South African Accommodation Grading

As A tour operator we are always looking for quality accommodation for our guests on tour, In South Africa we rely on the Tourism Grading council of South Africa (TGCSA) to grade the various types of accommodation services in South … Continue reading

South African Safari Guides

As a South African Tour Operator we provide our guests with a tour that is both informative but also an experience that they will never forget, An integral part of the tour is your tour guide. We employ guides that … Continue reading

12 days South Africa Culinary & Wildlife Safari – Luxury

If you are looking for the best of luxury, and want to pampered this tour is for you.

12 days South Africa Culinary & Wildlife Safari – Luxury. (click Here)

South Africa’s National Braai Day – 24 September 2013

“From small towns to big cities millions of South Africans are preparing to braai for their country on Braai Day which is held annually on 24 September (National Heritage Day) under the Braai4Heritage banner and the patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Braai Day is a celebration of our great country and its unique national pastime. It aims to unite all South Africans on 24 September by encouraging them to partake in a fun and tangible activity shared by all demographic groups, religious denominations and body types.

Braai4Heritage is a non-profit organisation solely committed to uniting South Africans all over the world through means of an activity enjoyed by all and for which we are world-famous.

There’s really no excuse not to gather your family and friends and whip up feast – it’s the start of summer and a public holiday.” http://www.sa-venues.com/events/southafrica/national-braai-day/

Unique Safari – A culinary tour of South Africa

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Imagine a Safari that would not only highlight the wildlife and scenery of South Africa, but also South Africa’s Culinary delights, where guests can not only taste but also try their hand at learning to cook our various dishes on the trip. Included in the trip will be visits to local markets to buy local ingredients, a rural homestead to experience traditional preparation of African cuisine, game viewing at private and national game reserves, wine and food pairing tours in the Cape winelands, visits to top South African restaurants,  a visit to a local shebean to experience modern township life and food, and a chef to assist in the preparation and teaching of South African cuisine.

You will leave South Africa with an experience of a life time, a Unique tour that you can take home with you and share with friends and family.

Join us on this culinary adventure

 

Unique Safaris: See the Serengeti on Horseback

Connochaetes taurinus, Ngorongoro Crater, Wild...

Connochaetes taurinus, Wildebeest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For equestrian enthusiasts, there must be no more thrilling adventure than experiencing the great wildebeest migration on horseback. These rides are completely tailored to guests’ needs and skill level, usually lasting several hours. In addition to the herds of plains game, it is not uncommon to spot giraffe, eland, buffalo, zebra and elephant on these rides.

For the more experienced riders, our tailored Equestrian Safaris combine long rides exploring remote areas of Grumeti Reserves with wonderfully relaxing afternoons. The exclusivity of the concession means that your experience is sure to be unique and private; just you, your magnificent horse, expert guide and the enchanting Serengeti all around you.

Moving on horseback allows you to penetrate herds of zebra and giraffe, travelling among them as if part of the group. The pace is moderate with the opportunity for faster paced canters in places, and a choice of English, Western or South African trail saddles. The magnificent herd, mainly comprising Thoroughbreds and Boerperds from South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, have been carefully selected for their temperament and range between 15.1 and 16.3 hands in height.

Contact us for us to arrange a horse back safari in the Serengeti

Old Fashioned Melktert Recipe – Milk tart – Easy

  

Old Fashioned Melktert – Milk Tart

Book a tour with us for more South African Recipes. Robert@pardustours.com

Melktert

Melktert (Photo credit: thelonghotsummer)

Ingredients

For the pastry:

2 table spoons butter

2 table spoons sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup self raisning flour

pinch salt

Filling:

2 cups milk

2 eggs

1/2 sugar

1/4 cup cake flour

1/4 cup corn flour

2 table spoons butter

1teaspoon vanilla essence

ground cinnamon

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.

Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor or with an electric beater until it all clumps together to form a dough.

