You’ve Earned It is on a journey to discover the Wonderful Wild Coast, the rugged and unspoilt coastline – a heavenly haven of iconic gems well known to SA seniors.
The Wild Coast is also known as the Transkei. Most SA seniors will remember that the Transkei Wild Coast is a 250 km long stretch of coastline epitomizing rural South Africa at its best. Rolling green hills dotted with thatched rondavels, fishermans cottages, magnificent hiking trails, unforgettable and footprint-free beaches, shipwrecks, waterfalls. All of this and so much more coupled with a great climate, hot summers and mild dry winters, making it the perfect holiday destination for SA seniors.
And if a chilled, laid-back holiday is not enough, activities abound such as magnificent hiking trails, angling, deep-sea fishing, golf, game viewing, bird watching, mountain biking and so the list goes on. Even in the winter months, the Wild Coast is blessed with amazing weather, and this is when the Sardine Run creates a feeding frenzy along the coastline. Humpback and Southern Right Whales, and dolphins, migrate from the Antarctic to these shores and are regularly seen from high vantage points along the coastline.
Pre-Lockdown, YEI members, Lyn and Rob were at Mazeppa Bay Hotel, and loved the unique and quirky sight of Transkei cows on the beaches. Herds of cattle love to come down to the beach to sleep, relax and chew the cud! Only in Africa!
We love it when YEI members ply us with good reviews and good memories. And Kob Inn is top of the list in this regard! Well known as the ideal escape from daily life, Kob Inn is flanked by sheltered Wild Coast beaches. The outermost accommodation is only 100 m from the sea! Kob Inn is well known for their reputation for good food and sumptuous table menu – overloaded with fresh fish and seafood. Do you remember the weekly seafood buffets at the Wild Coast hotels? Kob Inn Saturday nights are still synonymous with their seafood supper! Oohh – we need to make a plan to get there!! How does this sound – take a bottle of wine and picnic hamper and make memories in your own private piece of paradise? Or crack open a bottle of bubbly in the Kob Inn bar, situated on the edge of the rocks, offering panoramic sea views. Well, if you had a celebration – birthday or anniversary – during lockdown, my recommendation is that you make a booking post haste at Kob Inn, and enjoy a celebratory holiday! And to sweeten the deal, Kob Inn has a brilliant pensioner special – with full board!
Did you know that senior people are now fitter than ever before? In a Finnish research study, it was found that senior people walk up to 33% faster now than pensioners 30 yeas ago! All due to better medicine, better diet and good hygiene and fitness levels. So on that note, how about this for a bucket list adventure – The Wild Coast Meander. And you don’t have to walk fast – you walk at your own pace. The Meander is a 5-night, 4-day hiking and hotel trail and has been running for more than 30 years. It’s very popular! Starting at Kob Inn and finishing at Morgan Bay, all you need to do is walk – bags are transported by porters, and dinner, bed and breakfast, and packed lunches are provided by the hotels. The Meander is fully guided and has a shuttle service. The Meander route follows the long sandy beaches that characterise this neck of the Wild Coast woods. A Mini Meander is also on offer.
No one can deny that COVID-19 has upended everyone’s lives in 2020. However, now that life is slowly starting to return to a new normal, there is an overwhelming sense that our nation is looking for retreats where they can be at one with nature, where they can enjoy endless space, time and solitude with those who are most important to them.
They are going to be searching for balance and looking to refresh, restore and nourish ourselves both physically and emotionally.
At Umngazi Hotel & Spa, we offer ample sunshine and warmth, endless blue skies and natural beauty and the opportunity to relax, explore, restore and reconnect at your leisure. Beautiful trails and seemingly never-ending unspoilt beaches to escape to, welcoming the freedom in isolation, where you have the opportunity to breathe in deeply and feel your soul come alive.
While enhanced health protocols, procedures and training have been implemented at the hotel our utmost priority is to maintain the Umngazi experience while ensuring the safety of you, our staff and our community.
Now that the time has come to escape the confines of the pandemic, we look forward to welcoming you to our special place where you can pause for a while, recharge and leave feeling ready to take on the world again.
There are several hotels on the Wild Coast, all very familiar names, hotels that have been around for years. All still offering the same incredible hospitality and pensioner specials. Morgan Bay, Trennerys Hotel, Seagulls Beach Hotel, Wavecrest, and so many more. Tell us about some of your favourite holidays on the Wild Coast.
If just the name “Wild Coast” stirs your juices, you are likely someone who has experienced all of the pleasure that the Wild Coast has to offer, and are a regular visitor to this stunning part of South Africa. If you have not experienced the Wild Coast, then do yourself a favour, and prioritise it as a well-earned bucket list trip.
Go and create the memories! You’ve Earned It!
You won’t be sorry!
Well, that’s our little taster for our Wild Coast beauties!
Look out for the next episode of Wonderful Wild Coast…..
where we will delve into more detail
regarding activities and accommodation options
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