Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape
Enjoy magnificent Morgan Bay accommodation, here at the family friendly Morgan Bay Hotel. Situated a short 45 minute drive from East London along the Wild Coast of South Africa and nestled between a mile of unspoilt beach and breathtaking cliffs, you will be spoilt for choice on ways to spend your day.
Established in 1946, our newly renovated, third-generation, family-run hotel offers comfortable and relaxing accommodation in 40 tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms, all with ceiling fans, free WiFi, DSTV and kettles. Family inter-leading rooms and cots on request. We offer both Bed & Breakfast and Dinner, Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Morgan Bay, except during the December school holidays, when our rates are All Inclusive.
Our facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, beauty spa, beach boutique, an à la carte restaurant and pub, a resident's lounge and dining room, a wedding and conference venue, braai facilities, a games room, playground, kiddies TV lounge, childminding services, in-room safes and a laundry service. Beach towels and umbrellas are included, while surfboards, sand boards, body boards, SUPs and canoes are available to hire.
Activities and attractions include the mile-long Morgan Bay beach, majestic cliffs criss-crossed with hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, surfing, canoeing, horse riding, bird watching, rock climbing and abseiling. Within a 15km radius you can enjoy an 18 hole golf course, township tours and a tranquil coastal nature reserve, where you can comb the beach for Ming Dynasty Porcelain, Money Cowries and Carnelian Beads from a 17th Century Portuguese shipwreck.
Our 40 rooms are designed to make you feel at home - a place where you can relax, unwind, and just be yourself. Spacious and tastefully decorated with Indian Ocean and rugged Wild Coast views that will leave you quite speechless. We have a choice of Deluxe, Sea View, Partial Sea View and Non Sea View rooms, all will en-suite bathroom facilities, ceiling fans, DSTV and kettles. We are also able to offer family inter-leading rooms. Cots for the little ones are available on request.
41 Beach Road, Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Forgotten your slip slops, sun hat or sun block in the rush to get here? Not to worry, the Sandhoppa is conveniently situated right next door to the hotel. We offer a fantastic range of popular brands including Roxy, Havaiannas, Lizard, Quicksilver and Billabong.
Enjoy your meals in our comfortable and spacious dining hall overlooking the Indian Ocean. We offer a wide range of menu options to meet all dietary requirements, including vegetarians and allergies, and we serve a full English breakfast and serviced 4 course dinners. Escape to the residents only Lounge and Bar to enjoy a night cap with fellow hotel guests.
The fabulous Deck Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or something to eat while sitting back and enjoying the magnificent view of Morgan Bay. We offer an extensive ala carte menu serving a range of great food including our popular fish and chips, gourmet salads and burgers to name but a few. Open from 8am, we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a fantastic selection of mid morning and afternoon delights perfect to enjoy with a Miko Cappuccino or double thick milk shake.
The fully licensed bar serves a range of local beers and ciders, wines, spirits or get one of our friendly barman to make you a delicious cocktail.
Our big screen TVs with surround sound are there to bring you all the live sporting action so you don't have to miss a thing while on holiday. Live entertainment is also offered on certain nights where many of our visitors land up dancing well into the night.
Charmaine and her team of friendly staff are there to ensure you are well looked after and look forward to welcoming you to The Deck.
Activities and Attractions
There are so many things to keep you entertained in Morgan Bay! We have an unspoilt mile-long beach, majestic cliffs criss-crossed by hiking and mountain bike trails, beach sports, fishing spots, horse riding, rock climbing and abseiling. Within a 15km radius you can enjoy a game reserve, a golf course, township tours and a tranquil coastal nature reserve, where you can hunt for Ming dynasty porcelain, Money Cowries and Carnelian Beads from a 17th Century Portuguese shipwreck.
The hotel sits right on the mile-long sandy beach at Morgan Bay. Popular activities include sunbathing, fishing, walking, beach cricket, touch rugby, swimming, beachcombing and kite surfing. Other beaches nearby include Bead Beach at Double Mouth and the Kei Mouth beaches.
Morgan Bay has a wide variety of birding habitats and over 280 species have been recorded here. Habitats include the ocean and shores, grasslands, coastal and riverine forests, rivers, estuaries, dams and gardens.
Enjoy a walk along the beach to the lighthouse and onwards to Kei Mouth, Signal Hill and the Pont. Alternatively, take a hike over the cliffs and along the shoreline to Double Mouth and Bead Beach. Local guide, Quicks, can also take you to Gxara village when you can enjoy a cultural experience, a forest walk, abseiling and snake handling.
