- Eastern Cape
Wild & Untamed
The little town of Lusikisiki gets its name from the wind that moves through the grass - the countryside is a remote and untamed mystery of tropical forest and rolling hills and is fondly referred to as “God’s Country”! It is the perfect town to enjoy the warm African sun and the extraordinary beauty of the Wild Coast.
Popular sites in the region are Cathedral Rock and Waterfall Bluff and the town is in an excellent location for hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking. Being so close to Port St Johns means plenty of beach time too!
Not far away is mount Nelson, former home of Khotsa Sethuntsa, a millionaire Bantu herbalist who in his 90 years had 20 wives and about 200 children. He ascribed his virility to a secret potion called 'Umangalala'.
Accommodation in the area includes one or two B&B’s and Guesthouses with more accommodation in Port St Johns.
Things to do and see
- Magwa Waterfall
- Pondoland Marine Protected Area
- Watefall Bluff
- M’bashe Lighthouse
- First Beach
- Port St Johns to Coffee Bay Hike
Lusikiski receives approximately 1016 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg into Margate Airport, 185 km away. Alternatively, there are daily flights from all major airports into King Shaka International Airport approximately 351 Km’s away along the R61 and N2 and into the East London Airport approximately 358 Km’s away along the same roads from the opposite direction. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Before European Settlers arrived in 1894, the AmaMpondo chief's kraal occupied what is now the present town village.
In 1953 the South African Apartheid government made attempts to persuade the people of Lusikisiki to accept the rule of Bantu authorities, which they had established, but the Lusikiski community rejected this scheme. A man called Mngqinga led a large local group to attack the police. This was later known as the Lusikisiki Revolt.
The name is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound of the wind. The wind whispering through the marsh reeds at evening is said to make the sound 'Lusikisiki' and this is the name given to the village which has grown up near the marsh and which is now the capital of then called Pondoland. The name was given by the local AmaMpondo people.
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