30 July 2014

Infographic: Stanford, South Africa's favourite village

Have you ever heard of Stanford, a historic village located just 30minutes from the sea-side town of Hermanus and only about 01:45hrs from Cape Town? If not, have a read through the infographic below a get to learn more about this scenic little village in the Overberg, which has the world's shortest river running through it and is home to the first beer AND wine producing estate in the Southern Hemisphere.

This infographic was created by Xplorio for the Stanford community.

South Africa: Low-cost airline FlySafair set to launch scheduled flights in October 2014

South African low-cost airline FlySafair has opened ticket sales between Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The first flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg is set for 16 October 2014, while flights between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth will commence on 30 October 2014. FlySafair will charge passengers a base rate which secures a seat on the flight, and allows travellers two pieces of free carry-on luggage (one bag and one personal item) weighing no more than 7kg in total. The airline operates Boeing 737-400's with a seating capacity of 165 passengers per aircraft.
FlySafair first opened ticket sales for flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town in September 2014. The maiden flight was scheduled for 17 October 2013. Just days before the first flight, the High Court of South Africa granted an interim court order preventing the airline from starting operations, following an application by rival carriers.

29 July 2014

Video: Cape Town Timescape

Kevin Kok of the snowboarding and videography project hwcls visited Cape Town about a year or so ago and filmed an awesome timelapse video about the city and its surroundings. Switch the video to fullscreen, put your headphones on (Music: Bonobo - Noctuary!), lean back and enjoy three-and-a-half minutes of Cape Town's finest spots and views! Kudos Kevin!

CapeTown Timescape from kevinkok_hwcls on Vimeo.

Shosholoza Meyl: Online reservation available again!

Great news for all who want to travel by train in South Africa. The long-distance passenger rail service in South Africa, Shosholoza Meyl, now offers an option (again) to make reservations online. To make an online reservation travellers must fill in an online form on Shosholoza Meyl's website, which is then emailed to a sales consultant of the rail service who processes the request and sends the reservation reference number to the traveller via email. Payment for the tickets must be made by EFT (electronic fund transfer) four days prior to departure or in cash at any railway station. Bookings can alternativley still be made by phone (Central Reservations & Enquiries: 086 000 8888). As of 01 July 2014, fares on Shosholoza Meyl (and Premier Classe) long-distrance trains increased on 01 July 2014.

Shosholoza Meyl operates the following services:
Shosholoza Meyl operates two classes on board most of its trains: 
  • Tourist Class (consists of sleeper accommodation; T)
    Passengers have a choice between a coupe that can accommodate two people and a compartment that can take-up to four people. During the day the compartment/ coupe are suites and at night they are converted into bedrooms, with both having hot and cold water. In addition both have a basin beneath a fold-up table.
  • Economy Class (consists of sitting accommodation; E)
    The comfortable seats all have head and back rests, and offer lots of legroom and overhead luggage facility.

28 July 2014

Air Zimbabwe to operate flights Harare - Kariba - Victoria Falls

The national airline of Zimbabwe, Air Zimbabwe, will resume flights between Harare and Kariba via Victoria Falls from 01 August 2014. The airline last flew to Kariba, located close to the Kariba Dam at the northwestern end of Lake Kariba, about 7 years ago. Air Zimbabwe will operate three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on board a Xian MA60 (52 seats in economy class) between the three destinations. According to Air Zimbabwe's acting chief executive Mr Edmund Makona, the airline considers to increase the frequency if demand becomes stronger.

Video: "Durban on a Sunday Afternoon"

Have you ever spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at Durban's beachfront? If not, this is what you are missing out... Kudos Micaela and enjoy Durban!

Durban on a Sunday Afternoon from Micaela de Freitas on Vimeo.

Music: Resolution by Matt Corby!

25 July 2014

Air Namibia: Windhoek <> Frankfurt flights temporary re-routed to Gaborone!

update (30 July 2014): Air Namibia has issued a press release and confirmed that the downgrade has been re-enforced and that any exemptions that might have been granted have been revoked. To minimise the impact of the inconvenience caused to passengers, Air Namibia will operate Airbus A319-100’s to ferry its passengers between Windhoek and Lusaka. The airline expects to operate in this manner for the next two weeks or until such time.

update (30 July 2014): According to Namibian newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung, officials in Namibia have with immediate effect revoked the decision to grant Air Namibia an examption to fly in and out of Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) with the airline's Airbus A330-200. Air Namibia's flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt (Germany) are therefore now re-routed to Lusaka in Zambia. We'll keep you posted!

update (28 July 2014): According to Air Namibia, the airline received exemption from the Minister of Works & Transport in respect of the requirements for rescue and fire fighting services (RFFS) as applicable to the operation of its Airbus A330-200 fleet into and out of Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt therefore commenced operations as normal effective the evening of 24 July 2014, and there shall not be any further diversions of our flights to  Gaborone in Botswana.

Namibia's main airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, has been downgraded from Category 9 to Category 5 following an audit by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) on Namibia Airports Company’s (NAC) facilities. The downgrading implicates that Air Namibia is currently not authorised to operate flights into and out of Windhoek with an Airbus A330-200, which requires a category 8 airport for landing and take-off. The airline is therefore forced to (temporary) re-route its flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek, operated on board an Airbus A330-200, to Gaborone in Botswana. From Gaborone Air Namibia ferries its passengers on board an Airbus A319-100 to Windhoek. Flight departure times remain the same but arrival times vary depending on aircraft availability.
Air Namibia expectes that the Namibia Airports Company will execute and rectify the respective shortcomings (inadequacy of fire and rescue equipment), which will result in Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) being upgraded to Category 9 again. Good luck!