https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShadetreePhotographyWith the three day week ahead of us, Schatz said ‘lets get out of town’.  We asked the boys what their preferred vacation location would be and they immediately mentioned Umhlanga which is where we went late last year.  So we found a great place to stay and are heading down to the coast for 4 days.  I am so looking forward to seeing the beach and ocean again – I miss it.

My ultimate home would be on the coast nestled against a mountain, it’s two of the things that feed my weary soul and the mountains are one of the things I miss the most about our five year stint in Germany.

The boys will be taking their bicycles with (yes, I’ve omitted to tell you about that, but Schatz bought Jarod a mountain bicycle two weeks backs because he’s spent a lot on shooting for Liam.  He then proceeded to buy himself a mountain bike as well … his first two outings saw me playing rescue vehicle driver due to punctures they were unable to fix).  I’m truly not keen on cycling and do not own a bicycle, so I’ve made sure I have lots of reading material downloaded to my tab and will be taking my camera.  I’m wanting to practise some photography for colour blending … love the idea and have a great eBook downloaded on the subject.

Attractions according to SA Venues : “The waters off Ballito’s Beach are the playground of the bottlenose dolphins, which frolic in the waters close to shore and are visible all year round”.  This reminded me of a short break when Taryn was around 5 and we arrived at Brighton beach on a grey morning and as we headed down the beach she got so excited as there we dolphins visible in the waves … such a sweet memory of my little blonde haired girl running up and down the beach excitedly.

“Further south of Clarke Bay is the Ballito tidal pool which caters for the young and old. The pools are well maintained, clean and are home to a wide variety of sea life.”

“The coastal town of Ballito is known for its pristine beaches, balmy weather and lush green vegetation. Residents and visitors to the town flock to the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, knowing that they will be able to satisfy all of their shopping needs in one convenient and central location.”

“The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is situated north of Ballito on the banks of the Tugela River and north of Zinkwazi.

The Harold Johnson reserve is run by KwaZulu Natal Wildlife and offers walking trails, picnic sites, a small variety of game and a large variety of bird life.

Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, both of which are national monuments, lie within the reserve. The Fort was built in 1878 on a bluff overlooking the Pont-crossing on the Tugela River. Both of these monuments played a significant role in the Anglo- Zulu war of 1879. A few war graves can also be seen on site.”

I’ve also enjoyed reading this list that people have posted and this one, so we should be able to keep ourselves well entertained.

Hope your week is fabulous … I’m off to visit the Ocean!

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6 Comments on Mini vacation on the Dolphin Coast

  1. Lynette Jacobs
    28 April 2014 at 15:01 (8 years ago)

    Enjoy your time at the beach. Hope you have stunning weather.

    • Wendy
      28 April 2014 at 20:27 (8 years ago)

      Thanks Lynette – I really am looking forward to this little break. A walk on the beach is what my soul is craving right now.

  2. Cat@jugglingact
    28 April 2014 at 19:04 (8 years ago)

    Oh enjoy! And with 4 or 5 bikes in our household I will advise you to invest in a big bottle of “slime” to pump into those wheels

    • Wendy
      28 April 2014 at 20:26 (8 years ago)

      Thanks Cat … They’ve all had punctures now and I believe Graeme got a tubeless tyre! What is ‘slime’ and where can I get it?

  3. Lynn
    29 April 2014 at 16:00 (8 years ago)

    Enjoy your time at the beach!

    • Wendy
      30 April 2014 at 05:28 (8 years ago)

      Thanks Sista 😉 I am looking forward to it so much now.