Cebe - Abandoned camp

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mazeppa Bay

Mazeppa Bay basically consists of the Mazeppa Bay Hotel and a few private homes. By Transkei standards, the very best!! It is a large Hotel with honeymoon suite, family rooms, double rooms and rondavels.  It has an "old school" feel to it.  Nothing over the top. Comfortable and practical. Nestled in a beautiful setting of palms high above the beach.

As we mentioned before – most of the hotels have notices up saying “strictly residence only”. Mazeppa Bay Hotel was no different.  This time though, the gate guard could understand and speak English and was very helpful.  He said that the Hotel was fully booked but that we could go enquire about having lunch at reception.  Lucky shot!! Turns out we could stay for lunch (served at 13h00).  This gave us an hour to explore. 

Mazeppa has many attraction, the main one being angling.  Due to the steep continental shelf, it has much appeal for game and shark fisherman.  Mazeppa also has its own registered boat launch off the beach (wide and flat). All you need is a valid skipper's ticket to access. So too is the Spa.  While the gents fish to their hearts content the ladies spend their days sunbathing and making use of all the treatments on offer.  So much so that poor little me could not even get in for a wax!!!! Imagine my disappointment. The one and only hotel in Transkei with this facility was fully booked. The other is the suspension bridge that takes one over to the island for a better view of the Hotel and a huge rock bed ideal for fisherman to cast from.

An hour was just enough to explore the beach and island before having to be back for lunch.  Once in the dining room it reminded me of the movie “Dirty dancing” where tables had room number and guests were family.  If you recall in the movie the setting was all about the family and making sure they come back next year.  They were playing music from way before we were born and that helped set a timeless atmosphere. 

The menu was nothing to get excited about, but boy, was it good.  Good old fashioned, tasty home food.  Finley sliced tossed salad, Curry Rice Salad, Boerewors, Mash and gravy, Whipped jelly and a good cup of filter coffee.  All served with a smile.   

All and all, a good experience.  Carlos said that one should make use of their week specials and come relax there.  Another time off course.

Just one mention, don’t expect white 180 or 200 thread count linen and flowers in your room.  It is not glam.

On the way to Kei Mouth

Hardly being able to walk to the car after that big meal we started the next leg.  Feeling every bump in the road x2 because we overindulged. Now we were off to Cebe.  Pronounced Xhebe.

Cebe is a community based project in an amazing spot.  A campsite according to “Dowwe Dolla”.  This time “Dowwe Dolla” was not to blame.  Arriving at Cebe we could hardly believe our eyes.  Here was a place with immense potential lying in ruin.  Judging by the “new” buildings the project started off with a big bang and then fell by the way side.  What a pity.  So, unfortunately not much to say.  As a matter of fact we were so unimpressed that we did not even take a single photo.

This meant that we could not stay in Transkei for one last night.  We had to make our way to Kei Mouth. It was getting late and not knowing what the road condition would be like, distance and time traveled has nothing to do with what we normally work according to in SA, I was getting worried.

The minute that Kei mouth came into view, one could tell that it was on the SA side by looking at the buildings etc.  A welcome sight.

 The Ferry at Kei runs till 5 pm and 5h30pm on public holidays.  Fortunately we made it in time to the mouth to cross over.  Very smooth ride. It did not take more than 10 min to get to the other side.  It is motor operated with two men manning it.

The gipsy in Carlos would not allow him to settle right there and then.  We had to go yet another way away to Morgan’s Bay – on another dirt road!!! Not a good one either.  Just when I thought I had seen the last of the dirt roads.  Anyway, it was worth it because Morgan’s Bay campsite is lovely.
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Christine on

Hi you two travellers, really enjoying your blog, it's such a good idea. Always looking forward to the next one and just love the photos. Take care and love to you both.

Maggie Esterhuizen on

Agree the blog is great, and your photos are stunning.
Enjoy your travels and miss you guys.
Lots of Luv
Geral & Maggie

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