Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Mthatha

Nelson Mandela Museum

Set aside at least two hours for this inspiring museum right in the centre. It offers visitors a fascinating journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. There are four rooms that contain a mix of memorabilia, photog…
Nature Reserve in Port St Johns

Silaka Nature Reserve

This small reserve, 6km south of Port St Johns, is worth a visit if you want to soak up the stunning scenery. It runs from Second Beach past Third Beach to Sugarloaf Rock, near the estuary where the Gxwaleni River f…
Nature Reserve in The Wild Coast

Dwesa Nature Reserve

One of South Africa's most remote and beautiful reserves, Dwesa Nature Reserve blends lush forests, winding rivers, open grassland and rugged coastline, with walking trails and wildlife including buffaloes, zebras, …
Nature Reserve in The Wild Coast

Hluleka Nature Reserve

Approximately midway between Coffee Bay and Port St Johns, this nature reserve is known for its spectacular coastline of rocky seashores, pristine beaches and lagoons, as well as evergreen forests and grassy hilltop…
Nature Reserve in Pondoland

Mkambati Nature Reserve

North of Mbotyi and 30km south of Port Edward lies this breathtaking (and largely underrated) reserve, which encompasses 77 sq km of grassland, dotted with forest and flanked by the Msikaba and Mtentu River Gorges –…
Wildlife Reserve in Chintsa

Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve

The private Inkwenkwezi is well worth a visit (or a stay). It's beautiful, upmarket, well organised and features the Big Five (although the elephants and lions are kept separately) and five biomes. In addition to wi…
Beach in Port St Johns

Second Beach

Second Beach is Port St Johns's heart and soul. Locals come to this idyllic stretch of sand to while away the hot days and party as the sun goes down. Wandering down to the shallows for a paddle and spotting Nguni c…
South African in Chintsa

The C Club

The C Club’s well-earned reputation comes from its scrumptious specialities and atmospheric setting, with a large dining room, a charming garden and excellent sea views. Local gourmands rave about the burgers and th…
Pub Food in Chintsa

Emerald Vale

Half-hour tours of this brewery in a converted barn on a working farm include tasters of the four ales. The bar-restaurant serves food to complement the beer, including burgers and a few veggie options. There's a pl…
International in Port St Johns

The Waterfront

Grab a table on the rear deck with views of the river and Mt Sullivan, then choose from a large selection of wood-fired pizzas, salads and seafood, including fresh calamari and line fish. Carnivores, fear not: meat …