16 January 2018

Ethiopian Airlines & the Government of Zambia to re-launch Zambia Airways!

Africa's largest aviation group, Ethiopian Airlines from Ethiopia, and the Government of Zambia have finalized a shareholders agreement for the re-launch of Zambia Airways. The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian Airlines will have 45% stakes in the airline. According to the press release, Zambia Airways is meant to initially serve national and regional destinations before embarking on international flights. 
The establishment of multiple hubs in Africa has been a key strategy of Ethiopian Airlines under its Vision 2025. The flag carrier of Ethiopia currently operates hubs at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport (LFW) in Lomé (Togo) with ASKY Airlines and at Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe (Malawi) with Malawian Airlines
Zambia Airways was the flag carrier of Zambia until the airline ceased operations in 1995. We'll keep you posted!

Mango to increase flights between Johannesburg <> Zanzibar!

South African low-cost airline Mango, a subsidiary of South Africa's flag carrier South African Airways, is set to introduce an additional flight on Thursdays between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZUZ) on Zanzibar. Effective 01 March 2018, the airline will operate three instead of the current two frequencies on Tuesdays and Saturdays to the Tanzanian island in the Indian Ocean.

15 January 2018

Namibia: Swakopmund to ban the usage of plastic bags!

The Swakopmund Municipality is set to approve the implementation of a by-law to ban plastic bags. This means that the use of plastic bags will not be allowed in Swakopmund from March 2018. The long term goal is the complete termination of plastic bags, but the current focus will initially be reducing its use to promote the utilisation of re-usable and biodegradable bags, which are already available in several stores in town.

Swakopmund, Namibia

The Swakopmund Municipality will also introduce a certain levy, which will be charged to shoppers and anyone found using plastic bags.

11 January 2018

Brandberg Heritage Site (Namibia): No tours due to reported cases of lions in the area!

The National Heritage Council of Namibia just informed the public that it is currently not conducting any tours at the Brandberg Heritage Site ("White Lady Hike") until further notice due to reported cases of lions in the area. The service at the site is therefore put on hold until the institution finds a solution to the above mentioned problem. We'll keep you posted!

The Brandberg Heritage site is situated about 30km north west of the small town of Uis, close to the road from Khorixas to Hentie's Bay.

South African Airways & TAAG Angola Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways, and Angola's flag carrier, TAAG Angola Airlines, have signed a new codeshare agreement. Under the extended agreement, South African Airways will put its "SA" code on TAAG's direct services between Johannesburg <> Luanda and between Cape Town <> Luanda effective 15 January 2018. In return, TAAG Angola Airlines will put its "DT" code on South African Airways' direct services between Johannesburg <> Luanda. In the near future, South African Airways' flights between Johannesburg <> Harare, Johannesburg <> Lusaka, and Johannesburg <> Hong Kong will also become part of the codeshare agreement.
South African Airways and TAAG Angola Airlines formed an interline relationship in 1996 and expanded it into a commercial partnership in 2007. 

10 January 2018

Kenya Airways to launch direct flights between Nairobi <> New York in October 2018!

Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways, will launch daily direct flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York in October 2018 (28 October 2018?). The airline will operate a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the new route. Travellers will be able to start booking advanced tickets for Kenya Airways' inaugural US flight on 11 January 2018.

09 January 2018

Cape Town's best coffee shops (video)!

One of South Africa's leading online travel shops, TravelStart, has set up a list of Cape Town's best coffee shops. Not only coffee addicts constantly looking for a much needed caffeine fix will find these five shops quite tempting... Kudos TravelStart; enjoy Cape Town!

TravelStart's Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town:

  • Field Office, Woodstock Exchange (66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock)
  • Haas Coffee, 19 Buitekant St.
  • Kamili, 48 Harrington St.
  • New York Bagels, 44 Harrington St.
  • Rosetta Roastery, Woodstock Exchange (66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock)
  • Superette, Woodstock Exchange (66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock)

08 January 2018

Ethiopian Airlines to launch flights between Addis Ababa <> Geneva!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to introduce three weekly flights between Bole International Airport (ABB) in Addis Ababa and Geneva Airport (GVA) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 03 June 2018. The route will be operated with a Boeing 787-800, one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the carrier's fleet family, featuring up-to-date amenities with redefined travel experiences.

