If you look for a gem to spend your holidays or the rest of your life at the Wild Coast of South Eastern South Africa you found it right now – Morgan Bay.
A small coastal resort on the South African east coast about an hours drive north of East London is a gem of a place. Sub tropical with a long white beach, beautiful lagoon and gently sloping green hills surround this little paradise. Patches of indigenous forests cover the valleys. A short walk (or drive) south of the town brings you to some spectacular cliffs before reaching Double Mouth Nature Reserve, where there is a camping ground set in a small valley a couple hundred metres from the high tide mark. It’s very rocky with a stone beach and a haven for fisherman.
A little further and around the corner you find another beautiful lagoon which is open to the sea and a kilometre long beach. The Nature Reserve stretches a further ten kilometres or so along the coast to the town of Haga Haga. Apart from the great scenery the reserve has several antelope species as well as Zebra. The bird life is thriving with both sea birds and shore birds are in abundance. We were fortunate to watch two Fish Eagles feeding on a sizable fish on the rocks.
Morgan Bay has two Hotels, plenty of Bed and Breakfast establishments and a host of self catering as well as camping. One shop sells much of what you need with a small supermarket in Kei Mouth about half an hours drive away. There is also William, a local who sells fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and whatever else he can fit in his trolley which he pushes around the town selling to locals and tourists.
A small peaceful coastal town and, this is important in the South African context, safe. The town is neat, beaches are clean and safe for swimming and if I could find a fault it is that the roads, once good are now full of, what I call ” South African speed bumps” some serious potholes. But hey, they slow down the traffic so all is good. All in all a great place no matter what ones preference Morgan Bay has it all.
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