A natural, uncultivated and an uninhabited region, as ‘wild’ as it can possibly be, is the doppelgänger of South Africa’s Wild Coast, along the Eastern Cape Province’s northern coastline. The remote stretch that has over the years won the hearts of those who have had the privilege of visiting; stretches from East London in the Eastern Cape to Port Edward and the southern border of KwaZulu-Natal. The picturesque is like nothing you’ve ever seen; with green lush hummocks, sea cliffs embraced by effervescent waterfalls whose roaring waves leave a lifetime memory.
This piece of heaven on earth is a mix of all aspects of nature; lakes and rivers, woods and fields, mountains and the sea, that make an excellent getaway for hikers, bird watchers and fishers. A ride on the horseback across the fields will also give you an illusion of the cowboy adventure that any swashbuckler would want to embark on. Its shipwrecks are a testament of a wild and tempestuous nature that forms part of the Wild Coast’s legacy.
Go wild at the Wild Coast that hosts striking coastal topography with traditional Xhosa thatched huts along desolate white-beaches. This forms a creation of traditions and customs that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries; when the region was a battlefield between British colonists and the rural Xhosas who were protecting the existence of their rich cultural heritage. The zing is even more as Wild Coast is the birthplace of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Visit Umtata’s Nelson Mandela Museum and get a glimpse into the childhood life of the statesman who literally delivered South Africa from apartheid to modern democracy.
Wild Coast’s quaint splendor has over the years contributed greatly to the region’s and the country’s tourism industry. With further investment to develop the area while aggressively guarding its natural resources and heritage, Wild Coast will further attract tenfold of tourists from across the world; as they seek to explore this astounding gem.
Josephine Wawira writes for , Jovago