Visitor Experience of the Year

Swadini, A Forever Resort

At Swadini, A Forever Resort you can experience Mother Nature at her best. Situated at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, surrounded by untainted natural landscapes in the Blyde Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world, boasting unspoiled views and awesomeness.

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Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

THE STRANDLOPER OCEAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL Not just another place, it’s another world Tucked away on the beach in the charming West Coast village of Paternoster, the exclusive Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel offers the perfect barefoot luxury getaway with 14 suites and rooms, each with its own terrace or private courtyard. Here contemporary beach style fuses with nature and breath taking views across the beach, fynbos and beyond. Just 90 minutes from Cape Town, 5-star Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is a haven set between nature and the sea, offering countless extraordinary experiences. Enjoy hiking trails and beach walks, bird watching, biking and fishing. Indulge in a relaxing massage in the Elements Wellness Suite, or on a sunny day, take a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool. Paternoster is a seafood and crayfish Mecca, a perfect destination for gourmands, the Hotel’s restaurant Leeto presents the freshest seafood and creative dishes with a strong regional influence, which also serves up breath taking views of the unique surroundings.

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Loskopdam A Forever Resort Chalets

Loskopdam offers great scenery and beautiful views over the 27km stretched dam. Spot Wildlife from the banks or from a boat cruise offered by Loskopdam Resort. Mountain ranges offer the best bushveld environment and outdoor experience.

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Tsitsikamma Segway Tours

We offer guided Segway Tours in and around the Tsitsikamma Forest, which includes a trip to the world renowned Tsitsikamma Big Tree. Our tours are done while riding the awesome Segway machines which allows for a silent, fun and unique way to glide through the forest while taking in the breathtaking beauty of our stunning indidenous forest. You get to experience the groundbreaking top of the line technology that is in the self balancing Segway machines while having fun and enjoying nature. At Tsitsikamma Segway Tours and Wilderness Segway Tours, we are focused on providing Guided Segway Tours with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

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Wilderness Segway Tours

Based in Wilderness, close to George, we offer guided Segway Tours in and around the Ebb & Flow National Park, which includes a trip through the fynbos and vleiland around the Touw and Serpentine Rivers. Our tours are done while riding the awesome Segway machines which allows for a silent, fun and unique way to glide through the fynbos while taking in the breathtaking beauty of our stunning Wilderness area. You get to experience the groundbreaking top of the line technology that is in the self balancing Segway machines while having fun and enjoying nature. At Wilderness Segway Tours and Tsitsikamma Segway Tours, we are focused on providing Guided Segway Tours with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

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Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse

IMAGINE the most decadent escape possible, cocooned in opulence and surrounded by intricate indigenous gardens – the cool Atlantic Ocean as backdrop. Picture utter elegance in the midst of wind chime music and flowing water, tangles of orchids, vibrant art and cosy intimate spaces. You’ll find it all at Abalone House - Paternoster’s newest, five-star boutique guesthouse – and without question, it’s most glamorous.  Room to cocoon/Sumptuous suites Abalone Guesthouse boasts 10 magnificent suites, designed around a tranquil, central courtyard. There’s even a rooftop Jacuzzi, with a panoramic sea view, for the enjoyment of guests. Or you can cool off in the elegant swimming pool, surrounded by a colourful potted garden. In the suites, every earthly desire has been thought of and catered for. Beds are oversized and extra-length, festooned in monogrammed percale linen. There’s under-floor heating beneath the thick, luxurious carpets as well as in the bathrooms – which also have heated towel rails and wall heaters for winter.

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Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa

The Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa outside Bela Bela is a tranquil secluded hideaway nestled against the Waterberg Mountains. This peaceful gem just one hour north of Gauteng, offers the elegance of yesteryear, with beautiful antiques, homely pampering in 49 en-suite rooms surrounded by lush tropical gardens. All the comfortable rooms and rondavels at Shangri-La are situated within walking distance of a sparkling swimming pool, relaxing spa as well as other facilities including two restaurants and a cellar (with a Diners Club award winning wine list), a small wedding chapel and fully equipped conference centres. Nestled in the picturesque Waterberg mountain range approximately 70 minutes from Pretoria lies Modimolle (previously named Nylstroom), a bustling bushveld town. Named after the Sotho for the ‘God(s) have eaten,’ Modimolle and the surrounding Waterberg area boast plentiful free roaming game, birdlife and beautiful indigenous trees and plants. A characteristic feature here is the impressive Kranskop Mountain, a natural beacon rising above the surrounding landscape. It lies next to the N1 Highway that runs between Pretoria and Polokwane en route to the Kruger National Park. Nature and adventure enthusiasts need not travel far from home to experience a host of outdoor activities such as hiking, game viewing and abseiling. The Waterberg’s numerous activities, coupled with its mild year-round weather and warm dry winters have boosted its popularity among people looking to escape the city for a few days. Named after the mythical earthly paradise (described in British author James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon), the term Shangri-La has become synonymous with any permanently happy paradise land isolated from the outside world. Guests wanting to escape the madness of modern life soon realise why the name is so fitting. Lush tropical gardens, a trickling waterfall and leafy stone pathways blend with luxurious pampering in 49 en-suite rooms to offer a delightful sense of tranquillity. For couples, friends, families and small groups that enjoy peaceful natural surroundings, finding your own piece of paradise at Shangri-La is just an hour’s drive from Gauteng!

