September 13, 2016

A Uniworld river cruise honeymoon through Burgundy & Provence

River cruising may not be the first option you imagine  for a honeymoon, but after reading what Robyn Daneel-Spicer, Director of Sure Stellenbosch Travel, had to say about her river cruising honeymoon, we think you’ll be convinced. The new Mr and Mrs joined a Uniworld boutique river cruise through the spectacular Burgundy and Provence regions in France. Here is Robyn’s story…

Before starting, I feel that it is only fair to tell you that I like to do things differently. My husband and I secretly got married in November last year surrounded by 20 family members after only 3 weeks of planning, only to tell our very surprised friends 3 days later. Now why do this, you may ask? Well it was with the entirely selfish notion of being able to spend our entire wedding fund doing what we love best… travelling in style.

So how best do we South Africans travel given the delicate issue of foreign exchange? A cruise of course, which led to the next of our slightly different decisions. Cruises are a fantastic choice for travellers who don’t want to spend additional funds when travelling (you would look at an-inclusive package), for travellers who want to unpack once but see many different places and for those who want to come back on speaking terms with their loved ones because they didn’t get completely lost for a full day in the rental car. This sounded perfect, but not everyone’s first choice for a honeymoon. But for us, it was different and it ticked all the boxes, so we went for it!

As  avid wine lovers we both agreed that France would be a lovely choice, and the south of France during summer would be just magnificent. We chose the 8 day Uniworld cruise on the SS Catherine from Lyon to Avignon. We flew SAA via Munich and actually chose to do a stopover there after the cruise to diversify with beer after all the wine.

I was in awe of what the ship looked like upon arrival. The décor was exactly as in the pictures, the rooms were spacious and exquisitely decorated and Laura (who would be servicing the room daily) came in to introduce herself. The attention to detail was incredible and possibly what set this experience apart from my other holidays.

Check-in took 2 minutes after which we naturally found the bar and toasted to the next 8 days – and what an amazing 8 days they were. The food on board the ship was incredible, the menu changed every day and local produce was sourced at each port. How they manage to offer fine dining for 100 people at every meal is beyond me, but they do it with class. Every meal was an experience - both lunches and dinners were paired with the most exquisite wines from the region, introduced and explained by the sommelier who was exceptional.

Uniworld take great pride in their excursions and there was something for everyone - from truffle farm excursions to wine tastings, even cycling and kayaking for those active travellers who want to do a bit of physical activity. My advice to anyone travelling would be to find out how active these tours are! We found ourselves kayaking for 8kms against quite a strong headwind. I needed a straw to sip my wine that evening; my arms were finished! Most of these excursions are included within the all-inclusive package but you are given the optional extras should you wish to do something different. Other than these tours, you will not spend an additional cent unless you enjoy a bit of shopping, which makes these packages really worth it!

The service and the people on board were what really sold us on Uniworld. They knew our names, what we liked, what we didn’t like, and no, not like they were paid to do it, but as if we were becoming friends on a cruise that ended way too quickly.

Would I ever go back you ask? Without a doubt – Is Christmas too soon?

Book your Uniworld cruise with Sure Stellenbosch Travel or at your nearest Sure Travel agency

Brought up surrounded by a family-run travel business, it’s no wonder that Robyn followed her family’s well-travelled footsteps into the travel industry. Her first trip was to Disney World Orlando with her dad and she has been travelling ever since. USA, Europe, Thailand, Dubai, Vic Falls and Australia are just some of the places she has visited - so far!

Contact Robyn at Sure Stellenbosch Travel on 021 887 2920 or at

September 9, 2016

Recharge in the Seychelles at Beachcomber’s Sainte Anne Resort

We all need a recharge now and again. And there’s not a more idyllic place to do it than the dreamy islands of the Seychelles. Sure Travel Marketing Manager, Geraldine Boshoff, got to enjoy the ultimate timeout at Beachcomber’s Sainte Anne Resort and Spa in the Seychelles. Here’s her story…


It was time for a time-out.  I was in need of total rest; a full recharge of energy to see the end of the year through.

I have had the privilege to travel extensively and therefore my criteria for this trip were very simple. No long flights, no long airport waits, no travel via any point to get to our retreat.  As little as possible driving, no cars and no TRAFFIC!

I chatted to my friends from Beachcomber and they said if that is what you want, then there is only one place to go. The island of Sainte Anne in the Seychelles. It houses only one property, Beachcomber’s Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, and best of all, there are NO CARS on the island!


The hotel is located on a private island just 10 minutes from the mainland and is surrounded by one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean. Accommodation is in 87 private villas, 29 of which have private pools. It’s a true sanctuary for nature lovers. I was sold and booked a 7 night stay for myself and my partner.

And off we went! We enjoyed wonderful service on a 5 hour flight with Air Seychelles. Going through customs at Seychelles International Airport was quick and efficient. We were guided to our bus that transferred us within 15 minutes to Roche Caiman quay, Sainte Anne’s private jetty. We were about 10 people on a bus meant for 8 with baggage for 20 people. What fun that was!

