UK Incentive Programme

Our UK group combined The Mother City Cape Town with Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg

Cape Town was magnificent the weather was perfect and the group had some incredible experiences including Gold Restaurant and a day in the wine region with lunch at the famous Delaire Graff Estate. The final evening at a luxurious mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean was a great way to sign off and move onto our next stop in the African Bush.

Ivory Tree game lodge pulled out all of the stops and the hospitality was exceptional. The game drives delivered and some incredible sightings were enjoyed by the group. Without doubt though the highlight was the Rhino Conservation experience including the darting of two rhino and inserting micro chips into the horns. The procedures involved a helicopter and were conducted by the specialist veterinary team. These actions do and will play a huge role in protecting and preserving one of the planets largest living mammals. We are really proud to have been a part of creating these memories for the participants and delivering an exceptional once in a lifetime African Adventure.

 

 

Peru

Peru has a complex and diverse history which is both difficult to understand and explain, dating back to 3000 years B.C. it’s history has a had a significant influence on its current way of life and culture.

Being in the Business Events Industry we often have the privilege and pleasure of visiting beautiful and historic destinations. Places that often don’t get featured on personal “bucket lists” as they seem unreachable or unaffordable. Peru is perhaps such a place that we have recently been able to experience and it has certainly lived up to its reputation as a “must see” destination. From the more recent mid 15th Century Spanish Christian and Jesuit architecture in Lima and Cusco a visitor can clearly see the impact of religion on a destination and how it has influenced and changed the people through the centuries.

It’s older history however is even more enlightening and curious with stories of the Norte Chico Civilisation (one of the six oldest in the world) and how they explored and concurred. Other highly established civilisations developed in Peru from around 3000 B.C. including the Chavin, Nazca, Moche, Chimu, Wari, Chachpoyas, Paracas and the most recent and more globally known the Inca’s.

Throughout the centuries many studies and theories have been developed around the Inca’s and most curiously around their architecture and construction methods. Buildings that even in today’s modern world with earth moving machinery would shave been highly challenging, the Inca’s seemed to achieve with mere muscle, stone and no mortar. Massive archaeological structures in Lima, Cusco and even more magical Machu Picchu have drawn students and tourists to seek out the hidden possible truths around how and why these sites had been built, and more mysteriously, abandoned.

Silver Whisper by Silversea Cruises

Our site inspection on the Silver Whisper cruise ship during its short stop in Durban over the weekend was pleasantly surprising.

Accommodating a maximum of 388 passengers, the Silver Whisper exudes a classic feel with a range of amenities whilst still maintaining an intimate ambiance.

Catering for the most discerning guest, suites range in size from 27sqm to 117sqm, each boasting a private butler.

Guests have a choice of dining options with The Restaurant, La Terrazza, La Dame and the Pool Grill. The ship also features a show lounge, card room, library, Connoisseur’s corner and a spectacular Observation Lounge. For those wanting a bit of pampering, there is the Zagara Beauty Spa which offers a wide range of invigorating therapies. One may also choose to spoil themselves at The Boutique or try their hand at the onboard casino.

Located on the eighth floor, the pool area provides a relaxing space to soak up the sun or one may make their way to the tenth floor to enjoy a workout at the gym or simply sit back, relax and unwind whilst sipping drinks and taking in the spectacular views from the ship.

Remarkable Rwanda

“Remarkable Rwanda” before visiting seems like a bit of  a boast, after visiting it seems like one of the largest understatements ever.

The cleanliness of the country, efficiency, friendliness of the people and natural beauty are evident at literally every turn.

Air Rwanda has a brand new fleet of aircraft and the air access is ever expanding.

One and Only Nyungwe House is magnificent, the 22 suites are exceptional and the setting on a large tea plantation adjacent to the largest Rain Forest in Africa is breathtaking. Activities include a canopy tour (70 metres above the forest floor) and walking trails to view the wildlife of the forest (which is home to 13 species of primates), waterfalls, Chimpanzee trekking, tea tastings and a world class spa. Nearby there is the massive lake Kivu which is one of Africa’s great lakes covering over 2700 sq km and reaches a depth of almost 500m in parts. As you would expect the lake offers a wide range of water based activities and experiences for those looking for adventure and action or the more sophisticated and sedate options.

