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Zambezi Tented Camp Adds Family Unit

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Zambezi Tented Camp Adds Family Unit Anabezi, in the lower region of the Zambezi National Park, Zambia, has recently undergone major updates and added a family unit. Five tents have been moved, allowing all 12 [...]

Border Delays Between Zimbabwe & Botswana

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

Border Delays Between Zimbabwe & Botswana Due to an influx of cross-border travellers, Wild Horizon's has advised that they have been experiencing significant delays at all ports of entry to Zimbabwe and more particularly the [...]

Major Refurbishment for Machangulo Beach Lodge

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Major Refurb for Machangulo Beach Lodge Machangulo Beach Lodge has undergone a huge refurbishment redecorating the rooms, lounges, and bars. A dhow bar is now included in the Baixas lounge and the Delagoa lounge was [...]

Old Joe’s Kaia Guesthouse Closing Down

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Old Joe's Kaia Guesthouse Closing Down Old Joe’s Kaia will be closing its doors as a guesthouse on 31 October 2017. The property apologises for the inconvenience. They have advised that they will still be [...]

Port Elizabeth Hotel Group Updates it’s Room Options

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Port Elizabeth Hotel Group Updates it’s Room Options The Port Elizabeth Hotel Group has announced that it is phasing out their Superior Rooms as this room category has attracted complaints due to the view that [...]

Cape Town Hotel Becomes First SA Marriott-Branded Hotel

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Product Updtae|

Cape Town Hotel Becomes First SA Marriott-Branded Hotel The African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa has been rebranded as a Marriott Hotel. Launched on 12 May, the 180-room Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers [...]

Amakhala Bush Lodge Changes their Room Configuration Policy

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Amakhala Bush Lodge Changes their Room Configuration Policy Amakhala Bush Lodge has announced that they have changed their room configuration policy for the third person in the Family room. Going forward they will not be [...]

Spa Maintenance at The Twelve Apostles Hotel

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Spa Maintenance at The Twelve Apostles Hotel The Spa at The Twelve Apostles will be undergoing maintenance from the 11 June 2017 through to the 30 June 2017. This is an annual general maintenance to [...]

Mokoro Activities Resume Following Rain

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

Mokoro Activities Resume Following Rain Mokoro activities at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp have resumed following high levels of rain in the Okavango Delta. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is situated on raised platforms above the Boro River in [...]

First Permanent Camp Opens in Liuwa Plain National Park

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

First Permanent Camp Opens in Liuwa Plain National Park Time + Tide have opened King Lewanika Lodge, the first and only permanent lodge in Zambia’s Liuwa Plain National Park. The lodge was conceptualised by African [...]

New Star Bed Added to Hwange Camp

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

New Star Bed Added to Hwange Camp Wilderness Safaris has added a star bed that overlooks a watering hole to its Linkwasha camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. The new star bed is a short [...]

New Lodge to Open in Namibia

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

New Lodge to Open in Namibia The Zambezi Mubala Lodge, 40km east of Katima Mulilo on the Namibian side of the Zambezi, will open in November. The lodge is currently being rebuilt on the site [...]

Sunset Cruises Winter Pick Up Time Amended

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

Sunset Cruises Winter Pick Up Time Amended Pick up times for sunset cruises have been amended for the winter season. Guests will be collected from their hotel in Zambia or Zimbabwe at 15h30 to accommodate [...]

Victoria Falls Resort Now Offers Breakfast

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

Victoria Falls Resort Now Offers Breakfast The Boma Café at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge will now open earlier in the day and offers breakfast. It will be served in a garden setting and guests of [...]

New Tsogo Sun hotel to open in Maputo

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

New Tsogo Sun hotel to open in Maputo Tsogo Sun has begun construction on a new StayEasy Maputo, just 2km from the group’s Southern Sun Maputo Hotel. Construction of the new 125-room hotel will begin [...]

Botswana Tourism Development Levy

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

The Levy Background The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation has announced the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL) Purpose of the Levy The objective of [...]

Inn on the Square No Longer Part of AHA

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Inn on the Square No Longer Part of AHA Inn on the Square Hotel in Cape Town has been sold to the Onomo Hotels chain and will no longer form part of the African Hotels [...]

Hilton Durban Completes Refurbishment

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Hilton Durban Completes Refurbishment The Hilton Durban in KwaZulu Natal has completed a major refurbishment that was done in five phases. The full refurbishment is scheduled for completion in 2018 after the meetings and banqueting [...]

Makalali Lodge Closure – Effective May

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Makalali Lodge Closure - Effective May African Hotels & Adventures (AHA) managed property, Makalali Private Game Lodge, located in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve in Hoedspruit will undergo major structural upgrades. This 7 month [...]

Upgraded Singita Lodge to Reopen In June

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Upgraded Singita Lodge to Reopen In June Singita’s Sweni Lodge in the Kruger National Park is due to reopen in late June following renovations. The main lodge has been extended and the interiors of the [...]

Shamwari Game Reserve Lodge Closures for 2018

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Shamwari Game Reserve Lodge Closures for 2018 Due to an ever-increasing demand from international tourists over the last few seasons and at Shamwari Game Reserve has announced that most of their lodges will undergo substantial [...]

Legacy Group to Open New Sandton Hotel

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Legacy Group to Open New Sandton Hotel Legacy Group will open The Leonardo, its fifth development in the Sandton CBD, towards the end of 2018. The 52-storey hotel will be the tallest building in Sandton [...]

New Lodge Opens in Welgevonden Game Reserve

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

New Lodge Opens in Welgevonden Game Reserve Safari Home, a Division of Safari Air Wing, has opened Shidzidzi Safari Home in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, Limpopo. The property caters specifically for multi-generational family safari vacations. [...]

Table Mountain Cableway Closes for Maintenance

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Table Mountain Cableway Closes for Maintenance Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 24 July to 06 August. Tickets booked for the week of July 18 will have their usual seven-day [...]

Water Levels in Moremi

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Water Levels in Moremi There has been an unusually high level of water in and around the Moremi Game Reserve. Okavango Expeditions have been monitoring the water levels in the key areas for some time [...]

Wilderness Safaris Relaunches Little Vumbura Camp

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Wilderness Safaris Relaunches Little Vumbura Camp Little Vumbura Camp has reopened in Wilderness Safaris’ private Vumbura Concession in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The rooms in the six tents have been increased in size by 30% [...]

New Time Square Casino in Pretoria

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

New Time Square Casino in Pretoria Time Square Casino by Sun international opened on the 01st of April 2017, and is Africa’s second largest Casino and gaming destination. Modelled around Time Square in New York, [...]

Protea Hotel by Marriott Franschhoek Undergoes Refurbishment

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Protea Hotel by Marriott Franschhoek Undergoes Refurbishment Construction of new rooms at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Franschhoek, commences 24 May 2017 between 09h00 and 16h00 daily. The refurbishments are expected to be completed by [...]

Extensive Refurbishment for Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Extensive Refurbishment for Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge Belmond has announced that their board has approved an extensive refurbishment for Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, situated in the south-western corner of the Chobe National Park in Botswana. [...]

New Bush Camp Opens in Hwange

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

New Bush Camp Opens in Hwange African Bush Camp’s, Somalisa Expeditions has opened in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. The camp has been fitted with six Serengeti-style tents, each furnished and with panoramic views of the [...]

Cemair Announces Flights Between Cape Town & Hoedspruit

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , , |

Cemair Announces Flights Between Cape Town & Hoedspruit CemAir announced the commencement of its scheduled flight service between Cape Town International Airport and Hoedspruit Airport in Limpopo. As from Tuesday 01 August 2017 FlyCemair will [...]

New Serviced Tented Offering Opens in Kruger

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

New Serviced Tented Offering Opens in Kruger Tented Adventures launched a serviced campsite in Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, earlier this year. The camp’s eight semi-permanent tents accommodate a maximum of 16 guests [...]

Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel Undergoes Major Refurbishment

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel Undergoes Major Refurbishment Aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel, in the Western Cape, will undergo an R8.6 million refurbishment. The hotel will be closed from 18 April until August 2017. All 26 [...]

Wild Horizons River Report: Rafting & Livingstone Island Closure

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Wild Horizons River Report: Rafting & Livingstone Island Closure Wild Horizons White Water Rafting has closed for the season due to current high water levels of the Zambezi River. White water rafting will continue once [...]

Elephant’s Eye Closes Their Pool Area Indefinitely

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Product Updtae|Tags: , |

Elephant's Eye Closes Their Pool Area Indefinitely Elephant's Eye Lodge in Hwange will be closing their pool area indefinitely. Over the past few months, ‘the hippo’, which they've named Mugabz, who was previously living in [...]

