Destinations & Attractions in Wild Coast, in Eastern Cape

Wild Coast Destinations & Attractions

The Wild Coast is one of South Africa's most fascinating and beautiful areas. It is a rugged, remote and fairly unpopulated stretch of gorgeous South African coastline between East London and Port Edward.

The Wild Coast boasts a rocky, tranquil and pristine coastline along with warm weathers and waters. It is these characteristics that attract hikers, surfers, scuba divers and fishermen from all over the country.

The Wild Coast, on the eastern seaboard of South Africa, boasts its own secrets. It is a land that has been lost in time and the combination of history, geography and politics has left it largely undeveloped and unexplored. Most roads are still gravelled, the byways unused and the population still live as they have done for centuries. There are many things that have been left undisturbed and unawakened by the busy outside world. Yes, the modern era has not affected or changed this gorgeous area.

The Wild CoastThe Wild Coast

The Wild Coast boasts a treacherous stretch of coast between the Mtamvuna River just south of Port Edward and the Great Kei north of East London. It is ruggedly beautiful with a wilderness of green hills, deeply incised river valleys and lagoons. There are numerous shipwrecks along this coastline making it a superb snorkelling and diving destination where an abundance of spectacular coral reefs and species of fish can be discovered.

From hiking to fishing, there is something here for everyone. There are also numerous historical and cultural sites one can explore.

The lush forests, shimmering waterfalls, spectacular nature reserves and wild life and the friendly people make it a perfect destination for the discerning traveller.

Everywhere you go on the Wild Coast you will find numerous craft sellers offering all sorts of South African goodies from foods to clothes. The clothing made here is unique and very distinctive. There are wooden sculptures, baskets and bead jewellery. This is one of the very few outlets in South Africa were there is an array of traditional Xhosa arts and crafts, ranging from beaded bags and belts, traditional clothing, baskets, mats and blankets.

The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise in South Africa. It is an eco-haven where waterfalls tumble into the sea and the beaches remain pristine and virtually untouched.

An escape to the Wild Coast will truly be unspoilt, unbelievable and unforgettable.

Bisho

Bisho, the former capital of the Ciskei - one of the black homelands of the apartheid era - was the site of a culminating anti-apartheid event. 1992 saw 28 people killed and at least 200 wounded when troops opened fire on ...

Butterworth

Butterworth is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast (the former Transkei - a black homeland during the apartheid years). Butterworth is situated north of ...

Cintsa

The quaint little seaside village of Cintsa (or Chintsa), lies just 45 kilometres north east of East London. It is often mistakenly regarded as part of the Wild Coast, and though it lies very close to it, manages to fall just ...

Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay and the Hole in the Wall are virtually synonymous - mention the one and you picture the other - and one cannot describe the full extent of the beauty of this area of the Wild Coast without including the incredible ...

Glengarriff

Glengariff, also written as Glen Gariff and sometimes even Glen Garriff, lies just 30 kilometres north of East London – a relatively unknown, and thus unspoilt, little coastal resort that is part of the Wild Coast and on both the ...

Haga Haga

The little seaside village of Haga Haga is the epitome of the Wild Coast, just 75 kilometres from East London. There is something of the magical to this part of the world - lush green hills intermingled with forested and ...

Kei Mouth

Close to East London on the Wild coast, Kei Mouth lies on the bank of the Great Kei River, which flows for about 225 kilometres before ending at the Indian Ocean at the small village. This is still part of the coast in South ...

Kwelera

Kwelera has always been on the travel itinerary of those who live in and around Port Elizabeth. Virtually enfolded by the river of the same name, which snakes around the little town, farmers in days of old used to head here to ...

Lusikisiki

Lying on Route 61, just inland from the beautiful coastal villages of Port St Johns and Mbotyi, Lusikisiki is wild. The countryside is rugged, remote and untamed, and time has virtually stood still in a part of the world known as ...

Mazeppa Bay

Mazeppa Bay is one of the most beautiful area of the Wild Coast and is well known for its excellent fishing. There are a wide variety of game fish to be caught at Mazeppa Bay and the biggest ever caught was a 791 kg Great White ...

Mbotyi

There is not much between Coffee Bay and Port Edward along the coast. It is nothing like the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, riddled as it is with port upon beach upon seaside village, which suddenly ends at Port Edward. It is not ...

Mngcibe

On the eastern coast of South Africa, on the breath-taking coastline of the Transkei is the little area of Mngcibe. This entire area, known as the Wild Coast, is the Eastern Cape destination of choice for surfers, campers, hikers ...

Morgans Bay

Described as an 'Eastern Cape paradise', Morgan's Bay lies 10 minutes' away from the Kei River mouth and an hour from East London. This is a beautiful part of the coastline that unsurprisingly forms part of the Wild Coast given ...

Port Edward

Situated in the Hibiscus Coast of KwaZulu Natal, Port Edward was named after the Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VII. In 1947 it became a village - in fact the last village in KwaZulu Natal. Today Port Edward is a ...

Port St Johns

The wildness of the coast with its deep gorges and impenetrable forests, mangrove swamps and the primitive force of freak waves that caused many a shipwreck along this region of the coast, have not quite managed the attempt to ...

Qolora Mouth

Beautiful, unassuming Qolora Mouth lies on the coast of the Transkei at the edge of what is known as the Wild Coast, just a little further north-east of Kei Mouth and south west of Mazeppa Bay. Qolora Mouth can quite easily be ...

Qunu

Just south of Mthatha (Umtata) in the Eastern Cape, the rolling green hills of a cluster of villages known as Qunu have recently been added to the map in South Africa because of their association with Madiba. Qunu is the village ...

Umtata

Umtata is Madiba country. Renowned as the world’s most loved ex-convict, (Nelson Mandela) this former statesman was born in the nearby town of Mvezo, spent his childhood in Qunu and today the main buildings of the Nelson Mandela ...
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