Qolora Accommodation and Activities

Qolora Mouth is a small seaside hamlet that offers wide-open beaches, interesting trails, good fishing and friendly, relaxed and affordable holiday accommodation to boot.

The Qholorha (meaning steep place) River takes its name from the gorge it has carved on its way to the sea. The river forms a pretty lagoon at the mouth as it is held back by a wide beach, frequented by herds of cattle that go there to sleep, relax and chew the cud. Towards the south, a series of rocky fingers point out to sea and provide ideal spots for fishermen to cast out their lines.

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Activities include fishing, golf, swimming, canoeing and walks to such interesting places as the Gates waterfall, the Jacaranda shipwreck of 1971, and the pools on the Gxara river where Nongqawuse had her disastrous visions. For day trips, head for the Great Kei viewpoint or the picturesque Khobonqaba River, a few kilometres beyond the Jacaranda Shipwreck, home to the southern-most mangrove community in Africa.

Qolora (Qholorha) Mouth is one of the few coastal hamlets in the Transkei that is easily accessible with an average family car. It is only a 16km drive across the Kei River from the pontoon ferry, which means its less than a two hour drive away from East London.

Directions from East London:
On the N2 from East London, take the Kei Mouth / Morgan Bay turnoff at Mooiplaas and follow the R349 for 44km into Kei Mouth. A few hundred metres past the petrol station, turn left and take the gravel road to the pontoon ferry. Cross the Kei River on the ferry and drive 10km and turn right at the T-Junction. From there it is a further 6km to Qolora.

Directions from Durban:
Route 1 (tar + 25km dirt road): At Butterworth take the R409 to Centane. From Centane drive along the dirt road to Trennerys / Seagulls for 25km.

Route 2 (tar + ferry + 16km dirt road):
31km past the Kei Bridge take the Kei Mouth / Morgan Bay turnoff at Mooiplaas and follow the R349 for 44km into Kei Mouth. A few hundred metres past the petrol station, turn left and take the gravel road to the pontoon ferry. Cross the Kei River on the ferry and drive 10km and turn right at the T-Junction. From there it is a further 6km to Qolora.

Route 3 (tar + ferry + 38km dirt road):
15km past the Kei Bridge turn left onto a dirt road at the Kei Mouth / Morgan Bay turnoff. 22km later at the T-Junction, turn left and drive another 22km on the tar road into Kei Mouth. A few hundred metres past the petrol station, turn left and take the gravel road to the pontoon ferry. Cross the Kei River on the ferry and drive 10km and turn right at the T-Junction. From there it is a further 6km to Qolora.