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The perfect traveller's gift ideas

October 24, 2017


There's usually some form of gift-giving around the festive season, no matter your cultural background and we thought you might appreciate some advice on what to give to those who love to travel. From nifty gadgets to smart suitcases, we've got the ultimate gifting list for the consummate jet-setter!

These gift ideas are also great for travelling, so spoil yourself or a loved one this holiday season!

Action camera. Capture every precious moment of your holiday with a nifty action camera! Some even have WiFi capability so you can instantly share your holiday shenanigans on social media!

Corkcicle Canteen. Wine lovers will love this one! This stainless steel bottle can keep wine cool for up to 25 hours, whether you're off hiking in the mountains or frolicking on the beach!

Hydaway Foldable Bottle. Not only is this bottle a boon for outdoor adventurers, it's also environmentally friendly! This re-usable bottle can be filled with up to 600mL of liquids but collapses to just 3.2cm once empty! Simply put away once empty!

Personalised luggage labels. Every black suitcase looks the same and it's usually a nightmare sifting through luggage at the airport carousel. With personalised labels, your suitcase will stand out from the crowd!

Mini Bluetooth speakers. With these handy speakers, you can connect your phone's music and have an impromptu dance party anywhere!

Raden Case. This amazing suitcase eliminates all the grief that comes with luggage! It has a built-in rechargeable battery that, at full capacity can charge one phone up to four times or two phones twice. When paired with its mobile app, it can even determine the weight of your luggage! Its proximity censor also gives a little beep when it's coming down the airport carousel!

Locksmart Keyless Bluetooth Padlock. This TSA approved lock not just safeguards your suitcase, it also doubles as a tracker! Simply register your lock with your smartphone and have peace of mind knowing that you can trace you suitcase with GPS.


What happens if I own a Flexi week?

October 24, 2017


Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with iExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.


"On Risk" Banking

September 15, 2017


How late can I bank my week/s and is this "on risk" banking?

Great question! You can quite literally bank right up to the last minute - that means the day before the due occupation date. This is indeed what we call an "on risk" banking. If we are able to book someone else into your week we will give you the number of iPoints that we were able to book it out for.

Usually it would be substantially less than if you banked earlier because we very often run last minute specials to move our stock at a discounted rate. This in turn means you will get the "discounted" number of iPoints for your week. We will only credit your iExchange account with the iPoints once the unit has been occupied, in other words after the occupation date. This is "on risk" banking, which happens when you bank with 30 days or less to the occupation date.


Road trip essentials

September 15, 2017


South Africa has a great network of roads, and, couple that with being landlocked, you have many opportunities to drive to your holiday destinations! Not only is driving cheaper than flying, this also gives you and your travel companions time to bond during the journey. But long drives can also take its toll. Tempers flare when your passengers get irritable and hungry, pit stops might get few and far between and someone might get car sick! Make sure you keep a carful of travellers happy, safe and comfy during your trip by packing these essentials!

Road trip essentials to pack:

First aid kit: Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kid for minor injuries.

Emergency supplies: Pack a complete roadside emergency kit which includes a torch and fresh batteries.

Entertainment: Audio books work wonders! Before your trip, you can ask everyone to contribute their favourite music, that way everyone gets a turn listening to what they want to hear.

Padkos: Pack everyone's favourite snack in re-sealable plastic bags, as well as lots of water and other beverages to stay hydrated on the journey.

Pillows and blankets: Travel in comfort for a soothing journey. A soft cushion and blanket can make a cold vehicle cozy.

Tissues, paper towels and toilet paper: You need these for any spills or accidents in the car, to make cleaning up easier - whether it's mopping up spilled juice or if someone gets carsick!

Spare keys: Don't get locked out of the car! Keep the spare on your person at all times or in a separate bag for safety.

Travelling games: Bring small games or toys and colouring-in books and crayons to keep the little ones entertained.

Car chargers: Make sure you bring travel chargers for your mobile phone, GPS gadget and other electronic devices.

Change of clothes: If you're going on a really long journey, it would be a good idea to bring fresh clothes in case you feel icky and want to change.


Visa-free travel for South Africans

September 14, 2017


Now that we've piqued your interest in world travel, it's handy to know which countries South African passport holders can travel to without a visa! In fact there are almost 100 countries around the globe that South Africans can travel to without applying for a visa beforehand. Find out where you can go without bothering with cumbersome paperwork and expensive visa fees!

South and Central America

With the exception of Suriname, French Guiana, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico, you can go just about anywhere in the entire South and Central American countries! These countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Asia

Georgia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
Visa on arrival: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Timor-Leste

Oceania

Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

Africa

Most SADC countries are accessible to us without a visa, as long as we're going there for vacation. Any form of work - even volunteering - requires some form of a visa, so make 100% sure what the rules are beforehand.

These countries are: Benin, Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Visa on arrival: Cape Verde, Comores, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tongo, Tunisia and Uganda

Check out the Department of International Relations and Cooperation's comprehensive list of visa requirements for South African citizens


Why spring is awesome in South Africa

August 23, 2017


Spring brings with it the promise of hope and new life, and nature can't help but show off during this time. Everything is greener, the outdoors are abuzz with new life and the days are longer and warmer, perfect for travelling and exploring new places!

Here are some reasons why spring is a great season to travel:

  • New life. Everything is waking up from its winter slumber and migrating birds start arriving, heralding the new life opening their eyes for the first time! Definitely a great season for game viewing. Who knows you might see young cubs frolicking next to their parents?
  • Colour. Wildflowers burst into a magnificent riot of colours, carpeting the ground like magic.
  • Whale watching. South Africa is one of the best destinations in the world for marine life, whether from land or sea. Every year, Southern Right Whales migrate from icy Antarctica to warmer climate, and reach our coastline by mid-year, and linger to entertain us until November. Our waters teem with these magnificent giants mating, calving and putting on a spectacular show of water acrobatics.
  • Outdoor activities. With warmer and longer days, it's time to dig your hiking boots out the back of the cupboard and explore the great outdoors! We are spoilt for choice when it comes to breathtaking scenery while enjoying our favourite activities, be it cycling, quad biking, horse riding, trail running or bird watching.
  • Relaxing outside. Pack a picnic, take a walk, visit one of our numerous Botanical Gardens spring's beauty brings with it a sense of tranquillity, helping you relax and enjoy your holiday.

Banking your timeshare

August 23, 2017


Once you've set up your free iExchange account, it's time to iBank your timeshare! iBanking is when you exchange your timeshare for iPoints that can be redeemed to book amazing holiday deals from our wide network of resort and hotel partners. We don't do this automatically - you do it once you're ready!

Our iBanking system is as easy as 1 2 3!

1. Register. Register online for FREE then contact your resort to verify your timeshare ownership. You only pay an exchange fee when booking your holiday.

2. Quote. You will receive an iPoints quote, which is valid for 5 days. While you're waiting for our quote, feel free to browse through our super-duper low iDeals, to see where your next holiday may take you!

3. Bank. Bank your iPoints using the simple online system. If you have a fixed week, you can bank immediately. If you have a flexi week, we'll need you to set your week first before banking. Your iPoints are then allocated to your new iExchange account.

Here's where the fun starts! Once you've banked your week with us, select your destination! Once you've found your dream holiday, book online or via our Call Centre on 0861 439 242. Happy searching!


Hike the Berg in Winter

July 18, 2017


Yes, you read that right! Winter hiking in the Berg is actually quite a wonderful experience! Yes it may be bitterly cold, but it rarely rains and it comes with it the possibility of snow! The panoramic views are stunning and incomparable, something that you will carry all your life.

Before embarking on a winter hike, it would be safer to obtain the services of an expert guide, the right equipment and clothing. From May until the end of August, the Berg is usually associated with snow, sub-zero temperatures at night, and frost. The days and nights are generally clear. This makes it the best time for walking as there are long spells of mild, stable skies. Blizzards can occur around this time though and can last for up to 3 days, making travel at high altitude impossible, with super cold temperatures.

Here are some tips on hiking in the winter:

  • Dress like an onion! That is, dress in layers. Temperatures can vary at the bottom of the trail and the top of a summit. Always wear thick hiking socks as your toes will be the first to feel the cold.
  • Start with manageable distances. It might be no problem hiking 12 kilometres in warmer weather, but it's probably a different story in winter. Ask your guide for a trail you can handle.
  • Bring safety gear such as a trail map, first aid kit, compass, pocket knife and a headlamp.
  • Make sure you have ideal weather conditions during the day of your hike, and find out not only about temperature but also precipitation, wind, avalanches and daylight hours.
  • Take a guide or a friend. It's always so much more fun and safer hiking in a group. Be sure that your resort knows where you're going!
  • Bring hot beverages like tea or hot chocolate in a flask. It can provide a nice break and warm you up during your cold trek.
  • Invest in good gear such a waterproof clothing, waterproof hiking boots, lightweight backpack, hiking poles, wrap-around glasses, etc.
  • Don't hesitate to turn around if you run into dangerous conditions. Reaching the summit is just half the journey, you must have the energy left over to go back home.
  • Reward yourself for a job well done! Treat yourself to some great wine or comfort food back at the resort. Or if there's a spa on-site, go for a pamper treatment - you deserve it!

What if I don't have enough iPoints for my booking?

July 18, 2017


If you want to make that special booking but don't have enough iPoints available, make use of any of the methods mentioned below to stretch your points further:

Bank in Advance - Arrange with your resort to pay the following year's levies upfront then bank the additional week with iExchange. Once banked, these additional iPoints will immediately be available for your use.

Earn Extra iPoints - Get 110% of your week's value if you bank early, 180 days before occupation date.

Amazing iDeals - Keep an eye out for our super-duper low priced iDeals to save or make the most of our iPoints! Alternatively you can make use of Bonus Rental cash holidays. International rentals are also available through iExchange. Sign up for our newsletter so you never miss out on a great deal.

Top Up iPoints

If you are a little short on iPoints for that dream getaway, Top Up iPoints is the perfect solution! You now have the option of "topping up" your iPoints balance to make sure you don't miss out on that great holiday because of a couple of iPoints. Ts & Cs apply.

This fantastic option is currently available only through our Call Centre, with an online launch coming soon!

Don't forget, you can already bank your 2018 weeks at most resorts, as most of the 2018 calendars have been released.

For more information or assistance with Topping Up iPoints and booking your next getaway, call us on 0861 iEXCHANGE (0861 439 242).


What is the Qualifying Criteria to Bank My Week?

June 19, 2017


Banking is easy and it's completely free! iExchange lets you exchange your existing timeshare units for accommodation in thousands of other resorts, locally and internationally. So how exactly do you bank your week?

  1. Make sure your levies are paid in full.
  2. Bank your week online or by giving us a call.
  3. If you bank your week more than 180 days before occupation we'll throw in 10% extra iPoints on top of the full value.
  4. Flexi week owners who bank their week in advance get first pickings of the best resorts across SA and abroad.
  5. Banking early means you have more time to prepare for your holiday and reap the rewards of great savings along the way.

Bank using the simple online iBank system. This puts your timeshare units 'into the bank' with everyone else's so before you bank your timeshare, we'll tell you how much it's worth in iPoints. We measure timeshare worth according to:

  • Time of year
  • Type of Accommodation
  • Location

Just remember... Banking is FREE! If you bank early we'll give you an extra 10% iPoints. Bank online today or call our expert consultants who will be able to assist. Call 0861 iEXCHANGE (0861 439 242)


Top Up iPoints

June 19, 2017


If you are a little short on iPoints for that dream getaway, Top Up iPoints is the perfect solution! You now have the option of "topping up" your iPoints balance to make sure you don't miss out on that great holiday because of a couple of iPoints. Ts & Cs apply
This fantastic option is currently available only through our call centre, with an online launch coming soon!

Don't forget, you can already bank your 2017 weeks at most resorts, as most of the 2017 calendars have been released.

For more information or assistance with Topping Up iPoints and booking your next getaway, call us on 0861 iEXCHANGE (0861 439 242).


Resort Feature: Seasons, Golf, Leisure and Spa

June 19, 2017


Seasons, Golf Leisure and Spa
Hartbeesfontein, North West

Embrace country charm and modern luxury at this lifestyle resort. Situated in the Greater Hartbeespoort area on the magnificent northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the resort boasts lovely panoramic views and tranquil surroundings. The resort is conveniently only 45 minutes from Pretoria and Sandton, and is an easy hour's drive to the Pilanesberg National Park. Seasons is the perfect golfing holiday spot, with a beautifully maintained 18-hole course set in idyllic, natural surroundings. It is the closest bushveld course from Johannesburg and the clubhouse has a fully stocked bar. Soothe all your worries away with a pampering treatment at the spa for a truly relaxing holiday, while the kiddies enjoy the water park and play area.


Why you need a beach holiday

June 19, 2017


As if you need an excuse to head to the coast and its stunning beaches, there are actually many health benefits from enjoying a seaside jaunt. These are just some of them:

Natural stress reliever. As soon as you kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes, your body will start to relax. With the sun on your face and the soothing sights and sounds of the ocean washing over you, you'll leave all your worries behind. It is no wonder that ocean sounds are a popular choice on sleeping machines, but there's just no substituting the real thing!

You'll sleep better. Having a unit right on the beach has its perks breathtaking views, spectacular sunsets and the soothing sound of the ocean right outside your window. And, since the beach helps relieve stress and lower your anxiety levels, you'll have no trouble getting a good night's sleep!

A chance to be active. If you want to stay fit during your holiday but aren't a fan of the gym, go to the beach instead and run, swim or paddle around the lagoon! Without realising it, you're actually exercising while having loads of fun! Also, simply walking on sand can give you quite a workout too!

Nature's very own spa. Not only will you get a chance to work on your tan, the sand is a natural exfoliator. Also, salt water does wonders for your skin as it is actually believed to have natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Remember to always wear sunscreen while you're out in the sun.

Re-connect with loved ones. Vacations have been proven to improve relationships and strengthen bonds between partners. Spend much needed quality time with your loved one, enjoy beach picnics or romantic beach walks at sunset!


Can I bank My 2018 Weeks Now?

June 19, 2017


Yes! Since the 2018 calendars have been released you can bank your 2018 weeks now and get an additional 10% iPoints. So make sure you have settled your levies and contact us today.


Must haves for your Berg holiday

May 17, 2017


Packing for the Berg

Making sure that you have everything you need before setting off on your Berg holiday is very important. While packing might be the least enjoyable, most stressful part of your holiday, leaving something essential behind could ruin the whole trip!

Also, packing a few days before your trip will take away the stress and eliminate the possibility of forgetting something. A checklist may help you organise better, so make one before you head off, and make sure these items are packed:

  • Contact details of your holiday accommodation
  • GPS so you won't get lost and a print out of Google maps as well as directions to your destination.
  • A good jacket because it can get really chilly up there!
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Chargers for your electronics and gadgets
  • Groceries for your self-catering holiday. Make sure you pack enough for the duration of your stay, especially if your resort is nowhere near a shop!

Winter Holiday Clothing

Space is a precious commodity so make sure you have enough room for souvenirs by ditching the bulky clothing. You can stay warm without having to pack an unwieldy jacket that not only takes up the entire bag, but is also only useful when it's really cold outside.

  • Whether you're going to a place where winters are mild or to a place prone to blizzards, packing certain essential items will help you enjoy your holiday.
  • Hats are a no brainer. A good hat should cover your ears and at least a part of your neck. If you're going to be spending time outside, a lightweight, waterproof hat might be more suitable.
  • Scarves make fantastic winter warmers as well as fashionable accessories. A scarf will keep the chill off of your neck and shoulders without adding unnecessary bulk to your bag.
  • The one heavy item that is non-negotiable is a sturdy pair of hiking boots. There are many that can take on the rough, rugged outdoors and yet still look good enough to wear with your dinner outfit.
  • When it comes to layering, keep it simple. A light, long sleeved shirt, a long-sleeved top and a jacket will have you covered.
  • Other accessories you should take are polarized sunglasses, sunscreen and a lip balm. If there's one thing that can ruin your holiday, it's nasty windburn.

Happy packing!


Using the iQuote Calculator

May 17, 2017


To see what you can get for your timeshare week with iExchange, try our iQuote Calculator and enter your ownership information. This will generate a real-time quote to show you how many iPoints we'll give you for your week!

iExchange allows timeshare owners to exchange their timeshare for iPoints. These iPoints can be used to access hundreds of local and thousands of international holiday resorts. And, because we have the largest exchange pool in southern Africa, iExchange offers timeshare owners more holiday destination choices than any other exchange provider.

We encourage you to use the iQuote calculator to work out the iPoints due to you according to the week you have to exchange with us. All accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria, and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation. iPoints are also the currency you use when you come to make a booking at the resort destination and in the timeframe that suits you.

If you bank your 2018 timeshare week(s) in 2017, you may use your iPoints as soon as it gets credited against your account. You're not limited to any factors like where and when you go on holiday or even how many people you can take. All that is required is that you have enough iPoints for your ideal holiday destination. You may even find a welcome surprise in the fact that your iPoints won't expire for 3 years.

Also remember, if you exchange one week for iPoints you won't be limited to only one exchange booking. Let's assume that you get 5000 iPoints for a specific week, you may use those iPoints for as many holidays as you can get from our special deals. For more on this, please view this detailed breakdown of where your timeshare weeks can take you when converted to iPoints.

Once you know what your week is worth in iPoints, click here to view our current iDeals and say hello to some of your future holiday destinations!


Resort Feature: Umhlanga Cabanas

April 20, 2017


Umhlanga Cabanas is a mere 10-minute drive north of Durban, and is located in the holiday resort village of Umhlanga Rocks. The modern units are well-equipped to ensure a memorable and super comfy holiday. Cool off in the pool or relax in the outdoor or indoor Jacuzzis while the kids have fun in the games room, or participate in the in-season entertainment programme. Meet and socialise with other guests at the weekly bring and braai. Umhlanga's famous lighthouse is synonymous to the area which offers a wealth of water sports, attractions and upmarket restaurants and accommodation. Gateway Theatre of Shopping, which is one of the largest malls in the continent and Sibaya Casino, are two of Umhlanga's major drawcards. Surf, tan, snorkel, scuba dive or simply explore the many rock pools teeming with life or go on a nature walk at a nearby reserve. There's so much to enjoy and savour on the sunny shores of the North Coast!


Tips for a safe journey

April 20, 2017


Going on holiday is a great time to make memories with the family, but the fun can quickly disappear when experiencing car troubles. For your own safety, and to prevent unnecessary expenses that eat into your holiday budget, follow these tips to ensure a safe and memorable journey when going away.

Our #1 concern - safety

If every driver on the road takes responsibility for their safety we'll have far less accidents on our country's roads. Make a check-list of everything that needs to be done. You can even make a game of this with your kids before you leave the house. This way they'll also be more aware of driving safety and that's a lesson they're never too young to learn.

  • Ensure that the driver is well rested. Don't drive when you're tired. Rather have your partner take over or arrange for a stop-over halfway on your journey.
  • Everyone in the car should wear their seatbelts.
  • Lock the doors.
  • Don't drink/eat and drive - Sip on water, juice or coffee to keep you alert and hydrated through the journey.
  • Stop often - pull over at a petrol station every two hours to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and to get you ready for the next stretch.
  • Allow enough space between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Don't speed! Keep to the speed signs along the road.

Your car should be in tip-top shape

  • Take your car for a service a month before your trip
  • Have your tyres and wheel alignment checked two weeks before your trip. As a final measure, also check your tyre pressure the day before the journey.
  • Check your oil and water the day before your trip and fill up your car's tank.
  • Make sure you have a spare tyre in the back and that it's in a good condition and not flat.
  • Ensure that your windows and side mirrors are clean and that your vision is in no way impaired.

Be prepared

  • Programme your GPS with the information of your destination the night before.
  • Have a map book ready just in case your GPS can't find your final destination.
  • Make sure your driver's licence is on you.
  • Have enough cash for toll fees.
  • Have a first-aid kit in your car and make sure it's fully stocked.
  • Have a copy of your confirmation letter with you as you'll need this when checking in at your resort.

