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World’s largest Legoland Water Park to open soon

Asia’s first Legoland Water Park is due to open in Malaysia on October 21. With over 20 attractions and 70 models, the 300,000-square-meter space is being touted by officials as the world’s largest Legoland Water Park.

There are currently only two other Legoland Water Parks in operation. Both are in the United States, one in California, the other in Florida.

Apart from the usual water slides and pools, one of the highlight attractions set for the Malaysia park is the “Build-A-Raft River,” where kids can put together their own raft made of soft Lego bricks and float down a lazy river. There will also be a “Joker Soaker,” an interactive platform in the wade pool where children can shoot water cannons as a jester tells jokes and 350 gallons of water pour down upon them. For toddlers, the Duplo-themed play area has smaller slides and characters modelled after those found in Lego sets — an alligator, polar bear and an elephant.

Aside from attractions, the Legoland Water Park will also have two restaurants, private cabanas for rent and a store.  About 50 kilometres away from central Singapore, the 30-hectare theme park is made up of more than than 50 million bricks and has 40 rides, shows and attractions. Ticket prices haven’t yet been released.

 

 

MARI VAN DER POLL
TRAVEL CONSULTANT
Tel 0860 333 555 Fax 012 348 2762 Cell 084 299 0589 www.travelandsport.com

Kids should tour the world!

Parents must give their children all the opportunities they can. Sending them on a school tour is such an opportunity! If they only realized the impact this could have for the rest of their child’s life.
This information is not new.  We have known for years, even decades, that a school tour makes a profound difference of the course of their lives. So why aren’t we doing what we need to do to help our kids develop more effectively? I believe the simple answer is that most parents simply don’t know about the very easy ways they can help develop their teenagers’ brains and intelligence. Many parents hear about extra classes, after school subjects and extra mural activities and think these things will give their child an advantage. Maybe so. Maybe not. What has been proven for decades is that the parents themselves can actually give their child experiences that increase intelligence and IQ on a school tour. And it is EASY. Scientific research on teenagers development and the impact of stimulating activities during the early years is undebatable. A school tour gives them all the opportunities they need to broaden their horizons.

 

Michael

Hugenote school tour

Hi Lana

 

Once again, thank you for an amazing experience. The trip was enjoyed by all and some of us made the best of every minute we had, even though we probably had about 8 hours sleep in 4 daysJ. I think that, as I said this morning, the girls have come away with so much experience, not just on the hockey field, but experience of another, different  part of life. They saw and experienced things that most kids their age can only dream of. The trip had its ups and downs and a with a group of 15 year old girls some “bitchiness” is to be expected and dealt with. There were some that were homesick and others whose parents had to ask me how their kids were. All in all a wonderful trip. Please can you get me the surname of our first driver, Gerhard, and his postal address, even if it’s his work address. I really want to send him the photo I took and maybe get the girls to all sign it. He was awesome.

 

We had the funniest tour guide in Brussels and for days after we were still laughing about it. I wish that I had a video recorder in my head to replay all the funny moments. At times my stomach hurt so much from laughing that I just couldn’t anymore, and I know that, in time, I will forget things, but the memories I have will last forever.

 

I have to date not been able to find the facebook page that you created, but have created my own  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hugenote-Hoerskool-2013-hockey-tour-Europe/377496259029693?ref=stream

 

As soon as I have all my photo’s (which are currently all on Aard’s Tablet as I ran out of space on a 16G memory card J) I will post more.

 

One last thing ( I can’t promise that) I don’t know if you give feedback to the clubs that hosted us, but we were received with open arms everywhere we went. It was unbelievable that the language “barrier” did not stop the girls, or even us, from socialising. We were treated so well and we were fed so well. At Racing, where we had to pay our own meals, the club chairman paid for the girls and the adults paid their own. I thought that was so generous of him. In Amsterdam at De Kraaien they even obtained a South African flag and flew it with their own above the club house. It was these little gestures that made meeting these people almost a priveledge. I could tell you stories that would have you falling off your chair.

 

Regards

 

Lynette

Hugenote Springs

Travel and Sport visits Mauritius

In November 2012, myself and Michael were invited by LuDowell representatives along with Connections from Mauritius to join them on a FAM trip to the island of Mauritius from the 15th to the 20th of November.

The purpose of this visit was to familiarise ourselves more with the variety and possibilities that Mauritius has to offer and to be able to give a better understanding to our clients going to this beautiful destination.

