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Unblocking Obstacles and Maximising Opportunities

SATSA recently hosted a Western Cape Chapter Meeting at WTM Africa 2018.

In his presentation SATSA CEO, David Frost, unpacked what it means to unblock obstacles and ways to maximise opportunities in the tourism industry. To view the full presentation, click here.

Saffa Tours

Saffa Tours is a unique tour company that offers private, bespoke, tours. Whether you just want to cruise and explore or whether you want to get adventures and explore, we have it all. From exploring, surfing, hiking, and retreating, we will have you covered for an experience that suits you.

With your own personal tour guide and 4×4 SUV, we offer top quality, bespoke and comfortable experiences of the tip of Africa. Every tour will include an amazing array of delicious South African food and home brewed/distilled drinks for lunch in the heart of the African outdoors. The activities planned and the areas visited on the tours will be suited to exactly what you need and want. This will allow you to use your travel time productively and effectively. Josh also offers private surf lessons and private surf guiding trips as well as private hiking trips of all abilities with guests of up to six people.

The aim of Saffa Tours is to ensure that you are satisfied beyond expectation, have gained knowledge about South Africa and learned all about our beautiful fauna and flora.

Needles Lodge

Needles Lodge is a warm and welcoming owner run lodge in the heart of Marloth Park, a private nature reserve bordering the Kruger National Park between the Malelane and Crocodile Bridge entrances to the Park.

The lodge is entirely covered in thatch with elegant African décor. An intimate lodge with 8 suites. Each room enjoys air-conditioning and is equipped with a ceiling fan. Bathrooms are en-suite offering extra- large baths as well as separate walk-in showers.

The décor has been tastefully chosen to ensure that you feel completely relaxed and with all the comforts of home. With the lounge, dining and entertainment area located in the center of the lodge, the rooms stretch out on either side and are joined by wooden decks that converge on the central deck and patio. Each room has large sliding doors that open out onto a wooden deck and the bush directly before it. From your bed, you can enjoy views out into the bush and the numerous game that regularly frequents the area.

The central lounge and entertainment area at Needles Lodge extends out onto a large outside deck surrounding the trunk of a giant Marula tree. Under the shade of the giant Marula, guests can relax with views of the bush or simply drop into the swimming pool located adjacent to the outside entertainment

SATSA is looking for a Research Service Provider on Animal Interactions

Dear SATSA Members

In recent times there has been increased global awareness about the impact of tourism on biodiversity, ecosystems and animals. Tourists themselves are seeking answers to the impact of their decisions, in particular on animal welfare. This in turn has driven tour operators to be selective about the tourism experiences and companies included in their packages.

The voice against tourism experiences that include animal interactions has grown so loud that many tourism businesses are feeling the impact of these changes – irrespective of how “ethical” their approach to animal interactions may be. The impact has also filtered through to how South Africa is being perceived as a tourism destination.

The contentious issue of animal interaction was discussed at SATSA’s conference in August 2017, which indicated the vast range of opinions on the matter as well as the impact of tour operator decisions on the sustainability of some businesses. Further, there is a perception that all tourism businesses that offer animal interaction are being tarnished with the same brush, irrespective of the actual practices adopted. It is also evident that different tourism markets are seeking varying levels of interactive animal experiences and some operators would like to continue providing experiences that meet the needs of their clientele.

Realising that this is a very sensitive subject and that livelihoods are at stake, SATSA seeks to appoint an independent consulting firm to:

  1. Define the types of entities that fall within the ambit of animal interactions
  2. Develop an ethical framework to evaluate operations that involve animal interactions
  3. Develop a set of guidelines for the self-regulation of animal interaction tourism experiences

The tender is listed on

Budget parameters are set at a total project cost of R450,000 to R550,000 including VAT.

All proposals are to be emailed to SATSA by close of business 24 April 2018 to

For more information, click here or contact Hannelie du Toit, COO,, Cell: 083 600 3555, Tel: 011 886 9996

SATSA at Arabian Travel Market

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will take place on 22-25 April 2018. ATM is one of the biggest tradeshows in the Middle East and this year SATSA will host a South African Pavilion with our CEO, David Frost attending the show.

Exhibiting on the pavilion is your chance to access markets such as United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan and India. In 2017, ATM recorded 39,000 visitors, 4,171 business connections established, and an estimated R14.5 million earning projection from the show.

SATSA and South African Tourism are in advanced stages of discussions around a private and public-sector collaboration for the show. We are looking at entering into a Joint Marketing Agreement with the objective to assist exhibitors with a reduced cost of participation. We will keep members updated on the details of the collaboration.

2018 Conference - PRE/POST TOURS

The Eastern Cape operators are looking forward to WOW you with their rich offering and we would like to encourage all delegates to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the province.

We Do Tourism!

All bookings and payment (if applicable) will need to be made directly to the operators.

Please keep an eye on the SATSA Newsletter and this page for updates on the available tours.

Katrina Solomon

I am very proud of our Dreamcatcher and the work that they done in all the Community’s here in South Africa.With Dreamcatcher you go truly local and enjoy all the local experience.

2018 Conference - TERMS & CONDITIONS

As a delegate, accompanying partner or spouse, or an invitee to the SATSA 2018 Conference your participation in this event is based on and subject to the following terms and conditions:

A registration will only be considered as confirmed once full payment is reflected in the SATSA bank account – Full payment is required within 7 (seven) days of your invoice date.

“Early Bird” discounts will only apply to the period as specified on the SATSA conference website.

Registrations are only transferable with SATSA’s agreement. Conference badges may not be shared.
Participation in and admittance to the conference is conditional upon paying all registration fees due.

All cancellations must be received in writing and be sent to the Conference Secretariat. Cancellation fees are applicable for the cancellation of any pre-tours, registration fees and confirmed accommodation, as follows:

  • After After Monday 28th May 2018 50% of the amount invoiced
  • After Monday 11th June 2018 100% of the amount invoiced
  • Any refunds will only be processed after the conference

Late Registration Fee
A late registration fee of R1000 will be charged for any new delegate registrations after Monday 9th July 2018. Registrations received after Monday 9th July 2018 are on request and subject to availability and confirmation by SATSA.

No Shows
If you are a No-Show at the conference, no refund will be considered.

The delegate is responsible for the insurance of all goods brought by them to the conference and any general travel insurance, if applicable.

SATSA reserves the right to:

  • Review the conference costs at any stage and changes may be made without prior notification,
  • Refuse a delegate registration whether a member or a non-member
  • Cancel, reschedule or relocate the event and / or
  • Change the conference programme without prior notice.

SATSA, its board and directors, employees, conference secretariat, agents, suppliers and/or sub-contractors cannot be held liable for any loss, damage, accidents or inconvenience caused for any matters arising during conference setup, pre/post-conference tour arrangements, the conference and the two evening events i.e. at the Boardwalk and the Bridge Street Brewery, or for any accommodation issues arising from any reservation.

All delegates must register via the conference website thereby accepting the above terms and conditions.