18 June 2018

Ethiopian Airlines to launch fligths to Barcelona (Spain)

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to launch new flight services between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and El Prat Airport (BCN) in Barcelona via Adolfo Su├írez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) in Madrid. Effective 01 July 2018, the airline will operate four weekly flights to Barcelona on board a Boeing 787– 800 Dreamliner. Barcelona is Ethiopian Airlines' 13th destination in Europe.

Uganda: The "Kampala-Entebbe Expressway" has been officially opened for motorists!

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, and the the chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Wang Yang, officially opened the new Entebbe–Kampala Expressway on 15 June 2018. The 51km four-lane toll highway links Entebbe International Airport (EBB), Uganda's main international airport, to Kampala, the country's capital. The new expressway is the country's first toll highway. It has 19 fly-overs and bridges with a total length of 2,770 metres; it also hosts the Nambigirwa Bridge, the longest four-lane bridge in Uganda and East Africa with over 1,400 metres. The Entebbe–Kampala Expressway was commissioned with assistance from Exim Bank of China, with a loan of $350m (€302.8m). Construction was done by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and supervised by Beijing Expressway Supervision Co. Ltd. (BES).

15 June 2018

Botswana: Free wifi at international airports!

The Botswana Investment Trade Centre (BITC) and Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) have introduced free wifi at Botswana's four international airports, namely Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport (BBK) in Kasane, Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun and Francistown International Airport (FRW) in Francistown. To access the service while at one of the airports, you have to select the "Go Botswana" network on your mobile device and fill-in a brief questionaire on the landing page.

Kruger National Park: Mathekenyane Lookout Point temporarily closed for maintenance!

The Mathekenyane Lookout Point, located on the Mathekenyane Koppie (385m) aproximately 11 kilometers south from Skukuza Rest Camp long the Pretoriuskop-Skukuza Road (H1-1, Napi Road) in the southern part of Kruger National Park, is temporarily closed for maintenance since 12 June 2018. The lookout point is scheduled to reopen on 22 June 2018.

The Mathekenyane Lookout Point is known to be one of the best lookout points in Kruger National Park. It is an excellent game viewing point that provides stunning views of the bush.

14 June 2018

Namibia Wildlife Resorts: Plastic bags ban still to be implemented (UPDATE)!

update (18 June 2018): According to the spokesperson of Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the ban of plastic bags in national parks in Namibia is not yet being implemented as the ministry is still putting measures and systems in place before enforcement and full implementation. The MET confirmed that an amendment to the regulation relating to the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1974 (4 of 1875) to restrict the use of plastic bags in national parks was approved and gazetted in 2017.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), the state-owned enterprise mandated to run the tourism facilities within the protected areas of Namibia, has informed its stakeholders that with immediate effect the usage of pastic bags is no longer allowed within the country's National Parks. We'll keep you updated as soon as more information are available.

Cape Town: Museum Night returns to the V&A Waterfront!

Cape Town's Museum Night is back. On Thursday, 28 June 2018, several museums and sites at the V&A Waterfront will be open from 17:00 until 22:00, offering free admission to the public, with a number of other attractions offering half price admission. The museum exhibitions are supported by an exciting programme of performances and walkabouts. You don't require tickets for Museum Night. Just arrive at the V&A Waterfront, decide on where you would like to start, and use the printed programmes available to find your way around from there.

The participating museums & sites inlude:
  • Iziko Maritime Centre
  • Zeitz MoCCA
  • Cape Medical Museum
  • Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
  • Chavonnes Battery Museum
  • Robben Island Jetty One Museum
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Everard Read Circa
  • The Watershed
  • Nelson Mandela Gateway

Etihad Airways to terminate operations between Abu Dhabi <> Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)!

According to aviation specialists RoutesOnline, the flag carrier and the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, is set to end its service between Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in Abu Dhabi and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam at the end of September 2018. The airline currently operates one daily flight on board an Airbus A320 aircraft to Tanzania's capital and return to the United Arab Emirates. During the final month of September 2018, Etihad Airlines will alreday beginn to gradually thin out operations between Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam.

13 June 2018

The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series Ep. 12 - Simon's Town & Cape Point

Cape Town Tourism has released a new episode of the "The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series" featuring the historic town of Simon's Town, located on the shores of the False Bay, as well as an trip down to the famous Cape Point, a promontory at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula. Previous episodes of the "The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood series" include Kalk Bay, Cape Town CBD, Woodstock, Constantia, Somerset West, Langa, Khayelitsha, Durbanville, Blouberg, the Bo-Kaap and Mitchell's Plain.

"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, the 11th episode on 16 May 2018 and the the 12th episode on 12 June 2018.

12 June 2018

Emirates enhances its service between Dubai <> Luanda (Angola)!

The largest airline in the Middle East, Dubai-based Emirates, is set to reinstate two weekly flights between Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) in Luanda, Angola, and Dubai International Airport (DXB) in Dubai, increasing capacity to five flights per week between the two cities, starting from 01 July 2018. Customers can look forward to a daily service starting from the winter schedule. The flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER with eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class, with 360 seats on offer in a three-class configuration.
Winter schedule (daily service):

Kruger National Park: Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre has been reopened after renovation!

The Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre, situated at Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, has been reopened on 11 June 2018. The Centre was closed to the public for necessary maintenance since September 2017.

Kruger National Park, safari, South Africa, Zebra

The Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre boasts a vibrant reference library and a museum with artefacts from the Kruger National Park's history dating back to the establishment of the Park.

The 2018 Men's World Surfing Leagues Championship Tour returns to Jeffreys Bay in July 2018!

The 2018 Men's World Surfing League Championship Tour will once again return to Jeffreys Bay in July 2018. The Corona Open J-Bay will take place at Supertubes in South Africa's surfing capital from 02 July 2018 - 17 July 2018. Like in the previous years, the 6th stop on the World Surfing Leagues' Championship Tour forms part of the famous JBay Winterfest (02 July 2018 - 17 July 2018).
This year we will also see the Women's Tour in
South Africa for the Corona Open JBay Women's event, set to take place from 06 July 2018 to 16 July 2018.

The Jbay Winterfest (02 July 2018 - 17 July 2018) is an annual sports and lifestyle festival in Jeffreys Bay. Besides the World Surfing Leagues' Championship Tour, the event also hosts the Oakley X-Over (05 - 06 July 2018), the Funduro (07 July 2018), the Jbay Windfarm MTB Classic (14 July 2018), Endurade JBay X Trail Run (13 - 15 July 2018), Coldwater Classic (08 July 2018) and Skins Fishing Competition (08 July 2018) as well as 12 live music acts who will be performing for free (5 - 7 July 2018 & 12 - 14 July 2018).

11 June 2018

New image video: The "Spirit of Knysna"!

Knysna Tourism started a new destination marketing campaign, #SpiritofKnysna, last week with the launch of a brand new image video. The two-minute video was filmed in Knysna and Sedgefield and showcases the highlights of the Greater Knysna area, including the lagoon, forest and beaches. It was produced by local filmmaker Daron Chatz and the original soundtrack was written and recorded by local musician Tigger Reunert. Enjoy!

08 June 2018

Windhoek: Two popular Recreation Parks to temporarily close for renovations!

The City of Windhoek just announced that Goreangab Dam Recreation Park, situated on the eastern shore of Goreangab Dam in the north-western suburbs of Windhoek, and Brakwater Recreation Park (Paaltjies), situated on the outskirts of Windhoek next to the Western Bypass in Brakwater, will be temporarily closed due to renovations.
  • Goreangab Dam Recreation Park: Closed from Monday, 11 June 2018, until Friday, 22 June 2018. The Park will be open to the public on 16 (Saturday) & 17 (Sunday) June 2018.
    • The Park is usually open to the public from 10:00 to 18:00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10:00 until 22:00 from Fridays to Sundays and on public holidays. It is closed for general maintenance on Mondays and Tuesdays each week. No prior bookings need to be made to use the facilities.
  • Brakwater Recreation Park (Paaltjies): Closed from Monday, 25 June 2018, until Friday, 29 June 2018. The Park reopens on Saturday, 30 June 2018.
    • The Park is usually open to the public from 10:00 to 18:00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10:00 until 22:00 from Fridays to Sundays and on public holidays. It is closed for general maintenance on Mondays and Tuesdays each week. No prior bookings need to be made to use the facilities.

Air Namibia to launch flights to Lagos & Accra!

Namibia's flag carrier, Air Namibia, will commence its service between Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek and Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra, Ghana, via Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos, Nigeria, on 29 June 2018. The airline will service the new route with an Airbus A319, offering a seat configuration of 16 business class and 96 economy class seats as well as two tonnes of cargo space. Air Namibia initially planned to launch the service to West Africa in March 2018, but had to postpone it due to external factors.

07 June 2018

KLM to reduce flights between Amsterdam <> Windhoek (via Luanda)!

The flag carrier of the Netherlands, KLM, will reduce the number of flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in Amsterdam and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek via Quatro de Fevereiro Airport (LAD) in Luanda during the Northern winter season 2018/19. Effective 28 October 2018, the airline will operate only two weekly fligths instead of the current three weekly flights betweem Amsterdam, Luanda and Windhoek.

Botswana to ban plastic bags!

