Cathedral Peak Community Campsite (at Didima)

19 Apr 2017 12:44 #71392 by Sabine
Didima resort
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23 Apr 2017 15:05 #71408 by WarrenM
Hi All - we got back from Didima last night.

I asked at reception on Friday night if the campsite was open and the answer was no. The gent said that they had only opened over Easter as they had guests that had booked before they decided to close it.

Having said that, after our hike we did drive into the campsite, there was a security guard there and hot water in one of the ablutions, a troop of baboons were also in the campsite.

I can't say if they have fixed their water problems or not, but there was water as well as hot water in the ablution, but in terms of renovation and fixing up the campsite, I can't say that I noticed any difference.

I would take a guess and say that they are not taking bookings and advising that the campsite is closed, but if you arrived there without making arrangements that you could stay at the campsite.

Sorry, not trying to question any of the earlier posts, just advising on what we were told and what we saw.
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19 Jun 2017 11:56 #71743 by Spykid
RE: Didima Campsite and Mike's Pass
Morning guys. Any news on whether Didima Camp is closed and is Mike's Pass accesable ?

Thanx

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19 Jun 2017 14:23 #71746 by Redshift3
Hi Spykid
I was there in May 2017, Didima now run the camp and it looks good, just double check with the Didima Camp. Mikes pass was open in May?
Enjoy

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19 Jun 2017 14:46 #71747 by Viking

Spykid wrote: RE: Didima Campsite and Mike's Pass
Morning guys. Any news on whether Didima Camp is closed and is Mike's Pass accesable ?

Thanx


Mike's pass is only open to persons using Cambalala Hut.

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10 Jul 2017 15:39 #71847 by WarrenM
Update::

So while we were at Cathedral this weekend, we asked about the campsite and were told it is still close.

The lady at reception said that we could however use the showers for after our hike, which we did.

When we did arrive at the gate to use the showers the guard, was adamant in telling us that it was closed, but we insisted that we were given permission to use the showers.

On driving into the campsite you can see immediately that it is not being kept, the grounds are a mess, and the ablutions are filthy.

With regards to whether anything has changed since I was there in April, I'd say nothing has, the ablutions are still in the same shape as before, some showers work some don't, toilet seats are broken, and there is litter in the sinks etc.

We did however have a hot shower when we found the right one to use.

I really enjoy using this campsite, I hope they start doing something about turning it around.
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13 Jul 2017 18:01 #71857 by Richard Hunt
When I was recently at Didima what stuck me was the bad condition of the grounds/gardens, lawns/edges overgrown, messy flower beds ect ect ect The place was a disgrace............... This is now becoming the norm in SA and is actually unacceptable!! It all points to management as does the camp site. There are some exceptions in KZN Wildlife like Lotheni & Highmoor which are managed better. Well done to the management at those two sites.

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14 Jul 2017 12:28 #71860 by firephish

Richard Hunt wrote: There are some exceptions in KZN Wildlife like Lotheni & Highmoor which are managed better. Well done to the management at those two sites.


Injisuthi also pretty good, well done the the OIC are these sites :thumbsup:

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04 Sep 2017 14:28 - 01 Feb 2019 15:09 #72082 by Dave
UPDATE: After failing to get answers from Didima management, I was referred to Ian Porter, the Tourism Manager for the area, and he explained that Didima Campsite, despite its name, is not actually run by Didima; it is a community-managed project that only operates at peak season or if there is a special request from a large group. It is not economically viable to employ maintenance staff full-time. He stated that the campsite will be open during the next peak season, which is the next school holiday. People above have said that they've used the ablutions even though the campsite has been closed; we tried to do so as well, but it seemed that all water had been turned off.
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11 Oct 2017 17:50 - 20 Oct 2017 14:20 #72254 by Morgan
Hey Guys,

Hope all is well?

We've been wanting to take a few friends up to Xeni cave, however we would like to leave JHB the Friday afternoon and camp over somewhere in order to commencing our hike on Saturday morning.

My plan was to camp at Didima Camp the Friday evening, however I was told that it has been closed down?

Does anyone have other suggestions?

Thank you very much!
Morgan

Mod Note- Posts moved from Xeni Cave thread
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