Zingela Easter Weekend 2015
The Kosi outing never happened this year due to a bit of a booking mix up so Lynn Espitalier suggested to a few, what about joining them on a trip to Zingela.
Zingela is a fantastic place set amongst the hills and indigenous bush on the banks of the Tugela River with the closest town being Weenen around 30 kilometres away.
Lyn booked us all into the bush camp which was for us and nobody else, what an absolute pleasure and getting away from it all with no one but a few good friends for the whole weekend. Ok we did go to the main bar which is situated a few kilometres away at the main lodge area, but this was purely at Terry consistently reminding us, “How dare we miss the Sharks VS Crusaders game”. Looking back now, sitting on the banks of the Tugela watching the water go by would have been far more entertaining than what we did, probably would have drunk less as well. Thanks Terry, a really great idea of yours. Kevin Govender who pitched up just before the final whistle thankfully blew, asked why we were watching school boy rugby?
Zingela has quite a bit to offer for the outdoor enthusiast, you can do river rafting as we did which is a lot of fun, you can take canoes if you are more experienced and then of course there’s 4×4 driving , hiking or walks all in this massive expanse of bushveld with plenty of wildlife around.
The road to Zingela is itself a very pleasant 4×4 drive and you can do a bit of game viewing along the way where you may spot, Wildebeest, warthog, giraffe, kudu European Wild boar as well as the local bush pigs.
Out bush camp was on Warthog Island which when the rains come and the river bursts it’s banks does become an island but the noise of the river coming down should give one enough warning that the time may be right to seek an alternate campsite a little higher above the river level.
We took drives along the river bank, up and down stream, we did river rafting, we went game viewing and we just chilled in our quiet bush camp. A really great weekend, thanks Lynn.
If any of you are interested in Zingela, google Zingela or phone 036 3547005