Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Travel &Things, the guest list. 06/02/2016


Welcome to a brand new season...


What a way to start off 2016
A Samsonite Giveaway!
ONE lucky winner will be walking away with 
one of these "top of the range" 55cm suitcases (valued at R3995)
 in the colour of your choice.
And just in time for the Easter holidays!
The eye-catching Samsonite® Neopulse™ collection 
redefines the benchmark for lightweight polycarbonate luggage, 
offering the perfect combination of lightness 
and strength thanks to its innovative design.
www.samsonite.co.za
How to enter:
SMS the word "Samsonite" to 44008 (standard sms rates apply)
The judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
The winner will be announced on Saturday 28/02/2016

Listen to a previous Podcast here:
Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00
This is the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that  will air between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 06/02/2016


1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi


10.00-10.15:
Time to chat about what, where I have been up to...
all in the name of research for this show.
And to announce the competition...
and the results of the 2015 South African Blog Awards.
"Travel & Things" was runner up in the Travel section.
Thanks to all the listeners who voted.

10.15-10.30: 
Marie-Lais Emond
We get to share some laughs, and some insights
as we greet 2016. 


10.30- 10.45:
Kate Turkington,
the doyen of South African travel writers,
shares some tips on how to stretch you Rand 
when you travel internationally.

10.45-11.00: 
Flight Centre MD, Andrew Stark,
joins me to chat about their Travel Expo,
currently on at the TicketPro Dome. 


         

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And the winner is...

THE GREAT BLOG GIVE-AWAY
Courtesy of Samsonite.
And the winner is...
All the way from Pretoria,
Albert Jacobs.
Well done.
Hi David,
Thank you first of all for the wonderful news. 
This will be very handy as I do travel regularly
and this prize will just be a huge blessing in keeping things organized.
I am part of a small Virtual Reality product development business based in Pretoria. 
And THIS is what he won...
Samsonite’s Pro-DLX 4 Tablet Workstation,
 which offers an innovative solution  that transforms a slim bail handle 
into a fully functional workstation that fits a tablet and can be held on the lap of the user: 
just open the front pocket and get started! 
The compartment has a dedicated compartment for tablets (up to 10.1“) 
with an included universal tablet case and hard shell at the bottom 
for increased protection. 
It’s the perfect companion for your business trips.
The prize is valued at R3695.00

From Abu Dhabi to...

Pofadder and most places in between


And everywhere I go,my Samsonite suitcase is never far behind. 
For more information, visit www.samsonite.co.za 
and follow us on @Samsonite_SA. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2015 SOUTH AFRICAN BLOG AWARDS. Travel & Things is back on the podium!

2015
THE RESULTS ARE IN...
The winners in the Travel section are:
Winner: Travelstart Blog...www.travelstart.co.za/blog/
Runner up: Travel & Things...www.davidbatzofin.com
Runner up: de Wets Wild...http://dewetswild.com/

2015 was a very busy travel year for me.
From Abu Dhabi to...

Pofadder and most places in between
I am glad that you have enjoyed the postings that were published in 2015,
and "Thank you" to those who VOTED for me.

There is no time for reflection as 2016 has already started
with a road trip to KwaZulu Natal.

The wonderful Karkloof Safari Spa  
just outside Pietermaritzburg.

And the iconic Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga 
But as "they" say in the TV adverts,
"That's not all folks"...
Plenty more adventures and experiences planned for this year.

Travel & Things is written on a

RUGGEDWEAR is the official bush clothing sponsor 
of "Travel & Things".


Europcar, the official car rental supplier
to "Travel & Things"




         

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Overview of my recent KZN road trip.


Time to reflect on my recent road trip in KwaZulu Natal.


Although the weather might not have been perfect,
the rain did not "spoil" the trip at all.
Although driving on the N2 from Pietermaritzburg to Durban
in a storm of "tropical" proportions, can be nerve wracking.
Drivers in this province are a law unto themselves!


The upside of the rain is the beauty it produces.

Howick Falls.
This town must be the only one in South Africa
that can boast this view from its main street.


My wife on the deck of our Villa
at Karkloof Safari Spa.


Here we did not mind the inclement weather,
as we were QUITE content to stay indoors.


A thing of beauty is a joy forever?


From the inside looking out.


We did EVENTUALLY venture out...
We paid a visit to the library in the main lodge building


And spent an evening here before going through for dinner.


Food glorious food.


This is one of the reasons to visit this property...
The Spa.


The attention to detail can be found in even the
"simplest" of things...
Like the belt on the Spa gown


A walk to the Karkloof Falls.
A must for the soul...


Our last "port-of-call",
The Oyster Box...
and their iconic hotel cat Skabenga.


You cannot NOT take at least one image of the lighthouse.


A child's eye view of the sea through the balustrade of our veranda.


Breakfast.
We were "warned" about this meal,
and I therefore paced myself...saving this waffle for the second day


I "discovered" that I like sushi.
I stepped out of my comfort zone, and
after not eating it for almost my entire life,
I have decided that I will enjoy more in 2016


That "pesky" lighthouse photo-bombing
yet another image.
Images on this trip were shot on
a Canon SX60HS.

In my dealings with this company to date
 I have only met with friendly and efficient staff
who have a passion for their customers.
Based on my experiences over the past few months
and in several cities, I highly recommend them
Europcar, the official car rental supplier
to "Travel & Things"


         


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