Tourism Indaba 2006 Awards

Welcome Awards

The first ever Welcome awards, launched at the Indaba last year, were awarded to the category winners at the Indaba opening ceremony. Alan Weyer, a Grahamstown-based tourist guide, was the first winner of the prestigious overall Welcome Award.

Category winners (winners mentioned first): Tour operators: Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris (Sandton), MacFarlane Safaris (Hoedspruit), JMT Tours and Safaris cc, (Newtown), Boygang Cape Tours and Travel, (Hartebeespoort Dam), Origin Travel, (Stellenbosch).


Cape Grace (Cape Town waterfront), Bed and Breakfast at Ted's Place (Wapadrand), Beverly Hills Hotel (Umhlanga), Ivory Heights (Somerset West), Protea Hotel (Richards Bay).

Tour Guides

Alan Weyer (Grahamstown), Aabel Tshilidzi Maano (Polokwane); Clifford Dlamini (New Germany), Craig Ziman (Moulle Point), Ignatius Bogatsu (Nietverdiend), Moses Mucabel (Durban), Tebogo Ramathunya (Southport), Thabelo Moji (Cape Town), Velile Ndlumbini (East London).

Travel agents

XL Astra Travel (Bloemfontein), Club Travel (Tygermoor), Sure Ethnique Travel Bloemfontein), Uniglobe Travel sub-Saharan Africa (Sandton), Witzenberg Travel (Prince Alfred's Hamlet). (information Indaba Daily News)

AA Travel Guides Accommodation Awards

More than 33 000 consumers commented on 1 100 AA quality assured or star graded establishments to determine the 38 category winners from across Southern Africa. The consumer based programme is now in its 13th year and is well known for identifying and awarding excellent tourist accommodation establishments.

The Winners

  • All suite hotel: Arcadia Villa Via Luxury Suite Hotel (Pretoria);
  • B&B Guest House Style Large: Kingston House B&B (Umhlanga Rocks);
  • B&B Guest House Small: Akademie Street Guesthouses (Franschoek, Winelands);
  • B&B Homestay: Elonda B&B (Pretoria/Tshwane);
  • B&B/Guests House SC-Large: Kleine Eden Guest House (Bloemfontein);
  • B&B Guest House with SC-Small: Nature's Cottage Guest House (Southbroom);
  • Backpackers Accommodation: Inkosana Lodge (Drakensberg Central);
  • Boutique Hotel: Batavia Boutique (Stellenbocsh Winelands);
  • Caravan &/DR Campsites: Mac Nicols Bazley Beach Caravan & Camping Resort (Bazley Beach);
  • Commercial Hotel: The Paxton Hotel (Port Elizabeth);
  • Conference Hotel-Budget: Willow Park Conference Centre and Hotel (Ekurhuleni, Kempton Park);
  • Country Commercial Hotel: Tzaneen Country Lodge (Tzaneen);
  • Country-style Retreat Large: Granny Mouse Country House (Balgowan);
  • Country Retreat Small: River House Guest Lodge (Kruger Park Surrounds);
  • Cultural Experience: Ebutsini Swazi Village (Badplaas);
  • Cultural Homestay-Modern: Botle Guest House B&B/SC (Johannesburg South, Soweto);
  • Cultural Homestay - Original: Neo's Bed and Breakfast (Johannesburg South, Soweto);
  • Family Resort: Pumula Beach Resort (Umzumbe);
  • Farm Accommodation: Ouplaas Guest House (Ottosdal);
  • Fine Country Estate: Lynton Hall Country Estate (Pennington);
  • Full Service Hotel: Indaba Hotel (Johannesburg North, Fourways);
  • Game &/DR Nature Reserve: Leopard Mountain Game Lodge (Hluhluwe);
  • Game Lodge: Zwahili Game Lodge (Modimolle/Nylstroom);
  • GH Dinner by Arrangement- Large: Mountain View Guest House (Springbok);
  • GH Dinner by Arrangement-Small: Plumwood Inn Country Guest House (Franschoek, Winelands);
  • Guest House Full Service: Ivory Heights Boutique Hotel (Cape Town, Somerset West);
  • Heritage Accommodation: Hout Bay Manor Cape Town, Hout Bay);
  • Hotel Guest House Garni: Bella Sombra Guest House (Mossel Bay, Garden Route);
  • Leisure Hotel: Cathedral Peak Hotel (Drakensberg Central);
  • Luxury Hotel: Winchester Mansion Hotel (Cape Town, Sea Point);
  • Luxury Lodge: The St James of Knysna (Knysna, Garden Route);
  • Resort with Varied Accommodation: Forever Resorts Aventura Swadini (Hoedspruit);
  • SC Cottage (S)/Chalets: Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat (Clocolan);
  • SC Resort: Kruger Park Lodge; SC Suites/Apartments: The Cycad Lodge and Chalets (Nelspruit);
  • Selected Service Hotel: City Lodge Morningside Sandton (Johannesburg North, Sandton);
  • Selected Service Hotel-Budget: Road Lodge Rivonia (Johannesburg North, Sandton);
  • Small Hotel Inn: Protea Hotel Mossel Bay (Mossel Bay, Garden Route). (information: Indaba Daily News)

Indaba 2006 Stand Awards

The winners of the Kagiso stand awards for excellence in stand design and marketing promotions in the Gold category were: Tourism KZN; Sibiya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom; Tinga Private Game Lodge; Kuoni Private Safaris; ERM Tours (Pty)Ltd; Peermont Global /Emperors' Palace; Avis Rent A Car; Cape Town Big 6; Mpumalanga Wellness Centre; Canvas & Tent; The Royal Portfolio Royal Malewane; Protea Hotels; Southern Sun Hotels; Eden District.(information: Indaba Daily News)

Kruger National Park - South African Safari