Visitor Experience of the Year

Constitution Hill

Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national heritage site in Johannesburg and is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Once a place of injustice and brutality, where South Africa’s leading political activists, including Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Fatima Meer, Albertina Sisulu, Joe Slovo and Mahatma Gandhi were detained, the site has been transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy. Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours and has become an important platform for heritage, education, and tourism related programmes. With its rich history and character, Constitution Hill also offers a variety of venues suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and programmes.

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African Impact - Zululand

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organization which runs and manages meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences, service placements and internship programs throughout Africa. The organization was founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, and since then has grown into the African leader in volunteer tourism, having facilitated over 17,000 volunteers and interns in 12 countries across the continent.

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The Kimberley Vintage Tram

The Vintage Kimberley tram dates back to a time when the town was the "bright lights, big city" of Africa. By 1887, when the tram first started transporting people to the ever - expanding Big Hole, the town was flourishing. Today visitors can take a 20 minute ride on the vintage tram around the Big Hole experiencing rich historical features such as the original mining shaft and the authentic West End bar, round the Big Hole to the viewing deck where visitors have a visceral view into it, and also the original mine dumps of the Big Hole.

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Kumbaya Home & Decor - Hoedspruit

Home decor items, artwork and gifts, locally sourced and handmade by citizens of Africa.

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The Big Hole

The Big Hole is the largest man made hole in the world. A tour of the visitor centre is a must when you visit Kimberley. Here you will be introduced to the diamond history of South Africa in the form of a short introductory movie where after our guide will take you on a tour to see the Big Hole, experience our simulated underground experience, view various exhibitions including the geology of diamonds. You will also be shown the world's largest diamond display. The old town (Kimberley Mine Museum as it was known) gives the visitor an idea of what Kimberley looked like 120 years ago. The shops display items that would have been sold in Kimberley and represent shops that really existed in Kimberley. The visitor could also enjoy light refreshments at the Coffee Shop or something a bit more substantial at the Occidental Bar, situated in the Old Town. We also have various curio shops and jewellers on our premises.

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Uthando (Love) South Africa

Uthando (meaning love in Xhosa) South Africa is a unique non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited organization which aims to raise funds for life changing community development projects in South Africa. Despite its breath-taking natural beauty and diverse cultures, South Africa has many acute social challenges - millions of its citizens live in extreme poverty and face daily struggles to survive, let alone flourish. Motivated by love, compassion and respect for our common humanity, Uthando seeks to form part of the solution to meet these challenges. As an award winning model of Responsible Tourism and Travelling Philanthropy, Uthando is drawing on an extensive network of cherished partnerships in tourism and community development, with the ultimate goal of linking these two sectors in a myriad of innovative, sincere and meaningful ways. Through our deeply respectful and culturally-sensitively Philanthropic Tours and experiences, Uthando celebrates our Proudly South African culture, while shining a light on the many deserving but hitherto unsung community heroes whose efforts so often go unrecognized and unrewarded. Through a powerful combination of love and action, Uthando works to make South Africa, and the world, a better place. Uthando has two main components to the organisation : 1 Operating the Cultural Philanthropic Tours Visiting community projects and charitable organizations in and around Cape Town. Income from the tours allows Uthando to cover the overheads of the organisation while at the same time contributing financially to the community projects being visited. 2 Awareness creation, fundraising and other forms of assistance for community projects Donations for the community projects come from local and international tour operators, local hotels such as the Mount Nelson, clients who go on a tour and wish to then donate, tourism stakeholders such as We Are Africa Trade show and others. Uthando does NOT keep 1 cent of donations made from any source as the income from the tours covers the overheads of the company, thus donors know that 100 percent of their donation will go directly to the source project which they can select. To raise funds and awareness of the community projects Uthando has hosted 3 Benefit Concerts. The last one being held in 2014 in the Cape Town City Hall and attended by 1000 people

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Phronesis Training Academy

We train un-employed youth in glass beads manufacturing, pottery, gemstone cutting & polishing and jewellery design & manufacturing. to create jobs.

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Maropeng Visitor Center

A mere 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg, is Maropeng. Maropeng, the “ place of our origins’ carries global stature as the Visitor Centre to South Africa’s fascinating World Heritage Site - the Cradle of Humankind. The 53 000 hectare area was declared a world heritage site because of its outstanding universal scientific, historical, cultural and educational value. The largest proliferation of Hominin Fossils has been found in the 53 000 hectares area – more than any other place on Earth. Authenticating the notion that all of humankind traces its origins to Africa. With its panoramic surroundings and breathtaking views of the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg Mountains, Maropeng is a world-class visitor centre with a 4 star Boutique Hotel offering unique tour packages. It an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Embark on a fascinating journey back in time to the very beginning of the origin of our species.

