Knysna Oyster Festival

by Andrea 23. June 2015 11:30

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is fast approaching, with oysters of course being a huge component.  In fact about 200 000 of them are consumed by the festival goers every year. 

few arbitrary facts about Oysters:

(Other than the most widely acclaimed benefit that will not be discussed in detail in this article).

  • All oysters have a gender, which means they are either male or female. However, oysters can actually change gender.

  • In the wild oysters can live up to 30 years depending on the species.  During their lifespan they may change their gender back and forth several times.

  • The process of opening an oyster shell is known as Shucking.

  • Oyster shucking competitions are held throughout the world.

  • The largest oyster recorded was found off the coast of Denmark in the Wadden Sea.  It measures 35.5 cm (13.97 in) in length and 10.7 cm (4.21 in) in width.


 Uses of Oyster shells:

  • Glow in the dark powder – surely you should try this!
  • In medicine because of the high calcium content of the shells.
  • Crushed shells are used in animal feed
  • Handy Salt & Pepper servers
  • Decorative crushed paving in the garden
  • Excellent candle holders


6 Worldly ways with Oysters:


emon zest


1/2 teaspoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste


1 teaspoon lime juice
1-3 thin chili slices


1/2 teaspoon finely chopped tomato
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon lime juice


1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped shallots
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
pinch of pepper


1/2 teaspoon finely chopped apple
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped shallots
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


For each variation, combine ingredients and use mixture to top the oysters!



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Choosy Travellers joins the Booksure Affiliate Network

by Andrea 19. June 2015 15:52

Andrea and Roxanne recently spent a lovely day with Grayford and Deirdre from Choosy Travellers.   We are excited to welcome Choosy Travellers to the Booksure Affiliate Network!

As a guest, you have the right to be ‘Choosy’ about where you stay.  Choosy Travellers is a website for the discerning traveller who does not want to be disappointed when arriving at his chosen establishment.  With a large variety of establishments listed, the guest will be able to filter by specific facilities available at the establishment to make sure that those specific requirements will be met.


Grayford and Deirdré, it was a pleasure spending time with you!

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Winelands for the Winter

by Roxanne 8. May 2015 14:18

With the weather more on the chilly side these days, trips to the beach and garden picnics have come to a grinding halt. 

Step out of the winter chill into the warm, cosy surrounds of the vineyards across the Western Cape.  Tantalize your tastebuds with delicious, fragrant wines.

Visit the Winelands and experience tranquillity and beauty.

See our top Vineyard Establishments:

Klein Akkerdraai Lodge 

Klein Akkerdraai Lodge

Villa Tarentaal 

Villa Tarentaal

B&B Ons Stee 

B&B Ons Stee

Franschhoek Cottages 

Franschhoek Travellers Lodge

Franschhoek Travellers Lodge & Group Accommodation

Malans Guest House

Malans Guest House*

Franschhoek Manor

Franschhoek Manor

Orange-Ville Guesthouse

Orange-Ville Guesthouse

Perle Du Cap Boutique Estate

Perle Du Cap Boutique Estate

Franschhoek Valley Villas 

Franschhoek Valley Villas

Sauvignon Country Lodge

Sauvignon Country Lodge (PTY) Ltd

The Vineyard Cottage

Perle Du Cap Boutique Estate

Perle Du Cap Boutique Estate

Tempel Wine Farm Lodge 

Tempel Wine Farm Lodge

Lu's Guest House 

Lu's Guest House

Mooi Bly 

Mooi Bly

To view more accommodation establishments please visit our website or email us at

Booksure Mobile App

by Roxanne 30. April 2015 10:41

We are proud to announce the launch of the Booksure Mobile Android App.

Take your RMS with you wherever you go and enjoy the convenience of managing your bookings from your mobile device.  Version 1 of this app includes the most commonly used functionality. Additional functionality will be added to each release thereafter.

This app is free to download and use for all Booksure Members.

Features of the App include the ability to:

• Receive automatic alert notifications on enquiries and bookings

• Add, amend and cancel bookings

• Send quotations and messages

• Process and track secure credit card payments

• Send guest payment reminders 

• Maintain a diary with a day and week view



Download the App free today from the Google Play Store.        

For more information please email us at or visit

Getting ready for the winter chill!

by Roxanne 20. April 2015 13:07

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, so the temperatures drop and we realise winter is upon us!

Be sure to keep your guests warm and cosy when they visit your establishment.

Here are a few tips to do just that:


Having a warm fluffy blanket to throw over your knees or shoulders while watching the telly or sitting on the deck with a sundowner is sure way to ensure total comfort and warmth. Have a few of these blankets rolled up and placed in rooms and recreational areas. Also have extra blankets in a cupboard or at the bottom of the beds for those to get extra cold during the night.


