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Property Review: Town Lodge Midrand

Location and convenience are the prime motivators for city hotel selection in business tourism. This pearl of wisdom occurred to me when checking into the City Lodge Midrand. By Des Langkilde. Before setting off on my business trip to attend ...

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Enviro Rehab Project in Eastern Cape

A long-term project that aims to eradicate alien invasive plant species and re-introduce endemic flora is underway at Lalibela Private Game Reserve, located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape province of South Africa. By Des Langkilde. Following the sale of Lalibela ...

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Exploring Antigua Resorts

“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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Robust Debate at SATSA 2016 Conference

The 44th edition of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) annual conference was convened at Pine Lake Inn, in White River, from 21 to 24 July 2016. The three day event, preceded by a golf day, was a phenomenal ...

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Property Profile: Ibo Island Lodge

The award nominated and unique Ibo Island Lodge is the only luxury lodge on the island, and has been described as one of the most magical lodges in Africa. Located on a prime waterfront site, the lodge encompasses magnificent mansions ...

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Sibuya Game Reserve Joins Africa Geo-Directory Project

Country: South Africa Region: Eastern Cape Categories: Accommodation, Adventure and Safari Geo-coordinates: Click HERE to view About Sibuya Game Reserve and Tented Camps Spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, malaria-free Sibuya Game ...

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Tintswalo Safari Lodge Joins Africa Geo-Directory Project

Country: South Africa Region: Mpumalanga Categories: Accommodation, Adventure and Safari Geo-coordinates: Click HERE to view About Tintswalo Safari Lodge Tintswalo Safari Lodge lies on the Manyeleti Game Reserve, an untouched, private piece of land situated in what seems the heart ...

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Harties Horse Trail Safaris Joins Africa Geo-Directory Project

Country: South Africa Region: Gauteng Categories: Adventure and Safari Geo-coordinates: Click HERE to view About Harties Horse Trail Safaris Experience nature like never before: Up close and personal. Ride calm and safe horses with a professional guide in the lead ...

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The Waffle House Joins Africa Geo-Directory Project

Country: South Africa Region: KwaZulu-Natal Categories: Attraction Geo-coordinates: Click HERE to view About The Waffle House A trip along the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal would be incomplete without a stop-over at Ramsgate’s famous gastronomy attraction − The Waffle House. Here ...

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Authentic Phuket

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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Property Profile: Nuarro Lodge, Mozambique

Beautifully simple is the best way to describe Nuarro. This stunning property, located in northern Mozambique feels wonderfully off the grid. The owners have commendably tried to use local crafts and staff wherever possible to create this peaceful sanctuary on ...

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Property Profile: Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel

The Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel and Conference Centre is located on an amazing beachfront property in Vilanculos, in southern Mozambique. With panoramic vistas of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, the hotel boasts an infinity pool and bar, and elegant à ...

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Property Review: Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, located in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape Province near East London, is more than just a wildlife sanctuary – it’s an experience! By Des Langkilde – Editor: Tourism Tattler Trade Journal. Inkwenkwezi (meaning ‘Star’ in isiXhosa) ...

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Property Review: Long Lee Manor in Shamwari

Reminicent of a bygone era in South Africa’s colonial past, Long Lee Manor is a meticulously renovated Edwardian era mansion, located in the Shamwari Game Reserve just seventy kilometres from Port Elizabeth, and 23 kilometres from the Addo Elephant National ...

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Beach Stay: Pine Lodge Resort

Driving south along Port Elizabeth’s Marine Drive towards the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, an imposing sign beckons travellers to pop-in for a visit at Pine Lodge Resort & Conference Centre. So I did, and after a guided tour of the ...

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City Stay: The Hub Boutique Hotel

Port Elizabeth’s business and leisure suburb of Walmer is just 5 kilometres from the airport. Here’s Tourism Tattler’s recommendation on Where to Stay in and around Nelson Mandela Bay: The Hub Boutique Hotel The Hub Boutique Hotel is located in ...

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Beach Stay: Brookes Hill Suites

The beachfront promenade along Marine Drive in Port Elizabeth has many fine accommodation establishments. Here’s Tourism Tattler’s recommendation on Where to Stay in and around Nelson Mandela Bay: Brookes Hill Suites – Everything the leisure or business traveller could want ...

