COOL CROCS meet HIP HOP HIPPOS…. by Ursula Brown

Hippos, Crocs (made in the Nile) (and not used to clad your feet) and the majestic magnificent Fish Eagle – take centre stage and at iSimangaliso World Heritage Site. Declared by UNESCO, 1 Dec 1999, iSimangaliso, lives up to it’s Zulu name, “Miracles” and “Wonders”.

Sarj, Raj, Laxmi, Shiv and Alicia (Karanicha Family), from the UK, were in Pietermaritzburg visiting family. African Link accompanied the family – Safari and boat cruise on The SANTA LUCIA, with skipper Robert Mthethwa keeping her steady, gliding over the spectacular 61 kms long (5 km wide) Lake St Lucia.

Spotting the lake’s residents is Nompumelelo Zikhali, an experienced accomplished tour guide and leader, pointing out the whereabouts of our friends in nature.

Hippo Pods dotted about on the sandy banks, an eerily floating croc, here and there, as if on cue, for visitors on board to “shoot”.

A trip to this fascinating corner of the Zulu Kingdom, demands that guests board and float, both upstream and back again.

A fascinating lesson in quirky ways of wildlife, conservation and heritage are relayed to guests by the passionate, knowledgeable team, who understand life, convincingly care about the environment and clearly realise that iSimangaliso is, indeed, a miraculous wonder.


Peaceful……tranquil…… heavenly  

SANTA LUCIA…. cruising……….on Lake St Lucia…….

Crocodiles Rock……… or Crocodile Rock…. let Elton John decide

Hip Hip Hooray……spotted a Hippo today

Nature’s friends frolicking ……..

King and Ruler……….. Majestic Fish Eagle

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What’s on offer ….. Global Escorted Tours 2018…by Ursula Brown

Exciting bouquet
to sizzling Bucket List destinations.

INDIA Incredible India, MAURITIUS Island Bliss 11 – 24 Feb 2018 (12 nights) – 9 nights India plus 3 nights Mauritius – Four Star Hotels – Breakfast and Dinner Daily R19,900 per person sharing

EGYPT : Land of Pyramids 3 – 11 Mar 2018  – 7 nights Cairo and Hurghaba  – Nile Cruise with Dinner  – Breakfast and Dinner Daily  R11,500 per person sharing

TURKEY : Turkish Delights 20 – 29 March 2018 – 8 nights Istanbul, Pamukale, Antalya, Cappadocia Bosphurus Cruise and Dinner – Breakfast and Dinner Daily                                R19, 999 per person sharing

DUBAI : Date Delights.        26 – 30 April 2018    – 3 nights Dubai – Dhow Cruise and Dinner – Desert Safari with Barbecue Dinner – Visa – Breakfast and Dinner Daily. R12,500 per person sharing

CHINA : Chinese Crackers 10 – 17 May 2018  6 nights Beijing and Shanghai – Visa – Breakfast and Dinner Daily  R14,750 per person sharing

THAILAND – Land of Smiles.  23 – 30 June 2018 (6 nights) – 8 nights  Phuket and Bangkok   – Breakfast and Dinner Daily    R15,000 per person sharing

TREASURES of EUROPE (including two nights London) 2 – 13 August 2018 (10 nights) – 10 Nights Brussels, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Paris, London – Breakfast and Dinner Daily R29,300 per person sharing

CAMBODIA Kingdom of Wonders and HALLO VIETNAM 3 – 10 Sept 2018 – 7 nights – Breakfast and Dinner Daily  ASK US about our special discounted rate

STARS of AMERICA and Keep on EXPLORING CANADA – 9 – 22 October 2018 (13 nights) – Breakfast and Dinner Daily ASK US about our special discounted rate

The platform for your JOURNEY of DISCOVERY as you join Pharaohs, Sultans, Emperors, Sheikhs, Chieftains, Kings, Tsars, Governors, Monarchs, Presidents, Rulers and experience alluring fascinating exotic destinations for a dream holiday.

Explore, experience, discover mystical magical secrets hidden and preserved over centuries.


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Global fully escorted tours 2018 … ready for lift off!!…by Ursula Brown

GLOBAL Fully Escorted Tours 2018 took centre stage at Bangkok Wok Pietermaritzburg Mon 4 Dec 2017.

