The wild Wild Coast: 6 spellbinding adventures


Cape Town - The Wild Coast is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery that South Africa has to offer. Beaches, green hills and an abundance of folk traditions mean there is more to the Wild Coast than meets the eye.

The Wild Coast is famous for its tropical thunderstorms, coastlines and offers hikers some of the finest trails in the world.

The Wild Coast offers you a true, all-round African experience. This is where you will meet some of the most authentic South Africans; nature loving, friendly and accommodating.

There is more to the province of Kwazulu-Natal than Zulu warriors. The province is surrounded by the Lowveld in neighbouring Mpumalanga, the planes of Gauteng to the west and even the Bushveld to the north-west.

Here are Traveller24's top list of must-see and do activities...

Are you up for it?

Hole in the Wall

The best way to go about exploring a new place is by doing it freely; with the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the smell of fresh sea air in your nose. A hike to the Hole in the Wall is a must for travellers - approximately 9km along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. Spot the traditional Xhosa rondavels, swim in the ocean, watch the cows stroll along the beach and enjoy a sunset picnic on the sand.

Where to stay: Hole in the Wall Hotel and Holiday Resort

Stay over at the Hole in the Wall Hotel and Holiday Resort with your family, explore the surrounding area's hiking trails, mountains, forests and sea-side life. Relax at the wellness spa and take in all the the Wild Coast has to offer.

Bulungula experience

The Bulungula Lodge is an award-winning, backpackers accommodation experience of a life time. It is situated along the beach, with access to the forest and mountains.  The accommodation is proudly eco-friendly and run on solar power. Guests can stay in one of ten colourful, themed huts. Owned and run by the Nquileni community and village. Travellers can leave their stresses and worries behind, as it really is perfect for an escape form the city. 

Guest can go and explore the village life and submerge yourself in the traditional food, lifestyle and culture. For the ladies, you can join the local women for a day of face painting, brick–making and trying your hand at the traditional cuisine. For the guys, you can learn how to fish with the locals. Throw out your nets and then make your own fishing rod.

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The Mangrove Swamps 

The estuaries of the the Mhlathuze and St Lucia Rivers make for an enthralling jungle-like experience among the Mangrove trees. The area is swamped, a delight for the Beachwood crabs who inhabit this area. Found within the Beachwood Nature Reserve, there are built walk-ways for you to explore without splish-splashing around in the mud. This is a great place for bird-spotting and catching a glimpse of the unique swamp life in Durban.

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Wild Coast Horseback Adventures

Surf and Turf Horseriding safari is the perfect combination of beach and bush, while riding through an eco environment with a beautiful four legged guide host. This adventure is suitable for all riders. Riders will be able to explore a game reserve with a real difference; surrounded by Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and Antelope all on horseback. This is a 7-night, 8-day trail that will allow you to explore every aspect of the rugged coast.

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Abseil at Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Up for a challenge? The perfect way to take in the spectacular views of Oribi Gorge is to abseil down the gorge, of course. Beginners work with qualified trainers who will show you the ropes. 

Adrenaline rush?

Abseil down a 110 meter cliff next to the Lehr’s waterfall. Make sure you have your GorPro ready! 

Mac Banana

Wild Coast's very own adventure farm. Mac Banana is a fun and exciting place to keep you entertained until sunset. Travellers can stop off and pet the animals and have a tour of the banana farm. Quad bike, explore the nursery, bounce on the giant trampoline, mountain bike and take a pony ride!

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