The Winchester Hotel by Newmark Reborn Inside Cape Town’s recently renovated gem
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3w ago
Words by Yvonne C Mtengwa Cape Town, Africa’s southernmost eclectic city, has long been globally recognised as the quintessential destination for travellers on a quest for the ultimate in epicurean moments. Here, were history meets modern luxury at every corner, the vibrant coastline boasts a landmark recently reborn. The Winchester Hotel by Newmark, an iconic establishment steeped in history, recently underwent a meticulous refurbishment, unveiling a stunningly refreshed contemporary space that blends seamlessly with its heritage. It is always a treat to visit the Mother City, even more so w ..read more
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Th8 Palm Dubai: A Luxurious Escape on the Palm Jumeirah
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3w ago
Words by Yvonne C Mtengwa Dubai, a city synonymous with extravagance, boasts a plethora of luxurious hotels. Yet, even amidst this glittering landscape, Th8 Palm Dubai Beach Resort, a Vignette Collection hotel, manages to stand out for its contemporary expressions through design, juxtaposed with a playful atmosphere that can well rival that of resorts in Mayorca or Miami. Never one to shy away from the opportunity to discover more of what’s hot and evolving on Dubai’s hospitality, dining and nightlife scene, it was an emphatic “yes” to an invitation to experience Th8, which lies on the iconic ..read more
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Mike Tavares on creating access to Africa through travel tech platform Ojimah
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3w ago
1. Mike Tavares. Take us through your early days, growing up in Guinea Bissau, your family background, education and so on? What was it like and how do you believe it shaped the man you are today? I have always considered myself a positive and proactive person, and the image that people have of me, they say, is of a kind, generous and supportive person, always smiling and putting other’s interests in front of his own. But that smile wasn’t always there. I was once a little boy that found himself in a new European country, starting a boarding school adventure at just 6 years old, far from his ..read more
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Unforgettable Romance in Qwabi Private Game Reserve: Why Babohi by Newmark is a Paradise for Couples
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3w ago
Words by Yvonne C Mtengwa I was fortunate to not be on this trip solo, and so truly got to appreciate the appeal of Babohi by Newmark as a prime destination for couples looking to elevate their bond through a unique safari experience. Situated amidst the breathtaking scenery of Qwabi Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Babohi by Newmark isn’t just a luxury lodge; it’s a sanctuary crafted for an unforgettable romantic escape. Time stands still at this adults-only haven, which transcends the typical safari experience. Ours was an unparalleled blend of exclusivity, rejuvenating wellness pract ..read more
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Mvuu Lodge: Where Rustic Luxury Meets Untamed Beauty in the Liwonde National Park
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3w ago
Words by Yvonne C Mtengwa You’ll find it amongst the iconic fever trees of the magnificent Shire, amidst the sprawling plains of Liwonde National Park, yet tucked away on Namagogodo lagoon. Operated by Central African Wilderness Safari’s, this isn’t your typical safari lodge. Mvuu Lodge offers unparalleled access to wildlife encounters and breathtaking scenery of water and land, doing so with a unique blend of rustic charm and contemporary luxury. This eco-friendly haven is designed for the discerning traveller seeking a rugged yet restful retreat in the warm heart of Malawi. My stay here, p ..read more
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Zimbabwe: Beyond the Stripes, a Symphony of Smiles
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3w ago
Words by Cynthia Mothelesi Confession time: Zimbabwe wasn’t on my bucket list. Fuelled by a steady stream of headlines, I held a vague picture of a troubled nation. But as a solo female traveller and the founder of a travel company catering to women like me, safety is paramount. Curiosity nudged me to dig deeper, and what I discovered was a symphony waiting to be played, a melody of warmth, resilience, and vibrant life. In October 2023, I took a leap of faith, boarding a bus from Botswana, heart brimming with a nervous excitement. Beyond the Surface Noise:   The border crossing was smoo ..read more
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Planning your next international trip for the summer?
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3w ago
Check out VFS Global’s 6 simple steps to get your visa on time! There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as embarking on an international journey, immersing yourself in diverse cultures, and creating lasting memories. Yet, amidst the excitement of planning and packing, securing your visa often goes unnoticed. Whether your travels are for leisure, business, or education, obtaining the necessary visa is the crucial first step to realizing your travel aspirations. Visas come in various forms, tailoured to your travel purpose, whether it’s for tourism, business endeavours, or educational pursuits ..read more
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Getting social? Bites and things across Dubai for your Ultimate Summer Vibes
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3w ago
The heat is on this summer, signalling vacation vibes, casual settings with friends and family over cool music, refreshing drinks and bites to have you consider coming back for more. While only the brave will venture outside for a time under the sunny skies, there are plenty of indoor spots to check out around Dubai for a perfect vibe to end your working day or usher in the weekend. Here is our pick of casual chic establishments that have caught our eye and tantalised our tastebuds for a few hours of top times. . 1.Farrago Bar & Lounge: Farrago, translating to “a confused mixture,” trans ..read more
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Ilala Lodge Hotel Victoria Falls: Magic only 900 steps away from The Smoke that Thunders
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3w ago
Words by KingPhewa Long considered the closest neighbour to the Victoria Falls, it was easy to see why guests come from all over the world to spend their time in the region, and at this magnificent hotel. A mere 900 odd steps from the falls, the echo of the water hitting the bottom of the gorge is vivid and quite frankly, alluring. The main building centres around the award-winning Cassia Restaurant which features outstanding cuisine and a relaxed yet charming space that immediately welcomes all who arrive. The service from the moment we arrived, was homely and well thought out with a separat ..read more
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Beans of Change: Emirati owned ROR Coffee Solutions joins forces with Rwandan Women Farmers
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2M ago
In March 2024, Rate of Rise Coffee Solutions (ROR), a homegrown Emirati-owned enterprise, hosted an event in commemoration of International Women’s Day, also announcing a significant partnership between ROR Coffee and a Rwandan’s women’s farm. ROR Coffee Solutions serves as a premier one-stop-shop for all coffee requirements across the GCC region, and with a strong commitment to excellence and sustainability, has been proudly sourcing specialty green coffee from coffee farms in Kenya, Brazil, Costa Rica, Yemen, and Colombia since its launch in 2017. This landmark event was highlighted by ROR ..read more
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