If you’re the kind of traveller whose made sure you booked the best cheap flights to Cape Town this winter, you obviously know a good deal when you see one. Here are some more to add to your bag of tricks when visiting the Mother City.
Winter Restaurant Specials
in Cape Town
There’s nothing like a
great special to lure food lovers out of hiding during the chilly months.
Here’s where to get your foodie fix this winter.
Asoka Hungry Mondays mean you pay just R195 for a three-course dinner at this popular Kloof street eatery. The menu features hearty butternut soup, mussel pot swimming in white wine, and soul-searing vegetable curry amongst other Winter favourites.
Monday to Thursday
Kloof Street House A few numbers down the road, you’re invited to lunch at Kloof Street House where you can nab three courses for R170 or add an extra course for just R25 extra.
century Victorian townhouse is nestled behind a façade of greenery just off the
bustle of the main drag. You’ll be transported back to grander times while
dining on things like Patagonian calamari, grass fed beef burgers, and classic
malva pudding with a twist.
Great for spending quality
time with family or a significant other, the Kloof Street winter menu makes it
worth ducking the duvet and stepping out into the cold clear light of day in
Monday to Friday
Aubergine Bistro Does fine dining put a spring in your step? Head for Aubergine, where you can snap up a 5-star feast at just R305 for two courses or R415 for three. Chef Harald Bresselschmidt is dishing up the latest in organic fare every day of the week, excluding alternate Mondays. Cape Malay Fish Chowder, free range chicken and caramelized pear join the catch of the day on this upmarket winter menu.
You’ll need to book in
advance to secure a spot at this acclaimed restaurant.
Bistro Sixteen82 If you should find yourself in the winelands on a weekday, wade through the surrounding vineyards to this elegant terraced dining area for lunch. You’ll find comfort food in the form of pickled fish, pulled beef and ricotta gnocchi, as well as broccoli and roasted onion soup amongst other hearty delights.
Two courses will set you
back R230, three courses are R265 and R295 gets you four courses.
Cape Point Vineyards You don’t have to head too far out of town to pick up a winelands style experience at Cape Point Vineyards. This winter special boasts a two-course meal for R195, plus – you guessed it – a complimentary glass of wine to wash it all down.
Besides the 360-degree
views over the Atlantic, complimented by dishes like tomato and shallot soup
and grilled beef sirloin, Cape Point Vineyards has a children’s play area to
keep the littlies occupied while you indulge.
Bilboa A paltry R200 gets you a two-course meal, or you can add another R40 for a third course at the Mediterranean-styled Bilboa. If you’re not into a set menu, selected signature dishes like aged rib eye steak are going for R145 to R195 this winter.
Here, roast red peppers,
lentil soup and lemon and orange blossom posset are just what the doctor
ordered to banish the winter blues. The awesome Camps Bay vibe and sea views
7 Days a Week
Bobo’s Brasserie Another infinitely Instagram-able eatery, Bobo’s Brasserie adds stylish interiors to its seaside location to create a sensationally snap-worthy experience on Mouille Point.
The food is fabulously
French, and two courses are going for R110 and three courses for R165 during
the winter season. Think French onion soup, beef tartare, Parisian dumplings,
Chicken Paillard or Crème Brule. Those who prefer more familiar fare with flair
can settle for burgers, battered fish or sirloin.
Bootlegger Coffee Company Nothing takes the sting out of winter like a warming cuppa joe, or a vitamin boost of freshly squeezed juice, especially when you have the option of half-price burgers too.
These aren’t your ordinary
greasy roadside burgers either, they’re wholesome offerings made from the
finest ingredients. Head to the Salt River branch of this franchise from 3 to
4pm daily to get yours.
Tuesday to Saturday
Kyoto Garden Sushi No list of specials is complete without mentioning the latest food of the moment. You can get your fill of sumptuous sushi at this minimalist diner in Lower Kloof Nek Road this winter.
The three-course winter menu at R230 features classics like ramen noodles with prawns, tuna tartare and miso ice cream. Plus, you’ll get a glass of wine, sake or green tea on the side.
That’s Just for Starters
Wherever you roam in Cape
Town, you’ll come across excellent food and wine to chase the winter chills. While
there’s no way to get it all in just one trip to this iconic destination, cheap flights to Cape Town mean you can always come back for more. Find
the best fares here.
While scouring the internet for the best SAA flight option for your trip to, or across South Africa, and where to go on Safari, you might just be knocked for sixby the selection of safari accommodation options available to you. It’s at this point that you will realise that finding affordable flights is perhaps the easiest part of planning your trip.
Different Types of Safari Accommodation
Understanding what to expect from the various safari accommodation on offer is essential if you want your trip to be as enjoyable as it is affordable. While your budget will best determine the type of accommodation you can afford, it’s always nice to know what’s out there – besides the animals that is! Here is a breakdown of where you can lay your hat when you book a South African safari holiday.
centre hotels | Guest houses | Bed & Breakfasts
Usually foundin the main city centre, or close to it,
these are the most convenient accommodation options for those looking for
something close to the airport or not far from the city amenities. If you are
heading to a game reserve or national park, you may choose to use this as a
base for day excursions to different parks, or stay at one of these options
overnight, before heading off to your lodge.
