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Things to get up to in Port St Johns

Port St Johns is quite possibly the jewel of the Wild Coast in South Africa. It offers an authentic piece of Africa at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, surrounded by subtropical rainforests and beautiful beaches. Port St Johns is a place where you can find your soul, and a whole lot of magic.

Sundowners on Mount Ethesinger

Take in an amazing 360-degree view of Sullivan Mountain that forms the dramatic gate to Port St Johns, along with Mount Ethesinger. The endless hills of Pondoland lie at your feet and compete for your attention against stunning sunsets.

Hike to Eagles Nest

This is the sharp point of cliff rearing itself up from the forest edging the town entrance. The walk to Eagles Nest is steep and it will take you approximately 1 hour to emerge at the top, in a knoll of grass, wildflowers and rocks. Approach the cliff edge to view the Umzimvubu river, the opposite cliff face and the road some 600 feet below; then along the narrow top to the right, to a concrete beacon. Here you can sit dangling your legs over a safe ledge and view the whole of the town below at leisure, the mouth of the river, the beach and the streets and homes. This vantage point is a feast for the artist and the cameraman.

Visit Second Beach

Port St Johns lesser-known beach (it has three) is also dubbed the ‘deadliest beach in the world’ for its high incidence of shark attacks. But if you’re there for the scenery rather than the swimming, Second Beach in South Africa offers the most spectacular views. This curved bay, overlooked by green cliffs and etched by a wide, sandy beach, is one of the most beautiful on the Wild Coast. Amidst the tranquil setting of the rainforest, Second Beach allows guests to feel like they are truly in the wild and rugged African coastline.

Visit Umgazana Canoe Trails

Enjoy an early morning or afternoon canoe down the river. The Umngazana River hosts one of the largest Red Mangrove rich in birdlife. Soak up the sun as you explore this beautiful estuary. You will be accompanied by a professional guide whilst you spend a few hours easy paddling on the river.

Come experience the beauty and diversity of the Eastern Cape’s Port St Johns, and see why they call it the “Gem of the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast“, where an atmosphere of “live and let live” has made it a hotspot for tourists looking for adventure on the wild side.

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