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Spotlight On: The Makgadikgadi Pans


Encompassing an area of approximately 12 000² kilometres, the Makgadikgadi Pans are the largest salt pans in the world. Situated in north-east Botswana, they are the remnants of the enormous Lake Makgadikgadi which dried up thousands of years ago.

Family Friendly Activities in Harare


Easter Weekend is a special time of the year, where families unite to spend much-needed quality together.

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Okavango Delta Sunsets – Photoblog


One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta is a vast inland delta lying deep within the Kalahari Basin in Botswana. A 15000km² maze of glistening lagoons, winding channels, lush islands, and sprawling grassy plains, it is one of the last great wildlife sanctuaries inRead more

SAA Airbus Lands in Victoria Falls


Earlier this month, South African Airways became the first airline to land a wide-bodied aircraft in Victoria Falls.

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The Moremi Game Reserve


Only 100km outside of Maun is one of Botswana’s top tourist destinations, the Moremi Game Reserve. Covering one-third of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the reserve is home to a variety of rare and endangered animals and is said to be one of Africa’s most beautiful and unspoiled wildlife sanctuaries.

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What’s On At Cresta: Valentine’s Day 2017


If you are still on the lookout for last-minute Valentine’s Day plans, then you’ve come to the right place. Cresta Hotels are running a multitude of exciting specials at many of their establishments across Botswana.

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Cresta Lodge Harare 2017 Wedding Expo


In line with this Month of Love, on Saturday, 11 February, Cresta Lodge Harare will be hosting the 2017 Wedding Expo.  

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Best Places for Birdwatching in Zambia


Birdwatching in Zambia is a real treat for bird-lovers and ‘twitchers’ out there, with a wonderful variety of birds from south, east and even central Africa. Birdlife is always the best during the wet season, when the bush is emerald-green and when Palearctic and intra-African migrants visit Zambia.

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2017 Bucket List By Cresta Hotels


With each New Year comes the possibility for new adventures, memories and travel resolutions. This year, why not take advantage of the placement of Cresta’s 17 hotels and lodges across Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.

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Vic Falls Carnival 2016


The 3 day, New Year’s extravaganza that is the Vic Falls Carnival is set to touch down on Zimbabwean soil from 29 to 31 December. The festival draws visitors from all over the globe to the usually sleepy town of Victoria Falls, to celebrate the start of the New Year in true Victoria Falls style.

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Christmas Recipe: Gammon with Cider and Cinnamon


If you’re on the lookout for a traditional Christmas ham recipe with a surprisingly spicy kick, then you’ve come to the right place.

What’s On At Cresta: Christmas 2016


‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year – and the Cresta Hotels group is celebrating with a wide range of festive events across various properties.

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Chef Makaya’s Recipes of the Month


In lieu of the upcoming festive season, which often features a variety of dinner parties with family and friends, Leandrah Makaya – Head Chef at Cresta Lodge’s Chatters Restaurant – has put together recipes for a delectable three course meal.

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Mini Zimbabwe Travel Guide


Planning a trip to a foreign country can be daunting for even the most experienced travellers – and arranging a holiday in Zimbabwe is no different.

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Botswana Travel & Tourism Expo 2016


Want to learn more about the diverse beauty of Botswana and meet the individuals who make its tourism sector tick? We’ve got just the event for you! From Monday the 28th of November to Friday the 2nd of December, the Botswana Tourism Organisation is bringing the Botswana Travel & Tourism Expo to Kasane! The BotswanaRead more

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Tips for a Chobe Safari


Spanning approximately 11 700 sq kms, the Chobe National Park is the ideal location to witness the natural movement and behaviour of some of the continents most fascinating wildlife. Comprised of floodplains, swamps and woodland, the diversity of fauna and flora that is found along one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers is unparalleled- making a ChobeRead more

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Maun International Arts Festival 2016


The annual Maun International Arts Festival (MIAF) is bringing another round of culture and entertainment to the streets of Maun for the sixth year running!

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The Best Spots for a Zimbabwe Sunset


A country of breath-taking, diverse terrain and awe-inspiring freshwater systems, Zimbabwe boasts an abundance of picturesque spots to watch the sunset. To aid you in choosing the perfect place, we’ve put together a few of our favourites.

Chobe National Park Elephants


Home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephant, the Chobe National Park is fondly and aptly known as ‘The Land of the Giants’.

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Cresta Lodge Harare Rewarded At AZTA Awards


Earlier this month, Cresta Lodge Harare were awarded First Runner Up in the Best City Hotel category at the annual Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents (AZTA) Awards. About the Awards Held in Harare, the AZTA awards recognise and reward a select number of lodges, hotels, airlines, agents and companies in the tourism industry. Qualities consideredRead more