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Review: Mount Amanzi Resort

Review: Mount Amanzi Resort Mount Amanzi is an award-winning RCI Silver Crown resort, in the North West province of South Africa. Arrival: The crowd at Mount Amanzi on Friday afternoon was testament to its popularity. The car park was full of people arriving. We asked the security guard if it was like that every Friday […]

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Review: Bon Hotel Riviera on Vaal

Bon Hotel  Riviera on Vaal had been on my local bucket list for a very long time. Just the name alone evoked images of beautiful waterside resorts that beckoned to me. Besides, I had always heard good things about it too. I finally got the opportunity to experience it first-hand a few days ago. Evidently […]

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Radisson Blu Sandton - Five-star Luxury In The City

Radisson Blu Sandton Review I have a soft spot for luxury hotels - especially those that come with luxurious gowns, Nespresso machines, free high-speed Wi-fi and great views. And the five-star Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel provided all of these. The modern, trendy hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Sandton's business district within walking […]

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Amani Spa Sandton - A Luxury Spa Experience

After getting a taster of Amani Spas at the SLOW Lounge at OR Tambo International a few months ago, I went for a more extensive pamper session to the luxury Amani Spa at the Radisson Blu Sandton this weekend. Now, there are spas and there are spas and the very fact that Amani Spas can […]

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Malaysia Holiday - Why you should go

Malaysia Part 2 -Malaysia Holiday - Why you should go A Malaysia Holiday had been on our bucket list for a long time. So when we received two complimentary tickets from Qatar Airways, we knew instantly that we wanted to go to Malaysia with them. We also knew that this trip had to be longer […]

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Malaysia – Part 1 - Travelling with kids

My children are now 7 and 9 years old. We usually take them with us when travelling locally unless we are going to a venue where children are not allowed. But we don’t always take them with on our foreign trips, mainly for three reasons: firstly the considerable additional cost, secondly because they don't remember […]

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My Indian Adventures - walking down memory lane

Incessant blasting horns, thick smog in the air,  the scent of marigold flowers mingled with the smell of cows, red betel-nut leaf stains – all combine to launch an intensive attack on the senses. India is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is a melting pot of cultures, and a smorgasbord of experiences. It is […]

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China Travels - Beijing , Xian and Shanghai in 1 week

China Travels - Beijing , Xian and Shanghai in 1 week The Great Wall of China should be renamed The Great Walk of China. My Fitbit (step counter) registered over 1000 steep steps going up and then another 1000 steps down and that was just in the tiny section we visited. The Great Wall is […]

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OR Tambo International Airport lounges - 2 reviews

Slow Lounge and Bidvest Lounge Spending long hours at the airport can be frustrating, but long waits are made infinitely easier with airport lounges. Airport Lounges offer one a comfortable sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the airport as well as snacks and drinks. We visited two lounges at OR Tambo International Airport. OR Tambo […]

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Review: Irene Country Lodge

Feeling stressed out by the city? Need some rest, relaxation and revitalisation in a rustic setting? You can get all this and more at the charming Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria, one of the gems in Protea Hotels By Marriott's luxurious African Pride collection. But unlike many of the others which don’t cater for children, […]

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Visit Istanbul - an incredible city

Have a cup of tea with a Turk and you'll be friends for 40 years. So said the Turkish gentleman to us as his associate served us with warm apple tea in Istanbul. This is the nature of Turkish hospitality. Of course, after that, he tried to sell carpets and leather jackets to us, but […]

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Travel agents - Never again?

Yes, I do prefer to use a travel agent when they can offer me a package with lower costs or hassles than I can do myself. But then you get the travel agents who are not interested in the business or those that give you problems every step of the way and you say...Never Again! […]

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Two days in Zanzibar...Hakuna Matata!

From across the sea, the enchanting island of Zanzibar beckoned to us. The stunning view of endless palm-fringed beaches was the perfect appetiser for our two-day visit and the shrubbery at the airport welcomed us warmly with the words “SMILE U R IN ZANZIBAR”. Zanzibar is an archipelago located in Tanzania, East Africa. An island […]

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Masai Mara - Game viewers paradise

We left Nairobi on a rainy Sunday morning at 9am and drove through the Great Rift Valley, through the town of Narok and into the Masai Mara . We became aware that we were in for something different, when still about 60km, away from the official entrance to the Masai Mara , we began seeing […]

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