HANDS up if you’re excited about Survival Of The Fittest.
The programme, which premieres on ITV2 this Sunday at 9pm, is being billed as Love Island for the winter months – which makes sense as it has the same producers.
ITV Plc Survival Of The Fittest looks to be the new Love Island – set in South Africa
The show, hosted by Laura Whitmore, will see fit men and women being pitted against each other in physical challenges in the South African savannah.
The programme is being sold as a battle of the sexes – but the TV bosses are clearly hoping that the contestants will also hook up with each other while living in “The Lodge.” .
While the show will focus on the men and women, there will be plenty of beautiful shots of South Africa – from the savannah to Cape Town.
If you’re feeling inspired to visit after catching up on the show, read on for our holiday guide to the area…
Getty – Contributor The lodge where the contestants will stay is in Limpopo, an area of northern South Africa
Where is Survival Of The Fittest filmed?
While ITV has kept the exact location of the lodge where the team will sleep secret, they have revealed that it’s in the savannah in Limpopo, an area of northern South Africa.
The savannah is an area of large grassland where trees are so widely spaced that they only cover about 20 per cent of the surface.
Home to the ‘big five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – it is one of world’s the most popular safari trip destinations.
What is there to do in Limpopo and the savannah?
Facebook The Big Baobab Tree and is in South Africa – close to where Survival of the Fittest is being filmed
If you’re in South Africa, you’re likely to be a big fan of animals and heading out on a safari.
The best place to do this is at the Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in the whole of Africa.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Moholoholo is worth a visit, where you can visit sick and orphaned animals, and guides will explain how animals are brought back to health.
You’ll also want to visit the Sunland Baobab Pub.
The pub is built inside a huge baobab tree and can fit 15 drinkers at a time.
Getty – Contributor The Debengeni Waterfalls are situated in the Drakenberg Mountain Range
The Debengeni Waterfalls are another beauty that you’ll want to check out when you’re in Limpopo.
You’ll find them in the Drakensberg Mountain Range, at the river Ramadipha, and they’re perfect place to have a picnic with family.
Similar properties to contestants’ Lodge that I can stay at?
Unfortunately, the Lodge isn’t available for hire, as ITV2 actually built it themselves for the show.
However we’ve found some alternatives nearby, if you want to go all out and hire a similar property in the area.
Phelwana Game Lodge
Booking.com Phelwana Game Lodge is the perfect base to head out on safari
Located in the Hoedspruit area, you’ll sleep in a luxury tent or a chalet with a private pool.
You can do guided bush walks and game drives to spot wild animals, go cycling or fishing.
A one-bedroom villa comes in at £222 per night in August.
Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Booking.com Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa has certainly got some Survival Of The Fittest elements to it
Situated in Hoedspruit’s Wildlife Estate, all rooms have a terrace, a fridge a Nespresso machine.
There’s a bush spa, which offers traditional African massages, as well as manicures and pedicures.
You can hire bikes and there’s horse riding on offer, too.
The honeymoon suite starts at £177 per night in August including breakfast.
Booking.com 57 Waterberg is made up of five different stunning chalets
This five-star lodge is in Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, two hours from Johannesburg.
Surrounded by rugged scenery, the lodge is made up of five different chalets.
You can head out on game drives, where you’ll see elephants and lions, as well as 2000-year-old rock paintings by ancient bushmen.
A one-bedroom chalet comes in at £361 including full board in August.
Should I visit Cape Town while I’m there?
EPA Cape Town is the perfect mix of beach and city
Cape Town is an incredible place to visit – it’s a melting pot of different communities, food and culture against the backdrop of Table Mountain and its National Park.
It is also a good spot for those who want to stay active and learn to surf, paraglide, or go for a hike.
The food on offer ranges from traditional South African grub (make sure to try bunny chow, which is a hollowed out loaf of bread with a curry in) to fresh seafood.
Then there are beautiful beaches, such as Camps Bay and the four beaches in Clifton – as well as a nudist beach in Sandy Bay.
