Kirstie Hogg

Kirstie Hogg

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Buying vacant land in South Africa? Read this!

Buying vacant land in South Africa

Buying a vacant land is very different from buying a home or office building. When you buy a developed site, you’re buying a structure that already has water and electricity set up and you usually know what amenities are close by. But, when you buy a vacant land, you need to consider a few more factors, such as future time and capital involved in the purchase.

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Hotel or Airbnb in South Africa?

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Which is best: Hotel or Airbnb?

Many people these days  love to travel. Thanks to modern technology, South Africans have access to cheap flights and the opportunity find cheap accommodation almost anywhere. Airbnb provides travellers with more choice. But, are hotels still a better choice for you?

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There are a few things to consider when booking accommodation, such as: Are you booking accommodation for business or leisure? Are you travelling with kids? What are your price options? 

We’ve listed a few benefits of both hotels and Airbnb so you can decide which is best for you.

Benefits of hotels

When you book hotel accommodation, you’re paying for comfort, service and luxury. Hotels usually provide the best stress-free accommodation when it comes to short stay trips – especially for business travellers. Here are the main benefits of hotels for you:

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  1. Easy to check in – Most of the time you can walk into a hotel’s reception area at any time of the day to check in. Airbnb, on the other hand, is not that simple. You have to hunt for the place before hand and do a lot more prior communication to figure out how to check in, where to go and how everything there works.
  2. You know what you’re getting – Hotels usually have a standard they adhere to. Airbnb accommodation may be very different in person than online. The accommodation or area of the Airbnb may be terrible – but you’ll probably only find out once you’re there.
  3. You can get help immediately – At a hotel, there’s always someone to address any issues or queries you may have. So, let’s say for instance a drain is blocked in the bathroom. Someone can come to your room to fix the problem immediately. At an Airbnb, your host may not be very responsive. So, if there are any issues, you may have to deal with them for the duration of your stay.
  4. You have everything you need – And, if not, there’s always someone around to organise whatever you need.
  5. Your hotel booking is secure – Airbnb penalises hosts who cancel reservations. However, cancellations can still happen and it can ruin your entire trip. And, if you, as the guest, want to change your times or cancel your stay, the cancellation policies aren’t very flexible for you either.
  6. Hotels usually have bars and restaurants – You can travel to wherever you want from the hotel but, you can also make use of hotel bars and restaurants. You may even get complimentary meals with your room booking.
  7. You’re never obliged to clean a hotel room- You may feel the need to be polite and tidy up someone else’s home. At a hotel, it’s less personal so, you can leave the room without feeling obliged to clean up.

Benefits of Airbnb

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk founded Airbnb in 2008. The first listing was Brian and Joe’s apartment in San Francisco. Just over 10 years later, Airbnb has millions of listed properties around the world.

Airbnb is profitable. It made almost $100 million in profit last year on $2.6 billion in revenue.  Data shows that it attracts new guests who seeking new experiences and increases money spent in various areas. Here are the main benefits of Airbnb for you:

  1. airbnbYou can find spacious accommodation – Hotel rooms  are usually not as spacious as, say, renting out a 3 bedroom home.
  2. You can get cooking – You may not always have the luxury of a bar or restaurant nearby but you will probably have access to a functional kitchen where you can prepare meals.
  3. You can probably get some laundry done while travelling – no need to head out to a laundromat. Most houses come equipped with a washer and dryer.
  4. Accommodation is often cheaper You can often get very sizable houses for reasonable prices. Plus, as mentioned, you will have access to a kitchen, TV room, dining room, etc.
  5. It can be an exciting experience – Every host will be different. You may get a note, box of chocolates or champagne to make you feel at home. Hotels don’t usually offer an “unusual” experience or any unexpected surprises.
  6. You can find Airbnbs almost anywhere – If you’re looking for somewhere out of town, you can stay at an Airbnb and enjoy an authentic experience.
  7. You can enjoy group holidays – No need to stay in separate hotel rooms. Book a big house for a group of people. This is a fun way to go on holiday with family and friends.

Conclusion

Both options have great benefits. Which option is best for you? That depends on the purpose of your trip, your budget and who you’re travelling with. For business trips or trips where you really want to unwind and not do too much preparation, a hotel is probably best. But, if you looking for something more adventurous, Airbnb may be perfect for you.

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South Africa Events – Got FOMO? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!

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Here are some of the coolest events happening in South Africa in 2019:

Ultra Music Festival

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Join Africa’s largest and most exciting electronic music festival. Ultra South Africa is part of  Ultra Music Festival’s worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty countries. International performers, such as The Chainsmokers, Martin Garix, Pascal & Pearce and Infected Mushroom – along with many more breathtaking performers – will electrify the stages at this event.

Where & When: There are two dates for South Africa: 1 March at The Ostrich Farm – Cape Town, South Africa and 2 March at Expo Centre, Nasrec – Johannesburg, South Africa.

Get your tickets here.

The Tequila & Mexican Food Festival

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If you love tequila and Mexican food, you cannot miss out on the Tequila and Mexican Food Festival! Celebrate fine cuisine, tequila and the amazing traditions that Mexico has to offer. 2 stages, 8 acts, 30 taco and tequila stands.

Where & When: The festival will take place at the Royal Elephant Hotel & Conference Centre on the 18th of May 2019

Get your tickets here.

