Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay and Umtentweni
Coffee Bay, South Africa
We left East London and headed up the coast towards an area of The Wild Coast that Bruce and his friend, Rob Boyd, had hiked some 4 years ago.
So we arrived at Hole in the Wall at a RCI resort and got a campsite. It was rather chilly and built a fire to warm up and did our best to keep warm (braai fire ... apricot wine ...) We got a key for a kitchen we were allowed to use and it was awful! The ablutions were the same ... NOT that great.
Since Bruce & I were the only campers we just showered together. At least the shower was nice and hot. But it was grubby.
Couldn't leave that place quick enough, although we met a nice couple from Margate who took tourists on shark cage diving. Left to make way to Coffee Bay, not that far away. Saw a young girl pulling a donkey who had to drag a cart but it had no wheels. We turned around to go back and take a photo! The girl became all shy, and walked away, but she had a beautiful smile.
Found Coffee Bay a typical young-folk, rasta-style, relaxed, chill-boet, dirty place. Had a drink with Joe, the Xhosa barman, at Dah-Drums, and walked around the area just to see. We found a lovely campsite, sheltered and warmer AND with better ablutions :) this site was completely fenced in and the manager came around from time to time to check that everything was OK. yeah go figure!
It had a beach right there, but we had to get a key for the gate..... Had a pleasant stay there, even stayed 2 nights. From there left to Natal and stayed at a backpackers in Umtentweni.
The road trip in the Eastern Cape was an eye-opener, area was very hilly and there were huts everywhere ... everywhere ... just how many people must that be? goats, cows, horses, dogs, pigs and people on the road, and it was a VERY potholed road. the people looked content to be there in their environment, living like that.