Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

This is only my opinion... but the 7 deadly sins should not really be the topic for a newsletter, but I don’t like to be conventional and I think that it should be a theme for life... Especially, if we look at it as a portal of entry into its untold pleasures ... the untold pleasures of travelling to this amazing part of the world!

As I embarked on this theme, I thought that I should ask forgiveness from the Gods first, but then it struck me that they themselves are the cause of the crime... Having worked so hard to create this unique blend of virtue and sin that is known as Southern Africa.

It is therefore the “Pride” of nature we're talking about; which has been designed with touch, vices and virtues and all the temptations that make our destinations so exotically tempting and special.

The immoderation and the moderation are a part of the natural scenery of Southern Africa.

Arid and extreme temperatures in Namibia, tropical lush scenery in KwaZulu Natal, Mozambique created for relaxation or the greed of the wine and gardens routes of South Africa. This is truly the Greediness of the Gods?

Excessive anger like in Botswana, depriving a delta of its ocean; separated by abysses falls, lands in two between Zambia & Zimbabwe or slapping the landscape of a country like in Namibia, until it has too many shades of red to count? Avarice, Sloth, Lust, Africa uses its charms and sins to conquer its prey...

But if even Nature shows its attraction to the pleasures of sin, why would you not do likewise? You're on holidays after all!

Indulgence is required! Desire a little more... And more again... For yourself and without effort. Now is the time!!

You see, Africa has bewitched you... and this is only your first sin!

S.C.

According to some, this newsletter is devoted to me. I thank them and return the compliments.

This month, discover Southern Africa through the 7 deadly sins.
From Gluttony to Wrath, let your senses take control...
For any question or enquiry, do not hesitate to contact us...

Gluttony

THE OLD BISCUIT MILL  by Hélène Soragna

Noises, smells, colours, tastes from sweet to savoury.

All that mixed in one place for our greatest pleasure, the Old Biscuit Mill Saturday Market in Cape Town. No one can resist all the little “try me” of chermoula, pesto or breads waiting to be eaten at each and every corner. It is a world of temptations where the gourmands Capetonians’ gather to indulge in sheer joy.

I must admit the choice is very difficult though for a food addict: should I eat one of the huge melt-in-the mouth beef sandwiches at one of the on-site farm tables; should I buy cheeses... good smooth and crusty bread... or a selection of hams and have a gourmet platter at home; or rather totally spoil myself at the Test Kitchen, one of my favourite restaurants by chance located just there…

Maybe with a bit of strategy I can manage the three…

Sloth

THE HIDDEN FACE OF SLOTH  by Christian Dettori

It’s been a hard day’s night and I've been working like a dog. It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log...

But what makes me feel alright is a good few days in Africa. Sure, it’s easy for me, I live here, but even if I wasn’t living here, this is where I would go..

Where else than Africa, southern Africa more specifically, can you really recharge yourself, find your roots? Southern Africa is the cradle of human kind, so stop being a human doing and become a human being.

What about being on the glorious beaches of Mozambique? It’s one of the few places in the entire world where beaches are still pristine and far from the maddening crowds of tourists. Just relaxing, snorkelling, enjoying the time doing nothing.

What about spending time in the vast open spaces of Etosha (Namibia) where you can drive or be driven in a 4x4 in a Game Reserve that very few people know about? The game is out of this world and the landscape unique. A truly mystical experience!

What about a relaxing trip in a Mokoro (a dug-out canoe) on the Okavongo river? No noise - just enjoying the peace and calm, the song of the birds and the whisper of the boat on the river.

In Southern Africa there are a thousand ways to relax - just being - doing nothing but enjoying the moment.

If you would like some advice for your next trip, drop me a line.

Pride

THE ZULU KINGDOM  by Sébastien Charrieras

If there is one feature that sticks to the skin of the Zulu people, it's their Pride. Historically, as the exploits of Asterix’ village, resisting the Roman occupation, the Zulus showed an image of fearless Warriors able to defeat everyone, especially in the early 19th century, under the leadership of King Shaka.

Today mainly farmers, but still proud…. Their ancestral culture and subtropical hilly land, bordered by the Drakensberg Mountains and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, have sculpted a strong willed tribe of 10 million people.

These lands that have seen bloodshed during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, marked the victory of local Isandhlwana, embody the richness of one that the South African regions matched nowhere else. Refresh my memory, but where could you do an early morning safari in search for the Big Five, continuing your day by a stroll through a market of local crafts, followed by a lunch in a traditional shebeen in the neighborhood, and finally put your towel on a deserted beach to close the day with a swim in the 28 degrees waters of the Indian Ocean? What region of the world can accommodate golfers, divers, wildlife fanatics, historic tours , adventurers and families? Where Safaris can be done on foot, 4x4 or boat?

