Nkomazi Private Game Reserve is above the banks of the Komati River in Mpumalanga, with 14 900ha of protected habitat under conservation. Travellers can try to spot 300 bird species, four of the Big Five game, and learn about the endangered cheetah. There are 14 hand-crafted luxury tents with river or reserve views. Amenities include king or twin size beds, luxury 300-thread count cotton linen, an outside bath and shower and a private sun deck with a plunge pool. Activities include birding safaris, guided nature walks, stargazing, fly fishing, and spa treatments at the River Retreat Spa.
See www.newmarkhotels.com/ places/ reserves/nkomazi-private-gamereserve/
Muse Restaurant in Gqeberha is owned and run by Allan and Simone Bezuidenhout. Muse offers Nouvelle cuisine. The restaurant is all about relaxed fine dining with the focus being on reinventing and modernising classic comfort meals. Located at 1B Stanley Street, Richmond Hill, Gqeberha. Visit www.muserestaurant.co.za
Plan a Moz getaway
Currency: Mozambican metical; the South African rand and US dollar are accepted in most parts of the country. The appeal: Travel by plane or plan an epic road trip to Mozambique from South Africa. Dip your feet in white sand beaches and dine on fresh seafood. Where to go: Southern parts of Mozambique, like Maputo, Inhambane, Ponta d’ouro, and Vilanculos, are popular with South Africans. At Ponta de Ouro, unwind at the beach, scuba dive or visit the Dolphin Encounters Research Centre. Or spend a few days in Maputo, the capital. Visit the Tunduru Botanical Gardens and Catedral de Maputo.
What you need to know before you go Travellers need to produce negative polymerase chain reaction (Pcr)-based Covid-19 test results. The tests need to be taken 72 hours before your trip. According to mz.usembassy.gov, if you do not produce a PCR test, you will undergo a 10-day self-quarantine.
After quarantine you will need to pass a second Pcr-based Covid-19 test to confirm or deny negative test results. There is no visa requirement for South Africans if their stay does not exceed more than 30 days. Some other destinations will require a visa to enter. Once at the destination, the wearing of masks and social distancing are mandatory. A negative Covid-19 test may be required by the airline and/or destination country before you arrive back in South Africa.
Those embarking on self-drives need to produce a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test result on arrival. They do not need to produce one when driving back to South Africa if their stay is under 14 days.