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It’s impossible to capture the beauty of Cape Town in words or photos. It can only give a glimpse of the magic.

Long, long ago when the likes of Dias were traveling the seas to discover new countries the Cape was called the “Cape of Storms”. Cape Town has very interesting weather patterns. Most of the times it is warm and sunny but when the “Suidoos” (the local name for the very strong South Eastern wind) starts blowing you have to hold onto everything you own.

Table Mountain is the best example of this unpredictable weather. The one minute it’s open and beautiful and the next minute the misty clouds come blowing in. Within minutes a white tablecloth of clouds rests on top of the mountain.

But it doesn’t matter how bad the weather is, there is always something to do. A big world city framed by the mountain on the one side and the ever changing ocean on the other side.

VICTORIA AND ALFRED WATERFRONT (V&A): Very commersialised and expensive but a total treat. The vibrant atmosphere and energy is addictive. The aquarium is well worth seeing. If you have children it is a must. There is a touch area with a variety of sea plants that can be touched to get an idea of the textures. Feeding times you can watch the sharks having their lunch. There are great restaurants and coffee shops for the hungry. In the designer shops you can virtually shop till you drop.

THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MOTHER CITY: The cable car is an experience on its own, with a rotating floor and magnificent views when going up and coming down the mountain. Phone in advance or check on the website if the cable car is going up. It is not always open. The weather can change in a second from great to foggy and cloudy. On the top is a restaurant and shop with great views.

Cape Town is full of historical buildings that are worth a view and great for pictures. In the famous Castle of Good Hope, you’ll find examples of beautiful antique furniture. You can also experience the dark dungeons where prisoners were kept. It’s horribly cold, pitch dark and small. You can take a guided tour at the Castle and get all the info on Jan van Riebeeck, the Van der Stel’s, Lady Anne Barnard and everybody that was involved in the beginning years of the Cape.

There are also numerous historical church buildings. Take a drive through the city area on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon to visit all these buildings. During normal business hours the streets are too busy to find parking.

KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS: Don’t miss this. You can pend a whole day and still haven’t seen everything. You will only find indigenous South African plants like Protea, Fynbos etc. There is a path up Table Mountain from inside the gardens. We climb for a while but it is quite steep and we had no idea how long it would take. I wouldn’t advise this unless you have all the info on hiking up to the top of the mountain.

The weather can change very quickly and then it is dangerous to be out somewhere on the mountain. On Sunday afternoons (late afternoon) in summer you can attend musical concerts. There is a nice restaurant or bring your own picnic basket. Lots of space for a picnic.

MALAY QUARTER The old Malay quarter or as it is called nowadays the Bo-kaap is worthwhile seeing. It is basically in the city. Drive in Wale Street to Green point. The area has been upgraded in a lot of places and property prices are rising sharply. It is conveniently located and has a great atmosphere. The houses are painted in bright colours and look festive. Streets are still cobblestone and narrow. From the top the view over Cape Town is amazing.

CAPE POINT: Contrary to some beliefs this is not where the two oceans meet. The actual meeting point is at Agulhas. Nevertheless Cape Point is an incredible experience. The last time we went there Chapman’s Peak was closed due to rock falls and we took the road past Kommetjie and Scarborough. The whole area is a nature reserve. There are 2 200 different plant species to see, as well as a lot of smaller animals. You can take the funicular to the point or take a walk. It is a bit of steep to climb but do-able. The view is absolutely amazing. Stop at the Dias cross in the reserve. It is a big stone cross that commemorates his achievements.

GREAT CONSTANTIA: THE OLDEST WINE ESTATE

The history of the farm dates back to 1685 when it was granted to the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, as an experimental farm for agricultural produce. Van der Stel named the farm “Constantia” and the produce of vegetables and fruit was supplied to ships that called in at the Cape. You can taste and buy the award winning red and white wines at the cellars. There are daily wine tours, tasting and buying of wines.

