Azamare in Camps Bay. Picture: Hamish Niven

The Sanlam Top Destination awards ceremony was held last Thursday at Kelvin Grove in Newlands and 35 accommodation establishments walked away with the winning title of Sanlam Top Destination Award in their respective categories and star gradings. 

It was an incredible evening showing recognition to the local entrepreneurs who make the South African tourism industry as great as it is. 
 
The Sanlam Top Destination Awards awarded the finest selection from 9 700 establishments entered for this year’s awards, treating them to an array of exquisite giveaways throughout the evening. 

The awards commenced with a draw for three uniquely crafted David Green time pieces valued at R 4 000 each and rapped with one lucky establishment walking away with a Volkswagen Kombi for twelve months.  Gift bags included goodies from Rialheim, Romatex, Inn-Addition, Spree, and Amarula.
 
The winners of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2017 are: 
Caravan-Camping
Ungraded: Richtersveld Wilderness Camp
4* grading: Dibiki Holiday Resort
 
Backpacker

Ungraded: George Backpackers
4* grading: B.I.G. Backpackers
 
Self-Catering
Ungraded: Wild Thingz Lodge
1* grading: Golden Gate Guesthouse
3* grading: Rhino Manor
4* grading: Cabana Beach Resort
 
Guest House
Ungraded: 5 on Jean
3* category: La Picasso Guesthouse
4* category: Grey Manor Guesthouse
5* category: Nova Constantia Boutique Residence Guest House
 
Country House
Ungraded: Blue Gum Country Estate
3* grading: Olive Grove Guest Farm
4* grading: Crawford’s Beach Lodge
5* grading: Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House
 
Bed & Breakfast
Ungraded: Leopard Lily Bed & Breakfast Potchefstroom
4* grading: Lapologa Bed and Breakfast
5* grading: Azamare Camps Bay 
 
Lodge
Ungraded: Santos Express Train Lodge 
3* grading: African Game Lodge
4* grading: Sunset Beach Lodge and Spa
5* grading: Hayward’s Grand Safari Lodge
 
Game Lodge

Ungraded – Godwana’s Bush Villas & Fynbos Villas
2* grading: Tented Adventures Pilanesberg
3* grading: Timbavati Safari Lodge
4* grading: Morokolo Game Lodge
5* grading: Ivory Tree Game Lodge
 
Farm Accommodation
Ungraded: Affi Lande Boetiek Guest Farm
3* grading: Ganora Guestfarm
4* grading: Dusk to Dawn Farm Guesthouse
 
Hotel
Ungraded: Trennerys hotel
3* grading: Hotel Savoy
4* grading: NH The Lord Charles Hotel
5* grading: The Twelve Apostles Hotel