Here's to happy and safe holiday!


Are you a Flexi Week Owner?

April 20, 2017


The first quarter has come and gone and if you haven't banked your flexi week/s yet, it's a good idea to do so right now! If you don't set your flexi week/s prior to banking with iExchange, you grant us permission to set the week on your behalf and iPoints will be based on this set week. If you want to make sure that you get the particular week you want for maximum iPoints, it is best that you set your week yourself. If you need help with setting your flexi week, give us a call on 0861 439 242 and we will happily assist! Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking is super easy! Here's how:


Planning Ahead

April 20, 2017


A little planning goes a long way, especially when it comes to holidays! Getaways are few and far between and making sure things go as planned will mean you'll have more time for fun! Most of the resort calendars have been released this year, so bank, browse and book your next exciting holiday with iExchange!


Bonus Rentals: Giving you more holiday for less

March 20, 2017


Some of our Members prefer to save their iPoints for a longer holiday during the Festive Season or perhaps even for an overseas adventure. However, this doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice on shorter weekend or midweek getaways. For this reason, iExchange offers our members Bonus Rentals. Bonus Rentals are accommodation offered to our members on cash booking basis at short notice (typically three weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected resorts. Contact us to find out more and to get a quote.

One-Stop-Travel-Shop

Making arrangements for your next holiday has just become a bit easier. We strive to offer our members a One-Stop-Travel-Shop where you can book your accommodation, flights and car hire in once easy process. We have partnered with First Car Rental to bring our members discounted offers on car hire. Simply book your car hire online to automatically qualify for these competitive rates or give us a call on 0861 439 242. For help with air tickets call us on 0861 439 242 or email us your travel dates as well as departure and arrival airport.

Benefits Of Banking Your Week Early

With iExchange you always get a little extra just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday! For this reason we award those owners who bank their week early by giving them 10% extra iPoints.

Here's how we calculate this:

  • If you bank your week 180 days or more before your occupation date we will give you an additional 10% iPoints value. That's great value for money!
  • Alternatively if you bank your timeshare week anywhere from 60 to 179 days before your occupation date you will get your full iPoints value.
  • From then onwards you would get 80% iPoints value for 39 - 59 days before, 60% for 29 to 38 days before and from 0 to 28 days before, you would be putting your iPoints value at risk.

So, be sure to get the best value for your week and bank early.


Keeping the Kids Entertained on Rainy Holiday Days

March 20, 2017


Rainy days during your holiday may seem like a cosy day indoors to some, but not so much to our children that want to be up and about outside! This may seem like the biggest misfortune but it can be fun, you just need to make the most of it! There are a lot of fun activities that can take place in the comfort of your own holiday unit. Some of these require some planning, so make sure to prepare for these days when packing for your holiday.

Here are some fun ideas the whole family can enjoy:

Have an indoor Easter egg hunt! You can plan for this by hiding some yummy Easter eggs in your unit while the kids are sleeping. Remember to keep count of all the eggs that have been hidden and found! For extra fun, hide a gold egg with a reward card inside. This can be a reward card that says You won a milkshake at your favourite restaurant! and let them hunt for their treats. Have some baskets or buckets on hand for the little ones to carry their bounty in!

Play a game. Bunny, Bunny, Hop. This game is like duck, duck, goose with a hop. Change the words to bunny as you tap each child and hop when one child is selected. Instead of running around the circle, players hop with their feet together.

Board games. Pack your family's favourite games and put some rewards in place. For example, the winner gets a chocolate, the first person to go down a snake or up a ladder gets two marshmallows; the first person to build a hotel in Monopoly gets an extra scoop of ice cream, etc. If you don't have the extra boot space to pack in your favourite games, why not ask Reception for a board game or two?

Get into the kitchen. Get some ingredients for no-bake treats like Rice Krispies Squares or S'mores and have the kids help you make it. Alternatively, take out some pizza topping ingredients and have them build their own pizzas.

Have an indoor picnic. If you and the kids don't particularly have a sweet tooth, why not chop up some fresh fruit and veg, grab some crackers and cheese and get comfy with your mini snacks on a blanket in the lounge area just like a picnic! You could even pop a movie on while you snack.

Have a dance competition. Put on some music and have a dance competition. This is a great way to get little bodies active (and burn a few calories yourself!). Put on their favourite music and have fun!

Build a fort. I think most of us fondly remember our own childhood memories of building blanket forts during the holidays! Give them some blankets and pillows and get creative. Let them sleep in it that night as an added reward.

Family day. Pack some family favourite movies and spend the day snuggled under the blankets watching them. If you're looking to keep the kids a bit busier and stimulated then you should consider packing items such as colouring-in books and crayons, puzzles, Lego and craft supplies.


Romantic Ideas for the Month of Love

February 21, 2017


Valentine's Day is an awesome opportunity to show those we care about just how much we love them, but what about after the fact? We encourage you to embrace the other 364 days of love in a year and this year we challenge you to treat your partner to a series of small indulgences and romantic events in the wake of the "big day".

1. MAKE A COUPLE'S TIME CAPSULE 
Make a video in which you each share your thoughts and feelings about your partner at this moment in time, and put a reminder in your diary to revisit it in a year's time. Add some pictures and keepsakes to remind yourself of all the special moments you've shared. Top tip: Start by telling the story of how you met!

2. WRITE A LOVE LETTER
Nothing says "I love you" quite like a hand-written letter because when you put pen to paper you put a little bit of yourself into that missive. It doesn't have to be a Shakespearean sonnet to be effective - a few simple lines about why you love them and how they've changed your life is all it takes.

3. WHIP UP THEIR FAVOURITE MEAL
We all have that one dish, meal or treat that makes us woozy with longing, whether it be a fragrant curry, an indulgent chocolate cake or a burger with all the trimmings. Put on that apron, find the recipe and treat your partner to a home-made version of their best-loved meal. Make it extra special by decorating the table and putting on some of their favourite music.

4. DO SOMETHING DARING
Today is the day to get the adrenaline pumping! Schedule a date at a shooting gallery, go down a zip line, try out surfing or really push out the boat and splurge on shark cage diving or a ballooning expedition.

5. HAVE A MOVIE NIGHT
Choose a movie and create a fun theme night around it. For instance, you could watch La Dolce Vita, The Godfather or Roman Holiday and turn it into an Italian affair! Make some pasta from scratch, get a bottle of Italian wine and speak in Italian accents as you camp out in front of the TV.

6. CREATE A ROMANTIC TREASURE HUNT
Send your partner on a tantalising scavenger hunt around your house, yard, neighbourhood or city. Depending on how much time you have, you could involve your neighbours, local business owners or friends, who could provide clues or run interference. Bonus points if you could make each stop along the way a place that holds special significance for you as a couple!

7. HAVE A GAMES NIGHT
Get silly and up the stakes with some good old-fashioned gaming. This could be anything from Monopoly or chess, to video games or poker.

8. UNPLUG AND GET AWAY
The saying goes that a change is as good as a holiday, and nothing rings more true. Book a weekend or evening at one of your favourite getaways, put off your phones and indulge in some uninterrupted couple time. Wherever you end up going, make a point of shutting out the world and making time to focus on one another.

9. HEAD FOR THE HILLS
South Africa has some of the most beautiful trails in the world, so lace up those boots and head for the hills to enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner. If you aren't all that keen on bushwhacking, you could always just go for a nice long stroll along the beach or even opt for an urban hike - a walk through your city or hometown with a map from the tourism board that points out cool places of interest.

10. FLEX THOSE MIND MUSCLES
Do you know what's super sexy? Personal growth! This year, make a point of making time for a course or new hobby that you can enjoy with your partner. Go on a couples cooking course, learn how to make your own wine, teach yourself one of the 11 official South African languages, or, learn how to turn your garden into an organic food-producing machine. Whatever you choose, just make sure that you're having fun while you do it.

11. HEAD TO A MARKET
Looking for a date idea that the whole family will enjoy? South Africa's abundance of fresh produce and innovative producers mean we have a wide variety of family-friendly fresh good markets that take place all over this fair country of ours. Find one in your vicinity, pack a picnic blanket and some sunscreen and go spend the day in the fresh air. There will be plenty of tasty treats to try and you'll easily find the makings of an ad hoc picnic.


iBank and WIN!

February 21, 2017


Are you looking to make your new year an extra sweet treat? iExchange has got your back! iBank your 2017 week/s with iExchange, and stand a chance to win a pair of binoculars, perfect for spotting action on the ocean and those safari getaways! All you need to qualify is to make sure your 2017 levies are paid up and to bank your week with iExchange between now and 31 March 2017, yup, it's that simple! Want some extra entries? Like our Facebook page to find out more! Contact us for more information on iBanking your week. (Ts & Cs apply).


iBank Your 2017 Flexi Weeks!

February 21, 2017


iBanking is easy! Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking your week early with iExchange means you'll get more than you bargained for and these days every little bit helps. So, how do you go about banking your week to get more iPoints?

1. Make sure your levies are paid in full.
2. Bank your week online or by giving us a call on 0861 439 242
3. If you bank your week more than 180 days before occupation we'll throw in 10% extra iPoints on top of the full value.
4. Flexi week owners who bank their week in advance get first pickings on the best resorts across SA and abroad.
5. Banking early means you have more time to prepare for your holiday and save for all those indulgences that usually go with holiday.

Note to Flexi week owners: Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with iExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get your maximum iPoints.


Make the Most of Your Romantic Getaway

January 23, 2017


It's that time of the year again when you don't need a reason to put your feet up and pack off to an exotic destination with your loved ones! If you are planning to spend some quality time with your beloved this Valentine's Day, then we suggest you experiment with these super sweet romantic ideas to keep them glued to you. Indulge, refresh and feel rejuvenated this holiday season with your partner!

Watch the sunset:

Nothing beats watching the sun go down together - whether you are lazing by the sea or from the top of a mountain! Take a little meander down to the perfect viewing spot whilst holding hands and catch the sunset with the love of your life this vacation. Give in to the moment as it's an experience that the two of you will treasure for years to come.

Flirt: 

When was the last time you made eye contact with your partner and allowed the moment to linger? With innumerable commitments at work and home, we usually don't find any time to play with that special someone in our lives. This time when you are spending some relaxation time with your significant other at an exotic beach, mountain or bush escape; take them by surprise by flirting with them!

Pamper yourselves:

Who doesn't like to be pampered on a holiday? The two of you can indulge in a soothing body massage after you are done with sightseeing. Look for interesting spa treatments at the resort or look around for a salon that offers couples' massages. Treat yourselves to a rejuvenating experience!

Dine at a fancy restaurant:

Treat yourselves to an evening of fine dining where you can dress up and indulge in some really great food and wine while chatting about your holiday experiences and generally catching up on the little things you may have missed while you were busy with work and life in general. Ditch your cell phones so your attention isn't elsewhere.

Document your memories:

Like any other occasion, don't forget to lock your memories down by taking photographs during your holiday. And we don't mean you go on a clicking spree capturing only the sights and scenery! Ask a passer-by to take a few photographs of the two of you holding each other close or simply pose for each other! Even if you feel a little silly, take those couples selfies and capture all of your precious moments together.

Whatever you may choose to do this Valentine's Day, take a moment to let those closest to you know just how much you love and appreciate them.


Bank Your 2017 Weeks!

January 23, 2017


It's time to start thinking about your 2017 holiday plans and where your timeshare weeks will take you and we want to show you what you can get for it when banking with iExchange! The most important thing to remember is that we give you 10% extra iPoints if you bank your week 180 days or more in advance. Now that's a deal you'd be silly to miss out on - the early bird certainly does catch the worm and that 10% can make the world of difference in being able to afford an extra weekend or midweek break during the year.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about banking:

How does the banking process work?

1. Provide us with details about your Ownership either via our website or our Call Centre.

2. We'll confirm your ownership details and provide you with a quote that is valid for 2 days.

3. On the quote we'll detail how many iPoints you're eligible for in exchange for your week.

4. If you accept the quote, your iPoints will be credited to your account and you can book your next holiday.

How many weeks can I bank?

iExchange will accept up to 8 conventional timeshare weeks from one owner.

How long in advance can I bank?

Once your home resort calendar year has been released and your resort levy has been settled you can bank your week online or call us to assist with the process.

How do I bank a flexi week?

Should you own a flexi week and have not set the week prior to banking it with iExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.

This is banking in a nutshell! If you have any further questions, read more about the process on our website or contact our Call Centre on 0861 439 242.


iBank and WIN!

January 23, 2017


Are you looking to make your new year an extra sweet treat? iExchange has got your back! If you've paid up your 2017 levies iBank your 2017 week/s with iExchange, and stand a chance to win a Cricket Cooler valued at R1 000! All you need to qualify is to make sure your 2017 levies are paid up and to bank your week with iExchange between now and 31 January 2017, yup, it's that simple! Want some extra entries? Like our Facebook page to find out more! Contact us for more information on iBanking your week. (Ts & Cs apply)


Can I make a booking whilst banking my vacation ownership?

December 15, 2016


Should you wish to make a booking at the same time as the banking of your vacation ownership, your booking will be placed on "provisional" status until the banking has been verified. Once that is done and you have paid for your provisional booking we will send you a confirmation of your booking. Alternatively you could provide us with proof of levy payment to your home resort. This speeds up the process considerably, making it possible to bank, book and pay in one call. We'll send you your confirmation and you're A for AWAY!


Out With the Old and In With New!

December 15, 2016


Make 2017 the Year of Possibilities and Positivity!

We know you're gearing up for a wonderful holiday season and something to keep in mind is that the new year is almost upon us. This gives us the perfect opportunity to reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during this new year. With that in mind, we have some New Year ideas and exercises for you!

1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement:
My purpose is_______________________.

3. Take a morning walk of gratitude. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you are going.

5. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out debit card.

6. Transform adversity into success by deciding that change is not your enemy but your friend. In the challenge, discover the opportunity.

7. Make a difference in the lives of others.

8. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, toxic people, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

11. Live with the 3 E's.

Energy
Enthusiasm
Empathy

12. Remember there's no substitute for hard work.

13. Zoom Focus.
Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: "What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?" Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

14. Instead of complaining about situations, focus on solutions. It's the key to innovation.

15. Read more books than you did in 2016.

16. Learn from mistakes and experiences and let them teach you to make positive changes.

17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to."
Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is an awesome gift, not an obligation.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:

I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants and it costs you nothing. :)

20. Enjoy the journey. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy every moment.


If I have banked my week with iExchange can I take it back again if I change my mind?

November 18, 2016


As soon as you bank a week it goes straight into our inventory pool for someone else to book for their own holiday. So, taking it back again is simply not a possibility. In saying that, we ALWAYS urge you to be very sure that you do not want to use your own week before you bank it.


Ideas for Yummy and Easy Self-catering Meals

November 15, 2016


Last month we tackled budgeting for your upcoming self-catering holiday as they are great and, quite frankly, are preferred by most, but it also means saving on expensive restaurant bills. This month we've compiled a list of some great ways to keep everyone's tummy full and satisfied, helping you make the most of your holiday with a little planning.

Make a list

Make a list of things you have at home that you will need to pack. This includes items that you know you'll use every day such as spices, condiments, long-life milk, margarine, coffee, tea and so forth as the resorts don't stock grocery items. Remember that we tend to eat differently when on holiday so you may not need to take quite as much rice or potatoes as you think!

Plan your meals

Do a rough meal schedule. You will most likely not stick to a definite plan so make this list with changes in mind. You might end up having some leftovers for breakfast or lunch or you may decide to pop out for dinner instead. However, doing a meal schedule will help you with your packing and grocery shopping and eliminate unnecessary ingredients and spending.

Cook and freeze

Before going on holiday cook a few family favourites to freeze and take it with you on holiday. This is perfect when coming back to your unit after a long and busy day of sight-seeing and activities!

Get the kids involved

Any mom would tell you that there is nothing better than having a night off from cooking. If your kids are old enough put them in charge of dinner for a couple of nights. Think hot dog or burger evenings where the kids can prepare the food or get them to put out the ingredients for a "build your own salad" night.

Take care of lunch

Lunch can be the most difficult meal of the day when on holiday. As days are often spent out and about you can either grab something whilst exploring the local area or make sure that there are easy-to-make options available when going back to your unit. Think sandwiches or wraps with cold meats, left-overs from the night before or a ready-to-eat meal or two. Alternatively, have a really hearty brunch to fuel your day and skip lunch altogether!

A quick list of holiday favourite meals

Pizza and burgers: Take-aways or build your own options are quick, easy and scrumptious!
Hot dogs: This is a super easy and an affordable option. You can give a new twist to an old favourite by experimenting with new toppings.
Braai: South Africans don't need an excuse to braai! Nothing is better than ending the day around a fire alongside great company and a great meal.
Salad: Snacking all day and having breakfast and lunch a little later than usual may mean you're not too hungry when it comes to dinner. Cut up some smoked chicken breasts to add substance to a green salad or make a yummy tuna pasta salad.


Money Saving Tips for a Self-catering Holiday

October 21, 2016


Keeping the family amused during the holidays can end up being expensive and for all South Africans feeling the pinch, now is the time to see if you can find some low-cost days out and activities to keep everyone entertained. It is also reassuring to know that it is possible to enjoy a destination family holiday without breaking the bank!

With a bit of forward planning and some savvy money-saving it is possible to dodge high prices and still have a good time. That being said, we have rounded-up some ideas to help you save money over the holidays!

  • Download free apps to find cheap local hot spots
    This is a great way to find out what is happening in and around the area you're staying in as well as special events and promotions.
  • Do some research online
    Researching the areas cultural offerings ahead of time, such as museums, parks, botanical gardens, zoos and other local area attractions can offer a wide variety of things to do on a day out and about with little to no added cost, depending on your venue of choice, of course.
  • Stock up on gift certificates or vouchers
    If you have been hanging onto a gift card because you're not too sure what to do with it, or happen to see a clipping in a magazine or online coupon whilst browsing online, save them! These little discounts can be a saving grace on your credit card, especially if they're for eateries.
  • Plan and budget your food spend before your holiday
    You can quite literally save hundreds of rands by taking full advantage of your self-catering accommodation and preparing meals for your family instead of eating out every day whilst on holiday. Being able to plan and purchase your needed groceries is a massive timesaver and cuts down on unnecessary spending when out on the town. Make the activity fun by involving everyone and letting them pick meals for certain nights, switching up who gets to cook and letting the kids participate.
  • Skip the souvenirs - take photos instead!
    I know, it's so very tempting to buy that fridge magnet or odd little trinket, but let's be honest, what do you do with it after the fact? If you're buying it as a gift, chances are it will just be collecting dust at your friends' and relatives' houses. If you really want to remember your trip and all of the awesome memories you created, take photos. As long as you have a phone with a camera or your own personal camera, this is completely free and you get to share the experience for everyone to enjoy when you post it on social media.
  • Research airline fees
    If you're planning on flying to your destination, do some research and compare airline carriers to see who can offer you the best price on your selected dates. The first option you see isn't always necessarily the best one! It's also handy to check if there are added charges to your luggage and what restrictions might be in place that could affect your choices.
  • Research alternative routes to your destination
    Toll fees and fuel cost can rack up your bills pretty quickly so jumping online and searching for alternative routes can really make the world of difference. Just be sure you're not compromising on your petrol budget by taking the long way around to skip a toll booth!
  • Travelling in a group can cut costs
    Consider travelling with another family or a group of friends and splitting the costs on necessities such as fuel, food and accommodation.
  • Do all of the free stuff
    Going to the beach, local dam, park, mountain hikes or exploring the natural landscapes with a picnic basket are fantastic ways to keep busy and relax at no extra cost.
  • Make use of your destinations onsite facilities
    Many resorts have swimming pools, Jacuzzis, Putt-Putt courses, games rooms and playgrounds which are great for relaxing and keeping the kids entertained, the best part is that most of these facilities, if on offer, are inclusive of your accommodation.

What happens if I own a Flexi week?

October 21, 2016


Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with iExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.


Must do's in Namibia!

