In the belief with Kwasol Tours’ motto of making a difference for a better and brighter future I had the pleasure of giving some talks at La Escuela Universitaria de Turismo de Murcia, www.eutm.es in the city of Murcia, Spain. I was invited to speak about South Africa as a tourist destination to their first and second year students and about the job of a Tour Operator in South Africa to their third and fourth year students at the beginning of December this year.
I started off with a 2 minute video of South Africa, introducing the highlights of South Africa, like Table Mountain, the Blyde River Canyon, Knysna Heads and safari in the Kruger National Park. Between the rhythm of the African drum in the background and the colourful photo shots I had captured their attention. Once I got talking of the different activities, like shark cage diving or whale watching they were engrossed. I was pleasantly surprised at the students’ interest and response to my chats.
I would like to give a huge thank you to Mr. Rafael Rosa Sandovel and Mr. Rafael Rocamora Abellán for their invitation and their students’ warm welcome. I believe that knowledge gives understanding and I wouldn't be surprised to see some of those amazed faces visiting South Africa soon.
Written by: Nicolene Dietrichsen
Listen to Nicolene Dietrichsen’s radio interview with Mr. Antonio Escolar and Mr. Rafael Rosa Sandoval at Onda Regional in Murcia, Spain on 25th of November 2012 about Shark Cage Diving, safaris in the Kruger National Park, typical South African foods and what makes South Africa such a good holiday destination.
Kwasol Tours has joined forces with BB Cement National Rhino Campaign in support of Stop Rhino Poaching.
This is a campaign close to our hearts and we feel it is our responsibility not only as nature lovers but as a South Africa Tour Operator to create awareness among our fellow travelers in the atrocities inflicted against our rhino population and what we can do to put a stop to these killings.
For every bag of cement BB Cement sells, they contribute to help raise funds that will assist in saving our planet’s Rhinos! A light sport aircraft called a FoxBat, which was bought earlier this year with funds raised by BB Cement, was donated to the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency for rhino monitoring and security patrols on one of their key rhino reserves.
For more interesting facts on the good work they are doing, Please visit www.stoprhinopoaching.com
The time is now, to stand together, and protect are animal heritage of tomorrow. We can all make a difference for a brighter future.
Thank you for your help.
Indaba 2012 took place in Durban again this year in May. It is one of the largest tourism exhibitions anywhere and the largest in Africa. The focus is on updating domestic and international tour operators, travel agents and other stakeholders on facilities and services available in South Africa. There was also a regional pavilion enabling travel professionals and countries of the Southern African region, as far as Tanzania, Angola and Indian Ocean islands to brief partners on recent developments. Operators from Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe especially were able to show all the possibilities around Victoria Falls and bush experiences in their countries.
South African owners of Guest houses and mini-hotels, as well as specialised venues at the sea and in the game reserves and private lodges showed that the quality of facilities and services in the country continues to improve. Investment in new accommodation continues and more small tour operators and service providers are entering the market. Overall Indaba showed that there is growing confidence in the recovery of the international tourism business this coming year. An increase in foreign specialised tourism professionals and a sense of improving travel figures reinforced this positive impression among exhibitors at Indaba.
Although Asian and Latin American visitors continue to show the most notable increase, there is optimism that tourism from some sectors of Europe to South Africa would increase this year and that a return of economic confidence may speed that up. The partnership between South African operators and the European travel trade will remain important to both sides in years to come.
Written by; Pierre Dietrichsen - May 2012
As 2011 draws to an end it is time to sit back and take in the year.
With a leap of faith Kwasol Tours launched 2 new programs which have turned out to be rather successful; Learning English in South Africa and our Volunteer Projects this year.
One of our students, who spent 5 weeks in Cape Town, fell in love with our Mother City. Not only did she improve her English at the highly qualified English Academy, Eurocentre in downtown Cape Town, but she also got to practice her English skills with her host family and friends. Even though she had enough time to visit Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Peninsula and go on an elephant safari she would like to return to get to know South Africa better.
Our Volunteer Projects at Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, HESC in Hoedspruit and Kaapsehoop Horse Trails have been approved by a major NGO in Madrid and we look forward to working closely with them in the New Year ahead. Our Volunteers said they loved the variety of people, their kindness and the multicultural society of South Africa. They look forward to returning next year.
If you have any Volunteer Projects you’d like to share with us and would like us to promote in Spain please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. “Large trees grow from small seeds.” We can all make a difference.
