What is actually made possible when people choose rural spaces as their holiday destinations?

All Out Adventures

Rural areas, while providing visitors with much needed peace, beauty and restoration, are often challenging places to live in for residents.  Availability of services, access to educational facilities and medical care, opportunities for employment and advancement are often limited, making it difficult for communities to prosper and thrive.  Tourism has the potential to address these issues in ways that promote environmental health and social harmony.

A successful getaway to a rural area relies on the following being in place – beautiful scenery, peaceful surroundings, engaging activities and good service.

Beautiful scenery doesn’t have to mean it is completely un touched, but rather that the human intervention doesn’t supplant or undermine the integrity of the natural environment

Peaceful surroundings encompass the physical and social atmosphere – it requires that people are living in harmony with nature and with one another.  This is made possible where communities have agency and opportunities for advancement.

Engaging activities rely on the presence of competent people – be it Adventure guides, mountain guides, chefs, spa therapists, culture guides – people in an area need to have been developed in order for great activities to be offered.

Good service ensures that guests recommend and return.  It is the foundation for a successful tourism operation.  Good service is provided by people who are competent and empowered.

Tourism businesses have a vested interest in ensuring these positive outcomes, and when guests choose a rural destination for their getaway, they participate in this virtuous cycle of upliftment, connection and restoration.

Enjoy a fun-filled day at All Out Adventures

A visit to All Out Adventures ticks all these boxes: The park is situated in the newly proclaimed Northern Drakensberg Nature Reserve, which forms a corridor linkng the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve in the Free State with the Okhalamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site.

The staff who operate the activities at the Park are from the area, and have learnt their trade while employed at All Out Adventures.  The social partnerships in place through the Royal Drakensberg Education Trust  ensure close ties between local businesses and the community. Together this creates an atmosphere of co-operation and possibility where people feel safe to engage and explore.

All Out Adventures offers activities for everyone – from Quad bike trails, a 6 slide Zip Line tour, Paintball & free fall swings for the adrenalin junkies, to an array of kids activities as well as a coffee shop serving homemade scones and giant cappuccinos, that offers a view of the whole park, so those not participating in the activities can still feel like part of the action.

The team at All Out Adventures love to share these activities with visitors.  Their endless patience and friendly yet professional manner provides a safe space for people to push through their fears and achieve more than they thought they could.  This shared experience creates a sense of connection and appreciation, which is uplifting for everyone involved.

Who would have thought that signing up for a Quad bike ride could make a ripple of positivity that holds the key to transforming challenge into possibility!

Read more on All Out Adventures HERE.

All Out Adventures is located at Moeggestap Farm, Off the D119, Bergville, Northern Drakensberg. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call or WhatsApp +27 (0) 79 417 4989 / +27 (0) 82 406 8980; email info@alloutadventures.co.za or visit them online at www.alloutadventures.co.za today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.

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Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

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No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

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