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EXPLORE TOUR NINE

PORT EDWARD | UMTAMVUNA | WILD COAST

909 AFRICARVE

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WILD COAST SUN

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WATERWORLD

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Visit our showroom on Old Pont Road, Port Edward. Open Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30 Call Kevin or Duane Simpson for weekend appointments. Call: 039 311 2309 Visit: www.africarve.co.za GPS: S31°3’22” E30°11’35”

Take time out to discover what the Wild Coast Sun has to offer! Accommodation, a spectacular Golf Course, Tennis, Squash, Lawn Bowls, Horse Riding, Movies, Tenpin Bowling, Waterworld, Wild Waves Waterpark, Video Magic games, Magic Jungle for Children, Health Spa, Restaurants, Conference Centre and Casino. Call: 039 305 9111 Email: wcpro@za.suninternational.com

River cruises daily 10:30 – 12:00. 13:00 – 14:30 High season 10:30 – 12:00 – 14:30 – 16:00 Water sports include: Jet Skis – Tube Rides Speed Boat Rides – Wake Snake Rides Paddle Boats – Canoes & Motor Boats Enquire about River Cruise Functions Braai Cruises – Booze Cruises – Sundowner Cruises Situated at The Wild Coast Sun Open Daily from 09:00 – Day visitors welcome Call: 039 305 3024. GPS S30°04’269” E030°11’53” Google Wild Coast Waterworld - Umtamvuna

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EXCERPTS FROM AN ARTICLE BY TRAVEL WRITER COLLEEN SETCHEL

I gulped another mouthful of water and kept moving forward. A red sand dune loomed up in front of me and I struggled to keep my footing as the sand gave way with every step. I'd heard that walking through deserts was hard work but I thought I was doing okay. After all, I have a small bottle of water, sunglasses and my suncream, that should be okay. Shouldn't it? Well, it is if you're visiting what is reputed to be the smallest desert in the world. Called the Red Desert because of the striking red sand, it is just 11ha big and only 200m across. Any idea where it might be? Australia? North Africa? Spain? No? Well, actually, it lies inland from the Indian Ocean, 170km from Durban on the south coast of Natal, South Africa, just outside the small holiday town of Port Edward. Rare and vulnerable plants have been found in this area as well as South Africa's national flower, the Protea, which can be seen growing between the rocks. I have also since heard that there are discussions about putting the area under protection as 4x4 enthusiasts have discovered it works very well as a practice ground. In the desert itself, I found more red rock than red sand although you do have to cross a few sand dunes when you first arrive. It feels so strange to walk around knowing that all you need to do is look up and you can see a row of houses along the one edge, peering out from between some tall trees. 50

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There are different stories as to how the desert was formed. I'm still not sure which are true and which aren't but my favourite one is that the Zulu warrior king, Shaka Zulu, overgrazed this area with his cattle. I close my eyes and imagine the fierce Zulu warriors camped nearby planning their next strategic move. Their cattle lowing softly in the area I am standing right now. I can almost hear Shaka barking his orders, commanding respect and dishing out punishment to anyone who dared defy him. When I've finished imagining being part of South Africa's history, I take my final photos and start heading back. I can't help imagining that with a little protection and maintenance, this could really be a fab tourist spot. Imagine that? A real desert in the middle of a tropical coastline. South Africa really does have it all.

The Southern Explorer - Winter 2012  

The Southern Explorer is the South Coast’s established, trusted and effective Route Guide!

The Southern Explorer - Winter 2012  

The Southern Explorer is the South Coast’s established, trusted and effective Route Guide!

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