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10 Must-try Restaurants in Cape Town

Foodies, this one’s for you! A trip to South Africa is filled with many activities from safari’s, going up Table Mountain, swimming in the ocean, the incredible natural views and of course the food! If you are visiting Cape Town soon, these are some of the restaurants that should be on your list! You can expect all the “insta-worthy” pictures and crème de la crème deliciousness from these restaurants that are all rated above 4,5 stars

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FYN

“Discoveries are made when boundaries are crossed.” FYN was voted 92 in San Pelegrino The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021.

This 50-seater urban diner combines an African-inspired menu and decor with a Japanese aesthetic, resulting in a captivating (and excellent) mix of tastes, flavours, textures, and styles. The restaurant is located on the fifth level and offers panoramic views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. The furnishings are stylish, inviting, and contemporary, with the kitchen at its heart.

Rated: 4,8 Stars from 407 Google reviews

Location: 5th Floor, 37 Parliament Street, Speakers Corner, Church Square, Cape Town

http://fynrestaurant.com/

The Pot Luck Club

From world-famous chef-patron Luke Dale Roberts, whose Test Kitchen was voted the greatest restaurant in Cape Town for 11 years, The Pot Luck Club is led by chef Jason Kosmas, whose delectable cuisine encourages plate-sharing so that customers can sample all five flavour profiles (salty, sour, bitter, sweet and umami). The modern cafe, which is located on the top floor of the Silo at The Old Biscuit Mill, has great city views, especially at night.

Rated: 4,6 Stars from 1 311 Google reviews

Location: Silo Top Floor, The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Thali

Thali is a traditional Indian meal that consists of 10 or more regional Indian dishes. This eating approach fits in wonderfully with the Chefs Warehouse model, allowing the restaurant to take customers on an aromatic journey through their interpretation of Indian cuisine.

Meals are served in three courses, starting with gentler flavours and progressing to spicier curry styles. Thali always has a vegetarian and vegan tapas menu available and gluten-free choices are available on request.

Rated: 4,6 Stars from 640 Google reviews

Location: 3 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town

*Thali caters for vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians, and doesn’t take reservations.

https://www.chefswarehouse.co.za/thali

Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast, as it’s name suggests, is a carnivore-friendly restaurant, with all meat sourced from sustainably reared animals. Anything from pumpkin risotto to cured stumpnose fish or gemsbok (antelope) tataki could be on the menu. 

Rated: 4,9 Stars from408 Google reviews

Location:10 Harrington Street, Cape Town

https://bellyofthebeast.co.za/

Reverie Social Table

A distinctly South African table d’hôte style café with a focus on social eating, located in the eccentric Observatory neighbourhood of Cape Town. Chef Hattingh invites visitors to gather around her bespoke 18-seater table each evening for a five-course dinner cooked just for them and paired with carefully selected wines. Guests are urged to put their phones away and participate in conversation with one another. Ideal for folks who enjoy good cuisine, wine, and company.

Rated: 4,9 Stars from 152 Google reviews

Location: 226A Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town

http://www.reverie.capetown/

Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

This contemporary café, with its clean open-plan kitchen, appears to float over the verdant Constantia wine valley. Chef Ivor’s take on the famous Chefs Warehouse tapas-style set meal emphasises fresh seasonal ingredients and Southeast Asian flavours. Much of the produce is grown locally or on the lovely Beau Constantia farm, and it is then blended by a talented kitchen team into an ever-changing cuisine that celebrates the simple pleasures of eating and drinking well in a beautiful location.

Rated: 4,7 Stars from 115 Google reviews

Location: Beau Constantia Wine Farm, 1043 Constantia Main Road, Constantia Neck, Cape Town

https://www.chefswarehouse.co.za/beau-constantia

Osteria Tarantino

Inspired by the Italian owners’ passion for good food, the recipe for success here is deceptively simple – like homemade penne salsiccia made with fennel sausage, mushroom, lashings of garlic, chilli, pecorino and cream. Everything is homemade. No shortcuts in this proud Italian kitchen.

Rated:  4,7 Stars from. 307 Google reviews

Location: 125A Waterkant St, De Waterkant, Cape Town

https://m.facebook.com/OsteriaTarantino/

Obi Restaurant

Hatsushiro Muraoka (affectionately known as “Papa San”) and chef-partner Ben Bettendorf have established Obi Restaurant on Long Street, an authentic Japanese restaurant and bar owned and operated by Cape Town’s much-loved sushi icon- Papa San. Obi Restaurant first opened its doors in July 2016, delivering real Japanese ramen, tempura, and, of course, Papa San’s renowned inventive sushi.

