Written by: Emil von Maltitz
There is a sense of mystery when one thinks of the Wild Coast in South Africa with the inherent drama of the history and the multitude of shipwrecks that litter the shores of the rocky wave-blasted coastline between the Kei River mouth in the south and the Mtamvuna River in the north. On our last trip to the Wild Coast, we managed to capture some of this mystery in a time-lapse video of the shore.
The serpentine labyrinth of rutted tracks that lead up and over rolling hills, only to stop suddenly at the edge of an impenetrable gorge or a flowing river, serve to heighten the sense of exploration and discovery when you travel into the heart of Pondoland.
Yet, the Wild Coast remains one of the least visited areas of South Africa. There is a misapprehension that the Wild Coast just isn’t developed enough and that travel to this area is difficult. However those fortunate enough to travel to the Wild Coast find one of the most superb, rugged and astounding stretches of coastline that South Africa has to offer.
As a photographer I am awed again and again by the beauty of the Wild Coast; the majesty of the Umzimvubu river as it flows into the Indian Ocean, the pounding waves as they crash through famous Hole in the Wall, the wonder of the many waterfalls that pour directly into the ocean at the aptly named Waterfall Bluff, and the monstrous crashing breakers along the rock shelf of Luphuthana.
Every time I visit this spectacular coastline with other photographers I consider myself extremely fortunate. Too many people speed through the Eastern Cape en route to some other destination. I encourage people to turn off the N2 to an isolated part of the world where you can still feel like an adventurer. The Wild Coast is the place to do this.
Slow down, relax.
Gather your thoughts in a place where the shore provides some of the most dramatic scenes anywhere in Africa.
Nature’s Light runs a nine day photographic workshop along the Wild Coast. There are still spaces available for this year’s workshop in June, so don’t miss out!