Activities and attractions in and around Morgan Bay
Our flat, 1.6km long sandy beach is great for ball games like cricket, rugby and tennis. A touch rugby and cricket tournament is held once a year between Christmas and New Year. The dunes are good for sandboarding and our beach is also ideal for jogging and walking. Other activities include swimming, fishing, kite flying, body boarding, sand castle building, horse riding and beachcombing.
Pack your camera and go for a hike over the spectacular cliffs. These impressive slabs of dolerite, which drop some 50 metres into the pounding surf, are ideal vantage points for watching the sunrise or enjoying a sundowner with friends. If you're lucky, you may even see the dolphins frolicking in the waves which crash against the rocks below.
This pristine coastal nature reserve boasts one of SA's most picturesque campsites and lies only 4km away from Morgan Bay. Here two rivers meet in a pristine estuary, which carves a single course through forested dunes to the sea. Bead Beach (Treasure Beach) is the site of a 16th century Portuguese shipwreck, where Carnelian Beads, Money Cowries and shards of broken Ming Porcelain can be found.
Morgan Bay has confirmed sightings of over 270 species of birds, with birding areas ranging from back gardens to the banks of the Inchara river estuary, Morgan Bay Dam, Yellowwood Forest, the beach, surrounding grasslands and the coastal forest of Cape Morgan Nature Reserve.
Our Forest is an integral part of Morgan Bay’s landscape. Seen from the beach, along the coast to Cape Morgan Lighthouse, and up river beyond the upper reaches of the lagoon, it is especially unique and easily accessible, something not to be missed. Take the link road to Kei Mouth and see both the forest and Morgan Bay from an entirely different perspective. Frequented by a variety of bird life, including the rare African Finn foot, it is the ideal place to discover on windy days when it offers protection from coastal winds and hot midday sun.
Come and get a Xhosa cultural experience in Morgan Bay with me, Thandi! Visit my home and let me share my culture with you. Learn about traditional Xhosa practices and customs, enjoy a home cooked Xhosa meal and traditional beer, pop in for tea and visit the creche to meet the kids or sleep over in the safety of my home (Max. 6 people).
Climbing and Abseiling
Climb or abseil the Morgan Bay cliffs with the guys from Rockfacelabs, there are around 500 short climbing routes ranging from grade 10-27, with the majority in the moderate (17-22) grade range. The blocky dolerite rock is rough and generally of excellent quality, with most routes following obvious crack lines. For all ages and a lovely outdoor experience. Contact Dirk: 078 2964906, Jonothan: 076 3162543
From the beach at Morgan Bay, anglers can catch kob, garrick and white steenbras. There are also several excellent fishing spots along the Morgan Bay cliffs, however these spots are dangerous and should not be fished alone. Good fishing is also to be had in the Kei River, just 7km away. You can also charter a deep-sea ski boat or launch your own from the Kei river mouth.
Approaching the turn off to Morgan Bay you will see a Corvair 880 passenger jet on the side of the road; Believed to be one of only two such aircraft in the World.
Former Eastern Cape Finance MEC, and self confessed hoarder, Billy Nel’s private museum houses over 200 motorcycles including a rare Yamaha GTS1000A, featuring a forkless front suspension.
Endalweni Private Game Reserve
Endalweni Private Game Reserve is just 8km from Kei Mouth. Here you can see impala, blesbuck, bushbuck, nyala, kudu, blue duiker, common duiker, red hartebeest, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, common reedbuck, Burchell's zebra, giraffe, gennet, mongoose, caracal, black-backed jackal, porcupine, bushpig, warthog, leguaan, vervet monkey, baboon as well as a plethora of bird and plant species.
The nearby Kei Mouth Country Golf Course is positioned alongside the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve and consists of a 13 hole course with separate tee-boxes making it a comfortable 18 hole round of golf.
The course is always immaculately maintained and ready for competitions. The Club House houses showers, Squash Courts, Bar and Kitchen facilities.
The mile-long Morgan Bay beach is very popular with walkers, as are the trails along the cliffs, but Morgan Bay has so much more to offer. Take a hike to the lighthouse and neighbouring Kei Mouth, or hike South along the coastline to Bead Beach and beyond, to Marshstrand or Haga Haga. Yellowwood Forest also has a relaxing forest trail for you to enjoy.
2 and 4 hour cruises on the Great Kei river. Watch the Fish Eagles feed and see cycads growing in the wild. Bird watchers paradise! 15 - 25 passengers. Bring own refreshments.
4 hour cruise: we supply braai facilities, charcoal, ice, music and glasses (except wine glasses).
The calm waters of the Inchara river estuary are ideal for small children. Engine powered boats are not permitted on the Inchara Lagoon, which makes it an ideal playground for swimming, canoeing, SUPing and bird watching. Canoes and SUPs are available for hire at the Morgan Bay Caravan Park.
Morgan Bay has a right hand point break in front of the Mitford Hotel that funnels into the bay. Winter offers the best conditions when off shore winds meet ground swells from the south. Yellowwood Forest gives surf lessons and has surfboards and wetsuits for hire. Phone 0845822601 for bookings and information
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Morgan Bay cliffs make ideal vantage points for Dolphin and Whale watching. Dolphins are present year round, but are more common in Winter. Southern Right and Humpack Whales can be seen far out at sea from around June to November, but only venture closer to shore when calving, so bring your binoculars. Bryde's Whales and Orcas are present year round, but sightings are quite rare.
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. Botha's Krantz, the furthest South of the Morgan Bay cliffs, is a great spot and the view from up top is just amazing.
Yellowwood Forest is famous for its markets. Every Saturday is Market day, its family friendly and children can play while shoppers browse. Craft Markets are held once a month and more frequently during the holidays, particularly during the festive season. The xmas season markets are not to be missed and held on the 15th, 22nd and 29th of December and the 3nd of January.
Wild Coast Horseback Adventures
Day rides in Kei Mouth and Morgan Bay, as well as multi-day stage rides along the Wild Coast. Meander from surf to savanna, exploring hidden coves and beaches, while experiencing the essence of rural Africa on horseback.
Kei Mouth is the start of the popular five day Strandloper Trail, which begins in the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve and passes through Morgan Bay, Haga Haga and the Jikeleza Route villages before finishing at Gonubie.
The Morgan Bay Bowling Green and clubhouse are situated in the Morgan Bay Caravan Park
Thurs: Tabs at 13:45 for 14:00
Sun: Tabs at 8:45 for 09:00
The Cape Morgan Lighthouse
The fully automated lighthouse was built in 1964 and is one of only 4 lighthouses along the Wild Coast. The lantern sits atop a 12-metre lattice tower and is visible for 24 sea miles.
It is a 3km walk or drive along the coastline from Kei Mouth. A path leads down from there to some good fishing spots, before carrying on to Morgan Bay.
Hazel Jefferies Shell Museum
The Hazel Jefferies Shell Museum in Kei Mouth has hundreds of varieties of shells on display. It is located at the Municipal offices near the four-way stop in the Main Road.
Mon - Fri: 07:00 - 16:00
Saturdays: 09:00 - 11:00
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays