09 December 2016

Airlink to introduce flights between Pietermaritzburg <> Cape Town!

South African carrier Airlink is set to introduce a scheduled service between Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) in Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town's Cape Town International Airport (CPT) on 06 February 2017. The airline will operate daily return flights on board an Embraer 135 with 37 seats. Flights will depart from Pietermaritzburg at 07:00 and arrive in Cape Town at 09:10 and depart again from Cape Town at 17:35 and arrive in Pietermaritzburg at 19:30.

Airlink to increase flights to various destinations in Southern Africa in 2017!

South African carrier Airlink is set to increase the number of flights to various destinations in Southern Africa in the next couple of month.
  • Effective 06 February 2017, Airlink will introduce a third daily flight operating midmorning between Cape Town and Windhoek. The midmorning flights will depart daily from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) at 10h00 arriving at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) at 12:05. The return flight will depart from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) at 15:00 arriving at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) at 17:05.
  • Airlink will during 2017 increase the frequency of its flights between Nelspruit and Vilanculos, Mozambique. The airline currently offers flights on Thursdays and Sundays.
    Flights will depart Nelspruit at 11:45 and will arrive in Vilanculos at 12:55.
    • On 26 March 2017, additional flights on Tuesdays and Fridays will be added. 
    • On 4 July 2017, additional flights on Mondays and Saturdays will be added.
    • On 7 August 2017 flights on Wednesdays will be added, so that the service will be daily.
  • Effective 26 March 2017, Airlink will increase the frequency of its flights between Nelspruit and Livingstone to a daily service. Additional flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights depart Nelspruit at 11:35 and will arrive in Livingstone at 13:10.
  • Effective 13 April 2017, Airlink will increase flight frequency between Johannesburg and Vilanculos, Mozambique, offering a daily service. The additional flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. The direct Johannesburg <> Vilanculos flights depart Johannesburg at 11:30 and arrive in Vilanculos at 13:10. 
  • Effective 6 June 2017, Airlink will increase flight frequency between Cape Town and Maun, Botswana, offering a daily service. The additional flights will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Flights depart Cape Town at 10:35 and will arrive in Maun at 13:05.  

South Africa: Extended border hours during the festive season 2016/17!

South Africa extends the working hours of some of its ports of entry during the festive season 2016/17 to avoid delays at border posts. During the festive season, high volumes of people are usually recorded at South Africa's borders with its neighbouring countries.


Lebombo (South Africa - Mozambique)
  • 24 hours
Mananga (South Africa - Swaziland)
  • 07:00 - 22:00
Jeppe's Reef (South Africa - Swaziland)
  • 07:00 - 22:00
Oshoek (South Africa - Swaziland)
  • 24 hours
Mahamba (South Africa - Swaziland)
  • 06:00 - 00:00
Qacha's Nek (South Africa - Lesotho)
  • 06:00 - 22:00 - 19 December 2016 to 24 December 2016
  • 06:00 - 20:00 - 24 December 2016 (25 December 2016?)
Kosi Bay (South Africa - Mozambique)
  • 07h00 - 18h00 - 15 December 2016 to 08 January 2017 
Van Rooyenshek (South Africa - Lesotho)
  • 24h - 15 Dec 2016
  • 06:00 - 00:00 - 23 December 2016
  • 06:00 - 00:00 - 24 December 2016
Caledonspoort (South Africa - Lesotho)
  • 06:00 - 00:00 - 15 December 2016
  • 24 hours - 23 December 2016 to 24 December 2016
  • 06:00 - 00:00 - 02 January 2016
Monontsa Pass (South Africa - Lesotho)
  • 08h00 - 18h00 - 16 December 2016 to 24 December 2016
Grobler's Bridge (South Africa - Botswana)
  • 24hrs - 23 December 2016 to 24 December 2016
  • 24hrs - 02 January 2017 to 03 January 2017
  • 06:00 - 00:00 - 08 January 2017

08 December 2016

Malawi: Likoma Airport (LIX) granted international licence!

