The Wild Coast: STILL South Africa’s Best Kept Secret

My childhood memories are filled with sun-dappled images of the expanse of coast that stretches all the way from East London in the south to Port Edward in the north. Two hundred and fifty kilometres of rugged, rocky coastline with tiny beachside villages, rolling green hills and unspoilt beaches where even the cows could be seen sunbathing on any given day.

We’d leave Mthatha at the crack of dawn, heading for seaside locations with names like Mdumbi, Port St. Johns, Kwelera, Qolora and Coffee Bay. The back of my father’s Ford van would be packed full of provisions for our road trip: matresses for the kids to sleep on, cold drinks, roast chicken and warm rolls from Jimmy’s Fruit & Veg.

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