My Top 4 Venues for Wine Farm Weddings in Cape Town
Jul17

My Top 4 Venues for Wine Farm Weddings in Cape Town

One of my colleagues recently got engaged, and she’s served as the inspiration for this blog post about wine farm weddings in Cape Town. Having been to a spate of wine farm weddings in recent months, and being a self-appointed connoisseur of fine wines, I thought that I’m more than qualified to offer up my top 4 venues for wine farm weddings. There are so many venues in the wine-rich regions of Cape Town, and all of them offer something spectacular. Some of these farms are well-known, while others are off-the-beaten vineyard. Today I’ve decided to give a bit of airtime to 4 wine farm venues that offer something unique to loved-up couples wanting wine farm weddings in Cape Town. Zorgvliet  Zorgvliets rests in an exquisite valley of vineyards and is a mere 7 km from the vineyard town of Stellenbosch. This luxury farm oozes a sense of country charm and is ideal for weekend away weddings. Ultra-luxurious rooms surround a small lawn and swimming pool in an almost courtyard setting. Just in front of the area is the Banghoek restaurant ideal for pre-drinks and the elegant Oak room area for your reception, which is where the weddings take place. Vineyards hug the entire region and make for the ideal setting for photographs. A winding road extends down to a boutique style deli and picnic area, set under a tree. It’s a little oasis, jsut perfect for casually finishing a bottle of wine and indulging in a deli style simple lunch. This is the perfect thing to do the day before the wedding. There’s a quaint church and chapel at the end of a winding road. We highly recommend jumping aboard the farm tractor for an exciting journey up into the hills for the wedding. Beau Constantia The contemporary Beau Constantia is the ideal choice for a wine farm wedding close to Cape Town. The exquisite farm is situated on top of Constantia Nek, and offers panoramic views of the mountains, city, False Bay and even extend all the way across to Stellenbosch and the Helderberg mountains. Vineyards are located 350 metres above sea-level and wine connesiers can expect a variety of reds and whites on offer. In terms of weddings, there is the elegant Chef’s Warehouse for a reception area and the rolling lawns provide the ideal place for the ceremony. Beau Constantia can tailor-make a wedding experience suited to your crowd and numbers. It’s an ultra-chic wedding venue and selecting your house wine most certainly won’t be a problem. Bakenhof Bakenhof is an elegant wedding venue located in the Wellington region of the Cape winelands, a couple hours...

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Client Feedback : John Visits Chobe, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls
Jul16

Client Feedback : John Visits Chobe, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls

Liselle’s clients absolutely loved their African safari, and sent through a quick review of their holiday. They have plenty they’d love to write about with regards to their African sojourn, and in time will send us a succinct review. Having being on safari countless times, the mind-blowing experience of a safari coupled with a visit to the world’s largest can be tricky to put into words! John Giddens stayed at Linyanti Ebony Camp which is an intimate, luxury tented camp located on the Linyanti River in Chobe Enclave. Liselle’s guests also stayed at Khwai Bush Camp in the Okavango Delta and Ilala Lodge at Victoria Falls. Here is their feedback : Liselle, This is just a quick holding reply to let you know that I have received your message , but I would also like to take my time and do the reply justice – there is lots to write! The Botswana safari in particular was a truly amazing experience. I am in Zanzibar at the moment and don’t finish the full Africa flying trip until 3rdweek of this month. If you haven’t received a more detailed update from me by then please feel free to send me a reminder! I would like to say though that Africa Bush Camps were extraordinary. Our experience there was wonderful in every respect, and if you are giving feedback to them please convey our thoughts in particular about the two guides we had (Joe at Linyati and Mighty at Kwai) who were exceptional. The two camp hostesses (Cassie at Linyani and Dudu at Kwai) were also excellent and went several extra miles to make us feel welcome and at home in the camp. I will endeavour to get you a more detailed response and maybe some photos when I have a bit more time later this month. Best regards John Giddens...

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Big 5 Game Reserves in South Africa NOT in Kruger
Jul15