Rated: 4,6 Stars from 627 Google reviews

Location: Shop 2, 14 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Sushi Box De Waterkant

Sushi Box De Waterkant is a popular Cape Quarter building on Somerset Road. Sushi Box is one of more than 100 boutique shops and restaurants in this lovely lifestyle village, which blends elegance and refinement with history and tradition.

The open-air dining space is surrounded by picturesque cobblestone streets. Along with the wonderful, fresh sushi and lively atmosphere.

Rated: 4,8 Stars from 464 Google reviews

Location: 2 Jarvis St, De Waterkant, Cape Town

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La Colombe Restaurant

Named South Africa’s best restaurant in 2019, this magnificent French-meets-Asian fine dining establishment, perched high on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountains, is sure to delight! La Colombe is a stunning setting for a world-class fine dining adventure, tucked in what feels like the trees of Silvermist Estate. 

La Colombe was voted 81 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021. Other restaurants in the La Colombe stable include La Petite Colombe, Foxcroft and Protégé and Epice.

Rated: 4,8 Stars from 1477 Google reviews

Location: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town

https://lacolombe.restaurant/

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7 Beautiful Airbnbs in Cape Town

Cape Town is a wonderful vacation destination! There is a vast selection of activities to delight any sort of traveller between the seaside and the mountains, but your accommodation is also an important component of a vacation. 

While hotels are the most convenient sort of accommodation, we believe that Airbnbs are a terrific way to live like a local and really experience a place. We also love being able to try different restaurants for breakfast! In this blog post, we share 7 beautiful Airbnbs you should consider staying at while in Cape Town!

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Wifi & Netflix | Modern City Living | Parking | Pool & Bar

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Discover a nine-story classic building with apartments, stores, and a boutique hotel that has received international recognition. The hotel features an outdoor pool, gin bars, and craft brews, high-speed fibre and hot, fresh, industrial-chic décor, a garden, fitness centre, laundromat, and free parking on site. This centrally located Woodstock apartment has city, harbour, and mountain views, making it the ideal spot to unwind after a day of touring! The Old Biscuit Mill market and the colourful shopping and dining district in Woodstock. WEX1 is located about 3 kilometres from the city centre and 18 kilometres from Cape Town International Airport.

2 guests · 1 bedroom ·1 bath | Rated 3.80 stars from 5 reviews

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Tranquil Azure Retreat For Luxury & Views

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High in the mountains, surrounded by nature, quiet, and peace, you will find this stunning luxury apartment with great views. This is an upper-class neighbourhood where you’ll discover the exquisite Simonstown mansions with views of the yacht Bason.

2 guests · 1 bedroom· 1 bath | Rated 5.0 from 28 reviews

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Modern Artsy apartment perfect for couples

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One-bedroom apartment with modern décor, cosy interior, and quiet position in the middle of the colourful city. De Waterkant is a distinctive area in Cape Town, located between the CBD and Green Point. A popular, stylish neighbourhood in the heart of the city, with plenty of great bars, restaurants, and unusual coffee shops! Everything is at arm’s reach: a 5-minute drive to the popular V&A Waterfront and a 3-minute walk to the supermarket.

2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bath | Rated 5.0 stars from 5 reviews

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Waterfront apartment with balcony and views

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Located on the edge of the V and A waterfront and the trendy De Waterkant means you are in the middle of a Cape Town melting pot. Everything you need is within walking distance to have an amazing Cape Town experience. The apartment is a brand new development and has been decorated to a top standard. Enjoy the city views from your balcony.

2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bath | Rated 4.60 stars from 48 reviews

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Seacliffe on Two – 10 Seacliffe Road – Bantry Bay

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Seacliffe on Two is tucked away on a quiet road between Seapoint and Camps Bay, with breathtaking views of the bay. The magnificent Bantry Bay is known for being wind-free, and houses in the region are treasured for having the most spectacular ocean views.

6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 baths | Rated 4.94 stars from 140 reviews

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Mod Interior with Stunning Table Mountain Views And A Garden.

