The Wild Coast is a really great destination. Protected for years by limited road access, this area offers a combination of rural tranquillity, traditional African lifestyles and architecture, almost unbelievable scenery and fascinating flora and fauna with the opportunity to have a great beach holiday.

Hotels are spread out along the coast in the small settlements, almost all of which have their own road down from the N2 - so it's not easy moving from one coastal spot to the next. This is a bit of a problem, but the planned 'solution' may be even worse. A planned coastal highway would, admittedly, make it easier to get around for both tourists and those few locals who can afford cars but the main advantage would be that it would make it so much easier to transport the heavy metals that multinational corporations are just itching to mine in the to date untouched coastal dunes. So - our vote is we put up with somewhat tricky road access.

As for the hotels - some are great, some a little run down, but all offer fantastic views and, invariably, excellent and plentiful seafood. This is a wonderful family holiday destination and almost all the hotels have family rooms, babysitting services, children's programmes and children's meals. There is so much to do here and so many new friends to be made that most children are quite reluctant to leave at the end of the holiday, and many local families book their next year's accommodation as they leave for home.

Although the coastal hotels are wonderful, probably the best way of experiencing this area is to spend some time with the local people. There is a fantastic community project on the northern Wild Coast, which offers horse riding, hiking, canoeing and fishing from a beautiful tented camp overlooking a turquoise-blue lagoon. Here you can chat with the local people, learn how they live and go fishing with them, or foraging for wild foodstuffs. Or, of course, you can just lie around relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

The vegetation of this area is rather unique, as many of the biomes of South Africa come together here, so you will find some unusual plants in what botanists call the Pondoland Centre of Endemism.

The Wild Coast is renowned for its fantastic surfing and excellent fishing. There is potential for good diving but the conditions are not consistent and there is very little infrastructure. This all changes in July, though, when itinerant dive operators move into the area to take advantage of the sardine run, which is the greatest migration on earth, in terms of biomass.

The Wild Coast has long been a favourite hiking destination but the huts fell into disrepair in the 1980s and haven't been rebuilt. But - and this is a good but - you can hike between hotels. Now that's a win-win. You don't have to carry sleeping bags or food. You can even organise to get your luggage driven round for you and take only a day pack. That's styling.
Towns on the Wild Coast include the laid back Coffee Bay, the rather bustling Port St Johns and, right at its northern extremity, Port Edward.

Wild Coast Fun Rating

from 122 customer reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars!

Popular in Wild Coast

  • Beach
     
  • Hiking
     
  • Fishing
     
  • Natural Landmar...
     
  • Kayaking
     
Press to Interact
To top Refresh
Available On Request
Glengarriff Glengarriff
Town of East London

Glengarrif - unfound gem
Glengarriff is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to forget about the hum drum of every day life and wake up to stunning views as only the Wild Coast can deliver. Weather is not always great but even on windy days you can take a short trip to Gonubi or East London for some shopping.
Maryke van Schalkwyk
South Africa

Tourism Region of Eastern Cape

Beautiful spot on the Wild Coast
Qora River Mouth is a beautiful spot on the Wild Coast. Very much unspoilt and with plenty of space for everyone. Not too many people adventure there, perhaps because of the road condition (unpaved) or because they don't know about it.
Lara
South Africa

Chintsa Chintsa
Town of Eastern Cape

Great break away!
There is no place like the Wild Coast, and Chintsa offers all the perks of the Transkei with added convenience of the shops and fuel station.There are beautiful MTB trails in the region. I will return soon for another awesome adventure!
Jozua Joubert
South Africa

Qolora Mouth Qolora Mouth
Town of Eastern Cape

Trennerys Hotel Qolora Mouth
Trennerys Hotel is situated at Qolora Mouth on the Wild Coast. It boasts rolling hills, footprint free beaches and spectacular sunsets. There is so much to do some of Trennerys Hotel include: lagoon cruises with champagne or a cold beercanoeing • deep sea fishing trips • beach – shipwreck walks – strollalong the un-spoilt natural beaches in search of lost treasure • naturetrails – guided tours and trail walks – including spectacular walk in theforests to the waterfalls as well as cultural tours and educational of the localfauna and flora • mountain biking • boat rides – take in the plaintive...
see more
Leigh Myles Myles
South Africa

