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Wild Coast

Coffee Bay on The Wild Coast

The Wild Coast stretches from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. Popular tourist towns and villages along the Wild Coast include Port St Johns, Coffee Bay, Hole in the Wall, Qolora, Kei Mouth, Morgan Bay and Haga Haga

Many rivers empty into the sea along the Wild Coast. In the southern-most parts of the region, where the hills are lower, the rivers tend to be mature and are characterized by wide floodplains. But in the rugged north, where young rivers find their path to the sea blocked by massive cliffs, many, like Waterfall Bluff, leap over the rocky crags into the surf below.

Small sandy bays and long stretches of open beaches are often found near the mouths of large rivers, such as the Kei, Mthatha, Mbashe and Mzimvuba. There are also many smaller rivers which, owing to their protected sources in the coastal forests, have much less siltation than the larger rivers, which drain vast tracts of land where poor farming practices are in place. Estuaries, bays and headlands are plentiful, whilst rocky shores predominate, be they smooth wave-cut platforms with jagged and un-even surfaces or precipitous cliffs that plunge into the sea.

About half the coastline comprises indigenous forest and many forest species that were previously unknown to science have been discovered in places such as Umtamvuna and Mkambati. About 900 forest and grassland species from the Wild Coast region have been identified as having commercial, traditional or homeopathic value.

The scenic beauty of the Wild Coast, coupled with its rich cultural heritage, make the region ideal for the development of a strong tourism industry. In fact, tourism has been identified as one of the cornerstones of the proposed Wild Coast Spatial Development Initiative. But, the virtual collapse of local administrations and environmental threats are some of the major issues that will have to be tackled by this initiative. The challenge will be to bring about much needed investment and development that will benefit local communities and the region as a whole, without compromising the rich natural resource base.

The average daily temperatures along the coast vary from 17°C to 28°C in January and 9°C to 21°C in July.

Freedom O Clock Backpackers Retreat
Category: Backpackers
Town: Mdumbi River
Rates/person: Up to R350
Wake up to mind-blowing views of the ocean, beach, rare mangroves and forest-lined river. This small, rustic, eco-minded family-run spot lies on the eastern side of the Mdumbi...
Prana Lodge
Town: Chintsa East
Rates/person: R1000 - R2000
Discover yourself in a Wild Coast luxury retreat. Prana Lodge is a unique Boutique Hotel and Wellness Spa situated in a pristine forest alongside the spectacular Chintsa Bay and...
Ocean View Hotel
Category: Hotels
Town: Coffee Bay
Rates/person: R600 - R1000
Nestled between towering cliffs and a sparkling sea, Ocean View is an accredited three star country hotel and has earned the highly recommended accolade from the AA Travel Guides....
Cremorne Riverside Holiday Resort
Rates/person: R350 - R600
Cremorne riverside holiday resort lies on the banks of the mighty Umzimvubu River.
double room
Category: Self-catering
Town: Coffee Bay
  • R500 - R800
  • R800 - R1500
Hillside view guesthouse is situated in Coffee Bay in the Wild Coast. 
Category: Self-catering
Town: Coffee Bay
Rates/person: Up to R350
Rates/unit: R800 - R1500
Fully furnished beachfront house with all amenities.This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Offering an outdoor pool, barbecue and terrace, Kwela Cottage is situated in the Hole...
Category: Hotels
Town: Qolora Mouth
Rates/person: R350 - R600
The scenic splendour of this rugged coast makes it the perfect destination for the wild at heart.
Town: Chintsa East
Rates/person: R350 - R600
Rates/person: Up to R350
Rates/unit: R500 - R800
Kei Mouth Guest Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of the sea side village of Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast of South Africa. The Lodge is situated...
Category: Self-catering
Town: Chintsa East
Rates/unit: R1500 - R3000
This Luxury Double Story Guest House is located 500m from the beach in beautiful Cintsa East on the Wild Coast of South Africa. It's elegantly decorated and fully equipped...

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