At Salt Rock you can try to hook any­thing from a king­fish to a shad, but rather give a seventy-four a wide berth.

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Salt Rock Car­a­van Park Worth its salt

The re­sort lies on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, op­po­site an im­pres­sive man-made tidal pool in be­tween the rocks. This pool is also the launch­ing pad for your bait, which will hope­fully help get a few fish on the hook. The camp­site has a top sec­tion – to the left of the en­trance gate – and a bot­tom sec­tion that stretches down a slope to the sea. You’ll find the re­cep­tion of­fice as you drive through the gate – it tow­ers out over the five ter­races and its stands. The bot­tom stands are clearly marked with newly painted num­bers on a side­walk as well as a num­ber on the garbage bin. Some of the num­bers even have an ar­row next to it point­ing in the di­rec­tion of the stand. There’s not much space be­tween you and your neigh­bour, and you share a tap with them. Bring your own braai be­cause there aren’t any on the stands. There’s fine grass on your stand where you can park your car­a­van and next to it is a rec­tan­gu­lar block that’s cov­ered in syn­thetic grass. This block isn’t the only small lux­ury – on the ground where you park your car­a­van are three con­crete blocks for your car­a­van’s wheels and nose wheel. Thanks to these blocks you don’t need a spirit level. Once you’ve parked your car­a­van on it, it’s level. The bath­rooms for the bot­tom campers are closer to the of­fice. Here you’ll find mar­ble slabs with ce­ramic basins, and the shower cu­bi­cle has a dry and wet side with the shower sec­tion be­hind a glass door. The top stands are in a bushy gar­den, but if you want to get your hook in the wa­ter you have to walk down the hill past the bot­tom stands. Some of the stands have no par­ti­tion be­tween them and oth­ers are sep­a­rated by shrubs. There are two ablu­tion blocks in this sec­tion of the car­a­van park.

The tidal pool op­po­site the bot­tom stands is 85 m long, mak­ing it longer than an Olympic-sized swim­ming pool. It stretches across the en­tire width of the re­sort. It’s not square or rec­tan­gu­lar like many other tidal pools; it’s Y-shaped with a curved bot­tom part. From the camp­site there’s a 20 m con­crete wall across the sand to the pool that you walk along to the wa­ter. On the far­thest point of the pool is a look­out point that looks like the corner tower of a cas­tle and is about a storey high. Fish­er­men use this point’s height to cast far­ther. The odds of reel­ing in a few shads are good, and sar­dines are pop­u­lar bait.

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