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TThe 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 snorkeling and diving outings. The seaside villages along the Wild Coast have been the traditional holiday haunt of families for many generations.

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.

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

IIt 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 bird 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.

DDue 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.

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