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There are many winners at the Absa Cape Epic, and not all of them on bicycles. 

Each year the race presents a Best Town Spirit award and the riders vote for the Best Stage Location. This year Wellington, home for the last two nights of the Absa Cape Epic, has won both these prestigious awards.

Stage Location Manager Marc Erasmus said the Town Spirit award had been based on footage from the event and discussions with riders, crew and media representatives.

“I want to congratulate the Drakenstein Municipality as well as Wellington Tourism, the Wine Route, Wellington Chamber of Commerce and CPUT for doing such an amazing job of promoting the race and getting the entire town involved and excited about it,” said Erasmus.

2015 African Responsible Awards Winners

About the African Responsible Tourism Awards


Heroes of responsible tourism in Africa will be honoured at the 2015 African Responsible Tourism Awards. This inaugural event forms part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards, the world's most respected responsible tourism awards. Winners of the African awards will automatically be entered into the global awards.

With its unique natural and cultural landscapes, Africa offers many opportunities for responsible tourism. Tourism organisations are already growing tourism that preserves, respects and benefits African destinations and African people. The African Responsible Tourism Awards aims to celebrate the efforts made by individuals, organisations and destinations in Africa. The awards also aim to inspire change in the African tourism industry.

The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted as part of the Africa Travel Week  held in Cape Town 13-17 April 2015.Winners were  announced to an audience of destination managers, industry professionals and media.

Best for Wildlife Conservation, sponsored by South African National Parks

Gold Winner: Marine Dynamics, South Africa www.sharkwatchsa.com
Contact: Brenda du Toit, apss@dict.org.za @Marine_Dynamics

 
Judges’ reasons for winning: “Marine Dynamics provide very high quality shark cage diving experiences. They operate in a sector where there is rightly a lot of criticism of current practice. Marine Dynamics are industry leaders, a commercial operation which operates to the highest conservation standards, where every trip has a marine biologist aboard to provide interpretation and collect data for scientific research. An operator that makes a significant contribution to conservation and the local economy".
 
Silver Winners: andBeyond's Rhinos Without Borders http://www.andbeyond.com/conservation-community/rhinos-without-borders
Contact: Valeri Mouton, valeri.mouton@andbeyond.com
 
Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse www.bartholomeusklip.com
 
 Contact: Lesley Gillett, bartholomeus@icon.co.za

Winter Special

Three nights for the price of two:  Weekend or Midweek break for two persons sharing, including accommodation for 3 nights , all meals (high tea, sundowners, 4-course dinner, early morning coffee and pastries, and mid-morning brunch), two daily game drives, all activities (cycling, canoeing, fly-fishing, walking).

All this at a special rate of R10300.00, for two persons sharing, all inclusive. Valid from the 1 May 2015- 30 August 2015.Excludes the Orchid Suite and Wild Olive Hous.Direct Bookings only - For bookings contact us on the details below  and Quote BKWSW

Enjoy a walk through The Elandsberg Nature Reserve to see some of the common as well as rare bird species found in our pristine fynbos, and surrounding farmlands with Trevor Hardaker. The kitchen has prepared a snack pack for each guest to take along and afterwards enjoy a 3 course lunch in the gardens before heading home. Time: 07:00-15:00 Price: R485pp/ Walk and snacks only –Price: R225pp

To make a booking call 0224481087 or send us a mail info@bartholomeusklip.com

www.bartholomeusklip.com

2015 Safari Awards Results Announced!

The 2015 Safari Awards Results for Africa were announced at the annual Safari Awards Party held in London on 2nd November.

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse proudly received 3rd place in the Best Value Safari Property  catergory and Highly commended in the Best Safari Cuisine,Best community Focused and Best Ecologically Responsible catergories

During the evening results were announced in a total of 20 categories, and the most outstanding safari lodges, camps, houses, mobile operations, guides and conservation individuals were honoured.

Twenty registered tourist guides from the Cape Tourist Guides Association had the opportunity to experience the varied attractions and wine estates of Wellington on Friday, 26 September 2014.

The group participated in a full day educational tour, sponsored by Drakenstein Local Tourism Association (DLTA), and were treated to breakfast at Au’ de Hex, a site visit to Langkloof Roses, lunch at the historic Welvanpas farm, wine tasting at Nabygelegen and a visit to the Breytenbach Centre.

“Our local tourist guides are critical in delivering a top quality visitor experience to tourists to the Western Cape from around the Globe and we are excited that so many tourist guides could experience Wellington as a tourist themselves. Our purpose is to spread the news about the destination’s many unexplored attractions and to encourage increasing numbers of tourists and guided tours to visit Wellington,” concludes David Frandsen, CEO of Drakenstein Local Tourism Association.

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