What is it about the Wild Coast?

Don’t go there people! The roads are awful, potholes everywhere. Not a shop in sight, little electricity if any, ticks and spiders the size of tennis balls, plenty of sharks – especially in the river mouths and very rustic accommodation! It’s the pits!

Well at least that’s what we’d like you to believe! And truthfully, it’s about right. It’s not called the Wild Coast for nothing! It is remote and it is rustic. And you do need a kidney belt just to get there! But it’s also the most beautiful coastal region in South Africa and quite simply, a place that brands you with its ‘forever after’ stamp  – a place that you will be planning your ‘return’ before you’ve even left.

Bashee Reserve


“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you cant.” – Christopher Paolini

Chewing cud

We spent a good part of the festive season hiding in this special part of the world, away from every day life, the hustle and bustle and the big crowds! We’d watch the sun come up. We’d watch it go down. We’d catch waves and build sandcastles. We’d read books and we’d fish. We’d eat meals together, we’d watch the moon come up and the stars shoot. We’d laugh, we’d sleep and we’d swim – all the things a beach holiday should be. This is a Wild Coast holiday.

Free kids
Free Kids!
Bird Chase!

Eastern Cape Birdlife


“In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.” – Plato

Wildcoast tourism
Bashee Beach: There are not many places on the East Coast of South Africa where you get to see a sunset on the beach!

Wild coast fishing

“Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.” – Harry Middleton

Bashee Sunset


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T. S Eliot

Dancing in the ocean

Tree tangle

Fishing expedition


Waterfall in Bashee Nature Reserve

River crossing
The ‘great crossing’ shortly after birth.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Wildcoast getaway

Sparkler Art
New Year celebrations with sparklers

“Look at that sea, girls – all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” – L. M Montgomery

Transkei cow

“We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

20 Replies to “What is it about the Wild Coast?”

    1. Hi Damian – thanks for the comments 🙂 I use a Canon D6 and for this shoot both a canon wide angle lens and a 24 – 105mm lens.


  1. Amazing and evocative as always – bringing some much needed colour to cold grey London – all the best for 2018


  2. Stunning photography as usual! These bring back memories of the days we used to hike down the coast for 30kms to uMthenthu, a wilderness area unknown to most.


  3. Your photos are simply stunning, Lianne!!! You are so talented, and this looks like an enchanting place!! Thank you for sharing. ❤


    1. Thank you Jess :-8) It’s a magic place! So much for the kids (and adults) to do. It was one of those holidays that you get to wind down, read 2 books and reset the body clock! All the best to you for 2018!

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