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!

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.

Skytrax World Airline Awards: Africa's Best Airlines 2019!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has been named Best Airline in Africa in the 2019 edition of the Skytrax World Airline Awards. South African Airways, the national carrier of South Africa, gained the second highest passenger satisfaction ratings on the continent, followed by Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles and Kenya's flag carrier Kenya Airways. Pan-African low-cost carrier Fastjet was named seventh best airline in Africa, South African budget carrier Mango eight best and Kulula, the low-cost airline subsidiary of British Airways franchise Comair in South Africa, was named 10th best airline in Africa 2019.

The Best Airlines in Africa 2019:

Best Cabin Crew in Africa 2019:
Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa 2019:
Best Airline Staff in Africa 2019:
Best Low-Cost Airlines in Africa 2019:
Best Regional Airlines in Africa 2019:
  • Royal Air Maroc (Marocco)
  • RwandAir (Rwanda)
  • Air Namibia (Namibia)
  • Tunisair (Tunisia)
  • Air Botswana (Botswana)
  • Sénégal Airlines (Senegal)
  • Air Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Air Burkina (Burkina Faso)
  • ASKY Airlines (West Africa)
  • Libyan Airlines (Libya)
Best Business Class in Africa 2019:
Best Business Class Lounge in Africa 2019:

The Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019 are based on customer responses to an online survey which was operated from September 2018 to May 2019. Over 100 customer nationalities participated in the survey with 21.65 million eligible entries counted in the results. All survey entries were screened to identify IP and user information, with duplicate, suspect or ineligible entries deleted. Over 300 airlines are featured in the survey results.