Classic Travel is a weekly feature within Classic Living every Wednesday at 12h40.

Every week, The Safari Guys will introduce Classic 1027 listeners to Southern Africa’s Finest Lodges & Hotels.  The feature will also highlight the people who created these fabulous retreats & what drives them.

In addition, listeners will have the opportunity to win a getaway to one of these exquisite destinations or special discounted travel packages to exquisite destinations.

About The Safari Guys:

The Safari Guys have had the privilege of traveling to and experiencing Southern Africa’s finest destinations.

Founder and director, Ron Mackenzie, has been involved in the luxury travel market for 10 years and has worked directly with A-list Hollywood actors, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Princes, CEO’s, and sports personalities.

“A lot of our success is based on us having experienced the destinations first hand. We know what the coffees’ like, how far the beach is from your villa, the General Manager is on speed dial and what the best restaurant is as well as how far away it is from your room. Reason being – we’ve had the pleasure of being there and doing that!

At best, when people contact us with their travel requests, we are there to make their dreams come true.”

– Ron Mackenzie, Chief Wandering Officer

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Please fill out the form below to Win.

Exclusive Offers:

1.Fairmont Zimbali Resort

South Africa’s magnificent eastern shoreline presents gently rolling hills and lush flora, pristine forest and glistening sea, which form the backdrop to a world of wondrous sights. Cosmopolitan flair and traditional Zulu accents permeate Fairmont Zimbali Resort’s 154 guest rooms and suites, each with scintillating views of the warm Indian Ocean. Adding to the superb offerings is a variety of exquisite food and beverage experiences; a new and improved conference centre accommodating up to 600 guests; and welcome recreation, including a renowned Willow Stream Spa and fitness centre. At Fairmont Zimbali Resort, our legendary hospitality and attention to detail create an atmosphere of pure paradise.

Kindly contact the Reservations Team or (032) 538 5000

Visit their website: 



2.Sun City

Explore a world within a City

Opened in 1979, Sun City has become a favourite holiday resort in South Africa. This multiple Award-winning resort in the North West Province is sprawled along the border of the Pilanesberg National Park and enjoys the fine distinction of being the only surf-and-safari destination within a two-hour drive of landlocked Johannesburg.

Home to the first man-made beach in Africa, the Valley of Waves, Sun City resort has it all whether you’re looking for a romantic stay with your partner, a fun weekend getaway with friends or a holiday with the whole family. Come improve your golf handicap at two world-class golf courses, or find your groove on the dance floor at Encore. With the recently revamped Sun Central holidaymakers are spoilt for choice from two levels of retail stores, entertainment venues, over 30 restaurants and cinemas; Sun City will create memorable moments for you and your family this festive season.

Central reservations: +27 11 780 7855

3.Tsala Treetop Lodge

Amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa. Impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water leads to a magnificent foyer. Earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings are inspired by the diverse cultures of Africa, with the sophistication of the Western World. Breath-taking views, whether from the intimate dining room, glassed-in lounge, or large open decks high above the forest floor.

Staying in your own private elevated hideaway is romantic and adventurous, along with its perfect location in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique Hunter Hotels property is an ideal base for your adventures.

Tsala is, in every sense, a magical place.

Classic FM JHB Listener Special:

33% off published rate between now and 6 Feb 2019 (the running time of the campaign) for travel before 31 July 2019 subject to availability.

Promo Code: TTL/ClassicFM

Offer is inclusive of accommodation and breakfast, excluding all other meals, beverages, transfers and items of a personal nature.

Classic 1027FM Prize:

2 nights stay for 2 sharing in one of our Tsala Treetop Suites inclusive of breakfast at a value of R24,140.00.



4.Azura Benguerra Island 


Azura Benguerra Island – Multi award winning, luxurious, boutique hotel on Benguerra Island, Azura provides the ultimate private luxury hideaway in this undiscovered destination. African-chic style décor throughout all hotel areas, sea front designer villas each sporting a private pool, delicious local cuisine, world-class diving & fishing and a unique African spa is offered while a Mozambican Butler-host looks after your every need.



