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atol_logoWe would like to take this opportunity to advise that Dragonfly Africa has been awarded an ATOL license and consequently can safely offer ATOL-protected, flight-inclusive travel packages.

Our ATOL number is 10995 and we will of course supply you with an ATOL Certificate on payment as we are required to do.

Dragonfly Africa is one of the leading Destination Management Companies in Southern and East Africa. We have been involved in providing a wide range of services across a broad spectrum of tourism for over 30 years.  With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, we operate across 10 countries – South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

We have a dedicated UK brochure for Travel Agents designed for easy reference, with space on the back for you to add your contact details (we do not show our own). Our Dragonfly Africa Platinum Club provides a range of wonderful benefits for your clients, staying at select properties.

We would very much like to do business with you.  Here are some other reasons why you may like to consider us.

  1. As mentioned, Dragonfly Africa is a DMC. We are also MICE specialists and we have a Leisure division, which gives us huge bulk buying power.
  2. Your contacts here will be born and bred South Africans working out of Dragonfly’s Jo’burg and Cape Town offices. They are true industry experts in their own geographic area.  They will work UK friendly office hours.
  3. Every Dragonfly Africa client will be met at either Jo’burg or Cape Town Airports upon arrival from the UK by one of our representatives who will introduce themselves as your client’s contact while they are here.  This representative will also personally hand them all relevant documentation.
  4. Every client whose booking is worth £3,500.00 per person or more, will be met at the door of the aircraft by a Representative from a Company we work with, that has priority clearance at Jo’burg and Cape Town Airports.  This Representative will escort your clients and fast-track them through, linking them up with our own Representative in the arrivals area.
  5. We will contact your clients during their stay just to check that everything is as it should be and will report back to you.
    1. Provisional bookings will be held for two weeks as a default position and all availability will be checked before prices are given.  Prices will be held firm if bookings are confirmed within that time.

 

To request a quotation for travel to any of our destinations please contact Nicole Steyn at nicole@dragonfly.co.za, call us on 0800 011 2340 or +27 (0) 11 219 5600

or visit our website www.dragonfly.co.za

TINTSWALO SAFARI LODGE

Gemma, from our Travel Division, recently paid a visited to Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Location:

Situated within the 27 000ha Manyeleti Game Reserve – on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park – between the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. Tintswalo has a 6000ha private concession within the Manyeleti.

The Safari Lodge has 6 “Explorer Suites” and a Presidential Suite which comprises of 2 “Explorer Suites”joined by a central lounge and kitchen area. So in total 8 “Suites”. The Manor House has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and therefore ideal for a group of friends or a family.

She said: “All 6 Explorer Suites are spread quiet far apart from each other out along a seasonal river bed, they really are very private so you can enjoy your private deck and plunge pool however you see fit.  There is no menu at Tintswalo. Your butler discusses the day’s menu with you. Breakfast starts with a choice of the standard cereals, yoghurts pastries etc, followed with a full English or the ‘special of the day’, the special changes on a daily basis. Dinner is a set menu, with the choice of 2 mains, but again they are very flexible and all requests sent to your butler who will do his utmost to accommodate if possible! The food was all DELICIOUS and the portions generous!

If you compare  the rack rate with that of other lodges in the area,  you will see it is incredibly affordable, offers fantastic value for money, 5 star accommodation and service and extremely friendly staff. I would highly recommend the lodge to any of my clients wanting an alternative to the  Sabi Sands experience. STUNNING!

The Manor House on the other hand is a simple, subtle 4 star property which is very comfortable and offers excellent value for money. The House accommodates a minimum of 6 guests and a maximum of 10 guests and is quoted on a per person sharing rate and not a per house rate. For a family or group of friends travelling together I don’t think they will get this experience anywhere else! It’s fantastic! I wouldn’t suggest the property for high end clients; I would rather accommodate these guests in the Presidential Suite. For people looking for a great family holiday in a relaxed environment this is the place to be. The House is fenced with electric fence and so is safe for the children to run around in the garden and enjoy themselves. The really nice thing about Manor House is the staff again is so flexible and will do their utmost to assist with any requests where possible. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!”

You tempted yet?

One of the newest 5* lodges on the circuit is Shepherd Tree Game Lodge.

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks and Tourism Board within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The entire lodge lies in an exclusive use zone in the south-western portion of the 57,250ha, “Big 5” and malaria free Reserve. Guests will enjoy both private traversing and access to all the Reserve’s public roads. The lodge offers commanding views of the distant bushveld amphitheatre and is superbly positioned adjacent to the Wilderness Area, thus offering the opportunity of walking trails in this untouched environment.

The design feature accommodates 13 family suites (136m²) and 4 spacious executive suites (86m²) situated adjacent a magnificent main lodge.

The family suites offer two en-suite master bedrooms with a shared lounge and patio. The family suites can also be configured in such a way as to offer a luxury suite option as well as a standard room option.

