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August 1, 2019

Singita launches journey for SA to Antarctica

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

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

The next stop is Cape Town, where guests will spend two nights at the One&Only, before [...]

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July 30, 2019

Robben Island Museum booking system hamstrings tour operators

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

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

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

In May this year the Robben Island Museum announced a fee increase as well as a two-tier pricing structure for tickets for tours, which came [...]

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July 23, 2019

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

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

Despite reported struggles and increased regional competition, South Africa has remained an attractive destination for international visitors. More than 1.2 million foreign nationals set foot in SA over the past year, and plenty of our fellow countrymen and women have been on the move too: Over 896 000 of us travelled across our borders in the past [...]

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July 12, 2019

Cape Town ranked best city in Africa and Middle East

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

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

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

It’s no surprise then that this year’s World’s Best Awards survey puts Cape Town [...]

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