27 February 2010

2010 World Cup in South Africa: The Makarapa

If there is something truly unique about South African football - of course, beside the famous vuvuzelas - it is the the pimped-up construction hat, or Makarapa, worn by football supporters throughout the whole country!





George Airport named best in Africa

Airports Council International (ACI) recently announced the top performing airports of 2009 in the annual ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger survey. South Africa's George Airport in George (Western Cape) has been named the best airport in Africa according to the survey.

Best airports 2009 (by region):
  • George Airport, South Africa (Africa)
  • Seoul Incheon, South Korea (Asia-Pacific)
  • Keflavik, Iceland (Europe)
  • Cancun, Mexico (Latin America-Caribbean)
  • Tel Aviv, Israel (Middle East)
  • Austin, USA (North America)
Best Airports 2009 (by traffic size):
  • Halifax, Canada (under 5 million)
  • Hyderabad, India (5-15 million)
  • Baltimore/Washington, USA (15-25 million)
  • Seoul Incheon, South Korea (25-40 million)
  • Hong Kong, China (over 40 million)

26 February 2010

Daytour from Durban: Mountain Splendor - The Kingdom of Lesotho

Leave Durban and travel through the Natal Midlands to Himeville. Hop into a four wheel drive vehicle and enter Lesotho via the Sani Pass, where you will visit a Sotho Village and interact with the locals of this neighborhood. Travel to Sani Pass Top Chalet for lunch before returning to Durban after a full day of exploring.


You will make an early start, meandering through the rolling green hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and on to the little town of Himeville. Here you board a four wheel drive vehicle, the only means by which to tackle the steep Sani Pass. At the top lies a remote border post - passports are essential - and beyond that, the Kingdom of Lesotho.
You will visit a traditional Sotho village and then enjoy lunch at the Sani Top Chalet, which has incredible views of the pass, before making our way back down the mountain.
Please note: The four wheel drive vehicle will depart from Underberg. And a visit to magnificent Howick Waterfall will be included on the return journey (time permitting).

Mountain Splendor - The Kingdom of Lesotho [more info & online booking]
Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Durban City or Umhlanga hotels
Departure Time: 6:30am
Return Details: Tour returns to original point of departure at approximately 7:00pm

Are dassies really elephants closest living relative?

Yes, they are! Let me explain - about 50-60 million years ago the Proboscidea (an biological order containing one living family, the Elephantidae) evolved from mammals having approximately the size of current day pigs.


Modern scientist made morphological and biochemical tests & studies on both elephants and hyraxes (such as the rock dassie) and found out, that both species do have a lot in common. Beside all the biochemical evidences they found, the most obvious ones seem to be the similarities in the structure of the feet and teeth.


Hard to believe given the fact that the African Elephant, the largest living terrestrial animal, normally reaching 6 to 7.3 metres in length and 3 to 3.5 metres in height at the shoulder, and weighing between 6,000 to 9,000 kg and a rock dassie (weight: up to 4,7kg; length: around 55 cm) are so closely related.
btw - Manatees & Dugongs are also close relatives of elphants and dassies respectively

mp3 of the day: The Morning Benders - Excuses

25 February 2010

GAP Adventures: Last Minute Specials in Southern & Eastern Africa (April 2010)

Are you travelling in the next 2 months and haven't yet booked? Great news - GAP Adventures have a selection of trips currently offered at up to 25%. Please note these trips can change day to day without notice, so don't delay!

Delta and Falls Experience
10 days | Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia
Departure: Thu Apr. 1, 2010 - SAFE 15%

Kenya Wildlife Adventure
9 days | Countries Visited: Kenya
Departure: Sun Apr. 18, 2010 - SAFE 20%

Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer
20 days | Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia
Departure: Tue Apr. 27, 2010 - SAFE 25%

Tanzania Encompassed
17 days | Countries Visited: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Departure: Tue Apr. 06, 2010 - SAFE 25%

Cape and Dunes Discoverer
13 days | Countries Visited: Namibia, South Africa
Departure: Wed Apr. 07, 2010 - SAFE 20%

