14 September 2019

South Africa: New tusker in Addo Elephant National Park!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has introduced a new tusker to Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The male elephant is 35 years old, has a shoulder height of 3.18m and tusks measuring an impressive 1.39m from the lip out. His weight is estimated at about six tonnes. Tembe is the first of three bulls which will be brought in as a donation from Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu-Natal. The Tembe elephants are known for the size of their tusks and are genetically diverse from the Addo elephants, making them ideal for improving the genetic diversity within Addo's elephant population of about 600 animals. According to Addo Park Manager, Nick de Goede, the other two bulls are expected to be introduced into Addo Elephant National Park before the end of the year.

12 September 2019

Malawi: Ulendo Airlink to launch flights between Lilongwe <> Blantyre!

Ulendo Airlink, a local charter airline based in Malawi, is set to introduce scheduled flights between Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe and Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre. Effective 23 September 2019, the airline will initially operate 14 return frequencies per week on board a 15-Seater Dornier 228. The schedule of the new domestic service will be slightly adjusted as soon as the runway reconstruction at Chileka International Airport (CLZ) in Blantyre is completed.
Ulendo Airlink also plans to launch a four-weekly return service from Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in
Lilongwe to the Southern Lakeshore (Lake Malawi) and Liwonde National Park in April 2020.
Back in July 2019, the airline introduced a new triangle service between Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe, Mzuzu Airport (ZZU) in Mzuzu in the Northern Region of Malawi and Likoma Airport (LIX) on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi.

11 September 2019

Namibia: First phase of the Windhoek <> Hosea Kutako International Airport road upgrade to be completed by November 2019!

The first phase of the upgrade of the 44-kilometre tarred road between Windhoek and Hosea Kutako International Airport to a dual carriageway, which commenced in January 2016, is expected to be completed by November 2019. The project is divided into two phases. The first phase comprises a section from MR49 (Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue or Kupferberg Road) to the extension of Sam Nujoma Drive, while the second phase comprises the section between Sam Nujoma interchange and Hosea Kutako International Airport. According to Namibia Roads Authority (RA) CEO Conrad Lutombi, the RA is "at an advanced stage in terms of the procurement process to appoint a contractor to proceed with the second phase". We'll keep you posted!



Cape Town: Free entry to Iziko museums during in_herit festival 2019!

Iziko Museums of South Africa, which operates 11 national museums, the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection-specific libraries in Cape Town, will be celebrating South Africa's diverse heritage with the in_herit Festival 2019 – a dynamic, week-long cultural programme with free entry to selected museums. (Castle of Good Hope and Groot Constantia are free only on Heritage Day. The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is half-price on Heritage Day. Museums closed on Saturdays and Sundays, or currently under renovation, are excluded). The programme of the festical will include exciting and engaging events, activities, workshops, talks, tours and exhibitions. The 12th annual in_ herit Festival kicks off on  23 September 2019, with Heritage Day celebrations on 24 September 2019, and runs right through until 29 September 2019.

Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (Gauteng): The Sterkfontein Caves Road gets an upgrade!

The Sterkfontein Caves Road (D1701) in the precinct of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Krugersdorp has been closed from the intersection with R540 (Kromdraai Road) as well as at the intersection with P74/1 (R563 – Hekpoort Road) due to the development of sinkholes that urgently need attention. The rehabilitation process started on 09 September 2019 and is expected to be completed around mid-October 2019. Motorists are advised that only residents are allowed access during the period of rehabilitation. We'll keep you posted!


10 September 2019

Bulawayo: Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) to get an upgrade!

According to the acting director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), Mrs Margaret Mantiziba, the second phase of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) expansion project is set to commence this year. The upgrade of the airport in Bulawayo will include a new air traffic control tower and related equipment as well as a new fire station with new fire fighting equipment. The construction of the new air traffic control tower is expected to start this year, while the entire projet is set to be completed within the next two years at at cost of US$13 million.
Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) was established in 1959 as Bulawayo Airport. In 2013 a new passenger terminal building was commissioned (first phase of the expansion project).


St Helena is seeking for a "Napoleon Impersonator"!

The island of St Helena is looking for a "Napoleon Impersonator" to commemorate the anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's death. The impersonator should be a male person willing to appear at events throughout bicentenary celebrations in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and is ecpected to to act as an ambassador for St Helena. According to a Facebook post by Enterprise Saint Helena, a non-governmental organisation responsible for the economic development of St Helena, 27 September 2019 is the deadline for "Napoleon Impersonator" to apply for the position. The first public appearance of "Napoleon" will be on 15 October 2019.

