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Communication Preferences: No more spam!

July 09, 2019


We all know how it feels to get a million and one emails and SMSs on a daily basis and we want to make sure that you hear from us only when and how you want to. So, to prevent any unnecessary offers hitting your inbox OR if you want to make sure you're always aware of our latest and greatest specials.

Here's how:

  • 1. Log into MBExchange
  • 2. Under 'My Info' click 'My Details'
  • 3. Choose the 'Communication Preferences' tab

The Communication Preferences tab allows you to select what, when and how you want to receive information from us. You can opt in or out to receive any of the Monthly Newsletters, Specials or Last Minute Deals via email or SMS. So, simply login and tell us when you like to hear from us.


Banking Your Week: Your Quick Guide

March 05, 2019


First things first: Add your week

  • Login to our website and select My Ownership
  • Fill out your timeshare details
  • Tick the terms and conditions block
  • Click add
  • The value of your week will be displayed and, if you're happy with this, simply click Bank Now.

What's next?

Once we receive your details, we'll contact your home resort to ensure that your levies are paid up. Once we get the thumbs up we'll send you an email confirming that your iPoints are waiting to be used.

Benefits of banking early

With MBExchange you always get a little extra just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday! For this reason we award owners who bank their week early by giving them 10% extra iPoints.

So, be sure to get the best value for your week and bank early. Remember, if you need any help with the process simply give us a call on 0861 623 924.


iBank Your 2019 Flexi Weeks!

February 12, 2019


iBanking is easy! Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking your week early with MBExchange means you'll get more than you bargained for and these days every little bit helps. So, how do you go about banking your week to get more iPoints?

  • Make sure your levies are paid in full
  • Bank your week online or by giving us a call
  • If you bank your week more than 180 days before occupation we'll throw in 10% extra iPoints on top of the full value
  • Flexi week owners who bank their week in advance get first dibs on the best resorts across SA and abroad
  • Banking early means you have more time to prepare for your holiday and save for all those vacation indulgences

Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with MBExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.


What is MBExchange?

January 21, 2019


MBExchange is a Vacation exchange program that allows existing vacation owners at resorts developed by MagicBreakaways and managed by Legacy Hotels and Resorts, to participate in a ring-fenced internal exchange programme, as well as access to over 130+ local resorts and 4000 international resorts via iExchange.

MBExchange provides vacation owners the opportunity to bank their units FREE OF CHARGE in exchange for iPoints, which is the currency you receive when you bank your weeks with MBExchange. All accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation.

iPoints is also the currency you use when you come to make a booking at the resort, destination and in the time frame that suits you. Simply log onto the website or call our consultants in the call centre, select your resort, time, period of stay and transact using your available iPoints... and voila... holiday!


All iPoints are Created Equal!

October 2, 2018


Here is another awesome reason why you should bank with MBExchange - even if you bank out-of-season weeks, you can still book an in-season-holiday should you prefer. This is provided you have enough iPoints to make the booking of course! For instance, if you own and bank more than 1 out-of-season week, or save your iPoints, you could afford to book an in-season holiday elsewhere.

Resorts are graded regularly and all accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria, and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation. We want to be sure that you pay (in iPoints, of course) for what you get, making every exchange as fair as possible. Find out more below.


Banking with MBExchange

September 5, 2018


Your MBExchange account has already been set up, all you have to do is bank your timeshare! Banking is when you exchange your timeshare for iPoints that can be redeemed to book amazing holiday deals from our wide network of resort and hotel partners. We don't do this automatically - you do it once you're ready!

Our banking system is as easy as 1 2 3!

1. Register. You have been registered for FREE! You only pay an exchange fee when booking your holiday.

2. Quote. You will receive an iPoints quote, which is valid for 5 days. While you're waiting for our quote, feel free to browse through our super-duper low Deals, to see where your next holiday may take you!

3. Bank. Bank your iPoints using the simple online system. If you have a fixed week, you can bank immediately. If you have a flexi week, we'll need you to set your week first before banking. Your iPoints are then allocated to your new MBExchange account.

Here's where the fun starts! Once you've banked your week with us, select your destination! Once you've found your dream holiday, book online or via our Call Centre on 0861 623 924. Happy searching!


Did you know about Bonus Rentals

September 5, 2018


Have you heard about Bonus Rentals and did you know that it adds even more value to your MBExchange membership?

Bonus Rentals are accommodation offered to MBExchange members on cash booking basis at short notice (typically 3 weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected inventory - Now that's a bonus! Make use of these affordable holiday rentals when you're low on iPoints or saving your iPoints for a longer holiday at a later stage.

Bonus Rentals can be found by searching Rental Availability under the Resorts Menu.


Don't let the Flexi pool run dry!

March 27, 2018


The first quarter is drawing to a close and if you haven't banked your flexi week/s yet, it's a great idea to do so now! The earlier you bank, the greater your chances of securing the week and resort of your choice for maximum iPoints! If you don't set your flexi week/s prior to banking with MBexchange, you grant us permission to set the week on your behalf and iPoints will be based on this set week.

If you need help with setting your flexi week, give us a call on 0861 623 924 and we will happily assist! Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking is super easy!


iPoints Explained: Your What, When and How Answered

February 22, 2018


We've had a few questions from new members asking about iPoints, so to put all questions to bed, read through our quick guide to iPoints explained.

What are iPoints?

It is iPoints that give you the trading power to make exchanges. iPoints is the currency you receive when you bank your week with MBExchange.

How are iPoints Calculated?

All accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation. iPoints is also the currency you use, when you make a booking at the resort, destination and in the time frame that suits you.

When Can I use My iPoints?

If you bank your 2019 timeshare week(s) in 2018, you may use your iPoints as soon as it gets credited against your account. You're not limited to any factors like where and when you go on holiday or even how many people you can take. All that is required is that you have enough iPoints for your ideal holiday destination. You may even find solace in the fact that your iPoints won't expire for 3 years.

Also remember, if you exchange one week for iPoints you won't be limited to only one exchange booking. Let's assume that you get 5000 iPoints for a specific week, you may use that iPoints for as many holidays as you can get from our special deals. For more on this, please view this detailed breakdown of where your timeshare weeks can take you when converted to iPoints.

For any more questions around iPoints, visit our FAQ section or give us a call on 0861 439 242


Bank your weeks now!

January 24, 2018


iBank your 2018 weeks now to make sure you get the most of your timeshare! If you bank at least 180 days to occupation, we'll give you 10% more iPoints. Those extra iPoints could mean going on that dream holiday you've always wanted!

Here's a breakdown of how many iPoints you will get relative to the days before occupation date:


Flexi Week Banking

If you don't set your flexi week/s prior to banking with MBExchange, you grant us permission to set the week on your behalf and iPoints will be based on this set week. If you want to make sure that you get the particular week you want for maximum iPoints, it is best that you set your week yourself. If you need help with setting your flexi week, give us a call on 0861 623 924 and we will happily assist! Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking is super easy! Click here to find out how easy it is to bank with MBexchange!


Get the most out of your timeshare week!

November 27, 2017


iBank your 2018 weeks now to make sure you get the most of your timeshare! If you bank at least 180 days to occupation, we'll give you 10% more iPoints. Those extra iPoints could mean going on that dream holiday you've always wanted!

Here's a breakdown of how many iPoints you will get relative to the days before occupation date:


How to Bank:

Once you've set up your free MBExchange account, it's time to bank your timeshare! banking is when you exchange your timeshare for iPoints that can be redeemed to book amazing holiday deals from our wide network of resort and hotel partners. We don't do this automatically - you do it once you're ready!

Our banking system is as easy as 1 2 3!

1. Register - You have been registered for FREE! You only pay an exchange fee when booking your holiday.
2. Quote - You will receive an iPoints quote, which is valid for 5 days. While you're waiting for our quote, feel free to browse through our super-duper low Deals, to see where your next holiday may take you!
3. Bank - Bank your iPoints using the simple online system. If you have a fixed week, you can bank immediately. If you have a flexi week, we'll need you to set your week first before banking, so get in touch with us. Your iPoints are then allocated to your new MBExchange account.

Here's where the fun starts! Once you've banked your week with us, select your destination! Once you've found your dream holiday, book online or via our Call Centre on 0861 439 242. Happy searching!


Are we there yet?

November 27, 2017


Remember long trips in a hot car travelling to Grandma's house playing "I spy" or singing "99 Green Bottles"? If the idea of repeating this with your own kids sends shivers down your spine and if you dread hearing those four horrible words - "Are we there yet?" - read on. We have a few tips on how to keep your kids entertained when travelling this festive season.

  • Make Bingo sheets before travelling to include some things you may see on your journey. For example, a petrol station, a speed sign, birds, a red car, a plane, a troop of monkeys etc.
  • Use technology to your advantage. Load their favourite movies on a tablet, Game Boy, PSP, or portable DVD player. If you travel a lot you may even want to consider installing DVD players in the seats.
  • Penalise them for naughty behaviour. In the beginning of the journey give each child about 20 R1 coins. Then set the rules - e.g. no fighting, complaining, asking "are we there yet", fogging the window, etc. For every offense, collect a coin. The child with the most money at the end of the trip wins it all.
  • Give them each an iPod or MP3 player with their favourite books being read aloud. You can download or buy some online.
  • Download some new games from the app store and keep your tablet's charger handy.
  • Have them take photos of the moving scenery and award a prize for the best photo when you arrive at your destination. For example, Jimmy wins best "running tree" and Suzie wins for best "marshmallow cloud formation".
  • Play "I Spy" - it's timeless!



The perfect traveller's gift ideas

October 23, 2017


There's usually some form of gift-giving around the festive season, no matter your cultural background and we thought you might appreciate some advice on what to give to those who love to travel. From nifty gadgets to smart suitcases, we've got the ultimate gifting list for the consummate jet-setter!

These gift ideas are also great for travelling, so spoil yourself or a loved one this holiday season!

Action camera. Capture every precious moment of your holiday with a nifty action camera! Some even have WiFi capability so you can instantly share your holiday shenanigans on social media!

Corkcicle Canteen. Wine lovers will love this one! This stainless steel bottle can keep wine cool for up to 25 hours, whether you're off hiking in the mountains or frolicking on the beach!

Hydaway Foldable Bottle. Not only is this bottle a boon for outdoor adventurers, it's also environmentally friendly! This re-usable bottle can be filled with up to 600mL of liquids but collapses to just 3.2cm once empty! Simply put away once empty!

Personalised luggage labels. Every black suitcase looks the same and it's usually a nightmare sifting through luggage at the airport carousel. With personalised labels, your suitcase will stand out from the crowd!

Mini Bluetooth speakers. With these handy speakers, you can connect your phone's music and have an impromptu dance party anywhere!

Raden Case. This amazing suitcase eliminates all the grief that comes with luggage! It has a built-in rechargeable battery that, at full capacity can charge one phone up to four times or two phones twice. When paired with its mobile app, it can even determine the weight of your luggage! Its proximity censor also gives a little beep when it's coming down the airport carousel!

Locksmart Keyless Bluetooth Padlock. This TSA approved lock not just safeguards your suitcase, it also doubles as a tracker! Simply register your lock with your smartphone and have peace of mind knowing that you can trace you suitcase with GPS.


What happens if I own a Flexi week?

October 23, 2017


Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with MBExchange, you can either set it yourself (don't forget to tell us) or grant consent to MBExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week.


What is "On Risk" Banking

September 15, 2017


What is "on risk" banking and when is the latest I can bank. You can literally bank right up to the last minute - the day before due occupation date. This is what we call an on risk banking. If we are able to book someone else into your week, we will give you the number of iPoints that we were able to book it out for. Usually it would be substantially less than if you banked earlier because we very often run last minute specials to move our stock at a discounted rate. This in turn means you will get the "discounted" number of iPoints for your week.

We will only credit your MBExchange account with the iPoints once the unit has been occupied, in other words after the occupation date. This is what we call on risk banking and this happens when you bank with 30 days or less to the due occupation date.


Road trip essentials

September 15, 2017


South Africa has a great network of roads, and, couple that with being landlocked, you have many opportunities to drive to your holiday destinations! Not only is driving cheaper than flying, this also gives you and your travel companions time to bond during the journey. But long drives can also take its toll. Tempers flare when your passengers get irritable and hungry, pit stops might get few and far between and someone might get car sick! Make sure you keep a carful of travellers happy, safe and comfy during your trip by packing these essentials!

Road trip essentials to pack:

First aid kit: Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kid for minor injuries.

Emergency supplies: Pack a complete roadside emergency kit which includes a torch and fresh batteries.

Entertainment: Audio books work wonders! Before your trip, you can ask everyone to contribute their favourite music, that way everyone gets a turn listening to what they want to hear.

Padkos: Pack everyone's favourite snack in re-sealable plastic bags, as well as lots of water and other beverages to stay hydrated on the journey.

Pillows and blankets: Travel in comfort for a soothing journey. A soft cushion and blanket can make a cold vehicle cozy.

Tissues, paper towels and toilet paper: You need these for any spills or accidents in the car, to make cleaning up easier - whether it's mopping up spilled juice or if someone gets carsick!

Spare keys: Don't get locked out of the car! Keep the spare on your person at all times or in a separate bag for safety.

Travelling games: Bring small games or toys and colouring-in books and crayons to keep the little ones entertained.

Car chargers: Make sure you bring travel chargers for your mobile phone, GPS gadget and other electronic devices.

Change of clothes: If you're going on a really long journey, it would be a good idea to bring fresh clothes in case you feel icky and want to change.


Why spring is awesome in South Africa

August 23, 2017


Spring brings with it the promise of hope and new life, and nature can't help but show off during this time. Everything is greener, the outdoors are abuzz with new life and the days are longer and warmer, perfect for travelling and exploring new places!

Here are some reasons why spring is a great season to travel:

  • New life. Everything is waking up from its winter slumber and migrating birds start arriving, heralding the new life opening their eyes for the first time! Definitely a great season for game viewing. Who knows you might see young cubs frolicking next to their parents?
  • Colour. Wildflowers burst into a magnificent riot of colours, carpeting the ground like magic.
  • Whale watching. South Africa is one of the best destinations in the world for marine life, whether from land or sea. Every year, Southern Right Whales migrate from icy Antarctica to warmer climate, and reach our coastline by mid-year, and linger to entertain us until November. Our waters teem with these magnificent giants mating, calving and putting on a spectacular show of water acrobatics.
  • Outdoor activities. With warmer and longer days, it's time to dig your hiking boots out the back of the cupboard and explore the great outdoors! We are spoilt for choice when it comes to breathtaking scenery while enjoying our favourite activities, be it cycling, quad biking, horse riding, trail running or bird watching.
  • Relaxing outside. Pack a picnic, take a walk, visit one of our numerous Botanical Gardens-spring's beauty brings with it a sense of tranquillity, helping you relax and enjoy your holiday.

Banking with MBExchange

August 23, 2017


Once you've set up your free MBExchange account, it's time to bank your timeshare! banking is when you exchange your timeshare for iPoints that can be redeemed to book amazing holiday deals from our wide network of resort and hotel partners. We don't do this automatically - you do it once you're ready!

Our banking system is as easy as 1 2 3!

1. Register. You have been registered for FREE! You only pay an exchange fee when booking your holiday.

2. Quote. You will receive an iPoints quote, which is valid for 5 days. While you're waiting for our quote, feel free to browse through our super-duper low Deals, to see where your next holiday may take you!

