Wild Coast Hiking / Biking

Greenfire, in conjunction with the local communities are offering a 4 day / 3 night, Hiking or Mountain Biking trail along the undeveloped northern Wild Coast (Transkei). This pristine coastline with its endless beaches, warm Indian Ocean, natural estuaries, rolling hills dotted with traditional Xhosa villages, shipwrecks, whales, and a warm climate offers what can only be described as one of the region’s finest nature trails. The terrain is fairly easy to cover and you are encouraged to stop and enjoy the attractions of the trail, swim at a remote beach, picnic at a crystal rock pool, visit Waterfall Bluff and Cathedral Rock. Enjoy nature at its best!!

Introduction

The Greenfire package allows you to either walk or cycle the best of this remote section of the Wild Coast in relative comfort. Included is a road transfer from the end of the trail (at Mbotyi) to the start, safe parking for your vehicle, 2 nights in stunning Greenfire remote wilderness lodges, one night at the renowned Mbotyi River Lodge and of course the most spectacular trail and scenery in the country. Mountain bikers need to bring their own bikes.

3 Night Route

Meet at Mbotyi River Lodge at 14h00. Mbotyi is 27km from Lusikisiki on a good road (10 km gravel) and offers safe, secure parking. From Mbotyi you will be transferred in a Greenfire vehicle to the start of the trail at the Greenfire Msikaba Camp, a journey of approx. 1 ½ hours. Msikaba Camp is hidden in a grove of milkwood trees overlooking the tranquil Msikaba lagoon and offers a deserted beach, swimming, fishing, canoeing, and a wealth of exploring. Fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves in comfortable twin-bedded, tented chalets with bathroom en-suite (hot showers and flush toilets).

Awake early to possibly enjoy a swim in the ocean before setting off on a fairly easy 8 km walk or cycle to the beautiful Greenfire Lodge Wild Coast where you can enjoy a cup of tea or brunch (own expense). Setting off from Port Grosvenor continue along the coast for another 8 km to the Greenfire wilderness lodge at Luphuthana. Here the waves of the deep crash against sandstone mesas with incredible force creating natures most spectacular display of hydro-phonics. Retire to your comfortable twin bedded, en-suite tented chalet.

Set off along the sandstone tables past the “Top Hat” to the awesome Waterfall Bluff (one of the few waterfalls in the world falling directly into the sea). After taking in the spectacle, move inland past several crystal rock pools to one of the highest points of the trail from where you have a stunning view of the Cathedral Rock. The last section of the trail takes you across white beaches and rolling grassland back to Mbotyi River Lodge where a delicious dinner (included) and comfortable bed await you.

Breakfast is served at the lodge (included) after which you have some time to relax before check–out. On the 3rd night of the hike, hikers and cyclists will stay at Mbotyi River Lodge. On this night only, dinner and breakfast will be included.

Clients are required to self cater, although all cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, etc. will be provided at the camps. Each of the camps will supply safe tap water for drinking etc. A maximum of 24 participants are allowed to start each day.

Tented Units

Accommodation at the four camps are all similar and all the tents are the same on the inside.

  • There are twelve units at each camp. They are numbered 1 – 12.
  • Each unit has two single beds, therefore there are 24 beds in total at each camp.
  • There is a small table and chair in each room.
  • Each tent is raised off the ground and has a thatched roof as well as a wooden balcony.
  • The rooms are en-suite and have a hot and cold water shower, toilet and basin.
  • There are 3 lights in each room – one for the room, bathroom and balcony. Please switch off when not in use.
  • Power supply may be limited at times.
  • You will need to bring all your own linen!