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Green Park Lodge
3 Park Road
Central. Mthatha
Eastern Cape

GPS:
31°35'30.56" S 28°46'43.19" E

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Angling/ Fishing
It is fishing more than anything else that attracts holidaymakers to the Transkei coast, and it was the fishermen who first built the cottages and shacks at remote points along the coast and estuaries. During the summer months,catches include huge reef fish such as Mussel Cracker, Cob, Grunter etc.and in the autumn the annual sardine run brings with it fighting game fish. Fly fishing for trout is available at Mabeleni Forest Lake and surrounding pristine mountain rivers. . Trout Management is undertaken by the Transkei Piscatorial Society who operates a trout hatchery close to the lake.  Please visit http://home.intekom.com/TPS/  the home page of the Transkei Piscatorial Society. The Wild Coast is famous for its fishing and salt water fly fishing is well catered for.

Beachcombing and Shelling
This entire coast is excellent for beachcombing and bits and pieces from old shipwrecks are still found along the waters edge. Most sandy beaches will reveal cowries, cones and murex shells, among others. A permit is required to remove anything from the beaches

Bird watching
Bird watching along this stretch of coast is not disappointing with over a hundred species identified at Coffee Bay alone. The coastal forests host many colorful and exotic species such as Paradise Flycatchers, Trumpeter Crowned and Ground Hornbills are a common sight.  There are also Narina Trogons and Knysna and Purple Crested Louries. The rare Mangrove Kingfisher is a shy resident of the mangrove swamps, while four other kingfishers are common waterside birds in the area.

Bowls
There is a bowling green across the road from the lodge, as well as greens at Qolora and Mbashe reserves.

Camping and Caravanning
Coffee Bay has a lovely Caravan and Camping Site and drinkable water. There are also official camp sites with no facilities at Qolora mouth, Nxaxo Mouth, Mazeppa Bay, Qora Mouth and Mbashe Point, as well as the more remote spots of Cebe and Xora Mouth, for which permits must be obtained from the forestry offices in Mthatha or Butterworth.

Canoeing / Boating
There are many rivers which are superb venues for canoeing, with wild and often convoluted courses that are often navigable upriver for 10km or more. Some hotels may have canoes for free use by residents but these are not always sleek and speedy models so if you intend doing any serious rowing, you should bring your own boat or make inquiries before you arrive.  Local entrepreneurs operate ferry services across most deep rivers.   Mthatha Dam is a pleasant power boating and skiing venue.

Diving
When the water is calm and clear, which is most likely from January to May, the diving on the Wild Coat is indeed wild and prolific. Rocky outcrops and shallow reefs are the best for snorkeling.

Drives and view sites
From the N2 to each spot on the coast is in itself a worthwhile drive with breathtaking view sites and exquisite scenery, but the roads are not always kind to cars. The best sign of a passable road is that of one that leads most directly to a well known resort.

Golf
There is an 18 hole golf course at Mthatha, while Kei Mouth and Butterworth have nine hole courses. 

Shipwrecks
The Wild Coast has claimed more than its fair share of shipwrecks over the centuries but very little of these remains to be seen. The Jacaranda , a light coaster wrecked off the coast in 1971, is the only wreck that remains to be virtually intact and it is a popular destination for hikers from the Qolora resort area.

Surfing
Only in recent years has this coast begun to be explored for its surfing possibilities. There are many beach breaks that work when swells and winds are right, but it is the river mouths that promise the most consistent and exciting breaks. 

Coffee Bay is perhaps the most frequently surfed area, but Nxaxo also has a fairly consistent point-like break. Sharks may prove to be a problem in murky water around the river mouths.

Swimming
There are excellent swimming beaches at all the resorts and in fact you can swim virtually anywhere along the coast. The water is usually cool to warm and clear. but one should be aware of dangerous currents, it is not called the wild coast for nothing.

Walks
The resorts here are set in the most wonderful natural environments with yawning stretches of river and sea frontage, and hills, forests and villages to the landward side.

Many hotels and backpackers offer organized outings or will prepare picnic lunches for those going out on self guided tours. Pre booking is essential for the official hiking trails along most of the coast, and overnight stays are catered for in huts.

Nelson Mandela
The most famous icon of the 20th century has his ancestral home at Qunu, some 30 kms from Mthatha. The Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha created in his honour is a worthwhile visit displaying  a wide variety of items collected worldwide.

Hole-in-the-Wall Legend
A young girl called Nongqawuse had seen a messenger from the realm of the ancestors at a waterhole. She told her uncle Mhlakaza about her vision. As he was an important Xhosa priest, his social rank granted a great impact to the prophecy he derived from his niece's vision. He announced that soldiers who were incarnations of the souls of dead Xhosa warriors, would arrive  over the sea, come onto land through the "Hole in the Wall" and defeat the hated British. But, he continued, the Xhosa had to make a sacrifice to help the warriors by destroying all their crops and killing all their cattle. After the victory, there would be food in abundance for everybody. The Xhosa followed the instructions in his prophecy and killed their whole stock of cattle. The catastrophe took its course and thousands of Xhosas died as a result.