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Mdumbi lies 24km north of Coffee Bay on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast of South Africa. The beach lies in a sweeping bay and is lined with shady Milkwood trees, Xhosa huts and rolling green hills. The surfing is excellent and the water uncrowded.

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Self drive: follow the Coffee Bay road for 70km, turn left onto the Umdumbi gravel road and follow signs for 23km and arrive at Mdumbi Beach. The Coffee Bay turn off is 20km South of Umtata after the Shell Ultra City on the N2.

Air: SAA flights to Mthatha Airport. Hire car from airport.

Bus: Take mainliner or Bazbus to Umtata Shell Ultra City. Book shuttles with your preferred accommodation provider.

Hike: Book a guided hike from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay stretched over 5 days.

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Once at your destination, one can walk to beaches and hike along the coast safely. Local villagers' main mode of transport is walking, or local taxi's that run once a day to town before sunrise and back at sunset.

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Untouched coastlines, and endless rolling hills. Whale and dolphins year round can be spotted from the shore. Most activity present with the Sardine run in June and July. Traditional Xhosa huts line the horizon, and cattle and goats roam freely. Night skies are decorated with the Southern Cross and milky-way, observed with the naked eye as there is no pollution and little to no light pollution.

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Hiking from Mdumbi to Coffee Bay is a quick 3 hour coastal route. Do a 3 day hike, and visit the famous stops of Coffee Bay, Lubanzi and Bulungula. It's the best way to experience the rugged untouched Wild Coast. Shuttles between establishments in Mdumbi, Coffee Bay, Lubanzi and Bulungula can be arranged when you leave your vehicle behind.

  • Swell Tours South Africa, Mdumbi, +27 (0)82 893-7717, [1]. 13 Night Tour, Durban - South Coast - Transkei  edit
  • Mdumbi Backpackers, Mdumbi Beach, Wild Coast, 0834611834. Kayak the Mdumbi River with Notshana. Experience a Wild Coast river with leguans, kingsfishers and see the jellyfish breeding area from your kayak. Also host to mangroves with crabs. Do half day hike to the Mapuzi caves and brave the cliff jump into an ocean rock pool. Get a massage from the Mdumbi Spa.  edit

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  • Swell Tours Guest Lodge (Dorms & Double Rooms), +27 (0)82 893-7717 (), [2]. For the surf adventurer who is searching for un-crowded waves and accommodation in rugged, unspoiled surroundings the Swell Tours Guest Lodge in Mdumbi is an attractive destination.  edit
  • Mdumbi Backpackers, Mdumbi Beach, Wild Coast, 0834611834. Rustic backpackers set on rolling hills with panoramic ocean views. Dorms and private rooms, with communal lounge spaces, kitchen and ablution facilities. Level lawn grass camping available. Mdumbi Cafe serving affordable eats. 5 minute Walk to sheltered beach and warm ocean swimming.  edit
  • Freedom O Clock Backpackers Retreat, Mdumbi River Mouth, Mngcibe, Wild Coast (email or sms), 082 795 3944 or 071 383 2300 (), [3]. Waking up to mind-blowing views of the ocean, beach, river and Tshani point with its perfect right hand break will either make you want to get out there and explore or just chill on the deck and absorb. Small, rustic,  off the grid and eco minded FOC offers double rooms, family rooms a dorm rondavel and space to pitch a tent.  Ablutions offer flush toilets and a rocket shower.  Surf lessons, board rental, horse rides, hikes, kayak trips and fishing are available. Spectacular 3 hour hike to or from Coffee Bay. Situated in an uncommercialised rural village. Stock up if self catering.  Meals are also available.  edit


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