Karoo Heartland finalists in Lilizela Awards

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Friday, 9th September 2016

The Lilizela Tourism Awards are South Africa's premier tourism awards. The following members of the Karoo Heartland have been included in the provincial finals for the Lilizela Awards.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards recognise and reward tourism businesses and players who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.


We are very proud to announce the following Karoo Heartland members as finalists in the provincial round of the Lilizela Tourism Awards. They are at the very heart of the Karoo products in our area and work very hard, as do all our members, to ensure that visitors to the Karoo Heartland have the best experience possible!

Angler & Antelope Guesthouse: Finalist in 4 star Guest House (Somerset East)

Situated in charming Somerset East, the Angler and Antelope Guest House offers guests an oasis of charming wholesome cooking, authentic Karoo decor, a fine selection of malt whiskey in the bar and knowledgeable owner, Alan, to take you Wild Fly Fishing

Angler and Antelope

Ganora Guest Farm: Finalist in 3 star Country House (Nieu-Bethesda)

Located just outside the popular village of Nieu-Bethesda, Ganora Guest Farm is perfectly situated in the foothills of the Sneeuberge. Immerse yourself in the Karoo Heartland's natural wonders with guided fossil walks, medicinal plant walks, Bushman paintings and Anglo-Boer War engravings. 

Ganora Guest Farm

Valley of Desolation: Finalist in Scenic Beauty (Graaff Reinet)

Majestic sheer cliffs and columns of Dolerite rise dramatically 120m from the valley with breathtaking views of the ageless plains of the Camdeboo. The Valley of Desolation is the product of volcanic and erosive forces over the past 100 million years. A must visit in the Karoo Heartland.  

Valley of Desolation by Night Owl Media

Koffylaagte Game Reserve: Finalist in 4 star Game Lodge (Jansenville)
In the heart of the Merino Route, Koffylaagte gets its name from from being a regular stop on the old wagon route inland from Port Elizabeth. This award-winning game reserve is home to 20 species of antelope in addition to larger and smaller mammals, reptiles and birds. 

Albert House: Finalist in 3 star Bed & Breakfast (Cradock)

Albert House is located on a quiet street in the beautiful frontier town of Cradock. A comfortable overnight stay at this lovely bed and breakfast will leave you refreshed and ready to continue your Karoo Crawl. 

Albert House

Victoria Manor: Finalist in 3 star Guest House (Cradock)

The Victoria Manor is a grand old colonial hotel with an interesting history.  Take a leap back in time to the 19th century simply by stepping through the door.  Built sometime in the mid-1850s, this historic hotel has hosted the likes of Cecil John Rhodes, Olive Schreiner (who lived in Cradock at one time herself) and, in the 1880s, all manner of diamond and gold prospectors.


Victoria Manor

Camdeboo Cottages: Finalist in 3 star Self Cateting (Graaff Reinet)

Experience a piece of South African history by staying in one of these cottages that have been declared national monuments. The unique and historical cottages have been lovingly restored boasting original yellow-wood floors and reed ceilings together with modern amenities.

Camdeboo Cottages

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