The Diamond Works Institute recently introduced The South African Select, a new experience for travellers, incorporating the Cape winelands while witnessing the art and craftsmanship of jewellery manufacturing from skilled professionals. The new experience lets guests discover the art of diamond cutting, as well as the rich history of diamonds and gold in South Africa. Diamond Works Cape Winelands offers

Ruaha Balloon Safaris officially launched in Tanzania in June. It is operated by Serengeti Balloon Safaris, with flights taking off near Msembe on the Ruaha River. Credits: Ruaha Balloon Safaris/Paul Johnson Hicks. John Corse, MD of Serengeti Balloon Safaris says: “We take off before sunrise and fly for approximately one hour, usually over the river and landing somewhere near the

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with Thebe Tourism Group, held a sod-turning ceremony to celebrate the construction of the Mandela Atlantic Presidential Centre on July 18. The Centre is to be housed at Nelson Mandela’s house in Houghton, Johannesburg, and will include meeting facilities and a boutique hotel, all designed to create a centre for reflection. Mandela’s house, Houghton, Johannesburg. The

Over and above its strength as a wildlife destination, Zambia is known for its fishing. Zambia Tourism says most rivers and lakes carry good stocks of fish, making for a successful day out.  The country is particularly well known for tiger fishing. “Tigerfish and bream are plentiful in the Zambezi and are extremely popular species amongst fishing enthusiasts. The tiger

Nkwichi Lodge, on the banks of Lake Malawi in northern Mozambique, has created a Star Bed concept, which allows guests to literally sleep under the stars. A four-poster bed dressed in luxurious linen, and draped in an elegant mosquito net, is placed in one of three locations: on a rocky outcrop (surrounded by water), a deserted beach (surrounded by baobab

South Africa has two of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods. This is according to ‘12 Coolest Neighbourhoods Around the World’, a list compiled by Forbes after consultation with travel experts. Johannesburg’s Maboneng is one of the two South African neighbourhoods featured. According to Melissa Biggs Bradley, co-founder of luxury travel agency, Indagare, and one of the experts consulted for the list: “Maboneng

Cape Town Ziplines, an SA Forest Adventures initiative, reopened on Monday, July 2. The zipline is 2.3km long and located in Silvermist Estate on the Hout Bay Road. The zipline tour, one of the longest and highest in Africa, begins with a 4×4 trail up the mountain, offering guests views of Table Mountain, the Constantia Winelands and out towards Muizenberg.

The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga have officially been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site (WHS) after being on the tentative list for a number of years. The World Heritage Committee inscribed the naturally significant Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains on Monday (July 2), after the decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of Unesco, which took place in Manama,

An innovative attraction in Elgin in the Western Cape, is set to entice tourists to the region. The Elgin Railway Market, which opened on June 16, is a ‘steampunk station market’ that hosts local vendors, live music, and a steam train that operates a few times a month in partnership with Ceres Railway Company. It is the brainchild of Roger Orpen,

Renowned primatologist and anthropologist, Dr Jane Goodall, believes that chimpanzees provide Uganda the opportunity to unlock tourism fortunes in a way not imagined before, adding that chimpanzee tourism could earn the country as much in tourism revenue as gorilla trekking. The last study done in Uganda (2002) revealed that there were 5 000 chimpanzees in the country, and successful, sensitive chimpanzee tourism