Long hot days stretching into romantic summer evenings and a soft breeze plus sunsets that sweep across the mountains and this is the Cape Winelands. Thoughts of love take flight as you and your partner float across the beautifully manicured vineyards of Paarl in the Western Cape. This is the place for a romantic break and the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl, Western Cape has devised a package for February 2014 that will take love-struck guests on the perfect trip to pop the question. A stay at this historic Manor House with a hot air balloon trip, deliciously tempting breakfasts and a romantic dinner is a recipe for lovers anywhere. The destination in itself is magical: a gracious Manor house steeped in history; a dining area that is elegant yet understated; staff who understand that service should be unobtrusive yet friendly and efficient and views from the Terrace that are simply breathtaking. The Grande Roche Hotel offers everything that a couple would require to enjoy a romantic break. The package: Valid: 01 Feb 2014 – 28 Feb 2014 Suite Type: Terrace Suite Basis: Bed & oysters and champagne breakfast Min Stay: 02 nights Inclusions: Early check-in on day of arrival Bottle of champagne in the suite with fresh strawberries Hot air balloon ride over the Paarl Winelands Romantic 4-course wine paired dinner on the Bosman’s Terrace Rate: R 2,750.00 per person per night sharing The month of love is celebrated annually and Valentine’s Day on Friday February 14 sees a specially prepared six course menu, designed by Michelin trained chef Roland Gorgosilichand served in the award winning Bosman’s Restaurant. Situated in the Manor House, the 70-seater restaurant has been named one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa and one of the top 100 restaurants in the world. These richly deserved accolades are recognition of the magic harmony of flavours and textures that are the hallmark of a truly magnificent dining experience with . . .
South Africa has many historical, cultural and natural destinations that merit preservation for future generations. First Car Rental has put together a list of South African heritage sites, some of which have been declared World Heritage Sites for their cultural significance or natural beauty. These destinations are certainly places that every South African must visit at least once in their lifetime. 1. Robben Island, Western Cape The solitary island of Robben Island situated some 9km offshore from Cape Town has a deep connection with the history of South Africa. It is where South African President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison and where he formulated the notion of forgiveness and dreamed of a nation free of oppression. Visitors can go on a guided tour to the Robben Island Museum and get first-hand accounts of Nelson Mandela’s life in prison. You can also visit Mandela’s cell, which has been left in its original state. 2. Vredefort Dome, Free State Over 2 million years ago an asteroid with a diameter of between 5 and 10 km hit the earth at this very spot leaving behind the largest and oldest verified impact crater on Earth, giving it the status of World Heritage Site. The Vredefort Dome stretches over 300 km across and bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which had devastating global effects including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes. 3. uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal This World Heritage Site in KwaZulu-Natal is an open-air mountain museum where more than 30 000 examples of Bushman rock art can be viewed on the walls of caves. The park is a combination of sheer natural beauty and a wealth of biological diversity. It is also one of South Africa’s prime eco-tourist destinations. 4. Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng The Cradle of Humankind is where the origins of the human race can be traced back to and holds great scientific importance. It was declared a World . . .
The 2014 Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay will be a feast for the whole family. The ten-day wine and food extravaganza will delight food and wine lovers with loads of exceptional culinary experiences, wine tastings and exciting outdoor activities. The jam-packed festival line-up offers a wide variety of winery experiences ranging from picnics to pairings, game drives to grape stomping, high teas to golf, open air movies and gala dinners to superb gourmet pairings. Many of the wineries have included specific child-friendly activities to keep the younger crowd entertained. According to Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes, visitors can expect truly unique events as part of the American Express Winery Experiences. “Our members have pulled out all the stops to present visitors with an exciting overview of Stellenbosch as the country’s gourmet capital. These events present a virtual snapshot of our local food and wine industry with a proudly South African flavour. Whether you’re a serious wine enthusiast or looking for casual family outings, the festival will definitely fit the bill this year,” mentions Bolton. One of the highlights of the festival will undoubtedly be the Longridge gala dinner, which will be hosted in the historic streets of Stellenbosch on Wednesday, 29 January. Plein Street in front of the town hall will be transformed into an elegant open-air dinner venue for a fantastic five-course meal paired with the finest Longridge wines and accompanied by live music. Another fine dining experience not to be missed is the five-course wine and food pairing presented at Towerbosch restaurant, recently crowned as the best country-style restaurant in the country. Knorhoek has collaborated with neighbouring wineries from the Simonsberg region Quoin Rock, Muratie and Delheim to host this spectacular gourmet offering on Thursday, 30 January. Don’t miss the unique DeZine Dine Cultivar Showcase at . . .