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Slide open floor-to-ceiling doors to soak in the breathtaking views of Table Mountain. Hadeda House was recently featured on the cover of INSIDE OUT MAGAZINE in Australia, with a terrific piece highlighting the house’s many gorgeous décor pleasures.

The house is located in leafy Tamboeskloof, one of Cape Town’s oldest and quietest neighbourhoods. It’s 10 minutes from Long Street, 5 minutes from Kloof Street’s exciting bars and restaurants, 5 minutes from Table Mountain, and 10 minutes from Camps Bay.

4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 baths | Rated 4.91 stars from 135 reviews

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Mountainside, Boho-Chic Retreat with Natural Pool

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At the foot of Table Mountain, relax in an Eco pool. Soak in a tub with views of the ocean from an endless terrace. The home’s natural material palette is enhanced by exquisite vintage touches. Multi-slide doors provide a smooth transition to the outdoors and views of the cliff-face of Table Mountain. The house sits in a cul-de-sac on the Table Mountain National Park’s border, in a lush suburb on the slopes of Table Mountain. The views of the mountain and the city bowl of Cape Town are unmatched!

8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 4.5 baths | Rated 4.90 stars from 72 reviews

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit South Africa

There’s almost no reason not to visit South Africa; from the beautiful beaches to the rich cultural diversity to the Big 5 and much more, South Africa is unquestionably the ideal vacation location. If you’re still not convinced keep reading as we present the Top 10 Reasons to Visit South Africa, which is sure to seal the deal. 

1. The Big 5

Africa, and particularly South Africa, is recognized for its diverse animal and wild animal sightings. Taking a safari or game drive to see the gorgeous animals in their natural habitats is undoubtedly one of the top reasons to visit South Africa. The Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest game reserve, is one such popular destination for “bush holidays”.

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2. Cape Town

Recently voted and known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city in the shade of the majestic and one of the new 7 wonders of the nature, Table Mountain. Great beaches, historical harbors, spectacular views of nature, and excellent cuisine await visitors in Cape Town.

3. Whale Watching 

Admire the whales in Hermanus, Western Cape, which has been named one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world. The season runs from July through December, with the months of August and November almost guaranteed for sightings.

4. Culture and Food

South Africans are as diverse as the languages they speak, including English, Afrikaans, Tswana, Zulu, and Xhosa to name a few, and they are fondly known as the rainbow nation! You can be sure that the cuisine is as diverse as the language, and you can immerse yourself in a wide variety of cultures and cuisines like Indian bunny chows to pap and vleis when visiting South Africa.

5. World-renowned Wine Regions and The Garden Route

The Western Cape of South Africa is known for its extensive wine industry, which includes over 500 wineries in Cape Town alone. Between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route stretches for almost 300 kilometers, providing travelers with unrivaled scenic vistas of the magnificent country! If you like wine and want to see some beautiful scenery while in South Africa, the Western Cape should definitely be on your itinerary!

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6. The Weather

South Africa is known for its sunny and warm weather for almost 300 days a year, making it a great destination to travel to especially in the spring and summer months between September and March.

7. Beautiful Beaches

South Africa is located at the southernmost point of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. While the warm Indian Ocean on South Africa’s east coast, particularly in Durban, is ideal for a swim, the Atlantic Ocean in the Western Cape is slightly cooler but still offers beautiful vistas.

8. Sun City

Sun City, dubbed “Africa’s Las Vegas,” provides casinos, golf courses, entertainment, and shopping. It’s also home to the world-famous Valley of Waves waterpark and many more activities to keep everyone entertained!

9. Affordability

Due to the South African rand being weaker to many other currencies, a trip to South Africa can be affordable while still being a wonderful and memorable experience without breaking the bank!

10. Visa free policy of South Africa

Another wonderful reason to visit South Africa is that many countries, like the United Kingdom, the United States, Schengen countries, South America, Japan, and others, do not require visas.

South Africa is certainly a favourite tourist destination and we can understand exactly why! Whether you are looking to enjoy the warm Indian ocean, take a cable car up the majestic Table Mountain, travel through beautiful roads, or take a safari and see the Big 5 up close in person, South Africa is sure to exceed all your travel and bucket list dreams!

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What to do in Cape Town in Winter

Cape Town, South Africa, more lovingly known as the mother city, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. Surrounded by sea, mountains, and everything in between, you are definitely spoilt for choice when visiting this picturesque city!

