Duzi 2 Sani encourages inland tourism

2018-09-28 06:00
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The Duzi 2 Sani 4X4 Expedition and Inter-Cultural Food Tasting Expo took place from September 15 to September 16.

The event was hosted by the Dr Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma Municipality and the Harry Gwala Development Agency in an effort to boost tourism inland.

Philipp Beeken from Germany, who was at Himeville Dam, said he was excited to be part of the Duzi 2 Sani event.

“I am so excited to observe South African culture,” said Beeken, who was accompanied by colleagues Daniel Wegfahot, Jasmin Duerr and Anna Canradi.

The Duzi 2 Sani event started in Howick at the Nelson Mandela capture site, continued through Pietermaritzburg via Qunu Falls in Creighton, Himeville dam and then on to the Highest Pub in Africa, based 2 874 meters above sea level.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality Deputy Mayor Philani Shange said their aim was to learn about the history of tourism and to teach young people about tourism. This area of the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality is enjoying a boom in resort development and is one of South Africa’s most outstanding attractions, drawing numerous visitors daily.

The route is a cluster of travel attractions, accommodation, tour operators, local artisans, guides and restaurants.

It brings people together from all levels of the community to promote travel to their area.

“As a municipality, we are changing tourism into money as we attract a number of tourists daily from all over the world,” said Shange.

The Duzi 2 Sani event was hosted by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality in partnership with Harry Gwala Development Agency, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism and the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission to ensure a sustainable driver for economic growth.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality Tourism Manager Andile Zwezwe said Duzi 2 Sani opens new doors for tourism and this year they focused on film destination location marketing.

This year the expo took a different shape as guests had access to a number of activities such as archery, horse and pony rides and much more.

At the food tasting Expo in Himeville Dam, dishes from around the world were on display, ranging from Sotho dishes, Zimbabwean dishes, Zulu, and Indian dishes. There was also cheese and wine tasting.

After the Expo, the delegation, along with community members, were given a chance to participate in various tourism activities ranging from horse riding, rock art, hiking trails and trout fishing.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality communication officer Sikhumbuzo Sethuntsa said their aim was to encourage South Africans to travel domestically to get a better understanding of the affordable, exciting and world class attractions that are available on their doorstep.

“Our aim of the Duzi 2 Sani event is to unveil to our people that even inland places are perfect holiday destinations or touring places, as not enough locals are exploring holiday destinations in South Africa,” said Setuntsa.

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