Rehearsals are in full swing at the Joburg Ballet studios as the company prepares to dazzle audiences with a new staging of The Sleeping Beauty, one of the most iconic ballet classics. This mid-winter performance, produced by Italy-based ballet mistress Sophie Sarrote, will grace the stage at the Joburg Theatre from June 28 to July 7. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music live for all but two of the nine performances.

On May 22, 2004, the 14,000-hectare Thanda Safari (meaning "love" in isiZulu), a premier Big Five private game reserve, opened its doors to guests. Inspired by the adventures of Ernest Hemingway, Dan Olofsson and his wife Christin traveled from Malmö, Sweden, to the rolling hills of Zululand, South Africa, where they were warmly welcomed by the local Zulu people. Dan's vision was to rewild the land with the Big Five and create a private luxury villa for his friends and family.

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 Nestled within the breathtaking Greater Cradle Nature Reserve, the Cradle Boutique Hotel proudly announces its recent renovations, inviting guests to experience a renewed luxury-in-the-bush retreat.

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After an early morning flight from Johannesburg, we arrived in Cape Town at 10 am, eager to kick off our adventure in the Mother City. Our first stop was the Hippo Boutique Hotel on Kloof Street, where we would spend the night, and I must say, it set a perfect tone for the rest of our trip.

Cape Town is a city of contrasts and vibrant energy, offering something for every traveler. Recently, I had the pleasure of staying at the newly rebranded Radisson Hotel Cape Town Foreshore, a gem nestled in the heart of the city.

Embarking on an adventure-packed Easter weekend getaway, I found myself immersed in the vibrant charm of Durban at the Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch.

In an era where wanderlust knows no bounds, solo female jet-setting is on the rise. According to a 2024 study, a staggering 72% of women are embracing solo travel, drawn to the freedom, flexibility, and empowerment it offers. But with great adventure comes great responsibility, particularly when it comes to safety. So, how can solo female travelers ensure their journeys are as secure as they are sensational? Let's explore some top tips from seasoned travelers and industry experts.

This year marks a milestone in the history of La Petite Ferme.

The award-winning, 5-star luxury boutique hotel and wine estate is celebrating its 40 th anniversary. Situated on the slopes of Oliphants Pass and Middagkrans Mountain with unrivalled views across the magnificent Franschhoek Valley, the now legendary La Petite Ferme’s 40-year journey began back in 1984.

Joburg Ballet will partner with the Friends of the Ballet and The South African Ballet Theatre Trust to present a Mother’s Day Ballet Lunch on Sunday 12 May at 12h30 for 13h00 at Beechwood Gardens, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

 The President Hotel Bantry Bay, situated in an idyllic location on the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town, is leading the way in inclusivity and accessibility amongst South African hotels by introducing Deafgard devices in the hotel rooms.

As the vibrant hues of summer fade away, La Petite Ferme, nestled atop the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, beckons you to experience the splendor of autumn with its latest culinary offerings. Renowned for its luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views, and world-class wines, La Petite Ferme's award-winning restaurant invites you to embark on a gastronomic journey like no other.

 LIFT has shown its support for South Africa’s local theatre and talent, this time for the hit musical, MAMMA MIA!

You betcha it’s back! LIFT has announced its third annual Golden Ticket Hunt. And who doesn’t like a good spoil? From LIFT flights - including coveted Premium seats, luxury stays at The Capital Hotels & Apartments, to vouchers up for grabs, LIFT has the "grown up" hunt covered this year.

With warm, sunny days ahead, the KZN South Coast beckons visitors to its stunning beaches. As a top adventure destination boasting family-friendly offerings, it's no wonder that this region is home to the highest number of Blue Flag beaches and tidal pools in the province. The Blue Flag certification, an international standard for environmental management, ensures water quality, safety, and public environmental education, making it a coveted recognition in the tourism industry.

Radisson Hotel Group ( solidified its position as one of the leading international hotel groups in the Middle East and Africa during 2023 by signing 22 hotels, resorts, and serviced apartments, adding over 3,800 rooms to its regional portfolio, remaining dedicated to its vision of being among the top three hotel brands globally and the preferred choice for owners, guests, and employees.

Radisson Safari Hotel Hoedspruit Pool
Globally, the Group wrapped up 2023 with exceptional growth, adding over 30,000 keys to its international portfolio of 10 leading brands through openings and signings. The Group has grown its business by nearly 50% since the launch of its transformation plan in 2018. It also celebrated a new company record with the addition of its largest number of keys to its portfolio, amounting to over 30,000 keys through openings and signings. Looking ahead, 2024 promises to be a landmark year for Radisson Hotel Group, with 14 new hotel openings slated across various countries in the Middle East and Africa. These openings reflect the ongoing commitment to offering exceptional hospitality experiences while catering to the growing demand for premium accommodation in these regions.
Radisson Safari Hotel Hoedspruit Pegasus Bar

