Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Bleak road facing SA lodge owners

The coronavirus has left the tourism and the hospitality industry reeling as hotels, B&Bs, lodges and restaurants have closed their doors and sent staff home.

Tintswalo’s new walking safaris

Seeking a Big Five safari venue that offers guided walks? Tintswalo Lodges have stepped up to the plate for those seeking the great outdoors after lockdown

Tintswalo’s staycation deals

In response to the international Corona Covid-19 travel restrictions, Tintswalo Lodges have introduced reduced rates for locals with as much as 50% discount for self-drive travel until 31 July 2020.

Wild cat oasis

Where can you relax with a spa experience, and get close to endangered cheetah at the same time? Emdoneni Lodge near Hluhluwe even throw in a cruise on the St Lucia estuary to spot the hippo

Developing conservation leaders

Jock Safari Lodge has partnered with the Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) to further conservation education and youth development within the Kruger National Park’s broader community.

Sir Percy FitzPatrick’s Jock

Mark Twain popped in, as did the touring British cricket side. Jail wasn’t quite as strict in those days. Prisoners were allowed an hour’s bicycle ride through Pretoria city in the afternoons with a police officer and two mounted constables in tow.

Sliding off the tracks

Train to Simon's Town
As Prasa railroads passengers, is it worth paying more for Rovos Rail or the Blue Train? They, too, are subject to signal problems and endless delays. Will Prasa get back on track?

Bikers to rock in J-Bay

Bike Fest season gets underway in Jeffrey’s Bay on February 28 with some good rock and blues to accompany the heavy metal sounds of...

Foraging and feasting

Seeking something special to do in Cape Town? A day foraging for wild food near Cape Point with the experiential Veld and Sea company, over-delivers in every way.

Shosholoza Fail

Siobhan Cassidy’s 10-point guide to resisting the South African railway service’s best efforts to ruin what should be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.

Taking strain on the train

The menu is printed on a garish yellow laminate sheet, but the fare doesn’t look bad – cream of tomato soup, tender steak, and the “best of South African cheese”.  Alas it’s a cruel tease.

Madikwe Magic

Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve brings many unforgettable moments. Whether it’s a giant eagle owl taking flight, hyenas pups romping around their den or wildebeest pronking alongside our vehicle, this really is a place to sit, stare, and wonder.

Wild about (the) Harri

With 39 studio and penthouse apartments, The Harri blends co-working and co-living areas in Cape Town’s thriving East City precinct, a former gritty industrial-commercial area

Go with the Flow

If you've ever been to Namibia, you'll know how hot, arid and desolate it is. The Orange River is a source of life here. Plant and animal life abounds along the banks and I was hoping to catch a fish. Any fish...

A place of wonder

On the late afternoon drive at Seriti River Lodge,we counted a pride of 21 lion at the Mjejajane Dam, looking relaxed, almost as if they wouldn’t stir if you walked among them.

Beachside oasis

The Marly in Camps Bay
Cape Town’s most glamorous boutique hotel, The Marly, part of The Kove Collection, has partly reopened  and it looks stunning. Summer never looked so good for this cosmopolitan lifestyle destination

Revving up for Bike Fest

Alongside the entertainment offered by the Bike Fest, visitors can visit the many agri-tourism initiatives for which Port Edward is renowned, such as Beaver Creek Coffee Estate, Villa Doré macadamia nut farm and banana plantation, Mattison Square, and Mac Banana.

Roadhouse Blues

Frequented in the 80s by a local motorbike gang hooked on casual dining and women of easy virtue, The White Pigeon's sign got damaged and The White Pig’ throbbed out in garish neon for years. That roadhouse is no more, but these establishments are still going

Paradise at a price

While South Africa gets hung out to dry in mephitic gusts seasoned with instability, corruption, and unfavourable tax laws, the Biltong Brigade are finding meatier prospects elsewhere

Clean, green, and smart!

A  green establishment, solar technology heats the water and provides electricity, and guests with e-cars can power up at complimentary charging points.

Fynbos Foot Safari

Expert trail guides will reveal the 11000-hectare reserve’s unique biodiversity, eco systems, Big Five, and multiple species of antelope in a fynbos-covered, malaria free landscape