The second must see destination is the Musanze and Volcanoes National Park with five extinct volcanoes. Home to 12 visitable families of Mountain Gorillas, there are currently only around 1000 Gorillas left in the wild. This bucket list experience where you get as close as 7 metres away from these great apes is something quite extraordinary and will give special lifelong memories to all who experience this. There is also an opportunity to see Golden Monkeys in the wild.

The nearby luxury lodges include the Governors Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (10 suites), One and Only Gorillas Nest which opens in July (21 suites), Singita (12 suites) which opens in August.

The capital city Kigali is clean, safe and open for business. There are Radisson Blu and Marriott  Hotels as well as the popular East African Hotel Group Serena present, all of whom offer international standard accommodation and amenities. The vibrant city has a number of attractions worth a visit including the local markets, an art gallery, the Genocide Museum which can all be included in a city tour. There are a number of restaurants offering modern Rwandan cuisine as well as upmarket Italian and Belgium eateries.

The modern Convention Centre is perfect for all manner of events and can hold everything from small executive conferences through to large Conventions.

A few facts about Rwanda:

Gorilla Trekking – One of 3 places in the world

Rwandan Cuisine & Coffee – One of the worlds best coffee growing regions

Kigali Growth – 6% – 8% GDP Growth, 91% school attendance, Excellent Healthcare (Life Expectancy – 70 years old).

Safety –  Ranked 5th safest country worldwide in the Gallup Law and Order index (2017)

Safari – Akagera National Park is now a Big 5 destination

Umuganda – National day of community service, once a month ! (and plastic bags are banned!)

Whether for business events, incentives or leisure I can assure you Rwanda is truly REMARKABLE.

Rwanda News

 

As we head towards 2019, The team at The Inside Edge are excited about new challenges, new destinations and new experiences. We have identified Rwanda as a great destination with incredible potential for both Incentives and Business Events, we are confident it will develop into the next big thing and must visit destination globally.

To this end, I will be travelling to Rwanda in January to make our being able to operate with full service on the ground capability a reality by the middle of 2019 at the latest.  Meetings are being set up with key local partners, stakeholders and suppliers.

Kigali the capital of Rwanda has fantastic meeting and conferencing facilities, with their star of the art conference centre catering for 2600 guests. A mere 6 kilometres from the main airport making it very accessible. Rwanda has many luxury hotels and lodges both in the capital and across the country. Some of the product includes amazing gorilla trekking, with many National parks including the Nyungwe Forest National Park which is regarded as one of the most pristine rainforests in the world as well as incredible lakes and waterfalls.  Akagera National Park is more savannah like and has abundant wildlife including Lion, Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo, Leopard and Hyena.

Rwanda is ranked 5th safest country worldwide in the Gallup Law and Order index (2017) and is also widely recognized as one of the cleanest countries in Africa. To this end Rwanda have “Umuganda”, Translated directly as ‘coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome’ is a national day of community service, which happens once a month where everyone goes out and helps the community, by cutting grass, helping paint a school or repairing buildings, Plastic and grocery bags are also banned

The country enjoys a great climate just about all year round and air access is improving all the time.

Keep updated on our Rwanda adventure by following our blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts

 

 

New York City Event

Probably one of the most sought after Cities’ on the top of many travellers bucket list, New York lives up to all sorts of exciting expectations. From the hub which is a mix of a “Sandton City Mall” crossed with a first world underground train station, a visit to Grand Central makes for a great start to get you into the excited vibrant energy that exudes from the city’s core.

Even ordering a New York Bagel there is seemingly limitless choices always prepared to order extremely quickly, New Yorkers as friendly as they are, are in a hurry. It’s a fast paced city that looks like a scene from the latest Spiderman movie mixed with a designer fashion show. While Yellow cabs zoom past on the steamy streets, keep your eyes open for the latest blockbuster being filmed.

New York has always been home to many celebrities and any true New Yorker will be able to point out where a famous Sex In The City scene or Friends episode was shot, or that multi-million dollar apartment that Madonna once owned. A visit to Central Park is not complete without seeing Strawberry Fields a tribute to John Lennon while a busking entertainer performs some of his acclaimed songs.

A recent trip with an incentive group had us crossing all the highlights and included a brunch cruise on the Atlantica around Ellis and Liberty Islands with the magnificent backdrop being provided by Lady Liberty herself and the famous BMW bridges (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg). Trips to Chelsea Piers, The Highline, The Intrepid Space Museum Aircraft Carrier, Theatre District and 911 Memorial made us realise that if there is one thing you will take home with you, is that Americans (and especially in New York) are a proud and very patriotic people. Almost every hotel, museum or building of significant history has a tapestry of the stars and stripes. Larger than life flags will leave no doubt of the destination and culture that you have come to experience.

