The Makuya Nature Reserve is a government-owned nature reserve situated near the Pafuri Gate of the Kruger National Park. It shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park enabling its visitors to have unrestricted access to BigFive sightseeing as well as all other species of the region. The accommodation facilities offer a combination of log cabin suites with own kitchen for families and tented camps with communal braai and kitchen area.
The project scope of work for the IDD included:
- construction of six two-bed sleeper wooden chalets;
- construction of a laundry facility; and
- refurbishment of the swimming pool.
The DBSA and the client opted to have the chalets built of wood, floors and ceilings made of wood planks and roof with clay tiles. The wooden building material used makes the cabins cool in summer and warm in winter. Affordable and efficient water service infrastructure was chosen.
The cabins are equipped with showers instead of bath tubs.
Pathways were built with natural rocks sourced within the reserve utilising labour intensive technology.
Overall, the Makuya Nature Reserve project provides another good example of integrated alternative building technology with quality affordable service delivery.