I am privileged to live in Jeffreys Bay, one of the world’s greatest surf destinations. However, living here does not mean that I cannot fulfil your every travel need, even if you’re on the other side of the globe!
My clients are my first priority; it is of utmost importance that they receive excellent, personalised and friendly service at all times. Travel Counsellors allows me to focus on your needs, giving me the opportunity to provide you with the service you deserve.
I specialise in group and leisure travel. I have been working as a travel consultant since 1994, 25 years!! Having travelled extensively throughout the years, I can with confidence call myself a travel specialist.
Having travelled to 40 amazing countries across the globe, travel truly is in my blood. I can’t wait to share my knowledge and experience with you, to ensure that your journey becomes a dream holiday. It’s a wild world out there; let’s explore it together!
I am flexible to meet when and where it best suits you, and look forward to becoming your personal Travel Counsellor.
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
Sent in by Desiree Botha
Port Elizabeth, 19 September 2019
I can contact Margot any time, during the day or night. She is always willing to assist. Before your departure she sends you a message to ensure that you are familiar with your travel arrangements. After your travels Margot will check in to find out if everything went well.
Sent in by Peter DuToit
STRATHAVEN, 06 September 2019
I can not thank Margot enough for her dedication and customer service. Margot managed to organise our whole Dubai and South African experience. Her expertise and dedication ensured that we had a fabulous and carefree holiday. I can not recommend her highly enough.
Sent in by Chantelle Blume
Hankey, 26 August 2019
Sent in by Kim Scribante
Port Elizabeth, 26 August 2019
Excellent, efficient and speedy service from Margot. She is a wonderful travel agent!
Sent in by Linda Szuhanyi
Elizabeth, 22 July 2019
Thank you Margot! We had the most fabulous tailor-made holiday in Turkey. I sent an email, with only a basic outline, within hours I was called, we chatted, nailed down some details, and within hours I had options... once I'd chosen a destination, within 3 days I had a full quote and itinerary in my inbox - Margot had really listened, and knew exactly what we wanted - I was blown away! From the 1st email to the final booking - efficient, hassle-free service with a smile. Whilst away, we could relax, knowing that Margot was only a WhatsApp away, should we need anything... And yes, we called, and yes, she sorted it out quickly and with a smile. This fabulous lady even did our on-line check-in and sent us our boarding passes (for every single flight!). Amazing attention to detail - Efficient, Reliable, Pleasant... I could go on. We felt so safe making this booking - the entire experience, from that first call until we returned was a pleasant one. She even sorted out our travel insurance! I have travelled extensively, and I have never received service like this... I will certainly be calling on Margot again and have absolutely no hesitation recommending her to my friends and family (People who know me, know that you have to be truly exceptional for me to endorse your services) Thank you again for helping me give my kids memories to last a lifetime... We'll be back xx
Sent in by Melanie Peasnell
Port Elizabeth , 16 July 2019
This was my first trip to an exotic island and I did not know where to begin. All I knew was that I wanted to go to Zanzibar. I emailed Margot who promptly phoned me and discussed my ideas of what I expected from my island holiday. From that discussion she sent me options to choose from and once we decided, she gathered all the info we needed, she booked my flights. She gave us accommodations options. She advised us on payments, visas, insurances and everything else I did not even think of. She checked us in on our flights, and she went out of her way to get the seats that we wanted. At the resort we got a beautiful little note on our bed from Margot wishing us a lovely holiday. She checked us in again for our journey home. Thank you Margot for making it the relaxing holiday that I had wished for. I will definitely only travel on your advice and tell everybody I know that they should only book through you. You made my holiday happen.
Sent in by Marinda Peeters
Jeffreys Bay, 20 June 2019
We spent 10 wonderful days in the vibrant Country of Ireland. From flying in with Virgin Atlantic, renting a super little car to spending some awesome time in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Wexford, our trip was just fantastic. There were no hiccups at any time. All our hotels were really spectacular and perfectly situated for the best experience in each city. And Margot made it all possible. We are already planning the next trip and we will soon be notifying Margot of our intentions. This is the second time that Margot has arranged our overseas trip and she will always be our No. 1 choice of travel consultant in the future. Thank you, Margot! Pail & Marinda Peeters
Sent in by Celeste De la Mare-Johnson
Port Elizabeth, 06 June 2019
We’ve been booking holidays through Margot since 2002. Her attention to detail is meticulous, & results in wonderfully relaxing get-aways. We know that each aspect of our holiday (from flights, through transfers & hotels) will flow smoothly thanks to her thorough planning. We are kept up to date at each stage of the process, and always feel that Margot has a personal interest in our enjoyment and satisfaction. She consistently provides a variety of suggestions to suit our requirements, & widen our choices. There is always a little extra surprise to show that she really cares. Margot - you are a true professional, & we are blessed to have you as “Our Travel Counsellor”!
