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SHAMWARI & CAPE SPLENDOR

11 days / 10 nights

Overview


Accommodation

  • Sarili Lodge Shamwari Game Reserve
  • Table Bay Hotel
  • Spier Hotel
Destination

  • Shamwari Private Game Reserve
  • Cape Town
  • Stellenbosch
Arrive

  • 6 Apr 2017
  • 10 Apr 2017
  • 14 Apr 2017
Duration

  • 4 nights
  • 4 nights
  • 2 nights

Map


Destinations

Shamwari Private Game Reserve: Sarili Lodge Shamwari Game Reserve – 6 Apr 2017 – 10 Apr 2017

Shamwari Game Reserve is the ultimate Luxury Big Five African Safari Adventure & Conservation effort coupled with responsible Tourism. Shamwari Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 (Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion & Leopard), is Malaria Free & is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life & is the realization of one man’s dream, & the success of many people’s passion. Steeped in pioneer history, & dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild & free, the 25 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal & bird life.

This Reserve has received numerous International Awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company & Game Reserve for many consecutive years.


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Cape Town: Table Bay Hotel – 10 Apr 2017 – 14 Apr 2017

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town, is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.


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Stellenbosch: Spier Hotel – 14 Apr 2017 – 16 Apr 2017

A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.


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Accommodation

Sarili Lodge Shamwari Game Reserve | Shamwari Private Game Reserve – 6 Apr 2017 – 10 Apr 2017

Sarili Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve offers an idyllic colonial-style bush experience which is perfect for families or small groups. The lodge consists of five suites accommodating a maximum of ten guests. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool, dining and lounge areas, and courtyard barbeque area. The main area of the lodge features a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman’s River with expansive views of the plains. Shamwari is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa
Your Stay:

  • 4 Nights
  • Full Board and Activities

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Safari Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: English, Afrikaans
  • No. Rooms: 5
  • Special Interests: Big 5, Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife


Luxury Courtyard Suites

All rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 persons.
2 Luxury Rooms with patio, facing the courtyard and inter-leading via a passage

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Air conditioning
Under floor heating
International dial telephone
Private minibar
Tea and coffee making facilities
Hairdryer
En-suite bathroom with separate shower
Electronic safe
Fitted international adaptors

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Luxury River Suites

All rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 persons.
• 2 Suites with balconies overlooking the river
• 1 Suite with tv, sleeper couch and balcony overlooking the river

-ROOM FEATURES

Air conditioning
Under floor heating
International dial telephone
Private minibar
Tea and coffee making facilities
Hairdryer
En-suite bathroom with separate shower
Electronic safe
Fitted international adaptors

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, 24-hour Security, Internet Access

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Mini Bar, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah, Underfloor Heating

  • Services

Airport Shuttle, Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service, Chauffer Service


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Game Drives and Guided Walks

Game viewing is carried out during the morning and evening when you are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle. If you have a particular interest, please mention it to your ranger; who will be happy to merge your plans with those of the group.

The game drives will take between three and four hours, with a sundowners stop at sunset and a coffee stop in the morning. It is always advisable to bring warm clothing along, even in summer. In winter, a warm jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves are advisable. These clothing items are also available in our shops. Please do not forget to bring your binoculars, camera’s and video camera’s along.

Your safety is of utmost concern to us, and your game ranger will inform you of the necessary safety precautions as you commence your game drive.

Guided walks can often be the highlight of your African trip, for it is only then that you gain a true perspective of the fauna and flora around you. These walks may only be carried out by specially trained and qualified game rangers. Please ask your personal game ranger to make these arrangements for you.

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Kids on Safari

Upon arrival, the Lodge Manager at Sarili Lodge will discuss Activity options with the Family taking the family’s size, children’s ages & the weather into consideration. Child minding Facilities are available at an additional cost for Children younger than 4 years as they are too young to join Game Drives.

Each Child will receive an age-appropriate Gift Pack.

