South Africa – A Reflection

As South Africa has just celebrated its 26th Freedom Day yesterday, We are taking this moment to reflect on how far we have come as a nation and looking forward to continue building the country.

The Lockdown across the world has left us all wanting life to return to normal so we can go about our lives again, We look forward to when we can travel again and see the richness and beauty of South Africa. We hope you will rejoin us on our travels soon. This video we found online which we wanted to chare, is a poignant reflection on the incredible country that is, South Africa. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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.

 

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

 

 

Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa

Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa

The hotel now managed by First Resorts has undergone a major refurbishment and both the public areas and bedrooms were fantastic. The rooms were spacious with a large dressing space/ entrance, lounge area as well as a private patio. Housekeeping was excellent, throughout. The facilities were well maintained, the gardens and golf course was perfect for a tranquil late afternoon walk, whilst watching the antelope and enjoying the birdlife which was abundant. The nearby Beach Club and beach were private and very exclusive.

The hotel is ideal for golf groups, conferences and leisure travel, situated just over an hour South of King Shaka International Airport.

The value for money on offer is truly outstanding, contact us for a quotation.

Zimbabwe is Back!

Having just attended the recent Indaba Travel Trade Show in Durban, an amazing feature that stood out was the Zimbabwe stand, reclaiming their rightful place at the top table of African Incentive Destinations. Who can forget recent years when those stalwarts of the Zim Tourism industry flew the flag as best they could but there was almost a sense of pending doom and despair lingering around the stand. Hardly any appointments were scheduled and most of the interaction seemed almost sympathetic.

Well not this year there was a constant buzz on the stand and deals were being done at what appeared to be just about every turn. International hosted buyers were hungry for the emergence of this regional super weight, with outstanding natural beauty and sublime hospitality. Welcome back neighbour we missed you, it sure is good to have you back and we cannot wait to make up for lost time.

To this end we feature a stunning four night incentive recommendation. Two nights at the grand old dame of hotels The Victoria Falls Hotel followed by two nights at the amazing Matetsi Victoria Falls with exquisite game viewing in their 55 thousand hectare concession with accommodation sprawling along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River.

Highlights include:

Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

A fine dining dinner on a steam train accompanied by a harpist.

Helicopter flight over the Victoria falls.

Tour of Victoria Falls

Game Drives (Big Four there are no rhino in the reserve).

River based Game viewing.

Game Walks

Fishing

Spa treatments

For a full programme and quotation contact me

bradg@ie.co.za

we would be delighted to assist

London, England

London is an amazing  world class city with an incredible vibe and pulse.

Tradition and ceremony abound, with truly fascinating history on just about every block.  2018 London sees classical  and modern architecture sit side by side dominating the impressive skyline.

The Tower of London,  Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, seeing the the winding Thames River and the numerous bridges  from the London Eye, are just a few of the features which stand out as must see experiences for the first time visitor.

Cuisine is at the cutting edge of global trends with a wide range of options tantalising the taste buds across the price spectrum. The Granary at Kings Cross, which as an area has enjoyed a recent rejuvination, was outstanding on this visit.

The West End shows are  a personal favourite and there is something which appeals to each and every taste, from the classics like the Mousetrap, to musicals like Phantom of The Opera, then the modern spectaculars like Harry Potter.  Not to mention the world famous Comedy Store which is an icon in Leicester Square, showcasing some of the finest stand up comedy you will ever see.

Sport in the captial is incredible and for Cricket, Football and Rugby Union fans you are spoilt for choice. On this recent trip we saw a West London Derby between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, which had an incredible atmopsphere with hilarious football chants and songs from start to finish. This on the same day England met Ireland on St Patricks day in a Rugby Union encounter at nearby Twickenham.

Someone once said “if you are bored with London, you are bored with life” there really is so much to do and experience the challenge is leaving out what not to do rather than selecting what you want to do.