Infinite Africa is a travel company based
in Nelspruit, South Africa. We are passionate about Africa and we’d
love to show you why so many travelers rate Africa as a top destination and why so many come again and again. We offer a full range of travel services throughout the region and have knowledgeable, experienced staff standing by to assist you with information and planning your dream African experience.
Insight Safari Holidays takes you to Uganda to visit the mountain gorillas and lots of wildlife in the 10 National Parks. Below are some of our Uganda safari packages. We tailor every itinerary to suit your time, budget and preference.
- 15 Days Adventure & Wildlife
- 11 Days Uganda Safari
- 10 days Uganda safari
- Rwenzori Mountain Trekking
- 9 Days Safari in Uganda
- 8 Days Safari
- Off the Beaten Path Adventure 7 days
- 7 Days Safari
- 6 Days Safari Uganda
- 6 Days Gorilla Trek Uganda Rwanda
- 5 Days Gorilla Safari & Chimpanzees
- 5 days Uganda Safari
- 5 Days Game Viewing
- 4 Days Visit Gorillas Twice
- 4 Days Safari
- 4 Days Mount Elgon Tour
- 4 Days Gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi
- 4 Days Bwindi Gorillas & Mburo
- 3 Day Gorilla Safari
- 3 Days Ngamba Chimpanzee Tour
- Ssese Islands Holiday
- 3 Days Semiliki Tour
- 3 day Queen Elizabeth Wildlife
- 3 days Murchison Falls Wildlife
- Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale
- Murchison Falls Trip 2 days
- 2 Days Jinja Tours Uganda
Inside Afrika Safaris Ltd is a fully registered tour operator company in Tanzania specialized in adventure safaris and holidays. Our itineraries are designed to be flexible and suit all types of travelers’ budgets. We have a team of professionals to ensure sure that your safari is well planned and implemented just from the start to the end.
Double-crested Cormorant are large waterbirds with small heads on long, kinked necks. They have thin, strongly hooked bills, roughly the length of the head. Their heavy bodies sit low in the water. Adults are brown-black with a small patch of yellow-orange skin on the face. Immatures are browner overall, palest on the neck and breast. In the breeding season, adults develop a small double crest of stringy black or white feathers.
Double-crested Cormorants float low on the surface of water and dive to catch small fish. After fishing, they stand on docks, rocks, and tree limbs with wings spread open to dry. In flight, they often travel in V-shaped flocks that shift and reform as the birds alternate bursts of choppy flapping with short glides.
Victoria Falls is locally is one of the seven wonders of the world which have amazing features like rainbows. The Zambezi River meanders through the southern part of central Africa where it creates one of the most spectacular wonders of nature at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls was established as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature because it represents the largest waterfall in the world. The length and width of the falls makes it the largest single sheet of flowing water. In addition to the statistical significance, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful scenes in nature.
Visitors can explore and experience the falls from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the falls, but the best experience requires taking the time to witness the falls from all of the different vantage points.
Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and serves as the Ambassador to the wonders of nature of Africa.
From the Zambian side, visitors can enter into the national park and take trails along the top of the falls. The trails will allow you to look down into the gorge, across the top of the falls and up the Zambezi River. During the dry season, the more adventurous can explore out into and across the top of the falls actually looking down into the gorge from atop the falls.
A secondary trail follows along the falls from across the gorge allowing visitors to come face to face with this magnificent marvel of nature. During the rainy season, there is so much mist and spray from the splashing falls that it almost appears as rain in a rainforest on the other side of the gorge. It is wise to travel with either rain gear, an umbrella or some combination. If you are a photographer, you will want want some way to protect your camera as you seek to capture different images of the falls.
From the Zimbabwean side, visitors can experience a more comprehensive view of Victoria Falls. From this position, you can see the entire falls at one time. Visitors can cross the border fairy easily and experience the falls from the various perspectives.
