10 - 12 March 2000


Nineteen of us enjoyed a “different from the usual” weekend near Winterton in a thatch and reed camp (beehive huts and all) with the “lounge, balcony and bedroom overlooking a fast flowing Tugela River. A million dollar view site.


Saturday morning we took a hot but gentle walk returning the same way. Other energetic characters ventured back over the neck of the hill.


In the afternoon our host Peter Stockil brought us fresh green mealies which added nicely to our supper menu and gave us a very interesting talk about the history and geography of the area - his particular passion. Where early to late stone age implements and remnants of huts and cattle kraals from the mid eighteen hundreds can be found. His description of local Boer war activities nearly came to life with the aid of an aerial map.


He then took us up through the Acacia thorn bush to show us examples of what he had described. Thank you Peter.


Sunday morning we watched Warwick manoeuvre his kayak through rough white water and spent time looking at the really rustic camp Ukuthula that had been badly damaged by floods.


Tubing down the Tugela was the highlight for some of us drifting along dreamily (!) With the able support of Warwick and Bushy plus a certain Doctor in the most interesting of positions (Role reversal perhaps!)


A very happy relaxing time was had by all and our warmest thanks go to Bushy & Pat for finding this unusual place not far from home.



Irene Morris.