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Wolwekloof Resort Receives R3.7 Million Upgrade to Enrich Historical Tourism

Published December 27, 2023
7 months ago

CapeNature, the biodiversity conservation authority of the Western Cape, has recently taken over the newly upgraded facilities of Wolwekloof Resort, located near Ceres in the Witzenberg Municipality. This historical site, with its first visitors welcomed back in 1978, was considered a sanctuary by the Cape Flats communities and people of color during the apartheid era. After changing hands and purposes over the years, the resort has now seen a significant investment from the department to rejuvenate it as an attractive tourist destination.

The R3.7 million rejuvenation project is a well-thought initiative to restore the resort to its historical prominence and offer improved experiences for visitors, ultimately contributing to the national and provincial tourism strategies. This venture aligns with CapeNature's decade-long focus on the burgeoning eco-tourism sector, creating both income for biodiversity conservation and jobs for locals.

What tourists can expect upon the public launch in 2024 are enhanced picnic areas, new walkways, and refurbished swimming pools, offering a serene nature retreat. Visitors can proudly engage with a site that holds deep cultural significance, while also enjoying the natural beauty of the region.

The partnership between the National Department of Tourism (NDT) and CapeNature is one of five such collaborations. It’s an effort that, according to Dr. Razeena Omar, CEO of CapeNature, will reposition Wolwekloof as a sparkling tourism gem. Investments of this nature not only develop the local infrastructure but also demonstrate the importance of preserving the rich history of South Africa.

The National Department of Tourism's commitment is evident, as the funding is part of broader initiatives including the maintenance of provincial state-owned assets. In 2020, the partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa began to oversee various infrastructure projects, promoting maintenance, and beautification under the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme.

Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille underlined the necessity of the tourism sector, contributing billions to the economy and creating jobs. The Wolwekloof Resort project is an example of their continued efforts to attract more international tourists, which in turn fosters investment and employment.

Fondly used by the community, repurposed by the government, and transformed into a fire training center, Wolwekloof's journey is a story of resilience and rebirth. CapeNature's dedication to reopening it as a contemporary tourist attraction, while maintaining its historical essence, will offer a refreshing slash amidst the Cape's rich tapestry of travel treasures.

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