Why are we excited about receiving an award or an accolade? Aside from incentivising the industry as a whole, it is a handy gauge for all of us at Wilderness Safaris to ensure we are performing to the best of our ability. Whether that means a camp – or operation – provides the best family offering, most unashamed luxury or wildest destination, or its contribution to ecotourism – be it in conservation or philanthropy – goes beyond expectations, awards are always a tangible “feather in your cap”! With over 25 awards this year, our company can hold its head high and take on 2017 with confidence.
Without further ado, here – in my opinion and a few of my colleagues’ – are Wilderness Safaris’ top 10 Awards in 2016 in order that we received them:
2016 Wilderness Safaris – National Geographic Traveller Reader Award
Botswana Rhino Conservation Programme won the Green Initiative category (December 2016).
2016 Six Wilderness Safaris camps – Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice Awards
Mombo, Little Mombo, Abu, Kings Pool, Little Kulala and Damaraland Camps were recognised as winners in the Top 20 Safari Lodges and Camps category (September 2016).
Mombo and Little Mombo – Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award
Mombo and Little Mombo were rated 4th in the Top 10 Safari Lodges in Africa category and 29th in the Top 100 Hotels in the World (July 2016).
Linkwasha Camp – one of the world’s best new hotels in Condé Nast Traveller’s 2016 Hot List
Linkwasha Camp was listed as the “hottest new opening in Zimbabwe” (June 2016).
North Island – Seychelles’ 2016 Energy Globe Award
North Island won the Award for Seychelles for its successful initiative to reduce the consumption of bottled water on the Island (June 2016).
Wilderness Safaris Namibia – 2016 Energy Globe Award
Wilderness Safaris Namibia won an Energy Globe Award in the Fire category for its innovative solar conversion programme (May 2016).
Wilderness Safaris – WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award in the Environment Category
Wilderness Safaris was accorded the Environment Award in the 2016 World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in recognition of its Botswana Rhino Conservation Project (April 2016).
Wilderness Safaris, Chitabe Camp and Segera Retreat – African Responsible Tourism Awards
Wilderness Safaris and Segera Retreat each won a Silver Award for Best Contribution to Cultural Heritage Conservation. Chitabe Camp won a Silver Award in Best for Poverty Reduction (April 2016).
Wilderness Safaris – Connoisseur Circle Hospitality Award for Rhino Conservation
Wilderness Safaris won the ‘Natural Award’ in recognition of its Botswana Rhino Conservation Project (March 2016).
Linkwasha Camp – one of the world’s best new hotels in Travel + Leisure’s It List
Linkwasha Camp was featured in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious It List of 50 Best Places to Travel in 2016(February 2016).
For a list of all Wilderness Safaris Awards click here.