As Easter approaches, travelers are gearing up for a memorable Sho't Left adventure across the diverse landscapes of South Africa. With its breathtaking scenery and rich cultures, Mzansi promises an unparalleled holiday experience for those seeking rest, relaxation, and exploration.


With less than a month left until the highly anticipated 2024 edition of the Joburg Film Festival, movie enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement as organizers, alongside partner MultiChoice, unveil a spectacular lineup of over 60 titles set to grace the big screen.


Valentine's Day 2024 was more than just chocolates and roses for lucky passengers aboard the 09:30 flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Proudly South African, in collaboration with LIFT, orchestrated a remarkable Fashion Show in The Sky, surprising travelers with a unique blend of fashion and patriotism. As unsuspecting passengers settled into their seats, they were greeted with roses and Nestlé Kit Kat, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey.


Are you seeking the perfect getaway to ignite the flames of romance? Look no further than The Capital Zimbali—a haven of luxury nestled along the pristine coastline of KwaZulu-Natal. Join me as I recount my enchanting Valentine's weekend retreat at this exquisite destination, filled with indulgence, relaxation, and unforgettable moments.

Romantic Valentine's Day getaway at The Capital Zimbali: Breakfast included, chocolate heart, and optional Valentine's dinner with live entertainment


What better way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon than surrounded by good food, refreshing drinks, and great company? At The Maslow Sandton, the first Sunday of every month beckons with an exquisite picnic experience set amidst lush lawns, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and indulgence.


As a passionate traveler and food enthusiast, stepping into the revolutionary world of KFC Play Braam was an experience unlike any other. Located in the heart of Johannesburg's bustling Play Braamfontein precinct, this concept store promised a fusion of flavors, fashion, and digital delights that piqued the blogger's curiosity.


Embark on an unforgettable journey as MSC Cruises opens sales for its South Africa 2024/25 sailing season, spotlighting the magnificent MSC Musica. Set to commence in November 2024 from the newly inaugurated R 330 million Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal in Durban, the season promises 34 enchanting sailings, concluding in April 2025 with departures from the picturesque Cape Town.


Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a romantic getaway at some of South Africa's top-tier independent hotels? In this blog post, we present handpicked destinations that offer not only luxurious accommodations but also unique experiences to create lasting memories with your loved one.


Are you ready to ignite the flames of passion this Valentine's Day? Look no further than The Maslow, Sandton, for an enchanting getaway that promises to sweep you off your feet. This leap year, seize the opportunity to surprise your partner with a memorable retreat to the ultimate haven in Sandton.


Embarking on a journey beyond the ordinary, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge promises a redefined family travel experience, transcending the traditional vacation. Nestled in the captivating expanse of the Masai Mara, the 'Interconnecting Family Suite' stands as a sanctuary meticulously designed for families, where the emphasis is on creating enduring stories and weaving bonds that stand the test of time.



Get ready to embark on an exciting journey of home and lifestyle exploration as the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Fair returns to the prestigious Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre from March 1 to 3, 2024. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this year's fair promises an extraordinary experience with carefully curated exhibits, vendors, and innovative features.


Experience the epitome of luxury as La Petite Ferme unveils its meticulously renovated Winery Suites, an enchanting addition to their award-winning boutique hotel and wine estate. Nestled on the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, these five all-new suites promise a perfect blend of modernity and heritage, providing a tranquil escape with breathtaking views over the valley.


Embark on a journey through Qatar's rich cultural heritage without leaving Hamad International Airport (HIA). Qatar Duty Free proudly presents Souq Al Matar, an innovative blend of retail and dining, immersing travelers in the vibrant energy of traditional Qatari markets. Let's explore this groundbreaking concept that redefines airport experiences.


In an exhilarating start to 2024, LIFT, the airline dedicated to redefining the air travel experience, has proudly clinched the coveted title of "Best New Airline Brand, South Africa" for 2023 from Global Brands Magazine (GBM). This prestigious accolade underscores LIFT's unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation within the aviation industry.


