Welcome to the

Haven Hotel

Transkei’s Best Kept Secret

The Haven Hotel is a family and adventure destination located within the Cwebe/Dwesa Nature Reserves on the Transkei Wild Coast of South Africa. Blessed with sea, sun and endless things to see and do, it offers a way of life that lets you forget the rest of the world and relax in the most secluded and unspoiled surroundings.

Established over 80 years ago, the Haven comprises of 25 spacious en-suite cottages scattered within a tranquil, garden-like environment. Located at the mouth of the Mbashe River, the Haven has long been renowned as one of the prime fishing destinations in South Africa.

But that is only one of the many reasons to visit this unique Transkei Wild Coast resort. Some of the other activities you can enjoy include hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, swimming, birding, exploring, canoeing, fishing (catch & release), tennis, golf,  whale and dolphin-watching, snorkeling, 4x4ing.

The favourite pastime of guests, however, seems to be ………simply relaxing.

“Come, leave the world behind…”


We have 7 sea facing cottages consisting of 6 double-roomed cottages and 1 single roomed cottage.
Each room has an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. In the double cottages, one room has a king size bed and the other room 2 single beds.
Each cottage has a veranda with a table and chairs. The distance between the cottages and main building of the hotel vary between 30 and 80 meters.



The garden cottages are situated behind the sea facing cottages and consist of 6 double-roomed cottages and 5 Xhosa styled rondavels.

Four of the cottages have interleading doors, which are suitable for families with small children.

Each room has an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower and has a queen size bed or 2 single beds.



The rustic cottages are set behind the garden cottages. There are 4 Xhosa rondavels and a long cottage with 5 rooms.

All rooms are en-suite but 2 of the rondavels only have a bathroom with a shower.

All rooms either have a queen bed or 2 single rooms.



The hotel accommodates 80 guests. There are 25 cottages with a “fishermen’s cottage” feel to them. Some cottages are sea facing while others are set further back in a garden-like setting.

In front of the hotel there is a real Transkei 9 hole mash golf course. The beach is a 200m walk from the hotel.

Most of our 2 roomed cottages have a common veranda/stoep. Some have an interleading door, which is suitable for families with young children. There are also 8 thatched Xhosa styled rondavels keeping you cool in summer and warmer in the winter.

Please note that we don’t offer beach towels. Rooms are serviced daily and we offer fresh linen and towels.

Water is obtained from the Amatola Municipality. While it has been treated it is not recommended for drinking. Ample drinking rain water is provided. Bottled water can also be purchased at the bar. Coffee and tea is available in the rooms. We do not offer TV’s or air conditioners in the rooms. There is a TV in the lounge of the main Hotel building.

Things to Do & See

Whale & Dolphin

The Haven Hotel has spectacular views of the Wild Coast sea and its not uncommon to see pods of dolphin or migratory whales passing by. BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS Occur all year round in small groups of 30-60 animals. COMMON DOLPHINS Occur in the winter months...

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The Wild Coast’s Haven Hotel has long been considered one of the prime spots in the country for catching Kob and Pig-nosed Grunter. Many of the fish caught in this area have become part of fishing folklore. The Mbashe river mouth and surrounding Wild Coast...

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Tree Spotting

The reserve is probably most valuable for its flora, There are many species of trees plants and grasses which are under pressure. Farming, harvesting of natural resources and fire contributes to a shrinking environment in which many species are able to grow. The...

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There are 2 estuaries and the Mbashe river which are accessible from the hotel. Canoes are available at the Mpenzu estuary and Mbashe River.  You are likely to see fish jumping, may encounter a leguaan (monitor lizard) or hear the call of a fish eagle. The...

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Bird Watching

The Haven is bordered on the one side by the Indian Ocean and on the other by rugged grasslands of the Dwesa and Cwebe Nature Reserves. Both Wild Coast reserves are primarily covered by lowland forest but closer to the shore the forests give way to acacia...

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We have 5 well trained and good-natured boereperd geldings at the hotel. Our rides take you thru the magnificent forests and along the endless deserted beaches of this pristine Cwebe Nature Reserve. Being on a horse gives one a different perspective of the...

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The area surrounding the Haven Hotel has some of the most dramatic and beautiful coastlines along the Wild Coast, with sandy and rocky beaches, coves, lagoons, cliffs, rock formations in the sea, mangrove swamps as well as coastal grasslands. It provides...

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The hotel and surrounds are a kid’s paradise. The Haven is a place where childhood memories are created. We have acres of lawns and endless beaches for kids to play and explore. The expansive lawns allow for kite flying, frisbee, football, cricket...

