28 September 2018

Kruger National Park Calendar - November

  • early summer
  • very hot days and warm evenings
  • rain - rainfall usually double that of October
Kruger National Park, South Africa, Rhino, Rhinoceros

  • lush vegetation
  • many trees in flower
  • new pans appear in drier areas
  • river levels start rising
 Animal Activity:
  • breeding season underway for most animals
  • plains animals very aggressive in protecting their young as predator activity increases
  • explosion in insect activity after the first good rains

Cape Town: The "Cape Town Big 6" released a new image video!

The Cape Town Big 6, the official marketing collaboration of six iconic tourism destinations in and around Cape Town, has released a new image video. The short video highlights the Big 6, namely the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Point, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain Cableway, V&A Waterfront and Robben Island, and invites the viewer to experience Cape Town and its surroundings. Enjoy!

KwaZulu-Natal: KZN Sharks Board strike continues - most beaches not safe for swimming!

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is still experiencing industrial action with its labour force. Due to the limited forces available, the organisation has had to temporarily reduce the number of protected beaches in KwaZulu-Natal. Bathing is currently open at the following beaches:
  • North Coast: Salt Rock Beach, Willards Beach (Ballito Bay main beach), Umhlanga Rocks main beach.
  • Durban: Ushaka to Bay of North Beach inclusive
  • South Coast: Amanzimtoti Main Beach, Scottburgh, St Michaels, Uvongo, Margate Main Beach, Ramsgate, Southbroom, San Lameer. 
Visitors to the beaches are requested to check with the lifeguards prior to entering the water at any of the non-mentioned beaches.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) maintains shark nets and drum lines off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal to protect bathers and surfers from shark attacks at a total of 37 beaches. Most of the shark nets deployed by the KZNSB are 214m long and 6m deep and are secured at each end by two 35kg anchors; all have a stretched mesh of 51cm. The nets are laid in two parallel rows approximately 400m offshore and in water depths of 10-14m. 

Malawi to introduce online visa in November 2018! [update]

update (17 June 2019): According to the Nyasa Times, Malawi will lauch e-payment for visas as soon as the country's new minister of home affairs is appointed and is in office. We'll keep you posted!

According to the Nyasa Times, a privately owned online newspaper from Malawi, the Government of Malawi is set to introduce an online visa application process. As of now, the new facility will be implemented at the end of November 2018. Travellers planning to visit the county will then be able to apply for visas online, pay the visa fees online and collect their visa digitally. Malawi's Ministry of Tourism is currenly also planning to cut visa costs due to complains from travellers that visas for Malawi are more expensive than for other countries in the region. We'll keep you posted!

27 September 2018

The Kingdom of Eswatini released a new official tourism video!

Eswatini Tourism has released a brand new tourism video for the Kingdom of Eswatini (or eSwatini) on today's World Tourism Day 2018. The short video, which is produced by Californian production compaly Backpacker Films, highlights the beauty and diversity of attractions the smallest country in Southern Africa, Eswatini (or eSwatini), formerly known as Swaziland, has to offer. Enjoy!

The Kingdom of Swaziland was renamed the Kingdom of Eswatini (or eSwatini) by King Mswati III at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the country's independence (and his 50th birthday) on 19 April 2018.

FlySafair to increase flights to East London from Johannesburg & Cape Town!

South African carrier FlySafair is set to increase flights between East London Airport (ELS) in East London and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg as well as between East London and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. From 01 October 2018, the airline will operate two daily return flights instead of one daily return flight from Johannesburg and two daily return flights all through the week instead of two daily return flights only on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) from Cape Town

Air Namibia increases flights between Windhoek, Gaborone & Durban!

Namibia's flag carrier Air Namibia has increased flights between Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban via Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone. Effective this week (25 September 2018), the airline operates six instead of five frequencies on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. From 28 October 2018, the airline will add an additional flight on Saturdays so that the route will then be serviced daily. Air Namibia launched the route in October 2016, following a comprehensive route network development review done. 

