19 October 2018

Air Namibia to increase flights between Windhoek <> Victoria Falls!

Namibia's flag carrier, Air Namibia, is set to increase flights between Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls from the current five weekly flights to six weekly flights from 01 November 2018. The additional flight will be operated on Thursdays on board an Embraer ERJ135 aircraft.
Please note that Air Namibia is not operating flights to Zimbabwe until 27 October 2018 due to the impounding of an aircraft operated by the airline in Harare on 05 October 2018.

Airlink to increase flights between Durban <> East London!

South African regional carrier Airlink is set to introduce a third daily flight between King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban and East London Airport (ELS) in East London from 22 October 2018. The additional flight will be operated middays between Mondays and Fridays. The flight will depart from King Shaka International Airport (DUR) at 12:00 arriving in East London at 13:20. The return flight will depart from East London Airport (ELS) at 13:45 arriving in Durban at 15:05.

18 October 2018

Mpumalanga: Two new hiking trails in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve!

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has officially opened two new hiking trails in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Both trails are self-guided trails and traverse half of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve as well as privately owned land, from Paradise Camp (on the God’s Window loop road) to Bourke's Luck Potholes.
The Belvedere day walk is a 10km, five-hour walk which takes hikers in a circular route its start at
Bourke's Luck Potholes to the Belvedere Guest House and then back to Bourke's Luck Potholes.

The Waterval long trail/hike is a three-day trail. From the meeting point at
Bourke's Luck Potholes hikers will get transported to Paradise Camp, the starting point of the hike. From there, a 3km walk will bring the hikers to the first overnight stop at Waterval Hut. Day two takes the hikers from Waterval Hut to Clearstream (13.5km). On day three, the trail takes the hikers from Clearstream back to Bourke's Luck Potholes (13.6km).
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) is currently devoleping a third trail, which will include the "Old Mill". For more info and booking, contact the MTPA.

17 October 2018

Ethiopian Airlines to increase flights between Addis Ababa <> Oslo!

The flag carrier of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to increase flights between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Oslo Airport (OSL) in Oslo, Norway. From 11 December 2018, the airline will operate six weekly return flights on board a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to Norway instead of the current five return flights per week. Ethiopian Airlines launched the route between Addis Ababa and Oslo in March 2017.

15 October 2018

Cape Town: MyCiTi bus drivers embark on strike!

Cape Town's MyCiTi bus service is currently disrupted due to an (illegal) strike by some bus drivers. As a result, only a few routes are currently operating. It is unclear for how long the strike will continue, and when the MyCiTi service will be able to resume normal operations. The City of Cape Town is monitoring the situation and will inform the public accordingly. We'll keep you posted!MyCiTi is Cape Town's bus rapid transit (BRT) service. Since its launch in May 2010 until August 2018, approximately 89,4 million passenger journeys were recorded on the MyCiTi service.

Mpumalanga: The Graskop Gorge lift is currently not operational! [UPDATE]

update (19 October 2018): The Graskop Gorge lift is fully operational!

The Graskop Gorge lift, a viewing lift that takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the Graskop Gorge and into the forest below, is temporarily closed since 12 October 2018. The lift, which is operated by the Graskop Gorge Lift Company, is located just outside of Graskop on the R533 towards Hazyview along Mpumalanga's famous Panorama Route (on the opposite side of the gorge to the Big Swing).

Botswana: Gaborone Game Reserve has been re-opened!

Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks has re-opened the Gaborone Game Reserve in Gaborone earlier today (15 October 2018). The Reserve was closed to the public since August 2018 due maintenance of sewerage lines by the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC), a parastatal organisation wholly owned by the Government of Botswana.
The Gaborone Game Reserve is located on the western side of Gaborone about 1km east of the Broadhurst Mall. It covers an area of only 5km², but is third busiest game reserve in Botswana. Gaborone Game Reserve is home to wildebeest, elands, gemsboks, kudus, ostriches and warthogs as well as to a particularly plentiful birdlife. All roads in the reserve are accessible by two-wheel drives (2WD).