Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

Wild Coast Region Attractions and Places of Special Interest in the Wild Coast Region of the Eastern Cape
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Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

Wild Coast Region, Eastern Cape
Wild Coast Region, Eastern Cape

Once you've booked your hotel or Wild Coast accommodation explore our destination pages below for info on attractions and what to do in the Wild Coast Region.

As its name suggests, the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape that extends between the Mtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River to the south, is an untamed wilderness.

The Wild Coast is an incredible, unassuming combination of breath-taking coastline, precipitous and craggy cliff faces, wild and desolate beaches, secluded bays and green rolling hills that rush headlong into deeply etched river valleys.

Included in the Wild Coast is what used to be the Transkei, which, largely due to lack of infrastructure, past neglect, and the fact that it isn’t easy to ‘fly in’ for a weekend, has ensured that the well over 200 kilometre coastline is virtually inaccessible to all but those prepared to hike it, or venture forth on horseback. The beauty of the coastline is interfered with by few, and aside from the odd collection of thatched rondavel huts, is virtually uninhabited.

This Wild Coast area acted as a border for much of the 18th and 19th centuries, when it was rife with conflict between British colonists and the rural Xhosa people who lived a colourful and richly cultural existence in this beautiful region. The birth place of Nelson Mandela is an effortlessly unspoiled land that claims to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Wild Coast Region, Eastern Cape
Wild Coast Region, Eastern Cape
The weather is almost always mild and there are few days when the sun doesn’t effortlessly shine. Forested areas include prehistoric cycads, sneezewood and yellowwood trees, and areas thick with vegetation. The sky is often rent with the call of the fish eagle, and a tumult of bird calls are a combination of sea, coastal and inland birds.

Explore the traditions and customs of the local Xhosa people, visit the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and learn about the astonishingly uplifting life of the man who lead South Africa into her modern democracy at Umtata’s Nelson Mandela Museum.

Additional Reading:
For more information about the Wild Coast, see our articles at:
10 Reasons to Head to South Africa's Wild Coast
The Wonderful Wild Coast
The Wild Coast Trail
Exploring South Africa's Wild Coast

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Destinations / Town & Suburbs of Wild Coast

Port St Johns

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Port St Johns

Port St Johns is a small coastal town known as the Jewel of the Wild Coast. The town is situated next to the Umzimvubu River which has carved its way through the ancient rocks leaving two towering 300 meter ramparts on ... port st johns information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Bisho

Bisho is the Xhosa word for Buffalo and is named after the river that runs through the city. It lies just 3km east of King William’s Town and has some of the most spectacular views of ... bisho information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in 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 ... butterworth information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in 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 ... cintsa information

Coffee Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is easily accessible from the N2 and is popular among surfers, anglers and shell collectors. The lagoon offers safe bathing. Southward, the massive outcrop of rock rising from the sea known as ... coffee bay information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Gonubie

The little beachside village of Gonubie, considered fondly by East Londoners as theirs, lies on the beautiful estuary of the Gonubie River just eight kilometres outside of East London, perfectly placed to act as a stopover en ... gonubie information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Glengarriff

One of the reasons Glengariff is popular with families is that there is something for everyone because of its access to East London. Nearby you will also find the East London Coast Nature Reserve, the Lion Park in Beacon Bay, other ... glengarriff information

Haga Haga

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Haga Haga

There is something of the magical to this part of the world - lush green hills intermingled with forested and deeply carved river valleys that roll down breathtakingly precipitous cliffs onto long, white beaches and secluded ... haga haga information

Kei Mouth

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kei Mouth

Safe and sandy beaches contribute to making Kei Mouth a popular holiday destination, with beaches and surf conditions to suit everyone. Wacky Point on the right of the main beach is ideal for surfers. For hikers the ... kei mouth information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kwelera

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 the coast for the holidays. It is a beautiful part of the world, there is no doubt, heavily ... Kwelera information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in 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 ... Lusikisiki information

Mazeppa Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Mazeppa Bay

Mazeppa Bay is one of the most beautiful area of the Wild Coast and is well known for its excellent fishing. In Mazeppa Bay you will find some of the best beaches on this coastline, the most popular being First ... mazeppa bay information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Mbotyi