Here is our story:

We were supposed to board our flight to Mauritius by Thursday night at around 23h00, but upon arrival we were surprised to see that our flight, operated by Air Mauritius, had been cancelled and were only going to depart the following day around noon. The cancelation was because of some technical issue on the plane, or so they said…

Luckily for us, Air Mauritius booked us into the Premier Hotel just across the high way from OR Tambo for the night, along with a 20% discount on our next flights on Air MauritiusJ.

The following day we finally boarded on time after spending some time in the Air France lounge that Pia (one of our hosts) organized for us.

The flight to Mauritius is about 4 hours, and the time difference is 2 hours ahead of South Africa.

Upon arrival in a warm and tropical Mauritius, we were greeted by Mauritius IncentiveConnections along with dancers, drums and welcome cocktails.

We then transferred to our first Hotel, the Intercontinental Hotel, located close to Port Louis on the North West part of the island, where we stayed for the night.

This evening we had a bit of a cooking contest, making little slider burgers and also tried our hand on making cocktails. While my cocktail was the best by far, Michael walked away with the prize for the best burgers, and not a shabby prize by the way, three nights’ accommodation at The Intercontinental.

 

The next day we had a bit of a full program, making up for the time that we lost because of our cancelled flight, we had to visit 5 hotels on one day.

First, we visited the Maritim Hotel, just down the road from the Intercontinental. A great property with great possibility to host big groups, with the Château Mon Desire stables and giant turtles on this large resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up was the Le Meridien Ile Maurice Resort, where we also had quite a spread for lunch at the luxurious Nirvana Royal Suite, ranging from foie gras crème brulee, blue cheese
macaroons, lobsters and a few other extravagant dishes.…

The third hotel was the One & Only Le Saint Geran, situated
on the east side of the island. The One & Only is also right next to the Belle Mare Plage where we hosted our first Netball Tournament in April 2012, with 14 South African schools participating over 7 days. Contact us for more details for our next one in 2013!!

 

 

Off to the fourth hotel for the day, obviously the Four Seasons Resort at Anahita, really one of the best hotels I’ve ever seen with a very modern architecture and located in a very peaceful surrounding. They also have one of the best golf courses on the island, where Michael and I had a bit of a putt and chip contest on the driving range. Michael won with some miracle putt, which meanth that I would be pouring the drinks that night.

 


 

Our last Hotel for the day will also be where we would be staying for the following two nights, The Hilton. Located on the other side of the island at Flic and Flac, we had about an hour’s drive to get there, and this all while the Springboks were playing Scotland. We managed to follow the game on the internet though. J

 

At the Hilton, after we had checked in, we had a brilliant dinner right on the beach with the Sales Manager, Gina. It was really a pleasure meeting her and the lovely staff from the Hilton.

The following day, after a 10 km jog and a quick gym session at the Hilton we had some breakfast then transferred to the Zip Line. The Zip Line is a series of cables crossing some of the canyons at the Casela Nature Park. This was really nerve wrecking stuff as the zip lines reaches about 220km/h and you are only hanging by a little bungee rope. Well I don’t really know how fast they were going, but fast hey!!

 


 

After the Ziplines, we travelled south to the harbour at Black River, to find our little catamaran on which we would spend the rest of the afternoon, the Harris Wilson.

The Harris Wilson is a 60 ft catamaran and was built for ocean racing, a very impressive boat!! We sailed through the crystal clear water with breath-taking scenery all around towards Le Morne, a spectacular lone standing mountain right on the edge of the island. We enjoyed a delicious Braai lunch on the boat which included fresh fish, chicken and a selection of salads.

After lunch, the guys tried their luck at fishing and were shocked when we each pulled out a Blue Marlin from the edge of the boat, being the sport fishermen that we are, we had to catch and release and unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to take a picture because we were out of film.

We did have a bit of bad luck, when one of the girls than accompanied us, had an encounter with a sea urchin and caused some pain for her for the rest of the tour. So remember to wear protective shoes while in the water or keep your eyes out for dangers like this, the water is very clear!

This catamaran cruise was definitely my highlight of the trip, and if you ever visit the island you can’t afford to miss this!!


 

The rest of the afternoon we had some free time back at the Hilton before our dinner which included a Wild Boar on the spit. We finished it off with local Rum tasting, all in all not a bad day for us!!!

 

The next morning, once again after a quick run and gym session, we got surprised by Connections that arranged two Mini Cooper Convertible’s waiting for us at the reception of the hotel.