Delta and Falls Experience
10 days | Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia
Departure: Sat Apr. 10, 2010 - SAFE 25%

Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer
20 days | Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia
Departure: Tue Apr. 27, 2010 - SAFE 25%

Dunes, Deltas and Falls
21 days | Countries Visited: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia
Departure: Sat Apr. 10, 2010 - SAFE 25%

Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Adventure
15 days | Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania
Departure: Sun Apr. 18, 2010 - SAFE 20%

Madagascar Experience

10 days | Countries Visited: Madagascar
Departure: Fri Apr. 09, 2010 - SAFE 25%

24 February 2010

Hostelworld: new podcast about Stellenbosch near Cape Town: "Wine capital of South Africa"

Hostelworld.com Editor Colm Hanratty was recently travelling in South Africa. While there he made a podcast about Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, called "Wine capital of South Africa". In the podcast Colm speaks to Shantal Peterson from the tourist office in Stellenbosch about the different vineyards in the region and much more. Shot, Colm, good job!

mp3 of the day: Peter Gabriel covering Bon Iver's "Fume"











"Bon Iver was introduced to me by my younger daughter, Melanie, who's a big fan. When I first heard this track it immediately registered. I tried singing a couple of his songs, but this was the one that I could feel instinctively. The first arrangement that John Metcalfe,our arranger, did was all based around the brass, and although I loved what he had done, it felt too heavy and lacked contrast. Very late in the day I sat down at the piano and tried to find a really simple part for the verses, which then allows the brass entry to have more meaning. There were a couple of lines of lyrics that felt awkward at first, but the more time I spent with it the more natural it became. It is a beautiful song." Peter Gabriel on petergabriel.com

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FIFA confirms training bases for all 32 World Cup finalists in South Africa

Fifa has confirmed the training bases for all 32 2010 World Cup finalists in South Africa (the list still might change...):

Mossel Bay: Low season rates during 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Accommodation providers and tourism product owners in Mossel Bay, situated at South Afric's Garden Route, are planning to attract both South Africans and foreign visitors this winter by charging their normal low season rates during the course of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


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“As a result of the media focus on accommodation and transport prices and possible price gouging during the World Cup, we asked our members to mail us their World Cup period rates – and none of those who responded will be charging anything more than they would during the rest of our low season, which stretches from just after Easter until well into September,” said Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm on their website.

23 February 2010

Hostelworld: Party with St. Patrick in Dublin - NO BOOKING FEES for all entrants for the next 4 WEEKS!

Hostelworld.com is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the Ultimate Prize worth €3000 that you could see you and 3 lucky friends flying to Dublin this St. Patrick's Day - the Real Home of the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! Click here to enter the competition!

Your Prize:
  • 4 return flights to Dublin from anywhere in the world
  • 2 nights accommodation in a TOP Dublin hostel - Globetrotters Hostel on 16th & 17th March
  • "Guest Blogger" slot on Hostelworld.com to share your experience with the world! Blog about your favourite Dublin Pub, your impressions of Dublin or the pot of gold that you found
  • A Flip Video Camcorder to document your trip. Shoot videos from the Grandstand at the Parade, film your wild nights in the city or interview a leprechaun.
  • 4 Grandstand tickets to St. Patrick's Day Parade - the best viewing point in the city
  • 4 limited edition Hostelworld.com North Face Backpacks, incl. Lonely Planet Guides to Dublin and lots of Hostelworld.com top goodies.
NO BOOKING FEES for all entrants for the next 4 WEEKS!
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Competition opens 23rd Feb 2010 and closes at 4.00pm GMT 8th March 2010. Winner will be chosen at random on 9th March 2010 and notified by email. View Terms & Conditions for more information.

