Exceeding your expectations
We are your creative African DMC for upmarket meetings, conferences, special interest, and incentive groups exploring Southern and East Africa. Our carefully selected luxury destinations include cosmopolitan and sophisticated cities, remote safari locations in award-winning game reserves, and the exotic Indian Ocean islands. Our dedicated team goes out of its way to provide outstanding service working with preferred suppliers to craft unique and creative DMC solutions tailored to our clients’ brand and objectives.
What sets us apart?
We develop programs that are both inspiring and meaningful, using our extensive local product knowledge to best express your brand message and conferencing objectives. Whether you choose to host your event in the African bush, alongside the stunning Victoria Falls, in the serenity of the Namib Desert, the sensual beach locations of Zanzibar, or the vibrant city of Cape Town, rest assured that you and your team will enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience.
Our programs are prepared with integrity, creativity, flexibility, and, more importantly, we pay attention to detail throughout the planning process and execution of the itinerary. We look forward to working with you as your local DMC.
Situated at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is the destination of a lifetime. The country offers visitors a varied experience ranging from exquisite landscapes and captivating wildlife to diverse peoples – a true “Rainbow Nation”.
Highlights during any trip to South Africa include:
Cape Town and Table Mountain
Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and the scenic Winelands
Picturesque Garden Route on the East Coast
Cage diving with the Great White Sharks
Big five safaris within a range of excellent game reserves where the game experience is carefully balanced with the conservation of the environment
Historical battlefields area in Kwa-Zulu Natal between the Zulus and British
A wide variety of adventure activities; these range from ‘soft’ adventure options such as horse riding in the Winelands or cycling in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, to bungee jumping and skydiving for those looking for an adrenaline rush
Fine cuisine and award-winning wines
Best time to travel:
Cape Town is best in the summer months from October to March. The winter is our rainy season which brings cooler conditions.
Kwa-Zulu Natal has a tropical climate all year round with temperatures being cooler and more moderate in winter.
The best time to visit the Kruger National Park is in winter, although it is much colder, the bush is shorter and water more scarce making spotting the animals easier.
Countries Giltedge DMC travel to:
South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Seychelles.
South Africa is a treasure trove of beautiful landscapes, exciting outdoor experiences, friendly encounters, a mix of cultures, and wildlife encounters. Its landscapes range from lush natural forests, high mountains, and deep canyons to soulful semi-desert interiors. Known fondly as the “Rainbow Nation” because of its diverse cultures and demographics, the country provides travellers with the dilemma of choosing where to go and what to do! The Gauteng region is known for its historical sites, including the “Cradle of Humankind” with its exciting hominid fossil finds, as well as upmarket shopping and entertainment options. Further south, KwaZulu-Natal province is home to the iconic iSimangaliso Wetland Park, award-winning reserves, and a renowned arts and craft route. In the interior, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces provide respite in their forested valleys and deep canyons, while the coastal regions of the Eastern Cape and Garden Route are known for their beautiful beaches, malaria-free game viewing destinations, lagoons, and lakes. The Western Cape encompasses stunning wine farms and South Africa’s “mother city” of Cape Town, known for its trendy shops, famous botanical garden, and world-famous Table Mountain. Wherever one goes in this beautiful country, there is no lack of culinary skill – from farm-style meals to sophisticated fine dining, award-winning wines, and inspiring accommodation options. There is something for everyone at the southern tip of Africa.
Zambia & Zimbabwe:
Victoria Falls, known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – the “the smoke that thunders”, is a spectacular natural wonder of the world. Its 1.7-kilometer span joins the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia, known for their game-filled reserves and unbeatable adventure options. The crashing water falls into the mighty Zambezi River, which is bordered by national parks. A stay in Victoria Falls on either side of the river provides a passport to unforgettable adventure from bungee-jumping off the bridge linking the two countries, whitewater rafting the turbulent waters, and parachuting or flying over the Falls in a helicopter or light aircraft, to game drives in the surrounding reserves. The town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the river boasts a great outdoor market for buying mementos while Livingstone on the Zambian side is the perfect springboard for exploring the game-rich Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks and the iconic South Luangwa National Park. Zimbabwe’s attractions include the impressive man-made Lake Kariba – best explored on a houseboat; Hwange National Park with its large herds of elephant, lion, and African wild dog; and the World Heritage Site of Mana Pools, renowned for its wild beauty, aquatic wildlife, and numerous bird species.