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Qolweni Township Tours

The essence of the Qolweni township tour offered by Ocean Blue Adventures and the Qolweni Development Trust is not only about showcasing local culture and lifestyles; it is about involving the community and offering them the dignity of being self-employed. Our guides are not only locals who live amongst this community but are also eloquent deliverers of the community’s message, their traditions, cultures and their goals for the growth and development of their community. During the tour our guests are given insight into both the daily lives as well as the great potential for the people who are living here. Visiting the crèche, the local essential stores, a sangoma, a home, the pre-school and a shebeen ensures our guests all leave with a hope in their hearts and a smile on their faces. • Walk through tour of Qolweni township • Close and personal interaction with the local community • African cuisine and a beverage at a local shebeen • Understand the life of a Sangoma • Umthombo Theatre choir (on request) • Hand made goods qolweni township tours how the community benefits The funds raised through the township tours and a percentage of Ocean Blue Adventures turnovers are used to pay for the teachers salaries and maintenance of the Siyakhula Pre-school and Qolweni crèche. In these communities almost 60% of kids drop out of school between Grade R and Grade 9 due to them having missed out on the fundamental education building blocks which are taught at pre-schools. The Ocean Blue Group believes these years are so crucial to a child’s development and this is the driving force behind their partnership with these schools. The Qolweni Development Trust not only provides the opportunity for education for these children, it also creates jobs by employing teachers, and feeds the children healthy and substantial meals. Currently the crèche and pre-school have a principal, 7 teachers and 240 children. This Community Development and up-liftment forms an integral part of implementing the ideals of the Ocean Blue Group. graduation As a part of the children’s attendance at the Siyakhula Pre-school every year the Ocean Blue Group hosts a graduation for the children that have complete their 3 years of pre-school education. At this graduation we hold a wonderful ceremony where they ‘graduate’ with cap and gown, and we send them off with back-packs full of equipment and the skills and confidence to enter the primary education environment. field band foundation The Field Band is a dynamic music and dance program that teaches vital life skills of communication, discipline and self-confidence preparing children to become positive contributors to society. This is not simply an Arts program or a just another life skills program, but a dynamic real life incubator. We have on average 500 members who learn to not only master an art form they have passion for, but also learn to innovate creatively together, develop inner discipline, resolve conflicts, work collaboratively for a common purpose, facilitate and empower others. We use the opportunity to expose them to conservation principles and HIV/AIDS education and drug abuse issues. With their 30 plus performances a year at town and sporting events they develop values and an identity that enables them to respect the rights of others and to confidently advance themselves in society. Sabrina Love Foundation: Sabrina love foundation The Sabrina Love Foundation started in 2003, was set up to honour the memory of Sabrina Lubner, daughter of Suzy and Tony (Director of Ocean Blue Adventures). The objective of the Foundation is to care for ALL children within the area of Plettenberg Bay that have special needs. Currently the Foundation provides a full daycare facility as well as full time professional therapists working in the field providing home care, training, equipment, medication and facilitation of these children into mainstream society. Currently 99% of all children in Plettenberg Bay and their families requiring assistance receive support from the Foundation.

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Dundee Tourism

DUNDEE!!!!! Welcome to the Endumeni area that derives its name from the spectacular peak of Indumeni Mountain that towers over the picturesque and historically significant towns of Glencoe, Wasbank and Dundee in KwaZulu Natal and is noted for its battlefields and associated military history. There are 68 battle skirmish sites within a two hour drive of Dundee. Names such as Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Blood River and Talana have echoed through the centuries as testimony to the courage and ultimate futility of war. Dundee was established in 1882 after the discovery of coal, close to the surface by the Boer farmers. It is named after the hometown of a pioneering Scottish settler, Peter Smith. Dundee and the surrounding area are rich in history and numerous historical buildings and sites are a testament to our past heritage. If only these buildings could talk – but your guide can and will keep you enthralled with stories and the people associated with the buildings. (Guides with wide ranging and specific knowledge of events in this area conduct tours that bring our past alive) Heritage trail launched by -Tourism Dundee So, the next time you have family or friends staying over, encourage them to pick up a pamphlet on the heritage trail from the tourism office and join them on a stroll through history and remember to drive to Glencoe too!” Dundee has always marketed itself as a historical hub. That reputation was further enhanced following the launch of the historical trail by Tourism Dundee. Thirty-six plaques have been put up on historical sites in Dundee, Sibongile and Glencoe. In total, 68 sites have been identified. Please visit www.tourdundee.co.za or www.talana.co.za for more information.

