The Destination

Long hot summers and mild winters make the Southern African region an ‘all purpose, all season’ destination waiting to receive you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Stretching from Cape Town in the south to Victoria Falls in the north, from Windhoek in the west to Mozambique in the east, and everything in between, Walthers will take you there.

Populated by an eclectic mix of races, each with diverse and fascinating cultures, Southern Africa embraces all peoples, hence the expression the “Rainbow Nation”.

Our history too, is a rich tapestry detailing the lives of Africa’s inhabitants, interweaving explorers, settlers, invaders and the earliest indigenous peoples with tribal wars, colonialism and apartheid.

Our magnificent land abundantly yields the lion’s share of the world’s precious stones, sun ripened fruits and of course, superb wines from the finest grapes ever plucked from the vine.

And the astounding variety of wildlife and marine life plays a key role in positioning Southern Africa as a destination of choice.

A few of the highlights of this region include:-

Cape Town – overshadowed by the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town is a city that literally has it all. Mountains, scenery, beaches, whale watching, shopping and some of the best food and wine you’ll find anywhere and all at great value. The New York Times has voted Cape Town the number one place in the World to visit. For the adrenalin junkies Cape Town is also renowned as the best place in the world for Great White Shark cage diving.

Safari – the word evokes images of elephants and lions, sunsets and the sounds of Africa. Safari is all this and yet so much more. Lodges range from traditional “Out of Africa” style to avant-garde, rustic, or even tented and cater to everyone’s tastes and budgets. It is as much about where you stay and how you arrive as what you see. No matter whether the location we suggest offers spa treatments or is self-catering, it is that first sighting of a leopard, the roar of a lion or the grace with which elephants pass by that remains with one forever.

Mozambique – definitely on the road less travelled. Blessed with a tropical coastline of some 2500km of pristine beach, one can visualise the potential. The islands of the Quarimbas and Benguela archipelagos are home to exclusive lodges perfect for idyllic honeymoons, scuba diving and fishing. Maputo, the capital city, shows the influence of this former Portuguese colony and boasts a railway station designed by Gustave Eiffel. Bob Dylan was so inspired that he wrote a song about this country, entitled naturally “Mozambique”.

Botswana – offering some of Africa’s last untouched wilderness, Botswana enjoys a reputation for unrivalled safari experiences. Eco lodges dot the Okavango Delta and names like Moremi, Savuti, Chobe and Tuli are synonymous with elephants, of which Botswana has the highest number on the African continent. A highlight is a cruise safari on the Chobe River!

Namibia – although a desert country Namibia enjoys an enviable reputation for awe inspiring landscapes. Influenced by both its indigenous people as well as from its times as a German colony, Namibia offers wide open spaces, desert and ocean, a vibrant capital city in Windhoek and some spectacular safari in the northern part of the country. Distances are long but in this region the journey is definitely as important as the destination.

Victoria Falls – The Falls are undoubtedly spectacular in their own right. More than a mile wide at the point that the mighty Zambezi plunges into the Batoka gorge, they form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The location is however what really makes The Falls truly unique. Surrounded by National Park, elephant and hippo are regular additions to the scenic wonder of the spray. Activities vary from a relaxed sunset cruise on the river to white water rafting and one can even bungee jump in no-man’s land between two countries. Victoria Falls richly deserves its Seventh Natural Wonder of the World status.

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Destination Business Solutions

Africa today is an important part of any organisation’s plans, with its dynamic growth and a market of a Billion consumers. Recent investment in many African cities has resulted in some of the most modern infrastructure on the planet. The quality of many of the continent’s hotels, food, and meeting facilities is world class and will surprise even the most discerning client.

Part of the magic of Africa is that it‘s different.  Diverse cultures and customs require an understanding of local norms. With over 1000 successful projects during our 30 plus years in the region, the team at Walthers is uniquely placed to assist. Whether it’s an Executive retreat, a hotel meeting, a mega conference, Incentive programme, Exhibition, Media production or a product launch, Walthers is the logical place to start for Business Solutions in any African destination.

Leisure Travel

Whether you want to reward yourself with a short break, spoil the family, or have a lust for adventure or romance, Africa needs to be on your bucket list. From the incredible beauty of the city of Cape Town, to a life-changing safari, with exquisite scenery, waterfalls, islands and beaches. All this is wrapped up with the friendliest people on the planet.

And because we don’t sell package tours, Walthers is always flexible and easily able to accommodate any last minute changes to suit your client’s needs.

The Walthers Team is privileged to have experienced what this Continent has to offer and to share our insights whilst planning your dream trip. Come and visit us, you’ll be surprised, you’ll be changed and you’ll go home longing to return.

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                       Individual Travel
               Groups and Special Interest Tours

Accreditation

Walthers has been in the forefront of Incentive and Conference development in the Southern Africa region for well over 30 years. With a Management Team which is personally involved from conception stage to execution, Walthers has been recognised internationally for exceptionally high service. Daryl Keywood, Walthers MD, was President of SITE Southern Africa for three years, and remains on the Board of the South African Chapter.

