Category Archives: Press

It’s time to get excited with SOA!

There won’t be a price increase on accommodation until the end of September at our two hotels!!! Making you smile is our priority, and that’s why South of Africa’s Waterberg hotels are offering you the chance to enjoy our low season rates all the way through till the end of … See more >

South of Africa now open for leisure travel from all provinces

We’re excited to announce that the South of Africa portfolio is now open for leisure travel from guests who reside in all of South Africa’s provinces, as per the prescribed Level 2 laws. Hotels that provide breakfast will no longer be serving buffet style meals, and all breakfast servings will … See more >

Press release on SA lockdown

Dear fellow South Africans and international visitors. We at South of Africa acknowledge that as a result of the nationwide lockdown commencing this Thursday at midnight, all reservations during this period can not be honoured while our hotels remain closed. Your wellbeing is important to us and we will gladly … See more >

2019 – A Year In Review

As we enter a new decade, South of Africa fondly looks back at its achievements of the past year. We compiled a list of our top 10 moments from 2019. 10) West Coast Photo Session Following the opening of the new Spa in 2018 at Abalone House, a new photo … See more >

Shangri-La adds new Executive Family Room Type

Shangri-La adds new Executive Family Room Type. See more >

South of Africa launches new booking platform for its collection

South of Africa now offers a new booking platform for its entire collection. See more >

2018 – a year in review

South of Africa is proudly looking back at 2018 with a special video that showcases all the changes at its collection of properties.  From the creation of the new Spa at Abalone House, to the total revamp of the main building of Elephant Springs, South of Africa fondly remembers the … See more >

Elephant Springs in Bela Bela is rebranding

The 3-star Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela is rebranding. The property begun its renovations early 2018, with the first wave of new Twin Hotel Rooms opening in time for Valetines Day this year. This was followed by additional Twin Hotel rooms changing throughout the year and very recently the … See more >

Shangri-La opens new venue “Glas Huis”

Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in Modimolle is proud to present it’s brand new venue, the aptly named “Glas Huis” (translated from Afrikaans meaning Glass House).  The stunning new venue, boasting glass walls on all sides, is the latest addition to the 4-star country hotel’s ever growing venues. The “Glas Huis”, … See more >

South of Africa lends a hand on Madiba Day

The annual Madiba Day has presented itself with yet another opportunity for South of Africa to give back to the community, and for 2018 South of Africa is taking another leap to honour and assist those who make a difference in the future of South Africa. A mere 20km outside … See more >

South of Africa celebrates SOA Day with exciting news

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, BELA BELA, 20 APRIL 2018.  The popular hotel chain South of Africa that boasts hotels, cottages and villas in some of South Africa’s most popular yet unexploited destinations, celebrates their second annual SOA Day with exciting news.  SOA (an abbreviation of South of Africa) is celebrated on 20 … See more >

South of Africa launches new Soweto TV campaign

South of Africa and renowned local broadcaster, Soweto TV, has once again partnered on an exciting campaign for viewers of this reputable channel. Airing since early October, viewers would have noticed the brand new promo giving viewers the opportunity to save a massive 20% on bookings made directly on the … See more >

Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis Kunstefees, Shangri-La

The Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis will be hosting their annual “Kunstefees” at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa from 2 to 4 June 2017. Join the Food & Wine pairing dinner on Friday night with the singing chef Kevin Leo (cost R250pp) or visit on Saturday for entertainment by SA’s top artists starting … See more >

We celebrate our first “South of Africa Day”

20 April 2017 marks the celebration of the first “South of Africa Day”.  Brought about to strengthen the bonds of camaraderie and enhance the morale of the South of Africa employees, “South of Africa Day” landed the 20 April slot with a very good reason: it is the birthday of … See more >

Our top 10 highlights of 2016

2016 has been a magnificent year for South of Africa. We’ve taken stock of the past 365 days (sorry, 366 days!) and here are our top 10 highlights from 2016: 1. Rebranding Funky Stay Our little hotel just 4kms outside of Modimolle was rebranded in May of this year. After … See more >

What’s new this Christmas at South of Africa?