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Mankwe GAMETRACKERS

Mankwe Gametrackers is the largest outdoor adventure activity business in the North West province of South Africa. Based at the iconic Sun City resort next to the malaria free Big Five Pilanesberg National Park, it conducts Game Drives, Bush Walks and Hot Air Balloon Safaris inside the Park, and Quad Biking, Archery, Team Building activities, Rhino Tracking and the Wallow, a catered venue, inside the resort. We specialize in individual service and exclusivity yet have the capacity to service large groups of up to 600 people. In the past 12 months the business delivered activities to more than 120,000 passengers.

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Talana Museum

Nestled at the base of Talana Hill the museum is set in a 60 acre heritage park. The Zulu name "Talana" meaning "the shelf where precious items are stored" is a most appropriate name for this large and varied museum. The museum comprises 42 buildings, with exhibits dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life in 23 of these and new permanent exhibits will open later this year.. We are situated just outside the town of Dundee, Kwa Zulu Natal - South Africa, and are within short driving distances of some of the most famous battlefields in the country; Blood River, Rorkes Drift, Fugitives Drift, Isandlwana, Elandslaagte, Spioenkop, Colenso and the Siege of Ladysmith. Open 7 days a week, 363 days a year, the museum takes about 1/2 a day for a quick visit. Named after the hill at the base of which the museum is situated, "Talana" meaning "the shelf where precious items are stored" is a most appropriate name for this large and varied museum. Started in 1979 to commemorate the Anglo Zulu war, the small collection moved to the present site at the beginning of 1983. A 20 acre section of "Dundee" farm, bought in 1982, for the development of a museum to commemorate the centenary of Dundee, included the home and farmsteading of one of the founders of the town, the site of the first coal mining activity in this area and portion of the Talana battlefield. The Smith cottage provides an evocative picture of the lives of the hardy pioneer farmers. A founder of Dundee, Peter Smith, farmed and mined coal on this site. His restored home and farm buildings house cultural, agricultural and transport displays. The displays of weapons, uniforms, photographs and artifacts dramatically depict the conflict between the Zulu, Boer and Brit, as well as an insight into the Bushmen, the earliest settlers of the region. Glass has been manufactured in this valley since the end of the 19th century. Although the factory no longer exists, the museum is home to a magnificent collection of glass from around the world and South Africa. A superb collection of beadwork depicting the cultures of the many different African groups and the use of beads in all Indian and western cultures in South Africa, may be viewed in the Bead Gallery. Dundee became the heart of the richest coal producing area in the country. Nicknamed "Coalopolis" the town expanded rapidly and the reconstructed town square and some of the shops, vividly recalls these times. The first organised coal mining in South Africa was begun by the Dundee Coal Company (registered on the London Stock exchange in 1889), on the slopes of Talana Hill. The remains of coal mines that created the rich and vibrant economy of the area still mark the hillsides and valleys. Today the museum has four extensive coal exhibits depicting the many aspects of coal mining in this area and preserving the proud and unique heritage of our mining history. The Talana station complex comprises the reconstructed Talana station. A Class 13A locomotive and the Shosholoza carriage. Shosholoza can be hired for small functions. Talana Museum boasts a comprehensive range of archival material relating to the town, region, coal mining and military conflicts in this area over the past two centuries. Researchers have access to these records. The Museum Shop offers a variety of quality, locally produced products to suit every requirement. An extensive selection of books relating to the military history of the region, locally made beadwork and baskets and a wide variety of other crafts , are among many items available. A superb bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sculpted in India and donated to the museum by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, commemorates his involvement in this area in the early 20th C. This memorial, adjacent to a pond, in the parklike grounds of the museum, offers a place of quiet contemplation and reflection of a great man and his contribution to humanity. The 1913 Passive Resistance movement exhibit, takes a further and deeper look into the life of Gandhi and the start of his passive resistance movement. On 11 November 1913, in Dundee, he was tried for the first time in a court in South Africa and was sentenced to 90 days imprisonment or a fine of 60 pounds. He chose imprisonment. The Great War exhibit opened on 4 August 2014 commemorates the involvement of Dundee men in the war and puts the South African involvement into context. The permanent exhibit on Orange Grove Dairy, a local business founded in 1927, is a "proudly Dundee" tale. Kwakunje Cultural Village portrays the traditional lifestyle of a Zulu family and shows how culture changes over time, but also those elements of the culture that have adapted or remained unchanged. The Miners' Rest restaurant serves delicious meals, in a pre-1914 corrugated iron, miners home, that was relocated from Ballengeich mine, in our district. Although quaint and characterful it has a wide spread reputation for service and quality of meals. Catering for individuals, groups or functions are handled with flair and friendliness.

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