Chintsa East Chintsa East
Suburb of Chintsa

Cintsa East - South Africa's best kept secret
Chintsa East serves as the perfect setting to explore vast, empty beaches. the rural countryside of the Transkei and the sheer cliffs and seaside waterfalls of the Wild Coast with it's thunderous, cascading waves crashing into the rugged coastline. Once you visit Cintsa,you will not want to leave.Cintsa itself contains many attractions. It's beautiful 6km long beach is flawless in every way, whale and dolphin sightings are a common occurrence. The village has a good offering of retaurants, from the romantic to the rustic! The local country club has tennis, bowls, volleyball and deepsea fishing...
see more
Rod Drayton
South Africa

Port St Johns Port St Johns
Town of Eastern Cape

Port St Johns
Port St Johns as a destination has the allure of the old colonial Wild Coast. It has however been overtaken by times with the deforrestation of the Mt Thesinger Reserve just to the northwest of the town and a blooming informal settlement.The facility that we book was a big disappointment. No amount of words can describe it. It reminded one of stories from Treasure Island and was rustic in the true sense of the word. If one were on a student / backpacker's budget, then the place would not be so bad... The garding is also a bit misguided...
Mbongeni Tukela
South Africa

Kei Mouth Kei Mouth
Town of Sunshine Coast

Kei Mouth is a bit of Paradise
Kei Mouth is a peacefull relaxing villiage. Arrive at your self catering, B & B accommodation, park your car and walk for the rest of your holiday.It has a 13 hole golf course well manicured and the most beautiful view of the ocean from most of the course. Friendy bowlers will be happy to share their greens with you. Horse trails for all, first timers advanced, big and small groups. There are packages to choose from. They are unique horse trails that offer an adventurous hosrse riding holiday while experiencing the un-developed beauty of the South African Wild Coast. The trips range from 2...
see more
Louise Coetzee
South Africa

Mazeppa Bay Mazeppa Bay
Town of Eastern Cape

Take a walk on the Wild Side......
Mazeppa Bay on the Wild Coast is the best kept secret in South Africa, largely undiscovered due to the remote geographical position, it boasts the best beaches on the Wild Coast! Where else in the world can you walk for 10km along beaches and not see anyone? The unique landmark being the island with suspended bridge for access which is enjoyed by fisherman, hikers and divers. Mazeppa Bay Beach House was one of the first beach side cottages built at Mazeppa Bay in 1900 by settlers trading in the region. Now it is enjoyed as a family getaway destination and fisherman's paradise!
Alan Sparg
South Africa

Chintsa East Chintsa East
Suburb of Chintsa

Cintsa East
Chintsa, “the little village with a big heart”. Overlooking the Chintsa lagoon and bay, it is neatly nestled into the coastal dune and riverine forests of the area.It serves as the southern gateway to the Wild Coast, famous for its unspoilt beaches, rich natural environment and rural lifestyle. Chintsa is 40km form East London, which has an airport, and also forms part of the Jikeleza Route, a coastal meander route between East London and the southern Wild Coast. Spend a morning traversing the Jikeleza and enjoy the shops, nurseries, restuarants and playgrounds. Chintsa boasts an unspoilt coas...
see more
Bronwen Makovini
South Africa

Lusikisiki Lusikisiki
Town of Eastern Cape

Come and be at peace
Situated on the beautiful Wild Coast, Lusikisiki is the kind of place you visit when you want to get away from it all. It owes its beauty to the pristine beaches, roaring waterfalls and untamed landscapes. Lusikisiki is one of the few places left in the country where nature is just that... Nature.You can take wonderful walks on the beaches from sunrise to sunset, only to be disturbed by the flapping wings of birds flying past. Our warm waters and lagoons are inviting for those who love swimming, fishing, boats and the like. Lusikisiki boasts beaches such as Mbotyi, Mkhambathi, Lambasi, Grosvne...
see more
Lusanda Mgudu

