South Africa Names Properties That Exceed 5-Star Grading

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

South Africa has introduced a new 5-Star Premium grading status as part of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa’s (TGCSA) enhanced grading standards implemented earlier this year. This new grading status is for properties in the country that exceed the quality standards and requirements of the 5-Star grading, exhibiting the pinnacle of world-class service and quality.

TGCSA, a business unit of South African Tourism, recently awarded the rating to three new establishments that it says “epitomize the essence of luxury in both product quality and service standards.” The latest recipients are: Mpumalanga’s Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Cape Town’s The Silo Hoteland Hermanus’ Birkenhead House. They will all receive 5-Star Premium Status certificates to proudly showcase to guests and travel partners. To date, there are 13 properties in South Africa that have earned the prestigious 5-Star Premium Status. The full list includes:

  • Royal Malewane, Limpopo
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Mpumalanga
  • Birkenhead House, Western Cape
  • The Silo Hotel, Western Cape
  • Cape Grace, Western Cape
  • Leeu Estates, Western Cape
  • Ellerman House, Western Cape
  • Jabulani Safari, Limpopo
  • Grootbos Garden Lodge, Western Cape
  • Grootbos - Forest Lodge, Western Cape
  • Morukuru Ocean House, Western Cape
  • Palala Boutique Game Lodge and Spa, Limpopo

“South Africa is proud to offer an entire range of distinct and unmatched experiences for every traveler’s preference and budget,” says Jerry Mpufane, President of South African Tourism, North America. 

“The new 5-Star Premium grading recognizes the country’s most inimitable products. From chic urban boutiques to stunning game and nature lodges, these properties far exceed industry standards, offering next-level accommodations, amenities and services to our travellers. It is important that we continue to acknowledge these properties and their significant contributions to South Africa’s position as a premier tourism destination.”

The introduction of the new Grading Level above the 5-star level dubbed 5-Star Premium, was in response to a widespread comparative study completed as part of the Grading System review process.  A number of similar global quality assurance bodies have made the move to recognize and differentiate those products which exhibit a unique level of product quality, extensive guest amenities and world class luxury service standards. 

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Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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