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Charming Chintsa East – Just 20 minutes from East London!

Chintsa East is a beautiful little coastal village,  located close to the Wild Coast on the popular Jikeleza Route just 20 minutes out of East London.

Surrounded by a coastal forest that is home to a wide species of bird and wild life, Chintsa East is the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors, wild life and nature.

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The village itself and the areas around it offer some of the most exclusive accommodation in the greater East London area. Prana pool @ night Resized

Catering to those who love to indulge in life’s pleasures, Prana Private Beach Estate & Spa is an exclusive 5 Star Lodge offering guests a choice of only 7 individually designed suites, decorated with select pieces from a private collection of famous South African artists.   Each suite as it’s own swimming pool affording guests complete privacy should they so wish.

This holistic sanctuary with authentic Thai spa set in indigenous gardens, offers it’s guests a range of Thai massages and beauty treatments utilising herbs grown in the lodge’s own gardens.  This is a not-to-miss treat for visitors looking for beauty and luxury at it’s best!

Inkwenkwezi ResizedOnly 5 minutes away from Chintsa East, you will find East London’s premier Private Game Reserve, Inkwenkwezi. This stunning Game Reserve offers visitors accommodation in luxury tented camps located on the undulating hills overlooking the coastal forest reserve.  Offering a wide range of activities from game drives, quad-biking to horseback rides, you will run out of free time before you run out of things to do in this stunning natural location.  Ask about their famous Burger evening … a must for all visitors.

Located on the coastal dunes overlooking the Indian Ocean, you will find Crawfords Beach Lodge.  Not only is this the perfect destination for sundowners and dinner for all visitors to Chintsa East, Crawfords Beach Lodge offers guests a choice of upmarket accommodation in thatched cabins that are nestled in the coastal forest and overlooking the ocean.  This 4 Star lodge will no doubt enchant you with it’s luxury accommodation, gourmet cuisine and beautiful scenery.

Crawfords Panorama

If Guesthouse accommodation is more your thing, look no further.  Chintsa East has a number of guesthouses for you to choose from.

Why don’t you give Chintsa Lodge a try.  This 4-Star luxury lodge offers you breathtaking views of the sea and a choice of rooms or chalets, depending on your preference.

This modern, upmarket lodge offers guests a wide range of facilities including deluxe en-suite bath and shower, Minibar with fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and DSTV.  The owners are German speaking which makes it very attractive to foreign visitors.

ArendsnesYoung families and campers looking for ‘outdoor living’ will love the popular Arendsnes Family Resort located in the centre of the village, just minutes from the sea.

Visitors can choose to stay in log cabins built on stilts in a wooded area, Bachelor flats or a 6- sleeper chalet. If camping is more your style, set up your caravan or tent in the grassed camping area which has electrical points at each camp site and 3 shared ablution blocks.

If you prefer self-catering and would rather rent a holiday house for your stay, Chintsa East can offer you a wide-range of beautiful homes that are available to let.  I cannot say I have had the pleasure of staying there, but 3 Fat Bastards and a Six Pack is so uniquely named, that one cannot help but ponder the story behind the name, and if I were a betting person, this one would get my vote based on originality alone.


  1. Relax!
  2. Take a walk on the endless, beautiful beach.
  3. Sundowners on the terrace at Crawfords Beach Lodge.
  4. Play a round of golf at the country club.
  5. Watch a sunrise on the beach.
  6. Brunch or lunch at ‘The Barefoot Cafe’ – a local surfers restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere and great food!
  7. Go for a game drive or quad bike adventure at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve, just up the road.
  8. Enjoy one of the best beers you will ever have while you take a tour of the local Emerald Vale Brewery.
  9. Ride the famous Chintsa Horses on the beach.
  10. Treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage at the stunning Prana Lodge.

Chintsa Horses

This beautiful little village in the Eastern Cape is the perfect getaway for those looking to relax and escape the rat race.  There is no doubt that once you have experienced Chintsa East, you will want to return again and again.

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