Sussi Safaris & Travel Services is one of the leading tour companies in South Africa. They have come up with some innovative safari packages that are customized to fit the dynamic requisitions of the adventure loving tourists all over the world. Wild African safaris where numerous species of wild animals can be witnessed in their natural habitat is a lifetime experience and the Sussi Safaris have designed bespoke packages to attract more and more tourists. You may choose from among their fly in or river safaris. The Sussi Safari is the brainchild of two experts who have completed 25 years in the industry of tourism, the experience that they are now utilizing in designing these customized safari packages for their customers. They have the best support companies who take care of the boarding, lodging, safari amenities supplies, transportation and other facilities to make your adventure yet most enjoyable. A Safari is not hectic anymore, the Sussi Safari team has made them a safe and comfortable experience that you will love to endure time and time again. During their expedition the tourists will enjoy the guidance of expert safari tour guides who are extremely knowledgeable and capable of keeping the travelers informed about the interesting facts that none would want to miss. For more information on South Africa safari and tour packages you may log on to http://www.sussi-safaris.co.za/ About Sussi Safaris & Travel Services The brainchild of Terry MacBean and Sharon Lockhart-Ross who has been in the tourism industry for over 25 years. They have utilized their experience and expertise in designing the perfect African safari for travel lovers across the globe. Sussi Safari is the member of the SATSA (Southern African Tourism Services Association) this ensures their customers with safety and trust. The Sussi Safaris abide by all the legal requisitions needed for proper operations.The team of their knowledgeable experts toil round the clock to frame the . . .
This summer Premier Hotels and Resorts is offering a massive discount of up to 50% on the published rack rate for a limited number of rooms at any of their hotels. The Summer Blitz deal is valid from 1 December 2013 until 28 February 2014 and applies to all room categories, subject to availability at the time of booking. Bookings can be made online at www.premierhotels.co.za or by contacting Premier Hotels and Resorts’ central reservations desk at 086 111 5555. The special summer rates are for individual bookings, not groups and a maximum of two people will be allowed per room, unless otherwise specified. Meals are not included unless otherwise specified and this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers from Premier Hotels and Resorts. More details, including the terms and conditions are available on the website, www.premierhotels.co.za . End. Issued by MANGO-OMC on behalf of Premier Hotels and Resorts. For media enquiries, please contact email@example.com About Premier Hotels and Resorts Since 1991 Premier Hotels and Resorts has built a fine reputation offering a range of service-orientated luxury hotels and conference venues carefully situated in the mainstream of regional business and travel destinations in South Africa. Premier Hotels & Resorts is one of South Africa’s growing independent groups, focusing on key destinations with properties in Cape Town, Knysna, East London, the KZN South Coast, Pinetown, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Midrand. The Group also owns a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape and manages the East London International Convention Centre. For more information about all the properties within the Premier Hotels and Resorts portfolio, visit www.premierhotels.co.za More Info link:: http://www.premierhotels.co.za/ Twitter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/premierhotels YouTube: Author: Naomi Willemse from MANGO-OMC on behalf of Premier Hotels and Resorts. No of Images Uploaded: . . .
