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Visas and vernacular - Apps to make sense of South Africa

Posted on Monday, 31st Aug 2015

From language barriers to border security, you can encounter some hurdles when travelling to a foreign country. But, thanks to smartphones these hurdles are proving easier to overcome. In this blog we highlight two apps, one that ensures you are in compliance with the new visa regulations and one that can make translations in a flash.

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Cape Town aquarium ranked among the world’s best

Posted on Monday, 24th Aug 2015

The Two Oceans Aquarium was ranked the 16th best in the world in this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards and was the only aquarium in Africa to make the cut. For the second year running Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium has been ranked among the top 25 in the world by TripAdvisor users.

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Waterberg Wonderland - Golfing & Game viewing

Posted on Monday, 17th Aug 2015

There are an abundance of golf courses and game reserves in South Africa; The Limpopo Golf & Safari Route combines these two magnificent pastimes. This spectacular route offers you a chance to play golf in the heart of the African bush while staying at exclusive game lodges and enjoying close encounters with the Big Five and other wildlife.

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ATC AVIS RIVER CLEAN UP

Posted on Tuesday, 11th Aug 2015

On Saturday ,18 July 2015, the enthusiastic and eco-conscious team of ATC Namibia went all out in an attempt to assist Greenspace (a local non-profit organization) in a river clean-up project which required urgent attention.

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Eco-adventures in South Africa

Posted on Tuesday, 04th Aug 2015

Eco-adventuring is all about experiencing, learning about and conserving nature. From walking tours to horseback safaris and ziplining above forest canopies. There is an exciting variety of eco-friendly activities in South Africa that promise a memorable wildlife escapade with minimal environmental impact.

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7 SUBLIME SMALL TOWNS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Monday, 27th Jul 2015

Certain places in South Africa have famous tourist attractions, big monuments and towering structures. You won’t find those things here, this list is for when you have had enough of the bustling crowds, when you need to retire to the charming countryside, immerse yourself in the calm of nature and explore the lesser known corners of South Africa. There is still so much to be seen in the verdant and slow-moving “old-world”. We hope you decide to investigate these idiosyncratic and unique small towns.

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TOP DIVING SITES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Monday, 20th Jul 2015

If you are looking for a quiet stroll through a coral garden or you want to hear your own adrenaline addled heartbeat as you get up close and personal with great white sharks, South Africa is a world-class diving destination that offers what you seek. Home to a diversity of marine species, divers of all experience levels are accommodated for. Here is a list of some of the top dive locations in South Africa...

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GLAMPING GETAWAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Monday, 13th Jul 2015

Glamping is a portmanteau of the words ‘glamour’ and ‘camping’. This isn’t your regular camping exploit as it features basic amenities and resort-style services that are not usually associated with the traditional camping experience. This form of luxury camping has become particularly popular in recent times due to the combination of comfort, escapism and adventure. Here are some great glamping spots in South Africa..

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NAMAQUALAND DAISIES

Posted on Friday, 10th Jul 2015

Every year, between the months of July and October, thousands of people flock to Namaqualand to catch a glimpse and photograph one of the most concentrated biodiversity hotspots in the world. Almost 4000 diverse species of plants burst forth and produce a floral mosaic of colour that never ceases to enrapture visitors from all over the world.

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Undiscovered experiences in Cape Town and Garden Route

Posted on Monday, 29th Jun 2015

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of coast running along the south-eastern edge of South Africa. From Mossel Bay in the Western Cape up to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Routes includes a mix of modern golf courses, ancient forests, cultural craft centres and secluded artist communities. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast.

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Indoor activities when it rains in Cape Town

Posted on Monday, 22nd Jun 2015

Is the Cape weather raining on your parade? Here are some interesting indoor activities that can keep you (and the family) busy and dry when the sky is gloomy and pelting rain. You may be stuck inside, but you won’t be bored!

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THE DRAKENSBERG - A BARRIER OF SPEARS

Posted on Monday, 15th Jun 2015

A prominent and magnificent rampart of saw-edged ridges, bulging overhangs, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and high-reaching summits. The Zulu people named it 'Ukhahlamba' meaning 'Barrier of Spears' and the Dutch Voortrekkers named it ‘Drakensberge’ meaning ‘Dragon Mountain'.

