17 July 2019

Mango Airlines and Lufthansa have partnered to offer connections in South Africa!

Mango Airlines, a state-owned South African low-cost airline and subsidiary of South African Airways, has partnered with Germany's flag carrier, Lufthansa, to provide customers even more connections to destinations in South Africa. Lufthansa passengers can now connect to and from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and George via Mango Airlines connections. Those flying to or from Cape Town can connect to and from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein.
The Lufthansa Group and South African Airways have had a codeshare agreement since 1996 jointly connecting European destinations with South Africa. Current code share routes include
Johannesburg as well as Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Windhoek, Harare and Mauritius.

16 July 2019

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Shop facility at Nossob Rest Camp to close for essential maintenance work!

The shop facility at Nossob Rest Camp in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park will undergo essential maintenance work for the duration of August 2019 to November 2019. As of 05 August 2019, the shop will be relocated to one of the residential units in Nossob Rest Camp. The Rest Camp's reception will provide visitors of the location and directions to get there upon arrival. During the maintenance, only the most essential items will be available for purchase at the shop. The management of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park will try to provide card facilities at the shop. However this can not be guaranteed due to possible disruption of communications. The work that needs to be conducted at the existing shop facility will be conducted between 08:00 and 16:00. Please note that the shops located at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp and Mata Mata Rest Camp will not be affected.
Further note that the remaining four units (numbers 11 - 14) at Kalahari Tented Camp in
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park will also be renovated and completed between August 2019 and November 2019. Work will also be conducted between 08:00 and 16:00 daily.

15 July 2019

Cape Point: Appeal to visitors to use water sparingly!

The water supply to the Cape Point area in the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park ist currently limited due to a burst water main within the Cape of Good Hope section. The City of Cape Town is already working on it and will fix it as soon as possible. Cape Point has a backup water supply in place which can accommodate the area for the next two days and therefore appeal to all visitors to use water sparingly during this time. We'll keep you posted!

Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain National Park, South Africa, Cape Town

12 July 2019

Cape Town: Zeitz MOCAA launches world-first museum Instagram map and guide!

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, in partnership with advertising agency M&C Saatchi Africa, has launched the world’s first museum Insta Map. The constantly changing and immersive map on Instagram guides visitors through the galleries of the seven-floored building in Cape Town's Silo District. In the highlights section of the Instagram page @zeitzmocaa.map, visitors can embark on a 2-hour tour through the Museum, get some insights into the latest exhibit, check out the guide to Zeitz MOCAA's most Instagrammable spots and find out what's available in the store.

Visitors can either scan the QR code at the entrance of the Zeitz MOCAA or just go to the Instagram page
@zeitzmocaa.map directly on their phones.

11 July 2019

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the dates for the South African National Parks Week 2019!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced the dates of the South African National Parks Week 2019. The 14th edition of the annual event will take place from 08 - 15 September 2019. Following the request from South Africans who don't have time to visit national parks during the week, SANParks has decided to extent this year's South African National Parks Week to include weekends.

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The South African National Parks Week gives South African (!) day visitors free access to most of the 21 national parks in South Africa, with special emphasis on ensuring that people from local communities close to parks get to know and experience a national park. Like in the previous years, only the Namaqua National Park (annual natural flower show will be in full bloom in September) and the Boulders Penguin Colony area in the Table Mountain National Park will be excluded from the South African National Parks Week 2019. The free access does not include accommodation facilities and other tourist activities (including the Table Mountain Cableway).

South Africa waives visa requirements for seven countries including New Zealand! [update]

update (12 July 2019): South Africa is currently in talks with the seven countries regarding the implementation date for visa-free access to South Africa as well as reciprocity. According to BusinessTech, talks are expected to be concluded by September 2019. We'll keep you posted!

South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has announced on the occation of the Home Affairs Budget Vote 2019 that South Africa has scrapped visa requirements for seven countries, including New Zealand. According to the Minister, the Deparment of Home Affairs (DHA) will with immediate effect enter into discussions with these seven countries about how a visa-free regime will work. The following countries will be able to enter South Africa, visa-free:
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Cuba
  • Ghana
  • Sao Tome and Principe

10 July 2019

Fastjet (Zimbabwe) resumes flights between Victoria Falls <> Johannesburg! [update]

update (11 July 2019): According to the Facebook page of Fastjet (Zimbabwe), the airline's new service between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg will be operated until 15 September 2019.

