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eBundu Lodge

What does your company do?

eBundu Lodge is a multiple award-winning lodge situated on the R40 between Nelspruit and White River. Our Nelspruit accommodation options include 102 standard, family, luxury and executive rooms, outdoor pools, a well-known restaurant, an outdoor boma, conferencing for up to 350 guests and a selection of wedding venues and reception areas. The business has recently added 10 rooftop Glamping rooms as well as a Spa.

What is your biggest success?

The thrill of taking on a giant that had reached stagnation and beginning to decline in its lifecycle. Rebranding, Innovating and breathing new life to this business was the biggest success. The business is 100% inline with the South African demographics. It employs 60% Females and majority of the workforce is the youth.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Organisational culture. Buying an existing business means onboarding the good and the bad. Being a radical millennial from a fast paced city Inheriting staff from a business that is 30 years old saw a lot of resistance to change. The biggest hurdle but most fulfilling.

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