Monthly Archives: May 2015

SAA 7 Day Domestic & International Flight Sale!

South African Airways is offering 7 day sale on domestic and international routes starting from 27 May – 2 June 2015. Book Your SA Flights Online Today and enjoy big savings.


From Johannesburg, one way. Economy Class. Travel period: on/before 31 August 2015

1. Port Elizabeth
Fully inclusive
one-way from
R 912*

2. Cape Town
Fully inclusive
one-way from
R1, 193*

From Johannesburg, return. Economy Class. Travel period: on/before 31 August 2015

1. Windhoek
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R3, 168*

2. Accra
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R6, 062*

3. Lagos
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R5, 894*

4. Nairobi
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R6, 387*

5. Libreville
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R6, 499*

6. Livingstone
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R3, 805*

7. Victoria Falls
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R3, 767*

8. Mauritius
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R5, 514*

9. Abu Dhabi
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R8, 136*

10. Perth
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R10, 885*

11. New York
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R11, 954*

12. Washington
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R11, 954*

13. Munich
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R9, 835*

14. Frankfurt
Fully inclusive
return fare from
R7, 698*

Book now on or through the SAA Call Centre on 0861 606 606.
When booking through an SAA office, please quote booking code: MN30JUN15

South African Airways can at any time change/discontinue these special fares and conditions without prior notice.
Selling period: 27 May – 2 June 2015
Travel: on/ before 31 August 2015
Fare Rules: As per booking process.


South African Airways (SAA) Specials offers in South Africa

South African Airways is offering special deals and offers in South Africa. Make instant savings with south African Airways today on your next trip.

One Way From                               Adult from

Johannesburg to Durban                 ZAR1004*
Johannesburg to East London         ZAR1252*
Johannesburg to Cape Town          ZAR1525*
Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth     ZAR1400*

Sales Period: Open
Travel Period: Open


Fare Rules :

Domestic Fare Rules

1. Combinable with any other fare class.
2. This special is not available on the following flight series 1000-1999 and 8000-8999
3. Tickets must be paid for 24 hours after confirmation
4. Tickets are non refundable except any unused fuel or taxes are refundable
5. Children pay 75% of the adult fare
6. Rebooking permitted. Any Time – Permitted at a charge of :
7. ZAR 342 per change subject to seats being available
8. No name changes allowed after ticketing.
9. Rerouting permitted
10. Standby is not permitted.
11. Voyager Miles can be earned at 50% of normal miles as per this special.
* Above fares are per person on a one way basis and inclusive of all taxes and surcharges and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. South African Airways can at any time change/discontinue these special fares and conditions without prior notice. All fares are subject to availability.

Visit official SAA Website to book a deal :

Hot Travel Deals With South African Airways & Thompsons Holidays

Explore Amazing Destinations with South African Airways (SAA) and Thompsons Holidays. Thompsons have put together a selection of travel packages in association with SAA to great destinations that you will definitely enjoy.  South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline, operating from Johannesburg to 38 destinations worldwide. South African Airways offers a great and top class flying experience with style and comfort.

Grab the Deal for : 

Travel Deal for : 3* Protea Hotel Umhlanga – Umhlanga Rocks SAA 


Duration: 2 Nights
Travel Dates: 2 Apr – 28 Sep 2015
Offer Ends: 28 Sep 2015
Ref: TH610839
Departs from: Johannesburg
Price : R3453 pp
Other Departure Options:
From Cape Town : R4187
from Port Elizabeth : R5341


  • DAY 1
    • Flight: Johannesburg (JNB) to Durban (DUR)
    • Car Hire: Avis Car Hire – Limited Waiver
    • Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga
  • DAY 2
    • Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga
    • Car Hire: Avis Car Hire – Limited Waiver
  • DAY 3
    • Flight: Durban (DUR) to Johannesburg (JNB)
 Visit Thompsons Website to grab the deal :

South Africa New visa rules a “tourism tragedy” for South Africa?

South Africa is frequented by more than 9 million tourists each year. Between 2013 and 2014, South Africa saw a 6.6 percent growth in international tourist arrivals.