26 September 2018

Western Cape: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve temporarily closed again!

CapeNature, the public institution with the statutory responsibility for biodiversity conservation in South Africa's Western Cape, announced on its website that the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve has been closed again to visitors until further notice. The Nature Reserve was closed to the public several times in the last couple of month due to protests and violence in the Jonkershoek Valley area.
The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, which includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, is located about about 9km from Stellenbosch in the south-western part of the Western Cape.

Sani Pass & Skeleton Coast made it to the list of the world's 25 most-instagrammed road trip locations!

TravelSupermarket, on of the market-leading price-comparison service for package holidays in the UK, undertook research and have revealed what the most popular pit stops road trip routes around the world are, by analysing which places are most tagged on Instagram. According to the findings, the Sani Pass (22; #sanipass) in South Africa and the Skeleton Coast (24, #skeletoncoast) in Namibia made it to the top 25 most instagrammed road trip locations in the world. The Chapman's Peak Drive (26, #chapmanspeakdrive) in Cape Town missed the top 25 by one rank, while the Garden Route (#thegardenroute), also in South Africa, is the the 38th most tagged road trip location on Instagram.

The 25 most popular pit stops and road trip routes, according to Instagram:

01. Route 66, USA #route66
02. Great Ocean Road, Australia #greatoceanroad
03. Ruta, Argentina #ruta
04. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina/Virginia, USA #blueridgeparkway
05. Finger Lakes Highways, New York, USA #fingerlakes
06. Valley of Fire Road, Nevada, USA #valleyoffire
07. Ring Road, Iceland #ringroad
08. Trollstigen, Norway #trollstigen
09. Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada #icefieldsparkway
10. Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada #cabottrail
11. Serra Do Rio Do Rastro Road, Brazil #serradoriodorastro
12. Highway One, California, USA #highwayone
13. Rohtang Pass, India #rohtangpass
14. Hai Van Pass, Vietnam #haivanpass
15. Going-to-The-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA #goingtothesunroad
16. Stelvio Pass, Italy #stelviopass
17. Furka Pass, Switzerland #furkapass
18. Atlantic Road, Norway #atlanticroad
19. Hana Highway    Maui, Hawaii, USA #hanahighway
20. Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland, UK    #causewaycoastalroute
21. Grimsel Pass, Switzerland #grimselpass
Sani Pass, South Africa #sanipass
23. Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan #karakoramhighway
Skeleton Coast, Namibia #skeletoncoast
25. Seward Highway, Alaska, USA #sewardhighway
Chapman's Peak Drive, South Africa #chapmanspeakdrive
38. The Garden Route,
South Africa #thegardenroute

To check out the full list of TravelSupermarket's top 25 most popular pit stops and road trip routes on Instagram, click here.

South Africa eases visa regulations for travellers!

South Africa has announced changes to its visa requirements in an effort to boost tourism and make business travel more conducive. The amendments, which are part of a broader economic turnaround programme announced by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa last week, include new visa waiver agreements with more than a dozen countries across Africa, the Middle East and eastern Europe, the rules on traveling minors, the simplification of visa requirements as well as the introduction of long-term multiple entry visas and BRICS* visas. In addition, South Africa will pilot its e-Visa in New Zealand by April 2019 in a bid to improve efficiency of visa applications and will also pilot e-Gates at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban by 2019. South Africa is currently also finalising the development of a new Biometric Movement Control System, which will be piloted at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Lanseria International Airport (HLA) in Johannesburg.

Cape Town, Table Mountain, South Africa

Visa waivers:

Negotiations are being finalised to conclude visa waiver agreements for ordinary passport holders with the following countries, from respective regions:

  • Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Sao Tome & Principe, Tunisia, Saharawi-Arab Democratic Republic and Ghana.
  • Middle East: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, State of Palestine, Iran, Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.
  • Eastern Europe: Belarus and Georgia.
  • Caribbean: Cuba
Travelling with minors:

Foreign nationals travelling to
South Africa will no longer be required to have unabridged birth certificates for their minor children upon arrival in South Africa, but it is strongly recommend that travellers carry this documentation. Immigrations officials will only insist on documentation by exception - in high risk situations - rather than for all travellers, in line with practice by several other countries. Rather than denying entry where documentation is absent, travellers will be given an opportunity to prove parental consent. While foreign nationals are exempted from presenting documentation, South African minors travelling abroad will still be required to prove consent or have a minor passport. [We recommend to better have the unabridged birth certificate on hand when travelling to South Africa!]

