Morgan Bay

Morgan Bay

The peaceful seaside holiday village of Morgan Bay is located less than an hour from East London on South Africa's stunning Wild Coast. Morgan Bay is blessed with a mile-long beach, safe swimming lagoon and picturesque sea cliffs. Activities on offer in the area include horse riding, golf, game drives, hiking trails and fishing.

Morgan Bay has been a favourite holiday desitination with generations of South African families, who are lured back here year after year. It's not hard to see why; Far from the stresses of city life, it's the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some well earned relaxation, breathe in the fresh sea air and forge fond memories and strong friendships. There are lots of things to keep the young ones entertained, particularly on our excellent beach, which is patrolled by lifeguards during the festive season, and shallow swimming lagoon.

During the day you can gaze at passing ships on the horizon, relax on the beach with a book, play a round of golf in Kei Mouth, or take a walk along the beach and picturesque cliffs / krantzes. There are several good fishing spots in the area and ski-boats can be lauched from the mouth of the nearby Kei River. The more adventurous may enjoy a canter along the Morgans Bay beach with Mkulu Kei Horse Trails, or a game drive at Endalweni Private Game Reserve, while those in need of some pampering can enjoy spa treatments at the Morgan Bay Hotel.

Slightly further afield and only a short drive over the cliffs from Morgan's Bay, takes you to the Double Mouth Nature Reserve and the ever popular Bead Beach (Treasure Beach), site of a 16th century Portuguese shipwreck, where Carnelian Beads, Money Cowries and shards of broken Ming Porcelain lie scattered amongst the shells.

Many good times have been enjoyed by families and friends who meet, every evening in summer, for sundowners on the Morgan Bay cliffs. It's the perfect way to reflect on the day and forget your troubles.

At night you can lie relaxed in comfortable accommodation while being hypnotised by the dull roar of the sea, glorious stars and the intermittent beam of the Cape Morgan Lighthouse across the bay.

History

Morgan's Bay was named in 1822 after A.F. Morgan, who was master of the royal naval survey ship Barracouta. She was part of a number of ships on an expedition, under Captain W.F.W Owen R.N, sent out by the British Admiralty to survey the coast from Maputo southwards to the mouth of the Keiskamma River.

The Cape Morgan Nature Reserve takes its name from the automatic lighthouse, which peeks out above the trees of the indigenous forest that lines the beach. The ruins of the old Titanium mine, started by Trev Miller in 1958, lie within this reserve and can be accessed from the Kei Mouth Golf Course road.

Directions & GPS Coordinates

Drive for approx. 25-30 minutes on the N2 from East London toward Mthatha or drive 31km past the Kei Bridge from Mthatha and take the Kei Mouth turnoff at Mooiplaas. Follow the R349 for R35.5km to the Morgan's Bay turnoff, just past the aeroplane at the Ferndale School. Then follow the road for 7km into town.

Morgan Bay GPS coordinates: 32° 42' 28.19" S 28° 20' 34.45" E


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