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Are you still looking for somewhere to spend your summer holiday? Or perhaps need to fill in a night or 2? Here's our selection of 7 spots which are worth adding to the itinerary.

Cruise news: SI008, the Sinfonia New Years Cruise is now sold out. There are still some 2 berth cabins available on the MSC Opera New Years cruise (and one last 4-berth cabin when we checked!)

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*To give you an idea of prices, we've added an estimate of what it would cost for a couple to share a room for the weekend from the 11th to the 13th January 2013, but please be aware that prices can easily have changed from what we've shown - because of the nature of the travel industry, this is always the case.

(R3303*) Christiana Lodge, a guest house in Plettenberg Bay, with its views over the marshy wetlands from the balconies, from which you can hear the frogs croaking at night. Upstairs rooms have better views. Robberg Beach is five minutes away by foot. Free Wi-Fi (use it to share your photos!).

(R3284*) Cliff Lodge in De Kelders (near Gansbaai, which is near Hermanus, which is near Cape Town!) for the views over Walker Bay. Choose the Ocean Suite on the top floor for privacy & views. Soak up some rays on the deck whilst enjoying the pool & views. At its best during whale season. Ask owners to arrange a massage.

(R2000*) Berg & Zee Guest house in Gordon's Bay for being right across the road from the beach, and its views over False Bay (top floor rooms are best). A short walk from Bikini Beach, where the students like soaking up the sun - one of South Africa's few Blue Flag beaches. Leave your sliding doors open at night & listen to the ocean.

(No availability) The Point Hotel in Mossel Bay for its views, its close proximity to the best tidal pool in South Africa, and nearby cliff walks. (perhaps combine this with a cruise to Mossel Bay, so you can see The Point Hotel from the ocean too!)

Cape St Blaise Lighthouse in Mossel Bay

If you're looking for a holiday in Cape Town, try the Liberty Lodge B&B, Tamboerskloof (Cape Town). This place has a history! Started life as a "Victorian gentleman's house", progressed to being a house of ill repute in the swinging 40s and now a guest house. Room tips - Ghandi & Madiba have good views and lead onto the terrace.

(R6000*) Teremok Marine (A kilometre from Umhlanga Rocks on Marine Drive). Close to the sea. Choose the milkwood suite, with its view over the sea from a private balcony and huge bedroom.

(R2500*) On the Spot B&B at St Francis Bay (between Knysna & Port Elizabeth, close to Jeffrey's Bay), for its solitude, close proximity to walks along an uncrowded beach, and the friendly couple who run it. Great place for some R&R. Enjoy the pool.

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London flight prices
Hopefully we'll be back to exploring London's magical streets soon! South Africa is currently on the UK's Red List, which means only British nationals are allowed to travel from South Africa to the UK and then they have to complete 10 days quarantine in a hotel. There are no direct flights connecting South Africa to the UK currently.

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.

There's a Qatar Airways cabin crew recruitment event in Cape Town from 9am to midday on the 9th December 2012. So, if you have "lots of confidence & charisma, and are selflessly driven to care for others", then pop along to The Westin Cape Town with your photographs & CV (the Westin is opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre).

Graham Hughes has become the first person to visit all of the world's 201 nations without using an aircraft. "'I love travel, and I guess my reason for doing it was I wanted to see if this could be done, by one person traveling on a shoestring. I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger."

After restarting Johannesburg to Harare flights on the 12th November, Air Zimbabwe are increasing the flight frequency to daily from the 12th December.

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