24 April 2017

Cape Town: Table Mountain Cableway to close for annual maintenance!

Cape Town's Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closing for scheduled annual maintenance from 24 July 2017 to 06 August 2017. The cableway will reopen, weather permitting, 07 on August 2017.


The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is one of Cape Town's most popular tourist attractions with approximately 900,000 people a year using it to visit the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway offers visitors a variety of experiences, including meals with a view at the Table Mountain Cafe, free WiFi at the new WiFi Lounge and free thirty-minute guided walking tours.

21 April 2017

South Africa: FlySafair named most on-time airline in the world for 2017!

South African low-cost carrier FlySafair has been named the most on-time airline in the world for 2017 by air travel intelligence company OAG. According to OAG, the airline achieved an annual overall on-time performance (OTP)* of 95.94%. FlySafair, second-placed Jazerra Airways from Kuwait and third-placed Air Baltic from Latvia are the only three airlines globally to achieve a 5-star rating. Out of the three top airlines for 2017, FlySafair is the only 5-star rated airline which is a low-cost carrier. Congratulations!



FlySafair:
  • Annual overall on-time performance (OTP) - 95.94%
  • Number of operations - 12366

OAG is the leading global provider of digital flight information. The  travel intelligence company provides digital information and applications to the world's airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies. The company has the world's largest network of air travel data, including the definitive schedules database of more than 900 airlines and over 4,000 airports, and the most extensive flight status information database in the market. 

*On-time is defined as arrivals that take place strictly less than 15 minutes after schedule.

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in March 2017!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Durban's King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in March 2017.
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 (JNB), Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2017 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 93.01% (February 95.60%) 
  2. British Airways Domestic - 91.97% (February 91.19%)
  3. South African Airways - 89.07% (February 90.79%)
  4. Airlink - 86.91% (February 86.49%) 
  5. CemAir - 85.52% (February 93.83%)
  6. Kulula.com - 84.68% (February 86.45%)
  7. Mango - 82.31% (February 86.64%)
  8. SA Express - 75.21% (February 77.11%)
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (February --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2017 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 96.08% (February 96.39%)
  2. CemAir - 94.23% (February 100.00%)
  3. Airlink - 92.08% (February 93.60%)
  4. British Airways Domestic - 91.81% (February 91.00%)
  5. South African Airways - 90.20% (February 93.84%)
  6. Kulula.com - 90.13% (February 92.36%)
  7. SA Express - 88.41% (February 87.80%) 
  8. Mango - 85.48% (February 91.81%) 
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (February --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2017 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 93.17% (February 98.79%) 
  2. South African Airways - 91.80% (February 93.75%)
  3. British Airways Domestic - 91.59% (February 87.32%)
  4. Airlink - 87.45% (February 85.31%)
  5. Mango - 87.29% (February 92.68%)
  6. Kulula.com - 83.87% (February 86.53%)
  7. SA Express - 75.95% (February 88.46%)  

20 April 2017

Namibia: Hobas Camp in the /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park has been reopened!

Hobas Camp in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park has been reopened by Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) after a extensive refurbishment. The camp, which was previously just a campsite, now also offers 6 rooms (chalets), a restaurant (Quiver Restaurant), a swimming pool and, of course, 14 camping sites. The spacious chalets offer two single beds, a sleeper couch, toilet and bathroom. The total costs for the faceflift are about N$6.5 million.
Hobas Camp is situated at the northern end of the Fish River Canyon in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and is widely known as the main starting point of the Fish River Canyon hiking trail



The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is a Peace Park located on the border between South Africa and Namibia. The park was formed in 2003 by combining the |Ai-|Ais/ Hot Springs Game Park in Namibia and the Richtersveld National Park in South Africa.

SOUTH AFRICA - A Mavic Tale (drone video)

US-based Rind-Raja Picture Company travelled with their DJI Mavic Pro to South Africa to film drone videos "and what transpired was magnificent". Kudos Rind-Raja Picture Company!

19 April 2017

The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) issued a new official malaria advisory!

South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi are currently experiencing the annual malaria season and as expected there has been an increase in transmission due to the rise in ambient temperature, rainfall and humidity as compared to the same period in 2016. The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has therefore issued a new official malaria advisory (April 2017) to remind travellers visiting any of the malaria areas within or outside of South Africa to take additional precautions and maintain a higher index of suspicion.


MALARIA ADVISORY APRIL 2017

Southern Africa is currently experiencing the annual malaria season and as expected there has been an increase in transmission due to the rise in ambient temperature, rainfall and humidity as compared to the same period last year.

18 April 2017

Eastern Cape: Discover the Wild Coast! (video)

The Emfuleni Corridor Tourism Association (ECTOUR), an umbrella body of tourism associations from various tourism nodes across South Africa's Eastern Cape, has released a new image video highlighting the various attractions of the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast, which stretches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south, offers incredible views of the dramatic coastline, jagged cliffs, sheltered bays, wild beaches and rolling hills and valleys.