Morgan Bay Accommodation and Information
Welcome! You will find a wealth of Morgan Bay accommodation here; our map lists nearly 60 establishments providing bed & breakfast and self catering accommodation, camping and caravanning, as well as information on activities and attractions to help you plan your next holiday.
Morgan Bay Map
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Boat Launch Site
About Morgan Bay
The coastal village of Morgan Bay lies nestled between the famous cliffs / krantzes and a mile-long stretch of unspoilt beach, bordered by the untamed Cape Morgan Nature Reserve. This picturesque village is situated 15 minutes away from the Kei River and the adventures of the Wild Coast and is under 1 hour via tar road from East London.
It is an ideal destination for adventurous family holidays with an excellent swimming beach, patrolled by lifeguards during the festive season, and lagoon in pristine natural surroundings. It's the perfect place to get in some well earned relaxation and breathe in the fresh sea air. During the day you can gaze at passing ships on the horizon or lie on the beach with a book. At night you can lie relaxed in comfortable accommodation while being hypnotised by the dull roar of the sea, glorious stars and the intermittent beam of the Cape Morgan Lighthouse across the bay.
The bay was named in 1822 after A.F. Morgan, who was master of the royal naval survey ship Barracouta. She was part of a number of ships on an expedition, under Captain W.F.W Owen R.N, sent out by the British Admiralty to survey the coast from Maputo southwards to the mouth of the Keiskamma River.
The Cape Morgan Nature Reserve takes its name from the automatic lighthouse, which peeks out above the trees of the indigenous forest that lines the beach. The ruins of the old Titanium mine, started by Trev Miller in 1958, lie within this reserve and can be accessed from the Kei Mouth Golf Course road.
In the early part of the 20th century, Morgans Bay was a popular holiday destination for farmers from throughout South Africa's Eastern Cape region. Every year, after the harvest, they packed their families and possessions into wagons for a camping holiday by the sea. These days it is still a popular camping destination, with families from up country making the yearly trek down to the sea to enjoy the delights of the Wild Coast.
Drive for approx. 25-30 minutes on the N2 from East London toward Mthatha or drive 31km past the Kei Bridge from Mthatha and take the Kei Mouth turnoff at Mooiplaas. Follow the R349 for R35.5km to the Morgan's Bay turnoff, just past the pink aeroplane at the Ferndale School. Then follow the road for 7km into town.