Press into a lightly greased 24 cm tart dish. Chill in the fridge while preparing the filling.

Heat the milk in a medium pot(do not boil).

Beat the yolks and sugar until creamy and light then add the flours and salt – the mixture will be quite thick.

Add some warm milk to the egg mixture and then return all of it to the pot.

Bring to the boil and whisk constantly until thickened.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla.

Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form and fold into the custard.

Pour into the chilled pastry case and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for +- 30 minutes.

*Try with frozen puff pastry.

Singita School of Cooking

Singita Cooking School – have a look at this short video about a brilliant project As we understand that our guests not only require that their accommodation, site seeing and experience be a memorable experience, Pardus African Tours & Safaris believe … Continue reading

5 day Cape Town & Surround

 This trip sets out to highlight Cape Town & surrounds as well as the winelands of the western Cape. Cape town has been voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world and some of the wines produced in the winelands have won international award.

Day 1 – Arrive Cape Town

One of our Pardus African Tours & Safaris guide will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your accomodation in Cape town, after settling into your room, our guide will give you a briefing of the days ahead at Dinner in one of Cape Town’s Restaurants at the Victoria and Alfred Water Front. (Dinner included)

 Day 2 – Table Mountain, Cape Point & Boulder’s Beach.

After breakfast you and your guide will set of on a tour of Capetown, our first stop will be Table Mountain, and weather dependant we will make our way to the summit to take in the the views of Cape town, this is weather dependant. Table Mountain is proud to be one of the official New 7 Wonders of Nature. Competing against major international attractions,  Table Mountain made it to the top seven after a campaign that attracted more than 100-million global votes.

English: Table Mountain seen from Lion's Head....
English: Table Mountain seen from Lion’s Head. Español: Montaña de la Mesa vista desde la Cabeza de León. Frysk: In panorama fan de Tafelberch. Ek it tafellekken is te sjen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After table mountain we will make our way past Camps Bay and the 12 Apolostles, and stop off in the the small town called Houtbay, Hout Bay (Afrikaans: Houtbaai, from Afrikaans for “Wood Bay”) is the name of a coastal suburb of Cape Town, South Africa with a mix of neighbourhoods from the very rich to the very poor. It lies in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula and is twenty kilometres south of the Central Business District of Cape Town. The name Hout Bay can refer to the town, or the bay on which it is situated, or the whole valley.

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border|22x20px South Africa, Aerial view of Chapman’s Peak Drive. For exact location see geocode. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heading off towards Chapmans peak, The western flank of the mountain falls sharply for hundreds of metres into the Atlantic Ocean. A spectacular road, known as Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, the road was at the time regarded as a major feat of engineering. Chapman’s Peak Drive was closed in the 1990s, after a rockfall caused a death and a subsequent lawsuit, and subsequently reopened after being re-engineered to protect motorists from falling rocks. It was reopened in 2005 as a toll road, we will make our way to Cape Point.
Cape Point is situated within the Table Mountain National Park, within a section of the Park referred to as Cape of Good Hope. This section covers the whole of the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula and which takes in perhaps 20% of its total area. The Cape of Good Hope section of the park is generally wild, unspoiled and undeveloped and is an important haven for seabirds. The vegetation at Cape Point consists primarily of Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos.

Cape Point is often mistakenly claimed to be the place where the cold Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm Agulhas Current of the Indian ocean collide. In fact, the meeting point fluctuates along the southern and southwestern Cape coast, usually occurring between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point. The two intermingling currents help to create the micro-climate of Cape Town and its environs. Contrary to popular mythology, the meeting point of the currents produces no obvious visual effect; there is no “line in the ocean” where the sea changes colour or looks different in some way. There are, however, strong and dangerous swells, tides and localized currents around the point and in adjacent waters. These troubled seas have witnessed countless maritime disasters in the centuries since ships first sailed here. We will take some time to walk to the lighthouse, and take in the scenery.

