Service Excellence - Accommodation Awards

Falaza Game park

Privately owned Falaza Game Park and Spa offers an array of authentic bush experiences in a lush indigenous setting. A mere three hour scenic drive from Durban International Airport, just 100km from Richards Bay Airport, you can enjoy the true African experience and impeccable service offered by Falaza Game Park and Spa. Neighbouring the World Heritage Site of St Lucia, Falaza is near the renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, boasting the ‘Big Five’, and the fascinating corals of Sodwana Bay. Luxury tented accommodation provides true safari ambiance, with every comfort catered for, including spacious dressing rooms, en-suite bathrooms and private sundecks.  Our lodge accommodates 30 persons in 15 Luxury twin bedded tents. All tents are equipped with the fans, a sundeck, en-suite shower/WC (5 tents have baths & showers), hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Refreshments and meals can be enjoyed in a variety of cosy indoor settings or by staying in touch with the surrounding nature outdoors. The bar, lounges, outdoor boma shelter and swimming pool all encourage intimacy with nature, embracing the mood of the bush.

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Amakhosi Lodge (Pty) Ltd

A royal hideaway offering exceptional service and luxury, amidst the African landscapes and breathtaking big five wildlife of the Amakhosi private game reserve. Here, time belongs to the rhythm of a timeless African beat and guests are given their own private kingdom. Amakhosi is a majestic destination where imperial treatment is customary, where no day is the same. From scintillating night safaris to culinary delight, Amakhosi offers an African Safari holiday like no other. makhosi is located in a blend of savannah, wetlands and mountains. The Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Zululand's Mkuze River in Amakhosi private game reserve. Artistic décor, African fusion cuisine and prompt attentive service, makes AmaKhosi a bush lodge difficult to match elsewhere in Southern Africa. St. Lucia Wetlands and Sodwana Bay are a mere 2.5 hours away from the lodge and are well worth incorporating into your itinerary. Mozambique and Swaziland is also in close proximity The sight of a racing cheetah, smell of wild jasmine, and the cry of a Whalberg's eagle, together compliment this in the natural environment of river wetlands, valley bushland, umbrella thorn trees and thick bush grassland blanketing the mountains. From the moment you arrive at Amakhosi, you are scooped up in arms of royalty and sophistication with warm smiles and hot hand towels. The spirit of your journey lives here. Come and share it with us.

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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Gondwana Lodge

The malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the heart of the Little Karoo, part of the Caleo Foundation, sits at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain. Sanbona offers a Big 5 wilderness experience and has an alluring atmosphere of stillness and an air of isolation amid the raw beauty of boundless peaks and plains. Just a 3-hour drive from Cape Town, Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcome you. Overlooking Bellair Dam and offering 12 generously proportioned luxury suites, each with endless views over the plains, the Anysberg-mountains and beyond. Children of all ages will be entertained with an exciting “Kids on Safari” program. Gondwana Family Lodge, resembling a typical thatched Karoo homestead, offers family rooms, a children’s activity room, spacious lawns, outdoor play area and pool, which will ensure entertainment for the whole family. Upon arrival, your hosts will discuss activity options for your family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Gondwana offers complimentary child minding in the kiddies play room for those that are too young to participate in game drives. Guests can enjoy Big 5 game drives; nature walks amidst this unique wilderness area, viewing the priceless rock art, stargazing, perfecting their photographic skills, take advantage of the unique boat safari or simply spend time at the Relaxation Retreat.

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Jock Safari Lodge

Part of the Caleo Foundation, Jock Safari Lodge is situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park at the confluence of the magnificent Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers. Jock incorporates the romance and elegance of the past colonial era, with an authentic Africa bushveld experience steeped in history. Jock Safari Lodge offers two unique luxury lodges - Main Jock and Fitzpatrick’s, which are ideal for either a romantic or family bush getaway whilst exploring 6, 000 hectares of natural landscape and one of the best Big 5 game viewing experiences in South Africa, enhanced by Jock’s exclusive riverbed traversing rights. Guests can enjoy not only the incredible flora and fauna, unique to this region, by means of a game drive or wilderness walks but also delicious South African cuisine, the Relaxation Retreat, golf nearby at the famous Leopard Creek Golf Club and for our younger guests, the Kids on Safari educational programme. The lodge is easily accessible by plane via the Skukuza airstrip, Kruger International Mpumalanga airport or by road; just over 5 hour’s drive from Johannesburg, 1 hour from Skukuza or 2 hours from Kruger International airports.