Low cost carrier Fastjet (Zimbabwe) resumes its service between Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. According to the airline's Facebook page and Twitter account, Fastjet (Zimbabwe) now operates three weekly return flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. The airline announced in January 2019, that its service between the two destination is no longer a year-round service, but a seasonal programme and that the schedule will be geared for customer demands during the popular Holiday seasons - Easter, Christmas and the months of August and September.

Cape Town: Cape Town Tourism released a new image video!

Cape Town Tourism has released a new image video about Cape Town. The 90-second video gives us viewers a full dose of everything the Mother City has to offer and lets us dive into Cape Town's very unique world of experiences. Switch the videos to full screen, put your headphones on, sit back and enjoy the beauty of Cape Town. Kudos Cape Town Tourism!

Karoo National Park currently unable to offer guided hikes!

Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances, Karoo National Park is currently unable to offer guided hikes. All other activities, such as guided game drives, are still available as usual, though. We'll keep you posted!
Hikes through
Karoo National Park are led by a qualified guides who introduce participants to the fascinating Karoo ecosystems. They depart from the National Park's reception at 06:00 during summer and 07:00 during winter. Guided hikes cost R233 per person and are to be booked at the Karoo National Park's reception before 19:00 the day prior to the intended hike, to ensure the availability of a guide.

Kruger National Park: Paul Kruger Gate is currently inaccessible! [update]

update (11 July 2019): According to the Kruger National Park's twitter account, Paul Kruger Gate is accessible again.

update (10 July 2019): According to the local newspaper "Lowvelder", the R536 road is clear and open but visitors planning to enter or exit Kruger National Park through Paul Kruger Gate are still advised to use alternate routes.

South African National Parks (SANParks) advises visitors that Kruger National Park's Paul Kruger Gate is currently inaccessible due to protests (10 July 2019). The protests are taking place at Cork Trust, on the R536 road, leading to Paul Kruger Gate. Travellers entering and exiting the Kruger National Park should please make use of alternative gates such as Phabeni Gate and Numbi Gate, until further notice. We'll keep you posted!

09 July 2019

Namibia: New rhino and elephant poaching figures!

According to the latest poaching statistics by Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the country has lost 19 rhinos and 7 elephants to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2019. In May 2019, the MET recorded 18 incidents in which eight animals were killed. Most poaching incidents took place on private and custodian farms. Six poaching incidents were recorded in Etosha National Park and Waterberg Plateau Park. In 2018, a total of 57 rhinos and 26 elephants were poached in Namibia while a total of 120 suspected poachers were arrested.

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Kruger National Park: Pioneer Dam hide to temporarily close for renovations!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the the Pioneer Dam hide, located about 4km outside the Mopani Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, will temporarily be closed from 11 July 2019 to 12 July 2019 due to renovations. Visitors to the National Park are advised to utilise the Shipandani sleep-over bird hide, located about 3km outsie Mopani Rest Camp, for the duration of the closure.

Mopani Rest Camp is located in the northern part of Kruger National Park right at the Pioneer Dam. The closest entrance gate to the rest camp is the Phalaborwa Gate which is about 75km away. Mopani Rest Camp is situated about 50km from Letaba Rest Camp and about 65km from Shingwedzi Rest Camp.

Proflight Zambia to introduce flights between Ndola <> Johannesburg! [update]

update (11 July 2019): Proflight Zambia will operate flights between Ndola and Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on board a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jet aircraft. Flights will depart Ndola at 08:05 and arrive in Johannesburg at 10:35. The return flight will depart Johannesburg at 11:40 and arrive in Ndola at 14:10. The new route is expected to beginn on 02 September 2019.

Zambian airline Proflight Zambia has plans to temporarily introduce a new service to South Africa. The airline will operate three weekly flights between Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (NLA) in Ndola and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg between 02 September 2019 and 03 January 2019. Proflight Zambia currently operates one direct service to South Africa - a three weekly service between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban.

08 July 2019

Cape Town: Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is closed for software maintenance upgrade!

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) has announced that the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome in Cape Town is closed for software maintenance upgrade from today (08 July 2019) until 12 July 2019.

