Walthers DBS, South Africa

With offerings as diverse as a Big Five Safari, unspoilt Mozambican Islands, scenic Cape Town or one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world at The Victoria Falls, Southern Africa certainly deserves its dream destination status. As one of the original Destination Management Companies in South Africa, we have been at the forefront of pioneering innovative events for over 35 years, ensuring our clients take home indelible memories. We additionally operate in East, West and Central Africa under the Walthers DBS Africa partnership. With operational hubs in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana we are perfectly positioned to provide services throughout the continent.

The Business

Walthers DBS is a second generation family-owned business, where management is hands-on every step of the way from conception stage to execution. We won’t give you hard sell – when you talk, we listen! Being flexible and resourceful, we are able to meet our client’s needs at every turn. Our consistent delivery of exceptional and seamless events speaks for itself and our aim is to always exceed expectations. The large proportion of repeat business is testament to the fact that our clients are seen as partners and invariably end up as friends.

Affording Walthers DBS the opportunity to create your event means that you are not only investing in your guests but you are also investing in Africa. Corporate Social Responsibility projects are particularly close to our heart. We work closely with a number community and Social Upliftment projects, and can tailor programmes to suit the clients requirements.

Clients include:

What our clients say:

I run an annual international medical educational meeting in Cape Town called “Cardiology, Diabetes and Nephrology at the Limits”. The meeting attracts over 300 delegates to South Africa from over 27 countries worldwide. All the logistics are organised and run by Walthers to which they have been doing for over 17 years. They are the most professional group that I have had the pleasure to encounter and never put a foot wrong. Their attention to detail is superb and I would fully endorse them without any reservation for any meeting that I was associated with.
Professor Derek Yellon, Director, Hatter Cardiovascular Institute UCL
We would like to express our appreciation to Walthers DBS for helping make the Meijburg Business Course to South Africa a great success. The Business Course had special significance for Meijburg because of the visit to the Meijburg sponsored education project: the Ezweni school in Lilydale, Sabi Sabi. By allowing us to help with the building activities, we came to realize just how important this event was for increasing our company’s social commitment. It was fantastic to experience just how much can be achieved if everyone is committed to the same goal.
Jaap Rog, Chairman of the Management Board, Meijburg

I would like to express my deep congratulations for the extraordinary work done by you and your partners in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. This event was a great success and it’s gratifying to see our clients enjoying an unforgettable experience. Walthers’ team effort, lead by you, professionally coordinated every portion of our event, in which every single part was well planned to offer a zero problem journey especially when some contingencies occurred. This is why we would like to congratulate Walthers, because you exceeded our expectations giving us the opportunity to live the real African experience.

Pedro Caranza Andresen, Chief Executive Officer

I just want to thank you for all that you did to make last week’s Pacesetter Incentive a success.
You are superstars, so great at what you do! I hate to think of what last week would have been like without your constant and complete guidance, your vigilance, and your experience.
You knew what needed to happen, you leveraged the right partners and you made what might have been a very difficult execution look easy.
Thank you, thank you for all you did!

Sharon Ruhland, American Express Meetings and Event

Memberships, Accreditation

Walthers DBS is a long-time member of SATSA (Southern African Tourism Services Association), and Daryl Keywood is a Past President of SITE Southern Africa Chapter. He currently serves on the International Board of SITE Global.

Walthers DBS is a member of EVCOM, and also a member of ABTA (African Business Travel Association) and the Guild of Meetings Africa. We are also Fair Trade Approved, and members of ECPAT.

With multiple international accolades, Walthers DBS is the only African DMC ever to win TWO Site Crystal Awards for the same event.

Financial Event Security Measures

Walthers DBS is financially bonded with SATSA (the Southern African Tourism Services Association).
The Company is fully insured through Lloyds of London with Comprehensive Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance, as well as having documented supplier Due Diligence and Professional Emergency Response Procedures in place.

We offer Free Medical Evacuation including air evacuation to the nearest medical facility for any client of ours. Risk Assessment conducted for every event if required.