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Wildcoast Gonubie to Kei Mouth

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TRENNERYS - adventure paradise
Neptune Cove

NEPTUNE'S COVE - self-catering ( self contained ) at Kei River Mouth

The Thatches

THE THATCHES - self-catering ( self contained ) at Kei River Mouth

Morgan Bay Hotel

MORGAN BAY HOTEL - old world charm for all!

Haga Haga Hotel

HAGA HAGA - hotel and self-catering ( self contained )

Inkwenkwezi  game reserve

INKWENKWEZI - the place of African legends

Arendsnes self-catering accommodation

ARENDSNES - affordable self-catering ( self contained ) at Chintsa

Crawfords self-catering accommodation

CRAWFORDS - luxury on the beach

Areena Game Reserve

AREENA GAME RESERVE - a holiday farm for the family


The Wild Coast has a comparatively high average rainfall. 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 warm and pleasant, while the winters are mild and fine. High temperatures in January reach about 28 degrees C, and in June about 21 degrees.

The Wild Coast has long been a popular destination for sport fishermen. Shore angling from the rocky coastline rewards the angler with catches of garrick, kob, steenbras, shad, kingfish, galjoen and hottentot. The boat anglers have a chance at yellowtail, tuna, yellowfin, swordfish, mackerel, marlin, sailfish, barracuda, cob and queen fish.

Every year in winter, vast shoals of sardines that have spawned in the waters of Antarctica travel the cold-water currents south of the East Coast of South Africa. Sometimes a combination of wind and current will allow a tongue of cold water to intrude into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – and then millions upon millions of sardines come close enough to be seen from shore or even washed up on the beach. This phenomenon, which occurs nowhere else on earth, can be witnessed from the beaches of the Wild Coast – if you are lucky enough to be there at the right time.

The area was originally settled by Bushmen (San) and Hottentots, but towards the end of the 17th century they were gradually displaced by the Hlubi people from KwaZulu-Natal, led by a woman named Xhosa. Successive waves of people came down the coast and began to split up into homogenous groups. The northern group became the Pondo, the middle group became the Mtembu and the southern group became the Gcaleka.

Visitors should preferably travel to the Wild Coast during daylight hours, and slowly, as the roads are not fenced and you are likely to meet a Transkei speedtrap in the form of a large animal. There are also potholes which are unavoidable at any kind of speed. It is easy to get lost at night.

Bring good walking shoes along with you, something warm for unexpected temperature fluctuations, a costume, towel, hat, sunblock and a good insect repellent. The Tourist Safety Unit can be reached on 047-5052662.