[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Evan-Lee Courie] The Woodstock Foundry, a new development in Woodstock, Cape Town, recently welcomed Browser & Grazer, a single-source catering company that provides a full range of catering needs - including healthy menu options, equipment hire, bar service and staffing hire.
[Ruth Cooper] 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.
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Brian Berkman] Two of the best reasons to stay at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel, managed by Three Cities, in the city centre have nothing to do with the hotel itself.
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Brian Berkman] "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.
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Rob Baker] 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.
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Andre Van Kets] Content and marketing managers at travel companies are constantly looking for innovative ways to create authentic, beautiful and engaging stories to share with their audiences. Ideally, this needs to happen at scale. And cheaply. One way of achieving this, is to work with travel bloggers that are passionate and informed in the particular niche in which a brand operates.
[Brian Berkman] "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.
[Phindiwe Nkosi] 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?
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Phindiwe Nkosi] Nothing, not even scholarly theories, quite prepares one for travel writing. Despite the knowledge that it takes a writer, the rules of engagement are not the same. How does one describe sunrise or the heartbeat of a newborn lion cub beating against yours?
[Eran Feinstein] The East African travel industry is stomping across the web.
[Brian Berkman] 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.
[Ilse van den Berg] 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*
[Brian Berkman] 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.
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