Zinkwazi Beach and craft fairs

I spent 2 lovely days in Zinkwazi last week. This small town hides on the north coast of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Even though it is really small, it has a charm that made me wish I could come back to stay for longer.
Nestled in amongst sugar cane fields on one side and the gorgeous Indian Ocean on the other, this spot is ideal for a tranquil holiday away from maddening crowds. A lovely cafe serving drinks and light meals has a shady courtyard which provides an opportunity to watch monkeys playing in the trees or the odd African millipede trying to climb up the creeper-covered walls.
Zinkwazi has all the amenities you might need, the best of which is a bar and restaurant right on the beach. Limited parking is available here but the spot is perfect. Walk along a wooden walkway over the sand, waves crashing on your right, and you will discover an oasis of beer, cool drinks, food and social activities.
Judging from the fishing/sail fish photo catches on the walls, the locals (and holiday makers) love their fishing. And understandably so, there were some big catches, including a monster fish at over 35kgs.
The reason for my visit was to help my mum sell her homemade cards and Christmas boxes at a craft fair being held here. It was a lovely atmosphere and the crafters were all really friendly people. There were comments that there was some real talent displayed. I was so impressed by the community spirit here – everyone knew each other, asking about the family, commented on the goods for sale, offering to help. It was a great feeling.
A big thanks to my cousin, Sue, for organising everything and manning the table for the rest of the duration of the fair.
If you’d like to see more photos of this area, go to my Flickr page on www.Flickr.com/photos/wobblything and check out the set titled ‘Natal north coast, South Africa’.

Today I am off to hire a bicycle and ride along the Durban beach front.

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