South Africa: Eastern Cape: Wild Coast
South Africa’s Wild Coast, a relatively untouched paradise in the Eastern Cape, extends between the Mtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River to the south. With deserted beaches, fisherman’s hideaways, caves to explore, quiet bays, and rolling hills dotted with traditional Xhosa homesteads, this pristine coastline is virtually inaccessible to all but those who are prepared to hike.
This morning, fly into Durban (or East London), and collect your rental car for the four-hour drive to South Africa’s Wild Coast. Rich forests, open grasslands, tidal estuaries, and deep ravines spotted with aloe groves are among the breathtaking sights that will greet you in this unspoiled landscape.
Arriving at the coast, you will leave your rental car at a nearby lodge, and a local guide will transfer you to Msikaba, the start of the trail. You have the option of hiking the trails on your own, with detailed maps and route descriptions, or hiring a local guide.
Drifters camps are hidden in the most remote and stunning locations along the coast, all offering twin-bedded, en-suite, tented units underneath thatch roofs, as well as a well-equipped central dinning and cooking area, with gas stoves and fridges provided. Your meals are fully-catered for the duration of the trip, with safe drinking water available at each camp.
Today, at your own pace, you will hike 16 km of fairly easy terrain to Luphutana, stopping to enjoy the attractions of the trail, swimming at remote beaches, having a picnic lunch at a crystal rock pool, and visiting Waterfall Bluff/Cathedral Rock.
Continue hiking at your own pace today. Fourteen kilometers along the lush Wild Coast brings you back to Mbotyi, where you will be transferred to the lodge.
Begin your evening with a glass of wine at the bar overlooking the Mbotyi beach and river mouth, after which you’ll head to the adjoining restaurant for a dinner of simple, local cuisine.
After a breakfast of fresh fruits, breads, and yogurt at your hotel, return to Durban, where you’ll drop off your rental car and meet your departure flight. Return home today, or continue on to see more of South Africa.
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