by | Jun 25, 2018 | Latest News

Global economic pressures and a 2,2% contraction for South Africa’s GDP in Q1 2018 sees blue chip companies incorporating paradigm shift strategies to outmanoeuvre the competition via disruptor-style meetings; moving top performers out of the four walls of the corporate environment and into experiential, interactive and memorable venues such as the Hayward’s Safari Sanctuary situated on the edge of Johannesburg’s CBD.

“More meetings are predicted to come online as corporates approach how to navigate and successfully survive the economic downturn. Current market diversity in turn calls for diversification within the corporate paradigm, along with greater expectations on a return for their meeting investment and this is where we provide a unique offering on the edge of town,” says owner Peter Hayward.

At Hayward’s, CEO’s and event organisers find the perfect disruptor-style environment for meetings, whether a three-day executive think tank, or a 200-strong training session or product launch, assembled in the middle of a natural environment, isolated from daily distractions and less than one hour’s drive from Johannesburg’s CBD and a stone’s throw from Pretoria.

“As a networking point on the outskirts of two major city hubs, we are witnessing top south African companies implementing remedial strategies to out manoeuvre the cooling off of the economy,” says Peter. “It’s a fresh environment in which to plan advantage over their competition, out of their usual place of business, and in an innovative and inspiring atmosphere.

“As a venue, Hayward’s Grand Safari Company is about exploration, exploration of cultures and the human dynamic. The exploration of philosophy, responsibility and ethics for a new age. It is my dream that the Hayward’s Safari Sanctuary be one of the world’s foremost venues of preference; a place in which to discuss solutions to the leadership issues that face the planet in this new century. A place for informal meetings of the mind, around an African safari campfire where the story of man began possibly millions of years ago. A place to discover new ways to move forward, in an inhospitable environment, unstructured, unencumbered and holistic and a place that epitomises the ‘time-out’ process.”

Scope for new Opportunity

The Hayward’s Safari Sanctuary situate in Boekenhoutskloof is a high-tech working environment set within an authentic 5-star safari environment. It serves as the perfect brainstorm setting for executives who don’t want to waste logistical time and budgets travelling too far out the city.

Offered a choice of travelling one hour to a traditional convention environment or travelling one hour to a natural and bespoke, and totally exclusive corporate environment, it’s a simple conclusion which one is going be the group’s preference, especially for those companies looking to communicate to a wide range of age-groups and cultures represented within their workforce.

Dig a bit deeper and Hayward’s Grand Safari Company wins hands down when it comes to the mathematics of big group eventing whether you want all the bells and whistles of an incentive event or pure communication and training events to relay new goals and objectives.

Meeting Dynamics

From the moment guests disembark from their 4×4’s (approximately 800 meters from camp)

and begin their leisurely amble down an ancient mountain pass, they soon realise something totally unique is afoot; and they won’t leave the same themselves either. Of course, groups can also arrive by Rovos Rail, helicopter, and chauffeured Range Rovers.

Participants enjoy hi-tech conferencing under canvas and dine in 5-star Dining and Theme tents and can breakaway or relax with a drink and a cigar in the Gin Tent, before retiring to en-suite accommodation in luxury Presidential and Hemingway style tents.

Full English breakfasts take place at the lake, buffet luncheons and sundowners at the watering hole after a Big 5 game drive (if required) and five course dinners, theme evenings and various camp activities can be included in the itinerary, along authentic entertainment themes, from African Desert Traders, to East African White Mischief. Additional event add-ons include aromatherapy, massage and anti-stress treatments and entertainment from ground musicians to full orchestras, art and photographic workshops, hot air ballooning, clay Pidgeon shooting and walking safaris.

Each corporate group is offered a bespoke experience, depending on the group size and focus, and Production Director Celia du Preez is on hand to assist in designing each event.

Event planners are most welcome to attend a site meeting to discuss the group’s unique needs, alternatively visit to look at events and expeditions on offer across South Africa, Namibia and East Africa.


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