Early morning on 5 February, disaster struck when a devastating fire burnt half of the luxury Tintswalo Atlantic on Chapman’s Peak Drive.
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.
Sadly, this is the second fire in four years. In March 2015 a runaway veld fire destroyed the entire lodge and huge swathes of natural vegetation, homes, and businesses all over the Cape Peninsula.
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.