We have experienced steady growth in overland visitors. The main reason is our locality in the fork of the N1 and N11, two main routes for travellers to countries in Southern Africa, as well as the north of the Limpopo Province and the Kruger National Park.
Our efforts in maintaining a high standard of hospitality, and appropriate accommodation and campsites, underpinned this growth.
Visitors from Holland and Belgium form a high percentage of our visitors. Two excellent tour operators chose us as the preferred overnight stop for their clients on their way to Botswana.
Marianne and Jan are living in Maun in Botswana and are the owners of the Khuduga Botswana Self Drives. They are a lovely couple and we became good friends over time. Paul Pieterjouw, lives in Holland and is the owner of Bush Call Safaris. He and his sister also became good friends of Thabaphaswa. I am highly impressed with the care these two tour operators take to do their homework and plan the itineraries of their clients.
We are grateful for the fact that more and more overlanders who plan their own trips, started to discover us.
To illustrate the point I want to refer to the following persons that visited us since the beginning of November, this year:
Joachim and Annette from Germany are professional safari guides that make use of Landrover Defenders.
Helmut and Anette lives in the Tyrol part of the Alps in Austria. They run a physiotherapy practice as well as a Lodge. Helmuth is also a guide for rock climbing, hiking and skiing trips. They plan to visit us again during 2020 to bolt difficult new climbs on Thabaphaswa mountain. They store their 4×4 vehicle at a lodge in Midrand because they visit Southern Africa every year.
Ed White and his wife are on a mission to navigate the globe. Ed planned to stay for one night but stayed for three. They drive a Landcruiser Camper that was specially built in Germany. Its dimensions are specific to fit into a container to be shipped to any place in the world. Earlier this year they visited Nepal and crossed the Himalayan Mountains over extremely high passes.
Overlanders from South Africa are also very welcome at Thabaphaswa and we see more and more of them.
It was brought to my attention that many overlanders use the iOverlander App. It can be downloaded for free on your cell phone. It is very useful for travellers in most parts of the globe.
International visitors often book for a Traditional Braai with us. It starts off with a taste of Mopani worms and sorghum beer. The meat includes what is typically South African, sosaties and boerewors. Then there are dishes of the local rural communities such as marogo [African spinach]; run-aways [ Chichen legs], etc. The dessert is melktert