WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 16 March

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*   The first World Congress of Nephrology finishes at the Cape Town International Convention Centre today, the first time that the Congress is held in Africa.  A total of 3000 kidney specialists have attended the Congress since Friday, reports The New Age.  Later this year the World Congress of the International Federation of Aesthetic Dentistry and the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health will be held in Cape Town.

*   Cape Town is the focus in an UK article entitled ‘Paradise found in South African city‘, suggestions given for what to do and see in a week in ‘one of the most vibrant cities in the world‘, including Table Mountain;  V&A Waterfront; Cape Quarter; the Codfather in Camps Bay; Africa Café and Mama Africa; afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson, Cape Grace, and Table Bay hotels; Steenberg in the ‘Constancia Valley‘ (sic); the Old Biscuit Mill; Kirstenbosch; Shimmy Beach Club; and a helicopter trip over the city.

*   Described as a hunting haven‘ may not be good for our country’s image! The big-game hunting industry is estimated at $1 billion, and the focus is on unusual breeds of game, including the golden gnu, for which $50000 is charged, hundred-fold the price of a common gnu!

*   Merlot matured in rooibos and honeybush barrels by Audacia wine estate in Stellenbosch may be the healthiest wine ever made. Winemaker Trevor Strydom found that his wines are rich in antioxidants, not only being healthier, but also sulfite-free, and with reduced tannins.  Strydom will test applying the rooibos and honeybush wood to beer and cider as well.

*   New signage to warn hikers against crime hotspots on Signal Hill, Rhodes Memorial, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, and the Karbonkelberg hiking trail in Hout Bay is to be erected by the end of the month, says the Table Mountain National Park.  A 24/7 ranger on Signal Hill has been called for by Table Mountain Watch, reports the Atlantic Sun.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Tel (021) 433-2100, Twitter:@WhaleCottage  Facebook:  click here

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