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TEN GOOD REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE USING WALTHERS DMC

  • A company with a proud history of almost 35 years in Incentive, Conference and Group travel, with a separate Individual Travel Division.
  • A 2nd generation family-owned business, where Management is hands-on every step of the way. The volume of repeat business is testament to the fact that our clients are seen as partners and invariably end up as friends.
  • Financial Peace of Mind: Walthers DMC is financially bonded with SATSA (the Southern African Tourism Services Association).
  • Comprehensive Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance: Walthers is fully insured, and has documented supplier Due Diligence and Professional Emergency Response Procedures in place.
  • Free Medical Evacuation including air evacuation to the nearest medical facility for any client of ours.
  • Risk Assessment Service available on request.
  • Award winning Service and Professionalism. With multiple international accolades, Walthers is the only African DMC ever to win TWO Site Crystal Awards for the same event.
  • True specialists in the Region – our passionate staff have travelled and run events throughout the sub-continent; we know and understand this destination.
  • Walthers international and local industry reputation and influence ensure extensive Buying Power and the best negotiated rates for our clients.
  • International representation in the USA, UK, Benelux and Brazil.

We Care

Walthers Social Responsibility

At Walthers we are passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility. Giving back to the often underprivileged communities that surround the hotels, lodges and attractions we visit is of immense importance to us. We are not necessarily talking about cash donations. Many of our clients have taken time to assist with a few hours of interaction with Africa’s friendly people. Painting a classroom, refurbishing a playground or enjoying a paid for meal in someone’s home are merely a few examples of how our clients, through contributing, have learnt about different cultures. In some cases the interaction has resulted in meaningful friendships that are the highlight of their stay.

Walthers policy is that no profit is made from any social responsibility element if included as part of a programme we arrange. Our aim is that 100% of any contribution gets to those who need it. Our partnership with KPMG Meijburg Holland has changed the lives of hundreds of school children in Lilydale close to The Kruger National Park. Over the past five years, 6 new classrooms, a 10 workstation computer room, clean water, hundreds of school text books, desks and much more has been provided to Ezweni school.

Walthers is proud to have been recognised by SITE, winning three coveted “Crystal Awards” for outstanding contributions to CSR as part of an Incentive programme.

Recent Events

  • “I cannot offer enough accolades about our incentive Program in South Africa! Our participants have not stopped talking about how we provided them with a Once In a Lifetime experience and memories they will have with them forever. Since they are our customers, this is critical to us.”

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  • “The whole event ran like clockwork, which was due to the tremendous planning that you and your team put in to the organisation of the trip. In short, it was by far the most professionally organised incentive that I have ever attended!”

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  • “Getting to know you through this process and hearing the way others regard you in the industry, reaffirmed that we made the right decision when choosing a partner in South Africa.”

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  • “We are very fortunate to be able to work so closely with our DMC which is of paramount importance to us. We view Walthers as a bolt-on to our company, someone we can trust as part of the team. We share the same views on what’s important and celebrate the highs and rally round when the pressure is on.”

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  • “I would like to thank you very much for your great hospitality and the good care you gave my client and his guests. The event was very well managed from your side and both client and guests had a wonderful time! I truly enjoyed working with you!”

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  • “I have been to many of these conferences in all the great cities of the world over the years but none has come close to this and many of my colleagues have called or emailed to tell me this.”

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Talk To Us

At Walthers we are completely dedicated to ensuring the success of each and every Client Programme, whether large or small. We thrive on the consistently excellent feedback we receive. The Walthers Team members are positive, friendly and are selected for their ‘can do’ approach to ensuring logistics run smoothly We strive for continuous improvement and as a result enjoy repeat business from those clients who share our commitment to excellence.

Contact details:
PO Box 689, Douglasdale,
2165, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 467 8867
Email: info@walthers.co.za
Fax: +27 11 789 5255
Local Fax: 086 654 6438

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Overseas Representation:

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The Netherlands – Travel Marketing
Contact: Sigrid Scheffer, Kisa van den Berg
Address: Nova Zemblastraat 8b , 1013 RK Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 6868099
Email: welcome@travelmarketing.nl
Web: www.travelmarketing.nl

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United Kingdom – Harry Fine Associates
Contact: Harry Fine
Address: The Willows, 29 Cooks Meadow, Edlesborough, Beds LU6 2RP
Tel: +44 (0)1525 221690 or Mobile : +44 (0)7831 496536
Fax: +44 (0)1525 229405
E mail: harry@harryfine.com
Web: www.harryfine.com

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USA – The Partnership Destination Business Solutions
Contact: David A Spain; Bonnie Coop-Mitchell
David Spain  St Augustine, FL  Tel: 904.679.5156
Bonnie Coop Mitchell Chicago, IL Tel: 847.305.3938
Email: david@the-partnership.net; bonnie@the-partnership.net 
Web: www.the-partnership.net

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Brazil – The Collection Destinations
Contact: Eliane Taunay; Andrea Bonna
Address: Sao Paulo
Tel: +55 11 7743 8242
Nextel: 55*960*16019
E mail: andrea@thecollectiondestinations.com; eliane@thecollectiondestinations.com
Web: www.thecollectiondestinations.com

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