- Eastern Cape
- Morgan Bay
Eastern Cape Paradise
Morgan Bay, less than an hour from East London and only a few minutes’ drive from the Kei River mouth, is best described as the Eastern Cape’s Paradise!
This beautiful part of the coastline forms part of the Wild Coast and offers a wide diversity of fauna and flora from semi-desert scrub to forests and valley thickets which supports a myriad of animals and no less than 271 bird species according to the Morgan’s Bay Nature Reserve bird list. The lagoon allows swimming in safe calm waters and tourists can listen out for the call of the Fish Eagle during breeding season as this is their breeding grounds.
Morgan Bay boasts one of the most stunning mile-long beaches, a shell collectors dream come true, and the rugged and dramatic Morgan Bay cliffs provide hours of rock climbing and self or guided trail walks. The seaside village is very popular with tourists looking for outdoor activities including horse riding, game drives, fishing, hiking and even golf.
The Morgan Bay Hotel sits right on the edge of the water with exceptional views and very comfortable accommodation. This tourist destination also offers many Guesthouses, B&B’s and self-catering accommodation options, including a caravan and camping site.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Morganville Motorcycle Museum
- Double Mouth Beach
- Morgan Bay Beach
- Lalapanzi Adventure Centre
- Yellowwood Forest Farmers Market
- Wild Coast Meander Hiking Trail
- The Strandloper Trail
- Cape Morgan Lighthouse
- East London Coast Nature Reserve
- Inchara Lagoon
- Hole In The Wall
- Kei Mouth Country Golf Course
Morgan Bay receives approximately 688 mm of rain annually with the majority of its rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 9˚C and 20˚C.
Morgan 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, 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 lighthouse which rises just above the trees of the indigenous forest that lines the beach.
The ruins of the old Titanium mine, started by Trev Miller in 1958, are situated within the reserve and can be accessed from the Kei Mouth Golf Course road.
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