Adventures in Eastern Cape & Wild Coast

South Africa’s second largest province, the Eastern Cape is the traditional home of the Xhosa people and the birthplace of South African legends such as Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo.

A spectacular coastline with rugged cliffs, rich sea life and rough seas offers visitors a wide variety of sea based adventure activities - From bungee jumping off the Bloukrans River Bridge to deep sea fishing in picture perfect St Francis Bay; from boat trips and excellent Scuba diving in Algoa Bay to…

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Adventures in Eastern Cape & Wild Coast
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South Africa’s second largest province, the Eastern Cape is the traditional home of the Xhosa people and the birthplace of South African legends such as Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo.

A spectacular coastline with rugged cliffs, rich sea life and rough seas offers visitors a wide variety of sea based adventure activities - From bungee jumping off the Bloukrans River Bridge to deep sea fishing in picture perfect St Francis Bay; from boat trips and excellent Scuba diving in Algoa Bay to surfing at iconic J-Bay (Jeffrey’s Bay), one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world. 

If you prefer fresh water, try a paddle trip on a canoe on the Sunday’s and Kleinemonde rivers.

On land, the Eastern Cape also offers something for everyone. Riders enjoy the unspoiled beaches on horseback, sandboarders test their skills on the dunes and intrepid travelers enjoy the views of the coast from a paragliding or skydiving adventure.

The position and size of the Eastern Cape means that this region has a wide variety of climatic conditions. Ski enthusiasts wait for snowfalls during cold winters in the mountainous inland area between Graff-Reinet and Rhodes and head to the skiing resort of Tiffendell.  Frequent windy conditions on the coast provide ideal conditions for kitesurfers and hikers enjoy the lush evergreen forests of the Tsitsikamma. 

Malaria free Addo Elephant National Park offers great wild life viewing. This park is a sanctuary for elephants, Cape buffaloes and black rhinos. After viewing game in the wild, continue to the Zuurberg Mountains for a close encounter with an African elephant. Take a walk, hand-in-trunk, or how about an amble through the African bush from a lofty seat on the back of one of these incredible pachyderms.

A stretch of Eastern Cape coastline, characterized by lush grasslands on rolling hills, punctuated by steep gorges and intermittent forest is affectionately known as the Wild Coast.  This region stretches from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. As the name suggests, much of this region is untamed wilderness and the ideal location for a hiking adventure.

The beauty of this region is best explored by foot. Walk along deserted beaches, climb hills with grazing cows and colourful rondavels and stay in family run hotels on this unspoiled coastline.

Eastern Cape & Wild Coast Adventures

Abseiling

The attraction of Abseiling is not only the rush of descending down a vertical cliff, it is also the opportunity to experience a view of your surroundings that you will otherwise not get to see. Mountain rock faces, valleys and gorges open up beneath you as you make your way down the cliff side. One...

Archery

So, you’ve been thinking of taking up Archery? Archery is a quiet, solitary sport that does not require a great deal of physical fitness or skill when you start out. It is an activity that fills you with a sense of satisfaction as you release the arrow and watch it hit the target. Archery requires...

Beach Horse Rides

With miles and miles of unspoilt coastline, there is no better place for a Beach Horse Ride than in the Eastern Cape and Wild Coast. Feel the freedom and wind in your hair as you ride along dunes, sandy beaches or along on of the many rivers that make their way into the warm Indian Ocean. Suited for...

Big Swing

There are countless ways to explore the many beautiful natural wonders of the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast, but for an exciting adventure-filled day in the great outdoors thrill-seekers will absolutely love the Big Swing set amidst the lovely Sundays River Valley. The geographical diversity of South...

Boat Charters

View our list of recommended boat charter operators in Eastern Cape & Wild Coast - Dirty Boots

Boat Trips

The long coastline of the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast beckons you on a Boat Trip! Enjoy a booze cruise on the Mtamvuna River on the Wild Coast or take to the sea on a Sunset Cruise.

Canoeing

If you are looking for a Canoeing Adventure along an unspoilt river, you will have plenty of options in the Eastern Cape and Wild Coast. Here are a few options for Canoeing trips. Contact our operators for more details and suggestions. The Great Kei River was once a historic frontier. Today, this river...

