Disappointed??? Not really

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Dolphin View (Qora Mouth)

Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shixini is about 15 km from Dwesa as the crow flies. It took us about 5 hours as we had to go there via Willowvale to draw money and fill up with Diesel. The road to Willowvale was quite horrible, guessing because of overuse. It is a small business hub.  The BP petrol station and the Chinaman was the only ones open as it was on a Sunday. 

While waiting for the diesel attendant I noticed a young girl (about 16) sitting on the floor holding a baby wrapped in a blanket.  I walked over to go into the shop and noticed the baby was very small.  When I asked she said she had just given birth.  As a matter of fact baba was not even clean yet.  By the time we done what we had to – including getting some paraffin (so it did take a while longer) the mother of the new born was on her feet and walking to wherever it was she had to go.  Incredible.

With cash in hand we set off for Shixini.  Dowwe Dolla wanted to take up on a couple of "unpaved" roads that did not exist but she got us there in the end.  Much to our despair, Shixini was just unspoiled coastline with no campsite to mention.  A few locals fishing and that was it. At least I could take a couple of pics of cactuses next to the river LOL.  We were running out of daylight time and had to make our way to Dolphin View and Kobb Inn (Qora Mouth) in the hope to find a place to set up camp.  No guarantee as no camps were listed. 

When we arrived we phoned in desperation to find out if they would have us put up camp at Dolphin Inn itself – a self catering place.  (This after we were informed that the only camp site's owners had locked the place up and gone away to Port Alfred and would not be back in a while)

Urni, his wife and daughter were kind enough to let us stay.  They blew us away with their hospitality inviting us for “home smoked” oysters.  The neighbours also joined in and subsequently offered us a full plate of fresh oysters.  Well!! We thought we hit the jackpot.  Fortunately we had 2 lemons traveling with us from Rustenburg.  We also had a bottle of “not a quiet drink” in the fridge and so the seen was set for a feast.  Did we ever enjoy this!!  Thanks to the lovely folks at Dolphin Inn.

Just before leaving we popped by the “Kobb Inn” at Qora mouth.  (Lovely spot, fishing in the river and lots of other activities according to the internet.  We did not explore any.)

Next morning up early to a magnificent sunrise.  (see pics)

PS: On the way to The Haven, we were overtaken by a speedy Range Rover. Not soon after that, the Range Rover was standing next to the road. Just gave the driver a good look and proceeded.

Well, a few minutes later there it comes again. He overtook us amongst a lot of cattle in the middle of the road. At that moment I had a few thoughts but did not take any action as we are the outsiders in this case.

A few 100 m later, there was the man standing next to his vehicle calling for us to stop. Had a good look at the surroundings and stopped far past his vehicle. There he came and introduced himself. (Cannot remember his name.) He said that noticed our number plates from the North West Province and welcomed us to his region (The Haven).We talked for a while and the most interesting part and the reason for this little story, the man is the Production Manager at Western Deep. One of the biggest gold mines in RSA.

Moral of the story, “Potential work is always around the corner”. Do not spoil it before having an understanding of the situation
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