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SSouth Africa's premier Travel and Tourism Awards

RRecognising and rewarding tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world-class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.

National winners

MS VIJAYLUXMI (VIJI) PILLAY

Gauteng
MS VIJAYLUXMI (VIJI) PILLAY

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MS FRANCINE ZANA

Gauteng
MS FRANCINE ZANA

MS FRANCINE ZANA has no description entered.

MS SINDISWA NHLUMAYO

Gauteng
MS SINDISWA NHLUMAYO

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MS SIZA MZIMELA

Gauteng
MS SIZA MZIMELA

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MS LILLY MOKOENA

Gauteng
MS LILLY MOKOENA

MS LILLY MOKOENA has no description entered.

MS LOLO “MAMA LOLO” MONICA MABITSELA

Gauteng
MS LOLO “MAMA LOLO” MONICA MABITSELA

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MS SHEILA SEKHITLA

Gauteng
MS SHEILA SEKHITLA

MS SHEILA SEKHITLA has no description entered.

Esther Mahlangu

Mpumalanga
Esther Mahlangu

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Road Lodge Potchefstroom

North West
Road Lodge Potchefstroom

Road Lodge Potchefstroom is ideally located at the Mooi River Mall on Nelson Mandela Drive and just a stone’s throw from the central business district and the country club, this hotel is perfect for business and leisure travellers visiting this part of the North West province. The hotel has a highly contemporary look and feel and provides a wide range of features and services for budget conscious travellers. The rooms are fully-carpeted, air-conditioned and have colour televisions and radio stations, and feature en-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and hand basin. The hotel has a choice between double or twin beds, with single sleeperchairs available in selected rooms. One in fifty rooms is designed to meet the special needs of the physically disabled. The hotel serves a light breakfast daily, and has a 24 hour vending machine stocked with snacks and beverages. There is a 24 hour reception service, ample and secure parking, a payphone and wireless internet access in all commercial areas.

Sodwana Bay Resort

KwaZulu-Natal
Sodwana Bay Resort

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Jackalberry Ridge

Mpumalanga
Jackalberry Ridge

Situated on the southern border of the Kruger National Park near the Crocodile Bridge Gate, less than 5 hours drive from Johannesburg. This luxury tented camp has all the characteristics of the ideal African Safari of years gone by. The brown and khaki shading of canvas tents with wooden floors create a cozy and romantic atmosphere.Experience the true ambience of Africa in the privacy of your own bush lapa, to the roar of lions, or the laughter of hyena.The 1 bedroom tented camp consist of an upstairs bedroom with lounge, the lounge has 2 sleeper couches equipped for children under 12 years, downstairs bathroom with bath and shower, kitchen, lapa, braai, splash pool and covered parking. Additional to the 2 bedroom camp is a ground floor tent with en suite bathroom with shower. 

Kruger Park Lodge

Mpumalanga
Kruger Park Lodge

Tucked away between miles of untamed bushveld lies an oasis of lush green lawns, flowing water and all the luxuries of a gracious lifestyle. It’s called the Kruger Park Lodge. Built on the banks of the picturesque Sabie River and surrounded by indigenous gardens abundant with bird life, impala and hippo, the lodge has something for everyone. Enjoy long walks along our nature trail, relax around one of our three swimming pools or, better still, rise to the challenges offered by our 9 hole Gary Player designed golf course.

Marine Square Luxury Suites

Western Cape
Marine Square Luxury Suites

Each apartment is fully equipped, and stylishly furnished by coco interiors. features include: en-suite bathrooms to all bedrooms, air-conditioning, heated toweling rails, underfloor heating (bathrooms), Egyptian cotton linen, balconies, plasma screen TV’s and WIFI internet connection. Apartments are serviced daily at no additional charge.

Nselweni Bush Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal
Nselweni Bush Lodge

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Big Sky Cottages

Western Cape
Big Sky Cottages

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Anne's Place

North West
Anne's Place

Anne’s Place is a lovely, peaceful four star self-catering guest house, where you can relax and enjoy a unique experience.  The guesthouse is located in a safe area and offers secure, covered guest parking.  At Anne’s Place  in Potchefstroom we provide a warm and personal, yet unobtrusive hospitality.  The relaxed environment is ideal for executives and travellers alike, in close proximity to the North-West University, two hospitals, the Aardklop Festival terrain, the Mooirivier Mall, various restaurants, and main roads.

Orange Grove Farm

Western Cape
Orange Grove Farm

Majestic mountains, crystal clear waterfalls, and abundant fauna and flora - at Orange Grove Farm guests can discover the wonders of nature, choose from a vast range of outdoor activities, enjoy a Spa treatment in the privacy of your own cottage and succumb to the peace, quiet and tranquillity. Orange Grove Farm is a working wine and olive farm situated in the heart of Robertson’s valley of wine and roses. The farm is less than two hours from Cape Town and is the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. Our luxurious self-catering cottages combine comfort and beauty, offering a setting in which to linger and relax. Each cottage is fully serviced daily by our friendly staff, leaving you only to concentrate on unwinding and enjoying the magnificence of your surroundings. Your private veranda and swimming pool provides a relaxing vantage-point to take in spectacular mountain views, the overwhelming sound of silence, and the truly prolific birdlife. At night the crystal clear sky, and no artificial lights, will spectacularly display the breath-taking canopy of our southern stars. It will simply take your breath away! Our cottages are located far enough from each other so as to provide maximum privacy for our guests. Access to each is via your own private road. If you are looking for a romantic, elegant country setting and personalized service, visit Orange Grove Farm. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our luxurious cottages!

African Calabash Lodge

Limpopo
African Calabash Lodge

African Calabash Lodge

Lionsrock Lodge

Free State
Lionsrock Lodge

Lionsrock Lodge

The Fernery Lodge

Eastern Cape
The Fernery Lodge

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The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

KwaZulu-Natal
The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Breath taking view from our chalets build on the edge of The Gorge Nature Reserve. The Ultimate spa exprerience that will leave u relaxed and rejuventaed. Resaurant with wordl class cuisine.

Road Lodge Centurion

Gauteng
Road Lodge Centurion

Road Lodge hotels can be found in ideal locations across South Africa offering unbelievable value for both business and leisure travellers. There are currently 21 Road Lodge hotels located in each of South Africa’s nine provinces, all of them offering value-for-money rooms in a cosy environment. Road Lodge Centurion, situated in Centurion Gate Centre, has 118 rooms which brings much-needed quality accommodation to rapidly growing Centurion, which has become a busy node on the fringes of Pretoria. Ideally situated near a lake and within easy access of the N1 Freeway, Centurion Mall and Supersport Park sports and entertainment ground, the hotel is ideal for business and leisure travellers visiting the area. The rooms are fully-carpeted, air-conditioned and have colour televisions and radio stations, and feature en-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and hand basin. Rooms with double or twin beds, with single sleeperchair available in selected rooms. One in fifty rooms is designed to meet the special needs of the physically disabled. The hotel serves a light breakfast daily, and has a 24 hour vending machine stocked with snacks and beverages. There is a 24 hour reception service, ample and secure parking, a payphone and wireless internet access in all commercial areas.

Town Lodge Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape
Town Lodge Port Elizabeth

Town Lodge is the two-star brand within the City Lodge Hotel Group. There are 12 hotels in this brand offering 1,503 rooms. Ten hotels are located in South Africa and one each in Kenya (Town Lodge, Upper Hill, Nairobi) and Botswana (Town Lodge Gaborone). Hotels within the Town Lodge brand offer a homely atmosphere with stylish décor. Bedrooms include double, twin and inter-leading family room options. There are tea and coffee making facilities, desks with ideal lighting for work, and televisions with M-Net and selected DSTV channels for entertainment.  En-suite bathrooms feature highly effective and refreshing maxi-showers. Adjacent to City Lodge Port Elizabeth, this hotel is spread over six floors, many of which offer superb sea views. It is just a short walk from the beach and from the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex and also offers easy access to Port Elizabeth’s CBD and other facilities and attractions.

Garden Court Umhlanga

KwaZulu-Natal
Garden Court Umhlanga

Garden Court uMhlanga, situated in uMhlanga Rocks, is the ideal holiday destination for visitors to KwaZulu-Natal’s picturesque Northern Coast, as well as being a convenient and affordable choice for business travellers. This Tsogo Sun Hotel offers guests a choice of 204 tastefully furnished rooms, with an option of either sea view or pool facing rooms. The option of inter-leading rooms is also ideal for families. The hotel’s décor has been created with the beauty and history of the area’s local heritage in mind, and the emphasis on a fusion of water features and the reed-like natural textures and colours, inspires an atmosphere of peace and relaxation.

Provincial winners

Maboneng Township Arts Experience

Western Cape
Maboneng Township Arts Experience

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a responsible and sustainable tourism non-profit. A social entrepreneurship organisation that trains and works together with families and artists to convert their homes into art galleries. The festival component of the organisation – The Maboneng Township Arts Experience, is an annual public arts intervention that works with homeowners from different townships around South Africa to transform their residences into art galleries, so together with gallery home owners, the Experience creates festivals and permanent Gallery Homes. These homes are then visited by the domestic and international tourism market during the organisation's annual public art festivals, as well as during ongoing daily cultural tours on offer. As an event, the Maboneng Township Arts Experience provides a platform for an authentic exploration of local households, captivating street murals and open-air stages, as talented local and international artists are showcased. Visitors can stroll between the houses along the pedestrian route and take in the bright, beautiful street murals and street performances, also getting to enjoy live music, film screenings, visual art, and various theatre productions.

