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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!!