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Sandton Times Hour Edition 115 Podcast Show Notes

The weekly Sandton Times Hour is a Sandton magazine show that brings the wanted online pages of The Sandton Times to life.


  • It’s a Victoria Falls inspired journey starting at the Royal Livingstone by Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas and ending at the Cresta Hotels Mowana Safari Resort & Spa.
  • Shaun Wheeler, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Mosi-Oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort shares all the details of this latest development by Radisson Blu.
  • Simon Vuvunga, General Manager of Tintswalo Lodges at Siankaba (Islands of Siankaba) talks about the lodge and its unique position in the Zambezi River.
  • Sean Kritzinger, CEO of the Zambezi Queen Collection chats about the refurbishment of this luxury river hotel and so much more!
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As the only radio show and podcast dedicated to Africa’s richest square mile, this Sandton magazine show is packed with an array of entertaining and informative interviews blended with the best music, every week on Mix 93.8, Mondays at 7pm.


The Sandton Times offers readers all they ever wanted online, and The Sandton Times Hour is the go-to weekly magazine show broadcast from greater Sandton. The Sandton magazine show features fabulous food spots, luxurious lifestyle bits, first-hand travel tips, motoring notes, and world-class entertainment, business and so much more beyond the borders of greater Sandton. In 2023, the radio show and podcast was selected by Feedspot panellists at #15 on a ranking of Top 40 South Africa Podcasts on the web.


In this week’s show [Edition 115 | Week 21] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


The ROVOS RAIL To The Victoria Falls

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Rovos Rail has gained a reputation for providing genuinely world-class travel experiences since it was founded in 1989. Image: The Sandton Times

Rovos Rail connects some of the most popular places on the continent with a range of off-train activities in a series of custom train journeys lasting anywhere between 48 hours and 15 nights. Step inside the classic, wood-paneled carriages and relax as you watch some of the most varied scenery you can imagine pass by the windows. Rovos Rail harkens back to a simpler, more elegant past that encompasses the timeless grace and high romanticism of African exploration with discreet and courteous service, superb cuisine, and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines.


This Victoria Falls journey begins at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and finishes at the Victoria Falls Station in Zimbabwe, and includes some exciting experiences including a game drive through the Matobo National Park, a World Heritage Site with bushmen caves, rock art and dramatic granite hills as well as the site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave.


For more information on the Victoria Falls Journey, visit the Rovos Rail website.


ROYAL LIVINGSTONE BY ANANTARA Hotels At The Victoria Falls In Zambia

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The Royal Livingstone by Anantara. Image: The Sandton Times

Located on the banks of the Zambezi River, the Royal Livingstone by Anantara is a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. Recognised as some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, great sheets of water cascade noisily down a series of basalt gorges raising an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20km away.


The Royal Livingstone by Anantara offers guests unlimited complimentary access to Victoria Falls, boasting an incredible location just a 10-minute walk away with its own private entrance – allowing guests to return time and time again to marvel at ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, which throws a cloud-like spray across the bush and creates rainbows that rise hundreds of feet into the air.


Sunset drinks at The Royal Livingstone by Anantara are spectacular on The Sundecks, providing a prime viewing spot to enjoy the wondrous Victoria Falls, whilst at the same time, the local wildlife including zebra, giraffe and impala are out and about enjoying the grounds of the hotel.


For more information on the Royal Livingstone by Anantara, visit the Anantara website.



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Nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River, the Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort is the Group’s first safari resort in Africa and first resort in Zambia. Image: The Sandton Times

Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort is ideally located near the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 2km south of the historic city of Livingstone, and 4km northwest of the famous Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort, Zambia features 200-rooms, luxurious suites, and villas, many with unparalleled views of the Zambezi River. Guests can enjoy the resort’s bespoke all-day dining restaurant and sip their favorite drink at the resort’s Shungu Bar and Lounge, the Viewing Deck, or the Pool Bar overlooking the Zambezi River. The resort offers a fitness center, spa, and swimming pools for those looking to stay active or cool off with a relaxing dip. The outdoor boma and firepit allow guests to make the most of the African evenings and gorgeous sunsets. The hotel is an ideal setting for events and meetings, with its ballroom of over 500sqm, boardrooms, and meeting rooms, perfect for leisure and business use.


Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique River Cruise and off-the-river adventure excursions, from Victoria Falls bridge activities to helicopter rides, water rafting, canoeing, game drives, and many more.


For more information on the Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort, visit the Radisson Blu website.


TINTSWALO LODGES AT SIANKABA With General Manager Simon Vuvunga

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Tintswalo at Siankaba evokes images of style and elegance in a truly African way. Image: The Sandton Times

Situated on two densely forested islands in the mighty Zambezi River, the luxury tented Tintswalo at Siankaba camp is ideally placed 38km from Victoria Falls and 48km from the Chobe National Park, providing convenient access to some of the region’s top tourist attractions.


Tintswalo took over the management of the Siankaba camp earlier this year, and after a complete refurbishment re-opened as a luxury tented camp in November 2022 to accommodate 14 guests in seven suites raised above the ground in the tree canopy on the edge of the Zambezi River. All the tented suites have en-suite bathrooms, as well as private balconies that extend over the river, inviting guests to relax while viewing all that unfolds on the river and the riverbanks of neighbouring Zimbabwe.


Subtle architecture blends with a backdrop of natural forest, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. It is a place of spectacular natural beauty and a haven for an astonishing variety of plant and birdlife. The tented suites are linked by a winding, raised walkway, keeping guests safe while protecting the fragile riverine environment below. An expansive deck with lounge and dining areas overlooks the bush and a swimming pool with poolside loungers.


For more information on Tintswalo at Siankaba, visit the Tintswalo website.



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The Zambezi Queen, a 42-meter-long luxury houseboat traveling along the banks of the vast Chobe River, offers unmatched sophistication in one of the world’s most remote locales. Image: The Sandton Times

The Zambezi Queen travels up to 25km through the Chobe River, giving passengers the chance to explore various viewpoints and take in real game viewing in absolute luxury and comfort.


Ten suites and four luxury suites comprise The Zambezi Queen’s 14 elegant and opulent suites, all of which include exterior balconies where guests may enjoy unobstructed views of the distinctive African environment beyond while soaking up the revitalizing Chobe River wind.


The Zambezi Queen’s suites provide chic interior design, air conditioning, and breathtaking panoramic views from your own private balcony. You are taken to a chic, leisurely place on the top deck, complete with a separate dining room, bar, rear viewing deck, cozy lounge, and a sizable front terrace with lounge chairs and a plunge pool.


The star of the show is, of course, the Chobe River and you can admire her from every vantage point. Large windows open onto the river and the national park beyond, and the Zambezi Queen’s generous proportions, natural light and indoor/outdoor flow makes for an easy, idyllic stay.


For more information on the Zambezi Queen, visit the Zambezi Queen Collection website.



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Cresta Mowana Safari & Resort Spa has gone through refurbishments and furniture upgrades, these refurbishments were done to 10 of the hotel suites including our premier and presidential suites. Image: The Sandton Times

If you are the outgoing and adventurous type, Cresta Mowana Safari and Resort Spa will be the place for you. This hotel is located in Kasane, Botswana; on the banks of the majestic Chobe river where Botswana shares its borders with Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This unique location makes cross-border travel much easier and more convenient for regional travelers looking to make Cresta Mowana a part of their itinerary.


Cresta Mowana Safari & Resort Spa is surrounded by the scenery of some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Cresta Mowana is the perfect place to relax and revitalize your mind and body.


For more information on Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, visit the Cresta Hotels website.


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