Morgan Bay – luxury on the edge of the Wild Coast

Published On 23 January 2016 » By Johan Rothmann » Bush Destinations

Morgan Bay – luxury on the edge of the Wild Coast 4Morgan Bay is a small coastal village about 80 kilometers north of East London. With unspoilt beaches and breathtaking cliffs, this is a very popular holiday destination for many South African families. If you are one of the few who do not know why Morgan Bay is popular, read on.

Morgan Bay lies on the southern bank of the Nchara river which is named after the crabs found here. The river ends in a safe lagoon on the wide open beach, lending itself to leisurely paddling along while watching the rich birdlife. Morgan Bay offers a lot of adventure activities such as walking on the vast stretches of beaches, hiking, 4×4 excursions, fishing, surfing, horse riding, golf, bowls, and wild coast sight seeing.

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The camping ground is level at about 1 meter above sea altitude with a good grass surface. Many trees provide shade, although, on a real hot sunny day, these trees may prove to be inefficient due to their size. The internal roads are tarred and the individual sites are reasonably spaced. All sites have electricity and braai facilities. The most popular sites are numbers 1 to 3 which are right on the lagoon’s edge towards the beach.Morgan Bay – luxury on the edge of the Wild Coast 3

The ablution facilities are centrally situated with a sufficient number of showers and toilets. Although it appears to be old, it is well serviced and cleaned daily. Coin operated washing machines and tumble dryers are available in the ablution building.

We camped here during September, and the constant wind was terrible. Not even the nice location and views would make it pleasant, so enquire about the expected weather during the time of your visit.

Rates:  from R210 per site per day for up to 4 people (out of season) to R530 per site per day during Christmas school holidays.


Morgan Bay – luxury on the edge of the Wild CoastROTHMANN’REVIEW

Sweet: location, location, location

Sour: average ablutions need an upgrade; plant more endemic trees

Will I recommend it to my friends and family: yes

Will I visit again: yes,

Morgan Bay Hotel (camping) – Morgan Bay

Contact the hotel at: (043) 841-1062



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