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City Stay: Cape Flame Guesthouse

Accommodation in and around Port Elizabeth can be found on the NMBT website at www.nmbt.co.za/accommodation. Many of these establishments are also listed on Tourism Tattler’s Trade Directory, which has been categorised by location and experience. Below is our recommendation on ...

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Review: 2016 ASEAN Tourism Forum

The 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum (ATF) and the accompanying TRAVEX travel trade show, held in Manila recently, once again highlighted why this region is such a popular tourist destination. With experiences that range from extravagant ...

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Property Profile: Travessia Beach Lodge

Located off the beaten track, with easy access from Inhambane airport or Vilanculos International airport, Travessia is an eco-beach lodge that is all about understated barefoot luxury. The lodge is built on raised wooden decks with timber or roll-up canvas ...

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Property Review: De Zeekoe

Farm Stays are growing in popularity and De Zeekoe in Oudtshoorn is more popular than most – and for good reason as it offers a truly unique South African farm experience to both domestic and international leisure travellers alike, writes ...

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Diani Beach – Magical Kenya’s Hidden Gem

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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ATA’s 40th Annual World Congress

I’ve attended travel trade conferences aplenty over the years, but ATA’s World Congress has set the bar in terms of programme content and quality speakers, writes Des Langkilde. The Africa Travel Association (ATA) 40th Annual World Congress held in Nairobi, ...

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Property Review: Alfajiri Villas

From medical doctor to hospitality host to the rich and famous, the story of Alfajiri Villas owner Dr. Fabrizi Molinaro provides an interesting case study on marketing exclusivity, writes Des Langkilde. Alfajiri, meaning ‘dawn‘ in Swahili, is inappropriately named. I ...

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Restaurant Review: Balata

The Balata Restaurant in the Fairway Hotel is reputed to offer the best cuisine that the Johannesburg hospitality industry has to offer. Marjorie Dean finds out if its reputation meets her discerning expectation. Winter evenings in Johannesburg don’t really tempt ...

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Venue Review: Fancourt, South Africa

When it comes to South African venues that are capable of hosting the entire spectrum of MICE events to 5-star standards, Fancourt certainly delivers beyond expectation, writes Des Langkilde. Fancourt, located just 7km from George Airport in South Africa’s Western ...

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Hospitality Profile: Mantis Hotels

Mantis Hotels, EcoEscapes & Lifestyle Resorts offers travellers exceptional properties and authentic experiences across the globe. From beach, bush and city hospitality and spa’s, to experience packages like no other – Mantis has it all – and more. Mantis is ...

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Property Review: Gooderson Monks Cowl

Adventure into the Drakensberg at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort There’s nothing quite like an adrenaline rush against the backdrop of the breath taking Drakensberg and the 260,000 hectare Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage site and Mdedelo wilderness area, writes ...

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2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards Judging

Earlier this year, South African Tourism invited members of the tourism industry to form part of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards adjudication panel. This invitation was well-received, with the cream of the industry offering to do service on the Lilizela ...

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Weddings: Stats, Trends & Budgets

Is the global wedding industry, estimated to be worth $298 billion* on the rise or declining? The statistics, trends and wedding budgets reveal some interesting facts, writes Des Langkilde. Considering that the average marriage age in South Africa is 29 ...

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Property Review: Hotel Verde Cape Town

The airport industrial area of Cape Town, South Africa is not an address which inspires images of ‘environmentally-friendly’ or ‘carbon neutral’, but Hotel Verde is both these things, writes Kirsten Bohle. Nestled amongst the parking lots of rental car companies ...

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Venue Review – Spier

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. To say that I’m impressed with the farm’s conference facilities would be an under statement, writes Des Langkilde. Due to travel commitments at the time, ...

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Property Review: Grootbos

In South Africa there are ample hospitality establishments who provide 5-star accommodation combined with matching cuisine, but very few who excel in catering to all 6 experiential senses, namely sight, smell, taste, touch, hear and spirit. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve ...

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Event Review – Greyville Exhibition and Events

Tourism Tattler joined over 500 media, hospitality, corporate and government event organiser representatives at Durban’s Greyville Racecourse on Thursday 18 September, to discover what the Greyville Exhibition and Events Company has to offer the travel trade. By Tourism Tattler Director, ...

