THIS IS NOT JUST A HIKE, BUT A TRUE ADVENTURE!

The beauty of the coastline is interfered with by few, and aside from the odd collection of thatched multi-coloured rondavels, is virtually uninhabited and inaccessible to all but those prepared to hike it.

This Breakaway is suited to Ladies of all ages who are walking fit with a healthy spirit of adventure. With the exception of the 4th day, which is a full day hike, hikes take place in the morning and are between, 8km  & 14 km allowing you to reach your next hotel for a late lunch.

There are various optional activities in the afternoons. Every night is spent in a different hotel, all typical Wild-Coast establishments, each with its own individual seaside resort atmosphere.

You will hike only with a day-pack, snacks & water. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to the next hotel ready for you on arrival. You will be led by a local qualified guide who is an expert on marine & birdlife, fauna & flora. There are many rest pauses to hear about the local environment. You will also have a Xhosa Pathfinder to ensure your safety at all times.

A backup 4×4 vehicle will always be close at hand in the case of emergencies.

THE WILD-COAST REGION, EASTERN CAPE.

As its name suggests, the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape extends between the Mtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River to the south and is an untamed wilderness.

The Wild Coast is an incredible, unassuming combination of breath-taking coastline, precipitous and craggy cliff faces, wild and desolate beaches, secluded bays and green rolling hills that rush headlong into deeply etched river valleys.

The weather is almost always mild and there are few days when the sun doesn’t shine. Forested areas include prehistoric cycads, sneezewood and yellowwood trees, and areas thick with vegetation.

The sky often echoes with the call of the fish eagle, and the orchestra of bird calls are a combination of sea, coastal and inland birds.

It is an unspoiled land that attracts visitors from all over the world and claims to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

 

Fast Facts

Duration
6 days, 5 nights
Group Size:
Minimum 5, Maximum 8 Ladies (sharing)
Destination
Southern Wild-Coast Eastern Cape
Accommodations
Mitford Hotel,
Trennerays Hotel,
Wavecrest Hotel,
Mazeppa Bay Hotel,
Kob Inn.

 

Includes
An allocated Group Transfer from East London Airport and back.
4 full days hiking along the Wild-Coast
Local Professional Nature Guide & local Xhosa Pathfinder
5 nights Accommodation in typical Wild-Coast Hotels
All Meals & Water
Daily baggage transfer between hotels
4×4 backup vehicle in case of emergencies
Guided kayak tour of the Wavecrest estuaries (weather permitting & optional)
Visit to the Gxara Falls near Trennerys Hotel. Spectacular view while learning more about the Xhosa culture (optional)
 Excludes
Flights to East London Airport
 Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks
Personal Travel & Medical Insurance (Air emergency evacuation.)
Gratuities and anything not specified in the itinerary.

Day 1

Arrival at East London Airport & transfer to Morgan Bay

Most flights arrive in East London at Midday.

Your group will be collected from the airport at a pre-defined time and transferred to Milford Hotel at Morgans Bay.

Check-in, settle down and maybe go for a walk on the beautiful beach.

Weather permitting, you will enjoy Sundowners on the Morgan Bay Cliffs.

18h00 – A short briefing about the hike & the following days with time for questions at Mitford Hotel.

19h00 – Dinner

 

Day 2

12 km guided hike from Morgan Bay to Qolora Mouth.

Early Breakfast at Mitford Hotel

A relatively easy hike starts with taking in the fascinating natural history of the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve,
crossing the Great Kei River on the famous Pont before exploring the rich environment of its salt marshes and your first few kilometres on the beaches and hills of the old Transkei.

Arrive for lunch at Trennerys Hotel before checking into your accommodation.

After some time relaxing by the pool or on the beach, we hop into a 4×4 to go and
check out the Gxara Falls and Prophecy Pools, the sight of an infamous moment in
the history of the Xhosa nation (optional activity, no extra cost.)

19h00 – Dinner and briefing for the next day’s hike. (Daily briefings include timings for the next day as this is influenced by the Tides)

Day 3

14 km guided hike from Qolora Mouth to Wavecrest.

Breakfast at Trennerys Hotel.

Adjust to the remoteness of the
Wild Coast on today’s hike with some beach but mostly grassy cattle paths. Enjoy the solitude, with only cattle and the occasional fisherman for company. Look out for the Jacaranda shipwreck, now almost completely reclaimed by the ocean. Towards the end of our walk, we come to our first exciting river crossing at the spectacular Kobonqaba River.

Arrive at Wavecrest Hotel for lunch before checking into your room.
Spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful view over the beach and river mouth at
Wavecrest from the pool and famous jacuzzi before heading out on a guided kayak tour of the mangrove-lined estuaries right alongside the resort (optional activity, no extra cost & weather permitting.)
19h00 Dinner and briefing for the next day’s hike.

Day 4

22 km hike from Wavecrest to Mazeppa Bay.

Breakfast at Wavecrest Hotel.

This is the longest Hike of the Breakaway. Due to the distance and number of beaches, this is the most important day to time the tides well, so a very early departure or slightly late arrival at Mazeppa may be necessary.
We begin with a short kayak ride over the Ngqusi River mouth right in front of
Wavecrest Hotel. From here the trail winds its way along some of the longest and most
spectacular beaches that the Wild Coast has to offer, with seldomly a soul to be seen
other than the ever-present beach cattle. We pass by some Transkei beach cottages and small hidden estuaries that seldomly open to the sea before arriving at the dramatic rocky coastline of Mazeppa Bay. (Lunch packs will be
collected in the morning for a picnic on route.)
Arrive at Mazeppa Bay Hotel and check-in.
Spend the rest of the day taking it easy or enjoy a drink while you dangle your feet in
the inviting swimming pool as you look out over the beach and ocean.
19h00 Dinner and briefing for the following day.

Day 5

8 km hike from Mazeppa Bay to Kob Inn.

Breakfast at the Mazeppa Bay Hotel.

The last day of hiking is short yet very interesting, starting off we explore the famous Mazeppa Bay Island, looking out for an array of marine life such as whales, dolphins, birds and the famous sardine run during the winter months. From here we return to beaches and well-trodden cattle paths, as we approach Kob Inn and a refreshing river crossing for the adventurous or a paddle with the local ferryman before arriving at Kob Inn Beach Resort.
Lunch at Kob Inn before checking into rooms.
Enjoy the last afternoon of your Wild Coast adventure exploring the secret beaches to the north or just relaxing at the swimming pool alongside the ocean, before ending the day off with a few drinks at Kob Inn’s charming pub on the rocks, sharing the stories of the past few days’ adventures.

19h30 – Dinner and final briefing.

 

Day 6

Day of departure

Leisurely Breakfast at Kob Inn Beach Resort.

After breakfast enjoy a final stroll on the beach or that last cup of coffee.

12h00 – Group Drop off at East London Airport