Activities and attractions in Kei Mouth
The Kei Mouth Country Golf Course is positioned alongside the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve and consists of a 13 hole course with separate tee-boxes making it a comfortable 18 hole round of golf.
The course is always immaculately maintained and ready for competitions. The Club House houses showers, Squash Courts, Bar and Kitchen facilities.
Kei Mouth offers rock, surf and river fishing as well as saltwater fly fishing opportunities.
Deep Sea enthusiasts bringing their own boats can launch from the river. You must be in possession of a valid fishing and boat licence. Deep Sea fishing excursions can be arranged by contacting Clint on 082 771 9206.
Day rides in Kei Mouth and Morgan Bay, as well as multi-day stage rides along the Wild Coast. Meander from surf to savanna, exploring hidden coves and beaches, while experiencing the essence of rural Africa on horseback.
There are many great walks to be had along our beaches, as well as several other trails for the more adventurous. These include: the walk up to the lookout platforms on Signal Hill and back again via Lover's Lane; a walk along the coastline to the lighthouse and on to neighbouring Morgan Bay; walks along the beautiful sandy beaches North of the Kei.
Relaxing cruises on the Great Kei. Watch the Fish Eagles feed and see cycads growing in the wild. Bird watchers paradise! Max. 12 passengers. Bring own refreshments and braaifleis.
Have you ever been inside a Spaza Shop or a Shebeen (local Tavern)? Have you ever consulted a Traditional Healer or drunk Umqombothi (traditional beer)? Have you seen the amaXhosa in their traditional attire, listened to their music and eaten their food?
Experience a day in the life of the locals and experience all of this and more!
Endalweni Private Game Reserve
Endalweni Private Game Reserve is just 8km from Kei Mouth. Here you can see impala, blesbuck, bushbuck, nyala, kudu, blue duiker, common duiker, red hartebeest, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, common reedbuck, Burchell's zebra, giraffe, gennet, mongoose, caracal, black-backed jackal, porcupine, bushpig, warthog, leguaan, vervet monkey, baboon as well as a plethora of bird and plant species.
Kei Mouth's sandy beaches start 1km upstream from the river mouth and wrap around the coastline for nearly two and a half kilometres towards the Golf Course.
The area at the river mouth is very popular with fishermen, while bathers will find calmer waters to the South West of Kei Sands and at the small bay near the mouth of the Cwili river.
The Great Kei River flows for 320km and once formed the southwestern border of the former-Transkei region, which can now be accessed via the 'Pont', one of only two car-transporting river ferries in South Africa.
Activities on the river include fishing, boating and canoeing. South Africa's Southern-most naturally occurring mangrove population also occurs here.
Great Kei Adventures offers guided tours, kayak rentals and transfer/shuttle services in the southern Wild Coast area. Their guided adventures include fishing, kayaking, foraging, birding, hiking, Transkei trips and many other options which can be tailored to your needs. They work closely with local accommodation, activity and service providers to offer exciting holiday packages at great value.
The Pont can carry up to two vehicles at a time and with lots of space for passengers on either side. It operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is in operation from early morning to late afternoon, 365 days a year, except when the river is in flood, or the tide too low.
The Kei Mouth and Morgan Bay area has confirmed sightings of over 270 species of birds, with birding areas ranging from back gardens to the banks the Kei River, Centenery Dam, the beach, surrounding grasslands and the coastal forest of Cape Morgan Nature Reserve.
Approaching the turn off to Morgan Bay you will see a Corvair 880 passenger jet on the side of the road; Believed to be one of only two such aircraft in the World.
Former Eastern Cape Finance MEC, and self confessed hoarder, Billy Nel’s private museum houses over 650 motorcycles including a rare Yamaha GTS1000A, featuring a forkless front suspension.
Kei Mouth is the start of the popular five day Strandloper Trail, which begins in the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve and passes through Morgan Bay, Haga Haga and the Jikeleza Route villages before finishing at Gonubie.
The Cape Morgan Lighthouse
The fully automated lighthouse was built in 1964 and is one of only 4 lighthouses along the Wild Coast. The lantern sits atop a 12-metre lattice tower and is visible for 24 sea miles.
It is a 3km walk or drive along the coastline from Kei Mouth. A path leads down from there to some good fishing spots, before carrying on to Morgan Bay.
Hazel Jefferies Shell Museum
The Hazel Jefferies Shell Museum has hundreds of varieties of shells on display. It is located at the Municipal offices near the four-way stop in the Main Road.
Mon - Fri: 07:00 - 16:00
Saturdays: 09:00 - 11:00
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Climbing and Abseiling
Climb or abseil the nearby Morgan Bay cliffs with the guys from Morgan Bay Adventures, there are around 500 short climbing routes ranging from grade 10-27, with the majority in the moderate (17-22) grade range. The blocky dolerite rock is rough and generally of excellent quality, with most routes following obvious crack lines. For all ages and a lovely outdoor experience. Contact Dirk: 078 2964906.