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Southern Africa News and Updates November 2017

Read about the levy increment at Timbavati Private Game Reserve, our office Santa Shoe Box initiative, ‘must visit’ places in Cape Town and the incredible scenery of the Panorama Route to Kruger National Park through the Best of South Africa package.

BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA

Experience an incredible opportunity to a country with a rich nature that characterizes the entire journey. From the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga Province with a spectacular viewing point of God’s Window, run on safari in Kruger National Park for the famous Big Five wildlife and sail between Cape Town seals and penguins or simply enjoy a glass of wine from the top vineyards/winelands in the Western Cape.

LEVY INCREMENT

The conservation levy in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve will be increasing and the increment will be effective on the 1st of January 2018. Adults will be charged R328.00 per person per day while children will be charged R164.00 per person per day. The reason to the increment is because the wilderness areas are under greater threat with exponential increase in security costs due to the need to protect against wildlife crime. Timbavati is embarking on an initiative to increase conservation revenue through sustainable tourism. This initiative was developed through a joint effort of the commercial operations within the Timbavati, as a means to provide the reserve with a more meaningful income from commercial tourism.

NO MORE DOMESTIC BOARDING CALLS AT ORTIA

From Wednesday, November 15, there will no longer be boarding calls at the domestic departures terminal and gates at OR Tambo International Airport, in an effort to reduce noise levels.

Passengers will have to check their boarding passes and flight information display boards for boarding times. Announcements will only be made about irregular operations, such as gate changes, flight time changes, systems failures and customer services issues such as lost minors.

Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, senior manager: corporate affairs at Airports Company South Africa, says: “We have noted that a consistent issue for passengers in independent customer surveys is noise levels in airports. A particular concern for customers is the number and frequency of calls to board and calls for individual passengers who have checked in and then apparently gone missing.”  Gunkel-Keuler notes that many international airports have a ‘silent’ policy in an attempt to improve the ambience.

“We trust that passengers will exercise vigilance and appreciate their individual responsibilities in going to the gate and boarding the aircraft in good time,” says Gunkel-Keuler.

SANTA SHOE BOX INITIATIVE

The Santa Shoebox Project collects and distributes gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia.

Our office took a pledge for the annual Santa Shoe Box project which marks the 10th birthday of the beautiful personalized initiative that has become South Africa’s way of giving this festive season. We call it, early Christmas present!

CONSIDER INTERESTING ACTIVITIES ON YOUR NEXT TOUR

Looking for fun and unique activities to make your holiday memorable? Are you into adrenaline activities? Then a big swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is ideal for you but if you are lazy to walk but want to explore the city, Segway rides will always have your back and Scootours will reward you with a spectacular view of the city and nature after a fun filled adventure.

Scootours

Scooters are non-motorized making this eco-friendly. These Swiss designed scooters are used in the Alps during the summer season on the ski slopes when the snow is gone. All trips are guided by professional qualified guides. The experience is available in Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Knysna in the Thesen Island.

Segway Rides

Not into walking, no problem! Segway rides knows how you can experience attraction on the ride. Segway ride is a two-wheel electric motor that is easy to operate and can be enjoyed by 10 year old to seniors. If you’re in KwaZulu-Natal, you can explore Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s Golden Mile (beach front) on an effortless glide. Sightsee Durban’s beauty while you inhale ocean breeze. If you’re in Cape Town, you can enjoy the most of the city and winelands tour with a difference. There is no better way to explore the winelands than taking in the splendor of this tranquil setting as you will glide through the vineyards and take in the scenery on another perfect day in Africa.

Big Swing across Moses Mabhida Stadium

Are you into adrenaline rush? Would you like to be Tarzan for few minutes? Then Big Rush, Big Swing is just a thing for you. Experience fun and scary jump from the world’s tallest commercial swing (106 metres above the ground) and only stadium swing in the world where you will have a 360-degree view of Durban and the Indian Ocean

Experience a world of ocean wonders

Get to see an enormous amount and variety of aqua species up close inside the predator tank. This is for the brave, curious and adrenaline driven to enjoy this phenomenal experience at uShaka Marine World in Durban.  Bring a swimwear and towel, the rest will be provided to you.

If you are in Cape Town, Two Oceans Aquarium offers a complete new dive experience. The new I&J Ocean Exhibit is 6m deep, has a full tunnel and displays incredible species such as turtles, rays, guitarfish, brindle bass and spotted grunter. The exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater at a temperature of between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius. The depth of the exhibit stands at 6 metres. It is the first exhibit of its kind in South Africa to boast a full 10-metre long tunnel. The exhibit’s main viewing window is a continuous 9 metre-wide panel, which is 4 metres high and weighs 22 tonnes.

THE SILO HOTEL

The Silo Hotel is built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). The Silo Hotel sets a new standard for luxury Cape Town hotel accommodation. A magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.

ZEITZ MOCAA

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Over one hundred galleries, spread over nine floors, are dedicated to a large cutting edge permanent collection; temporary exhibitions; and Centers for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute.

RADISSON RED HOTEL

Radisson Red Hotel is located in the V&A Waterfront, besides the Zeitz MOCAA museum. Radisson RED guests are not defined by a certain age – they are united by an appreciation for unique but intelligent design, energetic social spaces, technology that makes their lives easier, and a customizable, personal experience. Its features and amenities are more than just a hotel. The guests can soak up the sunset over Table Mountain, from the pool. Sip on cocktails and smoothies from the Drinks Van. Chill out with some yoga or just relax with friends.

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