It’s Business time! And, I have to apologize to those who were asking for more romance for the month of Valentines, but the theme of the month is the MICE tourism.

It is not related to the rodents, even if I can spot some similarities, but here we are talking about the Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, and Exhibitions business.

I could start feeding you with statistics, market reports, trends, added-value, marketing plan, economic environment… But I won’t.

Some, more skilled than I, have already wrote a lot about the subject. And at the end, it’s very often ineffective. To open the discussion about the MICE industry, I would prefer to talk about possible realizations rather than possible excuses not to realize them.

Jo’burg, Cape Town, Quirimbas Archipelagos, Victoria Falls, Namib Desert, Safari, Beach, Party… We have the ability to exceed your expectations for Incentives, Seminars, Symposiums, Conventions, Sportive or Adventure Events, Product Launches and so on. We’ve done them all. And I persist: we’ve done them all.

Since XO’s launch, the 1st of January 2007, it has more than 150 operations, from 10 to 2000 clients we have worked with. Those four years of practice fed us with confidence, experience, quality and professionalism, allowing us to deal with any sort of request. Even some discarded by our competitors… And I’m not boosting my ego by telling you this. It is just pure facts.

This month, we’re offering you the opportunity to experience 5 incentive programs in 5 different parts of Southern Africa. XO has 5 basis of work, 5 ideas to get the inspiration for your next bids. So what else do we need?

Your briefings? Looking forward to receiving them.

Use our interactive tablet below to browse our 5 itineraries day by day. Simply click on our icons to go to the corresponding program.

NAMIBIA
8 days / 7 nights

BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA
5 days / 4 nights

KWAZULU NATAL & MOZAMBIQUE
6 days / 5 nights

SUN CITY & PILANESBERG
5 days / 4 nights

CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS
5 days / 4 nights

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INCREADIBLE NAMIBIA
8 days / 7 nights
                      

DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN WINDOHEK

15h00 Welcome to Namibia! En route to the hotel, your guide will introduce you to the city of Windhoek.
16h00 Check-in and time at leisure to settle into your room. We will allow you a bit of time to recover from your trip.
19h00 An aperitif will be served by the pool to celebrate your arrival in Namibia.
20h30 Your first dinner will be based on Kudu and others game meats at the Joe’s Beer House restaurant: local atmosphere guaranteed!
23h00 You will finish your evening at the hotel’s Casino
Overnight at the Windhoek Country Club Hotel

DAY 2 SAFARI EXPERIENCE

09h30 Take-off of your Cessna (4 to 12 seats)… An experience by itself ! But keep your camera with you, the scenery promises to be beautiful
13h00 Gourmet lunch on the lawns of the Mokuti Lodge along with springboks and squirrels.
14h00 Pampering session at the Spa of the lodge to keep you relaxed from top to toe
16h00 It’s time to go looking for the Big 5 in the Etosha National Park.
20h30 Buffet dinner based on « Nouvelle Cuisine » in the trendy Boma of the Lodge
Overnight at the Mokuti Lodge

DAY 3 FULL SAFARI DAY

08h00 Safariday! But this time we will implement new rules with the Safaripoly. More than finding animals you will have to make sure that you will make the winning combination!
12h30 Lunch-break at the Lodge: feel free to have a swim… the pool’s temperature is 28°C
15h00 The competition goes on! You can count on your Ranger to show you the animals you need to be the winners!
20h30 Where are you now? In the bush obviously! Dinner under the sky to enjoy a very special evening, with African rhythms. this is the time when we will reward the winner the day’s game.
Overnight at the Mokuti Lodge

DAY 4 FROM ETOSHA TO SWAKOPMUND

08h00 Flight to the coast of the country but we need to refuel first.
10h00 Let’s go meeting with the Himbas then ! Enjoy a stroll in their villages and try to understand their way of life.
13h00 You will enjoy a buffet lunch in one of the Lodge of the Kaokoland.
17h00 Welcome to Walvis Bay : take your time to settle into your room!
20h30 Tonight you will enjoy a seafood dinner at the Raft restaurant. Only a few meters away from your hotel!
Overnight at the Pelican Bay Hotel

DAY 5 MOLA MOLA

09h00 Let’s go on a marine cruise on board a nice catamaran. You will have the chance to see pelicans, seals, flamingos and dolphins along the way while you will be eating snacks and drinking sparkling wine!
12h00 On your private sand bank, your lunch will start by a local oyster tasting: delicious!
13h30 Ready to go for an unforgettable experience? Go on your 4x4 and let’s discover Sandwich Harbor!