A truly unique, educational & fun Family Safari

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Birding

Shamwari Game Reserve boasts a huge variety of birdlife. There is a big range of raptors which include Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Fish Eagles, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds.

The reserve also holds a good population of birds associated with water sources like Three-banded Lapwings, African Darters, Malachite Kingfishers, the occasional Spoonbill, African Shelduck and the strange looking Hamerkop.

Furthermore you might see bird species like the Bokmakierie with its gorgeous colours, Hoopoes probing the grasslands for food, Ant-eating Chats around the termite mounds, Familiar Chat, Red-billed Oxpeckers on the various animals and the beautiful Glossy Starling with its blue-green coloration and red eye-ring.

The birdlife at Shamwari Game Reserve is enough to keep a bird watching enthusiast entertained for a good few days. So pack your bird book and binoculars and come visit Shamwari for a well deserved birding holiday.

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The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre

Shamwari Game Reserve proudly opened ‘The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre’ in June 2012, due to the rhino devastation that South Africa is presently facing.

The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, initially only open for Shamwari guests, can be found at the Shamwari offices and has been created as a place of information and education for guests to educate and inform themselves about rhinos and the frightening growing epidemic of rhino poaching in South Africa.

It has also been created to complement the Born Free Foundation and Rehabilitation Centre at Shamwari Game Reserve. Guests will have the opportunity to visit The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre as an added educational experience during their stay.

The Wilderness Foundation has created 9 unique rhino displays, designed for the purpose of educating guests on rhino conservation and the poaching issues facing South Africa and South Africans. Each display has a powerful message along with photographs, statistics and general facts to emphasise the effect poaching has on conservation, the country, tourism and indeed future generations.

In the near future Shamwari will expand The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre to include a comprehensive paleontological section.

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Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries

The Born Free Foundation is at the forefront of drawing the public’s attention to the plight of wild animals confined in impoverished captive environments and promoting through education and public awareness, a humane agenda.

It is the mission of both The Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Game Reserve to promote the conservation of species and the protection of habitat while maintaining a humane and compassionate approach to the welfare of animals.

In partnership with actress/conservationist Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation, Shamwari Game Reserve designed the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre to incorporate a museum and educational facility whose goal is to create an awareness of the horrific way in which wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world. Guests at Shamwari are able to visit the 2 Big Cat Sanctuaries.

Over the years the Born Free Foundation has been able to rescue several big cats from situations where they are in serious danger and provide them with excellent life time care. Guests at Shamwari are able to see some of these rescued animals at the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre.

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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

At the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre it is our aim to rehabilitate and return all animals back into the wild.

The Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre is amongst the best in Southern Africa and is fully registered to provide veterinary care to young, abandoned, orphaned or injured animals. On arrival you will be met by a member of this caring team who will show you the facilities and explain what it is that they do. During the recovery phase; “patients” are kept in custom built bomas. Provided there are patients in care, an opportunity to meet them should arise during your visit. The animal rehabilitation centre operates on donations only; therefore no entrance fee is requested, but a monetary donation will be much appreciated.

A visit to Animal Rehabilitation Centre includes

The Animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients,
The animal bomas to view any larger patients
A brief “behind the scenes” look at where the popular series “Shamwari – a Wild Life” was filmed and edited at the film unit.
The Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was established after Shamwari identified a pressing need in the Eastern Cape for such facilities to improve local conservation and wildlife efforts.

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Table Bay Hotel | Cape Town – 10 Apr 2017 – 14 Apr 2017

Set on Cape Town’s historic V&A waterfront this elegant hotel offers 329 fully air-conditioned rooms, all of which feature views of either the ocean or Table Mountain. The rooms have luxurious walk-in cupboards, marble finishes and writing desks and each is equipped with a butler station and an honour bar. Bathrooms have separate showers and baths. Vanities include a personal hairdryer and a full range of internationally acclaimed cosmetics and toiletries. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, an exercise room and a day spa. Cosmopolitan, gracious and relaxed, The Table Bay Hotel is the sum of all that is good about Cape Town.
Your Stay:

