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Grootbos included in NatGeo’s Unique Lodges of the World

Posted on Feb 10, 2015

Grootbos included in NatGeo’s Unique Lodges of the World

We are so proud to convey the announcement that our favorite lodge in the Western Cape, and indeed one of our favorites country wide, has been included in National Geographic’s new Unique Lodges of the World Collection. This collection showcases the best that the world’s best has to offer.  GROOTBOS emanates truly what is described on the Unique Lodges of the World website: “In spectacular places all over the world, we have...

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Good News on the Health Front!

Posted on Feb 9, 2015

Good News on the Health Front!

So, we have been having some good health news in Africa of late.  Yes, we still vaccinate our kids in this corner of the world, but it’s not the anti-vaxx debate that affects us here…. First to note is that the Ebola outbreak seems to be contained and the infection rate is showing a downward trend.  This is concurred by the Centre for Disease Control, Medicines Sans Frontiers and the World Health Organisation; and was reported in...

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Raising Rhino Awareness

Posted on Feb 6, 2015

Raising Rhino Awareness

Today I start an ongoing post highlighting the plight of our Rhinos.  I won’t begin with the statistics – that will come another time.  But we all know the scourge of poaching that is widespread in our region, drastically threatening the very survival of this ancient species. Rhinos can’t speak for themselves, so here is my contribution to a voice for them.  Small, but so is a mosquito… and have you ever tried to sleep...

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South Africa Cheaper than EVER Before!

Posted on Feb 6, 2015

South Africa Cheaper than EVER Before!

Yes, our currency has stabilized at the whoppingly low rate of 11.50 to the USDollar.  This is a full dollar less than it “lived at” over the past 2 years and, whilst we thought it may bounce back, it is now safe to say – after a considerable number of months –  that this is our new “homebase”. This exchange rate will go a long way to mitigating our annual price increases of approximately 10%, resulting in...

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15% Tax in Zimbabwe confirmed

Posted on Feb 6, 2015

15% Tax in Zimbabwe confirmed

In response to the below post, originally published in June last year, Zimbabwe has confirmed the implementation of 15% VAT on tourism services – particularly accommodation. Whilst this is unwelcome news for the tourism industry, there is little-to-nothing we can do about it!  We hope all our partners bear with us through this price-hike period. On a better note… The Rand -Dollar exchange rate has been dropping steadily for some...

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