Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mission Rocks - Eastern Shores Destination

Mission Rocks

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Satellite View (2016)

Gate Times
Open 06:00 to 18:00
Strict Park Rules obtainable at the entrance gate. Please read before you sign.
Mission Rocks is generally open to the public unless they are doing road maintenance. No one one can really tell you when that is. The contractors can and will close the road to mission rocks at their own discretion.
We where there 16 March 2017 and no work was done on the Mission Rocks Road or Parking. Great to drive with any vehicle in dry conditions. Have not been there on a wet rainy day since the upgrades to the road.
What To Do
It is a Rocky shore best visited over the Spring Low tides. That would be ideally 2 - 3 days before Full/New Moon until 2 - 3 days after, Best times would be 2 - 3 hours before low tide until 2 - 3 hours after low tide.
Snorkel Masks can be use, but only recommended amongst the inter tidal pools. Those are the pools this side of the shore break.
Sun Bathing is unavoidable. Take hats, sun block and extra water at all times. When going North (Towards Cape Vidal) it is a easy walk back on high tide this side of small bats. Going South is a low tide walk and high tide can be very unforgiving. Take extra food and water when walking towards St Lucia. You may have to stay over the high tide before walking back.
Remember the Gate Times. Large Penalties is payable when you are late. No excuses is accepted by the current Park Management.
Fishing Ultra Light/Light/Medium and Heavy is a great experience at Mission Rocks. You will need your Recreational Angling Licence. You should consider your Natal Rock Lobster and Bait Collection Licenses ass well.
Please make sure that if you are tempted to remove shells of the beach that they are not inhabited with little inter tidal creatures.

By Petrus Viviers

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