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Marlize wrote to say that she loved our writeup of the best coastal holiday accommodation, but the spots were out of her price range.

Cruise news: Dane Danev singing La Paloma on the MSC Musica cruise ship.

Better value Coastal Accommodation

So we've done another write-up, covering quality places on the coast with slightly lower prices. But note that since we're pricing on a weekend in school holidays, it'll be more expensive than in off-peak periods.

*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.

(R1580*) Cliff Cottage B&B, Hermanus. Close to the centre of Hermanus and across the road from the cliff walk. For extra privacy request the garden cottage behind the main house.

start to the boardwalk in Hermanus boardwalk in Hermanus

(*1720) The Old Trading Post, Wilderness, next to the lake, and close to a few hiking trails - birdwatchers will like it. Families will prefer the Strelitzia Room, otherwise ask for the Garden Room.

(R1400*) Dolphins View Guest House in Beachview near Port Elizabeth. Choose a room with a balcony on the upper level, for the views.

(*R1990) Tranquility Guest House, Fish Hoek (Cape Town), for its views. Ask for the loft room.

(R1900*) Parker Cottage in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Close to restaurants, and a short walk from Long Street, the pulse of Cape Town. Splurge on a bigger room for a bit more comfort!

(R1900*) Candlewood Lodge, Knysna. Go for an upstairs room with views of the lagoon.

(R1771*) The Petite Provence B&B in Salt Rock. Close to King Shaka International Airport. Walking distance from 2 restaurants & beach.

(R1990*) 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.

(R1600*) The Grange Guest House, located in Durban North. Close to restaurants. Request a room with a view. Good spot to stay at before your cruise from Durban on the MSC Sinfonia or Opera.

 

Sad to hear that 51 on Kloof (in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town) has closed its doors :(

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.

Through sheer luck, this Air Namibia Embraer was caught on Google Earth landing at Maun Airport (Botswana).

Fancy a kitesurfing trip to Luderitz (Namibia)? (link to video).

There is free Wi-Fi on Mango aircraft enabled with G-Connect for flights between Johannesburg & Durban, during December.

The Purple shall rule! "Booked my flights CPT/Amsterdam/Uk/Paris/CPT on your advice. Great holiday thanks." - the type of feedback that we live for :)

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The Bottom Line: Congratz to Janine Hutton on being appointed as SA Tourism's Chief Marketing Officer.