CLIFTON: THE PLAYGROUND OF THE RICH

Clifton is not for those scared of heights and narrow roads. The houses seem glued to the cliffs. They park on top of their roofs or so it seems. Any builder that can build a house here deserves a reward. Most of the houses are more mansions than houses and are worth a few million. Clifton is especially famous for its beaches but the water is still cold like the rest of the Cape waters.The small rock pools are excellent for children to play in and obviously not that cold. Unfortunately it is also the ideal spot for beach parties and some of these areas can be very dirty.

CHAPMAN’S PEAK: The view is worth paying the R22 toll fee on this road. You don’t need to come back the same way. From Noordhoek you can take the Muizenberg road back to Cape Town. From Hout Bay go back past Landudno and Camps Bay which is the other beautiful coastal road.

KALK BAY: A tiny little place a few kilometers out of the city. The shopping experience is very different form that at the V&A. Here you will find individualistic little arty shops each with it’s own character and style. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, away from mass production, you need to visit Kalk Bay’s main street. Cape to Cairo and Papagayo stands out but they are all worth a visit. The shops are so nicely decorated and painted in vibrant colours. There are also nice art galleries, a theatre and restaurants.

SUNSET ON SIGNAL HILL:

Instead of going up to the cable car take the road to the right and drive up Signal hill. Lovely sunset.

CENTURY CITY: Century City is a bit out of the city close to Milnerton. It is a lovely centre with each and every shop you can think off. Less designer stores than at V&A and obviously not that expensive. The MTN science centre is a hit with children. You can buy a family ticket and spend the whole day there. You get a stamp on your hand and can move in and out as you please. Make sure you attend the “camera obscura” session. It works with mirrors and even though you are inside the building you can see the reflections of the cars moving, the movement of the water in the canals and whatever is happening outside. All the other mall things are there like movies, places to eat, lots of chain stores etc, etc…..

MORE RESTAURANTS AROUND CAPE TOWN BLUES

Sit outside with a beautiful view over the beaches of Camps Bay and the very busy and interesting street running next to the sea. You’ll see anything from a top of the range Ferrari to a “gedaan” (run down) taxi, a luxury tour bus to an old beetle. The menu offers seafood, pasta and a few grill goodies like hamburgers, lamb rib, steak etc. Nice cocktails and wine list. Excellent service.

MARINER’S WHARF (Hout Bay)

There is a beautiful upstairs area for a sit-down meal with spectacular decor. It opens at 12 in the afternoon. If you are too hungry to wait go to the open area downstairs. Get a box of real fish and chips and have a feast.

FARMSTALL, NOORDHOEK On the other side of Chapman’s Peak is Noordhoek. The Farmstall has all the traditional South African cakes and pastries, like scones and milk tart.

This is but the tip of the iceberg and just a few of the exciting places to visit. Explore and feel like Dias with every new discovery.

To travel is to create multiple artworks stored in your mind to take out and dust off whenever the memories are required.

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Emirates Holiday World Outlet All About South Africa Travel

‘Emirates Holidays’ the tour-operator arm of the UAE based Emirates Airline, opened its new Holiday World in Johannesburg, South Africa later this year.

This dedicated holiday outlet bolsters Emirates airline’s strong presence in South Africa. The Holiday outlet is also provided with an efficient call centre, located at the 22 Cresent Drive Melrose Arch Johannesburg.

Emirates Airline operates flights to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg from nearly all major UK & Ireland airports including Manchester, New Castle and Heathrow. Emirates airline is the stronger competitor for top world carriers and has acquired a leading position in the market within a decade. It is one of the fastest growing carriers of the world. The establishment of Emirates Holiday World in South Africa the airline will further tap into the South African Market and provide more  efficient customer services to Emirates travelers worldwide through bringing forth a one-stop information and booking shop for travelers.

