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 – this 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 – the dog of Africa.”   Quote from : https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/people-culture/arts-culture/africanis-the-dog-of-africa

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 !!!

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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 🙂    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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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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