Natal South Coast.
On an overcast day and nine and a half hours after leaving Johannesburg, we arrived at Caribbean Estates. The resort is situated about 160 kms South of Durban on the N2 highway.
We were allocated a first floor unit overlooking a charming lake on which a variety of ducks swam around. Two peacocks perched on our balcony railing as if to welcome us to the resort.
After unpacking and checking the inventory we took a walk around the estate. We found a boardwalk and followed it through dense tropical bush to where it ended on a clean white beach. A few fishermen were trying their luck from the beach. We resolved to take many long walks along the beach during our stay here. The beach has got no shark nets or lifeguards, but Marina Beach about 15 kilometers to the North is one of the three Blue Flag beaches in the province and is really a beautiful place to spend a day.
In the past we had often driven past the resort being intreagued by the blue roofs of the units sticking out above the tropical brush. At last we had the opportunity to spend a few days at this charming resort.
Our unit was on the first floor with a large balcony overlooking a smallish lake, as I mentioned before with a variety of water birds. In a nearby palm tree hundreds of weavers were busy building their nests. On the balcony was a table with chairs and a barbeque. We looked forward to barbequeing on our balcony.
The living area was open plan with two leather couches in the lounge, one being a sleeper couch. The dining area had a table with four chairs. A bar counter with four bar stools separated the kitchenette from the dining area. The well equipped kitchen had a stove, microwave, large fridge and all the usual crockery and cutlery.
Leading out from the bedroom was a neat, tiled bathroom with a bath with shower extension. We found everything in the unit to be in working condition and spotlessly clean.
Caribbean Estates is a private estate and therefore also has private houses as well as the timeshare units. As such, security is very tight and we felt quite safe during our stay.
We found the monkeys to be a bit of a pest and doors and windows have to be kept closed at all times. They stole our bread right out of the bread bin while we were actually in the apartment. From then on we kept everything closed at all times.
All the staff that we met at Caribbean Estates wer friendly and efficient.
The Umtamvuna river borders the estate. The river is navigable for about 4 kilometers inland. The resort has a boat launch facility, so bring your boat along! Fishing can be done in the river as well as from the beach.
We whipped up a quick snack, watched a bit of Television, 10 DSTV channels are available
We hit the hay quite early as we were tired after the long trip
The next day was a Sunday and we took a short drive all along the coast to the shopping mall in Margate where we stocked up on supplies for the week.
On the way back we stopped at the Waffle House in Ramsgate and had yummilicious Belgian waffles, their speciality.
Back at the resort we unpacked the supplies and took a short drive across the river to the Wild Coast Sun, a hotel and casino complex. From there we took a shuttle bus to their Waterworld where we went on an hour long cruise up the river at only R50 per person for pensioners.
By the next day we began feeling the need to get in some exercise and again took a long walk along the beautiful white beach, one of the nicest beaches I have ever come across.
For lunch we once again visited the Wild Coast Sun where we also tried our luck at the slot machines.
We spent a lazy afternoon catching up on correspondence and sorting out the many photos we had taken so far.
On one of our drives we came across a charming place right alongside the road to the North, about 12 kilometers from the resort. Going by the name of Mac Banana they stock a vast selection of weird and wonderful preserves and a selection of fresh fruit and also a variety of cheeses. They also have a pancake bar that serves the most delicious pancakes, well worth a stop if you happen to drive by.
More things to do in the area:
There are good restaurants in the neighbouring towns.
Relax on one of the three Blue Flag beaches.
Visit the Wild Coast Sun and Entertainment Centre
Go boating, skiing or jetskiing on the river.
Fish in the river or from the beach.
Play tennis on the resortís two floodlit tennis courts.
Drive a 4X4 trail.
Play golf at the Wild Coat Sun.
Go whale and dolphin viewing.
Go mountain biking.
Taking all the above activities into account there is no reason to be bored. On the other hand, if it is well earned rest you are after, ignore the above and just read, sleep, rest , watch TV and in the late afternoon have a bbq on your patio. After all, isnít that what a holiday is all about?