Cintsa, or Chintsa as it’s alternatively known, is a small beach settlement just outside of East London in the Eastern Cape. The distance is roughly 38 kilometres and the town can be reached in about 30 minutes. The beach town is notable as the so-called starting point of the Eastern Cape’s famous Wild Coast. In this respect, Cintsa offers the best of both worlds as the wild and beautiful wilderness is a stone’s throw away from the city and its reassuring infrastructure.
The Wild Coast is popular among adventure seekers, as not only is the landscape reflected in the name, providing endless, dare-devilish activities, but the rural isiXhosa villages dotted across the hills provide an eye-opening cultural experience for those who consider themselves discerning travellers.
Among the attractions in Cintsa are the long sandy stretches of beach, the tea-coloured river which enters the ocean just below the town, the lagoons, the forested dunes and the multitude of activities that these landscapes enable. Surfing, for example, is a particularly popular past time for both Cintsa visitors and locals, not least because the Indian Ocean is deliriously warm. One can also partake in a mountain biking tour which takes you up over the hills behind the town through a number of small isiXhosa villages and back along the beach.
The beach is a major point of interest, and the mild weather combined with soft clean sand and temperate waters makes it the perfect location for basking in the sun with a good book. Fishing and horse-riding are other optional activities for the outdoorsman, and when the sun starts to set, there are a number of charmingly rustic bars and-restaurants where a sundowner and snacks can be enjoyed A stay inCintsa is geared toward guests on a budget. There are a number of self-catering establishments. For those who like the taste of the higher life, semi-luxury hotels can be found in the area.
Pebbles and Shells is a unique private self catering apartment overlooking the Cintsa River within 10 min walking distance from the beach, the local shopping area and restaurants. The apartment offer... More Info
Luxurious apartments in Cintsa East, a superb coastal town. This tranquil piece of paradise to renew your soul. Each unit is fully equipped and tastefully decorated and fitted for your comfort. The un... More Info
Crawford's Beach Lodge, set along the magical Wild Coast, offers rustic luxury accommodation for the most discerning of travellers and conference organisers, who are looking for privacy, peace and tra... More Info
Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa nestles on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast in a pristine dune forest right on Chintsa Bay. An easy 40 minute drive from the East London airport delivers you to a ... More Info
This Luxury Double Story Guest House is located 500m from the beach on the Wild Coast of South Africa. It's elegantly decorated and fully equipped for all your needs. Wake up to the sounds of the Ocea... More Info
We offer a beautiful and luxury house for all your holiday needs which overlooks the Glen Eden River. The house can accommodate up to 10 guests comfortably in 4 Bedrooms. The house encompasses a stunn... More Info
Thistle Doo is situated in Chinsta at the start of the beautiful, unspoilt Wild Coast. With over 13km of sandy beach, fishing, horse riding, birding, hiking and Strandloper caves, Thistle Doo is ideal... More Info
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Stunning and unspoiled town. Best kept secret in South Africa.
- Cathy Van Den Heever
Cintsa is very peaceful little village. Would go back
- Charmaine Henriksen
We loved Cintsa. The beaches were absolutely lovely, uncrowded with a fairly calm sea. The lagoons provided many hours of fun for the kids. Loved the relaxed atmosphere and we were blessed with exceptional weather ! Will definately visit again.
- Kim Kavonic
A beautiful place with unspoilt, safe, clean beaches. Lovely little town for a family to visit and youngsters to get together. Made new friends at the Barefoot Cafe whilst watching the rugby. Unfortunately SA lost but spirits were high! A memorable experience!
- Julia van der Merwe