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Airlink confirms that it will from 19 June 2018; introduce further enhancements to its Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and Cape Town to Hoedspruit services. Additionally, on 1 August 2018 Airlink will add a second flight between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit, in response to market requests, for additional capacity and convenience.
The revised flights will depart Johannesburg International at 13h00 (was 11h50) and arrive in Hoedspruit at 14h00 (was 12h50), and depart again from Hoedspruit at 14h30 (was 13h20) and arrive in Johannesburg at 15h30 (was 14h20), Mondays to Fridays. Flights from Cape Town International will depart at 12h20 (was 11h15) and arrive in Hoedspruit at 14h50 (was 13h45) and depart again from Hoedspruit at 15h20 (was 14h20) and arrive in Cape Town at 18h00 (was 17h00). The current flight schedule on Saturdays and Sundays will remain the same, due to Hoedspruit Airport operating hour constraints.
The supplementary morning flights commencing in August will depart Johannesburg International at 09h50 and arrive in Hoedspruit at 10h50 Mondays to Sundays. The flight will depart Hoedspruit at 11h20 and arrive in Johannesburg at 12h20.
Airlink apologizes for any inconvenience or disruption caused to customer itineraries due to these schedule changes, as we continue to enhance our schedule to match our customers’ requirements.
South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world showcasing breathtaking scenery, a rich wildlife population, many diverse cultures and a comfortable climate.
South Africa has two very different rainfall patterns. In the Western Cape the rainy season is during winter – June, July and August. The remainder of the country has summer rains.
So, when is the best time to visit South Africa? We rather recommend determining what you would like to see when deciding on a timeframe to come visit South Africa.
Seasons in South Africa:-
Spring: starts September to November
Summer: starts December to February
Autumn: starts March to May
Winter: starts June to August
June, July and August are the best months for game viewing on Safari as the dry weather attracts the animals to the waterholes. On the other hand, during September and October, the animals drop their young.
The best beach weather is late Spring to early Autumn. Mid-summer offers the hottest weather, but it is also a very busy time with inland holidaymakers visiting the beautiful coastline.
Namaqualand flowers in the Western and Northern Cape are best seen in spring – September to November.
Whale watching season is from June to the end of October.
The best seasons for hiking are spring and autumn when the weather is mildest.
Whether you are discovering the many gourmet restaurants; art & nightlife scenes, white beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines around the picturesque Cape Winelands – whichever time you come, South Africa will not disappoint in any way!
Why visit Kenya?
This country has many world famous national parks of which most boast the Big 5.
Kenya has a variety of ethnic groups of which the Masai with their intricate beadwork and striking red robes are probably the most well known.
The great migration is probably the most graphic example of Kenya’s fame when annually hundreds of thousands of Wildebeest, Zebra and other game migrate across the great the Serengeti.
Types of Safari you can experience in Kenya:
When is a good time to visit Kenya?
There are two rainy seasons in Kenya – the long rains of March and April and the short rains of October through to December. During the rainy season the park roads can become challenging to pass and with the rains the mosquitoes are also more prevalent.
The dry season is the best for game viewing as the animals are forced to congregate at the waterholes ensuring sightings during certain times of day.
From June to October the annual Wildebeest migration takes place with thousands of animals coming from the Serengeti in July to October into the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Kenya Safari options: (please click on below links)
Coming face to face with a giant Silverback Mountain Gorilla must truly be one of the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experiences you will ever have!
What to expect on the day of your gorilla trek?
Arise early and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime: coming face to face with the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas – only about 800 remain in the world!
Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will join other trekkers, be divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family to track as well as a gorilla tracking guide.
After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide on the gorillas, your assigned gorilla family, what to expect, how to behave with the gorillas, as well as appropriate safety precautions, you will be driven to the trail-head for the start of a thrilling adventure.
Always led by a specialist guide, armed ranger and sometimes some porters and trackers. Participants can expect to walk long distances across steep valleys and ridges in thick forest vegetation and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be challenging and require a degree of fitness. However, average fitness is sufficient for this trek and no one should feel discouraged from tracking the gorillas. There has been guests over the age of 70 years successfully tracking the gorillas without any assistance. Visitors that need assistance always find it readily available as many porters will assist at a small fee all the way up and down. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable – anything from 2 to 8 hrs or longer for persons of all types of fitness.
But the thrill and pleasure of coming face to face with these majestic giants in their natural habitat and spending the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, raising their young, climbing up and down the trees, moving recklessly, sleeping, resting and sometimes wrestling (especially juveniles seem to love this a lot) – makes every effort in their quest worthwhile.
