Hole-in-the-Wall is a natural phenomenon on the Wild Coast of the Transkei, South Africa. It is 8 Km from the small town of Coffee Bay. Coffee Bay and Port St Johns are the only towns that can be be reached by tarred road from the National Road (N2). There are a couple of budget, self-catering and remote accommodation options closer to Hole-in-the-Wall, but our preferred establishment is The Ocean View Hotel in Coffee Bay.
The “Wall” is a offshore stack of rocks through which the elements eroded the “hole”, rather special to see. The hole is right opposite the mouth of the Mpako River which probably contributed to the erosion of the hole.
The local Xhosa people have their own mythological tale to explain the hole. According to this tale the 'sea people', are semi-deities and human-like, but have hands and feet like flippers. A beautiful girl, who lived in a village on the coast, cut off by a high cliff, was seen by one of the sea people. He was overwhelmed by her beauty and tried to woo her. Ultimately the sea people called in the help of a large fish to batter a hole through the wall so that the sea people could reach the young girl and sweep her away.
The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .
The Wild Coast covers the north-eastern coastline of the Eastern Cape province and is part of the former homeland of Transkei. It is indeed quite "wild" with little infrastructure and almost no commercial development. This is the region's greatest attraction as well as its greatest drawback. Facilities for tourism is limited.
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.
While the former Apartheid homeland called 'Transkei does not exist anymore the region is still known by that name. The small village of Qumbu has the claim to fame of being the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The Wild Coast is the region's biggest attraction, although accommodation facilities for tourism are very limited.