The executive suites offer one en-suite master bedroom with a lounge and patio. In addition, guests can savour an indoor steam shower and double outdoor shower. The placement and design of each suite ensures privacy and uninterrupted views. Each suite offers the highest quality equipment with plasma screen TV, Satellite Television and a mini-business centre.

In addition the lodge features the Amani Spa. A banquet for the soul and senses using the unique Spa product brand, Africology, made from the purest of ingredients, free from artificial preservatives, colouring & fragrances. You are guaranteed to walk out glowing from the inside out!

Numerous incentive style activities are on offer from quad biking and interactive drumming to tribal shows at the bush dinner.

This lodge is being managed by the same team as Ivory Tree, but offers more exclusive accommodation. For smaller groups it is a wonderful option.

The Sisonke Stimela “experience” is a magnificently restored luxury steam train that offers a choice of  trips through the unspoilt splendour of the southern KwaZulu Natal Midlands and Drakensberg. The journey passes through grasslands, mist belts, indigenous forests and nature reserves, with this magnificent scenery being interspersed with traditional Zulu villages, allowing the traveller glimpses of African Life.

Sisonke, after which the train is named, is one of the 11 district municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, situated in the south of the province and includes the southern most part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park, adjacent to Lesotho to the west and the Eastern Cape Province to the south.

The Sisonke region is home to over 18 amazing Trappist monasteries and cathedrals built at the turn of the nineteenth century. Centecow Mission in Creighton is one of the largest mission centres established by the Trappist brothers with other better known missions being Reichenau, Emmaus and Kavelear. Built in 1894 Emmaus Mission was the very last major achievement of Abbot Francis and currently an art gallery is being built to feature the work of Gerald Bhengu, an internationally recognized artist with his artwork featured in public and private collections both locally and abroad.

There is choice of a 1 night or 2 night journey. With 21 luxury, air-conditioned suites, which were previously fitted by Rovos, and a 42-seater dining carriage, this could definitely be a great incentive option.

The train is based at Creighton Station, approximately 2.5 hours drive from Durban.

Highlights of the 2 night programme include:

  • Off-train experience is based on story telling, local community entertainment and star gazing
  • Dinner, weather permitting, is held off the train in true “Out Of Africa” style or if inclement weather prevails, it will be on the train in the dining car
  • Visit to Sani Pass with lunch enjoyed on the “Roof of Lesotho” on the summit of Sani Pass

Highlights of the 1 night programme include:

  • Off-train experience is based on story telling, local community entertainment and star gazing
  • Dinner, weather permitting, is held off the train in true “Out Of Africa” style or if inclement weather prevails, it will be on the train in the dining car

Some interesting new developments  this month on the hotel front.

Following yesterday’s announcement of a new Park Inn hotel for Cape Town, Rezidor today announces the upscale Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park: The new built property featuring 120 rooms is scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q2 2013.

“This hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel within Kruger, and will clearly strengthen the Radisson Blu brand in South Africa”, said Rezidor’s President & CEO Kurt Ritter on the occasion of the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) in Johannesburg. “At the same time, it adds a new segment to our successful Radisson Blu portfolio: We manage city- and business hotels, airport properties, beach- and ski resorts, and are delighted to now announce our very first safari resort”, adds Ritter.

The Radisson Blu Safari Resort Kruger Park will be located within the southern border of the Kruger National Park – along the famous Crocodile River 10 kilometres from the Malelane Gate.  Besides 104 rooms and 16 suites with private terraces, the resort will offer an all day dining restaurant, a typical “Boma” (an outdoor dining and entertainment area), a cigar bar and a pool bar and terrace. For guests combining business and leisure, the Radisson Blu will have 5 conference rooms – leisure facilities will include 2 swimming pools, a spa- and wellness centre on 350 square meters, a gym, game viewing Crocodile River decks, a kids club and an environmental awareness centre.

Article courtesy of www.travelwires.com

I am the first to admit that it takes  a lot to impress me when it comes to hotels and venues. When I am, its always such a pleasant surprise. I attended the launch of one such a venue, Babylonstoren, in the Cape Winelands. The organisers, my good friened Joy from Rovos Rail, being one of them could not have asked for more perfect weather. Blue skies, bright sunshine all added to the magic. Upon arrival we were welcomed with home made ice cream and sage and orange iced tea… and serenaded by a sole accordian player. This set the scene for a relaxed and joyful day with old friends and industry players.

We were given some time to stroll through the 2.5 hectare, historical vegetable garden (dating back to 17thC), the clivia garden which contains 7000 clivia plants and the 14 cottages. Along the way we were treated further to plump strawberries and a delicious station serving roasted pecans, cheese, parma ham and probably best biltong I have ever had, and of course a lovely glass of chilled sauvignon blanc. The cottages are large and all look onto the formal gardens. The interiors are contemporary, with white and sandalwood being the dominant palette.

After a leisurely stroll we made our way to Babel Restaurant where we were treated to further delicacies, such as duck pancakes and plum sauce, marinated guava’s and delicious baguette sandwiches.

Babylonstoren the hotel opens officially in first week of December and the restaurant opens 10 November. I urge you to go take a look, stay a while and enjoy the magical atmosphere.

