KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal gem, Umdloti is always the ideal destination for escape. Especially after the lockdown’s restrictions were eased.
The humdrum of the office and chores of life were briefly forgotten as the little car negotiated the pesky speedbumps to meet the expanse of the sea. The resort town is exactly that, a long walking stretch of holiday resorts, homes, cosy bed and breakfasts peppered with the local eateries, stunning sunrises and sunsets and a community with a heart of gold.
Whilst the day may have been blustery and cold, the community was not. Masked joggers and exercise fantatics, smiled their greetings. The aroma of early morning pancakes lathered with syrup, coffee and croissants wafted across the road. Barely left home and here we were, peckish already, definitely an attribute to the sea and the wide open waves that hugged the shore.
After a short walk about and a meet and greet with the resident vendor of buttery avocado pears, we headed over to the Farm to Fork, a butcher and deli which has no doubt kept the community happy with the very best of meats and treats, all sourced from premier suppliers.
Warm and welcoming Wessels helped me source a few provisions whilst Scott Mackenzie introduced us to a smorgasbord of meat and South Africa’s favourite snack, biltong. Breads, quiches and banting meals, we were spoiled for choice.
Tanya Krenski’s Domestic Science, a quaint novelty shopping outlet above the deli, was filled with collectibles. Delicate tea lights and novelty hurricane lamps were swiftly paid for whilst we embraced the ocean views. Mental reminders were made to return to source other local, eco-friendly fragrant, home made products.
The effects of COVID-19 are been felt far and wide and the need and spend to support local small business owners were justifiable. Top notch service and quality at its best, that is the Farm to Fork and Domestic Science.
Umdloti is known for its dolphins that swim closer to the shore. July to November are the best times for whale watching from any vantage point. The most pleasurable sight would be that of the kids near the pools bonding with pets and parents.
A short ride away took us back to a getaway spent at Spindrift. With the kids almost out of the nest, it was a nostalgic reminder of a brief respite with the kids and our beloved Labrador who needed his fishing getaway, as he was just diagnosed with cancer.
Equally spirited and passionate about nature and animals, the locals are passionate in the protection and upkeep of Umdloti. As life resumes some sort of normalcy, it is Christmas at Midlife, moments to be seized, life to be lived, where else but Umdloti. Our happy place. The love that remains.