10 Top-Rated Hotels in Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

December 10, 2022 Jeremy Dunfee

Discover the best hotels in Wild Coast, Eastern Cape including Umngazi Hotel & Spa, The Spotted Grunter Resort, The Haven Hotel, Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, Hole in the Wall, Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation, Gecko, Haga Haga Beach Hotel & Self Catering, Freedom O Clock Backpackers Retreat, Mayfair Hotel.
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1. Umngazi Hotel & Spa

Umngazi River Mouth, Port St Johns 5120 South Africa 011 27 47 564 1115
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1563 reviews

Umngazi Hotel & Spa

Tucked away on the Wild Coast, in the heart of Pondoland, and encompassed by a rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, lies the award winning Umngazi Hotel & Spa - an award winning family resort & spa. The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday. Weekly fly-in packages are available Friday to Friday from Durban where you fly at 500 feet above sea level along the beautiful coastline - a wonderful way to start your holiday.

Miss

Reviewed By PumzaVentiDuba

Such a beautiful and wonderful place to visit. What a gem !!!Many activities to do.The staff is friendly and warm ٫ the food is amazing but my highlight was the Sunday braai..Cant wait to return keep it up.

2. The Spotted Grunter Resort

Umzimvubu Main Road, Port St Johns 5120 South Africa
Excellent
52%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
10%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 111 reviews

The Spotted Grunter Resort

# Spotted Grunter Resort is situated on the banks of the mighty Umzumvubu river in the heart of the Transkei's wild coast. Our air-conditioned units make for a comfortable stay all year round. Units are fully contained for self catering. Braai facilities as well as a fully equipped restaurant and bar are on site. Large lawns with fantastic views of mountains. Relax on our deck overlooking the river or at our sparkling swimming pool.

Great stay, like a oasis in the wild coast

Reviewed By Stephan v

Overall a great place to stay. Food is really good, kudos to the chef. We stayed in the rooms next to the road (and petrol station), very noisy and disruptive. Next time we will opt for a room closer to the river. Stunning views and friendly staff. I would definitely recommend staying with The Spotted Grunter Resort.

3. The Haven Hotel

Transkei Wild Coast, Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserves 5070 South Africa
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

The Haven Hotel

Great relaxing stay

Reviewed By Peter9654

Sue and Glynn, what wonderful hosts, always attentive but not in your face. Noelle, the chef prepared good wholesome and tasty meals. The rest of the staff all made our stay worthwhile with their attention and friendliness. Roads not great getting there but aceesible with a high clearance vehicle, Lovely walks with lots of birdlife to see along the way.

4. Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers

Cintsa West, Chintsa 5217 South Africa
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 444 reviews

Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers

Buccaneers, set in beautiful indigenous gardens with magnificent views of the Cintsa Bay and lagoon, has been a haven for travelers for the last 17 years. With its great location and wide range of accommodation offering from camping to en-suite rooms and facilities like a swimming pool, free canoes, volleyball court & (of course) the beach right on its doorstep. Buccaneers has been Fair Trade certified and is intricately involved in local community projects.

Perfect setting, great vibe and friendly staff

Reviewed By LindaP5031

Buccaneers has a variety of accommodation options on offer. We stayed in the sea view cottages for 2 and it was perfect for us. We needed a halfway stop from KZN to the Garden Route. The meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner were great and good value for money. It takes a lot of hassle out of the equation when passing through. The staff were friendly and helpful. The cottage was neat & clean and had everything we needed for a stop-over. We could take long walks and go for a swim in the ocean or pool. The beach offers pristine views. We contemplated meeting up with our family at this spot as it could be halfway for all. But there was just one issue... on the Saturday night visitors to the bar were very loud and rowdy. Not sure if they were staying guests. We couldn't get much sleep as we had to get up early to travel further. So just make sure you don't book a cottage close to the bar when you need to go to sleep early. But our stay was delightful. And we rested well in this beautiful area. Thank you Buccs Team.

