21 May 2018

Air Seychelles to increase flights between Seychelles <> Johannesburg!

The national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles, will increase the frequency of its flights between Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) on the island of Mahé and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg from currently five weekly flights to six weekly flights from 03 July 2018. The new service will be operated by an Airbus A320 and will provide an additional 252 seats per week.
In addition, guests looking to travel via Seychelles to Mumbai will be provided a seamless connectivity of less than 2 hours via Seychelles.

18 May 2018

Kenya: Free 24hrs WiFi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi!

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), the owner and operator of nine civilian airports and airstrips in Kenya, has introduced 24hrs free WiFi at the country's main international Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. The airport previously granted free access to the WiFi network for only one hour after which users were subjected to pay to use the service.

17 May 2018

The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series Ep. 11 - Mitchells Plain

Cape Town Tourism has released a new episode of the "The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series" featuring Mitchells Plain, a township located on the Cape Flats on the False Bay coast between Muizenberg and Khayelitsha. Previous episodes of the "The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series" include Kalk Bay, Cape Town CBD, Woodstock, Constantia, Somerset West, Langa, Khayelitsha, Durbanville, Blouberg and the Bo-Kaap.

"The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series" was launched by Cape Town Tourism in 2015 to promote and highlight Cape Town's diverse suburbs. The first three episodes were released in September 2015, another three in March 2016, the seventh episode on 15 January 2017, the eigth episode on 07 March 2017, the ninth episode on 04 May 2017, the tenth episode on 16 August 2017 and the 11th episode on 16 May 2018.

16 May 2018

South Africa: New Limpopo promotional video!

The Limpopo Tourism Agency has released a new promotional video highlighting the various attractions Limpopo in South Africa has to offer, including its five municipal districts (Capricorn, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Vhembe & Waterberg) as well as its three National Parks (Mapungubwe National Park, Marakele National Park & Kruger National Park) and the Entabeni Safari Conservatory . Enjoy!

15 May 2018

Kenya Airways cuts baggage allowance on intra-Africa flights!

Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways, today (15 May 2018) implemented a new baggage policy. According to the new regulation, the airline's customers on intra-Africa flights in economy class are allowed to have only one bag at a maximum weight of 23kg per passenger. Additional bags are charged with an extra fee, which is getting discounted by 20% when booked 24hrs prior to scheduled departure. The new intra-Africa one free bag allowance does not apply to passengers travelling to and from other continents. Business class passengers will maintain their allowance at two free bags at 32kg maximum weight per bag. 

Ethiopian Airlines to introduce flights between Addis Ababa <> Manchester!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to introduce a four-times-a-week service between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Manchster Airport (MAN) in Manchester. The service will start on 01 December 2018, initially transiting via Brussels Airport (BRU) in Brussels. It will leave Addis Ababa at 00:45, arriving in Manchester at 06:55. On the return it departs Manchester at 19:00 and arrives in Addis Ababa at 06:00. Ethiopian Airlines will operate the ultramodern Boeing 787 on the route with business and economy classes.

DR Congo: Tourism to the Virunga National Park temporarily suspended!

The management of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that tourism to the famous National Park has been suspended (at least) until 04 June 2018. The announcement follows an ambush that happend about 10km outside Goma on 11 May 2018 in which a park ranger was killed and two British tourists were kidnapped (and released two days later). According to the Park's management, the suspension of tourism is being undertaken as an additional precautionary measure whilst an investigation is undertaken surrounding the recent events.
Virunga National Park covers 7,800km² and stretches from the Virunga Mountains in the south, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the north, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Park borders Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

14 May 2018

National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe: Free entry on International Museum Day!

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) just announced on Facebook, that National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ), the premier heritage organization in Zimbabwe, will offer free entrance to all its museums on International Museum Day on 18 May 2018. The country's official International Museums Day celebrations will be held at the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site, located in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe near Lake Mutirikwe and the town of Masvingo.

Zambia: Proflight Zambia to launch flights between Lusaka <> Harare!

Zimbabwe's state-owned daily newspaper The Herald reports (online edition, 14 May 2018) that Proflight Zambia, the operator of the largest fleet of aircraft in Zambia, is set to introduce scheduled flights between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka and Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare. The airline will launch the service during the first week of July 2018 and will operate four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on board 29-seater Jetstream 4100 (J41).

11 May 2018

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Temporary road closure in the uMkhuze section!

