The Wild Coast

by Peter Baxter | In the modern world, ‘wild’ as far as nature is concerned is a relative concept. It is enough, perhaps, that an area of natural beauty is not utterly trampled by urban development, or destroyed by irresponsible land use, for it to deserve the term ‘wild’. Certainly this is the case in the developing world, and most particularly along the earth’s tropical coastlines. The Wild Coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, although hardly wild, is by comparison to the KZN (Kwa-Zulu Natal) South Coast in a different world altogether. It is a gorgeous natural environment, comprising the signature open grasslands and hill country of the south coast, with deep cut ravines peppered with groves of aloe, and deep tidal estuaries cloaked on either bank with rich and unsullied riparian forest. There is no sign anywhere of mock Tuscan gated developments, of strip malls or the blanket sugar estates so ubiquitous throughout the region. It is moreover an environment fiercely protected by both a large cohort of outside environmentalists and significant numbers of local community members. The latter, almost uniquely, have successfully resisted the temptation to climb into bed with property developers and sell the long term integrity of their landscape for short term profit. The Environmental Frontline Currently, however, the issue is less property development and more highway construction and strip mining. The controversy in the first instances involves the extension of the ubiquitous toll road system, that is the pride of the South African transport infrastructure, through the Transkei, and secondly whether to grant Australian mining conglomerate, Minerals Commodities Limited, and Local Black Economic Empowerment group Xolobeni Empowerment Company, license to dune mine substantial base metal reserves along the coast. While the intricacies of this contest are beyond the scope of this narrative, they do broadly pit local concerns against central and international financial interests. At the core is the question of land ownership, which, in the case of the wild coast, is land owned by the state and held in trust for the people.

Long Term Accommodation in Coffee Bay

Two lovely, self-contained, lock up and go, wooden cottages nestled in the private and secure "Kirstenbosch" gardens of Coffee Bay.

Available from January 2015. 

Fully furnished.

Can accommodate 1 or 2 people with rentals being R2500 and R3000 per month accordingly. 

Please contact Tuppy Trouw on 072-2376944 for further information.

Wild-Coast environmental Management Plan

This document is published for comment, and the comments period closes by the end of business on Friday 8 August 2014. Download here:
  • Wild Coast Environmental Management Plan
  • Wild Coast Environmental Management Plan - Annexure 1 - MAPS
  • Kamnandi Cottages - Hole in the Wall

    Kamnandi Cottages are situated on the south corner of Kelly Beach, with wonderful views and a private and secure garden. There are 2 units available.

    7 sleeper family Cottage:
    3 bedrooms (2 with 'twin' beds, 1 with a single & a double-bunk)
    2 x WC (bathroom has toilet and shower)
    Open plan kitchen / dining area / lounge
    Large bamboo deck / entertainment area 
    Television (bring your own decoder and cables),
    Braai facilities (bring own charcoal)
    RATE: R1200 / R1500 (in season) per night *

    Mtakatyi River Cottage

    Mtakatyi River Cottage:

    Set on a serene hillside overlooking the pristine Mtakatyi River, with panoramic ocean, river and forest views, Mtakatyi River Cottage provides comfortable and affordable Wild Coast holiday accommodation for families and fishermen. (Read more...)


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    By ANDREW STONE and BONGANI FUZILE on March 22, 2014 (Daily Dispatch)

    HIGHLY lucrative but illegal sand mining, on what was arguably one of the country’s most pristine coastlines, is behind the construction of government schools, RDP houses and private homes in the Eastern Cape.

    A two-month long investigation has revealed local communities, building supply stores, local businessmen and even construction companies are involved in illegal sand mining operations along the Wild Coast.Click for full screen view

    Ferry Point Resort - Port St Johns

    Ferry Point - Port St Johns

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    Balancing diverse needs in developing Wild Coast

    By OWETHU PANTSHWA on November 14, 2013 in Metro, Opinion (Daily Dispatch)

    HOW does one address the coastal development and how, in particular, does one transform the Wild Coast into a strategic economic centre, not only for the province but for the country?

    These are among the issues that will come under the spotlight at the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s Wild Coast Development Programme sessions in East London today and tomorrow.

    Unlocking development of the Wild Coast could be a critical step in redressing the historic frontiers of underdevelopment based on segregation and colonialisation that have characterised this area for centuries.

    There is generally massive interest in mixed use and tourism development, both from a political point of view and for the sake of the development of rural communities. But coastal development is very slow. In reality there are no developments that can bring about economic change and sustainable employment of these very deprived communities.

