Wild Coast Trekking Adventure : South Africa
Where better to explore than the Wild Coast of South Africa. If you love hiking, exploring rocky coves and beaches, watching dolphins and whales surfing the waves, exploring shipwrecks, nature reserves, waterfalls and enjoying the unique fauna and flora of the area. Then this 9 night adventure is for you, staying in beautiful lodges or camp sites along the coast. Your luggage will be transported from each lodge so you can enjoy the walks with your qualified guide and back up crew. Walking trips can be tailor-made to each group.
Day 1 & 2
Today you will arrive in East London, South Africa. On arrival you will be welcomed and transferred to Coffee Bay where you will spend 2 nights discovering the Mumbi beaches and the ‘hole in the wall’. You can also enjoy walks on the beaches, making and playing drums, fishing, snorkelling, surfing lessons and horse riding. You will stay at White Clay Resort Camping site, nestled between two cliffs it has panoramic views of the private bay.
Today you will begin your hike heading south walking around 12km crossing the Mpako, Lubanzi and Mccwasa Rivers. Deep within the Eastern Cape Coastal Homeland, nestled in the foothills of what was formally known as the Transkei Wild Coast, lies Mpame. Here you will stay at Bull's Inn Fishing Lodge, well known for its fishing. It is a homely lodge surrounded by farmland with hearty Braais in the evening and views across the sea.
This morning you will continue south along the coast exploring shipwrecks and enjoying the marine wildlife. You will walk approximately 10km before coming to Bulungula Lodge where you will stay the night. Bulungula Lodge is an eco-friendly destination with a remote and stunning setting, part owned by the community who will host you. It is built on the edge of the steep cliffs overlooking the Xhora River mouth and the turquoise ocean, a truly idyllic and spectacular location. The ten rondavels emulate traditional Transkei rondavels both in their design and furnishings whilst not luxurious the rooms are vibrant, comfortable and clean.
This morning you will enter Cwebe Nature Reserve exploring the forest; your guide will be there to explain the unique fauna and flora in the area. Spanning a unique blend of coastal forest, winding rivers and open grassland the nature reserve has several trails through the forests all with magnificent ocean views; it is a paradise for bird-watchers with 290 recorded species including the mangrove kingfisher and Narina trogon. Today you will walk approximately 12km to Dwesa where you will stay at the Haven Lodge for the night. The Haven Lodge is a family run lodge with 38 spacious en-suite chalets scattered amongst the gardens.
Today you will continue along the coast for around 18km and onight you will stay at the Nqabara Eco River Lodge, community owned it is on a beautiful promontory overlooking the confluence of the Nqabara and Nqabaraba Rivers. The lodge has 3 double cottages with en-suite bathrooms and a dormitory in the main house. The area is a haven for some of the rarer fauna and bird-watchers will enjoy possible sightings of the ground hornbill and trumpeter hornbill as well as several mammal species such as the cape clawless otters and eland among other more common species such as the warthog, wildebeest, African crowned eagle and the olive & grey sunbird.
Today you carry on along the coastline through cattle farms on the beach and tracing the footsteps of the ancient coastal inhabitants of the ‘strandlopers’ for approximately 20km. This evening you will stay at Kob Beach Resort which has a secluded swimming beach and picturesque lagoon. Relax in the spacious and comfortable en-suite rooms and enjoy freshly caught seafood as the sun sets looking over the ocean.
This morning you will head closer to the border of the former ‘Transkei’. Transkei represented a significant precedent and historic turning point in South Africa's policy of apartheid and "separate development"; it was the first of four territories to be declared independent of South Africa. Your guide will be able to explain the rich culture and history of the area as you make your way to the border, the mangrove-lined estuary is surrounded by magnificent dune forests and endless beaches. Today you will walk approximately 20km staying in a local hotel.
Today you will finally cross the Kei River and cross the former border with South Africa on the ‘Pont’ one of South Africa’s two remaining car-transporting pontoon river ferry services a truly unforgettable experience. Today you will walk approximately 12.5km before camping in the area for the night.
Today is the end of your walking trip in this special part of Southern Africa and you will be transferred to East London for your onward journey.