Umhlanga Rocks, KZN, South Africa.

Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa, in the early morning.

We spent the last 3 months in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to stay in David’s brother’s house, so we can enjoy this seaside town, and also spend time with our granddaughter, Jessica, during exeat weekends from her school.

This is a popular vacation destination for South Africans, and whether on the beach, or enjoying some of the top-class restaurants, there is always something to do.

Umhlanga Rock's iconic whalebone pier

As we visited in winter, we didn’t spend much time on the beach, but did enjoy the town itself. One of the most popular streets is Chartwell Drive, for shopping, and it's many restaurants.

Chartwell Drive has a wonderful choice of restaurants.

For breakfast we like “vovo telo’s”, as do many other vacationers.

Their specialty is baking, and children are given hands-on bread-making sessions.

Another popular place is The George

The George is a bar, where many locals and visitors gather to meet up and drink a few beers. They also have non-stop sport on large screens, making it especially popular when major matches are being televised live.

Our stay in Umhlanga was only marred by the pesky monkeys. Their habitat has been destroyed by the huge urban developments in the area, so they have formed gangs to  source food wherever they can. One group forms a distraction on one side of the house, while others creep in and grab whatever food they can find. Although it was winter, it was still fairly warm, so it was difficult to keep the house closed up all the time.

This is what was left of our bananas. They carried the rest away. This happened
more than once. Final score, 11-0 to the monkeys…

…and this was all that was left of a brand new box of Ferrero Rocher.

We thought the house was secure, but the bathroom window was open a fraction, and they prised it open, and snatched the chocolates from the bedroom.

Who? Me?

Despite the monkeys, we had a wonderful time in Umhlanga. Thanks Mart and Barbs.

Elizabeth Coughlan

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