19 February 2018

Air Botswana temporarily suspends direct flights between Gaborone <> Cape Town!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, has temporarily suspended its direct service between Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The route is being operated through a lease agreemnet with CemAir, which is grounded since 02 February 2018 due to regulatory compliance concerns. As a temporary measure, travellers booked on Air Botswana flights between Gaborone and Cape Town are now beeing rerouted via OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg at no extra cost, until a definite solution has been implemented. We'll keep you posted!

Garden Route: The project to revive the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train is on track!

Classic Rail, the private consortium that's working to restore train services on the historic Knysna <> George railway line, has released a first status update since August/September 2016. According to the update, which was released earlier today (19 February 2018), the project to revive the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train is on track. Transnet Freight Rail accepted Classic Rail's revised business plan during January 2018, and they are now attending to the matter as quickly as they can. We'll keep you posted!

Garden Route, Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train, George, Knysna, South Africa
The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train

17 February 2018

South Africa: CemAir has resumed selected domestic flights in South Africa!

South African private airline CemAir has resumed selected domestic flights in South Africa in cooperation with South African air carriers SKA SA Aircraft Leasing and BalmOral Central Contracts. The following flights will be operated over the next few days:

17 & 18 February 2019:

19 February 2019:
20 February 2019:

CemAir had to suspend all of its domestic flights in South Africa on 03 February 2018 due to a documentation issue identified by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in the annual audit of the CemAir AMO (Aircraft Maintenance Organization).

16 February 2018

Zimbabwe revises visa regime to boost tourism!

update (16 February 2018): According to the usually very good informed Victoria Falls Guide, the following countries have been added into Zimbabwe's Category B visa section:

Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norfolk Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Venezuela, Yugoslavia*
*Yugoslavia does not exist anymore. 

The Government of Zimbabwe has introduced a revised visa regime with immediate effect as part of its efforts to improve travel facilitation and unlock the potential of the tourism industry in Zimbabwe. The new visa regime sees 29 countries being moved from Category C (visa before arrival in Zimbabwe) to Category B (visa on arrival in Zimbabwe). These countries include Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Panama and Romania, among others. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority will make a full list of the 29 countries available soon. We'll keep you posted!

Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Bridge

15 February 2018

Cape Town: Cableway announces 2018 annual maintenance dates!

Cape Town's Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closing for scheduled annual maintenance from 23 July 2018 to 05 August 2018. The cableway will reopen, weather permitting, on 06 August 2018. Each year, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway shuts down operations for two weeks to refurbish facilities and to make some necessary changes to improve visitors' experience.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is one of Cape Town's most popular tourist attractions with approximately 800,000 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 WiFi Lounge and free thirty-minute guided walking tours.

Alitalia cancels planned resumption of flights between Rome <> Nairobi!

The flag carrier of Italy, Alitalia, has canceled the planned resumption of scheduled flights between Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. The new service, which was planned to be introduced from 28 March 2018, is no longer available for reservations.

13 February 2018

Cape Town: "Day Zero" pushed out to the beginning of June 2018!

According to a new statement by the City of Cape Town, "Day Zero" is expected to move out from to 11 May 2018 to 04 June 2018 due to a decline in agricultural usage, and also as a result of Capetonians reducing their water usage in cooperation with the City of Cape Town's efforts to bring down consumption.

On "Day Zero" taps in homes and businesses in Cape Town will be turned off until the rains come. The city's (at least) four million residents will have to line up for water rations at 200 collection points.

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in January 2018!

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 January 2018.
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 January 2018 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 94.10% (December 92.37%)
  2. British Airways Domestic - 91.73% (December 71.21%)  
  3. South African Airways - 90.60% (December 79.41%)
  4. Airlink - 89.67% (December 81.51%) 
  5. CemAir - 85.78% (December 80.76%) 
  6. Kulula.com - 82.65% (December 67.51%)
  7. SA Express - 78.21% (December 60.41%)
  8. Mango - 74.95% (December 72.74%) 
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (December --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) - 15 Min on Time Performance January 2018 (airport target 90%)
  1. South African Airways - 92.61% (December 84.19%)
  2. British Airways Domestic - 91.31% (December 68.79%)
  3. FlySafair - 90.51% (December 90.37%)
  4. Airlink - 90.24% (December 84.57%)
  5. Kulula.com - 89.25% (December 69.62%)  
  6. CemAir - 83.85% (December 88.50%) 
  7. SA Express - 83.20% (December 70.58%)
  8. Mango - 82.74% (December 79.18%)  
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (December --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance January 2018 (airport target 91%)
  1. Airlink - 94.66% (December 78.31%)
  2. FlySafair - 94.61% (December 94.80%) 
  3. South African Airways - 92.42% (December 85.97%) 
  4. British Airways Domestic - 91.96% (December 72.87%)
  5. Mango - 85.02% (December 81.87%)  
  6. Kulula.com - 84.33% (December 67.35%) 
  7. SA Express - 84.29% (December 71.33%)