Trennery’s hotel is another Wild Coast gem that we had the pleasure of staying at on our most recent road trip. Trennery’s is situated by the beach, where the Qolora river mouth meets the Indian Ocean.
We arrived on a bright sunny day and I almost couldn’t believe that the weather had predicted rain for later. Little did I know how quickly things change on the Wild Coast and the day quickly turned from blue skies to grey moody clouds. I actually love storms pulling in as it gives everything a different magical feel. Thunderstorms are something we don’t get too often in Cape Town. Getting to witness one in such a beautiful place actually felt quite special.
Something that I found really cool about Trennery’s is that there is something for everyone as it includes rooms ( little chalet style ones in varying sizes ) as well as a gorgeous camping area. Our chalet was number two and it was so nice to have our own little balcony area and be able to part our car right next to where we were staying.
They also have everything needed to make your vacation stress free and fun. A lovely bar area, outside seating by the pool as well as a dining and lounge area. There are loads of games and one of my favorite things is the free coffee machine you can use to get some delicious cappuccino’s whenever you felt like it. They also have other awesome outdoor activities like horse riding or going on hikes so you definitely wont ever be bored. They even have a tennis court if you feel like keeping in shape while on holiday!
When we got there we were starving so we sat by the pool eating the most delicious chicken mayo sandwiches ever and planning the rest of our day. High on our list was a trip to the beach to explore the beautiful area.
The Beach at Trennery’s Hotel
Walking a few meters through a gorgeous little green path to get to the beach and immediately spotted some cows in the distance. We could see the dark clouds rolling in fast from behind us so we ran like maniacs across the hot sand to get there before it started raining. Half way I kind of gave up and as poor Michael got there the cows all got up and started making their way back through the bushes and off the beach. We felt kind of defeated after that until we saw something right by the hotel.
When we walked out we never looked behind us and guess what, there were more cows chilling right there! We must have been a few metres away from them and we never knew. Just to avoid any confusion anyone might have reading my ramblings about cows on beaches, this is a thing on the Wild Coast. The cows from the local villages walk down to the beaches and chew cud and chill, sometimes even standing in the water to cool off a bit.
Michael and I got our cow photos although there was this massive black bull with huge horns that kept giving us the side eye and making us nervous. Apparently the cows are quite docile but I would rather be safe than have to jump into the water and try and swim away from it 😛
There was a party happening later that night and a whole group of people were there to celebrate so we were quite excited to go to dinner. We had an awesome buffet with so much seafood I actually couldn’t believe it. We also ate the biggest oyster we had ever seen so we were basically in heaven. I don’t think anything at Trennerys is done half measure as later we had the best Dom Pedro’s. We sipped these at the bar while watching the party guest get into the groove with the live band. Not even the slight drizzle dampened their spirits and everyone had a great time.
I love when a place has a great vibe and awesome staff and that was definitely the case there. We headed off to bed full and happy and definitely excited for the next day.
As luck would have it after an epic lightening storm the night before the next day turned out to be grey with a fine misty rain constantly falling. We were going on a little outing and because of the rain our plan changed. It turned from a walk to a drive but that turned out to be just as much fun.
Trevor is an awesome character with an epic old school Landcruiser, lots of jokes on hand and a vast knowledge of the area. He does guided tours in the area and we were lucky enough to visit one of the hidden waterfall spots. It felt like we were trekking through the jungle after a quick but bumpy ride to an entrance by the river. We got on a small boat, rain falling all the while and heading through gates carved by the river. It was almost like another world and such a vastly different look than the beach we enjoyed the previous day. Excitement filled the air as we got off and saw quite a few little waterfalls rushing into the river. Some of the guys decided to jump in and the two local guides entertained us with some cool stunts.
We got utterly wet and a nice cup of coffee was needed when we got back but it was so worth it and bucket loads of fun. I cant wait to go back when its sunny and see how different it probably looks then.
We spent the rest of the rainy day drinking wine and playing UNO in the bar and also catching up on some work. It felt like the perfect thing to do on a rainy day. I was most definitely in my happy place. A few of the other guests opted for some horse riding that day. I could hear by the chatter that they had a great time and its definitely something I would do next time. We ate a nice relaxed dinner later that evening and fell into a deep sleep ready for the adventures ahead of us the next day.
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