The Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

An unspoiled wilderness
The magnificent Wild Coast. © South African Tourism
The Wild Coast is an unspoiled natural treasure. Visitors can explore its renowned beauty on foot, by 4x4 or horseback before embarking on fishing expeditions or snorkelling and diving outings. The seaside villages along the Wild Coast have been the traditional holiday haunt of families for many generations.

Did you know?

Many shipwreck survivors came to settle in the communities along the Wild Coast.

 

 

The Wild Coast in South Africa stretches along the Eastern Cape province's northern coastline. As its name suggests this strip of coastline, which reaches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south, is an untamed wilderness. It offers incredible views of the dramatic coastline, jagged cliffs, sheltered bays, wild beaches and rolling hills and valleys.

The Transkei, a former homeland, forms part of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast and is an underdeveloped area with low population that cannot be easily accessed, but is a hikers' paradise and can be enjoyed on horseback. The area was also the territory most contested by British colonialists. It is renowned for being one of the most beautiful places on the planet and is the heartland of the Xhosa nation.

Ancient forests filled with cycads and yellowwood trees abound with bird and animal life. Bird watchers can go in search of the approximately 320 species that make this area their home, while anglers can catch the big one whilst deep sea, rock, surf, fly and spear fishing. Fishing licenses must be acquired from any local Post Office.

Due to its incredible natural beauty the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast is ideal for hiking, but a multitude of 4x4 trails allow for those who prefer travelling in comfort. Due to their delicate ecosystems beaches are off limits for drivers.

The Wild Coast is also known for its shipwrecks - a legacy of its wild and tempestuous nature. The entire coastline can be seen on foot on what is known as the Wild Coast Hiking Trail. Water activities like snorkelling and diving give a spectacular experience of the world beneath the waves while spotting lost treasure and other relics from shipwrecks.

Travel tips & PlanningĀ info

Who to contact

Wild Coast Holiday Association
Tel: +27 (0)43 74361281
Email: william-r@iafrica.com

Eastern Cape Tourism
Tel: 043 701 9600
Email: info@ectourism.co.za

How to get here

The N2 highway is the 'backbone road' of the Wild Coast.

Around the area

The Wild Coast Sun and Casino, when you crave entertainment

How to get around

Horse riding trips on the beach are available daily and hikers can find their way along a series of routes. Mountain bike tours and adventures in the land of the Pondo, as well as backpacking and tours are on offer.

What will it cost

Accommodation along the Wild Coast ranges from backpackers to luxury lodges, and the price range is set for all pockets.

Length of stay

Set aside a week for your Wild Coast experience.

What to pack

Sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, hats, swimming gear, insect repellant and warm clothes as the weather can change rapidly.

Where to stay

There are plenty accommodation options to suit all budgets.