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    Default Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    The world renowned conservationist, the late Dr Ian Player, was once asked where he would want to spend his last day on earth and he said "Cape Vidal , nowhere else?"
    Well Dr Player would turn around in his grave if he were to see what is going on at Cape Vidal.
    I am emotionally very attached to this place , have been camping there since 1980's, my wife grew up there , we got engaged on the beach halfway to Levin point.

    I just came back from camping at Vidal. This camp is falling apart, luckily the controlling authority (rather say non controlling) cannot bugger up the sea and beach, but the rest they have already done.

    Vidal is dirty, soiled, grubby, grimy, filthy, messy , polluted "die plek is sif"
    The ablutions at least get swept,but no cleaning is done, soap scum in showers , old black skid marks in toilet bowls, shower doors are slimy.
    Litter strewn all over by monkeys, hyena's and bushpigs is not picked up or removed, not only in the camp but on the beach and day visitors area. I saw the vehicle collecting rubbish drive right pass the turned over bins, they only collected the rubbish that was inside the bins. Staff sit around doing absolute nothing, staring into the oblivion! They have a walking pace slower than a sloth. Imagine sitting around and trying to do "so min as moontlik die hele dag"?

    I can't comment on the chalets, never stayed there in my life , but reviews of the chalets are poor.

    It is also nearly impossible to get hold of Vidal camp to book,
    Booking should be done by central reservations not Vidal camp

    This is a world heritage site! I am ashamed that foreign tourists have to endure this.
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Isimangiliso wetland authority and KZN wildlife just don't care a damn.
    Clean makes clean, a scrubbing brush, screw driver , hammer and nails can do wonders .

    The walking path to the 2 x beautiful whale watching platforms has not being maintained or cleared from bush encroaching for months
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Sadly.....TIA

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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    You forgot to show them the quality of the "drinking" tap water.....

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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8d View Post
    You forgot to show them the quality of the "drinking" tap water.....
    Yes , brown brown water, not fit for human consumption.
    Its a camp with no shortage of water, it always came from Banghasi lake and filtered.
    Now no more filters.
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Sad truth is did any one expect things to last when the ANC got into power, and those of us who said this will happen were frowned appon,
    I saw it happen in east Africa, Rhodesia, as they say TIA it there way
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Cape vidal was our annual holiday spot fron late 60-70s. There were almost no facilities and no official camping spots. Sandy road in and always got stuck. Caught huge fish. Only later in the 70s did they start the camping spots.

    Piece of paradise then
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Ja Swaer, so much for the proclaimed 25th or whatever wonder of the world, heritage site, blah, blah, blah....

    Ever since the pine and bluegum trees made way for a game park it has been a disaster. My opinion so please don't take it as a fact but I have spend enough time there in the last 40 odd years to see how it has slipped down the road of no return.

    This whole isimagaliso circus are just destroying what used to be paradise. All in the name of money which I still don't know where it is going though. Definitely not to improve and maintain the camps so your guess is as good as mine.
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    So sad, we as a family went there for years, every year. At least the memories will remain. Damn corrupt cockroaches....will RSA ever get rid of them?
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    So sad, we as a family went there for years, every year. At least the memories will remain. Damn corrupt cockroaches....will RSA ever get rid of them?
    Sad business and I was one who supported KZN Wildlife / Natal Parks Board staying independent of National Parks; turned out to be a mistake although maybe only a respite.

    SA won't get rid of the corrupt ANC cockroaches, staying here we can't escape Afrika unless we escape. In most of the media (and even on this forum) the major opposition to the ANC is mostly rubbished, pretty much guaranteeing nothing will change.

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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    The decline you see in parks in KZN is mostly a result of the failing government. KZN Wildlife is a parastatle and reliant on government funding. Income from tourism isn't nearly enough to cover management costs. They simply do not have a cash cow like Kruger to keep afloat. And thus, unfortunately, most reserves and tourism camps receive a pittance of what they need to be managed properly. Funding for maintenance of infrastructure is simply non existant.

    Remember, conservation will always stand last in the queue when government is handing out money.

    There are some bad apples amongst the staff with bad attitudes, but the majority of the Ezemvelo work force are still a committed bunch. They simply aren't given the tools to do what they need to do anymore.

    It is just the way the new sa is going, in every sector
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    What is the situation at Fanie's Island , Charters Creek & Mapelane ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodneykdc View Post
    What is the situation at Fanie's Island , Charters Creek & Mapelane ??
    If you see what is left of Fanie`s and Charters you will cry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beurvoort View Post
    If you see what is left of Fanie`s and Charters you will cry.

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    Ditto for the unique Kosi mouth; having been there years ago, a more recent visit was massively depressing.

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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Was there last year after an absence of 20 years. Was also massively disappointed and posted virtually same pictures on iOverlander to warn other would be visitors. Won't return either unless something dramatic changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudgrubber View Post
    Ditto for the unique Kosi mouth; having been there years ago, a more recent visit was massively depressing.
    Kosi mouth, was only for 4wd to get there, now they harderned the road , so Polo,s and Quantum's are full up, for drinking parties from Manguzi residents with no bins been used for litter and loud music, also busy going "Moer toe", control at this gate is only for out of towners, rest have free movement.Only thing left in this park is beautiful specimens of Waterbessie trees, no game at all, poached to extinction.
    What a great place the mouth , to swim , snorkel ect.
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    Not just Vidal that is slowly being left to go to ruin.
    This is Sodwana. Copy of the map that they always had at reception. 2 afternoons of walking and marking stands that can be used and ones that are so overgrown that you can hardly walk onto them let alone go and pitch a tent pr caravan on it.

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    I was told that all stands are cleared before all the school holidays. That is utter nonsense. Moses said in plain English that they do not have the manpower or means to keep all sites clear and take away what gets cut to clear the stands.

    Sad really but that is how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodneykdc View Post
    What is the situation at Fanie's Island , Charters Creek & Mapelane ??
    Fanie's Island, is completely delapidated, it is abandoned for years now, it is in rack and ruin.Drove pass the no entry signs ,to go and look for myself, "moertoe totaal en al"
    Charters , is hardly operational, they are trying for at least 3-4 yrs busy with construction, but nothing going on.
    Mapelane, yes it was a part of a paradise, road to there no maintenance done, camp site is a mosquito breeding ground, dont even try and braai, you will be eaten alive by 1000's of mozzies.

    It is only memories now.
    Fanie's with its beautiful scenery over the lake, the chalets where the cookboy prepared your meals, lots and lots of Salmon, Grunters were caught there, no more.
    Charters , with the campers with their little cabin boats fishing all night for those massive dagga salmons, and grunters , no more.
    Mapelane, with the beautiful coastal dune forest road, passing some magnificent large milkwood trees, the bay, crayfishing on the south banks, no more!

    Lat year I camped in the Kruger at Balule camp, we came from a game drive at approximately 10 in the morning, I went to shower and found the parks board camp guy , on his knees busy scrubbing the showers with Vim, the place is in an immaculate well kept condition, and guess what? I left there and gave him a lekker big tip!
    KZN Wildlife staff will not get any braai left overs or a tip from me ever!"hulle probeer so min as moontlik doen!
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    Default Re: Cape Vidal , the lost and wasted paradise

    yes quite sad - deteriorating every time one goes - last year was by far the worst. Even though filthy ablutions and Hyena's and honey badgers raiding the dustbins, leaving everything littered; the beach and wildlife encounters still makes it a special place. Not so crowded. I do understand if the condition of ablutions/camp in general would deter guests for not going again

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    My parents lived at Fanies from 1956 to1980. Fanies was my home. It's very sad.

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