Classic 1027 FM Offer

Contact The Safari Guys and request Azura’s SA Resident offers

Classic 1027 FM Prize

2 People Stay for 2 Nights


$4400 (approx R60,000)

Contact Details

011 467 0907

Email –

Web –

5.AirVentures Hot Air Ballooning


AirVentures Hot Air Ballooning offers more than just a hot air balloon ride, we offer a total experience encompassing all the good things that make Africa great, from sun rise to great food, from wildlife to breathtaking scenery.

We offer daily game viewing Safari Flights over the 53000 hectare world heritage site – The Cradle of Humankind, and scenic Classic Flights over the Magaliesberg. Our flights are customised to provide fun and excitement for anyone. We cater for the romantic couple to the larger groups, as well as corporate and incentive events. A six time tourism award winning company, AirVentures can meet all your requirements with a choice of high quality, exciting flight packages. Our attention to detail, and focus on exceptional service, will ensure that your balloon ride with us meets all expectations.

Classic 1027 FM Offer

R2573 per person

  • Meeting time at a 5 Star Luxury Lodge – t.b.c
    Short briefing with guides
    Transfer to the balloon launch site
    Tea/ Coffee and Biscuits served as you watch the balloon being inflated ▪ Take-off at sunrise
  • Hot air balloon flight of approximately 1 hour
    Enjoy game viewing from the balloon
    Keeping with tradition, the flight will be celebrated with sparkling wine and orange juice ▪ Transfer back to the luxury lodge
    Full English buffet breakfast
    Certificates presented to all the ‘’brave” passengers
    The entire experience will take 3 – 4 hours

R2370 per person Meeting time at 5 Star Luxury Lodge – t.b.c

  • Transfer to the balloon launch site
  • Upon arrival, Tea/ Coffee and Biscuits served as you watch the balloon being inflated
  • Flight of approximately 1 hour
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Cradle of Humankind/ Magaliesberg
  • Keeping with tradition, the flight will be celebrated with sparkling wine and orange juice
  • Transfer back to the 5 Star Lodge
  • Full English buffet breakfast
  • Certificates presented by the pilot
  • The entire experience will take approx. 3 hours

Classic 1027 FM Prize

  • Flight for 2 People
  • value R4740
  • Meet at 5 Star Lodge
    Tea and Coffee served
    Flight of approximately 1 hour
  • Scenic Flight
    Champagne and Orange Juice
  • Transfer back to Lodge
    5 Star Breakfast

Contact Details

083-356-2435 or 011-793-5782

6.De Hoek Country Hotel


Nestled in a crook of the Magalies River in the lush and fertile valley of the Magaliesburg Mountains and only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, De Hoek Country Hotel is the ideal place to celebrate life.

Whether you come to stay for a romantic getaway, an executive conference, a bespoke wedding or just to unwind in a tranquil setting; you’re bound to enjoy our warm hospitality. Coupled with excellent 5 star service and superb cuisine, De Hoek proudly continues to satisfy a wide clientele from South Africa and all over the world.

The successful team, with the continued loyalty and commitment of the De Hoek staff, continue to uphold the values that make the award winning hotel, a prized gem in a highly competitive hospitality industry.

Classic 1027 FM Offer



– Accommodation in a Deluxe Suite

– Signature 5 Course Dinner

– Full English Breakfast

Classic 1027 FM Prize

2 People Stay for 2 Nights


R12 000

Contact Details

014 577 9600

7.Mount Camdeboo


Resting at the foot of the majestic Sneeuberg Mountain Range in South Africa’s dynamic Karoo region, Mount Camdeboo offers a private, malaria-free safari experience in a pristine 14 000-hectare setting.

