11 October 2019

Kenya Airways & Oman Air have extended their codeshare agreement!

The flag carrier of Kenya, Kenya Airways, and the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air, have expanded their already existing codeshare cooperation. Effective since 01 October 2019, the codeshare expansion allows Oman Air to place its "WY"-code on Kenya Airways operated flights between Nairobi and Entebbe (Uganda) as well as between Nairobi and Johannesburg (South Africa). In return, Kenya Airways places its "KQ"-code on Oman Air's flights between Muscat and Karachi (Pakistan) as well as between Muscat and Lahore (Pakistan).
The following destinations will be added, subject to government and regulatory approvals for Oman Air passengers traveling beyond
Nairobi to Dar Es Salam, Tanzania and for Kenya Airways passengers travelling beyond Muscat to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad.
Oman Air and Kenya Airways commenced their codeshare agreement covering services between
Muscat and Nairobi in August 2017. 

10 October 2019

Namibia: Windhoek's first "Open Streets Day" to take place on 26 Oktober 2019!

The City of Windhoek is planning the very first "Open Streets Day" in Windhoek. The event will take place on 26 October 2019 on Independence Avenue in Windhoek's Central Buisness District. Between 08:00 - 13:00 the stretch between Kasino Street and Sam Nujoma Drive will become a car-free corridor for residents and visitors to enjoy as shared public space.

Cape Town: Maintenance work to be done around the Lighthouse precinct at Cape Point!

South African National Parks (SANParks) just announced that maintenance work will be done around the Lighthouse precinct at Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park over the next five evenings (10 - 14 October 2019). Work will commence from 16:00 and finish at sunset. This is essential maintenance work which consists of painting the historic lighthouse and the removal of graffiti. The work has been scheduled to impact visitors as little as possible, therefore SANParks ask visitors to adhere to all safety signage during this period.

South Africa: Unabridged birth certificates are no longer an entry requirement!

South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, told South African investment information website Moneyweb in a radio interview (see below, skip to 08:00 minute) that unabridged birth certificates are no longer a requirement for foreign visitors travelling with kids to South Africa. According to other media reports, an official announcement of the removal of this requirement will happen next week. We'll keep you posted! 

09 October 2019

Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga): Entry gates to the Swadini section will be closed on selected dates between October 2019 - February 2020!

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), the governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wilderness areas and public nature reserves in Mpumalanga, has announced that the entry gates to the Swadini section of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve will be closed on selected dates between October 2019 and February 2020 due to "filming that will be taking place".

The gates to the Swadini section will be closed on the following dates:

  • 21 October 2019 – 03 December 2019:
    • site establishment (no impact on visitor's access)
  • 04 December 2019 - 26 December 2019
    • unrestricted access
  • 27 December 2019 – 14 February 2020
    • full exclusivity
Other tourist attractions on the Panorama Route like God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels, Pinnacle, will not be affected by this closure
The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is situated in the Drakensberg escarpment region of eastern Mpumalanga. It protects the second largest canyon in Africa after the Fish River Canyon in Namibia,the Blyde River Canyon, and includes natural wonders such as the Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, Pinnacle Rock and God's Window.

Addo Elephant National Park: Grading of roads leads to road closures!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has started the grading of roads in Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. According to SANParks this will lead to the closure of certain roads over the next two weeks. 

Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, zebra, wildlife

Addo Elephant National Park's internal road network is suitable for all vehicles. Two loops of the tourist roads in the park are tarred while the others are graveled. The gravel roads are usually in good condition, but may be closed in very wet weather. The main entrance road into Addo Elephant National Park is tarred. A 4x4 vehicle is only necessary if visitors would like to do the Bedrogfontein 4x4 route within the National Park, while high ground clearance vehicles are needed should guests overnight at Narina Bush Camp.

08 October 2019

LAM - Mozambique Airlines to resume flights between Maputo <> Lisbon!

The flag carrier of Mozambique, LAM - Mozambique Airlines, is set to resume flights between Maputo International Airport (MPM) in Maputo and Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) in Lisbon, Portugal. As of March 2020, the airline will operate three weekly flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Maputo to Lisbon and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Lisbon to Maputo. Flights will be operated by a 267-seat Airbus A340-300 aircraft with 213 seats in economy class, 42 seats in premium economy and 12 seats in executive.
According to media reports, LAM - Mozambique Airlines' new service to Portugal will be carried out by Hi Fly, a Portuguese charter airline specialized in the supply of commercial aircraft on wet lease