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#WTMA17: WTM Africa closes its doors on a high-note
#WTMA17: WTM Africa closes its doors on a high-note

With buyers from 45 countries, over 8,000 pre-scheduled appointments confirmed and an increase in exhibitors from 2016, WTM Africa 2017 closed its doors on a high-note...

3 days ago

WTM Africa 2017 saw over 700 exhibitors present, with over 8,000 pre-scheduled appointments for the duration of the show
#WTMA17: WTM Africa celebrates an impressive second day

Reporting over 8,000 pre-scheduled appointments between local and international buyers and exhibitors for the duration of the show, WTM Africa celebrated an impressive second day...

3 days ago

KZN game reserves hit by massive budget cuts
KZN game reserves hit by massive budget cuts

The operational budgets of state-run game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal are facing a 40% cut, which conservationists say will affect anti-poaching efforts, biodiversity, tourism and the running of game parks...

By Katharine Child 19 Apr 2017

Forest Loop opening
iSimangaliso Wetland Park's new 2km Forest Loop completed

The new R2.3 million, 2km Forest Loop has been completely successfully and has officially been opened on the Eastern Shores section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park..

12 Apr 2017

The Highlands - view from camp
Why we should tread lightly: The growing importance of eco-travel

The relevance and importance of eco-travel are increasing with growing pressure on earth's resources. Social and environmental trends have led to global travellers taking greater ownership of...

10 Apr 2017

Five of the best small towns in the Western Cape
Five of the best small towns in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is one of the most exciting places to visit in South Africa, while many towns in this province are unique and beautiful

By Jarred Manasse 7 Apr 2017

Tourism industry counting down to Indaba 2017
Tourism industry counting down to Indaba 2017

Indaba will return to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre sporting a more streamlined programme and improved floor layout to make it easier for the world to come and sample Africa's tourism treasures...

6 Apr 2017

#WTMA17: Tomjachu, a luxury bush retreat in the heart of Mpumalanga
#WTMA17: Tomjachu, a luxury bush retreat in the heart of Mpumalanga

Tomjachu Bush Retreat will be bringing a taste of what Mpumalanga has to offer to this year's WTM Africa. Co-owner of Tomjachu, Jack Fillery, tells us more...

6 Apr 2017

#Shotleft: an experience of the Bacchian kind at Tokara
#Shotleft: an experience of the Bacchian kind at Tokara

Boasting magnificent views over vineyards and olive trees, award-winning wines, and delicious food, Tokara will enchant you stay a little longer than anticipated...

By Cari Coetzee 5 Apr 2017

#Shotleft: Admire Cape Town from above
#Shotleft: Admire Cape Town from above

Cape Town is a pretty spectacular-looking city (truth, no bias) - on a scale of super model hotness, it's winning all the beauty pageants in my eyes. I got to experience a new side of the Mother City's good looks last week and have to say this might be the best angle yet.

By Ruth Cooper 3 Apr 2017

#Shotleft: Taking in Cape Town on two wheels
#Shotleft: Taking in Cape Town on two wheels

As a born and bred Capetonian, even I'd be silly to believe that I know the best this city has to offer. I don't, and I probably never will...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Mar 2017

eHomeAffairs making passport applications easier
eHomeAffairs making passport applications easier

eHomeAffairs enables South Africans to submit their application and pay online, or if they live in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria, they can step into their local bank...

30 Mar 2017

Historical Manor House
Groot Constantia launches Visitors Route Experience

The Visitors Route Experience follows a specially designed circular route that allows guests to experience each of the estate's key attractions...

29 Mar 2017

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Adrenaline-inducing adventures down the rapids of the Zambezi

Travellers with the adventure streak should consider doing the short and easy journey to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls...

29 Mar 2017

Five ways to explore Knysna
Five ways to explore Knysna

From the famous Knysna Forest Marathon to the Rotary Knysna SPLASH, the picturesque town of Knysna along the popular Garden Route offers many opportunities to don your #activewear. Here are five active ways to explore Knysna...

By Ruth Cooper 28 Mar 2017

Mike Horn: Making a career out of adventure
Mike Horn: Making a career out of adventure

Chris Brinlee Jr, a budding adventurer and photographer, along with The Red Bulletin, joined explorer Mike Horn on his sail to Antarctica and discovered that overcoming the impossible requires nothing more than...

28 Mar 2017

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Contiki takes on Thailand as its newest 360° VR destination

Contiki's global team has partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to create an immersive 360° virtual reality and cinematic Thailand experience aimed towards the millennial traveller...

27 Mar 2017

Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom
Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom

African countries account for 16 of the 20 biggest fallers on the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index over the last decade, with the continent as a whole suffering the most dramatic decline in travel freedom...

22 Mar 2017

Rebecca Rusch and adventurer Patrick Sweeney. Image: Pat R. Notaro III
Explore Africa's havens for bikers

From mountain biking to road cycling, BMX racing, or just leisure biking, Africa is an awe-inspiring destination for bikers across the world...

By Josephine Wawira 22 Mar 2017

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Fitness travel beyond the hotel gym

If wellness tourism is increasing while usage of hotel gyms is decreasing, where are travellers getting their fitness fix?

20 Mar 2017

Lauren_vdM via  - Nassau, Bahamas
10 destinations South Africans can visit visa-free

There is a number of beautiful destination South Africans can travel to without a visa. Here's a list of the top ten visa-free destinations with insights and must-see locations...

17 Mar 2017

Stars 2015 David Benn afternoon train climbing to Mooihoek
Restored Angolan locomotive to be unveiled at heritage festival

The Angolan ambassador to South Africa will open the Stars of Sandstone 2017 Steam and Heritage Festival and officiate at a naming ceremony for one of the seven restored Angolan steam locomotives...

16 Mar 2017

Gogos on Tour
Driving local travel with Gogos on Tour in the Western Cape

With the aim to drive local travel, South African Tourism has kicked-off its Gogos on Tour campaign in Western Cape; an initiative aimed at showcasing the ease of travel for short leisure breaks around South Africa...

15 Mar 2017

Five safari destinations for first-time travellers
Five safari destinations for first-time travellers

Safaris promise unique cultural encounters, captivating wildlife adventure, and spectacular scenery. Here are five of the best safari destinations for first-time travellers:

By Jarred Manasse 14 Mar 2017

Andrew Shelton
#BrandManagerMonth: Cheapflights in a time of travel bans, Brexit and savvy consumers

We had a chat with award-winning commercial marketer and Cheapflights MD, Andrew Shelton, to find out what's in store for the Cheapflights brand in 2017...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Mar 2017

Golfer at Tamarina
Preferential agreement enriches Mauritius golf offering

Sugar Beach Hotel has been renamed Sugar Beach Golf & Spa Resort after signing a preferential agreement with Tamarina Golf Club, based on the west coast of Mauritius, which has become a popular golfing destination...

By Cari Coetzee 9 Mar 2017

Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinations
Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinations

Jumia Travel has unveiled new destinations with new properties in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as outbound destinations including Dubai, London, New York, Paris, and Mecca...

9 Mar 2017

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Airlines add 80,000 new seats with flights to Victoria Falls

80,000 more tourists a year could soon fly into Zimbabwe's resort town of Victoria Falls...

8 Mar 2017

Previous winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards
Longlist for 2017 African Responsible Tourism unveiled

The 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards has moved into the second round with over 30 tourism organisations, all demonstrating the power of responsible tourism in Africa, vying for top spots...

7 Mar 2017

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