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Great reasons to head to Mont Rochelle this summer
With beautiful views and extensive grounds, the summer is one of the best times to experience Mont Rochelle.
- Taste of MIKO: Experience our most-loved dishes with the new ‘Taste of Miko’ menu. Available for lunch or dinner, this 5-course feast, curated by Miko’s Head Chef, Shane Louw showcases South African and International dishes that the restaurant is famed for. Guests can look forward to dishes including Cape Malay spiced prawns, beef fillet withbone marrow and mustard crust, and chocolate fondant with Frangelico ice cream.
Diners also have the option to pair the menu with Mont Rochelle wines, which have been specially selected by the estate’s winemaker Dustin Osborne.
R550 per person, or R750 with wine pairings.
- Grab a basket: With over 100 acres to explore, picnicking is one of the best ways to see the estate. Choose a freshly prepared basket of goodies from the Country Kitchen and find a secluded corner to enjoy with someone special.
- ‘Wine’ down: Tastings are available daily until 6pm, so make the most of long summer afternoons at the Country Kitchen where you can enjoy mountain views with a chilled glass of Mont Rochelle Sauvignon Blanc.
- Stay a little longer: There’s no better time to plan a staycation, as South African residents will be treated to 30% off published rates when booking a stay at Mont Rochelle this summer*.
- * The South African residents offer is available for new bookings arriving before 31st August 2019 (excluding 22nd December 2018 – 1st January 2019, and 31st March 2019 – 15th April 2019)
www.virginlimitededition.com for more details.
La Petite Ferme launches boutique Function Venue & Tasting Room
La Petite Ferme has just launched a beautifully designed private venue to ensure you make the most of your meetings and celebrations. The Wine Tasting Lounge with its conference table and intimate reception area, make for a welcoming atmosphere with artful décor details lending elegance and warmth to the space.
The Wine Tasting Lounge can be used for a variety of events, from small formal dinners to intimate celebrations. The space is an ideal function room for executive business meetings and small conferences for up to 10 pax and boasts a modern audio visual system, perfect for presentations.
The event space can be booked on an exclusive basis with full and half day packages starting from R1,500per person.
The Conference Package includes venue hire, audiovisual equipment, notebooks and pens, mints and mineral water.
Optional extras on bespoke basis include :
Mid-morning refreshment break
Lunch – 2/3 course set menu or a la carte for smaller groups
Mid-afternoon refreshment break
Mid-afternoon refreshment break with cake and pastries
Late afternoon wine tasting with savory snacks as option.
Contact for bookings or additional information +27(0)21 876 3016
Wilderness Feature: Four Pools In Paradise…
By Nirvani Pillay
Senses alive, you breathe in the fragrant African scent with its hint of wild sage, and hear a tropical boubou calling from high above; crane your neck to spot it, squinting as the sun peeps through the branches of giant Albida trees. A nearby rustle of leaves reveals a bull elephant stretching upwards for a ripe ana pod to snack on. The earth around is thirsty for the first rains as hundreds of pregnant impalas delay the birth of their young in anticipation. Eland dart across the now dry swamp and leave behind a shallow dust cloud. Cameras at the ready… there might be a predator lurking nearby too.
Mana means ‘four’ and is named after the surrounding pools: Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk. A World Heritage Site, Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe’s most pristine national parks. As sentimentality goes, Wilderness Safaris’ newest camp is named after Chief Chikwenya who is buried on Chikwenya Island – a short paddle away from the mainland where Chikwenya sits on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Opulent yet humble and charming, Chikwenya Camp is the essence of southern Africa’s luxury ecotourism success. The quaint camp provides the perfect ambience to reconnect with nature and with yourself. An absence of unnatural sounds is undoubtedly a pure boost of endorphins. Pre-dawn, multiple bird species gently wake you from restful slumber. A cup of coffee and a muffin prepare you for your morning game drive just as the sun is rising over the horizon. There is a morning coolness which blesses you with gentle wildlife and your mind goes into bush mode; identify the spoor, make assumptions on its path, read the behaviour of plains game or the raucous chatter of Chacma baboons. There is a sentinel, an alarm call and then a fierce outburst as babies are underbelly (rather than over) for protection. The elusive predator remains unseen.
Stop for coffee, a rusk and a pee-behind-a-safe-tree before heading back. Brunch is served under another giant Albida tree, with bubbly. Bliss has never tasted this good. A gentle drive back to camp for a siesta and reprieve from the heat of the day, before tea and a boat drive on the Zambezi River to catch a tiger fish and watch a mesmerising sunset. Dinner under the open night sky completes the day. This is Mana Pools!
Visit www.wilderness-safaris.com to book Chikwenya Camp