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Sibuya Game Reserve-River Camp

This personalised Big 5 private game reserve is so special and different that you can only access it by boat.  The luxurious tented camps are discretely placed in the indigenous forest on the river banks offering tranquillity only found in the wild.  Professional rangers assist you in enjoying every aspect of this pristine reserve to see the abundant birdlife and numerous animals on game drives, boat cruises, walks and even canoe trips.  A memorable adventure to Sibuya combines relaxation, fabulous service and top notch dining, you shall surely want to return, just as the name Sibuya implies.

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Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest Camp

River Camp A favourite amongst friends, families and sole-use groups, this small and intimate camp has four beautifully appointed tented rooms, all en suite. Discretely tucked into a small forest on the river bank, each tented room has been designed with its own unique layout in order to avoid felling trees and to protect as much of the site as possible. A light and airy design lets nature’s sights and sounds flood into the generously proportioned guest areas, creating a sense of oneness with the wilderness all around. Ground level pathways and large fold our sofa beds make River Camp particularly well-suited for those with children, and there’s even a playroom tent. Located on an ancient floodplain where an oxbow or billabong will one day form, the camp affords spectacular views of the river from its sweeping verandas. Sibuya’s rangers, some of the most experienced in the business, take pride in organising rewarding bush walks, personalised game drives and exclusive boat or canoe trips. Their love of the environment and enthusiasm for their work is infectious, and guests will find them to be not only knowledgeable guides bur also gracious hosts. Part of the purpose of a getaway is to relax! River Camp offers ample opportunity for guests to do this, and few pastimes can be more soporific than lying on a hammock with a book, listening to the birdsong in threes. At night, the soft glow of lanterns and distant roar of the ocean are the only distractions from the crackling outdoor fire. Forest Camp Perfectly situated on the banks of the Kariega River, but tucked unobtrusively into the indigenous bush, Forest camp offers a blend of essential comforts and warm, charming style. Richly coloured local textiles, in shades of rust and burnt orange, are used throughout in support of the regions weaving community. The camp, with its long wooden walkways through pristine thicket, has eight en suite tents, complete with luxury furnishings. Designed with a light footprint to protect the surrounding riverine environment, the camp affords views of game on both banks of the river and makes an ideal venue for weddings and small functions. With no schedules and absolutely no pressure on guests to do anything other than relax, this wonderful camp combines the finest in safari luxury with fabulous service and truly memorable game experiences. Top notch dining is an integral part of any visit to Sibuya with excellent South African wines served in the dining room, on picnics or under a canopy of stars in the wonderful open air boma. No destination can succeed without a loyal and dedicate staff. At Sibuya, the camp and hospitality teams are extremely friendly and helpful, and will go out of their way to ensure an unforgettable stay. The lush, sub-tropical vegetation ensures a high density of wildlife and guarantees one of the best game-viewing experiences in the country.

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Shamwari Game Reserve- Eagles Crag Lodge

Eagles Crag is situated on one of the largest malaria free Big 5 private game reserve’s in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve, which is regarded as ‘The Pride of the Eastern Cape’. Located along the Bushman’s River between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Shamwari forms a natural extension of the world famous Garden Route. Eagles Crag is tucked away and surrounded by imposing mountain cliffs, an expresses an elegant ambience amid nature’s beauty. The exclusive 9 detached suites which sleep a maximum of 2 adults per suite are fashioned in glass and stone, offering guests expansive views of the surrounding rock faces; where the eagles soar. Each suite is a secluded haven in which to unwind in sheer comfort. The Relaxation Retreat with 2 therapy rooms, hydro bath, steam room and sauna can be enjoyed as well as the bar and cigar lounge which is equipped with a fireplace, big screen TV as well as glass fold-away walls that open out onto the magnificent deck. Each suite has its own in and outdoor shower which overlooks the lush views of the forest, a mini bar, air conditioning and private plunge pool. While staying at Eagles Crag, guest can enjoy everything that Shamwari Game Reserve has to offer such as sunrise and sunset game drives which lasts up to 3 hours, star gazing and the relaxation retreats, bush walks, and the option to take part in their very own game ranger training program. Shamwari is also home to South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams with a working Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which includes a visit to the Animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients and the animal bomas to view any larger patients. Passionate and committed to the conservation of our planet and wildlife, the Shamwari Group is partnered with The Born Free Foundation and the Wilderness Foundation. The only Born Free Rescue Centre in the country is based at Shamwari game Reserve, as well as the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre. Shamwari also offers a unique ‘kids on safari’ programme which ensures there is something for everyone to learn and to experience.