Last May, the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced new travel requirements as a means of tackling child trafficking and increasing national security. Tourists are now required to apply for visas in person in order for their bio-metric data to be captured. Documents also need to be in English. From June this year, all children travelling in, out, or through South Africa will need to carry an unabridged birth certificate.


Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says there has been a negative impact on the tourism sector in the last six months as a result of the stricter visa regulations.

He told reporters that the number of tourists from countries now requiring a visa to enter South Africa has declined.

New visa regulations could see over half a million tourists denied travel to South Africa, says the Democratic Alliance.


Original story found via

Xenophobia in South Africa did not harm tourism sector, says Derek Hanekom

Government respond quickly on xenophobic attacks in South Africa and ensured that tourism sector had not been affected, said Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom on Thursday.


                                                                   Image Source : Gallo Images

“I recently met with the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council who said we are sending out the right messages,” said Hanekom.

Hanekom was briefing the media in Cape Town ahead of his department’s Budget Vote later on Thursday and discussed the implications of xenophobia on the sector, the effects of loadshedding, and concerns regarding new visa regulations.

“If we sustain our efforts and if we combat any xenophobia that may rear its head, we will get through this,” said Hanekom.

He added that at the recent Tourism INDABA, he engaged with over 20 of his African counterparts: “We will be visiting each of these African states to strengthen our relations.”


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Save big with AVIS weekend car rental offers

Get great weekend car rental offers with AVIS starting from R176* per day. Given below is a list of AVIS weekend car rental offers for you to enjoy:

George                      R176* per day for weekend rentals between 18 – 31 May 2015
Mpumalanga            R176* per day for weekend rentals between 11 – 24 May 2015
Free State                 R180* per day for weekend rentals between 18 – 31 May 2015
Western Cape           R185* per day for weekend rentals between 11 – 24 May 2015

*Note that Weekend rates differ from region to region and are date specific. The above rates are applicable for prepaid rentals over weekends on a Group A vehicle on the standard waiver option and exclude the rental contract fee of R69.00 (once off). Rates are subject to change without prior notice.


Weekend Car Rental Terms

Avis Car Rental weekend rates are valid from a Thursday 12h00 to Monday 23h59 in all regions. A minimum 2 day rental is required and rentals do not include Saturday & Sunday. And no additional drivers will be permitted on weekend rentals except for direct family members.

Rate Includes

1. 200 km’s free per day
2. VAT
3. Selected Cover Collision Damage and Theft Loss Waivers.
4. 1% Tourism Levy
5. Rental Contract Fee
6. Location Surcharge

For detailed information visit AVIS official website

Mango Airlines launches R1 flights to promote app

South African budget airline Mango is offering Windows users to buy flights for just R1 through the official Mango Windows 8.1 app for the month of May. Mango claims to be the first African airline to offer a mobi-site and apps allowing bookings, payment and flight management on the go. The Mango Airlines app is available for download in all app stores for Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows 8.1 devices.


“The release of the Windows app sees Mango come full circle in terms of major mobile platform availability,” said spokesperson Hein Kaiser. Mango said that its apps have received more than half a million downloads in total. The R 1 sale is exclusively available through the Mango app on the Windows 8.1 platform and on sale until 31 May 2015 for travel until end June 2015.

Terms and Conditions:

1. 10000 seats available on selected flights on a first come, first served basis.
2. No group bookings available on promotional fares.
3. Special events, long weekends (Fridays and return Sundays) and peak flights are excluded.
4. Not available through Call Centre, website or any other channel.
5. Return bookings only, of which only one sector can be R1.00. No combination of any other promotional fare, second sector will be on published fare.
6. R1.00 Base fare only excluding any taxes / Normal taxes will apply on all R1.00 fare bookings.


