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Mice Net : February 2010
170 mice.net south africa Nestled on the fringe of South Africa's Sabi Sands Game Reserve on the banks of the Sand River is Londolozi, one of South Africa's most exclusive eco-game reserves. Rennies Travel Destination Management (RTDM) has designed an exclusive Cape Town and Londolozi program that allows small high- end groups to connect with Londolozi's wild inhabitants and enjoy its distinct style of luxury from a superb selection of five luxurious, African themed guest camps set amid lofty trees and sweeping views. Incorporating a three night stay in spectacular Cape Town and onward transfers to the private game reserve, RTDM's Cape Town and Londolozi program features a three-night stay at the game reserve, the first to attain membership status with the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group. Given the Zulu name, 'protector of all living things', Londolozi is famous for sheltering Africa's leopards as well as prides of lion, elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippopotamus, white rhinos and antelope. Its close proximity to Kruger National Park and its own conservation approach -- an ethic now ingrained in South Africa bushveld culture -- guarantees an endless spectacle of wildlife. Executive head of RTDM, Susan van de Merwe says Londolozi promotes the wellbeing of land and its surrounding communities. "Londolozi's distinct blend of luxury and wilderness is unique in itself. Not only does nature interplay with the game reserve's beautiful aesthetic and pristine surroundings, its wilderness setting also complements the wide range of adventure and wellness programs available to guests," she explains. RTDM can package an array of activities for high-end incentives that include specialist leopard safaris, game drives in an open four wheel drive, and interpretive walks as well as excursions into nearby Kruger National Park. The game reserve also features its own Londolozi Life wellness centre, offering exercise equipment, massages and yoga classes. Other luxuries that complement the true bushveld setting include Londolozi's superb bush banquets featuring Pan-African cuisine -- never more appreciated than sitting at an open-air camp fire. At dusk guests can hear the distant prides of lions roar or see the silhouette of the solitary leopard prowl in the riverine, its movements hidden by the bushveld's evening shadows. "At the end of the day each camp plays a pivotal role at dusk," Mrs van de Merwe says. "When the sun begins to set and the bushveld is framed by wildlife silhouettes, guests are found sitting outside on their private decks or by an open-air camp fire enchanted by the afterglow of orange- tinged skies and evening sounds. The highlight of the program is viewing the family-operated game reserve's leopards and understanding the extraordinary relationship the large, free-ranging cats have with the rangers and trackers. Elusive and solitary, the leopards of Londolozi -- now numbering more than 160 -- hunt at night and sleep throughout the day. Often found shirking in dense bush or snoozing high on extended tree branches, guests are rewarded with countless leopard sightings. Rennies Travel was established in 1954 and is the oldest and largest travel company in Southern Africa. Headquartered in Johannesburg, the company's outreach extends to more than 70 locations around the country. In addition, partnerships with leading travel companies in 26 countries on the continent ensure comprehensive regional support. Rennies Travel provides corporate travel management, leisure travel, groups and incentives, conferences and technology solutions. This includes offering clients program innovation and flexibility as well as an exceptional infrastructure and an unrivalled network. Additionally, the highly skilled and creative Rennies Travel Destination Management team is able to design innovative socially responsible incentive programs, facilitate group movements at the airport and deliver on the ground for groups ranging in size from 10 to 1000. This includes providing access to BIDAir Premier Club Lounges at major airports around the region. For further information and customised Cape Town and Londolozi program quotes, contact Nemonic Concepts, which represents Rennies Travel in Australia and New Zealand on 61 2 9526 8519, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nemonic.com.au. WILD SIDE take a walk ON THE RENNIES TRAVEL DESTINATION Management invites you to take a walk on the wild side at Londolozi. "During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There Isaw people of allraces living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country." -- Nelson Mandela.