3. Bank. Bank your iPoints using the simple online system. If you have a fixed week, you can bank immediately. If you have a flexi week, we'll need you to set your week first before banking. Your iPoints are then allocated to your new MBExchange account.

Here's where the fun starts! Once you've banked your week with us, select your destination! Once you've found your dream holiday, book online or via our Call Centre on 0861 439 242. Happy searching!


Hike the Berg in Winter

July 17, 2017


Yes, you read that right! Winter hiking in the Berg is actually quite a wonderful experience! Yes it may be bitterly cold, but it rarely rains and it comes with it the possibility of snow! The panoramic views are stunning and incomparable, something that you will carry all your life.

Before embarking on a winter hike, it would be safer to obtain the services of an expert guide, the right equipment and clothing. From May until the end of August, the Berg is usually associated with snow, sub-zero temperatures at night, and frost. The days and nights are generally clear. This makes it the best time for walking as there are long spells of mild, stable skies. Blizzards can occur around this time though and can last for up to 3 days, making travel at high altitude impossible, with super cold temperatures.

Here are some tips on hiking in the winter:

  • Dress like an onion! That is, dress in layers. Temperatures can vary at the bottom of the trail and the top of a summit. Always wear thick hiking socks as your toes will be the first to feel the cold.
  • Start with manageable distances. It might be no problem hiking 12 kilometres in warmer weather, but it's probably a different story in winter. Ask your guide for a trail you can handle.
  • Bring safety gear such as a trail map, first aid kit, compass, pocket knife and a headlamp.
  • Make sure you have ideal weather conditions during the day of your hike, and find out not only about temperature but also precipitation, wind, avalanches and daylight hours.
  • Take a guide or a friend. It's always so much more fun and safer hiking in a group. Be sure that your resort knows where you're going!
  • Bring hot beverages like tea or hot chocolate in a flask. It can provide a nice break and warm you up during your cold trek.
  • Invest in good gear such a waterproof clothing, waterproof hiking boots, lightweight backpack, hiking poles, wrap-around glasses etc.
  • Don't hesitate to turn around if you run into dangerous conditions. Reaching the summit is just half the journey, you must have the energy left over to go back home.
  • Reward yourself for a job well done! Treat yourself to some great wine or comfort food back at the resort. Or if there's a spa on-site, go for a pamper treatment - you deserve it!

Earn Extra iPoints!

July 17, 2017


If you Bank early you'll receive extra iPoints over and above your week's value. Here's how:

  • Bank your week 180 days or more before occupation and get an additional 10% in iPoints value
  • Bank your week 60 - 179 days before occupation you will get the full iPoints value
  • Bank your week 59 - 39 days before occupation and only get 80% of the full iPoints value
  • Bank your week 38 - 29 days before occupation and only get 60% of the full iPoints value
  • Bank your week 28 - 0 days before occupation and it becomes "on risk". If someone books your week, we'll credit your account for the amount of iPoints it was booked for.

Communication Preferences: No more spam!

June 26, 2017


We all know how it feels to get a million and one emails and SMS's on a daily basis and we want to make sure that you hear from us only when and how you want to. So, to prevent any unnecessary offers hitting your inbox OR if you want to make sure you're always aware of our latest and greatest specials, visit the Communication Preferences tab once logged in.

The Communication Preferences tab allows you to select what, when and how you want to receive information from us. You can opt in or out to receive any of the Monthly Newsletters, Specials or Last Minute Deals via email or SMS. So, simply login and tell us when you like to hear from us.


Why you need a beach holiday

June 26, 2017


As if you need an excuse to head to the coast and its stunning beaches, there are actually many health benefits from enjoying a seaside jaunt. These are just some of them:

Natural stress reliever. As soon as you kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes, your body will start to relax. With the sun on your face and the soothing sights and sounds of the ocean washing over you, you'll leave all your worries behind. It is no wonder that ocean sounds are a popular choice on sleeping machines, but there's just no substituting the real thing!

You'll sleep better. Having a unit right on the beach has its perks breathtaking views, spectacular sunsets and the soothing sound of the ocean right outside your window. And, since the beach helps relieve stress and lower your anxiety levels, you'll have no trouble getting a good night's sleep!

A chance to be active. If you want to stay fit during your holiday but aren't a fan of the gym, go to the beach instead and run, swim or paddle around the lagoon! Without realising it, you're actually exercising while having loads of fun! Also, simply walking on sand can give you quite a workout too!

Nature's very own spa. Not only will you get a chance to work on your tan, the sand is a natural exfoliator. Also, salt water does wonders for your skin as it is actually believed to have natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Remember to always wear sunscreen while you're out in the sun.

Re-connect with loved ones. Vacations have been proven to improve relationships and strengthen bonds between partners. Spend much needed quality time with your loved one, enjoy beach picnics or romantic beach walks at sunset!


How To Pack Your Suitcase Like A Pro

May 25, 2017


Nothing says "Your Holiday Is Almost Here!" like packing your bags. But sometimes it feels like you need an advance degree in engineering to make it all fit. We have compiled a list of handy hints on how to pack like a pro.

Roll Your Clothes

Yes, it really works! You can pack all your clothes in a fraction of the space required. Travel light and leave enough space to bring back some keepsakes from your travels. Watch this video on how to roll t-shirts, jeans and jackets.

Pack Shoes Inside A Shower Cap Or Shoe Bag

This will prevent the dirty soles from leaving prints on your suitcase's lining or your clothes. As an extra tip, stuff rolled-up socks inside your shoes to prevent your favourite pair from getting dented.

Pack Only What Is Needed

We already know that this goes for clothes and shoes, but do the same for your toiletries. Instead of buying travel size shampoos and creams, repack your own into smaller containers. You can buy them at plastic stores or use empty containers you have in your home.

Plastic Seal Your Liquid Items

Do this by putting everything that has the tendency to leak (conditioner, face wash, body cream etc.) in two Ziploc bags. Alternatively, wrap masking tape around the bottle tops.

Wear Bulky Items When Travelling

This goes for people travelling by air. Wear your bulkiest boots and jacket on your flight. It will free up some space in your bag and prevent you from becoming cold on the plane.

What tips do you have for packing like a pro?


Using the iQuote Calculator

May 23, 2017


To see what you can get for your timeshare week with MBExchange, try our iQuote Calculator and enter your ownership information. This will generate a real-time quote to show you how many iPoints we'll give you for your week!

MBExchange allows timeshare owners to exchange their timeshare for iPoints. These iPoints can be used to access hundreds of local and thousands of international holiday resorts. And, because we have the largest exchange pool in southern Africa, MBExchange offers timeshare owners more holiday destination choices than any other exchange provider.

We encourage you to use the iQuote calculator to work out the iPoints due to you according to the week you have to exchange with us. All accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria, and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation. iPoints are also the currency you use when you come to make a booking at the resort destination and in the timeframe that suits you.

If you bank your 2018 timeshare week(s) in 2017, you may use your iPoints as soon as it gets credited against your account. You're not limited to any factors like where and when you go on holiday or even how many people you can take. All that is required is that you have enough iPoints for your ideal holiday destination. You may even find a welcome surprise in the fact that your iPoints won't expire for 3 years.

Once you know what your week is worth in iPoints, click here to view our current iDeals and take a peak at where you could be going on holiday next!


Resort Feature: Shearwater on Sea

May 23, 2017


Sedgefield, Garden Route

Located in the picturesque town of Sedgefield, Shearwater on Sea is the perfect place to relax, unwind and put your feet up in the Garden Route. The resort is ideal for families looking for some quality time together or for those who yearn for a slower pace away from it all. The self-catering units vary in size, with welcoming open plan living areas, fully-equipped kitchens, and patios with braai facilities. The resort is a mere 40 metres away from Myoli Beach (Myoli means place of happiness), a spot famous for its great kite surfing conditions for both beginners and those keen to improve their skills. Other activities you can enjoy at this area include wake boarding, stand up paddle, surfing, canoeing, paragliding and mountain biking.


Must haves for your Berg holiday

May 23, 2017


Packing for the Berg

Making sure that you have everything you need before setting off on your Berg holiday is very important.

While packing might be the least enjoyable, most stressful part of your holiday, leaving something essential behind could ruin the whole trip!

Also, packing a few days before your trip will take away the stress and eliminate the possibility of forgetting something.

A checklist may help you organise better, so make one before you head off, and make sure these items are packed:

  • Contact details of your holiday accommodation
  • GPS so you won't get lost and a print out of Google maps as well as directions to your destination.
  • A good jacket because it can get really chilly up there!
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Chargers for your electronics and gadgets
  • Groceries for your self-catering holiday. Make sure you pack enough for the duration of your stay, especially if your resort is nowhere near a shop!

Winter Holiday Clothing

Space is a precious commodity so make sure you have enough room for souvenirs by ditching the bulky clothing. You can stay warm without having to pack an unwieldy jacket that not only takes up the entire bag, but is also only useful when it's really cold outside.

  • Whether you're going to a place where winters are mild or to a place prone to blizzards, packing certain essential items will help you enjoy your holiday.
  • Hats are a no brainer. A good hat should cover your ears and at least a part of your neck. If you're going to be spending time outside, a lightweight, waterproof hat might be more suitable.
  • Scarves make fantastic winter warmers as well as fashionable accessories. A scarf will keep the chill off of your neck and shoulders without adding unnecessary bulk to your bag.
  • The one heavy item that is non-negotiable is a sturdy pair of hiking boots. There are many that can take on the rough, rugged outdoors and yet still look good enough to wear with your dinner outfit.
  • When it comes to layering, keep it simple. A light, long sleeved shirt, a long-sleeved top and a jacket will have you covered.
  • Other accessories you should take are polarized sunglasses, sunscreen and a lip balm. If there's one thing that can ruin your holiday, it's nasty windburn.

Happy packing!


Planning Ahead

April 21, 2017


A little planning goes a long way, especially when it comes to holidays! Getaways are few and far between and making sure things go as planned will mean you'll have more time for fun! Most of the resort calendars have been released this year, so bank, browse and book your next exciting holiday with MBExchange


Are you a Flexi Week Owner?

April 21, 2017


The first quarter has come and gone and if you haven't banked your flexi week/s yet, it's a good idea to do so right now! If you don't set your flexi week/s prior to banking with MBExchange, you grant us permission to set the week on your behalf and iPoints will be based on this set week. If you want to make sure that you get the particular week you want for maximum iPoints, it is best that you set your week yourself. If you need help with setting your flexi week, give us a call on 0861 623 924 and we will happily assist! Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking is super easy! Click here to find out how easy it is to bank with MBexchange!


Resort Feature: Bakubung

April 21, 2017


Pilanesberg Region, North West

At Bakubung, you can experience a real African holiday in the heart of the bushveld without roughing it. Located in the lush malaria-free Pilanesberg region, the resort offers a serene setting for you to take in the beauty of nature, in the area where the Big 5 roam. The units are all well-equipped to meet your needs and there are many things to keep you entertained at the resort. Cool off with a swim in the pool, work on your tan, or spoil yourself with a spa treatment to get into holiday mode. Kids will love the wide, open spaces and playground and games room. This bird watching and game viewing haven is a mere two-hour drive from Johannesburg.


Tips for a safe journey

April 21, 2017


Going on holiday is a great time to make memories with the family, but the fun can quickly disappear when experiencing car troubles. For your own safety, and to prevent unnecessary expenses that eats into your holiday budget, follow these tips to ensure a safe and memorable journey when going away.

Our #1 concern - safety

If every driver on the road takes responsibility for their safety we'll have far less accidents on our country's roads. Make a check-list of everything that needs to be done. You can even make a game of this with your kids before you leave the house. This way they'll also be more aware of driving safety and that's a lesson they're never too young to learn.

  • Ensure that the driver is well rested. Don't drive when you're tired. Rather have your partner take over or arrange for a stop-over halfway on your journey.
  • Everyone in the car should wear their seatbelts.
  • Lock the doors.
  • Don't drink/eat and drive - Sip on water, juice or coffee to keep you alert and hydrated through the journey.
  • Stop often - pull over at a petrol station every two hours to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and to get you ready for the next stretch.
  • Allow enough space between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Don't speed! Keep to the speed signs along the road.

Your car should be in tip-top shape

  • Take your car for a service a month before your trip
  • Have your tyres and wheel alignment checked two weeks before your trip. As a final measure, also check your tyre pressure the day before the journey.
  • Check your oil and water the day before your trip and fill up your car's tank.
  • Make sure you have a spare tyre in the back and that it's in a good condition and not flat.
  • Ensure that your windows and side mirrors are clean and that your vision is in no way impaired.

Be prepared

  • Programme your GPS with the information of your destination the night before.
  • Have a map book ready just in case your GPS can't find your final destination.
  • Make sure your driver's licence is on you.
  • Have enough cash for toll fees.
  • Have a first-aid kit in your car and make sure it's fully stocked.
  • Have a copy of your confirmation letter with you as you'll need this when checking in at your resort.

Here's to happy and safe holiday!


Banking Your Week: Your Quick Guide

March 22, 2017


First things first: Add your week

Simply login to our website and select the My Ownership menu item. Fill out your timeshare details, tick the terms and conditions block and click add. The value of your week will be displayed and, if you're happy with this, simply click Bank Now.

What's next?

Once we receive your details, we'll contact your home resort to ensure that your levies are paid up. Once we get the thumbs up we'll send you an email confirming that your iPoints are waiting to be used.

Benefits Of Banking Your Week Early

With MBExchange you always get a little extra just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday! For this reason we award those owners who bank their week early by giving them 10% extra iPoints.

Here's how we calculate this:

  • If you bank your week 180 days or more before your occupation date we will give you an additional 10% iPoints value. That's great value for money!
  • Alternatively if you bank your timeshare week anywhere from 60 to 179 days before your occupation date you will get your full iPoints value.
  • From then onwards you would get 80% iPoints value for 39 - 59 days before, 60% for 29 to 38 days before and from 0 to 28 days before, you would be putting your iPoints value at risk.

So, be sure to get the best value for your week and bank early. Remember, if you need any help with the process simply give us a call on 0861 623 924.


Keeping the Kids Entertained on Rainy Holiday Days

March 22, 2017


Rainy days during your holiday may seem like a cosy day indoors to some, but not so much to our children that want to be up and about outside! This may seem like the biggest misfortune but it can be fun, you just need to make the most of it! There are a lot of fun activities that can take place in the comfort of your own holiday unit. Some of these require some planning, so make sure to prepare for these days when packing for your holiday.

Here are some fun ideas the whole family can enjoy:

Have an indoor Easter egg hunt! You can plan for this by hiding some yummy Easter eggs in your unit while the kids are sleeping. Remember to keep count of all the eggs that have been hidden and found! For extra fun, hide a gold egg with a reward card inside. This can be a reward card that says You won a milkshake at your favourite restaurant! and let them hunt for their treats. Have some baskets or buckets on hand for the little ones to carry their bounty in!

Play a game. Bunny, Bunny, Hop. This game is like duck, duck, goose with a hop. Change the words to bunny as you tap each child and hop when one child is selected. Instead of running around the circle, players hop with their feet together.

Board games. Pack your family's favourite games and put some rewards in place. For example, the winner gets a chocolate, the first person to go down a snake or up a ladder gets two marshmallows; the first person to build a hotel in Monopoly gets an extra scoop of ice cream, etc. If you don't have the extra boot space to pack in your favourite games, why not ask Reception for a board game or two?

