JOHN RUDLING knew he was in trouble when the engine of his Robinson R22 helicopter spluttered and lost power just five feet into the hover – not because he was making an unscheduled touchdown, but rather because of where he was.


The aircraft is operated by G4 Helicopters, at Margate Airport, and, since the loss of the company’s R44 earlier this year, it was the only means of keeping the students busy. There was another problem. The R22 was on a verge near a very deserted beach on the rugged Transkei coast – not famous for its roads or communications.


Some idea of the work and materials which were required to get the damaged R22 from its crash site on to the back of the truck for transportation to the nearest road.


Bulungula Lodge

in a village, on the beach

Situated on one of the world's most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the heart of a traditional Xhosa village, the eco-friendly Bulungula Lodge has been described as "spectacular" by the Lonely Planet and "one of the World's ultimate ethical travel experiences" by The Rough Guide. This Fair-trade lodge is co-owned by the local traditional community and loads of cool activities run daily.

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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!

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Gigis Pub and Accommodation

Gated complex with 5 Self catering units which sleep from 4 to 7 people each. Each rondavel is fully equipped and has a view from its deck.

Convenient 5 minute walk to the beach and 10 minutes to the famous icon of the Wild Coast: Hole in the Wall.

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Sea Shells B&B







Accomodation offered

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Geckos Place

Cozy self catering cottage with awesome view only a stones throw away from Long Beach.

  • A rondavel accommodates a couple and small child.
    Lovely little kitchen and spacious bathroom including bath and shower.
  • A large comfortable three sleeper caravan in quaint setting with electricity.
  • Campers come and relax in a stunning quiet setting, with plenty of bird watching. Electricity and fridges available.

    Above with ablutions.

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    White Clay

    The next 21.1km "White Clay Cross Country Challenge" is 23 August 2014.

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    umThombe Kei River Lodge

    umThombe Kei River Lodge is situated on a 160ha private nature reserve along the banks of the Great Kei River. Accommodation is offered in rustic thatched chalets, each with magnificent views of the river. The chalets are fully self-catering and sleep four to six people (camping is also available).

    The pulse of the River is felt in everything here: whether you are gliding along in our kayaks, hiking to hidden pools, fishing for the legendary cob, or simply watching sunset turn the cliffs to gold as the crowned cranes fly home to roost.

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    Mbotyi River Lodge


    Tel: +27 (0)82 674 1064
    Satellite: +27 (0)39 253-7200
    Satellite: +27 (0)39 253-7201
    Satellite Fax: +27 (0)39 253-7202

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    Coffee Shack Backpackers

    "The Coffee a genuine and unaffected mecca for fun-loving travellers."- LONELY PLANET

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    At the Bulungula river mouth your will find the isolated and stunningly beautiful Nqileni village, home to the award-winning Bulungula Lodge and the pioneering rural development NGO, the Bulungula Incubator.

    the Bulungula river mouth

    See for more information on Bulungula Lodge.

    See for more information on the Bulungula Incubator.


    Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers

    Buccaneers, along with the rest of the Wild Coast backpackers, make for what must be the best backpacking experience in SA.

  • Phone: +27 (0)43 734 3012 | Fax: +27 (0)43 734 3749
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    “Most travellers will have undoubtedly heard of Buccaneers long before they make it to Cintsa. Many consider it the best backpackers in South Africa” LONELY PLANET

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    Mbotyi Campsite

    Telephone: +27 (0)39 253-7201
    Fax: +27 (0)39 253-7202

    Mbotyi Campsite is a joint venture between the Mbotyi community and Mbotyi River Lodge. The Campsite is managed by the "Mbotyi Campsite Trust".

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    Yellowwood Forest Campsite

    Contact: Sean Rohm

    Tel: 043 8411598

    Cell:084 5822601

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    Yellowwood Forest Caravan Park and Campsite in Morgan Bay is set in a beautiful garden on the bank of the Inchara River, 1km from the beach.

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    Morgan Bay Camping

    On the banks of the Inchara Lagoon overlooking beach and sea, the Morgan Bay Park is bound by beach and lagoon. Each site is approximately 120 square meters with braai facilities. Electrical points are within 20m.

    All the sites are within 120 meters of the ablution block which has hot and cold showers and a bath for the ladies, along with hairdryer points and washing up facilities.

    The camp sites are within walking distance of the shop (one kilometer away), from which fresh bread is baked daily. The Hotel is half a kilometer away, where one can enjoy a meal either in the hotel or a fantastic pub meal over looking the sea. Children can also get cold drinks, ice creams as well as a few sweets.

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    Bomvu Backpackers

    Bomvu Backpackers
    po box Coffeebay store
    Wild Coast
    South Africa
    • Telephone:+27 47 575 2073
    • Fax:+27 47 575 2073
    • E-mail:

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