The Transkei Wild Coast

The coast of the old Transkei (now part of the Eastern Cape Province) is known as the Wild Coast. The 250km coastline is famous for its ruggedness, unspoiled beaches, and as any seafaring person who sails along the South African Coast knows, the unpredictability of it’s weather and seas.

The Wild Coast is both dramatic and breathtaking. The Indian Ocean alternatively crashes against rocky shores, headlands, cliffs (where no sane man would attempt to go) and un spoilt beaches where your footprints may be the only ones you see. 

The Wild Coast is quite superb in its un spoilt beauty. The roads to any of the coastal points lead through unforgettable scenery, offering interesting glimpses of the way of life of a people living in a manner totally different from that of Europe and Asia.


The climate can best be described as between that of the Cape and Natal – warm to hot in the summer but seldom very humid, and cool in the winter but seldom very cold. It is perfect for holidays throughout the year, even for midwinter bathing. The normal rainy season is from September to March, May to August being the driest months.


Exploring the Wild Coast is a delight for the nomad. There are lagoons, cliffs, palm trees, arum lilies, sandy bays and rivers reaching the sea in deep valleys, many of them finding their way through the hills in incredibly involved convolutions. The road to any coastal point leads through unforgettable scenery, offering innumerable interesting glimpses of the way of life of a people living in a manner totally different from that of Europe or Asia.

 

Port St Johns

Few people visit Port St. Johns without being captivated. It is an easygoing place where  formal dress is unknown. Between Mount Thesiger and Mount Sullivan flows the majestic Umzimvubu River and reaches the sea in a setting of tremendous cliffs densely covered in subtropical forest. Situated at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, Port St. Johns lies almost halfway between Durban and East London.

There is little doubt that together with its surroundings, it is a Paradise, be it for the artist, photographer, naturalist, botanist, or for those just seeking peace and relaxation. It is a lovable, un spoilt “destination”, with no pretence of being anything else. This town has always attracted colorful characters, and even today it is home to artists and actors. It is popular as a film location, being “generic Africa” with sea, mountains, rivers, dams and other types of landscapes within a short distance.


There are three superb beaches, several rocky headlands, boating up the river and many paths leading through the forest to scenic spots.
Fruit like banana, paw-paw, mango, litchi & avocado, which are grown in the river valley, are sold at roadside stalls.
Craft such as bead work, baskets and walking sticks, made by locals are also available to purchase.