Johannesburg South Africa – Tours by Foot Historic City Tour

Twice a day from Johannesburg Park Station on the Wolmarans Street side. Tour starts at 10.30am, duration 1 hr 45 mins. Come join a tour of Johannesburg city centre where the ghost skyscrapers hover over an ocean of African traders and mini bus taxis. Walk downtown Joburg as you will be told the story of the different eras in time and show you historical landmarks, such as the Chancellor House where Mandela worked as a lawyer in his younger days, the Beautiful Victorian Style Post Office or the buzzing Diagonal Street where you might enjoy a corn on the cob or visit an old herbal shop. Some personal anecdotes will be shared from lives in and around Joburg and you might be even shown a sneaky old bar where you can enjoy a beer after the tour.

Braamfontein Tour

Once a day from Johannesburg Park Station on the Wolmarans Street side. Tour starts at 3.30pm, duration 1hr 30 mins. Come walk through this increasingly hip and happening area with its sleek cafes and bars, its rich cultural life and very colourful history. Hear the story of Braamfontein’s change over the last 10 – 20 years and see some of the popular results, such as a beach bar on a roof top or the very popular Saturday food market where thousands flock for a craft beer or a genuine butcher’s boerewors. You will be taken to the university campus hosting 30,000 students and famous for its disagreement with the apartheid regime. You also be shown the characteristic Brutalist style Civic Centre and point out a few examples of street art as you pass it on the way. You might even be told about what happened when one day 56 tonnes of Dynamite blew up at Braamfontein Train Station.

 

Ban on Plastic Bags in Kenya

Kenya has enforced a ban on the use of plastic bags from 28th August 2017.

This ban infers to the use, manufacture and importation of the banned plastics within Kenya and especially affects plastic carrier bags.

We request that you do not carry plastic bags whilst visiting Kenya as there are penalties for those caught with them.

If you have a plastic bag containing duty free items, we advise that you exchange the bags with a woven one provided on Kenya Airways flight and give the attendants your plastic bag for disposal. All guests traveling into Kenya with plastic bags shall be required to leave the bags at the entry points.

Bhutan Package for 2 people

City               Hotels

Thimphu       Riverview

Punakha       Zangtopelri

Paro              Eye of the Tiger

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL PARO – THIMPHU: Arrival in Paro meet & assist and transfer to Thimphu Valley. Later in the evening drive to Kuensel Phodrang. Overnight in Thimphu

DAY 2: THIMPHU: After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Thimphu. Visit National Memorial Chorten, Institute for Zorig Chusum and Tashichho Dzong. Overnight in Thimphu

DAY 3: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA: After breakfast check out from your hotel and drive to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly here. After lunch, hike to the nearby Chimi Lakhang, a temple dedicated to the “Divine Madman”. On arrival in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong. Overnight in Punakha

DAY 4: PUNAKHA – PARO: After early breakfast check out from your hotel and drive to Paro. On arrival check in at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing. Drive towards the north end of the valley to view the Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum (closed on Govt. holidays). Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong). Also Visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro.

DAY 5: PARO: After breakfast proceed for excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. In the evening, visit a Traditional farmhouse. Overnight in Paro.

DAY 6: PARO: After breakfast check out from your hotel and drive to Paro airport to board your departure flight.

Valid up to 30 Nov 2017

  • USD 1446 per person sharing

Valid from 1 Dec 2017 up to 28 Feb 2018

  • USD 1204 per person sharing

Inclusion: Accommodation on fullboard, transfers & tours in air conditioned vehicle, English speaking guide for sightseeing & entrances to monuments, applicable taxes including government service tax & visa fee.

 

JKIA Parking

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Car Parking Garage is now officially open to the public. The facility is able to handle 1,300 additional cars for short term and long term parking. The parking garage will be well remembered by passengers arriving in Nairobi as it served as the main arrival hall for several years after the devastating fire at the airport in August 2013.

Additional Screening Measures for U.S Bound Travel

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require additional screening measures if you are flying on international flights bound for the U.S.

Advice if you are flying on International Flights Inbound to the U.S.
• You should plan to arrive at your international departure airport at least three hours prior to the departure time of their flight
• You are encouraged to proceed promptly to your departure gate where additional screening may occur to avoid delay or missed flight
• You can expect to see expanded uses of canine screening at international airports and deployment of advanced technology screening

Ethiopia E-VISA

The Ethiopian Immigration Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has commenced an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 12, 2017. The e-visa is processed and issued online where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.
For more information see https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/home
Also they have set up separate counters at Addis airport to process the visas of travellers under electronic travel authorization.
The service is only valid for Ethiopian Airlines passengers, and for eligible Nationalities only.

Canada makes eTA scheme mandatory for travelers

The government of Canada has made the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) scheme mandatory for all visa exempt foreign nationals in order to tighten the security measures in the country. Foreign travelers including the citizens of Britain and US now have obtain an eTA. The cost is CAD $7.

The eTA requirement allows Canada to check that travelers are admissible before they board their flight, preventing those who are inadmissible from travelling to Canada in the first place

Malawi Airlines

Malawi Airlines is introducing an additional flight on Monday starting from 23 Jul 2017

Depart Nairobi at 06:15 and arrive in Lilongwe at 07:30, every Monday

Depart Lilongwe at 17:45 and arrive in Nairobi at 21:00, every Sunday

Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways & Turkish Airlines Travel to the United States, Electronic ban lifted

With immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be carried on board to destinations in the United States.

South Africa Visa – VFS Office Relocation

VFS have relocated from Parklands Road to new offices:

5th floor, Parkfield Building, Muthangari Drive, off Waiyaki Way, (opposite Safaricom House)

Helpline Number 0731 055555