Wild Coast Attractions

The Wild Coast is full of interesting places and things to experience. Please click on one of the links below to read more.

Arts & Crafts

Bead Seller

Bead necklaces, bangles, baskets and grass mats are often sold to tourists on the beaches, while pots, pipes and other handicrafts can be found at the local trading stations or at community craft centres such as Mawawas Crafts in Coffee Bay and the Xhora Community Arts centre, 25km from Hole in the Wall.

Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

For more info on Festivals and events taking place this year along the Wild Coast, please click on the listings below. If you would like to submit details of a festival or event free of charge, then please contact us

Bomvu Cultural Music Festival | Jikeleza Wet 'n Wild Festival | Nguni Craft Markets

Landmarks

Landmarks

Mother Nature has blessed the Wild Coast with many scenic & photogenic landmarks, the most famous being Hole in the Wall, near Coffee Bay. Known to the locals as esiKhaleni (the place of the sound), this offshore stack of stratified sandstone, with its iconic wave-worn hole through the centre, is a geological masterpiece and a wonder of Mother Nature. You can't claim to have visited the Wild Coast unless you've seen Hole in the Wall.

Hole in the Wall | Mlengana (Execution Rock) | The Collywobbles | The Gap & Blow Hole
The Gates & Mt. Thesiger | The Morgan Bay Cliffs

Lighthouses

Mbhashe Point Lighthouse

This is a trecherous stretch of coastline for sailors, so it's no wonder then that it's scattered with Lighthouses. The Wild Coast has four Lighthouses for keen Pharologists to tick off of their lists, namely: Cape Morgan, Mbhashe Point, Cape Hermes and the South Sand Bluff Lighthouse.

Cape Morgan | Mbhashe Point | Cape Hermes

Nature Reserves

Nature Reserves

Several excellent Marine and Coastal Nature Reserves, run by Eastern Cape Parks, cover almost twenty percent of the Wild Coast's length. Together, these reserves comprise large tracts of coastal forest, open grassland, winding rivers as well as a diverse coastline and marine environment. They are a haven to many bird and animal species, particularly the Dwesa & Cwebe Nature Reserves with their numerous bird species, and Mkambati, which abounds with game.

Cape Morgan | Double Mouth | Dwesa | Cwebe | Hluleka | Silaka | Mkambati

The Pont

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The Pont was started by Kei Mouth businessman Andrew Baisley and has, during its 15 years, become a vital lifeline for the communities living in the Centane area. Before the Pont, it was either a dice with death in a rowing boat, or a 154km round trip via Butterworth, just to get a few hundred metres to the other side. The Pont is in operation seven days a week, 365 days a year. They only close when the river is in flood or the sea too big.

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Wild Coast Shipwrecks

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This stretch of coastline is not called "The Wild Coast" for nothing. For sailors, it has a bad reputation, sudden storms, wild winds, heavy seas with the occasional "freak wave" have claimed many ships and it has earned its title over and over again. Most shipwrecks are quickly forgotten, but a few live on in the collective memory. They are remembered because of loss of life; others on account of the horror; a few due to the adventures of the survivors; but the most famous always involve either mysterious disappearances, or treasure!

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Wild Coast Waterfalls

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Many impressive rivers that rise in the Drakensberg empty into the sea along the Wild Coast. In the southern-most parts of the region, where low hills, sprinkled with traditional huts, roll down into a forest-fringed shoreline, the rivers tend to be mature and are characterized by wide floodplains. But in the rugged north, where young rivers find their path to the sea blocked by massive cliffs, many, like Waterfall Bluff, simply leap over the rocky crags and plunge into the surf below. Other impressive waterfalls include Magwa Falls (pictured) and Mateku Falls.

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