Many people are inspired to search and book SAA
flights to South Africa simply because they have seen
online or heard via word-of-mouth,just what 5-star luxury in the bush looks
like – and of course, they want to experience it first-hand.
Fully catered game lodges are the number one choice
for foreigners visiting the country as most offer scheduled game drives, bush
walks, and animal encounters for guests. It’s important to note that not all
game lodges are the same. Some offer 5-star opulence while at others, you will
find only the bare necessities of a rustic safari experience. It is important
to make sure you know the star-grading of the establishment before you book
your stay. It also won’t hurt to ask for a detailed list of what is included in
their services and your bill.
Don’t get bush camps and game lodges confused. Bush
camps are usually very small camps that are most often erected in the remote
areas. They are far from civilisation in most instances and provide travellers
with an opportunity to escape the city and experience the wild in its most
authentic form. Bush camps usually offer camping facilities, huts, rondavels,
or basic chalets for guests to stay in.
and tented camps
Mobileand tented camps are small temporary structures constructed
onlyfor a short period of time. They are usually erected within national parks
and game reserves for specific wildlife experiences such as the migrations, as
part of a safari trail adventure, or rustic bush experience.
Guests stay in tented accommodation provided by the
park or reserve, but the different levels of luxuryon offer can make one tented
camp stay completely different from another. Glamping (a very luxurious and
glamorous form of camping) has become quite popular in mobile and tented camps
in national parks in South Africa, evoking the ideal safari ambience.
What Comfort Level Can You Expect?
How would you feel if you booked a rustic tented camp accommodation only to find your rustic experience to bea night sleeping under the stars, with a small tent for ablutions and with little to no supplies provided? Not quite your idea of a luxury safari camping holiday! So, before you book your SAA flights, and before you book your stay at any southern Africa safari, be sure you know exactly what you are getting yourself into.
If you want to know which accommodation type is best for you, be sure to pay attention to how each is officially categorised and familiarise yourself with the terminology used to describe the vast options available to you.
Rustic accommodation – this
is the type of accommodation that provides the bare basics. Most remote lodges
and camps offer this type of accommodation. When staying in rustic
accommodation, you can expect the likes of long drop toilets, thatched roof
huts (or even tents), bucket showers, minimal water, and potentially even no
electricity. If you want to know if a rustic accommodation optionhas lights and
water and a few other luxuries, make sure that you ask, before you book your
stay. While only the basics are provided, you can still expect for all of your
daily needs to be catered to.
Comfortable accommodation – this
is standard comfort-level accommodation. This means you can expect private
bathrooms, flushing toilets, running water, electricity, and lovely
furnishings. The establishment will be considered a 3-star and up in most
instances. The majority of safari accommodation options in South Africa are
Luxury accommodation – this type of safari accommodation is the equivalent of international 4-star and 5-star establishments. Most luxury lodges and tents aremodern, furnished with high-end items, and provide a variety of luxuries including internet access, and private suites, guest services (walks, game drives) and more.
Choose Your African Safari Accommodation Options Wisely
Keep in mind that you can get rustic, comfortable, and luxury accommodation types in the city and in remote areas, so it is important to browse wisely when booking online for places to stay. To book SA Airlines flights for your upcoming Safari, use our quick flight search feature above.
It’s a well-known fact that
Tuesday is the best day to book cheap flights – or is it?
Times are constantly
changing in the travel industry, which means that the old rules are out the
window and have been replaced with a whole new world of affordable airline
deals. So, if Tuesday is no longer the day to watch when it comes to securing
the best flights, how do you go about it?
Artificial Intelligence is
The robots are taking over
the world, but don’t head for your doomsday bunker just yet – it’s a good
Back in the days of yore
when people pushed the buttons, airline specials were largely a matter of
preference, time constraints and arduous research. Predictably, and out of
habit, these discounts usually saw the light of day on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Now that computers are in
charge, anything’s possible. In fact, studies reveal that there hasn’t been a
‘best’ day to book flights since 2017. Lately, you’ll only save about 1% on
this traditional discount day, if you book at exactly midnight.
After this bombshell
landed, experts scurried to find a new ‘best day’ to book your trip. No sooner
did these new efforts reveal that Thursday is the best day to book
international flights than further research revealed Sunday as the big day for
all destinations. What’s going on?
Artificial intelligence –
Nowadays, computers make
the call when it comes to reduced rates. They base airline ticket prices on
complex algorithms that have nothing to do with the day of the week. These
calculations rely on real-time market trends and availability and result in
split-second decisions and instant price updates.
This means there’s a new
way to book cheap flights now, and it turns out to be the old way.
Times are Changing, but
In one respect, when you
book still has everything to do with securing the best ticket prices. Earlier
is still better. Research reveals that the lowest rate on any fare goes up and
down about 71 times before the aeroplane takes off. On average, flight prices
fluctuate either way every four and a half days.
Delving a little deeper
into this phenomenon, it turns out that the best time to beat the odds is
between four weeks and three and a half months before you go. After that,
prices start to escalate due to last-minute demand. Primetime in that window is
day 30 prior to departure (which could fall on any day of the week).
If you’re heading off
during spring and summer, when everyone’s thoughts turn to travel, that
window increases even more. Always make your flight bookings as soon as you’ve
decided when and where you’re going. You’ll save an average of 5% on your
Thanks to online bookings, it’s easy to keep tabs on these trends
A spur of the moment
booking could cost you hundreds, so plan your travel wisely and be flexible.
When you fly is always going to differ according to the day of the week.
Weekends and holidays will always be primetime while weekdays mean better deals
An exception to the Tuesday
rule are the specials linked to actual Travel Tuesday which falls just after Black Friday. These specials are planned well in advance and
unlikely to be automated any time soon.
It’s Game-On for Flight
These unpredictable trends
in flight prices mean that the airlines have had to up their game when it comes
to offering the best deals. Thanks to technology, few airlines can claim to
have consistently low prices if they’re using tech to keep them in business.
This means you should drop
your preconceptions about which flight provider you use and shop around for the
One thing that hasn’t changed when it comes to booking your flights is the power of choice, and you’ll find that right here. We’ve harnessed the power of AI and internet tech to ensure our online search and booking engine is updated automatically every few seconds to ensure no good deal gets away from you.
Apart from comparing rates
religiously, there are also a few other tricks you can try to get to the cheapest flights wherever you’re headed – any day of the week.
Far from heading into hibernation, South Africans will be out and about this winter with some of the best festivals of the year on the go in the coming months. Check out the cheapest flights to Cape Town and join in the cool seasonal fun.
Here’s the pick of the bunch in and around Cape
Knysna Oyster Festival 20 to 30 June 2019
This seafood celebration is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the culinary calendar. Expect a host of family-friendly activities and lots and lots of fabulous food. Start searching for the cheapest flights to Cape Town right away, this is the busiest (and best) time of the year in Knysna.
Phoenix Festival of Fire 21-23 June 2019
There’s nothing better than a blazing fire on a chilly winter’s night and you’ll find no shortage of that in Swellendam this June. The Phoenix festival is a fiery celebration of all that’s hot and happening in the world of trance.
Expect fiery dancing displays, trance beats at this psychedelic celebration at Nekkies Holiday Resort near Worcester.
Christmas in Winter 22 and 23 June 2019
Every year, Christmas comes early in Tulbagh when this extraordinary celebration takes over the town. Check into his sleepy village for traditional Christmas fare, wine and chocolate tastings, kids’ activities and tractor and horse rides for all ages.
National Arts Festival 27 June to 7 July 2019
Once known as the Grahamstown Arts Festival, this event has been a rite of passage for lovers of the finer things since 1974. This year, it’s set to be as enlightening and entertaining as ever with over 300 awesome shows planned throughout the event.
The Great South African Gin Festival 28-29 June
If your tastes lean toward more current trends, head over to the country’s largest gin festival at Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope. Here you can sample a vast range of locally produced gins and find out why the country’s gone gin crazy. Live music and cocktail-making demos add to the fun at this highly anticipated event.
The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 1-28 July 2019
Laugh off the winter blues this July at the annual Funny Festival. Once again, the Baxter Theatre is hosting the event which promises to be a smorgasbord of giggles courtesy of local favourites, up-and-coming newbies and top international acts.
Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival 5-14 July 2019
This festival is a must for music lovers and gives you a chance to be the first to see young local musicians at their best. Recitals, orchestral concerts and chamber performances are all on the cards during this Stellenbosch celebration of fine music and burgeoning talent.
Franschhoek Bastille Festival 13-14 July 2019
On a lighter note, it’s fun all around as Franschhoek cracks a nod to its French Heritage in a celebration of the red, white and blue this Bastille Day. Buckle up your braces and berets, it’s a roller coaster ride of carnival fun, food, markets, wines and even a barrel-rolling race.
Other Events Around the
Cape Town isn’t the only scene of crimes against
Winter woes, there is a host of action happening all over the country.
Durban plays host to two of the biggest races of the year
during the winter months.
The Comrades Marathon sets off on 9 June and
promises to be another battle of giants for the prestigious title of number one
in this amazing race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Contestants from all
over the world hasten to add this event to their CV, while supporters from
around the country gather to enjoy the roadside picnics, music and
On 6 July, Africa’s Greatest Horse racing event. The Durban July, takes place at Greyville Racecourse. Attracting blue bloods (both human and equine) from all over the country, this is the top social event on the Durban calendar and the ultimate ambition of every racehorse owner, trainer and jockey. Fashion, food and good-natured rivalry are the order of the day at Durban’s premier racing event.
There’s always something big happening in Johannesburg, with theatre shows, comedy skits and musicals on the go at theatres all over the city. Winter is time for first Thursdays where you can experience the city’s art and culture after hours, the Joburg nightlife buzzes until the wee hours, and there’s always a market on the go somewhere.
Fun All Around
Of course, outside of the major centres you’ll find no shortage of smaller events to support too. Make the most of this winter by getting out there and supporting those who are putting on a show for your enjoyment. You’ll be so glad you did.
Wild Coast around Port Edward is a beautiful place for excellent surfing
adventures. This small town is about 2 hours’ drive from King Shaka
International Airport, close to the holiday hamlet of Ramsgate and just across
the river from the Wild Coast Sun.
