Turaco Lodge receives the Lilizela 2017 Provincial Award

Top 4 Star Guest House in Mpumalanga


South African tourism service excellence was the biggest winner on Sunday 29 October 2017, when the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards lit up the Sandton Convention Centre with an unforgettable night of the stars.

A cross-section of outstanding South African tourism accommodation establishments, visitor experiences, tour operators, tour guides, emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses were toasted alongside several industry luminaries during a splendid awards ceremony that saw performances by the likes of Yvonne Chaka and Mafikizolo. The who’s who of the hospitality and travel industry came out to salute service excellence in South Africa’s burgeoning tourism sector, which has been identified by the government as one of the six pillars of the country’s future economic growth.

The national Lilizela Tourism Awards were the culmination of the nine provincial ceremonies held across the country, which rewarded outstanding establishments in each of those areas. These provincial winners then vied for top honours in the national finals, held on Sunday.

Turaco Lodge was awarded the Lilizela 2017 Provincial award as the best 4 Star Guest House in Mpumalanga. The Guest House is situated in Marloth Park, in Big 5 country, bordering the world-renowned Kruger National Park, within a conservancy that has its own free-roaming wildlife.

Turaco Lodge offers luxury accommodation for the discerning traveller and those who want a great bush experience while still having all the comforts of home.They cater for a maximum of 11 guests in 5 rooms, ensuring personal attention. The guest house specialise in tailor-made packages and tours in and around Kruger National Park, including the Panorama Route. Activities available in the area include game drives, bird watching, bush walks, fishing, golf, day visits to Mozambique & Swaziland, night drives in Kruger National Park with Park Rangers.

All rooms are air conditioned, with king-size, extra-length beds and fine linen. Every room has a private bathroom with a shower, complimentary amenities, and a hair dryer. The lodge also offers free WiFi.

Turaco Lodge boasts a terrace where guests can enjoy a relaxing drink after an exciting day of game viewing. They promise great home-cooked meals that are freshly prepared daily and they cater for most dietary requirements. The guest house offers packed breakfasts on request, too should you wish to self-drive into Kruger Park.

Visit http://turacolodge.com/ for more information and reservations, or contact Danielle Hayman on +27 (0) 83 383 6183 / info@turacolodge.com.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism and are spearheaded by South African Tourism. The awards were established in 2013 to recognise and reward exemplary service among businesses in the local tourism sector, ranging from accommodation establishments and tour operators to scenic attractions and cultural heritage sites. The awards are adjudicated through public votes and by a panel of industry judges, and are audited by Grant Thornton.

Entry to the Lilizela National Tourism Awards is free and tourism businesses of all sizes are encouraged to enter in a bid to help develop, grow and transform the industry while celebrating its achievements. For a full list of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Award winners, visit www.lilizela.co.za.

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