Get into the kitchen. Get some ingredients for no-bake treats like Rice Krispies Squares or S'mores and have the kids help you make it. Alternatively, take out some pizza topping ingredients and have them build their own pizzas.

Have an indoor picnic. If you and the kids don't particularly have a sweet tooth, why not chop up some fresh fruit and veg, grab some crackers and cheese and get comfy with your mini snacks on a blanket in the lounge area just like a picnic! You could even pop a movie on while you snack.

Have a dance competition. Put on some music and have a dance competition. This is a great way to get little bodies active (and burn a few calories yourself!). Put on their favourite music and have fun!

Build a fort. I think most of us fondly remember our own childhood memories of building blanket forts during the holidays! Give them some blankets and pillows and get creative. Let them sleep in it that night as an added reward.

Family day. Pack some family favourite movies and spend the day snuggled under the blankets watching them. If you're looking to keep the kids a bit busier and stimulated then you should consider packing items such as colouring-in books and crayons, puzzles, Lego and craft supplies.


Romantic Ideas for the Month of Love

February 27, 2017


Valentine's Day is an awesome opportunity to show those we care about just how much we love them, but what about after the fact? We encourage you to embrace the other 364 days of love in a year and this year we challenge you to treat your partner to a series of small indulgences and romantic events in the wake of the "big day".

1. MAKE A COUPLE'S TIME CAPSULE 
Make a video in which you each share your thoughts and feelings about your partner at this moment in time, and put a reminder in your diary to revisit it in a year's time. Add some pictures and keepsakes to remind yourself of all the special moments you've shared. Top tip: Start by telling the story of how you met!

2. WRITE A LOVE LETTER
Nothing says "I love you" quite like a hand-written letter because when you put pen to paper you put a little bit of yourself into that missive. It doesn't have to be a Shakespearean sonnet to be effective - a few simple lines about why you love them and how they've changed your life is all it takes.

3. WHIP UP THEIR FAVOURITE MEAL
We all have that one dish, meal or treat that makes us woozy with longing, whether it be a fragrant curry, an indulgent chocolate cake or a burger with all the trimmings. Put on that apron, find the recipe and treat your partner to a home-made version of their best-loved meal. Make it extra special by decorating the table and putting on some of their favourite music.

4. DO SOMETHING DARING
Today is the day to get the adrenaline pumping! Schedule a date at a shooting gallery, go down a zip line, try out surfing or really push out the boat and splurge on shark cage diving or a ballooning expedition.

5. HAVE A MOVIE NIGHT
Choose a movie and create a fun theme night around it. For instance, you could watch La Dolce Vita, The Godfather or Roman Holiday and turn it into an Italian affair! Make some pasta from scratch, get a bottle of Italian wine and speak in Italian accents as you camp out in front of the TV.

6. CREATE A ROMANTIC TREASURE HUNT
Send your partner on a tantalising scavenger hunt around your house, yard, neighbourhood or city. Depending on how much time you have, you could involve your neighbours, local business owners or friends, who could provide clues or run interference. Bonus points if you could make each stop along the way a place that holds special significance for you as a couple!

7. HAVE A GAMES NIGHT
Get silly and up the stakes with some good old-fashioned gaming. This could be anything from Monopoly or chess, to video games or poker.

8. UNPLUG AND GET AWAY
The saying goes that a change is as good as a holiday, and nothing rings more true. Book a weekend or evening at one of your favourite getaways, put off your phones and indulge in some uninterrupted couple time. Wherever you end up going, make a point of shutting out the world and making time to focus on one another.

9. HEAD FOR THE HILLS
South Africa has some of the most beautiful trails in the world, so lace up those boots and head for the hills to enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner. If you aren't all that keen on bushwhacking, you could always just go for a nice long stroll along the beach or even opt for an urban hike - a walk through your city or hometown with a map from the tourism board that points out cool places of interest.

10. FLEX THOSE MIND MUSCLES
Do you know what's super sexy? Personal growth! This year, make a point of making time for a course or new hobby that you can enjoy with your partner. Go on a couples cooking course, learn how to make your own wine, teach yourself one of the 11 official South African languages, or, learn how to turn your garden into an organic food-producing machine. Whatever you choose, just make sure that you're having fun while you do it.

11. HEAD TO A MARKET
Looking for a date idea that the whole family will enjoy? South Africa's abundance of fresh produce and innovative producers mean we have a wide variety of family-friendly fresh good markets that take place all over this fair country of ours. Find one in your vicinity, pack a picnic blanket and some sunscreen and go spend the day in the fresh air. There will be plenty of tasty treats to try and you'll easily find the makings of an ad hoc picnic.


iBank Your 2017 Flexi Weeks!

February 27, 2017


iBanking is easy! Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking your week early with MBExchange means you'll get more than you bargained for and these days every little bit helps. So, how do you go about banking your week to get more iPoints?

1. Make sure your levies are paid in full.
2. Bank your week online or by giving us a call
3. If you bank your week more than 180 days before occupation we'll throw in 10% extra iPoints on top of the full value.
4. Flexi week owners who bank their week in advance get first pickings on the best resorts across SA and abroad.
5. Banking early means you have more time to prepare for your holiday and save for all those indulgences that usually go with holiday.

Note to Flexi week owners: Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with MBExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.


Make the Most of Your Romantic Getaway

January 23, 2017


It's that time of the year again when you don't need a reason to put your feet up and pack off to an exotic destination with your loved ones! If you are planning to spend some quality time with your beloved this Valentine's Day, then we suggest you experiment with these super sweet romantic ideas to keep them glued to you. Indulge, refresh and feel rejuvenated this holiday season with your partner!

Watch the sunset:

Nothing beats watching the sun go down together - whether you are lazing by the sea or from the top of a mountain! Take a little meander down to the perfect viewing spot whilst holding hands and catch the sunset with the love of your life this vacation. Give in to the moment as it's an experience that the two of you will treasure for years to come.

Flirt: 

When was the last time you made eye contact with your partner and allowed the moment to linger? With innumerable commitments at work and home, we usually don't find any time to play with that special someone in our lives. This time when you are spending some relaxation time with your significant other at an exotic beach, mountain or bush escape; take them by surprise by flirting with them!

Pamper yourselves:

Who doesn't like to be pampered on a holiday? The two of you can indulge in a soothing body massage after you are done with sightseeing. Look for interesting spa treatments at the resort or look around for a salon that offers couples' massages. Treat yourselves to a rejuvenating experience!

Dine at a fancy restaurant:

Treat yourselves to an evening of fine dining where you can dress up and indulge in some really great food and wine while chatting about your holiday experiences and generally catching up on the little things you may have missed while you were busy with work and life in general. Ditch your cell phones so your attention isn't elsewhere.

Document your memories:

Like any other occasion, don't forget to lock your memories down by taking photographs during your holiday. And we don't mean you go on a clicking spree capturing only the sights and scenery! Ask a passer-by to take a few photographs of the two of you holding each other close or simply pose for each other! Even if you feel a little silly, take those couples selfies and capture all of your precious moments together.

Whatever you may choose to do this Valentine's Day, take a moment to let those closest to you know just how much you love and appreciate them.


How does the MBExchange Banking System Work?

January 23, 2017


Bank your week online or contact one of our consultants and simply request that they bank your week into the inventory pool. You will receive a quote with the number of iPoints that the week you have banked is worth. A few things have to happen before we confirm your banking and allocate your iPoints to your account. Firstly, we will contact your home resort to verify that you own the week, that you have not banked it with anyone else and that your levies are paid. Once all this is done we will confirm that your week is banked and that you have been allocated iPoints.


Out With the Old and In With New!

December 15, 2016


Make 2017 the Year of Possibilities and Positivity!

We know you're gearing up for a wonderful holiday season and something to keep in mind is that the new year is almost upon us. This gives us the perfect opportunity to reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during this new year. With that in mind, we have some New Year ideas and exercises for you!

1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement:
My purpose is_______________________.

3. Take a morning walk of gratitude. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you are going.

5. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out debit card.

6. Transform adversity into success by deciding that change is not your enemy but your friend. In the challenge, discover the opportunity.

7. Make a difference in the lives of others.

8. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, toxic people, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

11. Live with the 3 E's.

Energy
Enthusiasm
Empathy

12. Remember there's no substitute for hard work.

13. Zoom Focus.
Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire? Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

14. Instead of complaining about situations, focus on solutions. It's the key to innovation.

15. Read more books than you did in 2016.

16. Learn from mistakes and experiences and let them teach you to make positive changes.

17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to."
Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is an awesome gift, not an obligation.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:

I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants and it costs you nothing.

20. Enjoy the journey. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy every moment.


Can I make a booking whilst banking my vacation ownership?

December 15, 2016


Should you wish to make a booking at the same time as the banking of your vacation ownership, your booking will be placed on "provisional" status until the banking has been verified. Once that is done and you have paid for your provisional booking we will send you a confirmation of your booking. Alternatively you could provide us with proof of levy payment to your home resort. This speeds up the process considerably, making it possible to bank, book and pay in one call. We'll send you your confirmation and you're A for AWAY!


If I have banked my week with MBExchange can I take it back again if I change my mind?

November 11, 2016


As soon as you bank a week it goes straight into our inventory pool for someone else to book for their own holiday. So, taking it back again is simply not a possibility. In saying that, we ALWAYS urge you to be very sure that you do not want to use your own week before you bank it.


Ideas for Yummy and Easy Self-catering Meals

November 11, 2016


Last month we tackled budgeting for your upcoming self-catering holiday as they are great and, quite frankly, are preferred by most, but it also means saving on expensive restaurant bills. This month we've compiled a list of some great ways to keep everyone's tummy full and satisfied, helping you make the most of your holiday with a little planning.

Make a list

Make a list of things you have at home that you will need to pack. This includes items that you know you'll use every day such as spices, condiments, long-life milk, margarine, coffee, tea and so forth as the resorts don't stock grocery items. Remember that we tend to eat differently when on holiday so you may not need to take quite as much rice or potatoes as you think!

Plan your meals

Do a rough meal schedule. You will most likely not stick to a definite plan so make this list with changes in mind. You might end up having some leftovers for breakfast or lunch or you may decide to pop out for dinner instead. However, doing a meal schedule will help you with your packing and grocery shopping and eliminate unnecessary ingredients and spending.

Cook and freeze

Before going on holiday cook a few family favourites to freeze and take it with you on holiday. This is perfect when coming back to your unit after a long and busy day of sight-seeing and activities!

Get the kids involved

Any mom would tell you that there is nothing better than having a night off from cooking. If your kids are old enough put them in charge of dinner for a couple of nights. Think hot dog or burger evenings where the kids can prepare the food or get them to put out the ingredients for a "build your own salad" night.

Take care of lunch

Lunch can be the most difficult meal of the day when on holiday. As days are often spent out and about you can either grab something whilst exploring the local area or make sure that there are easy-to-make options available when going back to your unit. Think sandwiches or wraps with cold meats, left-overs from the night before or a ready-to-eat meal or two. Alternatively, have a really hearty brunch to fuel your day and skip lunch altogether!

A quick list of holiday favourite meals

Pizza and burgers: Take-aways or build your own options are quick, easy and scrumptious!
Hot dogs: This is a super easy and an affordable option. You can give a new twist to an old favourite by experimenting with new toppings.
Braai: South Africans don't need an excuse to braai! Nothing is better than ending the day around a fire alongside great company and a great meal.
Salad: Snacking all day and having breakfast and lunch a little later than usual may mean you're not too hungry when it comes to dinner. Cut up some smoked chicken breasts to add substance to a green salad or make a yummy tuna pasta salad.


Money Saving Tips for a Self-catering Holiday

October 20, 2016


Keeping the family amused during the holidays can end up being expensive and for all South Africans feeling the pinch, now is the time to see if you can find some low-cost days out and activities to keep everyone entertained. It is also reassuring to know that it is possible to enjoy a destination family holiday without breaking the bank!

With a bit of forward planning and some savvy money-saving it is possible to dodge high prices and still have a good time. That being said, we have rounded-up some ideas to help you save money over the holidays!

  • Download free apps to find cheap local hot spots
    This is a great way to find out what is happening in and around the area you're staying in as well as special events and promotions.

  • Do some research online
    Researching the areas cultural offerings ahead of time, such as museums, parks, botanical gardens, zoos and other local area attractions can offer a wide variety of things to do on a day out and about with little to no added cost, depending on your venue of choice, of course.

  • Stock up on gift certificates or vouchers
    If you have been hanging onto a gift card because you're not too sure what to do with it, or happen to see a clipping in a magazine or online coupon whilst browsing online, save them! These little discounts can be a saving grace on your credit card, especially if they're for eateries.

  • Plan and budget your food spend before your holiday
    You can quite literally save hundreds of rands by taking full advantage of your self-catering accommodation and preparing meals for your family instead of eating out every day whilst on holiday. Being able to plan and purchase your needed groceries is a massive time saver and cuts down on unnecessary spending when out on the town. Make the activity fun by involving everyone and letting them pick meals for certain nights, switching up who gets to cook and letting the kids participate.

  • Skip the souvenirs - take photos instead!
    I know, it's so very tempting to buy that fridge magnet or odd little trinket, but let's be honest, what do you do with it after the fact? If you're buying it as a gift, chances are it will just be collecting dust at your friends' and relatives' houses. If you really want to remember your trip and all of the awesome memories you created, take photos. As long as you have a phone with a camera or your own personal camera, this is completely free and you get to share the experience for everyone to enjoy when you post it on social media.

  • Research airline fees
    If you're planning on flying to your destination, do some research and compare airline carriers to see who can offer you the best price on your selected dates. The first option you see isn't always necessarily the best one! It's also handy to check if there are added charges to your luggage and what restrictions might be in place that could affect your choices.

  • Research alternative routes to your destination
    Toll fees and fuel cost can rack up your bills pretty quickly so jumping online and searching for alternative routes can really make the world of difference. Just be sure you're not compromising on your petrol budget by taking the long way around to skip a toll booth!

  • Travelling in a group can cut costs
    Consider travelling with another family or a group of friends and splitting the costs on necessities such as fuel, food and accommodation.

  • Do all of the free stuff
    Going to the beach, local dam, park, mountain hikes or exploring the natural landscapes with a picnic basket are fantastic ways to keep busy and relax at no extra cost.

  • Make use of your destinations on-site facilities
    Many resorts have swimming pools, Jacuzzis, Putt-Putt courses, games rooms and playgrounds which are great for relaxing and keeping the kids entertained, the best part is that most of these facilities, if on offer, are inclusive of your accommodation.


Things to do in Francistown

September 22, 2016


The city of Francistown in Botswana should definitely be added to your bucket list. This old city has a lot to offer you. It houses great wildlife, a diverse set of cultures, interesting history and exciting area attractions. This city is also Africa's first-discovered gold rush, highlighting the abandoned and old mines that visitors like you can always take a peek at. Indeed, a tour to Francistown will never be a dull one!

1. Kuminda Farm
Kuminda Farm is situated in Marobela lands in the Central District and it is an excellent stopover between Francistown and Nata. Kuminda is the place to be if you want to take part in cultural events (dance, poetry, song s and games) including the annual Zhizha Ikalanga Food and Music Festival, this is an event not to be missed! This is 45km away from Francistown.

