Operator license

Following an article published by Southern and East African Tourism Update on 15 November - Progress made in tourism vehicle licensing backlog – SATSA has the following feedback to its members. SATSA is aware of the continued concerns with applications, and would like members to... Read more


A BIG thank you to all our fabulous SATSA members for the continued support in 2018! A quick heads-up on the review requirements… The annual review process comprises two simple steps 1) membership fee payment, 2) online review including supporting documents. Once both steps are completed you will receive your SATSA 2019 certificate and will be publicised as a member in good standing on... Read more


Love Limpopo is the story of a province..,.. an epic love story of wild open spaces, unique experiences and responsible accommodation, ranging from Rural Home Stays and campsites to five-star Safari Lodges.  This innovative new online platform, conceived of by the Traveling Circus team, is inspiring new ways of connection to the most incredible province in South Africa. Acting as an online hub... Read more


The amended regulations published in Government Gazette No. 10177 (dated 29 November 2018) around the requirement foreign minors to carry Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBCs) do nothing yet again to help South Africa market itself as a family-friendly destination and help claw back this lucrative lost segment. As you are aware, the Government Gazette was issued a month late, following... Read more

2019 Events

New year, full year, we are pleased to offer you a user-friendly Excel Spreadsheet featuring tourism and industry events and other need to know dates for 2019. All these events will be listed on the SATSA website. However, should you wish to add any events, you can also do so through the SATSA... Read more

Hiking trails

With more and more day- and overnight-trails opening every week, hiking is rapidly becoming one of Mpumalanga’s major drawcards for visitors. There are literally hundreds of spectacular hiking trails on offer, lasting anything from several hours to several days. Examples include day hikes at Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) sites, such as the Belvedere Day Hike from Bourke’s... Read more


I and M Futureneer Advisor Pty Ltd is a newly established advisory firm consisting of Martin Jansen van Vuuren and Ian Bartes. I and M Futureneer Advisors Pty Ltd provides a range of advisory services to help build your future. These include, but are not limited to, feasibility studies, economic impact assessments, strategy development, marketing strategies,... Read more


SATSA heartily congratulates all winners of the 2018 National Lilizela Tourism Awards, held on 17 November at the Sandton International Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Lilizela Tourism Awards are delivered by South African Tourism (SAT), on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and the National Department of Tourism. Launched in 2013, the Awards were created to honour, celebrate and... Read more

Tourism Corporation

A year ago, a fatal aircraft incident in Tanzania, in the region of Ngorongoro Crater, en-route to the Serengeti, claimed the lives of 10 passengers and a solo Captain. The causes of this incident remain under investigation by the TCAA. (Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority). Amongst the passengers on-board was Naseeb Mfinanga, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Maasai Wanderings Ltd,... Read more


The current problem in the travel trade market is that all indemnities are done on paper. Forms need to be printed at a cost, forms get lost, forms need to be stored somewhere, there is no way off tracking demographics, and there is... Read more


On the 23 November 2018, SATSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mozambican Tourism and Hospitality Federation (FEMOTUR). FEMOTUR represents the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Mozambique. SATSA and FEMOTUR both recognise the importance of collaborating to provide international buyers with advice and information on quality tourism partners in the region – all with the... Read more

Knysna Festive season

On 4 December, Wesgro exco members visited Knysna and Sedgefield to review the work done after the first month of the contracted relationship with local government to provide local tourism promotion for Knysna municipality. The team was satisfied with the progress made in the month since the Service Level Agreement (SLA) was signed including: • the appointment of an acting General Manager... Read more