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€62m Club Med for KZN

Farieda | May 20 , 2019

Landowner, Tongaat Hulett Developments, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Club Med for the development of the first international-branded beach resort in Southern Africa.

The R1bn (€62.4m) resort will be at Tinley Town, 10km from King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu Natal and is expected to have 350 rooms and 50 villas located on 30 hectares.

Olivier Hannaert, MD of Club Med Southern Africa, confirmed that the MOA had been signed on March 26 and described the site as a beautiful, untouched piece of land with an exclusive beach in a beautiful bay.

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Building itineraries beyond the bucket-list safari

Farieda | May 17 , 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa offers wilderness experiences that are completely different to anything off the continent and the family safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tessa Reed chats to the local industry about how to sell this destination to families, starting with the bucket-list safari experience and building from there.

Sean Kritzinger, Executive Chairman of Giltedge Africa, says safaris are always the focus for the operator when packaging sub-Saharan Africa to overseas tourists. The selling points are Africa’s wild animals, unique accommodation (like villas… read more


€55-million five-star hotel launches in Johannesburg

Farieda | May 15 , 2019

The R880m (€55m) Houghton Hotel launched in Johannesburg on May 13, bringing another five-star* luxury brand to South Africa.

The property is a synergy of residential and hotel accommodation, situated in the heart of the city, but offering privacy that feels far removed from the busyness of urban Johannesburg.

The hotel offers seven luxury penthouses, four presidential suites, two junior suites, eight executive king rooms, and 46 king rooms. All rooms have Apple and cable TV, extended breakfast, complimentary WiFi and newspapers, with 24-hour in-room dining.… read more


Zimbabwean scholar named one of the most inspiring women in the world

Farieda | May 14 , 2019

A Zimbabwean scholar will be honored with a life-size statue in New York alongside media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and the popstar Pink for their work championing gender equality.

Tererai Trent is among 10 women who have been named most inspiring women in the world. The list includes conservationist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock, chemist Tracy Dyson, author Cheryl Strayed and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

All 10 women will have life-size bronze figures unveiled by StatuesforEquality in the United States on Women’s… read more


Plett High Five adventure week launches

Farieda | May 14 , 2019

Plett Tourism, based in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, has launched its newest tourism product: Plett High Five adventure week.

After making the announcement at World Travel Market Africa 2019, Plett Tourism hosted tour operators and DMCs to highlight the Plett High Five offering, and introduce Plettenberg Bay’s other unique selling points. Guests on the tour included African Pride Tours, Brazilian Adventure Blogger Juliana Rios and her partner, Consumer Links Operations, German Adventure Blogger Anja Kaiser and her partner, Pearl Adventures and Thompsons… read more


Plans for cable cars on Mount Kilimanjaro

Farieda | May 13 , 2019

Tanzania plans to install cable cars on Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, to improve tourist access.

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu, said the cable car facility was part of the government’s strategy to attract older tourists, those older than 50, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and experience the wide variety of nature and wildlife at the top of the mountain.

Plans are in progress, with Crescent Environment and Management Consult Limited (CEM) hired to carry out an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment… read more


Franschhoek is in the top 30 travel destinations for millennials

Farieda | May 07 , 2019

Whether it’s solo travel or a bucket list once-in-a-lifetime trip, millennials are chomping at the bit to hop to experience what the world has to offer.

With the 2nd half of 2019 fast approaching most millennials make use of this time to plan their next holiday.

Although millennials know what they want they also rely on some guidance, travel-planning sites like müvTravel has made it easier for them to plan their next holiday.

They have recently released a list of the Top 30 Millennial Travel Destinations for 2019, and Franschhoek is the only listed… read more


Emirates launches new Best of South Africa tour

Farieda | Apr 30 , 2019

Emirates has launched its ‘Best of South Africa’ escorted tour as part of its new Emirates Holidays Worldwide Holidays collection for 2019-2021.

The tour begins in Cape Town and ends in the Kruger National Park, although visitors can do the itinerary in the reverse order on a tailor-made basis.

Days one to four see guests arriving in Cape Town, and taking three days to explore the city and its surrounds. Highlights on day two include taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, visiting the Castle of Good Hope and Greenmarket Square. On day three,… read more


AC Hotel by Marriott debuts in Cape Town

Farieda | Apr 23 , 2019

AC Hotels by Marriott has opened in Cape Town, its first property in Africa and the Middle East.

The 188-room AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront is situated at the Yacht Club development of the V&A Waterfront, opposite the new cruise terminal and 400m from the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Marriott International Global President and CEO, Arne Sorenson, said: “There is so much about the future of Cape Town that is exciting. With the right kind of tourism policy, we should see arrivals into Cape Town and South Africa continue… read more


Headed for Saudi Arabia: New Dakar venue a big win for team Hilux?

Niketa | Apr 18 , 2019

Temperatures will be brutal but Saudi Arabia will be a better Dakar racing location for the South African built Hilux bakkie.

It’s the world’s most famous and gruelling off-road race and now the Dakar is heading for its third host geography. Born in Africa, the Dakar has become synonymous with high-speed off-road driving and human drama as competitors are humbled by towering dunes and Tolkienesque ravines year after year, in a fantastic diversity of racing machines.

Although the Dakar started in Africa during the summer of 1977, and retains a unique identity… read more


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