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Morgans Bay

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“Situated in a sheltered bay on the scenic Wild Coast region on the Indian Ocean coast is the peaceful and welcoming holiday hamlet of Morgan bay. Only an hour’s drive from East London and 4km from the lovely seaside village of Kei Mouth, on the western bank of the Great Kei River.

Morgans Bay is blessed with a mile-long beach, safe swimming lagoon and picturesque sea cliffs and boasts a wide range of activities on offer including horse riding, hiking, fishing and game drives.

Morgans Bay has been a favourite holiday desitination with budget travellers. Far away from the city stresses, this is a great place to unwind. There are lots of things to keep the everyone entertained. Not feeling energetic? Gaze at passing ships on the horizon or relax on the beach with a book. Want to get out there? Go play a round of golf, take a walk along the beach or check out the fishing spots in the area.  Canter along the Morgans Bay beach with Mkulu Kei Horse Trails, or go on a game drive.

Historically Morgan Bay was used by farmers as winter grazing grounds for livestock due to its idyllic moderate winter climate. This secret spot known for its majestic cliff line, secluded lagoon and mile long sandy beach has hot berg wind days which lead to clean off-shore surf conditions. A safe, family destination with several easy coastal hikes to the idyllic Double Mouth Nature Reserve with its hidden coves where ancient treasure from long forgotten ship wrecks can still be collected. Visitors can now enjoy a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets, a number of eateries and pubs and a heap of activities on offer in the area. 

There is a 12-hole golf course, horse riding operators, a game reserve just outside of town, popular surf spots, good fishing, mountain biking, boating, windsurfing and numerous bird watching opportunities. Craft and farmers’ markets are held every Saturday and the annual Morgan Bay Footprints Festival is well worth a visit. During December holidays a number of events are held that range from music festivals and firework shows, to markets, beach volleyball and beach touch rugby tournaments. There’s even a Motorcycle Museum full of curiosities least of which is a massive Boeing parked on the side of the road which legend has it was used as a party palace by the Rolling Stones.

Its close proximity to Kei Mouth, the southern entry point to the beautiful and rugged Wild Coast, makes this a popular destination.  Traverse the Great Kei River by 'Pont', one of South Africa's two remaining car-transporting pontoon river ferry services. The Pont carries vehicles, passengers and livestock across the Great Kei on a daily basis and this lovely trip gives one access into the untouched Transkei region. 

Huberta, the famous Hippo, took up residence in the Kei River just above third cave in 1930. She was eventually chased off and continued her journey southward once more.”