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Top Victoria Falls experiences

Posted on Monday, 08th Jun 2015

Victoria Falls, also known as ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, is a waterfall in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Named one of the seven natural wonders of the world, despite being neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1708 metres and height of 108 metres, resulting in the largest sheet of falling water in the world. It truly is an awe-inspiring natural wonder, but there are many other exciting experiences to be had around the waterfall. Here are some of ATC Elite’s favourites:

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WINTER FESTIVALS AROUND SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Thursday, 04th Jun 2015

While the cold winter temperatures may make you want to wrap yourself into a blanket ball and hibernate for three months, there are still loads of exciting events taking place around South Africa. We have highlighted some of our favourite festive events for the months of June and July, and here they are...

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A BOTSWANA BUCKET LIST

Posted on Monday, 25th May 2015

If you had to ask anyone from the ATC team where to visit in Southern Africa, they’d most likely say ‘EVERYWHERE!’. It’s true, this neck of the woods offers overwhelming value to every visitor, but simply going everywhere is seldom a viable option (for one trip anyway!).

If you’ve ever fancied a bout in Botswana you’ll be pleased to hear that this location provides travellers with an astounding experience in nature. Wide varieties of wild flora and fauna will keep you fascinated and enthralled.

What you need to decide for yourself is how you plan to view all that Botswana has to offer. Would you rather take a traditional canoe on the Okavango, cruise on the Chobe or fly overhead in a helicopter with a majestic birds eye view?

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Knysna Forest trails gain Green Flag status

Posted on Friday, 22nd May 2015

Two hiking trails in the Knysna forest have been awarded Green Flag Status. 

The trails are part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). The two trails are the Perdekop Nature Walk and the Diepwalle’s Olifants Hiking Trail. 

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PROTECT YOUR MONEY WHILE TRAVELLING

Posted on Monday, 18th May 2015

Travelling helps you expand your mind and grow in character by being exposed to different cultures, historical landmarks, breathtaking scenery and flavoursome foreign cuisine. The only hindering factor when it comes to travelling (besides enthusiasm) is cost.

A good travelling experience is a wonderful investment that enriches you as a person and there isn’t much else that can create such unforgettable memories, there are very few things you could possibly spend money on that offer the same opportunities!

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THIS MAY BE THE BEST TIME TO VISIT KRUGER

Posted on Monday, 11th May 2015

The month of May marks the beginning of the dry winter season in the Kruger National Park, arguably the best time of the year for viewing wildlife! As the mornings get colder and the days get drier the surrounding bush thins out and animals congregate around water holes, making them much easier to spot and track. (As opposed to the rainy Summer months when vegetation is dense and game viewing can be more difficult.)

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MOTHERS DAY IN THE MOTHER CITY

Posted on Thursday, 07th May 2015

All around the world there is a day dedicated to the one woman we simply cannot do without - Mother! From January, right through until December 22, different countries acknowledge their life-givers and dote upon the special women in their lives. Apart from the economical boost it brings, it’s a wonderful time to reflect and be grateful.

In South Africa, Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May, and makes securing a restaurant booking fairly tricky!

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UNIQUE EATS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Tuesday, 28th Apr 2015

South Africa is home to a variety of cultural influences, producing a unique fusion of tasty meals. Here are some of our favourite indigenous mouth-watering snacks from around SA:

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AUTUMN GETAWAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Monday, 20th Apr 2015

As the days get cooler, leaves get crisper and green turns to rich orange and a warm brown, we head into the Autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere. Although here in South Africa much of our indigenous flora begins to flower during autumn so we get a kaleidoscopic spattering of deep reds, yellows and purples!

It is the perfect season to sit on a park bench and admire the beauty of nature while reminiscing in the giddy aftermath of summer. During this special time there are a few destinations that really reflect the splendour of Autumn; here are some of our favourites:

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5 MORE LUXURY HOTELS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Monday, 13th Apr 2015

Southern Africa is not short five-star hotels and accommodation! However, it’s always nice to work from a list of someone’s ‘Top 10’. Here we expand on our previous list of top class hotels in South Africa - true style and elegance where you’ll appreciate it most!

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5 LUXURY HOTELS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Monday, 13th Apr 2015

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in South Africa and you expect nothing less than the best, then this is for you! Here is our list of venerable vacation spots that receive the most discerning guests from around the world

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TOP SA CAMPING SPOTS

Posted on Monday, 30th Mar 2015

While some enjoy the hustle and bustle of busy locations with all of the main tourist attractions, many feel that exploring Africa is about is getting away from it all, roughing it (or glamping in style) and simply soaking up the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Traveller24 compiled a list of the best-loved spots to pitch a tent around South Africa; here are some of our favourites.

