Chase Guest House

KwaZulu Natal

Rooms: 3: 2 king/queen/twin self-catering garden cottages; 1 large 3-bedroomed Farm Cottage.

Prices: B&B R500 - R550 per person sharing. Singles R700 - R750. Self-catering: R650 - R950 per cottage. Larger Farm Cottage R1,400 for minimum 3 people self-catering. Discounts for pensioners, long stays.
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Meals: Full English / Continental breakfast included in B&B rate and also available for larger Farm Cottage. Dinners on special request.

Directions: From Durban take N2 north for 1 hour. Turn off at Dokodweni off-ramp R66 to Eshowe. 20 minutes to Eshowe. Take 1st L signed to Eshowe, Chase is 1.8km signed on left. GPS coordinates: S 28º 54.661' E 031º 28.292'

GPS: S 28º 54.661' E 031º 28.292'

Jane and Jonathan Chennells
John Ross highway off R66, Eshowe, KwaZulu Natal

Tel: (0)35-474-5491
Cell: (0)83-265-9629
Fax: (0)35-474-1311
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Jane and Jonathan have so much to offer their guests that you hardly have to leave the premises. But leave the premises you must! Chase is in the heart of the Zulu kingdom and what better spot to catch up on the history of King Shaka or get tangled up in the Kings' Reed Dance. The Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk is another highlight. Back at the ranch, the weather-boarded house is gargantuan (Mrs Chennells senior had a penchant for large, open spaces) with long views of the farm’s sugar cane plantations on overlapping mounds of distant hills. On clear days you can even see 90 degrees of sea. They also have ducks, chickens and (Nguni) cows like a proper farm should, of course. Also a pair of resident spotted eagle owls. The garden is an orgy of barely controllable tropical growth, lush and colourful (check out the tulip tree and the Indian mahogany), its trees often weighed down by parasitic ferns and creepers. Birds are equally irrepressible and there are 80 species in the garden and 280 (!) in the Eshowe area. Kids will love the walled-in swimming pool (13 metres long) where you can swim by floodlight at night too. A hammock swings from a tree, a trampoline is stretched at ground level and there is a hard tennis court. Chase Guest House is an involving, very comfortable, incredibly good-value family home, with huge amounts of space inside and out. Pack a sense of humour and a pair of binoculars. Bikes are available for use at a nominal fee. They also do sugar, banana and protea farm tours, also for a nominal fee.

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Chase Guest House
Sitting room in main house
Pool and trampoline
Nguni cows resting in the shade
Fishing on the farm dam
Resident young owls
Mother Owl and owlets in the owl box
Banana pack-house tour
Banana pack-house tour
Tractor arriving at the banana pack-house

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What to Do in the Area

Things to do in Eshowe

Visit the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk, a magical treetop walk 10m high, through the canopy of giant indigenous trees, amongst amazing birds and butterflies, ending in a 20m viewing tower with panoramic views. Walking Trails, Visitor Centre, picnic sites, bird hide, guides available. Great birding in Dlinza Forest and other nearby sites.

Visit the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village, comprising the Zululand Historical Museum, Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum, Zululand Mission Museum, KwaZulu Natal Papermakers, Adams Outpost Restaurant, and The Hairy Caterpillar Craft Shop and Gallery. Experience the Eshowe Butterfly Dome where the Emperor Swallowtail can be seen, amongst other beautiful species.

Zulu villages nearby. Zulu cultural tours and Battlefield tours can be arranged as day trips.

Play golf on the 18-hole golf Course at Eshowe Hills. Tennis, squash, cricket, rugby, and volleyball available at the Sports Club.

Game Reserves only one-and-a-half hours` drive away, beaches half an hour. Durban's King Shaka Airport only 1hour and 5 minutes drive away.