You will enjoy a coffee break in the middle of the dunes!
18h00 Back to your hotel and time at leisure to relax
20h30 Let’s go to Swakopmund for this evening. First step: a very nice dinner at the Tug restaurant and why not finish the evening at the Casino of the city?
Overnight at the Pelican Bay Hotel

DAY 6 WALVIS BAY - SOSSUSVLEI

09h00 what’s on the program this morning? A bit of sport with 2 hours quads and 1 hour sand boarding to be enjoyed in the dunes…. Don’t worry: this is perfectly safe!
13h00 Take-off to your new destination: the Namib Desert!
14h30 No you are not dreaming: you are already there! Enjoy a buffet lunch on the terrace of your Lodge: be careful still, it might be really hot!
18h00 You need a working session?The conference meeting at Sossusvlei is perfect for what you need. But if you prefer, you can still organise your meeting in the shadow of the tree outside!
19h00 Cocktail around the pool
20h30 Exquisite buffet dinner on the terrace of the Lodge. A marimba band will be there to entertain your evening.
Overnight at the Sossusvlei Lodge

DAY 7 SOSSUSVLEI DESERT

06h00 You are right, it’s quite early but this is the oldest desert in the World which is waiting for you today! It worth it!
10h30 Enjoy a brunch in the middle of the dunes: an unforgettable moment!
13h30 Back to the Lodge for a light lunch and then time to relax after your short night!
16h00 Departure again in 4x4 open vehicles to discover the Sesriem canyon. We will continue our discovery on the property of the Lodge with a sundowner drive.
Surprise! A cocktail has been set-up in the middle of nowhere. Time for a sunset toast with Namibian snacks and sparkling wine of course!
20h00 Time for dinner? Surprise, this is in the middle of the desert, under the stars that you will enjoy your gala dinner! Fire spinners, dancers, singers etc… we'll make sure you have a unique experience!
Overnight at the Sossusvlei Lodge

DAY 8 DEPARTURE DAY

06h00 It is already your last day but you still have something unique to experience before leaving the country: a hot air ballooning flight!Let’s dream for an hour
08h00 At your landing point, wherever is it, your breakfast will be waiting for you.And even if it’s still early, the sabrage of the sparkling wine has to be done to celebrate your flight!
11h00 Time to fly back to Windhoek. But before going to the international airport, enjoy a bit of local shopping at this nice Craft Market in the city center. It’s time to go to the International airport of the Namibian’s Capitaland fly back to your Country.
CHOBE & LIVINGSTONE
5 days / 4 nights
                  

DAY 1 WELCOME TO BOTSWANA

Early arrival at OR Tambo International Airport. Thereafter formalities, South African customs and then the flight to Livingstone at 11h00.
12h30 Arrivals at the Livingstone Airport in Zambia.
A 2h30 transfer will take you through African sceneries to Mowana Lodge (in the Chobe National Park area – Botswana).
15h30 At your arrival to your Lodge, a late buffet lunch will be served at the restaurant for your first African lunch.
16h30 You embark from the banks of the Lodge on an aluminium boat for your first Sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Inside the National Park, you will have your first wildlife experience.
After your first day in Africa and just before you enjoy a good night rest to recover from your flight; what will be better than a delicious dinner at the Lodge restaurant.
Overnight at the Mowana Lodge

DAY 2 CHOBE SAFARI EXPERIENCE

06h30 Early Morning Wake up call before sunrise
4x4 Game Drive in the Chobe National Park to wake the wild animals, you might get lucky and see already the Big Five
After +/- 3 hours in the bush tracking animals, you return to the lodge for a full English breakfast
Spend the rest of the morning at leisure to relax
13h00 Enjoy Mowana Lodge Buffet Lunch by the pool where you can practice your swimming moves
Later in the afternoon, you embark on your second boat safari on the Chobe River
20h00 Experience an African Dinner around the fire seated on wooden bench at the “African Village” Boma
Overnight at the Mowana Lodge