  • 4 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: English
  • No. Rooms: 329
  • Special Interests: Beach / Coastal, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Shopping, Wine, Fishing, Flora, Hiking, Relaxation

Table Mountain Suite

The Table Mountain Suite is the hotel’s most luxurious suite with excellent views. It has a king size four poster bed and en-suite bathroom with a large walk in shower and dressing room. A grand entrance hall, living area, dining table for 8 guests, telescope and baby grand piano also feature; as do a guest toilet, equipped kitchen and balcony with sun loungers.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Interleading
Includes breakfast

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Lion’s Head Suite

The Lions Head Suite is a one bedroom suite with a King size bed with a walk in closet and en suite bathroom with spa bath and separate shower. Adding extra luxury is a study, dining and lounge area with a gusset toilet and butler kitchen with separate entrance. There is a beautiful view of Lion’s Head from the suite and a balcony. Room amenities include air conditioning, safe, telephone, television, hair dryer, internet, mini bar as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Interleading
Includes breakfast

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Signal Hill Suite

The Signal Hill Suite is a deluxe suite with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom with a large walk in double shower. There is a separate guest toilet, walk in cupboards, separate living room and a dining table for 6 guests.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Interleading
Includes breakfast

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Executive Suite

The Executive Suite is luxury personified. The suite has a king size bed and en-suite bathroom with a walk in shower and dressing room with walk in cupboards. There is also a separate guest toilet, living area and a dining table for 6 guests.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Includes breakfast

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Junior Suite

The Junior Suite offers exceptional Cape Town views from a spacious, luxurious room. A king size bed and en-suite bathroom complete the room, as does a living area, sleeper couch and dining table.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Interleading
Includes breakfast

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Luxury King Room

The Luxury King Room offers a king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a large walk in shower. Walk in cupboards offer ample space for your personal belongings. Relax in the open surroundings with colour satellite TV and air-conditioning.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Interleading
Includes breakfast

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Superior Luxury Family Room

The Superior Luxury Family Room is a magnificent room with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom. A spacious sitting area, sleeper couch and walk in cupboards complete the grand appeal, along with many other facilities.

Sleeps 2 Adults & 2 children
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Includes breakfast

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Luxury Twin Room

The Luxury Twin Room has 2 twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. The room is spacious and well-equipped with ample cupboard space and a colour remote controlled TV with satellite channels.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with Twin bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Interleading
Includes breakfast

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Paraplegic Room

The Paraplegic Room is specially designed to accommodate guests comfortably. The room has 2 twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. Specially designed handrails allow for ease of accessibility to all the facilities in the room.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with Twin bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Includes breakfast

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Superior Luxury Room

The Superior Luxury Room offers style, space and luxury with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. Walk in cupboards add to the space; interleading rooms can be arranged on request.

Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom with King size bed
1 bathroom with Separate bath and Separate shower
Interleading
Includes breakfast

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Gym, Internet Access, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Dressing Gowns, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Tea / Coffee, Internet, Disabled Rooms, Shower

  • Services

Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Laundry Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk, Room Service

Spier Hotel | Stellenbosch – 14 Apr 2017 – 16 Apr 2017

Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel. Our 153 rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way.

Rolling lawns, gardens and walkways connect the rooms with the reception area, lounge, bar, terrace and restaurant. The décor features a sophisticated, vibrant style with strong colours, patterns and textures, and a collection of art that explores contemporary South African culture.

The hotel is a pioneer in responsible tourism and was one of the first in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism SA accreditation in 2004. In 2015, Spier was voted 18th Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards list of the top 25 hotels in Africa. In 2011, Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award recognised the estate as the top international destination “Doing it All”.

The hotel rooms are spacious with a focus on simplicity, quality and comfort. Every room includes original artwork, making each individual. You can choose between Signature Rooms, Signature Garden Terrace Rooms, Signature Riverfacing Rooms and Suites.

