Hluhluwe, Mabibi, Kosi bay & Parque de Malongane trip report





Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    PORT SHEPSTONE
    Age
    37
    Posts
    14
    Thanked: 1

    Default Hluhluwe, Mabibi, Kosi bay & Parque de Malongane trip report

    Hi

    I just want to thank the members of 4x4communtiy for all the information available on this forum. My holidays have surely become a lot more enjoyable and have come to realize how spoilt for choice we are in this beautiful part of the world that we live in.

    We did a trip from the 15.06.12 to 23.06.12 from the South Coast to Ponta Malongane. We left Port Shepstone for Hlhluwe on Friday the 15th of June. We stayed at Hilltop for two nights and had some wonderful sightings. We left Hluhluwe on Sunday the 17th for Mabibi Camp. The directions given made it easy finding the place and it was a great drive. We just chilled at the campsite for the afternoon and got the braai going under the starlit sky. The next morning we headed down to the beach and snorkeled and swam. The snorkeling was amazing and plenty of fish along the reef. That afternoon we took a drive to Lake Sibaya (with a guide from Mabibi camp). Tuesday morning we were on our way again. I took the guide from Mabibi along, to drive the Coastal Forest Reserve road (permit acquied enroute) to Kosi Bay as we didn't wanna head up on the tar. We stopped at Lala Nek(great snorkeling), Rocktail bay and Black Rock beach. After having lunch at Black Rock we decided to head inland towards Manguzi as it was getting late and our guide had to catch a taxi back. We got to Kosi bay reserve campsite on 3rd lake just before dark. We spent the next day at Kosi bay mouth. We had to get a permit at the Kosi Bay reserve office. We passed the traditional fish traps on the way and snorkeling at the mouth was unbelievable. I never expected to see that many colorful fish. That evening we had a fresh Grunter on the braai which we bought at the Kosi Bay reserve entrance gate and sat by the fire for hours. We left for Parque de Malongane, Mozambique on Thursday. The border crossing was quick and from Kosi Bay it shouldn't take more than two hours. We camped two nights here and just relaxed most of the time. We left for home on Saturday the 23rd of June. It was an unforgettable experience which combined 4x4 driving, pristine coastlines, friendly locals and a means of escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, leaving us with memories to last a lifetime.

    Km's travelled: 1500
    Total cost (accommodation, food & fuel): R6000
    No. of ppl: 2 adults & 2 kids < 3 years

    I've attached a few pics which i took with my phone so they aren't the clearest.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Hilltop view from reception.jpg 
Views:	425 
Size:	133.4 KB 
ID:	153024   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Lion.jpg 
Views:	425 
Size:	205.2 KB 
ID:	153025   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Hilux.jpg 
Views:	291 
Size:	98.1 KB 
ID:	153026   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Mabibi dune.jpg 
Views:	389 
Size:	96.8 KB 
ID:	153027   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Mabibi Campsite.jpg 
Views:	849 
Size:	192.1 KB 
ID:	153028   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Lake Sibaya sunset.jpg 
Views:	355 
Size:	327.2 KB 
ID:	153029   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Lala Nek snorkelling.jpg 
Views:	471 
Size:	267.1 KB 
ID:	153030   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Africa.jpg 
Views:	360 
Size:	107.1 KB 
ID:	153031  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Black rock beach.jpg 
Views:	629 
Size:	161.6 KB 
ID:	153032   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Sand roads.jpg 
Views:	482 
Size:	170.7 KB 
ID:	153033   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	3rd lake sunrise.jpg 
Views:	353 
Size:	316.4 KB 
ID:	153034   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Kosi Bay 3rd lake jetty.jpg 
Views:	527 
Size:	137.9 KB 
ID:	153035   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Kosi campsite view.jpg 
Views:	580 
Size:	192.7 KB 
ID:	153036   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Kosi mouth.jpg 
Views:	352 
Size:	309.0 KB 
ID:	153037   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Fish traps.jpg 
Views:	352 
Size:	280.3 KB 
ID:	153038   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Lala nek shoreline.jpg 
Views:	458 
Size:	120.5 KB 
ID:	153039  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Coastal Forest road.jpg 
Views:	549 
Size:	189.2 KB 
ID:	153040   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	End of coastal forest road.jpg 
Views:	428 
Size:	140.6 KB 
ID:	153041   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Parque de Malongane campsite.jpg 
Views:	1379 
Size:	193.6 KB 
ID:	153042   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Return journey.jpg 
Views:	375 
Size:	320.7 KB 
ID:	153043  

