A Zulu Love Letter
Welcome to the 6th issue of our Newsletter, bringing you good wishes across the miles plus our latest news from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Traditionally, Zulu love letters are messages woven in beads by Zulu maidens and sent as symbols of love or affection, and each colour means something – white for purity, black for missing you, green for pining and red for love. Ethos Marketing is very proud to represent a number of fantastic properties in KwaZulu-Natal that complement each other perfectly and form the core of our Zulu Route. Properties include:
• Cathedral Peak Hotel – Drakensberg Mountains
• Fordoun Hotel & Spa – Midlands Meander
• Isandlwana Lodge – Battlefields
• Ghost Mountain Inn –Zululand/ Elephant Coast
• Amakhosi Safari Lodge – Zululand
• Pakamisa Private Game Reserve – Zululand
KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is the perfect family getaway for the upcoming June half term (first week of June) or the July/August 2012 UK Summer Holidays.
Not only is KwaZulu-Natal the warmest place in South Africa between July and September, with hot sunny days ideal for outdoor adventure and activity for the whole family – but it offers some of the best off-peak rates you will find anywhere in the country! The evenings can be a little chilly so visitors are advised to pack warm jumpers for activities like evening game drives – but this is also the best time of the year for prime game viewing in KwaZulu-Natal!
Ethos Marketing’s KwaZulu-Natal based properties welcome children and have come together to create some fantastic “Family Fun under the Zulu Sun” offers based on travel between 1 – 10 June and between 23 July and 31 August 2012.
During these dates, KIDS STAY FREE when travelling with two adults. Plus kids can look forward to learning while they play on activities like “Grubby Bug” walks or taking a Zulu village tour to meet other children to see how they live and learn. Properties such as Ghost Mountain Inn and Cathedral Peak also have great facilities for youngsters plus a programme of activities that will appeal to young and old. We also highly recommend a beach add on as the province has some of the best sandy beaches you will find anywhere with warm waters for swimming and surfing!
Ghost Mountain Inn is situated at the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain and is undoubtedly Zululand’s finest Country Inn. This 4-star family owned and run hotel boasts 50 elegant rooms with private patios leading on to extensive gardens.
SPECIAL OFFER: Children under 12 stay FREE when sharing with 2 Adults in the June Half Term and UK Summer School Holidays. Children aged 13 – 16 pay just R280 (about £24) per night Bed and Breakfast.
Both the Garden rooms and the Suite offer comfortable pull out sofas for children. Single rooms are not ideal for sharing with children as space is more limited.
Ghost Mountain makes its youngest visitors feel welcome with Kids sheets on the beds, a Kiddies Menu, a playground and games room with snooker and darts for older kids. Children are welcome to join safaris and boat trips and resident guide Jean will arrange Grubby Bug walks for the kids, where they go on an ‘insect safari’. Baby-sitting facilities are available to give parents some down time.
One of South Africa’s premier family resorts, this family-owned hotel has been refurbished to an impressive 4 star standard and boasts stunning grounds with some of the best views of the famous Drakensberg mountains. Loads of activities for the whole family including hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, tennis, squash, bowls, 9-hole golf course, heated and cold swimming pools, fly fishing, quad biking, climbing wall, helicopter sightseeing and lots more. Kids will love the games room, playground and mini golf!
SPECIAL OFFER: Children under the age of 6 years old STAY FREE when sharing with two adults in the June Half term (June 4th until Friday June 8th) and UK Summer holidays (July 23rd until Friday, August 31 but EXCLUDING 8 – 11 AUGUST 2012).
Additionally, book 3 nights on your STO contracted rates and receive a further 10% discount.
Fordoun is an oasis of relaxation and sensory bliss on the popular Nottingham Road section of the Midlands Meander. This five star Boutique Hotel boasts luxuriously appointed rooms, friendly service and a superior fine dining restaurant.
In addition to the extensive range of Dermalogica/Mamma Mio/and Africology treatments on offer at the spa, guests can also have a consultation with Director at Fordoun, Dr Elliot Ndlovu – the country’s leading expert on Zulu traditional healing and indigenous plants. In addition to being a Sangoma (Spiritual Healer) and Inyanga (Medicinal Healer), Elliot also offers cultural tours to his rural Kamberg village, where children can meet local Zulu kids. Cultural Tours cost R550 per adult, which includes transport, and any accompanying children are free of charge.
Although Fordoun does not cater specifically to children they are welcomed warmly and will enjoy the peaceful farm setting with space to run, breathe and play – as well as explore the surrounding Midlands Meander with their parents. An opportunity to learn more about the farm and enjoy tractor rides to the dairy and to see the cattle whilst parents relax and are pampered! Fordoun’s rooms can accommodate up to two children sharing with their parents, subject to availability. A special Children’s menu is available for meals (Just R35 on average). Babysitting can be arranged at R30/hour (less than £3) and R45/hour after 00h00.
SPECIAL OFFER: Children 12 and under stay free when sharing with two adults mid-week only during the UK half term and Summer school holidays.
Families with children over the age of 7 years are welcome at Isandlwana Lodge in the heart of the Battlefields. Not only will it give them a taste of the real Africa and allow them to immerse themselves in the history and culture in a relaxed and informal way, such as through a walk through a Zulu village or a visit to a local school, but this could create lifelong memories and instil an appreciation of educational holidays that will see them wanting more.
SPECIAL OFFER: One child aged 7 – 11 years stay free when sharing with two adults, subject to availability. If there is more than one child in the family, then up to three children can share a separate room at 50% of the adult rack rate including meals (normally pay full price). Children aged 12 and over pay the full adult rate.
Family Packages – Terms and conditions
Specials apply between 1 – 9 June 2012 and 23 July – 31 August 2012 as detailed above.
Cathedral Peak excludes 8 – 11 August 2012.
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