GinFest

Relax and listen to live music by artists Georgetown and the Barbosa Experience in beautiful gardens. There will be 20 craft gin stalls and 7 craft food stalls.

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Where & When: The GinFest is hosted at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel in Clubview, Centurion on the 9th of March 2019.  

Get your tickets here.

Fijnwyn Bubbles & Food festival

Enjoy wine tastings from more than 40 wine estates while listening to live music and enjoying deli food from the food stands. There’s no better way to spend your public holiday!

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Where & When: The festival will take place at plot 99, Luiperd street, Tierpoort, Gauteng on the 21st of March 2019.

Get your tickets here.

Corona Sunsets Festival – Cape Town

This festival  celebrates good music, beautiful people, and Cape Town’s breathtaking sunset. The show will also present locally sourced and organic craft food, art and local food vendors as well as Corona merchandise for sale.

Sunsets Festival

Where & When: The Sunsets festival will be hosted at The Bungalow in Cape Town on the 6th of April 2019.

Get your tickets here. 

Two Sides 2 Every Story – Poolside Sunset

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Feeling adventurous? Keen for a party with a secret location? Poolside Sunset is designed for you!

Where & When:The location will be in or around Durban and it will be disclosed on the 19th of April 2019 via email and SMS.

Get your tickets here. 

Electric Circus 2019

Truth is once again hosting its famous carnival themed party with multiple dance floors. This is an exciting party – not to be missed! 

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Where & When: Join in the carnival fun at 0D Old Pretoria Rd, Halfway House, Midrand, 1685 on the 27 April 2019.

Get your tickets here.

The Grand White South Africa

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Are you keen for some fun but in the mood for something a little more classy? If so, then join the Grand White Dinner. Great entertainment, a fashion show, delicious food, speeches, live music and more surprises. Remember to come dressed in all white. The festival is hosted all around South Africa on different dates, each with its own secret location.

Where & When: CPT 9.03. // PE 16.03. // BFN 23.03. // JNB 30.03. // PTA 6.04.  // DUR 13.04.

Get your tickets here.

Dodge your next hangover

Prepare for these festivals in advance. Get your hangover cure here.

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5 Ingredients chocolate brownie recipe – Love in the form of chocolate!

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Here’s a chocolate brownie recipe that you will LOVE

All you need is love this Valentine’s Day…

Or, perhaps we can swap love out for chocolate. – Or, just enjoy both!

Can you say no to chocolate?

No more diets

Here’s a lovely – and super easy – chocolate brownie recipe for you to try. The best part about this recipe is that there are only 5 base-ingredients. Most of these ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. Obviously, you can get creative and add a lot more “frills and spills” to your brownies, such as icing, smarties and sprinkles.

Chocolate brownies recipe

Ingredients

  • 125 ml flour
  • 250 ml sugar
  • 125 ml butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 80 ml cocoa powder

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk eggs and butter together.brownies
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
  • Grease a +- 20 cm by 20 cm baking tray or dish. Pour mixture into baking tray or dish.
  • Bake brownies for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the centre of the brownie mixture comes out dry.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

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9 Fun places to take kids in Durban

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Looking for something to do with the kids in Durban?

Durban is one of the best cities in South Africa. It is home to beautiful beaches, warm weather and really awesome people.

It’s also fun for the whole family. Whether you are visiting or you live in this amazing city, here are a few great places to take your kids.

Durban Natural Science Museum

Make your way to Durban City Hall and enjoy one of the most popular natural science museums in South Africa. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

The museum is a fun and educational experience for kids. From seeing a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex, enjoying diorama exhibitions and hearing educational stories to viewing the third largest collection of birds in Africa, the museum offers an unforgettable experience.


Durban Botanic Gardens

The gorgeous botanical garden is home to more than 80 heritage trees and rare plants. You and your kids can get up, close and personal with nature at the popular venue. 

Galleria Ice Rink

Put on some ice-skates and cool off at the Galleria Ice Rink in Durban. Join one of the epic ice skating events or free skate in the day or evening. This is a great activity for kids who need to get rid of some energy!

 

WavePark Gateway

Cool off at Gateway! Kids can have fun at the skatepark, enjoy Durban’s funnest water slides, learn how to surf and enjoy other watery fun at WavePark. There are lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.

Mini Town

Enjoy this iconic beachfront attraction with your kids. Mini Town is a mini replica of Durban. The buildings in Mini Town are scaled down 1:24 of their size. Enjoy seeing little versions of buildings, miniature trains and planes and even a miniature harbour with ships.

KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts

The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s best contemporary galleries. It houses work from local and international artists. Let your kids see some of the best works of art in the country!

KZN Science Centre

For all the young, budding scientists out there, KZN Science Centre is the place to go. Kids can interact with experiments and exhibits.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

There’s so much to do (besides watch sports games) at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. You can take a ride in the SkyCar to the top of the stadium’s arch and enjoy seeing Durban from up high. Or, children over 10 looking for an adrenaline rush can swing the length of the pitch on the Big Rush Big Swing.

Groovy Balls Adventure Park

You can roll around in a giant plastic ball like a hamster. How exciting! Groovy Balls Adventure Park lets you roll down a hill in a large transparent ball. This is an unforgettable experience for kids!

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