March 17, 2015

Five reasons to visit Ireland

Home to the shamrock, leprechaun and Guinness, Ireland is a land of legend, magic and fascination. Once you've fallen in love with Ireland, your heart will be forever green. Here are just five reasons to visit Ireland…

The Wild Atlantic Way
Driving the Wild Atlantic Way is the best way to take in this stunningly beautiful coastline. From the Slieve League Mountains (three times as high as the better known Cliffs of Moher) to the Ring of Kerry, the seaside cliffs and castles will leave you enchanted.

Sieve League Mountains. Photo credit.

Cliffs of Moher at sunset. Photo credit.

Cliff of Moher. Photo credit.

Ring of Kerry. Photo credit.

Trinity College Library, University of Dublin
You’ll feel as if you stumbled into Hogwarts or another of those awesome movie libraries… Trinity College Library is home to the famous Book of Kells. The 65 metre main chamber of the Old Library houses 200,000 of the library's oldest books and was built between 1712 and 1732.

Trinity College Library visitor information here.

Photo credit

Giant’s Causeway
Marvel at the mystery of the out-of-this-world Giant’s Causeway – towering hexagonal basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Photo credit

Discover the quintessential Irish town of Galway where Gaelic is still spoken in the streets. Brightly painted pubs, live music, cafes, medieval town walls and sounds of the seaside create a charming Irish atmosphere.

Photo credit

Photo credit

Photo credit

One of the most successful beer brands worldwide, enjoying a pint of the distinctive dark brew in a pub or visiting the Guinness brewery in Dublin is a must - whether you're normally a beer drinker or not. Sláinte (cheers in Gaelic Irish)!

Photo credit

What are your five reasons to visit Ireland? Comment below and let us know!

March 11, 2015

5 Top places to have Afternoon Tea in London

5 Best places to have afternoon tea in London
An afternoon tea (or High Tea as it’s known in all other parts of the world apart from the UK) is one of those must-do experiences when in London. Yes it’s in Pounds which will make it the most expensive afternoon tea you’re ever had, but trust us, it’s just one of those activities you have to do. Here’s Sure Tavel's pick of the top five places to have afternoon tea in the city…

Shangri-La Hotel, the Shard
From the 35th floor of the Shard, you’ll have the most magnificent birds-eye views of the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and other London icons all overlooking the Thames. There is the traditional English option but the Asian-inspired afternoon tea is recommended here.

5 Best places to have afternoon tea in London
 Photo credit

Book tea at the Shard.

Royal Opera House
How could you possibly not fall in love with the Royal Opera House? Before you've even laid eyes on the cute little sandwiches, the vast glass windows of the 19th-century conservatory will have you blown away.

5 Best places to have afternoon tea in London
Photo credit

Book tea at the Royal Opera House.

Afternoon tea at The Goring
The Goring has been serving their afternoon tea for 100 years - so if you're looking for a quintessentially British afternoon tea, you can't go wrong here.

5 Best places to have afternoon tea in London
Photo credit

Book tea at The Goring.

Mad Hatter’s Tea at The Sanderson Hotel
If you're looking for something a bit different, head to The Sanderson Hotel for a Mad Hatter's afternoon tea. Expect colourful sandwiches, potions to sip, blueberry lollipops turning tongues from hot to cold and hazulnut ice-cream pops. The menu changes seasonally to keep diving down the rabbit hole interesting.

5 Best places to have afternoon tea in London
Photo credit

Book tea at the Sanderson Hotel.

London Bus Afternoon Tea
Not the place you'd normally associate with scones and dainty nibbles... a shiny 1960s Routemaster bus has been lovingly  restored and turned into a touring tea bus that completes a 90-minute tour of the city while you sit back and sip your Earl Grey. A one-of-a-kind experience!

5 Best places to have afternoon tea in London
Photo credit

Book a bus afternoon tea.

Read more places to have afternoon tea in London.

Where's your favourite afternoon tea spot in London? Where would you love to pop in? Comment below and let us know.

March 2, 2015

{Closed} You could win a holiday in London!

[Competition closed] Winner announcement! Congratulations to the 2 winners: Peter Koch who booked a SAA ticket with his travel consultant Fran Bands from Sure Viva Travels in Pretoria and Oliver Chifadza who booked a SAA ticket with his travel consultant Ntsiki Lujiza from Sure The Travel Agent in East London!

[Competition details] Book a SAA air ticket with your Sure Travel agent & you could be jetting off to London! Book and pay for a SAA air ticket at any Sure Travel agency from 01 February to 18 March 2015 for travel between 01 February and 18 March 2015. Find your nearest Sure Travel agency and enter the competition here. #winwithsuretravel

2 Winners will each win:
  • Return economy class airfare including taxes from Johannesburg* to London on SAA
  • 3 nights accommodation sharing at the Hilton London 
  • Breakfast & dinner daily 
  • Prize is for you and a partner + R2000 spending money.

    *Should the winner be based in Cape Town, Durban, East London or Port Elizabeth, return airfare on SAA to Joburg will be included. Domestic add-on flights are for transfer purposes only. If domestic add-on flights don’t connect with the international departure time you may have to overnight in Joburg – at your own expense.

In addition to Sure Travel’s standard Competition Rules and Terms and Conditions, the below conditions apply:

  • Only South African citizens currently residing in South Africa, with a valid passport are eligible to enter. 
  • Only SAA air tickets booked and issued at a Sure Travel agency between 01 February and 18 March 2015 for travel departing between 01 February and 18 March 2015 are eligible
  • Competition closes at midnight on 18 March 2015
  • Prize winner will be notified by email and upon confirming their eligibility, prizes must be booked on/before 25 March 2015 for outbound travel before end September 2015 and return travel by end January 2016. (Subject to SAA availability and T&C’s). 
  • Prize winner to acknowledge receipt of email and claim prize within 24 hours otherwise they forfeit the prize and Sure Travel and/or SAA reserves the right to redistribute or dispose of the prize at their discretion.
  • Prizes are non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged. 
  • Subject to availability in specific booking classes, peak season and block-out periods & standard Sure Travel and SAA T&C’s.
  • Once issued ticket changes are not permitted. 


  • Transfers and any additional travel costs other than the ones specifically listed.
  • Domestic transfer flights from any other domestic point not mentioned.
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and any items not expressly mentioned in the prize details
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visas and passports