The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated updated Lockdown Level 1 Regulations, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on 11 November.

Please click here to view the Regulations.

Contained within the Government Gazette, published 11 November 2020, are the following regulations pertaining to international travel and border re-openings.

International travel and the reopening of borders:

  • The 18 land borders that were partially operational, will now be fully operational and the 34 land borders that were closed, will remain closed
  • All international travel will resume subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel
  • In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate of proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own cost
  • International travel remains restricted to the following airports:

– OR Tambo International Airport

– Cape Town International Airport
– King Shaka International Airport

  • All commercial seaports will reopen
  • Small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports in line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  • The resumption of visa application services shall be determined in directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs
  • The Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Health and Transport must develop International Travel Containment Protocols to be issued in directions, to ensure that entry into South African ports of entry will only be allowed subject to adherence to ensure COVID-19 positive travellers are not allowed into the republic

Specific economic exclusions: 

  1. Night vigils
  2. Night clubs
  3. The 34 land borders that remain closed
  4. Initiation practices
  5. Passenger ships for international leisure purposes, excluding small crafts, in-line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  6. Attendance of any sporting event by spectators
  7.  International sports events
  8. Exclusions relating to public transport services as set out in the directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Transport
  9. Exclusions relating to education services as set out in the directions issued

For more information on COVID-19 Alert level 1, click here.

Published 17 Sep 2020, 09:40

South Africa will reopen its international borders on 1 October 2020, under alert level 1 of lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement during a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.

While the country will move to alert level 1 of lockdown from midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020, international borders will only open up in October.

“We will be allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020. This is subject to various containment and mitigation measures,” announced the President.

For international travel, government will place restrictions for travel to and from certain countries that have high infection rates. A list of countries will be published based on the latest scientific data.

Travelers will only be able to use one of the land border posts that have remained operational during the lockdown or one of the three main airports; King Shaka, OR Tambo or Cape Town International Airport.

On arrival, travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure.

Where a traveler has not done a COVID-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost.

All travelers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.

All travelers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

“Countries that have used this type of app have been able to manage the Ccoronavirus pandemic quite effectively,” said the President.

SA missions open for visa applications 

In preparation for the re-opening of borders, South African missions abroad will open for visa applications and all long-term visas will be reinstated.

“The tourism sector is one of our greatest economic drivers. We are ready to open our doors again to the world, and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence,” said the President.

In the next few days, the updated regulations will be published and Ministers have been tasked with ironing out the details through briefings.  – SAnews.gov.za

The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated new Lockdown Level 2 Regulations, as announced by President, Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday, 15 July 2020.

Please click here to view the Regulations.

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The following amendments are important to note: 

Accommodation: 
Accommodation establishments are allowed to open for leisure travel provided health protocols are observed, including guests observing 1,5m social distancing, wearing of masks and the usage of hand sanitisers. Although the regulations stipulate a restriction of 50% floor space capacity, the TBCSA has pointed out that this is a drafting error.

“There has been a drafting error in the reference to 50% floor space for accommodation providers and tour operators which is being corrected,” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO TBCSA. SATSA will provide updates as these arise.

Public Transport

Domestic Air Travel is allowed for leisure purposes.

International air travel for leisure purposes is still prohibited, as borders remain closed for now.  Travel for repatriation purposes is allowed as well as daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend or teach at a school in South Africa. The Cabinet member responsible for Home Affairs, in consultation with the Cabinet members responsible for Health and Transport may allow certain categories of international travel to resume once it is deemed safe to do so, subject to directions.

Water-based activities

Swimming pools are allowed to open subject to a limitation of 50 people. Other water-based activities such as scuba diving, shark cage diving, kayaking, river rafting are also open subject to conditions.

Beaches and public parks are open, but directions will be issued.

Conferences & Events

Conferences and meetings are allowed with a limit of 50 people per conference (excluding those who participate through electronic platforms) and provided the meeting or conference is restricted to business purposes.

Concerts and entertainment events are allowed subject to a limitation of 50 people and subject to directions issued by the relevant Cabinet member.

Curfew

Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 22h00 until 04h00 daily, except where a person has been granted a permit, which corresponds with Form 2 of Annexure A, to perform a service other than a service related to an activity.