The governemt of Malawi has granted Likoma Airport (LIX) an international licence, so that international airlines are now allowed to land at and to start from the recently upgraded airport. The airport is located on Likoma Island, which has an overall area of 18 km² and is the larger of two inhabited Malawian islands in Lake Malawi.



Likoma Island and the smaller of the two inhabited islands in Lake Malawi, neighboring Chizumulu Island, both lie just a few kilometres from Mozambique and are entirely surrounded by Mozambican territorial waters. As of now, the only way to get to Likoma Island is by boat (from Nkhata Bay, duration: up to 5hrs+) or by charter aircraft (from Lilongwe; flight duration: 1hrs, $295 per person one way in Sept 2016).

07 December 2016

Denmark to close its Embassy in Zimbabwe!

Denmark will close its Embassy in Harare in Zimbabwe on 31 December 2016. Due to the Christmas holidays, the last actual working day is the 21 December 2016. The Danish Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, will from 01 January 2017 have the official responsibility for Danish relations with Zimbabwe. Danish travellers in need of assistance in Zimbabwe will thus have to contact the Embassy in Pretoria. It is expected that a Danish honorary consulate will be established in Harare, but this is currently awaiting approval. 

Embassy of Denmark - Pretoria
iParioli Office Park, Block B2
1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083
Pretoria, South Africa
Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340
Fax +27 (0) 12 342 7620
email: pryamb@um.dk
Monday: 9:00-16:00 / Visa closed
Tuesday: 8:00-16:00 / Visa 9:00-11:00
Wednesday: 8:00-16:00 / Visa closed
Thursday: 8:00-16:00 / Visa 9:00-11:00
Friday: 8:00-14:00 / Visa closed

Cape Town: The Castle of Good Hope is temporarily closed!

Cape Town's Castle of Good Hope in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans are planning its final closing event of the 350-year commemoration programme, scheduled to take place on 09 December 2016. The existing colonial building in South Africa will therefore be closed from today 07 Dec 2016 until 09 December 2016. 


The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is usually open seven days a week, except on Christmas Day & New Year's Day. The castle gates open at 09:00 and close at 16:00, with the last visitors admitted at 15:30. The entry fee is R30 for adults and R15 for children/students.

02 December 2016

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in November 2016!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and Durban's King Shaka International Airport in November 2016.
On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark with considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2016 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 90.61% (October 95.59%)
  2. Airlink - 82.32% (October 87.75%)
  3. CemAir - 81.39% (October 83.73%)
  4. South African Airways - 81.17% (October 84.16%)
  5. Mango - 80.39% (October 80.26%)
  6. British Airways Domestic - 73.06% (October 82.49%)
  7. SA Express - 70.06% (October 70.83%)
  8. Kulula.com - 66.47% (October 82.53%)
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - 65.08% (October 83.52%)
Cape Town International Airport - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2016 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 93.45% (October 96.96%)
  2. Airlink - 92.86% (October 87.96%)
  3. Mango - 90.25% (October 83.56%)
  4. CemAir - 88.33% (October 90.38%) 
  5. SA Express - 86.80% (October 83.16%)
  6. South African Airways - 84.27% (October 83.83%) 
  7. Kulula.com - 78.54% (October 84.76%)
  8. British Airways Domestic - 77.26% (October 83.17%)
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - 37.50% (October 72.73%)
King Shaka International Airport, Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance November 2016 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 90.67% (October 96.46%)
  2. Mango - 88.01% (October 86.58%)
  3. South African Airways - 82.15% (October 90.65%) 
  4. Airlink - 81.27% (October 83.27%)
  5. SA Express - 79.56% (October 74.84%)
  6. Kulula.com - 76.07% (October 84.22%)
  7. British Airways Domestic - 69.46% (October 80.16%)