28 June 2017

Namibia: New Cross Border Charges since 01 May 2017!

The Road Fund Administration (FRA) of Namibia, which manages the Road Users Charging System and the Road Fund in Namibia, increased all Road User Charges in the country by 7% on 01 May 2017. The Cross Border Charges (or Entry Fees), which are payable by all foreign registered vehicles when entering Namibia, was therefore also increased. Namibia's Tourism Board has set up an infographic displaying all new Cross Border Charges.

RFA Footprint Map

Road Fund Administration

For more detailed information, see RFA's website! >>

Kruger National Park: Gate quotas in force during the the July 2017 school holidays!

South African National Parks (SANParks) will enforce daily quotas for day visitors at the entrance gates to Kruger National Park over the coming school holidays (01 July 2017 - 23 July 2017). Through the day visitor quota for Kruger National Park SANParks aims to better manage the expected volumes of visitors, as well as to improve the visitors' expectations. SANParks has introduced three time slots, of which day visitos can choose from. It is advised to book a time slot prior to arrival, as pre-booked day visitors will get preference over non-booked day visitors at Kruger National Park's entrance gates.
  • Time slot 1: 06.00 to 08:00
  • Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
  • Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards
Pre-booked day visitors must ensure that they arrive within the time slots, as per their reservation. Arriving outside the booked time slot, will be regarded as non-booked and therefore not preferential. These bookings can be changed through SANParks Reservations offices.

Kruger National Park IMPALA

Visitors should also take note of the following important information:

  • Day Visitor bookings are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of R38 per adult and R19 per child. 
  • Day Visitors who have pre-booked will still be required to pay Conservation Fees or use a valid Wild Card to enter Kruger National Park. The Conservation Fee for SA residents is R76 per adult and R38 per child between ages 2 - 11 and for international guests it is R304 per adult and R152 per child.
  • Guests planning to use Wild Cards are requested to ensure membership is valid before arrival and this can best be done online at www.sanparks.org/wild
  • The number and profile of persons (adults and children) on the reservation and actual persons arriving should correspond.
  • All guests (drivers and passengers) may be required to identify themselves upon admission (SA driver’s license, identity document or passport).
  • Due to existing contractual arrangements with Open Safari Vehicles (OSVs), they are regarded as booked for all Day Visitor admissions.
  • Gate Quotas will be applied and un-booked guests could be denied entry.

The 2017 Men's World Surfing Leagues' Championship Tour returns to Jeffreys Bay in July 2017!

The 2017 Men's World Surfing Leagues' Championship Tour will once again return to Jeffreys Bay in July 2017. The Corona Open J-Bay will take place at Supertubes in South Africa's surfing capital from 12 July 2017 - 23 July 2017. Like in the previous years, the 6th stop on the World Surfing Leagues' Championship Tour forms part of the famous JBay Winterfest.
The Jbay Winterfest (12 July 2017 - 23 July 2017) is an annual sports and lifestyle festival in Jeffreys Bay.  Besides the World Surfing Leagues' Championship Tour, the event also hosts a music festival, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic (22 July 2017), the Cold Water Classic (16 July 2017), Jbay Loggers Classic 2017 (21 & 23 July 2017), the Fishing Skins Competition (22 July 2017), the JBU Supertrial (01 June 2017 - 11 June 2017), the Oakley X-Over Challenge (20-21 July 2017), the Endurade Jbay XTrail Run (21 July 2017 - 23 July 2017), the Funduro (22 July 2017) and the Kite Festival (21 July 2017 - 22 July 2017).

27 June 2017

Cape Town: Signal Hill picnic site to close for maintenance work!

The picnic site on Cape Town's famous Signal Hill will be closed between 17 July 2017 and 26 July 2017 for maintenance work.

Signal Hill is the Northern-most tip of the terrestrial area of the Table Mountain National Park and offers excellent views of
Cape Town and the harbour. It is from here that the noon day gun marks 12:00 in Cape Town.

26 June 2017

Kenya Airways & KLM expanded their codeshare agreement!

According to aviation specialists routesonline, KLM and Kenya Airways, both members of Skyteam, have again expanded their codeshare agreement. Under the revised agreement, Kenya Airways places its "KQ" code on KLM flights in Europe, Russia and Israel as well as on selcted routes in East Africa.

Kenya Airways flights operated by KLM (as of June 2017):

23 June 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:

Certain sections of the tar road between Bhangazi Gate and Cape Vidal resort will be re-tarred during the course of next few weeks. This work will be done in half widths with two affected sections of 2km long each. Flagmen will utilise the Stop-Go system to maintain access for tourist traffic. Please allow up to 30 minutes extra for travel between Cape Vidal and the Bhangazi Gate, in particular before gate closing at 18:00 sharp.

21 June 2017

Skytrax World Airline Awards: Africa's Best Airlines 2017!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has been named Best Airline in Africa in the 2017 edition of the Skytrax World Airline Awards. South African Airways, Africa's best airline for the previous 14 years (!), gained the second highest passenger satisfaction ratings on the continent. Air Mauritius was named third best airline in Africa, followed by Air Seychelles and Kenya's flag carrier Kenya Airways. Fastjet, the pan-Africa low-cost carrier, was named eigth best airline in Africa, followed by Kulula, the low-cost airline subsidiary of British Airways franchise Comair in South Africa, and budget carrier Mango, also from South Africa.

The Best Airlines in Africa 2017:

  1. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  2. South African Airways (South Africa)
  3. Air Mauritius (Mauritius)
  4. Air Seychelles (Seychelles)
  5. Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  6. Royal Air Maroc (Marocco)
  7. TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola)
  8. Fastjet (pan-African)
  9. Kulula (South Africa)
  10. Mango (South Africa)
Fastjet was named best Low-Cost Airline in Africa 2017, followed by Kulula and Mango from South Africa, as well as Jambojet and fly540 from Kenya.

Best Low-Cost Airlines in Africa 2017:

  1. fastjet (pan-African)
  2. Kulula (South Africa)
  3. Mango (South Africa)
  4. Jambojet (Kenya)
  5. fly540 (Kenya)
South African Airways was given the award for Best Airline Staff in Africa 2017, followed by Africa's Most Improved Airline 2017, Ethiopian Airlines (global ranking #5).

Best Airline Staff in Africa 2017:

  1. South African Airways (South Africa)
  2. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  3. Air Seychelles (Seychelles)
  4. Royal Air Maroc (Marocco)
  5. Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  6. Air Austral (RĂ©union)
  7. Air Mauritius (Mauritius)
  8. Kulula (South Africa)
  9. Mango (South Africa)
  10. TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola)
World's Most Improved Airlines 2017:
  1. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  2. Iberia
  3. Hainan Airlines
  4. Ryanair
  5. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  6. Philippine Airlines
  7. Fiji Airways
  8. Lufthansa
  9. China Airlines
  10. Hong Kong Airlines
The Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017 are based on customer responses to a survey which is run over a period of 10 months (August 2016 - May 2017). 19.87 million customer surveys were completed during that period. The survey, which covered over 325 airlines, measures passenger satisfaction across 41 key performance indicators of airline front-line product and service - including check-in, boarding, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, inflight entertainment and staff service.