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Extraordinary October Newsletter

By October 5, 2018December 11th, 2018Press and Media

Dear Travel Partner

Hospitality is about going the extra mile and delivering services that simply makes dreams come true. But what I get to do is create experiences that people will never forget.

Extraordinary is passionate about conservation and community development in and around our destinations.

I have the dream job!


Yours in travel,

“Do what you do so well that they want to see it again and bring their friends”
– Walt Disney

Mabula’s Stylish Makeover is Complete

The iconic Mabula Game Lodge has undergone a plush transformation to become a luxurious, contemporary African bush escape.

In line with this transformation, the new look of the lodge’s 160 seater buffet Restaurant has just been unveiled.

Boasting a luxe, layered and textured ‘modern Afrique’ ambiance, the restaurant’s striking upgrade brings it up-to-date with the elegant and stylish makeover of the rest of the lodge. Tones of copper, elephant and stone blend beautifully across the magnificent light fittings, sumptuous soft furnishings, new flooring and other features and fittings. Cosy purpose-built pods provide comfortable and intimate seating for families, while luxurious upholstered dining room chairs invite guests to linger over their meals.

Over the past two years, Mabula has undergone its slow but 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.

This latest project – the complete refashioning of the restaurant – will help to position Mabula amongst the best lodges in Southern Africa, with a modern African contemporary feel, offering an upmarket dining experience for groups and individuals alike,

Idyllically nestled in one of South Africa’s finest game reserves, with an extraordinary view of the Waterberg Mountains, Mabula Game Lodge is an iconic gem situated just two hours from the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg. This well-known and much-loved destination is one of South Africa’s longest running game lodges, and is a favourite with both local and international guests.

New Management Team at Ngoma Safari Lodge

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Wesley and Roxanne Cragg as managers at Ngoma Safari Lodge.

With backgrounds and experience that include such brands as Singita, as well as energy and ambition that is tangible, they have both already made their mark on colleagues and guests alike.

Their first month in the position saw Ngoma Safari Lodge break all records of occupancy since opening seven years ago, so it was a baptism of fire that they passed with flying colours!

Their blend of skills and strengths, along with clear values in teamwork will stand Ngoma Safari Lodge in good stead to further grow a well-earned reputation.

They previously worked at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, in South Africa, where Wesley held the position of senior guide, and Roxanne, reception

manager, and prior to that, they both worked at Singita Sabi Sand and Singita Kruger National Park.

The couple took up their new roles at Ngoma Safari Lodge in July, replacing Jarryd and Frances King.

Please join us in welcoming Wesley and Roxanne.

Country Boutique Hotel Wins Lilizela Award

The Lilizela Tourism Awards gives he opportunity to celebrate trailblazers as well as service excellence in the South African tourism industry.

Country Boutique Hotel were awarded the Lilezela Tourism Award for 4 star properties within the Mpumalanga region. This is achieved by hard work and dedication from the team.

Situated approximately 10 minutes’ drive from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and only 3.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, Country Boutique Hotel is easily accessible. The elegantly appointed and individually styled rooms boast sleek materials and stark palettes with bold colour splashes.

The gorgeous double volume entrance leads into the cool inner sanctuary offering a tranquil lounge, light and airy dining room which opens onto expansive open verandas. Understated elegance abounds with the subtle use of light fabrics with splashes of bright colour, glittery chandeliers and white linen for evenings.

Spring Brunch at The Cape Milner Hotel

What better way to celebrate Spring than having a luxury brunch at the Cape’s best kept secret, the Cape Milner. The Cape Milner is offering a brunch with all the bells and whistles to satisfy your deep craving at this boutique hotel’s luxury, Glass Lounge.

The FunDay Brunches, will take place every Saturday and Sunday until end of October 2018. The cost of the brunch includes your fresh and scrumptious starters, a choice of three mains, and a platter of decadent desserts. A complimentary bottle of Miss Molly MCC will also be given to any party of two or more.

As soon as you are seated, you are treated to baskets of warm pastries, croissants and buttermilk scones, which are served with fresh country jam and a beautiful Chantilly cream.

Make sure not to fill up too much, as you will be spoilt for choice.

As The Cape Milner is situated in Tamboerskloof, it offers the perfect view Table Mountain that is ideal for an Instagram snapshot.

Bookings are essential: or 021 426 1101

World Rhino Day

Extraordinary staff doing their part to support World Rhino Day and create awareness.

We do celebrate rhinos every day as they are one of the species dearest to our hearts.

Cuteness is in the air

Mabula guests and guides were delighted to spot (pardon the pun) the newest Cheetah Cubs recently. This event was preceded by a five year journey, which started with the reintroduction of two male cheetahs in January 2012 and the introduction of a female 18 months later. The Mother of the current litter was one of the first cheetah to be born on Mabula. Since then, Mabula’s new residents have gone from strength to strength and a species which had not occurred in this area of the Waterberg are now firmly established again.

It is thought that the cubs were born in mid-July, making this her third litter. She has successfully raised one previous litter as well. The cubs’ sex is still unknown and they are being well cared for by the female. She has displayed normal behaviour in hiding the cubs during her hunts and then calling them to feed.  Mabula Game Lodge do not allow more than one game viewing vehicle near the cubs at any time and there is a very respectful attitude towards the youngsters and Mom to ensure maximum privacy and safety.

Forming part of the South African Cheetah Meta-population Management Program managed by WWF Mabula is helping to secure the growth of the cheetah population on privately owned land.

Victoria Falls Launches a Major Recycling Project

Victoria Falls is going greener with the launch of its very own recycling project, which is expected to have a major impact in protecting the environment around one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Victoria Falls town is growing rapidly, and it is crucial that as much waste as possible is recycled and composted, thus reducing the amount of litter on the streets and the volume of waste going to the dumpsite.

Within a year the project is expected to expand to include the recycling of glass and beverage cans, as well as taking recyclable goods from the wider Victoria Falls community.

Africa Albida Tourism Honoured at AZTA

The annual Travel Agents Awards recognise the service providers in the Travel and tourism sector in Zimbabwe took place early September.

Africa Albida Tourism was honoured with 5 accolades, one being the Environmental Award for our Victoria Falls Recycling Project. This recognizes the commitment to the industry, customers and the communities in which they operate. Well done to a fantastic team!