Destination South Africa

Energy savings at the Winchester Mansions in Cape Town

Energy savings at the Winchester Mansions in Cape Town

Another Cape Town hotel that’s moving towards being sustainable is the Cape Dutch styled WINCHESTER MANSIONS. This iconic sea front hotel is not a new build, so the challenges of embracing the new technologies of sustainability were always going to be a challenge. The recent addition of a solar PV system on the hotel roof has already seen a reduction in carbon […]

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#ScienceSavesSharks

Filed in Conservation, Destination South Africa, Research by on October 30, 2015
#ScienceSavesSharks

The Great White Shark – If you listen to some of the dramatic news articles you might believe that the terrifying man eating great white shark is lurking off the coast just waiting for a human to come by. But this couldn’t be further from the truth and should you have the privilege to witness […]

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Into the Rabbit Hole…

Into the Rabbit Hole…

How often do you get the opportunity to zip at breakneck speeds through a beautiful forest? And to make it even more enticing, this forest just happens to be one of the larger mistbelt forests in South Africa, boasting a huge number of endemic species of fauna and flora! This magnificent forest is located within […]

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The people of Prana

The people of Prana

A province rich in diversity, the Eastern Cape is a captivating part of South Africa that is not only renowned for its scenic beauty but also for its culture and history, especially because it is celebrated as Nelson Mandela’s birthplace. Following in the footsteps of kindness that Madiba left, Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa owners, Tim and Gail Davidson, place a strong emphasis on community upliftment and the restoration […]

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The Great White House… eat, stay, shop, experience!

The Great White House… eat, stay, shop, experience!

It can be amazing how many people don’t look up when they walk into the Great White House. So when they do, you can see the surprise on their face as they look upon Suzie, a 14m 1,5 ton Southern right whale skeleton hanging above them. There are not many restaurants or certainly none the Great […]

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A socially and environmentally responsible way to explore South Africa

A socially and environmentally responsible way to explore South Africa

Recent trends in tourist activity demonstrate a change in the way people travel. Tourists and travel operators alike are recognizing the significance of responsible travel, or as CREST defines it, “travel that minimizes negative impacts, brings economic benefits to host communities, and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destinations.” A treasure trove of […]

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Holidays that make a difference

Holidays that make a difference

This is done by growing awareness about responsible tourism to travellers; assisting tourism businesses to operate more sustainably; and by facilitating a Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certification programme across southern Africa. By selecting an FTT – certified business, travellers are not only assured that their holiday benefits local communities and economies, and that the business […]

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Memorable Encounters at Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Memorable Encounters at Amakhosi Safari Lodge

The evidence was there. Huge impressions left in the dusty road, paths through the lush grass, green and succulent after the recent unseasonal rains. They were moving in an easterly direction. There were broken branches and tufts of grass strewn across the road. It had been dull and cloudy all day, but as dusk approached […]

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Rocktail’s creatures of the deep

Rocktail’s creatures of the deep

GUEST POST – Winnie Graham… A dark shadow appeared from the sea and made its way across the sand. We stopped short in the moonlight to have a better look, and knew we were in luck. The huge creature steadily moving up the beach was a giant leatherback turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs […]

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Along the Riverside…

Filed in Gauteng, Meetings & Events, Places to Stay by on July 21, 2013
Along the Riverside…

A walk through the lush landscaped gardens, across verdant green lawns and into the dappled shade of poplar and weeping willow trees, takes you to the lapping waters on the river’s edge. The Riverside Sun Resort is situated on the banks of the Vaal River, just a few kilometres from Vanderbijlpark and an easy 40 […]

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