22 August 2017

South Africa: New increased tariffs at Mpumalanga's Nature Reserves!

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has announced that it will increase entry and accommodation fees at its various nature reserves in Mpumalanga from 01 November 2017. These include the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Manyeleti Nature Reserve, Ohrigstad Nature Reserve, Andover Nature Reserve, Sterkspruit Nature Reserve, Songimvelo Nature Reserve, Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve, Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve, Loskop Nature Reserve, Mabusa Nature Reserve, Mdala Nature Reserve, SS Skosana Nature Reserve and Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve. All tarifs will be adjusted upwards by a small margin and continue to be charged in South African Rand (ZAR).

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The Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency (MTPA) has the mandate of positioning Mpumalanga as the world class tourism destination through providing an integrated tourism and biodiversity conservation management system in order to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the province.

21 August 2017

Port Elizabeth: The Campanile has been reopened to the public!

One of Port Elizabeth's most visible skyline and audible heritage landmarks, the Campanile in Strand Street, has been reopened to the public after a R20-million facelift. The upgrades and renovations included the installation of an interactive visual-technology array dubbed "Ghost Bells", a new harbour viewing window, a special computerised, purpose-built, electro-mechanical bell ringing system for the tower's 17 ton bell carillon as well as a new reception area that will act as an information desk and several exhibition areas within the Campanile.



The Campanile (Italian for "bell tower") was built in 1920 to mark the centenary of the arrival of the 1820 settlers who came from Britain to help populate the frontier of the Eastern Cape. The 53.5m high tower has a climb of 204 steps that takes one to the Observation Room, offering a magnificent view of the harbor and surroundings. A silver plaque on the 67th step up the Campanile represents the start of the Route 67 - a public art urban meander dedicated to Nelson Mandela.


The Campanile in Port Elizabeth is open for tours to all members of the public and visitors between Monday and Friday from 09:00 to 16:00, Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:00.

Namibia to celebrate the "Namibian Heritage Week" in September 2017!

Namibia is celebrating the "Namibian Heritage Week" from 18 - 24 September 2017 to encourage Namibians to keep culture alive and to pass on inherited traditions and knowledge to our descendants. During that time, the citizens of Namibia will have free access to various heritage sites in the country, including:
rock engravings, Twyfelfontein, Namibia

South Africa: Kruger National Park to implement new ID control access

South African National Parks (SANParks) is currently implementing additional gate access control systems at the entrance gates in the southern part of Kruger National Park. As from 01 September 2017, all visitors who are 18 years old and above must produce a positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access. For non-South African visitors, they must produce passports but a South African driver's licence will also be acceptable. Visitors will still be required to go through their normal check-in or check-out at the gate receptions before proceeding to the security scanning process. 

Wild Dog, Kruger National Park, safari, South Africa

The new system, which applies to everybody including SANParks staff members, suppliers and other residents of
Kruger National Park, will assist with monitoring of people's movement who enter and exit the Park and will ensure that information related to any persons entering the Kruger National Park is centrally recorded and monitored.

Fastjet launches new route between Harare <> Lusaka!

Low cost-carrier fastjet is set to introduce a new route between Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, Zambia, on 13 November 2017. The airline will operate two weekly flights on Mondays and Thursdays (HRE > LUN) and on Tuedays and Saturdays (LUN > HRE). The additional route is the fifth route in Zimbabwe for fastjet as the airline celebrates its second anniversary in the country and fifth brand birthday this year.

10 August 2017

Namibia plans to prosecute people posting trophy hunting photos on social media!

According to the Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People's Republic of China, Namibia will start to prosecute people posting trophy hunting photos on social media once the new Protection Areas and Wildlife Management Bill passes into law. The news agency quotes Namibia's Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta saying at a press conference on 09 August 2017 "that people who kill wildlife, whether with a permit or not, and post photos on social media and boast will face the wrath of the law [...]". We'll keep you posted!

Namibia, Etosha National Park, Gemsbok, Impala, Zebra

09 August 2017

Fastjet temporarily suspended flights between Johannesburg <> Dar es Salaam!

Low cost-carrier Fastjet has temporarily suspended its service between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam. According to tweets on twitter, the airline suspended the route due to operational changes and can't give a specific date as to when the service will resume. Thx Dr. Wolfgang H Thome @whthome!