The Eastern Cape is fondly known as the ‘Wild Province’ owing to the many adventure and adrenaline-fueled activities on offer. But this handle can also be attributed to the province’s northern stretch of coastline – better known as the Wild Coast. Like its counterpart in the Western Cape, the Wild Coast offers the perfect blend of sun, sea and scenery, only without all of the trimmings of the Garden Route. But this doesn’t mean that the accommodations strewn across it are anything less than idyllic, that the food isn’t delicious or that the experiences aren’t unforgettable. So, we decided to shed some light on the who’s, what’s and where’s of the Wild Coast and what makes it a great holiday destination.
Officially, the Wild Coast stretches from East London to the border of Kwa-Zulu Natal, but the many attractions in the surrounding area welcome several detours. Travellers who have plenty of time on their hands can even start their Wild Coast adventure in Port Elizabeth, spending a few nights in one of its nearby game reserves before moving on to their first stop.
Chintsa is a small coastal village a short distance from East London. Its white sand beaches and lagoon offer the perfect setting for some serious relaxation, but a horseback beach tour or a visit to Mama Tofu’s cultural village for some insight into the area’s history is also a worthwhile idea.