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Shamwari Game Reserve- Bayethe Lodge

Bayethe Tented Lodge is situated on one of the largest malaria free Big 5 private game reserve’s in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve, which is regarded as ‘The Pride of the Eastern Cape’. Located along the Bushman’s River between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Shamwari forms a natural extension of the world famous Garden Route. “By-ye-ti” or, “I salute you”, is the warm African greeting carried on the fresh valley wind at this tented paradise. Allow nature to blanket you in the seductive tented accommodation. The refined tents are shrouded by the rich vegetation, providing privacy and a feeling of seclusion. There are 12 tents - 3 Bayethe Hill Superior Tents and 9 Bayethe Luxury Tents. The Bayethe Hill Superior Tents are each equipped with mini bar, private deck, en-suite bathroom with indoor bath and outdoor shower, hammock, fireplace and a plunge pool. The Bayethe Luxury Tents offer the added luxury of an indoor spa bath. The luxurious lounge area leads onto the deck and swimming pool with breath taking views which can be enjoyed in ultimate isolation from the surrounding Lodges. Further facilities include the Bush Relaxation Retreat, internet access, indoor and outdoor dining facilities and gift boutique. While staying at Bayethe, guest can enjoy everything that Shamwari Game Reserve has to offer, such as sunrise and sunset game drives which lasts up to 3 hours, star gazing and the relaxation retreats, bush walks, and the option to take part in their very own game ranger training program. Shamwari is also home to South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams with a working Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which includes a visit to the Animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients and the animal bomas to view any larger patients. Passionate and committed to the conservation of our planet and wildlife, the Shamwari Group is partnered with The Born Free Foundation and the Wilderness Foundation. The only Born Free Rescue Centre in the country is based at Shamwari game Reserve, as well as the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre. Shamwari also offers a unique ‘kids on safari’ programme which ensures there is something for everyone to learn and to experience.

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Shamwari Game Reserve- Sarili Lodge

Sarili Lodge is situated on one of the largest malaria free Big 5 private game reserve’s in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve, which is regarded as ‘The Pride of the Eastern Cape’. Located along the Bushman’s River between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Shamwari forms a natural extension of the world famous Garden Route. Named after a supreme Xhosa Chief, who reigned in the late 1800’s, Sarili Lodge offers contemporary comforts perched above the Bushman’s River overlooking the grassy plains of ancient Africa. The Lodge is a private oasis for family, groups and friends. This environmentally friendly Lodge provides the perfect combination between a colonial and bush experience. Sarili Lodge includes five luxury Suites with magnificent landscaped views overlooking the wide range of safari vegetation. A magnificent deck overlooks the Bushmans River, heated swimming pool, with shallow area for children, lounge with fireplace and satellite television, in and outdoor dining facilities, a business desk and Wi-Fi connection. All rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 persons - 2 Luxury Rooms with balconies overlooking the river, 2 Luxury Rooms with a patio facing the courtyard and inter-leading via a passage and 1 Suite with television, sleeper couch and balcony overlooking the river. While staying at Sarili, guest can enjoy everything that Shamwari Game Reserve has to offer, such as sunrise and sunset game drives which lasts up to 3 hours, star gazing and the relaxation retreats, bush walks, and the option to take part in their very own game ranger training program. Shamwari is also home to South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams with a working Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which includes a visit to the Animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients and the animal bomas to view any larger patients. Passionate and committed to the conservation of our planet and wildlife, the Shamwari Group is partnered with The Born Free Foundation and the Wilderness Foundation. The only Born Free Rescue Centre in the country is based at Shamwari Game Reserve, as well as the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre. Shamwari also offers a unique ‘kids on safari’ programme which ensures there is something for everyone to learn and to experience.

