22 February 2018

Namibia: Namibia Wildlife Resorts to slash rates by 75% in March 2018!

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), the state-owned enterprise mandated to run the tourism facilities within the protected areas of Namibia, just announced that it will once again be running its 75% discount during March (01 - 31 March 2018), as Namibia celebrates its 28th anniversary. The discount will be running at all its facilities spread across Namibia excluding campsites and its Terrace Bay Resort.

Namibia, Etosha National Park, sundowner

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: uMkhuze temporary road closures

The uMkhuze section in South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu Natal, has received over 273 mm of rain in the past 5 days and is expecting more significant rain in the coming days. Due to the unprecedented rainfall, some of the Park access and visitor roads got damaged and have therefor been temporarily closed until the damage has been assessed or repaired.
  • Outside of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the access road to the eMshophi Gate has been damaged and it is not advisable for sedans or low clearance vehicles to use this road. The Department of Transport is aware of the problem and has been requested to intervene urgently;
  • The Ophansi Gate access route from the R22 is also in a poor state and wis not advisable to attempt to access this by sedan. High clearance and 4×4 vehicles would still be able to access these entrances subject to road works and repairs that may result in further temporary closures;
  • The road down south at the Mlambamude crossing has been closed by the South Loop turn off due to the bridge being undercut and more than half the road washed away;
  • The road to iNsumo Pan (hides and picnic site) has been closed due to dangerous river crossings and flooding subject to further assessment as waters recede;
  • Loop Road and the road to the Lebombo Tower area have been badly eroded. Only vehicles with high road clearance i.e. bakkies and bigger SUVs will be allowed until the road has been graded.

Namibia: Air Namibia postponed the launch of Windhoek-Lagos-Accra flight

Namibia's flag carrier, Air Namibia, has postponed the launch of scheduled flights to Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos, Nigeria, and to Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra, Ghana, from 25 March 2018 to 29 June 2018. According to a statement by the airline, the postponement is due to external factors such as the non-availability of a departure slot at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) to support the initial scheduled departure at 22:05.

20 February 2018

Cape Town: "Day Zero" has been pushed back to 09 July 2018!

According to a new statement by the City of Cape Town, "Day Zero" has now moved from 04 June 2018 to 09 July 2018 due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5% (as compared to a 1.9% drop in 2014). This week's reduced water consumption as well as the Groenland water donation to the Steenbras Upper Dam has helped pushing back the date. 

 
On "Day Zero" taps in homes and businesses in Cape Town will be turned off until the rains come. The city's (at least) four million residents will have to line up for water rations at 200 collection points.


19 February 2018

Air Botswana temporarily suspends direct flights between Gaborone <> Cape Town!

update (21 February 2018): etnw.co.za reports today that passengers with bookings between February 27 and May 31 will, however, be able to request full refunds!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, has temporarily suspended its direct service between Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The route is being operated through a lease agreemnet with CemAir, which is grounded since 02 February 2018 due to regulatory compliance concerns. As a temporary measure, travellers booked on Air Botswana flights between Gaborone and Cape Town are now beeing rerouted via OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg at no extra cost, until a definite solution has been implemented. We'll keep you posted!


Garden Route: The project to revive the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train is on track!

Classic Rail, the private consortium that's working to restore train services on the historic Knysna <> George railway line, has released a first status update since August/September 2016. According to the update, which was released earlier today (19 February 2018), the project to revive the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train is on track. Transnet Freight Rail accepted Classic Rail's revised business plan during January 2018, and they are now attending to the matter as quickly as they can. We'll keep you posted!

Garden Route, Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train, George, Knysna, South Africa
The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train

17 February 2018

South Africa: CemAir has resumed selected domestic flights in South Africa!

South African private airline CemAir has resumed selected domestic flights in South Africa in cooperation with South African air carriers SKA SA Aircraft Leasing and BalmOral Central Contracts. The following flights will be operated over the next few days:

17 & 18 February 2019:

19 February 2019:
20 February 2019:
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update (20 February 2018): 

21 February 2018:
22 February 2018:
23 February 2018:

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CemAir had to suspend all of its domestic flights in South Africa on 03 February 2018 due to a documentation issue identified by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in the annual audit of the CemAir AMO (Aircraft Maintenance Organization).