Quad da Kei (Quad Adventures)

Quad da Kei is a family and nature friendly company. We aim to provide visitors a quad adventure to remember offering varied terrain and spectacular scenery away from all the hustle and bustle.  Enter into a new world of fauna and flora, forest, mountains, river and sea. You won’t want to leave...

Come and see why they call Port St Johns the Gem of the Wild Coast.

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Kei to PSJ Wild Ride: Mountain Bike Tour on the Southern Wild Coast

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.

Port St Johns to Coffee Bay Backpacker Hike

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. popupYou'll pass some impressive natural phenomenans, along the undulating terrain through which this hike traverses. 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).

Pondo-Explore Hike

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

South Africa Travel Plan

Transkei Wild Coast Drive. Rondavels in Kruger. Oil Lanterns in the Bush. Route 62: Elephants, Ostriches and Wine. Beehive Huts and St. Lucia. Garden Route Adventure Trail. Build your own South Africa adventure. We offer our customers the chance to design their own trip to South Africa by choosing a variety of bite-sized travel experiences (modules), lasting a few days at a time. We then string these experiences together to form a longer trip. Build your own self drive with South Africa Travel Plan.

Wild Coast Hiking (Guided hikes from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay)

The Best way to experience the beauty of the Wild Coast is to take the 5 day hiking trail run by Jimmy and Mbuyi. Please visit their site for more information, rates and details  at

The Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay Hiking Trail goes through some of the most beautiful hiking landscape in South Africa. The trail hugs a stretch of coastline along the former Transkei homeland, and is unspoilt and barely touched by development. You will walk along rolling grassy hills dotted with colourful huts, idyllic beaches, estuaries flanked by thick coastal forest and cliffs with stunning sea views. Hikers sleep in hikers’ huts and village accommodation. You will also learn a little bit of Xhosa Language and experience the Xhosa food. If you’re hiking at the right time of the year, you will most likely see dolphins and whales.

Horse riding on the Wild Coast!

  • Posted on: 13 November 2008
  • By: JB

Ferry Point in Port St Johns is pleased to announce the availability of daily horse riding on Long Beach, between Ferry Point and Poenskop.

Their horses are sound and well schooled; so whether you are an experienced rider or absolute beginner, you will enjoy the spectacular beaches, fabulous mountain views and peaceful forests.

Please phone 0475 641 261, or 083 973 6545 to make a booking or to find out more about this fun activity.

Sibusiso Somakhephu (aka “J.J.”) is your Guide.

Trained by Eastern Cape Tourism, and with 10 years experience as a Wild Coast Guide.

For the last four years he has been showing visitors the beauty of the Wild Coast from horseback.

Get more info at

Hiking the Wild Coast

Really experience it:

Hike along the pristine stretch of coastline from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay, and stay along the way in traditional Xhosa huts.

Contact: Jimmy Selani, the Tour Guide from Mtumbane (PSJ) on 082 507 2256 (+27 international dialing code), or check their website for more info:

Jimmy was voted South African Tourism's 'Best Emerging Guide of the Year 2004'. Charismatic and fluent in English, he's a fount of information on the area and its people - the perfect chaperone.

UPDATE: There is now an official website:

A walk on the wild side
By Fiona McIntosh (

Mountain Biking

The Wild Coast is a region rich in diversity! Not only in culture but also in mountain biking terrains. Test your technical riding skills in the forests of Dwesa or Cwebe Nature Reserves. Test your anaerobic endurance and enter yourself in the Imana Wild ride which is 4 days of the most beautifull and rugged mountain biking in the world! Rid yourself of any stress while you explore the wildest coast of Mbotyi on your mountain bike. You could even go on a mountain bike safari in Mkambati Nature Reserve! In this region you will surely find the terrain your mountain biker soul has been searching for.
That is where this site comes in. At you will be able to browse a map to find the type of ride you are looking for in the area you want to explore. You will find all kinds of rides: Race routes, routes around holiday resorts, training rides, rides in and around town and even multi day rides.
To go straight to the Wild Coast MTB Routes click here:

Backpacking on the Wild Coast

Wild Coast afterparty a cool, laid-back affair

The termite, the donkey and the rainbow: happy backpacker Leon Marais spills the beans.

South Africa is a backpacker's delight. Thousands of foreign travellers are aware of this, yet many South Africans remain oblivious to this organised and well-run component of our tourism industry.

As a backpacking destination South Africa has a lot going for it: it's different and diverse, organised, safe (when organised) and, while not as cheap as other destinations such as Thailand, still affordable to young travellers.

The most popular route begins with some time in and around Cape Town, followed by time getting acquainted with wine and scenery around Stellenbosch and a hop-on, hop-off meander along the Garden Route towards Port Elizabeth.

At this point most backpackers and self-drive travellers usually opt for a flight to Mpumalanga or Durban or head back towards Cape Town. In planning their routes this way, they miss out on the jewel of our coast - the Transkei.

It seems to be a black hole on the traveller's map. Yet to explore the Transkei coast is to step back in time, to the era before Holiday Inns, beach condos, guest-houses galore and estate developments.

The Transkei is distinctly rural, charming in its simplicity and laid-back in tempo. The day's rhythms come and go at Mother Nature's pace. Lives revolve around livestock and tides, growth seasons, rites of passage and ancestral spirits.

