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South Africa in '8 Top Golf Destinations for Families'

South African TourismIf dad (and/or mom) want to combine a family vacation with some great golfing, there are a few destinations which offer both top-notch links and a wide menu of other attractions that will appeal to the kids. So everybody's happy - after all, shouldn't that be the whole point of traveling as a family? Here among hundreds of choices across the world I offer you eight of my favorites where family travel dovetails nicely with golf travel - see if you agree, and if you think…

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A day in the life at the luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel outside Cape Town

Dubbed South Africa’s "Mother City," Cape Town is perhaps one of the world’s most stunningly beautifully set. Overlooked by the spectacular heights of Table Mountain and surrounded by breathtaking beaches, buzzing harbor and streets, lush farmland, and superb vineyards, this is the country's cultural (as well as its legislative one, where the national parliament sits). And about an hour along the scenic Atlantic Ocean road southwest of the city (or just 20 minutes if you want to take the…

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Kruger/other games reserves cited in 'Romantic Valentine's Day Activities In/Near 26 Iberia Destinations'

Sure, going out for an intimate dinner à deux is pretty much everyone's default on this day for lovers. But to make Valentine's Day extra special, seek out an experience that will make it truly memorable for years to come. High and low, on land and water, laid-back and high-adrenaline; simple and elaborate; cheap and pricey - there's something here for every couple! read post

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  • Here's a really interesting discussion of the challenges facing South African tourism - from among other things crime, climate change, and the hangover from the pandemic - in of all places, a science news site:
    https://phys.org/news/2022-10-crime-covid-climate-changesouth-afric...
    Crime, COVID and climate change—South African tourism faces many threats, but it's resilient
    South Africa's tourism industry has been rocked by the murder of a German visitor during an attempted robbery. The development resulted in negative m…
  • Kruger National Park cited in a an Associated Press piece a couple of days ago focusing on climate/indrastructure issues affecting nature parks: https://apnews.com/article/travel-droughts-africa-2b79d7101b55bd588...
    African wildlife parks face climate, infrastructure threats
    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Africa's national parks, home to thousands of wildlife species such as lions, elephants and buffaloes, are increasingly threate…
  • The London-based travel-site BigSevenTravel.com recently came out with "The best cities in the world for art and culture in 2022", and two of them are Cape Town and Johannesburg: https://bigseventravel.com/best-cities-for-arts-culture/
  • Interesting piece in the Washington Post a month ago: 'South Africa Tourism Was just Starting to Rebound. Then Omicron Arrived.' Now, when it comes to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, a lot can change in a month - even in a week - and that's certainly been true in SA. But many of the issues and challenges WaPo discussed here are still quite relevant: https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/01/06/south-africa-omicr...
    South Africa tourism was just starting to rebound. Then omicron arrived.
    Omicron triggered travel bans on South Africa that led to an estimated $63 million in lost bookings.
  • Now in our blog: a cool weekend in Cape Town.

  • “Once in a lifetime trip”

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    As you all might know by now, FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) have changed their required number of days allocated to a level one qualification to 60 days from next year. The EcoTraining 28 day FGASA qualification will be your last chance to do a 28 day course with the FGASA exam. We decided to make this a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

     Participants will be trained in 3 different reserves as part of the 28 day program; the training will include reserves in South Africa and Mashatu Game reserve in Botswana. The staring date for this specialist 28 day FGASA course is November the 25th 2011. (Remember you don’t have to do this as a career, you can also do it as part of the adventure of a lifetime)

    We started in 1993 with a mission to raise the standard of guiding in Africa.
    EcoTraining is the oldest field guide training company in Africa. We
    were one of the first companies to conduct formal training programmes for
    nature guides. We are known in the industry as the pioneers and leaders in
    field guide and nature training.

    For more than a decade, we have been sending people of all ages into the African wilderness to learn about the environment in exciting, in-depth and sensitive ways and to find out what it really takes to become a game ranger or a field guide

    Don’t miss the last opportunity to get both your EcoTraining as well as your FGASA qualification while exploring reserves in South Africa and Botswana. For more information contact enquiries@ecotraining.co.za or phone +27 (0) 13 752 5248. Space is limited on this course, visit www.ecotraining.co.za for more information on the 28 day course.9012339483?profile=original

  • Have you seen this blog about the disappearing rhinos? http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/africa-talks-by-shaza-holid...
  • Hello everyone!

     

    Zipping Zebra is backed by a well established tour operator in the wonderful seaside village of Hout Bay, Cape Town. We draw on their extensive network and very competitive rates – making sure you get to see and experience the best southern Africa has to offer! We focus on providing great service with individual attention to detail. Do you want child-friendly accommodation for your children, romantic suites for you and your significant other or your own private villa perhaps? The wishes of every traveler are unique, pretty much like the stripes on a zebra’s back. That’s why we believe there is only one proper way to explore the region: yours!

     

    Please contact us by e-mail:

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  • SA tourism in conjunction with EcoTraining just finished a media tour with 8 international journalists focusing on sustainable tourism and as part of “The green product” tour. The journalists represented 6 countries and experienced the EcoTraining Makuleke camp in the private Makuleke concession in the Kruger National park.  We will do this tour again next year – For more information please contact Corne at marketing@ecotraining.co.za 9012277458?profile=original

  • Hi Nayaz,

    There aren't any flights between Nelspruit and Hluhluwe. Your best bet will be to fly from Nelspruit to Durban and then travel by road to Hluhluwe. Driving time is about 3 and half hours.

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