19 February 2019

Botswana: Air Botswana to resume flights to Harare & Lusaka!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, is set to resume scheduled direct flights between Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone and Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare as well as between Gaborone and Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka. Flights will commence on 02 April 2019 and will be operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Air Botswana suspended flights operations between Gaborone and Lusaka as well as between Gaborone and Harare in 2016 due to a route rationalisation exercise in order to reduce operational costs on non-profitable routes.


World Restaurant Awards: A tiny South African beach restaurant has just been crowned world's "Restaurant of the Year"!

The World Restaurant Awards held their inaugural awards ceremony on 18 February 2019 in Paris. Winner of the "Restaurant of the Year" category is Wolfgat, a restaurant in Paternoster in South Africa's Western Cape. Congratulations! According to the judging panel, the menu at Wolfgat is "perfectly balanced between creativity and accessibility" and a "hyper-local". approach to sourcing ingredients. The remote 20-cover restaurant also scooped the award for "Off-Map Destination" – a category that embodies the awards' ambition to reflect the full breadth and depth of the international restaurant scene.
Wolfgat located at 10 Sampson Street in
Paternoster. At the first intersection in Paternoster, coming from direction Vredenburg (R45), turn left onto St. Augustine road. Pass the Paternoster Hotel and Paternoster Lodge on your left. At the Rooykliphoek centre on your left, turn right into Sampson street. The restaurant is situated about 100m down the road on your right. Lunch and dinner at Wolfgat is served by appointment only. The restaurant offers a seven course tasting menu at R850 per person




The World Restaurant Awards were created by IMG in partnership with Joe Warwick and Andrea Petrini to celebrate restaurants as culture, considered in the same way as film, art and music. That means relevant/progressive categories judged with robust integrity by an expert panel in an attempt to better reflect the true range and diversity of the international restaurant scene: from fine dining innovators to humble, accessible establishments; major culinary capitals to more remote destinations. [src.]

18 February 2019

Johannesburg: M2 to be partially closed until October 2019!

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is set to close the M2 motorway between the Crown Interchange and Maritzburg Street in Johannesburg due to structural defects of the Karsene and Selby sections of the M2 bridge. The closure will beginn on 28 February 2019 and is expected to last until October 2019. The closure of the motorway will affect several on-ramps, which will have to be closed, and affected motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.









SA Express to resume flights between Johannesburg <> Mthatha!

South African regional carrier, SA Express, will resume its operations between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Mthatha Airport (UTT) in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape starting 21 February 2019. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is satisfied that the airport has addressed its shortcomings and the airport is open again for schedule services. SA Express will operate a daily service between Johannesburg and Mthatha between Sunday and Friday with the intention of increasing frequency in the coming weeks.
Mthatha Airport (UTT) in Mthatha was closed by the SACAA since 25 January 2019 due to the sub-standard rescue and firefighting response times, as well as a lack of aerodrome emergency management systems. 

15 February 2019

Airlink to resume flights between Johannesburg <> Mthatha!

South African regional carrier Airlink will resume flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Mthatha Airport (UTT) in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on 19 February 2019. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is satisfied that the airport has addressed its shortcomings and the airport is open again for schedule services.
Airlink will provide early morning and late afternoon return flights using one of its Embraer 135, 37 seats regional jets Monday to Friday. An early morning flight will operate on Saturdays and an afternoon flight on Sundays. Additional flights will be added to the schedule as the route returns to normality.
Mthatha Airport (UTT) was closed by the SACAA since 25 January 2019 due to the sub-standard rescue and firefighting response times, as well as a lack of aerodrome emergency management systems. 

14 February 2019

South Africa released rhino & elephant poaching statistics for 2018!

South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, has released the rhino poaching numbers for 2018. According to the Minister, a total of 769 rhinos got illegally killed by poachers in South Africa in 2018. This is a decrease of 259 rhino compared to 2017 when 1 028 rhino were killed for their horns. It is also the first time in 5 years that the annual figure is under 1000. Out of the 769 killed rhinos, a total of 421 rhino were poached in the Kruger National Park. One rhino was poached in the Marakele National Park. From 01 January to 31 December 2018, a total of 365 alleged rhino poachers and 36 alleged rhino horn traffickers were arrested in South Africa. A total of 229 alleged poachers were arrested inside and adjacent to the Kruger National Park, 40 more than the 189 arrested in 2017. There are currently 318 rhino poaching-related cases on the court roll involving 645 accused and 897 charges. 275 of these cases are trial-ready.


A total of 71 elephants were poached in the Kruger National Park between 1 January and 31 December 2018. One elephant was killed in KwaZulu-Natal which brings the total for South Africa to 72 elephant for 2018.

Mount Kenya National Parks: Major tourist roads upgraded!

Major tourist routes in Kenya's Mount Kenya National Park have been upgraded. The project has seen major improvement of access roads along Kalalu Farm to Sirimon Gate and Old Moses Camp, and Naromoru Gate to Met Station Road; a stretch of 27km. The Mt. Kenya roads project forms part of a 77km tourism roads project funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Kenya. The two other components of the roads project cover Tsavo East National Park and the Aberdare National Park. Works in Tsavo East National Park were already completed in 2015 while those in the Aberdare National Park will be completed in 2019.