Extraordinary November 2019 Newsletter

By Nov 18, 2019 Press and Media

Dear Travel Partner

Travel is such an inspirational adventure – we tend to take for granted the amazing destinations we sell and visit regularly. Having a look at some of the  best travel quotes of all time simply feeds one’s wanderlust. Enjoy these inspirational travel quotes from famous travellers.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Yours in travel,
Cindy

GORGEOUSLY REFASHIONED – THE CAPE MILNER

Tamboerskloof is a neighbourhood and suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It lies on the slopes of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, bustling Kloof Street within walking distance offers great restaurants and boutiques.

The Cape Milner, a well-known oasis in the heart of trendy Tamboerskloof, continues its ongoing metamorphic journey with the most recent upgrade of the luxury rooms and suites. A brand new bathroom has been fashioned to offer a modern stylish finish and more luxurious amenities.

Newly crafted Cape Milner bathrooms: all-out on luxury. It’s a room that should be dedicated to new beginnings, to starting fresh, and to pampering ourselves as much as possible. This fresh and luxurious bathroom will give you renewed energy and is the perfect get-away.

This boutique-style hotel are always challenging themselves to reinvent and innovate by keeping up with trends and fashion. “Our discerning guests require not only high levels of service and cuisine but have exacting accommodation standards which can only be satisfied with constant improvement and upliftment. These new additions to the hotel will certainly enhance the already stunning interior décor” says Natasha Powell General Manager of The Cape Milner. The property is known for excellent service, a chic atmosphere and stunning interiors.

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE WINS BEST RESORT HOTEL 23 YEARS STRAIGHT!

Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has been voted the Best Resort Hotel for the 23rd year in a row by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA), with the hospitality group also receiving three other accolades at the same awards event.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge took the Best Resort Hotel category ahead of Victoria Falls Hotel, which was first runner-up, with Ilala Lodge second runner-up.

AAT’s luxury property Victoria Falls Safari Club was named Best Boutique Hotel for the sixth time, while Singita Pamushana Lodge in south eastern Zimbabwe and Highlands House in Harare took second and third places respectively.

Lokuthula Lodges won the Best Self-Catering category for the seventh time, followed by Antelope Park and Blue Swallow Lodges, while AAT marketing executive Wendy Bourne won the Most Outstanding Voluntary Service to Travel Agents award for the ninth time.

AAT operates a portfolio of properties in Victoria Falls, which include Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, as well as Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.

WINNER OF LILIZELA GAUTENG

Cyrano Padayashee – Camp Manager at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp, is the winner of the 2019 Lilizela Gauteng Award for Nature Guides and we cannot be more proud of him!

We recently had an interview with him and could see the passion he has for the industry in his eyes.

“When I was in high school the school did an aptitude test with all the Grade 9 students and the result was that I should follow a career in hospitality, which at the time seemed extremely strange to me, even at this young age however I realised that the hospitality industry would be the perfect place for me. I am an extrovert, and my joy stems from the joy of others. I have found that I am at my happiest when I am able to make people happy!” says Cyrano “Hospitality is a roller-coaster ride of emotions! That is the main reason I love this industry so much!”

After studying to become a field guide and completing an internship in Bulule with a FGASA and trails qualifications he started his career at Mabula as a guide. He is now set to take over the reigns as Camp Manager at Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp.

INTRODUCING THE WILD PLAYZONE @ MABULA

It is time to give boring team building the boot! Mabula Game Lodge’s Wild Playzone will encourage collaboration and teamwork with fun activities that will help your team members see each other in a different light allowing them to connect in a different setting. The iconic Mabula Game Lodge has created a fabulous Active Space right next to the newly refurbished tennis court and Kids Zone. In line with the recent refashioning of this safari resort favourite, various upgrades at the lodge include the Playzone for adults and children alike.

“The burgeoning trend towards a more active holiday experience led us to consider the offering for relaxing sporting activities we had and after thorough research, we decided to embark on the re-development of our tennis courts and kids’ playground areas. Clearly, this was the way to go as the feedback from recent guests who experienced activities at the Wild Playzone was outstanding” says Wouter Pienaar General Manager Operations Extraordinary Resorts.

