22 February 2019

Mozambique: LAM - Mozambique Airlines & Fastjet (Mozambique) have signed a codeshare agreement!

Mozambique's national airline, LAM Mozambique Airlines (Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique - LAM), and Fastjet (Mozambique) have signed a codeshare agreement. Under the agreement the two airlines will sell seats on each other's flights between Maputo, Beira, Tete and Quelimane, using their respective airline codes. The codeshare relationship will be implemented first on the Maputo <> Beira route from 25 February 2019, thereafter, followed by the Maputo <> Tete and Maputo <> Quelimane routes during March 2019. The agreement is intended to strengthen the route networks of LAM and Fastjet (Mozambique), to facilitate commercial sales and to improve passenger convenience in flight schedules. It follows the relationship announced by the two carriers in March 2018.

SA Express to increase flights between Johannesburg <> Mthatha!

South African regional carrier, SA Express, is set to add a second frequency between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Mthatha Airport (UTT) in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape commencing on 25 February 2019. The morning flight will depart Johannesburg at 06:00 arriving in Mthatha at 07:30, with the return flight departing at 08:10, landing at in Johannesburg at 09:40. The afternoon flight will leave Johannesburg at 15:30 for a 17:00 arrival. The return flight will depart Mthatha at 17:40 and will arrive in Johannesburg at 19:10.
SA Express resumed services between
OR Tambo International Airport and (JNB) in Johannesburg and Mthatha Airport (UTT) in Mthatha on 21 February 2019 after the Mthatha Airport’s brief suspension by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) last month.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: "Nossob Still Cam" in Nossob Rest Camp to be replaced in March 2019!

The "Nossob Still Cam", a webcam located in the Nossob Rest Camp in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa's Northern Cape, is currently out of order. According to South African National Parks (SANParks) Regional Communications Manager (Arid Parks), Genevieve Maasdorp, a new webcam will be installed during March 2019. We'll keep posted.

The Nossob Rest Camp is situated within the dry riverbed of the Nossob. The camp is surrounded by tree savannah and is famous for spectacular predator sightings. Nossob is 3,5 hrs drive from
Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, the largest rest camp in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

21 February 2019

Namibia: Namibia Wildlife Resorts to slash rates by 75% during March 2019! [update]

update (21 February 2019): NWR's 75% discount offering is only applicable to Namibians & SADC nationals (incl. permanent residents, volunteers, 2 years work permits & diplomats); proof will be required at check-in.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), the state-owned enterprise mandated to run the tourism facilities within the protected areas of Namibia, has announced that it will once again be offering a 75% discount at its establishments during March 2019 (01 - 31 March 2019). The discount will be running at all NWR facilities spread across Namibia excluding Hardap (Dormitory), Khorixas (Single rooms & Bush chalet A), Terrace Bay, Shark Island and the Miles. The rates are bed only - no breakfast is included.

Namibia, Etosha National Park, safari, Africa

20 February 2019

Air Botswana to improve its domestic connectivity and to expand its regional network!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, is set to improve its domestic connectivity and to expand its regional network.  Domestically, the airline will introduce a connection between Francistown and Kasane which will shortly be followed by a new service between Francistown and Maun. Regionally, Air Botswana will recommence direct operations between Gaborone and Cape Town. Later in 2019, the airline will also re-introduce scheduled flights between Kasane and Johannesburg. Air Botswana will also recommence flights from Gaborone to Harare and Lusaka. This will be a triangular operation starting off from Gaborone to Harare and onwards to Lusaka. All new routes will all be implemented in the first quarter of the 2019/20 financial year.

Addo Elephant National Park: Closures in March 2019 due to the Addo Elephant Trail Run!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the Zuurberg walking trails, the Mvubu campsite, the Kabouga cottage, the Narina bush camp as well as the 4x4 trail in Addo Elephant National Park will be closed between 15 - 17 March 2019 to accommodate the Addo Elephant Trail Run. Guests and overnight visitors to Addo Elephant National Park are also advised that traffic into and out of the main game viewing area will be rerouted for a period on 15 March 2019 due to the start of the trail running event.

The Addo Elephant Trail Run was the first triple ultra distance trail running event in South Africa, offering a choice of 100 Mile, 76km or 44km distance ultra-trail runs. The courses take runners through some of the most remote wilderness in the
Addo Elephant National Park, through areas they would not be able to access any other way. Originally founded in 2005, the Addo Elephant Trail Run is South Africa's oldest 100 Mile ultra trail race.

19 February 2019

Botswana: Air Botswana to resume flights to Harare & Lusaka! [update]

update (20 February 2019): According to a press release by Air Botswana, the airline airline will not operate two seperate flight from Gaborone to Harare and from Gaborone to Lusaka. The airline will instead offer a triangular operation starting off from Gaborone to Harare and onwards to Lusaka.

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, is set to resume scheduled direct flights between Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone and Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare as well as between Gaborone and Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka. Flights will commence on 02 April 2019 and will be operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Air Botswana suspended flights operations between Gaborone and Lusaka as well as between Gaborone and Harare in 2016 due to a route rationalisation exercise in order to reduce operational costs on non-profitable routes.