Sabie Valley Rider Academy Wild Coast Tour 2021
From Coffee Bay to Kei Mouth
12 – 19 June 2021
If Crayfish, Oysters, Whale Watching, Sunrise walks on the beach and of course amazing Adventure Bike Riding sounds like an unforgettable holiday then you cannot miss out on this week-long Wild Coast tour offered by Sabie Valley Rider Academy.
The 2021 tour started off in the sleepy hamlet of Underberg with the snow-covered mountain resulting in a very fresh start to Kokstad, following the snaking roads to Port St Johns via Flagstaff and Lusikisiki, every aspiring race-track riders dream. After a stunning picnic lunch along the lagoon, the well maintained undulating Wild Coast Dirt routes offered riders of varying skill levels, an exhilarating ride to the White Clay Resort for cold beers and seafood platters, the sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks below was the background for a deep satisfied sleep.
After early morning walk on the resorts private beach the tour departed after a leisurely breakfast to the famous Hole in the Wall site where selfies were the order of the day. Heading to the Haven for lunch, dodging the Transkei “Big 5” i.e. Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Dogs and Pigs the riders arrived at the Cwebe Nature Reserve, the Haven Hotel’s friendly team welcoming the travelers to what will be their home for the next 2 nights. The resort offers a family friendly experience with great food, fun banter in the bar, and numerous outdoor activities. The following two days where spend hiking to the light house and more adventurous out rides to the MBashee River mouth, the second largest river on the Wild Coast.
Heading further south, albeit doing a major inland loop to circumnavigate river gorges, the route incorporated a stop in Willowdale in search of fuel, a rare commodity in rural Transkei. Mazeppa Bay Hotel was the host for the next night, with the riders hiking the obligatory suspension bridge onto the island popular with fisherman, with a lucky angler landing a huge shark to the onlooker’s amazement. After dinner entertainment consists of sessions of super competitive pool and darts, with lots of laughter and getting to bond with new mates.
An early morning optional ride along the coast to the Qwaninga Lagoon rewarded the early risers with the most amazing Dolphin and Whale sighting, the latter blowing water high into the air. A short two-hour ride to the next destination meant a leisurely departure to the Trennery’s resort, for a light Calamari lunch and an optional sandy track ride to the Jacaranda shipwreck, that has been severely depleted by the rust and ocean since it ran aground in 1971.
The next day tick the bucket list for many participants, with the ferry crossing over the Kei River and the clifftop ride to the double mouth reserve. No visit to Morgan’s Bay is complete without a long lunch at the Deck Restaurant next to the famous hotel. The penultimate evening was spent having another sumptuous dinner, with post meal drinks and storytelling on the veranda till the cows went home.
The last day of the tours saw the party heading back to Underberg via the stunning new Langeni Pass that ascends an impressive 751m to the summit incorporating a 235m long viaduct over a section of the indigenous forest. Pre-ordered lunch in Maclear gave everybody the chance to stretch legs and rest weary bodies. The last dinner saw the tour quiz finalised, “Straff dop” and “Prestasie doppe” handed out with lots of laughter and merriment. The group separating the next morning heading home to their loved ones.
Mmtakabau means unbelievable in Xhosa, this became the war cry during the tour being very apt as the Wild Coast offered delights and surprises around every bend. If you are keen on a biking holiday of a lifetime with Thomas and Jacqui, please visit www.rideracademy.co.za