HAZELMERE, A HIDDEN TREASURE
Tucked away just 15 km from Durban’s new King Shaka International Airport and 40 km north of Durban city centre, you’ll discover the tranquillity of one of the north coast’s hidden treasures, Hazelmere Dam and Resort.
Msinsi Resorts and Game Reserve is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Umgeni Water formed by Dr Ian Player in 1992, under the auspices of the Wilderness Foundations. Msinsi began its operations at Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve and later expanded its operations to Albert Falls, Inanda, Nagle and Hazelmere Dams.
Hazelmere Dam is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, on the Mdloti River, about 4.5km north of Verulam. The park is situated in the Magisterial District of Verulam, approximately 40 km from Central Durban and 15km from King Shaka International Airport. The physical address of the park is 1575 Hazelmere Road, Canelands.
GPS Coordinates: 29˚35.477’S31˚1.998’E
Ownership and Management
Msinsi took over the management of the park from the Natal Parks Board in 1996. Attractions
The park and dam are extremely popular with water sport enthusiasts who take part in water skiing, power boating and jetskiing.
The park is situated close to Gateway for the convenience of shopping, King Shaka International Airport and Durban central.
The park is found to be attractive by outdoor event organizers because of its convenient location, unique ambience and scenic beauty.
There are 28 boat lockers in park and these are for rental on an annual rate. There are 5 day visitor ablution blocks, each with male and female toilets.
Between the two campsites, there are three ablution blocks with hot and cold showers, as well as electric points. The total number of campsites amounts to 24.
The lifestyle lounge seats 40 people, depending on the seating style.
The top campsite houses the lapa that seats 35,which is used for functions and has wash up area for camping visitors.
Forest lodge is situated across the dam and has its own entry point. To access this lodge, Ndwedwe Road must be used and the turn off to Golden Gate School must be taken. By road, the Lifestyle Lounge is 14km away from the main gate.
Bookings for camping, the lifestyle, lapa and events are made at the reception office on a computerized booking system called the Host.
Visitors are allowed to use motorized and non-motorized water worthy craft on the dam for recreational purposes. Motorized craft must be registered with SAMSA as proof of water worthiness. Boating, skiing , canoeing, jetskiing and fishing are permitted on the dam. Launching and fishing permits are available for sale at the gate and reception office.