Airlink’s city to bush-lodge network now on sale!

Airlink’s city to bush-lodge network now on sale!

Lodge hop ULXAirlink’s “Lodge Link System” service, which will provide direct connectivity beyond the Skukuza and Nelspruit/Kruger airports to five of the most popular game lodge destinations in South Africa, is now available for sale in the Global Distribution System (GDS), on-line, as well as via travel agent and tour operator’s Computerized Reservations Systems. (CRS)

The Lodge Link System will initially connect the safari lodge airstrips located at Arathusa, Londolozi, Sabi Sabi, Singita and Ulusaba with Airlink’s multiple daily scheduled services operating into Skukuza and Nelspruit/Kruger (KMIA) airports.

In conjunction with its franchise partner South African Airways, Airlink’s Lodge Link System flights are now available for purchase worldwide in a single ticket transaction, hosted in the global booking platforms. This will provide the opportunity for enhanced seamless connectivity directly to and from lodges allowing multi carrier, multi sector itineraries to be constructed such as: London to Londolozi; Seattle to Singita; Singapore to Sabi Sabi; Ubatuba to Ulusaba; Athens to Arethusa, to name but a few.

Additionally, the combination of the new Lodge Link System service with Airlink’s regional and domestic flights, which operate between key leisure destinations such as: Cape Town and KMIA, Cape Town and Skukuza, Durban and KMIA, Johannesburg and Skukuza, Johannesburg and KMIA, Johannesburg and Maun, Johannesburg and Kasane, Johannesburg and Vilanculos, KMIA and Livingstone as well as Nelspruit and Vilanculos, will provide travellers to South Africa with unparalleled flexibility and choice when planning their journey’s on that Safari trip of a lifetime.

The new Lodge Link System will serve to complement Airlink’s already established and increasingly popular Cape Town and Johannesburg to Skukuza services. Since the re-opening of Skukuza airport on 2 June 2014, more than 33,000 travellers passed through its doors entrenching Skukuza as a key access point to the world-renowned Kruger National Park Eco leisure destination, and the exclusive Lodges in nearby private game reserves such as Sabi Sand and Timbavati.

Airlink’s Lodge Link System service has been implemented in a number of stages in line with anticipated market demand.

Services between Londolozi and Skukuza; Sabi Sabi and KMIA; together with a connection between Skukuza and Nelspruit airports with onward connections to Livingstone/Zambia as well as Vilanculos/Mozambique will commence operating on 1 July 2015.

Services between Ulusaba and Skukuza and Ulusaba and KMIA will commence on 1 August 2015. Ulusaba is an important air-strip as it provides access to a number of lodges in the area; Ulusaba’s Rock, Cliff and Safari lodges, & Beyond’s Exeter River and Leadwood lodges, Inyati Game Lodge, Leopard Hills, Savanna and Dulini.

llnp-networkAs regards Arathusa and Singita, it is planned that services to these lodges will commence in September 2015. Arathusa is an important node in the north eastern portion of the Sabi Sand reserve and will provide access to the neighboring lodges such as Chitwa Chitwa, Cheetah Plains, Elephant Plains, Simbambili, Nkorho and Djuma Vuyatela

“Airlink is extremely proud to introduce its Lodge Link System service and to have the opportunity to build on the experience gained in re-establishing the Skukuza Airport last year. Skukuza has increased in popularity as a key access point to Southern Africa’s eco-leisure destinations. Seamless direct services ensure that travellers are able to maximize their time in the bush with minimum time spent in airport transits”, said Airlink CEO and Managing director Rodger Foster. He emphasized that the inclusion of KMIA as the significant node in the Lodge Link System network is paramount – “KMIA is an international airport where Airlink offers seven daily flights from JNB as well as daily flights from CPT and DUR and provides additional access to over-border destinations in Zambia and Mozambique. The Lodge Link System enjoys excellent global connectivity at KMIA given frequency and timing of flights and KMIA presents excellent potential for the Lodge Link System to grow”, he added. “Tourism is a key driver of the South African economy and Airlink feels privileged to play a role in developing this to the benefit of all stakeholders”.