Sent in by Louise Knight
Jeffreys Bay, 23 April 2019
Margot's email asks 'Did my service make you smile?' Well, no. That would be too simple a response. Recently I again used a restaurant I'd used for a function in the past because I got a sense that they partnered with me to ensure the success of my function. This is the exact same sense I get from Margot's service. Through fundamental and consistent wonderful client service and in dozens of small significant details, I feel as though Margot partners with me on each of my business trips to ensure that I can function to the best of my ability without having to worry and stress over travel details. It is an immense relief for me to rely on her efficiency and excellence when travelling, knowing that her service will always mean that I can relax and perform my job at my best. Margot continually goes the extra mile. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Sent in by Estelle Van Zyl
Jeffreys Bay, 17 April 2019
I have received outstanding service and support from Margot Speed and will recommend her to anybody . Estelle & Simone van Zyl
Sent in by Tania Cremore
Port Elizabeth, 11 January 2019
Margot is simply the best! We stayed in Singapore and Bali for 14 nights over December. She gave us excellent hotel recommendations and arranged everything from transfers to flight check-ins. It was a lovely surprise when we received a card and chocolates from her in our hotel room upon our arrival in Singapore. She stayed in continued contact via whatsapp to ensure everything was running smoothly. Margot you are a star and I will recommend you to anyone planning a trip abroad. Thank you so much!
Sent in by Mark van Antwerp
Johannesburg, 03 January 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our Family break. Margot organised our trip very professionally and gave good recommendations on where to stay, what to see and how to get around. We visited the beautiful cities of Rome, Pompeii, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Milan in Italy; Zurich and Lucerne in Switzerland for our White Christmas and London & Wokingham in the UK. Thanks Margot.
Sent in by Janine Du Preez
Patensie, Eastern Cape, 12 November 2018
Uitstekende diens ontvang! Alles wat goed gereël, Margot het ons die heeltyd updated gehou oor die progress, vriendelik en so behulpsaam. Margot stap die ekstra myl vir haar kliënte. Sy het ‘n Sondagaand 17:00 iets uitgesorteer wat nie haar skuld was terwyl ons in Texas was. In Mexiko Stad het sy soos altyd flink opgetree en kon sy ons vlugte aangepas kry. Geen beter Travel Counsellor as Margot, en gaan haar verseker weer gebruik op ons volgende vakansie. Ek kan haar hoogs aanbeveel!!
Sent in by Deidre Rautenbach
Patensie, Eastern Cape, 25 October 2018
We had a wonderful time in Mauritius. Margot organized everything and there where no misunderstandings or problems. Everything from our online check in to our taxi ride to and from the airport in Mauritius was organized for us by Margot. We even had a nice welcome letter in our room upon arrival from her just to make us feel welcome. I felt like that if there was a problem that Margot would just appear out of nowhere to sort it out. Luckily we didn't have problems at all. We never felt nervous or scared because she was just a WhatsApp away. She gave us a little travel gift when I went to fetch our travel documents from her and even organized for us to sit in the business lounge for free while we were waiting for our connecting flight in Johannesburg. I would highly recommend Margot Speed to be used as your next travel consultant as it was a breeze working with her. I will definitely only use Margot Speed as a travel consultant when I decide to go on my next adventure. Thank you Margot.
Sent in by Tarryn Durant
PE, 01 October 2018
Thank you for everything. Margot organised a lovely holiday in a short period of time. Hotel, flights and everything inbetween was great.
Sent in by Aubrey Taylor
Port Elizabeth, 19 September 2018
Just a short note to say a very big THANK YOU to Margot, for all the organising of flights etc. and assistence that you gave us during our visit to Cape Town! Your integrity, friendliness and organising ability is outstanding and very much appreciated. The seats on the flight back to Port Elizabeth were especially great, thank you. Kind regards, Aubrey Taylor
Sent in by Joanne Reen
Port Elizabeth , 21 August 2018
Margot was exceptional as she ensured all out requirements were met in terms of tourists attractions being close by etc. and also for customising our travel arrangements. She is well recommended as a travel agent.
