Start: Qora River
Duration: a 6 day trail, 83 km (5 nights hotel accommodation with 4 days of hiking), but it can be shortened to accommodate your needs
Cost: depends on the size of the group, and the number of days (price includes hotel accommodation, a local guide, all meals as well as trail lunches, and a shuttle to and from East London airport)
Fitness: moderate, the gradient is easy and there are long beach sections; it’s more of a ramble with a bit of basic boulder hopping thrown in for good measure ….
Our tips: the cost does not include drinks; groups of between 6 and 12 hikers works best; you need to time your walks with the tides or you won’t manage the river mouth crossings
When: any time of year (although spring and autumn are always a good bet); book way in advance if intending to do the trail during school or public holidays
The Wild Coast Hotel-Hopping Walk is a luxury slackpacking trail on the Wild Coast’s lower end in the Eastern Cape along long stretches of beach, over gentle hills, through secluded bays, estuaries and across headlands.
Day one: Kob Inn to Mazeppa Bay, 6 km – a short stretch over sand dunes
Day two: Mazeppa Bay to Wavecrest, 21 km – the longest stretch over sandy beaches with swimming along the way
Day three: Wavecrest to Seagulls/Trennerys, 12 km – along grassy paths above the rocky coast, crossing the river Kobonqaba and sighting a shipwreck
Day four: Trennerys to Morgan Bay, 14 km – a pont crossing of the River Kei followed by a coastal forest walk
Day five: Morgan Bay to Haga Haga, 14 km – along cliffs and over shell-infused beaches with one river crossing at Double Mouth
Day six: Haga Haga to Cintsa, 16 km – lots of beach walking including several lagoons