Wild Coast Adventure Tour V5 2022 – Mbashe
(16th to 25th May, 2022)

R14,750.00

16th to 25th May, 2022

After our hugely successful Nov 2021 tour, we have been hard at work adding a few major refinements to the tour, by shortening driving distances and creating more leisure time at the fabulous lodges we will be visiting. Sign up for 8 thrilling days & 9 nights, discovering the very best this breath-taking, remote region has to offer in the safety of a group!

Join us on this guided, self-drive adventure, driving to beautifully wild places few people have been before, in the camaraderie and safety of like-minded explorers, under the expert guidance of Trygve Roberts.

  • You do not need to be experienced at off-road driving to do this tour. We will show you how.
  • We can only take 4×4 vehicles with low range and adequate ground clearance on this tour.
  • Maximum 11 vehicles. Please note we cannot accept vehicles with low profile tyres as the roads can be very rough and stony in places.

We charge per vehicle only, and not per passenger so our tours are ideal for couples, families & friends.

This new tour will start in Coffee Bay and end in Morgan Bay, exploring the vast, rugged beauty of the untouched, pristine Wild Coast which is still as magnificent as it was 150 years ago.

More info below.

Alternative tour option: Instead of this tour, you can also book the Wild Coast V4 2022 Pondoland tour, that will start in Matatiele and end in Coffee Bay (6th to 15th May, 2022). Or book both back-to-back tours.

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Description

This new Wild Coast V5 Mbashe Tour will start in Coffee Bay and end in Morgan Bay. 

We will be spending 2 to 3 nights at most of the overnight stops, allowing for a leisurely pace, with opt-out options for the ladies at some of the venues – like spa treatments, or just a decadently lazy day on the beach.

  • Monday 16th May – Meet & Greet in Coffee Bay – overnight at Ocean View Hotel
  • Tuesday 17th May – Hole in the Wall, Mapuzi, Whale Hill, lunch at White Clay Restaurant. Overnight at Ocean View Hotel.
  • Wednesday 18th May – Coffee Bay to The Haven.
  • Thursday 19th May – Cwebe Nature Reserve – Breezy Point – Overnight at The Haven
  • Friday 20th May – Rest day. Overnight at The Haven.
  • Saturday 21st May – The Haven to Kob Inn.
  • Sunday 22nd May – Kob Inn to Collywobbles return
  • Monday 23rd May – Rest Day
  • Tuesday 24th May – Kob Inn to Morgan Bay

You pay per vehicle, and not per person – so this tour is ideal for families, a group of friends and couples.

  • Distance: 800 km.
  • Drivers’ Briefing, VHF Radio Fitment & Welcoming Party: 18h00 on Monday, 16th May, 2022 at Ocean View Hotel, Coffee Bay.
  • Start: Coffee Bay – 09h00: Tuesday 17th May, 2022
  • Closing Function & Prize-giving at Morgan Bay: 18h00 24th May, 2022
  • End of Tour/Departure: 09h00 – Wednesday 25th May, 2022

All vehicles will be supplied with FM marine-quality two-way radios so we can all communicate. (This is included in the tour price.)

The routes we have chosen are generally not difficult, but if there is rainy weather, we will have mud to contend with – hence the 4×4 requirement. (Please note that no pets are allowed.)

  • If you want to do both the Wild Coast V4 Pondoland Tour (6th to 15th May) as well as the Wild Coast V5 Mbashe Tour making it a back to back journey of 17 days, please book separately for that tour. You will qualify for R1000 rebate on the total package, which we will credit on your accommodation invoice.

More info below.

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Itinerary

Meet & Greet (Monday 16th May, 2022) at Ocean View Hotel, Coffee Bay. Radio fitment, tyre deflation, driver’s briefing, dinner.

Day 1 (Tuesday 17th May):

After a breakfast in the Wild Coast sunshine on the deck overlooking the beach, we will meet our local guide, Mzo, who will take us to Mapuzi, Whale Hill, and Hole in the Wall. We will learn about Xhosa culture, customs, folklore and legends. Lunch will be taken at the beautifully sited White Clay Restaurant. The rest of the afternoon is free time. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at the Ocean View Hotel.

Coffee Bay | Hole in the Wall | Mountain Passes South Africa | Wild Coast Tour
Photo credits: (L) PhotoDestination | (R) Kurt Böhi on Flickr

Day 2 (Wednesday 18th May):

We head south-west from Coffee Bay to The Haven. This day’s drive covers some big passes – all in the form of river ravines and include Mncwasa, Kwa Majia, Xhora, Ntlonyane and Mbashe rivers. Overnight at The Haven – which was where the survivors of the Oceanos cruise ship were airlifted to. Service levels and good food are legendary at this old hotel.

