29 October 2020

Emirates to increase flights to Zambia and Zimbabwe!

The largest airline and flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Emirates, will increase its operations between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, R. G. Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare and Dubai International Airport (DXB) in Dubai to three times a week from 06 November 2020. The will operate its third flight on Friday, utilising a Boeing 777-300ERs between Harare, via Lusaka to complement the current Saturday and Monday flights on the route to Dubai. Emirates resumed operations in the two markets in September 2020 and October 2020 as Zambia and Zimbabwe eased movement and travel restrictions.

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28 October 2020

Western Cape: The iconic Whale Trail has reopened after an extensive revamp!

CapeNature, the public institution with the responsibility for biodiversity conservation in South Africa's Western Cape, has announced the reopening of the Whale Trail on 28 October 2020. The famous a 5-day hiking trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, which was closed since 2018 due to an extensive revamp, has been upgraded and improved to enhance the visitor experience.. Visitors can look forward to the following enhancements:

  • Solar powered electricity in accommodation units, which are not affected by load shedding.
  • Restored and improved hiking routes with stainless steel structures and stairs for optimal weather resistance and safety.
  • An outdoor braai area.
  • Modern appliances for convenience such as fridges and gas hobs within all overnight huts – a first for the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
  • Upgraded skylights installed for better viewing and star gazing.
  • Full bathroom and shower upgrades at Vaalkrans, Hamerkop and Cupidoskraal huts.

The Whale Trail is a 5-day hiking trail that stretches over 55km from Potberg to Koppie Alleen in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. The 34 000ha Nature Reserve is located just three hours from Cape Town.

Botswana set to to open borders for private charter flights!

Botswana's Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism announced on 26 October 2020 that the country will permit private charter flights into Botswana again from 01 November 2020. The private charter flights will be allowed to land at two ports of entry namely, Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun and Kasane International Airport (BBK) in Kasane. Both airports are located in the North-West District of Botswana.
The Government of Botswana is finalising the required legislative framework to facilitate such air travel which will include protocols for compliance.

27 October 2020

Zimbabwe: Phased reopening of land border posts!

Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, has announced the phased reopening of the country's land border posts during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing on 27 October 2020. The borders will open first to private passenger vehicles and pedestrian traffic. Border operating hours are being fixed between 06:00 and 18:00 until further notice. Effective 01 December 2020, Zimbabwe will reopen the following border posts:

South Africa: Seasonal rainfall & temperature outlook (September 2020 to January 2021)!

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has released the Seasonal Climate Watch for the period September 2020 to January 2021. According to the SAWS multi-model rainfall forecast for spring (September 2020 to November 2020), late spring (October 2020 to December 2020) and early summer (November 2020 to January 2021), there are increased chances that South Africa will experience above-normal rainfall over most parts of the country with the main focus being on the summer rainfall areas in the north east of South Africa.

Most of South Africa is expected to experience above-normal temperatures during spring and late spring, with below-normal maximum temperatures predicted for the north eastern parts of the country during early summer.

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26 October 2020

Switzerland: Edelweiss Air to resume flights to Cape Town!

Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss Air has announced the resumption of its seasonal service  to Cape Town in South Africa. Effective 25 November 2020, the airline will initially operate one weekly direct flight between Zurich Airport (ZRH) in Zürich and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. Edelweiss Air will increase the service to two weely flights from 17 December 2020. The airline is planning to end the seasonal service to Cape Town in April 2021.
Since 19 October 2020, there are no longer any entry restrictions for travellers from Switzerland to South Africa. There is also currently no quarantine obligation for return travellers from Cape Town

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South Africa: Mango to resume flights between Johannesburg <> Zanzibar!

South African low-cost airline Mango, a subsidiary of South African Airways (SAA), is set to resume flights to Zanzibar in Tanzania. Effective 28 November 2020, the airline will operate two weekly direct flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar Town, the capital of Zanzibar. Flights will depart Johannesburg at 07:00 and will arrive on Zanzibar at 11:35 while the return flight will depart Zanzibar at 13:05 and will arrive in Johannesburg at 15:50.

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