Remember to bring the following along for your trekking experience:
* passport for registration
* appropriate waterproof hiking boots
* light rain coat
* we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops to protect from stinging nettles
* a pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation
* a walking stick that comes in very handy especially when hiking downhill
* a small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera
Afterwards, hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to drive you back to the lodge for a well deserved shower and lunch, or dinner depending on the time taken on the trek.
It’s been fab. I loved the Belmond eagle. Just loved the place.
But Selinda and Belmond were both fab with Belmond being my absolute favorite.
Game drives were very special too. Loved it.
Africa is truly beautiful. I leave a piece of my heart here each time.
Khadijah and Family ( March 2018 – Luxury Fly-in Botswana Safari )
Hi Gelle, I just got back a couple of days ago, we had an incredible trip, the safari was more than we had expected. Our safari operator was great, our guide Enock was a super guy, great eye for spotting birds and animals, very patient and knew a lot. Accommodations and meals were great, great cooking. I can also report that every toilet we visited was spotless, except for one in a lonely picnic area that had been taken over by a band of baboons and you can imagine what it looked like.
Thanks for everything and we will look forward to a new African adventure, God willing, in a few years.
Antonieta and Family ( Feb 2018)
Mozambique was amazing! The accommodation was so nice, and the package you organized for our honeymoon was perfect. Both Amy and I loved every second of our time there, thank you so much for organizing the trip for us. A special thanks for finding the honeymoon special and organizing the upgrade! The beach suite was so much better than I expected.
Jadon ( Honeymoon Mozambique
Wow, we had the BEST time on Honeymoon! It was a complete surprise for me. Jadon even packed my bag. I only found out where we were going when we were about to board our international flight from Joburg to Vilankulo. The Bahia Mar was exceptional. We were pampered and made to feel like royalty. They went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable time from arranging boat trips to go snorkelling and exploring the local town on a tuk tuk. I cannot thank you enough for arranging everything. It was so incredbly special and I will cherish the memories in my heart forever.
See attached some photos 🙂
Amy ( Honeymoon Mozambique Dec 2017 )
In light of current media reports concerning the situation in Zimbabwe, we would like to reassure you that it is business as usual in Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe. There has been no report of violence or civil unrest. All flights are arriving & departing timeously and guests are enjoying their stay in Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls and Bulawayo are running as per usual, and all other border posts are open. Zimbabweans have been reassured
that there is no threat to the people of the country, and no threat to tourists visiting the country. Access to and from Victoria
Falls continues without a hitch, and there is a prevailing sense of calm in the area. The Zimbabwe Army is peacefully managing
the City of Harare’, quoted by Tourism Update, 16.11.2017.
Should there be any reason to avoid Zimbabawe and Victoria Falls, Livingstone in Zambia is the alternative access point for the Falls. Tours can depart or terminate in Kasane, Botswana, where necessary. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, and update you if there are any further developments.
We can’t thank you enough for creating such a personalized and unforgettable experience for us. From your selection of diverse game camps, culturally-rich accommodations, and guides that melded with us perfectly, you did a remarkable job of understanding our individual and collective interests and style.
We had exceptional guides in each game camp. We had fun with Charlene who became a friend by the end of 4 days. Active Africa’s biking operation was very well-organized, making even a novice cyclist like me feel very comfortable. Dom was a fountain of information about the ecosystem of Cape Town. We are so pleased the rescheduled hike was possible. Djuma gave us a glimpse into an aspect of Cape Town life he was uniquely capable of offering. He made us comfortable in places we could never have ventured alone.
Pot Luck was delicious fun. Lynn and I were seated just across from the sous-chef shouting orders to the cooks. We heard some didn’t like that table, but we thought it was perfect. The sous-chef came out to talk with us when she recognized we were enjoying the show.
Leeu Estates was perhaps the most comfortable of accommodations and such a beautiful property. Lynn took full advantage of the spa in lieu of a half-day of cycling and loved it. The manager looked after us very well. Our dinner there was the only disappointment.
Mary inquired at each restaurant about use of soy, given her intolerance. Two places gave her a problem: Leeu and Creation, despite assurances. Leeu more seriously than Creation. The camps were all very accommodating, no issues at any.
The views from the Silo were superb. Cape Grace was a good place to end our adventure, giving us an opportunity to see the waterfront. They offered shower rooms so we could clean up before our long flight home. Nothing could out-do the Ellerman, however. I’m happy we had two nights there.
I’m so glad we had a chance to meet you at Vergelegen. Thank you again for everything. You’ve left us with an indelible impression.
Linda ( USA )
Luxury Kruger , Zambia , Botswana and Cape Town Africa Vacation Oct 2017