Weekend Wrap: SA freezing, Probe into near crash on four planes, Lion suckles leopard

2017-07-16 21:08 - Selene Brophy
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(Mountain Shadows Hotel in Elliot, Eastern Cape)

Cape Town - It’s the last week of the school holidays and if you’re up for it, conditions have never been more ideal to take the family snow hunting - just one the key travel stories developing this past weekend.

Here are some of the travel stories you might have missed this weekend but need to know about.

WATCH: Snow on Table Mountain, more snow disruptions expected across SA

The cold front the SA weather service has been tracking all week delivered snow and rain as forecast and then some.

As a result of the passing cold front, snowfalls were experienced over the mountainous areas of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape on Sunday, to as low as 1 200 to 1 400m above sea level - which even saw Table Mountain getting a dusting of snow at just on 1 085m. 

SEE: Monday's weather update: SA freezing as six provinces hit -3°C and lower

More snow fall is expected on Sunday evening, with the possible closure of mountain passes in the Western and Eastern Cape. The public should take care in this regard. 


SEE: 11 of the best spots to see snow in SA 

SEE: Action Against Poverty’: Make your #67Minutes count this Mandela Day

UPDATE: Suspect in beating death of US tourist in Greece is jailed

A 33-year-old Serb, one of nine suspects in the beating death of an American tourist outside a bar on the Greek island of Zakynthos, has been ordered jailed pending trial after appearing before an investigating judge.

The man jailed Saturday was the last of nine suspects, aged 18 to 34, who were charged in the death of 22-year-old Bakari Henderson of Austin, Texas, in the early hours of July 7 in Zakynthos' rowdy tourist district of Laganas.

A total of seven suspects — five Serbs, one British citizen of Serb origin and a Greek — have been jailed. Two 22-year-old Serbs have been released on bail of 5,000 euros (about R76 600 at R13.02/$ or $5 730). No trial date has been set.

Authorities believe the man jailed on Saturday landed the first blow on Henderson. See the initial report here.


WATCH: 'Worst aviation' disaster averted as Air Canada jet nearly lands on four planes

Investigators looking into the frighteningly close call involving an airliner that nearly hit planes on the ground at San Francisco International Airport will try to determine why the pilots made such a rookie mistake and nearly landed on a busy taxiway instead of the runway.

The Air Canada plane with 140 people aboard came within 100 feet of crashing onto the first two of four passenger-filled planes readying for take-off.

Runways are edged with rows of white lights, and another system of lights on the side of the runway helps guide pilots on their descent. By contrast, taxiways have blue lights on the edges and green lights down the centre.

"The lighting is different for good reason," said Steven Wallace, a former director of accident investigations at the Federal Aviation Administration. "Some of these visual mistakes are hard to believe, but a crew gets fixated with thinking 'That's the runway,' and it's not."

Then there is the radio transmission in which one of the Air Canada pilots sounded puzzled about seeing what appeared to be the lights of other planes on the runway. Safety experts said that should have prompted the crew to abort their approach long before they did. See the latest report here

PICS: Incredible first! Wild lion nursing leopard cub

We've seen some harrowing news about lions in South Africa over the last few weeks, from a group of escaped Kruger Lions that had to be shot to the controversial lion bones quota approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs. 

And then something like this happens. Images showing what is believed to be the first-ever evidence of a wild lioness nursing a leopard cub have been shared by Ndutu Lodge - remarkable and highly unusual according to the experts.  

The images were taken by Joop van der Linde, a guest in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area, showing a 5-year-old lioness ‘Nosikitok,’ suckling a leopard cub estimated to be just 3-weeks-old.

Conservation experts Panthera received the images KopeLion, with Panthera President and Chief Conservation Officer Dr Luke Hunter saying the astonishing content is "the first-ever evidence of a wild lioness nursing a leopard cub.

Hunter says same-species suckling and adoptions for wild cats and other wildlife have been documented before, like  first ever wild puma kitten adoption - but cross-species nursing for wild cats—and all wildlife is rare. 

Find Your Escape: Adrenaline fun!

This weekend we have all thrills for the ultimate SA adrenaline bucket-list in the making.  Subscribe here if you haven't already

South Africa is adventure land - from thrilling natural adrenaline experiences to a few that have been taken to the next level - thanks to a little human intervention.

How does the idea of moving at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour into an open mine sound to you? Best you start with these Big 5 Adventures to have in and around Mzansi.

But the sky is literally the limit when it comes to your choices - You can try the Drakensberg's Ferrari to facing your fears, all the way to the urban adrenaline thrills and spills of the Mother City. The cooler winter-month adventures make it a 'go- to' year-round destination - Check out the wilder side of Western Cape here

Getting out of your comfort zone couldn't be more fun in Durban, known for more than just the delicious bunny-chow we all crave - Try these on for size.  

The Garden Route is a dream playground not to be overlooked, despite the recent fires, since most tourist attractions are up and running - getting going here.

And from sandboarding the white sands of Sunday River, abseiling in the Amatole Mountains to swinging high up at the iconic Addo Park, the Eastern Cape is waiting

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