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent. It makes virtual voyages of the universe possible, providing an unparalleled experience of animation and 360° cinema. The Planetarium is one of only six fully-fledged planetaria on the African continent. It is located in 25 Queen Victoria Street,
Cape Town.

05 July 2019

South African Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Gol - Linhas Aéreas (Brazil)!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways, and Brazilian low-cost airline Gol - Linhas Aéreas have signed codeshare and frequent flyer agreements. Under the codeshare agreement, South African Airways is placing its "SA" code on 20 connecting flights in Brazil operated by Gol - Linhas Aéreas, including Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Florianópolis, among others. The codeshare is effective from since 04 July 2019.
Besides the codeshare agremment, the two airlines also signed a frequent flyer programme ("FFP") agreement, which offers members of each airline's programmes, Voyager from
South African Airways and Smiles from Gol - Linhas Aéreas, the opportunity to accrue and redeem miles. Customers from Smiles can accrue and redeem miles on flights operated by South African Airways to Africa, Asia and Australia, and Voyager members can accrue and redeem Voyager miles on flights operated by Gol - Linhas Aéreas.

Air Namibia: Flights between Windhoek <> Frankfurt will not get suspened!

According to a press release by Air Namibia, the airline continues to operate flights between Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Frankfurt, Germany, as per the published schedule for the foreseeable future.  [link] The airline also confirms in the press release, that the Cabinet of Namibia has made no decision to suspend or terminate Air Namibia's return service to Frankfurt. Earlier this week Namibian tabloid Confidente reported that the Government of Namibia has instructed Air Namibia to consider suspending its Windhoek <> Frankfurt route with immediate effect. [link]

Air Zimbabwe & Mack Air (Botswana) to launch the "Flame Lily Hoppa" air service!

The flag carrier of Zimbabwe, Air Zimbabwe, and Botswana-based private airline Mack Air have signed an agreement for the launch of the "Flame Lily Hoppa" air service. The agreement includes the imminent launch of daily domestic scheduled flights in Zimbabwe between Victoria Falls, Harare as well as the country's major tourist destinations including Hwange, Kariba and Chiredzi. The "Flame Lily Hoppa" air service will additionally operate flights to camps and lodges within the environ of these major tourist destinations. Also included in the agreement are daily regional scheduled flights between Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. Flights will be operated using a blend of brandnew Cessna Grand Caravan EX (operated by Mack Air) and Embraer 145 jet aircraft (operated by Air Zimbabwe). We'll keep you posted!

04 July 2019

Mpumalanga: Panorama Route attractions open after week-long strike!

After a week of negotiations between the management of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU), the strike by MTPA employees that closed several attractions along the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga during the last week has been ended on the night of the 02 July 2019. The affected tourist sites, such as Three Rondawels, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes, are open for business again since 03 July 2019. The strikes were reportedly peaceful and no disruptions on the region’s roads were reported.

03 July 2019

Botswana bans the use of any foreign currency!

The Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) has announced that it will no longer accept any foreign currency as payment from 01 August 2019. The decision to ban the use of foreign currencies is made to curb high administrative costs incurred by BURS as the cost of converting foreign currency to Botswana Pula is increasingly becoming financially unsustainable. For continued smooth service, BURS provides Point of Sale (PoS) facilities at Botswana's ports of entries as well as at all BURS offices. Furthermore, there are operational bureau exchange services providers at all of the country's major ports of entry to facilitate foreign exchange services.

Marakele National Park: Braai stands to be constructed at Bontle Rest Camp

According to South African National Parks (SANParks) the construction of braai stands at Bontle Rest Camp in Marakele National Park will be completed by mid July 2019.Bontle Rest Camp, which is located in close proximity to the main entrance gate of Marakele National Park, consists of 36 camp sites with power points, arranged into three clusters with one communal ablution block per cluster. The Rest Camp also has 10 tented units which consist of four family units and six two sleeper units. All these units have a private veranda and are self-catering.

Marakele National Park is located in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains and forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere in Limpopo. The National Park is home to most of the large mammals synonymous with the African bush, including elephant and leopard. Large predators such as brown hyena, leopard and now also lion, also occur in Marakele National Park.

