01 October 2014

Kruger National Park Calendar - November

  • early summer
  • very hot days and warm evenings
  • rain - rainfall usually double that of October

  • lush vegetation
  • many trees in flower
  • new pans appear in drier areas
  • river levels start rising
 Animal Activity:
  • breeding season underway for most animals
  • plains animals very aggressive in protecting their young as predator activity increases
  • explosion in insect activity after the first good rains

29 September 2014

Rwanda: Rwandair to temporarily suspend all flights to Kamembe Airport

The flag carrier airline of Rwanda, Rwandair, just announced via facebook that it is temporarily suspending all flights to Kamembe Airport from 01 November 2014. The airport will undergo major renovation works, including the re-surfacing of the runway, the lengthening of the runway from 1.5km to 2.2km and the expansion of the aircraft parking area outside the airports terminal. RwandAir has arranged shuttle services to help passengers connect to their flights through Kigali International Airport in Kigali.

Schedule for the shuttle is as follow:
  • WB601/Daily Kamembe to Kigali Timings: Departure 9:00am
  • WB602/Daily Kigali to Kamembe Timings: Departure 11:30am
Kamembe Airport is located near Cyangugu in Western Rwanda. The airport is a popular gateway for travellers intending to visit the Nyungwe Forest National Park, as well as for all hikers planing to hike along the famous Congo Nile Trail.

25 September 2014

HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2014: South African hostels scoop four awards!

Budget accommodation specialist Hostelbookers has revealed the best hostels around the world in the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2014. Most of the awards in Africa & the Middle East went to establishments in Northern Africa, but four hostels in South Africa also managed to scoop awards.

South Africa: The first nature reserve in 20 years has been declared in the Western Cape

WWF South Africa, CapeNature and the Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust (LHSKT) yesterday announced the declaration of the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve. The 6 600km² reserve – the first to be declared for 20 years in the Western Cape – is located about a three-hour drive north of Cape Town. It forms part of the Succulent Karoo region and is considered a very important endemic region within this hotspot of international conservation concern. The Knersvlakte Nature Reserve is home to about 1 500 plant species, with 190 endemic species, of which 155 are threatened with extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in the area. The reserve area is owned by WWF South Africa through the funding of the LHSKT and is managed by CapeNature with an advisory board comprising of South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), CapeNature and local landowners.

How to get to the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve:
The Knersvlakte starts just north of the town of Vanrhynsdorp, located about a three hours’ drive along the N7 north of Cape Town.
Best time to visit the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve:
The spring flowers, depending on the rains during winter, come early to this region. It is at its best between the end of July and the end of September.

Kenya Airways to increase baggage allowance in all classes

Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways, is set to introduce a new baggage policy across its entire network. From 01 October 2014 the airline will fully adopt the so-called piece concept baggage policy and move away from the old weight concept. Most of Kenya Airways' passengers will be allowed 64kg of free check-in baggage in Premier World and 46kg in Economy. Passengers will also be allowed to bring more weight on board as hand luggage: the current allowance of 10kg has been revised upwards to 12kg in all classes.

Kenya Airways' free checked baggage allowance (effective 01 Oct 2014):
  • Africa - America/Europe/Asia/Far East & Middle East:
    Premier World: 2 Pieces, 32kg max each
    Economy: 2 Pieces, 23kg max each
  • Intra Africa 2 (Rest of Africa):
    Premier World: 2 Pieces, 32kg max each
    Economy: 2 Pieces, 23kg max each
  • Intra Africa 1 (East Africa):
    Premier World: 2 Pieces, 32kg max each
    Economy: 1 Piece, max 32kg
  • Domestic:
    Premier World: 2 Pieces, 32kg max each
    Economy: 1 Piece, max 32kg
  • Marine/Seamen/Military (for any routing): 
    Premier World: 2 Pieces, 32kg max each
    Economy: 2 Pieces, 23kg max each
  • Sky Team Elite Plus & Elite (Platinum, Gold and Silver card holders):  
    Premier World: +1 Piece Extra, max 32kg   
    Economy: +1 Piece Extra, max 23kg

24 September 2014

Namibia Wildlife Resorts: Short documentary about seven of its resorts

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), the state-owned enterprise running the tourism facilities within the protected areas of Namibia, has recently released a short documentary about seven of its 19 resorts on facebook. Enjoy & kudos NWR!

The resorts featured in the video:

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) also released a new corporate video on facebook:

flydubai to launch flights to Tanzania in October 2014

Dubai-based low-cost airline flydubai will launch flights between Dubai International Airport and three destinations in Tanzania in October 2014. From 16 October 2014, the airline will operate daily flights between Dubai and Dar es Salaam. Flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), located between Arusha and Moshi in Northern Tanzania, via Dar es Salaam will commence on 17 October (two flights per week on Mondays and Fridays) while flights to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) on Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam will be launched on 19 October 2014 (two flights a week on Wednesdays and Sundays).
flydubai recently announced the introduction of  flights to Bujumbura in Burundi, Entebbe in Uganda and Kigali in Rwanda in September 2014. [more]