It was a shock to wake up to the news that the main restaurant, lounge, and kitchen building caught fire earlier this morning at Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge, the Boutique Hotel beautifully located at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, and looking onto The Sentinel mountain in Hout Bay. It is the second fire at the lodge in four years. This follows the devastating fire on Lion’s Head just over a week ago.
Tintswalo Lodges PR Consultant Janie van der Spuy of Five Star PR sent me this media release, with the latest update about the fire at the Lodge, which started at 4h00 this morning:
For immediate release
TINTSWALO ATLANTIC FIRE
The fire in the main lodge area of Tintswalo Atlantic has been contained and the guest rooms were not affected. All guests and staff were safely evacuated.
At approximately 04:00 on 5 February 2019, the early-alert fire system was activated indicating fire in the main lodge area. Staff on duty fought the fire while the emergency services were called. The fire department arrived shortly after and guests and staff were safely evacuated. Guests were relocated to the nearby Hout Bay Manor Hotel.
The fire department is still on site and it is not known yet what the extent of the damage to the main lodge is, but guest rooms were not affected.
The previous fire at Tintswalo Atlantic
On 2 March 2015, a day many Capetonians remember vividly, a massive veld fire devastated huge swathes of natural vegetation, homes, and businesses all over the Cape Peninsula – among them Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge on Chapman’s Peak. The owners did not let this devastating loss dampen their spirits however – instead, through sheer determination and with the incredible help and support from staff, neighbours and local businesses, they went on to rebuild the lodge within only eight months, to open in October 2015. The rebuild was an opportunity to breathe new life into the property, creating an even better experience for guests’.
The cause of the Tintswalo fire appears unknown, and it would not appear as if it was caused by any vegetation fire surrounding the Lodge. I will update this Blogpost as soon as new information is available. Just ten days ago a media group was invited to enjoy cocktails and canapés at Tintswalo Atlantic, a lovely event.
On Sunday 27 January Lion’s Head was ravaged by a fire burning on both its west and east sides, above Fresnaye and Tamboerskloof, respectively. It was caused by a fire staring on Signal Hill, fanned by a very strong South-Easter which blew until the early hours of the morning. I was enthralled yet devastated at the speed at which the fire climbed up the mountain. The fire speed slowed down after the wind stopped blowing, and at 6h30 the following morning two helicopters water bombed the fire, bringing it to an end, as per the main photograph above. Further massive fire devastation has been experienced in the Overstrand area, in Betty’s Bay in particular, and in Grabouw, near the Houw Hoek Inn, since the beginning of this year.
We are constantly grateful to the firefighters who do such a wonderful job to contain fire damage to humans and their properties, as well as to the environment.
POSTSCRIPT 5/2: We have received a follow-up media release from the Tintswalo PR agency Five Star PR. Good news is that the main lodge will be rebuilt:
For immediate release
TINTSWALO ATLANTIC ASSESS DAMAGE AFTER DEVASTATING FIRE
The owners of Tintswalo Atlantic is assessing the damage to the resort on Chapman’s
All guests and staff were safely evacuated after the early-alert fire system was activated at 04:00, indicating fire in the main lodge area. Staff on duty fought the fire while the emergency services were called in. The fire department arrived shortly after and with the help of a firefighting helicopter, managed to contain the fire within a few hours.
The structure and contents of the main lodge area, including the lounge, dining room and public areas were destroyed completely. The Zanzibar suite, one of the 12 guest rooms, and the room closest to the public areas, was also severely damaged by the fire. Fortunately, with the successful containment of the fire the other 11 guest suites were not affected.
After the fire department has completed its report a forensic investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this stage. Access to the site is difficult and dangerous due to fire debris and will be restricted while the investigation is ongoing.
Lisa Goosen, CEO of Tintswalo Lodges, says that the owners and staff of Tintswalo are distraught about the fire, the second in four years. In 2015 (2 March), the entire lodge was wiped out by a runaway veld fire which destroyed huge swathes of natural vegetation, homes, and businesses all over the Cape Peninsula. Through sheer determination and with the help and support from staff, neighbours and local businesses, the lodge was rebuilt in eight months, to re-open in October 2015.
Goosen says: ‘This second inferno is an enormous setback, but the Tintswalo family is determined to have the lodge rebuilt to welcome our guests back as soon as possible. We have lost some buildings, but our biggest asset is and has always been our loyal staff, whom we will retain to the best of our abilities to help rebuild the lodge – a process which we estimate will take about five months. Forward bookings during the rebuild period will be moved to other hotels in the area.
She concluded to say: ‘On behalf of the Corbett
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About Tintswalo Atlantic
Renowned as one of Cape Town’s most precious hidden gems, Tintswalo Atlantic is a five-star boutique lodge nestled on a pebbled beach at the foot of the ocean-facing Table Mountain National Park. The award-winning property is blessed with panoramic views of the picturesque Hout Bay Harbour, dramatic Sentinel mountains peak, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
About Tintswalo Lodges
Tintswalo Lodges is an exquisite collection of five family-owned and run properties situated in unique locations within South Africa. Perched on a pebbled beach at the foot of the Table Mountain National Park, directly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the award-winning Tintswalo Atlantic boutique lodge is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most precious hidden gems. Sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, Tintswalo Safari Lodge sits on the pristine Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, home to some of South Africa’s best game viewing. Within this property, Tintswalo Manor House offers a luxurious, fully-catered villa for families or friends looking for a tailor-made stay. New additions to Tintswalo’s collection of luxury lodges and boutique hotels include Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa in Cape Town, located on Boulders Beach with its world-famous colony of endangered African penguins. Luxury tented camp Tintswalo Lapalala Wilderness offers a family-friendly safari experience in an expansive, pristine private reserve within the malaria-free Waterberg region (Limpopo province).
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