Holiday Swap KZN hits our tv screens

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Thebe Tourism Group introduces a new television reality show that promotes affordable travel!

Holiday Swap KZN – a proudly South African reality TV show that explores different corners and areas of KwaZulu-Natal’s breathtaking landscape. This 13-part TV show that premieres on 9 February at 18h00 on SABC 1 takes two teams of three friends on an adventure every week where they get to compete for their ultimate dream holiday in the exceptional Zulu Kingdom.

Every week the teams will engage in exciting, at times daunting activities in the different parts of KZN. Areas such as the lush green hills of Jozini in northern KZN, the Durban beaches and majestic mountains in the Drakensberg are just a snippet of what can be explored in the exceptional Zulu Kingdom and through Holiday Swap KZN, sponsors KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and Thebe Tourism Group, have created holiday packages featuring places visited and activities undertaken during the TV show. After the show, audiences can contact FlightSiteAgent and plan their dream holiday using a pre-paid or travel now-pay later credit plan thanks to the Thebe Travel card.

Ndabo Khoza, CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, explains the idea behind the show: “The majority of South Africans have never experienced a holiday. Through Holiday Swap KZN, we believe that many people will see opportunities and activities that they never knew existed in KwaZulu-Natal. This show will attract new travellers to our beautiful province and also highlight some of our hidden gems that even seasoned travellers were previously unaware of. The packages will give viewers a one-stop shop option, where all their needs are taken care of – from transport, to accommodation and activities.”

Says Thebe Tourism Group CEO, Jerry Mabena: “It is important to us as a company that we make travel affordable and accessible for everyone. The enticing KwaZulu-Natal packages on offer are supported by “travel now, pay later” or pre-payment packages through the Thebe Travel Card. This makes travel accessible even in an instant. We are committed to supporting small businesses through the involvement of FlightSite Agent as our booking agent in the Holiday Swap KZN travel packages on offer. We further hope to involve SMEs in the travel and accommodation sector in future Holiday Swap initiatives to grow the economy in this sector”

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu said “Our focus now is to increase the culture of travel amongst the majority of South Africans, and to effectively compete for disposable income. Travel and tourism has increasingly faced stiff competition in the pecking order of how people spend their disposable income. Therefore, with this initiative we are encouraging people to choose travel over many other competing demands. We are doing this by packaging and selling experiences that resonate with our customers in the manner in which the majority of South Africans buy and or make buying decisions. Transforming the tourism sector is not only about changing the profile of the owners of the tourism businesses; it is also about changing the profile of the travellers as well”

Don’t miss the first episode of Holiday Swap KZN – explore all the wonders that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer and start planning your dream holiday now!



About Tourism KwaZulu-Natal

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal was established in 1996 and is responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of tourism into and within the province, both domestically and internationally. The organisation is an entity that reports to the provincial Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. 

About Thebe Tourism

Thebe Tourism Group is a 100%-owned subsidiary of Thebe Investment Corporation. Formed in 2001, the group is the oldest black-empowered South African tourism group with  a significant portfolio in tourism and related industries ranging from attractions, inbound and outbound tourism, retail, car rental, business tourism and foreign exchange. Thebe Tourism Group aims to offer innovative, integrated, market-driven products; the group of companies are focussed on making tourism accessible to all and ensuring responsible tourism is practiced throughout all businesses.

About Holiday Swap KZN 

Holiday Swap KZN is a reality show that swaps the participants’ dream holiday for a completely different experience. In each episode two teams of three friends step out of their comfort zone and compete in extraordinary holiday activities in order to win their dream holiday. Both teams will be competing for points and the team with the most points after 3 episodes win a dream holiday to the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom.

Social media links for Holiday Swap KZN:



Twitter: @HolidaySwapKZN

Instagram: @HolidaySwapKZN

Hashtags: #HolidaySwapKZN and #gottaluvKZN


Social media links Tourism KwaZulu-Natal:


Twitter: @TourismKZN 

Author: PR Officer

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