Mpumalanga Tourism Providers take centrestage at the Lilizela Tourism Provincial Awards

The Mpumalanga Province announced the names of the provincial winners of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony held on 8 September 2017 at Casambo Exclusive Guest Lodge where all the province’s finalists were publically honoured for their contribution to service excellence and quality assurance in the tourism industry.

Billed to recognise only the best in the South African tourism industry, the Lilizela Tourism Awards aim to recognise and reward the highest levels of excellence in tourism value chain. They are the ultimate reward for entrepreneurial and service excellence that sets global benchmark standards.

“We would like to congratulate all the Mpumalanga Provincial finalists and winners. Each year, we are encouraged by the quality of products and services that enter the Lilizela Tourism Awards. These awards are our way of recognising our dedicated travel industry for their hard work in setting the bar high and helping to make South Africa such a highly regarded must-visit destination, for local and international tourists alike. We would also like to thank all those tourism and hospitality businesses that took the time to enter the Lilizela Tourism Awards, and particularly to our provincial partners for ensuring that a cross-section of South Africa’s diverse experiences is represented,” says Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards are an opportunity to celebrate professionalism, creativity and innovation in the industry. The provincial awards are being held in the month of September – which is also the time that South Africa and the tourism industry at large celebrate Tourism Month.

“We are delighted with the standard of entries and remain committed to growing the number of entries to ensure our province is well represented next year. This has been a long journey following a rigorous judging process leading to the announcement and we are proud to have come out with good quality products that represent Mpumalanga in the area of service excellence”, said Mr. Johannes Nobunga, CEO of MTPA.

“Mpumalanga received a total of 170 entries compared to 79 received in 2016. The ceremony tonight will see 96 finalists being awarded certificates, with 32 of them proceeding to represent Mpumalanga in the national awards ceremony to be held in Gauteng on 29 October 2016”, commented Nobunga.

“We wish to congratulate our provincial winners for their achievements and all their hard work as well as the effort they have put into positioning their products and especially the province. We believe that this achievement will enable others to learn from this outstanding work that is being delivered and further motivate others to participate” concluded Nobunga.

The Mpumalanga provincial winners as selected by independent judges are:


Name of EstablishmentStar GradingCategory
Matumi Golf Lodge 5 Bed and Breakfast
Blue Jay Lodge Bed and Breakfast
La Picasso Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast
Blyde Canyon A Forever Resort Caravan Park Caravan & Camping
 Umsisi House Country House
 Kaapschehoop Gastehuis cc Country House
 Jock Safari Lodge Game Lodge
 Elephant Plains Game Lodge Game Lodge
 Leaves Lodge & Spa Guest House
 Turaco Lodge Guest House
 McBest Guest House Guest House
 Schneider’s Boutique Hotel Hotel
 Southern Sun Emnotweni Hotel
 Graskop Hotel Hotel
 Town Lodge Mbombela Hotel
 Road Lodge Mbombela Hotel
 Needles Safari Lodge Lodge
 Hamilton Parks Country Lodge Lodge
 Valbonne Villa at Tomjachu Bush Retreat Self -Catering Exclusive
 The Cycad Lodge & Chalets Self -Catering Exclusive
 Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris Self -Catering Exclusive
 Kruger Park Lodge Self-catering Shared Vacation
 Jackalberry Ridge Self-catering Shared Vacation



Name of EstablishmentStar GradingCategory
Emnotweni Arena5Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)
Badplaas A Forever Resort Conference3Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)



Name of Establishment Category
Lowveld Extreme Adventures Action and Adventure
Potluck Bos kombius Culture  Lifestyle
Matsamo Cultural Village Roots  Culture
Blyde River Canyon Scenic Beauty
Inyati Game Lodge Wildlife Encounters



Jaco Buys Nature



Lowveld Extreme Adventures


The National Winners will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre on 29th of October 2017.
To view the full list of finalists and winners visit

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