DMC SOUTH AFRICA, Cape town's leading DMC conference planner (organizer) and events specialist for incentive travel and conventions. A preferred destination management company and supplier used by international conference organisers worldwide.
Our team specialise in creating prestigious and innovative solutions, unique to each and every client. It’s all about value add and out of the box ideas! From the point of project conceptualisation to roll out, every element of your incentive programme will be branded and tailor-made for your specific needs. We offer creative solutions that are practical, yet completely fresh – and with each new project, we aim to improve on the one before. You have not truly travelled if you haven’t travelled to Africa… Africa gives you a renewed sense of purpose, a rejuvenated sense of self and an inspired outlook towards the future. It’s a journey that opens your senses, your mind and your heart. South Africa DMC make these travel experiences possible, and we do so with the utmost respect to your brand and budget.
South Africa DMC has grown from strength to strength. Starting with a single division within the company, we have now launched our sixth – making South Africa DMC a ONE STOP SHOP for all your Incentive Travel and Conference requirements. Our strength lies in our committed and experienced team.
With more than 170 years of collective experience within the Incentive Travel and Conference industry – we pride ourselves in doing things differently! We employ and retain a team that collectively have the highest skills set within the industry, are passionately driven to perform out of their love for our business, and share in the rewards of our company’s accomplishments. We believe in diversity and collaboration – and it is in this spirit that we are able to harness our collective creativity when putting together extremely well thought out and exhilarating travel programmes. Our team esteem ourselves on attention to detail, to give you that “Red carpet, white glove treatment!” We attempt to never become complacent and continuously look inwards and self-evaluate, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of product, technological and industry related developments – offering clients new, refreshing and creative ideas that are extraordinary. This has in part been achieved by having a comprehensive research and development strategy in place, but moreover is the result of our passionate and collaborative team. Our motto - “To continually strive to overcome mediocrity, to get our hands dirty, to celebrate success, to deliver without exception - and to always have fun in doing so!”
Sample programme 1 - Safari in the Kruger National Park
Day 1: Welcome in South Africa
Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport, guests are welcomed by representatives and escorted to the check in for a charter or scheduled flight to the greater Kruger area
Daily scheduled flights are available from SAA to Hoedspruit and Nelspruit - the gateways to an unforgettable Safari
Alternative Option: private charter to the Game Lodge direct, most offer airstrips on the property. (flights are about 1 hour long)
Upon arrival, guests are welcome at the landing strip by the lodge Rangers with some Sparkling wine and canapé before departing to their respective lodges where a welcome lunch awaits before checking in. (Only allowed on private airstrips)
Guests have some time to relax before departing on the first game drive on an open safari vehicle.
The team of knowledgeable guides and intuitive trackers will do their utmost to ensure you see a broad spectrum of this balanced ecosystem. Highlights might include prides of lions, parades of elephants, crashes of white rhinos, herds of buffaloes, dazzles of zebras, clans of hyenas, harems of impalas, journeys of giraffes, businesses of mongooses, cheetah, a glimpse of wild dogs, baboons trooping past the vehicles – to mention just a few!
Welcome Boma Dinner
The Boma reflects memories of the ancient world of African folk and their way of life. Boma, meaning Kraal in Swahili, formed an enclosure, usually made from latte sticks, for camps and fortified villages during the 18th and 19th century when tribal wars and colonial conquests were common. Savour a four-course dinner, prepared on the open fires and enjoyed beneath starlit skies. This African sky theme is a sensory experience, a delight for all the senses – an enchanting dinner that is perfectly accentuated by the sounds and performance of tribal dancers. The Dance has its origin in teaching social patterns and praise or criticises members of the community while celebrating festivals and funerals, competing, reciting history, proverbs and poetry; and to encounter gods.
Day 2: On search of the big 5
Today starts off with an early wake-up call, some tea, coffee and biscuits before heading out with the Rangers in search of the Big 5 and more.
After about 2.5 hours guests head back to their respective lodges for a sumptuous breakfast.
After breakfast guests have time at leisure to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush from their suite or the pool.
