BEST IN AFRICA: HAYWARD’s MOBILE SAFARIS

Preceding finalists from 11 African countries and excelling over 47 000 votes, Hayward’s Grand Safari Company has clinched The Safari Guild’s Best in Africa Award for top Mobile Safari at the 11th The Safari Awards, announced by CEO Henry Hallward at a glittering awards evening held at World Travel Market, London recently.

With a roll call of beating drums and the popping of champagne corks, owner Peter Hayward and his agile team were delighted to receive this well-deserved accolade:

“Twenty-five years before the famous explorer David Livingstone arrived in Africa, my great, great grandfather, 24-year-old James Hayward, arrived on the tip of Africa on an adventure into uncharted territory. He was one of the first true pioneers into a landscape that teemed with vast herds of wildlife. Today, we are proud to carry on the tradition of bespoke, authentic group mobile safaris in a tradition that originated in 1685. Today, the Grand Safari continues to play a pivotal role in preserving the continent’s environmental heritage and showcases Africa’s unique natural capital.”

Hayward’s Grand Safari Company is not a new contender to The Safari Awards. They previously received Best Mobile Safari Company in South Africa two years in a row and were Highly Commended as Best Mobile Safari Company in Africa. Having now reached the pinnacle achievement on The Safari Awards platform, Hayward said: “This award is not just a quick pat on the back for us. It sets a standard in the industry for Africa. It’s not about ego either; it’s industry validation that all our hard work over the past 20 years is finally paying off. Currently, we consistently continue to receive an average 9.6 out of 10 across 22 points of guest satisfaction feedback from our delighted customers who experience a Grand Safari expedition, so to have this internationally recognised and acknowledged establishes our reputation abroad and helps our employees take pride in their work and continue in their efforts. Further to that, it instills confidence in customers regarding the quality and professionalism of our organisation and raises the profile of the continent of Africa as a travel and incentive destination within the tourism industry globally.”

Established in 2008, The Safari Guild was formed to manage The Safari Awards as a platform to recognise excellence within the safari industry and it encompasses a vibrant community of over 5 000 safari specialist agents sharing product knowledge on over 1 200 safari lodges, camps and operators.

CEO Henry Hallward says:

“The Safari Guild and these awards have an important role to play by influencing the debate on how best to manage and protect dwindling wildlife resources, by working with the people who own it. Our expectation is that travel professionals who engage with The Safari Guild will, in time, use their influence and buying power to reduce unnecessary exploitation of wildlife resources and encourage and support safari operators to share their gains equitably with the local communities and wildlife conservation entities that enable primary protection of wildlife for future generations.”

Representing Hayward’s Grand Safari Company to receive the award on the night, was Sasha Ella, Group Marketing Manager of Mantis Hospitality, who brought the award home to the African continent and into the hands of Peter Hayward and the Hayward’s Grand Safari Company team.

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Pop-Up Camps SA in the Overberg

We recently visited Pop-Up Camps SA’s pop-up camp at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Oh, what a magnificent and eye-opening experience! 

We were able to spot a few whales and got to experience the coast on a whole new level. Pop-Up Camps SA is famous for their unique settings such as De Hoop and we are excited to see which spots they choose in 2018. 

Here is a glimpse of what to expect. Be sure to visit their webpage, popupcamps.co.za, to see where they’ll be popping up next! 

Also keep your eyes pealed for the Beeld newspaper (South Africa), where you will be able to read more about this rare and wonderful experience. 


Written and recorded by: Renate Engelbrecht

Stap in Magoebaskloof

Magoebaskloof is een van Suid-Afrika se mooiste dele en tog is daar min mense wat werklik weet wat dit het om te bied. ‘n Onlangse staproete het my liefde vir die area opnuut weer laat blom.

Die Magoebaskloof Staproete is ‘n sirkelroete van 60 km wat oor 5 dae gestap kan word. Inheemse woude, bergstrome en plantasies maak van die roete een vir die boeke. Jy kan ook kies hoe ver jy wil stap, met opsies van 2-dag roetes tot 5-dag roetes.

Wat kan jy hier sien?

Die huilklip, ‘n natuurlike rots wat soos ‘n gong klink wanneer dit met ‘n ander klip gekap word, is een van die bekende en gunsteling besienswaardighede op die roete. Net so is die dierespesies wat jy op die roete kan gewaar, baie indrukwekkend. Van samango ape, bosbokke en bosvarke tot ‘n wye verskeidenheid voëlspesies – veral in die Grootbosch Woud. Kyk ook uit vir die hoogste geplante boom ter wêreld.

