Friday, June 29, 2012

Namibia Reservations - Leading Lodges of Africa Circuit

Visit Namibia, where you will experience the most breathtaking beauty of landscape, wildlife and nature. We only have the best there is to offer our clients and with us you will have the opportunity to explore the most memorable 12 days of your life taking you through Namibia’s finest selection of Lodges that offers you Game Drives, Nature Walks, Balloon flights and off course meeting one of our most historical tribes “The Bushmen”
2 PersonsTour Length: 12 Days / 11 nights
Validity Period: Valid until 31.10.2012
Price: N$ 10375.00 per person sharing

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Beach Hotel Swakopmund to open in 29 Days!

The Swakopmund Beach Hotel will open on 28 July 2012

The hotel is located only 50m from the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance to the center of Swakopmund. The combination of modern architectural styles with glass fronts and classic furnishings are exceptional, and a guarantee for a pleasant stay. All 20 comfort-rooms, the 5 family units, the 3 comfort apartments and the 5 luxury apartments have a balcony with a breathtaking view on the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms/apartments on the southern side of the hotel have also views of the dunes of the Namib Desert.
In addition to a fully glazed lounge they have a roof terrace with swimming pool and a amazing 360 degree view over the city, the dunes and the sea. For guests we offer a free shuttle service with a electric motorized rickshaw.

Reservations can now already be made.

Info received from Beach Hotel Swakopmund.
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SA Tourism launches cookbook to cater for new markets

SA Tourism, in partnership with the South African Chefs Association (SACA) has produced a cookbook called ‘Guide to Vegetarian, Vegan and Jain Dining in South Africa’ in a bid to help the country’s hospitality industry better cater for the tastes of emerging markets, such as India.

“The increase in visitors from emerging markets has given us a good dilemma – how can we better create for the travel needs of our visitors from these new markets? How can we literally make them feel at home in our country, ensure they are welcomed as family and ensure their every need – including their specific dietary requirements – is catered for while they are here?” said SA Tourism CEO, Thulani Nzima.

The book sets out the specific dietary requirements of vegetarians, vegans and Jains (an Indian religion that follows a path of non-violence towards all living creatures) with lists of food items that each group may and may not eat; gives a brief explanation of the culture that informs the dietary needs of these tourists; and gives a broad selection of recipes.

The recipes have been contributed by some of South Africa’s best chefs from top hotels and lodges. It will be made available to SA’s hospitality industry and will be distributed to 6 000 chefs through SACA.

SA Tourism has recently completed research about Indian tourists’ travel behavior-some of the findings included:

- More than half of Indian travellers come to SA in large groups comprising family and friends.

- More than half of them say the cuisine on offer in their leisure destination of choice is an important factor when choosing where to go on holiday – and where to stay.

- These visitors prefer accommodation with inter-leading rooms for the holiday party. 

Info received by Southern Africa Tourism update

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

And Beyond Travel Updates

South Africa

&Beyond Ngala Tented Camp
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the reopening of &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp has been delayed until 06 Aug 12. We understand that you have guests booked prior to this date, and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.

 Please be advised that as of 01 Jul 12, the scheduled departure time from Execujet at Cape Town International to Tswalu will change to 12h00. The flight will land at Tswalu at 14h00, and depart 14h30, arriving back in Cape Town at 16h30.

Southern Africa

&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Sandibe being on the East side has not yet received any flood water this year. The permanent channels are still flowing and there are still a fair amount of water around after last year's super high floods and massive rains in Dec and Jan, however, the flood plains are drying up. This means that unfortunately we are still unable to offer mokoros as an activity.


Zimbabwean VISA Memo
Infant/Child VISA's: Please be advised that Zimbabwe will no be charging FULL VISA fees for any individual who is required to have a VISA despite their age. This includes infants and children who were previously being exempted from this. This has been imposed with immediate effect.

Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater rafting re opened on Sunday 27 May 12 after closing for high water floods. High Water Trips will run from Rapid No. 15 to Rapid No. 23 during this initial High Water period.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
The main areas at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge will be undergoing a refurbishment from 20 - 29 Jun 12. Most of the building work will take place between 22h00 and 06h00 (under management supervision). There is some limited trades work, but this again will be carried out under senior supervision during the hours of 10h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 16h00 on a few days only, which is when the majority of guests are off site enjoying activities etc. around the destination


Livingstone Island trips
Livingstone Island trips have re opened since Friday 01 Jun 12 after closing for high water floods.