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 groceries indepedent travellers usually buy. It is an open list, so please feel invited to add missing items in the comments and we'll add them to the list. It hopefully helps planning your holidays in South Africa. Safe travels! [exchange rates in the daily news update]

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  • bread - from R13.00/loaf (700g)
  • Rama Margarine - from R32.00/500g
  • eggs (large) - from R15.00/6 eggs
  • mixed fruit jam - from R17.50/290g
  • peanut butter - from R23.00/250g
  • Nutella - from R30.00/180g
  • Bovril - from R26.00/125g
  • Marmite - from R28.00/125g
  • baked beans in tomato sauce - from R10.00/can (450g)
  • bacon - from R31.00/200g
  • milk (full cream) - from R11.00/1l
  • muesli - from R27.00 (400g)
  • porridge oats - from R19.00/500g
  • yoghurt (fruit) - from R7.00/175g
  • cheese - from R61.40/450g (cheddar)
  • potatoes - from R14.00/kg
  • tomatoes - from R22.00/kg
  • onions - from R18.00/kg
  • mushrooms - from R25.00/250g (white mushrooms)
  • cucumber - from R13.00 (english cucumber) 
  • lettuce - from R17.00 (crisp lettuce)
  • avocado - from 33.00 (for two)
  • pasta - from R11.00/500g (maccaroni)
  • pasta sauce - from R34.00/405g
  • instant soup - from R14.00 (4ea)
  • biscuits - from R6.50/150g
  • rusks - from R40.00/450g
  • chewing gum - from 8.00/pack (Stimorol)
  • boerewors - from R60.00/500g
  • steak - from R123.00/600g (rib eye steak)
  • chakalaka - from R13.00/can (410g)
  • chutney - from R29.50/bottle (Mrs H.S.Ball's Hot Chutney, 470g)
  • hot sauce - from R23.00/bottle (125ml)
  • tomato sauce - from R19.00 (750ml)
  • potato chips - from R6.30/30g
  • bottled water (still) - from R5.00/500ml 
  • soft drinks - from R14.50/1l (Coke)
  • mango juice - from R20.00/1l
  • beer - from R69.00/6x500ml (Tafel Lager)
  • beer - from R75.00/6x500ml (Hansa)
  • beer - from R65.00/6x340ml (Castle Lager) 
  • beer - from R125.00/12x440ml (Amstel Lager)
  • beer - from R70.00/6x330ml (Windhoek Lager)
  • cider - from R102.00/6x440ml (Hunters Dry)
  • cider - from R80.00/6x330ml (Savanna Dry)
  • wine - from R25.00/750ml (White)

02 July 2019

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in June 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 June 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 June 2019
  1. Airlink - 91.83% (May 93.17%)
  2. FlySafair - 91.01% (May 91.73%)
  3. British Airways Domestic - 87.89% (May 91.67%)
  4. South African Airways - 83.75% (May 89.80%)
  5. Kulula.com - 83.08% (May 89.86%)
  6. Mango - 69.98% (May 74.56%)
  7. SA Express - 67.74% (May 77.29%)
  8. CemAir - --.--% (May --.--%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town - 15 Min on Time Performance June 2019
  1. Airlink - 95.49% (May 94.50%)
  2. SA Express - 95.27% (May 89.74%)
  3. FlySafair - 92.46% (May 94.81%)
  4. British Airways Domestic - 83.96% (May 92.58%)
  5. South African Airways - 82.58% (May 93.99%)
  6. Kulula.com - 74.43% (May 93.97%)
  7. Mango - 72.60% (May 83.08%)
  8. CemAir - --.--% (May --.--%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance June 2019
  1. Airlink - 93.90% (May 100.00%)
  2. FlySafair - 93.51% (May 94.10%)
  3. British Airways Domestic - 89.54% (May 94.97%)
  4. South African Airways - 85.54% (May 92.01%)
  5. Kulula.com - 82.41% (May 96.16%)
  6. Mango - 76.78% (May 81.76%)
  7. SA Express - 69.57% (May 84.26%)
Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), Port Elizabeth - 15 Min on Time Performance June 2019
  1. Airlink - 97.79% (May 96.62%)
  2. British Airways Domestic - 91.39% (May 95.53%)
  3. Flysafair - 91.14% (May 95.60%)
  4. Mango - 83.61% (May 83.13%)
  5. South African Airways - 80.91% (May 87.93%)
  6. SA Express - 63.04% (May 82.41%)
  7. CemAir - --.--% (May --.--%)

01 July 2019

Western Cape: The Franschhoek Pass will remain closed until further notice [update]

update (03 July 2019): According to the Stellenbosch Municipality, a second rockfall occurred on Franschhoek Pass.