New Breakfast at the Boma Eating Experience in Victoria Falls

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

New Breakfast at the Boma Eating Experience in Victoria Falls In yet another development and innovation at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, The Boma Café will now be opening earlier in the day to [...]

Victoria Falls Steam Train Trip Now Includes Dinner Experience

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

Victoria Falls Steam Train Trip Now Includes Dinner Experience Victoria Falls Hotel’s steam train trips now include dinner. Dinner aboard the train includes canapés, drinks, a five-course dinner and transfers. The train departs Tuesdays and [...]

African Bush Camps Offers New Experiential Safari Activity

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

African Bush Camps Offers New Experiential Safari Activity African Bush Camps has launched a new Super Sensory Safari experience, which makes use of the practice of biomimicry. This set departure itinerary in April will see [...]

Thorntree River Lodge Opening Soon

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Thorntree River Lodge Opening Soon Thorntree River Lodge, the new addition to the African Bush Camps portfolio, will open in May on the shores of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. The lodge [...]

Hector Pietersen Museum Reopens

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Hector Pietersen Museum Reopens Hector Pietersen Museum in Soweto has reopened on the 27 March 2017 after it was temporarily closed in early February. The museum roof has been repaired and the museum is fully [...]

Queen Victoria Expands Their Offering

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Queen Victoria Expands Their Offering The Queen Victoria, located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will be opening The Manor House as a new addition to their property in May 2017. The Manor House [...]

Upgrades at Sabi River Sun

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Upgrades at Sabi River Sun Sabi River Sun in Hazyview has announced planned upgrades to the resort. The work includes changes to the Golf clubhouse and course; the bar; the main swimming pool and main [...]

Ilala Lodge Standard Garden Room Refurbishment Update

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Ilala Lodge Standard Garden Room Refurbishment Update The first phase of refurbishment of the garden wing at Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls, is now complete and will be fully operational by 01 April. The garden [...]

Water Level, Transfer Times & Laundry Service Updates From andBeyond

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

&Beyond Updates Water Level Update for Okavango Delta Lodges Botswana has recently experienced some of its best rainfall and &Beyond’s lodges in the Okavango Delta are now able offer both boat and mokoro excursions once [...]

Airlink Launches Direct Flights Between Cape Town and Victoria Falls

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Airlink Launches Direct Flights Between Cape Town and Victoria Falls Effective 02 July 2017, Airlink will launch direct flights between Cape Town and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, offering a daily service, except on Saturdays. The flight [...]

Airlink Increases Frequency Between Nelspruit and Vilanculos

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Airlink Increases Frequency Between Nelspruit and Vilanculos Airlink will during 2017 be increasing the frequency of its flights operating between Nelspruit KMIA and Vilanculos, Mozambique. Currently Airlink offers flights on Thursdays and Sundays. As of [...]

Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps Introduce Rhino Conservation Levy

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps Introduce Rhino Conservation Levy The Conservation Levy is utilized solely for the protection of rhino via the Rhino Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the species. [...]

Front Entrance Price Increase at Sun City

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Front Entrance Price Increase at Sun City Please be advised that Sun City front entrance fees applicable to day visitors have increased, effective 17 March 2017. R70.00 - Adult R60.00 - Children between the ages [...]

Maintenance at L’Ermitage Franschhoek Chateau & Villas

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Maintenance at L’Ermitage Franschhoek Chateau & Villas Maintenance at L'Ermitage to the property will commence on 03 April 2017. It will be contained to sections on a rotational basis and will not have a big [...]

Update on Construction Taking Place Near Ellerman House

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Update on Construction Taking Place Near Ellerman House Below is a recent update on the building of the property in front of Ellerman House as well as on a new renovation next to Villa Two. [...]

New Lodge in the Karongwe Portfolio Opening Soon

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

New Lodge in the Karongwe Portfolio Opening Soon Becks Safari Lodge is the latest addition to the renowned Karongwe Portfolio. Offering guests, the full package, this retreat incorporates luxury accommodation, dedicated staff and big five [...]

Radisson Red Cape Town Coming Soon

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Radisson Red Cape Town Coming Soon Located in the Silo district of the V&A Waterfront the first Radisson Red in South Africa is due to open September 2017. The new hotel’s features will include: 252 [...]

Radisson Blu to Open New Hotel In Cape Town

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Updtae|Tags: , |

Radisson Blu to Open New Hotel In Cape Town The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town will open its doors in April. The hotel is on the corner of Riebeeck and Long Streets on [...]

Mack Air Announces Seat Rate Update

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

Mack Air Announces Seat Rate Update Mack Air would like to announce that it will no longer be charging for an additional seat for guests weighing 110kg (242 lbs) or more.  For this additional seat [...]

New Hilton and Tsogo Sun Hotels in Zambia

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

New Hilton and Tsogo Sun Hotels in Zambia Two projects in Zambia totalling USD$ 126m will include the establishment of two new major hotel brands. A three-star Hilton Garden Inn is nearing completion in Lusaka [...]

Ghoha Hills Opens New Lodge in Botswana

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Ghoha Hills Opens New Lodge in Botswana Ghoha Hills will open the 28-bed Nogatsaa Pans Lodge in the remote Nogatsaa/Tchinga area of the Chobe National Park, in July. The lodge overlooks the Kwikanba Pan. The [...]

African Bush Camps Upgrades Two of its Botswana Camps

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

African Bush Camps Upgrades Two of its Botswana Camps African Bush Camps’ Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch, a chalet camp, and Khwai Tented Camp, a mobile camp, both in Moremi Game Reserve, have undergone changes. Both [...]

Malaria Warning for Travellers to Botswana

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Malaria Warning for Travellers to Botswana The Ministry of Health and Wellness Botswana is warning that the country is experiencing a high level of malaria, following the recent heavy rains. There have been increases in [...]

Mantis to Open New Western Cape Property

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Mantis to Open New Western Cape Property The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis, on Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, is set to open its doors to guests in April. The first phase [...]

Thornybush Drops Their Boundary

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Thornybush Drops Their Boundary Thornybush Nature Reserve, has begun removing its eastern boundary fence with the Timbavati, a process that should be complete by early May. Thornybush will be completely unfenced making the 14 500-hectare [...]

Sefapane Lodge Joins AHA Portfolio

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Sefapane Lodge Joins AHA Portfolio AHA Hotels and Lodges has secured the full management and marketing contract for Sefapane Lodges and Safaris in Phalaborwa, Limpopo,  as of 01 March. The four-star property has three lodge [...]

Elephant Camp Wins Luxury Hotel and Top Hotel Service Awards

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Elephant Camp Wins Luxury Hotel and Top Hotel Service Awards The Elephant Camp was voted the Number 9 Luxury Hotel in Africa & Number 18 Top Hotel for Service, Africa at the 2017 Trip Advisor [...]

Zimbabwe Lodge to Undergo Renovations

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Zimbabwe Lodge to Undergo Renovations Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, near the north-eastern border of the Matusdona National Park in Zimbabwe, is being refurbished. The 10 garden-view rooms are being turned into a gym and spa [...]

Under One Botswana Sky Announces Opening Offer at Ra Dinare

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Under One Botswana Sky Announces Opening Offer at Ra Dinare Book a minimum of 2 nights at Ra Dinare and 2 nights at Moremi Crossing or Gunn's Camp then the intercamp charter currently valued at [...]

Luxury Kruger Lodge Unveils Sleepout Experience

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Luxury Kruger Lodge Unveils Sleepout Experience Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, has created a new experience to sleep alfresco. The beds are on the deck of each private suite and offer privacy [...]

Outdoor Refurbishment at Sabi River Sun

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Outdoor Refurbishment at Sabi River Sun Sabi River Sun has announced that they will be undergoing the following upgrades: Upgrades to the Golf clubhouse and bar Main swimming pool (hotel has 4 other smaller pools [...]

Exclusive-Use Safari Villa Open for Bookings

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Exclusive-Use Safari Villa Open for Bookings Kwandwe Fort House, opening 01 July, is available for bookings. The sole-use safari villa comprises two master bedrooms and two twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. It can accommodate four [...]

Franschhoek Hotel Gets New Look

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Franschhoek Hotel Gets New Look The Protea Hotel by Marriott® Franschhoek, is set to undergo expansion and major refurbishment. One element of the work involves the conversion of the existing conference facilities into 10 additional [...]

Tintswalo Safari Lodge Launches New Family Suite

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Tintswalo Safari Lodge Launches New Family Suite Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve has added a two-bedroom family suite. The Grant Suite is connected to the main lodge and offers two en-suite bedrooms, [...]

Know Your Product… Gondwana Eco Camp

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Gondwana Eco Camp Gondwana Game Reserve’s Eco Camp offers close encounters with Big 5 wildlife just a few hours out of Cape Town.  The 11 000 hectare private game reserve is located along the Garden [...]

