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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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Samara Karoo Lodge

Graaff-Reinet
Karoo Lodge with 9 Rooms
PPS from R 2,900
Special Deal

Samara Private Game Reserve is unique. Nowhere else in South Africa can you experience the vast mountain plateaus with views across 280 square kilometers of wilderness. This...


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Comfrey Cottage

Lady Grey
9 Bedrooms, 1 self-cater 3-bedroom Cottage

Tucked away in a valley below the majestic Witteberg Mountains, Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape is a hidden gem, a tranquil, rural village founded in 1858. Surrounded by soaring...


Drostdy Hotel

Graaff-Reinet
48 rooms

Drostdy Hotel is situated in the beautiful town of Graaff-Reinet, established in 1786. The historical town contains over 220 heritage sites - more than any other town in South...


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Hacklewood Hill Country House

Walmer
8 Bedrooms

Hacklewood Hill Country House is located in Walmer in Port Elizabeth and is only ten minutes from the airport. Serenity, luxury and privacy await at this elegant Victorian...


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Kronenhoff Guest House

Kirkwood
Manor with 6 Bedrooms and Lodge with 4 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit
PPS from R 625

Set in the peaceful surroundings of Kirkwood near Addo, in the picturesque Sundays River Valley of the Eastern Cape, Kronenhoff Guest House offers stylish interiors, a warm...


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Samara Manor House

Graaff-Reinet
4 Luxury Bedrooms
PPS from R 4,141

Since opening in 2005, Samara has built its name as an outstanding and dedicated South African conservation destination where guests enjoy magnificent Karoo landscapes and are...


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The Elephant House & Stable Cottages

Addo
8 Rooms and 6 Cottages
PPS from R 1,288

The Elephant House is an exclusive thatched lodge set in the sun-drenched Sundays River valley, minutes away from the Addo Elephant Park. After a hot day in the bush, return...


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Sunnyside Guesthouse

Port Elizabeth
1- and 2-bedroomed self catering units, as well as a fully equipped 3-bedroomed penthouse

Sunnyside Suites is a well-established guesthouse in Parsons Hill, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth which consists of 5 upmarket suites, set in a scenic garden with an onsite...


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Gorah Elephant Camp

Addo Elephant National Park
11 Tented Suites
PPS from R 6,925

The thrill of quietly watching a herd of elephants stroll by, while sipping tea on the veranda of a stately colonial manor house is unforgettable and this exclusive lodge...


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Woodall Country House & Spa

Addo
7 Luxury Rooms, 3 Suites and 1 Family Suite
PPS from R 1,105
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...


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Singa Town Lodge

Summerstrand
12 rooms
PPS from R 600

Located close to the beach in Port Elizabeth, Singa Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel deriving its name from the mystical dragon-lion of Indonesian mythology. Nine luxury...


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Ibhayi Guest Lodge

Port Elizabeth
30 Rooms
PPS from R 970

The perfect Port Elizabeth accommodation for both long and short-stay leisure and business travel, Ibhayi Guest Lodge is nestled in the leafy suburb of Walmer, centrally...


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Hlosi Lodge

Amakhala Game Reserve
20 Rooms
PPS from R 5,130

Hlosi is a family-friendly Big 5 Game Lodge that offers a unique safari experience in the malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape. Intimate and luxurious...


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Bukela Game Lodge

Amakhala Game Reserve
4 Suites and 10 luxury safari tents
PPS from R 5,840

Bukela Game Lodge is an exclusive and romantic safari destination tucked away at the top of a hidden valley. Our secluded main lodge, spacious suites and luxury tents are the...


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The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Summerstrand
57 Rooms and 1 Luxury Suite

Perfectly positioned opposite Port Elizabeth’s favourite, pristine beach in Summerstrand and adjacent to the Casino and Entertainment complex, The Beach Hotel is the perfect...


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Hitgeheim Country Lodge & Eco-Reserve

Addo
8 Chalets
PPS from R 1,313

Hitgeheim is an exclusive thatched Lodge on a private eco-reserve, only minutes from Addo Elephant Park. Guests are warmly welcomed into this place of peace and tranquillity....


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Mills Manor - Lalibela Game Reserve

Near Grahamstown
5 bedrooms
Units from R 70,000

Mills Manor is an exclusive-use villa on Lalibela Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo. Lalibela focuses on the conservation of the...


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The Sands

St Francis Bay
5 Spacious Rooms

Rolling waves, dolphins and whales are the welcome that awaits at The Sands in St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape. An impressive white-walled thatched-roof residence with sweeping...


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La Riviera Guesthouse & Spa

Aliwal North
7 Rooms, 1 Honeymoon Room, 3 Self-Catering Cottages
PPS from R 650

On the border of the Orange River between the Free State and Eastern Cape, this exclusive guesthouse and spa offers a sanctuary for the soul. With its sublime views, crisp...


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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 1,113

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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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.