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Mice Net : August 2008
made for InCenTIveS South AfricA iS made for spectacular incentive travel rewards. I f golf is your passion, then you can’t go wrong in South Africa, with some of the greatest courses in the world including The Gary Player Country Club, part of the huge Sun City entertainment complex that borders the Pilansberg National Park. If water-based activities are more your style then South Africa can’t be beaten. Surfing, whale watching and swimming with sharks near to the stunning Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (a short distance from Cape Town) are all exceptional. Penguins on Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, also near to Cape Town, is another great option. Ultimately, it is the game parks and private nature reserves that really capture the imagination of first-time visitors. South Africa is teeming with wildlife and plenty of places to view some of its spectacular animals. South Africa boasts a huge collection of wildlife regions and game parks – both public and private – encompassing a huge variety of landscapes – from deserts to forests, and the mountains to the coast The world-renowned Kruger National Park – just one of 20 national parks – offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the Lowveld, this national park of nearly two million hectares is described as being unrivalled in its natural diversity. South African lodges located within private game reserves, national parks and nature reserves are often great options for incentive travel groups. The very highest level of accommodation is available along with sumptuous food, tours, and special experiences for groups. Incentives with a difference Come 2010 South Africa will be hosting the world’s largest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup. For lovers of football - and sport in general - this event will be a world-beater for the incentive travel reward market. But there are also plenty of other options to combine sport with incentive rewards. The Comrades Marathon (www.comrades.com) is an annual ultra-marathon that takes place near Durban and plays host to entrants from around the world. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour (www.cycletour.co.za) held in and around Cape Town (mountain bike – February 2009 and road race – March 2009) also welcomes international participation. And who can forget South Africa’s love of rugby union and cricket. For details on games and matches visit www.sarfu.org.za and www. cricket.co.za. Ulusaba means ‘Place of Little Fear’ Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is Sir Richard Branson’s five-star safari lodge located in Sabi Sand Reserve close to Kruger National Park, only a 1 hour 20 minute flight from Johannesburg International Airport. There are two beautiful lodges about 500m apart, and both lodges can be hired exclusively for larger groups. Guests can take advantage of twice-daily game drives to view the ‘big five’. Ulusaba has all the necessary facilities for meetings and group sessions including wireless internet in a variety of setups – all at no extra charge, plus both lodges have mobile phone reception. The property’s secure and remote location lends itself perfectly to high profile gatherings or team-building exercises. Each lodge can accommodate up to 30 delegates theatre-style or 20 delegates boardroom-style. Ulusaba boasts one gym per lodge, two swimming pools, two tennis courts, plenty of viewing decks and spa treatments for those who like to indulge. The Reserve’s charitable arm, Pride ‘n Purpose, is actively involved with the communities around the property and organises community tours to give guests the opportunity to get a feel for daily life in the area.www.ulusaba.com mice.net 117