Barbara Calderwood - 02/03/2017

"Just a couple of lines to let you know that we've enjoyed our few days at your resort enormously. It is so beautiful, so peaceful and tranquil - qualities one does not often find these days. You gardens are lovely, the trees and lawns were amazing and the Hickmans River totally beautiful. The bird life was fantastic too. So thank you all at Nature's Rest. We will surely see you again when time allows.
- Warm regards, Barbara

Anthea Torr 15/02/2017

" I spent 3 days at the camping site with my motor home, and the whole experience was a pleasure. The grounds are beautiful and well cared for - a true nature conservancy. The ablutions were clean with hot water! The staff could not have been more helpful, and went out of their way to make my stay happy and peaceful. They willing and freely helped me fix a couple of small things on my motor home! I was very greatful for this little peace of paradise and the good people running it! Many thanks to all.
- Anthea

"...we felt safe and it was like we are at home...." - Gompo Circuit 340 - 25/02/2015

"On behalf of Gompo Circuit 340 Woman's Manyano, let me take this opportunity to thank Nature's Rest for accommodating us for the event. The service was good, especially the welcoming, Thanks to you Elize, we felt safe and it was like we are at home right through" "We will recommend Nature's Rest to colleagues..."
- Thembeka Mbanga ( The secretary)

"Terrain was very very clean..." - 19/10/2014

"It was lovely being here. Staff very friendly. Will def come back. Terrain was very very clean. Keep up da good work. Thank you once again"
- C. Adams

"Loved the birds..." - 14/10/2014

"Lovely, peaceful evening. Loved the birds! Thans so much for our wonderful stay"
- Jacquiline,Tilja, Martiné and Mike

"Ons sal definitief terugkom..." - 07/09/2014

"Ons het baie lekker gekuier. Plek mooi skoon en rustig. Ons sal definitief terug kom. Die staf is baie vriendelik. Baie dankie vir die rus!"
- Groete, Die Versters

"Rustige en uitsonderlike plekkie..." - 07/09/2014

"Baie goeie diens van die eerste oproep af. Vriendelike en goeie gasvryheid... Rustige en uitsonderlike plekkie om te kom afsonder... Hou aan met die goeie diens. Die Here seën julle..."
- Groete: Van Wyk

Siphokazi Similo - 12/03/2014

“We would like to say thank you very much to the team, especially Amelia, that made our stay a good time, comforting and secure. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet we needed. We will definitely recommend your accommodation to our friends and families. Thanks again and God bless”
- Siphokazi Similo

Lovely Weekend - Feb 2014

"Thank you for a lovely weekend. This was our third visit and we enjoyed it once again. The location is wonderful! The kids had a great time. My eldest daughter said, “I am terribly sunburned, but it was worth it!”
-Teresita

Evergreen - 01/02/2013

It is really a pleasure to book at your place. Quiet and soothing. TV makes it even more solemn to stay without. Quick response when reporting anything”
-Evergreen

J.M.H & D.A Delport - December 2013

“Ons het vanaf die Kaap getoer! En ons moet se hierdie is die beste een nog! Hou so aan! Dit is pragtig hier! Alles is skoon en netjies. Seen vir julle vir 2014.”
- J.M.H & D.A Delport

Sarah Kietzmann ( 7 Years Old) - 25/05/2013

"I’m glad we came here, I love it because it is beautiful and the games are nice. I was even able to ride my bicycle around the park and I was safe”
- Sarah Kietzmann

Amazing camping facility - December 2013

“Amazing camping facility, pity we have to leave for Cape Town otherwise we would have stayed extra days.”
- Lee & Rory Brooke

Frans Rossouw - December 2013

“Puik Fasiliteite – pragtig skoon. Natuur n belewenis. Ons sal graag weer kom en ander vertel”
- Frans Rossouw

Joe - December 2013

“Baie dankie vir n baie aangename tyd en verblyf. Die terein het my verras met die skoonheid en rustigheid. Asook die vriendelikke personeel. Hou dit so.”
- Joe

Great - December 2013

“Great- We liked everything very much. You could do something about the wind. (Smiley face)”
- Bennie Pypers

C. Langenhoven - December 2013

“It was a friendly, clean and comfortable night at Nature’s Rest. Thank you for the good and welcoming service.”
- C. Langenhoven

Kayla + Justin Green - December 2013

“Thank you for the entertainment over the festive season. Much appreciated. We wish we still had the tuck shop. Love the staff, Mrs Green lovely person. Will miss this place.”
- Kayla + Justin Green

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay - December 2013

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Nature’s Rest. The staff have been most friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is lovely and peaceful, just what we have wanted for our holiday. If you could consider putting hand washing soap in the bathrooms that would be great. Ablutions will be fitted with liquid hand washing dispensers shortly J”
- Enslin Baxen

Lots of Fun - 17/11/2013

“We had lots of fun!!!”
- F. Myburgh

Jenny Hermanus - 24/09/2013

“Die beste wat ons kon beleef. Pragtige asemrowende plek. Goeie mense wat nog ver deur God in hul besigheid gedra gaan word. Voorspoed!! Baie stil en vreedsaam ”
- Jenny Hermanus

Fantastic - 05/09/2013

“One word sums up our whole stay – Fantastic. A great experience all in all – friendly smiley faces everywhere.”
- Mark Stephens

Riversdal gaste - 02/08/2013

“Ek wil u komplimenteer met u pragtige skoon badkamer fasiliteite. Dit het vir my gevoel of ek by my huis bad en stort. Mag God julle oorvloedig seën”
- Riversdal gaste