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Property Review: Wild Clover Farm

The likelihood of finding a four-leaf clover in nature is 1 in 10 000, and according to Irish superstition, brings the finder good luck. Tourism Tattler found both when visiting this unique hospitality establishment located in Stellenbosch, along Cape Town’s ...

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Art in the Seychelles

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: Entabeni Safari Conservancy

A Legend(ary) Cultural Conglomeration Tourism Tattler correspondent, Renate de Villiers visited Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa’s Limpopo province to discover what developments have taken place under the portfolio management of Legend Lodges, Hotels and Resorts. All over the world ...

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Property Review – Kempinski Seychelles

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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Destination Review: Lamu Island, Kenya

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

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

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

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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Property Review – Club Mykonos – South Africa

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

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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Property Review – Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

The word ‘Kwandwe’ is derived from the isiXhosa language and means “Place of the Blue Crane”, which is appropriate given that this endangered species is South Africa’s national bird, and ties-in well with the Private Game Reserve’s environmental and conservation ...

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Scotland and Turkey

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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Conventions — Par Excellence

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) invited Tourism Tattler, as the official trade journal to SATSA, to participate in a two-day trip to showcase Nelson Mandela Bay’s business events capabilities and facilities and to attend the annual South African ...

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Ndumu River Lodge

Ideally positioned along KwaZulu-Natal’s Route 22, between the village of Jozini and the Mozambique border, Ndumu River Lodge provides an ideal wilderness retreat for business travellers, incentive groups, wedding functions or just a long-weekend away. By Des Langkilde Researching the ...

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Property Review – Ubizane

Ubizane – The Place of Calling Ubizane Wildlife Reserve in South Africa lives up to its isiZulu name as a place that invokes natures call to experience her abundance of flora and fauna – natural assets that are as unique ...

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Restaurant Review – BiCE Hyde Park

Real Italian fine dining lights up Hyde Park Experience an authentic Italian journey of taste and flavour at BiCE Ristorante was the invitation. Who could resist that? Certainly not me, writes Tattler editor, Marjorie Dean. I have driven past the ...

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Warm and Welcoming – Natal Spa

Gooderson Leisure – A South African company for South African people.  That’s what their marketing material says. And on a recent visit to the lovely Natal Spa resort by Tattler Editor Marjorie Dean there was an opportunity to see just ...

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Carnival of Carnivals a spectacular success

The third edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria held in Seychelles from 08 to 10 February has once again lived up to its reputation of being the ‘Carnaval des Carnavals’, writes Des Langkilde. With twenty international groups and countries ...

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From Post Office to Monarch Hotel

Converting a post office into a five star hotel may have been a challenge for some but not for the Mantis Collection who have retained the old world elegance of this historical landmark, writes Des Langkilde. Once the iconic 1930’s ...

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Art Deco Boutique Hotel

Adrian Gardiner’s Shamwari Townhouse in Port Elizabeth underwent a major Art Deco revamp and relaunched as No5 Boutique Art Hotel with some innovative features, writes Des Langkilde. In choosing the new identity, No5 Boutique Art Hotel, the Mantis Collection literally ...

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Luxury Apartments at the southern tip of Africa

Self-catering apartments may be plentiful in the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town but few match the sheer luxury and aesthetic appeal as that offered by this gem in Mantis Collection’s bevy of fine African properties, writes Des Langkilde. Located in ...

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Origins of the Mobile Tented Safari

A safari experience is unique to Africa but what does it take to put together a truly memorable safari reminiscent of bygone colonial times? Tourism Tattler’s Bev Langkilde spoke to award winning entrepreneur, Peter Hayward who is acknowledged as being ...

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Garden Route Pearl with elevated sea views

The Western Cape province is home to South Africa’s Garden Route attractions and the tranquil village of Wilderness, famed for its indigenous fynbos, dense forests and picturesque ocean views, from which Views Boutique Hotel and Spa derives its name, writes ...

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The Smoke that Thunders – as the lion roars

For a classic bush experience reminicent of a by-gone era in the heart of Victoria Falls, treat your guests to a safari at the Stanley & Livingston Safari Lodge, writes Des Langkilde. The 6000 acre Stanley and Livingston Private Game ...

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Good Value, Good Fun

Memories you can afford As tourism statistics show, both local and international tourists aren’t staying at home but rather going back to basics and demanding value for their money plus memorable experiences that couple “fun” with good service. Gooderson Leisure, ...

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Mauritius from a travel trade perspective

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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