Sent in by Wilmien Kotze
Bloemfontein, 19 June 2018
Margot arranged our recent trip to Europe, and wow - what a great, professional service she delivers! I have travelled abroad previously, but this was the first time I have made use of Margot's services. Now I realise what quality of service I have missed out on in the past! From the get-go, Margot was hands-on, friendly and extremely helpful. Her responses were always quick and she was willing to answer all our questions (I'm sure if I had asked her to help plan my outfits for the vacation, she would've gladly given advice!) It has been such a pleasure to work with her, especially because I have come to completely trust her and the advice she gives, she is on top of everything else. I would recommend Margot to anyone, any day, for any trip. She will be my first phone call when I start planning my next trip, without a doubt!
Sent in by Pamela Brown
Southbroom , 16 March 2018
Excellent attention to detail always a happy voice on the phone. Giving you confidence in the assurance of personal and quality attention.
Sent in by Natasha de Froe
Port Elizabeth, 15 March 2018
In 2015 my husband was planning our honeymoon and found a gem – Margot! Since then we have never looked back. We have travelled to Thailand and Zanzibar and both trips were arranged by Margot. Amazing and stress-free! Margot assisted us with absolutely everything, from beginning to end - even did our online bookings and arranged our shuttles. All we had to do was be calm, ready and look forward to our holiday – how awesome is that. Margot is truly the best. She is just a call away should you require anything. Her service and response is excellent. She definitely goes over and beyond. I highly recommend Margot to anyone who would like to enjoy a stress free holiday. The travel bug has bitten us and we will most definitely use Margot for all our future travel arrangements WOW! What excellent service! Well done!
Sent in by Michael Rowley
Port Elizabeth, 06 March 2018
I was introduced to Margot Speed through a mutual friend who had dealt with her many times in the past. My first holiday which she planned for me was to Phuket & Koh Samui. Right from the word go, I found Margot to be extremely efficient in every aspect. She listened to what I wanted, offered suggestions due to her vast knowledge of travel & reported back with different options. I had to make quite a few changes but never once felt that it was a problem. She works long hours to ensure that her customers are always kept informed. She is always polite & has a very pleasant disposition. I have just booked through her again with a group of friends for a trip to Zanzibar & it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with her. I have no hesitation in recommending her as a travel agent.
Sent in by Cara Thuynsma
Pretoria, 02 March 2018
Working with Margot was absolutely lovely. She is warm and friendly, and really tried to give us accommodation options that reflect our personal wants and needs. Even when I contacted her after--hours, she never made me feel like I was intruding or bothering her. She managed to book our honeymoon within a very limited time frame, and she made me feel special along every step of the way! I would recommend her services to anyone, and I will definitely make use of her services again in the future!
Sent in by Cindy Jones
Port Elizabeth, 23 January 2018
Margo was so efficient and friendly and when we had a cancelled flight due to a cyclone she helped us thoughout the process which was a great stress relief! We highly recommend Margo and will definitely be back! Thank you.
Sent in by Kirsten Zank
Jeffreys Bay, 14 November 2017
Margot, you walked the extra mile for us to ensure that we had the best time during our holidays. It started with you listening to exactly what we were looking for, and this continued during the entire booking process, the way you provided the tickets, the little thoughtful presents - that ensured that we had a perfect stay. After our long journey, we found a personal letter in our room, it was so welcoming and sweet. All was perfect and provided with great professionality and a big heart. Thanks for everything!
Sent in by Debbie Slabbert
Jeffreys Bay, 07 July 2017
I have no reservations in recommending the travel services of Margot Speed. I received professional service at all times. She always dedicated her time and attention to me exclusively during consultations. I always felt Margot had our best interests at heart and it was easy to develop a trust in her. Although she considered our preferences at all times, she did make valuable recommendations and alternative suggestions. Every detail of our travel was well organised. We sincerely appreciated the extra mile that she went to when booking us on our flights and re-confirming our accommodation before we arrived. These details made it all plain-sailing and did not go by un-noticed.
Sent in by Marinda Peeters
Jeffreys Bay, 24 May 2017
Margot is the bomb! All our travel arrangements were fantastic, from airline seats to hotel reservations. We never experienced any problems during our visit to Paris and Belgium. She kept me informed and updated at all times with clever little tips to make our travel easier. She is highly recommended and we will definitely make use of her services for future travels. An absolute star! Thank you Margot!
Sent in by Lindsay Timm
Port Alfred, 13 March 2017
Margot is a brilliant travel consultant - she is knowledgeable and very efficient - she is always available to answer questions and help in anyway. Margot gets the best deals on flights with great advice on travel. Margot is the only travel agent our family will use.
