27 May 2016

Mpumalanga: Africa’s first toboggan run has opened its doors!

A new adventure offering in Mpumalanga has opened its doors in March 2016. The Long Tom Toboggan at Mist Mountain is a 1.7km monorail track similar to the tried and tested European model known as "alpine coaster" or "Sommerrodelbahn". The top of the ride starts at an altitude of 1,700 metres and, from beginning to the end, drops by 115 metres. It takes approximately 2.5 minutes at a maximum governed speed of 45km/h. The Long Tom Toboggan is Africa’s first toboggan run of it's type and the tenth longest "alpine coaster" or "Sommerrodelbahn" in the world.

The Long Tom Toboggan can be found at Misty Mountain, situated just outside Sabie on the R37 Sabie to Lydenburg road. Mpumalanga's new attraction is open weekdays and weekends but closed on Mondays (except pubic holidays). Riders have to be able to reach the handbrake of the slide, which does restrict it to children over the age of 7/8 years depending on their size. The ride is not suitable for people heavier than 120kg. A single ride with the Long Tom Toboggan costs R250/Person.

23 May 2016

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 25 July 2016 to 07 August 2016 (if weather permits). The annual maintenance includes replacing switches, servicing generators, cleaning up  and conducting general control checks.

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.

20 May 2016

Uganda bans public smoking!

Uganda has introduced stringent new laws banning public smoking and dealing in tobacco products. The new law bans smoking in bars, restaurants and hotels. Smokers must also be at least 50m away from public spaces, such as schools, hospitals and other public places. Offenders to the new legislations face a $60 (£41, 54, ZAR950) fine or a two-month jail term.
The sale of electronic cigarettes, flavoured tobacco for water pipes or shishas and single cigarettes is also banned under the new law. The government of Uganda furthermore tightened rules on labelling, advertising and selling tobacco to under-21s.

19 May 2016

Eastern Cape: The attractions of the Route 72! (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 Route 72. The tourist route stretches from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole (incorporating Port Elizabeth) in the west along hundreds of kilometers of sandy beaches to the Buffalo City Metropole (incorporating East London) in the east, and northwards to the historically rich region of the Frontier Country.

Attractions along the Route 72 in the Eastern Cape include some of the world's best sandy beaches, dune fields and sandstone rocky outcrops, a full variety of water sports (including world class surfing, sailing and snorkelling), quality golf courses, historical trails, a variety of Eco-walks and many annual festivals.

Kruger National Park: Phabeni Gate is expected to reopen on 20 May 2016!

Kruger National Park's Phabeni Gate is expected to reopen on 20 May 2016. The gate is closed since 16 May 2016 due to repair work that needs to be done on the Phabeni low water bridge. Visitors are advised to use alternative gates such as Numbi Gate and Paul Kruger Gate for entry and exit during the period of the closure.

Heavy rains in early March 2016 damaged the bridge at Phabeni Gate. South African National Parks (SANParks) managed to restore access to the bridge for interim use within a week after the rain and is now finishing the remaining bridge repair work.

Zimbabwe: ATMs are currently low on money!

According to an update of the Foreign travel advice - Zimbabwe (17 May 2016) by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK), ATMs in Zimbabwe are currently low on money. Therefore a number of local banks have put in place restrictions on using international bank cards to withdraw cash from their ATMs. It is also now illegal to leave Zimbabwe with more than $1,000 (or equivalent).

18 May 2016

The 2016 Men's Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour returns to Jeffreys Bay!

The 2016 Men's Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour will return to Jeffreys Bay in July 2016. The JBay Open of Surfing will take place at Supertubes from the 06-17 July 2016. Like in the years before, the major surfing event will be part of the JBay Winterfest.

The JBay Winterfest (06-17 July 2016) is an annual sports festival in Jeffreys Bay. The main event of the Winterfest is the JBay Open of Surfing, which draws over 10 000 spectators for the final day. Besides the Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour, the sports festival also hosts the J-Bay MTB Open, the Quiksilver JBay Junior Pro / Roxy JBay Junior Pro, the JBU Supertrial, the Oakley X-Over Challenge, the Cold Water Classic, the Fishing Skins Competition, the J-Bay X Trail Run and a Kite Festival.