Activities in Morgan Bay
Rock Climbing and Abseiling
Come and climb or abseil on our beautiful cliffs with Rockfacelabs, there are around 500 short routes on the cliffs just West of town, 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.
Morgan Bay Rock Climbing Route Guides
Contact Dirk on 078 296 4906 or Jonothan on 076 316 2543
Wild Coast Horseback Adventures
Meander from surf to savanna, exploring hidden coves and beaches, while experiencing the essence of rural Africa on horse back. 6 nights 7 days Wild Coast Horse Trail. 8 nights 10 day Surf and Turf Safari. 1 to 14 days custom made Castaway Trails. Day rides and beach trails. 1 to 12 weeks Gap Year & Career break Working Horse Riding Holidays. Torstone Sport Horses - competitive endurance horses and high quality pleasure riding horses.
Contact Julie-Anne on 082 567 0972 or visit Wild Coast Horseback Adventures
There is amazing birding in and around the village with confirmed sightings of over 270 species of bird. Try the cliffs, Yellowwood Forest and the municipal dam. The lagoon basin is particularly rich in bird life and hosts large numbers of raptors such as the African Fish Eagle. Enquire at reception for a bird list or download one here: Morgan Bay Bird List
Double Mouth Nature Reserve
The beautiful Double Mouth Nature Reserve is situated just 4km away and has a pretty little campsite, secluded estuary and beach where you can find porcelain, money cowries and carnelian beads from the cargo of a 16th Century Portuguese trading vessel which sank nearby.
Dolphin and Whale Watching
The Morgan Bay cliffs provide a good location for dolphin and whale watching. Dolphins can be see year-round but are seen more often in the Winter when they follow the Sardine Run up the coast. Whales do not come as close to the shore here, as they do in other locations, but they are frequently seen when they breach and splash their tails a few kilometres out to sea, so bring your binoculars. Southern Right Whales can be spotted from June to November and Humpback Whales from May to December.
Mountain bikes are a great way to explore the area, from single tracks along the Morgan Bay cliffs and fishermen's paths, to beach and gravel road riding, come and fide your own adventure!
Swimming and Surfing
Morgan Bay has a wonderful swimming beach and toddlers can enjoy a splash about in the shallow waters at the river mouth. For surfers there is an exposed beach break that works well in a small swell and there is a short right in front of the Mitford Hotel that works best in 3 to 6 foot swells.
There is good fishing either at half way rocks or off the cliffs. Double Mouth also has good fishing spots - remember to take your licence with you. If you need to purchase one, they are obtainable from the Morgan Bay Top Shop.
Hiking and Walks
There are wonderful walks over the cliffs to Double Mouth or along the Morgan Bay beach to the lighthouse and beyond to Kei Mouth. The more energetic can walk past Double Mouth to Black Rock and Haga Haga for lunch and then return in the afternoon. You can stop to collect porcelain and carnelian beads from the wreck of the 16th century Portuguese shipwreck, the Santo Espirito along this stretch.
Two and four hour cruises on the Great Kei river. Watch the Fish Eagles feed and see cycads growing in the wild. A bird watchers paradise! 15 - 25 passengers. Bring own refreshments. Braai facilities, charcoal, ice, music and glasses (except wine glasses) are supplied on the four hour cruise.
Contact Marguerite on 073 300 3029
For a game drive with the family, visit Endalweni Private Game Reserve, 8 kilometers from Morgan Bay. There are 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.
Contact them on 043 841 1526 or visit www.endalweni.co.za
Yellowwood Forest is a lovely family venue with a jungle gym built around a tree, resident rabbits, a gift shop, a 30 minute Bushbuck fairy trail and a coffee shop with legendary pizzas. They also have a natural swimming hole by the river for days when the beach is too windy and they host a monthly farmers market.
Contact them on 043 841 1598 or visit www.yellowwoodforest.co.za
There is a good golf course over at Kei Mouth - take the link road from Morgan Bay to Kei Mouth. This is a 9 hole links course with separate tee-boxes making it a comfortable 18 hole round of golf. All the holes have magnificent sea views.
Contact: 043 841 1083.
The Bowling Club is situated in the Morgan Bay Caravan Park. Visitors are welcome and can contact Lindsay Forrester on 043 841 1396 for access.
Ask Rose to pack you a picnic basket and take this up to the cliffs for Sundowners. R60 for a basket for two.