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Luxury slackpacking hike from Kob Inn to Chintsa (or part therof).
Fully portered and guided with overnight accommodation in family hotels.
Dinner, bed and breakfast and packed lunches on hike days.
Shuttle from airport and/or back to start hotel.

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When to Go

The best time to hike the Wild Coast is during the Autumn to Spring months (eg from about late March to end of October). At this time of year the days are generally clear and cool for hiking and the rivers are low for easy crossing.

We do not normally accept bookings for peak holiday season (eg long weekends and over Easter and December school holidays) because of the difficulty in securing rooms for one night stays over the hotel's busy season. All quotes are for "out of season" bookings and shared room accommodation.

Planning Your Itinerary

Most trails are customised for each group depending on individual preferrences (eg hotel options and number of day's hikng), budget and abilities as hikers. It helps to submit your special requirements when making an enquiry so that an itinerary and quote will be worked out in full consulation with your needs.

Getting There

The choice is whether to self drive to the start hotel and get a lift back to your cars after your trail has been completed, or to fly into East London and get a shuttle out to your start hotel and a return shuttle back to the airport after you finish.

If driving to the Wild Coast from the Western Cape it may suit to leave your cars at the end hotel and rather get a shuttle up to the start hotel the next morning to avoid travelling in your own car on the bad gravel roads of the Transkei. Note that it generally takes at least 2 hours to get to these hotels from EL or vicinity, so please try and arrange for a morning departure so that you can get to the hotel in good time with enought time for the driver to return to East London the same day.

What to Bring

A suggested packing list will be sent to you on booking. Remember that this is a slackpack hike and your bags will be carried by a porter for a least part of the way. Please keep your clothing to a minimum (we are very relaxed on the Wild Coast) and pack your belongings into soft bag or rucksac of less than 15kg total weight.

Porters and Guides

In the Transkei (north of Kei river mouth) a guide will always be provided and is included in your package. Although guides can be provided from Morgan Bay southwards, most hikers find it sufficient to use the excellent Strandloper Maps and follow the trail marking on their way down to Chintsa.

Advisory information on the use and payment of porters will be sent to you on booking. Porters are employed by all the Transkei hotels whike vehicular baggage transfers are preferred from Morgan Bay. Porters operate on an 'out and back' system from each hotel and must be paid in cash on the day. Porters may often walk ahead of you as they must deliver your bags and return to hotel of origin the same day. Do not be unduly concerned about safety, but suggest carry cash and valuable items in your day pack for your own peace of mind.

What Does it Cost ?

A detailed itinerary will be worked out with you on enquiry and a full quote given depending on your needs. Cost will mostly depend on hiking days and number of hikers in your group. Groups of 7 to 12 hikers are preferred and get the best rates. Standard hiking packages of 5 nights and 4 days have been planned to provide for the most economic rates. Trail packages for 2017 can be sent to you on application in the enquiry form below.

 

Comments  (Recent Hikers)

  • Thank you for the most superb hike! Everything was so well organized and worked out perfectly. You really ensured that all our needs were taken care of. All the guides were excellent and well versed about local fauna, flora and Xhosa traditions.

  • Many thanks for all your work. Once again we thoroughly enjoyed the walk as did our two friends. The porters and guides were all fantastic. Accomodation was as good if not better than we remembered

  • Thanks for arranging the hike - we had a fantastic time! And everything worked well. The hotels were great, with Wavecrest & Crawfords being our favourites. The walking was not too tough (even for my 12 year old son as a first time overnight hiker).

  • We are back from our wonderful meander along the Wild Coast. We had a marvellous time and the weather was very good to us. It was an unforgettable experience and so well organised. We are already thinking about our next trip.

  • Paul you need to know that we had a fabulous hike last week. Everything went very well. The Hotels were fabulous, friendly with very good food. The porters were great and the guides very good. Thank you for organizing the whole thing for us and for a remarkable experience.

  • We got back to Somerset West yesterday after, what must be , one of the best weeks of my life. It really is very special and something I would recommend every South African tries to do.

  • The entire experience was absolutely fantastic. You know how beautiful that part of the world is, so I won't wax lyrical unnecessarily. Everything else on our walk was also great, particularly the local people; whether the very hospitable staff at the hotels, the informative guides, the porters, and finally, our airport shuttle.

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For phone enquiries contact Paul Colvin on 082-3234022.

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