DAY 3 FROM BOTSWANA TO ZAMBIA

Early Morning Wake up call and depart for a last 4x4 Safari in the Chobe National Park
09h00 Enjoy your breakfast at the lodge before your check out and transfer to the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia
13h00 On your arrival, a lunch will be served on The Royal Livingstone terrace restaurant
You have your own private check-in on the Lawns of the Hotel, thereafter time to settle into your rooms
We’ll give you some times to discover and enjoy this magnificent hotel located on the banks of The Zambezi River
16h30 Departure of your Sunset Cruise on Board the African Queen
19h30 Marimba Band and Ngoni Dancers will entertain your dinner in the Boma
Overnight at The Royal Livingstone

DAY 4 ROYAL LIVINGSTONE ACTIVITIES

09h00 You’ll be able to do some canoeing and rafting on the Zambezi River
12h00 You land at the Elephant Boma for picnic lunch under the trees. While you are having your dessert, the Elephants come to join you for an interaction
14h00 Return at the Royal Livingstone and you are free to go and visit the Falls. On the way back, let's make a little detour by the Craft Market for some shopping
17h00 Departure for a surprise ride on the Steam Train Sunset. You will enjoy cocktails with a View of the Falls
The Train Ride will end in a Farewell Village Dinner, where Makishi Dancers will be your Entertainment for the Evening.
Overnight at The Royal Livingstone

DAY 5 DEPARTURE DAY

For your last morning in Africa, we offer you a flight over the Legendary Victoria Falls
10h30 A light brunch will be served on the Royal Livingstone sundeck before your departure to the Airport
13h30 Flight from Livingstone to Johannesburg
15h15 Arrival at Johannesburg Airport for your International Flight
KWAZULU NATAL & MOZAMBIQUE
6 days / 5 nights
                  

DAY 1  WELCOME TO SOUTH AFRICA

09h30 Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport after a night flight
XO Africa team is here to welcome you and assist you during the entire trip
12h00 Depart in style with Private Charter Flight to Hluhluwe
13h30 Arrival in Hluhluwe and transfer to the lodge
Welcome Drink upon arrival and Lunch in the Lodge
Check-in and time to settle into your great tent!
16h00 Depart on an Afternoon Game Drive in a open 4x4
Time to freshen up before dinner
19h30 Dinner in the Garden with Zulu Dancers as entertainment
Overnight at Falaza Lodge

DAY 2  SAFARI EXPERIENCE

05h45 Early Morning Wake up Call and buffet Breakfast at the Lodge
07h00 Depart for a Safari in the Mkuzi National Park in open 4x4
12h00 Private BBQ Lunch on the slopes of the Mkuzi Pan Lake
Here you can enjoy 2 hour kayaking for the group on the pan to encounter Hippos and crocs close by!
15h00 Continue the Safari in 4x4 vehicles to rech the sea side
17h00 Arrival at Mabibi Camp on the Indian Ocean
Time to Relax and enjoy the sunset on the beach
19h30 Local Dinner in the « Dining Room » - Marquis Tent
Night at the Private Tented Camp in the Mabibi Reserve

DAY 3  PONTA MAMOLI

06h15 Wake call for the group and breakfast at the camp
07h00 Transfer from Mabibi to Tembe National Park, an unique eco-system!
08h00 Game Drive in the Park
12h00 BBQ Lunch at Tembe Park
Transfer to Kosi Bay border and from there to Ponta Mamoli Lodge
Transfer to the lodge with local taxi
15h00 Check-in and Welcome Drink upon arrival at the Lodge
Time at leisure at the Lodge
19h30 Dinner at the Resort Restaurant
Overnight at Ponta Mamoli Resort