Emirates Holidays says in its Press Release that the new Holiday World – Johannesburg specializes in assisting those requiring expert holiday consultancy on any of the Emirates Holidays’ destinations and tailor-made, quality and affordable holiday options.

According to Dina Al Herais, Vice President-Commercial Operations, Emirates Holidays:

“The opening of the Johannesburg Holiday World cements our belief in the huge potential of this market,”

He further added:

“This is a culture where travel is an intrinsic part of life, and we hope to serve travelers not only to popular destinations in Europe and Australia but also cater to the increasing interest for holidays to other regions such as the Middle East, the Far East, Indian Ocean and the US.”

The centre not only covers the capital but the Emirates Holidays staff is also positioned in Emirates offices in Cape Town and Durban.

The new Holidays World outlet in Johannesburg emphasizes the growing importance of the South African travel market for Emirates Holidays and airline.

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Africa Safari

Discover The Richness of Africa’s Nature on an Exciting Safari Uganda is the ideal location for an Africa Safari, as the country is safe, the people are friendly, and the vast wilderness offers many adventures. There is an abundance of fantastic accommodations, as well to suit the needs of each tourist.

Once in Africa, every traveler must make a safari in a national park. The pristine nature, peace and the unusual wildlife make such an adventurous journey an unforgettable experience. Uganda is particularly well-known for its mountain gorillas. However, bird watchers and butterfly enthusiasts can encounter an extremely rich bio-diversity in Uganda, too.

Uganda harbors ten fabulous national parks, and almost all of them are situated in the western part of the country. Yet, each of them has its peculiarities, but they are all awaiting visitors to show them their wonderful nature.

The three largest reserves are also the oldest. They own their origin to the sleeping sickness, which was transmitted through the tsetse fly. Due to the strong emerge of the illness in the 20th century, a vast area of the parks had to be evacuated for several decades.

During this time, the animal population and plants were developing undisturbed. Fifty years ago, the regions were declared national parks. The seven other nature reserves have been established for ecological reasons. These are in fact areas that are home to the drinking water supply; thus, quality is extremely essential.

Many tourists begin their Africa safari at the largest national reserve, the Murchison Falls National Park. Here, awaits guests everything they associate with Africa like lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, crocodiles, hippos and many other wild animals. About 80 species of mammals and over 400 bird species live here in a breathtaking landscape.

The scenic highlights in this region are the Murchison Falls. Here, the already 50 feet wide White Nile forces itself by a rocky isthmus of only 4 feet, and it falls intoa number of steps 43 feet into the depth.

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There are interesting aviation news on airshows, certification of business jet aircrafts and world air news round up and many other activities in the September article.

 

Avex Show to Highlight Aircraft Customization.

This air show will be held in Cairo in November 2010 and will highlight a growing trend in North Africa and the Middle East –the customization of aircraft-by organizing an event called “Custom Jet Show” which will focus on a wide range of aircraft customizations and innovations.

The idea behind Avex International air show is to showcase how aircraft cabins can be converted from the “ordinary “albeit luxurious into super-luxurious and right up to “flying palaces”.

“We have uncovered a high degree of enthusiasm from business jet owners and operators who want to showcase their customized aircraft and learn more about what has become an entire industry sector dedicated to refurbishing and customizing aircraft interiors as well as exteriors this were the remarks by Avex  International  air show director, Nicholas Watson. He went a head to say “Aircraft customization is becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East and Africa region, where owners want to create an aircraft that suits their personal or their client’s tastes. By using an existing aviation platform-AVEX –the Custom Jet Show taps into this growing market and provides an opportunity for participants to harness its potential”.

While the recent global economic crisis has without a doubt short-circuited growth in aviation markets across the world, the proverbial silver lining is now on the horizon.

Boeings current market outlook (CMO) which was published recently, predicts passenger traffic volumes will rise at an average rate of 5.3% in the period 2010-1029, with new aircraft demand expected to nearly double to more than 36000 in 2029.With 3050 new aircrafts added to the existing AFRICAN AND Middle East fleets during this period indeed it has contributed significantly to this recovery.

Due to demand for private aircraft increases in this region, so does the demand for aircraft interior and exterior customizations is needed for passenger comfort.

This multi-billion dollar global industry spans a range of sectors, from bespoke interiors and personalized aircraft liveries, in-flight entertainment and onboard connectivity, to fully equipped bathrooms and kitchens with the capacity to prepare restaurant quality food in-flight.

To be held concurrently with AVEX,the Custom Jet Shows format will consist of two exhibition days-November 7 and 8 –and the Custom Jet Show Awards, which will honor outstanding achievements in the categories of ‘Exteriors and Aircraft Livery’ and ‘Passenger Experience’. The awards will be held on the evening of November 8, 2010.

 

Falcon 900LX Gets Dual Certification.

The Falcon 900LX with a range of 4,750 nautical miles a member of the newest Falcon Family received certification from both the EASA and FAA.

The large cabin Falcon 900LX is based on the Falcon 900EX, with enhanced performance and economy. The Falcon 900LX burns 35% to 40% less fuel than other aircraft in its class thanks to advanced light weight structures, an extremely efficient wing as well as Aviation partners blended winglets.At its maximum take off weight (MTOW) ,the Falcon 900LX climbs to FL390 (39,000 feet)in just 20 minutes.

The rigorous flight test programs me, which began in October 2009, was recently completed and confirmed improvements in handling and performance.

The critical defects evaluated during the flight tests are, stalls at various speed configurations, flights in icing conditions, maximum operating speed, as well as simulated system failures and aircraft fuel consumption. In all 215 flight hours were flown on two different aircraft during the testing campaign, including 34 flights with certification authorities.

World  Air News Round  Up

(a) A 400M Wing Passes Critical Test

The highly advanced all-composite wing of the Airbus Military A40M has passed the ultimate-load up-bend test-the critical static test required for certification.

During the test the wing was subjected to a load equal to 150% of the maximum bending load(limit load) predicted to be encountered in service.

The wingtips of the full-size A40M static test specimen moved upwards 1, 41 meters (4,6feet) during the test which was completed at Airbus Military’s Getafe, Madrid facility recently.

(b) G450 Sets Speed Record

A long-range Gulfstream G450 business jet recently established a city-pair speed record between Toyo and Hong Kong.

The G450 took off from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and flew the 1694 nautical mile distance at an average cruise speed of Mach 0,85, landing three hours and 58 minutes later at Hong Kong International Airport.

( c)  Cathay  Orders 30  A350 XWBs.

Cathy Pacific Airways has selected the all-new A350 XWB to form the backbone of its future mid-size wide-body fleet, following the signature of a Letter Of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the order of 30 aircraft.

The airline has selected the A350-900 variant of the aircraft, which is capable of flying over 8000 nautical miles non-stop.

( d)  Comair Expands African Network.

Comair, operator of British Airways in South Africa and KULULA.COM, IS AGAIN EXPANDING ITS Africa route network, and from November will offer five return flights per week between Johannesburg and Daresaalam, in Tanzania.

British Airways will be operating the new route and the flights will also be integrated and sold through the kulula.com distribution network.

(e) Air Ambulance in Malta

An air ambulance service, Medilink, has launched operations based on Malta with Simon Camilier as its chief executive officer.

Medilink knows the North African market very well, having been involved in medevac transport for the past 15 years. During a press conference, Camilleri explained that the air ambulance operation was a natural step for the company, since it had vast experience, operating in harsh environments.

The company has initially leased a Beech craft B200 Super King Air which has accommodation for two stretcher cases and can carry up to four passengers, including a doctor and a nurse. Twenty-four local paramedics have been trained to work on this first Medilink air ambulance.

Anthony Juma is the Editor  and Senior Aviation Director at Wings Over Africa Aviation. 
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