#KenyaAirways #KenyaTourismBoard #SerenaHotels #SarovaHotels #Diani as East Africa wins big again

AND THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 #WORLDTRAVELAWARDS ARE …

(Posted 11th October 2017)

Kenya’s national airline Kenya Airways retained their trophies at the World Travel Awards for Africa held in Kigali last night, when the carrier once again walked away proud after being named as Africa’s leading airline and Africa’s leading Business Class.

Not to be outdone this year was Ethiopian Airlines which took the awards for being voted Africa’ leading airline in Economy Class and as Africa’s leading airline brand.
Auric Air of Tanzania won the award as that country’s leading safari airline.
Fastjet was once again recognized as Africa’s leading low cost airline.
The Kenya Tourism Board, just coming out of hosting their most successful Magical Kenya Travel Expo ever, once again claimed the award for being Africa’s leading Tourism Board.
Diani, home to some of Kenya’s most fancied resorts, also once again took home the trophy as Africa’s leading beach destination.
Sarova Hotels took the trophy for being named Africa’s leading hotel brand while Heritage Hotels, and much credit for that goes to Mohammed Hersi for the work he did there as CEO, took the trophy as Kenya’s leading Safari Camp brand.
Pollmans Tours claimed the win as Kenya’s best incoming agency.

Serena Hotels did it again at the World Travel Awards 2017 when East Africa’s leading hotel company walked away with five awards, making it five years in a row that they are returning triumphantly from the event.
Voters from around the world expressed their confidence in them when they cast thousands of votes in Serena’s favour and as a result were the following properties of the group honoured last night:

Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa – Uganda’s leading Presidential Suite
Kampala Serena Hotel – Uganda’s leading hotel
Polana Serena Hotel – Mozambique’s leading Hotel and Suites
Kigali Serena Hotel – Rwanda’s leading Hotel and Suites
Zanzibar Serena Hotel – Zanzibar’s leading hotel

Also recognized was the host hotel and venue, the Radisson Blu Hotel and Conference Centre as Rwanda’s leading Conference Hotel while also scooping the award as Rwanda’s leading new hotel for 2017. A third trophy came Radisson’s way when their Kigali property was also named as Africa’s leading Conference Hotel.
The Marriott Kigali took home two awards as Kigali’s leading business hotel and as Rwanda’s leading city hotel.

Africa Gala Ceremony 2017

Closer to home, in Uganda, did besides the two Serena properties notably Roadtrip Uganda, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge and Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp take trophies home.

For Lydia Nandudu of Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge it was the second time she was able to lift this trophy which she brought home to Nkuringo already last year and retained it in 2017. See a brief interview she gave last year when for the first time ever she was rewarded for her hard work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMrJMkkjSQk

The event was held last night on the sidelines of two conferences running concurrently at the Kigali Convention Centre, AVIADev and AHIF which provided a befitting venue and added crowd to the event.

Congratulations are extended to all winners who cannot be named individually here but the full list of winners for Africa and for the respective countries is shown below, courtesy of World Travel Awards:

Africa

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Africa’s Leading Airline 2017 Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2017 Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class 2017 Ethiopian Airlines
Africa’s Leading Airline Brand 2017 Ethiopian Airlines
Africa’s Leading Airport 2017 Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
Africa’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2017 Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2017 Diani Beach, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Beach Resort 2017 Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017 Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 2017 Mantis Collection
Africa’s Leading Business Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
Africa’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria
Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency 2017 Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Africa’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Europcar
Africa’s Leading Casino Resort 2017 The Palazzo Montecasino, South Africa
Africa’s Leading City Destination 2017 Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s Leading City Hotel 2017 Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa’s Leading Conservation Company 2017 &Beyond
Africa’s Leading Cruise Line 2017 Royal Caribbean International
Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2017 Port of Mombasa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2017 MannaBay, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Destination 2017 Rwanda
Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017 Destination Kenya
Africa’s Leading Family Resort 2017 Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand 2017 Singita Game Reserves
Africa’s Leading Green Hotel 2017 Nkwichi Lodge, Mozambique
Africa’s Leading Hotel 2017 Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand 2017 Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Game Lodges
Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences 2017 Cape Grace, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Inflight Magazine 2017 Sawubona (South African Airways)
Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2017 fastjet
Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2017 Villa Two @ Ellerman House, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2017 Thanda Island, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2017 Sirikoi, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2017 Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort 2017 Fairmont Zimbali Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2017 Abercrombie & Kent
Africa’s Leading Luxury Train 2017 The Blue Train
Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2017 Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2017 Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading MICE Hotel 2017 Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco
Africa’s Leading National Park 2017 Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Africa’s Leading New Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency 2017 Flightsite.co.za
Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2017 Shambala Private Reserve, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Private Island Resort 2017 &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar
Africa’s Leading Resort 2017 Sun City Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading River Cruise Company 2017 Discover Egypt, Nile Cruises
Africa’s Leading Safari Company 2017 Rhino Africa
Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2017 Lawhill Luxury Apartments, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Sports Resort 2017 Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 Finch Hattons, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2017 Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2017 Kenya Tourism Board
Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Bonfire Adventures
Africa’s Leading Travel Club 2017 DreamTrips
Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2017 FCM Travel Solutions
Africa’s Most Romantic Resort 2017 Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique
Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award 2017 Nkwichi Lodge

