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ATKV Drakensville Holiday Resort
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ATKV Drakensville

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14 Aug 2012 @ 15:57:32 pm
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Drakensville

We spent 4 nights there over the long weekend and it was stunning.  The resort is spotless  and well laid out with really nice big sites, so even when surrounded by other campers we did not feel closed in.  Our site E3 was not level and had collapsed bricks on one side which was a pain as I kept forgetting the hole was there but most other paved sites seemed level.  Grass sites did to on the inside blocks but the outside blocks were not and our original site A1 was tiny and horrible cause there was no flat part.  90% of the sites had lovely shade.  Sites on the far end of the resort are the best in our opinion, although far away from the Pools/toilets and pretty much everything else you would have the most amazing views and the kids would have a HUGE amount of room to play.

Views around us in general were breathtaking and waking up to enjoy breakfast while looking at the mountains was lovely. 

 

Big points from us for the supervision of the kiddy area which has a minder present at all times it's open and the cold pool was locked off so kids could not get near it.  So excellent for parents with young kids.  The hot pool (indoor) was lovely and set at 36 degrees for the whole time we were there so night time swims were lovely.  The outside warm pools were nice but it was to cold to swim or enjoy them yet. Entertainment for the kids at the pool was well organised and my boys had a ball playing "minute to win it" and "Deal or no Deal" my eldest even won a prize of a Snakes and Ladders game which thrilled him. 

The bathrooms are some of the best I have seen and regardless of if I went at 8am or 3am they were always clean.  The one small thing for me was the fact that the Boiler Room is outdoors next to the bathrooms and while it made no difference during the day the sounds at night were so horribly loud.  I was very very grateful we were not in the A or B blocks cause I would not have slept.  1 other negative was the Restaurant which I found very very dated and "unloved" everything was pretty and clean but situated where it is it has a neglected feel.  Not once when we went past was there a single person inside.  Not sure what the food is like but the fact that we never saw a soul there said enough for me.

The shop is very well stocked if a little expensive but their soft wood is horrible...WOW my hubby swore bullets at the wood and there is nowhere else close by to buy either.  Take your own or use coals cause we went through 2 bags per Braai.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and wished we had booked a few extra days would we go back?  Yes in winter cause there is nowhere else we found in the burg with a warm pool (a big thing for us) but in summer there are a lot of other place we found that knock the heck out of them.  7/10 for us.

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14 Aug 2012 @ 21:33:54 pm
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Thanks very much for the information Sharon and glad you had a lovely stay.

Its on our list of resorts to visit.

What were the conditions of the roads and which route did you take?

Kind regards

Colin

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14 Aug 2012 @ 23:24:20 pm
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Our route was strange. Because of the road closure at Van Reenens. We went via Villers/Bethlehem and Harrysmith and the last leg was on the Olivehout pass (i think it was called) which was insane going in as it was only 1 lane going both directions because of the heavy snow.. It's a 20km stretch of road that sucks and there was a sign up saying "road closed" so we sat there awhile trying to find a detour with our GPS and a car came down the closed road so we hailed them and asked how the road was and he said "not bad but go slow" we mentioned we saw the sign and were worried and he said it was not closed cause of snow the sign is always there to deter people and force them to use the N3 since the government refuses to fix the road. Not sure how true that is but the road is the worst potholed road we have ever been on for those 20kms. Hubby does a lot of work in Nigeria and he said the rod there were all like that so he was not phased but going up the pass that first time was one of the scariest things for me and those 20kms took us an hour cause the road was so busy with early morning traffic. That said one of the most scenic roads we travelled in the Drakensburg. We have a 4x4 but there were all sorts of cars in the road and they coped just fine. Aside from that stretch of road the trip was easy Ben if the detour made a 3hr trip 6 hours. We got thru and skipped Van Reenens a stretch of road I hate with a passion. We made that same trip several times during our stay after the snow melted and it was much easier. Going back we went via Harrysmith and back onto the N3.
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15 Aug 2012 @ 18:03:58 pm
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Whoaaaa .......Sharon, seems like you had quite an ordeal. It was possibly one of the worst weekends to travel due to the snowfall. We'll have to plan a route that is conducive to a normal car and caravan cos a 4x4 we don't have.

Thanks for your response.

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