Searching for solitude – Mbotyi
After the hurly burly of Coffee Bay, i was hankering for some quiet. For no people. For some wide open coast line, for some solitary time. Mbotyi seemed like a good place to get my peace on.
Home to the legendary Waterfall Bluff (Which i still haven’t been able to find, read excuse to return) it has a few more hidden gems that only reveal themselves to those that look.
The tea estate dominates the landscape, but after following a weaving track through the fields, Magwa Falls revealed itself first as a stream tumbling off a cliff and then as you cross the river and hike to the other side as a gorge with a 110 metre wispy waterfall cascading into oblivion. Truly a breathtaking landscape.
A little further down the road as local directions dictated, turn down a farm track before the cement water reservoir until you reach the bridge and here you will find Angel Falls.
Much smaller but no less staggering. Viewed from the top it seems a small waterfall passing through the landscape, but the short walk to the bottom revealed a tropical paradise in the midst of a tea plantation.
The last distraction is actually sign posted and goes by the name of Fraser Falls, viewed from a distance and in the haze of the local field burning practices, it was hard to be as blown away as the last two waterfalls, but a good conversation about spiritual renewal with some local Rastas in the midst of their morning salutation to Jah made it an enlightening visit.
When at last i arrived at Mbotyi, it was a little more built up than i was hoping for, there are plenty of holiday homes intermingled with the village, but short walks either side of the main beach get you back to the paradise you expect.
I stayed at the community owned campsite, at eighty five bucks a night it was well situated to the beach, had good amenities and well covered grass campsites. I can highly recommend it.
Expansive, deserted beaches. No people, a warm ocean and waterfalls aplenty. You couldn’t really ask for more …
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