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Cape Town to George Flights
Johannesburg to Nelspruit Flights
Fly/Cruise Package
Departs 24 Jan 2014.
Fly to Durban & cruise to Portuguese Island on the luxurious MSC Opera.
3 night cruise departing Durban.
What is a good trip without
the right vehicle?
Hire a Nissan X-rail this holiday
20 Dec 2013- 5 Jan 2014
17 days Pickup from Johannesburg

from R688* 1-way

R4,740* pps - Inside cabin
R5,290* pps - Outside cabin
R5,950* pps - Balcony cabin

R18 632*

*Subject to change.

*Subject to change. Limited availability. Price includes return flights from Joburg to Durban, taxes, port charges, service fees and insurance.

*Subject to change. Limited availability

Book a flight nowLike last week, there's a double-header today - Mango Sale & an Emirates Special on the go (last week it was Qatar Airways & Mango).

Mango Happy Day Sale

There's a Mango Airlines Happy Day Sale which starts at 9am on 29 Oct & runs until 21h00 on 30 Oct 2013 (or until flights on special run out, whichever occurs first), on selected flights until the end of November (limited availability). Wont last long. Johannesburg to George Mango flights have been included in the Happy Day sale for the first time (remember that Mango starts flying that route from the 18th November 2013). It's important to note that all the prices in this document are subject to change, perhaps even by the time you read this. Try to be flexible with your dates to maximise your chances of getting the cheap Mango flights. This is not an offer by South Africa Travel Online, merely the provision of information.

Mango Airlines plane parked at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg

Best 1-way Airfares

The best 1-way airfares Mango mentioned were (*very limited availabilty, wont last long, may already have changed):

  • Johannesburg (JNB) to Durban from R595*

  • Johannesburg (JNB) to George from R729*

  • Cape Town to Lanseria from R799*

  • Johannesburg (JNB) to Port Elizabeth from R899*

  • Cape Town to Durban from R799*

  • Bloemfontein to Cape Town from R799*

  • Lanseria to Cape Town from R699*

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth from R899*

  • Cape Town to Durban from R799*

You can check what the current airfares are, and whether they have changed, at Mango (you can also check the terms and conditions there).

The first Mango Happy Days special with George included.

Emirates Sale

There's an Emirates special running to the 4th of November, with up to 25%* discounts on economy class fares from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg to: Ahmedabad, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Colombo, Copenhagen, Dhaka, Delhi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Haneda, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London*, Mumbai, New York*, Paris, Phuket, Rome*, Seattle, Seoul & Stockholm. The flight special was on selected flights until the 31st May 2014 (with blackout periods during the busy times ), and is subject to change without notice. *Restricted. This is not an offer by South Africa Travel Online, as it is merely the provision of information to the public (which may have changed). There are also discounts on a number of business class routes.

The Purple Shall Rule!

After my wonderful experience hunting for ancestors in Alexandria I was very excited to find out that the Intsomni Lodge was owned by relatives! It seems this area is very much steeped in family history. So a visit to the lodge was now definitely on the cards. The next day my friends from Port Alfred took me to Intsomni lodge to meet up with my relatives. Africa is always full of surprises and today was no exception. I was delighted when we passed an elderly man with his donkey cart fully decked with a chevron on the back! I just had to stop and take a photo.

donkey cart in the Eastern Cape

Intsomni Lodge is situated in a part of the Alexandria Forest Reserve and is not that far from Port Alfred. As we travelled along, the vegetation soon started to change and we travelled down a road flanked by thick vegetation on either side and eventually pulled up outside the rustic lodge nestled away in the forest vegetation as though hiding from the outside world. As we entered the building the ambience hit me with such force. All the artefacts and décor were carefully chosen and placed to give maximum pleasure to the senses. We sat in a lounge area to chat and take in the wonderful surroundings which were clearly visible through large windows and glass doors. After some animated discussion we were taken on a tour by the owners. The lodge has raised decking pathways over the densely vegetated underlay and take you off to the various rooms. Every room opened out onto decks overlooking the heavily wooded area. You can view the passing game right from your living area, out in nature as it should be. The rooms are private and have a sense of total seclusion which I think would be ideal for honeymooners!

Intsomni Lodge in Alexandria

Walking back from the rooms along the wooden decking back to the dining and reception area one can see great thick vines intertwined with tree trunks and other vegetation and the tree canopy above hangs like an umbrella shielding you from the elements. Although enclosed, from the dining area, you have the feeling of being at one with nature. You can view the wildlife passing by while you are having breakfast. From the main building one can then take a walk along another pathway to a lookout platform situated above the pool area. An ideal spot to while away the hours in peace and harmony. Many species of wildlife can be viewed out in the open plain towards the dunes in the distance which eventually meet up with the ocean. Intsomni im my opninion offers everything. A wonderfully serene place nestled in a perfect location surrounded by nature. What an incredible place. After our tour we headed back to have tea and cake served in true style. We were made to feel like royalty. I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to go back and stay at this beautiful place and savour all it has to offer. We left Intsomni and headed back to Port Alfred. Travelling along the Kowie River we stopped to take photos. The view was breathtaking. As far as the eye could see the river meandered into the distance. When we arrived back in Port Alfred I ran down to the river for another look and the water was like glass with the mirrored reflections confusing the eye. Such a picturesque and serene place.

Kowie River


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