Kenya Airways Launches Direct Flights to Vic Falls

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , , , |

Kenya Airways Launches Direct Flights to Vic Falls Kenya Airways will operate flights from Nairobi to Victoria Falls from 18 May. The service will be linked to the airline’s existing services to Cape Town. The [...]

30-day Tourist Visas now Available at Borders for all Visitors to Mozambique

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

30-day Tourist Visas now Available at Borders for all Visitors to Mozambique All visitors to Mozambique are now eligible for visas at borders equipped with the equipment necessary to issue biometric visas. 26 border posts [...]

Bush and Beach Combo Massinga Beach & Lukimbi Safari Lodge

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Romantic Bush and Beach Combo – Lukimbi Safari Lodge & Massinga Beach Indulge in the best of both worlds with this amazing 7 night package combining 3 nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge located in the [...]

Notice of Construction at Property Next to Oude Werf Hotel

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Notice of Construction at Property Next to Oude Werf Hotel Oude Werf Hotel has advised that there is ongoing construction work being undertaken on a site neighbouring the hotel. In an effort to conclude the [...]

Renovations at the Windsor Hotel

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Renovations at the Windsor Hotel Renovations will be taking place at the Windsor Hotel from May 2017 until mid-August 2017. Room renovation will be held on the top floor and works will be restricted between [...]

Garden Route Hotel Adds Self-Catering Option

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Garden Route Hotel Adds Self-Catering Option Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay in the Garden Route has launched a self-catering apartment. The two-bedroom apartment has a kitchen and living area, a private entrance and an [...]

Tropical Storm Update: SANParks Announces Road & Camp Closures

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Newsflash|Tags: |

 Tropical Storm Update: SANParks Announces Road & Camp Closures Tropical Storm Dineo has been downgraded from Cyclone status after making landfall in Mozambique on Wednesday but risks of heavy rain and strong winds are still [...]

How to Get to Massinga Beach

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Massinga Beach: Getting There Although Massinga Beach Lodge sits away on a secluded stretch of paradise in the Inhambane Province, getting there is quite simple. Here's some information to help you put together an itinerary [...]

Roof Re-thaching at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Roof Re-thaching at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls Safari Lodge will be closed from 01 to 15 June 2017 to re-thatch the main lodge area, which includes the reception, guest services, MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, Buffalo [...]

New Tented Camp to Open in Mana Pools

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

New Tented Camp to Open in Mana Pools Robin Pope Safaris has expanded its operations into Zimbabwe and has formed a strategic partnership with a local safari operator. Robin Pope Safaris will set up a [...]

Two New Camps to Open in Botswana

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Two New Camps to Open in Botswana Under One Botswana Sky will open two new camps, Rra Dinare in June 2017and a second camp that has yet to be named will open in August 2017 [...]

Kapama Private Game Reserve Room Sharing Policy Update

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Kapama Private Game Reserve Room Sharing Policy Update Kapama Private Game Reserve has changed the triple room policy at their camps in order to enhance guest experience and ensure complete comfort and satisfaction. Effective immediately [...]

Tent Upgrades at SAN Parks Lower Sabie Campsite

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Tent Upgrades at SAN Parks Lower Sabie Campsite South African National Parks (SAN Parks) advised that Lower Sabie will start upgrading their tents from 01 May 2017 until the end of the year. Only the [...]

Construction at Ghost Mountain Inn

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Construction at Ghost Mountain Inn Renovations are currently taking place at Ghost Mountain Inn and will continue until 30 November 2017. The hotel is constructing 22 guest bedrooms, 2 suites and a new larger swimming [...]

Sun International: Water Park Maintenance Dates

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Sun International: Water Park Maintenance Dates Please note the below maintenance dates for Sun International's the Valley of Waves and Wild Waves Water Park. Sun City - Valley of Waves: The Valley of Waves will [...]

SAB World of Beer to Relaunch Monthly Beer-Pairing Lunch

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

SAB World of Beer to Relaunch Monthly Beer-Pairing Lunch SAB World of Beer will reintroduce its monthly food and beer pairings in March. The beer-pairing lunches are held once a month on a Saturday at [...]

Plans To Develop Cultural Village and Lodge in Botswana

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Plans To Develop Cultural Village and Lodge in Botswana Phiri Tourism Consortium has unveiled plans to build a cultural village and lodge, with completion expected in 2018. Bona Botswana Lodge will be less than 100km [...]

Island Treehouses to Open in Victoria Falls

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , |

Island Treehouses to Open in Victoria Falls Victoria Falls River Lodge in Zimbabwe will launch the Exclusive Island Lodge on 01 August. The lodge will offer three treehouse suites on the private Kandahar Island and [...]

Massinga Beach Lodge

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , |

Massinga Beach Lodge Nestled away in the largely untouched Inhambane Province in Southern Mozambique, Massinga Beach sits on a hillside just above a beautiful stretch of rolling, pristine private beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Secluded [...]

Belmond’s Splendid Southern Africa Special

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|

Belmond's Splendid Southern Africa Special Experience the best of Belmond’s Southern Africa with this new six‐night special offer. Stay at one of the best address in Cape Town’s, the 5-star Belmond Mount Nelson hotel. Situated [...]

Hector Pietersen Museum Temporarily Closed

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Hector Pietersen Museum Temporarily Closed The Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto will be closed until further notice. The closure is a result of the roof of the museum collapsing and it is estimated that repairs [...]

Pestana Kruger Lodge Early Bird Offer

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Pestana Kruger Lodge Early Bird Offer Pestana Kruger Lodge is currently running a special of 10% less on STO room rates on BB and HB basis. This special is only valid for bookings made from [...]

Cape Town Hotels Brace Themselves for Stricter Water Restrictions

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Cape Town Hotels Brace Themselves for Stricter Water Restrictions The City of Cape Town has approved tougher water restrictions to be implemented from 01 February. Hotels say they were aware that level 3b restrictions were [...]

Upgrade for Victoria Falls Bridge and Roads

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Upgrade for Victoria Falls Bridge and Roads The Zimbabwean government has put plans in place to modernise the Victoria Falls Bridge as part of its efforts to upgrade infrastructure in the town. Transport and Infrastructural [...]

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Is Getting A Touch-Up

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Is Getting A Touch-Up Victoria Falls Safari Lodge will be temporarily closed, from 01 – 15 June 2017, to complete a major re-thatch project on the central building, which houses the [...]

The ‘Grande Dame’ of Victoria Falls Gets a New Look

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

The ‘Grande Dame’ of Victoria Falls Gets a New Look The Victoria Falls Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, has undergone the first phases of a renovation project. The stable wing suites and public areas had [...]

Bookings Open for New Okavango Camp

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Bookings Open for New Okavango Camp Bookings for Natural Selection’s new Sable Alley camp, in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, are open. The first images of the camp were recently revealed approaching the camp’s open at the [...]

New Camp Jabulani Conservation Levy

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

New Camp Jabulani Conservation Levy As of 01 April 2017, Camp Jabulani, located in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, will apply conservation levies of R 114 (including VAT) per guest per night. The Lodge has [...]

Tsitsikamma National Park Restaurant Reopens

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Cattle Baron in Tsitsikamma National Park Reopens The Cattle Baron Seafood Grill and Bistro in the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, reopened on 09 December last year. The restaurant and adjacent park shops burned down [...]

Anantara to Develop a New Resort

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Anantara to Develop a New Resort Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas will develop Anantara Zanzibar Resort as part of the Zanzibar Amber Resort mixed-use lifestyle community. It is expected to open in 2020. The resort [...]

Popular Victoria Falls Attraction Gets a New Look

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|

Popular Victoria Falls Attraction Gets a New Look The Boma - Dinner and Drum Show in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, has completed a refreshment and modernisation of its food and entertainment elements. The restaurant offers a [...]

Cash Shortage in Zimbabwe Carries On

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Cash Shortage in Zimbabwe Carries On Zimbabwe is still experiencing cash shortages, with banks setting limits on withdrawals. In Victoria Falls only Barclays and Standard Chartered banks still accept foreign cards. Card swiping facilities are [...]

Victoria Falls Lodge Gets a Refurbishment

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Victoria Falls Lodge Gets a Refurbishment Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is in the process of revamping 24 standard garden rooms, with estimated completion by April. The rooms will feature new bathroom designs, with [...]

New Luxury Tented Camp for Gorongosa

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

New Luxury Tented Camp for Gorongosa The Gorongosa Collection will construct the first tented camp, Muzimu Tented Camp, in the Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, in March, with an expected opening date of late this year. [...]

Construction of Luxury Zanzibar Resort Under Way

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , |

Construction of Luxury Zanzibar Resort Under Way Construction has started on East Africa’s first signature golf resort development, designed by Ernie Els Design. Zanzibar Amber Resort will be on the northeast of the Zanzibar Archipelago. [...]