Summer, with its blazing sun and rising temperatures, brings forth unique challenges for our skin. From clogged pores to breakouts, diverse skin types face a range of issues. Oily skin may battle increased sebum production, while dry skin can become dehydrated under the intense sunlight. Even those with combination and sensitive skin are not exempt from summer's impact. In this blog post, we'll explore the common skin concerns of summer and unveil the perfect trio of Avene products to tackle them.




22 November marked a momentous occasion as the Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal was officially inaugurated, paving the way for a new era of luxury cruising in South Africa. MSC Cruises is thrilled to announce the grand entrance of MSC Splendida, set to make its maiden call to the country and embark on its first cruise of the season tomorrow, November 24, 2023.



The R330 million Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal in South Africa’s main port of Durban today was officially inaugurated by President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the start of South Africa’s 2023-24 cruise season.

Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal Inauguration Durban South Africa Cruise Season MSC Cruises Public-Private Partnership KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Limited Zulu Kingdom Adventure

Joburg Ballet gives Johannesburg a magnificent festive season present this summer when the company brings The Nutcracker to the Teatro at Montecasino for 11 performances from 1 to 10 December.



Beat the heat of the summer season by sipping on a gin and tonic in the stunning natural paradise that is Sun International’s only beachfront resort, Wild Coast Sun near Port Edward.


Summer is in the air in Dullstroom… warm days, smiling faces, flowers blooming, birds twittering, bees buzzing. 

Disney has officially unveiled its captivating holiday campaign, "May Your Wishes Come True," marking the celebration of its 100th anniversary. This enchanting campaign is centered on the profound significance of wishes and features the debut of the first-ever live-action festive ad, titled "A Wish For The Holidays." The ad draws inspiration from the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios' movie, "Wish," and will be showcased in over 50 countries.





Southern Sun is excited to announce that Southern Sun Rosebank will be hosting an exclusive Wine Tasting Experience following the 27th Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. This prestigious event, scheduled for the weekend of 10 and 11 November, promises an unforgettable journey through a remarkable selection of premium South African wines and spirits.




As the summer season makes its grand entrance, people across the board are rekindling their health and fitness routines. Whether the goal is to shed those extra winter layers in time for summer or to hit the reset button on their overall well-being, it's evident that gyms are filling up once again.


With so much to offer local travellers, more and more South Africans are exploring our country’s very own hidden gems, resorts or off-the-beaten-track spots, creating lasting memories with friends and family along the way.

We've hand-picked our top out-of-the-ordinary local spots that might delight you and your family.



The Walt Disney Company Africa and LIFT unveiled a co-branded celebratory aircraft livery to kick-off Disney’s biggest festive campaign to date in South Africa, “May Your Wishes Come True”.

Disney and LIFT unveil a commemorative aircraft livery today, 19 October, at Global Aviation’s Operations Hangar at OR Tambo International Airport. The livery includes characters from Disney,Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, in celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary and the launch of the “May Your Wishes Come True” retail campaign. #DisneyandLIFT #MayYourWishesComeTrue


The livery features some of the most iconic and memorable characters from Disney, MARVEL and Star WarsTM, including: Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Moana, Black Panther, GroguTM, Elsa, Spidey. A brand new character also makes an appearance, Asha, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming “Wish", which releases in cinemas nationwide from 22 November. The Disney inspired plane (tail number ZS-GAS) will appear in South African skies and at airports from 20 October and service routes between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

 

On board, customers can expect special Disney and LIFT surprises, as well as kiddies activity packs to make flying with little ones a breeze during the busy holiday season, with giveaways and more treats. The excitement won't stop there, because LIFT has additional surprises between 1 and 12 December for lucky travelers on select flights, as South Africans get ready for the festive season.


Disney and LIFT unveil a commemorative aircraft livery today, 19 October, at Global Aviation’s Operations Hangar at OR Tambo International Airport. The livery includes characters from Disney,Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, in celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary and the launch of the “May Your Wishes Come True” retail campaign. #DisneyandLIFT #MayYourWishesComeTrue

 

Fans and travellers who spot or travel on the Disney-inspired Plane can share their pics on social media, using the hashtag #DisneyandLIFT and tagging @DisneyAfrica and @LIFT__SA. 

