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 Post subject: Re: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:52 am 
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Can you please direct me to an Internet location where I can read up on these tanks, and the purification process?


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 Post subject: Re: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
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 Post subject: Re: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
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 Post subject: Re: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
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Thanks DuQues! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Golden Gate report back
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Hi all.
Just spent 3 nights/4 days at Golden Gate for the first time (14-17 August 2009). Stayed at the Highlands Mountain Retreat in the smaller 2 sleeper chalets.
Here are the basic points:
- The resort is a great experience and wonderfully located (and accessible by any type of car in good running order). However the chalets show some neglect regarding maintenance (which is a pity) and are not as luxurious as some internet sites make it sound. But they are nice basic accommodation and provide a nice atmosphere. They are well serviced.
- In cold windy weather the air coming in through the gaps between some logs and door/window frames (which are quite substantial) can be felt quite clearly but this is part of the fun of being in the mountains! (In the meantime they have double glazing on all windows. Figure that!!).
- The beds are very short!! (But they have electric blankets).
- Carrying luggage to the chalets can provide you with a good session of physical exercise if you have heavy luggage!
- I noticed that most people use this resort as an overnight stopping place. The staff seemed surprised that we stayed for so long!
- Chalet number 7 has a sewerage pump/plant underneath (of all places to put it!!). When we arrived on Friday the sewerage smell was heavily noticeable and we reported it to management. They promptly responded and allowed us to move to another chalet (more physical exercise) which was a bit inconvenient. But we could not stay there under the circumstances. Nevertheless, and in spite of having told us that they are aware of this problem, they booked someone else into this chalet the next day!
- They provide you with 2 bags of fire wood every day. A nice touch.
- If you plan to catch up on your reading at night bring your own reading light. But if you're after a romantic weekend, then it's great!
- At this time of the year the whole area around the resort had been burnt. It was not very nice but I guess it is unavoidable.
- The staff is very friendly and respond to requests.
All in all a beautifull place, and Golden Gate provides great walks, from easy to not so easy. The area is beautiful. I will be back but allowing for the points mentioned above. Sorry if I overextended myself.
Hope this is useful.
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 Post subject: Re: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
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Thanks guys, I read the article and the some of the references Wikipedia refers to.

Though it makes it understandable I will not deny my dissapointment in the look, smell and possible immediate and indirect effects on the environment.

Thanks for your responses.


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate report back
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Thanks cuca :thumbs_up:
I am going there in 3 weeks :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate report back
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Thanks Cuca! Duques and I will be there in September so that info is handy.


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate report back
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Thanks!
Somehow I think I'll make sure that #7 is not the one we'll get. ;)
Which one would you prefer, for 2 people?
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I am going there in 3 weeks :D :D

:hmz: 14-18 september maybe? Can't see it here?

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate report back
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12-14 September :D :D

I PM'd Jazil my dates so they should be there soon.
I'll be looking for your yellow ribbon on the 14th!!
Wishing you the best of times DuQues and Guinea Pig :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate report back
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Cuca, thank you for your report :thumbs_up:
We used to go fairly regularly when my children were very young. It is an ideal getaway for young children. Many of the walks are gentle enough for them to manage. It also has the bluest skies I have ever seen in my life in winter.

You are spot on about the cold. Unless you have spent time in the Free State, you do not know how biting the cold can be in winter. The frost never seemed to melt in some shady areas.

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate report back
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Hi all
Sorry for not having replied soon, especially to Duques.
The chalet closest to the parking area is number 5 (less exercise to carry luggage) but apart from number 7 (I presume they will solve the problem soon anyway) they are all fine. I believe a bit of uphill walking with luggage is healthy :mrgreen:
By the way the prices are going up steeply as from the 1st of September and I feel they will be a bit too high considering that some maintenance to the chalets is needed. But still a nice location.

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate report back
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Thanks Cuca!

I'll make a few photos for the next visitors, showing the layout (if possible).

And yes, lugging luggage up steep hills is good for the body, I hope GP has enough muscles. :twisted:

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 Post subject: Fire at Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp
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In the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, September 2009) a fire raged at the rest camp of the Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Nine of the 24 units in the rest camp have been destroyed by this fire, the cause of which is as yet unknown.

Park Manager, Johan Taljaard said that the fire seems to have begun between 02h00 and 03h00. The current unconfirmed observations indicate that the fire started among the units on the left hand side of the camp between the road and the reception area. “It is not clear how this fire started and we will have to wait for the results of the forensic investigation report,” said Taljaard. He also confirmed that the rest camp will be closed until further notice, but the other areas of the Village, like the museum, will still be operational.

The Basotho Cultural Village saw its first visitors from December 2008 and has been a popular attraction for visitors to Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The rest camp has been fully booked for the upcoming holiday on the 24th of September and SANParks will be contacting all affected clients to either arrange alternative accommodation in the park or to reschedule their bookings.

SANParks apologises for the inconvenience caused to its valuable clients, due to this unfortunate and unforeseen occurrence, and will be consistently updating the public as progress is made.


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 Post subject: Re: Fire at Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp
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Oh NO!!!!! This place was not yet finished when we visited ...but was looking as if it had great potential....

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