Double Mouth Nature Reserve
The nearby Double Mouth Nature Reserve has a stunning little beach, just around the corner from the campsite. Bead Beach, or Treasure Beach as it is sometimes known, is the site of a 17th Century Portuguese shipwreck, thought to be the Santo Espirito. Carnelian beads, shards of Ming dynasty porcelain and money cowries are often found among the shingle here.
The Kei Mouth Country Club has a 13-hole golf course with sea views and separate tee boxes, which make it an 18-hole course. There is also a club house with change rooms, a restaurant and pub with outdoor seating. Local members play on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so feel free to join in.
Morgan Bay Adventures
If you feel like shooting your friends and colleagues, then come and enjoy a day of paintballing with Morgan Bay Adventures. If you're feeling brave, then enjoy a thrilling day out, abseiling and rock climbing on the majestic Morgan Bay cliffs.
Great Kei Adventures
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.
Enjoy a leisurely ride down to the beach and gallop alongside the waters edge. A fantastic activity for the whole family to enjoy. Wild Coast Horseback Adventures also do day rides and multi day rides along the Wild Coast.
The Morganville Farm Private Motorcycle Museum is located just 7km from Kei Mouth and houses over 650 motorcycles, a large passenger jet, several doubledecker buses, ox-wagons, train coaches, antique wooden organs and dentist's and barber's chairs.
Siya's Mountain Bike Trails
Let experienced local mountain bike rider, Siyabulela Jack, take you on a guided tour of the area and experience the beauty and culture of the Eastern Cape like never before. Routes include: Double Mouth Nature Reserve, Umthombe Kei, Seagulls and Trennerys, Gxara Falls and numerous Xhosa villages! All skill levels catered for.
Fish Eagle River Cruises
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.
Elunxwemeni Township Tours
Fancy visiting a Spaza Shop or a Shebeen? What about consulting a Traditional Healer or drinking Umqombothi? Have you seen the amaXhosa in their traditional attire, listened to their music and eaten their food? No? Well come and experience a day in the life of the locals of iCwili township near Kei Mouth, and experience all of this and more!
The Morgan Bay lagoon
Young children will have great fun in the calm and shallow waters of the Morgan Bay lagoon, Hire a canoe or a stand-up paddleboard from the hotel reception and explore the upper reaches. There is a lot of bird life to be seen amongst the channels and islands.
14km walk/run or 22km run or 26km cycle or 45km cycle - take yor pick! The HagMorKei is held once a year, during the December school holidays, and crosses the hills, beaches and rivers between Haga Haga, Morgan Bay and Kei Mouth. All proceeds go to the local Gxara Village Creche.
Morgan Bay has a right point break that produces reasonably consistent right hand barrels that funnel into the bay. Summer offers the best conditions when off shore winds are from the North West. Ground swells are more frequent than wind swell and the best swell direction is from the South.
Morgan Bay Cliffs
The rugged Morgan Bay cliffs are popular with hikers and offer excellent photographic opportunities - it's not surprising that so many of our newlyweds have their photos taken up there! They're also an excellent location for watching the sunrise, or enjoy a sundowner with friends and family.
Morgan Bay and Double Mouth offer good rock and surf fishing options. The nearby Great Kei river is also quite productive and deep sea enthusiasts can launch their own boats through the Kei river mouth. There are several guides in the area and deep sea charters can be arranged.
There is a bowling green in the Morgan Bay Caravan Park, where members play on Thursdays and Sundays, while in Kei Mouth they play on Wednesdays and Saturdays - Everyone is welcome to join in!
Drive 35 km from East London on the N2 in the direction of Durban. Turn right down the R349. Drive for 35 km on tar, and then turn right. Drive for a further 6 km and you will reach Morgan Bay.
Our GPS co-ordinates are:
S 32° 42' 31.91"
E 28° 20' 29.97"
Please note: Turn right at the first Morgan Bay turn off, which is just after the white 'Eish' aeroplane on your right. Most GPS devices will direct you past this turn off and make you enter Morgan Bay via the Link Road, which is a gravel road that is in a terrible condition.
Morgan Bay has a small, well maintained 600m grass landing strip called Brown's Landing, for those who intend flying in themselves. Transfer arrangements to and from the hotel can be arranged.
Wifi, Coffee / Bar Lounge, DSTV / Satelite TV, Mini Bar, Iron, Hairdryer, Bath Tub, Shower, Balcony, Air Conditioning, Fan, TV, Pool, Gymnasium / Fitness Centre, Spa, Gourmet breakfast menu, Laptop safes in all rooms, Beach, Hikes, Safaris, Paid Breakfast, Room Service, Paid parking, Entertainment