Part two of the journey began later after breakfast. We drove back in the direction we came from turning off the N2 in Butterworth to get to Wavecrest. I’d never driven this road before so didn’t know what to expect. What kind of tourists would we be though if we didn’t pul off in Qunu to catch a picture of Madiba’s crib? (AM)
The journey proved to be quite an adventure as I have a habit for not paying too close attention to a GPS, but bar that, we couldn’t drive too fast as it was a gravel road. *Tip: Do take the insurance for your rented car when driving these routes. (TL)
Although you are literally going at a snail’s pace the whole way, It’s advisable to rather drive as early as possible because there are many animals o the road and could get tricky when it starts to get dark. (A.M)
Then Wavecrest appeared. Imagine getting stranded on a deserted island (with a few others) delicious food, entertainment and good accommodation? That’s exactly what Wavecrest is. It’s a wonderful place for an entire family with so much entertainment for adults and children alike!
I didn’t expect as many children to be honest but I guess it also depends when you go during the year. It was still school holidays so makes sense why they’d be there. Just something to remember if that’s not your vibe. (AM)
Our accommodation reminded me of a hotel I stayed at in Switzerland, a couple of years ago. All the ‘night-time’ entertainment happens in a communal area. This area has a bar, an Olympic sized pooltable, dartboard, 2 TV areas (1 for the adults and one for children), lazy lay-about couches and most importantly, a dining room! And for the price you pay, you have breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. I thought I’d never be able to do so much food, but I think the fresh air give me a very healthy appetite and I kept eating. Which is exactly what we did when arrived. We went to dinner and spent the rest of the evening playing pool. (TL)
The location was really spectacular. The resort is on the ocean and surrounded by sand dunes and forests which really drives home the sea of being away from everything. There are about 30 rooms and some are stand alone rondavels which look really cool and others are connected but still maintain that rural getaway feel. Not all of them have direct sea views so might be worth while requesting this when you book although one isn’t really going to be spending much time inside the actual rooms to really miss out if you don’t have a sea view. (AM)
The rooms are definitely set up for a ‘switch-off’, with no television and only a bath. As you can see, the bed allows for long, lazy mornings ☺ If only the food didn’t keep calling my name. (TL)
Breakfast kicked off our Saturday morning and by 11:00 we started on our first excursion: a hike. To get from our ‘island’, we hopped onto little orange canoes to cross over to the other side. (TL)
The canoes are also available throughout the day incase you want to take one out on the river (AM)
I was a tad unprepared for this hike (don’t wear shorts, there are too many things to scratch you) that took us through a lovely seaside forest that brought about the most beautiful of surprises with a view second to none! You’d never think that by turning your back on this view while standing on the top of a dune, you’ll see the sea on the other side.
The hike took us through a forest and all the way back to the seaside, but before getting all the way down to the sea, it was a bit of a sandslide down! (TL)
Whilst the branches and grass can get a tad rough, the hike overall is very mild and you don’t even need to be fit to go on it. As with any hike its the luck of the draw in terms of what kind os animals you get to see, we unfortunately didn’t get to see much but the views make up for any missed opportunities as far as animal life is concerned. (AM)
If you can’t bring yourself to use your own legs while taking a break, how about a horseride? This can also be booked through reception.
The hike ended just in time for lunch and after the ‘tough’ morning and lots to eat, a lazy afternoon which consisted of massages at the Spa, was in order. I opted for a leg and foot massage, while Boyfriend decided to go all out and get a full body massage.
Time really flew at Wavecrest and soon it was time for the rugby, which the men watched in the communal area and then we had dinner and watched a movie. (TL)
The communal area is a bit of a “Boys bar” with a massive pool table, darts board and TV lounge. (AM)
We departed soon after breakfast and the drive back might’ve taken a tad longer than the drive there. As you can see, we had lots of traffic in the form of cows. This is their area, so we decided to respect their place and just take a few pics (if you ever head to Wavecrest and see this one, say hi to her from me).
We returned to East London and because we had about 2 hours before we needed to be at the airport, Boyfriend decided to take me to the Windmill Roadhouse. This is an institution in East London, like Wembley is in Cape Town. We ordered lunch and headed to the beach for lunchtime with a view.
It’s crazy to see how much Windmill has evolved over the years. I remember taking the bus to boarding school in the early 90’s and this was already then the East London stop but the shop was just one small little building. It’s pretty much it’s own little mini shopping complex now. (AM)
Very soon it was time to leave the Eastern Cape and the best thing was that we made it home nice and early on Sunday evening, which means we could ease into the new week. After planning this trip for months, I couldn’t believe that it had come to an end, but that can only mean one thing – it was lots of fun! (TL)
There is still so much of the wild coast that we did not see and even for this trip it was a toss up between Wavecrest, Port St Johns or Coffee Bay. We definitely need to plan another trip next year and this time bring some of our Cape Town friends along. Even though I’m not big on long road trips, this is one that would definitely be worth the effort. (AM)