Thank you once again for your support and trust in Kwasol Tours.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to working together alongside each other in 2012.
Warm Tourism regards,
Nicolene & Erika.
These are the months of spring, with Spring Day on the 1st of September, and Heritage Day on the 24th of September. A Day to remember our roots, where we as a nation come from, our creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the land in which we live. In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, (former) President Nelson Mandela stated “we know that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation”.
This is a time of new beginnings, when rain falls on the Highlands of South Africa, and the Lowveld. When the flowers blossom, the birds return from Europe, or Northern Africa and nature takes its course and little ones are born. I once witnesses a giraffe giving birth to her young, it took about an hour, but time did not exist, only the moment, when a life begins, time stood still. Tears rolled down my face, as I watched her licking her young one, cleaning him, protecting him, and nudging him to get up, he eventually stood up on his wobbly feet and began his new life, with his mom close by.
Pretoria, the “city of the Jacarandas” is in full bloom. You can drive through her streets, and see thousands of exquisite lilac flowers, smell its sweet perfume, and understand why it is also known as the purple city.
Talking about flowers, why not make a trip to the Northern Cape to visit the Namaqualand Flowers. An area of bareness, wilderness, diamonds, mines and dust which under goes a beautiful make over and converts this desert into a show of kaleidoscope colours. The flowers germinate depending on the uncertain rainfall once a year around spring, late August to October, with currently about 4000 different species of plant life. No wonder the Cape is rated the Sixth Flower Kingdom in the world with its magical wonderland.
Today, South Africans celebrate all those extraordinary women who have helped make a difference in South Africa, not only in the past but the present as well. National Women's Day commemorates this day the 9 August when 1000s of women participated in a nationwide march against past laws 55 years ago, in defense of women’s rights.
We at Kwasol Tours recognize their bravery and power in the building of our rainbow nation and we would like to wish all of you a wonderful day and thank you for helping us making a difference for a better future!
We at KWASOL TOURS believe we can make a difference for a better and brighter future, in favor of a sustainable relationship with planet earth, her wildlife and each other.
We will be uploading our latest Volunteer projects soon, which are located at South African rehabilitation centers for Wildlife, where we will be working closely with these nature reserves, Aids centers and teaching young adults the importance of a “Green Tourism” in a New Tomorrow.
We look forward to sharing this New Adventure with you!
In August 2010, a group from Spain chose South Africa as their holiday destination for their family get together of the year. They started their trip in Cape Town, visiting Cape of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch gardens, the well known Robben Island and along the way eating scrumptious and tasty meals. They then got a flight to Livingstone in Zambia where they had an unforgettable couple of days absorbing the magnificent beauty of the mighty Victoria Falls, on foot, via helicopter and an afternoon sunset cruise along the Zambezi River thanks to Livingstone’s Adventure.
Just when they thought their holiday could not get any better they stayed at Castello di Monte Guest House, which is more like a palace, in the purple city of Pretoria. What would a holiday be in South Africa without a safari? Kapama Private Game Reserve welcomed us with iced Rooibos tea, a warm homemade meal fit for a king and the rangers showed us the splendor of the African Bush. We had a very close encounter with some rather big elephants, a herd of buffalo, many sightings of white rhino, and witnessed the king of the jungle roar!
Even though, this route might have been a little crazy, as many kilometers were travelled in little time, what made this trip so special was the surprise of our group, on how beautiful South Africa is, the variety of things to do and see, how delicious the food tastes, how friendly the people are and above all what an experience of a life time taking with them a 1000 memories thanks to Kwasol Tours!
What a show we pulled off!
The 2010 Soccer World Cup which was held in 11 major cities of South Africa will not only be spoken about in the next few months, but for years to come. We were lucky enough not only to participate in it but also be part of this special event.
The years prior to the World Cup where filled with preparations – road works, train lines being constructed, old stadiums renovated, new ones built, the patience of the South African drivers’ in the endless hours of traffic. Nevertheless it all paid off, as we scored a 9 out of 10!
South Africa proved to the world that they could host the biggest sporting event of the World. We united not only our rainbow nation together, but the world for 5 weeks! As our President Jacob Zuma stated; “The people of South Africa are the real stars!”
The Soccer World Cup fever still lives on in the Youth Zones, which combines football, computer literacy, life skills, training to create a friendlier environment for disadvantaged communities. There is a new sense of pride and optimism in the air as a new chapter begins in our history of South Africa – come and be a part of it!