25 March 2019

Kruger National Park: The Mooiplaas Picnic Site is partially closed!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the Mooiplaas Picnic Site, located about 5 km south of the Mopani Rest Camp on the H1-6 in Kruger National Park's Nxanatseni Region (between Olifants River and Limpopo River), is partially closed due to renovations. The ablutions and the Lapa overlooking the Tsendze River are still open. The renovations will continue in phases until 16 April 2019.

22 March 2019

Southern Africa: Rainfall outlook (March - May 2019)!

According to the mid-season review and update of the Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (December 2018)*, the northern half of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, the bulk of Zambia, Northern Mozambique, Eastern Zimbabwe, Northernmost Namibia, Northernmost Botswana, Northern Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles are likely to experience increased chances of normal to above-normal rainfall between March and May 2019. The Southern half of the SADC, including the bulk of Namibia, the bulk of Botswana, the Southern half of Zimbabwe, Southern Mozambique, Eswatini (Swaziland) Lesotho and the Southernmost part of Madagascar are likely to experience increased chances of normal to below-normal rainfall between March and May 2019.

*mid-season review and update of the Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22), 13-14 December 2018



Kruger National Park: Malelane Gate closed for the day for travellers without reservations!

South African National Parks (SANParks) just announced on Facebook that Kruger National Park's Malelane Gate is temporarily closed for the day (22 March 2019). Only visitors with reservations can use the gate to enter the National Park. SANParks advises everyone else to use alternative gates, such as Crocodile Bridge Gate or Numbi Gate. SANParks does not name any reasons why Malelane Gate is closed for the day. 

Rwandair to launch flights to China!

The flag carrier of Rwanda, Rwandair, will extend its service between Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai (India) to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) in Guangzhou (China). Effective 18 June 2019, the airline will operate four weekly frequencies on board an A330-200 aircraft. Although Rwandair has 5th freedom traffic rights on the Mumbai <> Guangzhou sector, reservation is currently not available.

20 March 2019

Air Namibia postpones additional domestic flights & terminates regional route!

According to a press release by Air Namibia, the airline has postponed the launch of additional frequencies on some of its domestic and regional routes, which were due to start on 31 March 2019. The airline names the need to ensure operational readiness from the perspective of aircraft availability as one of the main reasons for the postponement. Air Namibia also announced the termination of one domestic route and one regional route. The following flights are affected:
  • Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS), Windhoek – Ondangwa Airport (OND), Ondangwa – Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS), Windhoek:
    • The number of flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will remain on two per day.
  • Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS), Windhoek – Katima Mulilo Airport (MPA), Katima MuliloWindhoek Eros Airport (ERS), Windhoek:
    • The number of flights will remain on four per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).
  • Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS), Windhoek – Rundu Airport (NDU), RunduWindhoek Eros Airport (ERS), Windhoek:
    • The number of flights will remain on three per week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays)
  • Ondangwa Airport (OND), Ondangwa – Walvis Bay International Airport (WVB), Walvis BayOndangwa Airport (OND), Ondangwa:
    • Effective 31 March 2019, the direct service will be terminated.
  • Walvis Bay International Airport (WVB), Walvis Bay - OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg:
    • Effective 31 March 2019, the direct service will be terminated.

Ethiopian Airlines to launch direct flights between Addis Ababa <> Istanbul!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to start scheduled direct services between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey. Effective 01 April 2019, the airline will operate three weekly return flights to Turkey. Istanbul marks Ethiopian Airlines' 19th destination in Europe. The airline is currently serving a total of 119 international destinations across five continents.

Survey: King Shaka International Airport in Durban named best airport in Africa!

Airports Council International (ACI), the only global trade representative of the world's airport authorities, has announced the winners of the prestigious 2018 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban has been named "Best Airport in Africa" (between 5 and 15 million passengers) followed by Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Marocco. Kimberley Airport (KIM) in Kimberley scooped the award for "Best Airport in Africa" (under 2 million passengers per year), followed by Port Elizabeth National Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth and Upington Airport (UTN) in Upington.
The annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards are based on the globally-established Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme, which measures passengers' satisfaction across 34 key performance indicators. Three quarters of the world's 100 busiest airports are part of the ASQ programme which means that, in 2018, more than half of the world’s 8.3 billion travellers passed through an ASQ airport