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    Default Rugged Glen no more.

    Just drove in there to see what it looks like






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    Aag no man, any idea why?
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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    If you can stay at Mahai I cant see why anyone would stay at Rugged.

    I hardly ever saw any campers there - in peak times it was mainly overflow camping when Mahai was full.

    Sad to see but Im hadly surprised.

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    Africa to Ashes
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    Sad man kyk hoe mooi is die wereld daar

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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    When did they take down the trees?

    Used to be 3 sides with lanes of huge pine trees with decent shade.
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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Someone decided that all the pine trees have to be removed from the park. Trees that defined the camping and recreational areas of the park for at least 60 years, maybe more. Because they are not indigenous to the area and use water. So that killed Rugged Glen in one swoop. No trees, no camp.

    Mahai is equally decimated in my opinion. Now a campground of huge stumps.

    I am not going to say anything more.

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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Quote Originally Posted by rob wilson View Post
    Someone decided that all the pine trees have to be removed from the park. Trees that defined the camping and recreational areas of the park for at least 60 years, maybe more. Because they are not indigenous to the area and use water. So that killed Rugged Glen in one swoop. No trees, no camp.

    Mahai is equally decimated in my opinion. Now a campground of huge stumps.

    I am not going to say anything more.
    OK. Thanks. Did they remove the trees at Mahai too? That is really sad.
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    I can't believe that there is not a business opportunity there. It is such a picturesque site.

    The absence of trees shouldn't be a problem - nothin a few shade net structures cannot fix.

    I think there is a lot of potential.
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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Quote Originally Posted by MANDREAS View Post
    I can't believe that there is not a business opportunity there. It is such a picturesque site.

    The absence of trees shouldn't be a problem - nothin a few shade net structures cannot fix.

    I think there is a lot of potential.
    Maybe the occupancy figures do not justify it any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by An3s View Post
    Maybe the occupancy figures do not justify it any more.
    To quote "Field of dreams" - Build it and they will come.
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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Perhaps the gent who went fetch firewood was there.


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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Quote Originally Posted by An3s View Post
    OK. Thanks. Did they remove the trees at Mahai too? That is really sad.
    I believe the Mahai trees were removed because of danger of falling trees / branches. Whether it was justified and proportional I am not qualified to judge.

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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Did have a look on Google about "Rugged Glen"
    Did you know?Rugged Glen Nature Reserve is also one of the most important archaeological areas in the country with sites from the Early, Middle and Late Stone Ages as well as the Late Iron Age, indicative of man's presence over the last million years. .....From a Google article.

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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Quote Originally Posted by An3s View Post
    OK. Thanks. Did they remove the trees at Mahai too? That is really sad.
    The pine trees at Rugged Glen and Mahai were illegal alien species that not only consumed a great deal of water, they were old and getting dangerous with limbs dropping on campers without warning.

    Immediately after the felling Mahai camp looked like a disaster zone but the very active Ezemvelo Honorary Officer group at the camp knew the pines had to be felled and so for several years before grew indigenous trees from seeds harvested within the reserve. For the past 5 or 6 years the HO's have been planting 30 or more of these young trees in the campsite every year and protecting them from frost and browsers.

    The young trees are now getting well established and have changed the face of the campsite.

    If you have not been to Mahai recently then take the time to visit, you will not regret it.

    Rugged Glen though is another story. Cash strapped Ezemvelo just do not have the personnel and resources to maintain the campsite that was only used in peak periods when Mahai was full.

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    Default Re: Rugged Glen no more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bats View Post
    The pine trees at Rugged Glen and Mahai were illegal alien species that not only consumed a great deal of water, they were old and getting dangerous with limbs dropping on campers without warning.

    Immediately after the felling Mahai camp looked like a disaster zone but the very active Ezemvelo Honorary Officer group at the camp knew the pines had to be felled and so for several years before grew indigenous trees from seeds harvested within the reserve. For the past 5 or 6 years the HO's have been planting 30 or more of these young trees in the campsite every year and protecting them from frost and browsers.

    The young trees are now getting well established and have changed the face of the campsite.

    If you have not been to Mahai recently then take the time to visit, you will not regret it.

    Rugged Glen though is another story. Cash strapped Ezemvelo just do not have the personnel and resources to maintain the campsite that was only used in peak periods when Mahai was full.

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