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Things to See in South Africa: GrandWest Casino in Cape Town Travel Attractions 28 MAY 2016

Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, apart from being the only casino in Cape Town, is one of the largest entertainment destination of its kind in South Africa. It offers a wonderland of around-the-clock entertainment, making it comparable to something that you may find find all the way over in Las Vegas!

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Officially opened in December 2000, GrandWest is technically located in the suburb of Goodwood (on the old Goodwood Showgrounds), thus making it central to both the Southern and Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. It is a massive complex, featuring two hotels, a kids entertainment world (with arcade), a concert venue (The Grand Arena), loads of restaurants (12 in total, not counting the additional fast food court!), an Olympic-size ice skating rink, a bowling alley, a movie cinema, lots of conference facilities, exhibition space (SunExhibits), and of course – its massive casino!

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A pretty cool design element of the GrandWest complex is its attempt at recreating historic Cape Town facades – in fact it recreates more than a kilometre of the old Mother City, which means a lot of grand, Victorian and Cape Dutch styled architecture, complete with a recreation of the 1652 Fort of Good Hope and a moored, fully restored tall-ship, the Victoria II!.

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Given all the entertainment options, GrandWest is quite a popular attraction in Cape Town, which in turn means a LOT of daily visitors. (So if you’re not so fond of crowds, you could always just play online casino games instead!)

However, if people are your thing, then the casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers both smoking and non-smoking gaming facilities. The floor hosts 2,563 smart card slot machines, and more than 79 premium table games that cater for pretty much every casino game imaginable. There is also an exclusive gaming area (Salon Prive) for Platinum MVG members, and a Gambling Information Centre – a great resource for first time gamblers who would like to learn the ropes!

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Victoria Falls Safari Experiences
[Partner Content] 09 JUL 2014

Needless to say, a trip to the majestic Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) as it is know to the locals, should be right near the top of anyone’s African sights bucket list. Of course, being in the area would also unlock the opportunity to experience the spectacular African wildlife through the endless number of available safari options – be it something on the Zambezi River, a trip into the heart of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park, or even a full-day visit to the world-renowned Chobe National Park in Botswana!

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Sun International’s world renowned, opulent The Royal Livingstone Hotel lies on the banks of this mighty African river, and features a total of 173 en-suite guestrooms offering splendid accommodation in 17 riverbank residences. Infused with Africa’s tribal warmth, The Royal Livingstone is a hotel that exudes Victorian elegance and splendour, down to the finest detail of the lamps, the magnificent paintings, and the black and white photographs of early pioneers – indeed, it is the perfect sanctuary to reflect and rejuvenate.

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From this splendid base, a number of awe inspiring safari nature experiences are available:

  • Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park – Game drives into the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park will take you close to herds of buffalo or wild elephants. And don’t forget to ask your guide about the famous Bob Marley Tree.
  • Chobe National Park – The Chobe National Park was Botswana’s first national park and boasts one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife to be found anywhere in Africa, guaranteeing a thrilling full-day African safari.
  • Boat Cruises – The African Queen and African Princess Boat Cruises offer daily morning, lunch and sunset cruises, with game viewing from the comfort of an expansive river boat, complete with snacks and drinks.
  • Canoe Safari – Enjoy a Canoe Safari and experience the Zambezi River as David Livingstone would have in a makora or dugout canoe. This is a serene and natural way to be on the water without the sounds of engines as you gently glide past elephant, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, and zebra.
  • Cheetah Interaction – Interact with the fastest land animal on the planet in a safe environment where you can touch this magnifcent cat, walk with it, and witness its awesome speed and power in a simulated hunt.
  • Elephant-Back Safaris – Take a leisurely ride through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park with the chance of meeting wild animals along the way, and stopping alongside the Zambezi River. Then enjoy a unique interaction with your elephant after the ride.​
  • Game Drives – A game drive in the Chobe National Park takes you into one of the most famous game parks in the world featuring Africa’s Big Five and the world’s largest elephant population.
  • Horse Riding – A Horse Adventure allows you to get closer to the animals than ever before. The Victoria Carriage Company provides a variety of horse riding adventures including guided, leisurely trails through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park.
  • River Safari – A Zambezi River safari is the best way to experience the magic of the river and its animals, and takes you close to the elephants, hippos and crocodiles of this great river.
  • Walking Safaris – Livingstone Walking Safaris will get you really close to the African wild with a 3-hour walking safari with a professional guide and park scout through the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park.

