Hole in the Wall and Coffee Bay, Dec 25 2009


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January 8th 2010
Published: January 8th 2010
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Christmas didn't bring us much joy in terms of weather, but we still decided to go to Coffee Bay, a town about 190 km from Port St Johns, known for its black pebbled beaches. We also planned to visit Hole in the Wall, a rock formation in the sea about 9 km from Coffee Bay that creates unique and sometimes very loud sound due to the hole in the wall amidst the water

The road from Port St Johns to Mtata was nice and very scenic. From Mtata to Coffee Bay (distance of 90 km), we encountered the first hole, I mean potholes. Massive ones, strewn across the road for almost 40 km. Driving there was like rally driving, we must have driven couple of km sideways to avoid the holes.

Once we reached Coffee Bay, the view was stunning, the colors of the sky, sand and mountains mixing up to create magic.

We drove from Coffee Bay to Hole in the Wall on a scenic gravel road.

Hole in the Wall has a lovely beach as well, we spent little more than an hour there, the kids loved the water and we had to struggle hard to get Shaurya out of there 😊

On the way back, we hit a pothole real bad causing a flat tire and had to switch to the spare tire, which limited us to 80 km/h speeds. But what's an African roadtrip without some adventure 😊

So the return journey took longer, the roads were also full of drunk revelry (saw significant underage drinking also) thanks to people celebrating Christmas

The drive from Mtata to Port St Johns was in the evening, in complete mist and very low visibility among winding, hilly roads. Was scary at times, but Rusty and Balram bhaiya managed deftly to get us back to some drinking of our own at Port St Johns


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