25 July 2016

RwandAir to launch direct flights between Kigali <> Mumbai!

Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir, is set to launch direct flights between Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai in the last quarter of 2016 (December?). RwandAir will be operating four weekly flights to Mumbai with its brand new A330-300, a state of the art triple class 274 wide-body seater equipped with full flat beds in business class and unmatched leg room in premium economy, with inflight entertainment and Wi-Fi as well as GSM connectivity across all three classes.

22 July 2016

"Mzansi Style Guide" - a three-part web series about South Africa's street culture!

Hypebeast, an international lifestyle website/magazine, has produced a three-part series about South Africa's street culture scene. By setting a main focus on selected retailers and corner stores such as Area 3, DIP ST., Shelflife, Baseline and more, "Mzansi Style Guide" portrays Braamfontein in Johannesburg and it's vibrant urban street life culture (Ep 1), Cape Town and it's sneaker scene (Ep 2) as well as the local skate scene in the Mother City (Ep 3). Kufos Hypebeast! Enjoy!

"Mzansi Style Guide" Episode 1:
  • adidas Area 3
    Shop 2, Ground Floor 155
    Smit Street, Bramfontein, Johannesburg
  • DIP ST.
    33 De Korte St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
  • Father Coffee
    73 Juta St., Braamfontein, Johannesburg 
 "Mzansi Style Guide" Episode 2:
  • Shelflife
    167 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
  • PUMA Select concept store
    137 Bree Street, Cape Town
  • Lost Property
    Shop 3, Rheede Street Mall
    Gardens, Cape Town
    "Mzansi Style Guide" Episode 3:
    • Baseline
      Shop 4, Buitenkloof Studios,
      8 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
    • House of Vans
      23 Boulevard Way, Capricorn Park,
      Muizenberg, Cape Town
    • Corner Store
      103 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

    Uganda reduces fee for a single entry visa by half!

    The Government of Uganda has halved the fee for a single entry visa in a move to boost the country's tourism sector. With effect from today (22 July 2016), travellers visiting Uganda only have to pay USD50 instead of USD100 for their visa. According to a press statement issued by Immigration Uganda, all Uganda borders have been notified to effect the change.

    21 July 2016

    Study: South Africa's great white sharks are heading for possible extinction

    According to a six year study by the Stellenbosch University, South Africa's great white sharks are heading for possible extinction. The study of the country's coastal waters, the largest field research study on South Africa's great white sharks undertaken to date, concluded that only 353 to 522 great white sharks remain. This is 52% fewer than what was estimated in previous studies. The main reasons for the sharp decline in white shark numbers are the impact of shark nets and baited hooks implemented on the eastern seaboard of South Africa. Other contributing factors are poaching, habitat encroachment, pollution and depletion of their food sources.
    The reseachers also found that the South African population of great white sharks is made up of an effective population size of only 333 individuals. The effective population size is the number of individuals in a population who contribute offspring to the next generation.

    Fly Blue Crane to launch flights between Johannesburg <> Mthatha!

    South African budget carrier Fly Blue Crane will launch scheduled services between Johannesburg (OR Tambo or Lanseria?) and Mthatha Airport (UTT) in Mthata on 01 October 2016. The airline will initially operate two flights per day on board a 50-seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration.

    SANParks announced the dates for the SA National Parks Week 2016!

    South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced the dates of the South African National Parks Week 2016. The 11th annual SA National Parks Week will take place from 12 to 16 September 2016. During the week, South African day visitors will have free access to most of the 21 National Parks in the country. Only the Namaqua National Park (annual natural flower show will be in full bloom in September) and the Boulders Penguin Colony area in the Table Mountain National Park will be excluded from this year's SANParks' National Parks week.

    It should be noted that free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. The excluded Parks will apply normal entry tariffs.

    20 July 2016

    Ethiopian Airlines adds fourth flight to New York-Newark!

    Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to a add a fourth weekly flight between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New York as of 05 August 2016. The airline commenced scheduled thrice weekly flights to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from Addis Ababa on 03 July 2016, via Lomé–Tokoin Airport (LWR) in Lomé, Togo. 
    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is Ethiopian Airlines' 4th gateway in the America's. The airline is currently operates daily nonstop flights from Washington DC to Addis Ababa, three weekly nonstop flights from Toronto to Addis Ababa as well as three weekly flights from Los Angeles to Addis Ababa via Dublin.