September 14, 2016

Namibia is a sprawling plain of beautiful natural deserts, protected natural environments, diverse wildlife, many different cultures and gorgeous oceans. This is an exotic mix of attractions that can't help but stir one's soul into action. It was no easy task as there is just so much to choose from, but we narrowed a list down to the top must do's when visiting this bucket list destination!

Did you know: Namibia was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution.

Walvis Bay Waterfront
Besides the major attraction of the pink-tinged flamingos lining the shallows in their hundreds and thousands during the winter months, Walvis Bay's Waterfront - which was recently extended - is an exciting and attractive venue. Once only a few structures along the water's edge, consisting of one or two shops and places to eat, it now includes a sparkling new section featuring restaurants, a bar, art gallery and coffee shop.

Thankfully the character of the original Waterfront, with its Anchors Restaurant, smattering of pelicans waddling along the paths, and boats bobbing in the water, still remains. The larger venue now provides the visitor with a wider selection of delights, putting the Waterfront on the map as the place to visit in Walvis Bay and giving the harbour town a new face and character as a tourist destination. Hidden behind the Walvis Bay Yacht Club, it is an unexpected laid-back gem. Bamboo wind chimes clink in the breeze, water ripples below wooden decks, and woven cane chairs offer places to sit, sip on excellent coffee and stare out into the bay in gleeful reverie as a happy beat wafts over from the bar.

Okakambe Trails
Meaning 'horse' in the local Herero and Oshivambo languages, Okakambe specialises in horse riding and trekking through the desert. The German owner cares immensely for her horses, so you can be assured that they're well fed and looked after. Prices for a one-hour solo ride along the Swakop River to the Moon Landscape start at N$460, but discounts are available for larger groups and longer outings.

Pelican Point Kayaking
Every morning, the kayaks are packed and Pelican Point Kayaking joins the seals and dolphins for a paddle at the tip of the remote Pelican Point peninsula. On the 4x4 drive to the Kayaking site, you get to see the Walvis Bay wetlands with plenty of bird spotting opportunities, including species such as Flamingos and Pelicans, and the famous Walvis Bay salt mine which is one of the biggest in the world.

Pelican Point provides a home to up to 50 000 Cape Fur Seals, lots of Heaviside's and Bottlenose Dolphins, Black-backed Jackals, Flamingos, Pelicans and even the Brown Hyena. The Pelican Point lighthouse, erected nearly 100 years ago, still casts a guiding light for sailors during the night. The seals are very playful and curious, and love to interact with the kayaks. Usually they come up to the crafts to play with the paddles and to splash water. On a kayak, you become part of the ocean without disturbing the wildlife. The animals do not see the paddlers as a threat in any way, and therefore give you the opportunity to enjoy them 100% in their natural state.

Levo Dolphin and Seal Cruises
The dynamic & professional service combined with their passion for marine life and its diversity culminates in the distinguished and interesting content of the tours offered by Levo Tours since 1990. They offer a variety of tours such as a Dolphin & Seal Cruise, Beach Fishing and Deep Sea Fishing to name a few. Their enviable reputation for catering for the exact needs and requirements of this growing travel trend and those of their customers makes them a proud, established charter service.

Dune 7 Adventures
Dune 7 Adventures proudly offers exhilarating Quad Bike Tours through the Namib Dune belt consisting of some of the highest dunes in the world with magnificent and spectacular views. Feel this extreme freedom for yourself while riding through one of nature's greatest wildernesses and explore the spectacular views that the vast Namib desert has to offer.

Should you want to experience the awesome power of gravity in a new way, let them take you on a dune boarding experience you will never forget. For an unconventional and increasingly popular way to get down the Namib Dunes, strap a sand board to your feet or slide down on your stomach to the bottom! Dune 7 Adventures strongly supports the responsible use of the environment, and although their tours are adventure activities, they respect the environment and wildlife at all times.

If you're feeling like an adventure, book one of their experienced and professional guides to take you through the Namib Dune belt on their popular eco friendly, quad bike tours. No prior experience with riding Quad Bikes is required. Using their professional guides you can bring your own quad bike or rent a quad bike from them. Dune 7 Adventures offers a safe environment so treat the whole family and experience the Namib desert in a fun-filled educational way!

Sandwich Harbour 4x4
Sandwich Harbour, part of the Namib Naukluft Park, is a place many have heard of but very few have ever visited. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breath-taking scenery and unique landscapes, just waiting to be discovered!

Tours start every morning at 10h00 at the Sandwich Harbour 4x4 office in Walvis Bay. After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingos, the drive to Sandwich takes you to the first dunes and the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen.  Beautiful dunes have to be crossed to get to Sandwich Harbour. Weather and tides permitting, the drive carries on right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Africa's richest and most unique wetlands. Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, potable water seeping from the underground aquifer sustains the freshwater vegetation at the base of the dunes.

Don't worry if the Sandwich Harbour route is inaccessible because of the tides, you will still get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of the many beautiful lookout spots from above.

Kristall Galerie
Home of the World's largest Quartz crystal cluster on display, the original inspiration for the Kristall Galerie, The Kristall Galerie is the result of a man of passion, enthusiasm and vision, Johannes Adolf Kleynhans. What started out as a hobby, collecting stones and studying them, became a lifelong desire to collect all of the beautiful gems under creation. The Kristall Galerie, founded in 1998, has been designed for you to share in and discover some of the earth's most beautiful masterpieces - a fascinating display of crystals and gemstones.

Swakopmund Museum
The Swakopmund Museum was founded in 1951 by dentist Dr. Alfons Weber. It is the largest privately run museum in Namibia. On display are various types of indigenous plants, animals, minerals, an archaeological exhibition, the transport system of old and a variety of cultural historical objects. A one-of-a-kind educational exhibition "People of Namibia" is an interesting and insightful exhibition which focuses on the traditional heritage of the different ethnic groups of Namibia.

Swakopmund Camel Farm
The Swakopmund Camel Farm is based just 12kms outside Swakopmund and is the perfect place to escape for a unique outing. The farm was established some 30 years ago along the Swakop River Valley and is home to a caravan of camels, a traditional farm yard with cows, chickens, geese and donkeys. The camel rides are great fun for all ages, you're welcome as a visitor on your own or as a larger group, and remember, that it is a wonderful time even if there is hot or cold wind blowing. The farm even has an indigenous desert garden with a collection of unique Namibian flora.

Long Beach
Only 5 minutes (1.8 km) from Sandpiper Dunes, Long Beach, is a 15-kilometre stretch of sandy beach situated on the Atlantic coast of the country half way between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The beach is sheltered from the prevailing southwest wind and storms by Pelican Point, a promontory behind which the harbour of Walvis Bay is situated. Long Beach has a gradual gradient into the surf and is safe for swimming.

At the southern end of Long Beach a small resort has gradually developed sporting a jetty and promenade, picnic spots and a restaurant. A small cluster of houses has been built here. Long Beach is a truly wonderful beach to visit. It is wild and uncluttered by tourists. The view from the beach is one of unbroken sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see. Sunsets seen from the beach can be really magnificent. Bird lovers may be lucky to see the rare Damara Tern, which breeds and roosts in the area.

National Marine Aquarium
The goals of the National Marine Aquarium are to spread information about Namibian marine life and to enhance knowledge about the sensitivity and complexity of the Benguela system. Species that can be seen at the aquarium include Galjoen, West Coast Steenbras, Baardman, Ragged-tooth Shark, Shyshark, Kipfish, African Penguin, Cape Cormorant, Blacktail, Redfingers, Horse Mackarel, Octopus, Green Turtle, Pipefish, Hermit Crab, Kelp Gull, White Pelican, Anemone, Horseshoe Sea Cucumber, Spotted Grunter, Mullet, Spotted Gully Shark, Blue-spotted Ray, Sand Shrimp, Crumb-of-bread Sponge, Silver Kob, Barbel, Houndshark, Eagle, Ray, Hawksbill Turtle, Three-spot swimming Crab, Red Crab and Cape Fur Seal.

Dolphin Tours Namibia
Be enthralled by the pelicans and sea gulls whilst enjoying sparkling wine, drinks, snacks and fresh Namibian oysters whilst experiencing dolphins at play as they swim alongside the La Rochelle. Treasure up to four hours of a luxury cruise on one of Africa's most unique and rich wetlands, while taking in the marine and bird life in true style. Bottlenose Dolphins, Heaviside's Dolphins (endemic to the west coast of Africa), Whales, Sunfish (Mola), Leatherback Turtles, Flamingos and numerous birds can be spotted on these tours. During this four hour trip you will also explore historical coastal sites, the bird island and oyster farms whilst Duan and his crew entertain and spoil you with friendly Namibian hospitality. It's also any photographer's dream come true!

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park's main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. Etosha is one of Africa's most popular wildlife parks and the concentration of big game around the waterholes makes game viewing incredibly rewarding. In fact, you won't have too far to see Lions, Elephants, Rhinos and any number of Antelope and Zebra quenching their thirst.

If you love taking plenty of photos while on holiday this is a dream destination for you! No matter which attraction you choose, there absolutely is something entertaining for everyone. Have your cameras ready, and your expectations high, Namibia is a land that simply does not disappoint!


Resort Feature: Sandpiper Dunes
Langstrand, Namibia

September 14, 2016

Resort Feature: Sandpiper Dunes

Halfway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Sandpiper Dunes is the ideal place to set up a base from which you can explore the famed rolling sand dunes of Namibia. Sandpiper Dunes blends perfectly with the surrounding desert. This gorgeous holiday resort caters for all modern conveniences while ensuring the opportunity to get as close to this sandy natural environment as you can.

Sandpiper Dunes is made up of 20 luxurious units and each unit offers all of the essential facilities needed for a self-catering holiday, with the added benefit being able to step out of your unit straight onto the beautiful natural desert. This provides many opportunities to have a fun and relaxing holiday, perfect for vacationers of any age!

The resort features a host of leisure activities, such as a swimming pool and games room for those lazy, sun-filled afternoons, with the beach just being a stone's throw away. There is a play area for the kids, and with the chance to kick back and do a little fishing. You're sure to be entertained and provided with ample time to relax during your stay.

The resort also offers WiFi (at a nominal fee) which means that you'll still be able to message your loved ones back home with priceless pictures of the beautiful sunsets and precious holiday memories. Outside of the resort itself, there are plenty of activities to fill up your days. Whether you head to the Walvis Bay Museum, hike one of the fantastic Okakambe Trails, try one of the Pelican Tours or go for a little artistic enrichment at the Kristall Galerie, there is something entertaining for everyone.

Each unit comes with the option of satellite television, allowing you to tune in to your favourite DSTV shows. The resort offers housekeeping services (excluding Sundays and public holidays), and laundry services. Spacious and open-plan, the two bedroom units also come with their own enclosed patio and braai area.


Resort Feature: Modumela Lodge
Francistown, East Botswana

September 14, 2016

Resort Feature: Modumela Lodge

Modumela Lodge is situate about 70km from Francistown in Botswana and offers guests the absolute best of the beautiful African destination that is Botswana. With a landscape that overlooks the banks of a dam and access to 1750 hectares of privately owned land, you will definitely be able to enjoy nature walks, swimming and game drives.

Going on holiday in Botswana is akin to coming home to tranquillity, this comfortable lodge offers a truly African bush experience. Modumela is named after the indigenous Modumela tree, which surrounds the resort. The main Lodge, which is surrounded by many indigenous trees, comprises of a home-like dining room, bar and shop which overlook a scenic dam.

Offering game drives, birding, nature walks, swimming and orienteering, Modumela is a "must do" destination for the whole family. Modumela offers comfort, relaxation, peace and great hospitality to anyone longing for a back-to-nature retreat. Guests with their own 4x4 vehicle are welcome to take themselves on game drives around the expansive property.

The fully furnished, self-catering chalets at the resort are set in rustic thatched log cabins, each with en-suite bathrooms. There are fantastic onsite facilities and activities such as a swimming pool, board games, fishing, volleyball, mountain biking, braai facilities, nature walks and game drives to keep you entertained.

Modumela has an extensive list of animal sightings at the resort, and approximately 30 animal species have been recorded on the property, including Honey Badger, Impala, Kudu, Black-backed Jackal, Civet, Steenbok, Duiker, African Wild Cat, Caracal, Zebra, Reedbuck, Springhare, Scrub Hare, Wildebeest, Warthog, Eland, Brown Hyena and Hartebeest.

If you're looking for something to do off-site, the North East District of Botswana has a rich history and historical places of interest are visited on some of the resorts day trips into the surrounding areas. Other activities of interest include viewing the local traditional dancers and drummers, the giant African Rock Fig tree, the Domboshaba ruins, the Nata Bird Sanctuary, the Sowa Pan and local golf courses.


Day Tripping to Lesotho

August 19, 2016

Lesotho is an incredibly underrated tourist destination, with all of its land lying at altitudes in excess of 1400m above sea-level, it is a land of heights and extremes; Lesotho offers breathtaking mountain vistas, awesome adventures and fascinating culture.

Adventure awaits you in the Mountain Kingdom with a range of activities on land, on the snow and in the water. Lesotho is famous for its spectacular scenic beauty branded by majestic mountain ranges, towering peaks, a rich variety of flora and fauna, crystal clear streams, surging waterfalls, diverse culture and a snow blanket seen high in the mountains across the country in winter. While travelling around the country, visitors will come across the various forms of crafts that are handmade by Basotho.

Here are some of the most popular and highly recommended places to visit in Lesotho, as well as some local favourite foods and travel must haves to get into the country:

Maletsunyane Falls
In the Lesotho highlands it is Southern Africa's highest single drop waterfall. If you're very adventurous you could also do the world's highest commercial abseil off the 200m high cliff! It is located close to Semonkong.

Morija
This quaint little town boasts a haven of tourist attractions from its great Morija Museum, to hiking trails that lead to fossilised dinosaur footprints, to a Royal Village, art centre, printing works, historic gravesites and schools, pony trekking, bird watching, picnicking sites, mountain biking, arts and cultural festivals and sporting events. You are spoilt for choice at this destination!

Highest Pub in Africa
Enjoy sipping an ice cold local Maluti beer (made by Maluti Mountain Brewery - Lesotho's one and only brewery) at the pub that claims to be the highest in Africa, situated a breezy 2 874m above sea level. They offer a great menu of assorted beverages and meals, with amazing views that look out over the Sani Pass below.

Katse Dam
The stunning 185m dam wall is part of a larger water scheme to sell water to South Africa and produce electricity for Lesotho. The beauty of this award-winning feat of engineering is eclipsed, however, by the surrounding mountains and rural countryside. Tours start from the visitor centre; with its bright blue roof, you can't miss it. You will need to pay for a tour per person and they take about an hour, starting at 9am or 2pm on weekdays and 11am on weekends.

Thaba Bosiu
The mountain stronghold where the great warrior and diplomat King Moeshoeshoe the Great established the Kingdom of Lesotho, fighting off wave after wave of attacks by white settlers and hostile African armies. Still today, the Kings and Queens of Lesotho are buried here. Today, Thaba Bosiu is a National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tsehlanyane National Park
One of only two national parks in Lesotho, which makes up an integral part of the greater Maloti/Drakensberg Transfrontier Park. This park is linked to the Bokong Nature Reserve by a two-day mountain hiking trail. Lying further north, it is also reachable by tar roads. One passes beautiful villages, and here indigenous "Chi-chi" trees of significant size are preserved. The Berg Bamboo is also the host plant for an endangered butterfly species.

AfriSki
Yes, you can ski and snowboard in Africa! Take a shuttle to the Afri Ski resort in Lesotho, with guides who have all the experience needed to advise you at the ski resort and on the slope. The Clarens Xtreme shuttle leaves every morning at 06:30 and arrives back in Clarens at 20:00. Afri Ski has a 1km ski run and a snowboard park.

Good to Know...

Languages
Sesotho (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa

Money
Lesotho's currency, the Loti (or Maloti), is equal to the South African Rand (ZAR). South African currency is accepted everywhere, so there is no need to change money. However you will get Maloti in change (unless you ask) which can be difficult to change in South Africa. There are ATMs at banks in most towns, but not elsewhere. Most banks will change travellers cheques for you, but it can be a very lengthy process if they're in any other currency than Rands (ZAR) and credit cards are unfortunately not widely accepted.

Visa
Citizens of most Commonwealth countries, Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, European states and the US will be granted a free entry permit, valid for 30 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least another six months and you need at least two blank pages. The proof of a return or onward ticket or your future travel plans might be asked, but this should not be a problem. If you're unsure about whether you may need a visa, check here!

Climate
The weather conditions in summer are ideal for enjoying the outdoors. Rain, however, will also fall during these months. Temperatures range between 18C and 30C, from the coolness of the highlands to the warmth of the lowlands.

The winters, however, can be very cold and any outdoor activities, especially in the highlands, should be avoided.


Resort Feature: Kiara Lodge
Clarens, Northern Drakensberg

August 19, 2016

Resort Feature: Kiara Lodge

Kiara Lodge is nestled in the strikingly beautiful Maluti Mountains. This is definitely one of the more beautiful places found in South Africa and it is in this picturesque scene, between the Golden Gate Reserve and the quaint village of Clarens, that Kiara Lodge is found and a host of activities, spa treatments, luxurious accommodation, scrumptious meals and holiday memories take place.

Offering an all-encompassing retreat for vacationers of all ages, Kiara Lodge has easy access to all the nearby attractions, along with a host of its own. Kiara lodge has recently built a stunning new state-of-the-art children's games room, perfect for keeping the kids entertained in those chilly winter months. With soft play systems for toddlers, a Lego area, a movie lounge to age appropriate Xbox games for the bigger kids, there is something for everyone!

Kiara Lodge has also added an adults only @Ease Lounge for over 21s only. It's a great facility if you're looking to get in some down time while the kids are kept busy in the games room. The @Ease Lounge features games such as pool and darts, flat screen TVs and is a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Another fantastic and fun facility is the Jumping Pillow! The Jumping Pillow, which is an inflatable trampoline, is the first of its kind in South Africa and will provide hours of fun for the children, and the adults too! There is currently construction underway in which a new solarium (indoor heated swimming pool area) and a new 18-hole Adventure Putt-Putt course are being built onsite!

Enjoy the spacious elegance of these self-catering chalets. Each chalet has an open plan entertainment area and fully equipped kitchen, perfect for cooking meals together and entertaining. Relax on your own private patio as you watch the sun rise over the mountains or grill dinner on the braai. And if you're looking to explore a little further, try out the Clarens Golf Course, or the art gallery or the Basotho Cultural Village to learn about the region's fascinating legacy. Alternatively, you can visit the Tugela Falls or the Royal Natal National Park.

Kiara Lodge is truly an all-encompassing and delightful family destination!


The iExchange banking system
How does it work?

August 18, 2016

Bank your week online or contact one of our consultants and simply request that they bank your week into the inventory pool. You will receive a quote with the number of iPoints you have access to for the week you have banked.

A few things have to happen before we confirm your banking and allocate your iPoints to your account. Firstly, we will contact your home resort to verify that you own the week, that you have not banked it with anyone else and that your levies are up to date. Once all this is done we will confirm that your week is banked and that you have been allocated iPoints!


Question of the month
What is the Cancellation Policy on Reservations?

July 25, 2016

If the reservation is cancelled more than 10 weeks from occupation date, 100% of the iPoints value of this reservation will be refunded.

If cancelled within 6 - 10 weeks from occupation date, there will be a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the iPoints value of this reservation.

  • If cancelled within 3 - 6 weeks from occupation date, there will be a cancellation fee equal to 75% of the iPoints value of this reservation.
  • If cancelled within 0 - 3 weeks from occupation date, there will be a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the iPoints value of this reservation.
  • If the reservation was originally made with iPoints that would have expired before the reservation, and if the reservation is cancelled, then the iPoints will expire.

Cancelled reservations have a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the exchange fee. The difference between the original exchange fee and the applicable cancellation fee will reflect as a credit on your account. Credits are only refunded on request, subject to receipt of a completed Refund of Payment Form. Credits will be refunded within 21 working days.


