3 Things To Do in Umtata

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Coffee Bay Hiking Trails

Coastal Hike to Hole In The Wall

A scenic hike from Coffee Shack along the magnificent coastline, passing Baby Hole and Hlungwane Waterfall. Hole In The Wall is a spectacular natural feature carved out of a huge mass of rock by milllions of years ... more

WHEN?
By arrangement.

Mthatha Cultural Villages / Township Tours

Bulungula Homestay Experience

In the heart of the exquisite rural area of the Transkei lies Bulungula, where children walk home from school barefoot and women fetch water from the river in groups, laughing and catching up on village news. The ... more

WHEN?
Booking is essential

Mthatha Beaches & Pools

Bulungula Beach

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 rural, creating a destination of culturally ... more

WHEN?
Daylight hours.

Also see 62 Things To Do in Wild Coast

Morgans Bay Bistros & Pubs / Cafés & Eateries / Casual Dining

The Yellowwood Forest Tea Garden and Pizzeria

In the serene little seaside village of Morgan Bay on the Wild Coast, it’s hard to do anything but relax. The cool spray of the sea, the warm white sand underfoot, the gentle touch of the Eastern Cape sunshine and ... more

WHEN?
Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00.
Saturday and Sunday from 09h00 to 18h00.
Open until late in the holidays.
Closed on Christmas Day.

Morgans Bay Cultural Villages / Township Tours

Thandi's Khaya

The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa celebrates the Xhosa culture in many ways - from traditional African villages to the beaded arts and crafts sold in city centres. In the serene seaside village of Morgan ... more

WHEN?
Booking is required.

Port St Johns Lighthouses / Sight Seeing

Cape Hermes Lighthouse

Even lighthouses have a dream of having their own sea-side patch of grass on the perfect hillside bordered by a little wooden picket fence. The big dreamers among the coastal light streamers wish for a view ... more

WHEN?
Architecture - daylight best visibility.
Light - overcast conditions with poor visibility & night

Port St Johns Cafés & Eateries / Casual Dining

MoonShadow Restaurant

MoonShadow Restaurant at Umzimvubu Retreat guarantees fine A la Carte dining. A fabulously comprehensive menu offers contemporary cuisine in the predominantly French tradition, Thai-inspired dishes, a stylish ... more

WHEN?
The restaurant is open from Monday thru to Sundays
Breakfast from 07h30 to 10h00
Lunch from 12h00 to 14h00
Dinner from 18h30 to 20h30 (last orders taken 20h30).

Port St Johns Sight Seeing / Whale Watching

Dolphin and Whale Watching

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 excellent skipper with 20 years experience. Contact him for an unforgettable ... more

WHEN?
Booking is essential.

Port St Johns Birding / Sight Seeing

Bird Watching at Umzimvubu Retreat

Over 40 species of birds have been identified at Umzimvubu Retreat alone, including the rare Cape Parrot. Many other spots provide excellent bird watching like the forests, the bass dam for water birds, First Beach ... more

WHEN?
Best during daylight hours.

Port St Johns Cruises / Water Sports

Umgazana Canoe Trails

Enjoy an early morning or afternoon canoe down the river. The Umngazana River hosts one of the largest Red Mangrove rich in birdlife. Soak up the sun as you explore this beautiful estuary. You will be ... more

WHEN?
Bookings are essential.

Port St Johns Cafés & Eateries / Cafés & Coffee Shops

Jesters Coffee Shop

Jesters Coffee shop on Main Street in Port St Johns is a suprising little oasis. Sit in the eclectic garden (think garden gnomes, the odd parking meter and recycled materials as decor), and enjoy home-made pies, ... more

WHEN?
Open daily.

Port St Johns Cafés & Eateries / Bistros & Pubs

News Café

The verandah that looks onto Main Road in Port St Johns is a great place to sit and "people watch" over a good cup of coffee. The African-themed Restaurant serves light meals and drinks are available at the ... more

WHEN?
Please enquire.

Port St Johns Hiking Trails / Nature Reserves

Hiking in Silaka Nature Reserve

Silaka Nature Reserve lies on the south side of Second Beach. Park your car at the Office and take the trail along the coastline either north towards Second Beach or south towards Sugarloaf Rock. Beautiful ... more

WHEN?
During daylight hours.

Port St Johns Hiking Trails / Nature Reserves

Hike to Eagles Nest

This is the sharp point of cliff rearing itself up from the forest edging the town entrance. The path is well defined and starts at a sign-post a few metres away from the back of the Needles Hotel, opposite the ... more

Port St Johns Fishing

Fishing in Port St Johns

Contact John Costello or Rod Hastier to arrange guided tours or tuition in this exciting discipline. Inland waters produce huge rainbow trout and estuaries offer perfect fly fishing opportunities. The Mzimvubu ... more

WHEN?
By arrangement.

East London Family Entertainment / Cafés & Eateries / Casual Dining

Country Bumpkin Restaurant

With rolling lawns, a child friendly play area, a chic rustic laid back atmosphere and delectable cuisine, Country Bumpkin has become a favourite for visitors to East London. Situated in an old farmhouse, this ... more

WHEN?
Reservations are essential.

East London coastline Hiking Trails / Sports & Leisure

Strandloper Hiking Trail

The Strandloper Trail runs from the Kei River Mouth to Gonubie - almot 60 kms of gorgeous beaches, rivers, cliff tops and coastal forests. It’s not called Strandloper (beach walker) for nothing. Most of the ... more

WHEN?
Best time to go: before the summer rains, best between Feb and May, although from July to September you might see whales.

Port St Johns Lighthouses

M'bashe Lighthouse

The M'bashe lighthouse lies on the wild coast, part way between East London and Port St Johns and just down the road from a little holiday resort that has been there for decades, known as The Haven. It was back ... more

WHEN?
Best during daylight hours.

Umtata as a destination

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Also in the neighbourhood

Bisho, Butterworth, Cintsa, Coffee Bay, Glengarriff, Haga Haga, Kei Mouth, Kwelera, Lusikisiki, Mazeppa Bay, Morgans Bay, Mthatha, Port Edward, Port St Johns, Qolora Mouth

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