Probably the most impressive view or experience of the falls comes from the air. Visitors can take to the skies either by helicopter or microlite. The microlite is the more adventurous route and provides the more intimate encounter with the falls. In addition to viewing the falls, it is possible that visitors may capture glimpses of elephant, hippo or some other wildlife found in the area. The falls are worth the experience all on their own, but an encounter with wildlife only enhances the experience.
One of the amazing features of Victoria Falls is the ever present rainbows. With the right water volume and sunlight, there is a spot along the trail where visitors can witness a rainbow that makes almost a complete circle. If you visit Victoria Falls at night under a full moon, you could see a rainbow at night referred to as a “moonbow.”
Study skills refers to approaches applied to learning. They are generally critical to success in school considered essential for getting good grades, and useful for learning to someone life.
There are an array of study skills, which may tackle the process of organizing and taking in new information, retaining information, or dealing with assessments .They include mnemonics, that aid the retention of lists of information, effective reading, and concentration techniques, as well as efficient notetaking
Study skills are discrete techniques that can be learned, usually in a short time, and applied to all or most fields of study. They must therefore be distinguished from strategies that are specific to a particular field of study e.g. music or technology, and from abilities inherent in the student, such as aspects of intelligence or learning styles.
Study in Tourism
The tourism industry has changed recent years and continues to grow every day. Big cities and smaller towns are developing their services and environment for tourism. The things to see and experience are keeps growing while on holiday. This means that a lot of people travel and go sightseeing when the opportunity comes along. Everyone in the working area needs to take vacation time at some point and most of them do a little travelling and exploring while on holiday.
An important aspect of tourism that is very often overlooked is that tourism is not only focused on foreign visitors who come to visit our beautiful country. South Africans also travel all over our country to explore and experience our natural resources and visit monuments, and they too are tourists when they visit places they’ve never been to before.
Tourism can roughly be defined as everything that involves service delivery to tourists, in other words, all aspects related to their activities. This means that the act of travelling and/or using accommodation other than your own is seen as tourism, whether this is for business, leisure or other purposes.
Travel and Tourism studies would therefore involve things like customer service and the ability to adapt to people’s changing needs. When you’re working in the tourism industry you need to be organised and creative at the same time. You are rendering a service to people who want to experience something new – mostly for recreational purposes – and your job is to leave them with a great impression of that town, hotel, restaurant, B&B, shop, attraction, or whatever it is they came to experience.
Tourism is a growing industry in South Africa and a very exciting field where you get to meet many people from different walks of life. This industry offers career opportunities for all personality types, and it is so multi-faceted that you’ll never feel stuck in a rut. You’ll be able to move around relatively freely between jobs as the opportunities are vast. Whether you prefer desk jobs where your main priorities would be organisational and managerial tasks, or you’re someone who likes to work with people at grass-roots level, there would be something to suit your style. You even have great entrepreneurial opportunities, so if you have the desire to start your own business, the tourism industry would be the ideal place to start!
There are many institutes out there that offer tourism courses and College SA is one of them. We at College SA offer two very exciting tourism courses that you can enrol for from anywhere in South Africa.
College SA offers the following tourism courses:
- Tourism Management
- Tourism Marketing
But what do these courses entail? To give you a better idea of what each of these two courses involve, we’ll discuss each course briefly.
- Tourism Management
As the course title indicates, this course focuses on the managerial side of tourism. Students can expect to learn more about managing tourist attractions or aspects such as travelling arrangements and accommodation. The content pays specific attention to the essential business skills one needs when working within the tourism industry, equipping students with the knowledge and know-how to deal with all human resources-related issues within this field.
- Tourism Marketing
In a fast-growing industry such as tourism, marketers play a crucial role in the success of any tourist attraction or place of accommodation. If people aren’t aware of what a tourist destination offers, they will not visit the place, and without tourists flocking to see or experience it, the place will not achieve any success. This course uses the principles of marketing to teach students how to analyse the tourism market so as to successfully promote and increase awareness of that particular tourist attraction. It strikes a good balance between theoretical and practical knowledge, so this course is ideal for people with creative minds who would like to enter the tourism industry.