Cultural Village in Botswana to Reopen In April

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cultural Village in Botswana to Reopen In April Shandereka Cultural Village, on the way to Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, is undergoing renovations. Sankoyo Tshwaragano Management Trust Manager, Galesengwe Haku, said the work entailed the [...]

Airlink Increases Flight Frequencies to the Regions

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Airlink Increases Flight Frequencies to the Regions Airlink has announced a number of extra flights that will be added during 2017. The carrier will introduce a third daily flight from Cape Town to Windhoek from [...]

Ilala Lodge Standard Room Refurbishment

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Ilala Lodge Standard Room Refurbishment Ilala Lodge will be revamping the standard garden rooms from 16 January 2017 and anticipate completion of the 24 rooms by April 2017. The refurbishment will see the installation of [...]

Wild Horizons: Amended 2017 Rates for Selected Zambian Activities

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Wild Horizons: Amended 2017 Rates for Selected Zambian Activities Due to an amendment in the VAT regulations in Zambia, Wild Horizons has announced that they will be revising some of their rates for their Zambia [...]

KAZA Univisa Frequently Asked Questions

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , , |

The KAZA Univisa is Back! Here are Answers to FAQs Travellers can now explore Zambia and Zimbabwe with much more ease with just one visa to travel between the two. Here is a bit more [...]

Hilton Cape Town City Centre Refurbishment FAQs

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Lobby Refurbishment at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre What type of works are taking place? Hotel Lobby refurbishment including a new restaurant, the relocation of the reception and the building of an Executive Lounge [...]

New Features for Sabi Sabi Lodge

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

New Features for Sabi Sabi Lodge Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve recently added new soft furnishings, lighting and relaxation areas. The bar area has new comfortable chairs and a chandelier while [...]

New Direct Air Service to Marataba

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

New Direct Air Service to Marataba More Hotels in collaboration with Angel Gabriel, a charter airline, have launched a new direct air taxi service that operates daily from Grand Central Airport in Midrand in Johannesburg [...]

Increase Golf Fees at Leopard Creek Country Club

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Increase Golf Fees at Leopard Creek Country Club The rates per player will be increasing at Leopard Creek Country Club, in Malelane, Mpumalanga, as from the 01 March 2017. The rates will be increased to [...]

New South African Visa for New Zealanders

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

New South African Visa for New Zealanders A statement was made by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) late last year regarding the implementation of visa requirements for citizens of New Zealand, effective January [...]

KAZA Visa Revised and Renewed

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

The long awaited KAZA Uni-Visa was officially launched on 21 December 2016. The re-launch of the KAZA visa means that visitors to both Zimbabwe and Zambia will require only one common Visa between the two [...]

South African Airways Adds 200 Seats Weekly To Mauritius

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

South African Airways (SAA) increased its capacity on its Mauritius service with the introduction of an Airbus A330-200 at the beginning of October. The aircraft operates flights SA190 and SA191 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, [...]

New Routes for Air Namibia

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Air Namibia has introduced flights linking Windhoek, Gaborone, and Durban available from October 2016. Air Namibia will offer four flights per week on the Embraer ERJ 135 Jets. The flights will operate on Sundays, Mondays, [...]

Tourism Levy to Be Introduced on Accommodation in Mozambique

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Tourism Levy to Be Introduced on Accommodation in Mozambique Mozambique parliament recently authorised a tourism fee on accommodation for every tourist visiting hotels and lodges in the country. The tourism levy has been proposed as [...]

Zimbali Lakes Resort Construction to Start Next Year

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

IFA Hotels and Resorts will begin construction of Ocean Club Zimbali, the first project within the Zimbali Lakes Resort, in the first quarter of 2017. Zimbali Lakes Resort is situated within close proximity to golden [...]

Twelve Apostles Update

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, will be upgrading the Helistop at the hotel over the next few months. Work on the Helistop has not started yet and therefore the hotel is not [...]

Blue Train Adds Another Hoedspruit Service

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

The Blue Train has made changes to its 2017 schedule with an additional arrival to Hoedspruit in Limpopo. The train will depart from Pretoria to Hoedspruit on Friday, 16 June, and the return service will [...]

Knysna Hotel Completes Renovations

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Belvidere Manor, in Kynsna on the garden route, has completed its renovations. The hall, reception area and two dining rooms were repainted and guest toilet facilities in Belvidere House were gutted, with new fittings and [...]

New Boutique Hotel Opens in Namibia

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

The Flamingo Villas Boutique Hotel in Walvis Bay opened recently. The hotel has 17 rooms, 12 standard, four deluxe and one luxury suite. Activities include canoeing, wind surfing, sand boarding, quad biking, desert tours, deep-sea [...]

Airlink Increases Frequency Between Nelspruit and Vilanculos

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Airlink will during 2017 be increasing the frequency of its flights operating between Nelspruit KMIA and Vilanculos. Currently Airlink offers flights on Thursdays and Sundays. On 26 March 2017 additional flight days on Tuesdays and [...]

Rebuilt Wellness Facilities for Wilderness Camp

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Wilderness Safaris’ Toka Leya Camp, near Livingstone in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, has upgraded the wellness area and added a traditional Zambian massage to its spa menu. The new treatment can be enjoyed in the [...]

Africa Wild Expands in Moremi

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Africa Wild Lodges & Safaris will add two new tented safari camps to its portfolio in 2017. The camps will be built in the Moremi Game Reserve and known as Saguni Lodge and Saguni Bush [...]

Leobo Wins Best Family Safari Experience in Africa 2017

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Leobo Wins Best Family Safari Experience in Africa 2017 Leobo Private Game Reserve has announced that they have won The Safari Awards: Best Family Safari Experience 2017, accommodation at the Observatory Villa caters perfectly for families [...]

Seasons in Africa Launches Pel’s Post

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

The Outpost’s new eco-friendly satellite lodge, Pel’s Post accommodates only 8 guests in 4 unique stand-alone, open plan suites. A personal chef, private vehicle and guide offers guests the luxury of setting their own pace [...]

Construction Notification: Melrose Arch is Growing

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

The Melrose Arch precinct continues to grow with the construction of the new One Whiteley development and next phase of this lifestyle centre. Construction will commence opposite the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott [...]

Karongwe Private Game Reserve to Introduce a New Conservation Levy

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Karongwe Private Game Reserve will introduce a new conservation levy to the Karongwe Reserve effective on 1st January 2017. This levy is essential in the fight against chromalena, poaching, and many other activities that preserve [...]

Simbavati Safaris Lodges Update

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Refurbishments at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge are now complete, the dam wall at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge has been re-built and Machaton Private Camp has been added to their portfolio. Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is looking forward to [...]

Premier Hotel Sani Pass Hotel Relaunches

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Premier Hotel Sani Pass in Himeville, Kwa-Zulu Natal, will reopen in April following a total refurbishment. The hotel has renovated the original 75 rooms and now offers a total of 120 rooms overlooking the Ezemvelo [...]

Seychelles to Get a New Airport

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Seychelles to Get a New Airport Seychelles is set to build a new international airport to meet the growing tourist demand. The current airport is becoming too small to handle the increasing tourist numbers. Last [...]

Constance Lémuria Completes Renovations

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Constance Lémuria Completes Renovations Between August and October 2016, Constance Lémuria in Seychelles underwent renovations, a complete renewal of two restaurants, upgraded services and new amenities. The luxury hotel officially reopened on 01 November 2016. [...]

Ilala Lodge Revamp

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Ilala Lodge Revamp Ilala Lodge will be revamping their standard garden rooms from the 16 January 2017. The refurbishments will include the remodelling of the bathrooms, by re-tiling,  baths will be removed from the twin rooms [...]

New Airport Charges Ex Zambia and Namibia

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

New Airport Charges Ex Zambia and Namibia The Civil Aviation Authority in Zambia has announced a new Passenger Safety Charge (TaxCode H2) of USD$ 10.00 per passenger for all international departures from Zambian airports, including [...]

Kasaka River Lodge Closure

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Kasaka River Lodge Closure Kasaka River Lodge has advised of the closure in January 2017 for redevelopment. The lodge will be closed until further notice, but for now there is no time line. Bookings already [...]

New Restaurant Opens in Heart of Victoria Falls

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

New Restaurant Opens in Heart of Victoria Falls A new upmarket restaurant and cocktail bar, The 3 Monkeys, is now operating in Victoria Falls. The restaurant officially opened the 03 December 2016. The restaurant has [...]

Abu Camp Stops Elephant Rides

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Abu Camp Stops Elephant Rides Wilderness Safaris and Abu Camp has announced that as of 31 December 2016, the Camp’s holistic elephant experience will no longer include elephant rides and instead focus on the immersive [...]

