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Mice Net : August 2009
south africa with me... come fly Take a trip to South Africa on the national airline. South African Airways offers the fastest, most direct route to the African continent with 11 flights to South Africa each week, six from Sydney and five from Perth. From September 1, SAA will fly out of Perth daily, making a total of 13 weekly flights from Australia. SAA’s Head of Australasia Thevan Krishna said the “wallaby route” had stayed strong in the face of the global economic crisis. “While airlines around the world have found the environment to be tough, our passenger numbers out of Perth and Sydney have remained fairly resilient for the first half of 2009,” Thevan said. “We made some tactical decisions to change our departure times from Australia that now mean passengers land in Johannesburg early in the morning. This means many more through-connections to other major cities in Africa and onto Europe as well as to South America, now a very popular route for us. “Earlier this year SAA introduced its flagship aircraft the A340-600 onto the Perth-Johannesburg route which has had a great response. The additional capacity as well as going to daily flights has excited the travel trade and Australian travellers. “The remainder of 2009 is looking good as we renew interest in Africa as a recreational, VFR and business destination. The MICE market is particularly strong with small and large groups travelling over. And we are eagerly awaiting the Football World Cup in 2010 which will see the eyes of the world on South Africa,” Thevan said. For more information on SAA flights and reservations please call 1300 435 972 or www.flysaa.com. The group then had a chance to luxuriate and refresh in the rooms of the Table Bay Hotel before a surprise transfer in a fleet of vintage Packard cars to the Mount Nelson Hotel. With a site inspection under out belt we had a chance to enjoy a glass of bubbles in the property’s amazing courtyard. Hearing them before we could see them, our entertainment for the night was the lively Cape Minstrels who performed some old school tunes with trumpets and tambourines. The next day dawned and Green Route was ready and raring to showcase some of Cape Town’s corporate social responsibility opportunities. Our first stop was a bike tour of a local village where we could experience the culture and way of life of many of Cape Town’s residents. We were introduced to a team of cyclists who rebuild bikes for the local community. Pumlain owns the bicycle shop and said the project and the cycling club has helped local youth get off the streets. Still in a CSR theme, our next stop was to visit a community called Ocean View, where we helped a local family give food to underprivileged residents. After such an eventful day our Green Route hosts knew we needed a replenishing feast and treated the group to a dinearound in some of Cape Town’s most spectacular restaurants. We feasted on seafood and local wine while enjoying our everchanging surrounds. Rennies destination management took us on a unique journey that will be in our minds forever. We visited Robben Island and the notorious jail which was home to Nelson Mandela for many years. We had a tour with a past inmate who told stories of his time in the jail and his experiences with Nelson Mandela. Once back onshore, with a delectable lunch in our tummies, we scooted up the gondola to get a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of Table Mountain. Before long we made it to Moyos Restaurant at Spier winery which was our final stop for the famil. We wined and dined and reflected on our amazing trip to South Africa while savouring some delicious local Pinotage. ABOVE: Relax by Capetown’s spectacular shoreline. 112 mice.net