Supermarket prices in South Africa!

To give you an idea on the supermarket prices in South Africa, we have set up a list of what we think are the most typical items travellers usually buy. It hopefully helps planning your holidays in South Africa. Safe travels! [exchange rates in the daily news update]

  • bread - from R12.00/loaf (700g)
  • Rama Margarine - from R8.00/125g
  • eggs (large, free range) - from R19.00/6ea
  • mixed fruit jam - from R14.50/290g
  • peanut butter - from R20.00/250g
  • Nutella - from R30.00/180g
  • Bovril - from R25.00/125g
  • Marmite - from R25.00/125g
  • baked beans - from R9.00/can (410g)
  • bacon - from R19.00/200g
  • milk (full cream) - from R7.00/250ml
  • muesli - from R25.00 (400g)
  • porridge oats - from R16.00/500g
  • yoghurt (plain) - from R6.80/175g
  • cheese - from R45.00/300g (gouda/cheddar)
  • potatoes - from R14.00/kg
  • tomatoes - from R12.00/750g
  • onions - from R16.00/kg
  • mushrooms - from R23.00/250g (white mushrooms)
  • cucumber - from R9.00 (english cucumber) 
  • lettuce - from R15.00 (baby gem lettuce)
  • avocado - from R20.00
  • pasta - from R10.00/500g (spaghetti)
  • pasta sauce - from R31.00/405g
  • instant soup - from R11.50 (4ea)
  • biscuits - from R6.00/40g
  • rusks - from R33.00/500g
  • chewing gum - from 8.00/pack (Stimorol)
  • boerewors - from R80.00/kg
  • steak - from R137.00/kg (ribeye)
  • chakalaka - from R12.00/can (410g)
  • chutney - from R26.00/bottle (Mrs H.S.Ball's Hot Chutney, 470g)
  • hot sauce - from R21.00/bottle (125ml)
  • tomato sauce - from R15.00 (750ml)
  • potato chips - from R5.50/30g
  • bottled water (still) - from R4.30/500ml 
  • Coke - from R10.00/500ml
  • mango juice - from R16.00/1l
  • beer - from 10.00/330ml (Tafel Lager)
  • beer - from R11.00/330ml (Hansa)
  • beer - from R11.00/330ml (Castle Lager) 
  • beer - from R12.00/330ml (Amstel Lager)
  • beer - from R12.00/330ml (Windhoek Lager)
  • cider - from R13.00/330ml (Hunters Dry)
  • cider - from R14.00/330ml (Savanna Dry)
  • wine - from R25.00/750ml (White)
The list above is probably missing some items. Let us know what you think is missing & we will add it! 

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in December 2017!

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 2017.
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 2017 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 92.37% (November 89.16%)
  2. Airlink - 81.51% (November 79.67%)
  3. CemAir - 80.76% (November 89.41%)
  4. South African Airways - 79.41% (November 86.51%)
  5. Mango - 72.74% (November 72.16%)
  6. British Airways Domestic - 71.21% (November 73.84%)
  7. Kulula.com - 67.51% (November 78.82%)
  8. SA Express - 60.41% (November 63.63%)
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (November --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) - 15 Min on Time Performance December 2017 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 90.37% (November 89.68%)
  2. CemAir - 88.50% (November 80.47%)
  3. Airlink - 84.57% (November 89.18%)
  4. South African Airways - 84.19% (November 86.13%)
  5. Mango - 79.18% (November 83.87%)
  6. SA Express - 70.58% (November 69.17%)
  7. Kulula.com - 69.62% (November 84.78%)
  8. British Airways Domestic - 68.79% (November 75.61%)
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (November --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance December 2017 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 94.80% (November 94.33%)
  2. South African Airways - 85.97% (November 87.54%)
  3. Mango - 81.87% (November 80.00%)
  4. Airlink - 78.31% (November 93.75%)
  5. British Airways Domestic - 72.87% (November 73.08%)
  6. SA Express - 71.33% (November 62.23%)
  7. Kulula.com - 67.35% (November 82.08%)