13 October 2015

Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights between Addis Ababa <> Durban!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to resume scheduled flights between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Durban's King Shaka International Airport (DUR) on 16 December 2015 after a 17 year hiatus. The airline will operate three flights per week on board a Boeing 737-800 aircraft between the two destinations. Ethiopian Airlines' operational schedule will allow same day connections to/from Europe.

12 October 2015

South Africa: Mango to end flights between Cape Town <> Port Elizabeth!

South African low-cost carrier Mango will end its route between Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth on 15 October 2015. The airline's aircraft will be redeployed to to maximize "competitive presence on higher-volume routes". Mango also announced it would be bulking up flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Existing bookings will be re-accommodated on SA Express.

09 October 2015

Fair Trade Tourism certifies the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town!

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), a South African NGO that encourages and monitors fair and responsible practises in tourism establishments and activities, recently added the Townhouse Hotel, situated in the heart of Cape Town, to the family of FTT-certified businesses. The four star hotel employs a multi-cultural and diverse team of 100 people. The Townhouse Hotel believes in responsible hoteling and has installed devices to help conserve energy and water as well as implementing waste recycling management practices. The hotel also supports local and ethical food suppliers, wherever possible. Off-site, the Townhouse Hotel donates a percentage of all conference delegate fees to greening projects such as tree-planting with Greenpop, and regularly arranges community-focused beach clean-ups with CleanC. Together with its sister hotels, Oude Werf Hotel and Vineyard Hotel, the Townhouse Hotel is a founder of Kids of the Cape Fund, a social investment initiative that supports nine children’s charities spanning education, health, HIV/Aids and feeding schemes.

KwaZulu Natal: Beaumont Nature Reserve has been declared a protected area!

The Beaumont Nature Reserve in the Swartberg region of KwaZulu Natal has been declared a protected area. The reserve is 1050 ha in size and stretches into the upper catchment of the Umzimvubu River. It consists mostly of grasslands, steep slopes and rocky sections. The reserve provides foraging grounds to a number of endangered and endemic species such as Grey Crowned Crane, Cape Vulture, Drakensberg Rock Jumper, Secretary Bird and Southern Bald Ibis. With the majestic Drakensberg towering in the background, the Beaumont Nature Reserve presents a special opportunity to conserve watershed services  that needs the mighty Umzimvubu River that sustains countless communities all the way through to Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape where the river eventually meets the ocean. The Beaumont Nature Reserve is the first of a number of privately owned properties in the region that will have protected area status bestowed upon them.

07 October 2015

Zimbabwe: Fastjet to launch flights between Harare <> Zimbabwe!

Pan-African low-cost airline Fastjet has been granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, which allows the airline to operate both domestic and international routes within and from Zimbabwe. Fastjet (Zimbabwe), the second airline to Fastjet's network, is set to introduce flights between Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare and Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls on 28 October 2015. The airline will initially operate three flights per week between the two destinations. Fares start at $20 exclusive of taxes for a one way flight. Fastjet (Zimbabwe) becomes the second budget airline to operate in Zimbabwe after Fly Africa.

South Africa's Blue Flag beaches 2015/16

A total of 39 beaches in South Africa, along with 9 boats and 6 marinas have been awarded Full Blue Flag status by the 2015 International Blue Flag Jury. Another 30 beaches in South Africa have been awarded Pilot Blue Flag Site status. The jury results include 49 Blue Flag sites in the Western Cape, 19 sites in KwaZulu-Natal and 16 sites in the Eastern Cape. All of the sites that applied for Blue Flag status underwent a rigorous approval process involving both local and international assessments.
The Blue Flag is a certification issued by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach or marina meets its stringent standards. The main criterias include standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria. The Blue Flag is sought for beaches and marinas as an indication of their high environmental and quality standards.

