I visited Cape Vidal in the SA July school holidays. Myself and a friend and our respective children (aged 2 and 9) stayed in one of the cabins. It was BEAUTIFUL. Set deep in the forest it was like something out of Robinson Crusoe. I was under no delusion that I was going to a luxury game lodge so the rusticness of the lodge totally appealed to the unplugged atmosphere we were going for. We were not plagued by monkeys. Whether it was because they are under control, whether they were hanging out with the tented folk or whether it was winter and they'd had their fill from summer, who knows. We had two inquisitive babies that frolicked on our porch much to the amusement of our two babes. No, we didn't feed them, we didn't let them in and we didn't fraternise with them like pets. We had little buck bounding past our cabin in the morning, warthog grunting their way around under the porch at night, we saw whale breaching at sea and frolicked in the clear warm water of the bay. The beach, the camp and the reserve are spectacularly beautiful and well worth a visit. I especially like the contrast to the lowveld, which is my familiar game territory, with the lush green grass and tall forest trees. The staff were very friendly and helpful, albeit that the phone is rarely answered. We unfortunately only made the booking 24 hours in advance so couldn't go through the normal booking channels and had to book directly with the camp. When we got there they were most accommodating and gave us exactly what we wanted. My only dissatisfaction (and I say dissatisfaction and not complaint as I am aware that I am in rustic nature and it is part of the territory) was the colony of bats in our roof. Being of the rodent-sensitive type, the sound of hundreds of them in the roof did make my hair stand on edge albeit we never actually saw any bats in close proximity to the cabin.
Beautiful, beautiful part of the world. And I appreciate that it is simple, honest and rustic. Sometimes you just want to unplug and feel the grit and beauty of nature.
- Also Known As:
- Cape Vidal Camp Hotel Saint Lucia