Downtown Abbey beyond the boerewors curtain
Downtown Abbey beyond the boerewors curtain

Just 10 minutes outside Paarl is a country estate that was once a stately home to the Duke of Bedford. Visitors to the United Kingdom may well know Woburn Abbey and its beautiful deer park and note the architectural similarities between the two properties. When the Duke of Bedford lived in the Cape during WW2 he built some of his ancestral home's features into his new house in South Africa.

By Brian Berkman 3 hours ago

Nicole Biondi
Six lessons in storytelling

Storytelling as an art form is ancient, part of what makes us human. As the world shifts to all things digital, our storytelling has adapted, but remains an effective tool for marketing and building brands. For tourism professionals, storytelling can be incorporated all the time as a means of reaching visitors and potential visitors. Here are some pointers for creating productive narratives:

By Nicole Biondi 4 hours ago

Online booking methods: SA travelers still want a human touch
Online booking methods: SA travelers still want a human touch

Much has been made of the impact that new technology - and particularly the rise of digital - is having on the travel industry. Mobile apps, big data, analytics and (more recently) bots are among the emerging tools that are undoubtedly changing the business of travel. According to the recent PI Datametrics Digital Travel Report, digital travel sales totaled more than $533 billion in 2015, and by 2019, 'worldwide digital travel sales will top $762 billion.'

By Tom Williams 9 hours ago

A SMAK of sunshine
A SMAK of sunshine

Offering lip-smacking goodness on a plate, SMAK is located at 22 Bree Street, Cape Town and is a charming little corner café. Its menu offers scrumptious breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches and delicious salads as well as the finest deli selection of cheeses and meats. It's a wonderful place that instantly brightened up my early morning.

By Kim Lawrence 9 hours ago

#YouthMonth: Top young chef Katlego Mlambo
#YouthMonth: Top young chef Katlego Mlambo

Semi-finalist of the 2015 San Pellegrino Young Chef competition and chef at Ruste en Vrede, Katlego Mlambo chats to us about TV cheffing, food trends and emojis for #YouthMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 9 hours ago

Top entrepreneurship tips from a local tourism expert
Top entrepreneurship tips from a local tourism expert

"We are hosts, not travel agents," says entrepreneur and owner of travel companies Luxury Safaris and PG Tops, Pieter Geldenhuys. Geldenhuys has been in the South African travel business for eight years and knows the industry inside and out.

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Why travellers should take a second look at travel insurance

According to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, there are some instances in which medical treatment can be withheld by a foreign country if a person has no proof of funds or travel insurance. Therefore, travellers should carefully review their travel insurance to ensure they are sufficiently covered should an unexpected injury or event take place while abroad.

1 day ago

A forest getaway at Platbos
A forest getaway at Platbos

A two-hour drive from Cape Town, and just past Stanford, is a magical green oasis in the form of an ancient milkwood forest. Somewhat of an anomaly, this lush 40 hectare forest has survived and flourished against all odds and is the largest remaining fragment of the Swartkransberg Forests and Africa's southernmost forest.

By Ruth Cooper 1 day ago

Sandton Sun - Studio Room
Sandton Sun luxury refurbishment completed in record time

Sandton Sun's refurbishment was recently completed with the final touch, the installation of a spectacular chandelier, now providing a dramatic focal point to the interior of the hotel.

1 day ago

Sapphire room
Chic with a little cheek at the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel

When an establishment calls its rooms boudoirs, you know it hides something a little sassy beneath its sophisticated veneer that deserves exploring. So the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel ticked that box for my slightly offbeat take on the world.

By Nicci Botha 1 day ago

Jumia to become Africa's one stop online destination
Jumia to become Africa's one stop online destination

With a new vision, the Africa Internet Group is connecting its companies into Jumia's ecosystem which will give access to products and services from its e-commerce platforms.

24 Jun 2016

Top 10 apps for travellers
Top 10 apps for travellers

The railway made traveling long distances quicker than horse-and-cart, the internal-combustion engine added to that, and inflatable tyres made road travel easier on the bones and buttocks. Air travel was changed forever by the jet engine and the Boeing 747. Technology has changed travel in more ways than we can think of.

24 Jun 2016

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Brexit: how will currency fluctuations affect Cape Town tourism?

How will the currency fluctuations caused by Brexit, in particular, affect tourism in Cape Town?

By Enver Duminy 24 Jun 2016