Thursday, 11 May 2017

South Africa Travel Updates

Whats happening in South Africa...
Search for last escaped lion continues
Updated 10 May 2017 

Visitors in and around the Kruger National Park are being advised to be on the lookout for the last of five escaped lions, News24 reports. The search is on for the last lion, after five escaped lions were spotted on the N4 / Mananga Road crossing in Komatipoort on Monday, May 8. By yesterday evening, SANParks confirmed that four of the male lions, believed to have been forced out by a larger pride of lions, were successfully darted and returned to Park - with one still at large.

Cradle of Humankind unveils new fossil finds
Updated 10 May 2017 

New discoveries at the Cradle of Humankind Heritage Site were unveiled yesterday, May 9, Tourism Update reports.Scientists revealed the discovery of a second chamber and a new set of remains in the Rising Star Cave in a news conference. The second chamber has revealed more about Homonaledi, discovered in 2015. The find included the skeleton of a child, a partial skeleton of an adult and a skull. The set of remains has been named ‘Neo’, meaning ‘gift’ in the Setswana and Sesotho languages. All the fossils will be going on display at Maropeng on May 25.

Malaria cases on the rise
Updated 10 May 2017 @ 09:51

There has been an increase in South African malaria cases over the past few weeks, according to eTNW. The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says that between 2016 and 2017, 9 478 cases have been reported, of which 5 177 were imported cases and 76 reported deaths. Limpopo has seen a high number this period, with 1 648 cases and three deaths. Neighbouring countries have seen a similar trend due to similar weather patterns to South Africa’s. Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi have seen significant malaria transmission, while parts of Botswana and Namibia have reported more cases. The NICD has advised travellers to consult their doctors for anti-malarial chemoprophylaxis, even though it is not 100% effective. Whether travellers are visiting low- or high-risk areas, they are advised to be aware of malaria symptoms such as fever, chills, sweats, headaches, nausea and vomiting, body aches, general malaise and yellow discolouration of eyes or skin.


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