SA Insider Guide: Fun events and festivals on the Wild Coast

2016-10-16 12:30 - Ra-ees Moerat
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Cape Town - The Wild Coast in South Africa covers the Eastern Cape’s Northern coastline and the name, 'Wild Coast' suggests that this strip of coastline stretching between the Mtamvuna River to the Great Kei River, is a natural wilderness. 

The coastline offers magnificent views, rough cliffs and wild beaches and can also be described as ‘the hikers’ paradise’ and ‘the heartland of the Xhosa people.'

Moreover, the Wild Coast is a destination with a rich events calendar, as people travel to this region from all over, to have fun and admire the beauty of the coast.

Here is your guide to the best events on the Wild Coast:

Wild Coast Run

The Wild Coast run is literally a three-day ‘running’ holiday along the coast. The run is quite fascinating as you get to experience the open coastal paradise and the rural settlements of the isiXhosa people. 

The beaches on the running trail has been untouched and the sea water is much warmer on this side of SA…  coastal forests and grass capes are all visible on the route. 

The Wild Coast is probably one of the most spectacular coastal areas in the world and what better way to experience this than on foot. Click here for more details on the event.

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Morgan Bay Foorprints Festival

The Footprint Festival celebrates Morgan Bay through multiple entertainment performances, craft markets, fitness contests and everything else that a festival could possibly entail.

This festival is put together by an impeccable team and the funds raised at the festival are used to empower the town of Morgan Bay. Click here for additional details.


Wild Coast Jikeleza Festival

The Jikeleza Festival has to be the best family-fun festival on the Wild Coast on the rugged grounds of the Inkwenkezi Game Reserve, which is located about 30km outside of East London. 

The festival comprise of really fun entertainment performances, a beer garden (of course), a delicious food market and plenty of arts and crafts to purchase. For the kids, there’s a jumping castle, puppet shows, face painting, a magic show and so much more… so parents can rest assured that the kids will be well-entertained while they enjoy the ‘adult stuff’. 

Enter the Wild Coast Jikeleza Ski-Boat Angling Challenge, or for the sporting folk, a 25km and 50km 'Dirty & Wild' mountain bike marathon and the annual Rhino Run, a 5km / 15km fun run… just be wakey and keep your eyes peeled for game-invasion along the route! More details here.

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The Silly Summer Festival

The Silly Summer Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the country that takes place every December in Port St Johns.

Starting off as a grand picnic during the day, in the gorgeous summer’s heat, but evolves into a hard-core party as soon as the sun goes down! Sexy outfits, camp chair, DJs and your cooler box is the order of the day. What a way to celebrate the festive season! Click here for more news on the festival.

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Isingqisethu Cultural Festival

The Isingqisethu Cultural Festival takes place in the spectacular Wild Coast, which is not only one of the Province’s most attractive untouched assets, but also a key attribute from a conservation perspective.

The area is covered with an array of wild plant species that is found only in this area. 

The Isingqisethu Cultural Festival features traditional music, dance, fashion and food of the Eastern Cape in all its brilliance. The festival is also a celebration used to honour and to pay respects to the late Saba Mbixane, because of the key role that he played in promoting South African traditional music. Get the finer details here.

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Fans of iconic South African rock band, Prime Circle, can catch the band live when they hit The Tropical Nites Theatre at the Wild Coast Sun on 2 December 2016. It promises to be a rocking treat for locals and holidaymakers as the band take them on a nostalgic journey of their classics and latest hits. Tickets are available through Computicket. Doors to the venue will open at 18h30 and the show will start at 19h30.

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