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Braaivleis + National Braai Day

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The word braaivleis (English  /ˈbraɪfleɪs/; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈbrɑe.flæɪs]) is Afrikaans for "grilled meat." A typical braai on a small braai standThe word braai (plural braaie) is Afrikaans for "barbecue" or "grill" and is a social custom in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The term originated with the Afrikaner people, but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic b...

Laughable, Risible And Amusing Complaints Made By Holidaymakers To Travel Agents

1.I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite. 2.I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts. 3.It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during "siesta" time - this should be banned. 4.On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all.

Growth Forecast For Tourism In Satoday's News

The travel and tourism sector in South Africa is expected to grow 3.6% during 2014, while globally, the sector is expected to grow by 4.3%. This is according to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which undertakes an economic analysis of the impact of the travel and tourism sector in 184 countries every year.

Say No To Extinction

Support The Endangered Wildlife Trust by ordering your Tekkie Tax stickers NOW! The Challenge! The inaugural Tekkie Tax campaign in 2013 was a huge success with R2.4 million being raised for many NGOs in various sectors. This year the campaign launches on Friday, the 30th of May, and you can show your support for the Endangered Wildlife Trust by placing your order for stickers with Debbie Thiart at or call on 011 372 3600011 372 3600/1! Each sticker is R10 and en...

Fee Hikes At Attractions A Headache For Guides

Tour operators believe local attractions should be more cognisant of the way they operate as fee increases cause frustration, which, in some cases results in attractions being left off itineraries. Allan Theron of Western Cape Tours, says his clients usually pay for themselves on private tours but when he had a group from Estonia on a coach tour of Cape Town he needed to charge them beforehand. He says he confirmed the rates with a number of tourist sites last year but when he contac...

Birds Of Eden A Must See

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Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar Official Trailer #1 (2014)

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Wtm Vision Conference – Cape Town To Profile Fast-growing African Travel Industry

The latest forecasts for Africa’s rapidly growing travel and tourism industry will be unveiled at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa Vision Conference - Cape Town. The WTM Vision Conference – Cape Town, which takes place during the inaugural WTM Africa on Friday 2 May, will also debate the crucial impact of mobile on the tourism industry and showcase the best mobile apps and case studies.

Traveling Zoos And Petting Zoos

Traveling zoos and petting zoos are bad news for animals and humans. They subject animals to the stress of transport, alien environments, irregular feeding and watering, mishandling, and crowds of strangers. Many children and adults have been mauled by tigers, primates, and other animals who are used as props in photo shoots, and countless people have been sickened—and some have died—after contracting diseases from animals in petting zoos.

City Hints At ‘canned Hunting’

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality does not want to give annual rates rebates to the Kragga Kamma Game Park and Seaview Predator Park, saying it cannot be sure that the two game parks are not participating in “canned hunting”.

Sa Post-production Of Us Tv Series 'first-rate'

Johannesburg post-production company Refinery has been praised for "first rate" work on SAF3, a new TV series from Baywatch creator Gregory J Bonann that is currently screening in the United States. It is the first major international TV series to be post-produced entirely in South Africa. Made by Baywatch creator Gregory J Bonann, SAF3 is currently screening in the United States after shooting wrapped in Cape Town in December last year.

Film Body Eyes Garden Route

The Cape Film Commission (CFC) has big plans for the Garden Route, the tranquil and picturesque strip of South Africa's southeastern coast renowned for its natural beauty. South Africa's film industry is bustling, especially in the Mother City of Cape Town. The city has become increasingly popular as a location for feature films and commercials for Hollywood, Bollywood and more. International films such as Blood Diamond, The Bang Bang Club, and Clint Eastwood's The Human Factor ar...

Unlocking The Economic Potential Of The Film Industry In Eden

Press Release: Issued by George Municipality and the Cape Film Commission, 28th February 2014 Headline: George to unlock economic opportunity offered by film industry Text: In recent months interest in filming in the Eden District has grown with the Cape Film Commission (CFC) reporting an increase in the number of enquiries from local and international film and TV producers. These requests range from enquiries relating to the Avengers sequel which is currently being filmed – to...

Dylan Winter And The Starling Murmurations

At dusk on a winter evening in southern England a flock of 200,000 European starlings congregate to soar in breathtaking formations before roosting for the night. These incredible displays of aerial precision and biological engineering are captured in this memorable sequence from FLIGHT: THE GENIUS OF BIRDS. The DVD & Blu-ray are available for purchase now - visit for more information. Use Coupon Code YTIM15 to save 15%!

Garden Route South Africa Film

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Rising Interest In Garden Route As Film Destination

Local and international film-makers are increasingly looking at the Garden Route as a film destination. This rising interest has prompted the George Municipality, along with the Cape Film Commission, to host a two-day workshop on the 17th and 18th of this month to discuss a range of issues that include locations, film permits, marketing and logistics etc.

Pirate Tv Drama Black Sails Boosts Location Filming In Sa

New pirate TV drama Black Sails helped boost South Africa’s production industry. The eight-part series used all four sound stages at Cape Town Film Studios and built sets including an artificial beach and a period village for the Caribbean-set story. “There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle as to how you shoot an 18th Century beach town and ships and an ocean, and do it on a TV schedule and on a TV budget,” Series Creator Jon Steinberg told Bloomberg: “This ended up be...

Film Friendly Cape Town Attracts Major International Tv Series

A major TV series is set to start filming in Cape Town in the coming year. This was confirmed today by Denis Lillie, the CEO of the Cape Film Commission, who recently met with Africa HD producers, James Makawa (CEO) and Kenny Christmas (COO), who are putting together Law & Order Cape Town. The series, which will be shot on location, will follow the same theme as its American and British counterparts.

Birds Of Eden's Golden-handed Tamarins

A short documentary about the Golden Handed Tamarin of Birds of Eden in South Africa. Location: Birds of Eden - Plettenberg Bay - South Africa Wildlife film course at Beyond Borders Film School 25th January 2014 - 24th February 2014

The Golden-handed Tamarins At Birds Of Eden

A short documentary about the Golden Handed Tamarin of Birds of Eden in South Africa. Location: Birds of Eden - Plettenberg Bay - South Africa Wildlife film course at Beyond Borders Film School 25th January 2014 - 24th February 2014