Farewell Johan

Johan Jansen van VuurenIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of South of Africa’s founder, Mr Johan Jansen van Vuuren, who passed away on 28 March at the age of 58.

Leaving behind a legacy and a rich history with South of Africa, his extraordinary passion for tourism and his love of people will be fondly remembered by those who have known him both professionally and personally.

Mr Jansen van Vuuren retired in 2016, leaving South of Africa in the hands of the strong team he had nurtured for many years – led by his esteemed life partner Mr Stef Venter.

He spent his last years living out his dreams, still actively involved in the wildlife trade and working with his beloved mother, Mrs Anndeline Jansen van Vuuren, taking care of the gardens at Shangri-La and continuing this at his home at Birdsong in Modimolle.

His infectious appetite for life along with his revered high standards and distinguished grace will be sorely missed and kept alive in the spirit of his memory.

Memorial services will be held at Shangri-La for Mr Jansen van Vuuren on 6 April at 11am and at Abalone House in Paternoster on 12 April at 11am.  All are welcome to attend.

Rest in peace

SOA’s Christmas In July Sale

soa website icon newsChristmas came early this year with South of Africa’s first-of-a-kind Christmas In July Sale!!!  On Monday 25 July 2016 guests were given the chance to book select room types on each establishment’s official Booking Button page at never-to-be-repeated prices for stays between 1 and 31 August 2016.  The Christmas In July Sale lasted for 1 hour only and took place between 10am and 11am CAT.

Access to the sale was via the official Booking Button page of each hotel’s website and visitors were required to enter the promocode XMAS in the Promotional Code block at the top right hand corner of the page to qualify for the special advertised rates on select room types.

According to SOA’s Marketing Manager, Egmond du Plessis, the sale was preceded with heavy online marketing which had an overwhelmingly positive response from past guests and fans of their social media pages.  Keeping the sale limited to online reservations was according to Du Plessis not just a strategic move, but also for customers’ convenience.  “Booking online has become the norm,” says Du Plessis, “and our guests know what they want.  Since or connection to SiteMinder’s Booking Button, guests can now also take advantage of special rates through our promocode system and they can conveniently book on their cellphones, desktops and other mobile devices anywhere they have an internet connection.”  Further feedback states that the sale was received very well and some rooms were sold out in minutes.  “Will we offer another online sale like this?  We just might!” says Du Plessis, smiling.

Naughty November Deals

The Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela and Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Modimolle both offer Naughty November deals this month for spirited holiday makers!

Elephant Springs Hotel offers 2 specials to choose from – the Out & About package which includes access to the Forever Resorts Warmbaths, or the Stay In package which lets you choose how to spend your days in bustling Bela Bela.

Shangri-La Country Hotel offers a romantic experience for the happy couple which includes a tantalizing “Afro-Disiac” dinner.

For more information on the specials, visit the Specials page and call Central Reservations 087 820 5974 to book.

Shangri-La’s Heritage Restaurant participating in Restaurant Week 2013

sldin01Shangri-La Country Hotel’s Heritage Restaurant has joined the annual international event Restaurant Week South Africa.

Restaurant Week South Africa will be held nationwide for the first time, after it has been successfully organized in cities like New York, London and Shanghai. The official partners are American Express, SAfm, Peroni, Good Fellas, Master Menus and SO WIFI. The South African Chefs Association is the charity partner and part of the revenue will be donated to their World Chefs Tour Against Hunger fund.

Restaurant Week is a set 2-course lunch menu and / or 3-course dinner menu offered by partners who participate.  Restaurant Week takes place 24 October to 3 November 2013.  For further information, rates and menus, visit www.restaurantweek.co.za.  You can also view the Heritage Restaurant’s page here.  Read the official press release here.