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Haga Haga Reviews

Niel Taljaard
09 August 2018

Haga Haga, a mere 2 km from OppiePlaas Haga Haga, is a quaint holiday village along the coveted Eastern Cape Wild Coast. It is renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty.

“One of the villagers told me that when he returned from a long beach walk with his dog, their footprints were still the only ones in the sand – that’s how remote the charming, unspoiled village of Haga Haga is.” (Extract from a recent magazine article.)

Haga Haga has a safe swimming beach along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and a beautiful lagoon. Try your luck at rock and surf fishing while your children collect shells or play in the protected waters of the lagoon. Fancy some golf, a game of tennis or exploring the area on horseback? No problem! These activities too, and more, are available.

The village and its immediate surrounds is a declared nature and marine conservancy owing to an abundance of indigenous fauna and flora species. These include, amongst others, the Cape Clawless Otter and the Blue Duiker, Millwood trees, Wild Irises, Gladiolus, Hibiscus and Orchids. More than 300 indigenous wildflower species have been positively identified and many more still requires identification.

If you’re a birdwatcher, then you’ll be fascinated by the abundance of bird life which includes Narina Trogons, Long Crested Eagles, Fish Eagles, Forest Weavers and Woodpeckers, African Black Oyster Catchers, Water Dikkops, Greenshanks, Kingfishers and many Plover species.

See the whales that visit Haga Haga from July to early December and share in the excitement of dolphin-spotting in the azure East Coast waters.

Put on you hiking boots and explore the various hiking trails that traverse the conservancy – the Krantz Garden Walk to Pullins Bay, the Otter Creek Walk and walks to Whale Point and Lagoon Look-Out. Tackle the 10 km trail along the beach to Double Mouth where you can collect pieces of Ming China and carnelian beads washed up from a sunken ship.

The village has a hotel, shop, library, a small museum and an excellent library. Other nearby attractions include the Haga Haga Hotel, Miarestate Game Reserve, Hotel & Spa, the Haga Haga Nature Reserve, Ninky Noo’s Pub and, of course, OppiePlaas Haga Haga Wedding and Function Venue, Pub & Restaurant. Furthermore, Marsh Strand, Kei Mouth, Morgan Bay and various Transkei resorts such as Trenneries and Seagulls are all within a day’s drive. East London, which offers all amenities, is located 60 km from OppiePlaas Haga Haga.

Haga Haga, a malaria free area, has a moderate climate and lies in a summer rainfall area. Its peak holiday seasons are December/January and April when the village bursts at its seams and is a hive of activity. Tourists wanting to enjoy the tranquillity that Haga Haga offers nevertheless often visit during the off-season.

Superb. 5 out of 5