18 June 2018

Ethiopian Airlines to launch fligths to Barcelona (Spain)

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to launch new flight services between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and El Prat Airport (BCN) in Barcelona via Adolfo Su├írez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) in Madrid. Effective 01 July 2018, the airline will operate four weekly flights to Barcelona on board a Boeing 787– 800 Dreamliner. Barcelona is Ethiopian Airlines' 13th destination in Europe.

Uganda: The "Kampala-Entebbe Expressway" has been officially opened for motorists!

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, and the the chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Wang Yang, officially opened the new Entebbe–Kampala Expressway on 15 June 2018. The 51km four-lane toll highway links Entebbe International Airport (EBB), Uganda's main international airport, to Kampala, the country's capital. The new expressway is the country's first toll highway. It has 19 fly-overs and bridges with a total length of 2,770 metres; it also hosts the Nambigirwa Bridge, the longest four-lane bridge in Uganda and East Africa with over 1,400 metres. The Entebbe–Kampala Expressway was commissioned with assistance from Exim Bank of China, with a loan of $350m (€302.8m). Construction was done by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and supervised by Beijing Expressway Supervision Co. Ltd. (BES).

15 June 2018

Botswana: Free wifi at international airports!

The Botswana Investment Trade Centre (BITC) and Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) have introduced free wifi at Botswana's four international airports, namely Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport (BBK) in Kasane, Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun and Francistown International Airport (FRW) in Francistown. To access the service while at one of the airports, you have to select the "Go Botswana" network on your mobile device and fill-in a brief questionaire on the landing page.

Kruger National Park: Mathekenyane Lookout Point temporarily closed for maintenance!

The Mathekenyane Lookout Point, located on the Mathekenyane Koppie (385m) aproximately 11 kilometers south from Skukuza Rest Camp long the Pretoriuskop-Skukuza Road (H1-1, Napi Road) in the southern part of Kruger National Park, is temporarily closed for maintenance since 12 June 2018. The lookout point is scheduled to reopen on 22 June 2018.

The Mathekenyane Lookout Point is known to be one of the best lookout points in Kruger National Park. It is an excellent game viewing point that provides stunning views of the bush.

14 June 2018

Namibia Wildlife Resorts: Plastic bags ban still to be implemented (UPDATE)!

update (18 June 2018): According to the spokesperson of Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the ban of plastic bags in national parks in Namibia is not yet being implemented as the ministry is still putting measures and systems in place before enforcement and full implementation. The MET confirmed that an amendment to the regulation relating to the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1974 (4 of 1875) to restrict the use of plastic bags in national parks was approved and gazetted in 2017.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), the state-owned enterprise mandated to run the tourism facilities within the protected areas of Namibia, has informed its stakeholders that with immediate effect the usage of pastic bags is no longer allowed within the country's National Parks. We'll keep you updated as soon as more information are available.

Cape Town: Museum Night returns to the V&A Waterfront!

Cape Town's Museum Night is back. On Thursday, 28 June 2018, several museums and sites at the V&A Waterfront will be open from 17:00 until 22:00, offering free admission to the public, with a number of other attractions offering half price admission. The museum exhibitions are supported by an exciting programme of performances and walkabouts. You don't require tickets for Museum Night. Just arrive at the V&A Waterfront, decide on where you would like to start, and use the printed programmes available to find your way around from there.

The participating museums & sites inlude:
  • Iziko Maritime Centre
  • Zeitz MoCCA
  • Cape Medical Museum
  • Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
  • Chavonnes Battery Museum
  • Robben Island Jetty One Museum
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Everard Read Circa
  • The Watershed
  • Nelson Mandela Gateway

Etihad Airways to terminate operations between Abu Dhabi <> Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)!

According to aviation specialists RoutesOnline, the flag carrier and the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, is set to end its service between Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in Abu Dhabi and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam at the end of September 2018. The airline currently operates one daily flight on board an Airbus A320 aircraft to Tanzania's capital and return to the United Arab Emirates. During the final month of September 2018, Etihad Airlines will alreday beginn to gradually thin out operations between Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam.