Hot Off the Press! joins Travelstart Group

Today marks an exciting day in the Travelstart story! We are thrilled to announce that Travelstart has bought a majority stake in Cape Town-based SafariNow is South Africa’s largest accommodation booking website which offers accommodation for every type of getaway and every type of traveller, from self-catering and vacation rentals to traditional hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s.

Celebrate this exciting time with us, with a FREE SafariNow voucher! The voucher code 150TS722 gets you R150 off any accommodation booked on SafariNow by 27 January 2018.

The acquisition of SafariNow and the addition of their team of 40 strong to our staff complement will facilitate Travelstart’s plans to fast-track the growth of our accommodation offering.

“We want to supercharge our accommodation offering and with more than 23 000 listings on SafariNow, we can give our customers much better choices,” said Travelstart’s founder and CEO Stephan Ekbergh.

safari now acquisition, will continue operating as usual, sticking to its core business of selling accommodation and retain its current brand, CEO and team.

“Travelstart shares our mission of transforming the travel-booking experience to be simple and powerful,” said Tom Williams, CEO of SafariNow. “We’ve booked millions of bed-nights in the past 18 years and we’re excited to tackle this next chapter with a strong, supportive partner. It’s a major plus for establishments who list with us as it will result in greater exposure for their listing.”

Travelstart and SafariNow both opened shop in South Africa in 1999 and are now established players in Africa’s online travel booking industry. We look forward to a successful partnership that strengthens our positioning in the market.


Our Readers Comments

  1. Trying to use the 150TS722 voucher on safari now but it is giving the response that it is not a valid voucher code. Please assist.

    • Hi Mickey,

      Thanks for getting in touch and sorry to hear you are struggling to redeem your voucher.

      For any urgent queries you welcome to pop us an e-mail at: one of our Guest Agents will be able to assist.

      Alternatively you can contact our team Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm or Saturday 9am – 1pm

  2. Flight to Durban on the 12/01/2017

    • Hi there,

      Great to hear from you. Flight prices depend on exact dates of travel as well as the route.
      It’s really easy searching for a flight with Travelstart. All you need to do is go onto our website: and
      select your exact dates, route of travel as well as number passenger. You will then be able to view all the different airlines that operate that specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

    • Hi Fatima,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

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  3. We spent our Honeymoon at Paradise Island (1967) traveled from quaint Vilonculos via ferry to the island – we met a lot of wonderful honeymooners there and had a terrific time there.
    Is it still around – always in our thoughts!

  4. Any flights from Upington??

    • Hi Louise,

      Great to hear from you. We do indeed have flights from Upington.

      You welcome to search for flight prices directly on our website
      here you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to
      ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

      Should you wish to get assistance in receiving a quote and making a reservation,
      we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact our direct sales team by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday)
      or by sending an email to with all details exact dates, routing, budget and number of passengers.
      An agent will get back to you with 2 working days.

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