DISCOVER THE "RAINBOW NATION"
South Africa is not called the “Rainbow Nation” for nothing. It consists of so many different cultures, from traditional Africans, foreign nationals, Indian, Asian and Malay peoples, British and Dutch settlers, as well as mixed-heritage populations. One thing that all South African’s share though, is a unique culture that you’ll find nowhere else in the world.
As mentioned before, South Africans are incredibly friendly and unreserved. Greetings are appreciated, as well as a smile, handshake, or a pat on the back. You might find that some South Africans are not really concerned about personal space, which may surprise some visitors. Older people are treated with respect and are addressed as ‘Sir’, ‘Ma’m’, ‘Uncle’, ‘Aunty’, ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’. In business, higher positions are respected, and professionals enjoy having their position acknowledged. Rarely are initial meetings conducted on a first-name basis.
South African’s value humour and enjoy a good laugh. They are generally not conservative, and are hospitable hosts who will go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome. If you’re invited into a South African home, a small gift of chocolates, wine or a bouquet of flowers is the norm.
Due to such a robust population of ethnicities, languages vary from culture to culture. In fact, there are 11 official languages in the country. English is the most widely spoken in the tourism industry, but it is always a good thing to learn some local languages to use in business and amongst new acquaintances. A desire to learn more about South African culture is appreciated by all, but be warned, many find it humorous to teach visitors swear words, so check the internet before you try out newly learned vocabulary.
There are also many different religions in the country, although Christianity is most prevalent. Islam and traditional religions also feature prominently. South Africans are tolerant towards all religions and creeds and religious rights are protected in the Constitution.
Negative expressions towards religion, culture or ethnicity are not appreciated by South Africans, neither is rudeness.
IE Travel Group is a member of Travel Trust Association (TTA) and has an ATOL license, which provides complete financial protection to our clients as well as stronger buying power to the company, thus enabling us to offer competitive rates to our clients.
We have partnered up with Responsible Tourism to ensure that we support community-based, sustainable and kind-to-the-planet travel.
As certified British Airways Operators, we get exclusive deals on all flights.
OUR TRAVEL SERVICES
CORPORATE AND LEISURE TRAVEL
All transport: competitive airfares (including no frills airlines) rail, bus, Eurostar, ferries, vehicle rental (car, motorhome, limousine, special cars and bikes), airport transfers
Accommodation: hotels, self-catering, guest houses, castles, mansions, villas, cottages and more
Travel extras – insurance, lounge passes, airport transfers and parking, valet parking, luggage tagging
Travel advice and updates
Visa and health advice services
FOR OUR CORPORATE TRAVELLERS
We specialise in corporate solutions offering over 25 years of experience to this market. These solutions include travel budget assistance, loyalty memberships, travel preferences, reports, negotiations with suppliers and more. Our belief is that all travel should offer a unique and incredible experience, no matter what purpose. Why not add a weekend to either side of your business trip to explore the area and get to know the locals and their culture.
Events management – over 30 years of experience in all aspect, size and scope, including high profile events, product launches, company functions, Christmas parties and other special events
Strategic planning and executive weekend getaways
FOR OUR LEISURE TRAVELLERS
Experiential and incredible experience (bucket list type) activities – Northern Lights, swim with dolphins, dive with sharks, walk with lions, exotic islands, beaches and more…..
Special events – honeymoons, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and many more
Half term specials, weekend and short getaways, city breaks, shopping, sports, cultural, friends weekends away.
Customised and tailor-made packages and scheduled tours. We are agents for Insight, Kuoni, Thomas Cook, Elegant Resorts, Kirker Travel, Contiki, APT, all major cruise companies, etc.
Cruises, barging, yacht and boat charter (gulets, dowes, junk boats
Theme park tickets, theatre tickets, city passes
Specialised tours: diving, photographic, scenic, adrenalin, adventure, etc.
Voluntary work in exciting places