Fun in the Sun

Story and photos by Brian Jefferies

Located at Kelso valley on the KZN south coast, this resort is owned and run by Mike Scherius. I first met Mike a number of years ago when he ran the park with his dad, Bob. During 2002 they changed the name from Kelso Caravan Park to River Valley Resort. Mike became involved with a lot of clearing up, in sorting out the gardens and the buildings. He listened to his clients, implementing a lot of their suggestions to get the resort into the shape that caravanners and campers expect.

Then Mike decided to return to Joburg to pursue his career, leaving his father to continue running the resort. Sadly, his father passed away in April 2012. This event turned Mike’s world upside-down, but in a positive way. He relinquished his career, and left his friends and family back in Gauteng to come and run the resort once more.

He was very fortunate to have a loyal staff member, Sarie, (his manageress) on his side, to take control in the interim. She successfully managed the resort between April and September 2012, making sure that everything ran smoothly. Mike arrived in October 2012; and, since then, he and his team have dramatically upgraded the entire venue.

In January this year, they implemented a lot of new projects, including upgrading the ablutions and the scullery by removing all the tiles, and re-tiling the walls and floors of every room.

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