We are thrilled to be working with ex-Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold in her new company Destinate on the development of a digital presence in South Africa for Reunion Island.
What a place – one we previously knew so little about! Since exploring (virtually to date) the offerings of the Island, we have a) developed serious exotic destination wanderlust and b) found out that South Africans don’t need a visa to go to Reunion.
It’s just four hours from Jo’burg and there are plenty of flights (Air Austral offers two a week). On the other end there are magical things to explore that other island paradises simply don’t have! For one, there is a real live volcano simmering away there – don’t worry its all perfectly safe – and 42% of the island is UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s also French. In that it is actually ‘part’ of France so everyone speaks French, the supermarkets have French food and generally French style abounds. Of course, there are also lots of other cultures in the mix so there is a creole feel to the cuisine and festivals.
Its also less resort-like than some other tropical spots, you can actually rent homes, stay in B&B’s, camp, rest in hiking huts and so on. Oh, and hiking is big! No, its actually massive.
Reunion ticks the boxes most South Africans are looking for: safe, an outdoor adventure paradise, interesting – with its volcanoes, moon landscapes, fern forests, French towns, waterfalls and lagoons AND its also child-friendly, has great food, friendly people, diverse accommodation, isn’t that far away, offers lots of watersport and land activities and well, there’s so much more….
For now we will have to dream of sparkly, warm oceans and lush tropical forests, macaroons and vanilla tea.
You can too at http://www.welcometoreunionisland.com or follow @ReunionTourism and join them on facebook.com/ReunionTourisme