Dark clouds loomed over Umngazi

… as they are today at home- hopefully to bring rain.  There is a chilly breeze though so we may not get rain .. typically autumn.  Winter is not far off sadly

This was on our first day at Umngazi which started off sunny, with a bit of cloud around and very very humid!  Our afternoon stroll up the river bank to the river mouth had dark clouds above wafting over rapidly.

This side of the river has interesting rock formations .. some round-ish and smooth (this one has a look-alike monkey paw print embedded) ..

A section of slate looking rocks …

.. and flat black rocks

I’m adding several images as I cannot get onto my Facebook albums to add them there.  In fact I cannot get onto Facebook at all!!!   It’s a mystery as to why it’s not working and everything else is .. on this laptop, which is what I use.   Hubby’s laptop has Facebook, but I can’t store and edit my photos it.  Long story .. I would need to find a new way of storing photographs as the system I use is outdated and his laptop won’t accept it.  Enough of that … let’s get back to ‘  dark clouds looming ‘  … 😉

Exposed sand banks in the river at low tide ..

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A day in the life of Umngazi guests

That’s us in this case ..  hubby and I

This is basically how each day unfolds in paradise.  Our mornings began with a cup of tea with a view .. (I am cheating here.  I took this photo on our last day.  Each day previously, feet were bare … ie flipflop-less!)

While sipping tea, breathing deep and slow, gazing .. just gazing, there is a distant sound of the gong from across the river as an employee alerts the outboard motor boat driver (or whatever you call a person who steers an outboard motor boat).  This is the mode of transport for people to cross the river from the village on the opposite bank.  It could be for one, a few or a boatful of people at a time.  This happens early mornings to work, and evenings to their homes.  There is another boat further upstream that does the same

…. and yes, those are cows on the beach.  They come down to sleep on the warm sand at night and then amble their way back to their feeding ground as the morning passes …. most evenings and mornings

…. and a horse !

Sunbird greeting a new day …

Breakfast at the communal dining room for deluxe and honeymoon suites is quiet and peaceful …

After breakfast we were hoping to cross the estuary to the main beach but there was a deep channel in one spot making it difficult.  Option two, which we took, was to catch the boat from the jetty

Walking back along the path, with the clouds building up behind us, and blue skies ahead, a family looked a little undecided as to where to sit ..

A fisherman’s catch of the morning …

To-get-to -the-beach-option-two is the boat from the jetty ..

From the beach and river bank you can see where we had breakfast (orange cushioned chairs on deck) …

A stroll to Flat Rock (far left) and back …

Dolphins playing …

Fascinating rock formations ..

A refreshing dip in the sea before heading back to the boat.  A quick dip .. up to my shoulders.   I have tremendous respect for the sea as I have had various mishaps when I was younger even though I was a strong swimmer .. and, there was no-one else in the water.   A wonderful feeling to be swimming on your own but on the other hand a bit scary as there are no shark nets

After lunch, which is a scrumptious buffet spread from starters to desserts, and which one tries very hard not to eat too much of, but temptation is far too great ..  a lie down back in the bungalow, windows wide and fan rotating, with a good book followed by a snooze and then a cup of tea while a group of village boys have a soccer coaching session 🙂

It appeared, from far, a fisherman was sitting on something whilst fishing ..

.. and so he was .. on an upturned bucket …

Another walk up to the estuary to see what the lower tide was doing to the deep trough, as one needs a bit of exercise before sundowners and dinner … another scrumptious buffet spread from starters to desserts, and which one tries very hard not to eat too much of, but temptation is far too great .. 

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Relaxation is the key at Umngazi

Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa is one of those places where, when your feet touch the ground in the car park, you know you’re on holiday.   Actually 200 metres or so before you reach the main gate there’s a hint of what’s in store …

After a long drive through the Transkei, which shouldn’t take as long as it does .. a drive on a road pitted with potholes,  some as large as cows (!), several stop-go’s (road upgrades which will take years) avoiding goats, dogs, cows, donkeys and people crossing right in front of the car and the last 12 kms off the main road after Port St Johns …  a narrow road in need of a make-over, interspersed with cows, donkeys, pigs and poohs … you see that sign ..

…. and this little piggy went ‘ wee wee wee ‘ all the way home

.. and then you see the sea!!

Warm welcoming smiles !!

Nothing and no-one is rushed.  Relaxation is the key element here.  If you have littlies, there are umpteen nannies available at all times of the day or evening, giving mommies and daddies a welcome break.  Littlies are happy .. parents are happy.  There are activities for young and old, if you wish.  If you don’t wish .. you do nothing.   You eat .. and eat!   Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all buffets, with teas in between if you have space.  We didn’t have space!  Deluxe rooms and honeymoon suites have their own communal dining room/lounge (for breakfasts only), complete with deck and plunge pool (away from the main amenities)  Hubby and I, and Gavin and Kathy (my cousins from UK) stayed in honeymoon suites 🙂   Hubby and I stayed in the same room as we had done last March – same furnishings, but refurbished bathroom, windows, patio door and flooring.   It’s really lovely !!   Most bungalows were given a make-over during the resorts major renovations and upgrades last year.

Gavin and Kathy’s bungalow .. isn’t it gorgeous ?!!!

This is ours, tucked away amongst trees …

After lunch and a snooze on the day we arrived, the four of us went for a short stroll to the estuary ..

 

Making our way back along the water’s edge to the pub for pre-dinner drinks we came across a couple (our age) seated on one of the benches looking out over the river, dunes and sea beyond.  They had just arrived on this, their first visit to Umngazi.   They found paradise, they said …  as we did on our first visit .. and as Gavin and Kathy had said a few hours before

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Serenity

My favourite set of photographs

Early morning, before our departure, absorbing as much peace and tranquility as is possible

Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa – March 2017

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We’re back !!!

We had a fabulous holiday!    Catching up with my special family in Ramsgate, four glorious days in paradise at Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa on the Wild Coast of Transkei and a weekend at Champagne Castle Hotel in Central Drakensberg breathing fresh mountain air … quite a change from the humidity of the coast.

Am still going through all the photos but here’s a taste of Umngazi …

 

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We’re on holiday for the next 12 days !

Sooooo just as a last post until our return  …

Nerine bowdeni in my garden ..

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Where are we going ?   Well, hubby and I are spending a few days in Ramsgate, Kwa Zulu Natal with cousins Barry, Gavin, Kathy and Sabrina … followed by several days at the fabulous Umngazi River Bungalows on the Transkei Wild Coast with Gavin, Kathy and hubby’s family, Cheryl and Bob, who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary !!!!!!  .. back to Ramsgate for more family time .. then hubby and I will be spending a few days in the Central Drakensberg 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Can’t wait to put my toes in the sea, sip wine, eat yummy food and lots of laughs while enjoying family time and walking in the mountains .. … …

Cheers for now !

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Garden Commodore

Another butterfly in the garden yesterday :-

Garden Commodore  – Presis archesia

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