 

Says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa: "To mark our 100th year anniversary (16 October 2023), The Walt Disney Company is celebrating the fans and storytellers who have sparked the joy and magic that embodies Disney over the last century. We hope that this exciting and unique collaboration with LIFT will bring delight to travellers of all ages this holiday season as we mark this milestone anniversary.”

 

Disney and LIFT unveil a commemorative aircraft livery today, 19 October, at Global Aviation’s Operations Hangar at OR Tambo International Airport. The livery includes characters from Disney,Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, in celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary and the launch of the “May Your Wishes Come True” retail campaign. #DisneyandLIFT #MayYourWishesComeTrue

Says Luke Roberts, General Manager, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, The Walt Disney Company Africa; “Rolling out in stores nationwide from November, “May Your Wishes Come True” is Disney’s biggest retail campaign to date. With the holiday season approaching and “Wish” releasing in cinemas nationwide from 24 November, we are inspired by the universal truth of wishing to be together at this special time. This collaboration with LIFT truly celebrates this togetherness with families and fans.”

 

Says Jonathan Ayache, CEO of LIFT.: “As a beloved family brand, Disney is a perfect fit for LIFT. With our new livery, together we celebrate the love, magic and family togetherness that signals the festive season. We’re proud to link arms with Disney, through this collaboration, our hope is to ignite a sense of fun, wonder and excitement for the whole family during the upcoming season of school holidays and family celebrations.”

 

Customers can visit www.lift.co.za to book flights and stand a chance of flying on the #DisneyandLIFT aircraft. Travellers aboard the airline will continue to enjoy all the perks LIFT has to offer including complimentary snacks, coffee from vida e caffè and extra-friendly service from the stylish cabin crew. LIFT has flexible flight changes with unlimited penalty-free changes and no cancellation fees up to 24 hours before departure.

 

Disney and LIFT unveil a commemorative aircraft livery today, 19 October, at Global Aviation’s Operations Hangar at OR Tambo International Airport. The livery includes characters from Disney,Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, in celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary and the launch of the “May Your Wishes Come True” retail campaign. #DisneyandLIFT #MayYourWishesComeTrue

From November, Disney’s “May Your Wishes Come True” will offer the perfect opportunity to stock up on those gifts for every member of the family – from stocking fillers, toys, apparel, books and so much more – featuring the very latest and greatest from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. With much more to share, this festive season is set to be an unforgettable one as we wish together for the holidays.

From what to pack and how to squeeze it all in, to the benefits of roll-over folding and the 1-6 rule, Qatar Airways’ share packing secrets.

 

Serving more than 160 destinations around the world from its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways crew get to go lots of places, often. Here are some of their tips on practical packing.



Samara Karoo Reserve, near Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape’s Great Karoo region and home to the Big Five, over 60 mammal species and 225 bird species, was recognised in the Top 15 Resorts in South Africa.


Leading hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) walked away with five awards at the 28th edition of the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) awards, including Best Resort Hotel for its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for the 25th year. The prestigious event took place on September 30 at the renowned Meikles Hotel, where Africa Albida Tourism received the awards for its exceptional contribution to the Zimbabwe travel industry.


On Monday 16 October, Zolani Mahola, "The One Who Sings", joined LIFT to treat travellers to a surprise Silent Disco performance in the sky. 



Have you even had a South African December holiday if you didn’t spend it at the coast? With the countdown to the holiday season feeling within reach, consider Sun International’s breathtakingly beautiful four-star rated Wild Coast Sun as the ultimate family destination.


Acclaimed experiential department store We Are EGG The Zone @ Rosebank in Johannesburg marked its first anniversary this past weekend with a vibrant celebration, attended by a long list of celebrities, fashion designers, influencers and key media.



The anticipation is building as the countdown begins for the much-awaited return of the Silver Spirit to the shores of Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Following our initial announcement, we are thrilled to share more details about this extraordinary cruise experience that awaits traveler's from December 2023 through February 2024.



