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7 Days To Go – Votes Close on 31st March for The 2019 Safari Awards

We are so proud to announce that Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated for the 2019 Safari Awards, sponsored by The Good Safari Guide.
If it weren’t for our guests continued support throughout the years, we’d never be in the position we’re in today. Your positive reviews, constructive criticism and contribution to Inyati Game Lodge, has ensured we’ve secured a place in the Safari Awards, a prestigious annual award bestowed upon camps and lodges displaying excellence in specific categories. Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated in 9 categories.

We’d really like to rally your support to secure an award.

Voting is easy! Here’s how you do it:
1. Go to this page, search and click on the property: Safari Awards Voting Selection Page
2. Log in with your username and password or register if this is your first-time voting.
3. You will be redirected to the property page, where you click on the big “vote” button.

Follow the prompts, rate us out of 10 and leave a comment if you’d like!

Here are the categories in which Inyati Game Lodge, have been nominated in the Safari Awards:

Guiding team

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Safari Guiding Team category (Nominee)

The Inyati guides and Shangaan trackers make for an outstanding team while out on safari, while they share their intimate knowledge and incomparable intuition of the African bush. At Inyati, you can look forward to fantastic close-up experiences with Africa’s wildlife on every game drive

INY Elephant family

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Walking Safari (Nominee)

Guided interpretive bush walks are one of the highlights of staying in a private reserve. You can experience the thrill of tracking animals such as the Big Five on foot. They are not hikes, and are usually tailored to your fitness level. The walks are led by qualified guides who will tell you interesting facts about the plants and animals that you encounter

Sensational Safari

2019  Inyati Game Lodge   Best Location category (Nominee)

Set on the lush banks of the Sand River, Inyati Game Lodge offers the ultimate safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to our comfortable chalets, hearty home style cuisine and highly experienced guides, every guest departs with unforgettable memories and the imprint of Africa in their soul.

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Design Category (Nominee)

Inyati Pool

With our veranda dining and bar area, there’s plenty of flow throughout the lodge. No fencing which means wildlife can roam freely throughout.

2019  Inyati Game LodgeBest Value Safari Property (Nominee)

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Inyati offers exceptional value for money at a fraction of the price of other private lodges in the reserve. The predator sightings in the Sabi Same Game Reserve are in abundance and the sands offers unparalleled game viewing opportunities in an uncrowded reserve. Rates include game drives, walks, accommodation and meals.

2019   Inyati Game Lodge  Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property (Nominee)

Nelson Inyati safari .jpg

Inyati is committed long term sustainability and to respecting the local community and environment in which we live. We care about our people and the communities around us. Inyati employs about 45 permanent staff, most of which are from the local community. Many of our staff has been with Inyati for more than 10 years making Inyati their home and creating that family atmosphere that the lodge has become renowned for.

2019   Inyati Game Lodge Best Community Focused

Inyati staff at GWF digital learning centre

Inyati staff members and colleagues from the Sabi Sand Reserve and the Good Work Foundation at the new Dumphries Digital Learning Campus building site.

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Safari Cuisine category (Nominee)

INY Boma dinner

Relish fascinating combinations of African dishes while sipping fabulous champagne and fine wines.

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Family Safari Experience (Nominee)

Family safaris

Our junior ranger training – includes butterfly / fish / insect catch-and-release – with plenty to keep children entertained while their folks enjoy some down time.

Inyati Game Lodge Earns 2018 TripAdvisor® Certificate Of Excellence

2018_HOF_Logos_Green-bkg_translations_en-US-UKINYATI GAME LODGE EARNS 2018 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

SABI SAND RESERVE, MPUMALANGA – Thursday, 24 May 2018– Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand reserve today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Inyati Game Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

 “TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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INY Clear LogoSet on the lush banks of the Sand River, Inyati Game Lodge offers the ultimate safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to our comfortable chalets, hearty home style cuisine and highly experienced guides, every guest departs with unforgettable memories and the imprint of Africa in their soul.

http://www.inyati.co.za email: res@inyati.co.za reservations telephone: +27 11 486 2027

 

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travellers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 600 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of worldwide travel listings – approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions and restaurants – TripAdvisor provides travellers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travellers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors**, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

* Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, November 2017

** Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2017

 

 

Inyati supporter of SSW Rhino Protection Helicopter Programme

Inyati Game Lodge has always been a supporter of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin rhino protection programme and can boast that we are the largest donor of the total cost of the SSW helicopter programme.