The sun was setting as we set out for a 10 minute speedboat ride to Sainte Anne Island and the amazing Sainte Anne Resort and Spa. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the friendly staff and taken to Villa 121. This was one of the most awesome surprises I have ever experienced.

Our huge villa had its own garden, swimming pool and a beautifully decorated room with block-out curtains to ensure that you can take a nap at any time in a darkened room or enjoy a very late sleep-in. The bathroom had a huge bath, double basins, indoor and outdoor shower, hairdryer and whatever else you might require.

We were invited to freshen up and join the rest of the guests for dinner at L’Abondance Restaurant in the main building. The spread of food was excellent and the service so welcoming. We were surprised by a few rain drops which subsided very quickly. I felt completely blissed out and knew that we had chosen well.

We cycled, swam, enjoyed yoga and wood carving classes, slept and slept some more and skinny dipped in the privacy of our own pool at night. What an awesome time!

We enjoyed an excursion to Moyenne Island, bought in 1962 by Brendan Grimshaw, the Englishman and modern-day Robinson Crusoe. He turned the island into a natural haven, protecting the giant tortoises, planting pawpaw trees and relocating birds to the island.

Sure Travel Tip: Ensure that you take your best mosquito repellent with you on this excursion!


Sainte Anne island is a favourite nesting ground for turtles. Time your stay with the turtle hatching that takes place from September to November. Just imagine witnessing baby turtles make their way towards the ocean for the very first time!
The resort is committed to preserving this fragile ecosystem. The hotel’s initiatives, in conjunction with Sainte Anne marine park authorities, include clear marking of the turtle nests, switching off the beach lights to avoid disturbing nesting and hatching and informing clients what to do around the turtles. Read more about this here

We visited Mahé and enjoyed great seafood at The Boardwalk Bar, Eden Island. Eden Island is a beautiful development with hotels, restaurants and a residential area.  Many South Africans own holiday homes here.

Our favourite dining experience though, was definitely the Le Robinson restaurant at Sainte Anne. It boasts a beautiful romantic setting right on the beach. We enjoyed many lunches and dinners here sampling the novel hot rock cooking, seafood, freshly baked bread and great French cuisine.

Our experience at Sainte Anne was truly amazing and delivered exactly what we needed. A complete recharge! I will definitely visit again and would highly recommend you consider Sainte Anne in the Seychelles for your next holiday. Whether you want to recharge like I did, or if you’re looking for something a bit more energetic (such as diving, sailing, hiking, etc.), Seychelles is the perfect paradise to do it.


Linen outfits, casual and smart casual and a wrap for the cooler evenings.

Make a copy of your prescription for chronic or any other prescription medication
Motion illness medicine
Wet wipes and waterless hand sanitizer
Airmune effervescent for your plane ride
Bactroban nasal ointment
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
A DEET-based Mosquito repellent

Book your holiday at Sainte Anne here or browse all Seychelles packages.

Have you visited the Seychelles or Sainte Anne island? Comment below – we’d love to hear your story!

I was born with itchy feet. Since I was a child, I dreamed of travelling to Scotland and meeting my relatives there. I have since travelled extensively. I absolutely love train journeys and travel this way wherever possible. When a recharge is needed, I choose an island holiday. Some of my favourite places are the Seychelles, Montevideo in Uruguay, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Tioman Island in Malaysia, Paternoster and Struisbaai in South Africa. On my bucket list is walking the Camino in Spain and travelling France by camper van.

September 2, 2016

Win a trip for two to Zanzibar!

Love the thrill of winning with Sure Travel and Mango! Book and pay for any Mango ticket with Sure Travel between 1 September - 31 December 2016 and you will automatically be entered into the competition.

Book a Mango flight with your nearest Sure Travel consultant. 


You could win, for you and a partner:

  • Return flights from South Africa (Mango operated routes only) to Zanzibar including airport taxes
  • 4 Nights accommodation for 2 people sharing in a Deluxe Garden Room at the Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa on an all-inclusive basis.
  • Return transfers from airport to hotel in Zanzibar


  • Terms and Conditions apply. Only residents of South Africa, Namibia or Botswana, with a valid passport, are eligible for entry.
  • Any Mango ticket (single or return, domestic or regional) booked and issued with Sure Travel between 01 September and 31 December 2016, for travel departing by 31 December 2016, will automatically be entered into the competition. 
  • One entry for every individual booked.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 31 December 2016.
  • The winner will be chosen by random draw and will be notified via email by 28 February 2017.
  • The prize is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged or converted to cash.


  • Prize is valid for travel between 01 March and 30 June 2017, is subject to availability and excludes blackout periods, long weekends, school holidays and any peak periods. Please note that the prize must be taken up within the period specified and may not be extended. 
  • Accommodation is for a Saturday to Tuesday stay only. All-inclusive accommodation includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Main restaurant, Kilimanjaro. Water, fresh juice, soft drinks, local beer, selected house wine and cocktails, American coffee and tea. Mini bar – one refill per day. All-inclusive packages valid from 10:00 to 11:00 daily.
  • If you wish to make any changes after reservations have been made, standard Terms & Conditions apply.
  • Flight bookings must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your departure date.
  • Flights from within South Africa are included only on Mango operated routes. 
  • Any items not expressly mentioned in the prize inclusions will be for the winner’s own account.
Sure Travel standard terms and conditions and Mango terms and conditions apply. Please scroll down to read all terms and conditions in full. 