New Management and New Look for Tsaro Lodge

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , |

New Management and New Look for Tsaro Lodge Kgori Safaris has taken over the operation of Tsaro Lodge in the Okavango Delta. The lodge has not been operational for years. The lodge abuts the northern [...]

Air Botswana Recognized as the Best Airline Regional Services

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Air Botswana Recognized as the Best Airline Regional Services Air Botswana has been recognized as the Best Airline Regional Services at the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) 2016 Feather Awards.The award is in recognition [...]

Air Botswana Suspends Some Regional Flights

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Air Botswana Suspends Some Regional Flights Air Botswana has indefinitely ceased operating flights between Gaborone and Lusaka, as well as Harare. Gaborone-Lusaka flights were terminated on 13 November and Gaborone-Harare flights on 12 November 2016. [...]

Ker & Downey Botswana Update

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Ker & Downey Botswana Update   Footsteps Camp, home to the Young Explorer and Footsteps across the Delta (walking safari) will remain open until the end of the November 2016. The mokoro activity is currently suspended until water [...]

Expanded Victoria Falls Airport Secures First New Airline

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , |

Expanded Victoria Falls Airport Secures First New Airline Ethiopian Airlines will introduce flights into the new Victoria Falls International Airport from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from March 2017. The airline is at an [...]

Victoria Falls International Airport

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Victoria Falls International Airport Construction of Victoria Falls international airport is complete and the airport is operational with capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers per annum, tripling its previous volume, and is capable of landing [...]

Shortage of US Dollars in Zimbabwe

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Shortage of US Dollars in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe continues to experience a shortage of US Dollars cash. There are cash withdrawal restrictions in place at ATM’s and these vary between $300 and $100 per card per day. Visitors are strongly encouraged [...]

Fastjet Adds Five more flights Harare-Vic Falls route

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , , |

Fastjet Adds Five more flights Harare-Vic Falls route Fastjet has added five more flights to its December schedule between Harare and Victoria Falls. Flights FN8001 will depart Harare at 10h55 on December 21, 26, 28, [...]

The River Club Zambia

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

The River Club Zambia The River Club in Livingstone, has just completed soft refurbishments of the property on the River Suites to maximise views of the Zambezi River together with a soft refurb throughout the [...]

Victoria Falls Airport Works Complete

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Victoria Falls Airport Works Complete Refurbishment and construction at the new Victoria Falls International Airport are complete paving way for the official commissioning of the airport on the 18 November 2016. The development project entailed [...]

African Bush Camps Expansion

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

African Bush Camps Expansion African Bush Camps has announced that they will be expanding their operations. The operator is expanding its footprint in Zimbabwe having just completed the purchase of Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in [...]

Elephant’s Eye Joins Green Tourism

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Elephant's Eye Joins Green Tourism Elephant's Eye, Hwange, has announced that it has been officially recognised by Green Tourism as a partner! as the largest sustainable certification program of its kind focusing on sustainable eco-lodges and hotels around [...]

Introduction of Bond Notes

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Introduction of Bond Notes Guests travelling to Zimbabwe are advised to carry small denomination notes following the introduction of the Bond notes and coins, which are expected to start circulating by the end November 2017. [...]

A New Duba Plains Camp Opening Next Year

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

A New Duba Plains Camp Opening Next Year Duba Plains Camp by Great Plains Conservation, in the Okavango Delta, is currently being rebuilt and is expected to open in March 2017. The camp will comprise [...]

Marriott International Update

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Marriott International recently announced the rebranding of Protea Hotels. The hotel group will now officially be Protea Hotels by Marriott.

New Boutique Hotel Set to Launch in Cape Town

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

The Grey Boutique Hotel in Green Point, is set to launch December 20146. The hotel features 13 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, two with views of Table Mountain. A collection of hospitality and leisure spaces [...]

26 Sunset: ‘Africa’s Best Private Villa 2016’

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

26 Sunset Avenue in Cape Town has been awarded the Africa's Best Private Villa for 2016 recently at the World Boutique Hotel Awards event held on 09 November 2016, in London.

Ellerman House: Update on Construction Site Next Door

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

As reported earlier this year, construction on the neighbouring property commenced in January 2016. A crane was erected in early November which is unfortunately beyond the property’s control. The management however maintains that the construction [...]

Newmark Hotels Undergoes New Developments

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Newmark Hotels has announced they  been  undergoing some developments at the V&A Waterfront properties, this includes the Queen Victoria Hotel and the Manor House which is under construction.V& A has also opened the Ginja restaurant [...]

Air Seychelles Flight Network Expansiion

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Air Seychelles Flight Network Expansion  Air Seychelles has announced a major fleet and network expansion that will see the airline introduce a second Airbus A330 aircraft, commence non-stop services to Düsseldorf (Germany) and Durban expected [...]

Air Namibia New routes

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Air Namibia New routes Air Namibia has introduced flights linking Windhoek, Gaborone, and Durban available from October 30. Air Namibia will offer four flights per week on the Embraer ERJ 135 Jets. The flights will operate [...]

Safari Logistics Update

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Safari Logistics Update Safari Logistics, which links Zimbabwe’s top safari and wildlife areas has put in place strict luggage and weight restrictions during summer for safety reasons on the weight of passengers and their luggage [...]

Kwando Safaris Boat Trips

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Kwando Safaris To Resume Boat Trips at Lagoon Kwando Safaris has announced that as from 06 Nov 2016 the suspended boat activity at Lagoon will be resumed. It will not depart from the camp itself [...]

Wildlife Lodge Opens in Namibia

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Wildlife Lodge Opens in Namibia Chobe Water Villas, on the eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip in Namibia’s recently renamed Zambezi region, opened earlier this month. The lodge, which has 16 boutique-style rooms, is in [...]

Regent Select Hotel Refurbishment and Expansion

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Regent Select Hotel Refurbishment and Expansion Regent Select Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana, has commenced a refurbishment and expansion project that will see seven rooms added to the 30-roomed property. The project is expected to be [...]

Low Water Levels in the Delta

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

&Beyond has announced that water levels have dropped substantially in the Okavango Delta. Transfers and water-based activities at &Beyond’s Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp have been affected [...]

New Mega Resort in Zanzibar

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Pennyroyal Gibraltar, has embarked on a major resort construction project in Zanzibar.The high-end complex to be known as Zanzibar Amber Resort is being built on a 650-hectare of land in the northeast of Zanzibar Island. [...]

Victoria Falls Day Trips from Botswana

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Bush Lodge offer full day trips to Victoria Falls that are available all year round on unguided or fully guided basis. The trips are ideal for guests not able to [...]

New Lodge Opens Outside Maun

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Mochaba Crossing Lodge has opened 30km from Maun, en route to the Moremi Game Reserve. The lodge offers six chalets, one family chalet, six meru tents and five standard tents and can accommodate up to [...]

Sun City Upgrade Update

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , , |

Sun City Upgrade Update Sun City Hotel located at Sun International’s flagship resort, has been rebranded as Soho.The new brand launches the “always on “Soho Hotel. The Sun City Theatre inside Soho features the Vibes [...]

Sun City Upgrade Update

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Sun City Hotel located at Sun International’s flagship resort, has been rebranded as Soho.The new brand launches the “always on “Soho Hotel. The Sun City Theatre inside Soho features the Vibes bar and the Encore [...]

Block Out Update

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers (including all Self – Drive & Private Tours): TISD 07 - departure on 12 Dec 2016 TIRS [...]

Pool Renovations at Eight Bell Mountain Inn

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Eight Bells Mountain Inn situated between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn is has advised that that the pool will be closed for renovations. The hotel has indicated that  there will be no interruptions of any other [...]

Thonga Beach Refurbishment

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Thonga Beach Lodge in Kwa-Zulu Natal, has recently undergone a refurbishment to its he lounge area. The lounge has been upgraded with new floors, furniture and thatch roof and the dining area has received new [...]

Cloud 9 Upgrades

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, will be undergoing a refurbishment and transforming the 16-bedroom guesthouse into a 53-room hotel and spa. Rooms will offer modern amenities and facilities will include a [...]

Travel Tuesday

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Travel Tuesday A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

Three Tree Hill Lodge Wins Lilizela Award

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Three Tree Hill Lodge Wins Lilizela Award Three Tree Hill Lodge has been awarded  the best service excellence for 4 Star Lodge in South Africa at the annual Lilizela Awards ceremony in Sandton, on 16 October [...]

Block Out Update

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Block Out Update Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers: TISD 45 - departures on 07 March 2017 (including all Self – Drive & [...]

Exclusive-Use Sabi House Now Open

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Exclusive-Use Sabi House Now Open Jaci’s Sabi House, an exclusive-use property in the Sabi Sand Reserve with access to prime game-viewing areas, opened in September. The property accommodates a maximum of six guests for exclusive-use [...]