Anti-rhino poaching

SSW Rhino Protection Programme:

Rhino poaching has severely impacted almost all of the reserves within South Africa, and as a result the Sabi Sand Wildtuin has committed itself to providing a safe haven for rhino. In 2013, after significant rhino losses in the area and across the country the Sabi Sand undertook the implementation of a major rhino protection project aimed at creating a sanctuary for our rhino.
SSW developed a multi-layered security intervention, and invested heavily in Hi-Tec perimeter fencing, boots on the ground, vehicles, K9, security equipment, intelligence and a rigorous community engagement campaign.
The SSW is to be a refuge for both black and white rhinoceros, an area from which other reserves can be restocked should either species be pushed to the brink of extinction. Moreover, as these animals play a key role in the genetic diversity of the Greater Kruger National Park, the reserve would act to conserve these important genes should the African population be drastically depleted.

anti-rhino poaching night patrolAs almost all poaching incidents occur after dark, “owning the night” and rapid response is fundamental for success. Given the large area to be covered and the rugged nature of the terrain, a critical tool that was identified was a helicopter with night vision capabilities.
After extensive investigation, a Bell Long Ranger was identified as a suitable model. The helicopter allows us to respond to a breach or incursion within 15 minutes.

anti-rhino poaching night patrol

We have experience of incidents during which poachers have entered and exited the reserve within this 15 minute time slot. The helicopter has been proven to improve the anti-poaching team effectiveness far beyond what could ever be achieved with manpower and vehicles alone.

Review of helicopter impact
• Demand and concomitant poaching pressure has increased as evidenced by 122% increase in the number of poaching entries to the reserve for the 9 months since the helicopter has been deployed versus the 9 months prior.

• Improving reaction capability and response time impacts poacher success. Despite 122% increase in poaching entries the kill rate was contained and remained flat at 15%.

• The helicopter has worked to prevent further rhino fatalities. This was most noticeable in incidents where poaching groups were identified and detained using the helicopter before they could enter the reserve.

• The deployment of the helicopter has been extremely effective in establishing a visible
security presence in and around the reserve. This has been evidenced by community forum awareness and feedback indicating:
“it is easy for the security to react now”
“the Sabi Sand is a difficult area to get rhino because poachers can be easily trapped and caught”

• An additional factor that has been identified is the impact of the helicopter on ranger morale:
– The helicopter has enabled rapid emergency medical support in the case of a ranger being seriously injured.
– The rangers are more confident entering contact situations knowing that the helicopter can bring back-up quickly when needed – this has decreased reaction time by up to 1 hour.
– The additional investment in the helicopter to support the ground forces and the investment in ranger skills relating to the helicopter has considerably increased ranger morale.

Donor Funding
The Sabi Sand Nature Conservation Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation.  Donations will be paid directly into and managed by the Sabi Sand Nature Conservation Trust. No administration fee will be charged meaning 100% of donated funds go directly to project costs where it is needed most.
Contact details:
For more information or to get involved please contact the Sabi Sand Wildtuin Warden,
David Powrie on Tel. 079 946 7433 or email at warden@sabisand.co.za

 

Original article -https://xtoday.news/media/50508/ssw-rhino-protection-initiative.pdf

Inyati initiativePhotographs by Heinrich Röntgen

The Safari Awards 2018 Inyati Game Lodge,Sabi Sand Reserve Nominated

Inyati Game LodgeWe are so proud to announce that Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated for the 2018 Safari Awards, sponsored by The Good Safari Guide.
If it weren’t for our guests continued support throughout the years we’d never be in the position we’re in today. Your positive reviews, constructive criticism and contribution to Inyati Game Lodge, has ensured we’ve secured a place in the Safari Awards, a prestigious annual award bestowed upon camps and lodges displaying excellence in specific categories. Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated in 8 categories. We’d really like to rally your support to secure an award.

