Lubanzi Beach in Ginyintsimbi, Mbhashe Rural, Eastern Cape
Lubanzi Beach is an unspoilt retreat from the real world. The beach shares it’s name with the Lubanzi Xhosa Village that is perched on it.
Nearby Lubanzi Beach is an estuary which is ideal for fishing, paddling or birdwatching and surrounding the beach are green hills and rugged rocky mountain faces which are exciting to explore on foot and they promise spectacular views! While visiting here you can also visit the village and sample the traditional foods while taking in the cultures and customs of its residents.
Lubanzi Beach is relatively small but offers plenty in the way of places to tan, walk, play beach games or enjoy horse riding on the sand. The blue waters of the Indian Ocean are warm and popular also for surfing, swimming and SCUBA diving. All through the year, there is a chance that friendly dolphins can be seen surfing the waves or speeding behind them while whales also often make an appearance during the latter half of the year!
Strolling the beach at night is nothing short of magical, thanks to the phosphorescence in the waves, and sunrises over the beach, well they will always be worthy of an early wake-up call.
Taking a five-kilometre hike from Lubanzi Beach will find you at a renowned attraction called the Hole in the Wall. This hike is a fantastic way to experience both places and everything in between too!
Things to see and do
- SCUBA Diving
- Beach Games
- Dolphins and Whales
- Hole in the Wall Attraction
- Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Lodge
There is no admission fee charged, only during daylight hours
Advisable to stay overnight at Lubanzi Backpackers
If you are coming from the N2, East London OR Durban direction, ALWAYS turn onto the Coffee Bay road to get to Lubanzi, no matter what your GPS may suggest. Following your GPS can mean 50km of terrible gravel road instead of 80km of tar road.
A 4X4 vehicle is recommended.
From the N2, take the Coffee Bay turn off (about 20km from Mthatha). Follow the road for about 50 km until you see the BIG sign to Zithulele Mission Hospital/Hole in the Wall. Turn right onto the new tar road. Follow the road for about 17 km. Turn right onto a dirt road about 1km before the hospital, at the little orange sign to Wild Lubanzi. There is a big square silver water tank on stilts at that corner, and immediately afterward a shop called Emthunzini Store. If you have missed the turn off, just turn around at the hospital, drive back for about 2mins and take the first road on your left. Follow the road for 5 km.
Wild Lubanzi Backpackers offer a Shuttle Service however, this must be booked in advance as the service is only available on request!
PLEASE NOTE: it's a 2-hour drive from the N2 to Wild Lubanzi Backpackers / Beach. Make sure you arrive/leave in daylight - the road is difficult to manage at night!
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