Religious tourism usually involves followers of particular faiths visiting locations that some people regard as holy sites.
In many instances, religious tourists journey to these sites on the anniversaries of events that are of importance to followers of specific religions.
Traditionally, those involved in religious tourism were referred to as pilgrims but in modern times that term that is not as widely used since many non-religious individuals also embark on trips to holy sites because many of these sites are of cultural or historical as well as religious interest.
Some travel companies arrange all inclusive trips to temples, churches, sites where religious figures were reportedly martyred, and various other locations that hold some kind of historical or mythical significance.
These trips often take the form of guided tours, sometimes visiting a number of sites in one day or during one tour. Many sites in Israel are of significance to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. Many sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and elsewhere are linked to historical figures or events associated with just one of these three major religions.
Many travel firms also offer package tours to locations in India that are of importance to Buddhists and Hindus, while other tour companies cater to followers of other religions.
Religious communities located throughout the world sometimes arrange trips to holy sites.
These groups often organize events to raise funds to cover the cost of the trip so that members who lack the means to cover their own costs are able to go on the trip.
In some instances, religious groups contact other members of the faith who live close to the holy sites and arrange for travelers to stay in monasteries or other properties that are operated by members of the religious faith.
While religious tourism often takes the form of lengthy group trips, in other instances it can take the form of a day trip or a brief visit to a holy site.
There are many locations throughout Europe, Africa, Central and South America that are regarded as holy by some Christians because people claim to have seen visions of religious figures at these sites.
During religious holidays and celebrations, many people from the surrounding areas visit these sites and religious ceremonies are held to mark particular occasions.
Similarly, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and believers in other faiths often embark on brief pilgrimages to holy sites in Saudi Arabia, India or other parts of Asia. Therefore, religious tourism can involve both formal travel arrangements or impromptu trips to nearby sites.
Business tourism is one of the leading and most dynamically developing spheres of world economy, because a successful business is impossible without contacts, exchange of technologies and information, exhibitions, congresses, and business trips.
Good niches in business tourism exist for developing and transition economies. These countries can market themselves as cost-effective, yet exotic locales, where corporate objectives can be met in a rejuvenating setting. The challenge is to identify the competitive trends, and meet business travellers’ needs for both efficiency and relaxation. ITC consultant Dorothy Riddle outlines major trends and specific niche opportunities for developing and transition economies.
Tourism is the world’s largest industry, responsible for more than one in ten jobs globally. In many developing and transition economies, tourism has emerged as the dominant tool for economic growth. There will be 700 million international travellers by the year 2000 and one billion by 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization. The industry is expected to generate over US$ 5 trillion in economic activity and 245 million direct and indirect jobs worldwide by the year 2000.
Business travel accounts for approximately 9% of all international travel. Business tourism is defined as leisure activities in conjunction with business travel. Business tourists are less cost-sensitive than leisure tourists, spending on average twice as much per day. Their purchase decisions are influenced primarily by their ability to use time efficiently within business travel schedules.
As two-thirds of business travellers extend their business trips for pleasure when they can, there is enormous potential in this market. Business tourism is expected to be one of the hottest growth markets for travel industry providers in the years ahead. Developing and transition economies interested in expanding revenues from business tourism need to focus on both the individual business traveller and the meetings and conventions market.
Attracting business tourists
Business travellers typically have some free time when they are away from home. They are most likely to participate in tourism activities if the effort required is minimal and the risks are low. Hotels typically serve as the starting point in terms of providing information and tourist options. Longer-staying guests at new extended-stay hotel properties will also be looking for evening and weekend tourism options.
Opportunities exist to work with hotels to develop an in-house TV channel that features activities appealing to business tourists such as weekend tours, theatre, golf options, restaurants, special cultural and recreational events and flight departure information.
