BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play. Together with acquisitions in East Africa – in Uganda and Ethiopia - and continued growth prospects throughout the continent to add to their South African and Namibian portfolio, including the doubling in size of the 5-star boutique hotel BON Hotel Abuja to 60 bedrooms, which is about to commence, and the current upgrades and refurbishments under way at their existing hotels, Director of BON Hotels International West Africa (BHIWA) Bernard Cassar says the group remains committed to moving onwards and upwards and continuing its growth trajectory in the region. The two new hotels currently under construction are being built to international standards and specifications with the latest technology and facilities. BON Hotel Lekki, situated on the Lekki Peninsula, Victoria Island, is due to open in June 2018 and will provide a 4-star, international, 45-room hotel catering to the corporate and business market. The second acquisition is BON Hotel Elvis Wuse2, a 4-star, 85-roomed, luxury hotel located in the heart of Abuja, primed for the business traveller, due to open later this year. CEO of BON Hotels Guy Stehlik says that within a short space of time the group has become a number one player in Nigeria, which just reiterates their belief in and commitment to the region. He adds that BON Hotels’ success has been made possible largely by the experienced staff in place and the considerable time and energy the group has engaged in skills development and transformation in Nigeria. “The reality is that we have gone from having no presence in the area to becoming the largest operator, based on hotels, in less than 12 months, which demonstrates our primary strength at identifying and managing hotels under difficult . . .
Escape the winter blues this season and head for the beautiful Paarl region in Drakenstein. Fabulous food, fine wines and warm hospitality await visitors for a perfect winter breakaway. Paarl has something special planned during the winter months to entice guests on a culinary journey that showcases the unique flavours of the region. Various restaurants and wine farms are offering tantalising food and wine pairings and special wine tastings. This is also the ideal time for wine lovers to stock up for winter with producers offering amazing wine deals and special promotions. Menu options range from traditional, country-style breakfasts, cheese and charcuterie platters, Karoo platters and gourmet burgers to sumptuous Sunday buffet lunches. Think winter warmers such as hearty soups, lamb shanks, pork belly, slow-braised beef short ribs and Cape Malay chicken curries paired with fantastic local wines. If the weather permits, visitors can still venture outside to enjoy a picnic and the beautiful scenery. Try something different and embark on a brandy journey, an artisanal chocolate pairing, enjoy a 4-course meal paired with CBC beers or attend a cooking demonstration with a renowned local chef. Explore the magic of winemaking with a wine blending experience or visit a real farmers’ market with incredible, fresh local produce. Paarl is definitely a family-friendly destination with special kids’ entertainment, activities and menus offered at many venues. Youngsters enjoy customised tastings, while the grown-ups sample some of Paarl’s award-winning wines. If you’re planning a weekend break, book the special winter packages at some of the conveniently located accommodation facilities such as the magnificent Grande Roche Hotel winter offer, which includes accommodation, 3-course dinner and breakfast or Diamant Estate. Even special celebrations are catered for with an authentic Italian feast for 14 people in the home of a genuine Venetian chef. Participants . . .
Is your passport travel-ready? If you’re planning on jetting off into the sunset over the coming school holidays, make sure your passport is in order. That’s the advice of Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist. According to Konrad, many travellers are not aware of passport requirements that could turn a dream overseas holiday into a nightmare. In order to avoid complications at international destinations, refusal of entry into a country or, in some cases, deportation, it is essential that: Passports must be valid for six months after your return date At least four blank pages must be available for passport control and customs Your passport name must correlate with your travel documents – in some cases a married woman’s name change from maiden to married surname can cause complications Passports of minors must be updated and recognizable with a recent photograph Konrad notes that certain countries such as The USA, United Kingdom and The Middle East are more stringent than others and travellers should make certain that all of their travel documents comply. “With many immigration offices on high alert following terror attacks across Europe, better to be safe than sorry,” advises Konrad. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Our country is well-known for its sunshine. Joburg, in particular, offers one of the best climates, the summer days are warm and the winter days are crisp and clear. Winter is upon us, the temperate has dropped, but it shouldn't keep you from enjoying the outdoors in the city of Joburg this winter. Says Jenny Moodley, Spokesperson of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We recently launched a new campaign called “Welcome Outside”. The aim is to invite Joburg’s residents into green open spaces. These areas have been developed and maintained for everyone’s enjoyment.” The winter weather – often cold with very little sunshine - may make even the most “outdoorsy” people want to stay indoors. But, we all know the importance and benefits of being outdoors. So, to encourage you to enjoy the outdoors during the cold winter months, we’ve put together the below tips: 1. Do your exercise outside. Whether it’s a walk or a jog, as long as you wear layers of clothing and protect your skin, you can definitely exercise outside. Looking for a great location? Visit the James and Ethel Gray Park on Atholl Oaklands Road. This park is home to an assortment of feathered residents. The Sandspruit River flows through its 36 hectares, creating an attractive, tranquil atmosphere. Alternatively, visit Golden Harvest Park. Located on First Avenue, Northgate, this park is immaculate and features rolling walks around a dam and indigenous bushveld. The scenic park is a secret treasure about which many are unaware. 2. Watch wildlife. You may have heard it before, but there is no better time to enjoy animal life than in winter. The bushes thin out and lose colour, improving visibility considerably. Visit the Rietfontein Nature Reserve with your partner or family. It is the home of the FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, boasts a circular walking trail that is well maintained and is the perfect spot to sight the myriad of birds here. If you’re based in Roodepoort, Kloofendal, a . . .