Inyati Game Lodge Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence For Five Consecutive Years

Certificate of ExcellenceInyati Game Lodge Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence For Five Consecutive Years

 Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on The World’s Largest Travel Site

SABI SAND GAME RESERVE, MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA – 20th, May, 2015 Inyati Game Lodge today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Inyati Game Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

TripAdvisor hall of fameWhen selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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2016 Safari Awards Voting is Now Open

2016 Safari Awards Voting is Now Openhttp://www.safariawards.comInyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve has been nominated in three categories for the 2016 Safari Awards. Winning an award in these categories is quite an accolade and a feather in our cap. We need your help in voting for us. We could not be where we are today if it weren’t for the support and positive feedback received from our guests.

We have been nominated in the categories are:  “Best Value Safari Property”,“Best Safari Guiding Team“ and”Best Walking Safari”. Please vote for us, we would appreciate the support – and will always continue to improve.

To vote for us, please search for Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve here: http://www.safariawards.comEllies-crossing

2016 Safari Awards Voting is Now Open

If you have been on a memorable safari holiday, or stayed at what you consider the best safari lodge, you can vote for it now in the 2016 Safari Awards.

The best safari properties in Africa and beyond received over 13,500 votes last year, in categories including Best Value Safari Property, Best Safari Cuisine and Best Safari Guiding Team.

There are 18 categories for the 2016 Awards, including two new categories for Best Location and Best Design. To find out more about the property based categories, please visit our main categories page

To find out more about voting in the Safari Awards, including how to vote for wildlife organisatons and our two special personal contribution awards, please click here.

Traveling with a Child to South Africa – New Laws

Planning on traveling to South Africa with your child? If so, it’s super important to keep in mind South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs’ new laws pertaining to traveling with minors (children under the age of 18). The new laws were effective on June 1, 2015 and were put in place in order to reduce (and hopefully eliminate) child trafficking across South African borders.

But the laws aren’t as simple as “show your child’s birth certificate.” There are several different documents that parents will need to show in order to bring their children on a South Africa safari vacation. Not to mention there are several different scenarios that warrant different types of documents. For example, a single parent traveling with a minor, or two parents traveling with a minor (both biological parents but different last names), a child traveling alone, etc.

Is your head spinning yet from all those different scenarios? Well, fear not, there is an app that can help you figure out what documents you need! The app, which is called the South African Child VISA Checklist App, was created by Andre Van Kets who says that there are “15 different documents and 37 unique scenarios for children traveling in and out of South Africa.”

This app is designed to simplify the process in figuring out what documents you need for traveling with a minor. All you have to do is download the app and answer two to three multiple-choice questions that will then generate a list of the appropriate documents you’ll need.

The questions ask about whom the child is traveling with. Specifically, the questions cover the status of the parents (divorced, married, etc.), as well as any special circumstance, such as if the child is adopted, if both parents are alive, etc.

The app, which can be downloaded on your mobile device or computer desktop, then generates a list of documents you’ll need, based on your responses. The app also includes links to official documents from the Department of Home Affairs, as well as frequently asked questions.

Try out the app for yourself at http://www.drivesouthafrica.co.za/child-visa-checklist/

 

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It’s always best to… #KnowBeforeYouGo

Stacy’s Story

Stacy’s Story.

Stacy Howell

Under 18s travelling to and from South Africa

Section 7 of the South African Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002)
Under 18s travelling to and from South Africa

The new requirements, being introduced by the South African Department of Home Affairs, for additional documentation needed by persons under the age of 18 years for travel to and from South Africa was implemented on 01 June, 2015.

*Applicable travellers will be asked to produce the required documentation at check-in for each flight.

For further information and assistance please contact: the South African Department of Home Affairs, 0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa); or your local South African Embassy

Frequently Asked Questions
A) What do the regulations say about parents travelling with children?

Regulation 6 (12)(a):
Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting  the particulars of the parents of the child.

1. What is an unabridged birth certificate?
It is a birth certificate reflecting the particulars of both parents.

2. Is this applicable to all children?
Yes, the South African regulations regards a child as any person under the age of 18 years. It is applicable to all nationalities departing from and arriving in South Africa. It is not required for passengers remaining in transit, unless s/he requires a transit visa. The unabridged certificate should be submitted during the transit visa application process and both the certificate and visa should be carried on person whilst travelling.

