The Emperors Palace complex by hotel group Peermont provides a number of hotels, casino, entertainment centre and a convention centre where I was attending an event.
By Brian Berkman 12 Dec 2013 10:33
When Rolf Steiner and Marisa Silva, two Swiss Re executives working out of Sao Paulo, Brazil purchased Rhulani Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, near the South African border of Botswana, passion, not profit, was their motivation.
By Brian Berkman 10 Dec 2013 11:46
Canned hunting was unknown to me up until a few months ago, and I'm guilty of being ignorant of the fact that this is happening under my very own nose, but from the moment I discovered the truth, I haven't been able to stop thinking or talking about it.
By Angie White 3 Dec 2013 09:18
Our #SpierNewJourney experience started off on rather a damp note - and by damp I mean torrential rain, coal-coloured clouds and significant flooding were in the mix.
By Ruth Cooper 22 Nov 2013 09:48
The Festive season is almost upon us and while it a time to be happy and relax with friends and family, it is sadly also the one time of the year when many South African motorists are injured or killed in car accidents, many of which could have been avoided.
By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 14 Nov 2013 13:21
The Ambassador Hotel has been a Cape Town landmark since Leon and Anthula Markowitz, at one time the city's mayoral couple, invited the world into their rock-top property in Cape Town's Bantry Bay.
By Brian Berkman 12 Nov 2013 10:45
Most of my school friends went to Langebaan for the holidays but we always went to visit family in Durban or Bloemfontein. From their stories of the warm lagoon and fun they had, Langebaan was a place I always knew I was missing out on.
By Brian Berkman 8 Nov 2013 11:43
James B Sherwood's list of What Makes A Five-Star Hotel Great is just one reason why you should read his memoire, Orient-Express: A Personal Journey.
By Brian Berkman 1 Nov 2013 11:35
"That's the biggest piece of pink quartz I've ever seen," said Trisha Bam, my former editor and now head of communications at a Cape university.
By Brian Berkman 29 Oct 2013 09:51
Being dyslexic can have unintended consequences. Sometimes, even as I type, I use a 'b' instead of a 'd' and transposing numbers happens, especially when I'm not paying careful attention, all too often.
By Brian Berkman 22 Oct 2013 10:17
Whilst government has a clear role in delivering essential services to the needy, you won't find many of the millions of suffering South Africans at airports or on flights. Quite the opposite in fact, as once you've become a "jetsetter" you've arrived at a space unavailable to the poor. So, why are government involved in the airline industry?
By Rob Baker 9 Oct 2013 10:56
The Lord Milner in Matjiesfontein, perhaps the only hotel in the world to have its own village, will soon become the primary destination it was when it was built as a Colonial retreat in the late 1800s.
By Brian Berkman 8 Oct 2013 06:34
The most telling bit of information released about SA Express last week, was on page 165 of the Annual Report of the Department of Public Enterprises: "No impairment for the current year for South African Express (SAX) has been provided as the current year net asset value is not available." Impairments are changes in the value of an asset, which are obviously impossible to specify if one does not know what the value of the asset was at the start and end of the period.
By Rob Baker 30 Sep 2013 09:19
Grab a copy of Things to do in a Dorp - a highly informative and entertaining guide to 150 favourite local small towns.
By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 25 Sep 2013 06:28
"My husband is going to have a heart attack and we'll be interviewed on CNN", the man turned around to tell us while we waited patiently in the queue to meet the bus back to The Brilliance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Lines' newly revamped ship.
By Brian Berkman 17 Sep 2013 10:35
Nothing is as painful as establishments talking to themselves about themselves. For starters, no one really believes the credibility of one paid to be their own praise poet and secondly, even if you are offering a superior service, what use is it if it is just you and your small community knowing about it?
By Phindiwe Nkosi 13 Sep 2013 08:09
Next year Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an extravaganza of epic proportions, in which football players and fans the world over converge to watch and celebrate the beautiful game. In 2010, here in South Africa, we saw more than 310, 000 tourists converge on the country and the eyes of over 3.2 billion people put our country under the microscope.
By Kerry Evans 12 Sep 2013 07:33
Tourism Month (September) is creating quite a stir. The buzz words are "get out and travel" and travel writers' suitcases are packed and ready to go. Give me, but a moment to explain the reality out there, be it an isolated case or the norm; let's just leave it as "my" reality.
By Phindiwe Nkosi 11 Sep 2013 11:25
It is easy to be cynical about The Palace of the Lost City and to dismiss it simply as the fantasy creation of The Sun King, but it is precisely because it has been entirely envisioned by someone who, at the time, was a global celebrity for his unbridled imagination, that makes it such a fun place to visit.
By Brian Berkman 4 Sep 2013 05:52
The East African travel industry is stomping across the web.
By Eran Feinstein 28 Aug 2013 10:15
As the trend of families that travel together grows so does the need for self-catering apartments and houses that not only allow the unit the privacy of living together but also the cost-effectiveness of eating in.
By Brian Berkman 12 Aug 2013 07:33
A year on from GTBC 2012 I am honest when I say that I have still not started a blog, but hey, you know life. I know what you're thinking... "Excuses, excuses..." And that is exactly what it is. Hi, I'm Ilse and I am a procrastinator. *Crowd gives a clap*
By Ilse van den Berg 7 Aug 2013 08:04
212121 Restaurant should really be called 313121. Initially named after the number of choices guests had for dinner, the menu is now expanded to offer three rather than two starters, one soup, three mains, cheese and two desserts.
By Brian Berkman 2 Aug 2013 10:41
A two-day corporate retreat. In the wilderness. In the middle of winter. Little did I know that what initially sounded a bit unappealing would turn into the perfect break!
By Eugene Yiga 2 Aug 2013 10:16
... Beat it... around Madagascar. So that's exactly what I did... I went kayaking there to slay some personal dragons. This is an excerpt from a piece first published in Vrouekeur, 5 July 2013.
By Brian Berkman 31 Jul 2013 10:47
Taking the train from London to Edinburgh is a gentle way to arrive at the city's Waverley Station, in the heart of the historic old town and The Knight Residence is just a few minutes away by taxi.
By Brian Berkman 27 Jul 2013 11:32
Do you need to get away from it all, I mean truly get away and unwind where technology, cellular contact, or electronics can't tempt you to step back into everyday life?
By Jordan Scott 25 Jul 2013 10:42
It's been quite a few years since we last visited the Kruger Park and in those days we towed kids with, whose viewing patience was that of a gnat. So it was with great excitement that we set off for the far northern part of the Park coming in at Punda Maria, another new experience for me.
By Marion Scher 24 Jul 2013 05:50
It's becoming common knowledge in the travel industry that the single most important part of a website, other than general booking information, is quality blog content.
By Paul Steyn 23 Jul 2013 07:45
You want to keep your core warm in cold weather, right? Well here are some travel togs designed to do just that.
By Brian Berkman 22 Jul 2013 11:58
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