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Florian Gast

Dutch architecture in style

APRIL 2013 – Hawksmoor House offers an unspoilt, authentic country-house experience, and guests enjoy free run of the property. Hawksmoor House is a meticulously restored original 18th-century Cape Dutch country retreat set on a 220-hectare wine farm, Matjieskuil, in the Cape Winelands. With views of the surrounding farmlands and Table Mountain in the distance, Hawksmoor House …

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Liquid assets

APRIL 2013 – Investing in wine gives buying expensive bottles a total new angle. Less than a decade ago, a South African wine retailing for more than R500 per bottle would have been almost inconceivable. Nowadays, the numbers of individual labels that comfortably exceed that mark are legion – Ernie Els, Vergelegen V, Waterford’s The …

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A time-honoured glimpse of South Africa by rail

APRIL 2013 – There are few chances in life to step out of modern-day reality and into something a little more romantic, more luxurious and, ultimately, more memorable. Rovos Rail, with its luxurious restored steam trains, superb on-board cuisine and unparalleled elegance, is just that: an unforgettable experience. From the moment you board to the moment …

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Elemental Africa

APRIL 2013 – Pushing the boundaries of dramatic architectural design while bringing guests to the forefront of nature, this award-winning game lodge within the Sabi Sands Reserve is an unforgettable, seriously luxe bolt hole. Earth Lodge is literally sculpted into the earth so that it is almost invisible until arrival – a reflection of its sensitive …

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