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Wild Coast Wonderland

This adventure was developed as a partnership between Bhejane & specialist guides, Paul Wigley.  Having spent many years living in the Eastern Cape; Paul’s knowledge of the area is extensive and has afforded him insights that reveal the Wild Coast as a hidden and undiscovered wonderland – one of the last remaining parts of “Africa”, within South Africa.

tour duration 8 Days
from R12,950
next trip 18 Nov 2020
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Imagine rolling green hills dotted with thatched rondavels & rugged landscapes, a herd of eland on the beach, rolling grasslands, coastal forests rich in birdlife, wildlife & plant diversity. This is the Wildcoast Wonderland. Starting in Double Mouth & moving on to beautiful Dwesa & Hluleka Nature Reserve - a time to chillax, breathe  & simply be...

Not only is it safe, but on this tour, you will be rewarded with the most stunning landscapes, beaches that go on “forever” and some of the warmest and most hospitable people in our country.  Where else can you wake up to a herd of Eland on the beach? Rolling grasslands that seem to melt into the sea, coastal forests rich in birdlife, wildlife and plant diversity.

 

Included

All meals
Professional guide
Tented & Chalet Accommodation

Excluded

Guide Gratuity

Tour Dates

18 Nov 2020 - 25 Nov 2020 - R12,950.00
23 Apr 2021 - 30 Apr 2021

Day 1 and 2

Departure

Trip begins at the Double Mouth Nature Reserve, where our tour leader will be waiting to meet you.

This pristine coastal Reserve is one of the Eastern Cape’s best kept secrets.  Situated only 4km away from Morgan’s Bay, the Reserve boasts one of SA’s most picturesque campsites where two rivers meet in a pristine estuary and carve a single course through forested dunes to the sea.  Fish Eagles, Crowned Eagles, Red-Billed Wood-hoopoes and several species of Kingfishers patrol the placid waters and forest fringe, making this a bird watchers paradise.

The Bhejane crew will be present to welcome you upon your arrival, faithful coffee pot boiling together with wonderful dinner aromas.

Day 3 and 4

Dwesa is rich in biodiversity and offers a wide variety of wildlife, incredible birdlife and a host of activities. Start with a walk on the wild side with community guides, either exploring the Reserve and forest fringes, fishing, snorkelling, taking a boat trip over the Mbashe River or perhaps just work on your tan, relaxing in the sun.

The 3500ha Reserve offers a range of forest trails for the more adventurous and to date 290 bird species have been recorded.  It is also possible to spot whales and since it is a marine protected area the beaches are spectacular!

 

Day 5

After a wholesome breakfast we pack up camp and head north, taking the scenic route and the back-roads towards our next campsite, White Clay Resort which is situated on the edge of the ocean between Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall. En route we travel through rural Transkei into Xhosa heartland, experiencing a stunning landscape of rolling green hills dotted with thatched rondavels, catching glimpses of a culture far removed from our own.

Day 6 and 7

After our first night, we have a number of great options that can be decided amongst us for the next few days;

Our first option - We can drive to Hluleka Nature Reserve. The drive is not a long one, and there is plenty of opportunity to stop and take in the rugged landscape and wild beauty this area is so well known for.

Hluleka offers a diverse range of eco systems – rocky seashores, golden beaches, lagoons and lush forests. The high vantage points along the coastline make great lookout points for dolphin and whale watching. Humpback and Southern Right Whales migrate from the Antarctic to the shores of South Africa to calve and are often seen from the beautiful beaches.

 

The Second option is to stay at White Clay and Coffee Bay and enjoy one of the scenic hikes along this magnificent coastline. The Coffee Bay Beach is simply spectacular. Extending from the Nenga River Mouth and set against the backdrop of black-faced cliffs, white sand, and jade hills and mountains, this stretch of beach is popular for horse riding, surfing, swimming and sunbathing and of course for its walking and hiking opportunities.

 

The third option is to go kayaking up the Mdumdi River: we can rent kayaks and catch the tidal flow up this pristine and very beautiful river estuary. This is a great way of enjoying the surrounding river vegetation & adjacent fauna and flora. You can expect to see kingfishers, legavaans and lots of fish including the most spectacular bloom swarms of jellyfish!
If kayaking up the river is not for you, the Mdumbi Beach, estuary and rocky shoreline will provide plenty of time for relaxation, walking and swimming.

Day 8

Depart for home after breakfast with new insights of this undiscovered area.

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Approximately 400kms

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Double Mouth Nature Reserve

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Camping throughout but at a Beach lodge for the last two nights

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Yes - throughout

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Yes - throughout

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Yes but Intermittent

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4×4 is preferred
2×4 with high ground clearance (Hilux)

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Hiking
Fishing (Eastern Cape fishing licence can be obtained from the Post Office)
Swimming
Snorkelling (Bring your own equipment!)