Sent in by Jolene Ferreira
Jeffreys Bay, 10 March 2017
WOW, I was set in charge of organizing a trip to Bali for a group of 8 people (me included) and I immediately thought of Margot. Having done trips with my family before, where my mother had planned through Margot, I knew it would be the best option. We are now going to Bali in November, for the price we budgeted for and what's even better is we got everything we had asked for, from breakfast to 4 star hotels, flights to transfers and the preferred dates of travel. My boyfriend joins on the trip to Bali, and he now has her number for the honeymoon plans which are obviously in his hands! He was so impressed, along with the rest of the group. Thanks Margot for continuous updates on quotes, your 24 hour service and availability and the very successful trip planned for us! I look so forward to this one and the rest to come!
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04 June 2019
On my recent trip to Antigua in May 2019 I had the pleasure of Flying Virgin Atlantic for the first time. I could not believe it had taken me so long to fly on them. One the way to Antigua I was lucky enough to experience their Premium Economy Product and I was really impressed. The seats were comfortable, it had its own cabin that was so nice and quiet. The food was truly amazing. I ate the beast chicken dish ever on a plane on this flight, Chicken Teriyaki! I was blown away! You get priority security clearance...
04 June 2019
I had another first on a recent trip to London. I finally got to fly with Qatar Airways. I have sold this airline so many times and I was excited to experience it for myself. I flew economy class from Johannesburg to Doha to London Gatwick. It was a comfortable flight and the service of the crew was great. They cleaned the toilets frequently, it seemed every 5 minutes, and they were in the cabin the whole night coming past with drinks or snacks. I could not fault them. Hamad International Airport made a good impression! It is modern, clean, with wide...
04 June 2019
I was blessed to win an incentive trip to Antigua with Travel Counsellors and I travelled there in May 2019. Lets start off by saying that my happy place is to be in warm turquoise waters, and it was amazing! Antigua & Barbuda is located in the Caribbean so the climate is amazing and it is the island with the least rainfall in the area, so this is a good place to visit most of the year. Here, most things are priced in US Dollars and the people that I met were all so welcoming and friendly. I got to experience a...
06 December 2018
I finally got to visit Namibia & Botswana in November 2018 and I loved every moment of the trip. We flew from Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg to Kasane. After the 2 nights on the Princess we went to the Ichingo Lodge for a night. To view my blog on the Chobe Princess visit https://bit.ly/2rjXd94. We got to visit the Zambezi Queen which is 5 Star luxury. She was full so we could not stay on her. The Queen has 14 lovely cabins and can take 28 people. This takes it to the next level and is nice if there are only...
05 December 2018
I was excited to finally get to Botswana & Namibia and to experience it in such a special way. We flew with SA Airlink from Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg to Kasane in Botswana. The flights were all pleasant, it was a nice aircraft, great staff and food. The Kasane Airport was renovated a year ago and it is so modern and well organised. We were met by Ernest and then went down to the river to clear immigrations to head off to Botswana before getting on a tender, crossing the river and clearing immigrations for Namibia. The river is...
03 June 2018
I got to see several new hotels and revisit others which have changed a lot from my last visit to Mauritius. I thought I would share a few on them but please contact me to discuss any of these or other hotels in detail. Shanti Maurice – I spent the night at the 5 Star Deluxe property which is located in the south and it has 122 rooms. It is a lovely relaxed property with lots of space and perfect for clients who like a spa. 25 rooms offering Oriental, Indian and Natural Bio options. Stunning long beach,...
08 May 2018
I was recently lucky enough to win 2 nights at Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek and thought I would share a little about this lovely hotel. On we arrival had a wonderful friendly welcome, porterage and parking of our car. We then got offered a welcome drink of wine, soft drink or champagne while our luggage was taken to our room. Well, what can I say the champagne was great and so was the view while sipping it. The next bit of good news was that the open bathroom did have an electronic blind that came down...
11 April 2018
I work with a wonderful travel franchise company and we had our annual conference onboard the MSC Sinfonia cruise to Mozambique in March 2018 for 3 nights. I LOVE cruising, and this was my 4th cruise but it has been 17 years since my last cruise, so it was definitely time to cruise again. We cruised from Durban to the Portuguese Island just off Maputo in Mozambique. MSC has created a lovely beach area with a great set up for you to enjoy the day and the warm waters. Travel Counsellors had organized a Survivor Game challenge for us whilst...