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Free State National Botanical Garden

Free State National Botanical Garden The Free State National Botanical Garden (FSNBG) is one of ten National Botanical gardens managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in South Africa, concentrating exclusively on cultivating and propagating South Africa's indigenous flora. The Garden is situated next to the N1, about 11 km north of the centre of Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State Province. It is within a 130 km radius of Kimberley, the Free State Goldfields, and Maseru, Lesotho. The garden The garden spans a valley between dolerite koppies (small hills) capped with rocky outcrops—typical of the area. It is divided into two main sections—the developed garden (6 ha) and the natural area (60 ha). The natural vegetation comprises grassland, woodland and fascinating Karoo plants. Succulents and bulbous plants form a natural garden amongst the rocks on the koppies and can be seen when walking the scenic nature trails in the Garden. The Garden has an abundance of wildlife, including over 140 bird species, 54 reptile species and about 32 mammal species, with over 300 plant species in the developed area. Lapa Have peace of mind, use our lapa. The lapa is used for social functions such as birthday parties, weddings and year-end functions, and many more. It is equipped with chairs and tables, a stove with oven, and a fridge. Restaurant The restaurant operates privately. Visitors can bring the whole family and enjoy good service from the restaurant, with a stunning view of the Garden. The kids can play on the lawns in front of the restaurant while you relax with a sundowner. Nursery South Africa has one of the richest and most beautiful floras in the world. We encourage the use of indigenous plants by making them available at competitive prices. This service is available daily. Plants are propagated here before being transplanted into the garden for display. Seeds are not for sale. A special plant sale is held annually, usually late September, with the full support of the Botanical Society of South Africa. wedding Gazebo- It is s used for weddings Marquee area - for major events Environmental Education To further the vision of environmental education for sustainable living, our programmes offer learners hands-on experience in the garden environment. Guided tours Guided tours for schools and other interest groups require prior arrangements with the Administration office, during working hours. Walking trails We encourage all visitors to walk the two beautiful Motshetshe and Garden View Trails, which will show you the beauty and diversity of our Free State plants. Features of special interest The medicinal plant garden displays traditional Basotho and Boer dwellings with medicinal plants. The water-wise demonstration garden illustrates the use of indigenous Free State plants to conserve water in domestic gardens. General information Open: 08:00–17:00 Adults: R22-00 Students/ Pensioners: 15-00 Scholars: R12-00 Preschool: Free Admission fees change on an annual basis. Conference facilities, lapa and wedding garden available to rent for functions. Contact Information Physical address: Rayton Road, off Dan Pienaar Drive, R702, Bloemfontein Postal address: PO Box 29036, Danhof, Bloemfontein, 9310 GPS co-ordinates: 29°03'05.9

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City Sightseeing Cape Town

City Sightseeing Cape Town, is the best way to see the Table Mountain and the Mother City, Cape Town. The tours operate on a Hop-On, Hop-Off basis, which means you can climb off the bus at any of the stops along the route and then get back on to a later bus when you are ready - so this is tailor made sightseeing which is safe, reliable, affordable, informative and fun. You can also choose to stay on the bus for the full circular route - meaning that in just a few hours you can experience the best that these two cities have to offer - accompanied by the on-board commentary which explains the story behind the sites and is available in 16 different languages - including a fun kid's channel. City Sightseeing offers travellers a consistent quality travel experience on state-of-the-art buses. They are a reputable and trusted company that has been in operation since 2002. City Sightseeing was awarded the International City Sightseeing Operator of the Year in 2009 in recognition of their innovation, customer service, overall brand experience and their commitment to environmental sustainability. City Sightseeing is the first carbon neutral bus company in South Africa. City Sightseeing Cape Town is the best way to get to Table Mountain as well as the most sought after and scenic places Cape Town has to offer. Sightseers can choose from four tours: the Red City Tour to Table Mountain and the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, A Yellow Downtown Tour and a Purple Wine tour experience. City Sightseeing also offers a seasonal Night Tour to Signal Hill and a very popular Harbour cruise in the V&A Waterfront.

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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.

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Midlands Meander

We are a countryside hospitality destination and we are the perfect place for those city people who wish to experience the beauty of the countryside - we are a small geographical area ranging from the mist belt of Hilton to the dry grassland of the hinterland near Mooi River. There are so many gorgeous natural attractions ranging from waterfalls to mountains, rivers and grasslands. The mist rolls in like a blanket covering the meadows and drenching the plants. A diverse range of indigenous fauna and flora flourish in this natural paradise. We offer our visitors a chance to escape to the country where the scenery is spectacular and where they can get in touch with nature. Many of the accommodation places offer a chance to walk and do a mini hike on their properties or to horse ride on a longer trail. They offer guests a chance to fish in the farm dams and to even try their hand at milking the cows. Watching birds in this environmentally rich paradise is great, and a walk through one of the indigenous forests will make you aware of how few indigenous forests are left in this country. We are situated in a lush green agricultural belt that is rich with farming culture and we have many artists and crafters that have made a living from doing their business in the country. We have a rich historical and cultural history in the area and our main appeal is for those who want to experience the comfort and hospitality of the

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Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest 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.

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