The Franschhoek Pass (also known as Lambrechts Road), located on the R45 between Franschhoek and Villiersdorp in South Africa's Western Cape, had to be closed for safety reasons after a rockfall on 22 June 2019. A geotechnical investigation is currently underway to determine the extent and nature of the damage. Only once the report on this assessment has been received will it be possible to determine the next steps. The Franschhoek Pass will remain closed until further notice.

Kruger National Park prepares for possible strike by workers!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has informed the public that due to a labour dispute there will be a withdrawal of staff on Sundays and public holidays in Kruger National Park. The gates to be possibly affected are Phalaborwa Gate, Paul Kruger Gate, Phabeni Gate, Numbi Gate, Malelane Gate and Crocodile Bridge Gate. The  management of Kruger National Park is in talks with labour representatives to resolve issues of concern as soon as possible. Security and contingency measures have been put in place to ensure that guests are not inconvenienced. We'll keep you posted!

28 June 2019

Kruger National Park Calendar - August!

  • cool mornings and cold evenings
  • temperatures & humidity rise during the day
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  • bush extremely dry
  • landscape a yellow hue through flowering knobthorn, cassias and other
  • veld often overgrassed, especialy around watering holes etc.
Animal Activity:
  • game congrates around watering holes, rivers etc.
  • elephant numbers at their highest in northern Kruger
  • earliest summer migrant birds arrive
  • local raptors breeding
  • weakest animals die of thirst or from predators

27 June 2019

"Made in South Africa" - a web series about surfing in South Africa!

Red Bull Surfing has put South Africa in focus for its latest installment of "Made In...". Capetonian filmmaker Jason Hearn spent month of filming with some of South Africa's most legendary surfers for the web series. The first episode of "Made in South Africa" features Cape Town and follows local surfers Mikey February, Jordy Smith, Frank Solomon, Josh Redman, Matt Bromley, and Dale Staples as they surf the cities world-class waves. In the second episode, filmmaker Jason Hearn heads from Cape Town up the coast to Durban, to Cave Rock. In the third episode of "Made in South Africa", Jason meets one of surfing's greatest characters, Frankie Oberholzer.

  • "Made in South Africa" Episode 1 - Exploring The World-Class Waves of Cape Town With The City's Best Surfers
  • "Made in South Africa" Episode 2 - Ricky Basnett Takes Us Inside Durban's Cave Rock Crew 
  • "Made in South Africa" Episode 3 - Catching Up With OG Free Surfer And Search Legend Frankie Oberholzer

Livingstone (Zambia): Zambezi low water season starts today!

Due to the low water levels of the Zambezi, the low water season officially starts today (27 June 2019) in Livingstone in Zambia. This means that low water rafting tours, which include all rapids from #1 to #25, are available again. Livinstone Island, which is located in the middle of the Zambezi right on the edge of the Victoria Falls just before the water thunders down a 103 metre drop, also re-openes today (27 June 2019). Tours to Livingstone Island include the opportunity to swim in the famous Devil's Pool, a rock pool right on the very edge of the mighty Victoria Falls.

Low water rafting tours starting from the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River are expected to start from next week. We'll keep you posted!

eSwatini gets first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve!

The Kingdom of Eswatini got its first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Lubombo Biosphere Reserve is one of the 18 new sites in 12 countries which got added to World Network of Biosphere Reserves by the UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. The new additions were approved at the Paris meeting from 17 - 21 June 2019 of the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme.

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The Lubombo Biosphere Reserve is located in the Lubombo Mountain Range, which forms the eastern border of
Eswatini with Mozambique and South Africa. The 294,020 hectares reserve is part of the Maputoland-Phondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot. Twenty of the eighty-eight mammal species in the area, can only be found in the Lubombo region. Notable among these mammals are Leopard, White Rhino, Tsessebe, Roan Antelope, Cape Buffalo and Suni. The Lubombo Biosphere Reserve's ecosystems include forest, wetland and savannah. The reserve is home to numerous conservation and monitoring projects, as well as commercial enterprises, industry, agriculture, animal husbandry, and forestry.

