Jock Safari Lodge has introduced Riverbed Dining as an exciting new dining option. Situated at the confluence of two rivers in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park, the Mitomeni river (Shangaan for ‘Jackalberry Tree’) and Biyamiti river (Shangaan for ‘Place of many Trees’), this unique setting provides the perfect opportunity for guests to enjoy a traditional, barbeque-style feast around a campfire.
The riverbed provides unobstructed views across the wilderness where guests may see game passing by. As the sun sets over the bushveld, a range of gins, champagne, cold beer and a variety of other drinks are on offer to enjoy while watching elephants coming down to the river to drink. Diners may settle into vintage-style canvas safari chairs, or lounge on oversized Persian cushions, relaxing with feet tucked into the clean, sun-baked river sand to enjoy this unforgettable multi-sensory experience.
The chefs dish up delicious and wholesome dishes, including a selection of fresh salads and a variety of meat off the grill. Traditional South African desserts are served out of authentic tin mugs that can be enjoyed while sitting around the campfire, to end the riverbed dining experience on a high note.
Steeped in history, Jock Safari Lodge was the first private concession within South Africa’s largest and most famous national park. It is named after Sir Percy FitzPatrick’s popular book, Jock of the Bushveld, the famous story of the canine hero Jock’s courage and loyalty, set during South Africa’s first gold rush era. Set within 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights, the iconic safari lodge accommodates only 30 guests, in addition to the adjacent family-friendly camp, Fitzpatrick’s, which accommodates six guests. Jock is widely known for its service excellence and warm hospitality, world-class facilities and unforgettable wildlife encounters.
Tintswalo Atlantic has introduced a brand-new lunch experience which is available to non-resident guests on Wednesdays. The Tintswalo Atlantic Where else in the World Wednesday Lunch (WWW Lunch) may be booked in advance and is subject to availability, to a limited number of guests only. Since its relaunch in October 2019, Tintswalo Atlantic is focusing on its resident guests to provide an exclusive lodge-experience for 24 guests. The WWW lunch is therefore the only opportunity for visitors who are not staying over in the hotel, to enjoy a meal at the iconic property. Diners may expect wholesome and fresh, seasonal cuisine and honest, uncomplicated seaside fare served in one of Cape Town’s most unique locations. The cuisine is complimented with a wine list that includes some of South Africa’s best vintages, including top quality local wines from Hout Bay, Constantia and Cape Point wineries. Destined to be one of the most sought-after culinary encounters in Cape Town, the 4-course Tintswalo WWW lunch experience is available every Wednesday at R960 per person.
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Wednesday lunch at Tintswalo Atlantic is a relaxed, unhurried affair which starts with a complimentary welcome drink on the deck where guests may enjoy the magnificent setting and intoxicating sea views. Head Chef Thando Jaxa will be ready at the barbeque station to kickstart the lunch with a traditional South African braai experience. Delicious bites from the grill may include Glazed Lamb Satay with Tzatziki; a Haloumi, Basil and Zucchini Skewer with Roasted Red Pepper & Almond Puree; and Mussel and Crostini Pot served with lemon wedges and herb parmesan.
Next to follow will be a Tapas Platter that will include Seared Tuna with Sesame, Honey & Soy Dressing and Mange Tout & Sweet Corn Salsa, and a Garlic & Thyme Chicken Thigh served with Brown Lentil Cassoulet, Grilled Oyster Mushrooms and Grain Mustard Jus. Vegetarian options include Herb Polenta with Glazed Beetroot, Parsnip & Parsley Mousse and Buttered Edamame.
A multi-sensory experience, guests will be seated on the sprawling wooden deck to inhale the fresh sea breeze at the shoreline. In cooler weather the elegant dining room with its open kitchen enables diners to enjoy an interactive dining experience. Main course options include freshly caught Atlantic Yellow Tail with Carrot & Ginger, Chimichurri Gnocchi and Sautéed Fennel; Parmesan & Thyme Crusted Beef Fillet with Potato Fondant, Burnt Baby Onions, Asparagus Spears and Coffee Jus; or Harissa Cous Cous with King Oyster Mushroom, Peas, Garlic Pak Choi, Confit Baby Tomatoes and Herb Beurre Blanc.
