Jetsetting with Janet: How KZN is a multicultural showpiece

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“It really is a unique fusion of raw natural beauty, modern sophistication, wonderful cultural diversity and a pulsating energy which is set within a breathtaking natural setting.”

This is what Janet Pillai, host of Jetsetting with Janet had to say about KwaZulu-Natal in this week’s podcast. 

Originally from the province herself, she speaks to four locals who are in the tourism industry. 

Anew Hotels

A family business that started in 1952, Anew Hotels & Resorts focus on providing luxury that will leave you feeling relaxed and revitalised after every stay.

Group Operations Director Kevin Burley says the group received The Inspiration Award at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022 for how they have challenged the odds to rise and shine.

“The one thing now that I feel particularly proud of is our service levels, we get so much feedback around the friendliness of our staff and the helpfulness of our staff,” he said. 

PRIZE: 1 x Night BB for 2 adults’ voucher – at Any KZN property

Karkloof Canopy Tours

Jump into new adventures at Karkloof Canopy Tours! Owner Kai Schulz says the experience is great for corporates, families or friends who want to experience the outdoors and get a boost of adrenaline. 

“If we find the courage to do something like a canopy tour, which is part of a franchise group, our standards meet international standards, and people as young as three years old to 96 years old can do it then we find the courage to do it. And suddenly it’s life enriching,” he said. 

PRIZE: 4 x Canopy Tour Vouchers @ Value R750.00 each

Beverley Country Cottages

These self catering cottages and B&B rooms are set in the beautiful Dargle valley of the Natal Midlands. 

Owner Kate Kelly says the area is something special and it revives your soul.

“It’s a gentler pace of life. The people here are community driven, very open minded and just embracing a sort of country hospitality is what we sort of strive for and what we’re known for,” she said. 

PRIZE: 2 nights accommodation for a couple in a one-bedroom self-catering cottage incl. Breakfast. Valued at R2540 

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal

Senior Manager PR and Communications Pinky Radebe, who has been employed by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal since 2005, says she is responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of tourism in the province. 

“In 2021 we welcomed over 2.6 million domestic travellers. Within the first six months of 2022, we had well over 4 million visitors. And you know, this is very important to us,” she said. 


Written by: Kelly-Jane Turner

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