Located upstairs in our village-style buildings, our Signature Rooms are light, airy and sun-filled. The rooms are simply and tastefully appointed, and feature large comfortable beds and original artworks from the Spier Collection. The en suite bathrooms incorporate a generous-size bath and a separate shower. In keeping with our sustainability ethos, mini bars are energy efficient and showerheads water wise.

Signature Garden Rooms have direct access to the pool and lush garden, as well as a shaded outdoor patio where you can unwind with a glass of our award-winning wine. The rooms are decorated in a calm neutral colour palette with warm wooden furniture and splashes of vibrant colour. They feature king-size comfortable beds and original artworks from the Spier Collection. The en suite bathrooms have separate showers and large baths.

Located upstairs, the Signature Riverside rooms are light, airy and sun-filled, with views of the Eerste river below and the Helderberg mountains in the distance. Rooms are decorated with original artworks from the Spier Collection.

Signature Riverside Terrace rooms offer direct access to the lush gardens outside, with views of the Eerste River and Helderberg mountains. Their private patios are ideal for enjoying a glass of our award-winning wine in the tranquility of nature.

There are five suites, all individually designed and decorated. The two upstairs suites have stunning views of the Helderberg Mountains and Eerste River. The ground floor suites both open onto the gardens with a private area featuring comfortable daybeds inviting an afternoon doze with a book and glass of wine. All the suites feature top quality linen in the bedrooms and comfortable sofas in the lounge areas, with original artworks by contemporary South African artists.

The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. The hotel offers a wide range of facilities including a travel desk, information centre and boardroom, and e-mail and Internet services are available. The Spier spa offers a variety of holistic treatments and a full range of spa therapies. There are shuttle services both on and off the estate and 24-hour room service is available. www.spier.co.za

Your Stay:

  • 2 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 4 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa
  • No. Rooms: 155
  • Special Interests: Gourmet, Leisure, Wine, Birding, Flora, Hiking, History & Culture, Nature, Wildlife, Relaxation

Signature Rooms

Located upstairs in our village-style buildings, our Signature Rooms are light, airy and sun-filled. The rooms are simply and tastefully appointed, and feature large comfortable beds and original artworks from the Spier Collection. The en suite bathrooms incorporate a generous-size bath and a separate shower. In keeping with our sustainability ethos, mini bars are energy efficient and showerheads water wise.

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Signature Garden Rooms

One of the distinguishing features of the Spier Hotel is its collection of six courtyards – each with its own swimming pool. Signature Garden Rooms have direct access to the pool and lush garden, as well as a shaded outdoor patio where you can unwind with a glass of our award-winning wine.

The rooms are decorated in a calm neutral colour palette with warm wooden furniture and splashes of vibrant colour. They feature king-size comfortable beds and original artworks from the Spier Collection. The en suite bathrooms have separate showers and large baths. In keeping with our sustainability ethos, mini bars are energy efficient and showerheads water wise.

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Signature Riverside rooms

Located upstairs, the Signature Riverside rooms are light, airy and sun-filled, with views of the Eerste river below and the Helderberg mountains in the distance. Rooms are decorated with original artworks from the Spier Collection.

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Signature Terrace rooms

These ground floor rooms offer direct access to the lush gardens outside, with views of the Eerste River and Helderberg mountains. Their private patios are ideal for enjoying a glass of our award-winning wine in the tranquility of nature.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, Eco Friendly, Kiddies Club, Gym (nearby), Laundry Service (Available)

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, En-Suite, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Fireplace, Fridge, Mini Bar, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Safe, Verandah, Bath, Complementary Wi-Fi, Pure Cotton Linen, Laundry Service (Available), Disabled Rooms, Hair Dryer, Wheelchair Friendly

  • Services

Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Travel Desk, Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Room Service (24 hours)

Spier Hotel restaurant

Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail on the terrace with bar snacks, or breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Spier Hotel restaurant. Both the restaurant and wine bar strive to source the freshest available produce for the menus from a range of local suppliers and our farm.