Voting is easy! Here’s how you do it:
1. Go to this page, search and click on the property: Safari Awards Voting Selection Page
2. Log in with your username and password, or register if this is your first time voting.
3. You will be redirected to the camp page, where you click on the big “vote” button.

Follow the prompts, rate us out of 10 and leave a comment if you’d like!

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Inyati Game Lodge – 2017 Provincial Winner – Lilizela Tourism Awards

Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve – Winner of the Wildlife Encounters, Service Excellence, Visitor’s Experience award @ the provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards 2017 – held in White River 8th September 2017

“Being awarded the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Award for the Visitor Experience category – Wildlife Encounters in ‪#‎Mpumalanga for a fourth year in a row is a true source of pride for the entire team at Inyati Game Lodge ,” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge.

“Born from a diverse and rich tapestry of ancestry our guides and trackers are storytellers for the land. Some of whom are third generation at Inyati, building a lifelong bond with colleagues and guests alike. Experts out in the field they are the finishing touch to the fine quality of the Inyati safari experience.”

The Lilizela Tourism Awards are an opportunity to celebrate professionalism, creativity and innovation in the industry. The provincial awards are being held in the month of September – which is also the time that South Africa and the tourism industry at large celebrate Tourism Month.

The National Winners will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre on 29th of October 2017. To view the full list of finalists and winners visit http://www.lilizela.co.za

INY 2017

In October 2011, Inyati Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve issued over 12 000 phantom shares, equivalent to five percent of the company, to its employees in a bid to reward staff loyalty and retain employee talent.
“Providing employees with a stake in the business not only improves their sense of belonging and value but also instils the feeling that the better they assist the business in performing, the more value they’ll see in returns through the worth of their investment,” says Dos Santos.

Inyati Game Lodge is situated in arguably one of the best game viewing areas in the world & most prestigious private conservation areas, the Sabi Sand Reserve (Wildtuin), adjoining the renowned Kruger National Park. Experience fantastic close-up’s with Africa’s wildlife on every game drive.

RhinoWarriors visit Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary

A few of the Rhinowarriors were privileged to visit Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary. In short the sanctuary cares for calves that have been orphaned by savage poaching attacks.
Many of these calves bare the physical and mental scars of the incidents that left them orphaned, but the good people of Care for Wild have created a safe environment for rehabilitation and release into safe reserves in future.
Please help us support their cause and gi

ve these beautiful animals a chance at survival. Care For Wild relies on donations and sponsors to keep the Sanctuary afloat. Every penny is dedicated to security, and health of the orphans. #careforwild #careforwildrhinosanctuary

Follow and support at www.careforwild.co.za

INYATI GAME LODGE, SABI SAND RESERVE EARNS 2017 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve Earns 2017 Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence

Inyati Game Lodge, Earns 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence

SABI SAND RESERVE, MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA – 22nd June 2017 Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence seven years in a row and inducted into the 2015 ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Inyati Game Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the right property at the right price.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Inyati prides itself in our guiding team!

The Inyati game rangers and tracking team

Our guides and trackers are highly trained and deeply committed to conserving the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and revealing its secrets. Learn more about this talented team:

Simon George

George Hlongwane

Georgie is a living legend in the reserve. He was born on the property and as a result started honing his bush craft skills as a toddler. George is still living and working on the reserve with his family. Tracking and anticipating animal movements and behaviour is second nature to George and his guests are guaranteed to be where action is taking place.

Kief

Keith Jenkinson

Keith studied to become a conservationist and moved to the Kruger Park after qualifying, here he fell in love with guiding and furthered his career as a field Guide. Keith loves tracking big game, and all the small wonders the Sabi Sand has to offer.

Matthew Brennan

Matthew Brennan

After qualifying Matt cut his teeth in a walking concession in the Kruger Park, this sparked his passion for Guiding on foot. Matt enjoys safe responsible interactions with big game and has an intricate knowledge of everything from big game to insects.

