Overview-Wild Coast Walk
Wild Coast Walk is for those wishing to experience the Wild Coast on foot but wants to spend each evening in the best hotels or lodges along the route, selected for quality and convenience. The Wild Coast of South Africa is one of the country’s most remote and beautiful coastlines. It is a prime hiking area with dramatic landscapes, unspoilt beaches, high dunes, wave-lashed rocks, shipwrecks, rolling hills and meandering rivers.
|Type||Guided hike, with porter service|
|Location||Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|Group size||2 – 19 persons|
|Duration||5 nights / 6 days|
|Day Stages||Between 6 km and 22 km|
|Terrain||Beach and coastal trails|
|Accommodation||Hotels and lodges|
|Meals||Breakfast, packed lunches and dinners|
|Cost||R9 350 per person sharing for 4-5 persons plus porter charge|
|Dates||Best time March-June & Sep-Nov. Not available 15 Dec-15 Jan and certain holiday periods.|
The Wild Coast Walk is in an unspoilt natural environment- magnificent coastal setting, beaches, bush and sunshine. Enjoy whale and dolphin watching, birding, swimming, canoeing, fishing and excellent accommodation. Guides and porters from local Xhosa communities accompany hikers.
The area is a nature lover's paradise, with access so limited that the only way to see some parts of the coastline is to hike. The scenery is spectacular. Empty white-sand beaches are separated by steep green hills, dramatic cliffs and rocky headlands. Sunrises and sunsets of breathtaking beauty. Experience peaceful tranquillity that is unsurpassed. Not only is the scenery unbelievably beautiful but this remote area of the country remains relatively untouched by the trappings of civilisation
A variety of activities compliment the hiking program : Pristine beaches offer secluded and quiet spots for swimming or to visit and enjoy. You will also have opportunities for birding, fishing, canoeing, whale and dolphin-watching and to explore shipwrecks and some traditional Xhosa villages along the way. In addition the lodges/hotels offer some free activities.
The suspension bridge linking Mazeppa Bay mainland to an island. It is a favourite fishing spot. The Jacaranda shipwreck near Trenney’s Hotel The boat pont river crossing at Kei mouth.
Every year, between May and July, many millions of sardines travel north from the cold southern oceans of South Africa as they make their way up along the coastlines of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in what is commonly known as the annual Sardine Run. The sardines come close enough to be seen from shore or even washed up on the beach. It occurs nowhere else on earth and can be witnessed from the beaches of the Wild Coast.
Spend every night in the comfort of coastal resorts, known for unique settings and warm hospitality.
Culture and history
The Wild Coast (formerly Transkei) is an area of historical and cultural significance. It is the traditional home of Xhosa-speaking people and was an independent homeland until 1994. It is a very distinct part of South Africa, full of tradition and local colour. Nelson Mandela is its most famous son. Guides and porters from local Xhosa communities accompany hikers every day, sharing their local knowledge, customs and culture with you.
The standard Wild Coast Walk package is 5 nights but it is flexible. It can be extended to 8 nights or additional time can be spent at each or any resort thus turning it into a real holiday. An alternative 5 night itinerary is also available
5 nights standard option
The walks are slow, spending time to enjoy the beaches and to take a closer look at the unspoilt coast and rivers. You can stop and enjoy what is of interest to you or your group. A community guide will assist you with timing of walks to coincide with the tides and show you the best place to cross. The guide will also point out the marine- and wildlife, birds and ecology of the area. The walk starts north of the Kei River at Kob Inn. You will spend the first 4 days in, what was formerly known as, the Transkei. After crossing the Kei river the trail ends at Morgan Bay
Canoe quietly on the river taking in the prolific bird life. Quad bikes are available for hire.
After breakfast we transfer to East London airport, for departure
When extending the standard package, or for booking an alternative 5 night program, the following accommodation may be included, together with all, or some, of the standard hotels above.
The porter service provided by local community members is optional. Should you decide to use it your backpack must have shoulder and waist straps and not exceed 12kg. Seven different porters will be employed and R100/R110 per porter will be payable in cash- total amount R730 (2022). Please ensure that you have the necessary cash amounts available.
Rates for the following alternative options of the Wild Coast Walk available on request:
- To extend the standard 5 nights to 8 nights (96-100 km)
- To spend more time at some of the hotels included in the standard 5 night program
- An alternative 5 night program (54-57 km)
When to do the Wild Coast Walk
Bookings can be made throughout the year between 15 Jan and 15 Dec but not during school holidays March/Apr, Dec/Jan and Easter weekend. The best time is from March to June and from September to November. The weather on the Wild Coast is very variable but during winter it is usually better from a rain perspective but cold fronts are possible. Be prepared for hot as well as cool and wet conditions throughout the year.
The area has a comparatively high average rainfall, with the coastal and mountain regions receiving over 1 000 mm per annum. Snow is not uncommon at high altitudes in winter, but the remainder of the country is temperate with high sub-tropical temperatures along the coast in summer. The summer rainy seasons are sub tropically warm and pleasant, while the winters are mild and fine (and pleasant). High temperatures in January (mid summer) reach about 28 degrees C, and in June (winter) about 21 degrees, with lows of 17 and 9 degrees respectively.
Getting to East London
What to take on the Wild Coast Walk
Comfortable, well ventilated clothes as well as a thick windbreaker/jacket, raincoat, swimming costume, comfortable walking shoes and hiking sandals. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to waterproof your day-pack as well as ziploc bags for wet weather and river crossings as protection for electronic equipment, sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle/camelback, personal first-aid kit, camera, batteries, binoculars, torch and headlamp, and mosquito repellent.
Please note that a porter will carry the luggage and that it is not transferred by vehicle. Luggage will therefore have to be in a backpack and a weight restriction of 12kg applies. Backpacks must have shoulder and waist straps. Ensure that you have the correct change for porter fees. Refer to "Rates"
We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance giving you cover against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
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