October 16

Celebrating Our Partners Who Shone in the 2023 World Travel Awards


October 16, 2023

There’s an old saying, “You’re only as good as the company you keep”. Fortunately for us at Rhino Africa, we’re surrounded by top-notch partners who help us bring our guests’ safari dreams to life. We’re talking about the crème de la crème, the bee’s knees and the cat’s pyjamas of African travel! So here’s to our partners who stood out and shone at the 2023 World Travel Awards.

Main viewing area at Singita

Offering guests a lavish and personalised safari experience, Image Credit: Singita

2023 World Travel Awards Winners

Talk about making winning a habit… Silvan Safari won both South Africa’s and Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge for the sixth consecutive year and is in the running to also take home the award for World’s Leading Luxury Lodge yet again.

Recently refurbished, this sensational slice of Sabi Sand heaven has been setting hearts on fire and bringing dreams to life from day one.

Silvan safari main area

Silvan Safari is Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge and it's not hard to see why!

Noteworthy Nominations

A property very close to our heart, Camissa House was nominated in the categories for both South Africa’s Leading Boutique and Leading Design Hotel, a fantastic honour for this opulent outpost on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town.

Airy atrium at Camissa House Boutique Hotel

Exquisite lighting in the atrium at Camissa House

Another favourite of ours, Ellerman House, received three nominations this year and found themselves in the running for both South Africa’s Leading Boutique and Leading Luxury Hotel. Along with these two nominations, they won the title of Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa, a fitting honour for one of Cape Town’s ultimate luxury gems, Villa Two.

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The best address in Cape Town, Image Credit: Ellerman House

Safari Superstars

If leopards and luxury are your thing, then look no further than Londolozi. Perhaps the most iconic sanctuary in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Londolozi was nominated as Africa’s Leading Luxury Safari Lodge for the fifth consecutive year.

Londolozi is renowned for its luxury safari experiences, Image Credit: Londolozi

The place so nice they named it twice, Chitwa Chitwa earned a moment in the spotlight with their nomination as South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge.

Ihr eigenes kleines Stück vom Paradies

Chitwa Chitwa gives the ultimate authentic safari experience, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa

A breakaway fit for a king on the banks of the Zambezi River, Royal Chundu was recognised as Zambia’s Leading Safari Lodge, a title they have won eight times and been nominated for 11 times since 2011. Beating them to the title takes some doing, so a massive congratulations to Puku Ridge.

Romantic sunset at Royal Chundu in Zambia

An idyllic setting on the Zambezi, Image Credit: Royal Chundu

Instagram influencers’ paradise Giraffe Manor made it ten years in a row of being nominated as Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel, and with long necks and luxurious accommodations galore, it’s every African enthusiast’s dream.

Having breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is what dreams are made of, Image Credit: Giraffe Manor

City and Vineyard Settings

The nominees for Africa’s Leading Design Hotel featured one of our local favourites, Babylonstoren. If you’re after a retreat in the Winelands or a sensational day out when visiting Cape Town, look no further than this exquisite retreat on the outskirts of Franschhoek.

The sprawling grounds of Babylonstoren

The gardens of Babylonstoren, Image Credit: Babylonstoren

Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel saw no fewer than four Cape Town hotels nominated; we’d like to congratulate Cape Grace, Mount Nelson and the Twelve Apostles, who earned this incredible honour, and, of course, The Silo Hotel, who claimed bragging rights for the next year. With so many high-class hotels to stay at, there’s little wonder that Cape Town took home the top spot as Africa’s Leading City destination for the third year in a row!

Views of Cape town from the beautiful suites at The Silo

Seamlessly combines natural beauty with modern conveniences, Image Credit: The Silo Hotel

We’re proud to be associated with some of (officially) Africa’s Leading Conservation Companies, whose nominees included &Beyond, MalaMala, Shamwari, Singita and Wilderness. But a massive congratulations goes to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, who claimed the gold in this category.

Africa’s Leading Luxury Safari Lodge was a tightly contested affair, with a stack of our favourites nominated, including Singita Ebony and Sasakwa, as well as &Beyond Sandibe and Grumeti. But it was Rwanda’s One&Only Nyungwe House that emerged victorious from the pack, no mean feat amongst such prestigious competition.

Rainforest at One&Only Nyungwe House

Staying in the rainforest, Image Credit: One&Only Nyungwe House

About The World Travel Awards

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

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Experience The Best of Africa

A massive congratulations to our partners and all our fellow industry winners who took home prizes at the 2023 World Travel Awards. If the above is anything to go by, it’s safe to say we’re surrounded by some of the very best Africa has to offer.

Couple that with our own title as Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator, and you have an African travel match made in heaven. As always, we, along with our partners, are committed to providing the best experiences in Africa to our clients. Get in touch with one of our industry-leading travel experts to start planning your adventure to Africa’s most recent award winners today.

Featured Image Credit: &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge

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Brad Mitchell

With a deep-set love of the outdoors and making moments count in all aspects of life, nothing makes Brad happier than taking in sunrises and sunsets. He can often be found either running, surfing or playing sports somewhere in Cape Town. Having grown up a stone's throw from Kruger, Brad jumped at the chance to live in the Cape and has never looked back since! With a background in all things Marketing, he is driven by creativity and turning crazy ideas into real-life actions!

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