South Africa has its winter during the months of May to August, and temperatures can drop to the single digits, but fear- not, there is still plenty to do in Cape Town during winter!

Two Oceans Aquarium

First on our list is Two Oceans Aquarium, located at the V & A Waterfront. The aquarium was first opened in 1995 and is home to over 8000 sea animals. The aquarium allows both adults and children the opportunity to view sea animals like fish, seahorses, jellyfish, penguins, sharks, and more, up close. The two oceans aquarium is named after its location, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Get tickets here.

V & A Waterfront

Next up we have V & A Waterfront. The V & A Waterfront is one of the most visited attractions in Cape Town and attracts over 23 million visitors a year! From the iconic Cape Wheel, shopping, eating, movies, and of course the majestic views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town harbor, it’s no doubt that you will always have something to do at the V & A Waterfront.

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Table Mountain

If you’re up for the challenge, Table Mountain, probably the most famous landmark in Cape Town, is accessible via cable car. Marvel at the views of Cape Town from 3,558 ft high! Going on top of one of the oldest mountains in the world is sure to be a treat but ensure that you are dressed for the occasion as it can get really cold up there! The cable car only goes up when it’s safe to do so and weather permitting, so if you’re planning a trip up the mountain check out the Table Mountain website which displays the weather conditions at the top of the page, to find out the weather before you can go. Visit the website here.

Cape Town Hopper Helicopter Tour

Not ready to brace the cold from 3,558 ft high? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy all the beautiful views that Cape Town has to offer by taking a Cape Town Hopper Helicopter Tour. The tour will give you a birds-eye view of Cape Town as well as its beautiful landmarks! 

Another favourite is the Hop On Hop Off bus! The famous “red bus” allows passengers to hop on and hop off as they wish. The bus has different routes and passengers get to see the beautiful landmarks and iconic sites of Cape Town, without even leaving their seats! The bus is a double-decker with the bottom deck being enclosed, for those that feel a little extra cold! Get Tickets here.

Wine Tasting

While the list is truly endless with things to do in Cape Town in winter, the last one on our list is for all the wine drinkers! With over 550 wineries in Western Cape, it’s no doubt that a wine tasting is a must-do when visiting Cape Town! There are many options available which include cheese tasting, wine tasting, and cellars tours together or you can settle for one that is solely just a wine tasting experience. Regardless of which option you choose, going on a wine tasting is sure to warm you up!

All that’s left to say is happy packing and see you in Cape Town!

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Packing for a trip during a pandemic

After what felt like the longest 2 years of our lives, there is definitely some light at the end of the tunnel! We have undoubtedly passed the peak of the COVID pandemic, which means that many restrictions have been lifted and, even better, we can now finally TRAVEL!

While this is possibly the best news for tourism not only in South Africa but worldwide, there are still some precautions that are in place when travelling internationally. In this blog, we will share some items that you should add to your packing list when travelling both locally and internationally.

There’s nothing quite like the sound of your suitcase wheels on airport floors, but being a transitional* place for so many travellers from different parts of the world, the airport in our opinion at least, is still one of the riskiest places to be when it comes to Covid-19.

We probably know this all too well by now but sanitising, masking, and social distancing are proven ways to minimise your chances of catching the virus and so to start off this list a good sanitiser and disposable masks take priority.

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Sanitiser

Now we’ve all come across those gluey sticky sanitisers which leave your hands feeling heavy, or those that you can smell a mile away, or better still those that make your hands feel like sandpaper, but when you’re travelling you will definitely need a good quality, hand-friendly (yes we just made that term up) sanitiser, that will last the duration of your trip (remember it needs to be less than 100mls to be carried in hand luggage). You will probably be sanitising your hands more often than you think which is why a good sanitiser when travelling is a great investment.

Disposable masks

We all have a face mask or 5 which we swear by and have been termed the favourite but when travelling, you don’t want to spend time washing face masks of all things. Disposable face masks are ideal for flights (yes you still have to wear a face mask throughout your flight), exploring, and are generally more convenient than the cloth ones.

Meds/Vitamins

Medication and vitamins, especially Vitamin C to boost your immune system should also be packed just in case you get a slight tickle in your throat or worse, you catch the virus. Carrying these meds with you will allow you to be prepared for the worst-case scenario and especially if you’re travelling alone and have to isolate yourself, you will have access to some medication should you fall ill.