Resort Feature: Moselesele Tented Camp
Bela Bela, Limpopo

July 22, 2016

Moselesele Tented Camp is a holiday experience unlike any other. Tucked away amongst indigenous trees, the camp is situated close to Sondela Caravan Park. Rest your head in one of the private safari tents. Experience an upmarket camping experience where you will be spoiled by the Camp Host and Camp Chef. Let the Chef transform your self-catering provisions into a meal - you don't have to lift a finger!

Now only 400 iPoints for a 4 night stay
Self-catering studio unit, sleeps 4
Check-in 8 or 22 August 2016


How do we measure up with other exchange companies?

July 22, 2016

As a timeshare owner, you'll find that there are a number of companies offering trade options, so just how do we differ from our nearest competitors?

We set ourselves apart from the rest by offering you:-

1. Free Membership.

2. Highly competitive exchange fees.

3. Largest availability in SA.

4. One-Stop-Travel-Shop for all your travel needs.

5. On-risk banking enables you to bank right up to the last minute.

iExchange improves on the value of your existing timeshare week and gets you more exchange holidays than any other exchange provider out there. When you join iExchange there is no membership or joining fee. You don't pay for banking your week or for any additional value-added services such as travel arrangements.

You only pay a competitive exchange fee when you go on vacation. These exchange fees vary depending on how long your travel deal is, and whether you booked online or via the Call Centre.


What is the Qualifying Criteria to Bank My Week?

June 17, 2016

1. Make sure your levies are paid in full.

2. Bank your week online or by giving us a call.

3. If you bank your week more than 180 days before occupation we'll throw in 10% extra iPoints on top of the full value.

4. Flexi week owners who bank their week in advance get first pickings on the best resorts across SA and abroad.

5. Banking early means you have more time to prepare for your holiday and reap the rewards of great savings along the way.

Bank using the simple online iBank system. This puts your timeshare units 'into the bank' with everyone else's so before you bank your timeshare, we'll tell you how much it's worth in iPoints. We measure timeshare worth according to:

  • Time of year
  • Type of Accommodation
  • Location

Just remember... Banking is FREE! If you bank early we'll give you an extra 10% iPoints. Bank online today or call our expert consultants who will be able to assist. Call 0861 iEXCHANGE (0861 439 242)


Can I bank My 2017 Weeks Now?

June 17, 2016

Yes! Since the 2017 calendars have been released you can bank your 2017 weeks now and get an additional 10% iPoints. So make sure you have settled your levies and contact us today.

Try it now





If You Only Have 3 Days In The Garden Route

May 18, 2016

The Garden Route is one of the most popular areas in South Africa for one simple reason: It is absolutely beautiful! There are a few other reasons, of course, such as the year-round good weather, the friendly people, the restaurants and the host of activities that it holds for its visitors.

The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. Dotted in between are towns like George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. We have compiled a list of things to do if you only have a quick three day break (or longer) along the Garden Route.

For the Grown Ups:

1. Shark Cage Diving at White Shark Africa
Not for the faint-hearted! This is an excellent activity to get up close and personal with some of the ocean's biggest and meanest predators. If you're lucky, they might even give you a big smile :-)

2. Parasailing and Paragliding at Flytime Paragliding
See the Garden Route as the birds do. And don't worry too much about flying solo - they do tandem flights which mean you'll never be alone.

3. Point of Human Origins Museum
A very interesting archaeological site, that gives visitors a glimpse into the history of modern human behavior. As an added plus, the caves and views from the top is beautiful.

For the Children:

1. Bird Watching at Birds of Eden
Birds of Eden's unique two hectare dome (the World's largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall.

2. Amusement Park fun at Adventure Land
Set in a beautiful natural setting on a 24 hectare estate, Adventure Land offers you a day of fun and relaxation. Enjoy a picnic or have a braai and watch your family and friends enjoy the water activities and playground.

3. Berry picking at Redberry Farm
Here you'll find a host of family-friendly activities such as pick your own strawberries, the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere, a tea garden and farm stall, mini train rides, a large outdoor playground, bumper boats and bubble ball on the dam as well as pony rides.

For the Whole Family:

1. Beaches
There is no shortage of great beaches along the Garden Route. Some of the most popular swimming beaches are Bollard Bay Beach in Knysna, Bothastrand in Great Brak River, Brenton Beach in Brenton-on-Sea as well as Keurbooms Beach at Keurboomstrand.

2. Experience nature at Knysna Elephant Park
Responsible and educational interactions allow guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, but still give the elephants the space and freedom to choose where they want to move, what they want to eat and who they want to interact with.

3. Sand Boarding at Dune Adventures
Sandboard down the Knysna sand dunes for fun filled day for the whole family. The dunes are a medium size which is perfect for a three hour trip with plenty of features to make things interesting.


Using the iQuote Calculator

May 16, 2016

To see what you can get for your timeshare week with iExchange, try our iQuote Calculator and enter your ownership information. This will generate a real-time quote to show you how many iPoints we'll give you for your week!

iExchange allows timeshare owners to exchange their timeshare for iPoints. These iPoints can be used to access hundreds of local and thousands of international holiday resorts. We have the largest exchange pool in Southern Africa. What does this mean for you as a timeshare owner? In a nutshell, iExchange can offer you more choices of holiday destinations than any other exchange provider.

We encourage you to use the iQuote Calculator to work out your iPoints due to you according to the week you have to exchange with us. All accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation. iPoints are also the currency you use when you come to make a booking at the resort destination and in the time frame that suits you.

If you bank your 2017 timeshare week(s) in 2016, you may use your iPoints as soon as it gets credited against your account. You're not limited to any factors like where and when you go on holiday or even how many people you can take. All that is required is that you have enough iPoints for your ideal holiday destination. You may even find a welcome surprise in the fact that your iPoints won't expire for 3 years.

Also remember, if you exchange one week for iPoints you won't be limited to only one exchange booking. Let's assume that you get 5000 iPoints for a specific week, you may use those iPoints for as many holidays as you can get from our special deals. For more on this, please view this detailed breakdown of where your timeshare weeks can take you when converted to iPoints.

Once you know what your week is worth in iPoints, click here to view our current iDeals and say hello to some of your future holiday destinations!


Tips for a Memorable Game Drive

April 25, 2016

Whether you're doing a guided game drive or driving your own vehicle through a park, follow these tips to make your next game drive a memorable one:

  • 1. Binoculars and camera: you'll need a pair of binoculars to spot those extra special moments like a bird feeding her chicks or watching a leopard devour his breakfast. Make sure your camera is charged, working properly and take an extra SD Card. Digital camera's with maximum optical zoom will be your best choice if you're not a professional photographer. Also carry a notebook and pen to write down interesting species or specific animals your ranger may point out to you.
  • 2. Pick the right clothes: Layer your clothes so that you can take some off if you're warm. Make sure you're comfortable and avoid white or bright colours. Long pants are recommended to protect you against mosquitos and ticks.
  • 3. Be sun-smart: Wear sunblock, sunglasses and sunhat when going for a day drive.
  • 4. Keep quiet: Avoid unnecessary noise that may scare the animals away. If you're doing a self-drive, turn the music down. Also make sure that your phone is on silent and that it won't disrupt the animals or your fellow game-watchers.
  • 5. Consider going on a guided night drive: Many animals are nocturnal and night time is when they come out to hunt.
  • 6. Don't try to get the animals' attention: Don't call the animals, stay in your car at all times and don't entice them with food. These are all things that can contribute to serious injuries and even death.
  • 7. Don't smoke: Not only will it disrupt your fellow game-watchers but a cigarette butt can cause a serious fire.
  • 8. Take a guidebook: A guidebook will help you to identify the different park species. When you're on a self-drive it'll also include maps of the routes to take.

Do you have valuable tips for getting the most out of a game drive? We would love to hear them! Share them with us on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/iExchangeSA/


Calling all Flexi Timeshare owners!

April 20, 2016

The first quarter has quickly come to a close and we would like to take a moment to remind all of our members who own flexi weeks to take this into consideration.

Owners of flexi weeks are allocated a flexi credit on 1 January annually, which they may use to book another out of season week at their own timeshare resort annually, subject to availability, and provided the request is made at least 30 days prior to occupation. Flexi credits will expire if not used by the end of the year in which it was allocated.

So flexi owners, to avoid the potential disappointment of losing out on the use of your valuable holiday investment this year, please contact us now to help set your week and iBank it with us today.

Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking your week early with iExchange means you'll get more than you bargained for and these days every little bit helps. With iExchange you always get a little extra, just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday, when iBanking your weeks early with us! For iBanking your week more than 180 days to occupation you will receive an additional 10% extra iPoints.


Holiday Budgets - Plan, Save and Still Have Fun!

March 23, 2016

Whether you're going for a midweek stay to a remote destination or for an extravagant 14 day stay in an exotic destination of your choice, it's going to cost you money. And the last thing you want is to return home revived and energised until your next credit card statement arrives! Luckily there are clever ways of planning towards your next holiday and making sure that you have enough pocket money to make the most of your next getaway.

Know What it's Going To Cost
Make a list of what you'll need for your holiday - from the big things like petrol money or plane tickets to smaller details like a day trip to a theme park or a spa treatment. Do research on nearby attractions, call the resort about on-site facilities, and make a mock grocery shopping list. Don't forget to put some money aside for unplanned emergencies.

Open A Holiday Account
Once you know how much you need for your holiday, open a bank savings account where you can transfer money into when you have a little bit extra. You can even set up a debit order if you're serious about saving. Put the money in a short-term fixed deposit account to earn more interest. Set a goal for yourself and work towards it.

Do A Meal Plan
It's helpful to plan your meals in advance when staying at any of our self-catering resorts for a number of reasons:

  • It'll prevent you from over-packing.
  • You'll be able to split your budget better between what you'll need for groceries and restaurant bills respectively.
  • A lot of money is usually spent on snacking (a cool drink here; an ice cream there). With proper planning you can pack and prepare for your family's snacking requirements during the day.

Get Your Children Involved
Explain to your children the importance of going on holiday to relax and saving their money. They can start saving their pocket money immediately and by helping with errands around the house, start earning a little more. Show them how much money they'll need for ice cream or the theme park and get them to pay for it themselves when you're on holiday. It's a great way to teach your kids about financial planning!

Audit Your Expenses
This may seem like the last thing you want to do on holiday, but keep a spreadsheet of your expenses. Enter each expense (keep your receipts!) so that you can see how your budget is keeping up. This will also help you plan towards your next holiday.

What tips do you have for saving towards your holiday? What financial planning tips have you received that has really helped you?


See The World With iExchange

March 10, 2016

Broaden your horizons, explore the continents and experience the rich culture and diverse beauty of our world with iExchange. We bring you access to 4000+ resorts across the world.

Another major benefit of booking your international holiday with iExchange is of course that you pay in iPoints and your exchange fee is in rand. This means that you save all the way. We can also help you with your flight bookings and consult an array of online partners to secure the best price for your tickets.

It doesn't matter if you dream of a family holiday in America or a river-side adventure in India - we've got you covered. Simply call one of our consultants on 0861 439 242 and let them talk you through your options.


Signs That You Need A Holiday

February 15, 2016

Life is cyclical. We all go through seasons of ups and downs but that doesn't mean we can't help the wheel turn a little bit in our favour. But how? Research has proved that going on a holiday is great for mind, body and soul so it's definitely one of the best ways of getting yourself out of the dumps and putting a big smile on your face.

Here are a few red lights to indicate that you may really be in need of a holiday:

  • Monday mornings are like something from hell.
  • Often people's first words to you are "You look sooo tired!"
  • You can't concentrate on anything.
  • You snap easily.
  • You have imaginary (but intense!) arguments with colleagues.
  • You cry when you watch TV - even during MasterChef.
  • You are just plain, good old-fashioned tired.

There is something about holidays

What is it about a holiday that makes you feel human again? And we're talking about a real holiday - one where you pack your bags and leave your home. Why is a change of scenery so important? Here are a few reasons:

  1. You'll have time to relax and just breathe
    When you never take time to stop and relax you become grumpy, sick and unproductive. During a holiday, your body goes into a period of recuperation. You'll feel the physical changes from your holiday almost immediately. Your shoulders won't be in a permanent knot, you'll get fewer headaches and you'll be able to get going in the morning without a strong cup of black coffee. In the long run, this means that your risk for stress-related diseases like heart attacks and strokes may even lower because you're taking care of your body and mind.
  2. You'll have time to be active
    If you're already diligent with your workout routine you'll know how important it is to stay active to combat stress. Holidays allow you to stay active in a fun way that will help to increase your energy levels and better your mood. Nothing is more refreshing than going for a long walk on the beach, hiking in the mountains or spending your days in the pool.
  3. You'll get to spend quality time with your family
    It's unfortunate, but between work, school and all our other commitments we tend to live past each other - even the people we share a home with. When last did you spend an entire day just laughing and having fun with your spouse or your kids without worrying about something you need to do later? When last did you all sit around one table to enjoy a meal? During holidays you and your loved ones get to bond in a relaxed and fun environment - it's where great memories are made.
  4. It's good for your health
    Studies have shown that going on holiday can increase your resistance to heart-related diseases, reduces stress and improves your sleep pattern. Another big bonus when on holiday is the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3 when spending time in the sun. In general we also tend to laugh more when on holiday. Frequent laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels and boost immune system cells, called T cells. No wonder they say laughter is the best medicine!
  5. You'll be more creative afterwards
    Not only will your brain be more relaxed after some time off, but you'll be inspired by your new environment. That's why it's also important to try new things whilst on holiday. Go see a movie you'll not usually watch, do an activity that scares you a little bit and eat something you've never tried before. All these experiences will contribute to a higher level of creativity and help generate new ideas.

So with this in mind, start planning your next holiday. We can't wait to send you and your loved ones to one of our resorts.


Benefits Of Banking Your Week Early

February 15, 2016

With iExchange you always get a little extra just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday! For this reason we award those owners who bank their week early by giving them 10% extra iPoints.

Here's how we calculate this:

  • If you bank your week 180 days or more before your occupation date we will give you an additional 10% iPoints value. That's great value for money!
  • Alternatively if you bank your timeshare week anywhere from 60 to 179 days before your occupation date you will get your full iPoints value.
  • From then onwards you would get 80% iPoints value for 59 - 39 days before, 60% for 38 to 29 days before and from 29 to 0 days before, you would be putting your iPoints value at risk.

So, be sure to get the best value for your week and bank early


One-Stop-Travel-Shop

February 15, 2016

Making arrangements for your next holiday has just become a bit easier. We strive to offer our members a One-Stop-Travel-Shop where you can book your accommodation, flights and car hire in once easy process.

We have partnered with First Car Rental to bring our members discounted offers on car hire. Simply book your car hire online to automatically qualify for these competitive rates or give us a call on 0861 439 242. For help with air tickets call us on 0861 439 242 or email us your travel dates as well as departure and arrival airport.


Bonus Rentals: Giving your more holiday for less

February 15, 2016

Some of our Members prefer to save their iPoints for a longer holiday during the Festive Season or perhaps even for an overseas adventure. However, this doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice on shorter weekend or midweek getaways.

For this reason, iExchange offers our members Bonus Rentals. Bonus Rentals are accommodation offered to our members on cash booking basis at short notice (typically three weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected resorts. Contact us to find out more and to get a quote.


See the world with iExchange

February 3, 2016

Open up a world of timeshare exchange possibilities through iExchange and book your international holiday today. With a wide a selection of over 4000 exchange resorts, the world is truly your oyster.

What's more, since you exchange your timeshare week for a holiday oversees and pay the exchange fee in Rand, your holiday will work out much more affordable! You can use your savings to make some special memories on holiday whilst exploring faraway lands.

Call one of our call centre agents today on 0861 439 242 to discuss your options and get more information about the resort you want to visit.


Flexi or Fixed: Bank Your Week And Get More!

January 18, 2016

Whether you're a flexi or fixed week owner, banking your week early with iExchange means you'll get more than you bargained for and these days every little bit helps. So, how do you go about banking your week to get more iPoints?

  1. Make sure your levies are paid in full.
  2. Bank your week online or by giving us a call.
  3. If you bank your week more than 180 days before occupation we'll throw in 10% extra iPoints on top of the full value.
  4. Flexi week owners who bank their week in advance get first pickings on the best resorts across SA and abroad.
  5. Banking early means you have more time to prepare for your holiday and save for all those indulgences that usually go with holiday.

Note to Flexi week owners: Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with iExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.


If You Only Have Three Days In Cape Town

January 18, 2016

Cape Town is certainly one of the most loved tourist destinations in the world. Overseas visitors love it for its magnificent beauty, shopping opportunities, the world-class restaurants and, of course, the piece de resistance - all the wine farms! Locally, we love it because of the rich history, the beautiful scenery and the colourful people.

It's true that Cape Town has much to offer to all her visitors. Even if you only have a few days to spend in the Mother City, make it count by visiting some of these popular attractions.

For the Grown Ups:
See our history at Robben Island
Robben Island has become well-known as the place where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years imprisoned and has become a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. It's an educational piece of history that is well worth the visit.

Laugh till it hurts at Cape Town Comedy Club
Situated at the Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront, this Comedy Club will have patrons rolling on the floor with laughter from both local and international talent.

Enjoy some fruit of the vine at Constantia Valley
The Constantia Valley has an appeal that offers something of interest to everyone, from award winning restaurants offering international flavours to beautiful greenbelts to walk on, shops to explore, a brilliant zip lining adventure, mountain biking and horse riding.

For the Children:
Find Nemo at Two Oceans Aquarium
Located at the V&A Waterfront this is a perfect way for kids to spend the day. They'll learn and have fun at the same time and be fascinated by everything that's on display.

Play to your heart's content at Bugz Family Playpark
Kids will have a blast at the largest playpark in the Western Cape. They have a range of activities for kids who love climbing, jumping, running and exploring. The massive outdoor playground will challenge little minds, work little muscles and burn off some of that endless energy.

Meet a feathered friend at World of Birds
World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World. Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.

For the Whole Family:
For amazing views take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Young or old, you'll enjoy a trip up the icon Table Mountain. If you're afraid of heights, don't worry - there is a hiking option that will get you to the same spot!

Shop till you drop at Canal Walk Shopping Centre
What is a holiday without a bit of retail therapy? Even if it's just window shopping! Head to Canal Walk Shopping Centre for a shopping experience of note.

Have a picnic at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the best botanical gardens in the world. It's a great spot for a picnics or leisurely strolls.


We don't want to spam you: tell us when you want to hear from us!

January 4, 2016

We all know how it feels to get a million and one emails and SMS on a daily basis and we want to make sure that you hear from us only when and how you want to.

So, to prevent any unnecessary offers hitting your inbox OR if you want to make sure you're always aware of our latest and greatest specials, visit the Communication Preferences tab once logged in.

The Communication Preferences tab allows you to select what, when and how you want to receive information from us. You can opt in or out to receive any of the Monthly Newsletters, Specials or Last Minute Deals via email or SMS. So, simply login and tell us when you like to hear from us.


Around The World With A Cup Of Coffee

December 1, 2015

The humble cup of coffee - it's what gets most of us up and going in the morning and has a rich and varied history. You can experience a big part of the world through a strongly brewed cuppa that tells a story of its origins. So, make yourself a cup of coffee, enjoy this article and travel around the world with a coffee bean.

Austria: Wiener Melange
Similar to the humble cappuccino, it's served as a double espresso topped with steaming milk and foam. Some versions even included an egg yolk with sugar and whipped cream.

Australia/New Zealand: Flat White
One of the most famous cups of coffee in the world hails from the land down under. It is prepared by pouring microfoam over a single or double shot of espresso.

Germany: Pharisaer
The origin of this coffee is quite funny and hails back to a christening ceremony in the 19th century! Coffee, rum and whipped cream are layered and sipped - no mixing allowed!

Hong Kong: Yuanyang
Everyone has probably wondered what coffee and tea will taste like together? Well in Hong Kong it's a popular beverage where coffee is mixed with milk tea. You can find it in most restaurants.