If you're after desolate beaches, rolling hills, the odd appearance of oxen pulling carts, and not much else, then Mbotyi is possibly one of the best hidden secrets in the Eastern Cape's Pondoland. The coast south ... mbotyi information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in 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 and... mngcibe information

Morgans Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in 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 forms part of the Wild Coast ... morgans bay information

Umtata / Mthatha

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Umtata

Umtata, gateway to the Wild Coast beaches and resorts, was the capital of the former independent Transkei, from 1976 to 1994. Umtata was founded in 1867 on the Umtata River and has many old and imposing buildings, like ... umtata information


Where to Stay: Wild Coast

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 ... qunu information

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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Wild Coast

Nelson Mandela Museum

The Museum offers visitors an inspiring journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. Known affectionately as 'Madiba', he is loved and respected world-wide for his tireless energy to bring about a better life for all. Mandela has insisted that the Museum should not be a tribute dedicated to him, but should rather ... more information

Hluleka Nature Reserve

The virtually undiscovered Hluleka Nature Reserve lies roughly 20 kilometres south of Port St Johns on South Africa’s Wild Coast, a part of the world most aptly described in terms of its rugged and natural unspoiled beauty. The nature reserve lies along a particularly tranquil part of the coast, south east of Mthatha ... more information

Hole In The Wall

The Hole in the Wall at Coffee Bay is a unique structure with a huge detached cliff that has a giant opening carved through its centre by the waves. The local Xhosa call this place "izi Khaleni", which means "place of thunder". During certain seasons and water conditions (high tide) the waves clap is such ... more information

Magwa Waterfall

The Magwa waterfall is pretty impressive. It is one of few waterfalls on the rugged Wild Coast that is accessible – others entail such effort to reach that they're seldom seen by any but the most intrepid travellers. It lies in the middle of the 1 800 hectare Magwa tea plantation, South ... more information

Silaka Nature Reserve

The Silaka Nature Reserve serves to protect the biodiversity of the coastal forest in the region, and stretches along the coastline between Second Beach and Sugarloaf Rock - 400 hectares of striking coast, a forest of towering trees, and grassland - an exquisite escape into nature. Small the reserve may be, but ... more information

Wild Coast Golf Course

A memorable golf course situated on the magnificent Wild Coast. World-renowned golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones, has used the dramatic coastal setting to maximum effect, designing an interesting and challenging course with some unforgettable features. Since it was opened in 1983, the Wild Coast ... more information

Dwesa & Cwebe Nature Reserves

The two fairly small sister nature reserves of Dwesa and Cwebe lie separated only by the Mbashe River on the central wild coast, bordered on one side by the forest-fringed shores of the Indian Ocean, and on the other by the undulating hills and grasslands of the former Transkei. Dwesa and Cwebe combined ... more information

Luchaba Nature Reserve

Close to the town of Umtata, now known as Mthatha, lies the charming 460 hectare nature reserve of Luchaba. Luchaba Nature Reserve lies adjacent to the Mthatha Dam and is home to a variety of wildlife, a series of wetlands and grasslands that support a wide selection of birds, and evidence of the rare Stanley’s ... more information

Kwelera National Botanical Garden

Where: Kwelera, Eastern Cape

Kwelera is officially classified as a 'conservation garden' promoting biodiverisity education to locals and attracting tourists to the region. But it is going to be some time before its intention to attract visitors and learners becomes a reality... more information

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Featured Things To Do in Wild Coast

Coastal Hike to Hole In The Wall

Where: Coffee Bay
How much (per person): On Request

A scenic hike from Coffee Shack along the magnificent coastline, passing Baby Hole and Hlungwane Waterfall. Hole In The Wall is a spectacula ... more information

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Where: Port St Johns
How much (per person): On Request

Rod Hastier has worked for the Natal Sharks Board for many years and will teach you amazing things about sharks and dolphins. He is an ... more information

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Holiday Accommodation in the Wild Coast

For accommodation in the Wild Coast see:
Cintsa accommodationCoffee Bay accommodationGlengarriff accommodation
Gonubie accommodationLusikisiki accommodationMorgans Bay accommodation
Port St Johns accommodationUmtata accommodation

Or to see all accommodation in this region at once, visit Wild Coast accommodation.

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