And the winner is… Me Indeed! Who else could it be…?

April fool’s day aside, out of 436 good answers (350 square meters), Mr Jean-Claude de Souza – Paris – France is the lucky winner of a 3 night stay at the One&Only Cape Town. And if you are looking for the water temperature of the pool, the answer is 26 degrees!

Well done Sir… The 3 nights are ready for collection!

Beside the One&Only, the other happening of the month was the Belgian Educational on South African soil. In conjunction with Sun International, I would like to thank: Audrey, Dominique, Maria, Natacha, Samia, Alain, Philippe and Yannick for their visit and look forward to a successful business partnership in the future. Hope to see you again soon.

Last but not least, this newsletter 007 is the view to a thrill… called Africa.

! Have a good spring !

Sebastien Charrièras - Director of XO Africa

Keep it secret - Matemo Island

Palm groves, lush vegetation, white beaches and an azure sea provide an idyllic setting for this exotic Quirimbas island destination. Matemo offers a wide range of marine activities plus a fascinating ins ight into local culture.

To put it in a nutshell, Matemo is a tropical island paradise. Each of the 24 palm-thatched, air-conditioned chalets is situated on the beach within meters of the sea and offers en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, mini-bar and verandah - complete with hammock for watching the world go by. The central guest areas are elevated above the sea, perfect for sundowners whilst watching the Mozambique sun slip beneath the Indian Ocean.

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When you decide to travel to the Cape, you’ll usually gather information from one of the numerous travel guides…or refer to someone from down there…

The travel guide will most definitely describe the history & beauty of the city, modern and Victorian, with its iconic table Mountain dominating one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It will suggest a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, mythic meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian oceans or a stroll in the Malay Quarter amongst its colorful houses…or again to discover the winelands with their gastronomic wonders, Or, simply to enjoy the fashionable beaches like Clifton or Camps Bay.

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Royal Madikwe offers an absolutely unique and exclusive safari residence in the heart of South Africa's game-rich Madikwe Game Reserve where an unrivalled wilderness experience is silhouetted against a backdrop of 5-star luxury and unsurpassed hospitality. Set on Africa's rolling savannah overlooking a waterhole that teems with a wide variety of wildlife, Royal Madikwe allows guest to interact with nature in a lavish milieu where exceptional accommodation, service and cuisine come standard. The exclusivity of this private retreat, which offers sole and exclusive use to each reservation, means that guests not only have a private luxury bush home but a piece of Africa all to themselves.

The same contrast of natural tones against a unique fusion of modern and comfortable furnishings is integrated in five open-style suites, each with it's own distinct setting and complete privacy.Indoor meets outdoors with each spacious air-conditioned suite flowing into it's own elevated game-viewing deck to blend into the African landscape.

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Most visitors to Botswana are attracted by two very different, yet equally intriguing areas – the Okavango delta and the Kalahari Desert.

The great Kalahari Desert covers over 80% of Botswana and may appear harsh and inhospitable. Nonetheless it is to a very specialized flora and fauna. The primitive landscapes and wide horizons are intensely powerful and touch a chord with many travellers. The Kalahari is also famous for its Bushmen, or San people, traditional hunter-gatherers who are said to live the lifestyle closest of the people of the Stone Age.

The Okavango Delta is home to one of the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Fed by the Okavango River which, rather eccentrically, does not flow into the sea, this is the greatest inland river delta in the world.

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Mysterious and enigmatic, Namibia possesses a unique beauty. From the harshly inhospitable Skeleton Coast with its shipwrecks to the vast salt pans of Etosha National Park, Namibia is one of the most amazing countries in Africa.

Massive, shifting sand dunes, said to be the highest in the world, form an ever changing interplay of light and shade under the hot Namib Desert sun at Sossusvlei. This area is a must for photographers. Not only are the dramatic shapes of the red sands wonderfully photogenic but here you may get a picture of the magnificent desert oryx.

Botanists and zoologists are often keen to observe the adaptation of both animal and plant species to the apparently hostile environment. Namibia offers a rare chance to see fascinating animals such as the oryx, known as ‘’master of the desert’’, and the endangered desert elephant, both of which are very specialised.

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The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" -- the smoke that thunders. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.

The Falls are 1 708 meters wide, making them the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummets over the edge every minute.

Remarkably preserved in it's natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors, as much today, as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's. The Falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation.

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The hallmarks of One&Only – supreme location, authentic style, genuine hospitality and a lively energy – will all be discovered at the new One&Only Cape Town. With the iconic Table Mountain standing guard on the horizon, the scene is set for memorable moments at South Africa’s most visited destination.

Carefully designed to appeal to guests accustomed to the highest world-class standards, One&Only Cape Town will feature the largest rooms and suites in all of Cape Town, as well as the city’s most comprehensive spa. Adding to the resort’s allure will be the celebrated cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa as well as exceptional meeting and conference facilities.

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