25 June 2018

Cape Nature: Free entry for kids during the school holidays (June/July 2018)!

CapeNature, the public institution with the statutory responsibility for biodiversity conservation in South Africa's Western Cape, is offering free entry for children aged 16 and younger to all its 25 nature reserves along the West Coast, in the Winelands, in Overberg, the Cape Karoo as well as along the Garden Route and the Little Karoo during the current school holidays (22 June 2018 - 16 July 2018) in South Africa. Normal conservation (entry) fees apply to parents.

22 June 2018

Namibia has the best roads in Africa!

According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2017/18 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Namibia has the best roads in Africa and the 31st best roads in the world with a score of 5.2 out of 7.0 (1 = extremely poor - among the worst in the world; 7 = extremely good - among the best in the world). 

Namibia, quality of roads, road infrastructure, Africa,

Rwanda also scored 5.0/7.0, but the WEF ranked the country on 32nd position hence as the country with the second best road quality in Africa. Eswatini/Swaziland (4.7/7.0) has the continents third best roads (global rank 39), followed by regional powerhouse South Africa (4.4/7.0; global rank: 50).

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The Global Competitiveness Report is a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum. The report ranks countries based on the Global Competitiveness Index, which integrates the macroeconomic and the micro/business aspects of competitiveness into a single index. The Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 presents a framework and a corresponding set of indicators in three principal categories (subindexes) and twelve policy domains (pillars) for 137 economies.

Namibia: Roads in the Zambezi Region set to be revamped after heavy rains & floods!

The Roads Authority Namibia (RA) is set to repair and upgrade roads in the Namibia's Zambezi Region that were damaged by heavy rains and subsequent heavy floods. These include the roads between Ngoma <> Ibbu, Izimwe <> Nakabolewa, Namalubi <> Isize <> Luhonono and Singalamwe <> Kongola <> Liselo. The Roads Authority will only revamp affected roads which have already dried up and the flood water has completely receded. The Zambezi Region, until 2013 known as the Caprivi Region, is located in the extreme north-east of Namibia.



21 June 2018

Pretoria (Tshwane): Voortrekker Monument goes cashless!

The management of the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site in Pretoria (Tshwane), including the adjacent restaurant and gift shop, has implemented cashless systems on side. Visitors who only have cash on hand will not be turned away, but it is recommended by the management of the monument that visitors rather consider paying with either a debit or credit card or purchase tickets online prior to their visit. 

Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria, Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa

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Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site is situated in a nature reserve just south of Pretoria (Tshwane) in South Africa's Gauteng Province. The unique monument was inaugurated in 1949 and commemorates the pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner. It was  declared a National Heritage Site by the South African Heritage Resource Agency in July 2011.

Kruger National Park: Gate quotas in force during the coming school holidays (June/July 2018)!

South African National Parks (SANParks) will enforce daily quotas for day visitors at the entrance gates to Kruger National Park over the coming school holidays starting on 23 June 2018 (Saturday) until 16 July 2018 (Monday). Through the day visitor quota for Kruger National Park SANParks aims to better manage the expected volumes of visitors, as well as to improve the visitors' expectations. SANParks has introduced three time slots, of which day visitos can choose from. It is advised to book a time slot prior to arrival, as pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at Kruger National Park's entrance gates.

The times slots below will apply:

  • Time slot 1: 06:00 to 08:00
  • Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
  • Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards
Pre-booked day visitors must ensure that they arrive within the time slots, as per their reservation. Arriving outside the booked time slot, will be regarded as non-booked and therefore not preferential. These bookings can be changed through SANParks Reservations offices. Visitors will be able to book up to 80% of day visitor quota per gate.

Kruger National Park, South Africa, elephant, black white, safari

Visitors should also take note of the following important information:

  • Day visitor bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of  R41 per adult and R21 per child.
  • Day visitors who have pre-booked will still be required to pay conservation fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter Kruger National Park. The conservation fee for residents of South Africa is R83 per adult and R42 per child (between ages 2 – 11) and for international guests it is R331 per adult and R166 per child.
  • Guests planning to use Wild Cards are requested to ensure membership is valid before arrival and this can best be done online at www.sanparks.org/wild
  • The number and profile of persons (adults and children) on the reservation and actual persons arriving should correspond.
  • All guests (drivers and passengers) may be required to identify themselves upon admission (SA driver's license, identity document or passport).
  • Due to existing contractual arrangements with Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs), they are regarded as booked for all day visitor admissions.
  • Gate quotas will be applied and un-booked guests could be denied entry.

20 June 2018

South Africa: Airlink enhances Hoedspruit route!

South African regional carrier, Airlink, has introduced further enhancements to its flight services between Johannesburg <> Hoedspruit and Cape Town <> Hoedspruit on 19 June 2018. Additionally, on 01 August 2018 the airline will add a second flight between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit, in response to market requests, for additional capacity and convenience.

The revised flights schedule:

The current flight schedule on Saturdays and Sundays will remain the same, due to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) operating hour constraints.

The supplementary morning flights commencing on 01 August 2018 will depart
Johannesburg at 09:50 and arrive in Hoedspruit at 10:50 Mondays to Sundays. The return flight will depart Hoedspruit at 11:20 and arrive in Johannesburg at 12:20. 

Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) is located just out of Hoedspruit in Eastern Limpopo. The airport functions as a convenient gateway to Kruger National Park, numerous private wildlife reserves and the towns of Tzaneen and Phalaborwa.

Cape Town restaurant named Africa's best restaurant 2018!

Cape Town's "The Test Kitchen", with acclaimed chef Luke Dale-Roberts at the helm, has just been named Africa's best restaurant 2018 and the World's 50th best restaurant 2018 at the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, held at Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Spain. The fine dining eatery's food is based on popular global dishes with South African ingredients and twists. "The Test Kitchen" is located in The Old Biscuit Mill on 375 Albert Road in Woodstock.



The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled from the votes of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of 1,000 international restaurant industry experts and well-travelled gourmets. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 40 members, including a chairperson.