In much the same frame of mind are the backpackers. Two things that perhaps define these travellers are the lack of formal travel plans and an interest in gaining a deeper understanding of, and insight into, the local people and culture - and for this the Transkei is perfect.

The Transkei, or Wild Coast as it is also known, lies between the Great Kei River in the south and Mtamvuna River in the north, with most of the backpacker accommodation to be found in the southern section as far up as Port St Johns.

There are three transport options. The Baz Bus - a hop-on, hop-off shuttle service - plies the entire coast from Cape Town to northern KwaZulu Natal, and services all the backpackers' lodges along the Wild Coast.

While it does not deviate from the N2, most of the lodges have a shuttle service (sometimes free of charge, sometimes not) running from the Baz Bus stops to the respective lodges - all in all a perfect (but not cheap) transport option for those without wheels.

Self-drive is the ideal way to go if possible, but bear in mind that the roads in the area were not designed for your low-slung sports car. While a four-wheel drive is not necessary, something with a bit of clearance such as a Toyota Conquest will suffice.

Using local transport is also an option. Local taxi services run from the N2 down to all villages along the coast. It must be said that these are used entirely at your own risk.

Many such taxis are unroadworthy at best and, with other decrepit vehicles on the roads and people and livestock wandering freely, accidents are a distinct possibility.

Entering the Transkei on your way up the coast, Coffee Bay is definitely worth a visit. It is a relatively well-developed hamlet along this rugged coast, close to the famous Hole in the Wall rock formation.

It has two legendary backpackers' lodges right next to each other and right on the beach - Bomvu Paradise and ... wait for it ... The Coffee Shack.

Both have dorms, double rooms and camping amenities, lively bars and loads of laid-back hippy atmosphere. Well-worn path lead all along the cliffs and hills that rise up from the ocean, providing exciting walking opportunities to rusted wrecks, waterfalls and ever more beaches.

If you get lost and stumble into the back end of a cluster of aquamarine- coloured huts, just shout out the Xhosa greeting "Molo!" (the household dogs will announce your presence) and shrug your shoulders as if to say: "Where to now?"

Hordes of Xhosa children may follow you around, all dying for a chance to exhibit their photographic poses (in exchange for sweets, of course). Not to be missed is the nightly party that revolves around the bar. For the less sociable, Bomvu Paradise seems the quieter venue and if you want some action you can just stroll across to the Coffee Shack.

Moving up the coast, the next port of call was The Kraal, an aptly named backpackers' lodge situated at Mpande (which doesn't even appear on your road atlas). The Kraal is different, even as far as backpackers go. Quaint dorm huts and camping facilities are available.

Electricity is but a long-lost dream at The Kraal. For a shower, you fill up a bucket with water heated on the fire. Cooking is done on gas and candles and lamps provide lighting - but they do have cold beer.

There is a lovely ambience in the main building after dark. Curious horses take turns to stick their heads into the light through the two-piece doors and travellers gather to swap stories and information, drink quarts of beer and perhaps indulge in a seafood pizza from an authentic Italian pizza oven.

The aspect to the Wild Coast that appeals the most to me is really evident here - animals. While you won't find much in the way of wild beasts (apart from those in the sea), domesticated animals are everywhere and are an integral part of local life. You can easily round up the Transkei's "Big Five" - donkey, pig, dog, feral cat and fowl. There are also goats, geese and horses.

At The Kraal they walk among the tents and in the quiet of early morning you may just wake to a white horse's head looking down on you or a chicken scratching around your tent.

Early-birds will take advantage of the fact that the sea cliff is only about 100m away, and there watch the sun rise over the sea before heading back to the warmth of a sleeping bag.

Donkeys and goats graze on short grasses growing on the most impossible slopes, where one wrong foot could lead to a 150-metre plummet on to rocks.

Late one afternoon, the cloud suddenly broke to allow fantastic sunlight to shine down on The Kraal and surrounding vista. Silhouetted against the sky was a single donkey, grazing right on the edge of the sea cliff.

A full rainbow magically appeared over the ocean as thousands of winged termites suddenly emerged from their nests in the ground and took flight, most heading for Madagascar. It was an enchanting moment.

The local school is a dream realised through The Kraal, and guide development is also taking place. If you want to go on a walk, apply for a guide. It won't cost you much (R20-R30) and will help contribute to the local upliftment vision.

You can also visit a local sangoma - a thrilling nocturnal experience that may even have those normally reluctant to step out showing off their traditional dancing skills (or lack thereof).

Before you become eternally stuck at The Kraal you may want to head on to Port St Johns, a rustic little town with no fewer than four lodges.

If the Wild Coast is special, it is also threatened. There has long been talk of major roads and mining operations. While social development is one thing, the strength of the area as a tourist destination lies in its undeveloped nature.

The last thing we need is another Natal South Coast or Knysna-type development. It is up to people with passion to fight for preservation.

Uncontrolled and inappropriate development is irreversible. Perhaps it is wise to get there before it changes. Pick up a copy of the backpackers' bible, Coast to Coast, pack a tent, a sleeping bag, a didgeridoo and head for the Transkei. It's way cool, man.

This article originally appeared in the Star newspaper on July 23, 2005.