Brilliant warm winter weekend on the (not so) Wild Coast.
30.04.2016 - 02.05.2016
Not having done a weekend away along the coast for a while we decided on a couple of days in Cintsa before winter arrived (now Chintsa with the new official spelling, but we won't be getting into the politics of language in this blog). For those that don't know this is Cintsa East; there is also a Cintsa West just across the river, but I think East is definitely better.
We arrived on Friday which was a public holiday and took the Monday off work, so we had a good long weekend.
The accommodation of choice was a place called Waders, which is set back on the banks of the Cintsa River. Waders is a great apartment on the side of the owners house. Yes and the owners are nice people too, amazing! I've got to rate this place very highly (lets say 9 out 10). For two of us the apartment was huge, and incredibly well furnished and equipped. It had a nice feel to it (the most important aspect in my mind). I am not to keen on TVs on holiday but it is there for those that want it , and we did use the music channel on Dstv a lot. At R900 per night the price is fair....not cheap, but definitely worth what the owners have put into the place.
The apartment is double story, which provides great views over the garden and the river, and you can see the beach in the near distance. What adds to the views is that the owners of Waders have kept some of the indigenous trees and bushes. This attracts a lot of birdlife; fun to watch while having breakfast. The neighbours on the other hand bulldozed every last bush that could have vaguely interrupted their view down to the water and grassed everything. I suppose that their way of enjoying nature! Enough said.
Just a note of caution. As the apartment has a fairly steep stairway don't come here if you have a broken leg, or plan to break your leg on holiday.
What we did
Naturally first thing after arriving and unpacking was a walk on the beach. And then the next day back to the beach again and yes down to the beach every day, despite the cold wind on the last day. The beach at Cintsa East is fantastic for walking in either direction. A walk to Cefani River mouth and back is nice bit of exercise in the sun, about an hour each way if memory serves me correctly.
And for more walking, or rather `dwandling' we went up the side of the river on what looked like cattle paths from our apartment. Short but fun. We also took a walk around the settlement looking at houses and gardens. Quite an enjoyable pastime. "oooh that's nice", "did you see what they did there", "why don't we do that", etc. .... but of course on the other end of the spectrum there is "WTF" and "why don't they just go back to the city if they want to concrete everything in". Like I said it can be a fun and healthy pastime being a judge of other peoples tastes, or lack thereof.
We didn't go cycling this time, but a trip with the mountain bikes back along the main road and down the gravel to Cefani River mouth is always fun. Not too steep but enough to get the adrenaline going.
Enough of the leg exercise activities. For arm exercises we had been planning to visit Emerald Vale Breweries for a long time, so finally we took our chance. Emerald Vale is on a farm a few kilometres before Cintsa and is becoming increasingly popular. Ask the local mountain bike club who seem to have an inordinate number of rides heading to Emerald Vale. I have got to say the beer is great. We tried everything and came away with a box ....or two....of purchases. Funny, my memory is a bit hazy on that point. Hopefully they will develop their outside garden area better in the future, as this could be a great place for picnics. But then again maybe staying all day at a brewery is not a good idea.
Other than that, the weekend was spent sleeping late...yes yes yes !!! and eating great suppers while putting down a good bottle of wine (mmm alcohol seems to have crept into the blog again).
And that was that. The question is why do long weekends always seem so short?