22 May 2015

Rhino shooting in Namibia: Texas hunter Corey Knowlton is not welcome in Botswana!

Just days after Corey Knowlton, the Texas hunter who bid $350,000 for a permit issued by Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism and auctioned by the Dallas Safari Club to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia, shot the animal to death, the Government of Botswana published the following press release via facebook:

PRESS RELEASE: SHOOTING OF RHINO IN NAMIBIA(22/5/15) - The Government of the Republic of Botswana notes with alarm the...
Posted by BWgovernment on Friday, 22 May 2015

South Africa: Another domestic airline set to launch!

Another domestic airline is set to launch in South Africa. Fly Go Air started selling tickets on 21 May 2015 and will launch flights between Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg on 29 June 2015. The airline, which is operated by CemAir, positions itself as a premium carrier and not as a budget or low-cost carrier. According to Fly Go Air, meals, drinks and checked luggage (limited 20kg; hand luggage max. 7kg) are all included in the airfare. The airline also offers a cocktail menu to its passengers. We'll keep you posted!

Posted by Fly Go Air on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

21 May 2015

South Africa: Green Flag status for two hiking trails in the Knysna Forest!

Two hiking trails in Knysna's Knysna Forest, which forms part of the Garden Route National Park, recently received Green Flag status. The Perdekop Nature Walk (9.5km) and the Olifants hiking trail (8km) in Diepwalle were accredited by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA) on 14 May 2015.

Green Flag Trails, which has been developed and researched by Professor Leon Hugo from the University of Tshwane over a period of 15 years, is a system that recognizes trails that meet minimum standards in terms of trail design, accommodation, facilities and service, as well as the conservation of natural resources and safety. Green Flag Trails work towards sustainable development, where the trails accredited meet strict criteria. The system is managed by an advisory body and is overseen by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA).

20 May 2015

Zambia to lift ban on hunting leopards and lions!

Zambia is set to lift a 2013 ban on the hunting of wild lions and leopards in order to raise funds after it established that the population of the big cats in the country was higher than previously thought. According to Zambia's Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata, leopard hunting resumes in the 2015/16 season (which begins in July 2015), while the lion huning will only resume in the 2016-17 hunting season.

Zambia in 2013 banned the hunting of lions and leopards, saying that the country is seeing more value in game viewing tourism than in trophy hunting and that big cat numbers in the country are too low to have a sustainable hunting industry.
According to a recent aerial survey done by the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, Zambia is currently home to an established number of 4,000 lions and to more than 8,000 leopards.

Cape Town: Lion's Head hiking trail closed until further notice!

South African National Parks (SANParks) yesterday announced via facebook that the famous Lion's Head hiking trail in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park has been closed until further notice due to rockfall.

IMPORTANT: Please note that a large-sized boulder has fallen down Lions Head and park rangers have subsequently closed...
Posted by SANParks - Table Mountain National Park on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Swaziland plans to launch low cost airline to Durban (South Africa)!

According to a report in the Swazi Observer (19 May 2015), the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) is set to launch a low cost airline. The new airline will be operating between the new King Mswati III International Airport (SHO) in Swaziland and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban, South Africa. SWACAA's Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs Sabelo Dlamini told the newspaper that the talks are "at final stages adding that the parties would announce the name and dates of the starting of the operations once all the paper work and other logistics had been finalised."

King Mswati III International Airport, originally named Sikhuphe International Airport, is located about 70km east of Mbabane and about 45 km from Manzini. The airport was officially inaugurated on 07 March 2014 without having a license to operate from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).