Nature walks (good bird viewing, they have Meyers Parrots, Woodpeckers, Giant Eagle Owls and many more species that visit them, indigenous trees and flowers and other interesting natural features). They also serve up an excellent menu of strictly traditional food. Tours into the neighbouring villages can also be arranged through them.

2. Domboshaba Ruins
Domboshaba (meaning 'red rock' in Kalanga) is an Iron Age, stone wall site dating back to 1450AD.

Domboshaba is an open site of ancient ruins (approximately 8 hectares in area) that includes several enclosures and the remains of partitions and bulkheads, the most spectacular of which is 'Wall 28.' This was rebuilt by archaeologists and incorporates beautifully flowing courses of granite blocks built around existing boulders and trees. Some other fantastic remains you will be able to see include, tombs, food storage facilities, milling stones, walls, floors, and enclosures that were once used as rooms. This popular tourist attraction is just outside Masunga town, 90km away from Francistown.

3. Mbalambi Village
Here, the locals are diehard traditionalists, whose culture and beliefs live at their very core. At this village it is believed that the Ikalanga God, Mwali is supposed to reside in a big rock in the village and it is the traditional home for the local rain dancers. It is also where the local people go to ask for rain from their rain God, Mwali. Tours of this village can be arranged through Kuminda Farm mentioned above.

4. Supa Ngwao Museum
This interesting museum contains exhibitions on the culture and history of the Kalanga people, as well as a photographic exhibition on the early history of Francistown and Botswana, thus serving as an important repository of northern Botswana's heritage. Its collection includes pottery, woodcarvings, basketry and musical instruments. Supa Ngwao is the only museum in Francistown.

Authentic, hand-made crafts can be purchased at the Museum's Craft Shop, which supports approximately 200 craftsmen and women mostly from the surrounding areas. The Museum also serves as information centre for Francistown and conducts guided walking tours of the city, covering most of the important historical sites. 

5. Birding Botswana
Birding Botswana is based in the tourist capital of Botswana, Maun, the famous Okavango Delta and other wilderness areas

This specialist birding operation has established itself to meet the needs of birders who want to be professionally informed about the birding possibilities in Botswana. General travel agencies and tour operators concentrate on standard game-viewing tours and usually do not know what birders want and need, nor can they be expected to have an in-depth first-hand knowledge of birds. They cater for the generalist traveller; Birding Botswana caters specifically for birders.

6. Tachila Nature Reserve
Tachila Nature Reserve covers approximately 8 200 hectares of well-preserved natural habitat in an area adjacent to Francistown city, less than 20km away.

Thachila's mandate is to serve as a recreational facility for residents of and visitors to Francistown, to provide environmental education, to promote wildlife preservation and other natural resource conservation, to increase eco-tourism potential and to help diversify the largely mining dependent economy, thus creating employment opportunities.

Tachila a Kalanga name meaning 'saviour of all living things' - is a broad-based community project that offers natural, archaeological, historical and cultural attractions unique to Francistown and the North East District. Naturally occurring wildlife species include Leopard, Hyena, Kudu, Impala, Bushbuck, Steenbok, Klipspringer, Rock Dassie and Warthog. Eventually, Rhino, Sable and Roan Antelope, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and Eland will be introduced.

Visitors can enter the reserve for game drives on a self-drive basis, and on arrangement only.

So now, take your Africa adventure to another level by visiting Botswana. For sure, you will have something extraordinary to remember your whole life. This is of course being face to face with new cultures and a rich history, aside from the great adventures of the wildlife.


Resort Feature: Modumela Lodge
Francistown, East Botswana

September 22, 2016

Resort Feature: Modumela Lodge

Modumela Lodge is situate about 70km from Francistown in Botswana and offers guests the absolute best of the beautiful African destination that is Botswana. With a landscape that overlooks the banks of a dam and access to 1750 hectares of privately owned land, you will definitely be able to enjoy nature walks, swimming and game drives.

Going on holiday in Botswana is akin to coming home to tranquillity, this comfortable lodge offers a truly African bush experience. Modumela is named after the indigenous Modumela tree, which surrounds the resort. The main Lodge, which is surrounded by many indigenous trees, comprises of a home-like dining room, bar and shop which overlook a scenic dam

Offering game drives, birding, nature walks, swimming and orienteering, Modumela is a "must do" destination for the whole family. Modumela offers comfort, relaxation, peace and great hospitality to anyone longing for a back-to-nature retreat. Guests with their own 4x4 vehicle are welcome to take themselves on game drives around the expansive property.

The fully furnished, self-catering chalets at the resort are set in rustic thatched log cabins, each with en-suite bathrooms. There are fantastic onsite facilities and activities such as a swimming pool, board games, fishing, volleyball, mountain biking, braai facilities, nature walks and game drives to keep you entertained.

Modumela has an extensive list of animal sightings at the resort, and approximately 30 animal species have been recorded on the property, including Honey Badger, Impala, Kudu, Black-backed Jackal, Civet, Steenbok, Duiker, African Wild Cat, Caracal, Zebra, Reedbuck, Springhare, Scrub Hare, Wildebeest, Warthog, Eland, Brown Hyena and Hartebeest.

If you're looking for something to do off-site, the North East District of Botswana has a rich history and historical places of interest are visited on some of the resorts day trips into the surrounding areas. Other activities of interest include viewing the local traditional dancers and drummers, the giant African Rock Fig tree, the Domboshaba ruins, the Nata Bird Sanctuary, the Sowa Pan and local golf courses.


Day Tripping to Lesotho

August 19, 2016

Lesotho is an incredibly underrated tourist destination, with all of its land lying at altitudes in excess of 1400m above sea-level, it is a land of heights and extremes; Lesotho offers breathtaking mountain vistas, awesome adventures and fascinating culture.

Adventure awaits you in the Mountain Kingdom with a range of activities on land, on the snow and in the water. Lesotho is famous for its spectacular scenic beauty branded by majestic mountain ranges, towering peaks, a rich variety of flora and fauna, crystal clear streams, surging waterfalls, diverse culture and a snow blanket seen high in the mountains across the country in winter. While travelling around the country, visitors will come across the various forms of crafts that are handmade by Basotho.

Here are some of the most popular and highly recommended places to visit in Lesotho, as well as some local favourite foods and travel must haves to get into the country:

Maletsunyane Falls
In the Lesotho highlands it is Southern Africa's highest single drop waterfall. If you're very adventurous you could also do the world's highest commercial abseil off the 200m high cliff! It is located close to Semonkong.

Morija
This quaint little town boasts a haven of tourist attractions from its great Morija Museum, to hiking trails that lead to fossilised dinosaur footprints, to a Royal Village, art centre, printing works, historic gravesites and schools, pony trekking, bird watching, picnicking sites, mountain biking, arts and cultural festivals and sporting events. You are spoilt for choice at this destination!

Highest Pub in Africa
Enjoy sipping an ice cold local Maluti beer (made by Maluti Mountain Brewery - Lesotho's one and only brewery) at the pub that claims to be the highest in Africa, situated a breezy 2 874m above sea level. They offer a great menu of assorted beverages and meals, with amazing views that look out over the Sani Pass below.

Katse Dam
The stunning 185m dam wall is part of a larger water scheme to sell water to South Africa and produce electricity for Lesotho. The beauty of this award-winning feat of engineering is eclipsed, however, by the surrounding mountains and rural countryside. Tours start from the visitor centre; with its bright blue roof, you can't miss it. You will need to pay for a tour per person and they take about an hour, starting at 9am or 2pm on weekdays and 11am on weekends.

Thaba Bosiu
The mountain stronghold where the great warrior and diplomat King Moeshoeshoe the Great established the Kingdom of Lesotho, fighting off wave after wave of attacks by white settlers and hostile African armies. Still today, the Kings and Queens of Lesotho are buried here. Today, Thaba Bosiu is a National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tsehlanyane National Park
One of only two national parks in Lesotho, which makes up an integral part of the greater Maloti/Drakensberg Transfrontier Park. This park is linked to the Bokong Nature Reserve by a two-day mountain hiking trail. Lying further north, it is also reachable by tar roads. One passes beautiful villages, and here indigenous "Chi-chi" trees of significant size are preserved. The Berg Bamboo is also the host plant for an endangered butterfly species.

AfriSki
Yes, you can ski and snowboard in Africa! Take a shuttle to the Afri Ski resort in Lesotho, with guides who have all the experience needed to advise you at the ski resort and on the slope. The Clarens Xtreme shuttle leaves every morning at 06:30 and arrives back in Clarens at 20:00. Afri Ski has a 1km ski run and a snowboard park.

Good to Know...

Languages
Sesotho (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa

Money
Lesotho's currency, the Loti (or Maloti), is equal to the South African Rand (ZAR). South African currency is accepted everywhere, so there is no need to change money. However you will get Maloti in change (unless you ask) which can be difficult to change in South Africa. There are ATMs at banks in most towns, but not elsewhere. Most banks will change travellers cheques for you, but it can be a very lengthy process if they're in any other currency than Rands (ZAR) and credit cards are unfortunately not widely accepted.

Visa
Citizens of most Commonwealth countries, Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, European states and the US will be granted a free entry permit, valid for 30 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least another six months and you need at least two blank pages. The proof of a return or onward ticket or your future travel plans might be asked, but this should not be a problem. If you're unsure about whether you may need a visa, check here!

Climate
The weather conditions in summer are ideal for enjoying the outdoors. Rain, however, will also fall during these months. Temperatures range between 18C and 30C, from the coolness of the highlands to the warmth of the lowlands.

The winters, however, can be very cold and any outdoor activities, especially in the highlands, should be avoided.


Resort Feature: Kiara Lodge
Clarens, Northern Drakensberg

August 19, 2016

Resort Feature: Kiara Lodge

Kiara Lodge is nestled in the strikingly beautiful Maluti Mountains. This is definitely one of the more beautiful places found in South Africa and it is in this picturesque scene, between the Golden Gate Reserve and the quaint village of Clarens, that Kiara Lodge is found and a host of activities, spa treatments, luxurious accommodation, scrumptious meals and holiday memories take place.

Offering an all-encompassing retreat for vacationers of all ages, Kiara Lodge has easy access to all the nearby attractions, along with a host of its own. Kiara lodge has recently built a stunning new state-of-the-art children's games room, perfect for keeping the kids entertained in those chilly winter months. With soft play systems for toddlers, a Lego area, a movie lounge to age appropriate Xbox games for the bigger kids, there is something for everyone!

Kiara Lodge has also added an adults only @Ease Lounge for over 21s only. It's a great facility if you're looking to get in some down time while the kids are kept busy in the games room. The @Ease Lounge features games such as pool and darts, flat screen TVs and is a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Another fantastic and fun facility is the Jumping Pillow! The Jumping Pillow, which is an inflatable trampoline, is the first of its kind in South Africa and will provide hours of fun for the children, and the adults too! There is currently construction underway in which a new solarium (indoor heated swimming pool area) and a new 18-hole Adventure Putt-Putt course are being built onsite!

Enjoy the spacious elegance of these self-catering chalets. Each chalet has an open plan entertainment area and fully equipped kitchen, perfect for cooking meals together and entertaining. Relax on your own private patio as you watch the sun rise over the mountains or grill dinner on the braai. And if you're looking to explore a little further, try out the Clarens Golf Course, or the art gallery or the Basotho Cultural Village to learn about the region's fascinating legacy. Alternatively, you can visit the Tugela Falls or the Royal Natal National Park.

Kiara Lodge is truly an all-encompassing and delightful family destination!


How does the MBExchange banking system work?

August 18, 2016

Bank your week online or contact one of our consultants and simply request that they bank your week into the inventory pool. You will receive a quote with the number of iPoints that you have access to for the week you have banked.

A few things have to happen before we confirm your banking and allocate your iPoints to your account. Firstly, we will contact your home resort to verify that you own the week, that you have not banked it with anyone else and that your levies are up to date. Once all this is done we will confirm that your week is banked and that you have been allocated iPoints.


Cash Rentals

June 29, 2016

Are you saving your iPoints for that longer family holiday during the Festive Season? Perhaps you have your eyes set on an overseas adventure? Don't worry, we have you covered so that you don't have to miss out on those epic weekend and midweek getaways!

MBExchange offers our members Bonus Rentals. Bonus Rentals are accommodation offered to our members on cash booking basis at short notice (typically three weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected resorts. Contact us to find out more and to get a quote.


Resort Feature: Verlorenkloof

June 17, 2016

Lydenburg District, Mpumalanga

Verlorenkloof is blessed with the most beautiful surrounding scenery that draws in the natural surroundings and lay comfortably within the landscape. The spacious cottage type stone and thatch architecture of the Crofts adds to the rustic charm of this destination.

The lodge offers a welcoming reception. Guests can browse through the gallery and gift shop as well as indulge at the Foodspace deli. All foodstuffs can also be pre-ordered. A common room provides space for relaxing in large groups. TV viewing and leisurely time can be spent having a read in the library or in front of the fireplace. The all-day coffee shop has proved a popular stop at the end of each day's walk and Sunday's brunches are a firm favourite.

Accommodation is in self-catering crofts. Each croft is privately situated, thoughtfully designed, fitted, maintained and serviced to a very high standard, making this the best self-catering accommodation in Mpumalanga.

Some of the activities to enjoy at Verlorenkloof:

  • Fishing: A well-stocked trout river is sure to provide hours of fishing fun.
  • Birding: Verlorenkloof host an annual birding weekend, a must-see for nature lovers and avid bird watchers. Last year the participants recorded over 159 different species.
  • Botany: Verlorenkloof's orchid list has impressive 30 species!
  • Horse Riding: Enjoy a trail ride on one of the Verlorenkloof born-and-bred trail horses, lending a new dimension to an outride through the foothills or along the river.
  • Hiking: Grab a hiking trail map and enjoy an active day exploring the surrounds of Verlorenkloof.
  • Cycling: Keep up with your fitness routine or just tour the landscape along the cycling trails.

Verlorenkloof has, for many families, become a way to enjoy a country home on a superbly managed estate. Plan your next holiday to Verlorenkloof today, by exchanging your week into the MBExchange pool.


Must Do's in the North West

June 15, 2016

We've identified some activities that come highly-recommended in and around the North West that you should try out on your next stay in this awesome area.

Safari:

Did you now that the Pilanesberg National Park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano? Where there was once overflowing magma, you can now view magnificent landscapes teeming with wildlife of all shapes and sizes (not to mention the famous Big 5). Whether you prefer a Guided Safari or a Self-Drive Safari, the park has game drive options to suit every nature enthusiast's desire.

Hot Air Ballooning:

For those seeking a completely unique vantage point of the park, why not go on a Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Pilanesberg National Park? Experience the sunrise of a lifetime as you embark on a bird's eye view trip over the Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex. Now that is a safari adventure you can definitely brag about!

Rhino Tracking in Letsatsing:

The precious and endangered White Rhino are a sight to behold and with the Rhino Tracking programme at the Pilanesberg National Park, you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these giant beasts. The aim of the project is conservation through education. With a comprehensive briefing, expert field guides, mission objectives to get your blood pumping and discussions around conservation, this is an activity to broaden your knowledge and definitely tell your friends about!

Sun City:

The Sun City Resort has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectacular shows and events. Here's a short list of things to do at Sun City:

  • The Sun City Hotel Casino with over 300 slots, black jack, American roulette, poker and punto banco.
  • The Gary Player Golf Course is one of the most famous golf courses in South Africa and is home to the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge.
  • The Lost City Golf Course covers more than 100 hectares and is a great experience for golfers of all handicaps.
  • Waterworld offers jet-skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, tube rides, water snake, bumper boats and water cruises.
  • The Valley of Waves is the central feature of the Lost City at Sun City. It is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, dominated by the Roaring Lagoon, a 6 500-square metre wave pool. The water park offers water slides, tube rides, body slides and the wave pool which is surrounded by palm trees.
  • The Entertainment Centre is home to shops, cinemas, theatres, the kiddies arcade, fast food outlets and restaurants and the Superbowl which boast performances by world famous artists and hosts events such as Miss World.

There are endless activities to keep you, your family and friends entertained at Sun City, of that much we are sure!

The Maze of the Lost City:

The Maze of the Lost City in Sun City is one of the largest permanent mazes in the Southern Hemisphere. By walking through the trail, you lose track of direction and the outside world. This quiets the mind and gives you the opportunity to contemplate important matters in life. This might be why finding your way through the mysterious maze has been compared to finding your way to enlightenment.

You could also choose to walk the maze because there is a bar that serves beers from micro-breweries from across South Africa, but whether you are seeking the path to enlightenment or a way to reward yourself with a beer tasting, walking through the maze is an enjoyable activity that you've got to try when you are visiting the North West.


Can I bank My 2017 Weeks Now?

June 8, 2016

Yes! We have the most awesome news for you! All of the resorts have been released for 2017, so you need to act now before you miss out and your favourite places are snapped up! Since the 2017 calendars have been released you can bank your 2017 weeks now and get an additional 10% iPoints. So make sure you have settled your levies and contact us today. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.

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Resort Feature: Cayley Lodge

May 25, 2016

Winterton - Central Drakensberg

Cayley Lodge is located in the breathtaking central Drakensberg, overlooking the Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle ranges, with the beautiful Bell Park Dam right on the grounds and forming the centre for many of the on-site activities. This modern lifestyle resort offers the opportunity of all the comforts of home combined with all the wonders of the mountains. Accommodation is in side by side chalets spread along the ridge, and they have magnificent views over the dam towards the mountains.

Whether you would like to go on a hike in the hills on foot or take a drive through the scenic nature the Berg has to offer- there is plenty to do at Cayley Lodge. Fish out of the dam, relax at the swimming pool or treat yourself to a few luxury spa treatments before curling up in front of a roaring fire. Parents in need of some relaxation can rest assured that the kids will be entertained by the planned on-site entertainment programmes and facilities available for children, including a games room and playground.

Enjoy the culture of the area by visiting the Drakenberg Boys Choir, try something a little more adventurous and thrilling with Rafting and Adventures or guided Horse Trails exploring the local forest, grasslands and cave paintings. Alternatively, you could go and check out the Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre and the Spioenkop Game Reserve or view an impressive show at the Falcon Ridge Birds of Prey Centre. There is something for everyone.

As for your time spent indoors, Cayley Lodge's one to three room apartments are comfortable, and fully equipped to make your self-catering experience as seamless and easy as possible. The resort offers you all the luxuries you could need from your holiday destination. Think modern contemporary interiors with countryside hospitality. Think of the potential time spent with loved ones around a warm fire, enjoying good wine.

At Cayley Lodge you come home to a place where you can recharge and create long lasting holiday memories with your loved ones. Serviced and comfortable, the apartments set a new standard in comfort and design. Plan your next holiday to Cayley Lodge today, by exchanging your week into the MBExchange pool.


If You Only Have 3 Days In The Garden Route

May 13, 2016

The Garden Route is one of the most popular areas in South Africa for one simple reason: It is absolutely beautiful! There are a few other reasons, of course, such as the year-round good weather, the friendly people, the restaurants and the host of activities that it holds for its visitors.

The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. Dotted in between are towns like George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. We have compiled a list of things to do if you only have a quick three day break (or longer) along the Garden Route.

For the Grown Ups:

1. Shark Cage Diving at White Shark Africa
Not for the faint-hearted! This is an excellent activity to get up close and personal with some of the ocean's biggest and meanest predators. If you're lucky, they might even give you a big smile :-)

2. Parasailing and Paragliding at Flytime Paragliding
See the Garden Route as the birds do. And don't worry too much about flying solo - they do tandem flights which mean you'll never be alone.

3. Point of Human Origins Museum
A very interesting archaeological site, that gives visitors a glimpse into the history of modern human behavior. As an added plus, the caves and views from the top is beautiful.

For the Children:

1. Bird Watching at Birds of Eden
Birds of Eden's unique two hectare dome (the World's largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall.

2. Amusement Park fun at Adventure Land
Set in a beautiful natural setting on a 24 hectare estate, Adventure Land offers you a day of fun and relaxation. Enjoy a picnic or have a braai and watch your family and friends enjoy the water activities and playground.

3. Berry picking at Redberry Farm
Here you'll find a host of family-friendly activities such as pick your own strawberries, the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere, a tea garden and farm stall, mini train rides, a large outdoor playground, bumper boats and bubble ball on the dam as well as pony rides.

For the Whole Family:

1. Beaches
There is no shortage of great beaches along the Garden Route. Some of the most popular swimming beaches are Bollard Bay Beach in Knysna, Bothastrand in Great Brak River, Brenton Beach in Brenton-on-Sea as well as Keurbooms Beach at Keurboomstrand.

2. Experience nature at Knysna Elephant Park
Responsible and educational interactions allow guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, but still give the elephants the space and freedom to choose where they want to move, what they want to eat and who they want to interact with.

3. Sand Boarding at Dune Adventures
Sandboard down the Knysna sand dunes for fun filled day for the whole family. The dunes are a medium size which is perfect for a three hour trip with plenty of features to make things interesting.


Communication Preferences
No more spam!

May 12, 2016

We all know how it feels to get a million and one emails and SMSes on a daily basis and we want to make sure that you hear from us only when and how you want to. So, to prevent any unnecessary offers hitting your inbox OR if you want to make sure you're always aware of our latest and greatest specials, visit the Communication Preferences tab once logged in. The Communication Preferences tab allows you to select what, when and how you want to receive information from us. You can opt in or out to receive any of the Monthly Newsletters, Specials or Last Minute Deals via email or SMS. So, simply login and tell us when you like to hear from us.


Resort Feature: Castleburn
Underberg - Drakensberg

April 28, 2016

In the foothills of the southern Drakensberg nestles Castleburn a home to Eland, Reedbuck and 100 species of bird, which flock to the re-established wetlands. The name "Castleburn" comes from the combination of the majestic Garden Castle Mountain that towers over the property and the word "burn", a Scottish name for a small stream. The estate borders on a SANParks nature reserve, neighbouring the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site proclaimed in 2000 and the famous Giant's Cup hiking trail which passes through the resort.

In the comfort of your spacious, thatched cottages, enjoy cosy log fires and sweeping views over shimmering Lake Madingofani, which reflects the mountains and is disturbed only by the breeze and the occasional trout jumping. A welcoming lakeside clubhouse encourages friendly get-togethers and the Recreation Centre has a swimming pool, pool table, dartboard and table tennis. For the more active at heart there is trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, hiking, mini golf, tennis, mountain biking and a children's play area. Also enjoy an hour of family fun whilst mastering the ancient art of archery.

The restaurant and bar provide the perfect family dining experience with hot home-styled meals to hearty beef steaks. Take-away pizzas are an option for those evenings when you want to stay in. The restaurant and bar also offer wireless internet connectivity. Although summers are warm, snow has been experienced in the mountains in every month of the year so be sure you take appropriate clothing and equipment for your stay.

  • Average summer weather - 24.5 degrees Celsius
  • Average winter weather - 16.3 degrees Celsius
  • Average rainfall per year - 821 mm

If you love peace and unpolluted air and bathing in crystal clear streams, you'll find the perfect holiday at Castleburn. Plan your next holiday to Castleburn, by swapping your week into the MBExchange pool.


Tips for a Memorable Game Drive
Make your next game drive unforgettable

April 28, 2016

Whether you're doing a guided game drive or driving your own vehicle through a park, follow these tips to make your next game drive a memorable one:

  • 1. Binoculars and camera: you'll need a pair of binoculars to spot those extra special moments like a bird feeding her chicks or watching a leopard devour his breakfast. Make sure your camera is charged, working properly and take an extra SD Card. Digital camera's with maximum optical zoom will be your best choice if you're not a professional photographer. Also carry a notebook and pen to write down interesting species or specific animals your ranger may point out to you.
  • 2. Pick the right clothes: Layer your clothes so that you can take some off if you're warm. Make sure you're comfortable and avoid white or bright colours. Long pants are recommended to protect you against mosquitoes and ticks.
  • 3. Be sun-smart: Wear sunblock, sunglasses and sun hat when going for a day drive.
  • 4. Keep quiet: Avoid unnecessary noise that may scare the animals away. If you're doing a self-drive, turn the music down. Also make sure that your phone is on silent and that it won't disrupt the animals or your fellow game-watchers.
  • 5. Consider going on a guided night drive: Many animals are nocturnal and night time is when they come out to hunt.
  • 6. Don't try to get the animals' attention: Don't call the animals, stay in your car at all times and don't entice them with food. These are all things that can contribute to serious injuries and even death.
  • 7. Don't smoke: Not only will it disrupt your fellow game-watchers but a cigarette butt can cause a serious fire.
  • 8. Take a guidebook: A guidebook will help you to identify the different park species. When you're on a self-drive it'll also include maps of the routes to take.

Do you have valuable tips for getting the most out of a game drive? We would love to hear them! Share them with us on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/iExchangeSA/


Calling all Flexi Timeshare owners!
Flexi credits will expire.

April 18, 2016

The first quarter has quickly come to a close and we would like to take a moment to remind all of our members who own flexi weeks to take this into consideration. Owners of flexi weeks are allocated a flexi credit on 1 January annually, which they may use to book another out of season week at their own timeshare resort annually, subject to availability, and provided the request is made at least 30 days prior to occupation. Flexi credits will expire if not used by the end of the year in which it was allocated. So flexi owners, to avoid the potential disappointment of losing out on the use of your valuable holiday investment this year, please contact us now to help set your week and Bank it with us today.

Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, Banking your week early with MBExchange means you'll get more than you bargained for and these days every little bit helps. With MBExchange you always get a little extra, just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday, when Banking your weeks early with us! For Banking your week more than 180 days to occupation you will receive an additional 10% extra iPoints.


Home Pool Resort Feature: Brookes Hill
Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape

March 15, 2016

If it's an unspoilt ocean view that your heart yearns for, then a holiday at Brookes Hill Suites is what you require. Adjacent to Port Elizabeth's most popular beach, wake up to panoramic views of the ever-marching swells of the Indian Ocean. Take a long walk along the unspoilt beaches or enjoy a scenic drive in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. The rolling gardens surround a beautiful salt water swimming pool. Brookes Hill Suites provides guests with home-away-from-home luxury accommodation in over 100 self-catering rooms. Brookes Hill Suites offers everything the leisure or business traveller could wish for. The cocktail bar and restaurant serves a diverse menu from an English breakfast buffet and a la carte evening dining.

Facilities include:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Private access to beachfront
  • Shuttle to/from Casino
  • Close to entertainment centres
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Wireless Internet Connection

Holiday Budgets - Plan, Save and Still Have Fun!

March 15, 2016

Whether you're going for a midweek stay to a remote destination or for an extravagant 14 day stay in an exotic destination of your choice, it's going to cost you money. And the last thing you want is to return home revived and energised until your next credit card statement arrives! Luckily there are clever ways of planning towards your next holiday and making sure that you have enough pocket money to make the most of your next getaway.

Know What it's Going To Cost

Make a list of what you'll need for your holiday - from the big things like petrol money or plane tickets to smaller details like a day trip to a theme park or a spa treatment. Do research on nearby attractions, call the resort about on-site facilities, and make a mock grocery shopping list. Don't forget to put some money aside for unplanned emergencies.

Open A Holiday Account

Once you know how much you need for your holiday, open a bank savings account where you can transfer money into when you have a little bit extra. You can even set up a debit order if you're serious about saving. Put the money in a short-term fixed deposit account to earn more interest. Set a goal for yourself and work towards it.

Do A Meal Plan

It's helpful to plan your meals in advance when staying at any of our self-catering resorts for a number of reasons:

  • It'll prevent you from over-packing.
  • You'll be able to split your budget better between what you'll need for groceries and restaurant bills respectively.
  • A lot of money is usually spent on snacking (a cool drink here; an ice cream there). With proper planning you can pack and prepare for your family's snacking requirements during the day.

Get Your Children Involved

Explain to your children the importance of going on holiday to relax and saving their money. They can start saving their pocket money immediately and by helping with errands around the house, start earning a little more. Show them how much money they'll need for ice cream or the theme park and get them to pay for it themselves when you're on holiday. It's a great way to teach your kids about financial planning!

Audit Your Expenses

This may seem like the last thing you want to do on holiday, but keep a spreadsheet of your expenses. Enter each expense (keep your receipts!) so that you can see how your budget is keeping up. This will also help you plan towards your next holiday.

What tips do you have for saving towards your holiday? What financial planning tips have you received that has really helped you?


Flexi Week Owners: Get The Most For Your Week

March 15, 2016

Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with MBExchange, you can either set it yourself (don't forget to tell us) or grant consent to MBExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. For more information around Flexi weeks, contact an MBExchange consultant today on 0861 623 924.


Can I change the date of my holiday after I booked?

March 15, 2016

We will do our very best to accommodate you, but a few key items will apply:

  • We cannot guarantee that your preferred alternative dates will be available.
  • If it's too close to occupation a cancellation fee may apply for the first booking (refer to your confirmation letter for a detailed breakdown of the booking T&Cs)

If you are not 100% sure about the dates you want for your holiday, we'd suggest making a provisional booking at first where you'll have 48 hours to make a decision.


Home Pool Resort Feature: Kwa Maritane

February 24, 2016

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, located on the slopes of an ancient volcano, is where Mother Nature and guests meet in perfect harmony. Kwa Maritane offers guests all the amenities of an exclusive resort within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. The location is an easy 2 hour drive from Johannesburg, 3km from the local airport and a mere 10 minutes from Sun City. This Pilanesberg lodge is perfect for a relaxing and well-deserved holiday or weekend.

Sightsee and explore

Spend the day experiencing the beauty of the environment on a game drive. One of the guides will take you to the best spots to see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, leopards, antelopes and more. If you want to get really up-close and personal with the animals, consider going on a guided bush walk or spending some time in the underground hide near the watering hole. Here you'll be able to see the animals in their natural habitat without being noticed. If you'd rather not venture off the hotel grounds, you can watch a live webcam feed of the watering hole. You might also see any one of the more than 360 bird species who live on the bush flitting about outside your window.

Keep busy and experience more

Bookings for activities are essential and some activities are weather dependant. Here are some of the fun-filled activities that you can join in.

