‘Unlimited Africa’ puts on united front at INDABA

‘Unlimited Africa’ puts on united front at INDABA

INDABA’s ‘Unlimited Africa’ theme reflected how the leisure tourism industry throughout the continent is working to increase collaboration in a challenging post-pandemic environment.

This year’s three-day pan-African tourism event in Durban attracted around 800 exhibitors from 20 African countries and KZN Premier proudly announced that Durban is to be the permanent home of Indaba, 40 years after its launch.

Patricia de Lille, South Africa’s new tourism minister, displayed enormous energy and determination in her keynote speech, saying: “We need to open up the skies; simplify visas and improve security”. 

Meeting the concerns about safety and security of visitors, de Lille announced the launch of a new dedicated police unit to protect tourists and a R300 million spend on developing the tourism sector. In addition, simpler e-visa schemes are being rolled out to simplify travel within Africa with a goal of expanding to at least 20 countries, promised de Lille.

Sustainable tourism is also high on the agenda in line with the global push towards eco-tourism and responsible travel.  This becomes increasingly important with the growing demand for experiential tourism. One exciting trend is the demand for homestays – where international guests can stay with in village homes and learn about traditional ways of life. 

SAA expands fleet

South African Airways (SAA) has announced plans to expand its fleet in preparation for the relaunch of international routes.  The lease of six new Airbus by the end of this year will increase capacity on regional and domestic destinations with its first international route being announced within weeks.

Spa attraction   

Victoria Falls’ Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe is recording an encouraging first six months since the opening of its purpose-built spa.  Open to guests and local residents, the spa is a welcome addition to the Africa Albeida portfolio which consists of the Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges and the hugely popular Boma with its daily dinner and drum show.

ANEW addition – this ambitious hotel company has opened its 17th property in just six years. Latest addition to the ANEW Hotels and Resorts portfolio in South Africa is Hazyview, just 15 minutes from Kruger National Park.  With 54 rooms and conference facilities for up to 260 delegates the hotel is also a good option for those in search of activities such as horse riding and quad biking.

Adding luxury in Namibia

Camp Kala is the newest addition to Onguma Safari Camps’ collection of properties on the eastern border of Etosha National Park. The ultra-exclusive lodge with just four guest suites on elevated wooden decks is centred around a water hole and activities are based within the Onguma Game Reserve.

Birding tourism flies high

Along with its popular Heritage and Battlefields Routes, Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Birding Route is proving popular with international visitors. Amongst its 605 bird species is the Green Barbet, which is only found in the region. This low impact sustainable tourism is generating important income for local communities.

 Botswana opening

Brand new for 2023 is Kwando Safaris’ Four Rivers Camp in the Okavango. Based in the Kwara reserve the nine tent camp, which includes a family tent, offers walking safaris with first-rate guides.  The addition brings Kwando‘s exclusive portfolio up to 12.

Gorillas in Uganda

Uganda-based Wild Frontiers has upgraded its lodges including Buhoma in Bwindi, home to the rare rare mountain gorilla, and Ishasha Wilderness Camp where visitors have the opportunity to see tree-climbing lions.  For a true wildlife  experience, Kibale Forest National Park is the place for  chimpanzee trekking.

Sala offers beach elegance 

The newly opened Sala Beach House is an intimate boutique hotel and spa situated right on the beach within easy reach of King Shaka Airport and Durban. Ideal for overnight stays and a little pampering this family-owned property features elegant interior design and a sense of exclusivity. 

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