What sets Wintershoek apart from similar tour operators and property owners in South Africa is its commitment to working hand-in-hand in uplifting surrounding communities both in terms of employment and wildlife conservation. The environment is both honoured and preserved, with all five lodges in the group having been carefully built around pre-existing trees to secure as small a footprint as possible. In addition to the close relationship with the local community regarding the awareness of conservation; Wintershoek places great emphasis on the youth in terms of education. Wintershoek involvement with local schools and an orphanage has been a rewarding experience for all involved.
Furthermore, the Group has embarked on a successful training program for unemployed adults in the area in various departments of the hospitality industry to assist them in gaining the necessary skills to find employment. Wintershoek remains dedicated to this fruitful relationship. Support of local art also plays a significant role, with impressive South African paintings being celebrated on a gallery display wall in the communal area of Wag ‘n Bietjie Lodge.
Community staff are also trained at Thuru Lodge, which uses the heavenly aromas and herbal purity of the unique Kalahari body range to create a mesmerising and innovative body and sense-soothing safari, replicating the earthy scents and the awe-inspiring wonder of this most profound continent. Overall, the Wintershoek Group meets the sustainable tourism expectations of the most discerning of ecotourists. Travel. Enjoy. Respect.