Capturing the beauty of South Africa’s Wild Coast

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.

Along the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape.

Along the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape.

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.

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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!

Just the beginnings of another average sunset in Africa

Just the beginnings of another average sunset in Africa

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.

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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…

Our super smart ride.

Our super smart ride.

Best of the waterfalls, we swan under this one...and thankfully only saw the Night Adder (yes, a snake!) once we'd gotten out... (I really, really don't like snakes...)

Best of the waterfalls, we swan under this one…and thankfully only saw the Night Adder (yes, a snake!) once we’d gotten out… (I really, really don’t like snakes…)

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Spot the rainbow!

Spot the rainbow!

Just a calf with its mom having lunch next to some tea...

Just a calf with its mom having lunch next to some tea…

The fields (I don't know if that's the most accurate description...but it's my description) of tea...

The fields (I don’t know if that’s the most accurate description…but it’s my description) of tea…

Some proper rural Eastern Cape locals...although we get these in Grahamstown too, which is technically (though not in my definition) a city (in my definition you can't be a city without a Woolworths Food - very scientific as you can see)

Some proper rural Eastern Cape locals…although we get these in Grahamstown too, which is technically (though not in my definition) a city (in my definition you can’t be a city without a Woolworths Food – very scientific as you can see)

 

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.

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