Simplification of visa requirements:

In a bid to simplify visa requirements for countries such as China and India,
South Africa's Ministry of Home Affairs will by October 2018, implement measures to fast track the processing of visas. The measures will include taking biometrics on arrival in South Africa; allowing visa applications via courier and issuing five-year multiple entry visas.

Long-term multiple entry and BRICS visas:

South Africa will issue long-term multiple entry visas in order to further ease movement of travellers. The type of multiple long-term visas include:
  • A three-year multiple entry visa for frequent trusted travellers to South Africa
  • A 10-year long-term multiple entry visa for business people and academics from Africa
Business people from BRICS* countries who require visas will be issued a 10-year multiple entry visa, within five days of application.

*an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

25 September 2018

Cape Town: City Bowl named one of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2018!

According to British travel magazine Time Out, Cape Town's City Bowl is one of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2018. The magazine compiled the list by surveying more than 15,000 people around the world as well as its local editors and writers. Ranked on #21, the City Bowl is described as beeing "home to some of the country’s finest restaurants" and as "the perfect base to visit Cape Town's better known attractions or hit up beaches, farmers’ markets or the V&A Waterfront".

Cape Town, City Bown, Longstreet, South Africa

Time Out recommends The Dog's Bollocks at YARD (6 Roodehek St) for outstanding burgers, Outrage of Modesty (88  Shortmarket St) for cocktails, the Zeitz MOCAA (Silo District, S Arm Road, V&A Waterfont) for a dose of contemporary African art and the Cape Heritage Hotel in Bree St. to stay at.

To check out the full list of Time Out's top 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2018, click here.

24 September 2018

Victoria Falls: Zimparks introduced four new night activities in Victoria Falls Rainforest & Zambezi National Park!

According to news reports, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has introduced four new night activities in the Victoria Falls Rainforest and the Zambezi National Park (Rainforest night viewing, Livingstone Statue night bush dinners, Zambezi National Park night game drive and Zambezi River drive picnic) and changed the closing times of the Victoria Falls Rainforest. During summer, the Victoria Falls Rainforest now opens at 06:00 for the day session and closes at 18:00 while during winter opening time is 06:30 with closing time at 18:00. The evening times are between 19:00 and 22:00 across seasons.  

Sir David Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Rainforest, Zimbabwe

Zimparks also adjusted the entry fee for the Victoria Falls Rainforest. International adult tourists are now paying $40 to enter with children being charged $20. The rates for adult locals changed to $10 per entry and for local children to $5 per entry. Night game drives will be done in the Chamabondo area in Zambezi National Park.

21 September 2018

South Africa: New rhino and elephant poaching figures!

According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South Africa has lost at least 508 rhinos to illegal poaching between 01 January 2018 and 31 August 2018 (January - August 2017 = 691). Out of the 508 rhinos poached, at least 292 rhinos (2017: 332) got illegally killed by poachers in Kruger National Park. 163 rhinos were poached in KwaZulu-Natal between 01 January and 31 August 2017, while this year's number stands at "only" 83. The provincial and national breakdown for the period 01 January to 30 August 2018 is as follows:
Rhino, Rhinoceros, South Africa, Kruger National Park

A total of 13 wildlife traffickers (5 Chinese nationals and eight South Africans) were arrested between 01 January and 31 August 2018. More than 60,92kg of rhino horn was confiscated and linked to poaching crime scenes in KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape. For Kruger National Park, the number of arrests of alleged poachers stands at 162 for the period 01 January 2018 to 31 August 2018. A total of 145 weapons have been seized in rhino-related incidents both inside and outside Kruger National Park since the beginning of 2018; and a total of 83 rhino horn confiscated in the same period.

elephant, baby elephant, Kruger National Park, South Africa

A total of 58 elephants were poached in the Kruger National Park between 01 January and 31 August 2018.

