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The Kei River Mouth

The seaside village of Kei Mouth is located on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast of South Africa and is about 90 km east of East London. Kei Mouth is situated on the south bank of the Kei River, beyond which, lies the rural former homeland of the Transkei. The subtropical climate, unpolluted beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean make Kei Mouth ideal for bathers, surfers and sunbathers throughout the year.

Get in[edit]

Kei Mouth is about 90km (a 1 hour drive) away from East London and is accessible by a newly created tar road. There are several shuttle services that pick up in East London and from the airport, and some accommodation establishments will pick you up by arrangement for a small fee.

Get around[edit]

The are no buses or taxis in Kei Mouth but Mini bus taxis are available. The village is quite small and most shops, resturants, bars & the beach are within walking distance.

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Kei Mouth is the start of the legendary Strandloper Trail, which passes through Morgan's Bay and Haga Haga and terminates at Gonubie. For shorter walks, there are of course the beaches, as well as walks to the viewing platforms on Signal Hill and down Lover's Lane.

One of South Africa's two remaining car pontoons operates in Kei Mouth. Vehicles and passengers are ferried across the Kei River to the Transkei (Wild Coast). From here you can head for the wreck of The Jacaranda, which has been high and dry on the beach since 1971. It's about an hour's beach walk from the Trennery's Hotel, which has a map at reception for 4x4 enthusiasts, complete with GPS co-ordinates showing you how get there.

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Kei Mouth is exceptionally popular with anglers; there are excellent fishing grounds both at the coast and in the Kei River, which is navigable for several kilometers upstream. Deep Sea Fisherman can launch from the mouth of the Kei River.

  • Activities, [1]. Activities in the Kei Mouth area include river cruises, golf, fly fishing, deep-sea fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, hiking and nature trails, rock climbing, abseiling, surfing, canoeing, microlighting, game viewing and bird watching. Why not stop in at the Hazel Jeffries Shell Museum, they have hundreds of varieties of shells on display and are considered to be amongst the best in South Africa.  edit
  • Horseback Adventures (Wild Coast Horse Trails), Sunray Farm, Kei Mouth (22km out of Kei Mouth, Wild Coast Horseback Adventures has a horse paddock from where beach rides are organized from the Country Club in Kei Mouth), +27(0)43 8311087, [2]. 1 hour to multi day beach trails. A horse riding holiday or Horse Safari in South Africa along the Eastern Cape & Transkei Wild Coast is exhilarating and exciting; one sweeping bay after another, rolling hillsides, river crossings and warm lagoons ensure adventure filled days of fabulous horseback riding. (32.37'41,28.09'48) edit
  • Deep Sea Fishing Charters (Sunray Farm (Hunting, fishing & horse trails)), Sunray Farm, Kei Mouth Road. (22 km out of Kei Mouth on the Komga Road), +27(0)827719206, [3]. The Sea and fishing is Clint’s great passion and having an excuse to go out in his ski boat “Sea Star” is only stopped by bad weather! The Launch is tide- and weather-dependent and can either be a hair-raising dash through huge breakers to the back line or a quiet skip across the white water. This is one of the most unpredictable launches in the country, but the rewards of a fabulous catch are worth it! The years of experience of doing this launch makes Clint a favored skipper who has shown many safely through the mouth. (32.37'41,28.09'48) edit
  • Hunting Safaris ((Rifle & Bow hunting in the Eastern Cape)), Sunray Farm, Kei Mouth Road (22km out of Kei Mouth, turn right onto the Komga road, first farm on the right), +27(0)827719206, [4]. Hunting at Sunray Farm & in the surrounding Eastern Cape area. Walk the valleys and the bush veld of the hills of the Great Kei River and experience the wilderness first hand. Conservation efforts have made the farm ideal for bow hunting. The wart hog are plentiful and there is Bush Buck, Bless Buck, Impala, Kudu and many other animal species that are found in the area. (32.37'41,28.09'48) edit
  • Mkulu Kei Horse Trails (Cheradon), +27(0)836327298, [5]. Mkulu Kei Horse Trails Cher-a-Don, is an award winning, owner-run horse trail company, established in 1998, that provides guided horse trekking vacations along the Wild Coast of South Africa. We offer the best of equestrian holidays with a selection of well-trained horses to suit your equine adventure. Riding tours are available from +-2 hour beach rides, full day rides, as well as 2 to 12 day over night multi-day riding trails. Our Multi-day tours are flexible, where we hop from one hotel to the next, incorporating beach and in-land riding, giving you the chance to sample the beauty of this pristine coastline. The Wild Coast is a truly scenic experience and what better way to discover it than on horseback with stunning views and awesome riding in the beautiful, undeveloped area of the Transkei. See rural Xhosa villages, nature, birds, game, dolphins and whales en route. There are no predetermined trail dates so feel free to contact us with dates that suit your travel plans and we will tailor make an itinerary for you. We also offer volunteer/career break/gap year opportunities for anyone who would like to take part in a working holiday. A warm welcome and an unforgettable equestrian experience await all visitors.  edit