The best news is that winter is the ideal time to take on the waves at these top surf spots like Ntlonyane when the swell comes surging in from the south and the winter winds breeze in from the west/southwest across the dry warm atmosphere.
South Africa’s city of eternal sunshine, and home of surfing legend Shaun Tomson, is a huge drawcard for the winter surfing crowds. The city has a balmy winter climate and several great surf spots close to the main beaches.
Dairy Beach is the best place for beginners or those who prefer a gentle introduction to their surroundings, although on windy days, the waves can get huge and rough. Heading south to uShaka Beach or Blue Lagoon in the north brings a constant supply of large swells to test your abilities. Some of the lesser-known spots like Anstey’s and Brighton Beach have almost ideal surf conditions year-round.
The ever popular Ballito Pro, presented in 2019 by wetsuit company O’Neill, is the longest running pro surfing event in the world. Surfers take to the waves at Willard Beach from 27 June – 7 July and it’s a great opportunity to mix with the top surfing dudes!
Thanks to a strong surf culture, surf lessons and board hire are easy to come by in Durban.
Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape
gorgeous little town, located 87km from Port
Elizabeth, has been synonymous with surfing since the 1960s
and still delivers a wonderful day out on the water.
fact, J-Bay is considered the second-best surfing destination in the world and
is a host of the Billabong Pro Surfing Championship among other prestigious
events. The 2019 J Bay open takes place at Supertubes this year from 9 – 22
When you aren’t watching the pros, you can pick and choose from several other prime spots to paddle in here including Impossibles, Salad Bowls, Coins, Tubes, Albatross, The Point and Kitchen Window.
Don’t let the winter weather worry you, daytime winter temps in Jeffrey’s Bay rarely dip below 18 degrees.
Hout Bay, Cape Town
On the other hand, while Cape Town is not known for its welcoming winter climate, it’s worth donning a wetsuit to try out the waves in this top tourist destination.
Dungeons in Hout Bay is one of those surf spots that you have to work hard for, but the rewards are great. Accessible only by boat, this spot is located behind Sentinel, close to Hout Bay Harbour and rewards the avid enthusiast with 20-foot swells on a good day, epic take off spots and perfect barrels. There are plenty of coffee spots and/or bars in town to warm up after venturing into the chilly Atlantic waters.
Long Beach, Cape Town
An hour outside of Cape Town you’ll find another small-town treasure in the shape of Kommetjie. This tiny haven on the Atlantic side of the southern Cape peninsula has the most consistent shore break in the Cape which comes to the fore when the southeaster picks up. For a bigger ride, Outer Kom sets the scene with massive curling waves and a huge westerly swell.
Eland’s Bay, Western Cape
the truly brave, Elands Bay offers an excellent challenge about 3-hours drive
from Cape Town. While the area is best-known as a summer surf spot. If you’re
after a unique small-town experience, it’s worth heading up the coast to try
out this awesome spot any time of year.
The area has a rocky shelf where the waves peak, creating a hollow take-off and long cylindrical wall.
Alternatively, wait until summer when the weather is as warm as the hospitality and the point break is at its best. Thanks to cheap flights South Africa is accessible to surfers all year round.
Get Onboard with Cheap Flight South Africa
a wide variety of domestic flights to choose from, it’s easy to tick off these
and other excellent surf spots from your list. Check out our website to find
the best deals on cheap
flights South Africa has ever seen.
You’ve booked your Mango flights to Durban and now all that is left to do is carefully
pack your bags and prepare yourself and the kids for the trip. It sounds a
whole lot easier than it is.
For starters, packing with small children running around your legs can be a savage experience. Once you’ve got that done, there’s the airport processing to face, which children tend to naturally over-complicate. And then there’s the clincher. Once they are on board, previously angelic kids can morph into monsters! Sounding all too familiar? Don’t worry! You are not alone.
Who hasn’t heard friends and ‘other’ parents say that they are dreading their upcoming flight, simply because they are flying with their kids. Well we’ve heard you, and we have put together a few helpful tips for handling what seems to be the inevitable mid-air meltdown.
Goodbye Mid-Air Meltdowns – Hello, Stress-Free Mango Flights to Durban
Chances are, your child
hasn’t actually morphed into a sky monster at 32 000 feet.
Kids are just as sensitive to change as we are, so their sudden tantrums and
terrible behaviour could merely stem from being out of their emotional comfort
zone. Then there’s the cramped space issue. Kids don’t like to be closeted, and
it’s not something they understand themselves, or know how to communicate. So
the next time your child throws an all-mighty tantrum while high up in the sky,
try to take a breath and see it for what it is. Then apply the following
Eliminate the Element of
Kids respond better to situations when they know what to expect, so tell them. Start mentally and emotionally preparing your little onesa few days or weeks before the trip. Explain how the seating and seat belts work, that there will be strangers sitting close by, and that generally, people are expected to be quiet and well-behaved. The more you expose them to what is expected, the easier it will be for them to accept the situation when it’s happening.