Alamy Cape Town is currently suffering from a severe drought
The town is city is currently suffering a severe drought though with tourists asked not to flush the toilet and each person limited to 50 litres of water a day.
On May 11, which they have called “Day Zero,” taps will be cut off in all homes and most businesses across the city – so it is worth waiting until later in the year to visit.
Which are the best cheap flights to Cape Town?
You can fly to Cape Town from London Heathrow from £964 return in August on British Airways.
Which are the best budget hotels in Cape Town?
Lagoon Beach Hotel and Spa
Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa You’ll want to watch the epic sunsets while relaxing with a drink at the Lagoon Hotel and Spa
Looking out over Table Mountain and Robben Island, this hotel also has direct beach access.
There’s a roof-deck pool and all rooms have views of the sea or of the mountain.
There are three restaurants on site, a gym and a spa, as well as activities like windsurfing and hiking.
Rooms start at £116 for a king with breakfast included in August.
Circa Luxury Apartment Hotel
Circa Luxury Apartment Hotel Circa Luxury Apartments offer a modern and chic design – good after a long day exploring Cape Town
These apartments are modern and stylish and are close to the V&A Waterfront and Long Street.
There’s a fully-equipped kitchen if you’re wanting to do some of your own cooking while you’re in town.
You’re also close by to the Robben Island Museum and breakfast is included.
A standard apartment comes in at £72 per night including breakfast in August.
Three Boutique Hotel
Three Boutique Hotel You can chill out in the charming gardens at the Three Boutique hotel, away from the bustle of Cape Town
This place is definitely a good-looking option, set in an historic white building with verandas around the pool.
New Qatar Airways Plane Designed To Reduce Jet Lag Launches In The Uk This Weekend
AS a rule, Economy cabins tend to get less comfy on planes while First and Business Class increase the luxury.
But Qatar Airways is bucking the trend this year – by improving life for Economy passengers as well as the VIPs.
Big changes to the A350-1000 aircraft could make a massive difference to what it feels like to take a long-haul flight
The airline has added Airbus’s first A350-1000 aircraft to its fleet – with the first flights from London to Doha taking off this Saturday.
Some big changes to the plane could make a massive difference to what it feels like to take a long-haul flight.
While First and Business Class have had a huge upgrade, Economy has had a hi-tech overhaul too.
Inside the cabin there will be 16-million-LED ambient lighting that minimises the effects of jetlag by allowing passengers to feel awake and sleepy at the correct times.
Airbus The airline has added Airbus’s first A350-1000 aircraft to its fleet
According to Forbes, the new plane will have better cabin pressure and humidity, so travellers suffer less from dehydration during a flight.
There will also be improved cabin temperature zones – allowing smaller area of the planes to be regulated individually.
Cabin temperature zones have traditionally been hard to regulate from when end of the plane to the other – which is why the front can appear freezing cold while the back is comfortably warm.
It’s good news for those who always get sick after a plane journey too – the new A350-1000 aircraft will have hospital grade air filters to clear out the germs in the air.
Airbus In the Business Class cabins, customers in adjoining seats can create their own double bed
The planes will also have the largest overhead bins of any aircraft for maximum storage.
While this is less important for passengers taking long-haul flights – who are unlikely to be flying with just hand luggage, it will make the boarding process much smoother.
Obviously the best changes of all have been reserved for those who turn left when they board a plane though.
Video reveals what you get as Qatar Airways becomes first airline to o
Airbus Up to four passengers travelling together are also able to transform their seats to form a private area
The world’s first double beds in business class will take the passenger experience “to a new level” on flights from London to Doha, an airline has claimed.
In the cabins, customers in adjoining seats can create their own double bed by removing privacy panels.
The “Qsuites” are available to Business Class passengers on the daily Boeing 777 service from London Heathrow to Doha from this weekend.
