[Updated 21/06/2017] Pages 54–5: The island welcomed its historic first passenger flight in early May, when a chartered plane landed at the new airport. The 60 passengers on board, including both St Helenians and visitors, had been stranded in Cape Town when the RMS St Helena was undergoing repairs.
[Updated 26/10/17] Pages 54–5: It’s been a long time a-coming, but at long last the first commercial flights to St Helena commenced on 14 October 2017. The weekly service between Johannesburg and St Helena will be operated by SA Airlink, whose aircraft will refuel in Windhoek, with connecting flights between Cape Town and Windhoek in both directions. The service between Johannesburg and St Helena will take just over six hours, with up to 76 passengers on each flight – 70 in economy class and six in business.
Flights will operate every Saturday, departing from Johannesburg at around 09.00, and arriving in St Helena at 13.15. The return flight will leave St Helena on Saturday afternoon, at 14.30, touching down in Johannesburg at 22.30, or Cape Town at 23.00. Economy return fares will range from £804 to £1,244, with business-class fares fixed at £1,544. Fares between St Helena and Cape Town will be marginally higher as a result of higher airport taxes: £846–1,286 return in economy, and £1,586 in business class.
On the second Saturday of the month, the flight will continue on from St Helena to Ascension Island, returning to St Helena on the Sunday, from where the flight schedule will match that of the Saturday.
[Updated 07/01/17] Page 55: In anticipation of a delay in establishing regular flights to St Helena, operation of the RMS St Helena between Cape Town, St Helena and Ascension has been extended until February 2018.
[Updated 07/01/17] Page 66: A new 24-hour taxi service was launched in August 2016, V2 Taxi Partners (62644, 51284). It also offers a 'VIP champagne cruise' for £180 per couple including a three-course meal and drinks.
Where to stay
[Updated 11/11/17] Page 87: With the advent of flights to St Helena comes the opening of the new hotel at numbers 1, 2 & 3 Main Street:
Mantis St Helena (22 rooms, 8 suites) Main St; tel: +27 (0)41 404 9300; e email@example.com; https://mantissthelena.com. Opened in time for the first visitors to arrive by air in Oct 2017, St Helena’s newest hotel combines ‘heritage’ suites in the original buildings at this historic address, with smaller, more contemporary rooms in the new extension – which has been designed to incorporate an old well that was discovered in the old garden. All rooms come with en-suite shower or baths, AC, safes & TVs, with some suitable for families & others for wheelchair users. Aside from the chef, every member of staff is from St Helena. The à la carte restaurant is open to residents & non-residents alike, for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
What to see and do
[Updated 11/11/17] Page 94: Jamestown/Jacob’s Ladder A new café at the top of Jacob’s Ladder, Rosie’s Place, offers the incentive of a welcome cold drink or cup of coffee after the climb.
Pages 105–6: St Paul’s, Alarm Forest and Longwood/Plantation House Visitors can arrange to visit Plantation House through the tourist office in Jamestown. This is usually on a Tuesday morning, but other times may be possible. There’s now a charge of £10 per person, which includes coffee, and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. For a further £5, you can have a proper tour of the library as well.
Getting there and away
From St Helena
[Updated 26/10/17] Page 134: The first scheduled flight between St Helena and Ascension will be on the third Saturday in November, but thereafter flights will depart from St Helena on the second Saturday of the month, returning to St Helena the following day. For details of flights between South Africa and St Helena, see above.
[Updated 07/01/17] Page 134-5: As a result of continued uncertainty over regular flights to St Helena, the RMS St Helena will continue in service, linking the two islands with Cape Town, until February 2018.
Where to eat and drink
[Updated 09/04/16] Page 143: The Fishtrap Unfortunately the promised restaurant opposite the Ascension Government Building has not materialised, and no further information is available.
[Updated 11/09/15] In September 2015, it was announced that, as for St Helena, a yellow fever vaccination will in future be required for all travellers arriving in Tristan da Cunha from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. For further health information relating to St Helena, see page 59.