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New baggage restrictions at OR Tambo International Airport
Please be advised there are new baggage restrictions that have been implemented as of 25 March 2019.
This is to prevent blockages and breakdowns in the baggage-handling system caused by bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips – as per IATA guidelines. These are the largest source of jams and can shut down sections of the baggage-handling system, delaying baggage delivery to aircraft, and inconveniencing passengers and airlines.
The new rules are:
- Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed to be checked in. This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted
- Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed
- Bags with longs straps will not be allowed
Passengers who try to check in bags that don’t conform to these rules will have the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at airport-approved baggage wrapping stations.
The greatest city on earth 2018
We are delighted but not surprised that Cape Town was once again voted as the greatest city on Earth in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey for 2018. This is the sixth year in a row that the Mother City has claimed the top spot. Over 45 000 readers responded to the survey and Cape Town was placed at number one, above popular cities such as New York and Tokyo.
Earlier this year, Cape Town was also included in Travel and Leisure's World Best Cities on the 2018 Worlds Best campaign where the city ranked in at number 12 out of the 15 best cities in the world.
Need more reasons to travel to this beautiful city? Explore the city's history and culture, wake up to incredible views and scenery, the area offers some of the best whale watching, penguins, Stand Up Paddling, it's a wonderful family destination, delicious food paired with some of the best wine in the world, Table Mountain, stunning beaches and this time of the year...sunny weather!
SA Airlink Cape Town - Victoria Falls flights
SA Airlink has commenced the first flights on its new Cape Town-Victoria Falls route. The flight departs Cape Town International at 08:30 and arrives in Victoria Falls International at 11:15. The return flight departs Victoria Falls at 11:45 and arrives in Cape Town at 14:40. Flights operate daily, except Saturdays.
Ellerman House Benguela Diamond Safari
Ellerman House, in partnership with Benguela Diamonds, offers guests an exclusive new opportunity to embark on a ‘diamond safari’ to the mineral-rich west coast of South Africa and pick out their own rough diamond to be cut, polished and set into a piece of jewellery at the design studio in Stellenbosch. This unique trip, the first of its kind in South Africa, has been curated as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Guests get to follow the journey of an ocean diamond from its humble origin beneath the surface of the sea into a symbol of love and beauty. Guests are able to select a rough diamond to be cut, polished and set into a piece of jewellery to cherish forever. It only takes three consecutive working days to get a diamond cut and polished and a piece of jewellery designed, made and certified.
The Diamond Safari is exclusive to guests staying at Ellerman House and available from 1 September 2016. The tour is strictly dependent on prevailing weather conditions and available to a maximum of 6 guests. The trip includes road transfers, return air transfer on a private jet and all food and beverages including the Dom Pérignon Experience at Ellerman House. The rate excludes the cost of any diamonds purchased from Benguela Diamonds and the cost of designing and manufacturing a piece of jewellery.
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate required for entry into South Africa
When planning your next holiday, please make sure that you have read all the health entry requirements for your intended destination. Due to the high incidents of yellow fever in other countries along with other infectious illnesses, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) South Africa has introduced a strict programme to control the importation of these diseases. Warnings have been issued to all border officials and foreign affairs missions to enforce stricter control.
A valid international yellow fever certificate is required for all passengers over the age of one, travelling from a yellow fever risk country or having been in transit exceeding twelve hours, through the airport of a country with risk of Yellow fever transmission.
Passengers who are unable to produce a valid international certificate of vaccination on arrival in South Africa will either be placed under quarantine surveillance until their certificate becomes valid or a period not more than six days or refused entry into South Africa. Please note that passengers in transit in Dakar and Accra (not leaving the aircraft), do not require a certificate. The yellow fever certificate becomes valid/offers protection 10 days after date of vaccination.
Please note the new regulations are valid with immediate effect. It is important that you check with a qualified health professional for the most current information concerning your travel itinerary and personal health history.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa when travelling to, via or from any of the below mentioned countries:
Central and South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mali, Muritania, Nigeria, Niger, Panama, Senegal Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.
Travellers from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe will no longer be required to produce proof of the yellow fever certificate when coming to South Africa after they were included on the World Health Organization Low risk yellow fever countries list.
Zimbabwe relaxes visa requirements for 37 countries including China and SADC
Zimbabwe used a migration management system with a three-tier visa model classified into categories A, B and C. Category A refers to countries whose nationals are exempt from Visa requirements, while those in category B are able to obtain visas on arrival at the port of entry. Category C nationals are required to apply for visas prior to arrival in Zimbabwe. Please contact us for the full list.
Johannesburg Graffiti Tour
The Johannesburg inner city is fast becoming a graffiti and street art destination. Top artists are arriving in Jozi to paint and the local and international travellers are coming to Johannesburg to experience the fantastic graffiti culture. The tours focus on the history of the graffiti movement internationally, as well as looking closely at the graffiti culture in Jozi, major players and top artists and shows you some of the amazing art that snakes its way across our city walls. There are three graffiti tours to choose from, each approximately two hours long.
Graffiti Tour: Book one of the walking tours which focus on graffiti. These tours focus on the history of the movement internationally as well as looking closely at the graffiti culture in Jozi, major players and top artists and shows you some of the amazing art that snakes its way across our city walls.Graffiti tours are perfect for locals, international travellers, adults and kids. Street art is also perfect for anyone interested in Inner City photography.
Graffiti Tour with a Top Graffiti Artist: Looking for an extra special tour, why not book a Graffiti Tour with a difference. On this unique experience we can organise a top Jozi graffiti artist to join the group and tell you more about their art and life as a graffiti writer.
Graffiti Workshops: This is the perfect opportunity for guests to try out some of their graffiti skills! Join the experts and learn all about graffiti and of course how it is done! Best of all, guests will have loads of time to give it a go and get creative with a spray can!
Walking Wild in the Sabi Sand
The Sabi Sand Reserve's finest lodges - Savanna and Dulini - are working together to offer their shared guests the opportunity to shun the traditional vehicle transfer, in favour of taking a wilder, more adventurous approach and walking through the game-rich Sabi Sand, between the two lodges. These adventurous walkers will experience the chance of getting up close to fauna, flora, birdlife and wildlife. Whilst the pace will be leisurely and guests do not need to be super fit, the experience will take approximately 6 hours including a light bush breakfast being served around the 8km point. Guests will be walking through this big game environment along with the safe guidance of specially trained rangers and trackers. Should guests wish to opt out and be transferred the remainder of the way, they may also do so.
New laws when travelling with children
The tourism industry has been waiting with baited breath for news of the amended immigration regulations regarding travelling with children to South Africa. The impending changes in visa requirements came into effect on 1 June 2015. Parents or guardians moving into or out of the country with children under the age of 18 years must be able to present an official unabridged birth certificate (or certified copy thereof). Contact us for more information.
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