With new infrastructure and growing economic development, Africa is without a doubt the continent of the future. Still, some clients somehow still hold the most bizarre beliefs when it comes to our beautiful continent.
From lions roaming the streets freely to Africa being a country where everyone knows each other, you’ve probably heard them all… Still, we thought you might enjoy debunking some of these myths:
⦁ I’ll visit the Kruger at 9 and Cape Town at 10
Clients can get quite excited at the thought of visiting Southern Africa, and they want to make sure they ‘see it all’. They don’t understand that distances can be quite deceiving in Africa.
MICE organizers are magic workers who can make almost anything happen, but when your clients want to combine the Kruger and Cape Town in one day, a reality check might be in the order of the day. Gently break it to them that the trip between the Kruger and Cape Town will take them at least 17 hours by car – that is if they don’t make any stops along the way.
⦁ People in Africa speak African
The African geography seems to have most international travellers quite baffled. It’s not uncommon to find travellers who want to travel to the beautiful country of ‘Africa’ where inhabitants speak ‘African’.
Well, the truth is that Africa is home to 54 different nations, more than 2,000 languages and four of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. Africa is a continent and South Africa is a country. In fact, it is one of the countries with the fastest growing economies.
⦁ Safaris are the only activity Africa has to offer
We’ll be the firsts to admit that getting up close to a lion feasting on its prey or watching wildebeest cross the Serengeti is absolutely extraordinary, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing on your agenda when visiting Africa.
Get your adrenaline flowing on a visit to Victoria Falls, the ultimate playground for adrenaline junkies. Jump head first on a bungee jump, or taunt the elements, as you embark upon a white-water rafting expedition or a helicopter flip over the Victoria Falls. Or, meander along Cape Town’s beautiful wine routes and indulge in the rich flavours of the Bo-Kaap cuisine, where you can partake in the most exciting cooking workshops.
⦁ There is no Internet in Africa
South Africans would be absolutely lost without the Internet or mobile technology with most having their phones glued to their ears at all times.
So, please put your delegates’ minds at rest, Africa is definitely not lagging behind when it comes to technology. If your millennial delegates feel the need to share every detail of their trip on social media, don’t worry: Internet and Wi-Fi is readily available throughout Southern Africa.
⦁ African MICE trips are cookie-cutter packages
Many delegates seem to think it’s near to impossible to experience an authentic African experience on a group MICE trip. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Delegates can participate in carefully selected community projects, and make a long-lasting difference in someone’s life. Or, they can be actively involved in conservation and participate in tangible conservation projects where they’ll get right in the midst of the action.