Southern Africa News Update March 2019
LIONS HEAD OPEN
The preliminary maintenance closure period was scheduled for 7 January to 15 February 2019. As a result of the fire, however, an extended closure to address safety and ecological integrity concerns had to take place but will finally be coming to an end, today – Friday, 1 March 2019.
TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLE MAINTENANCE CLOSURE
This year, Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 25 July to 7 August 2019.
CRADLE OF HUMAN CULTURE ROUTE TO LAUNCH IN WESTERN CAPE
The Cradle of Human Culture route will be launched on 1 April 2019, bringing a new experience of the ‘dawn of mankind’ to visitors. The route encompasses a number of sites and attractions that offer some of the earliest evidence of the evolution of modern human behaviour. These include the archaeological sites in the Western Cape Blombos Cave, Pinnacle Point Site Complex on the south coast, and the Diepkloof Rock Shelter on the Cape West Coast.
FIRST SHARK CAGE DIVING EXPERIENCE IN ALGOA BAY, PORT ELIZABETH
Raggy Charters will launch the first shark cage diving experience in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, on 1 April 2019 this year. The aim of the tour is to showcase the diversity of Algoa Bay by giving guests the opportunity to encounter and learn about a wide variety of marine species, from the endangered African Penguin and Bottlenose Dolphin to the Great White Shark.
BLYDE RIVER CANYON NATURE RESERVE ACCESS RESTRICTED
Filming dates at the Swadini section of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, have been extended from 28 February to 20 March 2019. There will, therefore, be access restrictions to the Swadini section of the reserve, waterfall and the path leading to the waterfall. However, tourists will still have full access to Blyde River Canyon, boat trips, and attractions like Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and all other viewpoints along the canyon.