Reality television has tentacles that spread far and wide. Its influence has even been noticed in the field of team building, where corporate clients seek to emulate exciting shows that see contestants racing around the world, or living in inhospitable locales. According to the Team Building Africa website, the company’s most requested activities are Team Building Amazing Race, Team Building Survivor and Team Building Minute to Win It.
These concepts can be creatively adapted to local conditions, factoring in an educational element and a ton of fun. Kwalata, a game lodge in the Dinokeng Game Reserve northeast of Pretoria, for example, offers two activities themed on the Amazing Race television series. The Amazing Safari engages teams in constructive game ranger tasks such as game counts and bird and tree identification, while on a game drive. The Urban2Jungle Gautrain Adventure involves participants in tasks at stops along the Gautrain route between Johannesburg and Pretoria, before being shuttled out to Kwalata for meetings and such.
A new aspect of team building finding favour with corporate clients is social responsibility and community projects. Participants get involved in building houses, planting vegetable gardens, spending time in a crèche or old-aged home. Such exercises are powerful in their ability to unite. They remove fears of competition and physical test and leave everyone feeling good about themselves, their social contribution and the company they work for.
When it comes to traditional team building, Gauteng service providers offer all the staples of outdoor and adventure - archery, paintball, clay pigeon shooting, orienteering, treasure hunts, canoeing, simulated gold panning, and much, much more.