10 DAYS OF BLISS AT KOSI BAY – Trip Report
by Lynn & Terry Espitalier
This was our first real camping trip away with the 4 x 4 club. The Govender’s the Subbiah’s and ourselves left on the Friday before the long weekend. Lucky for some us that could get the time off.
Kevin and Terry towed the boats and Danny and I towed our trailers. This was going to be a first for me towing, especially the last stretch through soft sand. I was very nervous, but thanks to Kevin’s guidance on the two way radio I managed to get to Kosi without an incident and I didn’t get stuck once. We stopped at God Knows tuck shop for the compulsory beer before we headed off to our camp.
On arriving Leonie and Phil made us feel very welcome. Our trailer was only a few days old and we were acting like real city slickers when we were trying to put up our tent. Fortunately we had a few helping hands and our tent was up in no time before Terry and I landed up killing each other.
The following morning everyone went off to put the boats into the water and to enjoy some time on the lakes. I stayed back at the camp to catch up on some sleep before I ventured out. On returning Terry could not stop raving about the time they had swimming in the channels in the lake. It was extremely hot so it was the best place to be.
While we were there we did a day drip along the road towards Black Rock, stopping off along the way at a few lovely spots to admire the breath taking views. We also stopped at Dog Point and unanimously decided that we would have to return on another day to enjoy more time there. On route everyone had the opportunity to show off their driving skills. Talia in her Jimney showed the men how capable her little car is. A few of us didn’t made great impressions on our driving skills, but it was a lot of fun and I think we learnt a few more tips on what and what not to do when tackling these steep sandy roads. The coastal area of Kosi is so unspoilt, lots of cycads and beautiful green valleys.
Simon and Ellen, who had arrived a couple of days after us decided to go to Black Rock to snorkel but we carried on to an old Kosi Bay camping site for a picnic and a few cold ones. Talia and Chanel tagged on with Ellen and Simon and reported back that the snorkelling was great and that they had a good time there.
We returned to Dog Point a few days later with a gazebo and our cooler boxes. It was low tide and a little overcast when we arrived but it wasn’t long and the sun was beating down on us. We all spent a lot of time swimming, snorkelling and just enjoying this lovely spot.
Every evening Terry made us a lovely festivity fire and we enjoyed lovely meals on the braai and a few really good curries.
On the long weekend more members arrived. Unfortunately we had a problem with some campers camping a little too close for comfort but after a little relocating everyone was happy.
Our guide Smanga took us to Lake 4 where no one is allowed. What a treat it was!!! It’s absolutely beautiful and so untouched. Danny pointed out the Palm Nut vultures to us. I thought that they were Fish eagles but it turned out that Danny was right. There are beautiful palms and huge water lilies all along the sides of the channel. The water here is not as clean as the other lakes but the scenery is really stunning. The bird life everywhere is absolutely amazing. I was very excited to see flamingos.
We spent the last few days chilling on the boats and trying to fish but we were not rewarded with even a bite.
One evening a few people managed to see the turtles that had just hatched and were making their way to the sea. A wonderful experience for anyone that has not had the opportunity to witness these turtles that are so vulnerable once they have hatched.
The days passed by so quickly.
On our last evening the local children treated us to a lovely show. Dancing and singing Easter songs and even getting a bunch of us to join them in dance.
Before we knew if it was time to return back to Durban.
It was a very memorable 10 days, lots of laughter and teasing was had by all. I look forward to returning again someday.
A special thanks goes to the Govender’s who went out of their way to make it an awesome weekend for all to enjoy. Thanks again.
P.S. Terry sometimes does strange thing s and didn’t let us down. One morning instead of taking his vitamins that I had put out for him, he decided that he liked the colour of one of my pills, which happened to be blue, this happened to be my hormone pill. Anyway we teased him and told him that he was going to grow breasts, which earned him a new name “Cookie”.