Lunch ends on another high note with Traditional Malva Pudding with Malva Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. This is followed by tea/coffee and friandise of Banoffee Bites or Hazelnut Truffles, before departing guests have the opportunity to participate in a special Tintswalo Atlantic farewell custom that was started by the owners of Tintswalo, the Corbett/Goosen family. Tintswalo is a magical place and so guests are invited to make their own, personal wish by casting a smooth pebble into the ocean, leaving only good thoughts and memories behind, and taking this special memory away with them.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE WITH BOUCHARD FINLAYSON NATURE WALKS & WINE IN THE VALLEY THAT IS ‘HEAVEN ON EARTH’
Bouchard Finlayson is gearing up for the summer festive season with a range of experiences on offer to guests visiting the wine estate outside Hermanus. Activities include Guided Nature Walks led by the legendary Frank Woodvine, Bouchard Finlayson’s resident amateur botanist.
As a WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Conservation Champion, Bouchard Finlayson is known not only for its award-winning wines, but also for its focus on conservation and sustainability. In line with this eco-friendly ethos, more than 100 hectares of fynbos is protected within the magnificent Hemel-en-Aarde Valley estate. Guided walks offer guests the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Bouchard Finlayson and to learn more about the rich Cape Floral Kingdom, including some of the 330 plant species that have been identified on the estate.
A choice of three different Walking Trails are offered, ranging from 45 minutes to two and a half hours. (R400 for up to six people) Guided walks are subject to availability and require booking at least seven days in advance. The nature trails are also available to hikers to use free of charge, after they have collected maps and signed indemnity forms at the cellar door.
After an invigorating walk, guests may return to the tasting room where Bouchard Finlayson’s range of wines are available for tasting. Cellar tours are also available by prior reservation. (R60 per person). Delicious Deli Platters can be pre-ordered (R260 for 2 people sharing) to be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the vineyards, or in the atmospheric cellar in cooler weather. Bouchard Finlayson welcomes families with children too and snack boxes are available for children (R70 each), in addition to colouring-in pages and wax crayons. There are rolling lawns for children to run around and kick a ball, while the fountain in the courtyard with koi carp fish is guaranteed to entertain the little ones for hours on end while adults enjoy wine tasting.
Wine tastings are offered showcasing the latest vintages, ranging from the ultimate summer wines: white blend Blanc de Mer 2018; Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017, to the Chardonnays that Bouchard Finlayson is famous for: Sans Barrique Chardonnay 2018; Kaaimansgat/Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay 2017 and Missionvale Chardonnay 2017. Red wines include Bouchard Finlayson’s famed red blend, the Hannibal 2017 and the 2018 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, the estate’s award-winning flagship red wine – first created by Peter Finlayson, the founder of Bouchard Finlayson who is also widely known as the pioneer of Pinot Noir in South Africa. (Cost: taste three wines R30 per person; six wines R60 per person)
Tintswalo Atlantic has won the coveted 2020 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence in the category of Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Occasions in the Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean and Middle East region.
Condé Nast Johansens is a global collection of luxury hotels, spas and venues approved by local experts from the publishers of Vogue, GQ and Condé Nast Traveller. Created to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the hotels, spas and venues within the collection, the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence are a trusted mark of quality, recognised by luxury consumers and travel professionals alike. The 2020 Annual Awards for Excellence winners were determined by the combined results of online voting, guest feedback and local expert reports.
Tintswalo Atlantic is the perfect venue for a magnificent destination wedding and is popular for special celebrations too. These include milestone birthday parties and executive launches and corporate events, as well as honeymoons, anniversaries and babymoon breakaways.
Renowned as one of Cape Town’s most precious hidden gems, the 5-star boutique lodge is positioned on a pebbled beach at the foot of Chapman’s Peak within the Table Mountain National Park. Twelve island themed suites include a luxurious 2-bedroom Presidential suite. Individually decorated with romantic touches, all suites have a lounge area with wood burning fireplace, spacious en-suite bathroom and a private terrace right on the water’s edge.
Tintswalo Atlantic is a gourmet destination of note, complete with a wine cellar offering the Cape’s finest vintages, including from nearby wine estates of Constantia, Hout Bay and Cape Point. Sourcing local and sustainable ingredients is key to the wholesome cuisine that features fresh seafood, vegetarian and ethically sourced game and meat dishes.
The entire lodge may be booked for weddings and private events. A variety of wedding packages are offered, ranging from custom-made small, intimate weddings, to grand 2-day or 3-day Destination Weddings for up to 120 guests. Tintswalo Atlantic is hailed as one of the most romantic destinations in all of Southern Africa and is a popular honeymoon destination. Exclusive, luxurious and private – there simply is no other place quite like it.