The N2 highway, the Jikeleza Route and the roads to Port St Johns and Coffee Bay are tarred, but the Coffee Bay road can be quite potholed in places.
All the other roads that go from the N2 to the coast (in the former Transkei area) are gravel. To find out the current condition of the roads you plan on driving, phone ahead and get an update from your accommodation provider.
Potholes and animals, such as cows, goats, donkeys, sheep and geese, are a hazard on all of the rural roads, so slow down and take in the scenery.
Dirt roads are rarely marked, so take along a good map or GPS device.
Be on the lookout for reckless drivers, especially along the N2 highway.
Fill your tank at every reasonable opportunity as fuel supplies are scarce in some areas. Some hotels and resorts do have limited supplies so phone ahead.
When it rains, it often rains hard and for weeks on end, so keep off the 4x4 tracks, as many become impassible, even to 4x4s.
Carry water, tools and try and imagine what it would be like to break down, without assistance, for miles around.
Wild Coast Distance Chart
What to pack:
Appropriate clothing for the season (see climate), walking shoes, sun block, hats, beach umbrellas, beach towels and something warm for unexpected temperature changes. Pack insect repellent if you plan on doing a lot of walking / hiking as tick bite fever can put you out of action for at least a week.
047 5052662 - Tourist Safety Unit
10111 - South African Police Services
10177 - Ambulance Emergency Medical Services
112 - Vodacom / Virgin / MTN Emergency Number
112 - Cell C Roadside Emergency Number (contract subscribers should dial 148)
There are petrol stations all along the N2 and Jikeleza Route. Petrol stations can also be found in Lusikisiki, Port St Johns, Coffee Bay, Mqanduli, Elliotdale, Willowvale, Centane, Kei Mouth and Mooiplaas. Some of the hotels and resorts have petrol pumps as well, so call ahead to find out.