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February 2010

Hello Friends & Fans,

Oh my how time flies!
We’re just getting over the new year’s ‘hang over’, just adjusting to the fact that maybe, just maybe, those new years resolutions might have been a little over-zealous, when Bam! Its February... and its Valentines Day around the corner, and Easter Weekend coming up soon... And and and... Whoop Whoop :-) The Fun Never Stops in the Travel Industry!

I must admit, I find it most entertaining reading all the shenanigans surrounding fifa and the soccer world cup. Its like a proverbial emotional roller-coaster. One moment everybody’s on a high about how super fantastic its going to be, the next everyone’s on a complete downer about how suppliers are killing the golden goose. Fact of the Matter is: the Soccer World Cup will kick off at Soccer City in Johannesburg (a beautiful stadium completed in time and something to be very proud of) on 11 June 2010 @ 16h00PM... And each and every soccer enthusiast (and there’s millions of them) wants to be there or at least see it. This is going to be MAJOR – this is going to be one of the biggest most impressive events that our beautiful Rainbow Nation has ever pulled off – and no one wants to miss it. I am proud – and have every reason to be. Yes, there are money hungry opportunists out there – but with a little bit of savvy and a good inbound tour operator – like Road Travel of course – clients can have a piece of the action at a reasonable price and take home amazing African memories.

Just contact us to help you turn those dreams into reality: info@roadtravel.co.za

Road Travel have gone wireless – and you can now contact us anytime anyplace – by phone, by skype, by email, by fax, by web request, by sms, by facebook – by George ;-) even by twitter!

Some of our favorite suppliers are thinking beyond the soccer, and realize that we need some incredible incentives to keep attracting the visitors beyond the games – and have sent some really great deals for the coming year.
Just contact us to find out more: info@roadtravel.co.za

Southern Africa has got it ALL... And then some! To give you a little ‘taster’, just a little example of what I mean, have a look at some of the ideas milling around inside my head when I think of what we have to offer here in the Southern part of Mother Africa:

ECO EXPERIENCE

* Research & Rehabilitation
De Wildt / Hoedspruit / Moholoholo / Born Free / Botlierskop / Monkeyland / Sodwana Turtles / Ocean Safaris / Cango Wildlife / Boulders Beach Penguins

* Okovango Flood
Mobile Tented Safari / Maun / Moremi / Khwai / Chobe

* Sardine Run
Eastern Cape & KwaZulu Natal

* Whales Calving
Hermanus / Plettenberg Bay / Land based & Boat based Whale Watching

* Namaqualand Flowers
West Coast up to Namibia

* Botanical Gardens & National Parks
Kirstenbosch / Harold Porter / Karoo Desert / KwaZulu Natal / Walter Sisulu / Pretoria or Tswane / Lowveld

* Makgadikgadi Migration
Deception Valley / Jack’s & San Camps / Nxai

* Wildlife Relocation & Tracking
The Game Capture School / Sanccob / Wildlife Campus / SanWild / My Acre of Africa / Wild at Heart / Kwa Madwala GAP

* Islands
Islands in Africa / Madagascar / Robben Island / Bird Island / Mozambique / Pemba / Tanzania / Zanzibar

* Birding
Endemic / Pelagic / General

HOLISTIC

* Spiritual Healing
Iketla – Be relaxed / Healers / Gemstones / Reiki / Reflexology

* Wellness Retreat
Breath work / Shiatsu / Polarity balancing / Pilates

* Traditional Healing
Herbalists / Sangomas / Institute for African Traditional Medicines

* Swim with Dolphins
Mozambique

* Beauty & Body Therapy
Health Spas / Facial & Body Treatments / Day Spas / Beauty Therapies / Mineral Springs / Waxing / Pedicures / Manicures

* Rehabilitation Therapy
Clinics / Therapists / Assessments / Treatments

COMMUNITY

* Township / RDP
Soweto / Khayelitsha / Community Upliftment projects / Land Reform Projects

* Anthropology
Sterkfontein Caves / Limpopo River / Natural History Museums / Makapansgat / Sudwala Caves / Rock Engravings

* Cultural Diversity
Cultural Villages / Community Centers / Tribal Heritage

* Geological
West Coast Fossil Park / Gold Mines / Diamond Mines / Rock Formations (Darwin – Sea Point)

