30 Sep 2020

Extraordinary: The guardians of precious fragments of South African Heritage


The unprecedented nature of 2020 has deeply resonated with the need to cherish what we have and to value what makes our country exceptional. Extraordinary is proud to be the custodian of some of South Africa’s exquisite pieces of South African heritage.

Whether it is contributing to the innovative conservation of the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve or through our role as custodians of the pristine Mluwati Concession inside South Africa’s crown jewel, the Kruger National Park, Extraordinary remains steadfast in its guiding ethos that successful ecotourism must generate sustainable outcomes for the environment, for the surrounding communities, and for its commercial viability.

The dark times of our national lockdown has underlined the importance of community and protecting our legacy. Extraordinary is honoured to play a small role in this regard, both in the bush and in the iconic Mother City. From the Victorian Art Deco heritage of the Cape Milner Hotel in the historic Tamboerskloof suburb of Cape Town to the preservation of an Iron-Age Sotho–Tswana Stonewall in the Greater Mabula Private Game Reserve, our guests are able to soak in the awe-inspiring remnants of our history in the lap of modern luxury.

The calls to explore our own country have never been louder. As much as South Africans around the country are waiting with abated breath for the next opportunity to travel, so too are we ready to welcome them with our unwavering hospitality. Our properties are taking every necessary precaution, in line with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBSCA) guidelines and enhanced by global industry-leading standards, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of our guests are maximised at all times.

“Dreaming of a future, taking the time to explore and learn about new experiences or technologies, finding a new meaningful connection to the environment or community—it’s all possible. Who will we be when we return to a post COVID world? It’s up to us—destiny often lies in the individual’s hands”, says Cindy Sheedy Walker, CEO of Extraordinary Sales and Marketing.

As Extraordinary plays its humble part in helping to rebuild our devastated tourism industry better and stronger than what it was before, we reaffirm our commitment to creating  landmark tourist destinations that will generate sustainable benefits for the local community, for tourism, and for the conservation of our country’s inimitable heritage.

Extraordinary presents a distinctive collection of luxury lodges and hotels in Southern Africa. These destinations include a wide range from Cape Town to private concessions in the Kruger National Park through to the North West and Limpopo safari areas. Extraordinary boasts an impressive client base that extends beyond South Africa into Zimbabwe.

For more information, contact Cindy Sheedy Walker of Extraordinary on Tel: +27 82 779 4479, Email [email protected]