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  • Joy-Mari Gift Shop (Gift Shop), Grosvenor Street (across from square), +27 (0)82 781-7283. 08:30AM-5PM daily. A local gift shop, making you feel welcome and at home. This shop is filled with wonderful gifts, mostly handmade. Anything from handmade greeting cards, toys, kites, ornaments, candles right through to cakes and tarts. Marie and Joyce (owners) invite you to a special experience.  edit
  • Mkulu Kei Horse Trails (Cheradon), +27 (0)836327298, [6]. Mkulu Kei Horse Trails Cher-a-Don, is an award winning, owner-run horse trail company, established in 1998, that provides guided horse trekking vacations along the Wild Coast of South Africa. We offer the best of equestrian holidays with a selection of well-trained horses to suit your equine adventure. Riding tours are available from +-2 hour beach rides, full day rides, as well as 2 to 12 day over night multi-day riding trails. Our Multi-day tours are flexible, where we hop from one hotel to the next, incorporating beach and in-land riding, giving you the chance to sample the beauty of this pristine coastline. The Wild Coast is a truly scenic experience and what better way to discover it than on horseback with stunning views and awesome riding in the beautiful, undeveloped area of the Transkei. See rural Xhosa villages, nature, birds, game, dolphins and whales en route. There are no predetermined trail dates so feel free to contact us with dates that suit your travel plans and we will tailor make an itinerary for you. We also offer volunteer/career break/gap year opportunities for anyone who would like to take part in a working holiday. A warm welcome and an unforgettable equestrian experience await all visitors.  edit


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  • Coral Cottage, Coral Street, +27 (0)43 841-1801, [7]. Conveniently situated to all amenities, this well appointed holiday home has river, hills & distant sea views. Sleeps 6 - 8. DSTv included. From R500 per night.  edit
  • Endalweni Private Game Reserve, (Located 8km before Kei Mouth and Morgan's Bay on the R349), +27 (0)43 841-1526, [8]. Luxurious 4-star self catering accommodation set in a tranquil private game reserve. Sleeps between 2 & 6. DSTV available  edit
  • Sunray Farm - Equestrian Centre & Hunting Lodge (Gap Year & Back Packers Eco Adventures), Sunray Farm, Kei Mouth Road (22km out of Kei Mouth, turn right onto the Komga road, first farm on the right.), +27(0)43 8311087, [9]. We are South Africa's leading Gap Year Working Riding Holiday program. We cater for all levels of horse riders who want an extended horse riding experience. Live your childhood dream eating, sleeping, breathing and riding horses for week or a month or two. Join us in your gap year or take a career break and stay with us at Sunray Farm, home to Torstone Sport Horses and Wild Coast Horse Trails. (32.37'41,28.09'48) edit
  • The Cock Inn Bed & Breakfast, (Located 8km before Kei Mouth and Morgan's Bay on the R349), +27 (0)43 841-1527, [10]. This elegant, stately guesthouse is surrounded by beautiful trees and has magnificent sea views. The gardens are an indigenous oasis, full of the incredible birdlife of the Wild Coast.  edit

Contact[edit]

WiFi[edit]

  • Kei Mor ISP, +27 (0)84 267-6354, [11]. There are several WiFi Hotspots in Morgan's Bay, all operated by local provider Kei Mor ISP. Their hotspots can be found at Yellowwood Forest Campsite and Coffee Shop, The Morgan Bay Hotel and the Morgan Bay Hotel's Caravan Park. Pricing starts at around R25 for 1 hour and goes up to R140 for 10 hours. There are also 500MB (R150) and 1GB (R250) vouchers available.  edit

Get out[edit]

The beautiful seaside village of Morgan's Bay and its famous cliffs is only 7km away, 4 km beyond that lies the pristine Double Mouth Nature Reserve and the aptly named Bead beach, site of a 16th Century Portuguese shipwreck, it's the perfect place to do a little treasure hunting for Ming porcelain and Carnelian beads.

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