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Eight Restaurant

Eight is a farm-to-table eating experience. Like its name, the restaurant is an expression of balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance. The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from nearby farmers. Natural and organic ingredients are preferred, creatively combined to create nourishing, healthy, and delicious food.

Eight’s menu changes seasonally, depending on what is available from our vegetable garden where our greens and fresh veggies are grown without the use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or artificial chemicals.

Our fillet, sirloin and sausages comes from grass-fed cattle reared on Spier’s pastures by our very own Farmer Angus who also supplies us with delicious eggs laid by happy hens that scratch around freely in the fields. Both the chickens and cattle are raised biodynamic principles, without the use of antibiotics or hormones.

Brunch is an a la carte menu featuring signature dishes such as the Caesar’s Breakfast, which combines a quintessential Caesar salad with our famous eggs benedict. Afternoon tea is a treat with special home-baked cakes and scones. A children’s menu is also available to be enjoyed by kids after they’ve played on the rolling lawns and wooden jungle gym outside or discovered the secret bamboo ‘forest’ nearby.

Spier’s award-winning wines complement the menu, along with freshly-squeezed vegetable and fruit juices and a selection of craft beers and artisan sodas.

Eight’s décor embodies the restaurant’s ethos, with lights made by local artist, Heath Nash. The impressive ceiling on the terrace has been has been lined with over 10 000 individually crafted flowers made from recycled white plastic milk bottles, and lit with low voltage LEDs. The light fittings in the main part of the restaurant were made from recycled plastic bottles.

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday for brunch from 10:00 – 12:00, lunch from 12:00 – 15:00, and tea from 15:00 – 16:30. Eight is open for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is also available for private functions.

Contact us on: +27 (21) 809 1188 or at eight@spier.co.za

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Wine Tasting experience

Award-winning wine paired with innovative food is what you’ll find at our tasting room on the banks of the Spier dam. Relax in the airy lounge area, and enjoy stunning views of the Helderberg mountains, or take your glass outside onto the sunny patio and gaze across the rolling lawns.

For wine tasting, settle in at the parquet tables and admire the iconic Heath Nash chandelier — made from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles and weighing 370kgs — which hangs above the tasting counter.

You can either enjoy a set wine tasting (see the list below), with or without a food pairing, or order whatever you like with an olive, cheese or cured meat board.

Tastings include:

Spier Tasting (R35 pp): Choose three wines from our Signature range and one from each of the two premium wine ranges, 21 Gables and Creative Block.

Chocolate and wine tasting (R65 pp): Inspired by our Spier Signature Méthode Cap Classique and our Spier Creative Block blends, the chocolatier has carefully crafted chocolates that complement and unlock nuanced flavours in each of our liquid treasures.

Frans K Smit Tasting (R90 pp): The two premium wine ranges plus Spier’s flagship wine, Frans K Smit.

Children’s Grape Juice Tasting (R35 pp): This tasting is the ideal way to keep the youngsters busy with a tasting of three different grape juices and an educational activity sheet highlighting the role insects play in our vineyards.

Food platters to pair with the tastings are also be available for sale. For groups of eight or more, a reservation is required. Larger groups can be accommodated in the tasting room at the Cow House. Please ensure that bookings are made and confirmed at least 48 hours in advance.

Remember: you can buy Spier wine at cellar door prices. Visit our Wine section for an overview of all our wines.

Open for tastings and sales from Monday – Wednesday 9:00 to 17:30, Thursday – Saturday 9:00 – 18:00 and from 11:00 – 18:00 on Sundays.

Contact us on: +27 (021) 809 1143/7

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Eight Restaurant

The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from nearby farmers. Natural and organic ingredients are preferred, creatively combined to create nourishing, healthy, and delicious food.

Eight’s menu changes seasonally.

