15 April 2014

Kruger National Park: Gate quotas in force during the Easter weekend

Travellers planning to visit Kruger National Park between 17 - 21 April 2014 (Easter) should keep in mind that South African National Parks (SANParks) will strictly enforce qate quotes during that period. SANParks therefore advises day visitors to book in advance in order to secure their entry in the park. Day visitors who pre-book their visit are expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of R32 per adult and R16 per child to secure the space so that they can be counted in the number that makes a daily quota at that particular gate.

In case the the gate quota has been reached, day visitors who did not pre-book with SANParks have the option to make use of the park and ride scheme available at Numbi Gate, Phabeni Gate and Paul Kruger Gate. The duration of such drives is 4 hours. The morning drives start at 07:00 and end at 11:00, while the afternoon drives start at 14:00 and end at 18:00 from each gate.
Kruger National Park has ten entrance gates: Pafuri Gate, Punda Maria Gate, Phalaborwa Gate, Giriyondo Gate, Orpen Gate, Paul Kruger Gate, Phabeni Gate, Numbi Gate, Malelane Gate and Crocodile Bridge Gate.

14 April 2014

The Sterkfontein Caves are open to visitors again

The Sterkfontein Caves, located in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site about 50km northwest of Johannesburg, are open to visitors again since 08 April 2014. The caves were recently closed to the public for routine stability tests, which are undertaken every five years to determine the safety of the tourist attraction.
The Sterkfontein Caves are set of limestone caves where many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4-million years, have been found over the last few decades. The caves are open to the public from 09h00 to 17h00 every day.

11 April 2014

Air Namibia suspends Windhoek <> Accra

Namibia's flag carrier, Air Namibia, will suspends its flights between Windhoek and Accra in Ghana from 26 June 2014. According to the airline, limited traffic numbers are a major reason for the termination of the route. Passengers booked on a flight beyond the termination date are advised to contact Air Namibia to get booked on partner airlines servicing Accra.

10 April 2014

Namibia: Daylight saving time resumes on 07 September 2014

Just a quick reminder: Daylight saving time ended in Namibia already on the first Sunday in April, which happend to be the 06 April 2014. Time changed from UTC+2 to UTC+1. The official time change took place at 02:00am (from 02:00am to 01:00am). Daylight saving time in Namibia will resume again on the first Sunday in September 2014 (07 Sept 2013). Time does not change in the Zambezi Region (until 2013 known as the Caprivi Region) in Namibia's north, as this area is not subject to summer and winter time changes.

Kulula (South Africa) & Kenya Airways sign codeshare agreement

South African low-cost carrier Kulula and Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways, have signed a bilateral codeshare agreement. Under the agreement, Kulula places its code (MN) on all of Kenya Airways' daily services between Johannesburg and Nairobi, while Kenya Airways places its code (KQ) on all South African domestic routes currently serviced by Kulula, including Cape Town, Durban, George and East London. Bookings are available for sale from today (10 April 2014).

09 April 2014

South Africa: 277 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2014

According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa has lost 277 rhinos to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2014. Of the rhinos poached, 166 rhinos were killed in the Kruger National Park, 34 in Limpopo, 32 in the North West, 24 in KwaZulu Natal, 10 in Mpumalanga, 6 in the Eastern Cape, 4 in the Free State and 1 in the Western Cape.
The total of 86 alleged poachers have been arrested in South Africa so far in 2014.

Latest rhino poaching figures (as of 09 April 2014):  
  • Kruger National Park (SANParks) - 166 rhinos poached
  • Marakele National Park (SANParks) - 0 rhino poached
  • Gauteng -  0 rhino poached
  • Limpopo - 34 rhino poached
  • Mpumalanga - 10 rhino poached
  • North-West Province - 32 rhino poached
  • Eastern Cape - 6 rhino poached
  • Free State - 4 rhino poached
  • KwaZulu Natal - 24 rhinos poached
  • Western Cape - 1 rhino poached
  • Northern Cape - 0 rhino poached

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is urging members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in March 2014

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and Durban's King Shaka International Airport in March 2014.
On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark with considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2014 (airport target 85%)
  1. South African Airways84.42% (February 86.98%)
  2. Mango - 82.44% (February 90.06%)
  3. Airlink80.48% (February 91.95%)
  4. British Airways Domestic79.87% (February 91.75%)
  5. Kulula.com78.81% (February 90.74%) 
  6. SA Express - 74.89% (February 75.45%)
Cape Town International Airport - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2014 (airport target 87%)
  1. Airlink96.36% (February 93.42%)
  2. SA Express - 88.26% (February 91.42%)
  3. Mango - 86.58% (February 91.47%) 
  4. South African Airways - 85.21% (February 87.77%) 
  5. Kulula.com83.71% (February 92.63%)
  6. British Airways Domestic - 83.26% (February 91.81%)
King Shaka International Airport, Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2014 (airport target 89%)
  1. South African Airways - 88.14% (February 93.01%)
  2. Mango - 86.64% (February 93.37%)
  3. Kulula.com - 86.09% (February 91.71%)
  4. SA Express85.87% (February 92.62%)  
  5. Airlink84.81% (February 89.93%)
  6. British Airways Domestic - 81.13% (February 91.40%)