19 April 2018

Swaziland: King Mswati III has officially renamed the country!

Swaziland's King Mswati III announced at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the country's independence (and his 50th birthday) the official renaming of Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland). The new official name of Africa's last remaining absolute monarchy is from today "Kingdom of eSwatini". Well... we'll keep you posted!
Swaziland, Kingdom of eSwatini, King Mswati III, Reed Dance

Cape Town: MyCiti bus service is suspended​ until further notice!

The City of Cape Town just announced that the city's MyCiti bus service is suspended until further notice. This is due to a nationwide strike, over a wage dispute, affecting the entire bus industry across South Africa.

Cape Town's bus rapid transit (BRT) service. Founded in 2010, it has 42 stations and 760 stops in many areas of the Mother City.

Constitution Hill (Johannesburg): Free entry on Freedom Day!

Johannesburg's Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa's journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort and is, today, home to the country's Constitutional Court. Constitution Hill opens its doors to visitors free of charge* on Freedom Day (27 April 2018). 
The Constitution Hill precinct is located at 11 Kotze Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg near the western end of the suburb of Hillbrow. The opening hours are daily from 09:00 to 17:00, with the final tour departing from the Visitor Centre at 16:00. Tickets for adults cost between R65 (1hrs highlights tour) and R350 (3hrs time travel tour). If you are visiting Constitution Hill as part of your City Sightseeing red bus tour, your red bus ticket entitles you to a 25% discount off your Constitution Hill ticket price on the day of your red bus trip.

Constitution Hill provides free entry on the following days:
  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • Women's Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Day: 24 September
  • World Tourism Day: 27 September
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December 

*This offer applies to general admission for self-guided tours throughout the precinct.

South Africa: Airlink to launch direct flights between Johannesburg <> Port Elizabeth!

South African carrier Airlink is set to launch direct flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth on 06 May 2018. The new service will be served by one of the airline's recently acquired 74 seat Embraer E170 aircrafts.
The flights depart from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) at 18:10 arriving at Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) at 19:40, Monday to Friday and Sundays. The return flight departs
Port Elizabeth at 06:45 arriving at Johannesburg at 08:15. On Saturdays, the flight departs Port Elizabeth at 08:00 arriving at Johannesburg at 09:30. 

17 April 2018

Mozambique: African Wild Dogs have been reintroduced into Gorongosa National Park!

After an absence of more than 25 years, African Wild Dogs have been reintroduced into Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique by the South African Wild Dog Advisory Group (SAWAG). The founding pack of fifteen animals consists of nine males, which naturally dispersed from their natal pack in the uMkhuze Section of the iSimangaliso National Park in South Africa in 2016, and six free-roaming female wild dogs, also originating from the region.
African Wild Dogs are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and continue to face threats in many countries and landscapes in Africa. The pressures facing this charismatic species include loss of suitable habitat, persecution, snaring within existing game reserves, and disease.

Victoria Falls: New Intercape pick-up/drop-off point!

In case you are planning to use an Intercape bus to or from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe: The pick-up/drop-off point has changed from The Kingdom Hotel (1 Mallett Drive) to the Total Garage Vic Falls (251 Livingstone Way; see map).

Intercape is the largest intercity passenger transport service operating in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana,
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Iziko Museums of South Africa: Free entry on Freedom Day!

Iziko Museums of South Africa just announced on Facebook that visitors will have free access to all of its museums and galleries in Cape Town (except for the Iziko Planetarium & Digital Dome, Groot Constantia and the Castle of Good Hope) on Freedom Day on 27 April 2018!

Iziko Museums of South Africa provides free entry on the following days:
  • 21 March – Human Rights Day
  • 27 April – Freedom Day
  • 25 May – Africa Day
  • 24 September – Heritage Day and Heritage Week
  • 16 June – Youth Day
  • 09 August – Women’s Day
  • 01 December – World Aids Day & Emancipation Day

16 April 2018

Edelweiss Air to increase its seasonal non-stop service Zürich <> Cape Town!

Swiss airline Edelweiss Air will add an additional weekly flight between Zürich Airport (ZRH) in Zürich and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town from October 2018. This will increase the number of direct seasonal flights between the two cities from three to four a week. 

12 April 2018

Botswana: New elephant poaching figures!

According to the latest poaching statistics by Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), the country has lost 62 elephants in 2017/18 to illegal poaching activities compared with 42 elephants in 2016/17. There has also been an increase in trafficking of elephant tusks - based on numbers of tusks recovered, 109 tusks have been trafficked in 2017/2018 (as of end of February) compared with 48 in 2016/2017. Elephants are mostly poached in the Linyanti and Shaile areas along Botswana's border with Namibia.

11 April 2018

Zimbabwe: FlyAfrica to resume flights between Harare <> Johannesburg!

According to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), low cost-carrier FlyAfrica will resume scheduled flights between Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg as well as between Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) in Bulawayo and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) on 15 April 2018. Zimbabwe's state-controlled broadcaster also reports that, according to FlyAfrica's executive chairman Mr Cassidy Mugwagwa, all the necessary regulatory approvals have been secured for the operations. Well, we'll keep you posted!

10 April 2018

Air France to increase flights between Paris <> Nairobi!

update (16 April 2019): Due to operational day changes, Air France will continue to operate three weekly flights between Paris and Nairobi, instead of previously listed four weekly flights.

The flag carrier of France, Air France, is set to increase its service between Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. The airline will introduce an additional fourth weekly flight on board a Boeing 787-9 on 28 October 2018.

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in March 2018!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Durban's King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in March 2018.
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 (JNB), Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2018 (airport target 87%
  1. FlySafair - 94.06% (February 89.98%)
  2. South African Airways - 88.35% (February 92.06%) 
  3. Airlink - 85.09% (February 86.97%) 
  4. CemAir - 83.52% (February 54.47%)
  5. Kulula.com - 72.78% (February 82.04%) 
  6. British Airways Domestic - 72.01% (February 79.36%)
  7. Mango - 70.72% (February 79.70%)  
  8. SA Express - 63.52% (February 67.32%)
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (February --.--%) 

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2018 (airport target 90%)
  1. FlySafair - 90.80% (February 87.99%)
  2. South African Airways - 90.52% (February 92.90%)  
  3. Airlink - 86.60% (February 88.13%)
  4. Kulula.com - 77.35% (February 88.88%) 
  5. Mango - 75.18% (February 86.39%)  
  6. British Airways Domestic - 74.45% (February 81.19%)  
  7. CemAir - 71.26% (February 66.67%)
  8. SA Express - 70.15% (February 75.20%)  
  9. Fly Blue Crane Aviation - --.-- (February --.--%)

King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance March 2018 (airport target 91%)
  1. South African Airways - 94.79% (February 93.87%)
  2. FlySafair - 94.15% (February 94.84%) 
  3. Airlink - 90.73% (February 84.68%)
  4. Mango - 77.79% (February 82.35%)
  5. British Airways Domestic - 77.20% (February 79.30%)   
  6. Kulula.com - 74.63% (February 82.89%) 
  7. SA Express - 67.46% (February 64.45%)