Visitor Experience of the Year

SAB World of Beer

The SAB World of Beer is the definitive home of beer in South Africa, uncovering the history of this fascinating beverage through a fun, creative and informative tour. The tour explores the origins of beer, offers insights into its South African story and explains the brewing process. It is essential for anyone passionate about beer and curious about its role in South African life. The World of Beer also offers conferencing facilities, a beer tasting and has a restaurant in which guests can enjoy a delicious meal and a cold beer or two. The World of Beer has twice been voted South Africa’s number one tourist attraction and has a five-star TGSCA rating for meetings, exhibitions and special events.

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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 transported people to the ever - expanding Big Hole, the town was flourishing. Today visitors can enjoy the 20 minute ride on the painted orange vintage tram around the Big Hole with its original wooden seats and steering which operates on both side. Visitors will get to experience the life of a original diamond miner, where they will pass historical features with tram such the authentic West End Bar, the Big Hole mining dumps and the original mining shaft, A journey of the past experienced in the present.

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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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Durban Country Club

The Durban Country Club clubhouse is an impressive, stately, white gabled building in Cape Dutch style constructed in 1924 by architects Wallace Paton and WG (Billy) Moffat. The clubhouse is surrounded by meticulously groomed lawns, a sparkling swimming pool, club amenities and a magnificent world renowned golf course. The Club has become a landmark along Durban’s ‘golden mile’ beachfront and is a valuable role player in the desirable Sporting Precinct. Situated within a short drive from the Durban city centre, the Club provides a welcome retreat for members from the city life – easily accessible for local residents and holidaymakers who enjoy the excellent facilities and leisure pursuits offered at the Club. The clubhouse is also a popular venue for conferences, functions and events. The Club offers a number of excellent restaurants both fine and casual dining accompanied by a superb wine list, an intimate cocktail bar, a traditional bar and a sparkling pool with poolside bar, especially popular in the warmer months, and a very popular KidZone. Make yourself at home at Durban’s warmest place to enjoy family fun and top class sporting facilities. Established in 1922, Durban Country Club boasts a proud history that spans back almost 90 years. Situated only 1 kilometre north of Durban’s “golden mile” beachfront and in the heart of Durban’s thriving sporting precinct – opposite the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium and Kings Park Stadium – the Durban Country Club is the place to meet and have fun. Durban Country Club (DCC) offers not one but two magnificent clubhouses and highly rated courses. On entering the Clubhouse, the luxuriance and richness of the traditional features offers a feeling of worth and tradition. Steeped in history, the clubhouse acts as a showcase for the many memorable events held over the past century featuring honours boards, framed photographs, memorabilia, trophies and gifts, to name but a few, eloquently displayed, which exudes the camaraderie and fellowship of the members.

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Qolweni township tours

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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Natal Events

In partnership with Durban tourism, we coordinate, manage and host delegates from outside the country and experience KZN

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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.

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Talana Live

Heritage weekend with battle re-enactments as the main focus. Ghost walk up Talana hill in the footsteps of the British soldiers on the anniversary of the battle. Talana Live is an annual event hosted by Talana Museum, on the anniversary of the Battle of Talana to commemorate the Battle. We have children's games, battle re-enactment by the Diehards, a vintage car section called "Wheels thru time",wreath laying, parade through town of Dundee and a pipe band to perform. Considerable planning of the event to ensure that grounds, buildings, signage, entrance gate, parking are all well prepared , signposted and map of grounds printed on all entrance ticket with the weekend program and all times and venue of each event. Safety and security a prime concern. Visitors get to see life in Boer and British camps as it was over 100 years ago. Authentic replicas of outfits and uniforms of the time. Genuine weapons from the time period. Meals of the time. Experiences - "Join the British army", make our own items - e.g butter, bread, etc, Re-enactments are very carefully coreographed to give an authentic experience with commentary to explain the uniforms, weapons, tactics. Participants all wear replica period clothing to create the atmosphere as do the tented camps, wagons and other genuine items on display. Ticket prices are kept affordable and we offer package deals for tickets e.g. weekend tickets as opposed to each day or event, family tickets, free tickets for persons/organisations who have items that are part of the experience e.g all vintage and veteran car exhibitors. Entry available to all persons and ticket prices kept affordable. Free tickets for stall holders, exhibitors, selected school groups. Competitions at tourism trade shows giving away free weekend packages to Dundee to encourage attendance. A unique experience in South Africa - there is no other organisation offering a heritage weekend of this nature with the battle re-enactments and participants in period clothing. we go out of our way to make people feel at home and enjoy the event. All staff wear noticeable clothing so that they stand out in the crowd so visitors know who to ask for information or assistance. Have special activities for children to keep them busy so parents can relax and enjoy the day.

