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Rugby World Cup


Your mates booked their flights to New Zealand to watch the Rugby World Cup months ago, but you've been humming and hahing for ages, unable to make a decision. And now that you’ve made your mind up to go and watch the Springboks defend their title, there are no seats to be found on the usual airlines. Forget the usual suspects, but don’t fret. Malaysia Airlines will take you to New Zealand via the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, faster than the others. Malaysia Airlines takes you from Johannesburg to Kuala Lumpur three times a week, and twice a week from Cape Town. Flying time is just under 10 hours. From Kuala Lumpur, there are daily flights to Auckland, which is another 10 hours away, on the new Boeing 777-200 aircraft. If a 20-hour flight is too much of a stretch for you, try stopping over in Kuala Lumpur for a few days. Malaysia Airlines’ Johannesburg Station Manager Yusnodjarwadi Said shares a few of his recommendations whilst in Kuala Lumpur. “KL is among the most popular stopover destinations in Asia. It’s a diverse and vibrant city, and there’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from budget hotels to three, four and five-star hotels. There’s lots to do and see whether you’re into shopping or sightseeing. Modern landmarks include the world’s tallest twin structures, the Petronas Twin Towers, and one of the city’s most distinctive structures, the Kuala Lumpur Tower. And there’s also the National Zoo, the Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, the Sunway Lagoon themes park and the Desa Water Park.” If you have the time, don’t limit yourself to Kuala Lumpur though, Said urges. “Beyond the city are many other jewels, like the Orang Utan Island that serves as a breeding sanctuary and rehabilitation facility for orangutans in Sabah. Chill out by the sea. There are a lot of beautiful islands with glorious, sandy beaches – Langkawi, Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and Sipadan. Sipadan, in fact, is a top diving spot in Sabah.” Penang is also a must-see. “This is where you can experience the fusion between the East and the West.  And in March each year, the state hosts the Penang International Food Festival.” Return fares to Auckland start from a very reasonable R12,021. South African passport holders do not need a visa to enter Malaysia or New Zealand. Sounds like the perfect compromise - the Rugby World Cup for the boys and a luxe stopover for the girls...   For more information please visit malaysiaairlines.com or phone 011-880-9614.   Text: Bambina Olivares Wise Images of aircraft: Malaysian Airlines Image of Kuala Lumpur: miceinasia.com