Extend hotel access
Extended hotel room access can encourage business travellers to extend their stay before or after their business meetings. The standard industry practice of delaying check-in until after 15:00 and requiring check-out by noon discourages business tourism add-ons. Some United States hotel chains now routinely offer check-in times as early as 7:00 and check-out as late at 18:00, with many hotels having established a 24-hour check-in/check-out policy that allows guests to check out a full day after checking in.
Increase hotel business centres
Another way to encourage extended stays is to provide business support facilities so that the traveller can transact business efficiently 24 hours a day. An increasing number of hotels – following the model of airline business lounges – are embracing the concept of business-class rooms that feature enhanced work space and lighting, Internet access via the TV, data ports, two-line cordless phones, and private faxes. One chain, which became the first United States hotel chain to take its business class rooms abroad in 1997, now offers such rooms in 29 countries. When coupled with 24-hour business service centres, the result is often an increase in guests who extend their stay and engage in tourism activities.
Opportunities exist to work with hotels in order to upgrade their business support services.
Influence corporate travel managers
Arrival and departure times are often selected by corporate travel managers rather than by the individual business traveller. For example, a leading company in corporate travel generates US$ 2.5 billion in annual sales and has locations in over 18 countries. It is followed by another travel service firm, which also owns the world’s largest service-voucher business and jointly owns the number-two car rental firm in Europe, and a United Kingdom-based travel company.
Developing and transition economies can market business tourism options to corporate travel managers in order to influence travel schedules, such as including early arrival so travellers are rested and can conduct business efficiently.
Develop airport tourism
Often overlooked is the tourism potential for business travellers in transit at airports for more than three hours (apart from duty-free shopping). Some hub airports are beginning to offer one-hour sightseeing packages, structured so that travellers either remain in-transit or have expedited customs and immigration clearance. By offering travellers an opportunity to see a bit of the country around the airport, they may be encouraged to return for a planned stay.
Developing and transition economies can work with their airports to make an inventory of the activities available to business travellers. Gaps to be addressed may include business centres with Internet access, exercise facilities, day rest rooms booked on a hourly basis, extended shopping options and short tours.
Attracting conventions and meetings
Conventions represent the highest incidence of business travel, and both conventions and corporate meetings are on the rise as the pace of international business accelerates. Attracting such major events requires marketing to meeting and convention planners, as well as to major trade fair organizers. The market for small, fast-turnaround meetings is also growing rapidly.
There is a tremendous opportunity for developing and transition economies to attract meeting and convention traffic through the promotion of “off-the-beaten-track” locations, high-quality services and cost-effective options.
Tourism infrastructure for business conventions
Countries are increasingly looking for ways to enhance their attractiveness as a convention destination. For example, Subic Bay, Philippines, has converted a former United States naval base to a Filipino free trade zone, airport and meetings destination. Some 280 United States corporations have set up offices at the site with business amenities including 802 guest rooms and meeting rooms which accommodate up to 1,000 people. Beyond the hotel facilities, Subic Bay features horseback riding stables, a go-cart track, and more than 20,000 acres of virgin rainforest. The complex also offers a Jungle Environment Survival Training Camp, which operates tours by local Aeta tribesmen who trained American soldiers in jungle survival skills.
Developing and transition economies have an opportunity to strategically position themselves to convention and meeting organizers as a world class corporate destination with “out-of-this-world” tourism potential.
Business services for tourist resorts
Upscale resorts opening around the world, as well as hotel properties being converted to conference resorts, are blending resort spa facilities with full-service business amenities. For example, a large hotel in Jimbaran Bali, Indonesia, has been designed with a business centre, multiple outdoor function areas, meeting rooms and in-room facilities such as computer outlets and larger work areas. Similarly, a new large hotel on Mexico’s Pacific coast, which boasts a butler service, is being marketed specifically as a meeting retreat for corporate chief executive officers, high-ranking government officials and international business travellers and their families.
