Our new ablutions are opening this week!
The upgrade of Mlilwane’s camping facilities began in 2009 with the conversion of the casual camping grounds into 20 individual leveled sites, each with their dedicated braai stand, electricity points and some with a shared water source.
In 2013, the Rest Camp fenced off a few areas in front of the campsite in order to establish indigenous trees and plants in front of the Eucalypt forest. This required game-proof fencing and enrichment of the dead soil with home-grown compost (thanks to Chubeka Trails). Despite the sorry state of the eucalyptus-drained soil, the gardens are growing well. In time, the newly established trees will provide shade and we look forward to cutting back the Eucalyptus and establishing more indigenous trees, but for now, shade for campers is important. The Eucalyptus forest is also a very effective sound barrier from the sometimes noisy House on Fire across the valley, so removing it entirely is not planned. The trees planted include various Acacia for soft shade and not to obstruct the view, Natal Figs for dense shade and to attract fruit-eating birds as well as Coral Trees to attract our numerous nectar-feeding sunbirds. Gardenias, Aloes and Iboza have been planted for variety, colour and additional wildlife attraction.
The great finale has just been completed! Mlilwane has built an amazingly spacious, highly anticipated new ablution and wash up facility just behind the leveled sites, removing the need to trudge to the old ablutions. The building has purposely been sited in the Eucalyptus to reduce the number of trees and to be discreet. Along the one side are the ablutions, separate facilities for ladies and gentlemen, each with 4 toilets and 4 showers, well spaced basins and lovely natural light complimenting the electric lighting, with water warmed by gas geysers.
Along the other side is a large DIY laundry and wash up area. The laundry has concrete ironing tables, a long tiled concrete table and concrete washing basins with ample surface area. The wash up area sports built in benches, large solid tables and wash up basins with decent space in between so that groups and families can co-exist happily. In fact, if the weather comes in, this will be a fun place to congregate!
Happy camping at Mlilwane.