Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

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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 (son of Wessels Mota), in the mid 90s.

It was officially made a community asset by the state in 2000. Management challenges prompted the Traditional Council of the Batlokoa under their leader, Morena Mota, to enter into an agreement with Transfrontier Park Destinations (TFPD) in 2010 as management and marketing operators.

With their focus on the development of a viable and sustainable tourism industry that balances the needs of the local community with those of nature, TFPD now manages Witsieshoek and the surrounding land and tourism activities on behalf of the Batlokoa community. The Batlokoa still own the lodge and the bulk of its revenue remains within the community; the Batlokoa also provide the majority of the lodges 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.
"Best view"
07 Mar 2017
By Bradley Nestadt
"Super spotFriendly and helpful staff.Nice vibe Note that overseas Internet bookings are quite a bit more expensive"
"Ideal location for perfect hikes"
21 Aug 2016
By Verena, Austria
"New bungalows are very nicely equipped, excellent bed, unfortunately only one armchair for sitting, no sitting area outside.Restaurant ok, very nice lounge and bar area, good breakfast, wlan against payment."
"Great location"
27 Oct 2015
By Iris, Germany
"Wonderful rooms with stunning view on the amphitheatre. Spacious room and bathroom, good restaurant and breakfast. We enjoyed our stay verymuch !"
"Unpretentious old-school hospitality"
24 Feb 2015
By Julie, South Africa
"A beautiful location, with lots of walking, birding and photography opportunities. Very helpful staff, and the chalets have everything you need, if you want to genuinely get away from it all."
"Great service"
23 Dec 2014
By manali, South Africa
"Beautiful scenery, very friendly people, great service! Rooms not as clean as it can be: lots of cobwebs and insects in the window panes."
"Good stay for peace of mind"
16 Sep 2014
By Leah, South Africa
"The place is very nice,staff is so friendly and understanding. The food is so delicious and neat I put my hat down for the catering. ."
"Too short"
10 Jul 2013
By Lou-Lloyd, South Africa
"My wife and I loved the place, we can't wait to stay in the new luxury houses. We will definitely go back and hope to get some snow on the way and do the hike and some mtb'n."
"An old haunt re-visited"
19 May 2013
By Judy, Swaziland
"We first stayed at Witsieshoek in 1990, in the room that's now roofless and derelict. We would love to see that space renovated! The place remains as charming as ever and the new units are looking good. We had a lovely visit over our three days. The staff were friendly and extremely accommodating and did their best to ensure we got wonderful pictures of two bearded vultures. We will be back!"
21 Feb 2013
By Angeline, South Africa
"People are very friendly. Mountain view is beautiful."