Top Hospitality Establishments Celebrated at the Sanlam Top Destination Awards

(Friday, 15 September 2017) Cape Town – On the evening of Thursday, 14 September 2017, the Sanlam Top Destination awards ceremony was held at Kelvin Grove in Newlands and 35 accommodation establishments walked away with the winning title of ‘Sanlam Top Destination Award’ in their respective categories and star gradings. It was an incredible evening showing recognition to the local entrepreneurs who make the South African tourism industry as great as it is.

 

In conjunction with title sponsor, Sanlam, Discount Traveler South Africa pulled out all the stops to ensure a special evening themed #MyHeartBeatsAfrica. Guests were serenaded by the sounds of Ricky Botsis as they sipped on welcome drinks from Ayama Vermentino 2016 and Amarula served with crushed ice as Pop Up Beauty Bar offered express manicures. Décor sponsor, Rialhiem Ceramics decked each table with uniquely crafted flowerpots and candelabras from his latest BRAVE Collection, encapsulating the authentically African theme of the evening.

 

The Master of Ceremonies were radio and TV personality, Tracey Lange and Josie Eveleigh of SABC 3 travel show, Where Josie Goes. The pair were dressed in show-stopping gowns by King of Couture, Jacques Lagrange. The blonde-brunette duo offered guests humorous, feisty banter, keeping proceedings light.

 

In between announcements, a delectable three course meal was served paired with Ayama Baboon’s Swing Chenin Blanc 2015 for the starter and Ayama Leopard Spot Red 2015 with mains. Guests were treated to magical dance performances by Blush Productions and music by Shen FM, adding an African Elegance to the proceedings.

 

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards awarded the finest selection from 9 700 establishments entered for this year’s awards, treating them to an array of exquisite giveaways throughout the evening. The awards commenced with a draw for three uniquely crafted David Green time pieces valued at R 4 000 each and rapped with one lucky establishment walking away with a Volkswagen Kombi for twelve months.  Gift bags included goodies from Rialheim, Romatex, Inn-Addition, Spree, and Amarula.

 

Finalists are privy to R10 000’s worth of advertising in The Traveler Mag South Africa to accompany their certificate and the 35 winners each walked away with the title of Top Destination in their category and star grading, receiving a winner’s certificate and hand-crafted ceramic elephant trophy by Rialheim Ceramics, as well as their share in R1 000 000’s worth of advertising! The SABRE Top Destination Technology Award gave one lucky establishment a trip to the SABRE Forum 2018 in Europe.

 

The winners of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2017 are:

Caravan-Camping

Ungraded: Richtersveld Wilderness Camp

4* grading: Dibiki Holiday Resort

 

Backpacker

Ungraded: George Backpackers

4* grading: B.I.G. Backpackers

 

Self-Catering

Ungraded: Wild Thingz Lodge

1* grading: Golden Gate Guesthouse

3* grading: Rhino Manor

4* grading: Cabana Beach Resort

 

Guest House

Ungraded: 5 on Jean

3* category: La Picasso Guesthouse

4* category: Grey Manor Guesthouse

5* category: Nova Constantia Boutique Residence Guest House

 

Country House

Ungraded: Blue Gum Country Estate

3* grading: Olive Grove Guest Farm

4* grading: Crawford’s Beach Lodge

5* grading: Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House

 

Bed & Breakfast

Ungraded: Leopard Lily Bed & Breakfast Potchefstroom

3* grading: Morgenzicht Bed and Breakfast

4* grading: Lapologa Bed and Breakfast

5* grading: Azamare Camps Bay

 

Lodge

Ungraded: Santos Express Train Lodge

3* grading: African Game Lodge

4* grading: Sunset Beach Lodge and Spa

5* grading: Hayward’s Grand Safari Lodge

 

Game Lodge

Ungraded – Godwana’s Bush Villas & Fynbos Villas

2* grading: Tented Adventures Pilanesberg

3* grading: Timbavati Safari Lodge

4* grading: Morokolo Game Lodge

5* grading: Ivory Tree Game Lodge

 

Farm Accommodation

Ungraded: Affi Lande Boetiek Guest Farm

3* grading: Ganora Guestfarm

4* grading: Dusk to Dawn Farm Guesthouse

 

Hotel

Ungraded: Trennerys hotel

3* grading: Hotel Savoy

4* grading: NH The Lord Charles Hotel

5* grading: The Twelve Apostles Hotel

 

For more information on the Sanlam Top Destination Awards please visit www.topdestinationawards.com.

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2016 review score

  • So proud of our awesome review score on @bookingcom! #guestsloveus
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Elephants walked right past our lodge today!

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Never far

Thank you to Bernice Merle for letting us share her video of her trip to South Africa in January it is much appreciated!

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This awesome video was submitted by our guests from last week, thank you so much!

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Morokolo Game Lodge is Awarded 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

MOROKOLO GAME LODGE IS AWARDED 2015 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Recognised as a Top Performing SAFARI LODGE as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. 21 May 2015 – Morokolo Game Lodge today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great l reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Morokolo Game Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Jacqui de Klerk, Lodge Manager at Morokolo Game lodge. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on our customer reviews, this honour is an amazing vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Morokolo Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park, boasts some of the richest diversities of Fauna & Flora in Africa

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

MOROKOLO GAME LODGE – 071 279 1110
www.morokolo.com

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