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The Eastern Cape

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The Eastern Cape is the second largest province in South Africa, and situated along the southern most regions. It is one of the most diverse provinces, offering destinations from Big Five safaris, to lush, dense forest explorations, to surfing perfect waves, as well as wonderful and bustling cities centres to play in.

Be captivated by the elephants at the Addo Elephant Park. Immerse yourself in the Tsitsikamma Forest, explore the many nature reserves, and face your fears by bunjee jumping off the Bloukrans bridge. Top it all off with a trip to one of the many beaches along 800km of unspoilt, catch some sun and waves, and marvel at some of South Africa’s most treasured historical sites.

Port Elizabeth

394244046_dc6c660d19_o It is known as the ‘Friendly City’ (and sometimes the ‘Windy City’, but don’t let that put you off!) and is a wonderful holiday destination for families as it encompasses many great activities and place to visit. Take walks along Algoa Bay’s 40km of stunning coastline and lounge on perfect, bustling beaches. Watch whales and dolphins cruise the blue waters while water sports fanatics take to the waves. Pack up for a day trip to many wonderful spots in the surrounding areas, such as the Addo Elephant Park, or the surfer’s paradise of Jeffery’s Bay, home of the best right hand point break in the world! Shop around and dine on fresh seafood after visiting the Bayworld Oceanarium and delighting in the parks and dolphin displays.

East London

Pass through the gateway for the wild and sunshine coasts with this laidback, charming, old-fashioned city. With easy access to sun-kissed beaches, the Amatola Mountains, sand boarding spots and a host of other ‘Where to Play’ stations, East London is great visit. The water is warm, and the climate is sub-tropical, making its many beaches – Nahoon, Shelly, and Eastern – the best experience this side of the province. Explore the Buffalo River and Cove Rock, where the most remarkable sandstone formations can be found, and is the perfect vantage point for whale watching and fishing. Visit the natural history museum, which houses the only existing dodo egg and the coelacanth, and play with lion cubs at the Lion Park. Mingle with people who are chilled out and welcoming, and find yourself having a relaxing day away from the hassles of life.

Regions

The Western Region

dsc_0274 Stretching from the small town of Port Alfred to the rich and beautiful Tsitsikamma National Reserve, with its dense, lush forest that teems with a diversity of flora and fauna, this part of the Eastern Cape is lively and captivating. But that is only the beginning. Further inland is the arid Karoo Heartland, which boasts vast spaces of peaceful bushveld nestled beneath magical mountains, as well as extensive sheep and game farmlands. Immerse yourself in the historical towns of the Frontier Country, where three very different cultures – Dutch, Victorian and Xhosa – reside in harmony after many decades of conflict. During the month of July, get in touch with your artistic side and visit the vibrant town of Grahamstown, home to the prestigious Rhodes University and host of the famous Grahamstown Arts Festival. Pick up your surf board and catch some of the most perfect waves in the warm ocean waters at Cape St Francis and Jeffery’s Bay.

The Eastern Region

The Wild Coast lives up to its name as it is the hub of untamed land and wildlife from both land and sea. The rugged mountain ranges, indigenous forests, scenic landscapes and wild waters are unspoilt, and a firm favourite among visitors and fishermen. The Amatola Mountains circle small Xhosa villages, while the Northern Ukhahlamba region is flanked by the southern Drakensburg mountains, and boasts clear rivers, stunning valleys, picturesque hiking trails, superb fly-fishing spots and peaceful tranquillity.