3. What about unabridged birth certificates or other documents that are not issued in English?
All documents issued in a language other than English would be accepted.

4. What about countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates?
In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, an equivalent document containing the particulars of the child and his or her parents issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

5. Must I travel with the original document?
A certified copy is sufficient as per the regulations. It must be certified as a true copy of the original by a Commissioner of Oaths (or the equivalent, should Commissioners of Oaths not be a practice in the country concerned).

6. Can the document be scanned and e-mailed?
Yes

B) What do the regulations say about children travelling with one parent?
Regulation 6 (12)(b):
In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and:
Consent, in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child, authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with;
[or] a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or
Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate, provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her his or her parents, approve such a person to enter or depart the Republic with such a child.

6. What is the time line for the affidavit?
The affidavit must be no older than 4 months, dating from the time of travel.

7. My country does not issue affidavits. Which alternative do I have?
A South African Embassy in the traveller’s country of residence may be approached to commission the oath or solemn declaration free of charge.

C) What do the regulations say about persons travelling with a child who is not their biological child?
Regulation 6 (12)(c):
Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce:
A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;
An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child;
Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and
The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child,
provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her his or her parents, approve such a person to enter or depart the Republic with such a child.

Questions and answers 1 – 7 also apply.

8. Does this include children travelling with school groups and grandparents?
Yes, any child under the age of 18 travelling with a person other than his / her parents must be in possession of the above documentation.

9. Is a copy of the unabridged birth certificate sufficient or must it be the original?
A copy is sufficient as per the regulations. It must be certified as a true copy of the original by a Commissioner of Oaths (or the equivalent, should Commissioners of Oaths not be a practice in the country concerned).

10. Must the copies of the parents’ passports / ID’s be certified?
They must be certified as a true copy of the original by a Commissioner of Oaths (or the equivalent, should Commissioners of Oaths not be a practice in the country concerned).

11. In what format must the contact details of the parents be?
A Parental Consent Affidavit (suggested format attached) with the parents’ name and surname, physical address, telephone and cell phone numbers would be sufficient.

12. How do you obtain approval from the Director General when you do not reside in South Africa?
Through the nearest South African diplomatic or consular representative abroad.

D) What do the regulations say about children travelling as unaccompanied minors?
Regulation 6 (12)(d):
Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer:
Proof of consent from one or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child;
A letter from the person which is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details where the child will be residing;
A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and
The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Questions and answers 1 – 12 also apply.

13. What is the age for an Unaccompanied Minor in this case?
Any child under 18 travelling by themselves will be seen as an unaccompanied minor by Immigration. This does not affect the airline’s Unaccompanied Minor policy and procedure.

14. In Regulation 6 (12)(d), points (i) and (ii) refer to a letter. Must this letter be certified?
It must be certified as the original or as  a true copy of the original by a Commissioner of Oaths (or the equivalent, should Commissioners of Oaths not be a practice in the country concerned).

15. Must the consent be from one parent or both?
It must be from both parents as per the regulations.

E) What do the regulations say about two unused pages in the passport?
Regulation 2 (1) (d):
Passengers travelling to South Africa must be in possession of a passport with two unused pages required for endorsements. The two unused pages when presented for purposes of endorsing a port of entry visa, visa, permanent residence permit or entry of departure stamp.

16. Is this for all passengers travelling to South Africa?
The two unused passport pages specifically pertain to foreign passports (non-South African).
These must be visa pages.
The requirement does not apply to foreigners who are in possession of valid permanent residence permits in South Africa.
The first unused page in a foreigner’s passport is used for the issuing of a visa, if required, by a South African mission abroad or by the Department’s Head Office in South Africa (the latter in the case of an extended stay).
The second page is used by Immigration at the South African port of entry for endorsing the arrival or departure stamp and, in the case of foreigners not requiring a visa, a port of entry visa (one page required for both arrival and departure stamps and port of entry visa).

