Stoffel, the Kedar hotel hippo, is safe again

January 26th, 2011 by H&R | Categories: environmental, hotels, tourism

The Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa near Sun City expects to be fully operational again soon after repairing damage by flood waters that also washed away the resident hippo Stoffel.

Stoffel has now been brought back to safety after the flood caused by torrential rain that broke a dam wall.

The hotel’s Kruger Dam, built in the early 1880s by original farm owner Paul Kruger, was filled to capacity within hours last week. Unable to contain the volume of water, the dam wall gave way, causing considerable flood damage to part of the hotel and its facilities.

The spa therapy rooms, 12 standard and 15 deluxe rooms, as well as the presidential and royal suites were affected. The roadway entrance to the hotel and the perimeter fencing of the pygmy hippo camp were also damaged.

The hotel’s conference facilities, restaurant and reception areas were not affected.

Swift action on behalf of the Kedar team ensured there was no structural damage to any of the hotel buildings, or any injuries to staff or guests. Clean-up crews began operating immediately and the hotel continues to function as normal with the remaining 33 rooms.

Repairs to damaged rooms and the Kruger Dam wall was soon under way. Three of the spa therapy rooms have already reopened to accommodate current bookings.

Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa is part of the Recreation group of companies and executive chairman Robert Forsyth says: “I am extremely impressed that the buildings stood and I am proud of our team who leapt into action. Obviously there is a lot of work to be done, but the hotel is operating as normally as possible. We thank the public and trade for their support.”

The hotel will be fully operational by February 18.