Create Some Rules
Help your child to understand that tantrums on board
the aeroplane are unsafe and will come with consequences attached. Perhaps
ensure that they know that their privileges or favourite toy will be taken away
if they break the “travel rules”. Write the rules down – even allow them to
decorate a page of rules – and pop them on the fridge for the weeks leading up
to the trip.
Of course, this tactic is useless with an infant. The
best way to ensure that the infant isn’t disturbed and fussy for the duration
of the flight is to ensure that he/she is kept warm and is well-fed. You could
also book a flight that falls over regular nap time, so that your toddler is
most likely to fall asleep during or even before the flight. To ensure minimal
disruption, ask for priority boarding which will mean that you get to board the
flight ahead of other passengers and can be seated and comfortable by the time
Have Distractions Prepared
You can’t expect to tell a small child “no” and then
have no alternative behaviour to direct their attention away from their tantrum.
Take along your child’s favourite toy, snacks (even if you don’t approve of
snacks, you might have to do so on this sort of occasion), colouring books,
iPad/tablet, books, and more.
If your child is of school-going age, you could create
a special worksheet or “competition” that they will need to complete while on
board. You can arrange for prizes to be awarded after the flight, once all has
gone smoothly. It sounds very similar to bribery, but it’s not really!
Use Mystery & Reward to Your Advantage
Kids love rewards and there’s nothing more intriguing
than knowing there is a reward, but not knowing what it is. Before the trip,
mention that you are creating a goody bag filled with a variety of treats that
your child is sure to love. Mention it a lot and make a big deal about secretly
adding to the bag. Then incorporate a points system (this can work quite well
in conjunction with the rules list). For every good behavioural trait that your
child displays during the trip, make sure that they know there are points
attached. The goody bag will only be awarded in the end, if the points all add up sufficiently.
Be Prepared to Pay the Price & Be Strategically Kind
If you are worried that your child might cause a disturbance (often it simply cannot be helped with infants), make sure that you head into the plane fully prepared. First off, try to get a seat towards the back of the plane, but don’t panic if you can’t. Other passengers will be more forgiving if you own the situation and try to “make nice”. A good idea is to piece together a few nifty goody bags for other passengers. An apologetic gift bag up front will create a sense of niceness among passengers and will result in a softer approach to discomfort felt by any of the other passengers. Remember, adults respond just as well to ‘bribery’ as your small children! Of course, if you ever find yourself in an unlikely confrontational situation with other passengers, call on the assistance of a flight attendant. These professionals are trained to diffuse potentially uncomfortable or aggressive situations in the air.
As Black Friday continues
to grow as one of the best supported sales of the year, more and more retailers
and travel operators are hopping on board to boost their profits. As a result,
there have been some rather unusual items up for grabs from ridiculously cheap international flight specials to bizarre objects for the world traveller that
came in the form of a
doormat that says “I love you” in different world languages!
If you’re into any of the
following things, Black Friday 2019 might be your chance to pick them up for a
song. These are some of the weird and wonderful things you could have scooped
up on Black Friday 2018:
A Little Culture
The saying goes that money
can’t buy you class, but it might get you 50% off on selected shows at the
Joburg Theatre if last year’s Black Friday is anything to go by.
Included in that super special bundle were some not-to-be-missed extravaganza’s like Janice Honeyman’s Snow White, The Fairest Panto in All The Land, Guitar Wizards and Sinatra and Me.
Online deals for last Black
Friday included 50% off water bottles with built-in Bluetooth speakers and
other assorted travel tech. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, ‘who needs
that?”, but if you’ve ever been strapped for space while planning a hiking trip, you’ll see the logic.
If you’re heading out on a horseback safari this December, you want to visit Western Shoppe
where you can get 12.5% off all leather goods and riding gear. Not only can you
look the part during your big adventure but if you’ve ever spent any time in
the saddle wearing jeans, you’ll be so glad you splurged on a pair of comfy,
A Clear(er) Conscience
Keep tabs on Seeds for
Africa’s website if you want to give back extra to the environment this
November. Last year, you could get 20% off all their seed packs, including
endangered species like the African baobab.
So, if you want to do your
extra bit for Mother Earth on Arbor day, or any day, pick up a couple of packs
and go green this Black Friday.
A Great Time
If you want to make the most of your trip to Durban this summer, take a trip down Point Road to
uShaka Marine World where you can get amazing weekly and monthly specials. Last
November there was a free burger up for grabs along with every discounted Sea
World and Wet ‘n Wild water park combo ticket.
If that’s too tame for you,
you could pick up 40% off all SANParks bookings made on the day for a wild time
at some of South Africa’s best nature reserves.
Helicopter flips were up to
30% off if you wanted to get high in Cape Town last Black FLYday or if you’d
rather risk your neck below the waves, you could have booked a snorkelling
jaunt for 30% off.
If all the hype is anything
to go by 30% off medicinal cannabis and related items from the Lifestyle Shop
Online could save your neck down the line.
Wellness Warehouse upped
the ante with an entire month of 40% off assorted health goodies from Ayurvedic
herbs to weight-loss shakes.
