Issue 33
From the Editor – February 2017
By Jo Kromberg  ·  2017-02-07  ·   Source:

This month we have an unusual and very special array of places, experiences and adventures to delight you. Swaziland plays host to the annual MTN Bushfire, named Africa’s Top Festival by the BBC, and known as one of the most inclusive and diverse festivals in the world. It is entering its second decade with its commitment to the arts, the environment, and social change even stronger than ever.  

Every year around 25,000 music fans from across the globe gather in the scenic Malkerns Valleys of Swaziland to experience the internationally acclaimed event. It takes place on May 26-28 so be sure to read all about it and get your tickets now. 

From carefree musical events in Swaziland we move on to something completely different. Tucked away on the banks of the Sabi River in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa lies one of the most exclusive bush lodges in Africa. The timeless design of Ivory Lodge incorporates steel, wood, thatch, glass, water and sand. A sophisticated mid-century architectural contemporary theme defines the interiors, with bold furniture and edgy décor, ambient lighting, inferences of tribal design and highly textured finishes - all of which combine to make Lion Sands Ivory Lodge an utterly sensory experience. A must-see! 

We stay in South Africa on a visit to a not so well-known destination, yet truly charming. The mining town of Kimberly is world-renowned as having the biggest man-made hole ever dug manually for its wealth of diamonds but there are many other attractions. Stay at the inimitable boutique hotel the Kimberley Ann while you’re there. It oozes world-class sophistication, style and the food is simply fabulous.  

And last but not least we chat to Sisa Ntshona, Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism about his deep passion and commitment to develop tourism in South Africa, especially for the Chinese tourism market. 

So enjoy the February issue of Africa Travel and until next time, bon voyage. 

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