 

 

We had a few tasks to complete as we made our way south towards Tamassa, to visit the Shanti Maurice resort. En-route we stopped over at the Tamirin salt fields to learn more about making salt on the island, a very very tough working environment! Next stop was the Seven Couloured Earth in Chamarel with the impressive Alexandra Waterfalls.


 

After arrival at Shanti Maurice, we had a tour of the Hotel and Spa followed by lunch at one of their restaurants. In the afternoon we made our way to the brand new St Regis Hotel, located right on the foot of Le Morne which opened on the 1st of November 2012. We were of the first guests at this prestige hotel. The legacy of Mauritius colonial history can be seen in the design and details of the entire hotel, along with the personal butler for each guest. To my disappointment my butlers name was not Alfred but Avi, still a very friendly and helpful guy though.

Travel and Sport will be hosting a 7′s Rugby Tournament in Mauritius in September 2013 , and we are looking forward to your attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our last night was spent by having dinner at one of St Regis Thai restaurants, the Floating Market. But before that, we had some local dancers and I had the opportunity to Sabrage a champagne bottle, the technique for opening a Champagne bottle with a sword for ceremonial occasions. I even got a certificate to prove that I could do it! With the cork still in the neck of the bottle, schweet ne!!!

 

The next morning we decided to skip the jog and rather went for a 2 km swim in the ocean. After the swim and breakfast we were off to the Heritage Resort Awali.

The Heritage Resort Awali, is one of the largest properties on the island consisting of multiple hotels, spa’s, beach club, a Château and a very impressive championship golf course. Travel and Sport will also be hosting a golf tournament from the 29th of June to the 6th of July 2013 here at the Heritage Resort; all players will be staying at the resort and will be playing this course along with the Tamarina Golf Course, contact us for more details regarding this.

 

After lunch on the beach, we transferred back to St Regis so we could start packing for our evening flight back to SA.

 

This amazing trip had to come to an end, after visiting 10 hotels in 4 days it really felt like we were there for 2 weeks and experienced most of what Mauritius has to offer. We all learnt so much from this beautiful country, from historical sites, warm culture, amazing sceneries and all in between what it has to offer. Mauritius is definitely a must do, especially for South Africans making it very affordable and only a four hour flight to the Island, you can’t miss this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all we had an amazing time in Mauritius and would like to thank Travel and Sport, Lu Dowell and Connections for providing us with such a great opportunity.

 

I’m already looking forward to my next visit…..

 

Werner Muller

CHARTER COLLEGE SCIENCE TOUR THE USA

 

 

 

 

     

August 15th, 2012

Wednesday

Johannesburg, SA

19:20 PM

Group departs OR Tambo International Airport on Air France flight AF 995.

     

     

August 16th, 2012

Thursday

Washington DC

11:36 AM

 

 

 

 

06:00 AM

10:35 AM

12:55 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:00 PM

 

 

7:30 PM

Chaperone Anita Cimijotti (cell # 920 205 2578) arrives Washington Dulles International Airport on United Airlines flight UA 382 from Chicago.

She will wait & meet up with the main group at the airport.

 

Group arrives in Paris

Group departs Paris on Air France flight AF 028.

Group arrive Washington Dulles International Airport on Air France flight AF 028 from Paris.

 

Private coach (Eyre Bus Service, Inc. tel: +1 410 442 1330 – charter # 459455)
to and local guide (Dan Wilhoft, cell: +1 443 350 0990) to meet group at airport for a half day city sightseeing tour to include the White House Visitors Center, followed by transfer to hotel.

 

**When group has luggage, guide to call +1 410 442 1330 and press 5 and dispatch will call the driver up.**

 

Local guide to hand over tour documents to group leader.

 

Tour to include the National Mall with the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, Reflecting Pools, the White House,  the US Capitol, Union Station, the Kennedy Center,  Foggy Bottom, Georgetown,  Dupont Circle, Martin Luther King Memorial and the Tidal Basin.

 

Tour to end at hotel.

 

Group make their own way to dinner at:

Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC

610 10th Street, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20001

Tel: +1 202 628 6583

Menu: “Classic Rock” Menu

(Tax & tip included)

 

NB: Metro tickets not included on this day.

 

Overnight: Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center

     

     

August 17th, 2012

Friday

 

Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

6:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:15 PM

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Group to receive one-day Metro Rail Passes. (Included in tour documents).

 

Local guide (Dan Wilhoft, cell: +1 443 350 0990) to meet group at hotel for a full day tour of the Smithsonian Museums, including the National Air & Space Museum and the Natural History Museum

 

Services of local guide to end in city center.

 

Group Depart by metro (Yellow line- Archives Station) to Alexandria (King St Station), continue on foot to restaurant.