You will be pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful changes at South of Africa’s hotels and cottages this festive season. If you needed a reason to slam the door behind you and head on out to enjoy your summer vacation, our exciting changes make for the perfect excuse …. not … See more >

Happy Heritage Day & National Braai Day

South of Africa celebrates National Heritage Day and Braai day on 24 September 2016.  Check out the Facebook post video clip commemorating the day on our official Facebook page.

Shangri-La wins at provincial 2016 Lilizela Tourism Awards

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the 2016 Provincial  Lilizela Tourism Awards comes the news of Shangri-La’s big win.   Alongside its fellow nominated sibiling (the 5-star Abalone House & Spa received one nomination in the category Visitor Experience, Lap of Luxury) the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa received two nominations, … See more >

Spring Sundays

SOA’s Spring Sundays in September

South of Africa presents another enticing promotion just in time for Spring 2016!  Guests who book select roomtypes at any of South of Africa’s hotels and cottages for stay-over on any Sunday during September, will pay unprecedented rates that will not be repeated. Here’s how it works: • If you are … See more >

SiteMinder publishes SOA case study

Global giant SiteMinder, the leading cloud platform for hotels, published a unique case study on South of Africa on their website.  SiteMinder’s unique and award-winning service, which enables online distribution of inventory, has more than 20,000 hotel customers and 400 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as their partners with presence in … See more >

Important notice to holiday makers

An important announcement in the Tourism Industry has once again brought to light a very important aspect of travelling South of Africa feels is important for all guests and holiday makers to its properties to know. As of 26 May 2014, the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 (the “Act”) has … See more >

South of Africa visits Indaba 2016

The international trade show Indaba, held annually in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, once again took place during the Mother’s Day weekend this May.  South of Africa’s Marketing Manager, Egmond du Plessis, attended the Indaba 2016 on behalf of South of Africa. “It is always a treat visiting the Indaba, and Indaba 2016 … See more >

Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016

South of Africa’s first 5-star and 4-star establishments, Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster, and Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in Modimolle, are entrants in the  Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016 in the categories Service Excellence and Visitor Experience (each with select sub-categories). Guests are all invited to vote for these two … See more >

South of Africa mobi-site launched

Keeping up with the times is vital, especially when your guests are enjoying the benefits of the ever expanding online mobile choices on the market today.  Despite having designed an already user-friendly and eye catching website, South of Africa has just launched its fantastic mobile friendly website.  Linked to both the … See more >

GetIt Joburg North reviews Shangri-La

The following article was published by GetIt Joburg North on 25 Janaury 2016. Welcome to Shangri-La! Feeling burnt out? Want to take a romantic holiday with that special man? Or maybe you just want some solid me-time. Well, welcome to the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa, a paradise escape … See more >

Shangri-La featured on Ontbytsake

South Africa’s favourite morning programme, Ontbytsake, will be featuring an insert on Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa on Saturday 28 November 2015. The insert, which showcases the beautiful property and its facilities, also features an exclusive interview with Managing Director, Stef Venter. The programme, which is broadcast on kykNET channel … See more >

Shangri-La: a wonderfully relaxed spot!

We always enjoy receiving feedback from our guests, but once so often something special comes along, and an inspired guest sends us a piece of their thoughts on paper.   Jon Quirk, recent guest at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa outside Bela Bela and Modimolle, sent us this lovely prose about … See more >

Shangri-La wins 2 prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards

Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa received two prestigious provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards on 24 September at the Tzaneen Country Lodge.  These Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global … See more >

The Secret to Shangri-La

South Africa, Limpopo; If the rat-race is wearing you out and you need a break not too far away from the city, possibly with the kids in tow, then Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa (a mere hour outside Johannesburg and 14km from Modimolle) has everything you need and much more. … See more >

Happy Heritage Day and National Braai Day

From all of us at South of Africa, we wish all our guests, families and friends a happy Heritage Day and a tasty Braai Day!  A beautiful post on Facebook by our favourite chef, Reuben Riffel, sums up this celebration on 24 September 2015: “Today we get to reflect on … See more >

Elephant Springs & Shangri-La adverts on ANN7

Africa News Network7 (ANN7) is South Africa’s newest 24-hour news channel focusing on constructive, nation-building stories in the interests of building a culture of unity and pride in SA. The Elephant Springs Hotel & Cabanas in Bela Bela and Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa has partnered with this leading news channel … See more >

South of Africa launches great competition with Modi Mall

You can win one of five great holidays at select South of Africa properties when you make any purchase at the Modi Mall in Modimolle, write your name and number on the back of the till slip, and deposit your slip in to the provided entry boxes located around the mall. … See more >

Month of Love Newsletter out now!

