Visit the famous Hole in the Wall! It is only 1 to 1 1/2 hours walk from Lubanzi. Plan a day tour to the Hole, have lunch at the hotel and a swim in the river. You can easily walk there by yourself, or you can hire a local guide.
Hike to Coffee Bay or Bulungula. Both are about 4 to 5 hours walk away (either direction), and it's a fantastic way to see and experience the untouched beauty of the Wild Coast. You can do the hike on your own (with a friend - one person alone is not recommended) or you can book a guide. Let us know in advance if you need a guide, so we can organize one from Coffee Bay or Bulungula.
Trail Guide South Africa Hiking App
Download the fantastic Trail Guide Hiking App for free, and do the Central Wild Coast Hikes without a guide and without fear of getting lost! It's as simple as this: Download the free app. Search for "Central Wild Coast Hiking Trail". Mark the trail as a favourite, so it will be stored offline on your device. When starting your hike, call up the trail on your phone and simply follow the GPS track.
Currently available trails:
- Lubanzi to Bulungula
- Lubanzi to Hole in the Wall
- Mbolompo Beach Trail (Lubanzi)
- Lubanzi to Coffee Bay
- Coffee Bay to Mdumbi
Download a printable hiking map from Mdumbi to Coffee Bay to Hole in the Wall to Lubanzi to Bulungula
Some stuff you should know before embarking on a Wild Coast hike
Make sure you book your accommodation and dinners a day or two ahead. These are small backpackers that don't have restaurants (with food on demand at any time of the day) but they do provide yummy meals IF you book ahead, so let them know you will be having dinner with them!
Heavy luggage can be shuttled from one backpackers to the next - ask at reception for luggage transfers. They are free!
There are no shops on the hiking route - take a sandwich and some fruits with you for your hike. The only in-between place where you can get a meal is at Hole in the Wall Hotel. The backpackers will provide lunch packs on request (order the day before, please).
Take some water with you. If you run out, you can ask at any local Xhosa hut for drinking water (usually rain water). "Ndicela amanzi" is the polite way to say "I request some water". But pointing at an empty water bottle and smiling will also do the trick.
You can hire a local guide if you don't want to walk by yourself. We recommend to walk with a friend at least, for personal safety. Ask the backpackers reception about booking a guide and rates.
The hikes are not very difficult, but there is a quite a bit of uphill and downhill to contend with.
Check the tides! Each hike has a river crossing that can be difficult at high tide. You find a tide table here - Coffee Bay Tides - and they also have a great weather forecaste for the Coffee Bay area - Coffee Bay Weather.