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December 2018 Newsletter

The top three Cost Effective Christmas getaways. Pack your bags and lets get going.

De Hoek Country Lodge
1 hour drive from Johannesburg.
If you enjoy a friendly, farm vibe, then head to the De Hoek Country Lodge. Eat a hearty, farm breakfast and enjoy the animals whilst soaking up the sun. The warm hospitality of the owners as well as the stunning surroundings make you feel right at home

 

De Oude Herberg Guest House
1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Cape Town in Tulbagh.
This 4 star guest house is a national monument under shady trees situated in church street. Here you can spend time strolling through some of the valley’s wine estates.

Pine Tree Cottage
1 hour and 15 minutes form Cape Town in Kleimond.
Being only walking distance from the coastal path, the beach, shops and restaurants it’s a very affordable gem.

November 2018 Newsletter

The sun is setting later and rising earlier. Summer is almost here.

Now is the best time for a beach destination vacation because Africa’s coastal destinations is stunning in November, the rains are still to come and the Christmas season crowds are still thinking about what to pack

In Cape Town you can enjoy hours of sunshine if you are lucky you might still see a few late-season southern whales. It’s a great time to make the most of the beautiful scenery such as Table Mountain, Cape Point and Boulder Beach before the local school holiday starts.

August 2018 Newsletter

The top 3 things to do in South Africa this August. Get up, stretch out the winter is finally at an end.

Meander through Mountains.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga

Winding through pine plantations, beautiful ferny gorges, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve makes for a spectacular half day’s driving.

 

Take a warm dip.

Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape
The nights in the Kalahari grows cold, Riemvasmaak’s natural thermal springs remain the perfect spot to wash away the desert

 

Spin your own fairy tail.

Hogsback, Eastern Cape

Up in the peaks the conditions range from sunny to snowy, whether your hiking through the forest or curled up with a book in front of the fire keep an eye out for the mythical Hogsback fairies.

July 2018 Newsletter

Gathered around a cheerful fire, the winter night sky is so full of stars it lends a luminous glow to the cool night. Cape Town is always tempting but it sits under rain swept skies in July.

July is one of the best times of the year for a safari-and-beach combo, from KwaZulu-Natal to Kenya, the tropical Indian Ocean Coast basks in generous winter sunshine. If a tropical beach-heavyweight game viewing vacation is what you want, find a vacation on the Indian Ocean Coast.

June 2018 – Week 4: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 26 June

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide. In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were heralded as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address the global drug problem. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.

June 2018 – Week 3: International Picnic Day 18 June

It’s often claimed that life is no picnic – but today it is! International Picnic Day is a chance to eat out in the open air with friends or family.

The word “picnic” comes from the French language, and it’s believed this type of informal outdoor meal became a popular pastime in France after the Revolution. As fans of Jane Austen’s novels will know, 19th-century picnics were elaborate social occasions, with menus featuring a wide range of cold meats and pies that took days to prepare.

International Picnic Day is celebrated in many countries, though its origins are uncertain. Charity events, school picnics and all kinds of other group meals are organised to mark the occasion. You could also bike, walk or hike to a nearby beauty spot, or just take your sandwiches and cold hard-boiled eggs into the garden and enjoy an al fresco lunch.

June 2018 – Week 2: Youth Day 16 June

Youth Day, as it is popularly known, is a day in which South Africans honour the youth that was ambushed by the apartheid regime police in Soweto on 16 June 1976. On the day over 500 youths were killed.

On the morning of June 16, 1976, thousands of black students went on a protest rally from their schools to Orlando Stadium. They were protesting against an official order which made Afrikaans compulsory in black township schools throughout the country. The use of local languages was prohibited in these schools whilst the constitution supported that Afrikaans and English be made the official languages of the country.

The rally was meant to be a peace protest with the intentions to plea with government not to make Afrikaans compulsory in schools. Things got out of control when the police were called in to disperse the crowds and riots broke out. Hundreds of students were killed as a result.

June 2018 – Week 1: World Environment Day 5 June

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year, and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes.

The History of World Environment Day

World Environment Day [WED] was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme “Only One Earth”. Even though WED celebrations have been held annually since 1974, in 1987 the idea for rotating the centre of these activities through selecting different host countries began.

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