F) What will happen to a passenger not in possession of these documents?
Regulation 6 (9):
When examining a person before his or her departure from the Republic, an immigration officer shall ensure that the person is not: a fugitive from justice; or the subject of a court order that orders the Department to prevent his or her departure.

Regulation 6 (10):
Any child who is in alternative care as defined in the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005) shall, before departing from the Republic, produce a certified copy of an authorization letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides as contemplated in section 169 of the Children’s Act.

Regulation 6 (11):
An immigration officer shall refuse any person contemplated in sub regulation (9) or who does not comply with sub regulation (10), to depart from the Republic.

17. What will happen if we don’t have the required documentation at the time of check-in?
SAA are bound by the South African Immigration regulations and must act accordingly. Travellers not in possession of the required documentation will not be allowed to travel.

18. Is this regulations only applicable to persons departing the Republic?
No, the regulations are applicable to all passengers arriving or departing South Africa.

G) What must I do if I am declared undesirable?
Persons who are declared undesirable persons in terms of Section 30(1)(h) read with 50(1) of the Immigration Act, no 13 of 2002 as amended (by Act No. 13 of 2011) are not permitted to return to South Africa for the period specified in the declaration. They may however submit written representations as indicated in the declaration.
The following documents must be submitted:
Written representation.
A copy of the declaration of undesirability (form 19) that was issued at the Port of Entry.
A copy of the relevant pages of the passport, including biodata page.
Acknowledgment of receipt ( in cases where the applicant has applied for a permit and the status is still pending).
If the applicant overstayed due to medical reasons, a medical certificated must be submitted.
The appeal must be e-mailed to:  Overstayappeals@dha.gov.za

H) Who can I speak to if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions relating to these regulations, please contact:
the South African Department of Home Affairs, 0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa); or
your local South African Embassy

http://www.flysaa.com/za/en/planmytrip/travelAdvisory/sa-immigration-under-18.html

Safety with lions on safari – Written by: Onne Vegter

Safety with lions on safari – Written by: Onne Vegter

Following the unfortunate incident at a lion park in Johannesburg recently where a woman was dragged from her vehicle and killed by a lion, the world’s media has been abuzz.

On social media, concerned tourists are asking whether it is safe to go on safari. Many have criticised the poor woman for leaving her car windows open in spite of the many signs warning her not to do so. However, if an open window is so dangerous, is it safe to go on a safari that uses open vehicles for game drives?

When we posted this photo on our Facebook page a while ago, we received some comments about how crazy and stupid these people were to be sitting in an open vehicle so close to a pride of wild lions.

Wild Wings Safaris

Yet this kind of sighting happens every day all over southern Africa. These concerns about safety stem from a lack of understanding about where the recent tragedy occurred, and how the lion park differs from a regular wildlife safari.

Confusing potential tourists even more, news headlines around the world proclaimed: “Lion kills American tourist at a game park in South Africa”. We’ve seen the words game reserve, game park, nature reserve and safari park all used in connection with this incident. The truth is that this was not an African safari and did not happen in a game reserve. This attack happened at a small lion park, which is very different from a normal African game reserve. It is not the first time an incident like this has occurred in a lion park yet you never hear of lions dragging tourists off open safari vehicles in bigger game reserves like the Kruger National Park. Why is that?

A typical lion park is nothing like a game reserve such as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve or Kruger National Park. It is more like a glorified zoo that is big enough to drive through. The key issue in this case is that these lions are not entirely wild. These lions are kept in enclosures and have been raised in captivity (or in some cases rescued from abusive conditions). As cubs, they have probably been handled and photographed by humans. Lion cub interactions have received increasing criticism in recent times, and rightly so.  However, such activities have traditionally been a key source of income for certain lion parks. When lions are raised like this and fed by humans, they lose their natural fear of humans and they learn to associate humans with food.

This is the critical difference between lions in a lion park and wild lions in a game reserve.  In game reserves, wild lions do not associate human beings with food. They are naturally fearful of humans and, unless you run away, they will not see humans as prey. They also do not associate vehicles with humans or with food.