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Whew. With all that available, no wonder it’s such a great idea to be able to put your feet up back at the Royal Livingstone!

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Fun in the Sun (City): The Nedbank Golf Challenge
[Partner Content] 03 JUL 2014

The original Million Dollar Challenge was formulated by Gary Player and Sun International founder Sol Kerzner way back in 1981 to beat sporting isolation and bring the world’s top golfers to the homeland of Bophuthatswana – the only chance South Africans would have to see them play live.

With its million-dollar prize pool, it was also the most lucrative tournament in the world.

Of course, a lot has changed since then, and the Nedbank Golf Challenge as it is now known even managed to officially join both the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour in 2013, meaning that monies won counts towards those tour money lists. In fact the playing field even increased from the traditional 12 all the way up to 30 golfers!

The leading 10 players from the top 30 on the Race to Dubai and the FedExCup will be eligible, along with the winners of the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Australasian Tour money lists. Players also can qualify through the South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship in the weeks before the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

That of course happens later in December this year, but if you want to catch something a little sooner, then there is always the Nedbank Golf Challenge Amateur Series taking place in July on the very same Gary Player Golf Course.

The new revamped Amateur Series will see a combined field of A & B division players compete in their respective divisions to take home the replica trophy and coveted title. The competition is also open to both senior and female golfers.

In addition, the winner in each division will win tickets to the tournament and 2 nights’ accommodation. Thomas Bjorn, 2013 winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, will present the winner with the trophy at this year’s 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge.

As always, if you are there for golf at the Gary Player course, then you probably should’t look much further than the legendary Sun City Resort for your accommodation needs.

Sun International’s popular Sun City Resort provides a completely unique holiday experience for all ages, with over one hundred exciting activities, a vibrant, energetic casino, and a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. From the 3-star family-oriented Cabanas hotel to the opulent 5-star Palace of the Lost City, you have the opportunity to enjoy your stay at Sun City as a romantic getaway with your partner, a wild weekend with friends or a special holiday with the whole family.

The Sun City Casino, located at the 4-star Sun City Hotel, is a complete, lively gaming area providing fun for all adults, while children have access to a huge selection of entertainment options close by. The 5-star Cascades Hotel in all its lavish colonial style, offers beautiful surrounding gardens and a peaceful bird aviary.

Day visitors also have access to all of the fun Sun City has on offer, from High Tea at the Palace to exclusive game drives in the Pilanesberg National Game Park, home to the Big Five.

Known particularly well for our wonderful sporting and recreational facilities, including two world-class golf courses, and the magical Valley of Waves waterpark, the Sun City Resort brings you a truly unmatched experience.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty decent getaway to me!

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Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival 2014
[Partner Content] 07 MAY 2014

Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival Executive Director Catherine KaseketiA project of Vilole Images Productions, Shungu Namutitima (Smoke That Thunders) International Film Festival of Zambia (SHUNAFFoZ) was founded to pursue a focused vision of contributing to the development of the Zambian film industry and on the premise of contributing towards empowering individuals to the growth and visibility of the local film industry with the main focus on celebrating the abilities of/for women and persons wth disabilities through the art of film.

SHUNAFFoZ 2014 runs from 28 July to 2 August in Livingstone in Zambia with various activities including screenings at the theatre and in surrounding partner communities and adjacent villages.

Forums and conferences with themes focusing on women and women with disability rights will feature at the festival and the critique and appraisal of the current and future state of Zambia’s arts and culture sector, marking the country’s 50th Independence Golden Jubilee.

The theme for SHUNAFFoZ is ‘Entrenching Women, Girls and Disability Rights – 50 Years Later’. The festival is a platform for networking, mentorship and promotion of the films with themes that inspire and contribute towards positive social change.

The use of art of film is a tool for human rights advocacy through theatrical and community screenings, film skills enhancement, film production, development in trade in film and television products in Africa, exhibiting Zambian artistic / film talent, host film / arts forums, honouring deserving humanitarians, filmmakers and productions that inspire and contribute towards social change and promote Livingstone / Zambia as locations for filming with inclusion of women and persons with disabilities.

