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Singita launches journey for SA to Antarctica

Farieda | Aug 01 , 2019

Singita has partnered with White Desert Antarctica and One&Only to offer guests a series of unique encounters with wildlife in a 12-day itinerary commencing on November 12.

Starting in the Kruger National Park, guests will stay four nights at either Singita Lebombo or Sweni Lodge. The remote location of these lodges, overlooking rivers filled with hippo and crocodile, allows guests to immerse themselves in the bush setting. Two daily game drives are offered, with sightings of elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah, along with… read more

Robben Island Museum booking system hamstrings tour operators

Farieda | Jul 30 , 2019

Despite the Robben Island Museum’s work to improve its booking and refund systems, these still aren’t functioning optimally and are hamstringing tour operators.

“It’s just become more difficult to book tickets, and communication with the museum is non-existent,” says Hylton Ross Branch Manager, Jackie Mitchell.

Spokesperson for the museum, Morongoa Ramaboa, says the heritage site is engaging with its official ticket operator about how and if it’s possible to reduce the waiting period for refunds, given the concerns raised.

In May this year the Robben Island Museum… read more

Tourism in South Africa: New data reveals who our “favourite visitors” are

Farieda | Jul 23 , 2019

The researchers for StatsSA have been busy crunching the numbers again this month, and they’ve detailed a comprehensive picture of all the visitors to Mzansi between May 2018 – May 2019. Overall, it’s good news for tourism in South Africa, which shows foreign arrivals are up by 1.5% within the recorded 12-month period.

Despite reported struggles and increased regional competition, South Africa has remained an attractive destination for international visitors. More than 1.2 million foreign nationals set foot in SA over the past year, and plenty of our fellow countrymen… read more

Cape Town ranked best city in Africa and Middle East

Farieda | Jul 12 , 2019

The results are out and it’s official: Cape Town was voted best African and Middle Eastern City, beating rivals Cairo and Tel Aviv.

Prestigious travel magazine Travel + Leisure (T+L) asked their readers what they look for when choosing the best cities in Africa and the Middle East. The results are in and Cape Town beat all the other shiny cities to the top.

Most travellers want a “strong sense of historical and cultural identity,” as well as vibrant shopping, food and hotel scenes, and beautiful scenery. And which African city checks all these boxes? Why, Cape Town,… read more

KZN draws thousands of Chinese

Farieda | Jul 11 , 2019

The number of Chinese tourists who visit KwaZulu-Natal is expected to grow thanks to an agreement signed between Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and China Comfort Tourism Group.

The agreement will see the Chinese travel agency bring thousands of tourists to KwaZulu-Natal, taking the tourism industry in the province to another level, says Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Province, Sihle Zikalala.

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC,Mrs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the agreement between Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and the Chinese travel agency augured well for the province’s growth… read more

J-Bay Open 2019

Farieda | Jul 10 , 2019

A pro tournament in one of world’s best surfing destinations

J-Bay Open also known as Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay is a World Surf League competition held every year at Jeffreys Bay in Eastern Cape, South Africa. A legendary surfer Kelly Slater has won the first J-Bay Open as well as competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2008. J-Bay Open was the sixth stop on the Men’s Surfing Championship Tour 2018. It is also notoriously famous since surfer Mick Fanning was attacked here by a shark during the final.

Jeffreys Bay is located off the N2 Highway, about 75 km of Port Elizabeth. In… read more

Oudtshoorn Ostriches

Farieda | Jul 05 , 2019

Have you ever ridden an ostrich? Trying to curb this bird might turn out to be more challenging than you think. Otherwise, simply learn about the life of these magnificent birds

Browse the net for Oudtshoorn, and you’ll soon find that it’s the world’s ostrich capital. This relatively small town in Klein Karoo, Western Cape, literally brims with flightless birds. Keep in mind, however, that they are flightless, not helpless. The largest bird species can surely stand up for itself and you’ll discover their fervent temper if you venture to ride one. Ostrich… read more

Rim of Africa

Farieda | Jul 04 , 2019

Rugged hilly path coloured with wild fynbos is often said to be more than just a trail, as it passes through a range of private lands

The Rim of Africa Trail stretches along the most epic landscapes of South-Western coastline of South Africa. Its scenic 650-kilometer route along the Cape Mountains’ peaks wanders from the Cederberg in the north and continues eastwards before it ends at the Outeniqua Mountains. The route was initiated in 2009. Since then local mountain guides offer their services to those who crave for adventures. One of the reasons for why the Rim of Africa… read more

Swartberg Pass

Farieda | Jul 03 , 2019

A curvy road with hairpin bends and unique colorful cliffs

The Swartberg Pass is located on the R328 road in Swartberg mountain range, in the Little Karoo, Western Cape province of South Africa. With a maximum elevation of 1,583 m above sea level, the road climbs 1,000 meters in 12 km. The gravel road is one of the steepest in South Africa. However, it is open year round and doesn’t require a 4WD vehicle to drive through the pass. The road starts in Oudtshoorn in the south and goes to Prince Albert in the north.

The road over Swartberg pass was built in 1888… read more

Croc Cage Diving

Farieda | Jul 03 , 2019

The snapping jaws and gnarly teeth just a few centimetres from your face—this personal encounter is to become a memorable experience

Cango Wildlife Ranch is the first and so far the only place in the world where you can dive with a prehistoric cold-blooded and much-feared amphibia—a Nile crocodile, or rather a couple of them. The water in the pool is clear enough for you to be able to count all the gnarly teeth.

The experience is unique and perhaps also a bit humiliating at times. Even though you dive in a bite-proof cage attached to the crane, you may still not feel 100%… read more