HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR AFRICAN SAFARI DESTINATION OF CHOICE
Africa offers a playground of natural environments in which to gather, explore, adventure, participate in wildlife research and nature conservation and celebrate in 5-star wedding and incentive style. Choose a bespoke Grand Safari to suit your private group.
With so much freedom on the South African event horizon, why would you choose to anchor your big group meeting or event to the well beaten tracks of public venues and bricks and mortar lodges where so many have already travelled before you?
In the tradition of the first explorers, Hayward Safaris is a mobile safari camp which creates bespoke events to suit each exclusive luxury group it hosts ranging from celebrity family vacations to luxury product launches, corporate think-tanks and international incentive rewards
SOUTH AFRICA OR BOTSWANA?
Says Peter Hayward, “We don’t dictate what you can or can’t do. Hayward Safaris is in the business of providing exclusive-use sectors of pristine wilderness to high-end groups. The more budget you have available for your ‘Out of Africa’ safari-style event, the more private and exclusive you can go. We are accustomed to hosting Presidents, royalty, rock stars and Hollywood celebrities in the Okavango Delta to our regular blue-chip corporate clientele who prefer the outskirts of Johannesburg – just an hours’ drive away – who use our unique Safari Headquarter settings for Chairman’s Award dinners and executive strategy think-tanks.”
EXCLUSIVE-USE SAFARIS IN THE KRUGER
The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the continent with 20 000 000 hectares of wildlife diversity which roam over its unfenced expanses and habitats.
One of the best safari destinations for first-time visitors to Africa, it incorporates the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, that links up with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, sharing access to 150 mammals, 110 species of reptile and more than 500 species of birds.
Haywards is the only private safari outfitter allowed to set up private camp in the Reserve, contributing to traditional elders when using culture land.
There is a time and travel cost to get big groups there however, with either a 6-hour drive or an hour’s transfer flight to Skukuza from OR Tambo International Airport.
Dominated by the Kgalakgadi desert in the south and the Central Kalahari reserve, Botswana’s northern reaches hosts the beautiful waterways of the Chobe and Moremi reserve.
The Okavango Delta is a masterpiece in cool beauty; desert diverse with an accent on elephant herds. Close to the Victoria Falls it is wild but remote and once again a long haul destination with fewer activities at hand.
Dinokeng: Third and Best Choice?
The newest contender on South Africa’s Big 5 marketing menu, Dinokeng is a Big 5 destination with easy access for big groups, being just one hours drive from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.
“In comparison, I think is it South Africa’s best Big 5 experience for large groups and events because is not as over accessed as the Kruger yet offers a comparable interaction with the animal kingdom.
Costs usually required for logistics getting to the Kruger can instead but put towards adventure and entertainment such as clay pigeon shooting, hot air ballooning, and themed evenings
FROM BUTLER SERVICE TO MOET AND OYSTERS
Wherever you decide you want Hayward Safaris to set up camp, from the moment you enter its ivory tusk entrance, it’s a luxurious safari camp setting offering highly personalized service.
Amidst spectacular scenery from sunrise to sunset, you are surrounded by pristine bushveld as natural and original as first Hominoid man might have experienced it.
From the Gentlemen’s Cigar Lounge to the Gin Tent, the fire-dancers to the 15-course meals, Hayward’s lays on a five star modern Safari amenities of international standards in entertainment and culinary hospitality.
“We have hosted Ferrari product launches with roaring lion introductions at twilight to 3-week long Toyota and LandRover desert challenge experiences. We love it when marketing managers bring us their vision so we may weave it into reality.”
It’s not all excess however, Hayward is an award winner in sustainable and eco-tourism initiatives and works closely with corporate social investment programmes to bring upliftment to both conservation and cultural heritage enterprises.
Safari Headquarters, located in Tswane are a stone’s throw from Onderstepoort Vetinary Institute where wildlife and conservation specialists ensure live action in tagging, collaring and genetic research.
Their own CSI arm delivers the very best in Safari luggage in leather and bespoke beaded Ndebele designs which belong on the New York and Paris catwalks.