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There's a schedule change for BA's additional winter service of Cape Town - London flights. From the 28th Oct 2012, BA43 is scheduled to leave LHR at 17h35 & arrive in CPT at 07:00, BA42 is scheduled to leave CPT at 22h20 & arrive in LHR at 08h00.

Cruise news: R14,820 for 4 adults sharing an inside cabin on OP007, the 7 Dec 2012 MSC Opera cruise from Durban to Portuguese Island

Accommodation deals

Here are some accommodation deals for this week only (up to 13 June 2012) to make the chilly Winter season more bearable, courtesy of our buddies at UbuntuDeal. Note that deals could end and prices change without notice.

Housemartin Guest Lodge, De Rust

47% discount. Use this 110 year old, Victorian Manor as your base to explore the picturesque Route 62 at only R400 ppn. Have a swim in the Meiringspoort waterfall and feast your eyes on the abundant birdlife. After a busy day, revel in the peaceful atmosphere and enjoy a gourmet meal at Jack Sprat's.

Kubunye, Mozambique

48% discount. If you have ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins, here's your chance! At R2,180 pp, for a 3 night stay, your dream can now become reality! You will enjoy breakfast, two dolphin experiences and two rejuvenating yoga sessions. Let the gentle dolphins work their magic on your jangled nerves.

Stompdrift Resort, De Rust

50% discount. This is the ideal spot for some family fun. Book a tent for R25 and only pay R25 ppn. Let the kids run wild on the shady lawns or one of the mountain biking trials. At night you can roast marshmallows over an open fire and let Nature's sounds gently lull you to sleep.

The Brown Jug Guest House, Hermanus

50% discount. Enjoy an elegant, two night, midweek break for R800 for 2 people. Watch the whales play in the bay or enjoy a thrilling shark cage dive. Here you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, or go for a quick walk into town for some great shopping.

Villa Romantica, Camps Bay

50% discount. Surprise your other half with a romantic night away for R1,350. On arrival you will receive a bottle of wine and you can expect all your stress to melt away after your massage, manicure and pedicure, followed by a soak in the jacuzzi.

Camps Bay beach with Table Mountain


Ravenna Mountain Retreat, Montagu

50% discount. Relax in one of the quaint 2 bed cottages on this beautiful farm at only R630 for 2 people, 2 nights. Come rain, defrost by the fire place with a glass of red from one of the nearby wine farms; come shine, cool off in the gorgeous infinity pool and enjoy the view.

Kruger Adventure Lodge, Hazyview

50% discount. Experience the African bushveld from this world class, eco-friendly lodge for only R919 for 2 people, 2 nights. Let the experienced game rangers create an adventure especially for you, whilst respecting and conserving the fragile environment.

Umlilo Lodge, St Lucia

50% discount. Escape to this beautiful village and explore the World Heritage Site of St Lucia which encircles it. At R1,390 for 2 people, 2 nights, you will want to stay longer and continue to be amazed by the abundant wildlife and activities for you to enjoy.





There are 19 days left in the Qatar Airways photo competition.

Islands where time is standing still:

  • Bikini Atoll (23 nuclear devices have been detonated there)

  • Hirta, Scotland

  • Xefina Island, Mozambique (book a cruise to Maputo on the MSC Opera to see it as you enter the harbour).

  • Hashima Island, Japan (originally intended to mine undersea coal).

We will be reviewing Avis Johannesburg Lanseria next month.

The Purple shall rule! "Why did they stop the flights from Cape Town to Pilansberg or Johannesburg to Pilansberg Airport, it was a very easy way to get to Sun City. Every time we go to Sun City it is a pain, we must hire a car and drive." Hester

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The Bottom Line: "Cape Town routinely ranks in international surveys as Africa’s top tourism destination, and it usually features among the top five worldwide. Yet our national carrier can’t turn an acceptable profit flying between there and another of the world’s most popular destinations? It boggles the mind." Dave Marrs on SAA halting London - Cape Town flights

“How about talking to the industry? The Fedhasa Cape Board not once in the past few years had an invitation to talk to them...We have in the past survived when SAA pulled its direct Cape Town flights from Atlanta and Frankfurt and we will survive this decision. But one would expect  the national carrier to consider that Cape Town is the main draw card for international tourists to South Africa and that tourism is the number one economic sector in South Africa!” Dirk Elzinga