Wenke:

  • Maak seker dat jy die Dokolewa poele en die Waterval Hut by jou roete insluit. Dit is twee van die mooiste dele van die roete en jy sal spyt wees as jy dit mis.
  • Die 2-dag roete is ideaal vir ‘n familie wat graag die woud wil verken. Die 5-dag roete is meer gevorderd en jy moet redelik fiks wees om hom aan te pak.

Wat om te pak:

  • ‘n Hoed is ‘n moet
  • Oordentelike stapskoene – Ek het my hi-tecs van Cape Union Mart gedra en hulle het perfek gewerk.
  • Dik kouse
  • ‘n Waterdigte baadjie – Dit raak soms mistig en mag selfs reën.
  • Ekstra klere.
  • Kos
  • ‘n Gasstofie met genoeg gas, vuurhoutjies en ‘n potjie waarin jy water kan kook.
  • Plastiekborde, bamboo eetgerei, eko-vriendelike papierservette en ‘n beker.
  • Die nodigste items vir noodhulp – Verbande, pleisters, Detol, ens.
  • Voorgeskrewe medikasie, maar ook medisyne vir allergieë, hoofpyn en naarheid.
  • ‘n Multifunksionele instrument, soos ‘n Leatherman van Awesome Tools.
  • Sonbrandroom en ‘n sonbril. Hoewel die meeste van die roete onder digte woude is, is daar wel dele waar die son jou kop warm sal brand.
  • Slaapsak en kussing.
  • Water
  • ‘n Koplig – Trappers het ‘n wye verskeidenheid waaruit jy kan kies.
  • ‘n Pak kaarte – soms kom ‘n mens vroeër by die slaapplek aan en dan wil ‘n mens bietjie speletjies speel en ontspan.
  • Indien jy kontaklense dra, kyk uit vir Dischem se oulike reispakkies met kleiner botteltjies kontaklens skoonmaakmiddel. Ek gebruik altyd die Bausch & Lomb Boston Multi-Action Solution, wat ‘n spesiale vlugpakkie is. Dit sluit selfs ‘n Zip-Lock sakkie in, wat handig te pas sal kom. Dischem het ook baie oulike ander reis items soos kleiner botteltjies sjampoe, stortseep, handeroom en meer.
  • ‘n Buff is altyd ‘n goeie item om byderhand te hê. Soms is die oggende maar nog koel. Kies jou gunsteling buff op Adventure Inc.
  • Gemaklike plakkies of sagte skoene vir wanneer jy jou stapskoene uittrek. Gewone inglip plakkies soos Cotton On se thongs, sal die ding doen.
  • ‘n Rol toiletpapier
  • ‘n Swartsak of twee
  • Jou kamera. Verkieslik iets wat lig is om te dra. ‘n GoPro is ideaal – probeer bietjie die GoPro HERO Black 5.
  • ‘n Handoek en ‘n lappie wat vinnig kan droog word.
  • ‘n Kaart van die roete
  • Twee planne van die roete – een wat jy by ‘n vriend los en ‘n ander wat jy in jou motor los.
  • Insekweerder

Vir meer inligting oor die Magoebaskloof staproete, kontak: ecotour@klf.co.za of 013 754 2724

Geskryf deur: Renate Engelbrecht

Foto krediet: Alicia Maree

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About last night – GP Lifestyle Tourism Street Party

Last night, the tourism trade came out to play at the very first GP Life Tourism Street Party to celebrate life in Gauteng, turning the city centre into an outdoor celebration.

#GPLifestyle

A block of eight “streets” in the regenerated 1 Fox Street warehouse was filled with music, entertainment, stalls, food, drink and dancing as the tourism trade partied through the day and into the night. This exciting event is designed to remind Gauteng-peeps that we have as much life and vibrancy to be proud of as London, New York, Sydney and Cape Town.

Gauteng Tourism Authority Chief Executive Officer, Siphiwe Ngwenya welcomed the initiative and expressed confidence that it will be worthwhile. He said:

“The tourism trade is an important stakeholder in the We do/I do Tourism campaign that South African Tourism is championing and that we are part of. The campaign aims to grow tourist numbers by 5 million over the next five years and a bulk of that will have to come from Gauteng as the most visited province in South Africa. We are targeting a contribution of 1 million, which will only be achievable if the trade sector comes to the party. Therefore, we hope to grow this event into a premier showcase of the city of gold, Johannesburg, and destination Gauteng as a whole.”

