Following a devastating fire on the 5th of February which destroyed half of the hotel, it was announced that Tintswalo Atlantic will reopen for business no later than the 1st of October 2019.
Many will remember when the lodge burnt down in March 2015 when a runaway veld fire destroyed natural areas, businesses and homes. However, the fire that took place in February was caused by kitchen equipment failure. Thankfully all guests and staff were evacuated safely, but the fire burnt down the main lodge bar, kitchen, dining room and lounge areas, as well as one of the 11 guest suites.
The staff on duty did their best to fight the fire in the early hours of the morning, after the early-alert fire system had gone off. The fire department arrived shortly afterwards and, with the help of a firefighting helicopter, contained the fire within a couple of hours.
Goosen says: ‘Like the fynbos plant, the fire lily (Cyrtanthus ventricosus) which flowers miraculously within days after a veld fire, the Tintswalo team is resilient. This second fire was a huge set-back, but we have once again dusted ourselves off and are focusing on the rebuild and rebirth of Tintswalo Atlantic, and look forward to welcoming guests back by October (2019).’