The most charming towns and small cities in South Africa

The most charming towns and small cities in South Africa

Recently the online Travelmag published a lovely story about places to visit in South Africa. (https://www.travelmag.com/articles/most-charming-destinations-south-africa/)

South Africa is home to a diverse landscape that comprises everything from pristine beaches, rugged mountains and craggy cliffs, to dense forests, crystal-clear lagoons and lush winelands. Interspersed around this varied topography are a vast number of towns and cities, each boasting their own unique character and cultural identity...”

About Clarens…

Clarens, Free State

“Perched in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, the small town of Clarens has been dubbed the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State” – and for good reason. As an artistic haven, many creative types come here to gain inspiration from its breathtaking scenery. This is at its starkest in the nearby Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which takes its name from the shades of gold and orange cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs at certain times of day. There’s no shortage of gift-buying opportunities too, thanks to the town’s myriad arts galleries and craft stores. Additionally, cycling, game driving, trout fishing and birding offer plenty of outdoor recreation options.”

SA Tourism welcomes decision to waiver Unabridged Birth Certificate

SA Tourism welcomes decision to waiver Unabridged Birth Certificate

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) acting CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini, has welcomed the news that international minors travelling to South Africa no longer require Unabridged Birth Certificates or consent letters when travelling with their parents.

The announcement made by the Home Affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, yesterday comes into effect immediately.

All ports of entry as well as the airline and maritime industries have been informed following the signing of the waiver by Minister Motsoaledi on Friday.

“The news will certainly be welcomed by all in the tourism industry, both in South Africa and around the world,” commented Dlamini.

“In all our markets, family travel is a key driver for arrivals and we compete with many other destinations for the share of family travel. The waiver announcement will allow us to proactively and aggressively market South Africa as a family friendly destination again.”

“Following our recent roadshows to UK, Central Europe and North America, some of the feedback received was that we were starting to lose ground on the family travel market as families were choosing other destinations ahead of South Africa due to the regulations around travelling with minors. With this changed, we can now work on regaining this market,” explained Dlamini.

South Africa is an ideal family destination with convenient long haul connections from all parts of the world. The country is also malaria-free making it an attractive option for families wanting to experience safaris and wildlife without having to take medication. Accommodation establishments across the country also cater for the needs of families. “There is an abundance of fun to be had in South Africa for families travelling with children of all ages and certainly enough experiences to leave lasting memories in both parents and children. As we look to achieve the goal set by President Cyril Ramaphosa, of 21 million arrivals by 2030, waiving the Unabridged Birth Certificate for international minors will certainly prove to be a catalyst for us to achieve the goal,” concluded Dlamini. For media enquiries, please contact:

Altaaf Kazi at South African Tourism

Tel: +27 11 895-3046 or 082 553 9595         

Email: altaaf@southafrica.net OR mediaq@southafrica.net

Pinotage on Tap

Pinotage on Tap

Pinotage On Tap, or “POT” as it’s fondly become known, started off (15 years ago) as a simple little party on the farm in honour of our fabulous (and famous) Coffee Chocolate Pinotage, (the Original one) produced by the award-winning wine estate, Diemersfontein Wines in Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa. 

The idea was to celebrate the new vintage and involve and spoil the people who enjoyed it. 

Well… never did we imagine what would transpire from that in years to come! POT grew like Jack’s beanstalk – and so did the fans! Today we can proudly say that not only has this event established a reputation and following (second to none) but in 2014, Pinotage On Tap also received the coveted award for the “Best Wine Event in the World” by Drinks International.

From then on it’s only been upward and forward! Every year the festival is held in 4 key locations, namely Durban, Joburg, Cape Town and Clarens.

The nature of the event involves the following criteria – and possibly in this order too: Phenomenal wine, (Pinotage of course) pouring abundantly from the barrel taps (hence the name), mouth-watering food, top-class live music entertainment, fantastic company and the best wine fest experience you can possibly have!

Crank Chaos Afriski

Crank Chaos Afriski

CrankChaos will be hosted at Afriski Mountain Resort from 31 October – 3 November 2019.

Lesotho’s premier snow and mountain resort in the heart of Lesotho is an easy 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg, 6-hour drive from Durban or 3.5-hour drive from Bloemfontein. Afriski has over 450 beds, ranging from backpacker facilities to luxury chalets. There is plenty of entertainment for the whole family and delicious meals available at the highest restaurant in Africa, Sky Restaurant. The Gondola Café is a unique, high-altitude après-ski bar that serves light meals and warm drinks.

The mountains surrounding Afriski are riddled with mountain bike trails, dams, spectacular views and a ski lift that doubles up as an uplift for mountain bikes, thus giving you access to multiple downhill and enduro trails in only 7 minutes. It’s the ideal venue for any outdoor festival and has successfully hosted both an SA Cup Series and African Continental Mountain Bike Championships, which have attracted over 400 riders from 10 different countries.

The CrankChaos MTB Festival is unique and definitely one for the bucket list. Emulating events like Crankworx and the Colorado Freeride Festival, CrankChaos brings you the very best that mountain biking has to offer.

The event is hosted by Afriski Mountain Resort in the beautiful Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, which at 3 222m above sea level makes it the highest festival of its kind on the African continent.

Once again, CrankChaos will be revolutionising the way MTB enthusiasts interact and engage with the latest gear and equipment in the mountain biking industry. By bringing together the biggest brand names in mountain biking, participants will be able to practically test and rate the tech on show while being able to engage with and ask questions of the respective brands and manufacturers. They can maximise their experience by hooking onto the only Mountain Bike Uplift in Africa which will give them over 200m in vertical gain in under 7 minutes. Once at the top, they can then choose from a myriad of tracks to get down the mountain again, testing the bikes and equipment in their natural environment.

The Festival will offer a variety of fun event options including 5 different downhill lines, enduro, downhill eliminator, dual slalom, whipp off, hillclimb and the strava challenge for the more social riders on its extensive trail network. Add to that the opportunity to test and ride the latest in mountain bike technology, awesome live evening entertainment and the traditional world class Afriski hospitality you can be sure that this is a weekend not to be missed. With only 300 guaranteed spots available you don’t want to miss out. 

Donate to Cluny

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Witbank – Outreach Programme & Sterilisation Weekend

Cluny aim’s to end the needless suffering of animals by providing much needed veterinary treatment. We do this by using our mobile theatre, Daisy and during this time in Witbank we will sterilise and vaccinate as many animals as we can. We also spend time educating owners in proper animal care.

Please follow this link to find our Application for Pet Sterilisation Form – https://www.jotform.com/form/72223883591562

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