“Follow a group of fellow adventurers as they visit some of the most pristine locations and coral reefs South Africa has to offer.”
Ever since I started diving I have heard about the amazing reefs at Sodwana, but never got round to dive there. After a braai one evening and talking about diving at Sodwana we came to the conclusion that if we don’t put a date aside in the future to do this it will probably never happen. So in the following week a date was picked for our trip. It was set for the 4th of August.
We left Sunrise On Sea at 4am on a bright moonlit morning and after a quick stop at Chintsa to pick up the aqua cat we were well under way on our adventure. Our vehicle of choice was of course a Landrover Defender 110 D/C belonging to Peter Minni AKA Captain. Wesly Bahllman (Bosman), Peter’s dad ( Mr Minni) and I (Sniper) made up the rest of the crew.
Our first stop was on top of the impressive Langeni pass between Mtatha and Ugie. With the magnificent views from the top came a gale force North Westerly which kept our breakfast stop short. At this stage we were a bit worried about Bosman since he has not said much since we left, but discovered later on the trip that he is not much of a morning talker and only started getting vocal after seeing the beautiful dams in the Underberg.
We got to Sani in the early afternoon but stopped close to the top for pictures of the frozen waterfalls. A picture still fresh in my mind was of a woman’s face at the waterfalls after we told her that the septic tanks overflow runs into that stream, she didn’t say anything but we knew she must have ate some of the ice.
Sani top was cold and windy but the amazing view made up for it. After some time outside we found warmth in the pub where we had a few drinks, and Bosman was almost knocked out by two gluwine’s, but after half an hour he was back but did not get close to the bar. The morning was bitterly cold and windy and the whole team was glad to leave the mountaintop for the warmer foothills on the way to Himevile. The road to Sodwana was long and after a lot of hours in the Landy, we were finally there.
Monday we explored the area and stocked up on our supplies. We spent the afternoon fishing with the aqua cat but with no luck. I tried to paraglide on the beach but the wind did not play along. Our first dive was on Tuesday morning and I could not believe the amount of reef fish swimming all around us and the visibility was amazing. Bosman was like a little kid in a toy store and swam around like the energizer bunny. His air lasted only about 30 min and he had to wait on the boat for us. I fed the fish at the safety stop and was green when we got back to the beach. The second dive was just as amazing as the first and this time we organised a 15l cylinder for Bosman.
Wednesday morning we fished of the boat and got a few bonnies. On the way back Rob, a skipper at Amoray, told us about a Manta Ray in the area and we went looking for it. After a few minutes we found it and got the opportunity to swim with it, what an experience! We spent the afternoon relaxing at Lake Sibayi and Captain got to use his new awning.
Thursday was pretty much the same as Wednesday with the exception of seeing a few whales and swimming with two dolphins, which did not stick around for long since they had babies in the pod. The afternoon was again spent at the lake where Jen cooked some fish we caught the morning. Yum yum! The aqua cat was brave enough to take Bez’s go pro camera up close to a massive crock baking in the sun, but came speeding back when the crock slipped into the water, well done Bosman! Friday saw us diving again and we saw two huge moray eels and fish swimming upside down under the overhangs. The afternoon wind was perfect and I had a very nice flight over the bay. We ended the day and our week at Sodwana with a braai and some beers Cheers!
I would like to thank the following people for making this adventure possible: Captain thanks for wheels to get us there, we all enjoyed the landy. Bez and Jen for hosting us at Blue eyed Inn and for the boat and fishing. Mr Minni thanks for the sandwiches, winner on each boat trip. And thanks for all the laughs Bosman.
O and for those who were wondering, aqua cat is a radio controlled bait boat.
Over and out “Sniper”