Gloves/ Disinfectant wipes

For those a little more concerned, disposable gloves and disinfectant wipes are also a great addition to your packing list – this way you can ensure that all surfaces you come into contact with can be wiped down for the least amount of chance for transmission of the virus. Most airlines do offer these to passengers on board now.

Vaccination card/ negative PCR test

While most countries have now fully opened up travelling to and from their country, many of them require either a vaccination card, a negative PCR test (which most likely should not be older than 72 hours), or in some cases, both. With so many things to think about like sanitising keeping your mask on and what you’re going to eat on the plane, we advise having a 1 or 2 printed copies of your vaccination card/certificate as well as a digital version, just in case they get lost or you lose your phone.

Travel insurance

This is probably the most important item we could suggest when travelling during a pandemic. While travelling is becoming more and more normal, let’s be honest – there are so many things that can go wrong when travelling during a pandemic, like the unthinkable of catching Covid-19 in a foreign city. It’s bad enough that you will be sick, but not being able to jump on a flight or get back home while being ill is probably the worst feeling. This is why travel insurance is so important! Most travel insurance policies will cover your medical needs if you are hospitalised due to Covid-19 while travelling as well as pay for some if not all of the accommodation costs if you have to isolate and miss your flight. If you are looking for travel insurance for an upcoming trip, look no further because we offer this service right here at b4i.travel https://b4i.travel/travel-insurance/.

Being able to travel again feels like it is bringing back some normality and some reminiscence of life before the pandemic, but it’s so important to go fully prepared and minimise the chances of catching the virus while travelling. We hope that this article helps you pack accordingly for your upcoming trip during the pandemic, now all that’s left to say is Bon Voyage!

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Mastering the Key to Minimalist Packing

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There’s nothing quite like the thrill of planning for a holiday. While the current health situation has put a damper on everyone’s travel plans, for the time being, there’s nothing wrong with planning your dream holiday and prepping for it once travel restrictions finally ease up. And when it comes to planning for a holiday, there’s one part that you either love or hate: packing.

Packing for a holiday is an entire beast on its own. You either love it or you hate it, and chances are the people reading this article you fall into the latter camp. Well, fret not! Packing for a trip can be a bit tricky, but below are some top tips you can incorporate into your own routine.

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Rely on a small and sturdy bag
If you have a tendency to over-pack, you might want to consider downsizing your luggage. Starting off with a huge suitcase can make you feel like you need to fill it to the brim, so opting for a smaller bag can help minimise that temptation. Travel writer Brandon Schultz has made a list of the best road trip backpacks that are godsends for minimalist packing. Day Owl’s The Backpack takes the cake for its sleek design full of hidden pockets, while the Adventurist Classic is — you guessed it — a classic pick that works with anyone’s style.

Plan out a capsule wardrobe
The term “capsule wardrobe” is all the rage nowadays with people wanting to downsize their closets, but this mindset works for travelling too. The key to mastering a capsule wardrobe is picking a few pieces that can easily be mixed and matched together so that you’re relying on an all-star rotation of three to four tops instead of bringing 10 tops for 10 separate outfits. Going for high-quality items is also your best bet, as this ensures you can re-wear a certain piece without a fuss.

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Don’t forget at least one evening outfit
Going for a night out is always a must during any trip! Once you have your capsule wardrobe in place, make sure you have at least one evening outfit in tow. Thankfully, you don’t have to bring an evening gown or anything too fancy. Pretty Me’s guide to best dress styles recommends a sleek sheath dress or a figure-hugging wrap dress to flatter your body while still making a statement. This tip needs to be highlighted, as one great evening outfit can help you really make the most of a destination’s best restaurants and bars.

Opt for multi-purpose products as much as possible
Whether it’s a shawl that doubles up as a scarf or a reversible top, opting for multi-purpose products helps you pack smart. And this tip doesn’t just apply to clothes, as you can even find multi-purpose skincare and beauty items to keep you glowing even while travelling. As the name suggests, Lano’s Everywhere multi-cream works as a moisturiser, hand cream, and eye cream all in one convenient tube! You can also find beauty sticks that work as eye shadow, blush, and lipstick.

Go through your electronics list
Electronic devices can be extremely bulky, and that’s without considering all the charging cables and adaptors you need to bring! It’s worth going through each electronic item that you’re planning to bring, and ask yourself if it’s really worth it. If your goal is to disconnect from your responsibilities, it might be best to leave your laptop at home. If you really want to bring a camera to shoot photos, consider bringing just one other lens at the very most.

