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The Wild Coast Hike - Port St Johns to Coffee Bay - A Day-By-Day Storyboard

Day 1: Port St Johns to Madakeni > Day 2: Madakeni to Tsweleni > Day 3: Tsweleni to Hluleka > Day 4: Hluleka to Tshani > Day 5: Tshani to Coffee Bay

Day 5: Tshani to Coffee Bay

Hike from Tshani Village down to Mthatha River. You cross the river by ferry and can enjoy a morning swim on Mthatha River Mouth beach. The trail heads towards Mapuzi, over the cliffs and ends in Coffee Bay. After a long hike, and experiencing the culture and friendliness of the Xhosa people, goodbyes are not good and we hope to see you, our new friends and family members, again in the not-too-distant future!

One of the Pondo hosts on the hike Wild Coast Hike - Day 5: Crossing the Mthatha River by rowboat Looking North up the Wild Coast, Mthatha River Mouth
Some of the Wild Coast's unique plant species A guide helps a hiker up a hill The Wild Coast south of the Mthatha River
Climbing a narrow path A typical view of the Wild Coast stretching into the distance (looking south) Wild Coast Hike - Day 5: a happy hiker!
Standing atop Maphuzi's cliffs Happy hikers link arms with their tour guide at the end of the hiking trail Wild Coast Hike - Day 5: statistics
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Looking for Port St Johns accommodation? The Lodge On The Beach is situated right at the start of the trail.
Hungry? Wood 'n Spoon is a favourite Port St Johns restaurant, situated on the beach and offering fresh seafood, steaks and more.
Bamba Lodge offers Port St Johns accommodation ideally suited to fishermen, being situated on the banks of the Mzimvubu River, close to all the famous riverside angling spots.
With exclusive bankside access to the deepest point on the Mzimvubu, Purple Indigo is another self-catering establishment offering Port St Johns accommodation for anglers, and is situated at The Gates, 5km from the town centre.
Further afield, Karma Backpackers, situated in Kestell in South Africa's Free State province, offers a convenient base for Drakensberg hiking tours and trips to Lesotho, in a comfortable setting with award-winning hospitality.