Canoeing & leisure boating activities on the Wild Coast
The Wild Coast, with its many lagoons, rivers and estuaries is ideal for boating and canoeing / kayak enthusiasts. Most of the smaller rivers are closed to the sea during the winter and their placid waters can be navigated for only 1 or 2 kilometres upstream. Larger rivers however, like the Kei, Mbhashe, Mthatha and Umzimvubu stretch much further inland and are rarely closed, if ever, to the sea.
Boat launching sites
Deep Sea Ski-Boats can be launched at the following sites: Cintsa on the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route, Kei Mouth, Hole in the Wall and Port St Johns.
Please note: Some places, such as Kei Mouth, require a launch permit for ALL boats, whether heading out to sea or not. Skippers should be in possession of a vaild Skippers License and all boats should have a valid seaworthy certificate.
Umngazana Canoe Trails:
The Mngazana river is regarded as the most important estuary in the Eastern Cape, as it forms part of a 140 hectare stand of mangroves, the third largest in South Africa. Mangrove conservation and community tourism initiatives at Mngazana have experienced promising success; there are now 3 canoe trail businesses and a honey making enterprise.
Enjoy an early morning or afternoon canoeing down the river. The Mngazana river rich in birdlife and is regarded as the most important estuary in the Eastern Cape, as it forms part of a 140 hectare stand of mangroves, the third largest in South Africa. Soak up the sun as you explore this beautiful estuary in the company of a professional and accomplished guide. Spend a few hours of easy paddling on the river, followed by a light lunch. Hourly or two-hour trips are also available.
Booking is essential. Please contact Wiseman on +27 (0)72 532-1371 or Mbulelo on +27 (0)82 353-5872.
Xhora river Canoe Trips
The local community at Bulungula offer canoe trips on the beautiful Xhora River where Malachite kingfishers hunt beneath the forested cliffs and cycads upstream.
Please contact the Bulungula Lodge for more information.
If you are planning on doing some off-shore / deep-sea fishing, then please see the list of Closed and Restricted Marine Protected Areas along the Wild Coast.