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It is not everyday that an ordinary man gets royal treatment and wakes up to a beautiful breathtaking scenery.

Nature at his best

And for some of us who come from land locked countries a beach is always fascinating.

I, together with other journalists from around the globe,recently had an experience of a lifetime courtesy of South Africa Tourism when we were taken to places that I never thought I would set my feet on. A private beach estate & spa located inChintsa East, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape of South Africa is the paradise that we were treated to.

We were housed atPrana Lodge located on a 17-acre private beach estate within an indigenous dune forest with direct beach access. This meant waking up early to photograph the sunrise without worrying about finding the beach full of people. While enjoying the splendor of the place, at the back of my mind I felt time alone in such beautiful African charisma is no place for a bachelor, but ideal for those on honeymoon or couple’s weekend getaway.

When I thought I had seen Eastern Cape at its best, it turned out that I had not seen anything yet as the Road Less traveled continued with an early morning drive to the Kei River.

This is where we went on board a ferry, crossing Kei Mouth River and heading to another resort, Trennery’s. The trail in the resort introduced us to birdlife and thick vegetation which left many of us speechless as the scene can almost compare to those in the Amazon forest.

Private beach

We continued sailing through the thick lush vegetation with fish eagle’s call bouncing back echo through the rocks until we reached two cliff faces known as “The Gates” falls.

Here there was an option of swimming in the ice-cold fresh water or just watch the gently flowing pool. I quickly jumped in my swimming shorts and dived in the five meter deep natural pool fed by the water coming down the huge cliffs. I enjoyed every moment at the pool until my body getting numb and I decided to get out and dry myself in the sunshine.

The trail continued as we walked through the cliffs on foot back to catching the boat heading to Trennery’s.  The journey back was just as scenic and dramatic with the Indian ocean stretching into the horizon, creating a beautiful backdrop with wild flowers in the foreground.