24 June 2016

Cape Town named third cheapest city to buy beer in the world!

Cape Town in South Africa has been named third cheapest city to buy, and of course to drink, beer in the world in the 2016 GoEuro Beer Price Index. According to GoEuro, the average price for a 33cl beer in a supermarket in Cape Town is 0.46GBP (0.59€/0.67$) and 2,12GBP (2.73€/3.07$) in a bar. The cheapest city in the world to buy beer is Bratislava in Slovakia (0.35GBP | 1.93GBP), followed by Kiev in the Ukraine (0.47GBP | 1.82GBP).

Research for the 2016 Beer Price Index combines data from 70 cities from around the world and compares the average price of local beers between bars and shops, as well as comparing yearly average purchasing (South Africa: 379.72GBP) and consumption (South Africa: 98l). All prices were converted to Pound Sterling (GBP) using the Bloomberg exchange on 08 April 2016.

23 June 2016

Kruger National Park: SANParks to enforce visitor access management during June/July holidays!

South African National Parks (SANParks) is set to enforce the visitor access management for day visitors in the Kruger National Park during coming June/July holidays (24 June 2016 - 17 July 2016). Through the visitor access management SANParks aims to better manage the expected volumes of visitors, as well as to improve the visitors' expectations. SANParks has introduced three time slots, of which day visitos are able to choose from. It is advised to book a time slot prior to arrival, as pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at Kruger National Park's entrance gates.
  • Time slot 1: 06:00 to 08:00
  • Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
  • Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards
Pre-booked day visitors must ensure that they arrive within the time slots, as per their reservation. Arriving outside the booked time slot, will be regarded as non-booked and therefore not preferential. These bookings can be changed through SANParks Reservations offices.

Visitors should also take note of the following important information:

  • Day Visitor bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of R36 per adult and R18 per child.
  • Day visitors who have booked will still be required to pay Conservation Fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter the Kruger National Park.
  • In order to expedite the admission process, on busy days in particular, day visitors are requested to pay for conservation fees in advance or ensure that they have valid Wild Card membership.
  • Guests planning to use Wild Cards are requested to ensure membership is valid before arrival and this can best be done online at www.sanparks.org/wild
  • The number and profile of persons (adults and children) on the reservation and actual persons arriving should correspond.
  • All guests may be required to identify themselves upon admission (SA driver’s license, identity document or passport).
  • Due to existing contractual arrangements with Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs), they are regarded as booked for all Day Visitor admissions.
  • Gate Quotas will be applied and un-booked guests could be denied entry.

Air Zimbabwe to resume flights between Harare <> London!

Zimbabwe's flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe, is planning to resume flights between Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare and London. The airline has applied for a route licence and is awaiting the UK authority's response. Once Air Zimbabwe got the green light to service the route, the date of resumption of flights on the Harare <> London route will be announced.
Air Zimbabwe was forced to stop the service to London about four years ago after creditors in the UK threatened to seize the airline's planes over debts. Air Zimbabwe is now in talks with the UK air navigation agency to clear the US$2.8m debt.

20 June 2016

Johannesburg: The coffee spots of Braamfontein!

Braamfontein is one of the hotspots in Johannesburg you shouldn't miss. Colloquially known as "Braamies", the district has it all - theatres, museums, art galleries, clubs, restaurants and, of course, trendy coffee shops. Braamies [braamies.co.za], an online portal focussed on Braamfontein, produced two videos which take us on a trip through the various coffee spots in - according to Braamies - Africa's capital of cool, including Father Coffee, Bean There, Post, Double Shot, Velo Cafe and Daleah's. Kudos Brammies! Enjoy Braamfontein!

Air Namibia to terminate flights between Windhoek <> Maun!

Namibia's flag carrier, Air Namibia, will terminate operations between Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek and Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun in Botswana. The last flight will take off on 30 October 2016. Affected passengers are advised to contact Air Namibia in order to get accommodated on alternative flights or refunded.

16 June 2016

FlySafair to commence flights to & from Lanseria International Airport!

South African low-cost carrier FlySafair has announced that they will beginn operating flights to and from Lanseria International Airport (HLA) in Johannesburg from August 2016. Flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town will commence on 01 August 2016, while flights to George Airport (GRJ) in George will start on 05 August 2016. FlySafair will operate two flights per day (three from 30 Oct 2016) between Lanseria International Airport and Cape Town and one daily flight between Lanseria International Airport and George.
Lanseria International Airport (HLA) is a privately owned international airport situated north of Randburg and Sandton to the north west of Johannesburg.

15 June 2016

Video: Port Elizabeth from above!

Are you planning to visit Port Elizabeth while travelling through South Africa? The following video by Chasing the Rainbow shows you what the city looks like - from a bird's eye perspective! Enjoy! Kudos Sarah, Ralph, Jacob and Cian!