The reserve is home to white rhino, Cape buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, mountain zebra, a host of antelope and an abundance of birds. If remote R&R is what you need, then the on-site spa and the constantly evolving menu of wholesome, locally inspired, refined cuisine, will do wonders for body and soul. Accommodation is in three beautifully restored, gracious gabled manors – including a sole-use villa – each with spacious gardens and swimming pools, and one with an additional secluded cottage. For those looking for something under canvas, two luxurious and privately located en-suite safari tents provide sweeping views over the reserve. Activities on the reserve range from game drives and guided bush walks to cheetah tracking, scenic helicopter flights and star gazing. Informative talks take place at actual historical sites on the property. The airstrip in Graaff-Reinet services daily scheduled flights to and from Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route as well as charters from any major city in the country. We will soon become a ‘Big-Five’ reserve with the introduction of elephant and lion during the course of the year – something we are very excited about!

Classic 1027 FM Offer

R2950.00 per person sharing per night

including – Accommodation

– all meals

– 2 game drives per day

Classic 1027 FM Prize

2 people for 2 nights

including – Accommodation

– all meals

– 2 game drives per day

Value – R19 800.00

Contact Details

T: +27 (0) 87 057 4513


8.Belgrace Boutique Hotel

Unapologetically luxurious and over the top romantic Belgrace Boutique Hotel opened its doors in October 2014. The grand welcoming and romantic ambience in every detail gives the feeling of being swept off your feet, and falling in love all over again. Opulence and romance are delicately combined in every detail. With interiors of gold damask wall coverings, hand painted finishes and crystal chandeliers, the feeling of European grandness abides. The mood is undoubtedly set from the onset with abundantly scattered rose petals around the Jacuzzi, champagne on ice, and candles everywhere… who could wish for a better setting for special quality time together.
Ideal for anniversaries, engagements, intimate weddings, birthday celebrations and special time out from the world. Every room is private, intimate and cosy with breathtaking views, a sanctuary of pure lavish indulgence that truly nurtures the soul of lovers.


Classic 1027 FM Offer

SA Residents Offer (40% discount)

from R1920 per room per night


Classic 1027 FM Prize

2 people for 2 nights




Contact Details

Reservations 076 539 0409


Marataba South Africa is a private concession in Marakele National Park which, as its Tswana name suggests, is a ‘place of sanctuary’. The park conserves 67 000ha of the Limpopo Waterberg’s biodiversity – including the Big Five – and San rock art and Iron Age sites of great historical significance. Within this vast wilderness, Marataba’s luxury Safari Lodge and Mountain Lodge are the only camps, feeling like privileged perches from which to take it all in. They create for a select few guests exclusive and personal safari experiences of exploring on game drives, bush walks, specialist Marataba Trails, and Miss Mara Water Safaris.


Marataba Safari Lodge – R3 995 per person per night (sharing); constitutes a 60% discount

Marataba Mountain Lodge – R3 450 per person per night (sharing); constitutes a 65% discount

Validity – the above offers are valid for stays between now and 17 December 2018

The above rates include: accommodation; all meals; safari activities and refreshments

The above rates exclude: park entry fees; conservation contributions; beverages; boutique purchases; spa treatments; laundry service



R1100.00 per person per night bb.

Value of the 2 nights stay for 2 –


Description of the property

Emfuleni Lifestyle & Boutique Hotel,Centrally located to Ezulweni main city hub, nestled in between the mountain and valley of the emfuleni river.

We are the heart of the business district.

Boasting 16 luxuriously appointed bedrooms with restaurant boma and bar area and meeting rooms

The Emfuleni Lifestyle and Boutique hotel is the only hotel in swaziland that is built on Swazi Nation Land held by His Majesty in trust of the the chief of the area whom oversees the property and reports directly to the king!

* Reservation contact number: +26876882326

* Reservation email address:

* Website.


