19 June 2018

Letaba Rest Camp (Kruger National Park): Temporary closure of the swimming pool in the day visitor's area!

South African National Parks (SANParks) just announced that the swimming pool in the day visitor's area in the Letaba Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park has been temporarily closed due to maintenance work from 19 June 2018. The pool will be closed until further notice. We'll keep you posted!Letaba Rest Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of South Africa's oldest (proclaimed in 1898) and largest (20.000km²) National Park.

Zimbabwe: Fastjet to increase flights between Harare <> Victoria Falls!

Pan-African low cost-carrier Fastjet is set to increase flights between Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare and Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls by two additional frequencies from 02 July 2018. The additional flights will see the airline now serve the route with twice-daily frequency, 6 days a week, with the only exception on Saturdays where the schedule remains unchanged with one flight between the cities. The additional flights between Harare and Victoria Falls equates to a 85% year-on-year growth on the route.

Zimbabwe relaxes visa regulations for travellers from China!

The Government of Zimbabwe has reviewed the visa regulations for travellers from China. As of 01 July 2018, Chinese nationals intending to visit Zimbabwe, whether travelling as a group or individually, can obtain visas at the country's ports of entry. Previously, only Chinese tourists travelling as a group cleared by tour operators and travel agencies in China qualified for a visa on arrival. Zimbabwe's migration management system comprises a three-tier visa model classified into categories A, B and C:
  • Category A: Countries whose nationals do not require a visa to visit Zimbabwe
  • Category B: Countries whose nationals are granted a visa at Zimbabwe's port of entry/on arrival (visa fees apply)
  • Category C: Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a visa prior to travelling to Zimbabwe

18 June 2018

Ethiopian Airlines to launch fligths to Barcelona (Spain)

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to launch new flight services between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and El Prat Airport (BCN) in Barcelona via Adolfo Su├írez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) in Madrid. Effective 01 July 2018, the airline will operate four weekly flights to Barcelona on board a Boeing 787– 800 Dreamliner. Barcelona is Ethiopian Airlines' 13th destination in Europe.

Uganda: The "Kampala-Entebbe Expressway" has been officially opened for motorists!

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, and the the chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Wang Yang, officially opened the new Entebbe–Kampala Expressway on 15 June 2018. The 51km four-lane toll highway links Entebbe International Airport (EBB), Uganda's main international airport, to Kampala, the country's capital. The new expressway is the country's first toll highway. It has 19 fly-overs and bridges with a total length of 2,770 metres; it also hosts the Nambigirwa Bridge, the longest four-lane bridge in Uganda and East Africa with over 1,400 metres. The Entebbe–Kampala Expressway was commissioned with assistance from Exim Bank of China, with a loan of $350m (€302.8m). Construction was done by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and supervised by Beijing Expressway Supervision Co. Ltd. (BES).

15 June 2018

Botswana: Free wifi at international airports!

The Botswana Investment Trade Centre (BITC) and Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) have introduced free wifi at Botswana's four international airports, namely Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport (BBK) in Kasane, Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun and Francistown International Airport (FRW) in Francistown. To access the service while at one of the airports, you have to select the "Go Botswana" network on your mobile device and fill-in a brief questionaire on the landing page.

Kruger National Park: Mathekenyane Lookout Point temporarily closed for maintenance!

The Mathekenyane Lookout Point, located on the Mathekenyane Koppie (385m) aproximately 11 kilometers south from Skukuza Rest Camp long the Pretoriuskop-Skukuza Road (H1-1, Napi Road) in the southern part of Kruger National Park, is temporarily closed for maintenance since 12 June 2018. The lookout point is scheduled to reopen on 22 June 2018.

The Mathekenyane Lookout Point is known to be one of the best lookout points in Kruger National Park. It is an excellent game viewing point that provides stunning views of the bush.