Hole In The Wall -- South Africa’s splendid Wild Coast
The "Hole in the Wall" close to Coffee Bay on the sub-tropical Wild Coast in Transkei and close to Umtata, is just the place for the outdoors person. Here you will find stunning hikes, Wild Coast splendour at its best and excellent rock and surf fishing with great shark spots like Mhlangwane -- not to mention diving, horseriding, surfing, mountain biking, windsurfing and many other recreational activities.
Here nature has created an extremely unusual rock formation -- a giant rock with a whole right through it with breakers thundering through it during high tide and into the lagoon -- a magic spot to relax, swim, braai, for canoe trips and just enjoying the superb surroundings. This rock formation has, however, become a symbol for the Xhosa of a great historical tragedy, the "Great Cattle Killing".
"Great Cattle Killing" -- A young girl called Nongqawuse had seen a messenger from the realm of the ancestors at a waterhole. She told her uncle Mhlakaza about her vision. As he was an important Xhosa priest, his social rank granted a great impact to the prophecy he derived from his niece’s vision. He announced that soldiers, who were incarnations of the souls of dead Xhosa warriors, would arrive on the 18th of February over the sea, come onto land through the "Hole in the Wall" and defeat the British enemy. But, he continued, the Xhosa had to make a sacrifice to help the warriors by destroying all their cereals and killing all their cattle. After the victory, there would be food in abundance for everybody. The Xhosa followed the instructions in his prophecy and killed their whole stock of cattle. The catastrophe took its course. Thousands of Xhosa starved and the British had an easy time conquering the remaining people