  • Rock Climbing: Climb like a monkey and work up a sweat on the climbing wall. Daily from 10h00 - 11h00
  • Snake Demo: Get a grip on your fear as a ranger shows off these wonderful creatures. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday @ 10h30
  • Star Gazing: Go on a warp through space and join the guides on the helipad for a look at the stars. Tuesday and Thursday @ 20h00
  • Junior Rangers: Take your kids for a fun nature learning experience with one of the guides. Daily from 10:00 - 12:00. The Junior Rangers Program is available for children aged 6 to 12 years. Under the supervision of trained staff, the parents can be sure that their children will be well looked after while they participate in a host of educational activities like game drives, bush walks, birding, picnicking and in-house entertainment. Activities are geared around natural resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation offering a special opportunity to explore the Pilanesberg National Park. Once activities have been completed the children are presented with activity badges and stickers and when they have completed all eight activities they will participate in a Junior Ranger pledge ceremony whereby they are given a certificate portraying that they are now part of the resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation initiative.

Relax - you deserve it!

After an exhilarating day spent sightseeing, come back to the hotel grounds for a chance to relax. Play putt-putt golf, taking a dip in one of our two gorgeous swimming pools, spend some time on the tennis courts, or, for the ultimate day of pampering, spend a few hours at our luxurious spa.

Eat to your heart's content

End the day with the most mouth-watering meal you've ever had at the Kwa Maritane Lodge's on-site restaurant, where you can choose from a large menu of traditional South African dishes. Choosing which dish to order might just be the most difficult decision of your entire stay!


Signs That You Need A Holiday

February 22, 2016

Life is cyclical. We all go through seasons of ups and downs but that doesn't mean we can't help the wheel turn a little bit in our favour. But how? Research has proved that going on a holiday is great for mind, body and soul so it's definitely one of the best ways of getting yourself out of the dumps and putting a big smile on your face.

Here are a few red lights to indicate that you may really be in need of a holiday:

  • Monday mornings are like something from hell.
  • Often people's first words to you are "You look sooo tired!"
  • You can't concentrate on anything.
  • You snap easily.
  • You have imaginary (but intense!) arguments with colleagues.
  • You cry when you watch TV - even during MasterChef.
  • You are just plain, good old-fashioned tired.

There is something about holidays

What is it about a holiday that makes you feel human again? And we're talking about a real holiday - one where you pack your bags and leave your home. Why is a change of scenery so important? Here are a few reasons:

  1. You'll have time to relax and just breathe
    When you never take time to stop and relax you become grumpy, sick and unproductive. During a holiday, your body goes into a period of recuperation. You'll feel the physical changes from your holiday almost immediately. Your shoulders won't be in a permanent knot, you'll get fewer headaches and you'll be able to get going in the morning without a strong cup of black coffee. In the long run, this means that your risk for stress-related diseases like heart attacks and strokes may even lower because you're taking care of your body and mind.
  2. You'll have time to be active
    If you're already diligent with your workout routine you'll know how important it is to stay active to combat stress. Holidays allow you to stay active in a fun way that will help to increase your energy levels and better your mood. Nothing is more refreshing than going for a long walk on the beach, hiking in the mountains or spending your days in the pool.
  3. You'll get to spend quality time with your family
    It's unfortunate, but between work, school and all our other commitments we tend to live past each other - even the people we share a home with. When last did you spend an entire day just laughing and having fun with your spouse or your kids without worrying about something you need to do later? When last did you all sit around one table to enjoy a meal? During holidays you and your loved ones get to bond in a relaxed and fun environment - it's where great memories are made.
  4. It's good for your health
    Studies have shown that going on holiday can increase your resistance to heart-related diseases, reduces stress and improves your sleep pattern. Another big bonus when on holiday is the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3 when spending time in the sun. In general we also tend to laugh more when on holiday. Frequent laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels and boost immune system cells, called T cells. No wonder they say laughter is the best medicine!
  5. You'll be more creative afterwards
    Not only will your brain be more relaxed after some time off, but you'll be inspired by your new environment. That's why it's also important to try new things whilst on holiday. Go see a movie you'll not usually watch, do an activity that scares you a little bit and eat something you've never tried before. All these experiences will contribute to a higher level of creativity and help generate new ideas.

So with this in mind, start planning your next holiday. We can't wait to send you and your loved ones to one of our resorts.


Banking Your Week: Your Quick Guide

February 22, 2016

First things first: Add your week

Simply login to our website and select the "My Ownership" menu item. Fill out your timeshare details, tick the terms and conditions block and click "add".

The value of your week will be displayed and, if you're happy with this, simply click "Bank Now".

What's next?

Once we receive your details, we'll contact your home resort to ensure that your levies are paid up. Once we have get the thumbs up we'll send you an email confirming that your iPoints are waiting to be used.

Benefits Of Banking Your Week Early

With MBExchange you always get a little extra just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday! For this reason we award those owners who bank their week early by giving them 10% extra iPoints.

Here's how we calculate this:

  • If you bank your week 180 days or more before your occupation date we will give you an additional 10% iPoints value. That's great value for money!
  • Alternatively if you bank your timeshare week anywhere from 60 to 179 days before your occupation date you will get your full iPoints value.
  • From then onwards you would get 80% iPoints value for 59 - 39 days before, 60% for 38 to 29 days before and from 29 to 0 days before, you would be putting your iPoints value at risk.

So, be sure to get the best value for your week and bank early. Remember, if you need any help with the process simply give us a call on 0861 623 924.


Try out our Timeshare Calculator

February 9, 2016

To see what you can get for your timeshare week with MBExchange, try our Timeshare Calculator and enter your ownership information. This will generate a real-time quote to show you how many iPoints we'll give you for your week. Once you know what your week is worth with MBExchange, you can browse through our resort deals to see how many great holidays you can go on.


Hermanus Beach Club: Come Spot The Whales

January 19, 2016

The magnificent Cape coastline plays host to some of South Africa's best luxury accommodation. Hermanus has some of the finest beaches in the country and the best whale-watching in the world. Make Hermanus the perfect place for your well-deserved break.

The scenic coastal resort, Hermanus Beach Club, is internationally celebrated by fishermen for excellent fishing - many large sharks and Kabeljou have been caught off the rugged rocks.

Hermanus is the ideal place from which to view the magnificent Southern Right Whales, which spend months calving in the safety of the bay. It is also an ideal base for adventure activities such as shark cage diving, mountain biking and hiking. In close proximity to the Overberg wine farms, cheese farms, and the arty town of Greyton. It's a lovely place for both romantic getaways and family adventures.

The following annual festivals will also entice you to make Hermanus Beach Club a holiday destination:

  • Fyn Arts Festival between 5 and 16 June
  • Kalfi Fees between 7 and 10 August
  • Hermanus Food and Wine Festival between 7 - 10 August
  • Flower Festival from 24 September
  • Whale Festival during October

The units at Hermanus Beach Club have recently been refurbished and look magnificent in their elegant seaside decor.

Remember that banking your week into your ring-fenced MBExchange pool, will give you access to other Magic Breakaways properties first, before it is available to anyone out of your exclusive pool.  What a lovely way to see the other resorts within your pool!


If You Only Have Three Days In Cape Town

January 19, 2016

Cape Town is certainly one of the most loved tourist destinations in the world. Overseas visitors love it for its magnificent beauty, shopping opportunities, the world-class restaurants and, of course, the piece de resistance - all the wine farms! Locally, we love it because of the rich history, the beautiful scenery and the colourful people.

It's true that Cape Town has much to offer to all her visitors. Even if you only have a few days to spend in the Mother City, make it count by visiting some of these popular attractions.

For the Grown Ups:
See our history at Robben Island
Robben Island has become well-known as the place where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years imprisoned and has become a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. It's an educational piece of history that is well worth the visit.

Laugh till it hurts at Cape Town Comedy Club
Situated at the Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront, this Comedy Club will have patrons rolling on the floor with laughter from both local and international talent.

Enjoy some fruit of the vine at Constantia Valley
The Constantia Valley has an appeal that offers something of interest to everyone, from award winning restaurants offering international flavours to beautiful greenbelts to walk on, shops to explore, a brilliant zip lining adventure, mountain biking and horse riding.

For the Children:
Find Nemo at Two Oceans Aquarium
Located at the V&A Waterfront this is a perfect way for kids to spend the day. They'll learn and have fun at the same time and be fascinated by everything that's on display.

Play to your heart's content at Bugz Family Playpark
Kids will have a blast at the largest playpark in the Western Cape. They have a range of activities for kids who love climbing, jumping, running and exploring. The massive outdoor playground will challenge little minds, work little muscles and burn off some of that endless energy.

Meet a feathered friend at World of Birds
World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World. Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.

For the Whole Family:
For amazing views take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Young or old, you'll enjoy a trip up the iconic Table Mountain. If you're afraid of heights, don't worry - there is a hiking option that will get you to the same spot!

Shop till you drop at Canal Walk Shopping Centre
What is a holiday without a bit of retail therapy? Even if it's just window shopping! Head to Canal Walk Shopping Centre for a shopping experience of note.

Have a picnic at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the best botanical gardens in the world. It's a great spot for a picnics or leisurely strolls.


Flexi or Fixed: Bank Your Week And Get More!

January 19, 2016

Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking your week early with iExchange means you'll get more than you bargained for and these days every little bit helps. So, how do you go about banking your week to get more iPoints?

  1. Make sure your levies are paid in full.
  2. Bank your week online or by giving us a call.
  3. If you bank your week more than 180 days before occupation we'll throw in 10% extra iPoints on top of the full value.
  4. Flexi week owners who bank their week in advance get first pickings on the best resorts across SA and abroad.
  5. Banking early means you have more time to prepare for your holiday and save for all those indulgences that usually go with holiday.

Note to Flexi week owners: Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with iExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.


We don't want to spam you: tell us when you want to hear from us!

January 08, 2016

We all know how it feels to get a million and one emails and SMS on a daily basis and we want to make sure that you hear from us only when and how you want to.

So, to prevent any unnecessary offers hitting your inbox OR if you want to make sure you're always aware of our latest and greatest specials, visit the Communication Preferences tab once logged in.

The Communication Preferences tab allows you to select what, when and how you want to receive information from us. You can opt in or out to receive any of the Monthly Newsletters or Specials via email or SMS. So, simply login and tell us when you like to hear from us.


Resort Feature: Wilderness Dunes - Where the Ocean & Whales Rejoice!

December 08, 2015

Wilderness Dunes has it all. Situated on, what is arguably the most spectacular stretch of the famous Garden Route, the resort has direct access to the beach and is set against a backdrop of shining lakes and forests sweeping towards the slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Deep-sea, rock and surf fishermen - reach for your lines. Hikers - pack your rucksacks for trails across mountains, gorges and rivers. Close to Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves, you will not get bored if your family is looking for activities. There's golf, tennis, swimming, water sports, horse-riding and cycling nearby. The George airport is conveniently situated only 15 minutes away.

Tracey Pretorius and her friendly team are always hard at work to ensure you have a wonderful holiday. This is what they've been up to recently in order to improve your holiday experience:

  • WiFi has been installed in all the chalets. Guests are able to purchase a voucher from Reception in order to make use of the connection.
  • All beds were replaced in December 2014 and the lounge furniture replacement in all chalets is currently underway. Lovely clear-view burglar bars have been installed on all opening windows in the chalets, to ensure your uninterrupted views.
  • Some of the boardwalks have been replaced this year, with the remaining boardwalks planned over the next 2 years.
  • A delightful entertainment programme has been introduced, which runs on a Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday during out of season and daily during school holidays.

If you hadn't had the opportunity to visit Wilderness Dunes, you now have many reasons to do so!


The Early Bird Catches The Worm

December 08, 2015

With MBExchange you always get a little extra just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday! For this reason we award those owners who bank their week early by giving them 10% extra iPoints. Here's how we calculate this:

  • If you bank your week 180 days or more before your occupation date we will give you an additional 10% iPoints value. That's great value for money!
  • Alternatively if you bank your timeshare week anywhere from 60 to 179 days before your occupation date you will get your full iPoints value.
  • From then onwards you would get 80% iPoints value for 59 - 39 days before, 60% for 38 to 29 days before and from 29 to 0 days before, you would be putting your iPoints value at risk.

So, be sure to get the best value for your week and bank early.


Benefits of Using MBExchange

December 08, 2015

You already know about all the benefits MBExchange offers you, but with the eye on the New Year, we'd like to remind you why MBExchange is the best exchange provider in South Africa!

  1. Banking early: if you bank your week 180+ days before check-in, we'll add 10% extra iPoints. Example: You own the first week in November 2016 at Resort ABC. Your week is worth 3000 iPoints. If you bank in February you'll get 3000 + 10% = 3300 iPoints
  2. Instead of going on a traditional full week (Friday to Friday) holiday, split your annual holidays into smaller spans - midweeks (Mondays to Mondays) or weekends (Friday to Monday) so that you can enjoy quality breaks more often.
  3. We grade resorts on a variety of factors - from quality, demand, unit type, resort popularity, period of accommodation etc. So you can rest assured that, based on the diamond grading, you'll get the kind of resort you want.
  4. We offer great monthly and last-minute iPoints offers through our monthly SMS's and newsletters. Make sure you are registered to receive these notifications by either calling our call centre or going onto the website and changing your "member preferences".
  5. We offer discounted cash rental bookings so that you can save your iPoints for a longer holiday later.
  6. International holidays are paid for with your iPoints as well as a highly competitive international exchange fee which means your overseas getaway is paid for in Rands!

Sending A Guest? Remember their Guest Certificate

December 08, 2015

As one of our benefits MBExchange offers our members free Guest Certificates. If you'd like to send a friend or family member on holiday using your iPoints, you can! Simply provide us with their details upon check-out and before completing the booking and paying the exchange fee. We'll issue your guest with a confirmation letter with their details on it to ensure that check-in goes smoothly. This value-added benefit is free of charge and allows you to spread a little bit of the MBExchange love to someone else.


Around The World With A Cup Of Coffee

December 08, 2015

The humble cup of coffee - it's what gets most of us up and going in the morning and has a rich and varied history. You can experience a big part of the world through a strongly brewed cuppa that tells a story of its origins. So, make yourself a cup of coffee, enjoy this article and travel around the world with a coffee bean.

Austria: Wiener Melange

Similar to the humble cappuccino, it's served as a double espresso topped with steaming milk and foam. Some versions even included an egg yolk with sugar and whipped cream.

Australia/New Zealand: Flat White

One of the most famous cups of coffee in the world hails from the land down under. It is prepared by pouring microfoam over a single or double shot of espresso.

Germany: Pharisaer

The origin of this coffee is quite funny and hails back to a christening ceremony in the 19th century! Coffee, rum and whipped cream are layered and sipped - no mixing allowed!

Hong Kong: Yuanyang

Everyone has probably wondered what coffee and tea will taste like together? Well in Hong Kong it's a popular beverage where coffee is mixed with milk tea. You can find it in most restaurants.

Ireland: Irish coffee

Who isn't familiar with this kicker? Essentially it's a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream.

Italy: Espresso Romano

You don't go on a coffee trip around the world without a stop in Rome. Here espressos are serious business and are sometimes serve with a slice of lemon served either on the side or on the rim of the glass.

Turkey: Turkish Coffee

Hardcore and strong comes to mind with this mix. Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are boiled in a pot called a cezve, usually with sugar, and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle.

Quick Coffee Facts:

  • First Use of Coffee: coffee was initially used for its medicinal purposes as early as the year 900. Read the history of coffee.
  • The Best Cuppa in the world: According to The Telegraph, it can be found right here on home soil. Truth Coffee Roasting in Cape Town has received this prestigious mention in 2015.
  • The Most Expensive Coffee in the World: Kopi Luwak can cost around R4000 for a kilogram. The beans used for this coffee must first pass through the digestive track of the Civet wildcat. However, "production" of this coffee bean has received harsh critique due to how coffee farmers are treating the animals.

