Vic Falls Bungee resumes

February 1st, 2012 by Mark

Victoria Falls Bungee has announced that, following a thorough investigation into the bungee incident on December 31 involving an Australian tourist, bungee jumping will resume at Victoria Falls on February 2.

The organisation said a full and thorough investigation into the cause of the bungee cord failure had been conducted. The investigation included a detailed safety audit and inspection of the bungee jumping system as well as a forensic analysis of the broken bungee cord.

The international qualified IRATA safety auditors who have audited and inspected the system and equipment, have advised that after inspecting all components of the bungee system they found safety standards prior the incident to have complied with the international standard ( AS/NZS 5848:2000) for bungee jumping.

Victoria Falls Bungee said in a statement: “As safety is of the utmost concern to us, together with the safety auditors we have developed certain new procedures to improve safety standards. With particular regard to the management and handling of the bungee cords, a safety auditor expressed the opinion that the standards we now apply are unparalleled in the industry, in all probability industry leading.”

Inspection of the cord that broke revealed the rubber used to make the bungee cord was not as strong as it should have been and was weaker than the newer rubbers. Victoria Falls Bungee said it would take the matter up with the rubber manufacturers. The company stated: “The newer rubbers, which we will now use, were found to be far stronger than the Code of Practice for Bungy Jumping requires. To ensure as best as possible the strength and integrity of all rubbers we use, we are arranging to have samples from every future batch of rubber tested before being put into service.”

Victoria Falls Bungee concluded: “In light of the investigations and the opinions of both the safety auditors and the forensic investigators we are satisfied that the cause of the broken cord has been established and that the new standards, testing and inspection methods we have introduced will prevent a recurrence of the incident.”

SAA launches Heathrow fast track

July 19th, 2011 by Mark

 South African Airways has launched a fast-track service at London Heathrow for all business-class passengers travelling to London on the airline.The fast-track service allows qualifying passengers to pass through Heathrow immigration speedily, saving the passenger time and enhancing their travel experience.
(Source: Southern Africa Tourism Update)

An announcement is made on board the aircraft prior to arrival at Heathrow and vouchers are presented to business-class passengers on board the aircraft prior to arrival.

Updated road conditions for the South of Namibia

June 23rd, 2011 by Mark

Information received from the Gondwana Collection:

Please be advised that if you are entering the Canyon area from the north (Luderitz, Keetmanshoop areas) the C12 at Seeheim, leading off the B4 road has been closed due to severe flooding of the road. We suggest that you rather take the Naute Dam turn off signposted the D545 and drive over the dam wall. The D545 then joins the C12 which will then lead you to the Canyon. The Canon Roadhouse, Canon Village and Canon Lodge are then well signposted off the C12. It has also been reported that the road (C13) at Rosh Pinah has been washed away and is not accessible, therefore there is no access from Rosh Pinah up to Aus or from Aus to Rosh Pinah.

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Yellow fever vaccination required for passengers travelling to and from Zambia

May 31st, 2011 by Mark

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa. The South African Department of Health has subsequently issued a statement that all travellers from South Africa to Zambia and travellers from Zambia to South Africa will now require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Previously, this was not required. All in-transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the time period in transit, will also require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Newsflash received from Sanctuary Retreats For more information please contact us at

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve new on Southern Africa Travel website

May 19th, 2011 by Mark

Tsondab Valley is a private Nature Park of 170km2. Bordering the Namib Naukluft Park on two sides, the Reserve’s varied landscape impresses with a combination of the red Namib dunes and typical African Camelthorn Savannah. Petrified (or ‘fossilised’) dunes, as ancient remains of the world’s oldest desert, magnificently formed into our 50m-deep ‘Secret Canyon’, as well as our ‘Blue Marble’ Mountains, may also be explored on the property.
Conveniently situated along the main tourist route C14 Walvis Bay – Sossusvlei, Tsondab Valley is not only an accommodation, but destination for nature friends & desert enthusiasts, especially photographers! Suitable for self-drivers and very small guided groups.

Improved’ flight schedules for Air France Cape Town flights

May 17th, 2011 by Mark


Air France has confirmed new “improved” flight schedules for its Cape Town to Paris flights, due to start on November 3.

Flights will now depart Paris at 23h30, arriving in Cape Town at 11h40. Services will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Flights from Cape Town will now depart at 19h35, arriving in Paris at 05h55. Services will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Flights will be operated by a 309-seat B777-200, with 35 seats in business-class, 24 seats in the Premium Voyageur cabin and 250 seats in Voyageur (economy). Customers will be able to enjoy the new Air France business-class seat, which is more than two metres long and 61cm wide.