Algeria

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Algeria’s Leading Hotel 2017 Le Méridien Oran Hotel & Convention Centre

Angola

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Angola’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
Angola’s Leading Hotel 2017 EPIC SANA Luanda Hotel

Benin

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Benin’s Leading Hotel 2017 Benin Marina Hotel

Botswana

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Botswana’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Europcar
Botswana’s Leading Hotel 2017 Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort
Botswana’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Botswana’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso’s Leading Hotel 2017 Laico Ouaga 2000

Burundi

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Burundi’s Leading Hotel 2017 Roca Golf Hotel

Cameroon

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Cameroon’s Leading Hotel 2017 Hilton Yaounde

Cape Verde

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Cape Verde’s Leading Hotel 2017 Meliá Tortuga Beach
Cape Verde’s Leading Resort 2017 IBEROSTAR Club Boa Vista

Cote d’Ivoire

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Cote d’Ivoire’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
Cote d’Ivoire’s Leading Hotel 2017 Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire

Democratic Republic of Congo

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Democratic Republic of Congo’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana
Democratic Republic of Congo’s Leading Hotel 2017 Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa

Egypt

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Egypt’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2017 Sultan Gardens Resort
Egypt’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Conrad Cairo
Egypt’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
Egypt’s Leading Conference Hotel 2017 Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza
Egypt’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017 Travco Travel Company of Egypt
Egypt’s Leading Family Resort 2017 Sultan Gardens Resort
Egypt’s Leading Green Hotel 2017 Hilton Hurghada Plaza
Egypt’s Leading Hotel 2017 Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Egypt’s Leading Hotel Group 2017 InterContinental Hotels Group
Egypt’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Royal Suite @ Conrad Cairo
Egypt’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2017 Queen Cleopatra Villa @ Royal Savoy Villas, Sharm El Sheikh
Egypt’s Leading Resort 2017 Hilton Pyramids Golf
Egypt’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Kimidar Tours

Ethiopia

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Ethiopia’s Leading Hotel 2017 Hilton Addis Ababa

Gabon

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Gabon’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
Gabon’s Leading Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Okoume Palace Hotel, Libreville

Gambia

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Gambia’s Leading Hotel 2017 Ngala Lodge

Ghana

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Ghana’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017 Villa Monticello
Ghana’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Europcar
Ghana’s Leading Hotel 2017 Villa Monticello
Ghana’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Kwame Nkrumah Suite @ Villa Monticello

Kenya

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Kenya’s Leading Beach Resort 2017 Leopard Beach Resort & Spa
Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 InterContinental Nairobi
Kenya’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
Kenya’s Leading Domestic Safari Carrier 2017 Fly540
Kenya’s Leading Hotel 2017 Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel
Kenya’s Leading Hotel Residences 2017 Palacina The Residence & The Suites
Kenya’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Tribe Hotel
Kenya’s Leading Inbound Tour Operator 2017 Pollman’s Tours & Safaris
Kenya’s Leading Resort 2017 Leopard Beach Resort & Spa
Kenya’s Leading Safari Camp Brand 2017 Heritage Hotels
Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Ol Tukai Lodge
Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 Fairmont Mara Safari Club
Kenya’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Bonfire Adventures
Kenya’s Leading Travel Management Company 2017 Abercrombie & Kent

Malawi

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Malawi’s Leading Hotel 2017 President Walmont Hotel

Mali

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Mali’s Leading Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako

Morocco

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Morocco’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017 Hotel & Ryad Art Place Marrakech
Morocco’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Morocco’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Europcar
Morocco’s Leading City Hotel 2017 Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Morocco’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017 Premium Leisure & Events
Morocco’s Leading Green Hotel 2017 Fellah Hotel
Morocco’s Leading Hotel 2017 Royal Mansour Marrakech
Morocco’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Master Suite @ Kasbah Tamadot
Morocco’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2017 Oriental Pool Villa @ Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
Morocco’s Leading MICE Hotel 2017 Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort
Morocco’s Leading Resort 2017 Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Morocco’s Leading Tour Operator 2017 Your Morocco Tour
Morocco’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Ksour Voyages

