Southern Africa Product Update

Product Update

“In this fluid, evolving situation the World finds itself in now, there are two pressing requirements – contain the virus and maintain strategic objectives.

We have noticed an increase in enquiries and thought to do a quick update of some of the new and refreshing happenings on our shores and in our game parks here in the Southern tip of Africa”

Elephant Collaring

There are opportunities for groups to work with renowned wildlife vetinarian Dr Johan Marais on elephant collaring experiences. The group will enjoy firsthand participation in this awe inspiring conservation work,in close contact with the largest land based mammal on the planet.

Dr John Marais is pictured here working on a Rhino doing vital conservation work.

Mduli Safari Lodge has opened in Kruger National Park

50 Luxury tents in the iconic wilderness of the Kruger National Park, offering exceptional group and individual safari experiences. We are pleased to be able to offer a special opening offer for group travel up to the end of 2020.

    

Ivory Tree Game Lodge and Shepherds Tree Game Lodge

Both situated in the Pilanesberg have undergone refurbishments and are looking exceptionally good.

Cape Town Gourmet Foodie Foraging Experience

Incorporating both the unique Cape fynbos and marine ingedients all sourced on a gentle hike, taking in the spectacular scenery of the Cape Point area.  Afterwards our internationally acclaimed chef will prepare a three course meal incorporating the fresh ingredients foraged earlier in the day.
  

 

 

The Marly Boutique Hotel Camps Bay

This perfectly located property in the heart of Camps Baywith 38 roomsoffers small groups and individuals an ideal base to enjoy the  vibrant action of the Camps Bay strip as well as having easy access to the stunning features of the region.

  

Victoria Falls update

The rains which have fallen in the catchment areas are flowing through down the Zambezi and are now reaching the falls, restoring this breathtaking natural wonder to its full glory after the drought conditions last year.

Carbon Footprint offsetting project

We have a fantastic new project assisting groups in offsetting their carbon emissions, we do this using the indiginous Spekboom plantIt is one of the best carbon sequestrators in the world. Hectare for hectare, a Spekboom thicket is ten times more effective than the Amazon rainforest at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Virgin Atlantic

Have announced that they are going to be resuming their London Heathrow to Cape Town flights from October 2020.

CHINESE NEW YEAR PROMOTION

CHINESE NEW YEAR PROMOTION
SOUTH AFRICA
DURBAN / DRAKENSBERG / JOHANNESBURG / PILANESBERG / SUN CITY / CAPE TOWN
10 PAX

SUGGESTED PROGRAMME
2 x Nights Durban / 2 x Nights Drakensberg / 1 x Night Johannesburg / 1 x Night Pilanesberg / 1 x Night Sun City /2 x Nights Cape Town

 

Day 1:

  • Meet and greet in Durban
  • Transfer to aha Gateway Hotel, Umhlanga
  • Dinner at aha Gateway Hotel, Umhlanga
  • Overnight at aha Gateway Hotel

Day 2:

  • Breakfast in hotel restaurant.
  • Visit to Durban Botanical Gardens
  • Driving tour around Durban including Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Lunch at Cargo Hold Restaurant
  • Visit Ushaka Marine World
  • Dinner Tong Hoi Chinese Restaurant
  • Overnight aha Gateway Hotel

Day 3:

  • Breakfast followed by check out procedures.
  • Visit Nelson Mandela Capture Site
  • Lunch packs on board the coach
  • Afternoon Game drive through Nambiti Hills Game Reserve
  • Check in at Drakensberg Sun
  • Dinner at Drakensberg Sun
  • Overnight at Drakensberg Sun

 

Day 4:

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Tour of the Drakensberg
  • Lunch at Drakensberg Sun
  • Dinner at Drakensberg Sun
  • Overnight at Drakensberg Sun

     

Day 5:

  • Breakfast and check out
  • Drive to Sandton Square, Johannesburg
  • Lunch at The Butcher Shop and Grill
  • Time for shopping
  • Visit to Constitution Hill and Lilliesleaf Farm
  • Check in at Southern Sun Montecasino
  • Dinner at Lai Lai Garden, Chinese Restaurant
  • Overnight Southern Sun Montecasino

  

Day 6:

  • Breakfast and check out
  • Pretoria City Tour including Union Buildings
  • Lunch boxes on board the coach
  • Drive to Pilanesberg National Park – Big Five Game Reserve
  • Check into Kwa Maritane
  • Afternoon Game Drive
  • Dinner in lodge restaurant
  • Overnight Kwa Maritane

 

Day 7:

  • Early morning game drive followed by breakfast
  • Depart for Sun City
  • Time at leisure
  • Lunch
  • Check into Cabanas Hotel
  • Time at leisure
  • Dinner at Lily’s Chinese Restaurant
  • Overnight Cabanas Hotel, Sun City

Day 8:

