South Africa News
Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:26

Sovereign House - a Right Royal Retreat!

Royal Madikwe is delighted to introduce its much-anticipated Sovereign House - its brand new “home from home” in South Africa’s popular Madikwe Game Reserve. Malaria-free and teeming with all of the “Big 5” game, it is a “right royal retreat” for larger or multi-generational families wanting an ultra-exclusive safari.
Check out the video right here

Exclusive to just six guests, the house boasts 3 spacious bedrooms with beautifully appointed ensuite bathrooms. The extensive wrap-around viewing deck has real “wow factor” - adorned with comfy sun loungers and a decadent daybed where one can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush.  There is also a refreshing plunge pool, open air rain shower and comfortable outdoor seating and dining areas shaded by Marula trees. Perfect days end in perfect ways here … sipping G&Ts around a blazing fire in the boma under the stars.

And the “crowning” feature? The Sovereign House comes with its own private vehicle and guide for an unbeatable and intimate safari experience.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:22

Kambaku Joins the Ethos Family

Ethos is delighted to have been appointed UK representatives for Kambaku Lodges from 1 September 2019. Owned and managed by Bryce and Nicola, Kambaku comprises Kambaku Safari Lodge and Kambaku River Sands in Limpopo’s Timbavati Game Reserve as well as Kambaku @ Sea on the Cape’s iconic Garden Route.

Read the full release here :
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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:51

Introducing Makakatana Bay Lodge

Ethos Marketing is delighted to introduce Makakatana Bay Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, set on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - one of the few natural wonders left on earth. It is the only privately-owned and managed game lodge within the Wetland Park and offers unforgettable game drives, boat trips on the Estuary seeking out hippo and crocodile and unspoiled beaches where one can swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Read more about this intimate gem of a lodge set in a dune forest here
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We are delighted to announce that The Blue Train has renewed its contract with Ethos. Ethos has been the UK office for The Blue Train since 1998 and we look forward to meeting new and exciting challenges as we embrace our 20th year of representing one of the most lavish trains on the planet.  One exciting change on the horizon is that in 2019 the Pretoria to Cape Town (or vice-versa) route will be extending to become a 2-night journey. There are many benefits to this re-invention.  To read more about what they are please read our full press release.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:23

Fairlawns' New Video

Check out the new promotional video for Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is Sandton, Johannesburg.  Watch this space - spa extension due for completion in March 2018 #LoveSouth Africa #MeetSouthAfrica

We would like to encourage all our partners to include a link to this video on your various websites and social media platforms.

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OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has taken steps to reduce congestion for international passengers departing through its main Terminal A as well as international passengers in transit who remain airside.

A new passenger link has been constructed for international passengers, with the objective of effectively managing peak periods at Terminal A, reducing congestion and queuing time and enhancing passengers’ experience.

The construction of the passenger link took 12 weeks, with most of the work taking place after hours to avoid inconveniencing passengers. The link conforms to global security requirements and was built at a cost of around R2.5 million (€162 000).

It has increased passenger processing capacity from 200 to 700 people per hour.

Space for the passenger link was made by moving the existing transit security screening area to the upper level. This enabled Ortia to create an additional security point, as well as address various compliance-related issues with traffic to and from the transit hotel.

Passengers checking in at Terminal A will experience shorter queues at the terminal security and emigration processing points. Congestion has grown at these points due to growth in international passengers.

After checking in, passengers can either turn left to the old security checkpoint or right to the new modernised and enlarged facility that has been upgraded to handle more than double its previous capacity of 300 an hour.

Queueing times for both options will be added in the near future.

Twenty-one million passengers passed through Ortia this year alone, according to Airport Spokesperson, Leigh Gunkel-Keuler. She says the passenger link is one of the many elements of the airport’s Ambience Programme, which aims to enhance travellers’ experience.

Another addition to be implemented at Terminal A is the use of ‘Smart Security’, with a pilot test last year. Smart security will also help to ease congestion and is less intrusive as no human contact is made during the process.

It was mentioned during a media briefing on September 1 that Ortia was 65 years old this year, and with the ageing infrastructure, updates were needed to handle the increase in capacity. The airport has two runways that operate 24 hours a day, and with airlines using larger aircraft, there has been a massive increase in traffic at the airport.

The passage will be referred to as the airport’s passenger link for international passengers.

Source: TU

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Cape Town International Airport will receive a major upgrade in an effort to transform the tourism sector, one of the important economic growth drivers.