Visiting the Western Cape in spring is an unparalleled experience. As the province sheds its winter cloak, it comes to life with a burst of vibrant wildflowers, breathtaking scenery, and a mild and inviting climate. Spring always brings a burst of colour to the landscapes opening the opportunity to experience mother nature work her magic.



 


Less than an hour’s drive from the Mother City nestled in the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek is one of the premier wine-producing regions in the country known for its picturesque vineyards, wineries surrounded by stunning landscapes.

With its surrounding breath-taking mountain ranges Franschhoek is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, welcome the spring wildflowers  with a short hike, work your way through dozens of winding trails - leading to views that will leave you in awe.

 

If sampling the finer things in life is more your style, then one of the more than 45 wineries nestled in the valley, should do the trick - ranging from spectacular to the family owned, this region is known for producing astonishingly good wines, and what better way to sip your way through the list than by travelling in style on the Franschhoek Wine Tram running on tracks that are more than 100 years old the tram is a must visit if you find yourself in Franschhoek.

Whether it’s a weekend away to decompress or a weeklong staycation there are quite a number of accommodations offers – from rustic country style accommodation to quaint luxury boutique offerings like the Protea by Marriott Hotel Franschhoek.

 

As tourism month kicks into high gear, it's the perfect time to celebrate and support local travel by embracing the opportunity to savour the sites and flavours of Franschhoek creating cherished memories.

Elevate your summer festivities with an exciting twist as we introduce the ultimate enhancement for your Roku Japanese Gin cocktail. Bring your cocktails to life with these six exquisite garnishes that will redefine your journey as a cocktail enthusiast. Roku Japanese Gin, with its harmonious blend of botanicals, offers a canvas for creativity that deserves to be explored this summer.



De Hoop Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site and Marine Protected area in the Overberg region is world renowned as one the best spots for land-based whale watching in South Africa. Every year, between June and November some 40% of the world’s southern right whales come to these shores to breed.



According to marine conservation photographer, Jean Tresfon, Koppie Alleen in the De Hoop Nature Reserve had the highest concentration of whales. He recently undertook the first official aerial survey of southern right whale numbers for 2023 with Dr Els Vermeulen of the UP Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit.


“The first whale we spotted, in Hermanus just under the cliffs near the Old Harbour, was upside down with a tiny calf on her chest. As we went on, we started to see more and more southern right whales, with 346 whales (of which 172 were calves) counted between Struisbaai and Skipskop Point. But, as expected we found the main concentration of whales at Koppie Alleen. There were so many whales here that the counting was an exercise in itself! The final number was 472 whales, (236 were calves) in the bay at Koppie Alleen, while another 115 whales (57 calves) were counted along the rest of the De Hoop coastline towards Cape Infanta."



The final figure from the aerial survey from Hermanus to Witsand of 1 136 whales, showed a substantial increase over the numbers counted over the past four years, but still less than the record numbers seen in 2018.


“Whale time is definitely a favourite time at De Hoop Collection,” said William Stephens, owner of De Hoop Collection on hearing the results. “This figure comes as no surprise. Koppie Alleen, with its relatively warm and calm waters is a haven for whales and their calves and is in fact the most important nursery area on the South African coast for southern right whales and this results in impressive numbers of whale sightings.”


The De Hoop Collection situated in the heart of the magnificent reserve and just three hours from Cape Town, offers a range of affordable accommodation from campsite rondawels, self-catering cottages and houses (sleeping from two to six people) to romantic suites, an old stone Manor house and the recent addition of the De Mond Villa.


Member of Cape Country Routes, the De Hoop Collection is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway – here you get to experience a unique outdoor experience like no other - the sea, the beaches, a Ramsar listed vlei, rare indigenous plants, diverse animal and bird life… and the Whales. “De Hoop continues to be the best spot for whale watching in South Africa From the high vantage point of the pristine dunes of Koppie Alleen our guests get to enjoy incredible sightings of the whales breaching, tail slapping and spyhopping - a term for when a whale rises partially out of the water in an upright position”.




Book now and experience the magic that is De Hoop!


