Featured Blogs

15/01/18 |
293 On Komba

I always wondered what freedom was. Well now I’ve found it” said Marcine. Marcine Cooper- owner of 293 On Komba off the north-western coast of the Madagascar mainland- and hubby Ian visited on a life changing holiday. They decided Nosy Komba (Komba Island) was the spot for them. From a farm in South Africa’s arid Karoo, to football and rugby administration to Madagascar is a leap in every sense- a life that has to be experienced to understand what Marcine means. And I got it. As I swung my legs off the bed on my first morning I thought “I don’t want to leave”.

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11/01/18 |
Touching Down On Virgin Soil: Only Six Hours to St Helena

It’ll be a long time before the residents of the island of St Helena stop talking about the afternoon of Saturday 14 October 2017. As Airlink flight SA8131 finally touched down on the runway on the island cast away deep in the Atlantic, the arrival of the first-ever scheduled air service finally brought the island within reach of curious tourists. Until then, the only way to reach the island had been a five-night voyage from Cape Town aboard the ageing Royal Mail Ship St Helena. It marked the end of centuries of isolation.

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10/01/18 |
Sakatia Lodge

“It’s just a lodge” said my Be Welcome guide, Claudio as he saw me off on at Chnaty Beach for my boat transfer from Nosy Be (Big Island) to neighbouring Nosy Sakatia and Sakatia Lodge, so I wasn’t expecting much- a version of the small lodge I had left perhaps, with dive facilities tacked on. Claudio clearly hadn’t visited. Sprawling among the trees and subtropical shrubbery, Sakatia Lodge has 33 rooms, beautiful gardens which strike a nice balance between manicured and au naturel, two spacious beachfront villas and airy dining and lounging areas.

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10/01/18 |
Constance Tsarabanjina

What’s the best place you’ve ever been? I hate such questions, like “What’s your favourite song?” At what time of the day, in what mood, for what reason, in what circumstances/ season etc. etc.? It is right up there though, is Constance Tsarabanjina. It’s not quite the most exclusive, grandest, luxurious, most private, or most many things. But, like the porridge that Goldilocks plumped for, it’s just right- oh so right.

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22/12/17 |
Fancourt South Africa

Renowned for its putting greens, Fancourt offers much more than just golf. It is 6:07am on a Friday morning. A sudden loud thump jolts me out of my sleep. I look around to see that neither my husband nor daughter have been catapulted from their beds and realise it’s probably a stray golf ball that hit the roof or an Egyptian goose that lost its way. We had left home the day before and instead of driving for five hours, departed with Airlink from Cape Town to George. A mere 50 minutes later after a snack and drink on board the plane, we arrive at George Airport.

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07/12/17 |
On Safari - Arriving in Ngala

In the mere hour it took us to reach the lodge, we had managed to see three—elephant, cape buffalo, rhinoceros—of the Big 5, already. And a whole lot more. Who even needed to go on safari?? And then we checked in and saw our digs and changed our minds entirely…

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04/12/17 |
LondoYogi: Yoga in the wild at Londolozi

Recently I was fortunate enough to experience a 6-day working holiday at some of the most incredible safari destinations in Africa, flying Airlink’s seamless bush connection from the great Kruger wilderness to the mighty Victoria Falls.

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04/12/17 |
Ulusaba's Big Five - And I'm Not Talking About Animals

The phone had rung at precisely 5am and for once I didn’t grumble. We were already up and raring to go on our game drive, not daring to hope for a much-anticipated leopard sighting. Hubbie and I were ending our latest South African adventure in style at Ulusaba in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, supposedly one of the best places on the continent to see these magnificent beasts.

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22/11/17 |
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Addo Elephant National Park

We sent Melanie van Zyl to uncover the best-kept secrets at Addo Elephant National Park. She returned with the scoop on two brand new accommodation offerings and four different ways to visit this sprawling park. Here are ten things she learnt on her trip there.

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