    Wild Coast in the next episode of The Ultimate Braai Master 2 ...

    In the next episode of The Ultimate Braai Master 2, which airs on Wednesday, 6 November at 20:30 on SABC3, the teams head up the Wild Coast as the game introduces survival dynamics. 

    Teams swing into beach mode and become modern day foragers, as they have to live and cook off the coast for two days. After a long and tedious day trying to forage and fish for food in these wild waters, teams are challenged to make the perfect campsite meal for themselves and the Judges.

    Three teams end up as the bottom feeders and have to battle it out in an elimination, where they’re required to cook an 80s themed seafood buffet for 100 guests. It’s a huge volume of food to prepare in only three hours, and one team’s Braai dreams go up in smoke as they are sent home.

    This episode of The Ultimate Braai Master 2 airs on Wednesday, 6 November at 20:30 on SABC3.

    Freedom O' Clock - Mdumbi River Mouth - Mngcibe

    Closest accommodation to river and beach. Surfing, fishing, river trips, boat hire, canoeing, hiking and biking, snorkeling, bird watching, and horse rides are just to mention a few activities to busy your day.... or just RELAX!

    Paddling for Smiles - Hole in the Wall

    Richard Kohler at Hole in the Wall: Thursday, 17 January 2012. For some cool footage of the other side of "The Hole", check On 15th October 2012 Richard set off from the SA-Namibia border on his second attempt at an epic surf ski adventure to paddle the whole 2600-kilometre South African coastline, ending at the Mozambique border. The adventure is raising money for the Miles for Smiles foundation. Check for updates and donor information. Click on "LIVE surfski tracking" to follow Richard:
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  • Ocean View Hotel

    Under the expert care of the new owner/management team of Ian and Lynn Crawford (of Crawford's Beach Lodge fame), Ocean View now has more to offer than ever before! Ocean View Hotel - COFFEE BAY P.O. Box 566 Umtata 5099
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  • Hole in the Wall Horse Project

    Marlene runs a Free weekly clinic, every Tuesday, for all the local horses in Hole in the Wall. She currently has 248 patients. She offers basic treatments such as dipping, deworming, treatment of wounds, and replacement of old and harmful tack, such as bridles and saddles, with donated equipment. Due to the urgent need of some professional Veterinary care in this area, Marlene is going to shave her waist length hair in an attempt to raise R50 000 for the cause.

    Xolobeni mining update

    Latest news: On Wednesday, 2012-08-08 the Amadiba Crisis Committee filed an Objection against the prospecting right application made by Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources SA: The objection was filed jointly by the ACC and Sun International, which operates the Wild Coast Sun resort adjacent to the proposed mining area. * TEM is ineligible for a new grant of prospecting rights because their application is redundant: they have already prospected the site, and are therefore merely attempting to hoard the rights. This transparent ploy creates more uncertainty and directly impedes development of the tourism potential in and through the area; * Prospecting and mining activities cannot take place in the Xolobeni region at all because it is within an already designated Marine Protected Area (MPA). The tiny Pondoland Centre of Endemism (PCE), where the mining is proposed, is the second most florastically abundant region in Southern Africa, and one of only 26 such species rich places on earth;

    Bulungula Homestay/Village Based Accomodation

    Nqileni is home to a vibrant rural community where times have sometimes been tough; migrant labour has taken its toll on family structure and health service & education have been difficult to access. But in spite of these challenges, the typical scene at sunset is children singing beautiful harmonies as they walk up the hills together on their way home, Mama’s laughing together as they collect water from nearby springs while men and boys effortlessly herd their cattle home to their kraals. The Xhosa traditions are strongly adhered to and are respected by Traditionalists and the Religious alike. Email Reservations to: ? ? You can get more information on . For information about the Bulungula Incubator, log on to


    Wild Coast Fund Raising CalendarWild Coast Fund Raising Calendar Click here to order! HELP PUT A PERMANENT STOP TO: Mining of the Wild Coast dunes The 'Greenfields' section of the N2 Toll road through Pondoland HOW? Funds raised by your purchase of this calendar go to support residents of Pondoland's Wild Coast, in their ongoing battle to protect and conserve their living landscapes and prevent the shredding of their social fabric by the two massive development schemes.

    The Ama-Xhosa of the Transkei

    This is a must-have book for your coffee table... £1 (GBP) from the sale of each book will be donated to Sustaining the Wild Coast (, a registered NPO responsible for halting the mining at Xolobeni, and currently waging a protracted legal battle, alongside the Pondoland residents, to stop the N2 troll road.