Support for hinterland events

2015-08-13 06:00

UGU South Coast Tourism recently supported the annual Maidens Ceremony at Kwa Nyuswa in the Ezinqoleni area. For this event we placed advertisements in the media, provided website information and invited our tourism sector/ their guests to join our staff in convoy go to this traditional gathering in our hinterland.

Needless to say only a handful of people and visitors from the coast attended, albeit numerous locals from the rural area celebrated the occasion. Some Dutch tourists were in attendance and reported that they were “blown away” by the memorable experience.

I believe there are a number of rural events that are presented that should receive greater support from residents and tourists alike. Our inland areas have reason to be endearing to people going on drives out and being at away from the coast events.

As a sampling, we support cycling races in the magnificent Ingeli Forest near Harding, endurance events at Lake Eland, Time Travel outings in Umzumbe and with them many Zulu-English speaking tour guides with sound knowledge of the area are on hand to reinforce each experience.

I have found that more often than not it is our overseas tourists who really wish to immerse themselves in our rich African culture and feel the authentic essence of communities. South Africans tend to be somewhat blasé when it comes to seeing what is on our rural doorstep.

On a number of occasions I have ventured into such areas, had home-stays with local families, learnt of their way of life and fascinating traditions, listened to some magnificent church services and outstanding choirs and returned home refreshed at the moving uniqueness of the experience.

In the near future, events in our inland areas are on the cards to include the Amakhono Arts Festival at Nyandazulu (19 September) and the Harding-Ingeli Show (19-20 September) and the Ugu Film Festival at various venues (11-13 September).

We really urge the public not only to attend themselves, but also recommend them. Information in this regard can be accessed from our website

In supporting these occasions, part of our tourism spend should accrue to the communities within which they are being held and that is an important geographic component of the diffusion of our visitor spend.

As spring approaches, there is no better time than heading for the hills to enjoy the variety of offerings in our district.

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