- Eastern Cape
- Mazeppa Bay
Mazeppa Bay is one of the beautiful and untouched regions of the Wild Coast, a little bay and quaint village accessible via a gravel road from Butterworth.
This exquisite destination is best known for its excellent fishing and catches of big game fish and sharks. The biggest catch recorded here was a great white shark weighing an incredible 791 kilograms. Garrick, Kob and Sharks can also be caught from the rocks.
Mazeppa Bay most popular attraction is without a doubt its very own island. The island is an attractive outcrop of offshore rock which is connected to the mainland by a suspension bridge. The unspoilt beaches here, which is a characteristic o the entire Wild Coast, also adds to the charm in this little coastal paradise.
Popular activities include beach walks, swimming, bird watching and hiking, but most of all visitors come to experience the very relaxed atmosphere and the sheer beauty of this secluded bay!
Mazeppa Bay boasts a Hotel, lodges and self-catering cottages – come take a walk on the wild side!
Things to do and see
- Mazeppa Suspension Bridge
- Mazeppa Bay First Beach (One Mile Beach)
- Mazeppa Bay Second Beach (Shelly Beach)
- Wild Coast Meander Hiking Trail
- Manubi Forest
- Fishing & Bird Watching
Mazeppa Bay receives approximately 856 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 18˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 21˚C.
Mazeppa Bay was named after the ship, The Mazeppa, which was at the time captained by CJ Cato. While on its way to Delagoa Bay from Port Natal in 1842, the Mazeppa was in search of a British man-of war to rescue the Garrison which had been besieged by the Boers, the captain steered the ship into what is now known as Mazeppa Bay for shelter and ran aground. Legend has it that its ruins are buried under the sand dunes at Mazeppa Bay
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