15 December 2017
Are you looking for somewhere off the beaten track, an active holiday? Why not consider Borneo as it ticks all those boxes. It is the largest island in Asia and shared by 3 nations – Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Malaysian corner of the island is the most popular and made of the provinces Sarawak and Sabah. It is known for its wildlife including clouded leopards and orangutans. The beaches and rainforest are also a great reason to visit Borneo. A virtual paradise on earth for anyone who shares a love for plants, wildlife, and adventure. Kota Kinabalu is the...
20 November 2017
When Ireland comes to mind, I think of green pastures, rugged cliffs and the lovely musical Irish accent. It is a beautiful island steeped in history and well worth a visit. You can’t truly experience Ireland without tasting a good single malt whiskey, trying haggis, drinking a Guinness and spending the night in a local Irish pub joining a singalong. The good news is that South African citizens with a valid passport do not require a visa for entry into the Republic of Ireland but must be able to convince the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry that they have...
12 October 2017
This is one of my favourite kinds of holidays and I have been lucky enough to do 3 cruises. I have cruised to the Portuguese Islands in Mozambique for 3 nights, the Caribbean for 7 nights and the Mediterranean for 10 nights. Here are some of the reasons why cruise holidays are so popular: You don’t waste time getting from A to B, the journey is part of the holiday and you are not stuck in a seat on a plane, train or bus. You can have loads of fun while you move between ports. Unpack once, settle in your cabin while...
14 September 2017
Cambodia is in Southeast Asia and has Thailand, Laos & Vietnam as neighbors. This lends itself to fascinating history as it was devastated by decades of war but there are positive signs of economic revival and it is a good time to visit this beautiful country. You can visit throughout the year, according to your preferences in terms of weather, and tourist populations. The dry season is from November to April and it is a good time to consider going even though it will be very hot. Khmer food includes noodles, grilled meat/fish, fried food, curries, soups, salads, desserts, many vegetables,...
06 August 2017
Cuba was trapped in a time warp for many years. They are however busy opening up their borders, when they are fully open this will result in the world pouring in, so now is the best time to visit. Did you know that it is the largest island in the Caribbean, with 109 884 square kilometers? June is the hottest & wettest month and January the coldest, so depending on your preference for heat and humidity you can choose the perfect time for you to visit. The best currencies to take to Cuba are the Euro, British Pound or the Canadian...
10 July 2017
East meets West in Dubai and whether you are looking for a quick stopover on your way to Europe, America and Australasia, or a holiday on its own, Dubai fits the bill. Who would have thought that a shopping mall is one of the best tourist attractions in a city? You must experience Mall of the Emirates. Nowhere else will you find 5 ski runs, ski school, penguin encounters or the snow bullet in a shopping mall. The Dubai Mall has 1200 stores a giant aquarium and under-water zoo, an indoor theme park, Olympic-sized ice rink and a genuine...
26 June 2017
Train travel brings back childhood memories of my first trip from Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage as a very young child with my grandmother, I was beside myself with excitement. I have subsequently done a few short train trips including up the Jungfrau Mountain on a cog railway and enjoyed them all. There are several epic train journeys to go on if you want the train trip to be the highlight of your holiday. The Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer, this has spectacular scenery while you journey from Vancouver to Jasper. The Venice Simplon – Orient Express has you travel from...
19 June 2017
I was privileged to visit Madagascar in June, and it was an eye opener. Birding and nature enthusiasts, this is the place you must visit! The best time for birding is between September and November, during the breeding season. Isalo, Spiney Forest and Zombitse are good places to go for birding. It is a big island, you need to fly to see a lot in a brief time. North to south is 1580 km, and east to west 590 km. It is a vast island with many national parks and I could merely get a taste of the island...
10 May 2017
Vietnam is becoming a popular holiday destination and it is on my bucket list. Located in Southeast Asia it is bordered by China, Laos and Cambodia. It has a coast line stretching 2500 km from North to South, so the climate varies. This makes deciding on the best time to travel a bit tricky. You would need to see where you are spending the most time but as an indication an appropriate time is from November to April in most regions. R1= Vietnamese Dong 1 678 roughly and to give you an idea a coke cost VND10 734 so about...
28 March 2017
Singapore is more than just a stopover destination as there is so much to do and see in this fascinating city. It is called the garden city due to its 300 parks, 4 nature reserves and a primary rain forest in the city center. It is the cleanest city I have visited and I really enjoyed the 7 days I spent there. It is kept clean with many laws, so make sure to follow them or there will be fines to be paid. It is hot and humid all year round with daily brief rain showers. It is simple to get...
