‘SAFARI, SO GOODY’
It has become an annual event for RP International’s top performers globally to be treated to a luxury, all-expenses paid holiday as a reward for their excellent work. The destination of choice following the 2014-15 fiscal year was the Welgevonden private game reserve in South Africa, an idyllic setting located at the base of the Waterberg Mountains, just shy of three hours’ drive from Johannesburg.
Before arriving at their southern hemisphere haven, the winners congregated in Dubai to meet their counterparts and give a presentation on their admirable achievements over the course of the previous year. After two days in the Emirate, RP International’s top-billers made the overnight seven hour flight to Johannesburg prior to transferring to Clifftop, a luxuriously furnished safari camp composed of thatched chalets situated in relatively close proximity to the main lodge.
For three days, the nine winners were treated to extensive tours all around the game reserve, conducted by their extremely knowledgeable bush expert, ‘Lecker’ Ed. When not exploring the wilderness, the victors would refuel with sumptuous dinners in the evenings, giving them the chance to reflect on the often spectacular sights they had just been treated to. The undoubted highlight of the trip came on the final day, when Ed was able to locate a family of lions near a well-populated watering hole. The encounter included a family reunion between the male lion and his brother, following a tense but brief standoff between the big cats and an enormous bull elephant. The final activity of the trip was a visit to a cheetah sanctuary on the way back to Johannesburg airport, with the chance to learn about the incredibly important conservation work being undertaken in South Africa to raise animals such as these in captivity before releasing them back into the wild.
The stories garnered and the sights experienced by those lucky enough to go to South Africa have been the envy of all RP International employees worldwide, ensuring there is more than enough motivation to gain one of the much coveted places to go to Havana 2016!