- Wild Coast & East London
Eastern Cape Beaches & Towns
All the Best Destinations: From East London to the Wild Coast
Stretching from the Wild Coast in the north to East London in the south is one of Africa's most beautiful coastlines. It's a coast of long beaches and wildly spectacular scenery.
We've written about some of the beaches, coastlines and towns we love in the southern part of the Eastern Cape; you'll find that in our surf and safari guide. We wrote about the Storm River area too - click for the article. Now, it is to a wilder part of the region we head...
The Windmill in East London
Gateway to the northern Wild Coast region, East London also has the nearest airport should you wish to fly into the area.
Driving from Cape Town to Durban or the other way? Then you will pass through the city and that is all that most people do ... pass through.
Don't do that.
Rather spend a few days here - the city is a fascinating and rather strange mix of cultures. Read why it is so weird and why it is worth stopping off.
Morgans Bay & Kei River Mouth
It is near the Kei River mouth that you will find two of the Eastern Cape's and indeed South Africa's loveliest beaches. One is a huge expanse of pristine sands, sub-tropical forest and rolling waves while the other is a tiny treasure of a beach with ceramics from Ming vases scattered about. Don't miss out on a piece of paradise... and a piece of Ming vase too - our guide has the details.
Complete peace and quiet tucked away in lush vegetation with a beach of overwhelming beauty lapped by an ocean of crystal clear water. Does this sound like something you'd enjoy? Then let's head off to Chintsa - you will never want to leave!
Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay
Once upon a time a ship carrying coffee beans was wrecked here. In the warm sub-tropical climate the beans germinated and thrived. So was born the name Coffee Bay. Today Coffee Bay is located in one of the poorest and least developed parts of South Africa.
Should you bother to visit?
Well, it is beautiful, but consider these pros and cons before deciding:
Reasons TO Visit Coffee Bay
- Gorgeous scenery, ocean cliffs, green hills dotted with the thatched huts of the local Xhosa people.
- There's an incredible place to stay called Gecko's B&B. Not so much an accommodation option but more like a life-changing experience.
- Good surfing.
- Friendly people.
- Chance to understand Xhosa culture.
- The most authentically African stretch of coast in South Africa.
Reasons NOT to Visit Coffee Bay
- Terrible road to get there.
- Goats and cows in the road make it a dangerous drive.
- Safety concerns - this is my biggest worry and while there is mostly only petty crime the drive here is along dangerous roads and there have been a few serious incidents of crime.
- The green rolling hills of grasslands are pretty until you realise that once there was forest here: overgrazing has ruined that.
Map of the Wild Coast & East London
For your daily dose of ExquisiteCoasts:
You might like these
The Atlantic Coast in Cape Town offers the most spectacular coastline in Africa and the Cape Town beaches rank among the best in the world.
Head up to the top of Table Mountain to truly understand how spectacular Cape Town is. We have everything you need to know.
A beautiful coastline, known only to locals, where the magnificent traditions of British and Xhosa meet rolling waves and endless beaches. There's also Africa's oldest pub where new friendships are made every night over the excellent locally brewed beers.
Imagine Hollywood meets the French Riviera set to an African beat...well that is Camps Bay Beach (one of the top 20 beaches on earth).
Which are the best beaches in Langebaan? We've the answer and more about this little gem of a town on the doorstep of one of the world's loveliest ocean lagoons.
When it comes to beach and safari options in South Africa there is one that stands out head and shoulders above all others.
- Wild Coast & East London
New! CommentsHave your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.