Afrovibe Experiences

Western Cape
Afrovibe Experiences

Just meters away from a 14km sweeping stretch of unspoiled coastline, Afrovibe has brewed an African experience highly sought after by travel savvy purveyors and adventure seekers alike! We are located in Sedgefield on the Garden Route, midway between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. This hip and happening establishment is an opportune base from which to feed adventure cravings, pique new interests and bank memories. Nowhere else is the world can offer more activities than what the Garden Route of South Africa can offer within a 100km radius. With our in-house adventure operations we make all of these activities easily accessible. With so much to do and amidst people of such diversity, the proverbial melting pot of cultures comes to life! It has become cliché to say that people come here as strangers and leave as friends. Afrovibe Beach House offers beach front accommodation options to suit the needs and preferences of diverse clientele, this 3 star graded Guesthouse is comprised of double rooms, twin rooms, family rooms and self catering apartments. ADVENTURE Afrovibe is an activity hub for activities and daytrips! The choice of activities include; Slow brewed beer and coffee tours, Paragliding, SUP - Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Sand-boarding and Kite surfing. Daytrips to other attractions on the Garden Route include the Bloukraans Bungy bridge, Africanyon and Great White Shark cage diving. VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT More than 50% of the local Sedgefield population is unemployed. In this idyllic seaside location we are not immune to the social ills that plague this beautiful country. We identified the need to empower our community, first and for most the children. Since then our surf and adventure project has formed the backbone of all our social responsibility initiatives. This project aims to uplift the most vulnerable children in our society by providing mentorship and an opportunity to learn through sport. This is done through swim lessons, surf lessons, mentorship and encouraging these kids to live healthy active lifestyles.

Koni Wines

Western Cape
Koni Wines

Koni wines was formed in 2015, it is a self funded business based in Cape Town. We produce quality wines from a boutique farm we collaborated with.

Maropeng Conference Centre

Gauteng
Maropeng Conference Centre

Boasting all of the necessary conferencing facilities is one thing. Being able to provide delegates with a unique and memorable conference experience is something very few venues are able to do. A mere 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Maropeng – The Official Visitor Center to The Cradle of Humankind, is one of these rare venues. Situated in the scenic and tranquil surrounds, it offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city making it easy to understand why it is fast becoming the versatile conferencing venue of choice for groups hailing from Gauteng; Pretoria and as far off as Cape Town and KZN. The Cradle of Humankind is one of only eight World Heritage sites in South Africa and the only one in Gauteng, declared so because of its contribution to our understanding of human origin and the evolution of humanity.. In fact – more human origin fossils have been found here than any other place on Earth. Facilities include an award-winning visitor centre, a 4-star boutique hotel, conference facilities, an outdoor amphitheatre housing up to 10000 people, and four restaurants. Maropeng offers the option of customised packages which could include tours of both Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng visitor’s center; teambuilding activities; star gazing with an astronomer; a visit to surrounding attractions and offers to privatise their hotel for your group’s stay, to name a few. A ‘one stop shop’ ensures that planning a conference directly is made easy for anyone. The versatile Tumulus building has expansive open areas that can be transformed from a blank canvas to a dramatic platform for product launches, events, corporate functions, exhibitions, displays and showcases. For events hosting more than 320 guests, a marquee can be set up in the grounds at Maropeng. Maropeng offer full catering from the kitchens of gastronomy trained Executive Chef – Peter Langa. Kosher and Halaal meals can also be arranged. With its breathtaking views of the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountain ranges, the Tumulus Restaurant serves buffet lunches or plated menus, group size dependent. The restaurant deck can also be covered with a Bedouin tent, which then turns it into the perfect setting for larger events. A grassed amphitheatre in the Maropeng grounds can be used to set up a stage and a grandstand with seating for up to 10000 people – ideal for concerts and large events. The 4-star boutique hotel has 14 twin executive studio rooms, one of which has been designed with wheelchair access, and 10 king executive studio rooms. All have en-suite bathrooms with separate shower, air-conditioning, mini-bar (which can be stocked on request) and safe. Public facilities include a stylish yet cosy lounge with a fireplace, a chic restaurant and bar leading out onto a patio, and a swimming pool with a breathtaking view. A distinguishing feature of the Maropeng Hotel is attention to detail from the architecture to the smallest finishes.

Sandton Convention Centre

Gauteng
Sandton Convention Centre

Sandton Convention Centre is South Africa's leading event venue, offering prestigious multi-use event spaces and venues in the financial hub of Johannesburg. Conveniently located in the vibrant business district of Sandton in northern Johannesburg and within easy reach of the Gautrain and O. R. Tambo International Airport, the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) is flanked by a number of leading hotels, sophisticated shopping centres and entertainment complexes.

Premier Hotel Pretoria

Gauteng
Premier Hotel Pretoria

Premier Hotel Pretoria boasts 118 rooms as well as state-of-the-art conference facilities, which makes the hotel perfect for business and leisure travellers alike. You can expect luxurious finishes in a comfortable, classic and spacious setting.

Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

Gauteng
Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

Why host your next conference at Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre? The answer is simple – our range of venues and facilities is simply unrivalled! With over 60 venues, set in lush open grounds, close to OR Tambo International Airport, Birchwood offers a host of interesting indoor and outdoor venues and our range of creative dining options will ensure a memorable multiple-day conference – with capacities ranging between from 2 – 3000 delegates. There is simply no other venue that can provide the variety and options that Birchwood can! 17 years of experience mean Birchwood is here to make your life easier. Our on-site 665 accommodation rooms, in-house technical team, dedicated event planners, and on-site décor specialists will ensure that your conference or event expectations are always exceeded.

