Leeu Lingo

When visiting our properties in Franschhoek, Cape Town in South Africa, you must try some lekker Rooibos, walk along the klompies with your bokkie and when travelling not be stopped too long at a robot. 

BAS – the name of the founder of Leeu Collection, Analjit Singh, is also affectionately called BAS (short for Bhai Analjit Singh, bhai being an honorific meaning brother)
Berg – mountain 
Bokkie – a term of endearment; also means a small buck
Braai – a barbecue
Buchu – (Agathosma betulina); a flowering evergreen shrub that grows on the lower slopes of the mountains of the Western Cape. Used as a flavouring agent and herbal remedy
Fynbos – literally translates as ‘fine bush’ and is the name for the indigenous vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site and the smallest but richest of the world’s six floristic kingdoms
Indaba – Zulu (one of South Africa’s official languages) word for discussion or meeting
Klompies – traditional small handmade Dutch terracotta bricks, used mainly for edging on steps, fireplaces and verandas. A Leeu Collection signature used throughout the properties
Koppie – a small hill 
Leeu – Afrikaans word for lion (Singh, our founder’s surname, derives from the Sanskrit word for lion)
Lekker – nice
Riempie – a leather lace or thong used mainly to make chair seats
Robot – traffic light
Rooibos tea – (literally translates as red bush tea); a healthy and refreshing beverage that grows mainly on the Cederberg and along the Olifants River

Our property in the Lake District, United Kingdom, is perfectly situated for guests to walk up ‘Brant Fell’ where they’ll spot some Herdwicks, then enjoy a Damson gin and perhaps some cream tea upon returning to the hotel. 
Beck – stream
Brant – steep 
Cream tea – afternoon tea that includes scones, jam and clotted cream
Dale – valley
Damsons – stone fruit used to make a rich, dark and fruity jam, as well as gin
Fell – hill or mountain
Force – waterfall
Gill – ravine
Herdwick sheep – a breed of domestic sheep native to Cumbria; the name is derived from the Old Norse word ‘herdvyck’ which means ‘sheep pasture’
How – rounded hill
Knott – rocky hill
Mere – lake 
Tarn – a small lake
Thwaite – a clearing in the wood

With multi lingual staff from a number of different ethnicities across all of our properties, you will be sure to pick up some new and interesting words when experiencing Leeu Collection.