Matatane River Lodge weekend – 27 April – 1 May
Join us for a rock–star party in the bush
This is an extra-long weekend, incorporating 2 public holidays: Thursday 27th to Monday 1st (4 nights, 5 days). It is a combined trip inviting the 4 Wheel Drive Club (the bush), the KZN Geological Society (the rocks) and the Durban Branch of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (the stars). Dr Riaan Botha will guide geological drives / walks to various interesting geological features in the area while some of the amateur (but very clued up) astronomers will bring their telescopes along for evening viewing. I have already put in the requisition for terrific weather – it will be new moon on 26thso nice and dark & miles from nowhere; fingers crossed for no cloud. You don’t need a telescope to see the stars; eyes and binoculars can do the job too so bring a good pair of binocs (doubles for those birds). Mars and Jupiter will be loitering about then so maybe you’ll get to see some of Jupiter’s moons.
The rock–star side of things will be very informal – there is no fixed programme and folks are free to come and go, join us or not, cruise the reserve, go game viewing or bird watching, swim, sit under a tree andveg, whatever.
They have 7 open plan chalets – 1 double bed + 2 singles (all in one room) with a bathroom (there is only a curtain as the bathroom door so ideally you need to know the people you are sharing withwell J). Bed linen is provided – bring own towels. Use the communal kitchen and other facilities.
Non-designated camp sites accommodate caravans or tents. There are some electrical connections. You are welcome to camp for shorter periods over the weekend if you can’t get away for the full time.
- Well-equipped communal kitchen (microwave, stove, 4 fridges, deep freeze, pots, pans, kettle, etc.).
- Separate ablutions for camp site (adjacent kitchen); showers and toilets.
- Communal paved braai and outside eating area + indoor dining area with tables and chairs.
- Fire pit – wood supplied.
- There is a swimming pool and river – bring costume.
- TV – it is the middle of the rugby season after all.
Check out their facebook page – ‘matataneriverlodge’
The signposted reserve entrance is at [ 28° 13’ 25.46” S, 31° 10’ 16.39” E ] which is 57km north west of Melmoth on the tarred R34 and about 330km from Durban. The internal access road to the lodge is apparently passable by sedans with some clearance (slowly).
Costs & Booking
Chalet : R600/night for 1 – 4 people (R2,400.00 for 4 nights for up to 4 people)
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED – Chalet bookings must be for all four nights
Camping :R175 per person per night – shorter stays no problem
Email bookings to Debbie.Abel@nashuaisp.co.za with your contact number. Once availability of a chalet has been confirmed a 50% deposit secures your booking; deposits paid by 28 February, balance of payment for chalets by 31 March 2017. Please indicate your intention to camp as soon as possible – if there is a big response from the 3 groups we may need to limit numbers. Full camping fees to be paid by 31 March2017.
Contact Debbie (cell 083 326 4084) with queries.
All payments made to :
Four Wheel Drive Club of SA
First National Bank
Branch Code 220426
Account No. 62065808150
Reference : Matatane + name
Email proof of payment toDebbie.Abel@nashuaisp.co.za