Pages

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hole-in-the-Wall - Coffee Bay - Transkei coast

Late last year Kobus told me that he really, really didn't want to be home for his 60th birthday.  We started planning a lovely summer holiday along the Kwa Zulu Natal coast.  I have always wanted to visit Hole-in-the-Wall and we booked an overnight at the Hole-in-the-Wall hotel. We heard that the road was bad...but then surely it must be worth it?  Just before we reached Umtata we turned onto the Coffee Bay road.  A tar road pitted with pot holes...but playing dodgem is part of the game?

Our first glimpse of Coffee Bay...and the end of the tar road...oh my hat!

Let me just remind you that we were not driving a 4x4...

...and my eyes were closed a lot of the time.  A road like this teaches you to pray.


Some comic relief.

Nine kilometers of road that took us a painful hour to complete.

I wonder if the locals know who all the sheep and cattle belong to.

After crawling over a hill...we found more road and more hills waiting.

At last we spotted Hole-in-the-Wall in the distance.
We booked in and started the 2,5km hike to the iconic landmark.

It is a garden of Eden here...absolutely beautiful.

 ...and there it is...The-hole-in-the-Wall.  I can imagine that if the roads were better this would be a more commercialized destination.

We just sat there for a while...so relieved after the stressful road.

On returning to the hotel the local schoolchildren were playing football on the beach.

 The next morning we went for another walk along the beach.  These locals were catching crayfish and taking oysters from the rocks.  At the moment it is breeding season for crayfish and illegal to remove from the ocean.

 The day before we arrived the hotel was visited by the Dept of Fisheries and one of the hotel guests were fined for illegally buying crayfish from the locals. The fines are as high as R10 000.

 This man was trying to sell these crayfish to us...and you can see that many of them are under size.

 Kobus is getting good at taking selfies.

It was amazing to see all the cattle on the beach...and this old girl walked on the beach with this old girl.

 This old bull was trying to challenge another herd of cattle.

 It was low tide and we could walk quiet far out towards the hole.

Driving these roads makes one realize just how easy we have it....how much we have to be grateful for.  We saw hundreds of children who walk for many kilometres on these dusty roads to get to and from school.

This car was driving in front of us in Umtata and I could not resist snapping it.  This one is for you Louisa.

So it would seem that I got my blog reading up to date to get behind again...but for the next two weeks my focus will be quality time with my soul mate, enjoying the balmy warm Natal weather and just relaxing and enjoying the moments.

xx






24 comments:

  1. great photos! the "hole in the wall" caught my eye...there is a "hole in the wall" on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state in the US. You can (or at least you could 20 years ago) walk through the "hole". We did and camped on the other side "trapped" during high tide and hiked out the next day during low tide...of course, we were the only ones camping that evening. It is on a reservation, such neat places. thanks for sharing your adventure and have a great time!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The road was not easy, but it was worth it to see these amazingly beautiful place! Thank you for sharing the photo.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Goodness - that road looks terrible but the place you got to looks so fab-o! I'm beyond jealous!

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a wonderful holiday!! LOVING all the photos... what a magical place to visit!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Stunning photo's and such an interesting time you are having. Enjoy the rest of your 'time out'. xx

    ReplyDelete
  6. Looks like a beautiful spot to enjoy your hubby's birthday, Lynette!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think that travelling that crazy road is well worth it for the final destination. Such a beautiful location. Love the cattle on the beach! Have a wonderful holiday. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Forget the blogs, enjoy that beautiful scenery and being with your love.. I reckon they should leave the road the way it is just to stop people from going to this idealic place.. the hole in the wall is spectacular and love the photo of you in front of it.. I also remember going to Fiji and seeing all the kids walking or waiting for buses to take them to school.. It does make one appreciate the blessings we just assume are there each day.. Happy Blessed Birthday K.... may the year ahead bring such intimacy with God and open your eyes to much more of Him...... much love..

    ReplyDelete
  9. So stunning! We may be going there for December this year!

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a lovely post with beautiful pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for sharing some of the photos! I hope you enjoy it! Love the one of you with The Hole in the background!! Stunning!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Firstly, that road is ATROCIOUS!!! But conversely, it means a lovely restful quiet place......hope you're having a wonderful break......that photo of you in front of the hole is really lovely.....& I wish our school children could see the photo of those kids walking to school. They might be nicer to our long suffering bus drivers who put up with DREADFUL behaviour from a few spoilt brats over here!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Haha, thank you!
    It looks like a very beautiful place. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow, that road looks hec.tic! I have never been there but heard that it is beautiful and your pictures certainly show that. Have a lovely chilled time.
    :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. LOVEEEEE the pics and I'm so totally with Kobus - staying home is nothing like being away :)


    That reminds me of that horrible potholey road we keep taking by mistake when we go to the Drakensberg but last year we stopped to take pics (did you see that post? http://www.the123blog.com/2015/01/you-could-almost-believe-were-in-ireland.html)

    Enjoy Natal!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!!! I hope your break is refreshing and that the time with your soul mate fills your soul.

    ReplyDelete
  17. What an amazing place! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful photos. (But such a horrible road! Even in a 4x4 that would not be a comfortable ride). I'm glad you're enjoying a bit of a holiday with Kobus. Enjoy!
    I used to have a penfriend in Umtata. (That was around 1960 and I can't remember her name. She must be an old lady now, like me)

    ReplyDelete
  18. What an amazing place! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful photos. (But such a horrible road! Even in a 4x4 that would not be a comfortable ride). I'm glad you're enjoying a bit of a holiday with Kobus. Enjoy!
    I used to have a penfriend in Umtata. (That was around 1960 and I can't remember her name. She must be an old lady now, like me)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love the pic of you and the cow and my! what a road. Would love to visit it though. Enjoy your rest together - precious time my friend

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh wow, what an adventure. Thank you for sharing this with all of us! So beautiful! You are also correct in needing the reminder how lucky some of us are! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  21. WOW, Lynette! I loved reading your post and seeing your amazing photos. Yes, we do have it easy, don't we? It is good to think about that once in a while! Thank you so much, my friend, for sharing your adventures and stunning photos with all of us!

    ReplyDelete
  22. That's very interesting. Have never heard of the Hole in the Wall. A real treasure!! Too bad we don't have a suitable car to visit. As you say if the road was better it would definitely be more well frequented!!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful photo's and like Helen...really nice to know about the Hole in the Wall! Looks absolutely idyllic! South Africa is surely beautiful and there is always somewhere new to visit! ;-)

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting my blog...your comments are appreciated ♥