Cape Town Water Update 3

DayZero, the program where Cape Town was estimated to have run out of water, has been declared a success and will not happen this year. The savings of water by residents has been unprecedented and allowed for enough water for its citizens and visitors.

While the drought is still a reality and Cape Town is hoping for good winter rains, the immediate concern of running out of water has passed. Hotels and Businesses in Cape Town are still bringing online various water saving and augmentation plans such as desalination plants, boreholes and extracting water from the city’s aquifers.

Cape Town has set a world-class standard, reducing its consumption by nearly 60% in just 3 years. Melbourne reduced their consumption by half of that after 12 years, and regions like California, achieved reductions of under 30%. The response to the drought crisis now has to move to a culture of sustainable and efficient water-use.

Cape Town Water Update 2

Water Crisis Update

There has been fantastic water saving by Cape Town residents and visitors alike, which has meant “DayZero” when the city expects to run out of water has been pushed back to 9 July. This is great news as it is in the midst of the Cape Town rainy season and is likely to be further extended as soon as the winter rains arrive in Cape Town.

Various water saving projects continue to be implemented in the city, including desalination plants and extracting water from various aquifers around the city. Nearly all the hotels in the city and surrounds have their backup plans in place to supply water to guests and have ensured its business as usual.

For Example the V&A Waterfront desalination plant which is due to be online shortly will produce 3 million litres of water per day – This will supply hotels, restaurants and shops within the precinct.

South Africa has its annual budget speech on the 21st of February and our Finance Minister has allocated R6 Billion to drought relief in South Africa.

For any specific queries or concerns on the water crisis and your group in Cape Town, please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices.

Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe & Bar

We recently visited the new Chinchilla Bar located in Camps Bay’s, Cape Town which opened its doors in late November. Not to our surprise, the bar was already bustling with locals and travelers.


The bar has dazzling 180 degree views of Camps Bay Beach and is located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle, surrounded by most of the other well known bars and restaurants in the area.


Chinchilla’s décor is as cute as its name, fresh and colourful and the venue is furnished with relaxed café chic seating, perfect for that sunset cocktail before heading to dinner or out to experience Camp’s Bay’s night life.


Their signature cocktails are their forte with lots of options that have been created by their very own mixologist. They offer classics like “Long Island Ice Tea”  through to more exciting and unpredictable cocktails like “Lolly’s That Make Me Jolly” which are made up of sorbet ice-lollys and sparkling wine.

For those that feel like a snack or wish to dine at Chinchilla, their short but sweet seafood inspired food menu has options from light snacks to sandwiches and more substantial main courses with some dessert options.

Cape Town Water Update

Cape Town Water Update

We aim to bring you all the updates from the Western Cape regarding the current drought affecting Cape Town,  There is a lot of information and misinformation in the international press, so we hope this consolidation of news helps you with the information you need to know.

Currently Cape Town is on a course to a date called DayZero, this is when residential taps will be turned off and residents will need to queue to receive water. The government have made it very clear that schools, hospitals, businesses and tourism establishments will need to conserve water but services will be delivered.

Multiple hotels across the Western Cape have established their own water supplies through desalination plants – The Tsogo Sun group will have their desalination plant up and running in 3 weeks time, The Mount Nelson receives water from a spring that runs through their property and many other hotel groups have similar strategies in place.

The Groenland Water Association which supplies water to farmers in the province has released 10 billion (Yes BILLION) Litres of water into the catchment dams for Cape Town,  and in the process has pushed DayZero into the Cape rainy season which should further push the day further, closer to the time.

Various other desalination plants and Aquifiers will come online in the next 2 months, supplying water to business and hotels across the city


Various Municipalities, including Stellenbosch in the Western Cape have augmented their own water supplies and in the process have disconnected from the Cape Town water system thus easing the burden on the city’s water system

There have been some reports that have said international visitors to Cape Town have been putting strain on the city’s water supply, This is categorically not correct as international visitors only make up 1% of the population of Cape Town, As seen in the video below the money spent in Cape Town has a far better impact on the drought than staying away from the city

The interview is with with the Deputy chair of the Tourism Business Council of SA and COO of Tsogo Sun Ravi Nadasen.

