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Friday, 30 October 2009

Winner 2 Night Getaway to the Big 5 Pilanesberg Park

Tweet CONGRATULATIONS to Brett Lee of South Africa who has won a 2-night getaway to Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge in the malaria-free, Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park, in the North West Province of South Africa, sponsored by South African Golfing & Safari Tours. The prize includes accommodation in a Family Room for 2 adults AND […]

Friday, 30 October 2009

Picnicking at Harold Porter Botanical Garden, and sighting penguins …

Tweet Harold Porter Botanical Garden is a really pleasant surprise! In fact, it’s one of the Cape’s best kept secrets … I had forgotten just how gorgeous the drive from Cape Town to Betty’s Bay along Clarence Drive, known also as Route 44, is. We were to visit friends in Somerset West in the evening […]

Friday, 30 October 2009

Groot Constantia Christmas Fair

Tweet I hadn’t managed to get to the Groot Constantia Christmas Fair during the evening this week so popped in during lunch time on its last day.  Held at Groot Constantia, the setting itself would have been good enough if the fair had not lived up to expectation.  But it did not fail to deliver! […]

Friday, 30 October 2009

29 Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa

Tweet The new season of Blue Flag South Africa was launched at Muizenberg beach in Cape Town yesterday where it was announced that 29 of South Africa’s beaches have achieved Blue Flag status – an increase from 19 to 29 this year …

Friday, 30 October 2009

African Paradise Flycatcher photo by Janet Bloom

Tweet Todays beautiful photograph is of an African Paradise Flycatcher taken by Janet Bloom in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Says Janet: “We saw this mom and dad feeding their chick at a lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve when it started raining. The dad swooped down and sat on the chick until the shower was over. […]

Thursday, 29 October 2009

A hop, skip and a jump to Pilgrims Rest

Tweet Getting to Pilgrims Rest from Johannesburg takes longer than you think it will. It shouldn’t, as the obvious route along the N4 is pretty straight forward – Witbank, Belfast, Waterval Boven – but this is where it starts getting fuzzy, because by this stage not only were we tired, having only left work at […]

Thursday, 29 October 2009

The Outeniqua Powervan

Tweet For anyone travelling through the scenic George / Knysna area, one of the attractions is, or always has been, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, one of the last remaining steam trains in Africa. However, many will be as disappointed as we were to learn that the “Choo-Tjoe”, as she is affectionately known, has not run since […]

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Meerkat photo by Jennifer Peers

Tweet One of the first entries received for our November Photography Competition is this great shot of a Meerkat (also known as suricate) submitted by Jennifer Peers – thanks so much for sharing this with us Jennifer, its very special! Meerkat adults take it in turns to stand on guard finding a convenient spot where […]

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Win a Weekend Away for 4 Couples in Sandton (closed)

Tweet WIN a luxurious weekend away for 4 couples to the 5-star graded Tladi Lodge in Sandton. The sprawling thatched lodge is set on 2 acres of well tended tranquil gardens with a tennis court and a swimming pool in the Sandton suburb of Sandown, which lies between Morningside and the Sandton CBD, a prime […]

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

South African Sports News – 28 October

Tweet Arrows shoot down hapless Ajax Golden Arrows were crowned MTN8 champions in Soweto on Saturday night when they crushed Ajax Cape Town 6-0 in one-sided MTN8 final at the Orlando Stadium. In the process, Arrows won their first major trophy and a record R8-million winner-takes-all prize. The match was effectively over as a contest […]

Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Going Wild

Photographers Competition November 2009 (closed)

Tweet Restore my faith that not all travellers are only interested in the Big 5 … submit your favourite game reserve or nature photo and win! The only spec is that it cannot be a photo of a Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino or an Elephant. Oh, and amateur photographers only please. Your photo will be […]

Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Going Wild

Big 5 or Bust?

Tweet Something that always amazes me is the modern day traveller’s overwhelming desire to spot the Big 5. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate such a sighting and relish every moment watching Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and (for me, the as yet unseen) Leopard in the wild, but when lucky enough to […]

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Special Accommodation Offers in November

Tweet As we always do this time of the month, we scout around looking for the best deals on accommodation in South Africa to include in our monthly newsletter. And we’ve uncovered some excellent options for you – from top of the range luxury game lodges at discounted rates to deals on accommodation for the […]

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

November Events

Tweet It’s that time again, the end of the month and you are wondering what you will do next month. The festive season is almost upon us and before you get overwhelmed by all of those end of year functions make some space in your diary for some of these fantastic events happening all around […]

Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Going Wild

Well Found Welgevonden

Tweet After a tiring journey, admittedly just a 3 and a half hour drive from OR Tambo International Airport, we had finally arrived at the West Gate of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve (near Vaalwater in the Limpopo Province) for a long-awaited game holiday. We happily abandoned our rental car (no private vehicles are allowed […]