 
St Helena is a remote volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 4,000 km east of South America and 1,950 km west of southern Africa. The island measures about 16 km by 8 km. St Helena is part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha and is most known for being the place where Napoleon Bonaparte died in May 1821.


09 September 2019

Western Cape: Franschhoek Pass has been re-opened for traffic!

Franschhoek Pass (also known as Lambrechts Road), located on the R45 between Franschhoek and Villiersdorp in South Africa's Western Cape, has been re-opened for traffic on 06 September 2019 by the Western Cape's Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW). The pass was closed due to rockfall since 22 June 2019. According to a press release by the Western Cape Government, Franschhoek Pass will be closed again for further remedial works, should there be any indication that the road is unsafe.


Qatar Airways to launch flights between Doha <> Luanda (Angola)!

The state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, is set to launch a new service between Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) in Luanda in Angola. Effective 29 March 2020, the airline will operate up to five weekly return flights on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 in economy. Qatar Airways currently operates a state of the art fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (DOH) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

07 September 2019

Kruger National Park: Mlondozi picnic spot closed until further notice!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the Mlondozi picnic spot in Kruger National Park is currently closed until further notice. The popular spot, which overs a birds-eye view of Mlondozi Dam, is located off the S29, approximately 15 km north of Lower Sabie Rest Camp in Kruger National Park'S Nkayeni Region (between Sabie and Olifants Rivers). 


06 September 2019

Airlink to increase flights between Johannesburg <> Pemba!

South African carrier Airlink is set to increase its service between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Pemba Airport (POL) in Pemba in northern Mozambique to meet increased passenger demand. From 24 September 2019 Airlink will add a Tuesday flight to its weekly schedule. Flights depart Johannesburg at 10:10 and arrive in Pemba at 13:00 and depart Pemba at 13:30 arriving in Johannesburg at 16:25. The additional flight will complement Airlink's current schedule which operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays operating one of the airline's Embraer ERJ135 37 seat regional jets.

Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019 - the Southern/East African countries!

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released the biennial Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report (TTCR) 2019. It benchmarks the Travel & Tourism (T&) competitiveness of 140 economies and measures the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the T&T sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country.
Spain tops the 2019 edition of the TTCR global rankings for the third consecutive year, followed by France (#2) and Germany (#3). Japan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland complete the Top 10.
The island of Mauritius is the highest-ranked Sub-Saharan African country in the Index on position #54 (regional #1). South Africa (#61, #2), which topped the previous regional ranking and fell eight places on the Index since 2017, is ranked second. The largest T&T industry in Sub-Saharan Africa is followed by the Seychelles (#62, #3), Namibia (#81, #4) and Kenya (#82, #5).



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South Africa (global #61, regional #2):
  • positive: 
    • the largest T&T industry in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • most significant advantage is its combination of natural (15th) and cultural resources (23rd)
    • boasts a decent business environment (57th)
    • beats regional benchmarks regarding human resources and labour (81st), 
    • beats regional benchmarks regarding ICT readiness (75th)
    • beats regional benchmarks regarding overall infrastructure (60th) 
    • increased number of world heritage sites (16th to 13th)  
    • upward revision for protected land (100th to 74th
  • negative:
    • one of the worst safety and security environments (132nd) in the world 
    • plagued by high homicide rates (135th),  
    • significant impact of crime on business (131st) 
    • increasing fears of terrorism 
    • poor health and hygiene conditions (113th) 
    • scores low on the Environmental Sustainability pillar (124th)  
    • significant deforestation (124th) 
    • declining environmental enforcement and regulatory stringency (46th to 66th)
    • declines in the attractiveness of its natural assets (6th to 32nd) 
    • worsening business environment (30th to 54th) 
    • impact of taxes on incentives to work and invest (48th to 78th) 
    • Government prioritization of tourism  slipped from 40th to 75th  
    • apparent reduction on marketing effectiveness (40th to 60th) 
    • apparent reduction on overall country brand strategy (5th to 23rd)
    •  declining quality of tourist service infrastructure (6th to 32nd) 
    • lower level of primary education enrollment 
    • broad drops in training and customer orientation metrics
  • conclusion: 
    • If the South Africa can maintain its lead on natural and cultural resources and infrastructure, and reverse recent losses in areas related to enabling environment — particularly indicators on safety — it will be able to remain one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s key tourism economies.

