The Haven and Dwesa

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Saturday, April 28, 2012

The road to The Haven is good and well signposted. It was an easy drive.  We arrived to one of the gates to Dwesa Nature reserve.  Friendly staff to assist.  Costs R20 per car to go into the reserve. 

Driving down the road with dense vegetation a striking Light House in White and Red makes for a lovely photo opportunity against the blue of the ocean.  Quite a number of fishing boats could be seen just off shore.  Dwesa Nature Reserve is home to "the Haven Hotel".  A beautiful spot with neat buildings and a seemingly well run setup.  They have outside rooms for R450 full board.  No teas and scones or lunches out of the routine times.  The Haven is thus not a day visitor's spot.

 In which case, we decided to have a picnic in the reserve instead. This turned out to be a great choice! About 3 km from the Hotel the road comes to an end at a spectacular spot at the mouth of yet another river. On the  way there the road had a canopy of spider webs between the trees (see pics) overhanging the road,  this made us think before entering as we were not sure if the road was still in use or if we would be able to turn around with the trailer at the end. We got out and walked the road for a distance and then made the call to go ahead.

Once there, we opened the trailer kitchen, and made some chicken mayonnaise sarmies with cold chicken from the night before's braai. With coffee and Milo to complement it.  Just the two of us. Tummies happy + hearts happy.

 Now we were off to Dwesa were the camp site is.  Again the staff was very professional.  We could choose from any stand as there were many available (in fact no one else in the section where we put up camp). We picked number 33 as it was next to a tap and on a bit of a hill surrounded by forest and with the sound of the waves just loud enough to hear.   They don’t have electrical points at Dwesa but they have lots of fresh water.  This allowed us to wash the trailer before setting up camp. 
You cannot imagine how much mud and cow poo got stuck to every part of the car and trailer.

The fact that we had water on tap was even more of a blessing as we picked up a problem with the kitchen door of the trailer, dust was getting into it.  Leaving the cutlery and crockery dusty.  If you had seen the roads and amount of dust – it is actually not too bad.  We will however rectify the problem before doing more dirt road traveling.  Hopefully as soon as we get out of Transkei.  I could also clean out both fridges. So, it is good to have things “good, clean and fresh” again.

Dwesa has been a favourite of mine (Anita) as it was as if we were the only people on earth.  Not a sound other that nature and a lovely setting.  I slept like a rock.  I would have loved to stay longer but we unfortunately ran out of cash and they had no debit or credit card facilities.  The closes was in Willowvale – about 2 hours away.

We took it real easy the next morning taking time out to enjoy the surroundings and only started packing up after a late breakfast at around 11am.  Lesson we learned is that it gets very hot and packing up at that time rather than early morning makes for HOT work.
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