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.
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.
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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
Walks and Hikes
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.
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.
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.
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).
Seychelles, a tropical paradise located on the east coast of Africa, home to an archipelago of 115 smaller islands and some of the world’s rarest animals! The commercial hub, also their capital is the city of Victoria which is within easy reach of the picturesque Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort and Spa.
Nested in a cove, this 124 bedroomed resort has so much to offer including 3 versatile conference venues accommodating between 8 to 110 pax, dependent on the seating style and staging requirements.
On the doorstep to the Indian Ocean, Tamarind offers authentic dishes in an exclusive setting whilst Elements Restaurant serves a daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in a more relaxed environment. The poolside terrace which overflows into the lounge / lobby encapsulates a holistic experience with all day informal dining.
For groups, pre-dinner drinks can be enjoyed on your private rooftop terrace whilst the sun sets over the horizon and the crystal clear waters and idyllic beach are mere metres away. Our welcome / gala dinner was an outdoor affair, a breathtaking location on the beach with a live local band / DJ to entertain.
Popular with locals and recently launched, TGA club is the latest hotspot hangout! Offsite activities are limitless and range from catamaran cruises, nature walks and scuba diving to snorkeling, ziplining and island hopping for the more adventurous.
We have just returned from a trip to Mauritius and stayed on the West coast of the island which meant that every day ended with a breathtaking sunset over the ocean. Although Mauritius is undoubtedly a tropical paradise, the island has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches.
The cuisine in Mauritius is heaven for the seafood lover. The dishes where influenced by Indian, French, European and Chinese cuisine but many of the dishes are unique to the island.
The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis which is the country’s political, cultural and economical centre was great for local cuisine and bargain shopping with hundreds of stalls selling Mauritian souvenirs, local delicacies and of course, Mauritian rum!
Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens is one of the main attractions of the island. We were taken on an informative guided tour through the gardens which not only boasts rare and magnificent plant species like the giant water lily, but also showcased several fascinating bird species.
The lavish estate, Château de Labourdonnais sits amongst the magnificent orchards in Mapou and offers intriguing excursions as well as an impressive venue for events. The lush gardens with hundred-year old trees, endemic plants and orchards with tropical fruits is absolutely spectacular. The tour ended with a tasting of the estates own locally crafted rum.
A firm favourite with every one of our small group and the highlight of the trip was swimming with the dolphins. Swimming with pods of wild spinner dolphins was a massively rewarding and therapeutic experience which will never be forgotten. This was followed by a boat trip to the stunning island of L’ile aux Benitiers where we had a barbeque lunch and some leisure time to explore the lagoons and coral reefs around the island.
From beginning to end, the Mauritian people showed sincere warmth and hospitality.
With all that Southern Africa has to offer it’s not always easy to stand out as a top contender. If Zambia Victoria Falls with its natural heritage and spectacular landscapes, including one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, isn’t enough, some extraordinary activities and experiences should leave you with a lifetime of exceptional memories.
The Royal Livingstone Anatnara Hotel has easily got to have one of the best sun-set locations in the world, on the deck overlooking the top of the Victoria Falls. Guests gather as if in a spiritual ritual daily and sit memorized by its tranquil beauty.
If you prefer the sunset from different angle, we invite you to join us on the Royal Livingstone Express train onto the Victoria Falls bridge. The initial brain child of Cecil John Rhodes, the significance of visiting the bridge and the “Cape to Cairo railway scheme” will see you fulfil Rhodes dream of “crossing the Zambezi River on a train, where as they pass, will catch the spray of the Falls”.