LAM Mozambique Airlines to launch nonstop flights between Beira <> Johannesburg!

LAM Mozambique Airlines, the flag carrier of Mozambique, is set to launch nonstop flights between Beira Airport (BEW) in Beira and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. Effective 30 September 2018, the airline will operate three weekly flights between the two destinations. The coastal city of Beira, one of the oldest of all and the second largest in the country, is situated on the Mozambique Channel (Indian Ocean) at the mouths of the Púngoè and Búzi rivers in Mozambique's central Sofala Province.

20 September 2018

Tanzania to introduce a new security fee for air travel!

The Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA) will introduce a new security fee on all domestic and international flights in Tanzania. Starting on 01 October 2018, an additional TSh5 000 (GBP1.70 | €1.90 | $2.20 | ZAR32.20) will be incorporated in ticket prices for domestic flights and an additional US$5.00 (GBP3.80 | €4.30 | ZAR73.60) will be incorporated in ticket prices for international flights. According to TAA's director general Mr. Richard Mayongela, the fee is meant to help fund improvement of Tanzania's airports security.

19 September 2018

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve: Nyalazi Gate inaccessible on 20 September 2018!

update (21 September 2018): According to the Zululand Observer, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve's Memorial Gate has been closed due protesters blocking the road leading to the gate! 

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wildlife conservation areas and biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, just informed the public on Facebook that it requests all travellers planning to visit Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on 20 September 2018 to enter through Memorial Gate or Cengeni Gate. The Game Reserve's Nyalazi Gate will be inaccessible due to a Community March that will take place on the R618.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve has three entrance gates: Memorial Gate in the nortern section of the Game Reserve (via Hluhluwe), Cengeni Gate (via Ulundi) in the South Western section and Nyalazi Gate in the South East section (via Mthubathuba or St. Lucia).

Constitution Hill (Johannesburg): Free access on Heritage Day & World Tourism Day!

Johannesburg's Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa's journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort and is, today, home to the country's Constitutional Court. During September 2018, which is Heritage Month and Tourism Month in South Africa, Constitution Hill will be offering free entrance* on two days - on Sunday, 24 September 2018 (Heritage Day) and on Wednesday, 27 September 2018 (World Tourism Day).
The Constitution Hill precinct is located at 11 Kotze Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg near the western end of the suburb of Hillbrow. The opening hours are daily from 09:00 to 17:00, with the final tour departing from the Visitor Centre at 16:00. Tickets for adults cost between R65 (1hrs highlights tour) and R350 (3hrs time travel tour). If you are visiting Constitution Hill as part of your City Sightseeing red bus tour, your red bus ticket entitles you to a 25% discount off your Constitution Hill ticket price on the day of your red bus trip. Please note that the bus stop at Constitution Hill will be temporarily relocated to Kotze Street (next to the big wooden door at the Old Fort) between 15 - 26 September 2018.

*This offer applies to general admission for self-guided tours throughout the precinct.

17 September 2018

Kruger National Park: Temporary closure of Shingwedzi Rest Camp in September 2018!

The Shingwedzi Rest Camp, located in the northern part of the Kruger National Park, is hosting the 24th edition of the "Baroque in the Bush" concert event from 17 to 23 September 2018. The rest camp is fully booked during that period and inaccessible to other guests except for the performing artists and the concert-goers. However, the filling station, shop and the public ablutions will operate as usual at Shingwedzi Rest Camp and are open to the public.

Turkish Airlines to launch flights between Istanbul <> Lusaka!

