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Increasingly we’ve seen a new trend emerging in business tourism – the inclusion of a team building and meetings component into the incentive itinerary. This gives companies the opportunity to gain value from incentives and ultimately improve the bottom line rather than just giving employees a reward for meeting sales targets or for good performance.
South Africa is the perfect place to host on incentive that includes a team building or meetings element. Most hotels, game lodges, resorts, and golfing estates have small to large meeting venues, while several offer innovative team building programmes that are designed to inspire and motivate participants to go the extra mile to reach their full potential.
A bush breakaway is a wonderful South African incentive that combines meetings in the bush with luxury lodge accommodation and big game viewing - a popular option among international incentive travellers to South Africa. Meetings can be held outdoors in the wild or in bush meeting venues.
Several game lodges offer excellent team building programmes, some of which are linked to their conservation activities - for example, Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Here team-building participants can work together to track wild animals, help vets with darting programmes and assist with the release of animals into the wild. Four-by-four driving lessons and wine tasting are also on offer. Shamwari offers meeting facilities for 35 delegates.
At the luxury Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, guests can hold meetings for up to 40 delegates and participate in team building activities like riverbed crossing, bush navigation and blind walking, to name a few.
The Cape Winelands and Garden Route also provide great incentive, meeting and team building opportunities. Many wine and golf estates have meeting facilities – why not combine a wine, golf, and safari incentive with a meeting on a golf estate or in the bush?
Many other team building activities are available in South Africa. These include river rafting, quad biking challenges, corporate puzzles, car racing, archery, survival challenges, abseiling, go-karting, drumming, business game, sports days, movie making, amazing races, clay pigeon shooting, and raft building and racing.