• Mdumbi Beach
    Mdumbi Beach
  • Hole in the wall
    Hole in the wall
  • Coffee Bay
    Coffee Bay
  • Port St Johns
    Port St Johns
  • Big 5 Safari
    Big 5 Safari

9 Day Wildcoast Explorer

Experience Xhosa culture and the rural beauty of the wildcoast of South Africa!
From hiking, culture, beaches and an authentic Big 5 safari, this tour has it all.

The Wild Coast is one of South Africa's most remote stretches of shoreline. Stretching from East London in the Eastern Cape all the way north to Port Edward and the southern border of KwaZulu-Natal, the region is home to some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. 

It is a place of steep green hills atop which sit clusters of traditional Xhosa mud huts; a land of windswept cliffs, deserted white-beaches, forests, untamable waves – and numerous shipwrecks. 

It is also the birthplace of two former South African presidents – Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki – and the historical home to the Xhosa nation. 

Before 1994, the Wild Coast formed part of the Transkei, an independent homeland politically and economically independent of apartheid South Africa. 

The area is still somewhat lost in time – a place where hippies, surfers and Xhosa people live side by side, with little in the way of possessions and much in the way of hospitality and friendliness.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Port Elizabeth to Chintsa

Chintsa is a coastal village on the wild coast. This small piece of paradise lies at the mouth of the Cintsa River on a hill that overlooks a stunning lagoon that meanders into the sea. Spend some time exploring the gorgeous beach, right on our doorstep or indulge in one of the many activities on offer. We will be accommodated at Buccaneers Backpackers Lodge.  

Day 2

Chintsa

For this morning we will do a tour of the local village and learn more about the life of the locals, we will also stop over at a local brewery to sample some craft beer. The afternoon is all yours, head to the beach, go horse riding or just chill. 

Day 3

Chintsa to Lubanzi Village

We depart from Chintsa to Lubanzi Village. Lubanzi is a tiny Xhosa village in the middle of nowhere. This is where the road ends, this is where the sea and the sky meet, where the sun kisses the waves and the rhythm of life is still pure and undisturbed. We will spend tonight at Wild Lubanzi Backpackers.  

Day 4

Lubanzi Village to Coffee Bay

Today we’ll spend the morning hiking to “Hole in the Wall”, a nearby attraction in the area with amazing views of this rugged coastline. Afterwards we continue hiking towards Coffee Bay. Once we have settled into in our overnight accommodation we will be greeted with a warm welcome from the local village residents. Tonight we will dine in typical South African cuisine followed by drinks around a fire, killer pool or/and a late night beach excursion. Coffee Bay is well known for a good party.  

Day 5

Coffee Bay

Today is all yours to explore the local beaches, villages and surrounding area.

There numerous activities on offer all guided by locals from the village.

Day 6

Coffee Bay to Mdumbi

After breakfast we head out early for a hike to Mdumbi, through the villages and parallel to the beautifully ferocious coastline. Use your newly learnt ‘Xhosa’ skills and greet passersby with a smile. Take photos of the ever-so secluded ‘Mapuzi’ beach and enjoy getting your feet wet in the crystal clear river then follow your accredited guide towards the Mapuzi cliffs. Experience a natural Jacuzzi hidden within the caverns of these cliffs. Live a little differently- go cliff jumping or simply chill out and soak up the beauty of this unique area. After trekking a little further we will reach our next destination – Mdumbi. Sporting a long and pristine coloured beach, you can cool off in the Indian Ocean, sunbathe, go for a surf lesson or chill-out for the rest of the afternoon.

Day 7

Mdumbi to Port St Johns

Today we head to the bustling coastal village of Port St Johns, the town lies beneath some dramatic cliffs called the gates. This town has a vibey African atmosphere and is surrounded by spectacular sights. For the afternoon we will head to local abandoned airstrip for an amazing sunset and views of the surrounding area.

Day 8

Port St Johns to East London

After an early start to the day we start our journey back to Port Elizabeth. Today will be the longest drive. Our overnight stop will be on the outskirts of East London.

Day 9

East London to Port Elizabeth

After breakfast we will depart to the heart of Malaria free Big 5 country . On arrival we will be treated to welcome drinks and snacks before the start of our 3 hour guided Big 5 safari. Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Elephants, Rhinos and wide variety of other game can be seen in the reserve. This is an authentic Big 5 experience and a definite highlight. Make sure your cameras are charged. After dinner we complete the last bit of our adventure and head back to Port Elizabeth where the tour will end.