Pretoria, South Africa, October 7, 2013 – EndlessHolidays.co.za launched their new and instant online holiday booking website that makes luxury and family holidays more affordable. The site streamlines holiday rental bookings for South African holiday-makers. (Endless Holidays is a Wyndham Worldwide Corporation company.) Holiday-makers don’t have to make any calls or wait for accommodation booking confirmations. Since the website offers live updates, holiday-makers can select their accommodation and simply make their bookings and payment online within minutes. The selection of both local and international holiday accommodation options caters for families, groups of friends as well as couples. New Website Features The website is secure and boasts encryption, giving users of the service much needed peace of mind when it comes to information exchange and payments. EndlessHolidays.co.za sends a confirmation email immediately after the traveller has made the booking and payment.! No need to send requests for quotes or confirmation of availability. What is shown on the website is what is available. Confirmation is instant and travellers get their proof of booking without delay. Travellers have access to a wide range of holiday rental accommodation that is suitable for families, couples and varying sizes of discerning holiday-makers. According to a company spokesperson, the accommodation options suit the movers and shakers of society – people who work hard and want to enjoy luxury, fun and relaxing holidays with their families without breaking the bank in the process. The company also offers vacation rental options for holiday-makers wanting to relax and enjoy the good things in life. Gone are the days of phone calls, lengthy confirmation processes and hoping for the best. With EndlessHolidays.co.za holiday-makers will spend less time in searching and booking accommodation. This makes it possible to book on short notice, which is helpful for those who want . . .
With sunny summers at the end of the year and a festive mood that seems to be there all year round, South Africa makes for the perfect holiday destination in December. All through the month you get to experience and enjoy a myriad of multi-cultural events. First Car Rental has put together a list of the 10 Ten South African events to plan for in December. So get your digital diaries and smartphone calendars ready and plan for a fantastic vacation. 1. Carols by Candlelight, Roodepoort, Gauteng Every year the Botanical Society of South Africa invites you to join them in their Christmas Celebrations at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. You can bring your family and friends and sing carols in this majestic location and share the warmth of Christmas. When: December 6 Where: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort 2. New Year’s Eve at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape If you want to enjoy a fabulous New Year’s Eve, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town is the place to be. There is plenty of exciting entertainment happening all night and the dazzling fireworks display at midnight makes your New Year’s Eve an unforgettable one. When: December 31 Where V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape 3. Gonubie Christmas Fair, Eastern Cape From the 13th to the 16th of December set time aside for the most fun market experience you have ever had. The Gnoubie Christmas fair takes place every year on the on the Sports Fields in Gonubie and is the perfect place to get into the festive vibe. From delicious food, to trending fashion, to outdoor furniture, the Gnoubie Christmas market has everything you could be looking for. Finding amazing Christmas presents is a piece of cake at the Gnoubie Christmas Fair and there is a beer tent for parents and lots of fun activities for kids. When: December 13-16 Where: Gnoubie Sports Fields 4. Sabie Experience, Mpumalanga Mountain biking is a much loved sport in South Africa and for . . .
Stay in the historic centre of Cape Town – it’s an irresistible opportunity! Ihlobo is here (that’s Xhosa for summer - a word you want to get to know!) and the centre of Cape Town is abuzz as “Ihlobo” brings its sunshine and well being onto the City streets. Alfresco eating, sunning by the pool, sundowners with your nearest and dearest – all the leisure activities we plan to enjoy and all situated in one unique spot. Imagine staying in the centre of the City and waking each morning to its “Ihlobo” morning magic. The Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Hotel & Spa offers sunshine in all of its offerings and spending some summer time in the historic centre of Cape Town is an experience that you won’t want to miss! A relaxed oasis away from the hustle and bustle yet a stone’s throw from all the action, the hotel offers classic elegance and warm, friendly service - underlining their philosophy of “ubuntu” - as its namesake, Mr Nelson Mandela, suggests. This apartment style hotel is a destination in itself situated as it is within walking distance of world class restaurants, museums, historic buildings, tourist attractions, art galleries, hot nightspots and a shopping Mecca. Studio, one or two bedroom units are fully equipped for a relaxing break or for a family holiday. Voted one of the top ten hotels in South Africa and with a TripAdvisor endorsement as a family hotel this is the place to be. And we’ve made it oh so easy to stay here – our “Irresistible Ihlobo” offer includes the following: Pay R1 195 per person sharing per night in a one bedroom apartment with bed and breakfast daily plus 2 x Hop-on, Hop-off bus tickets plus a summer gift bag containing: 2 x Towels/2 x Sun block key rings/2 x Caps/2 pairs of Sunglasses and there’s more - 1 bottle of White Wine and 1 x Doppio Zero meal voucher. Valid from October 1 2013 to March 31 2014 (excluding 15 December to 10 January 2014) - make your booking now and treat yourself. Eat in or eat out – it’s your . . .