The management of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, has announced that there will be no access for tourist vehicles south of the Loop Road from 14 May 2018 due to road maintenance in the Park's uMkhuze section. The repairs are expected to last until late August 2018, weather permitting. Elsewhere in the uMkhuze section, routine maintenance is underway but it is not foreseen that this will cause any further closures. We'll keep you updated!

Kenya: Sections of Nairobi National Park temporarily closed!

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a state corporation with the mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya, announced the temporary closure of some sections of the Nairobi National Park, located approximately 7km south of the centre of Nairobi. Ongoing heavy rains have damaged the following roads (highlighted on map below):
  • Between Junction 4A and 6
  • Between Junction 18A and 5
Visitors are advised to avoid these roads. The rest of Nairobi National Park's, circuits are still accessible, however the Kenya Wildlife Service is recommending visitors use four-wheel-drive vehicles.

09 May 2018

Airlink enhances its service between Cape Town <> Maun and Cape Town <> Victoria Falls!

South African carrier Airlink will from 04 June 2018, enhance its service between Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun, and on 02 July 2018, its service between Cape Town and Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls, utilizing 83 seater Avro RJ regional jet aircraft, including business class.

Iziko Museums of South Africa: Free entry on International Museum Day!

Iziko Museums of South Africa just announced on Facebook that visitors will have free access to all of its museums and galleries in Cape Town (except for the Iziko Planetarium & Digital Dome, Groot Constantia and the Castle of Good Hope) on International Museum Day on 18 May 2018. 

Iziko Museums of South Africa provides free entry on the following days:

  • 21 March – Human Rights Day
  • 27 April – Freedom Day
  • 18 May - International Museum Day
  • 25 May – Africa Day
  • 24 September – Heritage Day and Heritage Week
  • 16 June – Youth Day
  • 09 August – Women’s Day
  • 01 December – World Aids Day & Emancipation Day

08 May 2018

Eurowings has launched a new service between Munich <> Windhoek!

German carrier Eurowings, a fully owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, has launched a new service between Munich Airport (MUC) in Munich and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek on 07 May 2018. The airline initially operates one weekly return flight to Namibia's capital on Mondays/Tuesdays and might increase the frequency to two weekly flights in the near future (July 2018?).

British Airways to introduce direct flights between London <> Durban!

The flag carrier and the largest airline in the United Kingdom, British Airways, is set to introduce scheduled direct flights between Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban. Effective 29 October 2018, the airline will operate three weekly return flights to Durban on board a Boeing 787-8. The service will be the only non-stop link between Europe and Durban.

Schedule during Winter 2018

Schedule during Summer 2019:
British Airways operates a twice daily service from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Johannesburg and flies year-round to Cape Town every day from Terminal 3 and three times a week from Gatwick during the winter season.

07 May 2018

Namibia: The Ausspannplatz in Windhoek has been renamed!

The Ausspannplatz in Namibia's capital Windhoek, a square located near the city's central business district (CBD) at the southern end of the Independence Avenue (see map), has been officially renamed. The square's new name is Dr António Agostinho Neto Square, in honour of Angola's late founding president.

South Africa: Airlink to offer additional flights to St Helena & Ascension!

South African carrier Airlink is set to operate an additional 19 midweek flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and St. Helena Airport (HLE) on the island of St Helena in the Atlantic Ocean between December 2018 and April 2019. The additional flights, which will operate alongside the current schedule, are allowing passengers the options of three, four, seven or ten night stays (or indeed longer) on the island.
An additional flight is planned to Ascension Island in December 2018 and again in
January 2019 to meet anticipated demand during the peak period.

04 May 2018

Garden Route National Park: Progress of hiking trails in the Harkerville area after the fires in June 2017!

The Harkerville area in the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park, an activity hub for nature and is known for its blue duiker population, was heavily affected by the Knysna fires in June 2017. South African National Parks (SANParks) has now released an update on the current status of the hiking trails in the Harkerville area:

Harkerville Trail
The trail was re-routed in December 2017 pending the recovery of the burnt area however the coastal portion of the trail is still closed. An alternative scenic route was opened along the coastal ridge. Bookings for the trail are open.

Kranshoek Trail
The Kranshoek Trail is still closed, and maintenance work is currently underway. About 90% of the route is complete but rebuilding and rehabilitation of the route is underway.

Kranshoek Viewpoint
Currently still closed and not accessible to visitors as yet until management and scientists have finalised urgent deliverables pertaining to the area.

