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In 2017, a strategic decision was taken by Frans and Sareta Schütte to revamp Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa into a fantastic bushveld destination, not only for locals, but also for international tourists.

Frans and Sareta Schütte with few of the Kilima staff

Years of dedication, hard work and implementation of their core family values (Integrity, Piety and Stewardship) quickly paid off as guests frequented our establishment for honeymoons, anniversaries, family reunions, weddings, year end functions, special occasions, conferences, wellness retreats, veterinary courses and many other events.

Our unique Kukura Wellness Spa and newly established restaurant, SECTION XV (the only restaurant in South Africa boasting not one, but TWO Culinary Springbok Chefs in the kitchen) provide guests with a world-class added value experience that lead to fabulous reviews on various platforms. These honest reviews formed the cornerstone of 2 of our newest awards. We are thankful for each person who took the time to write about their experience at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa, a 5-star lodge in Limpopo.

We are very proud to share with you the following titles that have been awarded to us so far in 2021:

The MEA Market 2021 African Excellence Awards – Best Luxury Wildlife Tourism Accommodation in Limpopo.

Liezl Clegg, the General Manager of Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa received this award.

“Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

At Kilima we truly strive for excellence and we know that a life of excellence takes effort, but at the same time is rewarding and gives us the energy to keep up our high standards. When you receive an award like this, it is an affirmation. It means that people appreciate what you do and for this, we are extremely grateful, honoured and proud. We will continue to strive for excellence.” Liezl Clegg

2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award – Being in the top 10% of hotels worldwide.

Kilima has been awarded this award for providing great service and experiences to guests. Read the full press release.

Sareta Schutte, the Managing Director of Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa, Murchison Group CEO and Trustee of the Family Forum is very proud, but not quite surprised by Kilima’s 2021 awards.

“After many years’ work, our excellence is being recognised around the world. People are taking notice of how the Schütte’s approach business, our resilience, dedication and expertise. Secretly I always expected Kilima will win many of these accolades. It was only a matter of time. Our personnel are our best asset and I’m extremely proud of how each one of them passionately show up in life and at work. It is what makes Kilima GREAT. Success is achieved through the combined efforts of team Kilima and the skills of the Family Advice Council.” -Sareta Schütte

On the 28th of May 2021, Ockert Fernandes, the videographer of Kilima’s marketing team (part of the Family Advice Council to the Schütte group of companies) travelled to Cape Town to collect two trophies on behalf of Kilima. We were awarded the Gold Award for best Cultural Tourism Video and Silver Award for our Jerusalema Challenge Video. Both of these were produced by Ockert and the whole team of Kilima worked together to make these special entries possible. Their passion and pride is evident, as mentioned by Sareta Schütte.

“With hard work and a ton effort we didn’t only win one award but two! What an amazing blessing! Kilima’s name is echoing into the world! Croatia, Portugal, Japan and Romania being a few of the countries who also entered the festival, it’s humbling that a small establishment in Gravelotte can dance with the giants!” Ockert Fernandes, while attending the ITFF (International Tourism Film Festival)

The beautiful ITFF trophies at their new home: Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa

The Jerusalema Dance was produced in August 2020. The Kilima staff had so much fun with this project! They practiced for weeks to do the dance, led by Marcelle Low, the Executive Spa Manager at Kukura Wellness Spa. We are very happy that their efforts was rewarded in the form of an international award.

From left to right: Marcelle Low, Ockert Fernandes and Liezl Clegg with the two ITFF trophies.

“These trophies are testimony that when you do what you love, you’ll excel in all your efforts. I am extremely proud of our marketing team and the work we do, hand in hand with Kilima. It is an absolute pleasure to work with these talented people.” Lonice Wessels, Group Executive Marketing Manager of the Family Advice Council.

We’re chasing several other awards in the near future, and hopefully soon, we’ll be able to showcase them as well.


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