GAUTENG: NEW CAMP OPENS IN DINOKENG
The Explorers Little Mongena Tented Camp recently opened in the malaria-free ‘Big-5’ Dinokeng Game Reserve and is roughly a 90-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport. The camp is situated on the banks of a 28-hectare dam, boasting free-roaming wildlife including hippos, crocodiles and birdlife. Accommodation includes luxury tents that feature an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, mini-safes and a patio. The main area includes a lounge area, bar, dining area and an open-air boma. Activities include game drives on the private concession.

GAUTENG: NEW BON HOTEL SET TO OPEN
BON in Kempton Park, is in the process of constructing a further 7-storey, 246-room hotel at Destiny Hotel and Convention Centre. The project is in the 2nd phase of construction and is due to open in November. Destiny Hotel and Convention Centre currently has a 40-room boutique hotel and a convention centre and is looking to further host a new 220-seater restaurant, meeting rooms and a rooftop bar.

GAUTENG: STEYN EVENTS ACQUIRES HALLMARK HOUSE
Steyn Events, operating as Steyn Entertainment, will be operating Maboneng’s Sir David Adjaye designed Hallmark House in Johannesburg. The hotel will be closed while Steyn Entertainment implements several upgrades and refurbishments to the ground floor and hotel rooms. The hotel is set to reopen on 1 September with the completion of phase 1, and the full relaunch is set for November and will include the gallery and roof-top bar.  The building will house a gallery, games room, inside and outside gym, The Marabi Club, Cutters Barber Shop, a deli, coffee shop and conferencing facilities.

NORTH WEST: MADIKWE CONSERVATION LEVY INCREASE
Madikwe Game Reserve has announced an increase of the Conservation Levy by 10% as of 1 January 2020. The Conservation Levy is a compulsory fee and the following is applicable per person per night, VAT inclusive and subject to change without prior notice.

  • Current: ZAR 150; Children 2-11 years ZAR 75; Children < 2 years no charge.
  • From 1 January 2020: ZAR 165; Children 2-11 years ZAR 82.50; Children < 2 years no charge.

The following changes will apply to Rhulani Safari Lodge:

  • For all new bookings for 2020, Rhulani Safari Lodge will charge the new Conservation Levy which can be paid via prepayment or upon check-out.
  • For all bookings already made for 2020, Rhulani Safari Lodge will not charge the required increase of the Conservation Levy.

WESTERN CAPE: RENOVATIONS AT THE WESTIN CAPE TOWN
The Westin Cape Town is in the process of refurbishing their guestrooms, and is scheduled to be completed on 20 October. The work on the guestrooms is taking place from Monday – Friday from 8am until 5pm, where 2 floors will be worked on at a time. No guests will have access or be placed on these floors or area of refurbishment and all facilities will remain open during this period.

WESTERN CAPE: TABLE MOUNTAIN CLOSES FOR MAINTENANCE
The Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for scheduled annual maintenance from Monday 8 July to Sunday 18 August 2019. Maintenance during the 6 week period will include a mechanical overhaul of the rotating floors and cabin door mechanisms in the cable cars and the replacement of the heel and haul ropes. The main gearbox, generators, backup generators, hydraulics and brake systems will all be serviced.

ESWATINI: NEW UNESCO BIOSPHERE
The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) received its 1st UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on 21 June. The Lubombo Biosphere Reserve is one of the 18 new sites in 12 countries that were added to World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Located in the Lubombo Mountain Range, the reserve forms Eswatini’s eastern border with Mozambique and South Africa, and the 294 020 hectare-reserve’s ecosystems include forest, wetland and savannah. Wildlife found in this area includes leopard, white rhino, tsessebe, roan antelope, cape buffalo and suni.

NAMIBIA: NEW SCHEDULED FLIGHTS ANNOUNCED
Namibia’s private airline Westair Aviation has announced the launch of its domestic passenger flights, and the 1st route announced are 3 scheduled flights per week from Eros Airport in Windhoek to Oranjemund starting 24 June. Westair Aviation was granted Designated Carrier status by the Namibian Transport Commission, making Westair Aviation an official scheduled passenger airline, with flights to various destinations within the country and the sub-region, under the brand name FlyWestair. As for additional routes, Westair is eligible to fly to various destinations in Namibia and new destinations to be introduced include Cape Town, Walvisbay, Ondangwa and Johannesburg. Local flights on these routes are planned to start from July, with regional flights introduced from August subject to on service agreements being reached with authorities and service providers.

UGANDA: ADRIFT UGANDA REBRANDS
Adrift Uganda is set to rebrand to Wild Horizons Uganda as of 1 September, in a partnership that will align 2 of the strongest white-water rafting and activity brands. Both entities will retain their current management structures and operate independently of each other but will share expertise to drive both brands more strategically. According to Gary Elmes, CEO of Tourvest Accommodation and Activities, “The strengthening of the Wild Horizons brand as the dominant activity provider within the Tourvest Group has been a long-term strategy that will deliver a better product and better value to the adventure-seeking consumer.”


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Eastern Cape
Bathurst Country Affair from 9 to 11 August 2019

Gauteng
SCOPEX on 14 September 2019

KwaZulu-Natal
Experience the Sardine Run from 19 to 30 July 2019
Hilton Arts Festival from 13 to 15 September 2019

Limpopo
Magoebaskloof Spring Festival from 21 to 24 September 2019

Western Cape
Franschhoek Bastille Festival from 13 to 14 July 2019
Robertson Slow from 9 to 11 August 2019


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Please note that our offices will be closed on the following Public Holidays:

Friday, 9 August 2019 – National Women’s Day
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 – Heritage Day
Monday, 16 December 2019 – Day of Reconciliation