Mayoral Tourism Awards… and the Winner is?!

Simonskloof Mountain Retreat won the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Award for Best Adventure, Outdoor and Eco Tourism business of the 2012. This was announced at a gala dinner at Kroneburg wine estate outside Paarl on the 20th of September 2012.

And if you know me well… I had to dig deep into the cupboard, past the Gortex jacket, my hiking boots and climbing gear to find my smooth black jacket and a pair of shiny shoes to look the part while shaking Minister of Tourism Western Cape Allan Winde’s hand as well as those of the Mayor and his VIP to receive my crystal trophy and two gold framed certificates.

It was a close shave, with Ceres Zip-Slide, the Hexpass Express and McGregor’s Donkey Sanctuary right on our heels. After 13 years of hard work and this year’s never ending natural disasters, this award came as a soothing surprise and pat on our backs.