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Wild Side Hiking

Port St Johns, South Africa
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About Wild Side Hiking
Join us on a Wild Hike along the rolling hills, pristine beaches and untouched nature of the Wild Coast, a former Transkei Homeland and be amazed by the breathtaking views and the friendliness of the local people. The hike starts in Port St Johns and ends in Coffee Bay or vice versa, with overnight stops in rural villages. One of the most beautiful and affordable hiking tours in South Africa!
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​​​The Wild Coast is rich in history, a former Transkei Homeland. The area offers beautiful hiking landscape, untouched and clean beaches, rolling grassy hills dotted with colourful huts,Cattles roaming around, thick and tropical rain-forests, the diversity of different clans within the Xhosa culture and stunning sea views from hill-tops.
The 60km Wild coast hike starts from Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay or vice versa with overnight stops in rural villages. There is the option to continue for another day or 2 to Wild Lubanzi Backpackers via Hole in the Wall and further to Bulungula backpackers lodge.
Our guided hiking tours are all led by locally trained guides and Porters, Xhosa speaking, good English speakers, born and raised in many surrounding villages of the Wild coast. The friendly and welcoming homesteads provide a cooked Xhosa lunch (uMngqusho, Pap or Rice & home grown veggies on arrival, dinner, breakfast, lunch packs are inclusive and vegetarians are also catered for.)
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ukbokke wrote a review Jul 2022
UK103 contributions3 helpful votes
We used Wild Side Hiking for road transfers to / from Port St Johns airfield and Umngazi Hotel, and for 2 day hikes (Second Beach to Umngazi, and Umngazi to Umngazana & mangrove kayak). We were incredibly impressed by the level of professionalism from the unit. Albert runs a well-oiled machine. Our guide (Gini) and driver (Themba) were so friendly, nothing was too much trouble, and they knew their way around the area like the backs of their hands. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again. The journey in seems challenging but go for it - you will be rewarded by the most beautiful coastline, hospitable people and revitalising exercise.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Josh W wrote a review May 2021
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The Wild Coast is a spectacular coastline! Wild Side Hiking gives it clients the opportunity to explore the beautiful Wild Coast while experiencing local hospitality, culture, and food. Our guide Buhle was really great! He grew up in the area so he knows it very well. I can't get enough of the rolling green hills and endless untouched beaches! You won't be staying in luxury accommodation but sleeping in the villages under thatched rondaville roofs adds authenticity and a perspective not offered by many hiking tours. Each host was quick to meet our needs and offered good food. The Xhosa pot bread is really good! I recommend booking a few nights at the Coffee Shack in Coffee Bay. Only get to spend an hour or two before heading back home. It's a beautiful place!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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pjs342017 wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Had a wonderful five days hiking the Wild Coast with Wild Side Hiking. Everything from first contact with Albert to starting the hike was simple and easy. The scenery from roaming the hills with wonderful views of far off villages and houses. Walking from tracks and trails to the rough roads the locals use. The amazing walks along beautiful beaches with resting cows on them. The river crossings from walking, wading, row and very slow speedboats. The villages stayed in and great local meals. And my great guide Asanda. Everything was quite an experience and something highly recommended to do.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Shimri C wrote a review Oct 2019
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We had a great time with our guide Buhle. Saw amazing ocean views, met the local peopele which was very nice for us. Probably wouldve been better doing 4 daya instead of 5 anyways. Thanks alot!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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johannes l wrote a review Aug 2019
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We were a group of 3 guys doing the 4-day hike from Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay with our guide Buhle. Booking was very easy! Albert organised every detail for us including the pickup from Mthatha airport and corresponded with us via Whatsapp. Everything went perfectly! Buhle himself is a very friendly, calm and experienced guide. We got along very well and talked, laughed and (obviously) walked a lot. The distances of 10-20km were well manageable (with an average fitness level). Sometimes the hills are quite steep, make sure not to overpack your backpack. Accomodation takes place in very nice family-based little villages. We got our own hut every night with comfortable mattresses or beds. Breakfast and dinner is cooked by the hosts and the food was just excellent! The walk was definitely the highlight of our journey among the Eastern Cape.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from Albert_Nogwina, Owner at Wild Side Hiking
Responded 16 Aug 2019
Thank you Johannes! I am very glad that you enjoyed the hike and had a wonderful time with Buhle. Its good to hear that you found the hike manageable, I fully agree with you about some of the hills being quite steep and your advice not to overpack your backpack is good! Come visit again and we'll show you much more!
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