16 February 2017
I am privileged to have toured this amazing country 4 times and I could go back tomorrow. If you are looking for natural beauty, history, architecture, great pizza, good beer and fantastic ice cream, then Croatia is the perfect place for you. Plitvice National Park is 295 square km of forest reserve with 16 terraced lakes, limestone canyons and waterfalls. Walk through different sections of the park enjoying lovely scenery and crystal clear water. You decide how long or far you want to walk and there...
18 January 2017
A true shopper won’t let the rate of exchange put them off but I thought I would give you some suggestions for good value for money shopping destinations. Vietnam is becoming a popular holiday destination, value for money in all aspects combined with fascinating history and great food If you are looking for tailor-made clothes and shoes this is where you should go. The best high-end shopping is Dong Khoi Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Thailand is a great test of your bargaining skills, once again fabulous for tailor-made dresses or suits, handbags and accessories. If you are...
06 December 2016
Now days most people have android or iPhones and here are some really handy apps to use when travelling. WiFox allows users around the world to add password information from airports and share it with other users. The app displays available Wi-Fi hotspots on a map. Users can then click on their desired hotpot and the app will display all its information, including the password. Pocket First Aid and CPR gives you instructions for first aid and it can also save your medical information to be able to access this information safe. City Maps 2Go, this app lets you save comprehensive,...
06 December 2016
Yes, I really did go back to Mauritius for the 6th time, but of course it was for work. I mean somebody has to inspect all the hotels. I spent 4 days on this magic island inspecting 11 hotels, from 3 Star to 5 Star deluxe and I loved every minute of it. Although it was a flying visit, it is the kind of place that you relax as soon as you set foot on the island. I would like to give you snapshot on only the 5 hotels I spent the night in. I also visited the following hotels so...
16 November 2016
I was lucky enough to visit Russia a couple of years ago, and found it a fascinating country which I did not know a lot about. A South African passport holder needs a visa to visit Russia. The Russian currency is rubles. Currently R1 = 4.39 rubles. The US dollar and Euro is preferable to exchange when there. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, so it is better to have some cash in your pocket. It is best to change money at a bank rather than in the streets. Did you know that Russia is the largest...
31 October 2016
I got this lovely feedback from a client of mine who recently returned from a trip to America. My clients stayed in Orlando at the 3 Star - Disney's All Star Movie in New York and at the 4 Star - The Westin New York Grand Central in Washington and at the 3 Star Courtyard Washington DC/US Capitol. Take a look what my clients had to say about their family holiday. We LOVED our trip. It was really enjoyable and we had a fantastic time as a family. The flights to Orlando were all non-eventful and went quickly with the main flight being...
31 October 2016
This is part 2 of the feedback from a client who recently visited America, please start on part 1 :) Friday 30 Sep 16 We went to Hollywood Studio’s, it is really interesting and was an unexpected surprise! We rode the Aerosmith crazy roller coaster and watched the Indiana Jones stunt show, we all went through the Hollywood experience ride, and we we took photos with some of the Disney Characters like Donald & Daisy. We ended the day and chilled at the hotel pool. We had an early night after having fel that we had accomplished everything we could at Disney...
13 October 2016
Zanzibar is the number one beach location in East Africa. It is a wonderful island with tropical beaches and a fascinating culture. South African passport holders do not need a visa and you no longer need a yellow fever inoculation, just be aware of the malaria risk. The indigenous language is Swahili but English is widely spoken and understood. Currently R1 = TZS159. It is a few degrees south of the equator and therefore a tropical climate. July through to October are ideal months as the average temperatures is 25 degrees and it is dry and breezy. November and December...
23 September 2016
Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and it is a great stopover destination on your way to Australia, New Zealand or Thailand but it is such a lovely city that one can really stay longer. South African passport holders don't need a visa, English is widely spoken, the Singapore Dollar costs roughly R9.95, there are daily direct flights and no health requirements. Singapore is one of the world’s greenest cities with over half the land area (approximately 700 km) covered with lush forests. It is the cleanest city that I have visited and they keep it that way...
12 July 2016
Everyone has their own idea of what is an adventurous holiday and that is the best thing about it. You can decide what your adventure will be and fit it to your fitness level. It is a myth that it is just for the young and extremely fit. Cycling holidays – pick the country and I can probably put together a cycling holiday for you. It might be totally organised where you are booked to sleep somewhere every night and they transport your bags, totally free and you carry everything with you or combine cruising with cycling on...
