13 Sep Tourism, The Waterberg and Lindani
The focus in this blog would seem appropriate for September being World Tourism Month.
The Waterberg is fast becoming one of South Africa’s prime destinations for both local and overseas tourists. To enable it to take its rightful place alongside the Garden Route, the Drakensberg and Kruger and the Lowveld, the community has recently established a non-profit “Waterberg Tourism” (www.waterbergtourism.com) to provide a range of services to both the hospitality providers and potential visitors alike.
It is dynamically led, has made a flying start – Lindani is already benefiting through staff training – and we are expecting much good news from its efforts. Its home page opens with the following words
“The natural splendour of the Waterberg, with more than 300 days of sunshine each year, fresh air and clean water, is a South African gem. A large variety of attractions, an abundance of wild life and birds, excellent accommodation and activities to suit everyone makes it a perfect destination. And the Waterberg is very accessible especially as it’s only two hours from Pretoria.”
Specific destinations range from big five safaris to camping, from luxury to basic and from upmarket pampering to exciting outdoor adventure. Within this wide range of holiday destinations and making best use of the magnificent topography within which it is situated, Lindani has been carving out its own particular niche since it commenced operations in 1998.
With its eight ‘home from home’ lodges plus a tented camp, all widely scattered over a 3000ha private game farm, Lindani offers complete privacy and comfort plus – and this is key – the opportunity to get out there and explore the wonders of the Waterberg in your own way.
The stunning topography of the Eastern Waterberg in which Lindani is situated provides the opportunity for some of the best mountain biking in the country, rewarding hiking, game viewing, birding and photography.
Thanks to outstanding staff drawn from the local community and valuable feedback from many loyal guests, Lindani has been awarded three certificates of excellence by Tripadvisor (Lindani ranks third in the area), two similar awards by Afristay, a Top Destination award by Sanlam and Conservationist of the Year by the Waterberg Nature Conservancy.
We are looking forward to a very bright tourism future in the Waterberg.
Sam van Coller