Eshowe, Blythedale Beach and Durban

On day 4, a huge storm stopped our camping-spree and forced us to sleep in a Bed & Breakfast (no breakfast included…) in Richard’s Bay. Since there was not much to see and do in Richard’s Bay, we left early the next morning. Our day plan was to reach Durban in the evening and to do a few stops along the way. First stop: Eshowe. We had a fun ride to this city which is surrounded by hills and indigenous forest. There, we figured we had no choice but to adventure in its jungle-like forest. We paid a small fee to go onto the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk, with a 20m high tower to have a nice panoramic view of the forest. We then went on a small 1,5km hike for a better feel, where we saw numerous birds, small animals and some insane insects.

After Eshowe, we drove back to the coast and stopped for lunch at the Blythedale Beach (we unfortunately took no pictures!). The strong wind was perhaps the reason but for as far as we could see, the beach was completely deserted! 

We reached Durban in the late afternoon and found beds available at the Tekweni Backpackers Hostel. We went for a walk to the Promenade by the river front and had a bit of time to visit the city’s Botanical Garden before the sunset. Back to the hostel, we planned our hikes for the next days in the Drakensberg. Exciting days ahead!