“Airlift is an important driver of the economic policy,” said James Vos, the Democratic Alliance shadow minister of tourism. Vos was addressing delegates at the second THINC Africa conference, taking place in Cape Town.

According to a statement, the upgrade includes an extra long runway able to accommodate large planes such as the A380, after environmental approval was received to proceed with the new developments.

Vos said that alleviating the current constraints at Cape Town International would unlock more opportunities and more direct flights to the Western Cape. Upgrades to OR Tambo International were vital too as it is the gateway to Africa.

“We also need to look at upgrading rail and roads if we want to grow domestic tourism. Affordability is an issue and flying is very expensive in South Africa. We also need to streamline aviation taxes to make flying more accessible to more people. Currently we pay VAT, airport tax and a fuel levy on a single airfare,” he said.

Vos reiterated the worlds of head of SA Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, who said earlier that the tourism body wanted to increase domestic tourism by an extra one million people within five years.

He further said that transformation of the tourism sector was vital to South Africa’s future. “We have to break down the barriers. Tourism must be inclusive and we should be developing tourism entrepreneurs from the ground up, so small businesses can become big business.”

The role of the tourism accommodation grading council was under review too, he said, and it could become a “perfect tool for transformation in terms of accommodation and would give more product owners an incentive to join”.

Tim Smith, managing partner of HVS in South Africa, hosts of the THINC Africa conference, pointed out that on a recent road trip with his family, during the July holidays, a number of establishments in smaller towns and rural areas were closed.“For four nights in a row, we were the only people in the hotels on our route,” Smith said.

Vos agreed that destinations had to be available all year round. “We are looking at ways to fill these gaps,” he said.

Source: IOL Travel
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Monday, 04 September 2017 13:40

New start for the Cape Town Cycle Tour

The start for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour will move from its traditional position on Hertzog Boulevard to the historic Grand Parade Precinct. 

“The City effectively enticed us back to our ‘routes” – David Bellairs

 “Our participants’ safety will always come first,” says David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “2017 was a year of incredible learnings. We believe now – as we did then – that the right decision was made on the day.

 Nothing could have prepared the team for the challenges thrown at us in the lead up to the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour and nobody was more disappointed at the cancellation than the team who had spent the entire year preparing for the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour.  After the issues we had with wind at this year’s start, we immediately reviewed and re-assessed our options for 2018.”  

 “We needed to be responsive in respect of this year’s challenges and look to mitigate the wind risk.  We realise that there are very few areas in Cape Town that are immune to the Cape Doctor, but believe with this move that at least participants will not again be subjected to the sort of wind vortices created by the tunnels at the base of the civic center, these being exacerbated by the extraordinarily strong winds prevailing on the morning of this year’s event.

 An extensive amount of work has gone into understanding and looking into risk mitigation procedures and we are in the process of revising our wind guidelines as they relate to the start, route and finish precinct. This is being done in conjunction with Disaster Management Services, City of Cape Town, Pedal Power Association and experts in the meteorological field.”  

 Bellairs continues: “We are very grateful for the upgrades and rejuvenation that the City of Cape Town has already undertaken, and has planned for the Grand Parade Precinct.

 Following discussions with all stakeholders and particularly our partners at The City of Cape Town, we have made the decision to move the start to the Grand Parade Precinct.

 The Cape Town Cycle Tour is an iconic event – and the Grand Parade, overlooked by City Hall with the backdrop of Table Mountain, is a globally iconic event venue. The City effectively enticed us back to our ‘routes’:  in 1978, 525 cyclists set off from the roads outside the castle on the first ever Cycle Tour (then called The Argus Tour). 

 City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, said, “The City of Cape Town is proud to host next year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour, which has become one of the highlights on the city’s events calendar. This prestigious race is the world's largest individually timed cycle tour, and takes participants along some of Cape Town’s most picturesque and scenic routes.

 While the start of the race changes in 2018, we look forward to welcoming organisers and cyclists to an exciting event. Our support of the Cape Town Cycle Tour forms part of our strategy to attract even more events to the city. We hope our visitors and resident cyclists enjoy the race and natural beauty of the Cape.

The City of Cape Town remains committed to doing all we can to promote cycling and to ensure a safe environment for cyclists on our roads.”

