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Do the words "Focus Dougal" mean anything to you? It's from the famous Bells advert, and this week there's a special at the place the ad was filmed, The Post House in Greyton.

Cruise news: R8026 for 2 adults sharing an inside cabin on OP005, the 30 Nov 2012 MSC Opera cruise from Durban to Portuguese Island (limited availability)

Accommodation offers of the week

Need a break from the old routine? Here are the accommodation options our buds at Ubuntudeal are showcasing this week. There's very limited availability, and it's possible these deals are no longer available (and in any event, availability for all ends on Friday, the 29th of June). There's also restrictions for when they can be booked (click through links for details). Note that deals could end and prices can change, without notice.

The Post House, Greyton

52% discount. Fancy some Old English charm, with an hour long, hot stone massage thrown in? For R995 for one night, 2 people, you can enjoy a luxurious break in these beautifully renovated guest rooms. The Post House was built in 1860 and the Country Pub famously features in the Bells Whisky ad: "Focus, Dougal!".

Agulhas Country Lodge, L'Agulhas

60% discount. Indulge in the roar of the mighty ocean as you hike to the lighthouse on the Southernmost tip of Africa. Afterwards, have a soak in your private jacuzzi, whilst sipping on a glass of champagne. You will be paying R1350 per couple, for 2 nights, but your experience of the force of Mother Nature will be priceless.

Fynbos Ridge, Plettenberg Bay

55% discount. Come and enjoy the beautiful views from one of the Cape Dutch style cottages, surrounded by fragrant fynbos. You are only minutes away from pristine beaches and you will enjoy 5 star quality, organic meals prepared by Chef Brian. For only R540 ppn, stay a little longer and explore the Garden Route.

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela Bela

43% discount. If you're in the mood for a heavenly bushveld getaway and you want to get up close and personal with the Big 5, here's your chance. Get it while it's still available at only R600 per night, 2 people. There are many activities to enjoy during the day and delicious food to gorge on at night in Tshuduku Restaurant.

Airlies B&B, Montagu

50% discount. Enjoy the Victorian vibe of this majestic guesthouse which was built in 1910. Rich in history, Montagu is a great little village to use as a base for exploring the picturesque Route 62. For R375 per couple, per night, you will be treated to hearty breakfasts, graceful rooms and lots of peace and quiet.

Clifton Sunsets, Cape Town

50% discount. Have a good look at the Twelve Apostles and azure ocean while you ponder the complexities of life from your luxurious apartment. Enjoy the dazzling life of a celebrity, even it is only for one night, at R900 for 2 people. Take a walk to the beach or simply soak up the sun next to the pool.

Aire del Mar Guest House, Gansbaai

50% discount. Feel your stress melt away in this white washed haven of tranquillity. With nothing but the sky above you and the ocean in front of you, you will be forgiven to think you're in heaven. Experience 4 star luxury for only R790 for 2 people, 2 nights, including a tasty breakfast.

Table Mountain Lodge, Cape Town

50% discount. Another Cape Dutch beauty to indulge in, this stately farmhouse was built in 1885. Capture the romance of a forgotten era with quick access to all the trendy hot spots in Cape Town. Stay a while for R710 per night, 2 people, including their famous breakfast.

Don't forget about all the other fantastic establishments you can choose from below:

Van Riebeeck Apartments in Gordon's Bay currently have a Winter Special running at R500 per night during the winter months, please contact them on 021 556 1745. Prices could change.

Areena Riverside Resort also has a great special running, 25% discount on all camping and self catering accommodation with a minimum stay of 2 nights for the month of July 2012. Please contact them on 043 734 3055. Prices could change.

Alberton, Johannesburg
from R 550
Le Cozmo Bed & Breakfast
011 867 2987
bookings@lecozmo.co.za

Durbanville, Cape Town
from R 330 per person sharing
Ruslamere Guest House (has a Spa)
021 975 5677
info@ruslamere.co.za

Gordon's Bay, Western Cape
Van Riebeeck Apartments
62 Miller Road, Gordon's Bay, 7150
021 556 1745
hilian@isat.co.za

Nelspruit accommodation
from R 650 per person
Global Village Guest House
013 741 2076
bookings@globalguesthouse.co.za

Cape Town
From R 259
St Bedes Terrace Cottages
26 Antrim Road
Three Anchor Bay

Sandton, Johannesburg
from R 1 350 per night
Park Inn Sandton
011 303 1000
edward.venter@rezidorparkinn.com

Seapoint, Cape Town
from R 1 100 per couple per night
The Hyde
021 434 0205
reservations@thehydehotel.com 

Humewood, Port Elizabeth
from R 600 per night
Algoa Bay Bed and Breakfast
041 582 5134
bookings@algoabay.com

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All prices are subject to change and availability.

Qatar Airways Flight Specials

Here are some flight specials from Qatar Airways, for flights from Cape Town & Johannesburg to Qatar. Limited availability on selected flights, & prices subject to change, perhaps even by the time you read this (we delayed broadcast of this, so there's a greater chance than usual). Other conditions apply, please review at time of booking.

 

Athens

From

R5683 Economy Class

 

R27183 Business Class

Bangkok

From

R7111 Economy Class

 

R26141 Business Class

Doha

From

R8852 Economy Class

 

R49232 Business Class

Dubai

From

R6218 Economy Class

 

R26338 Business Class

Hong Kong

From

R7388 Economy Class

 

R28408 Business Class

Johannesburg to London
Cape Town to London

From

R7077 Economy Class

 

R29240 Business Class

Paris

From

R6579 Economy Class

 

R27543 Business Class

Seoul

From

R9335 Economy Class

 

R28885 Business Class

Singapore

From

R7144 Economy Class

 

R27314 Business Class

Zagreb

From

R6703 Economy Class

 

R26783 Business Class

 

Qatar Airways plane parked at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa

 

 

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Have you ever seen the rain?

Good news for Zimbabweans: from October 2012 Emirates is offering daily flights on its Harare-Lusaka-Dubai route.

 

The Purple shall rule! Asanda leaves feedback on the Gautrain: "Works perfect... wow I enjoyed the trip from the airport to like +-50mtrs walk to my house. I caught a train from OR Tambo was told to change at Malboro to the Pretoria train and I thought ..... am sure am going to wait and wait.. but to my supprise I got off the train & as I was walking to the other platform the Pretoria train was there. Hopped on as I was thinking I was in Midrand, I thought let me try the buses I got the Gautrain bus and it dropped me off just outside my place. It took me only 20 min from the airport to my place. Thumbs up for the Gautrain and their staff. Keep it up guys."

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