17 January 2017

Zambia: Proflight Zambia launched a new direct service between Ndola <> Kasama!

Proflight Zambia, the operator of the largest fleet of aircraft in Zambia, launched a new direct service between Ndola and Kasama today (17 January 2017). The new direct flight avoids travellers have to stay overnight in Lusaka when flying between the two locations. Instead, the airline has introduced a four-times-a-week circuit on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, alternating between Lusaka > Ndola > Kasama > Lusaka and Lusaka > Kasama > Ndola > Lusaka . The direct flight will depart Ndola at 12:45 on Tuesdays and Fridays, arriving in Kasama at 14:25. The flight will depart Kasama on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:35, arriving in Ndola at 12:15.

Ndola is the third largest city in Zambia and the industrial and commercial center of the Copperbelt, the country's copper-mining region. Kasama is the capital of the Northern Province of Zambia, situated on the central-southern African plateau at an elevation of about 1400 m.

Thomas Cook Airlines plans to launch flights between Manchester <> Cape Town!

British airline Thomas Cook Airlines plans to introduce nonstop flights between Manchester Airport (MAN) in Manchester and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town in early 2018. The airline is set to operate a bi-weekly service on Wednesdays from Manchester and on Thursdays from Cape Town on board an Airbus A330-200.

Kruger National Park: Road condition update!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released an update on the road conditions (as of 16 Jan 2016) in Kruger National Park's northern Nxanasteni region, which is currently experiencing heavy rains.

Balule Rest Camp

  • The water level on the S89 is high and guests are therefore advised to make use of the S91 and S92 as well as the causeway to access Balule.
  • Due to overflowing the H1-9 is closed. Mopani Rest Camp is accessible via the Letaba high water bridge.
Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
  • The camp is inaccessible.

16 January 2017

Cape Town Tourism continues "The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series"! (video)

Cape Town Tourism has released a new episode of the "The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series" featuring Khayelitsha, the largest and fastet growing township in South Africa. Previous episodes include Kalk Bay, Cape Town CBD, Woodstock, Constantia, Somerset West and Langa

"The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series" was launched by Cape Town Tourism in 2015 to promote and highlight Cape Town's diverse suburbs. The first three episodes were released in September 2015, another three in March 2016 and the seventh episode on 15 January 2017.

13 January 2017

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Road works and closures!

South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu Natal, is continuing with routine road maintenance and repairs throughout the Park.

Eastern Shores

  • Dune Loop is closed since 11 January 2017
  • KuMfazana Hide access road remains closed
  • Mission Rocks Road is closed since 11 January 2017
Western Shores
  • All roads are now open on the Western Shores

St Lucia Estuary and Beaches
  • Repairs to the St Lucia and the Eastern Shores surfaced roads are done under traffic control from since 11 January 2017 
  • Since 13 January 2017, vehicular access will be restricted to iSimangaliso's Estuary Beach car park due to the number of heavy vehicles and plant using it. A control boom has been erected south of Ingwe Beach and only contractor vehicles, vehicles towing boats, and persons with permits from DEA Oceans and Coasts in respect of access for disabled permits, will be granted access. The access rules and protocols will be the same as those for Bhangazi Gate. Boat users must complete the launch site register on entry and exit at the boom. All other beach users should make use of the upgraded parking and turning circle at Ingwe Beach.
  • eMshophi Gate: Construction of the new eMshophi Gate House has commenced. The new gate house is situated approximately 1km before the existing boom gate into iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Traffic control in the form of stop and go's as well as diversions around the construction works are in place.
  • KuMalibala Hide: kuMalibala Hide is currently closed to the public

12 January 2017

Rwandair to introduce flights between Kigali <> Harare!

update (13 Jan 2017): Rwandair will operate four flights per week between Kigali > Lusaka > Harare > Kigali on board a Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.

The flag carrier airline of Rwanda, Rwandair, is set to introduce direct flights between Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali and Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare in April 2017. According to a tweet by the airline, the exact launch date (as well as frequencies etc.?) will be communicated very soon. We'll keep you posted!

11 January 2017

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in December 2016!

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 December 2016.
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 December 2016 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 94.05% (November 90.61%) 
  2. Airlink - 85.23% (November 82.32%) 
  3. Mango - 81.88% (November 80.39%)
  4. British Airways Domestic - 76.58% (November 73.06%)  
  5. Kulula.com - 76.00% (November 66.47%)
  6. South African Airways - 75.54% (November 81.17%)
  7. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - 71.88% (November 65.08%)
  8. SA Express - 67.27% (November 70.06%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) - 15 Min on Time Performance December 2016 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 96.28% (November 93.45%) 
  2. Airlink - 89.10% (November 92.86%) 
  3. CemAir - 88.60% (November 88.33%)
  4. Mango - 86.23% (November 90.25%)  
  5. South African Airways - 81.00% (November 84.27%)
  6. Kulula.com - 79.37% (November 78.54%)
  7. SA Express - 78.64% (November 86.80%)  
  8. British Airways Domestic - 78.05% (November 77.26%) 
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - 54.00% (November 37.50%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance December 2016 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 92.34% (November 90.67%) 
  2. Mango - 90.05% (November 88.01%) 
  3. South African Airways - 86.66% (November 82.15%)  
  4. SA Express - 82.62% (November 79.56%)
  5. Airlink - 81.31% (November 81.27%) 
  6. Kulula.com - 76.63% (November 76.07%) 
  7. British Airways Domestic - 73.93% (November 69.46%)