The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) has released a new promo film about the country's Khomas Region. Divided into seven chapters, such as Community, Adventure, Safari, Fauna & Flora, Landscapes & Contrasts, Conservation and Cuisine, the film takes us on a trip through the region and highlights the top tourist attractions. Enjoy! Kudos NTB!
The Khomas Region, located in central Namibia, occupies only about 4.5% of the total land area of Namibia, but is the country's most densely populated region. The region contains the capital city of Windhoek and provides therefor a very good transportation infrastructure.
According to the African Travel & Tourism Association (ATTA), the Ministry of Finance and National Planning of Zambia announced that with immediate effect all payments for visa and other fees at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola can be done with certain bankcards/credit cards. Until now, all payments had to be in cash (US$ only).
The following bank cards will be accepted:
Types of visa and the applicable fees:
- American Express
- Single Entry - US$50
- Double Entry - US$80
- Multiple Entry - US$80
- Transit - US$50
- Day Tripper - US$20
According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
has lost 146 rhinos to illegal poaching since the beginning of
2014. Of the rhinos poached, 95 rhinos were killed in the Kruger National Park, 14 in Limpopo and in the North West respectively, 10 in KwaZulu Natal, 6 in Mpumalanga, 4 in the Free State and 3 in the Eastern Cape.
Since the beginning of 2014, 44 alleged poachers have been arrested in South Africa.
Latest rhino poaching figures (as of 26 February 2014):
- Kruger National Park (SANParks) - 95 rhinos poached
- Marakele National Park (SANParks) - 0 rhino poached
- Gauteng - 0 rhino poached
- Limpopo - 14 rhino poached
- Mpumalanga - 6 rhino poached
- North-West Province - 14 rhino poached
- Eastern Cape - 3 rhino poached
- Free State - 4 rhino poached
- KwaZulu Natal - 10 rhinos poached
- Western Cape - 0 rhino poached
- Northern Cape - 0 rhino poached
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is urging members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching
or any tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.
The 8th edition of Swaziland's biggest collaboration of artists from across the world, the Bushfire festival, will take place from 30 May - 01 June 2014 at the House on Fire in the Malkerns Valley. The three day entertainment experience brings in the tradition and beauty of Swaziland's handicrafts combines it with live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts. So far live acts from 8 countries, including the 70’s inspired Bogota based Colombian Salsa artists La 33, Mokoomba from Zimbabwe, Under Kontrol from France, Slovenian legends Red Five Point Star and the Imperial Tiger Orchestra from Switzerland, have been confirmed!
The Bushfire festival was named one the world's top music festivals by MTV and one of the Africa's best art events 2014 by Culture Trip.
Bushfire has a well-deserved reputation for its visionary approach developing the arts whilst promoting social responsibility. 100% of profits made through the festival are donated to two charities in Swaziland: Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme assisting Swazi orphans, and Gone Rural boMake,
a charity that assists rural Swazi women and the communities with
information and infrastructure development, addressing health, education
and social concerns.
update (23 Sept 2014): Condor will operate its third weekly flight between Fankfurt (Germany) and Cape Town on Thursdays from 06 November 2014.
German airline Condor (Condor Flugdienst) will introduce a third weekly flight between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Fankfurt, Germany, and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, South Africa, during the Nothern Winter Season 2014/15 (from 26 Oct 2014). The airline will operate a Boeing 767 on the route.
Condor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thomas Cook,
one of the world’s largest tour operators. The airline is currently
flying over six million passengers to around 75 destinations in Europe,
Asia, Africa and America.
Great news for Jeffreys Bay. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced that the town returns to the elite Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour schedule for the 2014 season. The JBay Open, which will serve as the sixth of 11 stops on the 2014 WCT schedule, will take place from 10 - 20 July 2014 at Supertubes. There has been no WCT event in Jeffreys Bay since 2011, when Billabong withdrew their sponsorship of the now defunct JBay Pro. The JBay Open 2014 will be the major draw card of the JBay WinterFest, which also takes place from 10 - 20 July 2014. Jeffreys Bay will be on the WCT schedule in 2015 and 2016.
2014 ASP World Championship Tour:
- Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: 01 – 12 March 2014
- Margaret River Pro: 02 – 13 April 2014
- Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 16 – 27 April 2014
- Billabong Rio Pro: 07 – 18 May 2014
- Fiji Pro: 01 – 13 June 2014
- JBay Open: 10 – 20 July 2014
- Billabong Pro Tahiti: 15 – 26 August 2014
- Hurley Pro at Trestles: 09 – 20 September 2014
- Quiksilver Pro France: 25 – October 6 September 2014
- Rip Curl Pro Portugal: 12 – 23 October 2014
- Billabong Pipeline Masters: 08 – 20 December 2014
update (23 December 2014): Foreign residents from Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda nolonger have to pay the $100 fee for the East African Single Tourist Visa that is valid for 90 days effective 15 December 2014.
The Heads of State of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda launched the East African Single Tourist Visa during the 4th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Summit (20 Feb 2014, Kampala). The new joint visa will allow travel between the three countries with the same multiple entry visa
- the East African Single Tourist Visa will be issued:
- travellers applying for the East African Single Tourist Visa must have an official and genuine international passport, valid for not less than 6 months from the time of visa application.
- Typical Requirements for the application (the application process currently varies by country, but the following items will typically be required)
- One clear coloured passport size photo with white background recently taken without eye glasses, caps or scarfs
- A completed application form
- Visa application letter addressed to the issuing authority of the country of application/country of first entry point. The letter should contain a formal request for the visa and include the expected length of stay and preliminary itinerary.
- the East African Single Tourist Visa costs USD100/person
- the East African Single Tourist Visa is a multiple-entry visa
- the East African Single Tourist Visa is valid for max 90 days and cannot be extened
- update (30 June 2014): Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have agreed to start issuing foreigners in possession of valid work or resident permit in any of the three states an East African Single Tourist Visa for six months. This implies that the East African Single Tourist Visa, which costs $100 and is valid for 90 days for a foreigner, will still cost the same but be extended for six months.
- the East African Single Tourist Visa allowes travellers to move out of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda and return without having to pay for another visa (within 90 days).
- the East African Single Tourist Visa is machine readable. The software for personalisation of the visa stickers enables Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda to share the fees, tourist information and tourism data.
- Rwanda has been tasked with the duty of setting up the East African Single Tourist Visa and implementing it for the first one year. This will be on rotational basis each following year.
- visa for Kenya or Uganda or Rwanda only remain available at USD50/Person
- ... we'll keep you posted!