17 February 2017

TAAG Angola to increase flights between Luanda <> Cape Town!

The state-owned national airline of Angola, TAAG Angola Airlines, is set to increase flights between Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) in Luanda and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The airline currently operates three weekly flights on the route and will increase the frequency to daily from 30 October 2017.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Road works and closures!

South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu Natal, is continuing with routine road maintenance and repairs throughout the Park.

Eastern Shores - Cape Vidal:
  • The Cape Vidal "pass" from the north side of the fishing cabins to the Cape Vidal resort camp is being re-tarred. The road will be closed for four hours per day, from 10h30 to 14h30, commencing on Thursday 16 February 2017 for a period of no more than three weeks, weather permitting. During this daily four hour period no vehicles will be allowed to use this section on the road. Overnight and day visitors should plan their arrival and departure from the resort and beach accordingly.
  • The upgrade of the tar road from north of St Lucia town to Cape Vidal (32km) has commenced and will continue for a period of three months. Work is being done in 2 km sections in half-widths and traffic controlled through a ‘Stop/Go’ system.
The following roads remain closed:
  • kuMfazana
  • Mission Rocks
  • Dunes loop

16 February 2017

Kenya Airways to introduce direct flights between Nairobi <> Victoria Falls!

Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways, is set to introduce direct flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi and Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls on 18 May 2017. The new route will be operated three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on board an Embraer E190 with a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats. Kenya Airways' Victoria Falls operation will be linked to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, South Africa. This will see the airline increase its operations to Cape Town from the current four, which are served via Livingstone, Zambia, to six.
btw - Kenya Airways will be the only carrier offering direct services between Victoria Falls and Cape Town!

South Africa: Kruger National Park temporarily closes its gravel roads & some facilities as Dineo arrives!

update (17 Feb 2017): South African National Parks (SANParks) has issued an update on the temporary closure of gravel roads and some facilities in the Kruger National Park (KNP) as a result from the rainfall associated with cyclone Dineo.
Please note that all gravel roads are closed until further notice. All the
Park gates and main tar roads are open.

Marula Region - roads and facilities closed:

  • All gravel roads with the exception of access gravel roads to Biyamiti and Talamati
  • Muzandzeni Picnic Site
  • Sweni Wilderness Trail
Nxanatseni Region - roads and facilities closed:
According to reports from the South African Weather Services, various parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP) - in particular the far north of the Park - are expected to receive heavy rains (16 - 17 February 2017). South African National Parks (SANParks) has set up a disaster management team and will release periodical updates until the situation in Kruger National Park improves.

As a precautionary measure, SANParks has temporarily closed gravel roads and remote camps mostly in the north of Kruger National Park. Visitors are advised to avoid all roads with "No Entry" signs or blocked with other objects.

The remote camps and gravel roads which will temporarily close are as follows:

As of now, all SA Airlink flights to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park are still operating as normal as no risk has been identified.

15 February 2017

Johannesburg: The Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto has been temporarily closed!

The roof and the ceiling of the Hector Pieterson Museum, situated in Orlando West, Soweto, got damaged during the heavy rains in December 2016. To repair the roof and to carry out other maintenance work, the Museum has been temporarily closed to the public. According to Nthatisi Modingoane, Spokesperson for the City of Johannesburg, it is planned to reopen the Museum in the last week of March 2016. Although the Hector Pieterson Museum is closed, the outdoor Memorial Site remains open to the public and Museum guides are available to give visitors more information about the museum and the history of Soweto.

The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum commemorates the role of South Africa's students in the struggle against apartheid and in particular the role played by the school children who took part in the Soweto protests of 1976.
Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum is situated is open daily from 10:00 - 17:00 (Mon - Sat) and from 10:00 - 16:00 (Sun). The admission fee is R30 for adults, R10 for pensioners and students and R5 for children (ages six to 12).

Hector Pieterson Museum
8287 Khumalo Rd
South Africa

14 February 2017

South Africa: Eastern Cape game reserve joins Fair Trade Tourism's portfolio!

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), a South African NGO that encourages and monitors fair and responsible practises in tourism establishments and activities, has added the Shamwari Game Reserve to its portfolio of South African tourism businesses. The Reserve, which is located 75 km outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, has marked its 25th anniversary this year by achieving Fair Trade Tourism certification for all eight of its tourism products. 

Set on 25,000ha of reclaimed farmland, the Shamwari Game Reserve is renowned for its wildlife conservation initiatives and commitment to surrounding communities. In addition to offering a classic wildlife experience, the reserve incorporates the Ian Player Rhino Centre, the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and its own Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre with a team of veterinarians on hand. Shamwari Game Reserve is home to the Big 5 and is malaria free. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different lodges, all of which are 5 Star graded.

13 February 2017

"Jozi Days" - An independent skateboarding film!

"Jozi Days" is an independent skateboarding film by Jono Kyriakou, a Cape Town-based photographer and cinematographer. The film, which features debut parts from T-Kay Modise, Taylor Sturgess and Trae Rice, seeks to paint a picture of the fluorescing skate scene in Johannesburg and gives us travellers the great opportunity to experience the city from a different "skateboarding" perspective! Rad! Kudos Jono, T-Kay, Taylor and Trae!