 

Dinner arranged at:

Bertucci’s

725 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Tel: +703 548 8500

Menu: “Venice” Banquet Menu (Insalata or Caesar Salad
Choice of Bertucci’s Classics/Chef’s Specialties Pizzas, and unlimited soft drinks, coffee, tea & bread rolls)

(Tax & tip included)

 

After dinner transfer on foot to meet with a local guide (Alexandria Colonial Tours – tel: +1 703 519 1749) for an evening ghost and graveyard tour (1 hour tour).

Meet Guide at: Market Square, King Street – heading east 4 blocks down from restaurant)

 

After tour, return to hotel on foot and by Metro.

(Alexandria King Street Station – Yellow Line to Mount Vernon Square Station).

 

Overnight: Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center

     

     

August 18th, 2012

Saturday

 

Washington DC

 

 

9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

7:05 PM

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 PM

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Private coach (Eyre Bus Service, Inc. tel: +1 410 442 1330 – charter # 459456)
to and local guide (Dan Wilhoft, cell: +1 443 350 0990) to meet group at hotel for a full day sightseeing excursion to Baltimore. Tour to include the Inner Harbor, USS Constellation, Camden Yards, Fells Point and Federal Hill. Entrance fees to the National Aquarium with admission to Amphitheatre to view dolphins training/play sessions, and to Fort McHenry National Park included.

 

Group reservation confirmed at:

National Aquarium

501 E. Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Tel: +1 410 576 3800

(Reservation # 1315329. Tickets prepaid – tour guide to pick up tickets at Will Call office on arrival)

 

Group reservation confirmed at:

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

2400 East Fort Ave.,

Baltimore, MD 21230

Tel: +1 410 962 4290

Entrance fees prepaid for the group – local guide has confirmation document.

 

Afterwards return to hotel in Washington DC.

 

Services of guide terminate on arrival back in Baltimore.

 

Group continue by coach to Nationals Park to attend a Washington Nationals Baseball game vs. New York Mets, (game tickets included in tour documents).

Nationals Park

1500 South Capitol St. SE

Washington DC 20003

Tel: +202 675 6287

Tickets include extra $15 value per ticket to be used for food inside the stadium.

 

Private coach (Eyre Bus Service, Inc. tel: +1 410 442 1330)
to meet group at stadium for transfer to hotel.

 

Overnight: Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center

     

     

August 19th, 2012

Sunday

 

Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:00 PM

 

 

6:30 PM


 

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Group to receive one-day Metro Rail Passes. (Included in tour documents).

 

Local guide (Dan Wilhoft, cell: +1 443 350 0990) to meet group at hotel for a full day city sightseeing tour to include entrance to the International Spy Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery. Free time included for shopping at the Pentagon City Mall.

 

Entrance fees to the International Spy Museum included and prepaid.

International Spy Museum

800 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004

Tel: +1 202 393 7798

(Local guide has confirmation document).

 

Afterwards group to continue by public transport and on foot to Arlington National Cemetery for a visit, followed by shopping and free time at the Pentagon City Mall.

 

Services of local guide to end at hotel.

 

Group make their own way to dinner arranged at:

Ben’s Chili Bowl

1213 U Street NW

Washington DC 20009, tel; +1 202 667 0909

Menu # 1 – 3 courses – tax & tip included

Course 1 – Plentiful Assorted French Fries, Cheese Fries and Chili-Cheese Fries served upon seating (for all to pass and share)

Full Selection of Soft Drinks (with refills)

Course 2 Choice of:
Ben’s Chili Half-Smoke, Chili Dog, Jumbo Beef Dog, Jumbo Turkey Dog, Chili Burger, Turkey Burger, Veggie Burger, Bowl of Chili Con Carne or Veggie Chili, or Tuna Sandwich

Course 3 (Dessert) – Mini Milkshakes in assorted flavors

 

Overnight: Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center

     

     

August 20th, 2012

Monday

 

Washington DC

 

 

 

 

Orlando


 

5:00 AM

 

5:30 AM

 

 

 

8:00 AM

 

10:14 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 PM

Early continental breakfast at hotel

 

Private coach (Eyre Bus Service, Inc. tel: +1 410 442 1330 – charter # 459457)
to meet group at hotel for transfer to Washington Reagan National Airport.

 

Group depart Reagan National Airport on AirTran Airways flight FL152

Group arrive Orlando International Airport.

(Confirmation # RGWSYX – confirmation included in tour documents. 1st checked bag fee for each passenger has been prepaid by Operation Europe Inc.)

