City Guides

The bustling city of Kinshasa and all it has to offer

It’s my first visit to Kinshasa and the drive into the heart of the city is an exhilarating experience. The smell of fresh produce from the teeming markets and chicken grilling on charcoal fires is sporadically overpowered by the sweet, rotten stench of mountainous piles of garbage and acrid exhaust fumes. The constantly heavy traffic further announces itself in an unending cacophony of tooting horns. The sky is bruised and the air is heavy and humid and there is a dense sea of bodies and battered vehicles all around us. Many of the buildings are either unfinished or on…
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The bustling city of Kinshasa and all it has to offer

Plan a ladies’ budget mini-break with this R99 shuttle service

Sometimes ladies just need a mini-break from their daily routine and to hang out with the girls. The good news is that Cape Town and its surrounding areas offer magical day trips that won’t break budgets. Cape Comoot, a newly launched transport service offers one-way trips from Greenmarket Square to Cape Point or Franschhoek for R99. The return trip also costs R99.

Co-founder of Cape Comoot Yolandie Le Grange says: “Reasonably priced and safe access to places like Cape Point and Franschhoek is lacking. With tourism being seen as the next mining boom for South Africa, it is important that…
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Plan a ladies’ budget mini-break with this R99 shuttle service

Ten reasons to visit Bangkok

From its bustling streets to its spiralling high-rise buildings, the City of Angels never ceases to thrill and captivate. Unlike other cities, Bangkok has traditional charm. It’s the contrast of both ancient and modern that makes this city unique. Whether you are on a budget or simply planning an exotic holiday with your friends, these Bangkok experiences will fascinate you.

1. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Bangkok’s visitors never seem to get enough of the glitz and glamour and glitter of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha ie Wat Pho. The Buddha is made out of solid cement, covered with gold…
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Ten reasons to visit Bangkok

Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city

The sun sinks into the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean as the growing flow of traffic slowly creeps through bustling downtown Dar es Salaam. Bedraggled side streets start to clear of mama-lishes, roughly translated as “the mothers who feed”, who sell chapattis, maize cobs and mandazi (sweet, fired doughnuts sold in small plastic sachets).

The jam-packed dala dalas (colourful minibuses) create extra lanes beside the sidewalks, hooting and honking to announce their presence as they vie for passengers.

Nestled in a natural harbour, what was once a tiny town scattered with casuarina trees has grown into a jumble of…
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Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city

How to make the most of your time in these stopover destinations

The prospect of a long-haul flight may be daunting for many, as your journey could take hours upon hours. Added to that, are the layovers along your journey that leave you feeling somewhat in limbo at a foreign airport, that’s not quite part of your picture-perfect holiday. But with layovers that extend longer than 4 hours – which are known as stopovers and are considerably cheaper than direct flight tickets – you can actually make the most of your time in the “no man’s land” you’re flight will be connecting in by exploring the region.

Plan your stopover itineraries and…
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How to make the most of your time in these stopover destinations

Forget the French Alps – ski in Africa

When you think of skiing, faraway destinations come to mind, from the French Alps to Aspen in America. Yet surprisingly, there are many places closer to home in some unexpected regions that are as pristine as the best skiing resorts in the world.

Here are five destinations in Africa you should consider to go skiing in.

Morocco

It may be hard to believe that snow falls in this North African country, or that it does so to the extent that Morocco can offer a winter activity such as skiing – but it does. The Atlas Mountains stretch 2,500km across the Maghreb region – which includes countries such…
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Forget the French Alps – ski in Africa