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Eastern Cape


Appreciate the scenery
Appreciate the scenery

The Eastern Cape has many natural treasures to support its reputation as an excellent eco-tourism destination. Majestic mountains, enchanting forests, 800km of unspoilt beaches and wide open spaces lure those who seek Mother Nature's calming touch. Combine this with malaria-free game and elephant viewing at the Addo National Park and you have a cure for stress. Adventure junkies, on the other hand, can enjoy South Africa's only ski resort and the world's highest bungi jump, not to mention world class surfing and deep-sea game fishing. History and heritage has left an indelible and revered mark on this land to be seen in Frontier Country, Nelson Mandela Metro, ancient rock art and at the burial site of the controversial Sarah Bartmann. But it is names like the Friendly City and Sunshine Coast that hints at the warm heart of this province's hospitable people - its true wealth. read more ยป

Top tourist attractions in the Eastern Cape:

Wild coast

Lagoon
Lagoon

Untamed rocky coast with countless natural attractions, mystical history and rich cultural heritage; explore on horse or hiking trails and enjoy the abundant seafood

Amatola Mountains

Hogsback
Hogsback

Dramatic scenery steeped in history where you will find clear mountain air, snow-capped mountains in winter, sun in summer, forts and battlefields as well as the magical Hogsback

The Karoo Heartland

Karoo flowers
Karoo flowers

Where the earth meets the sky in wide open spaces, this eco-tourism destination offers various cave sites with San paintings and the gracious Graaff-Reinet  - a town with more national monuments than any other in South Africa; taste the famous 'Karoo Lamb'

Sunshine Coast

Beach front
Beach front

Playground for all watersports, the Sunshine Coast includes East London and Port Elizabeth, the province's largest city; trails and outdoor activities combine with the warm Indian Ocean to provide excitement galore

Frontier Country

Xhosa Ladies
Xhosa Ladies

Scene of 9 frontier wars between the British and the Xhosa in the 1800's, this region has its share of old forts, battlefields, museums and monuments; also of importance is the annual National Arts Festival at Grahamstown and the abundant wildlife and ethnic villages.

Kouga Region

Beach scenery
Beach scenery

Area of exceptional natural diversity including five biomes; also home to the biggest and most spectacular dune fields in the country and some of the best surfing in the world at Jeffrey's Bay and St. Frances Bay.

Tsitsikamma Adventure Route

Maitland River
Maitland River

Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts, this area features indigenous forest, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, high cliffs and spectacular seascapes; the brave should not miss the world's highest bungi jump at Storms River Bridge

Nelson Mandela Metro

Game viewing
Game viewing

Incorporates Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch; find Nelson Mandela's childhood home, game viewing, sailing, Sarah Bartmann's burial site, township tours, exotic island diving, excellent surfing, nature trails, fishing, casinos and clubs, plus many more adventure activities

Addo National Elephant Park

Elephant viewing
Elephant viewing

Sanctuary for about 400 Addo Elephants, this national park is one of the best elephant viewing reserves in Africa ; other park attractions include the antelope, suricates, Cape buffalo and the dung beetles that have right of way on the roads; don't miss a night drive, which is one of the best ways to see the animals and also explore the nearby Sundays River Valley, where author of 'Jock of the Bushveld', Sir Percy Fitzpatrick lies buried


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