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5 Day Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay Guided Hike

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5 days, 4 nights

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Scheduled Trip

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25 people

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English, Xhosa


The Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay Hiking Trail goes through some of the most beautiful hiking landscape in South Africa. The trail hugs a stretch of coastline along the former Transkei homeland, and is unspoilt and barely touched by development. You will walk along rolling grassy hills dotted with colourful huts, idyllic beaches, estuaries flanked by thick coastal forest and cliffs with stunning sea views. Hikers sleep in hikers’ huts and village accommodation. You will also learn a little bit of Xhosa Language and experience the Xhosa food. If you’re hiking at the right time of the year, you will most likely see dolphins and whales.


  • Panoramic views of Sicambeni
  • Views from Brazen Head
  • Mpande rock pools
  • Shark’s Point


Day 1: Port St Johns to Madakeni
The hike departs from Second Beach in Port St. Johns and heads towards Sugarloaf Rock. The trail then veers slightly inland towards Sicambeni. You stop for lunch at the Umngazi River Mouth. After lunch, the trail closely follows the coast. After stopping at a beach for a refreshing swim, you reach the Mngazana River in the mid-afternoon.

Distance: +- 12km
Walking time: +- 5 hours
Terrain: Hilly at the start. Flattens out in afternoon section
Highlights: Wildlife at Silaka Nature Reserve • Panoramic views of Sicambeni
Day 2: Madakeni to Tsweleni
The hike departs early in the morning from Madakeni Village and traverses indigenous forest towards Brazen Head. You stop for lunch in the inland village of Mpande. After lunch, relax and swim at Sinangwana Beach before heading out to Tsweleni Village which you reach in early afternoon. You’re at your leisure to rest or explore the beach.

Distance: +-12km
Walking time: +- 6 hours
Terrain: Hilly
Highlights: View from Brazen Head • Approach to Tsweleni in its coastal village setting
Day 3: Tsweleni to Hluleka
Day 3’s hike leads through the undulating hills of Ginqi to the Mnenu river. After lunch, the hike continues to Hluleka Nature Reserve. You reach the village where you are to stay the night in the early evening.

Distance: +- 14km
Walking time: +- 6 hours
Terrain: Rolling hills and flat beaches
Highlights: Mpande rock pools • Shark’s Point • Mnenu River • Game in Hluleka Nature Reserve
Day 4: Hluleka to Tshani Village
After breakfast, you continue hiking inland to Mamaolweni for lunch. You arrive at Tshani in the early evening.

Distance: +- 18km
Walking time: +- 6 hours
Terrain: Rolling hills
Highlights: River trip • Walk into Tshani village
Day 5: Tshani Village to Coffee Bay
Hike from Tshani Village down to Mdumbi River. You cross the river by ferry and can enjoy a morning swim on Mdumbi beach. You then head out to the Mthatha River and another ferry crossing. The trail heads towards Maphuzi, over the cliffs and ends in Coffee Bay.

Distance: +- 14km
Walking time: +- 5 hours
Terrain: Flat
Highlights: Mdumbi and Mthatha Rivers • Approach over Maphuzi Cliffs into Coffee Bay


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What is the departure time & place?
The trail starts at Second Beach in Port St. Johns. You will be picked up either at your place of residence or at an pre-arranged spot in Port St. Johns. The hike departs at 9:00a.m.

If you’re using public transport to get here, you can take the Baz Bus or mainline coaches to Mthatha and catch a shuttle with either Amapondo Backpackers or Jungle Monkey Backpackers to Port St. Johns. Please pre-book the shuttle to guarantee a space.

There are also several minibus taxi routes that end in Port St. Johns. If you’re using minibus taxis, please remember to do your homework beforehand.
What can you bring along?
Please bring along snacks for lunch,money for refreshments and spending, rain suits, hiking boots, sun cream, mosquito and tick repellent cream.
Please don’t bring too much food with you, as there are small shops at each stopover.

Please don’t bring sleeping bags as bedding is provided for at the Village Based Accommodation.

If you need a porter to carry your belongings, one is available on request.
What weather to expect
Summers in the Wild Coasts are very hot and sunny. Mid summer temperatures (in January) peak at 28°C. However, November and December is the rainy season, so remember to bring along some waterproofs.

Winter is mild and warm during the day with daytime lows of 17°C. Evenings are cooler with night time lows of 9°C.


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