21 June 2024

Western Cape: The World's longest zipline opens outside Caledon!

South African adventure company SA Forest Adventures has announced that after years of planning, and the Covid-19 pandemic, the world's longest zipline is finally set to open. The "K3" zipline, which is 3.2-kilometres long, will - weather permitting - commence operations within the next month. The "K3" zipline is located just outside Caledon in the Overberg region in South Africa's Western Cape.
Caledon is situated on the N2, about 115 kilometres by road from central Cape Town. At Caledon the N2 is met by the R316 from Arniston and Bredasdorp, and the R320 from Hermanus. It is also located on the Overberg branch railway line, 141 kilometres by rail from Cape Town station.


Once the "K3" zipline is up and running, developments on a record breaking 5 kilometres zipline might commence on the same property.

20 June 2024

South Africa: The NSRI releases a "full moon Spring tide safety alert"!

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), a voluntary non-profit organization tasked with saving lives through drowning prevention in South Africa, has released a full moon Spring tide safety alert. The NSRI, together with South Africa's emergency services, is appealing to bathers, boaters, paddlers, sailors, shoreline anglers and coastal hikers to be cautious around the coastline as the full moon Spring tide causes the daily 2 high tides to be higher than normal and the daily 2 low tides to be lower than normal. This Spring tide peaks on 22 June 2024.

(c) www.nsri.org.za
 

The affect that Spring tide has on the coast, caused by the gravitational effect that the moon has on the earth – causing the 2 daily high tides to be higher than normal and the 2 daily low tides to be lower than normal, – will already be noticeable around the coastline increasing in intensity towards the full moon peak, on 22 June 2024, and then gradually declining in intensity towards the middle of next week.

Cape Town: Tokai Forest Braai & Picnic Site in the Table Mountain National Park temporarily closed!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the Tokai Forest Braai & Picnic Site in the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town is temporarily closed. This is due to planned water supply maintenance affecting the National Park's Tokai precinct. This result in the ablution facilities at the Picnic Site being out of service. 


The Tokai Forest Braai & Picnic Site is situated on the edge of the Tokai Plantation in the Table Mountain National Park. The Picnic Site is centrally located, offers  ample space for larger gatherings and is convenient for accessing many enjoyable trails through the Tokai Plantation. Alcohol, dogs and music are prohibited.

19 June 2024

Tanzania & Zambia: TAZARA resumes passenger train operations!

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has announced that passenger trains are set to continue to operate within the respective regions between Dar es Salaam and Mbeya in Tanzania, and between Kapiri-Mposhi and Nakonde in Zambia. Interstate cross-border passenger train services between Tanzania and Zambia remain suspended for the time being. This operational plan is subject to further review, in due course, as TAZARA works to fully resolve the existing challenges. Therefore, until further notice, the train services will be available in the respective regions of Tanzania and Zambia, as follows:

The Kilimanjaro Train

  • Departing Dar es Salaam for Mbeya at 13:50 every Tuesday and at 15:50 every Friday, terminating at Mbeya Station.
  • Departing Mbeya for Dar es Salaam at 18:00 every Wednesday and Saturday.

The Mukuba Train

  • Departing Kapiri-Mposhi for Nakonde at 14:00 every Tuesday and at 16:00 every Friday, terminating at Nakonde Station.
  • Departing Nakonde for Kapiri-Mposhi at 18:00 every Wednesday and Saturday.


(c) TAZARA

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is a bi-national railway, jointly owned by the Government of Tanzania and the Government of Zambia on an equal share-holding basis. The 1,860 km-rail runs from Tanzania and East Africa’s major seaport of Dar es Salaam into the heart of Zambia's Central Province, terminating at New Kapiri-Mposhi, where it is further linked by road and rail to Zambia's capital city, Lusaka (about 200 km), Zambia's mining nerve centre, the Copperbelt province (about 100 km) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

18 June 2024

Johannesburg: Road closures at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) ahead of Presidential Inauguration! [update]

update (21 June 2024): ACSA has informed the public that the Passenger Terminal Arrivals Road and Cargo Road at OR Tambo Internatonal Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg have been reopened and are fully operational.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has informed the public that the Passenger Terminal Arrivals Road and Cargo Road at OR Tambo Internatonal Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg will be temporarily closed from today (18 June 2024) until Saturday, 22 June 2024. The road closures are a safety and precautionary measure to facilitate the arrival and departure of Heads of State during the Presidential Inauguration that will be taking place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 19 June 2024.
To properly manage the flow of traffic, kindly note that vehicles on airport roadways will be diverted by the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department to to the departures (upper) roadway as well as Parkade 2 South, Levels 2 and 3, for pick-up and dropf-off purposes.
Due to the temporary closure of the Passenger Terminal Arrivals Road and Cargo Road, ACSA is advising passengers to allow extra travel time to reach O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). For domestic flights, passengers should arrive 2 hours before departure to complete check-in procedures. For international flights, passengers should arrive 3 hours before departure to complete check-in procedures.

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14 June 2024

South Africa: New nature reserve opens in KwaZulu-Natal!

KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is home to a new nature reserve. The 6 500-hectare Northern Drakensberg Nature Reserve in the Drakensberg mountains, which was formally gazetted on 18 April 2024, connects the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal to the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve in the Free State.  
The grasslands in the new nature reserve include some of South Africa's most endangered vegetation types, such as the Income Sandy Grassland and the Mabela Sandy Grassland. It is also an important high altitude water catchment area, which straddles the border of the Orange River basin – the largest water resource in South Africa. ´
The Northern Drakensberg Nature Reserve is made up of 19 properties owned by 11 private landowners. It includes several established resorts which have been welcoming holidaymakers for decades. The new nature reserve will be managed by the Northern Drakensberg Landowners Association under a 10-year protected area management plan which is a legal requirement of the declaration. The management of the nature reserve aims to integrate environmental protection with ongoing economic activities and works with communities, instead of excluding them from the protected area.

13 June 2024

Tanzania & Zambia: TAZARA announces suspension of passenger train operations until further notice!

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has announced the suspension of passenger train operations between Tanzania and Zambia with effect from 18 June 2024, until further notice. This suspension has been necessitated by various operational challenges that the authority is facing. In the meantime, between now and when the suspension takes effect next week, the trains will operate regionally as follows:

The Kilimanjaro Train

The Mukuba Train

  • Depart Kapiri-Mposhi for Nakonde at 00:05 15 June 2024, and terminate at Nakonde.
  • Depart Nakonde for Kapiri-Mposhi at 10:00 on 16 June 2024

(c) TAZARA

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is a bi-national railway, jointly owned by the Government of Tanzania and the Government of Zambia on an equal share-holding basis. The 1,860 km-rail runs from Tanzania and East Africa’s major seaport of Dar es Salaam into the heart of Zambia's Central Province, terminating at New Kapiri-Mposhi, where it is further linked by road and rail to Zambia's capital city, Lusaka (about 200 km), Zambia's mining nerve centre, the Copperbelt province (about 100 km) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).