Southern & Eastern African countries in the Travel &Tourism Competitiveness Report and Index 2019*:

01.
Mauritius (global #54)
02.
South Africa (#61)
03.
Seychelles (#62)
04.
Namibia (#81)
05.
Kenya (#82)
06. Cape Verde (#88)
07. Botswana (#92)
08. Tanzania (#95)
09. Senegal (#106)
10. Rwanda (#107)
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Uganda (#112)
13.
Zambia (#113)
14.
Zimbabwe (#114)
16. Eswatini (#118)
18. Ethiopia (#122)
20. Lesotho (#124)
21. Malawi (#125)
23. Mozambique (#127)
29. Angola (#134)

Air Tanzania has suspended flights to Johannesburg due to ongoing violence!

Tanzania's flag carrier, Air Tanzania, has suspended its service between Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg on 05 September 2019. According to Tanzania's Minister of Transport Isack Kamwelwe, the decision was made due to the "ongoing violence" in Johannesburg. This comes after a South African court on 04 September 2019 ordered the release of an Airbus A220-300 aircraft, owned by Air Tanzania, after it was impounded on 21 August 2019.

Angola has launched an online portal for tourism visa applications!

Angola has launched an online portal ("SME PORTAL") for foreign nationals to submit applications for tourism visas. Previously, travellers planing to visit the country had to to apply for a visa at an Angolan consular post prior to their trip. This took up to 20 days to process from the time of submission of the application. The new processing time is within 24 hours after applying for the tourism visa. Once issued, the tourism visa must be used within 60 days. It is valid for one or multiple entries, allows the stay in Angola for a period of up to 30 days and can be extended once for an equal period.

05 September 2019

Cape Town: New home for the Green Point Market!

The City of Cape Town is set to revive the famous Green Point Market, which was relocated previously to make way for the construction of the Cape Town Stadium and the surrounding Green Point Urban Park. The new location of the market will be the P4 parking area of the Green Point Athletics Stadium in Green Point. The City of Cape Town has appointed an interim Market Facilitator to oversee and manage the comeback of the market, which used to be one of the most popular and largest markets in Cape Town. The Green Point Market will initially begin with 200 vendors although there is space for 300. It is expected that the market will be operational by December 2019. We'll keep you posted!


South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in August 2019!

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, Durban's King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth in August 2019.
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 August 2019
  • Airlink - 92.97% (July 93.46%)
  • FlySafair - 91.68% (July 92.14%)
  • Kulula.com - 89.73% (July 85.09%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 88.68% (July 87.31%)
  • South African Airways - 83.03% (July 85.64%) 
  • Mango - 68.62% (July 66.61%)
  • SA Express - 44.62% (July 53.45%)
  • CemAir - --.--% (July --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town - 15 Min on Time Performance August 2019
  • FlySafair - 95.34% (July 93.60%)
  • Airlink - 93.36% (July 93.24%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 88.69% (July 84.29%)
  • Kulula.com - 87.77% (July 77.61%)
  • South African Airways - 85.47% (July 87.58%)
  • Mango - 71.84% (July 65.85%)
  • SA Express - 59.79% (July 84.78%)
  • CemAir - --.--% (July --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance August 2019
  • FlySafair - 97.75% (July 95.77%)
  • Airlink - 97.69% (July 99.43%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 92.96% (July 92.99%)
  • Kulula.com - 90.44% (July 83.68%)
  • South African Airways - 89.11% (July 85.34%)
  • Mango - 76.35% (July 75.32%)
  • SA Express - --.--% (July --.--%)
Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), Port Elizabeth - 15 Min on Time Performance August 2019
  • Flysafair - 94.65% (July 92.45%)
  • Airlink - 93.29% (July 97.40%)
  • British Airways Domestic - 92.09% (July 91.31%)
  • South African Airways - 85.96% (July 83.62%)
  • Mango - 83.068% (July 83.48%)
  • SA Express - --.--% (July --.--%)
  • CemAir - --.--% (July --.--%)

South Africa: Eight days of free entry into protected areas in the North West Province in September 2019!

