24 October 2016

Air Botswana and Qatar Airways sign codeshare agreement!

The flag carrier of Botswana, Air Botswana, and the flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, have signed a codeshare agreement. Under the new partnership, Air Botswana provides passengers of Qatar Airways with connections to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone, Francistown Airport (FRW) in Francistown and Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun via Qatar Airways' South Africa gateway at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. These three routes are now part of Qatar Airways' flight network, which has over 150 destinations.

Botswana introduces new entry requirements for minors!

The Government of Botswana has introduced new entry requirements. All minors under the age of 18 transiting through Botswana's ports of entry are now required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to the standard requirement of a valid passport. The new requirement came into effect on 01 October 2016.

Cape Town: Shark Spotters has launched a new app!

Shark Spotters, the primary shark safety programme used in Cape Town, has launched an innovative app to assist swimmers and surfers to be more shark smart at Cape Town's beaches. The app provides water users with all the latest shark safety information at the city's beaches, including which flag is currently flying and why. The flags fly for various reasons, including:
  • poor spotting conditions due to cloud cover
  • shark sightings
  • an indication of water temperature
  • the lunar phase
  • an indication of whether the shark exclusion barrier in Fish Hoek has been deployed or not

The app is updated by the Shark Spotters on duty in real time so users can be assured that they always have the most current information at their fingertips to help them make a personal assessment about shark risks when entering the water.

The Shark Spotters app also provides information regarding:
  • weather conditions
  • marine animal activity in the area (such as whales, seals, dolphins, sunfish etc.)
  • the details of amenities on the beaches
  • short surf videos of isolated surf spots covered by the programme that do not have live web-cams in operation
  • safety tips to reduce the risk of encountering a shark
  • information about shark activity in Cape Town
The Shark Spotters app is available on iOS and Android platforms and is free to download. 

21 October 2016

Survey: The best & worst airports in Africa 2016!

Every year SleepingInAirports conducts an annual survey asking travellers to rate their airport experiences. Based on experiences regarding factors like comfort (rest zones, gate seating), services, facilites, things to do, food options, immigration/security, customer service and clealiness, the websites ranks the world's and the world's continents best and worst airports. [more]
The best airport in Africa 2016 is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, followed by Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (Port Louis) International Airport (MRU) on Mauritius. Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) came in on 4th rank, King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban on 6th rank and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi was named 8th best airport in Africa 2016.

SleepingInAirports' 10 best airports in Africa 2016:
  1. Cape Town International Airport (CPT), in Cape Town, South Africa
  2. Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali, Rwanda
  3. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (Port Louis) International Airport (MRU) on Mauritius
  4. O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa
  5. Houari Boumediene International Airport (ALG) in Algiers, Algeria
  6. King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban, South Africa
  7. Rabat-Sale International Airport (RBA) in Rabat, Morocco
  8. Angads International Airport (OUD) in Oujda, Morocco
  9. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya
  10. Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Cairo, Egypt (CAI)

SleepingInAirports' 10 worst airports in Africa 2016:
  1. Juba International Airport (JUB) in Juba, South Sudan
  2. Port Harcourt International Airport (PHC) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  3. Nouakchott International Airport (NKC) in Nouakchott, Mauritania
  4. Douala International Airport (DLA) in Douala, Cameroon
  5. N'Djamena International Airport (NDJ) in N'Djamena, Chad
  6. Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  7. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) on Zanzibar, Tanzania
  8. Lomé–Tokoin Airport (LFW) in Lomè, Togo
  9. Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos, Nigeria
  10. Menara Airport (RAK) in Marrakesh, Morocco

SA Express to resume flights on three major routes!

South African carrier, SA Express, will resume flights between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, between Johannesburg and East London as well as its services between Durban and Cape Town on reduced frequencies on 01 November 2016. Earlier this month, the airline announced plans to suspend services on these three routes, effective 15 October 2016.

20 October 2016

Johannesburg: Free shuttle to/from Liliesleaf & the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market!

Great news for travellers in Johannesburg - Sandton to be precise - planning to visit Liliesleaf and/or the famous Bryanston Organic & Natural Market. A free shuttle bus service between selected hotels in Sandton, the museum and Johannesburg's oldest outdoor market has recently been introduced. The bus leaves from Sandton at 09:00, 10:00 and 13:00 every Thursday and Sunday and returns from the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market at 12:15 and 15:00.

Once the headquarters of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC) at that time, Liliesleaf is today an interactive museum that honours the lifes of South Africa's liberation struggle activists during the Apartheid era. [more]

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market
Established in 1976, the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market is Johannesburg's oldest outdoor market. Apart from organic fruits and vegetables, the market has over 140 stalls that are offering everything from delicious deli foods to crafts, gifts, jewellery and clothing made from only natural materials. The Market also has four different eateries, offers live music and lots of kids activities. The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market is open between 09:00 and 15:00 every Thursday and Saturday.

The shuttle's pick up points in Sandton include:

CNN's "Culinary Journeys" explores the cuisine of South Africa! (video)

In the October 2016 edition of Culinary Journeys, the CNN TV series explores South Africa's cuisine (it is actually more the cuisine of the Western Cape) together with one of the country's most famous celebrity chefs, Reuben Riffel. Enjoy!

Part 1: Cape Town's cuisine
Chef Reuben Riffel stops off at some of Cape Town's most lively food locations - working the grills at Mzoli's before picking up spices in the Bo Kaap. (via CNN)

Part 2: Heritage
Reuben Riffel travels beyond the city to visit a garden of indigenous herbs used by the native people of southwestern Africa. (via CNN)

Part 3: Braai
Reuben celebrates with a braai in the heart of the Cape Winelands: a true appreciation of friends, food and hospitality. (via CNN)

Culinary Journeys is a monthly TV series on CNN International. In each episode, a world-renowned chef invites CNN into their kitchen as they explore the foods that have shaped their careers.