Our Bekkie Awards was introduced during 2018 – the year Besembek et alia officially started operating. We, Riaan (Besembek) , Irma (Raasbekkie) and Besembekkie (#besembekkie) felt that we needed to find a way to say thank you to the establishments going out of their way to make us feel welcome and give us the best service they could.

There is no specific criteria one needs to meet for being awarded a Bekkie Award. We do reviews for a national magazine and newspaper and some of the places we visit have a good change of being published by either or both of these publications. There is some filtering applied. However, ALL places we visit are published as part of our Magical Places on this web site (unless they REALLY disappointed us – yes, it does unfortunately happen), and ANY Magical Place could be a Bekkie Award winner.

We go with the feeling of how much we loved going there and being there, what our interactions were like with the owners or managers, how much we enjoyed the stay, and how much we loved interacting with the locals. We don’t care about food, no food, electricity, no electricity, matching cutlery, odd pieces of cutlery, all 100% perfect working  and presentable condition, all not 100% perfect working and presentable condition. It is not about tick boxes. It is about the complete experience.

Our awards go to:

Award Year Magical Place Reason
2018 – Platinum Sneezewood Farm, Dundee, Kwazulu-Natal For the magnitude of information provided by the owners (some of it from their library of books), their lovely cottage we stayed in, and the complete farm atmosphere.
2018 – Gold Houtenrus, Tonteldoos, Limpopo. OK. We know. Houtenrus is in Mpumalanga. Tonteldoos is in Limpopo. Let’s just say it is in Mpumapopo! For the personalised attention we received , the pet-friendly accommodation, Jojo the pup (and the other  dogs), the locals being awesome! Also the history lessons, the bookshelf in the cottage, the sheep and the cattle. The peace and quiet.
2018 – Silver Brahman Hills, Nottingham Road, Kwazulu-Natal For the spa! Oh, also the friendly and helpful locals at the shopping center across the road. and buying books in Nottingham Road.
2018 – Bronze Thanda Safari Tented Camp, Hluhluwe, Kwazulu-Natal For the staff. The field guides and trackers, hospitality and game managers. One can stay anywhere in a luxury tent, see the Big Five, go on game drives and have good food. Here the staff members made a difference.