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Dream Destinations | Chongwe River House

Before we give you issue 21… Here’s another reason why you should download last month’s issue of ZASA Magazine (wet the appetite a bit).

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(Note* Please start by reading the Dream Destinations feature in Issue 20 (May 2017) of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here)

Here’s a video that provides a virtual tour of Chongwe River House.

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Sources: Chongwe River House website | TripAdvisor Reviews

 

Dream Destinations | Chongwe River Camp

A love affair with nature, Chongwe River Camp offers a unique and unforgettable experience; a place where you can unwind and switch off from the rest of the world.

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(Note* Please start by reading the Dream Destinations feature in Issue 19 (April 2017) of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here)

Here’s a video that provides a virtual tour of the lodge from all angles… Including a shot from a boat on the Zambezi River!

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Zambia High Commission | Advisory Note to Zambians in South Africa – attacks on Foreigners

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PRETORIA – 21ST FEBRUARY, 2017 – THE High Commission of Zambia in South Africa would like to advise Zambians living in South Africa to exercise caution in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals and their properties that have been reported in some parts of the country.

There have been reports in recent weeks of an outbreak of violent attacks in some parts of South Africa against foreign nationals, particularly fellow Africans from various countries.

The reports show that the pattern so far shows that homes, shops, vehicles and other property owned by foreigners were being targeted.

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SAA Statement on free flights message on social media

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South African Airways has issued a statement warning travelers of a scam that has been doing the rounds, here’s their official statement below.
JOHANNESBURG. 30 January 2017. South African Airways (SAA) would like to warn customers of a hoax survey prevalent on social media suggesting SAA is offering free tickets to fly anywhere. “SAA is neither conducting an online survey nor offering free flight tickets. We have no association whatsoever with this so-called survey. Free flight tickets are a luxury we cannot afford at this stage as the airline is focusing on restoring financial stability and is managing its costs to improve its performance,” said SAA Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali.
The scam is an open invitation to interested parties, inviting participants to tell 10 friends on WhatsApp about the South African Airways survey.
“Participants are requested to answer four survey-type questions and the steps include distributing or sharing the survey with ten friends. We strongly warn everybody to ignore this hoax survey and to avoid clicking on the link if they receive it. There’s no telling what could happen to the devices of those who click on the link. It is better to heed the warning and exercise restraint than to be brave and sorry,” cautioned Tlali.
All SAA promotional activities are uploaded on the airline’s website (www.flysaa.com) and will also appear on SAA official social media channels. SAA communication platforms are regularly updated and carry all official company messages. SAA Official Information and Communication are:
General Enquiries: +27 11 978-1000
Any person who may have been prejudiced or suffered any loss as a result of this hoax is encouraged to report the matter with the law enforcement agencies.
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Dream Destinations | Zungulila Bushcamp

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Please start by reading the Dream Destinations feature in Issue 16 (January 2017) of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here.

We found this video that takes you on a “virtual tour” of Zungulila Bushcamp… Enjoy!

For more video content of destinations we have covered in previous Issues of ZASA Magazine, you can browse the Dream Destinations Playlist on our YouTube Channel. More videos will be added to this playlist as we uncover or shoot them.

 

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Martin’s Drift – Kazungula Route Report (All you need to know)

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If you are planning on traveling through Martin’s Drift border post, please leave early. Reports this morning have come in that at 6am there were queues of up to 7kms for small cars, some trucks have been waiting for up to 3 days. We spent 5 hours when crossing last week. Also be patient and polite with officials and you will get served quickly, your aim is to reach your destination not extend your travel time.

Roads

The good thing is the roads are very good (except for a few patches – see below) but please stick to speed limits as there are a lot of speed traps in Botswana.

Be very careful after Francis Town, we (and 4 other cars while we were stopped changing a tyre) hit a massive pothole 20kms after Francis Town. The road is bad for about 30kms after that and then clears up but still be on the lookout for small potholes every now and then. In Zambia, the roads are good until about 15 kms before Mazabuka. The road is really bad from there up to the Kafue T-Junction so please be very careful as you drive.

Weather

The rains are heavy in Botswana and Zambia especially as you get closer to the Game Park and Mazabuka so please ensure your wipers are in perfect working order or you will struggle to see properly.

