5 vibey places to pitch your tent along the Wild Coast

Posted on 4 March 2022 By David Henning

With beaches, bays and rivers aplenty topped off with the locals’ charm, the Wild Coast seems to have everything going for itself. So much so, that it is the perfect destination for a family holiday or a camping trip with your mates. We’ve compiled a shortlist of places to pitch your tent this upcoming holiday season.

1. Amapondo Backpackers, Port St Johns

Situated on the grounds of a vibey backpackers, Amapondo is perched on a hilltop surrounded by nature. The spacious campsite has great views of the ocean and there is also a glamping option, where safari tents are fitted with a comfortable double bed.

Rates: R420 per couple per night for glamping. Camping rates on request

Contact+27 (0)83 315 3103

Visit their website here.

2. The Coffee Shack

This beloved backpackers also houses a small campsite, suited to 2-3 person tents (so large tents are only allowed during quiet periods). With a campsite overlooking the beach as well as access to a well equipped self-catering kitchen, communal braai area. There are also limited spaces for guests to stay in their campervan or rooftop tents, where guests can enquire for more details.

Picture: Coffee Shack

Rates: From R100 pp per night.

Contact +27 (0) 47 575 2048

Visit their website here.

Mbotyi campsite is more of an upmarket venue, situated within a fully fenced area with 24-hour security and with all campsites having electricity outputs.

Campsite amenities also include 8 eight kitchens equipped with cookers and kettles. There is a local trading store nearby, but with limited stock, so be sure to do shopping beforehand.

The campsite is situated near to Mbotyi River Mouth, walking distance from the beach. Picture: Mbotyi.zo.za

Rates: R170 pp per night for adults and R90 for kids.

Contact: +27 (0)82 674 1064

Visit their website here.

A campsite with 30 stands, Yellowwood Forest is a tranquil space along the wild coast, with a riverside, forested campsite. An eco-retreat, this is a nature lover’s stop, awarded Birdlife South Africa’s ‘Birder Friendly’ status. There is also a bar and pizzeria on the premises, serving great food and craft beers daily.

Every Saturday is also a market day on the property and once a month there is a big craft and farmers market, so Yellowood Forest encourages its guests to pack light and shop local.

Picture: Morgan Bay

Rates: In Season (16th Dec 2021 – 12 Jan 2022): R270 per day (2 pax)

Off-Season – All Non-electrical sites:  R150 per day + R15 per person per day and all electrical sites: R250 per day + R15 per person per day

Contact: 084 582 2601

Visit their website here.

Situate on the banks of Inchara Lagoon, Morgan Bay Caravan park is a well-shaded campsite with beautiful beaches a short walk away, situated just 85 km from East London. All sites are equipped with electricity and braai facilities.

Picture: Morgan Bay Caravan Park


December Holidays: Inner sites: R725 per site per day maximum 4 people.
Outer sites: R775 per site per day maximum 4 people.
R120 pp per day thereafter

Out of Season: All Sites R320 per site per day maximum 4 people.
R220 pensioner’s rate per day maximum 4 people.
R65 pp per day extra thereafter.

Contact: +27438411062

Bookings through Morgan Bay Hotel here.


6 awesome Wild Coast backpackers for under R200 per person


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