Small Village Beauty at Haga Haga

Private Property South Africa
Anna-Marie Smith

The quiet Wild Coast seaside village of Haga Haga is located within close proximity of the Eastern Cape border, and approximately 75 km from East London.

As a member of the Great Kei Municipality, it sits along one of the country’s most picturesque coastlines and is close to some equally magnificent villages including Morgan's Bay, Cintsa, Kei River Mouth, Glengariff, Qolora Mouth, Yellow Sands at Kwelega and Gonubie just outside the city of East London.

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Haga Haga from above

According to locals in the area this little village name was derived from the Xhosa words ‘haka haka’ that means to ‘hook on’. The age old story goes that when this was predominantly a rural region and livestock was brought to coastal areas for grazing during long winter seasons, farmers were thought to have ‘unspan’ one team of oxen and hook them onto another, to cross the beach.

The quaint village of Haga represents a typical green and lush Transkei setting, between hills and ocean at the Haga-Haga River mouth, where warm shallow waters makes for perfect recreation among rock pools and long stretches of magnificent beaches. This area is also known for its spectacular river valleys and rocky cliffs, overlooking the pristine white beaches and small bays along the coast. The beach near the river mouth has over the years attracted many locals and farmers from outlying areas, as it is considered perfect for most forms of water recreation for all generations, from swimming, to sailing and canoeing. Keen fishermen and hikers are known to frequent the rocky outcrops and ledges here, where the breathtaking views can be seen.

This area also boasts its own hiking trail, the Wild Coast Trail that extends from Qora Mouth via Haga Haga to the small village of Cintsa, and is popular among city dwellers in search of unspoilt scenic routes along the coastline. Although this village has a limited number of properties at the disposal of those wishing to buy a holiday house or to retire here, it does offer rented as well as self catering holiday accommodation in the form of chalets and bungalows.

Illustrating that this makes an ideal home for those who value small town living, it only has 225 freehold and 12 Sectional Scheme properties. Lightstone statistics shows the majority of property owners to be aged between 50 to 60 years of age, who generally stay here in excess of 11 years. Average freehold municipal values of properties in these small coastal towns mostly fall below the R1- million, with Haga Haga at R720 000 compared to its neighbours Cintza and Kei Mouth at R950 000 and R930 000 respectively. At nearby Morgans Bay an average freehold property is currently valued at R995 000, R1 0003 million for a house at Kwelega, and R590 000 at Glengariff.

For those who selected this small village as a permanent address or holidays only, there are a number of conveniently located swimming beaches just two kilometres away, at Pullens Bay as well as Bead Beach that was named after gemstones and pottery beads found nearby. For a greater variety of outdoor entertainment locals and visitors have easy access to the Cape Henderson Nature Reserve activities located within short distance from Haga Haga.

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