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Ulusaba named ‘The Best Hotel in Africa’ at Virgin Holidays awards

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, part of Virgin Limited Edition – Sir Richard Branson’s privately owned collection of award-winning luxury retreats, has won the Gold Award for ‘The Best Hotel in Africa’ at Virgin Holidays annual awards party last weekend. The ...

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La Motte retains title as Great Wine Capitals winner

For the second year in succession, historic wine estate, La Motte of Franschhoek is South Africa’s Best of Wine Tourism champion. Dating back 300 years, La Motte as South Africa’s national winner joins the illustrious company of some of the ...

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Carnival City named Industry Leader

For the second year running, Carnival City has been awarded the top spot in its category by the Ask Afrika Orange Index.   The 2012 Awards, which pitted Carnival City against all other industry competitors as well as sister casinos within ...

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Waterkloof still SA’s Best Architecture & Landscapes champion

Waterkloof Estate, a biodynamic marvel on the outskirts of Somerset West renowned for its sustainable wine farming ethics, reaffirmed its status at the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2013 by clinching South Africa’s Best Architecture and ...

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Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s film “The Last Lions” wins music award at the Wildscreen Festival

The couple’s 2011 feature film “The Last Lions,” produced in association with National Geographic, won the Wildscreen Golden Panda Award for Music. The wildlife television and film competition includes over 550 delegates from 40 countries. After the awards ceremony, Dereck ...

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&Beyond Group adds more awards in their brag book

Baghvan Jungle Lodge, situated near Pench National Park in India, has been named India’s Leading Wildlife Resort in the World Travel Awards 2012. &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, set on the edge of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, has been ...

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Steenberg does it again and ranks on World’s Top 100 list

Cape Town’s Steenberg Hotel has been voted onto the coveted Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards’ Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World list for the second year in a row. The celebrated boutique hotel not only made the ...

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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel wins Taste Of Joburg

The hotel’s culinary team led by Executive Chef Hanroe Erasmus won the best dish award at the Taste of Joburg in October, beating chefs from 13 other top eateries, including three-time winner and Masterchef SA judge Andrew Atkinson. Erasmus’ Kudu ...

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International accolades for Uthando

At the 73rd Skål International World Congress in South Korea – Uthando was named the winner of a prestigious Sustainable Development in Tourism Award in the category ‘Cities – Villages (Community and Government Projects).’ In addition, Uthando has emerged as ...

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&Beyond wins five World Travel Awards

The company was named both Africa’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company and Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand. In addition, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve was recognised as South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge, while &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge was honoured as ...

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Gondwana wins ‘South Africa’s Leading Nature Experience’

On winning the award at the World Travel Awards, Mark Rutherford, owner of Gondwana Game Reserve said; “We have made a concerted effort to develop and promote Gondwana’s complete nature experience beyond the wildlife and game drive experience. The reserve’s ...

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Legend Golf & Safari Resort wins double gold

For the fourth year running Legend Golf & Safari Resort has won double gold at the prestigious World Travel Awards. The resort has been named Africa’s Leading Sports Resort and South Africa’s Leading Golf Resort. Peet Cilliers, CEO of Legend ...

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Stone Town under threat

ZANZIBAR At a function to mark the Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Conservation Association’s tenth anniversary, Chairperson Mohammed Juma Mugheiry said “Zanzibar Stone Town heritage is currently faced with growing population, increased motorists and redesigning of historic buildings. This puts our ...

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La Splendida Hotel reveals contemporary new look

SOUTH AFRICA October saw the already chic and trendy La Splendida Hotel situated on Cape Town’s Mouille Point Promenade reveal a new image that is teeming with the playful attitude this brand has come to embody. And now, with the ...

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Old Cape Wine Festival – 03 to 04 November 2012

SOUTH AFRICA The Old Cape Wine Shop Imhoff Farm will again be staging the far south’s largest wine festival. There’ll be wines from all the wine regions of the Cape including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Elgin, Hemel and Aarde, Riebeeck ...

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Beehive relocation – Tsogo Sun’s Riverside Sun Resort

SOUTH AFRICA Tsogo Sun’s Riverside Sun Resort not only accommodates corporate, leisure and conference guests, the resort also recently had the honour of accommodating Mother Nature in the form of approximately  20 000 bees. The Queen decided to nest on ...

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Sansui Summer Cup – 01 December 2012

SOUTH AFRICA Jozi’s spectacular horse racing event, the SANSUI Summer Cup, proudly hosted by Gauteng, will be taking place at Turffontein Racecourse. The theme Golden Nights & Pink Lights takes inspiration from the internationally recognized Johannesburg skyline at sunset. For ...

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Elgin Open Gardens – 02 to 09 November 2012

SOUTH AFRICA Twenty five properties in the Elgin, Vyeboom and Bot River districts will open their gardens to the public. One of the properties worth visiting is the Wildekrans Country House – a historic homestead built in 1811. Set in ...

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Protea Hotel Upington to unveil grand new look

SOUTH AFRICA Protea Hotel Upington is set to reveal its stylish new look in November with an additional 29 rooms under construction, a new restaurant that allows for indoor and outdoor dining, a gym and an extensive conference centre. Protea ...

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Bushmans Kloof appoints San descendant as field guide

SOUTH AFRICA Roman Ndeja (35), a descendant from the Khwe San Tribe, recently joined the Bushmans Kloof team as a qualified Field Guide. Born in the Western Caprivi (Namibia), as a child Roman relocated to South Africa with his family, ...

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Three Cities Exceptional Safaris Brand Manager

SOUTH AFRICA Looking back on a career of nearly 15 years in the hospitality industry, newly appointed brand manager Janine Southwood, certainly “travels” her talk. She believes in getting those all important foundations in place – sincerity, honesty, friendliness – ...

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Another Hilton brand poised for SA?

SOUTH AFRICA Hilton Worldwide continues with its expansion plans for Africa and the Indian Ocean region, with 19 hotels in the pipeline, the opening of a regional office in Johannesburg and the introduction of the Conrad and DoubleTree brands to ...

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Wild dogs seen in new areas

KENYA As an indicator species of a healthy ecosystem, Great Plains Conservation announced that for the first time anyone can remember, Wild Dog have been spotted in Kenya’s Olare Orok and Mara North Conservancies.  Mara Plains Camp will now be ...

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&Beyond donates rhino to Botswana

BOTSWANA In the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has earmarked six white rhino to be translocated from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Facilitated in partnership ...

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Congratulations to Theuns Vivian

Congratulations to Theuns Vivian – readers in the Western Cape might remember him as the general manager of the old Western Cape Tourism Board – who received his doctorate (DTech) in Tourism & Hospitality Management from the Cape Peninsula University ...

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Accolades

Congratulations to Theuns Vivian – readers in the Western Cape might remember him as the general manager of the old Western Cape Tourism Board – who received his doctorate (DTech) in Tourism & Hospitality Management from the Cape Peninsula University ...

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