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These deals, from our friends at Ubuntudeal, run until tomorrow 6 October 2012, but there is very limited availability, so specials may end earlier if they are sold out.

Cruise news: Today is the last day to take advantage of our Balcony Cabin Cruise Special (frosty bottle of JC Le Roux delivered to your suite).

Stay at places on Sale

Why not tour South Africa staying everywhere on specials? Start off in Cape Town sipping sundowners at the Ezard House in Camps Bay & enjoying views of the Atlantic. Then hire a car, & head for the start of the Karoo, where you can go horse riding at the Ravenna Mountain Resort. On your way back stop off at the Kingsriver Estate near Robertson where you can quaff wine on the local route. To work off any excesses, drive through the mountains to Citrusdal, and stay at Pomegranate Cottage, where you will immerse yourself in nature and practise your canoeing. To make sure you've covered all of SA drive up to the Groot Mariko and look for the Big 5 at Tau Game Lodge.

(Note that there are various restrictions on the offers on this page, please click through the links to see the details).

Montagu Mountain Retreat

Mountains provide a background mood of timelessness & peace, so fly to Cape Town, and then head down Route 62 to Montagu's Ravenna Mountain Resort, nestled between Karoo koppies and the majestic Langeberg Range. For extra fun go horse riding, hiking and mountain biking. Only 28km from Montagu, where you can try their hot spring baths. From R780 for 2 nights for 2 people sharing at the Ravenna Mountain Resort (40% discount).

view of Montagu Springs from the cave above them
Photo taken from the cave above Montagu Spa Baths.

Tau Game Lodge

Head off to Big 5 territory, the Madikwe Game Reserve in Great Marico, and enjoy Tau Game Lodge from R1980pppn (including 3 meals). No malaria to worry about, and 27 major species of game roam the reserve. And if you're planning a conference, the Lodge can accommodate up to 60 guests.

Robertson Fun

On your way to or from Montagu, spend a night at the Kingsriver Estate near Robertson, from R899/couple (includes 2 meals). It's also near the Robertson Wine Route, giving you a chance to quaff the local produce.

Pomegranate Cottage, Citrusdal

To complete your tour of the Cape head off to Pomegranate Cottage near Citrusdal, from R1446 for 4 people for 3 nights (including canoe hire). There's a braai area for you to light your fire, fireplace and the opportunity for hiking. If you're a big fan of spa baths, also visit The Baths near Citrusdal.

Camps Bay 5* accommodation

Looking for luxury close to Cape Town? Try the Ezard House in Camps Bay, from R1500 for 2 people per night (50% discount), and sip sundowners whilst enjoying its views over one of Cape Town's most famous beaches.

Camps Bay

Durban accommodation

Cheapest from R 348

Blue Waters Hotel
175 Snell Parade

Accommodation - rest of South Africa

Nelspruit accommodation
from R 650 per person 
Global Village Guest House
013 741 2076

Durbanville, Cape Town
from R 330 per person sharing
Ruslamere Guest House (has a Spa)
021 975 5677

Kwelera, East London 
from R 250 per person (adventure village)
Areena Riverside Resort
043 734 3055

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Humewood, Port Elizabeth
from R 600 per night
Algoa Bay Bed and Breakfast
041 582 5134

Seapoint, Cape Town
from R 1 100 per couple per night
The Hyde 
021 434 0205 

Prices are subject to change and availability.


SA is to host The Tournament of Hope Golf Event, from 25 Nov 2013 to 1 Dec 2013, to raise awareness of of HIV/AIDS prevention.

London flight prices
Experience London at its finest, when the parks are in bloom and the air cool. Spring is the perfect time to experience the city before the summer crowds arrive. Enjoy the gentle sun as you stroll through the city's big parks and duck into stylish shops when the rain comes pouring down. Its not only the weather that makes spring so attractive, flight prices are also fairly affordable throughout the months of April and May. Travellers planning a shopping spree should look carefully before booking though, as so many airlines are now excluding checked luggage.

flight path from London to Johannesburg

Cheap JNB-London from R7,487*
(British Airways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap CPT-London from R9,184*
(Emirates- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap DUR-London from R8,134*
(British Aiways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Direct JNB-LON from R10,577*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 11 April, return 18 April 2019)

Direct CPT-LON from R7,837*
(British Airlines- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

Premium Econ. JNB-LON from R14,747*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class JNB-LONfrom R22,571*
(Kenya Airways- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class CPT-LON from R23,791*
(Kenya Airways- depart 16 May, return 23 May 2019)

1-way JNB-LON from R5,229*
(Emirates- 18 April 2019)

*This is not an offer, but merely a snapshot of cheapest airfares as we saw them. There was very limited availability (don't expect it to be on every date, it was the cheapest we could find) when we checked & prices may have increased already. Click through the link on the price to check whether the price is still available. Remember to change class once page has loaded to check prices for Premium Economy and Business Class. For Direct Fligth prices, select direct flights once page has loaded.

Currently there is a daily Shosholoza Meyl service from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, except on Saturdays.

After 10 years of service, Mr David Nurek has retired as a non-executive director of Sun International.

Turkish Airlines commences flying a triangular route from Istanbul to Kilimanjaro & Mombasa, from 4 December 2012.

The City of Cape Town has lifted the prohibition of bicycles, skateboards & rollerblades on the Sea Point Promenade, for a trial period during October (transport month).

JNB-Harare from R3420*, JNB-Kinshasa from R4361*, JNB-Luanda from R4800*, JNB-Lusaka from R3591*, JNB-Windhoek from R2636*, JNB-Beijing from R7293*, JNB-Perth from R9980*; *very limited availability, and prices may have changed.

The Purple shall rule! Vicki describes Camps Bay Retreat as possibly the "most surprising place to honeymoon in Cape Town". "I’ve been wanting to go here for absolutely ages, mostly because every time we go to the beach we drive past the sign at the bottom of the property, and I couldn’t understand how somewhere in Camps Bay could have quite that many trees… Little did I know, Camps Bay Retreat is a 4 acre indigenous garden threaded with paths that take you down secret overgrown trails and into hidden garden nooks."

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The Bottom Line: The South African Government has granted South African Airways' request for a R5bn guarantee. Here's a joint statement issued by National Treasury & the Ministry of Public Enterprises: "The South African Government has granted South African Airways a R5 billion guarantee for a period of two years starting from 1 September 2012. The guarantee will enable SAA to borrow from the financial markets, thus ensuring that the airline continues to operate as a going concern. The guarantee requires that the SAA Board develop a turnaround strategy to be approved by the Minister of Public Enterprises in concurrence with the Minister of Finance. This will include SAA providing the DPE and Minister of Finance with the financing strategy for its planned purchase of short and long haul fleet. Furthermore, a technical committee comprising representatives from the National Treasury and DPE will monitor SAA's financial position, and progress with developing and implementing the turn-around strategy. Government is committed to working with SAA's management and board of directors to ensure that SAA is a viable and a financially sustainable airline."