Touring the Cape by sidecar as part of the Mega Lekker Escape (Photo by Viva Expeditions) Touring the Cape by sidecar as part of the Mega Lekker Escape (Photo by Viva Expeditions)

SA’s Mega Lekker Escape

South African Tourism’s inaugural Mega Lekker Escape has been hailed a huge success by those involved from New Zealand.

The initiative was made possible thanks to the participation of South African Tourism’s trade wholesaler partners – which included Adventure World, Viva Expeditions and World Journeys – who were responsible for arranging and hosting the itineraries in South Africa.

Viva Expeditions Africa product manager, Tanya Gurtin, took a group of eight agents as part of  the famil, with an itinerary loosely based on the company’s ‘Taste of South Africa’ tour.

‘This was our first agent famil to Africa since we started selling it last year, and it couldn’t have gone better,’ says Gurtin. ‘Everyone was particularly surprised by Cape Town and how cosmopolitan and safe the city felt. My personal highlight was watching everyone’s faces light up as they were constantly surprised and delighted at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve.’

World Journeys’ Eve Pope says it is always wonderful to introduce people to South Africa for the first time, and this was no exception. 

The company’s itinerary included  andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge – newly refurbished in a Zulu Zen style – plus andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge. 

‘Seeing the other lodges in Phinda, including the beautiful exclusive-use Phinda Homestead, was a real insight into why it’s a good idea to spread your Phinda stay over a couple of different lodges – they all have their points of difference. South Africa certainly delivered - the destination now has a new bunch of fans ready to sell it with genuine enthusiasm to their clients,’ says Pope.

Adventure World hosted eight agents as part of the famil.

The trip started at Kapama Private Game Reserve and included Cape Town, The Palace of the Lost City and more. The group supported two Pack for Purpose initiatives, where travellers can support local community projects by taking needed supplies for community projects.

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