Wide open spaces – South Africa’s Wild Coast

Wild Coast

The beach at Mdumbi backpackers

After spending the summer of a lifetime backpacking along South Africa‘s incredible Wild Coast I’ve come to learn that there is one specific reason why it was such a memorable holiday. Open spaces. Time and time again we woke up in the morning with a deserted beach greeting us or rolling hills with sparsely dotted Xhosa huts. We’d go hiking and come across no-one, perhaps only a few cows or goats. We’d spend hours on a beach with only a self-timer to take group photos. There was a sense of peace, a feeling that the rest of the world truly doesn’t matter, at least not for the week that you belong to the Wild Coast.

It was a week of inspiration, of writing in a notebook and of spending hours in other’s company without having to say anything. It was a week of wide open spaces.

Sunrise at Bulungula

Sunrise at Bulungula

Sunset at Bulungula

Sunset at Bulungula

Just four people on one massive beach int he middle of nowhere

Just four people on one massive beach in the middle of nowhere

Just space, wide open space

Just space, wide open space

Deserted beaches and hiking without shoes

Deserted beaches and hiking without shoes

Peaceful days and nothin but bikinis and sharongs

Peaceful days and nothing but bikinis and sharongs

Beauty and calmness as far as the eye can see

Beauty and calmness as far as the eye can see

A happy dog and an early morning

A happy dog and an early morning

Bulungula River mouth

Bulungula River mouth

Scarf dances and space

Scarf dances and space

Deserted beach at Mdumbi

Deserted beach at Mdumbi

Mdumbi beach

Mdumbi beach

Cows and hilltops and greenery - an iconic site in the Wild Coast

Cows and hilltops and greenery – an iconic site in the Wild Coast

Peaceful, beautiful places

Peaceful, beautiful places

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

Greenery, rolling hills and dotted Xhosa huts

Greenery, rolling hills and dotted Xhosa huts

Goats wander along the cliff tops like pro's

Goats wander along the cliff tops like pro’s

Joyful leaps and uninterrupted views

Joyful leaps and uninterrupted views

Wild Coast

Wild Coast

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