Ireland: Irish coffee
Who isn't familiar with this kicker? Essentially it's a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream.

Italy: Espresso Romano
You don't go on a coffee trip around the world without a stop in Rome. Here espressos are serious business and are sometimes serve with a slice of lemon served either on the side or on the rim of the glass.

Turkey: Turkish Coffee
Hardcore and strong comes to mind with this mix. Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are boiled in a pot called a cezve, usually with sugar, and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle.

Quick Coffee Facts:

  • First Use of Coffee: coffee was initially used for its medicinal purposes as early as the year 900. Read the history of coffee.
  • The Best Cuppa in the world: According to The Telegraph, it can be found right here on home soil. Truth Coffee Roasting in Cape Town has received this prestigious mention in 2015.
  • The Most Expensive Coffee in the World: Kopi Luwak can cost around R4000 for a kilogram. The beans used for this coffee must first pass through the digestive track of the Civet wildcat. However, "production" of this coffee bean has received harsh critique due to how coffee farmers are treating the animals.

Are You Ready To LEAP?!

December 1, 2015

Cayley LEAP is our brand new Entertainment and Activities Programme at Cayley Lodge. From now on you'll be able to pick from a range of exciting adventure activities to keep the adrenalin pumping - no matter what your age!

Currently we have a Go Cart dirt road track that will help you discover your inner Speed Racer. We also have a 200m long zipline so be sure to get ready for an exciting ride! There is also a 12m and 30m abseil rock that promises to be great fun. For the children there is an inflatable park where they can jump all day long to their hearts' delight.

We are looking forward to seeing our guests enjoy these great new facilities this coming holidays!


Sending A Guest? Remember their Guest Certificate

December 1, 2015

As one of our benefits iExchange offers our members free Guest Certificates. If you'd like to send a friend or family member on holiday using your iPoints, you can! Simply provide us with their details when making a booking (when booking online, the details can be amended on the check-out page where you pay the exchange fee). We'll issue your guest with a confirmation letter with their details on it to ensure that check-in goes smoothly.

This value-added benefit is free of charge and allows you to spread a little bit of the iExchange love to someone else.


Benefits of Using iExchange

December 1, 2015

You already know about all the benefits iExchange offers you, but with the eye on the New Year, we'd like to remind you why iExchange is the best exchange provider in South Africa!

  1. Bank Early And Get More!
    If you bank your week 180+ days before check-in, we'll add 10% extra iPoints. Example: You own the first week in November 2016 at Resort ABC. Your week is worth 3000 iPoints. If you bank in February you'll get 3000 + 10% = 3300 iPoints
  2. Shorter, But More Frequent, Stays
    Instead of going on a traditional full week (Friday to Friday) holiday, split your annual holidays into smaller spans - midweeks (Mondays to Mondays) or weekends (Friday to Monday) so that you can enjoy quality breaks more often.
  3. A Diamond Grading For Your Needs
    We grade resorts on a variety of factors - from quality, demand, unit type, resort popularity, period of accommodation etc. So you can rest assured that, based on the diamond grading, you'll get the kind of resort you want.
  4. Save, Save, Save!
    We offer great monthly and last-minute iPoints offers through our monthly SMS's, newsletters and Social Media pages. Make sure you are registered to receive these notifications by either calling our call centre or going onto the website and changing your "member preferences".

    For further savings make sure to book online as you can save 20% on your exchange fees.
  5. Cash Rentals For Timeshare Owners
    We offer discounted cash rental bookings so that you can save your iPoints for a longer holiday later.
  6. One-Stop-Travel-Shop
    Make use of our One-Stop-Travel-Shop where you can get access to discounted car hire and flights.
  7. Discover The World
    International holidays are paid for with your iPoints as well as a highly competitive international exchange fee which means your overseas getaway is paid for in Rands!
  8. Send A Friend
    If you'd like to send a friend or family member on holiday using your iPoints, you can! Simply provide us with their details when making a booking and we'll issue your guest with a confirmation letter with their details on it to ensure that check-in goes smoothly. This value-added benefit is free of charge and allows you to spread a little bit of the iExchange love to someone else.

The Early Bird Catches The Worm

December 1, 2015

With iExchange you always get a little extra just as a sign of appreciation and because we really want you to have the best holiday! For this reason we award those owners who bank their week early by giving them 10% extra iPoints.

Here's how we calculate this:

  • If you bank your week 180 days or more before your occupation date we will give you an additional 10% iPoints value. That's great value for money!
  • Alternatively if you bank your timeshare week anywhere from 60 to 179 days before your occupation date you will get your full iPoints value.
  • From then onwards you would get 80% iPoints value for 59 - 39 days before, 60% for 38 to 29 days before and from 29 to 0 days before, you would be putting your iPoints value at risk.

So, be sure to get the best value for your week and bank early


WE HAVE A WINNER!

November 18, 2015

Congratulations to Linda Rademeyer, the lucky winner of our recent competition. She won herself a lifetime of free exchange fees with iExchange. We hope that you'll enjoy many amazing holidays with us, Linda!

If you want to be part of the iExchange action, make sure to join for FREE today. Provide us with your timeshare details, bank your week and start exchanging. Now your timeshare can take you all over the world with iExchange. For more information or if you'd like to discuss what we can offer you, please call one of our consultants on 0861 439 242.


Keeping Kids Busy on Rainy Days

November 16, 2015

Rainy days during your annual holiday may seem like the biggest misfortune (short of a bad haircut), but it can be fun. You just need to make the most of it. Apart from taking the kids to indoor play arenas, shopping malls or museums, there are a lot of fun activities that can take place in the comfort of your own holiday unit. Some of these require some planning, so make sure to prepare for these days when packing for your holiday. Here are some tips:

Have An Indoor Treasure Hunt

You can plan for this and write out some clues or you can guide them through the treasure hunt verbally. Give them some clues; if they can solve them, they move onto the next clue until, finally, they get to the treasure. This can be a reward card that says "You won a milkshake at your favourite restaurant!" or hide a chocolate or DVD for them to enjoy.

Board Games

Pack your family's favourite and put some rewards in place. For example, the winner gets a chocolate, the first person to go down a snake/up a ladder gets two marshmallows, the first person to build a hotel in Monopoly gets an extra scoop of ice cream etc.

Get Into The Kitchen

Get some ingredients for no-bake treats like Burfee, Rice Krispies Squares or s'mores. Have the kids help you make it. Alternatively, pack out some pizza topping ingredients and have them build their own pizzas.

Have A Dance Competition

Put on some music and have a dance competition. This is a great way to get little bodies active (and burn a few calories yourself!). Put on their favourite music and have fun!

Build A Fort

Some of my favourite childhood memories are of my brother and I building blanket forts during the holidays. Give them some blankets and pillows and get creative. Let them sleep in it that night as an added reward.

Family Movie Day

Pack some family favourite movies and spend the day under the blankets watching them.


Did You Know About Bonus Rentals?

November 16, 2015

Have you heard about Bonus Rentals and did you know that it adds even more value to your iExchange membership?

Bonus Rentals are accommodation offered to iExchange members on a cash booking basis at short notice (typically 3 weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected inventory - Now that's a bonus! Make use of these affordable holiday rentals when you're low on iPoints or saving your iPoints for a longer holiday at a later stage.

Bonus Rentals are advertised in our weekly last-minute newsletters (sign up for them here) or by searching Rental Availability under the Resorts Menu.


Largest Inventory Pool

November 10, 2015

We are very proud of the fact that we bring our members the largest selection of resorts - more so than any other exchange company in Southern Africa. But what does this mean for you as a timeshare owner?

In a nutshell, iExchange can offer you more choices of holiday destinations than any other exchange provider. Currently we have more than 60 000 holiday spans available throughout Southern Africa. That means there are 60 000 holidays waiting to make someone happy!

For a summary of where we hold the most available resort, visit this page and plan your next holiday.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites Of South Africa

October 20, 2015

Ask anybody why they would like to visit SA and they are likely to tell you that it's because of South Africa's diverse landscapes and rich cultural history. However, there is even more reason to tour SA as the country boasts eight natural World Heritage Sites as certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

UNESCO's World Heritage Programme focuses on preserving exceptional areas of importance to humanity and chooses a site for its cultural significance or natural beauty.

Make sure that you visit one of South Africa's Heritage Sites when staying close by or make a tour of it and stop over on your way to your destination.

Cradle of Humankind

Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
Gauteng, Limpopo and North West Provinces
S24 9 30.996 E29 10 36.984

The Cradle of Humankind is considered the birthplace of humankind. It's here where the famous, beautifully aged (2.3 million year old in fact!) Mrs Ples - a prehuman skull - was discovered. It's also the final resting place of Little Foot - an almost complete hominid skeleton from 4.17 millions years ago.

The world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves is home to the oldest and most continuous paleontological dig in the world. The site is massive - 47 000ha - and it's believed that it holds within its depths many more mind-blowing scientific discoveries. The World Heritage Site status the area now enjoys ensures that what is deep within its core will be protected and explored forever.

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Limpopo Province
S22 11 33 E29 14 20.004

This landscape in Limpopo, where the borders between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet, is the remnants of the ancient City Sate of Mapungubwe that existed about 1000 years ago. In 1933 large amounts of gold work was found and other indications showing that this city had an advanced knowledge of metal work and that they traded with countries as far as Arabia and China.

Mapungubwe Hill is a sandstone hill of about 30m high and 300m long. In its layers it holds the remnants of floors, burnt houses and household refuse. The hilltop was inhabited for about 70 years between AD1220 to AD1290. If history could speak it would come alive with an ancient metropolis - a society advanced for their time. The meaning of the name Mapungubwe - "place of the stone of wisdom" - testifies to this.

Robben Island

Western Cape Province
S33 47 60 E18 22 0

Robben Island became internationally well known as a place of imprisonment for many political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela, Tokyo Sexwale, Walter Sisulu, Mac Maharaj and Jacob Zuma.

From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today the island is a touching reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.

Vredefort Dome

North West and Free State Provinces
S26 51 36 E27 15 36

The Vredefort Dome came into existence 2023 million years ago causing this amazing 300km wide crater that stretches from Johannesburg to Welkom. Scientist have concluded that the meteorite that hit earth must have been approximately 10km in diameter and travelling at more than 36 000km per hour!

What makes it even more spectacular is that this is the biggest meteorite impact that geologists have found on Earth - it was twice the size of the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago!

Cape Floral Region

Western Cape and Eastern Cape Provinces
S34 10 0 E18 22 30

Unesco declared the 553 000ha Cape Floral Region to be of "outstanding universal significance to humanity", describing it as "one of the richest areas for plants in the world". The outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the flora are among the highest worldwide. It boasts more than 8 500 plant species and is home to about 20% of the African continent's flora.

The heritage site comprises eight protected areas considered to be the most important examples of the Cape floral kingdom: Table Mountain, De Hoop Nature Reserve, the Boland mountain complex, the Groot Winterhoek wilderness area, the Swartberg mountains, the Boosmansbos wilderness area, the Cederberg wilderness area and Baviaanskloof.

iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland National Park

KwaZulu-Natal Province
S27 50 20.004 E32 32 60

"iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world's biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world's oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world's biggest marine mammal (the whale)" - Nelson Mandela

This area is indeed an astounding range of natural systems and includes dunes, swamps, coastal forests, rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs, canyons, grasslands, woodlands and wetlands! The park is 332 000ha and has 3 major lake systems, 8 ecosystems and 526 bird species to name but a few of the diversities of the area. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder - aptly named indeed!

uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park

KwaZulu-Natal Province
S29 22 59.988 E29 32 26.016

The mighty and famous Mountain Range of South Africa, The Drakensberg Mountains, stretches 200km long and is a sight to behold. Combining sheer natural beauty with a wealth of biological diversity, this 243 000ha mountainous region has been preserved for eons.

Covered in snow during the cold winter months and drenching you in its shadows during summer - the Berg is an awe-inspiring area with rivers, waterfalls, cliffs and rock art left behind by its previous inhabitants, the San. It's this barrier that separates KwaZulu-Natal from Lesotho and is aptly named uKhalamba (the Barrier of Spears) by the Zulu people.

Richtersveld Cultural & Botanical Landscape

Northern Cape Province
S28 36 0 E17 12 14

The 160 000ha Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape of dramatic mountainous desert is in north-western South Africa and has been the home of the semi-nomadic Nama people for the last 2000 years. In tune with the harsh environment, many of the Richtersvelders today are pastoralists, moving their livestock between stock posts with the changing of seasons. This is the last place in South Africa where pastoral people live on communal lands and one of the last remaining examples in the world of the transhumant Nama way of living.


iPoints Explained: Your What, When and How Answered

October 5, 2015

We've had a few questions from new members asking about iPoints. What are they? How are they calculated? How can I use them? So to put all questions to bed, find our quick guide to iPoints explained.

We've identified 10 activities that come highly-recommended in the Northern and Central Drakensberg that you should try out on your next stay in this area.

What are iPoints?
iPoints is the currency you receive when you bank your timeshare week with iExchange.

How are iPoints Calculated?
All accommodation is rated according to a quality and demand criteria and iPoints are awarded per unit type, resort or period of accommodation. iPoints is also the currency you use, when you come to make a booking at the resort, destination and in the time frame that suits you.

How Can I use My iPoints?
If you bank your 2016 timeshare week(s) in 2015, you may use your iPoints as soon as it gets credited against your account. You're not limited to any factors like where and when you go on holiday or even how many people you can take. All that is required is that you have enough iPoints for your ideal holiday destination. You may even find solace in the fact that your iPoints won't expire for 3 years.

Also remember, if you exchange one week for iPoints you won't be limited to only one exchange booking. Let's assume that you get 5000 iPoints for a specific week, you may use that iPoints for as many holidays as you can get from our special deals. For more on this, please view this detailed breakdown of where your timeshare weeks can take you when converted to iPoints.

For any more questions around iPoints, visit our FAQ section or give us a call on 0861 439 242


Must Do's When in The Northern and Central Drakensberg

September 15, 2015

There is a reason why great men write about the mountains. There is a reason why John Muir famously mused "The Mountains are calling and I must go". The Drakensberg is an amazing holiday destination that has been hosting tourists for many years.

We've identified 10 activities that come highly-recommended in the Northern and Central Drakensberg that you should try out on your next stay in this area.

For The Adventurous:
There is no shortage of adrenalin-fuelled activities in the Drakensberg. If you want to get into a hot air balloon or if you want to do some mountain climbing Cliffhanger style - there is a service provider that can make your wild dreams come true. Perhaps you've always dreamed of going down the rapids at break-neck speed? Well, even that is possible. These are just a drop in the bucket for the adventure-seeker. The Northern Drakensberg is sure to satisfy your search for action and adventure!

For The Grown-Ups:
Without a doubt, music-lovers will not pass through this area without a visit to the Drakensberg Boys Choir. Let the youthful voices with their world-class performances carry you away. And who said that you need to visit Cape Town for a wine experience? Cathedral Peak Wines offer beautiful blends that come as the result of the combination of the soil and climate that the Berg brings.

For The Whole Family:
For kids who love critters, a visit to Dragon Rock Reptile Centre will be sure to send shivers down their spines! For something fun that is sure leave lasting memories, head to the trees for a canopy tour. For a complete and utter blast try a Segway Tour - it won't disappoint.

For The Hungry:
Whether it's Pizza, Chinese or food with a view, in the Berg there is a restaurant that will satisfy any palette. From bistro-style cafe's to home-made farm stalls, you'll be able to eat your fill and gain a few kilo's that you can worry about after your holiday!

Whatever you like to do on holiday, get on the road that leads you to the Drakensberg and experience the rich history and fun-filled activities that these escarpments hold.


Banking your 2016 week

September 2, 2015

It's time to start thinking about your 2016 timeshare week and what you can get for it when banking with iExchange. Most important to remember is that we give 10% extra iPoints for owners who bank their week 180 days or more in advance. Don't miss out on this great deal - the early bird catches the worm and that 10% can mean that you'll be able to afford an extra weekend or midweek break next year.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about banking:

Explain the banking process to me

  • 1. Provide us with details about your ownership either via our website or our call centre
  • 2. We'll confirm your ownership details and provide you with a quote that is valid for 2 days
  • 3. On the quote we'll detail how many iPoints we'll give you in exchange for your week
  • 4. If you accept the quote, your iPoints will be credited against your account and you can book your next holiday.

How many weeks can I bank?
iExchange will accept up to 8 conventional timeshare weeks from one owner.

How long in advance can I bank?
Once your home resort calendar year has been released and your resort levy has been settled you can bank your week online or call us to assist with the process.

How do I bank a flexi week?
Should you own a flexi week and not set the week prior to banking it with iExchange, you grant consent to iExchange for setting the week on your behalf. iPoints will be based on this set week. It is however preferable that you set your week with your resort, so as to ensure you get the particular week to get you maximum iPoints.

This is banking in a nutshell! If you have any further questions, read more about the process on our website or contact our call centre on 0861 439 242.


How To Pack Your Suitcase Like A Pro

August 19, 2015

Nothing says "Your Holiday Is Almost Here!" like packing your bags. But sometimes it feels like you need an advance degree in engineering to make it all fit. We have compiled a list of handy hints on how to pack like a pro.

Roll Your Clothes
Yes, it really works! You can pack all your clothes in a fraction of the space required. Travel light and leave enough space to bring back some keepsakes from your travels. Watch this video on how to roll t-shirts, jeans and jackets.

Pack Shoes Inside A Shower Cap Or Shoe Bag
This will prevent the dirty soles from leaving prints on your suitcase's lining or your clothes. As an extra tip, stuff rolled-up socks inside your shoes to prevent your favourite pair from getting dented.

Pack Only What Is Needed
We already know that this goes for clothes and shoes, but do the same for your toiletries. Instead of buying travel size shampoos and creams, repack your own into smaller containers. You can buy them at plastic stores or use empty containers you have in your home.

Plastic Seal Your Liquid Items
Do this by putting everything that has the tendency to leak (conditioner, face wash, body cream etc.) in two Ziploc bags. Alternatively, put some plastic under the caps of your bottles.

Wear Bulky Items When Travelling
This goes for people travelling by air. Wear your bulkiest boots and jacket on your flight. It will free up some space in your bag and prevent you from becoming cold on the plane.

What tips do you have for packing like a pro?


Mpumalanga

August 7, 2015

Mpumalanga (known as "Paradise Country") stretches over approximately 80 000km2 of rolling highlands to lofty escarpments and lush wetlands. This rich province boasts many well-known attractions from canyons to caves and the largest game reserve in South Africa - the famous Kruger National Park. It doesn't come as a shock that it's considered one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful places in South Africa. The entire Mpumalanga area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing. Streams once panned for gold have become the haunts of eager anglers and lazy trout. Steeped in the history of pioneers, hunters and fortune seekers, fascinating gold rush towns abound. Mpumalanga offers something for everyone. Resorts in Mpumalanga to stay at: Hazyview Cabanas and Dunkeld Country Estate


Tips for booking your next flight

July 13, 2015

The wise Saint Augustine said "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page". He hit the nail right on the head, but as a 21st century citizen you'll agree that travelling can be expensive. So, we've searched the web to find some tips on how to book cheap flights. Here are some guidelines, which most agree, can help you save when booking your next flight.

Pick your travelling times wisely
Try booking your flights to depart on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. The first flight or the evening flights are usually the cheapest as well. In contrast, Monday, Thursday and Friday are the most expensive flights. When searching, also opt for flexible dates

Join a reward programme
Sign up for airlines' frequent flyer programmes. Even if you only take a flight once a year, you'll accumulate miles that will eventually come in handy and as a welcome surprise.

Shop around
If you can think of an airline, check their rates - especially when flying overseas. Locally, start your search with budget carriers like Mango or Kulula. For international flights Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Turkish Airlines are often the cheapest.

Avoid the expensive dates
Days before public holidays, around school holidays and before major local events (Cape Argus, Comrades etc.) are the most expensive due to the high demand. Interestingly enough, 25 December (Christmas Day) and 31 December are sometimes cheaper. Friday the 13th is sometimes cheaper due to superstitious believes.

Be prepared and plan ahead
There seems to be a lot of theory around this with some sources believing that booking well in advance (at least a year) means flights are cheaper. Others advise to wait at least 6 weeks before you're flying. Generally speaking, airlines seem to have a system in place where they sell their cheapest tickets first. However, the reverse is also true. If a specific flight isn't selling well they may drop their prices. However, the general consensus is that absolute last-minute bookings will cost you a bit more. So start looking for tickets as far in advanced as you possibly can and check up on the rates at least once a week. Book when you see the prices are starting to increase.

The universal 24-hour rule
After you book, check the next day to make sure that the price hasn't dropped. If it did, cancel your flight and rebook. You can also put tickets on hold for a couple of days to make sure the price doesn't drop. If it increases, you already have the cheaper ticket reserved so buy it.


Bonus Rental iDeals: what are they?

July 02, 2015

You might have seen the word iDeal on our newsletters and website and have asked yourself, what are iDeals? This is what we call our special offers because they always come at the ideal time - just when you need a holiday!

At iExchange we offer both iPoint offers (our unique currency) as well as good old fashioned cash rentals called Bonus Rentals. Bonus rental accommodation is offered to iExchange Members on a cash booking basis at short notice (typically 3 weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected resort accommodation.

Out of season full weeks start from as little as R999. You can expect to pay a mere R599 for weekends and R400 for midweeks. Now that's a bonus!

Look out for the latest offer in our monthly newsletter, SMS's or on the website. If you are not getting these yet, make sure to sign up today!


Your South African Bucket List

June 18, 2015

In keeping with this month's theme of Beach, Berg and Bush holidays, we're taking you on a quick journey of three must-do tourist attractions in South Africa for each of these areas. Make sure that you experience each of these at least once in your lifetime!

Beach: South Africa's Cape Floral Region
Something you may not think of when thinking of the beach, are flowers. However stretching from the West Coast to the South-East Coast lays a tiny floral kingdom. South African fynbos grows in this area and it's a world of finely branched plants exquisitely adapted to flourish in poor soils and wildly varying rainfall.

Spread in a narrow cupped crescent, the Cape Floral Kingdom of fynbos is found in a rim along the country's southernmost reaches, never more than 200km from the sea. For this, it was declared one of the world's 34 biodiversity 'hot spots', and in 2004, was confirmed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Berg: The Drakensberg Experience Route
The Drakensberg is an amalgamation of villages, valleys, hiking trails, historical sites and exquisite natural beauty. One of the most famous sites is Giant's Castle. It was one of the first conservation areas on the continent. Today it's a haven for adventurous travellers who enjoy the simple pleasure of walking its many trails.

The Drakensberg is also a cultural hotpot. Here you'll be able to see more than 35 000 San rock painting. IT's been called the greatest outdoor art gallery in the world. Another cultural gem found in the Drakensberg is the world-famous Drakensberg Boys Choir that entertains visitors with their angelic hymns. The base area of the Drakensberg Experience Route is the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Follow the Midlands Meander for a tour d'force of art and crafts unlike any other place in South Africa.

For the adventurous spirit there is a vast amount of hiking trails, mountain bike routes, horse-riding expeditions and other extreme sports to take part in.

Bush: The Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park will provide a typical African experience. Here you can experience wildlife in its most natural habitat. Some of the animals in the park include: 100 000 impala, 10 000 blue wildebeest, 9 000 kudu, 5 000 warthog, 25 000 zebra, 180 cheetahs, over 1 000 leopards and 1 500 lions. The list goes on.

The park will bring you in touch with nature on a whole new level. Go for a guided game drive during the day or night for amazing photo opportunities and to experience the beautiful South African landscape.


Tips For Taking The Perfect Holiday Photos

June 08, 2015

Memories are great and allow us to relive our favourite holiday moments. Unfortunately over time, and with our hectic lives, these memories start to fade and before you know it you have forgotten those precious moments. Fortunately, with our phones and many digital camera options, it is now so easy to snap up your favourite holiday moments to keep and come back to when you want to relive these moments.

We have put together eight handy tips for you to take the perfect holiday photo:

Plan Ahead
Don't miss out on the perfect "aaaah!" moment - make sure your camera / phone is fully charged and old photos have been saved elsewhere, so that you have a clean memory card to save all those pics.

Get Up Early
This is probably the last thing you want to hear when you are on holiday, but the early bird definitely catches the worm. Early mornings have the best lighting for scenery shots. On the plus side, you will have more time to go exploring. Late afternoons are the second best time if you can't make those early mornings.

Remember To Include People
Often we get carried away by the beautiful landscapes and sunset and forget to take any people shots. Don't forget that memories are made not only by where you go, but also who you share your time with.

Zoom Zoom Zoom
After you have taken the obligatory "full length" picture of the family or the place you are visiting, take some zoomed in shots to fill the frame. This will give you much more detail in the shot.

Surprize Them With Your Shot
Candid photos are so much more meaningful than the standard posed shots. Plan to sneak your camera along so that no one is expecting it. That way you will have many fun and unrehearsed memories to talk about. Kids in the middle of an intense foosball tournament at the games area? Snap it up! Hubby chatting away at the fireplace whilst turning the meat? Catch the moment!

Get Down Low
The angle of the shot can make all the difference to creating a perfect image. For the ideal perspective, especially for kids and animals, you need to get down on your knees and connect at eye-level.

Use Your Flash Outdoors
Most people think that using flash is only for indoors and at night. A flash can however be a great tool during the daytime to fill the shadows and even out harsh contrasts. Try it out and see your images become masterpieces.

Plan Your Cover Shot
Whether it is for scrapbooking, creating a photo book or just for your own photo gallery; a creative cover can make all the difference. This should be based on the area you are visiting and include ideas like writing something in the sand at the beach or creating letters from fallen leaves on the grass - unleash your creative juices and be original.



Unabridged Birth Certificate

May 27, 2015

According to Department of Home Affairs, more than 30 000 minors are trafficked through South African borders annually. 50% of these victims are under the age of 14. For this reason, the South African government introduced a new immigration law that requires all children under 18 to have an unabridged birth certificate when travelling.

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8 Common Mistakes People Make On Holiday

May 18, 2015

We've all made mistakes on holiday - from packing the wrong clothes to forgetting cell phone chargers. And haven't we all looked back on a holiday with a thought of "I should have..."? Prepare yourself properly for your next holiday and avoid these pitfalls:

Holiday Pitfall #1: Packing Too Much
You don't need five pairs of shoes for a two week holiday! A holiday is a time for rest and relaxation - you'll probably never need those extra pairs of heels or red cowboy boots. Pack a pair of boots, sneakers/comfortable walking shoes and informal shoes (sandals/ballet pumps/flip flops - depending on your style). The same goes for clothing. If you wear it to work, you probably won't wear it on holiday. Pack comfortable clothes that can take you from a day outing to an evening dinner.

Holiday Pitfall #2: Not Planning Well
Make checklists of everything you need to do and take note of any helpful destination specific advice when planning your holiday. Take the time and effort to get your plans in order, especially when it comes to:

  • Packing your bags
  • Preparing your self-catering meals
  • Finding out what you can and can't take across a border and into a different country
  • Border post operating times
  • Planning your budget
  • Travelling arrangements such as servicing your car before the journey, directions to your destination, check-in and check-out times, times of flights etc.
  • Activities - research some things to do in the area

Holiday Pitfall #3: Taking Pictures Of Everything
Cell phones, tablets and digital cameras have made it very easy to capture precious memories. However, don't get carried away with taking too many photos that you forget to take in the scenery, the environment, the people around you, the sounds, and most importantly, the people you're travelling with.

Holiday Pitfall #4: Doing Too Much Or Too Little
Don't be so busy on your holiday that you'll end up needing another holiday after you're done! But also don't waste the opportunity to take part in fascinating activities in the area. One outing per day is a good balance. Take it all in and make the most of everything you experience.

Holiday Pitfall #5: Not Taking Enough Spending Money
Be sure to spend some time on your holiday budget. Do some research on your destination and pen down some activities that you would like to do. Also make sure that you know what the activities cost and make provision for it.

Holiday Pitfall #6: Not Packing Medicine
Falling ill whilst on holiday is a sure way to destroy your budget. If you take chronic medication or if you have allergies, make sure to pack enough to last you throughout your holiday. Take some basic medicine for nausea, upset tummies, colds and pain as well.

Holiday Pitfall #7: Not Informing Your Bank That You're Travelling Internationally
Nothing is worse than being in a foreign country with a blocked credit card or limited withdrawals. Inform your banking institution ahead of time of your travelling plans and the dates you'll be out of the country. Ensure that you have the international emergency contact number of your bank in the event of a lost or stolen credit or debit card.

Holiday Pitfall #8: Not Getting Holiday Insurance
Many credit cards companies and banks offer free travel insurance especially for international travels. If you're travelling locally, make sure to enquire with your holiday provider about insurance options in case of an emergency.

We hope this will help you plan for your next holiday. What mistakes have you made on holiday that you have learned from?


11 Activities for the Adventurous in KZN

May 7, 2015

Do long days in the boardroom or tedious hours spent traffic drive you mad? Do you sometimes wish that you can just dive off of a cliff with nothing but a little rope holding you?! Then head down to KZN and to get your adrenalin pumping and experience some of the most amazing adventures SA has on offer. Gateway to KZN has identified the Top 11 adrenalin-fuelled activities in KZN:

Skydiving
What better way to feel alive then at 10 000ft above ground, free falling from the sky? Attached to a tandem instructor, brave skydivers will free fall for 45 seconds before floating down to land under parachute.

Shark Cage Diving
Dive deep into the ocean and explore the underwater world with Tiger and Zambezi sharks, Blacktip sharks and more, all in the safety of a floating steel cage. Climb into a wetsuit or a costume, don a mask and a brave face and learn more about these interesting species up close.

Oribi Swing/ Moses Mabhida Swing
Are you brave enough to take the leap and swing deep into the magnificent Moses Mabhida Stadium? The stadium's Big Rush Big Swing is officially the world's tallest swing (Guinness Book of Records since 2011). If it's being out in nature that you prefer, head to Oribi Gorge, leap off a ledge overlooking a waterfall and into the gaping depths of the gorge.

Microlight
Spot whales, tortoises and all sorts of marine life on board a microlight, flying along the Dolphin Coast. Or take off from Cato Ridge and enjoy breath-taking views of the Valley of a 1000 Hills. A fully trained pilot controls the microlight.

Abseiling
Abseiling down a cliff face is still as exciting as it was many, many years ago. Abseil in the central Drakensberg or learn the ropes at Oribi Gorge, alongside Lehr's Waterfall or head inland into Zululand and explore rock paintings while abseiling.

Super Tubes
You're in for a thrilling ride on the Mamba, the Torpedo or the Cuda at Ushaka Marine World. Looking for more of a rush? Head to the Wild Coast Sun and ride the exhilarating slides at Wild Waves Water Park. Go on the Boomeranga, the Aqua Loop and the SuperBowl for crazy-fun.

White River Rafting
White river rafting is the most fun you'll have on a raging river, with little to no experience needed. Ride the rivers in the Drakensberg or the mighty Umzimkulu waterfall. Season is from November to April.

4 x 4 Trail
Head inland for adrenaline-pumping 4x4 driving on exciting dusty trails. Learn more about this at the Stoney Ridge Offroad Academy in near Colenso. Or conquer Sani Pass before the road is tarred.

Canopy Tour/ Zipline Tours
It's fun, it's exhilarating and it offers spectacular views from up above. Glide from platforms high above tree tops and look down at the wondrous Karkloof, Drakensberg or Oribi Gorge.

Drag Racing or Oval Track Racing
Love the need for speed? Too fast, too furious? Support local clubs' legal drag racing events in Mtubatuba or Margate. Newcastle and Richard's Bay are also known for the Oval Track racing events. Watch local press, Newcastle Advertiser, Zululand Observer and South Coast Herald for upcoming events.

Go Paragliding
Dance on the winds and touch the clouds while tandem paragliding on the beach (Bluff), Berg (Bulwer) or Camperdown. Experience flight with an inflatable ultra-light gliding wing.

For more details on any of these activities, visit Gateway to KZN.


Consider a holiday in Limpopo

April 21, 2015

If you appreciate wildlife and nature there is nothing like a truly African Safari experience to help you relax and feel revitalised. However, not all of us were cut out for spending time roughing it bundu bashing style and feel more at home with life's little luxuries around us. Visit the resort directory for a list of safari resorts in Limpopo and consider Waterberg Game Park, Sondela Nature Reserve or Mabalingwe Nature Reserve for your next holiday. Limpopo is definitely the place to go if you want to get away from the city rush, breath in some fresh air and become one with nature again.

At these resorts you'll be able to wake up and see the animals from your porch, spend warm nights around a fire under the African sky and still experience some the comforts of top-class self-catering accommodation. All the resorts have a host of activities to ranging from putt-putt to game drives to hiking and horse trails. If the heat gets too much for you there are swimming pools at each resort and many have a heated pool for those late night swims.

There are also a few amazing activities to experience near the game reserves like the Waterberg Zip line Adventures and the Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm. If you looking for a real Adrenaline rush then the Tandem Skydive with Skydive Xtreme is not one to be missed.


6 Tips for keeping up with your health routine whilst on holiday

April 10, 2015

If you tend to overindulge whilst on holiday, relax, put down that doughnut and read on. You can make your next holiday a fun and active one without feeling like you're working out. With our handy tips, holidays can be a time of being active (whilst having fun!) and enjoying healthy, fresh food.

Healthy Holiday Tip #1: Pack your own snacks
If you're spending a day out and about going to malls or to the beach, carry a few healthy snacks in your bag to keep hunger pangs at bay. A bag of trail mix, granola bars or lean biltong is a perfect way to keep you fuelled, full and away from the pizza.

Healthy Holiday Tip #2: Self-catering means better meals
Self-catering holidays are great because you can still eat the same quality meals you would at home (not even mentioning the amount of money you'll save on restaurant bills!). If you don't like cooking whilst on holiday, precook some easy to freeze meals at home and take them to your destination.

Healthy Holiday Tip #3: Stay clear of sugary beverages
Opt for juice instead of soda and opt for low calorie spritzers instead of cocktails. Drink enough water (carry a bottle with you) - especially if you have busy day ahead of you.

Healthy Holiday Tip #4: Have fun taking in your new environment
Go for a hike, cycle a new route, go for a swim, play some table tennis or go for long walks in the area. There are many fun ways to keep active and burn those pesky calories at the same time.

Healthy Holiday Tip #5: Make good restaurant choices
When eating out, opt for high protein, low carb meals and replace your chips with a salad. Share your dessert with someone at the table and go for a nice, leisurely walk after your meal.

Healthy Holiday Tip #6: Relax your mind
Mental health and relaxation is a very important aspect of any holiday. It's clinically proven that high levels of stress lead to overeating and fatigue. Don't attend to work emails during your holiday, switch off your cell phone if you have to and take some time to meditate and be grateful for what you have.

How do you keep up your fitness routine whilst on holiday? How do you prevent those extra kilos piling up? Share your tips with us on Facebook


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Tell Us What You Want

March 24, 2015

We want to make sure that the communications we send you are exactly what you want and tailored to your holiday needs. You can now select your Communication and Holiday Preferences on our website by logging on and indicating your preferences under the "My Details" page of your profile.

Communication Preferences

What can you choose from?

  • Monthly Newsletter and/or SMS containing key news and specials.
  • Last Minute Deals: Receive email reminders about specials that are around the corner - this will never be more than once a week.
  • Special Deals: When offers too great to pass on comes available we want you to be the first to know.

Tell a friend!

Perhaps you want to make sure that your spouse, partner or an authorised user is also kept up to date about the latest and greatest offers and news from iExchange? Then add their details under the "Additional Communication Preferences" tab (make sure you have their consent!) and we'll send them the newsletter or SMS they were signed up for.

Holiday Preferences

Where do you want to go?

Tell us what matters most to you by indicating your Holiday Preferences so that we can identify the best places and deals for you and tailor the communication you get from us to better suit your needs:

  • Your preferred holiday destinations in South Africa and internationally.
  • Your preferred type of holiday when it comes to unit size and grading as well resort facilities.
  • Local attractions and activities that you will enjoy.

Tell Us & Win

Update your Communication and Holiday Preferences before 30 April 2015 and you can win your last holiday's iPoints back!

We'll select one lucky iExchange Member who has updated their details and your iPoints will be credited against your account. Click here and stand a chance to win!


Easter Feature: Planning an Easter Egg Hunt

March 13, 2015

With the Easter Holidays around the corner, an Easter Egg treasure hunt is one of the most fun activities you can do with your kids. This will require a little bit of planning on your side to make sure that it's successful, so read up on our handy hints and tips.

Decide on the date and venue

Pick a date that suits you and decide on the area where you'll be hiding the Easter Eggs. Good Friday falls on 3 April this year and is a great way to kick off the long weekend. Most of our resorts have beautiful grounds and you can get really creative with your hiding spots.

Stock up on the goodies

Make sure you have enough Easter Eggs to fill all the tummies (especially for sneaky grown-ups that might want to get their hands on the treasure before it gets hidden :-) You can also buy some regular eggs, hard boil them and have the kids paint them a day or two before the hunt. This will help them get excited for the Easter Adventure that awaits them.

Plan your treasure hideaway

In this step you can work on the clues and the hide-away spots. Consider keeping a list of hideouts just in case you forget where you put them :-) Clues can be distributed by you during certain legs of the hunt or you can even put the clues in clue boxes (think Amazing Race) in open spots where the kids can easily find them.

It is also a good idea to give the kids a list of what to find and reward the one who does it the fastest. This way no kid gets left out and they all get the same amount of treasure.

Also keep an eye out on the weather forecast - nobody likes a muddy Easter egg!

Ready, set, go!

Hand each kid a basket, small bucket or paper bag to keep put their treasure in. This can be put to good use to prevent them from eating all their treasure before they return to base camp.

Post-hunt party

Keep them entertained with a "bunny hop" race (sack race) and "pin the tail on the bunny".

Have fun and share your Easter Egg hunt adventures with us on Facebook.


Umhlanga Cabanas Refurbishment

February 24, 2015

Umhlanga Cabanas is looking amazing and boasts beautiful and luxurious interiors following the ongoing refurbishment programme.

During the three year renovation period, the much-loved resort has been completely redone. New balustrades have been installed, the resort has been painted and the old office/reception area has been converted to a guest lounge and WiFi hotspot. The new office/reception area is below the games room. Both the games room and kiddies area have been revamped. The pool has also been refurbished and there is a great new sundeck. Another addition is the communal braai area which comes complete with a communal sink to keep hands and equipment clean as well as preparation areas and tables.

The units are looking amazing with modern interiors and neutral colour palettes that will aid rest and relaxation on your next stay. Apart from the change to the units, the resort grounds are looking great and the deck with sun loungers have become a firm favourite amongst guests. We have also welcomed a new resort manager, Lesley Du Toit (previously Dolphin View Cabanas, Umdloti) and wish him all the best in this new role.


Mauritius Competition Winner

February 13, 2015

In July 2014 we announced that Mr CS Demosthenous was the winner of a week long holiday to Mauritius with his family. They had a great time and we are completely jealous that we couldn't fit into their suitcases! Here are some of their holiday pictures.

Mauritius Competition Winner

You too can be a winner! Keep your eyes open for our next great competition


Technology to make Holidays easier

February 13, 2015

Technology is everywhere and is meant to be helpful (sometimes we think it's also meant to frustrate you, but the tech companies swear that this isn't the truth...). And yes, sometimes a holiday is a time to switch off your phone and leave your laptop at home, but other times (like when you have two toddlers or a sulky teen), you need to just go with the flow. So, embrace some of the awesome technological products around you and use them to the max on your next holiday

  • Planning your holiday: make sure you don't forget a thing by using a to-do list app that can be synced to all your devices. Try Wunderlist.
  • Your iPad or tablet: download some fun apps to keep the kids entertained during long journeys. This way you get out long hours of i-Spy!
  • External hard drive: put enough movies on there to keep every member of the family entertained during rainy days
  • Your waterproof phone: take awesome photos under water or in the pool to make those memories last!
  • Solar chargers: nothing is as bad as your phone battery hitting a low during a fun day out and taking photos. Take a solar charger with you and recharge during lunch.
  • Google Goggles App: want to know more about a really important-looking building, painting or item that you don't know the name of? Start this app, point your camera and if Google has info on it, it will return with a Wikipedia entry about the place in front of you.
  • Google Maps: Use Google Maps before you land up in the roughest part of your new environment.
  • FourSquare: look up good places to eat or shop at by means of reviews from other visitors.
  • Google+ holiday timeline: load your photos to Google+ gallery and it will create a beautiful timeline gallery of where you were and when that you can share with your friends and family.

What technology do you make most use of when on holiday?


Exchanging online is cheaper

January 28, 2015

One of our main philosophies is to give you more value for your traditional timeshare or flexi week(s). We also want to make sure that we are the most affordable exchange company and for that reason joining iExchange and iBanking your week is absolutely free! You only pay an exchange fee when making a booking.

To help you save even more, we've decided to lower the exchange fee for all online bookings. You can save up to R200 per exchange. Have a look:

Span Online Fee Call Centre Fee
Full Week R790 R990
Mid Week R625 R785
Weekend R625 R785
International - Full Week N/A R2599

If you've not yet registered with iExchange, do so today. If you have, but you've not yet iBanked your week(s), logon to our website and get going. Your next holiday awaits!


Saving on your next holiday

January 15, 2015

Is one of your New Year resolutions to save more? It's definitely one of mine. Unfortunately the idea of saving can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. It may mean forfeiting your daily espresso from your favourite coffee shop or working overtime. It definitely means spending less on life's little luxuries such as new gadgets or holidays.

"No holidays?" I hear you ask. Well, perhaps it's not as unattainable as you may think. Here are a few tips for saving on your next holiday. After all, here at iExchange, we pride ourselves on giving you more bang for your buck.

  • First and foremost - iBank early. If you iBank your week(s) 180 days or more before occupation we'll give you an additional 10% points value. That's great value for money! That means you can get up to 110% of iPoints for your week. Click here to read more about iBanking with iExchange.
  • Exchange online. If you make your reservation online (as opposed to phoning our call centre), you'll save on your exchange fee.
  • Consider going during out of season periods. The Garden Route, for example, still has lovely weather during the winter months and is generally much more affordable because it's a low demand area. If you don't have school children consider going in January of February when accommodation is more affordable and the popular holiday spots less congested.
  • Have a Holiday Goal: Make a list of where you want to go and when and list all possible expenses such as petrol, travel insurance, visa costs, food, entry fees to tourist attractions, and transport costs - everything you can think of. Even sunscreen.
  • Once you've established how much you will need for your holiday, start planning how much you need to save each month before you head off on your trip.
  • Open a bank account especially for holiday savings. Put some money away every month and resist the temptation to dip your fingers in the all-important Holiday Fund.
  • Establish a spending budget for things like shopping and eating. This will help you to be more aware of your expenditure whilst on holiday.
  • Since you'll be staying in a self-catering resort you'll save a lot on food bills. Prepare some food at home, freeze it and bring it to your destination - it will help you save on time and cost.
  • Travelling overseas? Make sure how much your bank charges will be for electronic transactions such as ATM Withdrawals and credit card transactions. All those extras can accumulate - especially when visiting a country where the currency is much stronger than the Rand.
  • Flying to your destination? Make use of your frequent flyer rewards and shop around before you buy your ticket.
  • Take it easy and appreciate the small stuff. When planning your holiday activities opt for free or cheaper things to do. A simple internet search for free activities in an area will almost always deliver some results. Also, instead of going on an expensive adrenalin adventure, go on a hiking trail. Instead of splurging on an expensive day at an amusement park, spend quality time with your loved ones having a picnic. Holidays are about rest and relaxation after all!

How do you save for your holidays? What tips do you have for inexpensive holiday options?


iExchange Christmas Dinner

December 23, 2014

In the spirit of the holidays, we thought to share some cool Christmas recipes with you to try out this festive season. And, in the spirit of iExchange and healthy living, a Christmas meal will just not be the same without a touch of green on the plate!

Hors d'oeuvres - green is fresh and gets the taste buds going

Serve your loved ones gorgeous fresh asparagus wrapped in prosciutto (or bacon or ham for an easy-on-the-pocket option). Or what about serving a rich basil pesto on Melba toast? If chip 'n dip is your style, serve some fresh home-made guacamole and serve with tortilla chips.

Mains - green meat is a no-no, so we'll reserve it for the sides ;-)

The list is endless when it comes to light and healthy green side dishes to complement that gorgeous roast that you'll be serving. Our favourites this year include creamed spinach with bacon, seasonal green salad, some good old fashioned green beans with a nutty twist and even sugar snap peas with couscous.

Dessert - if it's green; it's healthy (even if it's covered in cream...)

What about one of SA's favourites? A peppermint crisp tart is easy, creamy and delicious! If you're feeling adventurous or if a sugar-sweet dessert just isn't your thing, try your hand at making a refreshing basil ice cream. And if simplicity is your middle name, serve them green jelly and custard!


Tips for a safe journey

December 10, 2014

Going on holiday is a great time to make memories with the family, but the fun can quickly disappear when experiencing car troubles. For your own safety, and to prevent unnecessary expenses that eats into your holiday budget, follow these tips to ensure a safe and memorable journey when going away.

Our #1 concern - safety

If every driver on the road takes responsibility for their safety we'll have far less accidents on our country's roads. Make a check-list of everything that needs to be done. You can even make a game of this with your kids before you leave the house. This way they'll also be more aware of driving safety and that's a lesson they're never too young to learn.

  • Ensure that the driver is well-rested. Don't drive when you're tired. Rather have your partner take over or arrange for a stop-over halfway on your journey.
  • Everyone in the car should wear their seatbelts.
  • Lock the doors.
  • Drive with your lights on - even during the day.
  • Don't drink/eat and drive - alcohol and driving should never be used in the same sentence and eating can cause your attention to waver. Sip on water, juice or coffee to keep you alert and hydrated through the journey.
  • Stop often - pull over at a petrol station every two hours to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and to get you ready for the next stretch.
  • Allow enough space between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Don't speed! Keep to the speed signs along the road.

Your car should be in tip-top shape

  • Take your car for a service a month before your trip
  • Have your tyres and wheel alignment checked two weeks before your trip. As a final measure, also check your tyre pressure the day before the journey.
  • Check your oil and water the day before your trip and fill your car's tank.
  • Make sure you have a spare tyre in the back and that it's in a good condition and not flat.
  • Ensure that your windows and side mirrors are clean and that your vision is in no way impaired.

Be prepared

  • Programme your GPS with the information of your destination the night before.
  • Have a map book ready just in case your GPS can't find your final destination.
  • Make sure your driver's licence is on you.
  • Have enough cash on your for toll fees.
  • Have a first-aid kit in your car and make sure it's fully stocked.
  • Have a copy of your confirmation letter with you as you'll need this when checking in at your resort.

Here's to happy and safe


Visit our YouTube Channel

December 10, 2014

Did you know that you can view some of our resorts on YouTube and take a tour through the facilities from the comfort of your own home? Planning your next holiday has just become a whole lot easier - you can now see it for yourself before you book! Get browsing and book today.


New resorts in inventory pool

November 19, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that we have signed up three new and exciting destinations to our existing Inventory Pool:

Shooters Rock is situated on the tranquil Ski Boat Beach in Ramsgate and ideal for family holidays.

The Atrium is a brand new development in Ballito (KZN North Coast) and offers guests their own little slice of Ballito-heaven.

Malagas Hotel is off the beaten track and is a family-friendly hotel situated on the banks of the Breede Rivier. Here guests can get some proper R&R and recoup.


10 Things To Do In The Drakensberg

November 6, 2014

The Drakensberg is one of the most famous destinations for holiday makers in South Africa and is an area rich in historical and cultural history. Here are some things to do when visiting the Berg:

1. Drakensberg Boys' Choir: Enjoy a world-class show as you listen to the beautiful sounds of these young voices.

2. Battlefields Route: Go on one of the legendary Battlefield Tours in the area. You can enjoy a self-guided tour, or choose the service of a knowledgeable guide to look around the most prominent sites and learn about the battles that took place many years ago.

3. Nelson Mandela Capture Site: Situated in the Midlands, the site of Nelson Mandela's capture before his 27 year jail sentence has a museum and outdoor display area.

4. World-class hiking trails are everywhere to be found: There is a trail for all fitness levels and ages and these are some of the best in the country. Most hikes in the Berg boast the most incredible views, enviable skies, open spaces, sheer rock faces, caves and waterfalls.

5. Giant's Castle Game Reserve: This beautiful reserve offering glorious views for hikers and mountain climbers as well as one of the best preserved sandstone caves with San rock art.

6. Horse Trails: Explore the mountains on horseback. Different tours are available depending on your level of expertise. Explore the forests, the grass lands, the Zulu villages and the cave paintings under the supervision of an expert guide.

7. Adventure activities: Get the adrenalin pumping - whether it-s paintball, tree top zip-lining, abseiling, geckoing (white water tubing) or mountain bike trails.

8. Falcon Ridge Birds of Prey Centre: Enjoy an impressive presentation and learn more about these fascinating creatures and the art of Falconry.

9. Arts & crafts and country stalls: Travel through the Berg and visit the quaint arts and crafts stalls on offer. The Midlands Meander is one of the most prominent spots for this kind of experience.

10. Recharge: There are many Spas and retreats throughout the Berg. If you're staying at Kiara Lodge or Cayley Lodge, make sure to visit our Body Bliss Day Spas.


iQuote Calculator - another innovation from iExchange

October 30, 2014

We want to make your experience with iExchange fun, fast and informative and for that reason we've designed a quick iQuote Calculator that enables you to see, within seconds, how many iPoints you can get for your timeshare week with iExchange.

All you need to do is have your resort name, unit number and week number at the ready and we'll tell you how many iPoints you can get if you iBank your week with us.

But what does iPoints really mean for you and what can they offer you? Below the iQuote Calculator, you'll see a grid with some of our most popular resorts and how much they'll cost you (in iPoints) should you book. These iPoints are the full rates, so to see how low our prices can go, visit our iDeals page to see what else we have on offer.

Remember that registering with iExchange is free of charge, you can do it online and you are under no obligation to iBank your week then and there. For more information on iBanking and the value of your iQuote, contact us


We Have The Largest Inventory Pool

October 23, 2014

You've heard us say it, you've read it on our website - we have the largest inventory pool in South Africa. But what proof do you have? To put your mind at ease and back up the rumours with some cold, hard facts, we've created a real-time calculation of the amount of stock we have in South Africa. Here you'll be able to see which areas have the most amount of inventory left. This will help you make an informed decision about where you may want to go to next and where you're best chances are to get some hot deals for your next holiday.


Keeping your kids entertained on long journeys

October 09, 2014

Remember long trips in a hot car travelling to Grandma's house playing "I spy" or singing "99 Green Bottles"? If the idea of repeating this with your own kids sends shivers down your spine and if you dread hearing those four horrible words - "Are we there yet?" - read on. We have a few tips on how to keep your kids entertained when travelling this festive season.

  • Make Bingo sheets before travelling to include some things you may see on your journey. For example, a petrol station, a speed sign, birds, a red car, a plane, a troop of monkeys etc.
  • Use technology to your advantage. Load their favourite movies on a tablet, Game Boy, PSP, or portable DVD player. If you travel a lot you may even want to consider installing DVD players in the seats.
  • Penalise them for naughty behaviour. In the beginning of the journey give each child about 20 20c coins. Then set the rules - e.g. no fighting, complaining, asking "are we there yet", fogging the window etc. For every offense, collect a coin. The child with the most money at the end of the trip wins it all.
  • Give them each an iPod or MP3 player with their favourite books being read aloud. You can download or buy some online.
  • Download some new games from the app store and keep your tablet's charger handy.
  • Have them take photos of the moving scenery and award a prize for the best photo when you arrive at your destination. For example, Jimmy wins best "running tree" and Suzie wins for best "marshmallow cloud formation".
  • Play "I Spy" - it's timeless!

Visa-free travelling for South Africans

September 19, 2014

"Not all those who wander are lost." wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in The Fellowship of the Ring. This is indeed true for the wondering traveller - those seeking to broaden their horizons and experience what the world has to offer the senses. If you are a South African sojourner you can do so without, the sometimes pesky, visa applications. The South African passport has been growing stronger over the years and we have access to quite a number of visa-free countries when travelling.

A simple Google search will produce a long list of countries South Africans can enter without visas. Looking for an exotic getaway? Why not venture to the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Mauritius or Seychelles? If the pulsing home continent is an inviting destination, head off to Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, or Senegal. Basically the whole of South America offers visa-free entry with a few countries requiring you to purchase a visa upon arrival. The Far East also beckons with Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand all wavering visa requirements for South Africans.

You can even check out this useful infographic about where the South African passport can take you, how it compares to some other countries' passports and what South Africans think about visas.

So even if you're a timeshare owner, you can also broaden your horizons. With iExchange it's as simple as banking your week into our inventory pool, selecting your overseas holiday resort and packing your bags. Joining is free and a competitive exchange fee applies (in general, R2599 for overseas exchanges).


Packing for your next holiday

September 10, 2014

Do you love going on holiday but hate to pack? Food is especially an issue as we tend to pack way too much or way to little! Have you ever found yourself at the end of the holiday looking at that unopened bag of rice and wondered why you even packed it to begin with? You're not alone! So to help make the packing process a little bit easier, we've compiled a list that will help you:

  • To drink: coffee, tea, longlife milk, juice or cordials and a bottle of wine for those beautiful evenings overlooking the beach.
  • For breakfast: cereal, muesli, yoghurt, eggs or bread to start each day like champion!
  • For cooking: oil, spray 'n cook, spices, pasta, rice and pre-packed sauces.
  • Fruit and vegetables: an array of your favourite in-season fruit and veg (fresh or frozen will work well).
  • General: margarine, condiments and your favourite snacks.
  • Other: Consider cooking and freezing a few of your family's favourite meals so that you can have a home-cooked meal away from home!

We hope this will help to start the ball rolling when packing for your next holiday! Here's to many great days, relaxing and doing nothing!


Cayley Lodge Putt-Putt Revamped

August 26, 2014

If there is one activity that both young and old enjoy and that has led to some serious holiday competition, it is putt-putt! Cayley Lodge recently gave their putt-putt course a revamp and it's already been put to good use. What we love about this course is the amazing view of the mountains. Doesn't it make you feel like going on holiday? Be sure to enjoy a round or two on your next stay here.


Arbor Week: Go (iExchange) Green!

August 18, 2014

South Africa celebrates Arbor week between 1 and 7 September annually and the efforts are overseen by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

What is the goal of Arbor Week?

  • To promote a better knowledge of trees, particularly indigenous trees;
  • To stress the necessity for everyone to plant trees and care for them;
  • To highlight the vital role of trees in our lives;
  • To contribute to the achievement of a green, dignified and healthy environment in all parts of South Africa.

Why not get your friends, families and colleagues together and plant an indigenous tree or two? As the wise adage goes: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children". So do your bit to make our earth a little greener this upcoming arbor week. We'd love to see your tree planting photos so load them onto Facebook or Twitter for us.


Upcycling: Make your own luggage tag

August 18, 2014

Last month we told you about our upcycling endevours. We'd like you to join us. So whilst planning your next vacation, why don't you get creative and make your own luggage tag from material in the house. You'll need:

  • Two pieces of fabric - 11cm x 8cm
  • One piece of felt - 11cm x 8cm
  • One piece of clear vinyl - 11cm x 8cm
  • A piece of string or ribbon
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Step One: Pin your fabric together, inside out. Be sure to have your felt piece on the outside

Step Two: Sew the fabric at least 1/2cm from the edge. Be sure you only sew three sides of your luggage tag. Trim down the corners with your scissors and also cut the felt closer to the seam. Turn your tag inside out and iron it flat.

Step Three: Insert your ribbon or string into the side of the tag that is unsewn and then sew it up.

Step Four: Sew your piece of vinyl onto one side of your tag. Be sure to remember to only sew three sides of your tag so you can slide your information into it.

Step Five: Add your details on a piece of paper and slide your contact information into the tag.


Umhlanga Cabanas - Communal Braai Facilities Revamped

August 15, 2014

Summer is here and what does that mean? It means holidays at the beach and evenings spent next to the braai with some tjops sizzling on the fire. Hmmm... :-) We can smell it already!

Umhlanga Cabanas revamped their communal braai facilities and it's ready for you to enjoy. It comes complete with a communal sink to keep hands and equipment clean, preparation areas and tables. So what are you waiting for? Pack your cooler box, head off to the braai area, get those fires crackling and make some friends in true South African fashion - around the braai.


Visit our YouTube Channel

August 13, 2014

Did you know that you can view some of our resorts on YouTube and take a tour through the facilities from the comfort of your own home? Planning your next holiday has just become a whole lot easier - you can now see it for yourself before even booking! Get browsing and book today.


Dolphin View Cabanas - Spoiling Guests

August 08, 2014

There is nothing better than arriving at your holiday destination after a long drive or flight, kicking off your shoes and letting your holiday begin. And now Dolphin View Cabanas are making it even better. On check-in days guests are spoiled to a complimentary hand or shoulder massage by the friendly staff members of a local spa situated next door.

Feel the stress melt away as you relax by the pool side for a quick and refreshing treatment. Of course it doesn't have to stop there - you're on holiday after all! So make sure to book a session or two for you to enjoy during your stay.


We LOVE our planet so we are UPCYCLING!

August 01, 2014

What is upcycling you may ask? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. For example: - Unravelling a wire clothes hanger to break into your car to rescue your keys = not upcycling - Stretching out a wire clothes hanger and tying strips of a plastic bag around it to make a wreath = upcycling! Upcycling gives an item a better purpose. And while jimmying the lock on your car to is giving that hanger a new purpose, it's not necessarily better or more beautiful. And the mangled hanger is likely destined for the trash, which is the opposite intent of upcycling.

So how does it differ from recycling? Recycling takes consumer materials - mostly plastic, paper, metal and glass - and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality. When you upcycle an item, you aren't breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it - like cutting a t-shirt into strips of fabric - but it's still made of the same materials as when you started. The upcycled item is typically better or the same quality as the original.

Here at iExchange we're doing our bit in the office by re-using one-side printed paper to become little bits of note paper. It's a tiny start and we're constantly looking at how we can be better. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter if you have any other ideas and to let us know what you think of our ideas!


Mauritius Competition Winner

August 01, 2014

Our "Win a trip to Mauritius" competition has come to an end and the lucky winner is Mr CS Demosthenous! He won an amazing holiday in Mauritius for four. This amazing prize includes their airplane tickets and R5000 spending money. We hope he has a great time and can't wait to hear all about it!

We'll soon be launching a new great competition where you stand to win another great holiday - this time in the lap of luxury on the local front. Keep you eyes on our social media (Facebook and Twitter) and be sure to check out next month's newsletter for more information.


Celebrate Mandela Day on 18 July

July 11, 2014

On 18 July we celebrate the late Nelson Mandela's birthday and, in honour of his 67 years of service, citizens are encouraged to ofer 67 minutes of services. Mandela followed three rules throughout his life, which he did at great personal sacrifice: 1 - Free yourself, 2 - Free others, and 3 - Serve everyday. It was not just his mantra, it was his way of life. If the legacy of Madiba's life and work is to be dynamic, it must be owned by current and future generations. It must be accessible to everyone, and applied in constantly changing contexts of time and place.

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The Mandela Day campaign was inaugurated as such a vehicle to achieve this. The message behind this campaign is simple - that each individual has the ability and responsibility to impact positive change every day. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so, to build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.

