HANDS up if you’re excited about Survival Of The Fittest.
The programme, which recently premiered on ITV2 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, sees 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 focuses on the men and women, there are 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 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.
How Acapulco – Once Mexico’s Top Tourist Resort – Was Ruined By Crime
ACAPULCO used to be a glamorous destination and was at the height of fashion in the 1950s, when A-listers like Elizabeth Taylor would flock there on holiday.
John F. Kennedy Junior stayed there as a child and even went there with wife Jackie on honeymoon.
Getty – Contributor Acapulco is home to beautiful beaches – but things have changed since the resort’s heyday in the mid 20th century
But things have changed since the resort’s golden years as a result of a huge crime wave – which is down to violent battles between the country’s drug cartels.
It’s now known as one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
The once booming tourist trade has now petered out, and beaches have been left deserted.
Bars have shut and the areas that tourists areas are now patrolled by police.
AFP – Getty Police patrol the beach after a violent day in the city
Police patrol the streets after a shootout which killed seven people – last year a record number of people were murdered
An investigation by Sky News reports that 30,000 people were murdered there last year – the highest number in 20 years – around 82 people dying per day.
Bodies are often found dumped on the beaches.
The situation is so bad that the American government has issued a warning not to visit.
With the CIA has reporting that violence levels in Acapulco are the same as the war zones of Syria and Iraq, Sky News headed out there to patrol with the Mexican Federal Police.
Corbis – Getty Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Mike Todd on their honeymoon in Acapulco in 1957
AFP A police helicopter patrols the beach while an armed policeman keeps watch over tourists
One local businesswoman called Laura Caballero who they spoke to revealed that her restaurant is turned over by crooks on a daily basis.
They also spoke to a farmer called Ruben who grows poppies that are turned into opium and heroin.
He claimed that it was the government behind the drugs cartels.
He said: “We live in a very complicated and testing country, because the crime gangs and the government exhort, kidnap and kill.
“The government is hand-in-hand with them because the gangs pay.
“If you’re a criminal the government likes you. If you are honest people the government wants to destroy you.”
AFP or licensors The bodies of two dead women lie in the street after an attack
The investigation then heads to his secret poppy farm, tucked away in the jungle, protected fiercely and watched at all times.
While the plants are used to make drugs, he explains that it is far more lucrative to grow them than other produce.
He explained: “If you grow ten hectares of mango you can make $53,000 a year. If you grow ten hectares of poppy you make $300,000 per year.”
Later on, the TV crew meet a man called Carlos in Mexico City who works for the government as an assassin and carries a gun.
He says: “People just used to shoot you, and now they will cut your head off. They’re becoming more degenerate”.
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John F. Kennedy Jr. (right) and his cousin, Anthony Radziwill, fish in Acapulco as childrenSun Online previously reported that 28 people had been killed at a massacre in an Acapulco jail.
In addition to the 28 who died, three people were also injured at the prison which is located in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
Authorities found bodies throughout the wing, inside and outside the kitchen, as well as the area for conjugal visits, he said.
Inside Royal Caribbean’s Symphony Of The Seas – The World’s New Biggest Cruise Ship
THE largest cruise ship in the world is just five weeks away from its first sailing and this week, Sun Travel was given an exclusive sneak preview of the Symphony of the Seas.
With thousands of shipyard workers still crawling all over Royal Caribbean International’s gargantuan Oasis-class liner, I can reveal it is a true stunner.
©2016 Michel Verdure www.verdurephoto.com Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is just five weeks away from its first sailing
The sister ship to last year’s largest-ever Harmony of the Seas, it has been given a host of upgrades including more balcony cabins and a larger Boardwalk neighbourhood complete with fairground carousel, new shops, restaurants and bars.
Although at 1,188ft in length and 215.5ft wide, Symphony is the same as its sister ship, it takes the title of largest ship in the world as it is 2,000 tonnes HEAVIER – mainly thanks to stunning glass panels replacing canvas in the adult-only Solarium space.
It means at 228,021 gross register tonnes the ship will be able to carry up to 6,680 passengers and 2,200 crew, spread across 18 decks with two vast interior areas that are open to the sky.
But it’s the two-level Ultimate Family Suite that has had the best reaction from cruisers eager to set sail – despite costing from £30,000 a WEEK, with its zany slide from the kids’ bedroom to the lounge, it is already fully-booked for the whole of 2018.
The two-level Ultimate Family Suite has a slide from the kids’ bedroom to the lounge
Sleeping up to eight in two bedrooms, the suite includes a huge living area with floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, a dining table that converts into a pool or ice hockey table, TV nook complete with a huge 3D TV and popcorn machine as well as a full-size whirlpool on the wraparaound balcony.
A ship this large needs tackling in handy sections and Royal Caribbean have created seven distinct neighbourhoods onboard to define the ship.
New on Symphony of the Seas is a larger Boardwalk neighbourhood complete with a new family sports bar, Playmakers, with 30 big-screen TVs and a host of arcade games and new sweet and ice-cream shop Sugar Beach, where kids can also decorate their own cakes.
It’s also home to Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea that corkscrews down 10 decks to the Boardwalk.
It’s also home to Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea that corkscrews down 10 decks to the Boardwalk
At the other end of the ship, this week saw 12,000 lush tropical trees and plants being installed in the Central Park neighbourhood in just two days.
Upgrades on the Symphony include more al-fresco seating at the expanded Park Cafe and a stunning interactive artwork, Paradox Void.
Made up of 1,200 stainless steel triangles and 200 LED lights, the 20ft-high structure is the perfect place for a holiday selfie!
Symphony will have 20 restaurants onboard and while there are plenty included in the price of the cruise, there’s also ‘extra cost’ eateries including new Hooked – a New England-style seafood restaurant with a raw bar of the fresh fish picked up every time the ship docks in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Symphony will have 20 restaurants onboard
New – and handily included in the price – will be El Loco Fresh, serving up made-to-order tacos, burritos and other Mexican treats.
The Royal Promenade at the centre of the ship will welcome back the Royal Caribbean’s bionic bar, complete with robot bar tenders as well as Rising Tides, a floating bar that moves up and down between decks.
New entertainment features include Hairspray – the brand’s first Broadway musical at sea as well as an original new show, Flight, complete with a life-size version of the original Wright Brothers plane.
The kids will love the onboard sweet shop
The Studio B ice rink also gets an upgrade with some hugely impressive high-tech special effects at the start of the new ice shows and there’s a new HiRo show in the Aqua Theatre open-air amphitheatre with high-flying diving and acrobatics.
And there’s one person even more eager than the passengers to get his hands on the almost completed ship – it’s new captain, Rob Hempstead.
What Code Words Used By Pilots And Cabin Crew Really Mean
HAVE you every sat on a plane and wondered what the pilot and cabin crew are on about when they talk over the tannoy?
Well ponder no more – because a pilot has revealed the meaning behind some of the most common airline code words.
Getty – Contributor A pilot has revealed the meaning behind some of the most common airline code words
Patrick Smith, the author of Cockpit Confidential, has cut through the jargon on his website, Ask The Pilot.
Read on to find out exactly what “flight deck,” “doors to arrival” and “deadhead” means…
1. Flight deck
This sounds fancy but it’s just another phrase for the cockpit.
Getty Images Patrick Smith, the author of Cockpit Confidential, has cut through the jargon
“Crosscheck is a generic term used by pilots and flight attendants meaning that one person has verified the task of another,’ explains Patrick.
“In the cabin, flight attendants crosscheck one another’s stations to make sure the doors are armed or disarmed as necessary.”
Another phrase often paired with flight attendant instructions.
“This is a request that each flight attendant report via intercom from his or her station — a sort of flight attendant conference call,” said Patrick.
Getty – Contributor Crosscheck is a generic term used by pilots and flight attendants meaning that one person has verified the task of another
4. Holding pattern
Patrick revealed: “A racetrack-shaped course flown during weather or traffic delays.
“Published holding patterns are depicted on aeronautical charts, but one can be improvised almost anywhere.”
5. Doors To Arrival
An instruction often heard issued to the flight attendants as the plane is landing.
“The intent is to verify disarming of the emergency escape slides attached to the doors to prevent them from deploying at the gate,” explained Patrick.
“When armed, a slide will automatically deploy the instant its door is opened.
“Sometimes heard as ‘disarm your doors.’”
Getty – Contributor ‘Doors To Arrival’ when landing verifies disarming of the emergency escape slides attached to the doors to prevent them from deploying at the gate
6. Final Approach
“For pilots, an air plane is on final approach when it has reached the last, straight-in segment of the landing pattern — that is, aligned with the extended centerline of the runway, requiring no additional turns or manoeuvring,” said Patrick.
7. Direct flight
Not the same thing as a ‘non-stop’ flight, which makes no stops between takeoff and final destination.
“Technically, a direct flight is a routing along which the flight number does not change; it has nothing to do with whether the plane stops,” said Patrick.
“This is a carryover from the days when flights between major cities routinely made intermediate stops, sometimes several of them.”
Getty Images The gatehouse is another term for the airport lounge
8. Air Pocket
Pilot-speak for transient turbulence.
An idiosyncratic way of saying the gate area or boarding lounge.
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