5 Things You Didn't Know About South Africa's "Hole in the Wall"

Hole in the Wall is an impressive natural rocky archway found just off the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape.

By South African Tourism

1. The site is millions of years old

The stone and shale making up the cliff date back 260 million years.

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2. It is a place seeped in mythology

Local legend tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with a sea deity. Their forbidden love sparked the formation of the archway in the cliff.

3. The cliff was once joined to the land

Geologists believe that continuous wave action against the softer sandstone rocks wore away the cliff walls.

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4. It has more than one name

Although it is frequently referred to as Hole in the Wall it is also known as 'EsiKhaleni', or the 'Place of the Sound', to the local Xhosa people.

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5. The local Xhosa people believe the arch is a gateway to the world of their ancestors.

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