Lusikisiki, Wild Coast
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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 ‘God’s country’ or Pondoland.
The little town gets its name from the sound of the wind moving through the grass. Here the countryside - a series of rolling hills, lush tropical forests, wide open spaces, untouched beaches and an untamed mystery - supports the local people’s lifestyle that has changed little over the years. Lusikisiki is a perfect little town in which to experience the beauty of the Wild Coast and the warmth and hospitality of the AmaMpondo people. The AmaMpondo are a welcoming people who traditionally live in huts; old-style and beehive-shaped. Traditionally they have a love of ornaments and beadwork, and are very involved in welcoming visitors to this part of the country.
The dramatic stretch of coastline that lies between Port St Johns and Mkambati Nature Reserve is virtually untouched and an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. This part of the world, rich in milkwood trees and wildness, has unrivalled access to hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, surfing, and visits to local villages. Any accommodation is merely an afterthought to house travellers. Essentially the landscape is uncultivated; about enchanting scenery, and wild wildness.
But whilst the untamed beauty, and the views and places one can visit are great, what holds one spellbound here is the silence and peace that this section of the Eastern Cape encompasses with little effort. Staying here is more than a visit to a beautiful part of the world; it is restoration for the soul.
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"Lusikisiki is rugged, unspoilt and unbelievably stunning. The nature reserve was a real treat. This was a perfect holiday for us as a family. ..." - Lara, St Francis Bay
Featured Attractions in (or near) Lusikisiki
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
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
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
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
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
Flanked on either side by the forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers, Mkambati Nature Reserve is 8000 hectares of coastal reserve that consists mainly of grassland, close to the KwaZulu Natal border in north-east Pondoland. Despite being predominantly grassland, the incredible scenery is ... more information
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
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
Things To Do in Lusikisiki