Gwe Gwe Lodge is situated within the Mkambati Nature Reserve, between Port Edward and Port St Johns on the shores of what is known locally as the “Wild Coast”. The lodge and guests villas are built right on the beach and along the coastline of this unique reserve. Three or more nights are strongly recommended, as this is an ideal place to relax and unwind whilst enjoying what the reserve has to offer.
Project Name: Gwe Gwe Lodge
Country: South Africa
Project & Services: Accommodation
Details of Opportunity:
Located on the coast of north-eastern Phondoland in the Eastern Cape, Mkhambathi Nature Reserve occupies almost 8000 hectares, with open grasslands accentuated by patches of indigenous coastal forest.
In the gorges and wetlands, swamp forests are flanked by the Msikaba and Mthentu rivers. Grasslands cover a large portion of the reserve and support a fascinating and diverse flora andfauna. These include large numbers of plains game such as eland and red hartebeest and a wide range of bird species, some of which are rare and found only in this area. Secluded beaches and spectacular waterfalls such as Strandloper and Mkhambathi Falls are key attractions for visitors, who arrive via Port St Johns or Flagstaff, and have the option of arrival by air via Mkhambathi’s airstrip.
Gwe Gwe Lodge is situated within the Mkhambathi Nature Reserve, between Port Edward and Port St Johns on the shores of what is known locally as the “Wild Coast”.
The lodge and guest villas are to be built right on the beach and along the coastline of this unique reserve. Development of a 20 – 48 bed 4 star resort has been proposed. The project seeks to influence the emergence of SMMEs in the context of tourism development in the area, maximise job creation, forge Private Public Partnerships and address poverty alleviation.
Feasibility/ Financial Projections:
A feasibility study for tourism development at Mkhambathi Nature Reserve has been completed and identifies the value of tourism development in five nodes across three areas.