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Best Safaris in Africa Announced

Now in its sixth year, the 2014 Safari Awards, reveal the very best safari lodges, camps and houses alongside the most outstanding safari guides and operators in Africa – the ‘who’s who’ of the safari community. Sponsored by The Good Safari Guide, and led by a team of 15 highly respected independent safari specialists from Australia, Germany, USA and the UK, over 4000 public and travel trade nominations for over 250 safari properties, guides and operators have been whittled down to 18 award winners representing the future of wildlife tourism and conservation in Africa.

To view a full list of Winners, visit: www.safariawards.com/winners14/

BEST SAFARI PROPERTY IN AFRICA
Winner: Zarafa Camp – Botswana
Runner Up: Sausage Tree Camp – Zambia

BEST VALUE SAFARI PROPERTY IN AFRICA
Winner: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge – Namibia
Runner Up: Kicheche Laikipia Camp – Kenya

BEST SAFARI HOUSE IN AFRICA
Winner: Leobo – South Africa
Runner Up: Sirikoi House – Kenya

BEST NEW SAFARI PROPERTY IN AFRICA
Winner: Chinzombo – Zambia
Runner Up: Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge – Zimbabwe

BEST WALKING SAFARI OPERATOR IN AFRICA
Winner: Norman Carr Walking Safaris – Zambia
Runner Up: Karisia Walking Safaris – Kenya

BEST MOBILE SAFARI OPERATOR IN AFRICA
Winner: Uncharted Africa – Botswana
Runner Up: Selinda Canoe Trail – Botswana

BEST RIDING SAFARI OPERATOR IN AFRICA
Winner: Ride Botswana – Botswana
Runner Up: Okavango Horse Safaris – Botswana

BEST ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE SAFARI OPERATOR IN AFRICA
Winner: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge – Namibia
Runner Up: Zarafa Camp – Botswana

BEST COMMUNITY FOCUSED SAFARI OPERATOR IN AFRICA
Winner: Sarara Tented Camp – Kenya
Runner Up: Grootbos Forest Lodge – South Africa

BEST SAFARI RETREAT / SPA IN AFRICA
Winner: Lion in Sun – Kenya
Runner Up: Karkloof Safari Spa – South Africa

BEST MARINE SAFARI PROPERTY IN AFRICA
Winner: Fundu Lagoon – Tanzania
Runner Up: Ibo Island Lodge – Mozambique

BEST SAFARI CUISINE IN AFRICA
Winner: Jamala Madikwe – South Africa
Runner Up: Alfajiri – Kenya

BEST SAFARI GUIDING TEAM IN AFRICA
Winner: Norman Carr Walking Safaris – Zambia
Runner Up: Serian – Kenya

BEST SAFARI GUIDE IN AFRICA
Winner (Joint): Alex Walker – Kenya / Tanzania
Winner (Joint): Robin Pope – Malawi / Zambia
Runner Up: Super Sande – Botswana

BEST SAFARI ROMANTIC / HONEYMOON ROOM IN AFRICA
Winner: Greystoke Mahale – Tanzania
Runner Up: Wolwedans Private Camp – Namibia

BEST PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Winner: Clive Stockil – Zimbabwe

BEST CHARITABLE ORGANISATION OPERATING IN AFRICA
Winner: Uthando – South Africa
Runner Up: Wonderbags in Africa – South Africa

BEST WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ORGANISATION
Winner: David Sheldrick Trust
Runner Up: Mara Elephant Project

Commenting on the 2014 awards, Rosanne Cobb, co-founder of The Safari Awards said; “The Safari Awards results truly reflect the views of the seasoned safari traveller and the safari trade professional. This year the emphasis is clearly on conservation, and all of us who support wildlife, particularly in Africa, would like to see this consolidated in 2014. We wish the nominees, finalists and winners all the success they deserve for their incredibly hard work in reaching this point; each and every Safari Awards nominee is a leader in its field.” As a media partner to the Safari Awards, Tourism Tattler agrees.

2014 Awards Data:

  • 4,405 votes received from travellers, safari specialists and journalists;
  • 216 lodges/operations made the cut and reached the Finalist stage;
  • 15 expert judges from independent tour operators in USA, UK, Germany, Holland and South Africa voted on the Finalists in a thrilling and engaging debate during the Judges’ conference at Quaglino’s in London’s West End;
  • 18 winners in 18 categories chosen.

For more information visit: http://www.safariawards.com/