The WESSA Wild Walk is a spectacular 23-day journey through the ecologically rich, dynamic and diverse Wild Coast region of South Africa. Starting from Port Edward on 1 March and ending 23 days later in Cintsa near East London, the trail comprises five fully catered and supported trail sections, giving hikers flexibility to choose their preferred hiking distances, accommodation options and sections of the coast they would like to walk along.
The Wild Coast is deservedly renowned for its natural beauty, serenity and rich culture, but is also under ever increasing socio-ecological threats. WESSA has a long history as a conservation agency in the region with projects such as the Eco-Schools Programme, natural resource management, forest restoration, invasive alien plant eradication, food and water security programmes and marine and coastal conservation initiatives. The Wild Walk is both a celebration of our natural resources and an opportunity to experience what is being done to protect these resources.
The Wild Walk offers hikers a unique opportunity to visit Port St Johns, Coffee Bay, Mkambhati Nature Reserve, Pondoland Centre of Endemism, Nsubane Forest complex, Bulungula, Cwebe and Dwesa game reserves and Mazeppa Island all on foot – and to visit various sustainability initiatives along the Transkei coast.
This year WESSA plans to distribute low-volume wood-burning stoves to various local households along the route and to also host a marine-focused educational outing for school learners over two days.