18 September 2009

Tourism news from Southern Africa

Emirates launches direct Durban flights
As from 01 Oct. 2009 Emirates Airlines will connect Durban on South Africa's east coast with Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on a daily basis. This is making Durban the third airport in South Africa, beside Johannesburg & Cape Town, to which Emirates is daily flying to. Emirates will also launch the Durban route with an introductory fare of R4 595 (only SA) for passengers travelling to Dubai. The fare is valid from the route’s first flight on October 1, until October 31.

OLYMPIC Airlines to terminate intercontinental services on 28 Sept 2009
OLYMPIC Airlines has confirmed that they will stop all intercontinental flights, including South Africa on 28 Sept 2009.
Contact your nearest Olympic Airlines office for refunds or the re-protection of partially unused tickets etc.

Road upgrades at Cape Town International Airport
Due to road upgrades at Cape Town International Airport that will take place from September 16 for six weeks, major delays getting in and out of the airport may occur. There will be a network road upgrade and it will impact the car rental companies and operations. Click here to get a directional map of the airport.

Maropeng unveils fossil exhibition
Maropeng launched a new fossil display today, September 2, 2009, entitled Evolution: digging for an understanding. The display illustrates and explains the theory of evolution which was made famous by Charles Darwin.. In particular, Charles Darwin provided a mechanism for evolution, namely natural selection.
“The display tells a story,” says Lindsay Marshall, the exhibition curator at Maropeng. The exhibition aims to provide clear and understandable information to help educate and inform the public on evolution.

/Ai /Ais is open for visitors!
One of Namibia’s best-known tourist destinations is operational again after almost two years of extensive redevelopment and renovations. In future /Ai /Ais will be marketed as the /Ai /Ais Hot Springs Spa, part of Namibia Wildlife Resorts’ portfolio of facilities located inside national parks.
/Ai /Ais is situated in the /Ai /Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Namibia’s first park crossing international borders. The park straddles the Orange River, which forms the border between Namibia and its southern neighbour, South Africa. The resort is also the end destination of the world-famous Fish River Hike.

  • 36 double rooms in the main building
  • seven newly constructed luxury self-catering chalets with two bedrooms, a kitchen and a central courtyard with a Jacuzzi
  • camping site with new and adequate ablution facilities to accommodate the large number of campers
N$30 million was spent to renovate, upgrade, partly reconstruct and add new facilities to the forty-year-old infrastructure.

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