19 October 2017

Kruger National Park: Restaurant facilities in three rest camps temporarily closed!

South African National Parks (SANParks) just announced that the restaurant facilities at Letaba Rest Camp, Olifants Rest Camp and Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are temporarily closed until further notice. Visitors to the park can make use of the temporary facilities that have been set up in each of the camps. All accommodation facilities in the three rest camps are equipped with braai facilities and kitchens (private/communal) in case visitors wish to self-cater. We'll keep you posted!

Kruger National Park, South Africa, safari, yellow-billed hornbill

18 October 2017

South African Airways: Intra-Africa service changes from October 2017!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways, will terminate flights to Libreville (Gabon), Cotonou (Benin) and Douala (Cameroon) in January 2018 and has made some additional changes to its operations to Luanda in Angola and Pointe Noire and Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo.
  • JohannesburgLibrevilleCotonou: Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly (effective 29 October 2017); last flight on 07 January 2017 
  • JohannesburgLibrevilleDouala: Reduce from 3 to 1 weekly (effective 06 October 20117); last flight on 06 January 2017
  • Johannesburg <> Luanda: Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly (effective 09 October 2017); between 29 October 2017 - 03 January 2018, 2 of 4 weekly service will be operated by a A320 (replacing A330/340)
  • JohannesburgPointe NoireBrazzavilleJohannesburg: 1 weekly service cancelled (effective 08 October 2017; reduced from 3 weekly flights since 24 September 2017)

Cape Town: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to introduce a new queueing system at the Lower Station

Cape Town's Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is set to introduce a new queueing system at the Lower Station in November 2017, which ensures that online ticket holders are given preference when accessing the cable cars. 

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa,

There will still be two queues at Table Mountain's Lower Station - one for ticket holders (e.g. online tickets holders) and one for visitors who want to purchase tickets at the Cableway's Ticket Office. Those who don't have a ticket when arriving at the Lower Station will have to queue for tickets first before they can join the ticket holders queue and will no longer be able to directly join the ramp queue for the lifts once they have purchased tickets at the Ticket Office as it is currently the practice.

Cape Town: New requirements for Robben Island visitors!

Cape Town's Robben Island has introduced new requirements for visitors to the island and the museum on 05 October 2017. All visitors booked for trips to Robben Island must provide identification (ID, passport, birth certificate, drivers licence or certified copies thereof) when purchasing tickets. 

Cape Town, Robben Island, visitor requirements
src.: Website of the Robben Island Museum (*.docx)

According to the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), the identification is getting verified when visitors check in for their trip and has to be kept handy by visitors at all times. Robben Island Museum said the move was part of an ongoing effort to provide guests with the best possible service, says SATSA. Well... We'll keep you posted!

17 October 2017

Cape Town: Expect roadworks on Chapman's Peak Drive until December 2017!

According to a media release by Western Cape government's Department of Transport and Public Works, sections of the Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town will be closed from 23 October 2017 until 01 December 2017 for the re-surfacing of the roadway.
  • During the second half of November 2017, the section from Lookout Point to the Noordhoek end will be closed entirely to traffic from 09:30 until 16:00 every day. 
  • The resealing of the road from the Hout Bay end to Lookout Point will be tackled in half widths, with stop/ go controls in place. Motorists can expect delays of between 10 to 20 minutes while this section of the road is under construction.
Resurfaced sections will be reopened once they have been swept and all loose stones removed.

Chapman's Peak Drive is a scenic 9km route between Noordhoek and Hout Bay along the western flank of the Chapman's Peak, a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, located about 15 kilometres south of Cape Town

13 October 2017

Fastjet set to launch domestic flights in Mozambique!

Pan-African low cost-carrier Fastjet is set to launch domestic flights in Mozambique on 03 November 2017. The airline is the first low-cost carrier to enter the country's domestic aviation market. Fastjet will initially operate an Embraer ERJ145 aircraft on the following routes in Mozambique:

12 October 2017

Botswana: Temporary closure of Gaborone Game Reserve!

Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks just informed the public that the popular Gaborone Game Reserve in Gaborone will be closed to the public between 16 - 27 October 2017. This is due to the fact that the facility will be used for interviews during the said period. The Gaborone Game Reserve will be open again from 28 October 2017 for business and leisure.

The Gaborone Game Reserve is located on the western side of
Gaborone about 1km east of the Broadhurst Mall. It covers an area of only 5km², but is third busiest game reserve in Botswana. Gaborone Game Reserve is home to wildebeest, elands, gemsboks, kudus, ostriches and warthogs as well as to a particularly plentiful birdlife. All roads in the reserve are accessible by two-wheel drives (2WD).