   

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos, Walker Bay, Hermanus.

Just 120km from Cape Town lies a town called Hermanus, which sits on a natural bay called Walker Bay. Grootbos, a 5 star luxury private nature reserve is situated here with spectacular views of the bay and and of the private reserve.

Accommodation in Grootbos is in one of 3 lodges – Garden Lodge (11 luxury free standing suites), Forest Lodge (16 luxury free standing suites) as well as 2 private villas.

 

Activities are well catered for at this amazing property, and these include:

Botanical 4×4 Tour
Horse Riding
River Cruise
Walks and Hikes
Beekeeper Experience
Beauty Treatments
Bird Watching
Scenic Flights
Coastal Safari
Quad Biking

Probably the most amazing activity is taking advantage of the wonderous Walker Bay, The property offers marine safari’s in conjunction with whale watching and shark cage diving. The area known for its amazing whale watching season from June and November when Southern Right Whale migrates from the icy Antarctic waters to the warmer coastal waters of South Africa and they make this protected bay their home to calve and mate.

In the peak months of September, October and November there are a multitude of ways to view these incredible animals in Walker Bay: We work closely with operators in the area to offer anything from an adrenaline fueled guided sea kayak adventure, to luxury boat charters, to helicopter flips as well as various strategic points along the coastline.

Most of the whales present in the ocean off Hermanus are giant 80 ton Southern Right Whales, however there are also Humpback whales and Bryde’s whales.


This is a stunning activity and once in a lifetime event, which can be added to any incentive group or as a post group add on.  Please contact us should you have any queries or would like further information.

Mauritius Event

We recently operated a combined conference & leisure programme for a telecommunications company, which took place on the North-West Coast of the beautiful island of Mauritius.

The event was held at the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa which is positioned in a protected marine park in the historic Balaklava area of the island.

  

The resort offers ample facilities including 4 meeting rooms, 2 swimming pools, a beach, 5 restaurants, a bar, a spa and a fitness centre as well as an array of water and land based activities, all of which provide the perfect opportunity to incorporate business with leisure.

The programme began with an exclusive welcome dinner at Mystique Beach & Bar located on the resort premises. Delegates where welcomed by traditional Sega dancers on arrival at the venue, and entertained by a 3 piece Mauritian acoustic band during dinner. The menu included seafood favorites along with international dishes.

  

The conference began the next morning and was followed by a relaxed sunset catamaran cruise off the coast of the well known seaside village, Grand-Baie. Energetic music and local drinks where enjoyed during sunset as the catamaran’s moved gently over the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. This was followed by a delicious Mauritian barbecue dinner onboard the catamarans.

Once the second day of the conference had concluded successfully , we departed on a tour of the West coast which was the highlight of the trip. The tour allowed participants to delve into the culture and history of the island which included a walk through the cobblestone streets of Port Louis with a local food tasting, a visit to Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens and a tour and rum tasting at L’Aventure du Sucre museum, which was a working rum distillery.

That evening an authentic Indian farewell dinner was enjoyed at Kangan restaurant  whilst being entertained by the tranquil sounds of a Tabla & Sitar duo, a pleasant and relaxed ending to an all round successful event.

New Private Luxury Mobile Tented Camp

Located at Catalina Bay which is situated approximately 240 kilometres North of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It was recognised as South Africa’s first world heritage site and is recognised for its superlative natural beauty and  globally unique experiences.

In capturing the essence of Africa, we offer a once in a life time wilderness experience in a Big Five Reserve. Each Premium unit features exquisite bedding, vanities, plug points and a luxurious en-suite to indulge in whilst taking in sights and sounds of the wonder that is iSimangaliso Wetland Park under canvas.

Indulge in alfresco lounging and dining under the stars with award winning wines and a decadent banquet to tantalise the taste buds, whilst enjoying the natural wilderness the camp is positioned in.

  

Possible Activities:

  • Morning / Afternoon Game Drives
  • Guided Game Walks
  • Guided Coastal Dune Walks
  • Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruise
  • Scuba Diving
  • Fishing
  • Turtle Nesting (Seasonal)
  • Whale Watching (Seasonal)