11.Tiger Canyon

R3995 pp/sharing valid until 31 December 2018

Inclusive of safaris and all drinks and food

Transfers not included

Exclusive vehicles not included

* Value of the 2 nights stay for 2 : R34 000

* Description of the property:

Tiger Canyon Private Game Reserve is an ex-situ conservation project that has established a sanctuary for wild Bengal tigers in the South African heartland. Founded in 2000 by veteran conservationist and wildlife filmmaker John Varty, today our reserve is home to the only population of wild tigers outside of Asia.

The critically endangered Bengal tiger has long been fighting for survival in its native habitat, and is increasingly at risk from expanding human populations and poaching. In South Africa, our proud conservation history and our free-ranging land areas mean that we are able to preserve a flourishing population of wild tigers in a safe conservation environment. It was for this reason that our tiger project was established in the vast Karoo region of South Africa, a natural and underpopulated terrain that allows for the tigers to thrive as wild and free icon predators.

Merging conservation with eco-tourism, we recently opened our exclusive Tigress Julie eco-lodge on the edge of our namesake canyon, with each room providing spectacular canyon views. Our adventure safaris offer unparalled sightings as well as some of the best photographic opportunities of these elusive cats in the world, so that guests are able to enjoy a unique close-range safari experience in a rugged and undisturbed environment.

Set in the semi-arid Karoo region of South Africa, our reserve is a magical destination unlike any other. This captivating heartland is home to diverse and ancient cultures and naturally-occuring wildlife, providing unforgettable memories in a breathtaking and spiritual wilderness.

By working hand-in-hand with local communities, Tiger Canyon has created a conservation blue-print that allows each and every guest to experience the rare majesty of the wild tiger in Africa, a powerful encounter that will leave all who come here changed forever.

* Promo Code: Classic/TigerCanyon

* Reservation contact number: +27 71 607 9279

* Reservation email address:

* Website.


12.Lush Private Game Lodge


Value of the 2 night stay for the winner:

R19 600 (based on 2019 rates @ 4,900 pppn sharing)

Property description:

Lush Private Lodge is located in the Black Rhino Reserve, a private concession within the malaria-free greater Pilanesberg National Park, a mere 02h30 drive from Johannesburg. With the opportunity to explore the restricted Pilanesberg Wilderness Area, you are assured of a private safari experience with the rare opportunity to see Black Rhino. The park is a wilderness Eden where most of the animal species endemic to South Africa can be found, including the endangered African Wild Dog and all of the Big Five.

Tucked away into a wooded hillside, this contemporary lodge is shaped around the environment and brings a distinct nurturing sense to your African Safari. Its minimalistic décor and natural finishes put focus on the view, drawing you outside at once. The Lush experience is one of easy-going luxury with Italian family style hospitality and 5-star cuisine.

The five individual Suites are interspersed between the trees, affording privacy and the luxuries of home. The extended fold-away glass doors and the wilderness inspired interiors allow visitors to immerse in nature from the comfort of their suite. Emperor size beds, indoor and outdoor showers and a free standing bath with a bush view are complemented by a decked veranda with a splash pool.

Game drives are offered twice daily with either morning coffee or sundowner stops. The lodge’s guided morning bush walks bring you closer to nature whereas the lodge will gladly book a hot-air balloon flight to give you a birds eye view. For golf enthusiasts, transfers to either of the 18-hole Gary Player or Lost City golf courses can be arranged.

Special offer:

R 3 490 pppn sharing

R 4 190 pppn single

Fully inclusive stay at Lush Private Game Lodge:

  • Accommodation in one of Lush’s 5 luxury suites
  • 2 game viewing activities per day (game drive or bush walk)
  • All meals, soft drinks, tea, coffee local wines, beer, spirits
  • Value Add: Private guiding, availability permitting at the time of confirmation.


  • Park Entrance (R80 pppd)
  • Premium beverages
  • Any items of a personal nature.