Resort Feature: Castleburn

November 23, 2015

In the foothills of the southern Drakensberg nestles Castleburn a home to Eland, Reedbuck and 100 species of bird, which flock to the re-established wetlands. The name "Castleburn" comes from the combination of the majestic Garden Castle mountain that towers over the property and the word "burn", a Scottish name for a small stream. The estate borders on a SANParks nature reserve, neighbouring the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site proclaimed in 2000 and the famous Giant's Cup hiking trail which passes through the resort.

In the comfort of your spacious, thatched cottages, enjoy cosy log fires and sweeping views over shimmering Lake Madingofani, which reflects the mountains and is disturbed only by the breeze and the occasional trout jumping. 

A welcoming lakeside clubhouse encourages friendly get-togethers and the Recreation Centre has a swimming pool, pool table, dartboard and table tennis. For the more active at heart there is trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, hiking, mini golf, tennis, mountain biking and a children's play area. Also enjoy an hour of family fun whilst mastering the ancient art of archery.

The restaurant and bar provide the perfect family dining experience with hot home-styled meals to hearty beef steaks. Take-away pizzas are an option for those evenings when you want to stay in. The restaurant and bar also offer wireless internet connectivity.

Although summers are warm, snow has been experienced in the mountains in every month of the year so be sure you take appropriate clothing and equipment for your stay.

Average summer weather - 24.5 degrees celsius

Average winter weather - 16.3 degrees celsius

Average rainfall per year - 821 mm

If you love peace and unpolluted air and bathing in crystal clear streams, you'll find the perfect holiday at Castleburn. Plan your next holiday to Castleburn, by swapping your week into the MBExchange pool.


Keeping Kids Busy on Rainy Days

November 23, 2015

Rainy days during your annual holiday may seem like the biggest misfortune (short of a bad haircut), but it can be fun. You just need to make the most of it. Apart from taking the kids to indoor play arenas, shopping malls or museums, there are a lot of fun activities that can take place in the comfort of your own holiday unit. Some of these require some planning, so make sure to prepare for these days when packing for your holiday. Here are some tips:

Have An Indoor Treasure Hunt

You can plan for this and write out some clues or you can guide them through the treasure hunt verbally. Give them some clues; if they can solve them, they move onto the next clue until, finally, they get to the treasure. This can be a reward card that says "You won a milkshake at your favourite restaurant!" or hide a chocolate or DVD for them to enjoy.

Board Games

Pack your family's favourite and put some rewards in place. For example, the winner gets a chocolate, the first person to go down a snake/up a ladder gets two marshmallows, the first person to build a hotel in Monopoly gets an extra scoop of ice cream etc.

Get Into The Kitchen

Get some ingredients for no-bake treats like Burfee, Rice Krispies Squares or s'mores. Have the kids help you make it. Alternatively, pack out some pizza topping ingredients and have them build their own pizzas.

Have A Dance Competition

Put on some music and have a dance competition. This is a great way to get little bodies active (and burn a few calories yourself!). Put on their favourite music and have fun!

Build A Fort

Some of my favourite childhood memories are of my brother and I building blanket forts during the holidays. Give them some blankets and pillows and get creative. Let them sleep in it that night as an added reward.

Family Movie Day

Pack some family favourite movies and spend the day under the blankets watching them.


Did You Know About Bonus Rentals?

November 23, 2015

Have you heard about Bonus Rentals and did you know that it adds even more value to your MBExchange membership?

Bonus Rentals are accommodation offered to MBExchange members on cash booking basis at short notice (typically 3 weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected inventory - Now that's a bonus! Make use of these affordable holiday rentals when you're low on iPoints or saving your iPoints for a longer holiday at a later stage.

Bonus Rentals can be found by searching Rental Availability under the Resorts Menu.


Largest Inventory Pool

November 11, 2015

We are very proud of the fact that, through key partnerships, we bring all our MagicBreakaways Owners the largest selection of resorts - more so than any other exchange company in Southern Africa. But what does this mean for you as a timeshare owner?

In a nutshell, MBExchange can offer you more choices of holiday destinations than any other exchange provider. Currently we have more than 60 000 holiday spans available throughout Southern Africa. That means there are 60 000 holidays waiting to make someone happy!

For a summary of where we hold the most available resorts, visit this page and plan your next holiday.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites Of South Africa

28 October 2015

Ask anybody why they would like to visit SA and they are likely to tell you that it's because of South Africa's diverse landscapes and rich cultural history. However, there is even more reason to tour SA as the country boasts eight natural World Heritage Sites as certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

UNESCO's World Heritage Programme focuses on preserving exceptional areas of importance to humanity and chooses a site for its cultural significance or natural beauty.

Make sure that you visit one of South Africa's Heritage Sites when staying close by or make a tour of it and stop over on your way to your destination.

Cradle of Humankind
Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
Gauteng, Limpopo and North West Provinces
S24 9 30.996 E29 10 36.984

The Cradle of Humankind is considered the birthplace of humankind. It's here where the famous, beautifully aged (2.3 million year old in fact!) Mrs Ples - a prehuman skull - was discovered. It's also the final resting place of Little Foot - an almost complete hominid skeleton from 4.17 millions years ago.

The world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves is home to the oldest and most continuous paleontological dig in the world. The site is massive - 47 000ha - and it's believed that it holds within its depths many more mind-blowing scientific discoveries. The World Heritage Site status the area now enjoys ensures that what is deep within its core will be protected and explored forever.

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Limpopo Province
S22 11 33 E29 14 20.004

This landscape in Limpopo, where the borders between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet, is the remnants of the ancient City Sate of Mapungubwe that existed about 1000 years ago. In 1933 large amounts of gold work was found and other indications showing that this city had an advanced knowledge of metal work and that they traded with countries as far as Arabia and China.

Mapungubwe Hill is a sandstone hill of about 30m high and 300m long. In its layers it holds the remnants of floors, burnt houses and household refuse. The hilltop was inhabited for about 70 years between AD1220 to AD1290. If history could speak it would come alive with an ancient metropolis - a society advanced for their time. The meaning of the name Mapungubwe - "place of the stone of wisdom" - testifies to this.

Robben Island
Western Cape Province
S33 47 60 E18 22 0

Robben Island became internationally well known as a place of imprisonment for many political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela, Tokyo Sexwale, Walter Sisulu, Mac Maharaj and Jacob Zuma.

From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today the island is a touching reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.

Vredefort Dome
North West and Free State Provinces
S26 51 36 E27 15 36

The Vredefort Dome came into existence 2023 million years ago causing this amazing 300km wide crater that stretches from Johannesburg to Welkom. Scientist have concluded that the meteorite that hit earth must have been approximately 10km in diameter and travelling at more than 36 000km per hour!

What makes it even more spectacular is that this is the biggest meteorite impact that geologists have found on Earth - it was twice the size of the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago!

Cape Floral Region
Western Cape and Eastern Cape Provinces
S34 10 0 E18 22 30

Unesco declared the 553 000ha Cape Floral Region to be of "outstanding universal significance to humanity", describing it as "one of the richest areas for plants in the world". The outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the flora are among the highest worldwide. It boasts more than 8 500 plant species and is home to about 20% of the African continent's flora.

The heritage site comprises eight protected areas considered to be the most important examples of the Cape floral kingdom: Table Mountain, De Hoop Nature Reserve, the Boland mountain complex, the Groot Winterhoek wilderness area, the Swartberg mountains, the Boosmansbos wilderness area, the Cederberg wilderness area and Baviaanskloof.

iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland National Park
KwaZulu-Natal Province
S27 50 20.004 E32 32 60

"iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world's biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world's oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world's biggest marine mammal (the whale)" - Nelson Mandela

This area is indeed an astounding range of natural systems and includes dunes, swamps, coastal forests, rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs, canyons, grasslands, woodlands and wetlands! The park is 332 000ha and has 3 major lake systems, 8 ecosystems and 526 bird species to name but a few of the diversities of the area. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder - aptly named indeed!

uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
KwaZulu-Natal Province
S29 22 59.988 E29 32 26.016

The mighty and famous Mountain Range of South Africa, The Drakensberg Mountains, stretches 200km long and is a sight to behold. Combining sheer natural beauty with a wealth of biological diversity, this 243 000ha mountainous region has been preserved for eons.

Covered in snow during the cold winter months and drenching you in its shadows during summer - the Berg is an awe-inspiring area with rivers, waterfalls, cliffs and rock art left behind by its previous inhabitants, the San. It's this barrier that separates KwaZulu-Natal from Lesotho and is aptly named uKhalamba (the Barrier of Spears) by the Zulu people.

Richtersveld Cultural & Botanical Landscape
Northern Cape Province
S28 36 0 E17 12 14

The 160 000ha Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape of dramatic mountainous desert is in north-western South Africa and has been the home of the semi-nomadic Nama people for the last 2000 years. In tune with the harsh environment, many of the Richtersvelders today are pastoralists, moving their livestock between stock posts with the changing of seasons. This is the last place in South Africa where pastoral people live on communal lands and one of the last remaining examples in the world of the transhumant Nama way of living.


iPoints Explained: Your What, When and How Answered

19 October 2015

We've had a few questions from new members asking about iPoints. What are they? How are they calculated? How can I use them? So to put all questions to bed, find our quick guide to iPoints explained.

We've identified 10 activities that come highly-recommended in the Northern and Central Drakensberg that you should try out on your next stay in this area.

What are iPoints?
iPoints is the currency you receive when you bank your timeshare week with iExchange.

How are iPoints Calculated?
All accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation. iPoints is also the currency you use, when you come to make a booking at the resort, destination and in the time frame that suits you.

How Can I use My iPoints?
If you bank your 2016 timeshare week(s) in 2015, you may use your iPoints as soon as it gets credited against your account. You're not limited to any factors like where and when you go on holiday or even how many people you can take. All that is required is that you have enough iPoints for your ideal holiday destination. You may even find solace in the fact that your iPoints won't expire for 3 years.

Also remember, if you exchange one week for iPoints you won't be limited to only one exchange booking. Let's assume that you get 5000 iPoints for a specific week, you may use that iPoints for as many holidays as you can get from our special deals. For more on this, please view this detailed breakdown of where your timeshare weeks can take you when converted to iPoints.

For any more questions around iPoints, visit our FAQ section or give us a call on 0861 439 242


Must Do's When in The Northern and Central Drakensberg

21 September 2015

There is a reason why great men write about the mountains. There is a reason why John Muir famously mused "The Mountains are calling and I must go". The Drakensberg is an amazing holiday destination that has been hosting tourists for many years.

We've identified 10 activities that come highly-recommended in the Northern and Central Drakensberg that you should try out on your next stay in this area.

For The Adventurous:
There is no shortage of adrenalin-fuelled activities in the Drakensberg. If you want to get into a hot air balloon or if you want to do some mountain climbing Cliffhanger style - there is a service provider that can make your wild dreams come true. Perhaps you've always dreamed of going down the rapids at break-neck speed? Well, even that is possible. These are just a drop in the bucket for the adventure-seeker. The Northern Drakensberg is sure to satisfy your search for action and adventure!

For The Grown-Ups:
Without a doubt, music-lovers will not pass through this area without a visit to the Drakensberg Boys Choir. Let the youthful voices with their world-class performances carry you away. And who said that you need to visit Cape Town for a wine experience? Cathedral Peak Wines offer beautiful blends that come as the result of the combination of the soil and climate that the Berg brings.

For The Whole Family:
For kids who love critters, a visit to Dragon Rock Reptile Centre will be sure to send shivers down their spines! For something fun that is sure leave lasting memories, head to the trees for a canopy tour. For a complete and utter blast try a Segway Tour - it won't disappoint.

For The Hungry:
Whether it's Pizza, Chinese or food with a view, in the Berg there is a restaurant that will satisfy any palette. From bistro-style cafe's to home-made farm stalls, you'll be able to eat your fill and gain a few kilo's that you can worry about after your holiday!

Whatever you like to do on holiday, get on the road that leads you to the Drakensberg and experience the rich history and fun-filled activities that these escarpments hold.


We love SA!

11 September 2015

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries to tour around and along with it's great weather and friendly people a firm favourite amongst overseas travellers. It's also such a unique country. Here are 10 facts you might not have know about South Africa.

  • South Africa is the first, and to date only country to build nuclear weapons and then voluntarily dismantle its entire nuclear weapons programme.
  • SA is ranked second out of 183 countries for good practice in protecting both borrowers and lenders when obtaining credit for business
  • The University of South Africa is a pioneer of tertiary distance education and is the largest correspondence university in the world (Unisa)
  • Since the 1940s, South African golfers have won more golf majors than any other nation, apart from the United States.
  • South Africa has 45 million active cell phones (population 49 million) - ranking in the top 5 globally in terms of mobile phone coverage. (Deloitte, 2012)
  • Table Mountain alone has over 1500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
  • South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world
  • South Africa has the second oldest film industry in the world
  • South Africa has the most official languages in the world

How To Pack Your Suitcase Like A Pro

24 August 2015

Nothing says "Your Holiday Is Almost Here!" like packing your bags. But sometimes it feels like you need an advance degree in engineering to make it all fit. We have compiled a list of handy hints on how to pack like a pro.

Roll Your Clothes
Yes, it really works! You can pack all your clothes in a fraction of the space required. Travel light and leave enough space to bring back some keepsakes from your travels. Watch this video on how to roll t-shirts, jeans and jackets.

Pack Shoes Inside A Shower Cap Or Shoe Bag
This will prevent the dirty soles from leaving prints on your suitcase's lining or your clothes. As an extra tip, stuff rolled-up socks inside your shoes to prevent your favourite pair from getting dented.

Pack Only What Is Needed
We already know that this goes for clothes and shoes, but do the same for your toiletries. Instead of buying travel size shampoos and creams, repack your own into smaller containers. You can buy them at plastic stores or use empty containers you have in your home.

Plastic Seal Your Liquid Items
Do this by putting everything that has the tendency to leak (conditioner, face wash, body cream etc.) in two Ziploc bags. Alternatively, put some plastic under the caps of your bottles.

Wear Bulky Items When Travelling
This goes for people travelling by air. Wear your bulkiest boots and jacket on your flight. It will free up some space in your bag and prevent you from becoming cold on the plane.

What tips do you have for packing like a pro?


Mpumalanga - "Paradise Country"

19 August 2015

Mpumalanga (known as "Paradise Country") stretches over approximately 80 000km2 of rolling highlands to lofty escarpments and lush wetlands. This rich province boasts many well-known attractions from canyons to caves and the largest game reserve in South Africa - the famous Kruger National Park. It doesn't come as a shock that it's considered one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful places in South Africa.

The entire Mpumalanga area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing. Streams once panned for gold have become the haunts of eager anglers and lazy trout. Steeped in the history of pioneers, hunters and fortune seekers, fascinating gold rush towns abound. Mpumalanga offers something for everyone.

