Great Escapes

Need a break after the doom and gloom of 2020 and Covid-19? Here are some fabulous, affordable destinations and experiences, be it for a delicious dining experience, a quick rejuvenating weekend getaway or a proper relaxing holiday.


Break away with a post-Covid summer special to Kagga Kamma in the Cederberg 


Think Kagga Kamma and one thinks of unique ‘cave suites’ in the rugged beauty and fresh air of the Cederberg. Now, to help beat away those Covid lockdown blues of the past months, Kagga Kamma is offering a summer special of R2,020 per person, per night, midweek between 1 December 2020 and 5 January 2021.


Kagga Kamma invites you to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Reserve. Not only do they offer guests spectacular scenery and absolute tranquillity, but also unique accommodation, South African cuisine and fascinating tours and activities.


The Cederberg area is unique in that it comprises an untouched Karoo-like wilderness where guests will find beautiful wildflowers and small critters that are scarcely seen in other parts of the country. Kagga Kamma is equally unique in that it offers guests experiences and facilities that are close to nature. Accommodation types vary from their unique “Cave” Suites, the Star Suite and Sky Suite Open Air Rooms and spacious Hut Suites.


Visitors can also enjoy unique excursions and fun activities such as rock art tours, guided nature drives and quad bike adventures, hiking trails and stargazing at the mini observatory. Far away from the city lights, in a vast open space where rock formations frame the horizon, this is a place where lovers of nature can experience a truly unique environment.


Now you can shrug off the woes of 2020 and step out into nature to experience a unique holiday; under clear skies, surrounded by fascinating rock formations and a galaxy of stars so close you can almost touch it. Kagga Kamma will also be hosting a Christmas Dinner – 5 course plated dinner; Kagga Kamma Chef’s favourite feast – and a New Year’s Eve Dinner – 5 course plated dinner; bringing 2020 to a close in style.


The summer stay at Kagga Kamma is valid between 1 December 2020 and 05 January 2021, for midweek stays only. The itinerary for a one-night stay is as follows:


Day 1 – Arrival and check-in to Standard Cave or Hut Suite; Summer Feet – mini foot massage for him and/or mini foot massage with toenail paint for her, including one summer cocktail per person; fynbos gin tasting including three fynbos gin pairings with a selection of nibbles; Khari Khari mini golf; one course dinner at the Open Air Boma; hot chocolate and treat at the Open Air Boma; stay over in ultimate comfort.


Day 2 – Hot or continental breakfast at the Main Lodge Restaurant; checkout.


Optional add-ons that guests can select include one-hour quad bike adventures at R300 per adult; a 20-minute back and neck massage at R280 per person; or an eyebrow tint and shape at R100 per person. Remember, kids under the age of 12 sharing with an adult in a Hut Suite, stay for free.


Sit down to a sumptuous meal with Chef’s Warehouse at the edge of the ocean


Those familiar with the Chef’s Warehouse concept of fine dining establishments, will be pleased to learn that the latest addition to the Chef’s Warehouse stable is the new Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean below Chapman’s Peak overlooking Hout Bay.


The new restaurant opened on 2 November in a joint venture partnership between Liam Tomlin, creator of Chef’s Warehouse, and Tintswalo. Liam first opened Banc restaurant in Sydney in 1997 where he garnered many accolades including 3 Chef Hats. Relocating to South Africa in 2003, he consulted to various projects within the hospitality industry and in 2010 opened Chefs Warehouse and Cookery School, Cape Town. In 2014 the concept was changed, and Chefs Warehouse and Canteen began serving fine-dining quality global tapas.


In 2016 Liam opened Thali, a ‘modern Indian’ restaurant with Dimo Papachristodoulou and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia with Ivor Jones offering the same ‘Tapas for 2’ menu as his other restaurants. The following year Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek) opened with David Schneider leading the kitchen. Next Liam opened Jewells at the Spice Route, Paarl together with Tina and Neil Jewell. Liam has also recently partnered with Victoria Engelhorn opening Brugarol in Barcelona, headed up by Angelo Scirocco (Urbanologi, Chefs Warehouse, Test Kitchen). Now the latest addition is Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic.


“When I first walked into this incredible space, I knew that a Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic was a no brainer. This location is surely one of the best dining rooms in South Africa, if not the entire world. It is a dream come true to have a Chefs Warehouse not only close to, but right on the ocean, to complete our package of restaurants in the Cape winelands and the city,” says Liam.


Their contemporary tapas is a set menu of small plates for sharing in 4 courses. Liam says they choose ingredients that are fresh, local and sustainable paying homage to the ocean at their doorstep. They also offer a vegetarian menu. As with their sister restaurants, oysters and risotto are always on our menu.


Lisa Goosen, the owner and CEO of Tintswalo says it was a natural evolution for Tintswalo Atlantic to join forces with a like-minded team who will take its restaurant to the next level.


FedAir offers SA residents a 50% discount to safari landing strips as part of revolutionary new approach


Who said 2020 and to coronavirus only brought doom and gloom? One positive spin-off has been that, given the immense loss of business in the tourism sector, tourism-related businesses have been trying hard to recapture lost market share by offering handsomely discounted packages to domestic South African tourists.


The latest to make available hugely discounted packages to locals, is Federal Airlines, or FedAir.

FedAir has announced what it calls a revolutionary new approach to meet customer needs and market demands. It has introduced reduced South African resident fares starting from R2,850 per person (one-way flight from Johannesburg) directly to a number of landing strips within the Sabi Sand, Madikwe, Northern Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Hoedspruit lodges and Garonga. This amounts to a discount of approximately 50% of the 2020 low season fares.


Mark Hurst, group CEO of Solenta Aviation and incoming CEO of Federal Airlines, says that FedAir’s customer fares are being made simple and flexible as a future game changer within the luxury safari lodge shuttle and charter airline business.


‘We are learning to say yes. Covid-19 has caused significant disruption within the tourist and travel industry, but it has also created new opportunities for us. Our aim is to make the business more dynamic, more customer orientated and more flexible’, he says.


With immediate effect, the cancellation policy of Federal Airlines has been adjusted to be more flexible and customer orientated, offering free cancellations up to 15 days prior to departure date. There will be no charges for any changes made to FedAir bookings and clients may have unlimited changes at no cost.


‘In addition, our 2021 fares will be reset to the 2020 low season fares and we have removed all seasonality rates, offering the same low season fare throughout the 2021 year. We look forward to assisting every traveller to reach their lodge destination in a comfortable, efficient and professional manner, with our daily shuttle services from OR Tambo International Airport to the Sabi Sand, Timbavati/Kruger region, the Madikwe Game Reserves and our restarted inter-lodge flights between the safari camps, from 1 December 2020’, Hurst concluded.


The Private Charter division of Federal Airlines will continue to offer customised, exclusive charter flights to meet personal schedules and requirements as required.