Day 3 (Thursday 19th May):

An exciting day lies ahead as we complete a traverse of the Cwebe Nature Reserve. This is as close as what you will get to a proper jungle trip as we plunge through a very dense forest filled with birdsong and shafts of sunlight. The drive is slow as we gradually work our way over from west to east, through and around a myriad of obstacles. The grading level of this route is 3.  We visit the pristine beach at Breezy Point for lunch, then head north to Tunzini through several traditional Wild Coast villages, then head south once more returning to The Haven for our overnight stop.

Day 4 (Friday 20th May):

Free day to recover from the previous day’s excitement. This is your day to do whatever you like from swimming, walking, surfing, fishing or just relaxing in your bungalow to enjoy the sound of the surf. Overnight at The Haven.

Day 5 (Saturday 21th May):

The Haven to Kob Inn. This is another special day of big gravel passes through deep ravines and spectacular scenery. Passes include the Mbashe Pass and the Fyfe-King Bridge, Mnenu, Nqabarha, Shixini, Jujhura and Qhora passes, to arrive at Kob Inn, where you can enjoy sundowners at the closest pub to the sea in the Wild Coast.

Mveso (Mandela's birthplace), vulture colony, Shixini River Mouth - Eastern Cape
Photo credit: Shixini River Mouth ~ Roger de la Harpe for Getty Images

Day 6 (Sunday 22nd May):

A visit to Collywobbles Vulture Colony. Our biggest distance is covered on this day, so we start earlier than usual. We head directly to Idutywa via Willowvale (refuelling point) and after a short leg on the N2 we turn back onto gravel for a bumpy ride to Collywobbles. The day includes a traverse down a very steep (secret) pass where we take our lunch break on the banks of the Mbashe River. From there we drive to the Collywobbles vulture site, the Mbashe dam, where we cross the actual dam wall and up the north-eastern side of the Mbashe Gorge and on past the now controversial Mveso (Nelson Mandela Museum) and back to the N2. We return to Kob Inn for dinner and our overnight stay.

Kob Inn & The Collywobbles - Mountain Passes South Africa - Wild Coast Tour
Photo credit: African harrier hawk by Rodnick Biljon via Eastern Cape Birding

Day 7 (Monday 23rd May):

This is our second free day on this tour to recover from the rigours of the previous day. You will be tired, so enjoy the day to swim, relax, read a book, take a walk, fish or play some pool in the pub whilst enjoying a cold beer

Kei Mouth Pont and Morgan Bay | Wild Coast Tour | Mountain Passes South Africa
Photo credits: (L) Kei Mouth Tourism | (R) Morgan Bay Tourism

Day 8 (Tuesday 24th May)

Kob Inn to Morgan Bay. Our route takes over the Qwaninga River, the KuLonyanga Pass, the 3 bridges over the Qhora River Pass, Cats Pass, Kobonqaba Pass, Centane and the Kei River Mouth where we cross the Great Kei River by pont, two vehicles at a time. After the crossing we have a short drive on tar to our final venue, which is the Morgan Bay Hotel. Dinner and Chappies Awards.

Depart after breakfast on Wednesday 25th May.


Accommodation & other costs

Accommodation, meals and ancillary costs are extra, which we will invoice out to you separately.

• Work on R1350 per person per day sharing, for bed, breakfast & dinner. We take care of all the bookings and planning and we keep you updated regularly via email and Whats App as the tour date approaches.
• Pack your own ‘padkos’ for lunches, which we enjoy at whatever scenic spot takes our fancy along the route.
• Other costs for own account include the crossing via the pont at Kei Mouth (R100 per vehicle), lunch at White Clay on Day 1, bar bills, and gratuities at your discretion. MPSA pays the external guides daily wage, parking/security  fees, as well as entry costs into nature reserves.

Price: R14,750 per vehicle. (Price includes expert guiding, VHF radio hire, a detailed waterproof Slingsby Map, Route notes, folders, stationery, name tags, pack lists, 4×4 guidance, use of recovery gear, compressors and first aid)

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Cancellation Policy

1. If you find a replacement to take your place – 100% refund.
2. If we find a replacement to take your place – 80% refund.
3. If you cancel your booking more than 2 months before the tour – 100% credit.
4. If you cancel your booking less than 60 days before the tour – 80% credit for a future tour.
5. We pay all the accommodation and meals upfront long before the tour starts. We will negotiate on your behalf with the hotel, guest lodge or B&B for a refund. In general terms most of them are willing to give a substantial or full refund. Whatever refund we can get will be refunded to you in full.
6. The accommodation/meals invoice is sent out about many weeks ahead of the tour. If you cancel your booking, you are still liable for the accommodation, even if you have not paid the invoice yet.
7. In the event that a tour is postponed and you cannot attend on the revised dates, you will receive a 100% credit

Please get in touch with us directly with any questions you may have by email: info@mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za

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