The Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
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. This is a hikers' paradise and can also be enjoyed on horseback.
It is renowned for being one of the most beautiful places on the planet and is the heartland of the Xhosa people.
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.
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 & Planning info
Who to contact
Eastern Cape Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)43 701 9600
How to get here
The N2 highway is the 'backbone road' of the Wild Coast.
Best time to visit
The Wild Coast's ecology is best appreciated in summer, from November to the end of January, while hiking is excellent in autumn, from May to June. Cooler weather in winter makes for a more comfortable stay.
Around the area
The Wild Coast Sun and Casino, when you crave entertainment
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.