28 April 2017

Kruger National Park Calendar - June

  • days usually warm, sometimes hot
  • generally wind free
  • cold evenings
  • rarely rain falls

  • most pans and vleis dry up
  • bush thins out
  • grasslands begin receding
  • umbrella acacia pods twirl out
Animal Activity:
  • large elephant populations in northern Kruger
  • animals concentrate around reliable water sources
  • predators very active around reliable water sources

27 April 2017

West Coast National Park: Gates to open late due to West Coast Marathon!

Due to the West Coast Marathon taking place on 6 May 2017, the gates to the West Coast National Park will only open from 13:00 for visitors. The National Park usually opens the dates at 07:00 and closes at 18:00 (April - August; September - March 07:00 - 19:00).

The West Coast National Park is located 120 km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape. The
National Park covers about 27,500 hectare and runs from Yzerfontein in the South up to the Langebaan lagoon in the North.

Video: "Thambo - The Malawian skies 4K (UHD)"

French photographer and film producer Adrien Mauduit recently visited Malawi and toured the country from South to North. He accompanied a group of Danish students on a charity trip and used his spare time to film the Malawian skies - by day and by night. Back home in Denmark, Adrien made the amazing film "Thambo - The Malawian skies" out of  the roughly 7500 pictures and 25+ hours of video footage he shot in Malawi. Sit back, switch to full screen, put your headset on and enjoy this incredible video. In 4k (UHD)! Kudos Adrien!

26 April 2017

Botswana to introduce an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL)

Botswana is set to introduce an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL) of USD30 per person on 01 June 2017. The TDL is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts. Eligible to pay are all visitors to Botswana in exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states. Payments must be done at Botswana's ports of entry through electronic payment machines through cash (US Dollars), debit and credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.

According to the officical press release regarding the new obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL), the purpose of the new fee "is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, resultantly improving the lives of the people of

CemAir to introduce flights between Johannesburg <> Hoedspruit!

South African regional carrier CemAir is set to launch scheduled flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and and Hoedspruit Airport, located just outside Hoedspruit in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The new service will commence on 07 August 2017. CemAir will operate 7 flights per week on board a Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 or Bombardier CRJ 200 between the two destinations.

South African Airways & Hawaiian Airlines launched a new interline partnership!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways, and Hawaii's largest and longest serving carrier, Hawaiian Airlines, have established a new interline partnership. With immediate effect, customers of South African Airways can book flights via New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) between Hawaiian Airlines’ neighbour island network in Hawaii, while cusomers of Hawaiian Airlines have access to over 75 destinations in Africa served by South African Airways. The interline partnership also allows customers of both airlines to travel on one single electronic ticket als well as interline baggage transfer upon check-in.

25 April 2017

School/public holidays in Botswana 2017!

The Government of Botswana has published the 2017 school calendar on their official facebook page. According to the post, school holidays in Botswana take place:
  • 12 April 2017 - 01 May 2017
  • 17 July 2017 - 31 July 2017
  • 25 September 2017 - 02 October 2017
  • 02 December 2017 - 08 January 2018

Public holidays in Botswana 2017:
  • 01 January 2017 - New Year's Day
  • 02 January 2017 - Public Holiday**
  • 14 April 2017 - Good Friday
  • 15 April 2017 - Public Holiday
  • 17 April 2016 - Easter Monday
  • 01 May 2017 - Labour Day
  • 25 May 2017 - Ascension Day
  • 01 July 2017 - Sir Seretse Khama Day
  • 17 July 2017 - President's Day
  • 18 July 2017 - Public Holiday
  • 30 September 2017 - Botswana Day
  • 02 October 2017 - Public Holiday**
  • 25 December 2017 - Christmas Day
  • 26 December 2017 - Boxing Day
** Whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday. If 2nd January, 1st October or Boxing Day falls on a Monday, the following Tuesday shall be observed as a public holiday. When Botswana Day falls on a Saturday, the next following Monday shall be observed as a public holiday. [src.]