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New Cape Town Township Tour

City Sightseeing, in partnership with So We Too and Soweto Outdoor Adventures, is launching a new tour of Langa and Gugulethu Townships in Cape Town. ‘LaGuGu Tour’ will be available from September 20, adding to the existing Cape Town offerings.

 

The tour’s 15-seat minibuses depart from City Sightseeing’s tour office in Long Street, with the first tour leaving at 09h00. It makes its way to Langa, where guests can hop off at any of the stops along the route and/or do a free hour-long walking/bicycle tour before re-joining the tour and making their way to Gugulethu.

 

Stops along the route within Langa include the Township Heritage Museum, Brenda Fassie’s house, Sobukwe Square, the Langa High School, the Old Beer Hall and then a look at the N2 Gateway Housing development.  In Gugulethu visitors are taken to the Gugulethu Seven Monument, the Amy Bhiel Monument and then on to Mzoli’s Restaurant.

 

For the hop-on hop-off facility, the LaGuGu Tour taxis run every 20-30 minutes along the route. For those who prefer to stay on board for the entire tour, it is a two-hour round trip. The last taxi of the day departs from Long Street at 15h00 and returns at 17h00.

 

Zambia’s New Online Visas

Zambia has introduced a new online visa service that will be available to all foreign nationals that require a visa to visit the country.

According to Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) Managing Director Felix Chaila, the new eVisas will simplify and speed up the processing of visas for people wishing to visit Zambia.

Zambia’s introduction of eVisas follows a similar move by Zimbabwe last year.

 

The process involves downloading the visa form from the Zambia Department of Immigration website and then emailing it through to the department with the necessary documents attached. The department is expected to respond after two days. Once the visa has been approved, a confirmation letter is emailed to the applicant and the visa is available at the port of entry.

 

Branson Hotel Opens In the Cape

 

Mont Rochelle, Sir Richard Branson’s South African hotel and vineyard has opened in Franschoek, Western Cape.

 

Following refurbishments, the hotel now boasts a new spa with a Hammam, a heated pool, 22 refurbished bedrooms and a new restaurant.

 

Mont Rochelle offers guests a hilltop setting and private vineyard. Activities range from horse-back riding to fly-fishing in the Dewdale Farm trout dam.

 

International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card)

 

The "International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP)" (or "Yellow Card") is required for proof of vaccination when going to or from countries that are at risk for Yellow Fever. However it is all used for recording all of your travel immunizations. It is available from your physician or health department.

 

The "Yellow Card" as it is commonly referred to, is a small yellow document designed to fit into a passport. When you get an immunization, the health specialist fills out and sign this card. The entry must be validated with an official stamp by the health specialist. The principal verification this is currently used for is checking for Yellow Fever vaccination when coming from an infected areas. However some border guards may check for a Cholera vaccination in some third world countries.

 

African Countries Requiring proof of vaccination against yellow fever

· Angola

· Benin

· Burkina Faso

· Burundi

· Cameroon

· Central African Republic

· Chad

· Congo

· Côte d’Ivoire

· Democratic Republic of the Congo

UPCOMING

MARKETING EVENT

 

Be market ready for a block- buster new film “AFRICA” being directed by  Angeline Jolie.

 

Film will be filmed in Kenya of the life of Richard Leakey.

 

The scenery and the imagery  will create a great appeal for Africa and Kenya tourism and safaris!!!

 

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