• South Africa
  • 7 Days

A Slow Walk through Transkei, the Hidden Wilderness of South Africa

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Active adventure
  • 7 days; 6 nights
  • 3 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in East London

"The majority of South Africa’s overseas visitors flock to the vineyards of the Western Cape, the seaside towns of the Garden Route, or the tropical beaches of Durban. However, for those looking to get off the beaten track, there is another option - the spectacular coastal wilderness of the Eastern Cape’s Transkei region... The Transkei is home to some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery, including dramatic cliffs, serene rivers and uninterrupted stretches of golden sand." Few places can compare to the untouched, simple beauty of the Transkei -- we will travel along the magical coastline of the Indian Ocean, walking (barefoot, if you so choose) for days from village to village along the soft beaches and mountain goat paths. This is not a 5 star trip. This is a star lit journey, where the sky lights up the nights. And the people the days. We will stay in simple abodes nestled in rural villages, where you help uplift a rural community whose activities and economy revolve around subsistence farming and hosting guests. Do good, feel better. We travel light. Sending our light luggage to meet us at our destinations. This is a truly unique encounter with rural Africa that will leave you humbled and filled with joy. Connect with a slower way of life. A way of life that is intimately connected with the land and without any frills or distractions. Connect back with yourself.

At a Glance

Creature comforts

basic


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Ocean
  • Rivers
  • Village Life
  • Pastoral

Practicalities

  • For ages 18+
  • Fluent english spoken

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Kayak & canoeing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Indigenous culture

Your Local Expert

Martin Chesno

I recently did this journey and would love to share this experience with others. It compares to no other journey I have been on. Africa at its best.

The Journey

Day 1

Enter the tranquil Transkei

Day 1: We make our way from East London to Coffee Bay. This is booked upfront and consists of private taxi type travel. We stay Backpacker style accommodation. Meet some of the locals. And start unwinding.

Day 2

Like a Hole in the Wall

Day 2: We walk to Hole in the Wall. We sleep at the Hole in the Wall, hotel accommodation. Sea swims and relaxing.

Day 3

Bulungula

Day 3: We go by car / taxi to Bulungula. An opportunity to see inland the local rural lifestyle. Destination Bulungula. A self sustained eco village. A community inspired project to help uplift the local population. We stay in village style accommodation. A mud hut (sleep on a bed).

Day 4

Bulungula - get to know the people

Day 4: Day at Bulungula, enjoying all the activities on offer from sunrise pancakes to river canoeing. A day of activity or inactivity. All meals provided.

Day 5

Bulungula to Lubanzi

Shoes on or off, sunrise set off along the coast, walking on beaches and goat trails. Maybe encountering lazy eating cows along the way. A four hour challenging walk towards Lubanzi. Along an undulating landscape. A night in the rural Lubanzi. Backpacker style accommodation.

Day 6

Lubanzi to Hole in the Wall

The journey continues. You can't get enough of the pristine landscape. Depending on the water levels we may have to wade across a river to get to our final destination. Arriving in Hole in the Wall. Ready to put your feet up. Another swim in the sea and take in some luxury.

Day 7

Hole in the Wall

All good things must come to an end. So they say. Or you can just come back again. As we make our way back to East London, with lots of tales to tell. Feeling energised, refocused and a better understanding of life and the world.

Included

  • Lodging

    All lodging is provided. This is backpacker style lodging, authentic African huts and hotel accommodation.

  • Meals

    All meals are available at the various stop overs. So need to carry food. Perhaps just an energy snack for the way.

  • Transportation

    All transportation from our meeting point and back is provided. This will consist of shuttle buses and 'taxis'.

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 3 travelers$900 per person
  • 10 travelers$900 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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