National government are declaring the drought a National Disaster, while this is very serious, it is good news as national funding for water augmentation projects can now be made available to Cape Town which will assist in alleviating the crisis.

So while there is a serious drought in Cape Town and we ask all our clients to save water where they can whilst here, We must reiterate Cape Town is open for business and your group, convention or individual travel will be as enjoyable as any other time you choose to visit.




Safari in Southern Africa

Clients often ask where the best place in Southern Africa is for a safari experience, the answer is anything but straight forward. The reason for this is because there are so many different and uniquely exceptional experiences available.


The Sabi Sands takes some beating and is widely regarded as the pinnacle safari experience in the region.  It is impossible to argue against this and I would not even begin to try.

Shamwari in the Eastern Cape is  so incredibly special with numerous achievements in conservation and the successful reintroducton of the Big Five into the region. The Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is unique and  the  TV documentary based on this has achieved global acclaim.

Chobe in Botswana is an incredible wilderness and the river is something quite mystical. The large elephant herds, hippo pods and lion prides leave you truly breathless.

The Okavango Delta definitely deserves a mention and is one of those real bucket list experiences for many people. There are many exquisite high end boutique stlyled lodges to choose from.

Along with the above heavyweights some of my other personal favourites are:

The reserves of Northern KZN particularly Phinda and Thanda with their sublime hospitality offering and amazing wildlife are both highly recommended. As a KZN boy, I suppose I have a degree of bias but the experiences I have seen many of our guests and groups  enjoy over the years has given me some of the most incredible life memories, which I will treasure forever.


The Pilanesberg with the wide range of lodges and probably the best value for money is as good a natural environment  as any of the very best mentioned above. The game somehow seems to have a unique wildness,  you get a sense of the harsh competitiveness of the bush where survival really is a daily achievement.

In conclusion there are a plethora of options and each is unique and has it’s own individual nuances and features. The one thing that is certain is you will have one of the most incredible, authentic and memorable experiences of your life. As a motivator it is  still incredibly successful as an incentive choice, achieving  phenomenal success across group profiles everytime.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Sun City

Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Sun City


We have just successfully operated an exceptional inbound incentive programme for a leading  Global Financial Services and Lifestyle Company.

The first leg of the programme comprised of privatising all four of the Sabi Sabi Lodges as well as & Beyonds Kirkmans Camp, in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

The sublime experience enjoyed at this world renowned game reserve was incredible.  Game viewing was the highlight with most guests seeing all of the big five, including an incredible interaction between a leopard and a hyena with the hyena successfully stealing the kill of the leopard. The hospitality, cuisine and special evening events with vibrant entertainment rounded off the experience and will leave each participant with special lifelong memories.

Then onto Sun City for the group Gala Dinner Awards evening, The Palace hotel was the base. Three venues were used including pre dinner drinks in the Elephant Courtyard with a harpist for entertainment.

Then onto a formal served dinner at the Palace Pool Deck, which ended with a  massive fireworks display. This signalled the move to the after party in the Lost City Crocodile Lounge where a DJ and casino awaited the group to entertain them late into the night.

The logistics included fourteen charter flights and in total across the programme seven of The Inside Edge team were on the ground to make sure every micro detail was meticulously delivered.


Phinda Rock Lodge

We recently had the opportunity to visit the refurbished Phinda Rock Lodge, which is part of the &Beyond group of hotels. Situated in Northern Natal, just 300km north of Durban it is easily accessible, either by road or their private airstrip.

Phinda Rock Lodge is a small exclusive lodge which caters perfectly for small executive groups. The Lodge itself has 6 double suites which include private plunge pools overlooking the landscape.


Phinda Rock Lodge has had a major refurbishment which takes it into the league of the very best safari lodges in Southern Africa.


The Silo Hotel

The Silo Hotel has recently opened its doors for visitors in Cape Town, Run by the magnificent Royal Portfolio Hotel Group, it is well known for its other luxurious hotels in Africa.


