The Wild Coast Jikeleza Route takes travellers on a trip through the beautiful rural Eastern Cape, passing through vibrant coastal villages and some of the most remote beaches in the country. If it's sea, sand, sun and local encounters you're after, look no further than the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route.

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Jikeleza is an isiXhosa word that means 'to go around'.

The region covered by the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route is among the most carefree areas on the planet, ideal for taking time off from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life.

Along the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast, most locals are only concerned with subsistence living and, as such, are very easy going and unassuming folk.

The Wild Coast Jikeleza Route stretches from Gonubie, just outside East London, up to Chefane along the coast and Kwelerha in the Great Kei area. The route can be comfortably completed in a day, although this is not nearly enough time to get a good feel for the area.

The Jikeleza Route is an interesting mix of coastal and rural experiences. You are, for example, likely to come across Nguni cattle strolling leisurely along the beach, something you're unlikely to see anywhere else in the world.

The beautiful beaches along the Wild Coast are indeed one of the main highlights for most explorers. Cintsa, for example, boasts a magnificent 15km stretch of sand, with rock pools and other natural gems to explore on a long, meandering walk.

Because of their remote location, these beaches remain mostly undisturbed by hordes of visitors, with facilities that run from the very basic to the non-existent. But who needs facilities in an Eden like this!

Some of the more popular activities along the Jikeleza Route include hiking, boating, kayaking, horse riding on the beach, abseiling, shell collecting, surf angling, mountain biking and surfing.

Wildlife that visitors are likely to spot along the route includes vervet monkeys, duiker, bush pig and mongoose.

If you are determined to see the Big 5 during your travels through South Africa, you can do so along the Wild Coast by visiting the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, which is just 30km from East London.

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