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Where in Africa do the Super-Rich Book a Hotel Room?

By SAPeople 01-10-15 11:15

Four of the top 10 hotels in Africa favoured by multimillionaires are in South Africa, although none of them made it into the first three. The multimillionaires’ five highest-rated boutique hotels on the continent, however, were all in South Africa. Those are some of the findings of a survey conducted over a period of 12 months and released […]

Cape Town-Bound Passenger Suing After Dangerous Spider Bite

By SAPeople 01-10-15 19:22

A British lawyer on a flight from Doha in Qatar to Cape Town is suing Qatar Airways after being bitten by a highly venomous spider during the flight, according to news reports. Jonathon Hogg (40) apparently spent a month in hospital in South Africa, where he underwent three operations and a skin graft. He reportedly said the […]

British Airways Cuts Some Cape Town Flights for 2016

By SAPeople 01-10-15 07:42

LONDON – British Airways has announced it will cut two of its seasonal flights to Cape Town in 2016, which some have ascribed to the new visa restrictions for South Africa. BA said the flight to Cape Town on Thursdays and Saturdays, and the return flight on Fridays and Saturdays would end on March 27, 2016, […]

Cuba is Calling You, Beach and Salsa (and Great Destination) Lovers

By Ted Botha 20-09-15 11:20

It has been 21 years since South Africa re-established relations with Cuba, and although it has long been on some travellers’ lists (and bucket lists), now is the perfect time to think about really going there. The main reason is that the island will probably soon be flooded – with Americans. The United States has recently […]


A South African’s Guide to New York on the Cheap (Even Free!)

By Ted Botha 29-09-15 10:59

Maybe it’s because I’m a South African, always thinking in terms of the precarious state of my country’s currency and what it can buy overseas. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been a freelance journalist for so long, scraping by on a meagre income. Either way, I’ve always sought out the free or cheap in New York […]

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Cape Town Blossoms (and Reopens Some Parks) After Fires

By SAPeople 15-09-15 16:52

Several parts of the Cape Peninsula’s parks have reopened to visitors, six months after devastating fires tore across Table Mountain and vast stretches of Constantia and Silvermine, and engulfed the mountainside above Muizenberg and False Bay. All of the Cape Peninsula, including Silvermine (which reopened yesterday), Table Mountain and the beaches as well as Cape Point, fall […]

Nama Riel dancers, South Africa

Karoo Diary – Dancing in the Dust

By Chris Marais 15-09-15 16:44

This is no five-step waltz, no quadrille, and by no means is it a cakewalk. It’s more like a cactus tango or a dusty Jitterbug, this Nama Riel dance they do so well out here in the Northern Cape Karoo. It’s ‘Stomp the Yard’ in Calvinia, Williston, Brandvlei and beyond. The cheering crowd forms a square […]

Lion Sands, South Africa

Four of the World’s Most Secluded Hotels are in Africa

By SAPeople 15-09-15 16:46

According to a list compiled by BuzzFeed, four of the world’s most secluded hotels are in Africa. The list was put together by the website’s Photo Essay Editor Gabriel H. Sanchez who describes the 22 locations as “perfect for people who hate people”. The list – which begins with “pretty much the most photogenic hotel in the world” Explora […]

U.S. Actress Joins Rhino-Saving Celebs, Goes on Mission to SA and Botswana

By SAPeople 12-09-15 20:42

American actress Uma Thurman has joined the ranks of celebrities putting their names behind save-the-rhino causes, with the magazine Town & Country dedicating its entire October Issue to the rhino, including a long feature in which Thurman is shown on a trip to relocate a pair of rhino. Thurman, who has acted in “Kill Bill” and is […]

The Other Table Mountain in South Africa – PHOTOS

By SAPeople 05-12-20 01:54

Meet Table Mountain, KwaZulu-Natal… The entire planet knows about Cape Town’s iconic version…but not many people in and out of South Africa have ever seen or heard of Pietermaritzburgs’ own Table Mountain. These photos, captured by Peter de Groot from PdGPix, reveal the incredible views from Pietermaritzburg’s Table Mountain over KwaZulu-Natal… “Awesome views of the Msunduzi and […]

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Hey Tourists, South Africa Has Never Been Cheaper

By SAPeople Contributor 10-09-15 15:52

While the falling rand is bad news for South Africans, tourists from abroad – or South Africans living overseas – can score big during the currency’s slump. While other safari destinations in Southern and East Africa quote their prices in U.S. dollars, South Africa still quotes in rand, making it more attractive, according to safari operator Onne […]