Developing and transition economies can market themselves as cost-effective, yet exotic locales, where corporate objectives can be met in a rejuvenating setting.
Tourism packages for conventions
International trade shows and conferences attract hundreds to thousands of delegates, often from many countries. Tourism and convention planners often include tourism add-ons for delegates. These events may include city tours, golf and sightseeing as a regular part of their programmes.
Golf add-ons can be particularly lucrative. A recent study by the National Golf Foundation in the United States found that golfers travelled more frequently and stayed longer than non-golfers. In an effort to fit golf into their business trips, business travellers lengthened their stay or took additional business trips in order to golf while entertaining clients.
Local suppliers should explore partnerships with local trade and convention planners to develop packages for incoming delegates.
A growing number of business travellers bring families on business trips. This creates an opportunity to work with hotels and convention centres to develop new offerings for children and spouses during business meetings. A world-famous hotel in Scotland, for example, has introduced a programme for children with diversions including a playroom, country club and participation in sporting activities. In London, a five-star hotel offers a “Mary Poppins package” which includes a trained nanny who will take children on sightseeing trips while parents are working.
Niche companies focusing on children are appearing. One organization in New Orleans in the United States, for example, is a subcontractor to destination management companies to provide programmes for children during meetings or conventions. Most destination management companies are neither equipped nor have the desire to organize children’s programmes, and are happy to refer business to niche market players. In Orlando in the United States, a woman used her training in early childhood education, combined with accreditation courses in meeting planning, to launch her business providing programmes for accompanying youngsters.
The family market is expected to grow significantly in the next millennium, as executives working longer hours look for ways to balance work and family. Recent reports by the Travel Industry Association of America indicate that the number of people who bring children along on business trips jumped by 55% between 1990 and 1996. Many hotel properties now have facilities for children, and the number and variety of schemes is growing yearly. These hotels are competitively priced and range from “kids stay for free” schemes to discounts for individuals with children. Amenities include special children’s check-in counters, educational and child care programmes and separate swimming pools.
Developing and transition economies must ensure that their hotels can offer a safe and child-friendly “package” for business executives travelling with children.
Executives are increasingly attracted to the adventure venue business trip, which combines team building and strategic planning needs with adventure travel. One company, for example, designs adventure vacations for organizations designed to boost morale and develop leadership in corporate employees, while providing a “perk” in the way of a rafting trip or other exciting recreational venues.
Developing and transition economies already positioned in leisure adventure tourism can extend such products to the business traveller.
Corporate travel experts
Corporate travel departments. Travel expenses have become the second or third largest controllable expense for most corporations engaged in business travel. As a result, heads of firms are becoming directly involved in mandating and monitoring travel policy. Close to 90% of United States companies now centralize their travel-policy development, 85% centralize cost monitoring, and slightly more than half centralize reservations and ticketing.
Developing and transition economies should focus business tourism marketing efforts on corporate travel management departments.
Corporate travel agents. More than half of corporate companies deal directly with airlines and two-thirds with hotels, often through on-line booking. Corporate travel agents, however, continue to remain an important contact for corporate travel buyers. Over 60% of corporate travel buyers use the services of a designated agent and 10% use the services of a travel management company. There is a growing trend towards agency in-plants. These are individuals placed by their agencies within a corporation and dedicated to accommodating employees’ corporate travel needs.
These agents have a high ability to influence business tourism options. Developing and transition economies will need to cultivate relationships with these purchase decision “influencers”.
Travel management companies. Unlike travel agents, travel management companies see themselves as consultants with a focus on service and quality. In the United States, using travel management companies has become so integral to securing corporate business that it has become a prerequisite for many industry suppliers. Large agencies in several countries provide strategic planning as well as implementation to corporate travellers.
Developing and transition economies will need to develop strategic relationships and build their credibility with corporate travel management companies in order to successfully penetrate the business tourism potential of many countries.
