Your Local DMC in South Africa
Welcome to South Africa.
FOR YOUR MEETINGS, INCENTIVES, CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
With offerings as diverse as Big Five Safaris, unspoilt Mozambican Islands, Cape Town overlooked by the iconic Table Mountain, or one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World at The Victoria Falls. Southern Africa certainly deserves its dream destination status. Few regions offer as many authentic opportunities to experience and explore. The destination combines diverse cultures, spectacular scenery, and magnificent wildlife and nature, with a modern infrastructure and first world service. A warm African welcome and some of the best food and wine found anywhere, ensures memories remain long after visitors return home.
A Big 5 Safari.
Experience a bucket-list open vehicle game drive in a big 5 reserve. Get close up and personal with elephants, leopards, lions, rhinos and buffalo before sundowners, followed by a private starlit dinner under the African sky.
Hike or Cable Car up iconic Table Mountain for spectacular views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the Atlantic Ocean. A Harley Davidson or vintage side-car journey takes you on a scenic coastal trip around the world’s most beautiful city.
“Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders”. Whether flying over The Falls , or watching elephant and hippo’s during a GNT sunset cruise, the spectacular Victoria Falls will take your breath away. Unique incentive options include a swim in “The Devils Pool” and a no-mans-land Steam Train Dinner.
Walthers, a multi-award-winning specialist incentives and meetings DMC, operates throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Creative, financially secure, and being flexible all define this 40+year old, highly respected, family-managed business.
Winners of 6 Site Crystal Awards, 3 of which were in the category of Sustainability.
Specialisms: Incentives – Team Building – Events – Meetings – Congresses – Conferences – Conventions – FIT – Group Travel – Special Interests – River Cruise – Luxury/VIP Travel
Why This DMC?
I love exploring Africa, creating experiences, and sharing my favourite places and stories of our continent and its special people with our clients. I am an avid mountain biker, craft beer and wine lover, hiker, and very poor trout fisherman. I am fortunate to lead an all-woman team who keep me grounded and do most of the work to ensure our clients depart happy and often return.
“We are very fortunate to be able to work so closely with our DMC. We view Walthers as a bolt-on to our company, someone we can trust as part of the team. We share the same views on what’s important and celebrate the highs and rally round when the pressure is on.”
“I cannot offer enough accolades about our incentive Program in South Africa! Our participants have not stopped talking about how we provided them with a Once In a Lifetime experience and memories they will have with them forever. Since they are our customers, this is critical to us.”
“The whole event ran like clockwork, which was due to the tremendous planning that you and your team put into the organisation of the trip. In short, it was by far the most professionally organised incentive that I have ever attended!”
Why choose South Africa – Why Choose Walthers DBS
THE POWER OF OUR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
South Africa is truly a “World in One Country”, populated by a ‘Rainbow Nation’ of contrasting cultures. We have eleven official languages, and most of them have no word for ‘stranger’, so you can expect a very warm welcome. Modern first-world infrastructure and airports define our gateway cities, yet contrast with authentic experiences in our safari and rural areas. South Africa is also a regional hub from which one can easily explore the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique as well as The Victoria Falls area covering Zimbabwe and Zambia. From Cape Town, the most beautiful city in the world, to Safari, Mountains, Oceans and Deserts, the region offers so much that most of our guests return to experience more
We know what gets asked a lot about bringing groups to South Africa. Here’s our fast track answers, so you know.
Ours is a vast country and the region is huge. As a result we have differing weather seasons from Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate to dry winters in the interior. Each season brings its own highlights. Antelope drop their foals with the onset of summer rains in most safari areas, Cape Town’s vineyards are at their most beautiful when showing their autumn colours, the Victoria Falls are worth seeing anytime but at their most impressive during the May/June high water season. Anytime is a good time to visit!
Ideally not, wild animals are dangerous and unpredictable and tame encounters with for example lion cubs are no longer viewed as ethical, because once habituated to humans most animals can never be released into the wild. Walthers is a signatory to the “Born to Live Wild” https://bloodlions.org/born-to-live-wild/ campaign and we do not offer any animal experience that is not ethical.
Yes you can, if you enjoy 1450km road trips. Distances are significant by most standards and most of our clients prefer to fly the longer routes. However for those wishing to explore off the beaten track places, and with sufficient time on their hands, South Africa and its neighbours offer some of the best self-drive experiences available anywhere.
As with any country there are a few neighbourhoods that one should preferably avoid. Millions of visitors enjoy relaxed and incident free visits to South Africa. It is however always best to consult with your DMC before planning a trip and it is reassuring to know that you have someone to contact should you need any assistance along the way. At Walthers we include medical response and evacuation cover for all our clients, although we also strongly recommend you also have your own travel and medical insurance.
In all major cities and most hotels and lodges the tap water is perfectly safe to drink. In remote areas the water may be less safe or even taste different and the Walthers team will advise you on where not to drink tap water. We encourage our visitors to use refillable containers to reduce the use of single-use plastics.
Yes credit cards are accepted in most places visited. Exceptions are some curio sellers and small stores in rural areas. MasterCard and Visa are more widely accepted than American Express and Diners. We always recommend carrying a small amount of local currency as foreign notes are generally not accepted and for example foreign credit cards are not accepted for toll roads, although most hire cars will have a transponder.