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to POWERZ For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Kempton Park
    Age
    52
    Posts
    13,875
    Thanked: 993

    Default

    good budget! Nice man
    Training: 4x4, bushmechanics, recovery, defensive, 4x4 trucks
    Supply and manufacture: Recovery gear, Custom 4x4 installations and manufacturing, 4x4 equipment
    Angel Construction
    Turnkey Construction solutions [Indoor shooting ranges, safe rooms, shops and shopfitting, Rainwater harvesting, Solar]
    IP CCTV, electric Fencing, Automation, Gates, Stainless steel Fabrication
    You name it, we can probably build or manufacture it.

    [email protected]
    +27824453301

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Knysna
    Age
    37
    Posts
    141
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    beautiful photos! looks like you had a great time, I'm just a bit jealous
    "We can't stop here...this is bat country"

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Howick
    Age
    64
    Posts
    1,718
    Thanked: 128

    Default

    Thanks for sharing, and yes, you are correct, this continent has lots to offer. Happy trips (Two kids <3, man I like your wife!!)
    Steve
    Jetta 2.0 TDI 2012
    Pajero 3.2 SWB 2009
    Jurgens Xcape
    Discovery II TD5 2004 (Sold)

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Uppsala Sweden
    Age
    67
    Posts
    127
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Do you remember the name of the Guide and how much did you pay him as I would like to do the same route in October. Interesting driving down the coast from Mabibi.
    How much did the permit cost and were do you purchase it....

    Great pictures by the way. Thanks for sharing

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    PORT SHEPSTONE
    Age
    37
    Posts
    14
    Thanked: 1

    Default

    Hi Swededisco

    The name of the guide was Phigelephi. He was with us from 10am till about 3:30pm and we paid him R150. You can contact him on 0823296093. We got the permit to drive the coastal forest reserve road in Mazengwenya which is enroute. There's a turnoff to the left just before Rocktail beach camp where the office is. They didn't charge me for the permit, funny thing is when I handed the lady my wildcard she said they didn't accept wilcards but then didn't charge me anyway. Lemme know if you need any more info.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Uppsala Sweden
    Age
    67
    Posts
    127
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Hi POWERZ,
    Thanks very much for your reply.
    You say that you visited Lala Nek(great snorkeling), Rocktail bay and Black Rock beach. We have driven before to Black Rock beach but that was from Kosi Bay lodge. The sand road was very thick but we made it. In those days we did not have a compressor so it was a bit hard tackling the deep sand.
    How is the camping at Kosi bay reserve campsite on 3rd lake?

    Is this the camp site that you stayed at?

    Umdobi Lakeview Camp
    Location:
    Situated at Bhanga Nek on the shores of the 3rd Lake in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, 25 km from Mangusi
    Tel: +27 (0)82 726 7851
    e-mail: [email protected]

    kind regards

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Hartbeespoortdam
    Age
    46
    Posts
    8
    Thanked: 0

    Talking Heading that way for October 2012 Holidays again

    Beautifull Area, I agree. I stayed at Sodwana Bay October 2011 and did a day trip to Lake sibaya, drove all the way next to the lake, magnificent views, Fish Eagles and Crocs right next to you. Then headed to Mabibi and payed as day visitor and headed down the long wooden staircase to a pristine snorkeling beach. In the old days we always drove from Sodwana all the way up to Black Rock along the coast...wish we could still do that..
    2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0
    3 Inch Camil Suspension lift
    32 Inch Maxxis Mudder Buckshot

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Pradotoria
    Age
    43
    Posts
    637
    Thanked: 33

    Default

    I did a similar trip in April. Looks like you stayed at campsite 4 in Mabibi.Beaches are amazing and the sand driving through the jeep tracks to Blackrock was a hellva lot of fun. Nice pics.

    Prado 120 4.0
    Jimny A/T
    GL500

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Howick
    Age
    43
    Posts
    526
    Thanked: 51

    Default

    Just returned from a similar trip and wow, what an incredible part of SA!! We stayed at Mabibi for a week and from there explored Blackrock, Bhanga Neck, Lake Sibaya and Kosi mouth. The wind wasn't too kind to us so we could only snorkel at Blackrock and Kosi which were protected so missed out on the apparently awesome snorkeling at Mabibi !

