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Wild Coast | Pondoland Paradise

When the great African coastline was formed one part remained rugged, wild and beautiful. Traditional home of the Mpondo people, this South African gem is a nature lovers paradise that combines undulating hills and grasslands, forest fringed seashores and remote unspoiled beaches.  The area is still very rural, traditional, with a very basic road network. It is on these roads, and many kilometres of legal jeep tracks that we will explore the rugged coastline, shipwrecks, pristine estuaries and crystal waterfalls.

The whole area lends itself to safe walking, mountain biking and wonderful fishing, so bring the toys along as there is time during the tour for these environmentally friendly and fun activities.




tour duration 5 Days
from R9,250
next trip 05 Apr 2022
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Enjoy a paddle or cast a line - this nature lovers paradise surrounds you with one of the most ruggedly beautiful coastlines in South Africa and affords you the perfect getaway from the everyday stresses of life. From lagoons and beaches, through local tea plantations, past amazing waterfalls and always, breath taking views - Mpondoland is simply rural & a paradise untouched


All meals
Professional guide


Guide Gratuity

Tour Dates

05 Apr 2022 - 09 Apr 2022 - R9,250.00

Day 1

Mbotyi River Lodge

We meet in outskirts of the town of Lusikisiki (an hour’s drive from Port St Johns or Kokstad) early afternoon and then proceed to our first lodge on the Mbotyi River where we will spend the next two nights.

Mbotyi River Lodge is a nature lover’s paradise and the perfect place for relaxing away from the everyday stresses of life.  The Lodge is situated alongside the lagoon overlooking a beautiful beach and indigenous forests teeming with birdlife and many waterfalls with breath-taking views.

The Lodge has an extensive range of facilities which include a swimming pool, mountain bikes, canoes and a multitude of sunny decks for relaxing.  The rooms are air conditioned and offer tea & coffee making facilities as well as a fridge for additional convenience.

Day 2

Mbotyi River Lodge

After early morning coffee and rusks there will be a little free time to walk along the beach or go for a paddle on the magnificent Mbotyi Estuary. We all have a big breakfast and get our vehicles ready for the day’s outing.

Our day trip, with a picnic lunch en route, will take us to a Cape Vulture colony (the rarest vultures in Africa) of over 170 birds nesting on cliffs of a magnificent gorge. We will then head on to the meandering jeep tracks that will take us along the coastline. We will only be using existing legal tracks and never drive along the beach

We will visit the wreck site of the Grosvenor and get some insight into the unbelievable treasure hunting tactics that people have attempted over the years to get to her alleged secret treasure. En route, there will be ample time to enjoy the nearby beaches or to cool off under a waterfall.

We return to the lodge in the late afternoon in time for a beach sundowner before dinner and bed.

Day 3

Ocean View Beach Lodge

We pack up after breakfast and, our route for the day which leads to our next hotel, will take us through the local tea plantations and past some awe-inspiring waterfalls. We will also visit a World War II airstrip and bunker complex used by airmen to bomb German U-boats off the coast.

Accommodation at Ocean View is characterised by light airy rooms overlooking spectacular beaches and sea views.  All the rooms are comfortably furnished and have en-suite bathrooms.  The Hotel offers a laundry service, bar facilities, a wellness centre with massage facilities and wonderful friendly staff who are available to accommodate whatever your need.

After check in, there is time for a late afternoon beach walk, or a cast or two.

Day 4

Ocean View Beach Lodge

After a hearty breakfast, once again pack the vehicles for a day trip that takes us to one of the unspoilt estuaries in the area and a visit to the famous and awe-inspiring and iconic Hole-in-the-Wall.

Day 5


Sadly, after breakfast, we say our goodbyes and you have an hour long drive to reach the N2 just west of Umthatha.


South Africa - Eastern Cape Province


Just outside Lusikisiki - an hours drive from Port St Johns


4 x 4 is required


Not on this tour


Safari Tent Style Units
En suite with basin, hot water shower & toilet


Yes,throughout tour


Yes - throughout the tour