Western Cape Beaches:
Cape Town - Silwerstroomstrand
Cape Town - Clifton 4th
Cape Town - Camps Bay
Cape Town - Llandudno
Cape Town - Muizenberg (pilot)
Cape Town - Strandfontein
Cape Town - Mnandi
Cape Town - Bikini
Cape Town - Melkbosstrand (pilot)
Cape Town - Seaforth (pilot)
Cape Town - Fishhoek (pilot)
Kleinmond (Overstrand Municipality) - Kleinmond
Hermanus (Overstrand Municipality) - Hawston
Hermanus (Overstrand Municipality) - Grotto
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Lappiesbaai
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Gouritzmond
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Jongensfontein (pilot)
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Stilbaai Wes (pilot)
Mossel Bay - Santos
Mossel Bay - De Bakke
Mossel Bay - Hartenbos
Mossel Bay - Klein Brak
Wilderness (Eden District) - Wilderness (pilot)
Wilderness (Eden District) - Leentjiesklip (pilot)
Knysna - Buffalo Bay (pilot)
Knysna - Brenton-on-Sea (pilot)
Plettenberg Bay (Bitou Municipality) - Robberg 5
Plettenberg Bay (Bitou Municipality) - Lookout
Keurboomstrand (Bitou Municipality) - Keurboomstrand
Keurboomstrand (Bitou Municipality) - The Dunes (pilot)
Natures Valley (Bitou Municipality) - Nature's Valley
Cape Agulhas - Struisbaai
Cape Agulhas - Roman (pilot)
Cape Agulhas - Kassiesbaai (pilot)

Western Cape Marinas:
Knysna - Thesen Islands
Cape Town - False Bay Yacht Club
Cape Town - The Water Club
Saldanha - Yachtport SA
Gordon's Bay - Harbour Island

Western Cape Boats:
Plettenberg Bay (Ocean Blue Adventures) - Gaia
Plettenberg Bay (Ocean Blue Adventures) - Damara
Plettenberg Bay (Offshore Adventures) - Robberg Express
Gansbaai (Dyer Island Cruises) - Whale Whisperer
Gansbaai (Dyer Island Cruises) - Dream Catcher
Knysna (Ocean Odyssey) - Oyser Catcher
Knysna (Ocean Odyssey) - Sousa
Knysna (Ocean Odyssey) - Dolphin II

Eastern Cape Beaches:
Jeffrey's Bay (Kouga Municipality) - Dolphin
Cape St Francis (Kouga Municipality) - Cape St Francis (pilot)
Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth - Humewood
Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth - King's
Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth - Hobie
Hamburg (Amatole Municipality) - Hamburg
Birah (Amatole Municipality) - Birah (pilot)
Boknes Beach (Ndlambe Municipality)  - Boknes (pilot)
Kenton-on-Sea (Ndlambe Municipality) - Middle Kenton on Sea
Kenton-on-Sea (Ndlambe Municipality) - Kariega
Port Alfred (Ndlambe Municipality) - Kelly's
Port Alfred (Ndlambe Municipality) - Kleinemonde (pilot)
Wildcoast (Mbizana Municipality) - Mtenthu (pilot)
Wildcoast (Mbizana Municipality) - Mzamba (pilot)

Eastern Cape Marina:
Port Alfred (Ndlambe Municipality) - Royal Alfred Marina

Eastern Cape Boat:
Morgan Griffiths - Fling

Kwazulu-Natal Beaches:
Hibiscus Coast - Marina
Hibiscus Coast - Trafalgar
Hibiscus Coast - Lucien
Hibiscus Coast - Southport
Hibiscus Coast - Umzumbe
Hibiscus Coast - Ramsgate
Hibiscus Coast - Hiberdene
Blythedale Beach (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Blythedale (pilot)
Ballito (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Saltrock (pilot)
Ballito (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Willard (pilot)
Nkwazi (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Zinkwazi (pilot)
Mandeni (iLembe District) - Dokodweni South (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Brighton (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umgababa (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umdloti Main (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umdloti Tidal (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umhlanga Main (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Westbrook
Ethekwini/Durban - Ushaka

06 October 2015

Tanzania: Precision Air to re-introduce flights between Dar es Salaam <> Musoma!

Tanzanian airline Precision Air has with immediate effect re-introduced flights between Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and Musoma Airport (MUZ) in Musoma in Tanzania's Mara Region. The airline initially operates three flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between the two destinations. Precision Air suspended flights to Musoma about two years ago due to poor conditions of the runway. Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) has since then made improvements to the airport infrastructure, which made the airline come back to the airport. Musoma is located on the eastern edge of Lake Victoria, close to the International borders of Tanzania with Kenya and Uganda.