A летний taste during Russian winter

Event type:  Incentive
Number of Participants:  30 guests
Destinations: Cape Town, Zambia, Johannesburg & Mauritius
Hotels:  Radisson Blu (Cape Town), The Royal Livingstone (Zambia), African Pride Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Paradis Hotel (Mauritius)
Duration of the trip: 7 days / 6 nights
About the client: Stada wanted to organize an incentive full of surprises and diversity for its team. The main requests were to organize an incentive with original and luxurious hotels and restaurants, fun and memorable activities, and incredible landscapes for guests used to travel.

 Winter in Russia can be tough; a sunny escape seems like a great way to motivate teams. Stada decided to get a summer week in the middle of the cold winter.  Sun and warm weather are appreciable and a tailor-made XO Events trip also includes gastronomy, adrenaline, luxurious venues, breathtaking landscape experiences… Everything you can expect!

 HIGHLIGHTS

FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE – Welcome to the Mother City

Cape Town BeachFrom the 2 °C Moscow air to 25 °C in Cape Town, the shock is quiet pleasant. Forget about your winter coat, and enjoy summer dresses and flip flops. After a refreshing welcome cocktail on the sunny Radisson Blu’s terrace, no one feels tired from the trip anymore. Sun really does recharge the batteries.

Wine tasting - chandelier

Natasha, the Russian speaking guide, accompanies the group in luxury coaches to a place where wine is at the honour. Visiting one of South Africa’s most famous wine estate, Spier, is a must in African wine tasting. Produced locally, the wines really enchant everyone’s soul and mind. After a rich and unexpected tasting, the culinary journey keeps going with three savoury courses of the Harvest Menu. While enjoying the warm weather on the terrace, the group discovers the taste of local fresh seasonal vegetables and the quality of South African tender meat with surprise.

MEET THE GREAT WHITE SHARK – Shark cage diving

Shark TeamRussian courage was tested and proved during this adrenaline experience. After a one hour scenic drive from Cape Town, the group embarks on the boat and leaves the harbour. There is just enough time to admire the coast from the sea before the boat reaches the channel between Geyser and Dyer islands. It is time to jump in the water. While waiting, excitation mixed with fear can be felt in the cage. No one sees the impressive Great White shark arrive and it seems to have come out of nowhere. The Great White shark makes its graceful and swift appearance from just below sea level, leaping out of the water, making its arrival even more remarkable.

White Shark project

EXPERIENCING AFRICAN LUXURY – The Royal Livingstone

After enjoying fulfilling, delicious gastronomic experiences from Cape Town, the group took off for a Royal stay in Zambia’s Royal Livingstone Hotel.
After a quick flight transfer to Johannesburg, the delegates smoothly checked in for the Private Charter Flight bringing them to the heart of the Zambia Kingdom.

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A  warm, Russian  “Privyet”  from Edward, the Royal Livingstone’s Bell captain, made the group feel immediately at home in this elegant colonial style five-star hotel.
By the peaceful pool, feeling the charming vibe of the hotel, everyone stares at the roaring waters and rainbow infused mist of the Victorian falls.
sunimagesdownload006580A few minutes’ drive from the lodge, in the middle of the bush, Zambia’s wildlife offers a unique natural show.
Could you imagine a better place to stay?

SENSATIONAL VICTORIA FALLS- Helicopter flight

The day after a walking tour to the falls, no one expects the flights over the Zambezi River to offer a bird’s-eye view of the Victorian falls too. Flying over the Zambezi River is an incredible feeling. The view of the blue water, mixing with the green vegetation, associated with the flying unique sensations helicopter flights deliver, is simply breath taking. Arriving over the Victoria Falls and feeling the power and experiencing the beauty of these 400 meter tall waterfalls, makes the Flight of Angel an unforgettable experience.

Helicopter Flip over the Victoria Falls

TASTE OF PARADISE – Mauritius Island

Our playground is in Southern Africa, but we told you, we can basically go anywhere! In just a four hour flight from Johannesburg, our group exceptionally enjoyed the beauty of Mauritius Island. While landing, the view over the lagoons surrounding the island creates beautiful blue shades. For a few days, the group enjoyed all the fancy nautical activities Mauritius Island offers, from catamaran cruises to diving in the warm Indian Ocean waters.

Beach hamac

A summer week in the middle of the Russian winter is always pleasant. When will yours be?

CLIENTS Feedback:

Dear XO Team,
Thank you so much for this remarkable trip. We all got home safe, and every one thanked me a lot for this amazing week. You have been a huge help in creating a memorable trip for our teams. All the restaurants were delicious, the hotels were beyond expectations, and so were the activities. Your flexibility, availability, and kindness were highly appreciated. The Russian speaking guide was really good, please thank him, too.

Hope we will work together again.

by Sébastien Charrieras