Wild Coast – Hotel Hopper

 

Walk the lower section of the magnificent Wild Coast, along some of the most unspoilt and picturesque sections of our coastline. Long sandy beaches, rocky points and cliffs, beautiful lagoons and coastal forests, characterise this section of the Eastern Cape, north of East London.

Trail Details

Trail location

Lower Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape

Nearest city

East London – (Buffalo City)

Transport options

Self-drive of fly in packages from East London, with shuttle collection. Car hire from East London where required.

Trip Duration / Options

Full Trail: Kob Inn to Chintsa (85 km)

Option 1.  Meander Trail – Kob Inn to Morgan Bay (55 km)

Option 2.  Sunshine Trail – Wavecrest to Chintsa (58 km)

Option 3. Mini-break – Morgan Bay to Chintsa (30 km)

Start / Finish

Option 1 – Full Trail (Meander Trail)
Start: Kob Inn
GPS: 32˚26'44.60 S / 28˚ 40'37.80 E
Finish: Cintsa
GPS: S 32° 82' 90.12 / E 28° 11' 54.99

Option 2 Sunshine Trail
Start: Wavecrest – Finish: Chintsa

Option 3 Mini-Break
Start: Morgan Bay – Finish: Chintsa

Daily Time / Distances

Day 1: 6km
Day 2: 21km
Day 3: 13km
Day 4: 15km
Day 5: 14km
Day 6: 16km
Variations available – see Options above

Trail Grading

On a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous

Terrain – Easy
Distance – Moderate

Physical Fitness

The trail can be walked by anyone who is reasonably fit and enjoys rambling.
Hikers from 8 to 80 have enjoyed this trail

Technical detail / Terrain

Mainly sandy beach walking. Some headlands where you follow grassy paths. No technical sections other than the odd river which must be waded. When river levels are up after heavy rains, a ferry will be arranged for these crossings.  On the third day you will ford the Kei River by means of the last operating pontoon in the country.

Accommodation

Small family owned hotels at approx. 15km intervals.

Food Supply / Catering

All meals provided.
Dinner, bed and breakfast and a packed lunch are provided at the hotels

Logistic support / Guiding

For each daily section you are accompanied by a guide provided by the hotel.
Porters are used for transferring your bags in the Transkei (north of Morgan Bay) otherwise vehicles are used to transport bags around

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Highlights

Long empty sandy beaches.  Pristine lagoons with coastal forests
Rural African scenery with rondavels scattered over grassy hills.
Dolphin and whale watching in season

Other Activities

Stop along the way for dips in the ocean.
Nature based river cruises at the hotels.
Horse riding and other activities at the hotels.

Fauna & Flora

The trail is mainly on or adjacent to the beach. The inland vegetation is grassland. There are often domestic cattle (Nguni breed) on the beaches, but except for sea birds, not a lot of wildlife to be seen.

Climate

Rainy season extends from November to March. 
Winter months are usually dry and clear.
Temperate conditions for most of the year

Seasonality & Best Time Year

Best time to walk are the spring and autumn months 
(March to June;  September and October)

Group Size

Can be organized for just 2 people but group sizes of 6+ are more cost effective

Price P/P

Depending on group size and package. 
From R 6600 pp sharing for a 5 night tour

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Price Includes

Shuttle from arrival point to start hotel  (fly-in or self drive packages)
Dinner, bed and breakfast at overnight hotels
Packed lunch and guide on hike days
Vehicle transfer of bags from Morgan Bay south (before that use porters at own cost)

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