Info Received by &Beyond

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Table Bay sets High Tea benchmark

Sun International’s Table Bay Hotel lounge provides the perfect location for a social encounter over a teacup. And now, setting a new benchmark for High Tea, the hotel is believed to be one of the first in South Africa to offer TWG Tea, which is said to be the finest luxury tea brand in the world.
With over 1 000 single-estate harvest teas and exclusive tea blends, TWG Tea claims to have the largest collection of teas in the world.
In order to produce the optimum selection of teas for South African consumers, TWG Tea has joined forces with The Table Bay Hotel to create a tea pairing selection. These creations seek to enhance the public’s appreciation of fine teas and create a luxury experience for first-timers and tea connoisseurs alike.
Offered throughout the afternoon, High Tea at the Table Bay is an event to be enjoyed at leisure.
Tea pairing, says the hotel, allows epicureans to experience “molten potions with the best selected desserts and savoury dishes.”
The Table Bay High Tea experience is a three-course affair and each course is paired with a complementary loose-leaf tea. The first course offers savoury creations paired with light-bodied teas to enhance the flavours. The mushroom and ham quiche is paired with Pai Mu tan, a white tea from China. Cucumber sandwiches, a staple of any High Tea, are paired with Imperial Pu-Erh, a matured Yunnan tea, also from China.
There are several other savoury dishes and each is paired with blended teas from Darjeeling and China.
The second course is devoted to scones – from plain scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, to currant scones served with lemon curd. The selected English Breakfast, French Earl Grey and Good Hope Teas enhance the buttery texture of the scones.
The third course features Bain de Roses Tea, a black tea blend; South African Rooibos Red Tea; Chocolate Tea, another black tea; Pink Flamingo Tea, a green tea blend; and Number 12 Tea. Each is paired with desserts for dessert lovers.
High Tea is served between 14h30 and 17h30

Info Received by Hotel & Restaurant

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Air Namibia: Cancellation during Festive Season - Dec 2012/ Jan 2013

Air Namibia confirms the cancellation of selected Domestic, Regional and Intercontinental flights during the festive season from December 23, 2012 to January 03, 2013 for operational reasons.
Conditions of the procedure 
  • All passengers will be rebooked on Air Namibia flights accordingly
  • Passengers are to be rebooked at no fee
  • No rerouting to other airlines
  • AUTSW12M77312
Refund procedures:
  • Apply for full refund on your net/published fare level via your GDS and quote the following reference number:
  • AUTSW12M77312
  •  Full refunds for unused tickets will be granted regardless of terms and conditions of the fare (even non-refundable tickets).
  •  Please note: all refunds must be processed within 7days from receipt of request for the refund by passenger. 

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Stellenbosch first SA town to offer free Wi-Fi

Stellenbosch will become the first town in South Africa to have the entire town under free Wi-Fi.

After successfully providing free Wi-Fi to residents and students in the Stellenbosch city centre, the municipality has started rolling out its “internet connectivity project” in Cloetesville, Idas Valley and Kayamandi, according to a report by the Cape Argus

It certainly is a fantastic initiative in Stellenbosch that gives travellers the optimum freedom to connect to a wealth of experiences. This also applies to our communities that are in great need of connecting to the world of knowledge at no cost

Info received from Southern Africa Tourism Update

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Windhoek Country Club Launches Kids Corner

The Windhoek Country Club Resort launched their newly added Kids corner during Easter Weekend this year.

It was  successful and a big hit with parents who could enjoy their lunch in the comfort of knowing their kids are having fun and are safe

The Kids corner will be available on Sundays and special days.

Info received from Namibia Connect.
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Fisherman's Guesthouse under new Ownership

Fisherman’s Guesthouse, previously known as Byseewah, is now managed by Belgian chef Louis Fenaux and Anneke Cloete.
Louis who has been fishing and hunting in Namibia for years is the perfect guide to take you out on a real adventure at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Anneke has been in tourism for a long time and will be your hosts in the welcoming guesthouse after a long day out in Namibia’s untouched nature!
With his background in Michelin Star rated restaurants, Louis is not only a great fisherman but a top chef and will prepare you a unique dinner in the evening, the restaurant is also open for non-guests but reservation is required.

Info received by Firsherman's Guesthouse

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SAT Sticker Competition

Beginning of June we launched our exciting SAT Sticker Competition, All you have to do is:


N$ 5000.00

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Renovations at Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve is undergoing renovations.

The refurbishment includes rebuilding the outside decks as well as paving the outside areas, and each chalet will be painted and refurnished.

The lodge will reopen in August.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Namibia Country Lodges Unbundling

Namibia Country Lodges earlier this month anounced their unbundling from its Lodges and other holdings, this after the owners decided to focuas on other business interests. The Various entities namely, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Solitaire Country Lodge, Opuwo Country Hotel, Namushasha Country Lodge and Tsumkwe Country Hotel  are being sold off individually as well as the Solitaire bakery, Service stations, Hunting concessions and Aircraft refuelling points.

Namushasha Country lodge now taken over by Gondwana Collection Namibia and was renamed Namushasha River Lodge.
Solitaire Country Lodge, Service Station, Bakery and Shop taken over b owner of Solitaire Guestfarm Desert Ranch, Mr. and Mrs. Swarts.

Info received by Tour Brief : Namibia Tourism News

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Solitaire Fuel Update

Please be advised that the petrol/diesel issue has been resolved as of  June 2012, Solitaire is under the New ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Swarts, also the owners of the Solitaire Bakery, Shop, Country Lodge and Guestfarm. They promised that there will not be any more fuel shortages in the future.

Info received by Mrs. Simone Swarts

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