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FEATURE SOUTH AFRICA


Route Highlights and Cape Whale and Winelands escorted tours. Kuoni has added more three- and


four-star properties, like Fairways Boutique Hotel in Camps Bay and La Bri Manor Guest House in Stellenbosch.


Tourism Talk


LUNGI MORRISON UK Country Manager, South African Tourism “We aim to make sure


SOUTH AFRICA  Top Selling Tips...


• Garden Route for safaris... “As an alternative to Kruger suggest a Big Five safari in Eastern Cape safari resorts such as Kariega, Rippons and Shamwari. With easy access from the Garden Route and malaria-free, they are a good choice for families”


ANDREA LODDO Product Manager, Hayes and Jarvis


• Go Local… “Consider a tour to the Collette Foundation site in Knysna, a school supported by Collette’s charitable foundation, where the local school children are always a great hit with customers”


PETER TRAYNOR General Manager, Collette Worldwide Holidays


full-day safari from Cape Town. Guests are collected from their hotel and transferred to a game reserve a two- and-a-haf-hour drive away for a three- hour open-vehicle game drive. Resident aimals include lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, giraffes and hippos. It is priced from £208pp. Two Cape Town and Cape Peninsula


tours – The Red City Tour and the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour – are also new, priced from £14 (24-hour ticket) and £22 (48-hour ticket). All tours are fully commissionable to agents. On the operator side for 2012, Travel


2’s new Simply Luxury brand features some of the country’s most luxurious luxury lodges. These include the remote Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, a member of Relais & Chateaux. At a lodge strong on ecotourism guests can discover the Kalahari on horse-riding safaris, night walks, sleep-outs under the dunes or by stargazing. Also featured is the equally luxurious


Eagles Crag at Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private reserves in the Eastern Cape. It offers total seclusion and exclusivity with detached luxury suites nestled deep in a valley gorge. Rainbow Tours is


From top: Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal; The Blue Train has some great current offers; Kurland Country Hotel


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2012 presents us with exciting new platforms to infuse some fresh energy and creativity for those on the tourism value chain. Whilst still challenged by the background of the macro-economic euro-zone crisis, our trade partners can expect to feel and experience a new way of engaging when it comes to selling a long haul destination like South Africa. “We will hope to draw on the significant celebrations that began last month with the 100th celebrations of the ANC in South Africa. The Queen’s Jubilee and this summer’s London Olympics will again highlight the links between the UK and South Africa.”


featuring the new Delicious hotel in Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands, which opened in December. Conceptualised by the family behind Le Quartier Français, also in Franschhoek, Delicious is being offered by Rainbow Tours as a good-value option for those touring the Cape and Garden Route on a self-drive itinerary. Hayes & Jarvis has boosted its Cape


Town programme by adding the historic Mount Nelson and the four-star Southern Sun Waterfront. Also featured in its Worldwide Collection brochure are more escorted and self-drive tours. The operator has reintroduced its Grand Tour of South Africa, Garden


From The Front Line LISA FISHER


Product Manager, Rainbow Tours “We’re beginning to


experience growing interest in KwaZulu-Natal as people begin to realise that there’s more to South Africa than Cape Town and the Garden Route. It’s less visited than other parts of South Africa but really accessible as the roads are good and the people are very welcoming. It’s great for a self-drive trip because the region has everything from dramatic mountains and beautiful coastal parks to historic battlefields and good quality game viewing. There’s also growth in interest from families wanting to give the kids an authentic experience.”


KURLAND HOTEL


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