09 February 2016

Western Cape: CapeNature earns first ever Eco certification in Southern Africa!

The Kogelberg Nature Reserve, the Robberg Nature Reserve and the Goukamma Nature Reserve have been awarded the prestigious ECO Certification by Ecotourism Australia. The three reserves, all managed by CapeNature, are the first tourism products in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to earn the certification. Congrats!

The ECO Certification program, which was developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators, assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences. Ecotourism Australia is represented in southern Africa through an exclusive agreement with Eco-tourism Africa, a COMET Corporation initiative.

08 February 2016

South Africa: British Airways (operated by Comair) amend closure time for departing flights!

As of 01 March 2016, all British Airways (operated by Comair) domestic and regional flights in South Africa will close 45 minutes prior to departure and no longer 30 minutes as was previously the case. The check-in closeout time has been standardised across the British Airways global route network (including all franchise partners) as part of the deployment of its new airport solution (FLY) which is currently been rolled out across all airports that British Airways currently serve. Travellers are advised to check their flight status prior to travelling, as the closing time of their flight may be earlier than previously published.

04 February 2016

TAZARA: Adjustment to the passenger train running schedules!

In order to incorporate the newly acquired passenger coaches in the system and further streamline TAZARA's passenger train operations, the timetables for the through interstate passenger trains, known by the names Mukuba and Kilimanjaro, have been adjusted* with effect from 16 February 2016 as follows:
  • The Mukuba Passenger Train, which used to run as Express Train from New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia every Tuesday and as Ordinary Train from Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania every Friday, will now be running as MUKUBA EXPRESS TRAIN departing from New Kapiri Mposhi every Tuesday and then departing from Dar Es Salaam every Friday. The change is that the Mukuba Express Train will run both ways as EXPRESS TRAIN and will follow the current Express Passenger Train running times.
    • Mukuba Express departs New Kapiri-Mposhi every Tuesday at 16:00
    • Mukuba Express departs Dar es Salaam every Friday at 15:50
  • The Kilimanjaro Passenger Train, which used to run as Express Train from Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania every Tuesday and as Ordinary Train from New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia every Friday, will now be running as KILIMANJARO ORDINARY TRAIN departing from Dar Es Salaam every Tuesday and then departing from New Kapiri Mposhi every Friday. The change is that the Kilimanjaro Ordinary Train will run both ways as ORDINARY TRAIN and will follow the current Ordinary Passenger Train running times.
    • Kilimanjaro Ordinary departs Dar es Salaam every Tuesday at 13:50
    • Kilimanjaro Ordinary departs New Kapiri-Mposhi every Friday at 14:00
*This new interstate passenger train schedule supersedes all other schedules.

03 February 2016

Qatar Airways to launch direct flights between Doha <> Maputo (Mozambique)!

The state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, will launch direct flights between Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha and Maputo International Airport (MPM) in Maputo, Mozambique, on 27 March 2016. The airline currently serves the Doha Maputo route three times a week via OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Qatar Airways will operate three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner between the two destinations.

02 February 2016

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in January 2016!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and Durban's King Shaka International Airport in January 2016.
On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark with considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance January 2016 (airport target 87%)
  1. Airlink - 93.13% (December 85.68%) 
  2. FlySafair - 92.86% (December 89.91%)
  3. South African Airways - 86.09% (December 77.74%) 
  4. British Airways Domestic - 85.24% (December 80.33%)
  5. Kulula.com - 83.30% (December 65.56%)  
  6. Mango - 82.01% (December 79.77%) 
  7. SA Express - 80.09% (December 77.53%)   
Cape Town International Airport - 15 Min on Time Performance January 2016 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 96.00% (December 92.31%)  
  2. SA Express - 94.99% (December 87.43%) 
  3. Airlink - 94.24% (December 95.94%) 
  4. South African Airways - 87.53% (December 84.09%)
  5. British Airways Domestic87.37% (December 84.47%) 
  6. Kulula.com - 87.34% (December 78.56%)
  7. Mango - 85.09% (December 84.99%)    
King Shaka International Airport, Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance January 2016 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 97.27% (December 97.30%)
  2. SA Express - 94.38% (December 87.42%)  
  3. South African Airways - 92.86% (December 87.23%) 
  4. Airlink - 92.55% (December 87.84%) 
  5. British Airways Domestic - 86.62% (December 80.00%)  
  6. Mango - 85.14% (December 85.54%)
  7. Kulula.com - 80.00% (December 69.91%) 

01 February 2016

Kruger National Park Calendar - March!

  • end of summer...
  • still hot and humid during the day, but nights begin to get colder
  • last major rainfalls of the season

  • Water availability at its peak
  • river levels high
  • dense vegetation
  • grasslands in full seed
Animal Activity:
  • animal dispersal at its widest
  • animals rather relaxed - least competition for resources
  • water sources throughout the park are usually full
  • buffalo & kudu breeding peak
  • many migrant birds leaving

28 January 2016

Fastjet suspends flights to Malawi!

Pan-African low cost airline Fastjet has suspended its services between Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe in Malawi with with immediate effect. According to the airline, the major reason for withdrawing from Malawi is the depreciation of the Malawian currency (kwacha) and the unwillingness of Malawi's government to grant Fastjet an 8th freedom cabotage traffic right for flights between Lilongwe and Blantyre despite earlier assurances they would be granted.