Untouched Wonderland – Unspoiled Coastline, Welcome to the Wild Coast, an adventurous playground where untamed nature, ancient legends and iconic features come together.
By Reta Robberts
A true African coastline where waterfalls tumble into the sea, sandy beaches stretch into the far and beyond and an abundance of unique landscapes, fills up your camera’s lens. The resorts, nature reserves and camping facilities although remote, offer unsurpassed
experiences to all visitors. Value-formoney holidays all year round due to mild winters and fantastic summers make the Wild Coast, also known as Transkei, a good choice for your next local holiday.
The journey begins at Mzamba, just south of Port Edward and the Umthamvuna River, at the popular casino and top end luxury resort, Wild Coast Sun.
WHERE TO STAY
From luxury holiday apartments or hotels to fishermen hideaways, the range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets is vast. Bare in mind that the road access to the resorts along the coast are mainly gravel roads, although well maintained, be prepared for breathtaking scenery and friendly waving locals along the way. For complete isolation, pristine beauty and soulful rejuvenation, Umngazi Hotel & Spa with its spacious and tastefully furnished thatched rooms and wide open spaces is an ideal destination for
couples and families. Set amongst indigenous lush gardens, Umngazi offer a variety of activities to keep you as busy or as lazy as you prefer, not forgetting the incredibly unique
award-winning spa, which will certainly restore your wellness. (www.umngazi.co.za)
First Group Hole in the Wall Resort is situated just 9 km outside of Coffee Bay and the resort overlooks this iconic landmark. Self-catering, thatched roof apartments come with
a well-equipped kitchen and a lounge area with a double sofa sleeper couch.
The resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a children’s playground, BBQ facilities and an a la carte restaurant. Couples often prefer to visit the spa which offers a selection
BEST TIME TO VISIT
April & May or Mid-August to Mid-October
ATTRACTIONS AND WHAT TO DO
Whether your dream get-away is long, lazy days on the beach or beside the pool, fishing or exploring uncharted territories away from the tourist hoards, the Wild Coast has something
for everyone . Well known for its magnificent hiking trails, the wrecks along this stretch of rugged coastline, will stir your imagination. Famous landmarks include “the Gates” at Port St Johns, Hole in the Wall, Magwa Falls, Waterfall Bluff, the Jacaranda shipwreck, Nongqawuse’s pools and the Morgan Bay cliffs. Humpback and Southern Right Whales migrate from the Antarctic to the shores of South Africa to calve and are often seen along the coast. Other Wild Coast activities include golf, fly fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, surfing, canoeing, horse riding, game viewing and bird watching.
In the most northern part of the Wild Coast lies the Mzamba Fossils and Petrified Forest. A tour goes out at 9am every morning and if 80 million year-old fossils tickle your fancy, this is definitely an excursion not to miss!
From its people, to its footprintfree beaches, waterfalls and famous landmarks, the Wild Coast offers a wealth of things to see and experience. A unique and much loved sighting visitors have is of cows on the beach. The cattle love coming down to the beach to sleep or relax.
LOCAL FARMER’S & CRAFT MARKETS, MORGAN BAY
On the banks of the Inchara River you can enjoy a morning browsing local produce from a range of stalls surrounded by indigenous trees. From homemade cakes and jams, local
biltong, fresh fruit and vegetables, wild honey and free range pork to handmade jewellery and accessories – too much to mention. There is also a tea garden, gift shop and bar open for delicious meals, gifts, antiques and books, Wi-Fi availability and the pizza is not to be missed!
The Wild Coast is about hours spent on beaches, meeting cows at river mouths, Xhosa huts, coffee out of tin mugs, cliff hikes, river canoeing, horseback rides and surfing. Most of
all, it’s about getting away from everything. So, come on, make that call and come and unwind.