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Transkei & Wildcoast

The Transkei, a former homeland and in 1976 became the first Xhosa area of ​​four South African territories officially declared independent. Since 1994 it is again part of South Africa. If we talk about the Transkei we mean to call it beautiful unspoilt coastal area of ​​the Eastern Cape we called the Wild Coast. This area stretches from East London to Port Edward. Transkei is the area located under the Kei River and the republic had its own capital Umtata in Mthatha changed in 2004. An area which includes 45 000 square kilometres and is enclosed between the Umtamvanu River, the Great Kei River, the Indian Ocean and the Drakensberg Mountains, a mountainous region that was hardly suitable for farming and was inhabited by Xhosa-speaking people.

You will find beautiful unspoilt cliffs and long beaches, where it seems you are steps behind, to rolling hills dotted here and there with the Xhosa thatched houses. There are some well-known hiking trails you pass to beautiful places like "The Gates" in Port St Johns and "The Hole in the Wall", a geological masterpiece and wonder of Mother Nature located in the ocean. There are also waterfalls, various rock pools, the ship wreck 'Jacaranda' and the beautiful cliffs will amaze you. The villages that you encounter here in this stunning beautiful landscape will be small and are often no more than a few fishermen's cottages and a backpacker accommodation. St. Johns and Coffee Bay are an exception and are lovely places for a carefree beach.

The Transkei Wild Coast is the place for beautiful nature and beach walks. Relax on the beaches of this rugged coast, where surfing, snorkelling, fishing and horse riding can provide wonderful variety. Remember, you may be surprised at the coast by whales and dolphins that use the waves and currents to play there. Humpback and Southern Right whales swim (best between May and August) to calve on the coast of South Africa. The time that the Great Sardine Run takes place (June-July); there are the teeming Jan van Ghent birds, seals, dolphins and predators. A beautiful picturesque place is the Ntafufu lagoon located 10 km north of Port St Johns. Here at the Ntafufu estuary is a beautiful imaginative Mangrove.

Learn more and see the daily life and customs and traditional practices of the Xhosa visit "The Kraal" in Mpande (20 km from Port St Johns) or any of the other Xhosa culture Villages, where friendly people will welcome you perhaps visit the Shebeen (local bar) a soda or a chat with the Sangoma (herbalist).

Game reserves that you can visit here:
Hluleka
, between Mthatha and Port St Johns (± 22 km) with black and blue wildebeest, two types of zebras, bushbuck, elk, cormorant, impala, dassies and birds of prey, as well as many native plants and trees. It is a hiker's paradise where you can spot the road many unusual birds like the Cape parrot and Knysna Loerie

Mkambati, located between Port Edward and Port St Johns has a large number of ruminants like Eland, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Blesbok and Gemsbok. Birds that are housed here: Red shouldered Widow, Yellow throated Long claw, Common Waxbill and the Croaking Cisticola, but also several Sunbirds looking for nectar in the beautiful strelitzias. The many streams that run through the reservation form small crystal clear lakes and waterfalls are special and this in turn attract African osprey.

Places in the Transkei - Wild Coast:
Mthata, is the largest and busiest place in the Transkei and the gateway to the Wild Coast. Here in the Bhunga building what is now the Nelson Mandela Museum you can learn more about "Madiba's Long Way to Freedom".

Mpande: Wild unspoilt coastline, with beaches that invite surfing, canoeing and horseback riding.

Port St. Johns is located on the banks of the Mzimvubu River where it reaches the ocean between the two "Gates" after two British officers; Thesiger and Sullivan. Port St. Johns also known as the capital of the Wild Coast is easily accessible via a paved road. It has 3 spacious beautiful beaches that you occasionally share with the cows who like to linger. Standings bordered with wild banana trees give you that relaxed tropical feel. For Golf in Port St. Johns, you can at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

Coffee Bay: In the heart of the Wild Coast on idyllic beaches and stunning cliffs.

Kei Mouth, located on the banks of the river boulder has beautiful clean beaches on the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, throughout the year is great for sunbathers, swimmers and surfers.

Morgan's Bay, a small coastal village located between Morgan Bay Cliffs and a long stretch of pristine beaches extending to the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve

Cintsa, is located on the southern side of the Wild Coast. Actually, just off the Wild Coast but often by the beautiful beaches in the same breath with this wonderful piece of coast! It is a small coastal town with the most beautiful beaches, located 25 km from East London on the northern banks of the river Cintsa. Take walks on the beach and swim in the bathtub surrounded with rocks. But also horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, (kite) surfing and visit a cultural village. The Inkwenkezi Game Reserve is close by if you want to make a big four game drive.

Mdumbi: Located 24 km from Coffee Bay. Here the beach is lined in a beautiful bay with Milkwood trees and Xhosa huts at the foot of rolling green hills.

Qolora: This is a small village at the mouth of the river that forms a Qholorha lagoon here. From here it is 1.5 km hike along the coast to the north, arriving at the Jacaranda ship wreck. The rocks in the sea are wonderful places for fishermen and the beach at night is often the place where the cows come to relax and spend the night.

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