Quiet Seaside Holidays
The beautiful seaside village of Kei Mouth lies on the banks of the Great Kei River, just 45 minutes away from East London, along the Wild Coast. The village of Kei Mouth, and the neighbouring Morgan Bay, still belong to the list of touristic secrets in South Africa and can almost guarantee quiet and peaceful holidays.
Kei Mouth has several sandy beaches, seamed by wooded dunes, fynbos and subtropical vegetation. The beaches start about 1 km upstream from the river mouth and wrap around the coastline for nearly two and a half kilometres towards the Golf Course – an inviting 18-hole golf course with stunning views across the sea. Kei Mouth is also extremely popular with anglers, since it has some excellent fishing grounds, both at the coast and at the mouth of the Kei River.
Just up the coast from Kei Mouth is its neighbour Morgan’s Bay, a little hamlet surrounded by steep cliffs separated from Kei Mouth by a nature reserve and protected lagoon. An old-fashioned Pont, one of South Africa's last two remaining pontoon river ferry services, will transport you and your car across the Kei River from where you can travel to Coffee Bay or the legendary ‘Hole in the Wall’.
There are a few restaurants and eateries in and around the Kei Mouth area and accommodation options include camping, backpacking, self-catering and guesthouses.
Things to do and see
- Cape Morgan Nature Reserve
- Strandloper Hiking Trail
- Wild Coast Meander Hiking Trail
- Wild Coat Horse Trails
- Kei Mouth Pont
- Qolora Beach
- Kei Mouth Motorcycle Museum
- Morgan Bay Beach
- Kei Mouth Golf Course
Kei Mouth receives approximately 698 mm of rain annually, occurring throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 21˚C.
The town of Kei Mouth was created by the British in 1847 when authorities decided to formally settle whites on the land by grant farms. The region was then ruled by King Hintsa and later his brother Sarhill.
One of these first settlers was the first white man to build a house in Kei Mouth, John Crouch. The structure would have been similar to those built by Xhosa people.
Horses were the only means of transportation and before the 20th century dawned various contingents of mounted soldiers manned the frontier fort at Kei Mouth. In 1943 they started with a road, which had such an important influence for Kei Mouth, Komga and the Transkei - even though it was just gravel.
At the beginning of the settlements drive there were no demarcated roads. King Williams Town, and then Komga were the administrative hubs of the area, and a fast developing East London the business centre. They started talking about the tarring of the Kei Mouth road about forty years ago - and the road was finally tarred in 2001
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