Leave the urban stress, the traffic and crowds behind and escape into a pristine coastal landscape, where rural communities live on green hills above wild beaches, in perfect harmony with their surroundings.

The three-and-a-half or four-day guided Wild-South Coast Walk starts on the KZN South Coast and ends along the pristine Wild Coast, a precious environment threatened by the prospect of dune mining along its wild stretches.

Enjoy village experiences and a homestay, 3 spectacular river gorges, ancient fossil beds and ship wrecks, striking red dunes and green hills dotted with homesteads, and gain insight into the rich Zulu and Mpondo cultures of local communities.

Here is a taste of what you will experience:

Arrive early afternoon in Trafalgar on the South Coast, to book into the Trafalgar Beach House above the sea. From here, visit our WOWZULU Marketplace in KwaNzimakwe above Trafalgar, for an introduction to the hike and a visit in this rural community on a ‘holy mountain’ above the sea. Make your own screen print, before going on a village walk during which you will meet community elders and a ‘sangoma’ or traditional healer. Then follow the contour of the hillside, past the traditional Shembe church to a viewsite with wide views of the coastline. Relax with a drink as the sun sets, then drive back to Trafalgar for dinner at the luxurious Nakai Homestay or family-owned Casa Toscana Italian restaurant on a neighbouring farm, and your first night’s stay at the comfortable Trafalgar Beach house.

DAY 1:
After breakfast at neighbouring Nakai Homestay, collect your backpacks for a transfer to the top of the magnificent Umtamvuna River Gorge Nature Reserve with its uniquely rich biodiversity, which includes 1 400 flowering plant species compared to Kruger Park’s 200 species. Start your 8 km guided walk along a well-marked trail across high grasslands to the lunch stopover at Clearwater Café. Then head down into the gorge and through dense forests along the Umtamvuna River to the bottom gate of the reserve. From there, walk another 1,5 km to the Umtamvuna River Lodge for a swim, dinner and an overnight stay at the edge of the river.

DAY 2:
After breakfast, collect your packed lunch and start the 2nd day of the walk with a boat ride across the Umtamvuna River (boundary between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape) to the beach on the Wild Coast side. Then walk for about 12 km, largely along empty beaches and across the Mzamba and Mnyameni Rivers, to your overnight stay in the homestead of Mrs Nolwandile Ndovela in Mnyameni Village, high above the ocean. On the first section of the walk between the Umtamvuna and Mzamba Rivers, view ancient fossil beds with specialist guide Benny Mbotho, who has identified 250 fossils along a 2km stretch of beach. At your homestay, let local children treat you to a spirited dance performance, before a ‘taste of local’ dinner cooked in three-legged pots over an open fire.

DAY 3:
After breakfast, walk along 14 km of empty beaches past traditional villages, an intriguing ‘red desert’ and a ship wreck, to Mtentu Lodge above the deep Mtentu River in the heart of the Wild Coast. Spend the afternoon exploring the river, lagoon, beaches, waterfalls or the Mkhambathi Nature Reserve to the south. Enjoy canoeing, horse-riding, swimming or walking.

After breakfast at Mtentu Lodge, continue to explore the spectacular Mtentu estuary and wild coastline, before your transfer leaves at 12 noon for the trip back to Trafalgar. Arrive at the Beach House at around 3 pm, to collect your vehicle and luggage.

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  • Covid-19 Compliant


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