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The Eastern Cape is known as the land of rolling hills, endless sweeps of rocky coves and sandy beaches, towering mountain ranges and verdant forests.

The Eastern Cape boasts a remarkable natural diversity, ranging from the lush, evergreen Tsitsikamma Forest to the rugged Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, the southern slopes of the Drakensberg and the arid Great Karoo.

The main feature of the Eastern Cape is its astonishing coastline, which is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts; surfers ride the perfect waves, anglers reel in king-size catches, and board sailors revel in the challenge of the wind.

 

Eastern Cape Highlights
bullet Addo Elephant National Park - Addo Elephant National Park, a sanctuary for a wide range of South Africa's Wildlife
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Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour - The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma rainforest
bullet Mountain Zebra National Park- This Eastern Cape national park, consists of beautiful plains, scenic mountain landscapes, ravines with Karoo vegetation and wooded valleys.
bullet Cradock - Cradock was founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold. The town is an important agricultural centre with traditional Karoo hospitality, close to natural sulphur springs and the Zebra National Park.





Aberdeen

Situated in the delightful Camdeboo Plains of the Eastern Karoo on the N9 between Graaff Reinet and the Garden Route, Aberdeen offers history for the mind and peace for the soul.


Addo

Small village on the R335 between Port Elizabeth and Addo National Park - close to the main gate.


Adelaide

Adelaide lies in a part of the Eastern Cape that is rich in history due to the confluence of South Africa's three main population groups. Many historical graves can be seen near the battlefield sites, old posts, forts and in the cemetery.


Alexandria

Situated on Route 72 to Port Alfred and East London offering excellent stop-over amongst game farms and reserves close to the coast.


Alicedale

The small village of Alicedale is situated north of Port Elizabeth close to some of the Eastern Cape's larger game reserves.


Aliwal North

Aliwal North is the centre of a prosperous farming community whose main products are wool, maize, wheat, beef and dairy and its principle assets are two popular hot mineral springs.


Barkly East

Barkly East is a small town at the foot of the southern Drakensberg in the Eastern Cape. Offering something for every outdoor enthusiast - hiking, rafting, mountain biking to skiing in winter.


Bathurst

Bathurst is situated on the fringes of both the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, a scenic half hour drive on the R67 from Grahamstown or 10 minutes from Port Alfred, half way between Port Elizabeth and East London on the R72.


Bedford

Bedford is situated between Cradock and Grahamstown and has been described by visitors as a haven for those wishing to escape the city bustle.


Boknesstrand

Boknesstrand is situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape, about 126km from Port Elizabeth & 187 from East London. The beaches in Boknesstrand and Cannon Rocks offers tranquil and relaxing atmosphere with 2 swimming beaches and a lovely lagoon.


Burgersdorp

Burgersdorp is the oldest town in Eastern Cape lying in the shelter of a valley surrounded by the Stormberg Mountains.


Butterworth

The town of Butterworth along the N2 is 120km from Mthatha and 110km from East London offering access to the tumbling cascades of Gcuwa Falls and the impressive 100m drop at Bowa Falls.


Cintsa

Cintsa, north of East London, is set amongst the dunes of the Wild Coast where you can walk for miles on the unspoilt beaches, go game viewing inland, collect shells or do bird watching.


Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is a misty, untouched bay haunted by the ghosts of shipwrecked sailors in the heart of the Wild Coast, with unsurpassed beauty and majestic scenery.


Colchester

Colchester is the Jewel of the Eastern Cape. Here you can experience unspoilt South African nature at its best. This town on the banks of the Sundays River provides the perfect setting for relaxed, easy living.


Cradock

Cradock was founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold. The town is an important agricultural centre with traditional Karoo hospitality, close to natural sulphur springs and the Zebra National Park.


East London

East London is your gateway to the wild coast and sunshine coast, with its unique blend of old-world charm and modern convenience. This is the only river port in South Africa, with a rich cultural heritage.


Fort Beaufort

Fort Beaufort is the centre of a prosperous citrus farming area. The Historical Museum, Military Museum and Martello Tower attest to Fort Beaufort's military past.


Graaff Reinet

Graaff Reinet, the oldest town, it is known as the 'Athens' of the Eastern Cape, with magnificent examples of Karoo architecture, fynbos and more monuments than any other town in South Africa.


Grahamstown

Grahamstown is a commercial educational and industrial centre and is known as the 'City of Saints'.


Haga Haga

Haga Haga is situated on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast 70km from East London. The conditions of the 13km dirt road range from good to bad and has kept Haga Haga the pristine place it is.


Hogsback

Hogsback is situated in the beautiful Eastern Cape, this reserve is dominated by three ridges said to resemble the bristle's on a hog's back. Come enjoy Hogsback's indigenous forest with parrot and lourie, the great angling, waterfalls, horse-rides and various walks.