Kenya’s Angama Mara: Tourism in the Time of Terrorism

By SAPeople Contributor 10-09-15 06:30

In June this year, four months after Al-Shabaab militants massacred 148 people at Garissa, South African safari-operator Steve Fitzgerald welcomed the first guests to Angama Mara in Kenya. Fitzgerald maintains there’s simply no comparable super-luxury lodge in the Mara. ‘If Angama is successful, it could do the same for Kenya as the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge […]

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Langebaan…Sunsets, Yachts & Fabulous Flowers in Full Bloom PHOTOS

By SAPeople 04-09-15 09:50

Sunsets, yachts and fabulous flowers…just a few things that make Langebaan one of the most beautiful spots to visit in South Africa. If you’re in the Western Cape area this weekend, the flowers are in full bloom! And if you’re not…we hope you enjoy these fabulous flower photos instead. Taken by John Cronje on Wednesday (2 […]

The New South African Treasure Hunt

By Melanie Walker 06-08-15 09:48

It was fast. It was fun. It was clearly something people in our lovely country should do. And thanks to Kia SA for making it possible after my trusty SUV broke down just in time to not leave! Read about the trip down memory lane – Part One and Part Two. Despite all the bad […]

Travel Tips South Africa

Top 10 Travel Tips for Migrating

By SAPeople Contributor 01-08-15 10:58

Travel tips seem to be a dime a dozen these days and most people probably know it all when it comes to booking and organising their next holiday, or at least think they do. But what about travelling when you are migrating? Suddenly it’s a whole new ball game as you aren’t just thinking about […]

Treasure Hunt

TRAVEL: The New South African Treasure Hunt

By Melanie Walker 05-07-15 13:41

Sometimes things come about because you’re tired of the fast pace of life, the continual “mission mission mission, get there quickly,” rush around…and then you come back from a holiday feeling like you need one. And dragging two fractious Pixies around while you do it is no fun. The Pixies are my daughters. Twins. So […]

Want to see Ponte? Rockey Street? Sign up here…

By Guest Contributor 18-06-15 10:49

Many of us probably think of Hillbrow in Johannesburg as a no-go zone, but Nick Bauer and Mike Luptak are making a point of taking people to its very heart. And to Ponte City too. And beyond. Through their company, Dlala Nje, Bauer and Luptak offer two increasingly popular tours – This is Hillbrow and The Taste […]

Really? Johannesburg in California? And Durban in France?

By SAPeople Contributor 08-06-15 17:33

There is a name on the American website GhostTowns.com that looks very familiar: Randsburg, California. Not far away is – you guessed it – Johannesburg! There’s also CapeTown…and over the Atlantic, in France, is a town called Durban. Randsburg, California The small town of Randsburg is nearly a ghost town today (although one reference puts the population at […]

Durban South Africa

55 Things To Do In Durban For Under R250

By Guest Contributor 01-06-15 10:19

It’s official. The rest of the world has finally woken up to what Durbanites knew all along – Durban is cool. Earlier this year the New York Times featured Durban as 7th on its 52 places to go in 2015 list. A little bit Rio, a little bit Miami, eThekwini in South Africa is in a class of […]

UK Visa Changes. What You Need to Know.

By SAPeople 22-04-15 23:06

Along with the recently announced Health Surcharge, the United Kingdom has announced a series of amendments to its immigration rules, many of which will impact South Africans and most of which will begin to come into effect as soon as April 2015. The UK Government says most of these visa application changes are aimed at ensuring the […]

Cape Town has world’s second best beaches

By SAPeople Contributor 02-02-15 11:39

Cape Town has been ranked by National Geographic as the world’s second-best beach city in their latest Top 10 list. The international magazine places Cape Town’s beaches behind Barcelona’s “eight white-sand beaches that rim its Mediterranean coastline”. But the South African “capital of cool” pips Hawai’s Honolulu, Nice in France, Miami in the US, Rio […]

KAROO DIARY: Graaff-Reinet’s Drostdy Hotel Comes Alive!

By Chris Marais 27-02-15 19:46

The Drostdy has always been one of the select few grand old hotels of the Karoo. As the prime accommodation in Graaff-Reinet, it began its “hotel life” as Kromm’s Drostdy Hotel back in 1876. The Drostdy had many re-models and facelifts over the century to come, the latest being an intensive upgrade that has taken […]

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