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Commercial success from a community partnership with the private sector, at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge in the Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Park World Heritage Site, South Africa

Anna Spenceley, STAND Ltd

Summary

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge (WML) is an 88-bed lodge in the South African section of the Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Park World Heritage Site. WML is a community owned lodge, privately operated by Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD). By providing business acumen, market linkages, and securing investment finance TFPD has transformed a dilapidated community owned lodge into a thriving enterprise. It generates meaningful financial returns for the community owners, and also secure full-time employment for local people. Furthermore, the lodge has been independently certified as a sustainable tourism business by Fair Trade Tourism.

Information

Snyman, S. and Spenceley, A. (2019) Private Sector Tourism in Conservation Areas in Africa, CABI, Chapter 4.3.1, Case study 23: Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, South Africa, pp109-111

10.1079/tourism.2021.0034

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