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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

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

New luxury train product to launch in Kruger National Park

Farieda | May 10 , 2019

Thebe Tourism Group is to construct a five-star luxury accommodation experience – Kruger Shalati ‘Train on a Bridge’ – in Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.

Gavin Ferreira, General Operations Manager of Kruger Shalati, says the Kruger Shalati ‘Train on the Bridge’ is five-star accommodation in a train carriage placed permanently on a bridge in Skukuza. It will allow guests to enjoy luxury accommodation while sitting atop the Sabi River, looking at game from their bath, bedroom and their balconies.

The project will incorporate the iconic and historic… 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

Gate road project to spur tourism in Tsavo East National Park

Farieda | Apr 29 , 2019

The construction of the Malindi-Sala Gate road project, which links Malindi with Tsavo East National Park, is expected to spur international tourism in Taita-Taveta and Kilifi counties.

Due to the existing poor road network, international visitors have been taking two tothree hours to get to Tsavo from Malindi but once the construction is complete, they can expect to reach the park in less than two hours, while enjoying game drive. The route is also shorter than the Malindi-Mombasa Highway.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the construction, which is 70% complete, would… read more

Air France plans daily flights to Kenya

Belanda | Apr 29 , 2019

Air France  plans to start daily flights to Nairobi from Paris.

Arthur Dieffenthaler, the airline’s Eastern Africa General Manager, was quoted speaking at Air France’s first anniversary  of the Kenyan route. “We will be increasing our flights on the Paris-Nairobi route to five flights a week. We further plan to launch daily flights in 2020,” The Star reports.

The airline recently increased frequencies between Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport () (NBO) from three to five times a week. The additional flights… read more