This year might be your
chance to experience the yacht life with a half-price dinner cruise around the V&A harbour courtesy of The Alba Restaurant. What
could be more romantic than sipping on bubbly and nibbling on some fine fare
with views of Table Mountain at sunset? Other options include high tea on the high
seas or a breakfast brunch.
If you’re concerned that
seasickness could tarnish your amorous ocean-bound ambitions, you can always
settle for the same view at MAReSOL. This Mozambican restaurant slashed their
prices on whole Peri-Peri chicken in half last year. Whatever’s on the specials
board for 2019, you’re guaranteed the same smouldering ambience and great
Looking for something in a
lower key, try out the Black Bun Burgers at Hudson’s and get the party started
with half price on tequila, wine and beer.
If your idea of romance is
a boozy picnic in the idyllic winelands, you could have saved up to 70% on wine
from Avontuur estate last year.
Wanting to spoil (and
impress) your significant other? Keep an eye out for 40% off pampering spa days
in Constantia and Kenilworth.
Even if you don’t buy
anything, a visit to one of the major online retailers around Black Friday is
sure to bring a chuckle, or at least have you scratching your head in
These are some of the
wackiest gadgets and goodies that were going for a song online last year-
Throw cushions emblazoned with a life-size headshot of Nicholas Cage
A boyfriend pillow shaped like half of your better half
A troll doll hairpiece for your dog
Motion-activated lights that fill your toilet bowl with an eerie neon glow
DIY kit for a twerking robot
His and hers unicorn hoodies
A set of Game of thrones sculpted egg candles
We’ll have to wait and see what amazing things are up
for grabs this year.
Yip, it’s true. Finally, money can buy you happiness.
Especially when you take advantage of the awesome flight and travel deals
coming up this Black
What could be better than finally being able to afford
those long coveted local or international flights to a sought-after destination
or to see a long-lost relative or friend. The priceless memories and
experiences you get when you book a travel special are about as unique as Black
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Most local South African travellers have safaris near
the top of their bucket list, no matter how many times they’ve enjoyed the
hospitality of the African bush. For international travellers these wild
excursions are the first thing that springs to mind.
While we never tire of our usual outings into the
wilderness, South Africa offers a wealth of less common ways to enjoy wildlife
experiences. Not least of these is the opportunity to embark on a variety of
horseback trails among the wild animals. If you have a good idea of what to do
on the back of a horse (or you’d like to find out) equestrian safaris are the
cherry on the top when it comes to intimate interactions with game species.
Wild animals are not threatened by horses since they
are a prey species themselves, so they tend to ignore them. This allows you to
approach much more closely than you would be able to in a noisy vehicle which
reeks of diesel fumes.
Horses are the original 4×4 and can easily access
areas that vehicles can’t go, allowing for a totally different view and more
immersive experience than you’ll have from a safari vehicle.
You’ll find reputable horseback safari operators all
over the country too.
Thanks to its cheap flights Mango Airlines can take you to any of the major centres in South Africa affordably, placing you within easy traveling distance of these equestrian adventures.
Here’s a sample of the epic rides that await.
Go Wild in the Western Cape
While the Western Cape is rightly famous for many attractions and outings as well as
fabulous food and wine, it’s not known for big game experiences. However,
you’ll find a great diversity of private reserves and game parks within the
If you want to go riding among these wild landscapes, Botlierskop Private
Nature Reserve should be your first port of call. Sandwiched between George and
Mossel Bay, this premier private reserve has the big five in residence as well
as lesser-known denizens and over 200 different birds.
Here, you can take your pick from 1,2 or 3-hour rides
that traverse the fynbos, woodlands and coastal vegetation. You don’t need to
be a Grand Prix or A Grade rider either, all levels of experience are catered
for at Botlierskop. More experienced equestrians will enjoy the 3 hour
fast-paced version which has the option to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner as
part of the deal.
Both Worlds in St Lucia
If you’ve always wanted to meander along the edge of
the ocean on horseback, you’ll get your chance in St Lucia. This World Heritage
destination offers the chance to embark on bush or beach rides or a combination
of both with Bhangazi Horse Safaris.
Two guides accompany each ride which means that the
group can be split according to ability and preferences, with the stronger
riders racing on ahead while more placid plodders take up the rear. Thanks to
this courtesy, children as young as 6 years old can join in the fun.
The beach rides take around 2 hours and usually
includes hippo sightings as well as the chance to see whales out at sea in the
springtime. The bush rides take place in Iphiva Game Reserve, close to the
centre of town and often yield sightings of plains game, warthog, duiker and
bushbuck. With a little luck you could even see a rhino on one of these jaunts.
The half-day combo
ride includes both activities.
Meandering in the Magalieserg
You’ll find Magaliesberg Horse Trails about 45
minutes’ drive from the bustle of Johannesburg and 15km from
Hartbeespoort. The outfit offers a wide variety of rides to suit all ages,
abilities and interests. Small children will delight in pony rides, while the
more adventurous usually choose one of the hour-long safaris instead.
This is a great introduction to horseback safaris
since there are no predators present in this reserve. You will get to see
blesbok, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra up close though.
An experienced and entertaining guide accompanies all
the rides and the horses are all good-natured animals who know their job.