We then head out to Simon’s Town for Lunch, and enjoy a meal at one of the historical towns many bistro’s, Simon’s Town (Afrikaans: Simonstad), sometimes spelled Simonstown, is a town near Cape Town, South Africa, which is home to the South African

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English: The African penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simons Town, South Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Navy. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base and harbour (first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy). The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. After Lunch we will visit Boulder’s Beach.

Boulders Beach is located a few kilometres to the south of Simon’s Town, in the direction of Miller’s Point. Here small coves with white sandy beaches and calm shallow water are interspersed between boulders of Cape granite. There has been a colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach since 1985. There is no record of the birds having lived here prior to that date, so their decision to settle in an area already well-utilized by humans is remarkable. There are only three penguin populations on the mainland in southern Africa; the others are close to Hermanus at Stoney Point and Betty’s Bay.

We will then make our way past Kalk Bay and Muizenberg back to your accomodation in Cape Town, after you have freshened up we will take a local taxi to explore Cape Town’s night life and dinner. (breakfast Included, Lunch and Dinner Own expense)

English: Kids in the township near Cape Town i...

English: Kids in the township near Cape Town in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Day 3 – City and Township tour

After we have breakfast at our accomodation, we wil load our luggage into our vehicle, and make our way to the City to explore the history of the City, then head of to the The Cape Flats which is an expansive, low-lying, flat area situated to the southeast of the central business district of Cape Town. Described by some as ‘Apartheid’s dumping ground’, from the 1950s the area became home to people the apartheid government designated as non-White. Race-based legislation such as the Group Areas Act and pass laws either forced non-white people out of more central urban areas designated for white people and into government-built townships in the Flats, or made living in the area illegal, forcing many people designated as Black into informal settlements elsewhere in the Flats.

The Flats have since then been home to much of the population of Greater Cape Town, and most of the residents in the area are of African descent. This area includes the neighbourhoods of Mitchell’s Plain, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, and Khayelitsha. (break fast, lunch and dinner Included)

Wine farm

Wine farm (Photo credit: slack12)

Day 3 & 4 – Franshoek

Once we have experienced a township, we will make our way to Franschoek.

Franschhoek (“French Corner”, (Dutch spelling before 1947 Franschen Hoek) is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa. It is about 75 kilometres from Cape Town and has a population of 15,353. Since 2000 it has been incorporated into Stellenbosch Municipality, Here we will settle into our accomodation at one of the wine farms for the next 3 nights as we are going to explore the wine route tasting wines at various wine farms over the next 2 days. (Breakfast & dinner included, Lunch Own expense)

Day 5 – Cape Town International Airport

On the morning of Departure you will leave Franshoek and take to the airport by your guide, where you can fly off to your next tour or home. (breakfast Included)

See our other intineraries for add on trips

Included in this Trip:All transport and airport transfers,  all accomodation, park entrance fees, Breakfast and dinner as per the intinerary, Guide and tours, wine tasting. 

Excluded:Own expense meals as indicated on the intinerary, Optional extra drinks and refreshments, gratuities, souvenirs and international flights. 

Price: Starts at $1500 per person Sharing prices is dependant on your accomodation preference, please send your enquiries to Robert@pardustours.com

Marog – An African Spinach

The first time I had this vegetable, I thought it was spinach, and for all intense and purposes it certainly is in Africa, used as a traditional spinach. A Zulu friend of mine, took me out into the bush and started harvesting this plant, which to me looked like a weed. She was harvesting this plant with small leaves.
She took it back to the kitchen, and like spinach, placed the bunch of leaves in boiling water. And in a pan started frying up finely chopped onions, tomato and added the boiled leaves of Marog, salt and pepper to taste. This was lunch served with a good plate of Pap (mielie meal/maize flour).

The taste of Marog, is slightly stronger than spinach with a slight earthy and herb flavour, quite frankly better than spinach in my opinion.