2015 African Responsible Tourism Awards winners

Overall Winner

Sponsored by Wesgro

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Gansbaai, South Africa

Contact: Brenda du Toit Email: Brenda1dutoit@gmail.com Twitter: @GansbaaiTourism Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: “This is a remarkable group of tourism businesses many of which have won Responsible Tourism Awards individually, including Grootbos for its conservation of the fynbos and its poverty reduction impact, and Marine Dynamics for conservation and local economic development. The judges want to recognise them for the overall award for the way in which they have worked, together to create a destination, with outstanding product, memorable experiences and brought local economic development and communal facilities to the local community. They have demonstrated what tourism can do to make better places to live in and great places to visit.”


Best for Beach Tourism

Sponsored by BulkSMS and Shark Spotters

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Gold: Chumbe Island Coral Park, Tanzania

Contact: Kevin Macdonald Email: chumbe@zitec.org Twitter: @ChumbeIsland Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: “Chumbe was highly commended for water conservation in the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2013 and they won the marine environment category in 2004. This time the judges wanted to recognise them for their careful review of progress to 2006 and the development of the new Management Plan 2006-2016. The judges saw this as an example of good practice and one which others should emulate.”

Silver: Nuarro Lodge, Mozambique

Contact: Kim Rossi Email: reservations@nuarro.com Twitter: @Nuarro Website


Best Blog for Responsible Tourism

Sponsored by Cape Town Tourism

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Gold: The Good Holiday

Contact: Dee Lourens Email: dee@thegoodholiday.com Twitter: @the_goodholiday Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: “The Good Holiday has authenticity, a real sense of care and a true desire to facilitate experiences that are beneficial to all it comes in contact with at the heart of stories told. Interactive and visually appealing, the blog inspires travellers to journey to African places with a unique cultural heritage, places that inspire people to consider a life seeking simple pleasures that tread lightly on the earth.”

Silver: My Slow Journey

Contact: Katarina Mancama Email: k.mancama@gmail.com Twitter: @KatarinaMancama Website

Best Destination for Responsible Tourism

Sponsored by the V&A Waterfront

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Gold: Gansbaai, South Africa

Contact: Brenda du Toit Email: Brenda1dutoit@gmail.com Twitter: @GansbaaiTourism Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: “Since 1995 Gansbaai Tourism has worked to create awareness of and market the area as a tourism destination. The cluster of businesses in the area, some of them with international reputations, have worked together to develop an exemplary destination, a quality guest experience which has conserved fynbos and marine wildlife, created significant direct and indirect employment and they are now working together to quantify their environmental impacts.”

Silver: Bigodo Wetlands Sanctuary, Uganda

Contact: Tinka John Email: tinkabigodi@gmail.com Website

Silver: Cape Town, South Africa

Contact: Nombulelo Mkefa Email: nombulelo.mkefa@capetown.gov.za Twitter: @RespCPT Website


Best for Engaging People and Cultures

Sponsored by Gauteng Tourism Authority

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Gold: Coffeebeans Routes, South Africa

Contact: Iain Harris Email: iain@coffeebeansroutes.com Twitter: @coffeebeansrout Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: “Setting an example that could be replicated in other destinations, Cape Town-based Coffeebeans Routes creates travel experiences around urban stories. These are contemporary, urban, African experiences that provide deep insights, and plenty of fun. The experiences bring visitors and locals together across boundaries. Unapologetic about pushing social justice agenda, Coffeebeans Routes employs tourism as a tool to unlock economic potential and address societal inequalities through exploring cultural diversity and legacy”.

Silver: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, South Africa

Contact: Michael Daiber Emailmichael@khwattu.org Twitter: @KhwattuSan Website

Silver: Nkwichi Lodge, Mozambique

Contact: Kim Rossi Email: info@nkwichi.com Twitter: @nkwichi Website

Silver: TFPD Foundation for the work done at Baleni Camp, South Africa

Contact: Eleanor Muller Email: eleanor@tfpd.co.za  Twitter: @TFPD_SA Website


Best for Poverty Reduction

Sponsored by Marine Dynamics

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Gold: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in partnership with the Grootbos Foundation, South Africa

Contact: Julie Cheetham Email: julie@grootbosfoundation.org Twitter: @GrootbosNGOZA Website

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Gold: Transfrontier Parks Destinations, South Africa

Contact: Eleanor Muller Emaileleanor@tfpd.co.za Twitter: @TFPD_SA Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: ”Here we have two winners working at different scales – each in their own way using tourism as a vehicle for poverty reduction. Grootbos is no stranger to winning Responsible Tourism Awards. What stands out is the long history of interventions that amplify each other. The programmes of the Grootbos Foundation focus on improved livelihoods through self-reliance, development of viable enterprise development, gender balance and empowerment of women. Impacts are well quantified and information about projects easily accessible to the willing reader. The scale and ambition of the Transfrontier Parks Destination’s work is truly remarkable. To actively seek out failing tourism businesses in areas of very high unemployment is very admirable but to them turn them round into viable businesses again employing many locals on a living wage giving them long term stability and income displays true leadership.”

Silver: Stormsriver Adventures

Contact: Anneline Wyatt Email: anneline@stormsriver.com Twitter: @Tsitsikamma Website


Best for resource management

Supported by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa

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Gold: Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana

Contact: James Wilson Email: mailto:http://www.chobegamelodge.co.bw/ Twitter: @ChobeGameLodge Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: “Chobe Game Lodge is over 40 years old, to refurbish an old structure the size of this lodge, making it more eco-friendly is a mammoth and on-going task. The lodge has a long term approach to energy efficiency with the ultimate aim of reducing dependency on the grid. The most noticeable innovation is the use of All Electric Game Drive Vehicles and Electric game viewing boats.”

Silver: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia

Contact: Sue van Winsen EmailSueW@wilderness-safaris.com Twitter: @WeAreWilderness Website

Silver: Sandele Eco-Retreat and Learning Centre, The Gambia

Contact: Maurice Phillips Emailmaurice@sandele.com Website

Silver: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, South Africa

Contact: Collette van Aswegen Email: collette@tablemountain.net Twitter: @TableMountainCa Website

Silver: Vineyard Hotel, South Africa

Contact: Chris van Zyl Email: hotel@vineyard.co.za Twitter: @Vineyard_Hotel Website


Best for Wildlife Conservation

Sponsored by South African National Parks

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Gold: Marine Dynamics, South Africa

Contact: Brenda du Toit Emailapss@dict.org.za Twitter: @Marine_Dynamics Website

Judges’ reasons for winning: “Marine Dynamics provide very high quality shark cage diving experiences. They operate in a sector where there is rightly a lot of criticism of current practice. Marine Dynamics are industry leaders, a commercial operation which operates to the highest conservation standards, where every trip has a marine biologist aboard to provide interpretation and collect data for scientific research. An operator that makes a significant contribution to conservation and the local economy”.

Silver: andBeyond’s Rhinos Without Borders

Contact: Valeri Mouton Emailvaleri.mouton@andbeyond.com Website

Silver: Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

Contact: Lesley Gillett Email: bartholomeus@icon.co.za Website

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