Cliff Jumping

The rugged shoreline of the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast lends itself well to Cliff Jumping. Join our operators as they share their favourite Cliff Jumping locations. It is not always for the faint hearted so you may have to do a few lower jumps until you have your technique down pat.

Deep Sea Fishing

A day of Deep Sea Fishing in Eastern Cape & Wild Coast is time well spent. Good company, a gentle breeze and fresh sea air, a responsible skipper and the thrill of the chase is all part of a great day on the Indian Ocean. Upon your return, your catch will be prepared while you enjoy a well deserved...

Elephant Back Safaris

An African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) moves silently through the bush. This gentle giant will take you on an Elephant Back Safari that you will never forget. Seated on your lofty vantage point, prepare to fall in love with one of Africa’s most amazing creatures. Consult our list of operators in...

Elephant Experience

Elephants are herbivorous and can be found in many different habitats. One of these is the bush of the Eastern Cape. They are considered keystone species due to their impacts on their environments. Did you know that, like humans who are right or left handed, elephants are right or left tusked? The dominant...

Fishing

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Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing in the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast is a day spent, knee deep, in a cool clear stream, casting flies hoping to outwit trout or indigenous yellowfish. Rich in Omega-3-fatty acids, trout is brainfood – so a Fly Fishing Adventure is more than just a fun day in the sun!

Hiking

The Eastern Cape and Wild Coast is nature at its finest. In the north, rivers leap into the sea over massive cliffs. Further south rivers empty into the Indian Ocean through floodplains. Sandy bays and long stretches of beaches characterise these rivers, from the Kei to Mthatha and Mzimvuba. Rocky shores,...

Horse Riding

Horse riding is so much fun! There is nothing better than feeling the wind in your hair as you and your horse move as one. Escape on horse-back to the beautiful beaches on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. This rural wilderness offers you sweeping bays, river crossings and large lagoons, many of which...

Houseboats

Wake up to the call of the fish eagles on a Houseboat Adventure in Eastern Cape & Wild Coast.

Kayaking

Paddle down the rivers of the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast while peering into a world that time forgot where longhorned cattle roam, farmers puff away of wooden pipes and abakweta (initiates-in-training) with white clay smeared onto their bodies from head to to and wrapped in a blanket for warmth,...

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is a surface water sport that combines elements of wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing and paragliding into one extreme adrenaline pumping sport. The Eastern Cape is an excellent Kitesurfing destination. The wind blows regularly along the long stretch of coastline and the...

Kiteboarding

View our list of kiteboarding operators and schools in Eastern Cape & Wild Coast - Dirty Boots

Mountain Biking

The Eastern Cape & Wild Coast is a land of rondavels, windswept cliffs, deserted white-beaches and forests. It is also the home of the Xhosa people and the birthplace of two former Eastern Cape & Wild Coast presidents – Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. This region is still somewhat lost in time and the gentle...

Paragliding

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast on a Paragliding Adventure! You can learn to fly on your own or join our experienced instructors on a tandem ride. Fly the thermals of Lady Slipper and get some amazing footage of your adventure on this scenic coastal ridge. 

Power Boating

Power Boating is a fast and furious race across the seas. This is a great adventure if you love the spray of the sea and the wind in your hair as you speed across the water. A Power Boating Adventure is more about speed than scenery, but don’t forget to enjoy the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast setting...

Quad Biking

Are you looking for an adventure in the great outdoors? Here is an adrenaline filled adventure that is enjoyed all year around, summer and winter, rain or shine - Join our operators on a Quad Biking adventure in the Eastern Cape! A Quad Bike is suited for any kind of weather and all types of terrain....

Rock Climbing

Get your ‘highs’ in great outdoors of the Eastern Cape and Wild Coast on a Rock Climbing Adventure. Climbers come to the Eastern Cape to explore a variety of different rock climbing routes. Try the ‘Lady’s Slipper’ or ‘Van Staden’s Gorge’ near Port Elizabeth or routes in the picturesque...

Sand Sledding

The Eastern Cape & Wild Coast is blessed with some of Eastern Cape & Wild Coast’s best coastal sand dunes – so why not join our operators on a Sand Sledding (or Sand Sleighing) adventure? Sand Sledding is for the young and for the young at heart. Suited for all levels of ability this is a year-around activity...

Sandboarding

Sandboarding is similar to snowboarding, except that you move on sand and in your shorts! A Sandboarding Adventure in the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast is a fun day exploring sanddunes on your board. Suited for all levels of ability, our operators will get you up and riding in no time or help you become...

Scuba Diving

The Eastern Cape offers 800 kilometres of untouched and pristine coastline with plenty of Scuba Diving opportunities. During the winter months, a unique and unexplained phenomenon of millions of sardines travelling up the Wild Coast and Kwa Zulu Natal causes a frenzy of excitement amongst adventure...

Skydiving

If some of our adventures seem tame to you, you’ve finally come to the right place. Skydiving is for serious adrenaline junkies and why not try out this crazy and addictive sport in one of Eastern Cape & Wild Coast’s most scenic regions – the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast. There’s no need to pepper this...

Slackpacking

You’ve seen pictures of unwashed hikers struggling along, a heavy pack on their backs with tons of pots and pans jangling about.  And you want no part of it. But you love hiking. In fact, a perfect day for you is a day spent in nature enjoying scenery and wildlife, working up a sweat and then...

Snorkeling

The estuaries, bays, headlands and rocky shores of the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast are perfect for a Snorkelling Adventure. The waters of the Indian Ocean are home to a diverse array of sea-life. During the winter months you also get the chance to snorkel during one of natures great spectacles: The...

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle Surfing is taking the world by storm and the Eastern Cape and Wild Coast is jumping on the bandwagon with a wide variety of options for beginners and avid paddlers alike. On a Stand Up Paddle Board, you can cruise down a lagoon or river, catch waves or explore a coastline. The possibilities...

Sunset Cruises

The Eastern Cape & Wild Coast is the traditional home of the Xhosa people and the birthplace of one of Eastern Cape & Wild Coast’s heroes, Nelson Mandela. Where better to watch a true African sunset than on a Sunset Cruise along the spectacular coastline of this region. Rugged cliffs, rich sea life, a shimmering...

Surfing

The waves of Jeffreys Bay (J-Bay) in the Eastern Cape are regarded as some of the best right-hand point breaks in the entire world. The most consistent waves occur in the winter months and surfers travel here from all over the world to catch a wave at the famous Supertubes. Although beginners should...

Teambuilding

What benefits does raft building, quad biking, zip lining and drumming have in common? Aside from being a fun way to spend a morning, these activities are all examples of Team Building exercises that will inspire and develop people into successful work teams. Our operators in the Eastern Cape and Wild...

Trout Fishing

Fish equals brain food! In the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast, fishing also equals fun! Our operators will take you to their favourite Trout Fishing spots, where you can stand knee-deep in the water and cast your fly into a flowing river in the hope of outwitting a trout.

Wakeboarding

Join the growing number of water enthusiasts on a Wakeboarding Adventure in the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast. With a sunny climate and plenty of calm lagoons and waterways, this region is ideal for Wakeboarding. Our operators supply all equipments, so whether you are a beginner or keen to learn the...

Waterskiing

Waterskiing is a fun, fast sport that is perfect for water lovers. It is relatively easy to learn and the rivers in the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast are ideal for a Water Skiing Adventure. When you have mastered the basic technique, push your limits and go for trick skiing, slaloming or barefoot skiing!

Whale Watching

Whoosh – an explosive V spray is followed by the sound of two great lungs expelling air. It’s a beautiful day for watching whales in the Eastern Cape. Southern right whales frequent the waters around Port Elizabeth from July to November. Bryde’s whales are spotted all year around and in the summer,...

Windsurfing

Port Elizabeth, the largest town in the Eastern Cape & Wild Coast, lives up to its name as the Windy City. With plenty of windy days, Algoa Bay and the Eastern Cape coastline is a haven for Windsurfers. Avid Windsurfers come here from all over the world, and if you are a beginner our operators will...

Zip Line

A Zip Line Adventure is ideal for families, nature lovers, thrill seekers or anyone looking for a fun adventure. Experience a whole new view of your surroundings as you glide through the air, suspended by a harness clipped onto a stainless steel cable.  Gorges, rivers and forests appear below you....