Call or email Samantha at De Hoop Collection +27 (0)21 422 4522, res@dehoopcollection.co.za

Reservations: 021-422 4522 or res@dehoopcollection.co.za, www.dehoopcollection.com

Multi-award-winning airline, Qatar Airways, has triumphed in four categories at this year’s Business Traveller Awards at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to be recognised for its excellence on a global scale, being awarded Best Long-Haul Airline, Best Business Class, Best Middle Eastern Airline, and Best Inflight Food & Beverage by Business Traveller. The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has also been named Best Airport in the Middle East, and the Second-Best Airport in the World.




Nestled within the breathtaking Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, the Thaba Eco Hotel has always been an icon of excellence in the world of hospitality. But hold onto your hats, because they've just unveiled a transformation that's set to redefine luxury and sophistication in the industry!




A Seamless Blend of Heritage and Modern Luxury

For nearly two decades, Thaba Eco Hotel has been synonymous with hospitality excellence. Today, they're taking their commitment to the next level by introducing their newly refurbished Superior King Suites. These suites are the result of months of meticulous planning, design, and craftsmanship, all aimed at providing guests with an elevated and unforgettable experience.

Picture this: The Superior King Suites have been carefully reimagined to seamlessly blend the allure of Thaba's heritage with contemporary opulence. Every detail, from custom-built furnishings to harmonious color palettes, has been chosen to evoke a sense of timeless elegance. These suites reflect Thaba's dedication to offering a unique and captivating stay for its valued guests.


A Transformational Approach to Hospitality

At Thaba Eco Hotel, they believe in going beyond just renovating rooms. It's a holistic approach to hospitality, where every interaction, service, and detail is designed to ensure guests' utmost comfort and delight. It's all about crafting unforgettable experiences.


Introducing Our Brand Ambassadors

As part of their commitment to personalized hospitality, Thaba Eco Hotel is proud to introduce its esteemed Brand Ambassadors. These ambassadors, inspired by Thaba's resident wildlife, represent different facets of their transformational hospitality approach:

  1. Kagosi, the luxury seeker: Kagosi embodies modern elegance and appreciates excellence in service and personalization. He envisions responsible luxury, making him the perfect advocate for Thaba Eco Hotel.

  2. Dineo, the romantic: Dineo is a connoisseur of luxury romance, finding beauty in comfort and romantic settings. She represents Thaba as the ultimate wedding venue and experience.

  3. Lesedi, the family traveler: Lesedi focuses on family-oriented travel in exclusive, safe environments. Thaba is the ideal destination for unforgettable family moments.

    1. Ruri, the Trendy Traveler: Ruri craves modern luxury and cutting-edge experiences. Thaba offers a fusion of style and substance for her journey.

    2. Thato, Thaba's Eco-Conscious Ambassador: Thato embraces nature, sustainability, and premium eco-friendly experiences.

    3. Kabo, Thaba's Bleisure Ambassador: Kabo blends work and leisure seamlessly and appreciates luxury, fine dining, and exceptional service.

    4. Oteng, Kraal Restaurant's Ambassador of Culinary Elegance: Oteng embodies sophistication and an appreciation for fresh, innovative gastronomy.


    A World Where Opulence Meets Sustainability


    Thaba Eco Hotel invites you to step into a world where opulence meets sustainability, where contemporary design merges with the ultimate in hospitality experience. Their commitment to preserving the environment and offering luxurious experiences is at the heart of their transformation.


    A Celebration of Shared Journeys

    In the words of Kirsty Marais, Chief Excellence Officer for Thaba Eco Hotel, "We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our cherished guests for their unwavering support throughout our journey. Thaba Eco Hotel's transformation is a celebration of our shared voyage, and we invite you to immerse yourself in the allure of our newly refurbished Superior King Suites, partake in our bespoke experiences, and create memories that will linger long after your departure."


    So, what are you waiting for? The Thaba Eco Hotel's transformation promises a travel experience like no other, where luxury meets nature, and heritage meets modern opulence. It's time to embark on your next adventure in the heart of South Africa's stunning nature reserve. We can't wait to hear about your unforgettable stay at Thaba Eco Hotel. Until next time, fellow explorers!


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