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The Wild Coast

The Wild Coast stretches along the Eastern Cape’s coastline which reaches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south. It is an untamed wilderness offering incredible views of the dramatic coastline, jagged cliffs, sheltered bays, wild beaches and rolling hills and valleys.

The Transkei, a former homeland, forms part of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast and is an underdeveloped area with low population that cannot be easily accessed, but is a hikers' paradise and can be enjoyed on horseback. The area is also one of the areas most hardly fought for by British colonialists. It is renowned for being one of the most beautiful places on the planet and is the heartland of the Xhosa nation.

Ancient forests abound with bird and animal life. Bird watchers can go in search of approximately 320 species that make this area their home, while anglers can fish via deep sea, rock, surf, fly and spear fishing.

The entire coastline can be seen on foot on what is known as the Wild Coast Hiking Trail. Water activities like snorkelling and diving give a spectacular experience of the world beneath the waves while spotting lost treasure and other relics from shipwrecks.

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