These were taken in January along the Wild Coast in a tiny place called Mbotyi…we may have not had access to an actual shop, we may have heated our geyser by building a fire beneath it and we may have had a lot of blood ‘drawn’ by mozzies…but at least this beauty was our daily reward.
We didn’t stay at this River Lodge, but we did get to visit it, enjoying a delicious supper, some very pink cocktails and the use of their swimming pool.
Mboyti and its surrounds are very much in the rural Eastern Cape, while there are some patches of tarred roads, there is also a lot of dirt road, and massive amounts of dust!
So there are actually quite a number of interesting things to get up to, even in such a rural location. Firstly there is warm sea, sun and sand, hello tanning heaven! Secondly, for those so inclined there is plenty of fishing options from the lagoon to the sea with aid available from the locals in carrying all that stuff needed with fishing (clearly I fish…right?) to pointing out the ‘good rocks’ to sit on (or in my case read on) while waiting to get a bite. While amongst our party the most commonly caught sea creature was actually a very unattractive eel…there were a few decent bites too.
Another fun activity was a drive organised by the people of the Mboyti River Lodge where we went to observe all the (stunning) near by waterfalls, and where we got to see some local rural Eastern Cape life as well as some tea plantations…
To conclude, another thing that we did often was to go for long, incredibly scenic walks, and as shown below , there was definitely no shortage of these.