Port St Johns Port St Johns
Town of Eastern Cape

Port St Johns
Port St Johns – also known as the Jewel of the Wild Coast and Paradise in Pondoland, is situated at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, about half way between Durban and East London.As the only coastal town in the former state of Transkei, Port St Johns has seen ups and downs, and has some fascinating history. The area was first visited by the Portuguese in the 1500’s. Most articles on Port St Johns highlight the relaxed lifestyle, writing of the little village as if it were caught in a marijuana induced time warp, that never made it out of the ‘60’s hippie era. This not true - the town does...
see more
Kathryn Costello
South Africa

Chintsa East Chintsa East
Suburb of Chintsa

Cintsa East : Jewel of the Eastern Cape
Cintsa East is a warm, safe paradise and the gateway to the Wild Coast. It has everything a holiday maker requires in a nutshell. It has a combination of wild, unspoilt beauty and unobtrusive modern convenience. Cintsa East has beautiful beaches which have exotic shell and rock pools as well as immaculate dunes. There is a lovely lagoon where one can canoe and sail. There are carefully constructed and well hidden organic markets and shops for everyone. Local eco-warriors offer surfing, sailing and horseriding lessons for the novice. Cintsa East is an unforgettable experience and guarantees...
see more
Mariette Lotter Bank
South Africa

Hole in the Wall Hole in the Wall
Town of Eastern Cape

Iconic feature of the Wild Coast
Hole in the Wall or izi Khaleni" in Xhosa, which means "place of thunder" is situated just South of Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast. To the Xhosa people, it's formation is shrouded in mystery and legend, but it was most likely shaped by the Mpako River, which flows out through the hole and into Indian Ocean. The surrounding rocky ledges are a fisherman's paradise and the beach is a licensed launch site for boats. The unspoilt beaches, richness of the Xhosa culture and prolific stars make it a fantastic spot for a holiday.
Roger Galloway
South Africa


Untouched
The Wild Coast is a relatively untouched paradise of South Africa. The icy waters of the Atlantic create a unique and stunning environment.
Kyle Hepple
South Africa

Coffee Bay Coffee Bay
Town of Eastern Cape

Beautiful!
A 4 x 4 would be better than our 2 x 4!! Road to Hole in the Wall very bad!
Andre Visser
South Africa

Coffee Bay Coffee Bay
Town of Eastern Cape

Beautiful!
A 4 x 4 would be better than our 2 x 4!! Road to Hole in the Wall very bad!
Andre Visser
South Africa

Coffee Bay Coffee Bay
Town of Eastern Cape

Coffee Bay visit as part of memory lane
I visited Coffee Bay about 30 years ago and did not know what to expect on my return for this visit. It has grown some, with a couple of backpacker accommodation, one hotel and the rest is very casual, not up market at all. Except for the additional buildings, it has not changed much, no modern developments. Whereas Hole in the Wall, which was flooded all those years ago, did use the time to develop a nice hotel and other more modern accommodation. In a way it feels more safe and secure there, with a couple of private homes. It is much more structured. When next going to the area I believe...
see more
Welda Du Toit
South Africa

Port St Johns Port St Johns
Town of Eastern Cape

Port St Johns
The access roads remains challenging due to obstacles such as potholes, pedestrians, slow vehicles, taxies and live stock. On Saturday nights there are huge activities and alckohol usage around the beaches and taverns in the areas. The town was not very clean due to a municipal workers strike the previous week. We did not feel safe and did not enjoy our stay and will not visit again.
charmaine muller
South Africa

Glengarriff Glengarriff
Town of East London

Great beaches
Glengarrif is a great location for relaxing and just walking along the beaches and rivers and taking in views.
david thomson
Scotland

Coffee Bay Coffee Bay
Town of Eastern Cape

Peaceful
Coffee bay is a peaceful town, the roads are bad but worth the traveling.
Gideon Van Den Berg
South Africa