Conferencing under the untamed African sky
The conferencing game is changing, especially with a large part of the workforce now comprising of millennials, and event and conference organisers need to think out of the box now, more than ever, to keep delegates interested and engaged. This is why Hayward’s Grand Safari Company has invited organisers to experience the tastes, sights, smells and ambience of an opulent authentic African safari camp.
In 1820, twenty-five years before the famous explorer David Livingstone arrived in Africa, 24-year-old James Hayward, stepped ashore at Algoa Bay, South Africa to begin an adventure into uncharted territory. Young James, who is Peter Hayward’s great, great grandfather was to play a founding role in the building of a new era of adventure into wild frontiers on the tip of Africa.
As a modern day adventurer extraordinaire Peter Hayward continues to lead five-star grand safari expeditions across the continent of Africa, immersing and assimilating contemporary guests and business delegates to the magic, mystery and beauty of wildest Africa. While the hardships of the past decades are no longer required, what does remain is a hunger for adventure, now made possible within the bounds of corporate and industry conferencing budgets, lavish brand launch events and top achiever incentive travel itineraries in order to experience the remaining pristine nature and Big 5 reserves across Africa in 5-Star luxury and opulence.
To mark their long lineage of Grand Safari expeditions into Africa, and celebrate nearly 193 years of adventure into natural reserves, that today remain intact, Peter Hayward and his team are offering a sneak preview invitation to experience the tastes, sights, smells and ambience of an authentic and world-class African Safari camp at their South African headquarters situated adjacent to Gauteng’s Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve, just 40 minutes north of Pretoria.
‘We know that the way you treat your customers – and your own teams – matters but are you giving them an experience that gets them to think beyond everyday conceptual boundaries?’ asks Hayward. ‘When you take people out of their traditional environments you encourage them to engage and create; it’s like the San who invented their own type of bow and arrow in order to hunt effectively; suddenly new frontiers are forged for group participants in more ways than one.’
From the Cradle of Mankind to the Waterberg or the Kruger, from the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta to the Namib Desert, Hayward’s provides mesmerising expeditions into unknown territories for only the very best five-star staff conferences, brand launches, sales seminars or motivational staff team builds.
During the day, business is conducted in white safari tents outfitted with the latest communications technology. Breakaways range from rhino tracking on foot with a safari guide to hot air balloon trips or helicopter tours deeper into the wilderness reserves of camp locations. The only neighbours being Africa’s Big 5 and all the fauna ranging down to the Little 5.
‘Very few people, even industry stalwarts such as the CEO or Chairmen of the board have sat under the expansive night sky and observed the spectacular magnificence of the full stretch of the Milky Way while an elephant munches nearby on a Morula tree, so close you can hear his stomach rumble,’ says Peter.
Cultural engagement with themed evenings in traditional traders’ camps, astronomy experts, ecological movers and shakers and world class speakers and teachers provide a backdrop to education, communication, interactive dynamics and multi-layered engagement; all set within the luxury of whiskey and gin tastings, five-course dinners and interpersonal interactions.
‘Incentivising your delegate guests is a multi-dimensional encounter when you are in pristine wilderness areas. The dichotomy of world class luxury and issues surrounding bio and cultural diversity, and the lessons that can be learned there not only open doors for richer engagement, they create memories and an invitation to reach further and deeper in the individual’s own life,’ says Peter. ‘It profoundly changes people’s mindset forever.’
To discuss your next event, meeting or sales incentive in Africa contact Peter Hayward or Celia du Preez.
0861 732 583; +27 12 808 0442; +27 83 600; firstname.lastname@example.org