DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM CPT-HARARE
RwandAir recently introduced a 5th direct weekly flight to Harare from Cape Town, which now includes Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. RwandAir operates a Boeing 737-700/800 on the route, with 16 seats in business class and 138 in economy.

WESTERN CAPE: WILD HOSPITALITY EXPANDS
The Dunes Hotel & Resort in Plettenberg Bay has joined the Wild Hospitality Collection’s portfolio of lodges, hotels, and resorts. The hotel is roughly 10km from the heart of Plettenberg Bay, 90 minutes from George Airport and features 42 double rooms, a self-catering duplex and beach villas. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and lounge area, 2 swimming pools and a conference venue. Attractions in the area include Bloukrans Bridge bungy jumping, Blue Flag beaches, Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, Goose Valley Golf Course and more.

ESWATINI: ONGOING RENOVATIONS AT MVUBU FALLS LODGE
Parts of the Mvubu Falls Lodge including the restaurant is still under construction. Operations are continuing as normal and both the lodge and restaurant are operational to all the guests.  All construction areas are clearly marked with signs for guests, and the renovations are scheduled to be completed by the end of November. Current projects include pavement upgrades from the main gate leading to the lodge, a new front desk, new block for additional rooms and an additional restaurant deck.

NAMIBIA: RIVER CAMP SUSPENDS BOAT CRUISES
The Chobe River Camp, which is part of the Gondwana Collection Group, is located 4km from the Ngoma border post between Botswana and Namibia, and has been forced to suspend all boat cruises, due to the effects of the drought. The camp will be offering 3-hour game drives in the morning and afternoon to replace this activity.

TANZANIA: NATIONAL PARKS UPDATE
Tanzania aims to increase the number of attractions to improve international tourism in the country, starting with the commissioning of Burigi-Chato National Park on 9 July. The park is close to Lake Victoria on the border with Rwanda, and is surrounded by the Kagera River and Lake Burigi. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and Chato Airport will be used to open the area’s tourist circuit.

TANZANIA: NEW VISA PROCESS IN TANZANIA
Kilimanjaro airport has changed the process of issuing visas on arrival with immediate effect. Guests arriving in Kilimanjaro without a visa need to complete the following process:

  • Queue for a Government Control Number
  • Pay for it at the bank
  • Immigration will then check and issue the visa

With these changes, the visa on arrival process can take over 2 hours. Those travelling to Tanzania can apply for their visa online. This online process asks for more information than the visa on arrival and will be issued within 2 to 3 weeks.

UGANDA: GORILLA TRACKING PERMITS UPDATE
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) recently announced that the tariff for gorilla tracking will increase from US$600 to $700 from 1 July 2020. The increase is due to the high demand for gorilla permits over the past 2 years, where supply has been unable to meet demand. UWA has also increased the number of gorilla families for tracking from 15 to 17. Gorilla tracking permits in Uganda currently remains cheaper than Rwanda at US$1 500 per person per day. In May 2017, Rwanda doubled the price of permits to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute to community development.

ZIMBABWE: LOOKOUT TOWER OPENS
Shongwe Lookout, a 2-storey Lookout Tower in the suburbs of Victoria Falls recently opened and offers guests views of the Zambezi River and the spray from the Victoria Falls. The lodge features 23 bedrooms, a restaurant area, a bar, an outdoor infinity pool and a fire pit. The deluxe and executive rooms have a shower and a bath, and the studio rooms have a shower. All rooms have an en-suite toilet, a desk, Wi-Fi, a safe, USB and universal plugs, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a fan, mosquito nets, air-conditioner and toiletries. Activities include tours of the Falls, game drives, walking safaris, white-water rafting, helicopter rides and river cruises.

ZIMBABWE: TOWNSHIP TOURISM AT VIC FALLS
Dusty Road Victoria Falls has introduced a new tourism product, Dusty Road Township Experience, in Victoria Falls, suitable for groups and individuals. Guests can enjoy traditional Zimbabwean flavours at the restaurant, local food cooked on an open fire in cast-iron pots and ovens, interact with locals and have the opportunity to experience township life in Chinotimba, one of Victoria Falls’ oldest and largest residential areas. Curios and artefacts are available to buy from stalls run by local women at the restaurant.


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Eastern Cape
Hogsback Spring Festival from 12 to 13 October 2019

Gauteng
Soweto Festival from 6 to 8 September 2019
SCOPEX on 14 September 2019

KwaZulu-Natal
Hilton Arts Festival from 13 to 15 September 2019
Amashova Durban Classic on 20 October 2019

Limpopo
Magoebaskloof Spring Festival from 21 to 24 September 2019

Western Cape
Capegate Craft Beer Festival on 30 August 2019
Cape Town Marathon on 15 September 2019
Hermanus Whale Festival from 27 to 29 September 2019


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

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

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 – Heritage Day
Monday, 16 December 2019 – Day of Reconciliation
Wednesday, 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
Thursday, 26 December 2019 – Day of Goodwill