Expansion momentum continues in Africa

In Africa, the Group maintained its expansion momentum in 2023, with eight hotel signings, adding over 1,600 rooms to its robust African Portfolio. With this progress, it is well on its way to achieving its objective of reaching 150 hotels in Africa over the next five years, up from its current count of 100 hotels. These hotel signings included new market entries into Gambia with Radisson Blu Beach Resort & Spa, Banjul and Radisson Hotel Benin City in Nigeria. In addition to the Radisson hotel in Benin City, the signing of Radisson Collection Hotel & Conference Center, Abuja; Radisson Blu Hotel, Abuja CBD and Radisson RED Lagos VI further strengthened the Group’s position as the market leaders in Nigeria, with its portfolio now expanding to 12 hotels and over 1700 rooms. Highlighting the Group’s priorities in Africa for 2024, Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President, Business Development for Africa and Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group, said, “We have an exciting year ahead with five hotel openings in Africa, reinforcing our market leader stance in our key countries such as Egypt, Morocco and South Africa but also maintaining the fastest growth across the continent in tangible openings. Building on the momentum of the Radisson Collection Resort, Marsa Alam Port Phoenice signing, introducing the Radisson Collection brand in the country with an exceptional resort, we will also open the first standalone serviced apartments in Egypt with Radisson Residences Cairo Heliopolis within the coming months.” In Morocco, Radisson Hotel Group further enhances its flourishing portfolio with the highly anticipated opening of Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier, the debut of the Radisson brand in Morocco, scheduled for Q2. This latest opening adds to much anticipation of the growing potential of the country which the Group has made its priority. In South Africa, Radisson Hotel Group is set to add its 12th hotel with the opening of Radisson Hotel Middelburg later this year, following the successful opening of its first safari hotel in Africa with the recently announced Radisson Safari Hotel Hoedspruit. “In addition to these key markets, we are proactively pursuing East Africa this year, with Kenya and Tanzania identified as market priorities. As resorts continue to play an important role in our global strategic growth plan, we will build on our successful resort expansion in Africa, which has included the recent openings of Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya in Livingstone and our debut in Reunion Island with the opening of Radisson Hotel Saint Denis” adds Ramsay Rankoussi. Over the past three years, Radisson Hotel Group has emerged as the fastest-growing hotel group in Africa, with 20 hotel openings across the continent. This impressive feat has set a record for the Group in terms of the realization of its pipeline into openings and has translated into a commendable 15 percent annual growth on its African portfolio.
Radisson Red Lagos Render Suite Bedroom

Radisson Hotel Benin City Night Facade

Radisson Collection Hotel Conference Center Abuja Nigeria 

Radisson Blu Hotel Abuja CBD Exterior

Strategic focus on the Middle East

In the Middle East the Group opened over 1,000 keys in the past 12 months and is on track to open 2,000 keys in 2024. The Group continues to drive its aspirations in the region, targeting 150 properties to be operational or under development across the Middle East by 2030. In the last quarter of 2023, Radisson Hotel Group revealed new hotels across Oman: Muscat Levatio Suites, a member of Radisson Individuals and Radisson Hotel Muscat Panorama, as well as opening the first Radisson Individuals in Saudi Arabia, with the opening of Vivid Jeddah, A Radisson Individuals hotel. In addition to these openings, the Group has also signed agreements for Park Inn by Radisson Resort Bimmah and Radisson Serviced Apartments Salalah. In Jordan, Radisson Blu Hotel, Amman Galleria Mall opened its doors in offering 178 keys catering to travelers seeking convenience and luxury. Further, the Group was proud to announce the signing of Radisson Hotel & Residences Erbil, in Iraq’s vibrant city of Erbil which also opened during the course of the year, opening a new market and significant development destination for the Group. In addition, Pakistan remains a focus for the Group by signing four hotels and serviced apartments in the capital city of Islamabad with the first opening in this new market anticipated for 2025. Looking ahead, the Group plans further expansion in Makkah with the highly anticipated debut of Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thaker West and of Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thakher East in Q1 with new standards for contemporary lodging in the holy city of Makkah to meet the needs of an increasing number of international and regional visitors. Also set for opening in early 2024 is Radisson Hotel Jeddah Tahlia Street and as well as the introduction of the Park Inn by Radisson brand to Kuwait with the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Apartments Kuwait. Elie Milky, Vice President Business Development, Middle East, Greece, Cyprus, and Pakistan at Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Our ambitions remain strong as we continue our robust expansion efforts in the region, focusing particularly on resorts as well as serviced apartments. We continue to penetrate new markets as we have seen in Erbil and Amman while we strengthen our position with strategic owners in established cities such as Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Makkah and Muscat, to name a few. Our value proposition to our existing and new owners continues to improve with a comprehensive brand offering and a pragmatic conversions approach to drive openings.” The Group also received the Sustainable Business Award at the Global Travel Hall of Fame, validating the company's dedication to responsible travel and tourism. The Group was also recognized at A World for Travel with the Environmental Impact Award for its role in the development of the Hotel Sustainability Basics., the Group’s leading website, and app won a total of five prestigious awards, in particular for its pioneering and industry-leading Immersive Content Project.

Radisson Collection Resort Marsa Alam Port Phoenice

Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle Exterior

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.

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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 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.

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