Oxbow Country Estate

Gauteng
Oxbow Country Estate

Surrounded by harmonious nature and meandering trout dams, Oxbow Country Estate offers a chic country style charm with relaxed sophistication. Oxbow is an oasis from the city offering an idyllic wedding venue, conferencing and breakaways in the country house. The exceptional energy and warmth of the staff and family that work at Oxbow ensure that every stay is exceptional and memorable. With a focus on fresh exciting cuisine, the Oxbow chefs work hand in hand to create outstanding menus that accompany the tastes and sights of this wonderful estate.

the forum | turbine hall

Gauteng
the forum | turbine hall

Restored in 2005, turbine hall is an integral part of Johannesburg’s architectural history, situated in the city’s art and cultural precinct. The iconic turbine hall is now hosting a range of world-class events, conferences and is the city’s coveted wedding and party setting. Turbine Hall is also a sought-after five-star conference and general events venue.

the forum | the campus

Gauteng
the forum | the campus

This five-star graded conference and event venue, set among manicured gardens and light-filled courtyards, is multi-faceted, catering to a variety of occasions and up to 800 guests. The campus has wifi, state-of-the-art technology and underground parking for 120 vehicles. As always, guests will be treated to fine food, innovative style, and excellent service.

Baviaanskloof

Eastern Cape
Baviaanskloof

With its World Heritage Site Status, the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve is home to the biggest wilderness area in the country and is also one of the eight protected areas of the Cape Floristic Region. The Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve covers 200km of unspoiled, rugged mountainous terrain with spectacular landscapes hosting more than a thousand different plant species, including the Erica and Protea families and species of ancient cycads. Seven of South Africa’s eight biomes are represented within the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve – Fynbos, Forest, Grassland, Succulent Karoo, Nama-Karoo, Subtropical Thicket and Savanna. This magnificent reserve is a must-see for all nature and adventure enthusiasts

Hluleka

Eastern Cape
Hluleka

Combining lush indigenous forests, a beautiful rocky coastline, unspoilt beaches and rolling grasslands, the Hluleka Nature Reserve lies along the ancient Wild Coast within the district of Ngqeleni. Comprising magnificent coastal forest reserves – Congwane Mtombo and Ndabeni Hluleka – as well as the old Strachan Grant Farm, Hluleka Nature Reserve covers an area of 772ha and includes the coastal area. Hluleka’s rich biodiversity offers visitors a chance to view indigenous animal species such as the blue duiker, elusive eland, zebra and a range of birdlife.

Sibuya Game Reserve-River Camp

Eastern Cape
Sibuya Game Reserve-River Camp

What makes Sibuya Game Reserve so tantalising is that it has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. Consequently, as a birding destination it is hard to beat: there are nearly 400 different species. Spectacular viewing areas on the reserve offer the visitor sweeping, breathtakingly beautiful panoramic views and the river also provides a particularly scenic backdrop for all the other game Sibuya has to offer the visitor, including the Big Five. A diversity of wildlife, from elephants to otters, grace the East Cape valley bushveld, grasslands and coastal forests that are the main terrain of the game reserve. To make it even more attractive, Sibuya lies within easy access on the malaria-free Sunshine Coast with its reception in the little seaside village of Kenton-on-Sea, not even 130 kilometres from Port Elizabeth. The reserve's vegetation is varied and includes open river plains, lower Albany thicket, patches of Cape fynbos and grassy plateaus on which visitors are sure to spot larger grazing animals.

Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site

Eastern Cape
Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site

With its World Heritage Site Status, the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve is home to the biggest wilderness area in the country and is also one of the eight protected areas of the Cape Floristic Region. The Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve covers 200km of unspoiled, rugged mountainous terrain with spectacular landscapes hosting more than a thousand different plant species, including the Erica and Protea families and species of ancient cycads. Seven of South Africa’s eight biomes are represented within the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve – Fynbos, Forest, Grassland, Succulent Karoo, Nama-Karoo, Subtropical Thicket and Savanna. This magnificent reserve is a must-see for all nature and adventure enthusiasts

The Dolphin Trail

Eastern Cape
The Dolphin Trail

The Dolphin Trail is unique as it fetes the hiker to the unrivaled beauty of the magnificent Tsitsikamma Coast, winding its way eastwards through natural fynbos and pristine indigenous forests, over rugged rocks at the water’s edge, with mystical caves and beckoning pools, to end on the banks of the Sanddrif River. En route many extraordinary birds, including the majestic Knysna Loerie, can be heard (and seen) and the endangered Oystercatcher is often sighted frolicking on the shoreline. The beauty of this natural environment is unsurpassed as hikers ascend to lookout points with stunning views of the coastline below, promises of whale and dolphin spotting … even the occasional otter. Here, Nature abounds in her splendour.

