Offroading on the Wild Coast
This is important information if you are planning on going on holiday, day trip or fishing along the Transkei Wild Coast:
You will need a permit to travel to cottages that are not on proclaimed or designated roads. (E.g. the road to the Jacaranda.) If you do not have a permit for these routes you may be charged by the Green Scorpions and given a spot fine of R2500.
If you are a cottage owner and your cottage is not on a proclaimed road you will need to present your PTO (Permission To Occupy) at the Environmental office and acquire a permit to travel on the track to your cottage. No permits will be awarded to anyone without a valid PTO. Cottage owner permits are valid for one year.
If you are traveling to a cottage that is not on a proclaimed road you will need a letter from the PTO holder which you can present at the offices to acquire a temporary permit. There is no charge for the permit. The permit is valid for one month.
This applies to anywhere within 1km from the high-water mark along the Wild Coast from Kei Mouth up to Port Edward. You may not drive a motor vehicle in this exclusion zone without a permit. This includes quad and motor bikes, etc. If a proclaimed road goes all the way down to the sea you can then walk left or right to your angling spots from that point. If the road stops 1km before the sea and a bush path carries on towards the sea, you will have to walk from where the proclaimed road ends. You may not ride these trails.
Permits can be obtained from the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Affrairs, Environment and Tourism (DEAET). Please contact the regional office for the area that you intend to visit:
Amathole Region - East London office: (043) 707-4068 / 4000
OR Thambo Region - Mthatha office: ( 047) 531-1191
Alfrend Nzo Region - Kokstad office: (039) 727-3273 / 3257