30 January 2015

Kruger National Park Calendar - March

  • end of summer...
  • still hot and humid during the day, but nights begin to get colder
  • last major rainfalls of the season

  • Water availability at its peak
  • river levels high
  • dense vegetation
  • grasslands in full seed
Animal Activity:
  • animal dispersal at its widest
  • animals rather relaxed - least competition for resources
  • water sources throughout the park are usually full
  • buffalo & kudu breeding peak
  • many migrant birds leaving

Jeffreys Bay: Dates announced for the JBay Winterfest 2015!

The organisers of the JBay Winterfest have announced that the 3rd edition of the event will take place from 08 - 19 July 2015 in Jeffreys Bay. Some of the world's top surfers will be back in the coastal town following the confirmation that the JBay Open of Surfing, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest, will once again be a World Championship Tour event.*

JBay Winterfest 2014 Highlights Package from Silver Bullet Productions on Vimeo.
Video credits: Silver Bullet Productions

At this stage it seems that all the events from 2014 will be taking place again in 2015, with the JBay Mountain Bike Open, the Core Sokkie Jol skate event and the Infood Blu Cold Water Swim Classic all confirmed for 2015. The organisers of the JBay Winterfest are currently also planning to add a junior surf contest to cater for the youngsters to the event schedule.

* The JBay Open of Surfing is event #6 on the 2015 Men's Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour!

29 January 2015

Cape Town set to rename Table Bay Boulevard after F.W. de Klerk!

Cape Town's city council has voted to rename Table Bay Boulevard after South Africa's last white head of state, Frederik Willem de Klerk. F.W. de Klerk was the seventh and last head of state of South Africa (September 1989 to May 1994) under the apartheid era. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along with Nelson Mandela for his role in the ending of apartheid. The proposal to rename a 5km section of the Table Bay Boulevard after F.W. de Klerk was put forward by a group of 27 signatories, including DA leader Helen Zille and fellow Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Kenya Airways to become the first & only airline to link Vietnam directly to Africa!

Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways, is set to launch a brandnew service between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) Hanoi (Vietnam). Effective 30 March 2015, the airline will operate three weekly flights on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner between the two destiantions. Kenya Airways will become the first and only airline to link Vietnam directly to Africa.

27 January 2015

Airlink to increase flights on two domestic routes; new schedule between Durban <> Maputo!

South African carrier Airlink has announced that it will increase flights between Johannesburg and Nelspruit and between Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg from 16 February 2015. The airline will also introduce a new schedule between Durban and Maputo in Mozambique on the same date.

Johannesburg <> Nelspruit: new morning and late afternoon flights
Morning flights depart Nelspruit at 06:55 arriving in Johannesburg at 07:50, daily Monday to Friday. On Saturdays the first flight will now depart Nelspruit at 08:30 arriving in Johannesburg at 09:25. Evening flights depart Johannesburg for Nelspruit at 18:05 arriving in Nelspruit at 18:55, Sunday to Friday.

Johannesburg <> Pietermaritzburg: increased capacity and choice of flights
Airlink will introduce an additional afternoon flight utilizing 83 seater AvroRJ regional jet aircraft. Afternoon flights will now operate Monday to Friday departing Johannesburg at 15:30, 17:00 and 18:15. Flights from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg depart at 14:00, 17:00 and 18:25.

Durban <> Maputo: new schedule
Same day return flights will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, whilst midmorning flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fights on Tuesdays and Thursdays will depart Durban at 06:45 and 16:00. Flights from Maputo will depart at 08:30 and 17:35. Midmorning flights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday depart Durban at 10:10 and from Maputo at 11:45.

Recipes from Southern Africa: Spicy pineapples (Durban)

Durban's Golden Mile is famous for the Indian Ocean, the beaches, the surf spots, uShaka Marine World, the promenade with its top-class accommodation, fleamarkets, restaurants as well as for one of Durban's most unique snacks: spicy pineapples. Usually sold by street vendors all over the beachfront, spicy pineapples are tangy fresh pineapple chunks doused in curry powder. Delicious!

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  • one fresh pineapple
  • curry powder
  • salt
  • Mix two parts of curry powder with one part of salt
  • Cut the pineapple into bite-size chunks 
  • Douse the pineapple chunks with the curry mix 
  • Enjoy the sweet and hot pineapple chunks!

26 January 2015

South Africa Airways expands codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways!

According to aviation specialists airlineroute.net, South African Airways (SAA) is set to expand its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways. South Africa's flag carrier will add its code "SA" to nine new routes operated by Etihad Airways from 01 Feb 2015 (7 routes) and from 06 Feb 2015 (2 routes). Earlier in January 2015 (21 Jan 2015), the SAA already started to display its code on Etihad Airways' flights between Abu Dhabi's Abu Dhabi International Airport and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. 

from 01 Feb 2015:
from 06 Feb 2015: