Wild Coast Adventure Tour V6 2023
(9th to 20th May, 2023)

R 14,950

for 1 vehicle – 2 persons

(more price options below)

9th to 20th May, 2023

We have once again fine-tuned our legendary Wild Coast Tour to offer you the experience of a lifetime. Sign up for 10 thrilling days & 11 nights, discovering the very best this breath-taking, remote region has to offer!

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 12 vehicles.

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

Due to many requests from clients driving solo, we have amended our pricing structure to a fairer system, from ‘per vehicle’ to ‘per person’. Pricing is still the same on average.

More tour & pricing info below.

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(there is no tour charge for children under 18)

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Description

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

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 deliciously lazy day on the beach.

  • Distance: 1200 km.
  • Drivers’ Briefing, VHF Radio Fitment & Welcoming Party: 18h00 on Tuesday, 9th May, 2023 at Resthaven Guest House in Matatiele.
  • Start: Matatiele – 09h00: Wednesday 10th May, 2023
  • Closing Function & Prize-giving at Kei Mouth: 18h00 Saturday 20th May, 2023
  • End of Tour/Departure: 09h00 – 21st May, 2021 after breakfast

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.)

Scroll down for Itinerary, Pricing Info & Cancellation Policy


Here are just some of the places we will be visiting

Ramatselitso Pass - Mountain Passes South Africa - Wild Coast Tour
Photo credits from left to right: Obie Oberholzer’s “Modumo the Herder” | Jelle Meinstma
Nungi Pass - Eastern Cape - Mountain Passes South Africa (Wild Coast Tour)
Photo credit (centre and right): Marion Whitehead for Country Life
Mzintlava Pass - Eastern Cape - Mountain Passes South Africa (Wild Coast Tour)
Portrait photo credit: Getty Images
Mbotyi - Eastern Cape - Mountain Passes South Africa (Wild Coast Tour)
Photo credits: (left) SA Venues | (right) Mbotyi Cottage

Magwa Falls - Eastern Cape - Wild Coast Tour - Mountain Passes South Africa

Magwa Tea Plantation and Gates of St Johns - Mountain Passes South Africa - Wild Coast Tour
Photo credits: (L) DispatchLIVE | (R) Amapondo Backpackers
Execution Rock - Mlengana Pass - Mountain Passes South Africa - Wild Coast Tour
Photo credits: (L) Tracks 4 Africa (C) Andrew Harvard
Coffee Bay | Hole in the Wall | Mountain Passes South Africa | Wild Coast Tour
Photo credits: (L) PhotoDestination | (R) Kurt Böhi on Flickr
Kob Inn & The Collywobbles - Mountain Passes South Africa - Wild Coast Tour
Photo credit: African harrier hawk by Rodnick Biljon via Eastern Cape Birding
Mveso (Mandela's birthplace), vulture colony, Shixini River Mouth - Eastern Cape
Photo credit: Shixini River Mouth ~ Roger de la Harpe for Getty Images
Kei Mouth Pont and Morgan Bay | Wild Coast Tour | Mountain Passes South Africa
Photo credits: (L) Kei Mouth Tourism | (R) Morgan Bay Tourism

Itinerary

Day 0 – Tuesday 9th May – Meet up at Resthaven Guest House in Matatiele from 14h00 to 17h30 for radio fitment. Drivers briefing at 18h00. Enjoy Elrita’s excellent cooking.

Day 1: Wednesday 10th May – We head south over the Nungi and Colona Nek passes via Tabankulu to drive the majestic Mzintlava Pass – 38 km of staggering variety with over 300 bends corners and curves and an alfresco lunch stop inside the KuGomo indigenous forest. We then drive through Lusikisiki and descend the Mbotyi Pass (very steep) to arrive at our home for the next two nights – Mbotyi River Lodge – a thatched paradise right on the beach.

Day 2: Thursday 11th May – We take a 2 hour 4×4 route northwards to Lupathana (down the Grade 3 Ghanja Pass), from where we take a 4 km (each way) walk along the coastline, accompanied by an experienced local guide to see Waterfall Bluff which plunges directly into the ocean, as well as the showstopper – Cathedral Rock. For the unfit, there are numerous other activities at the lodge keep you happy including a pool, the lagoon, the beach, walks, birding and fishing.

Day 3: Friday 12th May – We drive to the construction site of the new Msikaba Bridge (198m above the river) which will be the second highest bridge in South Africa when completed in 2024 and the highest cable stayed bridge in Africa. Weather permitting we will arrange a trip over the Msikaba Gorge by cable car. In the afternoon we will visit the thriving vulture colony at Msikaba further downstream from the bridge where you can watch the vultures soaring at eye level and below you from a viewing deck.

Day 4: Saturday 13th May – The day of the waterfalls. We start with a visit to Fraser Falls, then higher up along the same river, we take in the enchanting Angel Falls but we leave the best for last – the Magwa Falls, which will truly take your breath away. Getting to Magwa Falls takes us down beautiful roads lined by huge trees and hundreds of acres of tea plantations. We then head south on the new tarred R61 via 3 back to back passes including the Umzimvubu River Pass, where we arrive at the Gates of St. John and take the steep road up to the old airport on top of the mountain at Mount Thesiger and the Eagles Nest view point. Informal drag-racing and some fun will be had along the airstrip. We then descend via some very steep and twisty roads to our overnight stop at the 5 star Umngazi River Bungalows which is also right on the beach in perfect setting. Here you can swim in the ocean, the lagoon or the pool. This will be our home for two nights.