Great aerial view videos of the 2010 World Cup stadiums in South Africa

Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town


Cape Town Stadium
Capacity: 70,000
match days: Friday, 11 June | Monday, 14 June | Friday, 18 June | Monday, 21 June | Thursday, 24 June | Tuesday 29, June | Saturday, 03 July | Tuesday, 06 July
>> accommodation in Cape Town | tours in Cape Town


Soccer City in Johannesburg



Soccer City
Capacity: 95,000
match days: Friday, 11 June | Monday, 14 June | Thursday, 17 June | Sunday, 20 June | Wednesday, 23 June | Sunday, 27 June | Friday, 02 July | Sunday, 11 July
>> accommodation in Johannesburg | tours in Johannesburg

Coca Cola Park Stadium, Johannesburg


Coca Cola Park (Ellis Park)
Capacity: 60,000
match days: Saturday, 12 June | Tuesday, 15 June | Friday, 18 June | Monday, 21 June | Thursday, 24 June | Monday, 28 June | Saturday, 03 July
>> accommodation in Johannesburg | tours in Johannesburg

Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein


Free State Stadium
Capacity: 45,000
match days: Monday, 14 June | Thursday, 17 June | Sunday, 20 June | Tuesday, 22 June | Friday, 25 June | Sunday, 27 June
>> accommodation in Bloemfontein

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth



Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Capacity: 50,000
match days
: Saturday, 12 June | Wednesday, 16 June | Friday, 18 June | Monday, 21 June | Wednesday, 23 June | Saturday, 26 June | Friday, 02 July | Saturday, 10 July

>> accommodation in Port Elizabeth

Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane

Peter Mokaba Complex
Capacity: 46,000
match days: Sunday, 13 June | Thursday, 17 June | Tuesday, 22 June | Thursday, 24 June
>> accommodation in Polokwane
Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit
Mbombela Stadium
Capacity: 43,500
match days: Wednesday, 16 June | Sunday, 20 June | Wednesday, 23 June | Friday, 25 June
>> accommodation in Nelspruit | Kruger National Park Tours
Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Capacity: 80,000
match days: Sunday, 13 June | Wednesday, 16 June | Saturday, 19 June | Tuesday, 22 June | Friday, 25 June | Monday, 28 June | Wednesday, 7 July
» Accommodation in Durban | Tours in Durban
Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg
Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace
Capacity: 42,000
match days: Saturday, 12 June | Tuesday, 15 June | Saturday, 19 June | Tuesday, 22 June | Thursday, 24 June | Saturday, 26 June
» Accommodation in Rustenburg
Lotfus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria
Loftus Versveld Stadium
Capacity: 50,000
match days: Saturday, 12 June | Wednesday, 16 June | Saturday, 19 June | Wednesday, 23 June | Friday, 25 June | Tuesday, 29 June
» Accommodation in Pretoria | Tours in Pretoria

mp3 of the day: I'm From Barcelona - 27 Songs From Barcelona (full album)

While touring around the world with their two latest releases “Let Me Introduce My Friends” (2006) and “Who Killed Harry Houdini” (2008) the members of I’m from Barcelona (they are pretty much all from Jönköping in Sweden) have been working on the upcoming “27 Songs from Barcelona”. Inspired by Kiss’ simultaneous release of four solo albums in 1978, “27 Songs from Barcelona” features one solo song for every member in I’m from Barcelona.



The album is released as a triple vinyl and also for free on the band’s website. Starting Jan 27 one song per day was made available as a download on imfrombarcelona.com.

22 February 2010

another great tour in Cape Town: Cultural Cape Town - Langa and Khayelitsha

This cultural tour showcases some of the oldest monuments and historical sights in Cape Town. See Langa, the oldest formal township and the Gugulethu township. Visit the largest informal settlement - Khayelitsha, before popping in to a shebeen where you will meet and interact with the local community.
On this Cultural Tour you will visit Bo Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter of Cape Town. Many of the inhabitants are decendants of people from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia who were enslaved by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries. The area is well known for the colorfully painted houses which line the steep and narrow streets.

Continue to Langa, the oldest formal township, before continuing to the Gugulethu township to view local crafters at work. Next you will visit Khayelitsha, South Africa's largest and fastest growing township, with it's vibrant culture and people. Visit a shebeen (tavern) and meet and interact with the local community.
Tours on a Sunday will include a visit to a church service in Langa.

