Port St Johns

Port St Johns

Port St Johns is a town on the Wild Coast of South Africa.

Renowned worldwide for its open beaches, awesome weather and wild waters, Port St Johns and the Wild Coast offer visitors to South Africa an opportunity to experience unspoiled Africa.

Visitors to the small town of Port St Johns will encounter an eclectic mix of local characters and African flair. The friendly chaos of this bustling coastal community is both inviting and mesmerizing. Many visitors describe their experiences here as “distinctly African”; striking a balance between the changing face of rural South Africa and traditional recognition of the past.

Second Beach, Port St Johns
Second Beach, Port St Johns

Get in

By bus

Fastest way to get in and out of Port St Johns is catch a taxi from the Rank in Port St Johns to Durban. Takes about four hours and is about R110.

The Baz Bus runs along the Wild Coast on its way between Port Elizabeth and Durban making it one of the best options in this part of the country for the more pampered traveler. The Baz Bus does not service Port St Johns and a drop off for the Port St Johns hostels is made at Mthatha.

Best public transport from Mthatha to Port St Johns is on the public taxis (R31 each way.) Catch a taxi from Circus Triangle (ask anywhere in town and someone will guide you) or phone the Port St Johns backpacker operation ahead of time and they will organise collection for you.

However, on the whole public transport, apart from the ever present day-time-only taxis, in the Wild Coast is sparse.

By car

There are two ways to get to Port St Johns by road. On the R61 from Mthatha the N2 highway to Durban or East London) or in a winding route north-east to Port Edward on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Cars can be rented at the Mthatha airport.

By plane

Fly directly in to Port St Johns and land on top of Mount Theisger.

There is an airport in Mthatha serviced by the national airline SA Airlink from Durban International Airport or Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport direct to Mthatha.

Get around




There are several small scale volunteer programs in the area. Projects range from preschool, junior and secondary schools to after school and community projects.



This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under R500
Mid-range R500 to R1000
Splurge Over R1000




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