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How to Make Traditional South African Malva Pudding

“Malva!” Just hearing the word creates a burst of taste and memory in most South Africans. At Tintswalo Atlantic, Malva Pudding is one of the most popular desserts that we serve; and apart from it’s wonderful sweet-and-sour taste, there are a number of interesting stories behind this famous South African dish. It’s said that malva pudding was first brought to Africa by Dutch settlers in 1652 and was served after lunch or dinner (in the evening) to the Dutch ‘upper-class’, living in and around the Cape of Good Hope. Some claim it is named after a mysterious South African woman...
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Under the Sea at Tintswalo Atlantic

If you have ever had the pleasure of sleeping a night at Tintswalo Atlantic, you will know what it’s like to listen to the waves washing you into a deep sleep. The lapping sea is so close to the rooms that it sometimes feels as though the ocean itself is rocking your bed, and you drift off into a happy slumber. What is even more remarkable, if you lie awake and imagine it, is the hidden world of animals living beneath the waves just meters away. As the tide rises with the crash of each wave, fresh nutrients are drawn...
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How to Make A Pink G&T – And Where to Enjoy It!

Surely one of life’s simple pleasures is the quiet enjoyment of a sunset, with cocktail in hand, with a loved one by your side. With such spectacular sunsets every day at Tintswalo Atlantic; we have perfected the art of the sundowner. This month is Women’s Month, so we decided to set up a selection of pink cocktails on offer on the deck. One of the most popular drinks was the good old African special – the G&T – but we gave it a special female flair and turned it into a spectacular PINK G&T. With the warm glow of the...
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A Day in the Life of a Tintswalo Atlantic Guest

A Spectacular Welcome Every trip to Tintswalo Atlantic begins with one specific scene that etches in your memory forever. It happens the moment you first jump on board the shuttle at the top gate just off Chapman’s Peak Road, and begin your descent down to the lodge. The road winds down through beautiful mountain fynbos as you catch the first glimpse of the lodge perched on the coast, and the wide blue Atlantic Ocean opening up beyond. White water crashes on the pebble beach, subsiding just meters from the deck. As you wind down the steep road, with Chapman’s Peak...
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The Magic of Hiking on Chapman’s Peak

The best thing about Tintswalo Atlantic is our proximity to both ocean and mountain. We are sandwiched between two of the most biodiverse systems in the world; the nutrient-rich Atlantic Ocean, and the magnificent mountainside of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Hiking is a popular activity that we offer on the paths above the lodge. Chapman’s Peak offers one of the most famous views in the world. A walk along this mountain provides even better views of the mountain, the harbour and the big blue ocean, than the famous drive along the road. Walking on the mountain in summer, you can...
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Tintswalo Atlantic: Emerging from the Ashes

When you mention Tintswalo Atlantic to most people in Cape Town, the first thing they will ask about is the fire. Fire is not something you would ordinarily associate with a top boutique lodge. But the day of 2 March 2015 was a day that forever imprinted this element in the fabric of Tintswalo Atlantic. The fires that swept across the Cape on those days in March were some of the worst in history, and thousands of kilometers of mountain were burned. Firefighters worked round the clock to put out the blaze and save the various suburbs and homes from...
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Tintswalo Atlantic’s Sensational Sous Chef Thando

Thando Jaxa is one of Tintswalo Atlantic’s most passionate and talented chefs. Having gained experience in kitchens all around the country, Thando has found his calling on the shores of Hout Bay in our cosy kitchen on the sea. The Tintswalo restaurant is fast becoming one of Cape Town’s finest dining experiences—the views, the ocean, the chefs and the food combine to make a spectacular occasion. If you do manage to find your way to this coastal hidden gem, expect to be served a dose of passion from the team in the kitchen, including Chef Thando. Here’s a little bit more...
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The Best #TintswaloAtlanticSunset of the Year

It’s a well-known fact that Tintswalo Atlantic has one of the most spectacular sundowner locations in Cape Town. Perched close enough to the waves to feel the spray at high tide, the lodge deck gazes out over the cobalt blue of Hout Bay. The sun slowly sinks down behind the magnificent sentinel mountain, and beyond—the wide Atlantic Ocean shimmers into the horizon. Every day, guests gather on the deck and toast their drinks and cocktails to another wonderful day in the Cape. Chatter and laughter echo across the private shore, and there isn’t another soul in sight except the twinkling...
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Six Spectacular Day Trips From Tintswalo Atlantic

Perched on the ocean below Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Atlantic has a wonderful advantage of being far enough away from the bustle of Cape Town, yet central in its proximity to all the wonders of the Cape Peninsula. In under an hour’s drive from the lodge, you can be standing on the tip of Cape Point staring out at the magnificent two oceans, or viewing the penguins of Simon’s Town, or making your way up the famous Table Mountain, or doing a spot of shopping at the V&A waterfront, and return to the lodge and still feel like you have escaped...
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Guy Clark: Inside Tintswalo Atlantic’s Kitchen by the Sea

As a professional chef, could there be any better setting to prepare a meal than in a kitchen just meters away from the ocean, with the azure blue of the Atlantic shimmering in the distance, while you fry up the latest linefish to be caught from the Hout Bay fishing market? Guy Clark gets to do this every day of his life. As the head chef at Tintswalo Atlantic, he is working and living his passion, cooking up some of the best seafood dishes in one of the most spectacular locations in Cape Town. “Working so close to the ocean...
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Flowers in the Footsteps of the Khoi

It was a crisp spring morning at Tintswalo Atlantic—a day when all the purples and oranges on the mountain seemed to be flowering at once; as if they had all agreed that today was the day for their colour to shine. “It’s the perfect morning to be looking at the flowers!” said Johann October, my guide, as we set off along a footpath that wound along the mountainside above the lodge. The deep blue bowl of Hout Bay provided a dramatic backdrop as we made our way along the contour that hugs the Chapman’s Peak. It didn’t take long to appreciate Johann’s deep...
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Inside Tintswalo Atlantic’s Famous Island-theme Suites

Imagine visiting some of the world’s most beautiful islands without leaving the lapping shore of the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Town. It may seem a little implausible, but Zanzibar, Antigua, Ithica, St Marie, and even the historic Robben Island are just a stone’s throw from Hout Bay—neatly lined up along the shore below the dramatic Chapman’s Peak in Table Mountain National Park. From the outside, these chalets blend into the natural environment, but walk into the rooms, and you are instantly transported into a magnificent island paradise; while the Atlantic Ocean splashes softly on the rocks outside the window. Through...
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Love at Tintswalo: Whales Spotted Mating in Hout Bay!

It was one of those perfectly still mornings at Tintswalo Atlantic, where the ocean is such a deep shade of blue that you wonder if it’s possible to get any bluer or more spectacular. The evening before, two of our guests became engaged by the glow of a candle-lit dinner and were now out on the breakfast deck having their morning coffee; no doubt in a blissful daze, enjoying what must have been the perfect morning. But little did they know that their morning was about to get even more romantic. A pair of Southern Right Whales appeared in the...
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Hout Bay Music Project: Skills Transfer by Tintswalo Atlantic Community

Our first contact with Leanne Dollman came when she approached #TeamTintswalo after she heard that we were reaching out to identify community projects as a way to take our previous volunteering in the community to the next level, which would be through a skills transfer program. The Hout Bay Music Project Trust is a registered NPO program.  Since the project’s inception in 2003 they continue to help children come together everyday to experience the joy of music. Children of Imizamo Yethu Township and Hangberg play in the streets, often on the dangerous Main Road after school. The Project Director, Leanne Dollman imagined...
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CARES Spa Day for Community Senior Citizens

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss I was very tempted to make the heading of this Blog: “Say No Ways am I taking ONLY Cupcakes!” Consider it the unofficial heading, I will explain: Hout Bay has over 70 NGO’s & NPO’s to date. During the months whilst the re-build of Tintswalo Atlantic is on-going we have been given the eye-opening opportunity to become involved with some of these unrelenting care givers and their organisations. With each interaction comes a new experience, paired with, often harsh realisations. It...
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Atlantic Community Project: Iris House

Last month a local Cape Town business Just Trees, generously donated a huge gift of indigenous Milkwood trees to Tintswalo Atlantic and the surrounding Table Mountain National Park. These trees have helped restore life to our mountain. So blessed were we, that it seemed only fitting that we share the love to a nearby charity. And so Tintswalo Atlantic General Manager, Ryno du Rand, met with Irina Mink, who is an active local community member, and well-connected with local organizations that need support. Irina immediately knew who would appreciate the trees best: Iris House. Iris House is a vibrant charity...
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Fireman Frank Forbay – Tintswalo Lodges Real Life Superhero

Fireman Frank Forbay was one of the brave men on duty during the devastating Cape Fire which destroyed most of our beloved Tintswalo Atlantic. Frank was fighting the fire at the lodge, when a gas bottle exploded, burning his face and hands. Frank was badly burnt in the explosion at Atlantic andspent a month recovering in hospital. After being discharged, it was his wonderful wife Natasha, who nursed him back to health. It was only after the ordeal that Frank told us this story: When the explosion went off and he felt himself catch fire, his gut reaction was to jump straight into the...
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