Internet promotion. As in other areas of business, the Internet is becoming more important in promoting business tourism options and supporting travel arrangements. Bulgaria, for example, is promoting itself on the Internet as a business tourism destination. To attract business events, it highlights its world-class, modern facilities, recreational add-ons, quality service, a geographic location in the centre of Europe and cultural attractions.
Evolving Internet technologies facilitate on-line booking directly with airlines, hotels and car rental companies, bypassing the traditional global distribution system while still consolidating all the data. As long as applications have compatible design features, users can book flights and link parts of reservations from multiple web sites in one passenger name record.
Developing and transition economies are advised to ensure that their Internet offerings are compatible with international programming standards and to provide business-specific tourism information on their national or regional tourism web sites.
Electronic ticketing. Business travellers are becoming used to a “ticketless” environment for travel. Increasingly, travellers require only a confirmation number (obtained by phone or on-line) or a faxed document instead of an actual ticket in order to check in for a flight. Some airports now offer machines similar to automatic teller machines into which travellers can insert a frequent flyer card or credit card, select seats and obtain boarding passes.
Developing and transition markets that implement streamlined technologies and processes for business travellers will be more successful in attracting them.
Computerized reservations. Computerized hotel reservation systems are making it possible to record the details of customer preference (based on special requests made during a stay) and then replicate that experience during the next visit (including assigning the same room). Opportunities exist to replicate this tracking for corporate meetings, thereby streamlining the planning process for frequent corporate users.
Industry sector specialization
Business travel support is becoming more specialized by industry sector. For example, one New York niche agency player caters to specific groups of professionals through five divisions: The Lawyer’s Travel Service, The Advertiser’s Travel Service, The Banker’s Travel Service, and The Consultant’s Travel Service.
Developing and transition economies should consider niche marketing channels when promoting business tourism.
Partnership arrangements are providing a seamless level of service to business travellers which is global in scope and competitiveness. For example, four alliance partners – Delta Airlines, Swissair, Sabena and Austrian Airlines – launched a meetings and incentives programme to streamline group travel arrangements to four continents. The programme allows meeting and incentive customers to make all required flight arrangements to any destination with one phone call to any of the four airlines. The programme is designed to create an easy-to-use, seamless meeting product which will help the airlines capitalize on opportunities in the booming international meetings market.
Developing and transition economies can benefit from creating alliances that encourage integration of scheduling and reservation systems to provide enhanced service to their international business clients.
Increased concerns over security, particularly for women travellers, provide niche opportunities. Training for hotel staff on security measures, plus security services such as escorting business travellers to their rooms, may increase market share. There may also be opportunities to provide “safe” evening and weekend events such as theatre outings or tours for women business travellers.
Developing and transition economies may wish to develop and provide business tourism offerings specifically for travelling business women.
Dorothy Riddle is an ITC consultant on services export development.
Keys to export success
Business tourism is a fast-growing, lucrative market segment. It requires a targeted marketing approach that packages currently fragmented offerings into coherent, flexible and easily accessible add-ons to business travel.
Niche market players in developing and transition economies need to influence the amount of discretionary time business travellers spend. Creating and promoting time-efficient packaged options is a must.
Successful growth in business tourism will require the cooperation of a range of domestic players, including airports, airlines and ground transportation, hotels, convention centres and tourism support services.
Lesser-known destinations can raise their profile as a business destination where add-on activities are available and attractive by using the Internet appropriately.
Business travellers are most likely to take advantage of ancillary tourism activities if:
• There are readily-accessible options designed with their needs in mind (such as short tours, golf options or executive gift services).
• The quality of service they receive as business travellers is consistently high across all sectors.
• They are able to transact their business efficiently so that they have leisure time available.
• It is easy to extend their stay in terms of hotel check-in and check-out policies and visa extensions (if relevant).
• Off-site activities are known to operate on time, so travellers can arrive on schedule for business commitments.
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