If dealing with wild animals and a strange horse at
the same time is a little out of your comfort zone, there are plenty of other
options to choose from all around the country. The Drakensberg, KZN Midlands
and the Eastern Cape all have well-established equestrian trails to try out.
Once you’ve worked up the courage to try out a
horseback safari, all you need to do is book your cheap domestic
flights, saddle up and ride off into the wilderness.
Traveling to South Africa for the first time puts you
in a unique position to experience a few surprises. Some might be pleasant,
others not so much. If you have already sussed out the flights with South African Airways and you’re planning your upcoming trip, you might want to spend some
time looking into the country’s unique weather, roads, and wildlife situation.
This will ensure that you aren’t taken by surprise when the weather suddenly
doesn’t match up to what you have read about it, when the road you are
traveling on is more dust than tar, or you have an unplanned encounter with a
South Africa’s Weather
South Africa is renowned for having fantastic weather all year round. The
climate is warm with a bit of humidity, but on occasion there can be heavy
rain, and in some areas, the winter can be really cold.
Make sure that you investigate the expected weather in each area that you plan
to visit, at the time that you plan to visit. It’s always best to be prepared
for most weather conditions when travelling in South Africa and particularly in
Cape Town where you can experience four seasons in a day (if you are really
may be better prepared if you know what to expect in terms of weather in each of
South Africa’s main cities:
Johannesburg – Jo’burg
is known for its mild climate that typically doesn’t get too hot or humid.
Between June and August it can get quite chilly in the mornings and late
afternoon. The warmer months, which are between October and March bring fairly
humid nights with days reaching a max of 28-32 degrees Celsius. Rainfall
happens most often in summer.
Cape Town – Cape
Town is usually warm and sunny, except in winter (May-August)which brings cold
fronts, rain, and general chilly weather. June is usually the month that
experiences the most rainfall in Cape Town. The summer months can also be quite
windy and reach temperatures of 29-34 degrees Celsius max.
Durban – Durban
experiences hot and humid days nearly all year round. The winter months, June
to August, can have cold mornings and evenings with warm days. The most
rainfall happens in Durban during the summer months (November to March) which
can also reach temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius max.
If you are lucky enough to experience a South African
lightning storm, prepare for a stunning show put on by Mother Nature herself.
to the Lightning Climatology of South Africa website, lightening storms are
most prevalent in outlying areas in the North West, Northern Cape, Free State,
Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and even Lesotho. Cape Town also experiences quite
magnificent electric storms. Apparently these areas are high risk with positive
polarity. Areas with ferric or red soils provide positive charge which makes
them prime areas for lightning strikes.
SA actually has the most occurrences of lightning
strikes globally, but this doesn’t mean that the country has come up with
innovative ways to avoid the dangers that come with these beautiful light
In fact, South Africa ranks third in terms of lightning strike deaths annually
(more on this here).
If you are caught in a lightning storm, turn off your
electrical appliances and keep away from the windows until the storm dies down.
you are swimming, get out of the pool immediately. If you are on the golf
course or out on a game drive, stop what you are doing and try head towards
shelter or back to your camp/accommodation if there is no safe shelter. Avoid driving anywhere when there is lightning.
South Africa’s Wildlife
Wild animals and the Big Five are one of the main reasons why so many people
book flights to South Africa with national carriers South African Airways and
other leading airlines. If you are booking a holiday to do some game viewing
and to get back to nature, you will be undoubtedly encountering wildlife in its
natural environment. However, it is important to know the right and wrong ways
of interacting with wildlife to avoid getting potentially hurt. Here’s what to
Lions and other wild cats.
Leopards, and various smaller cat species all tend to look very relaxed while strolling
along the road or through a park/camp. While they may appear calm and relaxed, never get out of your car
or try to interact with the animal. Don’t hang out of the vehicle to take
pictures, or attempt to feed the lion or cat either. Stay a while and enjoy
watching them, but do so with your windows up and with no interaction with the
Troops of monkeys and baboons
many monkey and baboon troops in South Africa are misplaced and make a nuisance
of themselves. Even those that are found in national parks and with an
abundance of space and food sources tend to cause trouble in residential areas
or camps. It is important to never
feed the monkeys or baboons and under no circumstances should you
ever try to touch or pet them. If they snatch food or steal something, it is
best to just let it go. Don’t fight back. The strength and aggressiveness of
these creatures is often underestimated.
more humans every year than any other wild animal (this is usually at night and
most often in areas where refugees stumble into them while trying to
cross borders). They are extremely aggressive even though they look the
complete opposite. The last thing you want to do is make a hippo feel
uncomfortable. If you are in an area where you are camping outside of your
vehicle and there is a hippo nearby, stay away. If you get between a hippo and
the water or if you make it feel remotely threatened, it will charge you.
reptiles are every bit as deathly to humans as you would expect them to be.
Many bodies of water in South Africa play home to a variety of crocs. If you
are planning to go for a swim in an area that is not expressly marked as a safe
swimming area, don’t! Keep swimming for safe beaches and swimming pools, just
to be safe.
are wildly entertaining. If you are going on safari you will undoubtedly be
spoiled by a number of sightings of elephants eating, ambling, and best of all,
drinking and rolling in the bodies of water that they find along the way.
