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Reunion Island: Perfect for Easter Holidays

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Located in the Indian Ocean, Réunion Island can be reached by a quick 4-hour flight on Air Austral from Johannesburg and what’s more, South African passport holders do not require a visa for a visit of up to 90 days ...

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The A-B-C’s of Reunion Island

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Réunion Island is a mere 4-hour flight from Johannesburg on Air Austral and South African passport holders do not require visas for this tropical paradise which makes it the perfect destination! Located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and ...

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Exploring Sri Lanka from Tangle to Galle

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Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) – an island south of India – is renown for its diverse landscape, ranging from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. In this travel destination review, Tourism Tattler correspondent Adam Jacot de Boinod explores ...

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Reunion Island: The Ultimate Nature & Leisure Destination

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Covering an area of more than 2500km² and the largest island in the Mascarene archipelago, Réunion Island is an Indian Ocean destination you don’t want your tourism clients miss out on. Quick Facts Réunion Island, a French department in the ...

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Exploring St. Lucia

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The best way to get a proper sense of St. Lucia, it seemed, was to work my way up the island by foot, road and boat. And spend nights at the islands’ supurb resorts along the way. By Adam Jacot ...

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Exploring Antigua Resorts

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“Back can wait, but not belly” is a well-known Antiguan saying. Whether this refers to a massage before lunch I never found out, but luxury is very much on offer in the following four Leeward Islands resorts of Antigua and ...

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Authentic Phuket

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Tourism Tattler foreign correspondent, Adam Jacot de Boinod visited Phuket − a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea − and reports on Thailand’s most popular beaches, high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. On an island buzzing with tourists reminding ...

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Diani Beach – Magical Kenya’s Hidden Gem

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Kenya is renown as a Big 5 safari destination but not many are aware of its Marine 5, which abound along the country’s 1420 km coastline. Here, some truly unique hidden gems await international tourists to show off its marine ...

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Ethiopia: Top Five Destination in Africa Goal

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27 May 2015: The Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) has said it is making strong efforts to promote Ethiopia to the rest of the world towards realizing the vision of becoming among the top five tourist destinations in Africa by 2025. ...

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Southern Africa: Island hopping at its best

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The Southern Africa region consists of 15 countries, including Madagascar; Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania – perfect island hopping destinations. By Kwakye Donkor. The Southern Africa region consists of 15 countries, namely, Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, ...

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South Africa Leads the Way in African Tourism

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South Africa not only continues to lead the way when it comes to attracting the largest numbers of foreign visitors to Africa, but studies have shown that there has been impressive growth in the number of visitors from European countries ...

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Art in the Seychelles

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The Seychelles is renown as a ‘melting pot of cultures’ and the centre of ‘Creolity’, as Alan St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture puts it. But there’s also a rich tapestry of artistic creativity scattered about this Indian ...

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Property Review – Kempinski Seychelles

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If a 6-star grading exists for accommodation establishments in the Seychelles, that would be my rating for this superb resort. From the friendly and efficient attention of staff on check-in to the luxurious room amenities, wide ranging facilities and ample ...

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RETOSA Transfrontier Conservation Areas

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Sustainable and environmentally-friendly tourist destinations in Southern Africa International tourism market trends generally reflect a tendency for sustainable and environmentally-friendly destinations. In response to this 21st century trend, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has established one of the most ...

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Destination Review: Lamu Island, Kenya

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Top image: An aerial view from Sarilink’s approach to the airport on Manda Island. Lumu Old Town is visible across the channel, as is Peponi Hotel and Shela Village towards the sea. There’s a tangible sense of the past, as if ...

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Property Review: Toad Tree Lodge

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Toad Tree Lodge, in the Kuleni Game Park,  is a wilderness haven – not only for the teeming game and birdlife but also for discerning tourists who want a self-catering South African bush experience within close proximity to KwaZulu-Natal’s King Shaka ...

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Destination Review: Kenya’s Maasai Mara

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The Maasai Mara Ecosystem is home to the Big Five, among other species of wildlife, and has one of the highest lion population habitats in the world. This is where over two million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. ...

