Kingdom of Eswatini Lifestyle Tourism 

Eswatini gets first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

The Kingdom of Eswatini is celebrating its first entry in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme have just added 18 new sites in 12 countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and Kingdom of Eswatini has joined the MAB Network this year with the inscription of its first site, the Lubombo Biosphere Reserve. The new additions were approved at the Paris meeting from 17 to 21 June of the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, bringing the total number…

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Southern. Africa Tourism 

Eswatini Tourism: Umhlanga Reed Dance 2

This is Eswatini’s (Swaziland’s) best known cultural event, and has a more open feel than the Incwala. In this eight-day ceremony, young girls cut reeds, present them to the Queen Mother (Indlovukazi) – ostensibly to repair the windbreak around her royal residence – and then dance in celebration. Up to 40,000 girls take part, dressed up in brightly coloured attired – making it one of the biggest and most spectacular cultural events in Africa. The proper festivities kick off on day six, when dancing gets under way in the afternoon.…

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Wakanda vs Eswatini Africa Getaways Tourism 

Wakanda vs Eswatini: How Africa’s two ‘New’ countries square up!

2018 was a momentous year for Africa in many ways but not least because two ‘new’ countries emerged from this glorious continent! In April 2018, at a glittering festival celebrating national pride, King Mswati III announced that South Africa’s diminutive neighbour Swaziland would henceforth become ‘The Kingdom of Eswatini’. A couple of months earlier, the more northerly nation of Wakanda revealed itself to the world in Marvel’s acclaimed, ground breaking and Oscar-nominated Black Panther movie, and was then the site of the final battle in Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther…

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Swaziland Traditions Lifestyle Tourism 

Why Swaziland should be top of your list for 2018 travels

SWAZILAND’S 50/50 One of Africa’s last remaining monarchs King Mswati III of Swaziland will be holding lavish celebrations in 2018 to mark his 50th birthday and to celebrate Swaziland’s 50 years of independence. Already passionate about its own way of life, traditions and people, 2018 promises to be a year full of celebration for this tiny kingdom. SWAZILAND FOR THE ADVENTURE SEEKERS Despite being the smallest country in southern Africa, the Kingdom of Swaziland is an explorer’s playground with a remarkable variety of new activities to enjoy. From white water…

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Swaziland Tourism Southern Africa Swaziland Tourism 

48 Hours in Swaziland

Sublime handicrafts, stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country, that are home to The Big Five – plenty to keep busy for 48 hours! As one of the few remaining Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. Please follow and like us:

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Chatbots in the Hospitality Industry Getaways Tourism 

Nigeria Tourism: Chatbots in the Hospitality Industry

The premise of a chatbot is simple – automate communication and act as a window to access a service.   In the hospitality industry, one which is built around making the customer alpha, communication and information transactions must be smart, swift, insightful and analysable. Chatbots are hence the perfect tool for this type of communication and service provision. They live in messaging apps where today’s internet user spends a significant portion of his time, they are also cheap in the long run and can provide deep insights into customer preferences…

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Voice Search Getaways Tourism 

Voice Search and its impact on the Hospitality Industry

In years past, there was a dominant form of agricultural practice – sharecropping. A landlord would rent out his land, and farmers would rent it and pay in harvested crops. There was usually no other way for the farmer to get land, so the landlord was king!   Today, decades later, the king and farmer are still tied in a forced romance, only today, we call the king Google, and the farmers – brands in the hospitality sector. Save for a few like AirBnB that have managed to create a…

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Future Hotel Room Lifestyle Tourism Tourism & Travel 

The Hotel Room of the Future

Take a spin back to 1950, and you’ll be sure to find a well written and animated article on the subject – the hotel room of the future. It’s an interesting subject for players in the hotel space, a culmination of unhinged literary creativity, and fairly logical projections based on the trends and technology of the day.   More than ever, hoteliers will in the future strive to offer unique and personalised experiences to the guest, and to immerse him in an environment that is closest to his ideal throughout…

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Durban Getaways Tourism 

Barriers to facilitating travel in Africa

Africa’s travel and tourism sector continues to make major strides, accounting for 7.8% of African GDP (US $ 165 billion) in 2016. However, there remains challenges that hinder simplification of travel especially for Africans travelling within Africa. Speaking during the just concluded INDABA 2017, Africa’s top travel show held in Durban – Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa from 16th-18th; Jumia Travel CEO Paul Midy identified four main barriers to democratizing travel in the continent, as published on the INDABA Daily News Magazine. Please follow and like us:

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Lake Malawi Ilala Getaways Tourism 

Malawi’s Ilala Ferry

The Ilala has chugged up and down Lake Malawi each week since 1951. On its 6 day round trip the Ilala travels over 400km from Monkey Bay to Chilumba near the lake’s northern end, with 13 stops along the way. Although Lake Malawi is totally landlocked, at 365 miles long, 52 miles wide and up to 700m deep you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived at the coast! This vast body of freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand offers a plethora of water sport opportunities for those looking for…

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