22 January 2021

South Africa: Kruger National Park on high alert due to tropical storm Eloise!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that Kruger National Park is on high alert due to the tropical storm Eloise, which is expected to hit various parts and particularly the far north of the National Park with major rainfall and strong winds over the coming weekend (especially on 24 January 2021!). Disaster teams in Kruger National Park and external role-players are on high alert and monitoring the storms path as it approaches landfall. According to Managing Executive at Kruger National Park, Gareth Coleman, SANParks will advise on whether camps in the affected areas need to be evacuated or not. As a precautionary measure, SANParks has already closed all gravel roads and some facilities in the Pafuri area of Kruger National Park after heavy rains which fell in the evening of 20 January 2021.

SANParks advises that those persons with bookings at flagged camps in the far north such as Sirheni, Shimuwini and Bateleur Bushveld Camps as well as Sable Hide will be accommodated at Letaba, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria Rest Camps. SANParks urges tourists in Kruger National Park to be extra cautious during this period and to call SANParks emergency number for any assistance only on 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197/4064. Emergency teams are on standby in Kruger National Park, monitoring the situation and will be activated if there is any danger. Stay safe!

Condor to resume flights between Frankfurt <> Windhoek!

German charter airline Condor is set to resume flights to Namibia. Effective 03 May 2021, the airline will operate two weekly non-stop flights between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Frankfurt, Germany, and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Namibia. Flights will depart Frankfurt on Mondays and Thursdays at 21:50 and arrive in Windhoek at 08:05 on the following day. The return flights will depart Windhoek on Tuesdays and Fridays at 20:00 and will arrive in Frankfurt at 06:35 on the following day. 

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21 January 2021

TAAG Angola Airlines to resume flights between Luanda <> Windhoek!

The state-owned airline and flag carrier of Angola, TAAG Angola Airlines, has annunced that it is set to resume flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Namibia. Effective 29 January 2021, the airline will operate one weekly flight on Fridays between Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) in Luanda and Windhoek. Flights will depart Luanda at 08:00 and arrive in Windhoek at 10:30, while the return flights will depart from Windhoek at 12:00 and arrive in Luanda at 14:30.

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Namibia: Lufthansa Group to increase flights between Frankfurt <> Windhoek!

The Lufthansa Group has announced that it will be adding a fourth and fifth frequency between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Frankfurt, Germany, and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Namibia, in March 2021 and April 2021. The new frequencies will be serviced by an Airbus A330 and are subject to final government approval. However, the additional flights are already bookable. Details of these additional flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek are highlighted below:

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KLM forced to temporarily cancel all flights from South Africa to the Netherlands!

The Dutch Government has imposed a travel ban on flights from South Africa to the Netherlands on 20 January 2021. Effective 23 January 2021, all flights operated by KLM between Schiphol Airport (AMS) in Amsterdam and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg / Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town will have to be cancelled in order to comply with this new regulation. All passengers affected will be informed individually and re-booked on alternative flights. Please note the following:

  • KL 525 20 January 2021: AMS > CPT operates as scheduled
  • KL 525 21 January 2021: AMS > CPT will operate as scheduled
  • KL 526 21 January 2021: CPT > AMS will operate as scheduled
  • KL 526 22 January 2021: CPT > AMS will operate as scheduled

Please also note that the flight schedule of  KLM's partner airline, the flag carrier of France, Air France, are not affected by these new regulations and will continue to operate (at least) three times per week between Johannesburg and Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris. Please contact KLM for further information!

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19 January 2021

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Shortage of unleaded fuel at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp!

According to a posting by Regional Communications Manager: Arid Parks at South African National Parks (SANParks), Genevieve Maasdorp, in the SANParks - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park facebook group, unleaded fuel is currently rationed to 20l per vehicle at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This is due to a non-delivery of unleaded fuel to the Rest Camp. Travellers are advised to fill up their vehicles with unleaded fuel at Mata Mata Rest Camp or Nossob Rest Camp. Diesel is unaffected by the shortage at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

The Twee Rivieren Rest Camp is situated on the banks of the Dry Nossob Riverbed. It has a reception, shop, fuel, restaurant, information centre and swimming pool. This is the only camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with 24 hrs electricity and cell phone reception. The town of Askham is located about 200 km north of Upington at the junction of the R31 and the R360 roads.

Covid-19: Rwanda imposes tough lockdown measures on Kigali!

The Government of Rwanda yesterday (18 January 2021) imposed tough lockdown measures on its capital Kigali and strict restrictions on the rest of the country after a surge in cases of Covid-19. The follwing measures took effect yesterday and will be reviewed after 15 days upon a health assessment:

Kigali:

  • Unnecessary movements including visits outside home are prohibited except for essential services including medical/healthcare, food shopping, banking etc. and for the personnel performung such services. All movements will require an approved permit from Rwanda National Police.
  • Travel between Kigali and other provinces and districts of the country is not permitted except for essential services and tourism (tourists must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 test).
  • Public transport is prohibited. However, transportation of food and essential goods will continue to function. Motos and bicycles are not permitted to carry passengers, but may offer delivery services.
  • All employees (public and private) shall work from home, except for those providing essential services.
  • Businesses are closed, except distribution and delivery services as well as those selling food, medicine (pharmacies), hygiene and cleaning products, fuel and other essental items. Those businesses are only allowed to operate at 30% capacity. Businesses permitted to operate must close by 18:00.
  • Restaurant and caf├Ęs are only allowed to provide take-away service.
  • All schools (public and private) including universities are closed. However, remote learning is encouraged.
  • Places of worship are closed.
  • Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali remains open. Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR test taken within 120hrs prior to their first departure. Departing passengers must present a negative PCR test before departure.
  • Designated hotels for arriving passengers remain open under strict Covid-19 prevention measures.
  • Tourism activity continues in strict adherence with Covid-19 health guidelines. This includes hotels, tour operators and transport services facilitating guests. Tourists and service providers shall inform the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) of itineraries.
  • Hotels are only allowed to host essential conferences upon written approval from the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
  • Farming continues for the ongoing agricultural season while observing Covid-19 control measures.
  • Funeral gatherings shall not exceed 15 persons.

Rwanda (except for Kigali):

  • Movements are prohibited from 18:00 to 04:00.
  • Places of worship are closed
  • Schools will continue while respecting Covid-19 control measures
  • All bars remain closed
  • All social gatherings and events including religious wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings and confereneces are prohibited.
  • Public gyms and swimming pools shall be restricted from the public with the exception of tested guests staying at hotels.
  • Attendance at a wake/vigil (Ikiriyo) should not exceed 10 people at any one time.
  • Funeral gatherings should not exceed 15 persons
  • Gaming activites remain prohibited.