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Property Review – Mdumbi Backpackers

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Mdumbi Backpackers, located  on the Wild Coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is quickly becoming a badly kept secret. By Tourism Tattler correspondent Ingrid Sinclair. Unobtrusive on a hill with a 180-degree view of one of South Africa’s most beautiful ...

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Destination Update: Kenya

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Tourism Tattler asked the Kenya Tourism Board’s Managing Director Murithi Ndegwa, for a couple of bullet points on the countries prospects as a tourist destination. We got more than we expected: Q: What is the impact of the recent Westgate attacks and ...

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Zimbabwe: Interview with Ross Kennedy

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Ross Kennedy, CEO of  Africa Albida Tourism, talks about Victoria Safari Lodge, the Green Season and the Tourism Rebate Extension in Zimbabwe. Q: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge turns 20 at the end of 2014. What have been the greatest successes ...

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Property Review – Club Mykonos – South Africa

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A Piece of Greece on South Africa’s West Coast Club Mykonos is a popular holiday destination for both domestic and international tourists alike. This unique “Little piece of Greece”, with its flat topped Kalivas and brightly painted ballastrades, doors and ...

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Seychelles Creolization Festival a resounding success

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Tourism Tattler was invited by the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, Alain St. Ange to attend the 2013 Festival Kreol, which took place in Victoria, Mahé from 25 to 31 October. Tattler journalist and photographer couple, Jeannie and Keith ...

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Zimbabwe: 7 Myth Busters

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When Suzanne and I travel the world and tell people that Zimbabwe’s tourism is on the rise and that it’s at the beginning of a boom, almost everyone we speak to is shocked and surprised at first.  The fact is ...

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Ecotourism hub of Mtunzini under threat

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Mtunzini – From unspoilt ecotourism hub to dusty, mining town in 10 years? The proposed mining of the area south of Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has been on the cards for more than 13 years, but following an appeal by ...

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Scotland and Turkey

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Tattler editor Marjorie Dean is just back from a holiday in Europe. On trend, she decided to mark a special occasion by taking her whole immediate family of children and grandchildren on a holiday together. Then she and her husband ...

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Kenya ranks second in Africa in MICE tourism

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Conference tourism is emerging as Kenya’s new growth frontier, earning the country second position after South Africa last year in the number of conferences held on the continent. The placement in the Country & City Rankings 2012 by the International ...

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Magical Kenya

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Kenya is determined to grow its tourism arrivals from both regional and long-haul international markets and is keen to engage with the travel trade to make this happen, writes Des Langkilde. Muriithi Ndegwa, Managing Director of the Kenya Tourism Board ...

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Not all visas are created equal

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The visa-application ritual is an unavoidable rite of passage to international travel for holders of South African passports, as many countries impose a gauntlet of requirements before allowing entry. This ritual is often the only thing standing between your potential ...

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Ten reasons why Zimbabwe is a true Luxury Destination

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It is no secret that in the last ten years or so Zimbabwe has been struggling with its perception as a luxury travel destination. By Luke Brown. For various reasons the country has been labelled as “unsafe” to travel to, ...

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Zimbabwe Awakes

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As Zimbabwe continues to re-establish its mark on the map of countries to visit in Africa, time efficient and cost effective access to the prime safari areas continues to be a challenge to both operators on the ground as well ...

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Affordable Seychelles

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A bold headline and a statement that many travellers to this idyllic destination are quick to defend or dispute, depending on their personal experience, but a statement that the Seychelles Tourism Minister defends vociferously, writes Des Langkilde. Asked at a ...

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Israel with a difference

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Outbound tours to Israel may be quite common but unique itineraries that buck the common package tour experience are rare. One South African tour operator seems to have the right mix, writes Des Langkilde. Jacci Peter of Live the Land ...

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Mauritius from a travel trade perspective

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Despite the islands close proximity to the African continent, Mauritius attracts more inbound tourists from Europe than from Africa, which is ironic considering the difference in travel time and the wealth of attractions, leisure resorts and business tourism benefits that ...

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