May 20 2016



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Discover the Charm of Eastern Cape's Chintsa!
Chintsa is a charming, picturesque village in the Eastern Cape.

About 40km (24 miles) to the north of the city of East London, South Africa lies one of the most charming villages of the Eastern Cape region - Chintsa (previously known as Cintsa).

Generally an undiscovered village to tourists because of its somewhat remote location. Located deep within the area known as the Wild Coast, it stands true to its name because of its undeveloped, rugged and untamed landscape. This area gets its name from the Xhosa tribal people, which means the "Crumbling River Banks".

Unlike the big cities in South Africa, such as Cape Town and Durban that offer tourists and visitors many city life attractions, Chintsa offers none. Yet that is perhaps what is most appealing about this quaint, laid back village! The fact that you can still find a place like this, with nothing to do except relax in calm, peaceful and tranquil surroundings is no doubt a big draw card for folks looking to escape the stressful city life.

You'll find no entertainment centres here, no shopping malls, not even a fuel station - only a few scattered convenience shops offering only the basic necessities, so it's best you come here prepared!

The area of Chintsa is rather plush, starting from the 15km (9 miles) of serene, unspoiled beaches along the coast to the wooded dunes and natural forest area beyond them. Most of the homes here are either built along the slopes of the wooded dunes (mostly hidden between the lush vegetation) or along the banks of the Cintsa River, which splits the area into two.

Chintsa East is situated on the northern banks of the Chintsa River and is the larger and more developed of the two, while Chintsa West is more sparsely populated with a few dotted houses, backpackers' lodges and guest houses.

Saying that there is nothing to do in Chintsa is not necessarily true. If you take a look around, you will soon find that area offers plenty of opportunities to keep its more youthful and active visitors occupied. With 15km of unspoiled beach, a river and lagoon on its doorstep, there is surely no shortage of water sports here! For those seeking a relaxing afternoon, you will no doubt be equally blessed.

You can try your luck at fly fishing from the tranquil river banks, or go for a leisurely stroll along the beautiful, pristine beaches. For the more adventurous visitor, you can also try your skills at canoeing, kayaking, surfing or water-skiing.

Cintsa also makes a perfect home to many species of indigenous plants, animals and bird life.

For those who enjoy wildlife fun, Cintsa also offers numerous long and short hiking paths, where avid birders will be able to get an excellent opportunity to see and check-off many different types of bird species, some which are indigenous to the area. Mountain Biking and Quad Biking are also popular pastimes to both locals and visitors alike and Chintsa offers plenty of hiking and biking paths to discover and keep you occupied.

But surely one of the top highlights of spending time in Chintsa must be seeing and discovering the area by horseback! This way, you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon gallop along the sands of the Cintsa beaches, meander over the many dunes or take a gentle canter through the wooden paths. This definitely makes for an unforgettable experience that every visitor should not miss out on!

Chintsa is also home to the 4 star Inkwenkwezi Safari Game Reserve, located just 10 minutes (5 miles) outside the Cintsa village. It offers visitors' luxury safari tents, guided game drives, wildlife tours and elephant back safaris! Here you will also get to see South Africa's 'Big Five', including various kinds of game, buck, antelope, lion, giraffe, zebra, hippo and elephants.

Cintsa is situated within the sub-tropical climate belt of South Africa and this makes for generally all year round favorable weather. The summers are sunny and warm, but not humid and the winters are mild and pleasant. To enjoy Cintsa to its fullest, you should try to set aside at least 3 or 4 days to experience this charming village.

For those lucky enough to spend more time, try to imagine yourself spending the afternoon in a hammock, sipping on a cocktail and just doing nothing! And that's why locals never want to leave this place!

If you're interested in purchasing property in Chintsa, you can speak to one of our agents about available property in this area.

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