The Itinerary

The Itinerary

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 9, St Lucia Wet Land National Park to Durban

Thursday, April 9, Day 66 - St Lucia Wet Land National Park to Durban

We sleep well last night in the cool dark room. Since it is only about three hours on into Durban we are in no hurry this morning. Durban is the financial certer for the East Cost of South Africa. We are heading for the upscale area of U Rocks a small well heeked beach enclave just north of the City. Joan serves a nice English breakfast out on the veranda. While we are eating a grandfather from Johannesburg and his two college age granddaughters from England show up. He has brought the girls to see the area. They are planning a beach day today and Joan has prepared a lunch hamper for them.

We load up and with instructions from Joan on where to find a couple of sovieneers we want we head out. The beach area in town is out first stop, but there are two semi official looking young men stopping cars collecting any alcohol in the cars. They stop us, of course, and we have some wine. They say they will hold it until we return...right...we say no thanks we will pass. Our main plan for this morning is to drive the 70KM round trip out to the Cape. It is supposed to be interesting...a combination game drive and beach day. Well, this is Easter week vacation in South Africa and by 10 AM this morning about 25 cars have the same idea. It is taking about 5 minutes for each car to do the paper work, check for alcohol and pay the this rate it will take over an hour before we get near the gate so we give it a pass. The road would have been really congested too. We will just have to come back! Our next stop is the crocodile farm to pick up a couple of really cute signs as souvenirs.

Leaving the farm we see another road down to the beach area and decide to try it. It is also guarded but this elderly man just waves us on when we tell him what we want to do...we are obviously not dressed for a day at the beach. Glad we made it to beach. It is a beautiful coast, white sand blue water big breakers and huge sand dunes. There are many families set up for the day. We get some pictures and just enjoy the scene then head on to Durban.

The road is good interstate quality. Even though there is traffic we move right along and are at the hotel before 2PM. The oyster Box will be our home for the next two nights. It is a small hotel and absolutely stunning. As we check in we are told we have been upgradec to an ocean front cabana suite. Tunrs out to be a very nice large room with a covered private outdoor living area and patio which has a gated path leading to the pool and the beach. WOW!! We settle in and order a room service lunch of hamburgers and cokes. The waiter delivers and sets lunch up out on the patio with quite a flourish! The food is great with grilled onions bacon and cheese on the burger and a sweet chilli dipping sauce for the fries!!

 We wonder around the hotel, read listen to the surf and just plain relax the rest of the afternoon. We have a really early call tomorrow for Dick’s 13 hour tour of the Zulu Battlefields and we ate so much and so late in the afternoon, we are not hungry for dinner so just have some cocktails and snacks on the patio and call it a night, but not before they come in and decorate our room with rose petals and candle light!  


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