Weekend Review: Bob Dylan in the desert, Planet Earth II coming and scary shark-cage interactions questioned

2016-10-16 20:47 - Selene Brophy
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The weekend has come and gone, here are a few things you might have missed as you get into the swing of the new week.

SA's best honoured through Lilizela Awards

South Africa's Lilizela Tourism Awards, aimed at honouring and celebrating those who make a remarkable impact on tourism in the country, are underway  at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. A total of 1 122 South African products and services put their names in the hat to be selected as finalists with some 586 having made the cut to vie for the title of being the best in their respective provinces as well as nationally.  

Keep an eye on Traveller24 for the full list of updates. 

Desert Trip: Dylan will always just be Dylan…

Nobel Laureate winner Bob Dylan performed his final set at Desert Trip this weekend. Dylan is the only person in the world to have won a Grammy, a Golden Globe, a Pulitzer, an Oscar and now a Nobel. Traveller24 Columnist Darrel Bristow-Bovey attended his performance last week and came away with this… Dylan notoriously gives his audience nothing other than his music and grudgingly his presence.  The Stones give you a show but Dylan was offering his art. Read his full column here.

SEE: Desert Trip: Dylan will always just be Dylan...

"Never mind me. Don’t try to be my friend. My real life doesn’t matter. All that matters is my work.” (Photo: AP)

Should shark cage diving be banned?

We’re still having a hard time getting over the freakishness of this shark cage dive, which happened off the coast of  Mexico. However, off the coast of South Africa in Gansbaai and Shark Alley there is a prolific Shark Cage diving industry - albeit with conservation said to be at the heart of it. Traveller24 contacted Marine Dynamics, to ask them for their opinion on this crazy incident - read more about it here.

As Great Whites face threats of over fishing to weakened gene pools, this incident does raise the rather uncomfortable question around this sort of animal interaction and whether it should be condoned simply because it happens in the sea - it’s still a form of using animals for entertainment - we’d love to hear your thoughts here - so drop us an email here.

The Trailer for Planet Earth II has been released

If you're as much a fan of the BBC Series Planet Earth, which launched a decade ago, you'll be more than pleased to know that the trailer for Planet Earth II has just been released. If the first series didn't already blow your mind and change the way you look at this planet, prepare to go deeper and closer than ever before. 

Says BBC in the post on YouTube,"This is life in all its wonder. This is Planet Earth II. A decade ago, the landmark television series Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth.

"Planet Earth II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal our planet from a completely new perspective, using significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world. And if you are not excited enough already it features an original score by legendary composer Hans Zimmer."  Take a look..


US bans Samsung notes from airplanes entirely, will SA follow suit? 

Passengers and flight crews will be banned from bringing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airline flights under an emergency order issued Friday by the Department of Transportation in response to reports of the phones catching fire.

The order, which goes into effect on Saturday at noon EDT, says the phones may not be carried on board or packed in checked bags on flights to and from the United States or within the country. The phones also can't be shipped as air cargo.

Passengers caught attempting to travel with the phones will have the phones confiscated and may face fines, the department said.

Traveller24 confirmed with a number of airlines what their policy is following the recall of more than 2.5million Samsung devices. 

South African Airways has confirmed it has placed a restriction limited to usage of Samsung Note 7 model only and the restriction remains in place until further notice. 

Lufthansa and Swiss Air have gone a step further ask passengers not to pack the device into their check-in baggage

SEE: Airlines issue alert for Samsung Note 7 following halt of production

The SA Civil Aviation Authority has yet to confirm if there has been any change in policy around the device - update to follow.

Checking out the wildest of the Wild Coast

This weekend we also brought you a full overview of the rural Wild Coast of South Africa - click here to subscribe  It's no secret the Eastern Cape is home to some of South Africa's most rural regions and landscapes. As we wind our way from the Sunshine Coast you start to appreciate the lesser-known parts of this beautiful country of ours. 

And there is no getting away from the fact that while many of us long for the untouched serenity of nature, it can be a hard way of life, especially for those living there, as Garreth van Niekerk discovered through some rather game-changing architecture in the region - read more about it here

But when it comes to escaping to the Wild Coast, travellers can know they are offering a much-needed economic lifeline to those in these remote regions. And in return?

Your reward is an adventure escape offering some of South African's best natural coastal scenery like that found at Hole in the Wall. You get to explore towns like Port St John, see Ra-ees Moerat's guide to this Wild Coast must-do here or Coffee Bay, a surprisingly off-beat way to ring-in the New Year according to Carina Greeff - read more here

Whether you plan to head here sooner, as this round-up of fun events and festivals suggests you should, rather than later - you won't regret having added the Wild Coast to your bucket list.