Mazeppa Bay

Mazeppa Bay, a small resort, 50 km north-east of Kentani, on the edge of the Manubi Forest, has some of the Wild Coast’s most idyllic beaches. The three beaches are all fringed by dense groves of wild date-palms and boast giant sand dunes, prehistoric shell middens and rich oyster beds. The bay was named after the Mazeppa, a nineteenth-century coastal trader, with an exciting nautical history. In 1839 the ship was used to transport a party of malaria-stricken Boer Trekkers from Delagoa Bay to Durban and, in 1842, it did service for the British during the Boer invasion of Durban.

Adventure And Sport

Hiking: There is a 6-km walk from Mazeppa Bay along the beach to the resort at Qora Mouth. By road the route is over 100 km long.

Shark fishing: If shark fishing is to your taste, Mazeppa Bay is the place to be; sharks weighing up to a record 791 kg have been hooked here. Cross the suspension bridge on First Beach to reach The Island, one of several ideal locations for deep-sea fishing and hooking sharks. The other spots are at Shark Point and The Boiling Pot.

Swimming: First Beach, which fronts the hotel, is the best swimming beach. Shelly Beach and Second Beach on the southern side of the lagoon are well-suited for walking, swimming, picnicking, collecting shells and surfing -despite the presence of sharks!

Wild Coast Horse and Hiking Trail: The Mazeppa to Kei part of this trail is in the southern Wild Coast area. Visitors can take part in hiking and horseback ­riding, birding, canoeing, whale- and dolphin-watching and scuba-diving in certain areas, on the route. Meeting the local inhabitants and other community and cultural-based activities is also possible.

Fauna And Flora

Manubi Forest: Huge yellowwood and sneezewood trees dominate in the Manubi Forest with its abundant bird- and animal life.

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