Category Archives: Destinations

Fly with FlySafair

Gone are the days when travelling by air used to be a bank breaker , in those days only the elite could afford. Nowadays its a different story altogether, even an average man like me would afford to fly ,  even locally. In many parts of the world , domestic flights are becoming affordable and South Africa is no exception , there are a number of cheap domestic flights in South Africa which offer competitive fares to travelers . Are you willing to visit any destination within South Africa any time soon ? If so, have you ever thought about one of  South Africa ‘s low cost airline – FlySafair. With FlySafair you can fly at a low cost to destinations like Joburg , Cape Town , Durban , PE , East London and George . The airline has hubs in Cape Town International airport , OR Tambo International airport and Lanseria International airport.

FlySafair offers food and drink as a buy on board programme and also a monthly magazine on board named   ‘In Flight’ . In April 2017 it was awarded for being the number one most punctual airline in the world with an impressive 96% On – Time Performance .

Their website is so easy to use when you want to search for flights , fairs and more. Therefore if you would like to give them a try , visit them on their site http://www.flysafair.co.za for more information.

Good health to you

Fidelity

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A visit to Costa Rica : internationally renowned for its biodiversity and political stability.

Costa Rica literally meaning the Rich Coast, officially the republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast, the pacific ocean to the west, the Caribbean sea to the east and Euacador to the south. It has a population of around 4.5 million of whom nearly a quarter live in the metropolitan area of the capital and largest city of San Jose.

Its rapidly developing economy , once heavily dependent on agriculture, has diversified  to include sectors such as finance , pharmaceuticals and ecotourism. It is also known for its progressive environmental policies, being the only country to meet all  five UNDP criteria to measure environmental sustainability. It was identified by the NEF as the greenest country in the world in 2009.

Historically  Costa Rica has generally enjoyed greater peace and more consistent political stability compared with many of its fellow Latin American nations. With uninterrupted democracy dating back to at least 1948, the country is the region ‘s most stable.

Costa Rica is located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the equator thus its climate is tropical year round despite having many micro climates due to such factors like elevation, rainfall etc.

Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals, it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Around 25 % of the country ‘s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world. One of its national park , the Corcovado national park is internationally renowned among ecologists for its biodiversity including big cats and tapirs and is where visitors can expect to see an abundance of wildlife. There is also Tortuguero national park which is home to spider howler , monkeys and 320 species of birds and a variety of reptiles.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to about 2000 plant species including numerous orchids , over 400 types of birds and more than 100 species of mammals can be found there. Over 840 species of birds have been identified in Costa Rica.

The primary language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish and interestingly its literacy rate is 96.3 %, one of the highest in the region.

All the above mentioned facts makes Costa Rica a favourable holiday destination , would you mind to give it a try on your next holiday trip. See you there.

Spain : a land of diversity

Spain is a land of diversity in both it’s landscape and it’s people. Much of it is clothed with wheat fields , grapevines and olive trees. To the south , only some 14 kilometres of water separates mainland Spain from the African continent.

In one recent year , more than 68 million people visited Spain. Most come for the sunshine, the golden beaches and the country ‘s artistic, historical and architectural treasures. Spanish food also attracts many visitors. Typical fare includes seafood, cured hams, rich stews, salads and vegetables cooked or seasoned with olive oil. Mariscada is a typical seafood. Spanish omelets, paella, and tapas are renowned the world over. In recent years people from Africa , Asia and Latin America have emigrated to Spain.

From the landscape perspective , Toledo captures the historical and cultural flavor of Spain. It was designated a World Heritage site in 1986 and is a popular stop for tourists. Equally important, Spanish people are friendly and outgoing, most profess to the Roman Catholic.

For more information on where to go and some of the activities to enjoy in Spain on your next holiday  you can visit http://www.spain.info

The marvels of creation : A visit to Serengeti National Park.

Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is famous for it’s migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and more than 250 000 zebras and its numerous Nile crocodiles. It is Tanzania’s oldest national park and remains the flagship of the country’s tourism industry. It has over 2500 lions and more than 1 million wildebeest. The park covers 14 750 square kilometres of grassland plains.

The park is worldwide known for it’s scenery and magnificent wildlife.Some of the most popular animals include :

  • Masai lion : Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species. More than 3000 lions live in this ecosystem.
  • African leopard : Commonly seen in the Seronera region but are present throughout the park with the population approximately around 1000.
  • African cheetah : It is estimated that they are over 1000 in the park
  • African bush elephant : Estimated to be numbering over 5000.
  • Eastern black rhinoceros : mainly found around the kopjes in the centre of the park.
  • African Buffalo : Still abundant and present in healthy numbers.
  • Serengeti Wildebeest : The park is home to the spectacular migratory events. The population of migratory wildebeest is around 1.2 million.
  • Zebras : Available in large numbers as well.