South of Africa’s Check out our Month of Love newsletter is out and on its way to your inbox now. The Valentines themed newsletter is filled with a selection of romantic stay over packages, intimate Valentines Day dinners, as well as news about our recent guest review awards and our Last … See more >

Trip Advisor

Shangri-La wins second Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award

The 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa is extremely proud of its latest achievement:  receiving their second Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award for South Africa’s top 25 bargain hotels. Shangri-La has, in the past 3 years, already received two Certificate of Excellence Awards from Trip Advisor (for both 2013 and … See more >

And the winner is….

Congratulations to Martie Schoeman who has won a 2 night stay at the beautiful Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in our recent “My Three Friends” competition. We have had a tremendous response and look forward to sharing our news, specials and more with all our friends who joined our mailing list in … See more >

Trip Advisor 2014 Winner Shangri-La

“We’ve done it again!” exclaims General Managers Ken Strydom from Shangri-La Country Hotel in Modimolle.  The hotel has been awarded with yet another Trip Advisor Award of Excellence for 2014. The award, being the 2nd for Shangri-La, honours hotels that have received a constant stream of positive scores with a … See more >

Shangri-La celebrates its 24th birthday

On Mother’s Day Shangri-La Country Hotel near Bela Bela celebrated its 24th birthday!  The hotel opened its doors to the public on Mother’s Day 1990, and has gone through various transformations, face lifts and renovations throughout the years, to give you the welcoming haven it is today. “We’re extremely chuffed,” … See more >

Photo sessions at SOA’s portfolio

The past two weeks South of Africa’s guests might have seen scurrying in certain corners of our properties, and the odd flash of a camera light.  As recently reported on Facebook, we’ve been extremely busy with a photo session at each of our seventeen establishments, taking photographs of a variety … See more >

Bela Bela & Modimolle road access restored after severe floods

Our hearts go out to all of our tourism friends who have suffered because of the tragic floods in the Bela Bela and Modimolle area.  South of Africa, who also has 4 establishments in the immediate area including the Shangri-La Country Hotel and Elephant Springs Hotel, wishes to express its … See more >

Sonstraal School representatives and children with Shangri-La Management

Shangri-La’s Wine Tasting Dinners helps worthy cause

The award winning Shangri-La Country Hotel just outside Modimolle holds their monthly wine tasting dinners on the first Saturday of each month.  Already established as a culinary destination of choice in 2013, for both local and national visitors, Shangri-La’s first wine pairing dinner of the year was held on the 1st of … See more >

Shangri-La wins Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award

It is easy to see why visitors to this earthly paradise choose Shangri-La as one of the top 25 hotels in South Africa.  Renowned for offering visitors a view of past guests’ experiences, Trip Advisor announced its “Travelers’ Choice Awards” for 2014 this past week.  Shangri-La, who received their first … See more >

Our 13 highlights of 2013

Today there are only 13 days left before 2013 is over. We reminisce about the year gone by by sharing our 13 highlights of 2013. 1) NEW SOA LOGO We launched the brand new logo of South of Africa, alongside its new slogan, at this year’s Indaba in Durban, May … See more >

Rest in peace Madiba

It is with a great sadness in our hearts that we say goodbye to Tata Madiba, Mr Nelson Mandela.  Regarded as the father of our nation, and held in high esteem by all at South of Africa, our entire family is mourning the loss of this great leader. As a symbol … See more >

Tuine & Tossels features Shangri-La’s gardens

Local television show Tuine & Tossels featured the lush gardens of Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Modimolle in their 26 June 2013 broadcast. Presenter David Viljoen interviewed our beloved Magogo, Mrs Anndeline Jansen van Vuuren, mother of owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren. The feature focussed on the beautiful setting of Shangri-La, … See more >