Biometric Capturing in Peak Period

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

The Board of Airline Representatives South Africa (Barsa), has called on the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to suspend the biometric capturing at South Africa’s airports for the duration of the peak season. The Board [...]

Taj Hotel Recieves Service Excellence Award

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Taj Cape Town celebrated being the only five star luxury hotel to receive the 2016 Lilizela Tourism Award for ‘Best in South Africa: Accommodation and Service Excellence’ Cape Town’s city centre was recently recognised as [...]

New Child Travel Regulations in Botswana

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Unabridged Birth Certificates for Botswana Botswana has now introduced similar requirements for children travelling into and out of the country as South Africa. The Botswana government advised that minors travelling through it's country's borders will [...]

Luxury Tents for Goo-Moremi Gorge

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Luxury Tents for Goo-Moremi Gorge Goo-Moremi Gorge has started construction of eight luxury tents and a restaurant. The property is located about 100 km from Martin’s Drift border in Tswapong Hills. The construction of the [...]

Luxury Tents for Goo-Moremi Gorge

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Goo-Moremi Gorge has started construction of eight luxury tents and a restaurant. The property is located about 100 km from Martin’s Drift border in Tswapong Hills. The construction of the tents and restaurant are currently [...]

New Look For Meno-A-Kwena

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Meno-a-Kwena Safari Camp has been extensively refurbished. The refurbishments included replacing furniture, new beds, linen and carpets. Further revamps of the camp are still ongoing. The camp can accommodates up to 16 guests and is [...]

Refurbishment For Zim Fishing Camp

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Tiger Safaris a fishing camp in Chirundu, is undergoing a three-phase refurbishment. The first phase has already commenced, with a new kitchen that allows the camp to cater for large groups. The second phase will [...]

New Biometric System Causing Airport Delays

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Please note that here are still delays at our international airports due to the Department of Home Affairs' new Biometric System. At present an estimated 3 hour delay should be expected by clients travelling into [...]

Sun City Convention Centre Update

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sun City Convention Centre in Sun Central is on track to open for business in the first week in November 2016.

New ‘Green Tour’ in Johannesburg

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

City Sightseeing South Africa is launching a new Green Tour in Johannesburg in early November 2016. The tour will depart daily stopping at Zoo Lake, the Johannesburg Zoo, the Military Museum and Constitution Hill. A [...]

African Pride Arabella on Top of Industrial Action

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa part of Protea Hotel the Marriott, has indicated that operations continue as usual during the current industrial action taking place. They have advised that a contingency plan is in [...]

Moremi Camp Closing for Refurbishment

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Khwai Tented Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, will close for refurbishment from 17 November 2016 to 01 April 2017.The camp will be upgraded to a more modern and spacious camp. The rebuild will include [...]

Ethiopian Airlines Introduces New Route

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Ethiopian Airlines has announced a new route to Windhoek, Namibia, via Gaborone, Botswana, expected to commence before end of October 2016. Flights from Addis Ababa departs from Gaborone to Windhoek On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Sanctuary Retreats Update

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Santuary Retreats has announced that the current status of boating and Mokoro activities have been affected due to low water levels in the Delta. Guests looking for water activities specifically are advised to contact their [...]

Five-Star Property Opens in Maputo

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

The new Gloria Hotel in Maputo, opened on 04 October, on the Avenida Marginal seafront. The 258 rooms and suites, all have balcony views across Maputo Bay. Food and beverage facilities include six restaurants and [...]

Block Out Update

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Block Out Update Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers (including all Self – Drive & Private Tours): TISD 44 - departures on 12,19, [...]

SunSquare Montecasino Upgrades

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

SunSquare Montecasino Upgrades SunSquare Montecasino is currently undergoing refurbishments. The hotel will remain operational during these refurbishments which are expected to be completed by March 2017. In a bid to keep disruption to a bare [...]

Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges New Tented Safaris

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges New Tented Safaris Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges has introduced a new Luxury Safari Tents and Luxury Family Safari Tents  to Hlosi and Bukela Game Lodge on The Amakhala Game [...]

New Cape Town Art Museum

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

New Cape Town Art Museum Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa will open in September 2017 in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. The four-year project, which is in its final stage, [...]

Marriott Announces New Hotel Plans

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Marriott Announces New Hotel Plans Marriott International has announced plans for the construction of three new hotel properties in Cape Town, this comes on the back of becoming the largest hotel group in the world [...]

Sun City Resort New Offerings

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Sun City Resort New Offerings Sun International's Sun City Resort will open it's doors to a new and improved entertainment centre, now Sun Central on 01  November 2016. Sun City has undergone an estimated R1-billion [...]

Proposed Tourism Development Levy

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) is working towards introducing a new tourism development levy. BTO, has indicated that consultations with key stakeholders currently underway. The proposed tourism development levy would see tourists outside the Southern [...]

Dolar Lodge Expands

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Dolar Lodge in Maun, has added an executive wing with eight additional rooms. The lodge, located near Maun Airport, previously only had 10 rooms. The rooms all offer complimentary Wi-Fi and are air-conditioned. The expansion [...]

Onguma Lodges to Close for Maintenance

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Onguma Game Reserve in Etosha National Park will be closing some of its lodges for maintenance. Onguma The Fort will be closed from 18-31 January 2017 while Onguma Tented Camp will be closed from 06-12 [...]

Travel Tuesday

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Travel Tuesday “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Block Out Update

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Block Out Update Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers: TIRB- S - departures on 21 November 2016 (including all Self – Drive & [...]

Sun City Pool Closure Schedule

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Sun City Pool Closure Schedule Here is the provisional 2017 calendar for the closure of pools at Sun City. Please note that dates are subject to change;  this is only a guideline.

New Look For Sabi Sabi Camp

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

New Look For Sabi Sabi Camp The renovations for Little Bush Camp in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, are complete.All six luxury suites have been renovated with a [...]

Kruger Lodge Completes Upgrades

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Kruger Lodge Completes Upgrades Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge has completed upgrades to the main deck area. The lodge, set deep within a private concession in the Kruger National Park, has extended the teak decking to [...]

Table Mountain Fully Back in Action

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) and the South African Commercial Catering Workers Union (SACCAWU) reached an agreement on annual salary increases on 30 September. “The cableway is operational and looking forward to workers returning [...]

New Look For Sabi Sabi Camp

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

The renovations for Little Bush Camp in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, are complete. All six luxury suites have been renovated with a view to create the illusion [...]

Block Out Update

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|

Block Out Update Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers: TIRR- MV - departures on 24 December 2016 (including all Self – Drive & [...]

Botswana Turns 50

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Botswana celebrates 50 years of independence this month making it Africa's longest continuous democracy

African Bush Camps Expands into Zambia

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

African Bush Camps is expanding into Zambia after taking over the site of Thorntree River Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi in Livingstone, a short distance from the Victoria Falls. The lodge is being [...]

Chobe Game Lodge to Go Fully Electric on Safaris

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Chobe Game Lodge in Chobe National Park, has announced plans to increase its fleet of electric vehicles and boats, with plans to convert its entire fleet of vehicles and boats to electric by the end [...]

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge Update

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Due to the late and low level floods experienced in the Okavango Delta this year the water levels have started to drop. The situation is closely being monitored with the challenge being that the receding [...]

Table Mountain Cableway Industrial Action

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company and staff members affiliated to the South African Commercial Catering Workers Union (SACCAWU) have been unable to reach a settlement on annual salary increase negotiations. Their staff have advised that [...]

Londolozi Update: Guest Conservation Contribution

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Londolozi Private Game Reserve has implemented the Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution on all bookings, as of 01 September 2016 they will only be pre-collecting the contribution on invoice. Funds collected by the lodges within [...]

Hallmark House Delay

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges has announced the delay of opening of the Hallmark House located in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, which was initially planned for occupation in September 2016. The hotel [...]

Marriott Completes Starwood Acquisition

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Marriott International has finalised its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, making Marriott the largest hotel group in the world. The two groups linked their loyalty programmes as of Friday, 23 September. Members will [...]

Cape St Francis Resort

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

As part of an on-going drive towards sustainable and responsible tourism the Cape St Francis Resort has announced that they have been awarded Fair Trade Tourism certification.

Update at &Beyond

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge’s has announced  that it is undergoing maintenance. The maintenance includes upgrades to their disability friendly room and roof re-thatching. The room will be available for bookings from 20 October 2016. During [...]

Fly Blue Crane Heads to Mozambique

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Fly Blue Crane Heads to Mozambique Fly Blue Crane plans to launch flights  to Maputo by the end of 2016. The airline was granted 14 frequencies from Johannesburg to Maputo and 14 from Johannesburg to [...]

New Executive Plane at Great Plains

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

New Execute Plane at great Plains Great Plains Conservation has announced the introduction of an executive Great Plains' plane. The offer will bring high quality safari experiences to the Great Plains Conservation properties via a [...]