Apart from those mentioned above it is also home for Masai giraffes , warthogs, waterbucks, impala and many more. Carnivores include some 4000 spotted hyena, jackals , honey badger, striped hyena.

It also boost about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, kori bustards,  crowned cranes, martial eagles, lovebirds and many species of vultures.

Why visit Serengeti?

It is the one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and is an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers. It is renowned as the site of the great annual migration when an estimated 3 million antelope  mostly wildebeest migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. This seasonal journey is a deeply moving experience and a superb photographic subject. You can travel there year around, and the climate is as follows,

Summer- minimum is 24 C and maximum is 32 C

Winter – minimum is 8 C and maximum is 23 C

Long rains : April – May

Short rains : November – mid December.

Currency used there is USD and Tanzanian Shillings.

Good health to you

Fidelity

Mango Airlines

Mango Airlines is a state – owned South African low – cost airline based at OR Tambo International airport near Johannesburg. If you would like to travel in and around South Africa Mango is one of the cheap and reliable alternatives available. Mango serves the following destinations:

South Africa

  • Bloemfontein – Bloemfontein Airport
  • Capetown – Capetown International Airport [Focus city]
  • Durban  – King Shaka International Airport
  • George – George Airport
  • Johannesburg –  OR Tambo International Airport [Hub] , Lanseria International Airport
  • Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Airport

Tanzania

  • Zanzibar – Zanzibar International Airport

In-flight Services

As a low cost airline it features a uniform fleet of aircraft with high sitting density, offers online ticketing. A standard booking does not include food and drinks, it offers a buy on board programme offering food and drinks for purchase. It provides an in-flight magazine , Mango Juice along with Mango TV an in-flight entertainment programme viewable on televisions  placed throughout the aircraft. In -flight WI – FI is also availabe for a fee, and the WI-FI saves are provided by G- Connect.

To learn more about this Airline , their flight schedules and  costs , you can visit their site : http://www.flymango.com

Good health to you.

Fidelity

Best places to visit : Cape Town – place of a lifetime.

If visiting new places around the world is one of your resolutions in this year of 2017, I would like to give you a hint, try Cape Town this time around. Why Cape Town? Continue reading this article to learn why.

Cape Town has a big drawcard , great lifestyle, magnificent scenery and the most friendly people. There is an easy pace of life and a mix of cultures and also it is an eco – friendly city. Here are some of the wonders that you would come across:

  • You will see the awesome table mountain range
  • Winelands
  • Great sandy beaches
  • Robben islands
  • Some of the World ‘s best hotels like Cape Grace Hotel, V&A Waterfront
  • Cultural and design events
  • Best shopping malls
  • Best food city in the world, lekker food and wine

Above that it holds a number of accolades, to view those accolades you can visit , http://www.expatcapetown.com and from there you would also see why Cape Town is one of the splendid places around the world.

Below are some of the things you can enjoy doing in Cape Town:

  • catch a cable car up table mountain
  • dive into shark infested waters
  • take a lesson in South African History
  • Explore the continent ‘s unique tastes and flavours
  • Drink in the Long Street Vibe
  • Eat something fishy
  • Go to the heart of the art scenery
  • Sip the best afternoon tea in the world
  • Pull on some skinny jeans and many more.

See you there.

Good health to you

Fidelity

Places around the world: Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is nestled in Central Asia and is bordered by Kazkhstan , Uzbekistan , Tajikistan, and China. Mountains cover nearly 90 % of the country. It boasts the  highest point of  the Tian Shan Mountain range , which is 7439 m above sea level.

Forest cover about 4 % of the landmass of the country. It is noteworthy that one of the planet’s largest natural growth walnut forest is found in Kyrgyzstan. Hospitality and respect are well known traits of the Kyrgyz people. The population of the country is 5 776 000 , languages used are Kirghiz and Russian and the religion is mainly Islam. Exports are cotton , wool, gold , mercury and uranium. It is also home to snow leopards, lynx and sheep.

Some of the nicer places to visit in Kyrgyzstan are Ala Archa National Park – where you will find rivers, glaciers and natural reserves, Osh Bazaar, Burana Tower – archaeological site and architecture, Altyn Arashan – where you will find hot spring, hiking backpacking and canyon , State History Museum and Panfilov Park.

See you there hey.

Good health to you.

Fidelity