As we approach the end of the year it is time to take a brief glance back at what we have done recently. To be honest 2015 has been a year of ups and downs and has seen some changes here at the Lodge.
There is a rather fitting philosophy which is worth mentioning. It is the story behind the Buffalo Thorn (Ziziphus Mucronata). This Zulu story tells us that at each turning point in our lives we must look to the future but not forget our past. This is depicted by the straight thorn (looking to the future) and the hooked thorn (remembering the past and where we’ve come from) which are positioned at each point where the branch changes direction. 2015 has taught us all lessons and has certainly been a year that can be referred to as a turning point on the the Lodge’s branch.
We are, now more than ever, looking to the future. But we are still very much the lodge we have always been, the values and the feel of the place remain the same.
Despite the severe drought and unpredictable weather the Lodge has undergone a facelift and a reinvention. It has shifted away from the all-too-overdone big five safari and has moved towards a holistic, wellness based ideology which emphasizes deeper connection, meaning and appreciation. This is most clearly seen in our Yoga weekends, Mountain Bike weekends, Meditation Walks and immersive Sand Forest walks.
Our vision is to see opportunity where others have not and embark on a journey to take the Lodge somewhere different, somewhere new. The response has been most encouraging with guests commenting on the new ethos very favorably.
In today’s fast pace and ever changing world it seems people are looking more for the authentic, an experience they can feel. At the Lodge we have soul, family, time and space.
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