04 May 2016

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in April 2016!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and Durban's King Shaka International Airport in April 2016.
On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark with considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance April 2016 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 95.61% (March 91.36%)
  2. Airlink - 91.57% (March 84.62%)
  3. British Airways Domestic - 88.81% (March 85.52%)
  4. South African Airways - 88.45% (March 88.37%)
  5. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - 87.29% (March 77.39%)
  6. CemAir - 82.16% (March 80.07%)
  7. Kulula.com - 81.82% (March 80.86%)
  8. SA Express - 80.35% (March 72.33%)
  9. Mango - 79.92% (March 85.52
Cape Town International Airport - 15 Min on Time Performance April 2016 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 96.63% (March 94.09%) 
  2. South African Airways - 92.79% (March 94.01%)
  3. British Airways Domestic - 90.55% (March 88.61%)
  4. SA Express - 87.24% (March 89.06%)
  5. Mango - 86.63% (March 89.14%)
  6. Kulula.com - 86.49% (March 86.62%)
  7. Airlink - 81.22% (March 89.65%) 
  8. CemAir72.41% (March 100.00%) 
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - 67.86% (March 70.34%)
King Shaka International Airport, Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance April 2016 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 98.14% (March 96.40%)
  2. South African Airways - 95.38% (March 92.72%) 
  3. British Airways Domestic - 90.51% (March 86.91%) 
  4. Airlink - 88.93% (March 93.64%)  
  5. Mango - 88.86% (March 90.05%)  
  6. SA Express - 88.79% (March 77.14%)  
  7. Kulula.com - 88.13% (March 89.07%)  

Free poster download: The Common Snakes of the Kruger National Park!

Herpetologist Johan Marais, author of "A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa", has published a new poster about the common snakes of the Kruger National Park. The poster is available as a free download in high resolution and is designed to be printed in A3 (or A4).

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To download the poster "Common Snakes of Kruger National Park" click here (pdf, 8mb) or here (jpg, 350kb)!

03 May 2016

Austria reopens honorary consulate in Mombasa (Kenya)!

Austria has reopened its honorary consulate in Mombasa (Kenya) after four years of closure. Mr Saleem Ghalia, who also serves as the honorary consul for the government of Germany in Mombasa, was appointed Austria's new honorary consul for Mombasa on 02 May 2016. The reopened Consulate is located on Dedan Kimathi Avenue. It is open Mondays to Fridays between 08:00 to 16:00; consular services are available between 8.30 and 12:00.

02 May 2016

Kruger National Park Calendar - June

  • days usually warm, sometimes hot
  • generally wind free
  • cold evenings
  • rarely rain falls

  • most pans and vleis dry up
  • bush thins out
  • grasslands begin receding
  • umbrella acacia pods twirl out
Animal Activity:
  • large elephant populations in northern Kruger
  • animals concentrate around reliable water sources
  • predators very active around reliable water sources

28 April 2016

Air Zimbabwe to resume flights between Harare <> Dar es Salaam!

The flag carrier of Zimbabwe, Air Zimbabwe, will resume a scheduled service between Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Effective 14 May 2016, the airline will initially operate two flights per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays on board an Airbus A320 between the two cities. Air Zimbabwe also plans to resume flights to China in the near future.

Fly Blue Crane to launch flights between Cape Town <> Windhoek!

South African airline Fly Blue Crane is set to introduce scheduled flights between Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. The airline will launch its inaugural return flights between the two cities on 13 May 2016 and 15 May 2016. Exact flight schedules on the route will be released soon.
Fly Blue Crane launched its inaugural flights from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg on 01 September 2015. The airline operates modern and fuel-efficient 50-seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration.

25 April 2016

Murchison Falls National Park (Uganda): Paraa ferry to temporarily close for maintenance!

The Paraa Ferry in the Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda will be grounded for 10 days effective 02 May 2016 at 9:30am for general maintenance work. During this time a technical team will attend to the entire ferry sections especially the ramps, pontoons, passenger decks and engines. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) plans to resume operations on 11 May 2016 with a crossing at 17.00, but it is advised to either check the organization's announcements on their website or else check the notices filed on their Facebook page.
Murchison Falls National Park is located in north western Uganda at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley about 300km by road northwest of the country's capital Kampala. The National Park spreads inland from the shore of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile and covers 3,480km². Murchison Falls National Park is the largest and oldest conservation area in Uganda, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds.