PORT St. JOHNS
THiS IS A MIRACLE REGION IN SOUTH AFRICA, NOT JUST FOR THE 'KEPT SECRET' STATUS OF THE HIDEAWAY COTTAGES, FISHING, AND BEACHES,
BUT BECAUSE AN INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL ASSESSMENT OF THE REGION UNCOVERS A PRIME OPPORTUNITY
FOR THE AREA TO BE A GRANARY FOR AFRICA.
It's possible to route a Cape Town to Durban journey by road, a creative and rewarding endeavour in itself,
and could include the excursion of 40 kms or so to Port St Johns, via Mthata, enroute.
The regional agricultural survey has spotlighted some 70 000 hectares of climate friendly soil.
Jatropha is just one of the opportunity crops that could potentially alter the commercial landscape and economy of this extensive area.
INTO THE HEART OF THE WILD COAST, SOUTH AFRICA
The original flight over the region was conducted on behalf of a Property Development Consortium and the resulting images have since been used extensively for regional mapping and planning for tourism and agricultural developments.
Port St. Johns is a town of about 6,500 people on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, 220 kilometres northeast of East London and 70 kilometres east of Mthata.
Combined with a minor extension of the railways that already reach Mthata from Port Elizabeth, the transport infrastructure can facilitate the endeavours of the community to convert the area into a thriving region.
And ofcourse, the plentiful rain and river access creates a potential breadbasket situation for an area more popular for it’s hideaway tourist facilities and beaches.
2nd and 3rd Beach, around the corner from the town of Port St. Johns, live up to their hide-away mystique, with holiday cottages and BnB's for fishing and crayfish fans.
..the mouth of the Umzimvubu River at Port St. Johns.
Port St. Johns
town centre and a population of just over 6500.
The hilltop featured top left hosts the quirky Port St. Johns airstrip, only open to certain aircraft with a short runway landing capacity...
and probably nerves of steel for everyone else.
This plateau hosts enough space for two golf courses and upmarket property opportunities.
Bridge crossing to the mouth of the Umzimvubu River where the river hosts great night fishing for cob and other distinguised guests of the deep.
Yes, that's the airstrip up top there..
Viewing way into the distance to the rest of the Wild Coast & Mthata.
This is the hillside of aircraft approach onto the runway.