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Cruise news: R9765 for 2 adults sharing a balcony suite on Sinfonia cruise SI009, the 3 Jan 2013 cruise from Durban to Cape Town via PE

Accommodation deals

Here's this week's accommodation deals from our buddies at Ubuntudeal (deals close on Friday, availability may end sooner - prices subject to change - T&Cs).

Buffelsdrift Private Game Lodge, Klein Karoo - 50% discount

Want to experience true peace and quiet for the low price of R594 pppn, sharing? Velvety black night skies dotted with millions of twinkling stars are plentiful in the Klein Karoo.  Come and stay in one of the luxurious tents, get close to nature on horseback and stare into the soulful eyes of one of the resident elephants.

Sandringham B&B, Umhlanga - 50% discount

Escape from the hustle and bustle of your day to day life for a mere R985 for 2 nights, and revel in the stylish surroundings of this chic home away from home.  Enjoy the beautiful views and famously balmy evenings from our sundeck, or skip down the road to be tempted by the exciting nightlife of Umhlanga Rocks.

Somona Guest House, Sandton - 50% discount

Perfect for business trips, this guest house ticks all the boxes, at R287 for one person or R375 for two.  Friendly and welcoming, yet with all the facilities you need to make sure everything goes smoothly.  Take a break from work by having a swim in the sparkling pool, or relax by the fireplace in winter.

Auberge Rozendal Winefarm, Stellenbosch - 59% discount

Nestled amongst vineyards and mountains, you will find the historic Manor House of Auberge Rozendal. Its stylishly decorated guest house rooms are now available at the great price of R600 per room per night .  They match their sublime, organic cuisine with their own bio-dynamic wine and drinking vinegar.  The hills are indeed alive with the sound of blissful sighs.

Milkwood Lodge, Hermanus - 54% discount

There are few things as invigorating as a fresh ocean breeze.  It’s even better when you only have to walk 300 metres to get to the beach.  Your plush accommodation with fluffy towels and under floor heating will be waiting for you when you get back from your busy day of shark cage diving, wine tasting and golfing. At only R600 per room per night, for 2 people, you can afford to stay a bit longer.

Burkleigh House, Randburg - 50% discount

This elegant, four star guesthouse is furnished with beautifully restored furniture and will appeal to the business man who prefers homely, yet classic surroundings.  Here you will find everything to keep the business running, plus the added bonus of a delicious, home cooked breakfast every morning.  With OR Tambo only 35 minutes away, it is definitely worth the R400 pppn.

The Herold's Bay Hotel, Mosselbay - 50% discount

Here is your chance to enjoy the brand new, luxury self catering apartment at the Herold’s Bay Hotel.  Complete with a fully equipped kitchen and a private balcony, this is the perfect getaway for a small family at the low price of R425 per night.  You can lounge around the heated pool all day, or explore the gorgeously green Garden Route at your leisure. 

Blommenhuis Guest House, Montagu - 51% discount

Enjoy life at a much slower pace in a guest house in Montagu, where you can indulge yourself in some old world charm for R1,460 for 2 people for 2 nights.   Have breakfast in the beautiful garden before exploring the famous R62 wine route and enjoying a cruise on the Breederiver, all included in the price.  After a busy day, collapse into your thick goose down duvet and relish the peaceful surroundings.

church in Montagu, South Africa



On Friday Velvet Sky airline was placed under provisional liquidation.

It's been reported that 3 Air Namibia clients were arrested on the 22nd April for obtaining flight tickets fraudulently from an employee.

Turkish Airlines flight TK-40 left Istanbul on the 10th of May bound for Johannesburg, but diverted to Entebbe when the pilot needed to shut an engine down. The aircraft landed safely and a replacement Airbus ferried the passengers to Johannesburg 22 hours later.

The Purple shall rule! "My wife and I were booked on a flight from Lanseria to Cape Town for the weekend of 20th April to 23rd April 2012. Unfortunatley I was taken to hospital during that week and was unable to fly at this time. I contacted Kulula on the 19th April and explained my position that I could not fly that weekend, so asked for assistance to re book to a later suitable date. Kulula then told me it will cost another R1700.00 on top of the original price. I requested that I would forward a Doctors letter explaining my condition. Kulula's comment was if you did not take out the insurance they were not prepared to assist, so pay up or lose the price of the tickets. A week or so later we notice in news media that Kulula is offering the Presidents 4th wife FREE passage on Kulula, this after being a Jetsetter and supporting Kulula for many years I find distasteful. I will in future be looking to use the opposition airline flying out of Lanseria.

Kind regards,

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