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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.
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.
South African Tourism - Heritage Day
Feast your eyes, feed your soul and be inspired by South Africa in full bloom… South Africa is unique. It is one country in the world where one can weave a vibrant tapestry of culture and heritage from the many and varied attractions, experiences and influences that permeate daily living.
Netflix JIVA - Eastern Cape Itinerary
This women's month, experience the Eastern Cape like never before with curated itineraries made just for you by South African Tourism and Netflix JIVA.
Flying directly between Newark Liberty International Airport and Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport is now easier!
United Airlines has inaugurated its nonstop daily service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport, with the arrival of the first flight into Johannesburg on the 4th of June.
South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela’s home province
Home to glorious stretches of beaches, mountainous terrains, jaw-dropping rock formations, a rich catalogue of plant and wildlife which includes the Big 7 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, Southern Right whales and Great White sharks), South Africa’s Eastern Cape province is also the birth place of the late global icon and humanitarian - Nelson Mandela. The acclaimed leader, whose birthday is celebrated globally through acts of kindness on 18 July, was born and raised amongst this province’s lush valleys and winding rivers.
Vervet monkeys: the mischievous primates with long tails are plentiful in many South African habitats
Vervet monkeys are playful, mischievous primates that can be found all over eastern South Africa and are hugely entertaining to watch – as long as you keep the kitchen windows closed.
Trout fishing in South Africa: the angler’s ultimate casting call
South Africa has plenty of idyllic spots around the country to attract fly-fishers, with 2 species of trout in our waters and a thriving support industry dedicated to great angling holidays.
Trail running in South Africa: off the beaten track… into Eden
South Africa has amazing trail-running terrain for visiting athletes, including mountains, forests, bushveld, beaches, savannahs and deserts – as well as some competitive runs to consider.
Xhosa cuisine: a delicious blend of ancient and modern
Visitors to South Africa should make sure they try Xhosa cuisine, whether in its Eastern Cape heartland or anywhere else that offers umngqusho, amasi, ikhowa and other delicacies.
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