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There is a good reason why the Eastern Cape is called the Adventure Province. Though Jeffery’s Bay is a household name among surfers internationally, the region is also a perfect choice for thrills of all kinds, due to its diverse topography. The Eastern Cape’s 800 km of gorgeous beaches invite every conceivable water sport, plus rock...

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RiverBend Lodge

Addo Elephant National Park
8 Rooms and 1 Villa with 3 Bedrooms
PPS from R 2,900

Set on a 14 000-hectare private concession within the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, River Bend is family friendly and a mere 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth....


The Resort at Cape St. Francis

St Francis Bay
3 Villas, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 480

The Resort at Cape St Francis is a unique and exclusive paradise on the South African southern coast which draws holidaymakers from all over the world to enjoy the glorious...


Isango Gate Boutique Hotel

Port Elizabeth
10 Suites
PPS from R 1,200

Isango Gate is a serene escape situated in the quiet suburb of Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth. Originally built in the early 1900's as a residence for a jeweller, it has since...

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Dune Ridge Country House

St Francis Bay
6 Luxury Double Bedrooms and 1 Family Cottage with 2 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,555

Dune Ridge is an award-winning Country House nestled between thick coastal fynbos teeming with a multitude of bird species. Set on the outskirts of the quaint upmarket village...

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Sandals Guest House (St. Francis Bay)

St Francis Bay
9 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit
PPS from R 845
Special Deal

Located in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape, Sandals is set amongst lush indigenous milkwood trees. Sandals Guest House is a thatched lodge decorated Afro-Caribbean style,...

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Thunzi Bush Lodge

4 Chalets, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 1,125

Thunzi Bush Lodge is situated in a tranquil 44-hectare malaria-free sanctuary of coastal forest and African bush and offers country style living 30 km from Port Elizabeth....

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Bush Lodge on Amakhala

Amakhala Game Reserve
PPS from R 5,559

Located about 70km from Port Elizabeth, this 5-star bush lodge is discreetly positioned at the top end of a valley in the Amakhala Game Reserve. The main lodge offers welcoming...

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Sibuya Bush Lodge

River Camp - 4 Tents and Forest Camp - 8 Tents
PPS from R 3,518

Sibuya Game Reserve is a beautifully scenic game reserve on South Africa’s malaria-free Sunshine Coast and is home to the stylish bush destination that is Sibuya Bush Lodge....

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Safari Lodge on Amakhala

Amakhala Game Reserve
11 Thatched Safari Huts
PPS from R 4,730

Safari Lodge on Amakhala in the Greater Addo Reserve of the Eastern Cape is an ideal malaria-free, Big Five safari destination after visiting Cape Town and the Garden Route....

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Diaz 15 House on the Bay

Jeffreys Bay
8 Apartments and 1 Penthouse, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 1,500

Ivory sands, sparkling surf and a gloriously temperate climate make Jeffreys Bay a sun-seeker’s playground. Set in lush gardens, the Mediterranean style air-conditioned...

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On The Beach Guesthouse

Jeffreys Bay
12 Bedrooms
PPS from R 740

With a tagline like “a view with a room” one thing is clear: On The Beach Boutique Guesthouse and Suites in Jeffreys Bay is all about delivering spectacular seascapes. Its...

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Mandyville Hotel

Jeffreys Bay
10 Classic double/twin rooms and 2 Executive rooms
PPS from R 740

Located in the surfer’s paradise of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, The Mandyville Hotel is a small hotel conveniently located within easy walking distance of the main town,...

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Woodall Country House & Spa

7 Luxury Rooms, 3 Suites and 1 Family Suite
PPS from R 1,968
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Set amongst peaceful citrus orchards, this luxury Boutique Country House and Spa in Addo is the ideal base from which to explore the adjacent malaria-free Addo Elephant Park...


Hopefield Country House

Near Addo Elephant National Park
7 Bedrooms
PPS from R 595

Set on a working citrus farm, in the Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape, amidst beautiful gardens, Hopefield Country House offers old world charm, warm hospitality and...


Crawford's Beach Lodge

Chintsa East (Cintsta)
25 Bedrooms and 3 Family Units
PPS from R 1,000

High lush dunes, sweeping beaches and the scenic beauty of the Wild Coast in a unique setting on the warm Indian Ocean, only 40 km from East London. Sun-drenched days are spent...


Prana Lodge

Chintsa East (Cintsta)
7 Open-Plan Suites
PPS from R 1,750

Escape to an exclusive and very intimate private hideaway set in a pristine dune forest on Chintsa Bay. A tranquil haven where understated luxury pampers and nurtures body,...


Zuurberg Mountain Village

24 Village Bedrooms and 5 Manor Suites
PPS from R 848

Located high up on the Zuurberg Pass in Addo, Zuurberg Mountain Village is in a beautiful setting with sweeping views of the Addo Elephant Park. This charming country hotel is...


Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor

30 Cottages and 16 Hotel Rooms
PPS from R 475

Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor in Cradock in the Eastern Cape is an elegant collection of beautifully restored Victorian era craftsmen’s houses in the frontier town at the...


Ocean View Hotel

Coffee Bay
32 Rooms
PPS from R 675

Nestled between towering cliffs and a sparkling sea, Ocean View is the destination at the end of a wonderful journey through exquisite countryside.Characterised by swathes of...

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The Windermere Hotel

10 bedrooms
PPS from R 1,095

The Windermere, by Mantis is located in the “Windy City” of Port Elizabeth and calls the beachfront suburb of Humewood home. If it’s a secluded, relaxed and peaceful...

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Eastern Cape travel guide

There is a good reason why the Eastern Cape is called the Adventure Province. Though Jeffery’s Bay is a household name among surfers internationally, the region is also a perfect choice for thrills of all kinds, due to its diverse topography. The Eastern Cape’s 800 km of gorgeous beaches invite every conceivable water sport, plus rock climbing, abseiling, bungee jumping and horse riding . At Storms River Mouth hikers can begin the legendary Otter Trail to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Also on the coast you’ll find the two principal cities, Port Elizabeth and East London, both small enough to feel hospitable but offering plenty of entertainment. The gorgeous Wild Coast is a short drive from East London, with cliffs and beaches more secluded than you would expect, and, with its casino, a great spot for glamorous nightlife as well.

However, travelling inland is when you realise just how full of contrasts the Eastern Cape is. Coastal scenery gives way to the wilderness of Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site. Drive further to find the bush and wildlife of Addo Elephant Park and Shamwari Game Reserve. For more surprises, keep going to the green Amatola Mountains, which in turn lead into the arid Karoo landscape. The great diversity of the Eastern Cape extends to its culture as well. Here is the birthplace of Nelson Mandela as well as the home of intriguing owl artist Helen Martin, while the dense forests of Hogsback are considered to be the inspiration for the setting of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Our absolute best on the Eastern Cape coast:

  • Jeffery’s Bay – surfing capital of South Africa, its Billabong Surf Festival in July brings a huge international contingent, and there are courses for beginners too. Along the Sunshine Coast you also find great opportunities for kite-surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing.
  • Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay – Phenomenal beaches, outstanding surfing and watersport facilities, plus some good shopping in town. A barge cruise on the canals of St Francis Bay is a brilliant way to relax while taking in villages, scenery and wildlife. Added to this you can come across penguins, seals and baboons, and hike through a fynbos reserve.
  • Wild Coast - There’s plenty to see and do around Port St John’s and Coffee Bay. See if you can find the Hole in the Wall, a small archway in the rock created by relentless wave action. The Transkei section of the Wild Coast is peaceful and rural, almost untouched. Look out for cows on the beaches!
  • Port Elizabeth – The Friendly City makes a fantastic base for a family holiday. Some of the fun things to do here are Blue Flag beaches such as King’s Beach (Blue Flag means having attained an international level of cleanliness, facilities and eco-awareness), excellent museums, oceanarium and snake park, and the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex.

Awesome choices further inland:

  • Addo Elephant Park – In this malaria-free zone you can realise your dream of seeing the Big Five, as well as the great white shark and southern right whale.
  • Owl House – in the village of Nieu Bethesda, in the Karoo Heartland, you will come across the unforgettable house where Helen Martins created hundreds of owl sculptures.
  • Valley of Desolation - From Owl House you are very close to these incredible rock formations, product of volcanic eruptions, just outside the pretty, historic town of Graaff Reinet.
  • Hogsback – overlooked by the Amatola Mountains, Hogsback is a quiet and lovely village. For years its stillness and clean mountain air has attracted artists, writers and potters to a slower life. Come here to walk at sunrise in the deep forest, go trout fishing, mountain biking and look for the Hobbit.
  • Grahamstown – This student-filled town is known the world over for its fantastic annual Grahamstown Arts Festival and for its respected Rhodes University. The Festival is a collection of fringe and mainstream theatre, music and art exhibitions – don’t miss it if you are anywhere nearby in July.