Namibia is a study in contrasts with its predator-rich game reserves, famous sand dunes, lush oases, and interesting inhabitants. A journey here takes one across rugged mountain ranges and desolated deserts to charming coastal resort towns and modern cities. The international airport in Windhoek, the capital city, is a gateway to exploration of this mystical and unforgettable land. For those looking for a sun, sea, and sand experience, Swakopmund is a premier vacation destination on the northwest coast popular with both local and international travelers. It also provides a springboard from which to explore the Namib Desert in unusual ways, such as sandboarding, paragliding, and kayaking. The awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon is another popular destination, as is the forest composed of quiver trees, the mountains of the enigmatic Richtersveld, the legendary Etosha National Park and its saltpan, and the famed red dunes of Sossusvlei. The Etosha National Park provides the opportunity to view an abundance of species, including herds of elephant and prides of lion, as well as their prey. The Skeleton Coast, so called because of the numerous ships that have been wrecked on its shores, is also well worth visiting. There is a dreamy quality to Namibia that calls on one’s sense of adventure. The magical desert landscapes, world’s biggest sand dunes, coastal adventures, and terrific game reserves ensure that Namibia ranks as an African destination of choice.
From the endless expanse of the planet’s most impressive saltpan – the Makgadikgadi – to the renowned Chobe and Moremi game reserves that teem with wildlife, Botswana promises an extraordinary ex-perience. This landlocked country is, for the most part, covered by the soulful Kalahari Desert and almost 40 percent of it is protected in reserves, conservancies, and wildlife management areas. Botswana is a wildlife paradise, known for its vast herds of elephant – about 35 000 elephants live in the Chobe National Park – lion prides, leopard leaps, buffalo herds, and many more species. Moremi Game Reserve is home to both black and white rhinoceros and the Makgadikgadi provides a safe habitat for meerkats and brown hyenas. Botswana’s landscapes range from the world’s longest stretches of the Kalahari Desert to the floodplains, waterways, lagoons, and pools of the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta. Following a hot summer characterized by impressive, albeit brief, thunderstorms, birds and animals flock to the sanctuary provided by the Okavango Delta around March each year. A mokoro (canoe) trip into this mystical space guarantees extraordinary game-viewing experiences. In drier areas, guided game drives and bush walks ensure the same game-viewing thrill. Botswana provides travelers with the possibility of experiencing pristine wilderness in the same way as the first explorers to this beautiful country. Fly-in or drive to remote wilderness settings for exclusive safari experiences.
Magical, mysterious, and memorable, Mozambique offers its visitors the best of both worlds – urban sophistication and tropical island pleasures. It is the only country belonging to the Commonwealth that was never part of the British Empire. The cities and towns represent an eclectic fusion of African and Portuguese influences and are home to a diversity of cultures derived from the descendants of North African tribes, Arab traders, and Portuguese colonizers, as well as the about 17 local ethnic groupings in the country. The coastline is the most popular choice of destination with its long white-sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere, as are the islands found in the stunning Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos. A sensory experience of note awaits on these beautiful islands renowned for their pristine beaches and coral reefs, as well as their upmarket accommodation options. This is also one of the world’s most renowned diving destinations. Bazaruto Island is the largest with freshwater lakes attracting varieties of water birds. There is no lack of things to do, including snorkeling, sailing, fishing – there are more than 1,200 fish species in these waters, including big game fishing – mostly on a tag and release basis, and swimming. The upmarket lodges typically offer spa treatments, outstanding culinary experiences, and luxurious comforts. Mozambique promises a memorable African vacation experience combining good weather, beautiful natural settings, great food, and friendly people. The official language is Portuguese.
A visit to the exotic East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania encompasses a diversity of experiences and options. The promise of superb African wildlife safaris in search of elephants, tree-climbing lions, gorillas, and chimpanzees is the primary drawcard, but other activities and destinations are just as alluring. These countries boast soul-stirring destinations, including sun, sea, and sand experiences. The dramatic landscapes witness the “great migration” of more than 2 million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles, and the predators that follow them across the Serengeti each year to seek sanctuary in the famous Maasai Mara. A stay in tented camps along the migration route provides access to arguably the “greatest show on earth”. There is an abundance of wildlife in the Tsavo, Amboseli, and Lake Nakuru national parks in the Maasai Mara, as well as in Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, the volcanic bowl of the Ngorongoro Crater, and around Mount Kilimanjaro. Just off Tanzania, the beautiful beaches, pristine coral reefs, and eclectic culture of Zanzibar, a historical spice trading destination, await. Those looking for unique wildlife encounters can do no better than to visit Rwanda and Uganda in search of elusive gorillas or to go on chimpanzee treks. It is not just the landscapes and variety of wildlife in this part of the world that makes it an exciting choice of destination. The culture of these regions has been shaped by a diversity of African, Asian, and European influences.