Oudebosch Protea Farm Tours

Eastern Cape
Oudebosch Protea Farm Tours

Oudebosch Farmstall have partnered with Regyne Protea Farm to bring you to view some 120 hectares of Proteas where 30 species of the uniquely South African proteas are grown and the flowers are exported to regions throughout the world. Fynbos is notoriously difficult to cultivate anywhere else on earth, making the local produce of proteas, even more exceptional. In a world where indigenous vegetation is constantly threatened by alien growth, the Regyne Protea Farm provides a perfectly South African view for tourists to enjoy. Visitors to the farm are awestruck by the surrounding natural beauty of the flower fields, mountains and ocean vistas while being introduced to the fascinating germination and cultivation process of Proteas. Guests are guided through the farm by knowledgeable guides, who are both very familiar with the region’s flora and naturally passionate about the beautiful flowers that grow here; visiting the nursery and exploring fields of fine, fabulous, colorful proteas and finishing off at the flower packing shed where flowers are processed and packaged.This truly marvelous experience which last an hour will leave you truly breathless. Combined with our freshly made Homemade foods or Roosterkoek this is must stop in the Tsitsikamma.

Stormsriver Adventures (Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Jo

Eastern Cape
Stormsriver Adventures (Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Jo

Stormsriver Adventures is a professional eco-friendly entity situated in the heart of the majestic Tsitsikamma Forest region. The company boasts eco and adventure activities, which include the Woodcutters Journey. Experience the uniqueness of the Tsitsikamma Forest on a journey down the old Stormsriver Pass through the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially designed vehicle. At Stormsriver Adventures we pride ourselves on being inclusive to people of all abilities. Follow the elephant migratory route, passing yellowwoods and stinkwoods, while hearing about the history of the area and the indigenous fauna and flora. Enjoy a delicious lunch or tea at a beautiful picnic site next to the Stormsriver, where wagons outspanned more than a century ago. We introduce you to a fairy world of a 450-500 year old “Human like Tree”, our own unique “Forest Guard” watching over the forest with it’s Human like faces. These trees tend to grow out beyond the forest canopy and make up most of what is known as the emergent tree layer. They are generally the largest trees in our forest and their relatively slow growth makes them strong and resilient. Stormsriver Adventures is more than just an Adventure Company as it has been firmly committed to Community Upliftment for the past 19 years, employing and training community members. Furthermore, 90% of the staff is from the local area and a committed Equity and Skills Development Plan has resulted in locals progressing to senior management positions and shareholders within the company. It was always the intention to make the staff part of the company who now own 48% of the operating company. "WE INVEST IN PEOPLE and OUR ENVIRONMENT"

Valley of Desolation (Camdeboo National Park)

Eastern Cape
Valley of Desolation (Camdeboo National Park)

