News & Events in Africa – October 2014

October 13, 2014  By: Gretchen

A wonderful update on some recent news – South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has provided a grace period to allow children to travel without birth certificates until June 2015. We will keep you posted with any additional updates.

AAC news & events 1Additional South Africa traveler information – the US State Dept recently updated their website reminding travelers that South African law requires travelers to have two fully blank visa pages each time they arrive in the country. Blank “endorsement” pages are not sufficient. The blank pages must be “visa” pages. This requirement is envorced and required even including following trips to neighboring countries. For all State Department requirements for South Africa, please visit their website.

Don’t miss the upcoming UBUNTU: Music & Arts of South Africa festival. This month-long series of concerts and events is dedicated to celebrating South Africa’s dynamic musical culture, and runs from Oct 8- Nov 5. It will feature performances by musical greats Bra Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlesela featuring Dave Matthews; Ladysmith Black Mambazo featuring Paul Simon, Abdullah Ibrahim, Angelique Kidjo and many more. To learn more or to purchase tickets, click here.

We are pleased to announce that Airlink has re-introduced the SAA code to scheduled flights operating between Cape Town International and Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport as of Oct 6th, 2014. Airlink offers twice daily return service to Windhoek. Additionally, SA Express has announced more flights on their Cape Town (CPT) to Hoedspruit (HDS) route. As of Aug 1, 2014, additional flights were introduced on the route to increase the frequency to 6 times per week.Gorongosa zebs

Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has reintroduced 14 members of the very rare Crawshay’s Zebra subspecies to their park. We anticipate a new camp opening in the park in 2015 for visitors interested in visiting. To learn more about the species reintroduction, visit the Gorongosa blog. to virtually visit the park through a biologists eyes, ‘A Window on Eternity‘ by Edward O. Wilson is a must read!

AAC Tswalu villaThis month saw the opening of the completely refurbished Tarkuni Villa, an elegant bush camp at South Africa’s Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve that was previously the private residence of the Oppenheimer family. The stunning five suite villa now offers the option of exclusive use for a group of guests, or the accommodation of smaller individual groups. Two game viewing vehicles have been allocated to Tarkuni to keep the vehicle footprint minimal, and a maximum of two separate bookings will be accepted to ensure that each group has a dedicated vehicle, guide and tracker. Keep an eye on our blog for a full review of this stunning new Villa.