Active Escapes offer unique mountain bike and guided hiking trail tours along the Wild Coast.
For more information about cycling or hiking the Wild Coast, please see www.wildcoast.com/active-escapes or check their website.
Experience the essence of Africa with a mountain bike tour on the Wild Side – Eastern Cape’s, Wild Coast. Dramatic cliff faces, jutting headlands, hidden waterfalls and deserted beaches. Kickback under a milkwood tree, explore the rusted remains of the numerous shipwrecks along this shore, or discover the myriad birdlife and pristine estuaries which abound this rugged coastline.
There's no better way to appreciate the diversity of this untamed coast than from the vantage of your saddle, as you wind your way from cliff-top to sandy bay, across grassy plateau and up forested-tracks, passing through rural villages along the way. Experience the warmth of amaXhosa hospitality and get an insight into traditional custom with community and backpacker-stays, or treat yourself to the old-world charm of family hotels along the way.
At over 300km in length, with a labyrinth of coastal and inland trails to chose from, the Wild Coast offers diverse trail riding options. Trips are generally run over full and new moon periods, where we take advantage of the wet hard beaches created by the Spring low tides.
Active Escapes offers a number of MTB tour options along this untamed coastline. Whilst a good measure of fitness and previous mountain bike experience comes recommended, a keen sense of adventure, and an appreciation of nature, is the only qualifier you’ll need to participate in one of our tours.
The traditional Wild Coast Cycle Tour follows the Imana Wild Ride race route from Kei Mouth in the south up to Umngazi or Port St John’s. This 200km race is completed over 4 days, which can be done with fit and experienced groups. However, we tend to trip the route over a more social 6 days, with the second and last day being split into two ride days. We also usually take a well deserved rest-day somewhere enroute to fully appreciate the landscape through which you are passing and re-energize on some of those good pondo vibes.
We offer private tours to groups of 6 persons or more, otherwise keep checking our ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR for scheduled tours.
Our tours are professionally guided, catered and supported with vehicle back-up, but if you looking to run the trip independently ( without vehicle back-up), we can certainly help out with route advice, accommodation bookings, and end-point transfers.
For More Information about cycling the Wild Coast or to start planning your own Wild Ride Adventure, Contact:
Sarah Drew (Active Escapes)
Tel: 084 2407277 or 033 2344367
The 60km stretch of Wild Coast from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay is well suited to the more budget-conscious traveller looking for an authentic Wild Coast Experience. On this 5 day hiking trail you can chose between friendly village-based homestays, chilled-out backpackers, or a combination of both.
From the fascinating Table Mountain sandstone cliffs of Port St Johns; to the arched bays of Mpande and Mdumbi (voted one of SA's top three beaches and surfing hotspot); the impressive dolerite intrusion at Brazen Head and the fabled landmark, Hole in the Wall, where the roar of ocean through this hollowed cliff, has earnt the Xhosa name “esiKhaleni”( place of sound).
From the lush coastal forests of Silaka to the peppered hills of Hluleka, the PSJ to Coffee Bay walking trail navigates rocky seashores, mangrove-clad estuaries, across sandy bay and through evergreen forests.
Our Standard 5 Day PSJ - Coffee Bay Hike Itinerary is:
Day 1 : Arrive in PSJ (86km from Mtata).
Overnight: at a friendly Backpacker, B&B or Lodge
Day 2: Hike 3rd Beach PSJ– Mngazana Estuary. 5hrs walk. Overnight: Village-based homestay with dinner, bed & breakfast included OR Private Holiday Cottage (self-catered)
Day 3:Hike Mngazana - Mpande. 4hrs walk.
Overnight: Backpacker or Private Holiday Cottage (avail & no's dependent)
Day 4: Hike Mpande - Hluleka. 6hrs walk.
Overnight: Hluleka Nature Reserve (self-catered) or village-based homestay (DBB)
Day 5: Hike Hlukela - Mdumbi. 6hrs walk.
Overnight: Mdumbi Backpackers or Village Homestay (DBB)
Day 6: Hike Mdumbi-Coffee Bay. 4hrs walk.
Overnight: Treat yourself to a stay in the Ocean View hotel or drum the night away at Bomvu or Coffee Shack backpackers.
Day 7 :After a hearty breakfast & walk up sugar-loaf hill, a shuttle will pick you up to return you to back to PSJ where your vehicles await. Bon Voyage
For more information about this hike, contact:
Sarah Drew (Active Escapes)
Venture where only a fortunate few have passed. The northern Pondoland section of the Wild Coast, stretching from Mtamvuna river in the north (Port Edward) to the mighty Umzimvubu in the south (Port St John's), is undoubtedly the least accessible, dramatically rugged and breathtakingly pristine section of the Wild Coast.
Passing through traditional xhosa villages, rolling green hills, rocky headlands and sandy bays. Pass amazing waterfalls, freestanding rock stacks and pristine estuaries on your journey. The skeletal remains of numerous shipwrecks along the shore bear testimony to this high-energy coastline, whilst schools of dolphin and whales are a familiar sight.
Details of Pondo-Explore Hike:
Day 1: Drive to Port St Johns. Leave vehicles there in safe parking and get transferred to Msikaba at 2pm.
Afternoon Activity: Take the canoes up the Msikaba Estuary, visit the Cape Griffon Vulture colony or visit the waterfalls in Mkambathi Nature Reserve
Overnight: Msikaba Camp (s/cat)
Day 2: Hike Msikaba – Luphuthana. 16km.
Overnight: Lupatana Camp (s/cat)
Day 3: Hike Luphuthana – Mbotyi. 14km.
Overnight: Thatched rondavels at Mboyti Community Camp Site or upgrade to the Mbotyi River Lodge for an additional
Day 4: Hike Mbotyi – Manteku. 10km.
From Mbotyi south, the gradient of terrain increases – hence the shorter daily distances. Overnight: Manteku Camp
Day 5: Hike Manteku – Ntafufu. 9km.
Overnight: Ntafufu Camp
Day 6: Hike Ntatfufu – PSJ. 11.5km.
Tour ends in the afternoon in Port St Johns – collect vehicles.
Accommodation in PSJ can be organised at the beginning &/or end of this hike.
All camps comprise 12 x twin bedded safari tents (under thatched bomas, nestled amongst milkwoods to keep cool) – each tent has its own ensuite toilet & hot water shower.
There is a central dining/ kitchen boma with all cooking & cutlery facilities provided - including a small fridge for perishable food items. Or, if your group is large enough – you can chose the fully catered hike option.
For more information, about this hike, please
Tel: 033 2344367
Cell: 084 2407277