Wild Child Africa

Wild Child Africa is an adventure tourism company, born on the untouched coastline of Pondoland. We specialize in privately-guided, tailor-made adventures for tourists and corporate groups. Our mission is to safeguard the environments in which we operate through community focused and sustainable eco-tourism.

At the heart of this commitment is our flagship product, The Pondo Trail®—an exclusive, high-end adventure with a low environmental impact. This privately guided and fully supported journey redefines luxury in eco-tourism, offering an authentic and emotive experience for travellers. It is an opportunity to be wild, and free. A digital detox and opportunity to find genuine connection with nature, family and friends.

Wild Child Africa invites you to fall in love with Southern Africa, and develop a deep appreciation for the wild spaces we explore. Our carefully integrated ‘Wild Child touches’ create a series of unforgettable and life-changing moments. Join us on a journey where barefoot luxury meets community development and environmental sustainability.

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The Kosi
Experience 

Explore miles of desolate beaches, virgin dune forests, bountiful coral reefs, mangrove swamps and raffia palm forests. The delicate harmony between nature and local communities provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable adventures.
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The Pondo
Trail® 

A physical and emotional immersion into Pondoland’s rich biodiversity, Mpondo culture and breath-taking scenery; ending each day with laughter around a warm fire and a cold G&T.
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THE PONDO
TRAIL RUN

South Africa’s premium trail-run, entirely dedicated to the conservation and preservation of this coastline and the uplifting of it’s communities! This 103km team event is staged in both a 3-day format, and a 1-day Ultra.

The perfect balance of luxury, yet rustic, challenging yet manageable for all skill levels; meditative, social, thought provoking and therefore epically profound.

Bron and Bill

What you guys have created is a priceless gift – to disconnect from work and to reconnect with each other, to discharge our daily responsibilities, and recharge our batteries. To throw caution to the wind and just say… YES!

Natasha Stone

An incredibly beautiful experience. Honestly one of the best things that has happened to me in my life. Thank you for placing a memory like this in our hearts forever

Ros Ivey

It was a life-changing experience. A trip like this opens up a lot of thinking which is what we need

Gys

It was seminal, elemental and profoundly healing. We all felt held by you, enough to shed our layers, our grief, our fears and we experience unbridled joy, having returned quite open, raw and changed by it – you have a real gift

Justine Gevisser
The fortunate few who’ve traversed the Wild Coast with one of our Wild Child guides can speak to how they are able to unlock the hidden marvels of Pondoland, revealing the true magic of this enchanting place. Take, for instance, this extraordinary moment captured by @keithnadauld . Witness the mesmerizing sight of thousands of juvenile Varuna litterata, commonly known as river crabs, as they hatch and begin their remarkable journey downstream to the ocean.

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We are very sorry if we are unable to accommodate you in 2025 but we put the sustainability of our coastline at the forefront of what we do.

Pop us a mail to join the early bird list for 2026 bookings- opening soon. Trust us, it’s worth waiting for.

#pondotrail #wildcoast #wildchildafrica
Each winter, billions of sardines gather together to journey from the cold Atlantic waters into the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean’s Pondoland Coastline. This migration is widely regarded as the ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’ and the seething mass is accompanied by numerous predators as well as the largest concentration of large marine mammals on Earth. Guests this month have been spoilt with incredible dolphin and whale sightings. There really is no bad time of year in Pondoland!

📷: @pickfordwildlifephotography 

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We’ve been hard at work cooking up a website worthy of our world class product and we are so excited to share it with you. Head to www.wildchildafrica.com to check it out and let us know what you think!

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What you guys have created is a priceless gift – to disconnect from work and to reconnect with each other, to discharge our daily responsibilities, and recharge our batteries. To throw caution to the wind and just say… YES! - Natasha Stone
Simply sublime weather conditions in Pondoland this past week 👌 Local Harvesters taking advantage of great diving conditions to grab this haul.
Matt in the Mangroves 😎

Bookings are open for our Kosi Turtle Experience for the late season starting end October. E-mail info@wildchildafrica.com for more info 👌

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“As a group we will forever be connected by this experience.”

Wild Child Africa’s Pondo Trail® is the ideal way to holiday with friends, celebrate milestone birthdays or even for corporate team building.
Wilderer G&Ts Wild Child Style. Best enjoyed poolside at Kosi Forest lodge as you overlook Lake Shengesa and listen to the hippos snort a happy tune.
A boat transfer to the start of the trail comes highly recommended and allows for a phenomenal ocean safari to view dolphins, whales and the sardine migration in season. You’ll be in great hands with seasoned skippers and Pondoland locals Chris and Keith.