Big 5 Game Reserves in South Africa NOT in Kruger

The Greater Kruger is famed for its game viewing opportunities and abundant predator sightings. The region is made-up of the Kruger National Park and a number of uncrowded private reserves, and tourists flock to the expansive wilderness to experience the safari of a lifetime. But there are those tourists that might want to experience a big five safari in a different landscape, perhaps closer to their primary holiday destination or just to experience something different from the Greater Kruger. These are our 3 choices of game reserves in South Africa NOT in Kruger. Pilansberg Game Reserve The Pilansberg Game Reserve is the perfect safari destination for those seeking a big five experience close to the glitz and glam of Sun City and the Lost City. Pilansberg is also an ideal option for a golf safari and those wanting to stay in a big five game reserve that’s 2 hours drive from the pulsating city of Johannesburg. Located in the North-west province, this malaria-free reserve is among southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves and is actually the 4th largest park in South Africa. Pilansberg National Park spans 550 sq km of rugged bushveld comprising distinct vegetation zones of camphor, marula, mountain aloes, wild seringa and magic ghwarri. The low-lying scrub, savannah and trees provide the ideal habitat for a wealth of wildlife. The vegetation of the Pilansberg is a veritable crosshatch between two landscapes, the Kalahari and the Lowveld. Millions of years ago there were volcanic eruptions that caused massive craters on the landscape. The park was actually formed within this crater and to this day, there is still a fascinating circular formation of rock surrounding the park known as the ‘Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex’. There are plenty of sandy, dry river beds that collect pans of water during the rainy season and provide sustenance for wildlife. During the dry season is when you’ll spot wildlife flocking to pans to replenish their thirst. With over 300 species of bird in the park and ample opportunity to spot lion, leopard and even cheetah; Pilansberg is most certainly worthy of visiting. Lodges and camps within the Pilansberg are affordable and accessible, making it a sought after destination. We’d recommend Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge and Black Rhino Game Lodge.  Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is a proclaimed reserve in KwaZulu Natal that covers 96 000 hectares of hilly topography in the north, and open grasslands in the south on the Imfolozi side. What sets Hluhluwe apart from other game reserves is its high concentration of white rhino, and because of its conservation efforts it actually boasts the highest number of white rhinos in...

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Client Feedback : Klaserie Sands River Lodge and Arathusa in Kruger
Jul12

Client Feedback : Klaserie Sands River Lodge and Arathusa in Kruger

Liselle’s clients enjoyed a spectacular safari in the Greater Kruger, and explored the wilderness areas of the game-rich Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the famed Sabi Sand. They observed abundant game and managed to see 3 big cat predators.  Liselle handpicked two lodges for her clients – Klaserie Sands River Lodge and Arathusa Safari Lodge.  Here is Liselle’s client feedback from Hedy Wermer. Hi Liselle, I’m responding to your inquiry to Adam and Adrienne because I want you to know how spectacular the trip was from my perspective. Both Klaserie and Arathusa were luxurious yet unpretentious, with comfortable, beautiful rooms, exceptionally friendly, warm and attentive staff and delicious food. The wilderness settings for both lodges were stunning. At Arathusa, we had hippos, elephants, baboons, monkeys, warthogs, several kinds of antelope and numerous birds within a few feet of the pool deck and lawns; at Klaserie we had vervet monkeys in the trees above us where we sat on the deck and watched a parade of impalas and elephants come down to the pond to drink. The safari guides and trackers were outstanding at both places. We saw the “big five” within our first 24 hours on the ground and saw roughly 50 species of animals (including all three big cats…my favorite was a baby leopard) and 70 species of birds (and those were only the ones we could positively identify) during the week. It was magical. I should also add that the trip, including the game drives on rough terrain, was entirely manageable for a relatively fit 70 year old.  We all had a wonderful time. Thanks again for setting this up for us. Hedy Wermer (Adam’s mother) Click here to client feedback and reviews posted on the SafariBookings trusted review...

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Client Feedback : Ulusaba Safari Lodges and Beach Break in Maldives
Jul11

Client Feedback : Ulusaba Safari Lodges and Beach Break in Maldives

Janelle’s guests stayed at Richard Branson’s Ulusaba lodges in the Greater Kruger, before flying to the ultra island paradise of the Maldives. They enjoyed a big five safari while staying at Ulusaba Rock Lodge and Ulusaba Safari Lodge, and a tropical break to a newly built lodge in the Maldives paradise called You & Me. From bush breaks to Indian ocean islands, Janelle’s client certainly experienced the best of contrasting landscapes.  Here is Janelle’s client feedback :  Hi Janelle! Our trip was AMAZING! Thank you for all your help! We loved every minute of it. Our favorite part was S Africa. We cannot say enough about the Ulusaba lodges and the staff. The lodges were incredible…we felt so at home, we fell in love with the staff and our guide and tracker…the food was amazing. Everything was top notch. I literally cried when we left saying goodbye to everyone. We saw the big 5, saw a HUGE herd of elephants playing on our last day which was a definite highlight and something we will never forget, we saw several leopards (one eating a kill and chasing hyenas away), a pride of lions, hippos out of the water, tons of wild dogs, etc. It was the trip of a lifetime. I will send you some photos. You and Me was also great! There was an issue when we landed at the airport…even though we were on time, they had sent our seaplane on its way without us so we had to wait for another one. It worked out fine but was a little annoying after such a long trip. The resort was beautiful…we enjoyed scuba diving on 2 days. Being brand new, the resort definitely has some improvements it could make in their service. The service at the restaurants was lacking a bit (although the staff was very friendly), the beach chairs are not comfortable at all but the scenery is to die for and we LOVED our room and how it was just sitting in the middle of the water. So gorgeous! Thank you for your help and I will definitely recommend you guys to others!...

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