Exploring the Wild Coast

Wild Coast

The Wild Coast is the 250-kilometre stretch from East London to just south of the KwaZulu Natal border and is locally known as the Transkei.  The coastline is rugged and unspoilt with open beaches and rolling hills in the background.  

Travel along the Wild Coast

The main route travelling through the Wild Coast is the N2 highway.  However, getting to the heart of the Wild Coast, you will have to wander off on the side roads, which will lead you to the coast to enjoy the beach.

The best way to explore the Wild Coast is to hire a car in South Africa and explore at your own pace.  It is suggested that you plan a little extra time for exploring.  The Wild Coast offers such a relaxing atmosphere; you would not want to make a wild wind trip.  Include a day or two just to relax with no driving and just sit back and enjoy the beach.  Let your footprints decorate the beach in the early morning.

Attractions of the Wild Coast

Travelling to the Wild Coast, most of the attractions are natural surroundings with green rolling hills and the beach, and you are spoilt for spending time in nature.  There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from.  One of the more popular hikes would be from the Coffee Shack along the coastline to the famous landmark of the Wild Coast, Hole in the Wall –  a spectacular natural feature of a detached cliff that has a carved hole in the middle of where the waves have been pounding for millions of years.

Furthermore, enjoy walks in several marines and coastal nature reserves which include coastal forest, open grasslands and winding rivers.  Spend the afternoon canoeing down the Umngazana River or search for birdlife in the Dwesa & Cwebe Nature Reserve.

Other attractions include shipwrecks and several lighthouses scattered along the coast.  The four most popular lighthouses include Cape Morgan, Mbhashe Point, Cape Hermes and South Sand Bluff.  A dream visit for any Pharologist.  

The towns throughout the Wild Coast are generally smaller, more traditional towns.  Xhosa is the primary culture of the region, and on your travels of the Wild Coast, you will be able to enjoy the Xhosa culture and delicious food.  Beaded arts, grass woven baskets and mats are some of the traditional souvenirs found at community craft centres.  

Where to stay

As travelling along the Wild Coast is generally more relaxed, there are plenty of campsites and hostels available throughout your travels.  Whether you prefer nature or the beach, you will not be disappointed.  

For the not so adventurous, there are also guesthouses and hotels to choose from.  The more popular stop would include the Wild Coast Sun, which is a family-friendly resort offering accommodation, restaurants and entertainment for the whole family.  You can spend time at the beach, but there is also a water park.  Dad can enjoy a round of golf, and mom relaxes in the spa.  You can try your luck at the casino while the kids enjoy a movie at the cinema or funfair games at the arcade.

Looking at planning a more relaxing vacation for your next visit to South Africa, the Wild Coast should be top of your list.  Visiting small towns and unspoilt beaches adds charm to any trip.