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Today is the last day of the Qatar Airways global flight sale, where you can get up to 25% off your international flight prices.

Cruise news: There's a sale on international cruises which ends tomorrow. Email cruises@southafrica.to for details

Weekly Accommodation specials

This week has had so many flight specials, that there hasn't been a chance to tell you about the accommodation specials - which means you've only got until tomorrow to book them (apologies upfront for putting you under pressure). We bring these deals to you with the help of our friends at Ubuntudeal.

Elgin valley

Stay in Wooden Chalets at Mofam River Lodge from R600/night for a cabin (50% discount).


If you've never stayed in Montagu, then you don't know what you're missing - I especially like the hot spring baths and the climb to the caves above it. Stay at Blommenhuis from R840 for 2 peeps for 2 nights (50% discount). Also check out our review of the Montagu Country Hotel.

Montagu spa baths at Avalon Springs

Mossel Bay

Regular readers know that we're huge fans of Mossel Bay - our daughter keeps asking when we're going back! Now, for R350 per person for 2 nights you can stay at the Ocean Inn. Alternatively, try Botlierskop Private Game Reserve from R375ppn sharing (50% discount) or Villa Chante from R895 for 8 people for 2 nights.

We have fondest memories of our stay at The Point Hotel (the tidal pool next to it is the best I've enjoyed), and in December we even cruised to Mossel Bay.

The Point Hotel in Mossel Bay


Having just enjoyed our holiday in Salt Rock, we're keen on seeing more of what KwaZulu-Natal has to offer. The Everglades Hotel is offering 2 nights for 2 people for R950 (a 50% discount).

Swim with the dolphins of Ponta

Stay for 6 nights for R3045 per person (single supplement of R200/night).


The Bloemfontein African Lodge is offering a one night stay for 2 people from R625 per room (or R250 for a single person).

Cape Town accommodation

Van Riebeeck Apartments

(011) 888 4680

, Western Cape
from R 350 per person sharing
Four Oaks Guest House

Durbanville, Cape Town
from R 330 per person sharing
Ruslamere Guest House
021 975 5677




Air Nigeria, the reincarnation of Virgin Nigeria, is once again flying from Johannesburg to Lagos from the 17th May 2012. I wonder why Nigeria gets it right to have 2 airlines flying the route (Arik Air & Air Nigeria), but South Africa only has one airline (South African Airways), especially given how keen 1time & Kulula are to fly into Africa.

A sleepy Air Canada pilot mistook the planet Venus for an oncoming aircraft & sent his 767 into a steep dive that nearly caused a collision with a real plane 1000 feet below. Passengers not wearing seatbelts were slammed into the ceiling & overhead bins.

Now that's what I call appreciating your employees - Turkish Airlines have designed a plane with the faces of all 17,000 of its employees painted onto it.

The Purple shall rule! "I really wonder whether there is any worth in having Voyager membership/ or a Voyager credit card. Loyal to SAA, my 9 year old who often flies with me is not allowed in the Business Class facility.  Do they expect my 9 year old to sit outside? Come on show gratitude - without the loyal traveller your programme wont be sustained. Children up to 16 should be allowed with their parent irrespective of the type of Credit Card /Voyager Card. Rewrite your rules if you really care about the children of  South Africa and your Loyal Customer".

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The Bottom Line: "I believe the state needs to provide security of supply of international air-travel into South Africa, given the highly volatile nature of the industry and our location, as a relatively small country, on the Southern tip of Africa... in this regard, the State intends to retain it as a national carrier." Malusi Gigaba, Public Enterprises Minister

Ed - glad to see that the Minister has found a way to rationalise the continued subsidisation of our airline passengers :) On the other hand, if we're honest, most of us flying class aren't in need of government spending being directed our way. I was reading that in terms of grade 3 literacy levels, South Africa comes at or near the bottom of global & regional surveys - perhaps we should rather be spending money on improving that.