human settlement in South Africa

The seaside village of Haga Haga is located on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast of South Africa and is about 60 km east of East London.

Farmers from the hinterland started the village in the early 1920s, when they acquired farms here for winter grazing. They would move their livestock and possessions by ox wagon down to the coast for 3 to 4 months each year. Haga Haga got its name from the Xhosa "Haka Haka", which means to "hook on", because to cross the beach they would have to hook one team of oxen to another.

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On the N2 from East London, take the Kei mouth / Morgan's Bay turnoff at Mooiplaas and follow the R349 for 11km to the Haga Haga & Nyara Villages turnoff near the St. Anthony's store. From there it is another 13km along a gravel road which can be pot-holed and corrugated at times, but is never impassable.

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There are no busses or taxis in Haga Haga.

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Migrating shoals of sardines attract a frenzy of activity from gannets, seals, dolphins and predatory fish during the winter months, as they migrate up the Wild Coast. "Whale Point" is great place to do some dolphin and whale watching. Humpback and Southern Right Whales are often seen from the shore as they migrate from the Antarctic to the shores of South Africa to calve.

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  • Activities. Activities in the area include fishing, beach activities, dolphin and whale watching, mountain biking, hiking and nature trails, surfing, game viewing and bird watching.

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