CTEX: Adventure and Tourism Awards 2019



On Tuesday, 19th February 2019, we brought together guests from all around Cape Town and beyond to recognize and award excellence within the tourism, adventures and activities sector. The first of six ceremonies within the Cape Town Experiences Awards 2019 was an absolute sensation!

Casually sipping ice cold Hunters in the warm night, it was clear that excitement was brewing. Never before have we had the pleasure to engage so intimately with so many different fields of Cape Town adventure & businesses focusing on our tourism industry - from luxury yachts to trampoline jumping, the Adventures and Tourism ceremony had something for everyone - much like Cape Town itself.

After handcrafted kebabs and generous sliders were served by NOMAD Bistro & Bar, our lovely venue hosts & sponsor, we sipped Cruz Vodka to the sounds of The Guy is Alive and applauded as winner after winner took to the stage where Kolping Mbumba and Sachi Okada, our hosts welcomed them with cheers and open arms.

See a short clip of the evening below.

Soundtrack recorded live at the ceremony. Performance by The Guy is Alive.

Video by Kaashif Stellenboom


It’s been months of planning and careful execution from the judges and our team to put together this extravagant event and what an honour it has been to see it come to life!

We'd like to thank NOMAD Boutique Backpackers for accommodating our hosts and guests who flew in from across the country to celebrate the adventures of the Cape, and a big thank you for all the nominees and their supporters who have attended the ceremony. Cape Town wouldn't be Cape Town without its adventures and tourism! And lastly, but definitely not the least, thank you to all our sponsors who helped us make this happen.

So without further adue --

It is our pleasure to announce the nominees and winners of each award

AWARD: Most Extreme Sporting Adventure

NOMINEES:

  • Tandem Skydive

  • Extreme Scene Kloofing

  • Tandem Paragliding

  • Abseil Africa

  • KiteKahunas Kitesurfing

WINNER: Tandem Paragliding

Professional Tandem Paragliding Flights in Cape Town. https://www.paraglide.co.za/

AWARD: Best Family Adventure

NOMINEES:

  • Cape Town Ziplines SA Forest Adventures

  • SUP Cape Town

  • Cape Xtreme Quad Biking

  • Sandboarding Cape Town

  • KiteKahunas Kitesurfing

WINNER: SUP Cape Town

They provide introductory lessons in Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding, rent out boards for use on the canals, as well as long term rentals for those holiday trips. During the summer months they rent boards on Clifton 4th beach.

AWARD: Best Safari

NOMINEES:

  • Cape Xtreme Safaris

  • Aquila Private Game Reserve

  • Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

  • Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

  • Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve

WINNER: Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve, offering big 5 safaris two hours from Cape Town, makes it easy for you no matter what your time constraints are, we offer half day, full day and overnight safari package options!

AWARD: Best Underwater Adventure

NOMINEES:

  • Marine Dynamics Shark Tours

  • Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling

  • Into the Blue Scuba Dive Centre

  • African Croc Dive

  • Ocean Experiences Dive and Tour Centre

WINNER: Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling Though our extensive knowledge and experience, Animal Ocean is dedicated to giving you the best marine wildlife experience possible. From the playful Cape Fur seals, Prehistoric Sevengill sharks to the extreme chase of the Sardine Run. Animal Ocean will work with you, going the extra mile, to give you the experiences and interactions you look for as a passionate diver and photographer.

AWARD: Green Tourism Initiative

NOMINEES:

  • Ways of Wellness (WOW) Spa

  • Grootbos Nature Reserve

  • The Green Cab

  • Greenpop

  • Masiphumelele Bicycle Township Tour (AWOL Tours)

WINNER: Greenpop

The Greenpop Foundation is a non-profit organisation on a mission to plant trees, green communities and activate environmental stewards across Southern Africa.

AWARD: Most Extraordinary Museum

NOMINEES:

  • Springbok Rugby Museum

  • Iziko Slave Lodge

  • Cape Town Diamond Museum

  • District Six Museum

  • Warrior Toy Museum

WINNER: Springbok Rugby Museum South Africa's story told through the eyes of its most powerful sport in a world-class museum, shortlisted in the international Museum + Heritage Awards. The Springbok Experience offers a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family and is a ‘must-do’ attraction at the heart of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

AWARD: Best Kids’ Entertainment

NOMINEES:

  • Rush

  • Jolly Roger Pirate Boat

  • Bugz Playpark

  • S.W.A.T Lasertag

  • Ground Zero Paintball

WINNER: Jolly Roger Pirate Boat

The Jolly Roger, the only pirate boat in South Africa, offers the young at heart an authentic adventure-filled experience and is particularly popular as a party boat for themed year-end functions, bachelor and bachelorettes and for families with young children.

AWARD: Most Unique Experience

NOMINEES:

  • The Alba Restaurant

  • HintHunt Cape Town

  • Secret Sunrise

  • Silvermine Nature Reserve

  • Goodhope Adventures Tunnel Tours Cape Town

WINNER: HintHunt Cape Town HintHunt has created the ultimate occasion for a get-together with your family&friends; it is ideal when you would like to do something original or even when you are just bored of your everyday routine. Our games help people see each other in a different light and they are designed to allow them to connect in a unique setting. Our challenges will give the opportunity for all group members - from children to grandparents - to participate towards the successful escape and you will not need to have any particular skill, knowledge or experience, but your out-of-box thinking.

AWARD: Best Luxury Activity

NOMINEES:

  • Luxury Yacht Charters

  • Shimansky Experience

  • NAC Helicopters

  • Wineland Ballooning

WINNER: Luxury Yacht Charters

Whether you are looking to simply unwind, relax and escape from your busy schedule or engage in action-packed water sports and activities, Luxury Yacht Charters offers a vast array of facilities and equipment at your disposal.

