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Explore the rugged coastlines & beautiful beaches of the Wild Coast

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.

The area is also well known for it for its coastal hotels and lodges. Many of these have been owned by the same families for generations. We will stay at two of these wonderful establishments on our adventure. Mbotyi River Lodge and the Ocean View Hotel.

 

 

tour duration 5 Days
price R8,450
next trip 08 May 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

Included

All meals
Lodge Accommodation
Professional guide

Excluded

Guide Gratuity

Tour Dates

08 May 2020 - 12 May 2020

Day 1

Early afternoon meet on the outskirts of Lusikisiki, an hour’s drive from Port St Johns or Kokstad, then proceed to the Mbotyi River Lodge for two nights. The Lodge is situated at the mouth of the Mbotyi River and tidal estuary overlooking a beautiful beach, indigenous forests teeming with birdlife and waterfalls with breath-taking views. Facilities include a swimming pool, mountain bikes, canoes and a wide variety of sundecks for relaxing. All the rooms are airconditioned, offer tea/coffee making facilities and fridges and most importantly - have uninterrupted sea views. After settling in you can enjoy a walk on the beach before you make time for an enjoyable dining experience.

Day 2

Start with early morning coffee and rusks followed by some spare time to walk along the beach or go for a paddle on the magnificent Mbotyi Estuary. Everybody will then enjoy a big breakfast before the vehicles are readied for the day’s outing. Today a picnic lunch will be enjoyed en route to a Cape Vulture colony of over 170 of Africa’s vulnerable birds which are nesting on the cliffs of a magnificent gorge. Afterwards heading via meandering jeep tracks which will take us along the coastline, using only existing legal tracks thereby avoiding driving on 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 retrieve the ship’s alleged secret treasure. Along the way there will be ample time to enjoy the nearby beaches or to cool off under a waterfall. Return late afternoon to the Lodge where you will be able to enjoy a beach sundowner before dinner is served and you retire for your last night at the Mbotyi River Lodge.

Day 3

After breakfast we venture towards the Ocean View Hotel in Coffee Bay , our second lodge right on the beach. The trip takes us through the local Magwa tea plantations and past some amazing waterfalls. We will also be visiting a World War II airstrip and bunker complex which was utilised by airmen during the bombings of German U-boats off the Wild Coast. We arrive at the Ocean View Hotel where you will be accommodated for the next two nights. The light and airy rooms are all comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms and have spectacular beach and sea views. You will be welcomed by the friendly staff who will tend to your every need. Other amenities include a laundry service, wellness and massage centre and bar facilities. After check in, unwind with a late afternoon beach walk, a paddle or even cast a line or two.

Day 4

After a hearty breakfast we depart by vehicle to the famous Wild Coast landmark, the Hole in the Wall rock formation - an area surrounded by vast stretches of unspoiled coastline and some of the most picturesque scenery in South Africa. Our secluded location today makes for excellent bird watching, beach strolls and nature walks and great relaxing.

Day 5

We depart after breakfast, having bid farewell we find ourselves travelling towards the N2, just west of Mthatha, an approximate 3-hour drive.

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South Africa - Eastern Cape Province

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Just outside Lusikisiki - an hours drive from Port St Johns

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4 x 4 is required

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Not on this tour

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En Suite Beach Lodge accommodation

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Yes,throughout tour

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Yes - throughout the tour