Lost in False Bay

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

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Said goodbye to Max, the friendly Jack Russell and headed off to False Bay to see if we could be more successful with the hiking.

The first trail we started on was the Dugandlovu Trail. No maps, no trail markers and paths going off in every which direction! After spotting a couple of red duikers and crested guinea fowl we decided we weren't really enjoying been lost in the bush and returned to the entrance gate.

Next we tried the Mphophomeni Trail. This was much better marked and besides all the red duiker we also saw some nice red-faced mouse birds.

After the hike we drove down to False Bay, but the water was so low all we could see was a shimmer where the water was in the distance. We did spot a magnificent long crested eagle here though who was perched in a tree.

Stopped at a local fruit market on our way down to St. Lucia town and picked up 8 avocados for about $1. We also stopped in Mtubatuba to get some supplies from the Spar and a bottle shop. Like so many bottle stores outside the main cities this one sold mainly beers with a couple of token bottles of wine. I guess wine is only popular with the whites.

St. Lucia looks a bit touristy but in a nice way. We went to Bibs Hostel that got a bad write up in the Lonely Planet, but our en-suite double with kitchenette was great.

We did a quick walk out on some boardwalks to the beach that evening and saw greater flamingoes, gray heron, giant kingfisher, crocs, hippos, gray headed gull, trumpeter hornbill, red duiker, hadeda ibis and a whole bunch of Jack Russell and fishermen on the misty beach.
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