In line with its commitment to support small business development, Eskom Development Foundation visited Lion’s Rest Game Lodge and Thathel Agriculture in Tweeling, Free State on 27 and 28 June 2018. Both businesses were finalists in the 2016 Eskom Business Investment competition (BIC). The purpose of the visit was to see how the businesses had been performing since participating in the competition.
Lion’s Rest Game Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, a venue for weddings and conferences, a health and wellness spa as well as a taste of wildlife with a selection of animals. The game lodge is a haven of tranquility and its staff complement of three ensures that guests enjoy the best service for a memorable time.
Owner, Ethel Masihleho, who took early retirement from her government job to focus on the lodge full time, uses her culinary passion to personally prepare meals for guests. The animals that visitors can see on the game drive include lions, wildebeests, zebras, blesboks, springboks, sables and ostriches.
“Since we started operating in 2011, the lodge has seen the number of visits grow and we now have day guests for lunch and game drives. Participating in the BIC helped us in marketing the business. The networking opportunities provided by the platform and the Small Business Expo in particular, assisted us in making more potential guests aware of the game lodge and our other services,” says Ethel.
Article by Nicholas Munzhedzi