Bellairs continues “The Grand Parade Start Precinct will broaden the scope for expansion and improving the overall Cycle Tour experience for participants. A more consolidated precinct will enable us to create a more welcoming environment at the start with the possible inclusion of a breakfast hospitality zone and a more expansive offering of services. Space constraints in Hertzog Boulevard mitigated against such improvements. The move will also free up the central MyCiti bus station located at the Civic Centre.”

 On Sunday, 11 March 2018, riders will gather on the historic Grand Parade and line up in Castle Street alongside the Castle of Good Hope and will follow the usual route around the Peninsula to the finish.

Changes are also in the pipeline for the race village at Green Point, which will see a substantial new offering to both corporate and general entrants.  

Entries Open

David Bellairs confirmed that every rider who entered and registered for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour by collecting their number/race pack at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo, will receive a preferential entry prior to general entries opening. Entry fees for these riders will remain fixed at 2017 rates.  

General and international entry applications to the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour will open on 20 September 2017. Corporate entries will be made available via a corporate hospitality package.  This information will be available in more detail from the end of September 2017.

For more information on the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour, please visit  or follow on Facebook , Twitter (@CTCycleTour) and on Instagram (@ctcycletour).

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:25

PICS: SANParks 2017 photography finalists

SANParks 2017 photography finalists capture SA's fauna & flora beautifully...


Black shouldered kites in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park by Chris Everett.

The annual SANParks Photo Competition is undoubtedly a platform that aims to showcase SA"s amazing beauty.  Take a look at this year's DSLR: Fauna & Flora finalists and click through to vote.  Voting closing on Sunday, 10 September 2017. Winners will be announced on 18 September 2017.  

Lions in the Kruger National Park by Erich Thom

The annual SANParks Photo Competition is undoubtedly a platform that aims to showcase SA"s amazing beauty.  Take a look at this year's DSLR: Fauna & Flora finalists and click through to vote.  Voting closing on Sunday, 10 September 2017. Winners will be announced on 18 September 2017.


Leopard in the Kruger National Park by Marc de Chalain

The annual SANParks Photo Competition is undoubtedly a platform that aims to showcase SA"s amazing beauty.  Take a look at this year's DSLR: Fauna & Flora finalists and click through to vote.  Voting closing on Sunday, 10 September 2017. Winners will be announced on 18 September 2017. 


Lions in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park by Marc de Chalain

The annual SANParks Photo Competition is undoubtedly a platform that aims to showcase SA"s amazing beauty.  Take a look at this year's DSLR: Fauna & Flora finalists and click through to vote.  Voting closing on Sunday, 10 September 2017. Winners will be announced on 18 September 2017. 


Cape Sand Snake in West Coast National Park by Tyrone Ping

The annual SANParks Photo Competition is undoubtedly a platform that aims to showcase SA"s amazing beauty.  Take a look at this year's DSLR: Fauna & Flora finalists and click through to vote.  Voting closing on Sunday, 10 September 2017. Winners will be announced on 18 September 2017.  

Click here to see all the categories

Source: Traveller24

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New to the Two Oceans Aquarium, and displayed for the first time - ever - the pink meanie (Drymonema sp.) is an extremely rare species of true jelly.

The pink meanie has only ever sighted a few times in conjunction with intense blooms of other jelly species, particularly moon jellies on which it feeds in the Northern Hemisphere.

The particular pink meanie at the Two Oceans Aquarium differs from pink meanies found in other parts of the world.

It is thought to be endemic, as this variety has only been observed around the southwestern coast of Africa, an unusual habitat for Drymonema - all other known species inhabit warm waters, such as the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Interestingly, although more thoroughly studied than our local species, the Mexican pink meanie (Drymonema larsoni), was only discovered in the year 2000. A Mediterranean relative known as the "Big Pink Jellyfish" (Drymonema dalmatinum) has been known to science since the 1800s, but when spotted in 2014 it had been almost 70 years since the last sighting.

Rarity of pink meanie

These jellies are incredibly rare, and this new South African species is no exception.

Due to its rarity, the South African species has not been classified and we know very little about it. The specimen on display at the Two Oceans Aquarium was actually collected accidentally, netted outside of the Aquarium while collecting box jellies and was added to our compass jelly holding tank over the weekend. Much to their surprise, on Monday morning all the compass jellies appeared to be sticking together - an odd occurence as they have adaptations to avoid becoming entangled.

On closer inspection, it was revealed that the compass jellies had all been ensnared by an unnoticed newcomer. With much excitement, the jelly handler realised that it was in fact a pink meanie - an animal he described as "the unicorn of jellies".

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