I usually just read forums and do not usually register with sites in order to participate in them, but a phonecall I made this morning compelled me to do so.
I initially intended to book a stay at Medolino Resort in Port Alfred as it is (now was) a fantastic spot to camp. I was shocked to learn that Medolino is no longer and is struggling physically and financially to cope with the consequences of the recent devastating floods that they had in the area. The Owners of Medolino are laboriously fighting a long and relenting battle with the local Municipality about the failure of the Municipality to address the poor stormwater infrastructure that exists there. Not only the Resort, but other residents around the resort have suffered tremendously as aresult of the flood damage. As for the Owners of Medolino, one can appreciate that they had to refund all their upcoming festive season deposits, the income from the permanent Parkhomes in the resort is no longer there, and the costs toward clean-up operations is astronomical. Over and above this, they obviously cannot at this stage take any future campers, which further exacerbates the income stream.
The Owner Derrick, is also dealing with a life threatening disease which is no doubt taxing on him and his wife, both physically and emotionally.
That phone call today just made me think about life in general, and how often we really have no clue as to what others may be dealing with and thus the purpose of this post. I do not know the couple from a bar of soap, but allow me to request that if anyone can lend assistance in any way (financially in particular) it would be highly appreciated. Please contact the Owners of Medolino on 046 624 1651 to obtain the banking details.
Welcome Chris, I hope you are going to participate on this forum in the future? Life is give and take and I'm sure you must have some input on other subjects to help your fellow campers?
Whilst I don't donate out of principal, don't they have any insurance policies they can claim on?
A lovely camp and I wish them all the luck in the future.
Like you, I also do not donate on principle, but this case is an exceptional one, in that these folk are not down and out through fault of their own. If you have ever visited Medolino you would agree with me when I say that it was one of the most beautiful resorts I’ve seen in my travels. To have one’s home, one’s bread and butter wiped out due to a lack on the part of someone else (in this case the Local Authority) certainly warrants our attention, be it active or passive.
This is why I do not really participate in Forums on websites. People share ideas, recipes, opinions, complaints, Christmas wish lists…anything under the sun, however I always find it surprising that one rarely reads about calls for people to assist those in need. I am not referring to the run-of-the mill charity drives, there are enough of those, but as mentioned at the outset, this is an exceptional case, and one that touches many a camper.
Medolino forms part and parcel of one of the many popular resorts in SA. Throughout this country, and even its neighbours, many Resorts and Parks are sliding backwards as far as ascetics and facilities are concerned, with most failing to rectify this state of regression. Medolino was a prime resorts, with Owners who did much to keep it star graded.
In this supposedly time of “goodwill” that we now find ourselves in, I thought that it would be a nice gesture, on their behalf, to ask our camping community to try and reach deep into our already financially strained pockets and assist in some small way to get one of SA’s camping spots up and running again.
For the record, they did have Insurance in place, but flooding was an exclusion on the Policy, due to the Insurer having knowledge of the Municipal procrastination in its duty to provide proper drainage to the area So again I reiterate that this incident did not happen due fault on Medolino’s part.
Yours in camping
I hear your plea and understand the emotion behind it, but, people being people, I do not think financially you are going to be very successfull. However, what about physical help - forum members who reside near this resort, where are you? I am also thinking about campers going to that area these holidays - can't they be of any help (physically)? Surely giving up one/two days of your holiday won't be that bad?
Medolino is still part of the resorts listed on Caravanparks.com. See below:
Easy for me to appeal to forum members - I am staying home this December! But maybe thare is someone who can help?
This flood was reported on on this thread in October, go and look at it again:
Greetings - Nico
Sad to hear they are officially closed for good from today.
I just wish to sadly confirm that Medolino Caravan Park and Holiday Resort has officially closed as from today.
Medolino is situated in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape.
Derek, the owner, phoned me this morning to advise the closure of Medolino with immediate effect. Derek has refunded the deposits and payments that all the campers who had booked for the December holidays, and that Medolino will not re-open at all.
It is very sad to see such a magnificent resort close their doors due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the end of an era! A caravan Park and resort that was highly rated not only by me, but many, many campers over the years. Without a doubt I have always rated Medolino as one of the best resorts in the country. Picturesque, exceptionally well maintained in pristine condition, and extremely popular, Medolino Caravan Park and Holiday Resort will always be remembered as One Of The Best!
I have camped and visited Derek and Anita many, many times. Medolino Caravan Park and Holiday Resort was one of the first resorts that I visited in the Eastern Cape fifteen years ago, and Dot and I have always been made very welcome and really enjoyed our stay there.
I wish Derek all the best for the future, and trust our paths will cross again.
Medolino Swimming Pool area
Medolino excellent sites.
And then Willie at Medolino a few years ago.
I do not have a recent photo of us at Medolino, but we camped there a year ago in March 2011.
See also report on
Follow NBS link above.
Yeah very sad.
That is extremely sad news. We had a great vacation there last December. It is so frustrating to know that the damage would have been a lot less had the municipality not dropped the ball with drainage.
There were already issues last year, the open field next to the park that had a pump station overflowed and really reeked for a few days. During the same period the reservoir pump broke and had to be sent to East London for repairs. The municipality did not have the required legal minimum water storage, so the town was basically without water for 2 days.
And through all this the park itself continued to function. What a waste of a beautiful park!!!!
Best wishes to Derek and Anita. Pity they can't come to the Cape and take over a place like Palmiet! It would be shipshape in no time.
Mmnnn, wonder if they paid insurance month after month without knowing, or being told , that they were not covered ?????
Yes, some insurance companies do do that !!!!!!
We alsoenjoyed medolino, and know about the flooding problems since 2003... we were there, pulling out approx 27 caravans out of the water! Nonetheless, we have huge respect for them.. the municipality clearly dont realise what a resort means to a town like port alfred