Which destination allows tracking black rhino on foot as leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach? Hiking, rafting, and cruising? What part of the world can claim having UNESCO's World Heritage sites?
I can safely say that I don’t know any other...

Oh, I almost forgot... where else could you do a 12 days Buggy trip (4 to 10 people), off the beaten track between villages and ancient battlefields, lush forest, beach and game reserve... where?

Envy

CAPE TOWN  by Cécile Castoldi

Envy: a strong, negative emotion towards the happiness and advantages of others.

I really understand this feeling you should have towards us, living in Cape Town, 5th in the international rankings of best cities to live in, in the World. But desecrate this vice and plan your next trip where all your desires will be fulfilled!

Need some more ideas? Follow the guide, but watch out this list is not exhaustive!

Let’s start with the icon of the city: Table Mountain and its 1000m high. What do you think about a private cocktail at the top with sparkling wine and tasty snacks? We could even organise your hotel check-in on top – much nicer than in a hotel’s lobby, don’t you think?

After that let’s speak about the eclecticism of the City and its various suburbs: the Waterfront and its endless malls, Bo Kaap and its colourful-houses, Camps Bay and its sandy beach and palm-lined etc… Cape Town is a cultural melting pot, why not discover all the elements whilst doing a rally through the city; where you will participate in many workshops: drumming or gumboots session, beadwork creations, Ndebele painting, Xhosa language lesson, etc…

Let’s look at our reputation as a capital of food and wine and tantalise your taste buds. South Africa is the 8th wine exporter in the world, not for nothing of course! Come discover the winelands while participating in wine tastings with cheese and perhaps pairing it with a little chocolate. Want to join? Let’s go for harvesting the new vintage! And what about gastronomy? No worry, you can find more than One Chef in the area!

Without forgetting the History and Culture of the country:

The inevitable and mystical Cape of Good Hope ... the end of the world ... that deserves a glass of champagne and a group picture, that you will find framed and displayed in each guests room later in the day! What about a little interaction with the locals, a genuine cultural exchange, what do you think... Let’s organise a soccer match in a disadvantaged area of Cape Town: the purpose is not to win but to have fun of course! Everyone will then share a braai (barbecue) with local specialties, entertained by a group of marimba: the guarantee of a change of scenery.

Even if Cape Town has no real game reserve nearby, you can still observe a wide range of animals: African Penguins, which you will be able to paddle with; Whales, that you can see up close; Baboons, more than famous in the Cape Of Good Hope National Park; Ostriches, and the shops that go with; seals, dolphins, zebras, springboks and so much more...

Of course, all these discoveries can be done in vintage cars, side-cars, Harley’s, helicopters, Rikki’s, bicycle, boat or in a self drive vehicle… to add a little spice to your stay.

I like the feeling of seeing more than just a small desire in your eyes... OK tell me… When do you want to come?

Lust

WHAT MAKES A GETAWAY SEXY?  by Emilie de Carvalho

More than anything else, it's the two of you, your attitude, your sense of fun, and your love for each other.

Southern Africa is the perfect romantic getaway and offers particularly great bush & beach honeymoon options. Visit us and we will be sure to make you feel like a VIP couple for your honeymoon and we will make sure to give you all the attention you deserve for this very special vacation. If you just want to relax and laze on the beach in the company of your loved one, our beach lodges and Island resorts in Zanzibar, Mozambique, Mauritius and Seychelles are the love destinations for you. Imagine yourselves going on a private excursion on a pristine Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean...Just the two of you… Promise: what happens on the Island... stays on the Island ;-)

To live your Romance abroad… Let me reveal to you some of our secrets to spice up your holidays with sexy time: Start by a luxury suite with a red touch to set the mood, a Jacuzzi tub or a bath for two filled with delightful rose petals, sprinkle candlelight, champagne for a romantic toast… complete privacy guaranteed! Then celebrate your intimacy and togetherness by choosing a relaxing massage performed simultaneously in a treatment room for couples. Join your exclusive candlelight Bush dinner and experience a unique sleep out under the stars at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in South Africa, for example...

So let’s tempt your senses and add a little extra electricity to your getaway according to my expert advice!

Greed

JOHANNESBURG AND MORE  by Jeff Georges

Welcome to South Africa… Time is money and you hate wasting either, and when you’re on holiday, you want to do as much as you can in the shortest possible time. Well, you just landed in the right place.

