Eleven Ghanaian travel and tourism professionals arrived in the South African commercial capital of Johannesburg last Sunday to take part in a series of experiences put together for them by South African Tourism (SAT).

The team, which is made up of staff and managers from different travel and tour operating companies in Ghana, will be treated to some of the very interesting and exciting tourism experiences in the two major South African cities – Johannesburg and Cape Town.

All members of the travelling team are graduates of the SA Specialist Online course and they all received their certificates at an awards ceremony held in Accra last February.

According the West Africa Trade Relations Manager of South Africa Tourism, Mr. Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa, the need to organize this all expenses paid trip for the graduates is “to give them first hand opportunity to experience what they had learnt from the online course.”

Mr. Kwajaffa added that the experience would help them to “use the knowledge acquired to contribute immensely to the growth and development of their organization as they continue to promote South Africa as the preferred tourist destination.”

From Monday to Wednesday the team will be treated to exciting cultural and culinary experiences as well as visiting some very interesting historic sites in Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg experiences include city tour, tour of Soweto, visit to Lion Park, visit to Elephant Sanctuary at Hartebeespoort Dam, visit to Lesedi Cultural Village, visit to Apartheid Museum and visit to Gold Reef City.

On Thursday, the team will leave for Cape Town to continue the experience in that city as well.

While in Cape Town, the team will ride the open bus to tour the city, experience sunset on Table Mountain, visit Robben Island, and ride sidecarts to Wine Lands, quad biking in Wine Estates, spa and beauty treatment, among other experiences.

Joining the team from Ghana will be a similar team of SA Specialist graduates from Nigeria, which together with its Ghanaian counterparts, will go through the same experiences.

In view of this, according to the team leader Mr. Kwajaffa, the experience has been named West Africa Meets South Africa.