The national flag carrier airline of Turkey, Turkish Airlines, will launch scheduled services between Atatürk Airport (IST) in Istanbul and Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka in Zambia via Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on 13 December 2018. The airline will operate two weekly flights on Mondays and Thursdays (IST > DAR > LUN) as well as on Tuesdays and Fridays (LUN > DAR > IST). According to Turkish Airlines chief executive officer Bilal Eksi, the airline would gradually increase the frequency of weekly flights.

14 September 2018

KwaZulu-Natal: KZN Sharks Board strike continues - most beaches not safe for swimming!

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is still experiencing industrial action with its labour force. Due to the limited forces available, the organisation has had to temporarily reduce the number of protected beaches in KwaZulu-Natal. Bathing is currently open at the following beaches:
  • North Coast: Willards Beach (Ballito Bay main beach), Umhlanga Rocks main beach
  • Durban: Ushaka to Bay of Plenty Beach inclusive
  • South Coast: St Michaels, Uvongo, Lucien, Margate, Ramsgate, Southbroom, San Lameer
Visitors to the beaches are requested to check with the lifeguards prior to entering the water at any of the non-mentioned beaches.

southern right whale, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) maintains shark nets and drum lines off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal to protect bathers and surfers from shark attacks at a total of 37 beaches. Most of the shark nets deployed by the KZNSB are 214m long and 6m deep and are secured at each end by two 35kg anchors; all have a stretched mesh of 51cm. The nets are laid in two parallel rows approximately 400m offshore and in water depths of 10-14m.

South Africa: Free entry to Iziko museums in Cape Town during in_Herit Festival 2018!

Iziko Museums of South Africa, which operates 11 national museums, the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection-specific libraries* in Cape Town, in partnership with the HCI Foundation, will host the 11th annual in_ herit Festival from 24 - 30 September 2018. During that week, the Iziko museums in Cape Town will be free of charge (Castle of Good Hope and Groot Constantia are free only on Heritage Day. The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is half-price on Heritage Day). The annual festival provides visitors with the opportunity to discover and explore the Iziko museums and South Africa's history. It will comprise of a series of walkabouts, guided tours, an exhibition opening, events, and the Museum Night at the V&A Waterfront.

*Bo-Kaap Museum, Groot Constantia Manor House, Koopmans-De Wet House, Maritime Centre, Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House, Planetarium, Rust en vreugd, SAS Sommerset, Slave Lodge, Social History Centre, South African Museum, South African National Gallery, Bertram House, William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope

13 September 2018

Karoo National Park: The camp site's communal facilities are getting an upgrade!

South African National Park (SANParks) has started upgrading several buildings of the camp site in Karoo National Park on 05 September 2018. The renovation work, which will be stopped during long weekends and school holidays, includes the communal female and male ablutions as well as the communal laundry and kitchen buildings. The upgrade is expected to finished by mid-November 2018.

Karoo National Park's camp site offers 24 pitches, which are all equipped with 220V power points. A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one auto villa or one motorised caravan are be permitted per site. Karoo National Park covers about 750km² and is located near the town of Beaufort West in the Great Karoo area of South Africa's Western Cape.

12 September 2018

Cape Town's world champ surfers launch #ItsAllStillHere tourism campaign!

update (21 September 2018): Michael February's video is out now!

update (14 September 2018): Frank Solomon's video is out now!

Wesgro, the Official Tourism & Trade, Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, has teamed up with internationally acclaimed local surfers Jordy Smith, Mikey February and Frank Solomon for its new #ItsAllStillHere tourism campaign. The campaign showcases the beauty and epic surf conditions in Cape Town and the Western Cape. At the same time the campaign reminds of the worst drought the region ever suffered from and points out that this extraordinary destination is "all still here". The #ItsAllStillHere tourism campaign kicks off with three short videos which feature Jordy, Mikey and Frank explaining their personal relationship with water, and how the recent drought affected not only them, but the province as a whole. The first video, featuring South Africa's top-rated surfer Jordy Smith, has already been released. The other two videos, which will feature pro surfer and Hout Bay local Frank Solomon as well as Michael February, a young and aspiring pro surfer from Kommetjie, will follow soon. We'll keep you posted! 