The Playzone is specifically designed for multiple sports including action soccer, netball, and cricket on a perfectly designed AstroTurf court fully enclosed by netting. These great sporting activities are a fantastic way to relax, bond and have a great time, whilst on safari. In addition, Mabula Game Lodge offers a host of teambuilding activities at the Wild Playzone as well as activities in the Lodge such as an Amazing Race, Potjie Cook-off and Murder Mystery Dinners just to name a few.

Cindy Sheedy-Walker, CEO of Sales and Marketing for the Extraordinary Group, which owns Mabula Game Lodge says that she is delighted with the remodelling. “Over the past two years, Mabula has undergone a beautiful transformation, which has gradually repositioned the lodge at a more luxurious level. Everything from the lodge’s entrance, to the reception, lounge, rooms, boma, pool area, outdoor terrace area, curio store, spa, conservation and reserve projects have been given a magical restyling and the result is nothing short of miraculous.”

Located a mere two hours’ drive from Gauteng, Mabula Game Lodge is the perfect destination to unwind after a busy year. The surrounding beauty of the African bushveld and the presence of the Big Five is sure to bring groups and families together for memorable times.

NEARLY US$18,000 RAISED TO BOOST ANTI-POACHING EFFORTS IN VICTORIA FALLS

Nearly US$18,000 has been raised to combat poaching in Zimbabwe’s top tourist destination of Victoria Falls by an annual fundraising golf tournament, coordinated, hosted and sponsored by hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.

A total of US$17, 852 was raised at the 19th annual Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) Golf Day at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club on September 20, where 136 players, making up 34 teams, teed off for the charitable cause playing a 4 Ball Alliance format.

The tournament was won by the Toyota 2 team, made up of Yeukai Gatsi, Felix Sachiti, Fanuel Moffat and Irimayi Madyambudzi, who finished on 99 points, while Curverid Tobacco’s Natural Disaster and Paperhole Investments took second and third places respectively.

The lucky winners each took home an accommodation voucher for two nights for two people at the premium Victoria Falls Safari Club, with breakfast included, and one dinner at The Club restaurant.

The golf day is just one element of our continued fundraising efforts and so we urge those who can still assist in cash or resources to please consider supporting VFAPU.

REMARKABLE NATASHA – GM OF THE CAPE MILNER

Natasha Palterman was born in Cape Town and grew up in the Southern Suburbs. She is one of three kids raised by a single mom, who had a huge influence on her life. Having enrolled in Marketing & Business Management while being a waitress on the side at Morten’s on the Wharf is where she realised that she had a passion for the hospitality industry.

Natasha decided at the age of 21 to pursue her  passion for the hospitality industry and enrolled at the Cape Technicon in Granger Bay and completed her practical at Ellerman House, Cape Town. As for her career, she was the first staff member at 15 on Orange hotel and part of the opening team. Her proudest moment in her career is being the General Manager at The Cape Milner Hotel, being there for 4 and a half years she can truly see what has been achieved from a product to service aspect and is extremely proud of her team.

Friends ad colleagues describe her as determined, relentless, loyal, likes to have a good laugh…sometimes hard to switch off the Manager in her, maybe even a little bit bossy 😉

Natasha’s career dreams have no limit as she hopes to one day oversee operations for a cluster of hotels. For now though she lives and breathes The Cape Milner.

WELLNESS ON SAFARI

Extraordinary is aware of our guests’ requirement to stick to their exercise regimes whilst travelling. We have therefore curated a fun “Gym Bag” for in-room use at our lodges.

The handsome khaki knapsack style hold-all contains a yoga mat, weights, stretch bands and a skipping rope. Enjoy your workout whilst watching the wildlife from your private deck or in the comfort of your suite.

Providing the experiences our travellers are looking for is an ongoing challenge Extraordinary is happy to take on. Healthy living and outdoor safaris go hand in hand. Travellers embrace the convenience of not having to leave their rooms to exercise and this little touch just adds to the trip.

These gym bags are available at the following Extraordinary properties: Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway, Hamiltons Tented Camp, Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, Imbali Safari Lodge, Mabula Game Lodge and Safari Plains.

BELA BELA HISTORIC TOWNSHIP TOUR

For the tourist looking for a richer, deeper insight into Bela Bela township’s history and evolution.

Offering a walking tour, a taxi ride and a donkey ride along some of Bela Bela township’s most iconic landmarks. Experience a locally brewed African beer called “Lahor” and get to see the homes of some of South Africa’s eminent political persons and many more.