Mozambique

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Mozambique’s Leading Beach Resort 2017 Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
Mozambique’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Sixt
Mozambique’s Leading Hotel 2017 The Polana Serena Hotel
Mozambique’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ The Polana Serena Hotel
Mozambique’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2017 Presidential Villa @ Azura Benguerra Island
Mozambique’s Leading Resort 2017 Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

Namibia

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Namibia’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Hertz
Namibia’s Leading Hotel 2017 Hilton Windhoek
Namibia’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Little Ongava, Etosha National Park
Namibia’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

Nigeria

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Nigeria’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017 Hotel Bon Voyage
Nigeria’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Hertz
Nigeria’s Leading Hotel 2017 Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading MICE Hotel 2017 Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2017 Sigma Apartments
Nigeria’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Satguru Travel
Nigeria’s Leading Travel Management Company 2017 HRG Nigeria

Rwanda

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Rwanda’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Kigali Marriott Hotel
Rwanda’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Kigali Car Rentals
Rwanda’s Leading City Hotel 2017 Kigali Marriott Hotel
Rwanda’s Leading Conference Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali
Rwanda’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017 Thousand Hills Africa
Rwanda’s Leading Hotel 2017 Kigali Serena Hotel
Rwanda’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Kigali Serena Hotel
Rwanda’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Nyungwe House
Rwanda’s Leading Tour Operator 2017 Primate Safaris Rwanda
Rwanda’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Satguru Travels Kigali

São Tomé & Príncipe

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São Tomé & Príncipe’s Leading Hotel 2017 Pestana São Tomé
São Tomé & Príncipe’s Leading Resort 2017 Pestana São Tomé

Senegal

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Senegal’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Sixt
Senegal’s Leading Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza

South Africa

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South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel 2017 Birkenhead House
South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017 Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
South Africa’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Hilton Durban
South Africa’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
South Africa’s Leading Country House Hotel 2017 African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa
South Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2017 MannaBay
South Africa’s Leading Hotel 2017 One&Only Cape Town
South Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences 2017 The Residences at Crystal Towers
South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
South Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2017 Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari
South Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2017 Giltedge Africa
South Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency 2017 Flightsite.co.za
South Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2017 Shambala Private Reserve
South Africa’s Leading Resort 2017 Sun City Resort
South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Private Granite Suites, Londolozi Private Game Reserve
South Africa’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2017 Lawhill Luxury Apartments
South Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 Tanda Tula Safari Camp
South Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Club Travel
South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2017 Travel with Flair
South Africa’s Leading Wine Country Hotel 2017 Leeu Estates

Sudan

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Sudan’s Leading Hotel 2017 Al Salam Rotana Hotel
Sudan’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Corinthia Hotel Khartoum

Swaziland

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Swaziland’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Avis
Swaziland’s Leading Hotel 2017 The Royal Villas Swaziland

Tanzania

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Tanzania’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017 Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Tanzania’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
Tanzania’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 First Car Rental Tanzania
Tanzania’s Leading Domestic Safari Carrier 2017 Auric Air
Tanzania’s Leading Hotel 2017 Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
Tanzania’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est
Tanzania’s Leading Inbound Tour Operator 2017 Kearsleys
Tanzania’s Leading Resort 2017 Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa
Tanzania’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Tanzania’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 Jongomero Camp
Tanzania’s Leading Travel Agency 2017 Satguru Travel
Tanzania’s Leading Travel Management Company 2017 UNIGLOBE Skylink Travel & Tours Limited

Togo

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Togo’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Hertz
Togo’s Leading Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Hotel 2 Février, Lomé

Tunisia

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Tunisia’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Sixt
Tunisia’s Leading Hotel 2017 La Cigale Hôtel Tabarka
Tunisia’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Regency Tunis Hotel

Uganda

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Uganda’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Roadtrip Uganda
Uganda’s Leading Hotel 2017 Kampala Serena Hotel
Uganda’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Presidential Suite @ Lake Victoria Serena Resort
Uganda’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Uganda’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Zambia

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Zambia’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 City Drive Rent a Car
Zambia’s Leading Hotel 2017 Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka
Zambia’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Royal Chundu Luxury Zambezi Lodge
Zambia’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 Anabezi Luxury tented camp

Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe’s Leading Car Rental Company 2017 Rockshade Car Rentals & Tours
Zimbabwe’s Leading Hotel 2017 The Victoria Falls Hotel
Zimbabwe’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 Royal Suite @ The Victoria Falls Hotel
Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2017 Antelope Park
Zimbabwe’s Leading Resort 2017 The Victoria Falls Hotel
Zimbabwe’s Leading Safari Lodge 2017 Singita Pamushana Lodge
Zimbabwe’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017 The Elephant Camp

Zanzibar

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Zanzibar’s Leading Hotel 2017 Zanzibar Serena Hotel
Zanzibar’s Leading Resort 2017 Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est
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