Younger elephants are extremely playful and can seem as if they don’t have an
aggressive bone in their bodies, but unfortunately, they do. Young males are
known to be ‘testing the waters’ and can get spooked unexpectedly and also show
sudden aggression. Mothers with young calves can also be particularly
aggressive. If you see elephants, it is best to keep your distance. Even if you
are in a vehicle, don’t get too close or you could find yourself paying a hefty
insurance cost when the elephant destroys it. Of course, never get out of your
vehicle or try to feed the elephants.
be unpredictable. The Black Rhino is typically more aggressive than the White
Rhino, but both can be quite territorial and should not be approached. Rhino
happen to have quite poor eye-sight. Never get out of your vehicle to interact
with a Rhino – even if it is a baby.
The State of the Roads
in South Africa
South Africa has a unique road situation but it’s simply not true that our
roads are non-existent. Some roads do suffer serious pot holes and safety
hazards, but these are usually well-documented on the internet. Do a bit of
research on the routes you plan to take and get in touch with a travel agency
or a local resident to determine if you are making the best route choices. All
national parks and reserves have well-maintained roads, so you should have no
problem if you are spending time on any of those.
Sometimes you might encounter antelope, ostrich, buffalo, cows, dogs and
various other animals crossing roads. Always obey the speed limit and watch out
for signs warning of wild animals. Try to be as alert and aware of your
surroundings at all times.
information offices at your destination will always provide you with safety
tips and advice that is specific to the area that you are visiting.
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The Drakensberg certainly deserves its reputation for
being home to some of the best hiking trails in South Africa. You can amble
through the scenic lowlands of Rainbow Gorge near Bergville or challenge
yourself with a chain-assisted clamber to the top of the amphitheatre at the
With over 1000km to explore, you’ll find no shortage
of easy walks or testing multi-day challenges if you’re prepared to go to any
lengths to make the most of this scenic and diverse area.
Thanks to its central location, the Drakensberg is
easily accessed from both Johannesburg and Durban by road or from Cape Town via
air. Thanks to cheap flights South Africa is easily
accessible from abroad too.
If footloose and fancy free isn’t your cup of tea,
there are plenty of other activities you’ll love when you visit this World Heritage site in the very heart of
the country. Here’s a snapshot of things to do in the Drakensberg that aren’t
Head for the Top of Sani Pass
Sani Pass is at once beautiful and treacherous,
winding its way erratically up from the southern ‘berg to the Lesotho
You’ll need a 4×4 to survive the trip and a passport
to get through border control. The going gets rough though, so unless you have
nerves of steel it’s best to take a guided tour to the top. Gorgeous views over
the rugged hills of Lesotho make every nail-biting moment worthwhile and once
you arrive you can indulge in a tipple at the Highest Pub in Africa, which is 2
874m above sea level.
Another rewarding option is a visit to a traditional
Lesotho village where you’ll be welcomed with warm hospitality and freshly
Thanks to its precarious and unpredictable nature, the pass is often closed during inclement weather, so check ahead before planning a trip.
Go Zipping Through the Landscape
In Cathkin Park, about 35 minutes’ drive from
Winterton, another lofty adventure awaits with Drakensberg Canopy Tours Zipline
This exciting activity involves gliding from cliff
face to cliff face and tree to tree as you dangle from a sturdy zipline. For
safety’s sake, there’s a qualified guide in attendance to make sure you come to
no harm and you’ll be provided with all the necessary training and safety gear
before you set off.
Step Back in Time
Your historical exploration in the Drakensberg depends
entirely on how far you’d like to rewind the clock.
You’ll find evidence of the ancient San people at over
600 sites in the Drakensberg. There are over 35 000 individual instances
of cave art inscribed on the granite surfaces of these hills and cliffs.
Some of the best ones can be found on a trip to Battle
Cave in the Maloti Drakensberg park which is one of the best depictions of
traditional warfare in the country. It’s a treat to take one of the guided
4-hour tours up to this site and find out more about San culture with running
commentary along the way.
It’s hard to believe that this pristine and beautiful
area was once the site of conflict but there are more recent battlefields to
visit here too. The area between Mooi River and Van Reenen’s Pass is littered
with remnants of bloody battles between Boer, English and Zulu troops.
Again, a guided tour is the best way to make the most
of excursions to these reminders of skirmishes past. You can choose from a wide
variety of tours in different price ranges depending on your departure point
and areas of interest.
If you’d rather explore at your own pace, pick up a
map from Drakensberg Tourism and make your own way around.
Music Brings Life to the Hills
The Drakensberg Boys Choir has long been hailed
as one of the best musical ensembles in the world and you can get to see them
live during your visit to this area. During the school term, regular
performances take place at the school, about 30 minutes’ drive from Winterton.
Chase the Snow
Nearly every winter you’ll see snow on the highest peaks of the Drakensberg, and often in the foothills too. You can even try your hand at snow skiing at Tiffendell Resort near Barkly East in the far southern reaches of the berg.
The Drakensberg has something for everyone to enjoy. There’s top class golf, horse trails, exciting abseiling adventures, amazing fishing and more. Snow or shine, there’s something on offer in the ‘berg any time of the year.