Transkei Wild Coast Drive
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Last updated: 02/19/2009
Visit the home of the Xhosa and Nelson Mandela's birthplace. Drive through a land of rolling hills, thatched huts and smiling people. Explore the unspoilt subtropical coastline, surf the wild waves.
Durban/Umhlanga - Coffee Bay Today you can expect to travel from Durban or Umhlanga to Coffee Bay. The route to Coffee Bay will lead you from one side of South Africa to the other. First you'll drive approximately 100 km to the hectic, slightly rundown, yet typical African capital city of Umtata (this is a good place to exchange currency if you need to). Then you'll head towards the sea for approximately 80 km until you reach Coffee Bay; one of the most beautiful coastal towns along the Wild Coast. Coffee Bay has a long sandy stretch of beach and is idyllically situated between green hills and turquoise sea. The bay was named in 1893 when a ship loaded with coffee beans shipwrecked there. Some of the coffee beans sprouted, however the plants did not survive and there are no coffee bean plants left in the area today. This evening you'll spend the night in a comfortable hotel with pool, on the beach.
Total distance on day 1 is approximately 480 km.
Coffee Bay Spend the second day of your trip relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Want to unwind from your long drives in a more active manner? How about a horseback ride or a surf? Be sure to visit the Hole in the Wall, a spectacular rock formation which is the result of centuries of waves and erosion (see the picture to the left). You could also go dolphin-spotting or whale-watching (when in season). There are also organized township tours that leave from the village. At the end of the day, you'll spend another night in Coffee Bay.
Coffee Bay - Stutterheim Your next stop, Stutterheim, is a picturesque town at the foot of the Amatola Mountains. From here you can visit the Mgwali Village and get to know the Xhosa people of South Africa. The language spoken by these people is also referred to as Xhosa, but is better known as the clicking language. The letter x is pronounced with a click. The language is far from easy, but perhaps you can practice Xhosa while you're here. You'll be welcomed by English speaking staff at the guest house. There is also a swimming pool on the property.
Total distance on day 3 is approximately 300 km.
Stutterheim - Addo Elephant National Park When thinking of South Africa, most people have visions of elephants roaming the land. Well, today you will be able to meet these majestic creatures in Addo Elephant Park. This extremely wooded bush field is located at the Sunday River Valley, on the Eastern Cape. The park was declared a national park in 1931, when there were only 12 elephants left in the area. These days the eco-system has been restored and you'll find more than 350 elephants, 300 buffalos, black rhino and all kinds of antelopes here (luckily not all in the same spot). There are plans to expand the 125.000 acre park by approximately 4x its size. You'll spend the night in a chalet, the national park's own accommodation. During the evening you can go on an organized game drive in the Schotia game reserve. Your accommodation can give you more information about this activity.
Total distance on day 4 is approximately 200 km.
Addo This module ends after breakfast this morning. However, if you want to travel further you can continue on over the 'Garden Route, for instance, with our module Garden Route Adventure Trail'.
- Inclusions -
- Overnight stay with breakfast, dinner at Coffee Bay and trail information
- Exclusions -
- Car rental and entrance fees wildlife reserves
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