21 October 2017

Ethiopian Airlines: Free wifi at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, in cooperation with Ethiopian Airports Services have availed free Wi-Fi connection at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa with immediate effect. The introduction of free wifi at the airline's main hub will particulary benefit transit passengers waiting for connecting flights.
Ethiopian Airlines has also fully digitalized all its business processes such as aircraft maintenance and Flight Operations, Commercial Operations, Finance, HRM, Customer Services, Procurement and supply Chain Management, Online learning, management approvals and authorizations by removing paper from the entire system as of 28 September 2017.

Ethiopian Airlines
is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. It commands the lion's share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

20 October 2017

South Africa: Malaria season update!

South Africa's National Insitute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) issued a new malaria alert on 19 October 2017. According to the alert, high numbers of malaria cases are currenly being reported in the malaria transmission areas in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. A modest increase in cases in the Kruger National Park and private reserves in the area has also been confirmed. It is therefore highly advised to take the necessary precautionary measures against malaria when visiting the affected regions.

South Africa, Malaria, Malaria Risk Area map
Malaria Risk Areas in South Africa
via http://www.nicd.ac.za/index.php/malaria-alert-03-may-2017/

The high numbers of malaria cases follow a very busy 2017 malaria season, which peaked in April and May and extended into June. High rainfall, humidity and ambient temperatures provided ideal conditions for malaria mosquito breeding and contributed to an increase in malaria cases in the southern African region. Unusually mild winter temperatures in malaria areas have allowed for ongoing mosquito and parasite development and led to an early and busy malaria season, which started already in August 2017. (via NICD)

South Africa: South African National Parks adjusts its Wild Card tariff fees!

South African National Parks (SANPArks) has announced the annual tariff adjustment of its Wild Card programme membership for all parks, effective from 01 November 2017. The new Wild Card membership tariffs are applicable for the period of 01 November 2017 to 31 October 2018. The adjustment is an annual occurrence and is in line with the yearly Consumer Price Index applied to daily conservation fees payable in our national parks.

South Africa, Kruger National Park, safari vehicle, rhino

The following Wild Card membership prices will apply from 01 November 2017:
  1. All Parks Cluster – For access to more than 80 parks and reserves in South Africa including SANParks, Msinsi, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, CapeNature and Swaziland's Big Game Parks Clusters Park: individual R565, couple R930 and family* R1,140
  2. SANParks Cluster – Access to all 21 of SANParks' National Parks in South Africa: individual R540, couple R880 and family* R1,055
  3. Msinsi Cluster – Access to all 6 of Msinsi's resorts and reserves near Durban and Pietermaritzburg: individual R490, couple R805 and family* R995
  4. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Cluster – Access to 25 of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's parks and reserves in KwaZulu-Natal: individual R540, couple R875 and family* R1,050
  5. CapeNature Cluster – Access to 24 of CapeNature's parks and reserves in the Western Cape: individual R490, couple R800 and family* R960
  6. Swaziland's Big Game Parks Cluster – Access to Big Game Parks of Swaziland's three parks in Swaziland: individual R405, couple R665 and family* R810
  7. International All Parks Cluster – Access to the more than 80 parks and reserves in South Africa which include SANParks, Msinsi, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, CapeNature and Swaziland's Big Game Parks Cluster Parks: Individual R2,430, couple R3,800 and family* R4,545
Local clusters (#1-#6) are only available to Nationals of South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Internationals may only purchase an International All Parks Cluster (#7) unless in possession of a valid South African residency/work permit.

*Note: Family card = up to seven individuals, maximum two adults

19 October 2017

Kruger National Park: Restaurant facilities in three rest camps temporarily closed!

South African National Parks (SANParks) just announced that the restaurant facilities at Letaba Rest Camp, Olifants Rest Camp and Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are temporarily closed until further notice. Visitors to the park can make use of the temporary facilities that have been set up in each of the camps. All accommodation facilities in the three rest camps are equipped with braai facilities and kitchens (private/communal) in case visitors wish to self-cater. We'll keep you posted!

Kruger National Park, South Africa, safari, yellow-billed hornbill

18 October 2017

South African Airways: Intra-Africa service changes from October 2017!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways, will terminate flights to Libreville (Gabon), Cotonou (Benin) and Douala (Cameroon) in January 2018 and has made some additional changes to its operations to Luanda in Angola and Pointe Noire and Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo.
  • JohannesburgLibrevilleCotonou: Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly (effective 29 October 2017); last flight on 07 January 2017 
  • JohannesburgLibrevilleDouala: Reduce from 3 to 1 weekly (effective 06 October 20117); last flight on 06 January 2017
  • Johannesburg <> Luanda: Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly (effective 09 October 2017); between 29 October 2017 - 03 January 2018, 2 of 4 weekly service will be operated by a A320 (replacing A330/340)
  • JohannesburgPointe NoireBrazzavilleJohannesburg: 1 weekly service cancelled (effective 08 October 2017; reduced from 3 weekly flights since 24 September 2017)

Cape Town: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to introduce a new queueing system at the Lower Station

Cape Town's Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is set to introduce a new queueing system at the Lower Station in November 2017, which ensures that online ticket holders are given preference when accessing the cable cars. 

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa,

There will still be two queues at Table Mountain's Lower Station - one for ticket holders (e.g. online tickets holders) and one for visitors who want to purchase tickets at the Cableway's Ticket Office. Those who don't have a ticket when arriving at the Lower Station will have to queue for tickets first before they can join the ticket holders queue and will no longer be able to directly join the ramp queue for the lifts once they have purchased tickets at the Ticket Office as it is currently the practice.

Cape Town: New requirements for Robben Island visitors!

Cape Town's Robben Island has introduced new requirements for visitors to the island and the museum on 05 October 2017. All visitors booked for trips to Robben Island must provide identification (ID, passport, birth certificate, drivers licence or certified copies thereof) when purchasing tickets. 

Cape Town, Robben Island, visitor requirements
src.: Website of the Robben Island Museum (*.docx)

According to the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), the identification is getting verified when visitors check in for their trip and has to be kept handy by visitors at all times. Robben Island Museum said the move was part of an ongoing effort to provide guests with the best possible service, says SATSA. Well... We'll keep you posted!