Macaneta is cut off from the mainland by the Inkomati river. People make the trip out to this rural area to spend time on the beach. It’s a very natural, sparsely inhabited place where cattle roam the wetland close to the river and its community have to make daily trips to the city and surrounds by ferry for everything they need.
The ferry is pretty iconic around here because if you’ve visited Macaneta you have undoubtedly spent some time waiting in line to be ferried across the river. It isn’t a very large ferry either – it only carries 6 cars at a time and takes about 20 mins to make the crossing.
A new bridge is set to replace the ferry that wanted to die ages ago. The community have had to make their way to the mainland by ferry or boat for a long time and this bridge will be life changing for them.
The bridge brings a lot of advantages that could not be foregone but as I looked through some photos from a few years ago I had to wonder how it will affect this little nature paradise.