What could be more natural than starting your discovery in the largest and wealthiest city in the country: the electrifying Johannesburg?

Greedy for culture, Johannesburg offers fascinating museums and excellent art galleries. So make a stop at the Apartheid Museum, just a few minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, discover the true history of South Africa. Whoever you are, you will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this country, its darkest days and its brightest triumphs.

Are you hungry? I feel your greed for good food. Let’s go; we're within 20 minutes of one of my favourite secret address in town: the DW-Eleven 13 Restaurant. Despite its name (which sounds more like the name of the last sci-fi movie), DW Eleven-13 has recently been awarded the title of Best restaurant in Joburg. Among the daily specials: a warthog pie… is simply Perfect!

The night begins to fall; I suggest we head for the hotel. Don’t worry, I know you're there to do as much as possible. Your hotel is just 10 minutes from here in the vibrant and trendy’s suburb of Melrose Arch. You will find many a place to continue the evening until the early hours should you wish!

So sleep well, while you can? Today, we head north, just 180km. I take you to Ivory Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park and in barely 2 hours and 30 minutes you’ll be in the company of the Big 5.

So how was the game drive? You want to try your hand at the Casino? No problem ... We are only 30 minutes from Sun City... I told you that you landed at the right place ;-)

Wrath

WHEN MOTHER NATURE IS UNLEASHED  by Julie Ponsin

During the 19 century, in the Southern part of Zambia, there lived a tribe called the Makalolo. They called the falls "Mosi-oa-Tunya" the smoke that thunders. And indeed it is...

When we talk about Victoria Falls? The words that come to my mind are: effervescence, turbulence, wrath, fury, rage, storm. Victoria Falls divides Zambia and Zimbabwe and offers a stunning sight. It is absolutely breath-taking, grandiose. As the falls rush over the cliff the nonchalant river is transformed into a ferocious torrent. In some places, the river is classified as "the 5th degree" which means… the limit before impossible; waters classified as "the 6th degree" are considerate as insurmountable. Obviously, the travellers who come here for the first time already know the statistics, 1700m of width and 108m of length, but I think nothing can really describe the total amazement triggered by the vision of the falls. Audible at 40km, they are also visible at more than 20km.

From the edge of the falls the "Danger Point" (which really lives up to its name!) can be observed as a boiling and whirling mass of water at the bottom of the gorge.

At this place, no vegetal reef borders the cliff and we can easily lean over the hollow: a sensation that is as eerie as vertiginous. The most adventurous can live an amazing experience: bungee jumping. Strong emotions are guaranteed! Others can try rafting: helmet, life jackets and inflatable’s: Let’s go! You will have to fight against rapids and billows in the depths of canyon.

No way, you say!? You are not a wimp?

So, are you ready to fight against Mother Nature?

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It's a rock! A peak! A cape! A cape? Forsooth! It's a peninsula! Helene is everyone’s boss. After joining our Incentive Department in 2006 she became a successful FIT Manager. No-one here would dare calling Helene obstinate…even if…but if there are toes not to be stepped on, it’s her’s! Her little weakness? Gastronomy …and wine! Surely through experience that she became a real expert…

Your idea of ultimate luxury ?

Doing what you want, when you want, how you want.

What calms your stress ?

A glass of wine or maybe am I just naturally stressed.

If you win the roulette 9 times in a row, do you carry on because luck is on your side or do you stop playing because statistically you should now be losing ?

I stop and I pretend I'm a F1 Driver and splash out a bottle of champagne!

Is there a superstition that make you change your behaviour ?

Black cats are said to be bad luck. I adopted a black cat. Will keep you posted.

If you were sent to a deserted island what book, disc or movie would you take with?

What kind of real deserted island comprises a CD player and a DVD player...lol

A small pleasure that you consider huge?

Cooking for friends.

Your way to kill time?

I don’t kill time I run after it.

What are you totally incompetent in?

Find the time to go to the hairdresser (no, don’t look at the pictures now please).

To what are you addicted?

Good food.

Your new year’s resolutions?

To go once a week to my pilates class. And YES I stick to it!!!

What have you not done yet, but that you will certainly do one day?

Go to the hairdresser.

To which other part of the world would you move to without any hesitation?

Anywhere I can learn, explore and discover new things.

A word or a phrase that you hate?

Sorry, your luggage weight exceeds the limit.

If you were to reincarnate into someone from real life who would it be?

1/ I don’t believe in reincarnation. 2/ I am not really interested in being someone else.