PMR Africa Diamond award for Badplaas!

27 November 2015. Badplaas received the PMR Africa Diamond Arrow (1st Overall) for holiday resorts in Mpumalanga - Badplaas, a Forever Resort, being the resort doing the most in the category for holiday resorts to stimulate economic growth and development in the Mpumalanga Province.


Johan Bezuidenhout (GM at Badplaas) receiving PMR Africa Award

Johan Bezuidenhout (General Manager - Badplaas, a Forever Resort)
receiving the PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award

The awards are indicators of a company, department or institution’s competencies. PMR Africa encourages companies to utilise the award, not as a marketing tool only, but also to thank the personnel and staff for creating the perception and reality out there that this company, department or institution is an undisputed leader in its respective industry.

After all... there is a successful team behind each successful and highly rated company, department or institution.

The awards are the culmination of a research process whereby companies and institutions are rated based on respondents’ perceptions with a strong focus on evaluating and measuring customer service and customer satisfaction.

Award status criteria

  • Diamond Arrow (Badplaas): ranked 1st overall and rated at least 4, 10 out of 5, 00 (equivalent to outstanding).
  • Gold: 1st or 2nd overall and rated at least 3, 75 (excellent)
  • Silver/Bronze: 1st/2nd or 3rd and rated at least 3, 40 (very good)

General criteria

  • The awards are always the end result of a research process whereby companies, departments, institutions and individuals are nominated and rated by respondents against specific attributes or criteria.
  • A company, department, institution and individual cannot “enter” the research process but must always be nominated and rated by the respondents.
  • The ratings are always based on the perceptions of the respondents.

Forever Comes Out On Top At The 2015 National Lilizela Awards



The 2015 Lilizela National Award Ceremony took place last night at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.  It was a prestigious event with Minister Derek Hanekom handing the trophies over to all the honoured Tourism category winners.

A total of 954 entries that met the entry requirements were received this year. The Eastern Cape Province took the lead with the most number of entries recorded, followed by the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal, whilst Gauteng province trailed close behind. Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and the Free State provinces recorded an overall increase in entries from the previous year.




We are extremely proud to announce that Forever Resorts walked away with two of the National prizes:

Badplaas, A Forever Resort
National Winner 3 Star Chalet Accommodation

Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
National Winner 3 Star Caravan and Camping

We would like to congratulate these two Properties for their tremendous achievements of being honoured in such a memorable way.

We would also like to congratulate all the other Forever Properties that were honoured in the Provincial Lilizela Awards:
  • Swadini, A Forever Resort – Provincial Winner Limpopo 3 Star Caravan and Camping
  • Gariep, A Forever Resort – Provincial Winner Free State 3 Star MESE
  • Gariep, A Forever Resort – Provincial Finalist Free State 3 Star Caravan and Camping
  • Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort – Provincial Winner Mpumalanga 3 Star Caravan and Camping
  • Badplaas, A Forever Resort - Provincial Winner Mpumalanga 3 Star Chalet Accommodation
  • Badplaas, A Forever Resort - Provincial Finalist Mpumalanga 3 Star Caravan and Camping
  • Badplaas, A Forever Resort - Provincial Finalist Mpumalanga 3 Star MESE
We constantly strive to provide a superior customer experience, and this recognition of excellence only reaffirms the fact that Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels, and Retreats remains one of the top Resort and Hotel groups in South Africa.


Congratulations to Gariep, a Forever Resort

Well done Gariep for winning the PMR Golden Arrow for Excellent Holiday Resorts, Free State province survey 2015!
Keep up the great standards and service.

Gariep, a Forever Resort: PMR Golden Arrow award 2015


FOREVER Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats makes major moves

PRETORIA – Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats announced major positional shifts of Senior Resort and Hotel Management. The Company also appointed a Group Manager to oversee their vast and expanding Game Farming Operations.
According to the Spokesperson for the Group, Christo Wagenaar Marketing Executive, the strategic move forms part of the Company’s five year plan of re-defining its Operations and expanding its Management core.
Mr André Steyn, General Manager at Swadini, A Forever Resort for the past eight years will relocate and take over as GM at Plettenberg, A Forever Resort.

André Steyn - GM Plettenberg, A Forever Resort

Mrs Monica van der Linde, current General Manager at Plettenberg, A Forever Resort has been appointed as GM of Loskopdam, A Forever Resort as well as Waterfall, A Forever Lodge. Monica was awarded Forever Resorts GM of the Year in 2013.

