ESSA Formal Dinner



To be announced


South Africa
Trip Participants


Paul Marais
Becky Smith

So this year's ESSA formal dinner where we don on our best, bring out the expensive cutlery and crockery and march off to some beautiful place to enjoy a 3 course meal will be held in Thabaphaswa Mountain Retreat.

We have decided to escape the cold for to the warmth of the north.

Dates: 8 - 11 August 2013

Place:Thabaphaswa Mountain Retreat - Dome Rock

Activities for the weekend: Rock Climbing, hiking, birding, or just lazing around inthe beauty of it all.

Cost:This still has to be finalised but estimate so far it R170 pppn for accommodation, there will be and extra charge for the meal, but this still has to be worked out.

I need to get numbers together so I can make sure I have the correct camp booked and to pay the depoist. As this is a long weekend, I need to pay ASAP so not to lose the booking. 

Please contact Becky to book your spot!

Some info on the camp:

The unique Dome Rock Camp is situated next to a non-perennial dam and has "glass-walled" units that blend into the surrounding environment. 

These are situated amongst huge boulders which afford guests both privacy and the experience of being close to nature whilst still enjoying the home comforts of a bed and thick mattress. 

Each unit is named after the tree next to which it was built:

Huilboerboon (2 rooms sleeps 4 + 3 ), 

Red Ivory (3 rooms sleeps 2+3+2), 

Maroela (2 rooms sleeping 4 + 2) and 

The entire camp can accommodate 26 people. Please note that some of the beds are bunk beds.

All accommodation units have a separate braai and washing up area and are equipped with braai grids, pots, pans, kettles, two-plate gas stoves with gas lamps and paraffin lamps. Guests need to bring their own cooking and eating utensils. A communal fridge is a useful addition, however space is limited when the camp is full.

In keeping with the rest of the camp, the ablutions are unique (3 toilets and 3 showers). The separate showers are heated by an old-fashioned wood fired "donkey" and are surrounded by reeds, but open to the sky. The flush toilets are affectionately referred to as "loos with views".


The entire camp is linked by winding concrete walkways.

Some info on the place we will be going:

Sheltered by enclosing hills, in a natural basin, lies a wonderful bushveld retreat, Thabaphaswa Mountain Retreat.

The landscape is reminiscent of the Matopo Hills further North. "Thabaphaswa", in the local dialect, means "the mountain of the black and white bull" - a well-known landmark to the inhabitants and tribes in the area. It describes the coloured patterns of the indigenous Nguni cattle. The Thabaphaswa mountain towers over the adjacent hills.

The network of hiking, mountain biking and 4 X 4 trails, offers the ideal opportunity for nature lovers to discover the variety of game, bird and plant life of the area. The beautiful scenery are complemented by the design of the overnight camps which are camouflaged between the big boulders on the farm which blend into the mountain landscape. 

Located on the Percy Fyfe road, 16 km North of Mokopane (Potgietersrus) near the main routes to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Northern Kruger Park and Mozambique. Coordinates: 29º  02'  34” E and 24º  03' 22” S. Highest point: 1900m above sea level. Less than three hours drive from Gauteng - the ideal weekend getaway.



Mountain biking
Rock climbing
Formal Dinner


Friday, August 9, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, August 11, 2013 (All day)