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June 6, 2018

MUMBO ISLAND: A HIDDEN GEM IN MALAWI

According to its website, Kayak Africa run Mumbo as an entirely off grid, green camp to keep it unspoilt.

Mumbo Island Camp accommodates 14 guests. The camp is built with timber, thatch and canvas, and is perched on high rocks that overlooks the water. According to its website, this was done to“create a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ atmosphere of rustic charm”. Its decor sticks to the green ethos, with all the furniture and art sourced from the locals.

 

Source: https://www.iol.co.za/travel/africa/mumbo-island-a-hidden-gem-in-malawi-15215988

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March 28, 2018

Airbnb highlights new accessibility filters and features for disabled guests

Airbnb adds 21 new accessibility features and filters help disabled guests to find homes which fit their needs. Picture: Airbnb.

Airbnb has released 21 new accessibility filters across the platform that make it easier for disabled guests to find accessible travel accommodation worldwide.

The new filters allow Airbnb guests to search for listings with specific features, including step-free entry to rooms, entryways that are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, and more. Previously, guests on Airbnb were only able to search for ‘‘wheelchair accessible’ listings, which did not always meet travellers’ individual needs.

The announcement comes as Srin Madipalli, [...]

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March 16, 2018

Tenants, listen up! We have some useful hints for you

No exit inspection, no rental deposit deduction, simple – but the refunding of rental deposits is a massive cause of conflict between tenants and landlords.

Here’s how it is supposed to work: tenants are made to pay a deposit, which is usually a month’s rent before they move in, to cover the landlord should they move out, still owing rent or if there is damage to the property.

The deposit has to be put in an interest-bearing account and then refunded with interest when the tenant moves out. That is if the property is in the same condition as it was when it was let out originally.

The Rental Housing Act is very specific about how that is documented. [...]

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December 7, 2017

Travelstart buys Cape Town’s SafariNow

Two of the biggest players in online travel in Africa are hooking up. Travelstart said on Wednesday that it is acquiring a majority stake in SafariNow.com, which it said is South Africa’s largest accommodation booking website.

The value of the deal, which will see Travelstart taking on SafariNow’s 40-person team, has not been disclosed.

SafariNow, which was founded in 1999, will stick to its core business of selling accommodation and retain its current brand, CEO, Tom Williams, and team, Travelstart said in a statement.

Travelstart and SafariNow both started operations in South Africa in 1999 and are established players in Africa’s online travel booking [...]

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