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Shamwari Game Reserve- Riverdene Lodge

Riverdene Family Lodge is situated on one of the largest malaria free Big 5 private game reserve’s in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve, which is regarded as ‘The Pride of the Eastern Cape’. Located along the Bushman’s River between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Shamwari forms a natural extension of the world famous Garden Route. Riverdene Family Lodge has a welcoming ease and warmth and is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Riverdene Lodge offer elegant comfort particularly for families and provides many additional activities to entertain children of all ages which include the supervised play room and jungle gym specifically designed for children’s enjoyment. Children can engage in the “Kids on Safari” program, visiting the Animal Rehabilitation and Born Free Centres. Riverdene Family Lodge has a total of 9 luxury Lodges, 7 of these are inter-leading. Each comes all inclusive with air conditioning, private patio, television with selected satellite channels, private mini bar and en-suite bathroom with separate shower. The rim-flow swimming pool has a shallow area just for the kids. While staying at Riverdene, guest can enjoy everything that Shamwari Game Reserve has to offer, such as sunrise and sunset game drives which lasts up to 3 hours, star gazing and the relaxation retreats, bush walks, and the option to take part in their very own game ranger training program. Shamwari is also home to South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams with a working Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which includes a visit to the Animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients and the animal bomas to view any larger patients. Passionate and committed to the conservation of our planet and wildlife, the Shamwari Group is partnered with The Born Free Foundation and the Wilderness Foundation. The only Born Free Rescue Centre in the country is based at Shamwari game Reserve, as well as the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre. Shamwari also offers a unique ‘kids on safari’ programme which ensures there is something for everyone to learn and to experience.

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Shamwari Game Reserve- Lobengula Lodge

Lobengula lodge is situated on one of the largest malaria free Big 5 private game reserve’s in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve, which is regarded as ‘The Pride of the Eastern Cape’. Located along the Bushman’s River between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Shamwari forms a natural extension of the world famous Garden Route. Lobengula lodge is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. It is a place where your soul can rejuvenate and rest in supreme peace and comfort whilst the vibration of authentic Africa dances through your being. The lodge mirrors a traditional African “kraal” which is enclosed by breath-taking views. The sanctuary encompasses a range of holistic therapies to enchant and stimulate the senses. Wildlife activities vary from guided game drives, guided game walks, camping under the stars, picnics, sundowners with scenic views and informal wildlife presentations. We endeavour to provide our guests with home grown fresh and organic produce. Our mission is to support our local communities and farmers to ensure sustainable development between Lobengula and the community arises. The lodge has focused on utilising suppliers and guest amenities who uphold green initiatives and who practice responsible and conscious living. The lodge also supports community development programs where possible. Certain decor items in the Villa have been locally made by ladies from the nearby village and going forward to initiate projects whereby these folk can be incorporated. The Lobengula lodge includes six luxury Suites with magnificent landscaped views overlooking the wide range of safari vegetation. A magnificent deck overlooks the Bushmans River, heated swimming pool, lounge with fireplace and satellite television, in and outdoor dining facilities, a business desk and Wi-Fi connection. All 6 suites can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults per suite - 1 King bedded Chief Suite with private plunge pool, lounge and fireplace, 2 Twin/King bedded Junior Suites, each with private plunge pool and 3 Twin/King bedded Junior Suites. While staying at the lodge, guest can enjoy everything that Shamwari Game Reserve has to offer, such as sunrise and sunset game drives which lasts up to 3 hours, star gazing and the relaxation retreats, bush walks, and the option to take part in their very own game ranger training program. Shamwari is also home to South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams with a working Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which includes a visit to the Animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients and the animal bomas to view any larger patients. Passionate and committed to the conservation of our planet and wildlife, the Shamwari Group is partnered with The Born Free Foundation and the Wilderness Foundation. The only Born Free Rescue Centre in the country is based at Shamwari Game Reserve, as well as the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre. Shamwari also offers a unique ‘kids on safari’ programme which ensures there is something for everyone to learn and to experience.

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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Dwyka Lodge

The malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the heart of the Little Karoo, part of the Caleo Foundation, sits at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain. Sanbona offers a Big 5 wilderness experience and has an alluring atmosphere of stillness and an air of isolation amid the raw beauty of boundless peaks and plains. Just a 3-hour drive from Cape Town, Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcome you. The eco-friendly Dwyka Tented Lodge is surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations, which was once the home of ancient Khoisan hunters. Situated on a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, the lodge with 9 luxury tents, each with private decks and spa baths, has a Relaxation Retreat, communal lounge with fireplace and TV, wine cellar and open air boma. The lodge epitomises the idea of seclusion and luxury. Guests can enjoy Big 5 game drives; nature walks amidst this unique wilderness area, viewing the priceless rock art, stargazing, perfecting their photographic skills, take advantage of the unique boat safari or simply spend time at the Relaxation Retreat.

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