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A packing list
When the moment finally comes to pack for your trip, you will want to make sure you include everything that you are going to need. It wouldn’t be a fun experience to get to the airport, all excited for your trip, just to realize you left something as simple and as important as your ID at home. That’s why we have created an all-inclusive packing list to help you out on your travels.

While our post on How to Have a Holiday Without Leaving Home highlights how you can have fun right now, planning for your dream holiday can make you feel a little more optimistic about the future. Practising minimalist packing helps reduce the fuss that comes with travel and ensures you get to focus on what matters most: making memories.

Article was written by Camilla Hope

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South Africa opens international leisure travel – with restrictions.

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The South African Government has officially opened up international travel to and from South Africa under its level 1 restrictions. There are however restrictions on leisure travel from a number of countries that still pose a higher risk. For all approved countries, if you are looking to skip a mandatory 14-day quarantine, you will need to provide a negative COVID-19 certificate, not older than 72 hours (before departure) and that has been certified by a registered medical practitioner.

Countries still under restrictions

Albania Argentina Armenia
Austria Bahrain Belgium
Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil
Chile Colombia Costa Rica
Croatia Czech Republic Denmark
Ecuador France Georgia
Greece Guatemala Guyana
Honduras Hungary Iceland
France Georgia Gibralta
India Iran Iraq
Ireland Israel Jamaica
Jordan Kuwait Lebanon
Luxemborg Maldives Malta
Mexico Moldova Montenegro
Nepal Netherlands Morth Macedonia
Oman Palestine Panama
Parguay Peru Portugal
Puerto Rico Qatar Romania
Russia Slovakia Suriname
Switzerland Ukraine United Emirates
United Kingdom United States Venezuela

Any person from a country listed as having a high COVID-19 infection and transmission rate, who wish to undertake business travel into South Africa, may with effect from 01 October 2020, in writing, apply to the Minister of Home Affairs and demonstrate reasons for their request to enter the Republic for business purposes during the period of the national state of disaster.

Such applications must be directed to email [email protected] 

*updated 30 September 2020

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Airbnb Aims to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 With New Host Cleaning Protocols

Airbnb has announced that under the guidance of the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), hosts have the option to follow a new cleaning protocol. Those who elect to take part will be required to put in place a 24 hour minimum intermission period between bookings at each property in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Labeled an “enhanced cleaning initiative,” hosts will gain access to detailed guidelines for improved hygiene practices during the pandemic, as well as preventative measure recommendations, such as the use of approved disinfectant products and personal protective gear like masks and gloves.

An Airbnb spokesperson explained that the initiative caters to the concerns of both guests and hosts. Guests can be assured that every measure has been taken to ensure that their stay is safe, and hosts are able to gain access to the resources needed to implement further precautions.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Airbnb has unsurprisingly taken a massive hit to sales, and recently had to take a reported 1$ billion from investors in order to stay afloat. That hasn’t stopped CEO Brian Chesky from looking ahead, stating confidently that he believes there will be a large upswing in the travel industry once global pandemic regulations have lifted.

Last month saw hosts criticising the company’s cancellation policies, stating that the guidelines were unclear, which lead to Airbnb establishing a $250 million fund to refund hosts who found themselves out of pocket after refunding guests who cancelled their bookings. There has been speculation that the announcement of the improved cleaning protocol and host support is a direct reaction to the criticism received at the start of the pandemic, but the effectiveness of the initiative remains to be seen.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.co.za/airbnb-24-hours-between-rentals-limit-covid-spread-2020-4?r=US&IR=T

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The Future of Travel After COVID-19

It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to picture what airports around the globe currently look like; desolate ghost towns, the shadow of their formerly bustling selves a mere memory in the face of a global pandemic. But as with all things, no matter how seemingly insurmountable, this too shall pass, and that means that a gradual return to international travel can and will occur in the coming months as social distancing protocols and regulations ease. So what will a resumption of travel activities look like post COVID-19? Let’s have a look.

Cheap Flights… At First

Expect airlines to offer outrageous price cuts and ticket deals once regular travel is deemed safe in order to encourage passengers to put their health fears aside. That said, airlines will also be forced to retain certain social distancing measures, which may entail leaving certain seats empty to reduce capacity, and this will ultimately lead to a gradual increase in airfare costs after the initial price cuts.