Payments

Some shops in Botswana also take Rand if you don’t have Pula so ask the cashiers and they will assist with conversions. Cards are accepted throughout so you should be fine to travel with minimal Pula currency.

If you can sleep in Nata then do so but try to book ahead of time. Nata Lodge can be reached on +267 77 600 954, let them know you are a ZASA Magazine reader and they will give you a discount for your stay – Speak to the manager Gobe.

We recommend starting off from Nata at around 5am so that you go through the Game Park in daylight (PLEASE do not go through the Game Park at night – you will find wild animals crossing the road, elephants especially as they go and sit on the tarmac since it’s still warm from the day’s sun). If you are faced by an elephant – DO NOT HOOT OR FLASH LIGHTS! Rather wait for it to move then proceed, hooting or flashing lights will get you killed.

Safe travels! #zasamag

 

Police Clearance Document now required by Interpol (Zambian borders)

You might have heard conflicting reports over the past few months of documents that are being requested from motorists as they enter Zambia.

Please take note – in addition to your usual documents, this is a police clearance document that is now required by Interpol at the border (Zambian side) when driving into the country (personal details have been blurred for security reasons)  – make sure you get this document BEFORE you leave South Africa otherwise you will not be allowed to enter Zambia with your vehicle.

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Chilala Muhyila recently traveled and was kind enough to check with an Interpol officer on duty at Kazungula and had this to say,

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Visa-free travel for Commonwealth countries confirmed as hoax

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There is a story that has been doing the rounds on social media platforms over the last couple of months getting a lot of shares from Commonwealth citizens (yes, Zambians included) stating that the UK has announced visa-free travel into the country for member states.

The reports state that the visa changes were based on ‘the assumption of Theresa May as the new British Prime Minister and that the UK has announced visa-free entry for all Commonwealth citizens.’  Zambia is one of 18 African countries which form part of the 53-member Commonwealth state.

Isabel Potgieter, spokesperson for the British High Commission to South Africa says the report is completely untrue.

“We can confirm that no changes have been made to the UK’s visa regime for citizens of Commonwealth countries.”

The British High Commission advised that “customers can find correct information on UK visas and immigration for their circumstances online…” – you can click here to go to the online portal or follow the link at the end of this post under sources.

When you come across stories that seem too good to be true, before sharing; always remember to check credible news sources for accuracy. If you are still unsure, email us on zasamag@longwemedia.co.za and we will be happy to verify the story’s authenticity for you 🙂

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Sources:

Traveller24

British High Commission (Facebook Page Announcement)

Gov.uk Online Visa Check Portal

Home Affairs modernised: Biometrics for the free movement of Africans

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As you may by now know, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa has embarked on an ambitious campaign to modernise in an effort to make interaction with the department easier. In addition to the switch from the Green bar-coded ID books to a new Smartcard ID format, you are now able to get some documents through the 4 major banks and can also perform some transactions using a newly launched eHomeAffairs online platform. The benefits are definitely there to see with reduced queues at the departments’ offices and your ability to get things done quicker from the comfort of your own home. The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba was speaking at a Cape Town Press Club breakfast briefing this past week.

But this convergence or sharing of Biometrics is also being strategised beyond SA’s borders as the minister highlighted the sharing of biometric information with neighbours. This would allow it to better facilitate movement between borders, identify low-risk individuals and those who should not be allowed into the country, citing recent progress made with the Lesotho Special Permit as well as the 10-year bilateral agreement reached in Kenya, with all African business and academic travellers being allowed a multiple entry visa, valid for 10-years.

“We have undertaken to dedicate specific focus to the management of our immigration services, precisely because we believe part of our responsibility is rooted in the National Development Plan, in particular our role in enabling economic development and contributing to national security.”

Gigaba said a Final Draft of the Green Paper on Migration has been finalized, with key policy recommendations seeking to improve economic capabilities strategically by way of retaining international students in the country post-graduation to overcome the non-recognition of qualifications, which is one of the critical challenges associated with leveraging skilled foreign nationals.

“Consultations with relevant key stakeholders in this aspect are ongoing.” says Gigaba

Parts of this post are excerpts from an article by Selene Brophy on Traveller24 News – Click here for full article

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