30 June 2022

Kruger National Park Calendar - August!


  • cool mornings and cold evenings
  • temperatures & humidity rise during the day



  • bush extremely dry
  • landscape a yellow hue through flowering knobthorn, cassias and other
  • veld often overgrassed, especialy around watering holes etc.

Animal Activity:

  • game congrates around watering holes, rivers etc.
  • elephant numbers at their highest in northern Kruger
  • earliest summer migrant birds arrive
  • local raptors breeding
  • weakest animals die of thirst or from predators

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Zimbabwe: Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site rehabilitation project has been launched!

The Government of Zimbabwe and the Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency/FDA) today (30 June 2022) launched a EUR-3-million project for the rehabilitation and development of the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe's Masvingo Province. The three-year project is getting implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in collaboration with the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ).

The Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site is located in southeastern Zimbabwe, about 30 km southeast of Masvingo. Great Zimbabwe is the name for the stone remains of a medieval city. Construction on the city began in the 11th century and continued until it was abandoned in the 15th century. Great Zimbabwe, which covers an area of nearly 80 ha, was an important trading centre and was renowned from the Middle Ages onwards. The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ), under the Ministry of Home Affairs, is the entity directly responsible for the management of the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site.

Zimbabwe: The Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site to get an infrastructure upgrade! (November 2021) >>

28 June 2022

Airlink & Qatar Airways signed a codeshare agreement!

South African privately-owned full-service regional airline Airlink and the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement. This new partnership means travellers can enjoy the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using a single reservation with seamless ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage-check experience, during the entire journey. The new codeshare flights are available for sales and will commence travel on the 06 July 2022 subject to government approval.
Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, including Johannesburg (21 direct weekly return flights from Doha), Cape Town (ten weekly flights) and Durban (four weekly fligths). Airlink is Southern Africa’s largest independent airline measured by flight movements with over 50 commercial jetliners operating to more than 45 destinations in 13 African countries and to St Helena Island.

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25 June 2022

Australia: Qantas to launch the only direct service from Perth to South Africa! [update]

update (25 October 2022): According to news reports from Australia, Qantas' service between Perth in Western Australia and Johannesburg will take off as planned on 01 November 2022, but will only run until 25 March 2023, when the route will be “suspended until further notice.” We'll keep you posted!

The flag carrier of Australia, Qantas, is set to launch the only direct service from Perth in Western Australia to South Africa. Effective 01 November 2022, the airline will operate three weekly flights between Perth Airport (PER) in Perth and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. The flights will cut more than six hours from the fastest current travel time, with customers heading to Johannesburg from Perth currently having to fly on Qantas via Sydney, or via the Middle East. The airline will operate the new route on board its Airbus A330 aircraft.
Qantas existing four flights per week from Sydney Airport (SYD) in Sydney to Johannesburg on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will increase to daily from 30 October 2022.

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24 June 2022

South Africa: This street in Pretoria is one the most beautiful streets in the world!

UK-based property experts GetAgent recently conducted a study using eye-tracking software to reveal which streets around the world caught people's gaze the most. According to the study, Herbert Baker Street in Pretoria's residential suburb Groenkloof is the forth most eye-catching street in the world. The street is known for its rows of 100 white, rather than purple, jacarandas that are usually in bloom between September and November. 

The study revealed that Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto (Japan) is the most beautiful street in the world, follwed by the Rue Principale in Rocamadour (France) and the Via Baldassarre Galuppi on Burano (Italy).

The 20 Most Eye-Catching Streets In The World:

  1. Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto, Japan
  2. Rue Principale in Rocamadour, France
  3. Via Baldassarre Galuppi on Burano, Italy
  4. Herbert Baker Street in Pretoria, South Africa
  5. Lombard Street in San Francisco, USA
  6. Circus Lane in Edinburgh, UK
  7. The Circus in Bath, UK
  8. Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, UK
  9. Lijnbaansgracht in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  10. Orchard Road in Singapore
  11. Bourbon Street in New Orleans, USA
  12. Cherry Blossom Avenue in Bonn, Germany
  13. Quechua Street in Cusco, Peru
  14. Rua do Bom Jesus in Recife, Brazil
  15. Vicars' Close in Wells, UK
  16. Rue de l'Abreuvoir in Paris, France
  17. The Street in Castle Combe, UK
  18. Arlington Row in Bibury, UK
  19. Via Torre Belvedere in Perugia, Italy
  20. Elm Hill in Norwich, UK

A list of 50 streets from around the world was compiled using desk research. A sample of 40 participants were shown a series of images of the streets, and eye-tracking software was used to record the number of times people looked at each image and the duration spent looking at them. The average fixation time was then used to rank each street according to how “attractive” it is.

23 June 2022