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Mountain Biking

The reserve and surrounding areas offer excellent cycling opportunities with a variety of routes to choose from.  Take a gentle cycle down to the Mbashe river and up the road to the grassy banks. The forest road to Breezy point is a very popular route....

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Mountain Bike Event

The Imana Wild Ride is a 4 day eco-adventure ride which takes place on the eastern shores of South Africa covering nearly 200km of the wild coast between The Great Kei and Umngazi Rivers.

Running Event

The Wildcoast Wildrun® takes 80 runners on three-day boutique running holiday along South Africa’s Wild Coast. From golden beaches along a warm ocean to rolling grass headlands and delicate coastal forests teeming with life.

Off-Road Motor Biking

Between the start at Kei Mouth and Coffee Bay there are over 14 river crossings and some of the best single and jeep track that any dirt biker could ask for!

Food & Drink

Our kitchen prides itself on producing fresh and tasty meals.

A full bar service is available and the cosy bar boasts a full size billiards table and dart board.

The hotel has a carefully selected wine list with a variety of tastes and prices to suit a wide range of palates. We also have a selection of single malt whiskeys to be savoured.

There are no self catering facilities although the chef is always willing to cook your fresh catch. For those who wish to get away or go hiking, lunch packs can be pre-ordered from the kitchen. Cooler boxes are also available for sundowners on the river or on our beautiful Wild Coast beach.

"Leave the world behind"

Break away to the Haven

Rates and Specials

Rates are per person per night and include meals. DB&B includes dinner, bed and breakfast

A 30% single supplement is charged in season


Valid 13 January 2019 – 13 January 2020

Daily Rates (OUT-OF-SEASON)

Out-of-Season Weekend Special (2019): R1300.00 per person – Includes 2 nights accommodation AND full board including Saturday Seafood dinner and Sunday evening braai should your weekend start on Saturday

 Daily RateDB&B7 – Day Special
Sea FacingR825R775R775
Garden CottagesR775R725R725
Rustic CottagesR725R675R675

Children’s rates:Daily rates inclusive of 3 meals per person per night or DB&B 

0 – 3yrs (no charge)
4 – 12yrs (50% of adult rate)
13yrs and over (adult rate)

In Season Dates & Rates

 June / July HolidaysJune / July Holidays
June / July Holidays
7 Day Special
Sea FacingR825R775R775
Garden CottagesR775R725R725
Rustic CottagesR725R675R675
Daily rates inclusive of 3 meals per person per night or DB&B 

Children’s rates:
0 – 3yrs (no charge)
4 – 12yrs (50% of adult rate)
13yrs and over (adult rate)

December Holidays (In-Season)
 December 9 – January 15 2020December
Sea FacingR995R945
Garden CottagesR945R895
Rustic CottagesR845R795

All rates inclusive of 3 meals per person per night

In Season there is a 30% single supplement

What our guests say . . .

We visit The Haven often with tour groups and our guests always have a lovely stay. Rooms are clean and equipped with a kettle, tea, and coffee. All meals where superb and as always the staff was friendly and helpful.
DetourTrailsZADurban, South Africa
Very friendly staff, beautiful location, and delicious food! The road to get there is bad even with a 4x4, but once you get there it is worth it. The rooms are quite basic but comfortable. Super friendly Sylvia gave us a free upgrade to a bigger family room with 2 en suite bathrooms! Chris the kitchen manager always came out of the kitchen with every meal to hear if we were enjoying our food. We definitely did, all of the three meals per day. The kids loved swimming in the lagoon. Also, it was absolutely amazing to be on an unspoiled beach and when you look left or right you just see sand and sea and not a single other person in sight, but our little family. We actually had this beautiful beach all to ourselves for the time that we were there! This place is off the beaten track, but well worth a visit when you want to get away from it all!
BS, East London, South Africa
We enjoyed our stay. Nicola is a friendly hostess that did everything in her power to answer our questions – she even arranged for me to have lamb curry (out of this world) when it was actually fish night. The food was absolutely fantastic! The rest of the staff was friendly and helpful.
827mirandab, George, South Africa
A wonderful setting and welcoming reception. A real gem of the Wild Coast with its outstanding lighthouse. A restful place to escape the “Instant world” and be at one with nature and with management who are at one with nature and real values.
nickhH1194VN, Cape Town, South Africa

Contact us


Speak to Sue, Sylvia, Ticia or Phumla

Cell: +27 (0) 83 996 5343
Landline: +27 (0) 47 576 8904
Fax: +27 (0) 47 576 8905

Email: info@havenhotel.co.za

Postal Address: Haven Hotel, P.O. Box 391, Elliotdale, Wild Coast, 5070

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The Haven Hotel has received a 2018 Travellers' Choice Award for Accommodation in Cwebe Dwesa Nature Reserve
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