Winter is the best time to visit game reserves in South Africa. There is less water because most of the country is a summer rainfall area, and this makes for great game viewing opportunities. Dried-up dams and waterholes are typical during the winter months in those regions. There is also less foliage in the bush, so visitors will have a much greater chance of spotting animals walking in search of water. This year, the mid-year school holiday falls during the first three weeks of July, so that offers a perfect opportunity for a family break in the wild. And there are many choices. Addo Elephant Park, a gem near Port Elizabeth, is not as well-known as it deserves to be. Combining a trip through the Eastern Cape or the Garden Route with two or three days at Addo makes for a real treat. You should consider staying over inside the Park, although accommodation options are limited. Because of Addo’s relatively small size, visitors are guaranteed to spot a variety of animals. As its name suggests, elephants abound. It’s not uncommon to find yourself encircled by large herds at water holes – intimidating at first but it then becomes quite fascinating to see close-up how these giants of the bush move and care for one another. Further north, in KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll find one of Africa’s oldest game parks, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Known for its rhino conservation work and amazing array of bird life, the reserve is also home to an enormous variety of other animals, including many members of the cat family. The location is the magnificent Elephant Coast, where the true wild nature of Africa is showcased. A stayover at the Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, nestled between the Hlulhluwe Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, is perfect for travellers keen to experience both destinations. In addition to game sighting opportunities, this park offers boat rides on the Hluhluwe Dam, as well as drives in very scenic countryside. In . . .
Who says living is just for the summer? With Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) activity and accommodation establishments’ entertaining must do's on popular travel routes (all within three hours’ drive from Cape Town), there is little reason to avoid filling your winter activity checklist. Ideal for the entire family and a bunch of friends, the following Cape Winelands and Route 62 recommendations, courtesy of CCR, can help beat the winter chill: Stellenbosch: Make the mid-year worth your while with a Winelands getaway that meets luxury and adventure in the middle. Boasting several decades of rich heritage, Stellenbosch has always been a favourite must-see destination. Immersed in oak tree laden streets, the historic town beams with an excitement that can't easily be overlooked. • Spa therapy, anyone? Another great Cape Winelands option to bat the mid-year slump can include a spa retreat and long overdue mini holiday at Evergreen Manor and Spa. Aside from luxury guesthouse accommodation and warm hospitality, its in-house spa’s popular beauty treatments are enough to help anyone recharge and retake on the rest of the year with renewed vigour. • Stay central: Eendracht Hotel and Apartments is nestled in the oldest part of the town, and within walking distance of more than 60 bistros, restaurants and boutique stores. The elegant hotel is the perfect hideaway from the everyday hustle and bustle while still in proximity to central Stellenbosch. With only 12 luxury en-suite rooms, the quaint hotel offers true South African hospitality and comfort. • Be a tourist in your country: Guests popping in to town on the day, or those already staying at Eendracht Hotel and Evergreen Manor can add to their stay with an outdoor Winelands excursion with Adventure Shop Activities. Adventure Shop is an owner-run tourism business specialising in adventure tours and activities, safaris and Overland travel. Located within walking distance from the CCR accommodation entities in town, . . .
Cape Town buzzes with thousands of international and domestic tourists from about November to April, with a particular visitor frenzy during December. But, when it gets to the Cape’s winter months, things are a lot quieter. And, much like in Game of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’. This seasonality has been a thorn in the side of tourism businesses for many years. Beyond the obvious impact on revenue – which creates a sustainability risk for many service-providers – the effect is seen in other ways: gauging how many staff one can keep on during the slow period, the brunt on incomes for families if jobs are cut, the turnover of staff resulting from more experienced people finding permanent work elsewhere, and so on. “There’s no question that we have to work hard and be innovative in our efforts to address the negative impact of seasonality,” comments Cape Town’s Mayor, Patricia De Lille. “This is why the City has established a partnership that brings together a number of organisations with a focus on promoting tourism in the city. Fedhasa, Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism and Accelerate Cape Town are working together to find ways such as putting together unique travel packages and events to attract visitors during the quieter winter months in order to combat the impact of seasonality on the local tourist industry.” Measures to address seasonality by these industry bodies have already had a positive impact, especially in terms of prolonging the high season, says Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain. “The high season now extends over a longer period than previously,” she says. Traditionally, December and January were the peak season months, but we are now experiencing significant visitor numbers from about October until April, and this certainly benefits service-providers in the tourism industry. No doubt, this follows the improvement in air access to the city, as well as successful marketing initiatives.” Some of the ways these organisations have come together . . .
