The name “Wild coast” can be misleading. “Wild” rather carries the meaning of “underdeveloped”. The Wild Coast is the stretch of coast along the eastern side of the traditional “Transkei” region in South Africa. It is a gorgeous natural environment, comprising the signature open grasslands and hill country of the south coast, with deep ravines peppered with groves of aloe, and beautiful tidal estuaries cloaked on either bank with rich and unsullied riparian forest. There is growing pressure to build a double lane highway to connect the southern parts of the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu Natal. This is met by constant resistance of environmentalists and locals alike. Another issue is whether mining rights should be given to companies who wish to extend mining activities to this region. This is also strongly resisted by environmentalists.
Due to the lack of development accommodation facilities for tourism is very limited. The easiest accessible areas are also the most commercial and include the Wild Coast Sun (beach hotel and casino resort) and the town of Port St. Johns. The most accessible of the “wilder” section is Coffee Bay from which you can visit the nearby Hole-in-the-Wall. Venturing into the rest of the region on your own is not advisable.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
Pondoland, the traditional homeland of the Xhosa speaking Pondo people lies next to the northern part on the coast of the Eastern Cape, south of the province of Kwazulu Natal. But for the Wild Coast Sun Hotel, casino and resort, the rest of Pondoland is underdeveloped in terms of catered accommodation.
The small town of Coffee Bay is situated on the Wild Coast in the Transkei, South Africa. It is deep rural and traditional Xhosa country. The surrounding countryside is spotted with traditional 'rondavels' (round shaped huts). But for Port St Johns, Coffee Bay is the only town on the Wild Coast to be reached by tarred road.