What to see and do? A wide variety in this relaxed holiday haven of the Eastern Cape. Blue flag beaches, surfing, fishing outdoor adventure and culture.
Eastern Cape ProvinceTravel Guide- What to See and do.
The Eastern Cape is under-sold as a tourist destination, but to those who venture to discover, it is a unique experience for visitors. There is plenty to see and do, from the bustling port cities of Port Elizabeth and East London with the blue flag beaches such as Kings Beach, to the rural tranquility of the Transkei. Despite the cosmopolitan feeling in some of the urban centres, there is the option of enjoying various African experiences, be it ethnic cultural, adventure or solitude. All within easy reach, so visitors to this province will have so much to see and do in the Eastern Cape.
The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces, the diverse Eastern Cape landscape ranges from the dry desolate Great Karoo to the sub-tropical forests of the Wild Coast and the Keiskamma Valley. It is a province with unmatched bio-diversity. The shoreline of this province extends from the Umtamvuna River in KwaZulu-Natal, to the Storms River mouth on the scenic Garden Route. There are fabulous beaches on the Sunshine Coast and the Wildcoast. Surfing and wind surfing are popular activities along this coast. Accommodation will suite every budget, including self-catering, backpackers and hotels with luxury Safari Lodges also as an option.
The province was established in 1994, formed out of areas of the Cape Province and the former Xhosa homelands of the Ciskei and Transkei. The Eastern Cape is the birth place of former president Nelson Mandela and is still the traditional home of the Xhosa people.
Do World Class Surfing at Jeffreys Bay , See Cities of Port Elizabeth and East London
Jeffreys Bayis an area with some of the country's wildest coastline, which is backed by some of Africa's most spectacular sub-tropical rain forest. Famous for its "supertubes", probably South Africa's longest and most consistently good wave, it's charged with a surf vibe as relaxed as it is friendly, and this tends to soften the effect of the wealthy set who have made this part of the coast their own.
Port Elizabeth is often overlooked by travelers in search of glitz and glamour, Port Elizabeth is probably South Africa's best-kept secret. As a tourist destination it offers fantastic weather and an enormous range of attractions make it a great place for a totally relaxing stay. The beaches range from crowded, social and developed to long and deserted. Lovely old buildings reflect PE's past as an integral part of the development of the Eastern Cape and South Africa, and a host of cultural activities will offer you an insight into the lives of other people. More information on what to see and do in Port Elizabeth can be found here.
The city of East London formed around the only river port in South Africa, and was originally known as Port Rex. This settlement on the west bank was the nucleus of the town of East London, which was later elevated to city status in 1914. There are miles of unspoiled beaches where swimming, sailing, water-skiing, board-sailing and boating are enjoyed all year round. River mouths, lagoons and gullies provide a paradise for fishermen. Find more information about East London here at this link.
Drakensberg Mountain Ski Resort , Addo Elephant Park , Safari and Arts Festival
The landscape of the Eastern Cape Province is extremely diverse. The western interior is largely arid Karoo, while the east is well-watered and green. The Eastern Cape offers a wide array of tourist attractions, including 800 km of untouched and pristine coastline along with some particularly splendid beaches, and "big-five" game viewing in a malaria-free environment. The available range of accommodation are Bed and breakfasts, safari lodges, hotels and self catering suites which are plentiful.
The Addo Elephant National Park, situated 73 km from Port Elizabeth, was proclaimed in 1931. Its 743 km² offers sanctuary to 170 elephants, the last Cape buffalo and 21 black rhino of the very scarce Kenyan sub-species. The province is the location of South Africa's only ski resort, Tiffindell, which is situated near the hamlet of Rhodes in the Southern Drakensberg Mountain range on the slopes of the highest mountain peak, Ben McDuie (3001 m).
The National Arts Festival, held in Grahamstown is Africa's largest and most colourful cultural event, offering a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. Every year for 11 days the town's population almost doubles, as over 50,000 people flock to the region for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment.
Tiffindel Ski Resort
Elephants at Addo
Eastern Cape Scenery - Aloes
To Do:World Class Surf and Sea, Rural African Culture and Remote Getaways
Amathole Mountain Escape. Amathole Region - stretching from Stutterheim in the west to Adelaide in the east - offers a world-class hiking, bird-watching, mountain biking, fly fishing, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking and other adventure sports. Abundant wildlife in the area also provides the ideal opportunity for game viewing, camping, some of the best 4x4 trails and visits to cultural villages. Find information at all destinations in Amathole region with Accommodation here. TheWild Coast The Wild Coast is rugged and unspoiled, a place of spectacular scenery, and a graveyard for many vessels since the first voyages of exploration sailed from Portugal in their attempts to navigate a new route to the far east. Protected for years by limited road access, this area offers a combination of rural tranquility, traditional African lifestyles and architecture. . Seafood is plentiful and the Wild Coast is a fisherman's paradise all year but during July in particular when schools of game fish and Dolphins pursue the shoals of Sardines along the coast during the seasonal "Sardine Run."
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