The Valley of Desolation is situated in the Camdeboo National Park, this parks surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Valley of Desolation was formed hundreds of millions of years ago & today it's one of South Africa's great natural wonders. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty. The Valley of Desolation is a premier tourist attraction in the Karoo region with more than 100 000 visitors per year. The road to the top of the valley was tarred in 1978 and today provides tourists with easy access to the viewpoints with their panoramic views of the landscape. The viewpoints at the Valley itself provide a breath-taking view of piled dolerite columns against the backdrop of the plains of the Great Karoo and a timeless sense of wonder at a landscape said to be the product of the erosive and volcanic forces of nature over a period of 200 million years. There is amazing game viewing & Birding opportunities whilst visiting the area, with approximately an additional 19km of gravel roadways throughout the park, provide visitors with the opportunity to view the entire range of indigenous game species in this, their preferred habitats. For birding enthusiasts, nearly 250 bird species have been recorded in the Park. There are numerous walking trails available throughout the park • The Crag Lizard Trail (45 minutes) starts at the Valley of Desolation parking area and extends for about 1.5km via the Valley viewpoints. It is marked with the Crag Lizard logo. • The Eerstefontein Day Walk starts and ends at the Spandaukop gate. There are three route options of 5km, 11km and 14km with good rest spots at Eerstefontein and Agtersfontein. • The Gideon Scheepers Trail is an hour long walk, starting at the Gideon Scheepers Monument, which commemorates a historic figure, and ending at Barbergat on the R63 to Murraysburg. Your day ticket to visit the Valley of Desolation also allows you to access the following 4x4 routes Koedoeskloof 4x4 trail (grade 3 to 4) This trail provides a drive to the top of the mountain, providing unique and spectacular views of the landscape. The trail can be completed with a return journey following the same track in about three hours but the Karoo tranquility and scenic vistas beg for a full day outing. The turning point of the trail, which lies on top of the mountain in the Winterhoek area of the Park, is the perfect place for a picnic lunch or tea break, with a picnic table provided here. The Koedoeskloof 4x4 trail is accessed via the Valley of Desolation gate, with the turn off to the trail well signposted about three kilometres after entering the park. No booking is necessary for those who wish to complete the trail and no fee is payable, apart from the Park conservation fee. Visitors can only attempt the trail in a 4x4 vehicle (no 2x4's with diff lock). Driekoppe 4x4 Trail This is a scenic grade 2 trail. Wildlife that may be seen in this section of the park includes Cape mountain zebra, kudu, mountain reedbuck,klipspringer and baboons. The flatter bottom-lands support populations of springbok, black wildebeest and ostrich. Duiker and steenbok are also common. You can follow the track past the water supply pump, to the top of Hanglip with its panoramic view of the Camdeboo plains or follow the stream bed down Wolfkloof to the waterfall. You can also walk a circular route by following the left hand turn off. Both 2x4's and 4x4's can make use of the trail. Fishing is also an option in the nearby Nqweba Dam that forms part of the Camdeboo National Park. The dam, when full, covers over 1 000 hectares, providing cool relief during hot summer days and a base for a variety of water activities. Boating, canoeing, fishing and windsurfing are allowed on the dam (permit fees apply). The Nqweba Dam attracts a wide variety of birds as well as wildlife such as buffalo, gemsbok, springbok and black wildebeest which come to drink from the waters. Fish species which occur in the dam include moggel (Labeo umbratus), common carp (Cyprinus carpio), African catfish (Clarias gariepinus), mullet (Mugil cephalus), round herring (Gilchristella aestuaria), mosquitofish (Gambusia affinus) and river goby (Glossogobius callidus). In the past year numerous developments have taken place within the Camdeboo National Park. 1. Inaugural Roof de Karoo mountain bike traverse held in March 2017 – A Mountain Bike race starting at a picnic site in the Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock and ending the following day at the historic Winterhoek homestead at Camdeboo National Park, Graaff-Reinet. 175km of amazing Karoo landscape. 50 teams partook & it was a great marketing opportunity for Graaff-Reinet. 2. The Corridor between Mountain Zebra & the Camdeboo National Park is comprising of numerous private farms, who all have conservation ideals. 3. Additional abolition facilities were added at various spots throughout the park 4. Additional 4x4 routes were added in the Eastern section of the park, to ensure 4x4 enthusiasts have plenty routes to pick from. 5. A viewing deck at the Valley of Desolation was varnished & maintained. 6. In the pipeline is a route (new) to make the Valley of Desolation viewpoint accessible for people with disability. This year is planned to add handrailings. A future wheelchair friendly route will be available. 7. Winterhoek Homestead offers accommodation with guests having exclusive use of this section of the park for birding & game viewing. Hiking is also permitted in the area. 8. The annual birding weekend was held in March 2017 & was received with great delight by birding ethusiasts from the Eastern Cape, who travelled to the Graaff-Reinet area to enjoy the numerous birding excursions on offer. (Birdwatching whilst canoeing was introduced this year). 9. An active Sanparks forum, that is well representative of the diverse spectrum of the Graaff-Reinet community, ensures that all population groups feel they benefit from the park in the area. 10. Granaat Society – also called “Friends of the Park” supports numerous development projects in the park & donated plaques / identifiers of plant species that were erected along the Crag Lizard Trail leading to the viewpoints at the Valley of Desolation. All the above & daily visitors to the Valley of Desolation in Camdeboo National Park, lead to the park achieving a 16% increase in income directly attributed to tourism. There was also an 9% increase in occupation in the accommodation in the park. Planned events for the rest of 2017 & 2018 1. Locations are being scouted throughout the park, to plan & map the trail run through the Valley of Desolation 2. Sponsorships are needed to make a triathlon in the Camdeboo National Park a reality. Tourists have numerous options when visiting the Valley of Desolation – Since their day ticket also covers the following • Braai facilities en-route to the Valley of Desolation • Picnic areas with amazing viewpoints • Bird Hide & watering holes • Hiking • 4x4 routes • Birding & Game Viewing • Visitor information & informative detailed map of the area Hope to see you at the Valley of Desolation soon

Stormsriver Adventures (Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour)

Eastern Cape
Stormsriver Adventures (Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour)

Stormsriver Adventures is a professional responsible tourism entity and market leader in cable sliding. A “FIRST IN AFRICA” rurally eco-based Adventure Company situated in the heart of the majestic Tsitsikamma Forest region. The company boasts adventure activities, which include the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour. Experience the uniqueness of the Tsitsikamma Forest from an aerial perspective 30 meters above the forest floor, MONKEYING AROUND!! A 2½ hour "green" family activity full of fun!! At Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour we pride ourselves on being inclusive to people of all abilities. The tour consists of 10 slides accompanied by two qualified guides. The equipment consists of a full body harness, pulley, safety gloves, and helmet. The construction, of the slides and platforms, is non-invasive, with no bolts, nails or screws penetrating the trees. Gently glide along two galvanized steel cables with a diameter of 13mm, wrapped around the trees, with rubber padded wooden blocks between the cable and the trunks, so as not to damage any part of the tree. The same method is used to tie the metal frames of the platforms, to the trees. These cables and wooden blocks are retentioned and adjusted every year to prevent bruising of the bark, and to allow the natural expansion of the tree trunk as it grows. Two species of indigenous trees are utilized on the system, namely the Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) and Hard Pear (Olinea ventosa). Both of these tend to grow out beyond the forest canopy and make up most of what is known as the emergent tree layer. They are generally the largest trees in our forest and their relatively slow growth makes them strong and resilient. Stormsriver Adventures is more than just an Adventure Company as it has been firmly committed to Community Upliftment for the past 19 years, employing and training community members. Furthermore, 90% of the staff is from the local area and a committed Equity and Skills Development Plan has resulted in locals progressing to senior management positions and shareholders within the company. It was always the intention to make the staff part of the company who now own 48% of the operating company. "WE INVEST IN PEOPLE and OUR ENVIRONMENT"

