The Jacaranda Shipwreck and Qolora
Qolora (Qholorha) Mouth is one of the few coastal hamlets in the Transkei that is easily accessible with an average family car. It is only a 16km drive across the Kei River from the pontoon ferry
The beach is wide and inviting at the river mouth with a few small rocky points and estuaries scattered along its length in either direction as it stretches to the horizon.
Side-step a few cows on the beach as you hike to the wreck of the Jacaranda which ran aground on the night of September the 18th, 1971. She was not laden with any cargo and riding high in windy seas when her engines failed. She was washed ashore and the captain, his wife and 14 crew members abandoned ship using a rope ladder which they strung from the ships prow to the nearby rocks. Successive storms have taken their toll on the stranded ship and today only the bow remains.