To be booked between 22 Aug 2018 – 06 Feb 2019 (the running time of the campaign)

For travel before 01 Apr 2019

Reservations Contact number : + 27 66 479-5639

Reservations Email Address :

Website :

Promo Code :  Lush/Class24

13.Chobe Water Villas


Chobe Water Villas Description


In a special corner of the African wilderness, where two mighty rivers meet, a wetland paradise is haven for nature and wildlife. Discover the wonders of this magical destination at Chobe Water Villas. At the very tip of Namibia’s Zambezi Region, previously known as Caprivi Strip, Chobe Water Villas is nestled in the beautiful lap of nature on the bank of the Chobe River. The exclusivity and style of this boutique lodge in unparalleled.


Reservation email address:

Value of the 2 night stay for 2 people: is US 3388.00


R6028.00 per person, per night sharing

(Pay 2 nights, stay 3 nights)

Valid Until: 30 November 2018

The above rate is inclusive of:

  • 15% VAT + 1% Tourism levy
  • Stocked Mini-bars in in a luxury Villa
  • Breakfast, Lunch and 3 Course Dinner
  • Afternoon High Tea & Coffee
  • All day complimentary Tea & Coffee Butler Station
  • All beverages including selection of Beers, wines, soft drinks and bottled water
  • Stocked Mini-Bars in Villas
  • Return Road Transfers (5 minutes) to/from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Point
  • Return Boat Transfer (15 minutes) across Chobe River to/from Kasane Immigration (Botswana) and Kasika Immigration at Chobe Water Villas (Namibia)
  • IMPORTANT: Opening hours of Immigration Offices – Daily from 07:30 to 16:30
  • Free Wi-Fi access in all rooms and throughout Lodge’s public areas
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation. Guests should also ensure they have their own appropriate Medical Insurances in place.
  • Choice of two (am and/or pm) motorized activities including:
  • Morning 4 to 5 hour open 4×4 Game Drive Safari into Chobe National Park (08:00 – 12:00/13:00) including Park Fees, Tea, Coffee, Biscuits or Rusks and Bottled Water
  • Morning 3 to 4 hour Chobe River Safari along the banks of the Chobe National Park (08:00 to 11:00/12:00) including Park Fees, Tea, Coffee, Biscuits or Rusks and Bottled Water
  • Afternoon 3 hour Chobe River Safari along the banks of the Chobe National Park (15:30 to 18:30) including Park Fees, Snacks, Soft Drinks, Local Spirits, Beers, Wines and Bottled Water
  • Afternoon 3 hour Boat Cruise on both Chobe and Zambezi Rivers including the historic Kasai Channel and Impalila Island along the shores of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia (15:30 to 18:30). Includes Snacks, Soft Drinks, Local Spirits, Beers, Wines and Bottled Water

The above rate is exclusive of:

  • All extras


14.Sibani Lodge


Lodge Accommodation

1x Main Lodge Suite – R4 100.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests)

1x Main Lodge Deluxe Room – R 2 600.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive ( 2 guests)

Main Lodge Deluxe Room – R 3 600.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (3 to 4 guests)

2x Royal Cottages – R 3 500.00 Per Cottage Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests Per Cottage)

Tented Camp Accommodation

2x Small Tents – R 2 400.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests)

2x Large Tents – R 2 800.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests)

We would be delighted to offer Classic FM Listeners a 20% discount on the above rates.

Tent Information: 

Kindly note the tents do not have electricity or Wi-Fi. However, camping lanterns are available which brings out the best bush experience.

Included in the Rates: 

  • Breakfast
  • Light Lunch
  • 3-Course Set Dinner
  • Safari Drive

Excluded in the Rate:

  • Beverages
  • Extras

Please see description below:

‘Sibani Lodge offers an authentic bush experience only 30 minutes’ drive from Sandton. Here, you’ll find paradise in the heart of Africa with our well-appointed lodge, royal cottages, and brand new luxury tents.

With a backdrop of the ancient Magaliesberg mountains, our lodge is surrounded by a deep quietness, perfect for those looking for a romantic getaway.