DAY 4  INDIAN OCEAN

07h00 Breakfast at the Resort
08h00 Full Day of optional Activities: Horse Riding, Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin Cruise, Scuba Diving, Massage
12h00 Buffet Lunch at the Resort
Time at leisure in the afternoon with optional activities
18h00 Fire on the Beach and Watch the Sunset with a Glass of Sparkling Wine
19h30 Dinner at the Resort
Overnight at Ponta Mamoli Resort

DAY 5  MAPUTO

07h00 Breakfast at the Resort
10h00 Transfer from the Resort in 4x4 to Maputo
12h00 Lunch at Catembe Hotel
14h00 Cross the Bay in Small Ferry Boats
14h30 Transfer to the hotel
15h00 Arrival and check-in in the rooms
Time at leisure at the hotel
18h00 Private cocktail around the pool
19h00 Farewell Dinner at the Hotel
Capoeira Dancers and a Band as Entertainment
Overnight at the Southern Sun Maputo

DAY 6  DEPARTURE DAY

07h00 Breakfast at the Hotel
Check-out and Settlement of your Individual Accounts
10h00 City Tour and Visit of the Craft Market
12h30 Crayfish Lunch at Miramar Restaurant
15h00 Transfer to the Airport
17h30 Flight from Maputo to Johannesburg O.R. Tamboo Airport
PILANESBERG & SUN CITY
5 days / 4 nights
                  

DAY 1  ARRIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA

09h30 Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport
Transfer in a Luxury Coach to Ivory Tree Lodge (duration 2h30)
12h00 Arrival and Lunch at the Lodge, Welcome Drink will be Served
13h30 Check-in and time to settle into your rooms
16h00 Afternoon Game Drive in 4x4 in the Pilanesberg Reserve
Safari Poker during the Game Drive for the group
19h30 Dinner in the Boma of the Lodge with drumming worksop
Overnight at Ivory Tree Lodge

DAY 2  SAFARI EXPERIENCE

05h45 Early Morning Wake up Call
Group 1: Morning Game Drive 4x4
Group 2: Early Morning Hot Air Ballooning
10h00 Return to the Lodge and Full English Breakfast
Time at leisure at the Lodge
13h00 Lunch at the Lodge
16h00 Depart on an Afternoon Game Drive in 4x4 in the Pilanesberg Reserve
19h30 Surprise Dinner in the Bush
Marimba Band as entertainment for the evening
Overnight at Ivory Tree Lodge

DAY 3  WELCOME TO SUN CITY

05h45 Early Morning Wake up Call
Group 1: Morning Game Drive 4x4
Group 2: Early Morning Hot Air Ballooning
11h00 Return to the Lodge and Full English Breakfast
Check-out and settle individual accounts
13h00 Transfer in Luxury Coach to Sun City
Welcome Drink upon Arrival at the Palace Hotel
Lunch at the Palace Pooldeck
Check in and time to settle into your rooms
16h00 Optional Activities in the Afternoon
Time to Relax at the Hotel
19h30 Dinner at the Crocodile Lounge
DJ for the Evening
Overnight at the Palace of the Lost City

DAY 4  ACTIVITIES AT SUN SICTY

08h00 Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel
Morning at Leisure at the Hotel
12H30 Picnic Lunch on the grass area in front of Waterworld
14h00 Afternoon Activities at Waterworld (4 hours)
19h30 Gala Dinner at Valley of the Waves with a Party
Band, Voodoo Decoration and Fire Poi Dancers
Overnight at The Palace of the Lost City

DAY 5  DEPARTURE DAY

08h00 Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel
09h30 Check-out and settle individual Accounts
10h45 Stop at the Chameleon Craft Market
13h30 Lunch at Lekgotla Restaurant
14h30 Visit of the Township Soweto with a Local Guide
17h30 Depart to Johannesburg Airport
Check-in for International Flight back to Europe
CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS
5 days / 4 nights
                  

DAY 1  ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN

09h30 Arrival at Cape Town International Airport. You will be picked up by Side Cars at the Airport, thereafter depart for Stellenbosch.
11h00 Coffee and Tea will be enjoyed at Morgenhof Wine Estate Time at Leisure in Stellenbosch
13h30 Enjoy a Farmstyle Lunch at Le Bonheur Wine Estate
15h00 After lunch, depart for Le Franschhoek with Vintage Cars
18h00 Check in at the Hotel and Time at Leisure to Settle in.
Dinner at Le Verger
Overnight at Le Franschhoek Hotel