Guests that have an interest in photography can share their experience with the Rangers who have over time had the opportunity to take some amazing wildlife photos which they have compiled into portfolios and love to share these with their guests and tell the stories of encounters in the bush.
Lunch will be served at the lodge before guests have some time for an afternoon nap, a spa treatment or just more relaxation.
In the late afternoon it is time for another game drive into the sunset, to witness a variety of game-viewing, often with fascinating predator interaction, be it with the golden light of day or while on a starlight spot-lit safari.
At a lookout some canapé and drinks will be served – what more could anyone ask for than overlooking the wide planes of Africa with the sun setting as a backdrop and a cold drink in your hand.
Upon return from the game drive guests have time to freshen up, and then dinner will be served at the Ebony Lodge.
Overnight in the respective lodges
Day 3: Panorama Route
Guests may choose if they would like to join the game drive in the early morning or rather sleep a bit later and be woken by the sounds of the bush waking up.
After breakfast guests depart on a day of some spectacular sites known as the Panorama Route. A luxury coach with qualified guides on board will be taking guests on the site seeing trip.
The Panorama Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes.
On a full day excursion, we wind our way through pine and eucalyptus forests whilst discovering some of Mpumalanga’s most spectacular scenery and breath-taking views. Your trip will take you to the Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world, to view stunning rock formations. Afterwards, you will visit spectacular sites such as God’s Window, Wonderview, Three Rondawels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which are deep cylindrical cavities formed by swirling waters as a result of water erosion over thousands of years. You will visit the sleepy old mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, which has been lovingly preserved since the gold rush and is now a National Monument. Your day will not be complete without a visit to some of the most beautiful and refreshing waterfalls of the region.
Option: Gold Panning in Pilgrims Rest
Lunch will be served at one of the many restaurants in a quaint town en route. The restaurants here are all well known for wholesome home cooked cuisine.
In the late afternoon, guests are being transferred back to the lodge and have time at leisure before dinner will be served.
Day 4: Endangered Species
After the early morning safari and a sumptuous breakfast, guests have the opportunity to gain some in-depth knowledge of the environment or Raptor Rehabilitation Centre in Dullstroom (dependant of lodge location this will be substituted with a visit to the endangered species centre in Hoedspruit)
The main purpose of the centre is to educate the public as to the plight of raptors. They visit commercial lodges in the area, schools and other educational facilities. They create awareness and hope to stop the persecution of these birds which is a worldwide problem. They have a very good success rate with captive breeding involving many of the bird of prey species found here in South Africa.
Over the years captive breeding programmes worldwide have proved valuable in release schemes.
In the USA for instance, the pesticide DDT virtually wiped out the Peregrine Falcon population.
Once the chemical was banned the Peregrine Fund in the USA reintroduced them back into the wild through breeding schemes. Over the years they have been quite successful in our rehabilitation programme and to get a bird back into the wild is their ultimate goal. This is not always as easy as it sounds and takes a great deal of time and patience.
To achieve this they use two methods:
Falconry, where they actively hunt with the bird and get it to hunt for them. Once the bird shows that it is fit for successfully hunting with them then it is usually ready to fend for itself in the wild and is released.
Hacking Back is a method which involves leaving a healthy but unfit bird in an aviary for a few weeks to get used to its surroundings. The aviary is then left open to let the bird out in its own time to go and hunt.
The bird being unfit, usually does not catch anything on the first few attempts and returns to the aviary to get its daily food ration. The process is repeated until one day the bird is able to hunt and fend for itself and no longer returns.
Guests enjoy a lunch at their lodge and some time at leisure before a game drive and a dinner at the lodge.
Example of a Community Outreach program
After the safari and breakfast guests depart the lodge at about 10.30, in game viewing vehicles, and gather at the Happy Homes pre-school in the Justicia village, on the outskirts of the Sabi Sand Reserve.
At the Happy Homes Pre-school guests and the lodge chef to prepare a barbeque for the 80 children, during the meal, hand over to the school, and to the principals of another 9 local pre-schools, a theme pack on “Wild Animals” which the teachers will use in their classes. The children will show their appreciation with a little song and dance.
Some guests could watch the lessons in action and possibly provide teachers with some assistance, whilst the balance will help prepare a barbeque meal (hot dogs made with “boerewors”, a type of sausage that is really enjoyed in South Africa, and some potatoes and beans.
Thereafter, in two groups visit two local primary schools, Babati and Sam Nzima, and hand over soccer kits to their respective first teams. Guests have the opportunity to play a soccer game, at the two schools, with the schools’ first teams, after school is finished for the day. Cool drinks and biscuits are shared thereafter with the players, who will proudly be wearing their new kit.
The children will provide the entertainment, singing the songs learned in school.
After a day with the children, guests return to the lodge.
Day 5: Safari and Bush Dinner
Guests may choose to go on the game drive or join their ranger on a walk through the bush.
On the bush walk, you'll get to experience wildlife at first hand. You'll learn about the ecology, the birds, the game, the plants and insects, and also how to interpret the signs of the wild, including animal tracks. When you come face-to-face with that elephant or watch that dung beetle labouring with his ball of dung, you'll realise just how impressive and interconnected African wildlife really is.
A walking safari is your opportunity to experience the wild in a way that most humans have not for hundreds of years. You'll be accompanied by a personally armed ranger, with a backup guide or tracker, who'll make sure that you're kept safe at all times. These professionals will guide you along trails and tracks to watering holes and rivers, showing you the secrets of the bush up close and personal.
Lunch will be served at the lodge before some more time to relax and watch the life of Africa pass by outside your suite or the deck of the lodge.
In the late afternoon, all guests depart on a game drive which will end at the dinner location.
A bush dinner is the ultimate dining experience, combining five-star cuisine with the exquisite setting of the African Bush. Dinner will be served around a large open fire surrounded by lanterns in the trees & the stars in the sky. This is an unforgettable experience and the perfect ending to an eventful week in Africa.
Day 6: Farewell
After the last game drive and breakfast time has come to pack bags and check out.
A light lunch will be served at the lodge before guests are transferred to the airstrip for the flight to Johannesburg and onwards flight to Europe.
Representatives will be available to assist guests.
Sample programme 2 - The Victoria Falls, Zambia
Day 1: Welcome in Zambia
Arrival in Livingstone and walk to the Victoria Falls
Arrive OR Tambo International Airport
Meet and greet
Transit through airport to international departures for onward flight to Livingstone
Scheduled flight to Livingstone
SAA flies Daily (10h40 - 12h30)
BA flies daily (11h00 – 12h45)
Meet and greet group in Livingstone and escort to coaches
Transfer to Hotel in coaches
Option: Water taxi transfer to hotel on Zambezi River – separate luggage truck to hotel
Check-in at the Hotel will take place on the lawns, offering an unsurpassed vista of the river and spray of the Falls. A welcome drink, cold face towels and canapés will be available.
Option: African Choir to welcome
Guests will be escorted to their rooms to refresh and unpack.
In the late afternoon, guests will meet in the hotel lobby for their guided walking tour of the Victoria Falls. After receiving their rain coats/ poncho's and bottled water, guests will be led along the path to the entrance to the Falls (possibly encountering Zebra, Giraffe and Monkeys along the way). The guide will explain to them how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. The tour is very informative and a great introduction to Livingstone.
Dinner will be served true to African spirit in the Boma (an open air, reed dining area including roaring open fires, fire torches & paraffin lanterns) on the banks of the river and close to the smoking mist spray of the Falls. Tonight's meal consists of a sumptuous barbeque catering to all tastes and whilst enjoying a balmy African night of stars and sounds. Guests will be able to walk back to the bar for a night cap or turn-in for a well-earned rest.
Day 2: Safari in the Chobe National Park
After a leisurely breakfast, guests will be crossing to Botswana for a Safari in the legendary Chobe National Park about 1 hour drive from Livingstone, including a river crossing
The Chobe National Park is one of the greatest game reserves in Southern Africa and famous for the number of elephants that call it their home
The Chobe River flows lazily through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge herds of buffalo and elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala which are followed closely by the predators lion, hyena, the elusive leopard and the odd pack of the now rare wild dog
The morning starts off with a cruise on the Chobe River where guests will have the opportunity to see herds of elephant bathing and antelopes coming to quench their thirst on river. Tea, coffee, drinks and snacks are served on board
Lunch will be served at the lodge overlooking the Chobe River and the plains beyond
In the afternoon the mode of transport changes to open Safari vehicles. The game drive meanders its way back to Customs and Immigration, crossing the Zambezi and back to Livingstone
Upon return to the hotel guests have some time to freshen up for the dinner
Day 3 and 4: Optional Activities
Breakfast will be served in the Hotel, after which guest have a wide selection of activities to choose from.Optional Activities include the following:
Rafting and River boarding Combo
Makuni Village Visit – Meet the locals
30 Minute Jet Boat Ride incl. Gondola lift
Rhino Walk – track Rhinos and see them up close
Visit David Livingstone Museum
Walk with the lions
Lunch at leisure
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner – see options
These optional activities can be arranged as a group activity
Day 5: Helicopters and Elephants
Breakfast will be served in the hotel, afterwards, all guest are transferred to the elephant sanctuary for an elephant back safari or to the “flight of angels” – Helicopter flight over the Falls. – Activities are done rotation due to limited number of elephants
It is not often one can climb onto the back of an African Elephant and set off at an easy rolling pace in search of other wild game; wild elephant, giraffe, buffalo and much more. This is an elephant ‘experience’ and the guides are highly trained experts in the behaviour of elephants and the wildlife around them
And a 15-minute helicopter flight will take you over the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River
All guests receive a lunch allowance to spend at leisure
Late afternoon all guests meet in the hotel lobby for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river
The Zambezi River is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game, including hippo, crocodile, elephant and sometimes even rhino in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species. Make spectacular African sunset photos.
Day 6: Farewell
Guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before checking out and are being transferred to the airport.
DINING OPTIONS IN ZAMBIA
Dinner on the Royal Livingstone Lawns
Elegant Dinner on the lawns of the Royal Livingstone with the African sky as a roof This evening’s dinner will be an elegant affair on the lawns of the Hotel in the form of a black and white theme
Tables will be dressed in alternating black and white tablecloths, black and white chair covers, black and white napkins and lanterns on tables
The Hotels top chef will prepare a 3, 4 or 5 course gourmet set menu
Entertainment will be a background guitarist to help create and enhance an elegant atmosphere
Sunset Cruise with a dinner on the jetty
The cruise is along the river boundary of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, around Siloka Island and back to the Waterfront jetty
From the boat, sightings of elephant, giraffe, buffalo and buck coming down to the river to drink are common
There are also abundant hippos, crocodiles and birdlife.
An experienced guide accompanies each cruise and has good knowledge on the wildlife and local history of the area
Upon arrival back at the jetty guests enjoy a sumptuous dinner will be served on the jetty – a wonderful dining experience on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River
Dinner in the bush
There can be nothing more special as a Bush dinner where you sit under the African sky, hear the animals in the distance, watch the dancing flames of a fire and merely taste, sense and feel the soul of Africa!
Elegant tables with white tablecloths and hessian overlays, the night sky and tranquil surroundings make this a Livingstone dinner of days gone by
Waiters in crisp uniforms decorated with African sashes attend to the guests every need. Indulge yourself in a tasty buffet featuring a variety of dishes
Option: Marimba band to entertain during dinner, this band incorporates marimba instruments, tribal drums and dynamic singers and dancers, together featuring an array of songs from deep within the African bush
Royal Livingstone Express
The Royal Livingstone Express offers the discerning guest the ultimate fine dining experience: travelling back in time to the glorious age of steam. The Royal Livingstone Express offers a unique dining experience on the historic Mulobezi Railway line, formerly one of the largest private railway networks in the world.
The train is an all inclusive luxury rail experience rooted in the nostalgia of a bygone era. Passengers travel leisurely as the sun sets.
This is a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where the natural splendour will stir your imagination and the luxurious comfort soothes your soul. This unique luxury rail restoration is an extension of the five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel. The train provides fine wining and dining as you travel through the picturesque Zambezi Valley in Pullman style coaches which have been lovingly restored to their former glory.
If Cape Town had a dating profile it would read “…naturally beautiful, confident, extrovert, fun-loving, charming with a great sense of humour and a romantic at heart.
South Africans refer to Cape Town as “The Mother City” – it hosts one of the world’s most spectacular locations with Table Mountain at its feet. This is an unforgettable city with its eye-catching way with design and colour, from the brightly painted homes of the Bo-Kaap to the contemporary Afro-chic décor of the many excellent hotels, restaurants and bars.
Don’t miss out on these incentive excursions!
Table Mountain: Watch magnificent sunrises or sunsets while enjoying a cold glass of sparkling wine, canapés and unsurpassed views of the Cape Peninsula
Robben Island: Tour the prison island of former president Nelson Mandela
Camps Bay: Gallivant through this palm-fringed, white sandy beach with its boulevard restaurants, bars, beautiful and trendy people
Township Tours: Meet the talented crafters, artist and musicians, a melting pot of Cape Town culture
Helicopter Flights: Get a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world
Shopping: Cape offers some of the greatest fashion in the world, as well as stunning souvenirs from local craft markets
The Winelands: Tour The Winelands and its quaint towns while taking restful pauses to taste luxury wines and indulge in gourmet lunches
Cape Point: The most Southern Point of Africa with breathtaking views
Power Boating: For an adrenaline-pumping experience power your way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean in just a few hours
Exciting Rides: Harley Davidson, Side Cars, Jeeps and Classic Car Transfers
*Your group can have an exclusive, unique, fashionable and customised event - anywhere in Cape Town!
In Swahili, ‘Safari’ means “Long Journey”. A true African Safari will ignite your spirit and remind you of the really important things in life, like love, laughter and a deep appreciation for life…
Your incentive group can experience…
The African Big Five animals at first light over the African savannah while floating in a hot-air balloon
Elephant back safaris and elephant interactions
Horseback riding safaris in the bush
Socio-responsible projects and eco-conservation projects such as veterinarian rhino darting
African spa treatment whilst overlooking the plains and Savannah’s
Learn to track the paw prints of wildlife in the bush from an experienced tracker
Be delighted by a fast paced bushveld drive in branded 4x4 vehicles
Dining in the bush
Incentive delegates are always delighted with their dining experiences in the bush. It’s an unforgettable experience to eat African dishes under extraordinary clear star-lit skies, while the sounds of African drummers and tribal dancers echo in the background.
Safari Hot Spot
South Africa is renowned for hosting an abundance of national parks inhabited by high concentrations of exotic African wild life. The African Big Five draws people from all over the world by its majesty and beauty. Most of the national parks are malaria free which make them low risk and the ideal African incentive destination with many great teambuilding options on offer. An African Safari is the greatest way to renew one’s soul and bring oneself ‘back to earth’.
Namibia will redefine your sense of adventure! It also happens to be any photographer’s dream providing wild seascapes, rugged mountains, the massive red Namib Desert, stunning wildlife and endless unspoilt natural beauty...
Dare to ‘adventure’!
Just imagine a fleet of charter planes branded with your client’s logo, then fly into remote areas of Namibia passing over vast desert and savannah landscapes…
Or how about sand boarding and quad biking down the highest dune in Namibia!?
Live in luxury tented accommodation with spectacular settings
Be exhilarated by taking a hot air balloon flight over the desert and “track” the game on your horizon – what a great teambuilding experience!
Visit the biggest salt pan in the world while on Safari in the Etosha National Park, home to an abundance of wildlife species
Cruise the ocean just off the coast of Swakopmund followed by a desert picnic
Experience authentic desert tracking with the Bushmen in the Kalahari
Go skydiving, 4x4 dune bashing, or kayaking with seals and dolphins
A Namibian Treat
Open air desert dinners in the Namibia desert will be something that your incentive delegates will never forget… Namibia is the perfect destination to reward small and intimate incentive groups.
VICTORIA FALLS – ZAMBIA & ZIMBABWE
The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (The smoke that thunders) or otherwise popularly known as “the Grand Old Lady”.
Zambia and Zimbabwe, home to the Victoria Falls take turns to share this timeless natural wonder. Whether you choose to visit Zambia or Zimbabwe a combined group tour often preferable because it combines the best of both worlds.
Both Zimbabwe and Zambia’s beauty lies in the hospitality of its people …the power of its ancient traditions, and majestic landscape for which it is blessed - You will be touched by its old charm.
Fall in love with…
Walking through the Victoria Falls ‘rain trails’
Meeting the locals from authentic cultural villages dating back some 500 years
Bungee jumping, zip lining and the flying fox as you plummet or slide across the wild Zambezi River
River rafting down the Zambezi River
Rhino walks where you can get up close and personal with these treasures and endangered species
Walking side by side with the king of the jungle – the African lion!
The African elephant while encountering their gentle nature during your elephant back safari
An aerial view of the falls as you Microlight over both countries in one glide
A day trip safari to Chobe, an elephant haven in Botswana – river and land safari in this elephant haven
An African spa treatment on the banks of the Zambezi River
The African Queen sunset river cruise while sipping on cocktails
Not to miss!
Enjoy dinner in an African Boma (which is a reed enclosed area) in the bush to experience the truly vibrant nature of traditional African culture and cuisine. You will be surrounded by ancient indigenous trees and unending stretches of bushvelt while having dinner.
For the ideal settings and truly memorable sensory experiences, travel back in time to the age of the steam train while you indulge in a fine dining experience on the Royal Livingstone Express Train.
There is a magic about the falls that you have to experience for yourself, to truly understand.
*Microlight over Victoria Falls – also known as “the flight of the Angels”.
Cape Town is home to many corporate social responsibility projects. These initiatives are always seeking to fund and are humbled and grateful for all contributions that organisations can make to them. Many of these initiatives can also be incorporated into a group tour excursion whereby delegates have the opportunity to witness and experience 1st hand the great work that these projects offer to the community.
One of these organisations is The Home of Hope. The Home of Hope is a registered Child Protection Organisation which provides services for the safety, well-being and care of all children in need of it, with a holistic approach to protection, education and support with the aim of breaking the cycle of child abuse.
We always endeavour to include a grassroots component into programme itineraries. There are many wonderful grassroots projects within Cape Town, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These projects are headed up by various humanitarians and ecological activists, and any form of contribution be it financial or in the form of participation is always welcomed and appreciated.
LOCATION AND FLIGHTS
Accessibility into South Africa from the United Kingdom is incredibly proficient. Many major air carriers fly into South Africa’s two major airports, one being Johannesburg International Airport (O.R. Tambo Airport) and the other Cape Town International Airport. Here are examples of some of the major air carriers and daily flights into South Africa:
2 flights daily to Johannesburg from Heathrow
2 flights daily to Cape Town from Heathrow
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS
2 flights daily to Johannesburg from Heathrow
2 flights daily to Cape Town from Heathrow
2 flights daily to Johannesburg from Heathrow via Dubai (2 hours to connect)
1 flight daily to Johannesburg from Gatwick via Dubai (2 hours to connect)
2 flights daily to Cape Town from Heathrow via Dubai (2 hours to connect)
Additional carriers and flight services included by:
1. Air France
2. Egypt Air
4. Kenya Airways
7. Swiss Air
*From both Johannesburg and Cape Town there are various connections to destinations within regional South Africa, as well as Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. Connection usually within 1 to 2 hours.
*Return flights to the United Kingdom follow similar departure points and frequency.
*Additional carriers and flight services may not depart on a daily basis – i.e. frequency and schedule is dependent on season.