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Swap your mundane reality for the holiday of your life in KZN!


Bored of the daily grind? Need a break from your boss? Or simply want to get away for the experience of a lifetime?

If you can take a few days off, why not swap your routine for a fun filled, jam packed holiday in KwaZulu-Natal … and let us come along for the ride!

Welcome to Holiday Swap, an innovative new TV show, pioneered by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Thebe Tourism Group, coming to SABC 1 soon.

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To be our holiday stars, all you need to do is create a team of three friends, colleagues, workmates or family members that you want to share a dream holiday with. Then decide what your dream holiday in KwaZulu-Natal would entail.

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of bungee jumping at Oribi Gorge, enjoying a sunset cruise on the Indian Ocean, or seeing the big five up close? Perhaps a spa weekend with your girlfriends, or soaring over fields in a hot air balloon, or even enjoying retail therapy in one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, followed by a night on the town – you are only limited by your imagination!

Dream big because if you’re selected all costs are covered by us. So start planning that dream holiday and enter your team.

Every episode will have challenges where the friends experience a holiday thrill that is outside of their comfort zone. Each team will need to score points for completing the challenges and the team with the most points wins!

As with any reality TV show, our cameras will be with you every step of the way to showcase your fabulous holiday and share your new experiences with the viewers. The teams will be supported along the way by our presenter extraordinaire, Nomzamo Mbatha.

Ndabo Khoza, CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, explained that the show aims to unleash the holiday spirit amongst all South Africans.

“The majority of South Africans have never experienced a holiday. They have not felt the excitement of travel, or been able to share in the wonderful memories that are created when experiencing a new place or activity. Through Holiday Swap, we believe that many people will see opportunities and activities that they never knew existed in KwaZulu-Natal.”

Another component of the show is the opportunity for viewers to book any of the experiences they see in the programmes.

“The benefit of this is that new travellers have a preview of what they will experience, whilst enjoying a fully packaged holiday where all their needs are taken care of – from transport, to accommodation and activities,” said Khoza.

Twinned with this will be the ability to finance their holiday, through either a lay-by structure or a tailored finance package to suit everyone’s means.

Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Services, partners in Holiday Swap, said, “This project had a natural synergy for both Thebe and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, as our founding ethos is on creating transformation in the tourism leisure sector. Therefore this project was a perfect fit for both of us.

“By including a financial model, along with an innovative travel booking service, will ensure the process of booking and enjoying a holiday is quick and easy. This is particularly important for new travellers, who may be daunted by the challenge of all the logistics – now they can simply send an SMS after the show and book the holiday they’ve just viewed on TV,” said Mabena.

The gorgeous and talented Nomzamo Mbatha was announced as the presenter for the innovative Holiday Swap, a world first TV reality show coming to SABC 1 in the New Year.
The gorgeous and talented Nomzamo Mbatha was announced as the presenter for the innovative Holiday Swap, a world first TV reality show coming to SABC 1 in the New Year.

How to enter

The show is calling for entrants and this is the opportunity for the public to swap the stress and strain of everyday life, for the exceptional experience and fun of KwaZulu-Natal. To holiday like a star!

Each team must:

 comprise three people between the ages of 18 and 45;

 one team member must have a drivers licence; and

 be either a South African citizens or permanent residents of South Africa.

The team must also submit photographs as part of the entry application – and remember, we want to see your holiday spirit, so be bold and show us your personality!

The entry form is available on our web site www.holidayswapkzn.co.za or you can phone our call centre on 080 121 2572.

Entries close on 3 October 2014, so don’t delay click or phone, today! The holiday of your dreams awaits.

World class team

In addition to hosting the programme in the country’s top domestic tourism destination of KwaZulu-Natal, Holiday Swap has a world class production team with Launch Factory.

Spero Patricios, Managing Director of Launch Factory, the producers of Holiday Swap, said, “Launch Factory conceptualises and produces innovative branded content TV shows, and partners with brands that want to create content that is authentic, engaging and effective with local audiences. This latest campaign with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Thebe Tourism Group is a fantastic platform that will provide a fresh take on travel across KZN.”

Auditions are around the corner

The auditions will take place in Cape Town (4 October), Durban (5 October) and Johannesburg (11 and 12 October). The public is encouraged to keep an eye on our web site, Facebook page (facebook.com/holidayswapkzn) or follow us on twitter (@HolidaySwapKZN) for more details.


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