Plans for the future include a more streamlined product offering, with a focus on curating a quality, value for money experience for guests. As the gateway to northern Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa is perfectly located to provide access to this iconic destination, with many other attractions within an easy drive from the city. According to MD Joris Bertens, Sefapane is an ideal base, with highly experienced staff, lush, tropical grounds, sparkling pools, a spa, Calabash restaurant and bar and a variety of accommodation and activities on offer.
“Over almost three decades we have put in the hours, built relationships and walked the talk with integrity and passion, making a real and lasting contribution to the economy of Phalaborwa and the tourism industry in Limpopo Province. It’s with this in mind that we retake the reins and get back to the business of giving travellers a taste of Sefapane magic,” he notes.
“The guest experience remains top of mind and we’re working on innovative packages, a revised suite of safaris & activities, and a renewed commitment to sustainability,” concludes Bertens.
From 5 January 2019, Sefapane River Lodge and Tented Camp will cease commercial operations. Bookings up to this date will be honored. “The decision to withdraw these products from the market is part of our strategy to return our focus to our core business; offering a quality, value for money experiences with Phalaborwa as our base,” says Managing Director Joris Bertens. Trade partners and guests will still be able to book full and half day safaris, mountain bike trails, bush braais, breakfasts and walks in Kruger National Park through Sefapane Lodge and Safaris.
As the end of the year approaches, Ecokidz has taken 850 kids into the Kruger National Park! Most of them have never had this opportunity before, despite living in areas close to the park. In addition, we’ve been able to support environmental education at their schools.
This work to future-proof conservation is supported by the Sefapane Foundation and Development Trust, the brainchild of Joris Bertens, MD of Sefapane Lodge and Safaris. Passionate about conservation and children, he says, “we need to get kids into nature, not to entertain young people but to give them a look at their future.”
Having been a major player in the tourism industry in Phalaborwa in South Africa’s Limpopo Province for nearly 30 years, Sefapane’s commitment to educate young people about nature and provide the foundation skills that will prepare them for a future in tourism, conservation or hospitality is well-known. “We have found a way to give back. There is a lot of need, but also a lot of talent,” says Bertens.