For this reason, thousands of tourist game drives are conducted every day across Africa in open safari vehicles and involve many close encounters with wild lions and other predators. However, you never hear of tourists being attacked or dragged from their open safari vehicle.

Leopard on safari

A leopard like this can walk right past an open safari vehicle and does not even take a second look at the people in the vehicle – they are not seen as a threat and they are not seen as food. I’ve watched lions and leopards walk so close to the tracker sitting on the front that he could have reached out and touched the animal if he so wished.

The lion park has had similar incidents before, and the management is well aware of the dangerous nature of captive lions. This is why there are clear signs all over the park warning visitors not to alight from their vehicle or even to open their windows. Unfortunately, this tourist did not heed those warnings. Yet in the Kruger National Park, visitors have been driving around with open windows for many decades, and thousands have enjoyed close-up encounters with wild lions from the back of an open safari vehicle. Millions of tourists have safely visited Kruger in their own vehicles, and you never hear of lions dragging people from their cars there. Of course, there are rules in Kruger too. Do not alight from your vehicle. Do not disturb the animals. Do not feed the animals. Do not stand up or hang out of the vehicle. If you heed these rules, you will be perfectly safe.

After a tragic incident like this, misguided and hysterical reporting about the dangers of going on safari does incredible damage to tourism and, by extension, to wildlife conservation as so much of Africa’s conservation effort depends on income from tourism. African safaris have an excellent safety record and millions of people visit Africa every year to go on safari. As long as tourists obey the rules of the park they are visiting, it is absolutely safe to go on an open vehicle safari.

– See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/safety-with-lions-on-safari/#sthash.qg3KMldg.tgIEtPoj.dpuf

What you need to know about South Africa’s new laws when travelling with under 18s

What you need to know about South Africa's new laws when travelling with under 18sWhat you need to know about South Africa’s new laws when travelling with under 18s

To assist travellers to South Africa with their plans, Cape Town Tourism has created a summary of some of the typical questions that come up for parents travelling with children or who wish to send their children on a trip.
What you need to know about South Africa’s new laws when travelling with under 18s

Why is the government changing the child laws?
South African immigration authorities have noted that there is an unacceptably high volume of child trafficking over the country’s borders. The new laws aim to curb child trafficking but will result in considerable paperwork and advanced planning when travelling to and from South Africa with children.

When do the new laws come into effect?
1 June 2015

Who does this affect?
Anyone wanting to travel from or to South Africa with a child under the age of 18 years, parents who are travelling with their child but not their spouse and those who wish to send their child on a trip accompanied by someone other than a parent or unaccompanied. It does not affect those travelling within South Africa (i.e. you only need these documents if you cross South Africa’s borders by land, sea or air.

What will we need?
All children under the age of 18 leaving and entering South Africa will be required to have an unabridged birth certificate to accompany their passport – along with the relevant visa if required.

Various additional documents are required in various instances as outlined below.

Note that all documents must be dated within four months of the date of departure or entry. All documents must be original or certified as a copy of an original by a commissioner of oaths or equivalent authority.

What is an Unabridged Birth Certificate?
It’s a birth certificate that reflects the particulars of both parents of the child.

All children born in South Africa after 14 March 2013 were issued with a valid unabridged birth certificate automatically and free of charge.

Everyone born before that, and those from countries who do not automatically issue unabridged certificates, must apply for the document well before their travel date.

Do I need an unabridged birth certificate to travel around within South Africa?
No, but it will be required at all border controls by land, sea and air.

What about birth certificates that are not in English?
Should the birth certificate be in any language other than English, it must be translated into English in a sworn document by an authority in the country of origin. All supporting documents need to be original and duplicates must be certified.

There is no such thing as an unabridged birth certificate in our country, what must we do?
In the case of countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

My child is adopted so our names are not on her birth certificate, what should I do?
The parents of adopted children should produce proof of adoption by means of an adoption certificate.

I am travelling with my child but not my spouse, do I need anything else?
If the child is travelling with only one of their parents, the traveller parent will be required to provide a passport and unabridged birth certificate (with particulars of the parents), as well as an affidavit from the non-travelling parent giving express permission for the child to travel with the other parent. The parent will also be required to produce a court order giving the accompanying parent full parental responsibility.

