About TFPD

Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD) is a consortium of like-minded associates who are business-oriented social entrepreneurs.  We are well-qualified with in-depth experience in finance, marketing, safari activities and hospitality management.

Working in Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Peace Parks and adjacent areas, we are passionate about the development of a viable and sustainable tourism industry that balances the needs of the local community with those of nature.

Our commitment is to the creation of a sustainable business model that becomes an asset for the local communities. We believe that this can be achieved when:

  • • All actions are based on respect for nature and people
  • • Business is managed with sound financial principles
  • • The needs of the local communities, and their development, are given priority
  • • Resources are used carefully, sustainably and never to the detriment of nature.

We develop and manage world-class, community-owned tourist destinations that benefit the local communities. Our tourist destinations and activities in Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Peace Parks and Limpopo Province  are environmentally sustainable and ecologically sound.

 What we do

We identify opportunities with Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Parks and Conservation areas to create or re-develop tourist-based businesses

  • • We bring together the teams to design and construct the Lodge
  • • We develop and execute a marketing plan that includes both international, trade and local marketing, media, public relations and advertising
  • • We identify the staffing requirements, hire and train the people
  • • We remain responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Lodge
  • • We run a central reservations facility, with online access
  • • We maintain full financial control of development and operational funds
  • • We keep a formal and informal channel of communication with the officials of the local community
  • • We identify and support local social development projects, and leverage the support of our guests.

Current operations

 !Xaus Lodge opened in July 2007, and with only 24 beds, !Xaus Lodge has generated more than R7,5 million in income for the Gordonia area. Owned by the ‡Khomani San and Mier communities, and hailed by tourism authorities as a flagship destination, the economic value of !Xaus Lodge lies in the ethical business principles that generate a steady and growing income for the community owners and the area. Winner of the 2010 Imvelo Awards for Responsible Tourism (Best Practice Economic Impact).  

Machampane Wilderness Camp  is the only private concession in the Mozambique sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Since opening in January 2007, the camp has borne the cost of being the only private destination marketed in this part of Mozambique.  The opening of the Giriyondo border post, which created a route between southern Mozambique and South Africa’s northern provinces, is helping grow the awareness of this tranquil destination.

Great Limpopo Wilderness Camps & Trails provide tourists and locals looking for soft adventure with unprecedented opportunities to explore an untamed wilderness. Operating in both the Mozambique sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park,  as well as in South Africa on the western borders of Kruger National Park, we are able to offer unique wilderness hiking, backpacking & fishing, canoe and 4×4 Trails.  Our service ethos means that a high level of personalisation is possible for trailists, something that is highly sought after in this market.

African Ivory Route comprises 10 fascinating destinations in Limpopo Province.  4 of the camps are in reserves on the western side of Kruger National Park, 4 of the cultural camps are within an hour of Kruger, and 2 camps are in the Waterberg/Blouberg  area. Each destination comprises 5 x 2-bed units and is owned by it’s local community.  TFPD’s mandate is to re-develop the destinations to a standard that will attract adventure travellers.

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge  is an iconic South African destination. Started in the 1970s, and owned by the Batlokloa community, the Lodge is a Development Project for TFPD. With donor funds committed, the project is currently in a redevelopment phase. Current work onsite include both the revamping of the existing infrastructure, as well as the creation of additional facilities. Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge is open for business, and is fully booked most week-ends.

 Moonglow Guest House provides 4-Star bed & breakfast accommodation and is situated on the slopes of the mountain overlooking False Bay and Simon’s Town. On the Cape Point Route close to the penguins of Boulders and Cape Point, it has easy access to Cape Town. Local attractions include a township tour, material printing factory and a seaweed vuvuzela factory. Individually decorated rooms are all en-suite and have sea views. A full English breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the bay.

New projects in final contracting phases

Awelani Lodge is situated 12kms from Kruger’s Pafuri Gate. A new venture for the Mutele Community, this self-catering lodge has yet to be opened.