 

Private coach with “Meet & Greet” service (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at airport for transfer to hotel.

Group check-in and continue by private coach to Sea World Orlando Park.

 

1 day entrance tickets to Sea World included.

Meal vouchers at Sea World included.

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at Sea World exit for transfer back to hotel.

 

Overnight: Best Western Plus – Universal Inn

     

August 21st, 2012

Tuesday

 

Orlando

 

 

9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 PM

 


 

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at hotel for transfer to Walt Disney World Epcot Center for full day visit.

 

Walt Disney World 2-day passes included – 1 park each day.

Meal voucher for dinner at Epcot included.

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at WDW Epcot Center exit for transfer to hotel.

 

Overnight: Best Western Plus – Universal Inn

     

     

August 22nd, 2012

Wednesday

 

Orlando

 

 

9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:30 PM

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at hotel for transfer to Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Park.

 

Walt Disney World 2-Day passes included – 1 park each day.

Meal voucher for dinner at the Magic Kingdom included.

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at WDW Magic Kingdom Park exit for transfer to hotel.

 

Overnight: Best Western Plus – Universal Inn

     

August 23rd 2012

Thursday

 

Orlando

 

 

7:00 AM

 

 

 

 

8:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:30 PM

 

5:00 PM

 

7:00 PM

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at hotel for a full-day excursion to Cape Canaveral and to the Kennedy Space Center.

 

5 hour student ATX program confirmed at:

Astronaut Hall of Fame

6225 Vectorspace Blvd.

Titusville, FL 32780.

(Group leader must present completed Medical Consent forms for each participant signed by parents/guardians)

 

After ATX program group can visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (entrance tickets included).

 

Afterwards return to Orlando.

 

Services of private coach terminate at hotel.

 

Dinner arranged within walking distance of the hotel at:

Miller’s Orlando Ale House

5573 South Kirkman Road

Orlando, FL 32819

Tel: +1 407 248 0000

Menu: Caesar Salad, choice of Cajun Chicken Pasta or Chicken Parmesan, Soda

(Tax & gratuity included).

 

Overnight: Best Western Plus – Universal Inn

     

     

August 24th 2012

Friday

 

Orlando

 

 

9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:30 PM

 


 

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at hotel for transfer to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Park.

 

Universal Studios 1-Day passes included – 1 park only.

1-Day unlimited food vouchers included (drinks not included).

 

Private coach (Mears Transportation, tel: +1 407 839 1570 – confirmation # 433353) to meet group at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Park exit for transfer to hotel.

 

Overnight: Best Western Plus – Universal Inn

     

August 25th 2012

Saturday

 

Orlando

 

 

Everglades

 

 

Miami


 

 

 

8:00 AM

 

 

 

1:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM

 

 

 

6:00 PM

 

 

7:00 PM

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Private coach (Miami Jet Tours, tel: +1 786 351 2355, contract # 15466) to meet group at hotel for journey to Miami (via the Everglades (500 KM).

 

Entrance to Everglades Safari Park with 30-minute airboat ride included.

Everglades Safari Park

26700 Tamiami Trail

Miami, FL 33194

Tel: +1 305 226 6923

(Reservation has been prepaid pick up tickets on arrival)

 

After visit, local guide (Miami Jet Tours, tel: +1 786 351 2355, contract # 15466) to step-on coach and group continue to South Beach.

 

Guide to give a tour (90 minutes) of Miami South Beach, including highlights
of the Art Deco architecture on Collins and Ocean Avenues, as well as the homes of the stars.

 

After tour, transfer to hotel for check-in. Services of private coach terminate at hotel.

 

Dinner arranged at hotel.

Menu: Green Salad, Cheeseburger & Fries, Cake Dessert, 2 Pitchers of soda per table.

(Tax & tip included)

 

Overnight: Marco Polo Beach Resort

     

     

August 26th, 2012

Sunday

 

Miami

 

 

11:30 AM

 

 

 

15h00 PM

 

 

19h35 PM

Continental breakfast at hotel.

 

Private coach and assistant
(Miami Jet Tours, tel: +1 786 351 2355, contract # 15466) to meet group at hotel for transfer to Miami International Airport

 

Group departs Miami International Airport on Delta Airlines flight DL 2373 to Atlanta, which is due to arrive at 16h58 PM.

Group departs Atlanta on flight DL 200 to Johannesburg.

     

     

August 27th, 2012

Monday

 

Johannesburg, SA

17h25 PM


 

Group arrives OR Tambo International Airport

     

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