The North West Parks Board, responsible for the management of protected areas and public nature reserves in South Africa's North West Province, announced on Facebook that between 08 - 15 September 2019 ("Mahala Week") all parks and game reserves, including Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve, will be open to South Africans for free. In order to be allowed free access, visitors will be required to present their South African Identity documents. 


North West Parks Board is the custodion of the following 15 protected areas in the North West Province:
  • Barberspan Bird Sanctuary
  • Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve
  • Borakalalo Game Reserve
  • Boskop Dam Nature Reserve
  • Botsalano Game Reserve
  • Highveld Nature Reserve
  • Kgaswane Mountain Reserve
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Mafikeng Game Reserve
  • Molemane Eye Nature Reserve
  • Molopo Game Reserve
  • Pilanesberg National Park
  • SA Lombard Nature Reserve
  • Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve
  • Wolwespruit Nature Reserve

04 September 2019

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: Free entry into protected areas in KwaZulu-Natal on every Friday in September 2019!

Not only South African National Parks (SANParks), CapeNature, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and Limpopo Wildlife Resorts are offering free entry into National Parks and Nature Reserves in September 2019, but also Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. On every Friday during September 2019 ("Mahhala Fridays"), the first 200 South Africans at any Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife protected area (except for iSimangaliso Wetland Park) will get free access. In order to be allowed free access, visitors will be required to present their South African Identity documents. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, which is the governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wildlife conservation areas and biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal, manages more than 120 protected areas in the province.

Augrabies Falls National Park: New operating hours for the Park's only fuel station!

update (04 September 2019): Please note that fuel supply is currently limited as Total are experiencing some strikes at their workplace and deliveries are therefore delayed.

According to a Facebook posting by the Regional Communications Manager: Arid Parks at South African National Parks, the operating hours of the only fuel station inside Augrabies Falls National Park in South Africa's Northern Cape have changed. The new operating hours are daily from 07:30 - 13:00 and from 13:30 to 15:30. The fuel station is located in the Park's main camp.

 
Augrabies Falls National Park is located around its main attraction, the Augrabies Falls, about 120 km west of Upington in South Africa's Northern Cape. The Park covers an area of 820 km² and stretches along the Orange River.

03 September 2019

Botswana: Seasonal rainfall & temperature outlook (October 2019 to March 2020)!

Botswana's Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) has released the seasonal rainfall and temperature outlook for Botswana for the period from October 2019 to March 2020. According to the DMS, the north and the western parts of the country are expected to have normal to above normal rainfall from October to December 2019. The eastern parts of Botswana are expected to receive normal to below normal rainfall, while the south-eastern parts will have below normal rainfall. Temperatures are expected to be above normal in the bulk of Botswana. Only the northern parts of the country are expected to experience normal to below normal temperatures.
From January to March 2020 normal to above normal rains are expected countrywide with the north and the southwest being particulary above average. While the northern and central areas of
Botswana are expected to have normal to below normal temperatures, temperatures in the west and east will continue to be higher than normal.

02 September 2019

Southern Africa: Rain season (October 2019 - March 2020) outlook!

According to the findings of the Twenty Third Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-23), most member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)* are likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December 2019. Northern Mozambique, southern Tanzania, Northern  Malawi, northernmost Zambia, the bulk of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the north-western half of Angola, northern Madagascar and the Comoros are expected to receive normal to below-normal rains.
During January to March 2020, most parts of the region are expected to have normal to above normal rainfall. Normal to below normal rainfall amounts are expected in the eastern half of
Tanzania, the eastern half of Botswana, the westernmost parts of Namibia, the bulk of South Africa, the bulk of Mozambique, southern Malawi, eastern Lesotho, central Zambia, southernmost Madagascar, south-western most Angola as well as in Eswatini (Swaziland) and Zimbabwe.

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* Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland), Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

30 August 2019

Zimbabwe: National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has doubled its inter-city passenger train fares!

National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has doubled its inter-city passenger train fares for all three classes due to rising operational expenses. The company operates daily passenger train services between Bulawayo <> Victoria Falls, Bulawayo <> Harare and Mutare <> Harare as well as weekly passenger train services between Bulawayo <> Chiredzi and Bulawayo <> Chikwalakwala. 

Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, travel, tourism,

Tickets in economy class on the Bulawayo <> Victoria Falls and Bulawayo <> Harare routes have been increased from $20 to $40, in second class from $25 to $50 and in sleeper class from $30 to $60. The fares for tickets Mutare <> Harare return route increased to $25 from $12 in economy class, to $30 from $15 in standard class and to $40 from $20 in sleeper class. The new fares for the Bulawayo <> Chiredzi and Bulawayo <> Chikwalakwala routes have not been made public so far. The fares for NRZ's intra-city commuter train services remain unchanged at $1 for a return ticket.

Kruger National Park Calendar - October!

Weather:
  • daytime temperatures soar
  • first hard rains
  • it can get extremely hot & humid if the rains are late
Temperatures:
Cape Buffalo, Dagga Boy, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Landscape:
  • Grassland beginns turning green
  • many trees in flower
  • lush vegetation
  • river levels start rising
Animal Activity:
  • breeding season begins for many antelopes
  • game begins dispersing through the Park
  • most of the northern migrant raptors arrive

South Africa: ACSA has grounded all SA Express flights! [update]

update (30 August 2019): SA Express announced on Facebook, that all operations have resumed as of 14:40 today with the flight to Lubumbashi International Airport (FBM) in Lubumbashi (DR Congo).

Due to non-payment of airport fees accrued over a period of time Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has suspended South African airline SA Express from landing and taking off from its nine airports in South Africa. According to the airport management company, the decision to suspend the state-owned airline is necessary to ensure fairness to all airlines. 
In the meantime, SA Express announced in a press release that the airline is working hard, together with its key stakeholders, to ensure a speedy resolution of the challenges that have affected its operations. We'll keep you posted!

29 August 2019

Delta Air Lines & Kenya Airways to expand their codeshare agreement!

American airline Delta Air Lines and Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways, are set to expand their codeshare partnership in Southern Africa and East Africa by four additional routes via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Effective 01 September 2019, Delta Air Lines will place its code (DL) on return flights operated by Kenya Airways to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Entebbe (Uganda), Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka (Zambia) and Maputo International Airport (MPM) in Maputo (Mozambique).

South African National Parks to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Agulhas National Park in September 2019!

South African National Parks (SANParks) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Agulhas National Park in South Africa's Western Cape in September 2019. On 14 September 1998, SANParks purchased four hectares of land at the Southernmost tip of the African continent to establish a National Park. A year later, on 23 September 1999, the property was offically declared a National Park in Government Gazette GN1135. Today the park stretches over 21,971ha of land and is home to approximately 2,000 native plant species and a wetland that provides refuge to birds and amphibians. The celebrate the anniversary, the following festivities will take place throughout September 2019:
  • 01 - 30 September 2019: Lowland fynbos display at the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
  • 07 September 2019: Agulhas Birding Day
  • 08 - 15 September2016: SA National Parks Week
  • 14 September 2019: Coastal Clean-Up
  • 21 September 2019: Birthday Bash Relay Race & Basaar


Agulhas National Park stretches along the coastal plain between the towns of Gansbaai and Struisbaai in South Africa's Western Cape. It can be accessed via the N2 highway, which runs from Cape Town along the east coast via the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Coming from the west (Cape Town > Port Elizabeth) travellers must turn off at Caledon and pass through Bredasdorp; from the east (Port Elizabeth > Cape Town), travellers must leave the N2 near Swellendam and pass through Bredasdorp to get to Agulhas National Park.

28 August 2019

Five locations in Southern & East Africa are among the "World's Greatest Places 2019"!

The famous Time Magazine, an American weekly news magazine and news website, has released its second annual list of the "World's Greatest Places". Based on key factors, such as quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence, the list showcases a variety of categories such as museums, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Five of these 100 greatest places of the year are located in Southern Africa and East Africa, namely Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Leopard Hill in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy (Kenya), the Omaanda Lodge in Windhoek East (Namibia), the Lekkerwater Beach Lodge in the De Hoop Nature Reserve (South Africa) and the restaurant Wolfgat in Paternoster (South Africa). Congratulations!

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How does one measure the greatness of a place—in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travelers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary. To compile our second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, this week's International cover, TIME solicited nominations across a variety of categories—including #museums, parks, restaurants, and #hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as industry experts. Then we evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, sustainability, #innovation and influence. The result: 100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now, from #America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a #Tokyo museum bringing digital #art to life. See the full list at the link in bio. Illustration by @petergreenwooduk for TIME
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