Wild Horizons Wins Best Ground Handler Award

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Wild Horizons Wins Best Ground Handler Award Wild Horizons has announced that it has been awarded the AZTA award for Best Ground Handler in Zimbabwe, for the second year in a row.

Renovations at the Kelway Hotel

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

The 4 star luxury rooms at the Kelway hotel will be undergoing renovations from 5 November to 5 December 2016.The new developments are aimed at bringing a fresh look to the hotel and providing a [...]

V&A Hotel Renovations Update

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

The Victoria and Alfred Hotel in Cape Town has indicated that the re-opening of the new restaurant and reception area has been delayed and is now expected to be open in mid-October 2016. The hotel extends [...]

Dam Wall Under Construction at Simbavati

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Following the damage sustained to the Mbali Dam at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge in February 2012 due to flooding, a reconstruction of the dam wall has been underway since July 2016 that is estimated to be [...]

Table Mountain Price Increase

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Please note that as of 01 October 2016, the cable car rates at Table Mountain will increase The new rates will be valid until 30 September 2017.

Grande Roche Hotel Roof Refurbishment

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , , |

Refurbishments to the thatched roofs at the Grande Roche Hotel, have been delayed due to intermittent rain. The hotel has indicated all work is confined to only one block of suites at a time to [...]

Unexpected Pool Closure at Mimosa

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

The Mimosa Lodge pool is temporarily closed due to unforeseen lifting of the wooden pool deck. Work is has started on the 19 September 2016 and is expected to run for approximately two weeks. The [...]

AM Portfolio Update

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , |

AM Lodge The 5 star AM Lodge situated on a private reserve near Hoedspruit has made some upgrades to its offering. The lodge now offers a daily Big 5 game drive in Manyeleti Game Reserve, [...]

Sunsquare Hotel Upgrades

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Sunsquare Cape Town has announced upgrades to their pool facilities. The project is expected to be completed by 30 September 2016.  During this time guests will not be able to make use of the pool.

New Ownership & Look for Sabi Sand Lodges

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , , , , |

Previously owned by &Beyond, Leadwood and River Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, have now joined The Dulini Collection. Leadwood has three suites, all with views over the Sand River while River Lodge has [...]

Kwandwe Launches Activities for Families

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth, will introduce a range of activities to its children’s safari programme, the Blue Crane Conservation Club, in January 2017. The ‘Eco-nect’ activities will offer a variety of [...]

Victoria Falls River Lodge Adds New Facilities

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Victoria Falls River Lodge in the Zambezi National Park, announced that 13 luxury tents will now have private plunge pools. These are in addition to the existing, larger infinity rim-flow pool at the lodge. Bar [...]

Kasane International Airport Expands

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

A new terminal is being built at Kasane International Airport, Botswana, to accommodate more passengers. Currently, the airport can accommodate 200 passengers an hour and after expansion this will increase to 230 passengers per hour. [...]

Delays at the Kazungula Border Post

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , , |

Wild Horizons has advised that they are experiencing long delays at both, Victoria Falls Airport on arrival, and at the Kazungula border post. The delays are brought about by the increase in the volume of [...]

VFA Airport Nears Completion

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Refurbishment of the Victoria Falls International Airport domestic terminal is expected to be completed at the end of September. It has been closed for refurbishments as part of the airport project, with domestic flights being [...]

Proflight Announces Additional Flights

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Proflight Zambia have announced a new daily route operating 15 June - 31 October 2017. The new route with be a direct flight from Mfuwe to Lower Zambezi (Jeki and Royal Airstrips respectively). In addition, [...]

Forest Lodge to Reopen By Year End

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Grootbos Forest Lodge has undergone the finalisation of the damage assessment with various engineers, building contractors and architects and have advised that it will reopen on 15 December. Lodge reservations are now looking at all [...]

Camps Bay Retreat New Booking Rules

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Village & Life has announced that they will be managing Camps Bay Retreat on a 6 months’ notice period, as of immediately. This means that we currently cannot make bookings past March 2017.

Fire Breaks Out at Zuurberg

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Following the fire damage at Zuurberg Mountain Village in Addo on 06 September, 2 cottages were burnt down. The lodge has indicated that the fire had no direct effect to the hotel, but has affected [...]

V&A Hotel Undergoing Upgrades

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

The V&A Hotel in Cape Town, is currently undergoing renovations. The improvements to the ground floor commenced on the 01 June and are expected to run for 3 months. The ground floor is expected to [...]

Drakensberg Sun Resort Upgrade

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Drakensberg Sun Resort is currently undergoing refurbishments to its restaurant. The resort has apologised for any inconvenience caused and have assured that every effort is being made to keep the impact to a minimum.

Idube Conservation Fee

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Idube Conservation Fee Idube Private Game Reserve has announced that as of 01 January 2017, they will be charging guests R100.00 per person per night as per the recent Guest Conservation Contribution levies. However Idube [...]

Block Out Update

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers (including all Self – Drive & Private Tours): TISD13 - departures on 22 November 2016 TISD42 - [...]

Lobby Refurbishments at The Hilton

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

The Hilton Hotel Cape Town, is currently undergoing refurbishments to it's lobby area from 01 August to December 2016. The construction will take place from Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 18h00 and Sunday from [...]

New Sibuya Game Reserve Levy

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Following the vicious rhino poaching incident in March at Sibuya Game Reserve in Eastern Cape, earlier this year the reserve and its stakeholders have decided on implementing a Conservation Levy. The levy will go towards [...]

New Camp in the Moremi

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Babereki Investments has revealed plans to build a safari camp in Moremi Game Reserve. Chief Financial Officer, Victor Leoketsa said that “Plans are under way to construct a 40-room safari camp in Moremi Game Reserve, [...]

New Leisure and Recreational Dams Under Development

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) in partnership with Water Utilities Corporation plans to open dams for leisure and recreational activities to diversify the current tourism offerings in Botswana. The new developments will focus on both [...]

Le Victoria Hotel Upgrades

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Le Victoria hotel in Mauritius has added a new Skype Bar which offers free, high-speed Internet to guests and the Teens’ Club now has networking facilities. The adults-only wing is currently in development, with construction [...]

Hakusembe River Lodge Fire

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

A fire broke out at Gondwana’s Hakusembe River Lodge in Namibia on 03 September. It originated in a separate scullery building and spread over the lawn to the grass-roofed restroom in the swimming pool area. [...]

Indaba 2017 Dates Announced

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

New Indaba Dates Announced South African Tourism (SAT) has announced that next year’s Tourism Indaba will be held from 16-18 May at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The date change reportedly [...]

Grootbos Forest Lodge Fire Update

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

The fire that started in the Grootbos Forest Lodge lounge on 27 August has resulted in substantial damage to the front section of the building’s roof as well as water damage to the public areas. [...]

New Tourvest Restaurant

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

MAReSOL, the exciting new addition to the Tourvest Restaurants & Taverns due to open 30 November 2016. Located in the old Hildebrand building at the V&A Waterfront, MAReSOL will boast breath-taking harbour and mountain views. [...]

Block Out Update

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers: TIRI-N - departures on 05 December 2016 (including all Self – Drive & Private Tours)

Robben Island Addresses Ferry Issues

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , , |

Five external service providers have been obtained to ferry passengers to Robben Island Museum as a short-term solution to address challenges. In the past, the museum faced challenges of ferries being cancelled at short notice, [...]

Indaba Lodge Upgrades

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Upgrades to Indaba Lodge, Richards Bay are nearly complete. Renovations include a complete refurbishment of the reception and dining areas, painting of the exterior, a new boardroom, a new restaurant, and the addition of an [...]

KLM Airlines Adds Namibia to Network

By | September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its scheduled services in Africa to include Windhoek, from 30 October. The schedule for its three existing weekly flights to Luanda, Angola, will be adapted to make it possible [...]

New Campsite to Open in Victoria Falls

By | September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Shearwater Adventures’ 100-bed camp facility, currently under construction in Victoria Falls, is expected to open in December. Shearwater Group Public Relations Manager, Clement Mukwasi, said bookings had already started trickling in and he expected that [...]

Gomoti Plains Camp Opening

By | September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Gomoti Plains Camp on the edge of the Gomoti River system in the Okavango Delta, will open in March 2017. Just 18km south of Chitabe Camp, it will comprise ten luxury tents that include two [...]

Grootbos Forest Lodge Fire

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

A fire that started in the Grootbos Forest Lodge Lounge on 27 August has resulted in substantial damage to the front section of the building’s roof as well as water damage to the public areas. [...]

Cloud Nine Expands

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Cloud Nine has recently added additional rooms to their hotel, and are currently upgrading their breakfast facilities to accommodate the increasing number of guests. As of 01 September, breakfast can be taken at the Knead [...]

