The Eastern Cape has abundance of breathtaking natural wonders, and one of the most fascinating is Waterfall Bluff. It’s one of only 19 waterfalls in the entire world that flow directly into the sea, making it rare and spectacular at the same time.
Like much of the Wild Coast, it is not easy to get to but when you do, you won’t want to leave.
Waterfall Bluff is located between Port St Johns and Mkambathi Nature Reserve – and from the air it is impossible to miss. On the ground, however, it’s a different story. You can’t simply drive up to the waterfall and enjoy the scenery. Instead, you need to book a guide from the area who knows the area well and hike to the waterfall. It’s a lot of effort to get there but oh so worth it when you do.
The two easiest options to get to Waterfall Bluff are to hike from Mbotyi River Lodge which is about a 28km hike, or you can drive with the off-road lodge vehicle closer and walk the rest of the 15km to the spot. Either way be prepared for a challenging hike. There is also the option of overnight hikes in groups which you can look into as well.
En route there are natural rock pools for a quick swim to cool off – the Eastern Cape is extremely hot in the summer months and the direct opposite in the cold season.
Highlights en route to Waterfall Bluff include the endemic Mkambati palms
The many highlights along this route include the endemic Mkambati palms, the overhanging cliffs next to the Indian Ocean and Cathedral Rock which is a well-known landmark in the area.
There are few words to describe the sheer magnificence of Waterfall Bluff. The pristine water snakes along the Mlambomkulu River then plunges 93m down into the Indian Ocean.
There is a massive overhanging cave called Grotto cave to seek shelter, enjoy a picnic and rest up. Knowing that this is one of less than 20 natural features found in the whole world makes it a truly special place to be. Take loads of pictures and leave it the exact same way you found it, untouched and unforgettable.