Pilanesberg National Park: A massive fire burned down about 50% of the National Park!

North West Parks Board (NWPB), which manages 15 protected reserves in South Africa's North West Province, has released a media statement regarding the massive fire that occured in Pilanesberg National Park in early September 2018. According to the NWPB, the fire entered the National Park from the north and burnt very intensly through the central parts towards the southern boundary. The fire also spread to the east and the area known as the Wilderness Area burnt down completely. The total area burnt to date is approximately 50% of the National Park. Little damage was done to infrastructure of Pilanesberg National Park. Unfortunately, the well-known and very popular Mankwe hide, situated on the edge of the Mankwe dam, was completely destroyed, but lodges like the Ivory Tree Game Lodge and the Bakgatla Resort as well as pupular picnic sites like Fish-Eagle picnic site suffered no damage.

11 September 2018

Western Cape: Free access to CapeNature's reserves in September 2018!

CapeNature, a public institution with the responsibility for biodiversity conservation in South Africa's Western Cape, offers free access to all CapeNature Reserves open to the public from 17 - 24 September 2018. The free access fee will pertain to general access (conservation fee) and hiking, mountain biking and picnicking. The waiver will not apply to the Whale Trail or concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering, horse riding etc). Normal rates and access fees apply for any accommodation booked online or through CapeNature's call centre. 

Western Cape, South Africa, landscape

Zero (R0) rated permits needs to be given to everyone accessing the reserve during this time, as per usual standard procedure to ensure that all access numbers and activity numbers are counted. Access to Protected Areas during the CapeNature Access Week will be conducted during regular reserve hours and applies to entries at CapeNature reserve gates.

Cape Town: Zeitz MOCAA offers free entry on Heritage Day 2018!

Africa's largest museum of contemporary African art, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa ("Zeitz MOCAA") in Cape Town, celebrates its one-year anniversary and offers free admission this upcoming Heritage Day on 24 September 2018! Free tickets will be available at the door and normal opening hours will apply (10:00 - 18:00; last entry at 17:30).

The Zeitz MOCAA, located in the V&A Waterfront, was recently named of one of Time Magazine's "World's Greatest Places". The museum building was constructed from the conversion of the 57m tall historic Grain Silo. The 9,500m² complex consists of nine floors with 6 000 m² dedicated to gallery spaces and 3 500 m² to site specific exhibition spaces. The Zeitz MOCAA was opened in September 2017

Cape Town: Museum Night returns to the V&A Waterfront!

Cape Town's Museum Night is back. On Thursday, 27 September 2018, several museums and sites at the V&A Waterfront will be open from 17:00 until 22:00, offering free admission to the public, with a number of other attractions offering half price admission. The museum exhibitions are supported by an exciting programme of performances and walkabouts. You don't require tickets for Museum Night. Just arrive at the V&A Waterfront, decide on where you would like to start, and use the printed programmes available to find your way around from there. The programme of the upcoming Museum Night will be announced soon. We'll keep you posted!

Qatar Airways to launch direct flights between Doha <> Mombasa!

The state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, will launch direct flights between Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha and Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa, Kenya. From 11 December 2018, the airline will operate four weekly flights on board an Airbus A320 with 12 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats between the two destinations. The new service will be Qatar Airways' second Kenyan destination, in addition to existing flights to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi.

10 September 2018

Cape Town to relax water restrictions!

The City of Cape Town has announced that it will be relaxing its water restrictions by moving from the currenty Level 6B to Level 5. As of 01 October 2018, the water usage target in Cape Town will be increased from 50 litres to 70 litres per person per day and the daily collective consumption target will increase by 50 million litres to 500 million litres to ensure that water conservation efforts remain in place. 

The Western Cape Water Supply System's dams are currently nearing 70% of storage capacity, a very significant improvement on the situation at the end of the previous winter, when they were at 38% capacity. Rainfall remains highly variable, and while May and June saw rainfall close to that of an average year, July had very poor rainfall. This improved somewhat in August and so far in September the positive trend continues.