Sale, dispensing or transportation of liquor

61. (1) The sale of liquor:

(a) by licensed premises for off-consumption, is permitted from 09h00 to 17h00, from Mondays to Thursdays, excluding Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays;
(b) by licensed premises for on-site consumption is permitted, subject to strict adherence to the curfew contemplated in regulation 50(1).
(2) The sale of liquor in contravention with sub-regulation (1) is an offence.

 

Your vacation should be memorable for all the right reasons

Here’s some tips to be mindful of before you depart:

  • Learn common travel scams in the country, this can help defend you from being tricked out of hundreds of Rands.
    • Knowing the scams and dangers before you arrive in the country will make you more confident to decline an offer that sounds too good to be true.
  • Observe how people dress and try to pass as a local. The more you stand out, the more you brand yourself as someone who is unfamiliar with the location.
  • When walking down the street, look straight ahead and walk with a purpose. If you become lost, slip into your nearest cafe to consult your map privately before continuing.
  • Hide emergency cash. Keep one part in your wallet, hide it in your backpack inner pockets, in your socks, and even under the insole of your shoes.
    • This will minimize the risk of losing everything in case of an unexpected accident.
  • Learn the local emergency contact number when entering a new country. Dial the number and check to see if your mobile phone can call it. You may need to use it during your stay.
  • Get travel insurance.
    • Whether your luggage is lost, you end up in a natural disaster or you need to go to the hospital, travel insurance will help to reimburse your expenses.

When it comes to staying safe, listen to your gut instincts. If something feels funny, there is a good chance it probably is. If the street food you come across looks like it will make you ill, it’s probably best to avoid it. If the guy who approaches you seems a little too friendly, then he may not have the best intentions.

Even though you may feel like you are overreacting, it is still better to be safe than sorry.

 

Russia might not be high on everyone’s list of holiday destinations – but it should be. It is one of the most extraordinary countries in the world, with almost matchless depth of cultural and historical riches, and landscapes that have inspired artists and poets for generations. For so long, Russia was out of bounds under the Soviet system and many people still think of it as difficult and inaccessible. Yet Russia has opened up tremendously, and those who have taken the plunge and traveled to Russia come back with a wonderful treasure trove of memories – whether it is the glittering spires of St. Petersburg, the fabulous palaces of the Tsars or simply the haunting and unique landscape of the steppes

Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.

St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city’s iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues like the ultramodern Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.

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Europe is made up of so many different countries, landscapes, and cultures. With so much to see and do, there’s a lot to think about when trying to decide how to get from place to place on your European trip. Get around with the most hassle-free and comfortable way by rail. No check-in lines or being confined to your seat. The speed is fast and the views spectacularly beautiful as seen from your luxury coach.

Berlin

Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Prague

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.

Paris

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Brussels

Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the capital of Belgium.

Munich

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.

Salzburg

Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.

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Mozambique’s long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.

Rebounding growth:

Maputo, the capital, greatest and richiest city of Mozambique. The resettlement of civil war refugees and successful economic reform have led to a high growth rate: the country enjoyed a remarkable recovery, achieving an average annual rate of economic growth of 8% between 1996 and 2006 and between 6–7% from 2006 to 2011. The devastating floods of early 2000 slowed GDP growth to 2.1% but a full recovery was achieved in 2001 with growth of 14.8%. Rapid expansion in the future hinged on several major foreign investment projects, continued economic reform, and the revival of the agriculture, transportation, and tourism sectors. In 2013 about 80% of the population was employed in agriculture, the majority of whom were engaged in small-scale subsistence farming which still suffered from inadequate infrastructure, commercial networks, and investment. However, in 2012, more than 90% of Mozambique’s arable land was still uncultivated. In 2013, a BBC article reported that, starting in 2009, Portuguese had been returning to Mozambique because of the growing economy in Mozambique and the poor economic situation in Portugal.

Machagulo Beach Lodge – Mozambique

Machangulo Beach Lodge overlooks the channel between Inhaca Island and the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula where the Indian Ocean and the estuaries of Maputo Bay meet. The Lodge overlooks endless white beaches, pristine dune forests, estuaries bursting with life and the open ocean. Hidden amid the dunes and the forests, you can expect a warm and inviting atmosphere. 11 Ocean view rooms and a Private Beach Villa with 4 rooms, air conditioning, mosquito nets and private decks. A lounge with a bar and dining area, Beach bar, boma for outdoor dining, swimming pool. Activities include deep sea fishing, fly fishing, snorkelling and diving in the marine reserve, bird watching, whale/turtle/dolphin interactions and walks in the dune forests

