About Wild Coast Beaches

Your Wild Coast accommodation is set to be very special for a number of reasons - this part of the South African coastline is nothing short of spectacular, its authentic villages are charming, and the fauna and flora impressive. But, it also has some of the most exquisite beaches on the continent.

Did you know? This part of the Eastern Cape extends from the Great Kei River just outside East London to the Mtamvuna River, and includes parts of what was, until quite recently, known as the Transkei.

The landscapes and the coast are, as the name implies, wild and rugged in most places. Massive cliffs made of dark rock are iced with vivid green grass and foliage, and plunge down to ice-blue waters and ivory-coloured sand below. Cows and donkeys are the most frequent guests of the sandy beaches, and the nearby Xhosa villages are alive with the daily goings on of the local families.

Just outside East London are the pretty beaches of Cinsta, Yellow Sands, and Glengarriff. These are all particularly popular amongst surfers because they work well in a variety of conditions. Glengarriff even works on an easterly wind, which is unusual for these parts. Cintsa is a fantastic spot for the whole family, as there are long stretches of sandy shores; with plenty of place to run, walk, play beach games or build sand castles.

Coffee Bay and Mazeppa Bay are two little villages in the old Transkei; both home to some irresistible beaches. The Coffee Bay Beach is small, strewn with pebbles and rock pools, and surrounded by the rolling hills of Coffee Bay. This is a hotspot for backpackers from around the world that are looking for secluded beaches, awesome surf, and authentic African culture. Mazeppa Bay beaches are prime fishing spots that are usually occupied by local fishermen. In fact, they see very few tourists, which make them serene getaways from city life.

Just a few kilometres from here is Hole in the Wall – a magnificent natural wonder. A massive rock is perched on its own in the ocean, with a relatively small hole almost right in the centre of its base. The waves come crashing through the hole in magnificent displays. Snorkelling, swimming, and hiking around this beach promises stunning memories and impressive photographs.

Port St Johns has a distinctive “tropical island” vibe, only aided even further by the very warm waters of the Indian Ocean. It is on the mouth of the Umzimvubu River and enjoys a humid subtropical climate; perfect for beach days.

The Wild Coast beaches certainly are its major drawcard. They are special and awe-inspiring in their beauty.

Popular Wild Coast Beaches

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Cintsa Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cintsa
A lovely sandy beach that invites long romantic walks and long lazy days of sun-bathing. Cintsa Beach is divided by the river estuary - to the west lies a small ...

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Bulungula Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Mthatha
South Africa’s Wild Coast is a spectacular place of rugged coastline, rolling jade-coloured hills, forests, wild seas, and friendly people. It is almost entirely ...

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Coffee Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Coffee Bay
Coffee Bay is one of South Africa’s most popular backpacking getaway destinations, and welcomes thousands of international tourists to its coastline every year ...

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Double Mouth Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Morgan Bay
Morgan Bay is less than an hour’s drive from East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and is home to the popular Double Mouth Beach. This beach is ...

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First Beach

Stay? Port St Johns Accommodation
Port St Johns is one of the Wild Coast’s most beautiful and popular holiday destinations. It is characterised by magnificent beaches, cliff faces, grassy mountains ...

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Glengarriff Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Glengarriff
Glengarriff Beach is situated along the exquisite Wild Coast of South Africa. This area is rural and relatively untouched, not overcrowded with tourists, despite ...

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Mazeppa Bay First Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Mazeppa Bay
The small fishing village of Mazeppa Bay is nestled along the Wild Coast of South Africa and is seldom visited by tourists. As such, it is peaceful and quiet, ...

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Mazeppa Bay Second Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Mazeppa Bay
Mazeppa Bay is a tiny village that is situated fairly close to the popular vacation spot of Coffee Bay. It is, traditionally, a fishing village, occupied by rural ...

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Morgan Bay Beach

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Morgan Bay is a small, charming seaside village along the picturesque Wild Coast of South Africa. It creates the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere but is, ...

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Mdumbi Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Near to Coffee Bay
The Wild Coast of South Africa extends up the eastern side of the country, and is characterised by its rural charm and undeniable beauty. Mud huts are dotted along ...

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Poenskop Beach

Stay? Port St Johns Accommodation
Poenskop beach lies to the north of Port St Johns and is one of the most isolated beaches on the Wild Coast. As you make your way to Poenskop, a few huts will ...

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Yellow Sands Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Kwelera
Yellow Sands Beach is a fantastic and enjoyable fishing spot for anglers and those going out on a boat. There is a boat launch spot here, also suitable for ski ...

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Haga Haga Beach

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If you’re after a beach holiday without the crowds then the Haga Haga Beach is where you should head. This small seaside village located on the Wild Coast of the ...

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Glen Eden Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Glengarriff
Glen Eden Beach is fantastic for surfing all year round with an exposed beach break. Although this is a great beach to swim in it is advisable to be careful of rip ...

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Lwandile Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Coffee Bay
Lwandile Bay Beach is part of the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast and is approximately 300 miles long. This is a relatively unexplored beach and so is in pristine ...

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Mtentu Beach

Stay? Port St Johns Accommodation
Mtentu is a little village at the mouth of the Mtentu River, on the other side of the river from the beautiful Mkambati Nature Reserve, in the northerly reaches of ...

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Lubanzi Beach

Stay? Port St Johns Accommodation
The Wild Coast of South Africa is special. It is raw, dramatic, and breath-takingly beautiful. Lubanzi Beach is one of its little secrets – an unspoilt retreat ...

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Qolora Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Qolora Mouth
The Wild Coast is just that - raw, wild and unabashedly spectacular. It is home to Xhosa villages, endless rolling hills that tumble to the wild ocean waters below, ...

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