22 November 2017

Johannesburg: The "Neighbourgoods Market" in 4K (video)

One of Johannesburg's foodie highlights is definitely the "Neighbourgoods Market" in Braamfontein. Located in a former office building, the market is full of different food stalls offering cuisine styles from around the world and, of course, from South Africa. Photographer and cinematographer Arian of aevisuals.com recently visited the "Neighbourgoods Market" and shot the amazing video below. Kudos Arian!

Neighbourgoods x AEVISUALS [4K] | Johannesburg, South Africa from AE Visuals on Vimeo.

Neighbourgoods Market (
73 Juta Street
Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Open every Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00

21 November 2017

Iziko Museums of South Africa: Free entry on World Aids Day!

Iziko Museums of South Africa just announced on Facebook that visitors will have free access all of its museums and galleries in Cape Town (except for the Iziko Planetarium & Digital Dome, Groot Constantia, Castle of Good Hope and museums closed for renovation) on World Aids Day and Emancipation Day on 01 December 2017.

Iziko Museums of South Africa provides free entry on the following days:
  • 21 March – Human Rights Day
  • 27 April – Freedom Day
  • 25 May – Africa Day
  • 24 September – Heritage Day and Heritage Week
  • 16 June – Youth Day
  • 09 August – Women’s Day
  • first Saturday in November - International Children's Day
  • 01 December – World Aids Day & Emancipation Day

20 November 2017

Eat Out names South Africa's best restaurants 2017!

South Africa's leading restaurant guide, Eat Out, has named the winners of the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. For the sixth year in a row, the country's Restaurant of the Year is The Test Kitchen in Cape Town. According to the 2017 awards, the Western Cape is again the South Africa's foodie paradise with
nine out of the top ten restaurants being based in Cape Town (6), Somerset West (2) and  Stellenbosch (1). Congrats everyone!

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Eat Out (@eatoutguide) am
  1. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)
  2. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)
  3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)
  4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)
  5. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (Constantia, Cape Town)
  6. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)
  7. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)
  8. The Shortmarket Club (City Bowl, Cape Town)
  9. Overture (Stellenbosch)
  10. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Cape Town)
  11. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
  12. Foliage (Franschhoek)
  13. Wolfgat (Paternoster)
  14. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
  15. Fermier Restaurant (The Willows, Pretoria)
  16. Thali (Gardens, Cape Town)
  17. DW Eleven-13 (Dunkeld West, Johannesburg)
  18. Hartford House (Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal)
  19. Luke Dale-Roberts X The Saxon (Sandhurst, Johannesburg)
  20. La TĂȘte (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year: Liam Tomlin of Chefs Warehouse & Canteen (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year: La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)
Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef: Kobus van der Merwe, Wolfgat (Paternoster, West Coast)
Eat Out Rising Star: Kayla-Ann Osborn, The Chefs Table (Umhlanga)
Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award:
Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)
Eat Out Service Excellence Award:
Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)
Eat Out Wine Service Award: Moses Magwaza,
Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)
Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service: Morne Wessels, La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)
Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award: Letitia Prinsloo
Eat Out Style Award: Fermier Restaurant (The Willows, Pretoria)
Woolworths TASTE Eat Out Bursary winner: Bryan Mlotshwa

17 November 2017

Garden Route National Park: Progress in the Harkerville area after the Knysna Fires!

The Harkerville area in the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park, an activity hub for nature and is known for its blue duiker population, was heavily affected by the Knysna fires in June 2017. South African National Parks (SANParks) just released an update on the current status of the activities available in the Harkerville area:

Kranshoek Picnic area

  • The picnic area is open for use however there are portable toilets for visitors to use after the fire burnt the old toilet block.
  • SANParks is fast-tracking the procurement process of new water tanks to provide drinking water by the 15 December 2017.
Kranshoek Trail
  • The Kranshoek Trail is still closed, and maintenance work is currently underway.
  • About 90% of the route is complete and the rest should be open by end of this week (week 46).
  • Rebuilding and rehabilitating the route will probably continue until end of December 2017. The trail should be up and running by the end January 2018.
  • There is a clear sign at the entrance and parking area to inform the public of closure and maintenance of routes.
Kranshoek Viewpoint
  • Currently still closed and not accessible to visitors as yet until management and scientists have finalised urgent deliverables pertaining to the area.
Harkerville Trail
  • The coastal portion of the trail is still closed.
  • An alternative scenic route was opened along the coastal ridge
  • Bookings the trail will be open as from 20 November 2017.

Rwanda to introduce a new visa regime on 01 January 2018!

Rwanda is set to establish a new visa regime on 01 January 2018. The new regulations include the introduction of 30-day visa on arrival for travellers from across the world. Rwanda already has such a system in place for all African countries and a number of countries outside the continent.
Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa ($30) upon arrival without prior application. [src.]
The new visa regime also adresses areas like visa reciprocity for specific countries whose citizens get free visas with 90 days validity, visa waiver for particular diplomatic and service passport holders and specific 90 day visa on arrival for travelers from the COMESA (The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) region. It also allows Rwandans living abroad with dual nationality to use national IDs to enter Rwanda as well as foreign residents to use their resident IDs for entry.

16 November 2017

Alitalia to resume flights to Johannesburg and Nairobi!

The flag carrier of Italy, Alitalia, is set to resume operations between Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg after a 17-year hiatus on 08 April 2018. The airline plans operate 4 weekly flights per week to South Africa.
Alitalia also plans to resume flights between Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi on 28 March 2018. Subject to government approval, the airline will operate four weekly flights to Kenya. Alitalia last served Nairobi in 2000.

Western Cape: Swartberg Pass to reopen in both directions on 17 November 2017!

The Swartberg Pass, considered one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world, is set to reopen in both directions on 17 November 2017. The repair work is not completely finished, so that, at times, the untarred pass will only be open on a monitored stop/go basis.

The 27km Swartberg Pass, which runs through the Swartberg mountain range between Oudtshoorn in the south and Prince Albert in the north, was badly damaged by devastating floods in April 2017.