Welcome to 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, and is blessed with a mile-long beach, safe swimming lagoon and picturesque sea cliffs.
You will find a wide variety of Morgan Bay accommodation here.
Morgan Bay has been a favourite holiday destination with generations of South African families, who are lured back here year after year, and 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, the picturesque cliffs and the Bushbuck Trail at Yellowwood Forest. There are several good fishing spots in the area and ski-boats can be launched from the mouth of the nearby Kei River.
Morgan Bay boasts over 270 species of bird with habitats ranging from back gardens to the banks the lagoon, municipal dam, the beach, cliffs, rolling grasslands and coastal and riverine forests. Checklists can be found in flyer stands in the area or on our activities page.
Activities for the adventurous include rides along the Morgan Bay beach and cliffs with Wild Coast Horseback Adventures, game drives at Endalweni Private Game Reserve, township tours or rock climbing and abseiling with Rock Face Labs. The Morgan Bay Hotel has a climbing wall and mountain bikes, canoes, body boards, stand ups, surfboards and sand boards are available for hire.
There are three restaurants in Morgan Bay, each with their own unique character. For a relaxed forest setting, head down to the Tea Garden & Pizzeria at Yellowwood Forest, beautiful ocean and cliff vistas can be enjoyed at the Seaspray Restaurant at the Mitford Hotel, or enjoy the open-air beach and sea views at The Deck Restaurant & Bar at the Morgan Bay Hotel. Afterwards, those in need of some pampering can enjoy spa treatments at the Milkwood Spa at the Morgan Bay Hotel or foot massages at The Mudhutters.
Slightly further afield, and only a short drive over the cliffs from Morgan Bay, takes you to the Double Mouth Nature Reserve and the ever-popular Bead Beach (Treasure Beach), site of a 17th 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 cliffs, to reflect on the day and forget their 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.
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