5. Hole in the Wall

Coffee Bay Rd Umthombe District, Coffee Bay 5080 South Africa
Excellent
29%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
10%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 273 reviews

Hole in the Wall

Situated in Coffee Bay and surrounded by vast stretches of unspoiled coastline, Hole in the Wall Hotel and Holiday Village offers some of the most picturesque scenery in South Africa. Accommodation at Hole in the Wall comprises a variety of rustic apartments, chalets, suites and backpackers dotted amongst rambling gardens on a cliff top overlooking the ocean. The remoteness of Hole in the Wall resort lends itself to excellent bird watching, nature walks, hiking trails as well as being an ideal spot for fishing. This secluded location makes it the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday and the ideal base from which to explore the pristine Transkei coast. On-site facilities include: Wi-Fi, Restaurant, Bar, Pool Side Bar, In-room Dining, Wellness Spa, Daily Entertainment, Beach, Water Slides, Swimming Pool, Driving Range, General Store, Fishing, Volleyball, Kid's Playground, Board Games, Games Room, Climbing wall, Boma, Braai Area, Hiking, Walking Trails, Open air Chess and Laundry

Dr

Reviewed By Casper1233567889

This must be the worst resort we have stayed at. Staff not willing to help. Manager not really interested. We left 5 days before our check out date due to staff not willing to make it comfortable for us. Not recommended considering the money we paid to be there. Shocking!

6. Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation

On the Beach Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082 South Africa
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 406 reviews

Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation

Explore, discover and enjoy a unique taste of rural Africa! Coffee Shack is a backpackers' tropical paradise, located on the beach at the Bomvu River mouth on the Wild Coast of South Africa, where you will experience a way of life far removed from Western culture. We have a reputation of being a fun, good-value hostel with excellent facilities and the most amazing, friendly staff. We offer accommodation in traditional, thatched-roof huts, ranging from private rooms to dorms, as well as camping facilities in the garden next to the beach. Choose between self-catering options or try our delicious meals with a free 'potjie' meal every Sunday night. Weather and ocean permitting, join us for daily sundowners with magnificent views or taste freshly caught oysters and mussels at the bar before dinner. Stay for five nights and get your 5th night free! Our 'Babalaza Bar' is fully licensed and rocks in the evenings with its free pool table and range of drinks and cocktails. Join in the Killer Pool game or enjoy the chilled-out atmosphere around the firepit. Our variety of day trips include cultural walks exploring the local Xhosa culture, a traditional evening of dance and song at the home of a local family where you can try traditional Xhosa food and beers, beach days on the beautiful Coffee Bay, surf lessons, exploring Mapuzi cliffs and caves, hiking to the legendary "Hole in the Wall" or just walking in the local countryside with one of the local guides. We are accredited by Fair Trade Tourism South Africa and are committed to the improvement and upliftment of the greater community through various education and support projects. We are dedicated to making a difference to the local community and are thus 30% owned by the local Tshezi Community, who receive direct financial benefits from being involved in the business. We aim to encourage growth and empowerment opportunities for the local community through the development of meaningful partnerships. Coffee Shack runs a daily shuttle to Mthatha to meet the Baz Bus and other mainline buses at the Shell Ultra City in Mthatha (Umtata). We have free WIFI, safe parking and a laundry service. For self-drive, we are located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, in the former Transkei area. Turn onto the Coffee Bay road approximately 20km south of Mthatha, continue 80km down to the coast.

Amazing

Reviewed By michelleknsy

I love it there. Everyone was very friendly and the surf lessons were really good. Even on rainy days where there isn't much to do the staff tries to find some activities to do with the guests. The food was also good & affordable. I liked that they had vegan/vegetarian options.

7. Gecko

Stand No. 5 S 31° 59.088´ E 29° 08.832, Coffee Bay 5082 South Africa
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Gecko

Geckos B & B in Coffee Bay is a small family owned and run B & B providing private, clean and comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. We serve a full breakfast included in the price of your accommodation. Self-catering accommodation is also available.

Wonderful authentic spot to stay

Reviewed By Emmamicklem

We loved staying at Geckos with superb hosts, a beautiful garden and delicious breakfast. We also received good tips about where to go. The location was convenient too. Would definitely stay here again!

8. Haga Haga Beach Hotel & Self Catering

155 Mariners Way, Haga Haga 5272 South Africa
Excellent
37%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 183 reviews

Haga Haga Beach Hotel & Self Catering

Haga Haga is a small village on the Eastern Cape wild coast of South Africa; safe, secure and crime free. Miles of endless beaches, great views and good food are all hallmarks of this enchanting resort. We offer hotel, bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation all at very affordable rates. We offer excellent amenities for adults and children alike, including a pool & tennis court on the beach to compliment the sea-facing rooms. We offer a full English breakfast, a la carte or carvery in the evenings and don't miss out on our famous seafood extravaganza on Saturday evenings. If you want to escape, then Haga Haga is the perfect place for you and your family. Come and enjoy one of the best views along the Wild Coast...and you don't even need to get out of your bed to see the dolphins swimming past.

Stunning view

Reviewed By clarinae2018

Brilliant setting right on the beach. Spacious, pleasant surroundings. The view from the restaurant is stunning. And with this, my story ends. The food was mediocre. And rather skimpy servings. One feels a bit let down considering the restaurant is so far from the beaten track.

9. Freedom O Clock Backpackers Retreat

Mngcibe, Mdumbi River Mouth, Mdumbi 5140 South Africa
Excellent
74%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Freedom O Clock Backpackers Retreat

This is rural Africa at her best! In a small Pondo village named Entwebeni, Mngcibe you will find Freedom O Clock. Freedom O Clock is owned and managed by Otto, Lu and little Coral- Bella, who all have a great love for nature and the ocean. Your surroundings offer you accommodation situated in a rural and remote area.....Faaaar away from the maddening crowds. Situated near the mouth of the insanely beautiful Mdumbi River in a remote and primitive region of the Wild Coast we offer holiday, backpacking accommodation. Surfing, fishing, river trips, boat hire, canoeing, hiking and biking, snorkeling, bird watching, and horse rides are just to mention a few activities to busy your day.... Or just RELAX! The views and access to the beach and river makes this an ideal laid back place to visit and is ideal for the nature lover and outdoor enthusiast who don't mind roughing it a bit here and there. Our accommodation offers commanding views of the ocean, river, rolling green hills and Tshani point with its perfect right hander and beach breaks! We can accommodate up to 14 guests indoors and 12 guests (3 sites) camping at one time. Accommodation is basic, rustic, clean and comfortable and we offer a catered or self-catered option. We also offer camping facilities and we are pet friendly (do check before hand though that your pet is suited to the environment).

Great time, once again

Reviewed By HannesTheronFocus

We went back for a second visit and it will not be the last. It must be one of the best places to visit in SA. Otto and Lu are great hosts!! Relaxing, good vibes. The view is unbeatable. Escape the rat race and come here for serious chilling.

10. Mayfair Hotel

35 Errol Spring Avenue, Mthatha 5099 South Africa
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Mayfair Hotel

Ideally situated in the cosmopolitan district of Mthatha, Mayfair Hotel and Casino offers modern and luxurious accommodation, the ideal base for business and leisure travelers. The entertainment center boasts Mthatha’s only licensed casino as well as top-tier conferencing and restaurants, Shop, Play & Stay, all your needs in one destination. With the ever convenient BT Ngebs City right on our doorstep, guests can enjoy a host of retail shops, as well as dining and entertainment options. As a result of the central location, it is easier to commute to the airport. Guests can also enjoy free access to Motion Fitness Gym been meters away from the hotel centrally located and the largest facility of its type in the Mthatha area. The facilities within the rooms include all the expected modern amenities including air conditioning, minibar, flat screen HD TVs and Wi-Fi. The

Good location

Reviewed By Mokgatla

I found Mayfair to be located in a right area for someone like me who is always on the road. I visited the hotel for the first time in October 2021 with a colleague and i was back again in April 2022 with a family. The area feels safe, rooms are clean and the staff are friendly. I give it a 5/5.

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