22 July 2021

Six destinations in Southern & East Africa made it to list of the "World's Greatest Places 2021"!

The famous Time Magazine, an American weekly news magazine and news website, has released its third annual list of the "World's Greatest Places". To compile this list, the magazine solicited nominations of places - including countries, regions, cities and towns - from its international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences. Six destinations in Southern Africa and East Africa have been selected by Time Magazine to be featured on the list of the "World's Greatest Places 2021". These are the Bazaruto Archipelago and the Chimanimani National Park in Mozambique, Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Botswana's Okavango Delta as well as Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Congratulations!

16 July 2021

Covid-19: Namibia extends the current Public Health Regulations until 31 July 2021!

Namibia's President, Dr. Hage G. Geingob, announced on the occasion of the 31st Covid-19 briefing on the national response measures on 31 July 2021 that the existing Public Health Regulations (as of 30 June 2021) remain in force. The Cabinet has assessed the impact of the current measures and has resolved, based on key indicators, to maintain and extend the current Public Health Regulations for a period of sixteen days until 31 July 2021.
This hopefully also means that the tourism guidelines, released by Namibia's Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism on 01 July 2021, also remain in place. According to the guidlines, there are no travel restrictions applicable to international tourists once they comply with the provisions outlined in the appended protocols. We'll keep you posted!

15 July 2021

Cape Town: Boulders Beach named one of the world's most beautiful beaches!

UK-based financial website Money.co.uk has recently released a list of the world’s most beautiful beaches, according to Instagram. To rank the beaches, the website analysed over 26 million Instagram hashtags associated with the world’s most popular beaches and calculated how many pictures were shared per metre of the beach length. The beach with the most Instagram posts per metre has been crowned the most beautiful beach in the world. According to the ranking, Boulders Beach (420 metres, 323 pictures per metre) in Simon's Town, Cape Town, is the world's 9th most beautiful beach in the world.

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Meanwhile Big 7 Travel, an international travel website, recently revealed a list of the 50 world’s most beautiful beaches in 2021, based on aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team. According to Big 7 Travel, Boulders Beach is the 12th best beach in the world right now.

Money.co.uk 20 best beaches in the world:

  1. Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia; 4,227 photos per meter
  2. Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia; 1,776 photos per meter
  3. Railay Beach in Krabi, Thailand; 587 photos per meter
  4. Tropea Beach in Calabria, Italy; 423 photos per meter
  5. Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Greece; 403 photos per meter
  6. Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii, USA; 345 photos per meter
  7. Tenby North Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales; 343 photos per meter
  8. Praia do Camilo in Lagos, Portugal; 325 photos per meter
  9. Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa; 323 photos per meter
  10. Blue Point Beach in Ungasan, Bali, Indonesia; 287 photos per meter
  11. Cala Saona in Formentera, Spain; 282 photos per meter
  12. Margate Beach in Kent, England, U.K.; 265 photos per meter
  13. Cala Goloritzè in Baunei, Sardinia, Italy; 248 photos per meter
  14. Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand; 247 photos per meter
  15. Cala Gat in Cala Ratjada, Spain; 246 photos per meter
  16. Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, Canada; 246 photos per meter
  17. Lanikai Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, USA; 246 photos per meter
  18. Bal Harbour Beach in Miami, Florida, USA; 239 photos per meter
  19. Durdle Door in Dorset, England, U.K.; 232 photos per meter
  20. Sitges Beach in Barcelona, Spain; 175 photos per meter

Big 7 Travel's 20 (out of 50) best beaches in the world 2021:

  1. Vaeroy Beach – Norway
  2. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Islands, Australia
  3. Fig Tree Bay – Protaras, Cyprus
  4. Grace Bay – Turks and Caicos
  5. Secret Lagoon – El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
  6. Reynisfjara Beach – Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland
  7. Source d’Argent – Seychelles
  8. Playa Ruinas – Quintana Roo, Mexico
  9. Kanuhura Maldives – Lhaviyani Atoll Maldives
  10. Pig Beach – Bahamas
  11. Keem Bay – Mayo, Ireland
  12. Boulders BeachCape Town, South Africa
  13. Cala Saona – Formentera, Spain
  14. Seagrass Bay – Laucala Island, Fiji
  15. Tunnels Beach – Kauai, Hawaii
  16. Matira Beach -Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  17. Horseshoe Bay – Bermuda
  18. Zlatni rat (Golden Horn Beach) – Brac, Croatia
  19. Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach) – Mexico
  20. Maho Beach – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

14 July 2021

Malawi: Malawi Airlines to resume flights between Lilongwe <> Nairobi!

The flag carrier airline of Malawi, Malawi Airlines, has announced the resumption of flights between Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya. Effective 04 August 2021, the airline will operate two weekly frequencies on Wednesdays and Fridays (LLW > NBO) as well as on Thursdays and Saturdays (NBO > LLW). Flights will depart Lilongwe at 16:45 and arrive in Nairobi at 20:00, while the return flights will depart Nairobi on the following day at 06:15 and arrive in Lilongwe at 07:30. 

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Covid-19: The Lufthansa Group temporarily reduces flights between Frankfurt <> Windhoek!

The Lufthansa Group has adapted its schedule for flights between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Frankfurt, Germany, and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Namibia's capital Windhoek. As a result of Namibia being classified a Covid-19 variant area of concern by Germany's Robert Koch Institut (RKI), the Lufthansa Group has reduced its flight schedule from five flights per week between Frankfurt and Windhoek to three weekly flights between the two cities. The reduction became effective from 13 July 2021. Along with these changes, due to operational reasons the airline has also adapted the departure schedule from Windhoek. Effective 15 July 2021, all flights departing from Windhoek will incur a 12hrs:15min delay. There will be no time change for departures from Frankfurt.

For those passengers holding confirmed tickets on these flights which are affected by the schedule changes, the Lufthansa Group will offer a rebooking at no additional charge.

South Africa: Emirates further extends route suspension! [update]

update (18 July 2021): Emirates’ flights to and from South Africa will remain suspended until 31 July 2021.

According to Emirates' travel update, the airline has further extended its South Africa route suspension. In line with government directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from South Africa into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), flights to South Africa remain suspended until 21 July 2021. Daily passenger flights to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg will operate as EK763, however, outbound passenger services on EK 764 remain suspended. Customers who have been to or connected through South Africa in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai

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13 July 2021

Covid-19: Comair extends the temporary suspension of all Kulula and British Airways flights in South Africa!

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that South Africa will remain on an adjusted level 4 lockdown for at least the next two weeks, South African airline Comair, which operates the low-cost kulula brand and a local franchise of British Airways, has announced that it will extend the suspension of services until 31 August 2021. The airline, which temporarily suspended operations on 05 July 2021, initially planned to resume flights from 30 July 2021. Given the uncertainty of the expected length of the recently adjusted level 4 lockdown in South Africa, restriction of travel in and out of Gauteng coupled with the rampant transmissibility of the Covid-19 "Delta" variant, the airline now decided to extend the suspension of services by one month and plans to resume scheduled operations on 01 September 2021.
According to Comair tickets for travel with kulula for the period 28 June 2021 to 31 August 2021 will remain valid for 12 months until 31 August 2022. No change of booking fee or fare difference will be charged. British Airways' "Book with Confidence" policy also applies to customers holding a valid ticket for flights with British Airways operated by Comair. We'll keep you posted!

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