09 June 2016
Here are a few tips, some shared by some of my Travel Counsellor colleagues, to make your travel experience more pleasant. Tip 1: When you are packing your toiletries, unscrew the lids and cover each opening with a small piece of cling film before screwing the lid back on to prevent spillages. Tip 2: Always pack a change of clothes in your hand luggage in case your checked luggage goes missing you have something to change into so you can wash the ones you were wearing. Some other handy items to pack in your hand luggage are: toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, moisturiser, lip balm...
08 April 2016
Still great shopping to be found... It depends on what you are looking for but there are still some destinations around the world that offer fabulous shopping, even with the state of the South African Rand. One of the firm favourites is the Dubai Shopping Festival. It is from 1 January to 1 February 2017, so you plan ahead to get the best flight prices for next year. It is not only shopping but a lot of events and activities also on offer. It is held across the entire city. South Africans will need a visa for Dubai. The Singapore Great Shopping...
17 March 2016
Why it is a good idea to use a travel agent It seems that everyone thinks they can do the work of a travel agent now days even the supermarket tellers. Would you really trust booking an airline ticket at a supermarket or doing it yourself online? When doing it all yourself would you know what the minimum connecting times are between flights? Or whether you are allowed to transit a country without a visa and for how long? Or if you need a visa for your final destination? Would you know what paperwork you need for a child to travel...
10 March 2016
This was a popular weekend getaway in days gone by. I am sure a lot of you visited Lourenco Marques, now Maputo, or heard your parents talk about it. It was a way to get the European experience in Africa. Things have changed since then but Mozambique is still a popular getaway for South Africans. It is rich in Portuguese, Indian and Colonial heritage. If looking for the total relaxing beach break it is perfect. The capital is Maputo and the currency is the Mozambican Metical. You get roughly 3 MZN for 1 Rand. The best time to travel is between...
05 February 2016
Looking for a weekend getaway? Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and it is a little gem of a place to visit. You can access the falls from either country and South African passports don’t need a visa if staying less than 30 days. Zambia uses Kwacha as its currency and Zimbabwe any foreign currency. The rainy season is from December to April and for this reason the best time to get the falls when it is in full flood is during Feb to May. Aside from just visiting and walking around the park where the falls can...
08 October 2015
You can now fly direct from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Windhoek or Walvis Bay and hire a car if you are not wanting to drive from South Africa. You don’t need a visa when travelling for tourism and the Namibian Dollar is equivalent to the South African Rand. Namibia is big and there are so many amazing choices of places to see and things to do. Windhoek has a castle where you can see some of the colonial heritage. Go on a township tour of Katurua. Play golf at the Windhoek Country Club or spin the wheel in...
17 September 2015
High on the bucket list for dream holidays is Disney, it does not matter if you are a child or a child at heart, it is a lovely holiday. There are currently 5 Disney Resorts with number 6 due to open in 2016. Keep in mind that children should be over 132cm height to go on some of the bigger rides in the parks. Each park offers variations but covers attractions, rides, shopping, dining and entertainment. The best time to visit is a Tues – Thurs as this is when you get the least amount of people. The benefit will...
31 August 2015
I was privileged to be invited to go inspect some hotel properties in Mauritius in August 2015. It was lovely to be back on this special island, as it has been at least 10 years since my last visit. This was my 5th time and I am ready to go back again. I was pleasantly surprised by how modern and efficient the new airport is. I recall the painful experience of the last trips being stuck at the old airport for a couple of hours due to weather. There was no air-conditioning and barely a duty free area. If it...
06 July 2015
Here are a few suggestions to make travelling easier. Make sure that you do your check in online before departure, this will help you get a good seat and there is much less chance of being off-loaded if the flight is overbooked. It normally opens within 24 hours of each flight departure time and can close up to 3 hours before departure. Take a photo of your bag with your phone so you can easily give a description if lost and it shows what it looked like before the trip in case there is damage caused by the airline. Check your baggage to...
04 May 2015
As of 01 June 2015 South Africa’s new immigration regulations for passengers travelling with minors will come into effect. Under the new law, all minors (children under the age of 18 years) will be required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering South African ports of entry. In cases where the Unabridged Birth Certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned. Children travelling with only one parent When a child...
29 April 2015
Multi-Generational Travel There is no better way to spend a holiday than with all your family. Multi-Generational travel has become very popular with grandparents joining their children and grandchildren on holiday. When planning a trip it is important to make sure that the holiday is special for all ages. The most important is that the children are happy which means the parents and grandparents are going to be happy. Here are some wonderful destinations and trip types for families travelling together. Disney: This will be a holiday none of you will ever forget. You can go to Paris, Hong Kong or Los Angeles for...
