The landscape of the Eastern Cape ranges from pristine forest to arid desert, from scary sandstone cliffs to the preserved emerald green coastline. The Eastern Cape is a tourist's paradise that offers accommodation and tours to fit every budget and style. Scenic diversity is one of the most striking characteristics of this region which lures the tourists coming over here. The golden sand, the river mouths, rocks and rugged make it an ideal destination. The pristine coastline is a heaven for water sports enthusiasts. Sunshine all year round, fine leisure resorts and splendid facilities makes it a great outdoor.
The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho. It was formed in 1994 out of the "independent" homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, as well as the eastern portion of the Cape Province. It is the birthplace of many well-known South Africans, such as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko etc.
Tourist Attractions - Best Places to Visit
The Addo Elephant National Park, situated 73 Kms from Port Elizabeth is the major attraction here. This sanctuary is a home to 170 elephants, the last Cape buffalo and 21 black rhino. Other major places of interests are : -
Port Elizabeth : - Port Elizabeth is a leisure resort that beckons with an year around fun.
East London : - The city has lush green gardens, tennis, golf and squash court. You can enjoy the sport near Indian ocean.
Western Region : - Western Region is one of the liveliest coastlines in the world.
Reserves in the Eastern Cape are : - Addo Elephant Park, Emlanjeni Private Game Reserve, Kariega Game Lodge & Reserve, Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, Mountain Zebra National Park and Kwande Private Game Reserve. These are great for animal lovers.
Eastern Cape in South Africa offers excellent opportunities for Board Sailing. Board Sailing in South Africa has been growing since its entry into the mainstream adventure activities in the early 80's and constitutes one of the most popular sports.
Art of Board Sailing : The water-sport of Board Sailing, also popularly known as Windsurfing, involves travelling over water on a small 2 - 4.7 meter board. The Board is driven by wind acting on a single sail that is connected to the board with a flexible joint. The spo... read more
The Valley of Desolation of Eastern Cape, South Africa, is situated in the Camdeboo National Park and is a natural sheer cliff face. The valley creates an oasis in the arid Karoo region. The valley has been declared a national monument. The diversity of the Valley of Desolation, with its 336 species of plants, attracts 43 types of mammals and 220 species of bird. The Valley of Desolation is one of the top tourist destinations. A trip to the valley guarantees satisfaction of the senses.
The Eastern Cape Beaches are popular for their unspoiled nature and the pristine scenic beauty. They offer a better and closer encounter of the wild. Beaches like Maitlands, Sardinia Bay, Seaview, Virgin Bay, Bluewater Bay, Nahoon Beach, Gonubie Beach, etc. offer over 40 km of excellent surfing opportunities with waves of various sizes. Some of the most popular surfing events and competitions are held in these beaches. Beaches like Kings Beach and Hobie Beach offer a more commercial side to the Eastern Cape Beaches... read more
The Amakhala Game Reserve of Eastern Cape, South Africa is popular among the tourists for the wide range of activities including morning and evening safaris, game watching, bird watching, and river cruises. The safaris are marked by the awesome views of the landscape, and the Bushman’s River. The open vehicle drives through the Amakhala Game Reserve are perfect for the sightings of rhinos, lions, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, tortoise, antelopes, etc. Slow river cruises and canoeing on the Bushm... read more
The Shamwari Game Reserve of the Eastern Cape, South Africa is one of the largest game reserves of South Africa. It is a private reserve and has won numerous consecutive awards. Situated on the banks of the Bushman’s river, Shamwari Game Reserve is not just a protection of the animals but also the preservation of a way of life. The malaria-free reserve is also popular among the tourists due to the skillful and personalized tourism services provided here. Awards like World’s Leading Conservation Company ... read more
The Hole In The Wall, Eastern Cape, South Africa, is natural structure which is popular due to its detached cliff where a hole has been carved through its center. The thunderous claps of the waves on the structure can be often heard over large distances. The Hole In The Wall is also famous for a legend which it inspired. The legend speaks the story of a beautiful girl with whom one of the sea people became enamored. The sea people engaged a huge fish to batter a way through the rock wall so that the girl could be s... read more
The Nelson Mandela Museum, situated in Eastern Cape, South Africa is dedicated to the life and struggle of Nelson Mandela. Its opening on February 11, 2000, coincided with the 10th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison. Spread across the three sites of Bhunga, Mvezo, and Qunnu, the museum presents the various phases, events, and activities of the great leader. The Bhunga building tells the story of the “Madiba”, based on his book “Long Walk To Freedom”. It is also the site where... read more
The Addo Elephant Park, situated at a close distance from Port Elizabeth, is famous for the African Elephants which number at around 350. This is remarkable as the park contained only 7 elephants when the park was proclaimed in 1931. The park has also become a safe haven for the grey leviathans which were target of relentless hunting. The Addo Elephant Park is situated in the province of Eastern Cape, which is a malaria-free province. The large variety of species available in the park includes the black-backed jack... read more
Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa incorporates 80 km's of coastline on the Garden Route, fringed by a mountainous region covered in indigenous forest and fynbos with deep river gorges. Tsitsikamma is Khoisan for Place of Water. Gliding along steel cables from tree to tree through the forest canopy is one way to know what it feels like to be Tarzan. And the guides make the right sound effects to make the experience even more conducive to a Tarzan experience. Strapped in three times over I never once felt at ... read more