Tseketseke Hut

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Poll: Do you use Tseketseke Hut and should it be restored?

I use the hut & it should be restored
15 25.9%
I don't use it but would if it were restored
34 58.6%
It doesn't matter to me
2 3.4%
I don't use it & it should not be restored
4 6.9%
Other (please comment)
3 5.2%
Total number of voters: 58 ( Jim, Spoke101, mike_crom, AdrianT, Rhinoandhedgehog ) See more
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14 Sep 2016 19:27 #69782 by intrepid
Replied by intrepid on topic Tseketseke Hut
It always was book-able, have done it on numerous occasions and have seen it in their book where they write the bookings. There is a possibility that they have revised their booking list and taken it off, but I would phone them again and persist in the matter. What exactly was their response when you asked them the first time?

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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15 Sep 2016 08:01 #69784 by cameroninggs
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The response I had gotten was that "is there a hut there?" "only hut is the fire lookout" "you know it has started raining"
So I kindly asked if she could write in in the booking book and I was going to try confirm/get more info here.

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15 Sep 2016 08:05 #69785 by cameroninggs
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Thanks to those members that have given up of their time to ensure the hut is usable and in what I understand, is in great working order.
I was there last September and people had booked it so we camped a little further down stream at the contour path, hence I believed it to be bookable.
Do you perhaps know which of the VE family I can contact then to get permission to sleep there?

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15 Sep 2016 08:42 #69786 by Smurfatefrog
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cameroninggs wrote: Do you perhaps know which of the VE family I can contact then to get permission to sleep there?

It's not a VE hut, it still belongs to EKZNW, we just helped restore it.

As mentioned, try again & hopefully you get a different person at reception. I've also seen it listed in the bookings book before.
Otherwise with it being a Sunday night the chances of another hiking party being there are slim
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15 Sep 2016 09:19 #69787 by Rhinoandhedgehog
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I will be at Didima this weekend - I will try find out personally....
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15 Sep 2016 09:29 #69788 by Andreas
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We're hopefully using the Tseketseke hut over the weekend. The person who booked the hut phoned Didima reception and were told that we may pay at reception R50 per person per night. (Booked on Monday)

Has anyone used the hut in rain before?
With the weather forecast I just want to find out if we should be concerned with leaking from the roof or water flowing underneath the shelter? Been on the mountains many times but this will be my first time using a hut.

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15 Sep 2016 09:37 #69791 by Rhinoandhedgehog
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Andreas wrote: We're hopefully using the Tseketseke hut over the weekend. The person who booked the hut phoned Didima reception and were told that we may pay at reception R50 per person per night. (Booked on Monday)

Has anyone used the hut in rain before?
With the weather forecast I just want to find out if we should be concerned with leaking from the roof or water flowing underneath the shelter? Been on the mountains many times but this will be my first time using a hut.


We will watch out for you Andreas we are in the area - the wife and I are doing the contour path junction C9 to C6 at pace and hopefully only light rain on Saturday morning!

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15 Sep 2016 11:25 #69794 by tonymarshall
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Hi Andreas,

The sides and roof of the hut are in good condition and you should stay dry in the rain. If there is wind, rain may blow in a bit through the gaps in the front window shutter, but it shouldn't be too bad and you could probably take care of sealing the gaps with extra clothes, empty plastic bags etc. The floor should be fine too, the sides of the hut extend into the ground, and there is a thick layer of straw on the floor.
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15 Sep 2016 11:43 #69795 by Andreas
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Thank you Tony, we appreciate your experience. And thanks for your involvement on the forum, I've come across quite a few of your postings.

And Rhinoandhedgehog, hope to run into you too.

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15 Sep 2016 16:52 #69797 by cameroninggs
Replied by cameroninggs on topic Tseketseke Hut
I only called yesterday, so you will obviously then take it. are you staying there on Sunday evening?

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