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.

Strategy Meetings

We at the Inside Edge have had a couple of recent requests for  exclusive properties around South Africa, to serve as venues for Corporates & Small Business to hold Board Strategy Meetings, Contingency Planning Meetings, Budget Meetings as well as a place for Management Isolation and ThinkTanks.

These properties can cater for 2 to 20 people with complete isolation. The staff at these properties live on-site and have been briefed on maintaining total cleanliness and hygiene throughout the property.  We can completely customise your visit with the facilities you need – From high speed Wifi, conferencing facilities & office requirements and catering.

We have identified various private transport options to and from the venue to suit varying budgets with planning to ensure separate transfers splitting the team.

Contact our team at The Inside Edge for us to structure a package for you to travel as soon as you require with complete isolation and safety.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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.