Humansdorp

Humansdorp is surrounded by a magnificent array of fynbos flora, lies at the foot of the Kouga Mountains near the Kouga Dam and is renowned for the indigenous wood furniture made in the region.


Jeffreys Bay

Offering endless beaches and endless summers, Jeffreys Bay was founded in 1849 and today is a holiday and retirement resort that lies like a jewel midway between the Gamtoos and Kromme Rivers and the Kabeljous and Seekoei River Estuaries.


Joubetina

Joubertina is a small village in the Langkloof, a valley of about 120 kilometers between the Kouga Mountains (south) and the Tsitsikamma Mountains (north).


Kareedouw

Kareedouw was established by settlers around the year 1750. The town's name derives from the Khoe phrase meaning "path by the karee trees".


Kenton-on-Sea

Kenton-on-Sea is situated 40 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth airport, in malaria free coastal valley bushveld. It is the ideal destination for those seeking privacy, exclusivity, tranquillity and adventure.


King Williams Town

On the banks of the Buffalo River some 50km west of East London, King Williams Town started as a mission station.


Kirkwood

Kirkwood is the center of one of the largest citrus-growing regions in South Africa. It is situated on the banks of the Sundays River.


Lady Grey

Beautifully set in a valley with a backdrop of mountains, many trees, a number of interesting old houses and more gravel than tarred roads, Lady Grey is the most scenic of all the villages in the area.


Maclear

Maclear is situate in the foothills of the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape, and is famous for its wild trout, Rockart (San Paintings), dinosaur footprints and spectacular scenery.


Mazeppa Bay

Mazeppa Bay is a picturesque village on the Wild Coast, close to the Kei River and Mthatha (Umtata). Relaxed, holiday atmosphere, with various things to see and do.


Mdumbi

Mdumbi is set on rolling green hills above a beautiful and pristine beach which is one of the best surf spots along the Wild Coast.


Middelburg (C)

Surrounded by mountains in the heart of the Great Karoo, Middelburg is unique and yet similar to the average Karoo town.


Morgan's Bay

Morgan's Bay is situated 85km North East of East London with a coastline that has dramatic cliffs and is rocky in parts but has many sandy beaches.


Mount Frere

Mount Frere is a small town about 100 km north east of Mthatha, home to the Bhaca, Hlubi and Mpondo people and is one of the most underdeveloped communities in South Africa.


Mthatha

Mthatha (previously Umtata) is best known for the Nelson Mandela Museum in town and as stop-over en-route from East London to Durban.


Nieu Bethesda

Old convenience stores bearing sweet jars, welcome the visitor to the sleepy town of Nieu Bethesda in a valley at the foot of the Compassberg Mountains in the Karoo - home to Helen Martin`s Owl House.


Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay is 23 km, along a gravel road, from Humansdorp with 5km golden beach with safe swimming, snorkling and walks and hiking trail along the coast. It is a reknown anglers paradise.


Port Alfred

Port Alfred is the most sought-after holiday destination on Route 72 and is known for its wonderful temperate climate, endless pristine beaches, friendly village atmosphere, glorious surf, magnificent deep sea and river fishing and the laid-back lifestyle


Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is known as the Friendly City, a major seaport and tourist destination along the dazzling shores of Algoa Bay, with an unbeatable and diverse mix of eco-attractions and adventure holiday destination.


Port St Johns

Port St Johns is known as the Jewel of the Wild Coast and is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle which makes it a wonderful place to have a holiday.


Queenstown

Queenstown was always known as the Queen of the Border. Many of South Africa's best cattle and sheep are bred in the area. Beef and Dairy herds abound; mutton and wooled flocks of crossbred and merino sheep proliferate.


Rhodes

Rhodes was voted one of South Africa's top 20 secret places by Getaway Magazine, the village lies among the highest peaks of the southern Drakensberg Mountain Range. Blessed with pristine mountain streams and rivers excellent fly fishing opportunities exist.


St Francis Bay

An hour from Port Elizabeth, the village of St Francis Bay boasts a temperate climate of warm summers and mild winters, a magnificent beach providing safe bathing, nature reserves, a deep water harbour and fantastic surfing


Steytlerville

Steytlerville is situated in the center of the wool and mohair district in the southeastern corner of the Great Karoo. The town is known for its astonishing variety of semi-desert vegetation that includes succulents, umbrella shaped wild plum trees and ancient cycads.


Storms River

Storms River, within the Tsitsikamma Forest, offers a couple of small shops; postal agency, liquor store, police station, curio shop, various restaurants and a choice of accommodation options.


Stutterheim

Stutterheim is blessed by an abundant natural beauty of its surrounding dams, hills, indigenous forests, farmland and forestry areas and is perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, boating, fisherman, birders and campers.


Willowmore

Willowmore is considered as the western gateway to the Baviaanskloof. It offers the visitor numerous places of interest and exceptionally friendly people.