The Five Premium Ocean View rooms are the pride and joy of Machangulo Beach Lodge. Perched up on a ridge overlooking the amazing scenery. Each room has a private deck, en suite bathroom, air conditioning, mini bar and many other luxury amenities

  • Views of Ocean, Island and bay
  • Distance from Beach: 2 min Walk, 20-80 stairs
  • Distance from Pool: 1.5 min walk
  • Distance from Dining are: 15-30 Sec Walk, 5 stairs
  • Sleeps: 2 Adults & 1 Child
  • Large and spacious comfort
  • Air Conditioning (24/7)
  • Private en-suite bathrooms
  • Mini Bar
  • Can be made up as King or Singles
  • Ceiling Fan, Hairdryer, Room Safe

The Family Villas at Machangulo provide ultimate flexibility and privacy for groups, families and any types of booking configuration. The large and spacious Villas feature 2 private en-suite rooms Joined together by a central room. The central area of the Villa features a kitchen prep area, lounge, bar and dining area. The Villa also features a pool. The Villas are completely private and offer a home away from home luxury.

Beach Forest Rooms. Close to the beach and intimately private the Beach Forest Rooms at Machangulo Beach Lodge consist of two rooms each. These rooms are close together but only attached via wood decks. These Beach Forest Rooms are ideal for groups or families.

Ecolux Boutique Hotel & Spa – Mozambique

This upmarket hotel is situated in the small town of Komatipoort which lies on the Western slopes of the Lebombo Mountains and at the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. Only 15 minutes from the Crocodile Bridge Gate and 40 minutes from the Malelane Gate, a little out of town, close to the wild and away from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy luxury and comfort while experiencing the beautiful Kruger National Park. The hotel offers fine dining at Vonja’s Restaurant, open seven days a week and guests can enjoy game drives and a variety of activities like elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, quad bike rides, tiger fishing and Spa treatments and many more exciting adventures in the area. A perfect holiday destination for couples and families with lots of action packed activities or simply just to relax.

The hotel is also the Winner of the 2014 Lilizela award for the best 5 star hotel in Mpumalanga.

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Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser-known parks in South Africa. This makes it a hidden gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park (750 km2 including newly incorporated privately owned land). The park offers a number of luxurious lodges as well as community lodges in a malaria-free zone.

The land where Madikwe now stands was previously used as farming land. The poor soil meant that farming was mostly unsuccessful and the South African government then decided that it would best be used as a national park to help economically uplift the disadvantaged area.

About 90 kilometres north of the town of Zeerust is Madikwe Game Reserve. It is situated against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It is roughly 3.5 hours in a car from Johannesburg/Pretoria. Safari Lodges are mostly located around the eastern and western gate.

In 1991 the area was declared a reserve and 10 000 mammals were relocated from other National Parks. The park is home to approximately 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species. You will find all this flora and fauna in an area comprised of vast open plains of grasslands, woodlands, rocky outcrops and single mountains. The area is bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains.

Interesting Facts:

Park Area: 75 000 hectares

  • Seasons: Good game viewing is available all year as the park is a single unit conservation area (there is no migration). The rainy season is between October and April in the wet summer months. Winter can provide pleasant game viewing as animals concentrate around waterholes and vegetation thins out.
  • Popular attractions: Big 5, African Wild Dogs, family/ self- drive safari destination, romantic escapes, luxury lodges, honeymoon safaris.
  • Nearby airports: Gaborone airport (28kms)/ O.R. Tambo International (369kms)/ Madikwe has an 1200 metre airstrip for use by private aircraft.
  • Nearest cities: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg, Zeerust

Mauritius is a real paradise for those who want to enjoy the sea or just to soak up the sun. Here is a list of the island’s finest public beaches.

  1. Grand Bay

One of the best areas for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. La Cuvette beach has been recently upgraded.

  1. Pereybere

This remarkable small cove half-way between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux is one of the finest bathing spots on the island.

  1. Belle Mare

Miles and miles of white and spotless beaches from Belle Mare to Trou-d’Eau Douce

  1. Blue Bay

Blue Bay beach is one of the most popular bathing spots in the South-East of the island. An ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing.

  1. Le Morne & Tamarin

Offer kilometres of beaches for bathing and are very popular for surfing.

  1. Flic en Flac

White beaches fringed with filaos or Casuarina trees.