Africa News – December 2014

December 5, 2014  By: Gretchen

Victoria FallsNew Universal Visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe

Zambia and Zimbabwe have launched the Kavango Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) UNIVISA, simplifying paperwork and border crossings for travelers wishing to visit both countries. The UNIVISA is a common tourist visa being piloted by Zambia and Zimbabwe for six months. After the trial period, the UNIVISA is expected to be rolled out to Angola, Botswana and Namibia.  It is hoped that more countries in the SADC region will join the UNIVISA initiative at a later stage. The UNIVISA will be available at only eight ports of entry:

Zambia:

  • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka)
  • Harry Mwaanga International Airport (Livingstone)
  • Victoria Falls Land Border (Border with Zimbabwe)
  • Kazangula Land Border (Border with Botswana)

Zimbabwe:

  • Harare International Airport
  • Victoria Falls International Airport
  • Victoria Falls Land Border (Border with Zambia)
  • Kazangula Land Border (Border with Botswana)

The UNIVISA costs US$50 and will be valid for 30 days, as long as guests remain within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers Botswana day trips through the Kazangula Border, but not overnight stays. We recommended that clients have US$50 available in cash for payment.

For more information please visit www.kazavisa.info

New Museum Opens in Kenya

The Enashipai Maa Museum is the first privately owned and licensed museum in Kenya. Devoted exclusively to the Maasai people’s life and culture as seen through the eyes of the Maasai themselves, all exhibits are authentic pieces given to the museum by members of the Maasai people. It opened within the grounds of the Enashipai Resort & Spa in an old settler’s cottage – kept intact for exactly this reason – with a traditional manyatta outside. Read more, here.

AAC WestcliffeFour Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg opening December 2014

December marks the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg. This will be the first property in the brand’s portfolio in Southern Africa. Formerly known as The Westcliff, this renowned hillside hotel closed its doors to the public in June 2013 for a complete reinvention.

This newly revamped hotel will offer 117 contemporary African-inspired rooms and suites, a lap pool, deli, and a 9 treatment room destination spa. 2 new transparent panoramic elevators will take guests on a remarkable visual journey to the upper part of the property, where the 2 main restaurants, View and Flames, are perched high up on the Westcliff hillside offering magnificent views of the city below.

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff is ideally located between Sandton and Johannesburg neighborhoods that offer shopping and trendy and chic restaurants.

 

Kenyan Conquers the NYC MarathonAAC NYC Marathon

Kenya shines at the NYC Marathon – Wilson Kipsang continued a Kenyan winning streak in a windy, tactical race, crossing the finish line with an extraordinary kick in the final turn of the course. This led Kipsang to capturing the World Marathon Majors title with his third major marathon victory in two years. It’s no wonder training camps have been established in Kenya, open to travelers from all over the world.

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