Port St Johns

Port St Johns

Port St. Johns is situated on the Wild Coast, a coastline of about 270 km long, boasting some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country. It lies at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, a river flowing through an impressive gorge known as the "Gates of St John" into an estuary located on the Indian Ocean. On both sides of the river ravine are high sandstone mountain peaks.

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Port St. Johns is known as the centre of tourism on the Wild Coast. It is famous for deep sea fishing and shore angling. Near to the town are three magnificent beaches.

From Mthatha in the West and Flagstaff in the North the R61 road connects to Port St. Johns. A smaller road leads the last 5 km into town. Port St. Johns also has an airport.

There are two lighthouses on the Pondoland coast. The Cape Hermes light is on the headland on the southern side of the Umzimvubu River at Port St Johns, and the other is at South Sand Bluff, overlooking the Msikaba River.

Silaka Nature Reserve is a 400ha reserve lies in the forested valley between Second Beach and Sugarloaf Rock just south of Port St Johns. Bird Rock, just off the beach, is a favourite shad-fishing spot. Self-catering cottages are available, offering forest or sea-facing views. Blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, blue duiker and bushbuck can be seen, along with samango and vervet monkeys, a variety of birds and a colony of otters.

The Pondoland Park is a National park and forested area 500 km² in size, including the Umzimvubu river mouth and stretching north along the coast up to the provincial border with KwaZulu-Natal.

Gallery

The Port St Johns gallery showcases a glimpse of what this diverse Tourism Route has to offer. Click on each photo to view the enlargement.

Port St Johns

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Port St Johns Museum
The new Port St Johns Museum displays works of art, many contributed by the local community.
Silaka Nature Reserve
This 400ha reserve lies in the forested valley between Second Beach and Sugarloaf Rock just south of Port St Johns.
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