Our daughter Lindsey, near Mont Saint Saveur, Quebec, Canada. Photo taken by Ruth October 25 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bulungula - A walk on the beach

We had a goal on our first full day at Bulungula. To relax!

They have a lot of activities to take part in if you want to, and they're very reasonably priced. We eventually did the canoeing and the village tour, but they'll be detailed in upcoming posts. For today, we went for a walk on the beach. We've never seen so many different seashells!

We had left a few things back in the car, so after breakfast we walked the half km each way to go get the rest of our stuff.

These are the "rondovals" that are typical housing for this region. You can rent them, but they were fully booked while we were there. We were fine in one of their luxury tents which had a nice double bed.

The lodge overlooks a beautiful coastline.

And a nice beach if you're inclined to go in the water. It's the Indian Ocean here, and the water temperature is not bad.

You can see by the above pics that we haven't had great weather. The temperature has been perfect, but there hasn't been much sun. Of course it is the rainy season here, so it's to be expected. Still, we're missing the blue sky!

Lots of interesting seashells. 

This one has perfectly drilled holes in it.

The beach...all to ourselves. Well, we did bump into one other couple. 

Oh, and a couple of dogs! Scared the crap out of me when I almost walked right into them before I noticed them. They just looked at me, but I got the impression they would be happy if we just moved along. So we did.

Fun watching the crabs run into their holes in the sand.

We walked back through the fields. Here, someone has been making bricks for a house.

Almost back.

It's a pretty spot, isn't it?

The village of Bulungula.

Traditional homes are round, but more people are starting to build them rectangular.

Looking across Bulungula Bay.

Sunset at Bulungula.


  1. Wonderful spot to explore! Wonder why they built their houses round? Because their ancestors did? hmmmmmm

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

    1. Apparently it is cheaper for them to build the houses this way rather that with four walls. Some of the residents here are now starting to build rectangular houses that have interior walls so that they can actually have 2 or 3 rooms inside.

  2. been following every post and loving and envying it all. After our month away I had lots of posts to catch up on.

    1. So glad that you are enjoying them Wendy. Hope you had a good month away!

  3. Hows the hand Ruth?......Hope it is healing well.
    Beautiful area that you have been staying in and it looks like an excellent place for hiking.

    1. My hand has healed up very well thank you.

      The area here is beautiful and the hiking is great, reminds us a bit of England with all the green.

  4. Nice spot.
    The round houses are cute.
    I'm thinking the round house construction would be easier if you don't have such a thing as a level or lines to follow.
    Then if it's not *quite* round, nobody's going to notice.

    1. The round house are cute and they are cheaper to make, they don't have any interior walls or rooms.

  5. Loved the pictures of the rondavels. So African. That shell with the holes is a "perlemoen" shell. It is a type of abalone. They are now protected in South Africa, but divers used to harvest them by the thousand. I remember as a child, the shells being used as ash trays. The "mother-of-pearl" inside is sometimes used to make jewelry.

    1. Thanks for the info on the shell. The shells here are beautiful and there are so many of them.


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