All roads may lead to Bhanga Nek near Kosi Bay, but first ask yourself if you really want to go there.
Yes the beach is wild and unspoilt but so is the road (or roads) to get there. I found the trip akin to torture. If the beach were straight out of a Mainstay ad, where umbrella topped drinks were served by sinewy, semi naked men playing Spanish guitar, I would still have to weigh up if it were worth the drive.
If you still insist on going there, or your husband will not abandon the plan, note the following.
The GPS co-ordinates are S 27° 00′ 34.7″ E 32° 51′ 47.6″
- Rumour has it that the snorkelling is great at Bhanga Nek but this is only the case at low tide. Check the tide charts before going for this reason.
- Cell phone reception is iffy at best
- If you don’t want to employ one of the many locals marketing themselves as guides. All roads probably do lead to Bhanga Nek. Set your GPS with the co-ordinates but they will only be a rough guide regarding general direction, the general direction is NE.
- The horrible beach sand roads split and re-unite (or not) with the logic of a madman. When presented with a split, or splits, choose the one which looks like the ground is harder. So long as you’re heading for that little destination flag on your GPS you’re headed in the right direction.
- You might want to take a little shovel to dig you out if stuck
- Let tire pressure right down to cope with the soft sand – first prize take a compressor (hindsight is a wonderful thing)
- You MUST have a 4 x 4
- You need a permit from KZN parks at Kosi Bay Camp