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posted on 18 September 2015

Get to know the Speakers at ‪#‎RTWeskus‬ Conference 28 September 2015
Name: Lesley Gillett
Organisation/s: Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

Bartholomeus Klip is a beautiful 5 room guesthouse on a large wheat & sheep farm & reserve in the Swartland, and when it first started in 1997, it hadn’t heard of Responsible Tourism. But even so, its values, ethos & mission statement all spoke to the triple bottom line of economic growth, environmental integrity & social justice, and continues to do so today.

At the heart of our business is our commitment to the environment, with the Elandsberg Private Nature Reserve, on which Bartholomeus Klip is situated, being declared a Natural Heritage Site as well as having signed up with Cape Nature’s Stewardship programme to safeguard the reserve in perpetuity. Besides doing educational nature drives for our guests, our rangers are also involved in the reserves Geometric Tortoise headstart project – a means of providing protection & ensuring the survival of this critically endangered tortoise after the devastating fires of 2012. For fun they also get to help with the feeding & care of our disease free buffalo herd.

Our little, unknown business has grown over the past 18 years into a bustling luxurious guesthouse with fantastic staff, an award winning cook book & guests that have formed their own Bartholomeus Klip Appreciation Club for the times they can’t be with us. We will continue to work hard to ensure the business remains sustainable, the staff motivated & empowered, the environment safeguarded & the community support growing, so that our guests can continue to enjoy the amazing experience of great service, friendly smiles, delicious food & refreshing activities that they have come to know & truly appreciate


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Lesley Gillet of Bartholomeus Klip

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