DAY 2  FRANSCHHOEK

08h00 Breakfast at the Hotel
09h30 Enjoy Mountain Biking in the Winelands, where you will stop for Cheese and Wine tasting en route.
You will be picked in and Transferred to Boschendal in Side Cars
13h00 Picnic Lunch under the Trees at Boschendal Wine Estate
14h30 Thereafter, enjoy Wine Tasting at 2 different Estates.
Transfer to the Hotel with Side Cars.
Time at Leisure.
17h00 Depart for Dieu Donne Wine Estate, where you will see a Sabrage Activity. Before dinner, a Winetasting will be done.
19h30 Dinner at Dieu Donne Restaurant
Overnight at Le Franschhoek Hotel

DAY 3  FRANSCHHOEK - CAPE TOWN

08h00 Breakfast at the Hotel.
Check- out and Settle of Individual Accounts
10h00 Depart for Cape Town with a Luxury Coach.
Visit of Table Moutain, where a Cocktail will be Enjoyed!
13h00 Lunch at Pepper Club Restaurant in Camps Bay
15h00 Transfer to the Hotel, and Check-in. Time at Leisure to Relax and Settle into your rooms
18h00 Sunset Catamaran Cruise on Board the Tigresse, Sparkling Wine and Snacks will be served
19h30 After the Cruise, you will be picked up by a Party Bus. Dinner at Beluga Restaurant.
After dinner, depart with the Party Bus to Camps Bay for Dancing at Club Opium
Overnight at Protea Hotel North Wharf

DAY 4  THE CAPE PENINSULA

08h00 Breakfast at the Hotel.
09H30 Surprise Public Train Ride along the Coast, the Cape Minstrels will be the Entertainment on Board
11H30 Arrival at the Cape of Good Hope. Enjoy a Funicular Ride to the Top Light House
13h30 Sea food lunch at Black Marlin Restaurant
15h30 Visit of Boulders Beach, where you will see the Jackass Penguins
17h30 Return to the Hotel.
Time to Relax and Freshen up in your rooms before Dinner
Overnight at Protea Hotel North Wharf

DAY 5  DEPARTURE DAY

08h00 Breakfast at the Hotel
09h30 Morning of Optional Activities
  • Visit of a Local Township
  • Helicopter Tour
  • Shopping for Souvenirs at the Waterfront
  • Leisure Time at Camps Bay Beach
  • Visit of Green Market Square
  • Visit of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Visit of the 2 oceans Aquarium
12h30 Lunch at Sevruga Restaurant
14h30 Departure for Cape Town International Airport and check-in for your international flights

Your idea of ultimate luxury ?

A Porsche Carrera 4S. I know… not really a feminine answer... but this car rocks, no?!

What calms your stress ?

Do I look stressed ?

If you win the roulette 9 times in a row, do you carry on because luck is on your side or do you stop playing because statistically you should now be losing ?

I think I would already ask myself after the 3rd time so…

Is there a superstition that make you change your behaviour ?

Before a lot but now much less ... OK except walking under a ladder ... and cross a black cat, and 2-3 others things like this

If you were sent to a deserted island what book, disc or movie would you take with?

A book of photos of people I like to feel less alone or a book of Sudoku to keep my mind busy

A small pleasure that you consider huge?

Eat my favourite French pastries for breakfast… I can’t find it in South Africa !

Your way to kill time?

Why « kill » ? I don’t kill time, I just enjoy it !

What are you totally incompetent in?

Cooking… I know… See answer 1

To what are you addicted?

To XO Africa’s newsletter

Your new year’s resolutions?

New Year ? Too far, I still have 11 months to think about it! ;-)

What have you not done yet, but that you will certainly do one day?

The Okavango Delta, please !

To which other part of the world would you move to without any hesitation?

If this would exist, I would be living there already…

A word or a phrase that you hate?

The word procrastination and also its significance

If you were to reincarnate into someone from real life who would it be?

Why not start by becoming oneself, right?