Although the setting is serene there is plenty to keep the visitor entertained.
On the grounds of the Entertainment Village there is a swimming pool with side bar and fantastic view of the beach. A play area complete with trampoline, swings and model boat can keep the children entertained for hours. For adults there is a ladies bar which is open till late. Play for free on one of the two pool tables or relax and watch the sunset over the sea from the outside deck. A volley ball court is available for those who enjoy a little action!
The Hotel offers sea-fishing and boating charters. The large unspoiled beach provides a venue for swimming, sunbathing and all related water sports including surfing and fishing. Great 4 x 4 adventure trips, horse riding and cultural tours are on offer. One can also explore the area on foot. The scenery is spectacular and the large variety of attractions include the famous geographical feature of Hole in the Wall, rivers, lagoons, rock pools and a chance to explore the rural African landscape.
The Wild Coast, as its name suggests is rugged and unspoiled, with numerous shipwrecks along its deserted beaches. It is the heart of unspoiled rural South Africa, almost untouched by time and particularly untouched by the infrastructure that the rest of South Africa is accustomed to.
This is because it was a black homeland within apartheid South Africa that was not deemed worthy of development. Today it remains an undeveloped area dotted with villages of traditional mud and thatch huts. Cattle are grazed on the grasslands and the land is toiled by hand and oxen to provide a subsistence living.
The essence of the Wild Coast is that nothing happens in a hurry, which is definitely the case in the small coastal towns of Port St Johns and Coffee Bay. Several lodges have sprung up along this coast to afford visitors a glimpse of the lovely scenery along the rocky coastline interspersed with long empty beaches. There are still patches of thick forest and some remote coastal reserves with unique flora.
A notable resident of this region is the illustrious Nelson Mandela, who comes from the inland village of Qunu near Umtata.
Wildlife is sparse along this stretch even though great tracts of the coast are deserted. The reserves have been created mainly to preserve the indigenous flora, such as the endemic Pondo coconut palm in Mkambati Nature Reserve.
If you venture along the coast you are certain to see fish eagles as they perch on the skeletons of wrecked ships. In the vegetated and wooded areas the bird life is prolific.
WILD COAST SPECIALITIES
- Remote rural Africa
- Endless coastline
- Hiking or horse riding along coastal trails