The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Zeitz MOCAA will house Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art and will open in September 2017. We think this museum will become Cape Town’s answer to Le Louvre and the Tate

From the outside, it’s an industrial beast with an standout set of 25-feet-high convex windows overlooking the V&A Waterfront. The inside, by contrast, is a riot of color, patterns and design, with 28 individually designed rooms stocked with vibrant custom furnishings, oversized chandeliers and feature artworks.

The hotel compromises of 28 rooms, for dining options it offers a bar, a cafe, a rooftop restaurant and a private dining room that can accommodate 22 guests.

The hotel also features a spa, a panoramic rooftop bar with swimming pool and The Vault, the hotel’s very own private gallery of African contemporary artists in the building’s basement.


The Silo has long been a landmark of Cape Town and in 1924when it was completed was the tallest building in Sub Saharan Africa at 57m tall. It has been a functional grain silo and integral part of Cape Town ever since and only recently closed in 2001 when it began it’s new chapter in the Zeitz Museum and Silo Hotel.

The Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen with the brilliant Luke Dale-Roberts at the helm, who has been at the forefront of the Cape Town culinary scene since his time at La Colombe stretching back to 2006.


This was the perfect venue for our privatised tasting menu lunch for our VIP Group from Haivision. The TTK team did not disappoint – the meal was outstanding, the service exceptional and each and every member of the group were full of praise and compliments for an out of this world dining experience.

Watching the artistry in the open plan kitchen was spectacular, the team work and various role players coming together to create perfection on a plate was both inspiring and at the same time somewhat mesmerising.


Restaurant accolades include

2016 Eat Out Restaurant of the Year
2016 No 22 in The Worlds Best restaurant and Best in Africa.

We have a number of photos from this event, The balance can be found on our Facebook page here: Facebook

The 8 course menu that we used can be seen below, I am sure you will agree extravagant and amazing are suitable adjectives !


 The below menu will be available for guests on the day.





GOURMAND Almenkerk Chardonnay 2014
TEA Weekend in Shanghai


GOURMAND Bellingham “Bernard Series” Viognier 2013
TEA Imperial Lapsang Souchong


GOURMAND Fable Mountain “Jackal Bird” 2012
TEA Indian Nights


GOURMAND Crystallum Pinot Noir 2015
TEA Indian Nights


GOURMAND Bosman Nero d’Avola 2015
TEA Lemon Bush


GOURMAND Oldenberg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011
TEA African Ball




GOURMAND Silverthorn Green Man 2014
TEA Pink Flamingo


Escape to the Cape Incentive

In an action packed “Escape to the Cape” incentive trip with one of our best clients started off in Johannesburg, meeting the attendees off their international flights and chartering 6 private flights with personalized event branding to fly them into Cape Town. First stop was Shamwari with 4 lodges all booked exclusively, we had amazing game drives, seeing amongst others, Lions mating, elephant herds and giraffes. We culminated our stay at Shamwari with an open fire bush dinner under the stars.

Our Cape Town leg of the programme included canapés on Table Mountain during check-in then a 45 Harley Davidson transfer to the One & Only Hotel. Our stay at the Cape Town Waterfront was made special by a troupe of Cape Town Minstrels who led the way to dinner at Sevruga Restaurant

Activities whilst in Cape Town included Shark Cage Diving in the Great White capital of the world, a dinner in a cave overlooking the ocean which included 9 helicopter rotations as well as a 16 vehicle transfer in classic cars to one of the most exclusive and luxurious villas in Clifton.

The program culminated with a private cheese, wine, biltong and beer tasting as well as farewell lunch at the prestigious Delaire Graff Wines estate

A few comments from our client and Shamwari:

Jan the head ranger at Shamwari said
“In the 7 years of being a ranger here I’ve never seen so many charters land in sequence and so professionally with-out a single hitch”

Rachel of Zibrant Live! said
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you again for all your hard work, dedication and professionalism which made this event such a success. The unforeseen challenges were handled so smoothly and quickly, and nothing was too much trouble. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you, and you are a credit to TIE. We love working with the team and look forward to bringing more groups in the not too distant future!

What we crammed into 4 days was unbelievable and the experiences were first-times for most, if not all, of the group. They were blown away by what we created, and I don’t think the programme could have been any better.”