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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 R8,450
next trip 26 Nov 2020
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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

26 Nov 2020 - 30 Nov 2020 - R8,450.00
02 May 2021 - 06 May 2021 - R8,450.00

Day 1

Msikaba Camp

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 camp on the Msikaba River that forms the border with the magnificent Mkambati Nature Reserve where we will spend the next two nights.

Each deck tented accommodation unit has two twin beds, en suite bathroom, hot shower, flush toilet and solar lighting. The camp is nestled within the coastal forest margin on the beach. Once you have settled into your accommodation and are relaxing around the campfire, the tour leader will explain the activities of the next few days.There is time for a walk on the beach before one of many good dinners.

Day 2

Msikaba Camp

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 Msikaba Estuary. We all then return to camp for 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 camp in the late afternoon in time for a beach sundowner before dinner and bed.

Day 3

Manteku Camp

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

Our camp for the next two nights has the same type of accommodation with a lovely lounge area that overlooks one of the most unspoilt estuaries you will ever encounter.

There is time for a late afternoon beach walk, paddle or a cast or two.

Day 4

Manteku Camp

After a hearty breakfast, once again pack the vehicles for a day trip and a bit of technical 4X4 driving. Our destination is a secluded beach after a beautiful drive through the indigenous sub-tropical forests. We once again have lunch en route and return to camp early enough to enjoy the beauty of the estuary.

Day 5


Sadly, after breakfast, we say our goodbyes and guide you back to the Lusikisiki/ Port St Johns tar road where we say farewell.


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