There are plenty of reasons to reward your high achievers with a trip to South Africa, and none more so than the value for money.

One of South Africa’s foremost destination management companies, Dragonfly Africa, reports there has never been a better time than right now to take groups on a tour of the country thanks to the incredible exchange rate.

Director of sales and marketing for Dragonfly Africa, Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs, reports that many international currencies have increased in value in comparison to the rand in recent years, with some, including the Australian dollar by well over 20 per cent.

The value of the Australia dollar in May 2011 was equivalent to 7.32 South African rand whereas in June 2014 it was equivalent to 9.90 rand. This is an increase in value of 25.7 per cent in the last three years.

“This is the best time to plan your next incentive trip or holiday to South Africa and take advantage of the fantastic value the destination has to offer,” Ms Woeke-Jacobs said.

Through its bankers, Dragonfly Africa is also able to assist clients with incentive programs to buy forward, thereby obtaining an even more favourable and guaranteed rate.

With superb hotel properties including well-known brands such as Belmond, Four Seasons, Westin and Taj, great infrastructure, modern airports and transport systems, amazing wildlife, top quality food and wine, and direct flights from Sydney and Perth, South Africa really is one destination that makes sense for meetings and incentive travel rewards.

Dragonfly Africa has been involved in providing a wide range of services across a broad spectrum of tourism for more than 30 years. The company’s main business is incoming tourism from all over the world in the form of individual travellers, groups, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.

With the acquisition of Green Route Africa in 2010, Dragonfly now has a fully-fledged operation in East Africa. With operational offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, Dragonfly offers DMC services across 10 countries – South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, and now also Mauritius.

Excitement assured

For those who haven’t been to South Africa before, or haven’t been for a conference or incentive in southern Africa, it really is a surprise package, with plenty of exciting options for groups of all shapes, sizes and budgets.

Clearly something that you have to do is visit a game reserve to view South Africa’s incredible wildlife. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to do so. You can take off to Kruger National Park for the day or, if you have more money at your disposal immerse yourself in one of the many game lodges that are scattered throughout the country.

Affordable internal flights mean that visiting groups can combine a game experience with a city and coastal one, and explore some of the historical destinations in-between.

The township of Soweto, for example, once home to Nelson Mandela, can be toured by bicycle in complete safety. Off the coast of Cape Town groups can visit Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

Also a must-see in Cape Town is the wine region of Stellenbosch where lunches and dinners can be tailor-made for visiting groups depending on their requirements and wishes.

The Cape of Good Hope is another natural attraction that should be visited, followed by a viewing of the penguin colony at Boulders Beach at Simon’s Town before returning to the city for a night of culture and fine food.

For those serious about the conference side of their visit there are high quality convention facilities in Cape Town, Durban, and the Sandton Convention Centre.

If you’re serious about taking a group to South Africa check out www.meetingsafrica.co.za. This is a once-a-year trade show (February 23-25 in 2015) held near Johannesburg.

International hosted buyers go through a strict qualifying process before being approved to attend the show and will form part of the pre-scheduled online appointment schedule to maximise their time and value at the exhibition.

International hosted buyers enjoy sponsored flights, accommodation, as well as a pre or post show tour as part of their hosting. They are also given first-hand knowledge and education about the destination in order to prepare them for sales and motivation for their next event or group itinerary.

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