AWARD: Best Bucket List Activity

NOMINEES:

  • Wineland Ballooning

  • NAC Helicopters Hopper Tour

  • The Om Revolution

  • Cheetah Outreach

  • Ivanhoe Sea Safari’s

WINNER: The Om Revolution The Om Revolution is a mobile Yoga service that brings Yoga to YOU… Whenever and Wherever YOU wish! Originally founded in 2014 with the mission of bringing Yoga to the people. The Om Revolution now boasts a growing portfolio of private and corporate clients, as well as a selection of outdoor (public) Yoga sites.

AWARD: True Cape Town Experience

NOMINEES:

  • Franschhoek Wine Tram

  • Sidecar Tours

  • Table Mountain Wine Safari w/ Durbanville HIlls

  • The Waterford Estate Wine Drive Safari

  • Cape Bike Travel

WINNER: The Waterford Estate Wine Drive Safari The Wine Drive Safari is is a unique 3 hour trip on our safari type land rover through the 120ha Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg mountain. Not only will you get the chance to taste our award winning estate wines in the vineyards of their origin, you will be expertly guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so biodiverse and viticulturally unique.

AWARD: Best Weekend Market

NOMINEES:

  • The ROOT44 Market

  • The Old Biscuit Mill: Neighbourgoods Market

  • Oranjezicht City Farm Market

  • Mojo Market

  • Bay Harbour Market

WINNER: Bay Harbour Market

A place where the creative energy and the vibrancy of Cape Town come alive in an authentic fish factory in a working harbour… where people of all ages and cultures gather alongside one another to celebrate our unique South African spirit. an eclectic stylish wonderland of exquisite art, craft, jewellery and fashion… complemented by the delicious aromas of food to tempt all the senses.

AWARD: Best Helicopter Tour

NOMINEES:

  • Cape Town Helicopters

  • NAC Helicopters

  • Sport Helicopters

  • Extreme Scene

WINNER: NAC Helicopters They offer chartered or private helicopter rides in Cape Town. Explore the scenic wonders of the Cape Peninsula from the marvellous heights of one of our helicopters.

AWARD: Best Private Charter

NOMINEES:

  • Waterfront Charters

  • Nauticat

  • Sea Princess Luxury Catamaran Cruises

  • Classic Cape Charters

  • Tigger 2 Charters

WINNER: Waterfront Charters Waterfront Charters offer day cruises, sunset cruises, speed boat rides, yatch charters, harbour tours, adventure cruises and more.

AWARD: Best Surfing School

NOMINEES:

  • Gary’s Surf School

  • Stoked School of Surf

  • Roxy Surf Emporium

  • Surfshack

  • Surf Big Bay

WINNER: Roxy Surf Emporium

The Roxy learn to surf programme has been designed by internationally qualified ISA surf coach and 8 x South African champion Roxy Davis. The ever successful programme is in its 14th year of running and offers structured weekly lessons helping you learn to surf or improve your current surfing level!

AWARD: Most Scenic Attraction

NOMINEES

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

  • The Cape Wheel

  • Robben Island Museum

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

  • Cape Point Nature Reserve

WINNER: Robben Island Museum

Robben Island is famous, or rather infamous, as the holding place for the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. Mandela served 18 of his 27 years in prison incarcerated on the island’s prison, but Robben Island has also housed a hospital, mental institution, leper colony and military base during its rich history.

AWARD: Best Theatre

NOMINEES:

  • Theatre On The Bay

  • The Fugard Theatre

  • Baxter Theatre Centre

  • Masque Theatre

  • Maynardville Open-Air Theatre

WINNER: Masque Theatre

A professional and community theatre space, The Masque Theatre is situated in the heart of Muizenberg - hosting live productions, soirees and recitals, seminars, presentations, and film shows. At The Masque we deliver quality entertainment, accessible to all members of the general public.

AWARD: Best 4x4 Adventure

NOMINEES:

  • Atlantis Dunes 4WD Trail

  • Helderberg 4WD Route

  • Welgelegen 4x4 Farm

  • Cederburg 4x4

  • Ou Trekpad

WINNER: Atlantis Dunes 4WD Trail

Atlantis Dunes is a self drive 4x4 Trail off the R27 towards Langebaan. They trail is fairly easy and has braai (barbeque) facilities making it an enjoyable trip the whole family will enjoy. 021 487 2590

AWARD: Best Sightseeing Experience

NOMINEES:

  • City Sightseeing Cape Town,

  • Wineland Ballooning Cape Town,

  • African Wine Safaris,

  • Kiff Kombi Tours,

  • Ilios Travel

WINNER: City Sightseeing Cape Town

Hop onto their open top red bus and explore the Mother City, as she is affectionately known. With over 30 stops, and taking you to over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions, the bus allows you to hop-on and hop-off at your leisure.

AWARD: Best Marine Big 5 Experience

NOMINEES:

  • Grootbos Nature Reserve

  • Dyer Island Cruise

  • Ocean Experiences

  • Springbok Atlas

  • Ivanhoe Big 5 Sea Safaris

WINNER: Ivanhoe Big 5 Sea Safaris

Join the Ivanhoe team for what will undoubtedly be a memorable 2hr Big 5 Sea Safari. Their goal is to target Walker Bays Big 5, Whales, Dolphin, Seals, Penguin and Marine Birds.

Keep your eyes peeled for some features on our award winners. Photo cred: Kaashif Stellenboom & Kyle Josephs





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