In the 22 years that Sophie Mahlakwane has been part of the Misty Mountain team, she has seen a host of changes. “Misty Mountain is a growing brand,” she says, “it moves with the times!”
One of the introductions she loves is free guest Wi-Fi. “Despite being situated away from towns on a beautiful mountain pass, we have Wi-Fi. Anybody who comes is able to connect to the whole world,” she says.
Sophie started working at Misty Mountain 22 years ago, in 1997, as a kitchen assistant. “She has proven to be a real asset,” says Lisa Sheard, co-owner of Misty Mountain. “She soon became a waitress and then took a position in housekeeping and today she heads up the housekeeping team.”
Sophie, who grew up in Acornhoek, a remote corner of Mpumalanga, says she loves the atmosphere at Misty Mountain, the weather – which is often misty, and the location.
“It is accessible – situated between the two towns of Sabie and Lydenburg – and a good place for people to come and rest.”
Then there is the view! “From the start the beauty made me forget my original home and I feel right at home here. I love the birdlife and the waterfall.”
Situated as it is on the Panorama Route and en route to the Kruger National Park, Misty Mountain welcomes many domestic and international tourists. “I get to meet different people from different cultures and I learn a lot from them, which has made me grow mentally and expanded my general knowledge.”
She says guests love that Misty Mountain offers them a chance to both enjoy both peace and quiet and adventure. “It gives people who are adventurous a chance to reconnect with nature and understand their souls. Plus,” she says, “the food is delicious and multi-cultural.”
In her over two decades at Misty Mountain, she has seen many changes being made. “There has been lots of building, from new rooms, to a conference room, gazebo, pool deck, farmhouse, extended restaurant and a playground for children. Plus we now have quad bikes for guided trails and the Long Tom Toboggan!”
Sophie says she has gained confidence and new skills at Misty Mountain. “I started at the bottom and have moved up. Today I manage my own staff as head of housekeeping and my employers can leave me to get on with the job.”
She says she is thankful for the opportunities she has had to improve her skills set by attending hospitality workshops.
Sophie and the rest of the Misty Mountain team are ready and waiting to welcome the guests who will be taking advantage of the lodge’s 45th birthday special.
It runs from 30 April up to and including 13 June and offers a 45% discount for 45 days of 45th birthday madness.
Visit www.mistymountain.co.za for further information or to secure your booking.