Things to do in Port Edward
Surrounded by diverse fauna and flora, nature lovers can enjoy scenic walks and full-day
hikes at Umtamvuna Nature Reserve, which is famous for its breathtaking views of the Umtamvuna river gorge. Moving towards the coastline, the prehistoric fossil beds of the Petrified Forest on the stretch of beach between the Wild Coast Sun and Mzamba River is a must-visit during the summer months. Just an hour’s drive from Wild Coast Sun, Oribi Gorge offers incredible waterfall viewing and bird-watching as well as adventure activities including zip-lining, abseiling and white-water rafting. Adrenalin-junkies can also sample the highest swing in the world at this popular Eastern Cape tourist attraction.
If you’re still stuck for ideas on what do in Port Edward, the pristine beaches of the South Coast have an abundance of activities including diving, surfing, swimming and snorkelling along the region’s coastal reserves. Contact PRO Fishing Charters or Fishing South Coast to arrange a deep-sea fishing excursion or weekend fishing trip. Of course, the South Coast also offers some of the best dolphin and whale watching from various look-out points dotted along the coast.
TIP: The best time to spot whales is during the sardine run which takes place in June and July.
Culture and coffee tours
Explore craft markets, like the Cow Shed Pottery Market (039 311 3955), in the vicinity of the Wild Coast Sun or treat the kids to paintball and pony rides at Mac Bananas (039 319 1454). Enjoy a freshly brewed cuppa and learn how coffee is harvested, roasted, blended and packed at Beaver Creek Coffee Farm (039 311 2347).
From adventurous outdoor holidays to cosy cultural escapes, there are plenty of Wild Coast attractions and things to do near Port Edward for families, couples and thrill-seekers.