The Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge is a vibrant community-owned project run by the local Sotho community, the Batlokoa.
The Batlokoa community is comprised of Sotho-Tswana peoples who have inhabited this area since the 19th century. Known for their kindness, the Batlokoa welcome hikers, climbers and nature lovers to get to know their culture and backyard.
They invite you to hike the foothills, visit the endangered bearded vultures, and interact with local traders while you stay in their beautiful mountainside chalets.
Community Cooperative started in 1971| Locally Owned with 95% local staff
Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge was originally built in the 1970s as a state enterprise, though former Batlokoa chief Wessels Mota built a stone hut for backpackers on the site in the 1950s. The lodge was gradually given over to the current King of the local Batlokoa community, Morena Mota, in the mid 90s.
The Batlokoa still own the lodge and the bulk of its revenue remains within the community; the Batlokoa also provide the majority of the lodge’s workforce. Any proposals regarding the future of the lodge and the finances garnered by it are relayed to King Mota and his council for discussion before any decisions are taken. Much of the artwork and woven items in the lodge is also made within the local Batlokoa community and Qwa Qwa region.