Birders Paradise


Wow, wow, wow ! What an amazing caravanning month we had. My wife retired the end of February so we decided to go to the Nature’s Rest holiday resort during March.  7 Km from the East London airport. Never did we anticipate what was awaiting us. Our camping site was on the river edge under large shady trees with a cliff opposite the river, some 15 meters away. With the lagoon close by a picturesque scenery existed. An ideal setting for nature to expose itself.  We could see fish, turtles and Likkewaan swim in the river. Dassies and monkeys were from time to time seen on the cliff opposite the river.  As “non“ birders we identified almost 60 bird species, most of them from inside our tent. Five species of Kingfishers, Cormorants, Darters, Egrets and Herons (including the Goliath Heron) were daily visitors up and down the river and lagoon hunting for fish. Weavers were nesting in the branches overhanging the river. Redbilled Woodhoopoe and Blackheaded Oriole would try to upset them from time to time. The Drongons, Flycatchers and Wagtails were always hunting for insects.  At times it felt as if we were seated in a theatre and mother nature were performing a play for us.

What must have been the highlight was the late afternoon and early morning visits by, and “conversations” by the two Spotted Eagle Owls. They sat on the cliff opposite the river ˜talking” to us. The evening conversations lasted for up to 70 minutes at a time. During the day they slept in trees on the cliff some 30 meters from our caravan. Now and then we would call them, they then replied with a soft ˜hoe“ hoo. On two occasions did one of them sit on the grass near us to eat its meal. One once followed me onto a dustbin in the resort as I set off for my early morning run. The Blackcollared Barbet, Olive Woodpecker, Greyheaded Bush Shrike, Knysna Lourie, Hoopoe, Hamerkop and the Green Pigeons were among our other daily visitors.

Then there were the two big daddy’s. The Crowned Eagle and the Fish Eagle. They would sit up in the trees and look down at the lagoon. The Fish Eagle would sometimes circle the lagoon and unleash its majestic call down the valley. A call that will stay in our memories.  The resort is a hidden gem. It is a ˜paradise”. The resort is safe and always as neat as a pin. The beach is a 10 minute walk from the resort. Pedal boats are available to pedal on the lagoon. There is a sparkling clean pool and entertainment hall with a television. The ablutions are neat and always clean.

Amelia and Elise at the resort office, and Lance the resort manager go out of their way to make you feel ˜at home”. We miss them and all our birdie friends. We will visit this resort again, and again and again ˜as birders”.

Thanks for the wonderful Caravan and Outdoor life magazine. We cannot wait to read every next issue. Our collection stands at 596 copies, dating back to July 1961.

Pieter & Lorraine Booysen

This letter was published in the June 2012 Caravan and Outdoor magazine.

J.J Du Toit - December 2013

“Nice quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Just what we needed. A tuck shop would have been nice but otherwise we had a great stay. Thank You”
- J.J Du Toit

Mr. Barend Lehman (December 2013)

“Baie geniet, ablusie geriewe skoon en heerlik gebad. Dankie vir vriendelike ontvangs en hulpvaardigheid, wat kamp so aangenaam gemaak het. Groete tot weersiens! Barend , Riette, Marcha, Tzame en Celita!”
- Mr. Barend Lehman

We loved our stay - December 2013

“We loved our stay at Nature’s Rest. Thank You!! Staff friendly, everybody friendly!! Our wish for you?? Everything of the best!!”
- Lourens family

Very nice - December 2013

“Very nice and comfortable place to camp. Baby cupboard in one of the ladies ablutions. Thank you for the care you gave us.”
- Andy

Jonker Bester - December 2013

“Baie lekker gebly. Waterpunte (meer) – Meer waterpunte word binnekort geinstalleer J”
- Jonker Bester

Very pleasant - December 2013

“Very pleasant camping experience.”
- Stephanie Campbell

Fantastic Stay - December 2013

“We found Nature’s Rest to be an absolute delight. The staff were all extremely friendly & the camp very well run. The camp has a very friendly family atmosphere and we loved the fact that our three old could run around safely. Thanks for the fantastic stay..”
- Julie Brand

Walter & Anita Miske - December 2013

“Baie dankie vir die baie mooi staanplek langs die rivier! Dankie ook vir die goeie sekuriteit na di strand en ook deur die nag! Ons het die natuur baie geniet!”
- Walter & Anita Miske

Veronica Coetzee - 01/12/2013

“I and friends have enjoyed our stay, will come back again soon”
- Veronica Coetzee

Melissa-Sue - 11/11/2013

“The rondawel was very nice and cozy, and clean, the place was very clean and quiet and the kids had a blast. The lady at reception was very friendly and we received a warm welcome. I have indeed recommended Nature’s Rest to friends and family.”
- Melissa-Sue

Ruth - 17/09/2013

“Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality at your beautiful resort. We really had a good time and will be sure to return”
- Ruth

Mr & Mrs Du Toit - 25/08/2013

“Felt very safe, staff were very friendly. Ablutions were clean. Keep up the good work.”
- M. Peters

Johan Raubenheimer - 11/08/2013

“Great place, service & staff. Thank you for a good weekend”
- Johan Raubenheimer

Anita Money - 27/12/2012

“I cannot stop bragging about the wonderful time we had at your resort, and would recommend this establishment to all my friends”
- Anita Money

Anthony Jacobs - July 2011

“The rondavels are well designed and well setup, very warm & cosy. the staff are very friendly, thanks very much for an enjoyable stay.”
- Anthony Jacobs

For the best holiday ever

A new name, a bigger resort and even better holiday experience.

The Nature’s Rest team is very excited about all the new developments we’ve been implementing to ensure you have a great stay with us – every single time!

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