Weekend Wrap: Yoshi finds freedom, #JWCodeBlack, Deadly Cali fire

2017-12-17 19:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Gabi Zietsman

Gabi Zietsman

Cape Town - If the ANC conference kept you busy, here is the weekend's travel news you need to know. 

Californian firefighters have been kept busy by the Thomas Fire raging in the US state, while sea lion attacks closed down a swimming area in the San Francisco Bay.

On home ground, Cape Town International Airport is prepping for their busiest December yet. The city's biggest aquarium mascot, Yoshi the loggerhead turtle, was finally released on Saturday after decades of calling the Two Oceans Aquarium home.

Also check out the video for the Johnnie Walker's #JWCodeBlack party to get you in the right mood for keDezemba.

SEE: Weather Update: Heavy rain in the east, gale force winds in the west

Deadly California wildfire continues to grow 

Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles, but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands of homes, as forecasts called for a renewal of gusty winds.

The so-called Thomas Fire, the fourth-largest in California history, was 35% contained Friday night after sweeping across about 1,036 sq. kilometres of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since it erupted on 4 December.

Between Thursday night and Friday morning, the blaze claimed another 3,000 acres as it fed on brush and timber killed by California's long drought or a week of hot, dry weather.

Cape Town Airport: Be early for flights as December is set to be the busiest ever 

Travelling through Cape Town International Airport this month? Be prepared for big crowds as the airport expects its busiest December ever.

More than a million passengers is expected to pass through its gates this month, with Friday 15 December being the peak day when most South Africans start the holiday.

4 to 6 January is expected to be the peak time for the start of 2018, when everyone heads home after the festive season.

Cape Town International has experienced a 20% growth in international visitors over the last two years, including a boost in domestic numbers. In January and April numbers were up by 30% compared to the same periods the previous year.

Watch out for attacking sea lions in San Francisco Bay 

Two unusual sea lion attacks in a San Francisco Bay cove led authorities to close the popular area to swimmers on Friday as officials try to determine the reason for the aggressive behavior.

A sea lion bit a man in the groin area on Friday as he swam in the waters off San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, park spokesman Lynn Cullivan said. It was "a very serious bite," and the man was taken to a hospital, he said.

Another swimmer was seriously injured on Thursday after a sea lion bit him on the arm. Officers applied a tourniquet and he was transported to a hospital, where he had a least two surgeries.

Yoshi the loggerhead turtle gets freedom as Christmas present 

Yoshi the loggerhead turtle has been released back into the wild on Saturday.

After decades of living at the I&J Ocean Exhibit, your favourite turtle has finally made it back to her home turf, alongside other rehabilitated hatchlings.

The process of removing her from the exhibit started on Friday, where she was sedated and polished so that a satellite tracker could be put on her to make sure she's okay after release and see where she goes off to explore.

Yoshi was chaperoned by a team of aquarium curatorial staff and animal experts approximately 30 nautical miles off Cape Point.

On the rocks with Johnnie Walker #JWCodeBlack 

Hey whiskey connoisseurs, looking for an event that caters to your refined tastes? Johnnie Walker has got you fam with their #JWCodeBlack parties.

Hosted in venues that hark back to eras of speakeasies and glamour, like The Carraway in Cape Town, you are spoiled with whiskey cocktails and taster experiences alongside the hottest DJs.

Even if the amber liquid isn't your forte, the cocktails are divine, never really losing the whiskey's flavour.

Not only do you get to taste their Black Label range, but you also get a history lesson on the man behind the name, and what created a legacy.

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