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Cintsa South Africa

Cinsa has been described as a little piece of paradise and those who live there know it’s true. Cintsa’s people want to keep it unspoilt but they also enjoy sharing it with visitors. Cintsa is reached by road and micro-light aircraft only. Cintsa has a subtropical climate of hot summers. In winter, the daytime temperatures are a comfortable average of 21°C, while at night a cooler probable 10°C will be experienced in June. Rainfall is in early spring with the highest rainfall in November and stunning sunsets and pearly pink dawns in April and May.

Cintsa South AfrcaCintsa is a jewel of the Eastern Cape coast on the Indian Ocean in South Africa. It has been described as a little piece of paradise and those who live there know the description is true. The road from the top of Dolphin Drive hints at the pleasure that is about to unfold. This paradise haven, in a lush and tranquil setting will leave you captured by the natural beauty of its surroundings. 

The Cintsa Area

 Cintsa East is reached by road or micro-light aircraft only. From East London it takes between 30 and 40 minutes.  With unspoilt sandy beaches and a variety of fauna and flora, this eastern coast forest reserve provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. The beach area from Cintsa West to Cape Henderson, including Cintsa East, is regarded by conservationists as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Cycads are indigenous to this part of the Eastern Cape but you will not see them at Cintsa since they prefer the craggy steep river banks along the Cintsa River.

Highlights of Cintsa

The Cintsa area offers a variety of recreational activities. An abundance of bird life including sea, estuary and river birds as well as inland species may be seen. Within a ten minute drive the rolling savannah of Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve offers sights of rhino, giraffe, zebra and a variety of buck on guided tours in an open vehicle.

When sun tanning, bathing, body surfing and beach games have been exhausted a canoe ride up river at high tide provides a pleasant alternative. Walkers can reach Cefani Mouth or Cintsa West with ease. Fishing off the rocks is also popular.

For an alternative getaway, Cintsa caters for all and provides a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Go on, what are you waiting for? Make Cintsa your next destination…

Accommodation varies from caravan & camping, B&Bs, conferencing and self-catering chalets to guest houses. Enjoy your meal overlooking the ocean in a restaurant with a lofty thatched roof leading out onto an open balcony. Come and enjoy our piece of paradise, we’d love to have you!

Accommodation in Cintsa:

  • Merl at Amakulu Central reservations offers professional great service and specialises in booking accommodation in South Africa. She knows the Cintsa region well so drop her a mail and see what she can come up with.

  • Cintsa Lodge enquire
    R250,00 - R350,00

  • Buccaneers at Cintsa Buccaneers enquire
    "If Buccaneers doesn't get to your soul man, then there's something wrong with your karma." 
    Buccaneers is suited to a wide variety of travellers - from sociable to solitary types. For VERY festive happenings the SKEBENGA BAR offers great times and marvellous meals (always with a veggie option). Their Cintsa Adventure CO runs exciting Transkei day trips ,beach horse rides and game reserve trips and the Famous Bucaneers Surf school. "I think I found Buccaneers absolutely ,stunningly, intrigueingly, thought-provokingly, stupendously, heart-breakingly…..and yes , perhaps, a touch perpendicularly…" 


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