Top travel stories for 2013

2013-12-30 10:03
Take a look at the ten most-read stories on News24 Travel for 2013. 

10. Roads affected by traffic closures after Madiba’s passing - 28 568

The death of Nelson Mandela on the 5th of December 2013 left the world visibly affected and emotional. South Africa entered into a 10-day period of mourning, causing numerous roads across the country to be affected.

9. Elephant overturns vehicle in Kruger - 28 711

Kruger is one of South Africa's most renowned Safari experiences. Two tourists had this unfortunate encounter with an elephant on the H1-7 tar road between Shingwedzi and Punda Maria in the Kruger National Park, leaving the driver badly injured. We also had a few animal incidents make it into our Top 10 Travel Galleries for 2013. Take a look.

8. Ranger saves little girl from lioness - 42 579

An experienced field guide put his life on the line during a game drive through the Madikwe Reserve when he saved a little girl's life from an angry lioness.
Franco Kubile was taking a group of seven tourists on a game drive when the incident took place.

7. SA to get new low cost airline - 44 765

2013 has seen a number of airlines vying for a piece of  South Africa’s low cost market. Indicative of consumers wanting more choice and good value for their money, the announcement that FlySAFair was set to enter our airspace became our seventh most-read story.  Comair didn’t take too kindly to its dominance being challenged by taking the new airline to court on the grounds of it not being 75% SA owned. Watch this space as FlySafair, Skywise, Fastjet and Pak Africa Aviation are sure to make low-cost airline ticket pricing more competitive in 2014.

6. BA plane clips building at OR Tambo - 56 221

The most recent addition to the News24 Travel top ten most read is the report of a British Airways plane clipping a building at OR Tambo International after using the incorrect runway. The South African Civil Aviation Authority has yet to confirm how the confusion happened, which resulted in four people being injured.

5. New Schengen visa complications for SA  - 59 132

International travel for South Africans is cumbersome and expensive at best. Those of us wanting to visit Europe now face more visa hurdles, as new biometric data became part of the Schengen visa application process in June.

4. PICS: Cape roads closed due to mudslides and rockfall - 62 418

The weather played havoc across the globe but especially in SA when unexpectedly heavy rainfall hit Cape Town in November.  This reader pic round up of the mayhem on the roads as well as as mudslide on one of SA’s most renowned drives, Chapman’s Peak was the fourth most read story on News24 Travel for the year.

3. Sexpo 2013 sizzling in Jozi - 73 982

Social Media gave us a new spin on the annual event, Sexpo. We rounded up a few of your tweets, Facebook posts and instagram pics of the 2013 event in Jozi.

2. The worst place in the world to skinny dip - 77 035

Darrel Bristow-Bovey felt free, wild and sort of sexy, until the cops pitched up in this hilarious anecdote. Keep an eye out for the talented Bristow-Bovey's monthly column on News24 travel in 2014.

1. Teen gives birth on SAA flight bound for NY - 81 410

And the most-read story in 2013 was the unexpected birth of Mamel Joella on board a South African Airways flight bound for New York from Johannesburg. A 17-year-old Fatawmatt Kaba from Angola went into labour four hours into the 16-hour trip. Mamel Joella, was born about 38 000 feet in the air over West Africa and was not recognised as a US citizen since he was not born in US airspace.

Honourable mention:  Island escapes - 54 713

If anything, many of you are currently enjoying an island escape or will be doing so in the new year as this was our most-read holiday theme for 2013.

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