  1. The competition is conducted by Mango and Sure Travel in association with its marketing agents. 
  2. No person who is a director, employee or agent of or consultant to Mango or Sure Travel or who is a spouse, life partner, parent, child, brother, sister, business partner or associate to a director, employee or agent of or consultant to Mango and Sure Travel is eligible to participate or enter this competition. In addition, passengers travelling on a trade exchange, duty travel or on a rebate, are not eligible to enter.
  3. This competition is open to all residents of the Republic of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana aged 18 years or over who have a valid passport
  4. The laws of the Republic of South Africa govern this competition and the use of the services of Sure Travel as booking agent 
  5. The competition starts 01/09/2016 and ends 31/12/2016.
  6. Booking a Mango flight at a Sure Travel Agency during the campaign period (1 September - 31 December 2016) allows for automatic entry. One entry per individual booked.
  7. Prize includes: A trip for two to Zanzibar with Mango, Gold Zanzibar and Sure Travel.
  8. The entrant enters the competition at his/her own risk, cost and expense. The entrant unconditionally and irrevocably indemnifies and holds harmless Mango and Sure Travel and their successors, employees, officers, suppliers, contractors, agents, consultants, directors and shareholders against all and any death, injury, losses, claims, proceedings, actions, damages (direct, consequential or otherwise), liability, demands, expenses, legal costs (on an attorney and own client basis), medical costs or other costs howsoever arising out of, based upon, or in connection with (directly or indirectly) the entrant’s participation in the competition, to the maximum extent permitted by law. 
  9. By participating in this competition, all entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and indemnify Mango and Sure Travel and their successors, employees, officers, suppliers, contractors, agents, consultants, directors and shareholders. 
  10. Mango and Sure Travel reserve the right to cancel or alter any aspect of the competition at any time at its sole discretion without liability.
  11. By accepting the terms and conditions and entering the competition, the entrant agrees to allow Mango and Sure Travel to use the entrant’s photograph(s), videos, comments, correspondence or other information shared via any medium, for publicity and/or marketing purposes, at Mango’s discretion.
  12. Mango and Sure Travel accept no liability whatsoever in relation to, and the entrant hereby indemnifies Mango against, any loss, expense, claim or damage, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising from any competition information, material or content contained in the competition information on or in any medium. 
  13. Mango and Sure Travel make no representation or warranty, whether express or implied, as to the operation, integrity, availability or functionality of the competition information or linked websites or as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any information within this competition information.
  14. Mango and Sure Travel also make no warranty or representation, whether express or implied, that the products, information or files available online are free of viruses, worms, destructive materials or any other data or code which is able to corrupt, compromise or jeopardise the operation or content of a computer system, computer network or entrants hardware or software. The entrant accepts all risk associated with the existence of such viruses, worms, destructive materials or any other data or code which is able to corrupt, compromise or jeopardise the operation or content of a computer system, computer network or entrant’s hardware or software.
  15. Despite the fact that the competition information may refer to and/or provide links to other online platforms or websites, entrant’s use of such other online platforms or websites is entirely at entrant’s own risk and Mango and Sure Travel are not responsible for any loss, expense, claim or damage, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising from entrant’s use of such other online platform or websites. It should be noted that the use of different parts of the competition information, online platforms or websites may be subject to additional terms and conditions as indicated on that part of the competition information, online platforms or websites.
  16. Different products, services, events or competitions offered, provided or held by Mango and Sure Travel may also be subject to further terms and conditions and entrant’s use of these products, services, events or competitions will also be subject to the terms and conditions governing the relevant products, services, events or competitions.
  17. If an entrant contravenes these terms and conditions such entrant may, at Mango and Sure Travel’s discretion, be disqualified from the competition.  
  18. Winner(s) will be selected at random.
  19. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. Income taxes, if any, relating to the prizes, are the sole responsibility of the prize winner(s).
  21. The prize winner(s) will be notified and/or announced in accordance with competition-specific mechanics, and standard Mango and Sure Travel operating procedures and terms and conditions, that may vary dependent on the nature or type of competition.
  22. Prizes are not transferable and/or negotiable or exchangeable for cash.  
  23. Mango and Sure Travel are not liable for any damaged prize items after signature of receipt at the point of prize collection.
  24. The prize may be subject to additional terms and conditions which the prize winner(s) must comply with.
  25. The prize winner(s) may be requested to participate in publicity connected to this competition.
  26. The prize winner(s) grants permission for the use of his/her name(s) and photograph(s) in any advertising and promotional material for this competition. 
  27. Any person who accesses, uses, participates in or relies on the competition information does so entirely at their own risk.
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