Raggy Charters

Eastern Cape
Raggy Charters

Raggy Charters has won 5 major Tourism/Environmental Awards during the last year. It is the only licensed boat-based whale and dolphin watching company in Port Elizabeth. We offer clients a personalised ocean experience where they have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins and other seabirds in Algoa Bay. We are dedicated to providing an educational and personal experience with the marine life found in our bay, showing guests as much wildlife as possible during our cruises, whilst educating them on the marine environment and its vital need for conservation. Our Visitor Experience superiority is confirmed by the fact that we have been rated # 1 on Trip Advisor for the last 4 years of the 19 tours to do in the Metro. Raggy Charters was established in 1997 in order to fund the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project which was founded in 1992. The project is dedicated to marine conservation and research in Algoa Bay. During cruises we take guests to St Croix Island, which is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world. These endangered birds have rapidly declined, losing 70% of their numbers in 8 years. Raggy Charters has assisted our resident scientist on a weekly basis in researching the reasons for this decline. Due to the results achieved, the whole eastern portion of Algoa Bay is about to be declared a Marine Protected Area. This is the best option available in order to best preserve the remaining penguin population. We recently won the BirdlifeSA Owl Award for “outstanding contribution to the conservation of birds and their habitats”. It is along the St Croix Island route that we have the best chance of finding all the other exciting marine creatures that frequent our bay. Between June and December we find the ‘gentle giants’, both humpback and Southern right whales. They travel thousands of kilometres to use the safe and warm shores of Africa as their breeding grounds. Humpback whales are well known for their acrobatic breaches and they never fail to amaze here in Algoa Bay, as we see thousands of them passing by. Southern right whales prefer the shallower waters and seem to really enjoy getting close up and personal with our guests as they lazily roll and dive around the boat. We are lucky to boast some of the best bottlenose dolphin sightings in the world as 28 500 individuals use our bay every year. Their numbers are ever increasing, as we constantly see calves amongst the often 600-strong pods. We recently launched Algoa Bay as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World and last year we achieved 76 sightings of these magnificent creatures in a row! The launch was attended by 350 people, including the Minister of Tourism, the CEO of Eastern Cape Parks and the CEO of Nelson Mandela Tourism who jointly hosted the event. Between February and June each year we get to witness the incredible Southern sardine run. Guests sit spellbound watching the feeding frenzies with thousands of common dolphins launching through the waves trying to herd the fish in to a ball, with Cape gannets and other seabirds dive-bombing the shoal. Penguins, seals, sharks and game fish help themselves to the feast and then bryde’s & minke whales wait until the end to finish the school off, as they lunge through the water, mouths open wide, engulfing anything in their path. This year Raggy Charters hosted our 6th BBC film crew who are including this phenomenon in their latest documentary. Our bay is also home to 250,000 Cape gannets breeding on Bird Island, and 6000 Cape fur seals at Black Rocks. We see humpback dolphins mostly in the summer months. It is during this time that the surface is covered with the tiny fins of baby hammerhead sharks. During the winter months, apart from the migratory whales, we also find albatrosses, petrels, terns and other pelagic bird species! We have recently launched a full day cruise to Bird Island in order to view the largest colony of gannets on the planet. This tour is gaining popularity by the month. There really is something for everyone in Algoa Bay!

Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest Camp

Eastern Cape
Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest Camp

Spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by boat. After arriving at Sibuya’s reception near the river mouth in Kenton-on-Sea, guests embark on a meandering 45 minute boat cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful Reserve. Leaving behind the wide, golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast, kingfishers, fish eagles, otters, antelope and other wildlife may be spotted. On arrival at either of our camps, both nestling in the forest on the banks of the river, guests settle into their accommodation – luxury en-suite tents on raised wooden decks. With just four or eight luxury tents in each camp, our professional guides are able to offer you personalised game drives, rewarding walks and exclusive boat trips. Swimming, canoeing and fishing are also on offer, or you might choose to simply relax in a hammock under the trees, book in hand. The ancient floodplains and pristine coastal forest play host to an abundance of wildlife: nearly 400 species of birds and 45 species of game including the “Big Five”. The sub-tropical vegetation ensures a high density of wildlife and one of the best game-viewing experiences in the country. The estuary holds its own bounty: crabs, turtles, the occasional small shark and fish flopping in and out of the water. Additional activities by arrangement include: massages; horse riding on the beach. Under starlit skies, the distant roar of the ocean and the soft glow of lanterns are the only distractions as guests are served fine fireside fare in the warm embrace of the evening fire. The unequalled splendour of the vistas, with the Indian Ocean as their enduring backdrop, will leave you saying “Sibuya” – we will return.