* The Arts
Galleries / Events / Artists / Exhibitions / Training

* Architecture
Cultural / Planning & Housing / Historic Houses / Contemporary / Townships / Cape Dutch

ACTIVE

* Hiking
Dolphin Trail / Bush walks / Table Mountain / Cedarberg / Wilderness

* Diving
Shark Cage / False Bay / Aliwal Shoal Umkomaas / Sodwana Bay

* Adrenaline
Abseiling / Paragliding / Sand Boarding / Rock Climbing / Kloofing / Canopy Tours / River Rafting / Tubing / Surfing

* Horse Riding
Noordhoek Beach / Hout Bay / Spier / Aquila / Horse Safaris / Mala Mala / Lesotho

* Golf
Steenberg / Western Cape Hotel & Spa / Sun City / Fancourt

* Fishing
Deep sea Fishing / Rock Fishing / Beach Fishing / Trout Fishing / Fly Fishing

* Climbing
Rock Climbing / Cedarberg / Table Mountain / Drakensberg

* Sailing
Charter Sailing / Active Sailing / Royal Cape Yacht Club / Royal Durban Yacht Club

HIGH LUXURY

* Top End Packages
Cape Grace & Londolozi / Mount Nelson & Orient Express / Westcliff & Singita / The Saxon & Ellerman House

* Soft Safari
Luxury Mobile Safari / Namibia Fly Inn / Orient Express / Rovos Rail

* Romantic / Honeymoon
Islands / Lodges / Sunset Cruises / Picnics

* Theatre / Arts
Art Routes / Newtown Theatre / African Arts / Artscape Theatre / Painting Classes

* Cuisine
Good Cooks & their Country Homes / Cooking Courses / Restaurants

* Wine
Wine Estates / Meet the Wine Makers / Properties with private wine cellars / Wine Makers courses

* Private Island / Beach
Mozambique / KwaZulu Natal / West Coast / Transkei / Cape Town

* Shopping
Jewellery / Designer Clothing / Property

* By Air
Charter Flights / Helicopter Flights / Air Safaris

DIY / SELF DRIVE

* Family Travel
= Family Packages / Focus on the Kids

* National Parks
= Self Drive to SA Parks

* 4x4
= Jeeps / Land Rovers / Confirmed Buy Backs

* Vintage Vehicles
= Self Drive

* Self Catering
= Self Drive

* Motor Bikes
= Scooters in city / Harley Davidson / Bike Rentals

* Student / Youth Travel
= Learn while you travel / GAP / Teach while you travel

* Guest Houses
= Self Drive

* Off the beaten Track
= Self Drive / Second or third time visitors / the more adventurous

RAIL & AIR & SEA

* Rovos Rail
= Cape Town / Dar-Es-Salaam / George / Golf Safari / Namibia / Durban / African Collage / Victoria Falls

* Vintage Air
= Rovos Rail Air Safari / Macdonald Douglas / DC-3 Dakotas / DC-4 Skymasters / Junkers JU 52

* Charter Flights
= Citation Jet CJ2 / Cessna Caravan / Cessna 207 / Cessna C210 / Cessna 335 / Beechcraft Baron / Kingair 90 / King Air 200 / Pilatus PC12 / Gulfstream 1 / Premier 1

* Helicopter Flights
= Squirrel AS350 B2 / Eurocopter EC 120 / Augusta 119 / Jetranger 3 / Bell Jetranger III / Robinson R44 / Vietnam War Vintage Bell Huey

* African Cruises
= Princess Emma / Princess Cruises / Silversea / Seabourn / Cunard line Cruises / Yacht Charters

* Houseboats
= Lightley’s / Kariba / Langebaan / Breede River

* Hot Air Ballooning
= Pilanesberg / Mpumalanga / Cape Winelands

* Thundercity
= Lightning T5 / British Aerospace Buccaneers / Hawker Hunter

* Desert Express
= Windhoek / Swakopmund / Etosha / Luderitz

Well ... You know.... That was some of the ideas that came to mind ;-)
Contact me to see what Southern African magic I create: adele@roadtravel.co.za

With this bit of info to chew on, I love you and leave you, till next time.
Wishing you all the very best for the month of love ahead!

Kind Regards
Adele Walters
ROAD TRAVEL
info@roadtravel.co.za

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