This is a bit of a random topic but thought I’d share this here.
We booked a room at Shamrock Lodge this weekend at Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. The hike was amazing, such a lovely reserve so close to the city. The staff was super friendly and the hut was in extremely good condition. But unfortunately we shared the hut with a group of 12 people who had no regard for a shared space. I am used to sharing space in hikers huts but never have I experienced such a rude group. They took over the whole hut, kitchen and braai area, played music from a speaker until after midnight got so drunk and loud and rude that at 4am they started banging and pulling at out door (which was luckily locked). They used the water drinking fountain as a storage for their raw meat. To be honest we felt a bit scared for our safety.
I know not everyone goes on hikes/overnights for the same reason (for us it’s a time to take a break from the city noise and escape to some peace and quiet in nature) but to hike 3+ hours just to go get drunk in a mountain hut and have no respect for your fellow hikers, is beyond me.
I guess since Hottentots is so close to the city it might be seen as a quick and cheap way to go have a party on the mountain but there must be some way that Cape Nature can lay down stricter rules to try and minimize incidents like this. According to two other groups of friends who hike to Landroskop Hut at Hottentot’s a similar thing happened.
I know Cape Nature has no control to who books what and how they act but I do feel Cape Nature should take some responsibility to 1) be more clear, especially with bigger groups, on rules. Signage at the huts (I always thought music of any sorts is illegal at our Parks) and maybe a form that needs to be signed at check in. 2) they should have some sort of blacklist function for guest who have broken these rules to not be able to book again. 3) they should have a ranger on duty (specifically talking about Hottentots Nature Reserve since there are big groups and jeep access) that one can contact. What if this group got aggressive towards us?
I have emailed Cape Nature and reported the incident to the staff on duty at the gate so will let you know what they say here.
But also wanted to know if anyone else has had a similar experience at these shared huts, specifically at Hottentots? And how they handled the rude guest? We were three women and one guy, he did go over at one point to ask if they can at least turn down the volume. He was ignored and like I said, as the night progressed and they got more drunk and high I didn’t want any one to go talk to them because they had a very aggressive energy.