Visiting South Africa’s Wild Coast is like taking a 100 year leap back in time. Aside for electricity and 4×4’s, little has changed on this unspoilt stretch of rivers, beaches and lagoons, south of Durban (KwaZulu-Natal) and north of East London (Eastern Cape).
Recently People Like Us Safaris headed out there with a few of our regular clients. Our main objective was exploring new destinations, with the secondary’s being enjoying great local food, good birding, challenging fishing and a good dose of beach relaxation. We achieved it all and more.
The beaches defy description. I would put them against any of the world’s best. Often the only others you will have to share your beach with are the resident Nguni cows (the ancient breed of African cattle).
Our accommodation, private cottages and remote guest houses, were comfortable yet simple, with the big plus that all are right on the beach. You can wake up at dawn and have a fishing line in the water before the sun is fully out of the ocean.
A week in this spot combines relaxation and adventure; it is guaranteed to refresh the soul.
Finally the roads: they are mostly shocking. So why don’t the locals put in tar? Simple: it seems they keep them rough to ensure that aside from a few like-minded folk who have discovered the Wild Coast, it is only the Nguni’s cows that they will have to share their piece of paradise with.
And of course a few of our People Like Us Safaris guests.