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Afroventures Tours & Safaris

Afroventures Tours and Safaris is an adventure tour operator that conducts a variety of single and multi day tours & Safaris in the Eastern and Western Cape regions of South Africa. With our headquarters in the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth we are perfectly located to explore the Eastern Cape Big 5 region, the breathtaking Garden Route, the awe inspiring Karoo and the rural Wild Coast paradise. We specialise in Malaria Free Big 5 safaris and adventure based tours. Along with our expertly trained local guides we aim to highlight the very best of the South African coastline and its warm friendly people. We pride ourselves in our personalised service and off the beaten track experiences.

 The company was founded in 2014 by two passionate adventurers with a deep love for South Africa and heaps of experience in the South African travel industry. As adventure tour operators we are committed to sustainable tourism practices and aim to deliver on each adventurers desire!

Products and Services:

 Multi Day Tours

  • 3 Day Garden Route Adventure Tour
  • 5 & 9 Day Central Wild Coast Hiking tour
  • 3 & 5 Day One Way Tours from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (Guaranteed departures)
  • 7 & 10 Day Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
  • 3 Day Garden Route to Addo Elephant Park tour

Safaris

  • Addo Elephant National Park (Guaranteed daily departures)
  • 2 Day Addo Elephant National Park
  • 4 Day Addo to Karoo Safari
  • Ocean safaris
  • Various other Big 5 privately owned reserves

 

Compassline Africa Tours

Since 2005 Compassline Africa Tours has been creating itineraries and packages for both the domestic and international market, ensuring that each visit leaves an imprint of Africa on your heart.

Our itineraries are personally designed to cater to individual budgets, interests and time frames. Optimising clients valuable time, whilst still ensuring an overwhelming African spirit, which imprinted on your heart, turns your journey into a story.

Each Southern African country that we cover, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda & Rwanda, offers a piece of hospitality that Africa is so well known for.

Compassline Africa Tours is so proud to open the doors of Southern Africa to you.

SATSA-Wesgro Garden Route Mega Fam hailed as resounding success

Participants in last week’s Garden Route Mega Fam, hosted by the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) and Wesgro, have hailed the initiative as groundbreaking and a resounding success.

Some 45 buyers joined this first Garden Route Mega Fam, which saw participants split into five groups to experience five different itineraries, showcasing activities, attractions and accommodation in George, Knysna, Mossel Bay Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay.

From whale watching to kayaking, wine tasting to horse-back safaris, the 45 attendees had an opportunity to experience the best the Garden Route has to offer, says SATSA Garden Route Chapter Chair Peter Dros.

A round-robin workshop kicked off the proceedings with 35 Garden Route tourism suppliers, from boutique hotels and tour operators to lodges and tourist attractions, in attendance to share the Garden Route’s many treasures. This was followed by three days of sampling first-hand what the Garden Route has to offer travellers.

This was her first visit to the Garden Route, says Kamilla Saban from African Wild Cat Charters, and now that she’s visited she realises there is so much to do and see she’ll recommend staying longer at each stop. “I enjoyed the educational side with the highlight of my trip being a visit to the Olive Farm where I learnt so much about the processes of farming.”

Fellow participant Prashant Ramlakan from African Pride is an adrenalin junkie, so he was in the perfect group to cater to his interests. “I knew the Garden Route was special, but didn’t realise how special until now. Think of anything and it can be done on the Garden Route.”

Dragonfly’s Jacolene van der Merwe said her highlight of the trip was the zipline experience, but she also gained destination knowledge that will help her with her client’s experiences in future. “I’ll ensure accommodation is booked in more central areas, so tourists can get to as many things as possible.”

The idea of a Mega Fam first arose a year ago, explains Dros. “We have SATSA to thank for initiating the Mega Fam and could not have imagined what a fantastic opportunity it became for local suppliers to connect with local buyers of tourism product and experiences.”

Dros thanked Wesgro for their support of this first initiative. “We would like to thank Wesgro for their efforts to help realise this event and their commitment to hosting another. We are also very grateful to all the suppliers who supported the Mega Fam, without whom we would not have been able to run such a successful event.”

This first Mega Fam serves as the basis for future such events, not only in the Garden Route but across South Africa, says Hannelie du Toit, SATSA Chief Operating Officer.

