager Joanne Selby. “Winners of the World Travel Awards are regarded as very special brands that commit themselves to being the very best in every aspect of the customer experience.”
This latest award follows the Royal Livingstone being recognised as one of the Best Hotels in the World according to the 18th annual edition of the Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards. These two awards ensure that the resort remains clearly on the radar of the global travel and tourism industry.
The company also announced that Sun International Zambia had been shortlisted for the hotly contested World Responsible Travel Awards in the Best for Local Economy category.
The resort was designed around offering guests the very best of Africa but in a world heritage setting, with five star facilities and services. Some of these include a riverine Spa, fine dining, a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities and a river deck overlooking the Victoria Falls – or “Mosi-Oa-Tunya” as the locals call it – “The Smoke that Thunders”. The resort offers a visit to Livingstone Island and an unforgettable swim in a natural pool right on the edge of Victoria Falls for adrenalin-seeking visitors.
“The Royal Livingstone offers a compelling combination of excitement, entertainment and experience – in other words, the complete package, and all of it contained in one of the most aesthetically magnificent settings in the world. The heritage of Victoria Falls sits within a virtual paradise of wildlife and offers up a range of experiences from angling to river cruises or game viewing.
The endangered white rhino can be viewed in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park from 4×4 vehicles or on the back of elephants, all organized by the resort. The park is also home to hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of buck.
For those for whom adrenalin sports are a must-do, visitors to the Royal Livingstone can also do white-water rafting down the Zambezi, jet-boating, horseback riding, rappelling, bungee jumping, abseiling, and micro-lighting.
In the past few years, the resort introduced dinner aboard the Royal Livingstone Express, a unique experience combining the luxury of the Royal Livingstone hotel with the bygone charm of rail travel. Passengers travel leisurely at sunset through the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park or onto the Victoria Falls bridge and enjoy a 5-course gourmet dinner in the middle of the African bush.
Delheim Wine Estate, a Stellenbosch stalwart nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg, combines its meticulous conservation of environmentally sustainable wine production with its passion for good food and nature, with delicious Green Picnics at the river’s edge.
Summer is a time for eating outdoors and picnics are a great way to meet up with family and friends and until the end of April 2014 one can do it in an eco-friendly style when spreading the cotton blankets under the towering oaks at this historic family wine farm – a picnic perfect setting.
“A chance to enjoy good food and get back to nature…what’s there not to love about a picnic. What’s more to love about our picnics, is the fact that we do it in a sustainable, low-waste manner by swapping the usual plastic wear in your basket which significantly adds to our carbon footprint with natural goodies wrapped in eco-friendly bamboo packaging,” shares resident chef Christine Claasen.
Your hand woven basket, brimming with homemade goodness ranging from pickled pumpkin, cream cheese salmon rolls and ostrich steak salad, to pork rillettes and farm fresh bread, will greet you in a serene spot on the lush lawns, to be leisurely enjoyed to the sounds of the flowing Klip River and abundant bird life.
“At Delheim we believe that everything should proceed in harmony with nature. And we try to echo this in the way we produce our time-honoured wines, right through from the vineyards to the cellar. As a strong follower of sustainable farming, we are passionately committed to the conservation and the rehabilitation of our natural habitat and indigenous flora. With these Green Picnics we invite people to re-connect with Delheim and nature, the natural way,” shares co-owner Victor Sperling.
Delheim was one of the first wine farms to become a Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) member, and has since achieved BWI Championship status. The estate recently shined as the only wine farm amongst the top five nominees in the biodiversity category for the 2013 Eco-Logic Awards in association with SABC3.
The Delheim Green Picnic costs R149 per person and includes a bottle of Delheim Heerenwijn or Delheim Pinotage Rosé per couple. Vegetarian options are available on request and a special kiddies menu can be arranged at R70 per child.
These picnics are on offer seven days a week and pre-bookings are essential. To order your delicious basket contact Delheim Restaurant at Tel: 021 888 4607 or email. email@example.com
For more information regarding Delheim’s commitment to conservation visit www.delheim.com.
Clipper Around the World Yacht Race
26 October to 4 November
Venue: The V&A Waterfront Alfred Basin
Sailing from Rio de Janeiro, visitors will have the chance to see the fleet of yachts as they continue on their world tour. Cape Town is their stopover for the third leg of their tour. Meet the skipper and crew who have endured the 40 000 mile race around the globe before and send farewells as they head for Australia on the 4 November. Other stops in their tour include Singapore, Taiwan and America.
Oceana Power Boat Club Opening Cruise
V&A Waterfront Power Boat Club House
Venue: Oceana Power Boat Clubhouse
Contact: 021 4191322
A sail through the V&A Waterfront will serve as the official opening of the summer season. Power crafts will take to salute from the Commodore and the VIP dignitary at Victoria Basin.
Oxford-Cambridge Paddle to Read Dragon Boat Race
V&A Waterfront North Wharf
Contact: 082 416 2545
The publishing houses gear up to go paddle to paddle with the aim of raising funds for the Shine Centre, a non-profit providing support in literacy and language enrichment to children in grades 2 and 3. The day will also see teams from two Western Cape schools race as well as a fun charity race amongst educational stakeholders. Come down to the V&A Waterfront to show your support.
It’s not all about boats. Above all of these events, there will be also be demonstrations with the Western Province Life Saving – including NSRI and Shark Spotters. Be sure to visit the V&A Waterfront to celebrate the oceans.
The biggest game territory imaginable, the Lowveld boasts spectacular scenery, endless adventures and spellbinding wildlife experiences. Dominated by the Blyde River Canyon – the world’s third-deepest gorge; the Sudwala Caves – the world’s oldest; and the Kruger National Park – arguably the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuary. From hot-air ballooning to a gentle sport of hippo-watching, the Lowveld offers endless activities and adventures.
Seasons in Africa and Hylton Ross Safari Touring have joined forces… with their years of experience, have created a Tourist Info Centre covering the Kruger and Lowveld area. The Info Centre, conveniently located in the Perry’s Bridge Centre in Hazyview, will guide you with the right choices of what to see and what to do in the region. This website showcases the myriad of activities and adventures for all ages, all tried and tested, to guarantee lasting memories.
Kruger National Park
Cheetah Breeding Centre
Game Drives & Walks
Blyde River Canyon & God’s Window
Shangaan Cultural Experiences
Chimpanzee Eden & Botanical Gardens
Elephant Interaction and Rides
White Water Rafting & Tubing
Helicopter & Balloon Trips
Quad Bike Trails
Abseiling, Swings & Canopy Tours
Tel: (013) 737 8508