30 August 2016

Eastern Cape: The attractions of the Karoo Heartland

The Emfuleni Corridor Tourism Association (ECTOUR), an umbrella body of tourism associations from various tourism nodes across South Africa's Eastern Cape, has released a new image video highlighting the attractions of the Karoo Heartland. The region, often referred to as the "dry heart" of South Africa, is a portion of the Karoo set on the eastern periphery of the central plateau.


29 August 2016

South Africa: The trunk of the world's widest baobab has split!

The Sunland Baobab, known for being the widest of its species in the world, saw a third of its trunk crash to the ground on 23 August 2016. The main cause for the tree's split is believed to be its age. According to radiocarbon dating, the tree is around 1100 years old.



The Sunland Baobab is 22 meters high, and is some 47 meters in circumference. The tree's trunk consists of two connected parts; each of these parts has its own enormous hollow connected with a narrow passage. The hollows of the Sunland Baobab  have been turned into a pub and wine cellar in 1993 by the owners of Sunland farm, Doug and Heather van Heerden. The Sunland Farm is located near Modjadjiskloof (Duiwelskloof) in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The entrance fee for day visitors is R25 per person.

26 August 2016

Ethiopian Airlines to launch flights between Addis Ababa <> Windhoek!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to launch daily flights between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Namibia, via Gaborone, starting from 04 October 2016. The airline will be deploying a Boeing B737-800NG in a two class configuration of 138 seats in economy and 15 in business class on the route.


24 August 2016

EgyptAir: Resumption of flights between Cairo <> Harare on the cards!

A launch date has not been announced, but Zimbabwe's Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Walter Mzembi, and his counterpart from Egypt, Mohamed Yehia Rahed, have agreed to work towards a resumption of EgyptAir's direct flight operations between Cairo's Cairo International Airport (CAI) and Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare. Egypt's national flag carrier suspended flights to Zimbabwe in 2014 due to viability challenges. We'll keep you posted!

23 August 2016

KLM introduces flights to Windhoek (Namibia)!

The flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, KLM, will expand its service to Windhoek, Namibia. The arline's flight schedule for the three existing flights to Luanda, Angola will be adapted slightly to make it possible to fly on to the Namibian capital and back after a short stopover. KLM will start to operate flights to Windhoek on 30 October 2016.

22 August 2016

South Africa: CemAir to launch flights between Bloemfontein <> Port Elizabeth!

South African carrier, CemAir, will launch scheduled flights between Bram Fisher International Airport/Bloemfontein Airport (BFN) in Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth on 04 October 2016. The airline will operate two weekly flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays on board a 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

17 August 2016

Airlink to introduce second flight between Johannesburg <> Bulawayo!

South African carrier Airlink is set to add a second flight between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on 05 September 2016. The new morning flight will depart Johannesburg from Monday to Friday at 06:25 and will arrive in Bulawayo at 07:45. The return flight will depart Bulawayo at 08:05 and will arrive in Johannesburg at 09:30.
Airlink will also increase its capacity over the Christmas season 2016/17 (12 Dec 2016 - 15 January 2017) with an additional afternoon flight that will operate every day except Saturdays. The afternoon flight will depart Johannesburg at 15:00 and will arrive in Bulawayo at 16:20, while the return flight will depart Bulawayo at 16:40 and will arrive in Johannesburg at 18:05.