23 November 1997

South Africa: Nudist colony to bare all in Nelspruit

Nelspruit — Nudists devastated by the closure of Beau Brummell's nudist resort earlier this year, could soon bare all at a new nudist colony to be established in the sub-tropical town of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

Hendri le Roux, one of five partners involved in the venture and the owner of a cash loans business in Hazyview, said the nudist colony could open as soon as next month.

"We wouldn't have any rondawels built yet, but we would have showers and people could bring their tents," he said. He said he could not believe the amount of interest shown by traditionally conservative Lowveld residents, after he placed a small advert about the nudist colony in a local newspaper.

"I've had a hell of a lot of phone calls, I only expected about two or three calls, but at least 60 people have already phoned me," he said.

"The phone's driving me crazy," he added, laughing.

He said some calls could be from "dominees", but that "lots of dominees were naturists".

"It's only strippers who don't become naturists because they have to pay to strip," he joked.

Le Roux has been a nudist for 21 years, first frequenting Sandy Bay near Cape Town, before becoming a regular at Beau Valley near Warmbaths after he was transferred as a bank manager to Nelspruit in 1984.

"I can't imagine going to an ordinary holiday resort. Naturists are one big family, they're true friends and don't skinder," he said.

He said the Nelspruit nudist colony would be only six kilometres from the recently opened Emnotweni Casino in Nelspruit.

"But it will be very private, with rondawels, a camp site, and a dam where there is a tree and rope from which people can swing and jump into the water," he said.

He said swinging from a rope would be the only kind of swinging taking place at the nudist colony.

"This will not be a swinging resort, although you do find some naturists who are swingers," he said.

He said nudism was not about swinging, where couples swapped spouses and had sex with other people, but about enjoying the natural, naked body without any shame.

"At a nudist colony, once you've seen what you want to see, what else is there to see? It takes any kinkiness out of it," said le Roux.

He said the resort was not interested in "perverts" and that strict controls would be kept. He said the nudist colony was also aimed at Lowveld clients who would otherwise have to travel at least 1 000 km to and from a nudist resort in Rustenburg, or to a resort in Cullinan.

"People from other areas will also love it here, because we've got such beautiful weather," added le Roux. He said the nudist colony should be officially opened in January.

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