KZN guests weather record cold snap

2010-06-19 00:00

THE cold snap that swept the country this week shattered minimum temperature records in various places in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mooi River shivered at -8,4°, beating last year’s -8°.

The Royal Natal National Park lowered the 1968 record of -6,5° to a bone-chilling -7,1°. Newcastle was at -3,7°, beating the 1995 minimum of -3,3°. Greytown bundled up when the 1995 lowest minimum of -3,9° was beaten by -4,2°.

Kok­stad, which recorded the lowest maximum temperature of 4,7° in 2007, had a chilly daytime high of 3,4°.

Nita Gargan, the owner of Guinea Fowl Roost in Kokstad, said she is keeping local and international guests warm by making sure there is enough freshly chopped firewood to keep the fireplaces roaring.

“I am also giving the guests cosy, warm soup and reminding them in advance that Kokstad is a cold place so they should bring warm clothes,” Gargan said.

The Hlalanathi Berg Resort, which overlooks the Tugela River and Amphitheatre, has had a busy campsite even during the cold snap.

Armed with thermal sleeping bags, socks and underwear, guests have braved the chill to sleep in tents under the Drakensberg night sky.

Zander Murphy, the receptionist at Hlalanathi, said they have a group of Argentinians staying in their chalets, who are thawing out near the fire.

“Although there hasn’t been more snow, there are still a few flakes lying on the Berg,” said Murphy.

Nottingham Road, which was rumoured to have experienced snowfall earlier in the week, is also shivering.

Tsana Ellis, the front-of-house manager at Nottingham Road Hotel, said that although they have had no snow, guests have embraced the winter chill, spending their time huddled up in the pub watching the football.

“This weather is nothing new for our overseas guests,” she said. But local people, who are more accustomed to sunshine, have also reacted pleasantly, Ellis said.

Guests at Lady Leuchars Guest House in Greytown have kept the winter chill away with a flow of sherry. The sweet drink, along with extra blankets and heaters, protected guests from the freezing weather outside, said manager Adele Fraser.

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