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What to do and where to stay in Zanzibar

The heat slams your entire body in a suffocating, damp caress as soon as you step out of the plane's air-conditioned coolness; immediately curling hair into little frizzy ringlets and dew-ifying the face. It's overwhelming for a Capetonian used to fresh sea breezes and dry heats - Jambo Zanzibar, there is no mistaking we have arrived upon your welcoming shores!

By Ruth Cooper 21 Nov 2017

Welcoming the world: Rwanda to start issuing visas on arrival for all countries

Global citizens, prepare to pack your bags to visit Rwanda. The country has announced that effective from 1 January 2018, nationals of all countries will get a visa upon arrival without prior application...

By Arthur Chatora 20 Nov 2017

Natural Selection to open new safari camp in remote Namibia in 2018

In a joint venture between Natural Selection, local communities and Dr Julian Fennessy, Africa's foremost giraffe expert, the safari tourism business will open a new camp in the remote and wild Kaokoland...

17 Nov 2017

Three dozen cruise ships expected in Seychelles this season, a 20% increase

"The various cruise ship calls this season will give the Seychelles islands the chance to showcase itself to potential visitors with the hope that their short experience will whet their appetite for future visits."

13 Nov 2017

Three animal tourist attractions you should never do

Wild animals should always be in the wild and not made to do our bidding. The pursuit of travel can be done responsibly, with an awareness of the environment and its inhabitants...

By Elaine Clara Mah 8 Nov 2017

Viewing elevator down Graskop Gorge a first for Africa

When first approached about the possibility of constructing a viewing elevator down the Graskop Gorge cliff face in Mpumalanga, the engineers' first thought was 'pie in the sky'...

6 Nov 2017

Google Street View, Drive South Africa collab captures all of SA wilderness in 360°

"For the first time, travellers and wildlife lovers from across the globe can explore the full spectrum of South Africa's diverse wilderness areas on Google Maps and Street View."

3 Nov 2017

Airbnb in Africa for the long haul

Airbnb's Chris Lehane elaborates on how Airbnb plans to expand into Africa, comments on some of the travel and tourism trends coming up and explains how a global brand such as Airbnb remains relevant, resilient and innovative...

By Juanita Pienaar 1 Nov 2017

Africa's new tourism draw: Experiences

African tourism is changing, say travel industry leaders, moving away from the traditional safaris and packaged tours and towards the intimate, indefinable, infinitely Instagrammable lure of experiences...

By Anita Powell 30 Oct 2017

Mauritius in Lonely Planet's top 10 countries to visit in 2018

Mauritius has been named among the top 10 countries to visit in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018. This reinforcing the tropical Indian Ocean island's bucket list worthiness...

30 Oct 2017

A close-up look at what happens when tourists and Maasai communities meet

A study of the interaction between tourists and a Maasai community raised questions about the boundaries between research, tourism and entertainment...

By Vanessa Wijngaarden 17 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Handcrafting bespoke luxury experiences across Africa with the Holts

Concepts Collection creates unforgettable luxury experiences. We chat to Christina and Richard Holt to find out how it all started and what it takes to run one of the leading luxury brands in SA...

By Cari Coetzee 16 Oct 2017

Can travel managers truly advise on African destinations if they've never travelled into Africa?

Is it possible for travel managers to truly offer reliable advice on African destinations if they've never travelled into Africa themselves?

3 Oct 2017

#THINCAfrica: An economic rethink on domestic tourism

CEO of Tourism, Sisa Ntshona shared his thoughts on global and local tourism and how we, as locals, can do our part in helping the South African economy through travelling locally...

By Robin Fredericks 12 Sep 2017

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International

Research: Young people who travel have increased sense of citizenship

To understand the implications travel has for 18-35-year-olds, Contiki has undergone extensive research involving a pool of 2,980 respondents from around the world, with an equal number of travellers and non-travellers. The results show that of travellers indicating that they participate in activities in their community (compared to 31% non-travellers) and 21% of travellers stating that they are involved in their local government (compared to 4% non-travellers) - proving that travel leads to an increased sense of citizenship on a local and global level.

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AccorHotels to open two-tower Raffles hotel and residences on Dubai's famous Palm Jumeirah

AccorHotels has signed a management agreement with Dubai-based developer Nakheel for the expansion of Raffles Hotels & Resorts. The agreement will lead to the opening of a two-tower development on Palm Jumeirah comprising Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences Palm360.

7 Dec 2017

MSC Cruises push shipbuilding, design boundaries in agreement with Fincantieri

MSC Cruises has officially taken delivery of its new flagship MSC Seaside at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The delivery ceremony took place in the presence of authorities and dignitaries, including Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic and Graziano Delrio, Italy's minister of infrastructures and transports.

1 Dec 2017

#NewCampaign: Jeremy Clarkson introduces Emirates' new, game-changing first class suites

Much-loved TV celebrity and motoring expert Jeremy Clarkson fronts Emirates' latest advertising campaign for its game-changing first-class private suites.

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 2017

Airbnb Experiences one year later: Foodies and millennials lead the way

Airbnb - as part of their vision to bring where travellers go, what they do and who they meet together into one people-powered platform - announced Trips a year ago. As part of that, Airbnb expanded Experiences - local activities crafted and led by local people - to more than 40 cities across 26 countries, and to every continent except Antarctica.

28 Nov 2017

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