So Nice You Need to Say It Twice

Whether you’re seden­tary or an adrenalin junkie, a trip to the lit­tle­known vil­lage of Haga Haga on the Wild Coast could be just the break you’re look­ing for

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Search­ing for ad­ven­ture or peace and quiet? Haga Haga’s the spot

Have you heard the story about the trac­tor, the cat­tle dip and the naked farmer? And an East­ern Cape lo­cal who de­vel­oped a small hol­i­day re­sort on a fam­ily prop­erty at Haga Haga, a sea­side vil­lage in a coastal con­ser­vancy about 70 kilo­me­tres north of East Lon­don?

The late Neil Arnold, af­fec­tion­ately known as Ninky-Noo, was driv­ing a trac­tor near his rus­tic Ninky-Noo’s Pub, on a par­tic­u­larly hot day. He de­cided to strip off and cool down in an old cat­tle dip built by his great-grand­fa­ther. Splash­ing in the murky water, he de­cided the re­fresh­ing dip would be a novel at­trac­tion.

Since that sum­mer’s day, dozens of vis­i­tors have plunged into the same trough, moo­ing loudly, and have the “Moo@Ninky Noo” shirts to prove it.

Keen fish­er­man Ross Crouch, whose

TOP: Scan­ning the sea from the view site on the Whale Point walk. CEN­TRE: Fish­ing and for­ag­ing at Dead Man’s Bay, so named af­ter a cof­fin washed ashore. ABOVE: The fa­mous Ninky-Noo trough. Vis­i­tors to the pub on a hot day are very happy to cool down in what was once a cat­tle dip.

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