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 Post subject: Darlington Dam
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:21 pm 
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I was very fortunate to spend the weekend in the Darlington Dam area doing HR duty this past weekend.

Are you looking for a remote, peaceful and really beautiful part of SANParks to visit? Then this is a place for you.

Had good animal sightings - black wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and smaller creatures. The bird life on the dam looks amazing - did not get close enough to appreciate it fully.

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Looks like a lovely open area where you can breathe and take in the beauties of nature! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Looks beautiful Deebs and especially love your sunset photo! :clap:
Seems its the place to be to 'find yourself' again :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Looks beautiful DB :thumbs_up: What accommodation do they offer, or is it only camping? Don't know much about that new section, only that it is there! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Indeed looks wonderful peacefully :thumbs_up:

Lovely landscape impressions too :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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carolynn wrote:
...What accommodation do they offer, or is it only camping? Don't know much about that new section, only that it is there! :)


You can camp in the campsite shown in DB's pics (with small basic ablution block) or next to the dam on the western shore (no ablutions) or there are two fisherman's cottages available (each sleep four people). The cottages are also very basic but have bedding, cutlery/crockery etc., electricity and bathroom. You book these through Addo reception (Tel 042 2338619) or addoenquiries@sanparks.org

Then, there's also the more luxurious Darlington Lake Lodge if you prefer a bit of comfort. They take guests out on boat cruises on the dam and game drives.

The Darlington Dam area has no developed tourist road network yet. Fishing is allowed on the dam - indigenous fish species must be released while non-indigenous species such as carp, barbel and tilapia can be taken out.

You can also start the 4x4 trail which travels over the Zuurberg mountains to Kabouga (Kirkwood) from here.

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Thanks so much for the info Megan, are there any photos of the two fishermans cottages anywhere on the website? Do you know the rates for them? :)

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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carolynn wrote:
Do you know the rates for them? :)

While you're waiting for Megan, Carolynn, I see the tariff sheet for 2009/2010 says:
Darlington Dam - 4 bed rustic Fishermans Hut - 1-4 people - R220.

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Hi Carolyn,

I have a couple of pics I took over the weekend. The fisherman's cottages are directly opposite the campsite. There are 3 (?) to a building. Ours was very comfortable. 2 beds are in a separate room, two beds in the main area with a table and benches, the kitchen had a fridge, stove plates, kettle, sink and basic utensils, and the bathroom has a shower (hot water). There is a braai area outside.

Basic but clean and comfy!

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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DB and ag, thank you for the info - looks like a nice place to try for an night or two - hopefully last question - how do you get there? :)

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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They look and sound a lot more civilised than the description of "rustic Fishermans Hut" suggests!

On checking again here, the R220 rate I gave seems to be for 2008/09, not 2009/10 as I said. Sorry to mislead you. :redface:

Can't find any directions I'm afraid.

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Hi Forumites. i am wanting to go on the 4x4 trail from Kabouga to Darlington dam in my Nissan 4x4 xtrail diesel. is this route ok for this type of vehicle. Looking at the pics and knowing my grandmother traveled this route by ox wagon i am anxious to try it. Will be going in March.
if you have been on this route please let me know, we are staying at Addo so it will be a day excursion, i intend taking loads of pics.
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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Hi

searched for weeks and cant find directions to the dam

can anyone tell me the best road from pe in an old road car

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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Easiest road is up the N10 and then left along the R400.

Best road is the slow road over the Zuurberg pass on the R336.

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 Post subject: Re: Darlington Dam
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The easiest way to access Darlington is via the N10 and then turn off at Ann's Villa. Follow the signs towards Kuzuko and then the signs to darlington section, Addo Elephant National Park. This will bring you in on the eastern side of the dam.

An alternative route is via the R75, then turn off at the Waterford sign. Follow the road and at the T-junction turn right (left goes to Somerset East). Then follow the signs towars Darlington Lake Lodge. This will bring you in on the western side of the dam. The ranres quarters and fisherman's cottages are just before the drift crossing the Sundays River, near the dam wall.

The roads are all grave, of varying condition and you should travel carefully, especially in a car. There are no tourist road loops (like can be found in the main area of the Park).

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