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Mtwalume & environs

South Coast

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Mtwalume is a quiet beach village that offers peace and serenity to the weary traveller. Infrastructure is limited to little more than a few small shops, private beach cottages and a few chalet resorts offering self-catering accommodation, but there is a launching spot for boats, a tidal pool and a beautiful lagoon that stretches far upstream, surrounded by reed beds and forest.

The river is the Mtwalume River, which gets its name from the mtwalume trees that grow on its banks and which are said to cure dysentery.

Bazley is the third of the resort villages and lies just across the river from Ifafa, also centring on the very good local caravan park. Long, sandy beaches are broken up by rocky points and gullies, which are good spots for fishing, while the bays themselves are excellent for swimming and surfing. Lifeguards patrol certain stretches.Mtwalume is one of three small, quiet seaside resorts, each on the bank of a river.

Just north of Mtwalume, on the banks of the Fafa (Sparkling) River, is Ifafa, a good angling, cray-fishing and spear-fishing spot. A caravan and camping resort is at the centre of most activity, which includes organised games and a restaurant and pub, while a tidal pool offers safe swimming for youngsters.

The name of the game on this stretch of the South Coast is quiet relaxation, so think fishing, tanning, surfing, swimming, building sandcastles and discovering the secrets of the lagoons.

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Bass fishing might not be the kind of angling you were expecting on the South Coast, but there is a fine venue just inland from Ifafa. Boats and tackle can be hired.

Angling is productive along this relatively quiet stretch of coast and Ifafa in particular is well known for its surf-angling and spear-fishing. Crayfish abound in the rocky gullies, but this is not a job for the inexperienced.

Ride horses along the beaches or along inland trails from Ifafa. Lessons are also available for beginners.

Exploring the lagoons in a canoe with a pair of binoculars or with a fishing rod is a wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Bird life is plentiful, while monitor lizards can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks or slipping into the water. Both the Ifafa and Bazley lagoons offer similar experiences.

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