After an incredible week in the Transkei our next stop along our East Coast Road Trip was Cintsa. Cinsta is still part of the Wild Coast but closer to the East London side. It is not quite as wild as the Transkei areas but is still an absolutely beautiful family holiday destination.
Where to stay in Cintsa
We spent our time at Cintsa at Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers. Buccs has a wonderful family-run vibe and caters to all sorts of travellers. Whether you’re a solo backpacker looking for a dorm and a fun vibe, or a family looking for a self-catering cottage with a sea view and some relaxation time, Buccs has something for you! The Lodge is set amongst the leafy banana trees and looks out on the Cinsta Lagoon and beach. They have a pool, volleyball net, SUPs and canoes, as well as an onsite bar and restaurant.
During our stay we stayed in one of their family sea-view cottages. They also have deluxe sea view ensuites, tree house sea view ensuites, tree house garden en suites, family garden cottages, budget sea and lagoon view ensuites, budget doubles and dorms. All for a range of different prices. You could even camp at Buccs if you wanted to! Check out their website for all their rates.
Here are some photos of our family sea-view cottage
What to do in Cintsa
Go for a canoe or SUP along the lagoon
Buccs have canoes and SUP that are available for their guests to use. Simply grab a paddle on your way down to the beach and hop in a canoe.
Checkout Cintsa beach
You can either go for a walk along the beach or just park off on the sand. There is a lovely long stretch of white sandy beach to enjoy.
Go horseriding on the beach
Buccs can organise daily horserides which leave from reception at 9:30am. Chat to the ladies at the front desk for more information.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view
Cintsa is an incredibly quiet and peaceful place making it the perfect spot for relaxation. Find a perch overlooking the lagoon and get lost in a book.
Grab your binocs and bird watch along the Lagoon
The Cintsa Lagoon is host to a wide range of different birds. We saw spoonbills, terns, hammerkops, woodland kingfishers, grey herons, egrets, pluvers and cormorants on the lagoon.
Cintsa is a very beautiful nature spot along the southern Wild Coast. It’s the perfect family spot to park off for a few days of relaxing holiday!
Roadtripping around South Africa? Check out my blog post on Cape Town to Coffee Bay (which includes guides to Nature’s Valley, Yellow Sands, Coffee Bay and Hogsback) for more South African roadtrip inspiration. If you’re looking for Garden Route guides check out my comprehensive guide to Knysna.