Read this newsletter online

- Add to your address book to ensure our emails reach your inbox.
-To Unsubscribe, click link at the bottom of this newsletter.

South Africa Travel Online logo

Test your travel knowledge : What tourist attraction in Durban is run by the Quadriplegic Society? (answer in the bottom line)

Forward this to your friends to subscribe & they'll get a R50 flight discount voucher

Celebrate the start of the festive season on board the MSC Opera cruising to Maputo and the Portuguese Island. Depart 9 December, return 13 December 2013
Take to the seas on board the MSC Sinfonia and hop off the ship at the Portuguese Island and Madagascar. Depart 7 December, return 14 December 2013
End your year off with a bang on a 7 night cruise to Mozambique and Madagascar. Depart 30 December 2013, return 06 January 2014

R6 030 pps* - Inside cabin
R6 800 pps* - Ocean View
R6 800 pps* - Balcony cabin
R7 350 pps* - Balcony suite

R7 089 pps* - Inside cabin
R7 947 pps* - Ocean View

SOLD OUT - Balcony suite

R13 920* pps - Inside cabin
R15 768* pps - Ocean view
SOLD OUT - Balcony cabin
SOLD OUT - Balcony suite

*Subject to change. Limited availability. E&OE

*Subject to change. Limited availability. E&OE

*Subject to change. Limited availability. E&OE

Book a flight nowMango Happy Days Sale Up & Running

There's a Mango Airlines happy day sale which is on the go, 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). Flight prices from Lanseria to Cape Town, and from OR Tambo to George have dropped. The sale ends at 9pm on the 27th of November 2013, or when flights run out, whichever happens first.

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.

  • OR Tambo to Durban 1-way from R575* (same as the last sale)

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

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth 1-way from R899* (same as last sale)

  • Lanseria to Cape Town from R639* 1-way (lower than the last sale - this is a VERY cheap flight)

  • Cape Town to Lanseria from R729* 1-way

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

  • Cape Town to Durban 1-way from R845* (same)

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

  • Bloemfontein to Cape Town 1-way from R799*

  • OR Tambo to George from R749* 1-way (lower than last week's fare on this new Mango flight route)

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!


Have you entered our competition for 2 SA Express flights? Submit your email & you may win - easy. For a bonus entry email us a writeup of your holiday in PE, East London or the Kruger (which you can fly to with SA Express). Terms & Conditions Apply.

Alas our 5am journey from Pietermaritzburg to East London does not involve a quick 1 hour flight on SA Express from Durban but a 600 kilometre car journey through the rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. The scenery consists mainly of rural settlements, grazing livestock and big blue sky. Our stops on the way are Engen/Onestop Kokstad, Umtata Ultra City and the Kei Bridge stop the only ablutions deemed clean enough to brave. We arrive at our accommodation in Glen Gariff, a small coastal settlement about 40 kilometres outside East London, just after midday. It's close enough when the city lights beckon and far enough from the city to ensure spectacular, clear night skies and welcome silence. After unpacking and a lunch of leftover "padkos" we head into town for some supplies. Our destination is the Vincent Park Mall where a myriad of shops ensure we get everything from the boerewors for the braai to sunscreen. Afterwards we make our way to the Hemmingway Casino complex for a delicious milkshake and peruse the movie line up for the week ahead to see if anything catches our fancy. We decide to come in for "A Night in the Museum" later in the week. Then its back to Glengariff for a real South African braai and a few hours of shooting stars and satellite watching in the awesomely clear sky. We enjoy a few days of total relaxation, sunny skies and beach by day, braai fires and stars by night. Until the city draws us closer....We decide on an outing to the East London Zoo which we are sure will prove entertaining and educational for adults and children alike. We are not disappointed, the children are enthralled by the lone giraffe and both in awe of and terrified of the magnificent tigers in their enclosure. Other creatures such as the chimpanzees and the many birds ensure we while away a couple of pleasant hours. Later we treat ourselves to an excellent al fresco seafood lunch at Ballyhoo, on Latimer's Landing in the East London Harbour, where we eagerly watch the activities of small craft passing by. We head to town for more grocery shopping, then it's home for an early night after an exciting day in East London. The following day dawns cool and decidedly damp, certainly not beach weather so the family decide to make the best of it and venture back to see other city attractions. This time we make our way to the East London museum, where an interesting few hours are had by all. The window on a live bee hive grasps the childrens’ imagination as does the preserved coelacanth. My favourite display is the extensive collection of beautiful Xhosa beadwork. Another noteworthy highlight is the extensive maritime display especially enjoyed by my husband. Our next stop is the East London Aquarium where the many tanks housing interesting creatures keep us occupied before we enjoy a highly entertaining seal show. We also encounter other marine birds such as penquins and an enormous pelican, a first for all of us. Tired but happy we head to our cottage to enjoy our last few days on the beach. We head back home after a fantastic 10 days in the Buffalo City, we still have so much to see and encounter. We will definitely be back! We never did find time to see that movie……..Fran Willmore

Help from SouthAfrica.TO on travelling

Prices subject to change, perhaps even by the time you read this. Errors & omissions occur from time to time

Travel Trade - email us your specials & news.

Media - email us for an opinion on travel-related matters.

Advertisers - email us to secure ad space

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Google/+

The bottom line: A lovely photo of Durban harbour - well, the miniature version of it!. Next time you fly to Durban be sure to visit Miniland Durban (run by the Quadriplegic Society, and used to raise funds) - it's fun for kids & adults alike, whilst at the same time supporting a good cause.

Durban Miniland, with a cruise ship and the harbour
Photo credit : Hilary Knight

Thanks for reading! If you know someone who could benefit from this, please feel free to forward it to them!

Not a subscriber yet? Like what you've read? Sign up to get future updates delivered straight to you at (see how you can earn a R50 flight discount voucher for subscribing)

Until next time!
Karen, Rob & the rest of the SouthAfrica.TO team