News from Botsebotse Luxury Retreat – December 2013
Most of you know that the Waterberg region - our little piece of heaven here in the Limpopo Province - is best known for its scenic, malaria-free bushveld; its sub-tropical climate that averages 286 sunny days a year; its abundance of game including the Big 5; some of the best golf that South Africa has to offer and then off course - last but not least - affable folk like us! This year our usual September rain was late and with great concern we had to watch the dry, dusty winter earth become completely parched. After some serious rain dancing (but unfortunately no weight loss) by all of our participating staff members, we can report that recent showers have soaked into the landscape and that it is now a glorious shade of green. We look forward to the thrilling late-afternoon thunderstorms with their awe-inspiring displays of lightning and buckets of pelting rain, followed by days bursting with sunshine and clear blue skies. I am sure most of you will agree that nothing beats that refreshing scent of a revived bush veld and the comical antics of the animals and their young after the welcome showers.
To those of you who have remained in touch with us over the years and have become part of the growing Botsebotse family – take a look at http://www.travelopulentbox.com and give yourselves the chance to win our generous accommodation prize. We’d love to see you again and appreciate your comments and photos on Facebook and would welcome the opportunity to have you back with us.
We have had the exciting opportunity to host a number of journalists and photographers. Local and ‘lekker’ Fatima Jakoet of Getaway magazine and Yolande Marais from De Kat magazine were here. Yvan Rodic and Mari Campos were our international visitors. Talk about hectic, inspiring and keeping us on our toes!
Yvan is a Swiss street-style photographer who worked with Marie Claire magazine during SA Fashion Week. It was like chalk and cheese comparing him with the local talent in their khakis and ‘vellies’. We loved the energy he brought – from his trendy ‘cool safari outfits’ to his very, open approach towards everyone he met during his stay with us. You can view his captivating photos of Jozi and Cape Town at http://yvanrodic.com - they are truly stunning. His Botsebotse photos will be used for an article that Marie Claire will feature on Botsebotse.
Mari Campos a renowned travel writer and top luxury-travel blogger from Brazil also visited Botsebotse. Her regular articles in high-end magazines and newspapers in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and China have a large travel audience. Mari’s most favourite thing about South Africa was the safaris - she loved the Mabula sunset game drive and was delighted with the personalised notes from Botsebotse’s staff that she received each night at turndowns. You can view Mari’s photos and read more about her Botsebotse experience on her webpage: http://www.maricampos.com. If it were not for the Labola (dowry) of a 100 cows, six giraffes, 12 zebras and 20 kudus, she would have taken the entire Botsebotse team back home to Brazil with her!
We have done quite a bit of work to ensure our décor remains fresh and interesting and to keep the boutique feel of Botsebotse up to date. The remodelled Marula room is now fuchsia pink and khaki. This brings in a bush feel with a funky difference. To turn up the drama in the Thanda room we have added extra-opulent touches and we have introduced some cosy elements to the Money Mask and Calabash rooms. The outdoor area has been spiced up with two extra outdoor gazebos, lime-green dining chairs and neonorange loungers - all ready and waiting for you! If you are curious to see what we have done – please come and see for yourself. With our super, new rate structure with an even-better weekday rate – we’re sure you will approve.
It was time to treat the property to a new website too. Through the lens of Kerry de Bruyn you will be able to view a spruced-up Botsebotse and we are delighted to introduce you to our new-look website. Thank you Kerry we love your photos of Botsebotse - our “beautiful and graceful homestead”.
We look forward to hearing from you all and to welcoming new guests to the Botsebotse family over this festive time of the year. Balmy evenings, perfect for dining under a starry sky, and the many newly born offspring that promise to entertain during the day, help create a romantic bush holiday. This is what memories are made of... Untill we meet again The Botsebotse Team
52 Zebula Nature Reserve and Golf Estate, Bela-Bela, Waterberg Region, Limpopo, 0480 Tel: +27 (0) 82 779 6730 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: BotsebotseReservations Enter through the Zebula Gate: GPS S 24° 45.905 E 27° 56.973 From the Zebula gate to Botsebotse: GPS S 24° 45.102 E 27° 58.442