In their fifth year, The Good Safari Guide Safari Awards 'Oscars of Safaris' as they have become known, are very established with 90 finalists in 18 categories selected by a panel of eighteen of the most experienced and trusted independent safari specialist tour operators, based on over one thousand eight hundred votes from travel agents and tour operators globally.
The 2013 Safari Awards are not about honouring the most expensive lodge or most luxurious spa (although of course there is a safari spa category); the categories range from 'Best Ecological Lodge/Camp' to 'Best Personal Contribution to Wildlife Conservation'.
This year the Awards recognise Iain Douglas-Hamilton and Daphne Sheldrick for conservation work in Africa, alongside new safari camps/lodges Singita Explore, Naibosho, Lamai Serengeti, Elephant Camp and Azura @Qualilea.
Last year's Best Safari Camp in Africa, Chiawa, is joined by Jack's Camp, Old Mondoro, Tafika, Zarafa, Singita Faru Faru, Sayari, Rekero, Greystoke Mahale and former winner Beho Beho for the highest accolade 'Best Camp in Africa'.
Recognising the contribution wildlife conservation charities make to preserving the wildlife in Africa the "Best Wildlife Charity/Organisation Operating in Africa Award" features finalists Children in the Wilderness, Tusk Trust, Uthando, Wilderness Wildlife Trust and previous award winner Africat Foundation from Namibia.
AND THE WINNERS ARE....
|Best Safari Property in Africa||Zarafa Camp, Botswana|
|Best Safari House in Africa||Chongwe River House, Zambia|
|Best Community Safari Property in Africa||Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe|
|Best Safari Spa in Africa||Royal Malewane, South Africa|
|Best Safari Cuisine in Africa||Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa|
|Best Safari Guiding Team in Africa||Skeleton Coast Safaris, Namibia|
|Best New Safari Camp in Africa||Lamai Serengeti, Tanzania|
|Best Riding Safari in Africa||Okavango Horse Safaris, Botswana|
|Best Ecological Safari Property in Africa||Karen Blixen Camp, Kenya|
|Best Beach Safari Property in Africa||North Island|
|Best Personal Contribution to Wildlife Conservation||Daphne Sheldrick (David Sheldrick Trust) & Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton (Save the Elephants)|