From mountain adventures to hiking along the coast: These SA experiences rated as the top in the country

What's a holiday without a memorable experience?

In South Africa we are spoilt for choice when it comes to unforgettable offerings, but if you're feeling overwhelmed at all the choices, have a look at the winners of the Visitor Experiences category from 2019's Lilizela Tourism Awards to see who's the best of the best.

From hiking to relaxing in luxury to see our amazing marine life, there's something for everyone - not just international tourists. 

The awards took place on Saturday, 10 November at the Sun Arena in Menlyn, Pretoria, which honours the best of the best of South Africa's guides, accommodation, experiences, venues and other tourism drivers in the country.

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You might just discover something you've never thought of trying out before.

Scenic Beauty

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is waiting for you in the Cederberg Mountains, filled with rock formations, cave accommodation and San art where you can escape from yourself into nature and heritage.

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Wildlife Encounters

Hayward's Grand Safari Company offers bespoke luxury camping that can be set up across Southern Africa that focuses on exclusivity and fostering a close bond with the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Beach Experience

The Chokka Trail has won this award four years in a row now and it's not hard to see why. Travellers hike through Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis via a rugged coastline, a tidal river, wetlands, dunes and protected fynbos - a great 62-kilometre hiking holiday.

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Action and Adventure

The Baviaans Camino is another hiking trail stretched over four days and 93 kilometres through the Baviaanskloof Mountains and Wilderness Reserve which you can do either on foot or by horse - a great expedition for the spirit and the body.

Roots and Culture

African Traditional Homestays (TAHS-SA) won a second year in a row for their authentic cultural experience where visitors interact with the community in a Venda village, trying their hand at the arts and crafts.

Culture and Lifestyle

The Workshop Ko Kasi has won again - an African wellness retreat in the Northern Cape's Kuruman that focuses on ecotourism, healing and food that help quiet the mind and reconnect with inner peace.

SEE: Breathe in deep and find your centre in these 15 wellness travel destinations 

Lap of Luxury

Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve is nestled in the meeting point between bush and beach in Port Alfred. Luxury is the name of the game at this boutique hotel with its private 7-kilometre beach and morning game drives.

Marine Adventure

Raggy Charters is based in Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay and offers ocean cruises to see whales, penguins, dolphins and other marine life, as well as thrilling shark cage diving.

READ: #SAHeritage: Dive into the Algoa Bay Hope Spot

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