Garden Route National Park: 4 additional hiking trails received Green Flag Trails accreditation!

An additional four hiking trails in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park in South Africa received Green Flag Trails accreditation from the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA). The four trails include the Half Collard Kingfisher trail (9,65km), Dune Mole Rat trail (8,2km), Woodville Big Tree (2km) and the Circles in the Forest trail (3,4km). This brings the number of accredited hiking trails in the Garden Route National Park to 18.
  • Tsitsikamma secion - 12 Green Flag Trails
  • Knysna section - 2 Green Flag Trails
  • Wilderness section - 4 Green Flag Trails
Green Flag Trails is a voluntary quality and sustainability eco-label for trails that seeks to offer hikers all the information needed to ensure the hike meets their expectations. By assessing the environmental conditions as well as safety along the trail, Green Flag Trails ensures sustainable trails in terms of conservation of the environmental resources as well as the quality of experience had by hikers. The eco-label accredits trails through its unique audit procedure and identifies, acknowledges and rewards those trails that demonstrate and practice responsible management. Green Flag Trails recognizes trails that meet minimum standards in terms of reliable information on:
  • accommodation (either luxury (work sheet) or standard (work sheet)
  • trail facilities and services rendered (work sheet)
  • difficulty level
  • type of environment the trail runs through (work sheet)
  • proof of the conservation of natural and cultural resources
  • assurance of hikers’ safety (work sheet)

03 May 2018

Eurowings to suspend flights between Munich <> Cape Town!

German carrier Eurowings, a fully owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, will not only suspend its service between Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, but also between Munich Airport (MUC) in Munich and Cape Town. The airline will terminate the service in October 2018. According to a Eurowings spokesperson, the arline will resume flights to Cape Town in the future, but has no immediate plans.

Kruger National Park: Numbi Gate inaccessible due to protests!

According to a press release by South African National Parks (SANParks), Kruger National Park's Numbi Gate is inaccessible due to protests taking place in the surrounding areas such as Mahushu on the R538 today (03 May 2018) and is blocked at the moment. Guests are advised to use alternative routes e.g. R40/Kiepersol and the Phabeni Gate or the Paul Kruger Gate to access or exit Kruger National Park until further notice.

02 May 2018

Mozambique: Africa's largest suspension bridge is scheduled to open in June 2018!

The largest suspension brigde in Africa, the Maputo-Catembe bridge, which will connect Maputo with Catembe by crossing the Maputo Bay in Mozambique, is scheduled to open on this year's independence day of Mozambique (25 June). The brigde will be about three kilometers long, will have a width of 680m and will stand 60m above sea level. 

The Maputo-Catembe bridge is part of a larger infrastructure project that includes a set of access roads on both banks and other roads. One of the adjoining roads will link the bridge with the Ponto de Ouro border post (Mozambique) and the Kosi Bay border post (South Africa), so that the driving time from Mozambique's border with KwaZulu-Natal to Maputo will be cut by about four hours.

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in April 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 April 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 April 2018 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 91.18% (March 94.06%) 
  2. Airlink - 87.62% (March 85.09%) 
  3. South African Airways - 87.51% (March 88.35%)  
  4. Kulula.com - 81.36% (March 72.78%) 
  5. British Airways Domestic - 78.05% (March 72.01%) 
  6. CemAir - 78.01% (March 83.52%) 
  7. Mango - 71.69% (March 70.72%)   
  8. SA Express - 57.98% (March 63.52%) 
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (March --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) - 15 Min on Time Performance April 2018 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 91.70% (March 90.80%) 
  2. South African Airways - 91.62% (March 90.52%)   
  3. Airlink - 88.94% (March 86.60%) 
  4. Kulula.com - 82.57% (March 77.35%)  
  5. British Airways Domestic - 76.54% (March 74.45%) 
  6. CemAir - 75.81% (March 71.26%) 
  7. Mango - 75.61% (March 75.18%)    
  8. SA Express - 73.46% (March 70.15%)   
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (March --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance April2018 (airport target 91%)
  1. South African Airways - 92.86% (March 94.79%) 
  2. FlySafair - 92.40% (March 94.15%)  
  3. Airlink - 85.66% (March 90.73%) 
  4. Kulula.com - 85.05% (March 74.63%) 
  5. Mango - 78.94% (March 77.79%) 
  6. British Airways Domestic - 77.74% (March 77.20%)    
  7. SA Express - 62.08% (March 67.46%)