20 April 2018

Durban: Four beaches partially closed for sand pumping!

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, the metropolitan municipality that includes the city of Durban and surrounding towns, just announced that portions of:
  • North Beach
  • Dairy Beach
  • Country Club Beach
  • Battery Beach 
will be closed to public from today (20 April 2018) to allow for sand pumping. The beaches will reopen in approximately four weeks.

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" ("place of the Swazi" in siSwati, the Swazi language). 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.