Reservations @ Moyo - magic word...?


Feb 6th, 2005, 12:36 AM
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My goodness, I don't think anyone would claim that Moyo is authentic anything! It's very much a Disney-esque experience and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Disney is called the magical kingdom for a good reason - because the fantasy environment they have created is charming, delightful, fun - indeed magical!

Moyo is very much designed as an entertaining evening out, I can't imagine the management would ever claim it's attempting to offer an authentic African experience, whatever that might be.

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Feb 6th, 2005, 12:38 AM
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I meant to add, our best meal in Winelands was at Le Bon Vivante... absolutely superb experience. We also enjoyed La Petite Ferme but liked Bon Vivante even more.
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Feb 6th, 2005, 07:23 AM
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Kavey, isn't that what I said?

I did not claim that anyone is falsely selling it as authentic! It is overprice tongue-in-cheek and as long as the overseas visitor knows that he/she will have a great time.

For many, that experience is exactly want they want. Hopefully, some visitors will search for less touristy experiences - starting with pub lunches or sundowners on the stoep at Lanzerac surrounded by the mountains of Jonkershoek...
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Feb 6th, 2005, 08:40 AM
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Climbhigh, absolutely. I was perhaps replying to Mossway's post which seemed to imply that Moyo was trying to offer some authentic, traditional experience and failing.

I think they are fully aware and intending to offer a modern entertainment experience that draws a few things from local traditions and art but is not trying to replicate anything traditional

As with Disney, if one goes in with the right expectations, one will likely have a lot more fun!

That said, Disney isn't for everyone and Moyo certainly isn't either!

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Feb 24th, 2005, 09:28 AM
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ok - well we're back and getting into Moyo was a snap. I guess when you have a hotel w/ restaurants and then a separate hotel on your property unafilliated with the hotel - you obviously dont push it. now i called everyone under the African Sun to get in there and got denied until I walked up to the bar at about 4pm. they said - sure come on by and grab a drink on one of our couches - you can enjoy the buffet and eat right there. so we did and we did enjoy the experience. sitting on the couches wrapped around this enormous tree under the lanters and hearing the band/entertainment was really cool for us. their drink specials were pretty good too - muddles fruit/rum and a big honey stick - awesome. buffet was soso but its not often we get croc or springbok stew in the US. All in all it was fun for us - but odd that no one I spoke to over there said we could simply eat at the couches w/ tables - much better than being couped up in a small table for 2!! As for Spier in general - pass. We had terrible service and a room with no shower head! My wife screams at them saying after spending all day in the hot sun on your estate browsing around, eating, etc...what is the rate for a room with no shower on Valentine's Day go for??!! Needless to say they paid for our dinner, and took 30% off the room as well as 2 complimentary bottles of their wines and a letter from the GM

in fransschhoek we dined at Bijoux which was downright outstanding - absolutely recommend this spot - it does not look like much from the outside and is not in the heart of the strip there but the garden out back was quite romantic. lunch at quartier francais and a divine lunch at The Gallery @ Le Fromogerie was something we will always remember.
whew............i could go on and on
96 winery rd was awesome as well.
we loved both franschhoek and stellenbosch!
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Feb 24th, 2005, 10:37 AM
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Sooo glad you had a good time!
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