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Offline Knucklhead

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Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2019, 05:10:28 pm »
wow, very mooi  :thumleft:
 
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Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2019, 05:50:20 pm »
Looks brilliant,thks for the info.
 
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Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2019, 01:18:16 pm »
Thanks for sharing. Didn't even know it existed, looks like our type of place....think I need to make a plan.
 

Offline wildside

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2019, 02:02:50 am »
Lekker-Nice you two
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Good to hear from you Schalk...hope you're keeping well. Are those wheels still turning?
"Heading out to where pavement turns to sand"
                                                         Neil Young

RIDE REPORTS:
*Namibian Meander 2009 * Botswana 09 *A(nother) Sani Sunday * Saturday Ride Fever * Welcome to the Wildcoast * Riding the Rift ~ East Africa 2011 * In and out of Snow Valley * Wildsides ride to the Bash 'n back *  Bali with my Baby~2013  * Unwrapping the Cape for Christmas~2015 * Back to Bots~Kubu Island @ High Tide 2016 * A Piece of Pondoland~2018 *Squaring the Circle
 

Offline wildside

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2019, 02:03:59 am »
I've got a list of great places to have a decent getaway and this is definitely going to the top!

You won't be disappointed.
"Heading out to where pavement turns to sand"
                                                         Neil Young

RIDE REPORTS:
*Namibian Meander 2009 * Botswana 09 *A(nother) Sani Sunday * Saturday Ride Fever * Welcome to the Wildcoast * Riding the Rift ~ East Africa 2011 * In and out of Snow Valley * Wildsides ride to the Bash 'n back *  Bali with my Baby~2013  * Unwrapping the Cape for Christmas~2015 * Back to Bots~Kubu Island @ High Tide 2016 * A Piece of Pondoland~2018 *Squaring the Circle
 

Offline wildside

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2019, 02:05:48 am »
Thanks for sharing. Didn't even know it existed, looks like our type of place....think I need to make a plan.
I  highly recommend it.
"Heading out to where pavement turns to sand"
                                                         Neil Young

RIDE REPORTS:
*Namibian Meander 2009 * Botswana 09 *A(nother) Sani Sunday * Saturday Ride Fever * Welcome to the Wildcoast * Riding the Rift ~ East Africa 2011 * In and out of Snow Valley * Wildsides ride to the Bash 'n back *  Bali with my Baby~2013  * Unwrapping the Cape for Christmas~2015 * Back to Bots~Kubu Island @ High Tide 2016 * A Piece of Pondoland~2018 *Squaring the Circle
 

Offline wildside

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2019, 02:40:24 am »

It is possible to hire canoes and paddle up the wide deep river to see more waterfalls or jump off suicide rock.






A pity that this waterfall wasn't flowing over.

There is also a shorter walk that takes you up the river to a wonderful viewpoint which enables you to look down river to the sea as well as get to the top of another waterfall which we also paddled to the following day. Sadly, due to the dry winter months, there was no water overflowing.









The lodge consists of 6 rustic wooden cabins which can accommodate 4 persons and are joined by a wooden walkway. Two comfortable safari tents (more will be available soon) can cater for two people each.  There are two open showers that allow whale and dolphin watching whilst washing away the salt and grime from a day of exploring.





On the other side of the lodge are more closed shower facilities for the not so brave.

The communal area has a well stocked pub, dining area and chilling deck outside where you can spend the afternoon reading, drinking sundowners and making friends with the other guests. The friendly local pooches make an occasional appearance and are treated to some scraps and enjoy lots of attention. It’s all just wonderful.







Mtentu Campsite, next door to the lodge, is an independent resort. It has 7 safari tents, a communal kitchen and boma. It all looks very comfortable and organised and make a good alternative if the lodge is full.



Something else worth mentioning is the lack of network at the lodge but a brief 10 minute walk up Signal Hill will put you back in connection with the rest of the world…it’s actually a good excuse to ignore any unwanted messages or calls. The whole lodge runs on solar power and has a small charging station for cameras and phones.
It was with much reluctance that we packed up early on Sunday morning, enjoyed some fruit and coffee at the lodge before the friendly hosts supplied us with a generous packed lunch for our trip back home.




Yet another beautiful Transkei sunrise.





I tried to rely on memory and landmarks as we rode back to the tar road and only overshot one turn off.





So generally it was an easy route to follow. We dreaded riding on the N2 back to the Kingsburough turn off as the long weekend traffic had accumulated by then. Fortunately it wasn’t so bad but the N3 from Umlaas road to Hilton was hectic and it was a relief to be finally off it and safely  back at home in Howick.









"Heading out to where pavement turns to sand"
                                                         Neil Young

RIDE REPORTS:
*Namibian Meander 2009 * Botswana 09 *A(nother) Sani Sunday * Saturday Ride Fever * Welcome to the Wildcoast * Riding the Rift ~ East Africa 2011 * In and out of Snow Valley * Wildsides ride to the Bash 'n back *  Bali with my Baby~2013  * Unwrapping the Cape for Christmas~2015 * Back to Bots~Kubu Island @ High Tide 2016 * A Piece of Pondoland~2018 *Squaring the Circle
 

Online billy-joe

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2019, 10:43:06 pm »
thanks for the RR guys, i think even the 'commute' from Howick to the N2 wasnt so bad.  Some interesting roads around the area with lovely scenery.  Transkei is genuinely special, think its time i head back that way again.

Thanks again. :thumleft:
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Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2019, 06:26:20 am »
Lekker-Nice you two
.

Good to hear from you Schalk...hope you're keeping well. Are those wheels still turning?
Yes still riding, you can read my RR . It is fixed right on top of this RR section. All the best.
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Offline MRK Miller

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2019, 01:47:48 pm »
We stopped in howic to view the falls. Nice experience. This place however needs to be visited. Pity it is so for from gauteng. May we should extend next years holidday in port edward, and ride out to there. Perhaps trailor bikes to port edward and ride from there. sleep over at camp you mentioned in stead of lodge
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Offline MRK Miller

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2019, 01:52:00 pm »
Yip a mere 92 km from port edward, the long way around. Definitely needs to be done then
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Offline MRK Miller

Re: The MAGIC of MTENTU ~ Transkei
« Reply #31 on: October 09, 2019, 07:17:15 pm »
I see Kingsley had a fishing rod in his kit. Did any fish come out
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