Taking place on the Lower Wild Coast, this unique mountain biking destination was placed on the map by the famous Imana Wild Ride. Our tour follows more or less the same route as the Wild Ride but takes things at a slightly more relaxed tempo. The full tour begins in Morgan Bay and follows the rugged coastline north, to finish in Coffee Bay (4 Ride Days) or through to Umngazi / Port St. Johns (6 Ride Days).
Groups can overnight in the friendly Wild Coast hotels along the way, or chose a mix of accommodation - from nature reserves, hotels, vibey eco-lodges and private cottages – offering a kaleidoscope of wild coast flavours along the way.
The more laid-back pace of our Wild Coast Adventure tour offers plenty of time for swims, chats to the locals and photos along the way, so is aimed at social groups with a good level of mountain biking fitness and adventurous spirits, looking for a cycle tour on the wild side.
It is 139km of riding through to Coffee Bay and close on 200km to Umngazi from our starting point in Morgan Bay. The standard tour will cover the full distance over 5 days of riding with the last long day of the Imana Wild Ride being split over two days. The average daily ride distance is around 45km/day, with the final day being just 21km through to Umngazi River Bungalows. However, for less fit groups we can also do the full route over 6 ride days - overnighting at both Dwesa and Bulungula as opposed to 1 night at the Haven. A 'rest day' can be included at any of the overnight places enroute, which allows one to make this as much a holiday as a journey.
||Standard Lower WC MTB Packages:
5 Nights / 4 Ride Days: Morgan Bay – Coffee Bay
6 -7 Nights / 5 – 6 Ride Days: Morgan Bay – Umngazi / PSJ
Total Distance: 205km from Morgan Bay – Umngazi
D1: Morgan Bay – Mazeppa 47km D2: Mazeppa -Haven 45km
D3: Haven – Coffee Bay 48km D4: Coffee Bay - Mpande 44km
D5: Mpande – Umngazi 21km or PSJ 32km
||Grade 3 -4: Persons with a good level of strength, fitness and an adventurous mindset enjoy this tour most. Endurance counts far more than speed on this type of tour, where a fair amount of time can be spent portaging and getting on and off your bike. Riding on the Wild Coast is about time in the saddle. Though the daily distances may seem easy, you’d be surprised how low your average speeds are - though this could also have something to do with all the photo opportunities enroute!
||Grade 3: Some technical skills are useful to be able to stay on your bike through soft sand and rutted paths. However, pushing & portaging sections is always an option and in many instances, a necessity.
||Coastal Mountain Bike Trail: if timed well with tides, up to 50% beach riding, otherwise primarily cattle and fishermen paths, 4x4 tracks and small sections of district road. There are some steep, rocky or soft sand sections on which you may have to push or portage your bike, as well as river crossings to keep things interesting.
||Standard Trail: Transkei Hotels & Private Cottage. Budget alternatives: Nature Reserves & Backpackers -alternative on some nights depending on route/days.
||Fully Supported & Guided Mountain Bike Tour: 2 x Guides (on the trail and back-up), meals provided & daily back-up vehicle and daily luggage transfers.
** Self-guided options with logistical support services also available on request.
||Pristine coastal riding, free-wheeling over hard pack beaches with a tailwind, the indigenous forest climbs in Dwesa, grassy descents, passing through friendly rural villages, fresh seafood (in season), breathtaking views, Hole in the Wall, cold cokes from a Spaza store, cruising past your partner when the sand gets soft.
||Swimming, hiking, canoe trails, visiting local community restaurant or shebeen, birding & fishing.
|Fauna & Flora
||Rolling grassland, mangrove estuaries, indigenous forest patches and forested ravines, endemic flora species.
||Mild sub-tropical climate with small seasonal temperature variation. Summer months (Nov – Feb), avg max daily temperatures of around 27-29 degrees C, whilst winter months (June – Aug) avg 21 deg C. Night temps seldom drops below 10 deg C in winter and average around 15 deg C in summer. The Wild Coast is a relatively high rainfall area (approx 1000mm annually) with most rain received from summer thunderstorms (avg of 150mm/month in Nov – Feb), whilst the driest months, June-Aug produce an average of 40mm/month.
|Seasonality & Best Time Year
||Due to the time spent in the saddle it is best to avoid the hotter and wetter months of November - late Feb, and also the peak school holiday periods.
Spring and Autumn are lovely times of year, whilst winter months provide the least chance of rain and comfortable daily temperatures. We also try to time tours over a full or new moon period to take advantage of the Spring low-tides.
Availability: OUTSIDE of the popular school/public holidays – most notably outside of April and Dec/Jan holidays.
||Preferred minimum of 6 persons - maximum of 10 persons for a single transfer vehicle, but if 2nd transfer vehicle used - can take up to 16 persons per trip.
|Price / PP
A custom quote will be given based on your itinerary, accommodation choices and no of persons (price reduces for every extra person added to the tour ) but an indicative price on the Standard Tour Options, based on 8 Persons:
Opt A – Choice Hotels:
5 Ride Day / 5 Night: Morgan Bay - Umngazi
Price based on 8 Persons: R9000/pp
Opt B – More Budget Hotel Options:
5 Ride Day / 5 Night: Morgan Bay - Umngazi
Price based on 8 Persons: R8300/pp
Opt C – Mix of Accommodation (Hotels & Backpackers)
4 Ride Day / 5 Night: Morgan Bay - Coffee Bay
Price based on 8 Persons: R7600/pp
- 4 or 5 Guided Ride Days (+ 2 travel days either side)
- 5 Nights Accommodation (Hotels or Hotels+ Backpacker lodges – depending on package choice)
- All meals – from dinner on arrival day to lunch on final day
- Services of 2 professional trail guides (1 on trail, 1 providing vehicle back-up support)
- Daily luggage transfers & vehicle back-up
- Private Shuttle service from airport to start point (Kei or Morgans Bay) and return transfer from Umngazi or PSJ to EL airport or back to vehicle left in Kei/ Morgan Bay
- All Nature Reserve Permits & Ferry crossings
- A quality Wild Coast Cycle Tour Garment