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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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The Windermere Hotel

Humewood
10 bedrooms

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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The Angler and Antelope Guest House

Somerset East
7 Bedrooms
PPS from R 450

The Angler and Antelope Guesthouse is centrally situated in the town of Somerset East, which lies at the foot of the Boschberg Mountain. Here, Alan and Annabelle have lovingly...


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Long Hope Villa

Addo Elephant National Park
Three Bedroomed Villa (Based on 6 guests sharing)
Units from R 26,750

Unique to the Addo Elephant National Park, Long Hope Villa is a beautifully restored 1900s Eastern Cape farmhouse and is located on a 14 000ha private concession. Long Hope...


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De Old Drift Guest Farm

Addo
4 Bedrooms, 1 Family Unit and 2 Self-Catering Cottages
PPS from R 730

Only 18 km from the Addo Elephant National Park in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, De Old Drift Guest Farm is on a tranquil and peaceful working citrus farm. De Old Drift Guest...


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Kariega Game Reserve - Ukhozi Lodge

Kenton-on-Sea
10 luxury, log constructed suites
PPS from R 5,150
Includes Meals, local drinks, activities

Kariega Game Reserve is an internationally renowned malaria free ‘Big 5’ private game reserve situated near Port Elizabeth, thus forming a natural extension to Cape Town and...


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Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

Kenton-on-Sea
10 Thatched Suites
PPS from R 5,150
Includes Meals, local drinks, activities

Kariega Game Reserve is an internationally renowned malaria free ‘Big 5’ private game reserve situated near Port Elizabeth, thus forming a natural extension to Cape Town and...


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Kariega Game Reserve - Settler's Drift

Kenton-on-Sea
9 Tented suites
PPS from R 7,750

Kariega Game Reserve is an internationally renowned malaria free ‘Big 5’ private game reserve situated near Port Elizabeth, thus forming a natural extension to Cape Town and...


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Kariega Game Reserve - The Homestead

Kenton-on-Sea
7 Suites
Units from R 35,500

Kariega Game Reserve is an internationally renowned malaria free ‘Big 5’ private game reserve situated near Port Elizabeth, thus forming a natural extension to Cape Town and...


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Sibuya Game Reserve, Forest Camp

Kenton-on-Sea
8 tents
PPS from R 3,737

Perched on the banks of the Kariega River yet simultaneously tucked away unobtrusively into the indigenous bush of the Sibuya Game Reserve, Forest Camp is a warm and welcoming...


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Kariega Game Reserve - Main Lodge

Kenton-on-Sea
21 Chalets
PPS from R 4,250

Kariega Game Reserve is an internationally renowned malaria free ‘Big 5’ private game reserve situated near Port Elizabeth, thus forming a natural extension to Cape Town and...


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Sibuya Game Reserve, River Camp

Kenton-on-Sea
4 tents
PPS from R 3,737

Located on an ancient floodplain in the Sibuya Game Reserve, Sibuya River Camp offers a unique and intimate camp experience along the banks of the Kariega River and is only...


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Test Establishment

Aberdeen
6 Luxury Rooms and 1 Cottage
PPS from R 500

The country road winds past vineyards and orchards to Klippe Rivier, a magnificent tranquil Cape Dutch Country House, circa 1820, on the outskirts of historic Swellendam, two...


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Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Graaff-Reinet
8 Suites, 1 Cottage, 1 Manor and 2 Tented camps
PPS from R 2,530

Lying just east of Graaff-Reinet, in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape's Great Karoo, Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve is a luxurious, privately owned sanctuary...


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Keiskama Bed and Breakfast

Summerstrand
5 Bedrooms
PPS from R 450

Keiskama Bed and Breakfast is in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, close to popular swimming beaches, restaurants, shopping centres, University and the...


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No5 by Mantis

Port Elizabeth
10 Suites

The exclusive No5 by Mantis in Port Elizabeth is located in the upmarket beachfront suburb of Summerstrand, less than ten minutes from the airport and within 100 metres of the...


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The Loerie Hide

Bonnie Doon
5 Bedrooms
PPS from R 500

Sue welcomes you to The Loerie Hide located in Bonnie Doon, East London in the Eastern Cape. The Loerie Hide is a forested hideaway close to the heart of town, surrounded by...


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Island Way Villa

Port Elizabeth
5 Bedroom Villa

Set on the highest ridge in Port Elizabeth, affording it incredible 180 degree sea views, the magnificent Island Way Villa offers a 4-Star contemporary getaway by the sea. ...


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Island Way Beach House

Port Elizabeth
3 Self-Catering Apartments

Situated right on the Summerstrand beachfront in Port Elizabeth, the self-catering Island Way Beach Houses are seaside apartments designed with holidays in mind. With no...


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Tenahead Lodge and Spa

Rhodes
7 rooms

Part of the River Hotels Group, Tenahead Lodge and Spa is nestled along the border with Lesotho, in a secluded region of South Africa where three mountain ranges meet, namely...


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Cosmos Cuisine

Sunland

Experience warm hospitality and excellent service in a relaxing and comfortable environment. Resident guests can enjoy a culinary experience in the renowned restaurant, where...


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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.