South Africa’s National Parks give you up close and personal encounters with the country’s amazing wildlife and also offers stunning views of awe-inspiringly diverse landscape. First Car Rental has put together a list of the top 10 South African National Parks across the country to help you plan your next African adventure with ease. 1.Golden Gate National Park, North-Eastern Free State This South African National Park got its name from the brilliant shades of gold that are cast by the sun on the Park’s sandstone cliffs especially on the imposing Brandwag rock which overlooks the main rest camp. The Golden Gate National Park rests at the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. You can spot antelopes bound across the wide open spaces and enjoy the most spectacular African sunsets here. 2. Karoo National Park, Western Cape The Karoo National Park is home to a fascinating diversity of life. The area is mostly semi-desert and is well known for its isolation. This national park is home to several desert mammals primarily the Verreaux’s Eagle and various species of tortoise. You can also spot endangered species such as the Black Rhino and Riverine Rabbit that have been successfully resettled here. 3. Kruger National Park, Limpopo – Mpumalanga The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa where all of nature’s drama is played out. Covering an area of nearly 2 million hectares, the Kruger National Park stretches over the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in north-eastern South Africa. This South African national park boasts of being home to 336 types of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 kinds of amphibians, 114 species of reptile, 507 species of birds and 147 mammals as well as the famous Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). The Kruger National Park also has the largest rhino population that can be spotted in the grasslands and riverine forests. The park has tarred roads and offers . . .
ONLINE BOOKING ENGINE TBS is an advanced online booking engine, with extensive features on the XML/ API content consolidation, core data processing and selling platforms (B2B, B2C, B2B2C whitelabel, webservices output). The web based system integrates at high level large travel wholesalers, being able to process services such as flights, hotels, cruises, car rental, transfers, insurance, travel packages etc. The travel service passes from the provider/wholesaler/GDS through the travel agency's rules, filters and restrictions all the way to the selling platform. Being a full web based software, TBS offers major advantages, such as accessibility and scalability, low cost implementation and maintenance. There are NO TRANSACTION FEES paid to dcs plus for the bookings made through TBS Installed on your Own VPS / server / Linux WEB BASED TRAVEL INVENTORY AIDA is an fully web based inventory - stock management and distribution solution ideal for tour operators and successfully comprehends all the features great travel distributors have for all sorts of services: • Accommodation (hotels, villas, apartments etc.) • Transportation (air, bus, car, transfers etc.) • Other services (meals, transfers, cruises, trips, tickets etc.) • Packages (tours, holidays and dynamic packages) Being developed using the latest technology and concepts, the solution is very flexible and permits fast changes to components structure (capacities, pricing, service links and restrictions, packages, last minute, early booking etc.), according to rapid market variations trend. dcs plus does not charge any fees for the reservations made through AIDA. TRAVEL ERP TINA is an ERP application developed by dcs plus for the travel industry. Currently being deployed in hundreds of travel agencies across 15 markets, TINA is suitable for any kind of travel agency which needs a robust and efficient system. By using TINA, travel agencies can benefit from: - a . . .