Home to giraffe, impala, kudu, red hartebeest, zebra, and a wealth of birdlife, the night time comes alive with the melodic notes of the African wildlife. Stir your senses with a morning or evening farm drive and experience the golden glow of the sunrise and sunset from the unspoilt bush.’



Contact number: 087 057 4520

The winner for two night’s stay at Sibani Lodge: Tshebo Lephoto

15.Cheetah Ridge Offers Guests the timeless appeal of Safari with all the trappings of modern comfort.



Together with delightful dining experiences and luxury suites boasting private viewing decks, this is the perfect place to relax. Couple this with morning and afternoon game drives over the pristine private Reserve and you have an exceptional wildlife experience at Cheetah Ridge Lodge.

Located just four hours from Johannesburg and three hours from Durban, Cheetah Ridge is a four-star, child-friendly lodge set amidst the extraordinarily diverse beauty of Nambiti Private Game Reserve.

Among just a few Big 5 reserves in South Africa falling into a malaria-free zone, the species-rich Nambiti Game Reserve offers regular sightings of elephant and buffalo herds, rhino, cheetah and lion. As always, nocturnal animals, such as leopards are a delight when seen, but numerous species of antelope, together with giraffe, zebra, hippo and abundant birdlife make for a rewarding sojourn into the bushveld.

Nestled alongside a 112-year old Natal Fig tree, the lovingly restored, yet still original, colonial grey-stone manor house at Cheetah Ridge holds a historical charm, matched by no other in the reserve.

Situated in lush, fenced-in gardens, the fully catered lodge has its own pool, tennis court, outdoor boma and on-site spa, making it the ideal destination for families, couples and solo travellers, as well as photo safari sightseers, game and bird watchers, battlefield tourists, or conference visitors. Nambiti House is also located on the grounds and is managed as a separate self-catering lodge, perfect for a relaxed family getaway, or retreat with friends – it even has its own private pool!

Delivering warm hospitality is our overriding concern and while you relax and unwind, our staff will ensure that your stay with us is as comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable as possible.


Rate: R2015.00 per person, sharing per night.

Inclusive: 3 Meals per day, 2 game drives with snacks per day, all hot beverages.

Exclusive: A

ll other drinks and beverages not specified, Nambithi Rhino conservation levy, gratuities, personal items, extra activities and extra’s.

Reservation Contact number: + 27 36 940-0129 / +27 73 628-7307

Reservations Email Address:

Code: Classic


The winner for two night’s stay at Cheetah Ridge is: Charley Burger.

16.Jaci’s Safari Lodge Tented Rooms & Jaci’s Tree Lodge:



Rate: R3690 per person per night sharing ex GCC & Gate Fees.

Includes: ccommodation, safaris, afternoon tea, dinner & brunch, local drinks but

Excludes: GCC, gate fees, transfer, gratuities, spa treatments and anything else not mentionedThe Promo Code that has to be present in the subject line for the special to apply is ClassicJaci

Valid: 18 December and subject to availability.

For more information go to the website: 

The winner for two night’s stay at Jaci’s Lodge is: Riaan Otto

17.Moledi Gorge:



Stay: 3 nights, pay per person sharing R9696

Valued at: R14544

Travellers in search of absolute privacy, luxury and relaxation will find it a retreat that offers personalised service, style and comfort.

Includes: All meals, in-suite bar and one nature activity per day.

Excludes: Drinks, spa treatments, items of a personal nature.

Terms & Conditions:

Book and pay in August 2018, travel between August and December 15, 2018. Stay in one of Moledi’s premier suites.

Contact reservations to check availability and confirm your booking.

Email: Mobile: + 27 63 697 1445For more information visit: Voucher code: ClassicMol001

18. Riboville Boutique Hotel:



One Nights stay at Riboville including breakfast for 2 people, get a 25% discount on our current rate until end September 2018.

Current Rate: R3850 – 25% discount = R 2887,50

Promo Code: ClassicFM01 or contact Riboville direct and quote Classic Living

Bookings are essential and it is subject to availability.

For more information go to the website: 

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