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BEATING AIRPORT BOREDOM

Posted on Monday, 23rd Mar 2015

Getting to the airport early is essential when travelling, with all the queues and unexpected delays it is better to have some free time on your hands than to be pushing through security lines and frantically searching for your departure gate. The only frustration with getting there early is that airports can be quite dull places. So, here are some tips to conquer airport boredom.

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Eco-Friendly Accommodation in SA

Posted on Monday, 16th Mar 2015

South Africa, with its abundance of unique natural wonders, has always had a special awareness and concern for environmental conservation. Going green has become a trend that is adopted by people and businesses the world over. South African hotels have been making an effort to preserve and protect our beautiful biome by utilizing and promoting green practices. We found this list over at sagoodnews.co.za of the top 10 eco-friendly hotels in South Africa.

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THE SA SCHOOL SYSTEM

Posted on Tuesday, 10th Mar 2015

The future and prosperity of any country relies on the education system to instil a knowledgeable mind set amongst the youth and encourage confidence in their skills and gifting. For the past 20 years South Africa has been working towards maintaining international teaching standards and truly compete in global economic markets. With 11 official languages it can be difficult to provide a concise learning experience for all, but generally schools and universities are taught in either English or Afrikaans.

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CLIFTON BEACHES

Posted on Tuesday, 03rd Mar 2015

Clifton, an affluent suburb known as the St. Tropez of Cape Town. This snazzy little suburb offers spectacular ocean views and is close to not one, but four world-class swimming beaches. The gorgeous sea-facing apartments of Clifton are said to be some of the most sought-after real estate in the world.

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SOUTH AFRICAS CAPE FLORAL KINGDOM

Posted on Monday, 23rd Feb 2015

Did you know that our planet is divided into six different floral kingdoms? Each region has plant species that have evolved over millions of years, influenced by vastly different geographic and climatic conditions. The most unique and diverse is found in South Africa – the Capense Kingdom.

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN COAT OF ARMS

Posted on Monday, 16th Feb 2015

As a country with a long history of change, South Africa’s present coat of arms was introduced on Freedom Day 27 April 2000 when it replaced the national arms that had been in use since 1910, and marks a journey that is a diverse and encompassing as our culture.

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN FLAG

Posted on Monday, 09th Feb 2015

A country’s flag is fundamental to their identity as a nation. The current flag of South Africa was adopted on 27 April 1994 at the beginning of South Africa’s new democratic government, replacing the flag that had been used since 1928. The new national flag symbolised a fresh start for the country and was designed by State Herald Frederick Brownell.

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SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ANTHEM

Posted on Monday, 09th Feb 2015

Music moves the soul like nothing else. It can stir memories, empassion vision and calm the most violent of moods. When a country commissions their national anthem, it’s not often that they’re able to combine the languages and melodies of the local people whilst still rousing the emotions of the listeners. South Africa has such an anthem.

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SOUTH AFRICAN HOTSPOTS

Posted on Monday, 26th Jan 2015

With so many vistas to explore throughout Southern Africa we thought we'd share six with you. We can't call them our top six, but they are certainly must-see landmarks! These unique experiences will have traversing a large part of the northern parts of South Africa, parts that many visitor don't get to see if they're only going to Cape Town or the Durban Beachfront.

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THE TURTLES OF ISIMANGALISO

Posted on Monday, 19th Jan 2015

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty and unique diversity. Annually, between the months of November and March, the endangered leatherback and loggerhead turtles drag themselves out of the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs at the base of the sand dunes. Often hailed as a ‘bucket-list’ experience, the attraction of witnessing nesting turtles has proven to be one of the highlights of most visitors’ trips to the park.

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SOUTH AFRICAS TOP RESTAURANTS

Posted on Monday, 12th Jan 2015

Looking for somewhere to eat that has fine dining and mind-blowing food? Late last year the winners of the Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards were announced and the top 10 restaurants in South Africa for 2014 were revealed.

We have put together a sampling of the top five for you:

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SOUTH AFRICAN RECIPES

Posted on Wednesday, 07th Jan 2015

From biltong and boerewors to bunny chow, South Africa is host to an eclectic palate of distinctive flavours. Influenced by an assemblage of different cultures and owing to a diversity of natural ingredients, you can rely on SA recipes to leave you with a taste for wanting more.

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TRAVEL TRENDS IN 2015

Posted on Monday, 29th Dec 2014

A new report by World Travel Market and Euromonitor International has predicted some of the top trends expected to become fashionable in the travel market next year. Taking current technologies and vogue culture into account they have identified what they believe to be the top three travel trends for 2015.

