Mark, a qualified Chef from Sillwood Kitchens in Cape Town, had been in the Hospitality trade for many years, running hotels and lodges in South Africa and throughout Africa. He also designed Health Spa’s Internationally and a golf course, and does training and consulting in Hospitality.
Karen, was a Business Analyst in the corporate world with Robertsons/Unilever, before running her own Interior Decorating and Home Staging business (Kideco Design and Turn2Sold respectively). She also ran Interior decorating, organising and paint technique courses.
Together they had been doing locum management for both 3 and 4 star hotels, lodges and game lodges (large and intimate lodges); until chosing Wakkerstroom as the destination village for their own venture. DeKotzenhof, their dream officially opened with the first Guests arriving on 13 December 2014, when they had only 2 rooms. Since then another 3 rooms have been added, a shop/deli, restaurant and Putt Putt Course.