Management couple Cederberg – Cape West Coast
Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge is on 517 hectares of nature reserve in the Cedarberg Mountains and is privately owned. Only 6km off the N7 and 36 km from either Citrusdal or Clan William. . The land adjoins the 85,000 Cederberg Wilderness area. See www.geckocreek.com We currently accommodate 6 in cabins and 18 in tents ( plus own camping ) with further expansion planned. Ablutions are communal ( 2 Blocks – Male / Female – 3 showers & 2 toilets each ).
The lodge has a fully equipped 80sqm Lapa ( gas cookers / fridges / utensils ) as well as a 80sqm Boma for evening fires. In addition there is a 10m x 5m swimming pool and 2 x braai / bar areas. Clientele are mostly foreign tourists and groups as well as local nature orientated people. Weekend packages are being structured to maximise occupancy ( drumming / yoga / workshops / horse-riding etc ). In addition we have a new 13m diameter Marquee permanently erected for functions and workshops. This will be enclosed with its own kitchenette.
We intend bringing in our own horses ( approx 6 ) to offer a combination of hourly rides and weekend packages. Focus will be on creating out rides with sleeping in the wild – true old western style with meals prepared around a campfire. The concept of a mini spa is being looked at where guests can receive massages, manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments. Over the last year we did a test with a resident masseuse which proved to be immensely popular. Gecko Creek is the perfect environment to be massaged and relax thereafter. There is a small shop that will be selling basic necessities as well as gifts ( Gecko branded Kikois, Bandanas, T-Shirts, Bushmen artworks etc ) Once we get our liquor licence we will have a full bar.
Field guided walks will be looked at depending on the qualifications of the management couple. The same applies to potential tours into the Cederberg.
We are only 1 hour drive from Lamberts Bay and the West Coast beaches including the famous Bird Island - Dolphin / Whale watch boats for hire - and the amazing seafood restaurant literally on the beach, called Muisbosskerm. Gecko Creek has become very popular due to a combination of its setting, proximity and the remarkable silence and stars.
We do not allow children under 16 or pets due to the relaxed atmosphere. We are also starting to aggressively market for more workshops – we have had 5 in the last months which turned out extremely successful for Gecko and the participants / workshop leaders.
Weather at Gecko Creek ( average 4 degrees cooler than Clan William ):
Jan – Feb : average 30 – 40 degrees ( on some days can get to 45 in Feb )
Mar – April : average 30 – 35 degrees
May - June : average 20 – 25 degrees
July – Aug : average 12 – 20 degrees
Sept – Oct : average 20 – 25 degrees
Nov – Dec : average 25 – 35 degrees
The heat is a very dry heat – also no Mosquitos, Malaria, Bilharzia - or Crocodiles in the rivers ! Winter rainfall – mainly June to August. Surrounding mountain tops get snow capped between July - August Citrusdal and Clanwilliam are equally 30km from Gecko Creek – doctors, hospitals, supermarkets, restaurants and more. Golf courses in both towns.
Requirements and responsibilities:
Reservations Telephonic and administrative ( Excel, Word, Outlook ) Full Weekly reports of guests, income, sales. Ability to manage website alterations etc Also daily Facebook post / Blog etc Engagement of guests Welcome, assist, inform, offer possible field guide walks General house keeping and daily monitoring. Keeping all areas spotlessly clean – daily checking that the staff are cleaning properly. General maintenance of facilities.
Maintenance / watering of gardens, lawns, pot plants in conjunction with the labourer Be able to repair pipes, cables, woodwork etc to a reasonable degree. Do proper and thorough research on any problems and communicate at all times with us. Avoid external costs / services wherever possible. We do have most workshop tools required.