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Anyone can hike the Transkei Coast – What defines us is the Wild Child Experience. From the magnificent 311km Wild Coast, we have carefully and purposefully chosen our Pondo Trail® as the canvas upon which we create a series of unique experiences and memorable moments.
Miles of desolate beaches, virgin dune forests, bountiful coral reefs, mangrove swamps and rare raffia palm forests set the scene for exploration and adventure- Wild Child Style.

The nesting and subsequent hatching of the turtles is a natural phenomenon comparable to the greatest wildlife experiences in Africa.

Bookings are open for Oct - Dec for our Kosi Turtle Experience. E-mail info@wildchildafrica.com to secure your spot or head to our website for more info.
The rugged beauty of the magestic Wild Coast never fails to move us, no matter how much time we spend here. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself.

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Wait till the babies at the end 🥹

It is pure magic getting to experience the life cycle of Kosi Bay’s turtle population.

This protected stretch of beach has resulted in what’s referred to as “the golden mile”. A hot-spot of turtle activity as turtles return to lay their eggs on the very same beach where they hatched some 30 years before.

We only have 6 slots left for 2024 for our Kosi Bay Turtle Experience. So, get a group of mates together and join us for the adventure of a lifetime.

Head to the website for more info.

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A day in the life of our Pondo Trail guides. This team knows a bit about making a life out of doing what you love. Shot for capturing it so beautifully @_rooross_
Introducing Wild Child Africa’s Kosi Bay Turtle Experience 🐢 

The beautiful @kosiforest lodge will be your home as you explore the surrounding forests, walk kilometers of pristine, uninhabited beach, adventure in the mangrove swamps and traverse the incredible Kosi Bay Lake system by boat.

Discover the ancient fish traps, passed down through the generations, snorkel, swim in rock pools and sip a @wilderer_sa gin in the pool with a view of the hippos as the sun sets.

Moonlit beach walks to catch a glimpse of the turtles laying their eggs or little hatchlings making their way to the ocean are just the cherry on top of an incredible four day wilderness adventure done the way only Wild Child can 👌

We have a handful of dates available in October, November and December but they are selling fast. E-mail info@wildchildafrica.com to secure your spot!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1

Our adventure starts in Port Edward if you choose the ocean safari transfer, or at Mtentu if you would rather travel by road. The day then offers incredible diversity in a mostly forgotten wilderness through the Mkambathi Nature Reserve; grass plains with a large range of antelope, a picnic lunch beneath a crystal-clear waterfall and finishing with sundowners overlooking the Msikaba estuary. Overnight at Msikaba Beach Camp. Distance +- 15km.

Optional – A boat transfer from Port Edward to Mtentu not only misses out a long and bumpy dirt road but allows for a phenomenal ocean safari to view dolphins, whales and the sardine migration in season. Highly recommended! 

Day 2

An early wakeup will coax you out of bed for a sunrise paddle up the Msikaba estuary for coffee and rusks before returning for breakfast at camp. The trail continues South from Msikaba to Luphatana past the site of the famous Grosvenor shipwreck, conveniently situated beside a protected beach, perfect for a lunchbreak and siesta. Champagne Mile and the famous Wild Coast salt-water-shower marks the end of the day’s walk and bring us to the rustic Luphatana Beach Camp where we will rest our heads for the night. Distance +- 18km. 

Day 3

This day is a mighty one! Filled with majestic landmarks and breath-taking viewpoints. Waterfall Bluff, Bessie’s Cave and Cathedral Rock are only a few of the highlights that can be looked forward to. Overnight at Mbotyi River Lodge. Distance +- 19km.

Day 4

As in every good story, we save the best for last. The short stretch from Mbotyi to Manteku is the epitome of this beautiful coastline; boasting five secluded, Milkwood framed beaches, linked only by secret cattle paths. Manteku’s private beach and estuary offers the perfect end to your life-changing journey. Distance +- 10km.

DAY 5
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and return home sporting the glorious “Pondo Glow”

Day 4

As in every good story, we save the best for last. The short stretch from Mbotyi to Manteku is the epitome of this beautiful coastline; boasting five secluded, Milkwood framed beaches, linked only by secret cattle paths. Manteku’s private beach and estuary offers the perfect end to your life-changing journey. Distance +- 10km.

Day 5

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and return home sporting the glorious “Pondo Glow”