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West Coast National Park

Overview: Duinepos community based tourism project

Duinepos Chalets is a community-based project brought to life in 2005 as part of the sustainable livelihoods programof the South African department of environmental affairs and tourism.

During the first phase 8 old houses previously occupied by staff of the West Coast National Park were restored, the service infrastructure was upgraded, the area was landscaped and locals were recruited to manage the project.

The second phase of the project has now also been completed, by adding a swimming pool, boma (out-door recreational area), and 3 additional chalets to the facilities. For this phase an eco-friendly approach was taken, a local crew was empowered to build using the sand bag method.

More than 3 years later the success story provides a 3 star accommodation that blends in with West Coast fynbos. It is here where nature lovers form all over the world come to recharge their spirits.