Pictured here Bunny Bhoola with an almost all African Link Ladies A-Team.

Thumbs up from three lovely ladies

Bollywood Hip Hop Dancers (and brother) delight the audience

French Hair Salon… present a picture of stylish fashionable party peeps

Laksitha Maharaj (Travel Guru) and Rani Dukanthi (Programme Director and “On-the-Go Tour Manager”) entertain African Link VIP guests

Bunny Bhoola (Dream Travel Planner) with loyal guests of long standing.


Celebrations and jubilation were in the air at  the celebratory thank you dinner for loyal customers combined with year-end African Link staff function.

Dignitaries, VIP’s, Government officials, travel fans, family and friends arrived Mon 4 Dec 2017, promptly for 6:30pm registration at Bangkok Wok Restaurant, Invesco Centre, Pietermaritzburg to join the fun with festive spirit.

Over 130 guests received a holiday welcome cocktail (with colourful paper umbrella precariously perched) and a very warm (sometimes personalised) reception from Rani Dukhanthi, programme director, most appropriately attired in sparkle, bijou and lotus blossoms, with matching sari, of course.

The programme started on the bell or, as they say in show business, curtain up, on the stroke of 7 bells.

Stars of this performance (after Bunny Bhoola’s Opening Prayer), were, undoubtedly, those revealed during the Passport to Pleasure chapter of the evening. Carefully planned worldwide holiday travel packages over the next 12 months were received with cheering and joyful applause.

This exciting bouquet of FULLY ESCORTED TOURS to exotic sizzling BUCKET LIST destinations include Incredible India, Island Bliss (Mauritius), Land of Pyramids, Turkish Delights, Date Delights (Dubai), Chinese Crackers, Land of Smiles (Thailand), Treasures of Europe, Kingdom of Wonders (Cambodia), Hallo Vietnam, Stars of America and Keep on Exploring (Canada).

A platform for your JOURNEY of DISCOVERY as you join Pharaohs, Sultans, Emperors, Sheikhs, Chieftains, Kings, Governors, Monarchs, Presidents, Rulers, Tsars and experience alluring fascinating exotic destinations for a dream holiday.

Explore, experience, discover mystical magical secrets hidden and preserved over centuries.

Hospitality partners, guest speakers, entertainers, Bangkok Wok Restaurant, Greyhound and African Link teams were definitely unshaken and very well stirred with schedules precisely on time.

Come see the world with us……. the African Link Travel and Tours byline which, simply put, is perfect.

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Margate: the Hub of the South Coast.


Margate is an enchanting small seaside town, where the ocean meets the sky and every captivating sunrise feels unparalleled. It is perfectly located on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, just twenty kilometers southwest of Port Shepstone. (more…)

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The Gorge Private Game Lodge and Spa: A Romantic Getaway that will Never be Forgotten

s01The Gorge Private Game Lodge and Spa is located in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s South Coast, a mere thirty four kilometers from Port Shepstone. This luxurious five star owner-run boutique lodge is a place where dreams come true. It is situated in the heart of the Oribi Gorge, with a backdrop of dramatic age old sand cliffs. It is also the winner of a 2014 World Luxury Hotel award, in the global lodge category. World-class hospitality and extravagant cuisine make this a romantic getaway that will never be forgotten.


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Victoria Falls: a unique holiday experience.

The spectacular Victoria Falls creates the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These extraordinary falls capture the dynamism of the great Zambezi River. It is also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates to ‘the smoke which thunders’ in the Kololo Tribe language. It is definitely a must see.


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South Africa: destination of choice to usher in the New Year

South Africa is the most sophisticated country in Africa, celebrated for its diverse culture and captivating, untarnished natural beauty. It is blessed with some of the world’s most eye-catching beaches, ubiquitous with sun-kissed soft golden sand. South Africa is also eminent for its distinctive wildlife and multicultural cuisine, ranging from the finest of classic to contemporary dishes that will please the most discerning palate. South Africa is one of the most attention-grabbing, fun loving countries to travel within, thus making it idyllic for your holiday season.  The three major cities being Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town have loads of exciting and refreshing options to indulge in.


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