Greens and fresh veggies come from Farmer John’s food garden where they are grown without the use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or artificial chemicals. Our fillet, sirloin and sausages come from grass-fed cattle reared on Spier’s pastures, along with delicious eggs laid by happy hens that scratch around freely in the fields. Both the chickens and cattle are raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones. A children’s menu is also available to be enjoyed by kids after they’ve played on the rolling lawns and wooden jungle gym outside or discovered the secret bamboo ‘forest’ nearby. Spier’s award-winning wines complement the menu, along with freshly-squeezed vegetable and fruit juices and a selection of craft beers and artisanal sodas.

Décor

Eight’s décor embodies the restaurant’s ethos, with lights made by local artist, Heath Nash. The impressive ceiling on the terrace has been has been lined with over 10 000 individually crafted flowers made from recycled white plastic milk bottles, and lit with low voltage LEDs. The light fittings in the main part of the restaurant were made from recycled plastic bottles.

Eight was included in the 2016 Eat Out 500, a list of the top restaurants in South Africa as determined by a panel of food and restaurant experts.

Opening times: From Tuesday – Sunday, Eight is open daily for lunch from 12:00 – 16:30. From Thursday – Saturday, the restaurant serves dinner from 18:30 – 21:30. The restaurant is available for private functions. Breakfast is also available for private group bookings.

Contact us on: +27 (21) 809 1188 or at eight@spier.co.za.

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Eight to Go Deli

You can create your own picnic from a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, salads, breads, pâtés and dips, to be enjoyed on our lawns with a bottle of wine. Or you can pre-book and pick up your picnic.

You can also buy food to take home or you can stock your pantry with quality items like olive oil, pesto, elderflower cordial, vinegars and flavoured salts. Take some sweet treats home like our legendary meringues, cupcakes, brownies, honey or jams.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:30.

Contact us on: +27 (021) 809 1188.

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Segwey Tours

Glide through the vineyards. Breeze through the River Garden. Take a turn past the yin-yang water recycling and re-energising plant.

Two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery powered personal transporters: Segways are the coolest way to do a breezy lap around the farm.

Spier Segway Tour, ± 1 hour

A whistle-stop tour, showing you our vineyards and natural farming practices in action against the backdrop of the soaring Helderberg.

Tour times: 9am, 10:30am, 12pm, *1:30pm, *3pm (*Summer: 2pm, 3:30pm) Not for children under 10.

Spier Wine Farm & Vineyards Glide, ± 2 hours,

Glide around the indigenous River Garden and yin-yang wastewater recycling plant, then through the leafy vineyards. Go via our farmlands before resting your wheels and stopping for a wine tasting. (Not for under 12s.)

Tour times: 9am, *12am, 3pm (wine tasting not available on last tour)

In summer, due to the heat, we do not offer the 2-hour tour at midday.

Spier Sunset Tour , ±2 hours

Breeze through the champagne-like, balmy summer evening air. Peaceful and quiet. A Segway tour around the winelands at dusk is a great way to see the sun set on another perfect day in the Cape.

Available: November – April.

Ask about our tours: 021 809 1157 or visit www.segwaytours.co.za.

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Eagle Encounters

Eagle Encounters has been going strong since 2001, rehabilitating and releasing birds of prey, promoting conservation and education, on land donated by Spier.

Birds of prey keep the farm’s ecosystem in balance, making it possible to naturally control pests, without pesticides.

Enjoy up-close-and-personal interactions with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, kites, buzzards, snakes and lizards.

Take part in heart-stopping falconry displays, where we fly birds to you.

Kids will also enjoy our piglets, rabbits, tortoises, chickens and unique playground.

Open daily from 09:30 to 17:00 (closed on Christmas Day)

Contact us on: +27 (021) 858 1826

Website: www.eagle-encounters.co.za

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The Spa

Our Spa at Spier Hotel will melt away tension and help you feel revived and refreshed with a full programme of skin, body and massage treatments on the menu. Contact us at thespa@spier.co.za.

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Craft Market

Take home a piece of the Spier farm life or pick out a special keepsake from the collection of contemporary and traditional artworks by Southern African craft producers.

