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The Wild Coast is part of the Eastern Cape province in South Africa, encompassing the coastal region from north of East London to the southern border with KwaZulu-Natal at Port Edward. The Wild Coast encompasses the coast between the Kei River Mouth and Umtanvuma River along the Indian Ocean. During the former Apartheid regime the Transkei (the Wild Coast and adjacent interior up to the border with Lesotho) was one of the so called "homelands" and officially politically and economically independent. It is still one of the poorest regions of South Africa.


Transkei 1980, Hole in the Wall.

The Hole in the Wall is a geological phenomenon shaped by the Mpako River that runs into the sea right at that spot. It is located at (32° 2'28.47"S 29° 6'33.32"E). Among the local Xhosa inhabitants, this region is inhabited by mythical "sea people" - one of whom fell in love with a local Xhosa maiden. Her father would have nothing of this relationship and prohibited the sea man from seeing his daughter. The sea people then asked a giant fish a ram a hole into the wall of rock, whereafter they abducted the maiden to their sea world. The instantly recognisable rock formation is made up of Ecca shale and sandstone, capped with hard volcanic dolerite.


Transkei 1980, Port St. Johns.

Port St Johns (31°37'42.39"S 29°32'44.64"E) is a small coastal town in South Africa, known as the Jewel of the Wild Coast, offering true South African accommodation and hospitality.


Transkei 1980, The Citadel.
Location: not known.


Transkei 1980, The Archway.
The Archway is located at (31°26'6.60"S 29°48'34.93"E) about half way between Port St Johns and Mkambati nature reserve. There is no road to get there, you can see the arch only on foot.

About 1 kilometres to the east is located the Bluff waterfall.



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