31 March 2015
Lying off the east coast of Mozambique, Madagascar is the 4th biggest island after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. Due to its isolation lots of its mammals, birds and plants exist nowhere else in the world. When I think of Madagascar I think of eco-tourism. The capital is Antananarivo, better known as Tana and is located in the highlands. The currency is Madagascan Ariary and 1 South African Rand = 223 Ariary. The best time of the year to visit Madagascar is probably September - November after the cool, dry winter but before the hot rainy season. Cyclone season is February...
05 March 2015
Recent changes to take note of if travelling domestically or internationally Hand Baggage with all airlines as of 01 Feb '15 The new hand luggage regulations restrict economy class carry-ons to a single piece with a maximum weight of 7kg and within specified dimensions (36cm x 23cm x 56cm) along with either a handbag or a slim-line laptop bag. Business Class passengers are allowed two bags within the regulated dimensions and either a handbag or slim-line laptop bag. Regulations require that all hand luggage exceeding the specifications will have to be checked in. This enforcing of this will be done by ACSA and you...
12 December 2014
It’s that time of year again when the work grinds to a halt as the masses head out on holiday. However, for those heading oversees, data roaming charges are a genuine concern. Before boarding that plane, take a look at what software expert Opera Software’s top ten tips for saving on data roaming charges. 1. Before you leave, check with your regular mobile operator to see if they offer international roaming packages, which can give you huge savings on data. 2. Switch to a browser that shrinks down webpages. If you load fewer megabytes, you'll save...
25 November 2014
Cruising is a great holiday; everyone should try it at least once. There are so any benefits of cruising; here are a few of them. 1 You unpack once, settle in and get to see so many different places. 2 They offer full board, so you don’t need to budget for meals 3 Most offer beverage and excursion packages so all can be booked and paid in advance so you know what your spend will be. 4 You can get to know people from all over the world, there is time to chat and meet people at dinner or around the pool 5 There are so many different activities on-board, depending...
02 July 2014
Have you ever considered an active holiday? Whether it is with a group of friends, a couple or a family holiday, this is one of the best holidays you can imagine. I had the pleasure of organising a lovely trip for a group of friends last year and they had such a wonderful time on their holiday that the same group is planning another cycling trip in Europe in 2015 and are doing the Orange River Canoe trip this year. Active holidays are the way to go! Alongside the Blue Danube lies the renowned and most famous cycling path in...
17 April 2014
Passports: Most countries require your passport to be valid for at least 6 months after you return to South Africa, but some even 1 year. You can no longer get an emergency passport and a normal passport taxes at least 3 weeks to obtain. Some airlines require the passport information in order to issue the airline ticket. So please check your passport every year and make sure it is up to date. Visas: All the Schengen countries now require that you appear in person to have your fingerprints taken. You need to have bought your airline ticket and booked and paid...
14 April 2014
Istanbul, Turkey – well worth a visit! Istanbul is a vibrant, exciting cultural city. If it is not on your bucket list it should be. I have been lucky enough to visit Istanbul twice but I have to go back. It is a city with a soul and its residents shop, eat and party with passion. They live life to the fullest and love every minute of it. Istanbul owes its historic importance and its amazing cultural and architectural heritage to its perfect strategic location, straddling the Bosporus straits which separate Europe and Asia Minor. If you are looking for amazing architecture...
01 March 2014
New York has to be one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world! Home to venerated restaurants, chic nightspots, cutting-edge theatre and architectural masterpieces, New York City are forever on the cusp of reinvention. Strolling the city sidewalks is the best way to experience the city in all its frenetic diversity, from the bustling, sensory-rich streets of Chinatown to the peaceful, tree-lined lanes of the West Village. North, south and east of the island, are NYC's four other boroughs - the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island - all of which have their own particular...
28 February 2014
Whether you are in the pursuit of sport or leisure, culture or cuisine, excitement or relaxation - Mauritius will captivate you by the mix of friendly people, intoxicating fragrances and fine hospitality. Mauritius is not just a beach holiday. Yes, for those who enjoy relaxing on the beach and water sports it is a small bit of heaven as you can surf, sail, dive, go big game fishing, snorkelling, take a glass bottom boat trip or parasail to name but a few activities. For the more adventurous there are quad bikes, zip-lining, jungle hikes to waterfalls, horseback trails...