The craft market at Spier is situated under the trees, along the banks of the dam, right next to our Tasting Room.

At the market you will find a showcase of some of the best craftwork produced in the greater Cape Town area, at eight custom-designed units – each manned by a ‘cluster’ of artists.

Wire and beadwork, 3-dimensional paintings, mosaics, items from recycled materials, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and woodcarving are all represented. Whether you want something simple like a key ring or fridge magnet, or a collectable art piece, there will be something to win your heart.

Many of the artists work on site several days a week and would be happy to answer your questions and share the production process with you. Learn to mosaic; try your hand at beading; throw a pot. You can do it all at the Spier craft market.

Opening hours: from 10:00 – 17:30 during the summer months (October to the first week of May).

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Daily Information

Day 1: Shamwari Private Game Reserve – Thu. 6 Apr 2017

Upon arrival a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) will meet you at OR Tambo International Airport and assist you to connecting flight on board South African Airways to Port Elizabeth(flight included in cost).

On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) will meet you and transfer you to Shamwari Sarilli Lodge (Journey Time 45mins).

An environmentally friendly private African thatch designed villa with a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman’s River with expansive views of the plains. The lodge is positioned in the southern region of the Reserve. The decor emulates an old traditional farmhouse with interiors that reflect an easy living home lifestyle in a natural environment.

The lodge features a child friendly swimming pool, dining and lounge areas and children’s den, courtyard barbecue area, special children’s menu and dedicated child minders.

Shamwari offers a special ‘Kids on Safari’ program where kids aged 4 and older have a chance of a lifetime to view the Big 5, view a special educational film and visit the Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Unique safari based activities to allow for a complete 5-star and tailor-made experience. Malaria Free.

Overnight: Shamwari Sarili Lodge in a Luxury River Room on a Full Board and Game Drive basis.


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Day 2: Shamwari Private Game Reserve – Fri. 7 Apr 2017

05h30 – Wake up call

05h45 – Early morning refreshments served

06h00 – Depart for morning game drive

09h00 – A continental breakfast buffet and (plated) hot breakfast is served

11h00 – Requested check-out time

12h00 – Lunch is served until 14h00

13h00 – Recommended arrival time

15h30 – Afternoon tea

16h00 – Depart for afternoon game drive

20h00 – Pre dinner drinks

20h30 – Set menu or Braai / Barbeque dinner is served – every alternate night

Overnight: Shamwari Sarili Lodge in a Luxury River Room on a Full Board and Game Drive basis.


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Day 3: Shamwari Private Game Reserve – Sat. 8 Apr 2017

05h30 – Wake up call

05h45 – Early morning refreshments served

06h00 – Depart for morning game drive

09h00 – A continental breakfast buffet and (plated) hot breakfast is served

11h00 – Requested check-out time

12h00 – Lunch is served until 14h00

13h00 – Recommended arrival time

15h30 – Afternoon tea

16h00 – Depart for afternoon game drive

20h00 – Pre dinner drinks

20h30 – Set menu or Braai / Barbeque dinner is served – every alternate night

Overnight: Shamwari Sarili Lodge in a Luxury River Room on a Full Board and Game Drive basis.


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Day 4: Shamwari Private Game Reserve – Sun. 9 Apr 2017

05h30 – Wake up call

05h45 – Early morning refreshments served

06h00 – Depart for morning game drive

09h00 – A continental breakfast buffet and (plated) hot breakfast is served

11h00 – Requested check-out time

12h00 – Lunch is served until 14h00

13h00 – Recommended arrival time

15h30 – Afternoon tea

16h00 – Depart for afternoon game drive

20h00 – Pre dinner drinks

20h30 – Set menu or Braai / Barbeque dinner is served – every alternate night

Overnight: Shamwari Sarili Lodge in a Luxury River Room on a Full Board and Game Drive basis.


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Day 5: Cape Town Mon. 10 Apr 2017

After breakfast a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) will meet you at the lodge and transfer you to Port Elizabeth Airport for your scheduled flight to Cape Town (flight included in cost). Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) will meet you and transfer you to the Table Bay Hotel (Journey Time 20mins).