Mantis Adds Two Properties to its Portfolio

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

The Mantis Collection has expanded its portfolio with the addition of two new properties: Founders Lodge and the Windermere Hotel, both in the Eastern Cape. Founders Lodge is on a 400-hectare reserve and offers direct [...]

GCC Levy Update

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) levy: 2016 Voluntary – R100 per person per stay – payable at the lodge directly 2017 Mandatory – R100 per person per day – charged on invoice (note that this figure [...]

Taj Introduces New Dining Experience

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Taj Cape Town has launched The Gallery, a new fine-dining concept celebrating three art forms – the art of winemaking, culinary art and fine art. Each month The Gallery will showcase works of art by [...]

Block Out Update

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers; including all Private Tours & Self-Drive Tours: TIRI - S - departures on 03 October & 28 [...]

Southern Spoor Adds Lodge to Portfolio

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Southern Spoor Marketing has added Olifants River Lodge to its portfolio of privately owned hotels and lodges in South Africa and Kenya. The lodge is 200 kilometres from Johannesburg. Accommodation options for up to 245 [...]

Water Activities Resume in the Okavango Delta

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

All water activities have resumed at &Beyond Nxabega Camp, Xudum Lodge and Xaranna Camp.

&Beyond Air Transfer Update

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Due to the rising water levels in the Okavango Delta, transfers to &Beyonds Xaranna Okavango Delta Camps airstrip have been altered. Xaranna: Transfer to airstrip is by vehicle and takes 30 to 45 minutes Xudum: [...]

Kenya Airways New Route

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Kenya Airways will be adding 3 weekly flights between Nairobi and Cape Town beginning July 2016, linking to Livingstone. This will make it the only carrier to offer a direct service between Cape Town and [...]

Luxury & Adventure in Northern Kruger

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Educational Trips, Product Update|Tags: , |

Pafuri Camp is a 4 star property situated in the Makuleke Concession of the Northern Kruger National Park. About 7 hours away from Johannesburg, the lodge is accessible by road or charter flight. Although the [...]

Sanctuary Chiefs Camp Reopens

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

The camp, which is Sanctuary Retreats flagship property, has been re-built to create a new, luxurious contemporary safari accommodation in one of the best locations in Africa. With 10 brand new stylish pavilions and a [...]

Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel Upgrade

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Rainbow Tourism Group, Zimbabwe, is in the process of upgrading Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, and a new coffee shop has been added to the property. During the refurbishments the hotel will be replacing the old beds [...]

New Family Options in South Luangwa

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Norman Carr Safaris, in Zambias South Luangwa National Park, has rebuilt two of its camps to accommodate families. Mchenja Luxury Bush Camp and Kakuli Bush Camp now each have two-bedroom, two-bathroom interconnecting family accommodation. The [...]

Sausage Tree Camp Completes Refurbishment

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Sausage Tree Camp, in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia, has undergone refurbishments during the off season. A complete rebuild of the front of house dining, bar, and deck area, which now includes the addition of [...]

Block Out Schedule Update

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: , |

Please be advised that the following tour departure dates have been blocked, as we have reached maximum numbers: TIRI-S - departure on 31 October, 21 November 2016 and 24 April 2017 (including all Private Tours) [...]

BON Hotels Acquires First Game Lodge

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

BON Hotels has taken over the Shishangeni Private Game Lodge after lengthy negotiations. The lodge is situated on a 15 000 hectare private concession of the Kruger National Park and will be rebranded as Shishangeni [...]

New Family Suites at Tintswalo

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Tintswalo Atlantic on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean between Hout Bay and Cape Town has been rebuilt with a family-friendly change. Two of the standard suites are now joined with a doorway connecting the [...]

Camp Jabulanis New Elephant Experience

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Camp Jabulani has taken a decision to completely phase out elephant-back safaris by 01 April 2017. The increasing international pressure against elephant-back safaris, because of the abusive way in which a proportion of the animals [...]

Leobo: The Chameleon That Doesn’t Blend In

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Educational Trips, Product Update|Tags: , , , |

Leobo is a Northern Sotho word which translates to "chameleon" and true to its name, my stay there was no ordinary bush retreat. No, Leobo stands out from most game lodges, I've been to. My [...]

Appeals for Clarity on Univisa

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

The Zimbabwean trade has appealed to government to give a clear explanation on the Kavango-Zambezi univisa, which was suspended after Zambia reportedly ran out of the paper on which to print the unvisa. The univisa [...]

Newmark Expands to New Lands

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Newmark Hotels, Reserves and Lodges is expanding into Africa with the establishment of the groups first office outside South Africa and the creation of the Kaufela Collection in Zambia. The Kaufela Collection has already signed [...]

Minor Hotels Acquires Major Icon

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Minor Hotels has acquired full ownership of the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Livingstone. Minor Hotels ventured into a strategic partnership with Sun International in August 2014, to own 50% of The Royal Livingstone Hotel. Minor [...]

SAA Increases Flights to Mauritius

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

South African Airways (SAA) will add an additional flight to Mauritius from 20 July. Due to growing demand, the airline will add an additional flight on a Wednesday, taking the total route frequency from ten [...]

Tsogo Sun Update

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Tsogo Sun has given us a glimpse of what the new rooms at Southern Sun Cape Sun will look like once refurbishments are completed in October 2016. Some of the rooms now comprise of two [...]

Visitors Urged to Drive Slowly on Kruger Roads

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Visitors to the Kruger National Park have been asked to drive slowly during the upcoming rutting season as animals such as impala can become dangerous to speeding vehicles. Impala, especially fighting rams tend to chase [...]

Krugers Phabeni Gate Reopened

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Kruger National Parks Phabeni Gate recently reopened following structural repairs of a bridge. A bridge situated 500 metres from Phabeni gate was damaged by floods in March. The bridge had been closed at the time [...]

Kleine Zalze Name Change

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Please note that Kleine Zalze Lodges (Pty) Ltd has had a name change, and change of ownership, effective 02 May 2016. Their trading name will now be De Zalze Lodges (Pty) Ltd. Managing company, AHA [...]

Change in Restaurant Opening Times

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|Tags: |

Kindly note that Grande Roche Hotel have made the following changes to their restaurant opening times: From 01 June 2016 31 October 2016 Lunch: A bistro style menu is served seven days a week. [...]

Chobe Game Lodge Closure

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Chobe Game Lodge will be closed from 01 December to 17 December 2016 (both days inclusive) due to refurbishments in the main areas.

Air Mauritius Increases African Destinations

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: |

Air Mauritius has added two new destinations from Mauritius to its African network. On 04 May the carrier began weekly (Wednesday) flights to Maputo in Mozambique. The return flight operates via Durban. On 06 May, [...]

Nxabega Tented Camp Opened

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

After an extensive refurbishment &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is officially open to guests. The nine tented suites of the exclusive camp have undergone a transformation with dcor and reconfiguration of the suites, making them [...]

Two Delta Camps Closed

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

MacRun Reservations have announced Kana Kara and Fallen Baobab camps are closed, effective immediately and will not be accepting forward bookings. MacRun Director, Alex Rutherford, advised in their press release that they intend to remedy [...]

Two New Botswana Camps

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Sun Destinations, in association with Wildside Africa, have opened two new camps in Botswana. Tuskers Bush Camp lies on a 365 000 hectare private concession between Nxai Pan National Park in the east and Moremi [...]

New Attraction to Open In Vic Falls

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Regional Update|Tags: , |

Snake Pit, a snake park, is set to open in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at the end of May. The park is due to be launched during the last weekend of this month and is also [...]

Elephants Footprint Closure

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Elephants Footprint Lodge, in Addo National Park, will be closed from 12 June to 3 July 2016 for annual maintenance.

Valley of the Waves Maintenance

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Sun City's Valley of the Waves will be closed for annual maintenance from 31 May to 24 June 2016 (both days inclusive).

Dulini Quintessential Collection

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Dulini Private Game Reserve announced the growth of its portfolio of private, luxury lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The collection has now been extended to include Leadwood and River Lodge, previously managed by [...]

Peermont Hotels Update

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Peermont Hotels has announced that they will be undergoing major refurbishments at two of their hotels. They will be adding 100 more rooms to Johannesburg based, Peermont Metcourt and an additional 20 rooms to Limpopo [...]

Cabanas Hotel Upgrade

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Sun City is in its final stages of rejuvenating the Cabanas Hotel. They will be adding fire pits to the Cabanas lawns to enhance the island-like experience. The upgrades will take place from 16 May [...]

Lake Pleasant Living Closure

By | May 11th, 2016|Categories: Product Update|

Lake Pleasant has informed us that they will be closing their doors as from the 01 July 2016. We are currently looking at alternatives for our scheduled tours and will keep you updated on this.

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