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Travvy Awards 2015 – Full List of Winners

Travvy Award winners were announced at a Gala banquet at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. These awards were created to honour the best of the best in all categories of travel, including cruises, tours, travel agencies, travel insurance, hotels and resorts, car rentals, airlines and more. South Africa got three awards in different categories: 1. “Sun International Table Bay Hotel” for the categoty of Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East. 2. “South African Tourism” for the category of Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East. 3. “Sthu Zungu“, South African Tourism North America for the category of Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive.


Know the full list of 2015 Travvy Award winners :


Best Cruise Line Contemporary:- Royal Caribbean International

Best Cruise Line Premium:- Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Line Luxury:- Regent Seven Seas

Best Cruise Line Overall:- Royal Caribbean International

Best River Cruise Line:- AmaWaterways

Best Cruise Ship Contemporary:- Norwegian Getaway

Best Cruise Ship Premium:- Celebrity Reflection

Best Cruise Ship Luxury:- Seven Seas Mariner

Best Cruise Ship Overall:- Allure of the Seas

Best River Cruise Ship:- AmaSonata


Best Escorted Tour Operator Africa & Middle East:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Escorted Tour Operator Europe:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Mexico & Latin America:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Pacific Asia:- SITA World Tours

Best Escorted Tour Operator US and Canada:- Collette

Best Tour Operator Adventure Travel:- G Adventures

Best Tour Operator Caribbean:- MLT Vacations

Best Escorted Tour Operator Overall:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Vacation Packager Caribbean:- Travel Impressions

Best Vacation Packager Europe:- Europe Express

Best Vacation Packager Mexico & Latin America:- Apple Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Pacific Asia:- Down Under Answers

Best Vacation Packager US& Canada:- MLT Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Overall:- Travel Impressions


Best Hotel&Resort Chain Overall:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain Luxury:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain MidMarket:- Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Best AllInclusive Resort Chain:- Sandals Resorts International

Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East:- Sun International – Table Bay Hotel

Best City Hotel Asia:- W Hong Kong

Best City Hotel Europe:- Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Best City Hotel Mexico & Latin America:- St. Regis Mexico City

Best City Hotel US &Canada:- St. Regis New York

Best Resort Asia:- Club Med Bali

Best Resort Caribbean:- Sandals La Source

Best Resort Mexico & Latin America:- Zoetry Paraiso

Best Resort US & Canada:- Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel


Best Car Rental Company Domestic:- Enterprise Holdings

Best Car Rental Company International:- Hertz


Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East:- South Africa Tourism

Best Country Tourism Bureau Europe:- Visit Britain

Best Country Tourism Bureau Pacific Asia:- Tahiti Tourisme

Best US City CVB:- Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Best US State Tourism Bureau:- Colorado Tourism


Best Foreign Airline:- Air Tahiti Nui


Best Travel Agency Group (Consortium, Coop or Network):-

Best Retail Travel Agency:- Tzell Travel Group

Best Host Travel Agency:- Avoya Travel


Best Rail Travel Company:- Rail Europe

Best Train Experience Worldwide:- Rocky Mountaineer


Best Travel Insurance Provider:- AIG Travel Guard


Best Travel Technology Provider:- VAX VacationAccess


Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive:- Sthu Zungu, South African Tourism North America

Most Innovative All Inclusive Resort Executive :- Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Most Innovative Car Rental Executive :- Greg Stubblefield, Enterprise Holdings

Most Innovative Consortia or Agency Group Leader :- John Lovell, Leaders Group

Most Innovative Cruise Executive:- Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian

Most Innovative Escorted Tour or FIT Executive:- Kensington Tours Team of Global Destination Experts

Most Innovative Europe Tourism Executive:- Carl Walsh, Visit Britain

Most Innovative Host Agency Leader:- Brad and Van Anderson, Avoya Travel

Most Innovative Hotels Executive:- Chris Austin, Starwood

Most Innovative Rail Travel Executive:- Randy Powell, Rocky Mountaineer

Most Innovative River Cruise Executive:- Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways

Most Innovative Travel Agent:- Tammy Levent, Elite Travel

Most Innovative Travel Insurance Executive:- Ellison Scudder, AIG Travel Guard

Most Innovative Vacation Wholesale Executive:- Jeff Adam, Down Under Answers