Table Bay Hotel is set on the historic waterfront breakwater wall. It is a contemporary architectural treasure, its design and execution the result of transcontinental co-operations. The 329 rooms either overlook the bay to Robben Island, prison home of South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, or across the harbour and the city to Table Mountain.

Overnight Table Bay Hotel in a Luxury Ocean Facing Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 6: Cape Town – Tue. 11 Apr 2017

After breakfast a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) will meet you at your hotel to embark on your Cape Town City Tour (Morning) – Private with Table Mountain Ticket. Please note Table Mountain is weather dependent.

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity and excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the ‘must-sees’ of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee included). In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S. A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.

Table Mountain (Cable Car fee included in cost)

By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on 4 October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

The Company Gardens

The Company Gardens have been described as ‘an oasis of calm in the city rush’, and with the trees, the squirrels and lunch-hour love birds it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of Africa’s most important cities. Spots of interest include a sundial dating from 1787, a Saffron Pear Tree (believed to be South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree), a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a rose garden and pools with brightly coloured fish. The South African National Gallery, the South African Museum and the Planetarium are also in close proximity.

Highlights

• Table Mountain (cable car fee included)

• Castle of Good Hope

• SA Museum

• Company Gardens

Package Includes

• Collection and return to your CBD or Atlantic Seaboard hotel

• Services of a registered driver / guide in an air-conditioned vehicle

• Entrance fees to the Castle of Good Hope & SA Museum

Return to hotel approximately 17:30

Overnight Table Bay Hotel in a Luxury Ocean Facing Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 7: Cape Town – Wed. 12 Apr 2017

After breakfast a representative of followme2AFRICA will meet you at your hotel to embark on your Full day Private Cape Point & Peninsula tour in a quantum with driver guide.

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal, weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre.

We then make our way to visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Package Includes

• Entrance : Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony & Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Note: The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open; alternatively we will drive via Ou Kaapse Weg.

Overnight Table Bay Hotel in a Luxury Ocean Facing Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 8: Cape Town – Thu. 13 Apr 2017

Day at Leisure

Overnight Table Bay Hotel in a Luxury Ocean Facing Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 9: Stellenbosch – Fri. 14 Apr 2017

After breakfast and check out procedures a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) will meet you at your hotel to embark on the Private Full Day Winelands Tour.

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

We enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included in cost).

Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Our last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route.

Drop off at the Spier Hotel at approximately 17:30.

Overnight: Spier Hotel in a Signature Garden Terrace Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 10: Stellenbosch – Sat. 15 Apr 2017

Day at Leisure

Overnight: Spier Hotel in a Signature Garden Terrace Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 11: Departure – Sun. 16 Apr 2017

After breakfast a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) will meet you in the reception at the hotel and transfer you to Cape town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be meet and assisted to your International Flight returning home (Flight included in cost).

Flights

Date

6 Apr 2017
10 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017

Departure

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Sarili Lodge Shamwari Game Reserve
Cape Town International Airport [CPT]

Arrival

Port Elizabeth Airport [PLZ] Cape Town International Airport [CPT] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Transfers

Date

6 Apr 2017
10 Apr 2017
14 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017

Pick Up

Port Elizabeth Airport [PLZ] Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Table Bay Hotel
Spier Hotel

Drop Off

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Additional Information

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.


Banking and Currency

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com and Mango.

Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Note:

  • A valid international driver’s licence is required.
  • We drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Wearing seat belts is compulsory and cellphones can only be used ‘hands free’.
  • Speed limits are generally set at 120km on freeways, 100km on secondary roads and 60km in urban areas.
  • Toll fees apply on certain national roads.
  • Petrol stations are widespread.
  • Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa

Another means of getting around South Africa are luxury inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the new Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and OR Tambo International Airport.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa’s fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa’s food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.


Climate and Weather

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters are also available at major airports.


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