01 September 2014

Fastjet to launch flights Dar es Salaam <> Entebbe (Uganda)

Tanzania-based low-cost airline, Fastjet, will be launching the only direct air link between Dar es Salaam (DAR) in Tanzania and Entebbe (EBB) in Uganda on 16 September 2014. The airline will operate two flights per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first weeks of September 2014 and will increase flights between the two destionations to 4 weekly frequencies from 29 September 2014. Entebbe will be Fastjet's fourth international destination. Tickets for the new route go on sale today (01 Sept 2014).

29 August 2014

Kruger National Park Calendar - October

Weather:
  • daytime temperatures soar
  • first hard rains
  • it can get extremely hot & humid if the rains are late
Temperatures:


Landscape:
  • Grassland beginns turning green
  • many trees in flower
  • lush vegetation
  • river levels start rising
 Animal Activity:
  • breeding season begins for many antelopes
  • game begins dispersing through the Park
  • most of the northern migrant raptors arrive

Flydubai to launch flights to Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi

Dubai-based low-cost airline flydubai has announced the introduction of three new East African routes. The airline will launch flights to Bujumbura in Burundi, Entebbe in Uganda and Kigali in Rwanda in September 2014. The latest route additions will bring the total number of destinations in the carrier's network to 80, including nine destionations in Africa.

Entebbe, Uganda
flydubai will operate daily flights between Dubai and Entebbe starting from 27 September 2014.
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays:
FZ621 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 16:10hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 20:30hrs local time.
FZ622 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport on the following day at 01:30hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 08:05hrs local time.
Tuesdays and Fridays:
FZ623 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 12:20hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 16:40hrs local time.
FZ624 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 22:10hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 04:35hrs local time.
Sundays:
FZ619 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 09:55hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 14:15hrs local time.
FZ620 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 15:15hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 21:50hrs local time.
Wednesdays:
FZ619 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 07:55hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 12:15hrs local time.
FZ620 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 13:15hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 19:50hrs local time.

Bujumbura, Burundi via Entebbe
flydubai will operate two flights a week between Dubai and Bujumbura via Entebbe starting from 30 September 2014.
Tuesdays and Fridays:
FZ623 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 12:20hrs local time, arriving into Bujumbura International Airport at 17:55hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.
FZ624 is scheduled to depart Bujumbura International Airport at 18:55hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 04:35hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

Kigali, Rwandavia Entebbe
flydubai will operate three flights a week between Dubai and Kigali via Entebbe starting from 27 September 2014.
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays:
FZ621 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 16:10hrs local time, arriving into Kigali International Airport at 21:30hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.
FZ622 is scheduled to depart Kigali International Airport at 22:30hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 08:05hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

28 August 2014

Zambia/Botswana: The construction of the Kazungula Bridge set to start in September 2014

Korean construction company, Daewoo Engineering & Construction, has just announced that it won a tender for the construction of the Kazungula Bridge linking Zambia and Botswana. The construction of the US$161 million project is expected to start in September 2014 and is supposed to be completed within four years. The bridge will replace the famous Kazungula Ferry, a pontoon ferry across the 400-metre-wide Zambezi River between Zambia and Botswana. Earlier in August 2014, one of the main sponsors of the to be built Kazungula Bridge, Japan, pulled out of the project following an alleged tender dispute. The construction of the new bridge was initially expected to start in June 2014.



The new Kazungula Bridge will be located some 75 km from Livingstone in Zambia and about 10km from Kasane in Botswana. The town of Kazungula lies just 2 km from the road between Livingstone and Sesheke which connects to the Katima Mulilo Bridge linking Zambia and Namibia.

27 August 2014

Africa's longest double zipline to open near Addo (Eastern Cape)

Africa's longest double zipline will open in the Sundays River Valley near Addo, located about 1 hrs from Port Elizabeth, on 01 September 2014. The zipline runs 60m over the Sundays River, which is known to South Africa's fastest-flowing river when in flood. With a lenth of about 500m the "double zipline" flies two riders over the river at up to 60 km/h depending on your weigh. An automatic breaking system stops your motion as you approach within 40m of the end of the zipline. A ride with the zipline costs R200/person (guides & equipment included; allow 1hrs). For more info about the zipline and all other adventures offered by "Adrenalin Addo", visit their website! Enjoy!

Botswana: Botswana Railways (BR) set to launch tourist train

According to Yarona FM, a private radio station in Botswana, Botswana Railways (BR) has announced plans to introduce a tourist train similar to South Africa's Shosholoza Meyl to offer both local and international tourists an opportunity to explore Botswana and the neighboring countries. A possible route for the new tourist train will be from Francistown in Botswana to Bulawayo and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) before reaching Livingstone (Zambia) and back into Botswana. Sounds like an ambitious plan. We'll keep you posted!


26 August 2014

Durban: SkyCar closed for annual maintenance

If you are planning to visit Durban keep in mind that one of the city's popular tourist attractions, the SkyCar at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, is currently grounded for annual service until further notice. The SkyCar is a funicular mounted on an undercarriage that carries visitors from the north side of the stadium to a viewing platform at the top of the stadium's arch at 106m above the pitch, offering 360ยบ views over Durban and the Indian Ocean. We'll keep you posted!