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Unusual Things To Do During Your Trip To Africa

When people are asked to think of things to do in Africa, the first thing that often comes to mind is an African safari. That is a great idea indeed, and certainly something to make time for while visiting the continent. But Africa has so much more to offer and so many other things you need to check out.

Ostrich racingOne activity travelers may not think of is ostrich riding. There are several ostrich farms on the continent and, depending on the country and area you are visiting, most provide ostrich rides to tourists for a small fee. Many of these farms are found in South Africa. A few of them are Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Cango Ostrich Show Farm, and Chandelier Game Lodge and Ostrich Show Farm. The farms have instructors who will help you onto the animal and get you off to a flying start.

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Ostriches aren’t the only animals you can get up close and personal with while traveling in Africa. South Africa provides tourists with the opportunity to get very close to the penguins that frequent the Cape Peninsula. The main family of penguins for the area is set up on Foxy Beach, near Cape Town. Continue Reading

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Springboks back Table Mountain

The mighty Springboks including the Beast and the captain John Smit have thrown their weight behind the campaign to have Table Mountain named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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Springbok wing Bryan Habana signs on as an ambassador for Table Mountain along with New 7 Wonders Campaign Manager Fiona Furey

“I promise we’ll win the world cup if you promise to vote for Table Mountain,” quipped coach Peter de Villiers after members of the Springbok rugby squad pledged their support for Table Mountain and became official ambassadors for the Vote for Table Mountain campaign. Continue Reading

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Three in one Cape Town Travel Card

City Sightseeing Open-Top Tour, Table Mountain Cableway and Two Oceans Aquarium have joined forces to launch the Go Cape Town Card, an all-inclusive ticket for the three popular tourism attractions.

Visitors pay only R360 per card, which includes a return trip on the Table Mountain Cableway, a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium and a ride on an open-top City Sightseeing Bus. Children under 18 years pay R180 per card.

“The beauty of the card is that visitors no longer have to stand in queues at any of the attractions; as well as the three-month validity, allowing for more flexibility in planning your itinerary,” said Jillian Grindley-Ferris, brand and business manager of Two Oceans Aquarium.

Sabine Lehmann, CEO of Table Mountain Cableway, believes the Go Cape Town Card encourages visitors to experience all three attractions at a reduced rate making it an affordable and stress-free outing.

Claus Tworeck, of the City Sightseeing Open-top Tour, says the open top bus is the perfect connection between the Aquarium and Table Mountain Cableway with regular departures leaving every 20 minutes.

The Go Cape Town card can be purchased at any of the three attractions, the Cape Town Tourism offices or online at The cards are valid for three months from date of purchase.

The Cableway operates weather permitting. For information please contact any of the three attractions or Cape Town Tourism.

Cape Town Tourism 021 487 6859
City Sightseeing Open-top Tour 021 511 6000
Table Mountain Cableway 021 424 0015
Two Oceans Aquarium 021 418 3823

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Planning a trip to the World cup in South Africa? Be flexible with your travel dates and Save!

FACTS 1: Best available airfare (from Los Angeles) with departure dates 8th & 11th of June is currently $2300 and with departure dates 7th, 9th & 12 June it is $3300

FACTS 2: Best available airfare (from New York) with departure dates 7th & 8th of June is currently $2100 and with departure dates 9th & 10th of June it is $3800

When planning a trip to the World Cup in South Africa (from Los Angeles), you may want to research your departure dates carefully. A one day flexibility could make all the difference! You may be better off flying out on the 8th or 11th of June rather than on the 7th, 9th or the 12th because airfares are $1000 less! Continue Reading

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South African Airports and SITA Prepare for FIFA World Cup 2010

South Africa is preparing its airports to receive an estimated half a million visitors for the FIFA 2010 World Cup with improved check-in and self-service facilities through a $35m programme to be implemented by aviation IT and communications specialist SITA.

The five year contract will see SITA provide the equipment and infrastructure for both agent check-in and passenger self-service kiosk check-in for the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), which operates ten of the country’s airports and handles 98% of South Africa’s commercial air traffic.

The programme will immediately benefit the three international airports in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, and the local airport in Port Elizabeth.

fifa world cup 2010SITA has also agreed with Aviation Coordination Services (ACS), which represents the 75 airlines using South African airports, to provide continued maintenance and operation of the CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) and CUSS (Common Use Self Service) check-in environment.

SITA currently supplies many of the airport systems in South Africa but ACSA and ACS took the opportunity to review and upgrade services before 2010 to ensure that the surge of passengers travelling to the World Cup games could be handled with ease.

Bongani Maseko, Operations Director, ACSA, said, “This is the first time the continent of Africa is hosting this world-class event and in South Africa, as the host country, our airports will be the first and last experience our international visitors will have during the World Cup so it is vital that we are well prepared.

“As part of this agreement with SITA, we have already installed new check-in equipment and trained all airline staff at the Central Terminal Building in Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. Work in the other terminals there will be completed in the coming months and the new terminal at Cape Town International Airport will be opening in November 2009.”

Khodr Akil, SITA Regional Vice President, Africa, said: “The airports in South Africa will have to handle up to 78,000 passengers and 260 international flights per day and will also require the capability to respond flexibly to airline schedule demands at peak times. Continue Reading

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