Solms-Delta is located 15km outside the village of Franschhoek in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the wine estate produces classical wines with a difference… In fact everything about Solms-Delta is different.

What we say: Lucy and I both agreed that this estate is offering something unique. The tours offer an interesting CSR component and the food, whilst not sampled, looks delicious, and with the Cape Malay twist – definitely something our clients will enjoy. The wine and food pairing is sufficient for a light lunch and extremely good value for money. For larger groups, there are 6 tours that we can rotate the group, depending on the interest, and the local musician adds a fun element. We heard him tuning up and he sounds great!

Fyndraai Restaurant has a very unique and local twist on popular Franschhoek restaurants. It offers a modern take on traditional Cape cuisine whilst showcasing the history of the area. For those wishing to picnic in the Cape Winelands, the estate offers appetising picnic baskets from Fyndraai restaurant with delicious vegetarian options. Contents typically include basil pesto marinated farm vegetables with chive crème fraiche; bacon and onion potato slaai with vinaigrette; smoked Franschhoek trout with caper berries and fresh cream, and chicken tandoori with cucumber and honey mustard yoghurt. Private picnic spots are spread out along the estate’s riverside forest.

The wine farm estate also features a museum that explores the slave heritage of the area, and six special interest guided wine farm tours that exceed the conventional wine tasting experience.

Cape Food and Wine Pairing Tour

A guided food and wine experience at Fyndraai, the farm’s restaurant in the old wine cellar. Experience the diverse culinary traditions of the Cape paired with eight Solms-Delta wines.

History, Archaeology and Wine Tour

Solms-Delta’s rich and bittersweet history is brought to life on this tour of archaeological sites, artifacts and gracious Cape Dutch buildings.

Social History and Wine Tour

Solms-Delta has been at the forefront of redressing the social and economic legacy of South Africa’s past. This moving tour highlights how the farm is improving quality of life for its residents.

Cape Music and Wine Tour

Learn about the development of Cape rural and vernacular music and experience demonstrations by the farm’s resident musicians of the beat, rhythm and dances that make it so unique.

Natural Heritage and Wine Tour

A wholesome walk through vineyards and indigenous forest along the Dwars River. Learn about our bird-life, historic trees and the farm’s developing culinary fynbos and renosterveld garden as well as its interesting viticultural practises.

Vineyards, Cellar and Wine Tour

From vine to wine, enjoy a guided experience that takes you through the vineyards to the secrets behind the cellar door, and finally to tasting the finished product – the award-wining Solms-Delta wines.

Fun Farm Walk & Wine

Something for the more energetic and fit! Escape from city life and take a 5km walk around the farm. Start off with a welcoming glass of our (low alcohol) Cape Jazz Shiraz – a celebratory stirrup cup! Then enjoy a brisk walk through the vineyards and along the beautiful Dwars River.

A Taste of our Food Heritage

The restaurant’s menu is a fusion of three culinary traditions of the Cape – it does not fuse or ‘re-invent’ these traditions, but rather allows you to experience them just as they would have been prepared in the past. Come and taste all three – authentic Boerekos, Cape Malay and Veldkos dishes.

Capacity: Restaurant 80 delegates / Picnic 150 delegates


Rhino Poaching Dream Team Launched

Poaching ‘dream team’ plans to hunt down poachers

A ‘dream team’ has been set up to track and shut down syndicates involved in illegal poaching. The team includes vehicle tracking company, Tracker, with one of its best field operatives, former Soweto Dog Unit member and Tracker law enforcement officer, Stroppie Grobbelaar, at the helm.

Grobbelaar’s back-up team will include intelligence agents as well as the eBlockwatch community network. Existing eBlockwatch members  can join the team by logging on to the eBlockwatch website, or new members can sign up and register at www.eblockwatch.co.za.
In particular, owners of game farms and those involved in conservation are being asked to sign up. Helicopter pilots, farm watch groups and game rangers are also needed, as eBlockwatch believes these people will be most instrumental in providing information that with help Stroppie and his team at Tracker hunt down the poachers.

Every email received with information will be captured and fed into eBlockwatch’s Memex software belonging to the Specialised Services Group. This will then be fed through to Stroppie and the ‘dream team’. Once poachers have been located, eBlockwatch members closest to them will receive an sms, asking them to help mobilise their security companies and networks to assist.

Lets hope this will go a long way to stopping this atrocity!!

Stay for 6 nights and only pay for 4 – you get 50% more.

This offer is available at the following lodges: &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge,&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, &Beyond Savute Under Canvas, &Beyond Moremi Under Canvas, &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas and &Beyond Matetsi Water Lodge.

Valid until 31 December 2010

Contact us for further information.

Stay for 6 nights and only pay for 4 – you get 50% more.

This offer is available at the following lodges: &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge,&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, &Beyond Savute Under Canvas, &Beyond Moremi Under Canvas, &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas and &Beyond Matetsi Water Lodge.

Valid until 31 December 2010

Contact us for further information.

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