Wednesday Walk Challenge - Pennington Conservancy

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lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019 · 3 min read

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Rock pool at Pennington

Every so often we take a slow drive down the south coast of Kwazulu Natal, home of the annual sardine run and a place of memorable holidays spent fishing, swimming, surfing and generally just unwinding and soaking up the sun and sea.

This still is one of our favorite breakaways as there are many little resorts all along the coast, many a Sunday will find us heading down that way for a day's outing as well.

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The Umkhomazi River flows into the Indian Ocean at a little place called Umkomaas, and whenever it's rained this river leaves it's mark on the ocean, almost looks like a muddy dam in the middle of the sea waters.

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Waves Seafood Restaurant is a nondescript little eatery with an apt name, all that separates it and the sea is a tiny strip of beach sand and a rock pool. Good food and good company plus the sound of the waves make this the perfect place to stop and recharge.

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A special friend on the balcony of Waves, enjoying the strong sea breeze - great for blowing away the cobwebs

From here we headed out to Pennington Beach and Conservancy Area where the Impithi Beach Kiosk sits overlooking the sea and the lovely little conservancy area, a lovely little restaurant with all proceeds going towards conserving this area, perfect for picnics as well with a great little play area for little ones.

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Quaint warning signs along the way - so many people still feed the monkeys, really not very clever as it actually creates a dependency on humans that reduces their survival abilities. There are a myriad of other reasons not to feed wildlife; they are being fed something that's not part of their natural diet, they can become aggressive towards humans and try to take food from them plus a whole host of other reasons - we need to think of the consequences of our actions!

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This one speaks for itself...grrrr...bark...woof...

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And then we see the sea!

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Lovely picnic area

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Looking northwards we see the coastal vegetation meeting the white beach sand with a couple of healthy Aloes flourishing. A little fence to stop beach-goers treading on the vegetation. Some rocks a little further for the fishing folk.

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Looking south and we see a long stretch of sandy beach. This area is still relatively unspoilt and not as busy as some of the more popular beaches, let's hope it stays that way! The little fence put up by conservationists is doing its job.

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Thank you to @tattoodjay for #WednesdayWalk, a great opportunity to share my part of the world with you, plus this week collaborating with @elizacheng's #MakeMeSmile, please check out the POST explaining all the exciting stuff!

I do hope you enjoyed walking the walk with me today, look forward to taking a stroll with you in your nick of the woods as well :)

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janton
Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

Howdy there lizelle! wow thanks for this walk, you all have some marvelous sites there! Gorgeous. The sand beach looks so nice but what it a rock pool? Is that a regular swimming pool? that would be great to go eat at that little joint by the ocean!


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justjoy
JustJoy @justjoyFebruary 2019

A rock pool is filled by the incoming tide. it is exciting to latch onto the rocks on the ocean side and let the big waves of Spring tide (new and full moon) crash on to your head with no fear of being swept out into the ocean. A good dunking cleans out 'the pipes' lol.
I live far down the gorgeous south coast of Natal from Durban and the little bays and inlets are truly beautiful.


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janton
Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

Well howdy again justjoy! good to see you and thanks so much for the wonderful description and information. It truly does sound like a rejuvenating experience! It sounds like your part of the country is a blessing to behold in it's beauty and natural wonders!


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

That it certainly is @janton, glad @justjoy explained it so well in my absence ;) Wonderful memories!


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janton
Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

howdy there lizelle! did you take some time off or something? I didn't think that was allowed on Steemit! lol. Well yes @justjoy gave a fantastic description and you and her give South Africans a very good name on here for being so wonderful and lovely to everyone! It's kind of outrageous that South Africa gets all the incredible women!


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

LOL @janton :):)
No I just had not responded to all the comments yet, @ justjoy is such a wonderful lady with an amazing sense of humour!
Thank you for the compliment ;);)


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janton
Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

howdy again lizelle! yes Ma'am well you are both wonderful ladies and make us all look good here!


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Thank you so much for this explanation @justjoy, appreciated!
You make me feel like going on holiday now, I used to love exploring all those little bays and inlets, particularly down Leisure Bay and Glenmore Beach as well, wonderful memories!


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Looks like a beautiful day to be by the water that rock pool looks so cool

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk !tip


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Thank you for the lovely challenge & tip @tattoodjay :)


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MY Pleasure i love seeing everyone’s walks around the world


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Really appreciate this, thank you so much @thesteemengine!


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bengy
Bengy @bengyFebruary 2019

Sigh... this is a beautiful looking walk! We had some promising weather here... but now it looks like we've gone back to cold, wet and windy... so it's nice to see someone else having some decent light and surrounds!


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Ah thank you @bengy, would love to send some warmth your way, it's too hot here by us again, can't wait for winter!


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What a beautiful place for a Wednesday walk! Now you have me hungry for seafood.


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Just as well I didn't take a photo of those prawns, they were really delicious ;)
Thank you so much for your feedback @melinda010100 :)


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Looks like a really beautiful place had a great way to spend a day. Looking forward to a beach day myself this weekend stop not sure about those monkeys though, I've never been keen on them


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Thank you @riverflows, we need to make the most of these hot days! The monkeys are quite mischievous, they come through our garden here at hone too, the little ones make us laugh so much with their antics, don't like the big ones though!


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What a beautiful area @lizelle. Good to see you were able to get away for a bit of outdoor recreation :) The ocean and beaches look amazing and so inviting. I'm surprised to see no one on that beautiful beach. (That would be the beach I would love to have all to myself, lol) Did you see many monkeys on your walk or do they shy away. Wonderful photos


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jcsteem
jcsteem @jcsteemFebruary 2019

Great Post & Pictures!
Looks like it was a nice warm walk.
Thanks for sharing & Steem on :)


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Thank you so much @jcsteem, it was a lovely and rather warm walk!


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O man this is my kind of place no doubt. The beautiful blue ocean and a gorgeous beach. Simply amazing and breathtaking. I wish I was there on that beach right now enjoying the ocean's breeze... So awesome.

Thank you for sharing it with us, have an amazing day. :)


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enosh
enosh @enoshFebruary 2019

It looks so warm and adventurous. Its snowing as I type this, Wish I was there lol. Great Wednesday walk @lizelle


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lizelle
lizelle @lizelleFebruary 2019

Oh how I wish I could send some of our warmth your way, it's really been very hot and humid here!


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