Western Cape


This week the TOMSA/Sunday Times Finders Keepers team experienced the magnificence of the Western Cape. The team enjoyed the immaculate TOMSA levy 5 star hospitality establishments of The Turbine Hotel & Spa in Knysna; and the stylishly renovated Rosenhof Country House in Oudtshoorn. They also stayed at proud TOMSA levy contributors Aloe Ridge Guest Farm – a self-catering establishment on the banks of the meandering Breede River, as well as City Lodge Hotel GrandWest in Cape Town.

On the activity front, the team embarked on a magnificent Tstsikamma forest canopy tour provided by Stormsriver Adventures, white water rafting on the Breede River with Felix Unite River Adventures, as well as ostrich riding at Cango Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn.

For you to get a bonus entry towards the grand prize (R1 m), all you have to do is take a picture of yourself at any TOMSA Levy Contributing business (car rental, Accommodation, tour operator, attraction & travel agency). The name of the business must appear in the picture for you to qualify for the bonus entry. Visit www.tomsa.co.za to see the list of TOMSA levy contributor businesses across the country.

Weekly prizes

This week's fabulous holiday prizes from a TOMSA levy contributor for a family of four are as follows:

Rosenhof Country House
Luxury accommodation for 4 people in 2 rooms, including full English breakfast, 5-course dinner with wine, welcome drink & canapes on arrival

White Shark Diving
Shark diving and viewing trip for 2 adults and 2 children

Felix Unite River Adventures
Self-catering weekend stay for 2 adults and 2 children sharing at Aloe Ridge Guest House, including a Breede River rafting day trip

Bidvest Car Rental
3 day weekend car hire

Protea Hotel Saldanah Bay
2-night stay for 2 adults, including breakfast

City Lodge Hotel GrandWest
2-night stay for 2 adults and 2 children sharing at any hotel in the City Lodge Hotel Group

Storms River Adventures
A treetop canopy tour for 2 adults and 2 children in the Tsitsikamma Forest – 2,5 to 3 hours

Simply register and answer three out of the five questions correctly and your details will automatically be entered into the weekly draw for the fabulous holidays, as well as into the main draw to win one million rand in cash. Winners of the above holiday prizes will be notified this week and their names published in the Sunday Times on 4 Sept.

Southern Sun The Cullinan is a premier hospitality destination offering grand hotel accommodation in the heart of Cape Town just moments from the Waterfront.
Our award-winning hotel is located in one of Cape Town’s most sought after areas, within easy reach of the renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Long Street and other popular landmarks.
The hotel offers guests a choice of 394 superbly appointed en-suite rooms, each tastefully furnished and designed for maximum comfort. Classically styled and indulgent, yet incorporating world-class amenities with contemporary emphasis, Southern Sun The Cullinan is beautifully designed. The colonial architecture of the building is reflected throughout the hotel, with high ceilings, a balconied mezzanine level, and soaring columns around the pool area.
Guests have access to a host of services and amenities, including the large outdoor heated pool with its spacious deck, a fully equipped fitness centre, conference facilities, great dining at The Peach Tree Restaurant, light meals and delicious cocktails at Stella Café & Bar and much more.
Web address: https://www.tsogosun.com/the-cullinan

Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay is one of our guests' most-loved properties in Saldanha. The Protea Hotel occupies a waterfront position overlooking Saldanha Bay, and is just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. It features a 180 degree view from the lounge overlooking the bay, a pool and free Wi-Fi. All of Hotel Protea’s spacious guest rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, desks, reading lights, telephone and hairdryer. In addition, all bedrooms offer sea views. The Mussel Cracker Restaurant overlooks the bay and serves a diverse a la carte menu with occasional buffets. Jacobs Anchorage Cocktail Bar and Lounge also offers panoramic sea views and serves bar meals, cocktails, hot drinks and sandwiches. The hotel has many recreation facilities, including an outdoor pool, a volleyball court and mini-golf course. Saldanha Bay is is a popular location for fishing and for watersport enthusiasts. Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay is 80 minutes' drive from Cape Town. This property is also rated for the best value in Saldanha! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
Contact details: 022 714 1264
Email address: resapenp@sbbh.co.za
Web address: www.proteahotel.com

White shark projects

White Shark Projects Shark cage diving in Gansbaai with White Shark Projects can provide you with a unique opportunity to witness the wonder of the Great White Shark in a safe and professional environment. White Shark Projects is a renowned global research organisation which, founded in 1989, is totally dedicated to the conservation of these magnificent ocean predators. White Shark Projects supports sustainable job creation and upliftment projects, as well as fostering ecological awareness among surrounding communities. We feel a sense of responsibility to educate communities on how to love, respect and conserve their habitat and our planet as a whole – conservation through education is our aim. Exceptional, professional and personalised service coupled with extensive industry knowledge make White Shark Projects the sustainable choice for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will captivate your imagination! “We’ll take you on an adrenalin-surging adventure experience in the heart of the world’s Great White Shark mecca that will leave you in awe of these gliding torpedoes of power. You will also come away knowing a lot more about sharks and what we do to aid their conservation. We encourage you to experience the magic of the Great White Shark and contribute to their conservation.”

Check out the awesome Kayak & Lilo adventure activity in Storms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma National Park. Get a sneak peak into the stunning views up the Storms River and see the adventure you're in for when you choose to Kayak and Lilo!

Contact number: 042 2811 836
Email Address: adventure@gardenroute.co.za

The Turbine Hotel and Spa is a boutique 5 star hotel in Knysna which offers guests luxurious accommodation options, exceptional cuisine, stunning panoramas, and a range of world-class facilities – all in all, a unique holiday experience. This exceptional boutique hotel in Knysna is situated on the picturesque Thesen Island, within the scenic Knysna estuary, a location which is considered by many to be one of the most the prestigious on the Garden Route. The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed an old power station into a unique 5 star boutique Knysna hotel. All the old machinery which was used in this power station has been loving restored and forms an integral part of the hotels aesthetics. The hotel offers guests a choice of seventeen standard rooms, six luxury rooms, a honeymoon suite, and a self-catering Water Club apartment. Each of the rooms provide luxurious amenities such as a flat screen TV, Wi-fi, a fully-stocked mini bar, and a tea and coffee station. The 90-seater Island Cafe restaurant at the Turbine Hotel and Spa overlooks the stunning canal, and serves up extraordinary dishes from a diverse a la carte menu. The Tapas and Bar Deck, on the other hand, allows guests to enjoy watching the sun go down, whilst sipping on something from the extensive drinks menu, and filling up on a wide variety of bite-sized snacks. Also featured on-site is the recently established Col'caccio pizzeria, which produces mouth-watering Italian cuisine. The Amani Spa is one of the finest on the Garden Route, offering guests a wide variety of relaxing treatments: massages, facials, hydrotherapy treatments, and more. Another popular feature of the Turbine Hotel and Spa is the Turbine Water Club, which has partnered with prominent adventure companies to provide guests with the best Knysna water-based activities, including pontoon cruises, fishing charters, eco-safaris and kayak hire.
Contact Number: +27 (0)62 403 0493
Email: reservations@turbinehotel.co.za
Website: http://www.turbinehotel.co.za/

Rosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The carefully renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. The lovely rose garden, which gave Rosenhof its name, leads to stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished. All rooms provide air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, mini bar and tea trays. The two Executive Suites each have their own pool, lounge and patio, with tranquil views of the Swartberg Mountain.Rosenhof has a cosy pub and several luxury lounges with fireplaces where visitors can relax and admire works from well-known South African artists. In summer, cool down in the pool or take tea in the manicured gardens. The Wellness Center offers a fully equipped gym, sauna and a beauty clinic. With its luxurious facilities and excellent service, Rosenhof is recognized as one of the finest establishments in the region. TGCSA 5-Star Country House
Contact Number: +27 44 272 2232
Email: rosenhof@xsinet.co.za
Website: www.rosenhof.co.za

Felix Unite River Adventures - Breede river trips are great outdoor adventure getaways for couples, families and individuals, only 2.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town and we supply 5-star bush cuisine, comfortable chalet accommodation en-suite and much, much more… Felix Unite River Adventures has been taking clients on river trips for over 26 years.
Contact Number: +27 87 354 0578
Email: reservations@felix.co.za / megan@felix.co.za
Website: www.felixunite.com

Our City Lodge Hotel GrandWest is themed in the original Cape Dutch style of architecture, in keeping with its location within the GrandWest Casino Complex. This convenient location affords guests easy access to all of the Casino Resort’s attractions, including a cinema complex, ice-rink, restaurants, bars, gaming tables and slot machines, as well as a fully kitted out kids entertainment area. This 176 room strong hotel is also only 20 minutes away from Cape Town International Airport, the city centre and the famous V&A Waterfront.
Contact Number: +27 21 535 3611
Email: clgw.resv@clhg.com

At Bidvest Car Rental, our people understand that whether you are on business or on holiday, every minute of your journey is important to you, and time is precious. The ones that put these words into action are our invaluable staff, they are the people that make every minute count. Adding value to the lives of our customers and working hard.
We recently gave each staff member a pair of comfy, good-to-go running shoes, to avoid sore feet, and of course, to keep our customers on the move.
The Bidvest Car Rental staff are acutely aware that the traveller wants to get to their destination as quickly and painlessly as possible. In their eyes, travellers are busy people who are on their way to a big meeting, or a small meeting that’s part of something big, or a long awaited holiday, or to see friends and family.
Bidvest Car Rental sees it as more than just transport, more than A to B, it’s part of a bigger journey that each and every customer is going through. Call it a business partnership, a friendship, at minimum it’s an understanding that the customer’s time counts.
Travelling and logistics is about time and efficiency, but it’s also about understanding our customer and ensuring we make a difference in the time people spend with us.
Contact Number: 0861017722
Website: www.bidvestcarrental.co.za