20 October 2014

Ethiopian Airlines to launch flights to Tokyo (Japan)

According to aviation experts Airline Route, Ethiopian Airlines is set to introduce a new service to Tokyo, Japan. From 01 April 2015 the airline will operate three weekly flights between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo via Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in Hong Kong. As a result, Ethiopian Airlines' overall service to Hong Kong will increase from four to seven weekly flights.

17 October 2014

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certifies five new tourism businesses on Madagascar!

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), a South African NGO that encourages and monitors fair and responsible practises in tourism establishments and activities, recently added five businesses on Madagascar to the family of FTT-certified businesses.

The five newly certified tourism businesses in Madagascar are:
These tourism businesses all adhere to the FTT standard and use the FTT label as a way of signifying their commitment to fair and responsible tourism. This includes fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
Specific initiatives range from contributing to the education of children in the local communities and offering health clinics on their premises to working with local fishermen and fish farmers, in order to support them in making their businesses more profitable and more resilient. Recognizing the importance of preserving the local farming sector and increasing the value generated from agriculture,
FTT-certified businesses provide local farmers with the necessary tools as well as sharing technical and commercial knowledge with them. The businesses are also dedicated to water and energy savings and make use of local handicrafts to decorate their rooms.

Thai Airways to end operations to South Africa!

The flag carrier airline of Thailand, Thai Airways, has confirmed that it is ending its operations to South Africa. The airline will operate its last service between Bangkok <> Johannesburg on 14 January 2015.

16 October 2014

Video: Aerial Cape Town

While visiting Cape Town, photographer Eric Cheng filmed a short aerial video of the Mother City and its surrounding area with his DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and his GoPro HERO 3+ Black. Locations include Lion's Head, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Hout Bay, Simon's Town and Seal Island; the footage includes great white sharks from above at Seal Island, an aggregation of spotted gully sharks/sharptooth houndshark in the surf near Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park and a brown fur seal surfing in the waves. Awesome! Kudos Eric!

Aerial Cape Town, South Africa, by Phantom 2 from Eric Cheng on Vimeo.

14 October 2014

Namibia: Mangetti National Park now open to the public!

Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, has officially opened the gates of Mangetti National Park for tourism and the general public on 10 Oct 2014. The park, which covers 420km² of savanna landscape, is home to variety of large mammal species such as elephant, eland, rhino, blue wildebeest, plain zebra, giraffe and the rare sable antelope as well as to predators such as leopard, hyena and the extremely rare and endangered African wild dog. According to Minister Uahekua Herunga, Mangetti National Park has a reception centre and proper road network; various species of game have also been reintroduced to the park to boost the already existing populations.

Mangetti National Park, which is situated in the eastern Kalahari woodlands about 110km south west of Rundu in Namibia's Kavango West Region, was already proclaimed a National Park on 15 September 2008.

Namibia: Hardap Camp set to reopen in December 2014

Hardap Camp, located in the Hardap Recreation Resort just out of Mariental in south-central Namibia, is set to reopen by the first week of December 2014. The renovation work done by that time will include the administration building, the swimming pool, the conference centre, restaurant and 5 VIP bungalows. In a second renovation phase, which is scheduled to be finished by March 2015, the renovation of 45 rooms will likely be completed.

Hardap Recreation Resort (252km²) is situated at the Hardap Dam, which dams the Fish River and has a surface area of 25 km². With many inlets and small islands Namibia's biggest reservoir provides a safe breeding place for 284 bird species including the great white pelican, yellow-billed stork, osprey, Bradfield’s swift and Stark’s lark. The Hardap Recreation Resort is also home to Black rhino, kudu, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok and red hartebeest.

13 October 2014

Proflight Zambia to launch flights Ndola <> Lubumbashi (DRC)

Proflight Zambia, operator of the largest fleet of aircraft in Zambia, will launch a new route between Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (NLA) in Ndola and Lubumbashi International Airport (FBM) in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. From 16 October 2014 the airline will operate three weekly flights on Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday afternoons onboard a Jetstream 32 aircraft between the two destinations.