The Eastern Cape
Scenic diversity is the most striking characteristic of this province; from lush, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest to the arid Great Karoo. The region’s main feature is its spectacular coastline, lapped by the temperate Indian Ocean.
The capital, Port Elizabeth, is known as ‘The Friendly City’ and beckons with its warm, welcoming nature, boasting more sunshine than any other coastal town in the country.
Points of interest
Shamwari Game Reserve – A malaria free private game reserve situated half way between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown
The Mountain Zebra National Park – Within easy reach of Port Elizabeth, the park is surrounded by lush vegetation and scenic mountain landscapes and abundant in game viewing.
Addo Elephant Park – Situated in the malaria free and only 73 Km from Port Elizabeth. There is a wide diversity of game viewing available.
East London, the only river port in Africa, offers sweeping white beaches which extend for miles.
The coastal waters are rich in marine life, with abundant dolphins and the occasional whale spotted from the beaches.
Inland, lies the Great Karoo with vast open spaces, sparse veld bushes and distant brooding mountains. Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed these plains, leaving fossils which attract the world’s paleontologists.
Nelson Mandela Museum – One of South Africa’s most significant heritage institutions situated close to Nelson Mandela’s and preserves a collection of gifts given to him throughout the years.
Tsitsikamma National Park – Contains the country’s biggest indigenous forests and fynbos, stunning wetlands and is a bird lovers’ paradise Blaauwkrans Bridge – The world’s highest bungee jump site – 180 meters of freefall (lasting about seven seconds).
The Valley of Desolation – One of the most spectacular sights in the country. A very steep and narrow road leads into the mountains that surround this beautiful valley for incredible views.
The Owl House – A few minutes outside Graaf-Reinet, it is here an eccentric recluse of a woman spent the latter part of her life decorating her house with owl and camel statues and covered the walls with crushed glass.
Jeffrey’s Bay – Known as the surfing capital of South Africa, surf lovers come here from all over the world to experience the “perfect wave”.
The Wild Coast -The region is untamed and extravagantly beautiful and an ultimate holiday destination.
The weather in the Eastern Cape is good to visitors, rarely reaching extremes, except in the height of the Karoo summer.