Legally separated parents should provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent.

I am a single parent, what do I need?
If the child’s unabridged birth certificate only reflects the name of one parent, parental consent from the absent parent is not required. If the parent’s name does appear, the other parent must consent in an affidavit. If the absent parent cannot be traced, a letter of special circumstances must be applied for.

My wife has passed away, what will I need in lieu of his consent?
Should one of the parents be deceased, a death certificate must be produced.

We are a gay couple (two fathers) and both our names appear on the Unabridged Birth Certificate. If we are both travelling with our child, will that suffice?
Yes, same-sex parents are recognised as per the names on the unabridged birth certificate. Passports and visas (if necessary) will still be required.

My child is going on holiday with her aunt, what do we need to prepare?
If a child is travelling with someone other than a parent, additional documents to be presented will include an affidavit from the parents or legal guardian to state that the child is allowed to travel with that person, the contact details of the parents or legal guardian and copies of the identity documents and passports of the parents or legal guardian.

Where both the parents of the child are deceased and the child is travelling with a relative, the director-general must approve such a person to enter into or depart from South Africa with that child.

This affidavit may not be older than three months, dating from the date of travel.

My 17 year old son is going to spend a holiday with relatives in South Africa. He is flying alone. What do I need to do to?
An unaccompanied child requires a passport, unabridged birth certificate and visa if needed. They will also need a parental consent affidavit or a court order signed by both parents or a legal guardian stating that the child has their permission to travel.

The affidavit must also feature the parent’s contact details. In addition, you will need a letter from the person the child will be staying with, featuring contact numbers and the physical address of the place where the child will stay. Documentation should also include the name and contact details as well as certified copies of the identity document or passport, visa or permanent residence permit of the person, as well as the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the minor.

I want to send a child who is in alternative care in South Africa on an overseas programme. What do I need?
A child who is in alternative care should produce a certified copy of an authorisation letter from the provincial head of the department of social development where the child resides on departing South Africa.

How to go about obtaining an unabridged birth certificate in South Africa?
Parents are advised to apply for an unabridged birth certificate well in advance as the process may take months (the indicated time is between three and eight weeks).

Apply at any branch of Home Affairs bringing:
– R75 in cash
– Both parents’ ID books as well as the child’s ID number

You will be given forms to fill in.

For a summary of the Home Affairs legislation see here

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May 2015 Field Guide Report by Matt

The cheetah is a unique felid, with its closest living relatives being the puma and jaguarundi of the Americas. This cat is notable for modifications in the species' paws, being one of the few felids with only semi-retractable claws

It was warm on the last evening of autumn, it had been very hot for a few days and so we all new a cold front was coming. It didn’t make the temperature drop the next morning any more bearable. With the cold thud winter is here! The roads have turned into powder soft sketching maps that last for days, everything from the smallest birds to the mighty elephant can’t escape but leave their mark as they go. The trackers come into their own, as the disintegration of the tracks is a timeline that very few can decipher. The tracks most sought after are those of the cats, from the tiniest tracks of new born cubs up to the dark mane Madjingilane.

The three young lionesses of Ximhungwe Lion Pride pride are back with us, looking great and well feed. The young male was seen last night close to where the mother was killed.

All small pans are dry and major dams look decidedly lower than usual. This means we have had elephants aplenty and all along the river. We had a sighting of over 200 elephants in and around the river recently that was simply spectacular.

All members of Manjingelane male coalition are with us in the Western sector currently. The Othawa lionesses are finally able to escape the boys

Xhikavi has had cubs! Two of them that look to be about a month old, we found her suckling them in a den site close to the lodge. So standby for great pictures soon. Tlangisa has been leaving her cubs for longer periods but they still seem to rely on her for most of their food. The older one is coming along fine though and it will be nice to see her become independent soon. The question on everyone’s minds is where will they choose to become independent?