The new route forms part of Air France and KLM’s growth strategy on the African continent, with four new destinations this year – Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia), Bata (Equatorial Guinea) and Cape Town. These new destinations bring to 38 the number of African cities served in winter 2011.

From: Tourism Update Onlie

Fish River Hike in Namibia’s south unsafe to hike

May 9th, 2011 by Mark

Fish River Hike unsafe to hike

This is an urgent notice to inform you that the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has declared the Fish River Hike unsafe to hike now.
The rains and subsequent flood has caused the current closure and it is uncertain when it will re-open, but it will not open earlier than the last day of May 2011.

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News from Air Namibia

April 19th, 2011 by Mark
Walvis Bay – Johannesburg


New route effective 15 April 2011, 6 times per week on Embraer ERJ 135, convenient departure and arrival times. Clients should look forward to a flight per day except for Saturday; depart JNB at 09:00 arrive WVB at 10:25 and depart WVB at 16:20 arrive in JNB at 19:35
Walvis Bay – Cape Town
Increased frequency on Walvis Bay – Cape Town, from 3 flights per week to 6 flights per week. Existing flights operated on B737-500 and the 3 new rotations operated on ERJ 135. New departure times are: WVB-CPT depart 10:45, arrive 13:50 and CPT-WVB depart 14:40, arrive 15:45. These flights will be operated daily except for Saturdays. Additional frequencies start 15 April 2011.
Increased baggage allowance
On WDH-JNB, WDH-CPT and on WDH-LAD by 10 additional free allowance. Economy class passengers are now granted 32 kg and business class is now 42 kg. Applicable for departures effective 15 April 2011
Improved departure & arrival times
Departure and arrival times on the JNB-WDH, CPT-WDH and WDH-Luanda routes were adjusted to meet travellers’ needs offering better onward connections. Morning flights from JNB to WDH, as well as from CPT to WDH now depart at 07:00 and arrive in WDH at 08:00 (ALL TIMES are local at airport of departure or arrival). This schedule allows our clients a full business day in Windhoek due to earlier arrival times. Departure times from Windhoek to both Cape Town and Johannesburg are at 16:40 and 16:55 respectively, affording our esteemed customers early arrival at their destinations be it for home, or in time to catch onward connecting flights to various destinations.
Luanda – Increased Frequencies
Operating hours of the Windhoek – Luanda route have also been improved, departing from Windhoek at 09:30 arrive in Luanda at 12:00. The return flight leaves Luanda at 13:00 arriving in Windhoek at 15:25. We are pleased to announce further that our new and additional frequency to Luanda on Thursdays started on 30th March 2011, and that the new flight was well received and appreciated by the market. New fare structure and fare basis on the JNB-WDH route, highlight the key thereof.
Windhoek – Rundu
New on our route The new Rundu – Windhoek received overwhelming response and is currently doing well. We look forward to seeing you on this new exciting route opening up Namibia’s markets.
Derived from Air Namibia Newsletter
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New service connects CT with Livingstone and Vic Falls

April 18th, 2011 by Mark

Starting June 30, Zambezi Airlines will introduce new flights connecting Cape Town directly with Livingstone and on to Lusaka. Flights from Cape Town are scheduled to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will depart at 08h00, arriving in Livingstone at 11h10. Flights will then depart Livingstone at 11h55, arriving in Lusaka at 12h55. The return service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Lusaka at 12h15, arriving in Livingstone at 13h15. From Livingstone flights will depart at 14h00, arriving in Cape Town at 17h10. Connecting passengers between Lusaka and Cape Town, in both directions, will not be required to disembark in Livingstone and baggage will be tagged through to the final destination. Zambian entry and exit customs and immigration will be cleared in Lusaka. Flights will be operated by a B737-500, configured in 99 economy seats and 12 business-class seats. Derived from Tourism Update

Sankuyo Bush Camp is now online!

April 14th, 2011 by Mark

Sankuyo Bush Camp

Location: Moremi Game Reserve
Area: Okavango Delta, Botswana        

Sankuyo Bush Camp pays homage to a time when safaris were a real adventure as it offers a small, intimate hideaway with spectacular surroundings under ancient trees. Accommodation consists of six meru style tents with en-suite facilities. The activities at Sankuyo Bush Camp are day and night game drives with a guide and tracker. Guests usually go out in the early morning, have a late breakfast on their return, and go out again in the afternoon after the midday heat has dissipated. Guests return to camp after sundown for a delicious African dinner. A classic land camp with a strong emphasis on showing our guests the predators that abound in this area. Sankuyo Bush Camp pays homage to a time when safaris were a real adventure as it offers a small, intimate hideaway with spectacular surroundings under ancient trees.

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