Weekly shopping for supplies in Clan William in conjunction with your own. Shop sales Gifts / consumables Catering options Potjie in evenings / basic breakfast / light meals or snacks for lunch Daily bread, oil and Balsamic – Pizza – Nachos Advanced making and storage of pre cooked / packed meals for purchase, including Braai packs Bar Rooibos Gluwein / Rooibosquitos ( Tequila from Aloes ) Irish Coffees Beer, wine, spirits etc Complimentary Rooibos Iced or Hot Tea Spa treatments Massage – various styles Pedicure & manicure Additional therapies – Hot Stone therapy / Head massage
Qualifications are not as important as the personality, ability and interest to learn. People skills, outgoing, attention to detail, hospitality, jovial, relaxed yet authoritive. By far the most important is responsibility, integrity and honesty above all. Cooking skills can be learnt as can massage skills. Local environmental knowledge is important but can be learnt. First Aid qualifications are preferred or to be obtained asap. Ability to speak German is helpful.
Couple must be mature and secure in their relationship and comfortable in a wilderness environment. They must have their own reliable transport. One person will be required to stay up late monitoring guests / fire etc until guests have gone to bed – we shut down lights at midnight. Limited consumption of alcohol by management personnel whilst guests are present. General skills preferred Horse skills – preference may be given to experience with and handling of horses. Massage and spa treatments First Aid Basic knowledge of German as it is frequently spoken by guests ( also French, Spanish ). Afrikaans very helpful due to it being the local language.
We are offering a combination of unique business opportunities and a remarkable lifestyle. A small basic salary will be paid as a consultant fee – i.e. as opposed to being employees the couple will be their own business invoicing Gecko Creek for monthly services.
Thereafter the following business opportunities are on offer:
All income from the Bar. This is based on the couple funding there own drink purchases for re-sale. There will be no financial input required beyond that. Possible R2,000 to R6,000 pm
All income from Catering This is based on the couple funding there own food purchases for re-sale, as well as gas refills for cookers. There will be no financial input required beyond that. Possible R3,000 to R6,000 pm
All income from spa treatments will go to the couple – all costs pertaining to this operation will be for the couples account. Possible R3,000 to R8,000 pm
A share of the income between Gecko Creek and the couple depending on time invested. Possible R4,000 to R12,000 pm Boat trips A share of the income between Gecko Creek and the couple depending on time invested Possible R3,000 to R6,000 pm
The package also includes free accommodation in the main cottage - furnished 2 bedroom / lounge / kitchen / shower ) – electricity is included. In terms of leave this would be subject to negotiation. It would be possible to take 2-3 months while we are at Gecko Creek but that would be unpaid. Income from bar, catering, horse riding etc will have to be negotiated based on time input whilst on leave.
We believe the above arrangement creates a situation where everyone benefits and grows together. To be able to have your own business operations without financial input / rental is exceptional. In addition, the quality of the camp is maintained as there is a vested interest by all parties. As occupancy grows so do each of the business models. Bear in mind high season ( Dec to April ) is when most income will be generated. June – August is low season. September is potentially large due to the flower season which we are going to aggressively market. Oct to Nov is mid season. Having said this we believe that horse riding and hiking packages will be popular in the winter if marketed correctly.
The Cederberg is at its most beautiful during winter – green and lots of water. Gecko Creek is growing in occupancy every year – we have been Lonely Planets preferred choice on the West Coast for 4 consecutive years and shown 100% growth in the last year. Living in the wilderness is about the quality of life - not daily traffic jams, crime, spending your money on ‘ BMW’s ‘ and expensive meals and hardly ever living in the present. In addition there is a potential opportunity in the future for a driver ( PDP licensed ) for an 8 seater vehicle, driving clients on weekly West Coast Tours from Cape Town to the Cedarberg.
Please send full CV ( with references and contact details ) as well as photos of yourselves to : E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org We need to fill this position ASAP in the new year. Thank you
· Reference: LS-65396-1804
· Salary: Negotiable
· Country: South Africa
· Province: Western Cape
· Date Posted: 18 Sep 2014
· Employer type: Game Farm & Lodge