Africa Deluxe Tours Hole-in-the-Wall

Hole-in-the-Wall

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.

Tours that include Hole-in-the-Wall

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,735 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 435 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


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 .

Hole-in-the-Wall

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,735 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 435 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


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 .

Hole-in-the-Wall attractions

A typical stretch of coastline on South Africa's Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape's Transkei region.

Wild Coast

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.

Hole-in-the-Wall near Coffee Bay on South Africa's 'Wild Coast'.

Coffee Bay

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.

It's not unusual to encounter a herd of cattle on the beach when hiking on the Wild Coast.

Transkei

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.