Eastern Cape DestinationsGlengarriff, Wild Coast
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 Jikeleza Route and Strandloper Trail.
Glengariff is thus one of those beaches that, given the time of year of course as school holidays can become 'silly' anywhere along the coast, still conjures up wide, white sandy beaches that stretch for miles, beautiful rocks that give rise to hours of rock pool delight, sea spray and the sound of crashing waves. The rather obvious advantage of Glengariff over Gonubie (already overcrowded during holidays) just a few kilometres south of here, is that the beach remains uncrowded and wonderful for children. Like Gonubie, it too has a lagoon with safer waters for paddling, but older children also have access to swimming, boarding and surfing. It is also a great beach for fishing, and bagging a shad is easy.
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 beaches like Nahoon Beach, Bonza Bay and Gonubie. Then there are the outdoor adventure pastimes of abseiling, mountain biking, quad biking, horse riding, kite surfing, scuba diving and game viewing. Walk the beach to nearby Yellowsand, Glen Eden or even Cintsa.
To experience Glengariff as part of a hike, sign up for either the Wild Coast Meander Hiking Trail or the Strandloper Trail, both of which can be done as slackpacker trails that meander through the beauty of this coastline.