28 July 2017

Mozambique: Government sets US$50 price for tourist border visa

According to a statement from Mozambique's Interior Minister Basílio Monteiro, the price of the tourist border visa has been set by the Mozambican government at US$50 per person.
The government of
Mozambique approved new visa regulations on 21 February 2017, so that travellers from countries where Mozambique has an embassy or consulate are now eligible to get their entry visa at the port of entry. The new visa is valid for 30 days and allows travellers to leave and re-enter the country within the 30 day time frame.

26 July 2017

South Africa: SANParks strike update!

update (28 July 2017): South African National Park (SANParks) just confirmed that services at all their parks have not been affected by the strike action of some of their employees. All parks including Table Mountain National Park and Kruger National Park are open for business and there are no disruptions. Visitors should continue with their plans to visit the National Parks as contingency plans around the strike have been activated.

update (27 July 2017): The strike by the approximately 2000 workers affiliated to the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) is currently affecting Kruger National Park, Agulhas National Park, Mokala National Park, Namaqua National Park, Mapungubwe National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

update (26 July 2017): The strike by SANParks employees across South Africa is set to continue on Thursday. The employees are demanding a 7.7% pay hike across the board while SANParks has so far only offered 7.1%.

South African National Parks (SANParks) has confirmed that a number of employees who are members of the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) went on strike. The industrical action, which follows after efforts by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) failed to resolve the salary dispute between the SANParks and the employees, is currently affecting SANParks Head Office in Pretoria, the Phalaborwa Gate and the Orpen Gate in Kruger National Park as well as Orpen Rest Camp, Berg en Dal Rest Camp and Shingwedzi Rest Camp (all in Kruger National Park). We'll keep you posted!

Rhino, Kruger National Park, safari, South Africa

South Africa: SA Airlink to operate scheduled flights to St Helena!

The Government of St Helena and South African carrier SA Airlink, a privately owned airline and a franchisee to South African Airways, have signed an agreement for the airline to provide scheduled commercial air services to St Helena. Following the necessary approvals, it is anticipated that the new service will commence in October 2017.

SA Airlink will operate its flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and St Helena's new Saint Helena Airport (HLE) via Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. On both legs of the journey there will be an opportunity for a connection at Windhoek to a connecting flight to and from Cape Town; this gives flexibility to passengers to go to either destination. A proving flight will need to take place and more information will follow in due course.
The initial weekly service on a Saturday will be operated o board an Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft in a two class configuration. The flight time from
Johannesburg to St Helena will be approximately 06:15hrs including a half hour stop in Windhoek.
SA Airlink
will also operate a monthly charter service between
St Helena and Ascension Island.

25 July 2017

Namibia: New rhino and elephant poaching figures!

According to the deputy director of Wildlife and National Parks in the Central Regions Johnson Ndokosho, Namibia has lost (at least) 18 rhinos and 17 elephants to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2017. A total of (at least) 241 rhinos were killed by poachers since 2012; at least 245 elephants were poached since 2014.

Elephant, black & white, Etosha National Park, Namibia, safari

Namibia has the second largest population of rhino in the world estimated at 2,800 by the end of 2016, while the elephant population in the country is just over 22,000 animals.

24 July 2017

Air France to resume flights between Paris <> Nairobi!

The flag carrier of France, Air France, is set to resume flights between Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi on 25 March 2018. The airline will operate the new route from Paris to Nairobi and back three times a week on board a Boeing 787-9. Air France previously served Nairobi until March 2000.

South Africa: New rhino and elephant poaching figures!

According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South Africa has lost at least 529 rhinos to illegal poaching between January - June 2017, compared to 542 in the same period for 2016. Out of the 529 rhinos poached nationwide, 243 have been illegally killed in Kruger National Park. This is compared to 354 in the same period in 2016 (-34%). Whilst there has been a decrease in the number of rhino killed for their horns in the Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga, the number of rhino poached unfortunately increased in some other provinces of South Africa.

Rhino, black & white, Kruger National Park, South Africa, safari

During January - June 2017, 30 elephants were illegally killed by poachers in the
Kruger National Park.
A total of 359 alleged poachers and traffickers have been arrested in South Africa between January and June 2017 - of which 90 were arrested in Kruger National Park and 112 adjacent to the famous National Park.

21 July 2017

Tanzania: TANAPA introduced fixed rate concession fees for its 16 National Parks

Tanzanian National Parks (TANAPA), a public organization with the mandate of managing all areas designated as National Parks in Tanzania, has introduced new fixed rate concession fees (pdf) applicable to all permanent facilities (lodge or permanent tented camp) within its 16 National Parks on 01 July 2017.
  • Ruaha National Park - 30USD/Person
  • Serengeti National Park - 50USD/Person
  • Katavi National Park - 30USD/Person
  • Mkomazi National Park - 25USD/Person
  • Mikumi National Park - 30USD/Person
  • Tarangire National Park - 40USD/Person
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park- 25USD/Person
  • Kilimanjaro National Park - 40USD/Person
  • Mahale Mountains National Park- 30USD/Person
  • Saadane National Park - 30USD/Person
  • Arusha National Park - 40USD/Person
  • Rubondo Island National Park - 30USD/Person
  • Kitulo National Park- 25USD/Person
  • Lake Manyara National Park - 40USD/Person
  • Gombe National Park- 30USD/Person
  • Saanane National Park- 30USD/Person
Concession fees are payable to TANAPA by hoteliers maintaining Lodges and permanent camps within Tanzania's National Parks. The new fixed rate concession fee (pdf) is higher than the previous concession fee (10% of half board), so that travellers can eventually expect increased accommodation rates in TANAPA's National Parks in Tanzania.

Protected areas that are not managed by TANAPA, such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area or Selous Game Reserve, are currently not affected at the moment.