Omega Godi

Omega Godi

Like most of the best guides Omega started his career as a tracker. This moulded his understanding of the animals he lives and works with. Omega quickly moved through the ranks and is now a trails Guide at Inyati. Omega brings a huge amount of energy to the team with a larger than life bubbly personality.

Darren Muller

Darren Muller

Darren has a lot of experience guiding in the Sabi Sand, and has now found his niche. His passion for wildlife and his guest is always evident as he goes the extra mile. His humble nature, brimming smile and bush lore keep his guest enthralled on game drives and walks.

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(George and Solly) – Solly Sibuyi (right)

Solly is one of the most respected trackers in the reserve. His immense trailing talent is evident in his relaxed yet confident approach to tracking. He is one of a handful of trackers that managed full marks on his first ever tracking assessment and has been growing even stronger since.

Inyati safari Nelson

Nelson Valoi

 

Nelson has over 30 year tracking experience at Inyati and has an intricate knowledge of the land, and knows most of the animal’s individual habits. His local knowledge, tracking skill, sparkling personality and work ethic make him privilege to be with.

Roger Hlongwane

Roger Hlongwane

 

Roger is one of the most multi skilled trackers in the team. He has strong tracking and hospitality background and treats every guest like gold. He tracking skills and passion for the bush enthral every guest that he guides.

Joel Mkabele

Joel Mkhabela

 

Joel has been with Inyati for almost twenty years he has a quiet calm demeanour that suits his profession perfectly. He loves every aspect of the bush but tracking and spending time with guests are his firm favourites.

Clif Ndlovu

Cliff Ndlovu

 

Cliff came to Inyati after finishing top of his class at the Tracker Academy. His tracking skill meant that he slotted into this experiences team very well and his fresh and youthful perspective motivates the old salts to stay on their game.

Lodge recognised for offering the best visitors’ experience.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate trailblazers, as well as service excellence in the South African tourism industry in general.
A local lodge recently received top honours at the fourth Lilizela Tourism Awards, in which the South African tourism industry celebrated its top business owners and service providers.

Inyati Game Lodge,situated about 60 kilometres from Hazyview, walked away with the Visitor’s Experience Award for Best Wildlife Encounters.

Inyati is set in 65 000 hectares of unspoiled bushveld within the Sabi Sands Reserve, on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park and on the banks of the Sand River. Diversity of species and relaxed big game allow for close-up game viewing and photography.

“The gives us the opportunity to celebrate trailblazers, as well as service excellence in the South African tourism industry in general. The awards is an opportunity to pause and thank these individuals and businesses for their contribution to putting South Africa firmly on the global stage by ensuring their product and service offerings are of the highest standard,” said minister for tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom.

“With 5,8 million people having visited South Africa from January to July this year, the number of tourists is on the rise. By being service oriented, the businesses celebrated today help to ensure that this growth path continues, guaranteeing memorable experiences for all tourists,” he added.

The awards were established in 2013 to recognise and reward exemplary service among businesses in the local tourism sector, ranging from accommodation establishments and tour operators to scenic attractions and cultural heritage sites.

In 2016, the awards attracted a record number of 1 122 entries, up 18 per cent from the previous year’s total. Tourism businesses across the nine provinces were encouraged to enter, with a great call that they be graded with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, a unit of South African Tourism.

Members of the public were then invited to have their say on the Lilizela Tourism Awards website by voting. These votes, together with those from various platforms such as TripAdvisor and TGCSA’s Tourism Analytics Programme, formed 80 per cent of the score for each entry.

A panel of high-level judges, drawn from the industry and academia, contributed the remaining 20 per cent of each establishment’s score. From these calculations, 589 finalists were selected nationwide and each province held its own awards ceremony in the run-up to the national finals.

During these provincial award ceremonies, 262 provincial winners were celebrated. This was further narrowed down to 53 national winners, who were honoured on Sunday night.

Awards were made in a number of categories including the Service Excellence Award (with subcategories Accommodation, Visitor Experience, Tourist Guides and Tour Operators), Entrepreneurship (for emerging tourism businesses), Sustainability and Good Governance, and the prestigious Minister’s Award.

Source – http://hazyviewherald.co.za/199219/lodge-recognised-for-offering-the-best-visitors-experience/

 

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