Planes had taken over as the preferred mode of travelling. Not any more, we are going back to cars. Although a lot of people still use air transport less and less people are still confident with this mode of transport. The last couple years have been very rough on the flying industry. One of the attractions that is drawing people to motoring is the driving experience itself. Going for hundreds of kilometers enjoying the changes in scenery and landscape is proving very popular. The convenience of travelling at your own time is another plus to motoring. Unlike with airplanes where delays and overbooking are now the order of the day. The disappearance of planes and the terrorist attacks are all contributing negatively to the dilemma. There are a lot of people who are now horrified at the thought of flying. Not because of physiological disorders but the bad ordeals that occur to passengers. Just recently a video of man being dragged of a United Airplanes passenger went viral. The man in the video is protesting as he is carried off the plane. Other passengers are also visibly protesting as the man is literary lifted by the arms and legs off the plane. The bloodied man tried to run back in but failed. Then you begin to wonder whether it is worth paying less to get your face bloodied as you are being re-accommodated. That is what CEO of the Airline called the act in his apology. An apology that has been repeated over and over again. Taking a relaxing drive at your own pace starts to look like better option. Despite the time that is taken and the extra expenses incurred you will not be forcibly relocated. When you have to fly use that free time wisely. For more information on informative news visit http://www.amadaxmagazine.co.za and stay updated CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Whether your dad is the hero you’ve always looked up to, a mentor or lifelong friend, the gift of having a father deserves to be celebrated. Make this Father’s Day one to remember and thank him with a retreat along Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) popular coastlines. With its year-round offerings, CCRs portfolio of top tier Western and Eastern Cape hotels, guesthouse, lodges, nature reserves and activities ensures guests memorable experiences against the backdrop of South Africa’s scenic qualities. If you’re looking to spoil dad with something ‘a little different’ than the usual Father’s Day outing, the following recommendations, courtesy of CCR, can make for a few good highlights on his calendar. Make his day with first class whale spotting along the Whale Route. With the southern right whales making their way to the south coast in June, it's the ideal time to pack those binoculars and head to the shoreline: Explore the Jewel of the Cape. De Hoop Nature Reserve, a beautiful Cape Heritage Site approximately three hours’ drive from Cape Town, promises a rewarding day with full outdoor seashore excursions. For one, you can challenge dad to join in on the Reserve’s Whale Trail, a five-day hiking trail offering spectacular views of the Reserve’s coast. Rest assured, the trail includes well-equipped accommodation for each night. Celebrating its 10th anniversary year, De Hoop Nature Reserve is making its best offerings accessible for the whole family with discounted winter accommodation rates (1 May to 27 July). Time for a Whale Route pitstop? A few hours’ road travel can be enough to work up an appetite. On your way to the southernmost tip of Africa, L’Agulhas, stop for a decadent meal at Agulhas Country Lodge. Take a ‘selfie’ with dad against the backdrop of magnificent sea views from the lodge’s deck, and enjoy different meal options including traditional country cuisine and fine dining. Add a special touch with cognac and fine Cuban cigars in front of a . . .
The Vaal River Meander is celebrating its 14th year and visitors to the area can indulge in SIX weeks of weekend wine tasting! A unique winter experience exclusive to Gautengers and visitors from the surrounds, the event will showcase over 40 wines from some of South Africa’s premier estates. With 17 different venues to choose from, you are guaranteed a different experience at each and every stop, from sipping a beautiful Bordeaux on the river banks or a plummy Pinotage in the pub, to a scintillating Syrah by the fireside. BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal are offering their guests the opportunity to get involved – book between 25 June and 30 July, and enjoy some fabulous special offers: • Stay over for R 850.00 p/room, with a complimentary wine tasting for two, and 50% off breakfast the following morning • Tuck into a platter for two for R120 which includes a variety of flatbreads infused with local herbs and seeds, accompanied by a selection of homemade patés and spreads • Enjoy a 25% discount on Sunday lunch • Warm up with our hotpot meal-of-the-day at R 75.00 p/p There will be a Wine Tasting Fee payable at each venue you visit, with a selection of different wine farms at each stop – • R20 for 8 wines • R30 for 12 wines • R40 for 16 wines So, grab your free Vaal River Meander Wine Route passport which has a map of the route, all the specials available at each venue and the wines that can be tasted, choose your mode of transport – a river cruise, limousine, water taxi, vintage car, motorbike or your own wheels, and begin your magical meander! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .