One of the East Cape Tours team members recently attended a Speed Marketing Event and Familiarity Trip in the North West – a province best known for boasting the renowned Madikwe Game Reserve. This is what he had to say about his trip:
At the beginning of last month, I received a very different email in my inbox. South African Tourism had invited me and a number of other tour operators around the country to a speed marketing session and familiarity trip in the Hartbeespoort area of the North West province. I immediately fired up Google Maps to find out exactly where the Hartbeespoort area was and what I could expect. A quick scroll through Google Images showed me a picturesque dam filled with sailing boats and surrounded by green fields. It looked like something lifted directly from a Garden Route travel brochure. After a 6:00 AM flight and a quick meet and greet with the other 13 members of my tour group, I set off for what promised to be a very interesting, if very different, road trip.
Our first stop was the aha Lesedi Cultural Village, the first of many site inspections. A stone’s throw from the Cradle of Humankind, the village offers an authentic insight into the daily life of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho people. The indigenous cultures of South Africa are all too often shoehorned into one. As such, it was so refreshing to visit a venue that celebrates the diversity of each one authentically and not just for the sake of ticket sales. We inspected the village’s traditional beehive huts and its dining venue, complete with a mounted elephant skull! That evening, we were even treated to a traditional Zulu rain dance and an informative talk, and this was all before lunchtime.