In a groundbreaking move, leading real estate group Aida National Franchises has teamed up with African Olive Travel Concepts to conduct tours of SA specifically geared to international property investors.
"The tours will be tailor-made for overseas investors who are thinking about buying South African property and who want to get to know the country better before taking the leap," says Deirdre Kallmeyer of African Olive Travel Concepts.
"This is the next logical step after taking a virtual property tour at the international Aida offices and our first trip is planned for October."
The tours will enable potential investors to combine a holiday with the opportunity to get a feel for the country, to experience the local atmosphere and to determine whether or not they are compatible with local culture and customs.
Initially, four tours will be offered. Property tourists will be able to choose from tours to the Western Cape, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Limpopo and Mpumalanga. They will also have the option of booking tours consecutively and although they will be under no obligation to view specific properties, an Aida property expert will be on hand to arrange property viewing excursions on designated days.
Kallmeyer, who has wide experience in corporate tours and specialised group
tours catering for up to 800 people, has spent the past 15 years in the tourism industry. But, she says, the Aida property tours will be much more intimate. The tours will cater for groups from a minimum of six people up to around 40.
"Small groups will be transported in luxury minibuses while larger groups will be transported in luxury coaches. Tourists will overnight in luxury accommodation and will have ample opportunity to sample the best South Africa has to offer in terms of scenic beauty, hospitality, and cuisine as well as property."
During the Western Cape tour, for instance, tourist will have the opportunity to explore Table Mountain, view the scenic peninsula, taste wines at famous estates and watch the whales along the coast.
Kallmeyer says the concept is aimed at selling South Africa as a property destination and at creating a sharper brand awareness. "Such property tours are highly successful in Europe but, as far as I know, this is the first time property tours on this scale will be offered locally."
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