Monica van der Linde – GM Loskopdam, A Forever Resort and Waterfall, A Forever Lodge

Mr Johan Bezuidenhout has been appointed the new GM of the Company’s Flagship Resort, Badplaas and Mr Allan Hoffman, GM of Mount Sheba, has been re-deployed to take over at Blyde Canyon. Allan will still oversee the operations at Mount Sheba and Mr Fanie Fick, previous Food and Beverage Manager at Gariep, A Forever Resort has been appointed as Resident Manager at Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge.

Johan Bezuidenhout – GM Badplaas, A Forever Resort

Allan Hoffman – GM Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort and Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge

Fanie Fick – Resident Manager Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge

Mr Nols van den Berg, Deputy GM at Badplaas, A Forever Resort has been promoted to take up the General Manager position at Swadini, A Forever Resort.

Nols van den Berg – GM Swadini, A Forever Resort

Miss Caroline Jackson, Deputy GM of the Company’s other Flagship Warmbaths, has been appointed the new General Manager of the Forever Hotel @ Centurion.

Caroline Jackson – GM Forever Hotel @ Centurion

Mr Colin White, Eco and Farm Manager at Warmbaths, A Forever Resort has been appointed as Group Game Manager to oversee Game Farming and Conservation areas at Warmbaths, Badplaas, Tshipise and the Loskop Country.

Colin White – Group Game Manager

The vast portfolio at Loskop Country, A Forever Collection will be re-defined with the appointment of a separate Manager to oversee the Operations of the Group’s Lodges and Retreats including Matombu Wild, a five star Lodge, Amanzi Mountain Reserve, Isiyala Game Lodge, Ruby Cliff Horse Ranch, Silver Falls and Leopard’s Trail.

These transfers will take place between September 2015 and 5 January 2016 depending on operational needs of the different Properties. “We as a Company are very excited about the mix of experience and innovative youth amongst our General Managers and trust that this will not only bode well for the Company but also contribute to create memories that will last Forever for our Guests” said Kobus Tait, Managing Director of the Group.

New Dates For The Mpumalanga Cycle Tour

WHITE RIVER – The organising committee of the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour in collaboration with the main sponsors Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation Mpumalanga, Forever Resorts South Africa and Europcar, announced today that the six day Mpumalanga Cycle Tour has been postponed to 18 – 23 January 2016.

For the complete and Official Press Release, click on the link below.

Click here to read the Official Press Release.

Primary Schools Limpopo Blue Bulls


Forever Resorts is the main sponsor for the Primary Schools Limpopo Blue Bulls Rugby Teams.  It is a long standing relationship with the Limpopo Blue Bulls Rugby Union. This includes the total year for all the Team’s training and all games and events such as the “Noordelike Bondedag” tournament as well as Craven Week.  We salute the boys for their achievements and are very proud of how far they have come in 2015.

Noordelike Bondedag Limpopo Blue Bulls



Noordelike Bondedag Limpopo Blue Bulls


Swadini Rugby Development Tournament 25 – 27 June 2015


This rugby tournament takes place every year at Swadini, A Forever Resort.  This was the 9th tournament of it’s kind sponsored by Forever and it has proved to be such a success story for under privileged boys to be able to play league rugby against their peers.  They are given an excellent opportunity to compete and learn in the process.  Forever Resorts takes great pride in opening the doors for these boys and it proves to be very successful as quite a few of this year’s Craven Week team came from the Development Tournament.

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67 Minutes for Mandela Day

Gariep, a Forever Resort

They gathered the children and together they cleaned the streets in the community as well as assisted older people. Gariep, A Forever Resort in cooperation with Kopanong local municipality and OK Mini Mark orchestrated and sponsored this event. Everyone received a foam cap, a bag with sweets and treats (like a lunch pack), followed by soup and bread afterwards.

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Lilizela Tourism Awards - Voting closed!

Lilizela Tourism Awards


Voting closed! We want to thank everyone who participated!

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Windpomfees Mountain Biking Challenge and Golf day 2015.

Forever Resorts is proud to share that we had great success with the Windpomfees Mountain Biking Challenge and Golf day 2015. Thank you to all the athletes who made this day a fun-filled one and great success!

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