South Africa has some of the most beautiful beaches

South Africa has some of the most beautiful beaches

I was supposed to fly to Richards Bay the Sunday evening and was really looking forward to seeing my friends again for the first time in 3 years. Unfortunately as I got to the front of the check in row I was informed that my flight had been cancelled and that I would only be flying out the next afternoon!! I could believe they didn’t even let me know in advance about this. Welcome to South Africa!!!

Afterwards I realized that I can probably count myself lucky as this was the first time this has happened during my travels so far.

Love spending time on a beach that isn't over crowded  with people

Love spending time on a beach that isn’t over crowded with people

Reminded again how Beautiful South Africa is!!

Reminded again how Beautiful South Africa is!!

Driving along the sand dunes to reach the beach

Driving along the sand dunes to reach the beach

Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It has a subtropical climate so it’s quite warm all year round. Needless to day that in December it is quite hot and temperatures reached into the 30’s while I was there. Armed with loads of sun block everyday I actually enjoyed the hot sunny days and it at least cooled down at night.

I missed just sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean

I missed just sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean

The seagulls screaming let me know that I was home again

The seagulls screaming let me know that I was home again

I spent the week with my friends Corli and Frikkie whom I have known since school.  I used to live just outside Richards Bay and went to High school in this town. It was hot and sunny all week and we spent a lot of time in their Jacuzzi but also went to the beach a couple of times.

 The Mangrove swamps close to the harbour.

The Mangrove swamps close to the harbour.

Our drive through the  Mangrove swamps to get to the beach

Our drive through the Mangrove swamps to get to the beach

The kids had a great time playing on the beach!!

The kids had a great time playing on the beach!!

Our first beach excursion was to Casarinas, a small beach next to the Mangrove swamps close to the harbour. This piece of beach is only reachable with a 4×4 vehicle thus it is quite unspoiled and there were no other people on the beach while we were there.

It was a lovely sunny day, great to be outside!

It was a lovely sunny day, great to be outside!

Looking out over the Indian Ocean

Looking out over the Indian Ocean

Beautiful deserted beach!!

Beautiful deserted beach!!

Further down the beach closer to the harbour

Further down the beach closer to the harbour

Some trees washed up after a storm

Some trees washed up after a storm

All along the hidden beach you can see huge uprooted trees lying half into the ocean. I was told that there was a huge storm a while ago and this washed away some beach area and washed these trees into the sea which in turn then washed back up onto the beach.

Watching the sunset over the ocean

Watching the sunset over the ocean

We sat on the beach eating sweet fresh lychees while watching the sunset over the ocean.

This was a lovely welcome back to Richards Bay!!

This was a lovely welcome back to Richards Bay!!

This was a lovely welcome back to Richards Bay!!