Karoo Heartland

THE COSIEST FIREPLACES IN THE KAROO HEARTLAND THIS WINTER

THE COSIEST FIREPLACES IN THE KAROO HEARTLAND THIS WINTER

As South Africa moves passes midwinter and the thermometer starts its slow climb towards summer, we ponder two things: firstly, that the winter days of the Karoo Heartland are mild, sunny and windless and, secondly, when things turn chilly in the evenings, our region naturally tends indoors towards the fireplace, coffee or wine in hand, for a good book, some painting or quality conversation. 

Our Karoo Heartland members have shared some of their cosiest spots to enjoy winter in the Karoo…

The fireplace at Allendale Guest Farm…just getting started. – Jansenville

A fireside dinner table set for guests (pre-COVID) at Glen Avon Guest Farm – Somerset East

A cosy lounge at Kuzuko Lodge, with a breathtaking view of the night sky only metres away… – Somerset East

A welcoming farmhouse living room at Lowlands Country House – Cradock

Potjie pot at the ready – there’s nowhere better than Nieu-Bethesda for a slow-cooked stew at Outsiders B&B

A cosy reading nook, barman on hand, at Samara Private Game Reserve – Graaff Reinet

An iconic Karoo Heartland fireplace at Toerboer Cottages – Graaff Reinet

A bonus pleasure during the winter months – a wood-fired stove at Toerboer Cottages – Graaff Reinet

 

SEVEN WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY DIE TUISHUISE & VICTORIA MANOR

SEVEN WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY DIE TUISHUISE & VICTORIA MANOR

With a little advanced planning, romance is easy. Let us help you make your Valentine Special

Valentines Weekend special at Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor

  1. Join us for a decadent Valentines Dinner for two @ R 220 per person in our romantic Albert Dining Room
  2. Spend the night in one of our romantic cottages and enjoy dinner and breakfast at @ R 590 per person per night
  3. Or spend two nights including dinner and breakfast at R 1075 per person sharing
  4. Enjoy the romance of your cottage and order room service
  5. Sleep in late and request breakfast delivered to your house or prepare your own breakfast with a pre-ordered breakfast basket
  6. Extra add ons? –
    • ADD a bunch of flowers for your loved one – we can work to your budget
    • ADD a cold bottle of bubbly starting from R160 per bottle and have it in your room
    • ADD a Valentines Special Voucher from The Beauty Zone spoil for your loved one
    • ADD buy a beautiful Karoo book for your loved one
    • Request an add on Romantic Picnic Lunch in the Mountain Zebra National Park R220 per person

Terms and conditions apply. Friday night – Karoo Dinner, Saturday night* Valentine Dinner ,

To spread the love this year we are offering the same special for the week of the 20th of February, but both dinners will be Karoo. Book today www.tuishuise.co.za or info@tuishuise.co.za

SATSA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO EVALUATE CAPTIVE WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS

SATSA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO EVALUATE CAPTIVE WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS

As captive wildlife interactions remain is a complex issue, SATSA – the South African Tourism Association, has launched a guide to Evaluating Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities.

The guide is an interactive tool for easy decision making, through eight simple questions, on interactions through a “decision tree”.

The guide is aimed at four key groups: foreign and local visitors interacting with animals, buyers such as destination management companies, tour operators internationally and locally as well as industry representatives such as associations, industry bodies and government among others.

The tool will allow these groups to assess animal interaction operations and make informed decisions to support ethically sound and responsible operators in South Africa.

Click here to view/download the guide.

https://www.zawebsdata.co.za/file/satsa_humananimalinteractions_final5_interactive_red.pdf

Tourism Update – Mia Breytenbach

CHEETAH CUBS BORN AT KUZUKO LODGE

CHEETAH CUBS BORN AT KUZUKO LODGE

The second litter of cheetah cubs has successfully been born into the protected wild of Kuzuko Lodge as part of the joint “Breeding, Wilding and Release Project”, set up by Ashia Cheetah Conservation and Kuzuko Lodge, part of the Legacy Hotels & Resorts Group, in 2018.

The four cubs were birthed by another captive-born female cheetah who forms part of this ground-breaking conservation programme, having arrived at Kuzuko Lodge earlier this year already pregnant.

The first-time feline mom delivered all four cubs successfully, however after a short while the project team, who had been keeping an eye on her from a distance, noticed that the cubs were not feeding.

Not wanting to interfere too quickly, the team decided to give them a couple of hours to see whether some privacy would assist with their bonding.

When the team returned and the cubs were still bundled together, it was time to intervene. It was discovered that the umbilical cord had intertwined the cubs together, not allowing them the freedom to feed.

The very protective mother was lured away with food and the cubs quickly released from the cord.

Despite being a first-time mom the female immediately took the cubs back and within no time they started suckling successfully. According to the team at Kuzuko, the are doing very well and have already tripled in size.