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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Madi a Thavha’s Cultural and lifestyle village tours Our guests’ unique experience of Limpopo already starts at Madi a Thavha mountain lodge. Our cultural heritage centre gives visitors a good idea how our ancestors formed the social landscape of Limpopo as it is today, an excellent opportunity to get the bigger picture of what makes South Africans tick in general. Colourful information about traditional healing, musical instruments, food and food preparation and the meaning of beads are on display. See, throughout the whole lodge, exceptional local art of the very same artist you might meet in person on the village tour just a little while later. Buzz of Elim informal market Then we’re off to Elim. First stop at the informal tin-shack market to get a feel of the local vibe; a favourite stop for photographers. Next can be Twananani Textiles, where a group of women use painting techniques, block printing and dyeing to create a range of home decoration and fashion products. Tshivhuyuni, is where famous artist Thomas Kubayi runs his woodcarving workshop; Vutsila Art Centre and music studio. Adjacent to Thomas, young scarp artist, Pilato Bulala exhibits his recycled tin-jewellery and one-man helicopters and hybrid-cycle-autos. A bit further is Mukondeni pottery factory and village. Here it is interesting to see the famous Venda potters demonstrate traditional pot making and how their open-firing process works. This village’s clay is the strongest and best for making clay pots in the area. Meet multi-talented Lucky Ntimani with music in his blood Lucky maintains a beautiful garden with his wooden sculptures displayed between the flowers and vegetables. “My artworks are about telling old Tsonga stories of our culture” he says. He often organises traditional music and dance performances for guests and likes to teach young people in the community to encourage interest in art and music. This village tour can be expanded by visiting other equally interesting artists, community projects and schools; part of our personalized approach based on our guests’ individual interest.

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Theo Tours and Culture

Theo Tours and Culture is an authentic rural areas tourism based in the Zululand in uMkhanyakude district. We offer tours in our home village Nkundusi by taking guests to visit the local market Zamimpilo Market, Senzokuhle creche where our guests interact with chidren, homestead to experience the present lifestyle of the people in the rural areas, churches (Zion and Nazareth), schools, eat homemade lunch and visit the Sangoma (traditional healer).

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Veyane cultural tours and accommodation

What could be more exclusive than staying in a traditional Zulu village, close to both traditional and modern Zulu culture.Our accommodation consists of twin rooms in authentic Zulu huts, but with modern facilities like electricity.The location gives you the opportunity to study the customs and rites of traditional Zulu life, from the lobola (brides price) to the fortune tellings and magic of the Sangoma (witch doctor).You will also get the opportunity to see the creation of the amazing Zulu handicrafts, like their beadwork, grass baskets, mats, walking sticks and much more.Of course you will also get the chance to experience the life of the modern Zulus, of which many are opening their doors for visitors.Even though you are staying in traditional Zulu surroundings, you will not need to be without visits to The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park or safaris to the game and nature reserves in the area. We can of course make arrangements for any tour or activity available in the area.

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Randpark Club

THE GOOD LIFE – ON THE COURSE AND OFF THE COURSE Randpark Club has a delightful ambiance, welcoming atmosphere and fantastic service that all add up to the good life experience. With two of the best manicured golf courses, plus a 9-hole Mashie course, an excellent golf shop, hotel and spa, conference facilities, executive boardrooms and function venues, running track, cycling studio and tennis courts, Randpark has undoubtedly become one of the most desirable destinations in South Africa. Add to this, complimentary facilities such as the trendy bar, a two-tiered, floodlit undercover driving range, professional golf tuition and clinics and international reciprocity, you have a winning combination. Conveniently situated, and regarded as the green lung of the city, a mere 2 km from a major shopping mall, and centrally located within comfortable driving distance from 4 airports – OR Tambo, Lanseria, Rand Airport and Grand Central – Randpark Club has become the ultimate urban golf and recreational destination. Randpark Golf Club has for five consecutive years been awarded the accolade of The Best Golf Course in Johannesburg. No small achievement, given the number and exceptional standard of golf courses in our commercial capital. Francois Swart, GM has recently gained his Certified Club Manager qualification (CCM) from the Business Management Institute, in the USA. This is one of the highest qualifications in the field of club management globally, one of a few to have achieved this status in South Africa. The Randpark Club experience clearly speaks of service excellence which has served to stimulate local interest as well as tourism from abroad.

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