Individuals and organisations are free to participate in Mandela Day as they wish and are urged to find inspiration for their contribution in the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to adhere to the ethical framework of "service to one's fellow human" every day.

Our call centre will be reaching out to our callers for 67 minutes and ending each call with an inspirational quote from Nelson Mandela to inspire and encourage. Take Action. Inspire Change. Make every day a Mandela Day


Happy Birthday iExchange!

July 01, 2014

It's our birthday today and we won't pass on an opportunity to have some cake! Our first-class team is smiling all the way! Thanks to all our Members who rely on us to make their vacation exchange possibilities come true! Here's to many more years of discovering great holiday spots together.


The Greatest Shoal on Earth

June 27, 2014

During the winter months of June to August the South Coast experiences the amazing Sardine Run. The Sardine Run is much more than numerous glistening shoals of sardines moving up the coast. It involves and affects many marine animals and can be witnessed from the shore, the sea or the air, and from above or below the clean waters of the Indian Ocean. Great White Sharks, Copper Sharks, Common Dolphins, and Cape Gannets are four key predators that pursue the shoals northwards along the east coast of South Africa.

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The shoals can get up to 20-30km long and the feeding displays that result are spectacular. Sharks and dolphins round up the sardines into huge "bait balls", only to be consumed by the predators. White clouds of Cape Gannets plunge into the water like jet fighter planes, pods of common dolphins join together to herd the sardines through "super pods" several thousand strong, and hundreds of sharks join in pursuit. During the Sardine Run, you will find the presence of Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales.

The South Coast offers several vantage points along its magnificent 120km long coastline for you to take full advantage of the experience from the comfort of a deck-chair. So take up one of our June/July specials and make your South Coast booking to possibly be a part of this great experience.

The Natal Sharks Board offers a Sardine Run hotline 082 284 9495 that gives you up-to-date info on the whereabouts of these little swimmers.


Connect with us

May 16, 2014

Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter - or do both! Did you know we have exclusive Facebook and Twitter offers and competitions? Don't miss out. You can be instantly updated with what is happening so feel free to leave a comment or two. We cannot wait to hear from you!


iExchange Fees and Costs

Apr 25, 2014

Do I pay to bank my week? No, No and No!! You will not pay any banking fees when you bank your week with iExchange. This is another Great Big Gratis Benefit for being a Member of iExchange.

Are there any Exchange booking fees? Yes, you will be charged a very competitive exchange fee for every local or international booking that you make. You might be seeing different fees and this would be because your resort or club has negotiated fees with iExchange based on their affiliation agreement.

Are there any other fees that I will be liable for? iExchange has no further fees applicable to your membership. A few local and international resorts may require you to pay a refundable breakage deposit, settle additional fees and charges on check-in/check-out. You can use your credit card or the local currency. Some of the resorts may charge for use of certain facilities, like golf, for example.


Booking Online, the easy way!

Apr 11, 2014

Book your next exchange holiday in the comfort of your own home, in the office or where ever you are 24/7! Not only is this more convenient but you will also save when you book online. With more bang for your buck, you should ask yourself why you are you not booking online. It is easy and can be done in 4 easy steps:

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  • Step1: Click on the green Members Book Now icon and enter your username and password. If you don't have a username and password, please click on register and follow the prompts.
  • Step2: Click on Resort Directory. Search countywide or specific regions, the choices are endless.
  • Step3: Select the preferred resort and confirm the booking.
  • Step4: Pay the exchange fee and you will receive a confirmation letter as soon as payment is received.

The rest, as they say, is history!


iDeals? What are iDeals?

Apr 01, 2014

You might have seen the word iDeal on our newsletters and website and have asked yourself, what are iDeals? Well, iDeals really are iExchange's hot offers! We mainly have 2 options to maximise your holiday potential:

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Cash Deals Cash iDeals is bonus rental accommodation that is offered to iExchange Members on a cash booking basis at short notice (typically 3 weeks or less before occupation), giving you the lowest prices in the industry on selected inventory. Out of season full weeks from R999, weekends from R599 and midweeks from as little as R400 - Now that's a bonus!

Last Minute Deals Take advantage of our amazing Points discounts on selected inventory if you book close to occupation. Look out for the latest offer in our monthly newsletter, SMS's or on the website. If you are not getting these, sign up for our newsletters and SMS's now!


How do we measure up with the rest?

Mar 17, 2014

Why choose iExchange as your preferred vacation ownership exchange provider? Read on to find out about how we measure up:

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  • Well established company - iExchange is part of the Beekman Group whose been an industry leader in timeshare and holiday accommodation for more than 40 years.
  • Awesome choice of holiday resorts - You will be spoiled for choice by our huge range of holiday resorts to choose from.
  • Only pay when you book - There are no registration, membership or admin fees. Only one low exchange fee that is payable once you decide to book your perfect holiday.
  • Quality accommodation - all the resorts are inspected regularly to ensure they meet our high standards and are correctly rated.

Click here to read more about the value iExchange can offer you.


Resort Feature: Umhlanga Cabanas

Feb 28, 2014

This resort is set in the popular holiday town of Umhlanga Rocks, a short 10 minutes drive from Durban. Designed in a cluster around a swimming pool, and just 150m from golden sandy beaches and rock pools, Umhlanga Cabanas is ideal for a family holiday. The stylish apartments are fully self-catering and each has its own spacious patio overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens below.


2015 iBankings and bookings

Feb 27, 2014

We are hard at work creating and setting the 2015 Calendars so that you may iBank your 2015 weeks and get more iPoints for your efforts. Missed out on some special dates last year and again this year? Well then the time to act is now. Make use of this opportunity and grab those bookings early to ensure you have the holiday we know you deserve on the dates you really need. Watch this space!


Booking Online, the easy way!

Feb 13, 2014

Book your next holiday in the comfort of your own home in the office or where ever you are 24/7! Not only is this more convenient but you will also save when you book online. With more bang for your buck, you should ask yourself why you are you not booking online. It is easy peasy and can be done in 4 easy steps:

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  • Step 1:Click on the green Members Book Now icon and enter your username and password. If you don't have a username and password, please click on register and follow the prompts.
  • Step 2:Click on Resort Directory. Search county wide or specific regions the choices are endless.
  • Step 3:Select the preferred resort and confirm the booking.
  • Step 4:Pay the exchange fee and you will receive a confirmation letter as soon as payment is received.

The rest, as they say, is history!


2015 Availability

Feb 12, 2014

We are hard at work creating and setting the 2015 Calendars and to release our 2015 inventory. So, if you missed out on some special dates last year and again this year, well then the time to act is now. Grab those bookings early to ensure you have the holiday we know you deserve on the dates you really need in 2015. Watch this space! To help you along, here is arguably the top ten must do events in SA, so look out for when the dates are released for these and make your booking with us!

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  1. 1. Kaapse Klopse, Cape Town
  2. Namaqualand daisies in spring
  3. Comrades Marathon
  4. Grahamstown National Arts Festival
  5. Pick 'n Pay Argus Cycle Tour
  6. The Sardine Run
  7. Dusi Canoe Marathon
  8. The Soweto Derby
  9. Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees
  10. Knysna Oyster Festival

Web Site Maintenance

Feb 11, 2014

Our web sites will be down for scheduled maintenance on Sat 15th Feb 2014 from 6:00am - 9:00am. During this time the iExchange web site will be temporarily unavailable.


Resort Feature - The Dunes Hotel & Resort

Jan 31, 2014

Located in the heart of the Garden Route, The Dunes is a superior hotel and conference venue within walking distance from the unspoiled Keurbooms Beach and just minutes from the premier resort of Plettenberg Bay. Click here to book now.


New international exchange fee

Jan 16, 2014

We want to kick the New Year off with some good news and a gift to you. Our highly competitive international exchange fee has become even better. As of 1 January 2014 our international exchange fee has dropped to an impressive R2750. That's a R249 saving! Isn't that a good enough reason to book that trip to Europe that you've always dreamed of ?! ;-)


iBank and win with iExchange!

Dec 18, 2013

iBank your week with iExchange and stand a chance to win a 1 week holiday to Mauritius for 4 people including flights and R5000 spending money! Broaden your horizons with iExchange and keep on discovering amazing holiday spots locally and internationally. All you need to do is iBank your week (s) with us - phone 0861 iEXCHANGE to iBank. If not yet registered, do so online or phone us today.


New to iExchange?

Dec 5, 2013

Tis the Season of Giving... New to iExchange? Thinking of iBanking your week/s with us? If you are new to iExchange and you iBank your week with us we will send you an iDude flash drive. Our gift to you this Christmas! So don't delay - iBank your week now. Click here to see why you should iBank with us.


What can I do with my iPoints?

Nov 28, 2013

So you've seen us around, but have not gone so far as to bank your week. Perhaps you're having doubts about whether or not we can truly offer you the best exchange offer out there! Well wonder no more, Click here to see a breakdown of what iExchange can offer you when you bank your week with us. It offers a step by step breakdown of how we assign our unique iPoints currency and how you can go about making the most of it!


New Resort! Alluvia Wine Estate

Nov 14, 2013

Enter the heart of the South African winelands at a resort in Stellenbosch which promises to impress. With the Banhoek valley below, you will be inspired by the beautiful scenery that greets you every morning. Pick from a 6 or 8 sleeper house to enjoy a proper getaway with loved ones in this peaceful area. So whether your coming for an amazing wine tasting experience, a golfing getaway or a family holiday, Alluvia Wine Estate will surely be like a home away from home.


Flexi Owners!

Oct 09, 2013

Are you a Flexi Owner? Why wait until the flexi pools run dry? Set your 2014 week early and iBank with us to get maximum iPoints.


iBank and Win

Oct 07, 2013

iBank and win! iBank your 2014 week during October and stand a chance to win double your iPoints back! Each week you iBank is an entry. Phone today to bank or email us - but whatever you do make sure you enter. As usual, some T&C's apply, so feel free to check them out here.


Holidaying Abroad?

Sep 19, 2013

International Holidays - Going on holiday abroad is easy with iExchange and at only R2999 exchange fee, it's affordable. Speak to our International Specialist today to find out more. We can even book your flights and car rentals for you. How easy is that?!


Resort Feature!

Sep 05, 2013

Suntide Qunu Lodge is that little holiday gem that you're looking for! It has amazing views, hiking and horse riding trails and is the embodiment of "absolute serenity".


September school holidays are around the corner!

Sep 04, 2013

September school holidays are around the corner! Book now and beat the rush! Take advantage of great savings when booking your holiday using iDeals! Full week holidays from only R999 and no points used!!! Check out our latest ideals.


Bank your week

Sep 03, 2013

Bank your week 180 days before occupation and get 110% of iPoints to use towards your future booking with iExchange!


New Resort: Es Paradis

Aug 01, 2013

A luxurious paradise location set between the exclusive sea-fronting towns of Umhlanga and Ballito on KwaZulu-Natal's famed Dolphin Coast, this ultra-trendy resort meets your heart's desire. Es Paradis is specifically designed to fit snugly with its surrounding environment, seamlessly combining earthy elements with superbly innovative architecture, creating a sublimely eco-friendly companion to its natural surrounds.


New Exchange fees! Still as low as ever!

July 18, 2013

We have brand new exchange fees and they are still as low as ever giving you the best bang for your bucks!

New Exchange Fees!

New Resort - Ukuthula Lodge

July 05, 2013

Ukuthula Lodge is a welcoming retreat, situated in the quaint little town of Rooiberg, between Bela Bela and Thabazimbi in the Limpopo Province. Offering an idyllic getaway to a peaceful haven, Ukuthula is the place to go when you need the restorative benefits of true country hospitality, quiet rambles through the interesting village, or possibly a game of golf at the beautifully maintained Bushveld course of Rooiberg Golf Club, just 500m away from the resort.


Do your bookings online

July 01, 2013

Avoid the rush and book your December reservations early. Contact the Call Centre or make use of our website. If you do your own booking online it is R300 cheaper than if you phone one of our smooth operators. Give it a try! Our online booking system has been designed so that you can take control of planning and booking your next holiday and enjoy the convenience of booking any time of the day or night all in the comfort of your own home.


Find us on Facebook

June 20, 2013

Every like, post and comment enables us to serve you better. By monitoring all our activity logs on Facebook we get to know what our members are thinking, where you like to go on holiday and what makes you happy from a service perspective. Visit our Facebook page to view pictures of resort upgrades, holiday pictures posted by members, exciting news about iExchange, specials and discounted inventory and our regular Happy Travels posts.


Relax... Be Pampered... Indulge

June 18, 2013

The world we live in is a hectic place: constant noise, demands, time constraints and other pressures can sap the energy of anyone. At moments like these, the soul needs time to simply breathe, be refreshed and be rejuvenated. Such a haven of tranquillity can be found at a Body Bliss Day Spa. Body Bliss Day Spa's are available at Kiara Lodge (Northern Drakensberg), Hazyview Cabanas (Mpumalanga) and Cayley Lodge (Central Drakensberg)


Want Super Cheap rentals?

May 17, 2013

We have it covered! As a member of iExchange you get iDeals on a cash booking basis at short notice giving you the guaranteed lowest prices in the industry on selected inventory. Full weeks at R999, weekends at R599 and mid weeks at R399, now that is low!


Your One Stop Travel Shop!

April 29, 2013

Apart from arranging your local and international accommodation, iExchange also offers car hire and flights. Our members have access to these travel services at iExchange's specially negotiated discount prices. It really completes the travel process allowing a member to confirm an entire holiday booking, including travel arrangements, through one call. Now that is smooth!


Saving money is always good news!

April 09, 2013

If you do your own booking online it is R300 cheaper than if you phone one of our smooth operators. Give it a try! But if you prefer the personal touch always remember that our smooth operators are always there to assist you too.


RCI OSCAS AWARDS

March 27, 2013

Our very own resort Sunshine Bay Beach Club has received the highest accolade in it's class at the recent industry Oscas. We are also very proud of Suntide Qunu for receiving an award as a Top Resort in its class.


iExchange part of the Go Green Revolution!

March 22, 2013

iExchange's parent company, The Beekman Group, has recently been awarded the highest accolade obtainable for its numerous go green efforts. The Port Shepstone based group has been awarded Platinum Certification by The Green Path for the Group's eco-approach to running the business which includes the motto "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".

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The Beekman Group is truly focused on sustainability and understands its role as a responsible organisation in the community within which it operates. Their Go Green mission is to participate actively towards the improvement and the preservation of the environment by mobilizing themselves, encouraging others and acquiring the means to facilitate a recycling programme with the aim of minimizing the impact the waste has on the environment. "Whilst incorporating sustainability into a business strategy is a relatively young approach for South African businesses, few seem to grasp the concept as quickly and as boldly as The Beekman Group has." commented Greg Seymour, the Director of Go Green Global.

The Group has been awarded this Platinum Certification by showing dedication and a successful campaign in each of the 8 categories presented in this award. Amongst other things the Group's head office have successfully reached goals set in energy saving, water and waste reduction, recycling as well as running various clean up campaigns and waste collection depots. Seymour stated: "When considering the use of natural resources, although most organisations identify this as a major focus issue, many shy away as soon as there is any capital cost involved, even if there are attractively short payback periods such as 18-24 months. This is clearly not the case with The Beekman Group. In order to reduce water consumption, infra-red motion sensors were fitted throughout all bathrooms, and in order to reduce their energy consumption, the group provided sizable capex to retro-fit their entire Head Office building's lighting, as well as converting the entire hot water system to that of an on-demand system."

"The group has certainly not overlooked the role of society in the process of going green and has literally immersed themselves in community projects by taking up lead roles. As The Beekman Group has its house in order, as far as green practices are concerned, it now looks ahead to its role as an influencer across its supply chain." observed Seymour. The Beekman Group has begun the roll out of sustainability practices to those resorts which it owns and manages and a number of resorts have also been certified. Guests visiting these premises will be able to experience first-hand the positive impacts brought about by such responsible actions.

Hannelie Millar, the Go Green Co-Ordinator of the Group says: "What an interesting journey - and absolute pleasure dealing with Greg Seymour. Thanks also to Jade Labuschagne, the Beekman Group Facilities Manager, and her team for all their support in the implementation process. It's great working with like-minded people and we challenge other businesses on the Coast to do what we've done. Keep greening your choices!" The Beekman Group is one of South Africa's leading corporate players in the development and management of property and in the leisure sector. This has been achieved through consistency in concept innovation, strategic business planning and implementation within all aspects of their business operations.


2014 Inventory - Never too soon to book!

March 18, 2013

We already have space for 2014 available! Remember that with iExchange the early bird gets the biggest worm! You will get maximum Points and additional Gratis Points for taking the initiative to bank your week early. The closer you are to occupation, the higher the risk of your units not being rebooked, and the iPoints allocations are therefore adjusted accordingly.


An Exciting Addition to our Resort Selection

February 04, 2013

Burgundy Luxury Apartments are situated in the mixed use Burgundy Estate, bordering the vineyards of the sought after Durbanville wine area and the Historic De Grendel wine farm, home of Sir DeVilliers Graaf. Burgundy Luxury Apartments are approximately 25km from Cape Town's city centre, 20km from the airport and 30km from Stellenbosch, making it ideally situated for both business travelers and holidaymakers alike.


An Exciting Addition to our Resort Selection

February 02, 2013

Shearwater on Sea is situated along the Garden Route, a majestic and popular scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast, treating visitors to some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa. Located in the resort town of Sedgefield, Shearwater on Sea is mere 50 meters from Myoli Beach. Sedgefield is a popular kite surfing area, but presents a variety of water sports from boating, canoeing, windsurfing, waterskiing, sailing and is also a veritable paragliding mecca. The area has an abundance of fascinating fauna & flora hidden in a network of Fynbos, offering bird watchers a treasure trove of varied and beautiful bird species to be found within the different eco-systems.


An Exciting Addition to our Resort Selection

February 01, 2013

Ocean Shores is 30 minutes from Cape Town in Bloubergrandt. An ideal location from which to explore the local attractions like Robben Island.


An Exciting Addition to our Resort Selection

January 21, 2013

Jackalberry Ridge is a luxury tented camp with all the character of nostalgic African safaris. Each tent has electricity a functional kitchen, bathroom, lounge, splash pool, lapa and braai. This is safari with style. The resort is situated on the southern border of Kruger near the Crocodile Bridge gate. This one is a must for your bucket list.


An Exciting Addition to our Resort Selection

January 20, 2013

The Dunes is a garden route resort with sweeping views of the coastline and the mountain ranges. If you get tired of chilling and checking out the scenery you could go shark cage diving or kite surfing. If that sounds too energetic you could laze around the breakfast buffet table. The units are beautifully decorated. It would be like staying in your own beach house for a week.


Competition

November 16, 2012

At the moment we are running a really exciting competition. If you bank your 2013 week with iExchange we will enter you into the draw and you could win an out of season week at any of our South African resorts. You may even get bonus iPoints for banking early to. Please speak to your smooth operator about getting the competition rules.


Exciting New Inventory

November 2, 2012

This sure to get you on the phone to one of our smooth operators. We have just received some fantastic inventory at The Peninsula in Cape Town and Avalon Springs, also in the Cape. These are both very beautiful resorts, so get in early and secure your booking.


An Exciting Addition to our Resort Selection

October 20, 2012

Located near Dullstroom, Kloppenheim Country Estate is just a 2 hour drive from Gauteng. This is a truly magnificent resort situated on 500 ha of pristine grassland stocked with antelope and zebras. The architecture has been inspired by the town of Kloppenheim in Germany. The lodges have a feeling of being in your own country house surrounded by colonial style furnishings, with the luxury of fire places and under floor heating. There are 6 trout dams on the estate as well as an intricate labyrinth, not to mention the luxury Spa. Kloppenheim is well worth a visit. Check it out in the resort directory!


FUNDIS

September 1, 2012

Our smooth operators have become even smoother. They have all recently completed the Tourism Fundi course. They have gained extensive knowledge about South Africa from a geographical and tourism perspective. They are definitely in the know when it comes to what is hip and happening and where the trendiest spots are.