From one universe to another

Type of event: Reward Trip
Number of Participants: 35 guests
Destination: South Africa (Cape Town), Namibia (Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park)
Hotels:Radisson BLU (Cape Town), Mushara Lodge & Camp (Namibia), Swakopmund Hotel (Namibia), Sossusvlei Lodge (Namibia)
Duration on site: 10 days/ 9 nights
About the client: Hemotech group was looking for an original mix of destination to offer their employee a memorable reward trip, between the discovery of a vibrant city, and the luxury in an authentic set up.

For this original mix of destination, the XO team came up with a program offering the same experience, in completely different sceneries … Well the same experience, on the paper only!

HIGHLIGHTS

In the heart of the action – Radisson BLU versus Mushara Lodge

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Depending on where you stand, being in the heart of the action does not have the same sense. It’s quite astonishing to say you can be in the heart of the action in both a famous Cape Town hotel and in the middle of the bush.  Yet, our group experienced it! On one hand from an inner city point, Radisson BLU offers an ideal location; it’s located close to the famous shopping and entertainment centre, the V&A Waterfront, with close access to the beach and with a stunning view of Table Mountain. The Radisson BLU is the ideal place to enjoy the city in action. On the other hand, standing in the middle of the deserted bush might seem a bit too calm. Give it a second thought though…the Namibian wildlife offers a one-of-a-kind show. Put on your seat belt, it’s time for an animated game drive!

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 Dinner feet in the sand – Grand Beach Café versus Namibian desert

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If you love the feeling of the sand under your feet, prepare yourself for the different nights to follow. Relax at the fancy Grand Beach Café in Cape Town with a glass of champagne in hand and watch the sun melt into the blue ocean. With a smart-casual dress code, the atmosphere is relaxed. A DJ in the back is playing lounge music to add a special ambiance to this fantastic venue on the trendy Cape Town beach. What a great dinner opening for the beginning of the trip.

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The closure dinner was a week later and was almost the same experience. If you take off your shoes, you can feel the sands between your toes. But not just any sand, the Namibian one. From your hotel, a candle alley guides you towards a stunning dinner that has been set up. Under the star-filled African sky, in the middle of the Namib Desert, an exceptional closure dinner is offered to you. Fancy and elegant has been replaced by gorgeous nature and authenticity, lounge music by a local Marimba band, and sophisticated finger foods are traded for generous local meals. The only things that can take you to Cape Town again are the great memories, and the feeling of the sand between your toes.

 Welcome on board – Speed boat versus Seal cruise

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Embarking on a boat is always a source of excitement as it is the promise of an exceptional journey. In the dynamic and vibrant cityof Cape Town, embark on an energetic cruise around Miller’s point and have fun with your team! Meanwhile, in Namibia, embarking on the seal cruise is the promise of a journey in wonderland. Open your eyes wide to take in the golden dunes melting in Walvis Bay as seals dance gently around the boat. Have you ever experienced a more peaceful boat trip?

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 Did we actually say same experience?

by Orianne Gambino