Small players in the tourism industry will rub shoulders with the big guns when Tourism KZN gives nine SMMEs the life-changing opportunity to showcase their offerings at this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba, one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar.

Since Africa’s Travel Indaba will showcase the widest variety of the continent’s best tourism products to catch the eye of international buyers and media from across the world, the SMMEs will be able to access global markets that they would not have considered even in their wildest dreams.

TKZN is rubbing its hands in glee that Africa’s Travel is back, and the province is ready to host tourists and local and international buyers from across the world again.

Some of the SMME’s products and services that buyers can survey include the likes of Newcastle Pleasure Guest House, Mt View Lodge, Olungawelwa Tours & Excursions, Amangonyama Tour Operator, Uvukolwethu Corporate Travel, Thokoza Adventures, Cynthias Hive Estate, Impilo Travel & Tours and Thembela Tours.

Babanango, in partnership with our communities and trusts, has rehabilitated land and is bringing back endemic animal species to an area that has not seen wildlife for many years

Seyms Brugger, sales and marketing manager for Babanango Game Reserve situated in the Umfolozi Valley in Zululand, said the game reserve is a true conservancy and one of the largest game relocation projects in Africa.

“Babanango, in partnership with our communities and trusts, has rehabilitated land and is bringing back endemic animal species to an area that has not seen wildlife for many years.

“Communities benefit directly from leasing out their land and the game reserve will have the Big Five by the end of Spring 2022 which will be one of the most exciting safari destinations in South Africa.

“It will be the first time Babanango will be exhibiting at the Indaba and this platform will give us the opportunity to showcase a new brand and exciting projects to the world, and ultimately receive international business,” he said.

Brugger added that there are more than 200 people employed at Babanango and there are game drives and walks, Conservation experiences, historical tours to the battlefields region and overnight hikes will be launched soon.

Philisiwe Gumede, owner of Cynthia’s Hive Estate situated in Stanger, north of Durban, said she is extremely excited to exhibit her business for the first time at Africa’s Travel Indaba this year.

“This is a great opportunity to grow my business and to network with other tourism businesses and meet international delegates. I will get to expand my knowledge from other people in the trade which will allow me to take my brand to a higher level.

“I am currently in the process of building accommodation which will be ready by the end of this year. There is a restaurant on site, and I host a farmer’s market at the end of every month to attract more people to the estate,” she said.

Senzwesihle Simphiwe Duma, owner of Olungawelwa Tours & Excursions based in Estcourt, a town in the uThukela District of KZN said he wants to achieve a bigger clientele and network with other business delegates from across the world.

“It will be my first time at the Africa’s Travel Indaba, and I will showcase the special tours, day and overnight trips to the Drakensberg area which boasts a rich bio-diversity of rare plant and animal species, including unique high altitude Alpine vegetation.

“I am excited to meet international delegates and get to showcase the beautiful province of KZN, he said.