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
Extreme Scene Kloofing
WINNER: Tandem Paragliding
Professional Tandem Paragliding Flights in Cape Town. https://www.paraglide.co.za/
AWARD: Best Family Adventure
Cape Town Ziplines SA Forest Adventures
SUP Cape Town
Cape Xtreme Quad Biking
Sandboarding Cape Town
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
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
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
Ways of Wellness (WOW) Spa
Grootbos Nature Reserve
The Green Cab
Masiphumelele Bicycle Township Tour (AWOL Tours)
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
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
Jolly Roger Pirate Boat
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
The Alba Restaurant
HintHunt Cape Town
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
Luxury Yacht Charters
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
NAC Helicopters Hopper Tour
The Om Revolution
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
Franschhoek Wine Tram
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
The ROOT44 Market
The Old Biscuit Mill: Neighbourgoods Market
Oranjezicht City Farm 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
Cape Town Helicopters
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
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
Gary’s Surf School
Stoked School of Surf
Roxy Surf Emporium
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
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
Theatre On The Bay
The Fugard Theatre
Baxter Theatre Centre
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
Atlantis Dunes 4WD Trail
Helderberg 4WD Route
Welgelegen 4x4 Farm
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
City Sightseeing Cape Town,
Wineland Ballooning Cape Town,
African Wine Safaris,
Kiff Kombi Tours,
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
Grootbos Nature Reserve
Dyer Island Cruise
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