Recognising service excellence in the South African tourism and hospitality industry, in closing out this year’s contest between the country’s finest contenders, the 2019 National Lilizela Tourism Awards have celebrated the overall winners selected from the country's most outstanding travel and tourism businesses.
Hosted during a gala event on Saturday, 9 November 2019, six of the provincial tourism service providers selected from the province of Mpumalanga have been recognised as final winners in the 2019 National Lilizela Awards. Paying tribute to their outstanding service delivery while forging sustainable growth in the sector, winners were commended for having endured the gruelling judgement process of the awards and for continuing to improve quality standards benchmarks across the South African travel and tourism industry.
Through offering authentic South African experiences, together with warm hospitality, unforgettable services and a variety of amenities, not only do visitors depart completely satisfied with their experience but are more likely to return, creating a long term revenue annuity, benefiting both the service provider as well as the economy at large.
Of the 77 entries from Mpumalanga based service providers, 28 of these entrants were awarded with provincial certificates of excellence and a further 16 entries progressed to the national awards, where six have been selected as overall winners across various categories.
The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency are filled with pride in congratulating the following local travel and tourism service providers for their ongoing commitment to growing South Africa's tourism sector while representing their region as a destination of choice.
Overall winner in the Exclusive Self Catering category - N'Wambu Safari Lodge by Elite ResidencesThe 5 star N'Wambu Safari Lodge can be found along the banks of the Crocodile River in Mjejane, Kruger National Park. Accommodating a party of up to 10 guests, the lodge exudes an air of the utmost African elegance offering gorgeous views, Big 5 Game sightings and the ultimate luxury Bushveld stay.
Overall winner in the Self Catering Shared Vacation category - Mjejane Bush CampLocated in the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, the Mjejane Bush Camp is seated along the banks of the Crocodile River home to untouched indigenous bush views and Big 5 game sightings. Providing for carefully considered self-catering accommodation including fully equipped kitchens, family lounge and dining areas as well as outdoor entertainment fittings, the Mjejane Bush Camp offers the ideal self-sufficient accommodation surrounded by riverine forests, abundant African wildlife and comfort.
Overall winner in the 3-star Lodge category - Ebundu (Pty) Ltd LodgeSelf-proclaimed as a "vibrant bushveld oasis" eBundu Lodge is conveniently located between Nelspruit and White River in Mpumalanga. This multiple award-winning lodge offers various accommodation options that include 102 standard, family, luxury and executive rooms as well as outdoor pools, superb cuisine and service at their plentiful a-la-carte restaurant, seven fully equipped conference venues and a quaint chapel for beautiful bushveld weddings.
Overall winner in the 3-star Country House category - Hamilton Parks Country LodgeWith its home in the heart of the Hazyview Loweveld, the Hamilton Parks Country Lodge is a family-owned and managed country lodge dedicated to personalised service excellence. Offering comfortable and affordable accommodation catered to with home cooked meals and a variety of leisure and adventure activities in surrounding areas, this classic Cape Dutch-style establishment offers various accommodation options for a number of traveller pursuits.
Overall winner in the 5-star Country House category - Welgelegen ManorServing up a slice of luxury accommodation in its home of the town of Balfour Cosmos Country, Welgelegen Manor makes for a classic English country stay combined with contemporary comfort and timeless glamour. Where guests are also treated to fine dining experiences served by the Manor’s resident chef, whether a lavish celebration, a private function or romantic picnic for two, Welgelegen Manor offers the ideal country house setting for those looking for a more sophisticated stay.
Overall winner the Self Catering Shared Vacation category - Jackalberry RidgeCatering to a luxury tented experience, Jackalberry Ridge offers up to 20 tented camps ranging in size and layout but each catering to all of the amenities that travellers will need to enjoy the ideal self-catering and shared vacation with family and friends. From dedicated gas geysers, to fully equipped kitchens, fridges and freezers, linen, daily cleaning services, Jackalberry Ridge is also home to 300 recorded bird species as well as free roaming wildlife, placing you in the heart of the African bushveld!