26 June 2019

The World's 50 Best Restaurants: Cape Town restaurant named Africa's best restaurant 2019!

Cape Town's "The Test Kitchen", with acclaimed chef Luke Dale-Roberts at the helm, has just been named Africa's best restaurant 2019 and the World's 44th best restaurant 2019 (2018: 50th) at the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards. The fine dining eatery's food is based on popular global dishes with South African ingredients and twists. "The Test Kitchen" is located in The Old Biscuit Mill on 375 Albert Road in Woodstock.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants list provides an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. It is a globally recognised gastronomic reference point which showcases leading trends and highlights great restaurants from all corners of the Eart

SANParks released a new video about Agulhas National Park!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released a new promotional about Agulhas National Park in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape. The video highlights the major tourist attractions and main characteristics in the National Park and invites the viewers to discover the legendary Cape of Storms, to stand at the Southernmost tip of Africa, to explore the historic Cape Agulhas lighthouse and to marvel at the shipwrecks that dot Agulhas National Park's rugged, beautiful coastline.

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.

25 June 2019

Kruger National Park: Rangers and Working on Fire teams will be igniting fires in certain areas over the next few weeks!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that National Park Rangers and Working on Fire* teams will be igniting fires in certain areas of Kruger National Park to carry out the Kruger National Park (KNP) bush burning mandate over the next few weeks. Tourists driving in Kruger National Park are advised to be careful as they might encounter fire or smoke. The following precautions should be taken:
  • Reduce travelling speed.
  • Switch on vehicle lights as visibility may be hampered.
  • Do not drive too close to the flames.
  • Do not get out of your vehicle.
*Working on Fire is a government-funded, job-creation programme, focused on implementing Integrated Fire Management in South Africa.

24 June 2019

Zimbabwe bans the usage of foreign currencies! [update]

update (09 July 2019): Foreign travellers in Zimbabwe will can still use their own currency in cash or through credit and debit card. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has clarified that tourism operators are allowed to accept settlement for goods and services from tourists in foreign currency.

update (27 June 2019): The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has released a statement regarding the ban of foreign currencies in Zimbabwe. According to the ZTA, the regulations will not negatively affect foreign travellers in the country.

The Government of Zimbabwe has outlawed the usage of international and regional currencies as legal tender for all local transactions in Zimbabwe. Currencies, such as the US Dollar, British Pound, South African Rand, the Botswana Pula and any other foreign currency are no longer acceptable in the country. According to a Statutory Instrument (SI142 of 2019) only Bond Notes and RTGS$ (Real Time Gross Settlement Dollar), which are both at par with the Zimbabwe Dollar*, are Zimbabwe's only legal tenders with effect from today (24 June 2019).

*there is currently no physical currency called the Zimbabwe Dollar in Zimbabwe!

Mango to launch flights between Lanseria International Airport and Zanzibar!

Mango, the state-owned South African low-cost airline and subsidiary of South African Airways, is set to launch a new service between Lanseria International Airport (HLA) in Johannesburg and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) on the island of Zanzibar. Effective 29 June 2019, the airline will operate one weekly return flight on board a Boeing Next Generation 737-800 on Saturdays from Lanseria to Zanzibar. Fligths will depart Lanseria at 09:50 and arrive on Zanzibar at 14:15. The return flight will depart Zanzibar at 15:05 and will arrive at Lanseria International Airport (HLA) at 18:05. This is in addition to Mango's flights currently being operated from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), also located in Johannesburg. The new service between Lanseria and Zanzibar will more than likely be scheduled according to seasonality depending on the uptake by travellers.

21 June 2019

Mango to launch flights between Lanseria International Airport and Port Elizabeth!

Mango, the state-owned South African low-cost airline and subsidiary of South African Airways, is set to launch a new service between Lanseria International Airport (HLA) in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. Effective 11 July 2019, the airline will operate twice daily return flights to Port Elizabeth. Flights will depart Lanseria International Airport (HLA) at 08:45 (JE575) and 15:45 (JE591) and will arrive in Port Elizabeth at 10:20 (JE575) and 17:25 (JE591) respectively. The return flights will depart Port Elizabeth at 10:55 (JE576) and 18:00 (JE592) and will arrive at Lanseria International Airport (HLA) at 12:35 (JE576) and 19:50 (JE592) respectively.