At river’s end

Tugela Mouth Re­sort

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peer out over the blue water, rod in hand, the beach al­most re­sem­bles a por­cu­pine. There are eas­ily 30 fish­er­men at a time – it’s amaz­ing that their lines don’t get tan­gled. You can catch up to nine dif­fer­ent sharks as well as seven types of ray and at least 25 of the big­ger fish species. If you walk 15 min­utes along the beach to­ward Dur­ban, you’ll get to the mouth of the Tugela River. If the fish are jump­ing and you run out of bait, don’t fret – the shop in the re­sort is well stocked with every­thing from bait and line to rods and sinkers. An hour or so’s drive south of Richard’s Bay, the N2 shoots past the Man­dini exit. On the left you will find the Tugela Mouth Re­sort. The re­sort man­age­ment allocates a stand to you and also gives you a re­sort map. Each stand’s size is in­di­cated on the map – the small­est is 8 x 9 m and the big­gest 10 x 14 m. You can also see if it’s sun, shade, or partly shade. The stands are neatly cor­doned off with shoul­der-high top­i­ary shrubs that are clipped squarely. Not every stand is cov­ered with grass. A garbage bin is next to the braai and the re­sort’s staff clean it early every morn­ing. You have your own tap. The braai doesn’t have a grid, but if you ar­rive with­out your own you can buy one for R130 at the shop. There are three ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. The one is to the left as you drive in, next to the pool, the next one is in the mid­dle, and the fam­ily bath­rooms are to the far right. Each of the bath­rooms have a dish­wash­ing area next to it. Be­hind the mid­dle bath­room is an­other pool, with the gates lead­ing to the beach be­hind it. From here it is a quick 90 m walk to the beach. If you see lots of car­a­vans in the re­sort but no peo­ple, they’re prob­a­bly at the beach. With fish­er­men who pa­tiently

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