Day 5: Sunday 14th May – We drive the Mlengana Pass and visit the fabled Execution Rock where it is said the Xhosa King Faku threw his enemies to their death and the Umngazi River flowed red with their blood. Our return route follows a beautiful drive through the Majola Tea Estates and some of the finest Wild Coast scenery you will lay your eyes on. We return to Umngazi River Bungalows for an afternoon of leisure.

Day 6: Monday 15th May – Our route follows a jigsaw puzzle of gravel roads with a lunch stop at a secret riverside spot, to arrive in Coffee Bay, where we will spend two days at the Ocean View Hotel – situated right on the beach with a lovely pool to relax at. Along this coastal stretch you will experience some very basic roads and scenery that will leave you feeling elated. We will traverse at least five gravel passes on this day including the Umtata River Pass.

Day 7: Tuesday 16th May – We explore Mapuzi Caves, Coffee Bay, Baby Hole in the Wall, Hole in the Wall (the big one) with an expert local guide to show us all the secret spots as well as unpack Xhosa customs, folklore and myths. We return to Coffee Bay via the White Clay Pub for a fabulous lunch in the best beach restaurant which epitomises the very essence of the Wild Coast. You should be hungry after a morning full of action.

Day 8: Wednesday 17th May – We head south west along countless scenic roads, shipwrecks, deserted beaches, waterfalls and tribal villages and some exciting passes to arrive at The Haven Hotel and the magical Cwebe Nature Reserve. This hotel is 101 years old and has retained much of its charm from yester-year with accommodation in authentic thatched rondavels to get you right into the Wild Coast mood.

Day 9: Thursday 18th May – An interesting route southwards along the coast, then back inland to cross the Fyfe King Bridge over the Mbashe River (where we stop for a riverside lunch break), followed by a steep traverse of the Shixini River Gorge and large scale Macadamia nut farms, to arrive at beautiful Kob Inn, where the dolphins surf the waves right in front of your room and you can enjoy your favourite tipple at a pub right next to the rocks and surf. Take in as much ozone as you can and rest well as tomorrow is a massive day.

Day 10: Friday 19th May – This is a BIG day. We drive to Collywobbles to do some more vulture watching. The day includes seven major passes. We will pass over the Mbashe dam wall and on to Mveso (Nelson Mandela’s memorial centre) and return to Kob Inn via Idutywa and Willowvale, We inevitably get back after dark so you will earn your Wild Coast night driving badge!

Day 11: Saturday 20th May – Our final day routes along a number of gravel roads where we will drive Cats Pass over the Qora River Gorge, followed by the Kobonqaba Pass with its very high, unguarded single lane bridge, and traverse the bustling village of Centane, and before long its tar all the way to Kei Mouth where we cross the river by pont in groups of two vehicles at a time, before driving onwards to Morgan Bay, where our final night is spent at the Morgan Bay Hotel, where their Saturday night seafood extravaganza will satisfy even the hungriest person.

Day 12: Sunday 21st May – Farewells after breakfast and a safe drive home.


Tour price

1 vehicle / 1 person R 12,950.
1 vehicle / 2 people R 14,950.
1 vehicle / 3 people R 15,950.
1 vehicle / 4 people R 16,950.

(Price includes expert guiding, VHF radio hire, a detailed waterproof Slingsby Map (one per vehicle), Route notes, folders, stationery, name tags, use of recovery gear, compressors and first aid)


Accommodation & other costs

Accommodation, meals and ancillary costs are extra, which we will invoice out to you separately about 4 weeks before the tour.

  • Approximately R1395 per person, per day (sharing) for accommodation, breakfast & dinner, In some cases lunch is included as well. Single supplement applies.
  • Pack your own ‘padkos’ for lunches, which we enjoy at whatever scenic spot takes our fancy along the route.
  • Other costs include the crossing at the pont at Kei Mouth, bar bills, tips for external guides, safe parking, etc. but these will not be of any significance.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 60 days ahead of the tour:

* If you are able to resell your place to a friend or family member = 100% refund or 100% credit voucher.
* If we resell your ticket on your behalf = 80% refund or 100% credit voucher

If you cancel between 60 and 30 days before the tour:

* If you are able to resell your place to a friend or family member = 100% refund or 100% credit voucher.
* If we resell your ticket on your behalf = 70% refund or 90% credit voucher

If you cancel less than 30 days before the tour:

* If you are able to resell your place to a friend or family member = 100% refund or 100% credit voucher.
* If we resell your ticket on your behalf = 60% refund or 80% credit voucher

Accommodation & meal refunds:

Invoices are generally sent out between 4 and 6 weeks ahead of the tour start date.
* If you have already received your invoice, you are liable for it, subject to us interacting with the various venues to get you a refund. We pay the venues up front for your accommodation. Most of the establishments are reasonable and offer a full refund. Whatever we can negotiate will be credited to you in full.

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

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Pax

1 vehicle / 1 person, 1 vehicle / 2 persons, 1 vehicle / 3 persons, 1 vehicle / 4 persons