  • Breakfast in hotel restaurant
  • Time at leisure at Sun City
  • Lunch boxes on coach
  • Depart to Lanseria International Airport
  • Fly from Lanseria (Domestic flight) to Cape Town
  • Check into Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town
  • Dinner Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town
  • Overnight Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town

Day 9:

  • Breakfast in hotel restaurant
  • Drive through City of Cape Town to include a visit to the Cape of Good Hope Castle, The Company’s Gardens, Table Mountain and Camp’s Bay
  • Lunch at Bilbao Restaurant, Camp’s Bay
  • Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Visit Groot Constantia Wine Farm for a Visitors tour and wine tasting
  • Shopping at V&A Waterfront
  • Dinner at Firefish Restaurant
  • Overnight Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town

   

Day 10:

  • Breakfast and check out
  • Drive to Cape Town International Airport for onward flight

COST BASED ON TEN (10) TRAVELLERS SHARING

CNY 16 880.00

Indicative cost per person in Chinese Yuan Renminbi – based on current rate of exchange at 18/12/2019 T&C apply subject to availability and based on booking before 25th January and travel up to the end of June 2020.

 

British & Irish Lions

In anticipation of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2021, We have showcased the different stadiums that will be used in the tournament. We can assist with an incentive or private group travel to this iconic series  in July 2021.

Saturday, 3 July 2021
Lions vs Stormers
Cape Town Stadium
Capacity 55000

The only stadium to host 2 matches, centrally located, the new home of Stormers rugby replacing the iconic Newlands.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Lions vs South Africa “A”
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Capacity 48000

A modern world class stadium, PE is also known as the windy city and is the province where current #springboks rugby captain @siyakolisi was born.

Saturday, 10 July 2021
Lions vs Sharks
Kings Park Stadium
Capacity 52000

This subtropical coastal city creates an exciting carnival like atmosphere. Epitomised by the outer fields hosting pre & post game parties unique in world rugby.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Lions vs South Africa “A”
Mbombela Stadium (Nelspruit)
Capacity 40900

Located in Mpumalanga, with the nearby #KrugerPark, the stadium roof supports resemble giraffes and the partisan local crowds are very vocal in their support

 

Saturday, 17 July 2021
Lions vs Bulls
Loftus Versveld Stadium
Capacity 51700

Loftus has true history, the 1st sports ground was erected on this site in 1906. The Bulls have played a massive role in #springboks rugby DNA & are arguably the most successful franchise in history.

Saturday, 24 July 2021
Lions vs South Africa (1st Test)
FNB Stadium
capacity 95000

Also known as Soccer City or the Calabash, this amazing stadium hosted the Soccer world Cup final in 2010. When sold out it makes for an electric atmosphere.

Saturday, 31 July 2021
Lions vs South Africa (2nd Test)
Cape Town Stadium
Capacity 55000

We return to the Mother City for the 2nd Test against the Lions, a short walk from many of the hot spots and world class hotels.

Saturday, 7 August 2021
Lions vs South Africa (Third Test)
Ellis Park Stadium
capacity 62500

The 1995 Rugby World Cup final was played here and won by South Africa, The first test played here was in 1928 against the All Blacks.

Shanghai

We had a great week doing Sales Calls in the stunning city of Shanghai, China to meet some new clients and catch up many of our existing friends and clients. Our Chinese representative, Tanya did a fantastic job as always, showing us the city and the sights of Shanghai (even more incredible is she is from Beijing).

 

An interesting fact is Shanghai is the most populous city in China with a population of 24 million people and also the 2nd most populous city in the world – This city is rich in history and culture with the most breathtaking modern skyline.

We definitely look forward to returning to Shanghai soon, it is always an incredibly special experience.

 

When in Rome…

When in Rome…..

According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 BC by twin sons Romulus and Remus who were raised by a giant she-wolf. The symbol of the two boys kneeling under her belly suckling can be seen repeatedly when wondering the quaint cobble stoned streets. It’s history is rich in stories of struggle and triumph, from the Iron Age Hut Village from where it has its humble roots, through the rise and fall of the Roman republic then Empire, to where it is today… a beautifully Romantic bucket list destination boasting astounding architectural design with buildings dating back to the mid-15th century where for over 200 years, was embellished by the greatest artists of the Renaissance and the Baroque eras.

 

As an Incentive destination Rome flaunts a variety of superb hotels and must do activities. With some careful and personalised planning, early visits to the Vatican and Colosseum by-pass the regular tourist crowds providing a more exclusive insight into the depth of history and the influence of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church. Vespa & Segway tours and Gelato making workshops indulge participants into the every-day life of the Italian culture engrossed by “la dolce vita”, a culture focused on high fashion, good fresh food and remarkable red wine.

  

On our second evening, participants were invited to take part in a pasta making workshop set under the shade of Olive trees in the family owned Santa Benedetta Wine Estate. A charismatic wine maker and his animated wife made for perfect ingredients to what can only be described as a comical, stomach crunching laughable experience. The evening ended with a mouth-watering display of traditional Italian food.

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.