Management Meeting at the Serengeti? Why Not!
Corporate events are an essential feature of today’s work culture. They are effective at bringing people together in a new way and developing interpersonal relationships that couldn’t exist inside the structured environment of the office. The venues for these events have always revolved around large halls with ornate decor and catered services. But what about if you swapped those large halls with the majestic beauty of nature at its finest? There’s less decorations needed for sure, as the scenic landscape of Africa’s safaris provide a feast for the eyes as far as they can see.
Corporate events in the wild is a juxtaposition of the best of both worlds; merging of work and vacation in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. There’s also the game drives and nature walks; the bush breakfasts and wildlife spotting, all of which contribute in no small measure to a work-life culture from a company that truly cares about the wellbeing of its employees. So if you’re currently at odds as to where to host your next corporate event, Africa may just fit the bill. Here are some corporate events that can be better held in the wild:
Team building events are meant to do exactly as their name says. They are crucial to building better team relations and camaraderie in the workplace. They also build upon the company’s strengths while boosting employee confidence, goodwill, and productivity. Most team building events involve physical group activities like a ropes course or puzzle solving and the like. What better place to have these activities than in the wild; lush landscapes, the world-famous African sunrise and sunset, and the distant roar of a lion or cheetah cheering the teams on. This location alone takes team building to a whole new level, one that all team members will remember for all time. It also reinvigorates them mentally and physically, such that they become better at their work and become more engaged.
The inclusion of visits to safari parks like in the Serengeti in incentive programs such as performance-related bonuses is a great way to keep the staff motivated. The rewarding of staffs in relation to the achievement of certain goals, either personal, team or organizational, is in fact beneficial to your company. It portrays your business in a good light, attracting more talent, retaining existing staffs, increasing staff loyalty, boost productivity, teamwork and focus employees on achieving their targets.
Strategic leaders are central to developing a dynamic organization, so intrinsic inspiration and out-of-the-box thinking is something they are familiar with and need constantly to perform at their jobs. That’s why organizing a seminar or conference in the wild may well be a great strategic management decision. Make no mistake, Africa will inspire you and challenge conventional thinking, such that your mind is opened to possibilities not yet thought about.
Taking corporate events to the wild has been made easy for corporations especially in terms of scenic locations and accommodation options, making it easier for group organizers to set it up.
Here’s some accommodations that have the facilities to hold seminars in the wild:
Mount Meru Hotel
Located at the front hills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Mount Meru Hotel lies on 15 acres of serene and lush landscapes. The ultimate conference destination in the region, Mount Meru hotel includes 5 conference halls and two executive board rooms. Equipped with translation equipment upon request, all-conference and board rooms are fully equipped with air conditioners, free wifi, video and teleconferencing, audio and visual facilities with a seating capacity of over 2000.
The African Tulip Hotel
Located along the Serengeti road right in the heart of Arusha, the African Tulip Hotel offers one of the best Tanzanian hospitality for safari travellers, business persons and corporations, families, honeymooners, elite and leisure travellers.
Palace Hotel Arusha
Palace Hotel Arusha is an elegant hotel that stands out against the backdrop of Mount Meru and amidst the gardens located between the hotel and the historical regional commissioner building. It boasts state of the art hosting facilities for meetings and presentations, the conference halls are equipped with some of the most refined communication and technology equipment that caters to gatherings of all sizes.
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Home to over 300 migrating birds, including the long-crested eagles, grey-headed kingfisher and flamingoes, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is designed to imitate the extraordinary birdlife with its architectural motifs featuring avian curves and vibrantly coloured walls.
Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge
Located in Karatu, Oldeani Tanzania, Ngorongoro Oldeani lodge offers accommodation with free wifi and specializes in international cuisine. Conference rooms are available enough to house a host of guests. Garden and sun terrace are inclusive.
Situated in the popular Westlands district, Movenpick hotel and residences is a 5-star hotel and it is the perfect base to explore Nairobi while staying for business or leisure. Movenpick hotel and residences is best known for its 14 meeting rooms, ballrooms and exhibition halls making it a fantastic destination for conferencing and events in Nairobi.
18 minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Sarova pacific hotel is rated amongst one of the best hotels in Nairobi and it offers a wide range of banqueting and conferencing facilities.
In Lake Naivasha:
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Located in Lake Naivasha, Kenya and set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia trees and bushes, the resort is home to giraffes, waterbucks, velvet and colobus monkeys. Four conference rooms inclusive.
Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
A charming settlement where contemporary comfort blends with nature stylishly to offer an environment where guests can refresh and rekindle their love for travel. Conferencing options are also available.
A short 90-minute drive from Nairobi with breathtaking views of Mount Longonot and the fresh waters of Lake Naivasha, the Sawela lodge offers luxury accommodation for both local and international guests. From seminar to conferencing, Sawela lodge offers 8 conference halls, 2 boardrooms and breakaway rooms on request.
Serena Kilaguni Hotel
A hotel lodge in Tsavo West national park, Serena Kilaguni safari lodge is a peaceful, hushed and cool refuge framed by Mount Kilimanjaro, volcanic landscapes of Chyulu hills. Chyulu hall and Mzima rooms are available for conferencing of all kinds.
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