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Have you planned your family's Easter Holidays yet? If you're still hunting around, you may want to treat them by making a booking in the Tsogo Sun Easter Hunt.

Cruise news: There are no 4-sleeper cabins left on SI027 (balcony cabins were sold out long ago), the 22 March 2013 Sinfonia cruise from Durban to the Portuguese Island.

Tsogo Sun Easter Special

Click here to make a booking for Tsogo Sun's Easter holiday getaway. If you book and pay, between 06h00 on 27 February and 20h00 on the 28 February 2013 you will receive a  15% discount off SunBreaks rates on your 3 night stay during specified periods in March and April 2013.

And if that's not enough, kids under 18 sharing a room with 2 adults stay and eat breakfast for free (not easy to beat that price!).

Validity periods

Fourways – Johannesburg:
Palazzo Montecasino, Southern Sun Montecasino and SunSquare Montecasino
Validity: 28 March 2013 to 3 April 2013

Cape Town: 
Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Cape Sun and Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Validity: 20 March to 28 April 2013

Garden Court South Beach, Garden Court Marine Parade, Garden Court Umhlanga
Validity: 20 March to 28 March 2013 & 2 April to 28 April 2013

Southern Sun North Beach, SunSquare Suncoast and Southern Sun Elangeni
Validity: 2 April to 28 April 2013

The following hotels are not available during the specified dates:

Cape Town:

5- 6 April 2013
Southern Sun Cape Sun, Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront, Southern Sun Newlands, Garden Court De Waal and Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard

18 – 19 April 2013
Southern Sun Cape Sun, Southern Sun The Cullinan and Southern Sun Waterfront

14 – 19 April
Southern Sun Elangeni, Southern Sun North Beach, Suncoast Towers and SunSquare Suncoast.

Other terms and conditions

  1. Limited rooms available at selected hotels and over selected dates.

  2. A minimum 3 nights stay is required to qualify for the discount.

  3. Discount applies to bookings made between 06h00 on 27 February 2013 to 28 February 2013 20h00.

  4. If you are a Frequent Guest, Strike it Rich and Club Festival member you can book a day earlier on Tuesday 26 February 2013.

  5. Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required to confirm bookings.

  6. Bookings can only be made online at, direct with the hotel or via the Customer Contact Centre or 0861 447 744.

  7. Rates quoted are per room per night, for two adults and includes breakfast. Advertised room rates also apply for single travellers.

  8. Children under 18 (maximum 2) sharing with parents (2 adults) in a family room stay and eat breakfast free.

  9. Family rooms are not available at Southern Sun Cape Sun, SunSquare Suncoast and SunSquare Montecasino, the child policy is therefore not applicable.

  10. Rates are nett and non commissionable.

  11. Rates are subject to peak periods and as such may not be available at certain times or dates. All rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.

  12. Rates are applicable for bookings of up to 5 rooms and are not available for group and conference bookings.

  13. Rates include Value Added Tax, but exclude a 1% Government Tourism Levy charge per room, per night.

  14. Frequent Guest members may redeem but cannot earn Sun Rands on these rates.

  15. Easter Sale rates are available for the South African domestic leisure market and SADC countries only.

  16. Standard Tsogo Sun terms and conditions apply

  17. .

Tsogo Sun Easter Hunt


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.

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Fantastic to hear that the SA government has approached UK authorities with the intention of reinstating visa-free travel from South Africa to London.

We've added horse riding on Noordhoek Beach to our list of South Peninsula Day Trips (referring to the south peninsula of Cape Town).

The Purple shall rule! Air Zimbabwe plans to reintroduce flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls: "We have set in motion plans to re-introducing the Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route from April. This is because most airlines change their flight patterns in April which coincides with the summer season in Europe. So a plan has been set in motion to re-strategise come April. In terms of aircrafts to be used, we are ready on that front.” said Zimbabwean Government official, Munesu Munodawafa

This follows the hopes that Fresh Air would start Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on the 2nd November 2012 (they were a joint venture with 1time airline).

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The Bottom Line: News from Sun International: "Revenue for the period was 10% ahead of the 6 months ended 31 December 2011 (last year) at R5.2 billion.

In an environment that continues to be challenging, the Hotels and Resorts division achieved revenue of R1.3 billion, 6% up on last year, with an occupancy of 61.3%, 2.0pp below last year (due to the additional room nights available at Wild Coast Sun).

In South Africa, the hotel and resort portfolio (Sun City, Wild Coast Sun and The Table Bay), grew revenues over last year by 8% to R925 million. Room nights sold improved by 2.5% in number but, given the higher number of rooms available in the year, occupancy declined by 3pp to 62%. The ADR improved marginally to R1 192.

Sun City's revenue improved by 3% over the prior year to R653 million. International room nights sold improved by 10%, in line with the international arrivals growth reported by SA Tourism. However, the local conference and meetings business has been disappointing with a decline of 27% in room nights sold to these segments resulting in the overall decline in occupancies. The ADR was ahead of last year due to better room rate yields and an improved accommodation mix.

Wild Coast Sun improved its revenue 29% to R195 million and EBITDA 94% to R33 million. The Wild Coast Sun development was completed by June 2012 increasing the rooms to 396 from 258. Room nights sold increased 40% from 39 510 to 55 419.

Table Bay Hotel improved its performance in the context of another difficult six months as a result of the oversupply of inventory in the Cape Town market. ADR increased as a result of additional international traveller room nights sold and the growth in the local corporate market. Revenue of R77 million was 12% ahead of last year.

The Royal Livingstone and Zambezi Sun have been adversely affected by the introduction of a yellow fever vaccination requirement by South Africa for all travellers to and from this destination. This barrier (along with the associated cost) as well as the generally high cost of this destination (visas, park fees and taxes) is impacting on the competitiveness of Zambia.

Gaborone Sun and the other Botswana operations achieved revenue of R89 million (+4%).

In Nigeria, The Federal Palace generated revenue of R101 million, 17% above last year. The increased revenue was generated by the casino which achieved encouraging revenue growth of 45%. Occupancies declined as a result of the closure of the mainland bridge for three months restricting access to Victoria Island.

The 281 room 4 star Maslow hotel refurbishment in Sandton was completed on schedule in mid December at a cost of R254 million. The Maslow opened to the public on 7 January 2013 and has been well received. Trading to date has been encouraging and the group is optimistic that the hotel will become the preferred choice in Sandton for business and leisure travellers.

Boardwalk: The 140 room 5 star hotel, conference centre, parkade, retail complex and musical water extravaganza were all completed during the period under review. The hotel opened on schedule on 14 December 2012 and has positioned the property as the most desired destination in the Eastern Cape offering premier conferencing facilities."

Sun City Hotel in South Africa, with the pool in the foreground