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SANParks Open for Self-Drives But Not Accommodation

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While the rest of South African accommodation is allowed to take leisure guests, according to the new lockdown regulations, South African National Parks said that overnighting in its parks was still not possible. CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni, said “We appreciate that after four months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature, however we are obligated to...

Overseas Travel to South Africa Likely Only in January 2021

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Travel within South Africa is likely to start in September or October, and international travellers allowed into the country from January 2021, according to the Deputy Minister of Tourism Fish Mahlalela. In an interview with Tourism Update, he said the government needed to listen to the views of the industry, such as legal actions that were being threatened and safari...

That’s Paris?! One Traveller Pictures a Funny World In South Africa

While many of us are deep in cabin fever mode and counting the days to travel freely again, Twitter user Ling Dior mused on all the fabulous places around the world she has visited and which can be found in South Africa, like the Sydney Opera House in Cape Town and the Golden Gate Bridge in Cape Town. Confused?...

Table Mountain Cable Car Open for Hikers

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The Table Mountain Cableway has started operating a limited service for hikers who have gone up the mountain and want an alternative to get down. "Due to the influx of hikers on Table Mountain and the risks to hikers given the rapidly changing weather, the Cableway will open as a service to hikers from the top station only to enable...

British Airways Retires Its 747 Fleet 4 Years Early

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British Airways today announced that its fleet of 31 Boeing 747 aircraft, fondly known as ‘The Queen of the Skies’, are likely to have flown their last scheduled commercial service. The fleet was meant to have retired in 2024. "After nearly five decades of service and millions of miles flown around the globe, it is proposed that the airline’s remaining...

WATCH Team Saves Giraffe Trapped in Lodge Swimming Pool

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While many safari lodges wait for lockdown on tourism to be lifted so they can take in guests again, life remains busy. For several lodges in Bela-Bela a few weeks ago, staff were faced with the enormous task of saving a giraffe that was trapped in a swimming pool. According to a post on Facebook, the giraffe cow got trapped...

Quarantine at Houw Hoek Hotel Was Like a Mini-Holiday

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As hotels and holiday accommodation across the country are financially strangled during continued lockdown, some establishments have passed stringent health regulations to double as places of quarantine, which allows them to  keep running and keep their staff employed. One of these is the Houw Hoek Hotel, on the N2 between Sir Lowry's Pass and Hermanus. Mariana Arends, a diabetic, was...

Cape Town Hotel to be Revamped After Hilton’s Departure

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After nine years, Hilton Hotels closed the doors on the Cape Town Hotel on the weekend, but the owner says it plans to revamp the property for future guests while it searches for new management. The owner, Millat, confirmed that the property at 126 Buitengracht Street, Bo-Kaap, would no longer be managed by Hilton Worldwide. "It is disappointing that our relationship...

Feeding This Whale Keeps Noordhoek Beach Clean

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Anyone who visits the vast Noordhoek Beach on the way to Cape Point south of Cape Town would have seen the surfers, the horse riders, the dog walkers, as well as a wire whale at the entrance, with a sign on top of it, "Feed Kakapo!" What that means is, Take your bag and fill it up with trash. The...

Marriott Reopens More than Half its Hotels in South Africa

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More than half of Marriott International's hotels across South Africa have opened their doors to welcome travellers back under the latest national lockdown regulations. Marriott includes brands such as Protea Hotels, Sheraton and the Autograph Collection, and the reopened hotels are in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Roodepoort, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein, Garden Route (Mossel Bay and George), Mahikeng, Nelspruit, Kimberley, Upington and...