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An area that has thankfully avoided mass urban intrusion, the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is free of major industry and remains a land of scenic splendour.
The Wild Coast stretches from the Mtamvuna River in the north, down to Kei River, the scene of many frontier battles between British troops and Xhosa clans. The region was never colonised by the British and the Xhosa were left to farm and graze their cattle amongst the almost 90 rivers and vast forests.
Upon a visit to the Wild Coast, expect to see undulating hills of pastured land with Xhosa villages atop, lagoons flanked by thick forest, cows loitering on the beach, sparkling beaches, secluded rocky coves, fishermen battling to land yellowfin tuna, and battered vehicles filled with young people on surfing road trips, forced to share the main road with a shepherd and his flock. Entering from the East London side requires... Show more