Mother leopard and cubs playingScotia after a few brief encounters with Ravenscourt has taken up calling in the evenings as she gains confidence in her territory she inherited from Hlaba Nkunzi. Hlaba Nkunzi has almost permanently moved east and we only see her from time to time. Boulders has been seen a few times but she is so seldom seen and so far away from the lodge that I have only ever seen her two or three times. Dam three is also lactating which means she has cubs so we have a lot of babies around to go with. The lucky guy for the most part is Dewane and he is doing really well keeping Nyeleti far in the east so much so that we hardly ever see him.
The Othawas are doing well, the three cubs have what looks like mange which they must have picked up from the one male but it isn’t permanent and as they get older it should heal. The four Madjingilanes have been almost permanently set up her in the west as there are rumours of new coalitions making noise east of us as they arrive from the Kruger Park. The Ximungwes have not been seen in a while but for their tracks from time to time it is also rumoured that one of the females is dead. The Mangene Pride have been seen more and more in the south as they find it a relative vacuum of lions.Inyati Game Lodge airstrip
The Wild Dogs have been seen looking for a den in the North but they haven’t been seen in a few weeks. The Cheetah did well with the cubs but the last two died outside of game drive by a suspected leopard and hyena not at the same time. The coming months hold some interesting times for us to see hopefully.

Cub kiss

 

Yellow billed hornbill

That’s all from Matt for this month. We thank you for spending few moments with us in the wilderness, sharing our experiences and joining our adventures. We are committed to keep you updated. Please follow our Facebook page for daily updates.

Regards, THE INYATI TEAM

Keith & Francis – Managers George (Head Guide) & Solly (Tracker) Khimbini (Senior Guide) & Rodger (Tracker) Matthew (Senior Guide) & Nelson (Tracker)

This month’s sightings report compiled by Matthew Brennan. Photographs by Khimbini, Keith and Matthew

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Inyati Game Lodge Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’

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INYATI GAME LODGE AWARDED TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE YEARS
 
Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site

SABI SAND GAME RESERVE, MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA – 20th , May, 2015 Inyati Game Lodge today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Inyati Game Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Situated in unquestionably one of the best game viewing areas in the Africa, the Sabi Sand Reserve, Inyati Game Lodge offers you the ultimate experience combining wildlife and comfort.

 

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

 

Inyati Game Lodge Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence For Five Consecutive Years

TripAdvisor hall of fameInducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on

The World’s Largest Travel Site

 SABI SAND GAME RESERVE, MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA – 20th, May, 2015 Inyati Game Lodge today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Inyati Game Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

 

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Is Faux Rhino Horn a Solution?

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

Each day at least three rhino die for two reasons: the belief that horn cures medical ailments, and as a status symbol in Vietnamese high society. But, attention rhino horn users: the vast majority of the horn you purchase is fake, according to an Oxpeckers report.

Karl Ammann from Natural History Magazine stated “probably up to 90 percent of end consumers (of rhino horn) unknowingly purchase products made of water buffalo or other bovine horn.”

rhinos unknown The myth of rhino horn having medicinal value has survived for centuries.

Now a Seattle-based company, Pembient,  is adding to the market of “faux horn”. They are using biotechnology to fabricate rhino horn at prices below the level of poached horns. Their goal is to use this substitution to meet the demand. According to the company, you can’t physically tell the difference.

According to  one of Pembient’s founders, many wildlife traders would be happy to use a genetically…

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EARTH DAY – 22 April 2015

Earth Day

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. — Cree Indian Proverb

International Mother Earth Day 2015

Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet Earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet. For instance, Bolivians call Mother Earth Pachamama and Nicaraguans refer to her as Tonantzin.

The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance.

It also recognises a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

The REAL benefit of rhino horn

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Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

rhino closeness christof schoeman White Rhino Mom & baby. Photo: Christof Schoeman

Navigation: Rhinos use their horns to help guide their babies. Similar to a human mom using her arms to hold her baby back form an unsafe situation, or to help nudge the baby in the right direction.

white rhino digging White Rhino digging. Photo: unknown

Shovels: Horns are great tools for digging. When grass is sparse, rhinos dig to find edible roots and grass. To quench their thirst when riverbeds are dry, they dig deep in search for water.

black rhino fight 1 m and f Black rhino male and female fighting. Photo: Sharon Heald/Arkive.