    Driving through the Coastal Forest Reserve was awesome and had some serious fun in the sand!

    I was also blown away at the cleanliness of Mabibi. I would shower every evening at about 8pm and by the time I went back in the morning the ablutions were clean again so no lack of trying on their part. Showers were always hot. I can't post any decent photos of Hluhluwe/iMfolozi as we only seemed to see warthog, rhino and buffalo! Only saw two lonely elephants and hardly any antelope which was surpsising?

    We will definitely head back to this part of the world again!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Beach Office.jpg 
Views:	248 
Size:	119.5 KB 
ID:	156580   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Blackrock (1).jpg 
Views:	235 
Size:	152.0 KB 
ID:	156581   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Blackrock (2).jpg 
Views:	241 
Size:	103.0 KB 
ID:	156582   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Blackrock (3).jpg 
Views:	277 
Size:	112.6 KB 
ID:	156583   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Blackrock (4).jpg 
Views:	234 
Size:	124.4 KB 
ID:	156584   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	D1849 Sibaya.jpg 
Views:	276 
Size:	273.6 KB 
ID:	156585   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Kosi.jpg 
Views:	226 
Size:	117.0 KB 
ID:	156586   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Lake Sibaya.jpg 
Views:	229 
Size:	183.9 KB 
ID:	156587  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Mabibi.jpg 
Views:	329 
Size:	124.3 KB 
ID:	156588   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Night Visitor.jpg 
Views:	216 
Size:	117.7 KB 
ID:	156589   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Site 6.jpg 
Views:	235 
Size:	198.9 KB 
ID:	156590  
    2018 Ford Everest 3.2 Limited

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    PORT SHEPSTONE
    Age
    37
    Posts
    14
    Thanked: 1

    Default

    Hi Swededisco

    You welcome. We stayed at the KZN parks campsite at 3rd lake. Booking was made through their website at www.kznwildlife.com. We camped down at the bottom and had a really nice site with great views of the lake. The site had a power point, lights, water and the ablutions weren't too far away.

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Hartbeespoortdam
    Age
    46
    Posts
    8
    Thanked: 0

    Default Just a few pics from the area around Lake sibaya and Mabibi

    Awesome part of our coastline
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG00705-20111007-1311.jpg 
Views:	282 
Size:	100.3 KB 
ID:	156692   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0244.jpg 
Views:	242 
Size:	197.1 KB 
ID:	156693   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Image0353.jpg 
Views:	215 
Size:	76.3 KB 
ID:	156694   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG00696-20111007-1307.jpg 
Views:	249 
Size:	169.3 KB 
ID:	156695   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG00718-20111007-1636.jpg 
Views:	256 
Size:	92.1 KB 
ID:	156696  
    2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0
    3 Inch Camil Suspension lift
    32 Inch Maxxis Mudder Buckshot

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Age
    55
    Posts
    3
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Hi Koppycat

    Did you happen to look at the tented community camp at Bhanga Nek?

    Brendan

  15. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Howick
    Age
    43
    Posts
    526
    Thanked: 51

    Default

    Hey Brendan, saw the signs for the tented camp but that was all.

    Pulled into what looked like an abandoned bunch of chalets just up from Bhanga Neck camp site which was really odd. Looked clean and well kept but not a soul in site. Then followed the signs to the community camp and ended up at the KZN Bhanga Neck boom and beach..?
    2018 Ford Everest 3.2 Limited

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Age
    55
    Posts
    3
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Thanks Koppycat.

    I'm staying at the tented camp middle of next month. Will let you know how it goes.

Similar Threads

  1. Trip Report - North Nam 2010/11
    By AboutAfrica in forum Namibia
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 2015/12/13, 06:58 PM
  2. Trip report Zambia, Botswana and SA
    By Rik in forum Zambia
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 2011/09/15, 11:11 AM
  3. Family visit to Vic Falls - Trip Report
    By lirritma in forum Zimbabwe
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 2011/07/31, 10:19 PM
  4. Trip Report: First trip to Namibia
    By chris-2 in forum Namibia
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: 2008/11/11, 02:03 PM
  5. Saddle Hill March 2008 Trip Report
    By Khosaan in forum Namibia
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 2008/05/26, 10:33 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •