03 March 2015

SafariNow's Top 10 Beach Destinations in South Africa

Africa's biggest travel booking network, SafariNow, has named South Africa's Top 10 Beach Destinations, based on reviews submitted by its customers.

SafariNow's Top 10 Beach Destinations in South Africa:

02 March 2015

Swaziland's cultural festivals in 2015!

Swaziland Tourism, the tourism authority of Swaziland, just published an overview on the cultural festivals to be held in the country in 2015. If you are planning to visit Swaziland in January, March, May/June or August/September, you might get the chance to experience the country's (ancient) traditions first hand! Enjoy!

  • The Incwala Festival, also known as the "Festival of First Fruits" is known to be one of the biggest and most spectacular events in Africa. Swaziland's Big Incwala ceremony already took place between the 08 – 14 January 2015.
  • The Marula Festival (07 March 2015) is celebrated at the Royal Residence of the King at Hlane in the Lubombo Region of Swaziland. Both the King and the Queen Mother are presented with Marula beer from each household, in keeping with it being a "fruit fit for kings". Only afterwards can Swazis drink their home brew.
  • The MTN Bushfire Festival will take place from 30 May - 01 June 2015. This unique festival is one of the biggest and best of its kind in southern Africa, with everything from live music and theatre to film, workshops and a global food fair.
  • The Umhlanga/Reed Dance will take place in August or September 2015. Swaziland's best known cultural event is a coming together of the nations women to cut new reeds to present to the Queen mother. Over 40,000 young women take part in this visual spectacle, at the Royal Residence of the King. Dates for the event are announced relatively close to the time as the precise timing of the event is determined using ancestral astrology.

27 February 2015

Kruger National Park Calendar - April

  • seasonal shift towards autumn
  • drop in daytime temperatures with cool evenings
  • occasional late summer rains

  • Vegetation dense > thick tree canopies
  • many trees are bearing seeds/fruits
  • pods are out on mopaneveld
Animal Activity:
  • Game dispersed throughout the park
  • game spotting generally difficult
  • Warthog, Impala & Wildebeest rutting season
  • most migrant birds depart 

South Africa: Table Mountain National Park named most-visited protected area in Africa!

According to a recent study into the global scale of nature-based tourism in protected areas, the world's national parks and nature reserves receive around eight billion visits every year. The authors of Walk on the Wild Side: Estimating the Global Magnitude of Visits to Protected Areas analyzed data from 556 parks worldwide to estimate the economic value of visits to the world's most popular protected areas. The study named two protected areas in South Africa as the most-visited in Africa - Table Mountain National Park with 1.4 million visits per year and Kruger National Park with 1 million visits per year!

The most popular national parks and preserves on the six most populous continents:

Table Mountain National Park, South Africa: 1.4 million visits/year
Kruger National Park, South Africa: 1 million visits/year
Seoraksan National Park, South Korea - 3.1 million visits/year
Mount Huangshan, China - 1.3 million visits/year
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia - 510 000 visits/year
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - 380 000 visits/year
Lake District, United Kingdom - 10.5 million visits/year
Peak District, United Kingdom - 10.1 million visits/year
South America and Caribbean
Tijuca National Park, Brazil - 737 000 visits/year
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru - 691 000 visits/year

26 February 2015

Kimberley: Dates announced for the Skateboarding World Championships 2015!

World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP), one of the world's leading skateboarding event management companies, has announced that Kimberley in South Africa will once again host the Skateboarding World Championships in 2015. The event will be held at the Kimberley Diamond Cup, which runs from 07 - 10 October 2015 at Kimberley's permanent, state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza. Skaters from at least 50 countries expected to compete in five world championship events, including the Women's Street Championships, Vert Championships, Big Air Championships, Rider Cup Team Championships and Men's Street Championships. This year for the first time, the Skateboarding World Championships will extend invitations to the top finishers of notable international contests like the Mystic Cup, Copenhagen Pro, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, Bryggeriet Malmo and others around the world. Top finishers from U.S. contests, including X Games, Dew Tour, U.S. Skateboarding Championships and Street League, will also earn spots in the Skateboarding World Championships.

25 February 2015

Angola set to introduce multiple entry tourism visa

Angola's Minister of Interior, Angelo Veiga Tavares, has announced that the country will introduce tourist and ordinary visas with multiple entries in March 2015. The modernisation process taking place in the Angola's Migration and Foreigners Services (SME) has made it possible to overcome the hindrances regarding the introduction of multiple entry visas.
The Minister also confirmed that Luanda's 4 de Fevereiro International Airport will set up the RAPID system, which will enable Angolan and foreign travellers to pass through the immigration control system in less than fifteen seconds.

23 February 2015

Uganda: Gorilla permit promotion in April, May & November 2015!

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has launched a gorilla tracking promotion valid during the months of April and May 2015 (01 April - 31 May 2015) as well as during November 2015 (01 - 30 November 2015). According to UWA management, during the promotion foreign non residents will pay US$350 instead of US$600 for a gorilla permit, foreign residents US$300 (US$500) and East Africans will part with Ush150,000 (Ush 250,000) a permit. For more information please contact the Uganda Wildlife Authority.