JOHN RUDLING knew he was in trouble when the engine of his Robinson R22 helicopter spluttered and lost power just five feet into the hover – not because he was making an unscheduled touchdown, but rather because of where he was.
The aircraft is operated by G4 Helicopters, at Margate Airport, and, since the loss of the company’s R44 earlier this year, it was the only means of keeping the students busy. There was another problem. The R22 was on a verge near a very deserted beach on the rugged Transkei coast – not famous for its roads or communications.
Some idea of the work and materials which were required to get the damaged R22 from its crash site on to the back of the truck for transportation to the nearest road.
Situated on one of the world's most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the heart of a traditional Xhosa village, the eco-friendly Bulungula Lodge has been described as "spectacular" by the Lonely Planet and "one of the World's ultimate ethical travel experiences" by The Rough Guide. This Fair-trade lodge is co-owned by the local traditional community and loads of cool activities run daily.
Spend the night in one of the ten traditional thatch huts (doubles, triples and dorms) or in a safari tent (with beds, bedding and electric light) with beautiful views. There is a affordable restaurant with three delicious meals per day and a help-yourself bar. The entire lodge runs on solar power and makes use of a range of innovative, sustainable technologies which protect our environment.
Gated complex with 5 Self catering units which sleep from 4 to 7 people each.
Each rondavel is fully equipped and has a view from its deck.
Camping sites available
Convenient 5 minute walk to the beach and 10 minutes to the famous icon of the Wild Coast: Hole in the Wall.
- Telephone: 084-582 7210
- Fax: 043-731 2476
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- B&B, Dinner B&B, self catering, & backpacker facilities.
- Short distance to the beach. Experience breathtaking walks, great fishing, swimming, snorkeling. A great place
- for a great holiday.
CONTACT Annette OR Geoff
- TEL: 047 5752001
- Annette: 082-4888494
- Geoff: 082-5180201
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The next 21.1km "White Clay Cross Country Challenge" is 23 August 2014.
Tel: +27 (0)82 674 1064
Satellite: +27 (0)39 253-7200
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Situated at the mouth of the Mbotyi River and tidal estuary is Mbotyi River Lodge. Nestled between the rolling hills, lush tropical forest and the warm Indian Ocean, it is the perfect venue for anyone looking for a peaceful and tranquil holiday or for the adventurer wanting to explore the many beautiful and wild treasures this coast has to offer. The upmarket rooms in the lodge consist of en-suite double and twin bedrooms in either wooden cabins or thatch bungalows.
At the Bulungula river mouth your will find the isolated and stunningly beautiful Nqileni village, home to the award-winning Bulungula Lodge and the pioneering rural development NGO, the Bulungula Incubator.
See www.bulungula.com for more information on Bulungula Lodge.
See www.bulungulaincubator.org for more information on the Bulungula Incubator.
Buccaneers, along with the rest of the Wild Coast backpackers, make for what must be the best backpacking experience in SA.
We cater for all kinds of travellers of all shapes and sizes from those on a budget to those looking for a little luxury. Find out more about our accommodation, adventure activities and facilities on our website (address below).
“Most travellers will have undoubtedly heard of Buccaneers long before they make it to Cintsa. Many consider it the best backpackers in South Africa” LONELY PLANET
Telephone: +27 (0)39 253-7201
Fax: +27 (0)39 253-7202
Mbotyi Campsite is a joint venture between the Mbotyi community and Mbotyi River Lodge. The Campsite is managed by the "Mbotyi Campsite Trust".
It is an upmarket venue with electricity, purified water and 24 hour security. The property is fenced and provides safe, off-road parking. The campsite has been left as natural as possible and the tent sites have been terraced for campers. It is advisable to book a site suitable for the size of the tent you wish to pitch.
Contact: Sean Rohm
Tel: 043 8411598
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Yellowwood Forest Caravan Park and Campsite in Morgan Bay is set in a beautiful garden on the bank of the Inchara River, 1km from the beach.
Enormous trees and lush riverine vegetation surround this peaceful place. A bird watchers paradise, offering a quiet, intimate place for nature lovers.
The campground has a choice of shady tent sites and electrical points are available. A rustic thatched bush camp, tucked away on the riverbank, is a perfect hideaway and our loft gives you a birds-eye view of the trees.
On the banks of the Inchara Lagoon overlooking beach and sea, the Morgan Bay Park is bound by beach and lagoon. Each site is approximately 120 square meters with braai facilities. Electrical points are within 20m.
All the sites are within 120 meters of the ablution block which has hot and cold showers and a bath for the ladies, along with hairdryer points and washing up facilities.
The camp sites are within walking distance of the shop (one kilometer away), from which fresh bread is baked daily. The Hotel is half a kilometer away, where one can enjoy a meal either in the hotel or a fantastic pub meal over looking the sea. Children can also get cold drinks, ice creams as well as a few sweets.