Eastern Cape Travel Guide

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The Eastern Cape is South Africa's second largest and most diverse province. It's a great sun, sand and sea destination with a coastline that runs from temperate rocky shores in the south to sub-tropical beaches in the north. There is a beach for every reason - from highly developed urban playgrounds to wild and untamed stretches of wave-washed sand. It has some of the best surf in the country - make that some of the best surf in the world. The small towns of Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay are renowned and very popular surf destinations and the Wild Coast has some legendary (and mostly secret) breaks.

The Eastern Cape is not classic lowveld, which is the vegetation type found around the Kruger National Park and is most usually associated with big game. However, this province has some awesome safari destinations. The Greater Addo Elephant National Park, near the town of Addo, conserves a staggering diversity of plant and animal life. There are a number of private game lodges, both in the national park and in surrounding private reserves. Best of all - it's totally malaria-free. South Africa's first and - to date - only serious commercial ski resort is in the high-lying northern part of the Eastern Cape. OK, it's not exactly Chamonix or Aspen - but it is skiing in Africa. Snowboarding's big, too.

The Eastern Cape's cultural heritage is particularly varied and interesting, and there are so many interpretive tours, museums and monuments, you'll never be bored. Towns that will particularly appeal to more culturally minded visitors include Graaff-Reinet and Grahamstown.

Nieu Bethesda, which is close to Graaff-Reinet, is a funky little village that owes its popularity to the existence of the Owl House, which is South Africa's most well known example of outsider art. Port Elizabeth is renowned for its excellent township and cultural tours. The Nelson Mandela Museum in Umtata is a loving tribute to South Africa's first president. There are great tours along the Wild Coast, on which you get to spend time with the local people and see how they live. The Grahamstown Festival or, more accurately, the National Festival of the Arts, which showcases a huge variety of South Africa's visual and performance arts, is held in Grahamstown at the beginning of July.

There are some excellent golf courses, but they're not all as conveniently close together as they are, for example, on the Garden Route. Some of the better courses are to be found in or near Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred, East London and Port Edward. A brand new golf course has been built at the rather interesting town of Alicedale, which is experiencing a huge economic revival after spending years as a virtual ghost town.

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Accommodation near Eastern Cape

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Portofino Guest House

Sleeps 34 Port Alfred Hotel in Port Alfred

Stunning views of Sea and Marina. Rate from R600 per Room. Self-catering or bed only. Indoor and out...

from R350
1 night, 2 adults

Bethesda Tower

Sleeps 8 Nieu Bethesda Bed and Breakfast in Nieu Bethesda

Unique accommodation experienced in an enchanting tower at a vibrant arts centre in the Karoo villag...

from R740
1 night, 2 adults

Storms River Guest Lodge

Sleeps 39 Stormsriver Village Bed and Breakfast in Stormsriver Village

Storms River Guest Lodge is located in the peaceful village of Storms River, in the heart of the Tsi...

from R480
1 night, 2 adults

Treetops Guest House

Sleeps 22 Walmer Guest House in Walmer

Treetops Guest House situated in the garden suburb of Walmer invites you to relax an unwind in our t...

from R320
1 night, 2 adults

Framesby Guesthouse

Sleeps 24 Framesby Guest House, Framesby Self-catering in Framesby

Enjoy your stay in one of the safest and quiet suburbs in Port Elizabeth. Make use of self-catering ...

from R620
1 night, 2 adults

St Andrews Manor Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 39 King Williams Town Bed and Breakfast in King Williams Town

St Andrews Manor offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the beautiful King William's Town. The gu...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Oak Tree Cottage

Sleeps 17 Walmer Self-catering in Walmer

In the established garden suburb of Walmer is Oak Tree Cottage, perfect for both business and leisur...

from R480
1 night, 2 adults

Stemar Self-catering Guest House

Sleeps 10 Graaff-Reinet Guest House in Graaff-Reinet

Situated in the historic and culture-rich town of Graaff-Reinet, Stemar Self-catering Guest House of...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Breeze Inn B & B

Sleeps 14 Kidd's Beach Self-catering in Kidd's Beach

Idyllic family holiday destination, within easy sight, sound and reach of the beach, this is the per...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Bon à Vie B&B & Self Catering

Sleeps 9 Gonubie Guest House in Gonubie

Spoil yourself and enjoy the best in life, come and experience the ultimate luxury of our upmarket, ...

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