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Port St Johns

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"Pondo Fever" is catching

The bustling coastal village of Port St Johns lies below some dramatic cliffs called the Gates. A vibey African atmosphere permeates its two-street town centre with its interesting mix of crumbling colonial and African buildings which hold a variety of general dealers, banks (you can change traveller’s cheques) fruit stalls and hawkers who sell veggies, chickens, sheep and clothing...
You can swim at Second Beach, 5 km out of town.

The largest coastal town on the Wild Coast, Port St Johns lies at the mouth of the Mzimvubu River. Mount Thesiger guards the east bank, and Mount Sullivan the west.
There is a lot for the backpacker to do. Visit Silaka Nature reserve, hike to Third Beach, walk to the Gap and through the Mtumbane village with its awesome ocean view, hike up to Eagles Nest or visit the Isinuka sulphur springs and cover yourself in mud. Take a ferry ride across the Umzimvubu and then walk the deserted Agate Terrace beach or hire a fishing guide and boat for the day and cast a few into the Umzimvubu.
Take a drive to Mpande and walk to the Mpande waterfall or buy crayfish or fish from the locals and have a beach braai on the banks of the Bulolo River
But don't forget to catch a beautiful Transkei sunrise.

Backpackers can enjoy the vibey atmosphere, scrumptious food, buzzing bar and private self-catering cottages at Amapondo Backpackers, indulge in sparkling pools, a lively bar and à la carte restaurant with Jungle Monkey backpackers or play and (tea) party along day and night at Mad hatter Backpackers.