Wahwahtaysee Resort was started by a local Austin family, Robert Dillard and two of his sons, Sammy and Donny Dillard. Soon after purchasing the property, they learned that the Tonkawa Indians, a friendly tribe who got along well with everyone, previously inhabited the land. The Tonkawa Indians would spend their days fishing in the San Marcos River and picking pecans from the Pecan trees along the river. The first time the Dillard families all camped together, the property was surrounded by fireflies at dusk. They soon named the property Wahwahtaysee Resort, which is Native American for firefly.
From their first time visiting the property, the Dillard family knew it was a special place, and one they wished to share with their children, friends, acquaintances, and soon-to-be friends for generations to come. Their vision was to create a local getaway for their family and friends to experience the great outdoors, while providing all the comforts and luxuries of a five-star resort. After a safari in South Africa, the Dillard family decided that safari tents would perfectly encapsulate the look and feel they wished to create. Guests would enjoy the incredible experience of spending the night in a tent in the middle of nature, with all the comforts of a luxury hotel.
We hope everyone enjoys Wahwahtaysee Resort as much as we do.
- Robert, Sammy, and Donny