Sundowner cruise at Umngazi

Today is one of those days when I don’t feel like doing anything.¬† It’s Sunday ūüôā¬†¬† No yoga, pilates, gym of any sort, and no school runs.¬† Just as well .. I have a head cold.¬† Fuzzy brain and all things that go with a cold, which reared it’s head with a sneeze yesterday afternoon !!¬† ¬†And it’s a little cloudy and chilly outside.

What better day¬†to go¬†through my Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa photographs and picking out a few from our booze cruise, which I might add, was an evening similar to today .. cloudy and cool.¬† The only difference is that rain was imminent which thankfully didn’t materialise

Grey Heron ..

Highlight of the cruise is watching an African Fish Eagle swoop down to catch a fish.¬† Kevin, the legendary Sundowner cruise guide,¬†attracts the attention of the pair of Fish Eagles with his ‘Fish¬†Eagle bird calls’¬† and, if you’re lucky, they both take the bait.¬† We were lucky.¬† Last year, on our last holiday, ¬†only one attempted the pick-up without success.¬† This time we were privileged to hear both their calls in response to Kevin’s and watch them swoop and grab the fish which Kevin throws into the water

African Fish Eagle followed by a Yellow-billed Kite (in distance at bottom of photo below) which take the sardine bait if the Fish Eagle is not successful

Too quick for me to capture the pick-up …

Yellow-billed Kite about to grab the second sardine …

Both Fish Eagles were successful with their catch.  Awesome to watch !!!

Grey Herons again ..

Not the best photo:¬† on our way back along the river the pair had finished their fish meal …

This was something different from last year’s cruise … a sing-a-long!!!¬†¬†¬† Great fun!!

Kevin tied a blanket around his waist representing an African woman who, in some nationalities/tribes, have large buttocks and thighs, the wiggling of which is part of their traditional dancing.    It was hilarious !!!

Traditional dancing (with shaking and wiggling hips)¬† on Saturday nights at Umngazi ¬†…

Another scrumptious meal to look forward to that the evening


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While we waited for the boat ..

Continued from previous post ..

I took a few photos while hubby and I waited for the ferry to fetch us

Village boys having fun!!  They were filling small plastic containers with sand, throwing them into the water and diving in to retrieve them from the bottom

I watched, and took photos, of this bird circle and dive for a fish Рthis was the only clear pic

Here come our ride ..

Location:  Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa

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A lone bull

Returning from our walk (see previous post) our canine companions had disappeared from sight, we made our way, over the¬†sand dunes,¬†to the gong pick-up point to ferry us across the river we came across a lone bull.¬†¬† He was rather skinny and sad looking.¬† Does anyone know about cattle?¬† Would he be really old and ready to die and therefore all alone?¬† Or is he just having some ‘me-time’ away from the herd?

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Walking with Africanis (the dog of Africa)

Some dismiss them as mongrels and strays. But these dogs are a distinct breed, endemic to southern Africa and with a proven lineage going back some 7 000 years. They are the Africanis ‚Äď the dog of Africa.”¬†¬† Quote from :

Some employees at Umngazi River Bungalows catch the boat from beach to lodge at the spot where the gong stands (to alert boat driver people need to cross).¬†¬† On this particular early morning I heard¬†mournful howls from¬†several village dogs as their owners crossed the river …¬† naturally I zoomed in to have a peek

They were still there when hubby and I walked to breakfast ..

They were still there when we ourselves crossed the river for a morning walk along the beach, over the hill and onto the adjacent beach ..

… and then they latched onto us, following us the entire way there, and back !¬† ..¬†‘picking up’ a puppy on the way back (not literally for fear of ticks and¬†dreaded tick bite fever !)

They played with each other all the way along the beach, including with a crab ..

Path¬†goes from beach, over the hill to¬†adjacent beach¬†…

Doggies were not happy seeing us take the path but followed anyway …

Spot the dog ..

Went through thick coastal bush …

Another unspoilt beach … isn’t it beautiful !

I had to have a dip in the sea here.¬† Strange feeling to be the only one in the sea …¬† (I am not in the photo but took it to remember my swim there .. in that spot !)

I had to pack my camera away while climbing up the hill again – it was very steep !

Dogs sheltered from the extremely hot sun whenever possible …

This is the puppy …

Yellow-billed kite …

Nearing ‘our’ beach again, walking through the thick coastal bush …

Back on the beach the dogs ran off to play together and walk and run with other people.  As for the puppy .. he followed the bigger dogs and eventually ended up on the other side of the river opposite the main hotel.  I am hoping he found his way back to his owner/s or found a new home.  Quite distressing actually, but what can one do in this environment

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Tidal wave in the Umngazi River mouth

I called it a mini Tsunami as I’ve never seen this before, mainly because I’ve never been close to a river mouth as the tide rises in the sea and¬†consequently the river.¬†¬† This particular morning, as I sipped my early morning tea on the deck of our bungalow, I noticed the sea was louder than usual.¬† Zooming in to the waves, they were bigger than usual..

I then noticed the river swelling in waves and naturally had to walk down to investigate …

There it was … an ultra-mini Tsunami !!!

Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa – Transkei Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

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Celebrating 50 years of marriage !!

A very special occasion indeed !!!   Cheryl and Bob celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with us at Umngazi !!!   I thought couples celebrating 50 years were old !!  These two are not in that category at all !!!  Not even close !!!

It was a glorious evening for a special occasion

Colours changed from yellows to pinks ..¬† this was the day of very dark cloudy sky with rain seemingly approaching which didn’t transpire in the end.¬† Clouds drifted off and we were left with this glorious sunset and a cloudless sky while dining on the deck

A gift from Umngazi¬†management and staff to celebrate ūüôā¬† ¬† How special is that !!!!¬†¬†¬† …¬† and being a Saturday it’s fish night at Umngazi.¬†¬† A buffet table groaning with crayfish, mussels, calamari, fresh line fish and more …. as well as roasts for those who don’t/can’t eat fish of any kind

Only photo I have of our delicious meal is my plate of fish deliciousness !!

And then …. every Saturday night, when everyone as consumed all that fishy deliciousness, the staff perform their traditional dancing.¬† It’s fabulous !!

Super ending to a fantastic day and special celebration !!

Cheers,  Bob and Cheryl, to many, many more happy and loving years ahead !!!  We love you lots xxx

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Blue water and white dunes at Umngazi

It was a magical moment !!!¬†¬† As hubby and I walked along the path back to our bungalow for an afternoon snooze after lunch the colours of the river, dunes and sky popped out !!!¬†¬†¬† Unfortunately I wasn’t fast enough to capture¬†the¬†stark white dunes before clouds¬†cast¬†shadows¬†..¬† (colours haven’t been enhanced – this is what we saw)

Pure magic !¬†¬† … at Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa


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