Departure Point: Tour departs from Cape Town city hotels
Departure Time: 9:00am | 1:30pm (Monday to Friday only)
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Return Details: Tour returns to original point of departure

New community project @ Starling Village Backpackers, Plettenberg Bay

Starling Village Backpackers, based in Plettenberg Bay at South Africa's scenic Garden Route, has recently started a new community project called "The Bag Lady". They are using old plastic bags collected from the streets, and re-using them to make cool bags, ideal for almost any casual purpose. The project aims to help underprivileged kids buy school uniforms.


19 February 2010

Give Lufthansa's A380 a name and win 1,000,000 Miles & More award miles

Lufthansa is offering 1,000,000 Miles & More award miles, which is enough to the whole globe twice in First Class, for a unique & catchy name for their new LH A380. Click here to suggest a name! From 31 March 2010, the judging panel will choose the winner out of the 50 best voted name suggestions. Good Luck!



Kruger National Park: Shingwedzi Rest Camp filling station closed

The Shingwedzi Rest Camp filling station in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is temporarily closed until further notice. The closure is due to petrol tanks being flooded by the heavy rains last night (18 Feb 2010). Guests are advised to fill up their tanks at the nearest camps either at Mopani (south) or Punda Maria (north) Rest Camps.

18 February 2010

Surfer survived shark attack near East London



South African surfer Michal du Plessis, 19, was attacked by a believed to be a three-metre Great White Shark, which bit in his leg before he could get away from it. The attack happend during a surfing session at Yellow Sands point near the coastal city of East London. Michal survived the encounter. No bones were broken or flesh torn out.


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mp3 of the day: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Conscience Killer

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is about to release their 7th album "Beat The Devil's Tattoo" in March 2010. Today's mp3 of the day "Conscience Killer" is from the new album!



click here to download "Conscience Killer" for free on rcrdlbl.com>>
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Kumuka Worldwide late deals in Southern & Eastern Africa

Kumuka Worldwide late availability offers in Southern & Eastern Africa:

Wildlife and Falls - Overland Tour
Start: Nairobi - Finish: Victoria Falls
Duration: 42 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Kenya - Uganda - Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe
Cost: €2,780.00/£2,565.00/US$4,100.00
Tour starting on 28 Feb 2010 only €2,363/£2,565.00/US$3,485

Pride of Africa - Overland Tour
Start: Nairobi - Finish: Johannesburg
Duration: 49 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Kenya - Uganda - Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana - South Africa
Cost: €3,350.00/£3,090.00/US$4,945.00
Tour starting on the 28 Feb 2010 only €2,848/£2,627/US$4,203

Gorilla Express - Overland Tour
Start: Nairobi - Finish: Nairobi
Duration: 14 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Kenya - Uganda
Cost: €755.00/£690.00/US$1,100.00
Tour starting on the 28 Feb 2010 only €642/£587/US$935

Gorillas and Game - Overland Tour
Start: Nairobi - Finish: Nairobi
Duration: 18 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Kenya - Uganda
Cost: €1,025.00/£930.00/US$1,510.00
Tour starting on the 28 Feb 2010 only €871/£791/US$1,284
more info & online booking >>

The East Africa Express - Overland Tour
Start: Victoria Falls - Finish: Nairobi
Duration: 22 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Zimbabwe - Zambia - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya
Cost: €1,700.00/£1,570.00/US$2,510.00
Tour starting on 07 Mar 2010 only €1,445/£1,335/US$2,134

Okavango Express - Overland Tour
Start: Victoria Falls - Finish: Johannesburg
Duration: 7 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Botswana - Zimbabwe - South Africa
Cost: €505.00/£465.00/US$745.00
Tour starting on 07 Mar 2010 only €429/£395/US$633

Livingstone's Africa - Overland Tour
Start: Nairobi - Finish: Victoria Falls
Duration: 28 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Kenya - Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe
Cost: €2,045.00/£1,890.00/US$3,025.00
Tour starting on the 14 Mar 2010 €1,738/£1,607/US$2,571
more info & online booking >>

Southern Explorer - Overland Tour
Start: Nairobi - Finish: Johannesburg
Duration: 35 days
Countries Visited & Visa Requirements: Kenya - Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana - South Africa
Cost: €2,605.00/£2,405.00/US$3,845.00
Tour starting on the 14 Mar 2010 only €2,214/£2,044/US$3,268

New laser system to kill Mosquitoes


The new laser system in the slow-motion video can kill mosquitoes without harming other insects. Hopefully such laser technologies will make it one day to the countries actually threatened by Mosquito-transmitted deseases like malaria...

17 February 2010

FIFA™ Fan Fests during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

South African FIFA Fan Fests™:
  • Durban (Beachfront Promenade, 25 000 fans)
    There will be 2 additional public viewing facilities in the KwaMashu and Umhlazi neighbourhoods
  • Cape Town (Grand Parade, 30 000 fans)
    Public viewing in Cape Town will also be available at the Athlone Civic Centre, Oliver Tambo Sports Centre, Bellville Velodrome and Swartklip Sport Complex.
  • Johannesburg (InnesFree Park, 10 000 fans AND Elkah Stadium, 20 000 fans)
    The City of Johannesburg will announce additional public viewing areas
  • Polokwane (Polokwane Cricket Club, 20 000 fans)
  • Bloemfontein (Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre, 20 000 fans)
  • Rustenburg (Fields College cricket oval, 20 000 fans)
  • Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay (St Georges Park, 30 000 fans)
  • Nelspruit/Mbombela (Bergvlam High School)
    Further public viewing facilities will also be set up in Mpumalanga's 3 district municipalities, at Mkhuhlu Stadium in the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Mbhalenhle Stadium in the Gert Sibande District Municipality, and Mhluzi Stadium in the Enkangala District Municipality.
  • Pretoria /Tshwane (tba.)

click here for more info about song in the video -"Wavin' Flag" by K'Naan

International FIFA Fan Fests™:
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • London (UK)
  • Mexico City (Mexico)
  • Paris (France)
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Rome (Italy)
  • Sydney (Australia)

great tour in Cape Town: People of Cape Town History Tour with Dinner

Cape Town is a city of extraordinary diversity, history and great stories. Over centuries many nations have passed through South Africa and Cape Town is a legacy of that. Experience an intimate exchange with the locals and enjoy an evening of moving stories and extraordinary hospitality.
Experience the history of Cape Town through the intimate stories and experiences of two local Cape Town families, including a home-cooked meal and stunning views over Cape Town.
Visit the homes of two Cape Town characters and listen to their amazing stories of the city's history. This is South African hospitality at its finest!


Accompanied by your tour guide, you visit the home of your first host, where a delicious home-cooked Cape Town dinner is awaiting you. The art of storytelling and conversation is very much alive in Cape Town, and over dinner you'll enjoy a personal and intimate view of Cape Town's history and evolution.
After dinner, travel with your guide to the home of the second host for coffee, a nightcap, and more stories. You will spend about an hour in each home, where hosts and guests include local poets, Cape Town entrepreneurs, journalists and musicians.

Highlights
Dinner included
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Instant Confirmation
Get inside tips from a local
Vegetarian meal option available
Departure Point: Wale Street in Central Cape Town
Departure Time: 7:00pm
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Return Details: Returns to original departure point

Lufthansa pilots to strike from 22 Feb - 25 Feb 2010

Booked on a flight with the German carrier Lufthansa anytime between Monday (22 Feb 2010, 00:00) and Thursday (25.02.2010, 23:59)? Well, the pilots just voted to strike during that time in order to gain a 6.5% salary increase as well as to protect the jobs of the 4500 German pilots.
Better contact Lufthansa as soon as possible for further info about your flight(s). Click here for more info!

UPDATE: click here for the "special LH timetable" during the strike! Flights to South Africa (Johannesburg <> Frankfurt), so far, seem to be operating as per usual.

UPDATE: according to several German newspapers (such as spiegel.de) the strike of the Lufthansa pilots will end tonite. German pilots union agreed that all pilots will be back at work from Tuesday, 23 Feb 00:00CET. Keep an eye on their "special timetable" as LH will make use of it untill everything is back to normal. Keep an eye on their website for further notice.
Lufthansa posted the following statement:
Irregularities of the flight operation will continue, however, on Tuesday. We will inform you of any updates to the flight operation as soon as possible on this page.

online flight booking on TravelComments.com >>

Lufthansa has implemented a toll free number for calls within Germany: 0800 / 8 50 60 70 where passengers receive information on their booking or rebook their flight
Lufthansa Reservations UK
Telefon Bookings + 44 (0) 871 945 9747 (charged at 10 pence per minute at all times (inc VAT) and will cost more from mobiles)
Lufthansa reservations and information USA
Telefon 1-800-645-3880
TTY: 1-866-846-4283 (Text telephone for hearing impaired)
LH Reservation Service Centre South Africa
Telefon Within South Africa: 0861 T-I-C-K-E-T (0861 8-4-2-5-3-8)
For calls outside South Africa: +27/21/415-3747
Lufthansa Reservation Centre Namibia
Telefon +27/21/415-3747
more on their website!

16 February 2010

mp3 of the day: Next Stop Soweto - Melotone Sisters With Amaqola Band + S. Piliso & His Super Seven

Strut Records follow their recent forays into Nigerian and Ethio grooves with a brand new wide-ranging three-part series exploring underground South African music during the late ‘60s and ‘70s, NEXT STOP SOWETO - Volume 1 explores the vibrant energy of the township jive sound, whilst Volumes 2 and 3, released across Spring and Summer 2010, cover rare SA soul, funk & Hammond R&B and the country’s rich jazz scene.

rcrdlbl.com is presenting two of the tracks as free downloads on their website:
The full album NEXT STOP SOWETO - Volume 1 will be out beginning of March. You can pre-order it in the TravelComments.com eShop!

(Budget) accommodation close to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport


click on map for booking details!

other options close to OR Tambo International Airport:
Most accommodation establishments close to the airport are actually offering shuttles to and from the aiport. In case they don't, click here for Johannesburg Airport Shared Arrival Transfers or Johannesburg Airport Shared Departure Transfers.

2010 World Cup - Ticket sales update

Between the 9 Feb 2010 and 16 Feb 2010 a total of 117 589 tickets (110 583 individual match tickets & 10 076 team specific series tickets) have been sold to 119 countries. 84% of it (99 042 tickets) have been sold to South African residents. About 11500 ticket applications are still being processed. More than 400 000 tickets were made available for the fourth ticketing sales phase.
  • South Africa - 99 042 tickets
  • USA - 4327 tickets
  • UK - 1964 tickets
  • Mexico - 1898 tickets
  • Australia - 1231 tickets
  • Germany - 1193 tickets
As from today (Tues, 16 Feb 2010), football fans can now apply for tickets by phone by calling the Call Centre (open from 08:00 – 17:00 CET, 09:00 – 18:00 South African Time):
- South African number: 083 123 2010
- International number: +41 44583 2010

14 February 2010

Tour of the day: 3-Day Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Fly-In Tour

Experience the immense power of the Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Listed site and true natural wonder of the world. You'll go on a guided safari to view the falls, take a cruise on the Zambezi River and have plenty of time to relax on this leisurely three-day tour.

Highlights
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • All-inclusive tour
The majestic Victoria Falls are a little over a mile (1,708 meters) wide, with a thundering vertical drop of up to 351 feet (107 meters). Your guided walking safari of the Victoria Falls takes you to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, taking in the cataracts and Livingstone's statue, and offering the chance to spot a wide variety of birds and plants.
During your stay you can sit back and relax on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls
Mid-morning departure. Hotel transfer on arrival at Victoria Falls. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight accommodation: A'Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or Victoria Falls Hotel
Day 2: Victoria Falls (B)
After breakfast, a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This walking safari takes one through the magnificent rain forest to view the Cataracts, Livingstone's statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. Afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
Overnight accommodation: A'Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or Victoria Falls Hotel
Day 3: Victoria Falls - Johannesburg (B)
After breakfast transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for return flight to Johannesburg International Airport.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to arrival in Zimbabwe. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
Please note:
Airport taxes are subject to change at any time without notice. Your tour includes an estimated amount of taxes and it may be necessary to request additional taxes to be paid after booking. In the majority of cases there will be no additional amount, or it will be minimal.

11 February 2010

HostelBookers has launched its first ever Awards for Excellence - Africa

Hostelbookers has launched its first ever Awards for Excellence to recognize the top rated hostels in 2009.

TOP 3 hostels in Africa:
(overall scores across selected ranking criteria and customer reviews)
Luna Hotel and Hostel - Cairo, Egypt
Riad Jomana - Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Zahraa GuestHouse - Meknes, Morocco

Award for Cleanliness - Africa:
(highest ratings for cleanliness)
Bob's Bunkhouse - Johannesburg, South Africa
Riad Sabah - Marrakech, Morocco
Wake Up! Cairo Hostel - Cairo, Egypt

Best Value - Africa:
(highest customer rating for value)
Riad Attouyour - Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Marrakech Rouge - Marrakech, Morocco
Sherief Hotel - Luxor, Egypt

Best Location - Africa:
(highest customer rating for location)
Equity Point Marrakech - Marrakech, Morocco
Hotel Batha - Fes, Morocco
Pension Souika - Chefchaouen, Morocco

Most Popular - Africa:
(most bookings)
Citadel Hostel - Jerusalem, Israel
Hotel Central - Casablanca, Morocco
Old Jaffa Hostel and Guest House - Tel Aviv, Israel

Best Atmosphere - Africa:
(highest customer rating for atmosphere)
The Backpack & Africa Travel Centre - Cape Town, South Africa
Wildebeest Camp - Nairobi, Kenya
ZenjiHotel - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Namibia <> South Africa border post closed

Due to the rise of the water level of the Orange River, the pont/ferry that allows access across the river at Sendelingsdrift border post has closed until further notice. Pls make use the of the Noordoewer border post (see map), open 24 hours a day.


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great travel film: Last Stop For Paul (2006)

Last Stop for Paul is a 2006/07 independent movie by American Neil Mandt. It chronicles the low-budget road trip of two men who wanna travel to Thailand for the monthly Full Moon Party and eventually travel around the world in just two weeks. The film was shot completely on the fly, nothing was set up in advance. There was also no crew and no casting.


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10 February 2010

Learn about wildlife and conservation with the African bush as your classroom!

Wildlife training in South Africa & Swaziland
departures in 2010: 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct,
1 Nov, 6 Dec
price: from £1595 (28 days) excluding flights


This course is ideally suited as an introduction to guiding and game rangi
ng for those wishin to pursue a conservation orientated career, or those simply wishing to improve their knowledge of wildlife and the African bush. There is no entry level required to enroll, other than an enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors. However a basic knowledge of wildlife and conservation issues would be helpful.
This is a field training course and as such the African bush is our classroom. A dedicated team of wildlife specialists will be lecturing and guiding you through the course in the Kruger National Park, Songimvelo Game Reserve and the Lubombo Conservancy. Each area offers some unique insights into the wonders of the wild and close encounters w
ith big game are par for the course. You will spend much of your time doing practical exercises, field walks and game drives and a moderate level of fitness will be needed. It is a four week course and whilst exploring these areas you will learning by observation and practical experience as you go.

The first two weeks of the course are set in the 60,000 ha Lubombo Conservancy of north eastern Swaziland which contains lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, giraffe and a whole host of other big game. This area of Swaziland is particularly rich in threatened species, and forms part of the Maputaland centre of endemism. The Lubombo Conservancy is an interesting example of co-operative conservation management in action. The third week of the course is spent in the Kruger National Park which is probably Africa's most famous conservation area. Spanning nearly 20,000 square kilometres, it covers a vast array of habitats and associated wildlife. This National Park has an aura of ancient times and offers some of the best opportunities in the world to view Africa's big game. We spend five days in the heart of the park venturing in search of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, wild dog and a variety of Kruger's other specialties. The last week of the course is spent in the Malolotja-Songimvelo Trans-frontier park, the premier cross-border park between South Africa and Swaziland. Set in a global biodiversity hotspot it covers 80,000 ha of spectacular mountains and savanna plains and is home to elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, springbok, oribi and a multitude of other interesting and threatened species. It includes Songimvelo Game Reserve in South Africa and the adjoining Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland.