Slackpacking on the Wild Coast
Enjoy hiking without the slog. We offer 5 different slackpacking hiking options available along the scenic Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape with mainly easy to moderate walking conditions (only one 26km section is considered strenuous).
Our guided trails combine idyllic beach walking with cool indiguous forest stretches and gently rolling grassy hills which provide breathtaking views of the deserted Eastern Cape coastline. Our slackpacking hikes are the perfect holiday for couples, groups of friends or families, or even as a corporate teambuilding activity.
Your hiking holiday starts with an introductory briefing session by owner Helen or William in East London giving you the opportunity to ask questions and ensure you have the latest weather and travel information. You will also be given an information pack which includes a map. Usually we collect from either the EL airport or your local accommodation in the morning. The transfers are in our air conditioned, 12 or 16 seater bus using our experienced, qualified drivers.
Depending on which hotel your hike starts from, the transfer takes between 2 and 4 hours. Usually you would arrive in time for lunch, giving you the afternoon to unwind and enjoy the amenities. Many of the hotels offer activities including boat trips, canoeing, horse-riding, quad bikes and an array of spa treatments.
The trail starts at your hotel, you will be supplied with a lunch pack and introduced to your guide and your porters, if requested. At your leisure you set off to enjoy the spectacular Eastern Cape coastline (although is it recommended that you check the tide times supplied in your info pack before setting off – low tide offers firmer sand which makes for easier walking conditions!)
You set the pace with as many or as few stops as you like. River crossings are part of the fun – most you can simply walk through. Some you will be rowed across and at the Great Kei you will enjoy crossing on one of South Africa’s last two remaining operational pontoons.
With our extensive experience and flexible, proactive approach we ensure your holiday runs smoothly and safely so you can unwind and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of this wonderful area.
Our hikes available include:
- The classic Wild Coast Meander is our most popular trail, spread over 5 nights / 6 days is the perfect introducion to the area. We also offer a Mini Meander.
- The Wild Coast Amble has road transfers if their are non walkers in the group and has more beach walking, this 5 night / 6 days hike also has the option of ending at a game reserve if you wanted a dual activity holiday.
- For a truely dramatic wilderness experience the Wild Coast Pondo Walk, is a self drive guided walk with four separate day hikes from your base at Mbotyi River Lodge, a true jewel of a resort.
- Amble / Meander Combination 5 nights / 6 days combines the best of both with diverse scenery but excludes the most strenuous stretches.
For more information call +27 (0) 43 743 6181