Reduced Convenience

Route options and all day flights will almost certainly be reduced in favour of peak time travel and increased layovers. There will also be health screening at airports which may cause delays and longer queues when checking in and boarding. Such screening is already being instituted by Emirates at certain airports, and we’ll soon see other airlines following suit in order to promote passenger and staff safety.

More Automation

Decreased interaction has been a major change in curbing the spread of the virus, and this trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future. While physical barriers have been a speedy fix to the problem of face to face interaction, expect further automation of check in processes, eliminating human contact and the risk of transmission. This will include biometric identification measures and digital baggage scanning.

The End of Budget Airlines

All airlines will be competing for seats which may see a closing of the price gap between luxury and economy airlines. The potentially reduced sales for cheaper airlines may result in their demise, after which the remaining highend tickets will likely see a revert to their usual prices with the budget competition effectively eliminated.

No More #Wanderlust

Younger travellers will likely not have the budget for luxury travel once the pandemic subsides. Heading into the age of social distancing, Millennials and Gen-Z were already facing high debt and low savings, so expect to see older generations dominating flight ticket sales.

Inflight Experience

Aside from the expected improvements to cabin hygiene and disinfection procedures, there will also be major reductions to the variety of inflight refreshments. Food will be fully packaged to avoid contact as well as reduce the costs associated with increased menu options. It will likely be a long time before we see a return to the range of options and luxuries we’re used to.

COVID-19 has certainly impacted all areas of our daily lives, and the effects of the virus will continue to be felt long after its general eradication. While I’m sure many of us are looking forward to being able to travel freely and safely, it’s important to remember that our actions as individuals are paramount to containing the spread of the virus. As always, stay safe and be kind to one another.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremybogaisky/2020/04/23/coronavirus-airlines-air-fares/#a673b511193b

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How to Have a Holiday Without Leaving Home

You were dreaming of lying on the golden sands of a tropical paradise. Maybe you were counting down the days until you boarded a plane for a tour of Europe’s cultural hubs. Perhaps you’d even started packing your bags for your cross country roadtrip… And then coronavirus happened, dashing all hopes of travelling for the foreseeable future and forcing us all into a staycation of the not-so-typical variety. But we’re here to tell you that there’s no need to avoid all the fun and relaxation of a holiday altogether! Here are some holiday activities that you can recreate right from home.

Pick a Destination and Get Creative

Decorate your living room with posters, cutout and decor reminiscent of your dream holiday destination. You can get really creative with this and the internet is a hive of crafts and ideas to turn your home into a country or destination of your choice. You can also dress as you would if you were on vocation – sandals, beach hair, pyjamas; anything goes! It’s your holiday.

Relax With a Spa Day

 No vacation is complete without a little self-care, so give yourself the at-home spa experience. Get your robe and slippers on, set the mood with some calming music, and give yourself a facial complete with clay mask and cucumber slices. If you have someone who’s willing to massage your back and shoulders at the cost of a small bribe, capitalise on the offer! It’s all part of the relaxing experience and will leave you feeling calm and invigorated for the rest of your at-home holiday.

Take an Online Class

Travelling always involves trying something new, so take advantage of the online classes currently available. Learn a new language or learn a traditional dance style. You can even watch some recipe videos and present an authentic foreign dish for the whole family to try.

Enjoy Some Time Alone

You’ll never again have so much free time in your schedule, so make the most of it. Read a book, listen to a new podcast, pull out your old arts and crafts box, knit a sweater, play an instrument, build a puzzle, colour a picture, meditate or simply catch up on sleep. The opportunities are endless!

Take Pictures

We all know that if it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen, so be sure to document your stay-home holiday with plenty of pictures for social media. ‘Expectation vs Reality’ shots are a great way to make light of the social distancing regulation impacting everyone’s holiday travel plans. Be sure to tag us in your ‘staycation’ pictures so we can see what you’re getting up to!

There are lots of typical holiday activities that can be replicated from the comfort and safety of home during this unprecedented time. Take advantage of the free time to bond with your family members, spend some time having fun and relaxing, and get into holiday mode. Most importantly, remember to be kind and stay safe.

Sources: https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/vacation-at-home-quarantine, https://www.iol.co.za/travel/travel-tips/how-to-plan-a-holiday-at-home-45646961

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