Resorts in Mpumalanga to stay at: Kruger Park Lodge, Hazyview Cabanas and Dunkeld Country Estate


Tips for booking your next flight

21 July 2015

The wise Saint Augustine said "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page". He hit the nail right on the head, but as a 21st century citizen you'll agree that travelling can be expensive. So, we've searched the web to find some tips on how to book cheap flights. Here are some guidelines, which most agree, can help you save when booking your next flight.

Pick your travelling times wisely
Try booking your flights to depart on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. The first flight or the evening flights are usually the cheapest as well. In contrast, Monday, Thursday and Friday are the most expensive flights. When searching, also opt for flexible dates

Join a reward programme
Sign up for airlines' frequent flyer programmes. Even if you only take a flight once a year, you'll accumulate miles that will eventually come in handy and as a welcome surprise.

Shop around
If you can think of an airline, check their rates - especially when flying overseas. Locally, start your search with budget carriers like Mango or Kulula. For international flights Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Turkish Airlines are often the cheapest.

Avoid the expensive dates
Days before public holidays, around school holidays and before major local events (Cape Argus, Comrades etc.) are the most expensive due to the high demand. Interestingly enough, 25 December (Christmas Day) and 31 December are sometimes cheaper. Friday the 13th is sometimes cheaper due to superstitious believes.

Be prepared and plan ahead
There seems to be a lot of theory around this with some sources believing that booking well in advance (at least a year) means flights are cheaper. Others advise to wait at least 6 weeks before you're flying. Generally speaking, airlines seem to have a system in place where they sell their cheapest tickets first. However, the reverse is also true. If a specific flight isn't selling well they may drop their prices. However, the general consensus is that absolute last-minute bookings will cost you a bit more. So start looking for tickets as far in advanced as you possibly can and check up on the rates at least once a week. Book when you see the prices are starting to increase.

The universal 24-hour rule
After you book, check the next day to make sure that the price hasn't dropped. If it did, cancel your flight and rebook. You can also put tickets on hold for a couple of days to make sure the price doesn't drop. If it increases, you already have the cheaper ticket reserved so buy it.


Keep In Touch

10 July 2015

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When updating your details online, you can also personalise your communication and holiday preferences. Just click on the tab that says "Communication Preferences" or "Holiday Preferences" and tell us what you like to hear about.


Tips for a Memorable Game Drive

22 June 2015

Whether you're doing a guided game drive or driving your own vehicle through a park, follow these tips to make your next game drive a memorable one:

1. Binoculars and camera: you'll need a pair of binoculars to spot those extra special moments like a bird feeding her chicks or a watching a leopard devour his breakfast. Make sure your camera is charged, working properly and take an extra SD Card. Digital cameras with maximum optical zoom will be your best choice if you're note a professional photographer. Also carry a notebook and pen to write down interesting species or specific animals your ranger may point out to you.

2. Pick the right clothes: Layer your clothes so that you can take some off it you're warm. Make sure you're comfortable and avoid white or bright colours. Long pants are recommended to protect you against mosquitos and ticks.

3. Be sun-smart: Wear sunblock, sunglasses and sunhat when going for a day drive.

4. Keep quiet: Avoid unnecessary noise that may scare the animals away. If you're doing a self-drive, turn the music down. Also make sure that your phone is on silent and that it won't disrupt the animals or your fellow game-watchers.

5. Consider going on a guided night drive: Many animals are nocturnal and night time is when they come out to hunt.

6. Don't try to get the animals' attention: Don't call the animals, stay in your car at all times and don't entice them with food. These are all things that can contribute to serious injuries and even death.

7. Don't smoke: Not only will it disrupt your fellow game-watchers but a cigarette butt can cause a serious fire.

8. Take a guidebook: A guidebook will help you to identify the different park species. When you're on a self-drive it'll also include maps of the routes to take.

What valuable tips do you have for going on a game drive?

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Tips For Taking The Perfect Holiday Photos

18 June 2015

Memories are great and allow us to relive our favourite holiday moments. Unfortunately over time, and with our hectic lives, these memories start to fade and before you know it you have forgotten those precious moments. Fortunately, with our phones and many digital camera options, it is now so easy to snap up your favourite holiday moments to keep and come back to when you want to relive these moments.

We have put together eight handy tips for you to take the perfect holiday photo:

Plan Ahead
Don't miss out on the perfect "aaaah!" moment - make sure your camera / phone is fully charged and old photos have been saved elsewhere, so that you have a clean memory card to save all those pics.

Get Up Early
This is probably the last thing you want to hear when you are on holiday, but the early bird definitely catches the worm. Early mornings have the best lighting for scenery shots. On the plus side, you will have more time to go exploring. Late afternoons are the second best time if you can't make those early mornings.

Remember To Include People
Often we get carried away by the beautiful landscapes and sunset and forget to take any people shots. Don't forget that memories are made not only by where you go, but also who you share your time with.

Zoom Zoom Zoom
After you have taken the obligatory "full length" picture of the family or the place you are visiting, take some zoomed in shots to fill the frame. This will give you much more detail in the shot.

Surprize Them With Your Shot
Candid photos are so much more meaningful than the standard posed shots. Plan to sneak your camera along so that no one is expecting it. That way you will have many fun and unrehearsed memories to talk about. Kids in the middle of an intense foosball tournament at the games area? Snap it up! Hubby chatting away at the fireplace whilst turning the meat? Catch the moment!

Get Down Low
The angle of the shot can make all the difference to creating a perfect image. For the ideal perspective, especially for kids and animals, you need to get down on your knees and connect at eye-level.

Use Your Flash Outdoors
Most people think that using flash is only for indoors and at night. A flash can however be a great tool during the daytime to fill the shadows and even out harsh contrasts. Try it out and see your images become masterpieces.

Plan Your Cover Shot
Whether it is for scrapbooking, creating a photo book or just for your own photo gallery; a creative cover can make all the difference. This should be based on the area you are visiting and include ideas like writing something in the sand at the beach or creating letters from fallen leaves on the grass - unleash your creative juices and be original.

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Unabridged Birth Certificates

25 May 2015

According to Department of Home Affairs, more than 30 000 minors are trafficked through South African borders annually. 50% of these victims are under the age of 14. For this reason, the South African government introduced a new immigration law that requires all children under 18 to have an unabridged birth certificate when travelling.

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8 Common Mistakes People Make On Holiday

25 May 2015

We've all made mistakes on holiday - from packing the wrong clothes to forgetting cell phone chargers. And haven't we all looked back on a holiday with a thought of "I should have ... "? Prepare yourself properly for your next holiday and avoid these pitfalls:

Holiday Pitfall #1: Packing Too Much
You don't need five pairs of shoes for a two week holiday! A holiday is a time for rest and relaxation - you'll probably never need those extra pairs of heels or red cowboy boots. Pack a pair of boots, sneakers/comfortable walking shoes and informal shoes (sandals/ballet pumps/flip flops - depending on your style). The same goes for clothing. If you wear it to work, you probably won't wear it on holiday. Pack comfortable clothes that can take you from a day outing to an evening dinner.

Holiday Pitfall #2: Not Planning Well
Make checklists of everything you need to do and take note of any helpful destination specific advice when planning your holiday. Take the time and effort to get your plans in order, especially when it comes to:

  • Packing your bags
  • Preparing your self-catering meals
  • Finding out what you can and can't take across a border and into a different country
  • Border post operating times
  • Planning your budget
  • Travelling arrangements such as servicing your car before the journey, directions to your destination, check-in and check-out times, times of flights etc.
  • Activities - research some things to do in the area

Holiday Pitfall #3: Taking Pictures Of Everything
Cell phones, tablets and digital cameras have made it very easy to capture precious memories. However, don't get carried away with taking too many photos that you forget to take in the scenery, the environment, the people around you, the sounds, and most importantly, the people you're travelling with.

Holiday Pitfall #4: Doing Too Much Or Too Little
Don't be so busy on your holiday that you'll end up needing another holiday after you're done! But also don't waste the opportunity to take part in fascinating activities in the area. One outing per day is a good balance. Take it all in and make the most of everything you experience.

Holiday Pitfall #5: Not Taking Enough Spending Money
Be sure to spend some time on your holiday budget. Do some research on your destination and pen down some activities that you would like to do. Also make sure that you know what the activities cost and make provision for it.

Holiday Pitfall #6: Not Packing Medicine
Falling ill whilst on holiday is a sure way to destroy your budget. If you take chronic medication or if you have allergies, make sure to pack enough to last you throughout your holiday. Take some basic medicine for nausea, upset tummies, colds and pain as well.

Holiday Pitfall #7: Not Informing Your Bank That You're Travelling Internationally
Nothing is worse than being in a foreign country with a blocked credit card or limited withdrawals. Inform your banking institution ahead of time of your travelling plans and the dates you'll be out of the country. Ensure that you have the international emergency contact number of your bank in the event of a lost or stolen credit or debit card.

Holiday Pitfall #8: Not Getting Holiday Insurance
Many credit cards companies and banks offer free travel insurance especially for international travels. If you're travelling locally, make sure to enquire with your holiday provider about insurance options in case of an emergency.

We hope this will help you plan for your next holiday. What mistakes have you made on holiday that you have learned from?

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11 Activities for the Adventurous in KZN

15 May 2015

Do long days in the boardroom or tedious hours spent traffic drive you mad? Do you sometimes wish that you can just dive off of a cliff with nothing but a little rope holding you?! Then head down to KZN and to get your adrenalin pumping and experience some of the most amazing adventures SA has on offer. Gateway To KZN has identified the Top 11 adrenalin-fuelled activities in KZN:

Skydiving

What better way to feel alive then at 10 000ft above ground, free falling from the sky? Attached to a tandem instructor, brave skydivers will free fall for 45 seconds before floating down to land under parachute.

Shark Cage Diving

Dive deep into the ocean and explore the underwater world with Tiger and Zambezi sharks, Blacktip sharks and more, all in the safety of a floating steel cage. Climb into a wetsuit or a costume, don a mask and a brave face and learn more about these interesting species up close.

Oribi Swing/ Moses Mabhida Swing

Are you brave enough to take the leap and swing deep into the magnificent Moses Mabhida Stadium? The stadium's Big Rush Big Swing is officially the world's tallest swing (Guinness Book of Records since 2011). If it's being out in nature that you prefer, head to Oribi Gorge, leap off a ledge overlooking a waterfall and into the gaping depths of the gorge.

Microlight

Spot whales, tortoises and all sorts of marine life on board a microlight, flying along the Dolphin Coast. Or take off from Cato Ridge and enjoy breath-taking views of the Valley of a 1000 Hills. A fully trained pilot controls the microlight.

Abseiling

Abseiling down a cliff face is still as exciting as it was many, many years ago. Abseil in the central Drakensberg or learn the ropes at Oribi Gorge, alongside Lehr's Waterfall or head inland into Zululand and explore rock paintings while abseiling.

Super Tubes

You're in for a thrilling ride on the Mamba, the Torpedo or the Cuda at Ushaka Marine World. Looking for more of a rush? Head to the Wild Coast Sun and ride the exhilarating slides at Wild Waves Water Park. Go on the Boomeranga, the Aqua Loop and the SuperBowl for crazy-fun.

White River Rafting

White river rafting is the most fun you'll have on a raging river, with little to no experience needed. Ride the rivers in the Drakensberg or the mighty Umzimkulu waterfall. Season is from November to April.

4 x 4 Trail

Head inland for adrenaline-pumping 4x4 driving on exciting dusty trails. Learn more about this at the Stoney Ridge Offroad Academy in near Colenso. Or conquer Sani Pass before the road is tarred.

Canopy Tour/ Zipline Tours

It's fun, it's exhilarating and it offers spectacular views from up above. Glide from platforms high above tree tops and look down at the wondrous Karkloof, Drakensberg or Oribi Gorge.

Drag Racing or Oval Track Racing

Love the need for speed? Too fast, too furious? Support local clubs' legal drag racing events in Mtubatuba or Margate. Newcastle and Richard's Bay are also known for the Oval Track racing events. Watch local press, Newcastle Advertiser, Zululand Observer and South Coast Herald for upcoming events.

Go Paragliding

Dance on the winds and touch the clouds while tandem paragliding on the beach (Bluff), Berg (Bulwer) or Camperdown. Experience flight with an inflatable ultra-light gliding wing.

For more details on any of these activities, visit Gateway to KZN.

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Question of the month: How long are iPoints valid for?

17 April 2015

iPoints are valid for three years (36 calendar months). Should you underutilize your allocated iPoints before their expiry date, your unused iPoints will lapse. But come on, with MBExchange's great choices and hot deals, you will want to holiday all year round. For more information on iPoints


6 Tips for keeping up with your health routine whilst on holiday

17 April 2015

If you tend to overindulge whilst on holiday, relax, put down that doughnut and read on. You can make your next holiday a fun and active one without feeling like you're working out. With our handy tips, holidays can be a time of being active (whilst having fun!) and enjoying healthy, fresh food.

Healthy Holiday Tip #1: Pack your own snacks

If you're spending a day out and about going to malls or to the beach, carry a few healthy snacks in your bag to keep hunger pangs at bay. A bag of trail mix, granola bars or lean biltong is a perfect way to keep you fuelled, full and away from the pizza.

Healthy Holiday Tip #2: Self-catering means better meals

Self-catering holidays are great because you can still eat the same quality meals you would at home (not even mentioning the amount of money you'll save on restaurant bills!). If you don't like cooking whilst on holiday, precook some easy to freeze meals at home and take them to your destination.

Healthy Holiday Tip #3: Stay clear of sugary beverages

Opt for juice instead of soda and opt for low calorie spritzers instead of cocktails. Drink enough water (carry a bottle with you) - especially if you have busy day ahead of you.

Healthy Holiday Tip #4: Have fun taking in your new environment

Go for a hike, cycle a new route, go for a swim, play some table tennis or go for long walks in the area. There are many fun ways to keep active and burn those pesky calories at the same time.

Healthy Holiday Tip #5: Make good restaurant choices

When eating out, opt for high protein, low carb meals and replace your chips with a salad. Share your dessert with someone at the table and go for a nice, leisurely walk after your meal.

Healthy Holiday Tip #6: Relax your mind

Mental health and relaxation is a very important aspect of any holiday. It's clinically proven that high levels of stress lead to overeating and fatigue. Don't attend to work emails during your holiday, switch off your cell phone if you have to and take some time to meditate and be grateful for what you have.

How do you keep up your fitness routine whilst on holiday? How do you prevent those extra kilos piling up?

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Consider a holiday in Limpopo

09 April 2015

If you appreciate wildlife and nature there is nothing like a truly African Safari experience to help you relax and feel revitalised. However, not all of us were cut out for spending time roughing it bundu bashing style and feel more at home with life's little luxuries around us. Visit the resort directory for a list of safari resorts in Limpopo and consider Waterberg Game Park, Sondela Nature Reserve or Mabalingwe Nature Reserve for your next holiday. Limpopo is definitely the place to go if you want to get away from the city rush, breath in some fresh air and become one with nature again.

At these resorts you'll be able to wake up and see the animals from your porch, spend warm nights around a fire under the African sky and still experience some the comforts of top-class self-catering accommodation. All the resorts have a host of activities to ranging from putt-putt to game drives to hiking and horse trails. If the heat gets too much for you there are swimming pools at each resort and many have a heated pool for those late night swims.

There are also a few amazing activities to experience near the game reserves like the Waterberg Zip line Adventures and the Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm. If you looking for a real Adrenaline rush then the Tandem Skydive with Skydive Xtreme is not one to be missed.


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