Kei Mouth

The Kei River Mouth

The seaside village of Kei Mouth is located on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast of South Africa and is about 90 km east of East London. Kei Mouth is situated on the south bank of the Kei River, beyond which, lies the rural former homeland of the Transkei. The subtropical climate, unpolluted beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean make Kei Mouth ideal for bathers, surfers and sunbathers throughout the year.

Get in

Kei Mouth is about 90km (a 1 hour drive) away from East London and is accessible by a newly created tar road. There are several shuttle services that pick up in East London and from the airport, and some accommodation establishments will pick you up by arrangement for a small fee.

Get around

There are no buses or taxis in Kei Mouth but Mini bus taxis are available. The village is quite small and most shops, restaurants, bars & the beach are within walking distance.


Kei Mouth is the start of the legendary Strandloper Trail, which passes through Morgan's Bay and Haga Haga and terminates at Gonubie. For shorter walks, there are of course the beaches, as well as walks to the viewing platforms on Signal Hill and down Lover's Lane.

One of South Africa's two remaining car pontoons operates in Kei Mouth. Vehicles and passengers are ferried across the Kei River to the Transkei (Wild Coast). From here you can head for the wreck of The Jacaranda, which has been high and dry on the beach since 1971. It's about an hour's beach walk from the Trennery's Hotel, which has a map at reception for 4x4 enthusiasts, complete with GPS co-ordinates showing you how get there.


Kei Mouth is exceptionally popular with anglers; there are excellent fishing grounds both at the coast and in the Kei River, which is navigable for several kilometers upstream. Deep Sea Fisherman can launch from the mouth of the Kei River. Activities in the Kei Mouth area include river cruises, golf, fly fishing, deep-sea fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, hiking and nature trails, rock climbing, abseiling, surfing, canoeing, microlighting, game viewing and bird watching.





Go next

The beautiful seaside village of Morgan's Bay and its famous cliffs is only 7km away, 4 km beyond that lies the pristine Double Mouth Nature Reserve and the aptly named Bead beach, site of a 16th Century Portuguese shipwreck, it's the perfect place to do a little treasure hunting for Ming porcelain and Carnelian beads.

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