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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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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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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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

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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Blyde Canyon A Forever Resort Scenic Beauty

Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon has commanding views of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. This three and four star Resort is located a mere 160 kilometers from Nelspruit and 50 kilometers from Graskop.  It is the ideal base for hiking trails and scenic trips by car to well-known Mpumalanga locations, including Pilgrim’s Rest.

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Waterfall, A Forever Lodge

Situated among the ravines of Kranspoort Mountains with a bird's eye view of the lush valley below, the hideaway that is Waterfall Lodge holds the promise of a true African Safari. Absolute scenic views of Mountain ranges and Waterfall rushing down the mountain creates Bushveld experience. Spot different spesies of Wildlife on the scenic Waterfall hiking trail and perhaps stand a chance to spot shy Leopard

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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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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

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Blackwater Tubing

Tsitsikamma Black water Tubing, A.K.A. “Storms river Tubing” is a unique, five hour fun filled adventure, including tubi paddling nad balancing,swimming, tube tipping, nature walking, birding, rock jumping, Although similar to 'kloofing' it is dis-similar in that stormsriver tubing caters for the wild and the mild adventurer as all rock jumps are optioanl as are rapids on high water.. Blackwater Tubing is a unique adventure into an untouched presine rocky gorge in the heart of the Garden Route - The indigenous forest section of Tsitsikamma National Park.

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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

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