Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

in Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa

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.

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Style

Connect with Nature, Comfortable Stay and Off the Beaten Path

Price

$35-72 /person/night
Prices vary depending on accommodation from cabin to chalet.

Location

Rural Communities

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Locally Owned Community Cooperative
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Why Lokal Recommends Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

Background

Community Cooperative started in 1971| Locally Owned with 95% local staff

A Unique Story

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.

Community Connection

Witsieshoek is owned by the local community, and employment is prioritized locally. The Lodge also supports local small business operators who offer adventure activities in the area.

Environmental Engagement

Witsieshoek provides a safe feeding site for the endangered Bearded Vultures that live in the area. The Lodge is in a Transfrontier Conservation Area, and has a low-impact footprint on the surrounding area. Guests are offered outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing.

Culture

Witsieshoek is run by the local Sotho people, and their traditions of dress and decor are spread through the Lodge. In addition, 1% of accommodation turnover is given annually to the TFPD Foundation which supports local charity requirements and offers educational fund support.

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Location

The address is: End R57, Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa
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