HILTON GARDEN INN EXPANDS IN AFRICA
The Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton’s midscale hotel brand, is expanding their African footprint with 4 open properties and an additional 14 in the pipeline. Many of these properties represent first-in-country openings for Hilton Garden Inn and for the Hilton enterprise as a whole, including Botswana, Zambia and Uganda. Each hotel is built in the Hilton Garden Inn tradition featuring modern guest rooms. Guests can unwind in a relaxing social setting, enjoying handcrafted cocktails, light bites or dinner. The Shop, a 24-hour, grab-and-go retail space, offers an upscale mix of fresh foods, beverages and a self-serve speciality coffee bar. The Hilton enterprise as a whole is also expected to double its footprint across Africa from 44 hotels to almost 100 over the next several years.
LIMPOPO: NEW TENTED CAMP SET TO OPEN
Abelana Safari Camp, a tented camp in the Abelana Game Reserve is set to open in September. The camp offers guests walking trails and horse safaris in the 15 000 hectare ‘Big 5’ reserve and can accommodate 8 guests in 5 Meru-style en-suite luxury tents. The camp features a central lounge and dining area, a fire pit, a viewing deck and boasts a light carbon footprint with solar power and gas geysers. A second accommodation offering, the 20 room Makubu Lodge, is set to open early next year.
MPUMALANGA: BON HOTELS EXPANDS
Bon Hotels is set to launch its third property, Buckler’s Africa Lodge by Bon Hotels in the Kruger National Park on 1 October 2019. The self-catering lodge offers 16 units including kitchenettes, bathrooms and air conditioning, and ranges from 2 to 4-sleeper options. The lodge boasts a Halaal certification, welcoming Muslim travellers from around the world, and will not have alcohol for sale on the property, but guests can however, bring their own beverages for the duration of their stay. The lodge is located close to the Crocodile Bridge Gate and is conveniently placed along the banks of the Crocodile River.
WESTERN CAPE: CABLEWAY RE-OPENS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
The Table Mountain Cableway has announced that the Cableway has re-opened 1 week earlier on Monday 12 August. Maintenance jobs included the replacement of the heel and haul ropes, improvements to the ticketing system, the mechanical overhaul of the rotating floors and cabin door mechanisms in the cable cars and maintenance of the hydraulic and brake system.
MALAWI: PLASTIC BAN REINSTATED
Malawi has reintroduced the ban on plastic bags after imposing the ban on thin plastic bags back in 2015 which was overturned by the High Court. Malawi is now following in the footsteps of Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda that have all passed legislation to ban plastic bags.
NAMIBIA: AIRPORT SET TO BE RENAMED
The Namibia Airports Company is in the process of renaming Ondangwa Airport (OND) in the Oshana Region to Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Airport, a Namibian anti-apartheid activist and politician. The official renaming ceremony is set to take place on 22 August.
TANZANIA: NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL OPENS
Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) has officially opened the new Terminal III, which will handle international flights and enable the airport to increase capacity. The new terminal which cost TZS705bn (€275m) was officially opened by Tanzania’s President John Magufuli. Air Tanzania now operates long-haul flights to key markets including Asia and is set to expand to London, Bangkok and Guangzhou.
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