“SATSA represents a broad footprint of the inbound tourism sector and a successful collaboration like the one we have just seen between Wesgro and SATSA paves the way for future Mega Fams organised by other SATSA chapters and destination marketing organisations.”

To view all the photos from the trip, visit our Facebook Page.

SouthAfrica-Experience

SouthAfrica-Experience has over 10 years’ experience in arranging self-drive trips, guided safaris and holidays in Africa. With our team of experienced travel consultants, professional guides and state-of-the-art safari vehicles, we share with our guests what we love. We travel in South Africa, drive the routes, stay at the lodges and experience the beauty of this diverse country.

Speaking English, German, Afrikaans, Dutch, Spanish and Swahili we talk your language and can tailor-make your trip. Alternatively choose from our fixed itineraries and explore South Africa on a guided safari, self-drive trip, overland or trekking safari.

Whether you want to see the Big Five or indulge in a gourmet wine-safari, SouthAfrica-Experience can do it all. Contact our office in Somerset West in the Western Cape, our travel consultants would love to help create your South African experience of a lifetime.

Kruger Park Tours

Kruger Park Tours is an outbound travel agency (providing Kruger, Vic Falls, Cape Town and complete South Africa Safaris and tours), as well as ground floor tour operator (inbound) operating game drives in Kruger Park.

Take Kruger Park Tours’ special safari drive with an trained game ranger, which will offer a bucket-list experience in the vast open spaces of Africa. Get up close and personal with the Big 5 to take the most fantastic pictures!

Spend hours in Kruger National Park from Nelspruit, White River and Hazyview to see more African wildlife than you can imagine for an entire day, at a budget price. The beautiful sight of Kruger Parks’ elephants, leopards, lions, hyenas, buffalo and antelope will be spectacular.

Kruger Park Tours is a South African private company, managed and owned by Johan and Rochelle Buys.

We are located close to Kruger National Park and also assist with booking safaris to Kruger Park and Cape Town. Our safaris and tours for include add-on benefits. For example for Kruger Safaris we provide the Panorama route and shuttles from Johannesburg as part of guests’ experience.

We are a entirely green company (with a very low carbon footprint), supporting sustainable and ethical tourism. Our involvement in social responsible activities assists not only the environment but also communities.

Kruger Park Tours is the provider of choice when it comes to safaris in Kruger Park!

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence

The stylish Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence in Cape Town occupies an architecturally stunning building in the city’s central business district. Nearby transport options provide easy access to the city’s many attractions, and you can experience premium shopping at the nearby Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Choose from one of the 214 rooms and a number of apartments at our Cape Town hotel, all with views of the city, mountain, harbor or sea. Enjoy a delicious meal in The Stratus Room restaurant or relax at one of our 2 bars. Experience a relaxing stay with our excellent range of services, including a fully-equipped gym, underground parking, a swimming pool and Business Class Lounge. Planning an event in Cape Town? Our modern meeting facilities make sophisticated venues for both personal and business events.

Storm erupts over Minister Gigaba’s Visa Regs and UBC announcement

When Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba delivered his statements on “easing” of visa requirements and “simplifying” Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBC) regulations for foreign minors, he could not have anticipated the backlash he received from all quarters of the travel and tourism sectors.

Confusing, vague, disappointing, ground-hog day – the responses came in thick and fast from associations, travel industry stakeholders and the general public.

SATSA immediately issued a release stating: “Home Affairs issued an obfuscated message that serves only to confuse travellers, much in the way it did when the regulation was first introduced three years ago.”

In subsequent interviews with SAFM, and Power FM, SATSA CEO David Frost slammed Minister Gigaba’s statements, saying they undermined the spirit of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to stimulate South Africa’s economy.

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa says Minister Gigaba’s announcement “doesn’t change anything”. Said TBCSA interim CEO Tshifiwe Tshivhengwa: “

Home Affairs is once again circling around this issue. We want this regulation to be completely removed to re-encourage the movement of people into South Africa if we are serious about creating jobs.”

The Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa said it remained concerned that measures announced by Minister Gigaba would “not result in any significant change in tourism arrivals to the country”.

Otto de Vries, CEO of the Association of Southern African Travel Agents, added his voice to the fray saying: “if South Africa wants to stimulate the economy, UBC requirements need to be scrapped for all travellers, including South Africans”.

South Africa’s restrictive immigration laws have greatly hampered the country’s attractiveness as a tourism destination, and subsequently impacted the number of tourists who choose to visit South Africa. It creates a barrier to entry with financial and/or opportunity cost that a prospective tourist needs to overcome in order to travel to South Africa.

“We need urgent implementation of measures to improve visa requirements and immigration regulations so that President Ramaphosa’s vision of tourism contributing to the growth of South Africa’s economy can become a reality now, not later,” says Frost.

If Minister Gigaba’s recent statements feel a bit like ground-hog day, Tourism Update provides an interesting bit of background to explain how we got here.

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Jobs: Once Youth Hotels

Once Youth Hotels has a range of roles available in Cape Town and Johannesburg at its properties.

JOHANNESBURG

• Duty Manager
• Deputy General Manager

CAPE TOWN

• Duty Manager
• Deputy General Manager

Joburg Tourism launches visitor information centre in Sandton

Joburg Tourism has unveiled a new Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Nelson Mandela Square, as well as an updated, fresh website and a mobi-app.

The Tourism Unit within the Department of Economic Development’s strategic objective is to promote Johannesburg towards being the number one African destination of choice for both business and leisure in an effort to:

  • Improve seasonality, length of stay and tourist spend during visits to Joburg.
  • Improve the diversity of the tourism offering in Joburg.
  • Build a positive image / perception for the city among local, national and international audiences.

“In line with the prioritisation of achieving increased visitor arrivals in the city and contributing towards the economic growth target of 5% by 2021, Joburg Tourism seeks ways of increasing its presence and footprint throughout Gauteng, at various strategic locations, which includes Nelson Mandela Square.

The new VIC is situated in the heart of Sandton, Africa’s most iconic square mile, and ideally placed for both business and leisure travellers, who are key to contributing towards growth targets outlined by the City’s administration.

“According to the Liberty Group report (Two Degree, released on 06/09/2017), Sandton has an annual average foot traffic in excess of 24 million, hence it serves as the perfect location for the new VIC,” says Cllr Leah Knott, MMC for Economic Development at the City of Johannesburg.   Joburg Tourism also currently operates a satellite VIC at Park Station.

Thus far, Joburg Tourism`s operations are guided by the City’s 10 Priority Implementation Plans (PIPs). The Tourism department contributes significantly to two of them, namely: 5% Economic Growth and Job Creation – reducing unemployment to under 20% by 2021.

The launch of the VIC is also an opportune time to unveil the upgraded, interactive Joburg Tourism website and the new Mobile App – which also present opportunities for tourism-related businesses (SMMEs) to list or verify their details and benefit from the exposure the site will provide and other related marketing initiatives.

Joburg Tourism Website and Mobi App Overview

One of Joburg Tourism’s core mandates is to provide online tourism information, along with online SMME and association support.  In order to embrace international technological trends and to remain competitive in the digital sphere, Joburg Tourism has developed a mobile app, while also redeveloping its website to be more user friendly, appealing and to make it mobi-friendly. The website will be launching as www.visit.joburg

In order to keep up with technological trends Joburg Tourism has developed a mobile app. The key difference between the website/mobi-site and the mobi app are that the website/mobi is not location based, has more information such as news articles, general information about Joburg, business registration, interactive regional map etc. The mobiApp is downloadable and installed as a mobile application and only contains essential listing and location information that a traveler will use whilst he is travelling. The mobi-app has some of the following functions:

  • Downloadable from Play Store and IPhone
  • Interactive with smartphone devices
  • Location based product listings (Location settings needs to be switched on)
  • Distance to various product listings
  • Provides nearest places of interest
  • Personalized trip and itinerary planner (Login required)
  • Add to favorites
  • Events feed which alerts visitor of new events
  • Ability to share listings via various channels e.g. WhatsApp, Social Media, Email, Pinterest etc.
  • Rate and establishment
  • Write reviews
  • Google map view which opens up Google GPS to navigate to product listing
  • Call establishment directly (Dials directly from device)
  • View travel packages

 The key difference between the Visit Joburg mobi-app compared to other destination applications is that any business can register to be on the Joburg Tourism database through the membership database platform and add their tourism packages. Once listed, the listing will automatically appear on the website, mobi-site and Mobile App. This is especially beneficial for an SMME product owner to be able to promote their offerings on all platforms and devices.