27 June 2017

Cape Town: Signal Hill picnic site to close for maintenance work!

The picnic site on Cape Town's famous Signal Hill will be closed between 17 July 2017 and 26 July 2017 for maintenance work.

Signal Hill is the Northern-most tip of the terrestrial area of the Table Mountain National Park and offers excellent views of
Cape Town and the harbour. It is from here that the noon day gun marks 12:00 in Cape Town.

26 June 2017

Kenya Airways & KLM expanded their codeshare agreement!

According to aviation specialists routesonline, KLM and Kenya Airways, both members of Skyteam, have again expanded their codeshare agreement. Under the revised agreement, Kenya Airways places its "KQ" code on KLM flights in Europe, Russia and Israel as well as on selcted routes in East Africa.

Kenya Airways flights operated by KLM (as of June 2017):

23 June 2017

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Road works and closures!

South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu Natal, is continuing with routine road maintenance and repairs throughout the Park.

Eastern Shores:

Certain sections of the tar road between Bhangazi Gate and Cape Vidal resort will be re-tarred during the course of next few weeks. This work will be done in half widths with two affected sections of 2km long each. Flagmen will utilise the Stop-Go system to maintain access for tourist traffic. Please allow up to 30 minutes extra for travel between Cape Vidal and the Bhangazi Gate, in particular before gate closing at 18:00 sharp.

21 June 2017

Skytrax World Airline Awards: Africa's Best Airlines 2017!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has been named Best Airline in Africa in the 2017 edition of the Skytrax World Airline Awards. South African Airways, Africa's best airline for the previous 14 years (!), gained the second highest passenger satisfaction ratings on the continent. Air Mauritius was named third best airline in Africa, followed by Air Seychelles and Kenya's flag carrier Kenya Airways. Fastjet, the pan-Africa low-cost carrier, was named eigth best airline in Africa, followed by Kulula, the low-cost airline subsidiary of British Airways franchise Comair in South Africa, and budget carrier Mango, also from South Africa.

The Best Airlines in Africa 2017:

  1. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  2. South African Airways (South Africa)
  3. Air Mauritius (Mauritius)
  4. Air Seychelles (Seychelles)
  5. Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  6. Royal Air Maroc (Marocco)
  7. TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola)
  8. Fastjet (pan-African)
  9. Kulula (South Africa)
  10. Mango (South Africa)
Fastjet was named best Low-Cost Airline in Africa 2017, followed by Kulula and Mango from South Africa, as well as Jambojet and fly540 from Kenya.

Best Low-Cost Airlines in Africa 2017:

  1. fastjet (pan-African)
  2. Kulula (South Africa)
  3. Mango (South Africa)
  4. Jambojet (Kenya)
  5. fly540 (Kenya)
South African Airways was given the award for Best Airline Staff in Africa 2017, followed by Africa's Most Improved Airline 2017, Ethiopian Airlines (global ranking #5).

Best Airline Staff in Africa 2017:

  1. South African Airways (South Africa)
  2. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  3. Air Seychelles (Seychelles)
  4. Royal Air Maroc (Marocco)
  5. Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  6. Air Austral (RĂ©union)
  7. Air Mauritius (Mauritius)
  8. Kulula (South Africa)
  9. Mango (South Africa)
  10. TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola)
World's Most Improved Airlines 2017:
  1. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  2. Iberia
  3. Hainan Airlines
  4. Ryanair
  5. Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  6. Philippine Airlines
  7. Fiji Airways
  8. Lufthansa
  9. China Airlines
  10. Hong Kong Airlines
The Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017 are based on customer responses to a survey which is run over a period of 10 months (August 2016 - May 2017). 19.87 million customer surveys were completed during that period. The survey, which covered over 325 airlines, measures passenger satisfaction across 41 key performance indicators of airline front-line product and service - including check-in, boarding, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, inflight entertainment and staff service.

20 June 2017

Fastjet launched a fifth seasonal flight between Harare <> Victoria Falls!

Due to strong demand, Fastjet has introduced a fifth seasonal flight between Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls. The airline will operate the additional flight every Monday between 17 July 2017 and 11 September 2017. 

19 June 2017

Fastjet to increase flights between Johannesburg <> Harare!

Fastjet is set to increase the number of daily return flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare from two to three flights. The additional daily service will be introduced on 01 July 2017. 

Garden Route: Knysna forest not affected by the fire!

The iconic Knysna forest, South Africa's largest portion of Southern Afrotemperate Forests, was not affected by the recent fire that devasted the town of Knysna and it's surroundings in early June 2017. The forest, which is spanning across some 60,500 hectares of land, from George to Tsitsikamma in the East, is accessible from Goudveld to Diepwalle.
The Knysna forest is home to over 22 species of amphibians, 24 reptile species, 305 species of birds and some 42% of South Africa’s 290 mammal species. At least 7.1% of the Park’s mammals are listed as endangered (EN) and 14% as vulnerable (VU). Some of the trees in the forest, like the King Edward Big tree in Diepwalle, the Dalene Matthee Memorial and the Hoekwil Big tree are 600 years old. The famous Tsitsikamma Big tree is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old.