29 May 2020

Namibia: Air Namibia temporarily suspends flights to Walvis Bay!

Namibia's flag carrier, Air Namibia, just announced the temporarily suspension of flights between Eros Airport (ERS) in Windhoek and Walvis Bay International Airport (WVB) in Walvis Bay. The suspension will be effective from today, 29 May 2020, until 08 June 2020. This is in compliance with the regulations enforced by the Government of Namibia
Walvis Bay has been temporarily moved back to stage one of Namibia's four-stage strategy to exit the coronavirus lockdown until 07 June 2020, while the rest of the country moved forward to stage three. The two latest cases diagnosed with COVID-19 in Namibia were registered in Walvis Bay (as of 28 May 2020). One of the cases is still in a critical condition in a hospital in Walvis Bay.
Air Namibia resumed domestic operations in Namibia on 06 May 2020 in line with stage two of the country's four-stage strategy to exit its coronavirus lockdown.

Kruger National Park Calendar - July!

  • warm to cool days
  • cold nights & chilly mornings
  • occasional winds
  • occasional patches of hot weather
  • almost no rain
lion, safari, Kruger National Park, South Africa

  • Water becomes scarce throughout the park
  • bush is very dry; almost no leaf cover
  • strange-smelling "potato bush" begins flowering
Animal Activity:
  • Game increasingly concentrated around water
  • game spotting usually very good in the South of the park
  • north of the park dominated by elephants
  • resident raptors breeding
  • many weaker aninmals taken by predators

28 May 2020

Coronavirus pandemic: Namibia moves to stage three of its four-stage strategy to exit the lockdown! [update]

update (29 May 2020): The town of Walvis Bay immediately moved back to stage one (full lockdown).

Namibia's President Dr. Hage G. Geingob today (28 May 2020) announced that all 14 regions of the country, with the exception of the town of Walvis Bay, will transit from stage two to stage three of its four-stage strategy to exit the coronavirus lockdown at midnight on 01 June 2020. Stage three will last from 02 June 2020 until midnight on 29 June 2020. The town of Walvis Bay, where Namibia's last two coronavirus infections occurred, will revert to stage one until 08 June 2020.
Namibia has to date recorded 22 confirmed coronavirus cases, which all have been classified to be sporadic and travel related. To this point, no incidence of community transmission occurred in Namibia. There has been no coronavirus/covid-19 related death in Namibia to date.

Coronavirus pandemic: South Africa remains closed for international tourism until 2021!

According to a press release, issued by the chairpersons of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism; and the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, domestic tourism in South Africa will re-open in December 2020, while international tourism will only commence in February 2021. Certain areas of business travel will be able to operate during alert level three of South Africa's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of the coronavirus, which will come into effect on 01 June 2020.

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa's tourism sector, which is currently "the most affected sector of all sectors during the lockdown" [src.] as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, directly accounted for 2.8% of the country's real gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018. The indirect contribution of the tourism sector to the economy's GDP in 2018 stood at an even higher 8.2%. [src.]

27 May 2020

Johannesburg: "STAY UP - a street art film experience of Maboneng"!

Curiocity, a network of African design hostels in South Africa, has released a worth seeing documentary about street art in the Maboneng Precinct of Johannesburg. Filmed during the coronavirus lockdown, the murals, that are typically a silent backdrop, came alive, telling their own stories in this uniquely empty space created by the pandemic. "STAY UP - a street art film experience of Maboneng" is a tribute to the artists that are the fabric of this neighborhood, and their work that creates the energy that Maboneng is known for. Kudos to Kim Lieberman, VHILS, the postman_art, FALKO, Remed, Snowchino, dbongz_one, Karabo Poppy, ROA, Reggiethenomad, Link1, PASTELHEART, Kazy_Usclef, Nix_indamix,Ownurcrown, SENZAART911, FreddySam, Nelson Makamo, CYRCLE, ICY SIGNS as well as to Bheki Dube of Curiocity and everyone else involved in the production of the film.

Curiocity's first hostel - Curiocity Johannesburg - was opened up by Bheki Dube in the Maboneng Precinct of Johannesburg in 2013. It is one of the pioneering developments in the district that has fast become a centre of creative energy for Johannesburg's urban artists. Currently, Curiocity also has hostels located Durban (since 2016) and Cape Town (since 2019).

Botswana: Air Botswana resumes domestic operations!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, is set to resume domestic flights in Botswana. Effective 12 June 2020, the airline will mainly operate flights from Gaborone to Francistown, Maun and Kasane. International flights will remain suspended as borders are still closed for passenger movement. Air Botswana will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols as set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as domestic regulations emanating from Botswana's response to the pandemic. The airline suspended operations on 27 March 2020 in response to the corona pandemic.

26 May 2020

South Africa: South African Airways to resume domestic services! [update]

update (27 May 2020): The business rescue practitioners (BRP) of South African Airways (SAA), Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana, said that the airlines statement, in which the resumption of domestic servies from mid-June 2020 was announced, was not authorised by them. They rejected the statement and announced that the airline is not preparing to resume flights. SAA has been placed into business rescue in December 2019, and all media statements have to be approved by the BRPs.

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), today announced that it is currently retaining its domestic schedule, as published between Johannesburg and Cape Town, with effect from mid-June 2020. Accordingly, the airline is focusing on ensuring operational readiness to resume flights once permissible. This position will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
At the same time, South African Airways is cancelling all planned scheduled flights on regional and international services until the end of June 2020 with immediate effect. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the aviation industry, the airline is limiting its service to domestic flights in
South Africa.
Travellers holding unused tickets for flights with South African Airways do not need to contact the airline at this time. All customers will be able to use their ticket's full value as a credit for travel on any service by South African Airways up to an including 24 March 2022. The airline will also permit a free name change if any individual customer no longer wishes to travel.

South Africa moves to alert level three of its risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19 with effect from 01 June 2020. During level three domestic air travel will be allowed, but only for business travel.