Swords: Rhinos utilize horns for posturing. They lower their horns and charge to send the message to unwelcome rhinos to stay away. If this isn’t enough, they will lock horns and fight, often causing injury, sometimes even resulting in death.

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March 2015 Field Guide Report by Matt

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The sentimental bush.

I have delayed writing this piece. There has been a drama playing out and instead of making it two parts as seems to be the trend these days when someone finds a marketable story like the Lord of the Rings movie series. Like any good drama it has highs and lows and it has so much sadness. I guess it all started about 6 months ago. One quiet evening unbeknownst to the Selati lion coalition, four old campaigners moved into this, a relatively stable part of the reserve. The story ended on the 15th of April with a sad and lonely death from a broken lion that never had a chance.

INY mothers dayA single Selati male lion was killed on his own in the North of our reserve, his body was found by a guide out on drive. He was the second casualty to the Majingelane lion coalition with one of his brothers having been killed by the coalition a few years before. A third brother was killed in two separate encounters with buffalo. The two surviving brothers were seen walking off the property never to return. The new coalition on the property had actually come up from the north of the Sabi Sand, where they had been established for a few years.

INY lion spaThe new coalition then went about looking for the females on their new territory. We left them one evening on a kudu kill in a drainage line and when we returned the next morning 4 of the 8 cubs from the Othawa pride were dead. The remaining cubs had scattered about the reserve lost and bewildered by something they had no clue about. It took many weeks of searching to get them all back, one young female even ended up following the Ximungwe pride around for two weeks. This signaled the start of the great race, the females from both prides took it upon themselves to mate with the lions as a distraction tactic and allow another female to lead the cubs to safety. However over time the males got two more cubs from the Othawas leaving a male and female cub left as the survivors from 8. The two cubs became sub-adults together and often found them alone having to fend for themselves. They lasted for many months and it seemed like for the female at least there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

INY lion cubsThen in February one of the Othawa females gave birth to three beautiful little cubs. The Majingelanes had become proud fathers once again. The Othawa group thought it was time to introduce the males to the two remaining sub-adults. Surely having cubs of their own would appease their vengeance on the Selati’s at last? The interaction did not go well and the female was seen fleeing the area with all the males after her. The young males were also injured in the skirmish. The female was found close to the lodge a few days later as her decomposing body could be smelt from afar. The young male alone and injured returned to the females with cubs who rejected him. I’m trying not to anthropomorphise here but I can only imagine how he must have felt, being hurt and hungry and then cast away from his family.

Othawa pride

In the meantime the short tailed lioness from the Ximungwes had been isolated from her pride because of a small injury. She was on the mend but needed to join the group again. She must have made the fatal mistake of contact calling close to the Othawas and their new cubs. The short tailed lady must have fought like a demon possessed judging by the signs of the struggle left behind as flattened and bloody grass. Her body had mostly been consumed by one of the male coalition when we found her the next morning.

INY Othawa cubsThis story ends late one morning drive, after the males and the Othawas had finished off a kill and were relaxing by a watering hole. The lone surviving offspring of the Selati coalition tempted by food and a time gone by came close. He forlornly was calling more from instinct than hope. He lay in the shade of a tree hoping to get in close and join the group. The coalition then came up to him and as he lay there exhausted and broken, they approached with a look of intent. He accepted his fate as only one destined for the gallows can be, resided to his fate he did not run away. With a flurry of activity it was over, the males walked away leaving the broken body and a broken promise from his fathers. Hopefully now the bush has taken its required amount of blood and the strong genes of the Majingelane and by proxy the mighty Mapogos will see this new generation of cubs lasting long. However only time will tell and the bush is certainly not sentimental.

Othawa cubThat’s all from Matt for this month. We thank you for spending few moments with us in the wilderness, sharing our experiences and joining our adventures. We are committed to keep you updated. Please follow our Facebook page for daily updates.

Regards, THE INYATI TEAM

Keith & Francis – Managers George (Head Ranger) & Solly (Tracker) Khimbini (Senior Guide) & Rodger (Tracker) Matthew (Senior Guide) & Nelson (Tracker)

This month’s sightings report compiled by Matthew Brennan

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