20 November 2018

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: No more breakfast at Twee Rivieren Restaurant!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the restaurant at Twee Rivieren, the largest rest camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, will not be serving breakfast anymore from 01 December 2018. The restaurant will also change its operating times and will operate from 10:00 - 18:00 (take aways only) and from 18:00 - 21:30 (a la carte; last orders at 20:30).
The Twee Rivieren Rest Camp is situated on the banks of the Dry Nossob Riverbed. It has a reception, shop, fuel, restaurant, information centre and swimming pool. This is the only camp in the
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with 24 hrs electricity and cell phone reception.

19 November 2018

Eat Out names South Africa's best restaurants 2018!

South Africa's leading restaurant guide, Eat Out, has named the winners of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. According to Eat Out, the "The Restaurant at Waterkloof" in Somerset West is South Africa's best restaurant of the year. The "The Test Kitchen" in Woodstock, the winner of the six previous Eat Out awards, was named second best restaurant in South Africa, followed by the "La Colombe" in Constantia and "Wolfgat" in Paternoster. Congrats everyone!
  1. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)
  2. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)
  3. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)
  4. Wolfgat (Paternoster, West Coast)
  5. La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)
  6. Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town)
  7. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)
  8. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)
  9. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
  10. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)
  11. Fermier Restaurant (Die Wilgers, Pretoria)
  12. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
  13. Foliage (Franschhoek)
  14. Le Coin Français (Franschhoek)
  15. The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga, Durban)
  16. Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek)
  17. La Tête (City Bowl, Cape Town)
  18. Overture (Stellenbosch)
  19. The Shortmarket Club (City Bowl, Cape Town)
  20. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Cape Town)

Cape Town: Lion's Head spiral hiking trail to temporarily close for maintenance!

The popular Lion's Head spiral hiking trail in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park will be fully closed from 07 January 2019 until 15 February 2019 due to much needed maintenance. No access will be permitted to hikers or runners via the track entrance along Signal Hill Drive. This includes the restriction on access after sunset and before sunrise. Due to the maintenance in progress South African National Parks (SANParks) cannot guarantee the safe passage of visitors along the path way and hence the entire trail will be closed. Signal Hill will remain open to the public as a viewing point.

Botswana to introduce tourist visas on arrival!

Botswana is set to introduce tourist visa at point of entry on 24 November 2018. This announcement was made by the President of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, at the High Level Consultative Council (HLCC) meeting held on 15 November 2018 at Fairgrounds Holdings Pavilion Hall in Gaborone. The country's Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs is currently busy to amend the immigration rules and procedures to accommodate the visa-on-arrival process in Botswana. We'll keep you posted!

13 November 2018

Air Namibia reintroduced non-stop flights between Walvis Bay <> Johannesburg!

Namibia's flag carrier, Air Namibia, has reintroduced daily non-stop flights between Walvis Bay International Airport (WVB) in Walvis Bay and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. The route is serviced by an Embraer ERJ135, offering 37 seats in economy. Due to scheduled maintenance, the non-stop service between Walvis Bay and Johannesburg was rerouted via Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek earlier this year.

Singapore Airlines to increase flights between Singapore <> Johannesburg!

The flag carrier airline of Singapore, Singapore Airlines, is set to introduce additional flights to its Singapore <> Johannesburg service. Effective 31 March 2019, the airline will operate ten weekly flights instead of the current seven weekly flights between Changi Airport (SIN) in Singapore and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. The airline operates an Airbus A350-900 aircraft between the two destinations.

12 November 2018

Namibia to upgrade Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek!

The chairman of the board of directors of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), Dr. Leake S. Hangala, announced in a recent statement (07 November 2018) that Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek is getting a major upgrade. The project, which is expected to start in March 2019 and complete in November 2019, will include the revamp and modernizing of the check-in and departure halls, security screening point, arrivals hall and the luggage handling areas as well as the introduction of latest advance technologies and software systems related to self-check ins and screening for both passengers and luggage. Installation of a CCTV and intrusion detection system at Hosea Kutako International Airport has already commenced. According to Dr. Hangala, the upgrade work will have minimal effect on the current airport operations, which will continue as usual. The upgrading of Namibia's main airport is expected to cost at least N$ 245 Million.