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Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, ranks among the most beautiful in the world. With its larger-than-life mountain overlooking the City Bowl, harbour, white beaches and Robben Island beyond, this is a tourists’ playground. Dont waist time and book your ticket now!

Cape Town embraces the Cape Floral Kingdom, a renowned World Heritage Site. Even though it is the smallest of the world’s floral kingdoms, it has great biodiversity.

With a population of 3.7-million, Cape Town is South Africa’s second most populous city, a quintessential melting pot of creativity, cuisine and colour – including pink.

Its strategic geographic position at the tip of Africa has seen foreign visitors stopping off at the Cape since the 1400s, each contributing unique cultural influences that make up the fabric of modern-day Cape Town.

A mix of Malay, Dutch, French, Portuguese and African flavour is reflected in Cape Town’s stylish restaurant menus, where locally produced wines complement popular seafood and curry dishes.

Discover wines at source in the famous Cape Winelands by taking a day tour on one of six wine routes, and explore the historically rich adjacent towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

If you’d prefer to tap into hops rather than grapes, a number of locally brewed craft beers are sold at pubs in and around the city.

An abundance of flora may be appreciated within the city environs, from the magnificence of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to a World Heritage Site featuring more than 9 000 fynbos (‘fine bush’) species in the Table Mountain National Park.

As the meeting point of many cultures, Cape Town is dotted with mosques, kramats, churches, synagogues and temples, while its architecture reveals examples of art deco, Cape Dutch and Malay engineering.

Cape Town’s beaches are a huge drawcard during the hot summer (November to February) months, while winter surf conditions are more favourable for all surf-related disciplines – including extreme wave riding at Dungeons, off Hout Bay.

The city’s leisure-loving lifestyle and mountainous backdrop have given rise to myriad leisure pursuits: hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, abseiling, helicopter flips and skydiving.

Cape Town is also one of the world’s top 20 gay destinations, and boasts myriad gay-friendly clubs, pubs, restaurants and theatres.

A top attractions itinerary for the Mother City ought to include a trip up the aerial cableway to the top of Table Mountain, a New7Wonder of Nature; a boat trip to Robben Island, where world-renowned humanitarian Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years; a tour of the Winelands in Durbanville or Stellenbosch; a sightseeing trip along Chapman’s Peak Drive; a relaxing afternoon at the V&A Waterfront; and a drive to Simon’s Town, where a breeding colony of African penguins lives on Boulders Beach.

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Durban

With warm weather all year round, Durban welcomes visitors to a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle where beaches, barbecues, seafood and curry restaurants, clubs and upmarket accommodation establishments provide everything an out-of-towner could wish for while on holiday.

Durban’s harbour is the busiest port in South Africa and counted among the busiest in Africa.

Durban is South Africa’s self-styled ‘playground’, where year-round warm weather encourages visitors to make the most of the province’s outdoor lifestyle.

Also known as ‘Surf City’, Durban is renowned for its magnificent bathing and surfing beaches, which stretch along the city’s beachfront from Durban harbour in the south to the upmarket suburb of Umhlanga in the north.

An expansive paved promenade offers access to the best of these beaches – the Golden Mile – where joggers, cyclists, dog owners, surfers, bodyboarders and walkers enjoy early-morning and late-afternoon exercise.

Visitors cannot miss Durban’s striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, host venue to top-notch sporting events, Segway tours, a city-viewing SkyCar and bungee swing.

Closer to the harbour, uShaka Marine World, a world-class water park, aquarium (fish, dolphins, seals, penguins and others) and restaurant complex overlooks the ocean and offers hours of entertainment for the whole family.

Culturally, Durban exhibits a mix of Indian, Zulu and post-colonial influences, reflected in the city’s architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants, Wilson’s Wharf, and at the gourmet hot spots and coffee shops that line Florida Road and Helen Joseph Road.

The art deco-style Suncoast Casino complex, flanking the promenade, houses seafood and curry restaurants, movie theatres, a casino and coffee shops – with secure on-site parking and semi-private beach access.

Shopping is best enjoyed at Durban’s out-of-city malls: the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga; the Pavilion in Westville; and the Galleria in Amanzimtoti. An overwhelming choice of shops in air-conditioned comfort makes spending money a most enjoyable pursuit.

Half an hour inland from the city, the Valley of a Thousand Hills promises a taste of African culture, while further into the countryside the Midlands Meander features about 150 art-and-craft outlets for city-dwellers in search of fresh air and home-made fare.

Adventure activities are well catered for in and around this coastal city, with deep-sea fishing charters, dolphin viewing, jet-skiing, shark cage-diving, quad biking, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, boat cruises and much more readily available.

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a city with so much to offer: there are wonderful restaurants, relaxed sidewalk cafes, laughter-filled shebeens, glitzy shopping malls, tranquil parks, unique emotive museums and monuments, thrilling casinos, busy townships, stunning galleries, funky nightclubs, and more…

There are approximately 10 million trees in Johannesburg − the world’s biggest urban forest

Johannesburg’s entertainment and leisure options are vast and varied, so make sure your energy levels are high.

This dynamic city has a range of restaurants – from pub ‘n grub bars, pizza take-outs and African-inspired eateries to delightful delis serving everything from a great cup of coffee to healthy meals.

There are restaurants for virtually every type of cuisine, cocktail bars, cigar bars, and fine dining. You’ve simply got to hang out at one of the many eateries in Soweto (along the famous Vilakazi Street), or soak up the sun in the Soho-type villages of Norwood, Parkhurst and Greenside.

Johannesburg is known for its incredible nightlife. From the funky clubs and pubs of Soweto to the laid-back jazzy groove of Newtown and the stylish venues of the northern suburbs, Jozi (as locals refer to the city) caters for all tastes.

What you’ll love about the place is the multi-cultural cosmopolitan vibe and an attitude that says ‘let’s party’. If you’re looking for a comedy club, a jazz lounge or a venue that plays live music – from rock to pop to kwaito to house – it’s here.

Johannesburg’s Central Business District continues to evolve, with an ongoing urban renewal and cultural regeneration programme breathing new life into the city.

Must-do activities include the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill to find out more about South Africa’s turbulent past; sundowners at The Westcliff hotel overlooking the green belt of Johannesburg while listening to the lions roar from the nearby Johannesburg Zoo; shopping up a storm at any of the many designer malls such as Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, Rosebank Mall and Soweto’s Maponya Mall; and, as a fitting end to all the fun, a visit to one of many health and beauty spas, or a walk in one of the many parks.

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Vilanculos

Vilanculos in Mozambique offers long pristine beaches and dazzling views to take your breath away. The beautiful bay has calm and shallow waters which are ideal for watersports and fun in the sun. Just beyond the bay is the magnificent Bazaruto Archipelago, a chain of islands in a marine national park.

This area has become a favourite Mozambique holiday destination and stopover for many sunseekers. The town is a few kilometres inland from the bay where visitors will find restaurants and bars, banks, fuel, markets and basic supplies. The local airport in Vilanculos is busy with daily local and international flights.

Vilanculos is about 750km (466 miles) north of Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, on tarred roads suitable for a regular vehicle. Visitors to this Mozambique city can also bring a 4×4 vehicle for off-road adventures and exploring the countryside. The town itself is compact and easy to get around on foot.

The markets in Vilanculos have lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and various arts and crafts can be found at the cultural centre to take home. FamousMozambique prawns and beers are readily available at a number of town eateries or at lodge / resort restaurants on the bay.

The beautiful beaches along the coastline of Vilanculos are superb for horse riding and guided trails or visitors can set sail on a dhow (local sailing boat), to cruise on the crystal clear waters while lunch is prepared on board.

Diving and snorkelling safaris are a must in the Bazaruto National Park where a variety of marine species can be seen including manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and Hump Back Whales in season. This area is one of the few sites where the rare Dugong lives. Visibility in the clear water can be as far as 40 metres.

Deep sea fishing especially for Black Marlin is a major attraction in the waters surrounding this Mozambique marine park from October to February. A variety of Tuna species are also found in this area or visitors can try their hand at salt-water fly fishing.

Visitors with 4×4 vehicles can venture inland to the Zinave National Park, part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Areain Mozambique. This park is completely undeveloped and has a diversity of landscapes including miombo forest, riverine vegetation, open bush and even lagoons. A variety of animals reside here such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena.

Airlink operates a direct scheduled air service from Nelspruit to Vilanculos twice weekly, Thursdays and Sundays. The Kruger to Vilanculos flights further enhance Airlink’s flights operating daily from Vilanculos to Johannesburg.

Tour Operators and African Safari specialists welcome the introduction of this route, which enables them to promote bush and beach combination packages giving travellers the freedom to enjoy an early morning game drive and then later that same day to enjoy lunch and sundowners on the beach.

As a franchisee of South African Airways, Airlink is able to offer the Vilanculos flights, as with all other Airlink flights, within the GDS alongside SAA’s flights and those of SAA’s Global alliance Partners, thus enabling seamless connections and enhanced traveller convenience

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Livingstone

Livingstone, Zambia is a tourism centre for Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Zambezi River. This historic, colonial city has become a hub for many challenging activities in the area and is the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia.

The city can be accessed by scheduled air flights from Lusaka, Zambia, Johannesburg & Nelspruit South Africa and by a variety of road networks. There are also rail links to Livingstone from Lusaka.

Once a very grand Edwardian town established in 1905, Livingstone is currently experiencing a revival with many exciting lodges, hotels and tour operators established in and around the town and along the Zambezi River. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park contains a variety of wildlife, including Elephant and Rhino, a rainforest, the Knife-edge Bridge, the Boiling Pot, 1st and 2nd gorge and various walks and viewing spots.

Known as an adventure capital, Livingstone offers a vast array of sights and experiences showcasing top visitor attractions. The town is situated just 10km (6 miles) from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Visitors can travel on a tarred road from the town to the landmark bridge which spans the Zambezi River and gorge, connecting Zambia to Zimbabwe and the town of Victoria Falls.

The historic Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes, a turn of the century politician and entrepreneur, as part of his vision to link both countries by rail and road. The bridge was completed in 1905. From its vantage point, visitors can view the magnificent falls, feel the spray, and look down the gorge at the mighty Zambezi River. The bridge carries foot, road and rail traffic (with limits on heavy vehicles), and has a border post at each end.

 

The Falls are 1.7 km wide with a volume of between 20,000 and 700,000 cubic metres per minute falling down a vertical drop of 100 metres. The spray of the Falls can be clearly seen from a distance of 30km and hence its local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The smoke that thunders”. Take a walk across the knife-edge bridge for a spectacular view of the eastern cataract and up the main gorge. A walk down the steps to the Boiling Pot provides an interesting view from the base of the falls and the Victoria Falls Bridge spanning the gorge.

Downstream of the Falls, the river has carved a tortuous route through the soft areas within the basalt rock, forming a deep gorge in a tight zigzag course for kilometres. This is a result of the repeated cutting back of the line of the Falls and the successive formation and abandonment of seven previous broad waterfalls, a process that has taken about 100,000 years.

 

Airlink the Regional Feeder Airline connects you to two of Africa’s most sought after destinations Nelspruit Kruger and Livingstone, Zambia.

You have the freedom to view the majestic Victoria Falls and enjoy an African safari experience in the same day. Travellers using Airlink’s direct Kruger Livingstone service are able to enjoy an early morning game drive and breakfast at their bush lodge before travelling to Livingstone and enjoying, on the same day, an evening sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Return travellers from Livingstone to Kruger are able to enjoy a walk to the falls in the morning, breakfast and midmorning activities before travelling to Kruger to enjoy their first night in the bush

Airlink’s direct convenient service operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The flight departs Nelspruit Kruger at 11h35 and arrives in Livingstone at 13h10. The return flight departs Livingstone at 13h45, arriving in Nelspruit Kruger at 15h25.

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Lodge Link

Experience the heart of the African bush with Airlink’s lodge link service from KMI Airport. A short apron transfer connects you onward to the doorstep of Ngala, Ulusaba, Arathusa, Londolozi and Phinda Airstrips, gateway to the Timbavati, Sabi Sand, The Kruger National Park, Phinda and the private game lodges.

IMPORTANT LODGE LINK FACTS

  • Operated by Airlink Grand Cessna Caravan 208B (12 passengers plus 2 pilots)
  • Checked baggage 20kgs (soft bag)
  • Cabin baggage 8kgs (soft bag)
  • Free soft bags available on request on arrival
  • Free baggage storage facilities at Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA
  • Free baggage transfers between Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA for passengers utilising a minimum of 2 consecutive lodge link flights
  • These exclusive services are restricted to applicable lodges and their guests
  • Airside lounges at Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA with refreshment and restroom facilities
  • Short apron transfers
  • Minimum connecting time at Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA is 20 minutes for domestic and 30 minutes for international – please note that this is a legal IATA connecting time
  • Charter Flights on request – contact Airlink’s Group Department
  • Accrual and Redemption of Voyager Miles are not permitted

Three letter City Codes

  • LDZ – Londolozi Airstrip
  • ULX – Ulusaba Airstrip
  • ASS – Arathusa Airstrip
  • PZL – Phinda Airstrip
  • NGL – Ngala Airstrip

Lodge Airstrips and adjoining private game lodges in the reserve

  • Londolozi Airstrip (LDZ) is an exclusive service for Londolozi guests only
  • Ulusaba Airstrip (ULX) services Ulusaba, Leadwood, Exeter River, Inyati, Leopard Hills, Dulini, Savanna and Idube
  • Arathusa Airstrip (ASS) services Arathusa, Djuma, Cheetah Plains, Simbambili, Nkorho, Chitwa Chitwa and Elephant Plains
  • Phinda Airstrip (PZL) services Phinda, Thanda and Rocktail Bay
  • Ngala Airstrip (NGL) services Ngala Safari Lodge and Ngala Tented Camp
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