September 1, 2013


Mention Africa and this vast continent conjures up images of game parks and safaris, where those wishing for adventure can encounter magnificent animals roaming free in their natural habitat.

South Africa has some of Africa’s most famous game reserves and lodges where lions, leopards and cheetah can be viewed, either running through the wilderness or lounging amongst the tree branches. One of the best ways to see these ‘big cats’ is by safari with &BEYOND, an experienced tour operator, which takes up to a maximum of eight people on journeys featuring itineraries that can be tailored to suit individual preferences, offering complete freedom of choice.

Beginning and ending in Johannesburg, their five night Big Cat Safari goes in search of an intimate glimpse into the lives of the continent’s most magnificent predators. The adventure travels from the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve or Kruger National Park to the splendidly diverse &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve where it is likely to encounter the elusive cheetah.

Big Cat Safari 1The Sabi Sand Game Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park is made up of a number of private game lodges. With no fences between the farms, animals wander across vast stretches of grazing land. The area guarantees a never to be forgotten experience of the African Bush and with one of the richest game populations in the country, the chances of seeing the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) are excellent.

Sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, the &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve’s accommodation at &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge offers an air conditioned cottage with ensuite bathroom and veranda. There’s also the option to spend two nights at their Tented Camp in a deluxe tent, complete with deep bathtub, al fresco shower, separate toilet, overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets for winter and wooden decks.

AndBeyond__DSC8985RS.jpgKnown for sightings of the normally timid leopard, the &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand provides twice daily game drives, including spot-lit night drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles with expert guides and Shangaan trackers. Two air conditioned cottages, each with private veranda and ensuite bathroom, provide accommodation.

Comfort, service and African cuisine are provided at all &Beyond’s accommodation. Included are three meals each day plus soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge activities.

While staying in the Sabi Sand Reserve the Cascades & Canyons helicopter flight offers an unforgettable wilderness experience, swooping over the deep, lush gorges of the Blyde River Canyon and through valleys bursting with colour. There is also the thrill of tracking animals on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team in a private safari vehicle, as well as private, luxury, tailormade walking safaris that offer the best wilderness experience.

Don’t forget to bring your camera with a long lens and plenty of memory cards.

Sandra Tiltman


September 1, 2013

 Sandra Tiltman with Leisa Chell of Cruise Passenger Magazine

Sandra Tiltman with Leisa Chell of Cruise Passenger Magazine


In support of the McGrath Foundation, whose mission is to ensure every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia has access to a breast care nurse and to increase breast awareness across the community, Captain Cook Cruises is turning Sydney Harbour Pink this September.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACaptain Cook Cruises hopes to raise much needed funds to help the McGrath Foundation place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities’ right across Australia.  They will donate 10% from every Sydney Harbour High Tea Cruise and Top Deck Lunch Cruise sold until 30 September to the McGrath Foundation.

The cruises will see an array of surprises, including hot pink attired waiters, best dressed prizes for those in pink and on some cruises, a special guest attendance by McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director, Tracy Bevan.

Head of Sales and Marketing for Captain Cook Cruises, Richard Doyle, says Captain Cook Cruises are thrilled to be turning Sydney Harbour pink to support the McGrath Foundation.  “We’ve seen icons like Test Cricket and Facebook turn pink for Breast Cancer and we think it’s time Sydney’s most famous icon, Sydney Harbour, turns pink to help support those experiencing the disease. The McGrath Foundation is a wonderful charity that funds the placement of McGrath Breast Care Nurses throughout Australia and we are delighted to be supporting them.

Captain Cook Cruises has always had a strong corporate social responsibility and we understand the benefits it brings. Passengers have a wonderful time, the McGrath Foundation earns vital funds and our staff are enthused and inspired as we come into the busy spring-summer season.”

Richard Doyle went on to say “We hope everyone gets behind our efforts to turn Sydney Harbour Pink this September by either joining us for a High Tea, purchasing tickets to our Top Deck Lunch cruises or simply by spreading the word through social media. If groups purchase four or more tickets for a

Sandra Tiltman enjoying tea with Captain Cook's Anthony Haworth

Sandra Tiltman enjoying tea with Captain Cook’s Anthony Haworth

cruise, Captain Cook Cruises also promises to get the party started with a free pink welcome cocktail.”

Captain Cook Cruises High Tea at Sea cruises depart every Wednesday and Saturday from Jetty 6, Circular Quay at 2.30pm. The High Tea menu features a variety of savoury and sweet foods and includes an extensive tea menu with 15 different teas to choose from. High Tea at Sea is priced from $55.00 per adult which includes a glass of delectable pink bubbles.

What better way to enjoy the sights of Sydney Harbour than by cruising with Captain Cook and helping the McGrath Foundation at the same time. for details.

Sandra Tiltman    PHOTOS: John Pond