This Couple Have A Genius Solution To Swerve The Two-bag Cabin Luggage Rules – And They Haven’t Been Caught Yet
NO MATTER what incredible bargain you scored on your flight prices, the tricky issue of luggage often gets travellers unstuck — and paying through the nose.
Most airlines allow passengers to bring only one carry-on bag and one personal item on board, meaning anything else has to be checked in, and often at high expense.
Wool and Oak A couple reckon they’ve designed the perfect hand luggage solution: two bags of luggage that masquerade as one
And of course, many airlines are strict on the size and type of the bag you try to pass off as carry-on. So you’re pretty much left with two undesirable options: pack less stuff, or pay to check the rest in.
A couple reckon they’ve designed the perfect solution: two bags of luggage that masquerade as one.
Johnathan Webster and Gizem Mut-Webster are the husband-and-wife team behind Wool & Oak, a company that is becoming famous for its newest launch: a clever two-part duffel bag designed to get around airlines’ strict bag policies.
Wool and Oak The bag looks like a single backpack, which you can carry around like any other
The bag looks like a single backpack, which you can carry around like any other.
But once you’re on the plane, the bag unzips to create two separate parts: a slimmer backpack and a larger bag. There are a couple of Wool & Oak bags the backpack can be zipped onto, turning them into one.
And with that, boom — you’ve just skipped around the airline’s strict one carry-on policy, and snuck two bags on.
Well, they were technically one bag when you boarded.
Wool and Oak But once you’re on the plane, the bag unzips to create two separate parts
Johnathan Webster told Business Insider: “I haven’t been caught yet.”
He said he’s managed to store as much as two weeks’ worth of luggage in the two-in-one duffel bag, and reckons it’s saved him hundreds of dollars in check-in fees.
The couple’s company Wool & Oak, which launched through Kickstarter, makes a whole range of stylish travel bags.
Swedish Airport Hostel In Stockholm Allows Travellers To Sleep Inside An Old Jumbo Jet
PASSENGERS at this airport hotel in Stockholm can get some kip on a plane before they’ve even checked in.
The Jumbo Stay Hostel is built into an old Boeing 747-212B plane – right next to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Rex Features The Jumbo Stay Hostel is built into an old Boeing 747-212B plane
Zuma The cockpit suite is by far the most exciting of the rooms, with a bed right in front of the old control dashboard
Rex Features There are also quirky round “engine rooms”, which have been built into the space where the jet engines were
They have three different types of rooms to accommodate one to three adults, as well as a four-bed dormitory option.
All together, the hostel offers 76 beds – with the most luxurious found in the cockpit – providing views of the landing strip.
All rooms have access to private and shared showers and toilets in the corridor, apart from the Cockpit suite, the Black Box suite and one single room which boast their own shower and WC.
The cockpit suite is by far the most exciting of the rooms, with a bed right in front of the old control dashboard.
Booking.com There is a cafe inside the plane that serves breakfast, coffee, cookies, ice cream, sandwiches and hot meals
Alamy There is also a conference room that can sit up to 20 people
There are also quirky round “engine rooms”, which have been built into the space where the jet engines were under the wings – that come with their own outside entrance, and a black box suite that is built into the back of the plane.
Prices range from 450 Swedish Krona (£40) for a bed in a four-bed dorm to 1895 Swedish Krona (£168) for the Black Box suite.
There is also a cafe inside the plane that serves breakfast, coffee, cookies, ice cream, sandwiches and hot meals.
Visitors can also head out onto an observation desk on top of one of the plane’s wings.
Rex Features The plane was originally built for Singapore Airlines and later served with the legendary Pan Am
Booking.com Visitors can also head out onto an observation desk on top of one of the plane’s wings
Jumbo Stay is only five minutes away from the check-in counters at Arlanda – and guests can take a free shuttle bus.
Hostel owner Oscar Diös said: “I was getting ready to expand my hostel business in 2006 when I heard about an old wreck of an aircraft for sale at Arlanda.
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