The Government of Botswana is set to ban plastic carrier bags and plastic flat bags in Botswana from 01 November 2018. The ban will however not apply to the following for health and hygiene purposes:
  • Bread bag - this refers to plastic bags used for packaging bread
  • Plastic bin liner - refers to plastic bags used for lining refuse bins or refuse receptacles
  • Barrier bag - thin or flimsy plastic bag used to separate products at final point of sale
  • Plastic refuse bag - plastic bag designed for carrying waste
  • Primary packaging - refers to plastic packaging that is in direct contact with the product for purposes of containing the product during transportation or handling to the point of distribution or point of use.
Any person contravening the regulations on the prohibition of the plastic carrier bag and plastic flat bag will be committing an offence and will be liable to the following:
  • For a first offender, the plastic carrier bag or the flat bag will be confiscated.
  • For a second or subsequent offence the person will be liable to a fine not exceeding P5, 000.00 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or both.
The time in between until 01 November 2018 is to allow for the public and affected industries in Botswana to put in place environmentally friendly packaging systems or alternatives to the plastic bag. In Africa, Botswana will be following the footsteps of Rwanda and Kenya that have already banned plastic bags.
More information on the plastic ban can be found on the Government Gazette of 01 June 2018, Statutory Instrument no. 74 of 2018, Waste Management (Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Prohibition) Regulations of 2018.

Iziko Museums of South Africa: Free entry on Youth 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 Youth Day on 16 June 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

05 June 2018

DR Congo: Virunga National Park remains closed for travellers until 2019!

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa’s oldest national park, closes its gates to visitors for the rest of 2018 following the death of a ranger and the abduction of two British tourists by local rebels on 11 May 2018. The management of the National Park initially planed to close Virunga only until 04 June 2018 to investigate the incident, but has now decided to reevaluate the general security situtation in and around the area before reopening. We'll keep you posted!

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.

Ethiopia has launched e-visa service to all international visitors!

Ethiopia's Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with the national airline of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines, has launched an e-visa service for all international visitors to Ethiopia effective 01 June 2018. The new e-visa is processed and issued online on a single webpage where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival at Bole International Airport (ADD) in the country's capital Addis Ababa.

04 June 2018

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in May 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 May 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 May 2018 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 97.73% (April 91.18%) 
  2. South African Airways - 89.57% (April 88,35%)
  3. Airlink - 89.28% (April 87.62%)
  4. Mango - 86.38% (April 71.69%)
  5. British Airways Domestic - 82.69% (April 78.05%)
  6. CemAir - 78.71% (April 78.01%)
  7. Kulula.com - 78.46% (April 81.36%)
  8. SA Express - 64.43% (April 57.98%) 
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (April --.--%)

Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town - 15 Min on Time Performance May 2018 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 95.85% (April 91.70%) 
  2. South African Airways - 93.60% (April 91.62%)   
  3. Airlink - 91.78% (April 88.94%)
  4. Mango - 90.07% (April 75.61%) 
  5. British Airways Domestic - 86.27% (April 76.54%)
  6. Kulula.com - 85.85% (April 82.57)  
  7. CemAir - 81.73% (April 75.81%) 
  8. SA Express - 58.19% (April 73.46%)   
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (April --.--%)

King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance May 2018 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 97.13% (April 92.40%)
  2. South African Airways - 95.00% (April 92.86%) 
  3. Mango - 92.72% (April 78.94%)
  4. Airlink - 87.06% (April 85.66%) 
  5. British Airways Domestic - 85.86% (April 77.74%)
  6. Kulula.com - 84.79% (April 85.05%)
  7. SA Express - 47.22% (April 62.08%)

01 June 2018

China Southern Airlines increases flights between Guangzhou <> Nairobi!

One of the Asia's largest airlines, Chinese carrier China Southern Airlines, is set to increase fligths between Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) in Guangzhou and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. The airline will operate flights on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft that has a 218-passenger capacity. China Southern Airlines previously only flew into Nairobi on Mondays and Fridays. The new flight frequency will kick off starting 10 June 2018 to October 2018, when China Southern Arilines' management is set to review the schedule.

Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa announced 2018 elections date!

Zimbabwe's President, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, has proclaimed 30 July 2018 as the date for the general election to choose the President, National Assembly members and Councillors. The election will be Zimbabwe's first since independence in 1980 without long-time ruler and former president Robert Mugabe. President Mnangagwa also fixed 08 September 2018 as the date for the Presidential election run-off in the event that it is required.



Kenya Airways to increase flight frequencies across Africa and Europe!

The national carrier of Kenya, Kenya Airways, has announced additional 26 weekly frequencies between its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and destinations across Africa and Europe for the 2018 summer season, compared to the winter season schedule. The airline will add three non-stop weekly flights to Cape Town (South Africa) effective 06 June 2018. Kenya Airways currently operates seven weekly flights between Nairobi and Cape Town that go via Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). The airline will also introduce four additional flights per week to Mauritius from 07 June 2018.
In the months of July and August, Kenya Airways will have two additional night flights to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), per week and two other extra day flights to Paris in France. There will be three additional night flights to Accra (Ghana) and Freetown (Sierra Leone) effective August 2018. Other destinations that will have additional frequencies include Kinshasa (DR Congo), Brazzaville (Rep. of the Congo), Johannesburg (South Africa), Maputo (Mozambique) and Entebbe (Uganda).