Warm drinks

Be it coffee, tea, hot chocolate or horlicks, everyone wants to sip on something warm to keep the body temperature at a toasty level. Ensure that you provide a few different varieties of these warm delights for your guests to indulge in.


Reading material

Contrary to popular belief, the paperback reading material is still very much "the in thing". Snuggling up on a couch or in bed with a good book is a very popular for many people on holiday wanting to escape everyday stresses and strains. Try to have books, newspapers and reading books available for guests to choose from.


While blankets and socks keep you warm, the chill in the air can be unforgiving. By supplying a small fan heater in your rooms, guests will be extra comfy with more than enough to keep them warm. 


By keeping your guests warm and cosy throughout their stay they will want to be back time and time again!

Tented Camps

by Andrea 27. March 2015 09:14

Anyone for camping?

Some of my best childhood memories are of camping with my family.  The excitement and counting down the days until holidays.  The joy of pitching the tent.  The embarrassment of pitching the tent inside out in front of avid campers.   The bonfires at night.

Some of my best teenage memories are of camping with friends.  But the less said about those experiences, the better.

There is a whole new form of camping nowadays that is just as enjoyable, but far less stressful.  Pack your bags and go – no tent required.  Experience the joy of camping without the hassle at one of our fabulous tented camps.


Ingwe Bush Camp
Magaliesberg River Valley

The Aardvark
Addo Elephant Park

Camp Figtree
Addo Elephant Park

Tia Ghee
Elandsberge (close to Patensie)

Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge
Guernsey Private Nature Reserve (Hoedspruit)

Hazyview Backpackers
Hazyview Mpumalanga

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Easter Weekend Getaway

by Roxanne 2. March 2015 16:21

With the Easter Weekend just around the corner, we have compiled a list of our top Getaway Specials for you to take advantage of!

Western Cape - Jacobs Bay

Artist's Retreat B&B / Gallery 

Special starts from mid March to the end of April. Stay for a minimum of 3 nights and get the 4th night free. (Continental Breakfast Included).


Western Cape - Sea Point

Perfect Beachfront Apartments 

Only Two apartments available. Each Apartment  is located on the beachfront at Sea Point, and sleeps

Rates over April @ R1550 per unit per night.


Kwa-Zulu Natal - Hillcrest

Treehouse River Lodge 

Easter Special

R1299 for two people, for two nights, including breakfast. (WEEK day stay i.e. Monday to Friday)

R1499 for two people, for two nights, including breakfast. (WEEKEND stay i.e. Friday to Sunday)

Children 1 year and under free, children over 1 year R250.00 per child, per night, including breakfast.

Discount of R100 each towards dinner.

Discount of R100 each towards body treatment massages.


Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay

Packwood Wine and Country Estate 

Easter Special available from 1st to 30th April 2015.

Stay 3 nights and receive a complimentary bottle of P

ackwood Sauvignon Blanc.  

Please quote code 3WV to take advantage of this special offer.

Stay 4 nights and receive a complimentary bottle of the award winning Gent Bubbly 2012.   

Please quote code 4BV to take advantage of this special offer.

Or Stay 5 nights and receive a complimentary cheese  platter for two with either a bottle of wine or bubbly 

Please quote code 5LV to take advantage of this special offer.


West Coast - Pringle Bay

Sea Villa Glen Craig Conference Center 

Easter Weekend Special:

Enjoy 10% discount on a 3 night stay at Sea Villa Glen Craig (breakfast included).


Gauteng - Pretoria

A Knights Rest

Come and enjoy a picnic and Easter Hunt this Easter Weekend.


For more information and accommodation options, please visit or email us at

Booksure Poll

by Andrea 25. February 2015 08:58

Do you send documents to your guests before they arrive and after they’ve left?  These could be menus, directions, contracts, invoices or anything else that you use in your business.   We are thinking about adding this functionality to Booksure, so that you would be able to upload and send documents, images or files directly from within your Booksure Dashboard.  

But before we go and give you something that you’ll never use, we would like to hear what you think.

Please click on the link to complete a very quick poll.  Oh, and this functionality will not cost you anything extra!

Take the Poll


We appreciate your input!


4 ways to make your Rooms extra Romantic this Valentine's Weekend

by Roxanne 3. February 2015 10:55

As the couples start filtering in, going that extra mile to make everything beautifully romantic for your doe eyed guests is important.