Miarestate Hotel & Spa

Eastern Cape
Miarestate Hotel & Spa

Miarestate hotel and spa is a 5-star luxury family resort. This hidden gem is situated on the Wild Coast, only an hour’s drive from the city of East London. We are a small boutique hotel with 9 luxurious rooms that overlook green hills and ocean views. Our luxury self-catering retreat cabin sleeps 4 and is situated in the tranquil valley overlooking the small river that runs through the property. Miarestate offers the best of both worlds, an incredible bush and ocean experience. Bush walks or nature drives will take you through the virgin forests and pristine grassland where one can view some of the more rare animal species such as Bontebok and Cape mountain Zebra. For the more adventurous, there is mounting biking and horse riding on our single tracks around the property which allows you to get up close and personal with our giraffe, sable and wildebeest. We are well known for our friendly service, exceptional gourmet food and for our award-winning wine menu. One can enjoy good wine and meals in our restaurant, deck, poolside or in the privacy of your own room. We also offer romantic picnic set ups where you can enjoy the breath-taking views from our private beach or viewing decks. Our spa invites you to embark on our spa journey, a place of profound peace, love and tranquillity. Talking care of all aspects of mind, body and soul, allows total freedom of energies to flow towards ultimate equilibrium. Children of all ages are welcome at our exciting Zebra Zone which is our supervised play centre. The children are cared for by our well-trained child minders, who will entertain the children with African arts and crafts, exciting bush or beach treasure hunts or challenging them at our mini obstacle course. Miarestate is a romantic venue for those who are wanting to tie the knot. We offer unique wedding packages for small intimate weddings. Miarestate is a magical place that will creep into your heart only leaving you with a feeling of wanting more.

Untouched Adventures

Eastern Cape
Untouched Adventures

Discover Untouched Adventures at the awesome Storms River Mouth along South Africa’s Garden Route in Tsitsikamma. The most popular adventure activity is a 2-3 hour Kayak & Lilo trip up the Storms River, where guests can experience paddling up the pristine river, under the famous Storms River Suspension Bridge, into a bats cave and through narrow gorge openings. To explore deeper into the gorge, the kayaks are left behind and everyone jumps onto their own inflatable red Lilo - where they “lie-low” as they gently wade along the black water of Storms River as gorge walls tower over you. On returning, the brave and adventurous can take the opportunity to leap off the overhanging cliff walls of the gorge into the deep pools below, or simply relax floating along enjoying the views. Taking families with children as young as 5, this trip caters for everyone seeking a unique and memorable experience in the Tsitsikamma. Even if you are keen to just laze on the beach, go snorkeling, try out scuba diving or dust off your scuba license for a scuba dive - Untouched Adventures has you covered for fun and adventure in Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy the abundance of marine life in the Protected Area that is home to the colourful reefs where you can spot the lazy guitar fish, or follow the inquisitive Red Roman on your Snorkel adventure. Our friendly Dive Master can take you to discover the secret underwater world in Tsitsikamma on an easy and relaxing dive. The shore entries are a max depth of 12m, and you will see lots of colourful soft corals, sea anemone's, nudibranch's as well as a variety of fish species from Red Romans to Blacktails, Stingrays and Sandsharks, and for the lucky divers, Tsitsikamma’s shy raggies. If you’re not scuba qualified but keen for a taste of the underwater world, you can do a half day Discover Scuba Course with Untouched Adventures which includes one ocean dive! Explore this untouched playground by kayak, lilo, scuba or snorkel into the Storms River gorge. If you crave adventure and the thrill of exploring what the great outdoors have to offer, then Storms River Mouth is waiting to send you on a ride of your life with Untouched Adventures

River Spas

Eastern Cape
River Spas

Three different spas that is so unique,yet the same. Port Alfred Marina, at the Tsitsikamma lodge and at the unique Tenahead lodge (Rhodes) Unwind, escape and rejuvenate as you enter a world of grace and beauty. River Spas where attention to detail and sensitivity to the needs of individual guests ensures your comfort, happiness and wellbeing. Enjoy an experience that will leave an everlasting impression in your mind. Our professional therapists are waiting to give you the luxury spa treatment of your choice, tailored to meet your unique needs. Choose from our variety of massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and signature treatments that will make maintaining yourself feel like a treat. We stock some of the best international skincare brands in house and in retail to help you maintain your spa experience back in the comfort of your own home. Our spas excel at providing the blissful feel of pure luxury pampering to all our guests. Staff with experience ranging from 2 to 13 years in the industry, a strong reputation to uphold and a luxurious range of the best quality health and beauty products available all add to our devotion to exceeding the expectations of our guests. We work constantly at maintaining and improving our standing as a spa group. We aim at making our guests feel at home when they visit any of our River Spa’s, welcoming you and putting you at ease, surrounded by attentive staff in a tranquil atmosphere. That 'at home' feeling, coupled with our high standards of service, means that most of our guests return frequently, eventually seeing the benefits of becoming members of the River spa. We don't sell the treatments, we sell the experience.

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