Livingstone, the tourist capital city of Zambia and home of this year’s Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival, is a bustling, colonial town shaded by red-flamed Flamboyant trees and deep purple Jacarandas. It’s a rare African city with classic art deco and colonial homesteads. Restaurants, bars and markets abound. The Maramba market sells every conceivable item from chitenge (brightly coloured fabric), fruit and vegetables, to mushrooms and rice, souvenirs, live chickens and beads and handcrafted furniture.

The spectacular Victoria Falls, the world’s widest curtain of falling water and previously one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is at the centre of Livingstone, which is fast becoming the adventure capital of Southern Africa. With its legendary Falls Resort, Sun International operates two great accommodation options in the area if you think that this just might be the place you want to be come film festival time:

The five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel is an earthy retreat overlooking the Victoria Falls. Named as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, this beautiful African hotel is highly sought after for its beautiful World Heritage location, fine dining, adventurous outdoor activities and warm hospitality. There’s no better way to relax and enjoy the breath taking sunsets than from the hotel’s popular decks overlooking the Falls. The three-star Zambezi Sun’s informality is echoed in its carefree architecture, buffet restaurant and lively pool scene. It’s the perfect place to visit for a family holiday filled with adventure.​

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A Handful of Keys at The Boardwalk
[Partner Content] 02 MAY 2014

a handful of keys - ian elton in pink playing a pianoJust in case you were looking to head down to Port Elizabeth for a bit of rest and relaxation in May, here’s yet another reason to pop in for a stay at the always entertaining The Boardwalk, one of Sun International’s many Casino and World of Entertainment Venues dotted around Southern Africa.

From May the 20th through to May the 25th, Ian von Memerty will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his hit musical comedy/revue, “A Handful of Keys” at the Vodacom Amphitheatre, featuring team-ups with the charming, hysterical piano virtuoso Roelof Colyn, who has played more performances of shows than anybody else, followed by the multi award-winning wunderkind of musical theatre Jonathan Roxmouth.

The show has done 1150 performances with over 1000 standing ovations – to more than 375,000 people – around the country, in Australia, London, Dubai and New York – and has won 9 National Awards!

Two grand pianos, two amazing performers, high energy, much laughter, non-stop mix of lighting changes and movement from one piano to the other, and of course musical greats from Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Elton John and so much more – in other words, a sure-fire recipe for an evening of fun and entertainment!

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Sandton Business Hotel: The Maslow
[Partner Content] 19 SEP 2013

When travelling to Sandton on business it’s important to find a business hotel that fulfills your needs. Usually business trips are a whirlwind of meetings, presentations and entertaining, so it follows that business travellers need a hotel in Sandton that can support their business, as well as an environment that allows one to recharge their batteries.

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“Finding a Sandton business hotel with all the features and benefits for the business traveller.”

The Maslow Hotel in Sandton is just such a hotel. Its design is modern, spacious and soothing. The hotel rooms are minimalist, comfortable and functional. It also has everything a business traveller needs from black-out curtains, work space and connections for your laptop and cell phone. Extra touches like a coffee machine, good lighting and a great shower are added benefits.

Business travellers tend to always be on the go and eat out a lot. Sandton has many restaurants and cafes that can do something quick and healthy, as well as something a little more high-end when entertaining clients. The Maslow’s Lacuna Bistro breakfast is fantastic as is the uncomplicated and imaginative dinner menu.

The Africology Spa at The Maslow is also a winner. The Hydrotherapy zone, particularly the ice walkway and Razul steam room offer relaxing after work or lunchtime treatments especially for those suffering from jetlag or brain fog.

Business travellers appreciate being able to work in their own way with the technology they need at their fingertips. The Maslow’s uncapped WiFi offering has without a doubt the fastest download speed in Sandton and is available throughout the hotel. There’s a wide range of business facilities on offer from a conference center, auditorium, to a number of secluded meeting rooms offering all-inclusive packages.

For travellers with an early check in or late flight departure, the Wayfarer lounge is a great place to grab a shower and a bite to eat at before departing for the airport.

It’s hard to find a home away from home, but The Maslow’s can-do approach to business and pleasure comes close. Its understated elegance is relaxing, its fluidity from hotel room to board room sensible and its attention to detail, unusually relaxing. And it’s affordable.

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