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Test your travel knowledge : Which cruise liner arrived in Cape Town yesterday, to mark the start of cruise season in South Africa? (answer in the bottom line)

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Cruise from Durban to Portugese Island on the MSC Opera
Departs 17 Jan 2014 - 3 night cruise
Save from R2,389 pps| Discount 50%
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Skip the Dec-Jan holiday madness
Escape to Durbs in a BMW 3 series
7 to 15 Feb (end off with a romantic Valentines weekend)
8 days Pick-up at King Shaka

R3,340* pps - Inside Cabin
R3,890* pps - Outside Cabin
R5,650* pps - Balcony Suite

up to 25% off
Ends 13 Nov 2013

R4 228*

*Subject to change. Limited availability. Price includes taxes, port charges, service fees and insurance.

*Subject to change. Limited availability

Book a flight nowMango Happy Day Sale

There's a Mango Airlines happy day sale which starts at 9am on the 12th November 2013, and is for selected flights until the end of February 2014 (it's highly unlikely that the best prices will be available on any popular dates for flights). This compares to last week's Mango Madness Sale, which was only for flights in November 2013.

Mango Airline plane parked at Cape Town International Airport

Best 1-way Airfares

*Note that this is not an offer by South Africa Travel Online, but merely the relaying of information. *It's entirely possible that fares have changed since we wrote this - check current fares at Mango. Limited availability. Details are sparse at the moment.

  • OR Tambo to Durban 1-way from R575* (lower than the R595* in last week's Mango Madness sale)

  • OR Tambo to Port Elizabeth 1-way from R899* (same as last week)

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth 1-way from R899*

  • Lanseria to Cape Town from R699* 1-way (same as last week's very cheap fare)

  • Cape Town to Lanseria from R799* 1-way

  • OR Tambo to Cape Town from R945* 1-way

  • Cape Town to Durban 1-way from R845* (slight decrease in airfare)

  • Durban to Cape Town 1-way from R799* (same as last week)

  • Cape Town to Bloemfontein 1-way from R799*

  • OR Tambo to George from R769* 1-way. Mango flights from Johannesburg to George commence on the 18th November 2013

All subject to Mango's terms and conditions:

  • Limited seats available on selected Mango flights on a first come, first served basis.

  • No group bookings available on promotional fares.

  • Refunds on promotional fares must be requested in writing to

  • Subject to Mango’s Terms and Conditions

  • Special events, long weekends (Fridays and return Sundays) and peak flights are excluded.

The Purple Shall Rule!

You gotta be in it to win it! Have you entered our SA Express competition yet?

Myself and 3 best friends (including my mother) set off to Ngwenya Lodge just outside the Kruger National park. Our first visit to Nwenya Lodge and hopefully not the last. If we could afford it, we would have flown there which would have given us more time to explore the Kruger Park, but maybe next time....... The main reason why we booked at Ngwenya is because of it's proximity to the Kruger National park which is my favourite destination in SA. There is just this "magic" of the bushfeld that I can't explain. Just driving around in the Kruger Park and keeping your eyes peared to be the first one to spot the Big Five....the exitement when you spot that Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Elephant or Buffalo can't be described in words, but I'll try.......AMAZING, EXILIRATING, WONDERFULL! The peacefulness just being so close to your Maker and admiring His handywork is such a great privilege and something we take for granted most of the time. If I just had more leave days I will spend them all at the Kruger National Park, but I have to safe some days to go and visit my children living abroad, but when they come and visit me they share my love for the Kruger and we make a point of taking a few days to go and enjoy the Kruger Park together. Hopefully with my next visit I'll be able to afford flying down to the Kruger Park. Maggie

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The bottom line: The MSC Opera cruise ship arrived in Cape Town yesterday, to start the 2013/2014 cruise season. She is now on her way to Durban. In the morning Cape Town travel agents were invited on board, and in the afternoon she hosted a function for Ukuthemba, where items were auctioned off for the charity.

MSC Opera after she arrived in Cape Town on the 11th November 2013

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