14 November 2019

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park: All roads in the Mbhuzane Section have been closed until further notice!

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wildlife conservation areas and biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, has announced that all roads in the Mbhuzane Section of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park have been closed until further notice. The roads have been very badly damaged in places due to hevy rain received on 13 November 2019 This is with the exception of the road from Mpila to Cengeni via point 28 (Mantiyane) and 24 (Msasaneni). Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife advises drivers to take extreme caution when traveling this route and recommends not to use sedan vehicles with a low ground clearance.


Namibia: Windhoek has renamed 13 streets!

The City of Windhoek has renamed 13 streets in Windhoek to honour of Namibians who played an important role in the development of Namibia before and after independence. The 13 Namibians who are honoured are Shikongo Gabriel Nuunyango, Matheus Kristof Shikongo, Mburumba Kerina, Tsukhoe //Gowases, Johannes Karuaihe, Paulus //Gowaseb, Ivako Kapuuo, Bartholomew Karuaera, Mika Kaiyamo, Erwin Tjirimuje, Simeon Lineekela Kambo Shixungileni, Festus Lazarus and Deon Heunis de Wet.

The affected streets are as follows:

  • Penning Street (Katutura) now Shikongo Nuunyango Street
  • Lazarus Street (Katutura) now Festus Lazarus Street
  • Bahnhof Street (Windhoek) now Mburumba Kerina Street
  • Ranonkel, Begonia and Rooivalk Streets (Khomasdal) now Tsukhoe //Gowases Street
  • Dan Close (Elisenheim) now Deon Heunis Close
  • L├╝deritz Street (Windhoek) now Judge JP Karuaihe Street
  • Julius Nyerere (Okuryangava) now Rev Paulus //Gowaseb Street
  • Eneas Nanyemba (Katutura – Freedom Square), now Ivako Kapuuo Street
  • Ceaser Street (Wanaheda) now Rev. BG Karuaera Street
  • Dorp Street (Katutura) now Ev Mika Kaiyamo Street
  • Lucifer and Legioen Streets (Katutura) now Rev. Erwin Tjirimuje Street
  • Bismarck Street (Windhoek) now Simeon Shixungileni Street

South African Airways cancels most flights on 15 & 16 November 2019 ahead of strike!

South Africa's flag carrier airline, South African Airways, has has cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for 15 November 2019 and 16 November 2019. The cancellations follow an announcement by the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) that their members will embark on industrial action starting in the morning hours of 15 November 2019. The two unions are unhappy with South African Airways' restructuring plans which it announced this week in a bid to keep it afloat. Only flights operated by South African Airways will be affected. All flights operated on partner airlines, including SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and all codeshare partners, including flights operated by our Star Alliance partner airlines will not be affected.

13 November 2019

Cape Town Tourism releases "Love Cape Town - The Movie"!

Cape Town Tourism has released a new, ten minute promotional video about Cape Town. "Love Cape Town - The Movie" showcases (almost) everything the Mother City has to offer - from nature to adventure, delectable food, and accommodation to suit every traveller. Switch the video to full screen, put your headphones on, lean back, enjoy this great video and daydream yourself to Cape Town. Kudos Cape Town Tourism!


Malawi: African Parks reintroduced 17 black rhinos to Liwonde National Park!

African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities, has re-introduced 17 endangered black rhinos into Liwonde National Park in Malawi. The animals were all succesfully released into the National Park on 12 Novmber 2019. The 17 rhinos were translocated from Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, into Liwonde National Park. Carried out in conjunction with World Wildlife Fund South Africa, Malawi's Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, this is one of the largest international black rhino translocations to date.
African Parks is also moving two of
Liwonde National Park's existing rhinos to Majete Wildlife Reserve, and another rhino from Majete to Liwonde, to improve genetic diversity and create a healthy population of rhinos for Malawi.

Black rhino after release in plains of Liwonde National Park, Malawi
© African Parks/Kelsey Green

11 November 2019

Mpumalanga: Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) to increase entry fees!

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) is set to implement an increase in the entry fees at its various nature reserves around Mpumalanga, effective from 01 December 2019. The annunal tariffs increase is based on 4.5% inflation rate for all product offerings. All tariffs will be charged in South African Rand (ZAR) and in other areas where applicable, it will be per person. These tariffs will continue to be increased annually according to the inflation rate. The MTPA is custodian of 15 protected areas spread across three district municipalities in Mpumalanga.

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Ehlanzeni District:
  • Andover Nature Reserve
  • Barberton Nature Reserve
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Mahushe Shongwe Nature Reserve        
  • Manyeleti Nature Reserve
  • Mthethomusha Nature Reserve
Gert Sibande District:
  • Nooitgedacth Dam Nature Reserve        
  • Songimvelo Nature Reserve
Nkangala District:
  • Loskop Dam Nature Reserve
  • Mabusa Nature Reserve
  • Mkhombo Nature Reserve
  • Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve
  • S.S Skosana Nature Reserve

South Africa relaxes travel requirements for child tourists!

South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has signed a waiver that allows foreign children to enter South Africa without carrying additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters. The waiver has been applicable since 8 November 2019 - after the Minister's signature. The Department of Home Affairs has communicated the changes to immigration officials at all ports of entry and to the airline and maritime industries. Foreign children who require a visa for South Africa do not need to carry the supporting documents for inspection at a port of entry since these will be processed together with their visa applications. South African children are still required to provide supporting documents, in line with the requirements of the Children's Act. The same applies to unaccompanied foreign children.

Department of Home Affairs - UPDATED ADVISORY NOVEMBER 2019: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY

The DHA is custodian, protector and verifier of the identity and status of citizens and other persons resident in South Africa. This makes it possible for people to realize their rights and access benefits and opportunities in both the public and private domains.