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TIPPING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Sunday, 28th Dec 2014

When travelling abroad, there are many local customs that only the locals know of.... When it comes to tipping and gratuities, there are different 'acceptable' norms. Giving tips is an appropriate gesture in certain service-based industries and many times it can make someone's day.

The common question of the matter is always around how much to give. When dealing in a different currency combined with foreign customs this can get even more confusing. We have put together some gratuity guidelines for the unsure excursionist to follow.

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TOP 10 FUN EXPERIENCES IN MPUMALANGA

Posted on Monday, 15th Dec 2014

Mpumalanga; “the place where the sun rises” (in the local languages of Swazi, Xhosa, Ndabele and Zulu). It is a province located in the eastern lands of South Africa and borders with Swaziland and Mozambique. The capital is Nelspruit (recently renamed to Mbombela). If you find yourself in this region then some of these activities should definitely find their way into your itinerary.

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GULE WAMKULU - THE GREAT DANCE

Posted on Monday, 08th Dec 2014

The ancient rites and runes of Africa are often expressed through dance, rhythm and chants. In various parts of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, the spirits of the ancestors seek to guide, inform, chastise and entertain their descendants. They achieve this through their embodiment in the dancers of the unique and widely unknown gule wamkulu - the great dance.

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JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE KRUGER

Posted on Monday, 01st Dec 2014

One of our Cape Town team, Martina Vollmer, recently joined an ATC tour on an exciting adventure through the Kruger National Park. We asked her to report back on the experience, for our blog...

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NEW LUXURY CRUISE ON THE ZAMBEZI RIVER

Posted on Monday, 24th Nov 2014

The majestic Zambezi river crosses the borders of six Southern African countries and whilst it attracts thousands of tourists every year, Vasco Da Gama was the first European to lay eyes on this prehistoric force in 1498. In 2015, exploring the upper Zambezi will be considerably more luxurious.

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2015 BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted on Monday, 17th Nov 2014

For the first time ever the ATC Southern Africa Brochure is available in English, Portuguese AND German! With spectacular full-colour pictures this digital document is the perfect marketing tool for virtually every frequently-visited destination in Southern Africa.

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SURVIVING AEROPLANE TURBULENCE

Posted on Monday, 10th Nov 2014

Fear of flying and fear of heights are two of the most common phobias even though travelling by plane is extremely convenient and statistically safer than travelling by car. Some fearful flyers realise once they have boarded the plane that their fears were unjustified and everything seems okay, that is until the cabin begins to shake and turbulence sends them into a panic. It can be a scary thing, but if you know what to expect and how to handle it hopefully your fears will be neutralised!

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TOP 10 DESTINATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Thursday, 06th Nov 2014

South Africa is home to a melange of cultures, languages, plants, animals and natural geographical beauty. With all the options, who better to tell you where to venture in South Africa than the thousands who have been before and rated their favourite destinations on TripAdvisor. The top ten destinations in South Africa according to this online community are:

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GOLF COURSES YOU WILL ONLY FIND IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Thursday, 06th Nov 2014

Home to well over 125 000 golfers, South Africa’s 450 golf courses are ranked amongst the top in the world. With this heritage it’s no wonder the likes of Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have honed their skills to carve lasting divots in the world’s top tee-boxes. You too can experience the luxury, tranquillity and scenic stimulation playing these five world-class golf courses that are uniquely South African!

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Experience a world of travel in one destination

Posted on Thursday, 23rd Oct 2014

Globe-hopping can be a fun experience, but there is no need to endure the jet-lag from flying around the world when you can experience a diversity of destinations right here in South Africa.  Since 1994 the Republic of South Africa has both celebrated and encouraged the plethora of cultures, languages and varied lifestyles that are all encompassed in the Rainbow Nation. From the shores of Miami to the vineyards of France, there’s a little piece of almost-anywhere here!

Follow us on a snapshot journey around the world and see how closely the South African counterparts match up.

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Experience the Garden Route on Foot - The picturesque Otter Trail

Posted on Wednesday, 16th Jul 2014

The Otter Trail is considered to be one of the most beautiful multi-day tours worldwide and is very popular among tourist and the locals. The 42km hiking trail is situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park and is regarded to be quite challenging, but definitely worth it! You need to apply for permits well in advance, as entrance to this area is highly governed in order to conserve the area; this also reflects the exclusivity of this experience.

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