The event brought the travel trade together to celebrate Gauteng as a destination and highlighted what it has to offer. The venue – 1 Fox Precinct  – spans a series of historic warehouses that date back to the city’s gold mining roots, now converted into a funky shopping and dining destination.

Different streets in the warehouse had different themes and interests, with 60 exhibitors spanning guesthouses, hotels, activities and adventure specialists and transport companies. Others that took part in the celebration, included the Cradle Tourism Company, Sandton Tourism, Soweto Tourism, Dinokeng, Vilakazi Street and global brands with a presence in Johannesburg.

Organised by Leisure Connexion and the Gauteng Tourism Authority, the event’s guests included Mix FM DJ Kerry-Anne Allerston, who hosted the music event, and performances by The Kiffness and Chiano Sky, as well as popular footballers, actors and musicians. Participants were encouraged to come dressed for the inaugural theme of “My City of Gold”.

“Johannesburg is an amazing city and worthy of competing against other world cities such as New York, Paris and London in the tourism field. Yet, there is a lack of belief in what the city and its wonderful people have to offer,” says Adelbert Retief, founder and MD of Leisure Connexion. He says:

“In other cities, the industry operates almost like a family in promoting their city even though they are in competition with each other. Now it’s time for our local tourism industry to come together and share stories, experience the offerings and grow the love for Jozi.”

Tour operators, agents and destination management companies arrived from 5pm to interact with the exhibitors and discuss business. At 9pm, the party started at the Good Luck Bar.

The GP Life Tourism Street Party will become an annual event for the industry to look forward to, where hotels, activities, restaurants and tour operators can showcase their products.

Grape Expectations for British Airways’ New Port

British Airways has added Graham’s Six Grapes, the Port favoured by Sir Winston Churchill, to its business class (Club World) drinks menu.

Mr. Churchill looking very relaxed with a glass of Graham's after lunch

Mr. Churchill looking very relaxed with a glass of Graham’s Six Grapes after lunch.

Back then it was known as Graham’s Vintage Character Port and was served to his guests at Chartwell House, his country home. The historic Port has a rich bouquet of ripe plums and cherries and will pair particularly well with the desserts and cheeses on board, in particular the Roasted White Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart and the Cheddar and Camembert with Spiced Mulled Apple Jelly.

Colin Talbot, British Airways’ head of catering, said: “Port is incredibly popular in Club World – last year alone nearly 41,000 bottles were served to our business class customers, so we are delighted to be adding Graham’s Six Grapes to the menu.  At altitude it holds its flavour well, thanks to its good structure and with the long lingering finish, it will wonderfully complement the dessert and cheese selection on flights.”

Additionally, British Airways launched a new restaurant-style premium dining service in Club World, with display trolleys allowing customers to select dishes from a choice of freshly prepared starters and desserts served on beautiful new table settings. The airline also announced a sleep partnership with The White Company and the British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World to ensure customers get a good night’s sleep in the sky.

The new style dining and bedding is part of British Airways’ multi-million pound investment plan to benefit its customers, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all.

Four hundred million pounds will be spent on Club World with an emphasis on improved catering and sleep, as well as a new seat in the future. At Heathrow a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped and improved. The Club Europe cabin has also been introduced on UK domestic services and all customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years.

Spring at its best

The Hertford, as it’s colloquially called, has impressed us this past weekend with some of the best cuisine and an almost rural feel.

The Hertford Country House and Function Venue, situated just around the corner from Lanseria International Airport, has just launched their spring menu, an array of delicious dishes with choices for diners of any kind. Their fillets were tender and tasty, their halloumi starters were not only generous, but divine and they offered a dessert buffet with some local treats like malva pudding, panacotta and a zesty lemon cheesecake.

For a Sunday lunch, this is the perfect spot. It was a lovely spring day under the trees and guests came streaming in for either the new menu, some additional a la carte options or their impressive tapas and lazily sipped on locally sourced wines like Leapord’s Leap‘s Merlot. Two tame horses checked in every now and again, carefully pruning the mulberry tree that proudly offered shade to visitors with its new spring leaves and birds were chirping happily, echoing my relief for a winter that’s gone by.

Horses enjoying the new spring leaves of the mulberry trees that offer shade to the guests

Horses enjoying the new spring leaves of the mulberry trees that offer shade to the guests

Contact The Hertford for bookings and more information: 084 761 2017 / hotel@hertford.co.za