The Best in African Travel: Word Travel Awards winners

2016-10-22 14:09 - Anje Rautenbach
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Every year, the respected World Travel Awards puts together a series of regional Gala Ceremonies from north to south to celebrate and recognise the successes of tourism and hospitality establishments.

This year the World Travel Awards celebrated its 23rd anniversary and the 2016 red-carpet Gala Ceremony, World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean, was held in Zanzibar and hundreds of industry leaders and representatives attended the event to celebrate, rejoice and congratulate the title winners of the respective categories which revealed the best of the best.

In the African section of the ceremony Kenya walked away with 21 of the 57 titles and won Africa’s leading airline with Kenya Airways and the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve got crowned as the best national park on the continent in Africa.

South Africa also won a great deal of awards at the Gala Ceremony and excelled as title winners in 11 categories with Sawubona as Africa’s leading in-flight magazine,  OR Tambo International Airport as the leading airport and travelstart.co.za as the best agency in online travel.

In the Indian Ocean region the Maldives and Seychelles came out at the top with 15 and 11 leading titles respectively, from a total of 39 awards. The Maldives was named as the Indian Ocean’s leading destination, the leading dive destination and also the leading honeymoon destination. Seychelles is the leading cruise destination with Air Seychelles as the best airline and also the Indian Ocean’s leading cabin crew. One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius is the leading resort and another Mauritian favourite, Constance Le Prince Maurice, was voted as the leading luxury resort.

All the regional winners will compete in the Grand Final Gala Ceremony which will be held at the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Malidves on the 2nd of December 2016.

Here are some more winners from the World Travel Awards Africa:

Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa

The elite and ultra-exclusive Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst is known for its gracious hospitality, gourmet meals prepared by South Africa’s top chefs and an award-winning spa. Even former president, Nelson Mandela, called it home while he worked on “Long Walk to Freedom”.

 

Africa's Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International

Voted as the leading cruise line and also the first cruise line to be named Gay Travel Approved by GayTravel.com, is a vacation that is more than just a cruise. The cruise line travels to incredible destinations with luxurious and entertaining on board experiences offering exhilarating relaxation for young an old.

 

Africa’s Leading Responsible Tourism Award: &Beyond

The &beyond brand, a luxury experiential travel company,  believes in the concept of shared responsibility. Taking less and giving more is their aim and every decision that’s being made at their lodges across 15 African countries revolves around their core ethic of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People. 

Africa's Leading Luxury Train: The Blue Train

Experience railway luxury and climb aboard the Blue Train where kings and presidents have travelled before you. The service, décor and landscapes will take you back to a simpler time but with all the world-class modern hotel and dining facilities you’ll ever need.


Africa's Leading National Park: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve with its diverse and spectacular eco-system and Maasai warriors is situated in the south-west of Kenya, next to Serengeti National Park where one of the greatest natural events, the wildebeest migration, takes place year after year.

 

Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve: Shambala Private Reserve, South Africa

The five star tranquil reserve situated in a malaria-free area of almost 10 000 hectares in Limpopo boasts endless views, spacious Zulu-inspired rooms, spa facilities, bush picnics, star-gazing experiences and a wide variety of fauna and flora.

 

Who do you think will walk away with the global titles at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony at the end of the year? Have a look at the regional winners and see if you can guess who is truly the travel industry’s cream of the crop.