Here are 4 ways to make your rooms irresistible:


One of the most inexpensive and effective ways to transform a room is through good lighting. Warm subtle light, which can be created by a lantern, bed side lamp, or candles, creates a beautifully romantic ambiance. If a room is lit the right way, everyone looks their best and feels relaxed and comfortable.


The sense of smell plays a much bigger role on our moods and emotions than one might think. Certain scents can evoke strong emotional reactions. For a romantic and calm environment, be sure to provide pure aromatherapy candles or incence sticks, of vanilla, sandalwood or rose.


Time to break out the golden oldies "love songs". The sound of certain music can dramatically alter the state of a person’s mood. Allow your guests to create a romantic atmosphere by having a handful of music options available. (In case they didn't bring their own).


The way to anyone's heart is through their belly! This we know is true. Provide your guests with a romantic candle lit "dinner for two" option, or a romantic picnic basket which they can enjoy alone in their room.  Ensure their basket is packet with yummy goodness like cheese, crackers, chocolate coated strawberries, chocolate truffles and wine or champagne.

Take your Valentine somewhere special this year!

by Roxanne 8. January 2015 15:17

River Crossing B&B


Drakensberg - Romantic Capital of South Africa – Valentine Special!

Treat that Special Someone to a 3 night weekend (12/13/14 February 2015) at River Crossing B&B and SC. Special rate of R420 per person per night sharing, including breakfast. If you stay just 2 nights, the rate is R480 per person per night sharing. If breakfast is not required, reduce either rate by R100.

We can provide contact details of various nearby Spa’s where you can enjoy relaxing massages. We will supply an activity list for the more adventurous!

First come first serve.

Glenview Guest House

Durban North

Romantic Valentine’s Day special for couples.

R1300 per night including a dinner for 2 with breakfast the next morning.

Must book in advance.


Mongoose Manor Bed & Breakfast

Port Elizabeth

2 Night Valentine weekender special for a couple (2 people sharing) (1 night must be a Saturday night) inclusive of champagne breakfast R1195.  Valid 1 February to 28 February.


Big Blue Beach Lodge

Port Elizabeth

Book a romantic weekend for two at Big Blue Beach Lodge during February for only R1200-00.

Includes:  Two nights’ accommodation in a beautiful sea facing room for two people sharing

A full breakfast on both mornings

Chocolates rose petals and candles in your room 


Thunzi Bush Lodge

Maitland - Eastern Cape


Enjoy a valentine’s picnic, health breakfast basket and various spa treatments


Sea Villa Glen Craig

Pringle Bay - Western Cape

Valentine Weekend special (13 to 15  February 2015)  Book two nights at Sea Villa Glen Craig in the beautiful town of Pringle Bay for two and get a free bottle of Sparkling Wine.  R495 per person sharing per night breakfast included.

(Terms and conditions apply and subject to availability.)


Liziwes Guest House


Valentine’s Day Special, offering units from R500.00 per room per night.

Extra R70.00 per serving for Valentine’s Day breakfast special.


Malibu Mansion


Valentine Weekend Special, R750 per unit per night for 13- 14 Feb, which includes a couples full body massage.


Celtis Country Lodge

Middelburg - Eastern Cape

Valentine’s special.

Special Accommodation rates from 14 – 16 February 2014

Standard Sharing Rooms @ R225pp per night B&B

Standard Single Rooms @ R400 per night B&B


Addo Gateway Lodge

Cannonville - Eastern Cape

VALENTINE SPECIAL - Subject to availability

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL  (even if not on Valentine's Day : this special will run until end of March 2015)

Accommodation x 2 pax


Continental Breakfast at only R50.00 P P




Mbalentle Guesthouse

Montana - Cape Town

Valentine’s Day special accommodation from R500 per night, including a complimentary bottle of Champagne for each booking.


Inkwazi Country Hotel


Valentine’s Day special
from 09-15 Feb 2015

This Valentine’s Day, sweep your loved ones off their feet with our romantic packages.

Dinner @ R320 – For a couple with Wine/soft drink/coffee. (From 06:00-22:00)
Dinner bed and breakfast R950 for a couple incl a bottle of red wine

* Includes a special gift pack for the lady


Bridge House Guest House

Parkhurst - Gauteng

Valentine's Special- 13th - 15th Feb
R3250.00 per couple
Includes 2 nights' accommodation, 4 course Candle lit dinner al fresco (weather permitting) with wine, song, roses and “little” pressie for the couple. 
Valentines brunch & dinner on the 14th and breakfast on 15th. (All drinks from honour bar will be extra)


A knight's Rest


Valentine's Day "Love is in the air" package @ R900,00 per couple.


Bed and Breakfast

Sparkling Wine

Rose Petals

Candle Light



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