Table Mountain, Durban, South Africa
What makes attending Indaba so amazing is the ability to see what is on offer from so many different countries and regions of the great continent of Africa, all in one place.
From the big city destinations like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, with their choice of accommodations, restaurants and shopping options, to the beauty of the bush, mountains and oceans, South Africa boasts an endless array of jaw dropping beauty, cultural experiences and unforgettable people.
But Indaba is not just about South Africa — not even close; the event lights fires under all of those who attend to head out into this great continent and to explore. From the great plains of Kenya and Tanzania, to the small islands of Madagascar and Mauritius, suppliers are there to provide all the information on accommodation, activities and culture that you need.
There are vast selection of travel types on offer. If you have clients who want to travel with an extended family, then maybe looking at a family friendly safari in East Africa. Or for visits to cultural villages, there are three different National Parks to choose from: the Masai Mara, the great plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro inactive volcano crater.
There are plenty of choices for honeymooners too. Perhaps your clients would like to combine a safari in Kruger National Park with a beach stay in Mauritius. With palm-fringed sandy beaches and spectacular year round weather, Mauritius is one of the world's most popular honeymoon destinations
For clients who have already experienced some of Africa’s great destinations, why not offer Botswana, which is a leader in low-impact upmarket tourism. Botswana offers low-density tourism with eco-friendly lodges, excellent wildlife-viewing in 13 National Parks.
The hot, emerging destination at this year’s Indaba was Ethiopia. The country was named the world’s best destination for tourists in 2015 by the European Council on Tourism and Trade. Being home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it offers tourists an amazing array of mind-blowing cultural experiences. Here is a sneak peak of just a few:
- Addis, which is home to the largest market in Africa, has gorgeous churches and a vibrant nightlife. Your clients explore the museum that houses the oldest humanoid in the world, Lucy;
- At Axum, one of the oldest cities in Africa and birthplace of the ancient Aksumite Empire, your clients can explore the supposed location of the Ark of the Covenant; and
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Simien Mountains often referred to ‘God’s Playground’ because of their unique formations.