Welcome to our Travel & News for this month, the family travel month is almost here with us. Most family friendly spots are already booked for the holidays. If you are an outdoors family you may still have a chance with camps… to travel within budget in December you need to have booked and locked your place by now. If not don’t give up, you will just have to dig deeper into your pockets!!!!
As the year comes to an end we wish you a great finish!!!!! Thank you for your continued support.
The Great White Shark
Great whites are the largest predatory fish on Earth and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms). They have slate-gray upper bodies to blend in with the rocky coastal sea floor, but get their name from their universally white underbellies. They are streamlined, torpedo-shaped swimmers with powerful tails that can propel them through the water at speeds of up to 15 miles (24 kilometers) per hour. They can even leave the water completely, breaching like whales when attacking prey from underneath. Highly adapted predators, their mouths are lined with up to 300 serrated, triangular teeth arranged in several rows. They even have organs that can sense the tiny electromagnetic fields generated by animals.
Facts about the great white shark;
- Great white sharks can be found throughout the world’s oceans, mostly in cool waters close to the coast.
- These super swimmers are the largest predatory fish (fish that eat other fish or animals) on our planet. On average, they grow to around 4.6m long, but some great whites have been measured at 6m – that’s half the length of a bus!
- Great white sharks are grey with a white underbelly, from where they get their name. They have a streamlined shape and powerful tails that propel them through the water at over 60km per hour!
Our Bucket List Item…
A dive with the great white sharks…
2 hours away from Cape Town, Gansbaai is a world hot spot for the great white shark. You will experience an incredible cage diving adventure on board a custom designed boat, Slashfin. An on board marine biologist will educate you as you get up close and personal with this amazing apex predator in the famous Shark Alley. You will leave with great memories and a deep appreciation of this majestic animal, along the way, you can view the rest of our Marine Big 5 – whales, dolphins, seals and the African penguin, as well as incredible seabirds…
Reasons to travel:
New travel requirements:
REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS TRAVELING THROUGH BOTSWANA PORTS OF ENTRY
As of 01 October 2016, The Botswana Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs will be tightening travel regulations for minors (children under 18) traveling through the country’s port of entry.
All minors traveling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not traveling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
Click here to read the full press release.
We urge you to forewarn your clients of this new regulation in order to avoid any disappointments at the port of entry.
Travel tip – Packing
Jackets and sweaters take up a lot of precious bag space and weigh you down. Unless you’re going to Russia in winter, layers work just as well…
Did you know?…
Most people survive Great White Shark attacks because typically, after mistaking a person for prey, a shark will take a bite, realize their mistake, and swim away.
World travel fact…
Our travel diaries…
MASHUJAA DAY TRIP TO THE ABERDARES
20th October 2016, my kids and I get ready and ensure we are at the Nyeri Post Office building at 8.00am to meet up with a group of friends and their family for a day’s excursion at the Aberdares National Park located within Nyandarua and Nyeri County and covers an area of 766km 2 . The air is filled with excitement especially from the kids who cannot wait to get started on the day’s activities. This is the second time my kids and I are going for the trip but it feels different this time. The KWS bus arrives at 8.30am, KWS offers shuttle services to the park on Public Holidays and end month weekends, you can also hire the bus as a group at very affordable rates. The rates for the day’s excursion are also very affordable. Loads of people had turned up for the trip.
09.30am we depart to KWS headquarters in Mweiga to pay for the entry fees, get assigned a ranger who the kids named Teacher Mary (she was excellent by the way) and thereafter proceed to the park. It’s at this point I would like to commend KWS for their excellent customer service from the payments to the ranger and most especially the driver Mr. Onyancha, this guy deserves an accolade.
Quote of the month:
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”
– Franklin D Roosevelt